Longtime Missouri coach Norm Stewart’s commemorative banner will be lowered from the Hearnes Center rafters at halftime of tonight’s game against Iowa State.
Five other banners were lowered at halftime of Missouri’s victory against Nebraska in January. The banners honoring Stewart (22), Jon Sundvold (20), Willie Smith (30), Doug Smith (34), Steve Stipanovich (40) and Bill Stauffer (43) will be moved to the new arena, scheduled to open in October.
The ceremony for Stewart, who was 634-333 in 32 seasons and produced eight conference championships at Missouri, was pushed back until he could be in attendance.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
The No. 22 Cougars overcame poor first-half shooting at Williams Baptist College to defeat the Eagles 61-51 to stay undefeated in American Midwest Conference play. The Cougars (21-7, 11-0) extended their winning streak to 13.
The Cougars led at halftime despite shooting 39 percent from the field. Their second half performance was more impressive, for they outrebounded the Eagles 38-27 and blocked 10 shots.
LeAnn Possum led Columbia with 14 points, and Tiffany Foote had 11 assists.
Charliss Ridley became the first Cougar to be named the NAIA National Player of the Week, averaging 27.5 points in last week’s two games. She shot 61 percent from the field and 94 percent from the free-throw line, helping Columbia College win both games.
MU MEN’S GOLF: Michael Radek’s par seventh-place finish boosted the Tigers to sixth place at the Matlock Collegiate Classic in Lakeland, Fla. It was MU’s first event of the spring season.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL
The Cougars (24-2) remained No. 6 in the NAIA poll.