Mizzou falls 55-48 to Texas A&M, drops five of last six

Mizzou falls 55-48 to Texas A&M, drops five of last six

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By Joey Gjata, 23 Sports

Friday, Feb. 6–

Having lost the last 11 meetings against the Aggies dating back to February 2005, the Missouri women’s basketball team looked to snap its horrid losing streak and avenge last season’s nail-biting 62-57 loss.

On that night, it was sharpshooter Morgan Eye who tallied five threes and 19 points to lead all scorers in a losing effort. Texas A&M came into this one only 1-4 in its last five road games, but fended off a late Tiger comeback to improve to 18-5 on the year.

It was a tightly contested battle for the majority of this evening, as two of the top twenty defensive sides clashed at the Hearnes Center. Early on, Missouri contained the SEC’s leading scorer Courtney Williams (14.7 points) to a mere two points, but the Tigers struggled to stop Courtney Walker, as the shooting guard shot an impressive 50 percent from the field, scoring 12 points in the first half.

Offensively, Mizzou was unable to find Eye consistently, as the senior took only three shots going two for three with five first half points. Nevertheless, her only three pointer of the half sparked the Tigers to a 7-0 run which gave them their first lead of the game.

Junior Maddie Stock took over from there, scoring 10 first half points to keep the Tigers within range at the intermission 28-21.

The second twenty minutes saw the Aggies come out of the break with intent, as the SEC’s leading facilitator Jordan Jones (6.9 assists) did a little of everything, scoring 10 points along with four boards and two steals on the evening. The senior leader also added three assists, edging her ever closer to fourth in the all-time SEC assist rankings with just under 500 in her career.

As the half wore on Mizzou finally showed their SEC leading three point shooting range through Eye and Stock. The two guards combined for 23 points. The outside shooting paved the way for Missouri’s most influential player to lead a valiant comeback.

Sophomore forward Jordan Frericks, who leads the Tigers in points, rebounds, steals and blocks this season, scored 15 points and grabbed 16 boards for her ninth double-double of the year.

Missouri pulled within three late in the game but it was Walker with a pair of big steals and two big buckets to seal it for the visiting Aggies. Walker finished the contest with 17 points and five rebounds.

Overall, the Tigers played a sloppy and careless game from an offensive standpoint. The wonderful defensive effort on the boards went to waste as they committed 21 turnovers. Mizzou shot itself in the foot, but the Aggies nearly returned the favor shooting 7-15 from the charity stripe to keep it a close game down the stretch.

The loss drops Mizzou to 12-11 (2-8 in conference) on the year and with each passing game, the Tigers desperately long for their only true point guard, Lianna Doty, who will continue to sit out this season after suffering an early foot injury.

Missouri wasn’t able to upset a struggling A&M side but could start to turn its season around against an Auburn team in complete disarray and winless in the SEC. The game will be played at the Hearnes Center this Sunday, February 8 with tipoff set for 2 p.m.

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