Lady Tiger Woes Continue, Fall to Sooners in Norman

Saturday, Feb. 11 –

The Missouri women’s basketball team remained winless in Big 12 play Saturday after falling 64-60 to Oklahoma in a heartbreaker in Norman.

Trailing by as many as 13 in the second half, the Tigers battled back behind the efforts of BreAnna Brock and Christine Flores to cut the deficit to one in the final minute before eventually falling to the Sooners.

Down by three with 31 seconds to play, Brock drove to the basket and hit a layup to make the score 61-60. After Oklahoma’s Morgan Hook hit two free throws, forward Kaylon Williams blocked Tiger center Liz Smith’s game-tying three-point attempt. Williams was the fouled and hit one of two free throws to ice the win for the Sooners.

Junior guard Whitney Hand paced Oklahoma (16-7, 8-4 Big 12) with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. Hook added 12 points, but none were bigger than the two clutch free throws in the game’s fading seconds.

Brock led all scorers with 20 points and added 10 rebounds for her sixth career double-double. Flores chipped in with 14 points and seven boards, and Smith finished with eight points for Missouri.

The Sooners jumped ahead early, going on a 19-7 run in the first half to lead 33-26 at halftime. The two teams traded baskets to start the second half before Hook and Hand hit consecutive threes to stretch the Sooner lead to 13.

But Missouri turned it on in the final 10 minutes of play. Morgan Eye hit two threes and Smith banged in a layup before Flores took the comeback into her own hands, nailing two free throws and a three pointer to bring the score to 57-56 with 4:03 to go.

After a timeout, Hand hit a jumper and Tiger guard Kyley Simmons answered with two free throws. Missouri turned the ball over twice in the game’s final two minutes, and the Sooners hit four more times from the charity stripe to make sure the Tigers didn’t get any closer to tying it than Smith’s desperation three.

With the loss, Missouri extends their losing streak to 12 in a row. They sit last in the Big 12 with a 0-12 conference record.

Mizzou next heads back to Columbia to take on the defending national champions, Texas A&M, on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

– Joe Trezza
23 Sports
Staff Writer