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Kearney, Neb. – Sophomores Brooke Carlson and Maegan Holt combined for 34 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 23/30 Nebraska-Kearney down Newman, 59-46, Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.

UNK (22-2, 11-2) is now just a game out of first place in the MIAA standings as No. 11/18 Central Missouri (18-4, 12-1) fell today at Missouri Western State, 67-57. The Lopers are in Warrensburg next Saturday afternoon.

To win a 10th straight game, the longest win streak in 11 years, UNK had to tangle with the Jets (9-15, 4-11) zone defense and patient offense. NU, now on a six-game skid, ran the shot clock down on most possessions and managed to make a late run after being down by as many as 23 points. 

"They play a different style and go with a two three zone the entire game. We didn't shoot the ball very well today and against a zone that can be a little bit challenging. It makes it trickier to stretch the floor when you're not making shots," UNK head coach Carrie Eighmey said. "We hit only two threes so I thought we did a good job of finding other ways to manufacture some points. Our bigs did a good job of getting to the line and making shots around the rim to help us build the lead."

Just 7 of 34 (20.5 pct.) from the field in the second half, UNK was up 51-39 with 5:08 remaining. Carlson (Elkhorn), having a career-day at the line, made two free throws and then Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.) made a layup after a Jet miss. That made it 55-39 and ended any hope of a NU comeback.

"I thought we managed the game pretty well. Late they went a little bit more to their full court press … we had only three turnovers so I thought we handled the ball really well," Eighmey said. "The shots that we took, including the threes, were fairly wide open. We just weren't able to knock them down today."

Carlson tallied 11 of her game-high 19 points at the line with Holt 6 of 15 from the field to tally 15. UNK was just 2 of 18 from the three point line but Carlson and Holt helped the Lopers have a 30-14 advantage in points in the paint.

Next South Dakota sophomore Klaire Kirsch had 12 rebounds and four assists and Crofton junior Kelsey Sanger went for nine points and two steals. The pair also were key in shutting down NU start Kaitlyn Potter who came in averaging well over 16 points per game. She finished with 12 points but was just 3 of 17 (0 of 9 threes) from the field.

Newman finished 15 of 54 (27.8 pct.) from the floor but did get 30 bench points and sunk 13 of 15 free throws. Seven others besides Potter scored including a near double double by reserve Haley Albers (eight points and eight rebounds).

Before the showdown with the UCM Jennies the Lopers are at Lincoln (3-19, 0-13) on Thursday night.

Kearney, Neb. – Junior guard Jake Walker scored a season-high 25 points to help Nebraska-Kearney hold off Newman, 85-72, Saturday evening at the Health & Sports Center.

This was the first-ever meeting between the Lopers (14-8, 8-5) and Jets (8-16, 2-13). The rematch is set for later this month in Wichita.

To send NU to its first straight loss UNK shot a season-best 55.9 percent (33 of 59) from the field which included an 11 of 20 effort from behind the arc. The Lopers led for 34:28 and by as many as 16 points. data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAPABAP///wAAACH5BAEKAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICRAEAOw%3D%3D​

However the Jets hung around thanks to the play of three Division I transfers in Juwan Davenport (Coppin State, Md.), Marshawn Blackmon (Eastern Illinois) and Kaleb Allison (Mississippi Valley State). Cranking up the pressure on both ends of the court midway through the second half NU got the deficit down to seven, 68-61, with 4:52 to play. An 11-3 spurt was capped by Blackmon put-back.

Like it has much of the season, UNK responded as Iowa senior Kyle Juhl made two free throws, Walker (Centerville, Utah) hit a jumper and Bellevue junior AJ Jackson scored inside. That got the back to 10 points and then Walker nailed the door shot with his seventh and final triple of the game.

"Shooting the ball helped us. Second half it really opened up for us … Kyle hit a couple and obviously Jake got it going. It always helps when you put the ball in the basket," UNK head coach Kevin Lofton said. "Defensively we played well enough to stretch it to a pretty good lead. They made some plays and fought their way back into it, mainly from the foul line. That means we have to defend without fouling."

In double figures for the 15th time this winter Walker was 9 of 15 from the floor (7 of 11 threes) to surpass the 23 points he tallied in a loss to nationally-ranked Missouri Southern State. Seventeen of his points came and five of his treys came after the break

Three others starters were in double figures in Kansas senior Morgan Soucie (16), Jackson (14) and Juhl (10). Soucie added five assists and Jackson had five rebounds with Juhl having all of his points in the second half.

"We kept our composure (late). We executed well against their press which is something I was glad to see. Teams tend to press us at times and when you handled it like we did today, breaking it and scoring on the other end, it makes it a little bit harder for them to stay in that (defense)," Lofton said. "We got some momentum back so hopefully now we can go out on the road and have some success."

Off the bench Bellevue redshirt freshman lefty Cedric Johnson had his best game to date; seven points, seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and no turnovers.

For the Jets Blackmom had a double double (21 points & 10 rebounds), Davenport was hot early to tally 18 with Allison having 11 of his 14 in the second half. NU finished the night just 2 of 13 from the three-point line and 16 of 26 from the line.

UNK heads to Lincoln (Thurs.) and Central Missouri (Sat.) next week.

(Omaha, NE) - Marcus Zegarowski scored 23 points to lead six Creighton players in double figures and the 21st-ranked Bluejays beat St. John's 94-82. Creighton shot a season-best 60% from the field and matched its season high with 13 3-pointers but couldn't separate from the Red Storm until the middle of the second half. Marcellus Earlington scored a career-high 25 points for the Red Storm. The sophomore was 3 for 4 on 3s after coming in 3 for 21 for the season.

Las Cruces, N.M. --- The Nebraska softball team (3-2) fell to No. 20/24 Arkansas (4-1) on Sunday morning by a score of 15-4 in five innings in its final game of the Troy Cox Classic. Arkansas got off to a hot start and never looked back. The Razorbacks scored 12 runs through the first two innings and while Nebraska tried to chip away, the Huskers couldn't overcome the difference. 

The Huskers recorded seven hits which included three homers from Rylie Unzicker, Peyton Glatter and Tristen Edwards. Glatter and Edwards each went 2-for-3 on the day. Cam Ybarra and Courtney Wallace also had one hit each for the Big Red. 

Lindsey Walljasper dropped to 1-2 on the season. She pitched 1.2 innings and gave up 12 runs - nine earned - on eight hits. She also had two strikeouts. Courtney Wallace pitched 3.1 innings of relief. She gave up three runs on 10 hits and also recorded one strikeout. 

Mary Haff of Arkansas picked up the win and improved to 1-1. She pitched 1.2 innings of relief and gave up one hit. She also recorded two strikeouts. 

Arkansas took a quick 5-0 lead in the first, capitalizing off a Husker error. The Razorbacks got back-to-back hits in the first to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Walljasper got a big strikeout for the first out. A infield pop up would have been the second out of the inning but an error allowed the batter to reach first safely. A base hit scored two runs and two-out homer plated three unearned runs. Walljasper got out of the inning with a strikeout looking. 

In the bottom of the inning, Glatter hit a two-out single and reached second on a wild pitch but another out stranded her.

In the second, Arkansas loaded the bases with no outs after a hit and two hit batters. The Hogs scored one run but the Huskers were able to get an out on the play.  A short pop up recorded the second out of the inning but a walk loaded the bases. A singled scored two more to put Arkansas up 8-0. With the bases loaded, a grand slam extended the lead to 12-0.  

The Huskers got another baserunner in the second when Samantha Owen was hit by a pinch to leadoff the inning, but Arkansas struck out the next three batters to end the inning.  

In the third, the Huskers showed some signs of life. In the top of the inning, NU didn't allow a run. On offense, Unzicker hit a leadoff homer to put NU on the board. Edwards followed with a single and Glatter homered to cut the lead to 12-3. 

The Razorbacks scored three more runs in the fourth off a three-run homer. 

In the fifth, the Huskers attempted a comeback effort. Edwards homered to cut the lead to 15-4. Ybarra hit a double and Carson Fischer ran for her but the Hogs retired the next three batters to end the game. 

Nebraska returns to action next weekend when it takes on Georgia Tech on Feb. 14 in Atlanta, Ga., as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. CT. A live radio stream will be available on 



Amherst 53, Elm Creek 49

Aurora 35, Lexington 34

Beatrice 57, Omaha Gross Catholic 24

Bellevue West 91, Lincoln North Star 88

Bennett County, S.D. 67, Hay Springs 37

Bishop Neumann 67, Omaha Concordia 37

Burwell 64, Nebraska Christian 54

Chadron 78, Valentine 43

Crete 48, Blair 37

Cross County 58, High Plains Community 28

Dundy County-Stratton 63, Hershey 55

Elkhorn 51, Elkhorn South 42

Fullerton 62, Heartland Lutheran 30

Gothenburg 53, Minden 49

Grand Island 57, Omaha Creighton Prep 54

Grand Island Northwest 67, Holdrege 42

Hitchcock County 48, Arapahoe 24

Humphrey St. Francis 79, Spalding Academy 29

Kearney Catholic 61, Columbus Scotus 34

Leyton 54, Sioux County 50

Lincoln Christian 69, Aquinas 36

Lincoln High 61, Bellevue East 59

Lincoln Lutheran 48, Hastings St. Cecilia 34

Lincoln Southeast 63, Omaha Bryan 49

Lincoln Southwest 67, Omaha Westside 59

McCook 75, Ainsworth 46

Millard North 80, Lincoln Northeast 69

Millard South 53, Fremont 41

Norfolk 78, Omaha Benson 57

Norris 64, Columbus 61

North Platte St. Patrick's 67, Cambridge 53

Ogallala 83, Broken Bow 48

Omaha Roncalli 94, South Sioux City 65

Overton 64, Wilcox-Hildreth 57

Papillion-LaVista 67, Lincoln East 40

Peetz, Colo. 72, Creek Valley 56

Perkins County 53, South Platte 28

Platteview 70, Raymond Central 35

Scottsbluff 82, Sidney 38

Southern Valley 54, South Loup 42

Wahoo 82, Grand Island Central Catholic 80, 3OT

Wheatland, Wyo. 55, Gering 49

York 65, Columbus Lakeview 46

East Husker Conference Tournament=


Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 55, North Bend Central 41

Third Place=

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 51, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 45

ECNC Tournament=


Auburn 50, Yutan 39

Third Place=

Freeman 55, Palmyra 52

Fort Kearney Conference Tournament=


Axtell 60, Ansley-Litchfield 49


Amherst 53, Elm Creek 49

Overton 64, Wilcox-Hildreth 57

Third Place=

Loomis 66, Pleasanton 53

Lewis & Clark Conference Tournament=


Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 59, Winnebago 42

Ponca 58, Osmond 44

Louplatte Conference=


Doniphan-Trumbull 61, Centura 57

Third Place=

St. Paul 48, Ravenna 42

Mid State Conference Tournament=


Wayne 54, Pierce 41

Fifth Place=

Norfolk Catholic 67, Guardian Angels 66

Third Place=

Battle Creek 61, Hartington Cedar Catholic 56

Niobrara Valley Conference=


St. Mary's 56, West Holt 53

Third Place=

Elkhorn Valley 73, Niobrara/Verdigre 57

Pioneer Conference=


Falls City Sacred Heart 52, Johnson-Brock 30

Third Place=

Nebraska City Lourdes 45, Tri County 43

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Sutton 43, Centennial 27


Fairbury 45, Milford 42

Fillmore Central 45, David City 37

Sandy Creek 46, Superior 35

Third Place=

Wilber-Clatonia 69, Heartland 47

Twin Valley Conference=


Shelton 50, Deshler 38

Third Place=

Kenesaw 50, Blue Hill 42

Western Trails Conference=


Bridgeport 65, Mitchell 56

Third Place=

Morrill 37, Kimball 34


Aurora 44, Lexington 32

Beatrice 57, Omaha Gross Catholic 48

Bennett County, S.D. 63, Hay Springs 44

Broken Bow 62, Ogallala 51

Chadron 48, Valentine 17

Creek Valley 42, Peetz, Colo. 30

Crete 59, Blair 33

Cross County 55, High Plains Community 24

Dundy County-Stratton 47, Hershey 38

Elkhorn South 57, Elkhorn 44

Fullerton 44, Heartland Lutheran 37

Gothenburg 56, Minden 49

Grand Island Northwest 58, Holdrege 27

Hastings 43, Omaha Skutt Catholic 31

Hastings St. Cecilia 56, Lincoln Lutheran 31

Hitchcock County 66, Arapahoe 54

Humphrey St. Francis 94, Spalding Academy 17

Lincoln Christian 56, Aquinas 27

Lincoln East 60, Papillion-LaVista 52

Lincoln High 57, Bellevue East 37

Lincoln North Star 66, Bellevue West 58

Lincoln Northeast 48, Millard North 36

Lincoln Southeast 55, Omaha Bryan 17

McCook 67, Ainsworth 60

Millard South 77, Fremont 59

Nebraska Christian 36, Burwell 26

Norfolk 47, Omaha Benson 38

Norris 47, Columbus 37

North Platte St. Patrick's 41, Cambridge 40

Oelrichs, S.D. 72, Alliance 46

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 54, Boys Town 35

Omaha Concordia 59, Omaha Mercy 51

Omaha Marian 64, Grand Island 32

Omaha Westside 52, Lincoln Southwest 44, OT

Papillion-LaVista South 66, Kearney 51

Platteview 56, Raymond Central 18

Santee def. Cody-Kilgore, forfeit

Sidney 60, Scottsbluff 49

Sioux County 45, Leyton 24

South Loup 48, Southern Valley 20

South Platte 51, Perkins County 23

South Sioux City 75, Omaha Roncalli 52

Wheatland, Wyo. 65, Gering 45

York 48, Columbus Lakeview 39

East Husker Conference Tournament=


Oakland-Craig 49, North Bend Central 48, OT

Third Place=

West Point-Beemer 54, Pender 32

ECNC Tournament=


Weeping Water 48, Malcolm 44, OT

Third Place=

Elmwood-Murdock 39, Yutan 30

Fort Kearney Conference Tournament=


Pleasanton 54, Loomis 46


Hi-Line 49, Axtell 48

Wilcox-Hildreth 39, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 37

Third Place=

Elm Creek 51, Overton 46

Louplatte Conference=


St. Paul 58, Ord 51, OT

Third Place=

Central City 60, Wood River 44

Mid State Conference Tournament=


Crofton 45, Norfolk Catholic 30

Fifth Place=

O'Neill 48, Hartington Cedar Catholic 46

Third Place=

Guardian Angels 54, Battle Creek 42

Niobrara Valley Conference=


CWC 41, North Central 36

Third Place=

Summerland 44, Boyd County 41

Pioneer Conference=


Falls City Sacred Heart 31, Nebraska City Lourdes 26

Third Place=

Sterling 43, Diller-Odell 28

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Superior 57, Milford 30


Fairbury 36, Centennial 29

Thayer Central 40, Heartland 29

Wilber-Clatonia 41, Sandy Creek 24

Third Place=

Fillmore Central 54, Sutton 45

Twin Valley Conference=


Lawrence-Nelson 41, Silver Lake 17

Third Place=

Blue Hill 36, Shelton 28

Western Trails Conference=


Mitchell 43, Morrill 30

Third Place=

Bridgeport 66, Bayard 38

Joe Wieskamp and Luka Garza proved too much for the Nebraska men's basketball team Saturday night, as No. 17 Iowa salvaged a season split with the Huskers with a 96-72 victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Wieskamp scored a career-high 30 points, while Garza, the Big Ten's leading scorer, added his ninth straight 20-point game with 22 points. The duo combined for 52 points while going 19-of-28 from the field, including a 6-of-8 performance from Wieskamp in a 20-point second half. As a team, Iowa shot 49 percent and knocked down 11 3-pointers.
With the win, Iowa (17-7, 8-5 Big Ten) avenged its loss in Lincoln on Jan. 7, while Nebraska fell to 7-16 on the season and dropped to 2-11 in Big Ten play. Jervay Green led Nebraska with 18 points, while Cam Mack and Dachon Burke Jr. joined Green in double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
After the teams traded baskets on their opening possessions, Iowa scored the next 13 points to build an early double-digit lead. The Hawkeyes led 21-5 five minutes into the game and were up 25-9 before Nebraska clamped down defensively.
Trailing by 16, the Huskers held the Hawkeyes scoreless for more than eight minutes, using a 12-0 run to pull within 25-21 with five minutes to play. But Iowa answered by scoring seven of the next nine points, stretching the lead to 31-23 with 3:19 left in the first half. Two minutes later, Green hit the Huskers' only 3-pointer of the first half, capping a personal 5-0 run that trimmed the lead to six. But Iowa scored the final five points of the period to take a 41-30 lead into the locker room.
Iowa shot 46 percent in the first half and was 5-of-16 from the 3-point line, while Nebraska hit only 35 percent of its shots and was just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc. Green had 11 first-half points off the bench for the Big Red, as Nebraska's starters combined to go just 6-of-23 from the floor.
Cam Mack made the first basket of the second half before Wieskamp scored the game's next seven points as help Iowa to a 16-point lead. The Hawkeyes extended their lead, scoring 12 straight points during a 16-2 run that pushed the lead to 66-38. Wieskamp scored 10 points during the run as less than eight minutes into the second half, he and Garza had combined to score 23 of Iowa's 25 second-half points.
Iowa continued to make shots, hitting 10-of-11 from the field during a six-minute stretch that ended with the Hawkeyes on top 78-45 with nine minutes to play. That marked the Huskers' largest deficit of the season to that point and the lead grew to as many as 38 after back-to-back 3-pointers with seven minutes remaining. Nebraska closed the game strong, making nine of its final 11 shots to out-score Iowa by 14 over the final 6:37.
Nebraska returns to action on Tuesday, when the Huskers travel to Maryland for a second straight road game against a top-20 team. Tipoff between Nebraska and No. 9 Maryland is set for 7:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with live radio coverage provided by the Husker Sports Network.

Kearney, Neb. – Junior co-captain Tiara Schmidt set a new school record in the weight throw and had a career-best effort in the shot put to lead Nebraska-Kearney on day two of the Bearcat Open Saturday in Maryville.

The large non-team scoring meet began Friday afternoon and featured an array of MIAA schools, other Division II teams and top NAIA and junior college competition.

Schmidt (McCook) had a day to remember as she broke a 19-year old Loper standard in the weight throw when her third attempt flew 60-3. That allowed her to finish second behind Grand View's LaVon Davis (62-8) and best the previous school mark of 59-11, set by UNK Athletic Hall of Famer Janet Boettcher in February 2001.

Next Schmidt won the shot put thanks to a toss of 48-10.25. That moves her up to fifth on the UNK all-time top 10 list. Nationally she now ranks seventh in both events.

Overall the Lopers had 31 top 12 finishes on Saturday. Besides Schmidt the other winner was Hastings sophomore Seth Simonson who had a career-best 1:53.08 in the 800. Pacing a field of 67, he now ranks seventh in school history in that event. On Friday Simonson helped the DMR team set a new school record (9:55.70). 

Coming in second on Saturday was Deweese senior Corbin Hansen (3,000/career-best 8:23.26), Utica senior Tanner Barth (shot/52-10.75) and Lincoln junior Nate Pierce (mile/4:15.31) with Florida junior Montrez Jackson third (high jump/6-9.75). Hansen moves up to third all-time in the 3,000, trailing only Tanner Fruit (8:20.70; Feb. 2013) and Cole Wellnitz (8:22.83; Feb. 2017). Finally Pierce was one of four Lopers to crack the top 12 in the mile (67 runners overall).

On the women's side Holdrege junior Baylie Bryant cleared 11-5.75 to be fifth in the pole vault, Imperial junior Desitny Reinke was fourth out of 57 in the mile (5:03.62), Omaha sophomore Alyssa Schlant was eighth in the high jump (5-1.25), and Gothenburg freshman Hannah Anderson finished fifth in the 800 (2:19.08).

UNK spends Valentine's Day at the Concordia Invite next Friday.


Saturday, Feb. 8th @ Creighton Prep 


Grand Island - 57 

Creighton Prep - 54 


Isaac Traudt with 33 points. Hits the game winning shot from 35 feet. 


Grand Island defeated Kearney Friday night 74-63. Islanders now 12-7 on the season. Back in action Saturday, Feb. 15th vs GICC at the Heartland Hoops Classic. 


(Holdrege, NE) - Northwest Vikings traveled to Holdrege on Saturday. Varsity contest carried on 2DAYFM 103.1. In the girls matchup Northwest ran away with the victory 58-27 to move their record to 16-5 on the season. The Viking boys had no issues with Holdrege winning 67-42. GINW boys are now 12-8 on the season. Next action for Northwest basketball coming up on Thursday, Feb. 13th at Boone Central. Listen from Albion on 2DAYFM 103.1 & Girls game at 5:45pm boys to follow at 7:15pm. 


State Wrestling Duals in Kearney, NE - Buffalo County Fairgrounds 

Saturday, Feb. 8th 



CLASS A - Champion Millard South 

CLASS B - Champion Hastings 

CLASS C - Champion Aquinas 

CLASS D - Champion Plainview 

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