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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 5, 1997)
Florence, Mitchell to sit
By Shannon Heffelfinger
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
Sophomores Larry Florence and
Alvin Mitchell did not make the
trip with the Nebraska basketball
team to Kansas City, Mo., on Tues
day, NU Coach Danny Nee said.
Nee has suspended Florence
and Mitchell for Thursday’s game
against Missouri because of an un
disclosed disciplinary reason.
In Florence’s absence, Bernard
Garner will start for the
Comhuskers. Guard Ryan Phifer
will be added to NU’s eight-man
If NU beats the Tigers, Florence
and Mitchell will play on Friday.
Rumors concerning the Big 12
Football Championship Game’s
possible move to Texas are flying
throughout the league, but don’t
expect the women’s basketball tour
nament to move anytime soon.
Kansas City’s Municipal Audi
torium has a contract with the Big
12 to play host to the women’s tour
nament through the year 2000.
The first-ever Big 12 represents
a second chance for Kansas City.
The city was the home of the Big
Eight tournament from 1984-86,
but lost the privilege to Salina,
But if Tuesday’s attendance is
any indication, history will not re
peat itself. Tuesday’s four games
saw an average of 5,000 fans.
KSU still surprises
The Kansas State basketball
players have surprised everyone but
themselves this season.
Picked to finish 10th in the con
ference race this season, the Wild
cats exceeded all expectations com
peting regular season 16-10 over
all and 9-7 in the conference.
After smashing Oklahoma 81
56 in the tournament Tuesday,
KSU (17-10) is in position to earn
its first tournament bid since 1987.
In other action, Baylor beat
Oklahoma State 68-62 behind 19
points and 10 rebounds by sopho
more Kacy Moffitt. In the night
cap, Iowa State (17-10) improved
its hopes of making the NCAA
Tournament with a 53-46 win over
Today’s matchup’s are Baylor
against Kansas, Nebraska against
Texas, Iowa State against Colorado
and Kansas State against Texas
NU holds on
WIN from page 7 _
McClain’s performance slightly
overshadowed LaToya Doage, who
hadn’t played in two weeks but was
on the court for the final 8:13 and had
one rebound and one critical steal.
Doage had not played in NU’s last
three games — all losses — but her
entrance helped stop a 13-2 Missouri
run that erased an 11-point Nebraska
It was Doage’s steal on a MU in
bound pass with 49 seconds left that
gave the Huskers the ball and stopped
die Tigers, who had scored on six con
“With about five minutes left in the
second half, I went up to her and said,
‘It is now or never. You can either sit
with a swollen leg or get in and have
a career.’” Beck said.
Doage said it felt good to get back
on the court.
“I really wanted to play because of
all those treatments I had to take,”
Doage said, “I really missed my team
mates, and the leg is still about 80
percent, but I knew I wanted to play.”
Doage’s presence helped to ease
the defensive pressure on NU’s All
Big 12 forward Anna DeForge, who
scored 27 points.
NU travels to KU
By David Wilson
4 He’s back.
Nebraska leadoff hitter Francis
Collins — who struggled at the
plate through the Cornhuskers’
first eight games — finished the
Hormel Foods Classic in Minne
apolis with eight hits in IS at bats
and scored five runs.
“He’s a catalyst,” NU Coach
John Sanders said. “He needs to be
doing things just like last year. He’s
providing a spark.”
Last season, Collins led the
Huskers with a .424 average while
swiping a team-high 19 stolen
bases. The center fielder also con
piled a 38-game hitting sneak —
the fifth longest in NCAA history.
After batting. 171 inhisfirst35
plate appearances this season,
Collins has broken out of his slump
and improved his average to .280.
“I just wasn’t hitting away like
I can,” Collins said. “I was trying
to pull everything. That was pretty
But Collins wasn’t the only
Husker to hit well in the tourna
Despite losing all three games,
Nebraska hit .313 at the
Metrodome. Through NU’s first
eight games its team average
dipped to .242.
The Huskers (5-6 overall and 0
1 in the Big 12 Conference) will
look to snap a six-game losing
streak today against Kansas (6-4)
at 3 pjtl. at Hoglund-Maupin Sta
dium in Lawrence. The Jayhawks
defeated NU 3-0 in the first-ever
Big 12 game Feb. 25. NU and KU
also meet on Thursday with the first
pitch slated for 3 pm.
Hie Nebraska offense is led by
junior first baseman Todd Sears,
who finished last weekend’s tour
nament going 5 for 11 with five
RBIs — inproving the team-high
average to .410. In NU’s first meet
ing with Kansas last month, Sears
collected two of the Huskers’ seven
Second baseman Kevin
Harrington also had success in the
Metrodome. The junior went 6 for
14 — including his second home
run of the year — and raised his
average to .327.
“I’ve felt solid for the past
week,” Harrington said.
But after a solid start, the
Husker pitching staff has struggled
NU’s pitchers, who had a 4.37
earned-run average entering the
tournament, allowed 26 earned
runs in 25 innings upping the
team’s ERA to 5.68.
“We just need to get it all to
gether,” Collins said. “We’ll be
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