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Lincoln -- Glynn Watson Jr. had 20 points and nine rebounds, as Nebraska built a 23-point halftime lead and cruised to a 73-49 win over Western Illinois on Saturday.

Watson hit 8-of-10 shots from the floor and tied his career high with nine rebounds to pace the Big Red, who bounced back from its first loss of the season.

James Palmer Jr. added 19 points for Nebraska (5-1) which won its 15th straight home game dating back to last season.

Nebraska held Western Illinois to 30.6 shooting, as the Leathernecks (2-4) scored a season-low 49 points, over 30 points beneath their season average.

The Huskers took control in the first half, overcoming a slow start en route to building a 40-17 halftime lead. Nebraska used runs of 13-0 and 19-0 to seize momentum, as NU shot 57 percent from the field and outrebounded the Leathernecks, 25-12, in the opening stanza.

Trailing 9-4, the Husker defense took control, holding WIU without a point for 8:47 while reserves Nana Akenten and Brady Heiman keyed the run with five of the Huskers’ 13 straight points.

Palmer then got going for the Big Red, scoring eight of his 12 first-half points to begin the run, as Palmer and Watson combined for 15 of the Huskers’ 19 points. Nebraska built its largest lead of the half at 38-14 off a Tanner Borchardt hook shot with 32 seconds left in the half.

Nebraska took any remaining suspense out by scoring the first 10 points of the second half, pushing the margin to 50-17 after a Watson 3-pointer with 17:41 left.

C.J. Duff led Western Illinois with 13 points, while Isaac Johnson added nine points and six boards in a losing effort.

The Huskers return to action Monday night as they take on Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tipoff from Littlejohn Coliseum is at 6 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPN2 and carried on the Husker Sports Network.





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LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 6 Nebraska volleyball team won its seventh straight match with a 25-15, 25-12, 25-12 sweep over Ohio State in front of a crowd of 8,267 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Friday night.

Lexi Sun had 12 kills with no errors for a season-best .522 hitting percentage to lead the Huskers (23-6, 14-5 Big Ten). Nebraska hit .353 for the match and committed six attacking errors, tying its fewest in a Big Ten match since 2012. The Huskers were just as sharp defensively, holding Ohio State (12-19, 3-16 Big Ten) to a season-low -.044 hitting percentage. The win marked the Huskers' first over the Buckeyes in Lincoln since 2011 at the NU Coliseum.

Mikaela Foecke had nine kills, nine digs and four blocks, and she moved past Kadie Rolfzen for sixth place on Nebraska's career kills chart with 1,567. Lauren Stivrins added six kills and a team-best seven blocks, as Nebraska tied its season high for blocks in a three-set match with 13.

Callie Schwarzenbach and Jazz Sweet each had three kills, with Schwarzenbach adding five blocks. Nicklin Hames notched 28 assists and eight digs, and Kenzie Maloney had a match-high 13 digs to lead the Huskers to a 48-40 edge in that category. Sun had nine digs to go with her 12 kills.

Lauren Witte had eight kills to lead the Buckeyes.

Set 1: After falling behind 2-1, the Huskers scored seven of the next nine points to take an 8-4 lead. Sweet, Hames and Sun all had kills in that stretch, and Stivrins and Foecke had a block. Sun tacked on three more kills and a block with Schwarzenbach to help make it 14-6 Huskers after a 5-0 run. The Buckeyes scored three straight points to cut Nebraska's lead to 17-13 and force a Husker timeout, but a 5-0 response by the Huskers - highlighted by a Stivrins solo block and another Sun kill - restored a 22-13 lead. The Huskers won 25-15, hitting .312 while holding Ohio State to .000 hitting. Sun had nine of Nebraska's 13 kills in the set, and the sophomore hit .692 in the set.

Set 2: Nebraska's seventh block of the match, this one by Hames and Schwarzenbach, gave the Huskers a 7-4 lead, and Sun's 10th kill made it 10-5. The lead went to eight, 17-9, after Foecke's fifth kill of the match, and four unforced Buckeye errors gave the Huskers a 23-12 advantage. Sun added another kill for set point, and the Huskers finished the dominating set two win at 25-12 on a block by Schwarzenbach and Sun. NU hit .321 in set two and held Ohio State to -.100 hitting. The Huskers had six blocks in the frame to increase their match total to 10. Schwarzenbach was in on four blocks in set two.

Set 3: Stivrins posted three kills and a block, and Maloney served an ace to get Nebraska off on the right foot with a 7-3 lead. Back-to-back Husker passing miscues allowed Ohio State to get within 7-6, but Foecke blasted her sixth kill and Stivrins swatted a Buckeye attack to make it 9-6 Huskers. Ahead 11-9, Nebraska went on a decisive 7-0 run to take an 18-9 lead. Capri Davis started it with a kill, and Sun served back-to-back aces after kills by Sweet and Schwarzenbach. Sun blasted her 12th kill to put Nebraska ahead 21-12, and Foecke hammered an overpass after a Hayley Densberger serve for a 10-point lead. A pair of Ohio State hitting errors made it 24-12, and Nebraska finished off the sweep with a 25-12 win, ending the set on a 14-3 run.

Up Next: Nebraska finishes the regular season against Maryland on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers will recognize their three seniors - Mikaela Foecke, Kenzie Maloney and Brooke Smith - following the match. The match will be televised on NET, streamed at BTN2GO.com and can be heard on the Husker Sports Network.






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Coral Gables, Fla. - Freshman Sam Haiby led Nebraska with 14 points off the bench, but No. 22 Miami flew to an 82-68 women's basketball win over the Huskers on Friday afternoon at the Watsco Center.

Haiby led three Huskers in double figures by going 6-of-12 from the field, while adding five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 22 minutes of action. Junior guard Hannah Whitish scored all 13 of her points after halftime, knocking down 4-of-6 threes, to help the Huskers turn a 19-point halftime deficit into a 10-point margin early in the fourth quarter.

Junior Nicea Eliely added 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals for the game to keep the Huskers within striking distance. Nebraska slipped to 1-3 on the season with the loss, while Miami improved to 5-1 on the year.

Guard Laura Cornelius led Miami with 23 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and a career-high six steals. Cornelius was a major factor in Miami winning the first-half turnover battle 13-2 to race to a 44-25 halftime lead.

Junior forward Beatrice Mompremier added a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Kelsey Marshall contributed 18 points on 4-of-10 three-point shooting.

Miami took its biggest lead of the game at 22 points less than one minute into the second half, before the Huskers rallied, outscoring the Canes 24-18 in the third quarter to enter the final period down 62-49. Taylor Kissinger, who finished the day with six points on a pair of threes, knocked down her second three to cut the margin to 62-52. But Nebraska could get no closer, as the Hurricanes closed out the win on their home court.

For the game, Nebraska hit 42.4 percent (25-59) of its shots from the field, including 36 percent (9-25) from three-point range. The Huskers also connected on 9-of-13 free throws (.692). Nebraska was out-rebounded, 44-35, and lost the turnover battle, 19-13.

Miami hit 43.7 percent (31-71) of its attempts from the floor, including 9-of-31 threes (.290), while going 11-for-15 (.733) at the line on the afternoon.

Nebraska struggled in the first half against the Hurricanes, falling behind 11-3 in the first 3:30, before heading to the second quarter down 22-15.

The Huskers, who got six straight points from Haiby to end the first quarter with some momentum, got the first bucket of the second quarter to trim Miami's margin to 22-17 with nine minutes left in the half.

Then the Hurricanes took firm control, getting seven points from Mompremier before Cornelius capped the half with a 10-0 run to send the Canes to the locker room with their biggest lead of the half at 44-25.

Nebraska hit just 10-of-29 shots (.345) in the first half, including 3-of-11 threes (.273). The Huskers out-rebounded the Canes 22-19, but Miami dominated the turnover column, 13-2. The Canes turned Miami's 13 turnovers into 15 points.

Miami hit 16-of-37 field goals (.432), including 4-of-16 threes (.250), while connecting on 8-of-10 free throws. The Huskers hit both of the free throws they attempted to close the first quarter.

The Huskers complete their stay at the Miami Thanksgiving Classic on Sunday when they take on Radford. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Highlanders is set for 11 a.m. (CT) with live radio coverage from the Husker Sports Network.





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Iowa City, Iowa – Nebraska set individual records in its season football finale, but Miguel Recinos hit a 41-yard field goal on the game’s final play, and Iowa emerged with a 31-28 victory in the Hereos Trophy game on Friday at Kinnick Stadium.

Senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. caught seven passes for 81 yards to become Nebraska’s all-time receiving yards leader with 2,747 yards, and quarterback Adrian Martinez had 336 yards of total offense, including 260 passing yards and 76 rushing yards, setting a Nebraska season record for total offense with 3,246 yards.

Joe Ganz (2008) and Tommy Armstrong Jr. (2015) previously held the record with six 300-yard total offense games in a season.

Nebraska (4-8, 3-6 Big Ten Conference) rallied from a 28-13 deficit to force a 28-28 tie before Iowa (8-4, 5-4) rallied for the game-winning score.

Tight end T.J. Hockinson caught a 10-yard pass from quarterback Nate Stanley on a fourth-down conversion to keep the Iowa game-winning drive alive.

Morgan, meanwhile, caught a pass in 38 straight games, setting a Nebraska record, one better than Johnny Rodgers’ 37-game streak with a catch from 1970 to 1972. Morgan has at least three catches in 23 of the past 24 games.

Down 28-13, Nebraska drove 98 yards in 14 plays in a scoring drive that began in the third quarter and ended in the fourth. The drive highlighted with senior linebacker Luke Gifford catching a pass on fake punt pass that converted fourth down deep in Nebraska territory.

Martinez followed with a 12-yard rush, and later hit Morgan for gains of 4 and 11 yards. That set up a 28-yard touchdown pass to freshman running back Maurice Washington that cut the Iowa lead to 28-20 with 13:57 remaining.

Following a Nebraska defensive stop, Martinez scored on a 3-yard touchdown run and hit wide receiver Kade Warner on a two-point conversion pass to tie the game 28-28 with 3:22 remaining.

Nebraska, though, never saw the ball again, as Iowa drove for the game-winning score.

Iowa won the opening coin flip and elected to receive the football to begin the game, and Hawkeyes put together a methodical scoring drive that lasted 11 plays and covered 79 yards. They converted two third downs in the series, capped when quarterback Nate Stanley hit wide receiver Brandon Smith on a 15-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead with 9:37 remaining in the first quarter.

Nebraska responded quickly. The Huskers drove 81 yards in 12 plays, with Martinez twice hitting Morgan on passing plays of 11 and 17 yards, both plays converting third downs. Morgan ended his Nebraska career with 38 straight games with at least one reception, and became the school’s all-time receiving yards leader.

Martinez, 6-of-8 passing on the drive, also had an 18-yard rush in the series, capped when he hit tight end Jack Stoll on a 4-yard touchdown pass to tie the game 7-7 with 5:55 remaining in the first quarter.

Iowa answered with another long scoring drive that lasted into the second quarter. Running back Toren Young cut back for a 4-yard touchdown run to cap a 13-play, 85-yard drive that lasted 6:34 and gave the Hawkeyes a 14-7 lead. Young also had runs of 11 and 13 yards in the scoring drive.

Nebraska cut the lead to 14-10 on a 27-yard field goal by freshman Barret Pickering. That ended a drive that featured two passes from Martinez to Washington for 16 and 35 yards, with the 35-yard catch a career long for Washington. Martinez gained 7 yards on a third-and-10 run that set up the field goal with 11:30 remaining in the second quarter.

After each time had a scoreless drive, running back Mekhi Sargent scored on a 15-yard run to give Iowa a 21-10 lead with 45 seconds left before halftime. That finished a 15-play, 85-yard drive that lasted 7:16.

Nebraska didn’t ended the half without a score, though. Martinez got the Huskers into scoring territory, and after Pickering fell short on a 51-yard field goal attempt, and offsides penalty on Iowa moved him 5 yards closer. Pickering made his second try, from 46 yards, to trim Iowa’s lead to 21-13 at halftime.

Senior linebacker Dedrick Young had 10 tackles in the game to increase his career tackle total to 284, moving him up one spot to fifth on the Nebraska career tackles list. Young is the only player in Nebraska history to record at least 60 tackles in four straight seasons.

Linebacker Mohamed Barry had a game-high 11 tackles, his seventh double-figure tackle game of the season. Barry is the first Husker to record seven double-figure tackle games since All-American Lavonte David in 2010. Barry finished the season with 112 tackles, the most tackles by a Husker since David had 133 tackles in 2011.

Running back Devine Ozigbo rushed for 50 yards and finished his senior season with 1,082 yards to finish 27th on the single-season rushing list and 10th among Husker seniors. Ozigbo finished his Nebraska career with 2,196 rushing yards to rank in a tie for 25th on the Nebraska career chart.





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Nebraska Cornhuskers

at 24/22 Miami Hurricanes
Friday, November 23, 2018, 2 p.m. (CT)
Watsco Center (Coral Gables, Fla.)
Live Video: ACC Network+ (Watch ESPN)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (1:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln-B107.3 FM; Omaha-CD 105.9 FM
Huskers.com & Huskers App
Huskers Face Tough Thanksgiving Tests in Miami
• The Nebraska women’s basketball team shoots for a breakthrough win away from home when the Huskers take on No. 24/22 Miami on Friday in Coral Gables, Fla.
• Tip off between the Huskers (1-2) and the nationally ranked Hurricanes (4-1) is set for 2 p.m. (CT) in the first game of the Miami Thanksgiving Classic at the Watsco Center. Live radio coverage will be provided by the Husker Sports Network, beginning at 1:45 p.m. on B107.3 FM in Lincoln and CD 105.9 FM in Omaha. Free live audio can also be found at Huskers.com and on the Huskers App. A live video stream will be provided by ACC Network Extra and the Watch ESPN App.
• The Huskers will try to rebound from an 87-84 double-overtime loss at Washington State on Friday, Nov. 16. The Huskers trailed by 13 points late in the third quarter before rallying to send the game to overtime tied at 70. Nebraska built a pair of four-point leads in the first OT, but WSU got a layup with two seconds left to send it to a second overtime, where the Cougars prevailed.
• Freshman Sam Haiby led the Huskers with a career-high 20 points, which all came after halftime for the 5-9 guard. Sophomore Kate Cain added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Hannah Whitish pitched in 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.
• Miami also will be looking to rebound from a disappointing road loss. The Hurricanes fell 75-52 in the Preseason WNIT Championship game to Iowa State in Ames on Sunday afternoon. Miami, which hit 43.7 percent of its threes in its first four games, went just 2-for-20 from long range at Hilton Coliseum.
• Haiby and sophomore Taylor Kissinger lead the Huskers early in the season with 12.3 points per game, while Cain has contributed 10.0 points and team bests of 6.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per contest.
• Junior Hannah Whitish earned preseason first-team All-Big Ten honors after claiming second-team all-conference accolades as a sophomore. The 5-9 guard from Barneveld, Wis., led the Huskers in scoring (12.6 ppg), assists (4.7 apg), steals (1.3 spg) and three-pointers made (73) last season. The only Husker to start all 32 games last year, she carried a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as Nebraska’s point guard. She had a string of 50 straight starts and 60 consecutive games with at least a point snapped by USC Upstate. Whitish did not start while nursing a minor leg injury. She dished out four assists but did not score in 15 minutes off the bench.
• Kate Cain is expected to play a big role for the Huskers in 2018-19. The 6-5 sophomore from Middletown, N.Y., is one of 20 preseason candidates for the Lisa Leslie National Center-of-the-Year Award presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association of America. Cain led the Big Ten with 3.1 blocks per game last year and ranked among the top 10 players in the nation with a school-record 100 blocks. She averaged 9.9 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per contest on her way to spots on the Big Ten All-Defensive and Big Ten All-Freshman teams.
• Lincoln native Maddie Simon is the only fourth-year senior in the Husker program this season. The 6-2 forward was one of the Big Ten’s most improved players last season, averaging 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in her first season as a starter.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 9.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - So. - C - 10.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 7.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - So. - G - 12.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 12.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 7.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 4.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 3.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 2.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Third Season at Nebraska (29-35); 12th Season Overall (222-144)
24/22 Miami Hurricanes (4-1, 0-0 ACC)
21 - Emese Hof - 6-3 - Sr. - F/C - 11.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg
32 - Beatrice Mompremier - 6-4 - Jr. - F - 15.2 ppg, 12.2 rpg
1 - Laura Cornelius - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 6.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
5 - Mykea Gray - 5-4 - So. - G - 10.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
20 - Kelsey Marshall - 5-9 - So. - G - 7.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Off the Bench
12 - Sarah Mortensen - 6-1 - Jr. - G/F - 7.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
13 - Taylor Mason - 5-9 - So. - G - 6.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg
3 - Endia Banks - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg
15 - Jamir Huston - 6-0 - Fr. - F - 1.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg
23 - Rebecca Ripley - 6-0 - RFr. - G/F - 1.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg
Head Coach: Katie Meier (Duke, 1989)
14th Season at Miami (256-164); 18th Season Overall (332-209)
Scouting The Miami Hurricanes
• Coach Katie Meier and the No. 24/22 Miami Hurricanes settled for a runner-up trophy in the Preseason WNIT after a 75-52 loss at Iowa State in the championship game on Sunday.
• Meier has built Miami into a consistent ACC contender in her 14 seasons leading the Hurricanes. Miami has made nine straight postseason trips, including seven NCAA appearances during that span. She was the 2013 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year and the 2011 AP National Coach of the Year. Last season, Miami overcame several key injuries to finish with a 21-11 record that included a 10-6 ACC mark to tie for sixth in the conference and earn an NCAA bid.
• Miami’s run to the title game included an impressive 63-55 win over No. 19 Marquette in Coral Gables on Thursday, Nov. 15. In that win, junior transfer Beatrice Mompremier produced game highs with 24 points and 21 points to carry the Canes.
• Mompremier, who was a unanimous choice to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team at Baylor in 2015-16 after averaging 7.2 points and 6.1 rebounds, leads the Hurricanes with 15.2 points and 12.2 rebounds through five games.
• However, in Sunday’s loss to the Cyclones, Mompremier was held to just five points and eight rebounds while committing four turnovers in just 17 minutes after being strapped by foul trouble.
• Mompremier, who averaged 8.3 points and 6.5 rebounds for Baylor in 2016-17 before electing to transfer to play for her hometown Hurricanes, sat out 2017-18 due to NCAA transfer rules.
• At 6-4, Mompremier gives Miami a potentially dominant front line alongside senior Emese Hof, a 6-3 forward from Utrecht, Netherlands. Hof is averaging 11.6 points and 8.0 boards per game after averaging 9.0 points and 5.4 rebounds a year ago.
• Hof led the Hurricanes in points (14), rebounds (9) and blocks (5) at Iowa State. She is averaging a team-best 2.6 blocks per game on the season.
• Through five games, Miami has outscored the opposition by an average of 73.0-59.0, while posting a dominant edge on the glass of 45.4-33.8 (+11.6). The Hurricanes carry a minus-1.8 turnover margin.
• The Canes are shooting 44.8 percent from the field but just 58 percent at the free throw line.
• Miami has hit 37.4 percent (40-107) of its threes but the Hurricanes were shooting a sizzling 43.7 percent through the first four games this season before going 2-for-20 against Iowa State.
• Laura Cornelius, a 5-8 fourth-year junior guard from Groningen, Netherlands, adds experience to the backcourt while averaging 6.4 points and a team-leading 4.0 assists per game. Cornelius, who missed all of last season with a left leg injury, earned a spot on the Miami Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team as a sophomore in 2016-17. Also a member of the Dutch National Team, Cornelius averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds primarily coming off the bench as a sophomore in 2016-17. A dangerous three-point shooter, Cornelius has hit nearly 40 percent of her threes in her career, including a pair of 6-for-6 shooting nights from long range.
• Mykea Gray brings young talent to the Miami backcourt. The 5-4 point guard was an ACC All-Freshman selection last year and earned a spot on the Miami Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team. She is averaging 10.0 points and 2.2 assists this season after averaging 11.7 points and 2.3 assists as a freshman. Gray and Hurricane teammate Khaila Prather, are from the same hometown (Upper Marlboro, Md.) as Nebraska men’s basketball star James Palmer Jr.
• Another sophomore, Kelsey Marshall rounds out Miami’s starting five. The 5-9 guard is averaging 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds this season after putting up similar numbers off the bench last year. A Miami native, Marshall joined Gray as an ACC All-Freshman pick a year ago. Marshall, Gray and Cornelius have all hit at least 40 three-pointers in each of their seasons at Miami and have combined to shoot at better than a 34 percent clip from long range to open the 2018-19 season.
• Junior wing Sarah Mortensen adds offense and versatility off the bench for the Canes. The 6-1 shooter from Copenhagen, Denmark is averaging 7.6 points per game this season while hitting a blistering 11-for-16 (.688) from three-point range. In 56 games through her first two seasons at Miami, Mortensen had knocked down 31-of-91 threes, while averaging approximately three points per game. She opened this season 11-for-13 through three games while averaging 12.0 points per game. She has scored just two total points over the last two contests.
• Sophomore guards Taylor Mason (6.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg) and Endia Banks (5.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg) provide Miami with depth. Banks started all 32 games as a true freshman in place of the injured Cornelius a year ago. Banks (Duluth) and Mason (Norcross) both provide a Georgia flavor to the Hurricane roster.
• Freshmen Jamir Huston (1.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg) and Rebecca Ripley (1.0 ppg) round out the list of early season contributors for the Canes.
• Khaila Prather, a fifth-year senior, underwent surgery on Oct. 30 but is expected back for the Hurricanes this season. She has played 93 games for Miami in her career but has been limited by injuries - missing all of last season and the 2017 postseason because of injuries.
Nebraska vs. Miami Series History
• Nebraska leads the all-time series with Miami 3-0, with the last meeting coming at the Devaney Center in Lincoln on Nov. 17, 2010. The Huskers, behind big performances from Dominique Kelley and Lindsey Moore, ran to a 99-85 win. That Miami team advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, while the Huskers struggled with a season-ending injury to Kelley soon after the win over Miami.
• The 2010 win in Lincoln was part of a home-and-home series between the Huskers and Canes that began with Nebraska’s 76-71 win in Coral Gables on Dec. 5, 2009. That Nebraska team went on to an undefeated regular season, a Big 12 Conference title, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and the program’s first NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
• The first meeting between the Huskers and Hurricanes came at the Miami Dial Classic on Dec. 30, 1982, when Nebraska scratched out a 78-74 win over Miami in Coral Gables.
Husker Nuggets
• Nebraska is averaging 82.0 points per game through three contests in 2018-19. Last season the Big Red averaged 74.0 points through three games while starting the season 3-0.
• Nebraska is shooting 40.6 percent (28-69) from three-point range through three contests. Last season, the Huskers opened the first three games of the year by shooting 34.8 percent (23-66).
• Nebraska is shooting 78.3 percent (36-46) from the free throw line through three contests in 2018-19, after shooting just 64.1 percent from the line in 2017-18. Through the first three games of 2017-18, the Huskers hit just 60.4 percent (29-48) from the line.
• Overall, Nebraska is shooting 45.3 percent from the field through three games this season after shooting just 41.9 percent from the floor a year ago. Through the first three games of 2017-18, the Huskers were shooting just 43.4 percent.
• The Huskers have hit seven or more three-pointers in seven consecutive games dating back to last season.
• Taylor Kissinger has hit seven consecutive three-point attempts over the last two games.
• Nebraska has hit 75 percent or better from the free throw line in each of its first three games this season. Last year it took Nebraska 22 games to achieve that statistical mark.
• The Huskers have not won a true road game in November since knocking off UCLA in Los Angeles on Nov. 28, 2014.
• Nicea Eliely leads Nebraska’s active roster with 58 career starts as a Husker. Hannah Whitish (51) is the only other Husker with as many as 50 starts at Nebraska.
• Kristian Hudson leads Nebraska with 88 collegiate starts, including her first start as a Husker against USC Upstate (Nov. 11).
• Senior Maddie Simon has played more games as a Husker than any other player with 81, while fellow senior Kristian Hudson has played in 92 career collegiate games, including three at NU.
Nebraska Streaks
• Sophomore Kate Cain owns the longest streaks of consecutive starts by a Husker with 34.
• Junior Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska’s second-longest streak of starts with 29, while senior Maddie Simon has started 27 consecutive games.
• Kate Cain has at least two rebounds in every game of her Nebraska career (35), and she has blocked at least one shot in 34 of 35 games (no blocks in 2018 NCAA Tournament vs. Arizona State).
• Maddie Simon has hit 13 straight free throws, dating to a miss against Penn State (Feb. 22).
• Hannah Whitish has hit nine straight free throws, dating back to a miss vs. Penn State (Feb. 22).
• Freshman Sam Haiby has hit nine consecutive free throws to open her career.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 315 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 194 consecutive games.
Huskers Sign Three in Early Period
• Coach Amy Williams and the Nebraska women’s basketball program received National Letters of Intent from three outstanding young players on the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.
• Australian Isabelle Bourne brings an impressive international resume’ with her to Nebraska. The 6-2 forward won a pair of gold medals in 2017 while representing Australia at the Oceania Championship in Guam and at the FIBA Under-18 Asia Cup 3-on-3 tournament in Mongolia.
• “Isabelle Bourne will be a fantastic addition to our program,” Williams said. “She has been training with high-level coaches and high-level players at the Australian Institute of Sport and has become a skilled and versatile forward. She is crafty around the basket and effective as a weapon on the perimeter. Her experiences competing internationally for Australia have prepared her to transition seamlessly to Nebraska.”
• Trinity Brady, a 5-11 guard from Indianapolis, was one of the top players in Indiana at Lawrence North High School in 2017-18, before transferring to national power Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tenn., for her senior season. Brady is a big, powerful guard who has the potential to be a strong rebounder and potent scorer at the Big Ten level. As a junior at Lawrence North, she earned a spot on the IBCA Subway Supreme 15 Underclass All-State Team after averaging 21.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
• “We are thrilled that Trinity Brady will be joining the Nebraska women’s basketball family and living out her dream to play in the Big Ten Conference,” Williams said. “She spends a great deal of time in the gym working on her game, and it shows in her skill level. She is dangerous with the ball in her hands and can score comfortably at all three levels. Her size and strength combined with her basketball IQ, make her a valuable addition for our program.”
• While Bourne and Brady will provide Nebraska with size and strength, guard Makenzie Helms is expected to be a play-maker at the point. Helms averaged 17.5 points and 7.2 assists as a junior at East Haven High School to earn a spot on the USA Today All-Connecticut team. She was ranked as the No. 27 point guard in the class of 2019 by ESPN.
• “We are excited to add Makenzie to the Husker women’s basketball family,” Williams said. “She has incredible court vision and creates offense for her teammates with tempo and passing ability. Combining that with her confident scoring mentality and her ability to score at all three levels, Makenzie is a great fit for the versatility we like in our system. She is an intense competitor, and we are eager to have her fighting for the Huskers.”
Big Red Return Young, Hungry Huskers in 2018-19
• Nebraska loses three key players (Jasmine Cincore, Janay Morton, Emily Wood) from 2017-18, but the 2018-19 version of the Huskers features several experienced weapons.
• Nebraska returns each of its top five scorers from 2017-18, led by second-team All-Big Ten point guard Hannah Whitish (12.6 ppg). Forward Maddie Simon (10.1 ppg), guard/forward Taylor Kissinger (10.0 ppg), center Kate Cain (9.9 ppg) and guard/forward Nicea Eliely (8.2 ppg) all return for the Huskers in 2018-19.
• Overall, the Huskers returned more than 70 percent of their scoring (70.4%) and rebounding (70.2%), and nearly 65 percent (64.7%) of their assists from the 2017-18 roster. Nebraska also returns 147 of its school-record 163 blocks from 2017-18. The previous school record was 147.
• Nebraska returns 160 of its school-record 250 three-pointers (64%) from 2017-18, including 73 from Hannah Whitish and 50 from Taylor Kissinger. It marks the first time in school history that Nebraska returns two players from the previous season who each hit 50 or more threes.
• Nebraska’s 2018-19 freshman class was ranked No. 20 in the nation by the ESPN, giving the Huskers back-to-back top 20 classes.
• Ashtyn Veerbeek, a 6-2 forward out of Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa, was ranked as the No. 55 player in the nation by Blue Star, No. 66 by Prospects Nation and No. 68 by ESPN, which also ranked Veerbeek as the No. 9 forward in the Class of 2018. As a senior, Veerbeek was named one of the 50 greatest girls players in Iowa history by the Des Moines Register. She led the state in rebounding (14.4 rpg) while ranking third in scoring (25.8 ppg) and eighth in blocks (86). She finished with 1,871 points, 1,041 rebounds, 227 blocks and 203 assists.
• Leigha Brown, a 6-1 forward out of DeKalb High School in Indiana, averaged 28.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.4 blocks in 2017-18. She finished her career with 1,798 points, 810 rebounds and 325 assists. She was ranked as the No. 21 forward nationally by ESPN.
• Sam Haiby was ranked as the No. 122 player in the country by Prospects Nation, No. 125 by Blue Star and as the No. 28 guard nationally by ESPN. The 5-9 guard at Class 4A Moorhead High School scored well over 2,000 points in her high school career while averaging 25.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for the Spuds despite being limited by injury as a senior.
• A North Tartan club teammate of Haiby’s, Kayla Mershon comes to Lincoln as one of the top players in Minnesota. The 6-3 forward from Chanhassen, Minn., was ranked as the No. 132 overall player in the country by Prospects Nation and the No. 14 wing nationally by ESPN. As a senior at Minnetonka High School, Mershon averaged 12.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
Nebraska Posts 14th Straight Perfect GSR
• In the eyes of the NCAA’s Division I Graduation Success Rate (GSR), the Husker women’s basketball program has been perfect for 14 consecutive years. Nebraska is the only program among the 14 Big Ten Conference schools to accomplish the perfect score for 14 straight seasons.
• The NCAA announced the release of its annual Graduation Success Rate report on Nov. 14, 2018, and Nebraska was a national leader in women’s basketball for the 14th straight season, dating back to the initial public tracking of the GSR since 2004-05.
• The Nebraska women’s basketball program joins the Husker women’s tennis and volleyball programs as Husker teams that have produced perfect 100 percent rates each of the last 14 years.
• Nebraska was one of just 28 teams in the 64-team field of the 2018 NCAA Tournament to also boast a 100 percent Graduation Success Rate.
• Overall, the Nebraska Athletic Department produced a record-high GSR for the sixth consecutive year, reaching 90 percent for the first time in school history. Nine Husker programs recorded perfect 100 percent GSR scores, including women’s basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, rifle, men’s and women’s gymnastics and men’s and women’s tennis.
Cain Named to Lisa Leslie Award Watch List
• Nebraska’s Kate Cain claimed one of 20 spots on the preseason watch list for the 2019 Lisa Leslie Award announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Oct. 26.
• The Lisa Leslie Award is in its second season of recognizing the top centers in NCAA Division I women’s college basketball. It is named after the three-time All-American and 1994 National Player of the Year. The award will be announced by ESPN at the 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa.
• Cain, a 6-5 sophomore from Middletown, N.Y., made an instant impact as a freshman for the Nebraska women’s basketball team in 2017-18. She was one of five players across the conference to capture first-team Big Ten All-Freshman honors, while being the only freshman or sophomore named to the five-player Big Ten All-Defensive Team.
• Cain shattered the Nebraska single-season blocked shot record with 100 on the season, while leading the Big Ten in blocks per game. She ranked among the top 10 players nationally in blocked shots. Cain also smashed Nebraska’s single-game block record with 11 against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 17, 2017, when she became the first Husker in history to produce a triple-double in points (22), rebounds (14) and blocks (11).
• Cain’s growth on the court helped the Huskers produce one of the nation’s top turnarounds, improving 14 games in the win column to capture a bid to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Cain finished the season by averaging 9.9 points and team bests of 7.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.
• Cain is one of five Big Ten Conference centers who make up a combined one quarter of the preseason national watch list for the Lisa Leslie Award. Cain is the youngest Big Ten center on the list, joining Iowa senior Megan Gustafson, Michigan senior Hallie Thome, Illinois senior Alex Wittinger and Purdue junior Ae’Rianna Harris in representing the conference.
• Cain is scheduled to go head-to-head against those Big Ten centers seven times during the 2018-19 conference season, including twice each against Gustafson, Thome and Harris, who will all play the Huskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena this season. Cain is also set to face another center on the list - Louisville’s Sam Fuehring in the ACC/B1G Challenge in Kentucky on Nov. 29.
• Overall, Cain is one of just four sophomores on the Lisa Leslie Award watch list, joining North Carolina’s Janelle Bailey, Duke’s Jade Williams and IUPUI’s Macee Williams. No freshmen start the season on the award watch list, but centers can play their way onto the list at any point in the season.
• The inaugural winner of the Lisa Leslie Center of the Year Award was A’ja Wilson from South Carolina in 2018.
• The selection committee for the Lisa Leslie Award is composed of media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. In mid-February, the watch list will be narrowed to a list of 10 centers. In March, five finalists for the award will be announced. Fans will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
• The Lisa Leslie Center of the Year Award is part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Starting Five awards, which include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award and the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award. The WBCA also presents the annual Wade Trophy, which honors the overall national player of the year. In 1993, Nebraska’s Karen Jennings won the Wade Trophy.
Whitish Earns Preseason All-Big Ten Honors
• Nebraska’s Hannah Whitish was named to the 12-player All-Big Ten Team by the conference coaches when the annual preseason honors were announced on Oct. 22.
• The announcement of the preseason teams marked the tip-off of Big Ten Women’s Basketball Media Week (@B1GWBBall) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
• Whitish, a 5-9 junior guard from Barneveld, Wis., led Nebraska in scoring (12.6 ppg) and assists (4.7 apg) as a sophomore in 2017-18. She owned a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as Nebraska’s point guard while also ranking among the Big Ten’s best three-point shooters. Whitish played a major role in lifting Nebraska to the nation’s top turnaround in the win column last season, as the Huskers recorded 14 more victories (21) in 2017-18 than in 2016-17 (7). She captured second-team All-Big Ten accolades at the end of last season while helping Nebraska to the NCAA Tournament.
• Whitish was the lone Husker honored by the league in preseason voting of the conference coaches.
• The Big Ten Conference does not rank its team’s No. 1 through No. 14 in preseason voting, instead the coaches and select media members each choose their projected top-three teams in the league. Maryland is the preseason pick of the coaches and the media to win the Big Ten, while Iowa was picked No. 2 by both the coaches and media. The league coaches chose Michigan in the No. 3 spot, while the conference media selected Minnesota. Iowa senior center Megan Gustafson, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, was chosen by the coaches to repeat that honor. Gustafson, Maryland’s Kaila Charles, Michigan’s Hallie Thome and Minnesota’s Kenisha Bell were all unanimous preseason all-conference selections by the coaches.
Simon Shoots for Strong Senior Season
• With depth and experience creating a positive for the Nebraska backcourt, Maddie Simon changed her focus to the power forward position in 2017-18.
• The 6-2 Lincoln Pius X High School grad was a significant contributor in the NU backcourt her first two years, including a starting role late in the regular season of 2015-16.
• Through two seasons, she averaged 4.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game. She made five starts for the Huskers as a freshman, before coming off the bench in all 29 games in 2016-17.
• With the loss of Nebraska’s starting frontcourt, and inexperience and injuries challenging the inside game, Simon ran into a more prominent role at power forward in 2017-18.
• In 28 games with 27 starts at power forward, Simon was one of the most improved players in the Big Ten by averaging 10.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 2017-18. The Huskers went 20-8 with Simon on the court with their only losses to No. 11/13/17 Maryland (3), No. 12 Ohio State, No. 23 Michigan, Arizona State in the NCAA Tournament, at WNIT Champion Indiana, and Washington State.
• Statistically, Simon was one of the Big Ten’s most improved players, increasing her scoring (+6.0 ppg) and rebounding averages (+3.0 rpg) from 2016-17. She more than doubled her points (282-118), rebounds (147-67) and assists (55-24) and nearly doubled her steals (23-12) from 2016-17.
• Simon produced double figures 14 times in 2017-18. She entered the season with five career double-figure scoring efforts in 50 games.
• She had the best game of her career with 18 points, eight rebounds, a career-high five assists and a career-high-tying three steals in a win at Minnesota (Dec. 31). Simon scored 16 of her team-high 18 points in the second half, including the go-ahead shot in the lane with 29.8 seconds left, before grabbing a defensive rebound, getting fouled and making two free throws with 12.9 seconds left to help seal a 79-74 win in which Nebraska trailed by eight points late in the third quarter on the road.
• Simon erupted for a team-high 19 points including a season-best 3-for-4 three-point shooting in a win over No. 20 Iowa (Jan. 16). She added 19 more points and a team-best eight rebounds to complete a season sweep of the Hawkeyes at Iowa (Jan. 28).
• Simon scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting at San Jose State (Dec. 17). Her 20 points at San Jose State came in just 24 minutes.
• Her effort at San Jose State followed a then-career-high 17 points to go along with six boards, four assists and two steals in a win at Drake (Dec. 9). She added 13 points against Florida Atlantic (Dec. 19).
• The Big Red opened 3-0 with Simon in the starting lineup in 2017-18. She averaged 6.7 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds through three games. She had 11 points and eight boards in a win over UMKC (Nov. 14), before managing five points and a career-high 12 rebounds vs. Arkansas (Nov. 16).
• She suffered an ankle sprain in pregame warmups prior to Nebraska’s game with Creighton (Nov. 19) and did not play against the Bluejays. Simon missed four straight games with the injury.
• The 2015 Nebraska High School Player of the Year, Simon was a two-time first-team Super-State selection while leading Lincoln Pius X to the 2015 Class B state championship. She was the No. 149 player in the nation according to Blue Star and the No. 22 guard by ESPN in 2015. A tremendous all-around athlete, Simon won the Class A 100- and 300-meter hurdles championships at the 2015 Nebraska State Track & Field Championships.
• Simon earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second time in 2018.
• Her mother, Nicole Ali Simon, was a CoSIDA Academic All-American as a member of Coach Gary Pepin’s national champion Huskers in 1983 and 1984.
Kissinger Off to Solid Start as Sophomore
• Taylor Kissinger has her second season at Nebraska off to a strong start, averaging 12.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She has hit 75 percent (9-12) of her three-pointers, including each of her last seven attempts.
• Kissinger set a Nebraska basketball record by going 6-for-6 from three-point range in the win over USC Upstate (Nov. 11). She led Nebraska with 22 points - the second 20-point performance of her career. It was the 13th double-digit scoring game of her career.
• The 6-1 guard from Minden, Neb., finished third on the 2017-18 team in scoring with 10.0 points per game, while adding 4.1 rebounds per contest. She also ranked second on the team with 50 three-pointers, which was the fourth-highest total by a freshman in Nebraska history.
• Kissinger played in 25 games with seven starts on the year, while missing seven games due to injuries. She scored in double figures 12 times, while adding one double-digit rebound game with her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench at Indiana (Feb. 17).
• In the NCAA Tournament, Kissinger scored 15 points in 21 minutes off the bench, after missing all but six minutes over the three previous games with a sprained SC joint suffered in the first quarter of a loss in the regular-season finale at No. 13 Maryland (Feb. 25).
• Kissinger produced the best performance of her young career with a game-high 25 points to lead Nebraska to an 80-69 win over Arkansas (Nov. 16). Kissinger hit 9-of-15 shots from the floor, including 4-of-7 threes, and 3-of-4 free throws against the Razorbacks. She added eight rebounds and four assists against the Hogs.
• Kissinger joined Hannah Whitish as the only two Huskers to start each of the first seven games in 2017-18, Kissinger did not play in wins over Arkansas Pine Bluff (Dec. 2), at Kansas (Dec. 6), at Drake (Dec. 9), at San Jose State (Dec. 17) or over Florida Atlantic (Dec. 19) after suffering a minor knee injury late in the game against Clemson (Nov. 30). She also missed a loss to Washington State (Dec. 22).
• Kissinger opened her career as a starter and managed five points and three rebounds despite battling foul trouble in a win over SIUE (Nov. 11). She scored Nebraska’s first three points of the season.
• Kissinger pumped in 18 points and four three-pointers in Nebraska’s win over UMKC (Nov. 14).
• She averaged 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games at the San Juan Shootout in Daytona Beach, Fla., Nov. 23-24. She also established a career high with three steals vs. Buffalo (Nov. 23). • She hit a freshman season-high five threes in a win over Coastal Carolina (Nov. 24).
• Kissinger led Nebraska with 17 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal before sustaining a knee injury late in the game against Clemson (Nov. 30).
• Nebraska’s leading scorer through the first seven games as a starter (14.0 ppg), Kissinger averaged 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game off the bench in Big Ten play, including a personal conference-best 18 points on 4-of-8 three-point shooting against No. 11 Maryland (Feb. 4).
• She had 14 points with four three-pointers to go along with three rebounds and two assists in a road win at Northwestern (Jan. 7).
• Kissinger came up big in Nebraska’s upset of No. 20 Iowa (Jan. 16), scoring 12 points while grabbing a eight rebounds off the bench in the win over the Hawkeyes.
• She played a strong all-around game with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting while adding three rebounds, three assists and a steal in a road win at Michigan State (Feb. 14).
• She had 11 points and five rebounds off the bench in a low-scoring win over Wisconsin (Feb. 11).
• Kissinger’s older twin sisters were both Division I guards, with Brooke entering her third season at Creighton in 2018-19 after spending her first two seasons at Illinois. Jamie completed her eligibility at San Diego in 2017-18.
Eliely Opens Junior Season Strong
• Nicea Eliely is in her third season as a regular starter for the Huskers in 2018-19.
• Eliely ranks fifth on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg) and rebounding (4.7 rpg), while ranking third in assists (3.0 apg). She is also second on the team in steals (1.3 spg) through three games.
• Her 58 career starts at Nebraska are the most by any current Husker. She has started 29 consecutive games.
• Eliely, a 6-1 wing from Colorado Springs, Colo., started all 29 games for the Huskers as a true freshman, averaging 7.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a team-leading 1.6 steals per game.
• She missed three games and six starts with a foot/ankle injury to open the 2017-18 season. She started the season’s final 26 games and averaged 8.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals as a sophomore. She shot a strong 46.9 percent from the field, including 38 percent (19-50) from three-point range.
• She recorded 20 blocks, giving her back-to-back seasons with 20 or more blocks (team-leading 21 in 2016-17) - the first Husker to do that feat since Emily Cady in 2013-14 (27) and 2014-15 (30).
• Eliely put up her 21st career double-figure scoring effort with 10 points in the 2018-19 season opener against Drake (Nov. 7). She followed with eight points and a career-high-tying six assists to go along with a team-high six rebounds against USC Upstate (Nov. 11).
• Last season, Eliely produced a season-high 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting in a road win at Michigan State (Feb. 14).
• Eliely had 10 points, a career-high-matching nine rebounds in a 2017-18 win over Florida Atlantic (Dec. 19).
2018-19 Schedule Provides Challenges
• Nebraska’s 29-game regular-season schedule will feature 18 games against 2018 postseason tournament qualifiers (NCAA, WNIT), including 12 contests against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams.
• Nine of Nebraska’s 14 road games will come against postseason qualifiers, including seven games against NCAA Tournament teams.
• Nine of Nebraska’s 15 home games will feature opponents who qualified for 2018 postseason play, including five NCAA Tournament qualifiers.
• Nebraska will face a tough road schedule in 2018-19, including a trip to 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four qualifier Louisville for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 29). The game against the ACC Champion Cardinals will be the fourth of a five-game road trip that starts at Washington State (Nov. 16) - a team that has defeated Nebraska each of the last two seasons.
• The Huskers head across the country to face 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Miami at its Thanksgiving tournament (Nov. 23), before closing the tournament against 2018 Big South runner-up Radford, which advanced to the 2018 WNIT second round with a win at Penn State.
• After the game at Louisville (Nov. 29), the Huskers close their five-game road trip with in-state rival Creighton (Dec. 2). The Jays advanced to the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament with a win over Iowa at UCLA.
• While Nebraska’s road schedule grabs headlines, the Huskers’ home schedule should provide plenty of challenges and opportunities, especially with a nine-game Big Ten home slate.
• Nebraska’s 14-game regular-season home schedule features NCAA Tournament-caliber competition from start to finish. The Huskers opened the season with Drake (Nov. 7), which has earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids and has been unbeaten in Missouri Valley Conference play the last two seasons.
• After opening the season with back-to-back home games against Drake (Nov. 7) and USC Upstate (Nov. 11), the Huskers play five straight on the road before facing old Big Eight/Big 12 rival Kansas at Pinnacle Bank Arena (Dec. 5).
• The game with Kansas tips off a three-game home stand that includes San Jose State (Dec. 8) and Denver (Dec. 15).
• Nebraska’s nine-game home Big Ten schedule begins with 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Michigan (Dec. 28) and Maryland (Jan. 8) before facing traditional power Rutgers (Jan. 13). The Scarlet Knights matched Nebraska’s 14-game turnaround in the win column last year and just missed the NCAA Tournament.
• The Big Red battle 2018 NCAA qualifier Minnesota (Jan. 20), before taking on Northwestern (Jan. 24) and 2018 WNIT champion Indiana (Feb. 3). The Huskers collide with Purdue in the annual pink game (Feb. 10), before facing Michigan State (Feb. 17). Both Purdue and Michigan State advanced to the 2018 WNIT.
• Nebraska wraps up its regular-season home schedule by taking on 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Iowa on Senior Night (Feb. 25).
• In Big Ten road play, the Huskers open with defending conference champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier Ohio State (Dec. 31), before heading to NCAA qualifier Iowa (Jan. 3).
• NU faces Illinois (Jan. 17) and Wisconsin (Jan. 27) before closing January at Purdue (Jan. 31).
• Nebraska completes its season series at Michigan (Feb. 7), before wrapping up season series at Maryland (Feb. 14) and Northwestern (Feb. 21).
• The Huskers close the regular season at Penn State (March 2). The Lady Lions advanced to the 2018 WNIT.
Nebraska Overtime Facts
• Nebraska is 22-23 all-time in overtime games, including 12-11 at home, 7-9 in true road games and 3-3 on neutral courts in overtime.
• The Huskers are 0-1 in overtime early in 2018-19, following an 87-84 double-overtime loss at Washington State (Nov. 16). It marked the second straight season that Nebraska had participated in a multi-overtime game (also at Drake, Dec. 9, 2017).
• The Huskers went 1-1 in overtime in 2017-18, including a 69-64 overtime loss to No. 23 Michigan at Pinnacle Bank Arena (Jan. 13). The Huskers won their first overtime game of 2017-18 with an 89-85 double-overtime win at Drake (Dec. 9).
• Nebraska was 1-1 in overtime in 2016-17, including a 76-74 win over Michigan State at Pinnacle Bank Arena to close the regular season (Feb. 26, 2017). The Huskers lost 79-69 in OT to Minnesota at the arena (Feb. 4, 2017).
• The Huskers are 2-3 in overtime games under Coach Amy Williams.
• Nebraska is 2-2 in overtime games at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
• Nebraska is 5-2 in multi-overtime games with its most recent loss coming in the 87-84 2OT setback at Washington State (Nov. 16) in Pullman. NU’s only other loss in a multi-overtime game came to Purdue in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game, 74-70 in double-overtime.
• The Huskers defeated Minnesota 88-85 in overtime on Jan. 16, 2014. It marked the first overtime game in the history of Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska’s first overtime game in the history of the Bob Devaney Sports Center also came against Minnesota - a 68-67 win for the Huskers on Dec. 30, 1977.
• The Huskers have played 13 all-time overtime games against Big Ten opponents and own a 5-8 record. NU is 4-5 against Big Ten opponents in OT since joining the conference in 2011-12.
• Nebraska’s most frequent overtime opponents are Purdue, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri. The Huskers and Purdue have played three overtime games in 10 all-time meetings. NU’s six total overtimes against Purdue are the most against any team in school history.
• The Huskers also have played three overtime games against Minnesota, including two of the three overtime games in Pinnacle Bank Arena history.
• In 14 all-time games with Wisconsin the Huskers have played three overtime contests.
• Nebraska has never played back-to-back overtime games at home. The Huskers have played back-to-back overtime games only once in school history, an 83-81 loss to Texas A&M in College Station on Dec. 30, 1985, before returning to Lincoln for an 80-75 win over Eastern Kentucky at the Devaney Center on Jan. 2, 1986.
Booster Bus Trip to Creighton
• Nebraska women’s basketball boosters are organizing a bus trip to Omaha for the Huskers’ game with Creighton on Dec. 2. Tip-off between the Big Red and Blue Jays is set for 1 p.m.
• The cost of the trip is $30, which includes round-trip bus transportation and one game ticket.
• If interested in joining the trip and to receive more details, contact Doug Fry at (402) 617-7039.
A Look Ahead at the Radford Highlanders
• Radford heads to Miami with a 2-1 record after suffering a 75-58 loss at No. 17 NC State on Sunday in Raleigh, N.C. Radford opens the Miami Thanksgiving Classic by taking on Temple on Friday afternoon, prior to Nebraska’s game with Miami.
• The Highlanders went 24-9 last season, including 15-3 in the Big South to finish as the conference runner-up. Radford advanced to the second round of the 2018 Postseason WNIT by defeating Penn State in University Park.
• Radford is led by sixth-year head coach Mike McGuire, who owns a 92-69 record.
• The Highlanders have been led early in the season by junior transfer Savannah Felgemacher. The 6-3 forward spent her first two seasons at James Madison. As a sophomore, Felgemacher started for JMU against Radford in the 2017 Postseason WNIT, notching a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds against the Highlanders.
• Through three games this season, after sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules last season, Felgemacher is averaging team bests of 17.7 points and 15.7 rebounds, while adding 1.7 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.7 steals per game.
• Felgemacher recorded 21 points and 21 rebounds in 28 minutes in her Radford debut against South Carolina State on Nov. 7, and was named the Big South Player of the Week on Nov. 12.
• Senior Destinee Walker returns as the most experienced Highlander. She is averaging 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds through three games this season, after averaging 11.0 points and 4.3 rebounds a year ago. The 5-11 wing earned honorable-mention All-Big South accolades last season.
• An extremely experienced Radford starting five includes 5-7 junior guard Khiana Johnson, who is averaging 8.0 points in a team-high 36.3 minutes per game. Johnson averaged 9.2 points and 2.1 rebounds last season for Radford. She was a member of the Big South All-Freshman team in 2016-17 and started 18 games for the Highlanders last season.
• Junior Lydia Rivers, a 6-2 forward, ranks third on the team in scoring with 9.7 points while ranking second on the team with 7.3 rebounds per contest. Rivers, who averaged 7.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season, was a Big South All-Freshman selection in 2015-16 before suffering a torn ACL as a true sophomore in 2016-17. Rivers is a preseason second-team All-Big South choice in 2018-19.
• Point guard Jen Falconer had started 67 straight games for the Highlanders before missing the game with East Tennessee State with an injury. She also missed the loss to NC State. Falconer had four points, six rebounds and two assists in the opener before being injured.
• Tina Lindenfeld, a 6-1 sophomore forward, has started each of the last two games in place of Falconer. Lindenfeld has averaged 6.7 points and 1.7 rebounds while leading the Highlanders from long range by going 6-for-11 from beyond the three-point arc.
• Bryonna McClean (6.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), Amele Ngwafang (4.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and Laney Corbin (2.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg) also have been significant contributors for Radford early this season.
Nebraska vs. Radford Series History
• Sunday’s game will be the first meeting in history between Nebraska and Radford.
• It will be Nebraska’s second meeting with a Big South school early this season, joining an 87-64 win over new Big South member USC Upstate (Nov. 11) at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.
• Nebraska is 3-0 all-time against current members of the Big South, including an 83-57 win over High Point in Lincoln on Dec. 20, 2014.
• The Huskers notched their first-ever win over a Big South school with a 72-54 victory over Hampton at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on Nov. 27, 2004.
• The Big South includes 11 women’s basketball programs (USC upstate, Radford, Campbell, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, Hampton, High Point, Longwood, Presbyterian, UNC Asheville and Winthrop) with all the schools making their homes in the Carolinas and Virginia.




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Kansas City, Mo. – Isaac Copland Jr. had 20 points and eight rebounds, but the Huskers could not overcome a poor shooting night in a 70-52 loss to Texas Tech in the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker Wednesday night.

Copeland’s second straight 20-point effort went for naught, as Nebraska (4-1) was held to 35 percent shooting and was out-rebounded 38-29 against the Red Raiders. Copeland, who averaged 21.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games in Kansas City, was selected to the Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament team.

Jarrett Culver scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half, as the Red Raiders pulled away in the second half to improve to 5-0. Culver had 20 of Texas Tech’s 38 second-half points, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, en route to tournament MVP honors.

James Palmer Jr. added 13 points for NU, but struggled with foul trouble for most of the evening before fouling out.

Nebraska trailed 34-26 after a Culver basket before the Huskers came back with a run. Copeland’s 3-pointer started an 8-2 spurt that saw the Big Red get within 36-34 after a Glynn Watson Jr. 3-pointer with 16:56 left. Nebraska was within 42-38 after a Nana Akenten jumper with 12:26 left, but two straight Culver 3-pointers stretched the margin back to 10 with 11:00 remaining.

The Huskers, who came into the contest averaging nearly 90 points per game, pulled to within 48-41 after a pair of Copeland free throws with 10:13 left, but could get no closer, as the Red Raiders used a 9-1 spurt to stretch their lead to 15, at 57-42, and Nebraska was unable to slice the lead back to single-figures.

In a first half that featured several runs, it was Texas Tech with the final one, as the Red Raiders scored the last six points to take a 32-26 halftime lead.

The teams were tied at 26 before Matt Mooney’s jumper with 1:25 left got the grad transfer going, as he scored six of his nine first-half points in the Red Raiders surge. Mooney finished with 15 points for the winners.

The Huskers got off to a blistering start, hitting four of their first seven shots, including a pair of 3-pointers in a 13-2 run, as Nebraska built an early 15-6 lead after an Isaiah Roby dunk.

Nebraska was up 15-8 before Palmer picked up his second personal foul with 12:13 left in the first half. Palmer, who played just 14 first-half minutes, led Nebraska with nine first-half points.

The Huskers’ early lead would be short lived, Tariq Owens’ basket and 3-point play from Mooney started a 12-0 Red Raider run that gave Texas Tech an 18-15 lead.

Nebraska trailed 22-19 before a Palmer 3-pointer and two Copeland free throws gave the Huskers a 24-22 lead with 6:06 left, as neither team led by more than four points until Mooney’s half-ending run.

The Huskers return to action Saturday, Nov. 24, against Western Illinois. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena and a few tickets remain by visiting Huskers.com or calling 800-8-BIGRED.

Postgame Notes
*-Isaac Copeland led NU in scoring for the second straight game with 20 points and eight rebounds. It was his second straight 20-point effort.

*-Issac Copeland set career highs for free throws made (nine) and attempted (14).

*-Nebraska was held to season lows in points with 52, snapping a streak of four straight games of at least 80 points.

*-Nebraska’s 32-26 deficit is the Huskers’ first halftime deficit this season.





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Isaac Copeland Jr. led four Huskers with 23 points, as No. 24 (coaches) Nebraska improved to 4-0 with an 85-62 victory over Missouri State in the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker.

Copeland hit 9-of-14 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers and added seven rebounds and four assists in posting his first 20-point game of the season and 10th of his collegiate career.

Glynn Watson Jr. added 16 points and four assists, while Isaiah Roby and Nana Akenten added 13 and 11 markers, respectively. Roby also had seven boards and four assists, while Akenten had a trip of 3-pointers in 18 minutes off the bench as Nebraska posted its fourth straight win by at least 20 points.

Nebraska shot 51 percent from the field, including 13 3-points, while blistering the nets at 59 percent after halftime to pull away down the stretch after the Bears kept it close for most of the first 30 minutes.

Missouri State got to 43-37 after a dunk by Obediah Church, but Nebraska rallied for seven straight points, the last coming off a steal and layup by Allen to make it 50-37 with 14:35 left.

The Bears (3-1) got to within 64-53 after a basket from Deandre Cook, but Nebraska used another 7-0 run to put the game out of reach, pushing the lead to 18, at 71-53 with 5:51 remaining.

Cook led MSU with 22 points, while Garred Dixon and Kabir Mohammed added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Nebraska got 10 first-half points apiece from Watson Jr. and Copeland Jr, as the Huskers took a 36-29 halftime lead.

The Huskers, who shot 44 percent from the half, led 15-12 after a Mohammed basket before the Huskers went on a run. Nebraska out-scored the Bears, 11-2, including seven straight from Copeland, to build its largest lead of the half at 26-14 with 5:54 left in the half.

Missouri State chipped away at the Husker lead, hitting four of five shots to pull to within 29-26 after a Cook 3-pointer to force a Husker timeout with 2:33 left in the half. Cook led MSU with 11 first-half points, as the Bears shot 38 percent but committed 11 turnovers that led to 16 Husker points.

The Huskers then ran off seven straight points, including 3-pointers from Watson and Thomas Allen, to stretch the lead to 10, at 36-26 with 53 seconds left in the half before Jarrod Dixon’s 3-pointer pulled Missouri State with seven at the break.

Nebraska will play the winner of tonight’s second game between USC and Missouri State tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and on the Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska Postgame Notes*-Nebraska has scored 80+ points in their first four games for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
*-The Huskers have won all four games by at least 23 points.
*-Isaac Copeland Jr. had his first 20-point game and 10th of his career, finishing with 23 points.
*-Thomas Allen has a career-high five steals, including four in the first half. His previous high was three against Southeastern Louisiana.
*-Nebraska has shot 50 percent or higher in three of its four games, while holding all four opponents under 42 percent.
*-Nebraska has blocked six or more shots in all four games.
*-Copeland and Watson have been in double figures in all four of the Huskers’ games.
*-Isaiah Roby’s four assists in a career high, topping his previous best of three.
*-James Palmer Jr. was held to eight points, the first time in 18 games he was held out of double figures.
*-With the win, Tim Miles tied Doc Sadler for fourth on NU’s career wins list with 101.





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NEBRASKA at IOWA

NOV. 23, 2018 | KINNICK STADIUM

IOWA CITY, IOWA | 11 A.M. (CT)

 

BROADCAST INFO

TV - FOX (Brian Custer, Ben Leber, Jen Hale)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 133, XM 372
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

 

HUSKERS

Record: 4-7, 3-5 Big Ten
Last Game: defeated Michigan State, 9-6
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 23-14 (3rd Year)/4-7 (1st Year)
vs. Iowa: 0-0

 

HAWKEYES
Record: 7-4, 4-4 Big Ten
Last Game: defeated Illinois, 63-0
Rankings: RV
Coach: Kirk Ferentz
Career/Iowa Record: 162-22 (23rd Year)/150-101 (20th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 4-5

 

The Matchup

Nebraska closes its 2018 season with its traditional post-Thanksgiving Friday matchup with Big Ten West rival Iowa. The contest from Iowa's Kinnick Stadium will kick off shortly after 11 a.m. with the game nationally televised on FOX. The game can also be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska enters the game at 4-7 overall and 3-5 in Big Ten play, following a hard-fought 9-6 victory over Michigan State on Saturday in Lincoln. The win was Nebraska's fourth in its past five games, marking the Huskers' best five-game stretch since opening the 2016 season with seven straight victories. The win over Michigan State was keyed by the Blackshirt defense, which allowed just two Spartan field goals, a 15-of-41 passing effort and 289 total yards. Barret Pickering hit three fourth-quarter field goals and the win was Nebraska's first without scoring a touchdown since 1937.

Iowa comes into the contest with a 7-4 overall record in 2018, and a 4-4 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Hawkeyes are coming off an impressive 63-0 victory at Illinois on Saturday, ending a three-game losing streak, in which the Hawkeyes' three losses were by a total of 12 points. Iowa owns one of the league's best defenses, ranking second in the Big Ten allowing 280.9 yards per game, and second in the conference in scoring defense at 16.5 points per game. The Hawkeye defense has allowed just 11.0 points per game at Kinnick Stadium this season.

 

This Week's Numbers
29 - Nebraska will be playing on the day after Thanksgiving for the 29th straight season, including the eighth straight meeting with Iowa. The Huskers also played Oklahoma (1990-95) and Colorado (1996-2010) in their streak of Thanksgiving Friday games.

24 - Nebraska senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. needs 24 receiving yards on Friday to set the Husker career receiving yardage record. He has 2,666 career yards, trailing only Kenny Bell's 2,689 career yards. Morgan Jr. set the career receptions record last week with 182 career catches.

90 - Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez enters Friday's game with 2,910 total offense yards this season. Martinez needs 90 total offense yards against Iowa to record the seventh 3,000-yard total offense season in school history, the first by a freshman and just the second by an underclassman.

 

Nebraska-Iowa Series

• Nebraska and Iowa meet each season as members of the Big Ten West Division and play each year for the Heroes Trophy.

  • Before Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, the teams met 41 times as non-conference opponents, including 14 games between 1930 and 1946. Nebraska and Iowa also met four straight years from 1979 to 1982, and the final matchups as non-conference opponents were in 1999 and 2000.
  • This year's meeting will mark the eighth straight year that Nebraska and Iowa will meet on the day after Thanksgiving. NU and Iowa will meet in Lincoln on Black Friday in 2019, before a two-year break from the schools meeting at the end of the season. Nebraska and Iowa are scheduled to resume their post-Thanksgiving matchup in 2022.
  • Nebraska had an eight-game win streak in the series and a pair of five-game win streaks. Iowa has tied its longest win streak in the series with its current three-game win streak.
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    Heroes Trophy at Stake in Friday's Clash

    Nebraska and Iowa will battle for the Heroes Trophy when they hit the field at Kinnick Stadium on Friday. The HyVee Heroes Game is the annual trophy game between Nebraska and Iowa.

    While both teams aim to win the trophy on the field, both Nebraska and Iowa wished to make their annual meeting about more than just winning a football game. With that in mind, the schools partnered together to not only create a trophy, but to use a national stage to honor a citizen hero from each state.

    In addition to the trophy that will be claimed by the winner of the game, both an Iowa and Nebraska native will be honored for extraordinary acts. Those winners will be announced early this week.

     

    Nebraska Continues Long "Red" Friday Tradition

    Nebraska will continue its long-standing tradition of playing on the day after Thanksgiving. This Friday’s game with Iowa will mark the 29th consecutive season the Huskers have played on Thanksgiving Friday.

    NU met Oklahoma in the final six seasons of the Big Eight Conference (1990 to 1995), then played Colorado in all 15 of the Huskers’ Big 12 Conference years (1996 to 2010), before taking on Iowa each of the past eight seasons.

    Nebraska and Iowa are also scheduled to conclude the season against each other on the day after Thanksgiving in 2019, and from 2022-25. Nebraska will close the 2020 and 2021 seasons against Minnesota.

  • Nebraska owns a 19-9 record since 1990 in games on the day after Thanksgiving, including a 5-1 record against Oklahoma, an 11-4 mark against Colorado and a 3-4 mark against Iowa.
  • Nebraska is 9-4 on the road in Thanksgiving Friday games since 1990, including 2-1 against the Hawkeyes.
  • In addition to the past seven years, Nebraska and Iowa also closed the regular season against each other nine times from 1892 to 1916.
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    Huskers Attempt to Complete Strong Second Half of 2018

    Nebraska will look to close the 2018 season in an impressive manner with a win at Iowa. A victory would cap a strong second half to the season. After starting 0-6, Nebraska has won four of its past five games, with the only loss at No. 8 Ohio State by five points.

  • A Husker victory would give Nebraska a 5-1 record in the second half of the season. That would mark Nebraska's best record in the second half of a regular season since posting a 6-0 record to close the 2012 regular season.
  • In addition to the 2012 second half success, Nebraska posted 5-1 records in the second half of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.
  • Nebraska has already ensured a winning second half of the season for the first time since 2014.
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    Offense Hopes to Finish Season with Strong Outing

    Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. In the past two months, Frost's Nebraska offense has posted numbers among the nation's best units.

    Nebraska gained at least 450 yards in seven straight games, before being slowed by Michigan State in wintry conditions. The seven-game streak of 450-yard outputs set a school record for the longest 450-yard streak in NU history. NU had previously topped 450 yards in six straight games in 1972, 1982, 1994 and 1995.

    Nebraska opened the year with 565 yards of total offense against Colorado, and has since posted four more games with better than 500 yards. NU had 606 yards on Nov. 10 against Illinois, a season-high 659 yards against Minnesota, 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at No. 16 Wisconsin.

  • NU averages 461.3 yards of total offense to rank second in the Big Ten and 20th nationally.
  • Nebraska's 659 yards of offense against Minnesota was its highest total since gaining 787 yards against FAU in the 2014 season opener.
  • The total offense output against Minnesota was Nebraska's largest in a Big Ten Conference game (since 2011). It was NU's highest total offense in a conference game since having 710 yards against Kansas State in 2007.
  • Nebraska has gained 600 yards of offense in two of its last four Big Ten games. Previously, the Huskers had gained 600 yards only once in their first 62 Big Ten Conference games.
  • Nebraska has five 500-yard offensive games this season. NU had not had five 500-yard total offense games in a season since 2000.
  • The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marked the first time NU had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It was the first time NU had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007.
  • The 565 yards against Colorado in the opener marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016.
  • The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015.
  • Nebraska is one of only seven Power Five Conference schools averaging 200 rushing yards and 240 passing yards per game. The other teams in that group include Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Texas A&M.
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    One Down, One to Go for Record-Setting Morgan

    After setting the season receiving yardage record with 986 yards in 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. is now making his mark in the Nebraska career record book.

    Morgan had four catches against Michigan State to increase his career total to 182 receptions. That pushed him past Kenny Bell who had the previous Nebraska record of 181 receptions from 2011 to 2014.

    Morgan enters his career finale at Iowa with 2,666 receiving yards. He is 23 yards shy of Bell's record of 2,689 career receiving yards.

    After falling just short of the first 1,000-yard receiving season in school history in 2017, Morgan is 77 yards from reaching that total this season. He is 63 yards away from his own single-season record. Morgan earned All-Big Ten accolades last season, and is a leading contender for first-team all-league honors this fall.

  • Morgan has a streak of 37 consecutive games with a reception, tying Johnny Rodgers for a school record. Morgan has had at least three catches in 22 of the past 23 games.
  • Morgan has 63 catches this season to rank in a tie for fourth on the NU single-season list. He is the only player in school history with two 60-catch seasons.
  • Morgan had his best game of 2018 against Minnesota. He caught a career-high 10 passes for a season-high 163 yards and two touchdowns. The 163 yards tied for the sixth-best single-game effort in school history.
  • Morgan helped seal the Minnesota victory with two second-half touchdowns of 35 and 67 yards.
  • Morgan added two touchdowns as part of a seven-catch effort against Bethune-Cookman, He caught a pair of touchdowns for a third straight home game against Illinois, with TD catches of 37 and 32 yards in the first quarter.
  • Morgan has seven touchdown catches this season to give him 22 career receiving scores, good for a tie for second on the NU charts. He is three touchdowns shy of Johnny Rodgers' school record of 25 touchdown catches.
  • Morgan set NU records with 986 receiving yards and five 100-yard receiving games in 2017, while ranking third in school history in touchdown receptions (10) and sixth in catches (61).
  • He led the Big Ten and ranked 14th nationally in receiving yards per game (89.6) in 2017.
  • Morgan led all Big Ten wide receivers and ranked 16th nationally in touchdown catches with his 10 touchdown grabs.
  • Morgan posted 185 receiving yards at No. 13 Penn State in 2017, the third-highest total in school history.




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    The Nebraska men's basketball team visits an old stomping ground this week, as the Huskers head to Kansas City for the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker.

    The Huskers will tip off against Missouri State in the Sprint Center Monday evening at 6 p.m. while the nightcap features Texas Tech and USC at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting Sprintcenter.com or Ticketmaster.com. Tuesday's schedule includes the third-place game at 6 p.m. and the title game at 8:30 p.m.
    Monday's game will be carried nationally on ESPNU with Clay Matvick and Jon Sundvold on the call. The game is also available on the ESPN app.
    Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app and on SiriusXM radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff on many of the Husker Sports Network affiliates.
    The Huskers, who are 3-0 and 25th in the most recent USA Today coaches poll, used a strong second half in pulling away from Seton Hall, 80-57, in the Gavitt Tipoff Games last Wednesday. James Palmer Jr. led all scorers with 29 points, including 18 in the second half, as Nebraska outscored the Pirates, 36-15, after the visitors pulled within 44-42. Fellow seniors Isaac Copeland Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. also enjoyed big performances, as Copeland had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Watson has 14 points and eight assists.
    Palmer leads the Huskers and is sixth in the Big Ten in scoring at 21.0 ppg while also averaging 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Palmer is tied for the team lead in blocked shots (1.7) and second on the team in assists and steals (1.7 spg). Watson and Copeland are also averaging double figures at 16.3 ppg, and 13.0 ppg, respectively, as the Huskers come to Kansas City averaging 91 points per game through the first three games to rank third in the Big Ten through Thursday's games.
    Nebraska faces another up-tempo squad in Missouri State, as the Bears are also 3-0 with all three wins coming in double figures. Senior guard Jarred Dixon leads Missouri State with 18.7 points per game while junior guard KeAndre Cook is at 17.7 ppg, as the team is averaging 80.3 points per game under first-year coach Dana Ford.
    OPENING NUMBER
    4.67-1 - Assist-to-turnover ratio for Nebraska senior guard Glynn Watson Jr. over the first three games. Watson is also averaging 16.7 ppg on 61 percent shooting.
    NUMBERS TO KNOW
    1992- The last time Nebraska opened the year with three games of 80 or more points before 2018-19. That was also the last time the Huskers won their first three games by at least 20 points.
    29- Points by James Palmer Jr. vs. Seton Hall. It was the second-highest mark of his career and the sixth time in his career he has scored at least 25 points.
    .917 - With Sunday's win, Nebraska is now 33-3 under Tim Miles when scoring 80-or-more points, including 18-1 in the past two-plus seasons.
    9 - The Huskers have had nine runs of at least 10-0 in the first three contests, including a 22-0 run against Southeastern Louisiana.
    106 - Nebraska's point total in the opener against Mississippi Valley State. It was the Huskers' highest total since scoring 107 against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 19, 2005, and was the 17th-highest total in school history.
    SCOUTING MISSOURI STATE
    First-year Coach Dana Ford has gotten Missouri State off to a fast start, as the Bears have wins over Oral Roberts (84-50), Robert Morris (74-60) and Stetson (83-70) before heading to Kansas City. Prior to taking the Missouri State job, Ford spent four years at Tennessee State where he took the school from a 5-26 mark in his first season to 20-11 the following year. In his final three seasons, Tennessee State was 52-39.
    The Bears returned just three letterwinners from a team that went 18-16. Jarred Dixon, the brother of former Missouri guard Michael Dixon, is the Bears top returnee as he made 20 starts and averaged 9.1 points per game. Obediah Church started 31 games last season and led the MVC in blocked shots in each of the past two years.
    Series history: Nebraska and Missouri State have met only once, a 98-46 Husker win on Jan. 15, 1983. Terry Smith led four Huskers in double figures with 18 points, as Nebraska shot 63 percent from the field.
    LAST TIME OUT
    James Palmer Jr. scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, as No. 25 (Coaches) Nebraska improved to 3-0 with an 80-57 victory over Seton Hall Wednesday night in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
    Palmer shook off a slow start and shined in the second half, as his 3-pointer sparked the decisive 9-2 Husker run after Seton Hall pulled to within 44-42 with 13:32 remaining and helped build a nine-point lead, at 53-44, after a Thomas Allen 3-pointer.
    Seton Hall got to within 57-48 after a Michael Nzei basket with just under 10 minute remaining, but could not cut into the Husker lead, as Nebraska stretched out the margin in the final few minutes. Behind the play of Palmer and fellow seniors Isaac Copeland Jr. (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Glynn Watson Jr. (14 points, eight assists), the Huskers outscored the Pirates 36-15 down the stretch to pick up their 14th straight win at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
    Nebraska shot 59 percent in the second half, while holding the Pirates to 33 percent shooting after halftime. On the night, NU kept Seton Hall (1-1) to 36 percent shooting, including 2-of-16 from 3-point range.
    POSTGAME NOTES VS. SETON HALL
    • James Palmer Jr. finished with a game-high 29 points, the second-highest total of his career and ninth career 20-point game.
    • Isaac Copeland Jr. posted his fifth career double-double and fourth as a Husker with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
    • Nebraska has scored 80 or more points in each of the first three games, the first time the Huskers have done that since the 1992-93 season.
    • Tim Miles won his 100th game at Nebraska, becoming the fifth Husker coach to reach the milestone.
    • With the win, Nebraska snapped a seven-game losing streak to Big East teams. It was also NU's first Gavitt Games win in three tries.
    • Nebraska held Seton Hall to 2-of-16 shooting from 3-point range. Opponents are now 6-of-48 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc this season.
    WORTH NOTING
    • Nebraska's games at the Sprint Center this week are the program's first since the 2011 Big 12 Tournament.
    • While Nebraska makes its debut in the Hall of Fame Classic, three members of the program have played or coached in the Sprint Center. NU assistant Armon Gates was on the Northwestern staff for the 2015 Hall of Fame Classic, while Head Coach Tim Miles brought his Colorado State team to play Kansas in the Sprint Center in 2010. CSU's starting point guard that day was current Husker graduate manager Dorian Green.
    • The Huskers are bidding for their third 4-0 start under Miles with the others coming in 2012-13 and 2016-17.
    • With a win on Monday, Tim Miles will match Doc Sadler for fourth on Nebraska's career victories list with 101.
    AN NCAA FIRST IN KANSAS CITY NEXT WEEK
    The four teams in Kansas City for the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker will have the use of the ShotTracker Team app on iPads. The NCAA granted a waiver making the Hall of Fame Classic the first set of games in Division I history where coaches will have access to real-time advanced analytics on a handheld device during live competition.
    • Each student-athlete will wear a ShotTracker sensor, and games will be played with a ShotTracker-enabled Wilson basketball. ShotTracker teamed up with Wilson Sporting Goods to ensure an embedded smart sensor will be undetectable in game play.
    • Via the ShotTracker Team and Fan apps, ShotTracker’s technology will provide a wide array of resources to coaches, players and fans alike, including interactive shot charts, real-time lineup efficiencies and possession-based statistics. ShotTracker will also offer live analytics integration into Hall of Fame Classic telecasts on the ESPN networks, creating a never-before-seen experience for viewers at home.
    DOING IT WITH DEFENSE
    Nebraska’s biggest improvements came on the defensive end in 2017-18, going from 13th to 6th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense and from 14th to second in 3-point percentage defense. NU ranked in the top-75 nationally in both field goal defense (74th) and 3-point percentage defense (32nd) last season. That has continued in the early stages of the 2018-19 season.
    • Although it is early in the season, Nebraska is third nationally in scoring defense (43.0 ppg), second in field goal defense (.268), first in 3-point defense (.125) and 12th in blocked shots (7.3 bpg).
    • Nebraska has not allowed an opponent to shoot over 50 percent in 29 straight games dating back to last season, including 12 straight foes held to under 50 percent shooting.
    • Under Miles, the Huskers are 46-5 (.902) when holding opponents under 60 points.
    • NU has limited all three opponents to under 0.85 points per possession. Mississippi Valley State and Southeastern Louisiana both were held to 0.47 points per possession, the lowest number in Tim Miles' seven years.
    WHAT'S BACK FOR THE BIG RED
    The Huskers welcomed back three starters and nine letterwinners from a team that went 22-11 and finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 mark. The group includes All-Big Ten performers James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland and three-year starter Glynn Watson Jr., all of whom averaged double figures in 2017-18. NU also returns junior forward Isaiah Roby, who started 13 of NU’s final 14 games - all but Senior Night - and led NU in both rebounding (6.3 rpg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg).
    • It is only the third time in the last 15 seasons that Nebraska returns at least 70 percent of its scoring from the previous season.
    • Nebraska's 3,432 returning points ranks 13th nationally entering the 2018-19 season. Among Big Ten programs, only Iowa, which has 4,246 returning points, has more points returning than the Big Red.
    • Entering the season, Nebraska's returnees have combined for 160 career starts for the Big Red and 214 games at the Division I level. Copeland (49 starts at Georgetown) and Palmer (five starts at Miami) both cracked the starting lineups at their previous schools before coming to Nebraska.
    NEW NUMBER, SAME GAME FOR PALMER
    While senior guard James Palmer Jr. switched from No. 24 to No. 0 in the offseason, the All-American candidate continues to produce at a high level. The 6-foot-6 guard comes to the Hall of Fame Classic averaging 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He comes off a strong performance against Seton Hall, finishing with 29 points and six rebounds.
    • He is first or second on the Huskers in scoring (first), blocks (first), assists (second) and steals (second).
    • Palmer has scored his points in bunches with three halves of at least 15 points in Nebraska's first three games. He had 15 points by halftime of each of the first two games while he had 18 second-half points against Seton Hall.
    • Palmer has become a more efficient playmaker, raising his assist-to-turnover rate from 1.38-to-1 last year to 3.67-to-1 in 2018-19.
    • Palmer has shown the ability to get to the free throw line often, as he is second nationallly in both free throws made and attempted through Thursday's games. In fact, Palmer has been to the line (37) almost as many times as NU's first three opponents (40).
    • Palmer has reached double figures in 34 of 36 career games at Nebraska, including each of the last 17 dating back to Jan. 15, 2018.
    Last season, Palmer averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading the Huskers to a 22-11 record and an NIT berth. Last year, Palmer reached double figures in 31 of 33 games in his first season at Nebraska, including eight 20-point efforts. Palmer’s junior year was highlighted by a career-high 34-point effort at Ohio State. Palmer joins Purdue's Carsen Edwards as returning first-team All-Big Ten selections by the conference coaches.
    • Palmer averaged 18.8 points per game in Big Ten play last year, which is the highest average in conference play since Aleks Maric averaged 18.9 ppg in 2006-07. It is also the most by a returning Big Ten player since Tim Frazier in 2012-13.
    • Palmer is one of only five returning power conference players who averaged 17.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg last season
    WATSON KEYS HUSKER ATTACK
    For Coach Tim Miles, senior Glynn Watson Jr. is a luxury, as he begins his fourth year as Nebraska's starting guard. Watson moved into the role midway through his freshman year and has made his mark in the Husker program.
    Watson comes into Monday's game averaging 16.3 points per game on 61 percent shooting, including 9-of-15 from 3-point range.He also is averaging 4.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. He turned in a solid performance in the win over Seton Hall with 14 points and a season-high eight assists.
    • Watson enters Monday's game needing 27 points to tie Tai Webster for 26th place on NU's scoring list. He is also four steals away from matching Brandon Richardson for eighth place on NU's career chart.
    • Watson's return marks the 10th time in program history that the Huskers had a returning 1,000-point scorer and the first since Shavon Shields in the 2015-16 campaign.
    • With 1,090 points, Watson is one of two Huskers with 1,000 career points, as Isaac Copeland has 1,092 career points between his time at Georgetown and Nebraska. James Palmer Jr. is 111 points away from reaching 1,000 for his career.
    • Watson has a career 2.12-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and has more steals (141) than turnovers (134) in his career.
    • Watson's older brother Demetri McCamey was an All-Big Ten guard at Illinois during the 2009-10 season.
    • Watson is one of three alumni of St. Joseph to reach 1,000 points at Nebraska, joining Carl Hayes (1,136, 1990-92) and Clifford Scales (1,136, 1988-91). All three played for legendary high school coach Gene Pingatore, who is in his 50th year as coach at St. Joseph and has won over 1,000 games at the school.
    ISAAC MAKES IT TOUGH FOR OPPONENTS TO COPE
    Isaac Copeland Jr. is back to make the most of his senior year. The 6-foot-9 forward joined the program in January of 2017, but then was unable to practice because of a herniated disc that eventually required surgery. Despite not being able to practice until school started, Copeland finished second on the team scoring (12.9 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg) and blocked shots (1.0 bpg), setting personal bests in all three areas and earning honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors in his first season at Nebraska.
    Copeland is averaging 13.0 points on 58 percent shooting, along with 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in the early going, as he has been in double figures all three games. He had his best game of the young season against Seton Hall with 18 points and 10 rebounds in leading NU to an 80-57 win.
    • Copeland collected his fifth career double-double against the Pirates, as he had one during his redshirt year (2016-17) and three in 2017-18.
    • He has nine career 20-point games (5 at Nebraska, 4 at Georgetown), including a pair of 30-point games. Copeland had 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting against North Dakota last year and a career-high 32-point night against Marquette during his sophomore year at Georgetown.
    • A top-20 recruit coming out of high school, his 2014 Brewster Academy team also featured Donovan Mitchell (Utah), Devonte' Graham (Charlotte) and Jonah Bolden (Philadephia).
    • Copeland earned his undergraduate degree in sociology last May and is working on his Master's Degree. He comes from a basketball family, as his father (Ike) played collegiately at East Carolina. As a senior, he helped East Carolina make the NCAA Tournament.
    ROBY'S 50-50 CLUB
    Junior forward Isaiah Roby is one of only two returning power conference players to total 50 blocks and 50 assists last season, joining Missouri’s Jontay Porter, who will miss the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL. Last year, Roby led the Huskers in blocked shots and was fourth in assists despite starting just 13 contests. He moved into the starting lineup during the second half of the season, as the Huskers won 10 of their last 12 Big Ten contests.
    Roby is also one of four Huskers to ever have 50 blocks and 50 assists in a season, joining Aleks Maric, Venson Hamilton and Rich King. Roby's 63 blocked shots last season ranked 10th in school history and was the most by a Husker since Kimani Ffriend in 2000-01.
    Roby has been efficient offensively in the opening three games, averaging 7.7 points per game on 70 percent shooting, as he has taken just 10 shots. He is also 8-of-10 from the line and leads NU in steals (2.0 spg) while ranking third in rebounding (5.3 rpg) and blocked shots (1.3 bpg).
    • His dunk on Wednesday against Seton Hall marked the fourth time he's had a top-10 play on SportsCenter during his career, including highlight dunks vs. Rutgers (2018) and at Indiana (2016).
    • Nebraska is 15-4 since moving Roby into the starting lineup midway through Big Ten play last season. Roby has all four of his career double-doubles in that stretch.
    HUSKERS LOOK TO CONTINUE BLOCK PARTY
    Nebraska's length has caused problems for opponents over the last two seasons. Last season, the Huskers were seventh nationally in blocked shots with 5.5 blocks per game and are currently 12th nationally with 7.3 blocks per game entering the Hall of Fame Classic.
    • Nebraska has had at least six blocked shots in each of the first three games. Currently, four Huskers are averaging at least 1.0 block per game.
    • Palmer blocked a career-high three shots in the win over MVSU on Nov. 6, while Isaac Copeland had three blocks in NU's win over Seton Hall on Nov. 14.
    • The 5.5 blocks per game in 2017-18 were the highest total since the 1996-97 team blocked a school-record 6.1 shots per game.
    • Nebraska returns a pair of players who averaged at least one block per game last year in Isaiah Roby (2.0 bpg) and Isaac Copeland (1.0 bpg). Roby’s 63 blocked shots were the most by a Husker since 2001.
    IT (DOUBLE) FIGURES
    Nebraska returns three double-figure scorers (James Palmer Jr., 17.2, Isaac Copeland Jr., 12.9 and Glynn Watson Jr. 10.5) for the first time since the 1992-93 season (Eric Piatkowski, 14.3; Derrick Chandler, 12.3; Jamar Johnson, 11.2). Prior to last Tuesday, that was also the last season that Nebraska scored 100 or more points in an opener. During the 1992-93 season, the Huskers won 20 games and finished tied for second in the Big Eight Conference.
    • In Tim Miles' first six seasons, the Huskers returned a total of six double-figure scorers.
    • With the return of junior Isaiah Roby, Nebraska brings back its top-four scorers for the first time since 2003-04.
    FILLING UP PINNACLE BANK ARENA
    Pinnacle Bank Arena will be full once again in 2018-19, as the NU Athletic Ticket Office announced on September 25 that general public season tickets are sold out for the upcoming season. It is the fourth time in the past six seasons that the Huskers have sold out their entire season allotment of tickets at Pinnacle Bank Arena. In all, nearly 15,000 season tickets have been sold for the 2018-19 season, including the Red Zone student section. Most of the available single-game tickets for the entire season have been sold as well.
    Since moving into PBA in 2013-14, the Huskers have ranked in the top-15 in attendance nationally all five years, and are one of only nine schools in the country to average 15,000+ fans per contest in that span.
    PROTECTING THE VAULT
    The Huskers have been strong at protecting its home court at Pinnacle Bank Arena since it opened in 2013-14.
    • NU has won its last 14 games at home following the 80-67 win over Seton Hall on Nov. 14. The 14-game win streak is the longest among power conference schools and sixth-longest home win streak nationally. It is NU's longest home win streak since winning 14 straight to open the 2010-11 campaign.
    • NU has posted a 62-24 (.721) record in Pinnacle Bank Arena since it opened in 2013. Against non-conference foes, NU is 34-7 in PBA (.829).
    • Nebraska went 16-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2017-18 with the only loss coming in a one-point setback against then-No. 13 Kansas on Dec. 16. NU's .941 home winning percentage was the best since the 1982-83 campaign, while the 16 home wins was one shy of the school record.
    • Nebraska went a perfect 9-0 at home in Big Ten play in 2017-18 and won its two Big Ten home games against ranked teams by an average of 15.0 points per game. NU's 9-0 mark - the only unbeaten mark in the Big Ten - marked the first time the Huskers went unbeaten in conference play at home since the 1965-66 season.




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    Nebraska freshman place-kicker Barret Pickering was named the Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. It’s the second straight week a Husker has been honored by the conference after both senior running back Devine Ozigbo and freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez earned conference awards last week.

    The weekly award is the first of Pickering’s career, while he became the first Husker to be named Special Teams Player of the Week since Sam Foltz in 2015. Pickering accounted for all of Nebraska’s points in the Huskers’ 9-6 victory over Michigan State on Saturday. The Birmingham, Ala., native made three field goals, all in the fourth quarter. Pickering hit a career-long, game-winning 47-yard field goal with 5:13 remaining in the fourth quarter. Pickering has made his last eight field goal attempts and is now 12-of-16 on the season.

    Pickering shares the honor with Michigan’s kicker Jake Moody. Other Big Ten Players of the Week include Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins (Co-Offensive Player of the Week), Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor (Co-Offensive Player of the Week), Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa (Co-Defensive Player of the Week), Minnesota’s Blake Cashman (Co-Defensive Player of the Week) and Maryland’s Anthony McFarland (Freshman of the Week).





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