Missouri women upset No. 14 South Carolina 65-58

02/28/2013 10:56 PM

02/28/2013 11:03 PM

Bri Kulas had 26 points and 12 rebounds as Missouri knocked off No. 14 South Carolina 65-58 Thursday night.

Sydney Crafton added 11 points and Liene Priede had 10 for the Tigers (16-13, 5-10 Southeastern), who are 14-4 at home this season with wins over two ranked opponents (the other an 80-63 win over then-No. 9 Tennessee on Feb. 3).

Ieasia Walker and Khadijah Sessions led South Carolina (22-6, 10-5) with 14 points apiece.

Missouri, which has made a school-record 240 3-pointers this season, beat the Gamecocks the old-fashioned way — by pounding the ball inside. The Tigers outscored South Carolina 34-14 on points in the paint and attempted just seven 3-pointers, making three.

Missouri shot 53.5 percent and never trailed in a game that was close throughout. Its biggest lead was eight points when Kulas converted a three-point play with 52 seconds remaining.

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SOUTH CAROLINA (22-6)

Bruner 3-9 1-4 7, Welch 1-5 6-7 8, Walker 5-18 0-0 14, Sessions 6-15 0-1 14, White 2-4 0-0 4, Montout 2-3 0-0 4, Mitchell 1-7 4-4 7, Ibiam 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 20-61 11-17 58.

MISSOURI (16-13)

Kulas 8-16 10-13 26, Smith 3-7 2-3 8, Simmons 0-1 0-0 0, Crafton 5-8 1-3 11, Eye 2-3 2-2 8, Saunders 0-0 0-2 0, Doty 1-1 0-0 2, Mo. Stock 0-0 0-0 0, Ma. Stock 0-1 0-0 0, Hudyn 0-0 0-0 0, Priede 4-6 1-1 10. Totals 23-43 16-24 65.

Halftime: Missouri 28-26. 3-Point Goals: South Carolina 7-23 (Walker 4-12, Sessions 2-6, Mitchell 1-3, White 0-2), Missouri 3-7 (Eye 2-3, Priede 1-1, Kulas 0-1, Ma. Stock 0-1, Crafton 0-1). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: South Carolina 30 (Bruner, Walker, Welch 5), Missouri 38 (Kulas 12). Assists: South Carolina 10 (Bruner, Sessions, Walker, Welch 2), Missouri 9 (Doty, Kulas, Priede 2). Total Fouls: South Carolina 19, Missouri 16. Technical: Welch. Attendance: 1,366.

 

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