Lady Raiders Come From Behind to Beat Missouri
March 7, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak in a come-from-behind win over Missouri, 63-56, Saturday at the United Spirit Arena.
The first 20 minutes of play saw nine lead changes and five ties before Missouri (13-16/4-12) took the last lead of the half at 5:48 on a three-pointer by Bekah Mills to give the Tigers a 23-20 lead. The Lady Raiders (16-14/6-10) got within three again on a jumper by Tiny Henderson at 4:25. Neither team scored over the next three minutes until Christine Flores hit a jumper for the Tigers to give them a 27-22 lead at the half.
Down five to start the second half, Tech's Dominic Seals hit two free throws in the first minute to cut the lead to three. But from there, Mizzou went on a 6-1 run to get its largest advantage of the game of nine points at 33-24. The Tigers got up by nine again at 35-26 with 15:22 to go in the contest before Tech started to chip away at the lead.
With 12:58 remaining in the game Jordan Murphree got hot over the next six minutes as she scored 16 of 18 points for the Lady Raiders, including a jumper at 8:16 to tie the game for the first time since the 6:12 mark in the first half. Ashlee Roberson then hit a jumper to give Tech back the lead at 47-45 with 7:38 to go. That jumper marked the final lead change of the game as the Lady Raiders got up by as many as eight points with three minutes remaining in the game. Tilmila Martin was 8-for-8 from the free throw line during the final five and half minutes to help secure the win for Tech.
Murphree scored a game-high 21 points, 19 of those coming in the second half, and Seals added 14 points. Kierra Mallard collected a game-high 10 rebounds.
Tech outshot Mizzou 46.7 percent to 41.5 percent, while the Tigers outrebounded the Lady Raiders 33-31.