Lady Tigers Edged in OT Thriller

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After inclement weather forced the University of Missouri to shut down classes and push back the originally scheduled tip-off, the LSU Tigers defeated the Missouri Tigers in overtime 78-74 on Friday. The women ended the game with a furious run but it was not enough to overcome LSU.

From the very beginning of the game, the Bayou Bengals were controlling the tempo and having their way with the hometown Tigers as they jumped out to 10-4 advantage after five minutes of play.

The women found themselves down eight before a quick run pieced together by junior Bri Kulas and freshman Lianna Doty knotted up the score at 17-17 with eight minutes remaining in the half.

From that point on, LSU slowly built a sizable lead as Mizzou went cold from the field. LSU capped off the half on a 17-8 run as both teams headed to the locker rooms with the score at 26-35.

The beginning of the second half was much like the first half. LSU maintained its lead while Mizzou was hanging around, not falling too far behind.

The Missouri offense came out in the second half much stronger than the first frame. The ladies upped their field goal percentage to nearly 63 percent from the field, including 5-6 from downtown, en route to scoring 40 second half points.

With 4:25 remaining, LSU had control of the lead at 57-64. After a made free-throw by senior Sydney Crafton, senior Liene Priede drained a three to slice the lead in half. After LSU hit a jumper to bump the lead back to five, Kulas nailed a jumper and sophomore Kyley Simmons sunk a game-tying three pointer to send the game into overtime.

Mizzou was the first team to strike in the extra period. It was the first and only lead Missouri had the whole game. LSU was able to hold Mizzou scoreless for nearly four minutes and by that time, the Bayou Bengals had already built a seven point lead with the game well in hand.

Despite the loss, Missouri saw some big-time play from its bench from Doty and Preide. Priede shot lights out all day as she went 7-11 from the field including a scorching 4-6 from beyond the arc.

Mizzou women’s hoops will be back in action at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Mizzou Arena as the Tigers send off another class of seniors in their final home game.

-Logan McKee
23 Sports
Staff Writer