GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Missouri women's basketball team couldn't extend its best start in conference play Sunday.
The Florida Gators finished the game on a 17-3 run, rallying from a double-digit deficit to defeat the Tigers 58-56 for their first win this season in Southeastern Conference play.
Missouri had started conference play 3-0 on numerous occasions, but a win Sunday would have given the Tigers their first 4-0 start.
Florida scored the game's final 10 points in the last three minutes. Delicia Washington drove the right side of the lane and scored on a tough layup attempt with :02.2 left to put Florida ahead 58-56.
After advancing the ball up the court following a timeout, Missouri was unable to get off a shot before the buzzer.
Missouri (14-4, 3-1 SEC) led for most of the game, while Florida (5-12, 1-3 SEC) never had a lead larger than two points.
The Tigers took a 16-12 lead after one quarter and finished the second quarter on a 10-3 run to take a 30-21 lead into halftime. Haley Troup knocked down a pair of 3-pointers during that run.
Both team scored 15 points in the third quarter and Missouri began the fourth with a 45-36 advantage. The Tigers led by as many as 14 points midway through the third quarter.
Danielle Rainey, who came off the bench for Florida and shot 5-of-9 from 3-point range, began the Gators' late run with a 3 with 6:32 to play. Washington pulled Florida within one possession of the lead after scoring a layup with 1:27 on the clock, making the score 56-54.
Kiara Smith made a pair of free throws with 47 seconds remaining and Washington stole the ball on Missouri's next possession, setting up her winning basket.
Rainey led the Gators with 16 points. Washington reached double digits with 11 points and added nine rebounds, while Smith and Zada Williams each finished with 10 points.
The Tigers did not have a player score in double figures. Amber Smith and Jordan Roundtree each had a team-high nine points, while Cierra Porter added eight points off the bench.
Sophie Cunningham, who finished with four points, eight assists and five rebounds, fouled out when Smith drew a foul near the basket in the final minute.
Up next for Missouri is one of its toughest stretches during conference play. The Tigers host Georgia at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mizzou Arena.