November 21, 2014

Shields, Huskers overcome sluggish start to down Southwest Minnesota State

shieldsNo. 21 Nebraska shook off a slow start in its exhibition opener and rebounded for an 83-61 win over Southwest Minnesota State Thursday evening.

The Huskers, who shot just 30 percent in the second half, rallied behind the play of sophomore Tai Webster, who scored nine of his 16 points in a 15-4 surge to open the second half.

Webster went 4-of-5 from the floor on the night, including a trio of 3-pointers as four Huskers finished in double figures. Junior Shavon Shields led all scorers with a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds, while Terran Petteway and Benny Parker added 10 points apiece for the Big Red.

The Huskers, who trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, were down 34-30 at the break before Webster took over. The sophomore hit consecutive 3-pointers during an 8-0 Husker run to give Nebraska its first lead since the opening minutes. The 6-foot-4 sophomore then capped the run with a conventional 3-point play, putting Nebraska ahead 45-38 with 15:06 left.

Southwest Minnesota State continued to hang around and was within 45-43 with 12:55 left, but a jumper by David Rivers and four Webster free throws capped a 6-0 spurt and put the Huskers ahead 51-43. SMSU pulled to within five at 51-46 on a Cole Martin 3-pointer, but the Huskers put the game away with a 16-3 run highlighted by eight straight points from Shields. [Read more…]

High school volleyball district scores from Wednesday Nov 5th

Bellevue West def. Omaha Central, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 (3-0)
Fremont def. South Sioux City, 25-13, 25-15, 25-14 (3-0)

Lincoln East def. Norfolk, 26-24, 25-12, 25-17 (3-0)
Lincoln North Star def. Columbus, 25-23, 25-12, 25-14 (3-0)
Lincoln North Star def. Lincoln East, 23-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 15-7 (3-2)
Lincoln Southeast def. Fremont, 25-11, 25-13, 25-14 (3-0)
Lincoln Southeast def. Lincoln High, 25-15, 25-11, 25-7 (3-0)
Lincoln Southwest def. Kearney, 25-18, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21 (3-1)
Millard South def. Omaha North, 25-9, 25-11, 25-12 (3-0)
Millard South def. Papillion-LaVista South, 20-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-17 (3-1)
Millard West def. Bellevue East, 25-14, 25-22, 25-11 (3-0)
Millard West def. Lincoln Southwest, 26-28, 25-19, 23-25, 25-9, 15-9 (3-2)
North Platte def. Lincoln Northeast, 25-14, 25-20, 25-16 (3-0)
North Platte def. Omaha Westside, 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 (3-0)
Omaha Marian def. Bellevue West, 25-16, 25-20, 25-12 (3-0)
Omaha Marian def. Omaha Northwest, 25-6, 25-9, 25-5 (3-0)
Omaha Westside def. Grand Island, 20-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-22 (3-1)
Papillion-LaVista South def. Omaha Benson, 25-16, 25-10, 25-11 (3-0)
Papillion-LaVista def. Millard North, 25-15, 25-15, 25-19 (3-0)

Defense dominates as Nebraska volleyball sweeps past Purdue

huskers_logoBehind a dominating defensive effort, the No. 13 Nebraska volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-20) sweep over No. 12 Purdue on Wednesday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center before the 213th consecutive sellout crowd.

The Huskers tallied 17 blocks – a three-set season high – to improve to 15-7 overall and 9-4 in the Big Ten. The win moved them into a tie for fourth in the Big Ten standings with the Boilermakers, who dropped to 19-6 overall and 9-4 in conference play.

Meghan Haggerty knocked down a season-best 11 blocks to spark the Huskers, while adding three kills. Her 10 blocks through two sets paved the way for the Huskers to win their third straight match. Kelsey Fien had a match-high 15 kills, while Kadie Rolfzen added nine with 14 digs and six blocks. Amber Rolfzen had six kills, and Cecilia Hall had four kills with five blocks. Mary Pollmiller provided 33 assists with five kills, five blocks and five digs.

The Huskers hit .255 for the match but more importantly held Purdue to its second-lowest hitting percentage of the season at .098. The Boilermakers entered the match third in the Big Ten in hitting percentage at .270 but were held to .057 hitting over the final two sets. Big Ten kills leader Annie Drews finished with a team-high 12. [Read more…]

Creighton women’s basketball uses huge run to grab exhibition win

A 31-3 run to end the first half keyed the Creighton Women’s Basketball team in an 85-68 victory over Minnesota State, in its lone exhibition game of 2014-15.

Creighton trailed by as much as 30-22 (7:22) in the first half before turning the game around with a game-changing 24-0 run over the next 2:45. After allowing a trey to MSU’s Aubrey Davis, Creighton answered with the final seven points to take a 53-33 lead into the half.

Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year Marissa Janning had 11 of her first half-high 12 points during the flurry, though Creighton also got baskets from Alexis Akin-Okito, Brianna Rollerson, Jade Owens, Lauren Works, MC McGrory and Taylor Johnson during the burst.

Creighton shot 64.3 percent in the first half, making 18-of-28 shots from the floor, and also sank 13-of-15 foul shots. The Bluejays led the rebound battle 16-11 at the break as well, paced by three caroms from Akin-Otiko.

Minnesota State fought valiantly in the second half. The Mavericks opened with a 23-11 run in the first eight-plus minutes to slice the deficit to 64-56 with 11:48 to play.

The Bluejays, however, pushed the lead back to 14 with a 10-4 run to put the game out of reach. [Read more…]

High School football playoff scores from Wednesday Nov 5th

Class D-1 second-round results

Creighton 50, Neligh-Oakdale 35
Elm Creek 33, Burwell 20
Hemingford 12, Blue Hill 6
Fullerton 40, Amherst 39
Friend 60, Diller-Odell 19
Guardian Angels CC 26, Howells-Dodge 14
Heartland 74, Clarkson/Leigh 30
BDS 60, Bloomfield 20

Tuesday’s quarterfinals

Elm Creek  at Creighton
Hemingford at Fullerton
Friend at Guardian Angels CC
BDS at Heartland

Class D-2 second-round results

Exeter-Milligan 58, CWC 18
Humphrey SF 38, Giltner 6
Kenesaw 53, Randolph 40
Falls City SH 44, Stuart 20
Anselmo-Merna 74, Paxton 13
Sandhills/Thedford 55, Elwood 22
Maxwell 72, Bertrand 32
Garden County 44, Brady 40

Tuesday’s quarterfinals

Humphrey SF  at Exeter-Milligan
Kenesaw  at Falls City SH
Sandhills/Thedford  at Anselmo-Merna
Maxwell  at Garden County