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WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin took a stick to the face and put three pucks in the net for a hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals past the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Thursday night. Ovechkin reached 31 goals this season with his 25th career hat trick. He has scored five in his past two games to reach 689, one back of Mario Lemieux (leh-MYOO') for 10th on the NHL's all-time list.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken (NAK’-ihn) has become the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history after being named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Nakken is a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State and joined the Giants organization in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations. The NBA has several female assistant coaches. The NFL's San Francisco 49ers have Katie Sowers as an offensive assistant.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros star outfielder George Springer and the tainted team have settled on a $21 million contract for next season. Springer led the Astros to their first title in 2017 and was the Most Valuable Player of the World Series that year. This week, Major League Baseball released a report that detailed a cheating scheme the Astros used during their championship season to steal signals from opposing catchers and relay them to hitters.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON'-poh) had 32 points and 17 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 23 points and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 128-123 Thursday night. With the victory, the NBA-leading Bucks extended their winning streak to five games. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 40 points to lead the Celtics.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kuh) shot a 6-under 66 in his return to competition after a knee injury and was tied for third place after the opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship. Koepka, ranked No. 1 in the world, missed three months after re-injuring his knee while competing at the CJ Cup in South Korea. Koepka is two shots behind co-leaders Shaun Norris, of South Africa, and Renato Paratore, of Italy.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed 36-year-old Larry Fitzgerald to a one-year contract after he led the team with 75 receptions, 804 receiving yards and four touchdown grabs this season. Fitzgerald is the Cardinals’ all-time leader with 250 games played, 1.378 receptions, 17,083 receiving yards, 120 receiving touchdowns, 120 total touchdowns and 49 100-yard games. He ranks second on the NFL all-time list in receptions and receiving yards, while his touchdown receptions are sixth.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins is forgoing his final college season to enter the NFL draft. Higgins grabbed 59 passes for 1,167 yards and 13 yards as the Tigers won the ACC championship and the CFP semifinal before losing to LSU in the championship game. He had a team-record 27 touchdown catches in three seasons with the Tigers.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit are among a half dozen players from LSU's national championship team who've stated their intention to enter this spring's NFL draft. Offensive linemen Saahdiq Charles and Lloyd Cushnberry also announced they are turning pro, as did linebackers Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have announced that Zion Williamson will make his long-anticipated NBA debut next Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs. The first player taken on last year’s draft has missed New Orleans’ first 41 games this season and will sit out three more while rehabilitating from arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee. His arrival comes at a good time for the Pelicans, who have won nine of their last 13 to pull within four games of a playoff spot.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Peter DeBoer (deh-BOHR’) will begin his stint as the Vegas Golden Knights’ interim head coach tonight in Ottawa, one month after he was fired as head coach of the San Jose Sharks. Gerard Gallant was dismissed by the Knights yesterday, less than two years after coaching the team to the Stanley Cup finals in its first NHL season. The Knights have dropped four-straight to fall into a virtual third-place tie with Vancouver in the Pacific Division, but they are just three points behind the first-place Arizona Coyotes.

The Nebraska football program announced Thursday that Mike Dawson has been hired to coach Nebraska's outside linebackers. Dawson returns to Head Coach Scott Frost's staff following his second stint coaching in the National Football League.
"I am thrilled to bring Mike Dawson back to Nebraska to re-join our coaching staff," Frost said. "Coach Dawson has a great history with our coaching staff and brings all of the attributes we look for in an assistant coach.  He is a man of great character, has outstanding defensive acumen and knowledge of our defensive system, is a proven teacher and recruiter and relates well to his players."
Dawson rejoins the Nebraska staff after spending the 2019 season coaching outside linebackers for the New York Giants. Prior to the 2019 season, Dawson coached Nebraska's defensive line for the 2018 season and served in the same capacity on Frost's coaching staff at UCF in 2016 and 2017.
A coaching veteran in his 21st season, Dawson has coached at the FCS, FBS and professional levels. He has spent 17 seasons in the collegiate ranks, including 11 at FBS schools. Dawson also boasts four years of coaching experience in the National Football League and has coached both outside linebackers and defensive lineman in college and the NFL.
Dawson has helped build impressive defenses throughout his career, including working with a UCF squad that ranked second nationally in takeaways in 2017, and a Philadelphia Eagles defense that ranked second in the NFL in sacks in 2014. Dawson coached two All-Big Ten defensive linemen in his one season at Nebraska in 2018, and has coached four defenders to all-conference accolades in his two most recent college seasons.
"I am excited to rejoin Coach Frost and the rest of the Nebraska staff in Lincoln," Dawson said. "The opportunity to coach at a school with Nebraska's football tradition and commitment is special. I am fired up to represent the N, and sell Husker Football and the University of Nebraska to young men around the country.
"Our family fell in love with Nebraska during our one year here. The passion of the fans and the culture Coach Frost has brought is extraordinary. We look forward to making it home again."
Nebraska has also completed contract extensions for assistant coaches Greg AustinTravis Fisher and Ryan Held, extending each of their contracts through Dec. 31, 2021.  Austin has added the title of Run Game Coordinator in addition to his role as Offensive Line Coach.  Fisher and Held each received salary increases, with Held adding the title of Recruiting Coordinator.


BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have fired manager Alex Cora a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport's sign-stealing scandal. Cora was the Astros’ bench coach when they won the 2017 World Series and led Boston to the title the following year in his first season as manager. MLB also had been investigating allegations the Red Sox had stolen signs en route to their 2018 World Series championship.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Minnesota Twins have worked out a four-year, $92 million contract with third baseman and 2015 American League MVP Josh Donaldson. The 34-year-old Donaldson returned after an injury-spoiled 2018 to bat .259 with 37 homers, 94 RBIs and a .900 OPS for the Atlanta Braves last season. The deal likely means a position change for third baseman Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’), who just finalized his three-year, $30 million contract with Minnesota on Tuesday.

UNDATED (AP) — Tight end Antonio Gates has formally announced his retirement after a 16-year NFL career spent entirely with the Chargers. He holds the league record for tight ends with 116 touchdown catches, doing it without playing a down of college football. Gates didn’t play last season and is the Chargers’ all-time leader for TDs, receptions and receiving yards, grabbing 955 passes for 11,841 yards.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (KEEK’-lee) is retiring after eight seasons, announcing in a video posted on the team’s website that he feels now is the right chance to move on. Kuechly was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro five times. However, he suffered three concussions during his career, which may have led to his decision.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa is leaving school a year early to enter the NFL draft, posting on Instagram that his time with the Hawkeyes was everything he hoped it would be. He was an Associated Press second-team All-American and an AP All-Big Ten first-team pick this past season, recording 11.5 sacks to become the first Hawkeye to hit double-figures in that category in consecutive seasons since 2002-03. Epenesa paced the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks as a backup in 2018.



Amherst 61, Alma 22

Aquinas 43, Twin River 41, OT

Ashland-Greenwood 63, Platteview 56

Auburn 64, Nebraska City Lourdes 29

Battle Creek 62, West Point-Beemer 29

Boyd County 53, Ainsworth 39

Brady 63, Overton 57

Bridgeport 78, Leyton 22

Chadron 57, Hemingford 33

Chase County 59, Southern Valley 51

Columbus Scotus 66, Norfolk Catholic 60

Creighton 77, Summerland 49

David City 55, Raymond Central 50

Doniphan-Trumbull 64, Centura 56

Dundy County-Stratton 52, Hitchcock County 40

East Butler 67, Nebraska Lutheran 49

Fort Calhoun 55, Louisville 52

Friend 62, Dorchester 54

Fullerton 82, Elgin Public/Pope John 39

Garden County 55, Minatare 33

Gibbon 49, Blue Hill 35

Gordon/Rushville 55, Hay Springs 43

Grand Island Central Catholic 67, York 62

Grand Island Northwest 51, Hastings St. Cecilia 48

Hastings 49, Aurora 44

Heartland 71, Superior 65

Hershey 53, Sutherland 47

Homer 55, Pender 40

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 62, Wisner-Pilger 39

Kenesaw 34, Giltner 33

Kimball 67, Potter-Dix 34

Lexington 67, Kearney Catholic 61

Lincoln Christian 69, Boys Town 55

Lincoln Lutheran 69, Elmwood-Murdock 41

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 68, Madison 42

Malcolm 38, Fillmore Central 33

Maxwell 61, Maywood-Hayes Center 50

McCool Junction 49, Harvard 33

Mead 53, Weeping Water 39

Mitchell 61, Sidney 44

Morrill 45, Bayard 29

Nebraska Christian 54, Osceola 51

Nebraska City 66, Conestoga 62

North Bend Central 73, Arlington 32

North Platte St. Patrick's 62, Mullen 37

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 64, College View Academy 28

Omaha Roncalli 71, Blair 38

Omaha South 81, Omaha Bryan 40

Osmond 68, Neligh-Oakdale 36

Palmer 61, High Plains Community 36

Pierce 53, Columbus Lakeview 25

Pleasanton 61, Central Valley 48

Ponca 68, Wakefield 56

Ravenna 52, Minden 33

Riverside 72, Burwell 45

Rock Hills, Kan. 62, Lawrence-Nelson 50

Sandhills Valley 63, Medicine Valley 62

Sandy Creek 33, Deshler 24

Scottsbluff 72, Cheyenne South, Wyo. 49

Shelby/Rising City 53, Centennial 51

Shelton 37, Arcadia-Loup City 35

Spalding Academy 59, Elba 37

St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51, Elkhorn Mount Michael 48

Stanton 55, Plainview 54

Stuart 47, CWC 44

Wayne 53, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 35

West Holt 59, Crofton 51

Winnebago 80, Emerson-Hubbard 30

Winner, S.D. 74, Valentine 57

Wynot 48, Niobrara/Verdigre 23

Yutan 52, Douglas County West 37

MUDECAS Tournament=

A Division=

Falls City Sacred Heart 65, Johnson County Central 39

Palmyra 41, Freeman 25

Parkview Christian 64, Johnson-Brock 43

Tri County 69, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 32

B Division=

Diller-Odell 54, Lewiston 53

Exeter/Milligan 58, Meridian 32

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 47, Pawnee City 44

Southern 54, Sterling 35


Alma 65, Amherst 45

Arcadia-Loup City 51, Shelton 42

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 67, Tekamah-Herman 43

Bayard 54, Morrill 49, OT

Beatrice 61, Waverly 25

Bennington 69, Omaha Duchesne Academy 43

Blue Hill 49, Gibbon 31

Boyd County 44, Ainsworth 37

Bridgeport 55, Leyton 39

Burwell 54, Riverside 16

CWC 52, Stuart 35

Centennial 50, Shelby/Rising City 27

Chadron 57, Hemingford 23

David City 56, Raymond Central 30

Doniphan-Trumbull 51, Centura 45

Dorchester 44, Friend 26

Douglas County West 32, Yutan 29

Dundy County-Stratton 57, Hitchcock County 43

East Butler 69, Nebraska Lutheran 29

Elba 44, Spalding Academy 29

Elgin Public/Pope John 43, Fullerton 33

Elkhorn 64, Plattsmouth 34

Elmwood-Murdock 32, Lincoln Lutheran 28

Franklin 51, Red Cloud 16

Garden County 39, Minatare 35, 2OT

Giltner 50, Kenesaw 32

Gordon/Rushville 63, Hay Springs 28

Grand Island Central Catholic 67, York 62, OT

Grand Island Northwest 56, Hastings St. Cecilia 50

Guardian Angels 63, Bishop Neumann 40

Hampton 50, Heartland Lutheran 48

Hartington-Newcastle 47, Randolph 34

Hastings 29, Aurora 18

Heartland Christian, Iowa 54, Boys Town 48

Hershey 57, Sutherland 25

Homer 52, Pender 48

Howells/Dodge 64, Lutheran High Northeast 58

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 58, Wisner-Pilger 48

Kearney Catholic 51, Lexington 25

Kimball 61, Potter-Dix 8

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 53, Wayne 46

Lawrence-Nelson 55, Rock Hills, Kan. 22

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 41, Madison 33

Louisville 46, Fort Calhoun 38

Malcolm 38, Fillmore Central 33

Maywood-Hayes Center 60, Maxwell 28

McCool Junction 31, Harvard 26

Milford 39, Syracuse 34

Millard North 64, Omaha Marian 37

Mitchell 19, Sidney 16

Mullen 51, North Platte St. Patrick's 40

Nebraska Christian 59, Osceola 29

Nebraska City 52, Conestoga 50

Nebraska City Lourdes 31, Auburn 22

Neligh-Oakdale 45, Osmond 39

Norfolk Catholic 36, Columbus Scotus 22

North Bend Central 50, Arlington 20

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 52, College View Academy 24

Omaha Bryan 48, Omaha South 47

Omaha Concordia 54, Ralston 45

Omaha Roncalli 57, Omaha Skutt Catholic 46

Omaha Westside 45, Gretna 39

Overton 40, Brady 25

Palmer 35, High Plains Community 20

Pierce 40, Columbus Lakeview 38

Platteview 47, Ashland-Greenwood 36

Pleasanton 59, Central Valley 15

Ponca 64, Wakefield-Allen 46

Ravenna 56, Minden 49

Sandhills Valley 38, Medicine Valley 35

Sandy Creek 50, Deshler 48, OT

Scottsbluff 80, Cheyenne South, Wyo. 41

Southern Valley 44, Chase County 33

St. Paul 68, Central City 39

Stanton 48, Plainview 25

Summerland 58, Creighton 35

Superior 52, Heartland 24

Wahoo 46, Omaha Mercy 35

Weeping Water 65, Mead 24

West Point-Beemer 47, Battle Creek 32

Winnebago 91, Emerson-Hubbard 12

Winner, S.D. 66, Valentine 29

Wynot 58, Niobrara/Verdigre 30

The Nebraska men's basketball team, playing its second road game in four days, could not overcome a strong shooting performance from No. 21 Ohio State Tuesday night, as the Huskers fell to the Buckeyes 80-68 at Value City Arena.
Ohio State (12-5, 2-4 Big Ten) shot 54.5 percent on the night, the highest percentage by a Husker opponent this season. The Buckeyes were 30-of-55 from the field, including 10-of-22 from the 3-point line. CJ Walker, who scored 14 second-half points, paced six Buckeyes in double figures with a game-high 18 points. Kaleb Wesson added a double-double for Ohio State with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Nebraska, which topped the 60-point mark for the first time in seven trips to Value City Arena, fell to 7-10 overall with the loss and dropped to 2-4 in Big Ten play. The Huskers shot 42.4 percent from the field and were 9-of-22 from the 3-point line. NU knocked down eight threes and shot 54.8 percent in the second half.
It was a balanced scoring night for the Big Red, as six Huskers had at least nine points. Thorir Thorbjarnarson led Nebraska with 15 points – all of which came in the second half – while knocking down a career-high five 3-pointers. He also led NU with six rebounds. Jervay GreenCam Mack and Yvan Ouedraogo each added 10 points for the Huskers, with Mack adding six assists. Dachon Burke Jr. and Haanif Cheatham scored nine points apiece.
In the first half, Nebraska outscored the Buckeyes in the paint, had more second-chance points, more fast-break points and more points off turnovers, but shooting was the difference as Ohio State built a 13-point halftime lead. Ohio State shot nearly 54 percent from the field and was 5-of-10 from the 3-point line, while the Huskers shot just 31 percent and missed eight of their nine 3-pointers.
The Huskers held the Buckeyes scoreless for more than three minutes to open the game before Andre Wesson hit a trio of 3-pointers in less than a minute to quickly give Ohio State a 9-4 advantage. Three minutes later, the Buckeyes used an 8-0 run to build their first double-digit lead at 17-7.
NU was down nine with 6:49 remaining in the half before Kyle Young scored six straight points to push the lead to 15. The Buckeyes would stretch the lead to 16 before the Huskers scored five of the final seven points of the half, cutting the lead to 11 before Justin Ahrens hit a buzzer beater to send OSU into the locker room on top 38-25.
After making only one 3-pointer in the first half, Nebraska knocked down a pair of threes in the first two minutes of the second half, but Ohio State answered with baskets on five of its first six possessions to lead by as many as 18. Nebraska chipped away and cut the lead to 13 on Thorbjarnarson's third 3-pointer of the half, only to see Ohio State respond with a 12-0 run to take a 68-43 lead with 8:25 to play.
Nebraska then held Ohio State without a field goal for more than three minutes, but the Huskers were able to trim only five points off the lead during that stretch. Trailing by 20, Nebraska continued to fight with Green and Thorbjarnarson combining for 11 points during a 13-3 Husker run that cut the lead to 76-63 with 1:30 remaining. But the closest Nebraska could get was the 12-poitn final margin, as NU outscored Ohio State 43-42 in the second half.
Following a two-game road trip, Nebraska returns home to host Indiana Saturday night. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be televised on BTN with a radio broadcast available, courtesy of the Husker Sports Network.

Post-Game Notes
  • Nebraska falls to 0-1 this season against ranked teams, as Ohio State was ranked No. 21 in the AP poll released Monday.
  • Thorir Thorbjarnarson set a career high with five 3-pointers, topping his previous high of four at Creighton on Dec. 7. It is the fourth time this season he has hit at least three 3-pointers in a game.
  • With five rebounds tonight, Yvan Ouedraogo has grabbed five-or-more rebounds in six of the last seven contests and 12 times this season.
  • With six assists, Cam Mack upped his season assist total of 114, which eclipses the 112 that Glynn Watson Jr. had in 36 games a year ago.  Mack now has at least five assists in eight straight games and 13 times this season.

SCOTTSBLUFF – Western Nebraska broke a 90-90 tie Tuesday night in the final two minutes of the game and scored the final nine points of the game to down the McCook Community College men 99-90 in the Indians’ Region IX opener.

MCC took over the lead near the midway part of the first half, 33-29, stretched it to 46-37 at the half and held it until Western’s Teddy Allen hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with 3:40 left to play.

Allen, who leads the nation in scoring, was held to 11 first-half points, but picked it up with 26 second-half points to lead all scorers. He went five for eight from the 3-point line and made all 10 of his free throws.

The Cougars made just one of five shots from the 3-point arc in the first half then heated up with an 11-for-17 showing (64.7 percent) during the second 20 minutes where they outscored the Indians 62-44.

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) led MCC with 23 points including three-for-five from the 3-point line. Sophomore Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) scored 20 points and made four of his five shots from distance.

Sophomore Justin Costello (Omaha /Elkhorn South High School) went four of 10 from the 3-point line and four-for-four from the free-throw line for 16 points. Sophomore transfer Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago) Daytona State chipped in 12 points and led MCC with seven rebounds and freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) scored 11.

MCC shot 56.6 percent from the field, made 12 of 27 shots from the 3-point line (44.4 percent) and made eight of 12 free throws (66.7 percent).

Both teams had 29 rebounds

Western Nebraska improves to 11-6 on the season and 1-1 in the South sub-region after falling to Northeastern Junior College on Friday 105-102.

McCook falls to 7-8 and 0-1 in the south sub-region and returns home Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a key Region IX South Division game against Northeastern Junior College (10-5) followed on Saturday with a Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game at 4 p.m. against Southeastern Junior College (10-6). MCC has a 1-0 record in NCCAC play.

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SCOTTSBLUFF – The Western Nebraska Community College women won their 15th straight game Tuesday night topping McCook Community College 103-53. The Cougars, moved up to No. 7 Monday in the National Junior College Athletic Association polls and improve to 17-1 with the win.

“We didn't bring a competitive mindset and allowed Western to do whatever they wanted offensively.” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “They are talented and really executed their stuff on both ends.”

After taking a 25-6 first quarter lead, MCC came back and outscored WNCC 21-19 in the second quarter despite turning the ball over 16 times in the first half.

The Cougars held a 44-27 edge at the half, then came out and scored the first eight points of the second half and ran away with the game, leading 80-40 through three quarters.

“We have to get back to who we are defensively as a group. We lacked effort on that end tonight and that just can't be acceptable for them moving forward,” said Pritchett.

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) led MCC with 11 points. Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) had nine points and eight rebounds. Freshman Gil Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) added nine points.

Western’s T.K. Morehouse led all scorers with 28 points. The Cougars held a 49-32 edge in rebounds.

MCC turned the ball over 27 times, Western had 14.

The Lady Indians fall to 10-4 and 0-1 in the south sub-region and have lost their last three games.

“We have to get back to who we are defensively as a group. We lacked effort on that end tonight and that just can't be acceptable for them moving forward,” said Pritchett. “Tonight is hopefully an eye opener for us to understand the importance of competing every day. We have to figure that out and quickly.”

MCC returns to the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Friday taking on Northeastern Junior College (7-8) at 5:30 p.m. then host Southeast Community College (6-12) Saturday at 2 p.m. which will be an MCC Boosters free popcorn game.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at

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The Nebraska women's basketball team returns to Big Ten Conference road action Thursday when the Huskers take on No. 20 Maryland in College Park. Tip-off between the Huskers (13-3, 3-2 Big Ten) and the Terrapins (12-4, 3-2 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m. (CT) in a game that will impact the top tier of the Big Ten standings, as both teams enter the contest in a tie for fifth in the conference race at 3-2.

Live television coverage will be provided by the Big Ten Network with Jason Knapp and Christy Winters Scott on the call for BTN. 

Live radio coverage for Thursday's game can be heard on B107.3 FM and 1400 AM KLIN in Lincoln along with ESPN 590 AM in Omaha beginning at 6:45 p.m. (CT). Stations across the state will also carry the broadcast on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network. Free live audio can be found at, the Huskers App and TuneIn.

Nebraska slipped to 13-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten with a narrow 69-65 loss at Rutgers on Sunday in Piscataway, N.J. The Scarlet Knights improved to 14-2 and moved into a tie for first in the Big Ten standings at 4-1 with the win over the Big Red.

Kate Cain, a Lisa Leslie Award candidate, has been a leader early for the Huskers in Big Ten play, averaging 10.2 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks through five games. Cain, a 6-5 junior from Middletown, N.Y., opened league play with three straight double-doubles. 

Two-time All-Big Ten guard Hannah Whitish is averaging 10.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in league play. The 5-9 senior guard is the first Husker in history to reach the combined career milestones of 1,000 points (1,102), 400 assists (424) and 200 three-pointers (228).

Sophomore Sam Haiby leads Nebraska in scoring (12.8 ppg) and steals (2.0 spg) in Big Ten play while adding 3.3 assists in conference action. 

Fellow sophomore Leigha Brown is a leading contender for Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year honors. The 6-1 guard/forward is averaging a team-best 13.4 points per game (10.4 ppg B1G) and is the only Big Ten player to rank among the top 30 in the league in scoring without making a start.

Freshman Isabelle Bourne put together her best week by averaging 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steal off the bench for the Huskers last week. Bourne, a 6-2 forward from Canberra, Australia, is averaging 5.1 points and 5.1 rebounds through 16 games off the bench.

Nebraska Cornhuskers at No. 20/20 Maryland Terrapins
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, 7 p.m. (CT)
Xfinity Center (17,950) - College Park, Md.
Live TV:
 BTN (Jason Knapp, Christy Winters Scott)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM & 1400 AM; Omaha - ESPN 590 AM, Huskers App, TuneIn

Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-3, 3-2 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 8.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 10.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 8.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 11.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 13.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 5.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 1.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 2.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.5 ppg, 0.9 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Out for Season
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (55-52); 13th Season Overall (248-161)

20/20 Maryland Terrapins (12-4, 3-2 Big Ten)
24 - Stephanie Jones - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 10.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg
1 - Shakira Austin - 6-5 - So. - F - 11.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg
5 - Kaila Charles - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 13.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg
11 - Taylor Mikesell - 5-11 - So. - G - 10.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg
22 - Blair Watson - 6-0 - Sr. - G - 10.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Off the Bench
15 - Ashley Owusu - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 11.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg
14 - Diamond Miller - 6-1 - Fr. - G - 7.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg
13 - Faith Masonius - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 4.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg
32 - Sara Vujacic - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 3.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg
Head Coach: Brenda Frese (Arizona, 1993)
18th Season at Maryland (470-128); 21st Season Overall (527-158)

Scouting the Maryland Terrapins
• Coach Brenda Frese and her No. 20 Maryland Terrapins come into Thursday's game against Nebraska with a 12-4 overall record that includes a 3-2 Big Ten mark following a 77-49 run past Michigan in Ann Arbor on Sunday afternoon to complete a season series sweep of the Wolverines. 
• In her 17 seasons at Maryland, Frese has led the Terps to the 2006 NCAA title, three NCAA Final Four appearances and 15 NCAA Tournament bids. Last year, Maryland finished 29-5 overall and 15-3 in the Big Ten to capture its fourth regular-season conference title in five seasons since joining the league in 2014-15. The Terps lost in the NCAA second round for the second straight year.
• Maryland has struggled with its consistency early this season. The Terps have scored 90 or more points on six occasions, including four games with 105 points or more in non-conference play. However, Maryland has failed to score 65 points five times in 16 games, including twice in its last four contests - an 81-58 loss at Northwestern (Dec. 31) and a 66-61 loss at Iowa (Jan. 9).
• It is the first time since 2012-13 the Terps have failed to score 65 points five times in the same season - and that year Maryland was held to fewer than 65 twice each by UConn and Duke defenses.
• In Big Ten play, Maryland is averaging 67.6 points per game after averaging 88 points per contest while going 9-2 in non-conference play. Maryland's losses came at the hands of current No. 1 South Carolina (63-54) and current No. 9 NC State (66-59).
• Maryland still features an explosive and experienced lineup with the same five starters back from both wins over Nebraska last year. All five are averaging double figures in points this year.
• Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Kaila Charles leads Maryland in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg) and has turned up those averages to 17.6 points and 10.6 rebounds in Big Ten play. She is also averaging 2.6 steals in the league. Charles has averaged 17.8 points and 8.3 boards in six career games against Nebraska. The active Big Ten scoring leader (1,760 points), Charles also ranks No. 3 with 826 rebounds. She was a McDonald's High School All-American in 2016.
• Fellow senior Blair Watson has added 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, including 11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals in league play. Watson joined Charles as a McDonald's High School All-American in 2016. Watson has averaged 12.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals in three meetings against Nebraska. She did not play in three games against the Huskers during her sophomore season in 2017-18 after suffering a season-ending injury.
• Maryland's third returning senior starter is Stephanie Jones (10.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg), who was ranked as the No. 35 player in the country by All-Star Girls Report and No. 51 by ESPN coming out of high school. Jones ranks 11th among active Big Ten career scorers with 1,100 points, and has managed 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in six career games against Nebraska.
• The Terps showcase a pair of talented sophomore starters in guard Taylor Mikesell (10.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg) and 6-5 forward Shakira Austin (11.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg). Austin was a McDonald's and WBCA All-American who was ranked as the No. 3 overall player in the nation coming out of high school at Riverdale Baptist - the same school as Kaila Charles. Mikesell was an honorable-mention WBCA All-American in high school and ranked as the No. 32 overall player in the country by ESPN. 
• Mikesell, a 5-11 guard, was the 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year while Austin joined her on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Austin was also a member of the 2019 Big Ten All-Defensive Team. 
• A dangerous long-range shooter, Mikesell has hit 40 percent (42-115) of her threes this season after ranking second in the league at 41.1 percent and leading the Big Ten with 2.8 threes per game last season. However, in 2020 Big Ten play, Mikesell has hit just 7-of-31 (.226) of her three attempts.
• While Austin ranks third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding, she has managed just 6.6 points and 6.0 rebounds in Big Ten play, hitting just 32.4 percent (12-37) of her shots, while averaging 3.6 turnovers and 3.6 fouls in 21.4 minutes per game.
• All five Maryland starters were ranked among the top 35 players in the nation coming out of high school and the Terps feature more talent off the bench. Freshman Ashley Owusu was a 2019 McDonald's All-American and voted the No. 1 point guard in the nation by ESPN. She started Maryland's first 14 games, but has come off the bench the last two. She ranks second among the Terps with 11.4 points while leading the team with 4.9 assists. In Big Ten play, she has averaged 8.8 points and 2.6 assists. Owusu had 18 points, six assists and six turnovers in Sunday's win over Michigan.
• Another McDonald's All-American, freshman guard Diamond Miller was was one of the top 20 players in the nation by both ESPN and Blue Star coming out of high school as the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year. Miller (7.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg) had 15 points and five rebounds in Sunday's win over Michigan to up her averages to 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in league play.
• A third freshman, Faith Masonius, was one of the top 50 players in the nation coming out of high school in New Jersey. She has added 4.4 points and 3.6 boards on the year, including 2.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in the Big Ten.

Nebraska vs. Maryland Series History
• Maryland leads the all-time series with Nebraska 11-0, including an 89-63 loss in College Park last season (Feb. 14, 2019). Four of the last five games in the series have been away from Lincoln.
• Last season, Maryland closed the third quarter on a 16-0 run over the final 3:06 in the period and stretched it to 20-0 at the start of the fourth quarter. That run began with a rare seven-point possession for the Terps.
• The Terps opened on a 9-0 run, but the Huskers cut the margin to 29-26 in the second quarter.
• Maryland's No. 20 ranking this week is the lowest ranking the Terrapins have held entering a game with Nebraska (previous low, No. 17, Big Ten Tournament, March 3, 2018). The Terps have been ranked in the top 10 in six of the previous 11 meetings, and in the top 15 on 10 occasions.
• Two seasons ago, Nebraska took No. 13 Maryland to the wire at the Xfinity Center in College Park before falling 77-75. The Huskers trailed by 14 points in the third quarter before rallying to take a 75-74 lead with 48 seconds left. Hannah Whitish led Nebraska with 14 points, including four three-pointers. She also got a good look at a three from the right wing to win in the closing seconds that caught back iron. Kaila Charles led Maryland with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
• One week later, No. 17 Maryland eliminated Nebraska from the Big Ten semifinals with a 66-53 win in Indianapolis. Brianna Fraser (18) and Kaila Charles (14) led Maryland.
• Nebraska's first meeting with Maryland came in the 2008 NCAA Tournament second round in College Park - a 76-64 Maryland win. NU is 0-9 against the Terps as Big Ten foes.

Nebraska Streaks
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (77).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (72).
• Kate Cain has recorded at least one block in all 16 games this season, and has blocked a shot in 18 straight games dating back to last season.
• As a team, Nebraska has blocked at least one shot in 85 consecutive games.
• Nicea Eliely and Leigha Brown are the only Huskers to score points in each of Nebraska's first 16 games this season.
• Kate CainNicea Eliely and Isabelle Bourne are the only Huskers to record at least one rebound for the Huskers in all 16 games this season.
• Eliely was the only Husker to score in all 30 games last season, and the only Husker to score in all of Nebraska's games against Big Ten Conference foes. She has scored in 50 consecutive games overall. She did not score in a win over Penn State on Feb. 22, 2018, the only time in the past three seasons (including 2019-20, 72 games) that Eliely was shut out.
 • The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 358 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 237 consecutive games.

Numbers to Watch 
 (2) Kristian Hudson needs two assists to reach 400 in her career (383 at FIU).
 (7) Kristian Hudson needs seven rebounds to reach 400 in her career (372 at FIU).
 (12) Kate Cain is 12 blocked shots away from matching the Nebraska career block record held by Janet Smith (238, 1979-82).
 (17) Sam Haiby is 17 points away from 500 in her career.
 (31) Hannah Whitish is 31 points away from the top 20 on the Nebraska career scoring list (1,133).

Husker Nuggets
• Nebraska's 13-3 start is its best 16-game start under Coach Amy Williams and NU's best start since opening 13-3, including 3-2 in the Big Ten during an 18-game conference season in 2014-15. 
• Nebraska ranks No. 15 nationally in total home attendance (46,601).
• Nebraska is No. 34 in the Massey Ratings (Jan. 7). Ten other Big Ten teams are in the top 64, including: Indiana (9), Iowa (18), Northwestern (19), Maryland (20), Rutgers (24), Purdue (36), Ohio State (37), Michigan (43), Minnesota (52) and Michigan State (61).
• Through 16 games, Nebraska is allowing an average of 61.1 points per game (including 59.3 ppg in regulation), after allowing 70.1 points per game last season. NU's 2018 NCAA Tournament team allowed 63.6.
• Opponents are shooting 35.3 percent from the field and 28.8 percent from three-point range against NU. Last year, Husker foes hit 41.1 percent, including 33.4 percent from three. In 2017-18, Nebraska led the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.371) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.299).
• Nebraska has held eight opponents to 55 points or less this season. Last year, NU held only two foes (Radford-39, Kansas-52) to 55 or less. NU held 11 opponents to 55 or less in 2017-18.
• NU's bench has outscored opponent reserves in 15 of 16 games (not Michigan State) in 2019-20. The Husker bench has outscored opposing benches in 43 of the last 46 games, including double-digit edges 32 times.
• This season, NU's bench has outscored opposing benches 418-219 (26.1-13.7 ppg).
• Nebraska has hit 10 or more threes 18 times in the last three seasons (77 games), including three times in the last eight contests. Through the first 20 seasons with the three-point shot in women's basketball (1988-2007), Nebraska hit 10 threes in a game just six times (311 games).

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