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Husker women fall at Creighton

18-Dec-2016 /
Omaha – Creighton hit a Nebraska opponent record-tying 15 threes, as the Husker women’s basketball team dropped a 80-64 decision to the Bluejays at D.J. Sokol Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Fifth-year senior Marissa Janning, the 2014 BIG EAST Player of the Year, hit a career high seven threes on her way to a team-high 22 points for the Jays.

Nebraska sophomore forward Jessica Shepard produced her sixth double-double of the year with 22 points and a game-high 11 rebounds to lead the Huskers, who slipped to 4-7 on the season. Creighton, the preseason pick to win the BIG EAST Conference, improved to 5-4.

Janning hit 7-of-13 shots from the floor for CU, including 7-of-11 threes. She also dished out nine assists. She led four Jays in double figures, including 16 points from sophomore Audrey Faber, who hit 3-of-8 threes. The Jays also got 11 points from Lincoln native Lauren Works, who hit 3-of-7 threes, and 10 points and seven assists from Sydney Lamberty.

Shepard was the only Husker who managed double figures, but Nicea Eliely produced six points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks. Allie Havers added six points and six boards, while Darrien Washington contributed six points and four boards off the bench.

As a team, Nebraska hit 37.3 percent (22-59) of its shots from the field, including just 3-of-16 threes (.188). The Huskers hit 17-of-25 free throws (.680), while outrebounding the Jays 43-37.

Creighton hit 41.9 percent (26-62) of its shots, including 15-of-38 threes (.395). The 15 threes by the Jays matched the 15 triples hit by Colorado on Feb. 20, 2010. The Jays also knocked down 13-of-18 free throws and won the turnover battle 18-12.

Nebraska led Creighton 15-14 at the end of the first quarter, but the Bluejays outscored the Huskers 30-13 in the second quarter to take a 16-point halftime lead and never looked back. The Jays took their largest lead at 68-42 off Janning’s seventh three-pointer with 20 seconds left in the third quarter.

Shepard led the Huskers with 11 points and four rebounds, despite hitting just 2-of-10 first-half shots from the field. Janning led Creighton with 13 points, including 10 second-quarter points from 2014 Big East Player of the Year.

The Huskers took a 15-14 lead to the second quarter after a back-and-forth first quarter. NU fell behind by as many as four points at 8-4 after back-to-back three-pointers by Creighton with six minutes left. But the Huskers responded with a 6-0 run and eventually claimed a pair of three-point leads before settling for a one-point lead at the end of the quarter.

The Big Red quickly pushed the lead back to three at 17-14 on a shot by Esther Ramacieri with 9:35 left in the half, before five straight points from Creighton to take a 19-17 lead with nine minutes left. Shepard tied the game at 19 with a pair of free throws with 8:23 left.

Creighton then erupted on an 8-0 run that started with a three-pointer by Janning and capped by a four-point play by Jaylyn Agnew, who started with her steal at halfcourt that she completed with a layup and a flagrant foul by Jasmine Cincore.

Eliely stopped the run with a steal and a layup of her own, before Creighton took its first double-digit lead at 33-21 with six straight points capped by a layup from Works.

Creighton continued to push the lead, extending it to 19 points at 44-25 with two three pointers from Janning and two more from Faber in the final three minutes of the half. Shepard stopped the bleeding for the Huskers with her buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the first half.

The Huskers conclude non-conference play on Wednesday when they take on No. 1 UConn in Lincoln. Tip-off between Nebraska and the four-time defending NCAA Champion Huskies is set for Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m., with tickets available now at

High School Basketball Scores 12/17

18-Dec-2016 / Ap
Saturday's Scores
The Associated Press

Adams Central 38, Gibbon 30

Centura 57, Ord 47

Dundy County-Stratton 53, Perkins County 50

Hershey 72, Ogallala 62, OT

Lexington 48, Grand Island Northwest 37

Lincoln High 59, Lincoln North Star 54

Lincoln Pius X 63, Elkhorn South 49

Loomis 66, Brady 48

Millard North 66, Omaha Westside 58

Millard West 74, Millard South 66

Mitchell 77, Morrill 38

Nebraska Lutheran 54, Rocky Mountain Lutheran, Colo. 49

Omaha Skutt Catholic 59, Elkhorn 49

Paxton 62, South Platte 23

Lakota Nation Tournament (Paha Sapa Bracket)
Lower Brule, S.D. 52, Omaha Nation 50

Omaha Gross Tournament
Blair 71, Omaha Gross Catholic 55

Platteview 60, Boys Town 56

Alma vs. Red Cloud, ppd.

Arlington vs. Tekamah-Herman, ppd.

Ashland-Greenwood vs. Milford, ppd.

Banner County vs. Creek Valley, ppd. to Jan 26.

Battle Creek vs. West Holt, ppd. to Dec 19.

Bayard vs. Kimball, ppd.

Beatrice vs. Omaha Roncalli, ppd.

Boyd County vs. Elgin Public/Pope John, ppd.

Central City vs. Twin River, ppd.

Columbus Lakeview vs. David City, ppd. to Dec 20.

Columbus Scotus vs. Crete, ppd.

Cozad vs. Ainsworth, ppd. to Dec 19.

Diller-Odell vs. Hanover, Kan., ppd.

Doniphan-Trumbull vs. Fillmore Central, ppd.

Elm Creek vs. Eustis-Farnam, ppd.

Emerson-Hubbard vs. Winside, ppd.

Falls City vs. Plattsmouth, ppd.

Franklin vs. Heartland, ppd.

Fremont vs. Kearney, ppd.

Fullerton vs. Humphrey St. Francis, ppd. to Dec 19.

Gering vs. Chadron, ppd.

Hartington-Newcastle vs. Wakefield, ppd.

Heartland Lutheran vs. Harvard, ppd.

Howells/Dodge vs. Clarkson/Leigh, ppd.

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family vs. Nebraska Christian, ppd.

Hyannis vs. Wauneta-Palisade, ppd. to Jan 17.

Lawrence-Nelson vs. Shelton, ppd. to Dec 19.

Leyton vs. Hemingford, ppd.

Lincoln East vs. Grand Island, ppd.

Lincoln Lutheran vs. Aquinas, ppd.

Madison vs. Oakland-Craig, ppd.

Malcolm vs. Raymond Central, ppd.

McCook vs. Holdrege, ppd.

Mead vs. East Butler, ppd.

Medicine Valley vs. Hitchcock County, ppd. to Dec 19.

Mullen vs. Gordon/Rushville, ppd.

Nebraska City Lourdes vs. Archbishop Bergan, ppd. to Jan 12.

North Platte vs. Norfolk, ppd. to Dec 19.

Omaha Christian Academy vs. Douglas County West, ppd.

Omaha Creighton Prep vs. Omaha Northwest, ppd. to Dec 22.

Pender vs. Stanton, ppd.

Plainview vs. Elkhorn Valley, ppd.

Schuyler vs. North Bend Central, ppd.

Sidney vs. Alliance, ppd. to Dec 22.

Sioux County vs. Arthur County, ppd. to Jan 30.

Southern vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd. to Dec 22.

St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. vs. Falls City Sacred Heart, ppd.

St. Mary's vs. North Central, ppd. to Jan 3.

St. Paul vs. Broken Bow, ppd. to Dec 19.

Sutton vs. Wood River, ppd.

Thayer Central vs. Tri County, ppd.

Walthill vs. Freeman Academy, S.D., ppd. to Dec 22.

Wayne vs. O'Neill, ppd. to Jan 3.

Wilber-Clatonia vs. Sandy Creek, ppd.

Wilcox-Hildreth vs. Pleasanton, ppd.

York vs. Hastings, ppd.

MAC Shootout
Atlantic, Iowa vs. Elmwood-Murdock, ppd.

Carroll, Iowa vs. Bishop Neumann, ppd.

Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa vs. Louisville, ppd.

Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton, Iowa vs. Johnson-Brock, ppd.

Fremont Mills, Tabor, Iowa vs. Nebraska City, ppd.

Lewis Central, Iowa vs. South Sioux City, ppd.

Sioux City, West, Iowa vs. Ralston, ppd.

Adams Central 68, Gibbon 42

Brady 56, Loomis 32

Dundy County-Stratton 62, Perkins County 14

Elkhorn 39, Omaha Skutt Catholic 17

Grand Island Northwest 46, Lexington 20

Hershey 44, Ogallala 42

Lincoln High 61, Lincoln North Star 50

Millard South 50, Millard West 42

Mitchell 77, Morrill 38

Omaha Westside 69, Millard North 60

Ord 49, Centura 33

South Platte 43, Paxton 30

Lakota Nation Tournament (Makosica Bracket)
Third Place
Todd County, S.D. 85, Omaha Nation 47

Lakota Nation Tournament (Paha Sapa Bracket)
Third Place
White River, S.D. 67, Winnebago 55

Omaha Gross Catholic Tournament
Platteview 49, Blair 35

High School Hoops Scores 12/13/16

14-Dec-2016 / Ap
Alma 53, Southwest 48

Amherst 61, Kenesaw 49

Boone Central/Newman Grove 60, Twin River 59

Boys Town 69, Douglas County West 57

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 57, Sutton 53

Cambridge 75, Elwood 31

Central City 61, David City 51

Central Valley 66, Elba 4

Clearwater/Orchard 46, Stuart 43

Columbus 49, Grand Island Northwest 36

Columbus Scotus 53, Omaha Concordia 28

Crawford 76, Minatare 21

CWC 49, West Holt 48

Dundy County-Stratton 63, Rawlins County, Kan. 53

Elkhorn Valley 53, Elgin Public/Pope John 34

Elmwood-Murdock 50, Weeping Water 19

Falls City 63, St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. 50

Falls City Sacred Heart 62, Lewiston 34

Freeman 56, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 48

Friend 59, Exeter/Milligan 42

Gayville-Volin, S.D. 68, Wausa 42

Gering 60, Wheatland 38

Gering 60, Wheatland, Wyo. 38

Gibbon 56, Silver Lake 39

Gordon/Rushville 51, Hyannis 20

Gretna 73, Elkhorn South 58

Hartington Cedar Catholic 63, Crofton 54

Hartington-Newcastle 57, Allen 31

Harvard 42, Dorchester 24

Howells/Dodge 52, West Point-Beemer 39

Kearney Catholic 82, Ravenna 31

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 69, Ponca 65

Leyton 62, Potter-Dix 32

Lutheran High Northeast 52, Norfolk Catholic 39

Madison 70, Plainview 52

Mullen 59, McPherson County 17

Nebraska Christian 58, High Plains Community 37

Nebraska City Lourdes 56, Pawnee City 27

Nebraska Lutheran 53, Giltner 37

Neligh-Oakdale 56, St. Mary's 35

Niobrara/Verdigre 75, Ewing 29

Norris 48, Blair 34

North Bend Central 64, Stanton 43

North Central 58, Burke/South Central, S.D. 53

Northern Valley, Kan. 64, Wilcox-Hildreth 61

O'Neill 40, Pierce 24

Ogallala 61, North Platte St. Patrick's 49

Omaha Bryan 64, Lincoln Southwest 55

Osmond 62, Creighton 39

Overton 61, Anselmo-Merna 49

Palmer 47, Spalding Academy 44

Palmyra 64, Johnson County Central 48

Parkview Christian 78, Whiting, Iowa 7

Paxton 36, Perkins County 25

Riverside 71, Fullerton 55

Rock Hills, Kan. 49, Lawrence-Nelson 38

Sandhills/Thedford 68, Stapleton 28

St. Edward 62, Hampton 28

Sterling 67, Meridian 31

Syracuse 66, Nebraska City 43

Twin Loup 58, Ansley-Litchfield 44

Valentine 51, Ainsworth 45

Wakefield 45, Randolph 43

Wynot 75, Homer 26

Ainsworth 44, Valentine 28

Amherst 32, Kenesaw 28

Anselmo-Merna 52, Overton 44

Ansley-Litchfield 43, Twin Loup 36

Arlington 56, Conestoga 52, OT

Bellevue West 59, Papillion-LaVista 40

Bertrand 53, Eustis-Farnam 49

Bishop Neumann 71, Aquinas 25

Boone Central/Newman Grove 52, Twin River 51

Cambridge 65, Elwood 20

Central City 69, David City 39

Chase County 68, Sutherland 31

Clearwater/Orchard 41, Stuart 28

Columbus Scotus 39, Omaha Concordia 34

Cozad 47, McCook 26

Crawford 43, Minatare 29

Dorchester 39, Harvard 30

Douglas County West 36, Boys Town 31, OT

Dundy County-Stratton 63, Rawlins County, Kan. 35

Elgin Public/Pope John 50, Elkhorn Valley 41

Elkhorn South 49, Gretna 40

Elmwood-Murdock 47, Weeping Water 29

Exeter/Milligan 46, Friend 40, OT

Fairbury 47, Centennial 37

Falls City Sacred Heart 56, Lewiston 16

Fillmore Central 55, Thayer Central 38

Freeman 40, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 30

Fullerton 70, Riverside 36

Gayville-Volin, S.D. 44, Wausa 32

Gering 55, Wheatland, Wyo. 54

Gibbon 69, Silver Lake 32

Grand Island Northwest 51, Columbus 31

Hampton 57, St. Edward 19

Hartington-Newcastle 60, Allen 33

Heartland 42, Shelby/Rising City 30

Hemingford 69, Hay Springs 28

Howells/Dodge 42, West Point-Beemer 24

Hyannis 60, Gordon/Rushville 51

Johnson County Central 42, Palmyra 38

Kearney 53, Fremont 40

Kearney Catholic 53, Ravenna 48

Lawrence-Nelson 57, Rock Hills, Kan. 15

Lincoln Pius X 40, Beatrice 17

Lincoln Southwest 59, Omaha Bryan 26

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 30, Cedar Bluffs 26

Louisville 62, Wahoo 50

Meridian 56, Sterling 25

Milford 53, Ashland-Greenwood 28

Mullen 51, McPherson County 10

Nebraska Christian 54, High Plains Community 40

Nebraska City Lourdes 42, Pawnee City 39

Nebraska Lutheran 41, Giltner 34

Niobrara/Verdigre 44, Ewing 23

Norris 43, Blair 28

North Central 57, Burke/South Central, S.D. 29

North Platte St. Patrick's 63, Ogallala 37

Northern Valley, Kan. 56, Wilcox-Hildreth 44

Omaha Mercy 44, Bennington 37

Osmond 38, Creighton 31

Perkins County 48, Paxton 34

Pierce 44, O'Neill 36

Plainview 45, Madison 24

Ponca 61, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 40

Potter-Dix 45, Leyton 24

Randolph 47, Wakefield 34

Sandhills/Thedford 57, Stapleton 10

Santee 52, Marion, S.D. 46

South Loup 33, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 13

Southern 53, Falls City 48

Southern Valley 59, Brady 47

Southwest 38, Alma 33

Spalding Academy 61, Palmer 17

St. Mary's 62, Neligh-Oakdale 29

Stanton 43, North Bend Central 37, OT

Sutton 50, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 47

Syracuse 51, Nebraska City 21

West Holt 35, CWC 24

Whiting, Iowa 44, Parkview Christian 17

Wynot 62, Homer 43

Yutan 51, Tekamah-Herman 42

Husker volleyball makes quick work of Huskies

11-Dec-2016 /
LINCOLN, Neb. - The top-seeded Nebraska volleyball team became the first team to advance to the NCAA Semifinals, as the Huskers were dominant in a three-set sweep of Pac-12 Champion Washington, the No. 7 national seed, on Saturday in front of 8,355 fans inside the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Nebraska limited Washington to just 26 points in the first two set, taking the opener 25-16 before winning the first nine rallies of set two en route to a 25-10 victory. The third set was tighter, but Andie Malloy's 15th kill on the Huskers' third match point wrapped up the 25-21 victory. The Huskers limited Washington to just 47 total points, the second-fewest points allowed in an NCAA Regional Final in the rally-scoring era, which dates back to 2001.

With the win, the Huskers tied a school record with their 10th consecutive postseason victory and kept their hopes alive for back-to-back national titles. Nebraska (31-2) will face either Texas or Creighton on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, with a berth in the national championship match on the line. Washington, which lost to Nebraska in the regional final for the second straight year, saw its season end with a 29-5 record.

The Huskers hit an impressive .437 in the match, led by Malloy's 15 kills and 10 kills on 19 swings from senior Kadie Rolfzen, the NCAA Lincoln Regional Most Outstanding Player. Sophomore Mikaela Foecke added nine kills and was strong at the service line, recording two aces while serving several long runs. Senior Amber Rolfzen put down five kills on six error-free swings while recording a match-high four blocks. Leading the dominant offensive performance was junior setter Kelly Hunter, who totaled 36 kills and added three kills and six digs. Senior Justine Wong-Orantes tallied 13 digs for the Huskers.

Crissy Jones paced Washington with nine kills, but the Huskies were held to a season-low 26 kills and a season-low .088 attack percentage. Courtney Schwan added seven kills, while Kara Bajema and Tia Scambray chipped in five kills apiece.

Set 1: Nebraska bolted out to a 4-1 lead with a Holman kill and a Foecke ace. Malloy pounded a trio of kills as the Huskers went up 8-5. A Kadie Rolfzen shot down the line after a string of great defensive plays by both teams made it 13-8, and a pair of Washington errors and a Kadie Rolfzen kill had the Huskers up 16-8 and in control. The Huskers remained up by eight, 22-14, after a rip by Albrecht, and they finished off the 25-16 win on a kill by Malloy, her sixth of the set. Nebraska hit a blistering .467 and held Washington to .097. The Huskers had a distinct edge in defense with a 17-7 digs advantage.

Set 2: The Huskers were dominant, taking a 9-0 lead on Foecke's serve. Holman and Malloy each had a pair of kills during the run, while Washington made a few miscues with the Huskers pounding away at them. A Kadie Rolfzen kill and Wong-Orantes ace put the Huskers up 11-1. Hunter even joined in the action by taking a swing from the right side and tooling the block for a kill and a 14-3 lead. After Washington got within 16-9, Foecke got a kill, Holman and Kadie Rolfzen combined for consecutive blocks and then recorded back-to-back kills for a 21-9 lead. The Huskers resumed their dominance with a kill and ace by Foecke, a block by Holman and Kadie Rolfzen and a Malloy kill to end the set at 25-10. The Huskers hit .565 and held UW to -.080 hitting. The Huskers again outdug Washington, 12-5, and had four blocks to Washington's one.

Set 3: Nebraska took its first lead of the set, 6-5, after a Washington hit long, and Albrecht served an ace for a 7-5 lead. The Huskers' tough serve continued to give Washington problems, as Sydney Townsend served the fifth ace for the Big Red for a 9-8 lead. Washington went back ahead 10-9 wth an ace of its own, but Foecke terminated to even the set. Malloy and Amber Rolfzen added kills before a Washington error made it 16-14 Huskers. Malloy and Hunter followed with swings for kills and an 18-14 lead, forcing a Washington timeout. Hunter and Amber Rolfzen teamed up for a block after the timeout to continue the 5-0 run and build the lead to 19-14. Another block by that pair, and an Amber Rolfzen kill made it 22-16. A tip kill by Holman gave the Huskers a 23-18 edge, and Foecke swung the Huskers match point at 24-19.

Up Next: Nebraska will make its 13th appearance in the NCAA Semifinal next Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. The Huskers will face fourth-seeded Texas in a national championship rematch at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and

Jayhawks cruise to 89-72 victory over Nebraska

11-Dec-2016 / Ap
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Frank Mason III had 18 points and seven assists without a turnover, Josh Jackson and Svi Mykhailiuk added 15 points apiece and No. 3 Kansas cruised to an 89-72 victory over Nebraska on Saturday.

The Jayhawks (9-1) had no trouble with their old conference foe despite playing without forward Carlton Bragg Jr., who is suspended indefinitely. Bragg was charged Friday with misdemeanor battery.

Bragg sat on the bench in street clothes, watching as Devonte Graham scored 14 points and Landen Lucas added 12, as the Jayhawks rolled to their 18th consecutive win over the Huskers and their 46th in a row at Allen Fieldhouse.

Tai Webster led Nebraska (5-5) with 22 points. Ed Morrow Jr. finished with 16.

Husker Women Surge Past Spartans

11-Dec-2016 /
Lincoln – Jessica Shepard produced her fifth double-double of the year with a season-high 28 points to go along with 14 rebounds to lead the Nebraska women’s basketball team to an 83-61 win over San Jose State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday night.

The Huskers, who scored a season-high 83 points and grabbed a season-best 55 rebounds, improved to 4-6 with the victory, while San Jose State slipped to 2-8 on the season.

Shepard scored 23 points in the second half as Nebraska pulled away from a Spartan squad with four senior starters from a team that finished 11-7 in the Mountain West last season. Fellow post player Allie Havers added all eight of her points inside after halftime, while Darrien Washington contributed a career-high seven points while matching a career best with six rebounds.

Overall, Nebraska outscored San Jose State 50-20 in the paint, including a 34-14 edge after halftime.

Freshman Nicea Eliely added another strong performance with 13 points and seven rebounds to go along with four assists, a block and a steal. It marked Eliely's second double-figure scoring game of her young career.

Junior guard Emily Wood pitched in seven points while matching a career high with a pair of steals. Wood and Eliely joined forces during a key Husker surge midway through the second quarter.

The Huskers carried a 37-34 lead into halftime before erupting for a season-high 26 third-quarter points. Shepard, who had 14 points in the quarter, helped the Big Red take a 63-55 lead into the fourth quarter.

While Nebraska produced its best offensive output of the season, the Huskers' fourth-quarter defense also played a major role. NU limited San Jose State to just six points in the fourth quarter. The Huskers held the Spartans scoreless for nearly the first five minutes of the final period, while Shepard, Havers and Washington joined forces on a 13-0 run to build Nebraska's lead to 76-55 with six minutes left.

San Jose State's Dezz Ramos stopped the run with a field goal to close out her team-high 24 points, but freshman Hannah Whitish answered with Nebraska's only three-pointer of the second half to end any Spartan hope of a late rally.

For the game, Nebraska hit 53.8 percent (35-65) of its shots from the field, including 20-of-33 (.606) in the second half. The Huskers hit 6-of-17 three-pointers (.353), while settling for 7-of-15 free throws. Nebraska added its largest rebound margin of the season (+24) by outrebounding SJSU 55-31, including 30-12 in the second half. NU's huge margin on the glass allowed them to overcome a minus-13 turnover margin (26-13) against the pesky Spartans.

Nebraska closed the first quarter tied at 16 with the Spartans after outscoring San Jose State 9-2 to end the period. The Big Red fell behind the Spartans 14-7 on a Rachol West three-pointer with 3:12 left. The Huskers held San Jose State without a field goal the rest of the quarter.

Nebraska took a 19-16 lead on Eliely’s three-pointer to open the second quarter, and maintained a 27-26 lead with five minutes left in the half after Wood’s steal and layup. The Huskers took their biggest lead of the first half at 34-26 on Wood’s three-pointer with 3:30 left, but SJSU’s Dezz Ramos answered with eight straight points to tie the score again at 34 with 1:42 left.

Nebraska’s Rylie Cascio Jensen hit her second three of the first half with 25 seconds left to send the Big Red to halftime with a 37-34 lead.

Ramos, who entered the game averaging 19.1 points per game, scored 16 of San Jose State’s 18 points in the second quarter. The Huskers held her scoreless in the opening quarter, and limited her to just six points in the second half.

Eliely led the Huskers with nine points, five rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in 13 first-half minutes. Cascio Jensen added six points on her two three-pointers, while Shepard, Washington and Wood each scored five first-half points.

As a team, Nebraska hit 15-of-32 shots from the field (.469), including 5-of-9 three-pointers (.556). The Huskers were just 2-of-6 in the first half at the line, but outrebounded the Spartans 25-19.

San Jose State hit just 33.3 percent (12-of-36) of its first-half shots, including 6-of-19 threes (.316), while knocking down 4-of-6 free throws. The Spartans won the first-half turnover battle 13-8.

The Huskers will take a week off from competition for finals at the University of Nebraska, before heading to Omaha to take on Creighton. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Bluejays from D.J. Sokol Arena on Sunday, Dec. 18, is set for 2 p.m.

Husker volleyball comes back to win thriller over Penn State

09-Dec-2016 /
LINCOLN, Neb. - The top-seeded Nebraska volleyball team kept its hopes of a repeat national title alive on Friday, rallying from a two-set deficit for a thrilling 3-2 win over 16th-seeded Penn State in front of 8,240 fans inside the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Huskers, who never trailed by more than two at any point in the match, saw Penn State erase late leads in winning both the first and second sets by identical 25-23 margins. Nebraska's dreams of a second straight national championship were nearly derailed in the third set, as the Nittany Lions used another late rally to earn two match points at 24-22. But the Huskers won the final four points of the third set and then won the fourth set, 25-19 before dominating the fifth set, 15-6.

With the win, the Huskers advanced to Saturday's NCAA Regional Final, the 26th regional final appearance in school history. Nebraska (30-2) will take on the winner of the Washington-Arizona match at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.

In only her third NCAA Tournament match as a Husker, junior middle blocker Briana Holman paced four Huskers in double-figure kills with 17 kills, the highest total of her Nebraska career, while adding seven blocks. Senior twin sisters Amber and Kadie Rolfzen combined for 29 kills, with Amber pounding 15 kills and Kadie adding 14. Senior Andy Malloy finished with 13 kills for the Big Red. Kadie Rolfzen produced a double-double and tied senior libero Justine Wong-Orantes with 18 digs to lead Nebraska. Junior setter Kelly Hunter dished out a match-high 50 assists while adding 10 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.

Nebraska produced seven more kills than Penn State, while the Nittany Lions out-blocked the Huskers, 17-14.5. NU was bolstered by a season-high nine aces. Nebraska hit .256 in the match, while Penn State attacked at a .234 clip, becoming only the third opponent this season to hit above .225 against Nebraska. Outside hitters Ali Frantti and Simone Lee combined for 43 kills. Lee led the way with a match-high 22 kills, while Frantti totaled a season-high 21 kills, including 16 in the first two sets to help Penn State to the 2-0 lead.

Penn State ended its season with a 24-10 record. The thrilling win was Nebraska's fifth straight victory over Penn State, and the Huskers third win over the Nittany Lions this season.

Set 1: Nebraska rallied from a 3-1 deficit to a 5-3 lead with big swings from Kadie Rolfzen and Malloy, as well as a Wong-Orantes ace. The Nittany Lions came right back to go ahead 6-5, keyed by three blocks early in the set. Nebraska went ahead 14-11 with a 4-0 run, which again came on the serve of Wong-Orantes. Amber Rolfzen set Kadie Rolfzen for a kill to make it 12-11, and a block by Amber Rolfzen and Malloy gave the Huskers the 14-11 lead. Penn State strung together a 3-0 run after the media timeout to even the set at 15-15 and force a Husker timeout. Malloy terminated the next rally, and an outstanding individual effort by Holman to get a ball over the net led to a two-point Husker lead at 18-16. With the set tied 19-19, the Nittany Lions served long and Holman posted her third kill for a 21-19 lead, and Penn State took a timeout. Simone Lee got a kill for Penn State on the next rally, but Kadie Rolfzen answered with a shot down the line. Three straight kills by Ali Frantti put Penn State ahead 23-22, and after Malloy tied the set, Frantti struck again for her ninth kill on 12 swings, giving PSU set point at 24-23. A solo block by Frantti ended the set in favor of Penn State, 25-23. Penn State's .389 to .263 hitting advantage and 6-1 blocks advantage proved to be enough to give the Huskers their first set loss of the tournament.

Set 2: The Huskers came out of the gate to a 5-1 lead with kills from four different players. The lead increased to 7-2 after two attacking errors by Penn State, but the Nittany Lions won the next four rallies after a timeout to cut it to 7-6. A block by Haleigh Washington -Penn State's ninth of the match - tied the set 8-8. Amber Rolfzen restored the Husker lead with a kill. Holman tacked on another one for an 11-9 lead. Penn State continued to bring the set level, but NU continued to answer as a kill by Malloy made it 14-13. Penn State committed a net violation to make it 15-13 Huskers, and an ace serve by Albrecht gave NU a 17-14 lead. After Penn State pulled within 17-16, Amber Rolfzen hammered an overpass. Holman and Kadie Rolfzen struck for kills, and then Holman blasted back another overdig for a 21-18 lead. A block by Kadie Rolfzen and Holman made it 22-19, but Frantti added two more kills to get Penn State back within one at 22-21. A solo block by Frantti tied the set at 22-22 and an ace by Kendall White gave Penn State its first lead of the set at 23-22. Another Frantti kill gave Penn State set point at 24-22, capping a 5-0 run. An Amber Rolfzen kill cut it to 24-23, but Frantti ended the second set at 25-23 with her 16th kill. Frantti accounted for five of Penn State's last six points after accounting for its final five points in set one.

Set 3: The Huskers again started strong, taking a 10-3 lead after a 5-0 run. Malloy had a solo block and a kill, as did Holman, while Foecke served an ace during the run. A pair of Amber Rolfzen kills sandwiched around one by Malloy made it 14-6 Huskers. A slew of great defensive plays led to another Amber Rolfzen kill for a 15-8 lead. Frantti again willed the Nittany Lions back into the set with a pair of solo blocks, and a Husker hitting error had the Nittany Lions back within striking distance at 16-14. Holman and Foecke combined for a block to get NU out of the rotation, and Kadie Rolfzen followed with a kill for an 18-14 lead. The Nittany Lions fought back once again, pulling within 18-17 on a Bryanna Weiskircher ace. Each time Penn State cut it to one, the Huskers answered, including a Malloy kill that made it 21-19. Kadie Rolfzen served an ace for a 22-19 lead, but Lee followed with a kill and a pair of Penn State blocks had the set level at 22-22, the first tie score since 0-0. Lee continued the run after a timeout with a pair of kills for match point at 24-22. But the Huskers weren't done. Amber Rolfzen began the comeback with a kill, and she combined with Hunter for a block to tie the set at 24-24. Foecke finished the set on a 4-0 Husker run with a pair of kills, as the Huskers won 26-24.

Set 4: Back-to-back kills by Holman and one by Kadie Rolfzen had the Huskers on top 5-3 early once again. A solo block by Malloy and a dump by Hunter helped NU to a 9-5 lead. The lead became six at 13-7 after a Kadie Rolfzen kill, and Holman smashed her 14th before a Foecke ace made it 17-9. Malloy tacked on a kill and then combined with the Rolfzen twins for a rare triple block and a 19-10 Husker lead. Lainy Pierce came in for the Nittany Lions and served a 5-0 run as they pulled within 19-15. Kadie Rolfzen ended the run with a kill, and Hunter won a battle at the net for a 21-15 lead. Malloy's 12th kill and an ace by Albrecht made it 23-16 Huskers. Kadie Rolfzen killed out of the back row for set point at 24-17, and Nebraska forced a fifth set when Holman put down her 15th kill for a 25-19 win.

Set 5: Albrecht served her third ace to begin the set and Amber Rolfzen added a kill for a 2-0 start. Penn State came back to tie the set 3-3, but a solo block by Hunter and PSU hitting error made it 5-3 Big Red. Kadie Rolfzen and Holman added a block, and the Huskers led 6-3 as Penn State took a timeout. Holman continued to dominate the set with another kill and a solo block for an 8-4 lead. After the teams switched sides, Foecke served an ace to make it 9-4. Holman's 17th kill gave the Huskers sideout, and a great dig by Kenzie Maloney led to an Amber Rolfzen kill, as the Huskers went up 11-6. Malloy followed with her 13th kill, and Wong-Orantes served an ace for match point at 14-6. The Huskers ended the match on a 6-0 run to win 15-6 after an Amber Rolfzen kill.

Next Up: Nebraska will face the winer of the Washington-Arizona match in Saturday's NCAA Regional Final. First serve for Saturday's match is 3 p.m. Listen live in Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings on 97.7 Big Country and in McCook on 102.1 True Country. 

-Husker men loose to Creighton 77-62

08-Dec-2016 /
Lincoln - Tai Webster scored 20 points, and Ed Morrow Jr. grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Huskers fell to No. 10 Creighton, 77-62, in front of 15,902 fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday.

The Huskers drop to 5-4 on the season, while the Bluejays improve to 9-0 behind a 25-point, eight-assist effort from Maurice Watson Jr.

Webster, who added six rebounds, four assists and three steals, scored 12 of his 20 tallies after the break, even though he dealt with foul trouble for most of the second half. The senior guard picked up his fourth foul with 14:53 left in the game and Creighton clinging to a 41-37 lead, but the Bluejays scored the next 12 points and outscored the Huskers 36-25 the rest of the way.

Glynn Watson Jr. scored nine points and Jack McVeigh added seven for the Big Red. Morrow led the Huskers on the glass, while freshman Isaiah Roby posted a career-high eight rebounds for the Big Red.

In the first half, the Huskers overcame a very sluggish start to get back into the game, as Creighton took a 31-30 lead into the locker room.
The Huskers opened the game by missing 11 of its first 12 shots, while Creighton hit eight of its first 13 shots and built an 18-4 lead after a Khyri Thomas steal and dunk before the Huskers regrouped. Michael Jacobson and freshman Jordy Tshimanga keyed a 11-2 NU spurt, combining for eight points as the Huskers pulled to within 20-15 after a Jacobson basket.

Nebraska continued to battle behind the play of Webster, who scored six of his eight first-half points in an 8-1 spurt that knotted the score at 25 with 3:18 left in the half. Nebraska then answered Creighton’s 5-0 run with a 5-0 spurt of their own, as McVeigh tied the game with a 3-pointer with 1:06 left in the half.

Nebraska was within four when Webster picked up his fourth foul with 14:55 left, but the Huskers went ice cold, missing its next nine shots, while Creighton ran off 11 straight points to build a 14-point margin to seize the momentum and hush the sellout crowd.

NU held Creighton to its lowest scoring output of the season, but the Bluejays held Nebraska to just 32 percent shooting, including a season-low 3-22 from 3-point range.

Nebraska will hit the road to take on former conference rival and third-ranked Kansas on Saturday afternoon at historic Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. Tipoff with the Jayhawks is set for 2:15 p.m. (CT) and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN and can be heard around the world on the Husker Sports Network

High School Basketball Scores 12-06-16

07-Dec-2016 / Ap
Boys Scores 
Anselmo-Merna 68, McPherson County 40

Arcadia-Loup City 50, Ansley-Litchfield 43

Auburn 66, Weeping Water 31

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 64, Emerson-Hubbard 17

Bertrand 57, Elwood 41

Bishop Neumann 64, Elkhorn Mount Michael 26

Cedar Bluffs 41, College View Academy 16

Central City 59, Centura 57

Columbus Scotus 68, Guardian Angels 31

Creighton 56, Wausa 43

Crete 59, Grand Island Northwest 36

CWC 51, Ewing 32

Deshler 54, Meridian 14

Diller-Odell 60, Dorchester 19

Doniphan-Trumbull 50, Broken Bow 47

East Butler 45, Exeter/Milligan 34

Elm Creek 54, Alma 44

Fairbury 55, Superior 31

Friend 51, Sterling 48

Harlan, Iowa 63, Blair 57, OT

Hartington Cedar Catholic 63, Bloomfield 41

Heartland 62, Harvard 20

Howells/Dodge 37, Aquinas 35

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 67, Lewiston 56

Johnson-Brock 70, Palmyra 37

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 77, Homer 27

Lincoln Pius X 63, Norris 47

Lutheran High Northeast 67, Twin River 47

Madison 68, Elkhorn Valley 35

Malcolm 54, Conestoga 25

Maxwell 69, Eustis-Farnam 61

Minatare 55, Banner County 44

Minden 46, Lexington 43

Nebraska Lutheran 78, St. Edward 56

Neligh-Oakdale 75, Elgin Public/Pope John 25

Niobrara/Verdigre 53, St. Mary's 41

Oakland-Craig 80, Clarkson/Leigh 37

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 58, Cornerstone Christian 25

Omaha North 74, Bellevue East 73

Osceola 66, Hampton 37

Palmer 59, Elba 23

Parkview Christian 55, Omaha Christian Academy 52

Riverside 80, Clearwater/Orchard 54

Seward 46, Lincoln Christian 45

Silver Lake 58, Axtell 41

Southern 37, Johnson County Central 34

Southern Valley 47, Cambridge 45

Spalding Academy 41, Stuart 38

St. Paul 69, Cozad 61

Sutton 76, Nebraska Christian 41

Tri County 37, Pawnee City 28

Walthill 86, Hartington-Newcastle 69

Wayne 61, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 38

West Point-Beemer 51, Stanton 41

Yutan 64, Arlington 56

Cattle Trail Tournament
Dundy County-Stratton 77, Maywood-Hayes Center 30

Medicine Valley 51, Arapahoe 41

Southwest 65, Hitchcock County 35

Wauneta-Palisade 74, Oberlin-Decatur, Kan. 37

Anselmo-Merna 51, McPherson County 9

Archbishop Bergan 63, Mead 14

Arlington 49, Yutan 42

Auburn 66, Weeping Water 21

Axtell 60, Silver Lake 26

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 80, Emerson-Hubbard 27

Banner County 35, Minatare 30

Bertrand 42, Elwood 34

Bishop Neumann 82, Omaha Duchesne Academy 27

Boys Town 55, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 39

Cedar Bluffs 49, College View Academy 17

Central City 72, Centura 29

Clearwater/Orchard 42, Riverside 32

Crofton 67, Boone Central/Newman Grove 38

CWC 43, Ewing 33

Diller-Odell 60, Dorchester 33

Doniphan-Trumbull 48, Broken Bow 25

Elgin Public/Pope John 48, Neligh-Oakdale 17

Elkhorn 66, Ralston 23

Elkhorn Valley 55, Madison 30

Elm Creek 63, Alma 44

Eustis-Farnam 41, Maxwell 23

Exeter/Milligan 46, East Butler 26

Falls City Sacred Heart 60, Nebraska City Lourdes 49

Fort Calhoun 75, Omaha Concordia 62

Friend 64, Sterling 31

Giltner 44, McCool Junction 34

Grand Island Northwest 44, Crete 39

Gretna 60, Omaha Gross Catholic 28

Guardian Angels 37, Columbus Scotus 36

Hampton 56, Osceola 45

Hartington Cedar Catholic 57, Bloomfield 36

Hartington-Newcastle 62, Walthill 45

Heartland 62, Harvard 31

Howells/Dodge 51, Aquinas 40

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 67, Plainview 28

Johnson-Brock 60, Palmyra 25

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 55, Homer 41

Lewiston 44, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 40

Lincoln Christian 80, Seward 42

Louisville 57, Elmwood-Murdock 41

Malcolm 58, Conestoga 20

Meridian 63, Deshler 51

Minden 56, Lexington 10

Nebraska Lutheran 50, St. Edward 20

Norris 39, Lincoln Pius X 28

North Bend Central 50, Schuyler 21

Oakland-Craig 47, Clarkson/Leigh 43

Omaha Christian Academy 59, Parkview Christian 16

Omaha Nation 65, Allen 36

Omaha North 53, Bellevue East 32

Omaha Skutt Catholic 51, Omaha Mercy 25

Overton 53, Gibbon 37

Palmer 43, Elba 14

Pawnee City 39, Tri County 35

Pierce 45, Norfolk Catholic 39

Southern 40, Johnson County Central 28

Southern Valley 47, Cambridge 45

Spalding Academy 46, Stuart 32

St. Mary's 87, Niobrara/Verdigre 46

St. Paul 33, Cozad 27

Stanton 40, West Point-Beemer 29

Superior 55, Fairbury 34

Sutton 48, Nebraska Christian 41

Tekamah-Herman 48, Douglas County West 19

Twin River 47, Lutheran High Northeast 24

Wahoo 71, Ashland-Greenwood 28

Wausa 58, Creighton 37

Wayne 67, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 33

Cattle Trail Tournament
Dundy County-Stratton 54, Southwest 6

Hitchcock County 50, Medicine Valley 19

Oberlin-Decatur, Kan. 46, Arapahoe 39

Wauneta-Palisade 42, Maywood-Hayes Center 41

Husker women fall to Drake 84-70

07-Dec-2016 /
Lincoln - Jessica Shepard produced her fourth double-double of the season with a game-high 23 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, but the Nebraska women's basketball team suffered an 84-70 setback to visiting Drake on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers slipped to 3-6 with the loss, while the preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorites from Drake improved to 4-3.

Nebraska worked its way to a 33-32 halftime lead despite first-half foul trouble from Shepard. The 6-4 forward from Fremont, Neb., did not hit a field goal in the first half and scored just one point to go along with 10 first-half rebounds in 13 minutes.

Havers, a 6-5 senior center from Mattawan, Mich., responded with her best offensive performance of the season, going 5-for-6 from the field to produce 11 points. She added just three more points in the second half to finish with a season-high 14 in her second double-figure scoring effort of the season.

Freshman Grace Mitchell stepped up in Shepard's absence in the first half. The 6-2 forward from Wellington, Kan., scored five of her career-high seven points in the half, while adding a pair of first-half steals to help the Huskers erase Drake's 23-16 lead with 7:43 left in the second quarter.

Mitchell hit her first jumper with 6:05 left to cut Drake's margin to 25-21, before she added her first steal with 3:52 left in the half. Following the steal, Mitchell was fouled, and Havers hit a jumper later in the possession to pull the Big Red within 26-25. On Drake's next possession, Mitchell came up with another steal, but missed a jumper at the offensive end. Drake answered with a jumper from Becca Jonas to put the Bulldogs back up by three before Mitchell answered with the first three-pointer of her young career to tie the game at 28 with 2:15 left in the first half.

Shepard scored her only point of the half on a free throw with 1:39 left, before freshman Hannah Whitish added a layup off a defensive rebound and an assist from fellow freshman Nicea Eliely to give the Huskers a 31-28 edge with 1:22 left in the half. Whitish's layup capped a 15-5 Husker surge that allowed them to take a halftime lead to the locker room.

But in the second half, Drake dominated on the offensive end. Although Shepard hit 8-of-14 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to score 22 points in the second half, Drake answered as a team by hitting 16-of-22 field goals from inside the arc after halftime. The Bulldogs also knocked down 5-of-10 second-half threes after going 4-for-14 from long range in the first half.

The Bulldogs took control by outscoring the Huskers 29-17 in the third period, before winning the final quarter 23-20.

Shepard's 23 points and 16 rebounds marked the 14th double-double of her career, as she finished 8-of-18 from the field, including 1-of-3 from three-point range marking her ninth consecutive game with at least one three-pointer. She added three assists, two blocks and a steal in 32 minutes.

Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Player of the Year Lizzy Wendell led three Bulldogs in double figures with 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals. Fellow senior, point guard Caitlin Ingle, added a double-double with 13 points and 13 assists to go along with three rebounds and three steals for Drake. Ingle hit 5-of-8 shots from the field as one of seven Bulldogs to hit 50 percent or better from the floor. Wendell went just 8-for-23, including 0-for-6 from three-point range, although she became the fourth player in Drake history to reach 2,000 career points in the game.

Brenni Rose added 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting for the Bulldogs, while adding three rebounds and a steal in just 12 minutes off the bench. In all, eight Drake players scored seven or more points while hitting 31-of-64 shots from the field (.484), including 9-of-24 threes (.375). Drake also hit 13-of-19 free throws (.684), while outrebounding the Huskers, 42-34. Nebraska did win the turnover battle, 18-16.

Junior Jasmine Cincore managed seven points and a career-high four blocked shots for the Huskers, while Eliely and Maddie Simon each contributed six points.

As a team, Nebraska hit 27-of-64 field goals (.422), including 6-of-20 threes (.300), while connecting on 10-of-17 free throws (.588).

Nebraska closes its three-game home stand on Friday when the Huskers battle San Jose State. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Spartans is set for 7 p.m. with tickets available now at
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