Lady Tigers Suffer Poor First Half, Lose to Razorbacks

Sunday, Feb. 17-

Much like the Missouri men’s basketball team on Saturday, the women’s basketball squad was also unable to notch a road victory in Fayetteville, Ark., on Sunday. The loss drops the women’s record to 15-11, and 4-8 in SEC play. Junior Bri Kulas was the high scorer for Mizzou as she put up 13 points.

Heading into the first television timeout of the game, the Tigers found themselves in a stalemate with the Razorbacks with a 4-4 score. But Arkansas came out guns blazing after the break as they embarked on a 13-4 run, creating a 17-4 lead. Mizzou halted the run thanks to a layup from senior Sydney Crafton and scored again off a jumper from freshman Michelle Hudyn.

Arkansas was persistent though, and brought the Tigers little spark to an end, launching a 7-0 run to regain another double-digit lead.

The Tigers went cold from the field in the first half, shooting a miserable 19 percent from the field as the Razorbacks continued to score. As the two teams went to the locker rooms, Arkansas owned a 33-11 advantage.

Bri Kulas kicked off the second half with four quick points trying to establish momentum for the Tigers. But once again, the Razorbacks would not budge and continued to protect their lead. Freshman Razorback Dominique Wilson was consistent throughout the ball game as she poured in 18 points behind a 3-3 performance from beyond the arc.

The Tigers managed to shoot a much better percentage than they did in the first half and they were able to get to the free throw line 14 times after failing to reach the the charity stripe once in the first half.

Mizzou actually outscored Arkansas in the second half but the early deficit proved to be too much to handle as the Tigers fell 61-40.

The women will be back home when the LSU Tigers roar into town for a game at 8 p.m. Thursday.

-Logan McKee
23 Sports
Staff Writer