Auburn women see winning streak snapped by Missouri
Feb. 21, 2016

(18-9, 8-6)
 Game 27

(21-6, 8-6)
By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Cabriana Capers says Auburn can't allow Sunday's misstep against Missouri to slow the Tigers' late-season run.

Missouri snapped Auburn's five-game winning streak with a 69-55 women's basketball victory in Auburn Arena, but Capers said "we're going to bounce back." 

"Everybody's head is focused. This loss was a turning point for us. We kind of got complacent after the wins." Sunday changed that because of Missouri's ability to hit the 3, an early injury to SEC Player of the Week Katie Frerking and an off-day shooting by the Tigers' top three scorers.

Frerking, who won the SEC's weekly award Monday, played just four minutes in the first half before hurting her elbow when she crashed to the floor. She finished with 7 points despite the elbow injury.

"Not only did she hit it, it's busted. She's got to get stitches in it," said coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.

The Tigers, playing to improve their post-season stock, have two regular-season games remaining, at home against Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and at Florida next Sunday. The SEC Tournament begins March 2 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Auburn can go farther than that in the post-season with a big finish.

Sunday, Auburn's top three scorers this season -- Frerking, Brandy Montgomery and Tra'Cee Tanner -- combined for 10 points.

"When you look at it, Katie is out Tra'Cee is out from fouls. The offense is definitely out of synch at that point," Williams-Flournoy said.

Janiah McKay led Auburn with 12 points. Capers added 10. Sophie Cunningham led Missouri with 24.

Missouri led 16-12 after the first quarter and stretched the advantage to 36-27 at halftime.

Williams-Flournoy said the biggest problem was Auburn's inability to defend the 3-pointer. Missouri hit 8-of-17 of its 3-point attempts. Auburn was 0-for-9.

"We wanted to force them into turnovers, which we did. We forced them into 22 turnovers," Williams-Flournoy said. "We wanted to attack the basket and get to the free throw line. We did everything that we were supposed to do and we wanted to do through the game plan, except give them the 3."

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