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.
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.
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.
Neither Columbia College nor Truman State has been able to practice outside much.
The teams didn’t show it, though.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The way John Lucas had been shooting all night, there was little doubt his 3-pointer in the final seconds of double-overtime Tuesday night would fall through.
Unfortunately for Lucas, Oklahoma State’s star point guard, he had made two desperation shots against Missouri earlier in the game. His luck ran out in overtime when his 3-pointer from the right wing rattled out, securing a 93-92 Missouri win.
In softball, a double is more productive than a single.
This holds especially true on the Columbia College softball field, where identical twins Amy and Anna Seipp have spent the past three seasons frustrating opposing pitchers.
Three was not to be.
Rock Bridge failed in its attempt at a three-game sweep of Camdenton on Monday.
Even though Eddie Sutton has won 315 games as coach of Oklahoma State, this year’s team might be his best.
Sutton has the No. 6 Cowboys at the top of the Big 12 Conference and in position to secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Ashley Dressler has big shoes to fill.
Size 13 to be exact.
Coaches around the Big 12 Conference have noticed Jason Conley’s recent offensive excellence.
After Conley, a 6-foot-5 guard, scored 24 points in Missouri’s 70-66 win at Baylor on Saturday, some of the Big 12’s coaches discussed Conley’s impact in the weekly teleconference.
Evan Unrau is not the best-known player in the Big 12 Conference, but she proved again Sunday why teams respect her.
Unrau’s career-high 40 points couldn’t save Missouri in a 93-90 double-overtime loss to No. 8 Kansas State on Sunday afternoon at Hearnes Center.
Missouri has counted on Kenny Burleson to get it through more than one tight spot this season.
In the No. 5 Tigers’ final regular season match against No. 7 Oklahoma on Sunday, Missouri coach Brian Smith put the outcome in Burleson’s hands. Burleson responded with a victory to earn the Tigers a 21-15 win against the Sooners at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.
WACO, Texas – When the Missouri men’s basketball team plays its best, the ball often goes through one of its powerful interior players every offensive possession.
When fouls begin to pile up, though, it can take the Tigers away from their game plan, but that doesn’t always mean trouble.
The Hickman and Rock Bridge boys basketball teams are not afraid of Jefferson City.
The Kewpies and the Bruins have a chance to meet the top-seeded Jays in the District 10 tournament that starts today in Jefferson City.