The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 22, 1997, Page 8, Image 8

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Stewart anxious
to see MU respond
By David Wilson
Staff Reporter
After suffering its biggest loss of
the season in Lincoln on Saturday,
Missouri will be looking for revenge
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we come back,” Stewart said. “Cer
tainly we ought to be able to play bet
ter than that. But we’ll have to wait
and see.” '
Missouri (9-8 overall and M in
the Big 12 Conference) opened
Saturday’s game with a 7-0 run in the
first three minutes, but NU responded
with a 15-2 run and took a halftime
lead of43-26.
“We got three quick buckets —
good shots,” Stewart said. “And that
was the end of it. They beat us back
down the floor. That’s how they got
Although the Tigers attempted six
more shots than the Comhuskers, MU
shot just 27.4 percent from the field.
“That’s the poorest we’ve shot (this
season) and we had trouble rebound
ing,” Stewart said. “It was just a poor
Freshman guard Jeff Hafer, who
injured his leg on a second half dunk,
said the Tigers cannot afford another
conference loss to the Huskers—es
pecially at home.
“The loss hurts,” the 6-foot-5 Hafer
said. “We had a bad game and we have
to bounce back. We have to come back
and get them.
“A lot of times when you lose to a
team, you say you wish you had than
again right away. We have that chance.”
But after the loss, Stewart said his
players did not appear too excited
about a quick rematch with NU.
“It’s the old thing,” Stewart said.
“A guy beats you and you say, 'Wait
‘til you get to our place.’ 1 didn’t hear
anybody say that in the dressing
After finishing first in the Big
Eight Conference in 1993-94, the Ti
gers finished fourth in 1994-95. They
were sixth last season.
After five league games, Missouri
owns a 1 -4 league record, the second
worst mark in the conference’s North
Division. The Tigers’ only conference
win, 82-66 over Baylor, came on Jan.
14 at the Heames Center. Only Kan
sas State at 0-4 ranks below Missouri
in the North Division.
“Right now our pride is a little bit
slung,” Hafer said. “We’re not play
ing like the University of Missouri
should. But we’re going to come to
gether. I’m confident in our team.”
Stewart wasn’t as confident.
“We’ll have to wait and see,” said
the Tigers’ coach, who has spent 30
years on the MU sideline. “There are
ballgames left. We just have to keep
working and see if we can’t get some
thing put together.”
Coaches split on rule
* By Vince D’AbAMo
Staff Reporter
Most parents would like their son
or daughter to get the chance to work
during their college years.
Until last Monday, student-ath
letes’ main job was seen in an athletic
venue or in the classroom and not flip
ping burgers. Now that has changed.
Delegates at last week’s NCAA
Convention passed a rule that allows
college athletes to hold a part-time job
while they are in school. Big 12 men’s
basketball coaches have vaiying opin
ions on whether this is good or bad
for college athletics.
Some coaches agreed with the rule,
others were indifferent and some felt
it made as much sense as salting the
ocean because of the time demands
placed on student-athletes.
Colorado Coach Ricardo Patton
said it’s in everyone’s best interest to
make rules that help student-athletes.
“And I think this rule is best,”
Patton said. “I think it’s good to allow
the kids to put a little money in their
pocket for when they go away from
But Texas A&M Coach Tony
Barone thinks the rule wilt have little
or no impact.
“I think it’s a totally meaningless
situation,” Barone said. “I don’t have
a player on my team that can work and
take care of his basketball world, aca
demic work and religious world.”
Nebraska Coach Danny Nee ech
oed Barone’s sentiments.
“There aren’t that many jobs in
Lincoln,” Nee said. “Besides, physi
cally any player would have trouble
finding the time.”
Oklahoma Coach Kelvin Sampson
took an economist’s point of view to
explain the grueling schedule of an
“Holy smokes!” Sampson said.
“The idea and intent is good, but I
don’t know if supply and demand will
be met because of the time elements.”
Baylor Coach Harry Miller agrees
that time demands make it hard for
student-athletes to work. But there is
an even greater problem, Miller said.
“People say, 'Well, you can wait
tables,”’ Miller said. “But what if an
agent drops a $100 tip. Is that against
the rules? I would have favored some
sort of stipends instead.”
NU walk-on
has talent to
become great
By Shannon Heffelfinger
Staff Reporter
The honors keep pouring in for
future Nebraska volleyball walk-on
Kim Behrends.
After receiving numerous in
state awards, Behrends, from Class
D-l Chappell High School, fin
ished as the runner-up to Janae
Henry of Bakersfield, Calif., for
national player of the year honors.
Behrends was selected as a
member of the Volleyball Magazine
1996 High School All-American
team. Angie Oxley, who has given
a verbal commitment to play for
NU, was named honorable mention
All-American. Jill McWilliams of
Des Moines, Iowa, and Nancy
Meendering of Hull, Iowa, have
also given commitments to attend
Bill Feldman, a talent scout of
Midwest Volleyball, said Behrends’
ability to play a solid all-around
game makes her a player to watch.
“She can do it all,” Feldman
said. “Kim has the size and speed
and skills to play a more complete
game than anybody else I’ve seen.
“It is extraordinary that Kim
can have such a high profile and
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playing at Chappell.”
Behrends led Chappell to its
second consecutive state champi
onship pounding a state record 42
kills in the title match. In 24
matches for the Buffaloes her se
nior year, Behrends posted 418 kills
— averaging eight kills per game
— and 166 blocks.
“She has to be a great player to
get that kind of production,”
Feldman sad, “because she was not
surrounded by elite players.”
Henry edged Behrends for the
national player of the year, an
award that Stanford outside hitter
Kerri Walsh won last year.
Feldman said Henry, who has
committed to USC for the 1-997
season, had the advantage of com-;
pcting for the high-profile Centen
nial High School volleyball team
in Bakersfield.
Henry’s team won the Califor
nia state championship and fin
ished the 1996 season ranked
fourth in the nation.
Feldman said he expects both
players to have continued success
(Mi the collegiate level.
“Lots of big players lack ball
control skills,” Feldman said.
“Conversely, there are great ball
control players who can’t play at
the net. Kim is a player who has
everything covered.
“Kim has gone a long way on
natural talent. When she gets elite
college training, who knows what
die can do?”
NU goes for fifth straight win
TIGERS from page 7
Last season, Nebraska walloped
Missouri 76-58 in the Bob Devaney
Sports Center only to lose by (me on
the road.
“The same thing happened to us
last year,” NU point guard Tyronn Lue
said. “We beat them here by 18, and
went down there lost by«me, but I ex
pect us to be a lot more aggressive.”
For Lue and freshman Cookie
Belcher this game will be a good
chance to show Missouri fans what
they are missing. Belcher, a 6-3 guard,
is from Mexico, Mo„ only 30 miles
northeast of Columbia. Lue lived in
Mexico before moving to Raytown,
Mo. in high school. Both spumed MU
to come to Lincoln.
Lue, who is averaging a team-lead
ing 16.5 points and 4.7 assists per
game, had just eight points while mak
ing 4 of 12 from the field against Mis
souri last Saturday. -
“I guarantee 1*11 play a lot better
than 1 did Saturday night,” Lue said.
Belcher — who leads the confer
‘nee in steals with 2.9 per game —
added just five points, six below his
The Huskers are 1-2 in true road
games this season with their losses
coming at Texas and Colorado. NU is
looking for its first-ever Big 12 road
win in only its second attempt.
Eight of Nebraska’s next 11 games
are on the road and Nee said he ex
pects his team to play well.
“I expect us to be a solid road
team,” Nee said. “When our team falls
behind they don’t panic.”