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Vol. 2 Number 31 Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Blue Rapids Free Press

Office Open For Business

It started out as a morning

at a local public auction and

ended up being a lot of work

for Blue Rapids Free Press

Publisher Linda Brake and a

new home for the business.

Publisher Jon Brake puts

it this way: “We went to a

garage sale and bought the

garage. The publishers purchased

the property at 408

Lincoln St. in Blue Rapids

last fall. And this week the

oversized two car garage is

now open as the Free Press


The two bedroom home

on Lincoln Street is now a

rental home. Linda and her

son John Roach from

Wamego have spent the past

2 1/2 months turning the

garage into office space.

The building was first

stripped and then insolation

was added. A new wall was

put in to divide the building

into the office and storage

space. A new front entry was

added and lots of paint was

“We The People Competition”

In order to prepare for State

“We the People Stimulated

Congressional Hearing”

Competition the senior

Government class dedicates

time to expanding their knowledge

in teams researching questions

concerning the

Constitution. At the competition

the students will respond to

questions based on units from

the We the People: the Citizen

& the Constitution Government

textbook. Their responses will

be judged by members of the

civic community made up of

scholars, judges, and educators.

The competition will take place

Health Care Amendment Gains

Traction In The Kansas House

By Rachel Whitten


TOPEKA, Kan. – Even as a

federal judge in Florida struck

down the Patient Protection and

Affordable Care Act Monday

afternoon, legislators in Kansas

were hearing testimony arguing

the state should exempt itself

from the sweeping reform.

A stack of proponents from

the health care, insurance and

small business sectors lined up

to express their support for

House Bill 2129 and House

Concurrent Resolution 5007 to

the House Health and Human

Services Committee. No oppo-

CMH Names New Chief

Community Memorial

Healthcare (CMH) is

pleased to announce the

appointment of John Ryan,

MD, ABFP, as Chief of

Staff, effective January 1,

2011. His term will run

through December 31,

2012. Dr. Ryan is replacing

Dr. Michelle Stone, who

served as Chief of Staff during


Chief of staff assists in

coordinating the activities

and concerns of the hospital

administration, nursing, and

patient care services with

those of the medical staff;

reports the needs and policies

of the medical staff to

the board of directors and

the chief executive officer

(CEO); presides and oversees

medical staff meetings;

and serves as a spokesperson

for the medical staff in

professional and public relations.

Dr. Ryan is a family practitioner

with Community

Physicians Clinic in

Marysville, and is board

certified by the American

Board of Family Practice.

He has been engaged in

family practice in the

Marysville and Wymore,

NE communities since

erable from the rest of the


David Powell addresses legislators

in favor of the Health

Care Freedom Amendment with

the full

text of the health care law in the

foreground. Powell said the law

will hurt business in Kansas.

Meanwhile, the House

Concurrent Resolution would

add a provision to Article 16 of

the Kansas Constitution saying

that to preserve the freedom of

Kansans, the law shall not indirectly

make them participate in

a health system. The

Resolution, also known as the

“Health Care Freedom

Amendment,” would require a

two-thirds majority by both legislative

bodies and the approval

of more than half of voters in

the 2012 general election ballot

before it’s added to the Kansas


The individual mandate,

which requires all Americans to

buy health insurance or face a

fine, was the chief complaint

brought by supporters of the

Healthcare Freedom Amendment.

“Mandating the purchase of

insurance is inevitably accompanied

by the government prescribing

the design of health

insurance benefits and premiums,

often in ways that may satisfy

social wishes, but which are

uneconomic,” said Richard

Warner, a psychiatric physician

from Overland Park.

Others said the law is harmful

to job growth in Kansas because

of an added burden on businesses.

Ultimately, said David

Powell, an insurance agent from

El Dorado, the law will do what

it’s meant to combat.

“The law will cause the loss

of jobs and will, as it is already

doing, increase the number of

Kansans without health insurance

coverage,” Powell said.

“Many employers are dropping

their coverage because it is

cheaper to pay the penalty.”

Brownback Declares 53

Counties Disaster Areas

By Rachel Whitten


TOPEKA, Kan. – Sub-zero

wind chills and blowing

snow prompted Gov. Sam

Brownback to declare 53

counties a disaster area

Tuesday amidst a blizzard

that shut down schools and

state offices in eastern


The disaster declaration

gives Kansas Adjutant

General Lee Tafanelli and

The new Blue Rapids Free Press office at 203 East

5th Street.

put on the walls and ceiling. The new address for the

Special thanks go out to Free Press is 203 East 5th

Harold Sutton for helping on Street, Blue Rapids, Ks

the electrical work and Gene 66411.

Lott for putting in the new The new phone number is

phone lines.


After a year and a half of Staff member are Jon and

working out of the Brake home Linda Brake; Deb

the extra space is going to be Barrington, Advertising and


photographer and Chris

The building faces U.S. 77 Taylor page layout and

and has a paved parking in design.


January 31st in Topeka, KS. zens in the future,” stated gov-

Each team will participate in a ernment teacher Lew Whitson

ten minute session with the of the competition.

judges. In that allotted time, Members of the senior class

four minutes will be spent by have been practicing for months

students answering a unit ques- on end in order to be ready for

tion. The rest of the time will be the competition on Monday, if

dedicated for the judges for ask- members of the senior class do

ing follow-up questions based well enough at the state compe-

on student’s answers. tition, they will have a chance to

“Hopefully, it’s helping them proceed to Nationals in

understand the historical and Washington D.C. along with

Brownback authority to

coordinate state resources to

help local governments

overwhelmed with helping

Kansans and clearing roadways.

Southeastern Kansas was

hardest hit, and 16 Kansas

National Guard troops in

four Humvees have already

been deployed to Cherokee

County to help emergency

medical personnel get to and

from hospitals. Troops also

delivered cots to an emergency

shelter and are assisting

Kansas Highway Patrol

officers in that area.

Conditions are so bad

motorists are stranded on

highways, making it hard for

snowplows to get through.

“First and foremost,

please stay home. Please

stay home and don’t make

yourself a victim. If you

don’t have to get out, don’t

get out,” Brownback said.

A storm related fatality

was reported yesterday in

Smith County, located in

north-central Kansas.

School may be out but when they re-open students will

have clean sidewalk.

Sharon Watson, with the amount of wind it blows

Kansas Adjutant General’s back onto the roads,”

office said an estimate of Brownback said.

how much the blizzard is Kansas counties are

costing the state through named in the declaration as

emergency services and areas likely to be affected.

damages will not be clear They are: Allen, Anderson,

until after the storm is over Atchison, Bourbon, Brown,

and officials know how Butler, Chase, Chautauqua,

many missions were com- Cherokee, Clay, Cloud,


Coffey, Cowley, Crawford,

The disaster declaration Dickinson, Doniphan,

opens the door for low-inter- Douglas, Elk, Franklin,

est loans through the Federal Geary, Greenwood, Harvey,

Emergency Management Jackson, Jefferson, Jewell,

Agency if damages in Johnson, Labette,

Kansas caused by the storm Leavenworth, Linn, Lyon,

total more than $3 million. Marion, Marshall,

So far, there have been no McPherson, Miami,

reports of damages to build- Mitchell, Montgomery,

ings in the state.

Morris, Nemaha, Neosho,

After meeting with meteo- Osage, Ottawa,

rologists and administration Pottawatomie, Republic,

officials Tuesday afternoon, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick,

Brownback closed state Shawnee, Sumner,

offices again for Wabaunsee, Washington,


Wilson, Woodson, and

“Crews are out to move Wyandotte Counties.

the snow, but with this

philosophical foundations of the 1,200 other high school stu-

U.S. Government as well as dents. The seniors return to

relating contemporary constitutional

issues to lives of

Americans…[and] helping

school around 1:00 on Jan. 31st

and the results of the competition

will be posted on our web- New Year’s Resolutions

them be civically engaged citisite as soon as possible.

By Mikala Fuller

Students are working to New Year’s resolution will

In just one year, 2009, 14 create a more welcoming make our seminar better by

students in America’s atmosphere. Seminar stu- keeping things in the fore-

schools committed suicide dents worked together to set front as a reminder.”

because of bullying accord- group goals that would be Other seminars created

ing to Jim Dubreuil and achievable and that all can visuals that are posted

nents signed up to testify

Eamon McNiff of ABC participate in. The goals are around their rooms, such as a

against the measures.

News. Because of the fre- posted in classrooms to help smile board in Mrs. Lauer’s

The bill would mandate that a

Kansan has the right to purchase

or refuse health insurance,

and that no law can

restrict those rights.

Additionally, the bill would

allow no liability or fine for not

buying health insurance. A

much derided aspect of the federal

law is that Americans must

quency and seriousness of

the effects of bullying,

Valley Heights is furthering

their steps to create a positive

learning environment by

getting seminars involved.

After the New Year started,

resolutions were made within

seminars to help students

remind students of the goals

and they will also talk about

them during monthly antibully


Mrs. Stallbaumer’s seminar

created three resolutions

for the New Year, which

included opening doors for

others, helping pick up

room. Their resolution is to

“Say hello and smile to two

people who you don’t usually

talk to.” As the students

smile and complete this task

weekly, they record their

efforts with a tally mark

beside their name.

These efforts will provide

buy health insurance or face a

realize how their actions can dropped items, and smiling a friendly environment and

penalty. A federal judge ruled

that mandate unconstitutional

Monday and in his opinion said

the whole law must be thrown

out since that portion is not sev-

make the school a friendly

place to be.

at students in the hallway.

Stallbaumer said, “Setting a

encourage positive actions.


Dr. Ryan has precepted

Wichita State University

Physician Assistant (PA)

students for over 20 years.

The Wichita State

University PA Program

awarded Dr. Ryan with the

Preceptor of the Year Award

in 2008. Awarded annually,

the Outstanding Preceptor

Award is given to a medical

doctor who has supported

the physician assistant program

substantially in the

areas of teaching, mentoring,

and guiding students

during the clinical phase of

training. The Outstanding

Preceptor Award is student

derived with physician

assistant students selecting

the physician of their choice

to receive the Preceptor


Ryan has been most generous

in allowing physician

assistant students to participate

in the rural rotation

program to experience care

giving in a rural setting.

Community Memorial

Healthcare is most fortunate

to have this cooperative

spirit that exists between Dr.

Ryan and his physician

assistant students.

KAY’s Winter Formal

The KAY’s Winter Formal Candidates are: Back row: Mason Walsh, Benton Coon,

Zach Montanino Front Row: Kristen Hays, Mikala Fuller, Katie Atkinson

By Mikala Fuller

The upcoming event that has

students buzzing with excitement

is the KAY’s Winter

Formal dance. The Winter

Formal candidates were voted

upon January 26th during seminar.

There were three girl and

three boy candidates chosen

from the senior class.

Candidates are as follows:

Katie Atkinson, Mikala Fuller,

Kristen Hays, Benton Coon,

Zach Montanino, and Mason

Walsh. The dance will be

Saturday February 5th at 8-11

pm. Congratulations to all candidates!

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Senior of the Week - Kristen Hays

VHHS Journalism

By: Miranda Bargdill

Kristen Hays moved into the

Valley Heights School District

in 2003, when the current seniors

were only fifth graders.

Since then, Kristen has made

herself right at home by making

friends and getting involved in

many activities.

The first thing people noticed

about Hays when she moved

here was her unusual quality of

having two different colored

eyes. Her left eye is blue and her

right eye is hazel. When she was

younger, her mom could easily

identify her drawings because

she would draw all her stick figures

with different colored eyes.

Hays uses her different colored

eyes for one of her favorite hobbies,

taking pictures. Looking

through a camera lense, taking




Betty Ruth Jewell, age 82, of

Blue Rapids, passed away

Monday, Janary 31, 2011 at the

Blue Valley Nursing Home in

Blue Rapids.

Betty Ruth was born

February 16, 1928 to Barney

and Nita (Lacy) Jewell. She

worked many years as a bookkeeper

both for KP&L and

Dilley Electric. She had also

owned and operated a café as

well as being an Avon

Representative for over 20

years. After graduating Betty

Ruth married R.J. Baker, they

had one son Terry Brew. They

later divorced. She was married

to Wayne Talbot for just over 25



Neil Gordon Broky, 70, of

Lawrence, went to be with the

Lord on Tuesday, February 1,

2011. He passed away at his

home after giving non-smokers

lung cancer a good fight.

Neil was born September 18,

1940 to Rudolph and Helen

(Heina) Broky in Louisville,

KY. Following the end of the

Second World War his parents

returned to Blue Rapids, KS, to

make their home and run the

family hardware business. Neil

attended the Blue Rapids

schools graduating with the

high school class of 1958. He

attended Sterling College in

Sterling, Kansas and graduated

with a degree in fine arts in

1962. There he met the love of

his life. He married Mary

Jeanette Eastwood on

September 28, 1963 at Mission

snap shots for fun or for

Journalism class takes up a lot

of Hays’ time. Her passion for

photography could take her far

in life. This hobby, Hays hopes,

years. He has passed away. She

married Robert Walsh in 1981.

Betty Ruth has been active in

many organizations over the

years. She is a member of the

Blue Rapids United Methodist

Church; she belonged to the

Blue Raids Rebekah’s Lodge,

the Methodist Ladies Aid,

Ladies of the Moose and The

Blue Rapids American Legion

Auxiliary. She loved to bowl

and belonged to the Stanley's

HyKlas Team for many years.

She was an accomplished seamstress

and quilter; making her

own clothing as well as doing

sewing for her family and did

volunteer mending for the

BVNH for many years. She

loved doing crossword puzzles.

She was an avid collector of

Creek Church in Pawnee

County, Nebraska. She survives

of the home. Of this union were

blessed four children, Jonathan

(Kum-Cha) Broky, of

Cheyenne, Wyoming, Carole

Lynne Lovin (Todd) of St.

George, KS, Elizabeth

Williams(Sam) of Olsburg, KS,

and Benjamin (Michelle) Broky,

of Perry, KS. He is also survived

by two granddaughters, Tate

Lovin and Anna Williams, three

grandsons, Joshua Broky,

Joseph Broky, and Jared Lovin.

Neil began working at the

Georgia Pacific gypsum plant in

Blue Rapids in 1962. In 1966 he

moved his family to Lawrence,

KS and began work as a design

draftsman for Hercules Inc. at

the Sunflower Army

Ammunition Plant in DeSoto,

KS. He also served in the U.S.

Army Reserve. Upon retirement

from Hercules in 1996 Neil

spent his remaining 15 years

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“We have a warm friendly home like environment that

you feel when you enter the door.”

will turn into some sort of career

as a photojournalist.

Next year, Hays’ plans are to

attend either the University of

Kansas or Washburn. She wants

to focus in Communications and

Advertising. This would seem

to be an obvious choice for

Kristen, as she has been

involved in Journalism three

years, and editor her senior year.

Hays is also very dedicated in

other clubs throughout high

school. She is a four year member

of the Kansas Association

for Youth and was Vice

President for two years,

National Honor Society member

for two years, and is

President of FCCLA. Kristen

also holds the role of

Community Education Board

Member. As for activities outside

of school, Kristen said,

Betty Boop memorabilia, miniature

glass shoes, white hobnail

glassware, kewpie dolls and

loved her family pictures.

Survivors include her son

Terry Baker and wife Mary

Alice of Blue Rapids, two

grandchildren; Stacey Whiting

of Waterville, Mark Baker and

wife Cara of Seneca, by four

grandchildren; Brittani, Tanner,

Devin and Landen. She was

preceded in death by two sisters;

Bonita Dunmire and Beulah

Nider and a brother Leo Jewell.

Funeral Services are planned

for 2pm, Thursday, February 3,

2011 at the Blue Rapids United

Methodist Church with

Reverend Bob Whitaker officiating.

The pianist is Lois

Andersen who will accompany

enjoying the company of historians

around the nation. Neil

was a self-taught and respected

military historian in the area of

the U.S.-Indian War period but

more than anything Neil was a

patriot of the United States. He

loved our country and had a

great faith in the Lord during his

lifetime. Neil passed his love of

the Lord, his country and history

on to his family. Neil was a

member of the Little Big Horn

Associates, the Santa Fe Trails

Association, the NRA, the

Company of Military

Historians, the Lawrence Free

Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by

his parents. He is also survived

by two brothers, Wayne S.

Broky (Lynda) of Phoenix,

Arizona, and Kenneth Broky

(Mary), St. Louis, Missouri.

Funeral services for Mr.

Broky, will be held 10 a.m.

Saturday, February 5, 2011 at

“None. I live, eat and breath

Valley Heights.”

Track is Hays’ favorite sport,

participating in it for three

years. As a runner, Hays runs

the 400, 200, 100, and 4×400.

As dedicated as she is to track,

Hays’ favorite high school

memory was, “Skipping track

practice to go get my nails done

with my friends.“

Living by the words of Kid

Cudi, “Everything that shines

ain’t always gunna be gold.”

Hays will go far in life, keeping

her expectations high and mindset

positive but realistic. She

says, her parents have made her

the stubborn and driven person

she is today, “I wouldn’t be

where I am without them.” With

big goals ahead, Hays is on the

right path to achieve them.

Kim Oatney as she sings “In

The Garden” and “How Great

Thou Art”. Casket Bearers are

Jamie Terry, Jeff Terry, Kenny

Wanamaker, Allen Yungeberg

and great-grandsons Tanner and

Devin. Burial will be at

Fairmont Cemetery in Blue

Rapids. Viewing will be two

hours prior to the service on

Thursday. Memorials are suggested

to the Blue Valley

Nursing Home in Blue Rapids

and may be sent in care of

Terry-Christie Funeral Home at

PO Box 61, Waterville, KS

66548. Condolences may be

left at www.terrychristiefuneralhome.com


Lawrence Free Methodist

Church. Later services will be

at 4 p.m. at the Terry-Christie

Funeral Home in Blue Rapids,

KS, and then burial will be at

the Prospect Hill Cemetery,

north of Blue Rapids. He will lie

in state from 2-4 p.m. Saturday

at the funeral home in Blue


Memorials may be made to

the Oncology Center at

Lawrence Memorial Hospital or

the Lawrence Free Methodist

Church and sent in care of the

Warren-McElwain Mortuary in


The family will greet friends

from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the mortuary

in Lawrence.

Online condolences may be

sent to


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peace in the midst of our troubled lives. Jesus said in John

16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye

might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation:

but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. We are

reminded in this verse that in Him (Jesus Christ) we may have

peace no matter what is going on in our lives. We also have a

wonderful promise in 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon

him; for he careth for you.” The Lord cares about us and

our lives. He can help you handle life!

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Blue Rapids Chamber of Commerce Spaghetti Supper

Free Press Publishers Linda and Jon Brake enjoying some conversation and dessert. People of all ages gathered at the Blue Rapids Community Center to celebrate

Kansas Day.

Relay For Life Soup Luncheon

Pictured from Left to Right: Dawn Vorseth, Ragena Smith, Colleen Seematter, Jean Barker Gallagher, and

Bonnie pause for a picture at the Dancing for a Cure Soup Luncheon.

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Hands Off My Purse!

Why Money Bills Originate In The House

By Erik M. Jensen

Legislative checks and balances is one of

the key inventions that convinced Alexander

Hamilton in Federalist No. 9 that the cause of

liberty was not lost, in spite of the failure of

previous republics throughout the ages.

According to the Framers, powers ought not

only to be distributed between the three

branches of government (separation of powers),

but Congress, as the most powerful

branch, should be divided into two, with different

constituencies, term lengths, sizes, and

functions for each house. In this spirit, the

Constitution allocates the power to raise revenue—part

of the power of the purse—to the

House of Representatives, the legislative body

closest to the people. Regrettably, this clause

has had little effect in practice as the Senate

has construed its power to amend so broadly

as to replace the entire text of revenue bills

that had originated in the House. Members of

the House of Representatives should be more

zealous in protecting this exclusive prerogative.

This essay is adapted from The Heritage

Guide to the Constitution for a new series providing

constitutional guidance for lawmakers.

“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate

in the House of Representatives; but the

Senate may propose or concur with

Amendments as on other Bills.”

— Article I, Section 7, Clause 1

Consistent with the English requirement

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that money bills must commence in the House

of Commons, the Framers expected that the

Origination Clause would ensure that “power

over the purse” would lie with the legislative

body closer to the people. Under the Articles

of Confederation, the national government

could not tax individuals, and the clause was

one of several provisions meant to cabin the

national revenue power created under the

Constitution. The clause was also part of a

critical compromise between large and small

states, helping to temper the large states’

unhappiness with equal representation in the

Senate by leaving the power to initiate tax

bills with the House of Representatives, where

the large states had greater influence.

The final version of the clause was much

weaker than the form proposed by Elbridge

Gerry of Massachusetts, which would have

required all “money bills” (including appropriations)

to originate in the House and would

have given the Senate no power to amend.

Gerry feared that the Senate would become an

aristocratic body because of its small size, its

selection by legislatures rather than by election,

and its six-year term of office. “It was a

maxim,” he said, “that the people ought to

hold the purse-strings.”

The strongest proponents of national power

opposed the clause in any form. As James

Wilson of Pennsylvania explained at the

Convention, “If both branches were to say yes

Zip Code Shouldn't Matter - Delivering

An Effective Education For Every Child

By Dave Trabert

At some point in most school funding

debates, someone will justify their position

by saying 'it's all about doing what's best for

the kids.' It's not a partisan thing; I've heard

it from people with opposite opinions on

whether schools need more money. And

that's what should drive every education

discussion - doing what's best for kids, not

the adults in the system. This week is

National School Choice Week and there's no

better way to show that it really is about the

kids than to support school choice. That's

not an attack on public schools. Public

schools work very well for many students,

but not all. Granted, that may be a subjective

position, but who should decide

whether a particular school or district is best

for a child - the government or a parent?

There is also strong evidence that students

perform better with expanded school

choice. For example, scores on the National

Assessment of Educational Progress

(NAEP) fourth-grade reading exam

improved 3 points in Kansas (from 221 to

224) between 1999 and 2009. At the same

time, Florida's fourth-grade scores jumped

from 206 to 226. Even more significant,

Florida's Hispanic students improved from

198 to 223 and are within one point of

catching all Kansas students.

How did Florida do it? Strong leadership

and aggressive education reforms like

strengthening its charter school law, holding

schools and teachers more accountable and

introducing private school choice opportunities

for students in need-one for students

with special needs, the other for low-income

children. Kansas has done none of these.

In fact, Kansas is ranked 36th among the

states in the annual Quality Counts study

just published by Education Week, including

a grade of C for K-12 achievement.

The point isn't that Kansas public schools

are bad; far from it. But we can do better.

And we don't have to look all the way to

Florida to find similar successes. Last year,

Oklahoma improved its charter school law

and passed a scholarship program to allow

students with special needs the opportunity

to attend the private school of their parents'

choice. This scholarship program will come

at no additional cost to the state and has a

strong likelihood of even saving Oklahoma

taxpayers money. And if Florida's specialneeds

scholarship program-after which

Oklahoma's is modeled-is any indication,

parents and students will be overwhelmingly

satisfied and better off.

These ideas are also in line with the

thoughts of most Kansans. In a recent poll,

56 percent of registered voters in Kansas

support tax-credit scholarships and only

29% are opposed; 57 percent support

vouchers and only 36% are opposed. And

58 percent would actually choose something

besides a regular public school if they

had the chance (i.e., private, public charter,

virtual/online, or home schooling).

If Kansans are really serious about putting

kids first, we should follow the proven

examples of forward-thinking states like

Oklahoma and Florida and ensure that every

parent is empowered to decide what's best

for their children.

About Kansas Policy Institute

KPI is an independent think-tank that

advocates for free market solutions and the

protection of personal freedom for all

Kansans. Our work centers on state and

local economic policy with primary emphasis

on education, fiscal policy and health

care. We empower citizens, legislators, and

other government officials with objective

research and creative ideas to promote a

low-tax, pro-growth environment that preserves

the ability of governments to provide

high quality services.

About The Author

Dave Trabert is President of Kansas

Policy Institute. He is a frequent speaker to

business, legislative and civic groups and

also does research and writes on fiscal policy

and education issues. He most recently

authored "Kansas County Budget Analysis -

In Search of Efficient Government" and

"Volume III: Analysis of K-12 Spending in

Kansas" in A Kansas Primer on Education

Funding. Trabert regularly testifies before

Kansas House and Senate committees on

state budget, tax and education issues. He

also serves on the Tax and Fiscal Policy

Task Force for the American Legislative

Exchange Council. He graduated cum

laude from West Liberty State College with

a degree in Business Administration.

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or no, it was of little consequence which

should say yes or no first.” What survived the

contentious debates was closer to Wilson’s

vision than to Gerry’s. The clause was restricted

to bills for raising revenue, and the Senate

was given the amendment power (which,

Gerry thought, gutted the provision of any real


Even in weakened form, however, the

Origination Clause was not meaningless.

James Madison, no supporter of the clause at

the Convention, gave it a generous interpretation

in The Federalist No. 58: “The House of

Representatives cannot only refuse, but they

alone can propose the supplies requisite for

the support of the government....This power

over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the

most complete and effectual weapon with

which any constitution can arm the immediate

representatives of the people, for obtaining a

redress of every grievance, and for carrying

into effect, every just and salutary measure.”

As it turned out, the Origination Clause has

had little effect. For one thing, many revenue

bills have their intellectual genesis in the

Treasury Department, not in Congress.


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Furthermore, Elbridge Gerry’s fears were well

founded: the Senate’s power to amend is generally

understood in practice to be so broad

that the Senate can replace the entire text of a

bill that technically originates in the House.

The understanding that the clause is a nullity

reflects practice, however, not doctrine. In

its most recent Origination Clause case,

United States v. Munoz-Flores (1990), a divided

Supreme Court rejected the argument that

origination issues are nonjusticiable political

questions. The Court held that a plaintiff with

standing may pursue a claim that a revenue

statute improperly originated in the Senate. In

Munoz-Flores, however, the Court did not

reach the larger issues, concluding that a bill

to impose a user’s fee, where raising revenue

was a secondary concern, was not a “bill for

raising revenue.” The larger issues await

another case where a taxpayer subject to an

unquestioned revenue statute can raise serious

questions about the statute’s origin.

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NEWS EWS Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, February 3, 2011

Marshall County Minutes

January 24, 2011

The Board of Marshall

County Commissioners met in

regular adjourned session with

Charles R. Loiseau, Chairman;

Robert S. Connell and Thomas

K. Holle members; and Sonya

L. Stohs, County Clerk present.

The meeting was called to

order at 9:00 a.m.

The Board opened the meeting

with the flag salute.

The minutes and agenda

were approved as presented

By Gene Meyer


TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas

legislators looking for ways to

close a nearly $8 billion gap in

state pension plan funding

heard how Utah plans to heal

its pension wounds by switching

to a plan similar to one that

most private businesses offer.

Utah state Sens. Dan

Liljenquist, of Bountiful, and

Curt Bramble, of Provo, both

Republicans, outlined to the

Kansas House Pensions and

Benefits Committee how Utah

intends to close a somewhat

smaller gap than Kansas’ by

switching its traditional defined

benefits pension plan to a modified

version of a defined contribution

401(k) plan, the predominant

retirement savings

plan offered by U.S. businesses.

The Utah senators said they

weren’t familiar enough with

the details of Kansas’ plans to

gauge how well a similar shift

might work here.

But it is important to at least

think about such a change

because “your state, like ours,

cannot afford another 2008,”

Liljenquist told the Kansas

pension panel.

Kansas last year was among

40 states with state pension

funds that the Pew Center on

upon a motion by Robert S.

Connell moved, seconded by

Thomas K. Holle. Unanimous.

The Board opened the following

bids for the 1972

Chevrolet truck from the

Custodial Department:

Fred Rosquis, Frankfort –


Allen Schwartz, Marysville

– $519.72

Corey Lee, Lee Chevrolet,

Frankfort - $331.60

Robert Montague,

the States estimated were a collective

$1 trillion shy of being

able to fully fund all the retirement

pledges they’d made to

state and local government

workers for the next three


No immediate retirement

benefits in those states, including

Kansas, are at risk, but the

ongoing drain on state budgets

needed to plug the increasing

deficits ultimately will crowd

out what states can spend on

education, public safety and

other needs, and either taxes

will need to increased or public

services will need to be cut, the

Pew report said.

That is precisely what Utah

feared when the 2008 market

crash wiped out about 22 percent

of the state’s pension fund

investments and blew a projected

$6.8 billion long term gap

into what in 2007 had been

fully-funded retirement plans

for state workers, Lilgenquist


Although the losses were

officially calculated at 22 percent,

or the difference in portfolio

values before the crash

and after it, “the real loss was

nearer 30 percent, because we

also were counting on a 7.5

percent gain to keep projections

on track,” he said.

Utah legislators were even

Marysville – $225.00

Dale Buessing, Beattie -


Ron Loges, Marysville -


Kevin Huninghake,

Baileyville - $627.00

Dave Claeys, Marysville -


Paul and Mary Zimmerling,

Home - $300.00

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to accept the high bid from

Kevin Huninghake, Baileyville

in the amount of $627.00.


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the following purchase

orders. Unanimous.

Farm and Home Publishing,

Belmond, IA for plat books

$1,003.20-Courthouse General

fund-P.O. # 3867

School Health Corp.,

Chicago, IL for ½ Suresight

Vision Screening $2,500.00-

Courthouse General fund-P.O.

# 3866

KWORCC, Topeka, KS for

2011 premium workman’s

comp. $60,640.00-Workman’s

Comp fund-P.O. # 3865

KCAMP, Topeka, KS for

2011 premium Liability

$60,553.00-Tort Liability fund-

P.O. # 3864

Eakes, Beatrice, NE for plasma

console for 55” LCD

HDTV $527.95-Special

Attorney fund-P.O. # 3863

Northco Real Estate

Services, LLC, for consulting

agreement for Industrial Park

Site Analysis $5,000.00-

Economic Development fund-

more dismayed to realize that

recovering from the setback

would require a 60 percent

increase in investment profits -

half to make up the losses and

half, in effect, to make up lost

time and put the portfolio back

on the track projected before

the crash.

Utah lawmakers also were

dismayed by projections of

how many other state programs

might be crowded out in the

process; “one year’s losses in

2008 would consume 10 percent

of our general fund budget

for 25 years,” Liljenquist said.

So last year, Utah’s legislature

voted to close the state’s

traditional pension plan and,

beginning this July 1, offer

employees a modified defined

contribution plan, much like a

corporate 401(k), instead.

Traditional pensions are

known as defined benefit plans;

employers - or taxpayers - basically

invest whatever it takes in

a defined benefit plan to produce

the lifetime pension benefits

they’ve promised to workers.

In defined contribution

plans, employers simply guarantee

they will contribute so

much per pay period to the

workers’ retirement plan, and

the workers’ retirement income

will be determined by how that

money is invested.

P.O. # 3340

Election Systems &

Software, Chicago, IL for election

supplies $9,162.43-

Election fund-P.O. # 3868

County Attorney Laura

Johnson-McNish met with the


Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Coordinating Supervisor Larry

Polson met with the Board.

Charles R. Loiseau moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve Resolution # 11-01-

24-1 to establish a dealer-participating

cost-share program

within Marshall County,

Kansas for the year 2011.


Public Works Administrator

Mike Craig and Public Works

Office Manager Sondra Klover

were present for a presentation

from Dawn Hueske, KDOT

Local Road Engineer, Eric

Deicher, KDOT Local Liaison

about the Federal Funds

Exchange Program for Local

Agencies. The program allows

the Local Agencies to make

available to them $0.90 of state

funds for each dollar of federal

funds exchanged. Marshall

County has the potential to

receive $237,608.91 in federal

pass through dollars from the

State each year currently. The

Federal payments for 2010 are

currently behind in payments

so with the exchange funds

Marshall County could currently

only receive $131,000.00 in

exchange funds and would

have $123,000.00 in carryover

for a total possible funds if

available of $352,000.00. If

Kansas Considers Major

Change In State Pension Plans

Such a switch controls costs

Home Notes -

By Susan A. Latta - CEA

Marshall County Extension


Last week, we began to learn

about understanding why it is

important to know if you are an

inpatient or outpatient when

you are receiving services at a


This week, we will focus on

how this designation could

affect your stay in a Skilled

Nursing Facility (swing bed).

How would my hospital status

affect the way that

Medicare covers care I get in a

skilled nursing facility (SNF)?

Medicare will only cover

care you get in a SNF if you

first have a “qualifying hospital

stay.” A qualifying hospital stay

means you’ve been a hospital

inpatient for at least 3 days in a

row (counting the day you were

admitted as an inpatient, but

not counting the day of your

discharge). If you don’t have a

3-day inpatient hospital stay,

ask if you can get care after

your discharge in other settings

(like home health care) or if

another programs (like

Medicaid or Veterans’ benefits)

can cover your SNF care.

Always ask your doctor or hospital

staff if Medicare will

cover your SNF stay.

How would a hospital’s

observation services affect

my SNF coverage?

Your doctor may order

“observation services” to help

decide whether you need to be

admitted to the hospital as an

inpatient or can be discharged.

During the time you’re getting

observation services in the hospital,

you’re considered an outpatient.

This means you can’t

count this time towards the 3day

inpatient hospital stay

needed for Medicare to cover

your SNF stay. For more information

about how Medicare

covers care in a SNF, visit


s/Pubs/pdf/10153.pdf to view

the booklet “Medicare

Coverage of Skilled Nursing

Facility Care.”

Below are some common

hospital situations that may

affect your SNF coverage.

Situation Is your

SNF stay covered?

You came to the emergency

department and were formally

admitted to the hospital with a

doctor’s order as an inpatient

for 3 days, and you were discharged

on the fourth day.

Yes, you met the 3-day inpatient

stay requirement for a

covered SNF stay.

You came to the emergency

department and spent 1 day

getting observation services.

Then, you were an inpatient for

2 more days. No. Even

though you spent 3 days in the

hospital, you were considered

an outpatient while getting

emergency department and

observation services. These

days don’t count toward the 3day

inpatient stay requirement.

Remember: An inpatient

admission begins the day

you’re formally admitted to the

hospital with a doctor’s order.

That date is your first inpatient

day. The day you are discharged

doesn’t count as an

inpatient day.

What are my rights?

No matter what type of

Medicare coverage you have,

you have certain guaranteed

rights. As a person with

Medicare, you have the right to

all of the following:

• Have your questions about

Medicare answered

• Learn about all of your

treatment choices and participate

in treatment decisions

• Get a decision about health

care payment or services, or

prescription drug coverage

• Get a review of (appeal)

certain decisions about health

care payment, coverage of

services, or prescription drug


• File complaints (sometimes

called grievances), including

complaints about the quality of

your care. For more informa-

to government employers - and

taxpayers - because contributions

are capped by whatever

the plan specifies. Unfunded

liabilities vanish too - for new

employees, but not the obligations

run up in the traditional

plan - plus it is easier for workers

to take their new accounts

with them if they change jobs.

There are drawbacks too.

Such a switch can more than

halve the costs that a state or

any other employer would

incur offering the plan, but it is

unclear how much of that

would be shifted to employees

who pick up a larger share of

investment services costs. And

historically, very few 401(k)

investors on their own match

the 7.5 percent or 8 percent

annual returns that professionally

managed pension funds

often achieve.

“But that’s the point, they

aren’t making those returns

anymore either,” Liljenquist


Utah is trying to lessen those

drawbacks by offering its

workers plan choices that

essentially will be run by current

fund managers that will

still be needed to tend existing

traditional pension investments,

Liljenquist said.

tion about your rights, the different

levels of appeals, and

Medicare notices, visit


s/Pubs/pdf/10112.pdf to view

the booklet “Your Medicare

Rights and Protections.” You

can also call 1-800-

MEDICARE (1-800-633-

4227). TTY users should call 1-


Medicare recipients in

Marshall County can contact

me at the Marshall County

Extension Office for assistance

with Medicare related questions

or problems.




Relay For Life of Marshall County

Biscuit ‘n Gravy


Saturday Feb. 12, 2011

6:30 am to 11:00 am

Blue Rapids

Community Center

Come join us for a free-will donation

breakfast to help with the 2011

American Cancer

Society’s Relay For

Life of Marshall County!

the County goes with the

exchange program it will then

lift the Federal guidelines and

we will only have to meet State

statutory guidelines for the

Local Agency projects. There

is another program that is available

with KDOT that 8 million

dollars are set aside for off system

bridges with a 20% County

match for certain bridge projects.

Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp met with the

Board to discuss snow removal

at the Helvering Center.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the vouchers, as presented,

and issue manual warrants

from the respective funds.


Economic Development

Director George McCune met

with the Board to give them a

weekly update.


Agency on Aging Director

Heather Ruhkamp placed a call

to the Board and let them know

that David Lord, Marysville

will do the snow removal at the

Helvering Center for $50.00 a


Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the following 2010

abatements with a value of

6,136 with a total tax of

$1,018.38. Unanimous.

Thomas K. Holle moved,

seconded by Robert S. Connell

to approve the three year contract

for audit services with

Reese and Novelly, P.A.,

Manhattan, KS. Unanimous.

Robert S. Connell moved,

seconded by Charles R.

Loiseau to adjourn the meeting

at 12:10 p.m. Unanimous. The

next scheduled meeting will be

Monday, January 31, 2011

starting at 9:00 a.m.


Bernice Volesky, formerly of Blue Rapids, will celebrate

her 90th birthday with family in Wichita where

she presently resides. Her birthday is February 7th.

Birthday greetings may be sent to Bernice Volesky,

2508 North Battin, Wichita, KS 67220

Birthday Card Shower


Bob Kenworthy

Turning 70 on Feb 9th

Pleas send cards to

200 E 3rd Street

Frankfort, KS 66427

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be interested in sending him Birthday Wishes



All dogs and cats in the city limits of Blue Rapids

must be licensed. Licenses are $5.00 if spayed or

neutered ($10 if not) when purchased prior to March 31.

Purchase at the City Office between the hours of 8 and

4:30 Monday - Friday. A current rabies vaccination

certificate is required.

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Sports Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valley Heights Boys Basketball Schedule

Record 8 Wins - 4 Losses


* 2 - 7:30PMValley Heights @ Centralia L 43-71

Vh: Coon 18, Musil 13, Boeschling 10.

* 7 - 7:30 PM Bern @ Valley Heights W 79 - 48

VH: Coon 20, Trimble 15, Musil 11.

10 - 7:30 PM Valley Heights @ Wabaunsee High W 63 - 31

VH: Musil 15, Trimble & Dobrovolny 13, Boeschling 10.

14 - 7:30 PM Republic County @ Valley Heights L 51 - 73

VH: Coon 16, Boeschling 14.

* 17 - 7:30 PM Blue Valley @ Valley Heights W 55 - 41

VH: A.Boeschling 20, Dobrovolny 11. BV: Drouillard 10.

21 - 7:30 PM Valley Heights @ Linn W 68 - 49

VH: Coon 23, Trimble 14, Musil 13. Linn: Perales & Wiese 13.


* 4 - 7:30 PM Valley Heights @ Clifton-Clyde L 69 - 70 OT

* 7 - 7:30 PM Axtell @ Valley Heights W 60 - 50

11 - 7:30 PM Centralia @ Valley Heights (Postponed)

15 - Valley Heights @ TBA TVL at Onaga

TVL - Valley Heights vs Frankfort L 39 - 54

Coon 15

TVL - Valley Heights vs Clifton-Clyde W 60 -34

Trimble 15 (3-3's), Coon 14, Dobrovolny 13.

TVL - Valley Heights vs Axtell W 57 - 36

25 - 7:30PM Centralia @ Valley Heights W 50 - 44 OT

Trimble 18, Dobrovolny 12

* 28 -7:30 PM Valley Heights @ B&B L 37 - 45

Dobrovolny 13.


* 1 - 7:30PMWetmore @ Valley Heights

4 - 7:30 PM Valley Heights @ Wamego High School

* 8 - 7:30 PM Valley Heights @ Frankfort

* 11 - 7:30 PM Hanover @ Valley Heights

* 15 - 7:30 PM Valley Heights @ Onaga

* 18 - 7:30 PM Valley Heights @ Washington County

* 22 - 7:30 PM Linn @ Valley Heights


1 Valley Heights @ TBA TVL at Onaga (Jan. 15th-22nd)

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Record 8 Wins - 5 Losses


* 2 - 6:00 PM Valley Heights @ Centralia L 25-35

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* 76:00 PM Bern @ Valley Heights W 46 - 36

VH: Bargdill 21, Musil 12. Bern: Hecht 15.

10 - 6:00 PM Valley Heights @ Wabaunsee High W 45 - 42

VH: Musil 18, Bargdill 14.

14 - 6:00 PM Republic County @ Valley Heights L 26 - 55

VH: Bargdill 14.

* 17 - 6:00 PM Blue Valley @ Valley Heights W 45 - 30

VH: Bargdill 22, Musil 10. BV: Shaheen 10.

21 - 6:00 PM Valley Heights @ Linn W 46 - 16

VH: Musil 15.


* 4 - 6:00 PM Valley Heights @ Clifton-Clyde W 49 - 40

VH: Bargdill 20 (8-9 FT), Musil 15, Lockhart 10.

* 7 - 6:00 PM Axtell @ Valley Heights W 45 - 7

11 - 6:00 PM Centralia @ Valley Heights (Postponed)

15 - Valley Heights @ TBA TVL at Onaga

TVL - Valley Heights - Axtell W 59 - 20

Bargdill 31, Musil 14

TVL - Valley Heights - Frankfort W 52 - 42

Bargdill 28

21 - 8:00PM Washington County vs. Valley Heights L 52 - 65

TVL Semifinal: Musil & McNary 14, Bargdill 12.

22 - 4:00PM B&B vs. Valley Heights L 43 - 53

TVL 3rd Place: Bargdill 21, Musil 10.

25 - 6:00PM Centralia @ Valley Heights L 41 - 54

Bargdill 22, Musil 13

* 28 - 6:00 PM Valley Heights @ B&B L 26 - 39

Bargdill 13.


* 1 - 6:00 PM Wetmore @ Valley Heights

4 - 6:00 PM Valley Heights @ Wamego High School

* 8 - 6:00 PM Valley Heights @ Frankfort

* 11 - 6:00 PM Hanover @ Valley Heights

* 15 - 6:00 PM Valley Heights @ Onaga

* 18 - 6:00 PM Valley Heights @ Washington County

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News Blue Rapids Free Press - Thursday, February 3, 2011

Senior Of The Week: Tristan Dreith

By Kristen Hays

“I want to leave in a shroud

of mystery, hence my short and

illegible answers,” said senior

Tristan Dreith about how he

wants to be remembered at

Valley Heights. Anyone who

has talked to Dreith in his four

years at Valley Heights knows

that this quote describes him

perfectly. Dreith may be considered

sarcastic by some, but

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Bill Watterson, a popular

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Taelor Karr tied a career high in

points with 19, which included

four clutch free throws in the

last minute of the game, to lead

Kansas State to a 65-60 victory

over rival Kansas in Saturday’s

Sunflower Showdown, presented

by Dillons, at Bramlage


With the win, K-State

improved to 15-5 (5-2 in Big 12

play), while KU fell to 14-7

overall (1-6 in Big 12 play). The

Wildcats moved to 11-0 at home

this season with the win and

also picked up their 10th

straight over the Jayhawks at

Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats had to wait

almost three minutes into the

game before scoring their first

bucket but at the 17:10 mark,

freshman Chantay Caron, starting

for the ninth consecutive

time this season, drained a

three-pointer to ignite a 12-4 K-

State run that lasted nearly four


Kansas regained its composure

and matched K-State’s

scoring run with one of its own,

going on an 11-3 tear. In that

three-minute span, the

Jayhawks connected on two of

their three first-half three-pointers.

K-State ended the first half

on a 14-6 scoring blitz, which

produced the Wildcats’ largest

lead of the game at 12 points,


Kansas State used stifling

defense in the first 20 minutes

as it forced KU into eight first

half turnovers, while holding

the Jayhawks to just 42-percent

from the floor.

Karr and junior Jalana Childs

led K-State with eight points

each, at the break. The Wildcats

went into the locker room leading


In keeping with the game

trend, KU opened the second

half on a 10-2 run. The

Jayhawks cut the Wildcat

deficit to one at 41-40 with

12:38 remaining but that did not

last long. With 12:16 left in the

game, Branshea Brown gath-

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Wildcats Stay Unbeaten at Home with Win over KU, 65-60

missed free-throw and kicked

the ball out to Brittany

Chambers, who buried a threepointer

from base line to put her

team ahead for good at 44-40.

After trading buckets for

most of the second half, K-State

used clutch free-throw shooting

to ice the game. The Wildcats

went 9-for-12 from the charity

stripe in the final minutes of the


Childs was one of three K-

Staters in double-figures, as she

finished with 18. Sophomore

Mariah White added 10, while

Branshea Brown led the

Wildcats with 10 rebounds. The

game marked the 11th time this

season that at least three players

scored in double figures.

Following a week off, the

Wildcats will return to action on

Saturday, Feb. 5 at Missouri. K-

State will square off against the

Tigers in Columbia at 2 p.m.

The contest will be available on

the K-State Sports Network and

for free at


Kansas State Head Coach

Deb Patterson

Opening statement…

“I feel like that was a classic

rivalry game. It was tough but I

think we got an unbelievably

great game out of Jalana Childs

and Taelor Karr, they just

stepped up in really big ways. It

was neat to see the inside and

outside balance in what I would

characterize in a very gritty

rivalry game. This was a great

effort by both programs. It was

a game where analysis goes out

the window and you watch

players dig in deep and make

plays. Our players over time,

here at home and in front of a

great crowd, have had that

added emotion and found ways

to make plays that kept enough

separation that we came away

with this win.”

On stopping KU runs…

“Our players are really

tough-minded. They are very

directed to the next opportunity

to compete the possession

together, as we want to compete.

They are not necessarily

on-task and very competitive.

We are a basketball team that is

able to match that mental toughness

with physical toughness as

well. Sometimes that is the difference

between one or two

plays. This game could have

gone any number of ways but

this K-State team is very tough

and very competitive.”

On the crowd in Bramlage…

“I cannot even tell you the lift

that the crowd gives you. It is

not just that you are home and

seeing all those K-Staters and

feeling that buzz and energy.

The crowd is just really neat and

that is such a huge part of winning

at home in a rivalry game.

Our fans are big, in my opinion,

in helping us win games.”

On the play of Jalana


“Jalana (Childs) was just fantastic.

She was defending at a

high level. There might have

been one play where she did not

move. She played major minutes

and stayed so aggressive

offensively, despite playing

through some early misses. She

had mental resolve and toughness

and got to the foul line. It

was the overall effort that she

brought on both ends of the

court that just huge for us.

There was not an element of the

game that she did not contribute

to today.”

Sophomore guard Taelor


On the rivalry in today’s


“For sure it was for me. I am

sure it was like that for everyone

in this game. It is the rivalry

game. It is Kansas State and

Kansas. It is a big day, and it is

always very emotional for all of

the players involved. I just

wanted to go out and play hard

and have a good game. A lot of

our teammates stepped up today

and Jalana (Childs) did a great

job scoring, and Branshea

(Brown) did a great job on the

boards. Brittany (Chambers)

was that point guard leader that

we needed. She did not make as

many points as she normally

does, but she led the team and

K-State’s Jalana Childs (33) fights against KU to get the ball up to the net. (Photo

by Brandon Brake)

swayed emotionally, they play kept everybody composed. So,

ered an offensive rebound off a with emotion but they are very it was a great team win.”

Robinson has 17 points,

K-State’s Brittany Chambers (2) maneuvers around the KU team. (Photo by Tonya


leads Kansas past K-State 90-66


Two days after his mother's

funeral, Thomas Robinson

missed his first three shots, all

from point-blank range, and

picked up a couple of quick


The sellout crowd who had

given him a standing ovation

when he entered Saturday

night's game seemed to groan.

But everyone understood. In

one horrific three-week stretch,

the 20-year-old Kansas sophomore

had lost his grandfather,

grandmother and mom _ just

about every adult family member

he'd ever been close to.

Was he not quite ready to

return to action?

And then, in one of the most

stirring personal performances

in the rich history of 56-yearold

Allen Fieldhouse, Robinson

went on to score 17 points and

grab nine rebounds to lead the

sixth-ranked Jayhawks past

Kansas State 90-66.

``I know my mother wouldn't

want me to sit around crying

forever,'' he said. ``Coming into

this game, I felt that I owed it to

all the fans and all the people

across the country that have

helped me get through this hard


Robinson's gritty performance

even seemed inspiring to

opponents. One of the first

players to give him a big hug as

soon as the game ended was

Kansas State guard Jacob


``Regardless if this is a rivalry

or whatever, the things that

he is going through right now

are things you wouldn't wish

upon your worst enemy,''

Pullen said. ``I just told him

that he has to use basketball as

a tool for other things in life

and to keep his head up at all

times and things will get better.''

Markieff Morris had 20

points and nine rebounds, and

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Tyshawn Taylor had 13 points

for the Jayhawks (20-1, 5-1 Big

12), who celebrated the 150th

anniversary of Kansas' statehood

with their 181st victory

over the outmanned Wildcats

(14-8, 2-5) in a series that

began in 1907.

Pullen had 21 points and

became the all-time No. 2 scorer

for Kansas State (14-8, 2-5),

and added a steal to also take

first place in that category.

Kansas coach Bill Self

admitted that in normal times,

he would probably have pulled

Robinson out of the game after

the slow, stumbling start.

``But I was going to do

everything I could to let him

play through that tonight,'' Self

said. ``I knew he needed to be

out there.''

When Robinson came off the

bench less than 4 minutes into

the game, the crowd of 16,300

gave him a standing ovation.

Another huge roar accompanied

him back to the bench for

a quick rest.

``It is beyond amazing,'' he

said. ``We have great people all

across Kansas. This past month

has really opened my yes to

how amazing this place is. It is

beyond words to describe how

I feel and the love that I have

for the University of Kansas

and the fans.''

When the entire team and

coaching staff returned late

Thursday afternoon from services

in Washington, D.C., for

Lisa Robinson, they did not

deny that they were exhausted.

In one week, they had flown

back and forth through three

time zones and dealt with the

deaths of Josh Selby's close

friend as well as the loss of

Robinson's mother.

But they showed no signs of

fatigue against the Wildcats.

With Selby and Tyrel Reed

hitting 3-pointers and Markieff

Morris completing a three-

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point play, the Jayhawks bolted

to a 15-2 lead en route to their

15th win in their last 16 meetings

with Kansas State. In the

Big 12 era, the series stands at

a lopsided 34-2.

Jamar Samuels was the only

other Wildcat in double figures

with 10 points.

In one quick flurry in the

first half, Robinson had three

straight buckets, building the

lead to 55-31.

``He got on a roll there for a

minute,'' Self said with a grin.

``Good thing he got tired. He

would have shot the next one

from half court. But he played

so well. He played so well. So

much energy. We're so proud of


Selby had 12 points and

Marcus Morris had 10 points

and nine rebounds for Kansas.

Time after time, the

Jayhawks got uncontested

dunks and easy shots. Until the

final minutes, Kansas State had

only five offensive rebounds

and got almost no secondchance


A disgusted Kansas State

coach Frank Martin called a

time out when Marcus Morris

was left unguarded and all by

himself under the basket for a

thunderous dunk less than 2

minutes into the second half.

But less than 3 minutes later,

it happened again when Brady

Morningstar whipped a pass to

a wide-open Marcus for another

dunk that made it 47-24.

Selby, whose close friend

was killed last Saturday in

Baltimore, hit a 3-pointer that

put the Jayhawks on top 81-49,

their biggest lead.

Senior Curtis Kelly, one of

Kansas State's top players, did

not appear in the game. Martin

refused to say why.

``Next question,'' he said

when asked.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

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11/02/10 vs. Newman TV Bramlage Coliseum 83 - 56

11/07/10 vs. Washburn TV Bramlage Coliseum 90 - 44

11/12/10 vs. James Madison TV Bramlage Coliseum 75 - 61 1-0

11/16/10 vs. Virginia Tech TV Bramlage Coliseum 73 - 57 2-0

11/18/10 vs. Presbyterian TV Bramlage Coliseum 76 - 67 3-0

11/22/10 vs. Gonzaga TV Kansas City, Mo. 81 - 64 4-0

11/23/10 vs. Duke TV Kansas City, Mo. 68 - 82 4-1

11/26/10 vs. Texas Southern TV Bramlage Coliseum 84 - 60 5-1

11/29/10 vs. Emporia State TV Bramlage Coliseum 85 - 61 6-1

12/03/10 at Washington State TV Pullman, Wash. 63 - 58 7-1

12/06/10 vs. Alcorn State TV Bramlage Coliseum 89 - 55 8-1

12/11/10 at Loyola TV Chicago, Ill. 68 - 60 9-1

12/18/10 vs. Florida TV Sunrise, Fla. 44 - 57 9-2

12/21/10 vs. UNLV TV Kansas City, Mo. 59 - 63 9-3

12/23/10 vs. UMKC TV Bramlage Coliseum 80 - 64 10-3

12/31/10 vs. North Florida TV Bramlage Coliseum 100 - 76 11-3

01/03/11 vs. Savannah State TV Bramlage Coliseum 92 - 61 12-3

01/08/11 at Oklahoma State TV Stillwater, Okla. 62 - 76 12-4

01/12/11 vs. Colorado TV Bramlage Coliseum 66 - 74 12-5

01/15/11 vs. Texas Tech TV Bramlage Coliseum 94 - 60 13-5

01/17/11 at Missouri TV Columbia, Mo. 59 - 75 13-6

01/22/11 at Texas A&M TV College Station, Texas 56 - 64 13-7

01/24/11 vs. Baylor TV Bramlage Coliseum 69 - 61 14-7

01/29/11 at Kansas TV Lawrence, Kan. 66 - 90 14-8

02/02/11 vs. Nebraska TV Bramlage Coliseum 7:00 PM CT

02/05/11 at Iowa State TV Ames, Iowa 12:30 PM CT

02/12/11 at Colorado TV Boulder, Colo. 8:00 PM CT

02/14/11 vs. Kansas TV Bramlage Coliseum 8:00 PM CT

02/19/11 vs. Oklahoma TV Bramlage Coliseum 3:00 PM CT

02/23/11 at Nebraska TV Lincoln, Neb. 8:00 PM CT

02/26/11 vs. Missouri TV Bramlage Coliseum 11:00 AM CT

02/28/11 at Texas TV Austin, Texas 8:00 PM CT

03/05/11 vs. Iowa State TV Bramlage Coliseum 12:30 PM CT

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11/04/10 vs. Fort Hays State Bramlage Coliseum 91 - 25

11/08/10 vs. Washburn Bramlage Coliseum 91 - 47

11/12/10 vs. Grambling St. Bramlage Coliseum 67 - 44 1-0

11/13/10 vs. St. John's Bramlage Coliseum 64 - 53 2-0

11/17/10 vs. Indiana State Bramlage Coliseum 64 - 48 3-0

11/21/10 vs. Western Illinois Bramlage Coliseum 63 - 53 4-0

11/27/10 at College of Charleston Charleston, SC 56 - 46 5-0

11/30/10 vs. South Dakota St. Bramlage Coliseum 56 - 51 6-0

12/05/10 at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa 62 - 68 6-1

12/08/10 vs. North Dakota TV Bramlage Coliseum 76 - 49 7-1

12/12/10 vs. UC Davis Bramlage Coliseum 61 - 41 8-1

12/20/10 at UTSA San Antonio, Texas 55 - 72 8-2

12/21/10 vs. Middle Tennessee State San Antonio, Texas 49 - 63 8-3

12/29/10 at Dartmouth Hanover, N.H. 69 - 48 9-3

12/30/10 at Vermont Hanover, N.H. 68 - 39 10-3

01/09/11 vs. Oklahoma State TV Bramlage Coliseum 63 - 45 11-3

01/12/11 at Oklahoma TV Norman, Okla. 45 - 52 11-4

01/15/11 at Texas Tech TV Lubbock, Texas 66 - 68 11-5

01/19/11 vs. Missouri TV Bramlage Coliseum 66 - 63 12-5

01/22/11 vs. Nebraska TV Bramlage Coliseum 64 - 37 13-5

01/26/11 at Colorado TV Boulder, Colo. 72 - 59 14-5

01/29/11 vs. Kansas TV Bramlage Coliseum 65 - 60 15-5

02/05/11 at Missouri Columbia, Mo. 2:00 p.m. CT

02/09/11 vs. Texas TV Bramlage Coliseum 7:00 p.m. CT

02/13/11 at Iowa State TV Ames, Iowa 4:00 p.m. CT

02/16/11 vs. Colorado TV Bramlage Coliseum 7:00 p.m. CT

02/19/11 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. 7:05 p.m. CT

02/23/11 at Baylor Waco, Texas 7:00 p.m. CT

02/26/11 vs. Iowa State TV Bramlage Coliseum 7:00 p.m. CT

03/02/11 vs. Texas A&M TV Bramlage Coliseum 7:00 p.m. CT

03/05/11 at Kansas TV Lawrence, Kan. 6:30 p.m. CT

03/08/11 Big 12 Championships TV Kansas City, Mo. TBA

2010-11 Big 12 Conference Basketball Statistics

Men’s Conference Women’s Conference

(Through January 31) (All games)

Scoring Offense

## Team G W-L Pts Avg/G


1.Missouri............ 21 17-4 1758 83.7

2.Kansas.............. 21 20-1 1732 82.5

3.Colorado............ 22 14-8 1781 81.0

4.Texas............... 22 19-3 1682 76.5

5.Iowa State.......... 22 14-8 1678 76.3

6.Texas Tech.......... 22 11-11 1629 74.0

7.Kansas State........ 22 14-8 1609 73.1

8.Baylor.............. 20 14-6 1447 72.3

9.Texas A&M........... 21 17-4 1476 70.3

10.Oklahoma State...... 21 14-7 1469 70.0

11.Nebraska............ 20 15-5 1375 68.8

12.Oklahoma............ 20 11-9 1353 67.7

Scoring Defense

## Team G Pts Avg/G


1.Nebraska............ 20 1130 56.5

2.Texas A&M........... 21 1243 59.2

3.Texas............... 22 1320 60.0

4.Baylor.............. 20 1227 61.3

5.Kansas.............. 21 1317 62.7

6.Kansas State........ 22 1446 65.7

7.Iowa State.......... 22 1448 65.8

8.Oklahoma State...... 21 1387 66.0

9.Oklahoma............ 20 1335 66.8

10.Missouri............ 21 1442 68.7

11.Colorado............ 22 1580 71.8

12.Texas Tech.......... 22 1663 75.6

Scoring Margin

## Team G OFF DEF Margin


1.Kansas.............. 21 82.5 62.7 +19.8

2.Texas............... 22 76.5 60.0 +16.5

3.Missouri............ 21 83.7 68.7 +15.0

4.Nebraska............ 20 68.8 56.5 +12.2

5.Texas A&M........... 21 70.3 59.2 +11.1

6.Baylor.............. 20 72.3 61.3 +11.0

7.Iowa State.......... 22 76.3 65.8 +10.5

8.Colorado............ 22 81.0 71.8 +9.1

9.Kansas State........ 22 73.1 65.7 +7.4

10.Oklahoma State...... 21 70.0 66.0 +3.9

11.Oklahoma............ 20 67.7 66.8 +0.9

12.Texas Tech.......... 22 74.0 75.6 -1.5

Free Throw Percentage

## Team G FTM FTA Pct


1.Colorado............ 22 412 528 .780

2.Iowa State.......... 22 290 398 .729

3.Oklahoma State...... 21 359 496 .724

4.Texas Tech.......... 22 353 488 .723

5.Texas A&M........... 21 374 524 .714

6.Missouri............ 21 318 446 .713

7.Nebraska............ 20 264 372 .710

8.Oklahoma............ 20 257 363 .708

9.Baylor.............. 20 334 481 .694

10.Kansas.............. 21 319 477 .669

11.Texas............... 22 368 568 .648

12.Kansas State........ 22 331 545 .607

Field Goal Percentage

## Team G FG FGA Pct


1.Kansas.............. 21 633 1220 .519

2.Colorado............ 22 621 1296 .479

3.Baylor.............. 20 499 1046 .477

4.Nebraska............ 20 507 1064 .477

5.Missouri............ 21 640 1364 .469

6.Oklahoma............ 20 481 1033 .466

7.Texas............... 22 596 1283 .465

8.Texas Tech.......... 22 581 1281 .454

9.Texas A&M........... 21 493 1116 .442

10.Oklahoma State...... 21 508 1157 .439

11.Iowa State.......... 22 599 1373 .436

12.Kansas State........ 22 562 1300 .432

FG Percentage Defense

## Team G FG FGA Pct


1.Texas............... 22 479 1317 .364

2.Nebraska............ 20 398 1089 .365

3.Kansas.............. 21 469 1227 .382

4.Iowa State.......... 22 528 1346 .392

5.Texas A&M........... 21 437 1078 .405

6.Baylor.............. 20 439 1082 .406

7.Oklahoma State...... 21 442 1079 .410

8.Missouri............ 21 502 1214 .414

9.Kansas State........ 22 484 1166 .415

10.Oklahoma............ 20 468 1068 .438

11.Colorado............ 22 556 1241 .448

12.Texas Tech.......... 22 582 1298 .448

3-Point FG Percentage

## Team G FG FGA Pct


1.Texas............... 22 122 322 .379

2.Kansas.............. 21 147 391 .376

3.Baylor.............. 20 115 306 .376

4.Missouri............ 21 160 426 .376

5.Colorado............ 22 127 340 .374

6.Iowa State.......... 22 190 520 .365

7.Kansas State........ 22 154 424 .363

8.Texas Tech.......... 22 114 320 .356

9.Oklahoma............ 20 134 378 .354

10.Texas A&M........... 21 116 336 .345

11.Oklahoma State...... 21 94 311 .302

12.Nebraska............ 20 97 324 .299

3-Pt FG Pct Defense

## Team G FG FGA Pct


1.Texas............... 22 91 335 .272

2.Kansas.............. 21 113 405 .279

3.Texas A&M........... 21 108 370 .292

4.Nebraska............ 20 141 468 .301

5.Iowa State.......... 22 135 442 .305

6.Missouri............ 21 121 389 .311

7.Baylor.............. 20 128 368 .348

8.Colorado............ 22 136 384 .354

9.Kansas State........ 22 113 318 .355

10.Texas Tech.......... 22 127 357 .356

11.Oklahoma State...... 21 128 357 .359

12.Oklahoma............ 20 128 349 .367


## Team G Reb Avg/G


1.Texas............... 22 910 41.4

2.Kansas State........ 22 881 40.0

3.Kansas.............. 21 822 39.1

4.Iowa State.......... 22 848 38.5

5.Texas A&M........... 21 803 38.2

6.Missouri............ 21 797 38.0

7.Nebraska............ 20 737 36.8

Baylor.............. 20 737 36.8

9.Oklahoma State...... 21 746 35.5

10.Colorado............ 22 781 35.5

11.Texas Tech.......... 22 730 33.2

12.Oklahoma............ 20 635 31.8

Rebounding Defense

## Team G Reb Avg/G


1.Texas A&M........... 21 604 28.8

2.Baylor.............. 20 589 29.5

3.Oklahoma............ 20 634 31.7

4.Kansas State........ 22 700 31.8

5.Kansas.............. 21 671 32.0

6.Colorado............ 22 705 32.0

7.Nebraska............ 20 645 32.2

8.Oklahoma State...... 21 685 32.6

9.Texas............... 22 751 34.1

10.Texas Tech.......... 22 799 36.3

11.Missouri............ 21 775 36.9

12.Iowa State.......... 22 859 39.0

Through games of Jan 30, 2011 (All games)


## Team G W-L Pts Avg/G


1.Baylor.............. 20 19-1 1634 81.7

2.Texas............... 21 14-7 1705 81.2

3.Texas A&M........... 20 18-2 1611 80.6

4.Oklahoma............ 20 16-4 1590 79.5

5.Kansas.............. 21 14-7 1511 72.0

6.Oklahoma State...... 19 13-6 1320 69.5

7.Texas Tech.......... 21 16-5 1422 67.7

8.Nebraska............ 20 12-8 1339 66.9

9.Iowa State.......... 20 15-5 1314 65.7

10.Colorado............ 20 11-9 1255 62.8

11.Kansas State........ 20 15-5 1251 62.5

12.Missouri............ 21 10-11 1263 60.1


## Team G Pts Avg/G


1.Baylor.............. 20 1016 50.8

2.Kansas State........ 20 1059 53.0

3.Iowa State.......... 20 1061 53.0

4.Oklahoma State...... 19 1020 53.7

5.Texas Tech.......... 21 1149 54.7

6.Texas A&M........... 20 1112 55.6

7.Colorado............ 20 1170 58.5

8.Kansas.............. 21 1293 61.6

9.Nebraska............ 20 1247 62.3

10.Oklahoma............ 20 1253 62.7

11.Missouri............ 21 1319 62.8

12.Texas............... 21 1419 67.6


## Team G OFF DEF Margin


1.Baylor.............. 20 81.7 50.8 +30.9

2.Texas A&M........... 20 80.6 55.6 +25.0

3.Oklahoma............ 20 79.5 62.7 +16.8

4.Oklahoma State...... 19 69.5 53.7 +15.8

5.Texas............... 21 81.2 67.6 +13.6

6.Texas Tech.......... 21 67.7 54.7 +13.0

7.Iowa State.......... 20 65.7 53.0 +12.6

8.Kansas.............. 21 72.0 61.6 +10.4

9.Kansas State........ 20 62.5 53.0 +9.6

10.Nebraska............ 20 66.9 62.3 +4.6

11.Colorado............ 20 62.8 58.5 +4.2

12.Missouri............ 21 60.1 62.8 -2.7


## Team G FTM FTA Pct


1.Oklahoma............ 20 307 404 .760

2.Baylor.............. 20 388 519 .748

3.Texas A&M........... 20 312 437 .714

4.Nebraska............ 20 239 336 .711

5.Iowa State.......... 20 265 377 .703

6.Texas............... 21 375 546 .687

7.Texas Tech.......... 21 272 398 .683

8.Kansas.............. 21 321 484 .663

9.Oklahoma State...... 19 230 357 .644

10.Kansas State........ 20 218 341 .639

11.Missouri............ 21 223 355 .628

12.Colorado............ 20 192 316 .608


## Team G FG FGA Pct


1.Baylor.............. 20 570 1197 .476

2.Texas A&M........... 20 600 1302 .461

3.Kansas.............. 21 557 1210 .460

4.Iowa State.......... 20 454 1038 .437

5.Texas............... 21 592 1365 .434

6.Oklahoma............ 20 558 1287 .434

7.Texas Tech.......... 21 531 1263 .420

8.Missouri............ 21 470 1155 .407

9.Colorado............ 20 470 1156 .407

10.Nebraska............ 20 480 1184 .405

11.Kansas State........ 20 459 1140 .403

12.Oklahoma State...... 19 492 1229 .400


## Team G FG FGA Pct


1.Baylor.............. 20 376 1216 .309

2.Iowa State.......... 20 382 1140 .335

3.Oklahoma State...... 19 360 1057 .341

4.Kansas State........ 20 381 1078 .353

5.Texas Tech.......... 21 423 1154 .367

6.Oklahoma............ 20 419 1138 .368

7.Texas A&M........... 20 365 987 .370

8.Colorado............ 20 411 1108 .371

9.Kansas.............. 21 492 1311 .375

10.Texas............... 21 536 1407 .381

11.Nebraska............ 20 471 1228 .384

12.Missouri............ 21 482 1255 .384


## Team G FG FGA Pct


1.Oklahoma............ 20 167 435 .384

2.Baylor.............. 20 106 284 .373

3.Iowa State.......... 20 141 379 .372

4.Texas............... 21 146 396 .369

5.Nebraska............ 20 140 405 .346

6.Texas A&M........... 20 99 291 .340

7.Texas Tech.......... 21 88 267 .330

8.Colorado............ 20 123 377 .326

9.Kansas.............. 21 76 244 .311

10.Kansas State........ 20 115 374 .307

11.Oklahoma State...... 19 106 375 .283

12.Missouri............ 21 100 355 .282


## Team G FG FGA Pct


1.Baylor.............. 20 93 392 .237

2.Colorado............ 20 89 327 .272

3.Kansas.............. 21 89 316 .282

4.Texas Tech.......... 21 93 325 .286

5.Iowa State.......... 20 124 427 .290

6.Oklahoma State...... 19 117 402 .291

7.Kansas State........ 20 79 270 .293

8.Texas............... 21 112 373 .300

9.Missouri............ 21 116 364 .319

10.Oklahoma............ 20 95 297 .320

11.Nebraska............ 20 123 379 .325

12.Texas A&M........... 20 91 277 .329


## Team G Reb Avg/G


1.Baylor.............. 20 898 44.9

2.Oklahoma State...... 19 852 44.8

3.Texas............... 21 930 44.3

4.Texas Tech.......... 21 880 41.9

5.Oklahoma............ 20 831 41.5

6.Kansas.............. 21 859 40.9

7.Colorado............ 20 811 40.5

8.Nebraska............ 20 807 40.3

9.Iowa State.......... 20 806 40.3

10.Texas A&M........... 20 791 39.5

11.Kansas State........ 20 778 38.9

12.Missouri............ 21 801 38.1


## Team G Reb Avg/G


1.Iowa State.......... 20 633 31.7

2.Texas A&M........... 20 646 32.3

3.Texas Tech.......... 21 708 33.7

4.Baylor.............. 20 691 34.5

5.Colorado............ 20 700 35.0

6.Kansas State........ 20 713 35.7

7.Oklahoma............ 20 725 36.2

8.Kansas.............. 21 775 36.9

9.Oklahoma State...... 19 709 37.3

10.Missouri............ 21 795 37.9

11.Nebraska............ 20 761 38.0

12.Texas............... 21 843 40.1


Big 12 Basketball


Men’s Standings

Big 12 Pct Overall Pct

Texas 7-0 1.000 19-3 .864

Kansas 5-1 .833 20-1 .952

Texas A&M 4-3 .571 17-4 .810

Baylor 4-3 .571 14-6 .700

Missouri 3-3 .500 17-4 .810

Nebraska 3-3 .500 15-5 .750

Oklahoma 3-3 .500 11-9 .550

Colorado 3-4 .429 14-8 .636

Texas Tech 3-4 .429 11-11 .500

Oklahoma State 2-5 .286 14-7 .667

Kansas State 2-5 .286 14-8 .636

Iowa State 1-6 .143 14-8 .636

As of January 31, 10:16 PM CT

Women’s Standings

Big 12 Pct Overall Pct

Baylor 6-0 1.000 19-1 .950

Texas A&M 6-1 .857 18-2 .900

Oklahoma 6-1 .857 16-4 .800

Kansas State 5-2 .714 15-5 .750

Iowa State 3-3 .500 15-5 .750

Texas Tech 3-4 .429 16-5 .762

Texas 3-4 .429 14-7 .667

Nebraska 2-4 .333 12-8 .600

Colorado 2-5 .286 11-9 .550

Missouri 2-5 .286 10-11 .476

Oklahoma State 1-5 .167 13-6 .684

Kansas 1-6 .143 14-7 .667

As of January 30, 04:12 PM CT

No. 7 Texas tops

Oklahoma State 61-46


Texas figured the best way it

could show respect for its last

two grieving opponents was to

come out ready to win.

First came a victory against

then-No. 2 Kansas as the

Jayhawks were mourning the

death of a player's mother.

Then, Tristan Thompson

scored all 14 of his points in the

second half and the seventhranked

Longhorns beat

Oklahoma State 61-46

Wednesday night as the

Cowboys marked the 10-year

anniversary of a plane crash

that killed 10 people with ties to

the basketball program.

``It's tough for both sides,''

Texas' Dogus Balbay said.

``The fans are going to come

and they're going to be emotional.

The Oklahoma State

team is going to be emotional

as well. For us, too, it's really

tough, it's really sad.

``But the only way we could

honor those people was coming

here and playing hard.''

The Longhorns (17-3, 5-0

Big 12) wore the same orange

``Remember the 10'' T-shirts as

Oklahoma State during

warmups, then deployed the

same stiff defense that has provided

them a perfect start to

conference play.

Jordan Hamilton added 12

points and 11 rebounds for

Texas, which held its first four

Big 12 opponents to 55.2 points

per game. The Longhorns did

even better while limiting the

Cowboys (14-6, 2-4) to their

lowest scoring output of the

season on 32 percent shooting.

Marshall Moses had 14

points and 11 rebounds to lead

Oklahoma State, which held a

reunion for families of the men

killed in the crash and retired

the No. 10 jersey during a halftime

ceremony. The 10th

anniversary of the crash of one

of the team planes on the way

back from a road game at

Colorado is Thursday.

``I wish we could have

played better for those people

and for all the people that took

the time to come out for the

tribute,'' Moses said. ``But it

had nothing to do with anything,

other than the fact that

Texas just beat us tonight in our

home gym.''

Families of eight of the 10

killed returned to Stillwater for

the reunion, and former coach

Eddie Sutton and three former

players addressed the crowd at


``It doesn't seem like it's been

10 years, although there's some

days that it does. That accident

affected Oklahoma State

University like nothing that

ever happened before like that,''

Sutton said. ``It also affected

everybody that had any emotional

ties to any of those play-


``It changed our lives and it

really changed my life. Those

10 guys were special. There

wasn't a bad guy in that whole


But the remembrance ceremony

fell right in the middle of

the big run that gave Texas control

of the game.

Hamilton hit a 3-pointer with

2 seconds left in the first half

and another in the opening seconds

after halftime as the

Longhorns broke open a close

game with 14 points in a row.

Thompson's layup after Balbay

saved the ball under the basket

put Texas up 41-27.

Moses had a left-handed

dunk as Oklahoma State immediately

cut its deficit in half

with a 7-0 response, but

Thompson helped the

Longhorns restore their lead

with five straight points during

a 7-minute stretch when he

scored all 11 of Texas' points.

Thompson's basket inside

made it 48-35 Texas with 12:13

to play, and Oklahoma State

never got closer than 10 points

after that.

``It's hard to believe that it's

been 10 years, but that's my

point _ this is a game. Life goes

by quick, and I want our guys to

learn from those things,''

Longhorns coach Rick Barnes


Barnes vividly remembers

when he heard the news of the

plane crash and called it an

event he'll ``never forget.''

``I think it's just a beautiful

thing that Oklahoma State is

keeping the memory where it

should be because it was a

tragedy,'' he said. ``It really is.''

Thompson added another

hook shot in the lane and Gary

Johnson converted a three-point

play as the Longhorns put the

game away with seven straight

points go up 61-44 and send the

Cowboys' first sellout crowd of

the season to an early exit with

more than 2 minutes left.

Balbay scored all 10 of his

points before halftime and

helped Texas hold Keiton Page,

OSU's second-leading scorer,

without a point for the first time

since the Longhorns visited

Gallagher-Iba Arena last season.

Oklahoma State was limited

to 19 points in the second half

and had a 13-game home winning

streak snapped. Coach

Travis Ford said despite the

importance of the game, which

dropped the Cowboys into a

hole in the Big 12 standings, it

was secondary to the other

events of the night.

``They're a part of us, still

are. This is a great night, a very

emotional night,'' Ford said. ``A

great night to honor and celebrate

people who love this university

and gave a lot up for it.''

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Nebraska's D keys 57-48 upset of No. 13 Aggies


Nebraska beat No. 13 Texas

A&M, playing the type of

tough, physical game that has

made the Aggies so successful.

The Cornhuskers upset the

Aggies 57-48 in a matchup of

the Big 12's top two defensive

teams Saturday.

``We just weren't tough

enough,'' A&M coach Mark

Turgeon said. ``It was physical

_ real physical _ and we didn't

respond. We've been able to in

the past, but we didn't today.

That's what it came down to.''

Jorge Brian Diaz scored 16

points and Nebraska held Texas

A&M to two field goals over

the final 10 minutes.

The Huskers (15-5, 3-3) used

a 10-1 spurt to turn a 42-39

deficit into a 49-43 lead, putting

the game away on Eshaunte

Jones' 3-pointer with just over a

minute to play.

Brandon Richardson and

Lance Jeter had 10 points

apiece for Nebraska, which had

lost three straight to the Aggies

(17-3, 4-2).

The Aggies were the highestranked

team beaten by the

Huskers in coach Doc Sadler's

five seasons as coach. The

Huskers are 14-0 at home. This

win, which came after a crushing

72-71 loss at Texas Tech last

Saturday, prompted students to

rush the floor after the final


``It's huge,'' Sadler said.

``You're 3 for 3 in league play at

home. If you're going to have a

chance to compete in this

league, you have to take care of

home court.''

Nathan Walkup scored 13

points and Khris Middleton had

12 for Texas A&M. The Aggies

shot 24 percent from the field in

the second half and 39 percent

for the game. They also committed

14 turnovers and made

just 6 of 14 free throws.

``You're talking about the

13th-best team in the country

and you just held them to 48

points,'' Sadler said. ``I don't

know that it's the best defensive

effort we've had, but we've been

pretty consistent when we've


The game turned after

Nebraska's Toney McCray committed

an intentional foul early

in the second half.

The Aggies were up 34-31

and had a chance to build on the

lead when McCray shoved

David Loubeau as he attempted

a dunk. Loubeau landed hard

next to the basket support.

Dash Harris shot the free

throws and missed both as

Vanderbeken opened the second

half with a soaring dunk from

the baseline, but the Cyclones

wouldn't get any closer.

The Red Raiders answered

with 11 straight points, capped

by a Roberts bank shot in the

paint, to take their biggest lead

to that point at 48-35. Texas

Tech pushed it to as much as 57-

43 with 13:21 left, though the

Cyclones quickly pulled back

within striking distance at 57-


Iowa State kept trying to chip

away, but Singletary _ playing

Loubeau recovered on the

bench, and the Aggies couldn't

convert when they retained possession.

Not long after that, Nebraska

went on its decisive run.

``They hit Dave on the flagrant

foul, and we never busted

anybody hard,'' Walkup said.

``Don't play dirty, but you still

have to make a statement. We

can't let them hit one of our

players, and we just never


Diaz's left-handed scoop and

Jeter's end-to-end drive put

Nebraska back on top 45-42

with less than 6 minutes to play,

bringing the fans to their feet.

Brandon Richardson snaked

through the lane for an easy basket

and, after Eshaunte Jones

went high to rebound Harris'

missed 3-pointer, Jeter bulled in

for another length-of-the-court

Pledger leads Oklahoma past Iowa State 82-76 in OT

AMES, Iowa (AP)

Oklahoma's Steven Pledger

offered a pretty simple explanation

for the best game of his college


``It was just me staying in the

same mind frame the whole

game,'' the 6-foot-4 sophomore

said. ``I guess I was in my


Was he ever.

Pledger scored 12 of his

career-high 38 points in overtime

and Oklahoma broke a 19game

losing streak away from

home with an 82-76 victory

over Iowa State on Saturday


Oklahoma (11-9, 3-3 Big 12)

blew a 15-point first-half lead,

then rallied from six points

down in regulation to tie the

game at 67 on Pledger's 3-pointer.

Once in overtime, Pledger

dominated, nailing consecutive

3s to put the Sooners up 75-72

and his steal and layup made it

77-72 with 1:40 remaining.

``It took a great performance

by Steven Pledger here tonight,''

Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel

said. ``Steven was in a great

rhythm offensively and I

thought our guys did a good job

finding him.''

It was Oklahoma's first victory

on the road since beating

Utah in Salt Lake City on Dec.

12, 2009.

Melvin Ejim, benched in a

starting lineup switch, responded

with 19 points and 12

rebounds to lead Iowa State (14-

8, 1-6), which has lost four

straight. Jake Anderson and

Diante Garrett each scored 18

for the Cyclones, who recovered

from a terrible start to

make it a game _ and almost

pull out the victory.

Pledger, whose previous best

was 23 points, hit 12 of 20 shots

from the field, including 7 of 13

from 3-point range. He also had

three assists, two steals and a

block with no turnovers while

playing 44 of 45 minutes.

``He's a good player,'' Ejim

said. ``When a good player gets

hot, it's hard to stop him. I think

we were playing good defense.

He was just making tough


Cameron Clark scored 11

points for Oklahoma and Carl

Blair added nine.

Oklahoma trailed 67-61 but

scored the final six points of

regulation, tying it on Pledger's

3-pointer from the right wing

with 35.4 seconds left. A shotclock

violation gave the ball

back to the Sooners with 0.4

seconds remaining, but the

Cyclones got one more chance

when Cade Davis threw the ball

to the other end and out of


However, Ejim couldn't connect

off an inbounds lob pass

and the game went into overtime.

Oklahoma cooled off after

making 13 of its first 17 shots,

including 6 of 9 from 3-point

range, giving the Cyclones a

chance to come back. The

Sooners, who had made just 26

percent of their 3-point shots in

Big 12 play entering Saturday,

missed nine straight from long

range after their torrid start and

finished 11 for 27 from behind

the arc.

Iowa State, averaging a Big

12-best 8.8 3-point baskets per

game, missed its first 12 shots

from long range and finished 5

for 24.

``They hit tough shots that hit

three parts of the rim and

bounced in,'' Iowa State coach

Fred Hoiberg said. ``Ours were

going in and out.''

The Cyclones scored 10 of

the first 12 points in the second

half to erase Oklahoma's 38-30

Singletary leads Texas Tech past Iowa State 92-83

AMES, Iowa (AP)

Mike Singletary scored a season-high

33 points, D'walyn

Roberts added 16 with 11

rebounds and Texas Tech

knocked off Iowa State 92-83

Wednesday night for its first

road win of the season.

Brad Reese had 14 for the

Red Raiders (10-11, 2-4 Big

12), who have won two straight

after an 0-4 start in league play.

Diante Garrett had 27 points

to lead the Cyclones (14-7, 1-5),

who've lost five of six and have

dropped three straight for the

Texas keeps rolling,

beats Missouri 71-58

AUSTIN, Texas (AP)

The Texas Longhorns are

tearing up the Big 12 and showing

no signs of slowing down.

Jordan Hamilton had 16

points and a career-high 13

rebounds, and No. 7 Texas beat

No. 11 Missouri 71-58 Saturday

night to remain undefeated in

the Big 12.

The Longhorns (18-3, 6-0)

have won six in a row overall

and snapped a three-game losing

streak to the Tigers (17-4, 3-


Texas had another stellar

defensive effort, holding the

highest-scoring team in the Big

12 to its lowest point total of the

season. Texas is holding Big 12

opponents to 54 points per


``Good defense beats good

offense on any given night,''

Texas senior forward Gary

Johnson said. ``That's what we


Like the five teams before

them in Texas' run, the Tigers

came away impressed by the

Longhorns' bruising play near

the baskets.

``There's no secret how they

play,'' Missouri guard Kim

English said. ``They are a physical

team. They pressure the

first time this season.

Texas Tech entered play just

10th in the league in field goal

percentage, but the Red Raiders

sliced up Iowa State's defense

for 35 baskets on 27 assists and

shot 7 of 12 from 3-point range.

Texas Tech pushed a fourpoint

halftime lead to 14 early

in the second half. Melvin

Ejim's tip-in with 51 seconds

left brought Iowa State within

85-80, but David Tairu quickly

fed Reese for a dunk that sealed

the win.

Iowa State's Jamie

ball. Big, strong guys.''

Hamilton, Johnson and freshman

Tristan Thompson dominated

the paint on both ends of

the court. Johnson had 15 points

and nine rebounds and

Thompson had 13 rebounds.

Missouri boasts that the

Tigers play the ``fastest 40 minutes

of basketball,'' but ran

smack into a defensive wall in

this one. Texas raced to a 10-0

lead behind 3-pointers by

Hamilton and Cory Joseph and

Thompson's muscular rebounding.

Thompson also caught

Missouri forward Laurence

Bowers on the chin with an

elbow that knocked Bowers out

of the game with 12 minutes left

in the first half. Bowers, who

averages 11.5 points and had

just scored two straight baskets,

was wobbly when he got to his

feet and had to be helped to the

locker room.

``I thought there were a lot of

loose elbows out there,''

Missouri coach Mike Anderson

said. ``It might have been a mild

concussion. He took a big-time


Johnson and Hamilton both

scored 10 points in the first half

for Texas. Missouri stayed with-

in striking distance when Phil

Pressey made a 3-pointer with 3

seconds left to pull the Tigers to

38-27 at halftime. Pressey led

Missouri with 12 points.

``I saw it was going to

come off the back rim.

I thought it gave us a

spark,'' Hamilton said.

Missouri managed to slow

down the Longhorns in the second

but couldn't make a run of

their own to threaten the Texas


Marcus Denmon's putback

pulled the Tigers within eight

before Thompson revived the

home crowd with a two-handed

dunk off a backdoor pass from

Hamilton, then blocked a shot

by Denmon on the other end.

Time and again, the lanky freshman

muscled over one and

sometimes two Tigers to grab

the ball.

``He has been really blowing

up on a lot of people,'' Anderson


Michael Dixon made a 3pointer

for Missouri, but the

Longhorns responded with

quick baskets by J'Covan

Brown and Joseph that pushed

the lead back to 53-42.

Texas misfires from the free

with four fouls for the final

11:24 _ hit a pair of buckets in

the paint as the Red Raiders

took a 72-62 lead with 5:41 left.

That would be a recurring

theme for Iowa State, which

could never quite get close

enough to make a game of it.

Texas Tech was coming off

its first Big 12 win, a 72-71

thriller over Nebraska. Roberts

tipped in the game-winner with

3.8 seconds left to give the Red

Raiders just their fourth victory

in 12 games.

throw line kept Missouri hanging

around. The Longhorns

missed 11 of their first 14 free

throws of the second half and

went 16 of 34 for the game.

Texas finally put the game

away when Johnson made one

of two free throws and

Hamilton grabbed the rebound

on the miss and immediately

went back up for a basket.

``I saw it was going to come

off the back rim. I thought it

gave us a spark,'' Hamilton said.

After Missouri's next three

possessions finished in a

turnover and two misses, a

layup by Brown finished a

Texas fast break for a 66-53

lead with just over 2 minutes to


Texas' impressive early run in

the Big 12 includes wins over

No. 6 Kansas and No. 13 Texas

A&M. The Longhorns face a

rematch with the Aggies on

Monday night.

Johnson promised more

rugged, physical defense.

``We lost to a team that

played that way at Pittsburgh,''

Johnson said. ``We didn't like


layup to make it 49-43 with

4:30 left.

Turgeon called Jeter a ``oneman

fast break.''

``When I feel I have the

advantage, Coach gives me the

opportunity to go all the way,''

Jeter said. ``Some (defenders)

stand there. Some don't. If they

do, hopefully I get the and-one.

If not, I get an easy basket.''

That sequence led the juiced

crowd of 10,539 to begin chanting



Jeter said he and his teammates

fed off the noise.

``It's so amazing,'' he said.

``It makes you want to play

defense. That's something we

really take pride in.''

The 6-foot-11 Diaz capitalized

on his 3-inch advantage

over Loubeau, converting entry

passes from Jeter and Caleb

halftime lead, then stayed within

striking distance when the

Sooners moved back ahead.

Pledger's 3-pointer hiked the

lead to 51-44, but Iowa State

came back once more and went

up 54-53 when Garrett made

consecutive 3s, drawing a roar

from the crowd and forcing an

Oklahoma timeout.

The lead then changed hands

three times before Jamie

Vanderbeeken sank two free

throws to start a 9-2 run that

gave Iowa State its 67-61 lead.

Anderson capped the burst

when he was fouled on an

offensive rebound and made

both free throws.

But Garrett missed an open 3pointer

and then was short on a

layup, after which Pledger

knocked down his tying 3.

``We knew they were going

to make a run,'' Davis said. ``We

knew they were going to come

out and try to get the momen-

Iowa State took Oklahoma

State to the wire in Stillwater

last week before falling in OT,

96-87. The Cyclones then got

held up by bad weather trying to

get home and instead went

straight to Missouri, where they

got drilled 87-54 in by far their

worst performance of the season.

Iowa State looked flat again

in the early going, committing

seven turnovers in the first 10

minutes as Texas Tech jumped

out to an early 20-10 lead.

Garrett and Vanderbeken got

the Cyclones back into it, as

Garrett scored seven quick

points and Vanderbeken's hook


Walker and finishing 7 of 15

from the field.

Diaz left the Devaney Center

immediately after the game to

catch a flight to Puerto Rico,

where his aunt died Friday after

an illness.

``He wanted to stay and

play,'' Sadler said. ``You saw a

much more aggressive Brian

Diaz tonight.''

The Aggies led 31-24 at half.

But the Huskers turned up the

defense and shot better in the

second half. They hit 50 percent

after making just 9 of 24 shots

in the first half.

``That's a great win for us,''

Richardson said. ``I'm sure our

team is going to celebrate this


tum, get the crowd into it.

Luckily for us, Steven was on

fire shooting the ball. He kept

us in the game the whole time.''

Hoiberg was upset by what

he saw as a lack of energy at the

start of Wednesday night's 92-

83 loss to Texas Tech, so he

tweaked his lineup, starting

Calvin Godfrey in place of fellow

freshman Ejim.

But the Cyclones fell into an

immediate hole as Oklahoma

bolted to an 8-1 lead. The

Sooners hit nine of their first 11

shots, and when Clark dunked

off a lob from C.J. Washington,

they led 26-13.

The lead grew to 34-19

before Ejim scored six points in

an 11-2 run that got Iowa State

back in it.

shot got them within 27-23. But

Singletary drilled a 3 that gave

him 19 points and the Red

Raiders a 35-27 lead with 3:44

left in the first half.

This looked to be a critical

week for the Cyclones to get

back in the Big 12 race with

Texas Tech and Oklahoma visiting

Ames, but Wednesday

night's loss left them alone in

last place in the league.

Jake Anderson added 15

points and 12 rebounds for Iowa

State, which kept it close by

shooting 23 of 25 from the line.

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Sims' 25 Points Leads

Baylor Over Texas A&M 63-60


Texas (AP)

Texas A&M slowed Baylor

star Brittney Griner.

The Aggies couldn't do the

same to freshman Odyssey


Sims tied a season-high with

25 points and Griner had 17

points and 12 rebounds to help

top-ranked Baylor beat No. 6

Texas A&M 63-60 on Sunday.

Sims hit a jumper in the lane

with 26 seconds left to put

Baylor (19-1, 6-0 Big 12) on

top 62-60.

``When all else fails, she

knows how to find the rim,''

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey


Sims knew she had to take

control after Texas A&M tied

the game.

``The game was on the line,''

she said. ``I had the ball in my

hands, and I couldn't run from

the ball. I just created, got

inside and was able to get the

shot off.''

A steal by Melissa Jones on

Texas A&M's next possession

forced the Aggies to foul her.

She hit the first of two free

throws to make it 63-60 with 10

seconds left.

The Aggies had a chance to

tie it, but Sydney Colson's 3point

attempt was short. The

Aggies got the ball back but

Tyra White's desperation 3point

attempt at the buzzer was

also short.

Sims has developed into a

major threat to teams who

focus on Griner after being

thrust into action as Baylor's

starting point guard after twoyear

starter Kelli Griffin quit

just before the season.




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``That's the difference,''

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair

said of Sims. ``I don't think

there's a freshman point guard

in the country better than her.

She's got the ability to control

in mid-air and bump into you

and push off and be physical.

Most freshman don't know how

to use that arm.''

Mulkey was happy with the

performance of Sims, but wasn't

quite ready to call her the

best point guard in the nation.

``I think (Oklahoma's)

Danielle Robinson has a little

bit of seniority on her, but I

coach this one, and I have this

one for three more years,'' she

said. ``Ask me that in three

more years and I'll be able to

answer that then.''

The victory is Baylor's 16th

straight and leaves the Bears

alone in first place in the Big 12


White led Texas A&M (18-2,

6-1) with 18 points.

Baylor led by seven points

before Texas A&M used a 10-3

spurt capped by a 3-pointer by

Colson to tie it at 60-all with 49

seconds remaining before the

go-ahead shot by Sims.

``Truthfully, we didn't get

the ball to Griner enough, but

give credit to A&M about that,''

Mulkey said. ``We understand

that we have to get better in

certain areas, and getting open

today was very difficult for us.''

Texas A&M played the last

few minutes without Big 12

leading scorer Danielle Adams

after she fouled out. She finished

with 13 points and 11


``What really hurt us was not

having Adams at the end to

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Blair said.

The Aggies used a big run in

the second half to overcome a

double-digit deficit and take

the lead with about nine minutes

left. But the Bears

answered with a 9-2 spurt,

fueled by six points from Sims,

to take a 55-50 lead five minutes


The loss is Texas A&M's

first since a three-point defeat

by No. 3 Duke on Dec. 6 and

breaks a 12-game winning

streak for the Aggies. A crowd

of 13,162, including Texas

A&M football coach Mike

Sherman, came to see the

showdown of the top teams in

the Big 12. It was the largest

crowd to see a women's basketball

game in Texas A&M history.

Adams got her fourth foul

with about 51/2 minutes

remaining and the Bears leading

51-49. Griner picked up her

fourth foul less than a minute

later when she went over Karla

Gilbert's back trying to get a


Adams fouled out when she

got tangled up with Brooklyn

Pope with about four minutes

remaining. Pope knocked down

both free throws to make it 57-


The Aggies, who made just

10 of 35 shots in the first half,

finally got on track early in the

second half. They were down

by 14 before going on an 22-6

run to take a 48-46 lead with

nine minutes remaining. The

Aggies had a pair of 3-pointers

in that run and seemed to get

Baylor off-balance with a full

court press. Baylor's shooting

Adams Scores 31 as Texas

A&M Beats Oklahoma 80-78

NORMAN, Okla. (AP)

These days, Texas A&M has

the dominant post player when

the Aggies play Oklahoma.

Indeed, Danielle Adams made

the difference against the


Adams scored 31 points,

including the decisive free

throws with 7.6 seconds left,

and No. 6 Texas A&M won its

12th straight game by beating

No. 13 Oklahoma 80-78 on

Wednesday night to move into

sole possession of first place in

the Big 12.

It was the second straight

road win over a ranked foe for

Texas A&M (18-1, 6-0), which

won for the first time at Iowa

State on Saturday. The Aggies

won't have long to savor either

win, though, as they're set to

host No. 1 Baylor on Sunday in

yet another conference showdown.

A&M coach Gary Blair

compared Adams' presence for

the Aggies to that of former

Oklahoma center Courtney

Paris, a four-time All-


``We're just very lucky to

have (Adams),'' Blair said.

``You all had Courtney Paris

for four (years). I only get

(Adams) for two. She's not

coming out unless she has to

come out.''

Danielle Robinson led

Oklahoma (15-4, 5-1) with 33

points and almost single-handedly

fueled a comeback from a

17-point first-half deficit. But

Robinson, an 87 percent free

throw shooter, missed the front

end of a one-and-one opportunity

with 30.6 seconds left and

her driving shot over Adams as

time expired wasn't close.

``This is a reflection of how

tough this conference is,''

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale

said. ``What other conference

has games that go like this? It

was just an exchange of blows

back and forth and it was highcaliber

basketball. I watch

other leagues and I'm amazed

at how tough ours is every single


``That being said, they're _ I

don't know, what are they?

Third? Fifth? Fourth? ... We're

not far away. We're not far


Texas A&M has won five of

its last six games against

Oklahoma, although the Aggies

are only 3-16 all-time against

the Sooners in Norman. Before

Wednesday, the Aggies hadn't

won at Lloyd Noble Center

since 2007.

But the formula that has

worked so well for the Aggies

all season _ use a pressing,

trapping defense to cause mistakes

by the opponent _ again

proved effective against

Oklahoma in a rematch of last

season's conference tournament

title game, won by Texas


Adams, the conference's

leading scorer, scored from all

angles _ layups, bank shots,

medium-range jumpers and 3-

pointers. But it was her poise at

the line that proved decisive in

the final seconds.

``This kid here,'' Blair said,

motioning toward Adams,

``everybody tries to stop her.

Inside, on double and triple

(teams), then she goes outside

and hits the jumper. You have

to understand how tiring that is.

... She is going to miss some,

but she never misses bad.''

With the score tied 78-all in

the final minute, Oklahoma

missed three chances to take

the lead, as Robinson missed

two driving layups, hitting

nothing on the second try. But

the Sooners got the basketball

back both times before Adams

fouled Robinson 25 feet from

the basket.

After Robinson missed,

Adaora Elonu missed on a driving

layup attempt, but Adams

rebounded and was fouled by

Lyndsey Cloman, setting up the

winning free throws.

``I just took my time, zoned

out everything, took a deep

breath and hit both free

throws,'' Adams said.

Coale declined to comment

on Robinson's last shot, on

which it appeared there was

contact by Adams. Robinson

appeared upbeat after the game

despite her last-minute misfires.

``I want the ball in my

hands,'' Robinson said. ``I

know my teammates trust me

enough to give it to me at the

end of the game and they trust

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went cold for a time early in the

spurt and the team didn't score

field goal for almost five minutes.

``The key there was our

defense for sure,'' Colson said.

``Just getting up and being in

the press. We just wanted to

have bodies up there to force

some pressure. In the end we

didn't do enough to win it.''

The Aggies used several different

players to try to slow

Griner, but Adams spent the

most time defending her. She's

seven inches shorter than the 6foot-8

Griner, but used aggressive,

physical play down low to

help A&M deal with the star.

But her work on defense may

have hurt her offensive output

on Sunday as she finished

almost 10 points below her season


``That was my main focus

was to contain her and stop

her,'' Adams said.

Griner, who became a

YouTube sensation in high

school for her dunking ability,

looked like she might dunk it

on a fast break early in the second

half. But she slowed down

just before reaching the goal

and simply dropped it in to put

Baylor ahead 40-26.

The score was tied at 19-all

with about seven minutes

remaining in the first half

before Baylor used an 11-0 run

to take a 30-19 lead about 21/2

minutes later. The Aggies had

three turnovers and missed

three shots in that span.

Griner hit a jump shot about

30 seconds before halftime to

leave the Bears ahead 36-26 at

the break.

that I'm going to make the free

throws. That's what it came

down to.''

Three Oklahoma starters _

Carlee Roethlisberger,

Robinson and Joanna

McFarland _ picked up two

fouls each in the first eight minutes.

Still, the Sooners led 21-

18 before Adams fueled a 21-3

run, scoring 13 points in 41/2

minutes. Texas A&M led 46-29

with 2:52 left in the half.

Coale reinserted all three

players to try and stem the tide,

but Roethlisberger and

McFarland both picked up their

third fouls in vain attempts to

slow the Aggies' potent inside


The Sooners opened the second

half on a 9-0 run and pulled

to 47-43, but Aaryn Ellenberg

missed 3-point shots on three

straight possessions while the

Aggies countered with baskets

by Maryann Baker and Adams,

starting a 7-0 spurt that ended

the rally.

But behind Robinson, the

Sooners kept coming. She

assisted on a 3-pointer by

Roethlisberger that tied the

game at 65 with 7:30 left. A 3pointer

by Whitney Hand, who

had 17 points, put Oklahoma

ahead 71-69 with 5:24 left.

Oklahoma finished 8 of 18

from 3-point range.

Tyra White added 14 points

and Sydney Carter had 12 for

the Aggies.

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