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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Behind the return of Bowers, Tigers have impressed so far

Sunday, December 9, 2012 | 6:39 p.m. CST
Missouri forward Laurence Bowers blocks a shot from SEMO guard Nate Schulte on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers defeated the Redhawks 81-65.

The Missouri men's basketball team improved to 8-1 this week. On Tuesday, the Tigers beat Southeast Missouri State 81-65 in a game at Mizzou Arena. Despite the 16-point victory, the win did not come easily. Down 45-35 at halftime, the Tigers were having a hard time hitting their shots. Guard Phil Pressey was 3-14 from the field and 1-6 from behind the arc in the first half. The Tigers were able to seal the victory with a strong second half.

Missouri is 8-1 so far this season and currently ranked No. 12 in the AP poll. A lot of that success can be attributed to the return of forward Laurence Bowers. After sitting out last year with a torn ACL, Bowers is averaging 16.8 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds. After Tuesday's game Missouri coach Frank Haith said of Bowers, "He’s scored in a lot of different ways, and he’s answering the bell. When you’re a big-time player, that’s what you want."

Missouri Women's basketball

For the second time this week, Missouri scored more than 90 points in a game. After beating Missouri State 91-77 on Thursday, the Tigers didn't skip a beat and put on another remarkable offensive performance Saturday, beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 97-59. The Tigers now have an 8-2 record, and coach Robin Pingeton is impressed with her teams toughness on the court.

This year's team is breaking the student-athlete stereotype about the minimal education student-athletes gain while in college. This story by Caitlin Swieca demonstrates how hard the team works in the classroom.The team has nursing majors, engineering majors and athletes in the business school. "I don't believe in putting them in a certain major just so we can maximize their basketball time," Pingeton said. "I think they need to pursue what they're really passionate about."

David Yost

After 12 seasons on Head Coach Gary Pinkel's staff, offensive coordinator David Yost resigned from his position this week. When Pinkel was asked about the resignation, he said, "He has been such an instrumental part of our program and everything we‘ve built since we came here. There’s hardly an aspect of our program that he hasn’t had a hand in, and we’re going to miss his leadership and energy." 

Yost received a hefty amount of criticism for Missouri's recent offensive struggles, but Mike Vorel wrote a commentary piece for the Missourian that reminded readers to put his whole career into perspective and that some of that criticism might be unearned. Yost was the quarterback coach for three Missouri quarterbacks who are currently in the NFL, Brad Smith, Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert.

Vorel also wrote, "Missouri’s offensive line – which was already undersized going into the unforgiving climate of the SEC – was decimated by injury."

Supervising editor is Maggie Walter.

 

 

    


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