February 12, 2016

White’s career-high leads Mavericks to victory over Denver

UNO WhiteThe Omaha men’s basketball team maintained its share of first place in the conference standings Thursday night with a 69-55 victory over Denver at Magness Arena. With the win, the Mavericks improve to 13-7 (5-1 Summit League), while the Pioneers drop to 10-10 (2-5 Summit League).

Senior forward Jake White put together a dominant performance, posting a career-high 29 points with a game-high nine rebounds on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor and a flawless 9-of-9 showing at the free throw line. Sophomore forward Tre’Shawn Thurman joined him in double figures with 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting alongside six rebounds.

Junior guard Tra-Deon Hollins also came through for the Mavericks, finishing with nine points, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals. [Read more…]

UNO women’s hoops falls on a buzzer beater

UNO ShawThe Omaha women’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker on Thursday night as Oral Roberts got a jumper from the free throw line with two seconds left to play to pull off a 67-65 victory inside Baxter Arena. Omaha is now 10-9 overall and 3-4 in Summit League play. Oral Roberts improved to 8-10 overall and 5-1 in conference play.

Junior Mikaela Shaw had her seventh double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Amber Vidal added 14 points, five assists, and three steals. Sophomore Remy Davenport chipped in 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and blocked two shots. Freshman Ellie Brecht had six points.

Kaylan Mayberry led Oral Roberts with 19 points and four rebounds. Faith Ihim added 12 points and five boards. [Read more…]

Shields big night leads the Huskers to an upset over Michigan State

NU ShieldsShavon Shields matched his season high with 28 points, including 19 in the second half, as Nebraska picked up its fourth straight win, a 72-71 win over No. 11 Michigan State at the Breslin Center Wednesday evening.

Shields was spectacular, hitting 12-of-20 shots from the field to lead three Huskers in double figures. Shields, who missed the final 4:24 minutes of the first half after landing on his back, hit 8 of 13 shots after returning to action, as three Huskers finished in double figures.

Glynn Watson Jr. added 13 points while Tai Webster finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for Nebraska (12-8, 4-3 Big Ten). Webster helped the Huskers in the final minutes of the first half, as NU was without Shields and Andrew White, who was in foul trouble and held to seven points. [Read more…]

Shepard leads the way as Nebraska women hold off Purdue

NU Shepard 2Nebraska made a huge defensive stand in the final 13 seconds, holding Purdue without a clean shot attempt to escape from Mackey Arena with a 62-61 women’s basketball win on Wednesday night.

The Huskers, who improved to 13-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten, notched their fourth consecutive victory while handing first-place Purdue its second straight loss. The Boilermakers slipped to 14-4 overall and 5-2 in the conference.

Freshman forward Jessica Shepard led the Huskers with 22 points against constant double and triple teams from Purdue. She scored 10 of Nebraska’s 14 points in the fourth quarter, including an 8-for-9 effort at the free throw line. Shepard had one Nebraska’s two field goals in the final quarter, coming on a layup that she was fouled on with 4:43 left. [Read more…]

Nebraska adds future football series with Oklahoma and Arizona

nebraska_cornhuskers-helmet-logoThe University of Nebraska has agreed to four marquee non-conference football games against Power Five opponents. The Huskers have finalized contracts to play two games against the University of Oklahoma and two games with the University of Arizona.

“We are pleased to finalize agreements with two outstanding programs for future non-conference contests,” Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said. “We are committed to playing an outstanding schedule each year that brings value to both our student-athletes and the greatest fans in college football.

“The Nebraska-Oklahoma matchup is truly one of the legendary rivalries in the history of college football, and to now have four scheduled meetings in a decade will be great for both programs. The Arizona series will be another outstanding home-and-home matchup against a high-caliber Power Five opponent and will provide a road game destination that will appeal to Nebraska fans.” [Read more…]