ATLANTA — There was tension in the Georgia Dome with a little less than five minutes to play in the third quarter of the Southeastern Conference Championship between Missouri and Alabama.
Despite losing defensive end Shane Ray to an ejection in the second quarter, and despite its defense allowing three first-half touchdowns, Missouri managed to whittle Alabama’s lead down to eight points with 4:37 to play in the third period when kicker Andrew Baggett’s 33-yard field goal made it 21-13.
Scores of Alabama fans returned to their seats, their “Roll Tide” chants ceasing for the first time all game. The pocket of gold among the sea of crimson seemed to come alive, finally having something to cheer for. Missouri had fought back from a 21-3 deficit to make it a one-possession game, and maybe it could take down mighty Alabama.
As it turned out the tension was fleeting. Alabama responded with a pair of touchdown drives that combined to cover 154 yards on 18 plays and rolled to a 42-13 victory over No. 14 Missouri (10-3, 7-2).
“They answered,” head coach Gary Pinkel said. “They did what you’ve got to do. That to me was two statement drives from their standpoint.” Read more of this post
Missouri pitcher Tori Finucane hugs Corrin Genovese after recording the final out on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers will play Bradley in the second game of the NCAA softball regional at University Field on Friday at 3:00 p.m.
By Sam Richmond and Sam Hustis
KBIA Sports reporters Sam Richmond and Sam Hustis review the 2014 Missouri softball season and look ahead to the NCAA Tournament. After finishing 41-16 in the regular season and 15-9 in Southeastern Conference play, the Tigers will host one of the 16 NCAA Regional tournaments, at University Field starting Friday.
Former Big 12 foes Nebraska and Kansas will play at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by Missouri and Bradley at 3:00 p.m.
Tiger shortstop Corrin Genovese asks for a timeout after an error by infielder Angela Randazzo on Friday, May 2 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Genovese had one of Missouri’s four hits in the loss.
By Sam Hustis
Missouri softball witnessed an opposing team celebrate at University Field after the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Tigers 3-1, clinching the Southeastern Conference regular season championship on Friday night.
“It’s disgusting,” coach Ehren Earleywine said. “You do something like that in baseball and you could get into trouble for it.”
Alabama’s Sydney Littlejohn gave up four hits and one earned run on her way to a complete game victory.
“We haven’t seen anything like her curveball all year,” Corrin Genovese said.
Missouri will host its first SEC women’s tennis tournament beginning Wednesday at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.
In only its second SEC season, coach Sasha Schmid said hosting the tournament is a very important event for the program.
“We‘re really excited about the tournament. It truly is the best tennis in the nation,” Schmid said.
The Tigers enter the tournament as the No. 13 seed after finishing the regular season with a 1-12 conference record. Missouri will look for its first SEC tournament victory against Read more of this post
This season, the Missouri Men’s basketball team took care of business at home.
It may not have been pretty at times, but the Tigers knocked off Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt by a combined nine points and are doing their part to grab an NCAA tournament bid.
Now, the Tigers must continue to win away from Mizzou Arena, which has not been easy. Missouri is just 3-4 on the road, but the good news is that they face Alabama (10-16, 4-9) and Georgia (14-11, 8-5). If the Tigers can pick up these wins Read more of this post
Missouri forward Kayla McDowell (20) makes her way to the basket against an Alabama defender. The freshman had 12 points and 11 rebounds coming off the bench.
COLUMBIA — After trailing Alabama by 10 at the half, the Missouri women’s basketball team made it interesting by taking the lead with 7:40 to go in the game.
Missouri’s improved shooting in the second half allowed the team to go on a 10-0 run and take the lead, but a couple of 3-pointers by the Crimson Tide helped Alabama take the lead and eventually move on with a 59-56 win.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 14-10 and 3-8 in the Southeastern Conference, while the Crimson Tide improved to 11-12 and 4-6 in the SEC.
“We had a chance at halftime to regroup a little bit,” Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said. “I thought our girls had a really good second half of basketball. But in this league you’ve got to be able to put 40 minutes together.”
After going 1-for-13 from beyond the arc in the first half, the Tigers fixed their 3-point shooting and hit four in the second half. Missouri guard Morgan Eye hit three of those four 3-pointers and had 19 points on the day. This is the Read more of this post