Lady Tigers Fall in WNIT Opening Round

Wednesday, March 20-

After finishing the regular season 17-13, the Missouri women’s basketball team earned a spot in the WNIT to face the Eastern Illinois Panthers, as the Tigers were looking for their first postseason victory since the 2002-2003 season.

With a little more than three minutes left to play, the Tigers owned a six-point lead, but it all went down the drain as the Panthers ended the game on an 8-0 run to secure the 60-58 victory.

It seemed like Mizzou could send the game into overtime as it held the ball for the last shot, however, the team could not even get off a shot before time expired.

Sydney Crafton led the way for the Tigers with 12 points, as it was her last game in a Tiger uniform. Morgan Eye added three more treys to her record-setting season in the SEC.

Even with the excellent shooting from the Tigers in the second half, 54 percent, the Panthers were just a tad better as everything seemed to be falling for both teams in the half. The downside for Mizzou was that the team was an abysmal 7-20 from beyond the arc.

Crafton’s layup proved to be the last Tiger point of the season as Ta’Kenya Nixon of the Panthers hit a jumper with 19 seconds left to play. Good defense in the final seconds caused Bri Kulas to turn the ball over and the Panthers moved on to the second round against either Illinois or Miami (Ohio).

The Tigers finish the season at 17-14, which is the team’s best record since the 2006-2007 season. The squad looks to build in the offseason as it says goodbye to seniors Crafton, Liene Priede, Kendra Frazier and Liz Smith.

-Alex Farkas
Staff Writer
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