LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska volleyball team was selected as the No. 7 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night and will host the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds at the Bob Devaney Sports Center next weekend.
The defending national champion Huskers, making their 37th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, will open the tournament on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. against the Hofstra Pride (25-7), champions of the Colonial Athletic Association. The 4:30 p.m. match will feature the Missouri Tigers (23-7) of the SEC and the Arizona Wildcats (22-10) of the Pac-12. Friday's winners will meet on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.
Stanford, Minnesota, Illinois and BYU received the top four seeds from the NCAA Tournament committee. Should those teams all advance past the first weekend, they would host an NCAA regional the following weekend. Nebraska is in Minnesota's region along with No. 10 national seed Kentucky and No. 15 Oregon. The Huskers would only have an opportunity to host an NCAA regional if they advance past the opening two rounds and Minnesota gets upset in the first or second round.
There are no tickets available for the first and second rounds in Lincoln, but if there are any visiting team ticket returns, they would go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. If available, those could be purchased through Huskers.com/tickets, by calling 402-472-3111 or in person at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office.
The Huskers, who have won eight straight matches, finished the regular season 24-6 overall and 15-5 in the Big Ten Conference. Nebraska will face a familiar NCAA Tournament foe in Hofstra, who visited Lincoln for an NCAA first round match in 2014. The Pride defeated James Madison 3-2 in the CAA championship match on Nov. 18. Missouri went 23-7 overall and 13-5 in the SEC, finishing fourth in the conference. Arizona finished 22-10 overall and 11-9 in the Pac-12, good for fifth place in the conference standings.
The 2018 season marks the 34th time that Lincoln has hosted NCAA first and second round competition. Nebraska is 108-31 (.777) in 36 previous NCAA Tournament appearances. The 2018 Husker squad is looking to become the first Nebraska volleyball team to reach four straight final fours. This year's NCAA Championship is set for December 13-15 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
NCAA First and Second Round Schedule
First Round – Friday, Nov. 30
4:30 p.m. – Missouri vs. Arizona
7 p.m.* – Nebraska vs. Hofstra
*or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the 4:30 p.m. match, but no sooner than 7 p.m.
Second Round – Saturday, Dec. 1
7 p.m. – First Round Winners
Coral Gables, Fla. - Freshmen Ashtyn Veerbeek and Leigha Brown each produced career highs with 13 points off the bench to help lead the Nebraska women's basketball team to its most complete game of the young season with a 77-39 win over Radford on Sunday at the Miami Thanksgiving Classic.
The Huskers, who improved to 2-3 with the victory, won all four quarters with balanced offense while providing their best defensive effort of the season in holding the preseason pick to win the Big South Conference to just 39 points. The Highlanders slipped to 3-2 with the loss.
Veerbeek pumped in a career-high 13 points, including the first three three-pointers of her career. The 6-2 power forward from Sioux Center, Iowa, also grabbed a game and career-high nine rebounds for the Big Red in just under 20 minutes of work. She also represented Nebraska on the all-tournament team.
Brown, a 6-1 wing from Auburn, Indiana, also notched a career best with 13 points in 20 minutes, including nine points in the second half to help the Huskers pull away late in the game.
Senior Maddie Simon gave the Big Red three players with 13 points, as the Lincoln Pius X grad scored five of Nebraska's first seven points in the game to get the Huskers rolling early.
Kate Cain contributed eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks, while Nicea Eliely, Hannah Whitish and Sam Haiby all pitched in six points. Taylor Kissinger finished with five points, while Kayla Mershon added four points. Grace Mitchell added two in the first half and Kristian Hudson got a free throw as all 11 Huskers scored in the game.
For the game, Nebraska hit 47.7 percent (31-65) of its shots from the field, including 5-of-14 three-pointers (.357). The Huskers also hit 10-of-16 free throws (.625), while outworking the Highlanders on the glass, 46-41. The Big Red also dominated the turnover department, 13-9.
The Huskers, who held Radford to an opponent low 38 points, limited the Highlanders to just 16-of-65 shooting (.246), including just 1-for-16 from three-point range. The Highlanders hit 6-of-9 free throws.
Khiana Johnson led Radford with 13 points, while Destinee Walker pitched in 10 points and seven rebounds. Lydia Rivers contributed eight points and eight boards for the Highlanders.
Nebraska jumped out to a double-digit lead early, racing to a 12-2 lead after a Kissinger three-pointer with 6:03 left in the first quarter to force a Radford timeout.
The Big Red maintained a 22-13 lead at the end of the opening quarter then pushed the lead to 30-15 after a 6-0 run capped by a Brown bucket with 5:30 left in the half. The Huskers then took their biggest lead of the half at 34-18 with 2:43 left after a pair of free throws by Brown.
Nebraska hit 14-of-35 (.400) first-half shots, including 3-of-10 three-pointers, to go along with 3-of-6 free throws. In its best defensive first half of the season, the Huskers held Radford to just 21 points on 8-of-34 shooting (.235), including 1-of-8 threes. The Highlanders hit 4-of-6 free throws and won the first-half rebounding battle, 27-22. Nebraska won the first-half turnover battle, 8-5, and converted the eight Highlander turnovers into 10 points. The Huskers also held Radford without an assist in the first 20 minutes.
Johnson led Radford with nine first-half points, while Walker contributed eight points and five rebounds. Rivers was the only other Highlander to score in the half, finishing with four points - all at the free throw line.
Radford came out focused in the third quarter and was able to trim the NU lead to single digits just two minutes into the second half with a 6-0 run capped by a pair of free throws from Walker.
But Simon scored four of Nebraska's next six points to get the Huskers back on track offensively.
After a Brown bucket pushed Nebraska's lead back to 11 at 44-33 with 3:23 left in the third quarter, Eliely got a steal and a layup before Veerbeek buried back-to-back three-pointers in a one-minute span to put the Big Red up 52-35 with just over one minute left in the quarter. They were Nebraska's only three-pointers of the second half.
Nebraska, which closed the third quarter with a 4-0 run, scored the first five points of the fourth quarter capped by a free throw from Veerbeek with 7:54 left to extend the margin to 58-35.
The Huskers, who outscored the Highlanders 24-4 in the final period, scored the game's final 15 points over the last four minutes.
Nebraska returns to road action on Thursday when the Huskers travel to No. 5 Louisville to take on the Cardinals. Tip-off between the Big Red and the 2018 NCAA Final Four qualifiers in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is set for 6 p.m. (CT).
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska volleyball team wrapped up the regular season with its eighth win a row, defeating Maryland 25-13, 25-10, 25-18 in front of a crowd of 8,139 on Senior Night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday.
The sixth-ranked Huskers finished the regular season at 24-6 overall and 15-5 in the Big Ten, which will earn them a tie for third in the conference standings. Nebraska dominated the match against Maryland from start to finish, never trailing at any point. Mikaela Foecke had another outstanding match on her senior night, posting 16 kills on .577 hitting with seven digs and two blocks. The All-American outside hitter moved within 18 kills of passing Jordan Larson for fifth place on Nebraska's all-time career kills list. Lauren Stivrins added eight kills and six blocks, and Lexi Sun contributed six kills and nine digs.
The Huskers hit .414, their third straight match hitting better than .350. Nicklin Hames coordinated the efficient night with 32 assists and seven digs. Nebraska held Maryland to a .021 hitting percentage, the 13th time a Nebraska opponent has hit lower than .100 this season.
Callie Schwarzenbach had five kills and two blocks, moving within one block of tying Tracy Stalls for the most blocks by a Husker freshman in a season (160). Capri Davis had four kills on four swings, and Jazz Sweet tallied four kills and three blocks.
Nebraska had a 9-7 edge in blocks, a 5-2 edge in aces, and a 48-29 advantage in digs. Senior libero Kenzie Maloney had 11 digs and three aces in her final regular-season match as a Husker, and Megan Miller added eight digs and an ace.
Erika Pritchard led Maryland (18-14, 9-11 Big Ten) with seven kills but on .115 hitting.
Set 1: The Huskers came out on fire with four kills on seven swings and a pair of blocks to take a 7-2 lead. Foecke terminated back-to-back rallies to make it 10-4 Huskers and force a Maryland timeout. The timeout did little to slow the Huskers, however, as Hames and Foecke added kills around a Maryland hitting error for a 13-4 Husker lead. Maryland cut it to seven at 14-7, but the Huskers scored a 6-2 run to go up by 11, 20-9. Sun, Davis, Foecke and Schwarzenbach all had kills during that stretch. Nebraska earned the 25-13 win, hitting .500 and getting seven kills from Foecke on eight swings.
Set 2: Nebraska picked up where it left off, blitzing to an 11-1 lead with three kills by Sweet and two aces by Maloney. Stivrins and Foecke also added the Huskers' fifth block of the match, and Maryland used both of its timeouts before the Huskers hit 10 points. Maryland would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way, as Nebraska took a 2-0 lead with a 25-10 win. The Huskers out-performed their first set hitting percentage with a .542 clip in set two. Stivrins had four kills, and Sweet and Schwarzenbach each had three.
Set 3: Nebraska pulled ahead 9-4 after a 3-0 spurt. Foecke had three more kills to ignite the Huskers, and Stivrins had a kill and a solo block. Maryland pulled within 15-13 after an ace trickled over the top of the net, but a service error out of a timeout gave the Huskers sideout and sparked a 5-0 Husker run, as a Stivrins solo block and Maloney's third ace made it 20-13 Big Red. Brooke Smith checked in at setter for the Huskers and set her fellow senior Foecke for her 16th kill, and Stivrins earned match point at 24-18 before NU won 25-18 to sweep the match.
Up Next: The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will take place on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. Should the Huskers be selected as one of the top 16 seeds, they would host the first and seconds rounds next weekend at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. There are no tickets available for the potential first and second rounds in Lincoln, but if there are any visiting team ticket returns, they would go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. Those could be purchased through Huskers.com/tickets, by calling 402-472-3111 or in person at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office.
Lincoln -- Glynn Watson Jr. had 20 points and nine rebounds, as Nebraska built a 23-point halftime lead and cruised to a 73-49 win over Western Illinois on Saturday.
Watson hit 8-of-10 shots from the floor and tied his career high with nine rebounds to pace the Big Red, who bounced back from its first loss of the season.
James Palmer Jr. added 19 points for Nebraska (5-1) which won its 15th straight home game dating back to last season.
Nebraska held Western Illinois to 30.6 shooting, as the Leathernecks (2-4) scored a season-low 49 points, over 30 points beneath their season average.
The Huskers took control in the first half, overcoming a slow start en route to building a 40-17 halftime lead. Nebraska used runs of 13-0 and 19-0 to seize momentum, as NU shot 57 percent from the field and outrebounded the Leathernecks, 25-12, in the opening stanza.
Trailing 9-4, the Husker defense took control, holding WIU without a point for 8:47 while reserves Nana Akenten and Brady Heiman keyed the run with five of the Huskers’ 13 straight points.
Palmer then got going for the Big Red, scoring eight of his 12 first-half points to begin the run, as Palmer and Watson combined for 15 of the Huskers’ 19 points. Nebraska built its largest lead of the half at 38-14 off a Tanner Borchardt hook shot with 32 seconds left in the half.
Nebraska took any remaining suspense out by scoring the first 10 points of the second half, pushing the margin to 50-17 after a Watson 3-pointer with 17:41 left.
C.J. Duff led Western Illinois with 13 points, while Isaac Johnson added nine points and six boards in a losing effort.
The Huskers return to action Monday night as they take on Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tipoff from Littlejohn Coliseum is at 6 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on ESPN2 and carried on the Husker Sports Network.
For the second game in a row the McCook Community College Lady Indian basketball team rolled up a large margin of victory to sweep both games of the MCC Thanksgiving Classic, rolling to an 89-38 win over Northwest Kansas Technical College Saturday.
“This weekend was all about effort and playing hard, improving our defense and our transition game,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “The effort these past two days has been fun to watch.”
MCC came out with defensive pressure and used a balance scoring attack to soar to a 26-11 first-quarter lead and nearly duplicated that feat enjoying a 25-11 edge in the second quarter.
“Another game where our players got between 13 and 21 minutes and seven players scored nine or more and we’re starting to see some balance,” Fernetti said.
Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) led MCC with 16 points. Sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) scored 14 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Freshman Tyra Cheatham (Basin, Wyo.) had 12 points. Freshman Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) scored 11 points to go along with eight rebounds. Sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) scored 10 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
MCC’s starting forwards – sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) and freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) – both added nine points with Bodette bring down a team-high 15 rebounds. Sophomore Makayla Jones, (Aurora, Colo.) had nine rebounds.
The Lady Indians out-rebounded the Mavericks 70-47.
Fernetti said coming into the weekend he really wanted to see his team take a step forward on the defensive side. Being able to hold back-to-back opponents to less than 40 point both nights showed evidence of growth according to the coach.
On Saturday, MCC held NWKT to 25.8 percent shooting in the first half then clamped down to limit the Mavericks to 17.5 percent in the second half and 21.1 percent for the game.
“It’s just a matter of us being able to control what we can control and effort is one of those things,” Fernetti said. “We haven’t really talked about wins and losses the effort will take care of that. Just put your head down and go to work,” Fernetti said.
MCC was 18 of 50 from the field in the first half (36 percent) and 19 of 39 in the second half (33.3 percent). The Lady Indians made five of 18 shots from the 3-point line in the first half but went 0-for-10 in the second half.
“We didn’t shoot well this weekend, but by maintaining our effort we were able to force things on defense, with turnovers, forced shots and steals,” Fernetti said.
MCC forced 27 turnovers and came up with 15 steals and committed just 12 turnovers.
The Mavericks fall to 0-7 on the season. In the other game of the tournament Saturday Laramie County Community College beat Colorado State University club team 79-22.
The Lady Indians improve to 7-3 on the season – surpassing last season’s win total during a 6-25 year. The next action for MCC is Nov. 30-Dec 1 at the Lamar Community College Classic. The Lady Indians play Adams State Friday at 3 p.m. MT and Northern New Mexico JV at 11 a.m. MT Saturday.
The final games of the semester will be at home Dec. 7-8 when MCC hosts Eastern Wyoming at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and Laramie County Community College at 2 p.m. Dec. 8.
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LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 6 Nebraska volleyball team won its seventh straight match with a 25-15, 25-12, 25-12 sweep over Ohio State in front of a crowd of 8,267 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Friday night.
Lexi Sun had 12 kills with no errors for a season-best .522 hitting percentage to lead the Huskers (23-6, 14-5 Big Ten). Nebraska hit .353 for the match and committed six attacking errors, tying its fewest in a Big Ten match since 2012. The Huskers were just as sharp defensively, holding Ohio State (12-19, 3-16 Big Ten) to a season-low -.044 hitting percentage. The win marked the Huskers' first over the Buckeyes in Lincoln since 2011 at the NU Coliseum.
Mikaela Foecke had nine kills, nine digs and four blocks, and she moved past Kadie Rolfzen for sixth place on Nebraska's career kills chart with 1,567. Lauren Stivrins added six kills and a team-best seven blocks, as Nebraska tied its season high for blocks in a three-set match with 13.
Callie Schwarzenbach and Jazz Sweet each had three kills, with Schwarzenbach adding five blocks. Nicklin Hames notched 28 assists and eight digs, and Kenzie Maloney had a match-high 13 digs to lead the Huskers to a 48-40 edge in that category. Sun had nine digs to go with her 12 kills.
Lauren Witte had eight kills to lead the Buckeyes.
Set 1: After falling behind 2-1, the Huskers scored seven of the next nine points to take an 8-4 lead. Sweet, Hames and Sun all had kills in that stretch, and Stivrins and Foecke had a block. Sun tacked on three more kills and a block with Schwarzenbach to help make it 14-6 Huskers after a 5-0 run. The Buckeyes scored three straight points to cut Nebraska's lead to 17-13 and force a Husker timeout, but a 5-0 response by the Huskers - highlighted by a Stivrins solo block and another Sun kill - restored a 22-13 lead. The Huskers won 25-15, hitting .312 while holding Ohio State to .000 hitting. Sun had nine of Nebraska's 13 kills in the set, and the sophomore hit .692 in the set.
Set 2: Nebraska's seventh block of the match, this one by Hames and Schwarzenbach, gave the Huskers a 7-4 lead, and Sun's 10th kill made it 10-5. The lead went to eight, 17-9, after Foecke's fifth kill of the match, and four unforced Buckeye errors gave the Huskers a 23-12 advantage. Sun added another kill for set point, and the Huskers finished the dominating set two win at 25-12 on a block by Schwarzenbach and Sun. NU hit .321 in set two and held Ohio State to -.100 hitting. The Huskers had six blocks in the frame to increase their match total to 10. Schwarzenbach was in on four blocks in set two.
Set 3: Stivrins posted three kills and a block, and Maloney served an ace to get Nebraska off on the right foot with a 7-3 lead. Back-to-back Husker passing miscues allowed Ohio State to get within 7-6, but Foecke blasted her sixth kill and Stivrins swatted a Buckeye attack to make it 9-6 Huskers. Ahead 11-9, Nebraska went on a decisive 7-0 run to take an 18-9 lead. Capri Davis started it with a kill, and Sun served back-to-back aces after kills by Sweet and Schwarzenbach. Sun blasted her 12th kill to put Nebraska ahead 21-12, and Foecke hammered an overpass after a Hayley Densberger serve for a 10-point lead. A pair of Ohio State hitting errors made it 24-12, and Nebraska finished off the sweep with a 25-12 win, ending the set on a 14-3 run.
Up Next: Nebraska finishes the regular season against Maryland on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers will recognize their three seniors - Mikaela Foecke, Kenzie Maloney and Brooke Smith - following the match. The match will be televised on NET, streamed at BTN2GO.com and can be heard on the Husker Sports Network.
Coral Gables, Fla. - Freshman Sam Haiby led Nebraska with 14 points off the bench, but No. 22 Miami flew to an 82-68 women's basketball win over the Huskers on Friday afternoon at the Watsco Center.
Haiby led three Huskers in double figures by going 6-of-12 from the field, while adding five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 22 minutes of action. Junior guard Hannah Whitish scored all 13 of her points after halftime, knocking down 4-of-6 threes, to help the Huskers turn a 19-point halftime deficit into a 10-point margin early in the fourth quarter.
Junior Nicea Eliely added 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals for the game to keep the Huskers within striking distance. Nebraska slipped to 1-3 on the season with the loss, while Miami improved to 5-1 on the year.
Guard Laura Cornelius led Miami with 23 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and a career-high six steals. Cornelius was a major factor in Miami winning the first-half turnover battle 13-2 to race to a 44-25 halftime lead.
Junior forward Beatrice Mompremier added a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Kelsey Marshall contributed 18 points on 4-of-10 three-point shooting.
Miami took its biggest lead of the game at 22 points less than one minute into the second half, before the Huskers rallied, outscoring the Canes 24-18 in the third quarter to enter the final period down 62-49. Taylor Kissinger, who finished the day with six points on a pair of threes, knocked down her second three to cut the margin to 62-52. But Nebraska could get no closer, as the Hurricanes closed out the win on their home court.
For the game, Nebraska hit 42.4 percent (25-59) of its shots from the field, including 36 percent (9-25) from three-point range. The Huskers also connected on 9-of-13 free throws (.692). Nebraska was out-rebounded, 44-35, and lost the turnover battle, 19-13.
Miami hit 43.7 percent (31-71) of its attempts from the floor, including 9-of-31 threes (.290), while going 11-for-15 (.733) at the line on the afternoon.
Nebraska struggled in the first half against the Hurricanes, falling behind 11-3 in the first 3:30, before heading to the second quarter down 22-15.
The Huskers, who got six straight points from Haiby to end the first quarter with some momentum, got the first bucket of the second quarter to trim Miami's margin to 22-17 with nine minutes left in the half.
Then the Hurricanes took firm control, getting seven points from Mompremier before Cornelius capped the half with a 10-0 run to send the Canes to the locker room with their biggest lead of the half at 44-25.
Nebraska hit just 10-of-29 shots (.345) in the first half, including 3-of-11 threes (.273). The Huskers out-rebounded the Canes 22-19, but Miami dominated the turnover column, 13-2. The Canes turned Miami's 13 turnovers into 15 points.
Miami hit 16-of-37 field goals (.432), including 4-of-16 threes (.250), while connecting on 8-of-10 free throws. The Huskers hit both of the free throws they attempted to close the first quarter.
The Huskers complete their stay at the Miami Thanksgiving Classic on Sunday when they take on Radford. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Highlanders is set for 11 a.m. (CT) with live radio coverage from the Husker Sports Network.
Iowa City, Iowa – Nebraska set individual records in its season football finale, but Miguel Recinos hit a 41-yard field goal on the game’s final play, and Iowa emerged with a 31-28 victory in the Hereos Trophy game on Friday at Kinnick Stadium.
Senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. caught seven passes for 81 yards to become Nebraska’s all-time receiving yards leader with 2,747 yards, and quarterback Adrian Martinez had 336 yards of total offense, including 260 passing yards and 76 rushing yards, setting a Nebraska season record for total offense with 3,246 yards.
Joe Ganz (2008) and Tommy Armstrong Jr. (2015) previously held the record with six 300-yard total offense games in a season.
Nebraska (4-8, 3-6 Big Ten Conference) rallied from a 28-13 deficit to force a 28-28 tie before Iowa (8-4, 5-4) rallied for the game-winning score.
Tight end T.J. Hockinson caught a 10-yard pass from quarterback Nate Stanley on a fourth-down conversion to keep the Iowa game-winning drive alive.
Morgan, meanwhile, caught a pass in 38 straight games, setting a Nebraska record, one better than Johnny Rodgers’ 37-game streak with a catch from 1970 to 1972. Morgan has at least three catches in 23 of the past 24 games.
Down 28-13, Nebraska drove 98 yards in 14 plays in a scoring drive that began in the third quarter and ended in the fourth. The drive highlighted with senior linebacker Luke Gifford catching a pass on fake punt pass that converted fourth down deep in Nebraska territory.
Martinez followed with a 12-yard rush, and later hit Morgan for gains of 4 and 11 yards. That set up a 28-yard touchdown pass to freshman running back Maurice Washington that cut the Iowa lead to 28-20 with 13:57 remaining.
Following a Nebraska defensive stop, Martinez scored on a 3-yard touchdown run and hit wide receiver Kade Warner on a two-point conversion pass to tie the game 28-28 with 3:22 remaining.
Nebraska, though, never saw the ball again, as Iowa drove for the game-winning score.
Iowa won the opening coin flip and elected to receive the football to begin the game, and Hawkeyes put together a methodical scoring drive that lasted 11 plays and covered 79 yards. They converted two third downs in the series, capped when quarterback Nate Stanley hit wide receiver Brandon Smith on a 15-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead with 9:37 remaining in the first quarter.
Nebraska responded quickly. The Huskers drove 81 yards in 12 plays, with Martinez twice hitting Morgan on passing plays of 11 and 17 yards, both plays converting third downs. Morgan ended his Nebraska career with 38 straight games with at least one reception, and became the school’s all-time receiving yards leader.
Martinez, 6-of-8 passing on the drive, also had an 18-yard rush in the series, capped when he hit tight end Jack Stoll on a 4-yard touchdown pass to tie the game 7-7 with 5:55 remaining in the first quarter.
Iowa answered with another long scoring drive that lasted into the second quarter. Running back Toren Young cut back for a 4-yard touchdown run to cap a 13-play, 85-yard drive that lasted 6:34 and gave the Hawkeyes a 14-7 lead. Young also had runs of 11 and 13 yards in the scoring drive.
Nebraska cut the lead to 14-10 on a 27-yard field goal by freshman Barret Pickering. That ended a drive that featured two passes from Martinez to Washington for 16 and 35 yards, with the 35-yard catch a career long for Washington. Martinez gained 7 yards on a third-and-10 run that set up the field goal with 11:30 remaining in the second quarter.
After each time had a scoreless drive, running back Mekhi Sargent scored on a 15-yard run to give Iowa a 21-10 lead with 45 seconds left before halftime. That finished a 15-play, 85-yard drive that lasted 7:16.
Nebraska didn’t ended the half without a score, though. Martinez got the Huskers into scoring territory, and after Pickering fell short on a 51-yard field goal attempt, and offsides penalty on Iowa moved him 5 yards closer. Pickering made his second try, from 46 yards, to trim Iowa’s lead to 21-13 at halftime.
Senior linebacker Dedrick Young had 10 tackles in the game to increase his career tackle total to 284, moving him up one spot to fifth on the Nebraska career tackles list. Young is the only player in Nebraska history to record at least 60 tackles in four straight seasons.
Linebacker Mohamed Barry had a game-high 11 tackles, his seventh double-figure tackle game of the season. Barry is the first Husker to record seven double-figure tackle games since All-American Lavonte David in 2010. Barry finished the season with 112 tackles, the most tackles by a Husker since David had 133 tackles in 2011.
Running back Devine Ozigbo rushed for 50 yards and finished his senior season with 1,082 yards to finish 27th on the single-season rushing list and 10th among Husker seniors. Ozigbo finished his Nebraska career with 2,196 rushing yards to rank in a tie for 25th on the Nebraska career chart.
The McCook Community College Lady Indians opened up the Thanksgiving Classic Friday with a 95-39 win over Colorado State University club team.
Five MCC players scored in double-figures, three lady Indians had double-digit rebounds, 10 of 11 players scored at least four points, and all 11 players saw at least 15 minutes of playing time.
“After a couple days off for the holiday we came out with good minutes tonight,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “It was good to see them play hard, and we moved the basketball well tonight.”
Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) led the Lady Indians with 19 points including a four-for-seven night from the 3-point line.
Sophomore transfer Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) and freshman Tyra Cheatham (Basin, Wyo.) each had 13 points. Freshman Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Destiny Davis (Oklahoma City) also had 12 points.
Freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) pulled down 13 rebounds and sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) had 11 boards. Both had six points to go along with double-digit rebounds.
“We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we can,” Fernetti said.
After making 22 of 47 first-half shots (46.8 percent) the Lady Indians were just 16 of 54 in the second half for a 29.6 percent showing. For the game MCC made 37.7 percent of 101 shots.
The CSU club team shot 25.5 percent for the game and turned the ball over 29 times.
MCC had 10 turnovers and held a 71-30 rebounding edge including 35 on the offensive end.
“If we can sustain this effort, it’s going to put us in a good place moving forward,” Fernetti said.
In the other tournament game, Laramie County Community College downed Northwest Kansas Technical College 76-58.
MCC improves to 6-3 on the season and will take on Northwest Kansas Tech in the second game of the tournament Saturday at 3 p.m. The CSU club team takes on LCCC at 1 p.m.
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