January 27, 2015

Former Husker football player Thenarse arrested over the weekend

Ricky Thenarse

Ricky Thenarse

Former Nebraska football player Rickey Thenarse was arrested on burglary charges early Saturday morning after an alleged break-in at an apartment complex on Lincoln’s  northeast side.

According to the Lincoln Police Department report, officers responded to a call at 12:40 a.m. from a 22-year-old woman who complained someone she did not know was banging on her front door.  She called police back to inform them the person was inside her apartment as she hid in a closet.

She opened up the door when police arrived and they chased a man out her back patio door.  Thenarse tried to drive off in a maroon Ford Thunderbird, but was apprehended by police.  The woman’s apartment was trashed.

Thenarse started ten games over five seasons (2006-2010) with the Huskers. A native of Los Angeles, Thenarse also had a warrant issued Jan. 15 for his arrest for failing to pay fines after pleading no contest in November 2014 to a misdemeanor charge of stealing less than $300 in money or goods.

After six tries, NU women finally break through against Purdue

Nebraska's Rachel Theriot drives past a Purdue defender (photo/NU Athletics)

Nebraska’s Rachel Theriot drives past a Purdue defender (photo/NU Athletics)

No. 16 Nebraska moved their Big Ten Conference winning streak to four games with a 69-59 women’s basketball win over Purdue on Monday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  With the win, Nebraska improved to 14-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten while snapping a five-game series losing streak to Purdue.

All-American point guard Rachel Theriot led the Huskers with 16 points and seven assists. She scored nine points in the final 3:02 of the game to close out the victory. The 6-0 junior from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, sealed the win with six straight free throws in the final 1:11.  Theriot led four Huskers in double figures, including 15 points from senior Hailie Sample, who connected on 6-of-10 shots from the floor. Sample also went 3-of-4 from the free throw line while grabbing three rebounds and adding an assist and a block.

Nebraska hit 44.1 percent (26-59) of its shots for the game, including 4-of-13 three-pointers (.308). The Huskers also connected on 13-of-15 free throws, hitting all 11 in the second half and going 9-for-9 at the line in the final 3:02.

The Big Red dominated the turnover battle, 19-10, and outscored Purdue 19-9 in points off turnovers for the game. Purdue won the rebounding battle, 39-33.

Nebraska held the Boilermakers to 37.9 percent (22-58) shooting from the floor, but Purdue did connect on 40 percent (6-15) of its three-point attempts on the night. The Boilermakers also went 9-of-11 at the line.

The Huskers return to Big Ten road action Thursday when they travel to Madison to face Wisconsin. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Badgers at the Kohl Center is set for 7 p.m.

NU freshman hits six, three-pointers as 17th ranked Huskers take down Penn State

Natalie Romeo battles with a Penn State player for a loose ball. (photo/NU Athletics)

Natalie Romeo battles with a Penn State player for a loose ball. (photo/NU Athletics)

Freshman Natalie Romeo made the most of her first career start by burying six three-pointers to finish with a career-high 18 points to shoot No. 17 Nebraska to a 73-45 women’s basketball win over Penn State Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Romeo, who owned previous career bests of eight points and two three-pointers, added three rebounds and three assists in a career-high 26 minutes. The 5-7 guard  helped Nebraska improve to 13-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten while helping the Huskers to their third straight conference win.

Romeo, who hit 3-of-4 threes in the first half, connected on 3-of-4 threes to open the second half, including three straight in a span of just 2:50. Her outside shooting allowed Nebraska to finish with a season-high 11 threes on 29 attempts against the Lady Lions.  In addition to Romeo’s game-high 18 points, the Huskers got 12 points, five rebounds and a season-high five steals from fellow California guard Tear’a Laudermill.

For the game, Nebraska hit 45.2 percent (28-62) of its shots from the floor, including 37.9 percent (11-29) of its three-pointers. The Huskers hit a season-low 40 percent (6-15) of their free throws and were outrebounded, 43-33, by the Lady Lions. However, NU was plus-14 in the turnover department (24-10) and turned Penn State’s turnovers into 28 points – the victory margin in the game.

Nebraska held Penn State to just 34 percent (18-53) shooting, inlcuding just 2-of-9 from three-point range. The Lady Lions went 7-of-13 at the line.

Petteway’s season high not enough as NU falls at Wisconsin

Terran Petteway had a season high 25 points (photo/Huskers.com)

Terran Petteway had a season high 25 points (photo/Huskers.com)

Despite a season-high 27 points from Terran Petteway, Nebraska fell to No. 7 Wisconsin, 70-55, Thursday night at the Kohl Center.

Nebraska was within 40-36 after a Walter Pitchford layup with 17:34 left, but Sam Dekker had eight of his 11 points in a 13-0 Badger run to give Wisconsin a 17-point lead, and Wisconsin was in control the final 10 minutes.

Dekker was one of five Wisconsin players in double figures, as Frank Kaminsky led the Badgers with 22 points in his first game back since a concussion forced him out of one game.

Petteway got 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting, but was the only Husker in double figures. Shavon Shields was held to eight points, but had a career-high six assists, as Nebraska shot 42 percent.

The Badgers (15-2, 3-1) shot 48.8 percent from the field, including 11-of-21 from 3-point range, against a Nebraska defense which was holding opponents to 38 percent in snapping the Huskers’ two-game win streak.

The Huskers return to action next Tuesday, Jan. 20, as they host the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Nebraska volleyball releases their sand schedule

Nebraska volleyball

Nebraska volleyball

The Nebraska sand volleyball team has announced the upcoming schedule for the 2015 season.

Nebraska begins its third season of sand volleyball in Hawaii on March 20-21. The Huskers will compete at the Queen of the Beach Challenge along with Hawaii, USC, California, Hawaii Pacific and Chaminade. Nebraska will also play duals against Hawaii and California on March 22, both in Honolulu.

The Huskers finish the sand season with four days in Arizona from March 25-28. Nebraska will play duals against Arizona State and Grand Canyon and will also participate in the Wildcat Spring Challenge March 27-28, hosted by Arizona with Cal State Northridge, Arizona State and Boise State also among the participating teams.

Queen of the Beach Challenge
Fri, Mar 20
(Hawaii, USC, Cal, Hawaii Pacific, Chaminade) at Honolulu, Hawaii TBA

Sat, Mar 21
(Hawaii, USC, Cal, Hawaii Pacific, Chaminade) at Honolulu, Hawaii TBA

Sun, Mar 22
California Honolulu, Hawaii 7:00 p.m.

Sun, Mar 22
Hawaii at Honolulu, Hawaii 11:00 p.m.

Wed, Mar 25
Arizona State at Tempe, Ariz. 7:00 p.m.

Thu, Mar 26
Grand Canyon at Phoenix, Ariz. 4:00 p.m.

Wildcat Spring Challenge
Fri, Mar 27
(Arizona, Northridge, Arizona State, Boise State) at Tucson, Ariz. TBA

Sat, Mar 28
(Arizona, Northridge, Arizona State, Boise State) at Tucson, Ariz. TBA