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Brock flourishes, Flores disappoints in Missouri women's basketball team's final home game

By Matt Beezley
February 28, 2012 | 11:12 p.m. CST
Forward BreAnna Brock attempts a shot but is blocked by Texas forward Ashley Gayle in the second half of the Missouri versus Texas game Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. Missouri lost 75-62 to Texas.

COLUMBIA — It was one of the few shots BreAnna Brock didn't make all night.

When she missed the routine layup, it was about halfway through the first half — plenty of time left to atone for her mistake. But she fell to the ground and slammed both hands on the court in frustration before getting up just in time to see Texas make a 3-pointer.

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Just a couple of minutes later, Brock collected an offensive rebound off a missed 3-pointer. She went up and laid one in while being fouled. After picking herself up from the floor, she pumped her fists in the air and let a scream loose that could be heard from the press tables.

Emotions ran high for Brock, with her parents in attendance at Mizzou Arena. After all, Missouri's 75-62 loss on Tuesday was her final home game as a Missouri basketball player.

Missouri led the entire first half and looked as composed as at any point in Big 12 play. That was mostly due to Brock, who scored 14 points from the post in the first half.

Christine Flores was also playing in her final home game with Missouri She leads the team in points and is considered one of its best players. But on Tuesday, she was ineffective and didn't register a point until she made a free throw with 11:44 left in the second half — the only point she would score, shooting 0-for-13 for the game.

"I don't know what it was. It's not acceptable," Flores said. "I've had big nights before and I mean I can't explain it. I'm very disappointed in myself and I apologize to my team because I let them down."

Missouri women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton said she's seen a lot of wild things happen on senior nights. But none might have been as unusual as the different performances from Missouri's two most productive players: seniors Brock and Flores.

Flores' struggles left Brock to lead the Missouri offense from the post, and it looked as if she might carry the Tigers to their third conference victory of the season for the first 30 minutes of the game.

And ultimately, Brock didn't disappoint, providing a performance that might have been her most impressive in her four years at Missouri. She finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds and was only one of two Missouri players in double digits.

"We were fortunate, because with the way Brock was playing, if they both would have been on fire, it would have been a tough night for us," Texas coach Gail Goestenkors said.

Goestenkors and Pingeton agreed that senior night can affect players in different ways, as it seemed to Tuesday.

"I thought BreAnna Brock had a tremendous game for us, the emotion I thought really showed in her play and her fight and her toughness," Pingeton said. "I think we saw two ends of the spectrum tonight."