Women’s basketball wins thriller against Colorado

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By Jalyn Johnson, 23 Sports

Friday, Dec. 12-

After trailing by 14 points in the first half, the Missouri women’s basketball team held the Colorado Buffaloes to just 17 points in the second period and rallied to win the contest 53-50 on Friday night. The Tigers, who continued their perfect record at home, improve to 7-2 on the season.

Kayla McDowell scored one of the five three pointers that came in the beginning of the game for Mizzou. 15 of the Tigers first 17 points came from downtown. The Buffaloes scored just as efficiently to stay neck and neck with Missouri, having most of their points come from inside the paint. Morgan Eye, who recorded 9 points in the contest, concluded the three point show with her shot that put the Tigers up 17-16 with 10:35 left in the period.

However, Colorado went on a 15-2 run over the next 6 minutes that led to a Mizzou timeout. Coming out of the time out with the Buffaloes up 31-19, Colorado then scored another two points extending the lead to 14.

With 30 seconds left in the half, off a missed Mizzou three pointer, freshman Bri Porter grabbed the rebound and laid it in to cut into the Buffaloes lead. Heading into the locker room, the Tigers found themselves down 33-21.

Mizzou found more production in the paint to start the second half, which paired with their defense, allowed them to cut more into Colorado’s lead. Kayla McDowell, who also had 10 points on the night, hit a layup to pull the Tigers within 10. On the next offensive possession for the Tigers, Colorado focused so much on the paint; they left the hot three-point shooter Eye open for an easy bucket that cut the lead to 9 heading into the 15 minute media timeout.

The dominating inside play by Jordan Frericks continued on the night as the freshman went to the rim and completed a three-point play with 10:40 left in the period. Off of a missed Buffalo three pointer, Mizzou gained possession, giving the ball back to Frericks to go back to the rim only to be fouled once more.

With the two made free throws, Mizzou tied the game at 40. Morgan Stock gave the Tigers the lead with two more made free throws on the next possession.

Colorado did not give up and traded buckets with Mizzou, recapturing the lead 50-49 with 2:03 left on the clock. Two free throws by Maddie Stock put the Tigers up 51-50 and caused the Buffaloes to take a 30 second timeout. Coming out of the timeout, forced turnovers and free throws from Juanita Robinson secured the win for the Tigers, 53-50

The Tigers will look to continue their perfect record at home on Sunday at Mizzou Arena where they will face Northern Illinois. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.