In the thick of Southeastern Conference play, both the Missouri men's and women's basketball teams went 1-1 this week. Both teams are struggling to find momentum as SEC play hits February.
Men's basketball continues to struggle on the road
Southeastern Conference road games have not been friendly to the Missouri men's basketball team. Missouri remains winless in SEC road games after Missouri fell to LSU 73-70 on Wednesday. Phil Pressey led Missouri with 25 points, while Laurence Bowers, who played for the first time since spraining his right knee on Jan. 8, scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.
The men's basketball team bounced back after the loss to LSU by defeating Auburn 91-77 on Saturday. The win was especially sweet for junior Earnest Ross who transferred from Auburn. Ross finished the game with a season-high 23 points and helped lift Missouri's record to 16-5 overall and 5-3 in the SEC.
Women's basketball rebounds after big loss
The women's basketball team also got off to a rough start this past week in its 77-58 loss to Texas A&M. The Tigers fell behind early in the game and never recovered in the loss to the Aggies.
However, the women's basketball team rebounded with a thrilling 69-64 win against Florida on Thursday evening. Senior guard Sydney Crafton's layup with just more than a minute remaining in the game broke a 64-64 tie. Crafton's late game heroics have helped lead the Tigers to a 14-8 record overall and 3-5 record in SEC play.
Largest Beauty and the Beast crowd see both teams fall
The Missouri wrestling and gymnastics team joined forces Friday night for the unique Beauty and the Beast meet where both teams compete on the same floor. This was the sixth time in seven years that the event has taken place at Hearnes Center and the largest crowd in Beauty and the Beast history.