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NU hoping to build on first two wins of season
By Tony West
After a long wait, the Nebraska
baseball team got out of the gate
The Comhuskers won two games
last weekend and will look to improve
on their 2-0 mark today and Wednes
day in three games against Oral Rob
The two teams will play a 1:30
p.m. doubleheader today at Buck
to lift NU
By Beau Finley
SALINA, Kan. — For Karen
Jennings, her first selection to the All
Big Eight Tournament team was a
Jennings, the 1993 BigEightPlayer
of the Year, was named to the team by
the Big Eight Tournament sportswrit
ers after Nebraska lost 64-60 to Kan
sas in the Big Eight Tournament's
championship game Monday night.
It was the Comhuskers’ first-ever
trip the tournament’s final game.
Coach Angela Beck said Jennings’
contributions to the team were impor
tant in the Huskcr’s success, espe
cially in the critical moments of the
“Jennings, when we needed her,
had an outstanding game down the
stretch,” Beck said.
That stretch started with 7:50 left
and the Huskers down 51-38.
Jennings scored the next nine points
for the Huskers and cut the Kansas
lead to six with 5:44 left
Jayhawk coach Marian Washing
ton said Jennings’ performance dur
ing the run didn’t surprise her.
“You have to expect a team like
Nebraska to go to their bread and
butter,” Washington ^aid.
Jennings was certainly that for
Nebraska. The senior scored 44 points
and grabbed 22 rebounds in the three
Jennings said Kansas’ tough de
fense took her and her team out of the
“I’m the type of player who works
better when our offense is in its flow,”
Jennings said. “Our offense just wasn 't
However, the Huskcr continuity
came around with the hclpof Jennings.
Nebraska went on a 22-11 run to end
the game, but came up short when
Nafeesah Brown’s potential game
tying shot was blocked with seven
Beltzer Field, mid then will play a
single game starting at 1:30 p.m.
Last season, Oral Roberts finished
with a 35-17 record as an indepen
dent, and that mark was enough to
impress Nebraska coach John Sand
“We are going to have to turn it up
a notch,” he said. “Oral Roberts is a
The Huskers are coming off an up
and-down opening weekend against
We are going to have
to turn it up a notch.
Oral Roberts is a
Nil baseball coach
On Saturday, four Husker pitchers
combined for a no-hitter, the first for
Nebraska in more than 10 years. Ne
Nebraska’s Karen Jennings shoots over Oklahoma State’s
Misty Wensler in the semifinals of the Big Eight
Tournament. The Cornhuskers lost Monday's championship
game to Kansas.
Jennings’ nine-point explosion
brought her into the flow of the of
fense. Before the run, Jennings had
just six points in the first 32 minutes
of the game.
Beck said Jennings had not been a
major contributor for Nebraska until
late in the game.
Karen came to life. Beck said.
Despite the loss, Jennings credited
the Jayhawks and their winning ef
“Kansas is the type of team that
when they’re up, they're up, and when
they ’re ck) wn, they ’ re down,” Jennings
said. ‘Tonight, they were up.”
braska hitters also racked up 14 hits in
the 15-0 win.
On Sunday, the Huskers had to
rally from a seven-run deficit to beat
the Bobcats. Newcomer Robert Perry's
double in the bottom of the ninth
scored the winning run for Nebraska.
Although he was pleased with the
comc-from-behind win, Sanders said
it was important for h is team not to get
behind early against Oral Roberts.
“I don’t want to repeal this (the
second game against Peru State),”
Sanders said. “Wc have to get out
Against Oral Roberts, Sanders said
he was planning to continue evaluat
ing a player as he did against Peru
“We will try to involve a lot of
players,” Sanders said.
One of the three games should
mark the debut of highly recruited
starting pitcher Alvic Shepherd. Shep
herd, a 6-foot-7 right-hander from
Hillside, III., was the Illinois Player of
the Year last season.
at league title
By Derek Samson
SAUNA, Kan. — The Nebraska
women’s basketball team’s rally
against Kansas came up short Mon
day,and sodid thcComhuskers’ hopes
of winning a Big Eight title.
Nafecsah Brown’s last-secohd shot
was blocked and Nebraska was de
feated by the Jayhawks 64-60 in the
championship game of the Big Eight
Tournament Monday night.
After Nebraska trailed by as many
as 15 points in the second half, Sara
Offringa nailed a three-pointer and
connected on layup off a steal 33
seconds later to cut Kansas’ lead to
Offringa made another steal with
20 seconds left, setting up a game
tying opportunity. --*
Nebraska worked the ball to Brown,
and her shot was blocked by Kansas’s
Lisa Tate, who was fouled with 7.6
seconds left. Tate sunk both free
throws to give the Jayhawks the tour
“My team could have folded early,”
Nebraska coach Angela Beck said.
“We showed a tremendous amount of
courage to make thisan cxc iling cham
The Huskers were almost invisible
in the beginning of the game, with
their first field goal coming with 11:07
remaining in the first half.
Kansas had jumped out to leads of
13-2 and 18-5 before the Huskers’
offense came out of hiding.
“They really came out with an
unbelievable amount of intensity the
first five minutes,” Beck said. “They
were on all cylinders.”
Brown kept Nebraska within strik
ing distance throughout the first half
by scoring 12 of the Huskers’ first 17
points. Hercontribution couldn T have
come at a better time for NU, as
Kansas shutdown Huskcr All-Amcri
can Karen Jennings throughout the
Jennings hit Nebraska’s last two
field goals to fin ish with four points in
the first half.
“Every time I got the ball, I had a
person in front of me and one behind
me,” Jennings said.
Angela Aycock scored 10 in the
first half as Kansas took a 30-21 lead
“Our defense in the first half was
tremendous,” Kansas coach Marian
Washington said. “To play the way
we did takes a lot of energy and a lot
Aycock kept the Jayhawks in front
in the second half by scoring her
team’s first nine points. Kansas led
51-40 with 7:50 left when Jennings
made her presence known.
Jennings then scored nine points in
the next 2:06 to cut the Kansas lead to
Brown led Nebraska with 20 points,
while Jennings finished with 15.
Kansas was led by Aycock’s 25
points. The sophomore forward was
named the tournament’s Most Valu
“It’s one of my best (performances),
if not the best,” Aycock said. “Things
tend to go your way if you play hard
and think positive. That’s what I try to
Kansas (21-8) — Aycock 11-16 3-5 25,
Shinn 2-30-04,Tate 1-32-24, Witherspoon
0-0 0-0 0. Leathers 1-10 4-4 6, Kite 3-4 2-2
11.erspoon0-00-00, Leathers 1-104-46,
Kite 3-42-211, Slatter 4-116-714, Sampson
0-7 0-0 0, Holmes 0-1 0-0 0, Muncy 0-0 0-0
0. Totals 22-55 17-20 64
Nebraska (22-7) — Taylor 2-6 1-5 5,
Brown 8-17 4-6 20, Jennings 6-15 2-4 15,
Yedsena 2-7 2-2 8, Offringa 4-11 2-2 12,
Bren den 0-3 0-0 0. Upthegrove 0-2 0-0 0.
Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-6111-1960
3-point goals — Kansas 3-7 (Leathers
0-1, Kite 3-3, Sampson 0-3), Nebraska 5-15
(Jennings 1-3, Yedsena 2-4, Offringa 2-5,
Bren den 0-3). Rebounds — Kansas 38
(Aycock 10), Nebraska 40 (Brown 15). As
sists — Kansas 16 (Witherspoon, Leathers
5), Nebraska 11 (Offringa 4). Total fouls —
Kansas 20, Nebraska 15. A — 3,855
Big Eight s bid to NCAA Tournament is anyone s guess
Why not Colorado?
Why not in the year of Big Country
from midcourt, the year of Kansas
State over Nebraska in Lincoln, the
year of a three-way tie for second
place in the Big Eight?
Why nol take the Buffs to win this
weekend’s Big Eight Tournament?
It’s so illogical, it’s logical.
A possible scenario:
KEMPER ARENA — Colorado’s
Joe Harrington triumphantly culdown
the nets Sunday after what was called
the wackiest Big Eight Tournament in
The Buffs, who improved to 13-15
overall by winning the three-day tour
nament, drew a first-round NCAA
Tournament game with No. 1 North
Carolina, and Harrington asked the
Tarheels to “bring it on.”
Harrington said his team s strong
play — including a 33-poinl barrage
by guard Pete Hefty in the finals
against Missouri, was poetic justice.
' “Hefty’s All-Big Eight caliber,”
Harrington said. “We just wanted him
to redeem himself, because through
out the year he was wimpy, wimpy,
OK, so maybe that’s a stretch.
Maybe Colorado won’t win the tour
nament. That narrows the field to
seven teams — all with legitimate
shots at earning the NCAA’s auto
You say Kansas State docsn ’ t have
a shot? Wrong. The Wildcats arc the
Big Eight’s most underrated defen
sive team. After a three-game week,
they looked tired in their last meeting
against Nebraska (an 80-59 loss), but
they’ll have an entire week to rest up
for their first round matchup Friday.
Is Missouri washed up? Hardly.
Any team with an inside-out duo like
Melvin Booker and JevonCrudup has
In all his gloating, Nebraska radio
man Kent Pavclka said after the Okla
homa game Sunday that the
Comhuskers "spanked” the Tigers
twice this year. Apparently Pavelka’s
definition of "spanking” equals two
one-point, last-second wins.
Plain and simple, Missouri’s a
threat to Nebraska and everybody else
in the tournament.
If Bryant Reeves gets rolling, Okla
homa State will stay in contention. If
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like they did Sunday against Nebraska,
Oklahoma will win at least one game.
But if you’ve got money to throw
around, lake one of three teams to be
cutting down the nets on Sunday:
Nebraska, Kansas or Iowa State.
The young Huskers can do one of
two things: They can go into Kemper
intimidated or they can turn the tour
ney into their playground. If Nebraska
doesn’t play tentative, the Huskers
have as good a shot as anybody to win.
But how do you beat Kansas in an
arena less than an hour from the
Jayhawks’ campus? Nebraska did it
two years ago, but it took a near
perfect effort. Kansas isn’t as good as
they were in 1991, but the rock
chalkcrs arc masters at feeding off
The only Big Eight team that can
beat Kansas at Kemper is one that can
neutralize the guard'lantern of Rex
Walters and AdonisJordan. IowaSlate
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Justus Thigpen — can do just that.
The Cyclones, as Coach Johnny
Orr said Saturday, arc riding into
Kansas City for once without worry
ing about making the NCAA Tourna
Like Nebraska, Iowa State can play
loose and wouldn't have to face Kan
sas until the tournament Pinal.
The Cyclones arc the pick here.
Why not? Imagine the scene .. .
Julius Michalik dousing Orr's bald
dome with Galoradc, Thigpen franti
cally patting center Loren Meyer on
his shaved-down head, Fred Savage
look-alike Hurl Bcechum pumping
his fists to the cardinal and gold-clad
It would be like a freak show.
And how Pilling for the Big Eight
Adkisson to a senior news-editorial mid or
and the Daily Nebraskan sports editor.
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