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NU looks to correct errors in rematch
NEBRASKA FORWARD Andy Markowski blocks KU forward Raef LaFrentz’s shot Sunday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Huskers play host to Kansas State Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
■ The Huskers hope to end
a three-game losing streak
with Saturday’s 12:45 p.m.
home game against KSU.
By Sam McKewon
If Nebraska Men’s Basketball
Coach Danny Nee has his way, his
team’s performance against Kansas
State Saturday will bear no resem
blance to its previous performance vs.
In that Jan. 28 contest in
Manhattan, Kan., the Cornhuskers
scored only 19 points in the second half
of a 72-49 loss that started NU’s current
three-game losing streak.
Now, Nee said, Nebraska has to
eliminate costly errors to win the
rematch, set for a 12:45 p.m. start at the
Bob Devaney Sports Center.
“The same mistakes that have cost
us in the last few games are the same
ones that cost us against Kansas State,”
Nee said. “We’ve got to get rid of things
like turnovers if we’re going to win.”
A win, Nee said, would be “very
important” for the Huskers.
After losing its first home game of
the season to Kansas last Sunday, NU
fell to Missouri 81-76 in overtime
Wednesday, lowering the Huskers
record to 4-5 in the Big 12 Conference
and 13-9 overall.
Junior forward Andy Markowski
said a larger issue was at stake
Saturday: defending the home floor.
“We’re at home, so we know we’ve
got to win these games,” Markowski
said. “We can’t give anything away
But some things need to change if
the Huskers are to defeat KSU (13-9
overall, 4-5 in the Big 12), Nee said.
One of those things, he said, is
shooting. In the past three games, NU
has shot 39 percent from the field,
including a 33.3 percent performance
against KSU. Point guard Tyronn Lue
has been among the team’s worst shoot
ers, making 19 of 58 attempts (32.7
percent) over the three-game stretch.
“Everybody has to shoot the ball
better,” Nee said. “We’ve got to focus
Turnovers also continue to be a
problem for the Huskers. NU has aver
aged 18 turnovers over three games,
including 13 in the first half against
“We just can’t turn it over,”
Markowski said. “Offensively, we’re
Saturday, 12:45 p.m.
Bob Devaney Sports Center
Kansas St. 13-6 (4-5)
Pos. Name Ht. Yr.
G Aaron Swartzendnd»r 6-1 Sr.
G Duane Davis 5-11 So.
C Shawn Rhodes 6-11 Sr.
F Manny Dies 6-8 Jr.
F Ayome May 6-5 Jr.
Nebraska 13-9 (4-5)
Pos. Name Ht. Yr.
G Tyrann Lue 6-0 Jr.
G Cookie Belcher 6-3 So.
C Venson HamSon 6-10 Jr.
F Andy Markowski 6-8 Jr.
F Larry Florence 6-5 Jr.
hurting our chances.”
One aspect Nebraska would like to
maintain from the first game with
Kansas State will be its containment of
KSU’s leading scorer, Manny Dies.
Dies, who averages 16.9 points per
game, made 4 of 10 shots and scored
only 11 points against the Huskers in
In that game, the Wildcats coun
tered their star’s poor performance by
making 9 of 18 shots from 3-point
range, including four straight to start
“We want to do the same types of
things against Dies that we did last
time,” Markowski said. “Hopefully,
some of their 3-pointers don’t go in like
they did down there.”
Other key players for KSU include
center Shawn Rhodes, who averages
11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game,
and guard Aaron Swartzendruber, who
averages 9.2 points and 3.2 assists per
One player to watch Saturday will
be Lue. He scored just seven points
against KSU Jan. 28 - the first time in
36 games that he did not score in dou
“If anything, the game Tyronn had
against Kansas State before is going to
motivate him,” Nee said. “He’ll be
“If you ask him, Tyronn will say he
stopped himself down there,”
Markowski said. “We know what he’s
capable of doing.”
goes to Nebraskan
From staff reports
With only one volleyball schol
arship at his disposal, Nebraska
Head Coach Terry Pettit didn’t have
to look very far
to find a suit
Pettit will wel
Crete to a team
that lost only
one senior to graduation.
Kropp signed a national letter of
intent with the Cornhuskers
Wednesday, after verbally commit
ting to NU in December 1996.
Kropp, a 6-foot-2 middle block
er at Grand Island Central Catholic,
is a three-time all-state first-team
selection and a third-team prep All
“She has good lateral move
ment, good vision, and she’s also an
excellent basketball player - just a
great all-around athlete.” Pettit said.
Pettit also said Kropp has a
chance to make an immediate
impact m her freshman season.
The departure of NU’s lone
senior, Lisa Reitsma, will leave a
scholarship open for Kropp.
Krejci, a three-time Class B
state selection will jom a long list of
Nebraska natives to walk on.
JN U hopes to hmsh strong
By Jay Saunders
Two weeks ago the Nebraska
women’s basketball team was in the
middle of the Big 12 Conference pack.
Three home conference wins later,
the 25th-ranked Cornhuskers (17-6
overall and 6-3 in the conference) take
to the road again in an attempt to finish
near the top of the pack. They are cur
rently ranked fourth in the Big 12.
Nebraska travels to Ames, Iowa,
Saturday to face Iowa State at 1 p.m.
The Cyclones (18-4 and 7-2) are in
second place in the Big 12, one game
behind Texas Tech, a team ranked sev
Nebraska extended its home-court
winning streak to 13 games w'ith a 79
61 win over Missouri Wednesday, but
the road has not been as kind to the
Huskers this season. All three of NU’s
conference losses have come away
from the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Iowa State has not exactly wel
comed opponents to the Hilton
Coliseum. The Cyclones have won 12
in a row at home.
“I am looking forward to going on
the road and playing Iowa State,”
Sanderford said. “We’re ready to play
anybody - bring it on.”
NU scoring leader Anna DeForge
and the rest of the Huskers have used
tenacious defense to jump out early on
Against Oklahoma State, NU
started the game with an 11-0 run.
Wednesday night, NU led Missouri 9
2 in the first five minutes.
“We came back from the Baylor
game and totally turned around our
season,” DeForge said. “(Iowa State)
is a key game that we have to win.”
Standing in the way of a Husker
road win is an Iowa State team that has
won eight of its last 10 games, includ
ing an upset of Texas Tech.
Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Nebraska 17-6 (3-3)
Pos. Name Ht. Yr.
G Nicole Kubik 5-10 So.
F Jami Kubik 5-11 Sr.
Iowa St. 10-10 (2-8)
Pos. Name Ht. Yr.
G Stacy Frese 5-8 So.
G Amanda Bartz 6-0 So.
C ' - JjiftttOWiilF
F Jayme Olson 6-2 Sr.
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