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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 15, 1996)
By Mike Kluck
The disappointment still exists for
Colorado State coach Greg Williams,
but it has died down
his Rams, who won
the Western Ath
title, had received
the eighth seed in
mmm: v; i ournamcnt s w est
Williams Region and would
play ninth-seeded Nebraska in the first
Williams said the NCAA selection
committee let him down by not giving
the Rams a higher seed, even though
they finished the season with a 25-4
“We are ready to start playing our
hand that was dealt,” Williams said.
“We were led to believe going into the
WAC Tournament that our ratings
power index was very high, and our
seeding would be good.
“Theonly worse seed than an eighth
or ninth is the 16th seed because no
body is enthralled to play a No. 1 seed
on its home court.”
The winner of Saturday’s 9 p.m.
game at Maples Pavilion in Stanford,
Calif., between 19-9 Nebraska and
Colorado State will play either sec
ond-ranked and top-seeded Stanford
or 16th-scedcd Grambling'State on
Monday night at 9.
But Williams said an eighth seed
for the Rains was not a sign of disre
spect for his team. It shows a lack of
respect for the WAC, he said.
Three Big Eight teams received
higher seeds in the NCAA Tourna
ment than the Rams. Big Eight confer
ence champion Kansas and league tour
nament champion Colorado both re
ceived seedings in the top four and
homecourt advantages during the first
roundoftheNCAA Tournament. Okla
homa State received a seventh seed.
“There’s only a hairline difference
between an eighth and ninth seed,”
Williams said. “I understand our con
ference has not done well each season,
but each team should be individually
evaluated on what they have done that
“It’s just ironic to me that a few
years ago, the Big Eight felt they were
getting overlooked in the tournament.”
Williams said he was not complain
ing about being paired against Ne
braska. But he is upset about the pos
sibility of playing Stanford in the sec
ond game. 1
Getting to that second game, Will
iams said, will be difficult because the i
Rams first have to stop Nebraska’s i
balanced scoring attack. >
The Huskers have four players av- ]
eraging 10 points or more per game in i
scoring, led by sophomore Anna
DeForgc, who averages 14.7 points <
“They really arc a nice basketball \
team,” Williams said. “They have a (
good inside game with (McClain) and i
(Pyra) Aarden, and they have some i
guards who can shoot the ball in (Kate) '
Galligan and DeForge. Then add an i
■»' ■ ■■ ■■ ■ Stanford, Calif,
Nebraska (19-9) Ht Class PPG RPG
G Kate Galligan 5-8 Sr. 11.9 3.9
G Lis Brenden 5-6 Sr. 6.6 3-3
F Anna DeForge 5-11 So. 14.7 7.0
F Tina McClain 5-10 Jr. 13 9 6.7
C Pyra Aarden (A Sr. 12.8 5.8
Colorado SL (25-4)
G Becky Hammon 5-6 Fr. 94 1-6
G Dee Dee Dominguez 5-2 Sr. 3 8 2.7
F Katie Cronin 6-0 Fr. 11.1 6.1
F Zenarae Pieters 6-2 So. 5 8 5.3
C Teresa James 6*2 Sr. 15 9 8.3
experienced and a smart point guard
md they really arc a good team.”
But the Rams also have scoring
hreshman Becky Hammon is the
tation’s highest-scoring freshman,
iveraging 19.6 points per game. She
dso averages three 3-point field goals
ler game and has a 43.9 3-point shoot
Hammon has received many hon
)rs this season. She was the WAC
'reshman of the year and was named to
he W AC all-conference team, all-ncw
:omcr team, all-tournament team and
vas named MVP of the postseason
oumament. She also set six new WAC
tournament records, including the
ecord for points scored.
“We just don’t know how freshmen
are going to react to the distractions of
college,” Williams said. “Some kids
handle all those changes better than
others, and that just leads to her cred
Freshman Teresa James is the
Rams’ second-leading scorer, averag
ing 15.9 points per game.
Nebraska coach Angela Beck said
she had not seen many teams win in the
NCAA Tournament with two fresh
men leading them in scoring.
But the lack of experience doesn’t
“Were not concerned about lack of
NCAA experience,” Williams said.
“The WAC Tournament was a lot of
pressure, and our whole team was able
to handle the pressure.”
to spend week
on West Coast
From Staff Reports
The Nebraska softball team will
spend its spring break in California.
The first stop is in Sunnyvale, Ca
lif., this weekend where the
Cornhuskers open play against Purdue
Next Tuesday, the Huskcrs will take
on No. 22 Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.
On March 21 -24, the Huskcrs travel to
Sacramento for the AT&T Capital
Nebraska again will face Cal-Poly
San Luis Obispo, as well as Pacific,
Harvard and Ohio State.
Tobin Echo-Hawk, who plays third
base for the Huskcrs, enters this week
end aiming to break three school
records. She needs two doubles, 12
runs batted in and six runs scored to
break the three records.
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By David Wilson
After winning two consecu
tive national championships, it
would be hard to believe that the
Nebraska football team could
show up to spring practice on
March 25 with more raw talent
than the past two seasons.
According to the team’s test
ing Wednesday, they will.
“They’re 10 pounds heavier than
last year’s team at this point and
their test scores are the best
we’ve ever had in every cat
egory in our history,” said Boyd
Epley, Nebraska’s Director of
Tcam records were set in per
formance index, body weight,
10-yard dash,40-yard dash, ver
tical jump and pro-agility run.
James Sims, a junior I-back
next fall, set a performance in
dex record of 3313 — the best
score in Nebraska history. He
broke Curtis Cotton’s mark of
3227, which was set in 1991.
Sims ran a 4.42 40-yard dash,
and his 41 inch vertical jump
ranks second behind Trcv
Alberts mark of 41 1/2 inches
set in 1994.
“There was more progress
made this winter than any other
time in our history,” Epley said.
“And that comes from the play
ers’ efforts. It’s amazing how
every year we sit here and they
get bigger and luster.”
Sophomore Ahman Green,
who had his tonsils removed two
weeks ago and had blood drawn
for a class Wednesday morning,
placed third on the Nebraska all
time performance index chart
with a mark of 3028.
Junior quarterback Scott
Frost set the all-time perfor
mance index record for quarter
backs with a score of2686. Frost
broke his own record of 2597
points set last year.
“There is an inner drive — a
force working for us,” Epley
said. “They want to do their best
and they showed that this win
ter. Nebraska is in the position
to do what no team has ever
done: win three straight national
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