J.J. Angelo-23Sports

In crushing fashion, the Missouri Tigers lost to the Razorbacks of Arkansas 85-81 in overtime, Sunday at Mizzou Arena.
The struggling Tigers were poised for a much-needed upset win over the Razorbacks. They led by double digits for most of the fourth quarter, once leading by 13, but couldn’t stop an impassioned Arkansas comeback effort in the closing minutes of the game.

An 18-5 Arkansas run in the last five minutes pushed the game to overtime tied at 74. Razorback guards Alexis Tolefree and Amber Ramirez were the sole scorers in that five-minute, 18-point outburst.

Mizzou and Arkansas traded punches most of the extra period but the Tigers were never able to capture the lead. Ultimately, the Razorbacks were able to cement their lead with free throws and a missed layup from Mizzou’s Amber Smith.

Smith was Mizzou’s top scorer with 22 points, her fifth 20-point performance of the season. Alexis Tolefree lead all scorers with 35 points as well as leading her team in assists with two.

Statistically, it’s a frustrating defeat for Missouri, who led the game in field goal percentage, free throw percentage, rebounds, assists, and blocks. Although, 20 turnovers compared to Arkansas’ six hurt the Tigers significantly. They committed six in the fourth quarter and three in that crucial final five minutes.

With the loss, Mizzou falls to 5-17 on the season and 2-7 in SEC play. They go on the road Thursday, February 6th, traveling to Athens, Georgia for a matchup with the 12-9 Bulldogs.