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A different attitude

Relaxed and upbeat, Missouri coach Quin Snyder took his place behind the podium for the post-game press conference Thursday.

As much as he wanted to celebrate with his team after a 63-61 win against No. 12 Gonzaga, Snyder willingly talked about the outcome with the press.

Next up: St. Louis

The Missouri women’s basketball team is looking to build a new winning streak.

The Tigers (5-5) will face Saint Louis University (1-11) today at 1:00 p.m. in Mizzou Arena.

Faith and Hoops

When Nancy Rutter Huerd started her basketball career at a lonely basketball hoop in the middle of a farming field in northeast Missouri, she knew hard work and faith in God would take her places. She just didn’t know where or how far.

It was the late 1960s, and there was no such thing as the WNBA or Title IX or even 5-on-5 women’s basketball. Girls played 6-on-6 in gym class, or maybe in junior high and high school if they were lucky. The closest thing to a professional women’s basketball league was the All American Redheads, who played from 1936-86. They dyed their hair red, wore full makeup on the court and traveled the country defeating men’s teams in the style of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Ringing in the new year

Unusually warm weather helped draw a record crowd to Columbia’s First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve.

Karen Ramey, First Night director, had predicted 8,000 people would attend, but on Friday night, she said, the crowd was even larger. Some venues were so full they had to turn people away.

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