AMES, Iowa — Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith almost flew out of his chair as he celebrated Kenny Burleson’s Big 12 Conference championship. Smith calmed down when Ben Askren and Jeff Foust won.
Four Missouri wrestlers competed in the conference finals in Hilton Coliseum on Saturday, and three earned titles.
For the first 24 years of its gymnastics program, Missouri never scored at or above 197 points. The Tigers have done it three times in one season.
Missouri scored 197.125 at the Mizzou Invitational on Saturday, defeating Northern Illinois (192.875), Illinois State (191.750) and Centenary (191.400) at this season’s final meet at Hearnes Center.
As a numbers game, basketball traditionally favors the team with more points, more rebounds and more precise passes. Of course, having more superstars on the court at once doesn’t hurt, either.
Since 1972, Hearnes Center has set the perfect stage for the best players in Missouri history, but it was clearly a better showcase for double-act talent.
Depth has given Missouri a seasoned flavor.
The Tigers are benefiting from tough competition for lineup spots, competition that allows coaches to rest key contributors without lowering scores, which increases team confidence.
In the 30-year history of Missouri women’s basketball, 159 players donned the Tigers’ home white uniforms at Hearnes Center.
Condensing those players to a list of the five greatest players in Missouri history is no easy task, but those on the all-time Missouri team tout resumes that separate them from the rest.
Mike Davis, the Columbia College women’s basketball coach, said his team usually builds momentum slowly and eventually wears down its opponent. His theory also applies to the Cougars’ season.
The Cougars beat Hannibal-LaGrange 84-61 in the second round of the American Midwest Conference Tournament on Friday at The Arena of Southwell Complex.
SEDALIA – Jodi Bolerjack did more than lead Hickman to victory Saturday.
She outscored the other team in the first half.
Some players just knew how to win on the road.
Opposing women’s basketball teams have had little success at Hearnes Center, winning 102 of 382 games in Columbia. Although their teams might not have always won, five players have always found a way to hurt Missouri at Hearnes Center.
Erica Petersen didn’t think she would play this weekend, let alone close out a pair of wins in a softball doubleheader.
Petersen, a freshman pitcher for Missouri, has been on antibiotics for the past week to treat strep throat.
After Saturday’s match against Oklahoma, Missouri tennis coach Blake Starkey said he knows why some coaches develop ulcers and lose their hair.
The Tigers lost 5-2 to the Sooners at Green Tennis Center in a Big 12 Conference match, but Oklahoma won two singles matches in third-set tiebreaks that could have swung the match to Missouri.