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The year that was: Awards for alumni, basketball teams off to slow start in 2014

Part two of two parts
Part one

By Darren Hellwege

Yesterday we took a look at Missouri sports highlights from January to June. Today we finish Darren Hellwege’s look at the year.

 

Outside hitter Carly Kan jumps to kill a ball in the fourth set. Kan had a team-high of 12 kills with a .195 hitting percentage in the match.

Outside hitter Carly Kan jumps for a kill during a 2014 match. Kan earned a spot on the All American team.

July

Bruce Walker announces his retirement as offensive line coach. It was an inopportune time to be changing coaches, but Mizzou caught a break as Walker was replaced by Tiger alum and Illinois assistant coach A.J. Ricker.

  • Michael Sam receives the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, giving an emotional acceptance speech at the ESPY awards presentation.
  • Tiger alum Max Scherzer of Detroit gets the win for the American League in the MLB All-Star Game. Scherzer is now a much-coveted free agent.
  • Veteran coach Marc Burns takes over Mizzou Cross Country.
  • Women tennis player Alex Clark is named to the ITA All-Academic team.

 

August

Nationally recognized pitching guru Doug Gillis joins the softball coaching staff. Gillis, one of the great softball players in US history, has been associated unofficially with Mizzou for some time and is noted for his work with Chelsea Thomas. Read more of this post

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Gill-Caesar overcomes illness, puts up 19 in Missouri’s 78-64 win over Oral Roberts

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

The Missouri Tigers had a monstrous second half offensively to lock down a 78-64 win over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. The offense was led by freshman Montaque Gill-Caesar, who Kim Anderson admitted was feeling sick all day.

“To be honest it was a gutty performance because he wasn’t feeling very good,” Anderson said.

Three Missouri players scored in double figures, including Gill-Caesar, and dominated Oral Roberts on both ends of the court for most of the second half.

The first half was typical for Missouri, with the Tigers mediocre shooting. Missouri shot 13-30 from the field and shot 33 percent from the three-point line. Defensively the Tigers were hampered by Obi Emegano. Emegano didn’t miss a shot from the field in the first half, scoring 18 points, despite only playing seven minutes because of two fouls he committed. Missouri took advantage of his absence and brought the score to 40-38 at half.

Down two points going into the second half, Missouri needed a spark. Read more of this post

Strong second half gives Missouri it’s first victory, 56-41 over Valparaiso

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

Missouri focused on defense as they defeated Valparaiso for their first win of the
season on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. After a tight first half, the Tigers were able to
break ahead in the second half, holding Valparaiso to 18 points in the half. Wes Clark
provided the offensive spark for the Tigers, scoring 16 points. Clark also grabbed six
rebounds and two steals. Johnathan Williams III had six rebounds of his own to go
along with 10 points. Missouri dominated the boards in the matchup, outrebounding
Valparaiso 37-28. After a poor first half shooting, the Tigers shot 53.8 percent from
the field in the second half to earn the victory.

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A midsummer’s look at Mizzou basketball’s newcomers

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Women’s basketball

Summer workouts continue as the Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team prepares for the 2014-2015 season. Coach Robin Pingeton’s club will try to improve on last year’s 17-14 record and second consecutive WNIT appearance. While Bri Kulas’ graduation leaves big shoes to fill, the Tigers welcome four new players to the team. One is a junior college transfer, another a transfer whose required year off the court is finished, and two are among the outstanding high school players from Missouri of the last few years. Here’s a look at the newest members of the team:

Juanita Robinson (junior college transfer) — 4-star recruit and ranked in top 100 nationally by ESPN out of high school. Originally signed with Ohio but ended up instead at Johnson County Community College, the same school as Bri Kulas. Junior College All-American, averaged 11 points Read more of this post

Mizzou looks to rebuild, again, following NIT exit

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Earnest Ross sat back in his chair and stared at the ceiling of the interview room.
Missouri had just lost in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament to Southern Mississippi, and the senior guard started to realize his college career was over.

“I had a great time at Missouri,” Ross said as his eyes reddened. “The fans did a great job of bringing me in. Coach (Frank) Haith and the rest of the coaching staff did a great job of coaching me. I had a great time here and wouldn’t Read more of this post

Haith building Mizzou hoops the old-fashioned way at “Transfer U”

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Sometimes the surface story and what’s going on underneath can be very different.

It would be easy for Missouri fans to be cynical about the future of the men’s basketball program, both short-term and long-term. They’re wrapping up what anyone can see is a very disappointing season. It’ll take a miracle for this team to reach the NCAA tournament, and in recent years under Frank Haith and before him, Mike Anderson, Tiger fans are used to laughing at NIT teams from their seats at the Big Dance. Missouri might  not get past the first round, but at least they were at the dance.

Not this year.

And with possibility of junior Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson going to the NBA, the Tigers of 2014-2015 have some big shoes to fill. But my bigger concern for a time has been the Read more of this post