Mizzou’s first loss comes to No. 14 California

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By Erin Reynolds, 23 Sports

Sunday, November 23

The Missouri women’s basketball team fell to 3-1 on the season after an 82-70 loss against No. 14 California in the Wahine Classic

The Tigers got off to a good start in the first half, with Kayla McDowell getting on the boards early. The Tigers and Bears battled back and forth in the first half, with neither team having a consistent lead. Both teams shot similarly from the field, with California shooting 45.5% and Mizzou shooting 48.3%. Senior Morgan Eye was able to tie up the game with a trey just with under a minute left on the clock. The Tigers shot an astounding 50% from behind the arc in the first half.

Frericks headed to the line with .1 seconds left to put the Tigers up 38-36 heading into the locker rooms. The sophomore guard completed the game just shy of a double-double with thirteen points and nine rebounds.

Coming out of the locker rooms, California and Mizzou continued to battle back and forth. Sierra Michaelis completed the and-1 just after the 16-minute media timeout, and put the Tigers up 47-46. The sophomore guard ended the night with seventeen points.

After that, the Bears’ Reshanda Gray put up fourteen points in a 16-2 run that put California up 62-49 with a little less than fifteen minutes left in the game. The senior led the game with 28 points.

Unable to fully recover, the Tigers were not able to come any closer than seven points in the remainder of the game.

Missouri will look to bounce back and improve to 4-1 when they take on Wisconsin-Milwaukee on November 30 at Mizzou Arena.