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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.

Pulley dismissed from team

LINCOLN, Neb.- After being suspended the past two games, Missouri point guard Randy Pulley was dismissed from the team Friday.

Pulley was originally held out for missing two practices after Missouri’s 83-70 loss at Colorado on Jan 28. Pulley did not attend the Tigers’ home game against Kansas State on Jan. 31 and did not travel with the team to Kansas on Monday.

Marks of a champion

Lauren Schwartzman didn’t eat parmesan chicken Saturday. Alisha Robinson didn’t go to Burger King to pick up her grilled chicken sandwich and fries; her parents brought it to her.

Superstitious by nature, Missouri gymnasts have routines as they get ready for each meet. They did things a little differently Saturday, a night that saw the Tigers struggling to put up winning scores.

Drillmaster’s work honored

Loud beats have been ringing in Rolando Barry’s ears for more than 25 years.

As drillmaster of the Mid-Missouri Highsteppers, Barry has been reaching out to Columbia youth since 1979.

Huskers' 3s keep Tigers behind

LINCOLN, Neb. – When Nebraska and Missouri met in Columbia on Jan. 24, a stingy Tigers’ defense shut down the Huskers’ 3-point shooting.

When the same teams met for their Big 12 Conference rematch in Devaney Sports Center, the antithesis occurred.

Missouri adds to its success at Iowa State

Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum is becoming quite accommodating for the Missouri women’s basketball team.

For the second straight year, the Tigers cruised to an important Big 12 Conference win on the road against the Cyclones, beating Iowa State 81-62 on Saturday in Ames.

Whitehead won’t rest until national titles won

When Mike Whitehead isn’t working on homework or practicing for his next match, he prefers to spend his time outdoors hunting or fishing. If he is as talented in the woods as he is on the mat, no animal is safe.

Whitehead, a senior ranked No. 13 at heavyweight, is wrestling his first and last season at Missouri. He is a transfer from Southern Oregon.

Tigers reverse trend on bars to set record

Record-breaking performances on vault, beam and floor have defined Missouri’s season, but lagging scores on the uneven bars have cost Missouri two conference wins.

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