Douglass basketball coach Lynn Allen has four letters that he sometimes uses in practice.
“MTXE” — Mental Toughness and Extra Effort — a phrase former Wichita State coach Gene Smithson used often, has since been adopted by Allen.
At the beginning of the season, the Columbia College men’s basketball players thought success was inevitable. Now the Cougars are finally forcing their competition to think that too.“It was destined to happen,” Cougars guard Terrance Smith said. “We just had to figure out what we had to do on a consistent basis.”
The Cougars (16-10, 5-1) have won 10 of 12 since returning from winter break Jan. 4 and have re-established the team’s competitiveness in the American Midwest Conference.
The Hickman and Jefferson City girls’ basketball teams have faced each other twice in the past seven days.
Both games ended the same way.
Missouri will miss her presence, stalking the sideline and demanding order from her players.
The Tigers must face Colorado without coach Cindy Stein.
Seeing the score, 87-59, it looked like a routine night for the Columbia College women’s basketball team.
It was just another game, another 28-point victory for the Cougars, who have won nine in a row.
Missouri could play in Timbuktu for all Quin Snyder cares.
At this point, it doesn’t matter that his team is traveling almost 1,500 miles to play because all he knows is the Tigers are struggling on the road, regardless of the location.
The Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team defeated the Mexico Bulldogs 66-36 on the road Tuesday night to pick up its fifth straight victory.
Senior Terrell Turner led the Bruins (20-3) with 18 points, and junior Alex Austin scored 11. Brett Gifford, a 6-9 center, dominated on the defensive end, pulling down nine rebounds and collecting seven blocks.
Rock Bridge just keeps on rolling.
The Bruins (19-3) used solid defense and balanced offense to win their fourth straight, beating Smith Cotton 70-38 on Monday at Rock Bridge.
For a two-week span this season, the Stephens College basketball team wore unique jerseys at practice.
Coach Dane Pavlovich gave his team white T-shirts and told them to design their own practice uniforms.
For the past four years there has been little disparity among the top teams in the Big 12 Conference.
Since the 2001-02 season, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma have all jockeyed for the top spot, with the Cowboys winning the regular season title last season and Kansas the two seasons before.
Some of the central figures of Super Bowl Sunday had the speed of Terrell Owens and the sure-shot delivery of Tom Brady, but they weren’t on the field. They weren’t cheering in the stands or in front of their TV sets. And they certainly weren’t in Jacksonville.
Still, they managed to deliver some of the most sizzling, memorable moments of the day. They delivered the pizzas — lots of pizzas.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Dynasty? Definitely. The New England Patriots don’t have to proclaim greatness. The NFL record book does it for them.
The Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years Sunday, 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles, and now they are challenging history.
Rachel Witt needed to learn how to dive again.
A broken foot and a case of mononucleosis sidelined her for most of her senior year of high school in Illinois.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — New England’s third Super Bowl victory in four years came down to the most basic of football rules: The Patriots ran the ball and made sure the Eagles couldn’t.
So New England won 24-21, established itself as the team of the century (early though it is) and put Bill Belichick ahead of even the great Vince Lombardi with a 10-1 postseason record.
There’s something about the Missouri men’s basketball team that seems to bring out the best in its opponents.
That was definitely the case Saturday, as Texas A&M played an impeccable second half to defeat the Tigers 91-63.
Missouri’s performance at the Meyo Classic this weekend at Notre Dame featured provisional qualifying marks to the NCAA indoor finals for six Tigers athletes.
Junior Tim Ross set an indoor record for the Tigers in the 3000-meter run at 8:04.86. Ross also holds the 5000-meter indoor record.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — With his arms crossed in his lap, Linas Kleiza sat in the middle of the Missouri bench.
Solemn and silent, he would occasionally rest his chin on his fist to watch the game. He never removed his warm-up. He seldom stood up.
The University of Missouri left no question as to who would be the men’s basketball coach next season.
Athletic Director Mike Alden met privately with top university officials, including the governing Board of Curators, and unanimously agreed Friday that Missouri would retain Quin Snyder as coach.
The Columbia College women’s basketball team defeated Hannibal-LaGrange 90-66 on Saturday in Hannibal to improve to 8-0 in conference play.
Senior Lisa Kowalewski of St. Charles became Columbia College’s all-time leading scorer in men’s and women’s basketball early in the first half. Her 20 points put her 19 ahead of former record-holder Mike Kiehne, who played from 1990-1994. She has 1,887 points for her career.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas –Yet again, Missouri failed to play a solid 40 minutes, and the Tigers lost their fourth straight.
The unfamiliar surroundings of an opposing court proved too ominous for the Tigers, and Texas A&M handed them a 91-63 beating. The loss dropped Missouri to 10-12 and 2-7 in the Big 12 Conference. While crushing to Missouri’s season, the game moved Texas A&M one step closer to the NCAA tournament.