THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: First snow, basketball enthusiasm and a woman's conversion to Islam

Sunday, December 11, 2011 | 7:21 p.m. CST; updated 8:44 p.m. CST, Sunday, December 11, 2011

These are the best images of the week by Missourian staff. This week includes photos of Columbia's first snowfall of the season, some basketball enthusiasts and a woman's journey as she converts to Islam.

This photo was taken by Nick Michael at a Missouri women's basketball game against Eastern Illinois on Wednesday night. Artie Miller cringed in frustration after Eastern Illinois scored to take a 10-point lead in the middle of the second half. However, the Tigers won in the finals seconds with two free throws.


Ellen Thommesen shot this image of Don Eggeman and Khesha Duncan, of the MU Counseling Center, as they unloaded gifts for a family at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Monday. The Counseling Center sponsors a family every year through the Voluntary Action Center Christmas Program. Aside from gifts, the program also asked sponsors to give a donation for food so families could have a nice Christmas dinner.

Columbia saw its first snowfall of the season this week, and it took some by surprise on Tuesday morning. More than 40 injury accidents occurred before noon on the highways because of the mix of ice and about an inch of snow. Sarah Hoffman was out and about taking photographs of the wintery conditions and caught Scot Dawson sweeping snow outside of Saigon Bistro.


Katie Currid finished a multimedia project about Jessica Fay, a convert of Islam living in Columbia. Fay was not raised in a Muslim family but has taken steps during the last two years to convert. In this photo, Fay prays the Zuhr, the second of the five daily prayers of Islam on Oct. 23 in her bedroom.

Nick Michael also took this photo of MU students sleeping inside Mizzou Arena while waiting in line for tickets for the Missouri versus Kansas basketball game. At 9 p.m. on Thursday, about a dozen people were already waiting outside to buy tickets. At 5 a.m., all students who had spent the night camped outside were finally let inside, where coffee and doughnuts were waiting until they could pick up their tickets at 7 a.m.

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