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VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — After losing four top players to the NBA, this was supposed to be something close to a rebuilding season for Villanova.
There's no such thing for coach Jay Wright and the Wildcats.
Freshman forward Saddiq Bey scored a career-high 17 points, senior guard Phil Booth hit key baskets down the stretch and No. 14 Villanova remained perfect in Big East play by beating Creighton 66-59 in overtime Wednesday night.
Booth finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while Eric Paschall scored 15 and Collin Gillespie had 13 for the Wildcats (19-4, 10-0), who have won their first 10 Big East games for the first time in program history. Their previous best start in league play came in 2009-10 when they opened 9-0.
"On nights when you're not at your best and you can still find a way," Wright said, "that's a good team."
The defending national champions also became the first Big East team to start 10-0 in conference games since UConn won its first 11 on the way to the 1999 national title.
"You don't start 10-0 in this league unless you're special," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said.
Davion Mintz led Creighton (13-10, 4-6) with 19 points and Martin Krampelj had 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Bluejays were missing two starters after top scorer Ty-Shon Alexander was injured in practice Tuesday. He joined Marcus Zegarowski (broken hand) in street clothes on the bench.
Despite playing short-handed, Creighton stayed right with Villanova in a back-and-forth game that featured 10 ties and eight lead changes. But the Wildcats put the clamps down in overtime, all but sealing the win on Booth's 3-pointer with 1:25 left.
"I'm extremely proud," McDermott said. "We played a lineup we never played before, we played a style we never played before. Because of injuries we're in a tough spot right now. I thought our guys fought."
The game was tied at 45 with 4:30 left in regulation when Mintz drilled a tough 3 to put Creighton ahead. Booth made two straight buckets to put Villanova back in front, before Creighton's Kaleb Joseph was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 37 seconds remaining. He hit one of three foul shots to tie the game at 49.
Krampelj swatted a go-ahead attempt from Booth with 11 seconds left, giving Creighton a shot to win at the end of regulation. Joseph's jumper rimmed out at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.
"They played extremely well," Wright said. "We didn't and we were able to gut it out with some great effort plays down the stretch."
BIG PICTURE
Creighton: The Bluejays, who have played one of the nation's toughest schedules, remain in the middle of the pack in the conference.
Villanova: Looking for their fifth Big East regular-season title in six years, the Wildcats are in essentially a two-horse race with Marquette. They have a two-game lead on the Golden Eagles with eight to play.
CHARACTER LOSS
Normally one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country, the Bluejays went just 5 for 17 from behind the arc. But they outscored Villanova 32-18 in the paint and were especially impressive on defense, holding the Wildcats to 37.5 percent shooting.
"I told the guys that we were really connected," McDermott said. "There was a level of belief you have to have when you're undermanned. You really have to have each other's backs."
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Wright said the biggest plays of the game were two offensive rebounds by Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree in overtime. One followed a missed free throw by Gillespie, with Cosby-Roundtree slamming home the putback to give Villanova a 55-52 lead with just under three minutes left.
Cosby-Roundtree and Bey each finished with four offensive rebounds in front of a loud Finneran Pavilion crowd. Villanova was playing on campus for the first time since Jan. 8 after six straight games either on the road or at their off-campus home at the Wells Fargo Center.
"Everyone was dialing it up," Bey said. "I was just feeding off the energy."
UP NEXT
Creighton faces Seton Hall on Saturday night in the second stop on a three-game road trip.
Villanova heads to Marquette on Saturday afternoon for a showdown between the league's top two teams.




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MCCOOK – Dru Kuxhausen scored 30 points and the Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball topped McCook Community College 91-85 in a Region IX South Sub-region game Tuesday in McCook.

                The win moves the Cougars to 18-6 overall but more importantly, the Cougars move back into first place of the South Sub-region with a 6-1 record after Northeastern Junior College topped North Platte Community College 80-70 on Tuesday.

                The win was a battle between both teams. WNCC held a slim 40-36 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Cougars built a near double-digit lead only to watch McCook slice the lead to two, 72-70. WNCC came back, hitting clutch shots to go back ahead by six points, 85-79, on a Bruce Sanchious bucket. McCook cut the lead to two points with under 20 seconds to play, but Kuxhausen hit four free throws in the final seconds to preserve the win.

                WNCC shot 51 percent for the field, but the most important statistic was free throw shooting where the Cougars were 14 of 18.

                McCook shot 45 percent from the field and buried 12 3-pointers.

                WNCC put three players in double figures. Kuxhausen led all scorers with 30 points, including six 3-pointers and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe.

                Sanchious and Jervay Green followed with 21 and 20 points respectively. Sanchious pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds, while Green dished off a team-high seven assists.

                WNCC, 18-6, will be back in action on Monday when they host Eastern Wyoming College in the first of three straight home contests. Monday’s doubleheader begins at 5:30 p.m. with the women’s contest followed by the men’s game.

 

WNCC (18-6)      40 51 – 91

McCook (9-13)   36 49 – 85

WNCC

Dru Kuxhausen 30, Marquis White 6, Bryce Sanchious 21, Jervay Green 20, Martin Roub 6, LeBeck Warren 2, TJ O’Connor 4, Henry Tanksley 2.

MCCOOK

Amadou Dieye 12, Peanut Cunningham 18, Ronald Rice 2, Miles Black 6, Tyrek Battle-Holley 10, Avanthony Banks 12, Mardrez McBride 20, Antonije Petrovic 2, Anani Ikechukwu 3.




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MCCOOK – The No. 24-ranked Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team put five in double figures and rolled past McCook Community College 104-64 in a Region IX South Sub-region contest to move to 20-3 on the season.

                It is the 32nd straight season the Cougar women have won 20 or more games. Last time WNCC had a sub 20-win season was 1986-87 when the team went 19-7.

                The win was the Cougars eighth straight. WNCC moves to 6-0 in the sub-region while McCook drops to 3-3 in sub-region play and 15-8 overall.

                WNCC put together a complete game in the win, shooting 48 percent from the field while holding McCook to just 29 percent.

                The Cougars offense ignited in all four quarters, scoring 20 or more points for their 104 points.

                WNCC held a slim 20-12 lead after the first quarter before leading by 20 at halftime, 46-26.

                The second half was even more offensive for the Cougars, outscoring McCook 58-38. WNCC led 77-46 after three periods.

                Merle Wiehl led all scorers with 27 points. Wiehl knocked down three 3-pointers while pulling down nine boards.

                Allysah Boorth also tallied 20 points. Booth sank three treys and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line.

                Tishara Morehouse finished with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Morehouse also had two assists.

                R’Manie Pulling finished with 12 points while Yuliyana Valcheva had 10 points.

                WNCC out-rebounded McCook 47-39. The Cougars also forced 25 turnovers.

                WNCC, 20-3, will have a week off before their next game when they host the Highway 26 Border War contest with Eastern Wyoming College on Monday. The women’s game begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m.

 

WNCC (20-3)                      20 26 31 27 – 104

McCook (15-8)                   12 14 20 18 – 64

WNCC

Tishara Morehouse 16, Merle Wiehl 27, Andrijana Reljic 2, Eva Langton 2, Taylor Joplin 3, Allysah Boothe 20, Kolby Underwood 2, Anyssia Gibbs 8, R’Manie Pullling 12, Yuliyana Valcheva 10.

MCCOOK

Sam Hinkle 8, Makenna Bodette 12, Hailey Tiles 18, Nikki Cross 5, Lena Goerke 6, Makayla Jones 4, Destiny Davis 11.





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BORGER, Texas – The Western Nebraska Community College softball team plated 30 runs and hammered four home runs in opening the season with a doubleheader win over Frank Phillips College Tuesday in Borger, Texas.

                The opener saw freshman Mickie Mills pick up the win in the circle while helping her cause at the plate with a home run and four RBIs in leading the Cougars to a 10-2 win.

                The second game saw the Cougars pound out 17 hits, including three home runs and a 3-double performance from Devon Rees in recording the 20-0 shutout win over Frank Phillips.

                WNCC started a little slow in the opener, only leading 3-2 after three innings. WNCC scored one in the first and then two in the second for a 3-1 lead. WNCC put the game away in the fifth when the Cougars plated seven. WNCC scored the seven runs with two outs. Big blows in the frame included a run-scoring double by Kendall Glasgow, a 2-run double by Emma Flynn, and a 2-run home run by Mills to make it 10-2.

                WNCC had eight hits in the game. Glasgow, Mills, and Hannah Baesler each had two hits. Mills had four RBIs, while Glasgow and Baesler each had two runs scored.

                Glasgow had two doubles in the game.

                Sidnee Hogan added three RBIs while Flynn had two TBI and two runs scored.

                Mills picked up the win in the circle, going five innings in scattering five hits while striking out four.

                The second game saw WNCC finish with 17 hits including 10 extra base hits. Devon Rees had three doubles in the win with two RBIs, while Baesler was a double from hitting for the cycle with a single, triple, and home run. Baesler had three runs scored and two RBIs.,

                The Cougars had three home runs in the contest. Besides Baesler’s home run, Flynn and Michaela Kelly each hammered solo shots in the first inning for a 2-0 lead.

                The Cougars put the game away in the second by plating 10 for a 12-2 lead. WNCC never looked back in adding eight more runs over the next three innings.

                Flynn and Rees each had three hits. Flynn added two runs scored, while Rees had two RBIs with her three doubles.

                Hogan and Kelly each had two hits. Hogan had a double with two runs scores, while Kelly had a double, home run, four RBIs, and two runs scored.

                Glasgow added a double with two RBIs and two runs scored.

                Also hitting in two were Tylar Davis and Mills.

                Emma Glawson earned the win in the circle with a one-hitter wile striking out four and not walking any.

                WNCC, 2-0, will be back in action Wednesday when they take on No. 11 Howard College in a doubleheader.

 

Game 1

WNCC                   120 07 – 10 8 4

Frank Phillips      011 00 – 2 5 1

WP – Mickie Mills

2B – Emma Flynn, Kendall Glasgow 2

HR – Mickie Mills

 

Game 2

WNCC                   2(10)1 16 – 20 17 1

Frank Phillips      000 00 – 0 1 2

WP – Emma Glawson

2B – Kendall Glasgow, Sidnee Hogan, Michaela Kelly, Devon Rees 3

3B – Hannah Baesler

HR – Hannah Baesler, Emma Flynn, Michaela Kelly




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   With 19 players on the roster this season, the Western Nebraska Community College softball team is looking for exciting things when they open the season Tuesday, Feb., 5 at Frank Phillips College.

                Practices leading up to the season-opener have seen nothing but positives with a team that features five returners from a year ago and 14 new faces.

                “Personally, I am very excited to watch this team play ball,” head coach Katelyn Groves said. “I am excited that I have the opportunity to coach alongside two former players [Kelsey Bernhardt and Courtney Medina] and a young lady [Abbey Martin] that truly loves the game of softball and our program. Our players have worked extremely hard since they first stepped foot on campus in August. They have bought into our team mantra of ‘Strong Alone, Unstoppable Together’ and I can't wait to see what they do together on and off the field this spring.”

                The Cougars will spend a week in Texas playing games. After the games with Frank Phillips on Tuesday, the Cougars will face No. 11 Howard College on Feb. 6-7 before taking on Western Texas College Feb. 8-9.

                The players are looking forward to the road trip to play some competition.

                “We are super excited to start the season with such a talented team,” freshman Jaila Johnson of Firestone, Colorado, said. “We get to show off our hard work and finally put it all together for real this time. I’m also super excited to start my first ever college season as a Cougar.”

                There is plenty of depth on this year’s squad and that will be a key factor this season.

                “We have the availability to see two to four different players in any position this season,” Groves said. “Our team is extremely athletic and I believe you will see that in our ability to more around our lineup.”

                The depth all starts with the pitching core. WNCC has four pitchers ready to throw from the circle. Returning pitchers include Emma McMillan of Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Reagan Solomon of Farmington, Utah.

                McMillan went 14-19 a year ago from the circle with 188 innings pitched with 131 strikeouts. McMillan had an ERA of 6.10. Solomon was 7-13 in the circle with 139 innings pitched and 66 strikeouts. She finished with an ERA of 6.58.

                Joining McMillan and Solomon in the circle are freshman Emma Glawson of Victoria, British Columbia, and Mickie Mills of Spanish Fork, Utah.

                “We are 1/2 and 1/2 on freshmen and sophomores. Our returners saw a lot of action last year and will bring a ton of experience with them,” Groves said. “Our newcomers are hungry and eager to show teams what they can do. We are excited to watch this group of pitchers as they off set each other in a variety of ways from speed to best pitches.”

                The other returners on the team are infielder Michaela Kelly of Castle Rock, Colorado, catcher Gabby Loya of Denver; and outfielder Abriana Ramirez of Arvada, Colorado. Kelly batted .383 a year ago with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs, while Loya hit .308 with six home runs and 41 RBIs.

                The freshman class has plenty of talents. Infielders to make an impact are Lindsey Allie of Tooele, Utah; Devon Rees of Victoria, British Columbia; Madi Simons of Santaguin, Utah; Hannah Baesler of Thornton, Colorado, and Sam Davis of American Fork, Utah.

                The outfield group includes Jaila Johnson of Firestone, Colorado, and Tylar Davis of American Fork, Utah. Her twin sister is Sam.

                Utility players on the squad include Emma Flynn of Longmont, Colorado, and Sidney Hogan of South Jordan, Utah.

                Catcher prospects include Kendall Glasgow of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Hayley Gordon of Victoria, British Columbia, and Bri George of Hooper, Utah. Also Simons and Tylar Davis could also see time at catcher.

                “Our team is looking pretty solid all-around,” Groves said. “We have a team that has 19 key players. We have players that will embrace their roles in whatever aspect they might be asked to do and do it with max effort. We are excited to watch our team compete for each other and all those that helped them here.”

                Goals for this season is to win a regional title. Last season, the Cougars finished third at the regionals tournament, topping top-seed Lamar Community College 6-4 in eight innings, before falling to Otero 8-6 and then to Trinidad State 10-2.

                WNCC will have games every weekend through February. WNCC will begin Region IX play March 2-3 when they travel to Trinidad State Junior College. The first home game is slated for Wednesday, March 6 at Volunteer Field.

 

 





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 The Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team need a strong second half to earn an 80-73 South Sub-region win over Trinidad State Junior College Sunday afternoon at Cougar Palace.

                The Cougars, who trailed 43-34 at halftime, shot 55 percent in the second half while holding the Trojans to 32 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.

                WNCC head coach Cory Fehringer said for his team to play the defense that they did in the second half shows a lot.

                “In general we have lost some games where we have not shot the ball very well and they have been close ones,” Fehringer said. “We told the guys this week that there will be a game where you don’t shoot it well and the ball isn’t falling and you will have to find a way to win. You know only giving up 30 points in the second half and holding them to 36 percent shooting on the night, I would say those boys did a good job of winning when not shooting well.”

                The Cougars only shot 33 percent in the first half compared to 40 percent for Trinidad. Both teams nailed six 3-pointers in the first half. WNCC led Trinidad 31-28 in the first half. Trinidad mounted a charge, going on a 10-0 run to lead 38-31 and at one time lead 43-32. WNCC trailed at intermission 43-34.

                WNCC exploded out of the locker room, tying the score at 53-53 with just over 10 minutes on a Dru Kuxhausen bucket. Trinidad came back to lead 58-44. That was when WNCC went on an 11-0 run and took the lead for good, 59-58, with 8:07 to play on a Bruce Sanchious bucket.

                Trinidad got back to 68-65 and were down by five 76-71 late, but the Cougars hit clutch free throws down the stretch for the win.

                WNCC had two completely different halves. The first half they shot 33 percent and then 55 percent in the second half. WNCC just had eight 3-pointers on the night, six of which came in the first half.

                WNCC had four players in double figures. Kuxhausen led all scorers with 24 points, including hitting three 3-pointers.

                Jervey Green tallied 17 points while Henry Tanksley had 14, and Sanchious tallied 12.

                WNCC out-rebounded the Trojans 47-37. Martin Roub finished with 11 rebounds followed by Sanchiouis with seven and Green with six. Green also led the team with five assists.

                WNCC will be back in action Tuesday when they hit the road for a South Sub-region contest at McCook Community College. Fehringer said they are going worry about what they need to do correct when they try to pick up the road win.

                “We are not going to worry too much about the opponent. We didn’t watch film on Trinidad,” he said. “They just have to continue to get better playing together. We are switching a lot of stuff now so they have to be really vocal and talking on the defensive end. We just have to get rested. This team has been beat up all year and we continue to play five or six guys in the rotation. I am just proud of their effort with a short bench.”

 

Trinidad                43 30 – 73

WNCC                   34 46 – 80

TRINIDAD

Ian Kelly 7, Keontae White 9, Goy Wang 8, Bilal Shabazz 16, David Muenkat 2, Aleck Sharma 15, Issac Essein 16.

WNCC

Dru Kuxhausen 24, Marquis White 1, LeBeck Warren 3, Bryce Sanchious 12, Henry Tanksley 14, Jervay Green 17, Martin Roub 9.




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 The Western Nebraska Community College women’s basketball team put four players in double figures in rolling to the 97-70 South sub-region win Sunday afternoon at Cougar Palace.

                The win was the Cougars 19th win on the year and their seventh straight. More importantly, WNCC moves to 5-0 in South sub-region play. The winner of the south sub-region hosts the regional tournament in March and gets a first-round bye.

                “We started off slow first half; we were only up five points at halftime,” freshman Taylor Joplin said. “We needed to pick it up defensively and I thought we did that second half. We ended up winning by 27 so we played alright.”

                The first half was a battle as WNCC held a slim 22-15 lead after the first quarter and then watched Trinidad pull to within one, 26-25, in the second quarter. WNCC pushed the lead back to nine points, 45-36 on a R’Manie Pulling 3-pointer. The Trojans scored the next four points to trail the Cougars 45-40 at halftime.

                Joplin said they knew they had to play better coming out of the locker room and they did, outscoring Trinidad 32-18 in the third and 20-12 in the fourth.

                “Coach told us at halftime to pick it up on defense,” she said. “We were doing fine offensively. We had 45 had half so we just needed to pick up the defensive intensity.”

                WNCC started the third quarter on an 11-3 run to lead 56-43 and led 77-58 after three quarters and never looked back after that.

                WNCC had four players in double figures and saw 10 players hit the scoring column. Wiehl led all scorers with 22 points followed by 19 from Joplin, 15 from Tishara Morehouse, and 10 from Allysah Booth.

                The Cougars buried 14 3-pointers on the night. Joplin and Wiehl each had three, while Morehouse and Booth each had two. Yaidelis Torres, Yuliyana Valcheva, Eva Langton, and Pulling all had one trey.

                WNCC out-rebounded the Trojans 46-30. Wiehl, Joplin, and Andrijana Reljic each had four boards. Morehouse finished with a team-high six assists.

                The Cougars’ second half defense was a big factor in the win. Trinidad shot 45 percent in the first half but then held the Trojans to just 33 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.

                Trinidad had four in double figures. Kate Rohr led Trinidad with 14 points followed by 13 from Julia Trujillo.

                WNCC, 19-3, will hit the road for a Region IX South sub-region contest Tuesday at McCook Community College. The Cougars will then return home for a contest against Eastern Wyoming College on Feb. 11.

               

Trinidad (11-10)                15 25 18 12 – 70

WNCC (19-3)                      22 23 32 20 – 97

TRINIDAD STATE

Shaylynn Choate 2, Kate Rohr 14, Lyric Thompson 10, Destinee Vigil 7, Nuria Saez 11, Linsi Calvo 9, Hannah Gilmore 4, Julia Trujillo 13.

WNCC

Tishara Morehouse 15, Merle Wiehl 22, Allysah Boothe 10, Andrijana Reljic 2, Anyssia Gibbs 7, R’Manie Pulling 5, Eva Langton 7, Yuliyana Valcheva 7, Taylor Joplin 19, Yaidelis Torres 3.




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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Martin Krampelj matched his career high with 23 points and Creighton defeated Xavier 76-54 on Sunday, giving coach Greg McDermott his 200th win with the Blue Jays.

Krampelj was 8-of-11 shooting, made all seven of his free throws and grabbed a game-high six rebounds for the Blue Jays (13-9, 4-5 Big East), who have won three of their last four games.

Marcus Zegarowski added 13 points, with the Blue Jays shooting 58 percent, making 7 of 15 from the arc and all 13 of their free throws.

Quentin Goodin scored 13 points with seven assists and Tyrique Jones added 10 points for the Musketeers (11-12, 3-7), who have lost five straight.

Creighton opened with a 7-2 run and led the rest of the way, going up by 15 with an 8-0 run to end the first half.

Xavier only got within eight in the second half. Krampelj scored eight points in a 16-4 run for a 21-point lead with 2:44 left.




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Millard South 56, Fremont 53

Millard West 59, Lincoln Northeast 48

Minden 48, Gothenburg 29

Norfolk 46, Papillion-LaVista South 43

Norris 43, Columbus 41

Omaha Benson 37, Lincoln High 26

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 56, Boys Town 31

Omaha Burke 66, Grand Island 49

Omaha Gross Catholic 45, Beatrice 33

Omaha Skutt Catholic 63, Hastings 20

Omaha South 62, Omaha North 54

Omaha Westside 54, Lincoln Southeast 24

Raymond Central 53, Platteview 45

Sandy Creek 54, David City 45

Sioux County 50, Leyton 43

South Loup 56, Southern Valley 37

South Platte 40, Arthur County 31

South Sioux City 78, Omaha Roncalli 47

York 42, Columbus Lakeview 39

East Central Nebraska Conference=

Championship=

Louisville 48, Weeping Water 34

Third Place=

Malcolm 53, Freeman 26

East Husker Conference=

Championship=

West Point-Beemer 58, Oakland-Craig 55, OT

Third Place=

Clarkson/Leigh 52, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 47

Fort Kearney Conference=

Championship=

Pleasanton 45, Elm Creek 27

Third Place=

Overton 40, Axtell 34

Lewis & Clark Conference=

Semifinal=

Ponca 53, Randolph 33

Wynot 40, Hartington-Newcastle 33, 2OT

Louplatte Conference=

Third Place=

Ord 45, St. Paul 42

Mid-State Conference=

Fifth Place=

Norfolk Catholic 32, Boone Central/Newman Grove 25

Third Place=

Battle Creek 57, Pierce 36

Niobrara Valley Conference=

Championship=

North Central 51, CWC 42

Third Place=

Elkhorn Valley 53, Boyd County 44

Pioneer Conference Tournament=

Championship=

Falls City Sacred Heart 50, Sterling 39

Third Place=

Nebraska City Lourdes 36, Johnson-Brock 32

Southern Nebraska Conference=

Championship=

Fillmore Central 53, Milford 40

Third Place=

Superior 53, Centennial 51, OT

Twin Valley Conference=

Championship=

Blue Hill 62, Lawrence-Nelson 32

Wood River 44, Doniphan-Trumbull 26

Third Place=

Red Cloud 55, Kenesaw 48

Western Trails Conference=

Championship=

Mitchell 59, Bridgeport 29

Third Place=

Kimball 52, Bayard 39





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Nebraska's Sam Haiby earned the first Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award of her career when the conference office announced its weekly honors on Monday, Feb. 4.

Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., put together her best week in conference play by averaging 15.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in just 19.5 minutes per game off the bench for the Big Red. She hit 66.7 percent of her shots from the field (10-15), including 75 percent (3-4) of her three-point attempts while connecting on 87.5 percent (7-8) of her free throws.

Haiby capped her week with a team-high 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting against Indiana. She opened the week with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting in just 17 minutes in a win at Purdue. Haiby set a career high by hitting a trio of three-pointers against the Boilermakers, including a running half-court buzzer beater to end the third quarter.

In eight quarters, Haiby hit four shots to close quarters, including a buzzer-beating driving layup the length of the court to end the third quarter against Indiana.

For the season, Haiby is averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 21.5 minutes per game as one of the Big Ten's most productive freshmen. She joins fellow Husker Leigha Brown among the list of Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honorees in 2018-19. Brown earned the honor on Jan. 7.

Haiby shared the Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award with Michigan's Naz Hillmon, who captured her fourth weekly award of the season. Haiby, Brown and Hillmon will square off against each other on Thursday in Ann Arbor when the Huskers take on Michigan. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. with live television coverage by BTN.





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