Missouri thought its season heartbreaker was out of the way when they lost to Texas in overtime on Jan. 10.
Against Baylor on Wednesday night, sophomore Alyssa Hollins scored 19 points, well above her game average of 11.8 this season, but the Tigers still couldn’t beat the No. 13 Bears, falling 71-70 on the road.
The Tigers were down 71-67 when senior Marchele Campbell made a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to put Missouri within one.
Baylor then missed the front end of the ensuing one-and-one, and Missouri had one last chance.
But with two seconds left, a 3-point miss by Hollins and a rebound by Baylor’s Bernice Mosby ended the game.
“Our spacing was bad,” Missouri coach Cindy Stein said. “We had plenty of time, it was just some miscommunication with how much time was left.”
“I didn’t know what the time was,” Hollins said. “I knew it was less than eight seconds. I was wide open, and I just put it up confidently, it looked decent, and it fell short.”
Missouri went on a 9-0 run to take a 45-42 lead with a little more than 12 minutes to play. With less than 10 minutes to go, Missouri led 53-44.
“We were just believing in each other and passing the ball really well,” Hollins said. “Getting stops on defense made it easy to get on a roll. It shows that we can play with the top teams in the country.”
Missouri ended the game with 24 turnovers, but outrebounded Baylor 37-30.
“I told the kids before the game, if we won the battle of the boards, we would have a chance,” Stein said in a game release. “What I didn’t count on was 24 turnovers.”
Missouri ended the game shooting 47.5 percent and making all nine of its free throws. The Tigers’ bench scored just five points.
Baylor led 34-25 heading into the second half, with Missouri shooting just 33 percent in the first half, compared to the Bears’ 47 percent, and committing 15 turnovers.
“It was kind of reminiscent of last year,” senior EeTisha Riddle said. “We didn’t shoot well early, but shots were falling for us in the second half.”
At the end of the first half, Riddle had already scored 10 points and had five rebounds. She ended the game with 26 points.
Baylor’s Jhasmin Player and Mosby combined for 38 points, and the Bears’ bench scored 25 points.
“This is one of the toughest places to play in the country,” Stein said. “We did everything we could to win the game, but the crowd really got into it and gave them a lift. They did a good job backing their Bears.”