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Kearney, Neb. – The Emporia State men's basketball team made 17 free throws and got 42 bench points to defeat Nebraska-Kearney, 78-68, Thursday night in Kansas.

This was the MIAA opener for the Hornets (6-3) while the Lopers (4-4) were coming off a Tuesday night home win Fort Hays State. Since joining the MIAA in 2012, UNK is now 0-7 in Lee Arena.

E-State led for most of the way and by as many as 13 points. UNK made nine triples, had only eight turnovers and was just minus two on the glass to hang around. However the Hornets never let Kearney make a big move in the second half.

Six-nine, 240 pound freshman reserve center Mason Thiessen made 6 of 7 shots, including a 4 of 4 effort from behind the arc, to score 16 points. Not to be outdone, junior reserve guard Justin Williams had 12 points, five boards and four times in 25 minutes with junior starter Jumah'Ri Turner had 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Kansas senior forward Morgan Soucie made 6 of 14 shots to tally a team-high 14 points for UNK. Iowa senior Kyle Juhl and Texas senior Chase Winchester both tallied 10 as they combined for five made threes with Bellevue redshirt freshman Cedric Johnson going 3 of 3 from the field to tally nine. 

 

Finally Kearney was a bit short-handed as Bellevue senior forward AJ Jackson didn’t play in the second half. He injured a finger on his shooting hand late in Tuesday night’s win; he played 11 minutes tonight in the opening half and went 1 of 7 from the field.

UNK is now off until next Friday when the face Division I South Dakota State. That'll be an exhibition game for the Lopers and a countable contest for the Jackrabbits. 




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Kearney, Neb. – The Emporia State Hornets took advantage of 31 turnovers and scored 22 points in both the first and fourth quarters to down Nebraska-Kearney, 70-49, Thursday night in Kansas.

This was the MIAA opener for the Hornets (6-2) while the Lopers (7-1, 1-1) were coming off a Tuesday night home win over No. 3/5 Fort Hays State. The 7-0 start by UNK goes down as the fourth best in program history.

Emporia tallied 37 of its points off turnovers, thanks to 23 steals, with those Loper miscues also leading to 19 more shot attempts. UNK was just minus one on the glass and held E-State to 8 of 32 shooting (25%) over the second and third quarters.

The Lopers, shooting a 37% (16 of 43) on the night, trailed 37-26 at the break and 48-39 heading into the final quarter. Emporia sunk three of its eight threes over the final 10 minutes and used a 12-0 run to salt things away.

Redshirt freshman guard Tre'Zure Jobe (18 points, five steals, three assists & two rebounds), senior guard Jessica Wayne (14 points, six steals, five rebounds) and senior wing Mollie Mounsey (nine points, five boards & five steals) paced the Hornets.

UNK had nine different players score with Colorado point guard Haley Simental (10) leading the way. She had only two turnovers in 35 minutes and sunk two of UNK's seven threes. Finally South Dakota sophomore guard Klaire Kirsch (12 rebounds & nine points) almost recorded another double double with Missouri junior guard Adreon Bell supplying six points off the bench.

The Lopers host York College Monday night. That game has been moved back to a 7 p.m. tip off.



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Kearney, Neb. – Seven different players registered at least two kills and second-ranked Nebraska-Kearney had 69 digs to sweep Oklahoma Baptist (-21, -17, -16) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night at the Health & Sports Center.

The match is part of the ridiculous Central Region which features seven of the nation's top nine teams. Top-seeded UNK (34-0) advances to the second round on Friday night where it'll face fourth-seed and eighth-ranked Northern State (25-5). The Wolves swept league rival and seventh-ranked St. Cloud State in its first round match.

Recording its 28th all-time NCAA win and advancing in this tournament for the first time since 2012, UNK out hit OBU (28-6) by a .218-.092 margin, was plus four in the serve game and dug up 15 more balls. Regular season and tournament champions of the Great American Conference, the Bison were making its' first-ever NCAA appearance and hung with the Lopers for about a set and a half.

"I could not be happier for our players who have had, especially the last part of the season, the bullseye on their back. Had it on there tonight too," UNK head coach Rick Squiers said.  "In the early going we were going blow for blow with a good team but found a way to wrestle control away from them."

GAC Player of the Year Malia Leatherland, a junior outside hitter, had five of her 10 kills in the first set which featured 12 ties and five lead changes. UNK used a 5-3 run to break a 12-all tie with a kill from junior setting Madison Squiers (Kearney Catholic) capping the spurt and forcing OBU to call timeout. The Lopers led the rest of the way, getting three kills, two blocks and three unforced Bison errors. Outsides Julianne Jackson (Bonner Springs, Kan.) and Kamryn Schuler (Gretna) combined for nine of UNK's 16 kills in this set.

"They really don't try and fool you. They just lay it up there and move those outsides around … one of their right sides too. They challenge you to stop them and for about half a set we couldn't stop them," Squiers said. "We finally got some touches and we also sided out well in the early going and that played a big role in getting us going."

Kearney out dug OBU 27-14 in the second set and held leads of 7-2, 16-10 and 19-12 before a late Bison charge. Four different Lopers had three kills here with junior right side Mary Katherine Wolfe (Omaha Marian) serving up two of the team's six aces. Finally Schuler and junior middle Anna Squiers (Kearney Catholic) had four kills apiece in the third set. UNK broke a seven-all tie thanks to a 5-0 run start began and ended with Squiers kills. The Lopers rolled from there with a kill by Bennington freshman Michaela Bartles ending the match.

“They are more than a worthy opponent. That’s the second time we’ve played them and they create a lot of problems for you. They are super competitive and their outsides do a fantastic job so we feel very fortunate to be moving on to the second round,” Squiers said.

Schuler had a team-high 11 kills with Jackson adding 10, pushing her career total to 995. Next, Bartles had seven kills and hit .412 with Anna Squiers providing six kills, four digs and three blocks. Finally, Madison Squiers had 33 assists, 13 digs, four kills and a block with junior defensive specialist Monique Schafer at 11 digs, many of them early on in key situations.

For OBU, Leatherland reached her 10 kills in 48 swings while also adding 15 digs with freshman Taneyah Brown at 11 kills and three blocks. 





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GAME 9: NEBRASKA AT CREIGHTON
Date: Sat., Dec. 7
Time: 1:31 p.m.  
Location: Omaha, Neb.
Arena:CHI Health Center

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
2019-20 Record: 4-4
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
    Record at Nebraska: 4-4 (1st year)
    Career NCAA Record: 119-60 (6th year)

CREIGHTON BLUEJAYS
2019-20 Record: 6-2
Head coach: Greg McDermott
    Record at Creighton: 213-111 (10th year)
    Career Record: 493-306 (26th year)

BROADCAST INFO
Television: FS1
    Play-by-play: Vince Welch
    Analyst: Nick Bahe
Online Broadcast: Fox Sports App
Radio: Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)
    Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka    
    Analyst: Jake Muhleisen
Online Radio: Available on Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn.com/Huskers and TuneIn App. 
SiriusXM (Internet): Ch. 982

 

Husker Head to Omaha for Matchup with Creighton

The Husker men's basketball team looks for its second straight win in the annual in-state matchup, as Nebraska makes the short trek up I-80 to take on the Creighton Bluejays Saturday afternoon. It is Nebraska's longest running non-conference series and enters Saturday's game deadlocked at 26 wins apiece. 

Tipoff at the CHI Center in Omaha is set for 1:31 p.m., and the matchup between the Huskers and Bluejays will be televised on FS1 with Vince Welch and Nick Bahe on the call. The game will also be available on the Fox Sports app on tablets, computers and mobile devices.

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, the Huskers app and TuneIn radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Nebraska (4-4) could not overcome a poor shooting night in a 73-56 loss at Georgia Tech on Wednesday. The Huskers, playing their first road game, shot 32 percent from the field, including 25 percent in the second half, as the Yellow Jackets pulled away down the stretch. Georgia Tech's Michael Devoe led all players with 26 pointers. 

 

Senior guard Haanif Cheatham was a bright spot in a losing effort, as he posted his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to lead four Huskers in double figures. It marked his fourth consecutive double-figure scoring effort, a stretch where Cheatham is averaging 18 points per game.

The Huskers' offense has been balanced during the early portion of the season with three players averaging over 12 points per game and a fourth in double figures, Much of that has been due to the play of point guard Cam Mack, as the sophomore is among the Big Ten leaders with 6.0 assists per game, while averaging 12.4 points per contest. Mack had 11 points and six assists in the loss at Georgia Tech. 

Creighton is 6-2 on the season following a 72-60 win over Oral Roberts on Tuesday. In that game, Christian Bishop's 17 points and eight boards led four Bluejays in double figures, as Creighton shot 49 percent, including 8-of-17 from 3-point range in building a 15-point halftime lead.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Thorir Thorbjarnarson comes off an 11-point, seven-rebound effort in Wednesday's game at Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-6 guard is shooting 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range this season after shooting just 35 percent from the floor in his first two seasons.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
4 - Double-digit scoring performances from Kevin Cross, which is the most by a Husker freshman since 2016-17 (5-Jeriah Horne and 4-Jordy Tshimanga). Cross is sixth among Big Ten freshmen in scoring at 8.5 ppg entering this week's action.

5.3 - Rebounds per game for freshman Ivan Ouedraogo, which is fourth among all Big Ten freshmen. His rebounds per game is on track to be the highest by a Husker freshman since Aleks Maric grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game in 2005-06.

6 - Three-pointers this season for Thorir Thorbjarnarson, as he is 6-of-14 from long range. In his first two seasons, he went a combined 6-of-28 behind the 3-point stripe.

6.0 - Assists per game for sophomore Cam Mack, which is on pace to be the highest average since Brian Carr averaged 6.7 assists per game in 1986-87. 

8 - Nebraska has had eight players score in double-figures during the first eight games of the season. Nebraska has five players averaging at least eight points per game, including four in double figures. 

50- Returning point total from last season, all by Thorir Thorbjarnarson. That is the lowest by any power conference team since the 2009-10 season.

SCOUTING CREIGHTON
The Bluejays come into Saturday's game with a 6-2 mark following a 12-point win over Oral Roberts Tuesday evening. The Bluejays returned nine letterwinners and four starters from a team that went 20-15 and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT. Creighton is 5-0 at home and 1-2 away from the CHI Health Center in 2019-20. Creighton's two losses came at Michigan in the Gavitt Games and against San Diego State in Las Vegas last weekend. 

Creighton's strength is an offensive attack that averages 75.1 points per game and averages 9.4 3-pointers per game. Sophomore guard Marcus Zegarowski leads the Bluejays with 17.9 points and 4.3 assists per game, while shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor. He is one of three Bluejays averaging double figures, joining Ty-Shon Alexander (15.9 ppg) and Mitch Ballock (12.6 ppg). Creighton has seven players averaging at least five points per game. 


Greg McDermott is in his 10th year at CU after coaching at Iowa State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State and Wayne State.

Series History: Nebraska and Creighton are meeting for the 53rd time in series history on Saturday, as the teams have tied at 26 wins apiece. It is the longest non-conference series on the Huskers' schedule. The home team has won 11 of the last 14 years, while Nebraska snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series with its win at Pinnacle Bank Arena last season.  The Huskers' last win in Omaha was a 71-70 win in the 2004 NIT.

LAST SEASON'S MATCHUP
All five starters scored in double figures as No. 24/25 Nebraska used a balanced and efficient offensive attack to cruise to a 94-75 victory over Creighton. Nebraska scored 47 points in each half while putting up the third-highest point total in its 52 all-time meetings with Creighton. The Huskers, who led by as many as 22, were up 13 at the half and Creighton never got closer than nine in the second half. James Palmer Jr. paced the Husker offense with 30 points, hitting 9-of-12 shots from the field, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and he was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Thomas Allen added a career-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Isaiah Roby chipped in 15 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. 

LAST TIME OUT
Haanif Cheatham produced his first career double-double for the Huskers, but Georgia Tech's Michael Devoe flirted with a triple-double to lead Georgia Tech to a 73-56 victory in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup.

Cheatham paced the Huskers with 14 points and 11 rebounds, the first double-figure rebounding game of his career. Cam MackJervay Green and Thorir Thorbjarnarson all added 11 points for Nebraska, but the Huskers shot just 32 percent from the field – including 25 percent in the second half – and were 8-of-18 from the free throw line. Nebraska (4-4) also committed a season-high 18 turnovers which led to 18 Yellow Jacket points.

Devoe, the ACC's leading scorer, put up 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Georgia Tech (4-2), reaching the 20-point plateau for the fifth time in six games. Moses Wright added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who trailed by four late in the first half before outscoring Nebraska 21-6 over the final four minutes of the opening period and the first four minutes of the second half to pull away for the win.

DID YOU KNOW
• Saturday's game will be the second head coaching matchup between Nebraska's Fred Hoiberg and Creighton's Greg McDermott. The first came on Nov. 21, 2010, when Iowa State beat Creighton, 91-88, at the Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge in Des Moines, Iowa.

• Hoiberg was hired to replace McDermott when he took the Creighton job after four seasons in Ames in April of 2010, and took the Cyclone program to new heights. In Hoiberg's first season, ISU won 16 games which was the most since the 2005-06 season before beginning a string of four straight NCAA appearances with the Cyclones. 

• Thorir Thorbjarnarson is the only Husker with experience in the Nebraska-Creighton series, as he played the final minute of last year's win in Lincoln. Senior Haanif Cheatham has taken on Creighton four times, averaging 4.5 ppg and 4.0 rpg. Cheatham had his best game vs. Creighton in his last game in Omaha, scoring 11 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a 102-94 win over No. 7 Creighton during the 2016-17 season. 

• Saturday's game is the fourth consecutive game away from Lincoln for the Huskers and the middle of a three-game road trip. In all, NU will play six straight games away from Lincoln - the longest stretch since the 1997-98 season - before returning home to take on Purdue on Dec. 15. In all, Nebraska will go 24 days between home games.

• Through the first eight games, 76.4 percent of the Huskers' offense has come from players who were added in the offseason, including six of Nebraska's top seven scorers. 

• The Big Ten won both of its challenges for the first time, going 5-3 against the Big East in the Gavitt Tipoff games and posting an 8-6 mark to win the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Big Ten has won the last two Gavitt Tipoff Games, while the Big Ten's win over the ACC was the first by the conference since 2015.

• One of the biggest points of emphasis for Hoiberg and his staff has been to shoot better from 3-point range, and that work has paid off in recent games despite Wednesday's performance at Georgia Tech. Over the last five games, NU is shooting nearly 40 percent from 3-point range and averaging 8.6 3-pointers per game after shooting just 23 percent in the first three games of the season. 

Huskers' 3-Point Improvement

Category

First 3 Games

Last 5 Games

3 Pt. Pct.

.231

.394

3-Pointers/Gm

6.0

8.6

Att./Gm

26.0

21.8

 
• As a team, the Huskers have shot 49 percent or better from the floor in four of their last six contests after shooting 34 percent in the first two games of the year. In that stretch, the Huskers are shooting 47.1 percent from the field. 

• Nebraska put together one of its best rebounding performances of the season against Georgia Tech, as it was out-rebounded just 47-44. NU limited the Yellow Jackets to just seven second-chance points, which was a season-low for a Husker opponent. 

• Nebraska has put at least four players in double figures in seven of the last eight games dating back to Nov. 9. The only time it didn't occur was against South Florida on Nov. 27, when the Huskers had a pair of 20-point scorers in Haanif Cheatham (26) and Dachon Burke Jr. (21).  The Huskers put five players in double figures against Washington State on Nov. 25, the first time Huskers accomplished the feat since a win over Creighton last December. 

• The Huskers have averaged 77 points per game since the opening night loss to UC Riverside, including 90+ points in consecutive games against South Dakota State (90) and Southern (93). That marked the first time that the Huskers have scored 90 or more points in consecutive games since the 1999-2000 season. 

• Senior guard Haanif Cheatham earned a spot on the Cayman Islands Classic All-Tournament team last week, as he averaged 19.0 ppg on 70 percent shooting, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, in helping the Huskers to a 2-1 mark. Cheatham had 19 points and seven boards in the win over Washington State and a career-high 26 point night against South Florida. He needs just 59 to reach 1,000 points for his career.

• Nebraska enters Saturday's game fourth in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +3.0 per game despite a season-high 18 turnovers against Georgia Tech. It marked the only time this season NU had more than 15 turnovers in a game. During his tenure at Iowa State, Hoiberg's teams ranked in the top three in fewest turnovers per game in four of his five seasons at the school. 

• Nebraska's 14 first-year players on the roster matches TCU for the most in the nation in research done by the Utah SID John Vu. Only four teams (TCU-14, Nebraska-14, East Carolina-13 and Utah-12) have at least 12 newcomers on their 2019-20 rosters. Nebraska returns a national-low 1.9 percent of its scoring from last season and the 50 returning points is the lowest by any power conference team since 2009 according to noted statistician Ken Pomeroy.

• Nebraska has already played two overtime games in the first month of the season. The school record for OT games is four, set most recently during the 2007-08 campaign. 

• Cam Mack's 13-point, 11-assist performance vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 9 marked just the sixth time in the last 30 years that a Husker has had a points-assist double-double. Mack is third in the Big Ten with 6.0 assists per game and has three games with at least seven assists.

Husker Points/Assists Double-Doubles (Last 30 years)

No.

Pts.

Asst.

Opponent

Cam Mack

13

11

vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19

Glynn Watson Jr.

10

10

vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18

Lance Jeter

10

10

vs. Kansas, 2/5/11

Lance Jeter

12

12

at Kansas State, 2/7/10

Sek Henry

11

11

at TCU, 11/21/09

Tom Wald

11

11

vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94


SETTING A FAST PACE
Not only are the Huskers adjusting to a whole new roster, but playing at a significantly faster pace than in previous years. The Huskers are 18th nationally in offensive tempo, as their average possession is 15.1 seconds, which leads to NU ranking 41st nationally in adjusted tempo, averaging 73.3 possessions per 40 minutes. NU is second in the Big Ten in tempo after ranking eighth in the Big Ten and 238th nationally in 2018-19. 

• In his five seasons as a college coach, Hoiberg's teams have ranked in the top 20 in offensive tempo four times, including top-10 rankings in both 2014 and 2015. 

• Hoiberg's first Iowa State team in 2010-11 jumped from 93rd to 34th nationally in tempo and ranked in the top 40 nationally in tempo in four of his five seasons in Ames, including top-15 nationally in his last two campaigns.

• In the KenPom era (1997-present), only one Husker team has ranked among the top 100 nationally in tempo - the 1999-2000 Huskers under Danny Nee.

JUCO ADDITIONS AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Two of the cornerstones of the Huskers' recruiting class were junior college transfers Cam Mack and Jervay Green. Mack (third) and Green (eighth) were both ranked in the top 10 nationally by JUCORecruiting.com in the 2019 recruiting class and have played a crucial role for the Huskers early in 2019-20.  

Mack, who was listed as the top JC point guard recruit in the country, enters the Creighton game averaging 12.4 points per game while leading the Huskers in assists (6.0), steals (1.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2-to-1). He is also second in rebounding at 4.9 caroms per game. 

• Mack enters the weekend as the only Big Ten player who ranks in the top 10 in both assists (fourth) and steals (eighth) 

• His 6.0 assists per game is on pace to rank third in school history, trailing only Brian Carr, who averaged 7.9 assists per game in 1984-85 and 6.7 assists per game in 1985-86. 

• He has reached double figures six times, including a season-high 24-point performance against South Dakota State on Nov. 15. 

• Mack made a run at the first triple-double in school history against Southern on Nov. 9, finishing with 13 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. His 11 assists against the Thunderbirds were the most by a Husker since the 2009-10 campaign.

• Last season at Salt Lake CC, Mack averaged 19.1 points, 7.6 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, ranking fifth nationally in assists per game. He totaled nine double-doubles and three triple doubles as a freshman and dished out 10-or-more assists nine times. 

Green was rated as the No. 2 combo guard nationally after a stint at Western Nebraska CC, has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Big Red, averaging 10.4 points along with 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He ranks on the top three on the squad in rebounding, assists, steals, blocks and 3-pointers. 

• Against Georgia Tech, Green finished with 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and five rebounds.

• He nearly posted a double-double against Washington State with 16 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes.

• Green turned in his best performance of the year against Southern on Nov. 22, scoring 22 points and dishing out six assists in the win overtime win. His two 3-pointers helped key a 10-0 spurt in overtime to seal the win. 

• He nearly had a double-double against Southern Utah with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds, as he sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. 

• Green garnered NJCAA All-America honors at WNCC in 2019, averaging 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. He was eighth nationally in scoring and had six 30-point games, including a school-record 51-point outburst.  

CHEATHAM MAKES IMPACT ON BOTH ENDS
Fifth-year senior Haanif Cheatham has been one of the leaders for a young Husker team. The guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is NU's most experienced player, as he played in 80 games between Marquette and Florida Gulf Coast before transferring to Nebraska for his final year. Cheatham's biggest impact has been on the defensive end, where he has the ability to guard multiple spots. Cheatham, who had not played since last December following shoulder surgery that ended his 2018-19 season after 10 games, has playing some of the best basketball of his career in the last 10 days, averaging 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds over the last four games. 

• Cheatham comes off his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at Georgia Tech on Dec. 4.

• He was in double figures all three games of the Cayman Islands Classic, averaging 19.0 ppg including a career-best 26-point effort against South Florida to garner all-tournament honors.

A former top-100 recruit out of high school, he was named Marquette's top defensive performer in each of his two full seasons at Marquette.

OUEDRAOGO ADDS NAME TO SHORT LIST OF TRUE FROSH
Freshman Yvan Ouedraogo became the first true freshman to start a season opener at Nebraska since 2013 when he started against UC Riverside on Nov. 5. 

• Ouedraogo, who became the first true freshman to start in the frontcourt since Brandon Ubel in 2009, had nine points, three rebounds and a pair of steals and a blocked shot in 21 minutes of action. 

• He is just the 11th true freshman and 13th freshman overall to start a season opener in the last 25 years at Nebraska, joining a group which includes 1,000-point scorers Tai Webster, Ryan Anderson, Cookie Belcher and Tyronn Lue. 

• Ouedraogo has started all eight games for the Huskers, averaging 5.4 points and a team-high 5.3 rebounds per game in just under 20 minutes per game.

• He has grabbed five or more rebounds in each of his last three games, including seven at Georgia Tech on Dec. 7. 

• He could become just the third freshman to lead NU in rebounding in a season, joining Aleks Maric (2005-06) and John Turek (2001-02). 

• He enjoyed his offensive effort of the season with 11 points, including six in overtime, and four rebounds against Southern on Nov. 22. He snared a team-high 12 rebounds against South Dakota State on Nov. 15.
Ouedraogo, who doesn't turn 18 until after the 2020 Big Ten Tournament, played for the French U-18 squad at the 2019 European Championships in July, averaging 4.0 points, 3.6 rebounds per game as France went 6-1 and finished fifth in the competition.

BURKE SHOWS SCORING TOUCH
The other returnee from the 2018-19 season, Dachon Burke Jr. waited in the wings after transferring from Robert Morris. A 6-foot-4 guard, Burke has quickly shown the skills to flourish in Fred Hoiberg's attack, averaging a team-high 12.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Burke has reached double figures five times, including a 17-point, seven-rebound effort against South Dakota State on Nov. 15 and a 21-point performance against South Florida on Nov. 27.  Two years ago, Burke was one of the best players in the Northeast Conference, averaging 17.6 points per game while adding 5.8 rebounds and a conference-best 2.1 steals per contest. 

CROSS LIFTS BENCH PRODUCTION 
Freshman Kevin Cross has been an early contributor for the Huskers. The 6-foot-8 freshman from Little Rock, Ark., has been the first Husker off the bench in all eight games and ranks fifth on the team in scoring at 8.5 points per game while chipping in 3.8 rebounds per game. 

• Cross has found his shooting touch in recent games, shooting 51 percent (27-of-53) in his last seven contests. He had shot 50 percent or better from the field in five straight games before being held scoreless against South Florida on Nov. 27. He had two points in Wednesday's loss at Georgia Tech.

• He played a complete game in the win over Washington State, scoring 14 points, grabbing a season-high eight rebounds and blocking two shots in 27 minutes 

• Cross played a big role in NU's comeback against Southern, scoring all eight of his points in the second half as the Huskers overcame an eight-point deficit. 

• He was efficient against South Dakota State, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and two blocked shots.

• Against Southern Utah, he had a team-high 19 points, becoming the first freshman in 73 games to pace the Huskers in scoring. His 19 point effort was the highest by a Husker rookie since Shavon Shields in 2013.

• Cross has lost nearly 20 pounds since arriving on campus this summer, and showed glimpses of his potential during NU's trip to Italy, reaching double figures twice in four contests. 





BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Adams Central 57, Aurora 34

Alma 51, Bertrand 44

Amherst 74, Ravenna 68, 2OT

Anselmo-Merna 53, Paxton 50, OT

Arcadia-Loup City 46, Broken Bow 33

Arlington 49, West Point-Beemer 46

Axtell 48, Pleasanton 47

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 58, Omaha Nation 49

Bennington 68, Wahoo 53

Bloomfield 56, Wynot 32

Blue Hill 75, Kenesaw 65

Boys Town 58, Omaha Concordia 55

Cambridge 56, Hitchcock County 52, 2OT

Centennial 67, David City 44

Central Valley 68, Palmer 39

Chase County 51, Cozad 38

Conestoga 68, Louisville 67

Crete 67, Columbus Lakeview 19

Cross County 53, McCool Junction 8

Deshler 52, Exeter/Milligan 28

Diller-Odell 42, Pawnee City 34

Douglas County West 38, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 31, OT

Elkhorn Mount Michael 52, Omaha Skutt Catholic 32

Elm Creek 62, Shelton 31

Elwood 75, Wilcox-Hildreth 34

Freeman 56, Palmyra 34

Fullerton 76, Burwell 64

Harlan, Iowa 73, Blair 46

Harvard 52, Giltner 36

Hastings 62, Seward 21

Hastings St. Cecilia 45, Columbus Scotus 32

Heartland Lutheran 48, Spalding Academy 36

Hershey 69, Perkins County 40

Howells/Dodge 50, Pierce 47

Johnson-Brock 68, Sidney, Iowa 56

Lewiston 62, Friend 55

Lexington 73, Gothenburg 54

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Oakland-Craig 38

Loup City 46, Broken Bow 33

Medicine Valley 50, Southwest 26

Neligh-Oakdale 67, Summerland 51

Niobrara/Verdigre 49, Stuart 34

North Bend Central 62, Twin River 42

North Central 51, Boyd County 42

O'Neill 61, Valentine 50

Omaha Christian Academy 59, College View Academy 49

Osceola 60, St. Edward 26

Overton 75, Arapahoe 30

Plainview 51, Winside 17

Platteview 48, Fort Calhoun 36

Ponca 72, Hartington-Newcastle 57

Ralston 63, York 53

Republic County, Kan. 52, Thayer Central 23

Riverside 53, Elgin Public/Pope John 28

Sandy Creek 50, Wood River 44

Schuyler 53, Madison 26

Sioux County 44, Crawford 36

South Platte 55, Arthur County 39

Southern Valley 63, Minden 39

St. Paul 51, Gibbon 40

Sutherland 48, Mullen 42

Wakefield 61, Pender 25

Wallace 53, Wauneta-Palisade 49

Walthill 109, Santee 38

Wilber-Clatonia 43, Tri County 30

Winnebago 54, Homer 52

Wisner-Pilger 56, Lutheran High Northeast 47

Fremont/NE/Westside/Bellevue West Classic=

Bellevue West 82, Fremont 38

Omaha Westside 66, Lincoln Northeast 61

GICC Tournament=

Grand Island Central Catholic 50, Lincoln Lutheran 49

Omaha Gross Catholic 85, Norfolk Catholic 69

HAC/Metro Challenge=

Millard North 84, Lincoln High 40

Papillion-LaVista South 66, Grand Island 15

Lincoln East Early Bird Classic=

Pod 1=

Elkhorn South 65, Norfolk 61

Lincoln Southeast 70, Lincoln East 52

Pod 2=

Kearney 60, Papillion-LaVista 55

Lincoln North Star 68, Bellevue East 57

Lincoln Southwest Early Bird Tournament=

Lincoln Pius X 58, Omaha Creighton Prep 56

Lincoln Southwest 44, Millard West 27

Lourdes Central Catholic Tournament=

Parkview Christian 62, Nebraska City Lourdes 56

Yutan 63, Elmwood-Murdock 41

OPS Jamboree=

Omaha Benson 88, Grand Island Northwest 60

Omaha Burke 48, Gretna 38

Omaha Central 76, Millard South 56

Omaha North 70, Omaha Bryan 66

Western Conference Tournament=

Alliance 53, Chadron 37

North Platte 72, Mitchell 62

Scottsbluff 69, Sidney 28

Sterling, Colo. 73, Gering 45

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Anselmo-Merna 55, Paxton 11, OT

Arlington 43, West Point-Beemer 37

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 72, Omaha Nation 21

Bennington 68, Wahoo 53

Bertrand 56, Alma 7

Blue Hill 58, Kenesaw 25

Broken Bow 61, Arcadia-Loup City 43

Broken Bow 61, Arcadia-Loup City 44

Centennial 67, David City 44

Crete 64, Columbus Lakeview 34

Crofton 56, Hartington Cedar Catholic 40

Cross County 53, McCool Junction 8

Diller-Odell 42, Pawnee City 38

Douglas County West 38, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 31

East Butler 70, Cedar Bluffs 34

Elgin Public/Pope John 61, Riverside 12

Elm Creek 61, Shelton 18

Exeter/Milligan 55, Deshler 43

Freeman 56, Palmyra 34

Giltner 35, Harvard 21

Gothenburg 53, Lexington 51

Hastings St. Cecilia 59, Columbus Scotus 21

Heartland Lutheran 45, Spalding Academy 16

Hershey 46, Perkins County 29

Hitchcock County 76, Cambridge 42

Lewiston 24, Friend 16

Louisville 55, Conestoga 38

Lutheran High Northeast 43, Wisner-Pilger 28

Madison 27, Schuyler 19

Minden 46, Southern Valley 40

Mullen 46, Sutherland 32

North Bend Central 62, Twin River 18

North Central 37, Boyd County 22

O'Neill 59, Valentine 36

Oakland-Craig 64, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 24

Omaha Concordia 68, Boys Town 18

Omaha Mercy 43, Blair 42

Omaha Skutt Catholic 50, Bishop Neumann 38

Overton 44, Arapahoe 22

Palmer 42, Central Valley 35

Pender 66, Wakefield-Allen 52

Pierce 43, Howells/Dodge 39

Platteview 64, Fort Calhoun 15

Pleasanton 48, Axtell 47

Ponca 54, Hartington-Newcastle 27

Ravenna 50, Amherst 37

Santee 73, Walthill 38

Seward 46, Hastings 33

South Platte 67, Arthur County 30

Southwest 31, Medicine Valley 29

St. Edward 43, Osceola 39

St. Paul 56, Gibbon 44

Stuart 51, Niobrara/Verdigre 29

Summerland 55, Neligh-Oakdale 26

Sutton 45, Superior 33

Thayer Central 39, Republic County, Kan. 32

Wallace 36, Wauneta-Palisade 34

Wilber-Clatonia 34, Tri County 31

Wilcox-Hildreth 48, Elwood 44

Wilcox-Hildreth 48, Hi-Line 44

Winnebago 50, Homer 43

Winside 35, Plainview 31

Wood River 44, Sandy Creek 28

Wynot 67, Bloomfield 27

York 62, Ralston 48

Fremont/NE/Westside/Bellevue West Classic=

Fremont 70, Bellevue West 23

Omaha Westside 66, Lincoln Northeast 45

GICC Tournament=

Grand Island Central Catholic 30, Lincoln Lutheran 28

Omaha Gross Catholic 55, Norfolk Catholic 0

HAC/Metro Challenge=

Papillion-LaVista South 66, Grand Island 15

Lincoln East Early Bird Classic=

Pod 1=

Lincoln East 67, Lincoln Southeast 14

Norfolk 40, Elkhorn South 38

Pod 2=

Bellevue East 43, Lincoln North Star 42

Papillion-LaVista 67, Kearney 30

Lincoln Southwest Early Bird Tournament=

Lincoln Pius X 74, Omaha Marian 27

Lincoln Southwest 44, Millard West 27

Lourdes Central Catholic Tournament=

Yutan 35, Elmwood-Murdock 21

OPS Jamboree=

Grand Island Northwest 54, Gretna 49

Omaha Benson 52, Omaha Central 49

Omaha Bryan 46, Omaha South 35

Omaha Burke 79, Omaha North 36

Tournament=

Nebraska City Lourdes 48, Omaha Duchesne Academy 19

Western Conference Tournament=

Chadron 62, Gering 45

North Platte 72, Sterling, Colo. 36

Scottsbluff 63, Alliance 23

Sidney 50, Mitchell 11





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Lincoln - Nebraska buried a season-high 12 three-pointers, including a career-high-tying six from Taylor Kissinger, as the Huskers shot their way to an 83-79 win over Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday night.

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 8-1 on the season while the Blue Devils slipped to 6-3 overall. The Huskers handed Duke just its third loss in 13 games in the history of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, with two of those losses coming to Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

While Kissinger matched her career best with six threes by going 6-for-9 from long range to finish with a team-high 19 points, the junior from Minden, Neb., was far from the only Husker firing. The Big Red got 14 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting night from the field from sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa, matched her career high by burying all three of her three-pointers and finished another traditional three-point play for the Huskers.

Senior guard Hannah Whitish added a pair of three-pointers, while going 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the closing minute to help the Huskers seal the four-point win. They were Whitish's first free throw attempts of the season. 

Early in the game, Whitish dished out three assists to become the first Husker in history to score 1,000 points, hit 200 threes and distribute 400 assists in a career. She added three more assists to finish the night with 403 in her career, moving past former Husker Stacy Imming (1984-87) into the No. 7 spot on the NU career list. The six assists were also a season high for Whitish.

Junior center Kate Cain added 10 points, five rebounds and five big blocks to go along with a pair of steals. Cain's block total pushed her to 207 in her career to match 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Danielle Page at No. 3 on the Nebraska career block chart.

The Huskers also got significant contributions from senior Nicea Eliely, sophomore Leigha Brown and freshman Isabelle Bourne. Eliely managed nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, while Brown pitched in eight points, including crucial free throws down the stretch, five rebounds and two steals including a huge hustle play to dive on the floor and secure a Husker possession in the closing minute.

Bourne added six points, a team-high seven rebounds including four on the offensive end, and two blocks.

As a team, Nebraska hit 48.3 percent (28-58) of its shots from the field, including a scorching 12-of-27 (.444) from three-point range. The Big Red also knocked down 15-of-20 free throws, including 9-of-10 in the fourth quarter to seal the win. The Huskers also dished out a season-high 23 assists, including six from Whitish, five from Sam Haiby, four from Kissinger, three from Brown and three more from Eliely.

The Huskers worked their way to a 21-20 lead at the end of the first quarter, knocking down 4-of-12 threes to overcome 9-of-14 overall shooting by Duke in the quarter. The Huskers outworked the Blue Devils on the boards 12-6 in the opening quarter, including seven offensive rebounds.

The Big Red caught fire two minutes into the second quarter, overcoming a 25-21 Duke lead on a three by Veerbeek and two more by Kissinger to claim a 34-30 edge and force a Duke timeout with 6:05 left in the half. Veerbeek added a jumper to make it 36-30. Later in the quarter, Whitish buried a three to give Nebraska the biggest lead of the game at 47-37 with 3:07 left in the half.

Duke rallied late in the quarter, but the Huskers took a 49-45 lead to the halftime locker room. At the half, Nebraska was winning on the glass, 19-14 and had allowed just three offensive boards to the Blue Devils who had hit a scalding hot 19-of-31 field goals, including 4-of-8 threes.

Duke bolted out of the locker room early in the second half to take a 51-49 lead. The game remained a possession game for the rest of the quarter, but Nebraska got the final three points of the period to take a 65-62 lead to the fourth.

Nebraska never relinquished the lead in the fourth, although Duke pulled within one point on multiple occasions, the last coming at 76-75 with 1:19 left. The Huskers' last seven points came at the free throw line, beginning with one from Eliely before Brown hit a pair and Whitish hit the final four to seal the win.

The Huskers survived despite giving up 16 offensive rebounds in the second half, primarily because of Nebraska's tighter grip on the Blue Devil shooters. Duke went 0-for-9 from three-point range in the second half and just 14-of-37 overall from the field after halftime.

Leaonna Odom finished with game highs of 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals for Duke, while Miela Goodchild added 15 points. All-America candidate Haley Gorecki managed 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Onome Akinbode-James pitched in 13 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Nebraska will enjoy nine days off from competition before returning to the court to take on Oral Roberts on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip is set for 1 p.m. against the Golden Eagles, with tickets on sale now at Huskers.com.




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Haanif Cheatham produced his first career double-double Wednesday night for the Nebraska men's basketball team, but Michael Devoe flirted with a triple-double to lead Georgia Tech to a 73-56 victory in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.
 
Cheatham paced the Huskers with 14 points and 11 rebounds, the first double-figure rebounding game of his career. Cam MackJervay Green and Thorir Thorbjarnarson all added 11 points for Nebraska, but the Huskers shot just 32 percent from the field – including 25 percent in the second half – and were 8-of-18 from the free throw line. Nebraska (4-4) also committed a season-high 18 turnovers which led to 18 Yellow Jacket points.
 
Devoe, the ACC's leading scorer, put up 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Georgia Tech (4-2), reaching the 20-point plateau for the fifth time in six games. Moses Wright added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who trailed by four late in the first half before outscoring Nebraska 21-6 over the final four minutes of the opening period and the first four minutes of the second half to pull away for the win.
 
Nebraska trailed by four, 32-28, at the half. The Huskers, who entered the game averaging 11.9 turnovers per game, survived a first half in which they turned the ball over 11 times. Fueled by the turnovers, Georgia Tech used runs of 8-0 and 10-0 to take the four-point lead into the locker room. Cheatham put up eight points and six rebounds to keep the Huskers close, and Thorbjarnarson provided a spark with six points in seven minutes off the bench en route to his career-high 11 points.
 
Dachon Burke hit 3-pointer on Nebraska's opening possession, but the Huskers missed seven of their next eight shots as Georgia Tech built an 8-5 lead. Nebraska responded with an 8-1 run to grab a 13-9 advantage, but the Huskers then went scoreless for more than five minutes as Georgia Tech scored eight straight points to pull in front 17-13 at the midway mark of the half.
 
Thorbjarnarson ended a scoreless drought of more than four minutes with a basket, and he sparked Nebraska with six points and drew a pair of charges during a 13-5 run that put the Huskers in front 26-22 with four minutes remaining in the half. But after back-to-back Thorbjarnarson baskets gave the Huskers their biggest lead, Georgia Tech scored 10 straight points to take a six-point lead, before Cheatham ended another four-minute scoring drought for the Huskers with a layup just before the first-half buzzer.
 
After Georgia Tech closed the first half on a 10-2 run, the Yellow Jackets opened the second half on an 11-4 spurt as the Huskers struggled to score. Green knocked down a 3-pointer to begin the half, but Nebraska missed its next 10 shots and converted only 4-of-10 free throws as Georgia Tech built its first double-digit lead at 43-32 four minutes into the half.
 
A quick 5-0 spurt pulled Nebraska to within six, but Georgia Tech answered that run with a pair of 5-0 runs of its own over the next four minutes to grab a 13-point lead midway through the period. Nebraska cut the lead to double digits twice over the next five minutes but could get no closer than nine before Georgia Tech put the game away by scoring seven straight points to build a 67-51 lead with 2:26 remaining.
 
Nebraska continues its three-game road trip on Saturday, when the Huskers travel to Omaha to take on the Creighton Bluejays. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at the CHI Health Center, with television coverage on FS1 and radio coverage on the Husker Sports Network.



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Four Nebraska offensive standouts were honored by the Big Ten Conference on Monday with all-conference recognition.

The four offensive players to earn honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades included junior receiver JD Spielman, junior offensive tackle Brenden Jaimes, junior running back Dedrick Mills and freshman receiver Wan’Dale Robinson.

Spielman received honorable-mention recognition from both the conference coaches and media. He led Nebraska with 49 receptions for 898 yards and five touchdowns, ranking fifth in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game.  In the process, Spielman became the first Husker to record three 800-yard receiving seasons.  This marks the third straight season Spielman has earned conference honors after earning third-team All-Big Ten honors in both 2017 and 2018.

Jaimes was also recognized by both the league coaches and media. The 6-6, 300-pounder is a mainstay on the offensive line, starting all 12 games at left tackle.  He helped the Husker offense rank third in the conference in rushing offense in Big Ten games.  The 2019 season marked the second straight year Jaimes has earned honorable-mention all-conference recognition.

Mills also earned recognition from the coaches and media.  He led the Nebraska running game in his first season with the Huskers, rushing for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Mills ranked ninth in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game, and his 10 rushing touchdowns were the second-most by a Husker since 2014.

Robinson was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice by the media panel.  Despite missing the majority of four games in the second half of 2019, Robinson had 40 catches for 453 yards and two touchdowns.  He also ranked as Nebraska’s third-leading rusher with 340 yards and three touchdowns.  His versatility earned Robinson recognition as one of four national finalists for the Paul Hornung Award.

The four offensive honorees join seven defensive players who were recognized by the conference on Tuesday, led by second-team All-Big Ten cornerback Lamar Jackson.

All-Big Ten Offensive Honorees

Brenden Jaimes, Jr., OT—Honorable Mention (Coaches, Media)

Dedrick Mills, Jr., RB—Honorable Mention (Coaches, Media)

JD Speilman, Jr., WR—Honorable Mention (Coaches, Media)
Wan’Dale Robinson, Fr., WR—Honorable Mention (Media)

All-Big Ten Defensive Honorees

Lamar Jackson, Sr., CB—Second Team (Media and Coaches)

Khalil Davis, Sr., DL—Third Team (Coaches), Honorable Mention (Media)

Darrion Daniels, Sr. NT—Honorable Mention (Coaches)

Dicaprio Bootle, Jr., DB—Honorable Mention (Media)

Mohamed Barry, Sr., LB—Honorable Mention (Media)

Cam Taylor-Britt, Soph., DB—Honorable Mention (Media)

Ben Stille-Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree




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Nebraska volleyball's Lauren StivrinsLexi Sun and Nicklin Hames were named to the All-Big Ten First Team on Wednesday, while Madi Kubik was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an All-Big Ten Second Team and All-Big Ten Freshman Team member. Libero Kenzie Knuckles was also selected to the All-Freshman Team by the league's head coaches. 

Stivrins was a unanimous choice for the All-Big Ten First Team. The 2018 AVCA First-Team All-American collected her second career all-conference honor after 2.57 kills per set, 1.06 blocks per set and a team-best .383 hitting percentage during the regular season. Stivrins' .412 hitting percentage in conference play was third-best in the Big Ten, and the junior middle blocker guided a Husker defense that had a league-best .156 opponent hitting percentage in Big Ten play. 

Sun earned her first career All-Big Ten honor, but her second career all-conference honor as she was an All-Big 12 first teamer at Texas in 2017. The junior outside hitter led the Huskers with 3.57 kills per set with 2.42 digs per set and a team-high 24 aces during the regular season. Sun posted double-digit kills in 18 of 20 Big Ten matches, and her 3.53 kills per set in Big Ten play ranked eighth. 

Hames collected her first All-Big Ten award after averaging 10.92 assists and 2.90 digs per set during the regular season. One of the best defensive setters in the nation, Hames recorded a team-high 15 double-doubles and also served 21 aces. Her 11.37 assists per set in Big Ten play ranked third in the conference. 

Kubik earned Nebraska's first Big Ten Freshman of the Year honor and first conference freshman of the year since Hannah Werth won the award in 2009 in the Big 12. Kubik averaged 2.73 kills and 2.52 digs per set in her first year as a Husker. She ranked fourth among Big Ten freshmen in kills (2.73 per set) and digs (2.52 per set) in conference play. The outside hitter was also named to the All-Big Ten Second Team and the All-Freshman Team. Kubik is the first Husker freshman to be named to an All-Big Ten team since Kadie Rolfzen in 2013. 

Knuckles earned All-Freshman Team accolades after leading the Huskers with 3.71 digs per set in her first year as the Huskers' libero. Knuckles served 20 aces and was a Big Ten Freshman of the Week and Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week during the season, helping the Huskers lead all Big Ten teams with a .156 opponent hitting percentage in conference play. 

Sophomore opposite hitter Anezka Szabo received Nebraska's Sportsmanship Award. 

Wisconsin's Dana Rettke was the Big Ten Player of the Year. Wisconsin coach Kelly Sheffield was chosen Coach of the Year by the media, while Penn State's Russ Rose was voted Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches. 

2019 Big Ten Volleyball All-Big Ten Honorees
First Team
Jacqueline Quade, Sr., Illinois
Katie Myers, So., Maryland
Paige Jones, So., Michigan*
Mackenzi Welsh, Sr., Michigan
CC McGraw, So., Minnesota
Regan Pittman, Jr., Minnesota*
Stephanie Samedy, Jr., Minnesota
Nicklin Hames, So., Nebraska
Lauren Stivrins, Jr., Nebraska*
Lexi Sun, Jr., Nebraska
Kaitlyn Hord, So., Penn State*
Jonni Parker, So., Penn State*
Kendall White, Sr., Penn State*
Grace Cleveland, So., Purdue*
Blake Mohler, Sr., Purdue
Sydney Hilley, Jr., Wisconsin*
Grace Loberg, Jr., Wisconsin
Dana Rettke, Jr., Wisconsin*
* denotes unanimous selection
 
Second Team
Ashlyn Fleming, Sr., Illinois
Breana Edwards, So., Indiana
Cori Crocker, Sr., Michigan
Alexis Hart, Sr., Minnesota
Taylor Morgan, Sr., Minnesota
Madi Kubik, Fr., Nebraska
Temi Thomas-Ailara, Fr., Northwestern
Kylie Murr, Fr., Ohio State
Gabby Blossom, So., Penn State
Caitlyn Newton, Jr., Purdue
Madison Duello, Sr., Wisconsin
Molly Haggerty, Jr., Wisconsin
Danielle Hart, So., Wisconsin
 
All-Freshman Team
Diana Brown, Illinois
May Pertofsky, Michigan
Jessica Robinson, Michigan
Kenzie Knuckles, Nebraska
Madi Kubik, Nebraska
Temi Thomas-Ailara, Northwestern
Jenaisya Moore, Ohio State
Kylie Murr, Ohio State
 
Player of the Year: Dana Rettke, Jr., Wisconsin
Defensive Player of the Year: Kendall White, Sr., Penn State
Setter of the Year: Sydney Hilley, Jr., Wisconsin
Freshman of the Year: Madi Kubik, Nebraska
Coach of the Year (Coaches): Russ Rose, Penn State
Coach of the Year (Media): Kelly Sheffield, Wisconsin
 
Sportsmanship Honorees
Beth Prince, Sr., OH, Illinois
Meaghan Koors, Sr., DS, Indiana
Brie Orr, Jr., S, Iowa
Taylor Smith, Sr., S, Maryland
Sydney Wetterstrom, Sr., OH, Michigan
Sam McLean, Sr., DS/L, Michigan State
Lauren Litzau, Sr., DS/L, Minnesota
Anezka Szabo, So., OH, Nebraska
Emily Ehman, Sr., L, Northwestern
Bia Rodrigues-Franklin, Sr., OH, Ohio State
Emily Sciorra, Sr., DS, Penn State
Jael Johnson, So., MB, Purdue
Jasmine Stackhouse, Sr., MB, Rutgers
M.E. Dodge, Sr., DS/L, Wisconsin



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Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney women's basketball got 16 rebounds and 12 points from sophomore guard Klaire Kirsch and closed on a 28-8 run to stun No. 3/5 Fort Hays State, 73-65, Tuesday night at the Health & Sports Center.

This was the MIAA opener for both teams and the 93rd all-time meeting between the Lopers (7-0) and rival Tigers (6-1). UNK doesn't have time to celebrate as it visits longtime MIAA power Emporia State (5-2) on Thursday night.

To record its first win over a top five team since an 82-76 decision at Missouri Western State in January 2016, UNK had to overcome a 57-45 deficit with just 7:48 to play. The Lopers held the lead for nearly 17 minutes in the first half but the Tigers, coming off a 32-2 campaign, came out strong in the third quarter to the tune of a 24-11 run. They were also strong in the opening moments of the fourth before a barrage of Loper threes.

"When we were down 12 it was one of those moments where we had to make a move. Hays isn't easy to score on … I thought our team kept its composure and kind of played one possession at a time instead of trying to get it back all at once," Loper head coach Carrie Eighmey said. "We had some kids step up and make some big plays. Maegan (Holt) hit a couple of key threes in that late stretch, Aspen (Jansa) hit a big three, and Madison (Dreckman) as a freshman did some nice things."

Against one of Division II's top defensive teams, UNK finished 11 of 24 from behind the arc and hit three straight bombs to trim the deficit to three, 57-54, by the six minute mark. Hays managed to its lead back to four but UNK finally tied things at 60 thanks to a jumper in the paint by Iowa sophomore Maegan Holt.

While the Lopers shot an even 50% (8 of 16) from the field over the final 10 minutes, Hays cooled off to 31% (6 of 19). That included a 0 of 5 effort from downtown with Kearney fittingly taking the lead for good on a top of the key triple by Kansas sophomore forward Elisa Backes. That made it 63-60 with 2:27 left.

Overall UNK was just 14 of 22 at the line (64%) but was plus seven on the glass, got 20 bench points and held Hays to an overall 3 of 16 effort from the arc. Finally nine different played scored.

"This is a great way to kick it off and have a good start to the conference season," Eighmey said. "I think our balance helps us. We have a lot of kids that can score in a lot of different ways. It makes it a little bit easier when the defense can't key in on just one or two players."

Kirsch's second career double double featured 13 defensive caroms and a 3 of 3 effort from triple land in the first half. The rebound total is just two shy of the school record and the most rebounds by a Loper in the MIAA era (2012-present).

Next grad transfer and point guard Haley Simental (Pueblo West, Colo.) had 11 of her 15 points in the second half with Holt also strong over the final minutes (12 points, two assists & two rebounds). Finally Backes had eight points, five boards and two dimes with Iowa freshman reserve post Madison Dreckman at six points and three rebounds.

"It's an excited team. I think after what happened last year against Hays at home (ahead 20 late third quarter and lose in overtime) … it was a game where our kids felt like they let it slip away. So it's a big win in that regard," Eighmey said. "It's a good win but at the same time it's a long season."

Hays got 20 points from Oklahoma State transfer Jaden Hobbs and a combined 26 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks from forward Lanie Page and Belle Barbieri.




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