The Missouri Women’s basketball team’s season came to an end in Fort Collins, Colorado with a 62-61 loss to Colorado St. in the quarterfinals of the WNIT. Karensa Barr, who played her last game as a Tiger, had a chance to win the game as time expired, but her shot fell short. Barr, who is MU’s all-time leader in assists and free throw percentage and second all-time in steals, finished with just four points. Evan Unrau had 26 points in her hometown of Fort Collins. Mizzou wrapped up the season with a record of 17-14.
Archives for March 2003
In the semifinals of the NCAA Division-II Women’s tournament, defending champion California (Pa.) lost to Northern Kentucky 45-43 to advance to tomorrow’s championship on the Missouri Western campus in St. Joseph. The other semifinal match up featured South Dakota St. and Bentley. SDSU forced overtime with a last-second three pointer. They took over in OT winning it 68-62.
The field of 32 was cut to 16 after yesterday’s action at the NAIA Division-I Men’s tournament in Kansas City. Missouri had just one representative in the tournament and they lost. 13th-seeded Columbia College lost to Wayland Baptist of Texas 72-68. Wayland Baptist was one of four unseeded teams to advance to Round 2, which gets underway today. The tournament will conclude on with the title game on Tuesday.
Farmland Industries has agreed to sell most of its fertilizer business for $295-Million. Farmland, the nation’s biggest farm co-op at one time, is selling off assets to get out of bankruptcy. The biggest chunk goes to Koch Nitrogen of Wichita, Kansas. It includes Farmland’s 50 percent interest in a fertilizer plant in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Department of Revenue is ready to launch a new system aimed at helping law enforcement crack down on lawbreakers who falsify their identification. The Department’s Jim Weber says the system is a mobile computer unit in each police car, which will allow officers to obtain genuine photo IDs of people pulled over. The license check would then be combined with the photo ID on file and be forwarded to the patrol car, where the officer could compare the photo to the person pulled over.
Gasoline prices in Missouri have dropped to the second lowest in the nation at a $1.51 a gallon on average for regular unleaded. Only Oklahoma has lower prices. Mike Right from Triple A Missouri says crude oil prices had pushed gas prices to near-record levels just last month. Now those oil prices have dropped and gas has followed suit. He says a lot of what was pushing the oil prices up in the first place was what he calls an “anxiety premium.” Right says U.S. military action in Iraq took out some of the unknowns traders had so much anxiety over. However, he cautions gasoline supplies are still low coming into the higher demand of the summer, and prices could rise again.
Blues Goalie Chris Osgood did what he had to do to give his team a win. What did he have to do? Shut out the Wild. The Blues won 1-0 on the road last night, thanks to Osgood, who made 31 saves. It was his second shut out since being traded to St. Louis two weeks ago. The other one was also a 1-0 affair, coming against the Predators on March 15. Cory Stillman provided the only offensive punch, scoring at the 8:20 mark of the first period. With the win, St. Louis finds itself in a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with Colorado with 95 points. The Blues are back on home ice tonight at home against the Panthers. The Avalanche faces the Kings
In St. Joseph, the NCAA Division II Women’s Elite 8 got underway yesterday. Defending Champion California University of Pennsylvania topped Northern Florida 76-62, Bentley College beat Central Arkansas 80-69, Northern Kentucky got the best of Washburn 65-53 and South Dakota State beat Cal- State Bakersfield 83-62. The semifinals are today and the championship game will be Saturday.
The Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team hits the road for the Elite 8 of the Women’s NIT. They’ll face Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colorado. It’s a homecoming for Tiger Junior Evan Unrau who grew up there. She led the Tigers with 21 points in their Monday night win over Ball State. Tonight will mark the first time women’s team has ever played in a quarterfinals of a post-season tournament. Head coach Cindy Stein is looking for her 150th career win this evening.
For the first time in 14 years the number-one seed has fallen in the first round of the NAIA Division-I men’s basketball tournament. At Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City yesterday, Houston Baptist fell to unseeded Dillard College of Louisiana 79-76. The second wave of first round games will get underway today. 13th-seeded Columbia College, Missouri’s only representative in the 32-team tournament will play tonight against unseeded Wayland Baptist University of Texas.