Texas constantly put pressure on MU by trapping on the perimeter and playing tough man-to-man defense to force 23 Tiger turnovers and MU’s worst offensive game of the season. Tigers coach Cindy Stein said the Longhorns’ defense wasn’t the problem. Instead it was a lack of production from supporting players who Stein said needed to want to score more.
The MU swim team has faced a tough six weeks as they come towards the end of their season and the Big 12 Swimming Championships in roughly a month.
“We did some tough sets and dry land – both mentally and physically tough,” senior Sarah Menefee said of a week long training trip to Phoenix, where the team trained about five hours a day. “It was challenging, and it connects to how we’re performing in January.”
Columbia College only managed to score eight more points in the half, while connecting on just 24 percent of their first-half shots. McKendree took advantage of the Cougars’ offensive woes, building an 18-point halftime lead on their way to a 78-58 win.
The NAIA’s second-most accurate three-point shooting team, McKendree hit five of its first six three-pointers in the second half and finished8 for 15 shooting. The Bearcats shot 51 percent from the field for the game.
The Columbia College women’s basketball team will look to take sole possession of second place in the American Midwest Conference when they travel to Lebanon, Ill. to take on McKendree.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association released its new district assignments for upcoming two-year cycle, and expanded the state playoffs to 16 teams.
Hannibal-LaGrange escaped the Arena of the Southwell Complex with a 63-60 win Thursday night.
Columbia College’s Trae Hall, who led all scorers with 16 points, hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute, including one he turned into a four-point play after being fouled. However, after the Trojans’ Matt Smith missed a pair of free throws with 10.1 seconds left and his team hanging on to a 62-60 lead.
Kreklow scored all of his 11 points in a second quarter outburst in which he made all four of his shots, including three 3-pointers. The Bruins finished the half with a 13-3 run, including a Kreklow field goal at the buzzer that quieted the Hickman student section. “I just got in a rhythm,” Ricky Kreklow said. “Once the first one goes in, it gets easier. Soon, they just feel like lay-ups.”
The Rock Bridge girls basketball team will try to do what all good teams do: forget about a tough loss.
“We’ve put the loss behind us,” Rock Bridge coach Jill Nagel said. “We’ve moved on, and we are refocused and ready to take on Boonville.”
While the Texas women’s basketball program isn’t at the level of elite programs like Tennessee, Connecticut, or Duke, it’s not like the Longhorns are trudging along in the mud. They have missed the NCAA Tournament two seasons in a row, but it is Texas’ first two-year hiatus from the tournament since its inception in 1982.
The Tigers had two of their toughest opponents, Texas and Kansas, at home, and three beatable opponents, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Colorado, on the road. So far, the only thing that’s gone right for MU is a win over then-No. 12 Texas. The Tigers then lost to Iowa State, Kansas and, on Wednesday, to Texas Tech.
Hickman replayed last year’s district championship game with win over rival Rock Bridge.
Missouri lost another away game to fall to 0-5 on the road for the season. Keon Lawrence scored a season-high 24 points in the loss.
The Baylor Bears used suffocating defense to give Coach Kim Mulkey her 200th career win, but she downplayed the accomplishment.
Rock Bridge will rely on senior point guard Mike Petrik’s flashy passing attack in Thursday’s game against rival Hickman.
Jessra Johnson’s 18 points weren’t enough to pull off an upset against No. 6 Baylor in a 72-57 loss to the Bears at Mizzou Arena.
The Rock Bridge boys basketball coach celebrated his birthday Tuesday night with an easy victory against Duchesne.