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Loss hides Bond’s comeback

The disappointment surrounding Missouri’s loss to Baylor on Wednesday overshadowed the much-anticipated return of LaToya Bond.

Bond, a 5-foot-7 sophomore who started at point guard in Missouri’s first 11 games, missed the Tigers’ past nine with a broken left foot.

Cougars’ Saxon moving up fast

Nahowan Saxon comes from an exotic, distant land where cricket and soccer are king. How does someone from Ashton Union Island, St. Vincent, wind up playing basketball for Columbia College?

“I’m better at cricket than I am at basketball, but in cricket it’s hard to get a scholarship,” Saxon said. “Basketball was my second thing, and that is how I pretty much got up here.”

MU soccer adds seven

Seven players have joined the Missouri women’s soccer team.

Interesting start, solid end for MU

Jason Conley had never seen it before. It was something unique, and it gave Missouri a different pregame attitude.

Sparked by a brisk pregame practice with coach Quin Snyder, the Tigers came on late in the second half to beat Colorado 77-65 on Tuesday night at Hearnes Center.

Bryant does it all for Tigers

Travon Bryant isn’t ready to give up on his senior season, and his play Tuesday night proved it.

Bryant, a 6-foot-9 senior from Long Beach, Calif., did everything necessary to help Missouri to a 77-65 Big 12 Conference win against Colorado at Hearnes Center.

Harris helps Hickman survive Jefferson City scare

JEFFERSON CITY — When Emily Light’s shot went through the basket, Jefferson City fans erupted and Hickman fans breathed a sigh of relief.

The final buzzer had sounded and Light’s 3-pointer left the Jays short of upsetting the Kewpies, who won an up-tempo, hard-fought game 44-43 on Tuesday at Jefferson City High.

Missouri defense steals win

With one look at the Missouri game plan, anyone can tell Quin Snyder sets his squad’s standards on defense.

It took a while for that strategy to translate on the court from the drawing board.

Missouri looks to build on resume

With five seniors returning to a team that finished fifth in the Big 12 Conference and advanced to the WNIT last season, Missouri coach Cindy Stein insisted the Tigers were capable of surpassing the media and coaches’ preseason expectations.

Polls forecast a seventh-place finish for Missouri, but Stein said she expected her team to finish in the top half of the conference and challenge for its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2001.

Bruins’ defense stymies Mexico

Every time the Mexico Bulldogs turned around Tuesday night, there was a Bruin in their face.

The tough defense of the Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team helped it fight its way to a 68-56 victory at Rock Bridge.

Riley highlight of WIN awards

Reaching New Heights was an appropriate theme for an awards luncheon with a 6-foot-4 1/2 center as its keynote speaker.

The theme also says something about how far women’s athletics in Columbia have come in the past century and where they are going.

Stephens swamped

The pregame shoot-around was painful for sophomore guard Elisa Cash.

It was obvious to everyone in Silverthorne Arena on Tuesday night. She winced with every jump-er, repeatedly grabbing the brace around her left ankle.

Ridley carries Cougars

Rebounding, defense and balanced scoring gave the Columbia College women’s basketball team a 71-61 win against Missouri Baptist University on Tuesday for the Cougars’ 10th straight win.

Charliss Ridley (28 points, 10 rebounds) led the Cougars, who improved to 9-0 in American Midwest Conference. Tiffany Foote scored 21 and grabbed seven boards for the Cougars (18-7), and Lisa Kowalewski added 10 points.

Missouri sees room for improvement

Apparently, making the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 1996 was not good enough for Missouri coach Tim Jamieson last season.

This year, during the 50th anniversary season of Missouri’s only College World Series title, Jamieson and his team are working for a Big 12 Conference championship.

Tigers not giving up on season

Believe it or not, Missouri believes.

Missouri had few options after a demoralizing 78-62 loss Saturday to a Nebraska team it had beaten by 21 two weeks earlier. The Tigers had two choices: keep hoping or write off the season.

Fans can’t escape wrestling’s appeal

I grew up in a wrestling town.

I guess that’s why it came as such a shock when I came to Columbia. I moved here in the middle of wrestling season, but there was no sign of the sport anywhere in town. I didn’t even know Missouri had a wrestling team that first winter.

Road victories rare in Big 12 this season

Because of parity, winning on the road in the Big 12 Conference is a difficult task.

“It’s like trying to lick your elbow,” Nebraska coach Barry Collier said.

Tigers relentless

Missouri turned the Eastern Illinois Panthers into kittens Sunday at Hearnes Center.

The No. 4 Tigers trounced the Panthers 45-0, recording their second shutout in a row. The Tigers beat Central Missouri State 48-0 on Thursday.

Tigers face same old problems

Missouri coach Quin Snyder hinted at it at Colorado and mentioned it again Saturday.

After alternating wins and losses for 10 games, the Tigers dropped their second game in a row Saturday, a 78-62 thrashing by Nebraska. The reasons for the loss were all too familiar: The Tigers have returned to the problems that caused them to go 0-3 to close December.

Bowers’ home run highlights Tigers’ win

The Missouri softball team beat Arkansas 5-3 in the last game of the Gator Invitational on Sunday in Gainesville, Fla.

Missouri led 4-0 after the first inning. Leanne Bowers, a freshman outfielder, scored two runs for the Tigers (2-3), including a lead-off home run. Heather Kunkel, Sarah Stringer and Morgan LeCluyse also scored in the first.

Tigers still unsatisfied

It was not the result that concerned Missouri coach Blake Starkey, it was the team’s demeanor.

The Tigers defeated Southwest Missouri State 7-1 on Sunday at Green Tennis Center, but sluggish singles play left Starkey searching for answers.

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