COLUMBIA, Mo. – What regarded and felt like Missouri ladies’s basketball’s sport at Mizzou Enviornment changed into a nightmare on Sunday.
The Tigers’ nine-point lead within the third quarter evaporated as Missouri misplaced its third-straight SEC sport by double figures, this time to Arkansas 88-71.
Sasha Goforth nailed a 3-pointer to place Arkansas up 19 factors with underneath 4 minutes to go, all however sealing the house loss for the Tigers.
The second half featured a 3rd and fourth quarter the place it simply did not occur for Missouri. Whereas Arkansas made its photographs, all the Tigers’ beauty that fell within the first half did not land.
Hayley Frank, who led the Tigers with 21 factors, had a 3-pointer roll within the basket and proper out with underneath two minutes to go. There wasn’t any momentum to be discovered within the waning minutes.
The distinction was the physicality
It was a unique sport from the primary time these two met, and that is because of the Tigers enjoying with extra edge.
In January, coach Robin Pingeton stated Arkansas was the extra aggressive crew and outplayed the Tigers 83-73 in Fayetteville. On Sunday, the Razorbacks had been adequate to maintain tempo with Missouri.
The distinction was the physicality. Missouri actively dove for free balls within the first half and fought for 4 held balls.
Arkansas had its errors, like its 9 turnovers, however was adequate to maintain up with the Tigers. Missouri, nonetheless, by no means allowed the Razorbacks to take a lead after they claimed a one-point lead with 2:13 left within the first quarter.
It additionally helped that Missouri was driving to the basket extra. The Tigers struggled to do this in opposition to Tennessee because of the Volunteers’ dimension, and Sunday supplied a extra favorable matchup for Missouri.
Missouri took benefit with 30 factors within the paint. Blackwell capitalized the primary half with a three-point play adopted by an emphatic swat on an Arkansas half-court heave that each fan in Mizzou Enviornment may hear.
That set the stage for a neck-and-neck second half, particularly the third quarter when Arkansas staged a comeback.
With Missouri up 9 factors, the Razorbacks scored obtained two three-point performs and a few free throws to tie the sport at 49 all. Missouri dedicated fouls that put Arkansas on the line every time.
These fouls led to some foul bother, like Blackwell sitting after a cost name and Lauren Hansen getting tagged with three fouls heading into the third quarter.
Arkansas took a lead into the fourth with a go-ahead jumper and a buzzer-beating three that put the Razorbacks up 4. It was a tough sequence that noticed Missouri down after main for almost all of the sport to that time.
Missouri saved falling behind. Arkansas saved making photographs. The Razorbacks completed the third quarter with 28 crew factors.
That was the catalyst of Arkansas’ onslaught, which solely obtained worse within the fourth. The Razorbacks scored 24 fourth-quarter factors.
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This text initially appeared on Columbia Day by day Tribune: Arkansas ladies’s basketball avenges loss to Missouri after Tigers collapse