Women’s basketball makes second half run, falls to LSU

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By Ron Davis, 23 Sports-

Tuesday, Feb. 3

The Missouri women’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker to the LSU Lady Tigers 74-65 on Monday night, dropping their record to 2-7 in the SEC and 12-10 overall. In a game that featured a couple of dramatic, game-changing runs, it was LSU that came out victorious against the other Tigers.

LSU came out hot in the first half, hitting 10 of their first 12 shots. Despite the hot shooting from LSU, Missouri however did a good job of keeping pace with them, only trailing 22-18 less than eight minutes into the game.

LSU’s Raigyne Moncrief hit her first career three pointer at the buzzer to give her team a 42-31 advantage heading into the locker rooms.

Much like the first half, LSU came out shooting well again. This time around, however, Missouri wasn’t able to answer back. The LSU Tigers scored 10 out of the first 11 points in the second period to take a commanding 52-32 lead.

Following the run, the Missouri trio of Michelle Hudyn, Jordan Frericks, and Juanita Robinson simply took over the game. The Tigers went on a 27-6 run to give them a one point advantage with less than five minutes left in the game. 23 of the 27 points came from the hands of those three.

LSU’s Moncrief and Danielle Ballard then came right back by jumpstarting a 14-5 run to close out the game. Ballard scored a basket plus the foul, and Moncrief sank back to back jumpers, giving the Lady Tigers a five point lead late in the game.

LSU then hit seven of eight free throws to seal the contest. Ballard and Moncrief had 23 of LSU’s 32 second half points.

Frericks had a game high 23 points, Hudyn and Robinson each had 10 and 13 points, respectively. Morgan Eye was held scoreless, going 0-3 from three point range.

The Tigers fall to 12-10, and 2-7 in SEC play. It does not get any easier for Mizzou as they host No.14 Texas A&M on Thursday, but they will be in the comfort of their fans at Mizzou Arena.