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Ann Arbor, Mich. - Nebraska led 51-49 with four minutes left, but Michigan made enough plays down the stretch to escape with a 67-61 women's basketball win over the Huskers on Thursday night at Crisler Arena.

The loss dropped Nebraska to 5-7 in the Big Ten and 10-13 overall, while the Wolverines improved to 15-9 and 6-6 in the conference by splitting the season series with the Huskers.

In a low-scoring fourth quarter, Nebraska held Michigan without a field goal for the first 7:35 of the period, but trailed 53-51 after a pair of Hallie Thome free throws with 2:33 left. Thome finished with eight points, including four in the fourth quarter.

The Huskers then turned the ball over in the backcourt and Akienreh Johnson got the steal and an uncontested layup to push the Michigan margin to 55-51. Moments later another turnover by Nebraska led to a Naz Hillmon layup and-one free throw to extend the Wolverine lead to 58-51 with 1:59 left. Those were the only Michigan field goals in the quarter. The Wolverines hit nine free throws the rest of the way to seal the win.

The Huskers only got one field goal in the first 8:20 of the final quarter, which came from Kate Cain, before she got her second field goal to cut the margin to 58-53 with 1:37 left. Cain finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks for the Huskers.

Taylor Kissinger kept Nebraska's hopes alive with a pair of long three-pointers with 28.1 seconds and 21.2 seconds left to pull the Huskers within 63-59, but NU could get no closer the rest of the way. Kissinger finished with 12 points on 3-of-7 three-point shooting.

Hannah Whitish led the Huskers with 13 points in the game, including 3-of-7 threes. Nicea Eliely added four points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Sam Haiby managed eight points, while Leigha Brown contributed six points.

For the Huskers it was their ninth loss of the season in games decided by two possessions or less and the school-record-tying 11th game decided by six or fewer points. The Huskers are 1-6 in Big Ten play in games decided by two possessions.

Freshman Naz Hillmon led Michigan with a game-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Hillmon scored eight big points for the Wolverines in the fourth quarter but also committed six turnovers in the contest.

Akienreh Johnson added 14 points off the bench, as Michigan's bench outscored the Husker bench 37-20 - the first time the Nebraska bench has been outscored by an opposing bench this season.

The Huskers hit 41.7 percent (25-60) of their shots for the game, including 8-of-23 threes, while going 3-of-6 at the line. Nebraska was just 5-of-17 in the fourth quarter, helping Michigan win the battle of the boards 41-29, after Nebraska held a halftime lead on the glass.

Michigan hit 42.9 percent (24-56) but went just 2-for-10 from three-point range, including 0-for-4 in the second half. However, Michigan went 17-for-25 at the line, including 15-of-21 in the decisive fourth quarter.

Nebraska took a 49-48 lead to the fourth quarter after the Huskers outscored the Wolverines 13-5 during a key five-minute stretch late in the third period. Whitish and Kissinger each scored five points during the stretch to give Nebraska the lead.

Michigan took a 35-32 lead to the locker room at the half in a competitive first half that featured plenty of action.  The Wolverines took a 10-8 lead after four straight points from freshman point guard Amy Dilk, but Dilk went out with a right knee injury while making the layup to give Michigan the lead with 3:37 left in the first quarter. Dilk went to the bench and did not return.

Nebraska took a one-point lead at 11-10 on a three-pointer from Brown with 2:55 left in the quarter, but the Wolverines answered with a 7-0 run to build their biggest lead of the quarter at 17-11.

Husker freshman Haiby hit a last-second shot to close the period and send Nebraska to the second quarter trailing 17-13.

Johnson scored the first five points of the second quarter for the Wolverines to push Michigan's lead to 22-13 and less than five minutes later, Michigan pushed the margin to 10 at 29-19 with a Nicole Munger three-pointer with 4:20 left in the half.

Whitish almost immediately answered with a three of her own to ignite a 13-4 surge by the Big Red to cut Michigan's lead to 33-32. The Huskers got the ball back with a dark shot clock but Whitish was called for an illegal screen to give Michigan the ball back with a few seconds left, and Johnson closed the half with a baseline buzzer-beater to give the Wolverines a three-point halftime lead.

Nebraska hit 46.4 percent (13-28) of its first-half shots, including 4-of-11 threes (.364), while going 2-for-4 at the free throw line.  The Huskers also out-rebounded Michigan 16-14.

Michigan hit 53.3 percent (16-30) of its shots, including 2-of-6 threes (.333) in the half, while going 1-for-2 at the line. Michigan won the first-half turnover battle 8-7. 

The Huskers return home to take on Purdue Sunday afternoon. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Boilermakers on Play4Kay Day is set for 2 p.m., and fans are encouraged to wear pink to promote cancer awareness. It will also be alumni weekend in Lincoln with more than 50 former Huskers scheduled to attend Sunday's game and be recognized at halftime. 

Kearney, Neb. – Nebraska-Kearney head football coach Josh Lynn announced today the names of 17 high school seniors and three transfers who will suit up for the Lopers this fall.
UNK will add a few more names to the 2019 roster in the spring and summer. Lynn and his coaching staff will talk about the recruiting class tonight at Cunningham's on the Lake.

“In regards to the overall number, this group is a completely different class than what UNK has signed the past three years. Our retention has been outstanding the past couple of years … the young men in our program are happy,”. "We recruit nationally but our primary focus will always be Nebraska kids.” 
Overall, the group breaks down to six defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, three linebackers and defensive backs, two athletes, one quarterback and a receiver. By state, 12 come from Nebraska, three from Colorado, two from Illinois and one each from California, Florida and Texas.
"The focus again with this class was up front. The other priority was transfer defensive backs because both of our staring corners (Famous McKinnon and Malik Webb) were seniors last year. We tried to fill a need there,” said Lynn.
In October 2017, UNK announced it would offer in-state tuition rates for Colorado and Kansas residents who enroll as regular on-campus undergraduate students and meet assured admission requirements. The new rates began last fall. 
"Making those states in-state is a game changer for us. Right off the bat, it takes off $6,000 and that's huge in Division II football. When you compare UNK to other Colorado schools, we're one of the most affordable. We're able to stretch our money and that allows us to get additional players," said Lynn
Lynn and his coaching staff again ventured into Chicagoland; Illinois is one of eight states part of the Midwest Exchange which reduces out-of-state tuition for incoming students.
As usual, there are family ties with the class. Mullen native Tell Spies follows older brothers Jake and Tye to UNK. Spies, a linemen like his brothers, spent the fall of 2018 at the University of South Dakota. Next, Lincoln Southwest’s Dru Sovereign will have a chance to play with his older brother, Alec. The younger Sovereign is an “athlete” with Alec set to be a fifth-year senior at linebacker.
The Lopers, weather permitting, began spring ball on Tuesday, March 26. UNK reports to fall camp in August with the 2019 opener set for Thursday, September 5, at Missouri Southern State. 

Nebraska High School Seniors (11)
Sam Clinch (OL, 6-4, 285 lbs., Kearney, Neb./Kearney Catholic H.S.) ... Bio Sheet & Video Link
McKinney Edwards (WR, 6-4, 180 lbs., Superior, Neb./Superior H.S.) ... Bio Sheet & Video Link
Evan Fisher (LB, 6-3, 200 lbs., Imperial, Neb./Chase County H.S.) .. Bio Sheet & Video Link
Colin Giron ((DL, 6-3, 240 lbs., McCook, Neb./McCook H.S.) ... Bio Sheet & Video Link
Carter Henry (Athlete, 6-0, 220 lbs., Albion, Neb./Boone Central H.S.) ... Bio Sheet & Video Link
Zach Pettit (DL, 6-3, 240 lbs., Sidney, Neb./Sidney H.S.) ... Bio Sheet & Video Link
Cameron Raffaeli (OLB, 6-2, 200 lbs., Ogallala, Neb./Ogallala H.S.) ... Bio Sheet & Video Link
Jackson Ritchhart (OL, 6-4, 295 lbs., Fremont, Neb./Fremont H.S.) ... Bio Sheet & Video Link
Dru Sovereign (Athlete, 5-10, 170 lbs., Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southwest H.S.) ... Bio Sheet & Video Link
Tristan Stroup (OL, 6-5, 240 lbs., Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln North Star H.S.) ... Bio Sheet & Video Link
Carson Zwingman (LB, 5-11, 190 lbs., Columbus, Neb./Columbus H.S.) ... Bio Sheet & Video Link

Out of State High School Seniors (6)
Ty Beaman (DL, 6-2, 260 lbs., Berthoud, Colo./Berthoud H.S.) ... Bio Sheet & Video Link
Casen Cavalier (QB, 6-0, 200 lbs., Canadian, Texas/Canadian H.S.) ... Bio Sheet & Video Link
Steve Crady (CB, 6-0, 180 lbs., Wood Dale, Ill./IC Catholic Prep) 

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

The Nebraska Danger open practice in advance of the 2019 Season this week. 

The season opens February 23rd against the Bismarck Bucks. 

Danger players and coaches continue their Kids Camps this Saturday at the Sunrise Middle School in Kearney. The final one will be February 16th at Grand Island Senior High.

Get details here.

We have audio highlights from the first Danger Kid's Camp in Hastings last week including interviews with Offensive Coordinator Jameel Sewell, Defensive Line Coach Xzavie Jackson, DB Jamal Burgess, WR Chip Reeves, and QB Tommy Armstrong. 

Danger Coaches

Danger Players

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

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

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

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

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

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



Amherst 71, Wilcox-Hildreth 62

Ansley-Litchfield 61, Central Valley 54

Arapahoe 54, Hitchcock County 46

Bellevue West 84, Omaha Northwest 74

Burwell 81, Nebraska Christian 54

Cambridge 54, North Platte St. Patrick's 43

Crete 58, Blair 46

Cross County 68, High Plains Community 29

David City 58, Sandy Creek 42

Eustis-Farnam 46, Elwood 43

Fort Calhoun 53, Conestoga 44

Fullerton 94, Heartland Lutheran 50

Gering 46, Wheatland, Wyo. 37

Grand Island 60, Omaha Burke 49

Hershey 70, Dundy County-Stratton 58

Kearney 48, Omaha Bryan 43

Kearney Catholic 58, Columbus Scotus 36

Lincoln Christian 65, Aquinas 48

Lincoln East 68, North Platte 50

Lincoln High 81, Omaha Benson 59

Lincoln Lutheran 44, Hastings St. Cecilia 30

Lincoln North Star 68, Bellevue East 39

Lincoln Pius X 68, Omaha Marian 51

McCook 52, Ainsworth 46

Millard South 61, Fremont 41

Millard West 65, Lincoln Northeast 32

Minden 63, Gothenburg 60

Nebraska City Lourdes 57, Sidney, Iowa 56

Norfolk 55, Papillion-LaVista South 46

Norris 67, Columbus 65

Ogallala 66, Broken Bow 51

Omaha Central 56, Elkhorn South 51

Omaha Creighton Prep 63, Lincoln Pius X 62

Omaha Gross Catholic 55, Beatrice 47

Omaha Roncalli 65, South Sioux City 35

Omaha South 62, Omaha North 54

Omaha Westside 91, Lincoln Southeast 61

Peetz, Colo. 61, Creek Valley 47

Platteview 69, Raymond Central 29

Scottsbluff 68, Sidney 55

Sioux County 62, Leyton 51

South Loup 48, Southern Valley 38

South Platte 53, Arthur County 41

Valentine 52, Chadron 49

Wahoo 58, Grand Island Central Catholic 57

York 59, Columbus Lakeview 50

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Freeman 57, Yutan 48

Third Place=

Auburn 51, Elmwood-Murdock 42

East Husker Conference=


Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 65, North Bend Central 56

Third Place=

Howells/Dodge 53, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 48

Fort Kearney Conference=


Overton 60, Pleasanton 44

Third Place=

Elm Creek 66, Loomis 50

Lewis & Clark Conference=


Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 83, Ponca 65

Osmond 45, Wakefield 43

Louplatte Conference=


Doniphan-Trumbull 52, Wood River 51

Third Place=

Centura 57, Ord 54

Mid-State Conference=


Pierce 63, Boone Central/Newman Grove 62, OT

Fifth Place=

Hartington Cedar Catholic 64, Crofton 52

Third Place=

Norfolk Catholic 68, Battle Creek 45

Niobrara Valley Conference=


Neligh-Oakdale 47, Clearwater/Orchard 40

Third Place=

West Holt 44, North Central 39

Pioneer Conference Tournament=


Falls City Sacred Heart 49, Johnson-Brock 39

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Sutton 62, Centennial 47

Third Place=

Milford 57, Wilber-Clatonia 26

Twin Valley Conference=


Blue Hill 46, Kenesaw 42

Third Place=

Deshler 42, Lawrence-Nelson 27

Western Trails Conference=


Bridgeport 59, Mitchell 36

Third Place=

Hemingford 78, Bayard 75


Amherst 55, Wilcox-Hildreth 31

Bellevue West 66, Omaha Northwest 58

Broken Bow 47, Ogallala 39

Burwell 49, Nebraska Christian 31

Cambridge 52, North Platte St. Patrick's 40

Central Valley 47, Ansley-Litchfield 27

Chadron 40, Valentine 26

Columbus Scotus 50, Kearney Catholic 46

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 44, Omaha Duchesne Academy 38

Cozad 63, Perkins County 12

Creek Valley 33, Peetz, Colo. 28

Crete 53, Blair 41

Cross County 39, High Plains Community 26

Elkhorn 54, Omaha Mercy 32

Elkhorn South 67, Omaha Central 43

Elwood 42, Eustis-Farnam 18

Fort Calhoun 67, Conestoga 31

Fullerton 53, Heartland Lutheran 40

Gering 46, Wheatland, Wyo. 18

Hastings St. Cecilia 48, Lincoln Lutheran 29

Hershey 50, Dundy County-Stratton 28

Hitchcock County 49, Arapahoe 19

Humphrey St. Francis 71, Spalding Academy 28

Kearney 54, Omaha Bryan 14

Lincoln Christian 45, Aquinas 43

Lincoln East 55, North Platte 43

Lincoln North Star 68, Bellevue East 39

Lincoln Pius X 68, Omaha Marian 51

Loomis 53, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 37

McCook 56, Ainsworth 48

McPherson County 38, Elba 18

Millard South 56, Fremont 53

Millard West 59, Lincoln Northeast 48

Minden 48, Gothenburg 29

Norfolk 46, Papillion-LaVista South 43

Norris 43, Columbus 41

Omaha Benson 37, Lincoln High 26

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 56, Boys Town 31

Omaha Burke 66, Grand Island 49

Omaha Gross Catholic 45, Beatrice 33

Omaha Skutt Catholic 63, Hastings 20

Omaha South 62, Omaha North 54

Omaha Westside 54, Lincoln Southeast 24

Raymond Central 53, Platteview 45

Sandy Creek 54, David City 45

Sioux County 50, Leyton 43

South Loup 56, Southern Valley 37

South Platte 40, Arthur County 31

South Sioux City 78, Omaha Roncalli 47

York 42, Columbus Lakeview 39

East Central Nebraska Conference=


Louisville 48, Weeping Water 34

Third Place=

Malcolm 53, Freeman 26

East Husker Conference=


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

Third Place=

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Fort Kearney Conference=


Pleasanton 45, Elm Creek 27

Third Place=

Overton 40, Axtell 34

Lewis & Clark Conference=


Ponca 53, Randolph 33

Wynot 40, Hartington-Newcastle 33, 2OT

Louplatte Conference=

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Ord 45, St. Paul 42

Mid-State Conference=

Fifth Place=

Norfolk Catholic 32, Boone Central/Newman Grove 25

Third Place=

Battle Creek 57, Pierce 36

Niobrara Valley Conference=


North Central 51, CWC 42

Third Place=

Elkhorn Valley 53, Boyd County 44

Pioneer Conference Tournament=


Falls City Sacred Heart 50, Sterling 39

Third Place=

Nebraska City Lourdes 36, Johnson-Brock 32

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Fillmore Central 53, Milford 40

Third Place=

Superior 53, Centennial 51, OT

Twin Valley Conference=


Blue Hill 62, Lawrence-Nelson 32

Wood River 44, Doniphan-Trumbull 26

Third Place=

Red Cloud 55, Kenesaw 48

Western Trails Conference=


Mitchell 59, Bridgeport 29

Third Place=

Kimball 52, Bayard 39

Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney softball team fell to Concordia-St. Paul, 5-4, and Minnesota State, 2-1, Saturday in St. Cloud, Minn.

The games were part of the annual Kelly Laas Memorial Invite inside the Husky Dome. On Friday, the Lopers fell to St. Cloud State, 9-1 (5 innings), and CSP, 3-2 (8 innings).

In round two with the Golden Bears Saturday morning, UNK hit three singles and took advantage of two walks and a two-out error to score three times in the second. The third hit in the inning was an RBI single by sophomore designated player Alexis Howe (Papillion-LaVista).

CU countered with a two spot in the top of the third and then tied things up in the fifth. The seventh inning featured a combined three runs on five hits, two walks and error. The Golden Bears, like they did in Friday's game, used a two-out rally to win. Three singles and a walk provided the winning margin with a single by cleanup hitter Aryka Knoche the big blow.

A two-out RBI single from sophomore catcher Karlee Arnold (Parker, Colo.) gave UNK hope and put runners at second and third in the bottom of the inning. CU issued a walk to load the bases and then a fly out to center ended the rally and game.

Leadoff hitter and left fielder Lauren Struebing (Kearney) went 4 for 4 with a run scored to pace the Lopers. Freshman shortstop Abbie Vodicka (Lincoln Pius) was 2 for 4 with a run from the nine hole with sophomore Sarah Handrahan (Festus, Mo.) and junior Erin Hallman (Lakewood, Colo.) combing for seven K's and three walks in the circle.

CU got eight K's and 6.2 innings from starting pitcher Samantha Sullivan with its top four hitters a combined 9 for 14 with five RBI's and five runs scored.

The weekend finale didn't get underway until 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. The contest featured just three runs on 11 hits, four walks and two errors. MSU (3-1) used a leadoff walk and one-out double in the sixth to win. Freshman center fielder Carlee Liesch (Lincoln Pius) went 1 for 3 with an RBI single while Handrahan and redshirt freshman Mo Vornhagen (Kearney) combined for four K's and two earned on seven hits.

UNK gets next weekend off before heading to Bentonville, Ark., for the annual 8-State Classic.

Urbandale, IA – The Tri-City Storm dropped a road game to the Des Moines Buccaneers by a final score of 3-0 Saturday night in Urbandale, Iowa. Despite the loss, Tri-City remains the 1st place team in the USHL league standings entering Friday’s home game against the Green Bay Gamblers at the Viaero Center. Tonight’s game marked only the 3rd time this season that the Storm have been held off the scoreboard. Puck drop for Friday’s home game is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Des Moines scored the game’s 1st goal just over minutes into the game on goal by Michael Mancinelli. The Buccaneers added another goal with under three minutes to go in the period to increase the lead to 2-0. Des Moines’ 2nd goal of the game was scored by Johnny Russel on the power play. The Buccaneers outshot Tri-City 14-9 in the 1st period and carried a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period.

Mac Welsher netted the Buccaneers’ third goal of the game at 11:21 of the 2nd period to increase the lead to 3-0. Des Moines outshot Tri-City 10-9 and lead 3-0 entering the 3rd period. Neither teams scored a goal in the 3rd period and Tri-City was shutout for only the 3rd time this season. The Buccaneers outshot the Storm 31-26 in the game.

Tri-City dropped to 29-9-1-1 in the loss, but still holds a one-point lead over the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL league standings. The Storm return home next weekend to host the Eastern Conference’s Green Bay Gamblers in back to back games at the Viaero Center. The Gamblers dropped a road game 3-1 to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday night.

Tri-City returns to action Friday in a home game against the Green Bay Gamblers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm

Kearney, Neb. – The sixth-ranked Fort Hays State Tigers closed on a 49-19 run to rally past Nebraska-Kearney in overtime, 74-64, Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.

The Tigers improve to 19-1 (10-1) and beat the Lopers (12-8, 5-6) in OT for the third time in the last eight meetings.

UNK dominated the first 25 minutes, opening up a 45-25 lead midway through the third quarter. At this point in the game the Lopes were shooting 50 percent from the field with the Tigers firing blanks and hovering around 22 percent. However, 16 offensive rebounds and 25 Kearney turnovers gave Hays life as well as 19 more shot attempts.

A three from freshman Shiloh McCool (Pleasant Hill, Ia.) didn't drop at the 4:42 mark of the third and UNK up 20. The Tigers responded with a quick three in transition to start an epic 28-6 run. This spurt featured seven made threes; Hays finished 9 of 31 from downtown.

During this stretch, freshman guard Klaire Kirsch (Rapid City, SD) was sidelined with foul trouble and sophomore guard Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) was out due to injury. UNK's leader in several areas, she left at the 6:34 mark of the third and didn't return. Starting guard Adreon Bell (Independence, Mo.) also missed several minutes in the third due to a leg cramp but she came back in the fourth.

"When two of your starting guards go out it changes the complexity of everything.  We were scrambling a little bit, playing some people out of position. Offensively we got out of rhythm and defensively our communication broke down. Kelsey and Klaire are our best two communicators on defense … we had some confusion and let them hit some transition threes. That got them going and gave them some confidence," said Loper head coach Carrie Eighmey. 

Now down 53-51 with 5:29 left, UNK regrouped to move ahead 59-56 by the 1:12 mark thanks to a mid-range jumper by senior Jaymie Bernbeck (Garden City, Kan.). Hays senior Tatyana Legette countered with a bucket and then McCool missed two contested shots in the paint with 30 seconds left. Junior Kacey Kennett was fouled soon after but missed the second one, giving UNK a chance. A three from the left wing by freshman Elisa Backes (Salina, Kan.) was just long right before the buzzer sounded.

Hays never trailed in overtime, moving ahead 66-61 by the three minute mark. The Lopers had a chance to tie things up at 66 but a McCool jumper hit iron with 56 seconds left and then the Tigers were strong at the line.

"We never let them have an easy look until that run in third. Kelsey is the backbone of our defense and she has a lot more experience and a calming presence about her. She was guarding one of the players that went off late," said Eighmey.

Legette had 23 of her game-high 25 points after intermission with Kennett tallying 18 of her 20 in the second half and overtime. The duo combined to go 13 of 28 (6 of 12) from the field, 13 of 19 at the line, and provide 12 rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Hays shot just 32 percent (25 of 78) from the field and was out rebounded by a 48-43 margin. They overcame that by having 18 second chance points and 15 points off those 25 Loper miscues.

"We let Kennett have four or five open looks in the second half and she started hitting them. Early in the game those shots weren't quite that easy," said Eighmey. "Tatyana is a really good player. Every time we play them they go to her late in games because she can produce."

Making 46 percent of its field goals (27 of 48), UNK finished with four made treys and a 40-28 advantage in points in the paint. A balanced attack saw seven different players in the scoring column led by 16 from freshman post Brooke Carlson (Elkhorn). Next, McCool grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and scored eight points with starting forward Maegan Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.) at 10 points and five caroms.

UNK heads to Missouri Southern State and nationally-ranked Pittsburg State next weekend.

Kearney, Neb. – Junior forward AJ Jackson scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to help Nebraska-Kearney beat Fort Hays State, 59-56, Saturday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

This was the 131st meeting between the two longtime rivals. UNK (7-13, 2-9) is now 6-8 in games decided by 10 points or less with Hays (13-7, 7-4) falling to 7-4 in such contests. Back in early December the Tigers posted a 76-73 win over the Lopers.

UNK's only deficit was at 2-0 but they never also led by more than 10 points. A plus six rebounding margin led to 13 second chance points as the Lopers led 33-27 at the break and 53-43 with 4:38 to play.

Forcing a couple of turnovers on inbounds plays, the Tigers went on a 10-4 run over the next four minutes to make things interesting. Down 57-53 with 18 seconds left and the ball, Hays missed a three but grabbed the offensive rebound. However, junior guard Chase Winchester (DeSoto, Texas) recorded a steal and two free throws salted things away. Guard Aaron Nicholson did sink about a 65 footer as the buzzer sounded to provide the final points.

Jackson (Bellevue West) was on point from opening tip and reached his offensive total by making 8 of 12 shots and 6 of 8 free throws. Having five offensive and five defensive rebounds, he also had an assist and one of UNK's five blocks. Jackson's previous career-high point total of 15 happened back in November at Wayne State and this is his second career double double. 

Next, Winchester came off the bench and went 3 of 4 from behind the arc to tally 11 with freshman Kanon Koster (Kearney) scoring 11 of his 13 in the second half. Finally, posts Weston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.) and Carter Burns (Ankeny, Ia.) helped limit Hays forward Brady Werth in check. He came in averaging 16 points but was limited to 11 tonight on 5 of 14 shooting. He picked up two early fouls and logged 28 minutes. 

"Having played them once this year, we kind of know what to expect but you still have to go out and play. We came out and probably did a few things better this time around than at their place," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "We were able to beat a good team at home and we have a few more here we need to win."

Nicholson carried the Tigers early and finished with a team-high 15 points on 6 of 9 (3 of 4 threes) shooting. Reserve Devin Davis had 11 points and six boards in just 15 minutes while the Tigers finished the night 22 of 59 (37%) from the field.

UNK heads to Missouri Southern State and Pittsburg State next weekend.

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