COLUMBIA, Mo. – Despite a tied game at the half, the Troy Women’s Basketball squad dropped a nail biter, 76-63, to Missouri Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.
Tiyah Johnson led the Trojans (3-2) with a 19-point performance while Felmas Koranga notched her fourth consecutive double-digit outing with 14 points tonight.
For Missouri (5-0) Haley Troup and Hayley Frank led the way with 20 points apiece. Aijha Blackwell was the only player for either side to record a double-double (19 points, 18 rebounds).
How It Happened
After falling behind by five, back-to-back triples from forward Jhileiya Dunlap evened the game at 12 with 4:04 left to play in the opening period. A 3-0 run following the media timeout gave Missouri their eventual 22-17 lead after the first 10 minutes.
Johnson opened up the second period of action with back-to-back tres to put the Trojans up one. The two squads traded points through the remaining eight minutes to send the game into the half knotted up at 35.
A 9-0 Tiger run spanning over five minutes put the Trojans behind 48-39 with just under three minutes left to go in the third. A pair of buckets from Amber Leggett and Koranga cut Troy’s deficit to four heading into the final quarter of action.
The Trojans again kicked off the quarter with back-to-back threes, this time from Johnson and Sharonica Hartsfield, to even the game at 54. Missouri scored five straight before a pair of free throws and a jumper from Johnson put the Trojans back within one.
A pivotal three pointer from the Tigers’ Haley Troup and a 43-second-long position with three offensive boards for Missouri pulled the game away.
- Tonight’s matchup marked the first of four Power Five opponents Troy will face off against this season.
- After knocking down just one three pointers in their last outing (Bethune-Cookman), the Trojans knocked down three shots from behind the arc tonight.
- Tonight marked the third time this season that the Trojans have been outrebounded. Troy is 1-2 in those matchups.
The Trojans will hit the road after the Thanksgiving holiday for Durham, N.C., where Troy will square off against its second Power Five opponent of the season in Duke. Sunday’s tipoff from Cameron Indoor is set for 1 p.m.