Mizzou women lose at home to Arkansas, 58-50

Story by Elaine Stockdale
Photos by Karen Mitchell

Bri Kulas (13) has her shot rejected by Arkansas' Quistelle Williams (24) Thursday ight. Missouri lost to Arkansas, 58-50 Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Bri Kulas (13) has her shot rejected by Arkansas’ Quistelle Williams (24) in Thursday night’s 58-50 loss at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.

Coming off a bye week, the fresh Arkansas Razorbacks comfortably upset the Missouri Tigers in their first match-up as Southeastern Conference opponents.

Arkansas played consistent defense that was key in the 58 – 50 win at Mizzou Arena, despite a late comeback by the young Missouri team.

Missouri Coach Robin Pingeton said the team needs to work on understanding the importance of possession.

“Understand the importance of really valuing the ball and giving yourself a chance, I don’t think we gave ourselves a chance,” Pingeton said.

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton argues with one of the officials about a play. Missouri lost to Arkansas, 58-50 Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton argues with one of the officials about a play. Missouri lost to Arkansas, 58-50
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Karen Mitchell

“(Arkansas is) a very good team, there is a reason they’re receiving points in the top 25, but I felt like we didn’t have the poise and discipline offensively.”

Arkansas coach Tom Collen used his team’s strength on defense to effectively create an early advantage.

“We ran them off the three point line and I thought that was the key to the game,” Collen said.

“I knew we doing a good job (on defense) not just by the number of 3’s they were missing or not getting to, but when we got them so late in the shot clock, we got those shot clock violations on them, I knew we were doing a pretty good job of it,” Collen said.

Offensively the Tigers had trouble finding their spark, resulting in a lack of rhythm to execute plays and in attacking the board in the post.

Missouri trailed for most of the game, briefly taking the lead in the second half due to a higher tempo influenced by aggressive play down low by Liz Smith. However Arkansas was quick to unravel the Tigers by forcing turnovers, grabbing back the lead within minutes.

“I felt like we played a little bit rushed, we are a young team but we will make those adjustments to make our executions better, there were certainly some frustrations on the offensive end,” Pingeton said.

Stand outs for Missouri were Smith, who played solidly against the boards, finishing with nine rebounds for the Tigers, and Morgan Eye and Sydney Crafton came off the bench providing Missouri with much needed points and crucial possessions.

Eye went 4 of 9 from the three point line while Crafton had seven rebounds.

For Arkansas Erin Gatling finished with the game high of 23 points and Calli Berna Calli had 12 points and seven assists.

Missouri hits the road for its next game, against Texas A&M on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m.

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