Tag Archives: Bri Kulas

The year that was: First half dominated by football success, Michael Sam, DGB troubles

2014’s top stories led by Sam, DGB dismissal, another football title

Part one of two parts

darren hellwege logo
Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

By Darren Hellwege

It’s been an extraordinary year in Missouri sports, both on and off the field of play. As 2015 begins, let’s look back at some of the biggest stories of each month of the last year.


The year began with a barn-burner of a football game with Mizzou beating Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys led in the final five minutes, but a Henry Josey touchdown put Mizzou ahead and a touchdown on a fumble return by Shane Ray cemented the victory. It was something of a torch-passing, as the final game of Kony Ealy and Michael Sam saw a big play by the Tigers’ next great lineman.

Also in January:

  • The men’s basketball team fell from top 25 after an emotional home loss to Georgia.
  • Pat Ivey named Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by a national organization.
  • MU Athletics Hall of Fame inducted Ashley Wysong (cross country) John Putnam (swimming) Aaron Crow (baseball) and Dan Pippen (basketball).
  • Wrestling bested Oklahoma in battle of top-10 teams
  • Women’s basketball upset Vanderbilt with freshman Kayla McDowell made key contributions off the bench
  • In gymnastics 11 personal bests were set or tied, including 9.90 on beam from Rachel Updike, as Mizzou fell just short against Arkansas

Read more of this post


Year in review:

The best players for Mizzou athletics this year

darren hellwege logo

Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

I walked away from Tiger sports for the summer on Sunday, the final event being a disappointing one —the MU softball team being swept by Nebraska. But all in all it was an exciting year for Tigers fans, from the rejuvenation of the Mizzou football program and undefeated regular season for Tiger volleyball, to a return to some great individual performances. While the Tigers golf team still has the NCAA championship ahead and several track athletes have also qualified for NCAAs, it’s time to take a look back at my thoughts for the best players and moments (and some not so great moments) for the major sports at MU and some unsung heroes from the sports that don’t get as much attention.

And, look on the bright side…football camp is just over two months away! Read more of this post

Mizzou women lose to Mississippi State in the first round of the SEC tournament

By Samuel Quintela

The season ended Wednesday night for the Missouri women’s basketball team with a 73-70 loss to Mississippi State.

“It was a tough loss, but we came in here, wanted revenge from Mississippi State who beat us earlier this season,” Missouri freshman guard Sierra Michaelis said.

The Bulldogs made the first shot of the game, showing they wanted to repeat the win against the Tigers in Read more of this post

Kulas shines in final home game as a Tiger, Missouri wins 75-72

Story by Samuel Quintela
Photos by Sam Richmond

Missouri senior forward Bri Kulas (13) attempts a shot against two Ole Miss defenders. Kulis led all scorers with 26 points in the game.

Missouri senior forward Bri Kulas (13) attempts a shot against two Ole Miss defenders. Kulis led all scorers with 26 points in the game.

COLUMBIA- On senior night, Missouri guard Morgan Eye stole the show. In the beginning of the second half, the sophomore hit five 3-pointers in a row to help Missouri secure its second win against the Ole Miss Rebels this season.

“Their motion offense is tough and then you got her running around out there so you got to chase her around,” Ole Miss coach Matt Insell said. “She is a weapon, and anybody who plays them you basically have to face and guard her all over the place and so then you end up playing four on four sometimes, but she is a weapon.”

Ole Miss finished the game with a better field goal percentage, but Missouri’s 48.1 percent 3-point shooting was the key to securing the home win. This is the first time in 14 years that the Tigers won against three ranked teams in a season.

While two of Missouri’s players reached the 1,000 points mark in their careers, Eye and senior Bri Kulas, the win didn’t come easy. The Rebels were able stop the Tigers offense in the first half with strong zone coverage, going into the break with a 34-29 lead.

“I don’t think that for one minute tonight we thought that we were going to lose this game, we were very confident,” Eye said. “Coach came in at halftime and said ‘did anyone had fun?’ and no one raised their hand. We really wanted to come out, play a little more loose, have a little fun and we did that.”


Read more of this post

Missouri women struggle with 3-point shooting, lose to Tennessee 56-50

Story by Sam Richmond
Photos by Samuel Quintela

Senior Bri Kulas (13) drives past Isabelle Harrison (20) for a layup. Kulas had 22 points and six rebounds in the loss to Tennessee.

Senior Bri Kulas (13) drives past Isabelle Harrison (20) for a layup. Kulas had 22 points and six rebounds in the loss to Tennessee.

Hoping for a repeat of last year’s upset victory against Tennessee, the Missouri women’s basketball team played the Volunteers closely in the first 20 minutes, entering the break down 25-22.

But Tennessee’s 18-5 run to open the second half, which pushed the Volunteers lead to 16, proved to be too much for the Tigers to overcome as they fell 56-50 Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

“We knew we had to come out and hit them and not give them much hope,” Tennessee guard Andraya Carter said. “That 16-point lead was really good for us.”

The Tigers fought back and made a run late to push the Volunteers. Morgan Eye and Sierra Michaelis each had a chance at a game tying 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining, but neither shot fell.

“I thought we had good looks,” Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said of the two shots. “I thought we had the kids shooting the ball that we wanted shooting the ball.”

Missed 3-point shots  were the story of the game for the Tigers. Missouri, usually a potent 3-point shooting team (37.1 percent), made just seven of 32 (21.9 percent) outside attempts against Read more of this post

Missouri women drop third straight game, lose to Alabama 59-56

Story by Wesley Roesch
Photos by Samuel Quintela

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.

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

Missouri defense shines, leads team to 59-54 upset over ranked Vanderbilt

Story by Wesley Roesch
Photos by Samuel Quintela

Missouri forward Kayla McDowell (20) beats Vanderbilt defenders MarquÕes Webb (22) and Kylee Smith (23) to the basket for a layup. McDowell had 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Missouri forward Kayla McDowell (20) beats Vanderbilt defenders Marqu’es Webb (22) and Kylee Smith (23) to the basket for a layup. McDowell had 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

COLUMBIA — Missouri freshman Kayla McDowell leapt for the ball after a missed 3-point attempt by Vanderbilt senior Jasmine Lister. With seven seconds to go and Missouri  leading by three, McDowell knew that her next move could seal the game.

“I just held on to (the ball) as tight as I could,” McDowell said. “I knew I was gonna get fouled.”

McDowell pulled the ball down and was fouled, sending her to the free-throw line. She sunk the last two shots of the game, giving the Missouri women’s basketball team a 59-54 victory over No. 16/No. 18 Vanderbilt.

Missouri improved to 14-7 (3-5 Southeastern Conference) with the win, while Vanderbilt dropped to 16-5 (5-3 SEC).

The Tigers played great defensively, holding the Commodores to a season low 54 points. Vanderbilt was also held to a Read more of this post

Missouri women lose to Texas A&M 62-57

Missouri can’t overcome Aggies’ height, tough defense

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Courtney Walker scored 21 points as No. 17 Texas A&M won its ninth straight game and remained undefeated in conference play with a 62-57 win over Missouri on Thursday night.

After trailing for much of the first half and 33-31 at halftime, Texas A&M (16-4, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) took the lead early in the second and never relinquished it.

The Tigers (13-6, 2-4) hung around though and cut their deficit to 60-56 with 1:15 to play. Missouri then got the ball back after a missed 3-pointer by Texas A&M but the Tigers missed 3s on their next two possessions and the Aggies prevailed.

Courtney Williams added 14 points and went 6 of 11 from the field for Texas A&M.

Morgan Eye led Missouri with 19 points while Brianna Kulas added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who have lost four of their last five.

Missouri travels to Mississippi State for a game Sunday, Jan. 26 and return to Mizzou Arena on Thursday, Jan. 30 to face Vanderbilt.

Missouri women upset No. 25 Georgia, 66-56

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA  — Bri Kulas scored 24 points and gathered 13 rebounds to lead Missouri in a mild upset of No. 25 Georgia 66-56 on Thursday night.

The teams had the same number of field goals for the game, but Missouri (13-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) hit two more 3-pointers and eight more free throws than Georgia (12-4, 0-3).

Kayla McDowell added 13 points for the Tigers, as they rebounded from a loss to Arkansas earlier in the week.

Georgia was led by Khaalidah Miller’s 12 points, while Krista Donald added 11. The Lady Bulldogs have lost three in a row and four of their last five.

Georgia led by as many as 10 in the first half, but Missouri rallied to trail by just two at the intermission as Lindsey Cunningham had a pair of buckets in the last 49 seconds of the frame. Missouri then outscored Georgia 33-21 in the second half.

Missouri’s next game is at Kentucky on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. Central time.


This looks like the breakout year for Mizzou women’s basketball

Bri Kulas shoots a free throw in

Bri Kulas is one of Missouri’s two senior players.

As the 2013-2014 season gets underway for Missouri’s women’s basketball, there are some big hopes around Mizzou Arena. After last year’s team made postseason play for the first time in many years, Robin Pingeton’s fourth season as head coach appears to be one that could be the “breakthrough” we’ve seen coming for a while.

As we take a look at the roster for this year’s Tiger team, there’s more talent and depth than we’ve seen in a lot of years. But much of it is still with the underclassmen. How fast the youngest Tigers develop will be a major factor in whether this is the year things get serious, or if it’s just another year on the pathway to that eventual breakthrough.

Today I look at the forwards and coaching staff. Tomorrow I’ll wrap up the review with the guards.

00 Darian Saunders, sophomore, 6’1” – After averaging about 9 minutes of playing time last season, Saunders played very sparingly in the two exhibition games this season and spent the first two regular season games on the bench. She’s got skills, especially on defense, and has shown at times to be a player giving a lot of effort. She’s in a spot I’ve seen quite a few sophomores reach over the years, and she could go one of two ways —with all the talent on this team, she’ll either step up her game and become a key part of the Tigers in her final year or two (like Bree Fowler this year, and players like Sydney Read more of this post