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New lineup helps Tigers top ’Huskers

Missouri coach Cindy Stein has found a starting lineup she likes.

With the new combination, the MU women’s basketball team upset No. 20 Oklahoma 77-65 at Hearnes Center on Wednesday. The win is Missouri’s first against a ranked opponent since defeating Texas Tech 81-72 on Jan. 9, 2002, in Columbia.

Win shows confidence

It appears Missouri coach Cindy Stein knew what she was talking about all along.

Two weeks after Stein said there was no reason for her team to panic after losing its third straight Big 12 Conference game, the Tigers seem to be turning their season around.

Buffs’ win honors ‘Sox’

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado football coach Gary Barnett called him “a great Buff.”

Former basketball player Dave Logan said he was “an excellent coach and an even better guy.”

No breaks for Johnson vs. Harrison

BOULDER, Colo. – When David Harrison faces Arthur Johnson, he knows to expect a tough game, and that’s what he got.

“Me and Arthur are both great players and great competitors,” Harrison said. “I never feel like I get the better of him, we both just play hard. We go out there and give it our all, and after the game, we give each other a hug and say ‘Good game’ and that we played our hardest.”

Missouri knows stopping 3s will be key

Missouri sophomore Jimmy McKinney remembers his previous trip to Boulder, Colo.

After Colorado defeated the Tigers 89-68 on Feb. 22, he left Coors Events Center with a headache.

Big problems in Big 12

After a promising start, the Missouri women’s basketball team is trying to recuperate from a rocky first three weeks in Big 12 Conference play.

Missouri (10-6, 1-4 Big 12) seemed poised to reach the postseason for a school record-tying fifth straight year after posting a 9-2 record against nonconference opponents. After the quick start, the Tigers lost their first four Big 12 games and face an uphill battle to earn a spot in the WNIT or the NCAA Tournament.

Bruins clamp down after halftime

There was one thing Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon made sure his team knew before it left the halftime locker room; the first three minutes are the most important time of the second half.

The team responded with a defensive intensity that sparked a 62-43 victory against St. Charles on Tuesday at Rock Bridge High.

Missouri showing in-state success

If the Missouri football coaching staff were a baseball player, it would almost certainly be the league’s batting champion.

When coach Gary Pinkel took over the Missouri football program Nov. 30, 2000, repairing the anemic relationships with state high schools that tainted the recruiting efforts of his predecessor, Larry Smith, was one of his first orders of business.

Cougars’ defense key

A small adjustment the Columbia College women’s basketball team made has made a big difference lately.

The Cougars’ interior defense played halfway in front of the opposition and challenged the passing lanes for much of the season, but its recent focus has been playing behind and contesting shots.

Missouri braces for best of Big 12

Missouri is running with a tough crowd.

The Missouri women’s basketball team (10-6, 1-4 Big 12 Conference) will face all seven Big 12 teams that are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday. The Tigers have lost their past 16 games to ranked opponents.

No favorites in tough Big 12

Kansas is on top, but it might not be there long.

Even though the Big 12 Conference has one team with an undefeated conference record, several coaches said the title remains up for grabs.

Tigers benefit from Texas recruits

Most kids playing football in Texas dream of one day hooking ’em at Texas or playing in front of the 12th man at Texas A&M.

That dream doesn’t come to fruition for many high school players in the state because of the abundance of football talent there, but many move on to large schools in other parts of the country.

Short-handed Stars fall hard after slow start

Missouri Valley outmatched Stephens College in every aspect Monday night, including number of players.

The Stars, who started with only two substitutes, lost 89-29 to the Lady Vikings on Monday night at Silverthorne Arena.

Tigers building confidence

A double-digit margin of victory makes any coach smile.

After the Tigers beat Nebraska 72-51 on Saturday at Hearnes Center, Missouri coach Quin Snyder wasn’t only smiling because his team won a Big 12 Conference game so convincingly. He was admiring a defining moment in the Tigers season, bouncing back from Tuesday’s crushing overtime loss to Texas.

Talent to spare

Missouri’s depth shined the brightest on a day when no single Tiger took the spotlight.

Despite competing without some of their most well-rounded gymnasts Sunday, the Tigers set school records in the floor exercise and on the balance beam to beat Southeast Missouri State.

No fight, but MU handles Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Without throwing any punches, Missouri earned a total knockout against Kansas on Saturday.

The Tigers outhustled and outmuscled the Jayhawks to earn a 76-49 win in front of 2,877 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Tigers finally win in laughter

For the first time in a while, Missouri’s play allowed it an opportunity to relax and even crack a smile.

Stressful games and pressure-packed moments have characterized the Tigers’ season, but there was little tension for the Tigers in a 72-51 win against Nebraska on Saturday at Hearnes Center.

Laurie making big contribution

If one person is thankful Missouri freshman Spencer Laurie chose not to redshirt his first year as a Tiger, it’s Tigers’ sophomore Jimmy McKinney.

After all, if Laurie hadn’t been there to lighten his load when the Missouri basketball team stormed through Nebraska 72-51 on Saturday, it would have been a long day for McKinney.

Gardner gives Tigers energy

Missouri’s game against Nebraska on Saturday at Hearnes Center seemed to be a typical Big 12 Conference game. It was the teams’ first meeting this season and though the schools are in the North Division, the emotion of the rivalry that exists in football has not recently carried over to the basketball court.

For freshman guard Thomas Gardner, though, the game could not come soon enough.

Hickman smothers Patriots

With the shots not falling, Hickman turned to what has been its savior: its defense.

The Kewpies girls’ basketball team used tough defense to beat Parkway South 71-29 on Saturday at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

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