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Lincoln Hannah Whitish tied her career high with six three-pointers to finish with 20 points and help the Nebraska women's basketball team rally from a 13-point third-quarter deficit for a 74-71 win at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Nebraska improved to 14-4 overall on the season and 4-3 in the Big Ten, while Michigan slipped to 12-6 overall and 3-4 in the conference. The Huskers, who matched their victory total from the 2018-19 season, improved to 11-1 at home.

While Whitish poured in a season-high 20 points, she got lots of help from long range, including a season-high three three-pointers from fellow senior Nicea Eliely in the second half. Eliely finished with 11 points, while sophomore Sam Haiby added 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc to finish with 18 points. Leigha Brown gave the four Huskers in double figures with 10 points, including five big free throws in the final three minutes to help Nebraska secure the win.

Nebraska trailed 32-26 after an action-packed first half. The Huskers jumped to a 9-5 lead in the first four minutes, before Nicea Eliely was called for her second foul. Michigan, which had to withstand an early blow at a similar position with a knee injury suffered by Kayla Robbins just 1:18 into the game, responded with a 9-1 surge to take a 14-10 lead.

Akienrah Johnson fueled Michigan's first quarter with eight points. Nebraska rallied to tie the score at 16, and Michigan point guard Amy Dilk was whistled for her second foul with 29 seconds left in the first quarter. But the Wolverines went to the second quarter with a 19-16 edge after a last-second three-pointer by Maddie Nolan - the first of her career.

Michigan pushed its biggest first-half lead to 28-19 early in the second quarter, sparked by eight consecutive points from Izabel Varejao, but Whitish answered with back-to-back threes against a Wolverine zone to cut the margin to 30-28 with 5:03 left in the half. Then Husker center Kate Cain was whistled for her second foul.

Nebraska did not score in the final 5:03 of the half, but held Michigan to just four points in the final 6:15, as the Wolverines went to the locker room with a 34-28 halftime lead.

The Huskers hit just 38.5 percent (10-26) of their first-half shots, including 5-of-13 threes (.385), while knocking down 3-of-4 free throws. Michigan hit 44.8 percent (13-29) of its shots, including 2-of-3 threes, while going 2-for-3 at the line. The Wolverines out-rebounded the Big Red, 18-16, and won the first-half turnover battle, 6-3.

The action heated up even more in the third quarter, as the Wolverines gut-punched the Huskers out of the locker room to start the half with seven straight points in 1:36, beginning with a three-pointer from Hailey Brown and ending with a layup by Naz Hillmon to take their biggest lead of the day at 41-28.

After a timeout by Coach Amy Williams, Nebraska answered the bell beginning with a three-pointer from Whitish. Brown added a pair of free throws, before a three-pointer by Eliely after an Dilk bucket for Michigan.

A layup by Haiby and a bucket inside for Cain narrowed the Michigan margin to 43-40 with 3:16 left in the third stretching a 12-2 surge by the Big Red. Cain finished with eight points, six rebounds and three blocks.

Hillmon slowed the Husker rally with a free throw, but Brown answered with a traditional three-point play to pull Nebraska within 44-43. Michigan's Hailey Brown then answered with her second of five second-half three-pointers before two Dilk free throws put Michigan back in front 49-43 with 49 seconds left in the quarter. 

Hailey Brown led Michigan with 17 points on the afternoon, including 5-of-6 three-point shooting, while Dilk pitched in nine and Hillmon added 13 points and eight rebounds. Hillmon was involved in a crucial sequence late in the third. After Isabelle Bourne made a pair of free throws for NU, Hillmon was fouled with 7.6 seconds left but missed both free throws. Nebraska stormed the other way and Whitish buried a buzzer-beating three from the right wing to send the Huskers to the fourth quarter down just one at 49-48.

Eliely then shot the Huskers to the their first lead since midway through the first quarter with her second three of the half, before Haiby added two free throws with 8:46 left to cap a 10-0 Big Red run at 53-49.

After threes by Whitish and Haiby pushed NU's lead to 63-58, two free throws from Cain and two more from Brown gave Nebraska its biggest lead of the day at 67-60. Brown was fouled on a three-pointer by Dilk as the shot clock wound down, and it was Dilk's fifth foul of the game with 2:54 left.

The Wolverines refused to quit fighting though, as Danielle Rauch buried a three, before Eliely answered with Nebraska's season-high-tying 12th three-pointer of the game to make it 70-63 Huskers with 1:14 left.

Michigan's Hailey Brown kept the Wolverines in it with two heroic threes late, including a long bank from the left wing and a catch-and-shoot three from the deep right wing with 9.1 seconds left, before she fouled out with 8.2 seconds left. Michigan had possession trailing 74-71 in the final eight seconds but was unable to get close on a desperation three.

Nebraska finished at 42.9 percent (21-49) shooting for the game, including 12-for-24 from long range against primarily zone defense from the Wolverines. The Huskers came through at the line, knocking down 20-of-24 free throws (.833). The Wolverines out-rebounded the Huskers, 36-29, and won the turnover battle, 9-8, but Nebraska outscored Michigan in points off turnovers, 10-2 in the second half. The Wolverines hit 44.3 percent (27-61) of their shots from the floor, including 8-of-14 threes, but just 9-of-14 free throws.

Nebraska returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday night to complete a two-game home stand by battling Purdue. Tip-off between the Huskers and Boilermakers is set for 7 p.m., with tickets available now at Huskers.com.



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Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska's second-half comeback fell just short, as Indiana posted an 82-74 win over the Huskers Saturday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Indiana (14-4, 4-3) used a fast start to the second half, as a 16-2 Hoosier run turned a 46-41 halftime lead into a 19-point bulge only to see Nebraska rally in the final 15 minutes.

The Huskers (7-11, 2-5 Big Ten) slowed the Hoosiers on the defensive end and got to within six and had several chances to pull closer, but Indiana held on for a crucial road win.

Sophomore Cam Mack scored a game-high 20 points and dished out nine assists to lead the Husker offense against the Hoosiers. Mack was one of four Huskers in double digits, along with Thorir Thorbjarnarson (13 points), Dachon Burke Jr. (12) and Haanif Cheatham (10). Thorbjarnarson also added a season-high nine rebounds and three steals.

Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis led the Hoosier offense with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 13 boards. IU saw double-digit scoring from Joey Brunk (16 points) and Justin Smith (15).

The Huskers seized the momentum early, using an 11-0 spurt to build their largest lead of the game at 23-14 after a Kevin Cross 3-pointer with 12:18 left in the half. Mack carried the Huskers in the opening 20 minutes as he scored 17 points and had five assists in the first half along.

Indiana, which entered the contest hitting just 25 percent from 3-point range, would rally as the Hoosiers hit six 3-pointers in the first half and used runs of 7-0 and 9-0 to build a 42-34 lead after a basket from Jackson-Davis.

Burke and Mack combined for NU's last 14 points of the half to keep NU within five points at the break.

For the game, Indiana shot 51 percent, while Nebraska shot 40 percent from the field. The Huskers managed an 8-2 edge in steals and also out-performed the Hoosiers in points off turnovers (13-10) and fast break points (11).

The Huskers return to action on Tuesday night, as they travel to Madison, Wis., for a matchup with the Badgers. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. and the game will be on BTN and on the Learfield IMG Husker Sports Network.



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The McCook Community College basketball team couldn’t overcome a 23 percent shooting performance in the first half falling to Northeastern Junior College 78-70 Friday night in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

MCC erased a 36-25 half-time deficit by scoring the first nine points of the second half, but never got the offense consistently clicking.

“You can’t win any basketball games – I don’t care who you are – shooting 34 percent from the floor and 16 percent from the 3-point line,” said MCC Coach Kyle Drennan.

“It’s frustrating because I mean you lose by eight and you can’t even throw it in the ocean.”

The coach said his guys knew the scouting report on NJC and kind of executed it, but not enough, and at times had some lapses, particularly on defense.

“It was just one of those game where we couldn’t find a rhythm and couldn’t get anyone going,” Drennan said.

MCC was just two of 12 from the 3-point line in the first half and two of 13 in the second half.

The Plainsmen out-rebounded MCC 45-36.

The Indians were able to capitalize from the free-throw line.

“We were 22 of 28 when we took it to the rim,” Drennan said.

Freshman LeTre Darthard (Denton, Texas) led MCC with 24 points. Sophomore transfer Raheim Sullivan (Toronto, Ontario) had 19 points and six rebounds.

Sophomore Tyrik Singh (San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago; Daytona State) led MCC on the boards with eight, to go along with eight points.

“I keep telling these guys every possession is going to come down to three or four possessions, it might seem like a miniscule possession in the first half but everything comes down to those things in regional play.” Drennan said. “This team has to figure out how to win, it’s not just something that happens.”

NJC improves to 11-5 and 3-0 in the south sub-region with wins over Western Nebraska and North Platte.

MCC falls to 7-9 on the year and 0-2 in the south sub-region. The Indians will be home Saturday at 4 p.m. to take on Southeast Community College 10-6.

For more information on MCC basketball and all MCC sports, visit the official site of MCC Athletics at  https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?path=mbball

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

If you can’t make it to the next MCC home watch it live at: https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch




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The McCook Community College women’s basketball team came up with some defensive stops in the first half and got into an offensive rhythm in the second half to snap a three-game losing streak on the way to a 82-71 win over Northeastern Junior College Friday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center.

“NJC played Western to 12 points and we knew they were going to be tough, they are always tough,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “They were second in the region last year. They have pretty good pieces, talented girls and we had to fight hard and battle.”

The Plainswomen jumped out to a nine-point lead at the 4:26 mark of the first period. MCC’s leading scorer, sophomore Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) picked up her second foul and went to the bench.

It was the first of two big adjustments the Lady Indians made on the night.

“With Makenna in foul trouble we sat her pretty much for a quarter and a half and so we had to go to a smaller lineup,” Pritchett.

Sophomore Sydney Sandford (Missouri City, Texas), freshman Gail Whiting (Montgomery, Ala.) and redshirt freshman transfer Jessika Espinoza, (El Paso, Texas) Western New Mexico University, had to pick up the defensive slack.

“Those three had to step up with Makenna out and they had to guard bigger,” Pritchett said

The coach pointed out that NJC got five offensive rebounds in the first quarter but credits the trio with not giving up a single offensive board in the second quarter.

“That’s all just heart and determination,” Pritchett said.

NJC led 22-20 after 10 minutes but the Lady Indians fought back to lead at the half 39-38

The teams traded leads 10 times and were tied four times in the final 20 minutes before MCC made its second big adjustment in the game when the team started firing on all offensive cylinders – keyed by a barrage from the 3-point line.

In the first half, MCC out-scored NJC from the 3-point line 18-9 hitting on six of 19 long-range shots (31.6 percent). But when the smoke cleared, the Lady Indians sank 10 of 13 3-pointers in the second half (76.9 percent).

wjnc08Freshman Amiya Dartest (Jennings, La.) lit it up with seven 3-pointers on eight attempts in the second half alone and finished with a game-high 26 points.

“In the second half we finally found our rhythm shooting the ball,” Pritchett said. “We kind of lost it for three games but with Amiya making eight 3-pointers really sent us over the top.”

Six Lady Indians hit from the 3-point line as the team made 16 of 32 shots. Overall MCC shot 41.8 percent from the field and made just 10 of 20 free throws.

NJC shot 37.3 percent from the floor and six for 18 from the arc (33.3 percent, and 13 of 20 from the free throw line (65 percent.)

Sophomore transfer Paula Rosello Mateu, (Barcelona, Spain) Miles Community College (Mont.) scored 13 points, and had four assists. Bodette ended up with 11 points and six rebounds.

Carla Torrubia Cano had 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Whiting had eight points and seven rebounds and freshman Niamh Kelshaw (Manchester, England) had nine points on a three-for-four night from the 3-point line.

“We still have to do a better job executing but tonight, we made big plays,” Pritchett said.

Northeastern falls to 8-9 on the season and 0-2 in the south-sub region.

MCC improves to 11-4 and take on Southeast Community College (6-12) Saturday at 2 p.m. at “Free Popcorn Day.” courtesy the MCC Indian Boosters.

For complete coverage of MCC Lady Indian basketball including, schedule, photo galleries, statistics and more, visit the MCC Athletics web page at https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

If you can not make it to the games watch MCC basketball home games at https://mccindians.com/sports/2016/11/10/tw.aspx?tab=tribewatch

For more photos from tonight’s game please visit the McCook Community College Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/





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(Kansas City) - Patrick Mahomes tip-toed down the sideline for a game-turning touchdown, added three TD passes, and the Kansas City Chiefs made their first Super Bowl in a half-century by beating the Tennessee Titans 35-24 for the AFC championship. In two weeks in Miami, they will play the winner of the NFC title game between Green Bay and San Francisco. Mahomes did his usual superb job passing, but it was his 27-yard tap dance down the left sideline late in the first half that gave the Chiefs their first lead. From there, they outran the run-oriented Titans and star back Derrick Henry. 



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The Nebraska football program announced today that Matt Lubick has been hired as Nebraska’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, pending the completion of a University background check.

Lubick brings more than two decades of coaching experience to Scott Frost’s staff, including 16 seasons at Power Five Conference schools. Lubick most recently served as Washington’s co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach in 2017 and 2018, and spent four years on the Oregon coaching staff from 2013 to 2016 where he served on the Ducks’ staff with Frost.

“Matt Lubick is a great addition to our coaching staff,” Frost said. “I have always wanted to work with Matt again since our days at Oregon together.  He is the only person I considered for this position.

“Matt has an innovate offensive mind, provides a veteran presence on our staff and brings a proven track record of success at the Power Five level.  Matt and I developed a great relationship working together previously, and I look forward to adding his expertise to our offensive staff.”

The son of long-time Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick, Matt Lubick began his college coaching career for his father in 1995. He has been part of teams that won six conference titles and played in 14 bowl games, including the 2014 College Football Playoff championship game at Oregon.

“I am humbled to have the opportunity to be part of Nebraska Football,” Lubick said. “Growing up I was in awe of Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney’s unmatched run of success. It is a special situation for me to be reunited with an elite staff and Coach Frost who is the best in the business. The University of Nebraska is a world-class institution with the best fan base in college football.”

In his two seasons at Washington, Lubick helped the Huskies to 20 victories, the 2018 Pac-12 Championship and appearances in the Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl. The Husky offense completed better than 66 percent of its passes in each of Lubick’s two seasons on the Washington staff.

Lubick spent four seasons at Oregon from 2013 to 2016, working with Frost on the Duck staff for the first three of those seasons. Oregon ranked in the top five nationally in both scoring and total offense from 2013 to 2015.  Lubick took over as Oregon’s offensive coordinator after Frost left to become head coach at UCF.

While serving as Duke’s wide receivers coach from 2010 to 2012, he was named the 2012 Football Scoop Wide Receivers Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year. An NAIA All-American defensive back, Lubick coached the secondary at Arizona State from 2007 to 2009, helping the Sun Devils to the 2007 Pac-10 Conference co-championship.

Lubick’s coaching career also included stints at Ole Miss (2005-06), Colorado State (1995, 2001-04), Oregon State (1999-2000), San Jose State (1997-98) and Cal State Northridge (1996). Lubick was part of two conference title teams at Colorado State and assisted Oregon State to the 2000 Pac-10 co-championship and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

Lubick Coaching Career

2017-18               Washington (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers)

2016                     Oregon (Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers)

2013-15               Oregon (Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers)

2010-12               Duke (Wide Receivers)

2007-09               Arizona State (Defensive Backs)

2005-06               Ole Miss (Wide Receivers)

2001-04               Colorado State (Wide Receivers)

1999-2000           Oregon State (Defensive Backs)

1997-98               San Jose State (Wide Receivers)

1996                     Cal State Northridge (Defensive Backs)

1995                     Colorado State (Graduate Assistant)




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The Nebraska football program announced today that offensive coordinator/receivers coach Troy Walters and the Huskers have mutually agreed to part ways.

Walters has been on the Nebraska coaching staff for the past two seasons, and has served on Scott Frost’s coaching staffs for the past four years overall. Walters was a finalist for the 2017 Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.

“Troy has been a valued member of our coaching staff for the past four years,” Frost said.  “Troy is a good mentor for his players, provides great energy on and off the field, and carries himself with a presence off the field that will be missed. I want to thank him for his work on our coaching staff, and wish him and his family all the best going forward.”

 




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WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin took a stick to the face and put three pucks in the net for a hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals past the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Thursday night. Ovechkin reached 31 goals this season with his 25th career hat trick. He has scored five in his past two games to reach 689, one back of Mario Lemieux (leh-MYOO') for 10th on the NHL's all-time list.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken (NAK’-ihn) has become the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history after being named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Nakken is a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State and joined the Giants organization in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations. The NBA has several female assistant coaches. The NFL's San Francisco 49ers have Katie Sowers as an offensive assistant.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros star outfielder George Springer and the tainted team have settled on a $21 million contract for next season. Springer led the Astros to their first title in 2017 and was the Most Valuable Player of the World Series that year. This week, Major League Baseball released a report that detailed a cheating scheme the Astros used during their championship season to steal signals from opposing catchers and relay them to hitters.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON'-poh) had 32 points and 17 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 23 points and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 128-123 Thursday night. With the victory, the NBA-leading Bucks extended their winning streak to five games. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 40 points to lead the Celtics.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kuh) shot a 6-under 66 in his return to competition after a knee injury and was tied for third place after the opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship. Koepka, ranked No. 1 in the world, missed three months after re-injuring his knee while competing at the CJ Cup in South Korea. Koepka is two shots behind co-leaders Shaun Norris, of South Africa, and Renato Paratore, of Italy.




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Girls 1st Round Games were Monday night. 

Hershey 64-55 over Kimball
North Platte St Pat's 47-19 over Sutherland
Chase County 59-25 over Perkins County 
Chase County 73-41 over Perkins County

Below are the brackets to view & download. 

Coverage on Country 93.5 Thursday
6:15pm CST Hershey vs. Bridgeport
7:45pm CST North Platte St. Pat's vs. Chase County



There was 1 Boys 1st Round game Monday




TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed 36-year-old Larry Fitzgerald to a one-year contract after he led the team with 75 receptions, 804 receiving yards and four touchdown grabs this season. Fitzgerald is the Cardinals’ all-time leader with 250 games played, 1.378 receptions, 17,083 receiving yards, 120 receiving touchdowns, 120 total touchdowns and 49 100-yard games. He ranks second on the NFL all-time list in receptions and receiving yards, while his touchdown receptions are sixth.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins is forgoing his final college season to enter the NFL draft. Higgins grabbed 59 passes for 1,167 yards and 13 yards as the Tigers won the ACC championship and the CFP semifinal before losing to LSU in the championship game. He had a team-record 27 touchdown catches in three seasons with the Tigers.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Grant Delpit are among a half dozen players from LSU's national championship team who've stated their intention to enter this spring's NFL draft. Offensive linemen Saahdiq Charles and Lloyd Cushnberry also announced they are turning pro, as did linebackers Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have announced that Zion Williamson will make his long-anticipated NBA debut next Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs. The first player taken on last year’s draft has missed New Orleans’ first 41 games this season and will sit out three more while rehabilitating from arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee. His arrival comes at a good time for the Pelicans, who have won nine of their last 13 to pull within four games of a playoff spot.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Peter DeBoer (deh-BOHR’) will begin his stint as the Vegas Golden Knights’ interim head coach tonight in Ottawa, one month after he was fired as head coach of the San Jose Sharks. Gerard Gallant was dismissed by the Knights yesterday, less than two years after coaching the team to the Stanley Cup finals in its first NHL season. The Knights have dropped four-straight to fall into a virtual third-place tie with Vancouver in the Pacific Division, but they are just three points behind the first-place Arizona Coyotes.




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