Missouri's Balance Leads To Big 12 Win Over Colorado
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri had four players score in double digits and won the battle of rebounds and turnovers to claim a 69-49 Big 12 Conference triumph over Colorado on Wednesday evening at Mizzou Arena.
The Buffaloes, who dropped their 11th straight on the road, fall to 6-11 overall, 1-4 in the Big 12. MU improves to 14-3, 4-1 in league play.
The Tigers, winners of 10-straight at home this season, out-rebounded CU 42-31 for the game and had 17 offensive rebounds that led to 17 second-chance points. Missouri forced 15 CU turnovers, which was actually lower than the Buffs' season average, but more than took advantage with 19 points off those turnovers.
Colorado hit 41 percent for the game and scored its lowest point total of the season.
Jasmina Ilic led CU with 15 points. Caley Dow had 11 points, all in the second half, and six rebounds. Jackie McFarland had 11 points and was held to just four rebounds, six lower than her season average..
Missouri's Christelle N'Garsanet and LaToya Bond each had 15 points while Carlynn Savant and EeTisha Riddle had 14. Savant, who hit 3-of-6 from 3-point range, notched a double-double grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds.
Missouri sprinted out to a 26-10 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game shooting 11-of-21 from the field (52 percent). Riddle had 10 of her 12 first half points during the Tiger run including a pair of old fashioned 3-point plays. Foul trouble plagued the Buffs early as McFarland, Whitney Law and Anna Nedovic each two fouls in the game's first 10 minutes.
The Buffs reeled the Tigers back in, cutting the lead to eight at 29-21, but only scored one point ? on a Law free throw ? in the final 6:12 of the first period as Missouri built its lead back up to 19 (41-22) at the break.
Colorado return home for its next two outings beginning with a Big North Division match up against Iowa State University on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Coors Events Conference Center.