November 23, 2014

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.

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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First look at Minnesota…watch the Gophers tight end (AUDIO)

MLet’s take our first look at the Minnesota Golden Gophers and one of their big offensive weapons. It’s tight end Maxx Williams. He was named one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, presented annually to the nation’s top tight end. Williams, a redshirt sophomore, leads Minnesota in receptions (25), receiving yards (373), receiving touchdowns (seven) and receiving yards per game (41.4). He accounts for 27.7 percent of the Golden Gophers’ receiving yards, 63.6 percent of their receiving touchdowns and 17.9 percent of their overall touchdowns. Williams leads all Big Ten players listed as tight ends in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and receiving yards per game.

In their 31-24 loss at home against Ohio State, Gopher quarterback Mitch Leidner completed only seven passes in 20 attempts. Three of those went to Williams for 47 yards including a 36 yard completion. They’re a run heavy team, but Williams is Leidner’s “go to” guy.

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Petteway leads NU men to season opening win

All-Big Ten honoree Terran Petteway had a game-high 25 points, including six 3-pointers, lifting No. 21 Nebraska to an 80-61 win over Northern Kentucky in the season opener at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Shavon Shields finished with 18 points, hitting all four shots from the field and going a perfect 10-of-10 from the line, while David Rivers connected on all five of his shots from the field en route to scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds.

Tayler Persons led Northern Kentucky with 13 points, while Monaco added 12 points, but the Norse connected on just 36 percent shooting from the floor.

The Huskers will return to action Tuesday night, as they host Central Arkansas. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.