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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 8, 1993)
By Beau Finley
SAUNA, Kan. — Finally, An
gela Beck has her team on the brink
of a Big Eight title.
Beck, Nebraska’s women’s bas
ketball coach, will send the
Comhuskers to the BigEightTour
nament Championship for the first
time in school history after a 66-64
victory over Oklahoma State at the
Bicentennial Center on Sunday.
Nebraska will play Kansas in
the tournament’s championship
game at 7 p.m. tonight. The game
will be televised live by Prime
Beck said the win was fitting
for her team after their 21 -6 season.
“We had a tremendous year, and
these girls deserve it,” Beck said.
The game was plagued by poor
execution, as the Huskers commit
ted 26 turnovers. But it was a Cow
girl miscue that put Nebraska into
position to win.
With five seconds remaining in
the game, Oklahoma State’s Staecy
Coffey fouled Huskcr guard
Mcggan Yedscna, sending her to
the line with achancc to break a64
Yedscna, a junior, hit both free
throws to ice the Huskers’ first
ever trip to the tournament final.
Yedscna had been sidelined in
Saturday’s win against Iowa State
with a twisted ankle.
Yedsena said the shots gave her
a chance at redemption for her
handicapped performance in
“I struggled the whole game
with my ankle,” Yedscna said. “This
was a chance to make up for the
way I played the whole game.”
Yedsena fnished with six points
and six assists.
Nebraska’s leading scorer,
Karen Jennings, said she was con
fident when Yedsena was fouled.
“I knew she was going to make
them,” Jennings said.
Jennings, the 1993 Big Eight
Player of the Year, said the tough
victory gives her the opportunity to
attain a goal she had set in her
“This is a chance to make my
dreams of winning a Big Eight
championship come true,” Jennings
said. “It was a blood bath out there,
but we’re staying alive.”
Beck said despite the Husker
elation of being in the final, her
team has a tough test ahead.
“Wc don’t match up with Kan
sas,” Beck said. “It’ll be a pretty
The Jay hawks and Huskers split
two games this year, with each
team winning on its home floor.
Beck said it’s different playing
Kansas in the postseason.
“It’s not playing this freshman
or thatonc.il’splaying a tradition,”
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Gymnasts win final home meet
By Susie Arth
The Nebraska men’s gymnastics
team used its final home meet to try
some new tricks Sunday night in its
victory over Penn State.
The Comhuskers, who improved
their record to 7-0, defeated Penn
State 281.35 - 274.40 in front of 1,102
fans at the Bob Dcvaney Sports Cen
Husker coach Francis Allen said
he had hoped to score around 283
“We did okay,” he said. “We
smelled on a couple (events).”
The vault gave the Huskers their
biggest problems, where three Husker
gymnasts scored an 8.85 or lower.
Allen blamed poor mental prepa
ration for his team’s subpar perfor
“It was hard to get them up,” Allen
It was hard to get them
up. Maybe we should
get Danny Nee here to
give them a pep talk.
NU men's gymnastics coach
said. “Maybe we should get Danny
Nee here to give them a pep talk.”
But Allen said he believed the
performance was good enough to
move his team up one notch in the
“I wouldn ’l be surprised if this puts
us at No. 1,” he said, “It should move
The Huskers were led by Sumner
Darling, who won thcall-around com
petition with a 56.40.
Darling’s performance was high
lighted on the vault, where he per
formed a first-time ever maneuver in
the United Stales, called a hecht back
flip, for a score of 9.45.
Allen said he didn’t think Darling
would ever be able to perform the
“Nobody I’ve ever heard of has
ever done that,” he said. “Now it’s
pretty legitimate. We might use it.”
Four Huskers — Darling, Richard
Grace, Josh Saegert and Dcnnii
Harrison — competed in the all-'
Allen said Darling has been plagued
by injuries all season, and he was
pleased to have him back.
“If we’re going to have success, we
need everyone back,” he said.
Allen said he planned to use only
Darling, Grace and Harrison in the
all-around competition for the Big
Eight and NCAA championships.
NU sweeps Bobcats in weekend games
By Tony West
The Nebraska baseball team is
TheComhuskers won against Peru
State at Buck Bellzer Field Saturday
and again on Sunday to open their
season with a 2-0 record.
After beating the Bobcats Satur
day 15-0 behind the combination of
four pitchers hurling a no-hitter, the
Huskers had to scrap in the bottom of
the ninth inning on Sunday to gain a
“Il took too much time for us to get
in the flow (Sunday),” Nebraska coach
John Sanders said. “We are in great
shape, although we do need work in
“We’re climbing the ladder.”
Sanders said he was pleased that
his team was able to bounce back on
Sunday after being down 13-7 before
their half of the seventh.
Nebraska used three-run seventh
and eighth innings and a Robert Perry
double in the bottom of the ninth
scored Troy Brohawn with the win
ning run. “We showed a lot of poise
when our backs were to the wall,”
Sanders said. “This was a good come
from-behind win, although I wish it
didn’t have to be that way.”
Sanders said the weekend was a
good learning experience for his team
and a chance for him to evaluate
talent. Nebraska used nirte pitchers in
the two games.
“It was positive that we got to see
several pitchers and several position
players,” Sanders said. “It was a very
productive weekend from that point.”
The Huskers will resume play with
three games against Oral Roberts on
Tuesday and Wednesday.
Continued from Page 7
Oklahoma coach Billy Tubbs said
there were a couple of reasons why
the Sooners fell.
“We played with some intensity,
but Nebraska was more intense than
we were,” Tubbs said. “We didn’t
make some of the plays we needed to
down the stretch, and Nebraska did
| make the plays.”
Oklahoma’sTenry Evans scored a
game-high 23 points, but Johnson and
Husker guard Eric Piatkowski scored
19 apiece along with 15 each from
Chandler and Chubick.
Nebraska coach Danny Nee said
he was pleased to hit the 20-win pla
teau for the third lime in his tenure at
“The 20-9 season is a great season
for Nebraska,” he said.
With the win, the Huskers finished
in a lie for second place in the league
standings with Oklahoma State and
In the tiebreaker, Nebraska will
receive the No. 4 seed and play fifth
seeded Kansas State in next weekend’s
Big Eight Tournament.
“One of our goals for the season
was to get to the 20-win plateau; we
hit that now, so now we’ll just lay our
ears back and go after K-Statc on
Friday,” Chubick said.
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Men swimmers shatter mark,
women miss Big Eight title
From Staff Reports
Nebraska’s men shattered the
scoring record and the women
barely missed a title at the Big
EighlS wimming and DivingCham
pionships this weekend.
The Comhusker men scored 726
points and won their 14th consecu
tive conference title, easily outdis
tancing second-place Kansas (628).
Nebraska’s Justin Finney was
named the meet’s outstanding per
former for wins in the 100- and
200-yard butterfly. Bjorn Moller
won the 1,650 freestyle, Gary
Albertyn won the 200 backstroke
and Alan Kelsey won the 100
freestyle to help lead Nebraska.
On the women’s side, Kansas
out-dueled Nebraska down the
stretch, winning the meet in the last
event with a team total of 685
points. The Comhuskcrs finished
with 679.5 points.
Jane Glazcbrook set a Big Eight ,,
record in the 200 backstroke with a
time of 1:59.70. Other winners
Saturday for Nebraska included
Cheryl Kartye in the 3-meter spring
board and Melanie Dodd in the 50
and 200-yard frccstyles.
Nebraska coach Cal Bentz said
he was pleased with the perfor
mance of the women’s team.
“We believed we could win all
the way down to the last event,’*
Bent/ said. “I’m very pleased with
the way this team has stood up
Last Chance meet provides
Huskers with trip to NCAA
From Staff Reports
Nebraska’s Kevin Coleman won
the shot put with a throw of 64 feet,
2 1/2 inches at the Husker Last
Chance Track and Field meet Sat
urday at the Bob Dcvaney Sports
Other First-place Finishes for the
Comhuskcr men included Chad
Muma in the triple jump, Willie
Hiblcr in the 55-meter hurdles and
TravisGrant in the 200-meter dash.
Hibler’s time of 7.35 seconds was
an NCAA provisional qualifying
For the Nebraska women, win
ners included Nicola Martial in the
triple jump, Paulette Mitchell in
the shot pul, Beck Lund in the
3,000-metcr run and the 400-mctcr
relay team. Martial, Mitchell and the
relay team all set provisional qualify
ing marks with their performances.
Nebraska will close out its in
door track season Friday and Satur
day at the NCAA Championships
NU softball team goes 3-2
at Texas A & M Invitational
From Start Reports
The Nebraska softball team
opened its season by posting a 3-2
record at the Aggie Invitational in
College StalionVTexas, this week
The Comhuskers, who started
the tournament by winning their
first two games against Creighton
and Northeast Louisiana, dropped
two of three games on Saturday.
In the final game Saturday, two
two-run innings lifted Kansas to a
4*1 win over die Huskers.
Nebraska pitcher Jody Splichal
compiled a 2*1 record in the tour
nament, including a win overTexas
San Antonio on Saturday in which
she surrendered only one run and
four hits. In that game, the Husk
ers’ Saundra Brown homered to lift
Nebraska to a 4-1 win.
The Huskcrs’other pitcher,Cody
Dusenbery, posted a 1-1 record.
Duscnbcry was tlte winning pitcher
in Nebraska’s 14-7 tournament
opening win over Creighton Fri
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