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Missouri women's basketball falls at Texas Tech, remains winless in Big 12

By Matt Beezley
February 5, 2012 | 4:38 p.m. CST

The Missouri women's basketball team traveled to Lubbock, Texas, on Sunday hoping to gain its first Big 12 Conference win of the season.

The Tigers underperformed and lost 76-49 to Texas Tech, which had lost six of its past seven games before playing Missouri.

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Missouri coach Robin Pingeton has stressed all season that Missouri's success can't be judged by the score at the end of a game, but Sunday's loss left her flustered and struggling for answers.

"Just so disappointed," Pingeton said. "Extremely disappointed. I really felt we played soft mentally and physically."

Pingeton — who usually emphasizes her team's drive and willingness to compete despite not having won a conference game this season — was most frustrated with Missouri's lack of toughness on both sides of the ball.

"We stood, we didn't fight through that physical style of play," she said. "I'm a little surprised, based on the teams we have in this league and the teams we go up against, that we got complacent and we got soft."

Missouri's main problem all season has been its inability to take care of the basketball, and Sunday was no exception. Texas Tech scored 27 points off of 26 Missouri turnovers.

"You can't have 26 turnovers if you want to have a chance to win," Pingeton said. "We can't beat anybody no matter what level they're at with 26 turnovers."

Missouri also had its lowest shot output of the season, managing only 39 field goal attempts compared to Texas Tech's 65. The Tigers were also out-rebounded 40-31 and scored only three second-chance points while Texas Tech scored 12.

"It's an accumulation of a lot of little things that are making it really tough right now," Pingeton said.

Senior forward BreAnna Brock, who is second on the team in points behind Christine Flores, didn't register a shot attempt all game. Pingeton said Brock's absence on Sunday was because she didn't attack the basket and Missouri played sloppily on the perimeter.

The lone bright spot for the Tigers was the 31 points scored from their bench players, but this was mostly because Flores, their leading scorer, didn't start for the first time all season. Flores scored 11 points and added eight rebounds.

Junior guard Sydney Crafton led the Tigers with 13 points, but also had the most turnovers on the team with eight.

At 10-11, Missouri fell below .500 for the first time this season and lost its 10th consecutive conference game. No. 25 Texas Tech (16-6) improved to 4-6 in the Big 12.