AMES, Iowa - Heading into Saturday’s game at Iowa State, the Missouri women’s basketball team had put scares into Nebraska and No. 10 Oklahoma before falling, both times, in the final minute.
But against the Cyclones the Tigers fell easily, losing their eighth straight, 64-46.
Missouri (8-15, 1-9) had its fourth-lowest scoring output of the season. The Tigers shot just 35 percent and scored only 23 points in each half.
“There were a lot of times where I didn’t think we were very patient, and there’s other times I think we missed wide open shots,” coach Cindy Stein said in a radio interview.
Junior guard Alyssa Hollins, who scored 14 points, was the only Tiger to score in double figures. Sophomore forward Jessra Johnson and freshman forward Shakara Jones were held to a combined seven points, 18.9 points below their average.
“I did not think our bigs played very well tonight,” Stein said. “I think we struggled inside offensively and defensively.”
Junior forward K-Kay Pickens and freshman point guard Raeshara Brown each scored six points to tie for second on the team.
Iowa State, on the other hand, had a very balanced offensive attack. The Cyclones had four players in double figures led by junior forward Jocelyn Anderson who had a career-high 15 points. The Cyclones also got a strong effort from sophomore guard Alison Lacey who almost had a triple double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Stein said the Cyclones were able to execute their offense because the Tigers didn’t do a good job of trying to deny the ball and put pressure on Iowa State.
“You have to have kids that want to do that and too many times we were begging them to do that,” Stein said. “We can’t have that.”
MU trailed by six at halftime, but didn’t score in the first 5:40 of the second half and Iowa State went on a 10-0 run to take a 16-point lead. The Tigers cut the lead to eight twice but never seriously threatened in the second half.
The Tigers will now head into their bye week and won’t play again until Sunday when they face Kansas State at Mizzou Arena.