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Kearney, Neb. – Junior forward Kyle Juhl scored a career-high 23 points and Nebraska-Kearney closed on a 24-7 run to edge Emporia State, 59-53, Sunday evening in Kansas.

The Lopers (6-11, 1-7) win its first MIAA game and first road contest of the 2018-19 season. This also marks UNK's first win at White Auditorium since the 1986-87 campaign (32 years). Back then the Lopers and Hornets (7-9, 2-6) were Central States Intercollegiate Conference (CSIC) and NAIA members.

It was a slow and defensive struggle throughout with the teams combining for just 40 first half points. Both teams shot less than 28% in the opening half with E-State up 23-17.

Emporia held the lead for 32 minutes and was up 30-19, 44-33 and 46-35 in the second half. Down 11 with 7:11 left, UNK's big run started with a bucket by senior forward Carter Burns (Ankeny, Ia.) and then Juhl (Harlan, Ia.) took over. He hit three of his five made threes in a three-minute span to turn a seven-point deficit into a 48-46 lead with 2:16 left.

UNK wouldn't trial again as they went 10 of 12 at the line to keep the Hornets at bay. The Lopers finished 14 of 16 at the charity stripe, one of its best efforts of the year.

"I'm proud and happy for our guys. They've been pretty resilient all year but we weren't happy with the effort at Washburn (Wednesday) night and the film showed it. The kids stepped up and owned it," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "This was far from pretty, kind of like the first time we played them."

Juhl had 21 of UNK's 42 second half points as he finished 7 of 15 (5 of 12 threes) from the field and 4 of 4 at the line. He also had six defensive rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

"Kyle stepped up at the right time and got hot at the right time," said Lofton. "The funny thing is I had to beg him to start shooting. He had hit a couple in the first half and then he went cold. At a certain point in the second half he caught the ball and was open in front of our bench and I said 'shoot the ball.'  Luckily it went in and from then on he was pretty engaged."

Coming off the bench for the first time this winter, Kearney freshman Kanon Koster had 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Working around foul trouble he made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch. Next, Bellevue junior forward AJ Jackson had six points and a career-best 13 rebounds (four offensive) with Burns providing six more caroms, four points, two assists and two blocks in just 15 minutes.

Both squads shot 33% from the field with UNK having a huge 47-28 advantage on the glass. That led to 15 second chance points wile E-State managed 16 points off of 17 Kearney turnovers.

"Kanon came in and got some big rebounds and was good at the line late, AJ was active and got his hands one some balls and Carter gave us some solid minutes. He communicates well on both ends of the court and that helps our guys out,” said Lofton.

The Hornets were led by Bellevue West graduate and Bowling Green State transfer Malik Hluchoweckyj. One of two ESU players in double digits, he had 16 points and four rebounds.

UNK hosts No. 2 Northwest Missouri State (17-0, 7-0) Thursday night. The Lopers stunned the Bearcats, 66-59, last January at the Health & Sports Center.

Kearney, Neb. – Freshman post Brooke Carlson scored five late points to help Nebraska-Kearney stun Emporia State, 64-62, Sunday afternoon in Kansas.

This is the Lopers (11-6, 4-4) first win at White Auditorium since the 1988-89 season. At that time it was Kearney State College and both the Lopers and Hornets (12-5, 3-3) were members of the Central States Intercollegiate Conference (CSIC).

Emporia was coming off a last second 54-51 win over previously unbeaten Fort Hays State Wednesday night. UNK suffered a last second loss at Washburn that same evening and came out a bit angry today, jumping out to leads of 6-0, 12-4 and 20-7.

That lead only grew in the second quarter with Kearney up 34-15 at the break. Ahead by as many as 22 points, everything went right for the Lopers over the first 20 minutes. UNK was 14 of 29 from the field (48%), made 3 of 4 free throws, forced nine turnovers and held ESU to 6 of 27 (22%) shooting. For added measure, two key Hornet starters had two fouls apiece.

However, E-State started to warm up a bit in the third quarter, hitting 8 of 13 (3 of 5 threes) shots. The Lopers held off the Hornets a bit thanks to four threes but it was 50-35 entering the final quarter. That's when Emporia really made its move, starting the final 10 minutes on a 14-0 run. UNK was just 2 of 19 (11%) from the field in the fourth but a three-point play from Carlson (Elkhorn H.S.) with 2:14 left erased a 54-53 deficit. Overall, ESU led for just 2:42 on the day.

At the 1:37 mark UNK benefitted from a key call as junior guard Jessica Wayne was called for a flagrant foul while trying to steal the ball from Carlson. She promptly hit the two free throws and then sophomore guard Kelsey Sanger (Crofton) did the same six seconds later on the ensuing possession. Now down 60-54, Emporia had a chance to tie things up at 60 but a three from grad transfer Emily Miller with 20 seconds left misfired and UNK went 4 of 6 at the line to salt things away

"With their rich tradition, they have like a 92 or 93 winning percentage in this building. For us to come in here against a well-coached team and win …. we're just proud of our girls. What a first half; I'm not sure I've ever been a part of a half like that," said Loper assistant coach Devin Eighmey. "They started to speed us up in the second half but we withstood that for the most part. We were aggressive against their pressure."

Another balanced Loper attack featured double doubles by freshman starting guard Klaire Kirsch (14 points, 11 rebounds & five assists) and freshman reserve forward Shiloh McCool (14 points & 12 rebounds) and a team-best 18 points from Sanger. Carlson managed seven points, six assists, four boards and two blocks battling 6-3 senior post Tiana Moala and 6-0 senior forward Tyra Jones.

This marked McCool's team-high fourth double double of the year and Kirsch's first.

"We're connected right now. You can't fake it and you can't make it up. Our kids like each other, they let us coach them and they are fun to be around," said Eighmey. "Credit our team for bouncing back and to come in here and win."

UNK had a 39-32 rebounding margin, had a 10-2 advantage in second chance points and a 20-6 advantage in bench points. Finally, 21 Lopers points came courtesy of 19 Hornet turnovers.

Emporia saw Jones get hot in the second half and finish with a double double (20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists & three steals) with two other starters combining for 25 points. The Hornets went 17 of 29 (59%) from the field after the break but also made just 8 of 14 free throws overall.

"We're going to celebrate this one a little bit longer than the 12-hour rule," said Eighmey. "And then we'll see if we can continue to this momentum, get better and protect our homecourt."

UNK hosts Northwest Missouri State (6-10, 2-5) and Missouri Western State (9-7, 4-3) next weekend.

Girls Championship - St Pats 50, Hershey 39 
Girls 3rd Place - Chase County 50, Bridgeport 38 
Girls 5th Place - Kimball 61, Perkins County 26 

Boys Championship - Bridgeport 58, Hershey 49 
Boys 3rd Place - Chase County 69, St Pats 48 
Boys 5th Place - Perkins County 45, Sutherland 29 

Adams Central 60, Grand Island Central Catholic 53
Archbishop Bergan 65, Columbus Scotus 47
Aurora 62, Seward 59
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 70, Stanton 33
Battle Creek 42, Pierce 33
Bellevue West 77, Omaha South 40
Bennington 71, Columbus 51
Boyd County 64, Elkhorn Valley 43
Centura 52, Gibbon 42
Chadron 49, Gordon/Rushville 36
Clearwater/Orchard 67, Osmond 55
Cozad 60, Holdrege 50
Elkhorn South 80, Omaha Northwest 70
Elm Creek 66, Franklin 29
Fremont 51, North Platte 49
Grand Island Northwest 43, Schuyler 18
Hartington Cedar Catholic 72, Guardian Angels 63
Harvard 46, Deshler 44
Hastings 80, Gothenburg 49
Howells/Dodge 79, Pender 70
Kearney 60, Lincoln Southwest 58
Kearney Catholic 61, Aquinas 51
Kenesaw 59, Pleasanton 45
Lincoln Christian 83, Fillmore Central 34
Lincoln East 81, Lincoln High 68
Lincoln Lutheran 45, Bishop Neumann 43
Lincoln Northeast 60, Lincoln Southeast 51
Lincoln Pius X 66, Norfolk 59
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 44, West Point-Beemer 33
Loomis 81, Elwood 33
Mead 40, Malcolm 34
Ogallala 90, Ainsworth 80
Omaha Benson 77, Papillion-LaVista South 62
Omaha Central 63, Omaha Creighton Prep 51
Omaha North 60, Papillion-LaVista 52
Ord 69, Arcadia-Loup City 63
Scottsbluff 73, Gering 49
Sidney 53, Yuma, Colo. 46
Silver Lake 53, Red Cloud 25
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 50, Eustis-Farnam 36
Sutton 66, Heartland 21
Tri County 100, Friend 24
Wahoo 81, Norfolk Catholic 32
Wood River 74, Central City 45
Crossroads Conference Tournament=
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 50, Hampton 4
Cross County 70, Dorchester 27
East Butler 46, High Plains Community 31
McCool Junction 45, Osceola 19
Nebraska Lutheran 43, Meridian 42
Goldenrod Conference Tournament=
Riverside 57, Fullerton 48
Third Place=
Humphrey St. Francis 61, Burwell 57
Minuteman Activities Conference=
Garden County 47, Bayard 38
Third Place=
Creek Valley 59, Leyton 51
Nebraska Prep Classic=
Boys Town 62, Bellevue East 58
Elmwood-Murdock 46, Syracuse 20
Gretna 65, Treynor, Iowa 27
Omaha Bryan 68, Denver East, Colo. 60
Omaha Westside 68, Central Academy(Kansas City), Mo. 46
Winnebago 71, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 60
Panhandle Conference Tournament=
Hemingford 62, Morrill 55
Fifth Place=
Edgemont, S.D. 49, Crawford 39
Third Place=
Sioux County 69, Hay Springs 64
Republican Plains Activity Tournament=
East Division=
Arapahoe 77, Bertrand 59
Cambridge 79, Alma 49
Southern Valley 68, Medicine Valley 30
West Division=
Dundy County-Stratton 83, Maywood-Hayes Center 54
Wallace 81, Maxwell 63
Wauneta-Palisade 65, Hitchcock County 42
River Cities Conference=
Omaha Roncalli 65, Elkhorn Mount Michael 54
Fifth Place=
Beatrice 82, Ralston 58
Third Place=
Omaha Skutt Catholic 66, South Sioux City 21
SPVA Conference Tournament=
Bridgeport 58, Hershey 48
Fifth Place=
Perkins County 45, Sutherland 29
Third Place=
Chase County 69, North Platte St. Patrick's 48
Centennial vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.
Falls City vs. Nemaha Central, Kan., ppd. to Jan 21st.
Amherst 41, Wilcox-Hildreth 21
Aquinas 52, Kearney Catholic 30
Archbishop Bergan 49, Columbus Scotus 33
Battle Creek 65, Pierce 62, OT
Bellevue West 78, Omaha South 40
Bennington 51, Columbus 47
Bishop Neumann 41, Lincoln Lutheran 29
Centura 51, Gibbon 24
Chadron 51, Gordon/Rushville 21
Clearwater/Orchard 38, Osmond 36
Elkhorn Valley 55, Boyd County 49
Elm Creek 64, Franklin 44
Fillmore Central 62, Lincoln Christian 58
Fremont 89, North Platte 38
Grand Island Central Catholic 45, Adams Central 26
Grand Island Northwest 66, Schuyler 24
Hartington Cedar Catholic 65, Guardian Angels 60
Harvard 48, Deshler 43
Hastings 49, Gothenburg 41
Holdrege 28, Cozad 26
Lincoln East 52, Lincoln High 37
Lincoln Northeast 59, Lincoln Southeast 35
Lincoln Pius X 57, Norfolk 35
Lincoln Southwest 62, Kearney 31
Loomis 64, Elwood 20
Malcolm 50, Mead 20
Nebraska City Lourdes 47, Weeping Water 37
Ogallala 64, Ainsworth 46
Omaha Northwest 67, Elkhorn South 64
Omaha Westside 55, Bellevue East 32
Ord 69, Arcadia-Loup City 63
Papillion-LaVista 68, Omaha North 42
Papillion-LaVista South 61, Omaha Benson 50
Pender 58, Howells/Dodge 41
Pleasanton 55, Kenesaw 52
Scottsbluff 60, Gering 51
Seward 58, Aurora 25
Sidney 30, Yuma, Colo. 27
Silver Lake 43, Red Cloud 37
Stanton 51, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 46
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 53, Eustis-Farnam 16
Sutton 52, Heartland 37
Tri County 45, Friend 15
Wahoo 61, Norfolk Catholic 42
Waverly 56, Elkhorn 45
West Point-Beemer 54, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 38
Wood River 64, Central City 54
Crossroads Conference Tournament=
Cross County 52, Lutheran High Northeast 22
Giltner 59, Hampton 32
Meridian 37, High Plains Community 27
Osceola 53, East Butler 32
Shelby/Rising City 34, Dorchester 21
Goldenrod Conference Tournament=
Central Valley 40, Burwell 38
Humphrey St. Francis 56, Fullerton 36
Minuteman Activities Conference Tournament=
South Platte 54, Bayard 33
Third Place=
Leyton 56, Minatare 35
Nebraska Frontier Conference Tournament=
Cedar Bluffs 44, Parkview Christian 23
College View Academy 43, Whiting, Iowa 30
Cornerstone Christian 55, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 23
Omaha Christian Academy 53, Boys Town 35
Nebraska Prep Classic=
Oakland-Craig 71, Gretna 69
Syracuse 58, Elmwood-Murdock 27
Panhandle Conference Tournament=
Hemingford 37, Hay Springs 18
Morrill 32, Crawford 30
Republican Plains Activity Tournament=
East Division=
Alma 52, Medicine Valley 22
Bertrand 54, Southwest 12
Southern Valley 50, Arapahoe 37
West Division=
Hitchcock County 69, Wauneta-Palisade 30
Maxwell 50, Paxton 27
Maywood-Hayes Center 59, Wallace 19
River Cities Conference Tournament=
Seventh Place=
Omaha Mercy 53, Ralston 26
Third Place=
Omaha Gross Catholic 55, Omaha Roncalli 46
South Sioux City 69, Omaha Skutt Catholic 59
SPVA Conference Tournament=
North Platte St. Patrick's 50, Hershey 39
Fifth Place=
Kimball 61, Perkins County 26
Third Place=
Chase County 50, Bridgeport 38
Centennial vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.

North Platte – The North Platte Community College Knights men’s basketball team completed the weekend sweep of Region IX South Sub-Region opponents with a 95-82 victory over the defending Region IX runners-up, Otero Junior College Rattlers.
The Knights improve to 13-1 on the season and 2-0 in Region IX South Sub-Region play.
The score was tied at 42 at halftime and the Knights outscored the Rattlers 53-40 to secure the victory.
Ilya Tyrtyshnik, from Kiev, Ukraine, led the Knights in scoring with 20 points. Tyrtyshnik was one of five Knights to score in double figures.  Courtney Murrell, from Carrollton, Texas, and Tim Johnson, from Arlington, Texas, each had 18 points.  Jakub Karwowski, from Warsaw, Poland, had 11 points, and DaVonte Tharpe, from Macon, Ga, added 10 points.
The Rattlers, now 13-4 on the season and 1-2 in Region IX South Sub-Region play. 
Jacob Jackson led the Rattlers with 17 points. Yaniel Videl added 16 points and AJ Youngman had 14 points.
“It's nice to win the first two sub-region games, especially on the road. But we have a long way to go and our guys can't be satisfied,” Knights Head Coach Kevin O’Connor said. “We need to get back to practice Monday and prepare for an NJC team that is always tough.”
On Friday the Knights game against theTrinidad State Junior College Trojans, was delayed because of icy roads on their trip down to Trinidad.  The game was originally scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m. CST but did not start until 10 p.m. CST.
The Knights prevailed over the Trojans 87-60.
The Trojans started out the game, jumping out to a 14-4 lead. The Knights battled back and tied the game at 23 and took a 40-32 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, the Knights didn’t let up and outscored the Trojans 47-28 to secure the win.
Murrell led the Knights scoring attack with 21 points. Four other Knights scored in double digits. Da'May Jones, from Houston, Texas, scored 12 points. Johnson added 11 points, Karwowski, and Tyrtyshnik each scored 10 points.
Karwowski had a double-double with 12 rebounds.  He also had five blocked shots.
The Trojans were led in scoring by Isaac Essein with 12 points.  Ian Kelly was next with 11 points, and David Muenkat added 10 points.
Bilal Shabazz had six rebounds to lead the Trojans.
The Trojans drop to 13-4 on the season and 0-1 in South Sub-Region play.
The Knights are in action next on Tuesday, when they travel to Sterling, Colo., to face the Northeastern Junior College Plainsmen.
Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CST.

La Junta, Colo. – The Otero Junior College Rattlers came away with a win over the North Platte Community College Knights in women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon, 57-50.
The Knights was scheduled to play Trinidad State Junior College on Friday but the game was cancelled, due to icy roads.
The Knights after one quarter, trailed the Rattlers by one point 10-9.
The Rattlers stretched out their lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Knights 16-5, to take a 26-14 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Knights outscored the Rattlers 20-18, to pull within 10, at 44-34.
The Knights continued to close the gap in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Rattlers 15-13.
“We missed opportunities at the free throw line and at the hoop” Knights Head Coach Jeff Thurman said. “Defensively we are solid. Our offense needs to start progressing. That comes with focus and preparation.”
The Knights, now 2-14, were led by Katie Cox, from New Port Richey, Fla., who had 11 points and seven rebounds. Nerea Castellano, from Barcelona, Spain, added eight points for the Knights.
The Rattlers, now 10-7, were led in scoring by Grace O’Neil with 16 points.  Hilda Garcia was a point behind with 15 points and Laura Prado-Morales had 11 points.
The Knights are in action next on Tuesday, when they travel to Sterling, Colo., to face Northeastern Junior College.
Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CST

Kearney, Neb. – Junior heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs recorded a late technical fall to help second-ranked Nebraska-Kearney slip past sixth-ranked Lindenwood, 20-19, Saturday afternoon at Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

This was the Lopers (8-4, 1-0) only dual of the day; Truman State from Missouri couldn't make the trip due to weather. The Lions (10-3, 2-1) started Saturday with a 23-18 victory over No. 7 Colorado-State Pueblo and then whipped Colorado School of Mines, 32-6, in the last round.

In a back and forth dual that saw several matches come down to the wire, Lindenwood grabbed a 19-15 lead after ninth-ranked Colton Clingenpool had a 13-5 major at 184 pounds and junior Jared McKindley used a takedown midway through the first sudden victory period to edge Gretna senior Brady Radik, 4-2, at 197 pounds.

Needing a fall or tech fall at heavyweight in order to win and take a big step at the 2019 MIAA title, UNK saw Hinrichs (Geneva) jump out to period leads of 5-3 and 15-6 over No. 12 Courvosier Morrow. His day had started with a 7-3 upset of fourth-ranked Gavin Nye of CSU-Pueblo.

Hinrichs, now 24-6 on the year, continued to take down Morrow but a major decision wouldn't be enough as the Lions had the tiebreaker in case of a 19-all tie.  With around 17 seconds left, Hinrichs recorded his final two points and then fought off a shot by Morrow. Nearly three minutes of riding time was the deciding factor in a 23-8 pasting.

Another huge team point was tallied by top-ranked Matt Malcom (Glenwood, Ia.) at 157 pounds. Now on a 10-match winning streak, Malcom scored seven third period points to beat Nate Trepanier, 10-2, by major decision. At 141 pounds, ninth-ranked Jonathan Killingsworth (Lincoln SE) controlled Danny Swan, who was moving up a class, for most of the seven minutes. Down 4-2, Swan almost recorded a late takedown. Instead, Killingsworth fought it off and won 4-3 as Swan had just over a minute of riding time. 

Lindenwood grabbed a 9-0 lead as fershman Tanner Hitchcock pinned sophomore Wesley Dawkins (Lincoln H.S.) with a second left at 133 pounds. Dawkins dominated the match, having a 6-1 lead and almost three minutes of riding time but a late front headlock by Hitchcock literally flipped the result. To start the dual, third-ranked Carlos Jacquez had three takedowns to beat second-ranked Josh Portillo (Clarion, Ia.) by a 7-2 margin.

UNK is now off until Tuesday, January 29th, when it hosts the Central Missouri Mules.


Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm captured a thrilling overtime victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks by a final score of 3-2 Saturday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. Khristian Acosta and Connor McMenamin scored goals in regulation time, and Filip Forsmark netted his 7thgoal of the season in overtime to give the Storm a 3-2 win over the Eastern Conference leading Muskegon Lumberjacks. Tri-City returns home Friday night to host the Youngstown Phantoms, puck drop is set for 7:05pm.


Tri-City’s Khristian Acosta gave the Storm a lead just over three minutes into the opening period. Acosta’s goal was assisted by Benji Eckerle and was scored at the 3:25 mark of the 1st period. The Lumberjacks answered back with goals from Zack Nazzarett and Max Ellis at 16:56 and 18:56 of the 1st period. Despite being outshot 17-10 in the 1st period, Muskegon carried a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period.


No goals were scored in a penalty filled 2nd period, and the Storm trailed 2-1 entering the 3rd period. During the 2nd period, Storm goaltender Isaiah Saville left the game due to injury and was replaced by Jake Barczewski. Barczewski played the final 39:39 of the game and stopped all 11 Lumberjacks shots.


Connor McMenamin tipped a puck behind Muskegon goaltender Brandon Bussi to tie the game 2-2 with under five minutes to play in regulation. Zac Jones and Ronnie Attard recorded assists on McMenamin’s goal scored at 15:27 of the 3rd period. Tri-City outshot Muskegon 13-6 in the 3rd period and forced overtime on McMenamin’s late goal. In overtime, each team traded chances, but it was Tri-City’s Filip Forsmark who netted the game winning goal. Keaton Pehrson set up Forsmark’s game winning goal at 1:58 of the overtime period. Tri-City outshot Muskegon 43-23 and skated away with a 3-2 overtime win in one of the season’s most thrilling games.


Tri-City returns to action Friday in a home game against the Youngstown Phantoms.


Lincoln - Hannah Whitish and Taylor Kissinger combined for 19 points in the fourth quarter, while Nicea Eliely sparked the Huskers with five steals in the final period, as Nebraska stormed back from a nine-point deficit with less than eight minutes to play for a 63-57 women's basketball win over No. 23 Minnesota at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday evening.

Freshman Sam Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., capped Nebraska's 25-11 fourth-quarter outburst with the game's final four points in the last 20 seconds to seal the win over the Golden Gophers. Haiby matched Minnesota's first-team All-Big Ten senior point guard Kenisha Bell for game-high scoring honors with 16.

Nebraska improved to 4-3 in the Big Ten and 9-9 overall with its first win over a top-25 opponent this season, while Minnesota slipped to 2-5 in the conference and 13-5 overall.

Nebraska, which trailed 46-38 at the end of three quarters, got its first three-pointer of the game from Kissinger to open the fourth quarter. The Huskers, who averaged 7.5 threes per game coming into the contest, were 0-for-7 from long range against the Gophers in the first 30 minutes.

However, Minnesota answered with baskets from Jasmine Brunson and Kenisha Bell to take its biggest lead at 50-41 with 7:47 to play. Haiby finished a layup to cut the margin before Whitish trimmed the lead to 50-45 with 6:24 left and force a timeout by Minnesota.

The Gophers then got their second three-pointer of the game, a right wing triple from Destiny Pitts to regain a 53-45 margin with six minutes left. That was the last field goal of the game for Minnesota, as Nebraska's 1-3-1 defense shut down the Gophers from the field the rest of the way and shut out Minnesota entirely for the last four minutes.

In fact, in the final six minutes Minnesota only got a missed three-pointer from Brunson with 3:52 left to the rim, as the Huskers forced five Minnesota turnovers and blocked two shots down the stretch. Eliely got four of her career-high six steals during the final six minutes, while Kissinger and Ashtyn Veerbeek both recorded big blocked shots for the Big Red.

Meanwhile, the Huskers answered with a three-point play from Kissinger with 5:48 left, followed by two three-pointers from Whitish and another three-pointer from Kissinger to tie the game at 57 and force another timeout by Minnesota with 3:03 left.

In the final three minutes, Minnesota got no shots to the rim while Whitish and Haiby combined to go 4-for-4 at the line and Haiby all but clinched the Husker victory with a strong drive and finish with 19.5 seconds left. Nebraska outscored the Gophers 18-4 in the final six minutes and 25-11 in the fourth quarter, while closing the game on a 12-0 run.

It was Nebraska's second fourth-quarter comeback to victory in Big Ten play, joining a 30-13 fourth-quarter outburst after trailing Michigan in the conference opener.

"Our team keeps fighting and they have shown their commitment to stick with it even when things might not be going that well," Nebraska Coach Amy Williams. "We know we can play a lot better basketball than we played today, but it was exciting in the fourth quarter when we hit some shots and the crowd got going. It was like a wave of excitement that everybody got caught up in."

While Haiby finished with 16 points to lead the Huskers, Whitish scored 10 of her 12 points in the fourth period and Kissinger got all nine of her points in the game in the final period. Nebraska's leading scorer coming into the game, freshman Leigha Brown, also produced nine points in the first three quarters to keep the Huskers within striking distance. Veerbeek pitched in six points, five rebounds and a career-high-matching three blocks.

Nebraska held Minnesota to just 37 percent (20-54) shooting, including just 2-for-9 (.222) from three-point range. The Gophers also hit just 65.2 percent (15-23) of their free throws while committing 17 turnovers in the game.

The Huskers finished at 44 percent (22-54), including 8-for-13 (.615) in the fourth quarter. The Huskers went just 4-for-16 (.250) from beyond the arc, but 4-for-9 in the final period, and knocked down 83.3 percent (15-18) of their free throws. Nebraska committed 13 turnovers in the game, but just two in the decisive fourth quarter.

Nebraska's fourth-quarter eruption allowed the Huskers to overcome a season-worst 43-24 (-19) rebound margin. It was NU's first negative double-digit rebound margin of the season.

After a tight game throughout the first half, Minnesota took a 27-26 lead to the locker room at the half thanks to a last-second three-pointer from Irene Garrido-Perez. It was the first three of the game by either team.

The first half featured six ties and 15 lead changes with Nebraska building a pair of five-point leads, while Minnesota never led by more than a single point.

The Huskers, who led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter, trailed by just one at the half despite being out-rebounded 24-15 in the half and going without a first-half three.

Haiby and Veerbeek led the Huskers with six points apiece in the half, while Brown pitched in four points. Whitish, Kate Cain, Eliely and Maddie Simon each scored two points for the Big Red in the low-scoring half.

As a team, Nebraska hit just 36 percent (9-25) of its shots but did convert 8-of-9 free throws.

The Golden Gophers were led by 10 points from Bell on 3-of-10 shooting and 4-of-6 free throws. Pitts, who finished with 10 points, added five first-half points, while Annalese Lamke, who also finished with 10 points, pitched in four in the opening 20 minutes.

Minnesota hit 33.3 percent (10-30) of its first-half shots, including 1-of-5 threes, while converting 6-of-10 free throws. Minnesota committed eight turnovers, while forcing seven by the Huskers.

Nebraska returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday, as the Huskers play host to Northwestern. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Wildcats is set for 7 p.m., with tickets available now on


RPAC Basketball Tournament continues this week.  View Updated Bracket.