Missouri women's basketball's offense struggles again in loss at Arkansas

Sunday, February 17, 2013 | 5:22 p.m. CST; updated 6:24 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 17, 2013

With her team struggling to generate offense in its last two games, Missouri women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton switched up her starting lineup for the Tigers' game at Arkansas on Sunday.

For the first time all season, Pingeton started sophomore 3-point specialist Morgan Eye instead of freshman point guard Lianna Doty. Eye was the team's leading scorer at halftime. Unfortunately for the Tigers, she only had 3 points.

Points were harder than ever to come by for the Tigers on Sunday as Missouri started the game with its lowest-scoring half in history.

After stumbling to a 33-11 halftime deficit, the Tigers fell to Arkansas 61-40.

The loss is the third straight for Missouri after it pulled off a monumental upset of Tennessee on Feb. 3. The Tigers are still searching for their 16th win, which would guarantee a .500 record for the season.

Notably, Missouri struggled with long-range shooting on Sunday, going 2-16 on 3-point attempts.

The Tigers, who had led the nation in 3-pointers per game for most of the season, have made just nine 3-pointers in their last three games.

The blowout comes at the hands of a team that seemed evenly matched with the Tigers. Missouri and Arkansas had identical 4-7 records in Southeastern Conference play heading into Sunday's game. Missouri previously lost to Arkansas at home 58-50 on Jan. 24. Pingeton had said the loss "didn't sit well" with her.

Junior forward Bri Kulas led the Tigers with 13 points. Senior guard Sydney Crafton added eight points and six rebounds.

With the loss, Missouri falls to 15-11 overall and 4-8 in the SEC. The Tigers will resume play when they host LSU on Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

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