Comfortable surroundings and four extra minutes seemed to be all the Rock Bridge Lady Bruins needed.
Rock Bridge gained its first win of the season Friday, beating Marquette 73-59 in overtime.
Nonconference matchups such as this give college basketball fans the kind of goose bumps they usually get in March.
After all, No. 3 Missouri and No. 17 Gonzaga have made five straight NCAA Tournament appearances each.
Columbia State Representative Chuck Graham’s decision to play wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois changed his life.
His leadership in creating a wheelchair basketball program at MU might change the lives of future disabled athletes.
Ashley Guy and Melissa White have a lot of shoes to fill: 16, to be exact.
The Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team had eight seniors last year, and four were starters. Guy is the only returning starter, and White is the only other senior.
For a couple of Missouri transfers, it has been an uphill road to compete in Division I wrestling.
Heavyweight Mike Whitehead is a senior transfer from Southern Oregon. He thought he wasn’t good enough to compete in Division I. This season, he is 8-1 with five pins.
News that she had been selected to the NAIA All-American team shocked Columbia College’s Nikolina Rastovac. Rastovac, a freshman from Laxzarevac, Serbia, didn’t know the award existed until Thursday.
Rastovac is growing accustomed to collecting awards she hadn’t heard of until after she had won them. Her selection as the Region V Setter of the Year in November also surprised her.
When he was 7, Zach Arnold remembers watching his uncle, Phillip Arnold, win two state wrestling titles at Hickman.
“My grandma took me to see him wrestle,” Arnold said. “We were surrounded by family and friends, and I always wanted to wrestle.”
Although it’s early in the season, the Rock Bridge wrestling team is looking for big wins.
The Bruins will compete in the Truman Tournament this weekend, facing their first opponent at 5 tonight and wrestling again at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Hickman senior Kyle Nuelle said before the season that his team’s only goals were to beat Rock Bridge and win the District 6 title. The Kewpies were successful achieving both, and two of their key players reaped the benefits Wednesday.
Nuelle and Hickman teammate Luke Harper along with Rock Bridge seniors Chase Patton and Van Alexander earned places on the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Class 6A All-State football team.
Missouri is not the only major college basketball program dealing with allegations of financial and academic wrongdoing.
While NCAA and Missouri officials check into taped comments from former point guard Ricky Clemons that he and other players received money from assistant coaches, the University of Georgia is embroiled in its own investigations.
Quin Snyder hasn’t played in his hometown of Seattle in a while, and he hasn’t coached there either, but that doesn’t mean he has forgotten about it.
Snyder has created a link between Missouri and the basketball of the Pacific Northwest. Snyder and the No. 3 Tigers will strengthen the connection when they play No. 17 Gonzaga at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Seattle.
Missouri was out of sync and it showed.
The Missouri women’s basketball team suffered its first home loss of the season 79-70 to Southwest Missouri State on Wednesday night at Hearnes Center.
Having faced All-Big 12 Conference players, All-Americans and Heisman Trophy candidates, the Missouri football team saw more than its fair share of quality opponents this season.
Although eight of Missouri’s 12 opponents are represented on the Missourian’s All-Opponent team, Oklahoma naturally dominates the defense. Some of the picks were obvious, but others might come as a surprise.
As Missouri and Southwest Missouri State played a back-and-forth game during the first half Wednesday night at Hearnes Center, it became apparent that the game would be settled by a test of character.
In the end, SMS simply had more poise and executed better in the second half, leading to a 79-70 victory and handing Missouri its first home loss of the season.
Final exam notwithstanding, the Missouri football team has passed with flying colors.
The Tigers have one test left, a date with the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 31 in Shreveport, La.
Columbia College’s search for shot blocking might be over, but it probably didn’t expect its starting point guard to fill the void.
Malcolm Mahogany’s second-half defense helped the Cougars defeat Central Methodist College 85-76 on Tuesday night at The Arena of Southwell Complex.
It wasn’t at the buzzer, but Demond Thorpe’s final field goal was close enough to the end for Rock Bridge.
The Bruins defeated Camdenton 46-44 in overtime Tuesday at Rock Bridge.
A couple of experienced freshmen are undefeated, though wrestling for a winless team.
Helias, the defending Class 2 champion, defeated Hickman 41-26 on Tuesday at Hickman.
Missouri’s success against Southwest Missouri State is somewhat deceiving.
Although the Tigers have a 17-4 advantage in the series and beat the Lady Bears each of the past two seasons, SMS has a viable claim as the top women’s basketball program in the state.
Missouri’s 3-0 start is not much of a surprise.
These Tigers, the Associated Press Poll says, are the No. 3 team in the country. Almost every preseason prognosticator picked Missouri to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
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