The Missouri women's basketball team had a tough time Thursday in the first round of the Paradise Jam tournament in the Virgin Islands, losing to No. 4-ranked Tennessee 82-44.
Senior RaeShara Brown was the lone bright spot for the Tigers (1-2), claiming a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The next highest scorers for Missouri were senior Shakara Jones with six points and sophomore Sydney Crafton with five.
Missouri missed six of its first seven shots, and the Volunteers (5-0) built an 11-2 lead 5 minutes into the game. At halftime they led 43-24, and they outscored the Tigers 39-20 in the second half.
Four players scored in double figures for Tennessee, led by freshman Meighan Simmons' 14 points. Alicia Manning added 11 points, and Tabi Spani and Kamiko Williams each had 10. In all, 10 Volunteers players scored in the game.
Missouri was also plagued by 25 turnovers, 15 coming from the starting lineup. Missouri coach Robin Pingeton gave playing time to 12 out of the 14 players on the Tigers' roster.
The Tigers will face No. 12 Georgetown on Friday in their second match of the tournament.