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Missouri women fall to Alabama at buzzer

Missouri women fall to Alabama at buzzer

January 9th, 2017 by News Tribune in College Sports

COLUMBIA — The Alabama Crimson Tide didn't hit many 3-pointers Sunday at Mizzou Arena. 

Four, to be exact.

But No. 4 was a dagger for the Missouri Tigers as Alabama's 3 with less than second remaining lifted the Crimson Tide to a 59-58 victory in women's SEC action.

"Obviously we are disappointed," Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said. "That's a tough way to lose a game."

With the game tied at 54, Sierra Michaelis hit a 3-pointer to give the Tigers the lead with 1:03 to play. Alabama cut the deficit to one with :29 remaining on a layup by Quanetria Bolton.

With :03 left, Cierra Porter of Missouri was fouled. She made the first free throw to make it 58-56, but missed the second. Alabama got the rebound and called timeout.

On the ensuing play, Bolton dropped in a 3-pointer to give Alabama the victory.

"We were just fortunate to have the ball at the end against a very good Missouri team," Alabama coach Kristy Curry said. "We have so much respect for them and their program. Incredible crowd today. Just a great atmosphere for SEC women's basketball. We were just fortunate, like I said, to have the last possession and make a play."

Missouri led 13-6 after one quarter before Alabama came back to tie it at 21 at the half. The Crimson Tide took a 39-35 lead into the final period.

Sophie Cunningham finished with a season-high 24 points for the Tigers. Porter racked up her eighth double-double of the season, totaling 11 points and 10 rebounds while tying her career-high with five blocked shots.

It was Missouri's first home loss of the season and the first SEC road win for Alabama (14-2, 2-1) since a victory Feb. 23, 2014, at Vanderbilt.

Missouri (11-6, 1-2) will play Thursdsay at LSU. Game time is 7 p.m.