April 18, 2014

Two Husker football games set for prime time coverage

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The Big Ten Conference and ESPN/ABC announced Tuesday that Nebraska’s 2014 games against Miami and Michigan State will be televised in prime time on the ESPN networks.

Nebraska will play host to Miami on Sept. 20, at Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CT. Two weeks later on Oct. 4 the Huskers will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on the defending Big Ten champions, also a 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. local in East Lansing). Both games will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 with a determination on the network to be made at a later date.

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Hooper picked by Tulsa in the WNBA draft

Nebraska basketball All-American Jordan Hooper was chosen by the Tulsa Shock with first pick of the second round in the 2014 WNBA Draft. Hooper, the 13th overall pick, becomes the latest in a string of WNBA draft picks for Coach Connie Yori. Since 2007, five Huskers have been chosen in the three rounds of the WNBA Draft. Hooper is the first Husker to ever be picked in the second round.

Hooper was the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year. The three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection also earned her second career spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after leading Nebraska to its first-ever conference tournament title. The school-record holder with 295 career three-pointers, Hooper is the only Husker and just the second Big Ten player in history to achieve the combined milestones of 2,300 points and 1,100 rebounds.

“I am so excited about being picked in the draft and getting a chance to pursue the next stage of my basketball career,” Hooper said. “I love that Tulsa is in the Midwest and is about the closest of any WNBA team to Nebraska, so fans from my hometown of Alliance and fans across the state of Nebraska, especially here in Lincoln, might get some chances to watch me play in person.”

Cross leads the offense to victory in Red-White scrimmage

I-back Imani Cross rushed for 100 yards and two scores, while Nebraska’s four quarterbacks combined for 356 yards and three touchdowns, as the Red team won the annual Red/White Spring Game with a 55-46 victory Saturday afternoon in front of 61,771 fans at Memorial Stadium.

Cross, who played only the first half, needed just six carries to reach the 100-yard mark, scoring on runs of 20 and 39 yards. While All-America I-back Ameer Abdullah saw limited action, Jordan Nelson and Terrell Newby rushed for 54 and 51 yards, respectively.

Johnny Stanton and Ryker Fyfe continued their battle for the No. 2 spot behind Tommy Armstrong, as the duo combined to go 17-of-24 for 224 yards and three scores. Stanton completed 8-of-12 passes for 135 yards, including scoring strikes to Kevin Gladney (48 yards) and Jamal Turner (25 yards), while Fyfe completed 9-of-12 passes for 89 yards, including a five-yard pass to Taariq Allen.

The Blackshirts had six sacks and three interceptions, as redshirt freshman Erik Evans had a game-high nine tackles, including two for losses, while defensive end Jack Gangwash added eight stops, including a sack.

The Huskers begin their 125th season of football on Saturday, Aug. 30, as Nebraska hosts Florida Atlantic in the season opener at Memorial Stadium.

Husker bowling falls short in the championship

The Nebraska women’s bowling team came up short for their fifth NCAA National Championship Saturday night at Game of Wickliffe Bowling Center, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Huskers lost to Sam Houston State 4-2 in the championship match.

“It seemed like we were hunting grizzly bears with a little stick,” Nebraska Head Coach Bill Straub said. “We have a good bunch of people, today we just could not win the battle.”

Despite two early open frames, NU managed to keep the pressure on SHSU by rolling six spares in-a-row before losing the first game 181-166.

NU started to heat up in the second game, rolling four strikes and six spares, beating the Bearkats 187-182. The Huskers lost the third game 193-190 to give the eighth-seeded underdogs a 2-1 lead heading into the fourth game.

Nebraska took the fourth game, beating Sam Houston State 197-189 to tie the match 2-2. The Huskers used four-straight strikes starting in the seventh frame to beat the Bearkats.

The Bearkats opened up game five hitting four-straight strikes on their way to a 205-191 win, leaving the Huskers down 3-2 in the best-of-seven-match.

In the decisive sixth game, Nebraska left three open frames and strung together two strikes in-a-row in the fifth and sixth frame, but that would not be enough, as SHSU won 195-165.

NU bowling gets the sixth seed at nationals heading into match play

The 2nd ranked Nebraska women’s bowling team completed the qualifying round of the 2014 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. The Huskers compiled a 2-5 record, giving them the sixth overall seed heading into Friday’s double-elimination match play.

The Huskers will start Friday mornings competition facing off against third seeded Vanderbilt, a rematch of last year’s National Championship Match.

NU opened up Thursday’s competition losing to Vanderbilt, 1031-1011. The Huskers picked up their first win of the day beating Central Missouri 1053-1019. The Huskers dropped two consecutive games to end the first round of qualifying games.

NU lost to Fairleigh Dickinson University 969-919 in their third game of the day, and then faced off with top-ranked Arkansas State, losing 1024-1015. Nebraska opened up the second qualifying round beating Sam Houston State 1019-937. NU then faced Wisconsin-Whitewater losing 1004-975.

Here’s a great article from NCAA.com on coach Bill Straub who is back with the team after a near death experience earlier this year.