KANSAS CITY — Amanda Hanneman woke up Thursday morning with a positive outlook.
“Up early for shootaround,” read a message from Hanneman’s Twitter account posted at 8 a.m. “Got a lot of sleep feeling good!”
And though Missouri fell to Texas 64-59 in the first round of the Big 12 women's basketball tournament on Thursday afternoon at Municipal Auditorium, Hanneman put on quite a show. The senior guard finished with 21 points, all on 3-pointers. The seven long range shots were one off the Big 12 tournament record for 3-pointers made in a game, set by Iowa State’s Heather Ezell in 2008.
“When you’re a shooter like me, when the first one goes down it’s always a good thing,” Hanneman said. “I just kept telling myself you’re going to make them today.”
Heading into Thursday’s contest, Hanneman had missed her last 25 3-point attempts in road games. After swishing a 3-pointer from the right wing 75 seconds into the game, Hanneman put that stat to rest.
“I was hoping she would feel like this was an away game,” Texas coach Gail Goestenkors said. “But she didn’t. She felt like it was a home game and she shot the ball well for them.”
Even though the game was away from Mizzou Arena, Hanneman didn't seem like a visitor. She is from Blue Springs, a suburb of Kansas City.
Every time the ball left Hanneman’s hands, it was expected to go in the basket. With her knees slightly bent, elbow tucked in and her hand following through as if she was laying the ball right into the basket. Hanneman’s shot was nearly unstoppable.
A 3-pointer from the right wing. Swish. Another from the left baseline hit off the front of the rim, caromed off the backboard and fell through the net. Pulling up for a 3-pointer on a fast break. Nothing but net again.
Hanneman’s last 3-pointer came with nine minutes left in the game, cutting the Missouri deficit to four. The fact that Hanneman didn’t score the rest of the contest can be credited to Yvonne Anderson, daughter of Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson and a lockdown defender for the Longhorns.
“I put Yvonne Anderson on her,” Goestenkors said. “And I said do not let her get anymore three’s. There is no excuse.”
After the switch, Anderson let Hanneman hit her last 3-pointer after getting caught up in a pick. But Anderson shadowed her closely after that, not letting Hanneman get any good looks at the basket. Anderson even made it hard for Hanneman to touch the ball at all.
Hanneman gave everything she had. But in the end, it wasn’t enough. The rest of her team shot just 28 percent from the floor. When the final buzzer sounded, Hanneman could barely muster any emotion. She was exhausted. She put her head down, untucked her jersey and headed to the sideline to congratulate the Longhorns.
“Walking off the court, you can’t help but think this is the last time I’m going to be walking off the basketball court,” Hanneman said. “I wish it would have been a win at the time, but no regrets. I came out in this game with no regrets and that’s what I wanted to do, just give my all and that’s what happened.”
After the game, Missouri coach Cindy Stein couldn’t stop smiling when talking about how proud she was off her senior sharpshooter, for who she is both on and off the court.
“She brings so much to the team with her energy and positive attitude,” Stein said. “And she’s a great role model for these guys. When you have a senior go out like that, that’s an excellent way to do it.”