The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 15, 1996, Page 8, Image 8
Defense runs NU show ISU from page 7; rush. Against Missouri last week, NU held die Tigers to just 47 yards on the ground and 170 yards of total offense in a 51-7 win. The reason for the strong defensive performances is the Blackshirts are now comfortable with each other, Mike linebacker Jon Hesse said. “This spring,” Hesse said, “we re ally felt like we had something special. We felt like We had a chance to become a great defense, and I think that has happened this year. I think we’ve come together as a team. We’ve got 11 guys out there every time we play that care about each other and really care about our defense.” The team atiijitdde on the field, Hesse said, will dllow the Husker de fense to reach its maximum potential. The Blackshirts have been domi nant early this season, holding Kansas State, Baylor, Kansas and Oklahoma to three plays and a punt on their first possessions. “I don’t know what it feels like to be on the offensive side,” Hesse said, “but when you come out, and right away the defense is getting in your backfield — that’s got to be frustrat ing for them.” 51 points this season -— on seven touchdowns and one safety — while allowing opponents just 77 points. And the No. 1 defensive unit has allowed just four touchdowns, none of which have come via the rudi. offense has carried us for 20 u years," tackle Jason Peter said. "So I guess it’s time for us to start pay ing them bade.” ___ . -• _; 1 E& -rfc-1 ] 'Mr rgM \ By Jay Saunders CPf-m/y i? II ■-» n ^ mm staff Reporter v The Nebraska women’s basket ball team looks to fix its problems and learn something about its place in the Big 12 Conference at 7 to night, all in an exhibition game against Club Uralmash at the Bob Devaney Cento:. Club Uralmash, a select team from Russia, entered a Thursday night game against Creighton in Omaha with a 5-1 record. TWo of Uralmash’s wins were against Okla homa and Missouri, both of which NU will play later this season in the Big 12. Coach Angela Beck said her team’s performance against Uralmash should serve as ameasur ing stick, comparingthe Huskers to Big 12 competition. “This is as good of a team that we can play without it counting,” Beck said. “I know this is boring, but this will help tis find out where we are at” Beck said ClubUralmash is a of fensive-minded team with a good y m&: j b I K : ■ transition game. Beck said Ne braska was lacking in its transition defense during its 84^f2j&xhibition win over the Nebraska All-Stars last Saturday. “If my area will be exploited, it win be that,” Bede said. “We have theguys* team (in practicejfun their break on us, and that makes the girls sprint real hard ” Tonight’s game will mark the end of the Huskers’ two-game ex hibition season. NU begins its regu lar season Nov. 22 against Illinois State in Normal, HI. “It gets the jitters out,” Beck said. “You develop chemistry and find out what combinations work. That is hard to do when you scrim mage each other and the guys* team.” NU men favored to win The Nebraska men’s and women's cross country teams will travel to Peo ria, 111., Saturday for the NCAA Dis trict 5 Championships. “I think we’re ready,” Coach Jay Dirksen said. “Practice has been good, and Jean tell that they’re ready for the meet.” Juniors Jonah Kiptarus and Cleophas Boor will try to extend their streak of finishing 1-2 in every race this season. Dirksen said the ninth-ranked men’s team should be in the driver’s seat to win the team title. The top two teams in each of the NCAA’s eight dis tricts will advance to the NCAA Cham pionships, Nov. 25 in Tbscon, Ariz. Three men’s teams and six women’s teams will be given wild-card berths to the championships. The No. 23 Nebraska women will be led by senior Christina Blackmer and junior Nora Shepherd, both of whan qualified for the 1995 NCAA Championships. - Freshman Jaime Pauli and sopho more Melissa Wilson, who finished 22nd and 24th last week at die Big 12 Championships, should also be key runners and finish well, Dirksen said. Belcher ices Husker win HOOPS from page 7 stage for Belcher’s heroics. “1 don’t think I could have asked for a better on-the-job training situa tion” NU Coach Danny Nee said. Marathon Oil is now 5-2 on its pre season tour. “We wanted to win this basketball game,” Nee said. “We wanted to show the fans that we could beat a team of this magnitude.” Sophomore point guard Tyronn Lue, who fouled out with 2:07 remain ing and NU leading 75-70, led Ne braska with 22 points, making 10 of 13 field goals. “That will get our confidence go ing,” Lue said. Confidence helped Belcher, who played a team-high 35 minutes, to fin ish with 21 points and hit all 3-point shots. ‘Tonight I felt it a lot,” Belcher said. “I just wanted to keep shooting.” The four first-year players sewed 38 points in 86 minutes, nearly outseoring the four veterans, who sewed 44 points in 114 minutes. The Huskers open the regular sea son Nov? 23 at Tfexas. ] taxzon enjoys bestseason asasenior By Thevor Pabks Senior Reporter Iowa State quarterback Todd Doxzoo is well aware that he gave up the chance to play few a two-time na tional champion, opting instead to wiheight games and lose 33 over the past four years, '4 But heading I into Saturday’s 1 I , «r p.m. game 1 against fifth- m ranked Ne b r a s k a , Doxzon Doxzon’s decision does not bother him. “We haven’t had the wins we’d like to have had,” Doxzon said, “but I’d like to think we are the ones setting the stage fertile future of Iowa State foot ball.” Doxzon, a graduate of Millard North High School, was recruited by NU in 1993 along with Comhusker quarterback Scott Frost Frost signed with Stanford and Doxzon chose ISU instead of waiting to replace Tommie Frazier. Frost transferred to Nebraska in 1994 and Doxzon entertained thoughts of transferring to NU as well. But he chose to stay in Anies after Coach Dan McCamey replaced Jim Walden in 1994. After Doxzon went 0-10-1 as a sophomore, he fought through an in jury-plagued junior year, missing five of the Cyclones’ 11 games. Doxzon has remained healthy this year, and he is having the best season of his up-and-down career. He has started every game for the 2-7 Cyclones, passing for a career-best 11 touchdowns and 1,338 yards. Doxzon is also the team’s third-lead ing rusher with 182 yards. “I’m very proud of his improve ment this year,” McCamey said. “Last year, he was injured most of the time, and this year he has only missed four plays.” The 6-foot-1, 191-pound senior said ISU’s offense has contributed to his improvement. “I can use my physical skills better in this offense,” Doxzon said, “and since I’ve been healthy, I’ve been re ally confident.” Playing well against hishome-state school during his final game in Ames, Doxzon said, would end years of frus tration. “It’s a big game for our program,” he said. “And if we wot, that would be a huge victory—not only for me but few everyone.” Huskers face must-wm at K-State KSU from page 7 > — is still pleased with his team’s ef fort this season. Kansas State has al ready bettered last season’s 21-12 record. Tonight’s 7:30 match isn't for the league championship, but it does have postseason implications for both teams. Moore said defeating Nebraska could help the No. 18 Wildcats (22-5 overall and 10-4 in the league) gain a better seed in the NCAA Tournament next month. ; ^ “This is aprogram that’s trying to build,” Moore said. “I had a strong feeling we’d be better this year. We’re a physically gifted team, and we’re right where 1 thought we’d be.” If Nebraska (21-3 and 13-1) is to win the first Big 12 title, it needs to beat No. 20 Kansas State tonight and Kansas (9-19 and 3-11) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Lawrence, Kan., Nu Coach Terry Pettit said. “We are in a must-win situation if we want to stay in the hunt for the con ference championship,” Pettit said. Although KSU has never defeated Nebraska in 53 matches, Pettit said he anticipates a hard-fought match. The Wildcats own a four-match winning streak and a 10-0 record at Aheara Held House. If the Huskers win tonight, defense will be die keyiPettit said. The last time the two teams met in Lincoln, Nebraska held KSU .080 at the net, its second lowest percentage of the season, in a five-game Husker win on Sept 28. “Kansas State is solid at every po sition,” Pettit said. “But if we can de fend at the same level we did in the coliseum, it’s going to be a very inter esting match.” Kansas State is led at the net by Kate DeClerk, who is averaging three kills per game while hitting .371. Pettit said the Huskers will have to regroup quickly after Friday’s match with KSU before traveling to Lawrence, but he is not overly con cerned with the Jayhawks. “We have a history of taking care of things,” Pettit said. “Very few times we’ve lost to teams we were supposed to beat.” But the Huskers’ main focus this weekend will be Kansas State, which Pettit said has improved greatly since losing in Lincoln six weeks ago. Moore agreed and said his team is looking forward to tonight's contest, even if it isn’t for the conference crown. “Before we beat Ibxas Tech two weeks ago, l wasn’t sure that we had improved all that much,” Moore said. “But I feel more confident about our chances against (NU) now.” WOK 1-800-572-1717 Muscular Dystrophy Association People help MCA... because MDA helps people. ; ' '