Snyder calls it quits at Mizzou

By wire services
Published February 11, 2006

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder resigned Friday, one day after saying he planned to finish what had become a disappointing season.

Associate head coach Melvin Watkins will guide the team the rest of the season.

After a 10-5 start that culminated with an overtime win against rival Kansas, the Tigers lost six straight. They've fallen to 3-7 - and next-to-last - in the Big 12.

Snyder spoke to his team before practice Friday and said he was leaving.

"What he told us is, it's an opportunity to get back to playing basketball. All the speculation was a heavy burden," sports information director Dave Reiter said.

Snyder leaves after a seven-year stint, compiling a 126-91 record. He had two years remaining on a contract that paid him a base salary of $190,000. His total compensation package at Missouri was worth more than $1-million a season.


NO.2 DUKE 88, VIRGINIA 65: Mistie Williams scored 16 as the second-ranked Blue Devils staked their claim to No.1. Lindsey Harding added 12 points and five assists for host Duke, who moved into a tie atop the league with top-ranked North Carolina and sixth-ranked Maryland. And with the Terrapins' win over the Tar Heels on Thursday night, the Blue Devils are poised to return to No.1 for the second time this season.

Sharnee Zoll scored 20 for the Cavaliers, who have lost five straight overall and 11 in a row in the series.

NO.7 OHIO STATE 74, MICHIGAN 55: Stephany Skrba had 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the host Wolverines, who lost their 12th straight. Michigan hasn't beaten a Big Ten opponent since Jan. 23, 2005, a streak of 22 games. Skrba cut the Buckeyes' lead to 50-47 with a putback 9 minutes into the second half, but Ohio State put together an 8-0 run over the next 3 minutes to take control. Michigan was 0-for-5 from the floor during the decisive stretch.

NO.8 RUTGERS 54, WEST VIRGINIA 41: Cappie Pondexter had 22 points to become the second-leading scorer in school history during the Scarlet Knights' 19th consecutive Big East win. It is Rutgers' best league start since it won its first 11 conference games in 1998-99, when the team won the regular season title.

NO.19 TEMPLE 62, SAINT LOUIS 43: Candice Dupree had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the visiting Owls, who have won eight of nine. Temple held Saint Louis to 15-of-50 shooting.

SMU 69, UCF 57: Despite senior Shelby Weber's seventh career double double (15 points, 12 rebounds), the visiting Mustangs led by as much as 13.