A freshman on the Missouri women’s basketball team has decided to leave the program. The team announced Wednesday that Brittany Mannings, a 6-foot-4 center, left the team.
“Due to family concerns, it is important for me to be closer to home at this time,” Mannings said in a release.
Kevin Fletcher, assistant media relations director for MU, said it is uncertain whether Mannings would return to the program.
“That’s really up to Brittany,” Fletcher said. “Certainly if she decided to come back to Missouri next semester we would accept her with open arms.”
Mannings played in three games for the Tigers this season, averaging 5.3 minutes.
At Duchesne High School in St. Charles, Mannings was a four-time all-state selection by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association. In her senior season, Mannings averaged 16.3 points and 10.2 rebounds.
“We are certainly sorry to see Brittany to leave this team, but we understand her family’s desire for her to be closer to home and wish her the best of luck in the future,” Missouri coach Cindy Stein said in the release.
Missouri Swimming and Diving
Tigers diving coach Greg Triefenbach will be leaving at semester’s end to take a job at a private diving club in Midland, Texas.
“It all happened pretty quickly,” Triefenbach said. “They gave me a call. I was their first choice.”
After talking to Missouri coach Brian Hoffer, Triefenbach told the team of his decision just before Thanksgiving break.
“I wanted to shoot for national and international competition,” Triefenbach said of his decision to take the head coaching position at the City of Midland Diving Club. “Our sport is extremely handicapped by the NCAA system. The 20-hour rule and stuff like that.”
The NCAA allows divers to train for 20 hours a week. Triefenbach said that when they compete at the international level, his divers are competing against people who have had twice the training.
In Midland, Triefenbach hopes to take divers to the Olympic level.
James Sweeney, a former Tigers diver who is a volunteer assistant coach for Missouri, will be the interim coach for the rest of the season. A national search for a diving coach will be held at the end of the season.
Triefenbach has been coaching at Missouri since the 2000-01 season.
“The hardest part about leaving is leaving this team, leaving these kids,” Triefenbach said. “I’ve spent a lot of time building this program up.”
Under Triefenbach, the Missouri men’s divers broke three school records, including Evan Watters’ top scores in the 1-meter (355.95) and 3 meter (385.87) dives.
— Kyle Rogers
Hickman Girls' Basketball
The Kewpies beat Blue Springs South 60-54 at the Blue Springs Tournament.
Lauren Nolke led Hickman with 19 points, including three 3-pointers, two of which came in a key fourth quarter run that put the Kewpies (3-5) ahead for good.
The teams played a back-and-forth game and were tied at 42 at the end of the third quarter. Sade’ Aaron, who sank some crucial free throws in the run, had 16 points. Megan McCabe had 11 and Shana White had 10.
“It was the most complete four quarters for us this season,” Hickman coach Tonya Mirts said. “And we played tremendous in the second half.”
Major League Baseball
Arizona snatched up Troy Glaus and Los Angeles added Jeff Kent as teams made big-money deals with All-Stars on Thursday, one day before the start of the winter meetings.
Glaus, the 2002 World Series MVP as Anaheim’s third baseman, agreed to a $45 million, four-year contract with the last-place Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles didn’t even wait for the formal start of the meetings to hold the first news conference at the hotel baseball officials will gather at in Anaheim, Calif., traveling south to announce a $17 million, two-year contract with Kent, the second baseman who helped Houston come within a game of its first NL pennant.