Missouri is having an identity crisis.
Kansas, which has been winless in four games on the road before Saturday, defeated the Tigers 55-52 at Hearnes Center.
Stein said the Tigers are trying to recover from their 95-59 loss to No. 11 Kansas State on Wednesday and from the loss of sophomore guard LaToya Bond. Bond, who started 11 games before playing Kansas State, is out 4-6 weeks after breaking her left foot.
“Right now we are just trying to find ourselves,” Stein said. “We are trying to find some consistency.
“We had some good momentum going into the Kansas State game. We just have not recovered from having an injury to a key player and everybody kind of has to take on a different role now. We have to adjust a lot faster. We are not going to feel sorry for ourselves.”
Missouri failed to make a field goal for 9:02 in the first half. Senior guard Tracy Lozier made a shot with 10:42 left in the first to increase Missouri’s lead to 18-14. After the field goal, Missouri missed eight straight attempts until sophomore center Christelle N’ Garsanet made a layup with 1:40 left in the first half to bring the Tigers to 27-21.
An Evan Unrau free throw was Missouri’s only point during the drought.
“We lost our poise at times,” Stein said. “I thought we played some really good defense tonight, but our shots weren’t dropping. We were panicky a little bit on the offensive end, and we’ve got to get better there.”
Down 32-27 at the start of the second half, Missouri missed six straight field goals before Lozier made a 3-pointer with 16:34 left.
Missouri’s 3-pointers were the only things working.
Missouri made 8-of-16 3-pointers. Lozier, who led the Tigers in scoring with 19, was 4-of-6 on 3-pointers.
Missouri rallied in the second half, making three 3-pointers in 3:09 minutes to get to within 50-48.
“It was great to get the 3s when we did,” Stein said. “It gave us great momentum but the great teams are going to have a great inside and outside attack.”
Missouri entered the game averaging 77.5 points but shot 17-of-52.
Senior forward Stretch James scored her only two points of the game in the first half and Unrau was held to five points. Unrau finished with 15 points, making 5-of-15 from the field and 2-of-6 3-pointers.
“I felt like we were doing everything we can to get the right shots,” Stein said. “It just was that nothing was dropping.”
Stein said Missouri is going to re-evaluate how it is playing.
“We’ve got to get more shots in, more pressure shots in and go from there,” Stein said.