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Lack of offense dooms Huskers again
have to worry about Leonhardt -
who was four inches taller than
the Tigers' tallest player. That
would be Lassiter, who finished
with a career-high and Devaney
Center record six blocks. Her
team finished with 12 stuffs.
“I think with Casey out, we
could attack the middle more,”
said Mizzou Coach Cindy Stein,
who led the Tigers to their first
win in Lincoln in 11 years and
second win over NU in their last
“Nebraska started off
extremely well. I thought they
were very confident coming in
and had the swagger in them. As
the game went on, they weren't
hitting their shots, and they
started losing their confidence.
They weren’t sure who wanted
to take shots at times.”
NU shot 9 for 34 (27 percent)
in the first half and 29.7 percent
for the game, its second-worst
outing of the season and 18
turnovers compared to 10
Leonhardt led NU with 11
points, and Amanda Went was
the only other Husker to score in
double digits with 10. It was the
ninth time in 10 games that two
Huskers or fewer scored in dou
ble figures, and the eighth time
this year NU failed to score 60
But what burned Sanderford
the most was the Huskers
showed signs of a team that
finally might pick itself up - like
the early second half run - only
to fall back down.
“For six or seven minutes, we
played really hard, very
unselfish, we moved the basket
ball, then all of a sudden, it’s like
hitting a door," Sanderford said.
“The kids are trying hard.
They’re not writing this year off.
They’re busting it. I could see it
on their faces in the second half.
But we’re struggling each night
Raymond's bombs send
OU to huge first-half lead
the way I’m capable of playing,”
said Raymond, who had his
third-straight 20-point game.
But as is the Husker way this
season, NU never said die.
Raymond cooled off in the
second half, and OU let up just
enough to let Nebraska back in
the game. With 4:03 remaining,
Rodney Fields hit a 3-pointer
that cut the Sooner lead to five.
NU again cut it to five with 3:11
left on a Kimani Ffriend jumper.
OU’s Nolan Johnson took
over from there and scored six
points to put the Sooners up 10
and lock up die win.
It s a nice feeling to have a
three-game winning streak
right now,” Sampson said. "A
week ago, we had lost two
straight and now our kids are
playing better and improving,
and that is my main focus.”
NU’s too-little, too-late
effort hinged on missing its foul
Hie team hit only 12 of 27 in
the game, including only six of
18 in the second half.
Steffon Bradford pitched in
15 points for the Huskers and
Ffriend added nine. Raymond
led Oklahoma with 25, and
Aaron McGhee and Johnson
scored 20 and 11, respectively.
BY BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON
NORMAN, Okla. —
Oklahoma junior guard J.R.
Raymond posed behind the
three-point line, broad smile on
his face, shooting hand extended
to die basket
He wanted Comhusker play
ers to see the picture-perfect
stroke that was killing diem in
“All day long,” he mouthed to
despondent Nebraska senior
guard Cookie Belcher after one
of his three-point bombs.
Maybe not all day long, but
for the first half of Oklahoma’s
77-66 win over Nebraska on
Saturday, Raymond was the dif
ference-maker and deserving of
some post-shot gloating.
The OU guard knocked
home 20 of his game-high 25
points in the first halt He scored
18 of those points from behind
the arc, hitting six of eight shots
from behind the three-point line.
"For the first time in a long
time, I finally played the way I’m
capable of playing,” Raymond
said. “I felt like everything I put
up was going in.”
Raymond has been especial
ly hot of late, uppinga8.2 scoring
average with hot shooting, scor
mg 25,21 and 25 points in his last
three games against Kansas
State, Texas and Nebraska,
And oddly enough,
Raymond’s scoring success has
unexplainably come after mov
ing from shooting guard to the
usually low-scoring position of
“I like to be at the point, so
that I can be in control of the
offense," Raymond said. "I’m
looking for my shot when I throw
it inside. I know he’s going to kick
it out to me, and I am out there
licking my chops.”
OU’s inside-outside offense
proved too much for Nebraska
early, with Raymond’s shooting
and junior forward Aaron
McGhee's dominance giving the
Sooners an insurmountable 16
point lead at intermission.
Raymond was not able to
duplicate his first half perform
ance in the second stanza, scor
ing only five points from the free
throw line to ice the game.
“It wasn't what J.R. wasn’t
doing. You can’t expect him to do
the same thing in the second
half,” Oklahoma Coach Kelvin
Sampson said. “He had one of
those first halves that you dream
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RECRUITING from page 10
the first time. They lie to please.
They get a whiff of their own
celebrity and misuse it Jones' little
show-and-tell act seems foofy and
childish, but it also speaks to his
own self-importance, which
could hurt him in college. At the
press conference, he basically said
he wanted to follow in Michael
Vick’s footsteps. Sure. I don’t
believe anything the kid says.
On this particular Web site,
Jones said three separate times
he’d wait until signing day-Feb. 7
- to announce. One day he had
Tennessee dropped off his list the
next day they were on. One day
his father says the Big East is too
easy for his son, the next it is not
One day he says he'll have a press
conference the next day for a
decision; it doesn’t happen for a
week. Getting the picture?
Ana yet, i aon t begruage me
sites their success. They’ve filled a
void in the market - not entirely
unlike the dotcom revolution of
the late 1990s. No sport competes
with college football because the
best high school players in other
sports go straight to the pros. At
best a college basketball recruit
ing class is six guys, two of which
are JUCO or foreign goons. Won’t
stack up to 22 smiling faces.
Nothing does, realty. like the
game, there may arrive a day
when recruiting overshadows
actual victory, like a coach’s job
offer overshadows the actual
coaching job We’re all free agents.
Sports is transitory. Youth rules.
So the whims of Kevin Jones
matter until Feb. 8. Then he is 17
again. Then he must go to Virginia
Tech. Then he must play college
football. Then we'll know what
“Game” he’s got
Tracksters use invite
to better NCAA hopes
FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Nebraska track teams
took a step toward improvement
Saturday at the Northern Iowa
The Huskers won 13 event
titles and had four athletes record
NCAA provisional marks.
NU was led on the women's
side by Lesley Owusu. The senior
sprinter captured the 60 meters
and 200 meters. Her 24.44 in the
200 is a provisional time.
Krisztina Kovesi set personal
bests in the long jump (19’ 8”) and
triple jump (40’ 10 Vz”), while
Na’Tassia Vice claimed the high
jump with a provisional qualifying
leap of 5' 9 while performing in
only her second collegiate meet
“It was a good meet for us,”
said Husker Coach Gary Pepin.
“We had a lot of seasonal bests
and we had some solid provision
Sheldon Hutchinson, a junior
All-American, set a provisional
mark in the triple jump with a leap
of 52' 2” The men also got a strong
performance from sophomore
transfer David Davis, who set a
personal-best in the 60-meter
hurdles with a time of 7.86. The
time was the second fastest in NU
history and is a provisional mark.
The Nebraska women also
claimed wins in the 60 meters
from Shelley-Ann Brown and in
the 1600-meter relay. Ann
Gaffigan won the 3,000 meters
with a personal-best time of
9:54.18. Field event winners
included Emily Duran in the shot
put and Erin Wibbels in the 20
pound weight throw.
Kyle Odvody, a Malmo native,
won the high jump with an indoor
personal-best leap of 611".
“Right now, the men look
good," said Pepin. “On the
women’s side, we’re going to have
to get considerably better if we’re
going to compete for a conference
championship. We have an awful
lot of freshmen on the women’s
The Husker men anticipate
the return of previously injured
All-American sprinter Chris
Chandler for this weekend’s home
meet against Kansas State and
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