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missouri rallies in second half to defeat south florida

tallahassee, fla. — 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.big picturesouth florida: maria jespersen had 16 rebounds, which is the most by a usf player in an ncaa tournament game. alisia jenkins had the old mark of 13, which was set in a first-round game last season against colorado state. ... this was the third straight year the bulls were in the 6 vs. 11 game, but they were the sixth seed the past two seasons.missouri: this marks the first time in program history that the tigers have won a game in consecutive ncaa tournament appearances. ... porter also had 12 rebounds for her 12th double-double this season.up nextfaces the winner of fl...