February 1, 2015

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.

Despite a sub-.500 record, Purdue will give NU women all they can handle

Nebraska women's basketball hosts Purdue (photo/NU Athletics)

Nebraska women’s basketball hosts Purdue (photo/NU Athletics)

The Boilermakers have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament each of the past four years, but they still at 2-4 in conference play right. They have the 2nd toughest schedule in D-I women’s basketball up to this point. Don’t let their record fool you. They’ll be a tough match for the 17th ranked Huskers. NU has lost five straight against Purdue.

Purdue sophomore Ashley Morrissette has taken over for Houser at the point. Morrissette is averaging 11.7 points and 3.5 assists per game. She has hit 30 threes but is shooting 29.4 percent from long range.

Freshman Andreona Keys made her first career start in the loss at Iowa. The 5-10 Keys is averaging 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, while knocking down 10 threes. Keys replaced 6-2 sophomore Bridget Perry in Purdue’s starting five. Perry is averaging 9.3 points and 4.0 rebounds and started 14 of Purdue’s first 15 games, before being injured early in the loss at Maryland. Perry, who suffered a high ankle sprain, has hit 6-of-13 threes on the year. She did not play in Thursday’s loss to Wisconsin.

Nebraska is coming off an impressive 73-45 win over Penn State on Thursday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers, who had all 12 players in uniform and available to play for the first time all season, got career highs of 18 points and six three-pointers from freshman Natalie Romeo. The 5-7 guard from Martinez, Calif., played a career-high 26 minutes while making her first career start. She added three rebounds and three assists in a tremendous all-around effort.

Romeo’s outburst from long range allowed the Huskers to hit a season-high 11 three-pointers against the Lady Lions. Romeo led four Huskers in double figures, including 12 points from Tear’a Laudermill, 11 from Allie Havers and 10 from Brandi Jeffery.

Eichorst has a leg up on coaching search on Michigan if Hoke is let go (AUDIO)

Shawn Eichorst

Shawn Eichorst

Tell me you were not surprised that Bo Pelini was fired before Michigan’s Brady Hoke, who has been on the hot seat all season? Apparently Pelini’s went from luke warm to blazing after the trouncing by Wisconsin. Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst made a quick decision, less than 48 hours after the season finale at Iowa. All indications are that Eichorst is prepared to make a quick hire as well, with hints that he would like to wrap something up by mid-December. Eichorst also going against the grain, by not involving a consulting firm, but acknowledging he’s making the decision on his own.

Meanwhile in Michigan, Hoke is scheduled to meet this afternoon with interim A.D. Jim Hackett. His future is still up in the air. If Michigan does go in a different direction, did Eichorst get a head start on the Wolverines by making the Husker head coaching job available first?

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Cady and Theriot lead Huskers to win over Utes

Emily Cady attempts a shot against Utah (photo/NU Athletics)

Emily Cady attempts a shot against Utah (photo/NU Athletics)

Emily Cady scored a career-high 25 points and added nine rebounds as No. 16 Nebraska picked up a 66-43 women’s basketball win over Utah on Sunday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  The Huskers, who played their first game on their old homecourt at the Devaney Center since March 2, 2013, improved to 4-0 on the season.

In addition to the 16 points from Cady, the Huskers got 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals from junior All-American point guard Rachel Theriot. The Huskers never trailed in the game and led by as many as 27 points on their way to victory.  Cady and Theriot combined to hit 18-of-33 shots from the field to lead the Huskers, but the rest of the Big Red struggled to hit just 9-of-31 shots on the afternoon. As a team, NU hit 42.2 percent (27-64) of its shots, including 3-of-12 threes. The Huskers did hit 9-of-10 free throws.

The Huskers complete a three-game Pac-12 swing by traveling to Los Angeles to take on UCLA on Friday. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion is set for 3 p.m.

Pollmiller Named B1G Co-Setter of the Week

Mary Pollmiller (photo/NU Athletics)

Mary Pollmiller (photo/NU Athletics)

Senior setter Mary Pollmiller was named Big Ten Co-Setter of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. The award is the fifth career weekly Big Ten honor for Pollmiller and the first of this season for her or any Husker.

Pollmiller led the Huskers to a pair of road sweeps at Rutgers and Maryland over the weekend. The Littleton, Colo., native averaged 11.67 assists per set and tallied seven kills, eight digs and two blocks. Pollmiller tallied 42 assists in the win against Rutgers on Friday. She added 28 at Maryland on Saturday with five kills on nine attacks for a .556 attacking percentage, helping the team hit .329 for the match.

The senior captain guided the Huskers to back-to-back conference road sweeps in the same weekend trip for the first time since joining the Big Ten in 2011, the 13th weekend with two road matches. Pollmiller shared the honor with Wisconsin’s Lauren Carlini.