Freshman Azia Washington.
Dec. 16, 2012
By Bill Ford
COLUMBIA, Mo.— The Southern Illinois women’s basketball team couldn’t contain Missouri’s long-range shooting barrage in a 110-47 loss to the Tigers Sunday at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri (9-2) shot a blistering 57.7 percent from the field (41-for-71), including 50 percent from 3-point range (12-for-24) while the Salukis (1-8) struggled to a sub-30 percent shooting clip.
The Tigers did the most damage in the second half. Mizzou out-scored SIU 63-19 after the break, nailing 10 of its 12 3-pointers in the second period.
“It’s hard when you only score 19 points in a whole half,” said SIU head coach Missy Tiber. “We just made mistakes. And because so much frustration set in, we got down and stopped fighting.”
SIU did a better job of controlling Mizzou’s 3-point shooting in the first half. The Salukis only allowed the Tigers five attempts from the 3-point line and held Mizzou guard Morgan Eye, the nation’s leader in 3-pointers made, without a trey in the opening frame.
“Early on our defensive game plan was to limit 3-point attempts and now allow Morgan Eye any when she came in,” Tiber said. “We did a good job with that, but we just let some other kids get some easy open looks in the first half. Then, we just couldn’t make any shots in the first half to keep it closer.”
The Salukis kept pace with the Tigers through the first eight minutes of the second half before Mizzou really turned on its burners. Maddie Stock scored 16 consecutive points for the Tigers during a key second-half stretch in which Mizzou out-scored the Salukis 30-6 in a span of seven minutes.
Scoring eluded Southern throughout the entire game. SIU connected on just three of 19 3-point attempts (15.8 percent) and shot just six free throws compared to Mizzou’s 20.
Cartaesha Macklin led SIU with 13 points and seven rebounds while Azia Washington added 10 points and six boards. Six players scored in double figures for Mizzou, led by 22 apiece from Maddie Stock and Bri Kulas.
SIU is back in action Friday as the Salukis take on sister school SIU Edwardsville on the road.