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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Men's basketball continues streak; volleyball eliminated from NCAA tournament

Sunday, December 4, 2011 | 6:58 p.m. CST; updated 10:06 p.m. CST, Sunday, December 4, 2011

A win in men's basketball and losses in women's basketball and volleyball set the tone for Missouri sports this week.

Undefeated season continues

The Missouri men's basketball team started the week at No. 13 in the AP poll — an improvement from its No. 21 rank the previous week.

Now, with after a 90-56 win against Northwestern State on Friday, the Tigers improved to 7-0 for the first time since 2006. Marcus Denmon scored a career high of 31 points in the win.

Despite its success, the team is missing one of its top forwards: Laurence Bowers. To fill that hole, the team is looking toward the football field for options. It turns out that Missouri tight end Andrew Jones was a four-time All-State basketball player in high school. And with his 6-foot-5 height, Jones would bring height to a team of mostly guards.

Bump in the road

Missouri women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton is rebuilding the program through recruiting, coaching and accountability. The freshmen on the team are learning to balance school, social lives and away games.

The team (5-1) suffered a 74-70 loss to Northwestern on Saturday. The game came down to free throws, and the Tigers couldn't pull out a lead at the end. Center BreAnna Brock led the team with 23 points.

Volleyball

Missouri volleyball lost to No. 17 Florida 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16 on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Tigers were the youngest team in the tournament.

Missouri finished its season 21-13.

Bowl future

The Missouri football team was passed on by every Big 12 bowl game and will play in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26 in Shreveport, La.


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