Tigers' top terrors

Missouri deserves much of the blame for their late-game collapses and disappointing results, but not all of them.

Whether they were highly touted stars or unheralded newcomers, several players Missouri faced deserve recognition for their exemplary performances this season against Missouri.

The Missourian’s All-Opponent Team recognizes those outstanding performances.

Mizzou Arena likely to host MSHSAA basketball finals

The Missouri State High School Activities Association wants to bring championships to Mizzou Arena.The MSHSAA is expected to announce the boys’ and girls’ state high school basketball tournaments will switch venues from Hearnes Center to Mizzou Arena.

Hickman plans title celebrations

Boosters at Hickman High School have more than usual to celebrate this fall with two state champions.

Students, parents and fans will soon have a chance to show their appreciation.

Big 12 Conference honors seven Missouri football players

The Big 12 Conference honored seven Missouri football players Wednesday, including Atiyyah Ellison, a senior defensive tackle who was named to the All-Big 12 team.

Big 12 coaches voted on the selections, but could not vote for their own players.

Bright spots rare for Tigers

Few would have predicted the Missouri football team’s painful decline from a Top 25 ranking to missing the bowl season.

Blown leads, missed opportunities and numerous other problems contributed to a 5-6 record and a 3-5 mark in Big 12 Conference play. The Missourian has compiled postseason grades on the team’s disappointing results.

Tigers deal Evansville all aces at home

Intensity has its benefits.

The benefit came to Missouri’s women’s basketball team in an 82-66 win against Evansville on Tuesday night.

Coach Cindy Stein said the performance was what she wants to see.

“I’m very pleased with this team today,” Stein said. “I can’t tell you that I could have said that prior to this.”

Kewpies lose in coach’s debut

In his debut as Hickman’s wrestling coach, J.D. Coffman said it wasn’t too hard to get settled in.

“(It felt) pretty good,” he said. “I was a little apprehensive, a little nervous about just the overall maintenances of getting the mats down, getting everybody lined up and making sure everybody was ready to wrestle.”

Cougars tested as title game looms

For some teams, finishing in second place is more motivating than finishing in last place. The Columbia College volleyball team is one such team.

“Finishing second last year is definitely a bigger motivator than finishing last would have been,” senior setter Tracie Ford said. “Being so close and not getting (the national championship) hurt a lot.”

Bobcats slip past Cougars

Columbia College men’s basketball team fell to the College of the Ozarks Bobcats 69-65 at Point Lookout. The Cougars are 4-6, College of the Ozarks improved to 5-2.

Junior Terrance Smith led the Cougars with 21 points and sophomore Andreas Jakobsen added 12 points. Coach Bob Burchard said foul trouble contributed to the loss. Senior Tim Melz and junior Nahowan Saxon fouled out of the game and the Bobcats had ample opportunities from the free-throw line, shooting 19-of-26. The Cougars shot 87.5 percent from the line but were limited to eight attempts.

Nash quits football team after tumultuous season

The Missouri football team’s lost season took another hit Monday when leading rusher Damien Nash quit the team.

The team announced Nash’s decision in a release which included a statement from coach Gary Pinkel.

Tigers get time to improve play

After finally ending a three-game losing streak, the Tigers could use some time off.

For the first time since the season began for the Missouri men’s basketball team, coach Quin Snyder and his team are getting an extended break. The Tigers played six games in a two-week span, twice playing games on consecutive nights in the Guardians Classic. The strain of a hectic schedule has taken a toll according to Snyder, who said little time to make corrections has been a problem.

Sports one way to fight social ills

It never ceases to amaze me how the sports world can bring the real world’s biggest problems to the forefront.

Take racism, for instance.

Sooners eye strong finish

There is no room for mistakes this year for Oklahoma.

The No. 2 Sooners (11-0, 8-0 Big 12 Conference) lost in embarrassing fashion in the Big 12 championship game last year, falling 35-7 to Kansas State. The game meant little, though, with Oklahoma guaranteed to play in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship regardless of the outcome.

Tigers’ size trouble for Aces

It might take considerable time and patience before the Missouri women’s basketball team works out all of its early season kinks.

Coming off of a bumpy four-game stretch, the team hopes to right itself today in a 7 p.m. home opener against Evansville at Mizzou Arena.

Tigers end skid

Heart has been widely discussed among the Missouri basketball players during the past week.

After the Tigers lost consecutive games to Davidson, Creighton and Houston, Missouri coach Quin Snyder said the losses had as much to do with lack of effort as lack of ability.

Missouri’s season ends on high note

AMES, Iowa – When Thomson Omboga fumbled in the fourth quarter Saturday, no one on the Missouri football team’s sideline felt comfortable.

“It was pretty deflating,” Scott Paffrath, a senior offensive lineman, said. “Everything was going our way, and we had overcome a couple penalties.”

McKinney’s strong play key late in game

Jimmy McKinney was having one of the worst games of his career. His team was losing and his shots wouldn’t fall. Then, with about five minutes left, something clicked and a lackluster game turned into one he won’t soon forget.

McKinney, a junior guard, helped the Tigers cap a late comeback to beat Murray State 59-55 on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

Tigers at home for NCAA Tournament

When Missouri’s name flashed on the TV screen as a regional host and national No. 16 seed in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament, it disappeared so fast that Jenny Duitsman didn’t believe it at first.

“I was looking as fast as I could, and I saw ‘Missouri’ and then it went off,” the senior said. “So I’m like, ‘Hey, we’re in,’ (the tournament field) but I didn’t know anything else. Everyone were like, ‘I think we’re here,’ and I was like, ‘No, don’t joke with me.’ Then it was true.”

Extra Points: Women's basketball

Kassie Drew scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Missouri women’s basketball team to a 81-48 victory against Providence on Saturday in the consolation game of the Airport University Thanksgiving Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.

Drew, a freshman guard, also had five rebounds, three steals and a block for the Tigers (2-2).

Extra points: Hickman boys' basketball

McCluer North beat Hickman 87-77 in Washington, Mo., on Saturday. The win gave McCluer third place in the Gold Division of the St. Francis Borgia Thanksgiving Tournament.

Michael Washington led the Kewpies (2-1) with 21 points. Torres Roundtree scored 25 for the Stars (1-2).