Lincoln - Nebraska held No. 12 Ohio State to its second-lowest point total of the season, but the Huskers could not muster enough offense to knock off the defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes in a 73-61 loss at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday.
The Huskers slipped to 9-5 on the season and 0-1 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State improved to 12-2 and 1-0 in the conference.
All-American Kelsey Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 25 points, one under her season average, while Linnae Harper added 14 points, including a pair of big buckets midway through the fourth quarter. Sierra Calhoun was the only other Buckeye in double figures with 13 points, as Nebraska held the nation's highest scoring offense nearly 19 points under its season average. Prior to the game, only No. 14 Duke, who held OSU to 60, had kept the Buckeyes from scoring at least 83 points in a game.
Nebraska got 14 points, six rebounds and a career-high-matching four assists from junior forward Maddie Simon, while freshman center Kate Cain contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks. Those two Huskers combined to hit 12-of-21 shots from the field, including 2-of-4 threes by Simon. Unfortunately, the rest of the Huskers combined to go just 12-for-35.
Sophomore point guard Hannah Whitish gave the Huskers three players in double figures with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists on 3-of-8 shooting from the field.
Freshman guard Taylor Kissinger also made a significant contribution with eight points in her return after missing the past six games with a knee injury. Kissinger, who entered the game as Nebraska's leading scorer after scoring 14.0 points per game through her first seven contests as a starter, played 15 minutes off the bench. Her three-pointer with three minutes left in the game cut Ohio State's lead to eight points at 67-59.
Whitish got a pair of free throws with 1:21 left to keep the margin at eight points, but a bucket by Mitchell with a minute left pushed the Buckeye lead back to double digits in the final minute.
Nebraska kept the Buckeyes within striking distance despite falling behind by 18 points late in the third quarter. The Buckeyes kept that 18-point margin early in the fourth at 60-42, before the Big Red battled back.
Senior guard Emily Wood sparked the rally with a three-pointer, before Jasmine Cincore and Whitish hit back-to-back shots to trim the OSU margin to 60-49 with 7:18 left and force the second timeout in 1:05 by Ohio State.
Harper then made two big plays to quickly push the margin back to 15 points, before Cain, Simon and Whitish fueled a 7-0 Husker run in 1:15 to cut the margin to 64-56 with 5:00 left in the game.
As a team, Nebraska hit 41.1 percent (23-56) of its shots, including 51.9 percent (14-27) in the second half. The Huskers were 4-for-9 from three-point range in the second half after going just 2-for-12 from long range in the first 20 minutes. Nebraska hit 9-of-14 free throws for the game, including 5-of-6 in the second half. Nebraska outrebounded Ohio State, 39-36, but lost the turnover battle, 23-15.
The Buckeyes hit 42.9 percent (27-63) of their shots, including 34.8 percent (8-23) of their three-pointers, and connected on 11-of-14 free throws (.786).
Ohio State used a 14-1 surge early in the first quarter to jump out to a 17-5 lead after Nebraska led 4-3 in the opening moments. But the Huskers turned down the tempo and held the high-scoring Buckeyes to just two field goals in the final 4:50 of the quarter, outscoring OSU 10-5 to trim the margin to 22-15 at the end of the quarter.
The Huskers scored on their opening possession of the second quarter to cut the Buckeye lead to 22-17, but then went more than four minutes without scoring. However, the Big Red continued to defend and trailed just 27-21 after an Eliely layup with 4:54 left in the half.
Mitchell, who had 13 first-half points, scored OSU's final four points of the half to give the Buckeyes a 34-24 halftime lead. The 34 points tied for the third-fewest points scored in an opening half this season by Ohio State.
As a team, the Huskers hit just 31 percent (9-29) of their first-half shots, including 16.7 percent (2-12) from three-point range. Nebraska went 4-of-8 at the free throw line and was outrebounded, 22-21, in the half. Cain led the Huskers with seven points and five rebounds, while Kissinger added five points off the bench.
The Big Red held Ohio State to just 36.7 percent (11-30) shooting, including 4-of-12 threes (.333). The Buckeyes went 8-of-10 at the line and won the first-half turnover battle, 11-8. Harper had eight points and six boards for the Buckeyes to support Mitchell's 13 points.
The Huskers open a three-game Big Ten road swing by traveling to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota New Year's Eve. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Golden Gophers is set for 2 p.m. with a live video stream on BTN Plus.
Nebraska wraps up non-conference play Friday night, as the Huskers host the Stetson Hatters at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available for the matchup for as little as $7 by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets, calling 800-8-BIGRED or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Ticket Office beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday. As part of the holiday break, Red Zone seats are also available for purchase for Friday's game for $20 apiece.
Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and on the TuneIn Radio app. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.
Friday's game will also be streamed online on BTN Plus and FloHoops.com using the Husker Sports Network broadcast feed. A subscription is required for both BTN Plus and Flohoops.
Nebraska (9-5) looks for its third straight win following an 85-67 win over Delaware State on Dec. 22. The Huskers shot 51.7 percent from the floor against the Hornets and established season highs in both 3-pointers (13) and assists (24). James Palmer Jr. led four Huskers in double figures with 18 points, while Anton Gill and Thomas Allen came off the bench with 14 points apiece.
Gill has been playing some of his best basketball since graduating on Dec. 16. The 6-foot-3 senior averaged 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in two games last week. He shot 52 percent from the field, including 57 percent from the 3-point line, in helping NU average 94.5 points per game in wins over UTSA and Delaware State.
A win on Friday would give NU nine non-conference wins, matching the programs highest total in six seasons, but a veteran Stetson team awaits the Huskers in its non-conference finale.
The Hatters are 7-7 on the season following a 74-55 loss to UCF on Dec. 20. Stetson, which starts five seniors, were led by Devine Myles' 14-point effort against the Knights. Myles leads the Stetson attack with 17.5 points per game, including 41 percent from 3-point range. Three of Stetson's seven losses this season are by four points or less.
24 - Nebraska dished out 24 assists in the win over Delaware State, the fourth time this year NU had at least 20 assists. Anton Gill had a career-high six assists in last Friday's win.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
.884 - Nebraska is 92-12 in its last 101 home non-conference games dating back to the start of the 2006-07 campaign. The Huskers are 29-7 (.805) since moving into Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2013-14.
1 - Anton Gill is the only player in the Big Ten averaging double figures (10.5 ppg) who has not started a game this season. Gill also leads the Huskers with 28 3-pointers.
6 - Nebraska has scored 80+ points on six occasions, including each of the past two games. The last time the Huskers reached the 80-point mark in three straight games came during the 2005-06 season.
11.0 - Freshman Thomas Allen has averaged 11.0 points per game on 63 percent shooting in NU's last three contests.
13 - Nebraska's 13 3-pointers against Delaware State was NU's highest total since the 2011-12 campaign.
40 - Nebraska's 104-point effort vs. UTSA was the 40th 100-point game in school history and first since 2005. NU is now 36-4 all-time when scoring 100 or more points.
Stetson makes the trek to Lincoln for the first meeting between the two programs. The Hatters were picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic Sun preseason poll. Former Oklahoma State standout Corey Williams is in his fifth season in charge of the Hatters. Williams helped the Cowboys and Coach Eddie Sutton to a pair of Sweet 16 appearances in 1991 and 1992. A second-round pick of the Chicago Bulls, Williams was a member of the 1993 Bulls title team. As a coach, he spent six seasons as an assistant at Florida State before taking over the Hatters program in June of 2013. This year's team returned three starters, including senior guard Devine Myles, a preseason All-ASUN selection. As a junior, he averaged 16.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game and ranks eighth in school history with 1,536 career points. Senior point guard Angel Rivera tops the Atlantic Sun with 5.1 assists per game and has a 4.2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Friday's meeting is the first between the Huskers and Stetson, and Stetson is the fifth first-time opponent on the 2017-18 schedule. The others were St. John's UCF, Marist and Boston College. NU is 5-0 against current members of the Atlantic Sun with the last meeting a 79-55 win over Florida Gulf Coast in the first-ever game in Pinnacle Bank Arena.
LAST TIME OUT
James Palmer Jr. scored 18 points to pace four Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska enjoyed strong shooting in an 85-68 win over Delaware State on Dec. 22.
Nebraska (9-5) shot 51.7 percent from the field, including 13-of-27 from long range, en route to a wire-to-wire victory. The Huskers’ 13 3-pointers were the most by an NU squad in seven seasons.
Thomas Allen and Anton Gill had 14 points apiece off the bench and combined for 10 of NU’s 24 assists, while Isaac Copeland chipped in 11 for the Huskers, who used an early 14-0 spurt to seize control in the opening minutes.
Copeland’s 3-point play started the run, as the Huskers held the Hornets scoreless for nearly four and half minutes. NU, which hit seven of its first
12 shots from the field, extended the lead to 20-6 after an Allen basket. The Huskers eventually pushed the margin to 19, at 28-9, after an Evan
Taylor basket at the 9:09 mark of the first half.
Delaware State chipped away at the Huskers’ lead pulling to within 11 before a 3-pointer from Palmer and five straight points from Allen pushed the margin back to 19. Allen capped the half with 35-footer to beat the buzzer, giving him 10 first-half points and staking the Huskers a 16-point lead.
Nebraska pushed the lead to as much as 21 points, at 56-35, with just under 15 minutes left before the Hornets tried to mount a comeback. Delaware State used a 12-1 run to pull to within 59-48 with 10:36 left, but would get no closer, as the Huskers put the game away with a 12-2 spurt to extend the lead to 21 with after a Palmer basket with 6:15 remaining.
ON THE HUSKERS
*-Nebraska comes into Friday's game against Stetson with a 9-5 record with all five losses coming to teams in the top 65 of the RPI, including three in the top-20 (MSU, Kansas, St. John's).
*-A win on Friday would give Nebraska a 9-4 non-conference record, which would equal the Huskers' most wins in non-conference play since the 2012-13 season and the most non-con wins since joining the Big Ten in 2011-12.
*-The Huskers are averaging 76.1 points per game entering Friday's contest, the highest scoring mark through 14 games since the 1995-96 averaged 88.1 points per game in that stretch. The Huskers are 9-1 when scoring at least 70 points, including six games of at least 80 points.
*-Nebraska's biggest strength has been a balanced attack with four players averaging double figures, led by James Palmer Jr., who averages a team-high 15.2 points per game. Eight Huskers have reached double figures while four players have enjoyed 20-point outings in 2017-18. The last time NU had four players average double figures was during the 1993-94 campaign.
*-Junior Glynn Watson Jr. is in his third season guiding the Husker offense and is among NU's leaders in both scoring (12.8 ppg, second), assists (3.4, first) and steals (1.9, first). The 6-foot guard will make his team-high 60th career start on Friday and has 2.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio this season. Watson also is quickly climbing NU's career scoring list and needs just 25 points on Friday to reach 900 for his career.
*-Nebraska has been getting strong performance from its bench throughout the season, averaging 24.1 points per game from its bench, including 83 in the last two outings. Senior guard Anton Gill tops all Big Ten reserves at 10.5 points per game while sophomore Isaiah Roby averages 7.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Since returning from an ankle injury six games ago, Roby is averaging 7.3 points per game on 63 percent shooting, including 44 percent from 3-point range, along with 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.
*-Nebraska relies on a pair of transfers in James Palmer Jr. (Miami) and Isaac Copeland (Georgetown), as the pair combines for more 27 points per game. Palmer has reached double figures 13 times in 14 contests, including a season-high 25 points against UTSA on Dec. 20. Copeland leads the Huskers in rebounding at 6.6 per game and posted his first double-double of the season at Creighton on Dec. 9 with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
*-One of the main emphasis for Tim Miles and his staff in the offseason was improving the Huskers' 3-point efforts on both ends of the court. Last year, NU was in 300th or worse in both 3-point shooting and 3-point defense. This season, the Huskers are fourth in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (.379) while ranking sixth in 3-point defense (.339). NU has six players with at least 10 3-pointers, and that does not include Jack McVeigh, who was second on the team in 3-pointers last year. In 2016-17, NU had just four players hit 10-or-more 3-pointers in 31 games.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-4, 0-0) vs. No. 12/11 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2, 0-0)
Thursday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Nebraska)
TV: BTN (Jordan Bernfield, Brenda VanLengen)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
McCook 102.1 KZMC
Free Live Audio: Huskers.com/Huskers App/TuneIn App
Huskers Tip Big Ten Play By Battling No. 12 Buckeyes
• The Nebraska women’s basketball team begins Big Ten Conference competition by taking on No. 12 Ohio State on Thursday in Lincoln. Tip-off between the Huskers (9-4) and Buckeyes (11-2) is set for 7 p.m., with tickets available now at Huskers.com.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-4, 0-0 Big Ten)
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 10.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Fr. - C - 11.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - So. - G - 13.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - So. - G - 8.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg
34 - Jasmine Cincore - 5-10 - Sr. - F - 6.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg
Off the Bench
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Fr. - G - 14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg
12 - Emily Wood - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 6.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg
15 - Bria Stallworth - 5-6 - So. - G - 4.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - So. - F - 3.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg
13 - Janay Morton - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 2.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg
43 - Rachel Blackburn - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg
50 - Darrien Washington - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 1.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Second Season at Nebraska (16-26)
11th Season Overall (209-135)
No. 12/11 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
1 - Stephanie Mavunga - 6-3 - RSr. - F - 15.5 ppg, 11.6 rpg
3 - Kelsey Mitchell - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 26.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg
4 - Sierra Calhoun - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 13.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg
15 - Linnae Harper - 5-8 - RSr. - G - 15.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg
20 - Asia Doss - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 9.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Off the Bench
22 - Alexa Hart - 6-3 - Sr. - F - 5.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg
24 - Makayla Waterman - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 3.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg
33 - Jensen Caretti - 6-1 - So. - G - 2.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg
5 - Chelsea Mitchell - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 1.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg
12 - Savitha Jayaraman - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 0.8 ppg, 0.3 rpg
14 - Karlie Cronin - 5-8 - So. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg
Head Coach: Kevin McGuff (St. Joseph’s College, 1992)
Fifth Season at Ohio State (106-46)
16th Season Overall (361-145)
Scouting the No. 12/11 Ohio State Buckeyes
• Coach Kevin McGuff brings one of the most explosive offensive teams in the country to Lincoln to clash with the Cornhuskers.
Nebraska vs. Ohio State Series History
• Ohio State leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 8-7, including four consecutive wins.
• A win for Nebraska against No. 12 Ohio State would be the Huskers’ 10th win of the season, giving the Big Red three more than the seven victories they totaled all of last season.
• Sophomore guard Hannah Whitish (30) owns the longest current streak of consecutive starts by a Husker. Nebraska’s second-longest streak is 12 games by freshman Kate Cain.
Lincoln – In the highest-scoring game at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Nebraska topped the century mark for the first time in a dozen years in a 104-94 victory over UTSA on Wednesday night.
The Huskers’ 104 points were their most ever at Pinnacle Bank Arena and their highest point total overall since scoring 107 points in a 50-point win over North Carolina A&T on Dec. 19, 2005. The offensive outburst was fueled by a season-high 37 made free throws and a season-high-tying 11 3-pointers. Nebraska (8-5) shot 50 percent or better in both halves, finishing at 50.9 percent for the game, including 58.3 percent from 3-point range.
Four Huskers scored in double figures, led by career-high efforts from James Palmer Jr., Anton Gill and Evan Taylor. Palmer scored 25 points and was 13-of-17 from the free-throw line, while Gill chipped in 21 points, connecting on 6-of-11 shots for his first career 20-point effort. Taylor scored 16 points on only six shots, hitting 7-of-8 free throws to post his highest point total in a Husker uniform.
Jhivvan Jackson, who scored 31 points earlier this month at Oklahoma, poured in a game-high 26 points for UTSA (7-6), fueled by five 3-pointers. The Roadrunners, who rank 20th nationally in scoring, topped the 90-point mark for the sixth time this season. UTSA hit an arena-record 15 3-pointers, shooting 48.4 percent from beyond the arc. In addition to Jackson, four other Roadrunners scored in double figures.
Despite the teams combining for the most points in Pinnacle Bank Arena history, the game began slowly as the teams combined to miss 12 of the first 14 shots as Nebraska held a 3-2 lead at the first media timeout. UTSA took the lead after the break and continued to hold an advantage until a 10-0 Husker run highlighted by an and-one from Taylor to give Nebraska a 27-17 lead just past the eight-minute mark.
The Huskers stretched the lead to as many as 14 points before UTSA began chipping away. The Roadrunners closed the first half on a 14-7 run, as the Huskers took a 49-42 lead into the locker room.
Gill led the Huskers with 13 points in the first half, while Taylor chipped in 12 first-half points.
UTSA then hit 10 of its first 12 shots to open the second half, including four 3-pointers to tie the game at 70-70 with less than 12 minutes remaining.
The Roadrunners pulled even with Nebraska five times in the second half, but the Huskers never fell behind. The teams traded baskets and the game was still tied at 86-86 with 4:23 remaining. After the final media timeout, Gill scored six straight points to spark Nebraska to a 9-0 run that put the Huskers in front 95-86. Down the stretch, the Huskers hit 9-of-10 free throws to ice the game, including a free throw from Palmer that gave Nebraska its 100th point and Palmer his career high with 55 seconds left.
Glynn Watson Jr. added 13 points, including 10 in the second half, while Isaiah Roby added 10 tallies to give the Huskers five in double figures. Isaac Copeland led the Huskers with eight rebounds, while Palmer and Jordy Tshimanga added seven boards a piece.
In addition to Jackson’s game-high scoring output, Deon Lyle added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from long range before fouling out, as the Roadrunners also put five players in double figures.
The Huskers will return to action Friday night, as they host Delaware State at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and tickets are available for as little as $7 by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets, calling 800-8-BIGRED or at the PBA Ticket window beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday
Senior Luis Alvarado garnered Preseason All-America accolades as a second-team selection from Collegiate Baseball on Monday.
Alvarado, a Salinas, Puerto Rico native, is one of five relief pitchers on Collegiate Baseball’s second team. The right-hander made 16 appearances out of the bullpen in 2017 after not pitching during each of his first two seasons at Nebraska. Alvarado earned 10 saves in 2017, tying the seventh-most single-season saves in Husker history.
Alvarado compiled a 1.72 ERA, while striking out 15 batters in 15.2 innings of work last season. During Big Ten play, he went 7-for-7 in save chances to help NU capture the regular-season conference crown. The Huskers, who went 35-22-1, qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years.
Alvarado also played a key role offensively, starting 57 games last season and batted .283 with 64 hits, 12 doubles, two home runs and 25 RBIs. He enters his senior campaign with a career batting average of .275 in 145 appearances.
A two-time MLB Draft Pick, Alvarado was selected in the 13th Round of the 2017 draft by the Seattle Mariners after being picked in the 33rd Round of the 2014 draft by the Boston Red Sox. In 2015, Alvarado made the Big Ten All-Freshman Team after batting .303 in 35 appearances.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-3) vs. Florida Atlantic Owls (4-4)
Monday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Tickets: Available Now at Huskers.com
Live Video: BTN Plus
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM; Omaha - CD 105.9 FM
Free Live Audio: Huskers.com/Huskers App
Huskers Return Home to Face Florida Atlantic
• The Nebraska women’s basketball team returns home for the holidays after a perfect 3-0 road trip to take on Florida Atlantic on Tuesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between the Huskers and Owls is set for 7 p.m., with tickets available now at Huskers.com.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-3, 0-0 Big Ten)
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 10.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Fr. - C - 10.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - So. - G - 12.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - So. - G - 8.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg
34 - Jasmine Cincore - 5-10 - Sr. - F - 6.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Off the Bench
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Fr. - G - 14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg
12 - Emily Wood - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 5.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg
15 - Bria Stallworth - 5-6 - So. - G - 5.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - So. - F - 3.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg
13 - Janay Morton - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 2.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg
43 - Rachel Blackburn - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg
50 - Darrien Washington - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 1.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Second Season at Nebraska (15-25)
11th Season Overall (208-134)
Florida Atlantic Owls (4-4, 0-0 C-USA)
5 - Raven Doyle - 6-2 - RSr. - F - 8.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg
31 - Ra’Kyra Gabriel - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 8.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg
0 - Danneal Ford - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 11.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg
4 - Tyana Robinson - 5-9 - RFr. - G - 14.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg
13 - DaChé Williams - 6-2 - Sr. - G - 3.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg
Off the Bench
15 - Sasha Cedeño - 6-3 - Sr. - G/F - 19.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg
32 - Malia Kency - 5-6 - Sr. - G - 6.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg
50 - Melinda Myers - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 5.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg
23 - Alexis Cowan - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 3.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg
10 - Jamaria Williams - 5-5 - Jr. - G - 2.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg
Head Coach: Jim Jabir (Nazareth College, 1984)
First Season at FAU (4-4)
30th Season Overall (476-242)
Scouting the Florida Atlantic Owls
• Veteran Coach Jim Jabir brings an experienced Florida Atlantic team to Lincoln for the first time. Jabir, who led Dayton to the 2015 NCAA Elite Eight, took a year off from coaching in 2016-17 before taking the top job at Florida Atlantic.
• A win for Nebraska against Florida Atlantic would be the Huskers’ ninth win of the season, giving the Big Red two more than the seven victories they totaled all of last season.
• Sophomore guard Hannah Whitish (28) owns the longest current streak of consecutive starts by a Husker. Nebraska’s second-longest streak is 10 games by freshman Kate Cain.
Nebraska senior linebacker Chris Weber added his name to the nation-leading list of Husker Academic All-Americans on Thursday. Weber was one of 25 Division I football student-athletes named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.
Weber’s selection increases Nebraska’s nation-leading total of Academic All-Americans across all sports to 330. The Husker football program now has 108 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including 70 first-team selections. The 108 honorees are the most of any athletic program in college athletics.
“It is an unbelievable honor to be a part of the Nebraska Academic All-American tradition,” Weber said. “This has been a goal of mine and I am proud to finish my Nebraska career with being named an Academic All-American. I could not have reached this accomplishment without the support of my wife, Sam, and my parents. I also want to thank the academic support staff, specifically Katie Jewell and Dennis Leblanc, and all of the great professors and teachers I have had at the University of Nebraska.”
Weber was a standout on and off the field throughout his Nebraska career. An Elkhorn High graduate, Weber will graduate from UNL next May and carries a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average in nutrition science, and has already been accepted to medical school at UNMC. Weber is the first Husker to garner first-team Academic All-America honors since offensive lineman Spencer Long in 2013.
This season marked the third consecutive year Weber was a CoSIDA Academic All-District VII choice, and he is a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Weber was also one of 13 finalists for the prestigious Campbell Trophy and earned an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as part of the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Class.
On the field, Weber was a 2017 team captain and led the Huskers with 95 tackles and nine tackles for loss. He had four games with at least 10 tackles during his senior season. He has also been instrumental in NU’s Life Skills program, as Weber has been named to the Brook Berringer and the Tom Osborne teams in each of the past four years. Earlier this year, Weber led NU’s Uplifting Athletes Road Race efforts, raising more than $35,000 for pediatric cancer research this year and move than $125,000 over the past four years.
Lincoln, NE - The Nebraska Schools Activities Association released on Thursday the district assignments for 2018 and 2019 seasons. Class A will feature six districts, Class B will have four, Class C1 features eight districts, Class C2 checks in with seven, Class D1 will have ten districts, Class D2 features nine, and Six Man will have six districts.
Visit the link below for a full list.
Nebraska Head Football Coach Scott Frost added two more coaching accolades on Thursday, honoring him for his work at UCF during the 2017 season.
Frost was named the 2017 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, as announced by the Football Writers Association of America and the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Frost will be honored at a Jan. 6 reception in Atlanta in conjunction with the College Football Playoff Championship game.
The FWAA has presented a coaching award since the 1957 season and the coaching award is named in after the late Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State for 55 seasons. Robinson won 71 percent of his games during his career and his teams won or tied for 17 SWAC championships.
Among the previous winners of the FWAA coach-of-the-year award is Nebraska’s Bob Devaney, who captured the honor while guiding Nebraska to the 1971 national title.
Frost was also named a finalist for the 2017 George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award presented by the Maxwell Football Club on Thursday. Frost is joined in the group of four finalists by Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma, Clemson’s Dabo Swinner and Kirby Smart of Georgia.
The winner of the 2017 George Munger Award will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and the award will be formally presented at the Maxwell Award Gala in March in Atlantic City, N.J.
Frost guided the UCF Knights to the only undefeated season in the FBS ranks in 2017, just two seasons after inheriting a winless team. Frost will guide UCF in the Peach Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1 in Atlanta.
Grand Island, NE - Taylor Zehendner signed her letter of intent with Concordia University on Wednesday afternoon inside the Heartland Lutheran high school gymnasium. Taylor is a four-time all-state softball player for the GICC Crusader softball team (co-op) and was recruited for softball by at least four in state schools. She carries a 3.9 GPA while also participating in basketball, track, quiz bowl, NHS, student activities council, and is the chairwoman of the HLHS Principal's Cabinet. Taylor intends to study art education at Concordia. Listen to a interview with Taylor & Matt Williams with the KRGI Sports Network.