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No. 8 Beavers Drop Huskers, 10-1

24-Feb-2017 /

Surprise, Ariz. – The Nebraska baseball team (1-2, 0-0 Big Ten) fell behind 4-0 after the first inning to the No. 8 Oregon State Beavers (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12) on Thursday afternoon and were unable to comeback in a 10-1 loss.

Nebraska’s bats were kept in check by junior Luke Heimlich. The 6-1 lefty allowed just one run on six hits and one walk over 7.0 innings, while striking out four.

After not allowing an earned run over 7.0 innings in last week’s season opener, sophomore Matt Waldron had one of his roughest outings as a Husker. The right hander allowed seven runs on 10 hits, both career highs, over 3.1 innings, the shortest start of his young career.

Sophomore Ethan Frazier and junior Luis Alvarado were bright spots for the Huskers out of the bullpen. Frazier didn’t allow a hit and struck out three over 2.0 shutout innings, while Alvarado recorded a perfect eighth inning in his Husker debut on the mound. Alvarado also added his third double of the season at the plate.

The Beavers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as all nine batters came to the plate. OSU notched six hits in the frame, including doubles from Nick Madrigal and Trevor Larnach. Madrigal went 3-for-4 on the day with three runs scored.

Nebraska got one run back in the top of the second when Jake Schleppenbach drove in Mike Waldron with a two-out RBI single, but Oregon State responded with two more runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-1 lead.

After adding a seventh run off Waldron in the fourth, freshman Connor Curry made his Husker debut out of the bullpen. The lefty got a fly out for the second out of the inning, hit a batter to load the bases and then notched his first college strikeout to end the frame.

The Beavers turned a leadoff walk and an error into two more runs in the fifth and plated a leadoff walk in the sixth for a 10-1 lead.

The Huskers will be back at Surprise Stadium tomorrow evening to face the Utah Utes, with first pitch set for 6 p.m. (CT).

Wolverines Run Past Huskers

24-Feb-2017 /

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Jessica Shepard and Allie Havers led four Huskers in double figures with 12 points apiece, but the Nebraska women's basketball team fell behind big early and could not recover in an 88-60 loss to No. 25 Michigan at Crisler Arena on Thursday night.

Shepard produced her 13th double-double of the season and 23rd of her career with 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, while Havers added 12 points, three rebounds and three assists for the Huskers, who slipped to 6-21 overall and 2-13 in the Big Ten. Hannah Whitish added 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers, while Maddie Simon pitched in 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal off the bench for the Big Red.

Junior guard Katelynn Flaherty led three Wolverines who all scored 20 or more points. Flaherty finished with 25 points and five three-pointers, while freshman guard Kysre Gondrezick pitched in 21 points and nine rebounds, while hitting a trio of three-pointers. Michigan also got 20 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals from sophomore center Hallie Thome.

Michigan improved to 22-7 overall and 11-4 in the Big Ten. The 22 wins ties for the highest single-season win total in Michigan history, while the Wolverines' 11th conference win locked up the No. 3 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.

For the game, Michigan hit 49.2 percent (30-61) of its shots from the floor, including 40.7 percent (11-27) from three-point range. The Wolverines also knocked down 17-of-24 free throws (.708), while outrebounding the Huskers 36-31. Michigan also won the turnover battle, 22-13.

Nebraska hit 43.1 percent (25-58) of its shots, but just 5-of-18 threes (.278). The Huskers also hit 5-of-7 free throws.

Michigan jumped to a quick 16-6 lead that grew to 27 points at 44-17 with 3:25 left in the first half, before Nebraska ended the half on a 9-0 run. The Huskers, who trailed 28-11 at the end of the first quarter, trailed 44-26 at halftime and an explosive first half from the Wolverines.

Flaherty led Michigan with 17 first-half points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting. Gondrezick added 11 points and six rebounds in the first half after hitting 3-of-6 first-half three-pointers. Thome added nine points, four boards and two blocks for the Wolverines in the first half.

As a team, Michigan hit 15-of-33 shots, including 8-of-17 first-half threes, despite going scoreless for the final 3:25 of the half. Michigan hit 6-of-8 free throws and outrebounded Nebraska, 21-17. The Wolverines also won the first-half turnover battle 11-7.

The Huskers hit just 11-of-30 first-half shots, including just 2-of-11 threes and 2-of-3 free throws. Havers and Whitish each scored eight points to lead the Huskers in the half.

Nebraska got off to a solid start in the third quarter, trimming Michigan’s margin to 15 at 48-33 after a three-point play from Jasmine Cincore with 6:10 left, but the Wolverines responded with five straight points and closed the third quarter with a 62-41 lead.

The Huskers wrap up Big Ten regular-season play with their home finale against Michigan State on Sunday. Tip off on Senior Day for Allie Havers and Esther Ramacieri at Pinnacle Bank Arena against the Spartans is set for 1 p.m. (CT) with tickets available now at

Huskers Fall 88-72 at MSU

24-Feb-2017 /

East Lansing, Mich. – Tai Webster posted his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but a 15-3 Michigan State run to close the first half proved to be too much in the Spartans’ 88-72 win Thursday night.

Webster led NU with 19 points, including 12-of-13 from the foul line, but it was a cold-shooting night for NU, which shot 39 percent, including 27 percent in the first half. Evan Taylor was the only other Husker to finish with double figures with 10 points and three assists.

Michigan State’s duo of Miles Bridges and Nick Ward combined for 40 points and 15 rebounds as both players led MSU (17-11, 9-6 Big Ten) with 20 points each. Ward had 20 points and nine rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting, while Bridges also went 8-of-13 from the field. Joshua Langford chipped in 17 points.

The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Huskers (12-15, 6-9 Big Ten) and MSU’s first win over NU in East Lansing since the 2012-13 season.

The Spartans took control in the final three minutes of the first half, turning a six-point lead into a 49-31 halftime advantage.

The Huskers were within 34-28 after a Jordy Tshimanga basket, but the Spartans would run off six straight points, including a dunk by Bridges to build a 12-point lead, at 40-28, and force a Husker timeout. The Spartans then closed the half by hitting three straight 3-pointers in the last 1:29 of the half, capped by a Cassius Winston 3-pointer from near halfcourt to beat the halftime buzzer.

MSU went just 4-of-15 from 3-point range, but hit three of them in the final 1:30 of the half.

Webster led NU with eight first-half points, all coming from the foul line, as the Huskers stayed within striking range for most of the first half by going 13-of-16 from the line. The Huskers shot just 27 percent in the first half and were out-scored 22-4 in the paint, including 8-0 on second-chance points.

The Spartans built a 23-point lead in the opening minutes before consecutive 3-pointers from Webster pulled NU within 16, but the Huskers were unable to get within double figures the rest of the way.

The Huskers return home Sunday night to takes on Illinois as part of Legend Weekend. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by BTN and carried on the Husker Sports Network. A limited number of tickets remain for Sunday’s game by visiting of calling 800-8-BIGRED during business hours.

Notes *-Tai Webster posted his first career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Webster also matched career highs in both free throws (11) and attempts (12)
*-With 19 points, Webster moved past Herschell Turner (1056 points, 1958-60) for 26th on NU’s career scoring list. Webster now has 1,068 career points.
*-Evan Taylor finished with 10 points, his first double-figure effort since Jan. 18.

Late Rally Seals Win Over Ohio State

20-Feb-2017 /

Columbus, Ohio – Glynn Watson’s 3-point play with 11.3 seconds remaining capped a frantic rally that saw Nebraska score the final six points and pull out a 58-57 victory over Ohio State Saturday evening.

The Huskers (12-14, 6-8 Big Ten) trailed 57-52 with 30.6 seconds left after a Marc Loving 3-pointer, but made the plays in the final seconds to earn the program’s first-ever road win in Columbus.

Jack McVeigh, who came off the bench and had 11 points, hit a 3-pointer with 24.7 seconds left to pull NU within 57-55 and the Huskers used their last timeout. On the ensuing inbounds, Nick Fuller and Tai Webster tied up Kam Williams with 21.2 seconds left, giving the Huskers one final chance to win.

The Buckeyes, who had three fouls to give before putting the Huskers in the bonus, fouled Watson twice to kill some time. On the Huskers’ third attempt, Watson got through the Buckeye defense, drew contact and connected off glass to tie the score. Watson than completed the 3-point play to give the Huskers their first lead since the opening minutes.

Watson finished with 14 points and five rebounds, as four Huskers finished in double figures in NU’s second double-digit road comeback this season. Tai Webster led all scorers with 17 points, while Ed Morrow Jr. added 10 points and six boards before fouling out.

Ohio State (15-13, 5-10 B1G) had one final shot, but the Huskers forced Jae’Sean Tate, who led Ohio State with 14 points, into a tough off-balanced jumper which Webster rebounded as time expired.

Nebraska, which trailed by as many as 11 points in opening minutes of the second half, trailed 43-34 before Morrow and McVeigh keyed a 9-0 spurt. Morrow scored on three straight baskets before McVeigh’s 3-pointer with 8:45 left knotted the score at 43.

The teams would trade baskets, and NU was within 48-47 after a McVeigh 3-pointer when Morrow fouled out with 4:43 left. The Buckeyes took advantage, running off seven straight points to take a 54-47 advantage heading into the final media timeout. Nebraska made an adjustment, going to a 1-3-1 zone that limited OSU in the final minutes of the first half. NU chipped away as a 3-pointer from Watson and a bucket by McVeigh cut the deficit to 54-52 with 1:30 left.

In the first half, Nebraska overcame a slow start and rallied to within 30-24 at the half. Nebraska shot 33 percent from the floor in the opening stanza and heated up in the final minutes after missing 15 of its first 20 shots, as Ohio State built an 11-point lead behind 11 first-half points from Tate.

Trailing 24-13, the Huskers rallied behind a stronger defensive effort and the play of Tai Webster, who had 11 first-half points. The senior scored seven points in an 11-5 Husker run, as Nebraska pulled to within 29-24 after an Ed Morrow Jr. layup.

Nebraska also clamped down on the defensive end, holding Ohio State without a field goal for the final 5:39 of the half, as OSU shot just 41 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

The Huskers return to action on Thursday evening, as they take on Michigan State. Tipoff in East Lansing is set for 6 p.m. (CT) and will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised on ESPNU.

Husker Women Knock Off Hoosiers

20-Feb-2017 /

Lincoln – Freshman Hannah Whitish scored a career-high 18 points including four three-pointers to lead four Huskers in double figures as the Nebraska women’s basketball team knocked off Indiana, 67-64, at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

In addition to the 18 points from Whitish, the Huskers got a huge game from fellow freshman Nicea Eliely, who scored 13 points and tied a career high with three three-pointers on 3-of-4 shooting. Eliely also matched her career best with six assists while adding a trio of first-half steals. Overall, Eliely was 5-for-8 from the field.

Senior Allie Havers added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Huskers. She hit 6-of-10 shots from the field including a pair of uncontested layups in the final 22 seconds to help Nebraska secure its second Big Ten win of the season.

Sophomore Jessica Shepard contributed 14 points, five rebounds and three assists to help the Huskers improve to 6-20 overall and 2-12 in the Big Ten. Indiana slipped to 18-9 overall and 8-6 in the conference.

Whitish, a 5-9 guard, hit 7-of-10 shots from the floor for the game including 4-of-6 threes, while adding six rebounds, four assists and two steals to outduel Indiana All-Big Ten guard Tyra Buss.

Buss finished with 16 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals, but could not answer Whitish in the final 1:30. Buss finished 6-of-16 from the floor, but 0-for-7 from three-point range. She also hit 4-of-6 free throws.

With the game on the line, Whitish buried a catch-and-shoot three with 1:28 left to give the Big Red a 61-58 lead.

Indiana senior Karlee McBride then answered with her fourth three-pointer of the game 13 seconds later to tie the score again at 61, before Whitish knocked down a short jumper off the dribble to give Nebraska a 63-61 lead.

At the other end, Buss was fouled with 30.4 seconds left but short-armed her first free throw. Buss made the second to pull Indiana to 63-62, but against full-court pressure, Whitish hit an unguarded Havers under the basket with a half-court pass to push NU’s lead back to 65-62 with 21.6 seconds left.

Buss answered with a layup to cut the margin back to 65-64 with 17.1 left, before Havers scored on another uncontested layup off a half-court pass from Eliely with 10 seconds left.

Buss then missed a pair of threes in the final 10 seconds, as Nebraska sealed its second conference win.

Nebraska shot a Big Ten season-best 49.1 percent from the field (27-55) including 40 percent (10-25) from three-point range. The Huskers also hit 3-of-5 free throws while outrebounding Indiana, 34-32.

Indiana hit just 39.3 percent (24-61) of its shots, marking the worst shooting day by a Husker Big Ten opponent. The Hoosiers hit 25.9 percent (7-27) of their threes and 9-of-13 free throws. Indiana won the turnover battle, 15-11.

Junior forward Amanda Cahill kept Indiana in the game in the second half, scoring 12 of her 14 points, while notching a double-double with 11 rebounds. But Cahill went just 5-for-14 overall from the field, including 4-for-6 in the second half.

Senior guard Alexis Gassion added 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Gassion and Cahill combined on an 8-0 Indiana surge midway through the third quarter that gave the Hoosiers their biggest lead of the game at 46-39 with 4:48 left.

But the Huskers refused to quit, outscoring the Hoosiers 10-2 to end the quarter, including five points from Havers, a three-pointer from freshman Rylie Cascio Jensen and a jumper from Whitish.

The Huskers took a 49-48 lead to the fourth quarter, after leading 31-30 at the half.

Nebraska got off to a strong start, jumping to a 10-0 lead on Play4Kay Day in Lincoln behind a pair of three-pointers by Whitish. Shepard added seven first-quarter points, including NU’s last five points to take a 17-8 lead at the end of the first 10 minutes.

Indiana’s eight points were the fewest allowed by the Huskers in the first quarter this season, and marked Nebraska’s second-best defensive quarter overall, trailing only six points allowed to San Jose State in the fourth quarter on Dec. 9.

The Big Red continued playing well early in the second quarter, pushing the lead to 12 points at 22-10 with 7:36 left after a floater from Whitish.

But the Hoosiers responded with an 11-0 run that included a pair of three-pointers from McBride. Nebraska answered with four straight points, but a third three from McBride and a layup from Gassion tied the game for the first time at 26.

Nebraska scored five straight points, including a three from Eliely, before Indiana scored the final four points of the half. NU still took a 31-30 lead to the halftime locker room, marking just the second time in 14 Big Ten Conference games that the Huskers led at the half.

Shepard and Whitish each had eight first-half points for the Huskers, while Eliely pitched in five points. Havers and Cincore each contributed four points apiece, while Grace Mitchell had two points and two rebounds while forcing a pair of first-half fouls on Cahill, Indiana’s second-leading scorer.

McBride led the Hoosiers with nine first-half points on a trio of second-quarter threes, while Gassion added six points. Buss and Ria Gulley each contributed five points, while Cahill was held to two points on 1-of-8 shooting. Cahill did grab eight first-half rebounds.

Nebraska hit 44.8 percent (13-29) of its first-half shots, including 4-of-14 threes. The Huskers were 1-of-2 at the line in a first half that featured just 11 total fouls by both teams combined. Nebraska outrebounded the Hoosiers, 19-17, but lost the turnover battle, 9-8.

Indiana shot a cool 37.5 percent (12-32) from the floor, including 4-of-15 threes. The Hoosiers were 2-for-4 at the line.

The Huskers return to Big Ten road action on Thursday by taking on No. 20 Michigan. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Wolverines in Ann Arbor is set for 6 p.m. (CT).

Nebraska Women's Basketball Falls to Ohio State

17-Feb-2017 /
Lincoln - Jessica Shepard notched her 12th double-double of the year with a season-high 28 points to go along with 10 rebounds, but No. 12 Ohio State ran to an 87-69 women’s basketball win over Nebraska on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Buckeyes, who were led by 27 points from All-American Kelsey Mitchell, improved to 23-5 overall and 13-1 in the Big Ten, while the Huskers slipped to 5-20 overall and 1-12 in the conference.

Nicea Eliely added 13 points, while Emily Wood knocked down a career-high three three-pointers to finish with nine points off the bench to help the Huskers.

Sierra Calhoun helped the Buckeyes with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while freshman forward Tori McCoy finished with 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks.

As a team, Ohio State shot a solid 50.7 percent (34-67) from the floor, including a sizzling 10-of-21 from three-point range. The Buckeyes also connected on 9-of-12 free throws and won the rebounding battle 45-34.

Nebraska shot just 36.5 percent (23-63) from the field, including 5-of-12 from three-point range. The Huskers outworked OSU to the free throw line, hitting 18-of-29 shots from the stripe. NU also won the turnover battle, 17-12.

Ohio State jumped to a quick 19-10 lead over the cold-shooting Huskers in the first quarter. Nebraska hit just 4-of-14 shots in the opening period, while the Buckeyes knocked down 8-of-18, including 3-of-5 three-pointers. Mitchell led all scorers with eight first-quarter points.

OSU pushed its edge to 40-23 at halftime despite 10 second-quarter points from Shepard. Mitchell scored seven in the quarter to finish the first half with 15 points, while McCoy finished the half with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting and added six rebounds and four blocked shots.

In the half, Ohio State hit 51.6 percent (16-31) of its shots including 6-of-10 threes, and OSU was 2-of-4 at the free throw line. The Buckeyes outrebounded the Huskers 22-18 in the first half, but Nebraska won the first-half turnover battle, 8-6.

Nebraska hit just 28.1 percent (9-32) of its first-half shots, while hitting just 1-of-6 threes. The Huskers also connected on just 4-of-9 free throws.

However, the Huskers scored the first seven points of the second half with layups from Jasmine Cincore, Hannah Whitish and a traditional three-point play from Eliely to cut OSU’s lead to 40-30 with 8:28 left in the third quarter.

Ohio State responded to push the lead to 21 points at 64-43 before Wood knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to send the Huskers to the third quarter trailing 64-46.

Nebraska charged out of the gate again to open the fourth quarter, as back-to-back three-point plays by Shepard cut the OSU lead to 66-54 with 7:47 left.

But the Big Red could get no closer the rest of the way. Nebraska nearly matched Ohio State point-for-point after halftime, losing the half just 47-46.

Nebraska continues Big Ten home action on Sunday by battling Indiana. Tip-off between the Huskers and the Hoosiers is set for 2 p.m. with tickets available now on Sunday's game will be Nebraska's annual Play4Kay game to promote cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink.

Area Wrestlers - State Tournament 2017

15-Feb-2017 / KRGI Sports Network
2017 State Wrestling Qualifiers
Class A
106 Elicio Ramirez (25-12)
113 David Mendoza (18-17)
126 Emerson Urbina (24-14)
132 Kolton Sliva (23-14)
138 Zack Kuta. (32-4)
152 Aidan Williams (19-17)
220 Oscar Richter (12-21)

Class B
113- Kaleb Trumble (12-24)
126 - Carter Thompson (32-8)
132 - Gage Foged (23-12)

106 - Collin Quandt (27-20)
113 - Grayson Fries (33-10)
138 - Hunter Cook (27-18)
145 - Dalton Quandt (39-9)
152 - Justin Strong (11-16)
160 - Blake Westerby (21-16)
170 - Grady Griess (37-12)
182 - Jeb South (31-14)
220 - Cooper Kiser (28-19)

Class C
126 - James Price (26-9)
220 - Austin Simmons (29-21)

Doniphan Trumble
106 - Landon Zeckser (32-12)
152 - Marc Zeckser (44-1)
182 - Brad Baasch (44-2)

285 - Dalton Spies (21-13)

113 - Jadden Treffer (18-17)

St. Paul
113 - Jacob Paczosa (28-12)
138 - Jarred Hulinsky (34-6)
182 - Cole Fousek (26-8)
220 - Hunter Kocian (28-15)

Wood River
106 - Koltyn Forbes (40-16)
113 - Ryan Bond (35-16)
120 - Evan Waddington (32-1)
126 - Wyatt Allan (33-0)
132 - Chace Bond (44-9)
195 - Diego Guerrero (36-16)

Class D
132 - Kale Fishler (31-16)

106 - Hadden Kuck (6-6)
145 - Spencer Wichmann (44-8)
152 - Connor Donscheski (45-7)
160 - Chandler Donscheski (46-3)
170 - Hunter Reimers (23-5)

Husker Men's Basketball Beats Penn State

15-Feb-2017 /
Glynn Watson Jr. and Jack McVeigh had 15 points apiece to pace for Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska rolled to an 82-66 win over Penn State Tuesday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers (11-14, 5-8 Big Ten) shot 55 percent from the field and used a balanced attack in posting its largest Big Ten win of the season. NU led from wire to wire in snapping Penn State’s two-game win streak.

McVeigh’s half court heave capped a 45-point first half and gave the Huskers a spark heading into the break, while Watson’s 3-point play with 11:52 left keyed a 9-0 run that turned the Huskers’ nine-point lead into an 18-point cushion.

Penn State (14-13, 6-8 Big Ten) cut a 13-point deficit to 56-47 before Watson went coast to coast, drawing contact and hitting the 3-point play. NU kept the momentum going, as freshman Isaiah Roby had consecutive dunks before McVeigh’s two free throws stretched the lead to 18.

NU eventually pushed the margin to 24 before emptying the bench in the final few minutes, as all 14 players who dressed saw action, while 10 Huskers got into the scoring column.
Tai Webster and Jordy Tshimanga added 12 each for the winners, as Tshimanga had 10 of his 12 points in the first half, while Webster added six assists, as Nebraska had 18 assists compared to just 12 turnovers.

Tony Carr led Penn State with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Lamar Stevens added 13, as the Nittany Lions shot just 40 percent, including 4-of-20 from long range.
Nebraska used one of its best halves of the year in taking a 45-37 lead into the locker room. The Huskers shot 63 percent in the opening 20 minutes as Tshimanga had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to lead a balanced attack.

Nebraska got inside early, as Tshimanaga and Webster combined for 11 of the Huskers first 13 points, as the Huskers built an early 13-6 lead. Penn State chipped away behind Carr and Stevens, as the pair helped the Nittany Lions cut the Husker lead to 15-13.

Nebraska led 22-20 before using a 9-2 spurt, keyed by McVeigh’s five points, to extend the margin to 31-22 and force a Penn State timeout. The Huskers eventually stretched the lead to 10 after a 3-point play from Evan Taylor and led 39-30 before the visitors rallied.

PSU scored five straight to pull within 39-35 after a 3-pointer from Carr, who had 13 first-half points. NU then showed some long-range shooting in the final minutes of the half as a 3-pointer by Jeriah Horne pushed the lead back to seven while McVeigh beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer from halfcourt to make it an eight-point margin.

The Huskers return to action Saturday afternoon, as Nebraska will face Ohio State. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised by BTN.

Huskers Fall at Wisconsin

09-Feb-2017 /

Madison, Wis. - Nebraska got off to a slow start and never recovered in an 82-56 women's basketball loss to Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Thursday. 

Wisconsin native Hannah Whitish scored 13 points for Nebraska, while fellow freshman Nicea Eliely pitched in 12 points for the Huskers. Sophomore Jessica Shepard finished with a team-high 14 points, while Jasmine Cincore pitched in 11 points. 

Courtney Fredrickson led five Badgers in double figures with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Avyanna Young contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds. Cayla McMorris added 13 points , while Suzanne Gilreath poured in 12 points on four three-pointers. Marsha Howard pitched in 10 points.

As a team, Wisconsin hit 50 percent (33-66) of its shots from the field, including 8-of-17 three-pointers. The Badgers struggled to hit 8-of-15 free throws, but dominated the glass, 54-29. Nebraska hit just 30.2 percent (19-63) of its shots, including 7-of-26 threes. The Huskers also hit just 11-of-21 free throws, while winning the turnover battle 15-12.

The Huskers trailed 22-8 at the end of the first quarter after Wisconsin opened on a 9-1 surge, before Shepard hit Nebraska’s first field goal 3:49 into the game. Shepard also hit NU’s second field goal of the game with 4:59 left in the quarter to give her 1,000 career points in her 55th career game.

Whitish shot Nebraska closer in the second quarter, connecting on a trio of three-pointers including a first-half buzzer beater from 28 feet on the right wing to pull the Big Red within 37-28 at the half.

Whitish’s 10 first-half points led all scorers in the half, while Shepard added six points and Eliely contributed five points.

Fredrickson led Wisconsin with eight first-half points, while Howard and Gilreath each contributed six points for the Badgers.

Wisconsin hit 50 percent (16-32) of its shots in the half, including 3-of-7 threes. The Badger outrebounded Nebraska 27-13 in the half. The Huskers hit just 31 percent (9-29) of their shots, including 3-of-15 three-pointers. NU hit 7-of-14 free throws but won the first-half turnover battle 11-6.

Nebraska pulled with eight points on a Grace Mitchell three-pointer with 3:14 left in the third quarter after Wisconsin had pushed its lead to 16 points at 48-32. But the Badgers closed the quarter on an 11-1 surge that opened with a pair of Gilreath three-pointers. Wisconsin took a 61-43 lead to the fourth quarter.

The Huskers will take the weekend off before returning to Big Ten home action against No. 13 Ohio State next Thursday, Feb. 16. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Buckeyes at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are available now at

Husker Basketball Falls to Iowa

06-Feb-2017 /
Iowa City, Iowa – Jack McVeigh’s 16 points led three Huskers in double figures, but Iowa made the plays down the stretch to earn an 81-70 win Sunday afternoon.

Nebraska (10-13, 4-7 Big Ten) cut an eight-point deficit to 67-64 after a 3-point play from Evan Taylor with 3:57 left, but would get no closer, as Iowa used a 9-2 run to pull away, capped by a 3-pointer from Brady Ellington that made it 76-66 with 1:23 remaining.

Ellington had 11 off the bench for Iowa, as the Hawkeyes (14-10, 6-5) placed four in double figures in recording their third straight win.

McVeigh scored 11 of his 16 in the first half, while Tai Webster and Jordy Tshimanga added 14 and 10, respectively. Webster’s 14 points put him over 1,000 career points, as the senior added six rebounds and six assists Tshimanga, plagued by foul problems, had 10 points and eight rebounds in just 17 minutes before fouling out.

Jordan Bohannon led Iowa with 15 points, including four 3-pointers, as Iowa went 9-of-19 from 3-point range, compared to 3-of-20 for the Huskers.

In the first half, the Huskers withstood major foul trouble, but Iowa score the final five points of the half to take a 38-36 lead into the locker room on Peter Jok’s jumper with 1.0 seconds left in the half. Nebraska, despite getting a combined 16 minutes from Jordy Tshimanga and Michael Jacobson because of foul trouble, shot 58 percent from the floor, as Jack McVeigh had 11 first-half points.

Nebraska got off to a quick start, as Tshimanga and Tai Webster combined for 10 of the Huskers’ first 12 points as Nebraska jumped to a 12-6 lead after an Isaiah Roby basket. The Huskers led 14-9, but Iowa used a 9-4 spurt to pull even at 18 after a Nicholas Baer 3-pointer. The remainder of the half would be tightly contested as neither team led by more than four points in the final 10 minutes of the opening period. The Huskers led 36-33 after a Jeriah Horne 3-pointer with 1:13 left in the half, but Jordan Bohannon’s 3-pointer tied it and Jok beat the buzzer with a short baseline jumper after Iowa missed its first half.

Iowa quickly extended the lead to 41-38 in the opening two minutes before a pair of Taylor free throws and a Tshimanga basket pulled NU within 41-40. Iowa’s lead would fluctuate between one and five for the next 10 minutes and the Huskers were within 58-57 after a Tshimanga basket before Iowa took control. An Ellington 3-pointer keyed a 9-2 spurt as the Hawkeyes stretched the lead to eight, at 67-59 after a pair of Christian Williams free throws with 5:17 left.

The Huskers continued to fight back as a tip-in from Michael Jacobson and Taylor’s 3-point play cut the deficit to three with 3:57 left. The Huskers return to action on Thursday evening, as the Huskers host No. 10 Wisconsin at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are available by calling 800-8-BIGRED or visiting


*-Jack McVeigh posted his fifth double-figure effort of the season and third in the last five games with 16 points, including 12 in the first half.
*-Jordy Tshimanga reached double figures for the second time this week and third time this season with 10 points and eight rebounds in just 17 minutes.
*-Tai Webster became the 28th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points, as he had 14 points today. He has now been in double figures in 24 straight games dating back to last season.
*-Nebraska’s 3-of-20 from 3-poin range was its second-lowest total of the season.
*-Nebraska out-rebounded Iowa by eight today after being out-rebounded by nine in the first meeting on Jan. 5.

Nebraska Coach Tim Miles
Opening Statement:
“I thought that our kids battled hard. Glynn was hurt tonight. He tried to get us some minutes. He really couldn’t go; you could see that in his play. Some other guys I thought picked him up. The story of the game is Ellingson. He came out and got three threes and Bohannon gets four. They finished us off. They scored five times. We fouled unnecessarily once and the second time - Bohannon is a clever guard and he gets fouled. We go down and have empty possessions. They finished us off. When there was still a chance with four minutes we missed an open three to cut it to two. They didn’t miss their open threes. That’s the difference in some games. I thought it was a very even game for a long time. I thought we did a lot of things right. At the end of the day Iowa finished us off late. That’s what a good team does.”

On Jordy:
“We thought we could get it to him a lot and we thought we could have some success. He’s just getting better and better. Now teams are going to have to double him like they did in the end. He’s smart enough and clever enough to still pass it out which is going to open up other opportunities we hope. If they try to play him one-on-one I’m afraid they’re going to score. He’s got to eliminate some of those inexperienced, silly fouls that hurt us. That hurt him.”

On the foul trouble:
“I thought it really hurt us at the end of the first half. That’s where they got six or eight second chance points. Nick did some really good things and helped us. We couldn’t get that first stop. That allowed them to take the lead when we had the lead. That hurt a lot.”

On injured players
“McVeigh is playing his butt off but we’re playing him too many minutes. Now he’s chasing staggers and he’s getting behind screens so Ellingson gets him late. What do you do? We’re two, three bodies short and we know that. Gill’s not coming back, hard to tell on Ed, and Glynn will be back it’s just a matter of time.”
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