November 23, 2014

Wayne State advances in NCAA regionals, UNK rallies but loses in five sets

volleyball#6 Wayne State used 18 kills and 21 digs from Katie Hughes along with a career-high 21 kills from Elizabeth Gebhardt to defeat #16 Central Missouri 17-25, 26-24, 25-14 and 25-22 Thursday evening in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional in Duluth, Minnesota.

The Wildcats improve to 27-6 on the season and advances to the semi-finals of the Central Regional Friday evening in Duluth with a 7:30 matchup against top-seeded Minnesota Duluth, a 3-0 winner over Arkansas Tech Thursday evening.

In the first set Central Missouri used a 9-1 run to close out the set and win 25-17.

In the second, Central Missouri fought off three consecutive Wildcat set points to tie the set at 24-24 before Wayne State finished off the set behind two straight kills by Norfolk’s Elizabeth Gebhardt to win set two 26-24.

In the third set the Wildcats finished on 13-7 run to win the third set 25-14, and to take the two sets to one advantage in the match.

In the final set the Wildcats jumped out to a 21-10 lead. However Central Missouri got to 23-20, before the Wildcats went on to win the set 25-23.

In other regional action,  The third-seeded Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs beat sixth-seeded Nebraska Kearney in five sets (25-24, 25-17, 24-26, 21-25, 15-9) earlier at the NCAA Central Regional in Duluth, Minn.

The Lopers end the season at 27-4.

16th ranked NU women’s basketball grabs road win at Washington State

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska Cornhuskers

All five Nebraska starters finished in double figures to power the No. 16 Huskers to an 82-61 women’s basketball win at Washington State on Wednesday night at Washington State.

Senior guard Tear’a Laudermill led NU with 20 points. Senior forward Hailie Sample added 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 free throws. Senior forward Emily Cady joined missed a double-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists despite fouling out after 27 minutes.  Fellow senior Brandi Jeffery finished with 11 points for her third straight double-figure scoring performance while tying her career high with eight rebounds for the second time in three games.  Junior guard Rachel Theriot added 14 points and four assists.

Nebraska led much of the first half, with its largest lead at 28-19 with 8:50 left, but WSU used a 12-0 run, holding NU scoreless for just about seven minutes. WSU’s Louise Brown hit a 30-footer from the top of key at the buzzer to tie the game at 34.

A few minutes into the second half, Nebraska (3-0) started a 19-2 run, turning a two-point lead into a 59-40 advantage on Allie Havers’ layup with 10:35 left and the Cougars never recovered.

Husker volleyball wins seventh straight

Amber Rolfzen (Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations)

Amber Rolfzen finished with 10 kills in the win at Indiana (Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations)

The No. 11 Nebraska volleyball team won their seventh straight match in a 25-11, 25-20, 26-24 sweep at Indiana Wednesday night.

With the win, the Huskers improved to 19-7 overall and 13-4 in the Big Ten. NU swept both matches this season against the Hoosiers, who dropped to 15-14 overall and 6-11 in the Big Ten.

Kelsey Fien led a balanced attack with 12 kills and a .440 hitting percentage. Seven of her kills came in the decisive third set. Amber Rolfzen had 10 kills and hit .562, and Kadie Rolfzen had 10 kills and 10 digs for her second straight double-double. Annika Albrecht also had 10 digs. Cecilia Hall had five kills and three blocks, and Mary Pollmiller had 33 assists and four blocks with five digs.

Nebraska hit .305 and held Indiana to .114, marking the seventh straight opponent NU has held under .200 hitting. The Huskers outblocked the Hoosiers 10-5 and outdug them 41 to 39. NU has not been outdug in its seven-match win streak.

Nebraska returns home to host Michigan on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers will honor their lone senior, Pollmiller, at the match.

Creighton rallies from down 18 to knock off 18th ranked Oklahoma

Creighton's new logo was unveiled this week.

Creighton was facing a non-conference ranked opponent at home for the first time since 2001.  The Bluejays looked early on as if they were overmatched.  However, the Bluejays came back from an 18-point deficit in the second half to upset 18th-ranked Oklahoma 65-63 on Wednesday night. Many in the sellout crowd of 17,393 stormed the court after the victory.

Creighton was down 35-24 at the half and the Sooners came out on a quick 7-0 run that put OU up 42-24 on a three-pointer by Ryan Spangler.  CU head coach Greg McDermott called a timeout just 1:30 into the half and his young team responded.

Toby Hegner hit a three-pointer and Creighton made five from long distance during a seven-minute stretch where the Bluejays grabbed a 48-46 lead on Isiah Zierdan’s three-pointer.

Neither team led by more than four points the rest of the game.

Austin Chatman had 17 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and six assists.  In addition to Chatman’s first career point/rebound double-double, Hegner and Zierden both scored 11 points. Creighton shot 37.5 percent for the game and 8-for-26 (30.8 percent) from three-point range, while also sinking 15-of-21 foul shots.

To wear or not to wear (Blackshirts). That is the question (AUDIO)

NU receiver Kenny Bell (photo/Scott Bruhns, NU)

NU receiver Kenny Bell (photo/Scott Bruhns, NU)

Nebraska senior wide receiver Kenny Bell loves Husker nation, but as far as some of the negative talk, especially following the loss to Wisconsin, he’s shut it out.  He’s focusing in on his final game this Saturday at Memorial Stadium, when the Huskers host Minnesota.  Bell said he’s looking forward to playing this home game with his teammates, something he’ll always remember.

Plus, we’ll hear from Sean Callahan.  Some of the defense have left their Blackshirts hanging in their lockers.

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