The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 12, 1997, Page 8, Image 8

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    Basketball prepares for new season
By Andrew Strnad
Staff Reporter
If Nebraska Coach Paul Sanderford
had his way, he would play the NBA
Chicago Bulls in the preseason, but
tonight’s game against the Victoria All
Stars should provide the Nebraska
Women’s Basketball team a legitimate
The 7:05 p.m. contest at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center is the last pre
season contest before NU, ranked No.
26 in The Associated Press preseason
poll, plays host to Miami (Ohio) in the
first round of the Women’s NIT on
Friday night.
The Victoria All-Star team is from
Australia and beat Big 12 Conference
opponent Oklahoma State 70-66 on
“We need to work on everything
that relates to basketball,” Sanderford
said. “We still have to get better effort
in our defensive transition and our half
court defense. We also still need to get
the jitters worked out.”
Sanderford said he ejects the
Victoria team to push the ball up the
court and to shoot the ball well.
Last Friday, the Huskers fought off
a three-point barrage from Slavyanka
(Russia), and defeated the Russian
team 83-78.
The Huskers expect to play all 16
players, with the exception of sopho
more guard Brooke Schwartz, who will
be out for two weeks because of appen
dectomy surgery she had last week.
First year Assistant Head Coach
Jeff Walz said the Huskers are ready for
the season to begin, but isn’t dismissing
exhibition games as simple practice.
“We’re trying to prepare for an
entire year,” Walz said. “It’s a long
process, and we haven’t put everything
in right now, and that’s why we play
these games; but we feel comfortable
enough right now that we could start
the season.”
ISanderford, who is in his first year
with the Huskers, has brought in a new
high-octane offense, which the players
‘ are liking.
Sophomore center Charlie Rogers,
who had 13 rebounds and 17 points in
just 14 minutes of action against
Slavyanka, said the up-tempo style
provides everyone with a chance to get
more playing time and get more looks
at the basket
“It’s a lot of fun,” Rogers said.
“We’re always looking to move the tell
up die floor quickly and pressure peo
ple on defense. So I think that’s going
to get a lot of other teams in trouble.”
Last year the Huskers were unable
to put teams away in the second half of
games. That was clear in NU’s final six
games as they finished 2-4.
Rogers said playing to win is some
thing Nebraska has had to learn.
“I think that was our biggest prob
lem last year, especially the last nine
games or so,” Rogers said. “It still
seems to be a problem, and we need to
fix that soon.”
NU wins 4th straight
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Primarily a young team, the Red
Raiders - who upset No. 14 Texas
A&M last Saturday in College
Station, Texas - were also unable to
counter Nebraska’s scoring runs. The
Huskers grabbed the first game of the
match 15-7 after stringing together a
9-1 run that included seven straight
points - including two service aces -
from junior setter Fiona Nepo.
Then in the second game, Tech
blew a 7-4 lead, again succumbing
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“we’ve struggled with those runs all
year. It was like re-watching three or
four of our other games this year.
“If we start tough the first game,
we’re fine. But if we don’t, then it
seems like we struggle.”
Offensively, the Huskers hurt the
Red Raiders from all positions on
the net. Outside hitters Angje Oxley
Mid Lisa Reitsma led NU with 11
and 18 kills, while middle blocker
Megan Korver pounded LO with a
.318 hitting percentage.
Martin led the Red Raiders with
18 kills.
V Pettit said the win was a big one
for'Nebraska. After losing four of
eight matches in October, Nebraska
has now won four straight.
HI don’t think you look at it as
‘We’re coming back,”’ Pettit said.
“It’s always a process. Our skills
aren’t that dominant that if we don’t
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Krondak, and it takes a while to get
those types of things turned around.”
The Huskers will play host to
Kansas State Friday and Kansas
Saturday before traveling to Tech
and Baylor next weekend.
Husker setter
ties season best
with 3 ace serves
NEPO from page 7
have to serve some more.’”
Nepo finished the match with
three serving aces, in fact, she was
the only Husker to have an ace serve.
Her three-ace performance tied her
personal match best. She’s had three
aces twice before.
Nepo added more than serves,
though. Over the three games, she
had three kills on only eight attempts
with a .375 hitting percentage. She
had 42 set assists, as is normal for the
Nepo worked on her jump serve
all last season, but is more powerful
and accurate this year.
“She has a much better jump
serve this year,” Pettit said.
In game three, Nepo was the
Huskers’ first server and got
Nebraska out to a 2-0 lead. She
would add one more Nebraska point
later in the game to make it 9-5.
Pettit said the force of Nepo’s
serve had Tech reeling all night.
“It’s one of those things if you get
one, the receivers tend to tighten up a
little bit,” he said. “If it’s not a great
jump serve, it’s an easy ball to pass.
“Fi has the strength to snap it off
and make it a tough serve.”
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Huskers ready
to attack ISU
By Sam McKewon
Staff Reporter
Fans might want to sympathize
with Iowa State, because the
Cyclones won’t get any condolences
from Nebraska Saturday.
Several Cornhuskers said
Tuesday that the close 45-38 over
time victory last Saturday at
Missouri and a subsequent drop
from No.l* to No. 3 in The
Associated Press polls left the
Huskers (9-0 overall and 6-0 in the
Big 12 Conference) with something
to prove in their last home game of
the season.
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plays us this week,” junior I-Back
Ahman Green said. “We’ve been
rolling all season long and to have a
close game in Columbia like that,
we just want let it all go these last
couple weeks.”
Despite the comeback, many
NTJ players saw the Missouri game
as the least inspiring game Nebraska
had played all year. The Huskers
gave up 38 points - the most since
1991 - 386 total yards and 20 first
downs. NU’s offense did rack up
528 total yards, but had three
turnovers, leading to 14 Tiger
Senior quarterback Scott Frost,
the Big 12’s offensive player of the
week, said he was unsatisfied with
just barely winning.
“Sunday I woke up, and I had a
sick feeling to my stomach because
we had come so close to losing,”
Frost said. “This team should never
come that close to losing a game like
This week NU faces an Iowa
State team that has an 1-8 overall
record and is 1-5 in the Big 12 con
ference. The Cyclones have the
worst record in the conference, but
came close to upsetting Colorado in
a 43-38 game last week in Ames,
Senior left end Grant Wistrom
said another bad game against ISU
at home could further damage the
Huskers’ national image.
“If we go out and have a bad per
formance against Iowa State, we slip
even further in the polls,” senior left
rush end Grant Wistrom said.
“There’s no shortage of motivation
al factors this weekend.”
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chance to exercise what Frost called
the “revenge factor” - a chance to
work out the kinks in the offensive
and defensive schemes and a chance
to vent the frustration of a close
game in Columbia.
“It makes me kind of mad that
we almost gave away what we had
worked so hard for,” he said.
“People talk about having that
revenge factor after you get beat, buC
I hope we have that same attitude
even after a close win.”
Green saw the game as a big
chance to reestablish NU’s domi
nance in the Big 12 and nationally.
“We just want to make sure that
people out there who vote still con
sider us for the title,” he said.
NU Coach Tom Osborne didn’t
speak of revenge, but said he wanted
to see his team’s emotional response
a week after a tight game.
“Our confidence was shaken a
little bit,” Osborne said. “I’m anx
ious to see to see how they respond.”
NCAA upsets soccer
SOCCER from page 7
committee seeded some of the
“(The ACC) has been there and
done well,” Uppinghouse said. “At
the same time, when you play those
teams and beat them, it’s frustrating
because the Big 12 isn’t getting any
However, the Huskers now have
to prepare for the Wolverines, who
finished the season 18-3-1. If NU is
to advance past the first round, their
tournament road most likely will lead
through South Bend, Ind., for a show
down with No. 2 Notre Dame.
“Optimistically speaking, we are
looking forward to playing Notre
Dame,” Hornbacher said. “We have
to take care of business first against
Walker said he thought the pair
ings would resemble the NSCAA
Poll. No. 6 Portland is also in the
same bracket as Nebraska, Notre
Dame and Texas A&M.
“A lot of seeds surprised me,”
Walker said. “If you look in our
bracket, you have four of the top
seven teams in the country.”
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