Pitch for redemption made

For Missouri pitcher Doug Mathis, Wednesday night’s game against Illinois State meant more than an early-season nonconference game usually does.

It was a chance to redeem himself for what he considered a poor performance in his last start. Mathis did just that, working out of early jams and shutting out the Redbirds through five innings to lead the Tigers to a 15-2 win at Taylor Stadium. Missouri improved to 10-4.

Horton to play against Huskers

Coach Quin Snyder confirmed after Wednesday’s practice that Jason Horton, Missouri’s freshman point guard, will play Thursday against Nebraska after serving a one-game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

“Jason is with our team, ready to play (today),” Snyder said. “We’ve got standards for our players both in practice and in games. He’s not the first guy that has had to learn from some of those things. I think he is excited to be back with the team and it will make him better.”

Season’s close brings optimism for future

KANSAS CITY — Freshman Angela Tisdale, Baylor’s backup point guard, dribbled the ball slowly across half court. There were 12 seconds left, and Missouri was losing by 18.

The end of the game would mean the end of the season for the Tigers, whose 11-18 record merits neither an NCAA nor NIT berth.

Postseasons start and stop: Women's basketball

KANSAS CITY – No. 1 seeds rarely lose in the second round of the tournament.

The Baylor women’s basketball team showed that against Missouri on Tuesday afternoon at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, beating the Tigers 70-52.

Tigers showcase hitting

The Tigers are swatting flies well right now.

The No. 21 Tigers scored 25 runs Wednesday in their home-opening doubleheader against Ball State. Missouri won 10-0 in five innings in Game 1 and 15-7 in six innings in Game 2.

Strong finish lifts MU

KANSAS CITY – If the game had come down to inside shooting, the Missouri women’s basketball team would have looked no further than its center, Christelle N’Garsanet.

But the end of the game revolved around free throws, which is not N’Garsanet’s greatest skill.

Selfless Bond picks up Tigers

KANSAS CITY — With 2:39 left, Missouri point guard LaToya Bond put her head down, turned toward the basket, took one dribble and banked the ball softly off the backboard and through the hoop.

Her basket tied the game at 55, and Kansas never regained its lead, losing to Missouri 62-57.

Rugby finds a home at Missouri

Megan Laffoon has played sports all of her life, but they’ve always been traditional American sports.

In high school, she played basketball, softball, volleyball and competed in track in the small town of Braymer. Later, in Laffoon’s junior year at MU, she heard about Missouri’s women’s rugby club team.

Cougars’ postseason aspirations still alive

Columbia College seniors Aaron Edwards and Craig Bryan played a 40-minute scrimmage in practice Tuesday knowing it might be the closest they come to playing another college basketball game.

It’s amazing the difference one play makes.

Cougars’ schedule among toughest

The Columbia College softball team is making its mark on the NAIA national scene by taking on the country’s best.

The No. 7 Cougars have beaten two top-20 teams. The team took third in the Gulf Coast Invitational in Orange Beach, Ala., losing to the teams that finished first and second. The tournament was an invitational for the top 25 teams in the nation.

Distance runners well represented

Ten members of the MU track and field team will participate in the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday and Saturday after being accepted by the NCAA Track and Field Committee on Tuesday. Representing MU will be the men’s and women’s distance medley teams, shot putter Conrad Woolsey, heptathlete Hans Uldal and 800-meter runner Ashley Patten.

Jimmie Jones, Neville Miller, Marcus Mayes and Ryan Hampton constitute the men’s distance medley team. Patten, Whitney Stuart, Trisa Nickoley and Amanda Bales are on the women’s distance team.

Conference crown motivates Cougars

The Columbia College women’s basketball team gathered at center court at the Arena of Southwell Complex to receive its tournament championship trophy. After posing for a few photos, the Cougars took turns ascending the ladder to cut down the nets.

They plan to keep their scissors sharp.

Snyder targets defensive effort as key to victory

All season long Missouri coach Quin Snyder urged his players to create a defensive identity.

It’s better late than never.

Tigers looking for better results

Two words describe the last time the Kansas and Missouri women‘s basketball teams met: ugly and embarrassing.

The Tigers will play the Jayhawks for the third time this season today in the opening round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament,.

Big 12 title game won’t affect seeds

All the Big 12 Conference Tournament games are important to help determine NCAA Tournament seeds.

All the games except the championship.

Pujols’ hitting powers St. Louis

Even after two home runs and a hard double against Los Angeles on Monday, Albert Pujols said he still isn’t quite prepared for regular season play.

“My body is not ready for the season,” the Cardinals’ first baseman said, “and my swing is not ready.”

Scott’s first-round 68 boosts Missouri golfers

Ben Scott, a junior on the Missouri men’s golf team, is leading the field with a four-under 68 after the first round of the Louisiana Classics on Monday.

Scott’s performance help put Missouri into a four-way tie for fourth place with a four-over 292 at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La.

Student-athletes of the week

Glen Dandridge, a freshman on the Missouri men’s basketball team, and Erika Josbena, a sophomore on the tennis team, were named Lathrop and Gage student-athletes of the week.

Dandridge (3.23 GPA) and Josbena (3.45) are undecided in their majors.

Not in this house

There was drama, emotion and a wild finish, just what one would expect from the MU-KU rivalry. But this time, there was a novel twist: The Tigers won.

For the first time in four years, Missouri successfully defended its home court against Kansas, winning 72-68 Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

No place like home

Missouri coach Quin Snyder had just one word of advice for his team before the Tigers’ game against Kansas. He wrote it on the dry erase board on the way out of the locker room: “Believe.”

The Tigers played as though they believed, and they earned an unlikely 72-68 upset win against rival Kansas on Sunday in front of 15,061, the first sell-out crowd ever at Mizzou Arena.