Tigers hope history lends helping hand

The Missouri women’s basketball team is hoping history will repeat itself this weekend.

The most recent time Missouri played Oklahoma, Jan. 28, 2004, the No. 20 Sooners were 13-5, but the unranked Tigers won 77-65. Four seniors scored in double digits to lead Missouri.

Winthrop deals MU first loss of season

The Missouri baseball team lost to Winthrop 7-4 in its opening game of the Griffin Pontiac Challenge on Thursday in Rock Hill, S.C.

Missouri starter Max Scherzer had six straight strikeouts in the first and second innings to help the Tigers (1-1) build a 4-2 fourth-inning lead. Winthrop (6-0) took controlwith a 3-run fifth and Eagles right fielder Daniel Carte added a two-run home run in the sixth.

Lackluster victory

When a star player says the game put him to sleep, it’s usually not pretty.

The Tigers defeated Baylor 60-53 on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. It certainly wasn’t pretty, but at this point, the Missouri men’s basketball team will take its wins any way it can get them.

High school wrestlers gear up for state finals

Last year about this time, Rock Bridge’s Cam Purcell trudged slowly into a lonely, dark tunnel at Hearnes Center, vowing never to feel the same disappointment again.

Purcell had just been eliminated from the state wrestling tournament, losing in the first round and again in wrestlebacks, after he had qualified for the first time. He hopes not to repeat the feeling this year.

Young’s play stands out

Kevin Young had a great game against Baylor on Wednesday night. Yet, he wasn’t flashy. He had no highlight reel dunks. He didn’t swat any balls into the stands. He had a great game because he played with grit.

Young’s diligent play helped lead the Tigers to a 60-53 victory against the Bears at Mizzou Arena.

Dailey lifts Missouri

Brian Dailey didn’t hesitate.

When coach Quin Snyder turned toward the end of the Missouri bench and motioned for Dailey to check in, he sprung out of his seat, took off his warm-up and rushed to center court.

Missouri depending on sunny skies

The Missouri baseball team takes its show on the road for the first three weeks of every season, hoping to avoid nasty weather.

But while Columbia enjoyed unseasonably warm weather last weekend, rain and the resulting field conditions in Phoenix forced the cancellation of three of the Tigers’ four scheduled games.

Don’t get mad, get even

Victories from three seniors meant the most Wednesday night, both for themselves and Missouri.

Six Tiger wrestlers were victorious against Tennessee-Chattanooga at Hearnes Center as No. 13 Missouri won 22-15 on Wednesday, avenging a Jan. 14 loss to the No. 24 Mocs.

Stars win despite first-half struggles

Dane Pavlovich’s body language showed his frustration in the first half Wednesday night.

Pavlovich paced the sideline, shook his head, put his head in his hands and even sat on the end of the bench by himself for a moment.

Bond, Tigers seek stability

Streaky is an adjective used to describe something that is unreliable.

This season it is an accurate description of the Missouri women’s basketball team.

Cougars win big again

For Charliss Ridley, it was a long road to 1,000.

Ridley, a senior at Columbia College, scored her 1,000th point Tuesday night as the Cougars beat Williams Baptist (Ark.) 74-49 at Southwell Complex. Her milestone comes after only a year and a half at Columbia College.

Missouri focused on Mocs

There was a confident attitude on the fourth floor of the Hearnes Center on Monday.

A certain swagger, not cockiness but confidence, ran through members of the No. 13 Missouri wrestling team.

Gardner back to bench

Despite one of his strongest performance of the season in Missouri’s 68-65 overtime win against No. 16 Oklahoma, sophomore guard Thomas Gardner will start tonight’s game on the bench.

Missouri coach Quin Snyder wants to send a message.

Utley ready to give back to MU golf

Missouri men’s golf coach Mark Leroux is looking to give his program an “incredible boost” with the newest addition to his coaching staff.

Leroux announced Feb. 9 that MU alum Stan Utley, a PGA Tour veteran and respected golf instructor, will join the team as a volunteer assistant. The move is the culmination of what Leroux said was mutual interest since he was named coach in the fall.

Cougars land in Top 25

After seven straight wins, the Columbia College men’s basketball team is ranked in the NAIA Division I poll for the first time since the preseason.

The Cougars (18-10, 7-1) learned Tuesday that they reentered the Top 25 at No. 19, the highest ranking among American Midwest Conference teams.

Scott shoots 3-under par in final round, ties for top spot

Missouri junior Ben Scott shot a final-round 69 Tuesday to earn a share of first place at the Matlock Collegiate Classic at the Grasslands Country Club in Lakeland, Fla.

Scott, the first Tiger to earn medalist honors since 2001, began the day two shots behind co-champion Matt VanCleave of Kansas State. His final-round score was the second-lowest score in the tournament.

Frustrating night

Late in the third quarter of Monday night’s game, Douglass’ Anthony Massengale streaked from the left wing to intercept a pass at midcourt.

Massengale, a 6-foot-5 junior, was all alone as he raced toward the basket. As Massengale elevated, so did the Bulldogs’ fans. They applauded his one-handed dunk even before it happened.

Stephens fades fast after losing first half momentum

Down by five late in the first half, Missouri Valley women’s basketball coach Bill Wolf called a timeout to motivate his team.

“We missed a couple of shots and they started to hang their heads and I said, ‘We can’t get frustrated, we can’t hang our head, we’ve just got to keep shooting and our shots are going to fall.’”

MU in fourth with Scott’s ace

Junior Ben Scott hit a hole-in-one in the first round of the Matlock Collegiate Classic on Monday in Lakeland, Fla., helping the Missouri men’s golf team to finish the day in fourth. They trail leader Georgia College and State University by four strokes after two rounds.

Scott is in third, two strokes off the lead. Sophomore Shawn Jasper iss in a tie for eighth, seven strokes back.

Kansas dealt first Big 12 loss

LUBBOCK, Texas — Darryl Dora hit a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left in the second overtime to give Texas Tech an 80-79 victory against No. 2 Kansas on Monday night, the Jayhawks’ first conference loss this season.

Aaron Miles’ desperation shot bounced off the backboard as the buzzer sounded and the fans flooded the court and began to chant “Bobby, Bobby,” for coach Bob Knight, who beat Kansas for the first time in his four seasons at Texas Tech. The win improved the Red Raiders’ all-time record against Kansas to 2-15.