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Cougars match streak for wins

Columbia College and East-West (Ill.) are polar opposites in terms of strategy, demeanor and success.

The Cougars beat the Phantoms 104-57 on Saturday at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Ridley provides Cougars’ spark

The new year brought great change for the Columbia College women’s basketball team.

Although Charliss Ridley, a junior forward, is their only new player for 2004, the Cougars must all modify their roles to accommodate her.

Post defense hurting MU

An old and familiar problem is again festering for the Missouri women’s basketball team.

As was often the case last season, Big 12 Conference opponents’ post players are having success against the Tigers’ inside defense.

Despite troubles, Kewpies survive

Ugly or not, it’s a win for the Hickman boys’ basketball team.

The Kewpies started strong, but lacked execution in the second half as they defeated Waynesville 62-52 on Saturday at Hickman.

Amos more than hotshot

Andre Amos, a Columbia College senior, gives some spectators an inaccurate first impression.

His seemingly unlimited shooting range makes labeling him a 3-point specialist easy. He made 12-of-18 3-pointers combined in the Cougars’ Jan. 8 win against Peru State (Neb.) and their defeat of Lyon (Ark.) on Saturday. He scored a career-high 38 points, including 26 in the first half, against Lyon.

Time to make move

The clock is ticking.

At 6-6, the Missouri basketball team’s season’s downward spiral is getting closer to rock bottom.

Tigers not losing respect

Missouri knows all about flattery.

The Tigers jumped to No. 5 in the Associated Press’ preseason poll and to No. 6 in the coaches’ preseason poll. The coaches of the Big 12 Conference picked the Tigers to win the conference, and the AP had the Tigers second. The Tigers’ play in the first 12 games has not been worthy of their preseason acclaim, but you wouldn’t know it judging from opponents’ postgame comments.

Tigers’ slide continues

Disappointment is running deep for the Missouri women’s basketball team.

Despite a furious comeback, the Tigers lost to Nebraska 74-69 in a Big 12 Conference matchup Wednesday and what seemed to be a promising season is starting to slip away.

Huskers hold off MU’s late run

Another rally couldn’t save Missouri.

The Missouri women’s basketball lost 74-69 to Nebraska on Wednesday at Hearnes Center in a Big 12 Conference game.

Bruins wrap it up quickly

One-sided matches led to a quick win for the Rock Bridge wrestling team.

The Bruins defeated Marshall 46-24 on Tuesday at Rock Bridge.

Snyder wants Missouri to focus

Since the season’s start, the Missouri basketball team has desperately searched for an identity. If nothing else, an explanation for its misery.

On Monday, it found it: Up and down emotion, sluggish to loose balls, no defensive communication, frenzied on offense.

Unrau set to face former teammate

Evan Unrau had a unique experience this summer; she got to know her competition.

The Missouri women’s basketball team takes on Nebraska tonight at 7 at Hearnes Center.

Missouri-KU fight draws big attention

Given that fights in women’s college basketball are rare, Saturday’s postgame fight between players from Missouri and Kansas is attracting plenty of interest.

Coupled with the fight being between longtime rivals and was the first postgame brawl in the seven-year history of Big 12 Conference women’s basketball, it is no wonder Missouri coach Cindy Stein and Kansas coach Marian Washington are overwhelmed by the attention the fight is getting.

Rough night for Mizzou

The Tigers’ rough stretch just got longer. The MU men’s basketball team fell to 6-6 with its 82-68 loss Monday night at Hearnes Center to defending national champion Syracuse.

The two teams played evenly in the first half, and MU went to the locker room down just six points to the

Defensive lapses hurt Missouri

Looking at Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara’s stat sheet before Monday night’s game must have been dizzying for Missouri.

After McNamara blazed through Boston College on Saturday with six 3-pointers, the Tigers’ defense found its target.

2 Tigers cited for role in fight

Missouri officials announced Monday that two women’s basketball players will be disciplined for their role in a postgame fight between several Kansas and Missouri players Saturday.

The news comes after a series of accusations and denials from members of both schools about the ugly scene at midcourt after Kansas’ 55-52 win at Hearnes Center.Missouri coach Cindy Stein and Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden released statements about the fight Monday, announcing that Missouri recommended disciplinary action for two of its players and will await any further action until the Big 12 Conference office reviews the fight.

Ballard, Cougars push winning streak to 15

Khamari Ballard’s scoring ability earned him second-team All-America honors last season, but his defensive prowess might propel him to first team this year.

The Columbia College men’s basketball team beat the College of the Ozarks 67-52 on Monday at the Arena of Southwell Complex despite one of its worst shooting performances of the season.

Forth makes it sound, look simple

For Syracuse center Craig Forth, there’s something about Missouri.

Forth, a 7-foot, 259-pound senior, had one of his stronger games against Missouri last season, getting 11 points and a career-high four assists in the Orangemen’s 76-69 win. On Wednesday, he continually found openings underneath the basket on his way to a career-high 18 points.

Coaches realize there are no walkovers this year

No team has played more than two conference games and two teams have not started league play. Only a week into the conference season, Big 12 Conference coaches are praising the strength of the league.

“I think, from top to bottom, it’s the best it has ever been,” Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton said.

Tigers fall short

It wasn’t the start Missouri gymnastics coach Rob Drass expected.

After finishing 2003 third in the Big 12 Conference, the highest league ranking in school history, the Tigers were set for another unprecedented season.

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