April 21, 2015

Petteway declares for NBA draft

Terran Petteway and the Huskers come up short against Baylor.

Terran Petteway 

University of Nebraska junior guard Terran Petteway announced Thursday morning that he is forgoing his senior season to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.  Petteway, a fourth-year junior from Galveston, Texas, is on track to earn his degree in May and has spent the last three seasons at Nebraska after transferring from Texas Tech.

“I want to start off by thanking the city of Lincoln and state of Nebraska for all of the love and support that you guys have shown me over the last three years,” Petteway said. “This is a bittersweet moment for me because Lincoln has become a second home to me, but in the same instance has helped me grow as a man and ballplayer, and I love y’all.”

“I’m happy for Terran and his family,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “While I had hoped he stayed with us for his senior year, I completely support his decision, and we will help him as much as we can through this process. I believe any team in the NBA or otherwise would love to have Terran on their team.”

A two-time All-Big Ten performer at Nebraska, Petteway earned first-team honors in 2013-14 and third-team accolades this past season. He started every game for the Huskers over the last two seasons and ranks 20th on Nebraska’s career scoring list with 1,143 points.

He holds two of the top-10 scoring seasons in school history (579, seventh, 2013-14; 564, eighth, 2014-15), while his 18.1 points per game career scoring average at Nebraska ranks second in school history. Petteway joined Dave Hoppen as the only two players in program history to score 1,000 points in their first two seasons at Nebraska, and Petteway reached double figures in 59 of 63 games as a Husker.

This past season, Petteway topped the Huskers and ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring at 18.2 points per game, while also placing among the Big Ten leaders in 3-pointers (2.2, eighth), assists (2.8, 14th) and steals (1.1, 15th) per game. He led NU in scoring, assists and blocked shots (27), while ranking second on the team in rebounding (4.9 per game) and steals (35). A preseason Wooden Award Nominee, he was one of 15 players on the Julius Erving Award Watch List, recognizing the top small forward in the country. He reached double figures in 29 games in 2014-15, including 13 performances with at least 20 points. He closed the season with a strong performance against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament, scoring a game-high 29 points, as he hit 4-of-7 from 3-point range and went 11-of-13 from the foul line.

Petteway put together one of the best sophomore seasons in school history in 2013-14, leading Nebraska to 19 wins and the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. He averaged a Big Ten-leading 18.1 points per game along with 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, as he was second on the team in assists and rebounding. A first-team All-Big Ten performer, Petteway was also a first-team all-district honoree by both the NABC (coaches) and U.S. Basketball Writers Association.  He was a consistent scorer for the Big Red, reaching double figures 30 times in 32 games, including a pair of 30-point outings. His best performance came in a win over Minnesota, when he had a career-high 35 points.

He began his college career at Texas Tech during the 2011-12 season, where he played in 27 games and made 11 starts for the Red Raiders, averaging 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

Story courtesy NU Athletics

Nebraska bowling…National Champs!

Jasmin Brown rolls a strike for the Huskers

Jasmin Brown rolls a strike for the Huskers

The Nebraska women’s bowling team won its fifth NCAA title in school history Saturday night, as the top-ranked Huskers defeated Stephen F. Austin 4-2 at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis.  The Huskers have won five NCAA titles since bowling became an NCAA sanctioned sport in 2003 and in the first 12 years of NCAA sponsorship, the Huskers have finished first or second seven times.

Husker freshman Julia Bond of Aurora, Ill., won Most Valuable Player in the NCAA National Championship match, as senior Liz Kuhlkin also made the all-tournament team.

“This is literally the definition of hard work pays off, that match was so tough, and when we got behind there for a bit, we just continued to believe and work hard,” Bond said. “To win the national championship is really important to us, again, it just shows our hard work pays off.”

In game one, the Huskers beat SFA 237-232. In game two, Stephen F. Austin threw seven- consecutive strikes to defeat the Huskers 253-178.  Bond threw a strike and Kuhlkin was able to close the game out with a spare, as the Huskers crushed the Ladyjacks 201-171 in game three.  SFA evened the match at 2-2 with a 188-179 win.  to even the match up 2-2. In game five, NU was able to close out SFA after clutch shots from both Bond and Kuhlkin, as the Huskers took game five 205-201.  The Huskers closed out the championship in six games with Kuhlkin throwing the final spare.

“For the school this is our 10th title overall, and fifth NCAA title since the sport become sponsored by the NCAA in 2003. 10 is sure a nice number, I am certainly not discounting the five NCAA titles, 10 just sure does make a nice round number,” said head coach Bill Straub.


Nebraska completes home sweep of Texas with solid pitching all weekend

Chance Sinclair led NU to a win on Friday (photo/NU Athletics)

Chance Sinclair led NU to a win on Friday (photo/NU Athletics)

Home sweep home.  Nebraska baseball improved to 21-7 after their three-game sweep of 16th ranked Texas on Sunday afternoon with a 6-2 win. The sweep improves the Husker record to 14-1 at Hawks Field this season.

Nebraska’s pitching staff held the Longhorns to three runs on 12 hits in 33 innings, including one run over the first 32 innings of the series.  Texas added two late runs after falling behind 6-0 on Sunday.

Derek Burkamper, on Sunday, struck out a career-high six batters in a career-long 8.1 innings.

In Saturday’s 1-0 win over Texas in 15-innings, Kyle Kubat, along with relievers Jake Hohensee, Colton Howell and Jeff Chesnut limited the Longhorns to four hits and three walks on the day, while piling up 19 strikeouts. It was the most strikeouts by a Husker staff since 2009 when NU notched 22 punch outs in a 15 inning game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

In Friday’s opener, Chance Sinclair won his third straight to improve to 4-3 on the year and 13-4 during his career at Nebraska. The third-team preseason All-American didn’t give up a hit until the sixth inning in a 3-1 final.

Lockman tosses complete game as Husker softball salvages one game over Gophers

Emily Lockman beat 12th ranked Minnesota (photo/NU Athletics)

Emily Lockman beat 12th ranked Minnesota (photo/NU Athletics)

Junior Emily Lockman tossed a complete game, allowing only three runs against a Minnesota Golden Gophers team that ranks in the top 15 nationally in scoring. It was her seventh complete game of the season as the Huskers took Sunday’s finale 5-3, managing one in this three game weekend series.

Lockman improves to 10-8 on the year as the offense came up in the clutch, coming through with runners in scoring position.  Junior Kiki went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and senior Steph Pasquale went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

This comes after Minnesota broke open a 3-3 late in Saturday’s game for an 8-3 win.  In the opener on Friday evening, the Huskers fell behind 5-0, before coming up short in their rally in an 8-7 final.

In that series opening loss, Nebraska saw its conference winning streak snapped at eight, its home winning streak snapped at 14 and its home conference winning streak snapped at 13.

Sand volleyball gets above the .500 mark

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska Cornhuskers

The 15th-ranked Nebraska sand volleyball team defeated No. 19 Grand Canyon late Thursday night, 3-2. With the victory, the Huskers are now 3-2 in the sand season. The Huskers got wins from their Nos. 2, 3 and 4 pairs. Amber Rolfzen and Kira Larson defeated Molly Turner and Emilee Erichsen (21-18, 21-13). Kelly Hunter and Kadie Rolfzen improved to 6-2 with a two set sweep, and Annika Albrecht and Cecilia Hall won 21-14, 21-12. Nebraska has three matches remaining, including Friday matches against Cal State Northridge (2 p.m. CT) and Boise State (6 p.m. CT) in Tucson, Ariz.

Nebraska 3, Grand Canyon 2

1. Kenzie Phelps/Shannon Dugan (GCU) def. Alicia Ostrander/Justine Wong-Orantes (NU) 21-14, 18-21, 16-14
2. Amber Rolfzen/Kira Larson (NU) def. Molly Turner/Emilee Erichsen (GCU) 21-18, 21-13
3. Kelly Hunter/Kadie Rolfzen (NU) def. Brooke Razo/Alex Green (GCU) 21-16, 21-15
4. Annika Albrecht/Cecilia Hall (NU) def. Kaitlynn Ausmus/Megan Glennie (GCU) 21-14, 21-12
5. Becca Conrad/Alex Goodman (GCU) def. Melanie Keil/Alexa Ethridge (NU) 25-23, 21-13