Missouri Falls to Cyclones in Overtime Contest
AMES, IA -- The Missouri Women's Basketball team dropped a close overtime contest at Iowa State on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The Tigers fall to 11-15 overall and 1-14 in Big 12 play. Three Tigers scored in the double figures in the game and Mizzou held the Cyclones to just 29.3 percent from the field.
Christine Flores led the Tigers with 16 points in the game while two other Tigers - BreAnna Brock and Sydney Crafton - each added 12 points in the losing effort. The Tigers scored more field goals and more 3-pointers than Iowa State, but the Cyclones scored 25 points from the free throw line while Mizzou scored just nine. The Tigers also turned the ball over 17 times in the loss. ISU's Chelsea Poppens scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Cyclones.
The Tigers overcame an early deficit in the first half to hold the lead for most of the game. Brock got the Tigers on the board early with a jumper in the first minute. Iowa State answered with a three, but the Tigers quickly responded with a layup to get back on top. Mizzou held the lead through the first half, going into the locker room with a 31-23 advantage. With a strong defensive showing from Liz Smith, the Tigers held the Cyclones to just over 23 percent from the field in the first half.
The Tigers continued to lead in the second half and a pair of free throws from Flores gave Mizzou its largest lead of the half at 41-33 with just over 14 minutes remaining. But from there, ISU went on a 6-0 run to get back into the game, making things interesting down the stretch.
In fact, the Tigers led until Poppens completed a 3-point play with 1:08 remaining, tying the game at 54 all. ISU eventually built a 57-54 lead but Crafton used some late-game heroics to tie the game at 57 with a deep three with just four seconds remaining. ISU used an 8-0 advantage in points off of turnovers in the second half and a 10-4 mark in second-chance points to make up the eight-point halftime deficit.
In overtime, ISU's defense locked down the Tigers and held them scoreless until a last-second layup by Crafton as the Cyclones fended off the Tigers, 67-59. For all the latest on Mizzou women's basketball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter (@MissouriWBB).