Missouri fades fast against Iowa State

Sunday, January 16, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:52 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

The lead changed with 9:25 left.

It stayed close, just not close enough.

The Missouri women’s basketball team led No. 24-ranked Iowa State, but was unable to hold on in the second half.

The Tigers lost 65-59 to the Cyclones’ on Saturday at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

“I don’t like losing any games,” Missouri coach Cindy Stein said, “but I like the way we fought.”

The Tigers held Iowa State (14-1, 4-0) to its lowest-scoring game of the year but battled through rebounding issues and foul trouble.

The Cyclones outrebounded the Tigers 52-33, grabbing 22 offensive rebounds and scoring 15 second-chance points. Missouri (7-8, 1-3) only had nine offensive rebounds.

Missouri point guard LaToya Bond, who scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds, fouled out with 4:16 left.

Teammates Christelle N’Garsanet and Carlynn Savant both scored in double-digits for Missouri.

N’Garsanet scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. Savant finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Poor free-throw shooting has plagued the Missouri in the past, but in the first half Missouri shot 11-for-13 from the line to build a 29-22 halftime lead.

Neither team’s shooting sparkled.

The Tigers shot 9-for-25 from the field, but Iowa State also struggled shooting 27.3 percent and 1-for-15 from the 3-point line.

Tiffany Brooks, hampered by a foot injury, had the task of guarding the Cyclones’ Anne O’Neil.

“I thought she (Brooks) was really tough,” Stein said.

O’Neil, a 5-foot-11 guard, finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Brooks finished with 13 points and two rebounds.

The Cyclones’ Megan Ronhovde finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

O’Neil and Stein had a brief reunion at the end of the game.

O’Neil was a member of the 2003 summer Team USA for which Stein was an assistant coach.

With only a second left, O’Neil tried to direct Stein on how her team should handle the final play.

“She was trying to tell me what to do with my team,” Stein said.

Stein said there are no hard feelings between her and O’Neil, but the Tigers would never give up.

“We’re going to play to the buzzer,” Stein said.

Missouri’s plays Colorado next at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

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