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Husker men blast past North Texas

Lincoln, NE - James Palmer Jr. had 11 of his game-high 18 points in a game-opening 25-2 run, as Nebraska downed North Texas, 86-67, Monday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Palmer and the Huskers took control from the opening tip, as the Huskers scored the first seven points before following up with an 18-0 run, holding North Texas without a field goal for a stretch of 8:02. Palmer had nine of NU’s first 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to pace five Huskers in double figures.

Glynn Watson Jr. added 15 points and four rebounds, while Evan Taylor (12), Isaiah Roby (11) and Jack McVeigh (10) all finished in double figures, as all 14 players who dressed got into the action and 11 players broke into the scoring column.

Nebraska shot 57 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and led by as many as 28 points in the first half before taking a 52-30 lead into the locker room.

UNT opened by missing 16 of its first 17 shots and struggled with Nebraska’s length, as the Huskers had seven of its nine blocked shots in the opening 20 minutes and shot just 31 percent in the first half. Isaac Copeland and Duby Okeke combined for seven of the Huskers’ nine blocks on the evening.

Nebraska led by a comfortable throughout the second half, a ragged affair which saw both teams combined for 36 free throws in the final 20 minutes.

Shane Temara led North Texas (1-1) with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Ryan Woolridge added 14 before fouling out.

The Huskers return to action on Thursday evening, as they travel to St. John’s for a matchup with the Red Storm. Tipoff for the Gavitt Tipoff Games tilt is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on FS1 and carried on the IMG Husker Sports Network.





NSAA state football championships are set

Lincoln, NE - The NSAA state football championships are set for next week in Lincoln to be played at Memorial Stadium. Monday night things wrapped up in the eight-man ranks as the semi-finals were played in D1 & D2. In Class D1, South Loup defeated Medicine Valley 34-14. East Butler took down Howells Dodge 22-12. In Class D2 Blue Hill punched their ticket to Lincoln winning at Mullen 42-30. In the other semi-final saw BDS blast past Falls City Sacred Heart 50-16. Below is a full schedule of the championship games next Monday & Tuesday. 


Monday, November 20th 

Class D1 - 10:15am - South Loup vs East Butler 

Class D2 - 2:45pm - Blue Hill vs BDS 

Class B - 7:15pm - York vs Omaha Skutt 


Tuesday, November 21st 


Class C1 - 10:15am - Boone Central Newman Grove vs Norfolk Catholic 

Class C2 - 2:45pm - Yutan vs Cenntenial 

Class A - 7:15pm - Kearney vs Omaha North 




Huskers Blitz Maryland, 3-0

LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 6 Nebraska volleyball team won its eighth straight match with a 25-11, 25-15, 25-16 sweep of Maryland on Wednesday in front of a crowd of 8,031 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Huskers (21-4, 14-1 Big Ten) served a season-high 10 aces to thwart the Terrapins (16-11, 5-10 Big Ten). Nebraska outhit Maryland .406 to .081. It was the second-best hitting performance of the season for the Huskers and their best in Big Ten action. Nebraska has now won 26 straight matches at the Devaney Center, the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.

Lauren Stivrins led the Huskers with nine kills on a career-high .636 hitting percentage, and she had a team-best three blocks. Mikaela Foecke had eight kills and nine digs, and Annika Albrecht had eight kills. Briana Holman added seven kills, as the Husker middle blockers combined for 16 kills on .591 hitting.

Kelly Hunter paced the Huskers with 34 assists and served a career-high four aces to lead NU's effort at the service line. Kenzie Maloney served a career-best three aces and had seven digs. The Huskers had a 36-19 advantage in digs and 38-25 edge in kills.

Samantha Drechsel had nine kills for Maryland.

Set 1: The Huskers got kills from five different players, and Hunter Atherton and Sydney Townsend each served aces, as Nebraska rolled to a 12-4 lead. The Huskers continued to assert their authority as Hunter served NU's third ace and Jazz Sweet terminated for an 18-7 lead. NU cruised to the 25-11 win with a .571 hitting percentage. Foecke, Albrecht and Stivrins each had three kills.

Set 2: Maryland scored the first two points and then held the lead throughout the early portion of the set, going up by as many as four at 10-6. But at that point Nebraska reeled off an 8-0 run on Hayley Densberger's serve to take a 14-10 lead. The Huskers later extended the lead to 20-13 as part of a 4-0 run with Foecke serving. Nebraska won 25-15, finishing the set on a 19-5 run.

Set 3: Nebraska wasted no time in taking control of the third set, jumping out to a 7-1 lead with Foecke and Holman combining for three kills and Hunter serving her third and fourth aces of the night. Maryland got back within 12-8, but the Huskers pulled ahead 16-10 after a kill by Holman and a Terrapin hitting error. The Huskers finished off the sweep, 25-16.

Up Next: Nebraska hosts Rutgers on Sunday at 2 p.m. Sunday is Military Appreciation Day and the Huskers' annual Toys for Tots drive.


State Tournament Volleyball - GINW & GICC

Lincoln, NE - The state volleyball tournament gets underway in Lincoln with first-round action on Thursday and continuing on Friday and Saturday. The KRGI Sports Network will have coverage of the Northwest Vikings in Class B on 2DAYFM 103.1 & online at 2dayfm1031.com. KRGI 1430 AM & 106.9 FM will carry the Central Catholic Crusaders. Online at krgi.com


Northwest will play Ralston in the first round on Thursday at 3:30pm

Central Catholic will match up with Concordia on Thursday at 5:30pm 


State Tournament Bracket


Nebraska Volleyball Announces Four Signees

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska volleyball program and Head Coach John Cook received National Letters of Intent from four highly-touted high school seniors on Wednesday, the first day of the NLI fall signing period.

Three of the signees received high school Under Armour All-America honors last week, and three players rank among the top-25 recruits nationally according to PrepVolleyball.com. Capri Davis, a 6-1 outside hitter from Mansfield, Texas, was an Under Armour All-America first-team honoree, as was Nicklin Hames, a 5-11 setter from Knoxville, Tennessee. Libero Megan Miller, from Alexandria, Indiana, received honorable-mention accolades and is one of the top-ranked libero recruits in the nation. Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach – a 6-4 senior at Kearney High School in Kearney, Missouri – is a top-10 recruit nationally.

“This will be a highly-rated class,” Cook said. “All four players have played for high-level club teams. They all fill needs that we will have after our seniors graduate. Each player has the ability to play as a freshman. Most importantly, they all come from great families and will be great fits in our program.”

Capri Davis, Outside Hitter, 6-1, Mansfield, Texas (Lake Ridge)Davis is a senior at Lake Ridge High School in Mansfield, Texas. She is ranked the No. 21 overall prospect by PrepVolleyball.com. This season, Davis averaged 4.6 kills per set and 3.1 digs per set with a .308 hitting percentage, and she served 55 aces and had 85 blocks in 107 sets played. The Eagles reached the Texas 5A regional quarterfinals with a 35-10 overall record. In her high school career, Davis totaled 1,371 kills and 512 blocks with 136 aces. Davis was named an Under Armour first-team All-American this month. She has played both middle blocker and outside hitter but will focus on the outside at Nebraska. Davis played club volleyball for Texas Image.

Coach Cook: “Capri is a former middle blocker who we are converting to an outside hitter. She is a great blocker and a very physical player. Capri will add a lot of athleticism to our team at the outside hitter position.”

Nicklin Hames, Setter, 5-11, Knoxville, Tenn. (Webb School)Hames is ranked the No. 4 overall prospect and the top setter recruit in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com. Hames led Webb School – coached by her mother, Chris – to five Division II-A state championships in her career, as she played on the varsity squad as an eighth grader. She was named the most valuable player of the state tournament four times. Hames, who played as both a hitter and a setter at Webb School, was named to the All-USA Volleyball first team after her junior season in 2016. Hames played club volleyball for K2, which is ranked sixth in the national club team rankings, and is close friends with current Husker freshman Chesney McClellan, from nearby Maryville. Hames began her prep career by earning PrepVolleyball.com’s national freshman of the year accolade in 2014. Hames set for the U.S. Youth National Team in Argentina at the U-18 Junior World Championships this past summer.

Coach Cook: “Nicklin is a great all-around player and an elite setter with strong leadership skills. She competes really hard and we have been impressed with her ability to take average hitters and make them great. Nicklin’s mom, Chris, is from Australia and is her high school coach, and her dad, Jason, runs the K2 club, so she comes from a significant volleyball background.”

Megan Miller, Libero, 5-7, Alexandra, Ind. (Alexandria-Monroe)Miller is ranked the No. 55 overall prospect by PrepVolleyball.com and is the fourth-ranked recruit at the libero position. Miller starred at Alexandria-Monroe High School, where she played outside hitter and led the school to sectional championships as a junior and senior. This past season, Miller guided the Tigers to the Class 2A state semifinals, and she has twice been named The Herald Bulletin’s Indiana Player of the Year. Miller averaged 6.4 kills per set as a senior and had 3.6 digs per set. She finished her prep career with 2,600 kills and 1,620 digs, along with 455 aces. Miller’s club team, Munciana Samurai, won the AAU U18 national championship this past summer and earned the No. 1 club team ranking in the nation from PrepVolleyball.com.

Coach Cook: “Megan has been a hitter most of her career even though she’s about 5-7. She will play libero at Nebraska. Megan is a great jumper and holds all the kill records for her high school. She also plays on the tennis team and shows cows at the state fair. The Munciana program is known for producing great ball handlers, and Megan is exactly that.”

Callie Schwarzenbach, Middle Blocker, 6-4, Kearney, Mo. (Kearney)Schwarzenbach is the No. 10 overall high school prospect according to PrepVolleyball.com. As a senior at Kearney High School in Kearney, Missouri this season, Schwarzenbach averaged 4.2 kills per set and 1.3 blocks per set while hitting .383 and was a Class 4 all-state selection. The Bulldogs finished second in their district in 2017 with a 19-10-3 record. Schwarzenbach played club volleyball for KC Power, which won the USA Volleyball U18 national championship last April and is ranked as the No. 2 club team in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com. Schwarzenbach is also a standout in basketball and track and field at Kearney High School.

Coach Cook: “Callie is a talented three-sport athlete. She is a big middle blocker who played for a KC Power team that won a U18 national championship. Her dad, David, is the principal at her high school. We first found out about Callie from (former Husker assistant coach) Dani Busboom Kelly’s dad, who was talking to farmers over coffee in Cortland one day. Callie is a very smooth athlete for her size.”


Huskers Hit the Road for Matchup with Gophers

GAME 10: NEBRASKA at MINNESOTANOV. 4, 2017 | TCF Bank Stadium




TV - FS1

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Record: 4-5, 3-3 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Northwestern, 31-24 (OT)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Mike Riley
Career/NU Record: 112-96 (17th Year)/19-16 (3rd Year)
vs. Minnesota: 2-0


Record: 4-5, 1-4 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Michigan, 33-10
Rankings: NR
Coach: P.J. Fleck
Career/MN Record: 34-27 (5th Year)/4-5 (1st Year)
vs. Nebraska: first meeting

The Matchup

Nebraska heads to Minnesota for the first of two consecutive November road games. The Huskers will take on the Golden Gophers on Saturday at Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. Kickoff is set for shortly after 11 a.m. CT, with national television coverage on FS1. The game can also be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Saturday's game is a key contest for the bowl hopes of both Nebraska and Minnesota, who both enter the game with a 4-5 record with three games to play. The Huskers and Gophers both need a pair of victories in the final three weeks to secure a postseason berth.

Nebraska's path to a bowl game got a little more difficult following a 31-24 overtime loss to Northwestern on Saturday in Lincoln. The Huskers took a touchdown lead into the final quarter, but the Wildcats rallied to force their third sraight overtime and prevailed in the extra session.

Minnesota enters the game with a 4-5 record and a 1-5 mark in Big Ten Conference play, following a 33-10 loss at Michigan on Saturday. The Gophers opened the year with a 3-0 non-conference record, before finding the going tougher in conference action, and posting a 1-5 record in Big Ten action.

Minnesota is led by first-year head coach P.J. Fleck, who guided Western Michigan to an unbeaten regular season in 2016. The Gophers have a strong defense, ranking fifth in the Big Ten, including second in the conference in pass defense.


Nebraska Football Top 10

• Nebraska is 893-377-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.

  • The Cornhuskers rank fourth all-time with their 893 victories.
  • Nebraska has won five national titles (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).
  • The Huskers have won 46 conference championships.
  • Nebraska’s 53 all-time bowl appearances rank second in NCAA history.
  • Three Huskers have won the Heisman Trophy (Rodgers, Rozier, Crouch).
  • Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.
  • The Huskers have 110 first-team All-Americans in school history.
  • Nebraska football is the only team in any sport in NCAA history to total 100 athletic and academic All-Americans.
  • Memorial Stadium has been sold out every game since Nov. 2, 1962, a streak of 360 consecutive sellouts.

    Nebraska-Minnesota Series

    • Nebraska holds a 4-2 edge in the series since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2012.

  • Before joining the Big Ten in 2011, Minnesota was Nebraska's most frequent opponent among conference schools. The teams met 51 times before the Huskers joined the Big Ten, including 19 straight seasons from 1934 to 1952, and eight straight years from 1967 to 1974.
  • Minnesota's victory in 2013 ended a 16-game Nebraska win streak in the series, a streak that spanned from 1963 to 2012. Nebraska posted five shutouts during that win streak.
  • Minnesota owned a 29-6-2 record in the first 37 games in the series, while Nebraska holds an 18-2 edge since that time.
  • Nebraska scored 84 points in a 1983 win at Minnesota, its highest point total in the post-World War II era.

    Moos Named Nebraska Athletic Director

    Bill Moos, a distinguished leader in collegiate athletics who elevated programs at the Oregon and Washington State to national prominence, was named Nebraska’s athletic director on Sunday, Oct. 15.

    Moos, who had been director of athletics at Washington State since 2010, began his tenure in Lincoln on Monday, Oct. 23.

    In his seven years at Washington State, Moos secured a 10-year, $35 million marketing rights agreement with IMG College and led a $130 million addition and remodel of WSU’s football stadium. He was in a leading position in securing the conference’s 12-year, $3 billion television contract with Fox and ESPN. In Moos’ time in Pullman, the Cougar Athletic Fund’s Annual Giving program has seen an 81 percent increase in gifts. From 2010-16, Cougar student-athletes and coaches earned 805 academic all-conference honors, 130 all-conference selections, 45 All-America accolades and three Pac-12 coach-of-the-year honors.

    Moos led Oregon’s athletics from 1995-2007, during which time the athletic department grew to national prominence – its annual budget rose from $18.5 million in his first year to more than $40 million by 2007 and became self-sufficient. In Moos’ Oregon tenure, the Ducks won 13 Pac-10 championships in six different sports; and UO student-athletes earned 722 academic all-conference selections, 34 Academic All-America selections, nine NCAA post Graduate Scholars and one NCAA Top VIII Award.

    Moos came to Oregon after five years as the University of Montana’s director of athletics. He began his career in 1982 as assistant athletic director at Washington State and also was the school’s associate director. He was director of development for more than five years and associate director for nearly two, supervising all external operations. For eight years prior to that, he managed and owned private businesses in Washington and Oregon.

    Raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in eastern Washington, Moos went to high school in Olympia when his father was in the governor’s cabinet. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in Pullman and was a three-year letterman in football. He co-captained Washington State’s 1972 team and was first-team All-Pac-8. He and his wife Kendra have three daughters, Christa, Brittany and Kaiti; and two sons, Bo and Benjamin


    Riley in Third Season at Helm of Husker Program

    Head Coach Mike Riley is in his third season as the Nebraska head coach in 2017. Riley has guided the Huskers to an 19-16 record.

  • Riley is in his 26th season as a head coach, tying for the second-most experience of any FBS head coach entering the 2017 season.
  • Riley is one of eight active FBS head coaches who also has experience as an NFL head coach.
  • Riley owns 16 victories over nationally ranked opponents during his college head coaching tenure.

    Senior Linebacker Weber Named NFF Scholar-Athlete

    Nebraska linebacker Chris Weber joined an elite group of scholar-athletes on Nov. 1, as the senior was one of 13 finalists by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments®.

    As a finalist, Weber will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, and will travel to New York City in December for the 60th annual NFF Awards Dinner on Dec. 5.

    Weber is Nebraska’s first Campbell Trophy finalist since Spencer Long in 2013, and the 23rd Husker football player to receive this prestigious honor for achievement on the playing field and in the classroom. Weber looks to become NU’s third Campbell Trophy winner, joining Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000) and Rob Zatechka (1994).

    Weber has started all nine games and leads the Huskers in tackles (77), tackles for loss (7) and pass breakups (five). He has four games of at least 10 tackles. In the classroom, Weber carries a 3.96 GPA and has already been accepted to medical school at UNMC. He is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District VII selection (and was nominated for Academic All-America honors in 2017) and a three-time Distinguished Big Ten Scholar.


    Veterans Leading Young 2017 Husker Team

    The 2017 version of Nebraska football is one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten Conference. Coupled with that youth, Nebraska does feature several players with extensive starting experience. Nine players have at least 20 career starts at Nebraska, led by place-kicker Drew Brown.

    Overall, Nebraska has 20 players with at least 10 collegiate starts, including quarterback Tanner Lee, who made 19 starts at Tulane and has started each game in 2017 with the Huskers.


    Numerous Huskers Make First Career Starts in 2017

    Due to injuries and youth, Nebraska has had a number of players make their first career starts in 2017. Most recently, Nebraska saw redshirt freshman safety Marquel Dismuke make his first start at safety against Northwestern. He was the fourth player to start at safety this season.

    The start by Dismuke brought Nebraska's first-time starters total in 2017 to 19 players.


    First-Time Starters in 2017
    • Luke Gifford, LB (7)
    • Tyler Hoppes, TE (8)
    • Connor Ketter, TE (8)
    • Eric Lee Jr., CB (6)
    • Brenden Jaimes, Fr., OT (6)
    • Michael Decker, So., C (5)
    • Mikale Wilbon, Jr., IB (4)
    • JD Spielman, RFr., WR (3)
    • Sedrick King, Jr., LB (3)
    • Tre Bryant, IB (2)
    • Matt Farniok, RFr., OT (3)
    • Gabe Rahn, Sr., WR (1)
    • Ben Stille, RFr., LB (1)
    • Dicaprio Bootle, RFr., DB (1)
    • Conor Young, So., WR (1)
    • Mohamed Barry, So., LB (1)
    • Alex Davis, So., LB (2)
    • Tyjon Lindsey, Fr., WR (1)
    • Marquel Dismuke, RFr., S (1)


    Jaimes Joins Rare Club for NU Offensive Linemen

    True freshman Brenden Jaimes has lined up as the starter at right tackle the past six games. Jaimes originally started at right tackle where senior David Knevel and redshirt freshman Matt Farniok were out with injury, but has continued to hold the No. 1 spot after those two have returned.

    A native of Austin, Texas, Jaimes' six starts are the most ever for a Nebraska true freshman offensive lineman.

    Jaimes is just the fifth true freshman offensive lineman to start a game at NU since 1972, and the first since 2011. He is also just the 11th offensive lineman to play at Nebraska as a true freshman.

    True Freshman OL Starters in Nebraska History (Since 1972)
    • Matt Slauson, OG (3 games, 2005)
    • Jacob Hickman, C (1 game, 2006)
    • Javorio Burkes, OT (3 games, 2007)
    • Tyler Moore, OT (4 games, 2011)
    • Brenden Jaimes, OT (6 games, 2017)


    Injuries Bug Plauges 2017 Huskers

    Nebraska continues to battle through an injury-riddled 2017 season. The injury hits started in the summer when All-America candidate cornerback Chris Jones was sidelined with a knee injury. Jones returned against Wisconsin in a part-time role at cornerback, and was back in the starting lineup the past three games.

    Nebraska running back starter Tre Bryant went down with a knee injury after two games and has missed the next five games, before undergoing season-ending knee surgery in late October.

    Nebraska has been without several starters or key reserves for several weeks. Linemen Tanner Farmer and Michael Decker were lost for an extended period of time at Purdue, and linebacker Luke Gifford and safeties Aaron Williams and Antonio Reed have missed the past two games.

  • Through nine games, Nebraska has lost 32 games by projected starters to injury.

    NU Features Triple Threat of Wideouts in Passing Attack

    Nebraska began the season with the luxury of two veteran and proven pass catchers to lead the receiving corps. Senior De'Mornay Pierson-El and junior Stanley Morgan Jr. both had extensive playing experience entering 2017.

    That duo has had a strong 2017 season, and continues to climb Nebraska season and career charts. Redshirt freshman JD Spielman has emerged to give Nebraska three dangerous receiving options.

    Morgan has 43 receptions for 690 yards and seven touchdowns, despite missing a game. Morgan ranks among the conference leaders in all receiving categories and capped the Purdue contest with a game-winning touchdown with 14 seconds remaining.

    Spielman produced a Nebraska record 200-yard receiving day on 11 catches against Ohio State. He has 40 receptions for 593 yards, and is threatening Husker freshman receiving records. Pierson-El has caught 35 passes for 467 yards and four touchdowns.

  • Morgan ranks second in the Big Ten in receiving yards (690), receiving yards per game (86.3 ypg), and receiving touchdowns (7) and he is first in 100-yard receiving games (4).
  • The 690 receiving yards by Morgan is just 90 yards from the NU season top 10 and is 252 yards from the Husker single-season record. His 43 catches are seven shy of the school season top 10 list.

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    Huskers Share Wealth in Win Over Mavericks

    Lincoln – Freshman Taylor Kissinger scored 22 points to lead four Huskers in double figures as Nebraska rolled to an 88-55 women’s basketball win over Minnesota State-Mankato in exhibition play at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday.

    Kissinger, a 6-1 guard from Minden, Neb., dazzled with 10 first-half points in just 11 minutes of play. Kissinger finished 7-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-12 from three-point range, while adding two rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 22 minutes in the game.

    Sophomore guards Hannah Whitish (Barneveld, Wis.) and Bria Stallworth (Chicago, Ill.) each added 15 points, combining to go 11-of-22 from the floor, including 4-for-9 from long range. Whitish added five assists, no turnovers, five rebounds, a steal and a block. Stallworth pitched in three assists and two boards in 17 minutes.

    Junior forward Maddie Simon added 11 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, while contributing five boards and two steals.

    Senior Jasmine Cincore just missed double figures with eight points, while also leading the Huskers with eight rebounds and seven steals in a team-high 28 minutes.

    As a team, Nebraska hit 46.4 percent (32-69) of its shots, including 39.3 percent (11-28) from three-point range and 13-of-18 free throws (.722). The Huskers outrebounded Minnesota State, 50-39, with all 10 players grabbing at least two rebounds.

    Nebraska’s defense featured seven blocks, which would have been its second-best total of 2016-17.

    The Huskers held Minnesota State to just 28.8 percent (19-66) shooting from the floor, but the Mavericks did hit 10-of-27 threes (.370).

    Nebraska led 41-27 at the half after hitting 50 percent (15-30) of its shots from the field, including 4-of-11 from three-point range and 7-of-9 at the free throw line. The Huskers held Minnesota State to just 28.6 percent (10-35) from the field, but the Mavericks knocked down 7-of-15 three-pointers to stay within striking distance. The Mavericks were just 3-for-20 from two-point range.

    After the break, Kissinger continued to shine on offense, adding two more threes midway through the third quarter, while Whitish followed up with two consecutive treys of her own extending the Husker lead to as much as 30 points (64-34) in the third quarter.

    Stallworth again came alive in the final three minutes of play, adding eight points including a three-pointer to seal the 33-point victory, the largest lead of the contest.

    As a team, the Huskers combined for 20 assists on the day, led by Whitish with five assists and senior Emily Wood (Salina, Kan.) with four assists. Wood also hit a pair of three-pointers in the contest.

    In addition to the victory, Nebraska celebrated Alumni Weekend, welcoming back nearly 50 former Husker players, coaches and staff members, including 1993 National Player of the Year Karen Jennings, two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge, 1999 National Defensive Player of the Year Nicole Kubik and former Husker head coach Angela Beck (1986-97) and a strong contingent from Nebraska’s 1988 Big Eight championship team.

    The Huskers will open the regular season at home when they host SIU Edwardsville on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. with tickets available now at Huskers.com.


    Huskers Shut Down Hoosiers in Sweep

    LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 7 Nebraska volleyball team swept Indiana 25-8, 25-14, 25-13 on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,267 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

    Mikaela Foecke led the Huskers (20-4, 13-1 Big Ten) with 14 kills on .591 hitting as NU won its seventh straight match in Big Ten play and nation-leading 25th straight match at home. The Huskers remain tied with Penn State atop the Big Ten standings with six matches to play in the regular season.

    Briana Holman had eight kills and six blocks, four of which came in the first set. Jazz Sweet had six kills and hit .357. Lauren Stivrins added five kills and six blocks. Kelly Hunter chipped in 30 assists, and Annika Albrecht had a team-best 10 digs to go with five kills.

    The Huskers hit an efficient .393 and held Indiana to -.062, the lowest percentage by a Big Ten foe against Nebraska this season. The Huskers had a decisive edge in blocks (12-4), aces (9-1) and kills (41-14). Indiana's 14 kills were the fewest by a Husker opponent this season. Foecke, Hunter Atherton and Sydney Townsend each had two service aces.

    Indiana fell to 12-14 overall and 1-13 in the Big Ten. Jessica Leish had five kills to lead the Hoosiers.

    Set 1: Holman sparked the Huskers with three early kills and three blocks, and Foecke served two straight aces as NU staked a 12-3 lead with a 7-0 run. The Huskers grew the lead to 13 at 20-7 with kills by Foecke and Holman as part of a 4-0 spurt. NU scored the final five points of the set for the 25-8 win. Holman had five kills and four blocks in the set, and NU outhit Indiana .667 to -.087. It marked the Huskers' best hitting percentage in a set since Sept. 1.

    Set 2: Hunter Atherton served six points, including an ace, as the Huskers went up 7-1. After Indiana pulled within 13-8, the Huskers went on a 6-0 run with Stivrins contributing two blocks and a kill. Townsend served the run and capped it with an ace. The Huskers went up 23-11 on Atherton's second ace of the night, and NU took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-14 win. The Huskers held Indiana to a -.111 hitting percentage in the set.

    Set 3: Nebraska opened up an 8-3 lead with Foecke posting two kills. Indiana remained within striking distance at 9-7, but Sweet tallied a pair of kills, and Stivrins and Albrecht teamed up for a block and a 12-7 lead. Townsend served the Huskers' seventh ace of the night to double up Indiana, 16-8. Townsend's service run continued to a 19-8 Husker lead. The Huskers began to rotate in some substitutes, including Sami Slaughter who combined with Stivrins for a block. The Huskers clinched the match with a 25-13 win.

    Up Next: Nebraska continues its four-match home stretch with a Wednesday match against Maryland at 6 p.m.


    Cat Nip Huskers in OT

    Lincoln - Tanner Lee's pass across the middle on 4th-and-12 in the first overtime was deflected by Northwestern safety Kyle Queiro to give the visiting Wildcats their third consecutive overtime win with a 31-24 victory over Nebraska on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

    The Huskers, who slipped to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten, led 24-17 after three quarters, but Clayton Thorson's seven-yard touchdown run with 5:32 left in regulation capped a 13-play, 84-yard drive that took 5:03 and tied the score at 24.

    Both teams had a chance to win in regulation, with Nebraska moving more than 50 yards on the ensuing drive before stalling near the Northwestern 40. Thorson and the Wildcats, who improved to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten, moved near the Nebraska 40 but his Hail Mary pass was batted out of the back of the North end zone as time expired.

    Moments later, Northwestern was back taking aim at the North end zone after Nebraska won the overtime toss and elected to defend. Seven plays later, Thorson plunged over the right side of his offensive line on 4th-and-inches at the goal line to give the Wildcats a 31-24 lead on the opening possession of overtime.

    Nebraska had a chance to respond, but Lee was sacked on second down to put the Huskers at 3rd-and-20 from the 35. After an eight-yard completion to Tyler Hoppes, Lee's final attempt was batted away to give Northwestern its fourth consecutive victory, including its third straight in overtime.

    Northwestern finished with a 475-337 edge in total yardage, but Nebraska held the advantage in time of possession, 31:40-28:20. The Huskers finished with just 112 rushing yards on 31 carries, led by 72 yards on 23 carries from Devine Ozigbo. Lee completed 21-of-38 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw three interceptions. The first two did not result in points for the Wildcats, but his third came with Nebraska knocking on the door at the Northwestern 19 with just under 11 minutes left in the game.

    The turnover came immediately following a 23-yard completion to JD Spielman that had a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Northwestern tacked on it to push the Huskers into the red zone. Godwin Igwebuike came up with a diving interception for the Wildcats in the flat after Joe Gaziano hit Lee as he was throwing the ball.

    Northwestern cashed in the turnover by going 84 yards in 13 plays to tie the game. The drive was capped by Thorson's seven-yard touchdown run. He finished the day with four carries for nine yards, but he scored the game's final two touchdowns.

    Northwestern's Justin Jackson led all rushers with 31 carries for 154 yards, while Jeremy Larkin added 10 carries for 69 yards for the Cats.

    Thorson completed 19-of-35 passes for 243 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Nebraska converted both of those interceptions to touchdowns, including Marcus Newby's first career interception and 49-yard return for a touchdown to give Nebraska a 21-17 lead early in the second half. Newby finished with 10 tackles, just behind Chris Weber's 11 stops to lead the Huskers.

    The Huskers trailed 17-14 at halftime, before Newby's huge defensive play to set the tone for the third quarter. On Northwestern's third play of the quarter after receiving the kick to start the half, Newby stepped in front of Thorson's pass toward the Nebraska sideline and galloped 49 yards for a touchdown.

    Newby's big play inspired the Blackshirts and seemed to deflate the Wildcats the rest of the quarter. Northwestern managed just one first down and gained just 39 yards the rest of the quarter.

    Nebraska used a gargantuan 18-play, 79-yard drive that consumed 9:24 to extend its lead. However, the Big Red drive stalled on the Northwestern 6, and the Huskers settled for a 23-yard Drew Brown field goal to keep it a one-score game at 24-17 with 3:04 left in the third quarter.

    After forcing a three-and-out by Nebraska on the game's opening drive, Northwestern went 59 yards on 10 plays capped by Jackson's 17-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead just 5:24 into the game.

    Lee then threw an interception to Queiro to give the Wildcats a chance to extend the lead. It was the first of two interceptions for Queiro on the day. He also recorded six tackles and three total pass breakups, including the deflection on the game's final play.

    However, Joshua Kalu answered Queiro's first interception with Kalu's second interception of the season and seventh of his Husker career. Kalu's 32-yard return to gave momentum to the Big Red, and Lee took advantage by marching the Huskers 61 yards in 10 plays capped by his 22-yard touchdown strike to Bryan Reimers. It was just the second overall reception of the season for Reimers, who has been hampered by injuries throughout the year. Brown's extra point tied the score at 7-7 with 33 seconds left in the first quarter.

    Northwestern regained the lead early in the second quarter on Larkin's 24-yard touchdown run to cap a four-play, 63-yard drive. The Wildcats led 14-7 with 9:06 left in the half, but that lead lasted just 45 seconds.

    On Nebraska's ensuing drive, Spielman raced 40 yards on a sweep, before Lee hit Jack Stoll with a beautiful 32-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 14. It was just Stoll's second career reception and first touchdown catch of his career.

    Northwestern used Charlie Kuhbander's 24-yard field goal with 1:12 left in the half to cap an eight-play, 80-yard drive that consumed 3:22 and take a 17-14 lead into the locker room at the half.

    Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action next Saturday when the Huskers take on Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. (CT) with live television coverage by FS1.

    Northwestern 31, Nebraska 24 (Overtime)
    Memorial Stadium
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Saturday, Nov. 5, 2017

    First Quarter (7-7)
    NU - 9:36 - Justin Jackson 17 run (Charlie Kuhbander kick), 10 plays, 59 yards, 4:18, Northwestern 7-0
    NEB - 0:33 - Bryan Reimers 22 pass from Tanner Lee (Drew Brown kick), 10 plays, 61 yards, 5:21, 7-7

    Second Quarter (Northwestern 17-14)
    NU - 9:06 - Jeremy Larkin 24 run (Kuhbander kick), 4 plays, 63 yards, 1:18, Northwestern 14-7
    NEB - 8:21 - Jack Stoll 32 pass from Lee (Brown kick), 2 plays, 72 yards, 0:40, NEB 14-14
    NU - 1:12 - Kuhbander 24 FG, 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:22, Northwestern 17-14

    Third Quarter (NEB 24-17)
    NEB - 14:08 - Marcus Newby 49 INT return (Brown kick), NEB 21-17
    NEB - 3:04 - Brown 23 FG, 18 plays, 79 yards, 9:24, NEB 24-17

    Fourth Quarter (24-24)
    NU - 5:32 - Clayton Thorson 7 run (Kuhbander kick), 13 plays, 84 yards, 5:03, 24-24

    Overtime (Northwestern 31-24)
    NU - 0:00 - Thorson 1 run (Kuhbander kick), 7 plays, 25 yards, Northwestern 31-24

    Kickoff: 2:40 (CT)
    Television: BTN
    Length of Game: 3:19
    Attendance: 89,721


    Huskers Tip 2017-18 with Minnesota State

    Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten)

    vs. Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks (0-0, 0-0 NSIC, NCAA Division II)
    Exhibition Game
    Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. (CT)
    Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Nebraska)
    Live Video Stream: BTN Plus
    Live Radio: Husker Sports Network - Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
    Omaha - ESPN 590 AM
    Free Live Audio: Huskers.com/Huskers App/TuneIn App

    • The Nebraska women’s basketball team will play its only exhibition game of the 2017-18 campaign when the Huskers take on Minnesota State-Mankato on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between the Huskers and Mavericks is set for 2 p.m.

  • A live radio broadcast will be produced by the Husker Sports Network, with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch teaming up for their 17th season together on the call. The game will be carried live for free on Huskers.com and over the air on select Husker Sports Network stations, including ESPN 590 AM in Omaha. Free audio also can be found on the Huskers App and the TuneIn App.
  • As part of Sunday’s game, Nebraska will be celebrating Alumni Weekend. The Huskers will honor players and coaches from five decades of women’s basketball, including All-Americans Karen Jennings, Anna DeForge and Nicole Kubik, along with former Husker head coach Angela Beck and assistant coaches Brenda VanLengen, Amy Kramer and Carol Russell. The Alumni will be introduced at halftime.
  • Nebraska head coach Amy (Gusso) Williams, who enters her second season at Nebraska, is the older sister of Minnesota State-Mankato head coach Emilee (Gusso) Thiesse, who is in her sixth season leading the Mavericks. Thiesse is a 2004 graduate of Nebraska-Kearney.
  • Nebraska returns three starters and eight letterwinners from a team that went 7-22 overall and 3-13 to tie for 11th in the Big Ten in 2016-17.
  • Sophomore Hannah Whitish (9.0 ppg) is Nebraska’s top returning scorer, while senior Jasmine Cincore and sophomore Nicea Eliely both started all 29 games in the Husker backcourt a year ago.
  • Eliely and senior guard Janay Morton enter the season with injuries and will likely be unavailable for Sunday’s exhibition game. Both are hopeful to return to full strength early in the non-conference season.
  • Sophomore Bria Stallworth and freshmen Taylor Kissinger and Kate Cain are likely to see their first action in Husker uniforms at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday.
  • Sophomore Rachel Blackburn, who redshirted in 2016-17 after undergoing multiple knee surgeries, is likely to return to the court at Pinnacle Bank Arena for the Huskers on Sunday.
  • Minnesota State finished with a 16-11 overall record, including 12-10 with a sixth-place finish in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Mavericks return three starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s team.
  • Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
    24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 4.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg
    50 - Darrien Washington - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 2.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
    3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - So. - G - 9.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
    33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
    34 - Jasmine Cincore - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 6.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg

    Off the Bench
    12 - Emily Wood - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 2.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg
    13 - Bria Stallworth - 5-6 - So. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
    14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - So. - F - 1.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg
    34 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Fr. - C - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
    43 - Rachel Blackburn - 6-3 - So. - F - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg

    5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - So. - G - 7.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
    13 - Janay Morton - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
    Head Coach: Amy (Gusso) Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
    Second Season at Nebraska (7-22)
    11th Season Overall (200-131)

    Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks (0-0, 0-0 NSIC)
    44 - Claire Ziegler - 6-0 - Sr. - F - 11.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg
    30 - Taylor Drost - 6-1 - So. - F - 4.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg
    3 - Monica Muth - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 5.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg
    13 - Taylor Klug - 5-9 - So. - G - 8.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg
    22 - Claire Jordan - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 1.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg

    Off the Bench
    4 - Kirstin Klitzke - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
    10 - Maddy Olson - 5-4 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
    12 - Logan Anderson - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 4.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg
    23 - Tayla Stuttley - 5-10 - Fr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
    32 - Mackenzie Dahl - 6-0 - Sr. - F - 1.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg
    33 - Ashley Reed - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 1.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg
    34 - Emmaline Polson - 6-2 - Fr. - C - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
    40 - Heidi Cap - 6-0 - So. - F - 1.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg
    42 - Brooke Tonsfeldt - 5-10 - Fr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
    45 - Rachel Shumski - 6-0 - So. - F - 4.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg
    Head Coach: Emilee (Gusso) Thiesse (UNK, 2004)
    Sixth Season at Minnesota State (94-61)
    Sixth Season Overall (94-61)

    Scouting the Minnesota State Mavericks
    • Minnesota State-Mankato comes to Lincoln for the first time to face Nebraska in exhibition play. The Mavericks are coached by former Nebraska-Kearney guard and assistant coach Emilee (Gusso) Thiesse, the younger sister of Husker head coach Amy (Gusso) Williams.

  • The Mavericks are coming off a 16-11 season that included a 12-10 record in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in NCAA Division II.
  • Minnesota State returns three starters from last season’s squad, including senior forward Claire Ziegler, who averaged 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Fellow senior Claire Jordan (1.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg), junior guard Monica Muth (5.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and sophomores Taylor Klug (8.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg) and Taylor Drost (4.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg) round out the Maverick probable starters.
  • Jordan led Minnesota State with 19 points in an 87-37 exhibition win over St. Olaf’s College on Nov. 1. Jordan hit 7-of-9 shots from the field and all three of her free throws in 17 minutes of action. Muth just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Taylor Drost added 12 points and five boards in the start. Freshman guard Kirstin Klitzke came off the bench to score 13 points. Ziegler had six points, six rebounds and three steals in 19 minutes for the Mavericks, as 10 Minnesota State players found the scoring column on the night.
  • Huskers to Honor Alumni During Exhibition
    • Nearly 50 former Nebraska women’s basketball players, coaches and staff members are expected to participate in Alumni Weekend, Nov. 4-5.

  • Among the alumni expected to attend the weekend events are eight of Nebraska’s 1,000-point career scorers led by 1993 Wade Trophy winner and CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year Karen Jennings (2,405).
  • Former WNBA players Nicole Kubik (1,867) and Anna DeForge (1,859) and Cory Montgomery-Barrett (1,348) join Jennings among the program’s top-15 all-time scorers who will be attending the Alumni Weekend festivities.
  • Brooke Schwartz (1,243), Dominique Kelley-Johnson (1,107), Nafeesah Brown-Morrow (1,089) and Kate Galligan (1,069) round out the list of 1,000-point scorers expected to be honored on the court at Sunday’s game. • Lisa Rohde (1975-76), Barb Conrad-Koperski (1975-80), Jeanne Boller (1976-78) and Susan Roubal (1976-78) will represent the first decade of Nebraska women’s basketball as a varsity sport in the 1970’s.
  • A strong contingent of players who graduated in the 1980’s includes Stephanie Bolli, Amy Kramer, Terri (Parriott) Craig, Pam Dubas and Kelli (Benson) Jeffries.
  • A solid bridge between the 1980’s and 1990’s of Nebraska women’s basketball, Coach Angela Beck will return to Lincoln to join former players and staff. Beck’s former players and coaching staff members included Carol Russell and Amy Kramer, while current national women’s basketball analyst Brenda VanLengen was on Beck’s coaching staff for five seasons from 1990-91 to 1994-95.
  • Beck-coached players who graduated from Nebraska in the 1990’s (or 2000) include Karen Jennings, Nafeesah Brown-Morrow, Roquayyah (Q) Brown, Shawn Collains, Carol Russell, Sara Offringa, Tanya Upthegrove-Coleman, Sauna Witherspoon, Rissa Taylor, Belinda Bynum, Lis Brenden, Kate Galligan, Naciska Gilmore, Jami (Kubik) Hagedorn, Nicole Kubik, Brooke Schwartz, JJ Jurgens, Emily (Thompson) Givens, Cori (McDill) Culp and current Nebraska head coach Amy (Gusso) Williams.
  • Players representing the Husker era since 2000 include Katie (Morse) Elwood, Cory Montgomery-Barrett, Kala Kuhlmann-Preister, Jessica Periago, Dominique Kelley-Johnson, Kaitlyn Burke, Anya Kalenta and Kyndal Clark.

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