Missouri women's basketball team drops first game of season

Friday, November 23, 2012 | 7:51 p.m. CST; updated 3:03 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Missouri women's basketball team lost its first game of the season, falling 55-33 to Green Bay on Friday at the Cancun Challenge tournament in Cancun, Mexico.

Turnovers and poor shooting prevented the Tigers from ever achieving a lead. Missouri ended the game with 22 turnovers and made just 12 of its 48 shots. Green Bay scored 20 points off of turnovers.

Morgan Eye led Missouri, making three of her 10  3-point shot attempts for nine points. Michelle Hudyn and Lianna Doty followed with six points each.

Hudyn had more of an impact on defense with four of Missouri's eight blocks. Sydney Crafton also helped defensively with nine rebounds.

With eight minutes left in the first half, Missouri was 2 for 10 on 3-pointers and losing 17-6. Green Bay led 21-17 at halftime. The Tigers had 14 turnovers and a 23.8 percent shooting average.

In the second half, a Missouri lead seemed within reach.

Doty wove through several black jerseys and lobbed the ball across court to Hudyn, who ducked in time to shake off a defensive player and scored to pull the Tigers within 35-30 with 13 minutes left in the game.

Green Bay attempted to answer, but Hudyn blocked a layup, and Eye followed the play with 3-pointer, making the score 35-33 with 11:20 left to play.

It was the closest the Tigers came to the lead. But those were the last points Missouri scored. 

Green Bay answered with three consecutive 3-pointers, quickly making the score 44-33 with fewer than 10 minutes left and finished the game with a 20-0 run.

The Tigers (4-1) will resume play in the tournament at 5 p.m. Saturday against Minnesota.

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