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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS Kansas / 'Hawks stay perfect in Big 8 TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1996 B3 FROM PAGE B1 lead, but KU quickly tied it at 1010 before a 3-pointer by Foster gave the Sooners a 13-10 lead with 15:39 remaining in the first half. But after that, nothing much good happened to Oklahoma. Star forward Ernie Abercrombie picked up his second and third fouls in a 46-second span and went to the bench at the 13:42 mark. The Sooners then missed 13 of their next 14 shots as KU went on a 12-3 run to grab a 22-15 lead at the 9:35 mark after a 3-pointer by Billy Thomas. Kansas then missed eight consecutive shots in the next 41/2 minutes and led by just three points (25-22) with 4:35 when the Jayhawks started pulling away. . Jacque Vaughn buried a 3- pointer and Sean Pearson banked in a two-pointer. After a field goal and free throw by Minor, Pollard con- vereted a three-point play for KU. Pearson, Pollard and Raef LaFrentz each dropped in field goals in the final minute to finish off a 9-3 run and give Kansas its 11-point lead at halftime. Although the Jayhawks hit just 39 percent from the field in the first half, Oklahoma was much worse. The Sooners were just 10 of 32 (31-percent) and were outre- bounded by 13 (32-19). The Jayhawks finished with a 48-40 advantage on the boards as T OKLAHOMA-KANSAS Kansas 72, Oklahoma 66 OU(1<W) MIN FQ FT R F TP Mlnof 38 7-13 7-9 8 2 22 Abefcrombto 24 3-9 4-664 10 Evans 35 2-9 0-0 8 5 4 Erdmann 25 3-5 1-252 7 Foster 36 6-14 0-0 2 1 14 Barnes 24 3-d 0-0 1 0 7 Wiley 11 0-3 2-6 4 C 3 2-- Yanlsh 4.0-1 0-122 0. Cotton 2 0-0 0-000 0 Team rebounds 5 TOTALS 200 2343 14-24 40 19 66 MIN FQ FT R F TP Pierce 29 3-10 1-4538 LaFretlb 34 6-11 0-1 11 3 12 Pollard 22 7-9 1-4 9 5 15 Haase 30 3-9 2-272 9 Vaughn 37 6-10 0-1 3 1 13 Pearson 10 3-6 0-0 2 1 7 Williams 18 1-4 2-2 5 1 4 Pugh 8 0-21-2231 Thomas 8 1-30-0113 Rayford 3 0-0 0-0 000 Robertson 3 0-0 0-000 0 Team rebounds ' 3 TOTALS 200 29-64 7-10 48 20 72 Halftime - Kansas, 39-28. 3-polnt goalt - OU: 8-17 (Minor 1-3, Erdmann 0-1, Foster 4-8, Barnes 1-5). KU: 7-23 (Pierce 1-5, Haase 1-6, Vaughn 3-5, Pearson 1-4, Thomas 1-3). AtcItU - OU: 11 (Foster 4). KU: 21 (Vaughn 11). Blocked shot* - OU: 3 (Minor 2). KU: 7 (Pollard 3). Steals - OU: 3 (Minor 1, Erdmann 1, Vanish f). KU: 5 (Vaughn 2, Williams 2). Turnover* - OU: 19 (Minor 3). KU: 14 (Vaughn 5). Official* - Wulkow, Janssen, Thomley. Attendance-18,300. LaFrentz grabbed 11 rebounds. Pollard led the Jayhawks with 15 points and 9 rebounds; Vaughn added 13 points and 11 assists and LaFrentz added 12 points to his 11 rebounds. Minor, who was awful against K-State (3 of 17 shooting from the field), scored 22 points to pace the Sooners, while Foster added 14. The Jayhawks don't play again until Sunday afternoon at Nebraska as Williams goes for win No. 200 as KU's head coach. The Associated Press Kansas freshman Paul Pierce (34) shoots in a crowd of Oklahoma Sooners during first-half action Monday night in Lawrence. Jayhawks overcome another stiff test Third-ranked 'Hawks finding out every team out to topple them By HAROLD BECHARD the Salina Journal LAWRENCE - A weary Scot Pollard slumped back against the wall, answering one question after another from the media members crowded around him. It was another tiring night at the office for the 6-10 junior, who had IS points and 9 rebounds in Kansas' 72-66 victory over Oklahoma. And Pollard played just 22 minutes after picking up all five of his fouls in the second half. "It's tough every night we go out and play, and it seems especially tough this year," Pollard said. "It's going to be like that every night because we know we'll catch teams on their best nights. "We have to get used to it, because people are giving us their best effort." The third-ranked Jayhawks used a big rebounding advantage to carve out an 11-point lead at halftime (39-28) and an up-tempo game to open up a 16-point lead early in the second half. "We did a good job of controlling the tempo," Pollard said. "I think we can adjust to different styles of play. That's a strength of ours." Jacque Vaughn was his usual self as well, scoring 13 points and handing out 11 assists in 37 minutes on the court. The 6-1 junior played all 20 minutes of the second half. "We needed Jacque's leadership tonight," KU coach Roy Williams said. "He had 11 assists, but he also had three of five 3- pointers. "He's developing into our best 3-pointer shooter, and the best thing is they're all good 3-pointers." Vaughn seemed surprised when asked about his shooting touch. "Hey, I can shoot," Vaughn said with a grin. But, as Vaughn showed again Monday night, not many players can handle him in the open court when he's looking for his teammates. "I wanted to try and attack before they got into position," Vaughn said. . "The challenge of a game like this is what I desire. "As a junior, I look forward to these Big Eight games. They're the most fun." When asked what pleased him the most, his three 3-pointers or his 11 assists, Vaughn chose the latter. "My thing is getting everyone else involved," Vaughn said. "We have great athletes and I think they understand by now that I'm going to get them the ball." Indiana's Wilkerson to lose scholarship By The Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Dismissed Indiana basketball player Sherron Wilkerson's scholarship will be revoked at the conclusion of this school year. Coach Bob Knight kicked Wilkerson off the team Friday when Wilkerson, a redshirt sophomore, was jailed for 12 hours after Bloomington police went to an apartment T BROWN MACKIE WOMEN where a 20-year-old woman said she had been struck in the face by the player. Police said the woman's lower lip was swollen arid bleeding, and she had a bruise under her chin and human bite marks on the back of her neck. Wilkerson pleaded not guilty Friday evening to a charge of domestic battery and is next scheduled to appear in court March 4. Police said Wilkerson told them he did not strike the woman in the mouth but rather pushed her. It isn't the first time Wilkerson has been involved in a controversy. Last February, Wilkerson, former IU basketball player Steve Hart and another man were included in an IU Police Department report. The police were called after the three men followed a vehicle con- taining three women to a house and allegedly shouted obscenities at them. The women stated they thought the driver of the car following them swerved around a corner in an attempt to hit them. No charges were filed in connection with the incident. Wilkerson was named Indiana's high school Mr. Basketball in 1993 after helping Jeffersonville to the state tourney championship. Butler County routs Lions after first five minutes Big scoring runs push Grizzlies to 70-40 win over BMC in BiCenter By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Brown Mackie women's coach Bob Godsey liked the way the game started. No problem with the first five minutes. It's the last 35 minutes of the game he could have done without. Butler County (13-6) strung together scoring runs of 15-0, 14-0 and 12-0 en route to a 70-40 junior V AUSTRALIAN OPEN college victory Monday night at the Bicentennial Center. Brown Mackie (11-10) jumped to a 9-4 lead, but it was quickly downhill from then on. Butler County's first two scoring runs came hi the first half, the second at the end of the period. Brown Mackie failed to score the in final 3:45 of the half and the Grizzlies led 38-17 at the break.. The 12-0 run came midway through the second half and expanded Butler County's lead to 56-26. The Lions trailed by as many as 37 in the second half. "We started throwing lazy pass- es with no touch on the ball," Brown Mackie coach Bob Godsey said. "And we had a lot of turnovers." Thirty-five turnovers, to be exact. "We had half of a team out there," he said. "The other half was lost. We had Nikki Hines diving over tables for loose balls and we had girls who were just standing there letting throw the ball 'where ever they wanted to. "We should have controlled the inside, but we gave up a lot of easy shots and we missed a lot of easy shots." Former Hays High standout Crystal Ketterl led Butler County with 18 points. Jessica Meyers added 13 and Leza Narducci 11. ' Hines led Brown Mackie with 13, but was the only Lions' player in double figures. Brown Mackie suffered through a six-minute scoring drought during Butler County's first run. Brown Mackie crept back within six, 24-18, but quickly faded in the closing minutes of the half. The Lions entertain Hesston at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Bicentennial Center in their next game. Seles advances to semifinals despite injury Pulled groin muscle fails to stop No. 1 seed in 6-1, 6-2 victory By The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — One more nagging injury struck Monica Seles, though it didn't slow her down a step Tuesday on the way into the Australian Open semifinals. Seles, beset by a groin pull after recovering from knee and ankle injuries and a mysterious virus, strained a tendon above her right ankle midway through a 6-1, 6-2 romp over Iva Majoli. After streaking through nine straight games in pursuit of a fourth Australian Open .title, Seles led 3-0 in the second set when she felt a twinge between her ankle and calf. A left-hander, she had trouble pushing off on her right foot serving because of the injury, and she dropped that game with a double- The Associated Press Monica Seles delivers a serve during her victory over Iva Majoli in the quarterfinals. fault on break point. But she shrugged off the pain to win in 58 minutes. "I was able to fi&ish the 'match pretty strong," Seles said. "I said to myself, 'That's OK.'" In five matches, Seles has lost only 17 games — and that without being completely healthy or in the best shape. She's slightly overweight, she acknowledged, she's not as fast as she'd like to be and her groin pull is annoying. "On a scale of 10, it's about a 4," Seles said of the groin injury she's been taping and treating with anti- inflammatory pills. "It's not getting better. It's not getting worse, which is great. It's not going to get better until I rest." Seles won't have any rest for a while. Her next match is Thursday against Arantxa Sanchez Vicario or Chanda Rubin, who played Tuesday night. "It's pretty tough, maybe impossible, to beat her," Majoli said of Seles. "I think the only one who can beat her is Steffi." Trouble is, Steffi Graf isn't at the Australian. She's back home recovering from foot surgery, leaving the No. 1 Seles appearing unbeatable. "She's going to win the tournament pretty easy," said Majoli, who didn't notice Seles being bothered by any injury. "She hit some unbelievable shots when she was stretched." Like Seles, men's No. 5 Michael Chang also hasn't dropped a set on the way to the semifinals. His latest victim, Mikael Tillstrom, fell 6-0, 62,6-4 Tuesday. Chang, a semifinalist in Australia a year ago, will play the winner of Tuesday night's match between No. 2 Andre Agassi and No. 8 Jim Courier. Seles, upset at dropping serve to begin the match when Majoli drilled back winners, plunked down in her chair and flung a towel, then vented her frustration by taking the next nine games. "The first game I was a little bit lost," she said. "I was expecting a slower pace, and all of a sudden here were these bazookas coming back." STATE RANKINGS KANSAS CO ACHES POLL BOYS CLASS 6A •' 1. Wichita South; 2. Olathe South; 3, Shawnee ,Mlssion East; 4, Wyandotte; 5. Wichita East; 6. Wl- rtiita Northwest; 7. Topeka High; 8. Olatha North; •9. Shawnee Mission Northwest; 10. Manhattan. CLASS 5A 1. McPherson; 2. Sumner Academy; 3. Highland Park; 4. Campus; 5. Hays; 6. St. Thomas Aquinas; 7. Bishop Cdrroll; 8. Goddard; 9. Fort Scoft; 10. Newton. ' ' , CLASS 4A 1. Augusta; 2, Holsington; 3. Atchlson; 4. Gard- ner-Edgertoh; 5. Santa Fe Trail; 6. Hugoton; 7. Circle; 8. Paola; 9. Clay Center; 10. Goodland. , CLASS 3A 1. Hlllsboro; 2. Wichita Collegiate; 3. Rlverton; 4. Immaculata; 5. Medicine Lodge; 6. Belleville; 7. Laklh; 8. Wellsville; 9. Central Heights; 10. Nemaha Valley. CLASS 2A 1. Frontenac; 2. Burlingame; 3. Quinter, 4. Sublette; 5. Frankfort; 6. Hill City; 7. Pittsburg-Colgan; 8. Victoria; 9. Dighton; 10. Jackson Heights. CLASS 1A 1, Brewster, 2. Sylvan; 3. Madison; 4. Montezuma; 5. LeRoy; 6. Colony-Crest; 7. Protection; 8. Highland; 9. Hlllcrest; 10. Deerfleld. T SACRED HEART GIRLS GIRLS CLASS 6A • 1. Shawnee Mission Northwest; 2. Washbum Rural; 3. Wichita Northwest; 4, Olathe North; 5. Topeka West; 6. Lawrence; 7. Emporla; 8. Junction City; e. Shawnee Mission South; 10. Dodge City. ' CLASS SA 1. Bishop Miege; 2. Andoven 3. Sallna South; 4. St. Thomas Aquinas'; 6. Maize; 6. Fort Scott; 7. Bishop Carroll; 8, McPherson; 9. Wichita Kapaun; 10. Arkansas City. CLASS 4A 1. Sabetha; 2. Labette County; 3. Nfekerson;.4. Holton; 5. Baldwin; 6. Abilene; 7. Santa Fe Trail; 8. Lamed; 9. Jefferson West; 10. Hayden. CLASS 3A 1. Minneapolis; 2. Rlley County; 3. lakln; 4. Hllls- boro; 5. Silver Lake; 6. Cheney; 7. Erie; 8. Wellsville; 9. Central Heights; lO.Jmmaculata. CLASS 2A 1. Olpe; 2. Garden Plain; 3, Moundridge; 4. Quinter; 5. Stockton; 6. Sacred Heart; 7. Lincoln; 8. St. John; 9. Clifton-Clyde; 10. Valley Heights. CLASS1A 1. Little Riven 2.'Claflln; 3. Waconda East; 4. Weskan; 5. Ashland; 6, Hanston; 7. Pretty Prairie; 8. St. Paul; 9. Jewell; 10. Logan. Knights move to 11 -0, win tournament opener Top-seeded SHHS whips host Berean in Walter tourney, 54-33 By The Journal Staff ELBING— A win is not always a given when the No. 1 seed meets the No. 8 seed in a tournament. No more was that evident than last week's Salina Invitational Tournament when winless No. 8 seed Salina South stopped unbeaten No. 1 seed Clay Center. However, the seeding held true at Monday's Eli J. Walter Tournament as the state-ranked Sacred Heart's girls led from wire-to- wire in a 54-33 victory over host Berean Academy in an opening- round contest. "We were the No. 1 seed and they were the No. 8 seed so we did not want what happened'in the SIT," said Sacred Heart coach Barry Fritz. With Berean Academy's defen- TNCAA sive efforts concentrated on Sacred Heart's inside tandem of Michelle Ash and Chrissy Blagg, senior guard Erin Weese stepped up and poured in a game-high 17 points. Sacred Heart's scoring was well-distributed. Blagg and Aimee Chaput each added 10 points, Ash eight and Sara Wells seven as unbeaten Sacred Heart moved to 11-0 and into Thursday's 6:30 semifinal against Peabody. Though sixth-ranked (Class 2A) Sacred Heart didn't shoot well, it compensated on the defensive end. "We had good defense the whole game, especially the second and third quarters," said Fritz, whose team outscored Berean 26-14 during that stretch to take command. "They're a young team and our press hurt them." Polly Regier's 11 points led Berean, which slipped t£ 1-10. Organization makes staff changes By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Daniel Boggan, who joined the NCAA 15 months ago, was put in charge of almost all staff activities Monday in one of several high-level changes executive director Cedric Dempsey announced to the NCAA's nearly 250 employees. Tom Jernstedt, who had been the deputy executive director and chief operating officer, retains the title of deputy executive director and will concentrate on Division I men's basketball, continuing to administer the Final Four basketball tournament. Boggan will be chief operating officer. "Dan's primary responsibility will be the internal management. Tom will work with governance structure and all the external relations we have with different constituencies," Dempsey told The Associated Press. Dempsey also announced that three longtime staffers had been. assigned to newly created liaison positions for the membership. Steve Morgan will be chief of staff for Division I, Nancy Mitchell for Division II and Dan Dutcher for Division III. BRIEFLY Indiana State keeps Shockers stumbling TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Jim Cruse scored 18 points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds to lead Indiana State to a 61-55 victory Monday evening over Missouri Valley Conference foe Wichita State. Cruse led four Sycamore players in double-figure scoring. Nick Hargrove, Aaron Williams and Jayson Wells each scored 10 points for Indiana State (6-9, 2-5 MVC). The Shockers (5-14,1-8) shot just 29 percent from the floor in the first hah" and trailed 25-18 at halftime. Wichita State stayed within reach for most of the second half. A Larry Callis layup with 2:04 remaining cut the Indiana State lead to 55-49. But Indiana State went on an 11-2 run in the final two minutes to seal the victory. Callis scored 15 points to lead Wichita State scorers. Indiana State enjoyed the rebounding advantage, pulling down 43 boards to Wichita State's 33. FHS's Timken to take team to New Zealand HAYS — Fort Hays State assistant track and cross country coach Gay Timken has been chosen to coach a cross country team that will compete in New Zealand this summer. The team, organized by Sport For Understanding, will travel to New Zealand from July 15 to Aug. 13. SFU athletes and their coaches live with volunteer host families during their trip. SFU teams are involved in sport and cultural learning activities during their stay. To qualify, athletes must bp between the ages 14-19 years old, ac- tive in their sport, maintain a 2.0 grade point average and have a recommendation from their home school. Teams are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis before the April 1 deadline. Cost per athlete is $3,100. Contact Timken at 913-628-4390. Magazine names four Swedes to NAIA team LINDSBORG — Four members of the Bethany football team have been named NAIA Division II All-Americans by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette. Wide receiver Rob Thomas was a first-team offensive selection; lineman Ben Elliott a third-team offensive choice; quarterback Jorge Munoz and defensive back Remington DeGarmo honorable mention picks. KSU's Decker earns Big 8's weekly honor KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missy Decker was named Big Eight player of the week after scoring 42 points as Kansas State beat Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. Decker's selection was announced Monday following a vote by a media panel that covers the league. Decker scored a career-high 26 points in an 81-68 overtime victory over then-No. 17 Oklahoma State. She scored 16 points as the Wildcats beat Oklahoma 80-67. Decker, from Rochester, Minn., made 8 of 15 3-point shots in the two games. 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