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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Grant Hindsley/Staff Photographer Missouri junior forward Shakara Jones battles a couple of Kansas offenders during Kansas' win Jan. 30 at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers fell to then-No. 13 Iowa State this weekend, 55-42.

Grant Hindsley/Senior Staff Photographer

Men's basketball

On Saturday, the Tigers (20-7, 8-4 Big 12) tamed the Cornhuskers 74-59 in Lincoln, Neb.

Sophomore guard Marcus Denmon was the main attraction of the evening, netting 24 points. Denmon was 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Senior guard Zaire Taylor scored 18 points and grabbed a team-leading eight rebounds.

The Tigers won the battle on the boards 30-24. In addition to Taylor's eight, senior forward Keith Ramsey grabbed seven rebounds, one game after recording a double-double.

Things didn't look to be going the Tigers' way early on when Nebraska took an 11-1 lead as it took nearly five minutes for Missouri to get a field goal. Nebraska's lead quickly evaporated, and the Tigers held a 35-33 lead at the half.

Missouri then held the lead for the majority of the second half with its advantage growing as high as 17 points.

Missouri will take on Colorado at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mizzou Arena.

Softball

Coming off a series victory at then-No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Missouri looked to continue its success at No. 2 Arizona.

The Tigers split with the Wildcats, improving their record to 3-2 on the season. Rain caused a Saturday cancellation, and two games were played Sunday.

The Tigers were caught sleeping in the first game by Arizona's freshman standout pitcher Kenzie Fowler, losing 5-0. Sophomore pitcher Chelsea Thomas suffered her first loss of the season.

The Missouri bats woke up early in game two, driving in five runs in the first inning off Wildcat senior pitcher Sarah Akamine. The Tigers would plate all 10 of their runs in the first three innings, winning 10-5.

Thomas shakily earned a win in the second game, improving her record to 3-1 on the season as she surrendered five runs and four hits in four innings of work. The Tigers continue their season in the 2010 Leadoff Classic on Feb. 26 against Michigan in Columbus, Ga.

Women's basketball

The Missouri women's basketball team traveled Saturday night to Ames, Iowa, to take on No. 13 Iowa State. After gaining an early lead, the home team coasted to the 55-42 victory, putting Missouri at 11-14 overall and 1-11 in Big 12 play.

The Cyclones stormed into the first half, starting the game with an 18-2 run the Tigers could never make up. The Tigers couldn't cut the deficit to less than 12 points in the second half.

Junior guard RaeShara Brown and junior forward Shakara Jones led the Tigers with 11 points each in the loss. Brown's defense earned her a new milestone, as her two steals put her at eighth all-time in Missouri's career steals list and sixth on the Missouri list for a single season with 81.

Missouri returns to Mizzou Arena to host Colorado at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Buffaloes are 11th in the Big 12 with two conference wins, compared to Missouri's one.

Baseball

The Missouri baseball team traveled to Tucson, Ariz., this weekend for the Collegiate Cactus Classic. The Tigers dropped their season opener to Gonzaga then topped Washington and New Mexico State before rain cut the series short Sunday.

In Friday's loss to Gonzaga, senior shortstop Michael Liberto notched a career-high four hits, but a six-run eighth inning by Gonzaga locked in the 10-6 final.

Rain pushed back the first scheduled game Saturday, and the second was moved to Sunday. The Tigers got their first win of 2010 in a come-from-behind 17-6 route of Washington. Senior first baseman Aaron Senne led the onslaught with four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the top of the seventh.

On Sunday, Missouri and New Mexico State were stuck in a 1-1 stalemate after nine innings.

The Aggies bullpen then walked the bases loaded in the 10th and beaned sophomore second baseman Conner Mach to walk in the winning run.

Missouri was scheduled to play Gonzaga again Sunday, but rain delays led to a cancellation.

The 2-1 Tigers now travel to Alabama this weekend for the Auburn Invitational. They start with Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m. Friday.

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