8:00 PM ET, January 14, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- It took Missouri 21 years to get back into the Top 25. It may take only 11 minutes of nearly scoreless basketball in the second half against Texas to knock it out again.Ashley Lindsey had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Texas held No. 24 Missouri to one point over the final 11 minutes, rallying for a 63-54 victory Saturday night."It had to be one of our defensive efforts," said Texas coach Jody Conradt, who earned her 877th career victory to move past Adolph Rupp for third place all-time among men's and women's college coaches. "You're always proud of a team that just refuses to lose ... we just kept pecking away."Texas (8-6, 2-2) has won 29 straight Big 12 games at home.For Missouri, the loss snapped a 12-game winning streak that had put the Tigers in the Top 25 for the first time since 1985. The winning streak included a win over defending national champion Baylor."We've been going through things a Missouri team hasn't been through in a while," said Tigers coach Cindy Stein. "We upset the defending national champion, being ranked and having to defend that ranking. This two weeks has been tough on us. It really showed up in the last 10 minutes."Carlynn Savant scored 14 to lead Missouri (13-3, 3-1), which twice held leads of 10 points or more in the second half but couldn't hold on under Texas' tight defense. The Tigers shot 6-of-29 from the floor in the second half.The Tigers led 28-25 when LaToya Bond made two free throws and Savant, a 51 percent 3-point shooter this season, hit another in a Tigers burst that pushed the lead to 37-25 with two minutes left in the first half.Jackson, the leading scorer for Texas this season, was 1-of-8 shooting in the first half but was a defensive force with seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks."The scoring hasn't been what we thought it would be," Conradt said of Jackson. "But if you look at the rest of her line, it's incredible."That included moving out to defend Savant in the second half. Savant hit two more 3-pointers in the half, the second giving the Tigers a 51-40 lead with 13:07 left before Texas rallied and cut it to 53-50 on consecutive buckets from Nina Norman and Erika Arriaran.Lindsey's short jumper gave Texas a 54-53 lead with 6:12 to play. Bond's layup with 11:19 to play was the Tigers' last field goal. Missouri then missed its next 15 shots and committed five turnovers."First time all year I thought we lost our poise," Stein said."I wasn't paying attention to whether they scored or not, I was just staying on my man," Norman said. "We knew we had to fight back and that the game wasn't over."After the game, Conradt addressed passing Rupp in the record books and said she has "mixed emotions" about the Kentucky coach's place in basketball history.She noted the Texas Western team that started five black players and beat Rupp's all-white Kentucky squad for the 1966 national championship, a season chronicled in the movie "Glory Road.""I think (Texas Western coach) Don Haskins probably opened a lot of doors for a lot of people," Conradt said. "I can't identify totally with the African-American players, but I can identify as a woman doing things you're not supposed to do. That has been in my thoughts."
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