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Tigers’ seniors prevail

The seniors came to the rescue for the Missouri women’s basketball team Sunday at Hearnes Center.

After squandering a significant halftime lead, Missouri coach Cindy Stein depended on her senior leaders in an 86-52 exhibition win against Sparta Praha, a club team based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Jayhawks bench Tigers

Depth was the key.

While Missouri struggled to overcome injuries, Kansas used its bench to defeat the Tigers 2-0 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

First half irks Stein

Cindy Stein, Missouri women’s basketball coach, said the first half of Sunday’s game was like nothing else she had seen before. She wasn’t impressed, though.

“At halftime I told them I thought it was the ugliest game I’d ever been a part of,” Stein said. “I was not pleased with our shooting. I didn’t think we always took good shots.

Hurry-up offense

Texas A&M was in it until one small detail got in the way. The game started.

Missouri wasted no time in jumping ahead of the Aggies on its way to a 45-22 win Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Field position aids win

The box score would tell you Missouri’s game against Texas A&M on Saturday was at least relatively close.

The box score would be wrong.

Kewpies advance behind tough defense

O’FALLON — After watching the offense dominate games in district play, Hickman’s defense showed it could win games, too.

The Kewpies defeated the Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars 24-8 on Saturday at Hoekel Stadium in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 state playoffs.

Turnovers crucial

O’FALLON — Before the game, Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt said the team that forced the most turnovers would have the advantage.

Hickman forced three turnovers and blocked a punt on its way to a 24-8 state quarterfinal win against Fort Zumwalt West on Saturday at Hoekel Stadium in O’Fallon.

Cougars earn region crown

Injuries have been as much a part of the Columbia College volleyball team’s season as bump, set and spike. So when middle hitter Jaime Diestelkamp injured her right knee minutes before the end of practice Friday, the Cougars did something they have done all season.

They adjusted.

Tigers top Nebraska

Aware of the improving young Nebraska team, Missouri got a strong performance from its seniors.

The Missouri women’s swimming and diving team defeated the Cornhuskers 162-138 on Friday at the University Natatorium in a Big 12 Conference meet.

Tigers earn first NCAA soccer win

Missouri continues to win when it matters.

The Tigers women’s soccer team won its first NCAA tournament game in program history 1-0 against Eastern Illinois on Friday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Gage catches on in NFL

Justin Gage always knew he could play in the National Football League.

One thing he didn’t know was that it would happen this fast and with this much success. Gage, a former Missouri receiver and small forward on the Tigers’ basketball team, enters today’s game against the Rams at Soldier Field as Chicago’s newest big-play threat.

Smith overshadows McNeal

What was supposed to be a showdown between similar quarterbacks turned into a no contest.

Missouri quarterback Brad Smith held up his end of the bargain, but his counterpart, Texas A&M’s Reggie McNeal struggled before giving way to backup Dustin Long in Missouri’s 45-22 win Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Abron tops list for TDs, scoring

When senior tailback Zack Abron carries the ball, 1-yard runs often become 3- or 4-yard gains. On Saturday, Abron got two for one.

With a 2-yard run in the first quarter, Abron broke Missouri’s all-time scoring record and touchdown record. Abron has scored 234 points in his career, passing Corby Jones’ 228. Abron also passed Jones on the touchdown list, scoring his 39th.

Cougars advance to AMC final

The Cougars advanced in the American Midwest Conference Tournament. Columbia College beat the Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars 30-17, 30-20, 30-17 in the semifinals Thursday at Southwell Arena.

Quarterbacks mirror images

After a steady diet of dropback passers such as Jason White, B.J. Symons and Joel Klatt, the Missouri defense will see a quarterback reminiscent of Brad Smith on Saturday.

Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M’s athletic sophomore quarterback, presents the Tigers with a challenge they usually see only in practice: a quarterback with the ability to run and pass.

Tekotte focused on team

Throughout the season, the hype and excitement surrounding Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton might have overshadowed the Hickman Kewpies, specifically quarterback Blake Tekotte.

By the end of the season, though, Tekotte and the Kewpies dominated their district opponents and earned their first trip to the playoffs since 2000.

Klein reaches Region V title match

The game had stood in Columbia College’s way for too long.

For the first time in John Klein’s four-year coaching tenure, the Cougars won in the NAIA Region V semifinal, defeating Baker 1-0 on Thursday at Owens Soccer Stadium.

MU lineup almost set

Replacing Kerensa Barr at point guard was the priority for the Missouri women’s basketball team in the offseason.

Barr, who has the Missouri record with 489 assists, was the Tigers undisputed floor leader the past three seasons. She is the only starter from last year’s team not returning and her graduation last spring left many wondering who could fill her shoes.

Semifinal crucial step to Cougars

For Columbia College, the Region V semifinal has been the showstopper.

John Klein, in his fourth season as Cougars men’s soccer coach, has three conference titles and has never lost more than eight games in a season. Ultimately, he says he wants to send the team to the national tournament, but for three straight seasons his team’s hopes have abruptly ended in the semifinal.

Jaguars hope to avoid turnovers

Turnovers cost teams wins, and perhaps nobody can echo that sentiment more than Paul Day.

Day, Fort Zumwalt West’s coach, has seen his team commit 30 turnovers. The Jaguars (4-6) improved dramatically in Class 6 District 5 play when they committed four.The Jaguars, who are minus 13 in turnovers, will try to hold on to the ball when they play Hickman (7-3) in the Class 6 quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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