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Big 12 teams like postseason chances

To reach the NCAA Tournament, Big 12 Conference teams have needed at least nine conference wins.

Because of the Big 12’s increasing parity, this seven-year old pattern might change, and teams with an 8-8 Big 12 record might not have their bubbles burst.

Tough ground

The results of the Missouri women’s basketball team’s first two games at Hearnes Center were by no means signs of things to come.

Losses to Northwest Missouri on Jan. 17, 1975, and Truman State six days later did not follow Missouri’s ideal plan for christening women’s basketball at Hearnes Center.

Tigers’ hitting, pitching mesh against Penguins

The Missouri offense looked as solid Sunday as its pitching has all season.

The Tigers’ 12 hits led to a 8-1 victory against Youngstown State at Taylor Stadium and helped them claim their first home series 2-1.

Victory against K-State crucial

The game had the potential to destroy what had become a strong finish to Missouri’s inconsistent season.

It has been a long time since a defeat to Kansas State could be defined as a good loss, meaning the Tigers had to take advantage of a struggling Wildcats team Saturday in Manhattan. A loss would have ruined everything Missouri had gained by upsetting No. 6 Oklahoma State on Tuesday.

Tigers land upset

While Missouri set a school record on the balance beam, two of Oklahoma’s gymnasts stumbled off the four-inch wide apparatus to allow the Tigers an upset victory.

As Alisha Robinson’s floor routine music, themes from the movie Gladiator, swelled through Hearnes Center on Sunday, the crowd began to realize that Missouri could steal the meet from Oklahoma.

Robinson a hit for Tigers

While the Yankees have A-Rod, the Missouri gymnastics team has A-Rob.

Alisha Robinson has been the leader on the floor for Missouri during its most prolific season. She holds the team’s high scores in vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise and has the distinction of being the team’s all-around competitor.

Cougars dominate twin bill

Megan Kuntze, Columbia College’s leadoff hitter, lined out to the shortstop in her first at bat.

Her next trip to the plate was more productive though, for she doubled to right field.

Bulldogs get loose for Class 2 Districts

Forward Jessie Edwards fell to the floor and lay motionless after colliding with a gym wall. Luckily he was not unconscious; he was acting.

Senior Anthony Johnson mockingly rushed to his teammate and checked his pulse. Johnson then dragged Edwards off the court by his ankles. Across the floor, coach Lynn Allen could not keep from laughing.

Tigers find hot hand after half

MANHATTAN, Kan. – It seemed as though the taunts started as soon as the ball was tipped.

Bramlage Coliseum echoed with Kansas State fans’ taunts of “Air ball, air ball” when Jimmy McKinney’s first 3-point attempt fell short. Missouri found the right melody for its sixth-straight win after halftime, beating the Wildcats 79-69 on Saturday in a Big 12 Conference game.

Paulding’s dunk ignites key run

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Contrary to traditional basketball logic, a Rickey Paulding dunk is often worth more than two points.

Any Missouri fan who has witnessed Paulding’s aerial acrobatics during his four seasons in black and gold could point to a handful of ferocious slams from the senior swingman. Although his dunk early in the second half against Kansas State on Saturday afternoon might not be his best, it should definitely be in the discussion.

Tigers find vault lineup hard to crack

As Missouri toils to solidify inconsistent performances on the uneven bars, a seasonlong challenge, record scoring on another apparatus has become increasingly dependable.

The Tigers vault so well, Lindsay Davis, who won the Big 12 Conference Championship vault title in 2003 with a 9.9, has trouble breaking into the vault lineup.

Harris leads Kewpies to 5th straight title

JEFFERSON CITY — Having spent most of the game with the basketball in her hands, Hickman senior Lauren Harris was ready to hold something new.

She found it in the form of a Class 5 District 10 championship trophy, which she never let go of after the top-seeded Kewpies’ 69-39 win against second-seed Jefferson City on Saturday at Helias.

Snyder came to love the ‘Cracker Jack Box’

During Quin Snyder’s first year as coach of the Missouri men’s basketball team, he went through quite a learning experience.

It wasn’t on the court; it was finding the court.

Kewpies’ defense pays off

JEFFERSON CITY — Kaela Rorvig ran all game, but in the fourth quarter the clock did the running for her.

Rorvig led a tenacious defensive effort in Hickman’s 69-39 win against Jefferson City in the Class 5 District 10 title game on Saturday night in Helias.

Scrimmage helps relieve some nerves

The Missouri softball team is learning to lighten up.

In Missouri’s Black and Gold scrimmage Saturday at University Field, 16 players divided into three teams with pitchers Erin Kalka, Samantha Fleeman and Erica Peterson leading each group.

Dessau sparks Tigers

Erik Dessau has been perfect for the Missouri baseball team.

Dessau, a junior pitcher, won his third game in as many starts Saturday when the Tigers defeated Youngstown State 7-0 at Taylor Stadium. The win evens the series at 1 after a 3-2 Tigers loss Friday night.

Free throws key as MU ends skid

Sloppy is the word that best describes the final regular-season women’s basketball game at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Despite committing 21 turnovers, Missouri snapped its four-game home losing streak, beating Iowa State 63-58 in a Big 12 Conference game.

Unspectacular Unrau earns praise

Evan Unrau was the first thing Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly wanted to talk about.

After the Tigers’ 63-58 win Saturday at Hearnes Center, Fennelly started his postgame interview with a statement about Missouri’s star forward.

Early shooting troubles don’t faze Conley

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Before the season started, many thought Jason Conley would boost Missouri’s offense.

Although that didn’t happen immediately, Conley, a junior guard, has begun to play a big role, thanks in large part to his rediscovered confidence.

Defense keeps Cougars rolling

Fans chanted “overrated” on Saturday, but perhaps an “underrated” chant directed at the Columbia College women’s basketball team would have been more appropriate.

The Cougars beat McKendree (Ill.) 76-60 at The Arena of Southwell Complex to win their third consecutive American Midwest Conference championship. The win also extended the Cougars’ winning streak to 16.

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