Smith leads Cougar victory

Columbia Cougar guard Terrence Smith is used to scoring.

But not usually like this. Smith‘s 30 points that led Columbia College to 80-53 win over Bacone College Tuesday night came off the bench.

Cougars’ home steak continues

The Columbia College women’s basketball team shook off some of the winter break rust to beat the Brescia Bearcats 59-50 Tuesday night.

In their second game in the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic in Southwell Complex the Coug-ars kept their six-game home winning streak alive.

Horton confident

With the clock ticking down, Missouri point guard Jason Horton calmly dribbled the basketball near half court.

Not even the piercing gaze of Gonzaga’s Dereck Raivio, who was watching his every move, could faze Horton as he moved toward the basket.

Bulger’s play makes him Rams’ MVP

ST. LOUIS — Marc Bulger has become the indispensable man in the St. Louis Rams’ offense. On Monday, the team acknowledged it by naming him its MVP for the second time in three seasons.

“He’s just a terrific, outstanding quarterback,” coach Mike Martz said. “He’s one of the upper echelon quarterbacks in this league.”

Chiefs defense lets offense down again

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Chiefs have proved once more that no matter how high any offense might soar, all is lost when the defense can’t stop anything.

It’s a point they’ve made three years in a row — perhaps never more emphatically than this season.

Enough to win

The coach didn’t quite know what to say.

“Well, I think the most important thing coming out of this game is that fact that we won,” Missouri coach Cindy Stein finally said.

Bond back for Tigers

At halftime, LaToya Bond was upset in the locker room.

Against St. Louis on Sunday, Bond only had two points in the first half.

No kicking out Rams

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz couldn’t care less that his team finished .500. Somehow, they are in the playoffs.

The Rams clinched a postseason berth when Jeff Wilkins kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime to beat the New York Jets 32-29 on Sunday. They got a little help earlier in the day when Minnesota lost.

Chiefs’ winning streak fizzles

SAN DIEGO — Doug Flutie got to scramble around as he does so well and a nervous Philip Rivers threw his first NFL touchdown pass.

Now they get to give Drew Brees his job back.

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.

Conley turns in the game of MU career

Jason Conley said he wanted them more than anyone else on the court.

It wasn’t points the Missouri’s lone senior wanted. It was rebounds and he got plenty.

Tigers zig by Zags

Give the assist to the 14,675 Tiger fans who jammed Mizzou Arena on Thursday night.

The largest crowd MU has drawn this season not only witnessed the Tigers’ 63-61 upset of No. 12 Gonzaga, it played a role in the victory.

Missouri women look for more stability

For the Missouri women’s basketball team, an early-season three-game win streak has quickly turned into a three-game losing skid.

Obviously, stability is the goal.

Bruins collect trophies at William Jewell

LIBERTY — The Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team will have to make room for trophies on the bus trip back to Columbia.

After a 50-43 victory in the William Jewell tournament championship game against the Blue Springs Wildcats, the Bruins return with three awards: a first-place trophy in the Patterson Division, a tournament MVP trophy for junior Alex Austin, and an all-tournament team plaque with senior guard Terrell Turner’s name on it.

Mizzou defense stifles Turiaf

Nothing came easy for Gonzaga’s Ronny Turiaf. Missouri defenders made sure of that.

Throughout the game, Kevin Young, Kalen Grimes and any other Tiger who drew a matchup with Turiaf, a 6-foot-10 senior forward, put a hand in his face.

Bulldogs stroll into Columbia

One of Gonzaga’s best players may not be at 100 percent against Missouri today, but considering the level the Bulldogs have been playing at, that probably won’t be enough to slow them down.

A little more than a week after falling six points short of upsetting No. 1 Illinois, on Dec. 22, Missouri (6-5) will have another chance to play giant-killer as the Tigers host a hobbled Ronny Turiaf and No. 12 Gonzaga (10-1) tonight at 7 in Mizzou Arena.

Last opportunity for many Chiefs

KANSAS CITY — Brian Waters looks around the Kansas City locker room, and a feeling of nostalgia tugs at his heart.

The Pro Bowl left guard knows that with one game left in a bitterly disappointing season, he will soon say goodbye to a host of friends and teammates who don’t want to leave.

Martz dismisses Turley incident

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Kyle Turley, upset about a remark that the team hadn’t seen him since he re-injured his back in training camp, engaged in a recent shouting match with coach Mike Martz.

Turley has had little contact with the team since going on injured reserve in early August. Martz has said he had no success contacting Turley after the player left the team early in training camp to visit specialists about his back.