JEFFERSON CITY — When Emily Light’s shot went through the basket, Jefferson City fans erupted and Hickman fans breathed a sigh of relief.
The final buzzer had sounded and Light’s 3-pointer left the Jays short of upsetting the Kewpies, who won an up-tempo, hard-fought game 44-43 on Tuesday at Jefferson City High.
With one look at the Missouri game plan, anyone can tell Quin Snyder sets his squad’s standards on defense.
It took a while for that strategy to translate on the court from the drawing board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.