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Lincoln - Nebraska's Leigha Brown was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week when the conference announced its weekly honors on Monday, Jan. 7.

Brown put together the best two performances of her young career in back-to-back Big Ten road games for the Huskers last week. She averaged 19.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 18.0 minutes per game off the bench for the Big Red.

The 6-1 guard/forward, who leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring in conference contests at 16.7 points per game, scored a then-career-high 19 points in Nebraska's 78-69 road win at defending Big Ten champion Ohio State on New Year's Eve. Brown hit 4-of-9 shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers against the Buckeyes, while also knocking down 9-of-12 free throws to lead the Huskers to their first true road win of the season.

The true freshman from Auburn, Indiana was even better the next time out at No. 19 Iowa, putting up a career-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while connecting on 3-of-4 three-point attempts. Brown also hit 5-of-6 free throws and tied a career high with two steals in 18 minutes against the Hawkeyes. She scored six of her points in the closing minutes to lead a furious Husker rally that cut a 12-point Iowa lead with four minutes left to just two points in the final minute.

On the season, Brown is Nebraska's second-leading scorer at 10.4 points per game, trailing only fellow freshman Sam Haiby (10.7 ppg). Brown ranks seventh among all Big Ten freshman in scoring on the season.

Brown and the Huskers will play host to No. 9 Maryland on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between Nebraska (7-7 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) and the Terrapins (13-1 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available now at Huskers.com.





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Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was honored Monday as one of 32 players named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. Martinez was one of two quarterbacks named to the team joining Clemson true freshman Trevor Lawrence.

Martinez ranks 12th nationally in total offensive yards per game (295.1), and leads all freshman in that category, while ranking fourth among freshmen in passing yards per game. Martinez averaged 237.9 passing yards per game and 57.2 rushing yards per game in 2018, becoming just the second FBS true freshman since 1990 to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game and the first to hit those averages as a Power Five program.

Overall, Martinez was just the sixth freshman quarterback - true or redshirt - to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game since 1990, joining Oregon's Marcus Mariota (2012), Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2012) and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett (2014) as the only freshmen quarterbacks to reach those marks in the last decade. Martinez was also one of just four FBS quarterbacks - regardless of class - who averaged 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game in 2018.

Martinez rewrote Nebraska's freshman record book in 2018, and he also left his mark on the Huskers' overall season charts, including averaging a school-record 295.1 yards of total offense per game. Martinez completed 64.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,617 yards, ranking second in school history in completion percentage, sixth in completions (224), eighth in passing yards and 10th in passing touchdowns (17).

His dual-threat ability helped Martinez account for 3,246 yards of total offense, which was the fifth-highest total in Nebraska history in addition to averaging the most yards of total offense per game in program history. Martinez had a school-record seven 300-yard total offense games in 2018, including three 400-yard total offense games, tying the Nebraska season and career record in that category.

With Martinez leading the way, Nebraska averaged 456.2 yards per game in 2018, the program's highest total since 2012. The Husker offense totaled more than 500 yards of offense in five of Martinez's 11 starts, including four games with more than 560 yards of offense.

Martinez’s selection marks the second straight year Nebraska has had a player on the FWAA Freshman All-America team. Last season, wide receiver JD Spielman was named to the team as a redshirt freshman.





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Kearney. Neb. – The top-ranked Nebraska-Kearney wrestling finished in third place at the 2019 Division II National Duals Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
 
The two-day, double elimination tournament was part of the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Multi-Divisional National Duals.  
 
Seeded fourth in this tournament, UNK lost to top second-ranked and top-seeded St. Cloud State by a 22-15 score Saturday morning. The Huskies whipped Notre Dame (Ohio) College 35-6 in the finals to win this event for a third straight year and push its dual winning streak to 39 in a row.
 
In the afternoon, the Lopers bested fifth-ranked McKendree (IL), 23-17, to finish third for the second year in a row. 
 
SCSU, which has won three of the last four national titles, took three matches by a single point to stave off UNK’s upset bid. Top-ranked Brett Velasquez used riding time to nip second-ranked Josh Portillo (Clarion, Ia.), 5-4, at 125 pounds with Garrett Aldrich having three takedowns and a reversal to get past fourth-ranked Jonathan Killingsworth (Lincoln S.E.) 8-7 two classes higher. Finally, St. Cloud moved ahead 9-3 after third-ranked James Pleski took down senior Nick Babcock (Broomfield, Colo.) with two seconds left to win 3-2 at 149 pounds.
 
Top-ranked Calvin Ochs (Hoxie, Kan.) used an escape and penalty point to narrowly get past fourth-ranked Devin Fitzpatrick, 2-1, at 165 pounds with top-ranked Matt Malcom (Glenwood, Ia.) having an 11-3 major at 157 pounds. Finally, fifth-ranked heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs (Geneva) had a fall early in the second period to close out the scoring which featured each team docked a point for unsportsmanlike conduct.
 
UNK bounced back in the afternoon against McKendree by taking five of the first six matches. Babcock upset another ranked individual, this time No. 6 Isaiah Kemper, by having a takedown and two escapes to win 5-4.  Next, Malcom had two takedowns and riding time to best ninth-ranked Nate Smalling, 5-2, while Ochs had a fall in 3:00. Finally, Hinrichs had a takedown with nine seconds remaining to win 3-1 and close out the long weekend.
 
The Lopers head to Colorado School of Mines next Friday for a dual with the Orediggers.
 




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Kearney, Neb. – Senior center Jakob Lowrance had a double double and graduate transfer Jafar Kinsey scored a game-high 21 points to help Central Missouri rally past Nebraska-Kearney in overtime, 62-58, Saturday evening in Warrensburg.

Finally getting healthy, the Mules (9-4, 2-2) have won five in a row and beat the Lopers (5-8, 0-4) in overtime for a second consecutive year. UNK's last five losses this year have come by a total of only 17 points. 

In a game where both teams shot under 37% from the field, UNK got down 12-5 six minutes in but hung around and trailed by just one at the break. A three from Iowa senior forward Kyle Juhl put the Lopers up 47-42 with 8:05 to play. However, UCM closed regulation on a 10-5 run to force another five minutes.

UNK never trailed in the final eight minutes of regulation with Aurora freshman Henry Penner grabbing an offensive rebound and getting fouled with 16 seconds left. He made one of two free throws to put Kearney up 52-50 but Kinsey converted a layup soon after. The shot actually never went through the hoop as the Lopers were called for goaltending. A long three attempt by Texas junior guard Chase Winchester didn't fall as time expired.

The Lopers finished the night 9 of 17 from the line with four of the misses coming in the final eight minutes of regulation. Two of the misses came on the front end of a one-and-one opportunity. 

Lowrance (6-8, 255 lbs.) scored the first two buckets in overtime to put UCM ahead for good. A dunk from Minnesota sophomore post Weston Baker Magrath made the score 60-58 at the seven second mark but the Mules got the ball in and then converted both free throws. Overall they went 16 of 24 at the line. 

Kinsey (6-3, 200 lbs.), who previously was at Division I North Dakota, reached his point total by going 7 of 15 (3 of 7 threes) from the field and sinking four free throws. He also had seven rebounds and two assists while going all 40 minutes. Next, Lowrance had 16 points and 13 rebounds in his sixth appearance of the year.

Kearney freshman Kanon Koster had his fourth double double (16 points & 11 rebounds) of the year to lead the Lopers. He also had a game-high four blocks and logged 39 minutes. Finally, Juhl never came off the court and ended up with 11 points, nine rebounds, a block and three of UNK's five made triples.

UNK hosts Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State next weekend.




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Kearney, Neb. – Four starters scored in double figures to help 15th-ranked Central Missouri pull away from Nebraska-Kearney, 64-47, Saturday afternoon in Warrensburg.

With the effort, the defending national champions bounce back from a Thursday night loss to No. 5 Fort Hays State. The Jennies are now 9-3 (2-2) including a 3-1 home record.

UNK (8-5, 1-3) hung around most of the day thanks to a combined 28 points from sophomore starting guard Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) and freshman reserve post Brooke Carlson (Elkhorn). However, after trimming a 40-27 deficit to four by the end of the third quarter, UNK went cold and was just 4 of 15 (0 of 3 threes) from the field in the fourth. UCM made 8 of its 13 shots to win this 10 minute span by a 19-8 margin.

The Jennies bombed away all day, sinking 10 of 27 three pointers, and also had a plus nine rebounding margin, 40-31. The balanced attack featured 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists from Morgan Fleming and 11 points, nine assists and five boards from Paige Redmond. Finally, six different Jennies made at least one triple.

Making 3 of 11 threes and going 2 of 7 at the line, UNK was once again led by Carlson as she had 16 points on 7 of 13 shooting. She also had three rebounds and two blocks over 27 minutes. Next, Sanger had 12 thanks to 6 of 9 shooting with freshman guard Klaire Kirsch (Rapid City, S.D.) grabbing a team-best nine rebounds, having three assists and a bucket.

The Lopers host No. 27 Central Oklahoma (11-3, 2-2) next Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center. The Bronchos were stunned at home by NW Missouri State today, 51-47.




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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kamar Baldwin scored a season-high 28 points and Butler defeated Creighton 84-69 on Saturday to end a two-game skid.
Baldwin was 11-of-18 shooting with three 3-pointers and seven assists before leaving with 1:44 remaining after he was inadvertently struck in the face by Creighton's Damien Jefferson going for a rebound.
Joey Brunk, a 6-foot-11 sophomore making his first start, added 13 points and Nate Fowler had three 3-pointers and 11 points for the Bulldogs (10-5, 1-1 Big East), who improved to 8-1 at home after shooting 51 percent.
Martin Krampelj had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Blue Jays (10-5), who had a three-game win streak snapped after shooting just 26 percent from the arc (7 of 27) and being outscored 40-28 in the paint. Mitch Ballock added 13 points and Davion Mintz 10.
Ty-Shon Alexander, Creighton's leading scorer at 17.3 points per game, was just 1 of 10 from the arc, 3 of 13 overall and finished with nine points.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 50, St. Paul 29
Anselmo-Merna 55, St. Mary's 42
Ansley-Litchfield 52, Ravenna 41
Arlington 51, Archbishop Bergan 49
Arthur County 59, Brady 43
Ashland-Greenwood 57, Fort Calhoun 50
Auburn 67, Nebraska City 49
Axtell 67, Alma 48
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 43, West Point-Beemer 33
Bayard 49, Gordon/Rushville 32
Bennington 73, Blair 53
Bloomfield 63, Elgin Public/Pope John 40
Boyd County 60, Santee 19
Bridgeport 52, Hershey 46
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 44, Nebraska Lutheran 26
Cedar Bluffs 56, Dorchester 44
Centennial 69, Raymond Central 28
Chadron 62, Mitchell 48
Chase County 53, Kimball 29
Conestoga 72, Pawnee City 53
Cozad 55, North Platte St. Patrick's 48
Creek Valley 60, Minatare 33
Cross County 51, Heartland 49
Deshler 61, Thayer Central 37
Edgemont, S.D. 59, Sioux County 33
Edgemont, S.D. 59, Sioux County 33
Elkhorn Mount Michael 68, Schuyler 23
Elm Creek 62, Wilcox-Hildreth 55
Fillmore Central 55, Superior 44
Freeman 68, Friend 14
Gothenburg 56, Centura 54
Grand Island 56, Lincoln Southwest 55
Grand Island Central Catholic 59, Doniphan-Trumbull 40
Hartington Cedar Catholic 69, Nebraska City Lourdes 47
Hastings 49, Lexington 48
Hay Springs 72, Leyton 61
Howells/Dodge 63, Plainview 42
Humphrey St. Francis 66, Burwell 51
Johnson-Brock 71, Weeping Water 40
Kearney 72, Lincoln Southeast 68
Kearney Catholic 54, Holdrege 29
Kenesaw 63, Harvard 28
Lincoln Christian 55, Hastings St. Cecilia 38
Lincoln High 69, North Platte 58
Lincoln North Star 74, Lincoln Northeast 44
Lincoln Pius X 76, Millard North 65
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 49, Stanton 36
Loomis 69, Arapahoe 64
Maywood-Hayes Center def. McPherson County, forfeit
McCook 46, Sidney 33
Milford 59, David City 36
Mound City, Mo. 68, Falls City Sacred Heart 56
Mullen 70, Wallace 48
Neligh-Oakdale 58, Stuart 43
Newcastle, Wyo. 73, Gering 66
Norfolk 79, South Sioux City 39
Omaha Benson 71, Omaha Burke 68
Omaha Bryan 76, Omaha Northwest 56
Omaha Central 80, Omaha Westside 69
Omaha Christian Academy 39, Lewiston 28
Omaha Creighton Prep 66, Millard South 49
Omaha North 76, Elkhorn South 65
Ord 58, CWC 33
Overton 85, Maxwell 61
Papillion-LaVista South 56, Bellevue East 39
Parkview Christian 72, Cornerstone Christian 35
Pierce 40, Norfolk Catholic 37
Pleasanton 56, Twin Loup 17
Red Cloud 53, Elba 8
Savannah, Mo. 55, Plattsmouth 37
Shelby/Rising City 43, Meridian 26
Siouxland Community Christian, Iowa 60, Allen 22
South Loup 62, Bertrand 46
South Platte 61, Potter-Dix 22
St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. 29, Falls City 26
Sutherland 53, Perkins County 31
Syracuse 38, Louisville 28
Tekamah-Herman 54, Clarkson/Leigh 48
Twin River 65, Madison 58
Wahoo 54, Crete 51
Wauneta-Palisade 78, Southwest 44
Wayne 61, Boone Central/Newman Grove 51
West Holt 44, Elkhorn Valley 43
Wilber-Clatonia 52, Southern 44
York 54, Grand Island Northwest 38
Cheyenne Invitational=
Alliance 67, Cheyenne Central, Wyo. 53
CNOS Foundation Classic=
Omaha Skutt Catholic 68, Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 33
Siouxland Christian, Iowa 69, Allen 44
Lutheran Invitational=
Championship=
Lincoln Lutheran 56, Lutheran High Northeast 36
Consolation=
Heartland Lutheran 60, Omaha Concordia 41
Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=
Championship=
Osmond 66, Wausa 42
Consolation=
Niobrara/Verdigre 61, Ewing 52
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 45, St. Paul 31
Anselmo-Merna 35, St. Mary's 25
Ansley-Litchfield 55, Ravenna 51
Arlington 51, Archbishop Bergan 49
Ashland-Greenwood 49, Fort Calhoun 40
Auburn 42, Nebraska City 29
Axtell 51, Alma 40
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 49, West Point-Beemer 33
Bennington 49, Blair 26
Bishop Neumann 51, Columbus Scotus 23
Boone Central/Newman Grove 47, Wayne 41
Boyd County 52, Santee 36
Broken Bow 65, Gibbon 29
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 59, Nebraska Lutheran 32
CWC 61, Ord 41
Centennial 65, Raymond Central 38
Chase County 55, Kimball 45
Clarkson/Leigh 25, Tekamah-Herman 22
Cody-Kilgore 61, Stapleton 16
Cross County 35, Heartland 34
Elgin Public/Pope John 57, Bl




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Middleton, WI – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Madison Capitols by a final score of 4-2 Saturday night at the Bob Suter Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wisconsin. Tri-City got goals in the game from Colton Kalezic, Zac Jones, and Ronnie Attard. Storm goaltender Jake Barczewski made 27 saves on 29 shots to record his 9th victory of the season in goal. Tri-City returns home to the Viaero Center in Kearney Friday night in a matchup against the Waterloo Black Hawks. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.
 
Madison opened the scoring 26 seconds into the game on a goal by Chaz Smedsrud. Tri-City responded with goals from Colton Kalezic and Ronnie Attard to take a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period. Kalezic’s goal was scored at the 11:45 mark of the period and was assisted by Filip Forsmark. Ronnie Attard netted a power play goal for the Storm at the 16:24 mark of the period with Zac Jones and Brendan Furry picking up assists on the goal. The Storm outshot the Capitols 11-7 in the 1st period and led 2-1 after the 1st period. Alex Mella netted the only goal of the 2nd period for Madison to tie the game at 2-2. Madison outshot Tri-City 12-10 in the 2nd period.
 
Zac Jones put the Storm in front with a 3rd period goal at 5:48 of the 3rd period. The goal was the 3rd of the season for Jones and gave Tri-City its 2nd lead of the game. Madison pulled goaltender Joey Lamoreaux for an extra attacker with under one minute to play in the game, and Storm Captain Ronnie Attard scored an empty net goal to seal the victory for the Storm. The goal was Attard’s 10th of the season and 2nd of the game. Tri-City extended its point streak to six games, and now holds a five-point advantage over Des Moines for 1st place in the Western Conference standings. Zac Jones was named the game’s 1st Star, and the Storm improved to 23-6-1-1 on the season.




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The Aurora boys survived Elkhorn 39-34 on Saturday. Baylor Scheierman scored 22 for the Huskies despite battling foul difficulty. 

The Aurora girls lost 35-15. 




Aurora Boys Coach Tom Leininger

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Isaac Copeland scored a season-high 24 points, but it was not enough as No. 24 Nebraska lost a battle of top-25 teams Sunday night, falling to No. 25 Iowa, 93-84, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Nebraska dropped to 11-4 on the season and 1-3 in the Big Ten after losing back-to-back games for the first time this season. Iowa (12-3, 1-3 Big Ten) picked up its first conference victory by scoring 93 points, the most Nebraska has allowed this season.

The 3-point line was a major factor, as Iowa made six more threes than the Huskers. Nebraska hit two of its first four 3-pointers but missed 17 of its final 19 attempts, connecting on just 4-of-23 from beyond the arc on the game. While the Huskers struggled to find their range, Iowa was 10-of-22 from the 3-point line, in addition to going 29-of-32 at the free-throw line. Nebraska made three more field goals and had five fewer turnovers than Iowa, but Iowa out-rebounded Nebraska by nine.

Copeland scored his 24 points in only 30 minutes, and he added six rebounds. James Palmer Jr. added 20 points and four assists, while Isaiah Roby hit 8-of-10 shots from the floor to finish with 17 points and nine rebounds. Thomas Allen rounded out the quartet of Huskers in double figures with 10 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists.

Nebraska trailed by four at the break, 44-40, after allowing its most first-half points this season. In a back-and-forth half that featured four ties and 10 lead changes, the Huskers out-shot the Hawkeyes, but Iowa went 10-of-11 at the free-throw line and out-rebounded Nebraska by nine. Copeland scored 10 points in the first 11 minutes before sitting for nearly all of the final 8:24 of the half after picking up his second foul.

Iowa built an early three-point lead by making four of its first five shots – including a pair of threes – before a 7-0 run put Nebraska on top 14-10 five minutes into the game. The teams then traded runs, with Iowa scoring six straight points and Nebraska responding with a 5-0 spurt to take a 19-16 at the 12-minute mark.

The Hawkeyes retook the lead at 27-24 with eight minutes left in the half. Iowa held the lead for the remainder of the half, building their first two-possession lead of the game at 35-30 that forced a Husker timeout at the 4:47 mark. The lead stretched to seven before Nebraska responded with five straight points. The Huskers trimmed the lead to one at 41-40 thanks to six points from Palmer in the final two minutes. Nebraska appeared headed to the break trailing by just one, but Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon banked in a long 3-pointer just before the first-half buzzer.

Nebraska, which never led in the second half, quickly pulled to within one early in the period before Iowa responded with a 10-2 run. The Hawkeyes capped the spurt with seven straight points in a little more than a minute to take a 56-47 with 15 minutes remaining. After the Huskers broke the run with back-to-back baskets from Roby, Iowa scored on three straight possessions to build its first double-digit lead at 62-51 with 13 minutes to play, forcing a Husker timeout.

NU scored four straight points before Roby was whistled for his fourth foul, putting two Husker starters on the bench with four fouls, along with Glynn Watson Jr. Despite the foul trouble, Nebraska turned up the defensive intensity and forced four Iowa turnovers during a 6-0 run that trimmed the lead to 67-63 at the eight-minute mark. But Iowa quickly stretched the lead back to nine.

Nebraska used another 6-0 run to pull within four before Bohannon answered with his fourth 3-pointer to give Iowa a 75-68 lead with five minutes remaining. The Huskers pulled back within five two minutes later on a Roby dunk, but Bohannon answered with another big three and Nebraska never got closer than six the rest of the way.

Bohannon, who scored 11 of Iowa’s final 13 points, hit five 3-pointers and led Iowa with 25 points on a night where all five Hawkeye starters scored in double-figures.

After playing its last three Big Ten Conference games on the road, Nebraska will play its first home game of 2019 on Thursday, when the Huskers host the Penn State Nittany Lions at 8 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena.





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