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Isaac Copeland scored a season-high 24 points, but it was not enough as No. 24 Nebraska lost a battle of top-25 teams Sunday night, falling to No. 25 Iowa, 93-84, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Nebraska dropped to 11-4 on the season and 1-3 in the Big Ten after losing back-to-back games for the first time this season. Iowa (12-3, 1-3 Big Ten) picked up its first conference victory by scoring 93 points, the most Nebraska has allowed this season.

The 3-point line was a major factor, as Iowa made six more threes than the Huskers. Nebraska hit two of its first four 3-pointers but missed 17 of its final 19 attempts, connecting on just 4-of-23 from beyond the arc on the game. While the Huskers struggled to find their range, Iowa was 10-of-22 from the 3-point line, in addition to going 29-of-32 at the free-throw line. Nebraska made three more field goals and had five fewer turnovers than Iowa, but Iowa out-rebounded Nebraska by nine.

Copeland scored his 24 points in only 30 minutes, and he added six rebounds. James Palmer Jr. added 20 points and four assists, while Isaiah Roby hit 8-of-10 shots from the floor to finish with 17 points and nine rebounds. Thomas Allen rounded out the quartet of Huskers in double figures with 10 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists.

Nebraska trailed by four at the break, 44-40, after allowing its most first-half points this season. In a back-and-forth half that featured four ties and 10 lead changes, the Huskers out-shot the Hawkeyes, but Iowa went 10-of-11 at the free-throw line and out-rebounded Nebraska by nine. Copeland scored 10 points in the first 11 minutes before sitting for nearly all of the final 8:24 of the half after picking up his second foul.

Iowa built an early three-point lead by making four of its first five shots – including a pair of threes – before a 7-0 run put Nebraska on top 14-10 five minutes into the game. The teams then traded runs, with Iowa scoring six straight points and Nebraska responding with a 5-0 spurt to take a 19-16 at the 12-minute mark.

The Hawkeyes retook the lead at 27-24 with eight minutes left in the half. Iowa held the lead for the remainder of the half, building their first two-possession lead of the game at 35-30 that forced a Husker timeout at the 4:47 mark. The lead stretched to seven before Nebraska responded with five straight points. The Huskers trimmed the lead to one at 41-40 thanks to six points from Palmer in the final two minutes. Nebraska appeared headed to the break trailing by just one, but Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon banked in a long 3-pointer just before the first-half buzzer.

Nebraska, which never led in the second half, quickly pulled to within one early in the period before Iowa responded with a 10-2 run. The Hawkeyes capped the spurt with seven straight points in a little more than a minute to take a 56-47 with 15 minutes remaining. After the Huskers broke the run with back-to-back baskets from Roby, Iowa scored on three straight possessions to build its first double-digit lead at 62-51 with 13 minutes to play, forcing a Husker timeout.

NU scored four straight points before Roby was whistled for his fourth foul, putting two Husker starters on the bench with four fouls, along with Glynn Watson Jr. Despite the foul trouble, Nebraska turned up the defensive intensity and forced four Iowa turnovers during a 6-0 run that trimmed the lead to 67-63 at the eight-minute mark. But Iowa quickly stretched the lead back to nine.

Nebraska used another 6-0 run to pull within four before Bohannon answered with his fourth 3-pointer to give Iowa a 75-68 lead with five minutes remaining. The Huskers pulled back within five two minutes later on a Roby dunk, but Bohannon answered with another big three and Nebraska never got closer than six the rest of the way.

Bohannon, who scored 11 of Iowa’s final 13 points, hit five 3-pointers and led Iowa with 25 points on a night where all five Hawkeye starters scored in double-figures.

After playing its last three Big Ten Conference games on the road, Nebraska will play its first home game of 2019 on Thursday, when the Huskers host the Penn State Nittany Lions at 8 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena.





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Kearney, Neb. – Senior 197 pounder Brady Radik had a fall at 4:39 to help top-ranked Nebraska-Kearney rally past fourth-ranked Pittsburgh-Johnstown, 23-16, in the quarterfinals of the 2019 National Duals Friday in Louisville, Ky.

The Lopers (2-3) started the day with a 35-6 victory over 18th-ranked Indianapolis. UNK will face top-seed and No. 2 St. Cloud State Saturday at 8 p.m. Central in one semifinal matchup. The Huskies are riding a 37-match dual winning streak and have won this tournament each of the past two seasons. The other semifinal match pits third-ranked Notre Dame (Ohio) College against fifth-ranked McKendree (Ill.).

To face St. Cloud for a second consecutive year in the semis, UNK needed Radik (Gretna) to rally. In a contentious match that saw both Radik and Alexander Delp docked points, Radik was behind 5-2 in the third after Delp managed a reversal and 2-point near fall. Radik managed to escape and then recorded the pin to put UNK up 20-16.

Fifth-ranked heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs (Geneva) secured the dual win by scoring three third period points. His takedown with 52 seconds left broke a 1-1 tie with Allan Beattie.

Also against the Mountain Cats, UNK saw top-ranked Matt Malcom (Glenwood, Ia.) had a 17-0 tech fall at 157 pounds with top-ranked Calvin Ochs (Hoxie, Kan.) using a second period escape to slip past ninth-ranked Devin Austin a class higher. Finally, second-ranked Josh Portillo (Clarion, Ia.) scored all four of his points in the second period to win 4-2.

Against the UIndy Greyhounds, UNK got falls from Malcom, Alaska senior Isaac Deaton (184 lbs.), Kearney senior Trey Schlender (197 lbs.) and an upset win by Colorado senior Nick Babcock (149 lbs.). He had two takedowns and a 2-point near fall to beat ninth-ranked Kyle Barkovich, 7-2.

 




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 47, Minden 44

Amherst 52, Overton 51

Arapahoe 69, Medicine Valley 39

Arcadia-Loup City 60, Central City 56

Archbishop Bergan 78, Homer 30

Axtell 54, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 22

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 71, Tekamah-Herman 15

Bayard 70, Potter-Dix 20

Blair 60, Nebraska City 32

Blue Hill 69, Silver Lake 45

Boone Central/Newman Grove 67, O'Neill 62

Boys Town 59, Bishop Neumann 47

Broken Bow 52, Holdrege 39

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 33, Giltner 29

CWC 42, Spalding Academy 30

Cambridge 60, Southwest 52

Centennial 50, Sutton 31

Central Valley 60, Nebraska Christian 53

Deshler 56, Shelton 37

Elkhorn 50, Plattsmouth 27

Elkhorn Mount Michael 68, Hastings 63

Elm Creek 81, Loomis 71

Elmwood-Murdock 47, Johnson County Central 35

Falls City Sacred Heart 62, Diller-Odell 23

Freeman 54, Pawnee City 16

Fremont 59, Columbus 31

Fullerton 93, High Plains Community 24

Gering 65, Sidney 57

Grand Island Northwest 44, Columbus Lakeview 37

Gretna 56, Platteview 33

Hemingford 60, Minatare 30

Howells/Dodge 58, Humphrey St. Francis 47

Hyannis 66, South Platte 49

Kearney 66, North Platte 41

Kearney Catholic 56, Grand Island Central Catholic 55

Kenesaw 59, Wilcox-Hildreth 43

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 79, Winnebago 58

Lewiston 65, Cedar Bluffs 48

Lexington 52, Adams Central 48

Lincoln High 67, Grand Island 62

Lincoln Southwest 61, Norfolk 59

Lingle-Fort Laramie, Wyo. 47, Crawford 25

Maxwell 57, Elwood 43

McCook 57, Gothenburg 31

Meridian 39, McCool Junction 30

Milford 60, Malcolm 40

Morrill 68, Guernsey-Sunrise, Wyo. 36

Mullen 46, Brady 35

Neligh-Oakdale 49, Plainview 44

Norris 48, Waverly 46

North Bend Central 52, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 36

North Central 67, Cody-Kilgore 34

North Platte St. Patrick's 63, Perkins County 35

Ogallala 74, Cozad 57

Omaha Gross Catholic 76, Ralston 59

Omaha Roncalli 65, Omaha Skutt Catholic 62

Ord 50, Gibbon 46

Osceola 41, Nebraska Lutheran 39

Palmyra 41, Louisville 39

Paxton 66, Maywood-Hayes Center 12

Pleasanton 66, Eustis-Farnam 39

Randolph 41, Creighton 30

Raymond Central 51, Arlington 43

Riverside 45, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 41

Sandhills/Thedford 48, Sutherland 43

Santee 70, St. Edward 57

Seward 42, Beatrice 35

Shelby/Rising City 70, Exeter/Milligan 35

Siouxland Community Christian, Iowa 67, Emerson-Hubbard 53

Southern Valley 51, Bertrand 42

St. Paul 52, Sandy Creek 37

Stanton 41, Oakland-Craig 39

Superior 43, Thayer Central 35

Tri County 75, Lawrence-Nelson 40

Twin River 56, David City 48

Wahoo 82, Syracuse 54

Wallace 55, Arthur County 26

Wauneta-Palisade 74, Hitchcock County 42

West Holt 59, Clearwater/Orchard 56

Wisner-Pilger 50, West Point-Beemer 45

Wood River 62, Ravenna 38

Yutan 56, Mead 21

Cheyenne Invitational=

Alliance 66, Cheyenne South, Wyo. 46

CNOS Foundation Classic=

Ponca 64, South Sioux City 60

Lutheran Invitational=

Lincoln Lutheran 50, Omaha Concordia 39

Lutheran High Northeast 59, Heartland Lutheran 30

Metro Holiday Tournament=

Championship=

Bellevue West 51, Omaha Creighton Prep 46

Consolation=

Omaha Westside 77, Bellevue East 54

Papillion-LaVista 56, Elkhorn South 52

The Classic Tournament=

Championship=

Hartington-Newcastle 52, Wynot 44

Consolation=

Bloomfield 63, Winside 20

Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=

Osmond 73, Ewing 16

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Amherst 48, Overton 41

Ansley-Litchfield 40, Palmer 22

Arapahoe 30, Medicine Valley 9

Arlington 58, Raymond Central 28

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 62, Tekamah-Herman 18

Battle Creek 63, Norfolk Catholic 45

Bayard 56, Potter-Dix 3

Bellevue West 51, Omaha Creighton Prep 46

Bertrand 41, Southern Valley 41, OT

Blue Hill 58, Silver Lake 24

Broken Bow 57, Holdrege 27

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 42, Giltner 24

CWC 55, Spalding Academy 29

Cedar Bluffs 40, Lewiston 29

Centennial 50, Sutton 31

Central City 58, Arcadia-Loup City 51

Central Valley 52, Nebraska Christian 30

Clarkson/Leigh 46, East Butler 24




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Patty Sitorius, athletic director, has shared her intention to retire at the end of this academic year. 

Patty is a 1981 graduate of Hastings College and was a successful athlete and coach. In 1989, she was inducted into the very first Athletic Hall of Fame class for track, basketball and volleyball. After a successful career in real estate, she returned to Hastings College in 2007 to work with the Hastings College Foundation. She has served as the athletic director since 2015. 

“I have been grateful for her faithful dedication to our student athletes and wish her the very best in her retirement,” said Travis Feezel, President of Hastings College. 

We will begin the search for the College’s next athletic director in the coming weeks. 




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Kearney, Neb. – Five-nine sophomore guard Chris Rossow recorded a steal and then went down court and hit a 10-foot floater in the lane with six seconds left to help Southwest Baptist edge Nebraska-Kearney, 78-76, Thursday night in Bolivar.

SBU (8-4, 2-1) improves to 8-2 at home and keeps an amazing streak alive against the Lopers in Bolivar. The Bearcats are 6-0 all-time vs. UNK (5-7, 0-3) in games held at the Meyer Sports Center; those six wins have come by a combined 25 points. On the season, Kearney's last four setbacks have come by a combined 13 points.

"It's just another close one … you look at all of our conference losses. They are all one possession games and we've just got to find a way to breakthrough," said Loper head coach Kevin Lofton. "Taking better care of the ball will help and going 6 of 14 at the line isn't very good."

UNK led by as many as 14 in the first half but SBU slapped on some full court pressure on in the second half and not only cut the deficit but moved ahead by six. Overall, the score was tied 12 times and there were 10 lead chances with the 'Cats moving ahead 76-72 with 3:33 left after getting five straight from starter Godfrey Rolle.

Two free throws from Bellevue forward AJ Jackson (Bellevue West) and a put back bucket by sophomore post Weston Baker Magrath (Marshall, Minn.) tied things up with 38 seconds remaining. While SBU missed a shot soon after, that's when Rossow recorded his winning play. A deep three from the left wing by junior forward Kyle Juhl (Harlan, Ia.) was off the mark as the buzzer sounded.

Rossow finished with a game-high 23 points on 8 of 18 shooting (2 of 5 threes). He also had four steals, four boards and three assists.

"We turned it over a bit too much in the second half. They went to their press and when we weren't turning it over, we couldn't find any rhythm once we got it across half court," said Lofton. "But I'll give it to our guys; we still gave ourselves chances. They seemed to make every play when they needed to. Banked a three in and had a couple of other fortunate rolls but those things happen when you're playing at home."

Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field in the first half with the Lopers ahead in the shootout, 45-39. The 'Cats, going 20 of 29 at the line compared to 6 of 14 for the Lopers, led 69-63 at the 6:53 mark before UNK made another move.

Baker Magrath tallied a career-high 17 on 7 of 11 field goal shooting. Pulling down eight rebounds (four offensive), he also had two blocks in a season-best 36 minutes. Next, freshman Kanon Koster (Kearney H.S.) had 17 on 7 of 12 (2 of 4 threes) shooting while also supplying five boards, two assists and two steals. Finally, Jackson and Juhl combined for 24 points, 11 rebounds and six steals.

Besides Rossow's heroics, SBU saw three other starters reach double digits as well.

"This is the kind of game you stay up all night thinking about. One play here, one play there. One free throw here, one free throw there. Two possessions before the end we had a chance at a point blank put back and it went halfway down and spun back out. Those are the plays you think about," said Lofton.

UNK heads to Central Missouri on Saturday. The Mules (8-4, 1-2) handed Fort Hays State a 63-54 setback tonight.
 




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Kearney, Neb. – True freshmen Elisa Backes and Brooke Carlson scored 18 points apiece to help Nebraska-Kearney rally past Southwest Baptist, 74-70, Thursday night in Bolivar, Mo.

By erasing a deficit as big as 13 points, this young Loper team (8-4, 1-2) picks up its first road win of 2018-19 and drops SBU  (4-8, 1-2) to 4-4 on its home court.

"Before the game we talked about when adversity hits to just be the same people and keep fighting. We're really proud of our how our group battled," said Loper assistant coach Devin Eighmey. "We had a rugged start but found a way in the end."

One of the top scoring teams in the MIAA, the Bearcats showed why early on as they erupted for 26 points in the first quarter. SBU sunk 11 of its first 19 shots, including a 4 of 5 effort from behind the arc, to build leads of 26-15 and 30-17.  

UNK slowed things down and whittled the deficit to five, 49-44, by halftime. The Lopers limited the 'Cats to 4 of 16 shooting (25.0 pct.) in the second quarter while going 5 of 6 at the line. However, SBU countered with a strong start to the third quarter, going up 49-38 after Laura Vierkant made two free throws for her only points of the game. UNK closed on a 6-0 run that featured four points from Carlson (Elkhorn H.S.) and a layup by Wahoo freshman guard Aspen Jansa. 

The Lopers finally regained the lead, 50-49, early in the fourth quarter after a put back bucket by Backes (Salina, Kan.). The teams then traded blows, UNK going up by four and then SBU moving ahead by three. Finally, Kearney outscored the 'Cats 7-5 in the final 56 seconds with Backes tallying six and blocking a late three point attempt.

The UNK bench outscored the SBU reserves by a whopping 47-12 margin. The teams combined for 33 offensive rebounds with the Lopers managing 20 second chance points. A tightly called game, UNK was a solid 26 of 34 at the line. SBU, meanwhile, attempted just 15 freebies.

"We talked at halftime about how great our bench was. They kept us in it and even the players not in the game were talking, being positive and supporting each other," said Eighmey.

Facing All-MIAA post Caylee Richardson, Carlson reached her season-high point total by making 6 of 8 shots and 6 of 7 free throws. Getting Richardson into foul trouble, Carlson also had a team-high seven rebounds. Next, Backes tied her season-high point total thanks to seven made free throws and five made field goals (one three). Her point total came in just 17 minutes and she has now made 12 of her last 17 shots to be at a team-high 63 percent on the season.

 

Finally, Crofton starting guard Kelsey Sanger had 11 points, five boards and four steals in a team-best 38 minutes.

 

"Brooke continues to get better each day in practice. She went to what she knows in her training so it was really cool to see her have a big game," said Eighemy.

SBU saw four of its starters score in double figures led by guard RayShee Smith (16) and forward Morgan Henderson (16). Richardson had 13 points and six rebounds over 28 minutes.

UNK plays defending national champion Central Missouri Saturday afternoon. The 15th-ranked Jennies fell tonight at home to fifth-ranked Fort Hays State, 56-46.




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Plymouth, MI. – The Tri-City Storm fell in a shootout Thursday night to Team USA by a final score of 5-4. Tri-City got goals in the game from Brendan Furry, Colton Kalezic, Khristian Acosta, and Colby Ambrosio. The Storm will look to even up the season series against Team USA in tomorrow’s matchup. Tri-City recorded one point in the standings in the loss and remains the 1st place team in the Western Conference standings.

Brendan Furry gave the Storm the lead with under 10 seconds to play in the 1st period on a goal assisted by Connor McMenamin and Brendan Budy. Tri-City outshot Team USA 12-9 in the 1st period and carried a one goal lead into the 2nd period after Brendan Furry’s team leading 10th goal of the season.

Team USA netted three unanswered goals in the first nine minutes of the 2nd period to take a 3-1 lead in the game. Thomas Bordeleau scored shorthanded at 3:01 and scored again even strength at 7:53 to give Team USA the lead. Luke Tuch added an unassisted goal at 8:46 of the period to put Team USA up by two goals. Tri-City fought back with back to back goals at 13:19 and 19:23 of the period to tie the game at 3-3. The Storm’s 2nd goal of the game was netted by Colton Kalezic at the 13:19 mark of the period. The goal was Kalezic’s 6th goal of the year and was assisted by Khristian Acosta and Filip Forsmark. Khristian Acosta scored with less than half a minute left in the period to tie the game at 3-3. Acosta’s goal was scored at 19:23 of the 2nd period and was assisted by Filip Forsmark. Team USA outshot Tri-City 10-9 in the 2nd period.

 

The 3rd period began with a go-ahead goal from Colby Ambrosio less than two minutes into the period. Ambrosio netted his 9th goal of the season at 1:54 of the 3rd period with Joe Molenaar and Keaton Pehrson recording assists on the goal. Later in the period, Team USA forward Hunter Strand scored his 1st goal of the year to bring the game to another tie. The goal by Strand brought the score to 4-4 with under 8 minutes to play. The 3rd period finished without any additional scoring plays, and Tri-City and Team USA battled through a scoreless three on three overtime period. The game was decided in a shootout, with Matthew Beniers scoring the game winning shootout goal for Team USA. Team USA defeated the Storm 5-4 and hosts Tri-City tomorrow in the final game of the season series.




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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Alma 58, Franklin 40

Amherst 57, Eustis-Farnam 46

Aquinas 50, Pierce 48

Arcadia-Loup City 62, Wood River 59

Battle Creek 62, Crofton 41

Bishop Neumann 72, Bennington 61

Boyd County 51, Stuart 46

Chase County 69, Dundy County-Stratton 33

Clearwater/Orchard 57, North Central 50

College View Academy 62, East Butler 54

Doniphan-Trumbull 89, Ravenna 84, OT

Douglas County West 59, Columbus Lakeview 57

Edgemont, S.D. 43, Crawford 40

Elwood 56, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 38

Fullerton 55, Nebraska Christian 42

Hartington Cedar Catholic 77, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 67

Hastings St. Cecilia 37, Sandy Creek 19

Haxtun, Colo. 76, Leyton 18

Hemingford 84, Garden County 57

High Plains Community 61, Hampton 37

Lawrence-Nelson 41, Giltner 32

Lincoln Christian 69, Crete 27

Ogallala 70, Bridgeport 63

Omaha Skutt Catholic 88, Ralston 52

Palmyra 57, Malcolm 42

Sidney 44, Kimball 33

South Loup 59, Sandhills/Thedford 41

Sterling 70, Dorchester 30

Sutton 58, Cross County 57

Tri County 54, Fairbury 49

Wayne 59, Norfolk Catholic 51

Wilber-Clatonia 48, Johnson County Central 32

York 60, Beatrice 42

Yutan 71, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 30

Cheyenne Invitational=

Alliance 69, Casper Natrona, Wyo. 53

Metro Holiday Tournament=

Consolation=

Millard South 54, Omaha North 47

Millard West 61, Omaha Northwest 42

The Classic Tournament=

Hartington-Newcastle 53, Bloomfield 32

Wynot 59, Winside 14

Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=

Wausa 59, Niobrara/Verdigre 51

Bellevue West 71, Papillion-LaVista South 58

Omaha Creighton Prep 64, Omaha Central 40

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Amherst 64, Eustis-Farnam 16

Aquinas 47, Pierce 27

Archbishop Bergan 60, Omaha Roncalli 45

Bishop Neumann 54, Bennington 47

Boyd County 41, Stuart 28

Central Valley 60, Burwell 30

Columbus Lakeview 72, Douglas County West 18

Crete 56, Lincoln Christian 41

Crofton 67, Battle Creek 42

Cross County 41, Sutton 36

Doniphan-Trumbull 69, Ravenna 52

Dundy County-Stratton 56, Chase County 38

East Butler 69, College View Academy 32

Edgemont, S.D. 57, Crawford 43

Fairbury 44, Tri County 15

Fillmore Central 67, Central City 38

Franklin 40, Alma 32

Fullerton 56, Nebraska Christian 40

Garden County 27, Hemingford 26

Hartington Cedar Catholic 56, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 44

Hastings St. Cecilia 71, Sandy Creek 16

Haxtun, Colo. 62, Leyton 41

High Plains Community 48, Hampton 42

Johnson County Central 32, Wilber-Clatonia 28

Lawrence-Nelson 41, Giltner 32

Malcolm 48, Palmyra 16

North Central 47, Clearwater/Orchard 19

Ogallala 55, Bridgeport 19

Omaha Nation 86, Whiting, Iowa 61

Omaha Skutt Catholic 75, Ralston 23

Parkview Christian 45, Elba 41

Schuyler 50, Boys Town 13

Sidney 68, Kimball 28

South Loup 35, Sandhills/Thedford 26

Sterling 41, Dorchester 36

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 41, Elwood 27

Twin Loup 45, McPherson County 21

Weeping Water 59, Ashland-Greenwood 30

Wisner-Pilger 55, Madison 36

Wood River 50, Arcadia-Loup City 41

York 37, Columbus Scotus 30

Yutan 64, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 47

Cheyenne Invitational=

Alliance 58, Casper Natrona, Wyo. 49

Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament=

Consolation=

Bellevue West 51, Elkhorn South 41

Papillion-LaVista South 66, Omaha Bryan 14

Semifinal=

Omaha Westside 43, Millard West 35

Papillion-LaVista 57, Millard South 55

The Classic Tournament=

Hartington-Newcastle 50, Bloomfield 21

Wynot 46, Winside 26

Wausa Post Holiday Tournament

Niobrara/Verdigre 51, Wausa 42




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Iowa City - Freshman Leigha Brown scored a career-high 20 points, including six in the final 3:30, to help Nebraska rally from a 12-point deficit to cut the margin to two with 26.8 seconds left, but No. 19 Iowa hung on for a 77-71 women's basketball win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday night.

Brown, a 6-1 wing from Auburn, Ind., scored 20 points in just 19 minutes, while junior guard Hannah Whitish pitched in 14 points, including five points in Nebraska's furious rally in the closing minutes. Freshman Sam Haiby added three of her nine points in a three-minute stretch where the Huskers scored 14 points to cut a 69-57 deficit to just 73-71 with 26.8 seconds left.

Nebraska slipped to 7-7 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten, while Iowa improved to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

Senior All-American Megan Gustafson led Iowa with 28 points and 17 rebounds but the 80 percent free throw shooter missed four free throws in the game's final 11 minutes that could have put Nebraska away. However, she drew 12 fouls on the Huskers in the game.

Fellow senior Hannah Stewart made the game's biggest plays for the Hawkeyes with a pair of offensive rebounds on missed free throws by teammates Tania Davis and Alexis Sevillian in the final 30 seconds that allowed Iowa to push the lead back to two possessions. Stewart finished with 14 points and four boards on the night. Davis, another senior, added 11 points, while junior point guard Kathleen Doyle pitched in 11 points and nine assists. However turnovers and fouls by Doyle and Davis late in the game allowed Nebraska to fight its way back into a one-possession game in the final minute.

Nebraska hung with the Hawkeyes despite shooting just 38.7 percent (24-62) on the night. The Huskers did hit 42.9 percent (9-21) of its threes and 14-of-17 free throws (.824). The two teams both committed 17 turnovers, but Nebraska won the battle of the boards, 41-36. However, Nebraska outscored Iowa 16-5 on second-chance points in the game, even though both teams had 11 offensive boards.

Iowa, one of the nation's top scoring offenses, hit 49.2 percent (30-61) of its shots from the field, including 4-of-12 threes. One of the nation's top free throw shooting teams, hit just 65 percent (13-20) of its free throws.

In a back-and-forth first half, Nebraska trailed 37-34 at halftime as Gustafson scored the final four points of the second quarter over the final 1:20.

Nebraska jumped to a 6-0 lead in the game with back-to-back three-pointers from Whitish and Taylor Kissinger, before Iowa answered with a 13-2 surge in a 2:13 span to give the Hawkeyes a 13-8 lead at the first media timeout.

Nebraska responded with 12 points off the bench from freshmen Ashtyn Veerbeek, Haiby, Kayla Mershon and Leigha Brown, who hit a pair of threes, to trim the Iowa margin to 22-20 at the end of the first quarter. Veerbeek, an Iowa native, finished with six points and a team-high nine rebounds in the game.

The Hawkeyes stretched the edge back to 25-20 to open the second quarter before the Big Red answered with an 8-0 run over the next 4:30. Maddie Simon started the run with a three-pointer, before Kate Cain added a traditional three-point play. Brown capped the run to give Nebraska 28-25 lead at the media break in the quarter. Brown finished the half with a team-high eight points. The Huskers maintained a 34-33 lead after a Whitish layup, before Gustafson closed the half for the Hawkeyes. Whitish closed the half with seven points to help the Big Red.

Nebraska hit 40.6 percent (13-32) of its shots in the half, including 5-of-9 three-pointers (.556) and all three of its free throw attempts. The Huskers lost the first-half turnover battle 9-8 and the war on the boards, 19-17. However, the Huskers outscored Iowa 8-2 in second-chance points and 11-7 in points off turnovers.

Iowa hit 48.8 percent (16-33) of its first-half shots, including 4-of-8 threes. The Hawkeyes went just 1-for-2 at the line. Gustafson led the Hawkeyes with 12 points and nine rebounds in the half, while Davis added 10 points.

Nebraska regained the lead to start the third quarter and took a 43-39 lead with 8:12 left in the period on Nicea Eliely's three-pointer. But the Hawkeyes got 10 straight points from Gustafson in the final 2:48 of the quarter to outscore Nebraska 10-3 down the stretch and take a 59-49 lead to the fourth.

Nebraska returns to Big Ten Conference home action next week, when the Huskers take on No. 4 Maryland on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Terrapins is set for 7 p.m. with tickets available now at Huskers.com.





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Amherst 57, Eustis-Farnam 46

Aquinas 50, Pierce 48

Arcadia-Loup City 62, Wood River 59

Battle Creek 62, Crofton 41

Bishop Neumann 72, Bennington 61

Chase County 69, Dundy County-Stratton 33

Clearwater/Orchard 57, North Central 50

College View Academy 62, East Butler 54

Edgemont, S.D. 43, Crawford 40

Elwood 56, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 38

Fullerton 55, Nebraska Christian 42

Hartington Cedar Catholic 77, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 67

Hastings St. Cecilia 37, Sandy Creek 19

Haxtun, Colo. 76, Leyton 18

High Plains Community 47, Hampton 42

Lawrence-Nelson 41, Giltner 32

Lincoln Christian 69, Crete 27

Ogallala 70, Bridgeport 63

Omaha Skutt Catholic 88, Ralston 52

Palmyra 57, Malcolm 42

Sidney 44, Kimball 33

Sterling 70, Dorchester 30

Sutton 58, Cross County 57

Wayne 59, Norfolk Catholic 51

Wilber-Clatonia 48, Johnson County Central 32

York 60, Beatrice 42

Cheyenne Invitational=

Alliance 69, Casper Natrona, Wyo. 53

Metro Holiday Tournament=

Consolation=

Millard South 54, Omaha North 47

The Classic Tournament=

Hartington-Newcastle 53, Bloomfield 32

Wynot 59, Winside 14

Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=

Wausa 59, Niobrara/Verdigre 51

Omaha Creighton Prep 64, Omaha Central 40

 

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Amherst 64, Eustis-Farnam 16

Aquinas 47, Pierce 27

Archbishop Bergan 60, Omaha Roncalli 45

Bishop Neumann 54, Bennington 47

Boyd County 41, Stuart 28

Central Valley 60, Burwell 30

Columbus Lakeview 72, Douglas County West 18

Crete 56, Lincoln Christian 41

Crofton 67, Battle Creek 42

Cross County 41, Sutton 36

Doniphan-Trumbull 69, Ravenna 52

Dundy County-Stratton 56, Chase County 38

East Butler 69, College View Academy 32

Fairbury 44, Tri County 15

Fillmore Central 67, Central City 38

Franklin 40, Alma 32

Fullerton 56, Nebraska Christian 40

Garden County 27, Hemingford 26

Hartington Cedar Catholic 56, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 44

Haxtun, Colo. 62, Leyton 41

High Plains Community 48, Hampton 42

Johnson County Central 32, Wilber-Clatonia 28

Lawrence-Nelson 41, Giltner 32

Malcolm 48, Palmyra 16

Ogallala 55, Bridgeport 19

Omaha Skutt Catholic 75, Ralston 23

Schuyler 50, Boys Town 13

Sidney 68, Kimball 28

South Loup 35, Sandhills/Thedford 26

Sterling 41, Dorchester 36

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 41, Elwood 27

Weeping Water 59, Ashland-Greenwood 30

Wisner-Pilger 55, Madison 36

Wood River 50, Arcadia-Loup City 41

York 37, Columbus Scotus 30

Cheyenne Invitational=

Alliance 58, Casper Natrona, Wyo. 49

Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament=

Consolation=

Bellevue West 51, Elkhorn South 41

Papillion-LaVista South 66, Omaha Bryan 14

The Classic Tournament=

Hartington-Newcastle 50, Bloomfield 21

Wausa Post Holiday Tournament=

Niobrara/Verdigre 51, Wausa 42

Omaha Westside 43, Millard West 35

Papillion-LaVista 57, Millard South 55





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