Missouri continues to struggle

Monday, January 19, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:59 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

A missed opportunity hurt Missouri.

The Tigers lost 71-54 to No. 15 Colorado on Sunday at Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo., in a Big 12 Conference game.

Missouri (9-6, 0-4 Big 12) has lost its past 14 games in Boulder.

“You look at the stats and there are a lot of things that we are very similar and close to Colorado, but the key was they shot a heck of a lot better then we did,” Missouri coach Cindy Stein said.

Missouri trailed 41-30 at halftime but went on an 8-1 run during the first 3:27 of the second half. After Colorado’s offense committed six turnovers in the first 5 minutes of the half, Colorado’s defense clamped down, often double-teaming Missouri senior Evan Unrau, a forward who led theTigers with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

“In the second half we knocked (the lead) down to four and I can’t get people to convert,” Stein said. “I’ve got to get this team ready to go and they are not embracing some of the things we have in our game plan, and until I get them to do that this could be a rough go.”

Colorado (14-2, 3-1) got a boost from 3-pointers from three Buffaloes: Kate Fagan, Emily Waner and Anna Nedovic. The three were the only Buffaloes players to shoot a 3-pointer.

Fagan was 4-of-8 on 3-pointers, and all three of Waner’s 3-pointers came in the first half.

Colorado center Tera Bjorklund led the Buffaloes with 21 points. She scored Colorado’s first six points but went down holding her right knee after committing a charge with 10:49 left in the first half. She left the game but returned with 11.6 seconds left in the first half and her knee taped.

Missouri moved the ball inside to try to take advantage of Bjorlund’s absence but could not cut Colorado’s lead.

“They did a great job of coming out and maintaining that lead while (Bjorklund) was still on the bench,” Stein said. “I think that that hurt us because that is an opportunity you’ve got to take advantage of and we did not do a good job of getting the ball inside.”

Colorado made 28-of-51 shots and outscored Missouri 30-10 inside. Missouri has lost its past four games against Big 12 teams.

“We talked about our spacing and our screening the entire game and we didn’t really have anybody really took it upon themselves to do it,” Stein said. “We’ve got to do a heck of a lot better job of getting people the ball that need it.”

LOZIER BREAKS RECORD: Senior guard Tracy Lozier didn’t waste any time breaking Missouri’s career 3-point record Sunday. Lozier entered the game one 3-pointer short of Julie Helm’s mark of 123. Lozier tied the record with 15:53 left in the first half. She broke the record with 9:08 left to get the Tigers within 27-19.

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