Mizzou’s second half fight not enough against Mississippi State

By Elaine Stockdale

Senior Liz Smith, Kyley Simmons and Sydney Crafton help teammates up in the second half after desperate attempts to take the lead.

Missouri players Sydney Crafton, third from left, Kyley Simmons and Liz Smith help a teammate and Mississippi State senior Darriel Gaynor in the second half. Missouri Tigers lost the game 61-56, on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

Missouri and Mississippi State honored the Kay Yow Cancer Fund at today’s game in order to raise awareness about breast cancer. The Missouri squad had a pink uniforms to celebrate the cause, however there was no win, as the Tigers went down 61-56 to the Bulldogs at home.
Morgan Eye managed only two 3-pointers today but it was enough for her to surpass Alyssa Hollins record for most three’s in a season. Eye has now 92 for the season, breaking Hollin’s 90 record set in the 2007-08 season.
Senior Liene Priede had a stellar performance, leading scorers for Missouri. Priede finished with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Both teams had plenty of fast breaks and high tempo offense and defense in the first half. The Bulldogs had the early lead but were stopped short as Sydney Crafton, Bri Kulus and Kyley Simmons all ran away with points. The Tigers had a 5-0 run that tied the game in the first half after a three from Eye and jumper from Priede.
Crafton and Liz Smith had four straight points that gave the Tigers the lead at the half.
Coming into the second half Missouri went on to trail the Bulldogs as they made a 7 -2 run. The Tigers made a gutsy effort to come back lead by Priede. The senior continued to fight on bringing the Tigers within just two, under six minutes of time remaining. The Bulldogs continued to edge away as the Tigers made fouls with desperate full court pressure.
Eye’s second three-pointer for the game was crucial as it brought the Tigers within two points with only a few minutes left on the clock. The teams stood at 49 – 47 but The Bulldogs were efficient from the free throw line keeping their lead and the pressure on the Tigers. Kulas made two free throws with under a minute remaining to keep the Tigers hopes alive but the Bulldogs held them off to seal the victory by five points.
A lack of focus was costly for the Tigers, they finished with 20 in total and only shot 26 percent in the second half. The Tigers overall shooting percentage from the field was 38.6, Mississippi 33.3 percent.
Missouri dominated the rebounds 38 to 33 and had a valuable bench that combined for 23 to 4. Both teams struggled from beyond the arc as a result from tight defense from both teams. Disappointingly, the Tigers who lead third in the league for three’s hit just three 3-pointers, the Bulldogs hit six of their 11.
Missouri hits the road for their next game on Thursday, February 14 against Vanderbilt. They then come home to Mizzou Arena on February 21 to face LSU.
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