Defeat hard to explain

It’s hard to determine which told the story better, the numbers or the looks on their faces.

One-by-one they filed out of Missouri’s locker room. Glen Dandridge was first. A half hour later, Thomas Gardner was last.

Win not that easy

Sometimes reaching the semifinals of the conference tournament is as easy as beating a 20-loss team at home.

And sometimes it’s as difficult as withstanding the hardest charge a well-coached underdog can muster.

In with an elite group

The Big 12 Conference is the best wrestling conference in America. Period.

All five teams are ranked in the top-15 in the country with Oklahoma State (No. 1), Iowa State (No. 3) and Nebraska (No. 4) in the top-five. No. 7 Oklahoma is the fourth team in the top-10, while No. 15 Missouri brings up the rear.

Nickoley picked top indoor freshman

Big 12 coaches voted Trisa Nickoley the 2005 indoor track and field Female Freshmen Performer of the Year Wednesday.

Nickoley, from Tecumseh, Kan., won two Big 12 indoor titles at last weekend’s Big 12 Championships. She won an individual championship in the 800 meters and was also a member of the winning distance medley relay team.

Freshmen facing final exam

For every Missouri player, the biggest game of the season is the home game against Kansas.

Even the Tigers’ four freshmen know how important it is, and they’ve never played against the Jayhawks in Columbia.

Dedicated to Diving

From the moment Jamie Sweeney wakes up to the moment he goes back to sleep, there is only one thing on his mind: diving.

“I don’t think about anything else,” Sweeney said. “Some people may think that’s lame, but this sport is my life.”

Lee plays a role for Kansas with cousin

Wayne Simien is the bruiser. Aaron Miles is the passer. Keith Langford is the shooter.

For Michael Lee, Kansas’ fourth senior, the description is a little different and took longer to adjust to.

Kansas on their minds

AMES, Iowa — Don’t talk to the Missouri Tigers about a postseason, even though their 14-15 overall record means they need to win Sunday to be eligible for the National Invitational Tournament. Teams with losing records can’t be invited to the NIT.

Don’t talk to them about the Big 12 Conference Tournament, even though the Tigers appear to be destined for a first-round meeting with either Iowa State, the team that trounced the Tigers 67-49 on Wednesday, or Kansas State, which swept the regular season series with Missouri.

Roney approaches the end

An essential portion of her life’s time, effort and focus is coming to an end.

The game clock began for her in third grade. But with every dribble, steal or block the clock ticks closer to the final buzzer.

Contest gets out of hand

AMES, Iowa — One team played like it wanted the postseason more than anything Wednesday night. But it wasn’t the Tigers.

Iowa State destroyed Missouri at Hilton Coliseum in a 67-49 rout and made a statement to the selection committee that would be hard not to hear.

Cyclones legend calls final game

AMES, Iowa – Wednesday marked the end of an era for Iowa State.

Gary Thompson called his last game for Iowa State, when the Cyclones defeated Missouri 67-49 at Hilton Coliseum. He is retiring after almost 40 years in sports broadcasting.

Missouri falters, watches lead evaporate vs. K-State

There were 10 minutes left. The scoreboard at Mizzou Arena showed Kansas State’s Twiggy McIntyre, who had just driven through the lane untouched for an easy basket. Then, the screen flashed to Missouri coach Cindy Stein, who wore an expression of confusion, frustration and disgust.

It’s been an all-too familiar face this season for Stein, whose Tigers were in the process of losing another Big 12 Conference game at home.

Lynx teammates rekindle rivalry

Two special guests attended Wednesday’s game between Missouri and Kansas State: former Tiger Amanda Lassiter and former Wildcat Nicole Ohlde.

“It was so good (to be back),” Lassiter said. “It was disappointing that we lost, but it was still good to come back and see everybody, see what’s going on with the team.”

Homan impressive in his Ames finale

AMES, Iowa — When Iowa State’s Jared Homan walks on the court, his size alone makes him stand out.

Leave it to the 6-foot-10 center to make an even bigger statement before his final career game.

Team demolition

Within a four-hour period, an orange 1983 Mercury Zephyr was reduced to scrap metal on the MU campus Tuesday.

The first dent made to the Zephyr came at about 10 a.m. at MU’s Speaker’s Circle, and left a mark in the word “chickenhawk” spray-painted on its side. The car was in decent shape when it arrived, but by noon, it was obliterated.

MU faces determined Cyclones

When Missouri plays Iowa State tonight, there more at stake than just a basketball game.

Both teams are trying to keep postseason hopes alive.

Cougars pound AMC foe

Maybe they shouldn’t have bothered to show up at all.

The Harris-Stowe State College women’s basketball team arrived at Columbia College at 7:05 p.m. to play No. 11 Columbia College in the first round of the American Midwest Conference tournament.

Wildcats pose big challenge

It’s not done quite yet.

Some Missouri women’s basketball fans may have been wishing for this season to come to an end after a disappointing 9-16 record.

Academic results sub par in Big 12

More than half of Division I schools were caught napping in class, and it showed when report cards came out.

Now, punishments might be right around the corner.

Trout anglers face new limit

The conservation agents’ camouflage Tuesday was flawless.

Unknown to most of the anglers at Maramec Spring Park, six undercover agents were keeping an eye on the proceedings on the opening day of trout season in Missouri.