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Missouri women's basketball loses at Iowa State in overtime

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | 11:26 p.m. CST; updated 11:52 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A 3-pointer by Sydney Crafton with 4 seconds remaining sent the game into overtime.

It gave the Missouri women's basketball team another chance, but it wasn't enough in a 66-59 loss to Iowa State on Tuesday night at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

After Crafton's basket tied the game at 57 at the end of regulation, Iowa State scored nine points in overtime and Missouri scored only two. Six of those points by the Cyclones came from free throws. In a physical game, Missouri finished with 30 personal fouls. Iowa State had just 14.

"Our team was physical tonight and really fought physically," coach Robin Pingeton said by phone. 

The loss in overtime was an improvement from the first meeting this season, when Iowa State defeated Missouri 65-52 in early February at Mizzou Arena.

Pingeton noted Iowa State's (17-9, 8-7 Big 12) home court advantage, but said she was proud of how her team handled the crowd of 10,539.

"I'm really proud of our girls. They really competed hard," Pingeton said. "We knew the environment we were going into, knew the crowd they would have, and that it would be a battle. We showed a lot of poise, not letting the crowd ruffle us." 

Pingeton was an assistant under Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly for three seasons and is familiar with the atmosphere inside Hilton Coliseum.

"We knew it'd be challenging to come in here. There's something about Hilton magic that makes it an awfully tough place to play," Pingeton said.

Crafton shot 63 percent from the field and 100 percent from behind the arc, finishing with 12 points and six rebounds. She was one of three Tigers who scored in double digits.

Senior Christine Flores led the Tigers with 16 points and five rebounds, and senior BreAnna Brock scored 12 points with seven rebounds.

Missouri fell to 11-15 overall and to 1-14 in the Big 12 Conference.


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