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Women start hoop season
By Jay Saunders
For three weeks, the Nebraska
women’s basketball team members
have been beating up on each other in
The closest the Comhuskers have
gotten to real competition is Myjava of
But this weekend, the season starts
for real. NU takes on South Alabama in
the first round of the CableVision
Classic. Tonight’s game tips off at 8:05
at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
“It is a really big weekend,” junior
Charlie Rogers said. “Not only is it our
first game, but we have some really big
teams coming in here.”
If Nebraska wins, the Huskers will
face the winner of tonight's other semi
final between Arizona and Wisconsin
The championship game will be
played at 3:35 p.m. Sunday. Friday
night’s losers will play in the consola
tion game at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
Rogers said the Huskers don’t plan
on playing in the first half of Sunday’s
“There is always pressure to win at
home,” Rogers said. “When you’re at
home, and it’s your tournament, it adds
This week, while the Huskers pre
pared for the Cable Vision Classic, NU
Coach Paul Sanderford also started to
solidify the program’s future.
Four recruits signed letters of intent
during this week’s early signing period.
The recruiting class is highlighted
by 6-foot-2 Stephanie. Jones out of
Omaha. Jones is joined by forward
Paige Sutton out of Las Vegas. Sutton,
who is also 6-foot-2, chose Nebraska
over Northwestern, Rice and New
NUalso signed Shahidrah Roberts,
who is from Overland Park, Kan., was
the Eastern Kansas League player of the
year in 1997. Fellow Kansan Keasha
Cannon rounds out the Huskers’ early
Meet will make or break title hopes
The stakes are high for the
Nebraska men’s and women’s cross
country teams this weekend.
If the Corn
huskers finish in
the top two at the
or if they earn an
at-large berth, the
teams will qualify
for the NCAA
meet, and their
seasons will con
tinue. If not, the
Huskers will be running in their last
meet of the season Saturday.
“Based on what we’ve done this
year, I don’t think people are expecting
a whole lot from us,” NU Cross
Country Coach Jay Dirksen said. “But
I do think the women have a legitimate
shot at qualifying for the NCAA
While the Huskers have the
national meet in the backs of their
minds, the NU men and women are
approaching Saturday’s meet in
Wichita, Kan., with different outlooks.
The women, who are ranked fourth
in the region of 30 teams, are coming
into Saturday’s 5,000 meter race with
the NCAA meet as their primary
focus, NU team captain Melissa
“We’re thinking that this rape is our
key to nationals,” Wilson said) “If we
were thinking that this could be our last
race of the season, then we would be
doubting ourselves, and that would be
to our disadvantage.”
The Nebraska women will be
assisted by the return of sophomore
Amy Wiseman, who has been unable
to compete during most of the season
because of illness. Wiseman finished
fifth in last year’s regionals, and she
and freshman Jeannette Zimmer are
expected to lead NU, Dirksen said.
“With Amy healthy, there’s defi
nitely a good chance the women will be
in the top two,” Dirksen said. “An at
large berth is doubtful for the women.
“If they want to run at NCAAs,
they must be one or two. They’re going
to have to run their best times to do
The NU men are going into region
al with the opposite approach of the
women. The Huskers, who are not
ranked in the region, are looking at
Saturday’s 8,000-meter race as their
last of the season, NU sophomore
Marcus Witter said.
“There’s a little added pressure for
this meet, because we’re approaching it
like it will be our last,” Witter said. “If
it’s not, that’s great. If it is, we’re going
to really show them what we can do.”
Witter and Dirksen said much of
this attitude came from the loss of All
American Jeroen Broekzitter. Because
hamstring cramping did not allow him
to finish most of NU’s races,
Broekzitter created a question mark for
the men’s team.
“Losing Jeroen absolutely took our
chances away of competing in champi
onships,” Dirksen said. “He was going
to be a way for us to get to NCAAs.”
keys to strong season
for NU basketball
HOOPS from page 10
hard,” Belcher said “He was motivated.”
Hamilton said he can’t understand how he can be over
rated when he was never rated in the first place. But he said
he doesn’t let it bother him too much.
Instead, Hamilton is concentrating on being a go-to
player. Coaches expect Hamilton to be double- and triple
teamed each time he touches the ball. Hamilton said he’s
worked at reading defenses and finding the open man.
“I have a lot of confidence in our shooters,” Hamilton
said. “When I throw it out, I expect them to hit it”
Belcher is one of those men Hamilton has confidence
in. Over the summer, Belcher worked on his shooting while
playing on an All-Star team that went to Greece.
Belcher has started all 5 5 games in a Nebraska uniform,
but most of them have been in the shadow of other super
stars. As a sophomore, he was third on the team with an 11.1
points-per-game average. This year, Belcher is seen as a top
scoring threat on the outside.
“Everyone looks at me to be a go-to guy,” Belcher said.
“I want to get my name out, so people know who I am.”
At point guard will be Joe Holmes, a 5-foot-l 1, 195
pound transfer from Tyler (Texas) Community College.
Against Pella Windows, Holmes was a bit shaky, but he
showed he is capable of leading the team, Nee said. Holmes
had 1 point, one assist and no turnovers.
“We don’t need him to score a whole lot,” Nee said “We
look at him as an assist man. We want him to be a floor gen
eral, getting us into our offense and defense.”
Freshman Cary Cochran also may see some action at
the point this season.
Junior Larry Florence and senior Andy Markowski are
the other returning starters. Another player, sophomore
Chad Johnson, started 10 games last season.
“(Johnson) is one of our most improved players,” Nee
said. “He’s very versatile. He can play the two, three or four
position. He played the four last season. We need him to
concentrate on his consistency. He has the talent and
Nee said there are many other quality players on the
bench, which makes him think depth will be a team
“We are going to try to develop the bench early,” Nee
said. “Tyronn played 35 minutes a game last year. I don’t
want anyone playing over 30 minutes this year. We think we
have a good player to back up the starter at each positioa
“Hopefully, this will save us so we can be a better,
healthier team in March.”
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Sanderford sets sights
on bigger crowds, faster
action for women's hoops
BALL from page 10
“But if we get offensive rebounds, we have a chance.”
He then gave a grocery list of good reasons why the
Huskers need to follow their own shots.
“Most of them are inside and close to the basket. We get
second shots and put-backs. We go to the free-throw line.
We need to create those opportunities to score.”
Freshman Candace Blackbird said the team is getting*
“We work on it every day,” she said. “Rebounding is
everything. If we lack in every other area, we can make up
for it by rebounding the basketball.”
Sanderford said it is more important for his Huskers to
win in March. He said the effects of controlling the boards
in the postseason are well-documented.
“Look at Louisiana Tech and Tennessee last season,” he
said. “They finished No. 1 and No. 2 in rebounding.”
Consequently, they also played for the NCAA
Blackbird said the Huskers have big postseason expec
“Our goals are to win the Big 12 and get to the Sweet
16,” she said.
Nebraska to challenge
Aggies for third time
SOCCER from page 10
Guerrieri, however, said all the advantages are with
NU because it has won both games. To upset the
Huskers, Guerrieri said A&M has to put away its shots.
“We need to find a way to finish our opportunities,
which is something we couldn’t do in San Antonio,”
Guerrieri said. “We had chances, and Karina (LeBlanc)
made some monster saves.”
Nebraska, meanwhile, has to be more aggressive
and concentrate on its defense, Eddleman said.
“We have to be a lot more physical,” said Eddleman,
who was red carded in the last meeting. “They were
being stronger than us - knocking us off the ball.”
Both teams will play hard, but how this year’s saga
will end is an unknown.
“Anything can happen,” Eddleman said. “We’ve
been in these situations before, so we know what we
have to do to get the job done.”
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Baylor faces tough odds
against No. 3 Nebraska
By James Nicas
Tonight, Baylor doesn’t figure
to have much of a chance against the
No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team.
The Bears are going into the
match having never won a game in
six previous meetings against the
Cornhuskers. In those matches, BU
has never scored more than 22
points in a match.
So excuse BU Coach Brian
Hosfeld if he wants his team to walk
before it can run against the
“We are going in looking to win
points, and then hopefully a game,”
Hosfeld said. “If we focus on get
ting points, anything could happen.”
If the Bears keep playing like
they have been, Hosfeld might be
Baylor enters the match winning
six of its last seven matches, includ
ing a victory over Texas A&M. Last
weekend, BU swept both Kansas
“They’ve played some good
matches recently,” said NU Coach
Terry Pettit. “(Elisha) Polk is a
really talented athlete, they are a
well- coached team, and they are
Polk, the reigning Big 12 player
of the week, figures to be a key in
the match. She leads the Big 12 in
kills, averaging 4.94 per game.
“Elisha felt like she didn’t play
her best game the first time we
played Nebraska,” Hosfeld said.
“She is certainly going to show up
and play one of her better matches.”
Hosfeld said he knows Baylor
will be facing one of the best teams
in the nation when they play Friday
This season, the Huskers have
swept 20 of their 23 opponents,
while allowing an average of 7
points per match. NU currently
ranks first nationally in blocks per
game (4.05), and sixth nationally
with a .304 team hitting percentage.
After watching the Penn State
Wisconsin match last weekend,
Hosfeld said the Huskers stack up
favorably to the Nittany Lions.
“They appear to be a better team
in depth and speed than Penn State,”
Hosfeld said. “The speed of their
offense makes it very difficult to
play against them.”
Nebraska plays Texas Tech on
Saturday. The Red Raiders are
ranked No. 23 in the nation. The
matches will represent the last
home matches for the Huskers this
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