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.

Creighton can never catch up to Villanova after slow start

Creighton

Creighton

The Creighton Bluejays went seven minutes and 18 seconds without a point last night at #4 Villanova as the Wildcats jumped out to a 15-0 lead on their home court. Creighton could never make that deficit up losing 71-50. They started the game 0 for 4 shooting and had five turnovers. The Bluejays are now 0-8 in Big East play. It should be noted, their previous four losses have been by a combined 14 points. Creighton is now 9-12 overall.

Villanova made its first four attempts from three-point range and scored the game’s first 15 points, holding Creighton without a basket until Tyler Clement’s offensive putback with 12:45 left in the first half.  Despite the rough start, Creighton fought back, holding Villanova to four points over the next nine minutes to get within 19-11. Villanova held CU scoreless over the next five minutes, scoring 10 straight points to build a 29-11 lead before Avery Dingman’s three-pointer to close the first half cut CU’s deficit to 15.

Darrun Hilliard had 14 points for VU in the firs half, including four three-pointers. The Wildcats took advantage of 12 Bluejay turnovers, converting them into 15 points.  Hilliard had a season-best 24 points for VU, his fourth game this season of 20 or more points, while Ryan Arcidiacono added 10. Villanova shot 12-of-26 from three-point range, including 6-of-10 marksmanship by Hilliard. The Wildcats forced 19 turnovers and turned those into 21 points.

Creighton returns to action on Wednesday night when it hosts St. John’s, with tip-off recently moved to 8:01 pm.

C.J. Carter named Summit League Player of the Week

Omaha's C.J. Carter (photo omavs.com)

Omaha’s C.J. Carter (photo omavs.com)

Senior guard CJ Carter was named The Summit League’s Player of the Week following his performance Jan. 12-18, the conference office announced Monday.

Carter collected his second player of the week accolade of the year and the third of his career after a 45-point performance that stands as the NCAA’s second-highest scoring game this season. Against IUPUI, the Omaha Benson product poured in a career-high 45 points on 19-of-25 shooting, including 7-of-8 from three-point range. His point total was the fourth-highest total in a Summit League game and the most by any Summit player since Feb. 2013. Carter finished one point shy of Omaha’s school record and set the mark for most field goals while posting the second-highest three-point field goal total in school history.

Earlier in the week, Carter also scored 19 points in 23 minutes against Oral Roberts. He averaged 32.0 points and shot 69.2 percent both from the field and beyond the arc during the two-game stretch.

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.

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.