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Huskers start slow in
24-point win over
By Mike Kluck
Senior Reporter y
When Tina McClain finally re
laxed, she realized she could be a ma
contributor to the Nebraska
ball team again.
son, McClain was
ing scorer, averag
ing 13.8 points per
game. But through
first seven games
this season, die se
McClain nior from
Montrose, Mo., was averaging only 8
points per game.
On Saturday, though — with the
Hyskers suffering from a Hawaii hang
over — McClain scored a team-high
14 points, leading the Huskers to a 72
48 win over 0-4 Central Michigan.
At 8-0, Nebraska tied its best start
ing mark since the 1992-93 season,
when the Huskers lost to LaSalle 92
. 88 in their ninth game. That team fin
1 ished 23-8 and won a first-round game
in the NCAA Tournament.
“1 just felt really good,” McClain
said. “I haven’t had this feeling in a
long time. Coach (Angela) Beck just
kept telling me to play hard and your
offense will come.
“I felt very relaxed,” she said. “I
have been putting a lot of pressure on
myself because I haven’t been scoring
or producing offensively. I just relaxed
and worked hard in the first couple of
practices before the game.”
More important than McClain’s
scoring was her rebounding. The 5
foot-10 forward grabbed a game-high
12 rebounds, even though she was of
ten battling players 6-feet or taller.
“I told her (McClain) the two tilings
she needed to do was play defense and
' rebound, and I thought she really re
sponded,” Beck said. “I thought she
was the player of the game. I thought
our rebounding was very, very strong.”
But McClain didn’t do it all her
self. The Huskers grabbed a season
high 55 rebounds, including 22 offen
sive boards. .
We felt the pressure
to improve, and I
didn’t see a great
deal of improvement]
in this game. ”
V women's ba^tball coach
Nebraska also held the Chippewas
to a season-low 35.1 field-goal percent
age. The Huskers, who defeated Iowa,
then ranked No. 9, on Dec. 8 in Kona,
Hawaii, shot a season-low 34 percent
from the field and turned the ball over
“Our feeling before this game was
we didn’t really feel the pressure to
win,” Beck said. “We felt the pressure
to improve, and I didn’t see a great deal
of improvement in this game.”
Central Michigan look an early 10
8 lead, but the Huskers went on a 21 -9
run to lead 29-19 when forward Anna
DeForge made two free throws.
The Chippewas cut the lead to six
and had a chance to make it a four-point
game with three minutes remaining in
the first half.
But Central Michigan’s Tracy
Rcnken missed two free throws and the
Huskers went on a 7-0 run to close out
“We needed that,” Beck said. “At
that point, I felt like we were able to
wear them down and we got the ball
out. We just kind of played in spurts.
We played outstanding basketball for
a couple minutes and then sluffed off.”
Central Michigan never cut the lead
to less than 10 points in the second half.
NU point guard LaToya Doage
added 13 points, DeForge had 11 and
Charlie Rogers scored 10 points.
Husker freshman Brooke Schwartz left
the game in the first half with a con
cussion and did not return.
The Huskers will play host to
Southwest Texas State Saturday at 6:05
pjii. and then open the Big 12 Confer
ence season Jan. 4 against Colorado at
the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
SU rolls to Cleveland
LAimmAL irom page o
All-Pac-10 team and made the West
Regional all-tournament team.
Folkl, a 6-2 outside hitter, was the
final player cut from the U.S. National
Team prior to the Summer Olympics.
She has averaged 4.5 kills per game
and is hitting .308.
Sharpley, the team’s setter, has had
to adjust this season to a new offense.
With 1995 co-national player_of the
year Cary Wendell in the lineup the last
two seasons along with Sharpley, Shaw
had implemented a 6-2 offense — in
which two setters are used.
This year, Sharpley, a junior, has
directed a traditional 5-1 offense.
“We’ve played pretty well in our
three matches,” Shaw said. “This team
has a lot of experience being in this
position. At the end of the year our
conference got to be a little bit of a
drag, but now we have cranked it up a
Both NU and the Cardinal enter the
match on hot streaks. Nebraska has
won 13 straight matches with its last
lost coming Oct. 26 at Texas Tech.
Stanford has won 12 consecutive
matches since losing at Washington
State Oct. 27.
Shaw said he admires the job NU
Coach Terry Pettit has done this fall.
“He is my pick for coach of the
year,” Shaw said. “They lost four start
ers, and he has done a great job of put
ting that team together.”
Nebraska enters the match hitting
an impressive .306 in its three NCAA
tournament matches. As a team, the
Huskers are hitting .262. Lisa Reitsma
has led NU in the postseason, averag
ing 6.5 kills per game.
Stanford is making its 10th appear
ance in the Final Four, but has won the
national championship only twice —
1994 and 1992. The Cardinal have
played in the title match five times.
The Huskers are making their
fourth Final-Four appearance in the last
eight years and fifth in school history.
NU and Stanford have played seven
times with the Cardinal winning five,
including the last two matches.
Stanford is one of only 14 teams in the
nation to own a winning record against
Florida has won 37 straight matches
since losing to Hawaii in August at the
■StateFarm/NACWAA Classic. Hawaii
won its region on Friday by defeating
Brigham Young, which handed the
Rainbow Wahine its second loss of the
season in the Western Athletic Confer
ence title match.
“All four teams earned their way
here by beating good teams,” Shaw
said. “This is gping to be a great Final
By David Wilson
The Nebraska men’s basketball
team will put its six-game winning
streak on the line Saturday, when
No. 17 Minnesota travels to Lincoln
to take on the Comhuskers at 8:05
p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports
The Golden Gophers (6-1) de
stroyed St. John’s 77-39 Sunday,
holding the Johnnies to their low
est point total in 33 years.
Last season, Minnesota defeated
the Huskers 91-80 in Minneapolis
and took a 43-11 lead in the all-time
Since the 1994-95 season, Ne
braska is 4-13 against ranked op
ponents and the Huskers have lost
each of their last five games to
ranked teams, including a season
opening 83-81 loss in overtime at
Texas, then ranked 17th.
But Minnesota will not be the
end of the Huskers’ worries. Ne
braska (6-1) will travel to San Juan,
Puerto Rico, Dec. 30 to play in the
San Juan Classic, where they could
possibly meet two more ranked
Seventh-ranked Cincinnati, or
its first-round opponent, Southeast
Missouri State, will play the win
ner of the Huskers’ first-round game
against Old Dominion.
Old Dominion is coming off a
18-13 season in the Colonial Ath
letic Association and will meet Ne
braska for the first time in the his
tory of the two schools. The Mon
archs are 4-0 this season.
Other first-round San Juan pair
ings include: Mississippi State
against Bowling Green State and
16th-ranked Fresno State against
Southwest Missouri State.
Win or lose, each team will play
three games, with the championship
on Jan. 1 at 7:45 p.m. Nebraska will
then finish its four-game road trip
in Boulder, Colo., where the Husk
ers will open Big 12 Conference
play against Colorado on Jan. 4.
The Huskers return to Lincoln
to play Creighton on Jan. 8 and
Texas A&M on Jan. 11.
in game five
PSU from page 8
NU to a minus-.088 hitting percent
age in game two. For the match,
Penn State hit .259, while Nebraska
hit just .196. PSU also set a coli
seumrecord with 40 block assists |
to the Huskers’ 18.
Five Nittany Lions recorded
more than 10 kills. In addition to
Zemaitis* 19, Cochran had 11,
Kammer had 15, Schonveld added
14 and Cacciamani hammered 16
Nebraska won the first game
behind eight kills apiece from
Cmich and Rcitsma. Cmich fin
ished the match with 15 kills and
Reitsma had a match-high 26.
Korver had a season-high 18 kills
with a .324 hitting percentage.
In game three, NU and PSU
were tied at 13 when Lion setter
Bonnie Bremner was called for a
back row block, a call with which
Rose disagreed. On the next play,
Cacciamani hit long.
“The first thingl said to my team
afterwards was we’re blessed,”
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