HOOPER SCORES 15 IN LADY HUSKER LOSS TO S.D. STATE

Brookings, S.D. – Lindsey Moore scored 21 points but it was not enough to prevent the No. 15 Nebraska women’s basketball team from falling 60-55 at South Dakota State on Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, Nebraska slipped to 3-1 while SDSU improved to 2-2.

Moore hit 6-of-13 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 three-pointers, while adding 6-of-8 free throws to lead the Huskers. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., added five assists and four rebounds.

Jordan Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., added 15 points and seven boards, but the rest of the Huskers managed just 19 points against a stingy and disciplined Jackrabbit team.

Ashley Eide answered the production by Moore and Hooper with a game-high 26 points and four steals for the Jackrabbits. Eide hit 10-of-17 shots from the field and 5-of-6 free throws. She scored 13 points in each half as the only Jack in double figures.

Katie Lingle added a solid game inside for the Jackrabbits with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots, while Leah Dietel managed just two points but pulled down a game-high 10 boards. With Lingle and Dietel leading the way, South Dakota State controlled the glass, 38-27, against an NU squad that entered the game with a plus-8.0 rebound margin through the first three games.

Nebraska won the turnover battle on the day, but the Huskers’ 19-18 edge wasn’t enough to overcome SDSU’s advantage on the boards.

“The biggest stat of the day was obviously the rebounding,” Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. “I thought they were the most physical team and they wanted it more than we did today. You have to give a lot of credit to South Dakota State, I thought they were the better team today and they earned the win.”

For the game, Nebraska shot 40.4 percent (19-47) from the field, including 5-of-18 from three-point range. The Huskers also hit just 12-of-19 free throws (63.2 percent). SDSU answered with 43.8 percent (21-48) shooting from the floor, but just 3-of-14 from long range. SDSU did connect on 15-of-21 free throws.

In a back and forth game, Nebraska took a 28-27 lead into the locker room at halftime on the strength of 10 points from Hooper, who sat more than five minutes in the half with two fouls. Hooper’s jumper at the halftime buzzer gave NU the lead after a half that featured nine lead changes and nine ties.

Moore added six points and three assists in the first half, while Brandi Jeffery pitched in five first-half points. Emily Cady managed four points despite playing just 12 minutes because of first-half foul trouble. NU shot a solid 45 percent from the field, including 2-of-6 from three-point range, but was outrebounded 19-12 in the first half. The Huskers did win the turnover battle 13-11 in the opening half, but SDSU turned NU’s mistakes into 13 points, while the Huskers managed just 11 points of Jackrabbit turnovers.

Eide led the Jackrabbits with 13 points in the opening period, while Tara Heiser helped SDSU with four points and four steals. Lingle added three points, seven rebounds and three blocks. SDSU hit 9-of-23 field goals (39.1 percent), but just 2-of-10 three-pointers, while knocking down 7-of-10 free throws.

South Dakota State assumed control to open the second half with an 8-0 run in the first four minutes, but Nebraska answered with an 8-0 run of its own, capped by a Hooper three-pointer to give NU the lead back at 36-35 with 12:28 left.

The two teams were knotted at 41 after a Rachel Theriot free throw with 7:42 remaining, before Megan Waytashek scored back-to-back buckets and Tara Heiser added a free throw to give SDSU a 46-41 edge with 6:17 to play. NU could get no closer than three points the rest of the way.

Nebraska returns to home action on Tuesday, when they take on Sam Houston State. Tip-off between the Huskers and Bearkats is set for 7:05 p.m., (CST).

NU VOLLEYBALL TEAM SWEEPS WISCONSIN

Madison, Wis.- The No. 9 Nebraska volleyball team made quick work of the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday afternoon, sweeping UW 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-18) at the UW Fieldhouse. The win marked the Huskers first sweep since taking down Illinois in three sets on Oct. 17.

Hannah Werth led Nebraska on the day with 15 kills and a .407 hitting percentage, while Morgan Broekhuis recorded 12 kills and had a .440 hitting percentage. Lara Dykstra led NU defensive with a season-high 27 digs, just one shy of her career-high mark. Lauren Cook recorded 44 assists.

Nebraska hit .351 in the match, as the Badgers hit .145. Wisconsin recorded nine team blocks, while the Huskers had five. The Husker out-dug Wisconsin 49-46.

Nebraska went up 6-2 early in the first set on a kill by Werth, while a kill from Haggerty made it 13-7. A 6-0 run by the Badgers, cut NU’s lead to one at 14-13, but a kill by Broekhuis propelled the Huskers and stretched NU’s lead to 21-15. The Huskers closed out the Buckeyes in the first set 21-17, leading the match 1-0.

Broekhuis and Haggerty both notched four kills in the first set, while Cook had 15 assists, pacing the Huskers to a .412 hitting percentage. Wisconsin hit .171 in the first set, but out-blocked Nebraska 2-1.

The Badgers used a 4-0 run in the second set to take a 6-1 lead on Nebraska. A kill by Cook, cut UW’s lead to 8-4, but Wisconsin responded and went up 10-4. Four consecutive points by the Huskers made it 13-10, Badgers, as a service ace from Mancuso ensued at the next point and catapulted NU to a 14-13 lead on a kill by Broekhuis. A kill by Werth made it 20-15, Huskers, and NU did not look back, winning the second set 25-20.

Werth tallied five kills in the second set, as Broekhuis and Haggerty both had three. Cook tabbed 11 assists, pushing NU to a .375 hitting percentage. Wisconsin recorded a .171 team hitting percentage and both squads recorded three team blocks.

The Badgers took a 5-2 lead in the third set, while kills from Broekhuis and Mancuso, aided by an error from the Badgers, tied the set at 10-10. The two teams tied at 13-13 and again at 15-15 on a kill by Thramer, as a pair of errors by Wisconsin then put NU up 18-16. The Huskers went on to win the third set 25-18, completing the sweep.

Werth posted seven kills in the third set, while Broekhuis had five. Cook notched 18 assists for NU, while the Huskers hit .292. Wisconsin recorded a .100 hitting percentage in the set.

The Huskers conclude the regular season this week as they host the Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 24.

BIG RED MEN DOWN UNO, 75-62

Dylan Talley scored a Husker career high 22 points to lead four players in double figures, as the Huskers fought off a determined UNO squad, 75-62, at the Devaney Center Sunday afternoon, as part of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic.

Talley, who also added four rebounds and five assists while playing a career-high 38 minutes, joined with fellow senior Andre Almeida in keying Nebraska’s decisive 14-4 run which allowed the Huskers seize control from the Mavericks.

The Huskers trailed 46-44 with 15:46 remaining before Almeida’s offensive put-back started the run, as the senior scored on consecutive possessions to begin the surge. Almeida finished with a season-high 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and matched his career best with seven rebounds.  UNO, which was held without a field goal for 8:47, was within 50-48 after a pair of C.J. Carter free throws, but baskets by Brandon Ubel and Ray Gallegos pushed the lead to six before Talley connected on layups on back-to-back possessions to help Nebraska build its largest lead at the time at 58-48.

Almeida and Ubel combined to shoot 14-of-17 from the floor, as the Huskers enjoyed a 46-14 advantage in points in the paint against the Mavericks. Almeida’s 19 points were one off his career high, connected on 9-of-11 from the floor and had five of his seven boards on the offensive end. In all, Nebraska had 16 offensive rebounds and turned them into 24 points to remain perfect at 3-0 on the season.

UNO (1-4) got to within 65-55 after a Marcus Tyus 3-pointer with 5:36 left, but Talley, who was 6-of-8 from the floor in the second half, the Mavericks’ comeback hopes with a pair of baskets to make it a 68-55 game.

In addition to Almeida and Talley, Ubel and Gallegos both added 11 points apiece, as the Huskers scored a season high in points and committed only nine turnovers. The Huskers overcome poor shooting from distance, hitting only 3-of-22 from 3-point range while withstanding a UNO squad which was 8-of-13 from beyond the arc.

Justin Simmons led UNO with 19 points while Alex Welhouse added 14, including 4-of-5 from long range, in a losing effort.

UNO, which shot 57.1 percent in the first half, built an early 23-17 lead before the Huskers and Gallegos got going from long range to roar back. Nebraska had missed its first six 3-point attempts before Gallegos hit a pair of 3-pointers as part of a 12-2 run that put NU up 29-25 after his second 3-pointer of the run. The Huskers eventually took a 36-34 lead into the break and led 44-40 before UNO scored six straight points, including an offensive put-back by Koang Doluony to earn its only lead of the half.

The Huskers continue tournament action on Wednesday evening, as they host the Tulane Green Wave (3-1) at the Devaney Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

EAGLES FALL IN PLAYOFFS, 38-30

CSC’s Kevin Lindholm makes tackle against West Texas A&M

CHADRON – West Texas A&M’s Khiry Robinson rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns and the Buffaloes’ defense stopped a late fourth quarter rally from Chadron State to earn a 38-30 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs Saturday at Elliott Field.With the win, West Texas A&M (10-2) advances to play at Ashland Saturday, Nov. 24, while the Eagles end their season with a 9-3 record.

“When you look at it, it was a game of momentum,” first year head coach Jay Long said. “We had it at the beginning and then we let it slip away. Then, in the second half it was a dogfight. I’m proud of our guys. They fight to the end and today was another day where we did that.”

Robinson, who entered the game having just 150 carries on the season, toted the ball 30 times and averaged 7.8 yards a carry. He seemed to put things away for the Buffs when he ran along the far sideline for a 24-yard TD with just under five minutes to play but the Eagles didn’t go away.

Quarterback Jonn McLain, who completed 32 of 49 passes for 331 yards and two touchdowns and set the single season mark for most TD passes in a season with 30, directed a 12-play, 83-yard scoring drive that took just 1:35 off the clock. He completed seven consecutive passes to five different receivers and capped it off with a 4-yard toss to Nathan Ross to cut the Buffaloes’ lead to 38-30 with 1:39 to play.

The Eagles then executed a flawless onside kick from Josh Borm that Kyle Vinich, a 6-foot-6 wide receiver, grabbed at its highest point 13 yards down the field to keep the ball in CSC’s possession.

With new life, Glen Clinton gained 15 yards on two rushes to put the ball at the West Texas 38-yard line with over a minute to play.

However, the Buffaloes’ defense tightened up and forced three straight incomplete passes to set up fourth and 10. On the Eagles’ final play, McLain, who was being pulled to the turf, threw a desperation toss to senior wide receiver Allan Schmaltz that he caught at the 31 and stretched out to the first down marker but the spot was inches shy of a first down.

West Texas A&M took over on downs and took a knee to run the clock out.

“This is a senior class that’s known for fighting through a lot of adversity,” Long said. “They are great leaders and they’re going to succeed in life and I’m proud to say as an Eagle myself that they are now alumni. They fought for us, for our school and for our team. I can’t say enough positive things about them.”

The game ended in a frenzy and it also started like one for the Eagles as they scored back-to-back touchdowns on their first two possessions. Linebacker Bryant Miller intercepted West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan on the Buffs’ first drive and the Eagles marched 72 yards in just seven plays before McLain ran in for a 4-yard score.

On CSC’s second drive, Clinton rushed for 17 yards on two carries and backup quarterback Brandon Gorsuch caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage before completing a 52-yard gain to Travis Reeves. On the next play, McLain hit Dominic Morris for a 5-yard score and the Eagles seemed to be in firm control.

The Buffs didn’t wilt, though, and outscored CSC 17-0 in the second quarter.

The Eagles struck first in the second half when Alex Ferdinand kicked field goals of 39 and 46 yards but Robinson gave West Texas A&M the lead for good when he rumbled in for a 4-yard score late in the third quarter.

Vaughan completed 19 of 31 passes for 269 yards but he also rushed for 69 yards. Torrence Allen led all receivers with seven receptions for 142 yards.

Alex Helmbrecht, CSC Sports Information Director

WT         0 17 7 14 – 38
CSC        14 0 6 10 – 30
Scoring Summary
First Quarter
CSC – Jonn McLain 4 run (Alex Ferdinand kick)
CSC – Dominic Morris 5 pass from Jonn McLain (Ferdinand kick)
Second Quarter
WT – Khiry Robinson 10 run (Sergio Castillo kick)
WT – Jace Jackson 10 pass from Dustin Vaughan (Castillo kick)
WT – Castillo 25 field goal
Third Quarter
CSC – Alex Ferdinand 39 field goal
CSC – Alex Ferdinand 46 field goal
WT – Khiry Robinson 4 run (Castillo kick)
Fourth Quarter
CSC – Alex Ferdinand 42 field goal
WT – Jace Jackson 10 pass from Vaughan (Castillo kick)
WT – Khiry Robinson 24 run (Castillo kick)
CSC – Nathan Ross 4 pass from McLain (Ferdinand kick)

WNCC SWEPT IN NATIONAL TITLE MATCH

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team had hopes of bringing home another national title, but it wasn’t in the cards as the Cougars had to settle for a –runner-up finish at the NJCAA national tournament on Saturday in West Plains, Mo.
College of Southern Idaho played an almost flawless contest in earning the national championship with a sweep over the Cougars 25-20, 25-21, 25-20.

The Golden Eagles finished the season with a 33-1 record with their only loss coming to the Cougars back on Aug. 31.

“Obviously we fought as hard as we could, but it didn’t seem to be our night,” fifth year WNCC coach Giovana Melo said. “But I am happy with the team. We have come a long ways and the players learned so many other things besides on the volleyball court and that is what I am so much proud of. The people they have become, the family we have created is more important to me than winning a national title.”

The WNCC players need not be upset with a runner-up finish with the season they had. The Cougars finished with s another 40-win season and they have the longest streak of attending the national tournament at 14 straight.

Luiza Martins and Danika Youngblood each put in stellar performances to be placed on the all-tournament team. In the championship match, Martins finished with 27 set assists and eight digs, while Youngblood 11 kills and six digs.

Youngblood, who already committed to play at Cal State-Bakersfield and will join former Cougars Debora Araujo and Fernanda Goncalves, cherished being a part of the all-tournament team.

“That honor feels good because I was working on it all season and I wanted to be a part of that just because I saw Debora and Fernanda get it last year,” she said. “And as a player, I wanted to work for that also.”

WNCC also had plenty of outstanding performances during the tournament. Saturday night in the championship match, the Cougars just couldn’t buy a break as Southern Idaho was on the top of its game.

Saturday’s Results
9th Place – MSU-West Plains over Temple, 20-25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-18
7th Place – Hillsborough CC over North Idaho, 25-23, 25-20, 29-27
5th Place – Tyler JC over Central Florida, 25-14, 25-21, 25-18
3rd Place – San Jacinto over Iowa Western, 23-25, 28-26, 25-13, 25-22
Championship – Southern Idaho over Western Nebraska, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21

 

LADY EAGLES FALL TO NAIA #1

Six players scored in double figures and Lubbock Christian, the No. 1 ranked team in NAIA, shot over 58 percent from the field to turn back Chadron State 80-43 during the final day of the Holiday Inn Classic at the Auraria Event Center.

Lubbock had beaten tournament host Metro State…ranked 7th in NCAA Divisison-II by 18 points on Friday night.

Against Chadron State, the Chaparrals built a large first half lead – 45-16 – thanks in large part to their strong shooting. They hit 18 of 32 from the field, while limiting Chadron State to just 6 of 33.

For the game, Lubbock Christian sank 33 of 56 (58.9%) and Chadron State hit 17 of 56 (30.4%). The Chaparrals did much of their damage in the painted area, outscoring the Eagles 54-18.

Haley Burton led Lubbock Christian (8-0) with 14 points but five others joined her in double digits.

Kattie Ranta scored a game-high 20 points to lead Chadron State. The junior from Rapid City, S.D., also added 14 of the Eagles’ 29 rebounds to secure her first career double double.

Five other players scored for Chadron State, including Jazmin Lopez with seven and Sadie Waugh with six.

CSC        16 27 – 43
LC           45 45 – 80

Alex Helmbrecht, Sports Information Director