Senior Sydney Crafton broke a tie by scoring four straight points and helped the Missouri women knock off Florida 69-64 in a wild game Thursday night in Columbia.
Missouri, 14-8 overall and 3-5 in the SEC, led 32-20 with 4 minutes, 40 seconds left in the first half, then watched the Gators rip off 14 straight points to go into the half with a two-point advantage.
Florida kept its roll going in the second half and led 48-41 with 12:30 to play in the game. Back came Mizzou, which used a 17-1 run to take a 58-49 lead with 7:02 to play.
The Gators answered again and tied the game at 64 with 1:38 to play. That’s when Crafton scored her four points and gave Mizzou the lead for good. Lianna Doty, who had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, added a free throw to finish the scoring.
“It’s just a great team win,” said Mizzou coach Robin Pingeton. “It wasn’t perfect but at different times, different players stepped up for us. We had a nice lead early, then they came back and led by as many eight or nine but I didn't think we wavered. I felt like we had the mindset that we were really going to find a way. I just thought it was a great team win and I’m really happy for our players.”
Center Liz Smith had 15 points and six boards for the Tigers, who have their most wins since the 2006-07 season, when the team totaled 17 victories.