March 3, 2015

15-0 run hurts Huskers on Senior Day loss

Emily Cady led the Huskers on Senior Day (photo/NU Athletics)

Emily Cady led the Huskers on Senior Day (photo/NU Athletics)

Ohio State used a 15-0 run to end the first half on their way to a 78-60 women’s basketball win over Nebraska on Senior Day at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

With the loss, Nebraska ended the regular season with a 20-9 overall record and a 10-8 Big Ten mark. The Buckeyes secured the No. 3 seed and a double bye at next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., while Nebraska earned the No. 7 seed and a first-round bye.

The Huskers will play their first game at the Sears Centre Arena on Thursday, when they take on 10th-seeded Illinois. Tip-off between the Big Red and Fighting Illini is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be televised live by BTN.

Emily Cady led the Huskers with 21 points and 13 rebounds for her 33rd double-double and 11th of the season.

Nebraska’s four seniors ended their home career with a combined 55-11 record, on their way to a school-record 95 victories over the past four seasons The group combined for more than 500 appearances and more than 350 career starts.

Husker women too much for Minnesota

Freshman Natalie Romeo tied career highs with 21 points and six three-pointers, as No. 23 Nebraska handled Minnesota for a 74-50 women’s basketball win at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday night.  With the victory, Nebraska improved to 20-8 overall and 10-7 in the Big Ten, as the Huskers notched their fourth consecutive 20-win season.

The Husker seniors, Emily Cady, Brandi Jeffery, Tear’a Laudermill and Hailie Sample, recorded their 95th win at Nebraska, the most wins by any class in history.

Cady scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out four assists and blocked two shots, while going 7-of-13 from the floor.

Nebraska hit 42 percent (29-69) of its shots from the floor, including 9-of-20 three-pointers, while adding 7-of-11 free throws. Minnesota hit just 29.5 percent (18-61), while going 5-of-26 (.192) from beyond the arc. The Gophers did hit 9-of-11 free throws.

Nebraska wraps up the regular season on Sunday when the Huskers take on Ohio State at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Buckeyes is set for 4 p.m.

Tim Miles takes away the players’ toys after another bad loss

Tim Miles invoked some new rules following another disappointing loss (photo/NU Athletics)

Tim Miles invoked some new rules following another disappointing loss (photo/NU Athletics)

Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles will not allow his players into their locker room or state of the art lounge after the team dropped their fifth straight game, 74-46 against Iowa.

No players were allowed to speak to the media as well.

Miles, who had an NCAA tournament team a year ago, has lost his patience, telling that once the players get back some of their pride, they’ll get back their voice…and toys.

The Cornhuskers multimillion-dollar Hendricks Training Complex features iPads in every locker, a kitchen, a state-of-the-art sound system, a pool table and a plasma video wall.

Big first half run lifts Iowa over the Huskers

Shavon Shields was guarded heavily all game.  He has just three points as NU's record falls to 13-14, 5-10 Big Ten (photo/NU Athletics)

Shavon Shields was guarded heavily all game. He has just three points as NU’s record falls to 13-14, 5-10 Big Ten (photo/NU Athletics)

Iowa silenced a sellout crowd on Huskers Legends Weekend with a 21-2 run to close the first half in an eventual 74-46 victory over the Huskers Sunday afternoon.

The Hawkeyes (17-10, 8-6 Big Ten) led wire to wire, shooting 50 percent from the field with three players in double figures. Aaron White led Iowa with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Peter Jok and Jarrod Uthoff chipped in 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Iowa’s 50 percent shooting not only was a season high, but snapped a streak of 37 straight games in which the Huskers held an opponent under 50 percent shooting dating back to last February.

Terran Petteway led Nebraska with 16 points.  Walter Pitchford joined Petteway in double figures with 10 points, but the Huskers shot just 33 percent, including 2-of-18 from three-point range.  Shavon Shields was held to just three points.

NU women make a late push but fall short at Northwestern

Tear'a Laudermill's big night night not enough for the Big Red (photo/NU Athletics)

Tear’a Laudermill’s big night night not enough for the Big Red (photo/NU Athletics)

Tear’a Laudermill scored 16 of her 20 points in the second-half to help No. 21 Nebraska cut a 24-point deficit to six with over two minutes left before falling 59-51 to the Northwestern women’s basketball team at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Wednesday.

The Huskers, who shot just 10.7 percent (3-28) from the floor in the first half, fell behind 43-19 with just over 14 minutes left in the game, before going on an 8-0 run to cut the margin to 43-27 after back-to-back baskets by Laudermill with 9:42 left.

After a Northwestern timeout, Ashley Deary hit a jumper for the Wildcats, before Laudermill answered with four straight points to trim the lead to 48-42 with 2:04 remaining – the smallest Wildcat lead since scoring the first eight points of the game.

NU remained within six points at 50-44 and 53-47 after Laudermill’s second and final three with 49 seconds left.

Northwestern hit six straight free throws down the stretch to seal its 20th win, giving the Wildcats their first 20-win season since 1995-96.

With the loss, Nebraska slipped to 18-8 overall and 8-7 in the Big Ten.