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Less than one week after the end of the McCook Community College volleyball season ended, Coach Hayley Kobza signed her first player for the 2020 season. On Friday, Gibbon High School senior Kaylee Palmieri signed her letter of intent to play for the Lady Indians.

MCC Volleyball - Kaylee Palmieri (square crop)Palmieri, a 5-7 setter, was named to the 2019 Louplatte all-conference team and was a 2018 honorable mention -- playing for Coaches Lonna Pickel and Connie Kenton. Gibbon went 9-20 this year.

“I picked MCC because McCook is a small town just like mine and the environment is very welcoming,” she said. “I am also very passionate about volleyball so being able to play some more is an amazing experience.”

This year she played in 69 sets and had 248 assists and 214 digs. In her four years of varsity competition she played in 278 sets and had 551 assists, 85 service aces, 569 digs, 318 kills and 88 total blocks.

Palmieri is also a three-time all-Louplatte Conference athlete for the Buffaloes in track where she has been named all-conference in three events; 800 meter in 2017; the 3200 meter relay in 2018, and the long jump this year.

When asked what her favorite quite is she said, “You can't control the situation, but you can control your reaction.”

As far as role models, she said she doesn’t really limit herself to focusing on one person or player, particularly when it comes to volleyball.

“I love watching and following players that have different qualities that make them amazing,” she said.

She plans to pursue a degree in radiology.

She said she will miss all of the girls she played with, but will always have a special bond with the senior teammates she has played with since elementary school.

Senior Nicea Eliely erupted for her first career double-double by putting up 12 points and pulling down a career-best 15 rebounds to lead Nebraska to a 78-55 women's basketball win over Morgan State on Thursday night.

Sophomore Leigha Brown added a big spark off the bench with a game-high 16 points and a career-high-matching five assists to help the Huskers improve to 3-0 on the young season. Sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek and Kate Cain each pitched in 13 points inside to drop Morgan State to 2-2 on the season.

As a team, Nebraska went 24-for-52 from the floor and an impressive 28-for-35 from the free-throw line to overcome a 2-for-13 shooting performance from three-point range. The Husker defense held the Bears to a 32.9 shooting percentage (23-for-70), but Morgan State hit six threes to stay within striking distance through three quarters. 

Nebraska led 52-48 heading into the final period, despite hitting just 13-of-36 field goals through the first 30 minutes. The Bears cut it to 52-50 to open the fourth, but Nebraska hit 11-of-16 shots in the final period, including 2-of-3 threes to win going away. The Huskers, who outscored Morgan State 26-7 in the final period, finished the game on a 20-3 surge. 

At the half, the game was tied, 30-30. Both teams got off to slow starts, going a combined 20-for-53 (38 percent) from the floor. The Huskers had the advantage at the foul line though, which kept them in the game. NU shot 16-for-20 in the half, while Morgan State didn't take a single shot from the line in the first 20 minutes of play. Despite the slow start, the Huskers had a strong finish to the half, making five of their last seven field goals. Veerbeek led the Huskers with 11 points in the first half. Brown finished with six points and three assists, while Eliely had eight boards. 

Nebraska led 14-11 after the first quarter. The Huskers made just two shots from the floor, but were clutch from the free-throw line going a perfect 10-for-10. Veerbeek scored Nebraska's first four points of the game after a shot from the field and a pair of free throws. NU held Morgan State scoreless for nearly four minutes before the Bears drained a three to get on the board. Veerbeek, Brown and Isabelle Bourne led the Huskers with four points each in the first. In the second quarter, Veerbeek scored Nebraska's first seven points. She led the Huskers with 11 points overall in the first half.

Nebraska is back in action on Sunday as the team welcomes SIUE to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. The Huskers will celebrate Alumni Weekend. 

Lincoln – University of Nebraska defensive lineman Ben Stille has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VII team released Thursday. Stille, a junior defensive lineman from Ashland, Neb., will now advance to the national ballot, as he looks to increase Nebraska’s nation-leading total of 338 Academic All-Americans.


This season, Stille has played in all nine games for the Blackshirts, totaling 23 tackles, including six tackles for loss. He is tied for third on the team with 2.5 sacks and ranks second on the Huskers with five quarterback hurries. He had a career-high five tackles against Northwestern and has recorded at least half a sack in three of the Huskers’ last four contests.


In the classroom, Stille carries a 3.39 GPA in Nutrition Health Sciences and has been named Academic All-Big Ten in each of the past two seasons. He is also active in NU’s Life Skills program and was a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team and Wuerffel Trophy in 2019.


The 2019 Academic All-America team will be announced on Dec. 9. Stille and the Huskers will be in action on Saturday when they host No. 15 Wisconsin at 11 a.m. The game will be televised by BTN and carried on the Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network.

The Nebraska women's basketball team will welcome three freshmen to its 2020-21 roster with the additions of Ruby Porter, Annika Stewart and Whitney Brown, Coach Amy Williams announced to open the fall 2019 signing period on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

"It's a very exciting day for our program, as we add a recruiting class that fits our needs on the court and our Husker family as a whole," Williams said. "We are excited about the potential this group brings, and we are looking forward to helping them build a great list of accomplishments in the future here at Nebraska."

Ruby Porter
5-10, Guard
Adelaide Australia (Sturt Sabres/Adelaide Lightning)

Ruby Porter, a 5-10 guard from Adelaide, Australia, became the first signee across any of Nebraska's sports during the signing period. She completed her paperwork shortly after 7 a.m. in her local time in Australia, which was late-afternoon Tuesday in Nebraska.

One of the most talented players in Australia's class of 2020, Porter was a member of the Australian U18 3x3 National Team that competed in the Youth Olympics in Argentina in October 2018, before winning the Asia Cup in the summer of 2019. She also competed at the 2018 World Championships in Minsk, Belarus as part of the U17 Australian National Team (Sapphires).

In April of 2019, she participated in "Next Generation Saturday" at the NCAA Women's Final Four in Tampa, before competing in the Australian Team Camp alongside current Husker freshman Isabelle Bourne for a spot on the U19 team at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup.

As a member of the Sturt Sabres in Australia's Premier League, Porter averaged 15.9 points per game at the U20 national championships in February of 2019. In April of 2018, Porter averaged 16.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 steals in helping South Australia to a silver medal at the U18 National Championships.

Porter said she chose Nebraska over LSU because of the Husker program's family atmosphere.

"The people at Nebraska made it feel like one big family and a place where I can develop best to achieve my goals in basketball and in life."

Annika Stewart
6-3, Forward
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Wayzata)

Annika (pronounced AH-nick-ah) Stewart, a 6-3 forward out of Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minn., was the first commitment in Nebraska's signing class, making her intentions known on July 31. Stewart is expected to provide the Huskers with a versatile forward who brings a strong post game and the ability to shoot the three. Stewart averaged 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds as a junior for 26-3 Wayzata, while earning All-Lake Conference and All-Metro honors. She produced 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore for the 25-3 Trojans to earn All-Lake Conference honors in her first season at the school. Wayzata was the No. 2 ranked team in Class 4A in Minnesota in both 2018 and 2019. She played her eighth grade and freshman seasons in North Dakota at Minot's Bishop Ryan High School, before her family moved to Minneapolis.

After coming off the bench as an eighth grader, Stewart averaged 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds as a freshman for Bishop Ryan. She earned all-region and all-conference honors while helping Bishop Ryan to a 20-5 record on the season. She has totaled 1,095 points, 600 rebounds, 106 blocks and 80 three-pointers in her four high school seasons combined entering her senior year in 2019-20.

Stewart played her summer club basketball for North Tartan - the same program that produced current Husker sophomores Sam Haiby (Moorhead) and Kayla Mershon (Chanhassen/Minnetonka). In the summer of 2019, Stewart earned an all-tournament selection at the Nike Boo Williams in Hampton, Va.

Stewart chose Nebraska over Minnesota and Iowa because of the overall environment of the program.

"I really like the coaching staff and the family atmosphere," Stewart said. "I believe it is a special place with great support to thrive as a student-athlete. I'm excited to be a Husker!"

Whitney Brown
5-8, Guard
Grand Island, Nebraska (Northwest)

Whitney Brown averaged 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game in leading Grand Island Northwest to the 2019 Nebraska Class B State Championship. The 5-8 guard averaged 21.0 points per game in three state tournament wins for the Vikings, including a 23-point effort in the Class B state championship game against Crete. Her performance as a junior earned her a spot on the Omaha World-Herald's All-Nebraska First Team, while adding honors on the Lincoln Journal Star's Super-State Second Team in 2019. She was a first-team Class B All-State selection by both papers. She was the captain of the Grand Island Independent's All-Heartland Super Squad for Coach Russ Moerer. She played summer club basketball for the Cornhusker Shooting Stars Bison Elite. 

Brown, who will be a four-time letterwinner in both basketball and volleyball at Grand Island Northwest, is also a two-time letterwinner in track. She helped the volleyball team to state tournament appearances in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and is a two-time state qualifier in the 3,200-meter run.

An academic all-state selection in both basketball and volleyball, Brown is also the president of the student council and the president of the National Honor Society.

She chose Nebraska over Eastern Illinois, Northwest Missouri State, Fort Hays State and Nebraska-Kearney.

"It has always been my dream since I was a little kid to be a Husker, so when I was given the opportunity it was my dream come true," Brown said. "It will be an honor to represent my hometown with "Huskers" written across my chest."


Four McCook Community College Student Athletes signed letters of intent Wednesday to continue their athletic careers at four-year schools. Wednesday was National Signing Day, the first day student/athletes can sign a contract to play at the junior college level or sign with an NAIA school.

Wednesday’s first-day signees included baseball players Braden Babcock, Oshawa, Ontario; Issac Vargas, Greeley, Colo.; Yasnier Laureano, Anderson, S.C.; and softball player Jade Hollands, Effingham, Kan.

MCC Athletic Director and Baseball Coach Olsen said while college sports tend to measure success by wins and losses, he believes at the junior college level there is another important factor.

“Sure we want to be good but at the end of the day it’s about getting our students off to a four-year school and we’ve been really successful over the years doing that,” he said.

This past year nine MCC baseball sophomores moved on four-year schools and Olsen believes another seven or eight players will sign in the spring.

“Anytime that we can help somebody come to McCook and move on to better themselves and further their education that’s a 100 percent win for us,” Olsen said.

Overall, last year MCC 24 student athletes moved on to four-year schools. These athletes were from all six sports. Seven are playing and NCAA Division I programs, nine and Division II schools and eight at NAIA schools.

“Today’s signings are a testament to their work ethics,” said Olsen. “Our baseball team was lacking in pitching and we went after Braden and Issac who joined us last fall and ‘Yas’ joined at semester,” Olsen said.

“Coach Pat Robles deserves a ton a credit here, he’s extremely knowledge and has an extreme work ethic and relates well to our guys. His specialty is the development on the pitching side and he really does a nice job with that.”

This past spring MCC hurlers led Region IX (The Empire League) in earned run average at 4.85, allowed the fewest hits in the league (331) and struck out a league-leading 10.26 hitters per game.

Braden Babcock, 6-3, 225 sophomore from Maxwell Heights SS in Oshawa, Ontario signed on to play at Southern Illinois, an NCAA Division I school in Carbondale, Ill., part of the Missouri Valley Conference. Twenty-four Saluki alumni have gone on to the Major Leagues including seven-time all-star Dave Stieb, and two-time all-star Steve Finley. Southern Illinois has played in the NCAA tournament 14 times and in the College World Series five times. 

“They have a great reputation for winning and play in an awesome conference, and a brand new coaching staff from some high-level teams,” Babcock said.

During his freshman campaign Babcock tied Vargas for the team lead with 10 starts. Babcock was second on the squad in innings pitched with 58.2. He went 4-5 on the season with a 3.53 ERA and a complete game. He struck out 64, allowed 58 hits and walked 30. At the Region IX Sophomore All-Star game last month in Arizona, he was clocked between 87-90 mph and struck out all five of the batters he faced. He was named to the Omaha World-Herald all Junior College team in June.

Babcock said Southern Illinois reached out to him right off the bat, and maintained interest all through the recruiting process.

“I’ve really enjoyed friendships and relationships I’ve made here,” Babcock said. “The culture is so much different here than you will see at D1 schools. You just get so much closer to your friends, your coaching staff and the players on your team.”

Issac Vargas, a 6-2, 225-pounder from Greeley Central High School in Greeley, Colo. signed on to play at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. SIU-E is an NCAA Division 1 school which plays in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Cougars made eight appearances in the Division II World Series before becoming a Division I program in 2008.

Vargas said he believes SIU-Edwardsville can help him get to the next level and credits MCC Pitching Coach Pat Robles for helping develop his skills over the past 15 months to point he can continue pitching.

“Coach Robles was a blessing for me quite honestly” Vargas said, “I’m ecstatic to be moving on to the next level.”

Vargas appeared in 14 games as a freshman, starting 10 of those. He was 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA and a save. In 73 innings pitched, he struck out 98 hitters. His ERA was sixth best in the region, he ranked fourth in wins and innings pitched, third with four complete games and strikeouts, and second with 12.08 strikeouts per game. He was named to the All-Region IX team and the Omaha World-Herald all-JUCO team.

The Colorado native had a 14-strikeout performance March 23 at Trinidad and followed that up with double-digit strikeouts in three of his next four games. At the Region IX Sophomore all-star game in Arizona, Vargas struck out four of the five batters he faced with his velocity ranging between 84-86 mph.

Yasnier Laureano, a 6-4, 205, right-handed pitcher from T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C., signed on Wednesday to play baseball at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school.

He said he is looking forward to continuing his career at a school with a great baseball tradition.

“They won the NAIA national championship in 2018,” he said.

He transferred to MCC for the spring semester.

“At 20 years old, I didn’t really have many opportunities left and Coach Olsen and Coach Robles helped me realize that I needed to work hard every day, and not take anything for granted,” Laureano said.

Laureano, appeared in nine games this past spring. Pitching in 9.1 innings he allowed nine hits and struck out 12.

Last month he was one of four MCC pitchers invited to Peoria, Ariz. to take part in the Region IX Sophomore All-Star Baseball game where he struck out two batters and his pitch velocity was measured at between 90-94 mph.

“He’s got the best arm on the team by far,” Olsen said. “He’s been up to 94 mph multiple times this fall,” Olsen said.

Jade Hollands, who attended Atchison County High School in Kansas, signed on Wednesday to play softball at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, a Division II school. The Dragons compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Hollands said she was looking for a school to continue her career and liked what her research turned up on the program. She contacted them, got invited for a visit and she liked the coach and the players and said if felt like the right fit for her.

As a freshman the 5-9, utility/first baseman played in 45 games, batted .307, slugged .436, smacked eight doubles, a triple and a home run.

She said she has enjoyed her time at MCC and while there are a lot of great memories on campus, there’s one softball memory that stands out for her.

“Last year against Otero we be them here at home, and they hit me in the face,” she said.

Down 6-4 in the eighth inning, MCC rallied with three straight two-out hits including a Hollands double. While stealing third she was struck in the face with a thrown ball and had to leave the game but “her” pinch runner scored the game winner, and she sported a swollen, black eye for “taking” one for the team.

Three of her eight doubles on the season came in that April 23 doubleheader against Otero Junior College when Hollands went four-for-six with four RBI.

The Lady Indians went 29-33 her freshman season and made it to the finals of the Region IX tournament.


Nebraska freshman Wan’Dale Robinson has been honored for his outstanding all-purpose play for the 2019 Huskers.  Robinson was named Thursday as one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the most versatile player in college football as presented by the Louisville Sports Commission.


The 5-10, 190-pound Robinson is joined in the group of finalist by Kentucky junior wide receiver/quarterback/kick returner Lynn Bowden Jr., LSU junior running back/kick returner Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Virginia wide receiver/kicker returner Joe Reed. 


Robinson leads Nebraska with 1,015 all-purpose yards and ranks second nationally in all-purpose yards among freshmen at 112.8 yards per game. Robinson is just the fourth true freshman in school history to surpass 1,000 all-purpose yards, joining Ahman Green (1995), Ameer Abdullah (2011) and De’Mornay Pierson-El (2014). For his efforts this season, Robinson was a mid-season freshman All-American by the FWAA and The Athletic, and is a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week.


Robinson has split his time between wide receiver and running back, in addition to handling kickoff return duties. Robinson’s team-leading 40 catches and 463 receiving yards are the most by a true freshman in Nebraska history.


On the ground, Robinson has rushed for 326 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for better than 80 yards twice this season. Robinson has added 236 yards on 11 kickoff returns.


Robinson’s selection marks the second time Nebraska has had a Hornung Award finalist, joining Ameer Abdullah who achieved the honor in 2014. Past winners of the Hornung Award include Rondale Moore (Purdue, 2018), Saquon Barkley (Penn State, 2017), Christian McCaffrey (Stanford, 2015) and Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU, 2013).


Just a year ago, Robinson captured the high school Paul Hornung Award, presented annually by the Louisville Quarterback Club to the top high school football player in Kentucky. Robinson had 1,973 rushing yards, 725 receiving yards and scored 45 touchdowns as a senior at Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Ky. 


GAME 3: Nebraska vs. South Dakota State

Date: Fri., Nov. 15

Time: 8:07 p.m. (CT)

Location: Lincoln, Neb.

Arena: Pinnacle Bank Arena

Tickets: Sold Out



2019-20 Record: 0-2

Head coach: Fred Hoiberg

                Record at Nebraska: 0-2 (1st year)

                Career NCAA Record: 115-58 (6th year)



2019-20 Record: 3-1

Head coach: Eric Henderson

                Record at South Dakota State: 3-1 (1st year)

                Career Record: same



Television: BTN

                Play-by-play: Chris Vosters      

                Analyst: Nick Bahe 

Online Broadcast: Fox Sports App

Radio: Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)

                Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka    

                Analyst: Jake Muhleisen

Online Radio: Available on, Huskers App, and TuneIn App.

SiriusXM (Internet): Ch. 372   XM: Ch. 372


Huskers Take on South Dakota State Friday Night

The Nebraska men's basketball team hopes the third time is the charm this Friday evening, as the Huskers host South Dakota State. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is slated for 8 p.m., and Friday's game is sold out. Any returned tickets, if available, will be available at the PBA Ticket Office 90 minutes before tipoff.

Friday's matchup will be carried nationally on BTN with Chris Vosters and Nick Bahe on the call. The game can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the Fox Sports app.

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on, the Huskers app and TuneIn radio. The pregame show begins one hour prior to tipoff. 

Nebraska (0-2) had plenty of chances against Southern Utah before dropping a 79-78 heartbreaker to the Thunderbirds on Nov. 9. The Huskers had opportunites with go-ahead baskets in the final seconds of both overtime periods, but could not capitalize before Cameron Oluyitan's basket with 3.5 seconds remaining gave the visitors the win. Sophomore Cam Mack's final attempt rolled off the rim at the buzzer in the second overtime. 

The loss overshadowed the performances of Mack and freshman Kevin Cross. Mack tallied 13 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in 41 minutes, as his 11 assists were the most by a Husker since 2010. Mack also flirted with a double-double in the opener against UC Riverside. Cross led NU with 19 points off the bench on 8-of-15 shooting and snared five rebounds. His 19-point performance was the most by a Husker freshman since 2013.

Mack's 12.0 ppg leads a balanced attack which has seen four players average double figures in the early going. NU, which returned just 2.0 ppg from last year's roster, will look to generate more offense, shooting just 34 percent from the field in its first two contests. 

South Dakota State (3-1) wraps up a three-game road trip Friday night, as the Jackrabbits fell at USC, 84-66, on Tuesday evening. Douglas Wilson had a team-high 15 points while David Wingett added 10 points off the bench as the Jackrabbits saw their three-game win streak snapped.

The 19-point effort by freshman Kevin Cross vs. Southern Utah was the most by a Husker freshman since Shavon Shields had 19 points against Purdue in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. Over the previous two seasons, NU had just three double-figure performances by freshmen (Brady Heiman-1; Thomas Allen-2). 

Under first-year head coach Eric Henderson, South Dakota State is 3-1 on the season heading to Lincoln. Henderson, who was on the SDSU staff for the past three seasons under former head coach T.J. Otzelberger, inherited a team that has one starter back from a team that went 24-9 and won the Summit League regular-season title in each of the past two seasons. The Jackrabbits had to replace 3,000-point scorer Mike Daum as well as David Jenkins, who scored nearly 1,200 points in three seasons. 

The Jackrabbits, who were picked to finish fifth in the Summit League, opened the year with three straight wins, including a 70-57 win over UT Rio Grand Valley and a 93-91 double overtime win at Cal State Bakersfield before falling at USC, 84-66, on Tuesday night. Against USC, the Jacks were within three midway through the second half before the Trojans pulled away down the stretch. 

Junior college transfer Douglas Wilson leads SDU in both scoring (19.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg) as he is shooting 58 percent from the field. Senior point guard Brandon Key is scoring 11.8 points per game while pacing the squad with 4.0 assists per game. Sophomore Matt Dentlinger is the third starter in double figures as he averages 10.0 points and seven caroms per game. 

SDSU also features a pair of Nebraska natives in reserves David Wingett (8.3 ppg) and Baylor Scheierman (8.8 ppg). Wingett began his career at Memphis last year before receiving an NCAA waiver, while Scheierman is from Aurora.

Series history: Nebraska has won all 12 meetings between the two teams, while Friday' matchup is the first since a 76-64 win during the 2011-12 campaign. NU is 69-9 all-time against the current members of the Summit League. 

Cameron Oluyitan's jumper with 3.5 seconds remaining proved to be the game winner, as Southern Utah escaped with a 79-78 double overtime win over the Huskers on Nov. 9.

Oluyitan, who was one of five Thunderbirds in double figures with 11 points, found a spot the right baseline and knocked down a 15-footer to give SUU the lead for good.
Nebraska had a chance to win at the end of the second overtime, but Cam Mack's shot at the buzzer rolled off the rim, as the Huskers fell to 0-2 on the season.

Mack put the Huskers in position to win, as he recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists, including finding Jervay Green for the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation. Mack, one of four Huskers in double figures, also added seven boards.

Green finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Kevin Cross came off the bench and topped the Huskers with 19 points and added five rebounds. Dachon Burke Jr. rounded out the quartet with 13 points and four boards.

Dwayne Morgan led the visitors (2-0) with 19 points and 11 rebounds, as Nebraska held SUU to 41 percent shooting and forced SUU 18 turnovers, but the Huskers shot just 37 percent and were out-rebounded 58-44.

• Cam Mack is one of six players nationally averaging at least 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game as of Nov. 13.

• Mack's 13-point, 11-assist performance vs. Southern Utah marked just the sixth time in the last 30 years that a Husker has had a points-assist double-double.

Husker Points/Assists Double-Doubles (Last 30 years)





Cam Mack



vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19

Glynn Watson Jr.



vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/19

Lance Jeter



vs. Kansas, 2/5/11

Lance Jeter



at Kansas State, 2/7/10

Sek Henry



at TCU, 11/21/09

Tom Wald



vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94

• Matej Kavas enters the South Dakota State game needing just eight points to reach 1,000 for his collegiate career. 

• Through the first two games, 78.4 percent of the Huskers' offense were from players who were added in the offseason, including five of the top six scorers. 

• Husker senior Haanif Cheatham played against South Dakota State last season at Florida Gulf Coast, scoring a season-high 23 points on 10-16 shooting and five rebounds.

• Friday's game features two teams which have been completely reconstructed in the offseason. NU and South Dakota State rank first and third, respectively in the fewest points per game returning from last season. 

Fewest Returning PPG from 2018-19



Returning PPG

Pct. of Scoring



2.0 PPG




10.8 PPG



South Dakota St.

15.8 PPG



Virginia Tech

13.3 PPG




13.9 PPG


H/T Virginia Tech SID office

• Nebraska's 14 first-year players on the roster matches TCU for the most in the nation in research done by the Utah SID John Vu. Only four teams (TCU-14, Nebraska-14, East Carolina-13 and Utah-12) have at least 12 newcomers on their 2019-20 rosters. That does not count players who sat out last season, such as Dachon Burke Jr.

• Nebraska is 102-14 (.879) in non-conference home games since the start of the 2006-07 season, including 39-9 (.813) since Pinnacle Bank Arena opened in 2013.

Not only are the Huskers adjusting to a whole new roster, but playing at a significantly faster pace than in previous years. The Huskers are 44th nationally in adjusted tempo, averaging more than 74 possessions in a 40-minute game. NU is currently second in the Big Ten in tempo after ranking eighth in the Big Ten and 238th nationally in 2018-19. 

• Hoiberg's first Iowa State team in 2010-11 jumped from 93rd to 34th nationally in tempo and ranked in the top 40 nationally in tempo in four of his five seasons in Ames, including top-15 nationally in his last two campaigns.

• In the KenPom era (1997-present), only one Husker team has ranked among the top 100 nationally in tempo - the 1999-2000 Huskers under Danny Nee.

Freshman Kevin Cross has been an early contributor for the Huskers. The 6-foot-8 freshman from Little Rock, Arkansas, has been the first Husker off the bench in both games, and is second on the team in scoring (11.5 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.0 rpg). 

• Against Southern Utah, Cross had a team-high 19 points, becoming the first freshman in 73 games to pace the Huskers in scoring. 

• Cross has lost nearly 20 pounds since arriving on campus this summer, and showed glimpses of his potential during NU's trip to Italy, reaching double figures twice in four contests. 

• He has helped the NU reserves combine for 21 points per game during the first two contests. 

Freshman Yvan Ouedraogo became the first true freshman to start a season opener at Nebraska since 2013 when he started against UC Riverside on Nov. 5. 

• Ouedraogo, who became the first true freshman to start in the frontcourt since Brandon Ubel in 2009, had nine points, three rebounds and a pair of steals and a blocked shot in 21 minutes of action. 

• He is just the 11th true freshman and 13th freshman overall to start a season opener in the last 25 years at Nebraska, joining a group which includes 1,000-point scorers Tai Webster, Ryan Anderson, Cookie Belcher and Tyronn Lue. 

• He has started both games for the Huskers, averaging 5.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Ouedraogo, who doesn't turn 18 until after the 2020 Big Ten Tournament, played for the French U-18 squad at the 2019 European Championships in July, averaging 4.0 points, 3.6 rebounds per game as France went 6-1 and finished fifth. 

Two of the cornerstones of the Huskers' recruiting class were junior college transfers Cam Mack and Jervay Green. Mack (third) and Green (eighth) were both ranked in the top 10 nationally by in the 2019 recruiting class and have played a crucial role for the Huskers early in 2019-20.  

Mack, who was listed as the top JC point guard recruit in the country, enters the South Dakota State game leading the Huskers in scoring (12.0 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.0 apg) while posting a nearly 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He is second in the Big Ten in assists and also ranks in the top 20 in rebounding.

• Mack has been the only Husker in double figures in both games, as he had 11 points and nine rebounds in the opener before nearly pulling a triple-double against Southern Utah with 13 points, 11 assists and rebounds. His 11 assists against the Thunderbirds was the most by a Husker since the 2009-10 campaign. 

• Last season at Salt Lake CC, Mack averaged 19.1 points, 7.6 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, ranking fifth nationally in assists per game. He totaled nine double-doubles and three triple doubles as a freshman and dished out 10-or-more assists nine times. 
Green was rated as the No. 2 combo guard after a stint at Western Nebraska CC, is second on the team in both scoring (11.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.0 rpg), while topping NU in both blocked shots (2.0 bpg) and steals (2.5 spg). 

• Green is one of only five power conference players - and just 17 players in Division I - averaging at least two blocks and steals per game. He is the only Big Ten player at those plateaus.

• He nearly had a double-double of his own against Southern Utah with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Green sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.  

• Green garnered NJCAA All-America honors at WNCC, averaging 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. He was eighth nationally in scoring and had six 30-point games, including a school-record 51-point outburst.  

Senior transfer Matej Kavas comes to Nebraska with a reputation as one of the nation's top 3-point shooters. The 6-foot-8 guard is a career 45 percent shooter from 3-point range, and has shot 40 percent or better in all three of his seasons at Seattle. Kavas' .446 career percentage ranks fourth among active Division I players, as he is shooting 40 percent from long range this season. As a sophomore at Seattle, Kavas led the WAC in both 3-point percentage (.464) and 3-pointers per game (2.8). 

• To put Kavas' shooting in perspective, Nebraska's career mark for career 3-point percentage is .432 by Brian Conklin (2001-04) and only five players in school history have shot 40 percent in their Husker career with a minimum of 100 3-pointers. 

• Kavas' 179 career 3-pointers would ranks sixth on NU's career list while his 91 3-pointers as a sophomore would top NU's single-season mark (Cary Cochran, 89, 2001-02).

Top Active 3-Point Shooters in Division I (as of Nov. 12)


Player, Schools







Tyrell Gumbs-Frater, Coastal Carolina







Justin Jaworski, Lafayette







Nate Darling, Delaware







Matej Kavas, Nebraska







Jordan Dartis, Ohio






Nebraska returns one letterwinner and one other player from last year's team that went 19-17 and reached the second round of the NIT. Junior guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson was the only player who has seen regular-season action for the Huskers entering the 2019-20 campaign. He averaged 2.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game last year. 

• According to research by noted basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy, the 50 returning points on Nebraska's 2019-20 roster is the lowest total for a power conference team since 2009, when Indiana returned just 28 points from the previous season. 

• Since 2000, it is only the fourth time where the Huskers have returned less than 40 percent of the team's scoring output from the previous year (also 2012-13, 2009-10 and 2001-02). In that stretch, the lowest was 24 percent in 2012-13. 

• The seven returning starts are the lowest in the last 20 years (41 entering 2001-02).

What's Returning (Last Five Seasons)







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Pct. of blocked shots






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While Nebraska has only one player who has previously played at Nebraska (Thorir Thorbjarnarson), a good portion of the roster has Division I experience. The Huskers feature six transfers who have combined for more than 3,000 points at the Division I level. Dachon Burke Jr. is the only returnee in the group after he began his collegiate career at Robert Morris before sitting out the 2018-19 season at Nebraska.

Experienced Additions (Entering 2019-20)






Dalano Banton ^

Western Kentucky




Dachon Burke Jr.

Robert Morris




Haanif Cheatham





Matej Kavas





Shamiel Stevenson %





Derrick Walker^










^ - Will not be eligible until 2020-21; %-Awaiting NCAA Waiver

Nebraska's Fred Hoiberg is in an exclusive club, as he is one of just 10 current Division I coaches to coach in Division I and in the NBA. He spent three-plus seasons with the Chicago Bulls, guiding the Bulls to the NBA Playoffs in 2016.  Hoiberg's 270 regular-season NBA games are the most of the 10 former NBA coaches in the collegiate ranks. Hoiberg also brings five years of NBA front office experience, as he worked with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005 to 2010.

Coach, School

NBA Head Coach, Years

Fred Hoiberg, Nebraska

Chicago, 2015-18

Larry Krystkowiak, Utah

Milwaukee, 2007-08

Terry Porter, Portland

Milwaukee, 2003-05; Phoenix 2008-09

Lon Kruger, Oklahoma

Atlanta, 2000-03

Eric Musselman, Arkansas

Golden State, 2002-04; Sacramento, 2006-07

Mike Dunlap, Loyola Marymount

Charlotte, 2012-13

Darrell Walker, Ark. Little Rock

Toronto, 1996-98; Washington, 1999-2000

John Calipari, Kentucky

New Jersey, 1996-99

Leonard Hamilton, Miami

Washington, 2000-01

Lindsey Hunter, Miss. Valley State

Phoenix, 2013

While Fred Hoiberg grew up in Ames and played his high school (Ames High School) and college basketball (Iowa State) there, he was born in Lincoln and has numerous ties to the city and to the University of Nebraska. 

• Fred's father (Eric) and mother (Karen) both earned their undergraduate degrees from Nebraska in 1966. In fact, Eric earned his undergraduate degree, Master's degree, and Ph.D. in sociology from the university. His 1973 dissertation was "Socio-economic status, residential location, and intrametropolitan mobility: a longitudinal analysis".

• His maternal grandfather was former Husker basketball coach Jerry Bush. Known as the "Big Bear of the Coliseum," Bush guided NU from 1955 to 1963, and directed two of the greatest upsets ever – a 43-41 victory over top-ranked Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain, and a 55-48 victory over No. 4 Kansas State and Olympian Bob Boozer during the 1957-58 campaign.

• His paternal grandfather (Otto) received his Master's Degree and Ph.D from Nebraska. He joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska in 1948, where he taught sociology and served as director of the community development program in the University of Nebraska Extension Division. 

Assistant Coach Doc Sadler brings a unique perspective to the Husker basketball staff, as he returns to Lincoln after serving as the head coach at Southern Miss for the last five seasons. Sadler helped Southern Miss improve its win total in each of the last four seasons, including a 20-13 mark and Conference USA semifinal appearance in 2018-19. Sadler returns to a program that he served as head coach for six seasons, guiding the Huskers to 101 wins and three postseason appearances in his six-year tenure. 

Its rare for a coach to return to a program as an assistant coach, as the other other known example is Marty Wilson, who was the interim head coach at Pepperdine in 1996 before returning to the school as an assistant coach in 2008. 

One strength of the Husker coaching staff is a familiarity with each other, as three staff members had worked with Hoiberg as assistant coaches during his previous stint at Iowa State from 2010 to 2015. Matt Abdelmassih also worked under Hoiberg in the front office with the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Bobby Lutz was an assistant coach with the Windy City Bulls in the G League while Hoiberg coached the Chicago Bulls.

Previous Experience with Fred Hoiberg

Staff Member

Coaching Experience with Hoiberg

Matt Abdelmassih, Assistant Coach

Iowa State (2010-15)

Doc Sadler, Assistant Coach

Iowa State (2013-14)

Bobby Lutz, Special Assistant to the Head Coach

Iowa State (2010-11)

Since moving into Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2013, the Huskers have ranked in the top 15 in attendance nationally in each of the past six seasons. The streak will likely continue into 2019-20, as all available season tickets were sold out in August.

• Last season, Nebraska averaged 15,341 fans per home game to rank 10th nationally in attendance, matching the highest rank in school history. 

• Nebraska is one of nine schools in the country to average 15,000+ fans per contest in each of the last six seasons, joining Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas and Creighton.

• The Big Ten Conference has led NCAA Basketball in attendance for 43 straight years, dating back to the 1976-77 season. Last season, Big Ten schools drew more than a combined three million fans for the fifth straight year. 

Filling Up Pinnacle Bank Arena




2013-14 (1st year of PBA)


















Nebraska returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday night to open a four-game home stand by taking on Morgan State. Tip-off between the Huskers (2-0) and the Bears (2-1) is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available now through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at

Live radio coverage (beginning at 6:45 p.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on B107.3 FM, in Omaha on CD 105.9 FM, and across central Nebraska on 1580 AM KAMI in Cozad. Stations across the state will also carry the broadcast on the Learfield-IMG College Husker Sports Network. Free live audio can be found at and the Huskers App.

A live video stream will be provided by BTN+ as part of Nebraska’s BTN Student U telecasts.

Thursday night’s game will be the 100th regular-season Nebraska women’s basketball game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers will be shooting for their 70th home win in the arena.

Nebraska is coming off a thrilling 90-85 OT win at Missouri Sunday. The Huskers did not trail for the game’s first 37:53 until the Tigers took control in the final two minutes of regulation. However, Sam Haiby’s three-pointer with three seconds left tied the score at 76 and sent the game to overtime.

Haiby scored 18 of her career-high 28 points after halftime, including Nebraska’s final field goal in OT and two free throws to seal the win with 13.3 seconds left. Haiby earned a spot on the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll for her performance.

Fellow sophomore Leigha Brown added 18 points of her own after halftime to finish with 24 points for the Huskers, who recorded their first road win over an SEC opponent since defeating Texas A&M 74-63 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in College Station (March 25, 2013).

Missouri has made four straight NCAA Tournaments and seven straight postseason trips.

Nebraska opened with a 68-46 win over Alabama A&M at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Nov. 6. Senior guard Hannah Whitish led four Huskers in double figures by scoring 12 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting. Junior Kate Cain and sophomores Ashtyn Veerbeek and Leigha Brown each had 10 points.

Whitish, who played an outstanding all-around game at Missouri with 12 points and team highs of seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, needs just 10 points to become the 33rd 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska history. In Sunday’s win at Mizzou, she became just the third Husker with 200 career three-pointers. Her next rebound will be the 300th of her career.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0) vs. Morgan State (2-1)
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln
Live Video: BTN+ (Caelan Debban, Casey Surma)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - 107.3 FM; Omaha - CD 105.9 FM;, Huskers App

Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 6.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 18.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 7.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 17.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 4.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 2.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 2.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 1.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (44-49); 13th Season Overall (237-158)

Morgan State Bears (2-1, 0-0 MEAC)
22 - Dahnye Redd - 5-11 - Jr. - F - 14.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg
33 - Dezyree Morales - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 5.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
2 - Jihayah Chavis - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 9.3 ppg, 0.7 rpg
4 - Ashia McCalla - 5-6 - So. - G - 15.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
15 - Chelsea Mitchell - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 12.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
Off the Bench
0 - Sydney Searcy - 5-6 - Sr. - G - 10.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
3 - Ja’Niah Henson - 5-3 - Fr. - G - 8.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg
20 - Elaija Demeza - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 4.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg
21 - Lana Skripkina - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 4.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
12 - Maiya Bumbray - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 2.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg
24 - Elizabeth Sherrill - 6-2 - So. - F/C - 1.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
25 - Taylor Lawhorne - 5-11 - Fr. - F - 1.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg
23 - KaMaree Donald - 5-5 - Fr. - G - 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
Head Coach: Ed Davis Jr. (West Virginia State, 1970)
Fourth Season at Morgan State (36-58); 24th Season Overall: (385-294)

Scouting Morgan State
• Morgan State carries a 2-1 record after posting back-to-back wins over Notre Dame of Maryland (NCAA Division III) on Friday and Washington Adventist (NAIA) on Monday.
• Following Thursday’s game, Morgan State heads down I-80 for a Sunday clash with Omaha.
• Ed Davis Jr. is in his fourth season as the head coach at Morgan State, but he has a long track record of success. Davis is in his 24th season as a college head coach and carries a 385-294 record.
• Davis is in charge of a new-look bunch of Bears who return just two starters and four total letterwinners from last year’s team that finished with a 10-21 record, including an 8-8 MEAC mark.
• Sophomore Ashia McCalla is MSU’s top returning scorer. The 5-6 guard averaged 10.0 points and 4.5 rebounds as a part-time starter a year ago. McCalla also hit a team-high 35 threes for a Bears team that hit just 26.4 percent (103-390) from long range. McCalla is averaging a team-high 15.0 points to go along with 5.0 rebounds in 2019-20. She had 31 points on 11-of-14 shooting including 5-of-7 threes in just 19 minutes in a 113-34 win over Notre Dame of Maryland (Nov. 8).
• Senior Jihayah Chavis was Morgan State’s No. 3 scorer last season, averaging 8.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and team-highs of 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Chavis is averaging 9.3 points, 5.0 assists and 2.7 steals through three contests this season.
• Dezyree Morales, a 6-1 senior forward, started alongside Chavis for most of last season. Morales finished with 3.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. She also led MSU with 19 blocks. Morales is averaging 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds as a starter through three games this year.
• Chelsea Mitchell led Morgan State’s starters in a 70-48 loss at Marquette (Nov. 5) with nine points, seven rebounds and three assists. She added a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and six steals in the win over Notre Dame of Maryland. She is averaging 12.0 points and team bests of 7.0 rebounds and 4.7 steals as a senior. Mitchell spent her first two seasons at Morgan State before transferring to NCAA Division II Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. The 5-9 Mitchell averaged 15.3 points and 8.2 rebounds as a junior at Lander, before transferring back to Morgan State and sitting out 2018-19. Lander won the 2019 NCAA Division II title and defeated Clemson 74-72 in an exhibition game a little over two weeks ago (Oct. 29).
• Junior college transfer Lana Skripkina had five points as a starter in Morgan State’s season-opening loss at Marquette. She has come off the bench in MSU’s last two wins and is averaging 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. The 6-2 Russian spent the last two seasons at New Mexico JC and Lamar (Colo.) CC. 
• Another JUCO transfer, Dahnye Redd led Morgan State with 13 points, two blocks and two steals in 26 minutes off the bench at Marquette. She had 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting as a starter in the win over Notre Dame of Maryland (Nov. 8). She ranks second on the team in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) through three games
• Ja’Niah Henson, a 5-3 freshman, has pitched in 8.3 points, 1.3 assists and 2.0 steals off the bench.
• Elaija Demeza, a 5-10 junior, has contributed 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds, including 12 points in the win over Notre Dame of Maryland.
• Senior Sydney Searcy, a transfer from Florida, made her first appearance for the Bears in the 84-52 win over Washington Adventist Monday. The 5-6 guard had 10 points and five steals in 17 minutes. She played 51 games in two seasons at Florida, before sitting out 2018-19 at Morgan State.
• Last season, Morgan State made just 3.3 threes per game, but is averaging 6.0 threes through three games in 2019-20. The Bears were a 63 percent free throw shooting team last year. MSU was out-rebounded by an average of nearly seven boards, but did own a plus-2.1 team turnover margin.
• In 2018-19, Morgan State faced a non-conference schedule that included Maryland, Georgia, Michigan, West Virginia, Western Kentucky and Hartford. The Bears will return to Michigan to face the Wolverines again this season on Dec. 1.
• Thursday’s game will be the first-ever meeting between Nebraska and Morgan State.

Huskers to Honor 2010 Champions Sunday
• The Huskers will celebrate Alumni Weekend against the Cougars, while honoring the 10th anniversary of Nebraska’s Big 12 Championship team in 2010. That group of Huskers posted the first unbeaten regular-season in school history and the first unbeaten conference season by any school in Big 12 history. 
• The 2010 Huskers were led by first-team All-American, Big 12 Player of the Year, Senior CLASS Award winner and Nebraska Female Student-Athlete of the Year Kelsey Griffin. Griffin, who is currently one of the top professional players in Australia, is expected to attend.
• Other standout members of the 2010 team planning to attend are first-team All-Big 12 forward Cory Montgomery (Barrett), first-round WNBA Draft pick Lindsey Moore, Dominique Kelley (Johnson), Nikki Bober (Marcoe), Kala Kuhlmann (Preister), Jess Periago and Layne Reeves (Mulamba).
• Former Nebraska Head Coach Connie Yori will also be on hand at Pinnacle Bank Arena with her team, alongside former Assistant Coach Tory Verdi, who is now the head coach at UMass. Midland Head Coach Shawn Gilbert, who was the video coordinator for the 2010 team, will also be on hand, along with team managers Cliff Countryman and Kevin Dickens.

Nebraska Streaks
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska’s longest streak of consecutive starts (63).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska’s second-longest streak of starts (58).
• Eliely was the only Husker to score in all 30 games last season, and the only Husker to score in all of Nebraska’s games against Big Ten Conference foes. She has scored in 36 consecutive games overall. She did not score in a win over Penn State on Feb. 22, 2018, the only time in the past three seasons (including 2019-20, 60 games) that Eliely was shut out.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 344 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 223 consecutive games.

Numbers to Watch 
(1) Hannah Whitish is one rebound away from 300 in her career. 
(1) Kayla Mershon needs one rebound to achieve 100 in her career.
(3) Kristian Hudson is three points away from 1,100 in her collegiate career (1,076 at Florida International prior to Hudson transferring to Nebraska ahead of the 2018-19 season).
(8) Kristian Hudson needs eight assists to reach 400 in her career (383 at FIU).
(8) Sam Haiby is eight rebounds away from 100 in her career.
(9) Leigha Brown is nine rebounds from 100 in her career.
(10) Hannah Whitish needs 10 points to become the 33rd 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska women’s basketball history.
(11) Junior Kate Cain is 11 blocks away from 200 in her career. Only three other Huskers in history have achieved 200 career blocks.
(14) Kristian Hudson needs 14 rebounds to reach 400 in her career (372 at FIU).
(29) Hannah Whitish is 29 assists away from becoming just the eighth Husker in history with 400 career assists.


Class D1=


Burwell 71, Cambridge 48

Cross County 36, Tri County 12

Dundy County-Stratton 42, Arcadia-Loup City 30

Osceola-High Plains 28, Howells/Dodge 14

Class D2=


Falls City Sacred Heart 36, Bloomfield 0

Humphrey St. Francis 64, Plainview 20

Overton 22, Central Valley 14

Pleasanton 34, Twin Loup 24

Dundy County Stratton- 42 Arcadia Loup City-30

DCS will head to Burwell next Monday to take on the Longhorns in the Class D1 state semi finals.

Listen to the game on Coyote Country 105.3. Kick off TBA

Below is a conversation with DCS Head Coach Mike Spargo

Mike Spargo Post-Game DCS 11-12-19


Three McCook Community College volleyball players have received Region IX South accolades with three players being named to the All-Region IX South squad and two named to the Region IX-All-Tournament team.

Sophomore Kiera Barr, 5-8 libero, was named to the All-Region IX South team. The MCC co-captain led all players in the south region with 640 digs and was second with 4.89 digs per set. She is also 10th in the nation with that dig total among the players from 100 Division I NJCAA schools. Barr, of Granby, Colo., played in 37 matches and also had 111 assists and 34 service aces – both totals in the top 15 in the south.

In addition to gaining All-Region IX South honors, Barr was selected to the All-Region IX Tournament team along with freshman teammate Fernanda Canedo, (Cochabamba, Boliva).

Canedo (5-9 outside hitter) was also named to the All-Region IX South team. She led MCC with 429 kills, second most in the south division (14th most in the nation). She averaged 3.30 kills per set, and had 1,216 total attacks on the season, totals which ranked third and second in the division. Canedo had 33 service aces, 434 digs, 22 solo blocks, and scored 504 points on the year – all totals which ranked in the top 10 for players in the Region IX South.

Freshman Kallie Cathcart, (Holly, Colo.) was the third Lady Indian named to the All-Region IX South team. Despite missing 10 games because of injury, the 5-7 middle-blocker had 77 block assists on the year (third most in the south, 10 solo blocks and 87 total blocks – all totals which ranked in the top 20 for players in the south division. In addition, she also had 135 kills and 45 digs.

For the fourth year in a row, the Lady Indians, who went 25-12 on the year, were named winners of the Sheila R Worley Sportsmanship Award.

Nebraska's Sam Haiby earned a spot on the Big Ten Women's Basketball Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after her electrifying performance in a win at Missouri on Sunday afternoon.

Haiby, a 5-9 sophomore guard from Moorhead, Minn., erupted for 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field, including 3-of-7 three-pointers, to help Nebraska push past the Tigers, 90-85 in overtime at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Haiby scored Nebraska's first eight points of the game to set the tone for the Big Red. She finished the first half with 10 points, then added 14 in the second half, including a three-pointer with three seconds left to tie the game at 76 and send it to overtime.

In the extra period, Haiby hit Nebraska's final field goal and two free throws with 13.3 seconds left to account for the game's final points and seal the Huskers' first road win over a Southeastern Conference opponent since NU beat Texas A&M 74-63 at College Station on March 25, 2013, to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

Haiby, who was making just her second career start, set career highs in points (28), minutes (35), field goals made (11) and attempted (19), while also matching her career best with three three-pointers. Missouri has advanced to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the second round last season. The Tigers won 24 games last year and advanced to the SEC Tournament semifinals before defeating Drake in the NCAA first round.

For the week, Haiby averaged 18.0 points, 1.0 rebound and 2.0 assists to help the Huskers start the season 2-0.

Nebraska returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena to open a four-game home stand on Thursday night by taking on Morgan State. Tip-off between the Huskers and the Bears is set for 7 p.m., with tickets available now at


LINCOLN, NEB. | 11 A.M. (CT)

TV - BTN (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick Pizzo)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg SharpeMatt DavisonBen McLaughlin
SATELLITE RADIO - XM 203/Sirius 138
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

2019 Record: 4-5, 2-4 Big Ten
Last Game: Purdue (L, 31-27)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 27-20 (4th Year)/8-13 (2nd Year) 
vs. Wisconsin: 0-1

2019 Record: 7-2, 4-2 Big Ten
Last Game: Iowa (W, 24-22)
Rankings: AP 15, Coaches 15
Coach: Paul Chryst
Career/UW Record: 68-33 (8th Year)/46-16 (5th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 4-0

The Matchup
Nebraska begins the home stretch of its 2019 season on Saturday when the Huskers take on Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium in a Big Ten West clash. The game is set to kick off shortly after 11 a.m. and will be televised by BTN. The game can be heard on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG. 

Nebraska will enter the contest with a 4-5 record and a 2-4 mark in Big Ten Conference play.  The Huskers have three remaining games, with Big Ten West matchups against Wisconsin and Iowa sandwiched around a trip to Maryland. Nebraska enters the home stretch needing two victories in its final three games to reach bowl eligibility.

The Huskers are coming off a bye which was preceeded by a 31-27 loss at Purdue on Nov. 2. NU took a lead in the final five minutes in West Lafayette, but Purdue scored a late touchdown to pull out the victory. 

Wisconsin comes into the game with a 7-2 overall record, and a 4-2 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers are in second place in the conferene's West Division and remain in contention for a trip to the the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. Wisconsin is ranked 15th in both the AP and Coaches polls this week.  

Wisconsin will bring a high-powered rushing attack to Lincoln, averaging 225.7 yards on the ground per game. The Badgers also rank among the nation's top defenses, allowing just 231.4 yards of offense and 12.6 points per game.

Series History
Saturday's meeting will be the 14th all-time matchup between Nebraska and Wisconsin and the ninth game between the school since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. The schools have met each season since 2014 as members of the Big Ten West Division. 

•     Wisconsin has a 9-4 advantage in the series, with wins in the past six meetings, including the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game. 

•     The Huskers hold a 3-2 lead in series in games played at Memorial Stadium, with its most recent victory a 30-27 win in 2012. 

•     NU will be facing a ranked Wisconsin team for the sixth time in nine matchups as Big Ten foes.

Nebraska Joins 900-Win Club
Nebraska reached a major milestone in the history of its program with its win at Illinois on Sept. 21, becoming the fifth program in the country with 900 all-time victories. Nebraska joined Michigan, Ohio State, Texas and Alabama in the 900-win club. Oklahoma and Notre Dame joined the 900-win list a week later on Sept. 28.

Rk. School (Wins)
1. Michigan (960)
2. Ohio State (920)
3. Texas (914)
4. Alabama (913)
5. Oklahoma (904)
6. Notre Dame (904)
7. Nebraska (901)

Frost Offenses Traditionally Impressive on Opening Drives
One common theme of a Scott Frost-led offense has been a fast start, and that has held true for Frost's tenure in Lincoln. Nebraska has scored points in four of nine games on its opening drive in 2019.

Nebraska received the opening kickoff against South Alabama and drove nine plays and 81 yards for a touchdown to a take a 7-0 lead. At Colorado, NU drove 96 yards in five plays on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The Huskers opened with a field goal on the game's first drive against Northern Illinois. Nebraska got back to its fast starts against Indiana, marching five plays and 75 yards on the game's opening drive. The opening-drive success has continued a theme throughout Frost's head coaching tenure. 

• Nebraska scored on its first possession seven times in 12 games in 2018, including six of the final seven games. All seven of NU's opening scoring drives resulted in touchdowns. In Frost's two seasons, Nebraska has scored on its opening possession 11 times in 21 games (10 TD, 1 FG).

• NU received the opening kickoff nine times in 2018 and scored touchdowns on six of those drives while punting only once. The Huskers had a game-opening touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead in five straight games during the Big Ten Conference season.

• The Huskers scored on nearly 60 percent of their opening possessions in 2018, even with a pair of drive-ending turnovers in opponent territory. Nebraska's average touchdown drive covered more than 74 yards, including one 80-yard touchdown march and five 75-yard scoring drives.

• Over the last three seasons - 2018-19 at Nebraska and 2017 at UCF - Frost's offenses have scored a touchdown on their opening possession 19 times in 34 games (56 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 74 yards.

• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 24 times in 47 games, with 22 touchdowns and two field goals. In 87 games over six-plus seasons as a play-caller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 45 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.

• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 52% (45 of 87 drives)    
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 45% (39 of 87 drives)

Huskers Offense Showing Versatility
The 2019 Nebraska offense has shown the versatility to both strike quickly and drive the length of the field. 
• Against Colorado, Nebraska had two touchdown drives of 95 yards or longer (95 and 96). That marked the first time the Huskers have had two 95-yard scoring drives in the same game since the 2000 Fiesta Bowl against Tennessee (97- and 99-yard touchdown drives). 

• Through nine games, Nebraska has 18 scoring drives that have covered 75 yards or more. 

• Nebraska had two long scoring plays at Colorado with touchdown passes of 65 (Martinez-Spielman) and 75 yards (Martinez-Washington). That marked the first time the Huskers had multiple 65-yard pass plays in the same game since 2006 against Kansas. 

• Nebraska flashed its quick-strike ability and explosiveness against Northern Illinois. Nebraska produced nine plays of 20 yards or more against the Huskies, including eight before halftime. The eight first-half chunk plays matched Nebraska's combined total in its first two games. 

• Nebraska had a pair of 60-yard runs against Northern Illinois. That marked the second time since last November that Nebraska produced a pair of 60-yard runs in the same game. 

• The Huskers had a season-high 14 plays of 20 yards or more against Illinois. In the process, Nebraska topped 300 yards in both rushing and passing to mark just the second time in school history the Huskers have reached that milestone. 

• Nebraska's 674 yards of total offense at Illinois was its most against a conference opponent since posting 710 yards against Kansas State in 2007. 

• Nebraska had its best offensive effort in a month against Indiana, totaling 514 yards of offense. The Huskers passed for 294 yards, while rushing for 220, marking the third time this season the Huskers have topped 200 yards both on the ground and through the air.

Offense Ranks Among Nation's Top Big-Play Units
Nebraska's offense has numerous big-play weapons that have helped the Huskers stress opposing defenses. Highlighted by 14 plays of 20 yards or more at Illinois, Nebraska ranks as one of the Big Ten and national leaders in producing chunk plays.

• Nebraska has 52 scrimmage plays of 20-plus yards to rank in a tie for second in the Big Ten. 

• The Huskers rank in the top five in the Big Ten in plays of 40+ (17), 50+ (6) and 60+ (4) yard.

Spielman Continues to Climb Husker Charts
unior wide receiver JD Spielman has made Husker history as the only player in program history to have a 200-yard receiving game. Spielman is also leaving his mark on Nebraska's career record book. He has 156 career catches for 2,337 yards, ranking fifth at Nebraska in career receptions and sixth in career yardage. 

• Spielman reached 2,000 and 1,000 career receiving yards faster than any other Husker. He hit 2,000 yards at Illinois on Sept. 21, breaking the 2,000-yard barrier in 25 games. He reached 1,000 career yards in only 15 games, eclipsing Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers (16 games).
• Spielman needs 34 catches and 410 yards to become Nebraska's all-time leader in both categories. He averaged 61 catches and 842 receiving yards per season in his first two years. On a per-game basis in his 30-game career, Spielman averages 5.2 receptions and 77.9 receiving yards. 

• Spielman is the only player in school history to record 100 catches prior to his junior season.

• Spielman owns the only two 200-yard receiving games in Husker history (200 yards vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 209 yards at Wisconsin in 2018).

• Spielman is the only wide receiver in school history to have two career games with double-digit receptions (11 vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 10 vs. Purdue in 2018). Running back Marlon Lucky is the only other Husker to have two career games with double-digit catches.

• Spielman had more than 800 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only Huskers with two 800-yard receiving seasons. No Husker has ever had three 800-yard receiving seasons. With 689 yards in nine games, Spielman is on pace to reach that plateau again in 2019. 

• Spielman had more than 50 catches in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers, Kenny Bell and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only players in program history with multiple 50-catch seasons. No Husker has ever had three 50-catch seasons. Spielman has 35 catches in 2019. 

• Spielman opened the 2019 season with a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown against South Alabama, marking his second career punt return score. He had a 77-yard punt return touchdown last season against Bethune-Cookman. He also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in his first career touch against Arkansas State in the 2017 season opener. Spielman is one of only eight players in program history to return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown.

• Spielman had a 65-yard TD reception at Colorado, his sixth career touchdown of at least 65 yards. The 65-yard catch at Colorado was one of seven Spielman receptions of at least 40 yards in 2019. His seven catches of 40-plus yards ranks fourth nationally.  

• Spielman had seven catches for 160 yards at Illinois, marking his third-highest receiving total at Nebraska. It was his sixth career 100-yard receiving game. 

•     After posting six catches for 123 yards at Purdue, Spielman is averaging 19.7 yards per reception, a mark that ranks fourth in the Big Ten. Spielman's single-season yards per catch average in 2019 ranks third in Nebraska history among players with 30 or more catches in a season. 

• On the ground, Nebraska ranks among the top four in the Big Ten in rushes of 30+ (7), 40+ (7), 50+ (3) and 60+ (2) yards. 

Martinez Brings Dual Threat to Nebraska Offense
Adrian Martinez is again showing in 2019 that he is one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks.  Martinez is averaging 270.1 yards of total offense, including 213.1 passing yards per game and 57.0 rushing yards per contest. Martinez ranks second in the Big Ten in total offense. He returned to action at Purdue after missing the Minnesota and Indiana games with an injury. 

• Martinez produced a career-high 446 yards of total offense at Illinois, the third-highest total offense game in school history. He passed for 328 yards, while rushing for 118 yards to post just the second 300-100 game in Nebraska history. 

• The 400-yard total offense game was the fourth of Martinez's career, more than any other Husker.

• Martinez posted three straight games with more than 300 yards of total offense in games 2-4, including 356 at Colorado, 301 vs. Northern Illinois and the 445-yard effort at Illinois. He had 305 yards of offense at Purdue in his first action in nearly a month. Martinez has 11 career games of 300 yards or more in total offense, the second-most in NU history, and two shy of a school record.

• Martinez has been particularly strong on the road. In his last seven road games, Martinez is averaging 367.5 yards of total offense. In those seven games, he has rushed 112 times for 484 yards (69.1 ypg) with eight touchdowns. He has completed 157-of-247 passes for 2,026 yards (289.4 ypg) and 11 touchdowns. 

• Martinez has moved into the top 10 at Nebraska in career passing (8th, 4,019 yards), and career total offense (9th, 5,137 yards). He has also become one of only 11 quarterbacks in school history with more than 1,000 career rushing yards. 

Robinson Making Big Impact in Freshman Season
Freshman receiver Wan'Dale Robinson provides Nebraska with an explosive receiving, rushing and return threat in 2019.

A true freshman from Frankfort, Ky., Robinson keyed Big Ten wins against Illinois and Northwestern. At Illinois, he was called on as a running back and had 19 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown, while also catching eight passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. His play in the 42-38 win earned him Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week Honors.

Against Northwestern, Robinson again won the Big Ten freshman weekly honor. He totaled 186 all-purpose yards, including seven catches for a career-high 123 yards, the most receiving yards ever by a Husker true freshman. He had a career-long 42-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, a career-long 49-yard catch in the third quarter and a key 32-yard catch on Nebraska's game-winning drive.

Robinson's play nearly earned the Huskers a win against Indiana. He rushed a career-high 22 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. He also caught six passes for 71 yards for 154 all-purpose yards.  

• Robinson ranks second nationally among all freshmen and leads all Power Five Conference freshmen in all-purpose yards per game (112.8 ypg). His all-purpose yardage average is sixth in the Big Ten among all players. 

•     Robinson's 453 receiving yards and 40 receptions are the most ever by a Nebraska true freshman.

•    Robinson has 453 receiving yards and 326 rushing yards in 2019. He is the first Nebraska player to with 400 receiving yards and 300 rushing yards in the same season since Marlon Lucky in 2007.
•    With 123 all-purpose yards at Purdue, Robinson pushed his season total to 1,015 all-purpose yards. Robinson is the fourth true freshman at Nebraska to total 1,000 all-purpose yards joining Ahman Green (1,259 in 1995), Ameer Abdullah (1,031 in 2011) and De'Mornay Pierson-El (1,074 in 2014).

•    Robinson is the only true freshman in the country to have 1,000 all-purpose yards through games of Nov. 9. 

Columbia, Mo. - Sam Haiby scored a career-high 28 points, including a three-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime, to lead Nebraska to a 90-85 women's basketball win at Mizzou Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Haiby, a sophomore from Moorhead, Minn., hit 11-of-19 shots from the field including a trio of three-pointers to help shoot the Huskers to victory. Haiby, who scored NU's first eight points of the game, added a huge three with just under four seconds left to send the game to overtime tied at 76. Haiby added Nebraska's final field goal in overtime and NU's last two points of the game at the free throw line with 13.3 seconds left to seal the win. She scored 18 points after halftime for the Big Red.

Fellow sophomore Leigha Brown added a huge performance of her own with 24 points. Brown added 18 points after halftime as well, including four big points in overtime. Brown also set Haiby up on the left side as regulation wound down and made the assist to Haiby for the game-tying shot.

Senior Hannah Whitish pitched in 12 points to go along with team highs of seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, while also taking several big charges to get stops for the Huskers before fouling out late in overtime.

Fellow senior Nicea Eliely, who was the first of three Huskers to foul out in the game, added 10 points in just 24 minutes. For the contest, Nebraska was whistled for 30 fouls, which led to 31 points for the Tigers at the line. But it was Nebraska that made free throws down the stretch to seal the win, including a perfect 6-for-6 shooting in overtime from sophomores Ashtyn Veerbeek (2-2), Brown (2-2) and Haiby (2-2). For the game, NU finished 20-of-28 at the line after starting 5-for-10 at the stripe.

Veerbeek finished with nine points, five rebounds and three assists despite fighting foul trouble the entire contest.

The Huskers got off to a solid start on the road, with Haiby scoring Nebraska's first eight points including a pair of threes. Haiby, who had 10 first-quarter points on 4-of-4 shooting, helped the Huskers build an eight-point (18-10) first-quarter lead before settling for a 21-18 edge at the end of the period. 

Nebraska started strong again in the second quarter, jumping out to a 29-20 lead before Missouri rallied late in the half to trim the Husker lead to 31-29 at the half. Haiby did not shoot or score in the second quarter, while Brown added six first-half points. Whitish and Eliely each pitched in five points apiece in the half, including second-quarter threes for both of them.

The Huskers hit 12-of-31 field goals (.387) in the half, including 4-of-11 threes (.364), while knocking down 3-of-6 free throws. Nebraska did a great job of defending Missouri's shooters in the first half, holding the Tigers to 4-for-13 three-point shooting (.308). As a team, Mizzou hit just 8-of-26 field goals (.308), but kept within striking distance by knocking down 9-of-10 free throws. Nebraska out-rebounded Mizzou 21-18 in the half, and won the first-half turnover battle 10-9.

The Huskers rebuilt the lead to eight points midway through the third quarter, only to see the Tigers rally late again. Nebraska went to the final period with a 54-51 lead. That edge was short-lived as the Tigers tied the game at 54 on a three-pointer, squaring the score for the first time since the opening tip. 

But Nebraska rallied to regain an eight-point lead at 67-59 on two free throws from Veerbeek with 4:47 left. A three from freshman Aijha Blackwell tied the game for the Tigers at 68. Blackwell finished with 21 points off the bench.

Amber Smith, who was one of three Tigers to record a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds, then got a bucket and a foul before finishing the three-point play to give Mizzou its first lead of the game at 71-69 with two minutes left. Veerbeek then buried a free throw line jumper to tie the score at 71 with 1:47 left. Mizzou then got free throws from Hannah Schuchts, who finished with 13 points and 10 boards, and a pair from Jordan Chavis to give the Tigers their biggest lead of the day at 74-71 with 27.1 seconds left.

With Nebraska trailing 76-73 with 11.8 seconds left, Blackwell was fouled after a Husker turnover and stepped to the line with a chance to seal the win for Missouri. But she missed both free throws. Haiby grabbed a huge defensive rebound to start transition to Brown that ended with Haiby's game-tying three from the left wing.

Jordan Roundtree added the final double-double for the Tigers with 11 points and 10 rebounds, including a three-point play with 27 seconds left in overtime to pull MU within 86-83. But the Huskers made the plays down the stretch to win.

For the game, Nebraska hit 31-of-76 shots from the field (.408), including 8-of-26 threes (.308). Missouri went just 23-of-63 (.365) from the floor, including 8-of-28 (.286) from long range. Nebraska won the turnover battle, 19-13, and the war on the boards, 46-45.

Nebraska returns to Lincoln to four-game home stand at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday night, when the Huskers collide with Morgan State. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Bears is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are available now at and a live video stream will be available on BTN+.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The No. 7 Nebraska volleyball team won its fourth straight Big Ten match with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-14 sweep at Iowa on Saturday night.

Nebraska (20-3, 12-2 Big Ten) hit a blistering .420 in the match - its second-best efficiency of the season - and held Iowa to .103 hitting. Lexi Sun led all players with 14 kills on .444 hitting, and Madi Kubik added nine kills, eight digs and hit .333 in her home state. 

Lauren Stivrins had eight kills and five blocks and hit .600, and Jazz Sweet added nine kills with a .350 hitting percentage. Callie Schwarzenbach chipped in five kills and hit .364 while posting four blocks. All five Husker attackers hit better than .330 for the match. Nicklin Hames guided the Husker attack with 36 assists, a pair of kills and added seven digs. 

Defensively, Nebraska held Iowa to a -.067 hitting percentage in set two and .083 in set three. NU had a 9-2 advantage in blocks. The Huskers also out-dug Iowa, 33-25. Both teams had five aces. Sun and Kenzie Knuckles each had two for the Big Red. 

Iowa (9-16, 3-11 Big Ten) got 12 kills from Griere Hughes. 

Nebraska begins the final three weeks of the regular season at Michigan State next Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT). 

Set 1: Nebraska used a 4-0 run to take a 7-5 lead. Sun had two kills and combined with Stivrins for a block. The Hawkeyes answered with a 4-0 run of their own to go up 9-7. After Hames dumped a kill to the corner, Sun tallied Nebraska's next three kills to tie the score at 11-11. Iowa regained a 14-12 lead, but three kills by Stivrins and Kubik made it 15-14 Huskers before Iowa called a timeout. Iowa went back on top, 18-17, but back-to-back kills by Sun made it 19-18 Big Red. A pair of kills by Sweet kept NU in front, 21-20, and an Iowa ball-handling error put NU up two before a block by Stivrins and Kubik and an ace by Knuckles made it 24-20 Huskers. Stivrins clinched the set for the Huskers at 25-21, as NU finished it on a 5-1 run. Sun had eight kills on .353 hitting in set one. Hames had 16 assists on 19 Husker kills. 

Set 2: NU fell behind 4-1, but a kill by Sweet started a 5-0 spurt that put the Huskers up 6-4. She also had a block with Schwarzenbach, and Kubik added a kill before an ace by Sun and solo block by Schwarzenbach had the Big Red in the lead. Another ace by Knuckles and an Iowa hitting error made it 9-5, and Kubik and Stivrins smashed kills to increase the lead to 12-6 after the 11-2 run. Sun unleashed four more kills, and Sweet added one as NU took control with a 21-12 lead. Schwarzenbach recorded a block with Sweet and added a kill before a solo block by Stivrins, and the Huskers won set two, 25-18, ending on another Stivrins kill. NU hit .542 in set two and held Iowa to -.067. 

Set 3: The Huskers got off to a 5-1 start with kills by Sweet and Schwarzenbach, a block by Sun and Schwarzenbach, and an ace by Sun. Another block, this one by Stivrins and Kubik, preceded an Iowa hitting error and a kill by Kubik, which made it 9-3 Huskers. Kubik posted a kill and then served a 4-0 run, including an ace, to give NU a 13-4 lead. Schwarzenbach followed up a kill with a block with Sweet, and then Sweet tacked on a kill as NU went up by double digits, 18-8. The Huskers cruised to the sweep, 25-14. 

Lincoln – Cameron Oluyitan's jumper with 3.5 seconds remaining proved to be the game winner, as Southern Utah escaped with a 79-78 double overtime win over the Huskers Saturday afternoon.

Oluyitan, who was one of five Thunderbirds in double figures with 11 points, found a spot the right baseline and knocked down a 15-footer to give SUU the lead for good.

Nebraska had a chance to win or second it to a third overtime, but Cam Mack's shot at the buzzer rolled off the rim, as the Huskers fell to 0-2 on the season.

Mack put the Huskers in position to win, as he recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists, including finding Jervay Green for the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation. Mack, one of four Huskers in double figures, also added seven boards.

Green finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Kevin Cross came off the bench and topped the Huskers with 19 points and added five rebounds. Dachon Burke Jr. rounded out the quartet with 13 points and four boards.

Dwayne Morgan led the visitors (2-0) with 19 points and 11 rebounds, as Nebraska held SUU to 41 percent shooting and forced SUU 18 turnovers, but the Huskers shot just 37 percent and were out-rebounded 58-44.

In the first half, Nebraska used a strong defensive effort to take a 37-26 halftime lead. The Huskers held Southern Utah to 30.3 percent shooting and forced nine Thunderbird turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

Nebraska's bench keyed a critical first-half run, scored 11 points in a 16-2 spurt that turned a 12-all tie into a 28-14 Husker advantage after a Cross jumper. Thorir Thorbjarnarson had all seven of his first-half points in the spurt, as NU held the Thunderbirds to just one field goal over nearly 8:30.

Cross came off the bench with a strong effort, scoring 11 points in the opening stanza, while Green added nine for the Huskers in the opening stanza.

Nebraska stretched the lead to 14, at 44-30, with 16:37 left following a Burke 3-pointer and a Green basket, but Southern Utah clawed back into the contest, using a 15-4 spurt to pull within 48-45 with 10:45 remaining in regulation. From there, neither team led by more than five points the final 20 minutes of the contest.

Nebraska led 64-59 after a pair of Green free throws with 4:10 left, but a 6-0 spurt gave the visitors their first lead since the opening minutes on a Dre Marin 3-pointer. Nebraska answered back, as Mack's driving layup put the Huskers up by one. Southern Utah got a break with 17 seconds left when Haanif Cheatham was called for a foul and Morgan hit both free throws to gave SUU a one-point lead. NU had a gold opportunity to regain the lead, as Mack found Green for an alley-oop, but Green was unable to handle the pass and Morgan was fouled with five seconds left. Morgan hit both free throws to give the Thunderbirds a three-point lead, only to see Green's buzzer beater send it to overtime.

The Huskers return to action this Friday, Nov. 15, as Nebraska plays host to South Dakota State. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are available by visiting or calling the NU Athletic Ticket office at 800-8-BIGRED during business hours. Friday's game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised nationally on BTN.


The McCook Community College men’s basketball team held Eastern Wyoming to 48 points and a 26.3 percent shooting performance on the way to a 76-48 win at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Saturday

The win is MCC’s third straight after starting the season 0-2.

“Holding Eastern Wyoming like we did tells me that we guarded our butts off today,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan. “And we guarded for 40 minutes.”

The 2-1 Lancers entered the game Saturday averaging 86.7 points per game and 57.6 percent shooting.

MCC defenders held Eastern Wyoming to 22 points and 19.2 percent shooting in the first half on the way to a 44-22 lead. The Lancers scored 26 points in the second half shooting 32.3 percent from the floor.

“I am proud of our guys. They came out back-to-back nights, and we implemented a lot of stuff this morning on how to guard these guys and we executed,” Drennan said.

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) led MCC in scoring with 22 points.

A couple sophomore transfer guards also led the early offense. Justin Costello (Omaha) connected on three early 3-pointers and finished with 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) scored 12 points in the first half as the Indians made 10 of 18 shots from the 3-point line.

“Our starters are doing what they are supposed to be doing and everybody else is filling their role,” Drennan said.

MCC shot 44.1 percent from the field for the game but cooled off at the arc making 10 of 31 for the game (32.3 percent). The Indians lost the rebound battle 44-35 and turned the ball over 16 times.

“These two games this weekend shows we are learning and growing and we’re understanding how hard it is to be a college basketball player,” Drennan said. “I’m going to ask a lot of these guys and today they showed me they can do it.”

The Indians have a 10-day layoff before traveling to Colby Nov. 22. MCC’s next home game will be Nov. 22 against Western Wyoming. That game will follow the women’s game, which starts at 5:30 p.m.

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The McCook Community College Lady Indians couldn’t overcome a “clunker” of a second quarter Saturday and lost for the first time this season, falling to Eastern Wyoming 73-61 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

The Lady Indians came out sharp in the first quarter finishing with an 18-14 lead and stretched it to six points at the 8:43 mark of the second quarter. Then Eastern Wyoming took charge of the quarter and out-scored the Lady Indians 33-11.

“We had a tough second quarter and that’s what did us in,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “You lose a quarter by 22 points and you end up spending all your energy trying to climb back.”

And climb back they did. After trailing 49-29 at the 9:50 mark of the third period, the Lady Indians chipped away at the 20-point deficit and closed the gap to nine points at the end of the quarter, 57-49.

“We did do a nice job of continuing to battle and fought to cut the deficit in half with 10 minutes left to play, we can build off those things that we did right to come back, but we just have to play all four quarters,” Pritchett said.

The Lady Indians kept battling and pulled to 63-61 with 4:01 left to play.

“We just didn’t do a very good job tonight coming out of quarters, or coming out of timeouts,” Pritchett said. “The last four minutes of the game we call a timeout and didn’t score the rest of the game.”

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla Spain) led MCC with 19 points to go along with five rebounds. Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) scored 11 points. Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored nine points and had a team-high eight rebounds.

MCC shot 45.1 percent from the field, made six of 23 shots from the arc (26.1 percent) made nine of 12 free throws (75 percent) and turned the ball over 22 times.

“Turnovers continue to hurt us, we’re not going to be able to survive good teams if we don’t take better care of the ball and if we don’t shoot it better,” Pritchett said.

Eastern Wyoming was 50.9 percent from the floor, four for 10 from the 3-point line and 10 of 16 (62.5 percent) from the line. The Lancers turned the ball over 20 times.

MCC goes to 4-1 on the season. On Friday and Saturday the Lady Indians will travel to Hesston, Kan. and play in a two-day tournament against Bethel College JVs Friday (4 p.m.) and Saturday vs. Hesston (2 p.m.). MCC returns home Nov. 22 against Western Wyoming.

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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team made their home debut with an sxplosive first half propelling them to an 82-66 win over Laramie County Community College Friday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

“I told them all week this was a team that we wanted to come out and punch them in the face and that our goal was to get them to call a time out in the first five minutes,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan, who was making his home debut as Indian Coach. “And we did that getting up 12-2.”

MCC made nine of 14 shots in the first half from the 3-point line (64.3 percent) and 19 of 32 shots overall (59.4 percent.) Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) led the long-distance assault canning all five of his 3-point attempts and 20-first half points.

“You look at that first half, the ball was moving, we were making assists, we were taking care of the ball, we were guarding, we were rebounding,” Drennan said. “We did everything right, and it showed.”

MCC went up 48-25 at the half.

Drennan said he told his team at halftime that other team was getting their butts chewed and that his guys would have to weather the storm. “The goal again was to get them to call a timeout in the first five minutes and that didn’t happen,” Drennan said.

After committing just four first-half turnovers MCC turned the ball over 12 times. The Indians gave up just two offensive rebounds in the first half but six in the second half. The shooting fell off to 46.4 percent but MCC made just one of seven 3-point shots.

“You kind of saw in the second half, we are a young team,” Drennan said. “You have to understand you need to put the other team away when you have the opportunity, we let them hang around, we kind of thought we had already done something, got loosey-goosey and had a bunch of turnovers.”

Darthard finished with a team-high 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

Sophomore Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago/Daytona State) came off the bench to score 17 points and nab a team-high 11 rebounds

The Indians got 11 points each from sophomore transfer guards, Justin Costello (Omaha) and Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario). Costello had six rebounds and Sullivan five.

MCC finished with a 53.3 percent shooting night and 47.6 percent on 21 shots from the 3-point line. The Indians out-rebounded the Eagles 49-31 but made just eight of 17 free throws (47.1 percent).

Laramie County was 37.3 percent from the field, seven of 28 (25 percent) from distance and nine of 19 from the line (47.4 percent)

“It was a win we had to have. We needed it,” Drennan said.

MCC goes to 2-2 on the year and will take on Eastern Wyoming Saturday at 4 p.m. for Veteran’s Appreciation Day. All active duty and military Veterans and their spouses will be admitted for free and are invited to watch the games from the VIP room where refreshments will be served. All fans are encouraged to wear red white and blue gear to honor Veterans.

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The McCook Community College women’s basketball team improved to 4-0 but had to wait until their opponents’ 3-point shot at the buzzer missed. MCC downed Laramie County Community College 62-59 Friday at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

“This was a good test for us because we haven’t played a team of this caliber yet this year,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “I thought Laramie battled hard to the end, and they shot the ball well from 3. We executed at times and we also made some mistakes too, but it’s early in the season and we can fix those things.”

MCC came out strong and posted an 18-10 first-quarter advantage. The Eagles gained a point in the second quarter, trailing 33-26 at the half but lost it back in the third, trailing 47-39 before out-scoring MCC 20-15 in the final quarter.

With sophomore starting point guard Nicola Cross (Melbourne, Australia) out for several weeks with an injury, those responsibilities fell to sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) who stepped up in a new role.

“I thought Paula came in and had a good game, she’d been struggling a little bit, but she came out and really helped us offensively, we’re a hurt at that position so it’s next person up and she did a great job of taking care of the ball, especially not playing that position much until this week.”

Mateu led the Lady Indians with 17 points to go along with four assists and five steals.

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 15 points, had 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. Redshirt freshman transfer Jessika Espinoza, (El Paso, Texas) came off the bench to score 12 points, and grabbed five rebounds.

The coach was disappointed with the number of turnovers his team committed particularly executing the break in the latter stages of the game. The Lady Indians had eight miscues in the first half then 12 more in the second 20 minutes.

“We rebounded pretty well and really didn’t give up too many second-chance opportunities for them,” Pritchett said. MCC held a 35-28 edge on the boards.

The Lady Indians shot 42.6 percent from the field for the game including a 4-for-21 night from the 3-point line.

“We have to shot the ball better,” Pritchett said. “I really thought this was a team that would, but we’re just not making shots. We’re getting good looks from the offense we just have to knock them down,” Pritchett said. “I think a lot of it is just confidence, we have to have a shooter’s mentality.”

The Eagles shot 39.6 percent from the field and made seven of 16 from the 3-point line (43.8 percent).

This was the first game of the season for Laramie County Community College.

MCC, 4-0, takes on Eastern Wyoming Saturday at 2 p.m. for Veteran’s Appreciation Day. All active duty and military Veterans and their spouses will be admitted for free and are invited to watch the games from the VIP room where refreshments will be served. All fans are encouraged to wear red white and blue gear to honor Veterans.

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