James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. had 16 points apiece, as Nebraska closed out non-conference action with a 79-38 victory over Southwest Minnesota State Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Huskers, who are ranked 23rd in the coaches poll, jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back in posting their 19th consecutive home win. Nebraska finished non-conference action with a 10-1 mark, its best mark since 2003-04 and the fourth time since World War II that the Huskers had one non-conference loss.
Palmer finished with 16 points, five assists and six rebounds, while Watson had 16 points, five boards, four assists and four steals to lead four Huskers in double figures, as all 10 players who dressed got in the scoring column. Isaac Copeland Jr. had 12 points while Thomas Allen added 10 as no Husker played more than 28 minutes.
Nebraska got out to a blistering start behind the play of Copeland, as the senior keyed a 12-0 spurt in the first 3:12 with five of his seven first-half points.
Southwest Minnesota State chipped away, pulling to within 16-8 following a basket by Braedan Hansen and was within 19-10 before Nebraska used an 18-3 run to build a comfortable margin. Palmer scored 10 of his 14 first-half points in the surge as Nebraska built a 37-13 cushion after a Brady Heiman basket capped a run of 13 straight points for the hosts.
In all, the Huskers held Southwest Minnesota State to 29 percent shooting in the first half and turned nine Mustang turnovers into 16 points. Nebraska shot 36 percent, but went 7-of-13 from 3-point range.
After SMSU pulled within 17 in the opening minute of the second half, Nebraska used an 11-0 spurt, capped by five straight points from Allen, to push the advantage to 48-20, and NU cruised to the 41-point win
Ryan Bruggeman and Steven McNease led Minnesota State with eight points apiece, as the Mustangs shot 30 percent from the field and just 3-of-21 from 3-point range. Saturday’s game was an exhibition game for the Mustangs before resuming conference action on Sunday.
The Huskers are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 2, when they travel to Maryland. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (central) and will be carried by the Husker Sports Network and televised on BTN.
Adams Central 68, Bennington 61
Alliance 96, Oelrichs, SD 27
Alma 66, Silver Lake 58
Aquinas Catholic 54, David City 41
Archbishop Bergan 65, Plattsmouth 49
Auburn 57, Nebraska Christian 29
Aurora 70, Omaha Gross Catholic 45
BRLD 72, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 40
Bertrand 58, Franklin 31
Blue Hill 56, Minden 44
Boone Central/Newman Grove 68, Broken Bow 61
Centennial 54, Oakland-Craig 39
Central City 46, BDS 39 (OT)
Chadron 50, Custer, SD 38
Columbus Lakeview 57, Schuyler 36
Deshler 67, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 58
Elm Creek 47, Doniphan-Trumbull 46
Elmwood-Murdock 50, Omaha Brownell Talbot 34
Falls City 47, St. Joseph Christian, MO 30
Falls City Sacred Heart 60, Lourdes Central Catholic 26
Fillmore Central 43, Louisville 32
Fort Calhoun 41, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 27
Freeman 54, Syracuse 36
Fullerton 61, Gothenburg 37
Grand Island Central Catholic 72, Cambridge 38
Gretna 60, Mount Michael Benedictine 49
Heartland 63, Palmer 40
Holdrege 57, Fairbury 50
Howells-Dodge 73, Homer 31
Johnson-Brock 72, Pawnee City 38
Lawrence-Nelson 50, Red Cloud 18
Lincoln Christian 52, Norris 36
Lincoln Lutheran 86, Raymond Central 43
Malcolm 47, Wilber-Clatonia 46 (OT)
Milford 68, Wood River 52
Northwest 53, Savannah, MO 40
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 59, Ashland-Greenwood 38
Omaha Skutt Catholic 63, Crete 36
Platteview 52, Hastings St. Cecilia 41
Ralston 61, Nebraska City 58
Seward 47, Bishop Neumann 35
Sidney 45, Burns, WY 32
South Sioux City 56, Waverly 55
Southern 69, Tekamah-Herman 13
Tri County 66, Diller-Odell 37
Valentine 72, Hemingford 53
Wahoo 80, Lexington 72
Walthill 77, Thayer Central 63
Wauneta-Palisade 62, Arapahoe 59
York 44, Elkhorn 39
Alliance 59, Oelrichs, SD 33
Alma 49, Silver Lake 46
Aquinas Catholic 67, David City 15
Arapahoe 43, Wauneta-Palisade 36
Archbishop Bergan 62, Plattsmouth 38
BRLD 69, Homer 49
Bennington 60, Broken Bow 29
Blue Hill 50, Minden 22
Boone Central/Newman Grove 46, Adams Central 43
Chadron 57, Custer, SD 21
Columbus Scotus 43, Columbus Lakeview 35
Cozad 59, Gibbon 43
Diller-Odell 45, Tri County 42
Doniphan-Trumbull 62, Elm Creek 30
Elkhorn 57, York 50 (OT)
Elmwood-Murdock 66, Fort Calhoun 38
Fairbury 43, Holdrege 17
Falls City 66, St. Joseph - Lafayette, MO 45
Falls City Sacred Heart 41, Lourdes Central Catholic 37
Gothenburg 47, Fullerton 45
Grand Island Central Catholic 73, Cambridge 32
Gretna 45, Omaha Duchesne Academy 36
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 58, Howells-Dodge 43
Heartland 49, Palmer 39
Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 63, Deshler 50
Humphrey St. Francis 74, Tekamah-Herman 17
Johnson-Brock 60, Pawnee City 29
Lawrence-Nelson 42, Franklin 25
Lincoln Lutheran 79, Raymond Central 35
Louisville 49, Fillmore Central 43
Malcolm 54, Wilber-Clatonia 18
Milford 58, Wood River 39
Millard North 65, Bellevue East 31
Millard South 64, Omaha South 15
Millard West 69, Omaha North 39
Mitchell 60, Chase County 41
Nebraska Christian 42, Walthill 27
Nebraska City 51, Ralston 27
Norris 50, Lincoln Christian 39
Northwest 56, Savannah, MO 31
Oakland-Craig 49, Centennial 48
Omaha Benson 62, Omaha Burke 51
Omaha Brownell Talbot 45, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 19
Omaha Gross Catholic 41, Aurora 31
Omaha Marian 71, Papillion-LaVista South 61
Omaha Northwest 79, Bellevue West 59
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 65, Ashland-Greenwood 46
Omaha Skutt Catholic 44, Crete 36
Omaha Westside 65, Omaha Central 39
Red Cloud 48, Bertrand 44
Seward 58, Bishop Neumann 53
Sidney 62, Burns, WY 18
Southern 48, Parkview Christian 11
Sterling 61, East Butler 20
Superior 60, Torrington, WY 20
Sutton 60, Douglas County West 26
Syracuse 45, Freeman 34
Thayer Central 44, Auburn 39
Twin River 41, Schuyler 23
Valentine 42, Hemingford 28
Wahoo 58, Lexington 33
Waverly 58, South Sioux City 53
Weeping Water 1, McCool Junction 0
Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska
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• The Nebraska women’s basketball team opens its 2018-19 Big Ten Conference season by playing host to Michigan on Friday evening in Lincoln.
• Tip off between Nebraska (5-6) and the Wolverines (9-3) is set for 6 p.m. (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena with tickets on sale now at Huskers.com. Live radio coverage (beginning at 5:45 p.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on B107.3 FM, in Omaha on ESPN 590 AM and across the state on Husker Sports Network stations. Free live audio can also be found at Huskers.com and on the Huskers App.
• Live television coverage will be provided by BTN with Chris Vosters and Brenda VanLengen on the call. It will be the first of eight BTN telecasts for the Huskers this season.
• Nebraska will try to extend its four-game home winning streak and stop Michigan’s two-game streak at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers have won four straight in Lincoln since a narrow 83-77 season-opening loss to Missouri Valley Conference power Drake on Nov. 7. The Wolverines have been victorious in their last two trips to Lincoln, including a 69-64 overtime win on Jan. 13, 2018.
• Friday’s game will feature two of the nation’s top centers in Nebraska sophomore Kate Cain (9.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.5 bpg) and Michigan senior Hallie Thome (12.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg). The 6-5 centers are both Lisa Leslie National Center of the Year Award candidates. Cain is averaging 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks while shooting 62.8 percent from the field at home.
• In two meetings against Cain and the Huskers last season, Thome averaged 17.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 52 percent (13-25). Cain averaged 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks against Thome and the Wolverines while shooting 45 percent (9-20).
• The Big Ten opener also features several of the conference’s best freshmen, including Nebraska’s Sam Haiby, Ashtyn Veerbeek and Leigha Brown, along with Michigan’s Naz Hillmon and Amy Dilk.
• Haiby is NU’s leading scorer, averaging 11.0 points while coming off the bench in all 11 games. Hillmon, a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, is Michigan’s leading scorer and rebounder with 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while coming off the bench. Haiby and Hillmon are the only two players in the Big Ten who are leading their teams in scoring as non-starting freshmen.
• Hillmon (2nd, 12.6 ppg), Haiby (6th, 11.0 ppg), Veerbeek (8th, 8.8 ppg) and Brown (9th, 8.6 ppg) all rank among the top 10 freshmen in the Big Ten in scoring. Over the last four games, Veerbeek is averaging 12.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
• Brown, a 6-1 wing from Auburn, Ind. (DeKalb High School), was a runner-up to Michigan’s Dilk (Carmel) for Indiana’s Miss Basketball award last season. Dilk has started all 12 games for the Wolverines and is averaging 6.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 8.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - So. - C - 9.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - So. - G - 10.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 11.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 8.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 2.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 1.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg
11(out) - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Third Season at Nebraska (33-39); 12th Season Overall (226-148)
15 - Hailey Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 6.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg
30 - Hallie Thome - 6-5 - Sr. - F/C - 12.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg
1 - Amy Dilk - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 6.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
10 - Nicole Munger - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 11.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
20 - Deja Church - 5-10 - So. - G - 9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Off the Bench
00 - Naz Hillmon - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 12.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg
5 - Kayla Robbins - 6-1 - Jr. - G/F - 6.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
14 - Akienreh Johnson - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 4.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg
33 - Emily Kiser - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 3.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg
2 - Priscilla Smeenge - 6-0 - So. - G - 2.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg
12 - Ariel Young - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 1.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg
23 - Danielle Rauch - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.9 ppg, 0.6 rpg
21 - Samantha Trammel - 6-0 - Sr. - F - 0.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg
31 - Taylor Rooks - 6-0 - Sr. - F/G - 0.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg
Head Coach: Kim Barnes Arico (Montclair State, 1993)
Seventh Season at Michigan (143-76); 23rd Season Overall (413-281)
Scouting the Michigan Wolverines
• Michigan enters Big Ten play riding a four-game winning streak, while producing a 9-3 overall record. The Wolverines are receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Top 25.
• Coach Kim Barnes Arico is in her seventh season at the helm in Ann Arbor and carries a 143-76 mark as Michigan’s head coach. She owns 413 career victories in 23 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
• The Wolverines finished 23-10 overall last year, including 10-6 in the Big Ten. Michigan finished sixth in the Big Ten standings before falling to Nebraska in the Big Ten quarterfinals. The Wolverines went on to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Michigan features a good blend of experience and youth. The Wolverines feature preseason All-Big Ten center Hallie Thome. The 6-5 senior is averaging 12.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while leading Michigan with 11 blocked shots. Last season, Thome averaged 17.4 points and 7.0 boards per game.
• Fellow senior Nicole Munger has led the Michigan starting backcourt with 11.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. The 5-11 guard has knocked down a team-best 30 threes, which is three more than the other 13 Wolverines combined (27). Munger is shooting 41.1 percent (30-73) from long range, while the rest of the Wolverines are just 27-of-121 (.223). Munger is also a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line.
• Sophomores Deja Church (9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8 apg) and Hailey Brown (6.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg) have joined Thome and Munger in the Michigan starting five for every game this season.
• Freshman guard Amy Dilk, the Indiana High School Player of the Year, has also started every game and is averaging 6.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Dilk (27.8 mpg) and Munger (27.6 mpg) lead Michigan in playing time. Dilk is shooting just 35.2 percent (31-88) from the field, including just 1-for-11 from three-point range.
• Freshman Naz Hillmon has been Michigan’s most explosive player early this season. The 6-2 froward leads Michigan in scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) despite playing just 19.8 minutes per game. Hillmon, who also leads Michigan with 33 fouls, is shooting a superb 73.6 percent (64-87) from the field. She won back-to-back Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week awards on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.
• Junior Kayla Robbins also has been solid off the bench early for Michigan. The 6-1 wing is averaging 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in just under 17 minutes per game. Robbins is just 1-for-9 from three-point range and is shooting just 50 percent (14-28) from the free throw line.
• Junior Akienreh Johnson has pitched in 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds as one of eight players averaging double-digit minutes in non-conference play.
• Seniors Samantha Trammel and Taylor Rooks, a graduate transfer from Harvard, have seen limited playing time, while freshmen Emily Kiser (3.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Danielle Rauch and Ariel Young have also contributed. Sophomore Priscilla Smeenge (2.1 ppg) rounds out the Michigan roster.
• As a team, Michigan is averaging 75.6 points per game, while allowing 55.8. The Wolverines have dominated the boards (44.7-30.8) and own a plus-2.5 team turnover margin. Michigan is shooting a solid 45.1 percent from the field, but just 29.4 percent (57-194) from three-point range. Michigan has also hit 68.1 percent of its free throws.
• Nebraska owns a 12-4 edge in the all-time series with Michigan, including a 61-54 victory over the Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on March 2, 2018, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
• Then-No. 23 Michigan won the lone regular-season meeting with the Huskers last year with a 69-64 overtime victory at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Jan. 13, 2018. Deja Church provided the heroics for Michigan in that game by hitting three free throws with 0.7 seconds left to send the game to overtime tied at 62. Church then sealed the win in overtime with two more free throws after Hallie Thome scored Michigan’s first five points in the overtime.
• All-Big Ten guard Katelynn Flaherty led Michigan with 26 points, while Thome added 13 points. Hailey Brown pitched in 12 points while Church put four Wolverines in double figures with 10.
• Hannah Whitish led the Huskers with 16 points, while Kate Cain contributed 13 points and Nicea Eliely 10 for the Big Red.
• Whitish also led the Huskers with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, while Eliely contributed 12 points and six rebounds. Cain managed six points, seven rebounds and seven blocked shots.
• Thome (21) and Flaherty (17) combined for 38 points against the Huskers in the Big Ten Tournament, while the rest of the Wolverines totaled just 16. Munger scored just one point in 74 combined minutes in the two games last season.
• Nebraska is 5-3 all-time against Michigan in Lincoln, but the Wolverines have won in back-to-back trips to Pinnacle Bank Arena, including an 81-54 win on Jan. 22, 2017, when Munger erupted for a then-career-high 18 points in 20 minutes off the bench by knocking down 4-of-6 three-pointers.
• Nebraska will play the Wolverines at Michigan to complete the season series on Feb. 7 in another game that will be televised by BTN. Nebraska is 6-1 all-time in Ann Arbor.
• Nebraska has received production early and often from its 2018-19 freshman class. The four-player class, which was ranked among the top 20 recruiting classes in the nation by ESPN last season, features Sam Haiby (1 1.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg), Leigha Brown (8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.2 apg) Ashtyn Veerbeek (8.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg), Leigha Brown (8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and Kayla Mershon (2.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg).
• Haiby, a 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., leads Nebraska with 11.0 points per game off the bench. She has led the Huskers in scoring in five games, including against nationally ranked Drake (13) and Miami (14), while also scoring a career-high 20 points at Washington State and adding 17 points at Creighton. She also had 16 points to lead the Huskers at Arkansas (Dec. 18). She owns six double-figure scoring efforts overall, including 12 points at No. 5 Louisville (Nov. 29).
• Haiby also ranks second among the Huskers in assists (2.9 apg).
• Ashtyn Veerbeek ranks third among the Husker freshmen in scoring with 8.8 points per game, while leading the group and ranking second on the team with 6.6 rebounds. Veerbeek produced her first career double-double with career highs of 14 points and 14 rebounds in a win over San Jose State (Dec. 8). She matched her career high with 14 points in just 14 minutes in the win over Denver (Dec. 15). She added 14 points for the third straight game at Arkansas (Dec. 18) for her fourth double-digit scoring effort in the last seven contests. She ranks second among the Huskers with 11 blocks.
• Leigha Brown ranks third among the freshmen in scoring with 8.6 points per game. She set a career high with 18 points in the win over San Jose State (Dec. 8), before adding 17 points and a career-high five assists in the win over Denver (Dec. 15). The 6-1 wing from Auburn, Indiana owns three double-figure scoring efforts and has led the Big Red in scoring twice this season. Brown has committed a total of just six turnovers over the past nine games.
• Kayla Mershon has pitched in 2.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Huskers, including a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Kansas (Dec. 5). The 6-3 forward from Chanhassen, Minn., also has dished out seven assists and has committed a team-best two turnovers through 11 games. She has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 7-to-2 while adding five steals and three blocks.
• The freshmen have combined for 39.8 percent (341-of-856) of Nebraska’s points in just 33.8 percent of the team’s total minutes (760-of-2,250) on the season. They also have accounted for just 28.2 percent (50-of-177) of Nebraska’s turnovers.
• Nebraska’s four freshmen are combining to average 31 points and 14.5 rebounds per game, while NU’s two sophomores (Kate Cain, Taylor Kissinger) have combined to average 19.5 points and 11.5 boards per contest. Nebraska’s six underclassmen have combined for 64.9 percent of NU’s scoring and 59.8 percent of the team’s rebounding through 11 games.
• Nebraska’s bench outscored the opposition 149-53 over the final four non-conference games, including a season-high 45 points at Arkansas. NU’s bench posted a season-best bench scoring differential (+37) in its last home game by outscoring Denver, 40-3.
• The Husker bench has outscored opponents in each of NU’s 11 games this year, including double-digit advantages in eight games.
• Nebraska’s bench has scored 40 or more points four times, including 45 at Arkansas, 42 points against San Jose State, 41 points against Drake and 40 against Denver.
• Overall, Nebraska’s bench has outscored opposition benches 366-160 (33.3-14.5 ppg) for a plus-18.8 margin.
• Nebraska’s 34 points in the fourth quarter against San Jose State tied for the most in any quarter in school history. It joined 34 in the second quarter at Iowa and 34 in the fourth quarter against Florida Atlantic in games last season.
• NU’s 62 points in the second half against San Jose State tied for the fifth-most points scored in any half by the Huskers in school history.
• The Huskers followed with a school-record 31-point first quarter in the win over Denver, giving Nebraska 93 points in a three-quarter span.
• Freshman Sam Haiby led Nebraska with 13 points in a season-opening loss to Drake (Nov. 7). Haiby is the first Husker freshman to lead NU in scoring in an opener since Kelsey Griffin’s 18 in a loss to South Dakota State (Nov. 19, 2005).
• Haiby has been Nebraska’s scoring leader in five of 11 games this season.
• Nicea Eliely leads Nebraska’s active roster with 66 career starts as a Husker. Hannah Whitish (59) is the only other Husker with as many as 50 starts at Nebraska.
• Sophomore Kate Cain owns the longest streak of consecutive starts by a Husker with 42.
• Junior Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska’s second-longest streak of starts with 37, while senior Maddie Simon has started 35 consecutive games.
• Kate Cain has at least two rebounds in every game of her Nebraska career (43), and she has blocked at least one shot in 41 of 43 games (no blocks in 2018 NCAA Tournament vs. Arizona State and no blocks at Creighton, Dec. 2, 2018).
• Sophomore Taylor Kissinger is 14-for-14 at the free throw line to open the season and owns the longest active free throw streak by a Husker. Kissinger also hit eight consecutive three-pointers over a three-game stretch earlier this season.
• Kissinger has scored in double figures in four consecutive games - Nebraska’s longest streak of the season. Ashtyn Veerbeek has produced double figures in three straight games - NU’s second-longest streak of the year.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 323 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 202 consecutive games.
• Nebraska’s Hannah Whitish was named to the 12-player All-Big Ten Team by the conference coaches when the annual preseason honors were announced on Oct. 22.
• The announcement of the preseason teams marked the tip-off of Big Ten Women’s Basketball Media Week (@B1GWBBall) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
• Whitish, a 5-9 junior guard from Barneveld, Wis., led Nebraska in scoring (12.6 ppg) and assists (4.7 apg) as a sophomore in 2017-18. She owned a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as Nebraska’s point guard while also ranking among the Big Ten’s best three-point shooters. Whitish played a major role in lifting Nebraska to the nation’s top turnaround in the win column last season, as the Huskers recorded 14 more victories (21) in 2017-18 than in 2016-17 (7). She captured second-team All-Big Ten accolades at the end of last season while helping Nebraska to the NCAA Tournament.
• Whitish was the lone Husker honored by the league in preseason voting of the conference coaches.
• The Big Ten Conference does not rank its team’s No. 1 through No. 14 in preseason voting, instead the coaches and select media members each choose their projected top-three teams in the league. Maryland is the preseason pick of the coaches and the media to win the Big Ten, while Iowa was picked No. 2 by both the coaches and media. The league coaches chose Michigan in the No. 3 spot, while the conference media selected Minnesota. Iowa senior center Megan Gustafson, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, was chosen by the coaches to repeat that honor. Gustafson, Maryland’s Kaila Charles, Michigan’s Hallie Thome and Minnesota’s Kenisha Bell were all unanimous preseason all-conference selections by the coaches.
• Nebraska had its streak of 12 consecutive season-opening wins snapped with an 83-77 loss to current top-25 team and two-time defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake on Nov. 7. However, the Huskers still have an outstanding history of success at home, including a 4-1 record at Pinnacle Bank Arena to open 2018-19.
• The Huskers were 10-6 at home in 2017-18, winning five of their final six home games.
• The Huskers went 15-4 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2015-16 after going 12-3 (13-3 at home) in 2014-15. The Huskers are 64-25 (.719) all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena since the building opened for the 2013-14 campaign. The Big Red went 16-2 at home in 2013-14, suffering their only Big Ten loss to Purdue, 77-75, on Jan. 19, 2014. NU’s 16 home wins in 2013-14 tied the school record for single-season home victories.
• The Huskers played the first regular-season game arena history against USA Today No. 25 UCLA (Nov. 8, 2013) and rolled to a 77-49 win over the Bruins. NU’s first win over an AP Top 25 team came with a 76-56 win over No. 24 Michigan State on Feb. 8, 2014. The Huskers added their first-ever win over an AP Top 10 team at the arena with a 94-74 victory over No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 24, 2014.
• NU won its first-ever Big Ten home game at Pinnacle Bank Arena with a 66-65 thriller over Northwestern Jan. 2, 2014, before an 88-85 win over Minnesota on Jan. 16, 2014, marked the first overtime game.
• NU suffered its first loss at the arena to Washington State (76-72) on Nov. 30, 2013.
• The Huskers are 453-155 (.745) all-time at home. The Huskers have gone 189-59 (.762) over the last 16 seasons (including 2018-19), posting double-figure home victory totals 14 times.
• Nebraska played in the Devaney Center from 1976-77 through 2012-13, and added one appearance at Devaney against Utah on Nov. 23, 2014. The Huskers own a 389-130 record at the Devaney Center, including 146-88 (.624) mark in conference play.
• Nebraska ranked No. 20 nationally with an average home attendance of 4,380 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2017-18. It marked the eighth consecutive year that the Huskers have ranked in the top 25 nationally in average home attendance.
• Nebraska has ranked among the top 20 nationally in average home attendance in each of its first five seasons inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.
• In 89 all-time home games at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Huskers own a 64-25 record (.719 winning percentage) while averaging 5,256 fans per game (467,812 total fans/89 games).
• Nebraska attracted a Pinnacle Bank Arena non-conference record crowd of 9,750 to open its stay in the arena with a win over UCLA on Nov. 8, 2013.
• Nebraska set its all-time single-game record with a sellout crowd of 13,595 fans against Missouri at the Devaney Center on Feb. 27, 2010. NU drew 10 straight crowds of more than 10,000 fans at the Devaney Center in 2009-10.
• Nebraska produced its top attendance season in school history by ranking No. 7 nationally with a record 7,390 fans per game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2009-10. The Huskers went 16-0 at the Devaney Center on their way to a perfect 29-0 record, a Big 12 title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Lincoln, Neb. --- Glynn Watson Jr. recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, as No. 25/22 Nebraska improved to 10-2 on the season with an 86-62 win over Cal State Fullerton Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Watson guided a Husker attack that went over 80 points for the seventh time this season, while setting up a pair of 20-point scorers for the Big Red. Watson’s points-assists double-double was the first by a Husker since 2011, and helped NU it its 18th straight home win, the longest home win streak in over 50 years.
James Palmer Jr. finished with a game-high 23 points, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, while Isaiah Roby chipped in a career-high 20 points and a team-high eight boards. For Palmer, it marked his third straight 20-point effort.
As a team, the Huskers dished out 18 points and committed a season-low seven turnovers, while forcing 16 Cal State Fullerton miscues that led to 20 Husker points.
Nebraska put four players in double figures, as senior Isaac Copeland Jr. added 12 points to complete the quartet, while Nana Akenten and Thomas Allen also added nine each as Nebraska continued its best start since the 1994-95 season.
Leading 36-25 at the break, the Huskers opened the second half with a 9-2 spurt, including 3-pointers from Palmer and Copeland before Roby’s conventional 3-point play stretch the lead to 45-27 with 17:25 left.
The Huskers eventually stretched the lead to 60-39 only to make Cal State Fullerton make one last charge, scoring nine straight points to cut a 21-point deficit to 12 with 8:53 left after a pair of Kyle Allman Jr. free throws.
That would be as close as the visitors would get, as Roby scored six of his 18 second-half points in an 11-2 Husker run that pushed the lead back to 21, and NU would not be threatened the rest of the way.
In the first half, the Huskers got 14 points from Palmer, while the Huskers held Cal State Fullerton to 36 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes to take a 36-25 halftime. Lead. Palmer hit 4-of-7 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, and added three rebounds and a pair of steals to pace NU while Copeland, Watson and Nana Akenten had six points apiece.
Nebraska took control midway through the first stanza, using a 7-0 run to build a 15-7 lead after a Thomas Allen layup with 12:56 left in the first half.
The Titans, who returned four starters from a team which won 20 games and reached the NCAA Tournament, chipped away and got within 17-13 after two straight baskets from Austen Awosika, but a 3-pointer from Akenten and Watson layup stretched the lead to nine at 22-13 with 9:29 left in the half.
The Huskers eventually got the lead to 12 points on a pair of occasions, the last being a pair of Roby free throws with 3:06 left in the half and took an 11-point lead to the locker room.
Allman led CSF with 16 points, but held Khalil Ahmad to just 12 points, as the pair went a combined 0-of-7 from 3-point range. The pair entered the game ranking second and third in the Big West in scoring.
The Huskers will have a couple of days off for Christmas before returning to action next Saturday, Dec. 29, against Southwest Minnesota State. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and available on BTN+.
Fayetteville, Ark. - Nebraska erased a nine-point deficit with 4:32 remaining to take an 80-79 lead with 1:04 left in the game, but Arkansas made enough plays in the closing minute to hold on for 84-80 women's basketball win over the Huskers at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night.
Trailing 77-68 with 4:32 left, Nebraska erupted on a 12-2 surge with seven points from freshman Sam Haiby during a 1:43 span. Her final point of her team-high 16 came on the first of two free throws to put the Big Red up 80-79 win 1:04 left.
But before the second free throw, the scoreboard inside the arena reset, putting the score to 1-0 Nebraska with 10:00 on the clock, while resetting all the team fouls and the timeouts for both teams. The scoreboard malfunction put more than two minutes between Haiby's first and second free throw. Haiby missed the second shot.
Twenty seconds later, Chelsea Dungee scored to put Arkansas back up 81-80. She added a free throw with 25 seconds left to extend the Arkansas margin to 82-80. Dungee scored 20 of her game-high 23 points in the second half to lead a group of five Arkansas starters that finished in double figures and scored all 53 points for the Razorbacks in the final 20 minutes.
Trailing by two, Nebraska got a good look at the rim from Haiby, but the challenged shot fell off the rim. The Huskers fouled and Kiara Williams, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds made both free throws to close the scoring.
Nebraska finished non-conference play with a 5-6 record, while Arkansas improved to 8-3 including 5-1 at home with its only loss coming 85-83 to a ranked Arizona State team.
In addition to the 16 points from Haiby, Nebraska got 14 points and five rebounds from freshman Ashtyn Veerbeek off the bench. Leigha Brown added nine points, while Kayla Mershon pitched in six points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals while being involved in several big plays to swing momentum. Overall, Nebraska's bench outscored the Arkansas bench 45-11.
But it wasn't enough to overcome foul trouble on Kate Cain that limited her to just four points, five rebounds and three blocks before fouling out in just 17 minutes. Maddie Simon managed four points and six boards, while Nicea Eliely contributed four points and three boards.
Taylor Kissinger led the Husker starters with 12 points, while Hannah Whitish pitched in 11 including five points in the final 5:16.
As a team, Nebraska hit 45.9 percent (28-61) of its shots from the field, including 9-of-21 three-pointers (.429), but the Big Red went just 2-for-8 from long range in the second half. The Huskers also hit 15-of-23 free throws in the game (.652), while Arkansas knocked down 17-of-23 (.739).
Nebraska won the battle of the boards, 41-37, but Arkansas won the turnover battle 15-10 and scored 25 points off Nebraska's turnovers, while the Huskers managed just 10 of the Razorbacks' 10 miscues.
Arkansas hit 40.3 percent (27-67) of its shots, including 13-of-37 threes (.351). In the second half, the Razorbacks knocked down 9-of-18 threes.
After an up-and-down first half for both teams, Nebraska took a 36-31 lead to the locker room after a running three-pointer from 40 feet as time expired heading to the half. That huge shot by by Brown capped a 5-0 NU run in the final 20 seconds, and was sparked by a steal from Mershon 30 feet away from the basket, where she dove to the floor and found Brown on the run to set up the three.
Brown scored all five of her first-half points in the final 1:12, while Haiby added a layup with 20 seconds left to give NU a 33-31 lead.
Haiby contributed seven points off the bench in the first half, while Kissinger contributed a team-high eight first-half points, including a pair of threes.
In the half, Nebraska hit 43.8 percent (14-32) of its shots from the field, including 53.8 percent (7-13) of its three-pointers. The Huskers were just 1-of-2 at the free throw line in the half. NU controlled the first-half glass, 22-18, but lost the turnover battle, 8-4.
Nebraska held Arkansas to just 33.3 percent (11-33) first-half shooting, including just 4-of-19 (.211) from three-point range, but the Razorbacks went 5-for-8 at the free throw line in the opening half. Malica Monk scored eight first-half points to lead the Hogs, while Jailyn Mason pitched in six points in the opening 20 minutes.
The Huskers got off to a great start on the road, building a 15-2 lead in the opening 6:30 after a putback from Kissinger with 3:30 left in the first quarter. But Nebraska went scoreless the final 3:30, and Arkansas closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the Husker lead to 15-10 at the quarter.
NU maintained a lead through the first five minutes of the second quarter before Arkansas took its first lead on a layup by Monk with 3:28 left in the half to give the Razorbacks 27-26.
Husker senior Maddie Simon then answered with a three, before Monk tied the score at 31 on a layup with 38 seconds left.
Nebraska will enjoy its longest break from competition during the season over the next nine days before returning to Pinnacle Bank Arena to open Big Ten Conference play against Michigan on Friday, Dec. 28. Tip-off between the Huskers and Wolverines is set for 6 p.m. (CT), and tickets are on sale now at Huskers.com.
Sioux Falls, S.D. - James Palmer Jr. had a game-high 29 points to place three Huskers in double figures, while Nebraska clamped down in the second half, as the Huskers posted a 79-56 win at the Sanford Pentagon.
The Huskers (9-2) took control with a 22-4 run over an eight and half minute span, turning a seven-point deficit into a 43-32 lead with 15:07 remaining.
Isaac Copeland Jr. had 16 points and five rebounds, while Thomas Allen came off the bench for 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, as Nebraska’s 9-2 start continued its best start since the 2003-04 campaign.
The Huskers shut down Oklahoma State (4-6) defensively, holding the Cowboys to its second-lowest output of the season. NU also limited the Cowboys to 2-of-15 from 3-point range after OSU entered the game averaging over 9.0 3-pointers per game and ranking among the national leaders in 3-point percentage at 42 percent.
Nebraska was down 28-21 before using an 11-2 run to take a two-point lead into the locker room. Isaac Copeland led the spurt, scoring five straight points to pull the Huskers within 30-26 before Palmer’s third 3-pointer of the half made it a one-point game.
On OSU’s final possession of the half, Glynn Watson Jr. drew a foul on Michael Weathers on one end before hitting a corner 3-pointer with two seconds left to give the Huskers a lead they would not relinquish. After Watson’s 3-pointer, Oklahoma State’s bench got a technical on the way to the locker room, which Watson would convert before the second half started to extend the lead to four.
OSU pulled to within 34-32 after a Yor Anei basket before a pair of Palmer free throws started a 9-0 run capped by Isaiah Roby’s 3-point play with 15:07 remaining that pushed the lead to 11.
The Cowboys only cut the Husker lead under double figures one time, at 43-35, but Allen’s 3-pointer started a 9-2 run that stretched the lead to 52-37 after Tanner Borchardt’s basket with 11:30 left.
Nebraska’s free throw shooting and defense kept OSU at bay, as the Cowboys shot just 37 percent in the second half, including 0-of-9 from 3-point range, while NU went 18-of-20 from the line in the second half as part of a season-best 91 percent effort from the line.
Nebraska kept building on the lead and led by as many as 25 before completing its first win over a Big 12 team since joining the Big Ten in 2011.
Early on, it was a dual between Palmer and Oklahoma State’s Lindy Waters as it was a one or two possession game for most of the first 20 minutes.
Palmer kept NU in the game by hitting 6-of-11 from the field, including all three of his 3-point attempts, for 16 first-half points while Waters scored all 13 of his points in the opening 20 minutes.
Leading 23-21, the Cowboys stretched the lead to seven on a drive by Weathers and a 3-pointer from Waters before the Huskers closed the half with a flourish.
Anei finished with 17 points and eight boards, while NU limited Cameron McGriff to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting after he entered the contest averaging a team-high 13.9 points per game.
The Huskers return home for its final game before Christmas, as they host Cal State Fullerton next Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and will be televised on BTN and carried on the Husker Sports Network.
*-With the win, Nebraska improved to 9-2 on the season, matching the program’s best start since the 2010-11 season,
*-The victory marked NU’s first win over a Big 12 team since joining the Big Ten and snapped a six-game losing streak to Big 12 teams dating back to the 2010-11 season.
*-James Palmer Jr. with his 13th 20-point game, as he led all scorers with 29 points. It was his fifth 20-point game of the season. Palmer also led the Huskers with five assists.
*-Thomas Allen had 14 points off the bench and has been in double figures in each of the last two games
*-Nebraska now has four non-conference wins over power conference teams for the first time since the 1995-96 season
*-With the win, Nebraska Coach Tim Miles matched Mo Iba for third place on NU’s career wins list with 106.
*-Nebraska closes non-conference play with a 3-1 mark away from Lincoln, with the only loss coming to unbeaten Texas Tech.
*-Six of Nebraska’s nine wins have been by at least 20 points.
*-Nebraska held Oklahoma State to 2-15 from 3-point range. OSU averaged 9.1 3s per game and was among the national leaders at 41.6 percent.
*-Oklahoma State’s 56 point was its second-lowest total of the year.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Nebraska volleyball team fell just short of a second straight national title Saturday night, falling to No. 1 Stanford in a five-set thriller at the Target Center.
Nebraska fought off five set points before dropping the first set, 28-26. The Huskers evened the match with a 25-22 victory in set two, before Stanford grabbed a 2-1 lead with a 25-16 win in set three. But the Huskers fought back as they have done all season, handing the Cardinal its worst set loss of the season with a 25-15 victory in the fourth set. In set five, Nebraska led early and the set was tied at nine before Stanford won six of the final rallies to win its NCAA-leading eighth national title. In one of the closest final matches in NCAA history, only one point separated the two teams as Stanford outscored Nebraska 105-104 in the match.
Nebraska (29-7) finished as the NCAA runner-up for the fourth time in school history, after winning the national title in two of the last three seasons (2015 and 2017). First-team All-American Mikaela Foecke was brilliant in her final match, recording a career-high 27 kills and hitting .296. She also had 12 digs to post her fourth straight double-double. Fellow first-team All-American Lauren Stivrins was unstoppable, putting down a career-high 19 kills on only 26 swings. Stivrins hit .615 for the match, the second-highest total ever in an NCAA Final by a player with at least 20 attempts. Foecke and Stivrins were both named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team, with Foecke earning the honor for the third time in her career.
Jazz Sweet added 10 kills and five blocks for Nebraska, while Kenzie Maloney had a team-high 17 digs to pace five Huskers with double-digit digs. Nicklin Hames had a career-high 62 assists while running an efficient Husker offense.
Nebraska had nine more kills than Stanford and hit .271 to the Cardinal's .250, but Stanford had eight more digs and 2.5 more blocks than the Big Red. The Cardinal also served up nine aces, while Nebraska had just two aces with each team committing eight service errors.
Kathryn Plummer, the 2018 national player of the year an co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship, led the Cardinal with 19 kills. She shared most-outstanding-player honors with libero Morgan Hentz, who had 32 digs for Stanford. Holly Campbel (15 kills) and Audriana Fitzmorris (14 kills) also finished with double-figure kills for the Cardinal.
Stanford (34-1) finished the season with a 32-match winning streak.
Set 1: Sweet and Foecke each had a pair of early kills as the Huskers connected on five of their first seven swings to take a 6-3 lead. Foecke served an ace and the Huskers led 9-4 after a 3-0 run, as Stanford called timeout. Stanford scored five of the next seven points to cut the Huskers' lead to 11-9, and Nebraska used a timeout. Davis terminated a kill for sideout after the timeout, but a Plummer kill and a Stanford ace brought the Cardinal within 12-11. Foecke kept Nebraska in front with a kill, and Stivrins and Sweet blocked a Plummer shot before Foecke pounded another kill for a 15-11 lead. The Cardinal rallied to take a 19-18 lead with a 4-0 run keyed by back-to-back aces by Kate Formico. After a timeout, Schwarzenbach put down a kill on the slide to tie the score at 19-19, but Stanford responded with a kill and another ace, its fifth of the set, to go up 21-19. The Cardinal pulled ahead 23-20 before Foecke notched a kill. But Plummer grabbed sideout for Stanford on the next rally. The Huskers fought off three set points with a block by Sweet and Stivrins, a Stanford hitting error and a Stivrins joust, and the score was tied again 24-24. The teams traded kills to a 26-26 tie, but a Nebraska hitting error put Stanford up 27-26 before a Cardinal block gave them the 28-26 lead.
Set 2: Stivrins, Sun and Foecke sparked a 3-0 run with kills to give Nebraska an early 6-4 advantage. Sun and Schwarzenbach blocked a Stanford attack to keep NU up two, 8-6, and the teams sided out for five rallies before a pair of Husker hitting errors wide put Stanford up 11-10. Stivrins and Sun terminated kills to put Nebraska back up 13-12, and a Stanford hit wide gave Nebraska a 15-13 lead at the media timeout. Two Stanford kills tied the score at 15-15, but a service error and block by Sweet and Schwarzenbach restored a two-point lead at 17-15. Davis and Foecke killed back-to-back rallies for a 19-16 Husker lead, and Stanford called timeout. On the next rally, the Huskers scrambled defensively to save two Stanford shots, and Foecke came up with another kill to make it 20-16. A service error by the Big Red and a block by Stanford cut the margin to two, 21-19. After a timeout, Foecke smashed her 13th and 14th kills on back-to-back rallies to put Nebraska ahead 23-19. Stanford answered with a block and a kill to cut the deficit in half, but Foecke connected again for set point at 24-21. Fitzmorris found the floor for Stanford to make it 24-22, and a Stanford net violation gave the Huskers the 25-22 win and evened the match at 1-1.
Set 3: Stanford jumped out to a 7-2 lead, getting two blocks and five kills along the way. The Huskers chipped away with three kills by Foecke and one for Schwarzenbach, and a block by Schwarzenbach and Sweet got the Huskers within two, 9-7. After Davis got a kill to keep NU down two, 10-8, Stanford rattled off seven straight points in a row to go up 17-8. The Cardinal pulled ahead 20-9 before the Huskers gained a little momentum with a 3-0 run to make it 20-12. Nebraska would get as close as seven, but the Cardinal took the 25-16 win to go up 2-1. Nebraska hit just .027 in the set after hitting .302 and .326 in the first two sets.
Set 4: Sweet opened the set with back-to-back kills, and a blast by Foecke combined with two Stanford errors had the Huskers up 5-0. Stivrins powered down overpasses on back-to-back rallies, and a two-hit violation on Stanford made it 9-1 Huskers before the Cardinal used their second timeout of the set. A trio of breakdowns by the Huskers allowed Stanford within 13-7, and NU called timeout. After Stanford cut it to five, Sun produced a kill and an ace on consecutive rallies, and Sweet added a kill for a 17-9 Husker lead. Sweet added another kill, and a hustle play by Maloney to save a ball led to a kill by Stivrins to make it 19-11. Stivrins and Foecke then stuffed a Stanford attack, and the Cardinal hit long for a 21-11 Husker lead. Stivrins' 17th kill of the night pushed the Huskers to a 23-14 advantage, and her 18th kill gave NU set point at 24-15. A back-row blast by Foecke clinched the set at 25-15, forcing a game five. NU hit .412 in set four and held Stanford to .121.
Set 5: Foecke opened set five with a kill and Sweet and Schwarzenbach followed with a block. Foecke tied her career high in kills with 25 to put NU ahead 3-1, but Stanford scored the next four to take a 5-3 lead. Foecke and Stivrins tallied important sideout kills, and Stanford hit long to tie the score at 6-6. Nebraska served long, but Hames dumped a kill to keep it tied 7-7. However, Nebraska served long again, and Stanford led 8-7 as the teams switched sides. Campbell tipped a kill down for Stanford to make it 9-7 Cardinal, but Sun answered with back-to-back kills to knot the score at 9-9. Campbell tooled a block and Plummer drew a touch for a kill to make it 11-9 Stanford. Davis subbed in and earned sideout, but Campbell responded for Stanford, and Nebraska called timeout down 12-10. Gray dumped a kill and Wilson served an ace for match point at 14-10. Foecke kept NU alive with her 27th kill, and Plummer committed an attacking error to make it 14-12. But Stanford won 15-12 on a back-row kill by Meghan McClure.
Nebraska Post-Match Notes
- The loss snapped Nebraska’s 13-match winning streak, as the Huskers (29-7) finished as the NCAA runner-up for the fourth time in school history (1986, 1989, 2005, 2018).
- Nebraska fell to 5-4 all-time in the NCAA Final, including a 4-2 record under John Cook. The Huskers had been victorious in their last three NCAA Final appearances (2006, 2015, 2017) before Saturday’s loss.
- The Huskers’ school-record postseason winning streak was snapped at 11 straight victories, as Nebraska suffered its first postseason loss since a 2016 NCAA Semifinal defeat to Texas.
- Nebraska dropped to 113-32 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers’ 113 postseason victories and .779 winning percentage both rank second in NCAA history behind Stanford (125 wins, .801 winning percentage).
- John Cook fell to 72-15 in the NCAA Tournament at Nebraska. Including his seven seasons at Wisconsin, Cook is 80-19 in his NCAA Tournament career.
- Nebraska lost to the No. 1-ranked team for the first time since a 3-1 loss to top-ranked Texas in the 2013 NCAA Regional Final. The Huskers had won their last three matches against the No. 1 team, including postseason wins in two of the past three seasons (Washington in the 2015 Regional Final and Penn State in the 2017 NCAA Semifinal).
- Nebraska defeated Stanford 25-15 in the fourth set, holding the Cardinal to its lowest-scoring set of the season.
- Nebraska’s two seniors who were with the program each of the last four years – Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney – finished with a 21-2 record in their NCAA Tournament careers. Foecke and Maloney played in more postseason sets and matches and won more NCAA Tournament matches than other players in Husker history.
- Foecke and Maloney finished with a 52-3 combined record in the months of November and December.
- Foecke had a career-high 27 kills in the match on a career-high 71 swings. The 27 kills tied for the second-highest total by a player in a five-set NCAA Final. Foecke also had 11 digs, posting her fourth straight double-double.
- In her three career NCAA Finals, Foecke totaled 66 kills on .301 hitting. She had at least 19 kills in all three of her NCAA Finals matches.
- Foecke has 129 kills in her career in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches. That total ties for third in NCAA history.
- Foecke served up nine aces in her career in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches. That total ranks in a tie for eighth in NCAA history.
- In her overall NCAA Tournament career, Foecke totaled 309 kills and 26 aces. Her 282 postseason kills and 25 aces both rank second in Nebraska postseason history.
- Foecke finished her outstanding career with 1,684 career kills. Foecke ranks third all-time at Nebraska in kills, including second in the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
- Foecke also totaled 135 service aces in her career, the seventh-most in Nebraska history and the fourth-highest total in the rally-scoring era.
- Foecke finished her senior season with 514 kills, tied for the eighth-highest total in Nebraska history and third during the rally-scoring era. Foecke joined Sarah Pavan (2006) and Kelsey Robinson (2013) as the only Huskers to have 500 kills in a season during the rally-scoring era (since 2001).
- Foecke also had 46 services aces in 2018, the fifth-highest total by a Husker in the rally-scoring era.
- Maloney finished with 86 digs in her career in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches. That total ranks in a tie for fourth in NCAA history and is the most in the rally-scoring era.
- Maloney finished her career with 229 digs in the NCAA Tournament digs to rank third on Nebraska’s postseason career digs list.
- Maloney had 84 digs in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the fourth-highest total in Husker postseason history.
- Maloney finished her career with 1,406 digs. That total ranks fifth all-time at Nebraska.
- Maloney had 536 digs in her senior season, the fourth-highest total in Nebraska history. Maloney averaged 4.03 digs per set – the eighth-highest total in school history – to become the fifth Husker to average 4.0 digs per set in a season.
- Lauren Stivrins hit .615 in the match. That ranks as second-highest total in NCAA Finals history (minimum 20 attempts) behind Pacific’s Elaina Oden, who hit .690 in the 1986 NCAA Final.
- Stivrins hit .421 in 2018 to become the fifth Husker to hit over .400 in a season and the first since Brooke Delano in 2010. Stivrins’ .421 attack percentage was the third-highest mark in school history and ranked second during the rally-scoring era.
- Jazz Sweet had 10 kills, her first match with double-figure kills since Oct. 24 at Ohio State.
- Nicklin Hames had a career-high 62 assists against Stanford. She finished her freshman season with 1,395 assists, which ranks as Nebraska’s third-highest season total during the rally-scoring era.
- Callie Schwarzenbach finished the season with 177 blocks, a Nebraska freshman record and the eighth-highest total by a Husker in the rally-scoring era.
- Mikaela Foecke and Lauren Stivrins were both named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team. Foecke made the team for the third time in her career.