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Past MU star helps Cincinnati improve

ST. LOUIS — Justin Smith is finally getting a taste of success again. Smith, a former Missouri defensive standout and Cincinnati’s starting right defensive end, endured plenty of losing in his first two years in the NFL.

After being selected as the fourth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, Smith and the Bengals struggled to a 6-10 record in 2001 and went 2-14 last year. Coupled with losing seasons in each of his last two years at Missouri, the Bengals hunt to make the AFC playoffs this season has been a bright spot for Smith.

Tigers pull through in second half

It was the first time a Big 12 Conference team had played in Evansville, Ind., and the Purple Aces wanted Missouri to remember the experience.

The Missouri women’s basketball team defeated Evansville 78-72 on Sunday at Roberts Stadium in a game that was close throughout with eight ties and 11 lead changes.

Tigers’ defense not up to speed

Since the start of the season, Missouri coach Quin Snyder has said his team’s identity is its defense. The Tigers seem to be having an identity crisis, though, and it almost caught up with them Sunday as they outdid UNC-Greensboro 106-98.

Snyder said his team can’t afford an offensive race with every team. If the Tigers want to keep winning, Snyder said his team’s method has to change.

Learning experience

Competition crossed generations at the Rock Bridge Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Rock Bridge coach John Kopnisky faced his father when the Bruins wrestled against Carmel (Ind.) and its coach, Bob Kopnisky, in the fourth round.

Newcomers to finally play

Today is the day Missouri basketball fans marked on their calendars months ago.

The debut of guard Jason Conley, NCAA record holder and scoring savant, has arrived. Add to that the unveiling of point guard Randy Pulley, who premiers after sitting out the first three weeks of the season.

Kowalewski sets mark

Saturday afternoon was bittersweet for Columbia College.

Junior guard Lisa Kowalewski broke the Cougars’ career scoring record, but Columbia College fell to Pittsburg State 83-75 at Hickman High.

Arkansas native Wyrick has his heart in Missouri

Monte Wyrick is a Tiger and a Razorback, but there’s no question where his loyalty lies.

Wyrick, a freshman offensive tackle for Missouri, has the inside information on Missouri’s Independence Bowl matchup against Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 in Shreveport, La.

Shot-blocking ability lifts Tigers

Taking a shot against the University of Missouri women’s basketball team can be tough.

The Tigers (5-2) lead the nation with 51 blocked shots.

Cougars net 10th straight victory

Columbia College coach Bob Burchard said his team needs some time off, but he was glad the Cougars didn’t start the semester break prematurely against Tabor College on Friday.

The Cougars defeated the Bluejays 82-55 at the Arena of Southwell Complex for their 10th consecutive win.

Ballard lifts Cougars above Tabor

Columbia College coach Bob Burchard said his team needs some time off, but he’s glad the Cougars didn’t start the semester break prematurely against Tabor College on Friday.

The Cougars defeated the Bluejays 82-55 at the Arena of Southwell Complex for their 10th consecutive win.

Press sparks Kewps

Hickman put the press in pressure.

Using a tough press in the third quarter, the Kewpies pulled away from Rock Bridge for a 63-47 win in boys’ basketball at Rock Bridge on Thursday.

Conley, Pulley to aid Tigers

The next 48 hours might be the longest of Jason Conley’s life.

Since Jan. 16, Conley has counted the days until his first game in a Missouri uniform after transferring from Virginia Military Institute midway through last season.

The Chase for Chase

Last weekend was a great weekend in more than one way. The official visit to Missouri was amazing. We had a lot of chances, despite the snow, to see what the Missouri program is all about.

The coaches were great and my host, A.J. Ricker, was very helpful by being able to give me a lot of good insight on the program, being that he has been there for four years. The weekend was also a good experience in that a lot of the in-state recruits were there such as Tony Temple and Nick Patterson. It was good to be able to talk to them and see how their season went and how recruiting is treating them.

Kowalewski nears record

Lisa Kowalewski being relaxed on the basketball court is the most important factor to scoring baskets.

Kowalewski, a junior guard, has been relaxed for most of her Columbia College career. She has scored 1,113 points as a Cougar, second to Missy Wilt’s 1,117.

Kewpies two much

If it seemed to the Mexico Bulldogs they were seeing double, it was because they were.

The Hickman Kewpies dominated the Bulldogs, earning a 81-30 victory Thursday night at Hickman.

Bruins senior leads on mat

Pat Elmore doesn’t know what to expect Saturday.

He only wants to win.

Lapses plague Tigers

Through the first 20 minutes against Gonzaga on Saturday, Missouri coach Quin Snyder had to be satisfied with his team’s defensive effort.

The Tigers held Ronny Turiaf, the Bulldogs’ top post threat, to only two points in the first half. Only one Gonzaga player had more than five points and Missouri was dominating the glass, grabbing 25 rebounds to Gonzaga’s 16. More importantly, the Tigers led 38-35 at halftime.

Hard to tell apart

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When Arkansas coach Houston Nutt wants to watch game film of Missouri, he makes sure to check the label before he pops in the tape. That way, no confusion occurs.

“When you look in the film, it’s almost like looking at us,” Nutt said. “We’re so similar in a lot of ways. We may not be the biggest team in the Southeastern Conference, they may not be the biggest Big 12 (Conference) team, but we’ve both got a lot of heart, we both played hard. It’s just amazing, when you look at it. It ought to be a great matchup.”

Greater risk

Tilly Payne caught the ball, jumping to a sudden stop. As she leaned on her right knee, it collapsed and she fell onto the basketball court.

Payne, a junior forward for Columbia College, had torn her anterior cruciate ligament Jan. 4.

Long-range loss for Hickman

Basketball officials signal 3-point attempts by lifting an arm.

After Jefferson City’s 78-60 win against the Hickman boys Tuesday night, there will be some officials with ice packs wrapped around their tired arms. The Kewpies shot 26 3-pointers at Hickman.