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Columbia Missourian

Missouri women's basketball comes up short against Oklahoma

By Matt Beezley
February 11, 2012 | 7:30 p.m. CST
Oklahoma's Morgan Hook tries to beat Missouri's Liene Priede to a loose ball during a game on Saturday in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma won 64-60.

COLUMBIA — Liz Smith attempted her first 3-point shot all season with six seconds left in the Missouri women's basketball game Saturday at Oklahoma.

Smith, a junior college tranfer, substituted for senior Christine Flores, who fouled out of the game with 2:30 remaining.

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Missouri coach Robin Pingeton called a timeout with 13 seconds left and the Tigers trailing by three points to set up a play. Earlier in the second half, Missouri trailed by as much as 13 points.

Missouri freshman Morgan Eye, the Tigers' best shooter from the 3-point range, was guarded on the inbounds play and couldn't take the shot. Smith received a pass at the top of the arc with six seconds left and shot the ball. If she made it, she would have sent the game into overtime and put Missouri one step closer to winning its first Big 12 Conference game of the season.

But 6-foot-3 Oklahoma forward Kaylon Williams raised her arms and swatted the ball for her second block of the game, forcing Missouri point guard Kyley Simmons to intentionally foul her with four seconds left.

Williams made her second free throw to seal a 64-60 Sooners victory and keep Missouri winless in the Big 12.

Although they lost, the Tigers (10-13, 0-12) played one of their best games of the season, and Pingeton was quick to point out how proud she was of their performance and effort.

"It's a little victory," she said. "There was definitely growth out there today for these girls to fight the way they did."

Pingeton took a few positives from this second loss to Oklahoma (16-7, 8-4). Earlier in the season Missouri lost to Oklahoma at home by three points. But, in Norman the Tigers had only nine turnovers, making this second consecutive game in which Missouri kept their turnovers from going into double digits.

However, the Tigers didn't shoot well. They made only 19 of their 53 field goal attempts.

"We're getting good looks, but we just need to finish our shots," Pingeton said. "We keep shooting ourselves in the foot."

BreAnna Brock finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points and collecting 10 rebounds.

Smith, who played 17 minutes after Flores got in foul trouble, scored eight points for a new career high at Missouri.