Posted: Feb 23, 2014 4:55 PM by Lauren Greenheck, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer
COLUMBIA - The Missouri women's basketball team loses to No. 10 Tennessee at home today 56-50. The margin of victory was only slight for the top-ranked Lady Volunteers. This loss puts another dent in the Tigers record leaving the program with a 16-11 record overall and 5-9 in SEC play.
The Tigers led by senior Bri Kulas, junior Morgan Eye and freshman Kayla McDowell put up a fight against the Volunteers. With 5,017 in attendance, the seventh highest figure for a home game in Mizzou history, the Lady Tigers started off the first half right. Fighting hard for the boards against the SEC's best rebounding team, Missouri pulled 21 to Tennessee's 25. McDowell and Kulas boasting six rebounds each.
Even with 10 forced Tennessee turnovers, over half of the Vols' season average of 17, the Tigers just could not contend with Tennessee's field goal percentage of 40.9 percent in the second half. All the while fighting back from a 16-point deficit.
Prior to the game today, Eye was ranked second in the country with 91 three pointers. Following the game where twelve of her fifteen points were made behind the arc, she overtook Louisville's Shoni Schimmel taking the nation's lead with 95 total three pointers this year.
The Tigers may not have gotten the desired W, but the players remain optimistic. Following the game Eye had this to say about the strides the team has made over the past three games "We've seen improvement statistically. I think there's a feel within the locker room. It's very disappointing to lose this game here today. There's no moral victory. I think we're past that. We want to put a win on the scoreboard now."
The Tigers will have to carry this optimism and focus along with them, as they play at home this Thursday against Ole Miss at 7 p.m.