October 1, 2014

Armstrong and other focused on eliminating turnovers against Michigan State (AUDIO)

Last year when the Huskers lost to Michigan State, Tommy Armstrong threw two big touchdown passes…a 32 yarder to Sam Burtch in the first quarter and a 38 yarder to Kenny Bell late in the third. Ameer Abdullah gained 123 yards on 32 carries. It was the first time a team was able to gain more than 300 yards of offense against that defense as NU racked up 392 yards. They also turned the ball over five times and that was the difference.  Armstrong says the Spartans are no fluke team.

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Creighton libero earns Big East volleyball honor

Junior libero Kate Elman has been named the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week. An Omaha native, Elman averaged 4.80 digs and 0.90 assists to help Creighton start BIG EAST play 3-0.

Elman opened her week with six digs in a 3-0 win at Georgetown. The Jays held Georgetown to 22 kills in the match, and just two in the first set. Elman then had a season-best 30 digs in Creighton’s 3-1 win over Butler on Friday night, including 12 digs in the second set and six in each of the other three frames. The 30 digs were the most by any BIG EAST player in a four-set match this fall. Elman wrapped up her week with 12 digs in a 3-0 win over Xavier, as CU held the Musketeers to 26 kills and .064 hitting.

She enters this week with 1,391 career digs, one shy of tying Janeen Piller’s school record set 10 years ago.

Creighton (10-6, 3-0 BIG EAST) opens a four-match road swing on Friday with a 7 pm match at DePaul.

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Nebraska women’s basketball set for record year of TV exposure

The Nebraska women’s basketball team are close to setting records with the potential of 16 regular-season games being nationally televised.  The Big Ten Conference and Big Ten Network officially announced its TV designations for women’s basketball on Monday afternoon, and the Huskers will fill the BTN airwaves with nine guaranteed regular-season appearances on the network and the possibility of two more wildcard selections.

Nebraska has never had more than 11 regular-season games televised in a year, and the record for nationally televised games in a season is 15 (including conference and NCAA tournaments).

“The Big Ten Network continues to provide our program with outstanding national exposure,” Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. “We’re especially happy that BTN is giving our fans at least four and maybe five chances to watch our team on the road this year. Overall, having between 14 and 16 games televised nationally, including our games on CBS, ESPN2, Fox Sports 1 and the Pac-12 Network.

In addition, the Huskers will face Maryland on CBS at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. It will be Nebraska’s second appearance on CBS in the last three years. The Huskers will battle the Terrapins on ESPN2 on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. in College Park.
Nebraska will make its first two national TV appearances of the year on the Pac-12 Network, when the Huskers face Washington State in Pullman on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10 p.m. (CT), before battling UCLA on Friday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. (CT) in Los Angeles.

The Huskers will play their third televised road non-conference game against Creighton at D.J. Sokol Arena on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 8:05 p.m. It will be Nebraska’s first-ever appearance on Fox Sports 1.

UNK’s Squiers reaches 800 win mark this past weekend

The 5th-ranked Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team sweep Southwest Baptist (-23, -15, -16) Saturday afternoon in Bolivar, Mo.  It was the 800th career win for Loper head coach Rick Squiers. He has won 493 matches at UNK, 206 at Hastings College, 28 at Seward (Kans.) C.C. and another 73 at Remsen-St. Mary (Ia.) High.

It wasn’t easy early on for the Lopers (13-1, 5-1), who trailed most of the first set. Down by scores of 4-0, 11-5 and 16-11, UNK needed to close on a 5-0 run to grab a 1-0 match lead. The spurt was keyed by three blocks, all involving sophomore middle Bailey Sokolowski (Kearney Catholic).

UNK never trailed, or was tied, the rest of the way. The Lopers hit 120 points higher than the Bearcats (6-8, 1-5) and was plus five in the serve game.

NU’s Conroy picks up Big Ten soccer honor

Senior forward Mayme Conroy earned Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors after scoring three goals in two games last week.

Conroy, an Omaha, Neb., native, tallied two goals in Sunday’s 4-3 overtime triumph over Maryland, including the game winner in the 96th minute. Her first score of the game came in the 22nd minute off an assist from Katie Kraeutner. On Thursday, Conroy delivered in the 37th minute against No. 25 Rutgers, helping the Huskers’ to a 1-1 tie at the Nebraska Soccer Field. She took three shots in 105 minutes of action while facing the Scarlet Knights.

For the season, Conroy has five goals, two of which were game winners, and one assist for a total of 11 points. She has started all 11 games and has compiled 26 shots, 14 of which have been on goal.

The Huskers (5-4-2, 1-2-2 Big Ten) hit the road for a pair of matches in Michigan this week. NU faces the Wolverines on Thursday at 2:30 p.m., on Big Ten Network, before battling the Spartans on Sunday at noon.