Missouri rallies in second half to defeat South Florida


Sierra Michaelis scored 16 points, including the game-winning basket with 0.6 seconds remaining, and No. 6 seed Missouri rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to beat No. 11 South Florida 66-64 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Michaelis had 13 of her points in the second half for the Tigers, who trailed 38-25 at halftime.

Missouri (22-10) scored the first seven points of the third quarter as part of a 12-3 run.

The Tigers would eventually tie it at 50 on her 3-pointer with 7:59 remaining. Kitija Laksa's three-point play gave the Bulls the lead again before the Tigers took the lead on a 12-3 run.

Missouri led 64-61 before Laska tied it with a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left.

Michaelis then hit a layup with less than a second remaining to give Missouri the win.

Arianda Pujol scored 20 points for South Florida (24-9) with 16 coming in the first half. Laksa added 19.

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