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CURTIS, Neb. – Ron Rosati, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, plans to retire Aug. 5 from NCTA. Rosati was tapped as head administrator for the University of Nebraska’s sole two-year institution in July 2013.
Before completing his University of Nebraska service at year-end, Rosati will serve as senior advisor for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) in Kigali, Rwanda. Opening in September, RICA is an English language institution dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of innovators in agriculture in Rwanda.
“Under Ron Rosati’s leadership, NCTA truly reached new heights in providing academic and financial access to higher education, as well as career preparation in the ag and veterinary technology industries,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and natural resources, and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“I want to thank Ron for his exemplary service and dedication over the past six years and wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.”
Kelly Bruns, director at NU’s West Central Research and Extension Center based in North Platte, has been named NCTA interim dean, while continuing to serve in his WCREC role. Bruns will lead NCTA campus administration with associate dean Jennifer McConville.
“It has been a privilege for me to serve NCTA as dean,” Rosati said. “The college is an exceptional place to work due to its small size, focus on agriculture and veterinary technology, and its emphasis on experiential learning.”
Rosati is a native of New York and has earned degrees in agricultural education and agronomy. He earned his doctorate from Iowa State, masters and bachelor’s from Cornell University, and associate degree from SUNY Farmingdale. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Rosati served in administrative capacities as provost at Southeast Missouri State University, provost at Alfred State College, State University of New York, and was a dean at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.
Rosati taught agricultural engineering technology and aquaculture for 19 years at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Illinois State University, The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute, and Iowa State University.
Rosati led strategic initiatives at NCTA including a 28.5% enrollment growth from 2013-2018, increased fiscal strength from deficit to fiscal health, and added academic programs in agricultural welding, equine industry management, a general agriculture online degree certificate, and partnerships in dairy and poultry management.
“NCTA has been recognized nationally for the quality of its academic programs and the success of its graduates. It’s been very rewarding for me to work with the faculty and staff who are responsible for those successes,” Rosati said.
Other administrative progress at NCTA the past six years included developing new procedures and policies for advising, admissions, registration, student payment procedures, student transfers, academic catalogs, student and employee handbooks, and Title IX and ADA compliance.
Increased appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature enabled significant campus progress in programs, student resources, and pay equity for faculty. New initiatives in public relations and recruiting, federal approval for enrolling international students, and reaccreditation were further benchmarks.
Bruns, who holds a doctorate in animal science, has served as director of WCREC since Nov. 2015. Jerry Volesky, longtime range and forage specialist, will serve as interim associate director at WCREC.
A national search will be launched to identify a new permanent dean of NCTA.
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After snow postponed the McCook Community College baseball and softball games scheduled for today, the schedule for both teams have been changed for the next couple days.
MCC’s softball was scheduled to play at Garden City Community College (Kansas) Saturday. Today it was announced those games will be moved up and played in Dodge City, Kan. Thursday. Games will start at 1 and 3 p.m.
MCC baseball was scheduled to play at Lamar Colo. Saturday and Sunday but because of weather conditions and field conditions that three-game series was moved up a day. The two teams will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. MST and then a nine-inning game Sunday starting at 1 p.m. MST.
You can stay up to date on all scheduling changes and game information by visiting the official website of McCook College Indian Athletics at: https://mccindians.com/index.
There were 19 coach of the year categories, with 8 finalists in each category. Each states High School Coaches Association were eligible to nominate their coach of the year in each sport. Those coaches nominated were then asked by the nation nomination committee to complete a nomination form, which included, coaching longevity, service to their sport at the national, state and local levels and career success. Trust me the nomination form is very detailed and time consuming, as it took about 8 hours to complete! Once completed, the nomination forms are sent to the national office and each sport is graded using a sport specific rubric by a sport specific committee. Once all the forms are graded, the top 8 coaches are then selected and notified. Those 8 finalists are invited to attend the national conference where they will be honored and a coach of the year will be selected at the coach of the year banquet the last evening of the conference. Although I was not selected as this years coach of the year, I had an incredible experience meeting, learning and sharing from the top tennis coaches in the nation. Each finalist was introduced and their coaching bio was read as each finalist received a plaque. It was amazing to hear and see all the successes of each finalist. Some coaches had been coaching for over 40 years, and named to multiple Hall of Fames. The tennis coach of the year award was given to Richard (DJ) Johnson from New Mexico, who was not able to attend the conference due to his ongoing fight against cancer. The opportunity to network with over 600 coaches form all over the nation and establish new friendships with some great coaches was totally the high light of the conference..I have been very blessed to serve McCook Public Schools and the great athletes and their families throughout my 20 year career. I am equally thankful and share this honor with my awesome assistant coaches, who have given their time and energy to help build our program and establish relationships with our athletes. And most importantly, I thank my wonderful wife who has been my biggest supporter. I will say that behind every great coach is an even better woman.
The McCook Community College volleyball team ended the regular season on a sour note Tuesday losing in straight sets at home to 20th-ranked Northeastern Junior College, 17-25, 22-25, 19-25.
“It’s like we took ten steps back,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.
Tuesday’s game was the final home game for seven sophomores including: setter Ashley Carson (Ord); middle blocker Hannah Emerson (Greeley, Colo.); libero Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah); middle blocker Hayley Jacobsen (Littleton Colo.); outside hitter Ty Johnson (Conroe, Texas); outside hitter Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.); and libero Onyessah Rocha (Topeka, Kan.)
Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 12 kills, Ty Johnson had eight.
“Faith and Ty did what they were supposed to do but our other four hitters made some silly mistakes and our passing could have been better too,” Kobza said.
The loss will push the Lady Indians into a win-or-go-home in the first round of the Region IX tournament in Cheyenne, Wyo. Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. against the six-seeded team in the Region IX North Division. That division’s games won’t be concluded until Friday and the standings are closely bunched so MCC’s first-round opponent won’t be determined until all teams finish the schedule.
“We have seven days to change things and we’re are going to get right back at it bright and early tomorrow and hit it hard like preseason and mentally make the changes we need to get better,” Kobza said.
NJC improves to 21-6, 7-2 on the road, and 7-3 in the South Division play.
The Lady Indians finish the regular season at 19-12, 8-2 at home and 3-7 in South Division play.
If the Lady Indians win the in the first round of the Region IX tournament they would make it into double-elimination play and take on Western Nebraska in the second game.
Complete pairings will be announced later this week.
Here are the Final Region IX South Standings
Western Nebraska CC 9-1 23- 7
Northeastern JC 7-3 21- 6
Otero Junior College 6-4 23- 5
McCook CC 3-7 19-12
Trinidad Junior College 1-9 10-18
For more photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:
• Wednesday's match can also be heard on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and also on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 26th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.
• The Huskers' match against Stanford will be the fifth all-time No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in program history. The Huskers are 2-2 all-time in No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups. The only other No. 1 vs. No. 2 match played in Lincoln was on Aug. 26, 1995, when No. 1 Stanford beat No. 2 Nebraska, 3-1, at the NU Coliseum. Of Nebraska's five all-time top-two showdowns, three of them will have been against Stanford.
• Three points is all that separated the teams in the 2018 NCAA Championship match in Minneapolis, as Stanford walked away with its eighth NCAA title and prevented the Huskers from winning their sixth. While Stanford returned six starters - including four AVCA All-Americans - from that team, the Huskers have had to replace two All-Americans in outside hitter Mikaela Foecke and libero Kenzie Maloney with two true freshmen.
• Stanford is 9-6 all-time against the Huskers. The last meeting was a five-set classic in the 2018 NCAA Championship match in Minneapolis. Stanford pulled out the 3-2 win (28-26, 22-25, 25-16, 15-25, 15-12) to win the national title.
• In last year's match, Lauren Stivrins had a career day with 19 kills on .615 hitting with five blocks. Nicklin Hames had a career-high 62 set assists and 12 digs. NU will need to find a way to replace the 27 kills Foecke recorded in that match. For Stanford, Kathryn Plummer had 19 kills, and Holly Campbell and Audriana Fitzmorris added 15 and 14, respectively. The Huskers outhit Stanford in the match, .271 to .250, but Stanford won the serving battle with seven more aces (9-2) and the same number of errors (eight).
• NU's last win over Stanford was on Aug. 29, 2008, a Husker sweep in Omaha. Stanford has won both matches played since then.
• John Cook, Nebraska: 20th year at Nebraska (567-76); 27th year overall (728-149)
• Kevin Hambly, Stanford: 3rd year at Stanford (69-6); 11th year overall (247-92)
About the Huskers
• Nebraska is off to a 7-0 start for the first time since 2016. It's only the third time in the last 11 years that Nebraska has won its first seven matches of the season. The Huskers have beaten both ranked teams they've faced this season - then-No. 18 Creighton (3-1) and then-No. 25 San Diego (3-2).
• The Huskers ascended to No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll on Monday following a 3-0 weekend at the Ameritas Players Challenge, coupled with a Stanford loss to Minnesota. It marks Nebraska's nation-leading 100th all-time week at No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll.
• Lexi Sun leads the Huskers with 4.04 kills per set on .287 hitting this season. The junior from Encinitas, California was named the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge last weekend after a career-high 23 kills against Loyola Marymount. She ranks sixth in the Big Ten in kills this season.
• All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins leads the Huskers in blocks with 1.23 per set. She is also putting up 2.15 kills per set on .311 hitting.
• Nebraska ranks first in the Big Ten with an opponent hitting percentage of .123. The Huskers have held four of their seven opponents below .100 hitting this season.
• Nebraska ranks third in the Big Ten in digs with 15.69 per set.
• Stanford had a 37-match win streak snapped on Saturday by Minnesota. The Golden Gophers beat the then-No. 1 Cardinal, 3-1, in University Park, Pennsylvania.
• Stanford is playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation. The Cardinal own wins over No. 7 Florida, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Penn State. Wednesday's match will be Stanford's fifth straight top-10 opponent.
• Two-time AVCA National Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer leads the Cardinal with 5.50 kills per set on .350 hitting. Audriana Fitzmorris adds 2.64 kills per set on .319 hitting.
• Stanford returned six starters from last year's NCAA Championship team, including first-team All-Americans in setter Jenna Gray and libero Morgan Hentz.
Huskers Ranked No. 1 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week for the first time since the end of the 2017 season.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 100 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 490 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 545 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.
Three Huskers Named to Preseason All-Big Ten Team
• Nicklin Hames, Lauren Stivrins and Lexi Sun were all voted to the 14-player preseason team by the conference's head coaches. Additionally, the Huskers were picked second in the preseason poll behind Wisconsin. Minnesota was third.
• Stivrins, a Scottsdale, Arizona native, had a breakout sophomore season to earn first-team All-Big Ten and first-team AVCA All-America honors in 2018. The Huskers' co-captain averaged 2.36 kills per set and had a hitting percentage of .421, the third-highest mark in school history and the No. 3 mark in the nation last season. Stivrins was selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after a career-high 19 kills on .615 hitting in the championship match against No. 1 Stanford.
• Hames, a sophomore from Maryville, Tennessee, set the Huskers to the NCAA Championship match as a true freshman. The Huskers' co-captain finished the season with 10.49 assists per set and 3.32 digs per set, along with 40 service aces, second-most on the team. Hames had 25 double-doubles during the 2018 season, which broke Jordan Larson's school record for double-doubles. She tallied a career-best 62 assists in the NCAA final against Stanford with 12 digs.
• Sun, a junior from Encinitas, California, is Nebraska's top returning kills leader. She averaged 3.11 kills per set and 2.69 digs per set in 2018, her first season as a Husker. Sun was one of NU's top servers with 30 aces on the season, and she played a big role for the Huskers down the stretch with 19 kills and 12 digs in the NCAA Semifinal win over Illinois.
"29,029" and "To Be Continued..."
• The 2019 Nebraska volleyball team has two slogans for the season: 29,029 and To Be Continued...
• 29,029 is the elevation in feet of Mount Everest. The Huskers, who nearly reached the peak of college volleyball in 2018 before coming up three points short against Stanford, are using the memory of that defeat to motivate them in 2019. The Huskers will play 29 regular-season matches, and Head Coach John Cook said the hardest part of climbing Mount Everest is the final 29 feet. "Many people say the elevation is 29,000 feet, forgetting the final 29 feet. We got to that 29,000 (in 2018). We didn't get that last 29 feet. All the bad things happen in the last 29 feet. People mentally let go, they're exhausted, they get stuck. Our whole theme is we've got to figure out how to get the last 29 feet."
• The Huskers also have a team slogan of "To Be Continued..." in 2019. The slogan references the Huskers continuing what they couldn't quite finish in 2018 - winning an NCAA Championship. It also means carrying on the recent success of the program (four straight NCAA Semifinals appearances) and preparing to bring back the entire team for the 2020 season, as the Huskers have no seniors on their roster for the first time in program history. The ellipsis signifies the three points that separated the Huskers from a national championship in 2018.
Foecke and Maloney Leave Big Shoes to Fill
• This year, the Huskers will be without two players who led the program to four straight final fours from 2015-18 in Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney. The All-Americans both graduated, leaving big production to replace at outside hitter and libero. Foecke and Maloney won two NCAA titles, two Big Ten titles and won more postseason matches than any other player in Husker history.
• Stivrins, Hames and Sweet are among 10 returning players who will be counted on to step up for the Huskers. Jazz Sweet also returns to lead the Huskers on the right side, and sophomore Callie Schwarzenbach is back after breaking the Nebraska freshman record for blocks last season with 177. Sophomore hitter Capri Davis played a big role last year coming off the bench, and sophomore Megan Miller and Hayley junior Densberger both have a plethora of experience in the back row.
• A group of six freshmen will help offset the loss of the most decorated senior class in school history. Three of the six newcomers - outside hitter Madi Kubik, middle blocker Riley Zuhn, libero Kenzie Knuckles - were PrepVolleyball.com All-Americans and ranked among the top 40 prospects in the 2019 class. The Huskers' incoming class was ranked No. 2 by PrepVolleyball.com.
Huskers Visit Asia in Summer of 2019
• The Nebraska volleyball team took a 17-day trip to Japan and China over the summer. The Huskers took on top professional teams from the two countries during the trip, winning about half of the sets they played. Head Coach John Cook called it "by far the best" of the five trips his teams have taken to Asia in his 20 years at Nebraska.
• In addition to the highly competitive matches, the Huskers also toured numerous sites in Asia, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. With six newcomers and no seniors on the roster for the 2019 season, the trip was a great opportunity for the team to bond on and off the court, a team that will spend the next two years playing together.
• The NCAA allows a team to take a foreign trip every four years, and Cook has made it a habit to take his team to Asia. Previous trips have usually paid off with successful seasons. In the last four seasons following a Cook-led foreign trip, Nebraska has responded by winning three conference titles and two national championships.
• Cook took his first team to Asia prior to the 2000 season, his first as Nebraska's head coach. The Huskers responded with a 34-0 season and the program's second national championship.
• In 2006, Cook took his team back to Asia and the results were the same: another national championship. The Huskers went 33-1 following their international trip and capped the national title with a 3-1 victory over Stanford in front of 17,209 fans at the Qwest Center in Omaha.
• Nebraska went back to Asia in 2010. Although NU did not win the national title that year, it did put together a 29-3 season that included a Big Ten title. Nebraska took a No. 3 ranking into the NCAA Tournament but was upset in a four-set loss at No. 11 Washington in the NCAA Regional Semifinal.
• The Huskers' last Asia trip in 2014 with only one senior was followed by a 23-10 season. But the following year saw that young group go on to win the program's fourth national title.
Nebraska Fans Continue Record-Setting Consecutive Sellout Streak
• Nebraska volleyball holds an NCAA women's record 258 consecutive regular-season sellouts.
• Nebraska led the nation in attendance in 2018 for the sixth straight year since moving into the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013, averaging 8,205 fans per match.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (28 straight seasons).
AVCA Hall of Fame Head Coach John Cook in 20th Season at Nebraska
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 20th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2019. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, nine final fours, 12 conference championships and 17 top-10 final rankings since 2000.
• Cook has 728 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history. Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .882 win percentage in that time (567-76).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 55 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.
• Cook became the ninth active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins in 2018.
The No. 24/25 Nebraska men’s basketball team looks to build on their best start in 15 seasons on Wednesday evening, as the Huskers travel to Minnesota. Tipoff is set for shortly after 8 p.m. (central) from historic Williams Arena.
1 - Glynn Watson Jr. will reach 300 career assists with his first one on Wednesday evening. Watson also has a career best 3.2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio.
- The Huskers are looking for consecutive wins in Minneapolis for the third time in school history and the first in a really long time. Under Ewald O. "Jumbo" Stiehm, the Huskers beat Minnesota on consecutive days Feb. 6 (21-16) and Feb. 7 (14-9) in 1914. Stiehm, who also coached the Husker football team to a 35-2-3 record from 1911-15, was 55-14 during his four seasons at Nebraska (1912-15). Stiehm won eight Missouri Valley titles (5 football, 3 basketball) during his four and a half years at Nebraska. Nebraska also won consecutive games at Minnesota on Jan. 20-21, 1905. For comparison sake, Williams Arena opened on February 4, 1928.
- The Huskers will be aiming for their second 2-0 Big Ten start in three seasons (also 2016-17), but just their fourth 4-0 conference start in 20 years (also 2004-05 and 2005-06).
- A win on Wednesday would match the Huskers' longest win streak ever over Minnesota. NU won three straight on two previous occasions, 1934-36 and 2013-15.
- NU will be looking for its fourth Big Ten road win in the last five conference road tilts dating back to last season.
- Nebraska is 36-19 all-time as a ranked team dating back to the 1949-50 season.
- James Palmer Jr. needs 28 points to reach 1,000 for his career. He has scored 714 of his 972 career points at Nebraska and would be the third current Husker with 1,000+ points (Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr.).
- Isaiah Roby needs only two blocked shots to become the 10th Husker with 100 career blocks. Roby is averaging 1.4 blocks per game this season.
- Glynn Watson Jr. comes into the Minnesota game in 20th place on NU's career scoring list with 1,158 points. He is just 24 points shy of passing Brian Carr (1,182) for 19th place. He is also one assist away from 300 for his career and five steals away from 150 in that category.
- Although it is early in the season, Nebraska ranks in the top-15 nationally in field goal defense (.352, fourth), scoring defense (54.5 ppg, fourth), 3-point defense (.254, eighth) and blocked shots per game (5.5 bpg, 20th).
- Nebraska has not allowed an opponent to shoot over 50 percent in 34 straight games dating back to last season, including 17 straight foes held to under 50 percent shooting.
- NU has limited five of its eight opponents to under 0.85 points per possession. Mississippi Valley State and Southeastern Louisiana were held to 0.47 points per possession, the lowest number in Tim Miles' seven years at NU. On the season, the Huskers are 18th in Kenpom's adjusted defense.
- Nebraska held its first two opponents under 40 points, the first time the Huskers held consecutive foes under 40 points since 1949.
- Under Miles, the Huskers are 47-5 (.904) when holding opponents under 60 points.
- Nebraska opened the season with four straight games scoring at least 80 points, marking the first time NU has accomplished that since the 1996 NIT.
- The Huskers scored 106 points in the opener against Mississippi Valley State. It was the Huskers' highest total since scoring 107 against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 19, 2005.
- NU has already had seven players score in double figures, including six against Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 11.
- The Huskers had three players - James Palmer Jr., Isaac Copeland Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. - with 20-point performances.
- Nebraska is 35th nationally in offensive efficiency according to KenPom.
- The quick start is not surprising based on what the Huskers brought back from last year's team that went 22-11.
- Nebraska returned 73 percent of its scoring and 72 percent of its assists from last season. It marked the third time in the last 15 seasons that Nebraska returns at least 70 percent of its scoring from the previous season.
- Nebraska's 3,432 returning points ranks 13th nationally entering the 2018-19 season. Among Big Ten programs, only Iowa, which has 4,246 returning points, has more.
- He is first or second on the Huskers in scoring (first) and assists (second) while also averaging 1.0 block per game. He is third in the Big Ten in scoring at 18.3 ppg.
- Palmer collected his 20-point game of the year in NU's Big Ten opener against Illinois with a game-high 23 points, including 12-of-14 at the foul line and a team-high four assists.
- He turned in a strong performance in the Huskers' win at Clemson, scoring 14 of his 20 points in the second half and also snaring a career-high nine rebounds.
- Finished with a season-high 29 points against Seton Hall, the second-highest scoring night in his career, as he scored 18 of his points in the second half.
- Palmer has shown the ability to get to the free throw line often, as he ranks in the top-20 nationally in both free throws (48, 17th) and attempts (61, 19th).
- Palmer has scored his points in bunches with three halves of at least 15 points, including the performance vs. Seton Hall.
- Palmer has reached double figures in 38 of 41 career games at Nebraska, as he saw his streak of 17 straight games in double figures snapped against Missouri State on Nov. 19.
- Last season, Palmer averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading the Huskers to a 22-11 record and an NIT berth. Last year, Palmer reached double figures in 31 of 33 games in his first season at Nebraska, including eight 20-point efforts. Palmer’s junior year was highlighted by a career-high 34-point effort at Ohio State. Palmer joins Purdue's Carsen Edwards as returning first-team All-Big Ten selections by the conference coaches.
- Palmer averaged 18.8 points per game in Big Ten play last year, which is the highest average in conference play since Aleks Maric averaged 18.9 ppg in 2006-07. It is also the most by a returning Big Ten player since Tim Frazier in 2012-13.
- He is one of only five returning power conference players who averaged 17.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg last season
- Watson played well despite foul trouble against Illinois with 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.
- He nearly posted his first career double-double with 20 points and a career-high nine rebounds against Western Illinois.
- Watson turned in a strong effort against Missouri State with 16 points and four assists.
- He shined in NU's win over Seton Hall with 14 points and a season-high eight assists.
- Watson's return marks the 10th time in program history that the Huskers had a returning 1,000-point scorer and the first since Shavon Shields in the 2015-16 campaign.
- With 1,144 points, Watson is one of two Huskers with 1,000 career points, as Isaac Copeland has 1,158 career points between his time at Georgetown and Nebraska. James Palmer Jr. is 51 points away from reaching 1,000 for his career.
- Watson has a career 2.14-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and has more steals (145) than turnovers (138) in his career.
- Watson's older brother Demetri McCamey was an All-Big Ten guard at Illinois during the 2009-10 season.
- Watson is one of three alumni of St. Joseph to reach 1,000 points at Nebraska, joining Carl Hayes (1,136, 1990-92) and Clifford Scales (1,136, 1988-91). All three played for legendary high school coach Gene Pingatore, who is in his 50th year as coach at St. Joseph and has won over 1,000 games at the school.
- Copeland has reached double figures seven times in eight games, including a pair of 20-point efforts.
- He comes off a 16-point effort in the win over Illinois, hitting 6-of-9 shots from the field and adding five rebounds.
- Last week, he was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award
- The senior carried NU to a win at Clemson with 16 points, six boards and three assists while his biggest play was a blocked shot which led to James Palmer's dunk after Clemson closed to within five.
- He earned a spot on the Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 21.5 points per game on 61 percent shooting, 7.5 blocks and 3.0 assists per game. He was in double figures in both contests, including a season-high 23 points against Missouri State and 20 points and eight boards against Texas Tech.
- Copeland collected his fifth career double-double in Nebraska's win over Seton Hall with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He had one during his redshirt year at Georgetown (2016-17) and three in 2017-18.
- He has 11 career 20-point games (7 at Nebraska, 4 at Georgetown), including a pair of 30-point games. Copeland had 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting against North Dakota last year and a career-high 32-point night against Marquette during his sophomore year at Georgetown.
- A top-20 recruit coming out of high school, his 2014 Brewster Academy team also featured Donovan Mitchell (Utah), Devonte' Graham (Charlotte) and Jonah Bolden (Philadephia).
- Copeland earned his undergraduate degree in sociology last May and is working on his Master's Degree. He comes from a basketball family, as his father (Ike) played collegiately at East Carolina. As a senior, he helped East Carolina make the NCAA Tournament.
- He had eight points along with six boards, three assists and three steals in the win over Illinois on Dec. 2.
- Roby had his best game of the year in the win over Missouri State with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in 29 minutes.
- His dunk against Seton Hall on Nov. 14 marked the fourth time he's had a top-10 play on SportsCenter during his career, including highlight dunks vs. Rutgers (2018) and at Indiana (2016).
- Nebraska is 18-5 since moving Roby into the starting lineup midway through Big Ten play last season. Roby has all four of his career double-doubles in that stretch.
- NU has won its last 16 games at home following the 73-49 win over Western Illinois on Nov. 24. The 16-game win streak is the longest among power conference schools and sixth-longest home win streak nationally. It is NU's longest home win streak since also winning 16 straight spanning the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons.
- NU has posted a 64-24 (.727) record in Pinnacle Bank Arena since it opened in 2013.
- Nebraska went a perfect 9-0 at home in Big Ten play in 2017-18 and won its two Big Ten home games against ranked teams by an average of 15.0 points per game. NU's 9-0 mark - the only unbeaten mark in the Big Ten - marked the first time the Huskers went unbeaten in conference play at home since the 1965-66 season.
- Nebraska went 16-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2017-18 with the only loss coming in a one-point setback against then-No. 13 Kansas on Dec. 16.
The Nebraska basketball team opens the 2018-19 season Tuesday evening, as the Huskers take on Mississippi Valley State at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 7:01 p.m., and a limited number of tickets are available beginning at $7 by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app and on SiriusXM radio.
The matchup between the Huskers and Delta Devils will be streamed online on BTN Plus with Brad Hilligoss and Allie Snow on the call. The game is available on BTN2Go and online and on Flohoops.com. A subscription is required for both BTN Plus and Flohoops.
Tuesday's opener, as well as Sunday's game against Southeastern Louisiana, are the two Lincoln Regional round games of the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker. The championship rounds will be at the Sprint Center in Kanas City on Nov. 19-20 with NU, Texas Tech, Missouri State and USC comprising the four-team field in Kansas City.
The Huskers, who are ranked 25th in the USA Today preseason coaches poll, used a balanced attack in putting away Wayne State, 75-40, in an exhibition game last Thursday. Isiaah Roby had 12 points and 10 boards in 21 minutes, as six Huskers had between eight and 12 points while no one played more than 20 mintues against the Wildcats. The Huskers also held Wayne State to 24 percent shooting, including just 5-of-22 from 3-point range.
The Huskers are led by Palmer, as the All-Big Ten performer led the Huskers at 17.2 points per game as a junior. The 6-foot-6 guard was fifth in the Big Ten in scoring and also chipped in 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He is joined by fellow seniors Isaac Copeland and Glynn Watson Jr. in the Huskers' starting lineup. Copeland, who garnered honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors, was second on the squad in scoring (12.9 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg) and blocked shots (1.0 bpg) as a junior. Watson, a three-year starter, averaged 10.5 points and paced the Big Red in assists (3.2 apg) and steals (1.4 spg).
Mississippi Valley State looks to bounce back after a disappointing 2017-18 campaign. The Delta Devils lost to Delta State, 70-67, in their second exhibition game Saturday afternoon. MVSU returns three starters, including seniors Dante Scott (14.9 ppg) and Jordan Evans (14.7 ppg), as the duo combined for 100 3-pointers a year ago.
2 - Nebraska features two returning 1,000-point scorers in seniors Isaac Copeland Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr.
10-2 - Assist-to-turnover ratio by guards Thomas Allen and Glynn Watson Jr. against Wayne State.
NUMBERS TO KNOW10 - Number of times since WWII that Nebraska has returned a first-team all-conference performer. James Palmer Jr. became NU's first returning All-Big Ten player since Terran Petteway in 2014-15.
160 - Number of starts at Nebraska from its 2018-19 roster, including a team-high 77 by Glynn Watson Jr. In all, the eligible players at Nebraska have started 214 Division I games, as Isaac Copeland (49 starts at Georgetown) and James Palmer (five starts at Miami) both cracked the starting lineups at their previous schools before coming to Nebraska.
FOR OPENERSNebraska begins its 123rd season of basketball on Tuesday evening against Mississippi Valley State. Here are some facts and figures about season openers for the Husker basketball program.
- The Nov. 6 opening date is the earliest in school history. The previous earliest start came in the 2013-14 season when Nebraska faced Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 8, 2013.
- Nebraska is 83-39 (.680) all-time in season openers and has won 17 straight season openers dating back to an 87-83 setback at Oral Roberts to begin the 2000 season.
- Nebraska is 26-2 in its past 28 season openers dating back to the 1990-91 campaign.
- The last time Nebraska lost a season opener at home was 1980 when NU fell to Wyoming, 62-59, in overtime. The Huskers have won 28 straight season openers at home since that loss.
- Under Tim Miles, the Huskers have won all six of their openers by an average of 21.0 points. The 46-point win over Mississippi Valley State in 2015 was the 12th-largest margin in school history.
EXHIBITION RECAPBehind 12 points and 10 rebounds from Isaiah Roby and a solid defensive effort, Nebraska cruised to a 75-40 win over Wayne State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Nov. 1.
Roby, who nearly had a double-double in the first half with eight points and eight boards, led a balanced attack that saw James Palmer Jr. reach double figures with 10 points. In addition, four other players had at least eight points while all 12 players who saw action broke into the scoring column. The Huskers limited Wayne State to just 23.5 percent shooting, including 5-of-22 from 3-point range, and enjoyed a 56-35 advantage on the glass.
Wayne State was within 14-9 midway through the first half before Glynn Watson Jr. sparked a 7-0 spurt with a 3-pointer to give NU a 21-9 cushion after a basket from Amir Harris. The Wildcats pulled to within 30-19 after a basket from Nate Thayer, but Nebraska closed the half on a 9-2 run to build an 18-point halftime cushion.
In the second half, the Huskers quickly pushed the lead to 22 after baskets from Palmer and Roby before the Wildcats trimmed the lead back to 19, the last time at 45-26 after a Kendall Jacks basket. NU took over, using a 9-1 run capped by consecutive baskets from Watson, the last of which doubled up the Husker lead at 54-27 with 13:05 left.
SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
Under fifth-year Head Coach Andre Payne, Mississippi Valley State looks to rebound after going 4-28 last season. The Delta Devils return eight letterwinners, including four players who made at least 13 starts last year.
Before taking over the MVSU program, Payne spent seven seasons at Wiley College, an NAIA program in Texas. He guided the school to three 20-win seasons, including a 25-7 mark in his final year at the school. Payne's squad returns a pair of high scoring guards in Dante Scott and Jordan Evans. Scott, a first-team All-SWAC pick, paced MVSU in both scoring (14.9 ppg) and rebounding (5.6 rpg) and shot 37 percent from 3-point range last year. Evans was second in scoring at 14.7 ppg while topping the Delta Devils in both assists (64) and steals (33). In all, four of the top five scorers return for MVSU this season.
Nebraska won the only previous matchup, a 97-51 victory to open the 2015-16 season. Glynn Watson Jr., Tanner Borchardt and Johnny Trueblood are the only Huskers who played in that matchup.
WHAT'S BACK FOR THE BIG RED
The Huskers enter the 2018-19 season welcoming back three starters and nine letterwinners from a team that went 22-11 and finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 mark. The group includes All-Big Ten performers James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland and three-year starter Glynn Watson Jr., all of whom averaged double figures in 2017-18. NU also returns junior forward Isaiah Roby, who started 13 of NU’s final 14 games and led NU in both rebounding (6.3 rpg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg). Nebraska returns 73.4 percent of its scoring, 61.4 percent of its rebounding, 71.5 percent of its assists and 67.2 percent of its blocked shots from last year. Last year, NU averaged 72.3 points per game, its highest average since the 1996-97 season (72.9 ppg). It is only the third time in the last 15 seasons that Nebraska returns at least 70 percent of its scoring from the previous season.
HUSKERS LOOK TO CONTINUE BLOCK PARTYNebraska's looks to continue a trend from last season when the Huskers were second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally in blocked shots at 5.5 per game. It is the highest total since the 1996-97 team blocked a school-record 6.1 shots per game. Nebraska totaled 183 blocked shots last season, which was third on NU’s single-season list.
Nebraska returns a pair of players who averaged at least one block per game last year in Isaiah Roby (2.0 bpg) and Isaac Copeland (1.0 bpg). Roby’s 63 blocked shots were the most by a Husker since 2001, while Copeland had 33 blocked shots after recording just 39 in two-plus seasons at Georgetown. NU blocked six shots in the exhibition win over Wayne State.
IT (DOUBLE) FIGURESNebraska returns three double-figure scorers (James Palmer Jr., 17.2, Isaac Copeland Jr., 12.9 and Glynn Watson Jr. 10.5) for the first time since the 1992-93 season (Eric Piatkowski, 14.3; Derrick Chandler, 12.3; Jamar Johnson, 11.2). In Tim Miles' first six seasons, the Huskers returned a total of six double-figure scorers. During the 1992-93 season, the Huskers won 20 games and finished tied for second in the Big Eight Conference. With the return of junior Isaiah Roby, Nebraska brings back its top-four scorers for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign.
50-50 CLUBJunior forward Isaiah Roby is one of only two returning power conference players to total 50 blocks and 50 assists last season, joining Missouri’s Jontay Porter, who will miss the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL. Roby led the Huskers in blocked shots and was fourth in assists despite starting just 13 contests. Roby is also one of four Huskers to ever have 50 blocks and 50 assists in a season, joining Aleks Maric, Venson Hamilton and Rich King.
WATSON RETURNS AS 1,000-POINT SCORERFor just the second time this decade, Nebraska returns a 1,000-point scorer to the lineup, as Glynn Watson Jr. enters his senior year with 1,041 career points. It is the 10th time in program history that the Huskers had a returning 1,000-point scorer and the first since Shavon Shields in the 2015-16 campaign. Watson is one of two Huskers with 1,000 career points, as Isaac Copeland enters his senior year with 1,053 career points between his time at Georgetown and Nebraska. James Palmer Jr. is just 174 points away from joining the 1,000-point club
- Nebraska 3,432 returning points ranks 13th nationally entering the 2018-19 season. Among Big Ten programs, only Iowa, which 4,246 returning points has more points returning that the Big Red.
- Watson is one of three alumni of St. Joseph to reach 1,000 points at Nebraska, joining Carl Hayes (1,136, 1990-92) and Clifford Scales (1,136, 1988-91).
- Watson is also ninth on NU’s career steals list with 137 and needs 74 assists to crack the Huskers’ career top-10 list in that category.
PALMER RECEIVES PRESEASON HONORSNebraska guard James Palmer Jr. has been lauded as one of the top returning players in college basketball. The 6-foot-6 guard comes off a junior season where he averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading the Huskers to a 22-11 record and an NIT berth.
Palmer reached double figures in 31 of 33 games in his first season at Nebraska, including eight 20-point efforts. Palmer’s junior year was highlighted by a career-high 34-point effort at Ohio State. He is one of only five returning power conference players who averaged 17.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg last season.
COPELAND RETURNS TO ANCHOR FRONTCOURTIsaac Copeland Jr. made a successful return to action following back surgery and put together a strong junior season. The 6-foot-9 forward was second on the team in scoring (12.9 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg) and blocked shots (1.0 bpg), setting personal bests in all three areas. In all, he reached double figures 23 times, including five 20-point performances.
A top-20 recruit coming out of high school, Copeland earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors by averaging 13.5 points on 51 percent shooting, including 43 percent from 3-point range, and was in double figures in eight of his final nine Big Ten contests. Copeland graduated from Nebraska in May and is working on his Masters Degree.
HUSKERS RECEIVE FIRST RANKING SINCE 2014For the first time since 2014, the Nebraska men’s basketball team is nationally ranked, as the Huskers are ranked No. 25 in the preseason USA TODAY Sports coaches poll released Oct. 25.
The Huskers return three starters, including All-Big Ten selections James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr, and their top four scorers from a team that went 22-11 and reached the NIT last season. In 2014-15, the Huskers were ranked in the first two coaches polls and were ranked 21st on Nov. 17, 2014.
Nebraska is one of four Big Ten teams in the preseason coaches poll, joining Michigan State (10), Michigan (18) and Purdue (22). In addition, the Huskers’ ACC/Big Ten Challenge opponent is also ranked as Clemson enters the poll at No. 23. The Huskers were receiving votes in the AP poll released earlier this month.
FILLING UP PINNACLE BANK ARENAPinnacle Bank Arena will be full once again in 2018-19, as the NU Athletic Ticket Office announced on September 25 that general public season tickets are sold out for the upcoming season. It is the fourth time in the past six seasons that the Huskers have sold out their entire season allotment of tickets at Pinnacle Bank Arena. In all, nearly 15,000 season tickets have been sold for the 2018-19 season, including the Red Zone student section.
Since moving into PBA in 2013-14, the Huskers have ranked in the top-15 in attendance nationally all five years, and are one of only nine schools in the country to average 15,000+ fans per contest in that span.
A limited number of single-game tickets went on sale on Oct. 25, and to purchase tickets, visit Huskers.com/Tickets or call the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED during business hours.
PROTECTING THE VAULTThe Huskers have been strong at protecting its home court at Pinnacle Bank Arena since it opened in 2013-14.
- NU begins the 2018-19 season with the longest home winning streak among power conference schools and the ninth-longest home win streak in Division I.
- With a win over Mississippi Valley State, Nebraska would tie its longest winning streak since moving into Pinnacle Bank Arena. NU won 12 straight between Jan. 20-Nov. 18, 2014.
- NU has posted a 59-24 (.711) record in Pinnacle Bank Arena since it opened in August of 2013, including a 16-1 mark in 2017-18. Against non-conference foes, NU is 31-7 in PBA (.816). Since the start of the 2006-07 season, NU is 94-12 against non-conference foes (.887)
- Nebraska went 16-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2017-18 with the only loss coming in a one-point setback against then-No. 13 Kansas on Dec. 16. NU's .941 home winning percentage is the best since the 1982-83 campaign, while the 16 home wins was one shy of the school record.
- Nebraska went a perfect 9-0 at home in Big Ten play and won its two Big Ten home games against ranked teams by an average of 15.0 points per game. NU's 9-0 mark - the only unbeaten mark in the Big Ten - marked the first time the Huskers went unbeaten in conference play at home since the 1965-66 season. All of the other eight seasons with a perfect conference home record were between 1908 and 1921.
GATES JOINS HUSKER STAFFThe only new face on the Husker bench is a familiar one to Big Ten fans, as Armon Gates joined the Husker coaching staff this past May. Gates, a native of Chicago, returns to the Big Ten after recently serving as associate head coach at the University of Florida under Mike White. Gates has coached and developed all-conference performers at three schools during his coaching career.
For the past five seasons (2013-18), Gates was at Northwestern under Chris Collins, helping the Wildcats to a pair of 20-win seasons, including the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. He also helped bring a top-30 recruiting class to Northwestern in 2014, while the 2018 class is listed as high as 24th nationally by 247Sports.
THORBJARNARSON REPRESENTS ICELAND AT EUROPEAN U-20 CHAMPIONSHIPSHusker sophomore Thorir Thorbjarnarson spent part of the summer representing his native Iceland for the U-20 National Team. At the FIBA U-20 European Championships, he averaged 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game, ranking second on the team in scoring and first in assists. He closed tournament action with three straight double figure efforts and averaged 18.5 points on 67 percent shooting, including 55 percent from 3-point range, in Iceland’s final two contests.
MILES CHASES WIN NO. 100Nebraska Coach Tim Miles is poised to become just the fourth Husker coach to win 100-or-more games at Nebraska in the coming weeks. Miles enters his seventh season needing only 10 wins to pass both Doc Sadler and Moe Iba for third place on NU’s career wins chart.
DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTSNebraska’s biggest improvements came on the defensive end in 2017-18, going from 13th to 6th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense and from 14th to 2nd in 3-point percentage defense. NU ranked in the top-75 nationally in both field goal defense (74th) and 3-point percentage defense (32nd) last season.
ALLEN MAKES IMPACT FOR KIDSSophomore guard Thomas Allen coordinated a back-to-school drive for the kids of Everett Elementary School in Lincoln. Allen spearheaded the efforts, using traditional and social media to get the word out on the event, which took place on Aug. 4. In all, more than five vans of materials were donated that day with other Husker team and university staffers making contributions for the event.
NOTING THE 2018-19 SCHEDULEWith Tuesday marking the 2018-19 season opener, here are some quick notes on the Huskers' 2018-19 schedule.
- The Huskers’ non-conference schedule features only two first-time opponents. NU will take on Seton Hall at Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Nov. 14, and will face Southwest Minnesota State on Dec. 29. The NU-Seton Hall game is the first Gavitt Games matchup in Lincoln, as the Huskers travelled to Villanova (2015) and St. John’s (2017).
- Nebraska will play six of its 10 Division I non-conference games against teams which made either the NCAA Tournament or NIT last season. The list includes NCAA Tournament qualifiers Seton Hall, Clemson, Creighton and Cal State Fullerton, as well as NIT participants Oklahoma State and Southeastern Louisiana. NU will also face either Elite Eight finisher Texas Tech or NIT qualifier USC in Kansas City.
- The Huskers will play a trio of neutral-site games during non-conference play. NU will travel to the Sprint Center in Kansas City for the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker and play Missouri State in the opening round and either Texas Tech or USC the following evening. On Dec. 16, the Huskers will travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., for a matchup with former conference rival Oklahoma State at the Sanford Pentagon. It is the first matchup between the Huskers and Cowboys since 2011.
- The 2018-19 schedule features 20 Big Ten games, the most conference games that NU has ever played in a season. NU will have seven double-play opponents (Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue). The Huskers’ home single plays are Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin, while the Huskers will travel to Indiana, Michigan and Rutgers.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team dropped a hard-fought road match at No. 3 Minnesota, 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 23-25, 18-25), on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 5,467 at Maturi Pavilion.
The Huskers (15-5, 6-4 Big Ten) got off to a strong start with a decisive win in the first set. After trailing by eight in set two, the Huskers came all the way back and held a 23-22 lead, but momentum shifted after the Gophers scored three points to end the set. Minnesota (16-2, 10-0 Big Ten) thwarted another Husker comeback attempt in a deuce game in set three, and the Gophers pulled away in the fourth set.
Nebraska is the first team to take a set off the Gophers on their home court this season, and the Huskers are the only Big Ten team to win a set against the Gophers, which they've done twice, through the midway point of the conference schedule.
Mikaela Foecke had 17 kills and 10 digs, while Jazz Sweet had 13 kills. Lauren Stivrins matched her career high with 12 kills and hit .423, and Lexi Sun and Callie Schwarzenbach each had eight kills. Nicklin Hames had 54 assists and 12 digs to guide the Huskers to a .210 hitting percentage. Kenzie Maloney tied her career high with 25 digs.
Minnesota got 20 kills on .404 hitting and 14 digs from Adanna Rollins. Stephanie Samedy added 13 kills. The Gophers hit .253 and had just 13 attack errors, while the Huskers endured 25.
Set 1: Megan Miller made her first start since Sept. 14 and served a 5-0 run that included an ace to put the Huskers ahead 11-8. A kill by Foecke and a Minnesota hitting error increased the lead to 13-8. Schwarzenbach blasted a kill and combined with Sun for a block, then Foecke served an ace to make it 20-14 Huskers. A trio of Husker hitting errors and a kill by Hart cut the lead to 20-18, but Sun earned sideout for the Huskers and Sweet and Stivrins followed with kills for a 23-18 Husker lead. Sun's fourth kill earned the Huskers set point at 24-19, and a Sun and Stivrins block ended it in NU's favor, 25-19. NU had three aces and allowed none and out-hit the Gophers .211 to .098.
Set 2: The Gophers claimed a 10-5 lead after three straight kills and a Husker hitting error. Minnesota pushed the lead to 16-8 after its third ace of the set and a block. After a timeout, the Huskers went on a 6-0 run with Hayley Densberger serving. Stivrins had kills on three straight rallies, and Hames added a kill to pull the Big Red within 16-14. Trailing 20-18, Nebraska got three straight kills from Foecke to go ahead 21-20 and cap a 13-4 Husker run. The teams traded sideouts to 23-23, but Minnesota gained set point at 24-23 after stuffing a Husker attack. A Husker hitting error gave Minnesota the 25-23 win.
Set 3: Minnesota carried the momentum from its set two win into set three, taking a 7-1 lead. The Huskers answered with a 9-4 spurt to pull within 11-10 after Schwarzenbach found the corner. Sun blasted a kill from the left side to draw the Huskers even at 14-14, but nine straight sideouts followed before Minnesota gained a 21-18 edge after winning consecutive long rallies. But Foecke and Sun notched kills, and Sun teamed with Schwarzenbach for a block to level the score at 21-21. Minnesota went back up 23-21 before a Sweet kill, but the Gophers then gained set point at 24-22. Sweet placed a shot to the back of the court to make it 24-23, but Hart connected for Minnesota after a timeout for another 25-23 win.
Set 4: Stivrins and Foecke combined for four early kills, and Hames had one as well as an ace to lift the Huskers to a 6-4 lead. The Gophers came back to take a 12-11 lead, but Foecke posted a pair of kills to regain the lead for NU. Hart then answered for Minnesota with back-to-back kills, and later a Gopher ace increased their lead to 16-14. The Gophers pulled away to a 22-16 lead with a 6-1 run, keyed by two service aces and a pair of kills, and finished the match with a 25-18 win.
Up Next: The Huskers play their fourth straight match on the road, at Ohio State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT). The match will be televised on BTN and will air on the Husker Sports Network.
College Park, Md. - Nicea Eliely scored a season-high 18 points, but it was not enough to overcome Maryland's 16-0 run in the final 3:06 of the third quarter, as the No. 7 Terrapins ran to an 89-63 win over the Huskers at the Xfinity Center on Thursday night.
Nebraska trailed 51-43 after a three-pointer by Kayla Mershon capped a string of seven straight points by the freshman. But with 3:06 left Maryland's Brianna Fraser scored and drew a foul. That was the start of a 16-0 run to end the quarter to put the game out of reach.
Nebraska, which slipped to 6-8 in the Big Ten and 11-14 overall, got 11 points from Sam Haiby off the bench.
Kaila Charles led five Terrapins in double figures with 22 points, while Blair Watson pumped in 17 points and Fraser added 14 points off the bench. Stephanie Jones and Shakira Austin both pitched in 10 points to help Maryland improve to 23-2 overall and 12-2 in the Big Ten.
For the game, Nebraska hit 39.3 percent (22-56) of its shots from the field, including 7-of-16 threes (.438), while hitting 12-of-20 at the free throw line. The Huskers out-rebounded Maryland 42-41, but Maryland forced 19 turnovers by Nebraska while committing just eight of its own in the game. The Terps outscored the Huskers 19-2 in points off turnovers.
Maryland hit 42.9 percent (30-70) of its shots, including 6-of-15 threes (.400) and 23-of-31 free throws (.742).
Maryland jumped to a 9-0 lead in the game's first 2:05 and took its biggest lead of the first half at 15-4 with 3:05 left in the opening period, before Nebraska rallied. The Huskers trimmed the Terp margin to 22-15 at the end of the quarter, then pulled within 29-26 after an 11-4 surge over a four-minute span that started with back-to-back threes by Eliely and ended with a three-pointer from Taylor Kissinger with 4:42 left in the half.
Maryland responded to push the margin back to seven at 41-34 at halftime. Eliely led the Huskers with 12 first-half points, including 10 in the second quarter, while Haiby added seven points. Kate Cain contributed four points, five rebounds, four blocks and two assists in the opening 20 minutes.
In the half, Nebraska hit 44.4 percent (12-27) of its shots, including 6-of-10 threes, while adding 4-of-6 free throws. The Huskers out-rebounded Maryland 20-18 in the half and blocked six shots as a team.
Maryland responded by shooting 42.9 percent (15-35) in the half, including 2-of-7 threes. The Terps also hit 9-of-12 free throws. First-quarter turnovers set the tone in the first half for Maryland, as the Terrapins forced eight first-quarter turnovers by Nebraska and turned those mistakes into eight points. The Huskers committed just three turnovers in the second quarter. Maryland turned the ball over just three times in the half.
Fraser led Maryland with nine points off the bench in the half, while Watson added eight points. Austin and Charles both contributed seven first-half points, while Jones pitched in six points.
The Huskers return home to battle another top-25 team on Sunday, when Nebraska takes on Michigan State. Tip-off between the Big Red and the No. 24 Spartans is set for 3 p.m., and tickets are available now at Huskers.com.
North Platte Community College downed McCook Community College Sunday to advance to Thursday’s second round of the Region IX tournament starting Thursday in Sheridan, Wyo. The Knights will play Central Wyoming in a quarter-final game at 5 p.m. (MT).
Sunday’s game (which was pushed back from Saturday night because of weather concerns) was tight game most of the way with the score tied 13 times and the lead changed 10 times. North Platte out-scored MCC 28-14 from the free-throw line and the Knight’s bench enjoyed a 19-6 edge over MCC to help keep NPCC alive in post-season play.
The Indians converted 11 North Platte turnovers into 15 points and held a 10-3 edge in second-chance points, but couldn’t re-take the lead in the late stages of the game.
Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J) led MCC with 24 points, Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) had 17, Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) had 17 points and Ron Rice (New York, N.Y.) had 10 points. The Indians shot 53.4 percent from the field, made six of 23 shots from beyond the 3-point arc (26.1 percent) and connected on 14 of 18 free-throws (77.8 percent).
MCC had 33 rebounds, 10 by Battle-Holley, seven by McBride and six by Antonije Petroic (Pancevo, Serbia). The Indians out-rebounded NPCC, 33-21.
North Platte, which led 44-37 at the half, was led in scoring by Courtney Murrell (Plano, Texas) with 23 points, Tim Johnson (Arlington, Texas) added 22 points and had a team-high seven rebounds. Edgars Kaufmanis (Valmiera Latvia) had 13 points with a three-for-five night from the 3-point line.
The Knights shot 45.6 percent from the field, made five of 11 3-pointers (45.5 percent) and went to the free-throw line 32 times, making 28 (87.5 percent).
North Platte improves to 23-4 and with the second seed in the South-Sub Region will take on the third-seed from the North-Sub region, Central Wyoming. The 11-19 Rustlers, who lost four of their final five games, were a 77-56 winner Saturday over Laramie County Community College.
Awaiting the winner of that game will be the winner of the game between top north seed Sheridan College (29-2) and on Northeastern Junior College (15-17), the fourth-seeded team from the south. Sheridan was an 89-83 winner Saturday over Northwest College. The Plainsmen knocked off Otero Junior College Saturday 92-78. The Sheridan-NJC game will follow the North Platte-Central Wyoming game.
In the other side of the bracket, in the first game of the day No. 2 North seed Casper College (29-2) will play south’s third-seeded Trinidad State (21-9) at 1 p.m. (MT). The other game in that bracket features the south’s top seeded Western Nebraska (23-7) against the north’s fourth seed Eastern Wyoming (12-19) at 3 p.m. (MT).