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Surprising win and surprising loss for Mizzou baseball and softball

Mizzou softball and baseball teams in unexpected post season spots

Missouri’s Jeff Emens (20) celebrates along with teammates after defeating Oklahoma 8-7 in the Big 12 conference championship game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Is it possible that Missouri sent its teams to the wrong cities?

In Columbia, the team that should have won — the nationally-ranked and favored Missouri softball team — lost two of three games to unranked LSU.

In Oklahoma City, the Missouri baseball team that struggled to a 10-14 finish in Big 12 conference play, won the conference championship game against Oklahoma.

Missouri players Carlie Rose (5) Alyssa Cousins (17) Rachel Hay (00) Princess Krebs (42) and Ashley Fleming (30) watch as the LSU Tigers celebrate their Super Regional win Sunday, May 27, 2012 in Columbia, Mo. LSU won two of three games in the series.

It’s all about timing. The Missouri women faced an LSU team on the rise and the Missouri men picked a good time to rise from the ranks of mediocre teams and show their potential. The scenario that seemed unlikely a week ago has the baseball team heading into the NCAA national tournament and the women’s season ending without a spot in the women’s World Series.

Big 12 championship baseball final

With Missouri just one strike away from winning its first Big 12 championship, there was no way coach Tim Jamieson could feel comfortable.

He had been this close before – painfully close – and the title slipped away both times. And this was his last chance, with the Tigers getting ready to start chasing Southeastern Conference crowns next season.

Even when it was over and Missouri had beaten Oklahoma 8-7 on Sunday, getting the final out when a runner was hit by a batted ball and then tagging out another at the plate just in case, he wasn’t sure if it was finally time to celebrate.

“I saw the out at the plate and then I looked up and I saw both umpires (holding up their fists), so at that point, I was a little bit worried about, ‘Did we do something?’ Because that’s how it goes here,” Jamieson said.

The Tigers had been within one strike of winning the Big 12 tournament in 2004 and last season, and Jamieson recalls looking over his shoulder both times to see officials with championship hats and T-shirts waiting to be passed out.

This time, he paced in the dugout when pinch-hitter Chase Simpson got two strikes on him and grabbed a bottle of water and sat down after the next two pitches were balls. He checked twice to see if there was anyone holding championship gear, and didn’t see anyone.

After 24 years of trying – six as an assistant coach and 18 as the head coach – he finally got to see his players celebrate with black-and-white caps and bright gold T-shirts stamped “Big 12 Champions.”

“We talked about it a lot over the summer, all the guys that went through it last year, just knowing that the seniors had one more chance and Coach J had one more chance to come down here and be able to get a ring and be able to come win a conference championship,” said catcher Ben Turner, who had two singles and two RBIs.

Sixth-seeded Mizzou dogpiled on the infield and dumped a cooler of water on Jamieson to celebrate its first baseball title since winning the Big Eight under Gene McArtor in 1980.

It’s also the third conference title for Missouri in its final Big 12 season — along with the men’s basketball and wrestling titles. The Tigers had previously won only four postseason conference titles since the Big 12 was formed in 1996.

“We haven’t had a lot of those at Missouri and we haven’t had any in baseball, so it meant a lot,” Jamieson said. “We’ve been so close — right there — and we finally got over the hump. It’s special in so many different ways because we struggled this year, we had a lot of ups and downs. But you knew it was there, and it came together at the right time.”

Dillon Everett also drove in two runs and Blake Brown scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for Missouri (32-27). Dusty Rose got the win for the Tigers and Blake Holovach got the final two outs for his first save.

“I love coming here. I always have, and I’ll miss it. … I’ve got a lot of big-time memories, not just on the field,” Jamieson said. “It’s special to win the last one.”

Eric Garcia was named Most Outstanding Player for the tournament, hitting .500 with three RBI, five runs and four walks. Also named for All-Tournament team honors were Dane Opel, Blake Brown and Jeff Emens.

Women’s Super Regional final

After Friday night’s loss Missouri knew it had to play 14 innings of ball on Sunday in order to advance. They hadn’t anticipated playing 12 of those in one game.

It took nearly four hours for Missouri to win the first game on Sunday. Chelsea Thomas started the game, pitching for 11 innings in the 5-1 victory.

“She threw good. I’m proud of her. In all honesty she didn’t throw her best again, but as I told you all last night, even if she just threw average, she would give LSU all they wanted, and she did just that,” said coach Ehren Earleywine.

Thomas struck out eight, walked four and allowed an unearned run. Bailey Erwin came in to pitch in what would be the last inning.

Missouri and LSU put up runs in the third inning then, as predicted, the pitchers shut down both sides.

Nicole Hudson, Ashley Fleming, Jenna Marston and Kayla Kingsley scored on a series of hits and LSU errors in the 12th inning. Erwin faced three LSU batters and shut them down.

In the final game of the series Missouri’s offense petered out.Missouri got on the board first with a run in the third inning but LSU quickly answered with three runs. That was all the offense either team could muster.

“Obviously we didn’t hit the way we wanted to all season pretty much,” said Ashley Fleming, the team’s leading hitter.

“I mean we’ve had games where we’ve hit good but just consistently not what we are capable of. There’d be different times where somebody would be hitting better than usual, and then other times it would be somebody else, but we never really had a time where everything was clicking perfectly through line- up.”

Missouri finishes the season at 47-14, 17-7 in the Big 12. Fleming, a senior, leaves with a team-leading batting average of .365. Senior pitcher Kristin Nottelmann ends with a 12-5 record and 2.41 ERA.

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Mizzou baseball run-rules Kansas, heads to Big 12 championship game

By the Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Dane Opel doubled, tripled and drove in five runs to lead Missouri to a 12-2 rout of Kansas and earn a trip to the Big 12 tournament championship game for the second straight season.

In Saturday’s final Big 12 meeting between the border rivals, the Tigers (31-26) never trailed after getting an RBI single from Ben Turner and an RBI double from Michael McGraw in the bottom of the first. The game ended after eight innings because of the mercy rule.

Opel added a three-run double in the sixth and a two-run triple in the eighth. McGraw had three hits and three RBIs and Turner added three hits, three runs and two RBIs. Missouri will face fourth-seeded Oklahoma in the championship game Sunday. The winner of the championship receives an automatic spot at the College World Series.

Mizzou baseball peaking at the right time, upsets Texas A&M

By the Associated Press

Jeff Emens pumps his fist at the end of the game as Missouri defeated Texas A&M 5-3 in a Big 12 conference tournament baseball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Blake Brown homered, Jeff Emens pitched 3 2-3 innings of no-hit relief and Missouri upset two-time defending champion Texas A&M 5-3 in the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

Emens struck out the side in the ninth inning to send Missouri (30-26) into a Saturday afternoon game against the winner of Friday night’s meeting between Texas A&M (42-15) and Kansas.

Brown’s 10th homer of the year broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning, and the Tigers added two more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Scott Sommerfield and Eric Garcia.

Mitchell Nau’s bases-loaded single pulled the Aggies to 4-3 in the sixth and chased Missouri starter Blake Holovach (7-4). Emens struck out six of the 12 batters he faced.

A&M starter Michael Wacha (8-1) lost for the first time this season. He allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out eight.

Mizzou baseball beats Texas to advance in Big 12 tournament

By the Associated Press

Rob Zastryzny

Rob Zastryzny

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Rob Zastryzny held Texas to five hits over 8 1-3 innings and Missouri broke open the game with a four-run fourth in a 5-0 win over Texas at the Big 12 tournament Wednesday night.

No. 6 seed Missouri (29-26) plays No. 2 Texas A&M on Thursday night. No. 3 Texas (30-21) plays No. 7 Kansas in an elimination game in the afternoon.

Zastryzny (5-5) struck out three and walked none before Dusty Ross came on to get the last two outs. Texas starter Corey Knebel (4-5) gave up nine hits in 4 1-3 innings and was charged with all five Missouri runs.

Blake Brown hit a two-run double and scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0 in the fourth.

Only two Texas runners made it past first base as the Longhorns were shut out for the second time in three games.

Mizzou departs Big 12 with tournament championship

Tigers outlast Baylor, 90-75

By Kaveh Kaghazi

Missouri Tigers center Steve Moore (32) and Missouri Tigers guard Kim English celebrate after winning the Big 12 Championship tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

As Missouri’s final Big 12 game came to a close and its tournament championship was all but sealed, chants of “SEC! SEC!” rang through the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The No. 5 Tigers overcame two potentially devastating injuries to seniors Kim English and Marcus Denmon, holding off Baylor, 90-75 Saturday night.

Less than 24 hours after guard Marcus Denmon sprained his right ankle in Friday’s game against Texas, Denmon took the floor Saturday and showed no ill-effects from the injury, scoring nine of Missouri’s first 18 points.

“The difference a day makes,” Denmon said. “Yesterday in the game, I couldn’t walk.”

After scoring a combined 50 points on 20-for-23 shooting through the tournament’s first two contests, English faced adversity coming into Saturday’s final due to a right thigh bruise suffered against Texas. Wearing a large brace on his thigh, English powered through the injury, scoring a game-high 19 points, on his way to being named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

“Kimmie works as hard as anybody I know and he wants it as bad as anybody I know,” junior Michael Dixon said.

Each time Baylor made a push, English answered. The senior connected five 3-pointers, including three momentum-swinging shots in the second half every time Baylor seemed poised for a comeback.

“[English] really carried us,” Denmon said. “I’ve been with him for four years and he’s a brother of mine and just to see him go out on top in terms of Big 12 play is great.”

The heavy contingent of Missouri fans at Sprint Center fans showered boos on Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas as he handed the Big 12 tournament trophy to Missouri coach Frank Haith.

Missouri (30-4) held the lead from start to finish, taking home its first Big 12 conference tournament trophy since 2009. Haith took a moment to reflect on the win after the game.

“How you handle adversity will determine how successful you’re going to be,” Haith said. I think this team had a never quit attitude and stayed true to the course.”

Denmon sat in the locker room after the game with this shoes off and his ankle heavily taped.

“It’s throbbing…but it’s worth it,” Denmon said. “It’s worth it to be able to win this Big 12 title as a senior captain, this being my team and my home city. My guys out there battling, going to war with each other and coming out victorious is really special for us.”

Five Tigers scored in double-figures Saturday. Senior Ricardo Ratliffe scored 15 points, and Dixon poured in 17 off the bench as Missouri finished the game shooting close to 54 percent, compared to Baylor’s 39 percent. Missouri sophomore Phil Pressey had 15 points and added eight assists and five rebounds en route to being named to the Big 12 all-tournament team.

“Offensively, our team is so good and so…deep in offensive talent, you never know who it’s going to be,” English said.

Perry Jones led No. 11 Baylor with 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Jones and teammate Brady Heslip were also named to the all-tournament team after the game. Heslip nailed four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points.

Baylor’s size and 40-28 rebounding advantage failed to stifle Missouri, as the Tigers won their third game against the Bears this season. The focus now shifts to whether or not the Tigers will be a No. 1 in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers made a strong case in the Big 12 tournament, beating their opponents by an average of 15.5 points.

“We’ve had a great regular season,” Haith said. “That stuff will work itself out.”

The NCAA tournament selections and seedings will be announced Sunday. Mizzou Arena will be host to a NCAA Selection Show fan celebration starting at 4 p.m. The selection show airs at 5pm.

TOURNAMENT NOTES

  • All-Championship Team: Phil Pressey (MU), Perry Jones III (BU), Brady Heslip (BU), J’Covan Brown (UT), and MOP Kim English (MU)
  • Missouri set a Big 12 Championship field goal percentage record with its combined 55.4 percent shooting from the floor in its three games.
  • Missouri and Baylor combined for 165 points — the highest-scoring Big 12 Championship final.
  • Coach Frank Haith became the first coach to win a Big 12 Championship in his first season with a school.

 

English, Phil Pressey lead Mizzou past Texas, 81-67, to advance to Big 12 final

Story By Ryan Williams

Coming into the Big 12 tournament, the Tigers had one thing on their mind: championship. In the post game media conference Friday, senior Kim English touched on how they thought of this trip as a “business trip.” The Tigers have done their best to ensure they stay focused on their goal and advanced to the Big 12 final for the first time since 2009, after a 81-67 rout of Texas.

“Every game is about business,” English said. “Every road trip is a business trip. We came to Kansas City to take care of business.”

The Tigers did just that. Missouri won its second game of the Big 12 tournament by double-digits due to their offensive prowess.

Missouri shot just under 50 percent in the first half, keyed by six first half 3-pointers from English and sophomore Phil Pressey. The two Missouri led a 9-1 Missouri run when the Tigers led 17-15 with 11:24 to play in the first half.

After scoring 27 points against Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals, English was a perfect 6-for-6 in the first half and Phil Pressey had arguably his best half scoring all season with 18 points at half, 12 coming from beyond the arc.

“I thought offensively we were outstanding,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said.

“Phil was terrific early, and Kimmie…Ricardo got going late. Marcus didn’t have one of those nights, and that just tells you how good this team is.”

Denmon finished with just two points and finished 0-for-10 from the field. Despite his shooting woes, Denmon finished the game with six rebounds, two assists and three steals.

“I think it speaks to how good our team is offensively,” Haith said. “Anyone of our starting five is capable of having a big night any night.”

Denmon could be seen in the locker room icing his ankle after the game, and Denmon wasn’t the only Tiger doing so. Missouri fans held their breath at the Sprint Center seeing Kim English on his back in pain due to taking a knee to the thigh.

“I’m going to ice (my thigh) tonight, but I’ll be ready to go tomorrow…it’s the Big 12 championship,” English said.

English and Pressey led all scorers with 23 points. Pressey averaged 18 points against the Longhorns this season (Pressey only averaged nine points vs. all other teams). Ricardo Ratliffe recorded his eighth double-double of the season with a 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Michael Dixon was the fourth Tiger in double-digits, scoring 10 points (six from 3-pointers) and three assists.

“Mizzou is one of the best teams I’ve seen in a long time when it comes to sharing the ball,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “They do a terrific job.”

Barnes’ Longhorns seemed exhausted after a big win over Iowa State 71-65 Thursday. Texas’ star guard J’Covan Brown led the way for the Longhorns with 21 points and eight rebounds. Clint Chapman finished with nine points and eight rebounds while holding Ratliffe to just four points on four field goal attempts in the first half.

Despite losing to Missouri by 14, Texas outrebounded Missouri, 39-29, with a program-best 20 offensive rebounds.

“We’re still a team that is growing,” Barnes said. “I wouldn’t say we lack confidence, we just lack experience. With 20 offensive rebounds we should have shot better than 42 percent. We’ll get better.”

Missouri will face Baylor in the Big 12 final Friday at 5 p.m. from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. It will be the third time the Tigers and Bears face each other this season. The last, and only, time Missouri won a Big 12 championship was in 2009, defeating the Baylor in the final.

Game notes: Phil Pressey had a career-high in points (23) and 3-pointers (five)…English improves to 20-for-23 shooting in the Big 12 tournament and set a new Missouri record for field goal percentage in a Big 12 championship game at 90 percent (9-10)…Ricardo Ratliffe had 14 rebounds, which tied the school record for a Big 12 championship game (Kelly Thames vs. Oklahoma, 3-8-97)…Missouri is 1-3 all-time in Big 12 championship title games (only win was 2009 vs. Baylor, 73-60).

10 Mizzou wrestlers heading to NCAA championship tournament

By Kelsey Alumbaugh

Last weekend nine of Missouri’s wrestlers qualified for the NCAA championship tournament. On Thursday the NCAA announced that Devin Mellon received an at-large pick for the tournament. Missouri is the only school that qualified all 10 starters.

In post-tournament interviews from last weekend, Alan Waters, coach Brian Smith, and Mike Larson discuss the team’s strategy for the Big 12 tournament. Smith preached a David and Goliath mentality the week before the tournament to encourage the wrestlers and let them know that just because they weren’t on top didn’t mean they couldn’t end the day triumphantly. Missouri won the Big 12 tournament and are now focused on the national championships March 15-17 in St Louis.

Here are the first round match ups for Missouri:

  • 125: No. 3 Alan Waters vs. Pat Rollins (Oregon State)
  • 133: Nathan McCormick vs. No. 6 Devin Carter (Virginia Tech)
  • 141: Nicholas Hucke vs. No. 1 Kellen Russell (Michigan)
  • 149: Kyle Bradley vs. Josh Wilson (Utah Valley) in the pigtail round.
    Winner wrestles against Mario Mason of Rutgers in the first round.
  • 157: Drake Houdashelt vs. No. 2 Derek St. John (Iowa)
  • 165: Zach Toal vs. No. 8 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska)
  • 174: Dorian Henderson vs. No. 4 Logan Storley (Minnesota)
  • 184: Mike Larson vs. No. 1 Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming)
  • 196: No. 6 Brent Haynes vs. Maxwell Huntley (Michigan)

 

Kim English leads No. 5 Missouri past Oklahoma State

By The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They know they’ll never win a Big 12 regular-season championship. A one-point overtime loss at Kansas last month settled that.

Kim English at the freethrow line

Kim English

So as the No. 5 Missouri Tigers head out the door to the Southeastern Conference, they’re chasing the Big 12 tournament title as a way of waving a not-so-fond farewell to Big 12 brethren resentful of the way they helped turn the conference upside down.

Thursday night, Oklahoma State paid the price.

Kim English scored 21 of his 27 points in the first 20 minutes and set in motion the Tigers’ 88-70 thrashing in the Big 12 quarterfinals.

“We want this as bad as we wanted the Big 12,” said English, who’s been engaging Kansas coach Bill Self and Kansas fans in verbal back-and-fourth jousting this week. “That’s why our loss (at Kansas) hurt so bad. It was the Big 12 championship game. We just want to win a championship. It’s not a chip on our shoulder.”

English led a 26-5 first-half run, Marcus Denmon added 24 points and Phil Pressey had 12 assists, one short of a school record for the Tigers (28-4).

Many fans are hoping for a showdown with archrival and No. 3 Kansas in the title game Saturday.

“We are in Kansas City, Missouri,” said Denmon, a KC native. “This is home for me. Missouri fans come out well, too.”

The Tigers outrebounded the Cowboys (15-18) 40-20.

“We were slow motion,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. “They were fast motion.”

The game-seizing run in the first half, Ford said, started with Missouri’s defense.

“Their defense was just stifling. They played with such great energy. We were tired. I could see it. They’re a veteran, experienced, physically tough basketball team. They might not be the tallest team, but they are a physical team. We’re just the opposite. We’re young. And they were playing to their strengths. Their defense led to offense.”

English had 21 of his points in the rapid-fire first half that ended with Missouri on top 49-24. Denmon, a two-time All-Big 12 guard, had 17 points in the second half.

Keiton Page had 22 points for Oklahoma State, and Brian Williams had 21.

“We fought adversity against one of the best teams in America that was playing great,” Ford said. “When they’re playing to their strength, there are not many teams better in this country.”

It was 6-all when English drilled a long 3-pointer and set the rout in motion as the Tiger overwhelmed one of the four teams that beat them in the regular season. English had 10 points in a 15-0 spree to take the Tigers to a 21-6 lead.

With 3:08 left in the half, English had 21 points and had personally outscored the Cowboys, who trailed 41-17 after English grabbed Matt Pressey’s pass and dropped it through the net for his ninth field goal. Phil Pressey at that point had eight assists and five steals in just six minutes.

Denmon, a two-time All-Big 12 guard, scored 13 straight points for the Tigers in the second half, getting a three-point play and then knocking in 3-point shots on each of the next two possessions to make it 70-41.

After Cezar Guerrero scored for the outclassed Cowboys, Denmon soared high to flush down a teammate’s miss and then, after an Oklahoma State miss, made it 74-43 with his ninth basket.

But then Page, the Cowboys’ career 3-point leader, hit two 3s and ignited a 17-3 counter punch by the Cowboys. Another 3-pointer from Page was followed by baskets from Marek Soucek and Guerrero, slicing it to 77-60 and prompting Missouri to call a timeout with 6:11 to go.

Thousands of fans, even some dressed in Kansas blue and Missouri gold, gave Page a standing ovation when he was removed from the game with 48 seconds to go.

By the end of the lopsided first half, Tigers fans were just leaning back and laughing. Andrew Jones, a tight end attending school on a football scholarship, drew a roar when he sank a free throw to make it 45-18. The 6-foot-5 senior had scored only four points all year after answering coach Frank Haith’s call for a big body to bang around and lend depth to a thin front line. Jones added another free throw with 40 seconds left.

Michael Dixon had 13 points for Missouri, which shot 66.7 percent in the first half and 59 percent for the game.

“Our intensity level was very high,” Haith said. “These guys fought hard.”

Mizzou women’s season ends with loss to Oklahoma

By The Associated Press and mutigers.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri couldn’t hold onto a 12-point lead, allowing Oklahoma to rally and post a 70-59 win. Sharane Campbell scored 22 points in Thursday’s quarterfinal game in the Big 12 women’s tournament.

Christine Flores led the 10th-seeded Tigers (13-18) with 18 points, and Liene Priede had 15.

Missouri bolted to early leads of 8-0 and 13-2, and the Tigers were up 35-23 just after intermission. But the Sooners reeled off 15 consecutive points, the final four by Campbell, to go ahead for good 38-35 with 12:14 left. They did not trail again.

Freshman Morgan Eye finishes the season No. 3 on Missouri’s 3-pointer list with 63. Flores finishes with 26 double-digit scoring games for the season and 63 for her career.

Mizzou pulls off upset win to advance in Big 12 Tournament

Story by Lauren Delaney

Game in and game out, Missouri coach Robin Pingeton preached the strength of the Tigers despite their 2-16 conference record.  On Wednesday night, her team overcame the odds, and pulled off a 72-68 upset over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls.

The Tigers never lost faith despite their losing conference record.  Pingeton believed they had the talent to make moves like this all season, and the Mizzou coach is excited to see the potential they have to create havoc in the Big 12 Tournament.

“I’m really proud of our girls. I’m happy for them,” Pingeton said. “We said in March records go out the window. It’s a new opportunity.”

The Tigers started strong against the Cowgirls, jumping out to an early eight-point lead. After winning the opening tipoff, senior forward Christine Flores scored within 15 seconds to put the Tigers on the board.

Mizzou opened the game with hot shooting. Flores, Sydney Crafton and BreAnna Brock quickly racked up points. The Tigers shot 5-6 on field goals in the first three minutes of the game.

Oklahoma State did rally however as they hit three consecutive 3-pointers. The Cowgirls took their first lead of the game at 15-14.

Missouri responded.

The Tigers played more aggressively and confidently than in previous games this season. They crashed the basket for rebounds and fought for each possession. Mizzou looked like a well-composed team on the court.

Instead of playing to keep up with their opponent, they were playing like front-runners.

The Tigers began to extend their lead when freshman guard Morgan Eye made a 3-pointer. Minutes later, Tiger guard Liene Priede buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and Eye added another 3-pointer as well.

Mizzou’s three-point shooting was on point in the first half. The Tigers went to the locker room with a 37-29 point advantage, their largest lead of the half.

Missouri’s lead continued to grow as the second half began. Crafton hit a 3-pointer after a Flores basket inside. Eye and Flores stretched the lead to 25 after consecutive 3-pointers.

Things were going well for the Tigers, but in the final eight minutes they cooled off. The Tiger defense allowed the Cowgirls to make a late comeback, keeping the Tiger’s bench players on the edge of their seats.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been in a position to have such a big lead. I think they started celebrating a little bit early,” Pingeton said. “It was uncharted territory for us in this conference play.”

Oklahoma State recovered from Mizzou’s large advantage. The Cowgirls relied on the 3-pointer to overcome the deficit. Big 12 Freshman of the Year Liz Donohoe made a crucial 3-pointer to cut the deficit to single digits.

It was a scramble to the finish as each team fought to stay alive in the tournament.

The Cowgirls began fouling to keep the clock on their side in hopes of cutting into the Missouri advantage.

The plan worked.

Missouri struggled with their free throw shooting in the clutch. The Tigers missed three of their last four free throws in the final minute of the game.

Oklahoma State center Lindsey Keller’s 3-pointer with 21 seconds left cut the lead to a mere three points.

Mizzou was able to get the ball in despite tight Cowgirl defensive pressure, and held on to the ball for the upset win.

“This is an awesome position to be in,” Brock said. “This is just the beginning of it. We just have to keep going up.”

Missouri hopes to continue their upset streak Thursday night as they face Oklahoma at 5 p.m. in Kansas City. The Sooners swept the Tigers during conference play.

The team believes they can notch another victory and be the Cinderella story of the tournament if they play like they did on Wednesday night.