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Saturday (12/29/2018)
BOYS
Adams Central 77, Boone Central/Newman Grove 46
Alliance 55, Bridgeport 47
Alma 59, Shelton 50
Anselmo-Merna 58, Hitchcock County 41
Arapahoe 45, Maxwell 38
Ashland-Greenwood 63, Plattsmouth 51
Auburn 54, Humphrey St. Francis 43
BDS 57, Wood River 51
BRLD 56, Howells-Dodge 34
Beatrice 74, Sidney 33
Bellevue West 66, Papillion-LaVista 46
Bennington 69, Broken Bow 44
Bertrand 38, Lawrence-Nelson 27
Bishop Neumann 58, Lexington 45
Boyd County 47, Bloomfield 32
Centennial 43, Malcolm 28
Chadron 61, Valentine 54
Chase County 56, Torrington, WY 47 (OT)
Clarkson/Leigh 47, Friend 15
Conestoga 70, East Butler 33
Cozad 77, Elm Creek 39
Creighton Preparatory School 76, Omaha Benson 70 (OT)
Cross County 63, Sandy Creek 25
Custer, SD 81, Hemingford 60
Doniphan-Trumbull 60, Gibbon 47
Douglas County West 68, David City 38
Elkhorn 62, Hastings St. Cecilia 21
Elmwood-Murdock 49, Fort Calhoun 34
Exeter-Milligan 55, Silver Lake 46
Falls City 52, Bishop LeBlond, MO 39
Falls City Sacred Heart 41, Freeman 38
Franklin 46, Red Cloud 17
Giltner 71, Heartland Lutheran 55
Gothenburg 50, Cambridge 47
Grand Island 48, Lincoln North Star 43
Grand Island Central Catholic 62, Fullerton 50
Gretna 50, Aurora 41
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 81, Homer 54
Hartington-Newcastle 52, West Holt 44
Hershey 51, Southern Valley 45
Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 62, Pawnee City 39
Johnson-Brock 73, Deshler 43
Kearney 60, Lincoln Southeast 38
Kearney Catholic 65, North Platte St. Patrick's 60
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 102, Pender 64
Lewiston 38, Weeping Water 32
Lincoln Christian 70, South Sioux City 64
Lincoln Lutheran 58, Holdrege 44
Lincoln Southwest 66, Lincoln Northeast 49
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 58, Omaha Brownell Talbot 54
Louisville 48, Nebraska City 29
Millard North 62, Omaha North 52
Mitchell 83, Superior 38
Mount Michael Benedictine 81, Omaha Gross Catholic 51
Nebraska Christian 71, Parkview Christian 55
Niobrara/Verdigre 75, St. Edward 39
Norfolk 57, Fremont 34
Norfolk Catholic 55, Arlington 39
North Bend Central 67, St. Paul 41
Oakland-Craig 60, Wilber-Clatonia 36
Omaha Burke 74, Omaha Westside 69
Omaha Central 71, Millard South 52
Omaha Concordia 67, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 58
Omaha South 69, Millard West 42
Osmond 56, St. Mary's 46
Papillion-LaVista South 56, Bellevue East 55
Plainview 61, Winside 21
Pleasanton 59, Brady 56
Ponca 54, Neligh-Oakdale 30
Ralston 73, Fillmore Central 48
Randolph 30, Allen 22
Seward 56, Wahoo 54
Shelby-Rising City 61, Arcadia/Loup City 54 (OT)
Sterling 65, McCool Junction 27
Sutton 46, Aquinas Catholic 28
Syracuse 51, Lourdes Central Catholic 39
Walthill 53, Southern 46
Wausa 44, Creighton 37
Waverly 50, Norris 47
Wayne 67, Hartington Cedar Catholic 55
Winnebago 62, Lutheran High Northeast 53
Wisner-Pilger 61, Battle Creek 37
York 71, Platteview 53

Saturday (12/29/2018)
GIRLS
Adams Central 53, Broken Bow 27
Alliance 64, Bridgeport 39
Alma 45, Exeter-Milligan 42
Aquinas Catholic 53, Sutton 31
Archbishop Bergan 55, Omaha Roncalli Catholic 47
Auburn 54, Tekamah-Herman 21
Aurora 35, Omaha Duchesne Academy 31
Battle Creek 59, Wisner-Pilger 26
Bennington 46, Boone Central/Newman Grove 29
Bishop Neumann 44, Lexington 39
Boyd County 51, Bloomfield 38
Cambridge 49, Fullerton 35
Centennial 53, Wilber-Clatonia 8
Chadron 49, Valentine 31
Chase County 56, Torrington, WY 45
Clarkson/Leigh 37, Arcadia/Loup City 28
Creighton 41, Wausa 37
Crete 51, Savannah, MO 25
David City 55, Douglas County West 33
Deshler 41, Pawnee City 28
Dorchester 47, Conestoga 30
East Butler 42, McCool Junction 39
Elgin Public/Pope John 61, Emerson-Hubbard 37
Elm Creek 69, Gibbon 37
Elmwood-Murdock 54, Omaha Brownell Talbot 47
Fairbury 41, Lincoln Lutheran 26
Falls City Sacred Heart 44, Syracuse 36
Fillmore Central 59, Ralston 25
Franklin 32, Bertrand 31
Fremont 63, Lincoln High 53
Giltner 55, Heartland Lutheran 31
Grand Island Central Catholic 60, Gothenburg 35
Gretna 56, Omaha Gross Catholic 33
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 83, BRLD 78
Hartington Cedar Catholic 62, Pender 48
Hastings St. Cecilia 50, Elkhorn 46
Hershey 60, Southern Valley 33
Hitchcock County 53, Anselmo-Merna 47
Howells-Dodge 59, Homer 45
Humphrey St. Francis 72, Thayer Central 66
Johnson-Brock 63, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 36
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 55, Wayne 52
Lawrence-Nelson 30, Red Cloud 28
Lincoln Christian 61, South Sioux City 50
Lincoln East 71, Grand Island 49
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 46, Fort Calhoun 45
Louisville 55, Nebraska City 39
Lourdes Central Catholic 32, Freeman 30
Maxwell 43, Arapahoe 36
Niobrara/Verdigre 60, St. Edward 26
North Bend Central 48, St. Paul 37
North Platte St. Patrick's 65, Kearney Catholic 52
Northwest 45, Omaha Skutt Catholic 36
Oakland-Craig 48, Malcolm 39
Ogallala 36, Amherst 34
Osmond 42, St. Mary's 38
Papillion-LaVista 45, Elkhorn South 31
Platteview 44, York 39
Pleasanton 60, Brady 32
Randolph 58, Winside 3
Shelby-Rising City 35, Friend 30
Sidney 39, Beatrice 37
Silver Lake 63, Shelton 20
Southern 41, Nebraska Christian 29
Stanton 50, O'Neill 41
Superior 39, Mitchell 32
Wahoo 58, Seward 36
Waverly 43, Norris 32
West Holt 34, Hartington-Newcastle 33
West Point-Beemer 42, Arlington 23




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James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. had 16 points apiece, as Nebraska closed out non-conference action with a 79-38 victory over Southwest Minnesota State Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers, who are ranked 23rd in the coaches poll, jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back in posting their 19th consecutive home win. Nebraska finished non-conference action with a 10-1 mark, its best mark since 2003-04 and the fourth time since World War II that the Huskers had one non-conference loss.

Palmer finished with 16 points, five assists and six rebounds, while Watson had 16 points, five boards, four assists and four steals to lead four Huskers in double figures, as all 10 players who dressed got in the scoring column. Isaac Copeland Jr. had 12 points while Thomas Allen added 10 as no Husker played more than 28 minutes.

Nebraska got out to a blistering start behind the play of Copeland, as the senior keyed a 12-0 spurt in the first 3:12 with five of his seven first-half points.

Southwest Minnesota State chipped away, pulling to within 16-8 following a basket by Braedan Hansen and was within 19-10 before Nebraska used an 18-3 run to build a comfortable margin. Palmer scored 10 of his 14 first-half points in the surge as Nebraska built a 37-13 cushion after a Brady Heiman basket capped a run of 13 straight points for the hosts.

In all, the Huskers held Southwest Minnesota State to 29 percent shooting in the first half and turned nine Mustang turnovers into 16 points. Nebraska shot 36 percent, but went 7-of-13 from 3-point range.

After SMSU pulled within 17 in the opening minute of the second half, Nebraska used an 11-0 spurt, capped by five straight points from Allen, to push the advantage to 48-20, and NU cruised to the 41-point win

Ryan Bruggeman and Steven McNease led Minnesota State with eight points apiece, as the Mustangs shot 30 percent from the field and just 3-of-21 from 3-point range. Saturday’s game was an exhibition game for the Mustangs before resuming conference action on Sunday.

The Huskers are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 2, when they travel to Maryland. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (central) and will be carried by the Husker Sports Network and televised on BTN.





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Lincoln - Nicea Eliely scored all of her game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter to fuel a dominant 33-13 surge in the period, as Nebraska rallied to a 70-56 women's basketball win over Michigan on Friday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Eliely, a 6-1 junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., went 3-for-3 from the field with a three to open the fourth and 7-of-8 shooting at the free throw line in the final period, single-handedly outscoring the Wolverines 14-13 in the period. She also had three steals, two defensive rebounds and an assist in the quarter to help the Huskers open Big Ten play with a victory and improve to 6-6 overall. Nebraska also notched their fifth consecutive home win at Pinnacle Bank Arena, which attracted a season-high 4,450 fans for the conference opener with the Wolverines.

Prior to the fourth quarter, Eliely had not attempted a shot in the game, as the Huskers entered the final period trailing the Wolverines (9-4, 0-1) 43-37.

But Eliely wasn't the only Husker to erupt in the fourth, as freshman Sam Haiby scored 10 of her 12 points for the game in the final period, including a pair of game-sealing three-pointers to allow Nebraska to surge to the 14-point win.

In the fourth quarter, Nebraska hit 9-of-15 field goal attempts (.600) including 3-of-4 threes (.750), while knocking down 12-of-14 free throws (.857). The Big Red also outworked Michigan on the glass, 12-3, including five offensive rebounds on their eight missed shots in the quarter. Nebraska entered the fourth quarter minus-10 on the glass to a Michigan team that ranked among national leaders with nearly a plus-14 average rebound margin entering the contest.

In a fourth quarter that saw Nebraska outscore Michigan 33-13, the Huskers beat Michigan 10-0 in points off turnovers and 9-0 in second-chance points, while the Nebraska bench outscored the Wolverine bench 14-0. The Huskers forced seven turnovers by the Wolverines, while committing just one in the final period.

"That was really rewarding as a coach to see all the things we have been preaching to our players - like staying locked in on defense, putting great ball pressure on the dribbler and closing out possessions with defensive rebounds - come together in the fourth quarter," Nebraska Coach Amy Williams said. "We played good defense for four quarters today, but especially in the fourth."

The Huskers, who held Michigan 20 points below its season scoring average entering the contest, limited the Wolverines to just 4-of-12 shooting in the fourth quarter.

In addition to double-digit performances from Eliely (14) and Haiby (12), the Huskers got 11 big points and a career-high five rebounds from freshman Leigha Brown.

Senior Maddie Simon added 10 points to give the Huskers four players in double figures, while sophomore Taylor Kissinger pitched in eight points. Fellow sophomore Kate Cain contributed five points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, two assists and a steal to help anchor the Husker defense. Junior guard Hannah Whitish also contributed five points and three assists.

For the game, Nebraska hit just 36.7 percent (22-60) of its shots from the field, including 13-of-45 through the first three quarters. The Huskers did connect on 9-of-24 threes (.375) outscoring the Wolverines by 21 points from beyond the arc. The Big Red also connected on 17-of-21 free throws (.800) and won the turnover battle, 23-15.

Nebraska held Michigan to 37.7 percent (20-53) shooting, including a dismal 2-of-10 from three-point range. Michigan hit just 14-of-22 free throws (.636) but did win the battle of the boards 39-38 for the game.

Senior center Hallie Thome led Michigan with 14 points and seven rebounds but committed five turnovers. She was also strapped with foul trouble for much of the game.

Sophomore forward Hailey Brown was the only other Wolverine to manage double figures with 12 points, including both of Michigan's three-pointers on the night. Fellow sophomore Deja Church just missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Wolverines.

The Huskers trailed 31-27 at the half despite eight second-quarter points from Simon. Whitish and Kissinger each added five points in the half for Nebraska, but the Huskers hit just 32.3 percent (10-31) of their first-half shots, including 4-of-14 (.286) three-pointers. 

The difference in the first half came at the free throw line, where the Wolverines outscored NU 8-3, while attempting 14 free throws compared to five for the home-standing Huskers. The oddly paced half included 20 total fouls, including 11 on Nebraska and nine on Michigan, as eight players (four for each team) ended the half with two fouls.

Michigan hit 37.9 percent (11-29) of its shots, but just 1-of-5 threes. The Wolverines out-rebounded NU, 25-17, and won the first-half turnover battle 11-10. Brown led Michigan with seven first-half points, including the Wolverines' lone three, while Thome pitched in six points.

Nebraska opens Big Ten road play at Ohio State on New Year's Eve. Tip-off between the Big Red and the defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes is set for a noon tip with live television coverage by BTN.




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Friday (12/28/2018)
BOYS
Adams Central 68, Bennington 61
Alliance 96, Oelrichs, SD 27
Alma 66, Silver Lake 58
Aquinas Catholic 54, David City 41
Archbishop Bergan 65, Plattsmouth 49
Auburn 57, Nebraska Christian 29
Aurora 70, Omaha Gross Catholic 45
BRLD 72, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 40
Bertrand 58, Franklin 31
Blue Hill 56, Minden 44
Boone Central/Newman Grove 68, Broken Bow 61
Centennial 54, Oakland-Craig 39
Central City 46, BDS 39 (OT)
Chadron 50, Custer, SD 38
Columbus Lakeview 57, Schuyler 36
Deshler 67, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 58
Elm Creek 47, Doniphan-Trumbull 46
Elmwood-Murdock 50, Omaha Brownell Talbot 34
Falls City 47, St. Joseph Christian, MO 30
Falls City Sacred Heart 60, Lourdes Central Catholic 26
Fillmore Central 43, Louisville 32
Fort Calhoun 41, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 27
Freeman 54, Syracuse 36
Fullerton 61, Gothenburg 37
Grand Island Central Catholic 72, Cambridge 38
Gretna 60, Mount Michael Benedictine 49
Heartland 63, Palmer 40
Holdrege 57, Fairbury 50
Howells-Dodge 73, Homer 31
Johnson-Brock 72, Pawnee City 38
Lawrence-Nelson 50, Red Cloud 18
Lincoln Christian 52, Norris 36
Lincoln Lutheran 86, Raymond Central 43
Malcolm 47, Wilber-Clatonia 46 (OT)
Milford 68, Wood River 52
Northwest 53, Savannah, MO 40
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 59, Ashland-Greenwood 38
Omaha Skutt Catholic 63, Crete 36
Platteview 52, Hastings St. Cecilia 41
Ralston 61, Nebraska City 58
Seward 47, Bishop Neumann 35
Sidney 45, Burns, WY 32
South Sioux City 56, Waverly 55
Southern 69, Tekamah-Herman 13
Tri County 66, Diller-Odell 37
Valentine 72, Hemingford 53
Wahoo 80, Lexington 72
Walthill 77, Thayer Central 63
Wauneta-Palisade 62, Arapahoe 59
York 44, Elkhorn 39

Friday (12/28/2018)
GIRLS
Alliance 59, Oelrichs, SD 33
Alma 49, Silver Lake 46
Aquinas Catholic 67, David City 15
Arapahoe 43, Wauneta-Palisade 36
Archbishop Bergan 62, Plattsmouth 38
BRLD 69, Homer 49
Bennington 60, Broken Bow 29
Blue Hill 50, Minden 22
Boone Central/Newman Grove 46, Adams Central 43
Chadron 57, Custer, SD 21
Columbus Scotus 43, Columbus Lakeview 35
Cozad 59, Gibbon 43
Diller-Odell 45, Tri County 42
Doniphan-Trumbull 62, Elm Creek 30
Elkhorn 57, York 50 (OT)
Elmwood-Murdock 66, Fort Calhoun 38
Fairbury 43, Holdrege 17
Falls City 66, St. Joseph - Lafayette, MO 45
Falls City Sacred Heart 41, Lourdes Central Catholic 37
Gothenburg 47, Fullerton 45
Grand Island Central Catholic 73, Cambridge 32
Gretna 45, Omaha Duchesne Academy 36
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 58, Howells-Dodge 43
Heartland 49, Palmer 39
Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 63, Deshler 50
Humphrey St. Francis 74, Tekamah-Herman 17
Johnson-Brock 60, Pawnee City 29
Lawrence-Nelson 42, Franklin 25
Lincoln Lutheran 79, Raymond Central 35
Louisville 49, Fillmore Central 43
Malcolm 54, Wilber-Clatonia 18
Milford 58, Wood River 39
Millard North 65, Bellevue East 31
Millard South 64, Omaha South 15
Millard West 69, Omaha North 39
Mitchell 60, Chase County 41
Nebraska Christian 42, Walthill 27
Nebraska City 51, Ralston 27
Norris 50, Lincoln Christian 39
Northwest 56, Savannah, MO 31
Oakland-Craig 49, Centennial 48
Omaha Benson 62, Omaha Burke 51
Omaha Brownell Talbot 45, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 19
Omaha Gross Catholic 41, Aurora 31
Omaha Marian 71, Papillion-LaVista South 61
Omaha Northwest 79, Bellevue West 59
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 65, Ashland-Greenwood 46
Omaha Skutt Catholic 44, Crete 36
Omaha Westside 65, Omaha Central 39
Red Cloud 48, Bertrand 44
Seward 58, Bishop Neumann 53
Sidney 62, Burns, WY 18
Southern 48, Parkview Christian 11
Sterling 61, East Butler 20
Superior 60, Torrington, WY 20
Sutton 60, Douglas County West 26
Syracuse 45, Freeman 34
Thayer Central 44, Auburn 39
Twin River 41, Schuyler 23
Valentine 42, Hemingford 28
Wahoo 58, Lexington 33
Waverly 58, South Sioux City 53
Weeping Water 1, McCool Junction 0




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Columbus, NE - It was announced by GNAC member schools on Thursday night that there will not be a basketball tournament held this season in Columbus due to the concern of travel due to the winter weather that has swept across the state of Nebraska. The tournament next year was to be hosted by Scottsbluff, but since this year will not take place, Columbus will still hold it's turn to host next season. 



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Nebraska Cornhuskers

vs. Michigan Wolverines
Friday, December 28, 2018, 6 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska
Television: BTN
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (5:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln-B107.3 FM; Omaha-ESPN 590 AM
Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn
Live Stats
Huskers Open 18-Game Big Ten Schedule with Michigan Friday
• The Nebraska women’s basketball team opens its 2018-19 Big Ten Conference season by playing host to Michigan on Friday evening in Lincoln.
• Tip off between Nebraska (5-6) and the Wolverines (9-3) is set for 6 p.m. (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena with tickets on sale now at Huskers.com. Live radio coverage (beginning at 5:45 p.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on B107.3 FM, in Omaha on ESPN 590 AM and across the state on Husker Sports Network stations. Free live audio can also be found at Huskers.com and on the Huskers App.
• Live television coverage will be provided by BTN with Chris Vosters and Brenda VanLengen on the call. It will be the first of eight BTN telecasts for the Huskers this season.
• Nebraska will try to extend its four-game home winning streak and stop Michigan’s two-game streak at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers have won four straight in Lincoln since a narrow 83-77 season-opening loss to Missouri Valley Conference power Drake on Nov. 7. The Wolverines have been victorious in their last two trips to Lincoln, including a 69-64 overtime win on Jan. 13, 2018.
• Friday’s game will feature two of the nation’s top centers in Nebraska sophomore Kate Cain (9.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 bpg) and Michigan senior Hallie Thome (12.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg). The 6-5 centers are both Lisa Leslie National Center of the Year Award candidates. Cain is averaging 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks while shooting 62.8 percent from the field at home.
• In two meetings against Cain and the Huskers last season, Thome averaged 17.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 52 percent (13-25). Cain averaged 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks against Thome and the Wolverines while shooting 45 percent (9-20).
• The Big Ten opener also features several of the conference’s best freshmen, including Nebraska’s Sam Haiby, Ashtyn Veerbeek and Leigha Brown, along with Michigan’s Naz Hillmon and Amy Dilk.
• Haiby is NU’s leading scorer, averaging 11.0 points while coming off the bench in all 11 games. Hillmon, a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, is Michigan’s leading scorer and rebounder with 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while coming off the bench. Haiby and Hillmon are the only two players in the Big Ten who are leading their teams in scoring as non-starting freshmen.
• Hillmon (2nd, 12.6 ppg), Haiby (6th, 11.0 ppg), Veerbeek (8th, 8.8 ppg) and Brown (9th, 8.6 ppg) all rank among the top 10 freshmen in the Big Ten in scoring. Over the last four games, Veerbeek is averaging 12.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
• Brown, a 6-1 wing from Auburn, Ind. (DeKalb High School), was a runner-up to Michigan’s Dilk (Carmel) for Indiana’s Miss Basketball award last season. Dilk has started all 12 games for the Wolverines and is averaging 6.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-6, 0-0 Big Ten)
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 8.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - So. - C - 9.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - So. - G - 10.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 11.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 8.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 2.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 1.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg
11(out) - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Third Season at Nebraska (33-39); 12th Season Overall (226-148)
Michigan Wolverines (9-3, 0-0 Big Ten)
15 - Hailey Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 6.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg
30 - Hallie Thome - 6-5 - Sr. - F/C - 12.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg
1 - Amy Dilk - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 6.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
10 - Nicole Munger - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 11.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
20 - Deja Church - 5-10 - So. - G - 9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Off the Bench
00 - Naz Hillmon - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 12.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg
5 - Kayla Robbins - 6-1 - Jr. - G/F - 6.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
14 - Akienreh Johnson - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 4.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg
33 - Emily Kiser - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 3.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg
2 - Priscilla Smeenge - 6-0 - So. - G - 2.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg
12 - Ariel Young - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 1.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg
23 - Danielle Rauch - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.9 ppg, 0.6 rpg
21 - Samantha Trammel - 6-0 - Sr. - F - 0.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg
31 - Taylor Rooks - 6-0 - Sr. - F/G - 0.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg
Head Coach: Kim Barnes Arico (Montclair State, 1993)
Seventh Season at Michigan (143-76); 23rd Season Overall (413-281)

Scouting the Michigan Wolverines
• Michigan enters Big Ten play riding a four-game winning streak, while producing a 9-3 overall record. The Wolverines are receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Top 25.
• Coach Kim Barnes Arico is in her seventh season at the helm in Ann Arbor and carries a 143-76 mark as Michigan’s head coach. She owns 413 career victories in 23 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
• The Wolverines finished 23-10 overall last year, including 10-6 in the Big Ten. Michigan finished sixth in the Big Ten standings before falling to Nebraska in the Big Ten quarterfinals. The Wolverines went on to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Michigan features a good blend of experience and youth. The Wolverines feature preseason All-Big Ten center Hallie Thome. The 6-5 senior is averaging 12.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while leading Michigan with 11 blocked shots. Last season, Thome averaged 17.4 points and 7.0 boards per game.
• Fellow senior Nicole Munger has led the Michigan starting backcourt with 11.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. The 5-11 guard has knocked down a team-best 30 threes, which is three more than the other 13 Wolverines combined (27). Munger is shooting 41.1 percent (30-73) from long range, while the rest of the Wolverines are just 27-of-121 (.223). Munger is also a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line.
• Sophomores Deja Church (9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8 apg) and Hailey Brown (6.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg) have joined Thome and Munger in the Michigan starting five for every game this season.
• Freshman guard Amy Dilk, the Indiana High School Player of the Year, has also started every game and is averaging 6.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Dilk (27.8 mpg) and Munger (27.6 mpg) lead Michigan in playing time. Dilk is shooting just 35.2 percent (31-88) from the field, including just 1-for-11 from three-point range.
• Freshman Naz Hillmon has been Michigan’s most explosive player early this season. The 6-2 froward leads Michigan in scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) despite playing just 19.8 minutes per game. Hillmon, who also leads Michigan with 33 fouls, is shooting a superb 73.6 percent (64-87) from the field. She won back-to-back Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week awards on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.
• Junior Kayla Robbins also has been solid off the bench early for Michigan. The 6-1 wing is averaging 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in just under 17 minutes per game. Robbins is just 1-for-9 from three-point range and is shooting just 50 percent (14-28) from the free throw line.
• Junior Akienreh Johnson has pitched in 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds as one of eight players averaging double-digit minutes in non-conference play.
• Seniors Samantha Trammel and Taylor Rooks, a graduate transfer from Harvard, have seen limited playing time, while freshmen Emily Kiser (3.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Danielle Rauch and Ariel Young have also contributed. Sophomore Priscilla Smeenge (2.1 ppg) rounds out the Michigan roster.
• As a team, Michigan is averaging 75.6 points per game, while allowing 55.8. The Wolverines have dominated the boards (44.7-30.8) and own a plus-2.5 team turnover margin. Michigan is shooting a solid 45.1 percent from the field, but just 29.4 percent (57-194) from three-point range. Michigan has also hit 68.1 percent of its free throws.
Nebraska vs. Michigan Series History
• Nebraska owns a 12-4 edge in the all-time series with Michigan, including a 61-54 victory over the Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on March 2, 2018, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
• Then-No. 23 Michigan won the lone regular-season meeting with the Huskers last year with a 69-64 overtime victory at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Jan. 13, 2018. Deja Church provided the heroics for Michigan in that game by hitting three free throws with 0.7 seconds left to send the game to overtime tied at 62. Church then sealed the win in overtime with two more free throws after Hallie Thome scored Michigan’s first five points in the overtime.
• All-Big Ten guard Katelynn Flaherty led Michigan with 26 points, while Thome added 13 points. Hailey Brown pitched in 12 points while Church put four Wolverines in double figures with 10.
• Hannah Whitish led the Huskers with 16 points, while Kate Cain contributed 13 points and Nicea Eliely 10 for the Big Red.
• Whitish also led the Huskers with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, while Eliely contributed 12 points and six rebounds. Cain managed six points, seven rebounds and seven blocked shots.
• Thome (21) and Flaherty (17) combined for 38 points against the Huskers in the Big Ten Tournament, while the rest of the Wolverines totaled just 16. Munger scored just one point in 74 combined minutes in the two games last season.
• Nebraska is 5-3 all-time against Michigan in Lincoln, but the Wolverines have won in back-to-back trips to Pinnacle Bank Arena, including an 81-54 win on Jan. 22, 2017, when Munger erupted for a then-career-high 18 points in 20 minutes off the bench by knocking down 4-of-6 three-pointers.
• Nebraska will play the Wolverines at Michigan to complete the season series on Feb. 7 in another game that will be televised by BTN. Nebraska is 6-1 all-time in Ann Arbor.
Freshmen Contributing Early for Huskers
• Nebraska has received production early and often from its 2018-19 freshman class. The four-player class, which was ranked among the top 20 recruiting classes in the nation by ESPN last season, features Sam Haiby (1 1.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg), Leigha Brown (8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.2 apg) Ashtyn Veerbeek (8.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg), Leigha Brown (8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and Kayla Mershon (2.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg).
• Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., leads Nebraska with 11.0 points per game off the bench. She has led the Huskers in scoring in five games, including against nationally ranked Drake (13) and Miami (14), while also scoring a career-high 20 points at Washington State and adding 17 points at Creighton. She also had 16 points to lead the Huskers at Arkansas (Dec. 18). She owns six double-figure scoring efforts overall, including 12 points at No. 5 Louisville (Nov. 29).
• Haiby also ranks second among the Huskers in assists (2.9 apg).
• Ashtyn Veerbeek ranks third among the Husker freshmen in scoring with 8.8 points per game, while leading the group and ranking second on the team with 6.6 rebounds. Veerbeek produced her first career double-double with career highs of 14 points and 14 rebounds in a win over San Jose State (Dec. 8). She matched her career high with 14 points in just 14 minutes in the win over Denver (Dec. 15). She added 14 points for the third straight game at Arkansas (Dec. 18) for her fourth double-digit scoring effort in the last seven contests. She ranks second among the Huskers with 11 blocks.
• Leigha Brown ranks third among the freshmen in scoring with 8.6 points per game. She set a career high with 18 points in the win over San Jose State (Dec. 8), before adding 17 points and a career-high five assists in the win over Denver (Dec. 15). The 6-1 wing from Auburn, Indiana owns three double-figure scoring efforts and has led the Big Red in scoring twice this season. Brown has committed a total of just six turnovers over the past nine games.
• Kayla Mershon has pitched in 2.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Huskers, including a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Kansas (Dec. 5). The 6-3 forward from Chanhassen, Minn., also has dished out seven assists and has committed a team-best two turnovers through 11 games. She has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 7-to-2 while adding five steals and three blocks.
• The freshmen have combined for 39.8 percent (341-of-856) of Nebraska’s points in just 33.8 percent of the team’s total minutes (760-of-2,250) on the season. They also have accounted for just 28.2 percent (50-of-177) of Nebraska’s turnovers.
• Nebraska’s four freshmen are combining to average 31 points and 14.5 rebounds per game, while NU’s two sophomores (Kate Cain, Taylor Kissinger) have combined to average 19.5 points and 11.5 boards per contest. Nebraska’s six underclassmen have combined for 64.9 percent of NU’s scoring and 59.8 percent of the team’s rebounding through 11 games.
Husker Nuggets
• Nebraska’s bench outscored the opposition 149-53 over the final four non-conference games, including a season-high 45 points at Arkansas. NU’s bench posted a season-best bench scoring differential (+37) in its last home game by outscoring Denver, 40-3.
• The Husker bench has outscored opponents in each of NU’s 11 games this year, including double-digit advantages in eight games.
• Nebraska’s bench has scored 40 or more points four times, including 45 at Arkansas, 42 points against San Jose State, 41 points against Drake and 40 against Denver.
• Overall, Nebraska’s bench has outscored opposition benches 366-160 (33.3-14.5 ppg) for a plus-18.8 margin.
• Nebraska’s 34 points in the fourth quarter against San Jose State tied for the most in any quarter in school history. It joined 34 in the second quarter at Iowa and 34 in the fourth quarter against Florida Atlantic in games last season.
• NU’s 62 points in the second half against San Jose State tied for the fifth-most points scored in any half by the Huskers in school history.
• The Huskers followed with a school-record 31-point first quarter in the win over Denver, giving Nebraska 93 points in a three-quarter span.
• Freshman Sam Haiby led Nebraska with 13 points in a season-opening loss to Drake (Nov. 7). Haiby is the first Husker freshman to lead NU in scoring in an opener since Kelsey Griffin’s 18 in a loss to South Dakota State (Nov. 19, 2005).
• Haiby has been Nebraska’s scoring leader in five of 11 games this season.
• Nicea Eliely leads Nebraska’s active roster with 66 career starts as a Husker. Hannah Whitish (59) is the only other Husker with as many as 50 starts at Nebraska.
Nebraska Streaks
• Sophomore Kate Cain owns the longest streak of consecutive starts by a Husker with 42.
• Junior Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska’s second-longest streak of starts with 37, while senior Maddie Simon has started 35 consecutive games.
• Kate Cain has at least two rebounds in every game of her Nebraska career (43), and she has blocked at least one shot in 41 of 43 games (no blocks in 2018 NCAA Tournament vs. Arizona State and no blocks at Creighton, Dec. 2, 2018).
• Sophomore Taylor Kissinger is 14-for-14 at the free throw line to open the season and owns the longest active free throw streak by a Husker. Kissinger also hit eight consecutive three-pointers over a three-game stretch earlier this season.
• Kissinger has scored in double figures in four consecutive games - Nebraska’s longest streak of the season. Ashtyn Veerbeek has produced double figures in three straight games - NU’s second-longest streak of the year.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 323 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 202 consecutive games.
Whitish Earns Preseason All-Big Ten Honors
• Nebraska’s Hannah Whitish was named to the 12-player All-Big Ten Team by the conference coaches when the annual preseason honors were announced on Oct. 22.
• The announcement of the preseason teams marked the tip-off of Big Ten Women’s Basketball Media Week (@B1GWBBall) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
• Whitish, a 5-9 junior guard from Barneveld, Wis., led Nebraska in scoring (12.6 ppg) and assists (4.7 apg) as a sophomore in 2017-18. She owned a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as Nebraska’s point guard while also ranking among the Big Ten’s best three-point shooters. Whitish played a major role in lifting Nebraska to the nation’s top turnaround in the win column last season, as the Huskers recorded 14 more victories (21) in 2017-18 than in 2016-17 (7). She captured second-team All-Big Ten accolades at the end of last season while helping Nebraska to the NCAA Tournament.
• Whitish was the lone Husker honored by the league in preseason voting of the conference coaches.
• The Big Ten Conference does not rank its team’s No. 1 through No. 14 in preseason voting, instead the coaches and select media members each choose their projected top-three teams in the league. Maryland is the preseason pick of the coaches and the media to win the Big Ten, while Iowa was picked No. 2 by both the coaches and media. The league coaches chose Michigan in the No. 3 spot, while the conference media selected Minnesota. Iowa senior center Megan Gustafson, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, was chosen by the coaches to repeat that honor. Gustafson, Maryland’s Kaila Charles, Michigan’s Hallie Thome and Minnesota’s Kenisha Bell were all unanimous preseason all-conference selections by the coaches.
Nebraska’s History of Home Success
• Nebraska had its streak of 12 consecutive season-opening wins snapped with an 83-77 loss to current top-25 team and two-time defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake on Nov. 7. However, the Huskers still have an outstanding history of success at home, including a 4-1 record at Pinnacle Bank Arena to open 2018-19.
• The Huskers were 10-6 at home in 2017-18, winning five of their final six home games.
• The Huskers went 15-4 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2015-16 after going 12-3 (13-3 at home) in 2014-15. The Huskers are 64-25 (.719) all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena since the building opened for the 2013-14 campaign. The Big Red went 16-2 at home in 2013-14, suffering their only Big Ten loss to Purdue, 77-75, on Jan. 19, 2014. NU’s 16 home wins in 2013-14 tied the school record for single-season home victories.
• The Huskers played the first regular-season game arena history against USA Today No. 25 UCLA (Nov. 8, 2013) and rolled to a 77-49 win over the Bruins. NU’s first win over an AP Top 25 team came with a 76-56 win over No. 24 Michigan State on Feb. 8, 2014. The Huskers added their first-ever win over an AP Top 10 team at the arena with a 94-74 victory over No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 24, 2014.
• NU won its first-ever Big Ten home game at Pinnacle Bank Arena with a 66-65 thriller over Northwestern Jan. 2, 2014, before an 88-85 win over Minnesota on Jan. 16, 2014, marked the first overtime game.
• NU suffered its first loss at the arena to Washington State (76-72) on Nov. 30, 2013.
• The Huskers are 453-155 (.745) all-time at home. The Huskers have gone 189-59 (.762) over the last 16 seasons (including 2018-19), posting double-figure home victory totals 14 times.
• Nebraska played in the Devaney Center from 1976-77 through 2012-13, and added one appearance at Devaney against Utah on Nov. 23, 2014. The Huskers own a 389-130 record at the Devaney Center, including 146-88 (.624) mark in conference play.
Nebraska Ranks Near Top in Attendance
• Nebraska ranked No. 20 nationally with an average home attendance of 4,380 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2017-18. It marked the eighth consecutive year that the Huskers have ranked in the top 25 nationally in average home attendance.
• Nebraska has ranked among the top 20 nationally in average home attendance in each of its first five seasons inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.
• In 89 all-time home games at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Huskers own a 64-25 record (.719 winning percentage) while averaging 5,256 fans per game (467,812 total fans/89 games).
• Nebraska attracted a Pinnacle Bank Arena non-conference record crowd of 9,750 to open its stay in the arena with a win over UCLA on Nov. 8, 2013.
• Nebraska set its all-time single-game record with a sellout crowd of 13,595 fans against Missouri at the Devaney Center on Feb. 27, 2010. NU drew 10 straight crowds of more than 10,000 fans at the Devaney Center in 2009-10.
• Nebraska produced its top attendance season in school history by ranking No. 7 nationally with a record 7,390 fans per game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2009-10. The Huskers went 16-0 at the Devaney Center on their way to a perfect 29-0 record, a Big 12 title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.




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Lincoln, Neb. --- Glynn Watson Jr. recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, as No. 25/22 Nebraska improved to 10-2 on the season with an 86-62 win over Cal State Fullerton Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Watson guided a Husker attack that went over 80 points for the seventh time this season, while setting up a pair of 20-point scorers for the Big Red. Watson’s points-assists double-double was the first by a Husker since 2011, and helped NU it its 18th straight home win, the longest home win streak in over 50 years.

James Palmer Jr. finished with a game-high 23 points, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, while Isaiah Roby chipped in a career-high 20 points and a team-high eight boards. For Palmer, it marked his third straight 20-point effort.

As a team, the Huskers dished out 18 points and committed a season-low seven turnovers, while forcing 16 Cal State Fullerton miscues that led to 20 Husker points.

Nebraska put four players in double figures, as senior Isaac Copeland Jr. added 12 points to complete the quartet, while Nana Akenten and Thomas Allen also added nine each as Nebraska continued its best start since the 1994-95 season.

Leading 36-25 at the break, the Huskers opened the second half with a 9-2 spurt, including 3-pointers from Palmer and Copeland before Roby’s conventional 3-point play stretch the lead to 45-27 with 17:25 left.

The Huskers eventually stretched the lead to 60-39 only to make Cal State Fullerton make one last charge, scoring nine straight points to cut a 21-point deficit to 12 with 8:53 left after a pair of Kyle Allman Jr. free throws.

That would be as close as the visitors would get, as Roby scored six of his 18 second-half points in an 11-2 Husker run that pushed the lead back to 21, and NU would not be threatened the rest of the way.

In the first half, the Huskers got 14 points from Palmer, while the Huskers held Cal State Fullerton to 36 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes to take a 36-25 halftime. Lead. Palmer hit 4-of-7 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, and added three rebounds and a pair of steals to pace NU while Copeland, Watson and Nana Akenten had six points apiece.

Nebraska took control midway through the first stanza, using a 7-0 run to build a 15-7 lead after a Thomas Allen layup with 12:56 left in the first half.

The Titans, who returned four starters from a team which won 20 games and reached the NCAA Tournament, chipped away and got within 17-13 after two straight baskets from Austen Awosika, but a 3-pointer from Akenten and Watson layup stretched the lead to nine at 22-13 with 9:29 left in the half.

The Huskers eventually got the lead to 12 points on a pair of occasions, the last being a pair of Roby free throws with 3:06 left in the half and took an 11-point lead to the locker room.

Allman led CSF with 16 points, but held Khalil Ahmad to just 12 points, as the pair went a combined 0-of-7 from 3-point range. The pair entered the game ranking second and third in the Big West in scoring.

The Huskers will have a couple of days off for Christmas before returning to action next Saturday, Dec. 29, against Southwest Minnesota State. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and available on BTN+.





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Scottsbluff Standout Garrett Nelson Signed with Nebraska to continue his Football Career.  Trevor Bentley able to chat with Nelson on his decision. 





Garrett Nelson

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Fayetteville, Ark. - Nebraska erased a nine-point deficit with 4:32 remaining to take an 80-79 lead with 1:04 left in the game, but Arkansas made enough plays in the closing minute to hold on for 84-80 women's basketball win over the Huskers at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night.

Trailing 77-68 with 4:32 left, Nebraska erupted on a 12-2 surge with seven points from freshman Sam Haiby during a 1:43 span. Her final point of her team-high 16 came on the first of two free throws to put the Big Red up 80-79 win 1:04 left.

But before the second free throw, the scoreboard inside the arena reset, putting the score to 1-0 Nebraska with 10:00 on the clock, while resetting all the team fouls and the timeouts for both teams. The scoreboard malfunction put more than two minutes between Haiby's first and second free throw. Haiby missed the second shot.

Twenty seconds later, Chelsea Dungee scored to put Arkansas back up 81-80. She added a free throw with 25 seconds left to extend the Arkansas margin to 82-80. Dungee scored 20 of her game-high 23 points in the second half to lead a group of five Arkansas starters that finished in double figures and scored all 53 points for the Razorbacks in the final 20 minutes.

Trailing by two, Nebraska got a good look at the rim from Haiby, but the challenged shot fell off the rim. The Huskers fouled and Kiara Williams, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds made both free throws to close the scoring.

Nebraska finished non-conference play with a 5-6 record, while Arkansas improved to 8-3 including 5-1 at home with its only loss coming 85-83 to a ranked Arizona State team.

In addition to the 16 points from Haiby, Nebraska got 14 points and five rebounds from freshman Ashtyn Veerbeek off the bench. Leigha Brown added nine points, while Kayla Mershon pitched in six points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals while being involved in several big plays to swing momentum. Overall, Nebraska's bench outscored the Arkansas bench 45-11.

But it wasn't enough to overcome foul trouble on Kate Cain that limited her to just four points, five rebounds and three blocks before fouling out in just 17 minutes. Maddie Simon managed four points and six boards, while Nicea Eliely contributed four points and three boards.

Taylor Kissinger led the Husker starters with 12 points, while Hannah Whitish pitched in 11 including five points in the final 5:16.

As a team, Nebraska hit 45.9 percent (28-61) of its shots from the field, including 9-of-21 three-pointers (.429), but the Big Red went just 2-for-8 from long range in the second half. The Huskers also hit 15-of-23 free throws in the game (.652), while Arkansas knocked down 17-of-23 (.739).

Nebraska won the battle of the boards, 41-37, but Arkansas won the turnover battle 15-10 and scored 25 points off Nebraska's turnovers, while the Huskers managed just 10 of the Razorbacks' 10 miscues.

Arkansas hit 40.3 percent (27-67) of its shots, including 13-of-37 threes (.351). In the second half, the Razorbacks knocked down 9-of-18 threes.

After an up-and-down first half for both teams, Nebraska took a 36-31 lead to the locker room after a running three-pointer from 40 feet as time expired heading to the half. That huge shot by by Brown capped a 5-0 NU run in the final 20 seconds, and was sparked by a steal from Mershon 30 feet away from the basket, where she dove to the floor and found Brown on the run to set up the three.

Brown scored all five of her first-half points in the final 1:12, while Haiby added a layup with 20 seconds left to give NU a 33-31 lead.

Haiby contributed seven points off the bench in the first half, while Kissinger contributed a team-high eight first-half points, including a pair of threes.

In the half, Nebraska hit 43.8 percent (14-32) of its shots from the field, including 53.8 percent (7-13) of its three-pointers. The Huskers were just 1-of-2 at the free throw line in the half. NU controlled the first-half glass, 22-18, but lost the turnover battle, 8-4.

Nebraska held Arkansas to just 33.3 percent (11-33) first-half shooting, including just 4-of-19 (.211) from three-point range, but the Razorbacks went 5-for-8 at the free throw line in the opening half. Malica Monk scored eight first-half points to lead the Hogs, while Jailyn Mason pitched in six points in the opening 20 minutes.

The Huskers got off to a great start on the road, building a 15-2 lead in the opening 6:30 after a putback from Kissinger with 3:30 left in the first quarter. But Nebraska went scoreless the final 3:30, and Arkansas closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the Husker lead to 15-10 at the quarter.

NU maintained a lead through the first five minutes of the second quarter before Arkansas took its first lead on a layup by Monk with 3:28 left in the half to give the Razorbacks 27-26.

Husker senior Maddie Simon then answered with a three, before Monk tied the score at 31 on a layup with 38 seconds left.

Nebraska will enjoy its longest break from competition during the season over the next nine days before returning to Pinnacle Bank Arena to open Big Ten Conference play against Michigan on Friday, Dec. 28. Tip-off between the Huskers and Wolverines is set for 6 p.m. (CT), and tickets are on sale now at Huskers.com.





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Sioux Falls, S.D. - James Palmer Jr. had a game-high 29 points to place three Huskers in double figures, while Nebraska clamped down in the second half, as the Huskers posted a 79-56 win at the Sanford Pentagon.

The Huskers (9-2) took control with a 22-4 run over an eight and half minute span, turning a seven-point deficit into a 43-32 lead with 15:07 remaining.

Isaac Copeland Jr. had 16 points and five rebounds, while Thomas Allen came off the bench for 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, as Nebraska’s 9-2 start continued its best start since the 2003-04 campaign.

The Huskers shut down Oklahoma State (4-6) defensively, holding the Cowboys to its second-lowest output of the season. NU also limited the Cowboys to 2-of-15 from 3-point range after OSU entered the game averaging over 9.0 3-pointers per game and ranking among the national leaders in 3-point percentage at 42 percent.

Nebraska was down 28-21 before using an 11-2 run to take a two-point lead into the locker room. Isaac Copeland led the spurt, scoring five straight points to pull the Huskers within 30-26 before Palmer’s third 3-pointer of the half made it a one-point game.

On OSU’s final possession of the half, Glynn Watson Jr. drew a foul on Michael Weathers on one end before hitting a corner 3-pointer with two seconds left to give the Huskers a lead they would not relinquish. After Watson’s 3-pointer, Oklahoma State’s bench got a technical on the way to the locker room, which Watson would convert before the second half started to extend the lead to four.

OSU pulled to within 34-32 after a Yor Anei basket before a pair of Palmer free throws started a 9-0 run capped by Isaiah Roby’s 3-point play with 15:07 remaining that pushed the lead to 11.

The Cowboys only cut the Husker lead under double figures one time, at 43-35, but Allen’s 3-pointer started a 9-2 run that stretched the lead to 52-37 after Tanner Borchardt’s basket with 11:30 left.

Nebraska’s free throw shooting and defense kept OSU at bay, as the Cowboys shot just 37 percent in the second half, including 0-of-9 from 3-point range, while NU went 18-of-20 from the line in the second half as part of a season-best 91 percent effort from the line.

Nebraska kept building on the lead and led by as many as 25 before completing its first win over a Big 12 team since joining the Big Ten in 2011.

Early on, it was a dual between Palmer and Oklahoma State’s Lindy Waters as it was a one or two possession game for most of the first 20 minutes.

Palmer kept NU in the game by hitting 6-of-11 from the field, including all three of his 3-point attempts, for 16 first-half points while Waters scored all 13 of his points in the opening 20 minutes.

Leading 23-21, the Cowboys stretched the lead to seven on a drive by Weathers and a 3-pointer from Waters before the Huskers closed the half with a flourish.

Anei finished with 17 points and eight boards, while NU limited Cameron McGriff to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting after he entered the contest averaging a team-high 13.9 points per game.

The Huskers return home for its final game before Christmas, as they host Cal State Fullerton next Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and will be televised on BTN and carried on the Husker Sports Network.

Postgame Notes
*-With the win, Nebraska improved to 9-2 on the season, matching the program’s best start since the 2010-11 season,
*-The victory marked NU’s first win over a Big 12 team since joining the Big Ten and snapped a six-game losing streak to Big 12 teams dating back to the 2010-11 season.
*-James Palmer Jr. with his 13th 20-point game, as he led all scorers with 29 points. It was his fifth 20-point game of the season. Palmer also led the Huskers with five assists.
*-Thomas Allen had 14 points off the bench and has been in double figures in each of the last two games
*-Nebraska now has four non-conference wins over power conference teams for the first time since the 1995-96 season
*-With the win, Nebraska Coach Tim Miles matched Mo Iba for third place on NU’s career wins list with 106.
*-Nebraska closes non-conference play with a 3-1 mark away from Lincoln, with the only loss coming to unbeaten Texas Tech.
*-Six of Nebraska’s nine wins have been by at least 20 points.
*-Nebraska held Oklahoma State to 2-15 from 3-point range. OSU averaged 9.1 3s per game and was among the national leaders at 41.6 percent.
*-Oklahoma State’s 56 point was its second-lowest total of the year.





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