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Dressler enjoying her legacy

Ashley Dressler has big shoes to fill.

Size 13 to be exact.

Conley shows potential’s real

Coaches around the Big 12 Conference have noticed Jason Conley’s recent offensive excellence.

After Conley, a 6-foot-5 guard, scored 24 points in Missouri’s 70-66 win at Baylor on Saturday, some of the Big 12’s coaches discussed Conley’s impact in the weekly teleconference.

Effort unrewarded

Evan Unrau is not the best-known player in the Big 12 Conference, but she proved again Sunday why teams respect her.

Unrau’s career-high 40 points couldn’t save Missouri in a 93-90 double-overtime loss to No. 8 Kansas State on Sunday afternoon at Hearnes Center.

Burleson lifts Tigers

Missouri has counted on Kenny Burleson to get it through more than one tight spot this season.

In the No. 5 Tigers’ final regular season match against No. 7 Oklahoma on Sunday, Missouri coach Brian Smith put the outcome in Burleson’s hands. Burleson responded with a victory to earn the Tigers a 21-15 win against the Sooners at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Quicker lineup fits when MU in trouble

WACO, Texas – When the Missouri men’s basketball team plays its best, the ball often goes through one of its powerful interior players every offensive possession.

When fouls begin to pile up, though, it can take the Tigers away from their game plan, but that doesn’t always mean trouble.

Teams set to begin postseason

The Hickman and Rock Bridge boys basketball teams are not afraid of Jefferson City.

The Kewpies and the Bruins have a chance to meet the top-seeded Jays in the District 10 tournament that starts today in Jefferson City.

MU falls short

Although excruciating home losses are nothing new for the Missouri women’s basketball team, Sunday’s loss to Kansas State was the most heartbreaking of them all.

Despite one of the greatest individual performances in Missouri basketball history from Evan Unrau and an outstanding team effort against the No. 8 team in the country, Missouri came up short, losing to the Wildcats 93-90 in two overtimes before 3,442 at Hearnes Center.

Stars closer to joining NAIA

Stephens College is getting closer to switching affiliations from NCAA Division III to the NAIA, though a final decision might not be made until next month.

“We still have quite a lot of paperwork to file before the NAIA national convention in March,” Athletic Director Deb Duren said. “I will attend the national convention and answer any questions about Stephens they may have.”

MU gaining steam

WACO, Texas — After tending to find ways to lose games earlier this season, Missouri has begun to do the opposite.

Two technical fouls served as momentum-changing plays and the Tigers held off a Baylor rally to win their fourth consecutive game Saturday 70-66 in a Big 12 Conference game at the Ferrell Center.

Paulding’s free throws crucial

WACO, Texas – As one of Missouri’s four senior captains, Rickey Paulding knows he should have his hands on the ball late in games.

Paulding had his wish in the Tigers’ 70-66 win against Baylor in a Big 12 Conference game Saturday. Unlike earlier in the season, Paulding converted his opportunities, sealing the win.

Amos sparks Cougars

Andre Amos, a Columbia College senior, was so determined to win Saturday against McKendree (Ill.) that not even a nasty blow to the head could disrupt his concentration.

The Cougars beat the Bearcats 83-79 in front of perhaps the season’s largest crowd at The Arena of Southwell Complex. The win puts the Cougars in a first-place tie with Missouri Baptist for the American Midwest Conference lead.

Pescaglia, Arnold take third

Hickman wrestler Tony Pescaglia’s chance for a top-three finish seemed to be slipping away with 35 seconds left in his match against Eureka’s Jon Sumner at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Sumner’s escape narrowed Pescaglia’s lead in the Class 3 112-pound third-place match of the state wrestling tournament to 5-4 and Sumner seemed to be gaining momentum.

Conley rises to rescue Tigers

WACO, Texas – There won’t be any election, but Missouri guard Jason Conley is running a campaign for a starting position in the Tigers’ lineup.

In the Tigers’ 70-66 win against Baylor, Conley drummed up support among his teammates, leading the Tigers’ offense with a game-high 24 points.

Wrestlers count on trainers

On a mat, someone calls for a trainer. Dr. John Yetter rushes to the mat, takes a look at the wrestler’s arm and stops the match.

Early on the last day of the state wrestling championships, a match is stopped as a wrestler sits, grabs his arm and moans. Yetter, an expert in sports medicine from St. Louis, jogs onto the mat and assesses the situation. The wrestler is supporting his hurt arm with his other hand and his wrist hangs limp.

Missouri braces for another tough test

When it came down to either Missouri or Kansas State, Tiffany Brooks went to Kansas State because she thought that is where she wanted to be.

Brooks, a 5-foot-11 forward from Leavenworth, Kan., drew interest from several schools when she was deciding on a college. Brooks, a 2002 Street & Smith’s All-American honorable mention, said her decision came down to Missouri or Kansas State.

Rock Bridge defense makes big difference

Rock Bridge and Helias had a difficult time shooting inside the 3-point arc Friday night.

Despite poor shooting from both teams, the Bruins defeated the Crusaders 38-36 in the final game of the regular season.

Cantwell’s mark best since 2000

Saturday was supposed to be a quiet day off for former Missouri Tiger Christian Cantwell before heading to the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend.

It was anything but.

Kewps’ Croom undeterred

When Hickman’s Kevin Croom saw Pattonville’s Nathan Waldrum grab his shoulder, Croom knew he had the match won.

Croom was down 7-3 in the middle of the second period of his 130-pound first-round match at the MSHSAA state wrestling tournament at Hearnes Center on Thursday, but he used a quick takedown and near fall to tie the match. Waldrum had to take an injury timeout and looked noticeably weaker.

Crusaders too much in Bruins’ home finale

The gym was packed at the start of the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team’s final home game. Unfortunately for the team, most of the crowd was there to see Chase Patton, Missouri’s quarterback prospect, crowned king of this year’s Courtwarming dance at halftime.

By game’s end only a few groups of parents and students could be seen in the stands. Those who stayed saw a disappointing performance by the Bruins.

Missouri takes winning show on road

His team had just won three consecutive games for the second time this season, and it was clear Missouri coach Quin Snyder was happy with his players’ efforts.

In such an up-and-down year, every win feels good.

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