COLUMBIA, Mo. - After a hot start to the game the North Texas women's basketball team couldn't keep up with Missouri as the Tigers used a late first-half burst to power their way to a 71-44 win at the Mizzou Arena.
Missouri (9-2) used a run of 16-3 to end the first half and then a 12-0 run to begin the second half to pull away from the Mean Green.
The two teams traded baskets to begin the game with the score tied at 10 six minutes in. That's when the Mean Green (4-9) went on an 11-3 run to open up an eight-point lead at 21-13 with 8:30 left in the half. North Texas opened the game by hitting their first six shots from the floor.
The Tigers started their run with baskets from Christine Flores and Shakara Jones to make it a four-point game. Missouri surged ahead ahead on a 3-point basket from Amanda Hanneman 25-24 with 3:33 left in the half. The Tigers extended the lead to 29-24 at the break.
Missouri picked up right where they left off in the first half to start the second half with a 12-0 run in the first six minutes to make it 41-24. The Mean Green went nearly 12 minutes of play without a field goal until a basket by Jasmine Godbolt ended the drought with 12 minutes left in the games.
Brittney James led the way for North Texas with double figures by scoring 15 points. Jones had 11 points for Missouri.
The Mean Green will return to action on Dec. 31 as they continue their four-game road trip at UALR.