BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Amherst 57, Eustis-Farnam 46
Aquinas 50, Pierce 48
Arcadia-Loup City 62, Wood River 59
Battle Creek 62, Crofton 41
Bishop Neumann 72, Bennington 61
Chase County 69, Dundy County-Stratton 33
Clearwater/Orchard 57, North Central 50
College View Academy 62, East Butler 54
Edgemont, S.D. 43, Crawford 40
Elwood 56, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 38
Fullerton 55, Nebraska Christian 42
Hartington Cedar Catholic 77, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 67
Hastings St. Cecilia 37, Sandy Creek 19
Haxtun, Colo. 76, Leyton 18
High Plains Community 47, Hampton 42
Lawrence-Nelson 41, Giltner 32
Lincoln Christian 69, Crete 27
Ogallala 70, Bridgeport 63
Omaha Skutt Catholic 88, Ralston 52
Palmyra 57, Malcolm 42
Sidney 44, Kimball 33
Sterling 70, Dorchester 30
Sutton 58, Cross County 57
Wayne 59, Norfolk Catholic 51
Wilber-Clatonia 48, Johnson County Central 32
York 60, Beatrice 42
Alliance 69, Casper Natrona, Wyo. 53
Metro Holiday Tournament=
Millard South 54, Omaha North 47
The Classic Tournament=
Hartington-Newcastle 53, Bloomfield 32
Wynot 59, Winside 14
Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=
Wausa 59, Niobrara/Verdigre 51
Omaha Creighton Prep 64, Omaha Central 40
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Amherst 64, Eustis-Farnam 16
Aquinas 47, Pierce 27
Archbishop Bergan 60, Omaha Roncalli 45
Bishop Neumann 54, Bennington 47
Boyd County 41, Stuart 28
Central Valley 60, Burwell 30
Columbus Lakeview 72, Douglas County West 18
Crete 56, Lincoln Christian 41
Crofton 67, Battle Creek 42
Cross County 41, Sutton 36
Doniphan-Trumbull 69, Ravenna 52
Dundy County-Stratton 56, Chase County 38
East Butler 69, College View Academy 32
Fairbury 44, Tri County 15
Fillmore Central 67, Central City 38
Franklin 40, Alma 32
Fullerton 56, Nebraska Christian 40
Garden County 27, Hemingford 26
Hartington Cedar Catholic 56, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 44
Haxtun, Colo. 62, Leyton 41
High Plains Community 48, Hampton 42
Johnson County Central 32, Wilber-Clatonia 28
Lawrence-Nelson 41, Giltner 32
Malcolm 48, Palmyra 16
Ogallala 55, Bridgeport 19
Omaha Skutt Catholic 75, Ralston 23
Schuyler 50, Boys Town 13
Sidney 68, Kimball 28
South Loup 35, Sandhills/Thedford 26
Sterling 41, Dorchester 36
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 41, Elwood 27
Weeping Water 59, Ashland-Greenwood 30
Wisner-Pilger 55, Madison 36
Wood River 50, Arcadia-Loup City 41
York 37, Columbus Scotus 30
Alliance 58, Casper Natrona, Wyo. 49
Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament=
Bellevue West 51, Elkhorn South 41
Papillion-LaVista South 66, Omaha Bryan 14
The Classic Tournament=
Hartington-Newcastle 50, Bloomfield 21
Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=
Niobrara/Verdigre 51, Wausa 42
Omaha Westside 43, Millard West 35
Papillion-LaVista 57, Millard South 55
James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. had 16 points apiece, as Nebraska closed out non-conference action with a 79-38 victory over Southwest Minnesota State Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Huskers, who are ranked 23rd in the coaches poll, jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back in posting their 19th consecutive home win. Nebraska finished non-conference action with a 10-1 mark, its best mark since 2003-04 and the fourth time since World War II that the Huskers had one non-conference loss.
Palmer finished with 16 points, five assists and six rebounds, while Watson had 16 points, five boards, four assists and four steals to lead four Huskers in double figures, as all 10 players who dressed got in the scoring column. Isaac Copeland Jr. had 12 points while Thomas Allen added 10 as no Husker played more than 28 minutes.
Nebraska got out to a blistering start behind the play of Copeland, as the senior keyed a 12-0 spurt in the first 3:12 with five of his seven first-half points.
Southwest Minnesota State chipped away, pulling to within 16-8 following a basket by Braedan Hansen and was within 19-10 before Nebraska used an 18-3 run to build a comfortable margin. Palmer scored 10 of his 14 first-half points in the surge as Nebraska built a 37-13 cushion after a Brady Heiman basket capped a run of 13 straight points for the hosts.
In all, the Huskers held Southwest Minnesota State to 29 percent shooting in the first half and turned nine Mustang turnovers into 16 points. Nebraska shot 36 percent, but went 7-of-13 from 3-point range.
After SMSU pulled within 17 in the opening minute of the second half, Nebraska used an 11-0 spurt, capped by five straight points from Allen, to push the advantage to 48-20, and NU cruised to the 41-point win
Ryan Bruggeman and Steven McNease led Minnesota State with eight points apiece, as the Mustangs shot 30 percent from the field and just 3-of-21 from 3-point range. Saturday’s game was an exhibition game for the Mustangs before resuming conference action on Sunday.
The Huskers are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 2, when they travel to Maryland. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (central) and will be carried by the Husker Sports Network and televised on BTN.
Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (5:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln-B107.3 FM; Omaha-ESPN 590 AM
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• The Nebraska women’s basketball team opens its 2018-19 Big Ten Conference season by playing host to Michigan on Friday evening in Lincoln.
• Tip off between Nebraska (5-6) and the Wolverines (9-3) is set for 6 p.m. (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena with tickets on sale now at Huskers.com. Live radio coverage (beginning at 5:45 p.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on B107.3 FM, in Omaha on ESPN 590 AM and across the state on Husker Sports Network stations. Free live audio can also be found at Huskers.com and on the Huskers App.
• Live television coverage will be provided by BTN with Chris Vosters and Brenda VanLengen on the call. It will be the first of eight BTN telecasts for the Huskers this season.
• Nebraska will try to extend its four-game home winning streak and stop Michigan’s two-game streak at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers have won four straight in Lincoln since a narrow 83-77 season-opening loss to Missouri Valley Conference power Drake on Nov. 7. The Wolverines have been victorious in their last two trips to Lincoln, including a 69-64 overtime win on Jan. 13, 2018.
• Friday’s game will feature two of the nation’s top centers in Nebraska sophomore Kate Cain (9.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 bpg) and Michigan senior Hallie Thome (12.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg). The 6-5 centers are both Lisa Leslie National Center of the Year Award candidates. Cain is averaging 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks while shooting 62.8 percent from the field at home.
• In two meetings against Cain and the Huskers last season, Thome averaged 17.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 52 percent (13-25). Cain averaged 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks against Thome and the Wolverines while shooting 45 percent (9-20).
• The Big Ten opener also features several of the conference’s best freshmen, including Nebraska’s Sam Haiby, Ashtyn Veerbeek and Leigha Brown, along with Michigan’s Naz Hillmon and Amy Dilk.
• Haiby is NU’s leading scorer, averaging 11.0 points while coming off the bench in all 11 games. Hillmon, a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, is Michigan’s leading scorer and rebounder with 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while coming off the bench. Haiby and Hillmon are the only two players in the Big Ten who are leading their teams in scoring as non-starting freshmen.
• Hillmon (2nd, 12.6 ppg), Haiby (6th, 11.0 ppg), Veerbeek (8th, 8.8 ppg) and Brown (9th, 8.6 ppg) all rank among the top 10 freshmen in the Big Ten in scoring. Over the last four games, Veerbeek is averaging 12.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
• Brown, a 6-1 wing from Auburn, Ind. (DeKalb High School), was a runner-up to Michigan’s Dilk (Carmel) for Indiana’s Miss Basketball award last season. Dilk has started all 12 games for the Wolverines and is averaging 6.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 8.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - So. - C - 9.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - So. - G - 10.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 11.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 8.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 2.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 1.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg
11(out) - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Third Season at Nebraska (33-39); 12th Season Overall (226-148)
15 - Hailey Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 6.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg
30 - Hallie Thome - 6-5 - Sr. - F/C - 12.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg
1 - Amy Dilk - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 6.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
10 - Nicole Munger - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 11.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
20 - Deja Church - 5-10 - So. - G - 9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Off the Bench
00 - Naz Hillmon - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 12.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg
5 - Kayla Robbins - 6-1 - Jr. - G/F - 6.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
14 - Akienreh Johnson - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 4.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg
33 - Emily Kiser - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 3.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg
2 - Priscilla Smeenge - 6-0 - So. - G - 2.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg
12 - Ariel Young - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 1.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg
23 - Danielle Rauch - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.9 ppg, 0.6 rpg
21 - Samantha Trammel - 6-0 - Sr. - F - 0.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg
31 - Taylor Rooks - 6-0 - Sr. - F/G - 0.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg
Head Coach: Kim Barnes Arico (Montclair State, 1993)
Seventh Season at Michigan (143-76); 23rd Season Overall (413-281)
Scouting the Michigan Wolverines
• Michigan enters Big Ten play riding a four-game winning streak, while producing a 9-3 overall record. The Wolverines are receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Top 25.
• Coach Kim Barnes Arico is in her seventh season at the helm in Ann Arbor and carries a 143-76 mark as Michigan’s head coach. She owns 413 career victories in 23 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
• The Wolverines finished 23-10 overall last year, including 10-6 in the Big Ten. Michigan finished sixth in the Big Ten standings before falling to Nebraska in the Big Ten quarterfinals. The Wolverines went on to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Michigan features a good blend of experience and youth. The Wolverines feature preseason All-Big Ten center Hallie Thome. The 6-5 senior is averaging 12.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while leading Michigan with 11 blocked shots. Last season, Thome averaged 17.4 points and 7.0 boards per game.
• Fellow senior Nicole Munger has led the Michigan starting backcourt with 11.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. The 5-11 guard has knocked down a team-best 30 threes, which is three more than the other 13 Wolverines combined (27). Munger is shooting 41.1 percent (30-73) from long range, while the rest of the Wolverines are just 27-of-121 (.223). Munger is also a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line.
• Sophomores Deja Church (9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8 apg) and Hailey Brown (6.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg) have joined Thome and Munger in the Michigan starting five for every game this season.
• Freshman guard Amy Dilk, the Indiana High School Player of the Year, has also started every game and is averaging 6.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Dilk (27.8 mpg) and Munger (27.6 mpg) lead Michigan in playing time. Dilk is shooting just 35.2 percent (31-88) from the field, including just 1-for-11 from three-point range.
• Freshman Naz Hillmon has been Michigan’s most explosive player early this season. The 6-2 froward leads Michigan in scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) despite playing just 19.8 minutes per game. Hillmon, who also leads Michigan with 33 fouls, is shooting a superb 73.6 percent (64-87) from the field. She won back-to-back Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week awards on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.
• Junior Kayla Robbins also has been solid off the bench early for Michigan. The 6-1 wing is averaging 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in just under 17 minutes per game. Robbins is just 1-for-9 from three-point range and is shooting just 50 percent (14-28) from the free throw line.
• Junior Akienreh Johnson has pitched in 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds as one of eight players averaging double-digit minutes in non-conference play.
• Seniors Samantha Trammel and Taylor Rooks, a graduate transfer from Harvard, have seen limited playing time, while freshmen Emily Kiser (3.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Danielle Rauch and Ariel Young have also contributed. Sophomore Priscilla Smeenge (2.1 ppg) rounds out the Michigan roster.
• As a team, Michigan is averaging 75.6 points per game, while allowing 55.8. The Wolverines have dominated the boards (44.7-30.8) and own a plus-2.5 team turnover margin. Michigan is shooting a solid 45.1 percent from the field, but just 29.4 percent (57-194) from three-point range. Michigan has also hit 68.1 percent of its free throws.
• Nebraska owns a 12-4 edge in the all-time series with Michigan, including a 61-54 victory over the Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on March 2, 2018, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
• Then-No. 23 Michigan won the lone regular-season meeting with the Huskers last year with a 69-64 overtime victory at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Jan. 13, 2018. Deja Church provided the heroics for Michigan in that game by hitting three free throws with 0.7 seconds left to send the game to overtime tied at 62. Church then sealed the win in overtime with two more free throws after Hallie Thome scored Michigan’s first five points in the overtime.
• All-Big Ten guard Katelynn Flaherty led Michigan with 26 points, while Thome added 13 points. Hailey Brown pitched in 12 points while Church put four Wolverines in double figures with 10.
• Hannah Whitish led the Huskers with 16 points, while Kate Cain contributed 13 points and Nicea Eliely 10 for the Big Red.
• Whitish also led the Huskers with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, while Eliely contributed 12 points and six rebounds. Cain managed six points, seven rebounds and seven blocked shots.
• Thome (21) and Flaherty (17) combined for 38 points against the Huskers in the Big Ten Tournament, while the rest of the Wolverines totaled just 16. Munger scored just one point in 74 combined minutes in the two games last season.
• Nebraska is 5-3 all-time against Michigan in Lincoln, but the Wolverines have won in back-to-back trips to Pinnacle Bank Arena, including an 81-54 win on Jan. 22, 2017, when Munger erupted for a then-career-high 18 points in 20 minutes off the bench by knocking down 4-of-6 three-pointers.
• Nebraska will play the Wolverines at Michigan to complete the season series on Feb. 7 in another game that will be televised by BTN. Nebraska is 6-1 all-time in Ann Arbor.
• Nebraska has received production early and often from its 2018-19 freshman class. The four-player class, which was ranked among the top 20 recruiting classes in the nation by ESPN last season, features Sam Haiby (1 1.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg), Leigha Brown (8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.2 apg) Ashtyn Veerbeek (8.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg), Leigha Brown (8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and Kayla Mershon (2.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg).
• Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., leads Nebraska with 11.0 points per game off the bench. She has led the Huskers in scoring in five games, including against nationally ranked Drake (13) and Miami (14), while also scoring a career-high 20 points at Washington State and adding 17 points at Creighton. She also had 16 points to lead the Huskers at Arkansas (Dec. 18). She owns six double-figure scoring efforts overall, including 12 points at No. 5 Louisville (Nov. 29).
• Haiby also ranks second among the Huskers in assists (2.9 apg).
• Ashtyn Veerbeek ranks third among the Husker freshmen in scoring with 8.8 points per game, while leading the group and ranking second on the team with 6.6 rebounds. Veerbeek produced her first career double-double with career highs of 14 points and 14 rebounds in a win over San Jose State (Dec. 8). She matched her career high with 14 points in just 14 minutes in the win over Denver (Dec. 15). She added 14 points for the third straight game at Arkansas (Dec. 18) for her fourth double-digit scoring effort in the last seven contests. She ranks second among the Huskers with 11 blocks.
• Leigha Brown ranks third among the freshmen in scoring with 8.6 points per game. She set a career high with 18 points in the win over San Jose State (Dec. 8), before adding 17 points and a career-high five assists in the win over Denver (Dec. 15). The 6-1 wing from Auburn, Indiana owns three double-figure scoring efforts and has led the Big Red in scoring twice this season. Brown has committed a total of just six turnovers over the past nine games.
• Kayla Mershon has pitched in 2.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Huskers, including a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Kansas (Dec. 5). The 6-3 forward from Chanhassen, Minn., also has dished out seven assists and has committed a team-best two turnovers through 11 games. She has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 7-to-2 while adding five steals and three blocks.
• The freshmen have combined for 39.8 percent (341-of-856) of Nebraska’s points in just 33.8 percent of the team’s total minutes (760-of-2,250) on the season. They also have accounted for just 28.2 percent (50-of-177) of Nebraska’s turnovers.
• Nebraska’s four freshmen are combining to average 31 points and 14.5 rebounds per game, while NU’s two sophomores (Kate Cain, Taylor Kissinger) have combined to average 19.5 points and 11.5 boards per contest. Nebraska’s six underclassmen have combined for 64.9 percent of NU’s scoring and 59.8 percent of the team’s rebounding through 11 games.
• Nebraska’s bench outscored the opposition 149-53 over the final four non-conference games, including a season-high 45 points at Arkansas. NU’s bench posted a season-best bench scoring differential (+37) in its last home game by outscoring Denver, 40-3.
• The Husker bench has outscored opponents in each of NU’s 11 games this year, including double-digit advantages in eight games.
• Nebraska’s bench has scored 40 or more points four times, including 45 at Arkansas, 42 points against San Jose State, 41 points against Drake and 40 against Denver.
• Overall, Nebraska’s bench has outscored opposition benches 366-160 (33.3-14.5 ppg) for a plus-18.8 margin.
• Nebraska’s 34 points in the fourth quarter against San Jose State tied for the most in any quarter in school history. It joined 34 in the second quarter at Iowa and 34 in the fourth quarter against Florida Atlantic in games last season.
• NU’s 62 points in the second half against San Jose State tied for the fifth-most points scored in any half by the Huskers in school history.
• The Huskers followed with a school-record 31-point first quarter in the win over Denver, giving Nebraska 93 points in a three-quarter span.
• Freshman Sam Haiby led Nebraska with 13 points in a season-opening loss to Drake (Nov. 7). Haiby is the first Husker freshman to lead NU in scoring in an opener since Kelsey Griffin’s 18 in a loss to South Dakota State (Nov. 19, 2005).
• Haiby has been Nebraska’s scoring leader in five of 11 games this season.
• Nicea Eliely leads Nebraska’s active roster with 66 career starts as a Husker. Hannah Whitish (59) is the only other Husker with as many as 50 starts at Nebraska.
• Sophomore Kate Cain owns the longest streak of consecutive starts by a Husker with 42.
• Junior Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska’s second-longest streak of starts with 37, while senior Maddie Simon has started 35 consecutive games.
• Kate Cain has at least two rebounds in every game of her Nebraska career (43), and she has blocked at least one shot in 41 of 43 games (no blocks in 2018 NCAA Tournament vs. Arizona State and no blocks at Creighton, Dec. 2, 2018).
• Sophomore Taylor Kissinger is 14-for-14 at the free throw line to open the season and owns the longest active free throw streak by a Husker. Kissinger also hit eight consecutive three-pointers over a three-game stretch earlier this season.
• Kissinger has scored in double figures in four consecutive games - Nebraska’s longest streak of the season. Ashtyn Veerbeek has produced double figures in three straight games - NU’s second-longest streak of the year.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 323 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 202 consecutive games.
• Nebraska’s Hannah Whitish was named to the 12-player All-Big Ten Team by the conference coaches when the annual preseason honors were announced on Oct. 22.
• The announcement of the preseason teams marked the tip-off of Big Ten Women’s Basketball Media Week (@B1GWBBall) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
• Whitish, a 5-9 junior guard from Barneveld, Wis., led Nebraska in scoring (12.6 ppg) and assists (4.7 apg) as a sophomore in 2017-18. She owned a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as Nebraska’s point guard while also ranking among the Big Ten’s best three-point shooters. Whitish played a major role in lifting Nebraska to the nation’s top turnaround in the win column last season, as the Huskers recorded 14 more victories (21) in 2017-18 than in 2016-17 (7). She captured second-team All-Big Ten accolades at the end of last season while helping Nebraska to the NCAA Tournament.
• Whitish was the lone Husker honored by the league in preseason voting of the conference coaches.
• The Big Ten Conference does not rank its team’s No. 1 through No. 14 in preseason voting, instead the coaches and select media members each choose their projected top-three teams in the league. Maryland is the preseason pick of the coaches and the media to win the Big Ten, while Iowa was picked No. 2 by both the coaches and media. The league coaches chose Michigan in the No. 3 spot, while the conference media selected Minnesota. Iowa senior center Megan Gustafson, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, was chosen by the coaches to repeat that honor. Gustafson, Maryland’s Kaila Charles, Michigan’s Hallie Thome and Minnesota’s Kenisha Bell were all unanimous preseason all-conference selections by the coaches.
• Nebraska had its streak of 12 consecutive season-opening wins snapped with an 83-77 loss to current top-25 team and two-time defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake on Nov. 7. However, the Huskers still have an outstanding history of success at home, including a 4-1 record at Pinnacle Bank Arena to open 2018-19.
• The Huskers were 10-6 at home in 2017-18, winning five of their final six home games.
• The Huskers went 15-4 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2015-16 after going 12-3 (13-3 at home) in 2014-15. The Huskers are 64-25 (.719) all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena since the building opened for the 2013-14 campaign. The Big Red went 16-2 at home in 2013-14, suffering their only Big Ten loss to Purdue, 77-75, on Jan. 19, 2014. NU’s 16 home wins in 2013-14 tied the school record for single-season home victories.
• The Huskers played the first regular-season game arena history against USA Today No. 25 UCLA (Nov. 8, 2013) and rolled to a 77-49 win over the Bruins. NU’s first win over an AP Top 25 team came with a 76-56 win over No. 24 Michigan State on Feb. 8, 2014. The Huskers added their first-ever win over an AP Top 10 team at the arena with a 94-74 victory over No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 24, 2014.
• NU won its first-ever Big Ten home game at Pinnacle Bank Arena with a 66-65 thriller over Northwestern Jan. 2, 2014, before an 88-85 win over Minnesota on Jan. 16, 2014, marked the first overtime game.
• NU suffered its first loss at the arena to Washington State (76-72) on Nov. 30, 2013.
• The Huskers are 453-155 (.745) all-time at home. The Huskers have gone 189-59 (.762) over the last 16 seasons (including 2018-19), posting double-figure home victory totals 14 times.
• Nebraska played in the Devaney Center from 1976-77 through 2012-13, and added one appearance at Devaney against Utah on Nov. 23, 2014. The Huskers own a 389-130 record at the Devaney Center, including 146-88 (.624) mark in conference play.
• Nebraska ranked No. 20 nationally with an average home attendance of 4,380 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2017-18. It marked the eighth consecutive year that the Huskers have ranked in the top 25 nationally in average home attendance.
• Nebraska has ranked among the top 20 nationally in average home attendance in each of its first five seasons inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.
• In 89 all-time home games at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Huskers own a 64-25 record (.719 winning percentage) while averaging 5,256 fans per game (467,812 total fans/89 games).
• Nebraska attracted a Pinnacle Bank Arena non-conference record crowd of 9,750 to open its stay in the arena with a win over UCLA on Nov. 8, 2013.
• Nebraska set its all-time single-game record with a sellout crowd of 13,595 fans against Missouri at the Devaney Center on Feb. 27, 2010. NU drew 10 straight crowds of more than 10,000 fans at the Devaney Center in 2009-10.
• Nebraska produced its top attendance season in school history by ranking No. 7 nationally with a record 7,390 fans per game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2009-10. The Huskers went 16-0 at the Devaney Center on their way to a perfect 29-0 record, a Big 12 title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Lincoln, Neb. --- Glynn Watson Jr. recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, as No. 25/22 Nebraska improved to 10-2 on the season with an 86-62 win over Cal State Fullerton Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Watson guided a Husker attack that went over 80 points for the seventh time this season, while setting up a pair of 20-point scorers for the Big Red. Watson’s points-assists double-double was the first by a Husker since 2011, and helped NU it its 18th straight home win, the longest home win streak in over 50 years.
James Palmer Jr. finished with a game-high 23 points, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, while Isaiah Roby chipped in a career-high 20 points and a team-high eight boards. For Palmer, it marked his third straight 20-point effort.
As a team, the Huskers dished out 18 points and committed a season-low seven turnovers, while forcing 16 Cal State Fullerton miscues that led to 20 Husker points.
Nebraska put four players in double figures, as senior Isaac Copeland Jr. added 12 points to complete the quartet, while Nana Akenten and Thomas Allen also added nine each as Nebraska continued its best start since the 1994-95 season.
Leading 36-25 at the break, the Huskers opened the second half with a 9-2 spurt, including 3-pointers from Palmer and Copeland before Roby’s conventional 3-point play stretch the lead to 45-27 with 17:25 left.
The Huskers eventually stretched the lead to 60-39 only to make Cal State Fullerton make one last charge, scoring nine straight points to cut a 21-point deficit to 12 with 8:53 left after a pair of Kyle Allman Jr. free throws.
That would be as close as the visitors would get, as Roby scored six of his 18 second-half points in an 11-2 Husker run that pushed the lead back to 21, and NU would not be threatened the rest of the way.
In the first half, the Huskers got 14 points from Palmer, while the Huskers held Cal State Fullerton to 36 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes to take a 36-25 halftime. Lead. Palmer hit 4-of-7 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, and added three rebounds and a pair of steals to pace NU while Copeland, Watson and Nana Akenten had six points apiece.
Nebraska took control midway through the first stanza, using a 7-0 run to build a 15-7 lead after a Thomas Allen layup with 12:56 left in the first half.
The Titans, who returned four starters from a team which won 20 games and reached the NCAA Tournament, chipped away and got within 17-13 after two straight baskets from Austen Awosika, but a 3-pointer from Akenten and Watson layup stretched the lead to nine at 22-13 with 9:29 left in the half.
The Huskers eventually got the lead to 12 points on a pair of occasions, the last being a pair of Roby free throws with 3:06 left in the half and took an 11-point lead to the locker room.
Allman led CSF with 16 points, but held Khalil Ahmad to just 12 points, as the pair went a combined 0-of-7 from 3-point range. The pair entered the game ranking second and third in the Big West in scoring.
The Huskers will have a couple of days off for Christmas before returning to action next Saturday, Dec. 29, against Southwest Minnesota State. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and available on BTN+.
Fayetteville, Ark. - Nebraska erased a nine-point deficit with 4:32 remaining to take an 80-79 lead with 1:04 left in the game, but Arkansas made enough plays in the closing minute to hold on for 84-80 women's basketball win over the Huskers at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night.
Trailing 77-68 with 4:32 left, Nebraska erupted on a 12-2 surge with seven points from freshman Sam Haiby during a 1:43 span. Her final point of her team-high 16 came on the first of two free throws to put the Big Red up 80-79 win 1:04 left.
But before the second free throw, the scoreboard inside the arena reset, putting the score to 1-0 Nebraska with 10:00 on the clock, while resetting all the team fouls and the timeouts for both teams. The scoreboard malfunction put more than two minutes between Haiby's first and second free throw. Haiby missed the second shot.
Twenty seconds later, Chelsea Dungee scored to put Arkansas back up 81-80. She added a free throw with 25 seconds left to extend the Arkansas margin to 82-80. Dungee scored 20 of her game-high 23 points in the second half to lead a group of five Arkansas starters that finished in double figures and scored all 53 points for the Razorbacks in the final 20 minutes.
Trailing by two, Nebraska got a good look at the rim from Haiby, but the challenged shot fell off the rim. The Huskers fouled and Kiara Williams, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds made both free throws to close the scoring.
Nebraska finished non-conference play with a 5-6 record, while Arkansas improved to 8-3 including 5-1 at home with its only loss coming 85-83 to a ranked Arizona State team.
In addition to the 16 points from Haiby, Nebraska got 14 points and five rebounds from freshman Ashtyn Veerbeek off the bench. Leigha Brown added nine points, while Kayla Mershon pitched in six points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals while being involved in several big plays to swing momentum. Overall, Nebraska's bench outscored the Arkansas bench 45-11.
But it wasn't enough to overcome foul trouble on Kate Cain that limited her to just four points, five rebounds and three blocks before fouling out in just 17 minutes. Maddie Simon managed four points and six boards, while Nicea Eliely contributed four points and three boards.
Taylor Kissinger led the Husker starters with 12 points, while Hannah Whitish pitched in 11 including five points in the final 5:16.
As a team, Nebraska hit 45.9 percent (28-61) of its shots from the field, including 9-of-21 three-pointers (.429), but the Big Red went just 2-for-8 from long range in the second half. The Huskers also hit 15-of-23 free throws in the game (.652), while Arkansas knocked down 17-of-23 (.739).
Nebraska won the battle of the boards, 41-37, but Arkansas won the turnover battle 15-10 and scored 25 points off Nebraska's turnovers, while the Huskers managed just 10 of the Razorbacks' 10 miscues.
Arkansas hit 40.3 percent (27-67) of its shots, including 13-of-37 threes (.351). In the second half, the Razorbacks knocked down 9-of-18 threes.
After an up-and-down first half for both teams, Nebraska took a 36-31 lead to the locker room after a running three-pointer from 40 feet as time expired heading to the half. That huge shot by by Brown capped a 5-0 NU run in the final 20 seconds, and was sparked by a steal from Mershon 30 feet away from the basket, where she dove to the floor and found Brown on the run to set up the three.
Brown scored all five of her first-half points in the final 1:12, while Haiby added a layup with 20 seconds left to give NU a 33-31 lead.
Haiby contributed seven points off the bench in the first half, while Kissinger contributed a team-high eight first-half points, including a pair of threes.
In the half, Nebraska hit 43.8 percent (14-32) of its shots from the field, including 53.8 percent (7-13) of its three-pointers. The Huskers were just 1-of-2 at the free throw line in the half. NU controlled the first-half glass, 22-18, but lost the turnover battle, 8-4.
Nebraska held Arkansas to just 33.3 percent (11-33) first-half shooting, including just 4-of-19 (.211) from three-point range, but the Razorbacks went 5-for-8 at the free throw line in the opening half. Malica Monk scored eight first-half points to lead the Hogs, while Jailyn Mason pitched in six points in the opening 20 minutes.
The Huskers got off to a great start on the road, building a 15-2 lead in the opening 6:30 after a putback from Kissinger with 3:30 left in the first quarter. But Nebraska went scoreless the final 3:30, and Arkansas closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the Husker lead to 15-10 at the quarter.
NU maintained a lead through the first five minutes of the second quarter before Arkansas took its first lead on a layup by Monk with 3:28 left in the half to give the Razorbacks 27-26.
Husker senior Maddie Simon then answered with a three, before Monk tied the score at 31 on a layup with 38 seconds left.
Nebraska will enjoy its longest break from competition during the season over the next nine days before returning to Pinnacle Bank Arena to open Big Ten Conference play against Michigan on Friday, Dec. 28. Tip-off between the Huskers and Wolverines is set for 6 p.m. (CT), and tickets are on sale now at Huskers.com.
Sioux Falls, S.D. - James Palmer Jr. had a game-high 29 points to place three Huskers in double figures, while Nebraska clamped down in the second half, as the Huskers posted a 79-56 win at the Sanford Pentagon.
The Huskers (9-2) took control with a 22-4 run over an eight and half minute span, turning a seven-point deficit into a 43-32 lead with 15:07 remaining.
Isaac Copeland Jr. had 16 points and five rebounds, while Thomas Allen came off the bench for 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, as Nebraska’s 9-2 start continued its best start since the 2003-04 campaign.
The Huskers shut down Oklahoma State (4-6) defensively, holding the Cowboys to its second-lowest output of the season. NU also limited the Cowboys to 2-of-15 from 3-point range after OSU entered the game averaging over 9.0 3-pointers per game and ranking among the national leaders in 3-point percentage at 42 percent.
Nebraska was down 28-21 before using an 11-2 run to take a two-point lead into the locker room. Isaac Copeland led the spurt, scoring five straight points to pull the Huskers within 30-26 before Palmer’s third 3-pointer of the half made it a one-point game.
On OSU’s final possession of the half, Glynn Watson Jr. drew a foul on Michael Weathers on one end before hitting a corner 3-pointer with two seconds left to give the Huskers a lead they would not relinquish. After Watson’s 3-pointer, Oklahoma State’s bench got a technical on the way to the locker room, which Watson would convert before the second half started to extend the lead to four.
OSU pulled to within 34-32 after a Yor Anei basket before a pair of Palmer free throws started a 9-0 run capped by Isaiah Roby’s 3-point play with 15:07 remaining that pushed the lead to 11.
The Cowboys only cut the Husker lead under double figures one time, at 43-35, but Allen’s 3-pointer started a 9-2 run that stretched the lead to 52-37 after Tanner Borchardt’s basket with 11:30 left.
Nebraska’s free throw shooting and defense kept OSU at bay, as the Cowboys shot just 37 percent in the second half, including 0-of-9 from 3-point range, while NU went 18-of-20 from the line in the second half as part of a season-best 91 percent effort from the line.
Nebraska kept building on the lead and led by as many as 25 before completing its first win over a Big 12 team since joining the Big Ten in 2011.
Early on, it was a dual between Palmer and Oklahoma State’s Lindy Waters as it was a one or two possession game for most of the first 20 minutes.
Palmer kept NU in the game by hitting 6-of-11 from the field, including all three of his 3-point attempts, for 16 first-half points while Waters scored all 13 of his points in the opening 20 minutes.
Leading 23-21, the Cowboys stretched the lead to seven on a drive by Weathers and a 3-pointer from Waters before the Huskers closed the half with a flourish.
Anei finished with 17 points and eight boards, while NU limited Cameron McGriff to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting after he entered the contest averaging a team-high 13.9 points per game.
The Huskers return home for its final game before Christmas, as they host Cal State Fullerton next Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and will be televised on BTN and carried on the Husker Sports Network.
*-With the win, Nebraska improved to 9-2 on the season, matching the program’s best start since the 2010-11 season,
*-The victory marked NU’s first win over a Big 12 team since joining the Big Ten and snapped a six-game losing streak to Big 12 teams dating back to the 2010-11 season.
*-James Palmer Jr. with his 13th 20-point game, as he led all scorers with 29 points. It was his fifth 20-point game of the season. Palmer also led the Huskers with five assists.
*-Thomas Allen had 14 points off the bench and has been in double figures in each of the last two games
*-Nebraska now has four non-conference wins over power conference teams for the first time since the 1995-96 season
*-With the win, Nebraska Coach Tim Miles matched Mo Iba for third place on NU’s career wins list with 106.
*-Nebraska closes non-conference play with a 3-1 mark away from Lincoln, with the only loss coming to unbeaten Texas Tech.
*-Six of Nebraska’s nine wins have been by at least 20 points.
*-Nebraska held Oklahoma State to 2-15 from 3-point range. OSU averaged 9.1 3s per game and was among the national leaders at 41.6 percent.
*-Oklahoma State’s 56 point was its second-lowest total of the year.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Nebraska volleyball team fell just short of a second straight national title Saturday night, falling to No. 1 Stanford in a five-set thriller at the Target Center.
Nebraska fought off five set points before dropping the first set, 28-26. The Huskers evened the match with a 25-22 victory in set two, before Stanford grabbed a 2-1 lead with a 25-16 win in set three. But the Huskers fought back as they have done all season, handing the Cardinal its worst set loss of the season with a 25-15 victory in the fourth set. In set five, Nebraska led early and the set was tied at nine before Stanford won six of the final rallies to win its NCAA-leading eighth national title. In one of the closest final matches in NCAA history, only one point separated the two teams as Stanford outscored Nebraska 105-104 in the match.
Nebraska (29-7) finished as the NCAA runner-up for the fourth time in school history, after winning the national title in two of the last three seasons (2015 and 2017). First-team All-American Mikaela Foecke was brilliant in her final match, recording a career-high 27 kills and hitting .296. She also had 12 digs to post her fourth straight double-double. Fellow first-team All-American Lauren Stivrins was unstoppable, putting down a career-high 19 kills on only 26 swings. Stivrins hit .615 for the match, the second-highest total ever in an NCAA Final by a player with at least 20 attempts. Foecke and Stivrins were both named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team, with Foecke earning the honor for the third time in her career.
Jazz Sweet added 10 kills and five blocks for Nebraska, while Kenzie Maloney had a team-high 17 digs to pace five Huskers with double-digit digs. Nicklin Hames had a career-high 62 assists while running an efficient Husker offense.
Nebraska had nine more kills than Stanford and hit .271 to the Cardinal's .250, but Stanford had eight more digs and 2.5 more blocks than the Big Red. The Cardinal also served up nine aces, while Nebraska had just two aces with each team committing eight service errors.
Kathryn Plummer, the 2018 national player of the year an co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship, led the Cardinal with 19 kills. She shared most-outstanding-player honors with libero Morgan Hentz, who had 32 digs for Stanford. Holly Campbel (15 kills) and Audriana Fitzmorris (14 kills) also finished with double-figure kills for the Cardinal.
Stanford (34-1) finished the season with a 32-match winning streak.
Set 1: Sweet and Foecke each had a pair of early kills as the Huskers connected on five of their first seven swings to take a 6-3 lead. Foecke served an ace and the Huskers led 9-4 after a 3-0 run, as Stanford called timeout. Stanford scored five of the next seven points to cut the Huskers' lead to 11-9, and Nebraska used a timeout. Davis terminated a kill for sideout after the timeout, but a Plummer kill and a Stanford ace brought the Cardinal within 12-11. Foecke kept Nebraska in front with a kill, and Stivrins and Sweet blocked a Plummer shot before Foecke pounded another kill for a 15-11 lead. The Cardinal rallied to take a 19-18 lead with a 4-0 run keyed by back-to-back aces by Kate Formico. After a timeout, Schwarzenbach put down a kill on the slide to tie the score at 19-19, but Stanford responded with a kill and another ace, its fifth of the set, to go up 21-19. The Cardinal pulled ahead 23-20 before Foecke notched a kill. But Plummer grabbed sideout for Stanford on the next rally. The Huskers fought off three set points with a block by Sweet and Stivrins, a Stanford hitting error and a Stivrins joust, and the score was tied again 24-24. The teams traded kills to a 26-26 tie, but a Nebraska hitting error put Stanford up 27-26 before a Cardinal block gave them the 28-26 lead.
Set 2: Stivrins, Sun and Foecke sparked a 3-0 run with kills to give Nebraska an early 6-4 advantage. Sun and Schwarzenbach blocked a Stanford attack to keep NU up two, 8-6, and the teams sided out for five rallies before a pair of Husker hitting errors wide put Stanford up 11-10. Stivrins and Sun terminated kills to put Nebraska back up 13-12, and a Stanford hit wide gave Nebraska a 15-13 lead at the media timeout. Two Stanford kills tied the score at 15-15, but a service error and block by Sweet and Schwarzenbach restored a two-point lead at 17-15. Davis and Foecke killed back-to-back rallies for a 19-16 Husker lead, and Stanford called timeout. On the next rally, the Huskers scrambled defensively to save two Stanford shots, and Foecke came up with another kill to make it 20-16. A service error by the Big Red and a block by Stanford cut the margin to two, 21-19. After a timeout, Foecke smashed her 13th and 14th kills on back-to-back rallies to put Nebraska ahead 23-19. Stanford answered with a block and a kill to cut the deficit in half, but Foecke connected again for set point at 24-21. Fitzmorris found the floor for Stanford to make it 24-22, and a Stanford net violation gave the Huskers the 25-22 win and evened the match at 1-1.
Set 3: Stanford jumped out to a 7-2 lead, getting two blocks and five kills along the way. The Huskers chipped away with three kills by Foecke and one for Schwarzenbach, and a block by Schwarzenbach and Sweet got the Huskers within two, 9-7. After Davis got a kill to keep NU down two, 10-8, Stanford rattled off seven straight points in a row to go up 17-8. The Cardinal pulled ahead 20-9 before the Huskers gained a little momentum with a 3-0 run to make it 20-12. Nebraska would get as close as seven, but the Cardinal took the 25-16 win to go up 2-1. Nebraska hit just .027 in the set after hitting .302 and .326 in the first two sets.
Set 4: Sweet opened the set with back-to-back kills, and a blast by Foecke combined with two Stanford errors had the Huskers up 5-0. Stivrins powered down overpasses on back-to-back rallies, and a two-hit violation on Stanford made it 9-1 Huskers before the Cardinal used their second timeout of the set. A trio of breakdowns by the Huskers allowed Stanford within 13-7, and NU called timeout. After Stanford cut it to five, Sun produced a kill and an ace on consecutive rallies, and Sweet added a kill for a 17-9 Husker lead. Sweet added another kill, and a hustle play by Maloney to save a ball led to a kill by Stivrins to make it 19-11. Stivrins and Foecke then stuffed a Stanford attack, and the Cardinal hit long for a 21-11 Husker lead. Stivrins' 17th kill of the night pushed the Huskers to a 23-14 advantage, and her 18th kill gave NU set point at 24-15. A back-row blast by Foecke clinched the set at 25-15, forcing a game five. NU hit .412 in set four and held Stanford to .121.
Set 5: Foecke opened set five with a kill and Sweet and Schwarzenbach followed with a block. Foecke tied her career high in kills with 25 to put NU ahead 3-1, but Stanford scored the next four to take a 5-3 lead. Foecke and Stivrins tallied important sideout kills, and Stanford hit long to tie the score at 6-6. Nebraska served long, but Hames dumped a kill to keep it tied 7-7. However, Nebraska served long again, and Stanford led 8-7 as the teams switched sides. Campbell tipped a kill down for Stanford to make it 9-7 Cardinal, but Sun answered with back-to-back kills to knot the score at 9-9. Campbell tooled a block and Plummer drew a touch for a kill to make it 11-9 Stanford. Davis subbed in and earned sideout, but Campbell responded for Stanford, and Nebraska called timeout down 12-10. Gray dumped a kill and Wilson served an ace for match point at 14-10. Foecke kept NU alive with her 27th kill, and Plummer committed an attacking error to make it 14-12. But Stanford won 15-12 on a back-row kill by Meghan McClure.
Nebraska Post-Match Notes
- The loss snapped Nebraska’s 13-match winning streak, as the Huskers (29-7) finished as the NCAA runner-up for the fourth time in school history (1986, 1989, 2005, 2018).
- Nebraska fell to 5-4 all-time in the NCAA Final, including a 4-2 record under John Cook. The Huskers had been victorious in their last three NCAA Final appearances (2006, 2015, 2017) before Saturday’s loss.
- The Huskers’ school-record postseason winning streak was snapped at 11 straight victories, as Nebraska suffered its first postseason loss since a 2016 NCAA Semifinal defeat to Texas.
- Nebraska dropped to 113-32 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers’ 113 postseason victories and .779 winning percentage both rank second in NCAA history behind Stanford (125 wins, .801 winning percentage).
- John Cook fell to 72-15 in the NCAA Tournament at Nebraska. Including his seven seasons at Wisconsin, Cook is 80-19 in his NCAA Tournament career.
- Nebraska lost to the No. 1-ranked team for the first time since a 3-1 loss to top-ranked Texas in the 2013 NCAA Regional Final. The Huskers had won their last three matches against the No. 1 team, including postseason wins in two of the past three seasons (Washington in the 2015 Regional Final and Penn State in the 2017 NCAA Semifinal).
- Nebraska defeated Stanford 25-15 in the fourth set, holding the Cardinal to its lowest-scoring set of the season.
- Nebraska’s two seniors who were with the program each of the last four years – Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney – finished with a 21-2 record in their NCAA Tournament careers. Foecke and Maloney played in more postseason sets and matches and won more NCAA Tournament matches than other players in Husker history.
- Foecke and Maloney finished with a 52-3 combined record in the months of November and December.
- Foecke had a career-high 27 kills in the match on a career-high 71 swings. The 27 kills tied for the second-highest total by a player in a five-set NCAA Final. Foecke also had 11 digs, posting her fourth straight double-double.
- In her three career NCAA Finals, Foecke totaled 66 kills on .301 hitting. She had at least 19 kills in all three of her NCAA Finals matches.
- Foecke has 129 kills in her career in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches. That total ties for third in NCAA history.
- Foecke served up nine aces in her career in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches. That total ranks in a tie for eighth in NCAA history.
- In her overall NCAA Tournament career, Foecke totaled 309 kills and 26 aces. Her 282 postseason kills and 25 aces both rank second in Nebraska postseason history.
- Foecke finished her outstanding career with 1,684 career kills. Foecke ranks third all-time at Nebraska in kills, including second in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
- Foecke also totaled 135 service aces in her career, the seventh-most in Nebraska history and the fourth-highest total in the rally-scoring era.
- Foecke finished her senior season with 514 kills, tied for the eighth-highest total in Nebraska history and third during the rally-scoring era. Foecke joined Sarah Pavan (2006) and Kelsey Robinson (2013) as the only Huskers to have 500 kills in a season during the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
- Foecke also had 46 services aces in 2018, the fifth-highest total by a Husker in the rally-scoring era.
- Maloney finished with 86 digs in her career in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches. That total ranks in a tie for fourth in NCAA history and is the most in the rally-scoring era.
- Maloney finished her career with 229 digs in the NCAA Tournament digs to rank third on Nebraska’s postseason career digs list.
- Maloney had 84 digs in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the fourth-highest total in Husker postseason history.
- Maloney finished her career with 1,406 digs. That total ranks fifth all-time at Nebraska.
- Maloney had 536 digs in her senior season, the fourth-highest total in Nebraska history. Maloney averaged 4.03 digs per set – the eighth-highest total in school history – to become the fifth Husker to average 4.0 digs per set in a season.
- Lauren Stivrins hit .615 in the match. That ranks as second-highest total in NCAA Finals history (minimum 20 attempts) behind Pacific’s Elaina Oden, who hit .690 in the 1986 NCAA Final.
- Stivrins hit .421 in 2018 to become the fifth Husker to hit over .400 in a season and the first since Brooke Delano in 2010. Stivrins’ .421 attack percentage was the third-highest mark in school history and ranked second during the rally-scoring era.
- Jazz Sweet had 10 kills, her first match with double-figure kills since Oct. 24 at Ohio State.
- Nicklin Hames had a career-high 62 assists against Stanford. She finished her freshman season with 1,395 assists, which ranks as Nebraska’s third-highest season total during the rally-scoring era.
- Callie Schwarzenbach finished the season with 177 blocks, a Nebraska freshman record and the eighth-highest total by a Husker in the rally-scoring era.
- Mikaela Foecke and Lauren Stivrins were both named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team. Foecke made the team for the third time in her career.
Lincoln - Taylor Kissinger led five Huskers in double figures with 18 points, as Nebraska displayed a prolific offense for 40 minutes in a 96-71 women's basketball win over visiting Denver on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Nebraska notched its third consecutive win to complete a three-game home stand and improve to 5-5 on the year, while Denver slipped to 7-4 on the season.
Kissinger, a 6-1 sophomore from Minden, Neb., knocked down four three-pointers to lead the Huskers from long range, while freshman Leigha Brown came off the bench to add 18 points and a career-high five assists.
Fellow freshman Ashtyn Veerbeek added 14 big points off the bench along with five rebounds. Sophomore center Kate Cain also contributed 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting while pitching in five rebounds and a pair of blocks. Junior wing and Colorado native Nicea Eliely scored a season-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Nebraska also got a solid all-around effort from freshman guard Sam Haiby, who scored seven points along with career highs of six rebounds and eight assists. Haiby's eight assists came without a turnover. As a team, the Huskers put together their best passing game of the season with 27 assists on 34 made baskets while committing just 11 turnovers against the Pioneers.
The impressive team effort by the Big Red offset one of the top individual performances by an opponent in Husker history. Denver point guard Samantha Romanowski erupted for a career-high 33 points on a building record 8-for-8 three-point shooting. Overall, Romanowski went 12-for-18 from the field while playing more than 39 minutes in the game.
Romanowski, who was averaging just 8.5 points per game coming into the contest, helped Denver hit 10-of-24 threes on the day, but the rest of the Pioneers were just 2-for-16.
While Romanowski went off, the Huskers silenced DU's leading scorer Lauren Loven, who came into the game averaging 17 points per contest. Loven got just two points on a pair of free throws.
Madison Nelson also played 39 minutes for the Pioneers and produced 19 points, including a pair of threes, while Courtney Smith pitched in 10 points and seven rebounds before fouling out.
Nebraska hit 50.7 percent (34-67) of its shots for the game on the way to outscoring Denver in each of the four quarters. The Huskers hit just 28 percent (7-25) of their threes but knocked down 77.8 percent (21-27) of their free throws. Nebraska won the rebound battle 39-36 and the turnover war 16-11. Most importantly, the Huskers outscored the Pioneers 23-0 in points off turnovers, and dominated Denver 52-14 in the paint. The Big Red bench also outscored the Denver reserves 40-3.
The Huskers held Denver to 39 percent (23-59) shooting, and the Pioneers hit just 57.7 percent (15-26) of their free throws in a tightly but consistently called game that featured 43 combined fouls.
Nebraska used the highest scoring first quarter in school history to jump our to a 31-19 lead. The Husker bench played a huge role in the first-quarter outburst as Veerbeek (8), Brown (6) and Haiby combined for 16 of the 31 points in the quarter. Haiby capped the quarter with her end-to-end layup to beat the buzzer in the final four seconds.
Kissinger added six points on a pair of first-quarter threes, while Eliely pitched in five points despite early foul trouble. Cain contributed four points in the opening period.
The Huskers continued to extend the lead throughout the second quarter, building their biggest first-half margin at 52-35 on Haiby's bucket with 34 seconds left in the quarter. Denver scored in the final seconds to make the halftime margin in Nebraska's favor, 52-37.
Veerbeek led the Big Red with 12 points and three rebounds in nine first-half minutes, while Kissinger contributed 11 points on a trio of threes. Brown put three Huskers in double figures in the half with 10 points.
In the half, Nebraska hit 50 percent (16-32) of its shots, but just 4-of-13 threes. The Huskers were also a strong 16-of-19 (.842) at the line, while forcing all kinds of foul trouble on the Pioneers.
Romanowski led all scorers with 15 first-half points on 4-of-4 shooting from three-point range, but the Huskers also forced five turnovers by Romanowski in the half, outscoring the Pioneers 10-0 in points off turnovers Nelson pitched in 10 points in the half for the Pioneers, including 2-for-2 three-point shooting.
Nebraska held Denver to 12-of-30 shooting (.400) in the half, including 6-of-11 (.545) three-point shooting, but hit just 7-of-14 free throws. The Huskers outworked Denver 20-16 on the boards and won the first-half turnover battle 8-6.
The Huskers complete their non-conference season Tuesday, when they travel to Arkansas. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Razorbacks from Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville is set for 7 p.m. (CT) with live radio coverage by the Husker Sports Network. A live video stream will be available through SEC Network plus.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - For the second year in a row, the Nebraska volleyball team won a five-set thriller in the NCAA Semifinals, this time rallying from an 0-2 hole for a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Illinois Thursday Night at the Target Center. With the win, the Huskers advanced to Saturday's NCAA Final, where Nebraska will take on Stanford in an attempt to win back-to-back national titles.
Nebraska (29-6) lost the first two sets, 25-22 and 25-16, and set three was tied at 23 before Mikaele Foecke delivered consecutive kills to send the match to the fourth set. The Huskers then won set four, 25-20, to send it to a decisive fifth set. The fifth set was tied at 11 before Nebraska scored the final four points, with Foecke closing out the match with her 19th kill on match point.
Foecke and Lexi Sun each had 19 kills to lead Nebraska, and each player produced a double-double with Sun recording 12 digs and Foecke tallying 11 digs. Nicklin Hames also had a double-double with 46 assists and 19 digs, while running a Husker offense that hit .251 for the match. Jazz Sweet had nine kills on only 20 swings and Lauren Stivrins produced eight kills on 16 error-free swings for a match-high .500 attack percentage. Kenzie Maloney led Nebraska with 20 digs, while Megan Miller had 19 digs. Maloney also added a career-high 10 assists to post her first career double-double. The Huskers had nine more kills than Illinois and out-dug the Illini, but Illinois out-blocked Nebraska and served up nine aces.
Jacqueline Quade had a match-high 28 kills for Illinois (32-4), the most by a Husker opposing player this season. Beth Prince added 10 kills for an Illinois offense that hit .237. Morgan O'Brien had a match-high 27 digs, while Quade added 10 digs to produce a double-double.
Set 1: The Huskers had kills on their first three swings to take a 4-1 lead. Foecke had a block with Schwarzenbach and back-to-back kills to keep the Huskers up three, 7-4. But Illinois answered with a 3-0 run to tie the score at 7-7. Illinois tied the set at 9-9 and 10-10, but Hames dumped a kill after each point to not allow Illinois to go in front. Sun blasted a pair of kills and served an ace to give NU a 14-11 lead, but the Illini wouldn't go away, scoring three in a row to tie the set once again. Sweet and Schwarzenbach blocked an Illinois attack to give the Huskers a 15-14 advantage at the media timeout. Illinois took its first lead at 16-15 after a kill and ace by Quade on consecutive rallies, and Ali Bastianelli and Ashlyn Fleming added kills to take the Illini to an 18-16 lead. Foecke and Sun answered with kills for the Huskers out of a timeout, and the score was tied once again, 18-18. Hames dumped her third kill of the set, and Nebraska regained a 19-18 lead. After an Illinois timeout, Foecke served the Huskers' second ace of the set to make it 20-18. Illinois scored the next two to tie it 20-20, and the Illini went back in front, 22-21, on Quade's eighth kill. A pair of Husker hitting errors gave Illinois set point at 24-21. The Huskers fought off one point before the Illini won 25-22 on Quade's ninth kill. There were nine ties and three lead changes in the opening set.
Set 2: Illinois setter Jordyn Poulter served a 6-0 run to begin the set for the Illini, including three aces, and Nebraska used both of its timeouts during the run. The Illini led 12-4 after kills by Megan Cooney and Quade and a block by Bastianelli. Stivrins, Sun and Foecke strung together four straight kills for the Big Red to trim the deficit to 13-9, but Illinois went right back to Quade for two more kills and a 16-9 lead. Illinois led 19-12 when Sweet had three kills in a row to pull the Huskers within 19-15. The Huskers could get no closer than four, however, as Illinois scored a 6-1 run to win the set, 25-16.
Set 3: Stivrins had three early kills and Nebraska led 7-5 after an ace by Foecke. With the score tied 9-9, the Huskers scored four straight points after Illinois made its first service error of the match, and Sun added an ace that was followed by an Illinois error and a Sweet kill to make it 13-9. After Illinois pulled within one at 14-13, the Huskers put together another 4-0 run, this one with two kills by Foecke and one each by Sweet and Hames. Foecke and Sun added kills to make it a six-point lead at 20-14, but a Husker service error followed by a receiving error on Illinois' next serve made it 20-16, and the Huskers took a timeout. Nebraska led 21-16 when Illinois went on a 5-0 run to tie the score at 21-21. Foecke earned an important sideout for the Huskers with her 13th kill, but Nebraska's 10th service error knotted the score at 22-22. Illinois took a 23-22 lead, but Schwarzenbach and Foecke terminated for set point for the Huskers at 24-23. An Illinois net violation gave the Huskers the 25-23 win to extend the match.
Set 4: The Huskers trailed 5-3 before rallying to take a 7-5 lead on a 5-0 run served by Miller. A kill by Sun made it 9-6 Huskers, but Illinois scored the next three to tie it at 9-9. Illinois gained a 12-11 lead, but the Huskers clawed their way to a 15-14 lead at the media timeout, aided by kills from Sun and Schwarzenbach. An ace serve by Miller following an Illinois serve into the net put NU ahead 17-15. After Illinois tied the set at 17-17, Stivrins and Foecke blocked a Quade attack, and Stivrins and Sun took the Huskers to a 20-18 lead with back-to-back kills. The Illini hit wide after a timeout, but Poulter and Fleming had kills to cut to the Huskers' lead to 21-20. But once again an Illinois service error was followed by a Nebraska ace - this one from Hames - and NU led 23-20. After Illinois' second timeout, Sweet gained set point for the Huskers with her seventh kill, and Sun found the corner to force a fifth set after the 25-20 Husker win.
Set 5: The teams went back and forth early on with Illinois committing three service errors but siding out each time the Huskers served the next rally. Foecke blasted a kill for a 6-5 Husker lead, but Beth Prince answered for Illinois. The Illini won a joust at the net to go ahead 7-6, but Stivrins sided out for the Huskers with her eighth kill. Sun put NU up 8-7 at the crossover. Foecke struck a kill out of the back row to make it 9-7, and another kill by Sun had the Huskers up 10-8. A kill by Quade and an ace by Fleming tied the score at 10-10, and the Huskers took a timeout. Capri Davis sided out for the Huskers, but Quade answered. Sweet came right back with her ninth kill, and the Huskers won a challenge call that Foecke's shot deflected off an Illinois fingertip before going out, making the score 13-11. Maloney served an ace for match point at 14-11, and Foecke closed out match on the next rally with a kill.
Nebraska Post-Match Notes
- With the win, Nebraska (29-6) advanced to the NCAA Final for the ninth time in program history (third-most in NCAA history). The Huskers have made back-to-back NCAA Finals for only the second time in school history (2005 & 2006) and are playing for the national title for the third time in the past four seasons.
- The Huskers will go for their sixth national title and second in a row on Saturday. Nebraska has never won back-to-back national championships.
- NU rallied from an 0-2 deficit for the first time ever in an NCAA Semifinal or Final. The Huskers had been 0-4 in NCAA Semifinals when losing the first two sets and 0-3 in NCAA Finals when losing the first two sets.
- The Huskers became the first team to rally from an 0-2 deficit in an NCAA Semifinal or Final since Penn State came back to defeat Texas in the 2009 NCAA Final. The last time a team rallied from an 0-2 hole in an NCAA Semifinal match was in 2008, when Stanford defeated Texas.
- Nebraska set a school record with its 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament victory. The 11-match postseason winning streak ranks sixth in NCAA history.
- Nebraska improved its all-time NCAA Tournament record to 113-31. The Huskers’ 113 victories and .785 winning percentage in the postseason rank second in NCAA history to Stanford (124-31).
- Nebraska improved to 9-6 all-time in NCAA Semifinal matches, including a 6-3 record under John Cook. Cook moved to 72-14 overall in NCAA Tournament play as Nebraska’s head coach and 80-18 in his career, including his seven seasons at Wisconsin.
- John Cook has taken a Husker team to the NCAA Final for the sixth time in his 19 seasons at Nebraska, winning four national championships. Cook’s six finals appearances rank fifth among all coaches in NCAA history.
- Cook improved to 8-1 against Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament at Nebraska.
- The Huskers extended their winning streak to 13 matches with the win over third-ranked Illinois. Nebraska is 7-0 against ranked opponents during its win streak, including 3-0 vs. top-10 foes.
- Illinois won five of the final six rallies in set one to hand Nebraska its first set loss of the NCAA Tournament, 25-22. The Huskers had won all 12 sets in the postseason and 22 straight sets dating back to Nov. 16.
- Nebraska was held to 16 points in the second set, its third-fewest points in a set this season.
- NU fell behind 0-2 for just the third time this season. The previous two times both occurred in the first six matches of the year. The Huskers are 2-1 when losing the first two sets of a match, with both wins coming over top-15 opponents (Creighton and Illinois).
- Nebraska’s two seniors who have been with the program all four years – Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney – improved to 21-1 in their NCAA Tournament careers. The duo has won more postseason matches than any other players in Husker history.
- Foecke and Maloney each played their 22nd NCAA Tournament match on Thursday, setting a school record for the most postseason matches by any player in program history. The duo have also each played 77 career sets in their NCAA Tournament careers, the most by any player in Nebraska history.
- Foecke and Maloney are a combined 52-2 all-time in the months of November and December.
- Foecke had 19 kills in the match, giving her 102 career kills in the NCAA Semifinals/Finals. She became just the 10th player in NCAA history to have 100 kills in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches.
- Foecke also had two aces, giving her eight in her career in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches, which ties for the 10th-most in NCAA history. Her two aces also moved her up to seventh on Nebraska’s all-time list.
- Maloney had a team-high 20 digs against Illinois to give her 519 digs this season. She became just the fourth Husker to have 500 digs in a season, and her 519 digs rank fifth in school history.
- Maloney also had a career-best 10 assists to post the first double-double of her career.
- Nicklin Hames produced her 24th double-double of the season, extending her school record.
- Hames also tied her career high with five kills.
- Illinois’ Jacqueline Quade had 28 kills, the most by Husker opponent on the season. She had at least 22 kills in all three matches against Nebraska in 2018.
- Illinois had nine aces in the match, the most the Huskers allowed in 2018. Nebraska had been aced only five times in its first four NCAA Tournament matches combined.