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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.


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


WNCC men top NJC 97-88


                STERLING, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community Collegemen’s basketball team received 33 points from Dru Kuxhausen as the Cougars captured a 97-88 Region IX South Subregion win over Northeastern Junior College at Sterling, Colorado, Friday night.

                The win was the Cougars 14th of the season and moves WNCC to 2-0 in the South subregion. WNCC will look to go 3-0 in the subregion when they travel to Lamar Community College on Saturday before hosting McCook Community College on Tuesday.

                Friday’s contest was a tale of two halves. The first half was offensive-minded between the two teams, who combined for 118 points. WNCC opened the game hitting its first three 3-pointers and rolled to a 68-50 halftime lead.

                The second half was just the opposite as both teams’ defensives took center stage. NJC outscored WNCC 38-29 in the second half.

                WNCC shot 58 percent for the game and connected on 16 of 31 3-pointers. Kuxhausen buried six treys in the win, while Martin Roub had three, Marquis White finished with two, and Jervay Green one 3-pointer.

                The Cougars had four players finish with double figures. Kuxhausen led all scorers with 33 points and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line.

                Roub poured in 21 points with three 3-pointers, while Green tallied 19 points. White put in 12 points.

                Roub led the Cougars on the boards with seven, while Bryce Sanchious had six.  


WNCC   68 29 -- 97

NJC        50 38 -- 88


Dru Kuxhausen 33, Marquis White 12, Bryce Sanchious 2, Jervay Green 19, Martin Roub 21, LeBeck Warren 8, Henry Tanksley 2.


Nykolas Lange 17, Ryan Bagley 6, Mohamed Diallo 24, Terae Johnson 16, Ben Davis II 6, Xavier Johnson 12, Andrew Ferrin 2, Tre Lewis 5.


STERLING, Colo. - Merle Wiehl ignited for 27 points to help lead the Western Nebraska Community College women's basketball team to a 72-59 Region IX South Sub-region road win over Northeastern Junior College on Friday night in Sterling, Colorado.

                Wiehl shot 11 of 17 from the field overall in the game, including 4 of 7 from behind the 3-point line.

                Tishara Morehouse came off the bench to join Wiehl in the double-figure scoring column with 12 points. She canned a pair of 3-pointers. Taylor Joplin followed with nine points for the Cougars and Allysah Boothe finished with eight.

                Andrijana Reljic led WNCC on the glass with seven rebounds. Wiehl tracked down five boards.

                Boothe finished with a team-high four assists. Reljic led the Cougars defensively with a pair of steals.

                WNCC led 22-8 after the first quarter and outscored the Plainswomen 13-6 in the second quarter to grab a 35-14 halftime advantage. The strong first-half play was enough for the Cougars to hold on in the second half after NJC outscored WNCC 29-17 in the third period. WNCC outscored NJC 20-16 in the fourth.

                Tashika Burrell led NJC offensively with 18 points.

                The victory improved the Cougars to 15-3 on the season and 2-0 in the South sub-region. WNCC will play at Lamar Community College on Saturday at 2 p.m. before returning home to host McCook Community College on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.


WNCC                   22 13 17 20 -- 72

NJC                        8 6 29 16 -- 59


Merle Wiehl 27, Allysah Boothe 8, Kolby Underwood 2, Taylor Joplin 9, Tishara Morehouse 12, Andrijana Reljic 4, Anyssia Gibbs 2, R'Manie Pulling 6, Yuliyana Valcheva 2.


Alyzae Davis 14, Tashika Burrell 18, Asia Turner 8, Taylor Knudson 7, Aleksandra Ratnikava 12.

Abraham Lincoln, Colo. 88, Scottsbluff 86
Broken Bow 53, Valentine 37
Douglas County West 71, Arlington 48
Gering 73, Chadron 61
Guardian Angels 52, O'Neill 50
Ogallala 67, Alliance 64
Panhandle Conference Tournament=
Hemingford 88, Sioux County 51
Morrill 60, Hay Springs 22
Anselmo-Merna vs. North Central, ccd.
Aquinas vs. Hastings St. Cecilia, ppd.
Bellevue West vs. Omaha North, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Blue Hill vs. Sandy Creek, ppd. to Jan 26th.
Boone Central/Newman Grove vs. Ord, ppd.
Brady vs. Stapleton, ccd.
Conestoga vs. Fort Calhoun, ppd.
Cornerstone Christian vs. Omaha Nation, ccd.
Crete vs. Columbus, ppd.
Elkhorn Valley vs. Creighton, ppd.
Elkhorn vs. Blair, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Gordon/Rushville vs. Cody-Kilgore, ppd.
Grand Island Northwest vs. Hastings, ppd.
Hartington-Newcastle vs. Crofton, ppd.
Holdrege vs. Minden, ppd. to Jan 31st.
Lincoln East vs. Lincoln North Star, ppd. to Jan 22nd.
Lincoln Lutheran vs. Bishop Neumann, ppd.
Millard South vs. Millard West, ppd. to Feb 1st.
Omaha Bryan vs. Lincoln Southeast, ppd.
Omaha Northwest vs. Omaha Burke, ppd.
Omaha South vs. Papillion-LaVista, ppd. to Jan 22nd.
Omaha Westside vs. Papillion-LaVista South, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Pleasanton vs. Elm Creek, ppd.
Ravenna vs. Arcadia-Loup City, ppd.
Sandhills/Thedford vs. St. Mary's, ppd.
Schuyler vs. Columbus Lakeview, ppd. to Feb 1st.
Seward vs. Aurora, ppd.
Stuart vs. Santee, ppd.
Twin Loup vs. Mullen, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Walthill vs. Homer, ppd.
Wayne vs. Hartington Cedar Catholic, ppd.
West Point-Beemer vs. Twin River, ppd.
Wilber-Clatonia vs. Malcolm, ppd.
Wilcox-Hildreth vs. Axtell, ccd.
Winside vs. Wausa, ppd.
Wynot vs. Pender, ppd. to Feb 7th.
York vs. Fairbury, ppd.
Arlington 76, Douglas County West 26
Broken Bow 55, Valentine 30
Gering 41, Chadron 32
Hyannis 46, Arthur County 31
Milford 45, Elmwood-Murdock 35
Ogallala 46, Alliance 39
Panhandle Conference Basketball Tournament=
Crawford 36, Edgemont, S.D. 34
Morrill 33, Sioux County 26
SPVA Conference Tournament=
Perkins County 37, Sutherland 29
Hershey 55, Bridgeport 29
North Platte St. Patrick's 69, Chase County 37
Anselmo-Merna vs. North Central, ppd.
Aquinas vs. Hastings St. Cecilia, ccd.
Bellevue West vs. Omaha North, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Blue Hill vs. Sandy Creek, ppd. to Jan 26th.
Boone Central/Newman Grove vs. Ord, ppd.
Brady vs. Stapleton, ppd.
Cody-Kilgore vs. Gordon/Rushville, ppd.
Conestoga vs. Fort Calhoun, ppd.
Cornerstone Christian vs. Omaha Nation, ccd.
Crete vs. Columbus, ppd.
Elkhorn Valley vs. Creighton, ppd.
Elkhorn vs. Blair, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Grand Island Northwest vs. Hastings, ppd.
Hartington-Newcastle vs. Crofton, ppd.
Holdrege vs. Minden, ppd. to Jan 31st.
Johnson County Central vs. Auburn, ppd.
Lincoln East vs. Lincoln North Star, ppd. to Jan 22nd.
Lincoln Lutheran vs. Bishop Neumann, ppd.
Millard South vs. Millard West, ppd. to Feb 1st.
Omaha Bryan vs. Lincoln Southeast, ppd.
Omaha Burke vs. Fremont, ccd.
Omaha South vs. Papillion-LaVista, ppd. to Jan 22nd.
Omaha Westside vs. Papillion-LaVista South, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Plattsmouth vs. Gretna, ccd.
Pleasanton vs. Elm Creek, ppd.
Ravenna vs. Arcadia-Loup City, ppd.
Sandhills/Thedford vs. St. Mary's, ppd.
Schuyler vs. Columbus Lakeview, ppd. to Feb 1st.
Seward vs. Aurora, ppd.
Stuart vs. Santee, ppd.
Twin Loup vs. Mullen, ppd. to Jan 29th.
Walthill vs. Homer, ppd.
Wayne vs. Hartington Cedar Catholic, ppd.
West Point-Beemer vs. Twin River, ppd.
Wilber-Clatonia vs. Malcolm, ppd.
Wilcox-Hildreth vs. Axtell, ccd.
Winside vs. Wausa, ppd.
Wynot vs. Pender, ppd. to Feb 7th.
York vs. Fairbury, ppd.


Lincoln – The Nebraska men’s basketball team fought hard Thursday night, but the Huskers could not overcome their worst shooting night of the season in a 70-64 loss to No. 6 Michigan State at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Despite shooting just 32.8 percent from the field and hitting only 5-of-26 from the 3-point line, Nebraska was within striking distance in a game that featured 11 lead changes and six ties. The game was tied at 44 with 9:43 remaining, but Michigan State responded with a 7-0 run and never relinquished the lead.

The loss snapped Nebraska’s school-record-tying 20-game home winning streak, as the Huskers dropped to 13-5 on the season and 3-4 in Big Ten Conference play. James Palmer Jr. led the Huskers with 24 points and eight rebounds, and the senior went 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. Isaac Copeland Jr. added 13 points in his 100th career start, while Thomas Allen chipped in nine points and Glynn Watson Jr. had eight.

Cassius Winston led Michigan State with a career-high 29 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Behind Winston, the Spartans (16-2 overall, 7-0 Big Ten) won their 11th straight game, set a school record with their 19th consecutive regular-season Big Ten Conference win and extended their school record with their 11th consecutive Big Ten road win.

Michigan State used the play of Winston and Nick Ward to take a 33-28 lead into the locker room, marking the first time the Huskers had trailed at halftime at home this season. Winston had 16 first-half points and three assists, while Ward added nine points and six rebounds. Copeland led NU with nine first-half points, but Nebraska shot just 28 percent from the field.

Nebraska trailed 15-11 before Watson keyed an 8-0 spurt with a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which gave the Huskers a 19-15 lead with 10:51 left in the first half. MSU responded with five straight points to regain the lead before Allen answered with a three to put NU on top 22-20. The Huskers stretched the lead to four on an Allen basket with 4:47 to play in the half, but that was the last field goal Nebraska would make in the half, as the Spartans closed the half on an 11-2 run, scoring the final seven points of the period to take a five-point lead at the half.

In the second half, Nebraska used a 6-0 run to grab a 36-35 lead five minutes into the period. Michigan State answered by scoring seven of the next nine points but the Huskers again fought back, tying the game at 44 on a pair of Palmer free throws with less than 10 minutes to play. But Michigan State put the game away with a 16-4 run over the next eight minutes, building a 60-48 advantage with 1:50 to play.

Nebraska did not give up, trimming the lead to as little as four at 68-64 with 14 second remaining, but Michigan State hit 9-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal their 11th consecutive win. In all, MSU went 16-of-18 from the foul line in the win.

The Huskers return to action on Monday night, as Nebraska travels to Rutgers. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (central) and will be carried on BTN and the Husker Sports Network.


Champaign - Ashtyn Veerbeek erupted for a career-high 19 points to lead four Huskers in double figures as Nebraska powered its way to a 77-67 Big Ten women's basketball road win at Illinois on Thursday night at the State Farm Center.

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 3-3 in the Big Ten and 7-9 overall, while Illinois slipped to 1-5 in the conference and 9-8 overall.

Veerbeek, whose previous career high was 14 points, matched her career best through three quarters and pumped in five straight points including Nebraska's biggest shot of the night with a three-pointer with 1:39 left to push Nebraska's lead to 69-59. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa, added eight rebounds and a block to propel the Huskers to their second Big Ten road win of the year.

Hannah Whitish, who finished with 12 points and seven assists without a turnover, helped the Huskers seal the win with four free throws in the final 1:30, while Leigha Jones and Taylor Kissinger each pitched in 10 points. Kate Cain added strong contributions with eight points and seven rebounds, while Sam Haiby added seven points, two assists and three steals off the bench.

Kayla Mershon, a freshman from Chanhassen, Minn., helped the Huskers get a win in her first career start by knocking down a first-half three and sealing the victory with Nebraska's final two points of the night at the line.

The Huskers, who led by as many as 14 points in both the first and fourth quarters, saw the Illini cut the margin to seven points with 2:35 left in the game, before Veerbeek buried a three to change the complexion of the game in the final two minutes.

It was Veerbeek's lone three of the contest and Nebraska's seventh of the game. The Huskers hit 31.8 percent of their threes (7-22), while Nebraska hit 47.2 percent (25-53) of its shots overall, while knocking down 20-of-28 (.714) of its free throws. NU forced 17 turnovers by Illinois and turned those into 15 points. Nebraska committed just 12 turnovers in the contest.

Illinois freshman Aerial Scott scored a career-high 23 points, including 4-of-9 threes, to keep the Illini within striking distance throughout the game after falling behind 19-5 midway through the first quarter. Alex Wittinger added a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Cierra Rice pitched in 11 points off the bench.

For the game, Illinois hit 39.1 percent (25-64) of its shots, including 29.2 percent (7-24) from three-point range. The Illini knocked down just 10-of-17 free throws, but out-rebounded the Huskers 40-32 on the night. However, Illinois was only able to convert 15 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points, while the Huskers got nine points of their five offensive boards on the night.

Nebraska jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and built its biggest lead at 19-5 after Whitish's second three-pointer with 3:25 left in the quarter. But the Illini heated up and cut the margin to 25-17 at the end of the quarter, despite six straight points from Brown to end the period for the Big Red.

The Huskers pushed the margin back to 12 points at 32-20 after a Mershon three with 5:57 left, but Illinois closed out the quarter strong to cut the deficit to 36-29 at the half.

Nebraska hit 48.3 percent (14-29) of its first-half shots, including 5-of-14 threes (.357), after shooting 62.5 percent (10-16) in the first quarter, including 66.7 percent (4-6) from long range. The Huskers committed just four turnovers in the half, while forcing five by the Illini that Nebraska turned into seven points. Brown and Veerbeek led the Big Red with eight first-half points apiece, while Kissinger added seven and Whitish six.

The Fighting Illini were held to 35.3 percent (12-34) shooting, including 3-of-13 threes (.231). Illinois also went just 2-for-6 at the free throw line. Scott led Illinois with 12 points off the bench in the half, including a pair of threes. The Illini did out-rebound Nebraska, 21-18, in the half.

Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Sunday to square off with No. 23 Minnesota. Tip-off between the Big Red and Golden Gophers is set for 5 p.m., and tickets are available now at



Ainsworth 66, CWC 23

Allen 55, Wynot 47

Alliance 68, Gordon/Rushville 23

Amherst 44, Shelton 34

Anselmo-Merna 64, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 44

Ashland-Greenwood 50, Yutan 47

Axtell 55, Arapahoe 46

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 68, Wakefield 55

Battle Creek 54, Guardian Angels 52

Blair 59, Omaha Concordia 41

Blue Hill 60, Harvard 47

Conestoga 65, Palmyra 62

Crofton 57, Wayne 56

Cross County 64, Dorchester 18

David City 62, Shelby/Rising City 59

Douglas County West 59, Louisville 49

Dundy County-Stratton 71, Wallace 48

Elkhorn 62, Columbus 43

Emerson-Hubbard 47, Homer 42

Exeter/Milligan 50, Meridian 33

Falls City Sacred Heart 58, Jefferson (Conception), Mo. 51, OT

Fort Calhoun 58, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 44

Freeman 65, Malcolm 26

Giltner 54, East Butler 42

Grand Island Central Catholic 47, Grand Island Northwest 22

Hartington Cedar Catholic 67, Creighton 29

Hastings St. Cecilia 43, Superior 38

Heartland 78, High Plains Community 39

Johnson County Central 54, Weeping Water 14

Johnson-Brock 95, Lewiston 25

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 81, Hartington-Newcastle 57

Lincoln North Star 62, Grand Island 44

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Arlington 33

Loomis 68, Southwest 60

Lutheran High Northeast 77, Walthill 38

Madison 62, Stanton 44

Maxwell 66, Brady 42

McCook 41, Lexington 39

McCool Junction 25, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 23

Mead 55, Parkview Christian 51

Milford 60, Columbus Lakeview 46

Millard West 57, Omaha Bryan 55

Mitchell 51, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 36

Nebraska City Lourdes 69, Auburn 36

Neligh-Oakdale 63, Clearwater/Orchard 53

Norris 41, York 40

North Bend Central 69, Columbus Scotus 49

North Central 62, Niobrara/Verdigre 57

O'Neill 47, Wagner, S.D. 38

Oakland-Craig 72, Tekamah-Herman 20

Omaha Creighton Prep 59, Omaha Westside 55

Osmond 61, Bloomfield 31

Overton 76, Elwood 42

Pawnee City 42, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 38, OT

Paxton 52, Hitchcock County 40

Platteview 64, Nebraska City 48

Ponca 59, Winnebago 40

Randolph 58, Winside 17

Schuyler 38, Central City 36

Seward 70, Crete 29

Silver Lake 49, Franklin 28

South Loup 64, Arcadia-Loup City 52

Southern 42, Diller-Odell 37

St. Mary's 84, Santee 46

St. Paul 55, Minden 41

Sterling 61, Omaha Christian Academy 53

Sutton 91, Ravenna 44

Syracuse 46, Plattsmouth 44

Thayer Central 51, Friend 27

Tri County 80, College View Academy 25

Wahoo 83, Raymond Central 36

Wausa 39, Elkhorn Valley 38

West Holt 55, Plainview 43

Wisner-Pilger 51, Twin River 40

2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=

Hershey 51, Sutherland 37

2019 Thunder Classic Basketball Tournament=

Falls City 49, Jackson Heights, Kan. 44

Minuteman Activities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Creek Valley 66, Minatare 63

Garden County 56, Potter-Dix 11

Leyton 45, South Platte 43

Panhandle Conference Basketball Tournament=

Hay Springs 55, Crawford 49

Sioux County 51, Edgemont, S.D. 45

River Cities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Elkhorn Mount Michael 64, Omaha Gross Catholic 52

Omaha Skutt Catholic 69, Ralston 63

South Sioux City 68, Beatrice 52


Alliance 47, Gordon/Rushville 34

Amherst 61, Shelton 21

Arlington 58, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 34

Auburn 34, Nebraska City Lourdes 32

Aurora 40, Holdrege 30

Axtell 34, Arapahoe 29

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 56, Wakefield-Allen 49

Blair 37, Omaha Concordia 26

Bloomfield 47, Osmond 35

Blue Hill 55, Harvard 18

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 34, McCool Junction 32

CWC 68, Ainsworth 40

Centennial 57, Wilber-Clatonia 12

Central City 50, Schuyler 24

Crete 39, Seward 31

Crofton 60, Wayne 36

Cross County 35, Dorchester 23

David City 36, Shelby/Rising City 27

Diller-Odell 48, Southern 37

Dundy County-Stratton 64, Wallace 14

Elkhorn 50, Columbus 39

Elkhorn Valley 67, Wausa 37

Exeter/Milligan 58, Meridian 37

Falls City 41, St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. 29

Giltner 68, East Butler 26

Grand Island Central Catholic 52, Wood River 40

Guardian Angels 67, Battle Creek 66

Hampton 40, Nebraska Lutheran 37

Hartington Cedar Catholic 58, Creighton 42

Hartington-Newcastle 53, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 38

Hastings St. Cecilia 48, Superior 45, OT

Heartland 49, High Plains Community 20

Hitchcock County 61, Paxton 32

Homer 49, Emerson-Hubbard 25

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 54, Pawnee City 38

Jefferson (Conception), Mo. 31, Falls City Sacred Heart 25

Johnson-Brock 59, Lewiston 25

Lawrence-Nelson 49, Deshler 40

Lincoln North Star 67, Grand Island 43

Loomis 58, Southwest 15

Lutheran High Northeast 68, Walthill 51

Malcolm 32, Freeman 24

Maxwell 50, Brady 31

McCook 41, Lexington 39

Mead 55, Parkview Christian 14

Medicine Valley 35, Eustis-Farnam 20

Milford 66, Columbus Lakeview 59

Millard West 60, Omaha Bryan 9

Mitchell 51, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 36

Neligh-Oakdale 35, Clearwater/Orchard 26

Norfolk Catholic 55, Gretna 43

Norris 41, York 40

North Bend Central 38, Columbus Scotus 24

North Central 64, Niobrara/Verdigre 59

O'Neill 69, Wagner, S.D. 48

Oakland-Craig 62, Tekamah-Herman 38

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, Fort Calhoun 48

Omaha Marian 63, Omaha Central 49

Overton 48, Elwood 38

Palmyra 43, Conestoga 31

Platteview 52, Nebraska City 28

Pleasanton 55, Ansley-Litchfield 19

Ponca 59, Winnebago 42

Randolph 52, Winside 12

Silver Lake 47, Franklin 35

South Loup 53, Arcadia-Loup City 37

St. Mary's 66, Santee 52

St. Paul 46, Minden 40

Stanton 62, Madison 12

Sterling 49, Omaha Christian Academy 37

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34, Anselmo-Merna 33

Sutton 43, Ravenna 37

Syracuse 57, Plattsmouth 34

Thayer Central 54, Friend 28

Tri County 62, College View Academy 9

Twin River 33, Wisner-Pilger 29

Wahoo 64, Raymond Central 36

Weeping Water 51, Johnson County Central 34

West Holt 59, Plainview 24

Yutan 60, Ashland-Greenwood 30

2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=

Bridgeport 59, Perkins County 22

Chase County 49, Kimball 25

Hershey 48, Sutherland 20

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=

Burwell 53, Nebraska Christian 38

Central Valley 60, Riverside 23

Fullerton 49, Spalding Academy 19

Humphrey St. Francis 68, Palmer 25


College View Academy 65, Whiting, Iowa 36

O'Neill 46, Neligh-Oakdale 42

Omaha Benson 65, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 52

Omaha Nation 74, Homer 53

2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=

Bridgeport 47, Kimball 24

North Platte 50, Perkins County 37

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=

Burwell 64, Central Valley 55

Fullerton 76, Nebraska Christian 47

Humphrey St. Francis 73, Spalding Academy 29

Riverside 76, Heartland Lutheran 39


Cedar Bluffs 48, Boys Town 31

College View Academy 69, Whiting, Iowa 45

Ewing 55, West Holt 42

Flandreau Indian, S.D. 65, Walthill 45

Homer 83, Omaha Nation 43

O'Neill 69, Neligh-Oakdale 41

Omaha Benson 51, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 46

Wynot 44, Viborg-Hurley, S.D. 27

Minuteman Activities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Bayard 57, Creek Valley 39

Leyton 68, Potter-Dix 26

Minatare 47, Garden County 24

River Cities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Omaha Gross Catholic 50, Beatrice 45, OT

Omaha Roncalli 57, Omaha Mercy 54

Omaha Skutt Catholic 69, Ralston 22

South Sioux City 78, Omaha Duchesne Academy 44


The Nebraska basketball team started fast and finished strong Monday night, never trailing No. 25 Indiana in a 66-51 victory over the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall.

The Huskers scored the first nine points of the game and held Indiana without a basket over the final 5:38 en route to picking up their first road victory over a ranked opponent in more than two years. With the win, Nebraska improved to 13-4 on the season and the Huskers evened their Big Ten Conference record at 3-3. Indiana fell to 12-5 overall and dropped to 3-3 in league play.

Nebraska’s seniors shined in the upset win. Glynn Watson Jr. paced the Huskers with 15 points - including 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the second half - while Isaac Copeland chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds. James Palmer Jr. filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, a career-high-tying nine rebounds and a season-high seven assists. Tanner Borchardt was big off the bench, scoring seven points – one shy of his career high – and grabbing five rebounds. Together, the four seniors combined for 47 points and 27 rebounds, while Thomas Allen added 10 points for the Big Red and Isaiah Roby had nine points and four rebounds.

Defensively, the Huskers held Indiana to a season-low 51 points, 12 points fewer than the Hoosiers managed against No. 2 Michigan. Nebraska also limited Indiana to a season-worst 36.5 percent from the field and held the Hoosiers to a season-low two 3-pointers. Romeo Langord led Indiana with a game-high 18 points, but he was just 5-of-14 from the field. Juwan Morgan added 17 points, but no other Hoosier had more than five points.

Nebraska started the game fast, hitting its first four shots to race out to a 9-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest. The Hoosiers answered with five straight points before Nebraska responded with a 16-2 run to build a 25-7 lead with nine minutes remaining in the half. The Huskers held Indiana scoreless for more than six minutes at one point during the run, outscoring the Hoosiers 11-0 in that stretch, with Copeland scoring six of those 11 points.

Following the 16-2 run, Nebraska went cold from the field, missing 12 straight shots. A nearly nine-minute drought without a field goal allowed Indiana to trim the lead to single digits. The Hoosiers used an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 26-20 with one minute left in the half. Copeland snapped the drought with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to nine, and after a pair of Indiana free throws, Palmer closed the half with a driving, one-handed dunk to send the Huskers into the locker room with a 31-22 lead.

Both teams struggled with their shot in the first half, with Nebraska shooting 39.4 percent from the field and Indiana hitting only 29.6 percent of its shots. The Huskers held the Hoosiers 22 points, their lowest point total in any half this season. Copeland led Nebraska with 10 first-half points, while Palmer had seven points, six rebounds and four assists in the period.

Nebraska stretched its lead back to double digits in the opening two minutes of the second half before Indiana scored seven straight points to pull within three at 35-32. But Watson responded by knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers to fuel an 8-0 run that pushed the Husker lead back to 11 six minutes into the half.

The teams then went back and forth, with Nebraska hitting 6-of-7 shots at one point, culminating with a Thomas Allen three that gave Nebraska a 57-44 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Huskers maintained their 13-point advantage over the next four minutes, leading, when Nebraska was on top 62-49 with 3:23 remaining. Indiana never got closer than that, as Nebraska held the Hoosiers without a field goal over the final 5:39.

Nebraska returns to action on Thursday when the Huskers face their second straight ranked opponent in No. 6 Michigan State. Tipoff between the Huskers and Spartans is set for 7 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and the matchup will be televised on FS1, with the Husker Sports Network providing radio coverage.