Riddle Scores 31 In 73-67 Loss At Wyoming In WNIT Second Round

Tigers end season with 17-14 record and 19th all-time postseason appearance

March 18, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. - EeTisha Riddle posted her 12th double-double of the season but Missouri dropped a hard-fought 73-67 decision at Wyoming in the second round of the WNIT at the Arena-Auditorium on Sunday.

Missouri trailed for much of the contest and was down by 12 with 3:12 to play before it made one final rally. The Tigers used an 11-4 run and got the lead down to 67-64 with 1:22 on the clock but wasn't able to get the big bucket it needed.

Wyoming struggled from the free throw line but did just enough to keep the Tigers at arms length.

Riddle finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks as she ends her MU career with 1,034 points, moving past Amanda Lassiter into 24th place on the school's all-time scoring list. The 31 points tied the most scored against Wyoming this season.

Blair Hardiek added 11 and Alyssa Hollins had 10 for the Tigers. Hollins connected on a pair of 3-pointers and finishes the season with 64 - marking the second-highest single-season total at Mizzou.

Missouri shot 41 percent from the floor and sees its season end at 17-14 overall. Wyoming (23-9) also shot 41 percent but made eight 3-pointers compared to six for the Mizzou.

For Wyoming, Hanna Zavecz finished with 21 points, while Justyna Podziemska connected on five 3-pointers and ended the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Cowgirls will host Oregon in the WNIT third round.

Mizzou missed its first five shots and committed a two turnovers as Wyoming opened up a 7-0 lead. After tying it at 17, Wyoming went on a 9-0 run that was capped off by a pair of 3 pointers.
 

 

Riddle stopped the run with a layup but Wyoming extended the lead to 31-19 on a three from Zavecz and a bucket from Dominique Sisk. The Tigers then got their first 3-pointer of the game from Amanda Hanneman and followed with a Carlynn Savant steal and coast-to-coast layup to trim the margin to 31-24 with just under four minutes to play.

Following four UW points, Hanneman nailed her second triple of the half before Zavecz made two free throws. But the Tigers concluded the first period with a 7-1 run to close to within four points at 38-34 going into the locker room.

Mizzou shot 54 percent in the first half compared to Wyoming's 46 percent effort, but the Cowgirls made six 3-pointers to stay one step ahead of the Tigers. The Pokes also had a 17-13 lead on the glass.

Riddle led all scorers in the opening 20 minutes with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

Neither team could find the bottom of the basket to start the second half as they combined to miss their first eight shots. A three from Zavecz 3:42 in broke the scoreless drought and gave Wyoming a seven-point lead.

With Missouri trailing by eight, Wyoming got a pair of layups from McGuffey and Zavecz to extend the lead to 61-49 with 5:33 left before the Tigers made their final run.

Senior EeTisha Riddle