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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.

Kewpies roll

JEFFERSON CITY – After a week and a half layoff, senior guard Jodi Bolerjack said Hickman was worried it wouldn’t be as sharp as usual.

It took three early misses and the rust disappeared.

Bruins look to future

JEFFERSON CITY – After losing to Hickman, a number of Rock Bridge players exited the locker room with teary red eyes while carrying plates of cake.

Although the Class 5 District 10 semifinal loss at Helias wasn’t cause for celebration, the occasion was, for sophomore Cameo Holly turned 16 on Thursday.

Tigers can't dwell on win

Remembering to look forward is the riskiest business of riding the adrenaline wave of five consecutive wins.

Minutes after Tuesday’s overtime thriller against Oklahoma State, every Missouri player started shaking off the seventh-heaven satisfaction to focus on the next Big 12 Conference challenge.

Tigers get last chance to break home slump

It’s a good thing the Missouri women’s basketball team is moving to a new arena next season.

The Tigers have not won at Hearnes Center in more than a month and are having better success on the road against Big 12 Conference opponents than at home.

Amos propels Cougars

Andre Amos is a nice guy, but he doesn’t take insults lightly.

His incredible long-range shooting helped the Cougars beat Williams Baptist (Ark.) 89-46 on Thursday at The Arena of Southwell Complex. The Cougars’ win keeps them tied with Missouri Baptist for the American Midwest Conference lead. Missouri Baptist beat Harris Stowe State 119-82 on Thursday.

Pitching, defense give MU fine start

The road has been a comfortable place for the Missouri baseball team.

After playing three games in Phoenix and four in South Carolina, the Tigers will play their first home game tonight against Youngstown State.

A good shot

Not even a wall can contain Christian Cantwell.

A week ago today during morning practice, Cantwell, a former Missouri shot putter, threw the shot over the wall designed to stop throws from rolling across the infield. Most throws roll gently into the wall, which is about 80 feet away, but his throw bounced over.

Hampton hunting for honors

All-Big 12 Conference honors are hard to come by, but Ryan Hampton has found them before.

Hampton, a junior for Missouri, is competing at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend. Preliminaries and the first day of the combined events competition are today, with the finals and the conclusion of the combined events on Saturday.

Freshmen must make immediate impact for Tigers

In February, eight Missouri freshmen traveled to places any spring break hopeful would drool over. The warmth this group felt, though, wasn’t from carefree fun in the sun; it was the heat of competition.

The Tigers, whose freshmen make up nearly half the team, played tournaments in Florida, California and Louisiana, but emerged with a disappointing 4-11 record.

Victory boosts Tigers and MU fans

When Missouri senior Travon Bryant hit the floor seconds after time expired in the Tigers’ blood-pressure surging win against Oklahoma State on Tuesday, he didn’t have time to think about what he and his teammates had accomplished.

The Missouri student section blitzed the Hearnes Center floor to celebrate the 93-92 double-overtime victory before he could piece together how much his team could profit from that one-point margin. After everything the black-and-gold devoted lived through at Hearnes this season, Bryant was glad they were there for the biggest celebration of the year.

Helias downs skittish Kewps

JEFFERSON CITY — Poor shooting in the first quarter put Hickman behind early and the Kewpies could not recover.

The Helias Crusaders defeated Hickman 43-41 in the second round of the Class 5 District 10 tournament Wednesday night in Jefferson City, ending the Kewpies’ season.

Cougars split doubleheader with Truman

Neither Columbia College nor Truman State has been able to practice outside much.

The teams didn’t show it, though.

Tigers rally to defeat Huskers

After losing three close games at home, Missouri decided to make its move on the road.

After trailing most of the game, the Missouri women’s basketball team rallied in the second half to win 78-76 against Nebraska on Wednesday in Lincoln, Neb.

It’s how you finish

Aaron Edwards hasn’t started all season, but he certainly knows how to finish.

Columbia College has won two games at the buzzer this season, and Edwards made both winning shots.

2 Tigers 2 much in 2 OTs

Missouri has grown up. Earlier in the season when games tightened at the end, the Tigers struggled to produce victories. The late-game struggles forced the Tigers below the .500 mark.

Paulding, Johnson sparkle vs. Cowboys

If Missouri played Oklahoma State a day later, the results for senior stars Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson would have been spooky.

One day shy of the two-year anniversary of what Paulding called their “coming out game,” another marginal, must-have win against the Cowboys, the Detroit duo shattered all precedents, combining for 60 points in the Tigers’ 93-92 double-time victory Tuesday.

Taunts no problem as Cougars roll

Lisa Kowalewski’s smile is a welcome sight to Columbia College fans and a bad omen for her opponents.

Her deft shooting helped the Cougars beat William Woods 85-68 on Tuesday at The Arena of Southwell Complex and remain undefeated in the American Midwest Conference. The win was the Cougars’ 15th straight.

Seniors allow Bruins to survive

JEFFERSON CITY –- A pair of underclassmen led Rock Bridge for the first 31 minutes of its district tournament game against Smith-Cotton on Tuesday.

A pair of seniors though, wouldn’t let the Bruins’ season end. Ashley Guy and Melissa White each made a pair of free throws in the final 40 seconds to nudge Rock Bridge past Smith-Cotton 50-46 at Helias in the Class 5 District 10 Tournament.

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