Dec. 30, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Seniors BreAnna Brock (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Christine Flores (13 points, 10 rebounds) each posted double-doubles to lead Mizzou to a 66-48 grind-out against Sam Houston State in the Tigers' non-conference finale. The win moves Mizzou to 10-1, its best start to a season since the 2006-07 squad began 12-1.
Sam Houston State came out ready to play and took an early lead. Down by five, the Tigers went on a 8-0 run to pull ahead of the Bearkats 14-10. The Tigers had scored 12 of their 19 points in the paint with eight minutes to play in the first half.
Two free throws from Sam Houston's Britni Martin tied the game at 21 with seven minutes left in the first half, but the Tigers were able to pull out the lead, going into the locker room leading 28-27. Mizzou shot 44 percent in the first half to the Bearkats' 26. Brock and Flores had snagged 11 of the team's 22 rebounds.
With just a slight lead at the half, Sydney Crafton sparked a 15-2 run that gave the Tigers the 42-29 lead. With four minutes left to play, MU led by 20, the largest lead of the game. The Tigers have led by 19 points or more in eight games so far this season. Mizzou shot 53.6 percent in the second half and held Sam Houston State to 21.9 percent from the field.
At least two Tigers have scored in double figures in every game this season. Brock recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds to earn her fourth career double-double while Flores tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth career double-double.
Mizzou opens conference play at No. 1-ranked Baylor on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Stay tuned to MUTigers.com for more information on Missouri Women's Basketball. Fans can also follow the team on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MissouriWBB) and Twitter (@MissouriWBB).