February 27, 2015

Mizzou’s Maddie Stock hits a three-pointer at the buzzer as the Tigers snap A & M’s 17-game home winning streak

Maddie Stock (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Maddie Stock (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Maddie Stock hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Mizzou the upset over No. 12 Texas A&M on Thursday night in Reed Arena in College Station. Sophomore Jordan Frericks earned her 11th double-double of the season with 25 points and 12 rebounds in Mizzou’s 70-69 win at No. 12 Texas A&M. The Tigers snapped the Aggie’s 17-game home win streak.

Sophomore Sierra Michaelis put up 12 points and four rebounds in the win, and Maddie Stock closed the night with seven points for Mizzou.

The game was tied at 58-58 with just about five minutes to play.  Lindsey Cunningham put the Tigers back up by one, and Morgan Stock hit a to extend the Tigers’ lead to four. The Aggies pulled ahead with a 6-0 run, but Maddie Stock’s three at the buzzer put Mizzou on top for their 16th win of the season.  .

Elliott makes 30 saves, Steen scores in the shootout and the Blues beat the Jets

Brian Elliott (file photo, Bill Greenblatt)

Brian Elliott (file photo, Bill Greenblatt)

Patrik Berglund’s eighth goal with 1:49 remaining in the second period gave the Blues a 1-0 lead, but Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele tied it 3:14 into the third period to force overtime game, but Alex Steen tucked one in between Michael Hutchinson’s leg and the post during the shootout to give the Blues a 2-1 victory.

Brian Elliot helped steal the extra point for the Blues.  He made some tough saves in the 31 shots on goal he faced.

Berglund took a flip pass from Paul Stastny who cut through  Winnipeg’s Chris Thorburn and Dustin Byfuglien.  Berglund took the pass and was able to beat Hutchinson over his stick shoulder.

In the shootout, Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the second round and Andrew Ladd kept the Jets alive on their last chance, before Steen ended it in third round.

The win ended a two-game losing streak for the Blues, who completed a 1-3-0 homestand Tuesday. Ten of their next 13 games will be on the road, including another visit to Winnipeg on March 19.

Good news for Wainwright. Cardinals expect to have him back at full speed in 4-5 as he recovers from a strain

Adam Wainwright won't miss much time due to an injury (photo/MLB)  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Adam Wainwright won’t miss much time due to an injury (photo/MLB) UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Adam Wainwright shared good news with Cardinals’ fans over Twitter.  After visiting with a St. Louis-area doctor, he learned that all he is dealing with is an abdominal strain that will only limit him a few days and won’t set him back in getting ready for the season opener on April 5.

General manager John Mozeliak called the diagnosis “good news.” Wainwright can still throw while the abdominal area heals, but the club wants Wainwright to take it easy a few days.

The Cardinals already wanted to limit the number of innings Wainwright pitched this spring after carrying a heavy load during the season and post season over the last couple of seasons.  The goal was to get Wainwright no more than four starts in Florida.  Mozeliak said that could be dropped down to three if needed.

Waintweet

Why the St. Louis Blues have a great chance of winning a playoff series this season (Google Hangout)

The Blackhawks will be without Patrick Kane (88) for 12 weeks UPI/John Boman Jr

The Blackhawks will be without Patrick Kane (88) for 12 weeks UPI/John Boman Jr

The St. Louis Blues are in Winnipeg tonight with a firm handle on 2nd place in the division and if the standings remain the same, they Blues will face the Chicago Blackhawks again in the first round of the playoffs and could finally get past their rivals this postseason.

Nas–89 pts
StL–80 pts
Chi–77 pts
Wpg-73 pts

The Blues got knocked out of the playoffs Chicago in six and a rematch could favor the Blues this year.  Patrick Kane, tied for the NHL lead in points, is out 12 weeks after surgery to repair a broken clavicle and would miss a potential first round playoff series with the Blues.

Since the 2002-2003 season, the St. Louis Blues have won just one playoff series, going 1-6 in their last seven playoff series.  In five of the six seasons the Blues made the playoffs in that time, they were knocked out in the conference quarterfinals.

Watch our Google Hangout as we look ahead to a potential Blues playoff run.

The St. Louis Blues playoff results since 2001-2002

Blues playoffs

Missouri State rallies to beat Bradley in a triple OT thriller in longest game at JQH Arena

Missouri State's lone senior Christian Kirk (photo/MSU Athletics)

Missouri State’s lone senior Christian Kirk (photo/MSU Athletics)

Missouri State (11-18, 5-12 MVC) rallied from a seven-point deficit in the game’s second overtime to clip visiting Bradley, 80-77, here Wednesday in a triple-overtime thriller on Senior Night at JQH Arena.  MSU’s lone senior, Christian Kirk, finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, but sophomore Austin Ruder helped carry the team in OT behind his 20 points and five three-pointers, including a clutch shot to tie the game, 69-69, with 5.1 seconds left in the second overtime.

Ruder then opened up the third overtime with a trey to make it 72-69 before fouling out less than a minute later.  Chris Kendrix finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds to go with a JQH Arena record 55 minutes played.

The Bears finished with eight three-pointers for the night, their most since Dec. 17, but finished just 8-of-27 (.296) from long distance.  Missouri State somehow won despite a season-high 19 turnovers and went just 7-of-13 from the foul line in the three overtime periods.

This was the longest game ever at JQH Arena and was Missouri State’s longest since a four-overtime win at Kansas State on Dec. 8, 1987. In its history, MSU had never played beyond double overtime at home, but lost previous triple-overtime road games at Valparaiso (Jan. 28, 1985) and Illinois State (Feb. 17, 1970).

The Bears, who finished their home season with an 8-6 record, close out the regular season Saturday at Loyola Chicago (17-12, 7-10), starting at 3 p.m., on ESPN3. MSU will then travel to St. Louis, March 5-8 for the 2015 MVC Tournament at Scottrade Center in St. Louis where they will be the No. 8 seed and play either Bradley or Southern Illinois at 6 p.m., on March 5.