Women's Hoops Falls Prey To Missouri, 52-49

Aleah Johnson maneuvers around Missouri's Ekpe Akpaffiong in the first half of Tuesday's game.

Aleah Johnson maneuvers around Missouri's Ekpe Akpaffiong in the first half of Tuesday's game.
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Feb. 8, 2000

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - It's rare for a team to make so many mistakes and become so frustrated and still have things turn out so good.

That's what happened to Missouri in its 52-49 upset of No. 9 Texas Tech on Tuesday night.

"I knew that for us to possibly win the game it was going to have to be ugly," Missouri coach Cindy Stein said. "I just didn't know it was going to have to be that ugly."

Natalie Bright hit a jumper with 29 seconds left and then stole the ball on Tech's next possession to give the Tigers (15-6, 5-5 Big 12) their first win ever over Texas Tech.

Missouri won in spite of a season high in turnovers, a season low in points, and a technical foul on the bench after Missouri picked up five fouls in the game's first seven minutes.

Marlena Williams scored 11 points, all in the second half, and iced the game for Missouri with two free throws with eight seconds left.

The game was close throughout the second half with Tech leading with one minute left. Then Tech was called for a backcourt violation and Bright scored on the next possession. Tech's last-second 3-point attempt by Amber Tarr was long.

"We played obviously well enough on the defensive side to win," Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp said. "But we didn't make enough plays on offense."

Tech shot only 34 percent from the field after missing its first 11 shots.

The Red Raiders (18-3, 7-3) were also unable to capitalize on Missouri's first half foul trouble, going 8-of-21 from the free throw line. In the second half, however, Tech didn't attempt a free throw and didn't score at all over the last three minutes.

"You obviously have to make a lot more free throws than we made in the first half," Sharp said. "We had a chance to put them away and didn't."

Julie Helm added 11 points for Missouri, while Texas Tech was led by Aleah Johnson with 17 points and Keitha Dickerson added 15. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Red Raiders.



Missouri's victory was a far cry from the 19-1 deficit it faced at Texas Tech early in last season's game which the Tigers eventually lost 74-68.

"Last year when we had to go there and they were chanting `Missouri high school,"' Helm said. "There was a bitter taste in my mouth."


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