January 31, 2015

Freshman comes up big again for 15th ranked Huskers

Natalie Romeo is hugged by Hallie Sample after the Huskers come from behind win (photo/NU Athletics)

Natalie Romeo is hugged by Hallie Sample after the Huskers come from behind win (photo/NU Athletics)

Nebraska freshman Natalie Romeo hit a three-pointer from the corner with 1:11 left to give the 15th ranked Huskers their first lead of the game in a 59-57 come-from-behind women’s basketball win over Illinois on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  The lost was Illinois’ sixth in a row, playing without their top player.

Romeo, who finished with six points, three assists and a steal off the bench, hit Nebraska’s first and last field goals of the game – both three-pointers. Romeo’s big shot allowed Nebraska to come all the way back from an 11-point first-half deficit and a nine-point second-half margin to get its 10th home win of the season.

Nebraska shot 44.2 percent (23-52) for the game, including 38.5 percent (5-13) from three-point range. NU went just 8-of-14 at the free throw line. Illinois finished 40.4 percent (23-57) from the floor, including 41.2 percent (7-17) from beyond the arc. The Illini went 4-of-6 at the line.

Nebraska returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday to complete a two-game home stand by taking on Michigan. Tip-off between the Huskers and Wolverines is set for 2 p.m.

Bailey Morris sets Concordia’s career scoring record in win at Doane

Bailey Morris

Bailey Morris

Concordia guard Bailey Morris scored 30 points to become the school’s all-time career scoring leader and lead the NAIA Division II No. 3 Bulldogs to an 86-77 victory against Doane. Morris now has 1,806 points over 122 career games. The senior from Clay Center has averaged 14.8 points per game over her career.

Ninth-year head coach Drew Olson’s squad won for the 16th-straight time, marking the second longest winning streak during Olson’s tenure. Concordia moved to 21-1 overall and 14-1 in conference play.

Morris entered the night needing 25 points to edge in front of Harrison. The former Sandy Creek prep star got point Nos. 25 and 26 on a driving layup with 7:36 left in the game for the record breaker.

“It’s a pretty crazy feeling,” Morris said. “Concordia has always had a great women’s basketball program so knowing that I’m the all-time leading scorer is pretty surreal. Accomplishments like this one are individually given, but not individually earned. My teammates and coaches deserve so much credit.”

Creighton avoids setting a new school record by beating St. John’s

The Bluejays bench celebrates their first Big East win of the season (photo/GoCreighton.com)

The Bluejays bench celebrates their first Big East win of the season (photo/GoCreighton.com)

Creighton basketball was looking to not break a school record. The Bluejays had lost nine straight games tying a school mark and were 0-8 in Big East play, but last night behind a combined 38 points off the bench from Toby Hegner and James Milliken, the Jays got their first conference win knocking off St. John’s 77-74.  Creighton improved to 10-12 (1-8 BIG EAST).

Hegner finished with a career-high 21 points in his first college game as a reserve while draining four big free throws in the final 12 seconds. D’Angelo Harrison’s game-tying three-pointer off the rim at the buzzer glanced off the rim.  For once this conference schedule, a bounce at the end of a game went in Creighton’s favor.

Creighton took a 37-27 lead into the half, sinking 9-of-18 three-pointers before intermission, but St. John’s took its largest lead of the night at 55-51 on a three-pointer by Jamal Branch with 9:22 to play, but CU’s seniors answered. Avery Dingman hit a baseline jumper before Austin Chatman sank two foul shots to tie it. The Red Storm took its final lead with 4:21 left on a long three-pointer to beat the shot clock before CU took over.

Zach Hanson’s tip-dunk tied the game at 62-all with 3:58 left. Milliken then sank a corner three-pointer with 3;15 to play. Harrison answered with two foul shots before Milliken made 3-of-4 free throws in the next two trips, giving CU a 68-64 lead with 2:03 remaining.  The Red Storm fouled Hegner twice down the stretch. With CU up one each time, he made 2-of-2 free throws with 12.0 seconds and 1.3 seconds left.

Hegner’s 21 points were four more than his previous best, while Milliken had 17 points. The duo combined for 13 of CU’s final 15 points on the night.

Creighton returns to action on Saturday when it hosts No. 21 Georgetown at 1:05 pm.

13-2 run by Michigan in the second half puts Nebraska away

Michigan's Zak Irvin stepped up in their win over the Huskers (photo/Michigan Athletics)

Michigan’s Zak Irvin stepped up in their win over the Huskers (photo/Michigan Athletics)

The Nebraska men’s basketball team was held to a season-low for points scored and the Wolverines dropped the Huskers to 4-4 in Big Ten with the help of a 13-2 run.  The final was 58-44 in Ann Arbor.

The Wolverines (13-8, 6-3 Big Ten) led 23-18 at the break, then got hot from the floor, going on their run that was capped by a Zak Irvin three-pointer.  Irvin had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Nebraska trailed 38-20 when Terran Petteway, who was held scoreless for the first 25 minutes, hit a 3-pointer to trigger a 92-2 run as the Huskers scored six straight point as a Benny Parker layup cut the deficit to 11. Petteway was held to seven points, snapping a streak of 30 straight games in double figures.

A three-pointer from Tarin Smith pulled NU within 45-35 with 8:19 left and NU closed to 47-39 after a Shavon Shields layup with 5:53 left. Shields led NU (12-8, 4-4 Big Ten) with 14 points, but was the only Husker in double figures.

The Huskers return to action Saturday night, as they take on Minnesota. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Emily Cady’s 19 and 18 not enough as ranked Huskers fall in OT at Iowa

Emily Cady (NU Athletics)

Emily Cady (NU Athletics)

Emily Cady scored 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, but No. 15 Nebraska suffered a 78-72 overtime loss at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Monday night, after leading the whole way until the final four minutes of regulation.

Melissa Dixon and Samantha Logic gave the Hawkeyes a 58-57 edge with 3:50 left. An Ally Disterhoft shot with 2:29 left pushed the margin to 60-57, before the Huskers rallied.

Theriot hit a jumper with 4.5 seconds left to give Nebraska a 61-60 lead. But freshman guard Whitney Jennings came free on the length-of-the-court inbounds and appeared to have an uncontested run to the rim from the left side. Theriot came over and blocked the shot but was called for the foul with 1.3 seconds left. Jennings missed the first free throw but made the second to send the game to overtime.

NU led by as many as 10 points on several occasions in the game, but were never able to shake the Hawkeyes

Tear’a Laudermill added 19 points, including 17 after halftime, and Theriot finished with 15 points and five assists.

The Huskers had their five-game overall winning streak snapped to slip to 15-4 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. It also snapped Nebraska’s eight-game winning streak in the series with Iowa.

The Huskers return to Lincoln Thursday to open a two-game home stand by taking on Illinois. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Fighting Illini is set for 7 p.m.