Another rally couldn’t save Missouri.
The Missouri women’s basketball lost 74-69 to Nebraska on Wednesday at Hearnes Center in a Big 12 Conference game.
Missouri (9-5, 0-3) has lost three straight games, with two coming at home.
“It’s kind of our offense right now and we have got to figure out a way to get all the kinks worked out,” Missouri coach Cindy Stein said.
Missouri shot 30-of-72 and was 2-of-15 on 3-pointers.
The Cornhuskers led 37-28 at halftime and quickly extended their lead. A Kiera Hardy 3-pointer with 12:08 left gave Nebraska a 55-37 lead.
After a Missouri 30-second timeout, junior center Megan Roney hit a shot to cut the lead, but Nebraska’s Chelsea Aubry answered with a fast-break layup.
The Tigers slowly cut the Cornhuskers’ lead during the next 6:12, getting within 11. With 4:35 left, Unrau drove inside and passed to senior guard Tracy Lozier for a baseline 3-pointer from the left side.
Unrau scored on the next possession when senior forward Stretch James rebounded the ball and passed it to Unrau for a fast break layup. Unrau grabbed a rebound when Hardy missed a 3-pointer then passed to freshman forward Carlynn Savant, who made a shot to cut Nebraska’s lead to 65-61.
Missouri and Nebraska (12-2, 2-1) then traded points when Margaret Richards made two free throws and Unrau answered with a layup.
Savant got the ball when Lozier tipped a Nebraska pass. Savant passed to Unrau, who made a jump shot and was fouled. Unrau made the free throw, getting Missouri within 67-66.
Nebraska’s Katy Morse, who led the Cornhuskers with 18 points, then made both free throws. Missouri’s next possession Hardy stole the ball from Lozier, and Lozier was called for a foul.
Hardy, who had a career-high 17 points and six steals, made both of her free throws, extending Nebraska’s led to 71-66 with 1:29 left.
Down 72-69 with 19 seconds left, Stein set up for a 3-point play during the timeout, but Nebraska pressure kept the Tigers from getting a clean shot. With nine seconds left Richards blocked Lozier’s off-balance 3-pointer.
Three Tigers scored in double figures. James led Missouri with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Unrau, who scored two points in the first half, finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Lozier finished with 12 points.
Missouri is missing two guards. Sophomore LaToya Bond is out with a broken left foot and Senior MyEsha Perkins is serving a two-game suspension for her part in a fight at midcourt after the 55-52 loss to Kansas on Saturday.
“A lot of our offenses are designed for a slashing-type guard, so when you don’t have that available to you, your offense has to find other ways to score,” Stein said.
Stein said Missouri needs to find a way to win.
“We’ve had some members taken out of the mix, and that is obviously always going to affect your chemistry out on the floor,” Stein said. “I believe in the character of this team.
“It’s like going from 18 down to making it a game; this team can do it.”