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(Miami, FL) - Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to three touchdowns in the final 6:13, and they overcame a double-digit deficit for the third postseason game in a row to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs trailed 20-10 and faced a third and 15 when Mahomes threw to Tyreek Hill for 44 yards. They scored a touchdown four plays later, and quickly forced a punt. Mahomes then hit Sammy Watkins for 38 yards to set up a 5-yard scoring reception by Damien Williams that put Kansas City ahead to stay with 2:44 to go. 



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Girls Semi Finals 
Broken Bow 53, Ainsworth 43 
Ogallala 51, Gothenburg 29 

Boys Semi Finals 
Ogallala 80, Ainsworth 34 
McCook 57, Minden 32 

Saturday, Feb. 1st 
Boys 3rd Place - Ainsworth vs Minden - 1pm
Girls 3rd Place - Gothenburg vs Ainsworth - 2:45pm 
Boys Championship - Ogallala vs McCook - 4:30pm 
Girls Championship - Broken Bow vs Ogallala - 6:15pm 

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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Allen 53, Emerson-Hubbard 27

Amherst 76, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 52

Bridgeport 89, Creek Valley 46

Central City 62, David City 57

Central Valley 48, Heartland Lutheran 37

Deshler 53, Kenesaw 29

Diller-Odell 51, Lawrence-Nelson 28

Doniphan-Trumbull 45, Ord 25

Elkhorn Mount Michael 87, South Sioux City 41

Ewing 47, Wausa 44

Falls City Sacred Heart 41, Johnson-Brock 30

Fullerton 68, Centura 57

Garden County 59, South Platte 47

Gering 56, Bayard 50

Hartington-Newcastle 70, Winside 12

Harvard 56, Elba 19

Heartland 69, Friend 30

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 82, Elgin Public/Pope John 49

Johnson County Central 69, Conestoga 60

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 82, Wakefield 36

Loomis 66, Axtell 62

Louisville 45, Weeping Water 44

Mead 58, Guardian Angels 52

Minatare 41, Potter-Dix 38

North Bend Central 52, Wisner-Pilger 42

Osmond 69, Niobrara/Verdigre 31

Palmyra 47, Elmwood-Murdock 40

Pierce 55, Crofton 31

Ponca 60, Wynot 43

Randolph 47, Plainview 39

Riverside 81, Palmer 48

Sedgwick County, Colo. 53, Perkins County 37

Sioux County 50, Hay Springs 44

St. Mary's 62, Stuart 46

Sutton 37, Sandy Creek 36

Wayne 60, West Point-Beemer 49

West Holt 57, O'Neill 50

Wood River 54, Nebraska Christian 46

Yutan 52, Malcolm 22

Centennial Conference Tournament=

Aquinas 41, Columbus Scotus 37

Bishop Neumann 58, Archbishop Bergan 26

Central Conference Tournament=

Semifinal=

Adams Central 52, Aurora 41

Grand Island Northwest 75, Lexington 58

Crossroads Conference Tournament=

Semifinal=

Cross County 47, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 45

Shelby/Rising City 72, McCool Junction 42

Dakota Oyate Challenge=

First Round=

Omaha Nation 79, Lower Brule, S.D. 70

Eastern Midlands Conference=

Semifinal=

Bennington 44, Elkhorn 43

Norris 45, Waverly 35

MNAC Tournament=

Semifinal=

Mullen 62, Hyannis 26

South Loup 46, Anselmo-Merna 32

Nebraska Frontier Conference=

Consolation Semifinal=

College View Academy 44, Cedar Bluffs 40

Semifinal=

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 57, Omaha Christian Academy 19

Parkview Christian 69, Cornerstone Christian 44

Southwest Conference=

Fifth Place=

Cozad 60, Gothenburg 54

Seventh Place=

Broken Bow 43, Valentine 42

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Winnebago vs. Pender, ccd.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Boyd County 60, Burke/South Central, S.D. 56 OT

Bridgeport 62, Creek Valley 9

Central City 54, David City 43

Central Valley 39, Heartland Lutheran 31

Conestoga 52, Johnson County Central 47

Crofton 63, Pierce 29

Elkhorn Valley 57, St. Edward 27

Elmwood-Murdock 60, Palmyra 31

Falls City Sacred Heart 59, Johnson-Brock 33

Fullerton 52, Centura 45

Gering 65, Bayard 44

Guardian Angels 59, Mead 29

Hartington-Newcastle 55, Winside 12

Harvard 50, Elba 21

Heartland 48, Friend 15

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 56, Elgin Public/Pope John 29

Kenesaw 37, Deshler 29

Lawrence-Nelson 54, Diller-Odell 36

Loomis 37, Axtell 32

Malcolm 34, Yutan 22

Nebraska Christian 39, Wood River 37

Niobrara/Verdigre 44, Osmond 35

Norfolk Catholic 47, Boone Central/Newman Grove 35

North Bend Central 52, Wisner-Pilger 25

O'Neill 57, West Holt 28

Omaha Marian 52, Omaha Central 46

Omaha Mercy 52, Omaha Duchesne Academy 41

Ord 53, Doniphan-Trumbull 16

Palmer 51, Riverside 25

Pender 61, Winnebago 50

Ponca 38, Wynot 37

Randolph 36, Plainview 27

South Platte 42, Garden County 21

Stuart 52, St. Mary's 29

Summerland 52, Wausa 26

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 45, Amherst 39

Sutton 56, Sandy Creek 21

Tri County 47, Lewiston 31

Wakefield-Allen 64, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 46

Weeping Water 62, Louisville 33

West Boyd 60, Omaha Burke 56, OT

Centennial Conference Tournament=

Consolation=

Aquinas 44, Kearney Catholic 41, OT

Bishop Neumann 43, Omaha Concordia 38

Semifinal=

Hastings St. Cecilia 45, Archbishop Bergan 32

Lincoln Christian 45, Grand Island Central Catholic 38

Crossroads Conference Tournament=

Semifinal=

Cross County 42, Shelby/Rising City 18

Meridian 50, Exeter/Milligan 40

Dakota Oyate Challenge=

First Round=

Tiospa Zina Tribal, S.D. 48, Omaha Nation 46

Eastern Midlands Conference=

Semifinal=

Bennington 81, Norris 72, 2OT

Elkhorn 59, Blair 25

Hiawatha Tournament=

Consolation Semifinal=

Falls City 52, Horton, Kan. 42

MNAC Tournament=

Semifinal=

Mullen 38, Anselmo-Merna 32

South Loup 47, Cody-Kilgore 35

Nebraska Capitol Conference=

Consolation=

Ashland-Greenwood 39, Raymond Central 21

Douglas County West 35, Fort Calhoun 34

Semifinal=

Syracuse 44, Arlington 16

Wahoo 43, Platteview 33

Republican Plains Activity Conference=

East Division=

Alma 34, Bertrand 30

Cambridge 48, Southern Valley 27

Southwest 39, Medicine Valley 31

West Division=

Dundy County-Stratton 55, Maywood-Hayes Center 39

Maxwell 55, Hitchcock County 44

Wallace 51, Wauneta-Palisade 37

Southwest Conference=

Fifth Place=

McCook 42, Valentine 34

Seventh Place=

Minden 46, Cozad 39





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Minneapolis, Minn. - Nebraska managed just 22 points in the second half, as Minnesota rallied for a 67-61 win over the Huskers at Williams Arena on Thursday night.

With the loss, Nebraska slipped to 15-6 on the season and 5-5 in the Big Ten, while Minnesota improved to 13-8 and 3-7 in the league.

Leigha Brown led Nebraska with 15 points, including 13 in the first half, while Hannah Whitish added 13 points, but just three after halftime. Sam Haiby gave Nebraska three players in double figures with 10 points. Isabelle Bourne added eight points, four rebounds, two steals and a career-high three blocks, while Kate Cain managed four points, six rebounds and six blocks, becoming Nebraska's career leader with 241 blocked shots.

Jasmine Powell led Minnesota with a game-high 19 points, including 13 in the second half, to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and four steals. Jasmine Brunson added 16 points, six assists and five steals. Taiye Bello led the Gophers inside with 13 points and 10 rebounds, including nine points and eight boards in the second half. Sara Scalia rounded out four Gophers in double figures with 11 points.

Minnesota hit 12-of-31 shots from the field in the second half and added 11-of-13 free throws. The Huskers went just 10-for-28 after halftime and 1-for-2 at the free throw line. For the game, Nebraska out-shot Minnesota (42.9-36.9 percent) and out-rebounded the Gophers, 41-35, but Minnesota outscored the Huskers 10-2 in second-chance points, including 7-2 in the second half.

After a back-and-forth first half, Nebraska took a 39-30 lead to the halftime locker room. The Huskers surged down the stretch in the half, using a 12-0 run over a 3:10 stretch to turn a 27-27 tie into a 39-27 lead. Brown, Whitish and Minnesotan Kayla Mershon played major roles during the run, as Brown and Whitish each scored five points, while Mershon added the other bucket while also picking up three stops with defensive rebounds for the Big Red during the run.

Brown led all scorers in the first half with 13 points off the bench, while Whitish added 10 big points, four assists and four rebounds in the opening half. Bourne also helped the Huskers with six points and two steals off the bench in the first half, as the Husker bench outscored the Minnesota reserves 21-3 in the first 20 minutes.

Nebraska hit 50 percent (14-28) of its shots from the field in the half, but just 1-of-4 three-pointers. The Huskers were also a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line in the half, while out-rebounding Minnesota 22-15. NU held Minnesota to 35.3 percent (12-34) shooting, but the Gophers did hit 3-of-11 three-pointers. Minnesota was just 3-for-5 at the line. The Gophers won the first-half turnover battle, 9-7, but Nebraska outscored Minnesota 20-6 in fastbreak points in the first half.

But the Gopher defense turned the tables on the Huskers in the second half. Minnesota outscored Nebraska 14-0 off turnovers in the second half, forcing 13 turnovers by the Big Red in the second half while the Gophers committed just five turnovers of their own in the second half.

Nebraska's turnovers helped the Gophers open the third quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 40-39 lead with 5:32 left in the third, capping a 13-0 run that immediately followed NU's 12 run late in the first half. But the Huskers responded with a 6-0 run of their own to regain a 45-40 lead and took a 48-47 lead to the fourth quarter.

Whitish opened the third with Nebraska's only other three-pointer of the game before back-to-back baskets by Haiby and Cain pushed NU's edge to 55-49 with 8:22 left. But the Huskers managed just a Nicea Eliely layup over the next 6:37, as Minnesota surged to a 62-57 lead with 1:59 left. Eliely finished with seven points and five rebounds on the night.

Brown got her only points of the second half to cut the Minnesota edge to 62-59 with 1:45 left, but the Huskers could get no closer.

The Huskers return to Big Ten home action on Sunday by taking on Ohio State. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Buckeyes at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 2 p.m., and tickets are on sale now at Huskers.com.



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SNYDER, Texas – The McCook Community College softball team opened up the season Thursday with a pair of losses to Western Texas College. The Westerners won the opener 19-1 and took the second game 10-3.

In the first game, the Westerners scored in every inning and pounded out 16 hits in the five-inning game.

MCC’s lone run came in the fourth inning on a walk, an error, a fielder’s choice and another error. The only hit for MCC was a leadoff double by freshman Kristen Mogan, (Richfield, Utah) in the second inning.

Freshman pitcher Melanie Fye, (Ault, Colo.) took the loss and worked 3.1 innings. Sophomore Karleigh Kleinknecht, (Cozad/Gothenburg High School) pitched two-thirds of an inning.

In the second game, Western Texas scored seven runs in the second inning on the way to the 10-3 win.

After pitching a 1-2-3 first inning, the Westerners got to freshman pitcher Anna Wilcox, (Victoria, British Columbia) for four extra-base hits, a walk and three singles in the second inning to take a 7-0 lead and added a run in the third.

Freshman Sidney Sansregret, (Surrey, British Columbia) and freshman Alice Midiri, (Condove, Italy) led off the MCC third with back-to-back singles before sophomore Sarah Willier, (Ponoka, Alberta) delivered a two-out single to make it a 7-1 game.

The Westerners responded with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning and the score remained 8-1 until the MCC sixth when Kaitlyn Kleinknecht doubled and later scored. Sansregret had an RBI-single to close within five runs, but Western Texas got those runs back in the bottom of the inning.

Wilcox went the distance for MCC allowing 10 hits and seven earned runs, walking three and striking out two.

The Lady Indians had eight hits in the second game including three by Willier and two from Kaitlyn Kleinknecht and Sansregret.

The Westerners start their season at 2-0.

MCC opens at 0-2 and will play a pair of games against Vernon College Friday starting at 11 a.m.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball




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Southwest Conference Girls 1/30
     McCook 42
     Valentine 34

     Minden 46
     Cozad 39

Southwest Conference Boys 1/30
     Cozad 60
     Gothenburg 54

     Broken Bow 43
     Valentine 42

SWC BRACKET




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McCook Bison Football standout Drew Daum signed his letter of intent this morning to Dordt University to continue his Football Career.  Dordt University is an NAIA located in Sioux Center Iowa. View full interview with Drew Daum and McCook Football Head Coach Jeff Gross below.






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The McCook Community College baseball team has named Kregg Snook as its new assistant baseball coach.

He joins the baseball staff this spring having spent the fall of 2019 at Arizona Western College where he was responsible for coaching the catchers, assisting the pitching staff, strength and conditioning, and also coaching third base.

MCC Coach Snook“We are very fortunate to have Coach Snook as part of our staff, in the short time I have gotten to know him I have been very impressed, he has a great baseball IQ, and knows the game,” said MCC Athletic Director and Baseball Coach Jon Olsen.

Prior to his time at Arizona Western Snook spent one year at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas (NCAA DIII), where he also coached the catchers. At Hardin-Simmons, catcher Brett Hudspeth was selected second-team All-Conference, and third-team All-Region.

Snook spent a season as an assistant at Ranger College (Texas), and four years at Arkansas Monticello (UAM) both as a player and as an assistant coach. Upon his arrival in 2014, the UAM baseball team set a school record for wins and went to its first NCAA regional in school history.

Snook, a Houston, Texas native, has spent the last two summers in Martinsville, Virginia in the prestigious Coastal Plain League. In 2018, as the Mustangs pitching coach, Snook helped guide starting pitcher Addison Domingo to a league-low 1.59 E.R.A. and first-team All-CPL selection. He also helped Lowell Schipper earn second-team All-CPL honors.

In 2019, Snook served as the head coach in Martinsville. He produced three CPL all-stars, as well as one CPL Select Team member. Three pitchers off the 2018 squad signed professional contracts in the summer of 2019: Greg Leban, Atlanta Braves; Gavin Weyman, Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers; and Ryan Evans, New Jersey Jackals.

“Coach will do a great job with our pitchers and leading our recruiting efforts, I have already seen that,” Olsen said. “Snook is also a very well-rounded baseball coach and can help out with all aspects of the game, he will be a great fit not only for our baseball program but for McCook Community College.”

Snook takes over for former assistant Pat Robles, who was hired by the Philadelphia Phillies as Pitching Coach for Gulf Coast League rookie team in Clearwater, Fla.

As a player Snook played a key role out of the bullpen, setting a school record with 30 appearances in 2014. Before UAM, he attended Abilene Christian University.

The MCC baseball season begins Feb. 7-8 in Dallas when the Indians take on North Lake College for a pair of doubleheaders.

For complete coverage of MCC Indian baseball this season including, the schedule, updated scheduling changes, statistics, photo galleries, and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=baseball&path=baseball





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Kearney, Neb. – Nebraska-Kearney head volleyball coach Rick Squiers announced today that Jensen Rowse (Minden H.S.) will play for the Lopers this fall.

The 5-8 outside hitter/defensive specialist is UNK's fourth recruit to date as the program added three players back in November. The Lopers had four seniors on last fall's National Runner Up team. 

"Jensen's background growing up in a volleyball family has helped her become a versatile player who can plug into multiple positions," Squiers said.

Rowse is four-year volleyball and track letterwinner for the Whippets. As a senior she helped Minden win 19 matches after racking up 597 assists, 334 digs, 275 kills, 71 aces and 25 blocks. Subsequently she was named "Team MVP" for a third straight fall and tabbed honorable mention all-state by both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World Herald.

Starting all 137 matches in her prep career, she holds MHS records for kills in a career (1,645) and season (563) as well as aces in a career (247). As a junior Rowse set a Class C-1 state record for kills in a match with 42.

"In addition to being a great competitor, she is a disciplined and hard-working student-athlete who will be a great Loper both on the court and in the classroom," Squiers said.

Selected to play in the 37th annual Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) all-state match at Lincoln North Star, she helped the Whippets win two league titles and reach the 2017 state tournament. An NCA All-Academic state qualifier, her older sister (Ali) played at UNK while her mom (Lonna) was a volleyball player at Northwest Missouri State.

UNK went 38-1 last fall, winning the MIAA regular season and tournament titles before reaching the National Championship match in Denver. The Lopers are currently going through winter workouts with spring practice set for March.
 




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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American Sofia Kenin has reached her first Grand Slam final by upsetting No. 1 Ash Barty at the Australian Open. Kenin saved two set points in each set en route to the 7-6, 7-5 victory in the semifinals at Melbourne Park. Joining Kenin in the final is unseeded Garbine Muguruza (gahr-BEEN’ moo-gah-ROO’-thah), who pulled off a 7-6. 7-5 stunner against No. 4 Simona Halep (HA’-lehp).

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers held a light shootaround yesterday as they resumed basketball activities following the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash Sunday. Head coach Frank Vogel was the only person to speak with the media today, saying the Lakers “want to represent what Kobe was about, more than anything.” The NBA agreed to the Lakers’ request to postpone Tuesday’s game against the Clippers, and their next game is tomorrow versus Portland.

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had everyone on the field for their first significant practice of Super Bowl week yesterday as they went without helmets or pads during the 90-minute workout. The only injury concerns involve defensive tackle Chris Jones and tight end Travis Kelce (KEHL’-see), although head coach Andy Reid says Kelce is fine and Jones is “good to go.” Kelce has been dealing with knee soreness during the postseason, and Jones is bothered by a calf strain.

MIAMI (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell used part of his Super Bowl news conference yesterday to note the league needs change to its minority hiring policy, saying, “we are not where we want to be on this level.” Though the league requires teams to interview minority candidates, only two African-Americans have been hired for 19 open head coaching spots over the past three years. The league has only two minority general managers among the 32 teams.

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is about to become the oldest manager in the majors. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the 70-year-old Baker and the Astros have worked out a contract. He takes over from AJ Hinch, who was fired Jan. 13 just an hour after he was suspended for the season by Major League Baseball for his role in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal.




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The McCook Community College women overcame a slow start Wednesday and turned a three-point halftime lead into a 38-point blowout win over the Doane University JVs, 87-49.

“Sometimes these games are tough after playing those competitive games in Region IX against the Western Nebraskas, and Oteros and Trinidads when you factor in how the emotions and energy is high for those games and when you play a non-conference game, it seems like we have the mindset that the preparation doesn’t have to be as high,” MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett said. “We’re just dealing with a young team, and that needs to improve.”

The Lady Indians struggled offensively scoring only 10 first-quarter points, turned the ball over seven times and shot 36.1 percent in the first half.

“We need to realize that every practice, every game matters, what you do preparing for these mid-week non-conference has to be the same as preparing for those top teams in the region and we just didn’t come out with that type of preparation.”

A different MCC team came out in the second half and took control of the game with 24-11 third quarter advantage.

“We figured it out in the second half,” Pritchett said. “Our talent level rose when we started to play harder. We shot the ball better in the second half, pushed the ball, pushed the tempo and just wore them down.”

The Lady Indians out-scored the Tigers 56-21 in the final 20 minutes, making 22 of 39 second-half shots (56.4 percent). For the game MCC was 46.7 percent from the field, just four of 16 from the 3-point line but perfect on 13 free throws. MCC out-rebounded Doane 43-36

Doane finished the game shooting 21.5 percent (just five of 28 in the second half) four of 20 long-distance shots and 17 of 23 free throws (73.9 percent).

Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) led MCC in scoring with 20 points.

Freshman Kelly Snelling (Gering) came off the bench to score 15 points.

“It is always good to see someone like Kelly, who hasn’t seen a whole lot of time on the court this year, come out and play so hard and with energy,” Pritchett said. “I think that was a spark for us in the second half. It just shows that all the time and effort she’s put in practice and outside of practice, really helped us out in the second half.”

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) had 12 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots. Sophomore Nicola Cross (Melbourne, Australia) scored 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) Miles Community College-Mont.) led MCC with eight rebounds to go along with seven points.

“We need to figure out to have one of the best practices we’ve had all year in preparation for Lamar,” Pritchett said.

MCC improves to 15-5 and 2-2 in the Region IX south division. They will travel to Lamar Friday.

The Runnin’ Lopes are 7-16 (1-3 in the south sub-region) and are led by former MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

If you can not make it to the games watch MCC basketball home games at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/




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Attached to this message are the updated bracket(s) for the 2019-2020 Republican Plains Activity Conference Girls & Boys Basketball Tournament.  The update reflects play through the Quarterfinal(s)/Initial Consolation round with Semifinal/Consolation round(s) scheduled to be played Thursday & Friday, 01/30 & 31/2020.



The McCook Community College softball team opens the season Thursday in Snyder, Texas under first-year coach Kevin Kaalberg, who took over a team that went 29-33 a year ago but made it to the final game of the Region IX Tournament.

MCC takes on Western Texas College in a doubleheader starting at noon Thursday and play Vernon College for a pair of games Friday, starting at 11 a.m. All games are in Snyder, Texas. This will be the first of 60 scheduled games including 14 doubleheaders at home.

After an up-and-down 2019 season, the Lady Indians eventually qualified for the post-season tournament for the first time in three years and opened with a heart-breaking loss to top-seeded Western Nebraska on a two-out, two-run single. But in the consolation round MCC scored a come-from-behind win over Otero Junior College, in extra-innings, 11-9, followed the next day with a 5-3 win over Trinidad State to reach the championship game, but fell 9-4 to Western Nebraska.

Much has changed since that final pitch last May. In August, former Coach Josh Barnes moved on to Angelina College in Texas to take over a team that lost in the NJCAA National Championship Game a year ago. Shortly after Barnes went to Texas, assistant coach Katie Ackermann left MCC to take over the softball program at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Only four sophomores remain from last year’s squad.

Kaalberg, coached high school softball in Iowa, and worked as Senior Financial Analyst at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics – Heart, & Vascular Center in Iowa City. He spent much of his time in January acclimating to his role as Mid-Plains Community College Enrollment Coach.

After being hired late last semester, he met his new team just one week before final exams followed by the holiday break. So barely two weeks after returning for the spring semester the squad -- filled with newcomers -- hits the field Thursday.

With a lot of unknowns for the 2020, Kaalberg will have an assistant coach who’s know him her entire life – his daughter Madison.

“Yes, we’re still all getting to know each other on the softball field as coaches and as a team,” Kaalberg said. “So we will probably see a lot of changes early in the season, to see what works and what doesn’t, some players are probably going to find themselves in positions they’ve never played before, but this is a versatile team and they are working really hard.”

Of the four returners, only three saw playing time last season.

Sophomore Jade Hollands (Effingham, Kan.), who attended Atchison County High School in Kansas, leads the returners with on-field experience. In 45 games as a corner infielder and DH, player she had 101 at bats, batted .307, slugged .436 with eight doubles, a triple and homer and 18 RBIs. She has committed to continuing her career next year at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, a Division II school.

Infielder, Kassidy Powers (Severance, Colo.) played in 22 games as a freshman, and batted 40 times with a .300 average, a .475 slugging average with a double, two home runs and nine RBIs. This month she also started working in the outfield.

Sarah Willier (Ponoka, Alberta), is the only returning pitcher from a season ago, appearing in 22 games. Pitching 67.2 innings, with a 4-4 record and one save and a 5.17 E.R.A. She allowed 109 hits, walked 31 and struck out 36. She also saw time in the lineup at several positions, with 50 at bats in 35 games, hitting .340 with a .420 slugging average, four doubles and eight RBIs.

Karleigh Kleinknecht (Gothenburg) is a third-year sophomore transfer from Doane, who sat out all of 2019 because of an injury but is expected to be a leader on the pitching staff. However, her knee injury might delay the start of her 2020 season.

Kaalberg said the strength of his freshmen class is their versatility and their work ethic.

“They are showing progress but it’s going to take time.”

Last year MCC pitchers compiled a 5.17 ERA in 394 innings of work allowing an opponent’s batting average of .342 and 6.59 runs per game, which was next to last in the conference.

In addition to the two sophomore pitchers, four freshmen are expected to bide for time in the pitching circle including: Anna Wilcox, 5-11 from Victoria, B.C.; Savannah Hansen, 5-6 from Monroe, Utah; Melanie Fye, 5-6           , from Ault, Colo.; and Lexee Johnson, 5-11, from Delta, Utah.

“They all bring something different and we’re probably going to look at most of them in a variety of roles,” he said. “For instance we’ve got six pitchers and some will be in the lineup when they’re not pitching. We’ve got four players who can catch and we’ll see some of them playing outfield when they’re not catching.”

The four freshmen catchers include: Kaitlyn Lord, 5-7, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Kassandra Orr, 5-10, Victoria, British Columbia.; Kristen Mogan, 5-8, Richfield, Utah; and Emma Cindrich, 5-10, Chilliwack, British Columbia.

There will be plenty of lineup openings for freshman on this squad. The Lady Indians scored an average of 6.16 runs per game (fifth in the conference,) batted .347, and slugged .495 with 32 home runs, 126 doubles, 20 triples and 147 steals.

The only true outfielder listed on the roster is Megan Blood-Smyth, 5-7, from Thornton, Colo. and the only infielder listed is Sidney Sansregret, 5-3, from Surrey, British Columbia.

The three freshmen utility players who will compete for positions include: Alice Midiri, 5-3, Condove, Italy; Camryn Laird, 5-4, Pueblo, Colo.; and Kaitlyn Kleinknecht, 5-7, Cozad/Gothenburg High School -- and the younger sister of Karleigh.

With a 13-17 record in conference play, MCC finished fourth in the standings last year behind Western Nebraska (24-6), Otero (19-11), and Trinidad State (15-15). Lamar finished fifth at 11-17 and Northeastern Junior College last with a 6-22 conference mark.

At the Jaycees Sports Complex, the Tribe went 14-10 and 11-19 on the road.

After this week’s games in Texas, MCC is scheduled to open at home against Garden City Feb. 8 starting at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., then home for three games late in the month: Feb. 26 against Colby (1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and back-to-back home doubleheaders against Nebraska Community College Athletic Association opponents Central Community College (Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and Southeast Community College (March 1 at 1 and 3 p.m.

For all the up-to-date news, photo galleries, statistics, and any scheduling changes please visit the official McCook Community College Indian Athletics page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=softball&path=softball




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Lincoln – Cam Mack had 19 points and nine assists, but a second-half lull proved costly as Michigan posted a 79-68 win over the Huskers Tuesday evening.

Mack continued his strong shooting, going 7-of-14 from the floor, including a career-high five 3-pointers for the Huskers. He was one of three Huskers to finish in double figures, as Haanif Cheatham had 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Kevin Cross came off the bench to add 17 points, including a trio of 3-pointers for the Huskers (7-14, 2-8 Big Ten).

Trailing 48-41, Cross keyed a 11-2 Husker run, scoring seven of his 17 points to help the Huskers erase the deficit and a 52-50 lead on a Cross jumper with 13:49 left. The Huskers' lead would be short-lived, as Michigan responded with a decisive 19-3 surge to regain control.

Bandon Johns Jr. and Franz Wagner combined for 12 of the Wolverines' 19 points in the run, while Nebraska missed 11 of 12 shots in that stretch.

Eli Brooks led three Wolverines (12-8, 3-6 Big Ten in double figures with 20 points and nine rebounds while Wagner (18) and Johns (16) both finished in double figures for the victors.

The Huskers and Wolverines traded baskets in a competitive first half as the Wolverines took a 40-35 lead into the locker room. After a tribute from both teams to Kobe Bryant to start the contest, the Huskers scored the first five points and led 11-7 after a basket by Cheatham.

Michigan came back five straight points of their own and either team led by three points until Michigan used a 7-0 run to push the margin to 38-50. Mack, who had 13 of his points in the first half, kept the Huskers within striking distance, hitting a runner to beat the first half buzzer, as Nebraska shot 50 percent in the first 20 minutes, including 5-of-11 from 3-point range.

Behind the play of Mack and Dachon Burke Jr., Nebraska pulled to within 43-41 early in the second half before a 5-0 Michigan surge extended the lead to 48-41, setting the stage for NU's flurry.

The Huskers return to action Saturday night as they host No. 24 Penn State in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers game. Tipoff time at PBA is set for 6 p.m.



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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Amherst 88, Hi-Line 47

Ansley-Litchfield 73, North Central 30

Auburn 60, Louisville 26

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 70, Winnebago 43

Bellevue West 74, Omaha Central 67

Blue Hill 56, Lawrence-Nelson 49

Boyd County 65, Spalding Academy 20

Burwell 84, Palmer 52

Centennial 44, Fillmore Central 38

Chase County 84, Haxtun, Colo. 44

Columbus 73, Ralston 66

Conestoga 76, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 37

Elkhorn Valley 43, Summerland 42

Elmwood-Murdock 38, Freeman 37

Emerson-Hubbard 53, Pender 49

Fairbury 45, Sandy Creek 44

Falls City Sacred Heart 66, Southern 28

Gering 56, Torrington, Wyo. 50

Hartington-Newcastle 44, Plainview 32

Hastings 48, Beatrice 46

Heartland Lutheran 42, Red Cloud 27

Humphrey St. Francis 81, St. Edward 12

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 58, Oakland-Craig 46

Johnson County Central 61, Malcolm 43

Lincoln North Star 78, Omaha Northwest 64

Lincoln Southeast 85, Grand Island 78

Lingle-Fort Laramie, Wyo. 40, Morrill 30

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 53, Howells/Dodge 32

Loomis 84, Franklin 58

Lutheran High Northeast 48, Crofton 47, OT

Niobrara/Verdigre 42, CWC 39

North Bend Central 73, Madison 54

O'Neill 85, Norfolk Catholic 72

Oelrichs, S.D. 59, Hay Springs 27

Omaha Skutt Catholic 63, Lincoln Pius X 54

Osmond 55, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 46

Palmyra 51, Wilber-Clatonia 40

Papillion-LaVista 74, Omaha Bryan 39

Pawnee City 65, Lewiston 38

Pierce 50, West Point-Beemer 23

Ponca 59, Hartington Cedar Catholic 50

Ravenna 60, Elm Creek 58

Santee 78, Elba 43

Shelton 47, Overton 37

Silver Lake 47, Wilcox-Hildreth 38

Siouxland Christian, Iowa 70, Homer 48

St. Mary's 47, Creighton 40, OT

St. Paul 55, Centura 47

Superior 55, Deshler 51

Sutherland 66, Creek Valley 23

Sutton 54, Milford 37

Twin River 70, Stanton 43

West Holt 49, Neligh-Oakdale 32

Wisner-Pilger 72, Clarkson/Leigh 38

Wood River 43, Ord 42

Centennial Conference Tournament=

Grand Island Central Catholic 62, Omaha Concordia 40

Kearney Catholic 70, Boys Town 31

Lincoln Christian 55, Hastings St. Cecilia 36

Lincoln Lutheran 49, Bishop Neumann 42

Central Conference Tournament=

Quarterfinal=

Adams Central 59, York 50

Aurora 40, Crete 39

Grand Island Northwest 50, Seward 38

Lexington 73, Holdrege 50

Crossroads Conference Tournament=

Quarterfinal=

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 58, Osceola 27

McCool Junction 64, Exeter/Milligan 38

Eastern Midlands Conference=

Bennington 71, Nebraska City 49

Elkhorn 61, Blair 37

Waverly 53, Plattsmouth 31

Nebraska Capitol Conference Tournament=

Ashland-Greenwood 65, Raymond Central 32

Douglas County West 58, Arlington 48

Platteview 48, Fort Calhoun 45

Wahoo 69, Syracuse 22

Republican Plains Activity Conference=

East Division=

Alma 49, Medicine Valley 39

Arapahoe 48, Southwest 35

Southern Valley 71, Cambridge 67, 4OT

West Division=

Dundy County-Stratton 70, Wauneta-Palisade 54

Paxton 49, Hitchcock County 36

Wallace 41, Maywood-Hayes Center 40

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Beatrice 47, Hastings 18

Boyd County 61, Spalding Academy 13

Burwell 46, Palmer 24

CWC 75, Niobrara/Verdigre 26

Central Valley 43, Riverside 26

Chase County 63, Haxtun, Colo. 31

Clarkson/Leigh 49, Wisner-Pilger 39

Columbus 57, Ralston 22

Crawford 56, Hemingford 42

Creighton 40, St. Mary's 37

Doniphan-Trumbull 49, Arcadia-Loup City 41

Elwood 56, Amherst 47, OT

Fairbury 55, Sandy Creek 16

Falls City Sacred Heart 38, Southern 19

Fillmore Central 65, Centennial 53

Freeman 50, Elmwood-Murdock 36

Grand Island 59, Lincoln Southeast 52

Hartington-Newcastle 50, Plainview 31

Heartland Lutheran 36, Red Cloud 28

Hi-Line 56, Amherst 47

Holyoke, Colo. 58, Perkins County 18

Howells/Dodge 54, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 62, Conestoga 42

Humphrey St. Francis 73, St. Edward 23

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 57, Osmond 24

Lawrence-Nelson 51, Blue Hill 37

Lincoln Northeast 47, Kearney 43

Lincoln Pius X 70, Omaha Skutt Catholic 28

Lingle-Fort Laramie, Wyo. 52, Morrill 44

Loomis 51, Franklin 43

Louisville 38, Auburn 36

Malcolm 72, Johnson County Central 42

Mitchell 57, Kimball 35

Nebraska Christian 36, Heartland 27

Nebraska City Lourdes 50, Sterling 31

Neligh-Oakdale 54, West Holt 48

Norfolk Catholic 67, O'Neill 63

North Bend Central 58, Madison 18

North Central 70, Ansley-Litchfield 17

Oakland-Craig 55, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 40

Omaha Burke 63, Bellevue East 37

Omaha Central 58, Bellevue West 53

Omaha Mercy 42, Tekamah-Herman 25

Omaha Roncalli 55, Omaha Duchesne Academy 38

Ord 59, Wood River 38

Overton 48, Shelton 44

Papillion-LaVista 70, Omaha Bryan 26

Pawnee City 59, Lewiston 29

Pender 59, Emerson-Hubbard 13

Ponca 50, Hartington Cedar Catholic 37

Ravenna 46, Elm Creek 43

Santee 79, Elba 48

Silver Lake 55, Wilcox-Hildreth 38

Sioux Falls Lincoln, S.D. 65, South Sioux City 45

St. Paul 54, Centura 43

Summerland 51, Elkhorn Valley 41

Superior 67, Deshler 24

Sutherland 53, Creek Valley 15

Sutton 50, Milford 46

Thayer Central 53, Tri County 29

Torrington, Wyo. 42, Gering 39

Twin River 52, Stanton 48

West Point-Beemer 50, Pierce 31

Wilber-Clatonia 43, Palmyra 40, OT

Winnebago 71, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 70

Yutan 35, David City 28

Centennial Conference Tournament=

Archbishop Bergan 58, Kearney Catholic 56

Grand Island Central Catholic 39, Lincoln Lutheran 32

Lincoln Christian 60, Aquinas 28

Central Conference Tournament=

Quarterfinal=

Adams Central 54, Aurora 24

Crete 57, Holdrege 37

Grand Island Northwest 53, Columbus Lakeview 28

York 56, Seward 31

Crossroads Conference Tournament=

Quarterfinal=

Cross County 53, East Butler 32

Meridian 35, Dorchester 25

Eastern Midlands Conference=

Blair 65, Plattsmouth 42

Elkhorn 61, Nebraska City 21

Norris 63, Waverly 41

Hiawatha Tournament=

Maranatha Academy, Kan. 48, Falls City 40

MNAC Tournament=

Anselmo-Merna 43, Arthur County 37

Cody-Kilgore 44, Twin Loup 28

Mullen 40, Sandhills Valley 25

South Loup 69, Brady 40

Nebraska Frontier Conference=

Consolation=

Cedar Bluffs 56, Cornerstone Christian 27

Whiting, Iowa 46, Omaha Christian Academy 41

Semifinal=

Heartland Christian, Iowa 44, College View Academy 24

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 53, Boys Town 39

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Bloomfield vs. Wausa, ppd.





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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal officials say the helicopter carrying former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to land. The officials added that it’s not clear it would have averted Sunday’s crash because he may have lost control as the aircraft plunged into a fog-shrouded mountain. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed when the helicopter crashed about 30 miles from Los Angeles.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fourth seed Simona Halep (HA’-lehp) and unseeded Garbiñe Muguruza (gahr-BEEN’ moo-gah-ROO’-thah) will square off in one of the two Australian Open women’s semifinals. Halep advanced by completing a 6-1, 6-1 dismantling of Anett Kontaveit in just 53 minutes. Muguruza took a little more than 90 minutes to eliminate No. 30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (pav-luh-chehn-KOH’-vah) 7-5, 6-3.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv) has reached the first Grand Slam semifinal of his career by eliminating three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 at Melbourne Park. Roger Federer has been fined $3,000 for cursing during his quarterfinal victory. He had argued with the chair umpire after being warned for an audible obscenity during the third set of what became a five-set win over Tennys Sandgren.

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker and the Houston Astros are working to finalize an agreement that would make him the team’s manager, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. Baker would take over for AJ Hinch, who was fired Jan. 13 just an hour after he was suspended for the season by Major League Baseball for his role in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. The 70-year-old Baker has managed San Francisco, the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati and Washington, winning 1,863 games in 22 seasons and earning three NL Manager of the Year awards.

BOSTON (AP) — First baseman Mitch Moreland is staying with the Boston Red Sox after accepting a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $3 million, including a $500,000 buyout for 2021. The 34-year-old hit .252 with 19 homers and 58 RBIs in 91 games last year, going on the injured list for a strained lower back and a strained right quadriceps. Moreland has spent 10 seasons in the majors, batting .251 with 166 home runs, 559 RBIs and a .444 slugging average.




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Girls Scores 1/28 
Adams Central 54, Aurora 24
Crete 57, Holdrege 37
Grand Island Northwest 53, Columbus Lakeview 28
York 56, Seward 31

Boys Scores 1/28 
Adams Central 59, York 50
Aurora 40, Crete 39
Grand Island Northwest 50, Seward 38
Lexington 73, Holdrege 50

Semi final games will be played at GINW Thursday & Friday. Championship games on Saturday. 
Listen for GINW Girls & Boys on 2DAYFM 103.1. Aurora Boys on The Wolf 97.3. 

BRACKET




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Boys Scores 1/28 
Grand Island Central Catholic 62, Omaha Concordia 40
Kearney Catholic 70, Boys Town 31
Lincoln Christian 55, Hastings St. Cecilia 36
Lincoln Lutheran 49, Bishop Neumann 42

Girls Scores 1/28 
Archbishop Bergan 58, Kearney Catholic 56
Grand Island Central Catholic 39, Lincoln Lutheran 32
Lincoln Christian 60, Aquinas 28
St Cecilia 42, Scotus 27 

Tournament resumes on Thursday & Friday with the semi final games being played at Kearney Catholic. Listen to GICC games on KRGI 1430/105.5 & krgi.com 

BRACKET





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The Nebraska women's basketball team takes aim at a second straight Big Ten road win while shooting for a season series sweep of Minnesota on Thursday night in Minneapolis. Tip-off between the Huskers (15-5, 5-4 Big Ten) and the Golden Gophers (12-8, 2-7 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m. (CT) at Williams Arena.

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

A live video stream will be available for BTN+ subscribers.

Nebraska heads to Minnesota after earning its first Big Ten road win of the season with a 72-71 victory at Wisconsin on Saturday. The Huskers rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to take a four-point lead in the closing seconds before the Badgers hit a three at the buzzer for the final margin.

It marked the third consecutive game that Nebraska rallied from a double-digit second-half deficit to take a lead in the fourth quarter. In a 74-71 win over Michigan (Jan. 19), the Huskers trailed by 13 points in the third quarter. In a 76-68 loss to Purdue (Jan. 22), the Huskers trailed by 21 in the second quarter and 13 in the third before taking a four-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, only to see Purdue answer down the stretch.

Junior center Kate Cain led the Huskers in the first meeting with Minnesota this season, a 72-58 Husker win at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln (Jan. 4). Cain notched her third straight double-double to open Big Ten play with 19 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks. Cain needs three blocks on Thursday to tie the Nebraska career block record (238, Janet Smith, 1979-82).

Sam Haiby, a sophomore from Moorhead, Minn., also had a big game for the Big Red in the first meeting with the Gophers. Haiby scored 17 points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds, while adding three assists and two steals. In Saturday's win at Wisconsin, Haiby finished with 11 points and a career-high five steals, including a key steal with 7.7 seconds left and a pair of free throws with five seconds left to seal the win.

Senior Hannah Whitish (Barneveld, Wis.) also had 17 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting in the first meeting with Minnesota.

Nebraska Cornhuskers at Minnesota Golden Gophers
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, 7 p.m. (CT)
Williams Arena (14,625) - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Live Video:
 BTN+
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM & KLIN 1400 AM; Omaha - ESPN 590 AM
Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn

Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-5, 5-4 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 9.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 8.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 11.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 9.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 13.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 5.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 1.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 1.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Out for Season
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (57-54); 13th Season Overall (250-163)

Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-8, 2-7 Big Ten)
5 - Taiye Bello - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 12.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg
4 - Jasmine Powell - 5-6 - Fr. - G - 9.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg
14 - Sara Scalia - 5-10 - Fr. - G - 11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg
21 - Jasmine Brunson - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 9.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg
24 - Gadiva Hubbard - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 11.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Off the Bench
25 - Klarke Sconiers - 6-2 - Fr. - C - 3.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg
23 - Masha Adashchyk - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 3.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg
2 - Barbora Tomancova - 6-2 - So. - F/C - 1.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
20 - Kehinde Bello - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 1.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Head Coach: Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota, 2004)
Second Season at Minnesota (33-19); Second Season Overall (33-19)

Scouting The Minnesota Golden Gophers
• Head coach Lindsay Whalen's Minnesota team has experienced turmoil since the first meeting with the Huskers in Lincoln on Jan. 4. Nebraska knocked off then-No. 24 Minnesota, 72-58, to drop the Golden Gophers to 11-3 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten.
• While Nebraska knocked the Gophers out of the top-25 in the AP rankings for the second straight season, Minnesota's 2020 campaign took a step in a more negative direction with the departure of leading scorer Destiny Pitts (16.3 ppg), who chose to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal after playing just one more game with the Gophers.
• Although Minnesota is just 1-6 in its last seven games, four of the losses are by one possession, including a one-point loss to No. 18 Iowa (76-75), a two-point loss to No. 23 Northwestern (56-54), a three-point loss to Ohio State (66-63) and a three-point loss at Illinois (74-71)
• Minnesota has shown plenty of fight, including a 72-59 win at Purdue (Jan. 19). The game was tied at 43 late in the third quarter when Minnesota erupted on a 19-0 run to surge to victory.
• Minnesota is 0-4 at Williams Arena in Big Ten play this season.
• Minnesota slipped to 12-8 overall and 2-7 with a 65-52 loss at No. 20 Indiana on Monday.
• Although the Gophers have had to make up for the loss of Pitts' 16.3 points per game, their offense without Pitts over the last five games is averaging 66.3 points. In Minnesota's first three Big Ten losses with Pitts, the Gophers averaged just 58.3 points per game.
• All five of Minnesota's guards have stepped up their production without Pitts. Junior Masha Adashchyk started the four games after Pitts' departure. Adashchyk has averaged 4.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 steal the last five games. In her first four Big Ten games, she totaled just four points, seven boards and one steal. She had no stats in five minutes off the bench in Lincoln.
• Freshman guard Jasmine Powell drew her first start at Indiana on Monday night. She has increased her production, averaging 11.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals the last five games. Through the first four Big Ten games, Powell averaged 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Powell had eight points and four rebounds in the first meeting with the Huskers.
• Senior guard Jasmine Brunson has stepped up big, averaging 13.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals. Through the first four Big Ten games, Brunson averaged 8.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and no steals. She had seven points and an assist in the first meeting with Nebraska.
• Junior Gadiva Hubbard has increased her averages to 12.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals the last five games. She averaged just 8.8 points through Minnesota's first four Big Ten games. Hubbard had 10 points and four boards in Lincoln (Jan. 4).
• Freshman guard Sara Scalia is averaging a team-best 14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals the last five games. She averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 rebounds through the first four Big Ten games. Scalia had five points and seven rebounds in the first meeting with Nebraska.
• Senior Taiye Bello continues to be the focus inside for Minnesota. The athletic 6-2 forward is nearly averaging a double-double with 12.2 points and 9.9 rebounds, including 10.5 points and 9.6 boards in Big Ten play. Bello also has 35 blocks. She led Minnesota with 16 points in the first meeting at Nebraska. 
• Kehinde Bello, a 6-2 forward and twin sister of Gopher starter Taiye Bello, has managed 1.1 points and 2.1 rebounds on the year. 
• Sophomore Barbora Tomancova has also provided more for Minnesota the last five games, averaging 1.8 points and 4.4 rebounds. Tomancova did not play at all in the first four Big Ten contests.
• In Big Ten play, Minnesota is shooting just 38.7 percent from the field, but a strong 35.6 percent (62-174) from three-point range. The Gophers also excel at the free throw line on the season (.753). They have been even in turnovers but a minus-1.2 boards per game in Big Ten play.

Nebraska vs. Minnesota Series History
• Nebraska leads the all-time series with Minnesota 14-9, including a 72-58 Husker win in Lincoln (Jan. 4, 2020) in the first meeting between the two schools this season. 
• Kate Cain led Nebraska with 19 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks, while Sam Haiby and Hannah Whitish each pitched in 17 points in the win. Taiye Bello led Minnesota with 16 points.
• Nebraska owns three straight series wins, including a 79-74 victory in Minneapolis (Dec. 31, 2017) in the last meeting at Williams Arena.  
• Minnesota's last win was a 79-69 OT victory at Pinnacle Bank Arena (Feb. 4, 2017).
• Nebraska owns a 9-4 edge as Big Ten foes.
• Nebraska is 11-3 all-time against Minnesota in Lincoln.The Huskers are 2-6 against Minnesota in Minneapolis and 1-0 against the Gophers in the Big Ten Tournament (March 7, 2014).
• Although women's basketball was not a full varsity sport at Nebraska until 1975-76, a women's team from Nebraska suffered its first defeat at Minnesota in 1904 after going unbeaten between 1897 and 1903. Two weeks after the first meeting with Minnesota, Nebraska beat the same team in Lincoln.
• Minnesota's Laura Coenen scored 42 points for the Gophers in a 90-79 win over the Huskers on Nov. 30, 1984. That effort is tied for the most points by any opponent in a game against the Huskers.

Nebraska Streaks
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (81).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (76).
• Nicea Eliely and Leigha Brown are the only Huskers to score points in each of Nebraska's first 20 games this season.
• Kate Cain and Isabelle Bourne are the only Huskers to record at least one rebound for Nebraska in all 20 games this season.
• Eliely was the only Husker to score in all 30 games last season, and the only Husker to score in all of Nebraska's games against Big Ten Conference foes. She has scored in 54 consecutive games overall. She did not score in a win over Penn State on Feb. 22, 2018, the only time in the past three seasons (including 2019-20, 74 games) that Eliely was shut out.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 362 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 241 consecutive games.

Numbers to Watch 
(2) Kristian Hudson needs two assists to reach 400 in her career (383 at FIU).
(3) Kate Cain is three blocked shots away from matching the Nebraska career block record held by Janet Smith (238, 1979-82).
(7) Kristian Hudson needs seven rebounds to reach 400 in her career (372 at FIU).
(12) Hannah Whitish is 12 assists away from No. 6 on the Nebraska career assist list (444, Amy Stephens, 1986-89).
(16) Nicea Eliely is 16 points away from 900 in her career.
(100) Grace Mitchell's next appearance will be the 100th game of her Husker career.

Game Notes vs Minn

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The Nebraska Athletic Department announced Tuesday that tickets to the 2020 Nebraska Football Spring Game presented by First National Bank will go on sale next week.  The spring game has been set for Saturday, April 18 at Memorial Stadium with kickoff time to be determined at a later date.

 

Nebraska Football season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase spring game tickets beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. CT.  Tickets will be available to the general public a day later on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. CT.

 

For the second consecutive year, a limit of 10 tickets per account will be in place for both season ticket holders and the public on-sale. While season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase, a minimum of 15,000 tickets will be available for the public sale on Feb. 5. The first opportunity to purchase spring game tickets is one of the many benefits offered to season ticket holders.

 

Nebraska fans may purchase tickets on-line at Huskers.com, by phone at 1-800-8-BIG RED or in person at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage (8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays).

 

All individuals entering Memorial Stadium for the spring game will need a ticket. The majority of tickets are $10 and all seats are reserved. A limited number of $20 club seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Youth eighth grade or younger will be admitted for free, but must secure a complimentary ticket. Youth in attendance are encouraged to take part in the Healthy Husker Pledge from their seat during halftime.

 

UNL students will be admitted for free, but also must secure a ticket for admittance. UNL faculty and staff can purchase one reserved ticket for $5 with a staff ID.

 

Nebraska drew a record 85,946 fans for the 2019 spring game, marking the second straight year Nebraska led the nation in spring game attendance.

2020 Red-White Spring Game presented by First National Bank
Date: Saturday, April 18         
Kickoff: TBA
Tickets on Sale: Feb. 4, 10 a.m., Football Season Ticket Holders; Feb. 5, 10 a.m., General Public
Ticket Prices: $10 reserved tickets; $20 club seats (pending availability)
* UNL Faculty & Staff, $5 (Tickets should be purchased in person at Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office or over the phone to receive discount, must show staff ID at gate on game day); limit of one discounted ticket
* Current UNL Students, Free (must secure a ticket via Huskers.com beginning on Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.)
* Youth 8th grade and younger, Free (must secure a ticket via Huskers.com), limit of two complimentary youth tickets for each regular ticket purchased.
Ticket Limit: Maximum of 10 tickets per account
Radio/Internet: Husker Sports Network/Huskers.com
Television: TBD

Husker Fans Encouraged to Join Football Season Ticket Request List

Husker fans are encouraged to sign up now for the Nebraska Football Season Ticket request list by visiting Huskers.com/requestlist.  Signing up for the request list is the only way to guarantee an opportunity to purchase season tickets following the completion of the season ticket renewal process.

 

All season tickets for the 2020 season will be sold through the Seat Yourself process which begins May 1 and ends May 22.  There is no charge for Husker fans to join the season ticket request list.

 

The 2020 Nebraska football home schedule features six teams who played in the postseason, including three teams that won 11 games in 2019. A season ticket for Nebraska’s seven-game home schedule costs $420 or $60 per game.





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