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NU WRESTLER JOSE DEANDA has earned the starting position in the 141-pound weight class as a fifth-year senior. The South Sioux
City native is the lone undefeated Husker this season.
Work ethic, confidence
help Nebraska’s DeAnda
By Lisa Vonnahme
Wrestling is the only thing on Jose
DeAnda’s mind these days.
And for every reason, it should be.
DeAnda, a fifth-year senior from South
Sioux City, has begun his last season as a
Nebraska wrestler. He has no All-America
status to boast about. No national champi
onship or Big 12 Conference title, either.
But what the 141-pounder does have is
That confidence, something DeAnda has
n't always had is what has helped him to a 6
0 start this season, making him the only unde
feated Husker. And continued confidence,
along with a strong work ethic, is what
DeAnda said will make a difference for him
this year as he works his way to every
wrestler’s dream - a national title.
“This year. I've just told myself that I’m a
better wrestler,” DeAnda said. “I’ve worked
harder. I get myself pumped up before I go on
the mat. I don’t think about losing.”
In four seasons as a Husker wrestler,
DeAnda hasn’t been in the spotlight. He’s
never had a starting position until this year.
And he’s had to share that spot with other
wrestlers throughout his career.
Some might even say he’s fallen into the
shadows during his career at Nebraska. But
those who work closely with DeAnda have
noticed a difference this year in his mentality.
“He believes in himself,” said Mark
Cody, NU assistant coach. “You can see how
confident he is when he walks on the mat. He
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You can see how
confident he is when
he walks on the mat.
He knows he can
sometimes there was
NU assistant coach
on Troy St.
By Jay Saunders
Even in the recreational centers in Long Beach,
Calif., Monique Whitfield has never had a basketball
game where she never missed a shot.
But on Tuesday night, the junior forward achieved
perfection in No. 19 Nebraska's 108-54 win over Troy
State. Whitfield made all seven shots she took from the
floor, and she didn't miss any of her four free throw
To top it off. Tuesday was Whitfield's first start as a
“1 was real relaxed tonight,” Whitfield said. “It felt
like old basketball like I was playing at the rec.”
Whitfield was one of five players who had career
highs in scoring. Her 18 points led all scorers in a game
where NU (8-1) made an assault on the record books.
All 13 active players scored at least two points against
Troy State (0-7). Four Huskers scored in double figures,
and the Huskers' 28 assists ranks fourth all-time.
“We have the ability to have a good bench,”
Sanderford said. “Games like tonight help develop your
I he bench players helped contribute to the seventh
UohrocLo me hi§hest scoring game in
neOiaSKa 1UO Nebraska history. This was
Troy State 54 the first time NU scored in
triple figures this season and
the second time in two sea
sons under Sanderford.
The big number at the end of the game was helped by
a quick start. In the Huskers’ last two games against
Creighton and Drake, NU Ml behind early. * ?
Against Troy State, Nebraska jumped out to an 8-1
lead. The team's first seven baskets were layups.
“Our goal was to jump on them early,” junior Brooke
Schwartz said. “Towards the end of the game we worked
on getting better.”
TSU did hang around for the first three minutes. Led
by junior LaKeisha Parrish, who had 11 first-half points,
the Trojans trailed 17-14 with 12 mmutes and47 seconds
remaining in the first half.
After scoring her 12th point, Parrish would not be
heard from again in the first half.
At that pomt, the Huskers were off to the races. In the
next six minutes, NU pulled off a 22-7 run and led 56-26
at halftime. The 56 first-half points were the most scored
in one half under Sanderford.
“You saw an out-manned and tired team play a ranked
and superior basketball team,” Troy State Coach Jerry
The Bob Devaney Sports Center crowd of 2,708
cheered its loudest when NU hit the 100-point mark.
Senior Kate Benson hit a free throw with 1:41 left in the
“Thank goodness for this game tonight,” Sanderford
said. “It is nice to relax and give kids some playing time.”
Bluejays hoping for first Lincoln win in 66 years
By Adam Klinkkr
A Depression Era victory and a pair of early
1920s wins is all the victories the Creighton bas
ketball team has to show for playing Nebraska in
Going into tonight s^7:05 contest at the Bob
Devaney Sports Center^ the Bluejays, 6-0 over
all, have not won on NU’s home court in 66
Last season’s 84-73 triumph in Omaha was
CU’s first victory over the Comhuskers in seven
meetings. It has been dubbed the 1-80 rivalry.
Bluejay Coach Dana Altman said things have
changed for his team, but he’s still got a wary eye
“I’m not sure that we’re the favorite,” Altman
said, “especially since we’re coming down to
But the Huskers (5-3) have struggled early
this year, plagued by turnovers and poor shoot
ing. And the memories of last year’s Bluejay vic
tory is still fresh in Coach Danny Nee’s mind.
CU forward Rodney Buford especially is a
concern, as he comes into the game averaging
19.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
In last year’s tangle for state roundball brag
ging rights, Buford put up 29 points, pulled down
eight rebounds, dished out two assists, had two
steals and blocked a shot.
The Jays are 29-12 (.707 percent) overall
when Buford scores at least 20 points.
“Creighton comes in with a lot of confi
dence,” Nee said. “Rodney Buford is just a
tremendous player. We better plan on guarding
him or he’s going to score a lot of points like he
did last year.”
And since last year, the Jays have done noth
ing but improve, Altman said.
“We're just a better team now,” Altman said.
“We were decent before, but we’ve improved. We
have a lot of leadership, and we’re scoring well.”
CU averages 83.3 ppg, and a tenacious Jay
defense holds opponents to 59.2 ppg.
Bluejay center Doug Swenson joins Buford
as another offensive staple, scoring 12.3 points
and grabbing 7.8 rebounds per game. Already,
Swenson has two double-doubles on the season -
Today 7:05 p.m. Bob Devaney Sports Center
Nebraska (5-3) Rankings: None
Pos. No. Name Ht/Yr. PPG RPG
G 5 Larry Florence 6*5 / Sr. 7.5 3.3
G 30 Cookie Belcher 6-4/Sr, 12.8 3.5
F 15 Chad Johnson 6-6 / So. 8.1 3.6
F 44 Andy Markowski 6-8 / Sr. 7.8 5.9
C 15 Venson Hamilton 6-10 / Sr. 12.5 9.0
Creighton Bluejays (0-0) Rankings: None
Pos. No. Name HWYr. PPG RPG
G 4 Ben Walker 6-2 / So. 4.7 4.0
G 5 Ryan Sears 6-0 / So. 8.0 3.0
F 32 Rodney Buford 6-5 / Sr. 19.3 7.2
► F 44 Donnie Johnson 6-7 / Jr. 7.2 2.8
C 11 Doug Swenson 6-10 / Sr. 12.3 7.8
12 points and 14 rebounds against Towson State
and 15 points and 13 boards against Missouri
Swenson will have the job of containing
Husker center Venson Hamilton, who has com
parable numbers with an average of 12.5 ppg and
Both Altman and Nee said the physical play
under the boards in the Swenson-Hamilton
matchup will prove to be a focal point in the
“They’re big inside; they’re physical,”
Altman said. “We just want to be more physical
than they are.”
The Jays hold a rebound margin this season
of plus-12 to NU’s plus-3.9.
The Huskers also trail CU by a considerable
margin in scoring averages - scoring 64 ppg as a
team while allowing opponents 62 ppg.
But those numbers don’t mean much to
Altman. This year’s edition of the NU-CU rival
ry should prove to be another intriguing chapter
in the game’s history, he said.
“Nebraska is a good team,” Altman said.
“They’ve got some big guys, and we need to
make sure we shut them down and stay tough
While the history lies with the Huskers and
this season’s statistics go CU’s way, Nee said he
isn’t concerned about either issue.
“I don’t worry abo.ut that stuff,” Nee said.
“We’re just defending our home court, and we
have to get ready to play. It’s going to be a great
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