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College Park, Md. - Nicea Eliely scored a season-high 18 points, but it was not enough to overcome Maryland's 16-0 run in the final 3:06 of the third quarter, as the No. 7 Terrapins ran to an 89-63 win over the Huskers at the Xfinity Center on Thursday night.

Nebraska trailed 51-43 after a three-pointer by Kayla Mershon capped a string of seven straight points by the freshman. But with 3:06 left Maryland's Brianna Fraser scored and drew a foul. That was the start of a 16-0 run to end the quarter to put the game out of reach.

Nebraska, which slipped to 6-8 in the Big Ten and 11-14 overall, got 11 points from Sam Haiby off the bench.

Kaila Charles led five Terrapins in double figures with 22 points, while Blair Watson pumped in 17 points and Fraser added 14 points off the bench. Stephanie Jones and Shakira Austin both pitched in 10 points to help Maryland improve to 23-2 overall and 12-2 in the Big Ten.

For the game, Nebraska hit 39.3 percent (22-56) of its shots from the field, including 7-of-16 threes (.438), while hitting 12-of-20 at the free throw line. The Huskers out-rebounded Maryland 42-41, but Maryland forced 19 turnovers by Nebraska while committing just eight of its own in the game. The Terps outscored the Huskers 19-2 in points off turnovers.

Maryland hit 42.9 percent (30-70) of its shots, including 6-of-15 threes (.400) and 23-of-31 free throws (.742).

Maryland jumped to a 9-0 lead in the game's first 2:05 and took its biggest lead of the first half at 15-4 with 3:05 left in the opening period, before Nebraska rallied. The Huskers trimmed the Terp margin to 22-15 at the end of the quarter, then pulled within 29-26 after an 11-4 surge over a four-minute span that started with back-to-back threes by Eliely and ended with a three-pointer from Taylor Kissinger with 4:42 left in the half.

Maryland responded to push the margin back to seven at 41-34 at halftime. Eliely led the Huskers with 12 first-half points, including 10 in the second quarter, while Haiby added seven points. Kate Cain contributed four points, five rebounds, four blocks and two assists in the opening 20 minutes.

In the half, Nebraska hit 44.4 percent (12-27) of its shots, including 6-of-10 threes, while adding 4-of-6 free throws. The Huskers out-rebounded Maryland 20-18 in the half and blocked six shots as a team.

Maryland responded by shooting 42.9 percent (15-35) in the half, including 2-of-7 threes. The Terps also hit 9-of-12 free throws. First-quarter turnovers set the tone in the first half for Maryland, as the Terrapins forced eight first-quarter turnovers by Nebraska and turned those mistakes into eight points. The Huskers committed just three turnovers in the second quarter. Maryland turned the ball over just three times in the half.

Fraser led Maryland with nine points off the bench in the half, while Watson added eight points. Austin and Charles both contributed seven first-half points, while Jones pitched in six points.

The Huskers return home to battle another top-25 team on Sunday, when Nebraska takes on Michigan State. Tip-off between the Big Red and the No. 24 Spartans is set for 3 p.m., and tickets are available now at


LincolnJames Palmer Jr. knocked down a pair of free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift the Nebraska men’s basketball team to a 62-61 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers Wednesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena

In a game that featured nine ties and 12 lead changes, Nebraska led for much of the second half before Minnesota used a 6-0 run to take a 61-59 lead with less than a minute to play. The Gophers led by one with under 30 seconds on the clock when Isaiah Roby made the defensive play of the game, drawing a charge from Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy to give the ball back to Nebraska with 18 seconds remaining. On Nebraska’s first chance to win the game, Thomas Allen had his shot blocked out of bounds. On the ensuing inbound, Palmer caught the ball on the baseline, pumped fake, and drew a foul on Amir Coffey to set up his game-winning free throws.

Palmer, who scored 10 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, was 8-of-10 at the line on the night, including 3-of-4 in the final minute. In addition to Palmer’s big night, Glynn Watson Jr. erupted for 19 points, just one shy of his season high. While Palmer and Watson combined for 43 of the Huskers’ 62 points, Allen added seven points and a career-high nine rebounds in his return to the starting lineup, while Roby had six points, four rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks.

The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for Nebraska, improved to 14-11 on the season and moved to 4-10 in Big Ten Conference play. Nebraska shot 50 percent from the field, its first time hitting more than 40 percent of its shot in six games. Minnesota (16-9, 6-8 Big Ten) got a double-double from Murphy with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Daniel Oturu added 16 points and Amir Coffey – who had a career-high 32 points in the first meeting with Nebraska – chipped in 11 points.

Nebraska shot 52 percent in the first half, but still trailed by one, 31-30, heading into the locker room. Palmer started off the game for the Huskers with a driving layup for the game’s first points, but his bucket was followed by a 5:14 scoring slump. During the scoreless stretch, Minnesota scored 10 straight points during a 15-2 run that gave the Gophers a 11-point lead seven minutes into the game.

Minnesota maintained its 11-point lead midway through the period, but Nebraska cut the lead to seven before Palmer used a personal 8-0 run to give the Huskers a 22-21 lead with 6:34 left in the half. The teams traded baskets the rest of the half, with Dupree McBrayer hitting a 3-pointer with 40 seconds to play in the half to give Minnesota the halftime advantage. as Minnesota tacked on ten straight points to go up 10-2 heading into the under 16-minute media timeout.

The Huskers then came out red hot to begin the second half as Allen took the lead right back for the Huskers with a 3-pointer from the top of the key just 14 seconds into the period. Behind consecutive 3-pointers from Watson and Palmer, Nebraska scored nine of the first 10 points of the second half to build a seven-point advantage, its largest lead of the game.

The Gophers answered with nine straight points to take a 44-41 lead with 14 minutes remaining. But Nebraska bounced back, holding Minnesota without a field goal for more than four minutes, which allowed the Huskers to open up a 51-48 lead with 8:12 to play.

Minnesota fought back to tie the game at 53, but Nebraska built the lead back to four at 59-55 with 3:43 left. The Huskers did not make a basket over the final 4:06, which allowed Minnesota to regain its late lead. Five of Nebraska’s seven points in the final five minutes came at the free-throw line, with Palmer accounting for all five free throws, including the game-winner.



Omaha Brownell-Talbot 46, Conestoga 43


Class B=

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Omaha Gross Catholic 56, Omaha Duchesne Academy 46

Subdistrict B-2=


Elkhorn 49, Elkhorn South 45, 2OT

Subdistrict B-3=


Waverly 49, Platteview 43

Subdistrict B-5=


South Sioux City 62, Columbus 39

Subdistrict B-7=


North Platte 50, Lexington 27

Class C1=

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Auburn 49, Falls City 30

Syracuse 44, Fairbury 32

Subdistrict C1-3=

Louisville 64, Conestoga 23

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 55, Ashland-Greenwood 47

Subdistrict C1-9=

Adams Central 58, Kearney Catholic 57, OT

Grand Island Central Catholic 54, Minden 23

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Broken Bow 39, Centura 23

St. Paul 53, Ord 52

Subdistrict C1-11=

Chase County 55, Hershey 44

Ogallala 44, Gothenburg 33

Class C2=

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Fillmore Central 65, Sutton 43

Superior 56, Thayer Central 44

Subdistrict C2-10=

Blue Hill 47, Wood River 30

Hastings St. Cecilia 52, Doniphan-Trumbull 29

Subdistrict C2-11=

Elm Creek 53, Amherst 43

South Loup 44, Southern Valley 23

Class D1=

Subdistrict D1-1=

Archbishop Bergan 63, Cedar Bluffs 17

Weeping Water 57, Omaha Christian Academy 27

Subdistrict D1-5=

Howells/Dodge 50, Fullerton 27

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 56, Nebraska Christian 39

Subdistrict D1-9=

Central Valley 26, Ansley-Litchfield 24

Pleasanton 66, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 35

Subdistrict D1-10=

Axtell 55, Alma 42

Overton 50, Elwood 44

Class D2=

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Falls City Sacred Heart 48, Parkview Christian 16

Sterling 53, Mead 25

Subdistrict D2-2=

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 65, Nebraska Lutheran 35

Exeter/Milligan 48, Dorchester 41

Subdistrict D2-3=

Humphrey St. Francis 64, St. Edward 20

Spalding Academy 47, Riverside 36

Subdistrict D2-6=

Hampton 72, Kenesaw 40

Red Cloud 35, Silver Lake 32

Subdistrict D2-9=

Mullen 58, McPherson County 18

Sandhills/Thedford 41, Anselmo-Merna 30


A Husker "insider" plans to give local Nebraska football fans an in-depth look at the NU program and the 2019 Husker recruiting class during a special presentation in McCook, Monday, Feb. 25th. Sean Callahan will speak to fans at the The Coppermill Steakhouse. He will present video showing highlights of Nebraska's latest recruits, and he will speak on an array of topics covering the Husker football program, from Coach SCOTT FROST and his staff, to returning players and new recruits, THE Big Ten Conference, and he answers questions from the audience. NU fans might recognize Callahan from his appearances on the "Big Red Wrap-Up" highlight show that airs on NET Television. Callahan appears on the show regularly, discussing all aspects of Husker football recruiting. Callahan has an inside view of the NU program. He runs and operates the Nebraska Rivals web side called Huskers -- the largest web site that covers Nebraska football, Callahan said. He covers all aspects of Nebraska football for the web site, including game coverage, spring football and recruiting. He also appears daily as the Lincoln correspondent on Nebraska football radio programming with Gary Saddlemeyer and Jim Rose.

When: Monday February 25, 2019
Where: Coppermill Steakhouse , US HWY 83, McCook
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Dinner @6:30pm, program to follow
Tickets: $25 per person, includes diner and program
Purchase Tickets: @ The Coppermill, Loops Brewing Company, and The Sport Shoppe
Tickets go on Sale: February 8TH. Limited seating is available, so get your tickets before they are all sold.
Direct inquiries to: Coach Jeff Gross, 308-340-0755


Nebraska's Sam Haiby earned the first Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award of her career when the conference office announced its weekly honors on Monday, Feb. 4.

Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., put together her best week in conference play by averaging 15.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in just 19.5 minutes per game off the bench for the Big Red. She hit 66.7 percent of her shots from the field (10-15), including 75 percent (3-4) of her three-point attempts while connecting on 87.5 percent (7-8) of her free throws.

Haiby capped her week with a team-high 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting against Indiana. She opened the week with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting in just 17 minutes in a win at Purdue. Haiby set a career high by hitting a trio of three-pointers against the Boilermakers, including a running half-court buzzer beater to end the third quarter.

In eight quarters, Haiby hit four shots to close quarters, including a buzzer-beating driving layup the length of the court to end the third quarter against Indiana.

For the season, Haiby is averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 21.5 minutes per game as one of the Big Ten's most productive freshmen. She joins fellow Husker Leigha Brown among the list of Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honorees in 2018-19. Brown earned the honor on Jan. 7.

Haiby shared the Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award with Michigan's Naz Hillmon, who captured her fourth weekly award of the season. Haiby, Brown and Hillmon will square off against each other on Thursday in Ann Arbor when the Huskers take on Michigan. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. with live television coverage by BTN.


Lincoln - Sam Haiby scored 17 points and Hannah Whitish added 16, but Nebraska could not overcome a double-digit third-quarter deficit in an 82-78 loss to Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

After building a seven-point lead in the first quarter, Nebraska fell behind Indiana by 12 points late in the third before rallying in a possession-for-possession game throughout the fourth period.

Trailing 58-46 with 2:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Huskers rallied to tie the score at 65 and again at 68 with just over four minutes left, but Indiana made enough plays down the stretch to escape with a victory.

Nebraska slipped to 5-6 in the Big Ten and 10-12 overall. The Huskers are 1-5 in conference games decided by two possessions or less after playing their 10th game of the season decided by six or fewer points. Indiana improved to 17-6 and 6-5 in the league by improving to 5-4 on the year in two possessions games.

Haiby, a freshman from Moorhead, Minn., got her 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and a 7-for-8 effort at the free throw line, while Whitish notched her sixth consecutive game in double figures with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. She was also 3-for-6 from three-point range.

Senior Maddie Simon gave the Huskers a spark off the bench by scoring all 12 of her points in the second half. She scored 10 points in a 7:26 span to help Nebraska erase Indiana's 58-46 lead to tie the game at 65 on Simon's three-pointer with 5:42 left. Simon also led the Huskers with seven rebounds and two steals.

Sophomore Kate Cain added nine points, six rebounds and two blocks for the Big Red, while Taylor Kissinger pitched in eight points, three boards and two assists.

Ali Patberg led Indiana with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a three-pointer with 3:59 left that gave the Hoosiers the lead for good at 71-68. Patberg. The junior guard also sank 3-of-4 free throws in the final 30.6 seconds to help IU seal the win.

Jaelynn Penn pitched in 20 points and five rebounds, before fouling out with 30.3 seconds left. Penn scored five straight points, including a three-pointer, to push IU's lead to 76-70 with 2:06 to play.

Senior Kym Royster contributed a double-double for the Hoosiers with 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Royster went 7-for-8 from the field and 5-for-6 at the free throw line, including Indiana's final point of the game with eight seconds left.

As a team, Indiana hit 46 percent (29-63) of its shots from the field, including 21-of-34 (.618) combined in the second and third quarters. The Hoosiers finished 6-for-18 from three-point range, including 6-for-14 in the second half, and sealed the victory by going 18-for-21 at the free throw line (.857) for the game. IU out-rebounded the Huskers 37-36, but Nebraska outscored Indiana 15-11 on second-chance points. The Hoosiers also won a tight turnover battle, 13-12.

Nebraska hit 44.3 percent (27-61) of its shots, but just 4-of-22 threes (.182) against the Big Ten's best three-point field goal percentage defense. The Huskers hit 20-of-29 free throws (.690) in the game.

Nebraska got off to a solid start by jumping to an 8-2 lead and building the margin to 15-8 with a minute left in the first quarter. However, junior wing Nicea Eliely was whistled for her second foul with a minute left in the quarter. NU closed the first period with a 17-12 lead.

The Huskers maintained a 25-22 lead despite sophomore center Kate Cain picking up her second foul early in the second quarter, but Indiana put together an 8-0 run over a two-minute stretch midway through the period to take a 30-25 lead.

Indiana took a 36-32 lead to the locker room at the half by hitting 48.4 percent (15-31) of its first-half shots, primarily on mid-range jumpers and action to the rim. Royster led Indiana with 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field, while also going 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Royster added six first-half rebounds. Patberg added eight points and four assists for the Hoosiers in the half. The Hoosiers hit 11-of-15 shots from the floor in the second quarter, after going just 4-for-16 in the first period.

Nebraska answered by shooting 45.2 percent (14-31) from the field, led by 11 first-half points from Whitish, including the only two three-pointers of the half by either team. Kissinger added eight points at the rim for the Big Red. Indiana won the first-half rebounding battle 18-17, and the Hoosiers also won the first-half turnover war, 9-7.

Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action on Thursday night when the Huskers travel to Michigan. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Wolverines at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor is set for 6 p.m. (CT) with live national television coverage provided by the Big Ten Network. Free live audio will be available on from the Husker Sports Network.



Amherst 71, Wilcox-Hildreth 62

Ansley-Litchfield 61, Central Valley 54

Arapahoe 54, Hitchcock County 46

Bellevue West 84, Omaha Northwest 74

Burwell 81, Nebraska Christian 54

Cambridge 54, North Platte St. Patrick's 43

Crete 58, Blair 46

Cross County 68, High Plains Community 29

David City 58, Sandy Creek 42

Eustis-Farnam 46, Elwood 43

Fort Calhoun 53, Conestoga 44

Fullerton 94, Heartland Lutheran 50

Gering 46, Wheatland, Wyo. 37

Grand Island 60, Omaha Burke 49

Hershey 70, Dundy County-Stratton 58

Kearney 48, Omaha Bryan 43

Kearney Catholic 58, Columbus Scotus 36

Lincoln Christian 65, Aquinas 48

Lincoln East 68, North Platte 50

Lincoln High 81, Omaha Benson 59

Lincoln Lutheran 44, Hastings St. Cecilia 30

Lincoln North Star 68, Bellevue East 39

Lincoln Pius X 68, Omaha Marian 51

McCook 52, Ainsworth 46

Millard South 61, Fremont 41

Millard West 65, Lincoln Northeast 32

Minden 63, Gothenburg 60

Nebraska City Lourdes 57, Sidney, Iowa 56

Norfolk 55, Papillion-LaVista South 46

Norris 67, Columbus 65

Ogallala 66, Broken Bow 51

Omaha Central 56, Elkhorn South 51

Omaha Creighton Prep 63, Lincoln Pius X 62

Omaha Gross Catholic 55, Beatrice 47

Omaha Roncalli 65, South Sioux City 35

Omaha South 62, Omaha North 54

Omaha Westside 91, Lincoln Southeast 61

Peetz, Colo. 61, Creek Valley 47

Platteview 69, Raymond Central 29

Scottsbluff 68, Sidney 55

Sioux County 62, Leyton 51

South Loup 48, Southern Valley 38

South Platte 53, Arthur County 41

Valentine 52, Chadron 49

Wahoo 58, Grand Island Central Catholic 57

York 59, Columbus Lakeview 50

East Central Nebraska Conference=


Freeman 57, Yutan 48

Third Place=

Auburn 51, Elmwood-Murdock 42

East Husker Conference=


Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 65, North Bend Central 56

Third Place=

Howells/Dodge 53, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 48

Fort Kearney Conference=


Overton 60, Pleasanton 44

Third Place=

Elm Creek 66, Loomis 50

Lewis & Clark Conference=


Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 83, Ponca 65

Osmond 45, Wakefield 43

Louplatte Conference=


Doniphan-Trumbull 52, Wood River 51

Third Place=

Centura 57, Ord 54

Mid-State Conference=


Pierce 63, Boone Central/Newman Grove 62, OT

Fifth Place=

Hartington Cedar Catholic 64, Crofton 52

Third Place=

Norfolk Catholic 68, Battle Creek 45

Niobrara Valley Conference=


Neligh-Oakdale 47, Clearwater/Orchard 40

Third Place=

West Holt 44, North Central 39

Pioneer Conference Tournament=


Falls City Sacred Heart 49, Johnson-Brock 39

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Sutton 62, Centennial 47

Third Place=

Milford 57, Wilber-Clatonia 26

Twin Valley Conference=


Blue Hill 46, Kenesaw 42

Third Place=

Deshler 42, Lawrence-Nelson 27

Western Trails Conference=


Bridgeport 59, Mitchell 36

Third Place=

Hemingford 78, Bayard 75


Amherst 55, Wilcox-Hildreth 31

Bellevue West 66, Omaha Northwest 58

Broken Bow 47, Ogallala 39

Burwell 49, Nebraska Christian 31

Cambridge 52, North Platte St. Patrick's 40

Central Valley 47, Ansley-Litchfield 27

Chadron 40, Valentine 26

Columbus Scotus 50, Kearney Catholic 46

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 44, Omaha Duchesne Academy 38

Cozad 63, Perkins County 12

Creek Valley 33, Peetz, Colo. 28

Crete 53, Blair 41

Cross County 39, High Plains Community 26

Elkhorn 54, Omaha Mercy 32

Elkhorn South 67, Omaha Central 43

Elwood 42, Eustis-Farnam 18

Fort Calhoun 67, Conestoga 31

Fullerton 53, Heartland Lutheran 40

Gering 46, Wheatland, Wyo. 18

Hastings St. Cecilia 48, Lincoln Lutheran 29

Hershey 50, Dundy County-Stratton 28

Hitchcock County 49, Arapahoe 19

Humphrey St. Francis 71, Spalding Academy 28

Kearney 54, Omaha Bryan 14

Lincoln Christian 45, Aquinas 43

Lincoln East 55, North Platte 43

Lincoln North Star 68, Bellevue East 39

Lincoln Pius X 68, Omaha Marian 51

Loomis 53, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 37

McCook 56, Ainsworth 48

McPherson County 38, Elba 18

Millard South 56, Fremont 53

Millard West 59, Lincoln Northeast 48

Minden 48, Gothenburg 29

Norfolk 46, Papillion-LaVista South 43

Norris 43, Columbus 41

Omaha Benson 37, Lincoln High 26

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 56, Boys Town 31

Omaha Burke 66, Grand Island 49

Omaha Gross Catholic 45, Beatrice 33

Omaha Skutt Catholic 63, Hastings 20

Omaha South 62, Omaha North 54

Omaha Westside 54, Lincoln Southeast 24

Raymond Central 53, Platteview 45

Sandy Creek 54, David City 45

Sioux County 50, Leyton 43

South Loup 56, Southern Valley 37

South Platte 40, Arthur County 31

South Sioux City 78, Omaha Roncalli 47

York 42, Columbus Lakeview 39

East Central Nebraska Conference=


Louisville 48, Weeping Water 34

Third Place=

Malcolm 53, Freeman 26

East Husker Conference=


West Point-Beemer 58, Oakland-Craig 55, OT

Third Place=

Clarkson/Leigh 52, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 47

Fort Kearney Conference=


Pleasanton 45, Elm Creek 27

Third Place=

Overton 40, Axtell 34

Lewis & Clark Conference=


Ponca 53, Randolph 33

Wynot 40, Hartington-Newcastle 33, 2OT

Louplatte Conference=

Third Place=

Ord 45, St. Paul 42

Mid-State Conference=

Fifth Place=

Norfolk Catholic 32, Boone Central/Newman Grove 25

Third Place=

Battle Creek 57, Pierce 36

Niobrara Valley Conference=


North Central 51, CWC 42

Third Place=

Elkhorn Valley 53, Boyd County 44

Pioneer Conference Tournament=


Falls City Sacred Heart 50, Sterling 39

Third Place=

Nebraska City Lourdes 36, Johnson-Brock 32

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Fillmore Central 53, Milford 40

Third Place=

Superior 53, Centennial 51, OT

Twin Valley Conference=


Blue Hill 62, Lawrence-Nelson 32

Wood River 44, Doniphan-Trumbull 26

Third Place=

Red Cloud 55, Kenesaw 48

Western Trails Conference=


Mitchell 59, Bridgeport 29

Third Place=

Kimball 52, Bayard 39


The Nebraska men’s basketball team got another 20-point performance from James Palmer Jr. and career efforts from Tanner Borchardt and Thomas Allen, but it was not enough in a 71-64 loss at Illinois Saturday afternoon.

Borchardt set career highs with 12 points and 18 rebounds, scoring in double figures for the first time in his career and pulling down double-digit rebounds for the second time in his career. While posting his first career double-double, Borchardt’s 18 rebounds tied for the most rebounds by a Husker in more than a decade. Palmer nearly had a double-double of his own, scoring a game-high 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds. While Palmer reached the 20-point plateau for the 11th time this season, Allen had 11 points, his highest total in a Big Ten Conference game and the sophomore scored in double figures in back-to-back conference games for the first time in his career.

Behind Borchardt’s big day, Nebraska grabbed 50 rebounds and was plus-14 on the glass, both of which were its best efforts in a Big Ten game this year and second-highest totals of the season. The Huskers also benefited from an Illinois team that hit just 9-of-23 free throws, but the Illini shot 48.2 percent from the field and hit 8-of-20 3-pointers, while Nebraska shot just 35.7 percent and was 3-of-23 from beyond the arc.

With the loss, Nebraska fell to 13-9 overall and 3-8 in Big Ten play. Illinois was led by Kipper Nichols, who tied his season high with 18 points after being held scoreless in the previous five games. The Illini, which won for the third time in six games, improved to 7-15 on the season and moved to 3-8 in conference action.

Nebraska led by as many as five in the first half, but the Huskers struggled over the final 12 minutes of the period, making only three field goals and scoring just 11 points. Illinois took advantage, outscoring Nebraska by 14 during the final 12 minutes to take a 38-29 lead into the locker room. NU shot just 32.3 percent from the line in the first half, and the Huskers were 3-of-12 from beyond the arc and just 6-of-13 at the free-throw line.

Illinois scored the first seven points of the game to force a quick Husker timeout, but Palmer, who scored 14 first-half points, hit back-to-back 3-pointers after the timeout to cap a 10-0 run that gave Nebraska a three-point lead. The Huskers stretched the lead to five at 18-13 on a dunk from Amir Harris with at the 12:10 mark, but Nebraska missed 10 of its final 13 shots of the half.

Following Harris’ dunk, Nebraska went scoreless for nearly four minutes, during which time Illinois went on a 10-0 run to turn a two-point deficit into a five-point lead. Nichols, who had not scored in his last five games, scored seven straight points during the run. Illinois led 27-23 with five minutes to play in the half, but a 9-2 run stretched the lead to 11 with 2:59 remaining. Nebraska scored four of the final six points of the period to pull within nine at the break.

The offensive struggles continued to start the second half, as Nebraska did not score for the first three minutes of the period and didn’t hit its first field goal until more than four minutes into the half. Illinois meanwhile made four of its first six shots in the second half and led 46-33 at the first media timeout of the period.

After the slow start, Nebraska made 6-of-8 shots during one stretch – including three baskets from Allen – to pull within eight at the 12-minute mark. Back-to-back baskets from Glynn Watson Jr. trimmed the lead to seven at 54-47 with 10 minutes to play, but Nebraska was held scoreless for the next five minutes, leading to a 6-0 run that pushed the Illinois lead back to double digits at 60-47 with less than six minutes to play.

Nebraska was able to get the lead back down to nine two minutes later, before Illinois stretched the lead back to 14. The Huskers would not go away however, as Borchardt scored four points and Palmer added three during a 7-0 run that pulled Nebraska to within seven at 67-60 with 1:26 left. But that was as close as Nebraska missed seven of its final eight shots.

Nebraska returns to action on Wednesday, when the Huskers host No. 21 Maryland at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network, with the Husker Sports Network providing radio coverage.

Nebraska Postgame Notes*-Tanner Borchardt grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds, betting his previous high of 10 against Stetson on Dec. 29, 2017. It is the third straight game he has grabbed at least six rebounds. The 18 rebounds is the most by a Husker since Ed Morrow Jr. grabbed 18 against Gardner-Webb on Dec. 18, 2016. The last Husker to have more was Aleks Maric, who had 19 against Missouri 2007.
*-Borchardt’s 12-point, 18-rebound double-double was the first of his career. He is the fourth Husker to record a double-double this season. His 12 points were a career high (previous best was eight on two occasions).
*-Borchardt is the fifth Husker this season - second in as many games – to grab at least 10 rebounds.
*-James Palmer Jr. has been in double figures 22 times in 23 games, as he finished with 22 points. It was the 11th 20-point game of the year and 19th of his career. He now has 992 career points at Nebraska,
*-Nebraska finished with 18 second-chance points, its highest since getting 19 against Creighton on Dec. 8
*-Nebraska out-rebounded Illinois, 50-36, the first time the Huskers out-rebounded opponents in consecutive games since the first three games of the season.
*-Nebraska went 11-of-21 from the foul line, shooting a season-low 52.4 percent from the line.
*-Nebraska’s 10-0 run in the first half marked the Huskers’ 19th double-figure run this season.



Anselmo-Merna 53, Twin Loup 29

Arthur County 58, Garden County 55

Bellevue West 84, Lincoln Southwest 53

Central Valley 77, St. Edward 36

Crete 55, Columbus 50

Douglas County West 52, Schuyler 11

Edgemont, S.D. 57, Hay Springs 55

Eustis-Farnam 57, Elba 6

Fullerton 84, Osceola 30

Heartland Lutheran 46, Palmer 27

Holdrege 49, Minden 38

Lincoln Christian 77, Parkview Christian 37

Mullen 41, Sandhills/Thedford 39

Nebraska City 54, Raymond Central 24

Nebraska Lutheran 60, Dorchester 20

Omaha Christian Academy 69, Whiting, Iowa 22

Pleasanton 59, Overton 36

Syracuse 54, Arlington 45

Wauneta-Palisade 67, Medicine Valley 28

Waverly 51, Seward 48, OT

Louplatte Conference=


Doniphan-Trumbull 46, Ord 40

Wood River 57, Centura 34

Niobrara Valley Conference=


Clearwater/Orchard 51, West Holt 46

Neligh-Oakdale 62, North Central 52

Pioneer Conference Tournament=


Falls City Sacred Heart 55, Southern 50

Johnson-Brock 73, Tri County 62

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Centennial 62, Wilber-Clatonia 33

Sutton 71, Milford 60

Twin Valley Conference=


Shelton 60, Harvard 43

Silver Lake 35, Franklin 30


Blue Hill 49, Deshler 42

Kenesaw 66, Lawrence-Nelson 22

Western Trails Conference=

Bayard 40, Kimball 31

Hemingford 65, Morrill 61, OT

Mitchell 79, Gordon/Rushville 37


Anselmo-Merna 41, Twin Loup 26

Aquinas 41, Columbus Scotus 32

Archbishop Bergan 63, Fort Calhoun 34

Arlington 60, Syracuse 51

Arthur County 40, Garden County 20

Beatrice 48, Norris 33

Boys Town 42, Cornerstone Christian 18

Central Valley 62, St. Edward 30

Crete 50, Columbus 22

Cross County 52, Raymond Central 41

Dorchester 47, Nebraska Lutheran 32

Eustis-Farnam 34, Elba 28

Fullerton 66, Osceola 23

Heartland Lutheran 47, Palmer 40

Holdrege 40, Minden 31

Hyannis 40, McPherson County 32

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 53, Emerson-Hubbard 11

Lincoln Lutheran 50, Ashland-Greenwood 14

Lincoln Southwest 71, Bellevue West 52

McCool Junction 47, Hampton 31

Medicine Valley 40, Wauneta-Palisade 33

Mullen 36, Sandhills/Thedford 21

Omaha Christian Academy 64, Whiting, Iowa 38

Omaha Duchesne Academy 56, Plattsmouth 37

Omaha Marian 44, Millard West 41

Omaha Roncalli 54, Omaha Mercy 31

Omaha Skutt Catholic 66, Omaha Gross Catholic 31

Schuyler 52, Douglas County West 26

Seward 49, Waverly 36

Walthill 33, Winside 16

East Central Nebraska Conference=


Auburn 70, Mead 48

Johnson County Central 40, Palmyra 32

Yutan 62, Elmwood-Murdock 33


Louisville 43, Malcolm 29

Weeping Water 45, Freeman 39

East Husker Conference=


Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 58, Stanton 48

North Bend Central 52, Twin River 31

Pender 59, Howells/Dodge 57

Tekamah-Herman 45, Madison 31

Wisner-Pilger 38, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 34


Oakland-Craig 66, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 62

West Point-Beemer 54, Clarkson/Leigh 34

Fort Kearney Conference=


Elm Creek 61, Axtell 33

Pleasanton 59, Overton 36

Lewis & Clark Conference=


Hartington-Newcastle 48, Homer 32

Ponca 68, Creighton 35

Randolph 44, Wakefield-Allen 35

Wynot 43, Winnebago 30

Mid-State Conference=

Consolation Semifinal=

Boone Central/Newman Grove 47, Hartington Cedar Catholic 36

Norfolk Catholic 61, Guardian Angels 51


Crofton 67, Battle Creek 44

O'Neill 47, Pierce 38

Niobrara Valley Conference=


CWC 58, Elkhorn Valley 51

North Central 56, Boyd County 47

Pioneer Conference Tournament=


Falls City Sacred Heart 30, Nebraska City Lourdes 26

Sterling 49, Johnson-Brock 35

Southern Nebraska Conference=


Fillmore Central 60, Centennial 42

Milford 38, Superior 36

Western Trails Conference=

Bayard 33, Morrill 27

Bridgeport 57, Hemingford 21

Kimball 53, Gordon/Rushville 41


West Lafayette, Ind. - Hannah Whitish erupted for a season-high 28 points to go along with a career-high 12 assists for her first career double-double as Nebraska rolled to an 84-64 women's basketball win over Purdue at Mackey Arena on Thursday night.

Freshman Ashtyn Veerbeek just missed a double-double of her own by tying her career high with 14 points while adding nine rebounds, and fellow freshman Sam Haiby pitched in 13 points, including a career-high-tying three three-pointers. Nicea Eliely gave Nebraska four players in double figures with 12 points, including 10 in the first 22 minutes, as Nebraska erupted for a Big Ten season-best 84 points.

Nebraska improved to 5-5 in the Big Ten with its third conference road win, while the Huskers moved to 10-11 overall. The Boilermakers slipped to 15-8 overall and 6-4 in the league.

The Huskers were firing on all cylinders for most of the night, hitting a Big Ten season-best 49.3 percent from the field, including 40.7 percent (11-27) from three-point range. NU also knocked down 7-of-8 free throws (.875) and completely dominated the boards for 40 minutes, 41-25. The Huskers also won the turnover war, 11-10, despite full-court pressure for most of the night from the Boilermakers.

Nebraska used a 14-2 surge over the final 4:11 of the third quarter to turn the screws on the Boilermakers. Whitish, who scored 10 points in a huge third quarter for the Huskers, rested for the final 2:20 of the quarter, and Haiby took center stage. Haiby scored the final five points of the quarter for the Big Red including a half-court runner as time expired to send the Huskers to the final period with a 62-43 lead.

Purdue scored the first three points of the fourth quarter on a three from Karissa McLaughlin, but the Boilers were never able to get closer than 15 points the rest of the way. McLaughlin finished with 13 points and three three-pointers, while fellow guard Dominique Oden led Purdue with 18 points and a pair of threes. Ae'Rianna Harris managed 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds, but the rest of the Boilers combined for just 18 points.

Purdue hit 41.1 percent (23-56) of its shots, including 38.9 percent (7-18) of its threes, while going 11-for-14 (.786) at the line.

Leigha Brown, Nebraska's freshman from Auburn, Indiana, played well off the bench with seven points, three rebounds and two assists, while going 3-for-5 from the floor. Maddie Simon added four points, while Grace Mitchell contributed two points, four rebounds and a steal, as Nebraska's bench poured in 40 points in the game.

While the bench was huge, outscoring Purdue's bench 40-14, Whitish pumped in her 28 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 6-of-10 threes. She was also 6-for-6 at the line, while adding five rebounds and three steals to her 12 assists.

Veerbeek was nearly as efficient, going 7-for-12 from the floor, while Haiby went 5-for-7, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. She also dished out three assists. Eliely went 5-for-8, including 2-for-4 from three-point range, while adding four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Nebraska opened the game with its best defensive quarter of conference play by holding Purdue to just 6 points in the first 10 minutes to take an 18-6 lead to the second period. It marked the third straight game the Huskers held their opponent to single digits in the first period.

The Huskers continued to surge early in the second quarter, pushing the margin to 18 points at 27-9 after a transition layup from Nicea Eliely with 7:09 left in the half.

But the Big Red went cold and Purdue caught fire over the next six minutes. The Boilermakers got two three-pointers off the bench from little-used Lyndsey Whilby and got two more threes from starting guard McLaughlin, while Harris added five points inside, slashing NU's lead to 31-28 with 1:25 left in the half.

Nebraska used five straight points, including the fourth three of the half from Whitish, to push its lead back to 36-28 at the half. Whitish finished the half with 12 points and six assists, while knocking down 4-of-6 threes. Veerbeek was big off the bench with six points and seven rebounds, including a pair of offensive boards on Nebraska's final two possessions of the half that led to points for the Huskers.

Nebraska hit 15-of-33 shots in the half, including 6-of-16 threes, but did not shoot a first-half free throw. The Big Red dominated the first-half glass, 25-15, but lost the turnover battle in the opening 20 minutes, 5-4. The Huskers outscored Purdue in second-chance points, 9-5, and outscored the Boilermakers in points off turnovers, 5-2.

The Huskers held Purdue to 11-of-31 shooting in the half, but the Boilers did bury 4-of-10 threes, including 4-of-6 in the second quarter. Purdue was 2-for-4 at the free throw line in the half.

Nebraska returns home to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, as the Huskers play host to Indiana. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Hoosiers is set for 2 p.m., with tickets available now at