Missouri suffered its first loss of the season Saturday.
The Tigers lost to Wisconsin-Green Bay 74-66 in the championship of the Oneida Bingo and Casino Holiday Tournament at Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis.
Despite trailing by as many as 17 points during the second half, Missouri cut the Phoenix’s lead to 66-62 with 1:32 left. Wisconsin–Green Bay (4-0) then made 8-of-8 free throws to seal the victory.
Seniors Stretch James and Evan Unrau led the Missouri (3-1) comeback. Unrau scored 20 points and James added 24, with 22 coming in the second half. The two were named to the all-tournament team.
Missouri coach Cindy Stein said she was pleased with how her team fought back in the second half, but wants to see a more complete effort in the future.
“I feel better after that second half and making a game of it,” Stein said. “But one half is not good enough.”
Tracy Lozier’s 100th career 3-point field goal with 5:27 left in the first half cut the Wisconsin-Green Bay lead to 26-24, before the Phoenix went on a 14-0 run to close the half.
“I was extremely disappointed in our play in the first half,” Stein said. “I told them we deserved to lose this game because you can’t play a good team at home in one of the toughest places in the country to play and start out in a hole, and that’s what we did tonight.”
Tiffany Mor and Abby Scharlow led Wisconsin-Green Bay with 17 points each. Mor earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award but left the game with 9:29 left in the second with a left knee injury.
Missouri defeated Austin Peay 74-43 on Friday in the first round of the tournament. LaToya Bond led Missouri with 16 points and the Tigers’ bench contributed 31 points to avenge last season’s 66-53 loss to the Lady Govs at Hearnes Center.