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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Men's basketball loses two games in a row; women's team wins second conference game

Sunday, February 26, 2012 | 6:36 p.m. CST; updated 9:09 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 26, 2012

COLUMBIA — It was a rough week for the Missouri men's basketball team, which lost two in a row, including an overtime thriller in Lawrence, Kan.

Men's basketball team loses to Kansas State and Kansas

Missouri held at No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls for two weeks, but consecutive losses to Kansas State and Kansas will drop them a few spots in the national rankings when they are released Monday.

Kansas State is the only team Missouri hasn't been quite able to figure out this season. The Tigers lost their first home game of the year and fell to the Wildcats for the second time this season.

The Tigers hoped to bounce back from the 10-point loss when they traveled to Phog Allen Fieldhouse to take on the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. Prior to that game, Kansas was 89-1 in its previous 90 home games.

The Tigers looked on the verge of being the first Missouri team to sweep the season series against Kansas since 1994, but squandered a 19-point second half lead and lost 87-86 in overtime. St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell is not one to blame the outcome of a game on the referees, but writes that Missouri fans will torment themselves over questionable officiating throughout the game.

With Missouri's imminent departure to the Southeastern Conference, the crazed atmosphere inside Phog Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday marks the last installment of the historic rivalry between Missouri and Kansas for the foreseeable future. The game leaves little possibility of redemption for the Tigers unless they meet the Jayhawks again in the Big 12 or NCAA tournaments in March.

Women's basketball team wins second conference game

After struggling to an 0-13 start in Big 12 Conference play, the women's basketball team is gaining some momentum before heading to the conference tournament in early March.

Missouri is seeing more production from many of its players, especially its freshmen, including point guard Kyley Simmons and guard Morgan Eye, who was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week for her performances against Texas A&M and Kansas.

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton still expects more improvement from all of her players, none more so than junior Sydney Crafton, who will be the most experienced Tiger next season when Christine Flores, BreAnna Brock and Bailey Gee graduate.

The Tigers won their first conference game of the season Feb. 18 against Kansas but slipped in an overtime loss to Iowa State three days later. On Saturday, Missouri played host to Kansas State in a rematch of a previous game that Missouri lost 72-46.

Junior college transfer Liene Priede drained a last-second 3-point shot to tie the game at 53 and send the Tigers into overtime for the second consecutive game. Missouri won 61-56 for its first win at Mizzou Arena since Dec. 30 when it played Sam Houston State.

Missouri baseball swept in San Francisco

After taking two of three games against future SEC opponent Auburn last weekend, the Missouri baseball team hoped to travel to San Francisco and prove to Big 12 coaches and future opponents that it's better than a fifth-place team.

The Tigers lost the first game of the series, finishing with only two hits against preseason All-American pitcher and potential first-round draft pick Kyle Zimmer.

Missouri lost Saturday's game by the same 3-1 score and wasn't able to register a run until an RBI groundout in the eighth inning.

Missouri lost the final installment of the weekend series 6-0 on Sunday. San Francisco scored five runs in the first three innings and Missouri mustered only four hits all game.


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