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Rally falls short for Missouri women's basketball team

Sunday, November 29, 2009 | 4:08 p.m. CST; updated 9:01 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 29, 2009

Good teams have a knack for capitalizing on mistakes.

That’s exactly what No. 9 Florida State did Sunday afternoon, turning 15 Missouri turnovers into 31 points. The Tigers were only able to score 13 points off of 15 forced turnovers. This proved costly as the Missouri women’s basketball team fell 73-66 in the championship game of the Seminole Classic in Tallahassee, Fla.

“Obviously anytime you give someone 31 points off your turnovers it helps whoever’s getting those transition points,” Missouri coach Cindy Stein said. “Any time you can score points off your defense it helps you. Those are bonus points.”

In a game marked by large runs by both teams, Florida State (6-0) went on a 8-2 run in the game’s final minutes.

“It was a tough loss,” senior Amanda Hanneman said. “We hung with them. I wish we could have pulled it out.”

Hanneman led the Tigers (3-2) with a game-high 20 points, including six 3-pointers. Jessra Johnson added 16 and RaeShara Brown had 13. Missouri was 9-of-18 from behind the arc.

“She’s (Hanneman) not afraid to shoot it,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said in a radio interview after the game. “She’s very confident. They did a great job offensively.”

Hanneman deflected praise over to her teammates.

“They got me open, and I just knocked down the shots,” Hanneman said.

After trailing 63-52 with nine minutes to go, Missouri went on a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to cut the Florida State lead to one point. The Tigers then squandered multiple opportunities to take the lead, and the Seminoles went on a 7-0 run to pull away.

With Florida State holding a 39-32 advantage after scoring the first four points in the second half, Missouri went on a 17-4 run capped by a string of 3-pointers by Hanneman and Johnson. Up 49-43 with almost 15 minutes to go, the Tigers seemed to have seized the momentum. But Florida State would eventually go on a 16-0 run to take a lead it would never relinquish.

“The whole game we battled,” Stein said. “We came back. We competed. We got to hit our free throws and put ourselves in a little bit better position.”

Free throws were a big factor in deciding the game. Missouri went 9-for-16 from the free-throw line while Florida State was 18-for-21.

“We lost by seven points and we missed seven free throws,” Hanneman said.

Even with the loss, Missouri comes out of Florida battle-tested for the Big 12 Conference schedule.

“Playing good teams like this really helps us out going into conference because all the Big 12 teams are just like this,” Hanneman said. “It’s always good to play ranked teams because it gets your prepared and that’s what we need.”

The ability for Missouri to play tough with highly ranked teams bodes well for the rest of the season.

“The key for us is getting better from this,” Stein said. “We can’t lose confidence. We’ve got to bounce back. We can’t take this as a moral victory and be satisfied with it. I thought we competed hard. We’re going to get better.”

Missouri will take on Ball State at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Mizzou Arena.


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