Poor First Half Dooms Tigers, Extends Losing Streak to 11

Wednesday, February 8 –

Lousy shooting by the Tigers allowed Iowa State to jump out to huge halftime lead, and they coasted to a 65-52 victory over Missouri Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.

Senior guard Lauren Mansfield led the Cyclones with 21 points and eight rebounds, and junior forward Chelsea Poppens contributed with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Reserve forward BreAnna Brock led the way for Missouri, scoring 14 points and ripping down nine rebounds. Freshman guard Kyley Simmons continued her strong season by scoring 14 points and dishing out four assists.

It was the same story for the Tigers on Wednesday night against the Cyclones. Poor shooting has plagued the Tigers throughout conference play and that continued with a 32.8 percent effort from the floor.

The Tigers attempted 28 three-pointers, but they didn’t fare any better from beyond the arc. Kyley Simmons went 4-9 from three, but the rest of the team shot a combined 3-19 from distance.

Even the free throw line proved troublesome for the Tigers, where they only made three of seven attempts all night. The Cyclones had a huge advantage from the charity strip, making 18 of 20 attempts.

The Cyclones maintained a significant edge on the boards, outrebounding the Tigers 40-29 on the night. Rebounding has been an issue lately for the Tigers, as they have been outrebounded in six of their past seven contests.

The Tigers were able to claw back in during the second half by limiting turnovers. They only had eight for the game, a huge turnaround after committing a combined 45 turnovers in their last two games against Texas Tech and Baylor.

Despite having a large advantage in the turnover department, the Tigers couldn’t overcome their poor shooting and lack of rebounding.

The Tigers will try to win their first conference game of the year next game at Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 11. Their last win was against Sam Houston State on Dec. 30.

– Brian Ruehlmann
23 Sports
Staff Writer