Player Development Fuels Tigers’ SEC Success

Defensive lineman Markus Golden (33) runs back his interception against Toledo in September, one of 10 interceptions Missouri has this season.

Defensive lineman Markus Golden (33) runs back his interception against Toledo in September, one of 10 interceptions Missouri has this season.

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

COLUMBIA — Missouri defensive end Markus Golden is one of the most disruptive forces in all of college football. In 12 games, the senior from St. Louis has registered 16 tackles for loss and 8 ½ sacks.

It’s easy to understand why Golden reaps success if you’ve seen him play. Golden is a rare breed of defensive end with the speed to go around opposing lineman and the strength to bulldoze them. What’s more difficult to understand is how Golden turned into the quarterback-crushing, run-stuffing defensive end we see today. Read more of this post

Missouri beats Arkansas to clinch second straight SEC East title

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports 

Many experts didn’t believe Missouri could compete with the SEC in football. That seems silly now, after Missouri (10-2, 7-1) finished a drive late in the fourth quarter to take a 21-14 lead against Arkansas (6-6, 2-6).

For the second straight year, the SEC East division title came down to the final week of the season. Read more of this post

Carly Kan earns SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year award

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Missouri outside hitter Carly Kan was named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, sharing the award with Florida libero Holly Pole and Texas A&M middle blocker Shelby Sullivan.

In the classroom, Kan has a 3.88 GPA in accounting. On the court, the sophomore has a .208 hitting percentage and has a team-best of 400 kills. She has racked up 370 digs so far and her kills-digs combination (770) is best in the nation. With her 400 kills, Kan is the first Tiger sophomore to achieve that statistic since Lisa Henning in 2011.

This is the second year-end SEC volleyball award for Kan. Last year, she was named Freshman of the Year.

Florida’s Pole has a 3.50 GPA in accounting and sports management. Her 0.39 service aces average is second in the SEC. Texas A&M’s Sullivan earned a 3.85 GPA in marketing. She is hitting .384, which is ranked seventh in the SEC.

The Tigers lost to Alabama Wednesday night 3-2 (25-27, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-12) at the Hearnes Center. Kan led all players with 24 digs. She also had 18 kills on .340 hitting. The Tigers end the season with a 7-11 conference record and an overall record of 16-17.

Mizzou closes in on SEC East championship, beats Tennessee 29-21

By The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Maty Mauk threw a pair of touchdown passes and Marcus Murphy ran for two scores Saturday night as No. 19 Missouri defeated Tennessee 29-21 to maintain control of the SEC East race.

The Tigers (9-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) set a school record with their 10th straight road win.

Missouri can clinch the East Division and earn a second straight trip to the SEC championship game by winning at Read more of this post

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

Jessica Herrman on her road back to the pitch

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports 

Sophomore forward Jessica Herrman has rebounded this season and been a regular substitute for the Missouri soccer team. After suffering from two ACL injuries and now this year battling a hamstring strain, Herrman scored her first collegiate goal in a 2-1 victory over Kentucky.

Herrman and the Missouri Tigers have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and play Washington Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Stanford, California.

 

Media Day Notes: Penton returns, Steward undergoes surgery

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports 

Tigers two games away from SEC East crown: Repeating as champions of the Southeastern Conference’s East Division was unthinkable for Missouri midway through its regular season schedule.

Division rival Georgia had just rolled into town and smacked the Tigers 34-0 in their own stadium. Quarterback Maty Mauk committed five turnovers and the defense allowed a Bulldogs’ rushing attack for 210 yards, despite missing star running back Todd Gurley. The loss was Missouri’s second in three games — the other one coming against lowly Indiana — dropping it to 4-2 on the year and 1-1 in SEC play.

But flash forward a little more than five weeks and somehow, some way, the Tigers (8-2, 5-1) are in prime position to play in the SEC Championship game for the second straight year. 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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Mizzou volleyball overcomes Ole Miss 3-2 on strong blocking, serving

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

After Emily Wilson ended a long rally with a block in the fifth set against Ole Miss, the Missouri volleyball team jumped and yelled to celebrate.

The play increased their lead to 6-3, and Tigers would go on a 9-3 run to clinch the fifth set and the match against the Rebels.

The victory came after a tough loss on Friday against Georgia.

“After our loss on Friday, we’re like this is a chance to redeem ourselves so I think we just came out really fired up going in to the fifth,” Wilson said.

The Tigers won 3-2 Read more of this post

Missouri offense wakes up to lead Tigers past Aggies

 By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports 

The chances of Missouri winning the Southeastern Conference’s East Division for the second straight year were in jeopardy midway through the Tigers’ showdown against Texas A&M in College Station.

Despite outplaying the Aggies in terms of total yards and time of possession, Missouri found itself trailing 13-7 at halftime. SEC East foe Georgia, meanwhile, led Auburn by a comfortable margin. If both results held, the Tigers would surrender first place in their division and cede the East crown to the Bulldogs.

In a season full of surprises, the third quarter saw yet another twist: Finally, Missouri’s offense woke up. Read more of this post

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