This season was supposed to be easier for Alyssa Hollins. Unlike last year, when she was named honorable mention All-Big 12, the senior wasn't expected to have to shoulder most of the team's offensive production.
But so far the team's only senior has struggled in Big 12 play, shooting 28 percent from the field through five games and averaging 10 points per game.
Entering the season, Hollins had already hit more 3-pointers than any other player in program history, but she's made just nine of her 34 3-point attempts in conference play.
“I think it’s in her head. I think it’s been in her head," Missouri coach Cindy Stein said after her team's 61-56 loss to Colorado on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. "Alyssa’s obviously very smart, it’s not something that you need to bring up with her..."
Hollins was 3-of-11 in from the field in 38 minutes against the Buffaloes and finished with eight points.
"I know that, again, she’s been trying to get into rhythm," Stein said. "She wanted to work hard on defense today. We gave her the assignment of (Brittany) Spears. I thought she did a good job on her, so she knew that she was going to need to contribute in other ways.
Spears, Colorado's leading scorer at 17 points a game, had 11 points against the Tigers on 4-of 13 shooting.
“I think at this time right now during Alyssa’s slump or whatever ... I think we have to, as a team effort, try to get her back into it and not let her get all the way into herself," sophomore RaeShara Brown said after the game. "I think we just have to help her maintain her confidence, and eventually she’ll come out of it."
Brown did her part to help offense on Saturday, scoring a career-high 17 points. Brown, who was averaging 5.8 points a game entering Saturday, said she noticed early in the game that Colorado defenders were backing off when she had the ball on the offensive end.
"A lot of teams have been trying to play off of me, and I think that's put a lot of pressure on other kids," Brown said.
Pressure that Hollins may be feeling, but pressure that her talent will help her overcome, according to her coach.
“I think Alyssa will come around," Stein said. "She’s too good to be in a lull, but obviously she’s someone that we kind of rely on.”