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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Men's basketball

The Tigers fell at No. 6 Kansas State 63-53 on Saturday night and missed a chance to move into second place in the Big 12 with a victory. Missouri slipped to 21-8 overall and 9-5 in conference play.

Behind Kansas and Kansas State, Missouri sits in a three-way tie for third with Baylor and Texas A&M, teams that have both beaten Missouri earlier in the season.

In a grind-it-out game, both the Tigers and Wildcats finished 32.8 percent from the floor as Missouri put up its lowest point total since its 59-52 loss to Richmond on Nov. 28.

Sophomore guard Kim English led Tiger scorers with 13 points, and Wildcat sophomore forward Jamar Samuels was tops among all scorers with 14. Missouri senior forward Keith Ramsey racked up eight points and pulled down nine rebounds.

Taking advantage of Kansas State's cold shooting, the Tigers held the lead for most of the first half. The Wildcats fought back to tie the game at 23 with 1:32 left, and the score stayed tied until halftime. Kansas State led most of the second half.

Women's basketball

The Missouri women's basketball team lost a road match to Big 12 champion Nebraska 67-51 on Saturday.

Junior guard RaeShara Brown matched her career high by scoring 21 points, four days after she set her previous career high against Colorado.

Senior forward Jessra Johnson added 13 points, and junior forward Shakara Jones led the team with seven rebounds.

The Cornhuskers led by as many as 18 points during the contest, though the Tigers fought to remain in the game. The two teams traded baskets at the beginning of the game until Nebraska was able to break away and went into the locker room leading 40-27. The Tigers tried to get back into the game during the second half but could not come close, as the Cornhuskers remained in control throughout the half.

Softball

The Tigers continued their impressive start to the season with a 5-0 record at the Leadoff Classic last weekend.

Missouri opened the Classic on Friday against No. 4 Michigan. Sophomore pitcher Chelsea Thomas threw a complete game, going all eight innings in the 2-1 extra inning victory. The Tigers finished the day with a 9-4 win against Virginia Tech.

The Tigers continued the Leadoff Classic on Saturday with a win against No. 18 Louisiana-Lafayette, 11-6. Missouri then defeated No. 20 Massachusetts in game two, 2-1. Senior pitcher Jana Hainey earned the win in relief.

Radford proved to be a tough opponent for the Tigers on Sunday. Missouri won 7-6 in 10 innings, improving its record to 8-2 on the season. Thomas earned the win in relief, notching her sixth win of the season.

Baseball

Missouri baseball extended its winning streak to start off the Auburn Invitational, downing Florida Atlantic and host Auburn on Friday and Saturday. The streak then ended at four wins when Boston College stopped the Tigers on Sunday.

Freshman hurler Eric Anderson earned the win against Florida Atlantic in his first start as a Tiger. Anderson pitched five scoreless innings as Missouri went on to win 4-2.

Senior first baseman Aaron Senne led the team with six RBIs on the weekend, including two home runs in the 11-7 win over Auburn on Saturday. Senne leads the team in both categories this season.

Boston College ended the team's hot streak, topping the Tigers 14-6 on Sunday. The Golden Eagles took a 4-0 lead in the first inning that the Tigers couldn't make up.

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