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Ainsworth 51, Ord 34
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Lincoln - Taylor Kissinger notched her second career double-double with 11 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, helping Nebraska to one of the top-five team rebounding totals in school history on its way to a 58-52 women's basketball win over Kansas on Wednesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Huskers, who grabbed 64 total rebounds to tie for the fourth-highest total in school history, handed the Jayhawks (6-1) their first loss of the season for the second straight year, while Nebraska improved to 3-5.
Kissinger, a 6-1 sophomore from Minden, Neb., knocked down 3-of-4 three-pointers and dished out a pair of assists while adding a steal to help the Huskers register their second straight home win of the season.
Junior guard Hannah Whitish matched Kissinger with a team-high 11 points, including a pair of three-pointers, while contributing three assists.
Freshmen Ashtyn Veerbeek, Sam Haiby, Kayla Mershon and Leigha Brown also played major roles in the win. Veerbeek pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds to help Nebraska dominate the glass, while adding seven points and a career-high three blocks.
Mershon added a career-high seven rebounds while pitching in two points and an assist, and Haiby finished with eight points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal for the Big Red. Brown rounded out the first-year contributors with four points, two boards and a steal.
In the game, all 10 Huskers scored at least one point and grabbed at least one rebound in a true team effort, including five points, a season-high matching eight rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots for Nicea Eliely. Kate Cain added four points, six rebounds and three blocks, while Maddie Simon managed five points and three boards.
"Our goal coming into tonight's game was to be the hardest working team out on the court. That was our number one objective, and I think our rebounding total and margin and 24 offensive rebounds showed that we were tonight," Nebraska Coach Amy Williams said. "That will continue to be our focus and that is the challenge for us as we move forward this season."
The contributions across the board helped Nebraska overcome 22 turnovers and a minus-11 turnover margin against the Jayhawks, who converted NU's miscues into 19 points. Despite being out-rebounded 64-43, KU also outscored Nebraska 16-12 in second-chance points.
As a team, the Huskers hit 21-of-64 shots from the field (.328), including 6-of-17 (.353) from behind the arc. Nebraska was a season-worst 10-for-18 (.556) at the free throw line.
But Nebraska provided one of its best defensive efforts of the season, holding Kansas to just 25.3 percent (19-75) shooting from the floor, including a dismal 8-for-37 (.216) from three-point range. KU hit just 6-of-11 free throws.
Kylee Kopatich led Kansas with 14 points, including 4-of-9 three-point shooting, while Mariane De Carvalho added 11 points off the bench with a trio of three-pointers to help KU shoot its way back into the game.
The Huskers took their biggest lead of the night at 38-24 with just under five minutes left in the third quarter. Three straight baskets by Cain, Kissinger and Veerbeek capped a 25-5 Big Red surge that traced to the five-minute mark in the second quarter after the beaks in blue had built a 19-13 edge.
But late three-pointers in the third quarter by Kopatich and De Carvalho trimmed Nebraska's margin to 41-34 heading to the fourth. Kansas got another three from De Carvalho to open the final period and after a free throw from Brianna Osorio, Kansas trailed just 41-38 with 8:34 left. Another De Carvalho three just over a minute later kept the margin at three points (44-41), but KU could not get any closer the rest of the way.
Nebraska used a big finish to the second quarter to take a 28-21 lead to halftime. The Huskers closed the half on a 15-2 surge over the last 4:44, including a pair of three-pointers by Kissinger and the final three of the half from Whitish.
Prior to Nebraska's big run at the end of the half, Kansas built its biggest lead of the half of 19-13. The Huskers took the lead to the half despite losing the first-half turnover battle 15-7, as KU scored 10 of its 21 first-half points off NU's miscues.
Nebraska hit 4-of-10 first-half threes, while the Jayhawks went just 2-for-13 from long range in the half. KU also hit just 8-of-37 field goals (.216) in the half, while going just 3-of-7 at the free throw line. NU hit just 9-of-28 field goals (.321), but did connect on 6-of-8 free throws, all in a 1:45 span in the second quarter during Nebraska's rally.
Although Nebraska lost the first-half turnover battle, the Huskers dominated the boards, 31-21, including 12 offensive rebounds.
Kissinger led the Huskers with nine points on 3-of-3 three-point shooting in the half, while also matching Eliely for the team lead with five rebounds. Nine Huskers scored in the half, with Haiby being the only other Husker to hit more than one first-half field goal, going 2-for-4 for four points in the half.
Jessica Washington led KU with six first-half points but went just 2-for-10 from the field, while Kopatich and Christalah Lyons each pitched in five points. Lyons finished with nine points and a game-high five assists on the night.
Nebraska continues its three-game home stand on Saturday when the Huskers take on San Jose State. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Spartans is set for Noon (CT) with tickets available now at Huskers.com.
Nebraska Head Coach and national championship quarterback Scott Frost is among a group of five 2018 inductees into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame. Frost and the rest of the 2018 class will be honored at events surrounding the Capital One Orange Bowl.
Frost quarterbacked Nebraska to a pair of Orange Bowl victories following the 1996 and 1997 seasons. A 42-17 win over Tennessee in the 1998 Orange Bowl capped a perfect 13-0 season and secured Nebraska’s fifth national championship. The win also closed Tom Osborne’s coaching career with a third national championship.
Frost also led the 1996 Huskers to an Orange Bowl victory, defeating Virginia Tech 41-21 to close out the season with an 11-2 record.
In his two Orange Bowl appearances, Frost completed nearly 60 percent of his passes while rushing 26 times for 122 yards and five touchdowns. Frost and fellow Husker Johnny Rodgers are the only players to rush for five touchdowns in their Orange Bowl careers.
Frost will be the 10th Nebraska player to be inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame. He joins Tommie Frazier, Irving Fryar, Turner Gill, Rich Glover, Ahman Green, Dave Rimington, Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier and Jerry Tagge. The 10 players are joined by coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne, who each captured a pair of national championships with Orange Bowl victories.
Frost is joined in the 2018 Orange Bowl Hall of Fame Class by Florida State defensive end Derrick Alexander, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, Alabama running back Shaun Alexander and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer. The five new inductees are part of a group of 119 inductees into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame.
The five will be honored at the annual AvMed Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon presented by AutoNation on Friday, December 28 at Jungle Island in Miami the day before the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl, and presented to the crowd during an on-field ceremony.
2018 SWC All Conference Softball Team
|Pitcher||Regan Armagost - Cozad, Fr|
Brenna Dugan - Cozad, (IF), Sr
Grace Cargill - Cozad (IF), Sr
Bailee Schurmann - Minden (IF), So
Avery Dunphy - Gothenburg (IF), So
Kandace Coleman - McCook, (IF), Jr
Kaitlyn Kleinknecht - Gothenburg (IF), Sr
Jercey Irish - Cozad (OF), Jr
Kaylin Martin - McCook, (OF), Jr
Alexis Bliven - Gothenburg (OF), So
Laurel Schmidt - McCook (OF), S
|Utl||Trinity Raburn - McCook (IF), Jr|
Hannah Merrill - Minden (IF/C), So
Haley Cargill - Cozad (Utl), Jr
Bailey Coulter - Gothenburg (P), Jr
Brolin Morgan - McCook (IF), Jr
The No. 24/25 Nebraska men’s basketball team looks to build on their best start in 15 seasons on Wednesday evening, as the Huskers travel to Minnesota. Tipoff is set for shortly after 8 p.m. (central) from historic Williams Arena.
1 - Glynn Watson Jr. will reach 300 career assists with his first one on Wednesday evening. Watson also has a career best 3.2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio.
- The Huskers are looking for consecutive wins in Minneapolis for the third time in school history and the first in a really long time. Under Ewald O. "Jumbo" Stiehm, the Huskers beat Minnesota on consecutive days Feb. 6 (21-16) and Feb. 7 (14-9) in 1914. Stiehm, who also coached the Husker football team to a 35-2-3 record from 1911-15, was 55-14 during his four seasons at Nebraska (1912-15). Stiehm won eight Missouri Valley titles (5 football, 3 basketball) during his four and a half years at Nebraska. Nebraska also won consecutive games at Minnesota on Jan. 20-21, 1905. For comparison sake, Williams Arena opened on February 4, 1928.
- The Huskers will be aiming for their second 2-0 Big Ten start in three seasons (also 2016-17), but just their fourth 4-0 conference start in 20 years (also 2004-05 and 2005-06).
- A win on Wednesday would match the Huskers' longest win streak ever over Minnesota. NU won three straight on two previous occasions, 1934-36 and 2013-15.
- NU will be looking for its fourth Big Ten road win in the last five conference road tilts dating back to last season.
- Nebraska is 36-19 all-time as a ranked team dating back to the 1949-50 season.
- James Palmer Jr. needs 28 points to reach 1,000 for his career. He has scored 714 of his 972 career points at Nebraska and would be the third current Husker with 1,000+ points (Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr.).
- Isaiah Roby needs only two blocked shots to become the 10th Husker with 100 career blocks. Roby is averaging 1.4 blocks per game this season.
- Glynn Watson Jr. comes into the Minnesota game in 20th place on NU's career scoring list with 1,158 points. He is just 24 points shy of passing Brian Carr (1,182) for 19th place. He is also one assist away from 300 for his career and five steals away from 150 in that category.
- Although it is early in the season, Nebraska ranks in the top-15 nationally in field goal defense (.352, fourth), scoring defense (54.5 ppg, fourth), 3-point defense (.254, eighth) and blocked shots per game (5.5 bpg, 20th).
- Nebraska has not allowed an opponent to shoot over 50 percent in 34 straight games dating back to last season, including 17 straight foes held to under 50 percent shooting.
- NU has limited five of its eight opponents to under 0.85 points per possession. Mississippi Valley State and Southeastern Louisiana were held to 0.47 points per possession, the lowest number in Tim Miles' seven years at NU. On the season, the Huskers are 18th in Kenpom's adjusted defense.
- Nebraska held its first two opponents under 40 points, the first time the Huskers held consecutive foes under 40 points since 1949.
- Under Miles, the Huskers are 47-5 (.904) when holding opponents under 60 points.
- Nebraska opened the season with four straight games scoring at least 80 points, marking the first time NU has accomplished that since the 1996 NIT.
- The Huskers scored 106 points in the opener against Mississippi Valley State. It was the Huskers' highest total since scoring 107 against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 19, 2005.
- NU has already had seven players score in double figures, including six against Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 11.
- The Huskers had three players - James Palmer Jr., Isaac Copeland Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. - with 20-point performances.
- Nebraska is 35th nationally in offensive efficiency according to KenPom.
- The quick start is not surprising based on what the Huskers brought back from last year's team that went 22-11.
- Nebraska returned 73 percent of its scoring and 72 percent of its assists from last season. It marked the third time in the last 15 seasons that Nebraska returns at least 70 percent of its scoring from the previous season.
- Nebraska's 3,432 returning points ranks 13th nationally entering the 2018-19 season. Among Big Ten programs, only Iowa, which has 4,246 returning points, has more.
- He is first or second on the Huskers in scoring (first) and assists (second) while also averaging 1.0 block per game. He is third in the Big Ten in scoring at 18.3 ppg.
- Palmer collected his 20-point game of the year in NU's Big Ten opener against Illinois with a game-high 23 points, including 12-of-14 at the foul line and a team-high four assists.
- He turned in a strong performance in the Huskers' win at Clemson, scoring 14 of his 20 points in the second half and also snaring a career-high nine rebounds.
- Finished with a season-high 29 points against Seton Hall, the second-highest scoring night in his career, as he scored 18 of his points in the second half.
- Palmer has shown the ability to get to the free throw line often, as he ranks in the top-20 nationally in both free throws (48, 17th) and attempts (61, 19th).
- Palmer has scored his points in bunches with three halves of at least 15 points, including the performance vs. Seton Hall.
- Palmer has reached double figures in 38 of 41 career games at Nebraska, as he saw his streak of 17 straight games in double figures snapped against Missouri State on Nov. 19.
- Last season, Palmer averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading the Huskers to a 22-11 record and an NIT berth. Last year, Palmer reached double figures in 31 of 33 games in his first season at Nebraska, including eight 20-point efforts. Palmer’s junior year was highlighted by a career-high 34-point effort at Ohio State. Palmer joins Purdue's Carsen Edwards as returning first-team All-Big Ten selections by the conference coaches.
- Palmer averaged 18.8 points per game in Big Ten play last year, which is the highest average in conference play since Aleks Maric averaged 18.9 ppg in 2006-07. It is also the most by a returning Big Ten player since Tim Frazier in 2012-13.
- He is one of only five returning power conference players who averaged 17.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg last season
- Watson played well despite foul trouble against Illinois with 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.
- He nearly posted his first career double-double with 20 points and a career-high nine rebounds against Western Illinois.
- Watson turned in a strong effort against Missouri State with 16 points and four assists.
- He shined in NU's win over Seton Hall with 14 points and a season-high eight assists.
- Watson's return marks the 10th time in program history that the Huskers had a returning 1,000-point scorer and the first since Shavon Shields in the 2015-16 campaign.
- With 1,144 points, Watson is one of two Huskers with 1,000 career points, as Isaac Copeland has 1,158 career points between his time at Georgetown and Nebraska. James Palmer Jr. is 51 points away from reaching 1,000 for his career.
- Watson has a career 2.14-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and has more steals (145) than turnovers (138) in his career.
- Watson's older brother Demetri McCamey was an All-Big Ten guard at Illinois during the 2009-10 season.
- Watson is one of three alumni of St. Joseph to reach 1,000 points at Nebraska, joining Carl Hayes (1,136, 1990-92) and Clifford Scales (1,136, 1988-91). All three played for legendary high school coach Gene Pingatore, who is in his 50th year as coach at St. Joseph and has won over 1,000 games at the school.
- Copeland has reached double figures seven times in eight games, including a pair of 20-point efforts.
- He comes off a 16-point effort in the win over Illinois, hitting 6-of-9 shots from the field and adding five rebounds.
- Last week, he was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award
- The senior carried NU to a win at Clemson with 16 points, six boards and three assists while his biggest play was a blocked shot which led to James Palmer's dunk after Clemson closed to within five.
- He earned a spot on the Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 21.5 points per game on 61 percent shooting, 7.5 blocks and 3.0 assists per game. He was in double figures in both contests, including a season-high 23 points against Missouri State and 20 points and eight boards against Texas Tech.
- Copeland collected his fifth career double-double in Nebraska's win over Seton Hall with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He had one during his redshirt year at Georgetown (2016-17) and three in 2017-18.
- He has 11 career 20-point games (7 at Nebraska, 4 at Georgetown), including a pair of 30-point games. Copeland had 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting against North Dakota last year and a career-high 32-point night against Marquette during his sophomore year at Georgetown.
- A top-20 recruit coming out of high school, his 2014 Brewster Academy team also featured Donovan Mitchell (Utah), Devonte' Graham (Charlotte) and Jonah Bolden (Philadephia).
- Copeland earned his undergraduate degree in sociology last May and is working on his Master's Degree. He comes from a basketball family, as his father (Ike) played collegiately at East Carolina. As a senior, he helped East Carolina make the NCAA Tournament.
- He had eight points along with six boards, three assists and three steals in the win over Illinois on Dec. 2.
- Roby had his best game of the year in the win over Missouri State with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in 29 minutes.
- His dunk against Seton Hall on Nov. 14 marked the fourth time he's had a top-10 play on SportsCenter during his career, including highlight dunks vs. Rutgers (2018) and at Indiana (2016).
- Nebraska is 18-5 since moving Roby into the starting lineup midway through Big Ten play last season. Roby has all four of his career double-doubles in that stretch.
- NU has won its last 16 games at home following the 73-49 win over Western Illinois on Nov. 24. The 16-game win streak is the longest among power conference schools and sixth-longest home win streak nationally. It is NU's longest home win streak since also winning 16 straight spanning the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons.
- NU has posted a 64-24 (.727) record in Pinnacle Bank Arena since it opened in 2013.
- Nebraska went a perfect 9-0 at home in Big Ten play in 2017-18 and won its two Big Ten home games against ranked teams by an average of 15.0 points per game. NU's 9-0 mark - the only unbeaten mark in the Big Ten - marked the first time the Huskers went unbeaten in conference play at home since the 1965-66 season.
- Nebraska went 16-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2017-18 with the only loss coming in a one-point setback against then-No. 13 Kansas on Dec. 16.
LINCOLN, Neb. - Three Nebraska volleyball student-athletes were named to the AVCA All-North Region Team on Tuesday.
Mikaela Foecke, Kenzie Maloney and Lauren Stivrins were named to the All-Region Team, while Nicklin Hames received honorable mention. The three Huskers are now eligible for AVCA All-America awards, which will be announced next week. Last week, Foecke, Maloney and Stivrins were also named to the All-Big Ten Team.
Foecke earned her fourth straight AVCA All-Region honor, becoming the third Husker in program history to earn four all-region honors, joining Sarah Pavan and Kadie Rolfzen The senior outside hitter from West Point, Iowa leads the Huskers with 3.74 kills per set and adds 2.63 digs per set with a team-high 42 service aces this season. Her current kills per set average is Nebraska’s best since 2013 (Kelsey Robinson, 4.45). The two-time NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player was named Big Ten Player of the Week four times this season, and she has climbed to No. 4 on Nebraska's career kills list and is No. 8 in career aces. Foecke was an AVCA Second-Team All-American last year and is one of 10 NCAA Senior CLASS Award finalists this year.
Maloney, a senior libero, was selected to the AVCA All-Region Team for the first time. The Husker co-captain is averaging a team-best 4.07 digs per set and has played an instrumental role in leading the Huskers to a nation-leading .132 opponent hitting percentage this season. The Louisville, Kentucky native ranks sixth in NU career history in digs. Maloney posted a career-high 25 digs twice this season, and she was named the most valuable player of the Husker Invite and the best libero at the Ameritas Players Challenge. Maloney's 35 service aces are the third-most on the team this year.
Stivrins, a sophomore middle blocker, also earned her first career AVCA All-Region honor. Stivrins was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and was also the Big Ten Player of the Week once this season. Stivrins is averaging 2.29 kills per set on a team-best .411 hitting percentage, which ranks fifth in the nation. It is NU's highest individual hitting percentage since 2007 (Tracy Stalls, .473). Stivrins added serving to her repertoire this season and has 25 aces.
Hames a 5-10 setter from Maryville, Tennessee, made the All-Big Ten Freshman Team and received all-region honorable mention after averaging 10.32 assists and 3.28 digs per set this season. She also ranks second on the team in aces with 38. Hames has a team-high 21 double-doubles, the second-most by a Husker in the rally-scoring era, trailing only Jordan Larson’s 22 double-doubles in 2006. Hames was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season.
|Courtney Pence||Illinois State||L||Sr.|
|Giorgia Civita||Wichita State||L||So.|
|Stef Jankiewicz||Illinois State||S||So.|
|Taylor Wolf||Wisconsin Green-Bay||MB||OH|
Player of the Year: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Minnesota, S
Freshman of the Year: Adanna Rollins, Minnesota, OH
Coach of the Year: Hugh McCutcheon, Minnesota
Lincoln – James Palmer Jr. had a game-high 23 points to go with four assists and one steal to power the Huskers to victory in the Big Ten Conference opener. The win puts Nebraska at 7-1 overall and 1-0 in the B1G, the Huskers’ best start since the 2003-04 season.
Isaac Copeland was the next most productive Husker with 16 points, going 6-9 from the field and cleaned the glass with five rebounds against the Illini (2-6, 0-1 B1G). Copeland netted nine points in the second half alone.
Glenn Watson Jr. also contributed double figures with 14 points, which moved him into 20th place on NU’s career scoring list with 1,158 points. He needed seven points going into today to become 20th in the Nebraska scoring charts.
Illinois used an 8-2 run to open the second half and cut the lead to 41-31 after Nebraska led 39-23 at the break. The Huskers and Illini traded buckets before Palmer successfully converted two free throws, Copeland made a jumper and an Isaiah Roby dunk put an exclamation point on the day with 3:40 remaining in the second half. The Roby dunk put Nebraska up by 17 and the Huskers never looked back.
Nebraska went 25-30 (83.3 percent) from the charity stripe, shot 47.8 percent from the field (22-46) and 42.9 percent from downtown (6-14) in the victory. Nebraska held Illinois to 78.6 percent from the free throw line, 42.3 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.
The Huskers used a strong start and solid shooting to take a 39-23 halftime lead. The Huskers shot 55 percent from the field and went 14-16 from the charity stripe in the opening 20 minutes of action.
Nebraska got off to a fast start behind Watson and Palmer, as Nebraska hit the first four shots from the field and went 6-of-6 from the foul line to build an early 15-5 lead after a Watson basket.
The Illini chipped away, getting to within 16-12 after a basket from Trent Frazier, but Nebraska responded with seven unanswered points to take a 23-12 lead on a Palmer 3-pointer.
Palmer finished with 12 first-half points as the Huskers shot 55 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, while holding the Illini to 36 percent from the floor.
Illinois pulled to within 29-21 with 3:49 left in the half, but a Palmer 3-pointer and a basket from Copeland keyed a 10-3 run to close the half, Nebraska’s 16-point margin at the break was its largest of the half.
The Huskers return to action on Wednesday, as they travel to Minnesota for a matchup with the Golden Gophers. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. and will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised by NET.
Omaha - Sam Haiby scored 15 of her team-high 17 points in the second half but it was not enough to prevent from home-standing Creighton from defeating the Nebraska women's basketball team 74-65 at D.J. Sokol Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Haiby, a 5-9 freshman guard from Moorhead, Minn., led the Huskers in scoring for the fourth time in seven games by going 4-for-11 from the field and 8-for-11 from the free throw line. She added five rebounds to keep Nebraska within striking distance in the final period after Creighton built a 13-point lead at 60-47 with 5:51 left in the contest.
The Huskers refused to surrender, cutting the CU margin to 62-57 with 3:20 left. Nebraska was still within striking distance at 69-64 with 25 seconds left before succumbing to the Jays. CU improved to 2-4 on the year.
Sophomore center Kate Cain added 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting as the only other Husker in double figures, while junior wing Nicea Eliely contributed nine points and a team-high eight rebounds for Nebraska, which slipped to 2-5 on the season.
Creighton senior Audrey Faber led the Bluejays with a double-double that included game highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tatum Rembao added 18 points of her own and a team-high six assists.
The Jays received arguably their greatest contribution from guard Olivia Elger, who scored all 16 of her points in the second half. She knocked down 3-of-5 three-pointers, which was the different for CU, who managed to go 5-for-21 from long range thanks to Elger. The Huskers went just 2-for-22 in the worst shooting game of the season.
Creighton also hit 21-of-24 free throws to help seal the game down the stretch. Nebraska knocked down 19-of-27 free throws on the day.
For the game, Nebraska shot just 35.5 percent (22-64) from the floor, while Creighton hit 44.4 percent (24-54). The Huskers outworked the Jays on the glass 39-38, and also won the turnover battle, 16-13.
Nebraska led 28-27 at the half thanks to an 8-0 run midway through the second quarter and a strong putback on the last scoring play of the half by Grace Mitchell. The Huskers led despite going just 12-for-31 from the field (.387) and 0-9 from three-point range. NU won the first-half battle of the boards, 20-19, and the first-half turnover battle, 10-9.
Cain led the Big Red with eight points and four rebounds in the half, while Eliely pitched in six points and three boards. Despite the low-scoring half, the Huskers still had eight players found the scoring column. Whitish had four first-half assists in just nine minutes.
The Huskers held Creighton to just 33.3 percent (9-27) shooting from the field, including 1-for-11 from three-point range. The Bluejays went 8-for-8 at the free throw line as Nebraska withstood extensive first-half foul trouble with two fouls apiece for starters Hannah Whitish, Maddie Simon and Taylor Kissinger and backup point guard Kristian Hudson.
Temi Carda led Creighton with eight first-half points including back-to-back three-point plays late in the second quarter after Nebraska built a five-point lead at 26-21. Rembao added seven points, including the only three of the half, while Faber scored six first-half points.
Nebraska returns home to Pinnacle Bank Arena for the first time in nearly a month when the Huskers take on Kansas Wednesday. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Jayhawks is set for 7 p.m. with tickets available now at Huskers.com.
LAMAR Colo. – The McCook Community College Lady Indians basketball team was firing on all cylinders Sunday and ran to a 112-60 win over Lamar in the Lamar Community College Classic.
“We had 40 minutes of great effort today by each one of my players individually and collectively,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “We came out start to finish with great effort and we shared the ball so well.”
A trio of sophomores led the Lady Indians on the offensive end. Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) led MCC with 27 points, Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) poured in 20 points and dished out eight assists and Makayla Jones, (Aurora, Colo.) scored 19 points.
Freshman Tyra Cheatham (Basin, Wyo.) was also in double-figures with 15 points. Freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 11 points and snagged a team-high 11 rebounds.
“Shots fell early and it propelled us in all facets of the game,” Fernetti said.
The Lady Indians shot 42 percent from the field, fired in 15 shots from the 3-point line, forced 44 turnovers and came up with 21 offensive rebounds.
“I’m just very proud of the team and how we played together,” Fernetti said.
The 9-3 Lady Indians close out the 2018 portion of the schedule at home this weekend hosting Eastern Wyoming Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday with Laramie County Community College at 2 p.m.
“We know coming up this week we have two great challenges in Eastern Wyoming and Laramie County this week.”
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GILLETTE, Wyo. – For the second night in a row the McCook Community College men’s basketball team gave up 100 points in the Gillette State Farm Classic as the host Pronghorns downed the Indians 110-80 Saturday night.
The Pronghorns seized the lead early and never trailed on the way to the 20-point win.
Six Gillette players scored in double-figures led by Bradley Akhile’s 25 and Mason Archambault’s 21 points.
The Pronghorns shot 57.6 percent from the field, 48 percent from the 3-point line (12 of 25), and 75 percent from the free-throw line (25 of 30). Gillette out-rebounded MCC 40-33
Freshman Miles Black (Jonesboro, Ga.) led MCC with 25 points. Sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) scored 13 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds.
A trip of Indians scored 10 points each including: Sophomore Jacob Boden (Stockholm, Sweden), freshman Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) and freshman Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.).
MCC shot 43.8 percent from the field but just two of 17 shots from distance (11.8 percent), and 14 of 19 free-throw shots (73.7 percent). The Indians turned the ball over 19 times – two fewer than Gillette but the Pronghorns converted MCC turnovers into 35 points. MCC scored 16 points off Gillette College turnovers.
MCC falls to 5-6 heading into the final two games of the calendar year.
The Indians host Eastern Wyoming Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Laramie County Community College Saturday at 4 p.m. Both games are in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. MCC beat Eastern Wyoming 86-75 Nov. 9 at Torrington and lost 80-74 to LCCC in Cheyenne Nov. 10.
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