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B4 MONDAY, JANAURY 29, 1996 T KANSAS-KANSAS STATE WOMEN SPORTS THE SAUNA JOURNAL Jayhawks victorious in defensive struggle Kansas holds Kansas State to just 38 points for a Big Eight Conference win By SHANA NEWELL The Salina Journal MANHATTAN — Defenses dominated this day. And the Kansas' Jayhawks women's basketball team rode their stifling defense to a 51-38 victory over arch-rival Kansas State Sunday at Bramlage. "It was a great game, one we knew was going to be a crowd pleaser," said Kansas coach Marian Washington. "We knew Kansas State was one of the better defensive teams in the conference and they proved it tonight." In a match-up between the top two defenses in the conference, Kansas State was unable to produce offensively. Juniors Missy Decker and Andria Jones were held to 5 of 25 from the field. Decker had an especially off-game as she went 0 for 13 from 3-point range. And the halftime score m .«,•,»„%...,»,,, also showed the defensive WASHINGTON effort as Kansas clung to a 20-17 lead. The second half started out promising for the Wildcats. KSU closed to within one point following a bucket by freshman Jenny Coalson. But with the score 25-24, Kansas began to move away again and built a 34-27 lead. But the Wildcats battled back with a 7-2 run of their own. K-State freshman Carrie Ragar was fouled by Tamecka Dixon and converted the free throws to bring the score to within two at 3634. But the Wildcats scored just four points in the game's final 10:26. Kansas put the game away with a 9-0 run from the 10:16 mark to the 6:35 mark, scoring seven of the nine from the charity line. Angie Halblieb led the way for KU with a game-high 14 points. Dixon, who finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, said she was impressed with KSU's defense, including sophomore Aman- 'da Chamberlain. "They came out and played some tough defense themselves and the score showed that," said Dixon. "Chamberlain played some pretty good defense. I have to give her credit and my shooting showed that." Sophomore Brit Jacobson who had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in 28:57 of playing time, led the way for Kansas State. "They forced us to beat them from the outside and we didn't shoot well," said Wildcat coach Brian Agler. "We struggled shooting the basketball. Teams have these nights once in a while." Kansas, improves to 5-2 in the Big Eight and 12-7 overall. The Cats fall to 3-4. in the conference and 11-10 overall. • COLORADO 68, OKLAHOMA S3—At Norman, Okla, Raegan Scott scored 18 points and Amy Palmer added 17 as No. 16 Colorado defeated Oklahoma. The Lady Buffaloes (18-5 overall, 5-2 Big Eight) led 35-25 at the half but Oklahoma crept back into the game in the second hatf before Colorado pulled away down the stretch. • OKLAHOMA ST. 69, MISSOURI 51 — At Stillwater, Okla., Amy Scales scored 15 points as No. 24 Oklahoma State defeated Missouri. Scales, starting in place of Misty Wensler, hit six of her 12 shots from the field for Oklahoma State (15-3 overall, 5-2 Big Eight) and made three of four free throws. * "We felt like, without question, that she could come in and do a quality job," said OSU coach Dick Halterman. "She played well in the first half and I thought she played well in the second half. She really came in and did a great job." V NFL OLDTIMER Oldest living NFL player may have made a killing today By FRED GOODALL The Associated Press "W A "WINTER PARK, Fla. M M / — If Prime Time Ml mf is worth $35 mU- W W lion to Dallas and the NFL is all abuzz about the versatility of Pittsburgh's Slash, then Arda Bowser wonders where he'd fit into today's game. Deion Sanders and Kordell Stewart have basked in the spotlight of the Super Bowl for the past week, mugging for cameras and answering hundreds of questions on subjects ranging from their unique talents to their thoughts about one another. Bowser, at 97, is the oldest survivor from the first NFL game ever played. He was every bit as versatile as Sanders and Stewart, but toiled during a time when salaries were low and media interest seemed even lower. "I guess I should get reincarnated and start all over again," he joked. Bowser said he could only imagine what kind of contract a full-time fullback, linebacker, punter and place-kicker might earn now. "I wouldn't try to put a tag on it. If I had a good manager — or I guess they call them agents now — it would be a big figure," he said. Bowser recalls with clarity his days with the Canton Bulldogs in 1922, the first NFL season. Teams wore leather helmets and makeshift equipment, salaries rarely exceeded $250 per game and railroads didn't offer frequent-traveler perks for players like Bowser who spent weekends shuttling between Pennsylvania and Ohio. "I'd play a (semi-pro) game in Philly under an assumed name on Saturday and then take the train and ride all night to Canton and play with the Bulldogs on Sunday," he said. "One Thanksgiving week, I played four games in succession: Thanksgiving, Friday, Saturday and Sunday." All that while also holding down a full-time job as an assistant coach at Bucknell, his alma mater, and later as a truck salesman for the White Motor Co. "We didn't get much publicity back there because the reporters thought the coUeges came first," he said. "They only had so much space (to write) and we got what was left. A lot of people didn't like Mr. Versatility . . _ „ , The Associated Press Arda Bowser, 97, is the National Football League's oldest survivor. He played on the 1915 Canton Bulldogs team. the pros at that time. We didn't have the bands and the girls and so forth." Bowser still has the wool jacket the Bulldogs wore on cold days. Pictures and other mementos decorate the wall of his bedroom in the Mayflower retirement community, near Orlando. Among Bowser's contributions to the game, historians list the league's first steelplat- ed kicking shoe and a so- called "mud tee" he developed at Bucknell. Bowser's fondest memories of pro ball include scoring two touchdowns and making a long kickoff return in Canton's season-opening victory over Louisville in 1922 and competing against Jim Thorpe in a kicking exhibition in 1923. His career didn't last long — just 2-1/2 years. It was cut short by the reality of having to raise a family. For the most part, Bowser likes how the NFL has evolved and is still an avid fan. Two aspects of the league he doesn't appreciate today are showboating and rising salaries, which he says are creating ticket prices that threaten to make pro football a sport for the rich. "We have workers in this building who can't go to a game because they can't afford it. That's not right.... The other thing I don't like is the shenanigans that goes on after they make a touchdown. The hands all up in the air and the 'Hey mom, look at me' stuff. All that crap doesn't fit in sports," he said. V KANSAS MEN'S BASKETBALL V COLLEGE BASKETBALL No. 4 Connecticut routs Virginia, 76-46 Huskies use 17-0 run in first half to extend their win streak to 18 By The Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. — Ray Allen scored 24 points and keyed a 17-0 run in the first half as No. 4 Connecticut beat Virginia 76-46 on Sunday and extended its winning streak to a school-record 18 games. Allen, who couldn't seem to shake a pesky Curtis Staples in the first seven minutes, finally got going with a 3-pointer and had 18 points before halftime. The Huskies (19-1) held the Cavaliers (7-9) to 7-for-27 shooting from the field in the first half and led 39-18 at the break. Virginia's leading scor- er, Harold Deane, didn't hit from the field until five minutes into the second half. Rashamel Jones added 12 points and Rudy Johnson had 11 for the Huskies, who held the Cavaliers to their lowest point total this season, two less than the 48 they scored against Vanderbilt. Courtney Alexander finished with 10 points for Virginia, which dropped its fourth straight game and the sixth of its last eight. • CINCINNATI 85, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 53 — At Cincinnati, Art Long emerged from a month- long slump Sunday and brought No. 5 Cincinnati along with him. Long ended his seven-game shoot- ing slump by scoring 15 points and leading a devastating first-half run that carried the Bearcats to a victory over road-weary Southern California. Cincinnati (14-1) opened the game with a 12-3 run and never struggled against the Trojans (10-9), who have been blown out in their last two games. The Trojans have played seven ranked opponents in their last 12 games, all but one of them on the road, and have been at home for only two of their last 12 games overall. IOWA 70, MICHIGAN 61 — At Iowa City, Iowa, Andre Woolridge matched his career high with 28 points and Kenyon Murray added 14, leading No. 22 Iowa to a 70-61 victory over No. 16 Michigan Sunday. Jess Settles finished with 12 points and nine assists for Iowa (15-4 overall, 4-3 Big Ten), which remained unbeaten at home. Maurice Taylor scored 17 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked five shots for Michigan. Louis Bullock added 15 points and Albert White 13 for the Wolverines (14-6, 43), who had won seven of the previous nine games against Iowa. Iowa led 39-30 at halftime and opened the second half with a 13-6 run that featured eight straight points by Woolridge to grab a 52-36 lead with 12:41 remaining. • TEXAS TECH 79, TEXAS 78 — At Lubbock, Texas, Cory Carr scored 18 points, including a key free throw with 6.5 seconds remaining, as No. 22 Tech defeated Texas. Carr missed the front half of a two-shot foul, but his second shot gave the Red Raiders a 79-75 lead. Team celebrates Williams' 200th LaFrentz, Pierce come up big as coach reaches milestone By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal LINCOLN, Neb. — Roy Williams got the 'Jimmy Johnson Treatment' Sunday afternoon. After his team had rolled over Nebraska, 88-73, to take command of the Big Eight Conference race, the KU coach was mobbed by his players in the locker room afterward. ; Everyone took the chancey to mess up Williams' hair — like the Cowboys did after former Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson won back-to-back Super Bowls — a few minutes after the KU coach picked up career win No. 200 in the Devaney Sports Arena. "I had the first hand on his head and the last hand off," Jayhawk guard Jacque Vaughn said with a grin. "He didn't say anything about it this week... you know how humble he is. But we had to congratulate him and show him how we feel." When Williams was ready to meet the media, everything was back to normal. Not a hair was out of place. "We all jumped around him and messed up his hair," junior center Scot Pollard said. "Then he pulled out a comb and did a Fonzie." Williams was able to partake in the postgame celebration because Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz put their considerable talents on display. Pierce dominated his senior opponent, Jaron Boone, scoring 25 points and holding the NU star to just eight. "Paul has the ability to get the ball and do something with it," Williams said. "He played very well. Five of Pierce's eight field goals were 3-pointers, including back-to- back back-breakers in a 25-second span in the second half as KU silenced the sell-out crowd. PIERCE LAFRENTZ "I like playing on the road in front; of big crowd that is screaming at' you," Pierce said. "They kept leaving me open for 3's, and I kept drilling them." LaFrentz's game wasn't as flashy as Pierce's variety of dunks and treys, but had the same effect. The 6-foot-ll sophomore put together his seventh double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Eight of LaFrentz's rebounds were on the offensive end. "It's just something; I have to do,"' LaFrentz said. "My motivation comes from this ball club. I just want to do my part and not let them, down." LaFrentz certainly didn't do that Sunday as he helped Kansas open the second half with a 25-8 run. "For the first eight minutes of the second half, we were really good," Williams said. "In the first half, we_ had six assists and nine turnovers. That's not how Kansas plays basketball." But the Jayhawks played plenty good enough in the second half to give Williams his milestone victory. No Big Eight coach has reached No. 200 as quickly (in 252 games). "I appreciate it, I like it, but it also gives coaches too much credit," Williams said. "I will enjoy it, however. We're going to stop along the way home and find an ice cream shop where I can get one of those chocolate sundaes with nuts on top." Vaughn says his coach earned it. Kansas / 'Hawks use huge 2nd half in win FROM PAGE B1 "I thought Pierce was in a zone today," Nebraska coach Danny Nee said. "He really is a fine player." • Raef LaFrentz was again a tower of strength inside with 17 points and 12 rebounds, the 6-11 sophomore's seventh double-double of the season. Eight of LaFrentz's rebounds were on offense. Nebraska had nine as a team. "We expect him to do that, but eight offensive rebounds is really something," Williams said. "The rebounding was was very important." • Vaughn broke loose in a big way in the second half with 10 points, seven assists and only one turnover. At halftime, the junior guard had more turnovers (three) than assists (one). "I was just careless in the first half," Vaughn said. Maybe I was a little too relaxed." • Haase, Vaughn's backcourt- mate, also came alive in the second half, scoring 11 of his 15 points and, like Vaughn, sank 8 of 10 free throws. "When Jacque and Jerod get 10 (attempts) apiece, you have to feel good about our chances," Williams said. "Down the stretch, I thought we'd make them." The Jayhawks put away Nebraska in the second half as they did earlier in the season against UCLA, Florida and Oklahoma State. Three consecutive treys — Haase one and Pierce two in a 25-second span — helped KU to a 50-39 advantage with 15:54 remaining. The Cornhuskers didn't help themselves, either, with five turnovers by the time the scoreboard went on the blink with 14:50 remaining. In fact, the loudest cheer in the second half came at that point, with many in the crowd of 14,620 sheer- 1 Kansas 88, Nebraska 73 KU(16-1) MIN FO FT R A 28 7-13 6-6 1 30 7-12 3-4 12 30 1-6 2-4 10 37 2-7 8-10 4 25 3-10 8-10 1 6 1-3 0-0 Pierce LaFrentz Pollard Vaughn Haase Robertson 6 1-3 0-0 0 Rayford 2 0-0 0-0 0 Thomas 10 2-6 0-1 1 Pearson 12 1-3 • 0-0 2 Williams 12 2-4 0-0 2 Pugh B 0-3 1-2 2 Team rebounds 7 TOTALS 200 26-66 26-37 42 16 20 88 F TP 3 25 2 17 1 4 2 12 4 15 2 2 0 0 1 5 2 3 0 4 3 1" NU(15-5) MIN FQ FT R 32 6-8 4-6 7 33 3-9 0-0 3 31 1-2 0-0" 9 27 2-7 0-0 3 32 6-13 5-5 4 Gamer Boone Moore Lue Strickland Wald Hamilton Badgett Markowskl 18 11 2-4 5-8 1 2-5 0-2 2 14 3-4 4-4 1 2 0-1 0-0 0 3 F TP 3 16 1 8 3 2 4 5 3 19 4 8 0 4 3 10 -----_ „ 10 Team rebounds TOTALS 200 26-63 18-26 33 16 22 73 Halftlnu - Kansas, 36-35. 3-polnt goals - KU: 8-21 (Pierce 5-7, Haase 1-5, Vaughn 0-3, Robertson 0-1, Thomas 1 -3, Pearson 1 -2). NU: 5-17 (Boone 2-6, Lue 1-5, Strickland 2-5). Blocked (hot* - KU: 2 (Pierce 1, Pollard 1). NU: 6 (Hamilton 3). Steals - KU: 13 (Pierce 4); NU: 8 (Badgett 3). Turnover* - KU: 15 (Vaughn 4); NU: 22 (Moore 5). Official* - Reynolds, Freund, Thomley. Attendance -14,620. ing when the Scoreboard turned on and blinked "0-0." But it only got worse for Nebraska. The Jayhawk lead ballooned to 18 points (61-43) with 12:16 left, but a" half-court trap by Nebraska helped the Cornhuskers to a big run of their own. A 3-pointer by Erick Strickland made it a 70-64 game with 4:44 remaining, but Pierce hit a short jumper and a pair of free throws after that. KU polished things off with an 18-9 run in the final 4-1/2 rain-' utes. Strickland led the Cornhuskers with 19 points and Bernard Garner added 16 as Nebraska lost back-to- back home games against Kansas for the first time in nine years. Next up for KU is a home game Wednesday night against Oklahoma State.