COLUMBIA — Seniors Christine Flores and BreAnna Brock seemed to score at will in the second half of Saturday's 92-62 win against visiting Wright State.
At one point in the second half, the two combined to score 21 straight points for the Missouri women's basketball team. Flores ended the game with 26 points, 22 of those coming in the second half. Brock scored 18, with 12 in the second half.
But Flores and Brock have not always been teammates. In high school, they were the exact opposite.
Both from San Antonio, the two were high school rivals. Flores went to Winston Churchill High School and Brock went to Wagner High School. Brock described the schools as two of the top-three girls basketball schools in the area.
Outside of the rivalry games, they didn't know each other at all.
"We didn't even know each other signed here for a while," Brock said.
They were paired up as roommates their freshman year.
"We got to know each other pretty well," said Flores, and they still get along well.
Now they are the two leading scorers on a young Missouri team and along with guard Bailey Gee make up the team's three seniors.
"What the three seniors bring night in and night out is their understanding of where the program was, and what our vision is of where we're trying to get to and exactly what that takes," Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said. "They're hungry, they want to be successful."
They showed it in the second half of Saturday's win.
Brock banked in layups with her right and left hands. Flores seemed to be able to score from anywhere, making layups, jump shots and 3-pointers.
Pingeton said that Flores has been putting in extra time in the gym working on her shooting. The extra work was evident with Flores scoring three of Missouri's 13 3-pointers.
"I think she's a young lady that's got very high expectations for herself," Pingeton said about Flores. "I think she knew at halftime that she could be doing more than what she was doing."
The play that seemed to put the game out of reach for Wright State came on a Missouri fast break when Flores caught a pass past half court and sent a hard bounce pass in to a running Brock, who finished with a layup in stride.
Missouri is now 5-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season. The Tigers face Northwestern next Saturday in the Big 12/Big 10 challenge.
Pingeton, who is in her second season season at Missouri, said she is pleased with how the seniors have bought into her approach.
"They're the ones that had to drop down their guard and jump on the train with both feet, and they certainly have done that from day one," Pingeton said.
Flores and Brock will continue to lead Missouri as they put their old rivalry further into the past. Their high schools actually are no longer in the same conference.
"Technically its not even there anymore," Flores said.