Flores leads Missouri over Oklahoma State 70-65Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012
Morgan Eye scored 16 points and BreAnna Brock added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the 10th-seeded Tigers (13-17), who advanced to face No. 2 seed Oklahoma on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Tiffany Bias scored 24 points and Toni Young had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Cowgirls (16-12), whose hopes of an NCAA tournament berth to climax a season marred by tragedy took a blow.
Oklahoma State was devastated by the deaths of head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna in a Nov. 17 plane crash, but regrouped and won its last three regular-season games to get on the NCAA bubble.
The Cowgirls fought back from a 25-point second-half deficit to get within 71-68 on Lindsey Keller’s 3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining. But Eye made an insurance free throw for the Tigers, and Bias’ missed 3-pointer was Oklahoma State’s last shot.