First half irks Stein

Monday, November 17, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:54 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Cindy Stein, Missouri women’s basketball coach, said the first half of Sunday’s game was like nothing else she had seen before. She wasn’t impressed, though.

“At halftime I told them I thought it was the ugliest game I’d ever been a part of,” Stein said. “I was not pleased with our shooting. I didn’t think we always took good shots.

“I didn’t think we shot a good percentage. Our free-throw percentage has to be a lot better than that and our 3-point percentage the same thing.”

In their 86-52 exhibition victory against Sparta Praha at Hearnes Center, the Tigers shot 34-of-73 from the field and made 11-of-18 free throws. Missouri’s shooting percentages were noticeably lower before the team went on a 27-3 run late in the second half.

Senior guard Tracy Lozier took eight shots from the field, but made only two 3-pointers. Freshman guard Blair Hardiek improved at point for the Tigers, but she failed to make any of her six attempts from the field.

Freshman forward Carlynn Savant, who isn’t afraid to shoot the ball from several feet behind the 3-point line, made only one of her four 3-point attempts.

Sparta Praha rallied to within 11 points of MU with 11:11 left in the second half before Missouri’s late run.

Free throws during the run by EeTisha Riddle (3-of-3) and Hardiek (2-of-2) helped bouy the MU free-throw percentage.

Despite the lack of scoring during much of the game, Stein said she was pleased with how the team is shaping up going into the first regular season game Sunday at Bradley. Stein said the core players are ready, but the team still needs to figure out who can come in off the bench

“What we have to work for right now is making sure we have a good rotation and knowing what our rotation is,” Stein said. “You know you are going to go at least eight deep, who is going to be our most productive people coming in off the bench; that is something we didn’t have today.”

FISHER RETURNS: Melanie Fisher, a senior forward/center, returned to the court for the Tigers on Sunday.

Fisher, who started all 31 games for MU last season, played 13 minutes and had one point, one assist and one rebound. Fisher had been sidelined because of a back injury she suffered playing for the Missouri softball team this season.

“It’s good to be back in the mix again.” Fisher said. “Right now I feel like I am not quite 100 percent yet, but I am working as hard as I can to get there.”

McFARLAND WALKS ON: Stein announced on Sunday the Tigers have added freshman Kacey McFarland, a 6-foot-3 forward/center from Neosho to the roster. She is the fourth freshman on the team and increases the team to 13 players.

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