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Lincoln - Taylor Kissinger set a school record by connecting on all six of her three-point attempts on her way to a team-high 22 points, shooting Nebraska to an 87-64 win over USC Upstate on Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers, who evened their record at 1-1 on the young season, got 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting overall from Kissinger, while her only miss was put back by fellow sophomore Kate Cain, who finished with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Senior forward Maddie Simon gave the Huskers three players in double figures with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and a 4-for-4 effort at the free throw line.

As a team, Nebraska shot a solid 53.1 percent (34-64) from the field, including 11-of-24 from three-point range (.458). The Big Red was also 8-of-10 at the free throw line. The Huskers controlled the glass against the Spartans, 42-27.

Kissinger got going early for Nebraska by knocking down all three of her first-quarter three-point attempts to propel the Huskers to a 26-12 lead at the end of the first 10 minutes.

The Big Red maintained a 13-point lead after Kissinger's fourth three with 6:50 left in the second quarter, before USC Upstate rallied to cut the margin to eight points at 41-33 with 1:30 left in the half. USC Upstate's Brianna Lewis scored 10 of her 12 first-half points in the second quarter to keep the Spartans within striking distance before the Huskers took a 43-33 lead to halftime.

The Huskers shot 52 percent (16-30) from the field, including 5-of-12 threes (.417) and all six of their free throws in the first half. USC Upstate hit 43.8 percent (14-32) of its shots, including 4-of-12 threes (.333) and 1-of-2 free throws. Nebraska out-rebounded the Spartans 19-14, but lost the first-half turnover battle 8-7.

Kissinger and the Huskers pushed the lead to 19 points at 67-48 at the end of three quarters, as she connected on both of her three-point attempts in the period. She did not attempt a shot from long range in the fourth quarter to become the first Husker in history to hit all six of her three-point attempts in a game. The only other Husker in history to hit as many as five threes in a game without a miss was Jessica Periago at Indiana on Dec. 5, 2010.

Nebraska got its 11th three of the game on the second triple of the day from senior guard Kristian Hudson to end the scoring in the closing minute. The final 23-point margin was Nebraska's largest lead of the contest.

Hudson, who made her first start as a Husker in place of junior guard Hannah Whitish, finished with six points and three assists. Whitish played 16 minutes in the game but had her streak of 50 straight starts come to an end. She missed significant practice time the past three days while nursing a minor leg injury that occurred in the first half of Nebraska's season-opening loss to Drake on Wednesday, Nov. 10. Whitish did not score Sunday, but did dish out four assists.

Nebraska got a strong game from junior Nicea Eliely, who pitched in eight points and team highs with six rebounds and six assists, while freshman Leigha Brown contributed seven points and four boards off the bench. Junior Grace Mitchell added six points and six rebounds, while freshman Ashtyn Veerbeek also contributed six points. Freshman Sam Haiby managed four points and five assists, while freshman Kayla Mershon completed the scoring for the Big Red with two points.

USC Upstate junior Brianna Lewis led all scorers with 26 points, while adding six assists. She hit 10-of-21 shots from the field and all six of her free throws. DeNisha Swain added 11 points, while Natalia Panufnik gave the Spartans three players in double figures with 10 points.

As a team, Upstate hit 23-of-60 shots (.383), including 6-of-22 threes (.273) while connecting on 12-of-13 free throws. The Spartans also won the turnover battle by a narrow 15-14 margin.

Nebraska opens a five-game road trip on Friday by traveling to Washington State. Tip-off between the Huskers and Cougars in Pullman is set for 7:30 p.m. (CT) with live audio coverage from Huskers.com and the Husker Sports Network and a live video stream provided by Washington State.





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Lincoln - Nebraska showcased an explosive offense and an opportunistic defense on its way to an impressive 54-35 win over Illinois on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska's 54 points marked the second straight Big Ten home game that the Huskers set their conference scoring record against another Big Ten team. On Oct 20, the Huskers scored 53 in a 25-point win over Minnesota.

In a game that featured more than 1,100 yards in offense, the Huskers amassed 606 total yards, including 316 on the ground and 290 through the air. The Blackshirts also did their part in helping the offense, nabbing two interceptions and forcing a fumble, while the Huskers also recovered a pair of muffed punts on special teams. Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez and the offense turned the five Illini mistakes into 24 points.

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten, while notching their third consecutive home win at Memorial Stadium. In those three games, the Big Red are averaging 50.7 points per game. Illinois slipped to 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the conference.

Nebraska's first-half offensive eruption was ignited by three Illinois turnovers, including a pair of muffed punts, that the Big Red converted into 17 points. The turnovers were the difference in Nebraska's 38-21 halftime lead.

The second muffed punt by the Illini came in the final minute of the half, just seconds after Illinois cut the Nebraska lead to 31-21 with former Husker AJ Bush's third touchdown run with 58 seconds left in the half. The Illinois defense then forced a three-and-out. Isaac Armstrong's low, line drive punt carried 43 yards but bounced off Illinois return man Jordan Holmes' chest and a mad scramble was on, resulting in a recovery by Nebraska special teams stalwart Jeramiah Stovall at the Illinois 7-yard-line with 20 seconds left. Three plays later, Martinez found tight end Jack Stoll in the middle of the end zone on a 12-yard touchdown pass to put the Big Red up 17 points.

It was Martinez's third touchdown pass of the half, as he accounted for 196 total yards in the half, including 129 yards on 12-of-17 passing. He added 67 rushing yards and another score to become the Nebraska freshman season record holder for total yards, which was previously held by Taylor Martinez (2,596 in 2010).

Martinez finished the day with 345 yards of total offense, including 290 yards on 24-of-34 passing. He threw three touchdown passes and one interception.

Nebraska started fast, racing 75 yards in just three plays after winning the coin toss and electing to receive. Martinez opened with an eight-yard run, before rushing over the right end for a 30-yard burst. He capped the drive with a 37-yard scoring strike to Stanley Morgan Jr. to give the Huskers a quick 7-0 lead just 1:02 into the game. It marked the sixth consecutive game that Nebraska scored on its first drive after receiving the opening kickoff.

The Illini's high-powered rushing attack marched back on the Big Red, covering 76 yards on eight plays capped by Bush's 11-yard touchdown run to tie the score with 10:39 left in the first quarter.

Nebraska showed no signs of slowing down, racing 89 yards in seven plays capped by Martinez's nine-yard scoring run to put the Huskers back in front at 14-7 with 7:27 left in the quarter.

Bush struck again with an eight-yard touchdown run to cap a second consecutive eight-play, 76-yard drive to tie the score with 3:40 left in the opening period.

Martinez found Morgan again on the ensuing drive, hooking up with the senior receiver for the second time in the quarter to give Nebraska a 21-14 lead. Morgan finished the day with eight receptions for 131 yards. It was his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and seventh of his career. He finished the day at No. 2 on Nebraska's career receiving yardage list with 2,599.

In a first quarter filled with fireworks, the two offenses combined for 424 total yards, including 241 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 plays for Nebraska.

The second quarter took on a different tone with three huge mistakes by the Illini. The first came on Armstrong's first punt of the game for the Huskers, which carried 37 yards before being dropped by Illini return man Carlos Sandy. Long-snapper Chase Urbach sprinted down the field after his snap and jumped on the loose ball at the Illinois 45.

Martinez and the Huskers drove to the Illinois 10, but had to settle for Barret Pickering's 27-yard field goal to take a 24-14 lead.

Bush and the Illini tried to rally, driving 52 yards in 10 plays before Blackshirt safety Tre Neal stripped the ball while tackling Bush. The Huskers wasted little time converting the turnover to points, as Devine Ozigbo sprinted 66 yards to paydirt for the longest run of his career on the third play of the drive to give Nebraska a 31-14 lead with six minutes left in the half.

Neal finished the game with 10 tackles and a pair of forced fumbles, while Mohamed Barry led the Blackshirts with 11 total tackles on the day to push his season total to 93.

Ozigbo added a four-year touchdown run in the third quarter and a 60-yard touchdown run in the fourth to close the scoring for the Huskers. The senior running back finished the day with 162 yards and a career-high three touchdowns on just 11 carries.

Bush rallied the Fighting Illini for a 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive that resulted in his third touchdown run with 58 seconds left in the half to cut the Husker edge to 31-21, but Illinois would get no closer the rest of the way after muffing their second punt of the half less than a minute later. Bush closed with a game-high 187 rushing yards and 313 yards of total offense, while going 11-for-25 for 126 passing yards with two interceptions.

Nebraska finished the half with 356 total yards, including 227 rushing yards, while Illinois put up 292 yards with 209 on the ground.

After forcing three turnovers in the first half, the Blackshirts added a fourth turnover on the opening drive of the second half when Aaron Williams intercepted a Bush pass across the middle to stop the Illini. For Williams, it was his first interception of the season.

Nebraska's offense converted again, covering 82 yards in a season-long 17 plays over 7:53. The Huskers went 3-for-3 on fourth down on the drive, before Ozigbo scored on a four-yard run to give the Big Red a 45-21 lead with 4:07 left in the quarter. Before the drive, Nebraska was just 2-for-11 on fourth down this season.

In clearly Nebraska's best special teams effort of the season, the Huskers extended the lead to 47-21 early in the fourth quarter with its first blocked punt of the year off the hands of Marquel Dismuke, which rolled out the back of the end zone for a safety.

The Illini managed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns around Ozigbo's 60-yard scoring sprint to make the final margin. Nebraska senior defensive tackle Mick Stoltenberg put the exclamation point on the Husker win in the closing minute with his first career interception to give the Blackshirts their fifth turnover of the day. It marked the the most turnovers Nebraska has gained since getting six against Wyoming in 2016. It also marked the third straight game that the Big Red has gained at least three turnovers.

Nebraska will complete its home schedule next week when the Huskers play host to Michigan State on Senior Day at Memorial Stadium. Kick-off time and television information will be announced soon.

12:10 - NEB - Marquel Dismuke blocked punt for safety, NEB 47-21
7:44 - ILL - RaVon Bonner 2 run (McLaughlin kick), 3 plays, 39 yards, 1:22, 47-28
6:15 - NEB - Ozigbo 60 run (Pickering kick), 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:29, NEB 54-28
3:21 - ILL - Dre Brown 15 run (McLaughlin kick), 7 plays, 93 yards, 2:46, NEB 54-35

Scoring SummaryNebraska 54, Illinois 35
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Attendance: 88,316

First Quarter (21-14)
13:58 - NEB - Stanley Morgan Jr. 37 pass from Adrian Martinez (Barret Pickering kick), 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:02, NEB 7-0
10:39 - ILL - AJ Bush 11 run (Chase McLaughlin kick), 8 plays, 76 yards, 3:14, 7-7
7:27 - NEB - Martinez 9 run (Pickering kick), 7 plays, 89 yards, 3:06, NEB 14-7
3:40 - ILL - Bush 8 run (McLaughlin kick), 8 plays, 76 yards, 3:43, 14-14
1:54 - NEB - Morgan 32 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick), 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:46, NEB 21-14

Second Quarter (38-21)
10:36 - NEB - Pickering 27 FG, 7 plays, 35 yards, 3:19, NEB 24-14
6:00 - NEB - Devine Ozigbo 66 run (Pickering kick), 3 plays, 77 yards, 1:13, NEB 31-14
0:58 - ILL - Bush 2 run (McLaughlin kick), 12 plays, 75 yards, 5:02, NEB 31-21
0:03 - NEB - Jack Stoll 12 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick), 3 plays, 7 yards, 0:17, NEB 38-21

Third Quarter (45-21)
4:12 - NEB - Ozigbo 4 run (Pickering kick), 17 plays, 82 yards, 7:48, NEB 45-21

Fourth Quarter (54-35)
12:10 - NEB - Marquel Dismuke blocked punt for safety, NEB 47-21
7:44 - ILL - RaVon Bonner 2 run (McLaughlin kick), 3 plays, 39 yards, 1:22, 47-28
6:15 - NEB - Ozigbo 60 run (Pickering kick), 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:29, NEB 54-28
3:21 - ILL - Dre Brown 15 run (McLaughlin kick), 7 plays, 93 yards, 2:46, NEB 54-35





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The Nebraska men's basketball team continues its opening week schedule on Sunday afternoon, as the Huskers take on Southeastern Louisiana. Tipoff from a sold-out Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 3 p.m. Any game returned tickets would be available at PBA beginning 90 minutes before tipoff.

Sunday's game will be carried nationally on ESPNU with Jon Meterparel and Brooke Weisbrod on the call. The game is also available on the ESPN app on most mobile devices, including Apple TV.

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app and on SiriusXM radio.

Sunday's game is the second Lincoln Regional round of the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker. The championship rounds will be at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Nov. 19-20 with NU, Texas Tech, Missouri State and USC comprising the four-team field.

Sunday's game is also the annual Toys for Tots game, as fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys along with cash donations for the Marines Toys for Tots program. Volunteers will be collecting donations at locations around Pinnacle Bank Arena to benefit area youth. In addition, Veterans, active, and retired military personnel will receive one standing room only ticket by showing their valid military ID at the Pinnacle Bank Arena box office on Sunday.

The Huskers, who are ranked 25th in the USA Today coaches poll, had little trouble in their opener, routing Mississippi Valley State, 106-37, on Tuesday evening. Glynn Watson Jr. led four Huskers in double figures with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while James Palmer Jr. had 15 of his 17 points in the first half, as the Huskers built a 42-point halftime lead. NU emptied the bench as all 12 players who dressed played between six and 23 minutes. Nebraska's 69-point margin was the second largest in more than a century, while the 106 points marked the most by a Husker team since 2005.

Nebraska's defense forced 19 turnovers and harassed the Delta Devils into 19 percent shooting, including 1-of-15 from 3-point range. The 37 points allowed and 13 first-half points allowed were lows in the Tim Miles era.

Southeastern Louisiana comes into the weekend with a 0-1 record, as they will take on William Carey on Friday before coming to Lincoln. The Lions, who went 22-12 and reached the NIT for the first time in school history, lost to LSU in their opener on Tuesday. Freshman Parker Edwards led SELU with 25 points - all coming in a 10-minute span of the second half.

OPENING NUMBER18 - Nana Akenten had a career-high 18 points off the bench in just 13 minutes on Tuesday. Akenten played just 21 minutes as a freshman, totaling seven points. He had five of Nebraska's 15 3-pointers, NU's highest total since hitting 15 against Miami on Dec. 20, 2006.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
.912 - With Tuesday's win, Nebraska is now 31-3 under Tim Miles when scoring 80-or-more points.
10 - Number of times since WWII that Nebraska has returned a first-team all-conference performer. James Palmer Jr. became NU's first returning All-Big Ten player since Terran Petteway in 2014-15.
12 - Nebraska has won 12 straight at Pinnacle Bank Arena dating back to last season. With a win on Sunday, it would be the Huskers' longest win streak in the building since it opened in 2013.
13 - Rebounds for Brady Heiman in Tuesday's win over Mississppi Valley State. It was the most rebounds by a Husker freshman since Shavon Shields also had 13 boards vs. Michigan State on Feb. 16, 2013.
106 - Nebraska's highest point total since scoring 107 against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 19, 2005. It is also NU's highest opening-game total since putting up 108 against Colgate to start the 1992-93 season.

SCOUTING SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
Under fifth-year Head Coach Jay Lander, the Lions head into a pair of weekend games, as they will host William Carey on Friday before traveling to Lincoln. Lander's teams have improved their win total each season, culminating with a 22-12 record in 2017-18 when Southeastern Louisiana won the Southland Conference regular-season title and earned a berth to the NIT. The 22 wins were the most by the school since the 2004-05 season, and Southeastern Louisiana was picked second in the Southland Conference preseason poll.

The 2018-19 squad opened the year with a 94-63 loss at No. 23 LSU on Tuesday night. In that game, the Lions shot just 29 percent in the first half as LSU took a 48-18 lead into the locker room. Freshman Parker Edwards was the bright spot, coming off the bench with 25 points, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range, in just 10 minutes. Moses Greenwood also finished in double figures with 12 points and seven boards, while LSU limited Marlain Veal to one point in 26 minutes. Veal, who was a first-team All-Southland Conference selection, is coming off a knee injury after averaging 12.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game last season. Greenwood started 13 games last season and averaged 10.2 points and a team-high 5.6 rebounds per game while blocking a team-high 30 shots.

Series history: Nebraska won both previous meetings posting victories in 2010 and 2015. In the most recent matchup, NU posted a 92-65 win on Nov. 22, 2015. In that game, the Huskers scored the first 12 points as part of a game-opening 19-2 run. Glynn Watson Jr. led four Huskers in double figures with 14 points. The other meeting was a 77-59 Husker win on Jan. 5, 2010. The Huskers are 9-2 all-time against the current members of the Southland Conference.

LAST TIME OUT
Glynn Watson Jr. tallied 19 points to lead four Huskers in double figures, as the No. 25 (Coaches) Nebraska Cornhuskers blitzed Mississippi Valley State, 106-37, Tuesday evening in the opener for both teams.

Watson, who played just 19 minutes, was 7-of-10 from the field, including five 3-pointers, as Nebraska built a 24-5 lead in the first nine minutes and cruised to the win.
Nana Akenten came off the bench with 18 points, while James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland added, 17 and 10 points, respectively. In all, 11 of the 12 players who dressed got into the scoring column, as no Husker played more than 22 minutes.

Nebraska limited MVSU to just 19 percent shooting on the evening, including 3-of-32 in the first half, and forced 19 turnovers that led to 32 Husker points.

WHAT IS BACK FOR THE BIG RED
The Huskers enter the 2018-19 season welcoming back three starters and nine letterwinners from a team that went 22-11 and finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 mark. The group includes All-Big Ten performers James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland and three-year starter Glynn Watson Jr., all of whom averaged double figures in 2017-18. NU also returns junior forward Isaiah Roby, who started 13 of NU’s final 14 games - all but Senior Night - and led NU in both rebounding (6.3 rpg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg).

Nebraska returns 73.4 percent of its scoring, 61.4 percent of its rebounding, 71.5 percent of its assists and 67.2 percent of its blocked shots from last year. Last year, NU averaged 72.3 points per game, its highest average since the 1996-97 season (72.9 ppg). It is only the third time in the last 15 seasons that Nebraska returns at least 70 percent of its scoring from the previous season.

  • Nebraska's 3,432 returning points ranks 13th nationally entering the 2018-19 season. Among Big Ten programs, only Iowa, which has 4,246 returning points has more points returning than the Big Red.
  • Entering the season, Nebraska's returnees have combined for 160 career starts for the Big Red and 214 games at the Division I level. Copeland (49 starts at Georgetown) and Palmer (five starts at Miami) both cracked the starting lineups at their previous schools before coming to Nebraska.
What’s Returning (Last Four Seasons)
Returning Power Conference Players w/50 Assists & Blocks
Player School Assists Blocks
Isaiah Roby Nebraska 53 63
Jontay Porter Missouri 74 55
Huskers w/50 Assists & Blocks
Player Year Assists Blocks
Isaiah Roby 2017-18 53 63
Aleks Maric 2007-08 64 57
Venson Hamilton 1998-99 54 80
Venson Hamilton 1997-98 58 66
Rich King 1990-91 90 68
COPELAND ANCHORS FRONTCOURT
Isaac Copeland Jr. made a successful return to action following back surgery and put together a strong junior season. The 6-foot-9 forward was second on the team in scoring (12.9 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg) and blocked shots (1.0 bpg), setting personal bests in all three areas. In all, he reached double figures 23 times, including five 20-point performances. He turned in a solid effort in Tuesday's win with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting and four rebounds in 23 minutes.A top-20 recruit coming out of high school, Copeland earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors by averaging 13.5 points on 51 percent shooting, including 43 percent from 3-point range, and was in double figures in eight of his final nine Big Ten contests. Copeland graduated from Nebraska in May and is working on his Masters Degree.

FILLING UP PINNACLE BANK ARENA
Pinnacle Bank Arena will be full once again in 2018-19, as the NU Athletic Ticket Office announced on September 25 that general public season tickets are sold out for the upcoming season. It is the fourth time in the past six seasons that the Huskers have sold out their entire season allotment of tickets at Pinnacle Bank Arena. In all, nearly 15,000 season tickets have been sold for the 2018-19 season, including the Red Zone student section.

Since moving into PBA in 2013-14, the Huskers have ranked in the top-15 in attendance nationally all five years, and are one of only nine schools in the country to average 15,000+ fans per contest in that span.

In addition, 300-level seats are available for NU's games against Western Illinois (Nov. 24), Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 22) and Minnesota (Feb. 13). Every other remaining home game this season is sold out.

Pinnacle Bank Arena Attendance Since 2013-14

Season Average (Rank)
2013-14 (1st year of PBA) 15,419 (13th)
2014-15 15,569 (10th)
2015-16 15,430 (11th)
2016-17 15,427 (11th)
2017-18 15,492 (11th)
PROTECTING THE VAULT
The Huskers have been strong at protecting its home court at Pinnacle Bank Arena since it opened in 2013-14.
  • NU enters Sunday's game with Southeastern Louisiana with a 12-game home winning streak, the longest among power conference schools and eighth-longest home win streak nationally.
  • With Tuesday's win over Mississippi Valley State, Nebraska tied its longest winning streak since moving into Pinnacle Bank Arena. NU won 12 straight between Jan. 20-Nov. 18, 2014.
  • NU has posted a 60-24 (.714) record in Pinnacle Bank Arena since it opened in August of 2013, including a 16-1 mark in 2017-18. Against non-conference foes, NU is 32-7 in PBA (.821). Since the start of the 2006-07 season, NU is 95-12 against non-conference foes (.888).
  • Nebraska went 16-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2017-18 with the only loss coming in a one-point setback against then-No. 13 Kansas on Dec. 16. NU's .941 home winning percentage is the best since the 1982-83 campaign, while the 16 home wins was one shy of the school record.
  • Nebraska went a perfect 9-0 at home in Big Ten play and won its two Big Ten home games against ranked teams by an average of 15.0 points per game. NU's 9-0 mark - the only unbeaten mark in the Big Ten - marked the first time the Huskers went unbeaten in conference play at home since the 1965-66 season. All of the other eight seasons with a perfect conference home record were between 1908 and 1921.
HUSKERS RECEIVE FIRST RANKING SINCE 2014
For the first time since 2014, the Nebraska men’s basketball team is nationally ranked, as the Huskers are ranked No. 25 in the preseason USA TODAY Sports coaches poll released Oct. 25.
The Huskers return three starters, including All-Big Ten selections James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr, and their top four scorers from a team that went 22-11 and reached the NIT last season. In 2014-15, the Huskers were ranked in the first two coaches polls and were ranked 21st on Nov. 17, 2014.

Nebraska is one of four Big Ten teams in the preseason coaches poll, joining Michigan State (10), Michigan (18) and Purdue (22). In addition, the Huskers’ ACC/Big Ten Challenge opponent is also ranked as Clemson enters the poll at No. 23. The Huskers were receiving votes in the AP poll released earlier this month.

GATES JOINS HUSKER STAFF
The only new face on the Husker bench is a familiar one to Big Ten fans, as Armon Gates joined the Husker coaching staff this past May. Gates, a native of Chicago, returns to the Big Ten after recently serving as associate head coach at the University of Florida under Mike White. Gates has coached and developed all-conference performers at three schools during his coaching career.
For the past five seasons (2013-18), Gates was at Northwestern under Chris Collins, helping the Wildcats to a pair of 20-win seasons, including the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. He also helped bring a top-30 recruiting class to Northwestern in 2014, while the 2018 class is listed as high as 24th nationally by 247Sports.

THORBJARNARSON REPRESENTS ICELAND AT EUROPEAN U-20 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Husker sophomore Thorir Thorbjarnarson spent part of the summer representing his native Iceland for the U-20 National Team. At the FIBA U-20 European Championships, he averaged 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game, ranking second on the team in scoring and first in assists. He closed tournament action with three straight double figure efforts and averaged 18.5 points on 67 percent shooting, including 55 percent from 3-point range, in Iceland’s final two contests. Thorbjarnarson was solid in NU's opener, tallying career highs in both points (nine) and rebounds (four) vs. MSVU.

National Team Members under Miles
Player Country
Thorir Thorbjarnarson Iceland
Jack McVeigh Australia
Shavon Shields Denmark
Tai Webster New Zealand
Leslee Smith British Virgin Islands
CHASING WIN #100
Nebraska Coach Tim Miles is poised to become just the fourth Husker coach to win 100-or-more games at Nebraska in the coming weeks. Miles enters his seventh season needing only 10 wins to pass both Doc Sadler and Moe Iba for third place on NU’s career wins chart.
No. Coach Years Wins
1. Danny Nee 1987-2000 254
2. Joe Cipriano 1964-80 253
3. Moe Iba 1981-86 106
4. Doc Sadler 2007-12 101
5. Tim Miles 2013-Present 98
DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS
Nebraska’s biggest improvements came on the defensive end in 2017-18, going from 13th to 6th in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense and from 14th to 2nd in 3-point percentage defense. NU ranked in the top-75 nationally in both field goal defense (74th) and 3-point percentage defense (32nd) last season.The defense has been stout in the early going of 2018-19, as Nebraska held Wayne State (exhibition) and Mississippi Valley State to a combined 21.3 percent shooting, including just 6-of-37 from 3-point range. NU allowed just 37 points in its opener, the sixth-lowest total allowed in school history.

Defensive Improvement

  2016-17 Season   2017-18 Season  
Category Overall (Rk.) B1G (Rk.) Overall (Rk.) B1G (Rk.)
PPG Allowed 73.0 (12) 76.4 (12) 68.6 (10) 66.5 (5)
FG Pct. Def. .447 (13) .459 (13) .423 (6) .411 (2)
3-Pt. Pct. Def. .399 (14) .425 (14) .322 (2) .279 (1)

ALLEN MAKES IMPACT FOR LINCOLN KIDS
Sophomore guard Thomas Allen coordinated a back-to-school drive for the kids of Everett Elementary School in Lincoln. Allen spearheaded the efforts, using traditional and social media to get the word out on the event, which took place on Aug. 4. In all, more than five vans of materials were donated that day with other Husker teams and university staffers making contributions for the event.





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• The sixth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team, coming off its third straight win, will face No. 15 Michigan at Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor on Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT).

• The match will not have a television broadcast; it will only have a live video stream with no audio. It will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com. John Baylor is in his 25th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

About the Huskers
• The Huskers enter the match at 19-6 overall and 10-5 in the Big Ten after a sweep at Iowa on Wednesday.
• After a 3-5 record in October, the Huskers are looking to rebound in the month of November, which historically has been a good month for the Huskers. Nebraska possesses a .903 win percentage all-time in the month of November, compared to an .881 win percentage all-time during August-October. Nebraska’s two seniors - Kenzie Maloney and Mikaela Foecke - are a combined 26-1 in the month of November.
• Nebraska leads the Big Ten and ranks second nationally in opponent hitting percentage at .129. Nebraska’s .129 opponent hitting percentage is its best mark since .126 in the 2005 season. The best defensive team in the John Cook era was the 2004 squad that held opponents to .103 hitting for the season.
• The Huskers have held 22 of their 25 opponents under .200 hitting this year.
• Nebraska ranks second in the Big Ten and 18th nationally with 1.66 aces per set.
• Nebraska’s 2.82 blocks per set ranks 11th nationally and second in the Big Ten.
• Senior co-captain Mikaela Foecke, who has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week this season, leads the Huskers with 3.64 kills per set and adds 2.71 digs per set and has a team-high 35 service aces this season. The AVCA second-team All-American is the only active player in NCAA Division I with at least 1,000 career kills, 200 career blocks, 500 career digs and 100 career aces. Foecke became the eighth Husker all-time to surpass 1,500 career kills on Wednesday.
• Fellow senior captain Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.03 digs per set to lead the Husker defense.
• Freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach ranks 10th in the nation and second in the Big Ten with 1.49 blocks per set.
• Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.13 kills on a team-best .401 hitting percentage to go with 1.15 blocks per set. Stivrins was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after a career-high 10 blocks in a five-set win over No. 7 Penn State last Friday. She averaged 2.25 blocks per set to go with 2.25 kills per set on a .516 hitting percentage last weekend.
• Since debuting for the Huskers on Sept. 14, Lexi Sun has put up 3.06 kills per set and 2.65 digs per set.
• Freshman setter Nicklin Hames has 19 double-doubles through 25 matches and is averaging 10.05 assists and 3.36 digs per set.
• Sophomore opposite hitter Jazz Sweet is second on the team in total kills and is producing 2.49 kills per set.

Coaches
• John Cook, Nebraska: 19th year at Nebraska (550-75); 26th year overall (711-148)
• Mark Rosen, Michigan: 20th year at Michigan (403-251); 27th year overall (612-288)

Series History
• Nebraska is 15-3 all-time against Michigan. The Huskers have won seven straight in the series dating back to 2014, and NU beat Michigan 3-1 at the Devaney Center on Sept. 21 behind 21 kills from Mikaela Foecke. The loss was the first of the season for Michigan. Nebraska swept Michigan at Cliff Keen Arena last year, 25-22, 25-18, 25-13.

Scouting Michigan
• After an 11-0 start to the season, Michigan has gone 8-7 in its last 15 matches. The Wolverines have been up and down in the past two weeks, beating No. 5 Wisconsin on the road but losing on the road at Indiana (3-1) and at home to Maryland (3-0).
• Libero Jenna Lerg leads the Big Ten with 5.17 digs per set. Carly Skjodt leads the team with 4.21 kills per set, second-most in the Big Ten. Paige Jones adds 3.32 kills per set with 30 service aces.
• Michigan is hitting .232 on the season and is allowing opponents to hit only .175. The Wolverines are second in the Big Ten in digs (16.11 per set) but 13th in blocks (1.93 per set).

Foecke, Maloney Captain Young Husker Squad
• Seniors Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney are co-captaining the 2018 Husker squad. Foecke and Maloney are the lone players on the team who have been part of both the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Championship teams, and the duo will look to become the first in program history to appear in four straight final fours and win three national championships.
• Foecke, an outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, was selected the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship in both 2015 and 2017 after leading the Huskers to their fourth and fifth NCAA titles all-time.
• Foecke became the fourth player in NCAA history to twice be named the MOP - as she also earned the honor in 2015 - and she was the first to earn the honor in non-consecutive years.
• Foecke was named an AVCA second-team All-American and was unanimously selected to the All-Big Ten team and was an AVCA All-North Region pick for the third straight year in 2017.
• Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection entering her senior season. She had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs at Creighton on Sept. 6, earning Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors for the first of two times this season.
• Foecke leads the Huskers with 3.64 kills per set on .295 hitting with 2.71 digs per set. She ranks eighth on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,512, which also ranks fourth in the rally scoring era (2001 to present). Her 124 career aces are ninth-most in school history.
• Maloney, a libero from Louisville, Kentucky, was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team in 2017 and was a PrepVolleyball.com first-team All-American after serving a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament.
• In her first season as NU’s libero in 2017, Maloney played all 125 sets and averaged 3.62 digs per set and 0.95 aces per set with season totals of 452 digs and 37 aces, second-most on the team.
• Maloney was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team this year. She is averaging a team-high 4.03 digs per set and had a career-high 25 digs in a win at No. 14 Creighton and at No. 3 Minnesota.
• Maloney became the 11th Husker all-time to reach 1,000 career digs when she did so against Missouri State on Sept. 15. She now has 1,249 career digs, eighth-most in school history.

Stivrins, Sweet Stepping Up in Sophomore Seasons
• After earning All-Big Ten Freshman team honors in 2017, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and opposite hitter Jazz Sweet are both playing bigger roles as sophomores in the program.
• Stivrins is averaging 2.13 kills per set on a team-best .401 hitting percentage to go with 1.15 blocks per set. Her hitting percentage ranks third in the Big Ten. She added serving to her repertoire this season and has 19 aces.
• Stivrins finished the 2017 season with 2.07 kills per set on .309 hitting and 1.02 blocks per set while playing all 125 sets. She tallied nine kills on .316 hitting against Florida in the NCAA Championship match and had seven kills and a career-high nine blocks in the NCAA Semifinal vs. Penn State.
• Stivrins picked up her first-career Big Ten Player of the Week honor after becoming the third Husker in school history to post a 1.000 hitting percentage with at least 10 kills when she went 10-for-10 in a sweep of Northwestern on Sept. 28.
• Sweet also played in all 125 sets last season and had 2.22 kills per set on .273 hitting in her first year as a Husker. Sweet posted 12 kills on .375 hitting against Penn State in the NCAA Semifinal.
• This year, Sweet moved into the starting lineup for the Big Red and is third on the team in kills per set at 2.49. Sweet also has 78 blocks this season, third-most on the team behind only the two middles.

Sun Shining for Huskers
• Nebraska added sophomore outside hitter Lexi Sun to its attack in the offseason. The University of Texas transfer was a 2017 first-team All-Big 12 selection and received All-America honorable mention in her freshman season with the Longhorns. A native of Encinitas, California, Sun was the PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year, the Gatorade Player of the Year and the All-USA Volleyball Player of the Year as a senior at Santa Fe Christian.
• Sun made her Husker debut on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. She had 13 kills on .346 hitting with five digs, and she followed that the next day with nine kills on .368 hitting with seven digs against Missouri State.
• Sun is playing all six rotations for the Huskers and is averaging 3.06 kills and 2.65 digs per set.

Young Huskers Making Instant Impact
• Eight of the 15 Huskers on the roster are new to the team this season, and five are freshmen.
• Setter Nicklin Hames has started every match and has 19 double-doubles. The Knoxville, Tennessee native is averaging 10.05 assists and 3.36 digs per set. Her 31 service aces are second-most on the team.
• Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach has started every match and leads the team in blocks with 1.49 per set.
• Defensive specialist Megan Miller has played in 18 matches and is providing 1.49 digs per set, as well as 11 aces from the service line.
• Outside hitter Capri Davis has played in 15 matches and was huge for the Huskers in a 3-2 comeback win at No. 14 Creighton, providing 18 kills.
• Defensive specialist Chen Abramovich made her first collegiate appearance against Wake Forest on Aug. 31.

Smith Makes Return to Huskers
• Senior setter Brooke Smith was part of the Huskers’ 2015 NCAA Championship team and 2016 Big Ten Championship team. She played the 2017 season at Kansas State before transferring back to Nebraska for her senior season this year. Smith was cleared by the NCAA to start playing for the Huskers on Sept. 7 and has played in eight matches, recording six assists and one ace.

Huskers Will Play School-Record 19 Home Matches
• Nebraska will play a school-record 19 regular-season home matches in 2018.
• Nine of the Huskers’ 10 non-conference matches were played at the Devaney Center this season. The only road trip was to Omaha, where NU beat Creighton, 3-2, on Thursday, Sept. 6.
• The 2018 season marked the first time the Huskers didn’t play a non-conference match outside of Nebraska since 2007.

Huskers Record 250th Consecutive Regular-Season Sellout
• Nebraska carries an NCAA women’s record 251 consecutive regular-season sellouts. The Huskers celebrated their 250th straight regular-season sellout with a thrilling 3-2 win over No. 7 Penn State on Nov. 2.

Huskers Ranked No. 6 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 6 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 99 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 482 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 537 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.

Cook Adds to Legacy; Joins AVCA Hall of Fame
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 19th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2018. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, eight final fours, 12 conference championships and 16 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 711 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.
• Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .880 win percentage in that time (550-75).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 52 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year in 2016, his fifth career regional coaching honor and fourth while at Nebraska.
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.
• Cook became the 10th active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins with the Huskers’ eighth win of the season on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. Cook is one of 27 Division I coaches all-time to have reached the 700-win mark.
• Cook passed former Husker head coach and AVCA Hall of Famer Terry Pettit on the all-time career wins list earlier this season. Pettit finished his career with 694 career wins, which Cook passed on Aug. 31 when Nebraska beat Wake Forest.

Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again
• Nebraska fans led the nation in attendance for a fifth straight season in 2017, averaging 8,202 fans per match, nearly 2,000 more than any other school.
• In 2016, the Huskers also led the nation with an average attendance of 8,210 fans per match, a new NCAA attendance record.
• In 2013, the Huskers led the nation in attendance (8,175) for the first time since 1992, ending Hawaii’s 21-year reign as the national leader.
• The Huskers repeated as attendance champions in 2014 with 8,083 fans per match, which included a school-record 8,585 fans at the Oct. 3 win against Penn State.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (27 straight seasons).

Cook’s Coaching Tree Continues to Grow
• Nebraska head coach John Cook’s assistant coaches have a great track record of moving on to become head coaches.
• Following the 2017 season, Husker assistant Tyler Hildebrand was named the Director of Coaching, Beach Volleyball for USA Volleyball in his home state of California.
• After the 2016 season, Nebraska assistants Chris Tamas and Dani Busboom Kelly both accepted high-level Division I head coaching jobs. Busboom Kelly became the head coach at Louisville, while Tamas accepted the head coaching job at Big Ten foe Illinois. Tamas led his Fighting Illini squad to the Sweet 16 in his first year, while Busboom Kelly made the NCAA Tournament with Louisville and was named the AVCA East Region Coach of the Year.
• Seven assistants under Cook have become head coaches following their time on Cook’s Nebraska staff: Craig Skinner (Kentucky), Lee Maes (Virginia), Lizzy Stemke (Georgia), Dan Conners (UC Davis), Dan Meske (Augustana, Associate Head Coach at Louisville), Busboom Kelly and Tamas.
• In the last eight years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches. with her 1.60 blocks per set.

Foecke Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist
• Ten NCAA women’s volleyball student-athletes, including Nebraska senior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke, were selected on Oct. 25 as finalists for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
• A native of West Point, Iowa, Foecke carries a 3.649 GPA majoring in animal science and is a two-time NCAA Championship most outstanding player, making her one of only four volleyball players in NCAA history to accomplish that feat. Foecke was an AVCA second-team All-American in 2017 after leading the Huskers to their second NCAA Championship in three years. Foecke has excelled both on and off the court in her four years at Nebraska, as she is a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection and has received Nebraska’s high honors (silver) academic medallion twice.
• Fans are encouraged to vote at seniorCLASSaward.com through December 5. Fan votes will then be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.

Nebraska Volleyball Retires Jersey of Sarah Pavan
• Nebraska volleyball retired the jersey of one of the most decorated student-athletes in NCAA history, Sarah Pavan, on Sept. 9 after the Huskers’ win over Iowa State. She became the ninth volleyball player in school history to have her jersey retired. Pavan was also inducted into the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame that weekend.
• The Kitchener, Ontario native is NU’s all-time leader in kills (2,008) and kills per match (4.56). She is one of five players in NCAA history to be named a four-time first-team AVCA All-American, and she helped lead the Huskers win the 2006 NCAA Championship.
• Pavan was the AVCA National Player of the Year, a three-time Big 12 Player of the Year, a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year and the Honda Broderick Cup winner, given to the best female student-athlete in the country. She earned a 4.0 GPA majoring in biochemistry. Pavan went on to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, representing Canada in beach volleyball.





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Lincoln - In a back-and-forth battle between 2018 NCAA Tournament teams, two-time defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake made the plays down the stretch to steal an 83-77 win over the Nebraska women's basketball team on Wednesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
In a game that featured huge runs by both teams in the first half, the game settled into a classic possession-for-possession battle in the final 15 minutes. The Huskers (0-1) used a 14-0 run to start the game to build a 16-point first-quarter lead, before Drake responded with a 16-0 second-quarter run on its way to building a 13-point edge two minutes into the second half. 

The Huskers completely wiped out Drake's double-digit lead with five minutes left in the game, as freshman Sam Haiby scored four straight points to give Nebraska a 67-65 lead. But that margin was short-lived and the experienced Bulldogs, who feature 11 combined seniors and juniors on their roster, made enough plays down the stretch to open their season with a road win.

Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., led Nebraska with 13 points off the bench, while juniors Hannah Whitish and Nicea Eliely each added double figures with 10 points. Sophomore Taylor Kissinger and freshman Ashtyn Veerbeek both pitched in eight points, while graduate transfer Kristian Hudson contributed seven points and three assists off the bench. Freshmen Leigha Brown and Kayla Mershon each managed six points off the bench, as Nebraska's five newcomers combined for 40 of NU's 77 points on the night.

As a team, Nebraska hit 40.9 percent (27-66) of its shots from the field, including 10-of-28 three-pointers (.357). The Huskers also knocked down 13-of-17 free throws (.765). But the Big Red was out-rebounded 44-40 by the Bulldogs, who also won the turnover battle, 20-17. Drake converted Nebraska's turnovers to 24 points, while the Huskers managed just 14 points off Drake's 17 miscues. The Bulldogs also outscored the Huskers 15-8 in second-chance points.

Nebraska erupted on a 14-0 run to open the game and built its biggest lead at 24-8 with just over three minutes left in the period. The Huskers continued to play well to close the quarter with a 29-15 lead thanks to a last-second shot from Hudson.

Kissinger led the Big Red with eight first-quarter points, while Brown added six points as eight Huskers scored in the first quarter.

Drake used a huge second quarter to answer a big first quarter by Nebraska, outscoring the Huskers 30-7. The Bulldogs were led by 11 points from Sammie Bachrodt, including a 27-footer at the buzzer to close the half. Last year in Des Moines, Bachrodt hit four buzzer-beating shots in a double-overtime loss to Nebraska.

Becca Hittner opened the second quarter with nine straight points in the first two minutes to cut Nebraska's lead to 32-24. Her second three-pointer in the spurt started a 16-0 Drake run that ended with five straight points from Bachrodt to give the Bulldogs a 37-32 lead with four minutes left in the first half.

In the half, Bachrodt led the Bulldogs with 12 points, while Hittner had 11. Nicole Miller pitched in eight points among the eight Drake players who found the scoring column in the half. Overall, Drake hit 15-of-35 shots (.429), including 9-of-19 threes (.474) while going 7-for-8 from long range in the second quarter. Drake also hit 6-of-8 free throws and out-rebounded the Huskers, 24-22.

The Huskers got eight first-half points from Kissinger and six apiece from Brown and Whitish, as nine Nebraska players found the scoring column in the half. The Big Red hit just 34.3 percent (12-35) of its first-half shots, after opening 10-for-18 (.556) in the first period. In the second quarter, NU went just 2-for-17 from the floor and just 1-for-8 from three-point range after starting 6-for-10 in the opening quarter. Drake won the first-half turnover battle, 8-7.

Drake hit Nebraska early in the second half, scoring four straight points to open the half and take its biggest lead at 49-36, before the Huskers rallied. Eliely and Haiby hit three-pointers and Hudson scored on a traditional three-point play as part of 16-6 surge to cut the Bulldog lead to 55-49 with five minutes left in third quarter.

The Huskers were able to cut the margin to 56-55 with 2:45 left in the quarter, before going to the fourth quarter down 60-57.

Nebraska made it all the way back in the fourth quarter, taking a brief 67-65 lead with five minutes left in the game.

But Drake responded to make the plays down the stretch, including eight points from Maddy Dean in the final five minutes. Dean completed a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four assists for the Bulldogs. Sara Rhine, who did not play in last year's game with Nebraska, added a double-double of her own with 11 points and 10 boards, including five of Drake's 19 offensive rebounds on the night.

Reigning Missouri Valley Conference Player-of-the-Year Becca Hittner finished with a game-high 19 points, while Bachrodt pitched in 15 points. Miller gave the Bulldogs five players in double figures with 11 points.

Drake finished the night at 40 percent (26-65) from the field, including 39.3 percent (11-28) from three-point range, while connecting on 20-of-29 free throws (.690).

Nebraska returns to home action on Sunday by taking on USC Upstate at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between the Huskers and the Trojans out of the Big South Conference is set for 11 a.m.

 





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CLASS A 
Millard West @ Omaha Burke - 7:00pm 
Grand Island @ Bellevue West - 7:00pm 
(NOTE: GI Game: Thunder 99.7 FM/thunder997.com) 

CLASS B 
Omaha Skutt Catholic @ Waverly - 7:00pm 
York @ Scottsbluff - 7:00pm 
(NOTE: Scottsbluff game on Wild Country 106.9/khyyfm.com) 

CLASS C1 
Bishop Neumann @ Ord - 6:00pm 
Wahoo @ Aurora - 7:00pm 
(NOTE: Aurora game on The Wolf 97.3/thewolf973fm.com) 

CLASS C2 
Oakland Craig @ Centennial - 7:00pm 
Norfolk Catholic @ Sutton - 7:00pm 

6 MAN 
Minatare @ Hay Springs - 5:00pm MT 
Wilcox Hildreth @ Harvard - 6:00pm 





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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The sixth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team began its stretch of four straight road matches with a sweep of Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday night. The Huskers improved to 29-0 all-time against Iowa with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-13 win.

Nebraska (19-6, 10-5 Big Ten) posted its third straight win behind 12 kills from Lexi Sun, who hit .400 for the match and also added 11 digs. Sun was particularly huge for the Big Red in set two, terminating four straight kills to help the Huskers rally from down 19-14 to win the set. Mikaela Foecke added 13 kills on .344 hitting with eight digs and three blocks playing in her home state. Foecke became the eighth Husker in school history to reach 1,500 career kills with her first kill of the match. 

The Huskers were sharp offensively for the second straight match, hitting .333 after hitting .427 against Rutgers on Saturday. Nebraska had just eight attacking errors for the match, its fewest in a Big Ten match this season. NU held Iowa to a .070 hitting percentage, its lowest mark of the season.

Lauren Stivrins had seven kills and four blocks, and Jazz Sweet had five kills with three blocks. NU had a 6-1 advantage in blocks, a 53-45 edge in digs and 6-4 advantage in aces. Sun served two aces, while Nicklin Hames led the team with 17 digs to go with 30 assists for her 11th straight double-double. Kenzie Maloney chipped in eight digs and five set assists. 

Reghan Coyle had 11 kills for Iowa (13-13, 5-10 Big Ten).

Set 1: Sun had a kill and an ace to help the Huskers take a 5-2 lead. But Iowa responded with a 7-3 run to go up 9-8. Sweet and Schwarzenbach put the Huskers back in front briefly, 11-10, with a block, but Iowa went back up 12-11 with an ace. Sweet and Schwarzenbach teamed up again for a block and denied a number of Iowa attacks on the next rally to spark the Huskers to a 14-12 lead. Foecke added three more kills and Stivrins combined on two blocks before Maloney served an ace to put the Huskers up 20-13 with a 9-1 run. Sun, Foecke and Stivrins added kills down the stretch, and Megan Miller tacked on an ace as the Huskers won 25-15. NU hit .315 and held Iowa to .022. 

Set 2: Back-to-back kills by Foecke and Sun got NU off to a 7-5 start. Iowa ran off four straight points, including two aces, to take an 11-9 lead. The Hawkeyes led 17-12 via a 5-0 run after Nebraska had tied it 12-12. Foecke ended the run with a kill and an Iowa hitting error cut the deficit to three, 17-14. A pair of Iowa hitting errors and an ace by Foecke pulled NU within one at 19-18. After an Iowa kill, Sun terminated four straight rallies as part of a 5-0 run that put the Huskers ahead 23-20. NU earned set point at 24-21 after an Iowa service error, and the Huskers won 25-22 after Sun's seventh kill of the set. The Huskers closed out the set win on an 11-3 run after trailing 19-14.

Set 3: Schwarzenbach tallied a kill and Stivrins blocked two shots, one with Foecke and one with Sweet, as the Huskers went up 5-2. Foecke, Hames and Stivrins killed three straight rallies to boost the Huskers to a 9-4 lead, and NU extended the lead to 15-7 with two more kills by Sun and an ace by Hames. Foecke and Schwarzenbach teamed up for a block, and Sweet pounded a kill for a 19-8 Husker advantage. The Huskers closed out their 19th sweep in the last 20 matches against the Hawkeyes with a 25-13 win. Iowa hit -.100 in the final set. 

Up Next: The Huskers are back on the road at No. 15 Michigan on Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT).





Coach Cook post-match Iowa

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Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team moved up two spots to number one in the third edition of the NCAA Regional Rankings.

These rankings determine the 64-teams (eight teams from Division II's eight regions) that make up the NCAA Tournament field. That field will be released this Sunday at 9 p.m. at www.ncaa.com.  

These region rankings do not include results from last night’s conference tournament first round matches. Results from all three league tournaments will be factored in this weekend.  

The MIAA, along with the GAC (Great American Conference) and NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference), make up the Central Region. Conference tournament winners receive an automatic bid to the NCAA's with the top seed hosting the Central Regional November 15-17 or November 16-18. UNK would host Nov. 15-17. 
 
Below are the complete region rankings. Matches against NAIA competition don't count in a team's overall record. UNK faces Central Missouri Friday at 7 p.m. in an MIAA Tourney semifinals match.






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Lincoln, NE - First round action will take place Thursday in Lincoln with the first matches of the day starting at 1:30pm, followed by 3:30pm and then the second session at 5:30pm & 7:30pm. Class A & B will be at Pinnacle Bank Arena. C1 will take place at Northstar, C2 will be at Lincoln Southwest, D1 at Lincoln East High School, and D2 first round match ups will be at Lincoln Southeast. View all the match ups below. 

State Tournament BRACKET 




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NEBRASKA vs. ILLINOIS
NOV. 10, 2018 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 11 A.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV - BTN (Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason, Elise Menaker)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 99, XM 201
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

HUSKERS
Record: 2-7, 1-5 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Ohio State, 36-31
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 21-14 (3rd Year)/2-7 (1st Year) 
vs. Illinois: 0-0

FIGHTING ILLINI
Record: 4-5, 2-4 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Minnesota, 55-31
Rankings: NR
Coach: Lovie Smith
Career/ILL Record: 98-111 (14th Year)/9-24 (3rd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 0-2

The Matchup
Nebraska returns to Memorial Stadium on Saturday for a Big Ten West Division matchup with Illinois. The game will be televised on BTN with kickoff set for 11 a.m. The contest can also be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska enters the game at 2-7 overall and 1-5 in Big Ten play, following a 36-31 loss at No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday. The Huskers held a 21-16 halftime advantage, before the Buckeyes rallied in the second half for a victory. Nebraska continued to make strides in the matchup at Ohio State, putting up 450 yards of total offense, while the defense had three takeaways for the second straight week.

Illinois comes to Lincoln with a 4-5 record, including a 2-4 conference mark. The Fighting Illini are coming off an impressive 55-31 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. Illinois has built its offensive attack in 2018 around a strong rushing attack. Illinois averages 249.4 rushing yards per game and rolled up 430 rushing yards in last week's win against Minnesota.

Nebraska has won four of five meetings with Illinois since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2011. Nebraska is a perfect 3-0 against the Illini in Lincoln.

This Week's Numbers
100 -
 Saturday's game will mark Nebraska's annual Veterans Day/Military Salute at Memorial Stadium. In conjunction with the game, Nebraska will be recognizing the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on Saturday and at a Sunday morning Armistice Day Display Dedication. .

1,2 - Illinois and Nebraska are the nation's first and second-most improved rushing teams in 2018. The Illini average 143.8 yards per game more than in 2017, while NU rushes for 216.6 yards per game, an improvement of 109 yards per contest over 2017.

2500 - Stanley Morgan Jr. needs just 32 receiving yards to hit 2,500 career receiving yards. He would be the second Husker to reach that milestone. Morgan Jr. needs just 12 receiving yards to move into second place on the Nebraska career receiving yardage list.

Nebraska-Illinois Series
• As members of the Big Ten West Division, Nebraska and Illinois meet each season.

• Nebraska has captured four of the five meetings since joining the Big Ten, with each of its four victories by 15 or more points. 

• Nebraska has won the three meetings at Memorial Stadium since 2013 by an average score of 38.3-16.3.

• One of Nebraska's memorable victories in the series occurred on Oct. 3, 1925, a 14-0 Nebraska win in Champaign. It was the only time in Red Grange's Illinois career that he was held scoreless in a home game. 

NU to Wear 'Memorial Tribue' Alternate Uniforms Saturday
Nebraska will wear new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniforms Saturday when the Huskers take on Illinois.

2018 marks 100 years since the culmination of World War I (WWI). The new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniforms pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, while also celebrating Memorial Stadium. The venue was originally named Memorial Stadium to honor the more than 700 Nebraskans who died in WWI and those who served in the Civil War, Spanish-American wars. Memorial Stadium also honors Nebraskans who have served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and more.

In collaboration with University of Nebraska Athletics, the new adidas Primeknit A1 ‘Memorial Tribute’ alternate uniform was specifically inspired by the first team to play in Memorial Stadium and continues the school’s age-old tradition of honoring Nebraska’s veterans. The field hosted its first football game on October 20, 1923 and this will be the Huskers’ 96th season at the stadium. 
Similar to the 1923 Huskers’ jerseys, the 2018 Nebraska ‘Memorial Tribute’ uniform features a throwback tonal, paneled front. The buff-colored pant is designed to resemble the first façade of Memorial Stadium, which was also a characteristic of the 1923 uniform. Additionally, the new alternate uniform showcases key aspects of the 85,000-seat stadium, including the numbers and fonts which were inspired by the original clock in Memorial Stadium.

To complete the head-to-toe look, the team will wear a replica contemporary form 1923 helmet, complete with cream-white stitched strapping details, along with traditional black adizero 5-Star and FREAK cleats.

Offense Hopes to Sustian Strong Momentum
Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. In the past six games, Frost's Nebraska offense has posted numbers among the nation's best units.

Nebraska has gained at least 450 yards in each of the past six games, tying a school record for the longest such 450-yard streak in NU history. NU also topped 450 yards in sixth straight games in 1972, 1982, 1994 and 1995.

Nebraska opened the year with 565 yards of total offense against Colorado, and has since posted three more games with better than 500 yards. NU had a season-high 659 yards against Minnesota, after posting 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at No. 16 Wisconsin. 

• Nebraska averages 468.9 yards of total offense to rank third in the Big Ten and 19th nationally.

• Nebraska's 659 yards of offense against Minnesota was its highest total since gaining 787 yards against FAU in the 2014 season opener.

• The total offense output against Minnesota was Nebraska's largest in a Big Ten Conference game (since 2011). It was NU's highest total offense in a conference game since having 710 yards against Kansas State in 2007. 

• Nebraska has four 500-yard offensive games this season. NU has not had five 500-yard total offense games in a season since 2000. 

• Nebraska has gained better than 450 yards in each of the past six games and has never had seven straight 450-yard games. 

• The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marked the first time NU had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It was the first time NU had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007. • The 565 yards against Colorado in the opener marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016. 

• The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015. 

• Nebraska is one of only six Power Five Conference schools averaging 200 rushing yards and 250 passing yards per game. The other teams in that group include Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Syracuse.

Frost and Staff Guiding Another Offensive Revival
After helping turn Central Florida into the nation’s most improved offense in 2017, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost and his five offensive assistants - all of whom were on Frost’s UCF staff last season - are producing an encore performance this season in Lincoln.

• Nebraska is averaging 83.9 more total yards this season than it did last year, helping the Huskers climb 68 spots in the national rankings from 87th in 2017 to 19th this season.

• NU is averaging 109.1 more rushing yards in 2018 than it did in 2017, helping the Huskers climb 87 spots in the national rankings from 119th in 2017 to 32nd this season.

• Nebraska’s offensive turnaround is led largely by underclassmen, who have produced 80.2 percent of the Huskers’ total offensive yards. In fact, NU’s freshmen and sophomores have combined to average 361.4 yards of total offense per game.

• In its second season at UCF in 2017, the staff helped the Knights increase their offense by 179.7 yards per game from the 2016 season, as the Knights climbed from 113th nationally in total offense in 2016 to fifth in 2017.

Nation's Most Improved Rushing Games to Battle
The naton's two most improved rushing teams will square off on Saturday in Lincoln. Illinois is averaging 249.4 rushing yards per game, a 143.8-yard improvement over last season. Nebraska averages 216.6 yards per game, 109.1 yards better than 2017.

• Leading the improved rushing attacks, are two of the naton's top runners in yards per attempt. Illinois' Reggie Corbin leads the Big Ten averaging 9.1 yards per carry. Nebraska's Devine Ozigbo averages 6.9 yards per rush, including 7.3 ypc in conference games. 

• Nebraska has a history of success in the running game against Illinois. In the last four games vs. the Illini in Lincoln (1985, 2013, 2014, 2016), Nebraska has averaged 363 rushing yards per game, including more than 450 yards in both 1985 and 2014. 

• In five meetings as Big Ten opponents, Nebraska has had five 100-yard rushers, including a pair of 200-yard rushing games by Ameer Abdullah. Most recently, Ozigbo rushed 18 times for 106 yards and a touchdown at Illinois last season. 

Record Duo Continues to Shine
In 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman combined for 1,816 receiving yards, the highest two-player total in Husker history.

Morgan set an NU record with 986 receiving yards in 2017. Spielman added 830 receiving yards, a total that ranked seventh in school history and was the most ever by a Husker freshman.

The duo is once again helping provide an explosive offense for Nebraska in 2018, and is on track to produce bigger numbers this fall.

• In nine games in 2018, the duo has combined for 110 receptions for 1,472 yards and 13 touchdowns. Those totals put them ahead of their combined pace in the 2017 season.

• Spielman and Morgan are one of four pass-catching duos in the nation to each have more than 700 receiving yards in 2018. The other schools with a pair of 700-yard receivers are Hawaii, Oklahoma and Old Dominion.

Martinez Brings Dual Threat to Nebraska Offense
Martinez has shown the ability to be a perfect fit in Coach Scott Frost's high-powered offense. Martinez has excelled in the past six weeks, leading the Nebraska offense to at least 450 yards each game.

Martinez has topped 400 yards of total offense three times in 2018, and has thrown for better than 250 yards in five straight Big Ten games.

Against Purdue on Sept. 29, Martinez threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 91 rushing yards. His 414 yards of total offense set a then-record for true freshman passing and total yards.

Martinez set a higher bar at Wisconsin. He threw for a Nebraska freshman record 384 yards and two touchdowns and accounted for a freshman record 441 yards of total offense.

He added his third career 400-yard total offense game with a complete effort against Minnesota. Martinez completed 25-of-29 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. He added a career-high 125 rushing yards and a touchdown and had a career-long 53-yard run.

• Martinez's 86.2 percent accuracy against Minnesota set a Nebraska record for best completion percentage with a minimum of 20 attempts. Martinez broke a record held by Dave Humm that stood for 44 years. The 86.2 completion rate was also the best in the FBS ranks this season for a player with more than 25 pass attempts.

• Martinez's three 400-yard career total offense games has already tied a Nebraska career record, matching Joe Ganz's career mark. He has five 300-yard total offense games this season, one shy of the NU season record.

• The 441 yards of total offense against Wisconsin not only set a school freshman record, it also ranked fourth on the overall single-game chart. His 414 yards of total offense against Purdue ranked 11th in school history.

• Martinez ranks third nationally among FBS freshmen in passing yards per game (240.3). He threw for more than 250 yards in a four-game stretch from Purdue to Minnesota, becoming the first NU quarterback to do that since 2015, and has topped 250 yards in five of six conference games.





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