The McCook Community College men’s basketball team takes a 7-7 record into the post-holiday break half of the schedule. The beginning of the Region IX south slate starts Tuesday in Scottsbluff against Western Nebraska (10-5).
While none of the teams have played within the south division, Otero Junior College leads the division with a 15-1 record. The Rattlers are ranked 11th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association polls. Trinidad State is second at 11-5 followed by Western Nebraska, Northeastern Community College (9-6), Lamar (9-7), MCC, and North Platte (3-7).
Four of MCC’s losses have come to teams that have been ranked in the top 25 nationally this season including 17th ranked Western Wyoming (14-2), 19th ranked Casper College (13-2), and previously ranked New Mexico Junior College (13-4) and Colby Community College (11-2).
The Indians, under first-year coach Kyle Drennan, are averaging 76.6 points a game with opponents averaging 75.8 points per game. MCC is shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from the 3-point line and 61.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Sophomore transfer Rahiem Sullivan (Moberly Area College, Mo.; Toronto, Ontario) leads MCC in scoring, averaging 17.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He is shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from the arc.
Freshman LeTrey Dartard (Denton, Texas) averages 15.2 points and tops the team with 4.9 rebounds per game. He also leads the team with his 50.7 percent shooting from the field and also 42.9 percent from the 3-point line.
Nebraska sophomore transfer Justin Costello (Elkhorn South) is averaging 12.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and 34.4 percent from distance.
Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) is averaging 8.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Western takes a six-game win streak into Tuesday’s game and are led by the nation’s leading scorer in Teddy Allen, averaging 31.3 points per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds. He shoots at 41.5 percent from the 3-point line and has made 100 of his 111 attempts from the free-throw-line. Only two other players in the nation have been to the line more often, and he’s 11th in free-throw shooting at 90.1 percent.
Following the road game to start the second half of the season, the Indians will be home Jan. 17 for a key Region IX South Division game against Northeastern Junior College at 7:30 p.m. followed Saturday with a key Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game against Southeastern Junior College (4 p.m.). MCC has a 1-0 record in NCCAC play.
MCC will be on the road for five games between Jan. 21-Feb. 4: North Platte (Jan. 21), Otero (Jan 24), Trinidad State (Jan. 25), Lamar (Jan. 31), and Northeastern (Feb. 4).
In February MCC will be home six times including key Region IX games Feb. 7 against Western Nebraska, Feb. 15 with Otero and the last game of the season Feb. 25 against North Platte.
For more information on the Lady Indians, including updates statistics, schedules, roster, photos and more check out the official website of McCook Community College Indian Athletics at:
After a 37-day layoff over the winter break, the McCook Community College women’s basketball team is back in action Tuesday when they travel to Scottsbluff to take on Western Nebraska, 15-1 and ranked eighth in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Top 25 poll.
The Lady Indians started the season 10-1 but lost back-to-back games Dec. 6-7 to Laramie County Community College and Eastern Wyoming to finish the break at 10-3.
MCC is tied with Otero Junior College for the second best overall record in the Region IX South Division and the game at Scottsbluff will be the first Region IX game for any team. Between now and Feb. Feb. 21, MCC plays the other five Division I teams in Region IX South (Western Nebraska, Otero, Northeastern, Lamar and Trinidad State) in a home-and-home format to determine the conference championship and seeding for the Region IX Tournament. MCC also competes in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Association with Central Community College, Southeast Community College and North Platte.
Western Nebraska tops the Region IX South division in offense averaging 80.4 points a game, and tops in defense allowing an average of 58.8 points per game. MCC is second in both scoring averaging (79.1 points per game) and points allowed (60.4).
Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) is leading MCC in scoring averaging 15.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. She is shooting 62.2 percent from the floor which ranks 14th in the nation. She is shooting 80 percent from the free-throw line and has blocked 22 blocked shots on the season.
Four other Lady Indians are averaging double-digits as well. Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) is averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and is shooting 57.4 percent from the floor.
Sophomore transfer (Miles Community College) Paula Rosello Mateu (Barcelona, Spain) is averaging 11.5 points and 3.3 assists per game, shooting 35.7 percent from the 3-point line and leads MCC from the free throw line making 27 of 31 free throws (87.1 percent), which is 11th best in the nation.
Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla, Spain) is averaging 11.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, and not only leads MCC from the 3-point line, she is third in the nation hitting on 52.5 percent (21 of 40) of her 3-point shots. In addition she is making 70 percent of her free throws.
Freshman guard Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) is averaging 10.8 points and 2.9 assists per game. She is shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from the 3-point line.
After the Tuesday game in Scottsbluff, MCC returns to the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center for two of three January home games. The Lady Indians take on Northeastern Junior College (8-6) at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 and Southeast Community College (5-10) at 2 p.m. Jan. 18. The final home game in January is a Jan. 29 contest against the Doane University JVs.
After playing five road Region IX south games in January, the schedule turns favorable in February with four home Region IX games and seven home contests overall including Feb. 8 and Feb. 19 games against NCCAC Conference foes, Central Community College and North Platte.
For more information on the Lady Indians, including updates statistics, schedules, roster, photos and more check out the official website of McCook Community College Indian Athletics at: https://mccindians.com/index.
Sophomore guard Leigha Brown fueled a strong performance by the Big Red bench, leading the Huskers with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while freshman forward Isabelle Bourne added career bests off the bench with 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. The Nebraska bench outscored the Badger reserves 29-9 on the night to help the Huskers improve to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten. It is Nebraska's best 15-game start to a season since opening 14-1 in its first year in the Big Ten in 2011-12.
Sophomore guard Sam Haiby led the Nebraska starters with 11 points, seven assists and three steals, while senior guard and Wisconsin native Hannah Whitish added eight points, including back-to-back threes to open the fourth quarter as part of NU's 14-0 run. Her second three, which came in transition off a pass from Haiby, put the Huskers up 54-35 with 8:12 left in the game and forced a timeout. Fifty-two seconds later, Bourne scored in transition to give Nebraska a 56-35 lead and force another Wisconsin timeout. The lead grew as large as 25 at 62-37 on a Nicea Eliely layup with six minutes left in the game.
Wisconsin, which slipped to 9-6 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten, was led by forward Imani Lewis, who notched her fourth straight Big Ten double-double to open league play with 18 points and 10 rebounds. However, she was the only Badger to produce double figures in points or rebounds on the night.
For the game, Nebraska hit 48.2 percent (27-56) of its shots from the field, including 35 percent (7-20) of its three-pointers. The Huskers went 4-for-5 from long range in the first quarter to overcome a fast start by Wisconsin, which held a 10-5 lead just 3:45 into the game. However, the Huskers responded with an 11-0 run to take a 16-10 lead after eight straight points, including a pair of threes from Brown, before a three-pointer by Haiby capped the run with 43 seconds left in the quarter.
Wisconsin then went without a field goal for nearly the first five minutes of the second quarter as Nebraska took its first double-digit lead of the night at 24-13 off a Whitish bucket with 6:10 left in the half.
The Huskers took a 30-21 lead into the locker room at halftime behind 10 points from Brown, seven from Haiby and the first five points of the game from sophomore starter Ashtyn Veerbeek. In the half, Nebraska freshmen and sophomores combined for 28 of NU's 30 points.
Wisconsin came out strong in the second half, getting a three-point play from Lewis, before a three-pointer from Niya Beverley followed by a traditional three-point play from Beverley to cut the Nebraska lead to 35-30 with 7:20 left in the quarter. After that, it was all Nebraska, as the Huskers held Wisconsin to just two field goals over the next 11 minutes to build a 58-35 edge.
Nebraska controlled the boards, 38-28, on the night and outscored Wisconsin 10-6 in second-chance points and 15-7 in points off turnovers, although Wisconsin won the turnover battle, 16-14. The Huskers held the Badgers to just 35.7 percent (20-56) shooting, including just 3-of-10 from three-point range.
Although the Huskers battled foul trouble for much of the night, Wisconsin only converted 7-of-10 free throws in the game, while Nebraska hit 4-of-5 free throws. The Badgers were called for just 11 fouls in the contest.
Nebraska returns to road Big Ten action on Sunday by traveling to Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off between the Huskers and Scarlet Knights is set for 1 p.m. (CT) with live radio coverage on the Husker Sports Network and a live video stream for BTN+ subscribers.
NPCC’s Erica Hopping was named to the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska Volleyball team, as a first team qualifier. Three additional members of NPCC’s 2019 Volleyball team, Bailey Chintala, Gabby Menghini and Sydney Mullin, were honorably mentioned for All-Nebraska Volleyball.
Hopping had 1,239 assists and 330 digs on the season. Averaging 9.25 assists per set, she also averaged 2.46 digs per set. This earned Hopping the rank of eighth in the nation and second in the region for assists, as well as 15th in the nation for assists per set.
Similarly, two former Knights volleyballers continued their careers after graduating NPCC and both ultimately qualified for national tournament play during the 2019 season.
Former Knight, Taylin McNair, who played for NPCC during the 2017-18 seasons, now plays for the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She and her current team were named the 2019 NCAA Division II National Championship Runner-ups. Former Knight, Aly Camacho, who played for NPCC during the 2016-17 seasons, now plays for the University of St. Mary’s in Kansas, and she and her team also qualified for a national tournament this last season.
During McNair’s final season with the Knights in 2018, she provided 297 digs and 752 assists. In Camacho’s final season in 2017, she had 193 kills and 283 total points scored.
Live statewide television coverage will be provided by NET with Thor Tripp and Jami (Kubik) Hagedorn on the call. The NET production also will be used for the BTN+ video stream.
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 Huskers.com, the Huskers App and TuneIn.
Nebraska notched its second Big Ten home win with a 72-58 victory over then-No. 24 Minnesota on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Cain, a Lisa Leslie Award candidate, continued her strong open to Big Ten play with season highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds to go along with six blocked shots. In league play, Cain is averaging 15.0 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks. She leads the Big Ten in blocks per game while matching Wisconsin's Imani Lewis for the conference lead in rebounding during league play.
Cain claimed her first spot on the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll (Jan. 6) by averaging 14.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks last week. She hit 70 percent (14-20) of her shots from the field.
Hannah Whitish played big for the Huskers in the win over Minnesota with a season-high 17 points while matching her season high with five three-pointers. The senior from Barneveld was the 2016 Wisconsin High School Player of the Year. She is the first Husker in history to reach the combined career milestones of 1,000 points (1,084), 400 assists (416) and 200 three-pointers (223).
Sophomore guard Sam Haiby (Moorhead, Minn.) added 17 points against her home state school and leads Nebraska in scoring in Big Ten play (15.3 ppg).
Fellow sophomore Leigha Brown leads Nebraska overall in scoring this season at 13.7 points per game off the bench. She is a leading contender for Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year honors, and is the only Big Ten player to rank among the top 30 in the league in scoring without making a start.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten)
vs. Wisconsin Badgers (9-5, 1-2 Big Ten)
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Neb.
Live TV: NET (Thor Tripp, Jami Hagedorn)
Live Video Stream: BTN+ (NET production)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM & 1400 AM KLIN; Omaha - ESPN 590 AM
Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn
Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 8.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 11.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 11.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 13.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 1.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.4 ppg, 0.6 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 (54-51); 13th Season Overall (247-160)
Wisconsin Badgers (9-5, 1-2 Big Ten)
14 - Abby Laszewski - 6-3 - Sr. - F - 11.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg
34 - Imani Lewis - 6-1 - So. - F - 14.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg
10 - Kendra Van Leeuwen - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 6.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg
22 - Niya Beverley - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 7.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg
30 - Sydney Hilliard - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 10.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg
Off the Bench
3 - Suzanne Gilreath - 5-4 - Sr. - G - 6.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg
5 - Julie Pospisilova - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 5.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
40 - Tara Stauffacher - 5-11 - Fr. - F - 3.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg
41 - Sara Stapleton - 6-3 - Fr. - F/C - 1.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg
44 - Alex Luehring - 6-2 - So. - G - 1.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg
20 - Diamond Bragg - 5-7 - So. - G - 1.2 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Head Coach: Jonathan Tsipis (North Carolina, 1996)
Fourth Season at Wisconsin (42-66); Eighth Season Overall (134-104)
Scouting The Wisconsin Badgers
• Head coach Jonathan Tsipis brings his fourth Wisconsin team into Thursday's game at Nebraska following a 71-65 win over Penn State at the Kohl Center in Madison. The Badgers are 9-5 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten.
• Last season, Wisconsin finished with a 15-18 overall record that included a 4-14 Big Ten mark. The 15 wins for the Badgers were their most since 2010-11 (18-15), which was also their last winning season in women's basketball.
• Tsipis, who is 42-66 in his four seasons at Wisconsin, has his Badgers taking pride in their defense. Wisconsin is allowing just 60.9 points per game and has not allowed an opponent to score 75 in any game this season. Colorado (74) and Purdue (72) are the only two Badger foes to hit 70.
• Last season, the Badgers defeated Nebraska, 70-69, on a Kelly Karliss buzzer-beating three-pointer in the corner in Madison (Jan. 27, 2019).
• Wisconsin is led by outstanding sophomore Imani Lewis. The 6-1 forward is averaging team bests of 14.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, including 20.0 points and 13.7 boards in Big Ten play. She has taken more than 25 percent of UW's shots in league play. She had 23 points and 14 rebounds in Saturday's win over Penn State. She had 17 points and seven boards in last season's win over Nebraska.
• Senior Abby Laszewski, a 6-3 forward, has added 11.8 points and 7.0 rebounds on the season, including 13.3 points and 7.7 boards in Big Ten play. Neither Lewis nor Laszewski have attempted a three-pointer for the Badgers this season.
• Freshman Sydney Hilliard has made an immediate impact. The 5-11 guard is averaging 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds on the season and has started all three Big Ten contests. She has also matched senior point guard Kendra Van Leeuwen for the team lead with 16 steals.
• Van Leeuwen has averaged 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and a team-best 4.4 assists.
• Junior Niya Beverley rounds out Wisconsin's starting five with 7.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Beverley erupted for 19 points in the win over Penn State after managing just 10 points combined in UW's Big Ten losses to Rutgers (64-61) and at Purdue (72-61). Beverley ranks third among the Badgers with 11 made three-pointers. Beverley played a huge role in Wisconsin's win over Nebraska last season with 10 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals.
• Senior Suzanne Gilreath leads Wisconsin from long range with 23 three-pointers on the year, but she is 0-for-6 from three-point range in Big Ten play early this season. Gilreath is averaging 6.2 points per game off the bench, but has not scored in Big Ten play.
• Freshman Julie Pospisilova has added more pop from long range with 14 threes on the season. Pospisilova started nine non-conference games and is averaging 5.9 points per game on the season. However she has opened Big Ten play just 2-for-15 from the field, including 2-for-9 from three.
• Freshman Tara Stauffacher is the only other Badger to find the scoring column so far in Big Ten play. Stauffacher, a 5-11 forward, is averaging 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds on the season and has scored four total points in three Big Ten games.
• As a team, Wisconsin is averaging 66.1 points per game on the season while shooting 41 percent from the field, including 29.8 percent from three-point range. UW is averaging just 4.9 threes per game. In last season's win over Nebraska went just 2-for-10 including the game-winner at the buzzer. • In Big Ten play, Wisconsin is shooting just 36.9 percent from the field, including 22.5 percent (9-40) from three-point range. UW owns a plus-3.5 rebound margin on the season but a minus-0.4 turnover margin. However, the Badgers own a plus-3.0 turnover margin in Big Ten play after forcing 26 turnovers by Penn State (+8) on Saturday.
• For the season, Wisconsin is holding opponents to just 36.8 percent shooting from the field, including 30.2 percent from long range.
Nebraska vs. Wisconsin Series History
• Nebraska leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 9-7, including a 51-48 win over the Badgers at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Feb. 11, 2018. All nine of Nebraska's victories over the Badgers have come as Big Ten foes.
• The Badgers have won back-to-back games against the Huskers in Madison, including the 70-69 win over the Huskers at the Kohl Center on Jan. 27, 2019. Nicea Eliely hit a driving layup with 0.7 seconds left to give the Huskers a 69-67 lead, before Kelly Karliss answered with a three-pointer in front of the Wisconsin bench as time expired. Taylor Kissinger led Nebraska with 15 points, while Kate Cain added 14 points and seven rebounds. Hannah Whitish and Nicea Eliely each had 12 points. Marsha Howard led Wisconsin with 18 points and seven boards.
• Wisconsin rolled to an 82-56 win over the Huskers in Madison on Feb. 9, 2017, for the largest margin of victory in the series. Despite the back-to-back wins for the Badgers in Madison, the Huskers have won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series.
• Nebraska meets Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. (CT) in a game televised by BTN.
• The Huskers are 9-2 against the Badgers as Big Ten Conference opponents, including 5-0 in Lincoln and 3-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska is 4-2 against Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. Nebraska's first three wins at the Kohl Center were by a combined nine points, including a 71-70 OT win on Feb. 5, 2014, a 55-53 win on Feb. 28, 2013, and a 75-69 win on Jan. 12, 2012 - the first meeting between the schools as Big Ten foes.
• Wisconsin won the first five meetings between the two school as non-conference opponents, including a pair of overtime victories at the Devaney Center in Lincoln and three wins in Madison. All five of the non-conference meetings between the schools were decided by 10 or fewer points.
• Overall, 12 of the 16 all-time meetings have been decided by 10 or fewer points, including three overtime contests.
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (75).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (70).
• Kate Cain has recorded at least one block in all 14 games this season, and has blocked a shot in 16 straight games dating back to last season.
• As a team, Nebraska has blocked at least one shot in 83 consecutive games.
• Kate Cain has produced double-figure points in six consecutive games, the longest active double-digit scoring streak among the Huskers. Cain has produced double figures in eight of the last nine games.
• Kate Cain has produced a double-double in three consecutive games.
• Kate Cain, Nicea Eliely and Leigha Brown are the only Huskers to score points in each of Nebraska's first 14 games this season.
• Kate Cain, Nicea Eliely and Isabelle Bourne are the only Huskers to record at least one rebound for the Huskers in all 14 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 48 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, 71 games) that Eliely was shut out.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 356 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 235 consecutive games.
Numbers to Watch
(2) Kate Cain needs two points to reach 700 in her career.
(3) Kristian Hudson needs three 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).
(15) Kate Cain is 15 blocked shots away from matching the Nebraska career block record held by Janet Smith (238, 1979-82).
(16) Hannah Whitish is 16 points away from 1,100 in her career.
(21) Leigha Brown is 21 points away from 500 in her career.
(100) Nicea Eliely is expected to make her team-leading 100th career start on Thursday.
• Nebraska's 12-2 start is its best 14-game start under Coach Amy Williams and NU's best start since also opening 15-1, including 3-0 in the Big Ten during a 16-game conference season in 2011-12 - Nebraska's first season in the league.
• Nebraska ranks No. 13 nationally in total home attendance (42,647).
• Entering games Jan. 6, Nebraska was one of just 27 teams nationally (4 Big Ten) with 12 or more wins.
• Nebraska is No. 34 in the Massey Ratings (Jan. 7). Other Big Ten teams in the top 55 included: Indiana (10), Maryland (18), Northwestern (21), Iowa (23), Rutgers (24), Michigan (30), Purdue (38), Minnesota (41), Ohio State (45) and Michigan State (54).
• Through 14 games, Nebraska is allowing an average of 61.3 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 34.6 percent from the field and 28.5 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 seven 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 13 of the first 14 games (not Michigan State) in 2019-20. The Husker bench has outscored opposing benches in 41 of the last 44 games overall, including double-digit edges in 30 of the last 44 games.
• This season, NU's bench has outscored opposing benches 364-204 (26.0-14.6 ppg).
Mack poured in 15 points and dished out 10 assists for Nebraska (7-8, 2-2 Big Ten), as the Huskers put five players in double figures in posting their fourth straight win over the Hawkeyes in Lincoln. Mack has produced three of his double-doubles in conference play and had 10 assists and just one turnover in 39 minutes on Tuesday.
In addition to Mack and Thorbjarnarson, who grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, Haanif Cheatham added 14 while Dachon Burke Jr. and Kevin Cross also netted double figures with 13 points and 11 points, respectively.
Nebraska led by as many as 12 in the first half, only to see Iowa (10-5, 1-3 Big Ten) take a 51-50 lead with 12:41 remaining. The Hawkeyes' lead would last just 38 seconds, as Cross keyed a significant run with six points in an 8-2 run as Nebraska took a 58-53 lead with 7:25 left.
Iowa chipped away, pulling even at 59-all after a Joe Wieskamp basket with 5:20 remaining, but Thorbjarnarson's two 3-pointers keyed another 8-2 run to push the lead to back to 67-61, and the Huskers held on down the stretch.
Wieskamp finished with a game-high 21 points, while Luka Garza added 16 points and 18 rebounds, but Nebraska held the All-America candidate below his Big Ten leading scoring average. The Huskers also limited Iowa to just 4-of-33 from 3-point range, while hitting 10 3-pointers.
Nebraska opened the game on a 7-0 run and Iowa responded with a 7-0 run of their own to knot the game up at 7-7. The teams traded buckets before the Huskers went on another 8-0 run, featuring triples by Mack and Cheatham and a jumper from Thorbjarnarson to give Nebraska the 17-9 edge midway through the first half. Iowa was able to cut the Nebraska lead down to seven (38-31) by intermission, despite missing 12 consecutive three-pointers in the first half.
Iowa began pounding the ball down low in the opening minutes of the second half and brought the Husker lead down to two at the 15-minute mark. Mack then buried back-to-back jumpers to push the margin back to six and give the Huskers a 47-41 advantage at the first media timeout of the period. The teams continued battling ,and the Hawkeyes claimed a 51-50 lead after a Luka Garza layup and a Joe Wieskamp basket from beyond the arc with 12:41 remaining in the contest.
The Huskers continue Big Ten play Saturday afternoon when they take on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. at 3:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN and carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.
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Allen 57, St. Mary's 44
Ansley-Litchfield 61, Overton 44
Aquinas 49, Clarkson/Leigh 47
Bertrand 53, Wilcox-Hildreth 33
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 66, South Sioux City 42
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 48, Nebraska Lutheran 30
Burwell 90, Ainsworth 79
CWC 56, Twin Loup 16
Chase County 71, Dundy County-Stratton 38
College View Academy 50, Dorchester 24
Columbus 56, Seward 42
Cross County 67, Osceola 28
Elgin Public/Pope John 74, Spalding Academy 16
Exeter/Milligan 47, Diller-Odell 37
Falls City Sacred Heart 48, Elmwood-Murdock 41
Gordon/Rushville 67, Cody-Kilgore 39
Grand Island Central Catholic 66, Grand Island Northwest 48
Hi-Line 80, Maywood-Hayes Center 61
Hitchcock County 65, Southwest 30
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 54, Columbus Scotus 39
Johnson-Brock 40, Nebraska City Lourdes 30
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 71, Bloomfield 46
Lewiston 53, Meridian 32
Lincoln North Star 74, Lincoln Southeast 60
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Douglas County West 33
McCook 67, Broken Bow 57
McCool Junction 51, Lawrence-Nelson 42
Mead 52, Cedar Bluffs 11
Millard North 67, Elkhorn South 46
Mitchell 83, Southeast, Wyo. 60
Nebraska City 51, Falls City 48, OT
North Platte St. Patrick's 58, Anselmo-Merna 48
Norton, Kan. 53, Cambridge 42
O'Neill 58, Winnebago 56
Omaha Benson 67, Lincoln High 65
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 67, Tekamah-Herman 49
Omaha Christian Academy 42, Heartland Christian, Iowa 41
Omaha Roncalli 55, Platteview 45
Ord 65, Cozad 38
Palmyra 67, Sterling 22
Papillion-LaVista South 70, Elkhorn 52
Parkview Christian 96, Whiting, Iowa 27
Plainview 46, Summerland 45
Plattsmouth 37, Louisville 30
Ponca 70, Crofton 58
Randolph 60, Homer 50
Riverside 44, Heartland Lutheran 26
Rock Hills, Kan. 60, Red Cloud 26
Shelton 54, Gibbon 35
South Loup 52, Hershey 38
Southern Valley 63, Franklin 37
St. Edward 56, Elba 22
Sutton 54, Centura 37
Tri County 66, Friend 41
Twin River 62, Central City 41
Wahoo 72, Lincoln Lutheran 60
Wakefield 61, Madison 57
Wallace 57, Medicine Valley 43
Wayne 66, Boys Town 61
West Point-Beemer 45, Fort Calhoun 44
Wisner-Pilger 62, Arlington 49
York 60, Schuyler 45
Yutan 64, Omaha Concordia 42
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Ainsworth 49, Burwell 39
Arlington 48, Wisner-Pilger 36
Ashland-Greenwood 44, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 28
Bertrand 43, Wilcox-Hildreth 35
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 66, South Sioux City 42
Boyd County 63, Santee 60
Broken Bow 68, McCook 32
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 56, Nebraska Lutheran 32
CWC 63, Twin Loup 36
Central City 72, Twin River 58
Clarkson/Leigh 39, Aquinas 36
Cody-Kilgore 48, Gordon/Rushville 43
Crofton 44, Ponca 33
Cross County 61, Osceola 8
Diller-Odell 57, Exeter/Milligan 50
Dorchester 42, College View Academy 18
Douglas County West 51, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 25
Dundy County-Stratton 60, Chase County 43
Elgin Public/Pope John 74, Spalding Academy 16
Fairbury 33, Beatrice 31
Falls City 45, Nebraska City 35
Falls City Sacred Heart 45, Elmwood-Murdock 40
Grand Island Northwest 48, Grand Island Central Catholic 31
Heartland Christian, Iowa 60, Omaha Christian Academy 33
Heartland Lutheran 44, Riverside 26
Hitchcock County 51, Southwest 32
Homer 72, Randolph 27
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 40, Columbus Scotus 32
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 61, Bloomfield 29
Lawrence-Nelson 57, McCool Junction 13
Lincoln High 50, Omaha Benson 31
Lincoln Lutheran 47, Wahoo 36
Lincoln North Star 55, Lincoln Southeast 48
Maywood-Hayes Center 52, Hi-Line 39
Mead 63, Cedar Bluffs 31
Medicine Valley 39, Wallace 38
Meridian 55, Lewiston 18
Millard North 56, Elkhorn South 28
Nebraska City Lourdes 47, Johnson-Brock 32
Norfolk Catholic 57, Humphrey St. Francis 54
North Platte St. Patrick's 44, Anselmo-Merna 29
Norton, Kan. 53, Cambridge 42
Omaha Central 48, Omaha Mercy 39
Ord 65, Cozad 38
Overton 51, Ansley-Litchfield 28
Platteview 45, Omaha Roncalli 42
Plattsmouth 49, Louisville 45
Rock Hills, Kan. 34, Red Cloud 13
Seward 49, Columbus 36
Shelton 54, Gibbon 35
Sioux City, North, Iowa 65, Omaha Bryan 32
South Loup 44, Hershey 29
South Platte 52, Kimball 48
Southeast, Wyo. 50, Mitchell 48
Southern Valley 38, Franklin 33
St. Edward 54, Elba 33
Sterling 67, Palmyra 30
Summerland 60, Plainview 25
Sutton 46, Centura 36
Tri County 47, Friend 23
Wakefield-Allen 60, Madison 45
West Point-Beemer 52, Fort Calhoun 19
Whiting, Iowa 39, Parkview Christian 21
Winnebago 64, O'Neill 57
York 72, Schuyler 14
Yutan 47, Omaha Concordia 29
GAME 15: NEBRASKA VS. IOWA
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 7
Time: 8:07 p.m.
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena
2019-20 Record: 6-8 (1-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
Record at Nebraska: 6-8 (1st year)
Career NCAA Record: 121-64 (6th year)
2019-20 Record: 10-4 (1-2 Big Ten)
Head coach: Fran McCaffery
Record at Iowa: 184-136 (10th year)
Career Record: 435-313 (23rd year)
Play-by-play: Kevin Kugler
Analyst: Stephen Bardo
Online Broadcast: Fox Sports App
Radio: Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Analyst: Jake Muhleisen
Online Radio: Available on Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn.com/Huskers and TuneIn App.
SiriusXM (Internet): Ch. 372 XM: Ch. 372
Huskers Host Hawkeyes Tuesday Night at PBA
The Nebraska men's basketball team finishes a five-game homestand when the Iowa Hawkeyes visit Pinnacle Bank Arena Tuesday evening.
Tipoff is set for shortly after 8 p.m. and a limited number of 100 Level tickets are available for purchase by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets, calling the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena box office beginning 90 minutes prior to tipoff.
Tuesday's matchup will be carried nationally on BTN with Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo on the call. The game can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the Fox Sports app.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, the Huskers app and TuneIn radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff.
Nebraska (6-8, 1-2 Big Ten) looks to bounce back following a 79-62 loss to Rutgers on Friday night. The Huskers shot just 31.7 percent while Rutgers shot 54 percent and out-rebounded the Huskers 48-31. Senior guard Haanif Cheatham had 16 points, while sophomore guard Cam Mack added 11 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Huskers.
Cheatham has been steady in his first season as a Huskers, scoring a team-high 13.3 points per game while shooting a career-best 52.3 percent from the field. He has reached double figures in nine of the Huskers' last 10 contests, including a pair of 20-point performances.
Iowa (10-4, 1-2) comes off a tough 89-86 loss at No. 21 Penn State Saturday afternoon snapping a four-game win streak. Junior Luka Garza had 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting and 12 rebounds, while Joe Weiskamp added 23 points and 10 boards in a losing effort. Iowa shot 47 percent, but had 15 turnovers which led to 20 Nittany Lion points.
Garza has been one of the best big men in the country during the first half of the season, leading the Big Ten in scoring (22.5 ppg) and ranking second in rebounding (10.1 rpg). In conference play, Garza is averaging 33.0 points per game.
Cam Mack leads the Big Ten with 9.3 assists per game in conference games. Mack is also sixth in Big Ten games with a 3.1-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
.462 - Thorir Thorbjarnarson is fourth in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage entering Tuesday's game. He is 18-of-39 from long range this season after going a combined 6-of-28 behind the 3-point stripe in his first two years.
+3.1 - Nebraska enters the week tied for the Big Ten lead in turnover margin at +3.1 per game. NU has committed 12 or fewer turnovers in each of the last six contests, including a season-low seven turnovers against Rutgers.
3 - Double-figure assist games for Cam Mack, which is the most by a Husker since Brian Carr had five in the 1985-86 season.
6.2 - Rebounds per game for freshman Yvan Ouedraogo, which is fourth among all Big Ten freshmen. His rebounds per game is on track to be the highest by a Husker freshman since Aleks Maric grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game in 2005-06.
8 - Nebraska has had eight of its nine eligible scholarship players reach double figures this season. The Huskers have three players currently averaging double figures.
15.1 - Nebraska is 11th nationally and second among power conference schools in average possession length.
50 - Returning point total from last season, all by Thorir Thorbjarnarson. That is the lowest by any power conference team since the 2009-10 season.
Iowa, which was ranked 23rd in last week's AP poll, is 10-4 on the year following an 89-86 loss to No. 21 Penn State in Philadelphia Saturday afternoon. The Hawkeyes were led by junior Luka Garza's 34-point effort while Joe Wieskamp added 23 points, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range in the loss which featured 24 lead changes before Penn State pulled ahead late.
On the year, the Hawkeyes have been steady since an early-season loss to DePaul, as Iowa's only losses since Nov. 11 have been against unbeaten San Diego State, at Michigan and at Penn State. Iowa has neutral-site wins over Texas Tech and Cincinnati as well as wins at Iowa State and Syracuse. Tuesday's game ends a stretch where Iowa has played just one home game since Dec. 9.
Iowa is an explosive offensive team, as the Hawkeyes averaged 81.1 points to rank among the Big Ten leaders. Iowa is among the Big Ten leaders in 3-point percentage (.367), 3-pointers per game (8.4) and assists per game (17.9) despite battling injures during the first two months of the year.
Garza is one of the Big Ten's premier players, leading the conference in scoring at 22.5 points per game while grabbing 10.1 rebounds per game to rank second in the Big Ten. Sophomore Joe Wieskamp (13.5 ppg) and redshirt freshman CJ Frederick (10.3 ppg) also average double figures and both shoot over 40 percent from 3-point range.
The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series, 20-12 in a series that dates back to 1907. It is NU's third-oldest series against a Big Ten foe, as only NU's series with Minnesota and Wisconsin have been around longer. The teams had not met since 1976 before NU joined the Big Ten in 2011-12. Nebraska is 5-8 against the Hawkeyes since joining the Big Ten and the home team has won the last six meetings dating back to 2016. NU is 10-5 in Lincoln against the Hawkeyes, including 3-1 in Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Last Meeting: Nebraska erased a 16-point second-half deficit and scored 16 points in the final 47 seconds of regulation to force overtime in an eventual 93-91 victory over Iowa in the regular-season finale. Nebraska trailed 74-65 with 50 seconds remaining, but James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. hit four 3-pointers over the next 38 seconds to pull within 80-79 with 23 seconds left. After Iowa connected on 1-of-2 free throws, Palmer tied the game with a driving layup with 12 seconds remaining. In overtime, Amir Harris' layup with 10 seconds left gave NU the lead before Thorir Thorbjarnarson blocked Ryan Bohannon's potential game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.
• Tuesday's game features two of the highest tempo teams in the Big Ten, as Nebraska ranks 11th nationally and leads the Big Ten while Iowa is fourth in the Big Ten and in the top 50 nationally in average offensive possession.
• Nebraska Head Coach Fred Hoiberg and Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery squared off five times when Hoiberg coached at Iowa State. ISU went 4-1 against Iowa in that stretch, including a pair of games decided by three points.
• Two of the past three contrests in Lincoln between the Huskers and Hawkeyes have gone into overtime, including last year's 93-91 Husker victory.
• Nebraska is in a stretch where it will play 15 of its final 18 regular-season games against teams currently ranked in the top 50 of the NET. In all, 12 of the 14 Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 50 of the NET as of Jan. 6.
• With three players averaging double figures, Nebraska has relied on its balance. In its first 14 games, NU has put at least four players in double figures 10 times. The Huskers put five players in double figures against Washington State on Nov. 25 and at Creighton on Dec. 7.
• Nebraska enters Tuesday's game tied for first in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +3.1 per game. The Huskers have forced an average of 14.7 turnovers per game to rank fourth in the Big Ten while averaging 11.6 turnovers per game to rank third in that category. During his tenure at Iowa State, Hoiberg's teams ranked in the top three in the Big 12 in fewest turnovers per game in four of his five seasons at the school.
• It is not surprising that Nebraska has relied on its 3-point shooting, as Hoiberg's Iowa State teams led the Big 12 in 3-pointers in four of his five seasons at the school. The Huskers are on pace to average 8.4 3-pointers per game, a total which would rank second in school history and be the most since the 2001-02 campaign.
Most 3-Pointers/Game in School History
• One of the biggest points of emphasis for Hoiberg and his staff has been to shoot better from 3-point range, and that work has paid off. Over the last 11 games dating back to Nov. 22, NU is shooting 36 percent from 3-point range and averaging 9.0 3-pointers per game after shooting just 23 percent in the first three games of the season.
Huskers' 3-Point Improvement
Before Nov. 22
Since Nov. 22
3 Pt. Pct.
• Sophomore Cam Mack has made an impact early in his Husker career. He is 13th nationally with 6.5 assists per game, which is on pace to be the most since the 1985-86 season, but also ranks 51st nationally in assist to turnover ratio. His 2.28-to-1 ratio is on pace to be the best by a Husker guard in move than a decade.
Best Assist/Turnover Ratios (Since 1979)
Charles Richadson Jr.
minimum 3.0 assists/gm
• Yvan Ouedraogo's 14 rebounds vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 29 were the most by a Husker freshman since 2004 (15, Aleks Maric vs. UAB) and tied for the third-highest total in the last 20 years. Ouedraogo is the third Husker to have a double-double this season.
• Cam Mack's triple-double against Purdue on Dec. 15 was the first by a Husker in school history and the only one by a Big Ten player this season. As of Jan. 6, only 15 players have had a triple-double this season.
• Cam Mack is the only Husker in the last 30 years to have multiple points-assist double-doubles in the same season as he had one against Southern Utah on Nov. 9 and at Indiana on Dec. 13 in addition to his triple double against Purdue. In fact, it is only the seventh time in the last 30 years that a Husker has had a points-assists double-double. His consecutive points-assists double-double was the first since Brian Carr in December of 1985 (vs. UC-Irvine and Creighton).
Husker Points/Assists Double-Doubles (Last 30 years)
vs. Purdue, 12/13/19
at Indiana, 12/13/19
vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19
vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18
vs. Kansas, 2/5/11
at Kansas State, 2/7/10
at TCU, 11/21/09
vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94
• The Huskers have already played three overtime games in 2019-20, posting a 1-2 record. NU's single-season record is four, set five times, most recently in 2007-08. As of Jan. 6, Nebraska has played in three of the Big Ten's eight overtime games, while the Huskers' three overtime games is third nationally and leads all power conference teams.
• Nebraska has 12 double-figure scoring runs this season, including a pair of double-figure runs against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
• Nebraska's 14 first-year players on the roster matches TCU for the most in the nation in research done by the Utah SID John Vu. Only four teams (TCU-14, Nebraska-14, East Carolina-13 and Utah-12) have at least 12 newcomers on their 2019-20 rosters. Nebraska returns a national-low 1.9 percent of its scoring from last season and the 50 returning points is the lowest by any power conference team since 2009 according to noted statistician Ken Pomeroy.
Fewest Returning PPG from 2018-19
Pct. of Scoring
South Dakota St.
Courtesy: Virginia Tech SID office
• Dachon Burke Jr. enters the Iowa game with 983 career points, including his two seasons at Robert Morris. He needs 17 points to become the third Husker to reach the 1,000-point mark this season, joining Matej Kavas (Nov. 22) and Haanif Cheatham (Dec. 29).
Nebraska's Kate Cain claimed a spot on the Big Ten Women's Basketball Weekly Honor Roll for her performance last week for the Huskers, the conference office announced on Monday.
Cain, a 6-5 junior center from Middletown, N.Y., notched her third consecutive double-double to open Big Ten play with season highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds in Nebraska's 72-58 win over No. 24 Minnesota at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Saturday. Cain, who hit 9-of-13 shots from the field, also recorded six blocked shots against the Golden Gophers.
She opened the week with 10 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks at Michigan State. She went 5-for-7 from the field against the Spartans in East Lansing.
Through three Big Ten games, the Lisa Leslie Award candidate is leading the conference in blocked shots (3.7 bpg) while tying Wisconsin's Imani Lewis for the league lead in rebounding at 13.7 boards per game. She is also tied for 15th in the conference in scoring at 15.0 points per game, while ranking fifth in the league with her 64.5 field goal percentage.
Last week, Cain averaged 14.5 points on 14-of-20 shooting (.700), 14.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks for Nebraska, which improved to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. She did not commit a turnover in more than 68 minutes of action during the week.
For the season, Cain leads Nebraska in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and blocks (3.1 bpg) while ranking third among the Huskers in scoring (11.1 ppg). Her 58.2 field goal percentage leads the team.
Iowa's Kathleen Doyle was named the Big Ten's Player of the Week, while Ohio State's Kierstan Bell was the Freshman of the Week. Cain was joined on the weekly honor roll by Michigan sophomore guard Amy Dilk and Wisconsin sophomore forward Imani Lewis.
Cain and the Huskers return to home Big Ten action on Thursday night when they play host to Wisconsin. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Badgers is set for 7 p.m. with tickets available now at Huskers.com. The game also will be available on statewide television from NET, which will provide the BTN+ production of the game. Thor Tripp and Jami (Kubik) Hagedorn will be on the call.