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JANUARY 17, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Technical Crimes Division have arrested a Palisade man for child enticement by electronic device.

This morning, investigators served a search warrant at a residence at 110 N. Kerr St. in Palisade, in Hitchcock County. The investigation began after NSP received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that an individual at that address had received child pornography via Facebook in December 2019.

The occupant, James Hicks, 42, was arrested for child enticement by electronic device. He was lodged in Hitchcock County Jail. The investigation remains ongoing.

The NSP Technical Crimes Division is one of dozens of federally funded Internet Crimes and Children Task Forces throughout the country and works for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program to address child exploitation crimes.



(NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) arrested four people and seized marijuana, THC products, and fraudulent credit cards during three traffic stops on Interstate 80 Tuesday evening.

At approximately 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper observed a Honda sedan fail to signal a turn while exiting I-80 at Kearney. During the traffic stop, the trooper detected clandestine activity and performed a search of the vehicle, revealing 15 pounds of marijuana and approximately $1,500.

The driver, Peter Blizzard, 43, of Redway, California, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of money during a felony drug violation. Blizzard was lodged in Buffalo County Jail.

At approximately 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, a trooper observed an eastbound Chevrolet Malibu speeding near Lexington at mile marker 242. During the traffic stop, a K9 from the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office detected the odor of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle revealed 53 pounds of marijuana, 3 pounds of THC wax, and 300 THC vape cartridges.

The driver, Nathan Wessels, 24, of Lincoln, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound and possession with intent to deliver. He was lodged in Dawson County Jail.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, another trooper noticed a Range Rover speeding on I-80 at mile marker 305, near Alda. During the traffic stop, the trooper because suspicious of criminal activity. Troopers searched the vehicle and found multiple fraudulent credit cards, a forgery device, and marijuana.

The driver, Elliot Wills II, 27, of Chicago, Illinois, and passenger, Ahnaya Mosley, 21, of Santa Clarita, California, was arrested for criminal possession of a financial transaction device, possession of blank financial transaction devices, possession of a forgery device, unlawful manufacture of a financial transaction device, and possession of marijuana – less than an ounce. Both were lodged in Hall County Jail.




The Nebraska men's basketball team nearly erased a 15-point halftime deficit Saturday at Northwestern, but the Huskers were unable to overcome a cold-shooting performance in a 62-57 loss at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Northwestern (6-9, 1-4 Big Ten) used a 16-1 first-half run to build its 15-point halftime lead before hanging on down the stretch as Nebraska (7-9, 2-3 Big Ten) made a furious late run. The Huskers trailed by 14 midway through the second half, with Nebraska outscoring Northwestern 15-6 over the final 10 minutes. But a potential game-tying 3-pointer was missed with 12 seconds to play, allowing Northwestern to escape with its first Big Ten win of the year.
It was a tale of two halves, as Northwestern scored 42 first-half points while shooting 51 percent from the field and knocking down eight 3-pointers. After being outscored by 15 in the first half, Nebraska flipped the script in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats by 10 while limiting Northwestern to just 20 points.
Despite the strong second-half defensive effort in which the Huskers held the Wildcats to 2-of-15 from the 3-point line and 26.7 percent shooting overall, Nebraska was not able to overcome its own cold shooting. Nebraska shot 31.3 percent for the game, and the Huskers were just 9-of-30 from the 3-point line. Northwestern shot nearly 40 percent overall and tied a season high with 10 3-pointers.
Cam Mack produced another double-double for the Huskers, pacing the Big Red with 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. In his first four career Big Ten Conference games, Mack produced the first triple-double in Nebraska men's basketball history against Purdue and tallied a pair of points-assists double-doubles against Indiana and Iowa before producing a points-rebounds double-double against Northwestern. He has a total of five double-doubles in his debut season.
Haanif Cheatham joined Mack in double figures with 10 points, while Kevin Cross and Matej Kavas had nine points apiece. Miller Kopp scored a game-high 15 points for Northwestern, as one of four Wildcats in double figures.
Northwestern used a hot-shooting first half to take a 42-27 lead into the locker room. The Wildcats shot better than 51 percent in the half – including hitting 10-of-14 shots at one point – while knocking down 8-of-14 from the 3-point line. Nebraska shot only 30.3 percent in the opening half, and the Huskers were just 2-of-6 at the free throw line.

After Northwestern opened the game with a basket, Nebraska responded with seven straight points – five from Dachon Burke Jr.  – to take an early five-point lead. The Huskers remained on top until Pat Spencer hit a pair of 3-pointers during an 8-0 Northwestern run that put the Wildcats on top 14-9 six minutes into the game.
The game remained close over the next four minutes before Northwestern went on a 16-1 run that covered more than six minutes. The Wildcats began the run with five quick points to build a seven-point lead, and following a Kavas free throw, Northwestern scored 11 straight points to take a commanding 36-19 lead with 4:26 left in the half. Nebraska missed seven straight shots during the Wildcats' run, going 6:19 without a basket.
Nebraska outscored Northwestern over the final four minutes of the half but still trailed by 15 at the break. The Huskers then came out strong in the second half, scoring 12 points in the opening five minutes to trim the lead to eight at 47-39.
Following the quick second-half start, Nebraska missed 10 of its next 11 shots, scoring only five points in a seven-minute stretch. Despite the cold spell, the Huskers trailed only 56-47 with seven minutes to play following a Kavas 3-pointer. As Nebraska's defense kept the Huskers in the game, Kavas and Cross hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Nebraska within six at 60-54 with 2:30 remaining, the closest the Huskers had been since the nine-minute mark of the first half.
Northwestern then missed the front end of three consecutive one-and-one opportunities before Mack banked in a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run that made the score 60-57 with 50.4 seconds remaining. Nebraska forced a miss on the Wildcats' ensuing possession but the Huskers missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer and Kopp knocked down a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Nebraska returns to action on Tuesday, when the Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (Central) and the game will be televised nationally on FS1.

Piscataway, N.J. - Nebraska tied its season high with 12 three-pointers but Rutgers outscored the Huskers 36-20 on points in the paint, as the Scarlet Knights notched a hard-fought 69-65 women's basketball win over the Big Red at The RAC on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek matched her season high with 14 points by knocking down a career-high four three-pointers to lead the Huskers, who slipped to 13-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa added five rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Senior guard Hannah Whitish was the only other Husker to manage double figures with 10 points, including a trio of threes, while adding four rebounds, four assists and a steal, while Leigha BrownNicea Eliely and freshman Isabelle Bourne added nine points apiece. Sam Haiby and freshman Trinity Brady each pitched in seven points.

Rutgers improved to 14-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten by winning the turnover battle, 17-6, and converting NU's turnovers into 21 points. The Scarlet Knights were also more efficient overall on the offensive end, hitting 45.2 percent (28-62) of their shots from the field including 4-of-11 threes (.364).

While Nebraska shot a sizzling 50 percent (12-24) from beyond the arc, the Huskers were just 11-for-34 from two-point range on the day. Nebraska finished at a season-low 39.7 percent (23-58) from the floor. Rutgers hit 24-of-51 two-point attempts and its 36-20 edge on points in the paint came despite Nebraska out-rebounding Rutgers 41-35 and outscoring the Scarlet Knights 15-10 in second-chance points.

Senior point guard Khadaizha Sanders led Rutgers with a game-high 17 points while the Big Ten's leading scorer, Arella Guirantes, added 16 points. Tekia Mack contributed 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Jordan Wallace put four Scarlet Knights in double figures with 10 points.

Nebraska got off to a strong start, jumping to an 11-2 lead on the strength of two three-pointers from Veerbeek and another three from Whitish. But the Scarlet Knights answered with an 11-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 13-11 with 4:32 left in the quarter. Rutgers took its biggest lead of the quarter at 18-15, before Brady buried the Huskers' fourth three of the quarter to send the two teams to the first break tied at 18. Brady's seven points and two three-pointers were both career highs.

The Big Red again set the tone at the start of the second quarter, outscoring Rutgers 8-2 over the first five minutes to carry a 26-20 lead, as Haiby and Eliely hit threes before Brady added her second triple to put NU up 29-23 with 3:45 left in the half.

However, Rutgers outscored Nebraska 12-3 over the final 3:45 to take a 35-32 lead into the locker room.

Nebraska cut RU's margin to 42-40 with just under five minutes left in the third quarter, before the Scarlet Knights outscored NU 11-2 to close the period and take a 53-42 lead to the fourth. That lead ballooned to 15 at 59-44 after a Wallace layup with just over six minutes left before Nebraska erupted again.

Back-to-back threes by Brown and Veerbeek in a 25-second span opened an 11-0 Nebraska run that slashed the Rutgers' edge to 59-55 with 3:07 left. However, five straight points from Sanders, including a three, and a pair of free throws by Guirantes pushed the margin back to 66-55 with 1:03 left.

Nebraska still refused to quit, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 10-3 in the final minute, including a three from Whitish with 13 seconds left and NU's final bucket of the game from Bourne with 4.1 left to make the final margin. Bourne added a team-high eight rebounds in a strong effort off the bench. Rutgers went just 4-for-10 from the free throw line in the closing minute.

The Huskers return to Lincoln for the start of spring semester classes on Monday before returning to Big Ten road action at No. 17 Maryland on Thursday in College Park. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT) at the Xfinity Center with live television coverage on BTN.


Eisa Mondragon, defensive specialist from Washburn Rural High School in Kansas, is the latest volleyball player to commit to McCook Community College. She signed her national letter of intent Thursday.

“She was actually my first commitment for my 2020 class and I just know she will come in and push not only herself, but her teammates as well,” said MCC Volleyball Coach Hayley Kobza. “I am so excited to have Eisa be a part of our MCC volleyball family.”

Mondragon’s high school team, the Blues, finished 38-6 and ended this past fall ranked second in the Kansas Class 6A rankings under Coach Kevin Bordewick 

She is a four-time USA Volleyball GJNC-national qualifier. She was named to the first-team All-Centennial League, first-team all-city, first-team Kansas 6A State Tournament team and second-team Kansas Volleyball Association 6A all-state.

“Coach Kobza and the athletic department are in the process of building a winning tradition with good players and great facilities and I want to be a part of that,” she said.

Mondragon said she looks up to her dad because “He is the most hardworking person I know.” She said she will miss her high school teammates because of the close family-like relationships that they enjoyed. Her favorite comes from Henry Ford, “Whether you think can or think you can't you're right."

At MCC she plans to study human anatomy.

“She comes from a great program and knows how to lead a team to succeed. If a freshman can come in and carry herself in that leadership role she is going to do great things,” Kobza said.



Adams Central 63, St. Paul 33

Anselmo-Merna 56, St. Mary's 47

Arlington 52, Archbishop Bergan 49

Ashland-Greenwood 62, Fort Calhoun 47

Auburn 54, Nebraska City 29

Axtell 53, Alma 44

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 81, West Point-Beemer 36

Beatrice 49, Seward 34

Bellevue East 80, Omaha Northwest 54

Bertrand 73, South Loup 52

Brady 53, Arthur County 33

Bridgeport 47, Hershey 44

Centennial 51, Raymond Central 34

Chase County 59, Kimball 38

Clarkson/Leigh 78, Tekamah-Herman 48

Cody-Kilgore 50, Sandhills Valley 41

Deshler 46, Thayer Central 37

Dundy County-Stratton 76, Wray, Colo. 69

Elkhorn 60, Aurora 34

Elkhorn Mount Michael 59, Schuyler 35

Elm Creek 61, Wilcox-Hildreth 20

Gering 44, Newcastle, Wyo. 21

Gibbon 47, Broken Bow 36

Gordon/Rushville 55, Bayard 47

Gothenburg 45, Centura 42

Grand Island 70, Lincoln Southwest 57

Harvard 42, Kenesaw 38

Hastings 72, Lexington 58

Hastings St. Cecilia 54, Lincoln Christian 45

Heartland 59, Cross County 44

Heartland Lutheran 50, Silver Lake 35

Howells/Dodge 72, Plainview 38

Humphrey St. Francis 74, Burwell 48

Johnson-Brock 50, Weeping Water 33

Kearney Catholic 49, North Platte 36

Lincoln East 83, Fremont 62

Lincoln Pius X 84, Lincoln Northeast 69

Lincoln Southeast 79, Kearney 65

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 48, Stanton 31

Louisville 60, Syracuse 49

Maxwell 56, Overton 46

McCook 79, Sidney 43

McCool Junction 62, Friend 25

Milford 49, David City 29

Minden 56, Valentine 42

Mitchell 54, Chadron 33

Mullen 55, Wallace 38

Norfolk 60, South Sioux City 36

North Platte St. Patrick's 64, Cozad 28

Oakland-Craig 56, Elmwood-Murdock 30

Omaha Christian Academy 61, Lewiston 55

Omaha Creighton Prep 56, Omaha Benson 53

Omaha North 73, Omaha Bryan 62

Omaha Skutt Catholic 51, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 45

Omaha South 58, Gretna 36

Ord 28, CWC 26

Papillion-LaVista 76, Lincoln North Star 72

Papillion-LaVista South 88, Omaha Burke 57

Perkins County 56, Sutherland 54

Plattsmouth 58, Conestoga 39

Red Cloud 48, Elba 12

Santee 61, Spalding Academy 46

Shelby/Rising City 71, Meridian 7

Sioux County 52, Edgemont, S.D. 25

South Platte 44, Potter-Dix 38

Stuart 50, Neligh-Oakdale 40

Superior 48, Fillmore Central 32

Twin River 72, Madison 62

Wahoo 61, Crete 55

Wauneta-Palisade 68, Southwest 39

Wayne 57, Boone Central/Newman Grove 49

West Holt 59, Elkhorn Valley 46

Wilber-Clatonia 45, Southern 44

York 47, Grand Island Northwest 43

Border Battle Shootout=

Bellevue West 59, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 53

Millard South 58, Lewis Central, Iowa 51

Taco John's Invitational=

Cheyenne East, Wyo. 69, Alliance 53

Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=


Osmond 62, Lutheran High Northeast 52


Niobrara/Verdigre 67, Wausa 47


Alma 48, Axtell 44

Anselmo-Merna 41, St. Mary's 29

Archbishop Bergan 48, Arlington 40

Arthur County 37, Brady 21

Ashland-Greenwood 51, Fort Calhoun 32

Auburn 37, Nebraska City 20

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 67, West Point-Beemer 33

Bayard 51, Gordon/Rushville 39

Beatrice 69, Seward 29

Boone Central/Newman Grove 53, Wayne 36

Bridgeport 42, Hershey 37

Broken Bow 55, Gibbon 13

CWC 24, Ord 10

Centennial 67, Raymond Central 32

Chadron 44, Mitchell 23

Chase County 68, Kimball 39

Clarkson/Leigh 57, Tekamah-Herman 30

Cody-Kilgore 55, Sandhills Valley 44

Columbus Scotus 31, Bishop Neumann 23

Crete 40, Wahoo 37, OT

Elba 33, Red Cloud 29

Elkhorn 60, Aurora 34

Elkhorn Valley 65, West Holt 37

Elm Creek 61, Wilcox-Hildreth 40

Falls City 57, Conestoga 43

Gering 56, Newcastle, Wyo. 44

Gothenburg 45, Centura 42

Gretna 60, Omaha South 26

Hastings St. Cecilia 54, Lincoln Christian 45

Howells/Dodge 57, Plainview 49

Humphrey St. Francis 68, Burwell 40

Kearney 43, Lincoln Southeast 33

Kenesaw 38, Harvard 18

Lincoln East 65, Fremont 59

Lincoln Pius X 56, Lincoln Northeast 29

Lincoln Southwest 62, Grand Island 30

Loomis 69, Arapahoe 26

McCool Junction 42, Friend 32

Meridian 36, Shelby/Rising City 21

Milford 54, David City 45

Minatare 41, Creek Valley 27

Mullen 57, Wallace 34

Norfolk 64, South Sioux City 54

North Platte 62, Kearney Catholic 33

North Platte St. Patrick's 49, Cozad 30

Oakland-Craig 58, Elmwood-Murdock 33

Omaha Central 58, Omaha Duchesne Academy 24

Omaha Northwest 52, Bellevue East 50

Omaha Westside 56, Elkhorn South 26

Overton 56, Maxwell 49

Papillion-LaVista 58, Lincoln North Star 48

Papillion-LaVista South 63, Omaha Burke 59

Perkins County 44, Sutherland 35

Pleasanton 63, Twin Loup 15

Ravenna 50, Ansley-Litchfield 28

Santee 61, Spalding Academy 17

Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Iowa 50, Omaha Skutt Catholic 41

Sidney 61, McCook 37

Silver Lake 44, Heartland Lutheran 29

Sioux County 43, Edgemont, S.D. 36

South Loup 50, Bertrand 9

South Platte 70, Potter-Dix 4

Southern 39, Wilber-Clatonia 20

Stanton 54, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 49

Stuart 45, Neligh-Oakdale 31

Superior 48, Fillmore Central 32

Syracuse 48, Louisville 31

Thayer Central 38, Deshler 19

Twin River 61, Madison 48

Valentine 37, Minden 26

Wauneta-Palisade 64, Southwest 57

Weeping Water 54, Johnson-Brock 48

Wray, Colo. 53, Dundy County-Stratton 37

York 47, Grand Island Northwest 43

Border Battle Shootout=

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln, Iowa 54, Bellevue West 43

Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 49, Plattsmouth 39

Millard South 59, Lewis Central, Iowa 41

CNOS Classic=

Ponca 52, Dakota Valley, S.D. 39

Mustang Seeds/DSU Classic=

Lennox, S.D. 55, Crofton 45

Taco John's Invitational=

Cheyenne East, Wyo. 61, Alliance 9

Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=


Lutheran High Northeast 66, Niobrara/Verdigre 31


Osmond 37, Wausa 33

Friday, Jan. 10th 
Girls - McCook 49, Gothenburg 40 
Boys - Gothenburg 66, McCook 61 

Saturday, Jan. 11th 
Girls - Sidney 61, McCook 37 
Boys - McCook 79, Sidney 43 

McCook boys are 6-6 on the season. McCook girls record is 5-8

McCook will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 17th hosting Hastings. Then back on the road Saturday, Jan. 18th at Minden. Listen to all four games on The Zone 93.9 & 

The Grand Island Central Catholic basketball teams swept Doniphan Trumbull on Saturday. The Crusader girls put in nine threes in the first half enroute to a 57-43 win. Rylie Rice score 19 for GICC. Katie Roach led the Cardinals with 14.

The GICC Boys used a 26-6 second quarter to come from behind for a 69-40 win. Koby Bales put in a season high 22 for the Crusaders.

We had post game comments from Stacia Rice and Rob Micek on KRGI. 

Coach Stacia Rice

Assistant Rob Micek

In a battle for Viking supremacy, Northwest handled Columbus Lakeview. The girls prevailed 62-43. Whitney Brown scored 25. Lauren Hauser put in 14. Shanae Suttles added 12 for the 10-2 Vikings. 

The Northwest boys overcame a slow start for a 56-36 win. Colby Hays scored 14 of his 18 in the second half. Tyler Hageman put in 14. Alex Brandt added 10. 

We got post game comments from Hauser and boy's assistant Trevor Wright after the games. 

Lauren Hauser

Trevor Wright


The McCook Community College men’s basketball team takes a 7-7 record into the post-holiday break half of the schedule. The beginning of the Region IX south slate starts Tuesday in Scottsbluff against Western Nebraska (10-5).

While none of the teams have played within the south division, Otero Junior College leads the division with a 15-1 record. The Rattlers are ranked 11th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association polls. Trinidad State is second at 11-5 followed by Western Nebraska, Northeastern Community College (9-6), Lamar (9-7), MCC, and North Platte (3-7).

Four of MCC’s losses have come to teams that have been ranked in the top 25 nationally this season including 17th ranked Western Wyoming (14-2), 19th ranked Casper College (13-2), and previously ranked New Mexico Junior College (13-4) and Colby Community College (11-2).

The Indians, under first-year coach Kyle Drennan, are averaging 76.6 points a game with opponents averaging 75.8 points per game. MCC is shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from the 3-point line and 61.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Sophomore transfer Rahiem Sullivan (Moberly Area College, Mo.; Toronto, Ontario) leads MCC in scoring, averaging 17.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He is shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from the arc.

Freshman LeTrey Dartard (Denton, Texas) averages 15.2 points and tops the team with 4.9 rebounds per game. He also leads the team with his 50.7 percent shooting from the field and also 42.9 percent from the 3-point line.

Nebraska sophomore transfer Justin Costello (Elkhorn South) is averaging 12.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and 34.4 percent from distance.

Freshman Rahkiem Petterson (Midland, Texas) is averaging 8.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Western takes a six-game win streak into Tuesday’s game and are led by the nation’s leading scorer in Teddy Allen, averaging 31.3 points per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds. He shoots at 41.5 percent from the 3-point line and has made 100 of his 111 attempts from the free-throw-line. Only two other players in the nation have been to the line more often, and he’s 11th in free-throw shooting at 90.1 percent.

Following the road game to start the second half of the season, the Indians will be home Jan. 17 for a key Region IX South Division game against Northeastern Junior College at 7:30 p.m. followed Saturday with a key Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game against Southeastern Junior College (4 p.m.). MCC has a 1-0 record in NCCAC play.

MCC will be on the road for five games between Jan. 21-Feb. 4: North Platte (Jan. 21), Otero (Jan 24), Trinidad State (Jan. 25), Lamar (Jan. 31), and Northeastern (Feb. 4).

In February MCC will be home six times including key Region IX games Feb. 7 against Western Nebraska, Feb. 15 with Otero and the last game of the season Feb. 25 against North Platte.

For more information on the Lady Indians, including updates statistics, schedules, roster, photos and more check out the official website of McCook Community College Indian Athletics at:


After a 37-day layoff over the winter break, the McCook Community College women’s basketball team is back in action Tuesday when they travel to Scottsbluff to take on Western Nebraska, 15-1 and ranked eighth in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Top 25 poll.

The Lady Indians started the season 10-1 but lost back-to-back games Dec. 6-7 to Laramie County Community College and Eastern Wyoming to finish the break at 10-3.

MCC is tied with Otero Junior College for the second best overall record in the Region IX South Division and the game at Scottsbluff will be the first Region IX game for any team. Between now and Feb. Feb. 21, MCC plays the other five Division I teams in Region IX South (Western Nebraska, Otero, Northeastern, Lamar and Trinidad State) in a home-and-home format to determine the conference championship and seeding for the Region IX Tournament. MCC also competes in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Association with Central Community College, Southeast Community College and North Platte.   

Western Nebraska tops the Region IX South division in offense averaging 80.4 points a game, and tops in defense allowing an average of 58.8 points per game. MCC is second in both scoring averaging (79.1 points per game) and points allowed (60.4).

Sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) is leading MCC in scoring averaging 15.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. She is shooting 62.2 percent from the floor which ranks 14th in the nation. She is shooting 80 percent from the free-throw line and has blocked 22 blocked shots on the season.

Four other Lady Indians are averaging double-digits as well. Freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) is averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and is shooting 57.4 percent from the floor.

Sophomore transfer (Miles Community College) Paula Rosello Mateu (Barcelona, Spain) is averaging 11.5 points and 3.3 assists per game, shooting 35.7 percent from the 3-point line and leads MCC from the free throw line making 27 of 31 free throws (87.1 percent), which is 11th best in the nation.

Freshman Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla, Spain) is averaging 11.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, and not only leads MCC from the 3-point line, she is third in the nation hitting on 52.5 percent (21 of 40) of her 3-point shots. In addition she is making 70 percent of her free throws.

Freshman guard Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) is averaging 10.8 points and 2.9 assists per game. She is shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from the 3-point line.

After the Tuesday game in Scottsbluff, MCC returns to the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center for two of three January home games. The Lady Indians take on Northeastern Junior College (8-6) at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 and Southeast Community College (5-10) at 2 p.m. Jan. 18. The final home game in January is a Jan. 29 contest against the Doane University JVs.

After playing five road Region IX south games in January, the schedule turns favorable in February with four home Region IX games and seven home contests overall including Feb. 8 and Feb. 19 games against NCCAC Conference foes, Central Community College and North Platte.

For more information on the Lady Indians, including updates statistics, schedules, roster, photos and more check out the official website of McCook Community College Indian Athletics at:

Lincoln -- Nebraska used an 11-0 first-quarter run, and an explosive 14-point run over a 5:25 stretch in the third and fourth quarters on its way to an impressive 65-50 women's basketball victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Sophomore guard Leigha Brown fueled a strong performance by the Big Red bench, leading the Huskers with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while freshman forward Isabelle Bourne added career bests off the bench with 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. The Nebraska bench outscored the Badger reserves 29-9 on the night to help the Huskers improve to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten. It is Nebraska's best 15-game start to a season since opening 14-1 in its first year in the Big Ten in 2011-12.

Sophomore guard Sam Haiby led the Nebraska starters with 11 points, seven assists and three steals, while senior guard and Wisconsin native Hannah Whitish added eight points, including back-to-back threes to open the fourth quarter as part of NU's 14-0 run. Her second three, which came in transition off a pass from Haiby, put the Huskers up 54-35 with 8:12 left in the game and forced a timeout. Fifty-two seconds later, Bourne scored in transition to give Nebraska a 56-35 lead and force another Wisconsin timeout. The lead grew as large as 25 at 62-37 on a Nicea Eliely layup with six minutes left in the game.

Wisconsin, which slipped to 9-6 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten, was led by forward Imani Lewis, who notched her fourth straight Big Ten double-double to open league play with 18 points and 10 rebounds. However, she was the only Badger to produce double figures in points or rebounds on the night.

For the game, Nebraska hit 48.2 percent (27-56) of its shots from the field, including 35 percent (7-20) of its three-pointers. The Huskers went 4-for-5 from long range in the first quarter to overcome a fast start by Wisconsin, which held a 10-5 lead just 3:45 into the game. However, the Huskers responded with an 11-0 run to take a 16-10 lead after eight straight points, including a pair of threes from Brown, before a three-pointer by Haiby capped the run with 43 seconds left in the quarter. 

Wisconsin then went without a field goal for nearly the first five minutes of the second quarter as Nebraska took its first double-digit lead of the night at 24-13 off a Whitish bucket with 6:10 left in the half. 

The Huskers took a 30-21 lead into the locker room at halftime behind 10 points from Brown, seven from Haiby and the first five points of the game from sophomore starter Ashtyn Veerbeek. In the half, Nebraska freshmen and sophomores combined for 28 of NU's 30 points. 

Wisconsin came out strong in the second half, getting a three-point play from Lewis, before a three-pointer from Niya Beverley followed by a traditional three-point play from Beverley to cut the Nebraska lead to 35-30 with 7:20 left in the quarter. After that, it was all Nebraska, as the Huskers held Wisconsin to just two field goals over the next 11 minutes to build a 58-35 edge.

Nebraska controlled the boards, 38-28, on the night and outscored Wisconsin 10-6 in second-chance points and 15-7 in points off turnovers, although Wisconsin won the turnover battle, 16-14. The Huskers held the Badgers to just 35.7 percent (20-56) shooting, including just 3-of-10 from three-point range.

Although the Huskers battled foul trouble for much of the night, Wisconsin only converted 7-of-10 free throws in the game, while Nebraska hit 4-of-5 free throws. The Badgers were called for just 11 fouls in the contest.

Nebraska returns to road Big Ten action on Sunday by traveling to Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off between the Huskers and Scarlet Knights is set for 1 p.m. (CT) with live radio coverage on the Husker Sports Network and a live video stream for BTN+ subscribers.

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