Missouri women's basketball team's losing streak continues

Sunday, February 24, 2013 | 6:04 p.m. CST

The losing streak for the Missouri women’s basketball team continues.

Missouri’s 67-59 loss at Auburn on Sunday marks its fifth consecutive loss following the Tigers’ upset of then-No. 9 Tennessee on Feb. 3. Struggles in the second half caused the Tigers to blow a 10-point halftime lead and allowed an Auburn comeback late in the game.

With seven minutes remaining in the first half, Morgan Eye sunk a 3-pointer to increase Missouri's lead to 30-15 — the team's largest margin of the day. It was her third 3-pointer of the game, and brought her season tally to 100.

Missouri seemed poised to beat Auburn for the second time this season. Missouri won 82-76 on Jan. 6 in the Tigers' Southeastern Conference home opener, where Eye made 11 3-pointers for a career high of 33 points.

But Missouri couldn't pull off the season sweep.

At halftime, Missouri led 41-31, making seven of its 11 3-point attempts. Despite Auburn’s height advantage, Missouri out-rebounded Auburn 17 to 12. Eye led the team in rebounds with three, and she also led in points with 12, shooting 4-for-6 behind the arc. Bri Kulas followed with ten, and Sydney Crafton and Liz Smith each had seven.

Eye opened the second half with her fifth 3-pointer of the game to pull the Tigers ahead 44-31.

But after that, momentum shifted in Auburn's favor. With 14 minutes remaining, Auburn went on an 18-0 run to take a 55-47 lead with nine minutes left to play.

Auburn suffered a 3-minute scoring drought of their own, and Eye's sixth and final 3-pointer of the game decreased Missouri's deficit to 63-59 with three minutes on the clock. The basket surpassed the century mark, and Eye now has 103 3-pointers for the season.

But with a minute left, Auburn's drought ended, and the team scored five free throws to make the final score 67-59.

In the second half, Auburn out-rebounded Missouri 22-16 and outscored the Tigers 36-18. Missouri shot 2-for-8 behind the arc and turned the ball over nine times.

Missouri ended the game with 19 turnovers. Eye led the team in points with 18, shooting 6-for-11. Kulas followed with 14, Crafton had nine and Smith finished with seven. Crafton led the team in rebounds with six, and Eye and Smith each had five.

The loss drops Missouri to 15-13 overall, 4-10 in SEC play. With two regular-season games left, the Tigers remain one win away from assuring a .500 overall record, which could qualify them for the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Missouri will face South Carolina at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

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