Missouri women's basketball struggles with shot clock in loss to Arkansas

Thursday, January 24, 2013 | 9:00 p.m. CST; updated 11:42 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 24, 2013
Arkansas scored 25 points off of Missouri's 18 turnovers as the Razorbacks beat the Tigers 58-50.

COLUMBIA — When the buzzer for the shot clock sounded, Missouri freshman guard Lianna Doty's eyes were locked on the ground.

A few voices from the crowd rang out, counting down, trying to warn her of the impending deadline.

When she got the ball, she had five seconds to shoot. She put her head down and drove into the paint.

When time ran out, she was in the middle of a dribble. The ball went back to Arkansas.

"Our execution needs to get better," Missouri women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton said after the game. "I just felt like ... empty possessions, not knowing time and score. Shot clock violations are unacceptable."

Minutes later, the seconds were ticking down again. 

Missouri senior guard Liene Priede found herself with the ball and very little time on the shot clock.

She heaved up a desperate 3-pointer. It banged off the backboard and directly into the hands of a defender.

Arkansas' Erin Gatling made Missouri pay for it a moment later with a 3-pointer, giving the Razorbacks a 17-9 lead.

Gatling finished with 23 points, including six 3-pointers, and Arkansas beat the Tigers at their own game in a 58-50 victory.

"Philosophically, there is no doubt they feel they can beat people from the 3-point line, and they feel like people can't beat them from the 3-point line," Arkansas coach Tom Collen said. "I told the kids, 'You're going to get open shots. If you move the ball around, eventually, it's going to come to you.'"

In the second half, the Tigers worked to pull even with Arkansas. Down by two points, Missouri had the ball and found itself trapped near the corner of the court.

The seconds ticked down again. The ball got knocked out of bounds. 

But instead of giving the Tigers a second chance, the referees determined Missouri had touched it last.

Pingeton yelled at the officials, her arms outstretched, but to no avail. 

At the other end, Arkansas' Quistelle Williams drained a jump shot to extend the Razorbacks' lead to four. 

It was one of Missouri's 18 turnovers, which led to 25 Arkansas points.

"I knew we were doing a great job, not just by the number of threes that they were missing or not getting to, but when we got them so late in the shot clock, and we got so many shot clock violations on them, I knew we were doing a pretty good job with it," Collen said. 

Missouri sophomore guard Kyley Simmons raced down the court and found herself with an open basket. She made a layup to bring the Tigers within single digits. 

But it didn't matter: 0.1 seconds remained on the clock. There would be no comeback.

Arkansas inbounded the ball, and Missouri had run out of time.

"We knew they had a couple kids that could knock down threes, but we didn't think it was going to be enough to beat us," Pingeton said. "I'd take 58 points and do it all over again."

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