Inconsistent Missouri women's basketball results in loss against Texas

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 11:15 p.m. CST
Texas' Chelsea Bass, 11, drives past Missouri's Sydney Crafton, 21, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday in Austin, Texas. Texas won 75-58.

The Missouri women's basketball team's main problem this season has been a failure to combine all aspects of its game for a full 40 minutes.

Coach Robin Pingeton still notices positives from her team, but its inability to put together a complete game leaves the Tigers winless in Big 12 Conference play after a 75-58 loss to Texas on Wednesday.

Missouri turned the ball over only 12 times, its lowest total of the season. The Tigers also had their highest number of free throw attempts in a game and made 21-of-28 from the line. Missouri was only out-rebounded by two, an accomplishment for a team that was at a height disadvantage in every position.

But an inability to make shots cost the Tigers the game. They made less than 29 percent of their shots. At one point in the second half, Missouri made only one basket in 17 attempts.

"Until we can do that we're going to continue to struggle. We're just not at that point when we can have players have off shooting nights and have a chance," Pingeton said.

Texas gained an early 11-point lead over a scoreless Missouri, just past four minutes into the game. The Longhorns led by as many as 17 in the first half before Missouri began a comeback putting them within five points before the half.

"We struggled out of the gate, so for us to weather that storm and stay the course and finish that half strong was a positive," Pingeton said.

Missouri didn't register a field goal for more than eight minutes in the second half, allowing Texas to gain a 54-36 lead before Christine Flores made a 2-point jump shot for the Tigers.

Missouri played well in stretches, but Pingeton knows that flashes of good playing will only get them so far.

"We're back to the little victories and growth, but it's not enough to get it up on the scoreboard," Pingeton said. "We're a team of peaks and valleys, and we have to sustain that consistent level of play to be competitive in Big 12 play."

Chassidy Fussell scored 22 points for Texas, while BreAnna Brock had 13 to lead Missouri.

Missouri is now 0-7 in the Big 12 and 10-8 overall. The Tigers play Saturday against Oklahoma at Mizzou Arena.

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