Jan. 6, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Auburn women's basketball team dropped its first SEC contest of the season in an 82-76 shootout at Missouri Sunday in Columbia. Auburn fell to 12-3 (1-1 SEC), while Missouri improved to 12-4 (1-1 SEC).
"We did everything that we normally do to win a basketball game today," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. We forced them into 22 turnovers, had three starters in double figures, had 17 assists... we did everything we usually do and have done during our winning streak, except defend the 3-point line."
Auburn forced Missouri into 22 turnovers and scored 25 points off those turnovers, but an SEC-record 18 Missouri 3-pointers made the difference in the game.
"Every time we made a run or everytime got close, we went down and gave up a 3. It was the difference in the whole game," said Williams-Flournoy. "It just takes something out of you when you do that."
Hasina Muhammad led Auburn with a career-high 24 points and remains the only player in the SEC to have scored in double figures in each game this season. Muhammad has now posted double figures in scoring in 17-consecutive games dating back to the 2011-12 season, and it was also her fifth 20-point game this season and sixth of her career.
Tyrese Tanner added 20 points in her second 20-point game of the season. Blanche Alverson added 17, while Tra'Cee Tanner tallied 13. Najat Ouardad posted 10 assists for her second 10-assist game of the season.
It was a career night for Alverson as she continued moving her way up through the Auburn record books. Alverson was 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range and added seven rebounds in her 17-point effort.
With 175 career 3-pointers, Alverson is now third all-time in career 3-pointers and needs just nine more to tie Tiffany Krantz (1996-'00) for second all-time (184). Alverson now has 504 career 3-point attempts, good enough for fourth all-time.
Alverson jumped two spots from 29th to 27th all-time in career scoring with 494 points and is also 26th all-time in career rebounding, now with 481 rebounds.
Mizzou's 3-point shot was the story of the first half as 10 of Missouri's 14 made baskets from the floor came from beyond the arc, including its last three of the half, while Auburn had just one early 3 from Alverson.
Auburn opened the game on a 9-3 run, but couldn't find an answer for the homestanding Tigers on the perimeter.
Muhammad kept Auburn in the game early, scoring 16 first-half points. Five of Muhammad's eight field goals came in an answer to a Mizzou bucket.
Missouri ended the half on a 9-2 run, lending credit to three-straight treys, including two from Maddie Stock. Stock was 3-of-5 from 3-point range in the opening half, while Morgan Eye added four 3-pointers on seven attempts.
Eye would dominate the game the rest of the way as Mizzou pulled away from Auburn in the second half, eventually leading by as many as 15. Eye set a Mizzou school record in 3-pointers in a single game, finishing the day with 33 points, all from beyond the arc on 11-of-18 shooting.
Auburn came back to cut the lead to as few as four points under one minute to play, but it wouldn't be enough as Missouri held on for the win.
Eye led Missouri with 33, while Stock finished with 11, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Lianna Doty and Liz Smith each added 10.
Auburn returns to action Thursday from Auburn Arena as the Tigers take on Ole Miss. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT.