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Missouri braces for best of Big 12

Missouri is running with a tough crowd.

The Missouri women’s basketball team (10-6, 1-4 Big 12 Conference) will face all seven Big 12 teams that are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday. The Tigers have lost their past 16 games to ranked opponents.

No favorites in tough Big 12

Kansas is on top, but it might not be there long.

Even though the Big 12 Conference has one team with an undefeated conference record, several coaches said the title remains up for grabs.

Tigers benefit from Texas recruits

Most kids playing football in Texas dream of one day hooking ’em at Texas or playing in front of the 12th man at Texas A&M.

That dream doesn’t come to fruition for many high school players in the state because of the abundance of football talent there, but many move on to large schools in other parts of the country.

Short-handed Stars fall hard after slow start

Missouri Valley outmatched Stephens College in every aspect Monday night, including number of players.

The Stars, who started with only two substitutes, lost 89-29 to the Lady Vikings on Monday night at Silverthorne Arena.

Tigers building confidence

A double-digit margin of victory makes any coach smile.

After the Tigers beat Nebraska 72-51 on Saturday at Hearnes Center, Missouri coach Quin Snyder wasn’t only smiling because his team won a Big 12 Conference game so convincingly. He was admiring a defining moment in the Tigers season, bouncing back from Tuesday’s crushing overtime loss to Texas.

Talent to spare

Missouri’s depth shined the brightest on a day when no single Tiger took the spotlight.

Despite competing without some of their most well-rounded gymnasts Sunday, the Tigers set school records in the floor exercise and on the balance beam to beat Southeast Missouri State.

No fight, but MU handles Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Without throwing any punches, Missouri earned a total knockout against Kansas on Saturday.

The Tigers outhustled and outmuscled the Jayhawks to earn a 76-49 win in front of 2,877 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Tigers finally win in laughter

For the first time in a while, Missouri’s play allowed it an opportunity to relax and even crack a smile.

Stressful games and pressure-packed moments have characterized the Tigers’ season, but there was little tension for the Tigers in a 72-51 win against Nebraska on Saturday at Hearnes Center.

Laurie making big contribution

If one person is thankful Missouri freshman Spencer Laurie chose not to redshirt his first year as a Tiger, it’s Tigers’ sophomore Jimmy McKinney.

After all, if Laurie hadn’t been there to lighten his load when the Missouri basketball team stormed through Nebraska 72-51 on Saturday, it would have been a long day for McKinney.

Gardner gives Tigers energy

Missouri’s game against Nebraska on Saturday at Hearnes Center seemed to be a typical Big 12 Conference game. It was the teams’ first meeting this season and though the schools are in the North Division, the emotion of the rivalry that exists in football has not recently carried over to the basketball court.

For freshman guard Thomas Gardner, though, the game could not come soon enough.

Hickman smothers Patriots

With the shots not falling, Hickman turned to what has been its savior: its defense.

The Kewpies girls’ basketball team used tough defense to beat Parkway South 71-29 on Saturday at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Wellston defense frustrates weary Bulldogs

The game lasted one quarter too long for Douglass.

The Bulldogs, playing their second game in two days, faded in the fourth quarter in a 72-54 loss to Wellston on Saturday at Rock Bridge High. Douglass led all the way until the first minute of the fourth quarter.

Ballard, Cougars set school records

It was a record-breaking evening for the Columbia College men’s basketball team, collectively and individually.

The Cougars beat American Midwest Conference rival Harris-Stowe State 109-72 on Saturday at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Perkins gives MU noticeable boost vs. KU

LAWRENCE, Kan. — MyEsha Perkins returned to the lineup Saturday and showed Missouri something it had been missing.

Perkins scored 15 points as the MU women’s basketball team defeated Kansas 76-49 at Allen Fieldhouse.

MU’s Miller has flair for dramatic finish

Missouri’s Neville Miller trailed for the majority of his race, and that is just the way he wanted it.

Miller, a junior from St. Louis, won one of the most exciting races of the day at the annual Missouri-Kansas-Kansas State Triangular on Friday at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Kewps disappointed

Saturday was a day of wounded bodies and egos for the Hickman wrestling team.

Although sophomore Tony Pescaglia won his second straight Hickman Invitational title, his brother K.C. Pescaglia injured his wrist and the Kewpies finished seventh out of 12 teams.

Tigers need winning streak

Time might be running out for Missouri.

For a team some predicted to go to the Final Four, moral victories can mean only so much.

Stepping up

Tiffany Foote is Columbia College’s shortest player, but facing larger competition is nothing new to her.

Foote, a junior point guard, started playing organized basketball in fifth grade but first competed in her back yard with her two older brothers.

Fisher takes vocal role

Senior Melanie Fisher doesn’t do it often, but she is starting to yell.

Missouri plays at Kansas at 3 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.

First win gives Kewpies high hopes

It might have been a long road to the wrestling team’s first victory, but Hickman will not have to travel far for its next challenge.

After earning their first dual victory of the season on Tuesday, the Kewpies will host the Hickman Invitational Tournament this weekend. Matches will begin at 5 p.m. today and continue at 9 a.m. Saturday. The 12-team tournament will include Rock Bridge and schools from as far away as Kansas.

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