The Missouri women's basketball team took one step closer to earning a ticket to the big dance Tuesday night after defeating No. 10 seed Oklahoma State 75-52 in the opening round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
DALLAS — Missouri made it known early it would be around for the second round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament this year.
The seventh-seeded Tigers shot nearly 66 percent in the first half before winning 75-52 against No. 10 seed Oklahoma State in the first round of the tournament Tuesday at Reunion Arena.
Khamari Ballard didn’t beat Harris-Stowe State by himself Tuesday, but the box score suggests he could have come close.
His school-record scoring performance helped Columbia College defeat the Hornets 119-45 in the first round of the American Midwest Conference Tournament at The Arena of Southwell Complex.
DALLAS — Oklahoma State came to the Big 12 Conference Tournament reeling from the loss of its best player, but Missouri showed the Cowgirls no mercy Tuesday.
Trisha Skibbe, who led the Big 12 in scoring with 19 points per game, quit the team March 1, leaving Oklahoma State without its senior center heading into its regular-season finale March 3.
Playing in a position that at times is known for teaching the art of observing grass grow, Krista Viefhaus, a center fielder for Columbia College, has learned to be patient.
That’s why it didn’t bother her to wait 12 innings before making two huge contributions to Columbia College’s sweep of the University of Illinois-Springfield on Tuesday at Columbia College.
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Throughout Columbia College’s season, coach Mike Davis has repeatedly said Charliss Ridley looks great in blue and silver. Apparently, the other American Midwest Conference coaches agreed.
Ridley, a junior forward, was named the AMC’s Most Valuable Player after the Cougars’ 87-79 win against McKendree (Ill.) in the AMC Tournament final on Monday at The Arena of Southwell Complex.
Junior guard Jason Conley and senior center Arthur Johnson represented Missouri on the Big 12 Conference’s Specialty Teams.
Conley made the All-Newcomer Team and the All-Reserve Team, and Johnson made the All-Defensive Team.
The American Midwest Conference season’s conclusion was anticlimactic. Fortunately, the conference tournament guarantees an undisputed champion.
The Columbia College and Missouri Baptist men’s basketball teams accumulated 10-2 AMC records, and the teams split their head-to-head matchups. The No. 5 Cougars beat the No. 21 Spartans 84-71 on Feb. 7 in St. Louis. On Thursday, the Spartans defeated the Cougars 84-73 in Columbia.
DALLAS – This is déjà vu with a twist.
Missouri finished the regular season in a three-way tie for seventh in the Big 12 Conference with Nebraska and Iowa State. Because of the tiebreaker system, Missouri (16-11, 7-9 Big 12) is the No. 7 seed.
DALLAS — Evan Unrau exceeded many expectations since coming to Missouri, including hers.
Unrau, a 6-foot-1 senior, came to Missouri in 2000 as a quiet kid from Fort Collins, Colo. She will leave as one of MU’s most versatile players.
Missouri coach Quin Snyder and his team crafted the perfect story.
After withering from the heights of great preseason expectations to below .500, the Tigers find paradise once lost in a second stretch of Big 12 Conference play as NCAA Tournament outsiders-turned-contenders in a matter of weeks.
I promised myself I would write about something different this week, but I can’t help it. It’s March, and I have basketball on the brain.
It’s like this every year. I can’t escape my basketball obsession at this time of year. I’m filling out brackets in my sleep, crunching the numbers to see whose bubbles have burst and contemplating calling in sick for the first Thursday and Friday of the NCAA Tournament.
Missouri fans held their breath when Brad Smith suffered a concussion in last season’s second game.
A star quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate was sidelined indefinitely. With no proven backup, the season could have been done almost before it started.
Aaron Miles has developed a knack for wrecking Missouri’s hopes late in games at Hearnes Center.
For the second consecutive year, Miles, a junior from Portland, Ore., hit a late-game 3-pointer late in the shot clock to devastate the Tigers. The shot helped the Jayhawks to an 84-82 win Sunday in a Big 12 Conference game that drew a crowd of 13,611 for the final regular season game at Hearnes Center.
Big man. Big time. Big plays.
At 6 feet 9 and 265 pounds, Missouri senior Arthur Johnson is often associated with the word “big”.
Missouri’s game against Kansas on Sunday boasted many story lines, but its status as the last regular season game played at Hearnes Center was among the most prominent.
The Tigers could host another game at Hearnes if invited to the NIT instead of the NCAA Tournament.
Although the game ended on a down note Sunday, fans and former coach Norm Stewart received a heart-warming surprise.
At halftime of Missouri’s loss to Kansas, MU Chancellor Richard Wallace announced to a sellout crowd of 13,611 that Norm Stewart Court would be transferred to the new arena for play in 2004-05.
Any loss to Kansas is disappointing, but Missouri found a way to make Sunday’s loss more frustrating.
The Tigers made 19-of-32 attempts, 59 percent, from the free-throw line, significantly lower than its 72 percent season average. The Tigers missed the front end of three one-and-one opportunities in the second half, spurring a 9-0 Kansas run that gave the Jayhawks a 77-67 edge with less than five minutes left.
After stealing the ball with five minutes left in the third quarter, Ian Patterson immediately started on a fast break.
Once Patterson realized he did not have a clear path to the basket, he slowed down and waited for teammate Will Echelmeier to get down the court. Patterson then passed the ball to Echelmeier under the basket for a layup.