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Missouri women's basketball finishes regular season with loss at Arkansas

Sunday, March 2, 2014 | 6:44 p.m. CST

With six seconds left in Sunday's game, Missouri had one last chance to win. The Tigers got the ball in Morgan Eye's hands, but the shot from deep beyond the arc didn't fall. The final horn sounded.

Eye was picked up by her teammates after her 3-point attempt left her laying on the ground. Missouri's regular season came to a close with a loss on the road. Arkansas celebrated its one senior, Keira Peak, on Sunday, and the celebration kept on going as Arkansas beat Missouri 72-70 in Fayetteville.

Missouri (17-12, 6-10 SEC) was unable to control the senior as Peak scored on her first five shots of the game and led all players with 16 points at halftime. She also led Arkansas (19-10, 6-10 SEC) with four assists in the first half. Peak finished the game with a season high 24 points, shooting 10-for-19 from the field.

Eye led the Tigers with 20 points and four 3-pointers. Missouri freshman Jordan Frericks scored a career-high 18 points from off the bench.

"I felt like her (Frericks') motor was going," Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said on the KTGR post-game radio show. "I felt like she had an aggressive mindset ... I thought she really played one of her best games so far."

Missouri trailed Arkansas 39-32 at halftime. The Tigers shot 41 percent from the field, and 55 percent from 3-point range. Frericks led Missouri with 13 points at the half, the only Tiger in double digits.

The Tigers fought their way back in the second half. Five minutes in, freshman Sierra Michaelis knocked down a 3-pointer that put Missouri ahead of Arkansas for the first time all game. The freshman gave a single fist pump with her right hand as she hit one of Missouri's nine 3-pointers of the game. 

Missouri held Arkansas to just two 3-pointers as the Razorbacks shot 16.7 percent from beyond the arc. Missouri and Arkansas lead the SEC in 3-pointers made per game, but Missouri averages three more 3-pointers per game than Arkansas. Arkansas' first 3-pointer of the game came six minutes into the second half and gave them the lead back.

The 3-pointers wouldn't be enough for Missouri. After trading buckets and the lead for six minutes, Arkansas went on an 11-0 run across a three minute span. With less than four minutes to play, the Tigers would go on a small run of their own, scoring seven points in two minutes, but it was to little to late.

Missouri finished the game shooting 38.3 percent and 42.9 percent from 3-point range. Despite the early success from 3-point range, the one shot the Tigers needed most didn't fall for them. It wasn't just one shot that had Pingeton upset after the game.

On the KTGR post game radio show, she expressed disappointment that the Tigers were in that position in the first place. Missouri had 16 turnovers and was out-rebounded 41-37. Pingeton said Missouri allowed Arkansas too many second-chance points.

Missouri is now 4-9 all-time against Arkansas.

According to KTGR, Missouri will be the No. 12 seed in the SEC tournament. The Tigers will play Mississippi State on Wednesday. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers 69-62 in Starkville, Miss., on Jan. 26.

"We're going to have to regroup and wash our hands," Pingeton said. "We've got to play a lot better than we did tonight to have a chance in that conference tournament."


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