The second-seeded Lopers (37-0) will face third-seed and 19th-ranked Rockhurst in the Final Four Friday at 6 p.m. Central. The RU Hawks (33-7) swept Carson-Newman to win today's first match. Earlier this year in the Health & Sports Center UNK beat Rockhurst in four tough sets.
The Golden Knights (30-8) came out firing BB's from the service line, back row and all over the court. Against a UNK defense that is among the nation's best in hitting percentage (.112) and digs per set (212GU smashed home 18 kills and hit .366 (18-3-41) to win by six. The Knights, getting seven early kills from senior Ally Smith, trailed only 1-0 and also dug up 20 balls.
Gannon had 14 more kills in set two but UNK got out to leads of 6-3, 12-4 and 18-13. Senior outside Julianne Jackson (Bonner Springs, Kan.) started to come alive, having seven kills in nine attempts with zero errors (.778 pct.) with junior right side Mary Katherine Wolfe (Omaha Marian) providing five kills in seven swings. Back-to-back kills by Jackson and Wolfe made it 23-17 and then another Jackson kill and unforced GU error ended the set.
Gannon's hitting efficiency went down as the match went along, falling to .025 (13-12-41) in the third as UNK recorded six of its 14 team blocks. Four different players had two apiece including three by junior setter Madison Squiers (Kearney Catholic). A 4-0 Loper spurt erased a 14-13 deficit and featured two blocks and a Wolfe ace. The Golden Knights struggles continued as they eventually fell behind 21-15 with three UNK points coming unforced attack errors.
Kearney closed the night out by getting out to a 12-6 lead in the fourth. Gannon hung around but four different Lopers had at least three kills in this set including redshirt freshman outside Sami Mauch (North Platte). And senior middle Josie Cox (North Platte) came up big with three stuffs and a kill.
Gannon managed eight more kills, 56-48, but also recorded 15 more attack errors, 14 of the unforced variety. The Knights did serve up seven aces but had none over the final two sets while having eight service miscues. Finally, UNK dug up 66 balls and almost had 11 more blocks than the GU.
Individually Jackson had 13 kills, 13 digs and hit .367 with Wolfe at a team-best 20 digs, 12 kills and hit .333 with junior middle Anna Squiers (Kearney Catholic) at 10 kills, five blocks and a .320 efficiency. Smith paced GU with 19 kills and a .325 hitting percentage with Ashley McClung (14) and Maggie Greenfield (11) combined for 25 more kills.
Nebraska's first letterwinner from Kentucky, Robinson was one of the nation's most productive freshmen this fall despite battling injuries that forced him to miss multiple games. He caught 40 passes for 443 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing 88 times for 340 yards and three scores. Robinson had the most receptions and receiving yards of any true freshman in Nebraska history, and he was also the Huskers' leading kickoff returner.
Robinson's average of 102.9 all-purpose yards per game ranked fourth nationally among all freshmen in 2019, including second among true freshmen and second among all Power Five freshmen. Robinson was also one of the nation's most versatile players, and fittingly he was one of four national finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, which is presented annually to the nation's most versatile player. At the conclusion of the regular season, Robinson was one of only two FBS players to total 400 receiving yards, 300 rushing yards and 200 kickoff return yards, and he was one of three players to have both 70 rushing yards and 70 receiving yards in the same game multiple times during the 2019 season.
In addition to being a freshman All-American and Hornung Award finalist, Robinson was also an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection – despite missing one-third of the conference season – and he was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week in 2019.
This season marks the third straight year the Huskers have had a freshman All-American, as Adrian Martinez earned the honor in 2018 and JD Spielman was a freshman All-American in 2017.
• The No. 6 Nebraska volleyball team continues the NCAA Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend with a regional semifinal match against No. 18 Hawaii on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the UW Field House. The other regional semifinal match features No. 5 Wisconsin against No. 25 Texas A&M at 1 p.m. Friday's winners will meet in the regional final on Saturday at 5 p.m.
• Friday's Nebraska-Hawaii match will be streamed on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app. Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the Husker action on HSN radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and the Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 26th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.
• Nebraska is 7-4 all-time against Hawaii. The teams have not played since Oct. 21, 2007, a 3-0 Husker win in Lincoln. Hawaii last beat the Huskers on Dec. 14, 2002, 3-1, in an NCAA Regional Final in Lincoln. The only other time they've met in the NCAA Tournament was a 3-1 Husker win in the NCAA Semifinals in 2000, John Cook's first season as Nebraska's head coach. NU went on to win the national title that year.
• John Cook: 20th year at Nebraska (587-80); 27th year overall (748-153)
• Robyn Ah Mow: 3rd year at Hawaii (64-20)
About the Huskers
• Nebraska is 27-4 overall and went 17-3 in the Big Ten Conference, good for a three-way tie for second place with Penn State and Minnesota and one game behind league champion Wisconsin.
• Nebraska advanced to an NCAA Regional for the eighth straight season, for the 25th time in the past 26 seasons and for the 35th time in school history. The Huskers' 35 NCAA Regional appearances are the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska is now 115-32 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers rank second in NCAA history in wins and winning percentage (.782) in the NCAA Tournament.
• John Cook improved to 82-20 in his NCAA Tournament career last Saturday. He ranks third in NCAA history in NCAA Tournament coaching victories.
• Cook improved to 74-15 in the NCAA Tournament as Nebraska's head coach, moving into third place for the most postseason coaching victories at one school in NCAA history.
• Cook has led the Huskers to an NCAA Regional in 19 of his 20 seasons, the lone exception being 2011.
• Over the last six seasons, Nebraska has a 63-4 record in the months of November and December.
• The Nebraska coaching staff has a couple of ties to Hawaii. Assistant coach Jaylen Reyes is a Honolulu native. His father is Tino Reyes, who was the head women's volleyball coach at Hawaii-Hilo from 2010-15, and for 17 years was an associate head coach on the Hawaii men's staff. Graduate manager Joby Ramos, also a Honolulu native, was a setter for the Hawaii men's team from 2013-14.
• The Huskers rank seventh in the nation and first in the Big Ten with an opponent hitting percentage of .150 this season.
• Lexi Sun leads NU with 3.54 kills per set and is hitting .273 on the season. Sun was named to the All-Big Ten First Team and the AVCA All-Region Team.
• All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins averages 2.60 kills and 1.06 blocks per set while hitting a team-best .385 this season. Stivrins is a two-time All-Big Ten First Team and AVCA All-Region selection.
• Freshman Madi Kubik adds 2.75 kills and 2.51 digs per set. She was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an All-Big Ten Second Team member. Kubik also earned AVCA North Region Freshman of the Year.
• Nicklin Hames provides 10.90 assists per set and 2.89 digs per set. She has 16 double-doubles on the season and was named to the All-Big Ten First Team and AVCA All-Region Team.
• Jazz Sweet is putting down 2.71 kills per set on the season while hitting .280.
• Callie Schwarzenbach leads the team in blocks at 1.12 per set.
• Freshman libero Kenzie Knuckles is leading the Huskers in digs with 3.70 per set this season. She was an All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection along with Kubik.
• Nebraska had seven services aces against Missouri, which tied the school record for most aces in a four-set NCAA Tournament match in the rally-scoring era. The Huskers also had seven aces against American in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and seven against Washington in 2015.
• Against the Tigers, Sweet tied her career high with six blocks and had 17 kills, her most ever in an NCAA Tournament match and one shy of her career high overall.
• Hames and Kubik each posted double-doubles for the Huskers against Mizzou. Hames posted her 16th double-double of the season, while Kubik notched her sixth double-double of the year.
• Schwarzenbach had eight blocks in the second round, one shy of her season high.
• No. 18 Hawaii (26-3, 14-2 Big West) punched its ticket to the NCAA Regional Semifinals after a 3-1 first-round win over Northern Colorado and a 3-0 second-round sweep of No. 20 San Diego in Honolulu last weekend.
• The Rainbow Wahine have won 13 matches in a row since getting swept at Cal Poly on Oct. 11. Hawaii finished first in the Big West Conference and is making its first regional semifinal appearance since 2015.
• Senior setter Norene Iosia was the Big West Player of the Year. A four-time All-Big West First Team member, Iosia leads Hawaii with 5.64 assists per set and a team-high 2.86 digs per set in Hawaii's 6-2 system. Iosia has 19 double-doubles this season and also has a team-best 48 service aces.
• Jolie Rasmussen leads Hawaii with 3.35 kills per set. Rasmussen played in the first seven matches of the season before missing nearly three months with an injury. She made her return to the lineup last weekend and had four kills in each of Hawaii's NCAA Tournament matches.
• Hanna Hellvig, the Big West Freshman of the Year, adds 3.14 kills per set. Skyler Williams contributes 1.91 kills per set on .401 hitting with 1.11 blocks per set.
Huskers Ranked No. 6 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 6 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 100 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history. The Huskers held the No. 1 ranking this season the week of Sept. 16.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 501 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 557 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.
Five Huskers Earn Postseason Awards
• Nicklin Hames, Lauren Stivrins and Lexi Sun were named to the All-Big Ten First Team and the AVCA All-North Region Team, while Madi Kubik was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the AVCA North Region Freshman of the Year, and was also a member of the AVCA All-North Region Team, the All-Big Ten Second Team and the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. Libero Kenzie Knuckles was also selected to the All-Freshman Team by the Big Ten's head coaches.
• Stivrins was a unanimous choice for the All-Big Ten First Team. The 2018 AVCA First-Team All-American collected her second career all-conference honor after 2.57 kills per set, 1.06 blocks per set and a team-best .383 hitting percentage during the regular season. Stivrins' .415 hitting percentage in conference play was third-best in the Big Ten, and the junior middle blocker guided a Husker defense that had a league-best .157 opponent hitting percentage in Big Ten play.
• Sun earned her first career All-Big Ten honor, but her second career all-conference honor as she was an All-Big 12 first teamer at Texas in 2017. The junior outside hitter led the Huskers with 3.57 kills per set with 2.42 digs per set and a team-high 24 aces during the regular season. Sun posted double-digit kills in 18 of 20 Big Ten matches, and her 3.53 kills per set in Big Ten play ranked eighth.
• Hames collected her first All-Big Ten award after averaging 10.92 assists and 2.90 digs per set during the regular season. One of the best defensive setters in the nation, Hames recorded a team-high 15 double-doubles and also served 21 aces. Her 11.36 assists per set in Big Ten play ranked third in the conference.
• Kubik earned Nebraska's first Big Ten Freshman of the Year honor and first conference freshman of the year since Hannah Werth won the award in 2009 in the Big 12. Kubik averaged 2.73 kills and 2.52 digs per set in her first year as a Husker. She ranked fourth among Big Ten freshmen in kills (2.96 per set) and digs (2.51 per set) in conference play. The outside hitter was also named to the All-Big Ten Second Team and the All-Freshman Team. Kubik is the first Husker freshman to be named to an All-Big Ten team since Kadie Rolfzen in 2013.
• Knuckles earned All-Freshman Team accolades after leading the Huskers with 3.71 digs per set in her first year as the Huskers' libero. Knuckles served 20 aces and was a Big Ten Freshman of the Week and Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week during the season, helping the Huskers lead all Big Ten teams with a .156 opponent hitting percentage in conference play.
"29,029" and "To Be Continued..."
• The 2019 Nebraska volleyball team has two slogans for the season: 29,029 and To Be Continued...
• 29,029 is the elevation in feet of Mount Everest. The Huskers, who nearly reached the peak of college volleyball in 2018 before coming up three points short against Stanford, are using the memory of that defeat to motivate them in 2019. The Huskers will play 29 regular-season matches, and head coach John Cook said the hardest part of climbing Mount Everest is the final 29 feet. "Many people say the elevation is 29,000 feet, forgetting the final 29 feet. We got to that 29,000 (in 2018). We didn't get that last 29 feet. All the bad things happen in the last 29 feet. People mentally let go, they're exhausted, they get stuck. Our whole theme is we've got to figure out how to get the last 29 feet."
• The Huskers also have a team slogan of "To Be Continued..." in 2019. The slogan references the Huskers continuing what they couldn't quite finish in 2018 - winning an NCAA Championship. It also means carrying on the recent success of the program (four straight NCAA Semifinals appearances) and preparing to bring back the entire team for the 2020 season, as the Huskers have no seniors on their roster for the first time in program history. The ellipsis signifies the three points that separated the Huskers from a national championship in 2018.
Huskers Visit Asia in Summer of 2019
• The Nebraska volleyball team took a 17-day trip to Japan and China over the summer. The Huskers took on top professional teams from the two countries during the trip, winning about half of the sets they played. Head Coach John Cook called it "by far the best" of the five trips his teams have taken to Asia in his 20 years at Nebraska.
• In addition to the highly competitive matches, the Huskers also toured numerous sites in Asia, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. With six newcomers and no seniors on the roster for the 2019 season, the trip was a great opportunity for the team to bond on and off the court, a team that will spend the next two years playing together.
• The NCAA allows a team to take a foreign trip every four years, and Cook has made it a habit to take his team to Asia. Previous trips have usually paid off with successful seasons. In the last four seasons following a Cook-led foreign trip, Nebraska has responded by winning three conference titles and two national championships.
• Cook took his first team to Asia prior to the 2000 season, his first as Nebraska's head coach. The Huskers responded with a 34-0 season and the program's second national championship.
• In 2006, Cook took his team back to Asia and the results were the same: another national championship. The Huskers went 33-1 following their international trip and capped the national title with a 3-1 victory over Stanford in front of 17,209 fans at the Qwest Center in Omaha.
• Nebraska went back to Asia in 2010. Although NU did not win the national title that year, it did put together a 29-3 season that included a Big Ten title. Nebraska took a No. 3 ranking into the NCAA Tournament but was upset in a four-set loss at No. 11 Washington in the NCAA Regional Semifinal.
• The Huskers' last Asia trip in 2014 with only one senior was followed by a 23-10 season. But the following year saw that young group go on to win the program's fourth national title.
Nebraska Fans Continue Record-Setting Consecutive Sellout Streak
• Nebraska volleyball holds an NCAA women's record 270 consecutive regular-season sellouts.
• Nebraska led the nation in attendance in 2018 for the sixth straight year since moving into the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013, averaging 8,205 fans per match.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (28 straight seasons).
• Nebraska set a new school record for attendance - 8,632 - against No. 2 Stanford on Sept. 18.
AVCA Hall of Fame Head Coach John Cook in 20th Season at Nebraska
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 20th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2019. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, nine final fours, 12 conference championships and 17 top-10 final rankings since 2000.
• Cook has 748 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history. Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .880 win percentage in that time (587-80).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 55 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.
• Cook became the ninth active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins in 2018.
|GAME 10: AT INDIANA|
Date: Friday, Dec. 13
Time: 7 p.m. (CT)
Location: Bloomington, Ind.
Arena: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
2019-20 Record: 4-5 (0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Fred Hoiberg
Record at Nebraska: 4-5 (1st year)
Career NCAA Record: 119-61 (6th year)
2019-20 Record: 9-1 (0-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Archie Miller
Record at Indiana: 44-31 (3rd year)
Career Record: 183-94 (9th year)
Play-by-play: Kevin Kugler
Analyst: Shon Morris
Online Broadcast: Fox Sports App
Radio: Learfield-IMG Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington)
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Analyst: Jake Muhleisen
Online Radio: Available on Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn.com/Huskers and TuneIn App.
SiriusXM (Internet): Ch. 982
Nebraska (4-5) ran into a buzzsaw last Saturday, as the Huskers fell at Creighton, 95-76. The Bluejays shot 51 percent, including 8-of-16 from 3-point range, in the first half, while holding the Huskers to just 24 percent in the opening 20 minutes. NU played a much better second half, outscoring Creighton, 54-47, in the final 20 minutes.
Senior Haanif Cheatham led five Huskers in double figures with 14 points, the fifth consecutive game he has reached double figures. A 6-foot-5 guard, Cheatham paces the Huskers in both scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg) while ranking among the Big Ten leaders in field goal percentage (.573). He is one of four Huskers averaging double figures in a balanced attack, while four others average at least five points per game.
The Huskers wrap up their three-game road trip by taking on an Indiana team that is 9-1 on the season following a 57-54 win over UConn at the Jimmy V Classic in New York City Tuesday evening. In that game, Indiana didn't put anyone in double figures, but had six players score at least six points, while limiting UConn to 36 percent shooting in the second half. The Hoosiers feature one of the Big Ten's top freshmen in Trayce Jackson-Davis, who leads the Hoosiers in both scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg).
The Huskers will have a quick turnaround, as they return to action Sunday afternoon to take on a Purdue team which is 6-3 on the year and has been off since a 14-point win over Northwestern on Dec. 7.
Matej Kavas tied a season high with three 3-pointers in the loss at Creighton on Saturday. He needs 14 3-pointers to reach 200 for his career. Kavas has given the Huskers a spark off the bench in his first year at NU, reaching double figures in four of his eight games off the bench.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
.526 - Thorir Thorbjarnarson is second in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage entering this week's action. He is 10-of-19 from long range this season after going a combined 6-of-28 behind the 3-point stripe in his first two years.
4 - Double-digit scoring performances from Kevin Cross, which is the most by a Husker freshman since 2016-17 (5-Jeriah Horne and 4-Jordy Tshimanga).
5.0 - Rebounds per game for freshman Ivan Ouedraogo, which is fourth among all Big Ten freshmen. His rebounds per game is on track to be the highest by a Husker freshman since Aleks Maric grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game in 2005-06.
5.7 - Assists per game for sophomore Cam Mack, which is on pace to be the highest average since Charles Richardson Jr. averaged 5.8 assists per game in 2006-07.
8 - Nebraska has had eight players score in double-figures during the first eight games of the season. Nebraska has four players averaging double figures.
50- Returning point total from last season, all by Thorir Thorbjarnarson. That is the lowest by any power conference team since the 2009-10 season.
Archie Miller is in his third season at Indiana after guiding the Dayton program for six years, leading the Flyers to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Miller's first Indiana team went 16-15, and the Hoosiers improved to 19-16 and reached the NIT quarterfinals before falling to Wichita State.
The Hoosiers have been prolific offensively, ranking among the Big Ten leaders in scoring offense (80.3), field-goal percentage (.494) and 3-point percentage (.344) while getting to the foul line nearly 29 times per game. Indiana is also third in the Big Ten in rebounding margin, averaging 9.0 more caroms per game than its opponents.
The Hoosiers won their first eight games by double figures at Assembly Hall, highlighted by a 16-point win over Florida State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, before falling at Wisconsin 84-64 on Saturday. The Hoosiers responded with a 57-54 win over UConn in New York on Tuesday, winning despite shooting 37 percent from the field.
Indiana comes into Friday's game with four players averaging double figures. Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis leads the Hoosiers in scoring (14.1), field goal percentage (.627), rebounding (8.5 rpg) and blocked shots (1.9 bpg). Devonte Graham comes off the bench and averages 13.6 points per game and leads IU with 16 3-pointers, while Justin Smith (13.2 ppg) and Aliami Durham (12.7 ppg) also average double figures.
LAST SEASON'S MATCHUP
The Huskers started fast and finished strong, never trailing No. 25 Indiana in a 66-51 victory over the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on Jan. 14, 2019. Nebraska scored the first nine points of the game and held Indiana without a basket over the final 5:38 en route to picking up their first road victory over a ranked opponent in more than two years.
Nebraska's seniors shined in the win. Glynn Watson Jr. paced the Huskers with 15 points - including 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the second half - while Isaac Copeland Jr. chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds. James Palmer Jr. filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, a career-high-tying nine rebounds and a season-high seven assists. Tanner Borchardt was big off the bench, scoring seven points and grabbing five rebounds. Together, the four seniors combined for 47 points and 27 rebounds, while sophomore Thomas Allen added 10 points for the Big Red and junior Isaiah Roby had nine points and four rebounds. Romeo Langford led Indiana with a game-high 18 points, but he was just 5-of-14 from the field. Juwan Morgan added 17 points, but no other Hoosier had more than five points.
LAST TIME OUT
Haanif Cheatham had a team-high 14 points to lead five Huskers in double figures, but Nebraska's start proved costly in a 95-76 loss at Creighton Saturday afternoon. Cheatham scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half as Nebraska shot 61 percent in the second half but was unable to overcome a blistering start by Creighton in the first 15 minutes.
Thorir Thorbjarnarson had a career-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, while Cam Mack (12), Matej Kavas (11) and Jervay Green (10) all finished in double figures for Nebraska (4-5).
Marcus Zegarowski led four Creighton players in double figures with 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists, as the Bluejays (7-2) shot 53 percent on the day, including 13 3-pointers. Ty-Shon Alexander added 22 points in the victory. Damien Jefferson, who entered the game 1-of-15 from 3-point range on the season, drained a pair of 3-pointers in a 18-2 Creighton spurt to open the game that set the tone.
DID YOU KNOW
• Friday's matchup will mark the third time in nine seasons at Nebraska has opened Big Ten play against Indiana, as the Huskers hosted the Hoosiers in 2014-15 and traveled to Bloomington in 2016-17. It is also the first time since 2015-16 that the teams will meet twice during the regular season.
• Friday's game at Indiana is the sixth consecutive game away from Lincoln for the Huskers and wraps up a three-game road trip. The six straight games away from home is NU's longest stretch since the 1997-98 season. NU has a quick turnaround and hosts Purdue on Sunday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena for its first home game since Nov. 22.
• No current Husker player nor Fred Hoiberg has faced Indiana. NU assistant Doc Sadler is 1-0 against the Hoosiers as a head coach, posting a 70-69 win over the No. 11 ranked Hoosiers during the 2011-12 season. In that game, the Huskers rallied from a 11-point deficit in the final 6:38 against a Hoosier team that featured eventual lottery picks Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller.
• Nebraska's 54-point second half at Creighton was the Huskers' highest scoring half since scoring 55 in the first half against Mississippi Valley State in the 2018-19 opener.
• The Huskers were 4-0 when shooting over 40 percent from the floor until the loss at Creighton. In that game, NU shot 42 percent from the field, but just 24 percent in the first half.
• Through the first nine games, 75.9 percent of the Huskers' offense has come from players who were added in the offseason, including five of Nebraska's top six scorers.
• One of the biggest points of emphasis for Hoiberg and his staff has been to shoot better from 3-point range, and that work has paid off over the past three weeks. Over the last six games dating back to Nov. 22, NU is shooting 38 percent from 3-point
range and averaging 8.7 3-pointers per game after shooting just 23 percent in the first three games of the season.
Huskers' 3-Point Improvement
|Category||First 3 Games||Last 6 Games|
|3 Pt. Pct.||.231||.382|
• It is not surprising that Nebraska has relied on its 3-point shooting early on, as Hoiberg's Iowa State teams led the Big 12 in 3-pointers in four of his five seasons at the school. The Huskers are on pace to average 7.8 3-pointers per game, a total which would rank third in school history and be the most since the 2006-07 campaign.
Most 3-Pointers/Game in School History
• Friday's game features two of the Big Ten's top teams in getting to the foul line. Indiana leads the Big Ten, averaging 28.5 attempts per game, while Nebraska is fourth at 23.0 free throws per contest.
• Nebraska has put at least four players in double figures in eight of the last nine games. The only time it didn't occur was against South Florida on Nov. 27, when the Huskers had a pair of 20-point scorers in Haanif Cheatham (26) and Dachon Burke Jr. (21). The Huskers put five players in double figures against Washington State on Nov. 25 and last Saturday against Creighton. The Huskers nearly had six double figure scorers in the loss to the Bluejays, as Dachon Burke finished with nine points.
• The Huskers have averaged 77 points per game since the opening night loss to UC Riverside, including 90+ points in consecutive games against South Dakota State (90) and Southern (93). That marked the first time that the Huskers have scored 90 or more points in consecutive games since the 1999-2000 season.
• After shooting 34 percent in their first two losses, the Huskers have shot much better as a team. Over the last seven games, the Huskers are shooting 46 percent from the floor, including three performances of 52 percent or better in that stretch.
• Nebraska enters Friday's game fourth in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +2.4 per game. The Huskers have forced an average of 15 turnovers per game to rank third in the Big Ten while averaging 12.5 turnovers per game. During his tenure at Iowa State, Hoiberg's teams ranked in the top three in the Big 12 in fewest turnovers per game in four of his five seasons at the school.
• Nebraska's 14 first-year players on the roster matches TCU for the most in the nation in research done by the Utah SID John Vu. Only four teams (TCU-14, Nebraska-14, East Carolina-13 and Utah-12) have at least 12 newcomers on their 2019-20 rosters. Nebraska returns a national-low 1.9 percent of its scoring from last season and the 50 returning points is the lowest by any power conference team since 2009 according to noted statistician Ken Pomeroy.
Fewest Returning PPG from 2018-19
|No.||School||Returning PPG||Pct. of Scoring|
|3.||South Dakota St.||15.8 PPG||16.9%|
|4.||Virginia Tech||13.3 PPG||18.1%|
• Nebraska has already played two overtime games in the first month of the season. The school record for OT games is four, set most recently during the 2007-08 campaign.
• Cam Mack's 13-point, 11-assist performance vs. Southern Utah on Nov. 9 marked just the sixth time in the last 30 years that a Husker has had a points-assist double-double. Mack is third in the Big Ten with 6.0 assists per game and has three games with at least seven assists.
Husker Points/Assists Double-Doubles (Last 30 years)
|Cam Mack||13||11||vs. Southern Utah, 11/11/19|
|Glynn Watson Jr.||10||10||vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12/20/18|
|Lance Jeter||10||10||vs. Kansas, 2/5/11|
|Lance Jeter||12||12||at Kansas State, 2/7/10|
|Sek Henry||11||11||at TCU, 11/21/09|
|Tom Wald||11||11||vs. Appalachian State, 12/31/94|
• The Big Ten won both of its challenges for the first time, going 5-3 against the Big East in the Gavitt Tipoff games and posting an 8-6 mark to win the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Big Ten has won the last two Gavitt Tipoff Games, while the Big Ten's win over the ACC was the first by the conference since 2015.
THE CHASE FOR 1,000
Despite having only 50 points returning from last season, a pair of Huskers are quickly closing in on 1,000 career points at the collegiate level.
Senior Haanif Cheatham enters the Indiana contest with 955 points during his career and is 45 away from the 1,000-point mark. Cheatham, who previously played at Marquette and Florida Gulf Coast, is averaging 12.6 points per game and is setting career bests in field goal percentage (.572) and rebounding (5.2 per game). Dachon Burke comes into Big Ten play eith 921 career points, counting his two seasons at Robert Morris, and needs 79 points to reach that plateau. Burke, who played two
seasons at Robert Morris, is averaging 12.0 points per game for the Huskers in his first season of action at NU.
They will join Matej Kavas, who went over 1,000 career points on Nov. 22. Kavas now has 1,033 career points between his time at Seattle and Nebraska.
SETTING A FAST PACE
Not only are the Huskers adjusting to a whole new roster, but playing at a significantly faster pace than in previous years. The Huskers are 16th nationally in offensive tempo, as their average possession is 15.1 seconds.
• In his five seasons as a college coach, Hoiberg's teams have ranked in the top 20 in offensive tempo four times, including top-10 rankings in both 2014 and 2015.
• Hoiberg's first Iowa State team in 2010-11 jumped from 67th to 20th nationally in offensive pace and ranked in the top 40 nationally in adjusted tempo in four of his five seasons in Ames, including top-15 nationally in his last two campaigns.
• In the KenPom era (1997-present), only one Husker team has ranked among the top 100 nationally in adjusted tempo - the 1999-2000 Huskers under Danny Nee. The Huskers' quickest offensive tempo in the last decade was in 2017-18 when the Huskers were 140th in offensive tempo.
A live video stream will be provided to subscribers of BTN+ as a BTN Student U production.
Live radio coverage for Saturday's game with ORU can be heard on B107.3 FM in Lincoln and ESPN 590 AM in Omaha beginning at 12:45 p.m. (CT). Stations across the state will also carry the broadcast on the Learfield-IMG College Husker Sports Network. Free live audio can be found at Huskers.com, the Huskers App and TuneIn.
Saturday's game will also feature a halftime performance by the KC Disc Dogs.
Senior guard Hannah Whitish added another mark to her spot in Husker history in Nebraska's 83-79 win over Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 4. Whitish dished out three assists on Nebraska's first three baskets of the night to reach 400 career assists. In the process, she became the first Husker to reach the combined career milestones of 1,000 points (1,042), 400 assists (403) and 200 three-pointers (213).
Whitish, a two-time All-Big Ten guard, finished with 10 points and a season-high six assists in the win over the Blue Devils, scoring Nebraska's final four points at the free throw line to seal the win.
Junior Taylor Kissinger led Nebraska with a season-high 19 points and a career-high-tying six three-pointers in the win over Duke. She also tied a career high with four assists. Kissinger is averaging 15.0 points the last two games, after overcoming a concussion suffered early in non-conference play.
Junior Kate Cain, a candidate for the Lisa Leslie Award, added 12 points, five rebounds and five blocks in the win over Duke. Cain moved into a tie at No. 3 on the Husker career block chart (207) with Olympic bronze medalist Danielle Page (2005-08).
Sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek played an impressive all-around game in the win over Duke with a season-high 14 points on a perfect shooting night that included a career-high-tying three threes. Veerbeek (9.6 ppg) is part of a trio of sophomores leading Nebraska in scoring, including Leigha Brown (13.6 ppg) and Sam Haiby (9.8 ppg).
Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-1) vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (4-6)
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, 1 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Neb.
Halftime: KC Disc Dogs
Live Video: BTN+
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (12:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM; Omaha-ESPN 590 AM; Huskers.com; Huskers App; TuneIn
Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 9.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 9.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 13.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (50-50); 13th Season Overall (243-159)
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (4-6, 0-0 Summit)
24 - Montserrat Brotons - 6-4 - Sr. - C - 9.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg
33 - Keni Jo Lippe - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 18.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg
21 - Rylie Torrey - 5-11 - RSr. - G - 14.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg
23 - Macy Gore - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 5.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg
32 - Sarah Garvie - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 8.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Off the Bench
22 - Karly Gore - 5-9 - Fr. - G/F - 4.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg
11 - Gem Summers - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 4.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg
3 - Katie Kirkhart - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 2.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg
1 - Nena Taylor - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 2.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg
20 - Regan Schumacher - 6-2 - Jr. - C - 2.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
13 - Rachel Skalnik - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 1.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Head Coach: Misti Cussen (Southern Nazarene, 1993)
Eighth Season at ORU (113-112); Eighth Season Overall: (113-112)
Scouting Oral Roberts
• Coach Misti Cussen brings her eighth Oral Roberts team to Lincoln with a 4-6 overall record after a 78-58 loss at Utah on Thursday, Dec. 5.
• The Golden Eagles own early season wins over Wichita State (79-66), Sam Houston State, Texas State and Central Christian.
• ORU is 0-5 on the road this season with losses at Arkansas, Kansas State, Tulsa and Southern Utah, joining the setback to the Utes.
• Junior Keni Jo Lippe provides ORU with an explosive presence in the backcourt. The 5-9 guard from Adair, Okla., is averaging 18.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals. Lippe lives at the free throw line, averaging 7.8 free throw attempts per contest. She scored more than 2,300 points at Adair during her high school career.
• Lippe is joined in the backcourt by fifth-year senior Rylie Torrey. An impressive shooter, Torrey is averaging 2.9 made threes per game (29-66, .439) while averaging 14.4 points per game. She erupted for a career-high 25 points while going 5-for-9 from three-point range in the loss at Utah (Dec. 5). It was her third 20-point effort of the season and the second time she had hit five or more threes in a game, joining her season-high six in the win over Wichita State (Nov. 11).
• Another senior, Sarah Garvie adds more experience to the ORU backcourt. Garvie is averaging 8.3 points and 2.1 rebounds while giving the Golden Eagles another dangerous three-point threat. The 5-8 guard is averaging 2.2 threes per game (22-56, .393), including four in the win over Wichita State on her way to a season-high 17 points. She scored more than 2,600 points in her prep career as one of the top-10 all-time scorers in the history of Oklahoma high school basketball.
• Garvie and Torrey, who are both transfers from Northern Oklahoma-Enid junior college, combined for 10 of ORU's 13 three-pointers (13-30, .433) in the win over Wichita State. As a team, the Golden Eagles also went 16-of-17 at the free throw line in the win over the Shockers.
• Spaniard Montserrat Brotons provides ORU with a strong inside presence. The 6-4 center is averaging 9.5 points and team bests of 7.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. A four-year contributor for the Golden Eagles, Brotons has not attempted a three-pointer in her college career.
• Freshman Macy Gore has started all 10 games for ORU and is averaging 5.2 points, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals. She has also knocked down 10 threes. She and her fraternal twin sister, Karly, led Seiling High School to three straight state titles. Karly Gore, who is averaging 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game off the bench, was the 2018 state tournament MVP.
• Two other freshmen, Gem Summers (4.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg) and Nena Taylor (2.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg) have seen action off the bench for the Golden Eagles.
• Junior Katie Kirkhart earned her first start of the season at Utah, matching Montserrat Brotons with a team-high seven rebounds. The 5-9 Kirkhart, who started 10 games last year, did not score against the Utes and is averaging 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds so far this season.
• Fellow junior Regan Schumacher joins Brotons as the only Golden Eagles taller than 6-0. The 6-2 Schumacher is averaging 2.3 points and 3.3 rebounds.
• Senior guard Rachel Skalnik rounds out the ORU contributors with 1.6 points and 2.5 boards per contest.
• ORU has been without the services of second-team All-Summit League guard Maya Mayberry, who started all 29 games for the 18-13 Golden Eagles last year. The daughter of former Arkansas All-American, NBA first-round pick and current ORU Assistant Coach Lee Mayberry, Maya averaged 14.1 points per game last season, including a career-high 31 against North Dakota State. She finished 10th in the Summit League in scoring and seventh in three-point percentage (.430) last season.
• Maya Mayberry's older sister, Kaylan, was a senior guard for ORU in 2016-17 and an All-Summit League pick in her career. As a freshman in 2013-14, Kaylan Mayberry scored 20 points off the bench and hit four threes the last time ORU met Nebraska.
• As a team, ORU is averaging 70.7 points per game but shooting just 37.2 percent from the field. The Golden Eagles have hit 33.6 percent of their three-point attempts and are averaging 8.2 three-pointers made per game. ORU is also an outstanding free throw shooting team, hitting 77.4 percent of their attempts. ORU owns a plus-4.7 rebound margin but a minus-1.7 turnover margin.
Nebraska vs. Oral Roberts Series History
• Nebraska is 6-0 all time against Oral Roberts with all six meetings coming in Lincoln.
• Saturday's meeting marks ORU's second visit to Pinnacle Bank Arena, joining an 89-53 loss to the Huskers in their inaugural season at PBA on Dec. 29, 2013. That Husker victory capped a 10-2 non-conference season for a Nebraska team that went on to win the Big Ten Tournament title.
• The series with the Golden Eagles dates back to a 100-87 Nebraska win over ORU at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Nov. 27, 1987.
• The largest margin of victory in the series for the Huskers was a 110-61 (+49) win over ORU on Dec. 5, 1989.
• In 2012-13, the Huskers worked their way to an 80-67 victory on Dec. 20, 2012. It matched their narrowest victory margin (+13) in the series and the last time the two teams met at the Devaney Center. That Nebraska team advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (70).
• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (65).
• Kate Cain has recorded at least one block in all nine games this season, and has blocked a shot in 11 straight games dating back to last season.
• As a team, Nebraska has blocked at least one shot in 78 consecutive games.
• Taylor Kissinger and Hannah Whitish have both produced double-figure points in back-to-back games, the longest active streaks scoring in double figures by the Huskers.
• Nicea Eliely, Leigha Brown, Kate Cain, Ashtyn Veerbeek and Isabelle Bourne are the only Huskers to score points in each of Nebraska's first nine games this season.
• Nicea Eliely, Kate Cain, Ashtyn Veerbeek and Isabelle Bourne are the only Huskers to record at least one rebound for the Huskers in all nine games this season.
• Eliely was the only Husker to score in all 30 games last season, and the only Husker to score in all of Nebraska's games against Big Ten Conference foes. She has scored in 43 consecutive games overall. She did not score in a win over Penn State on Feb. 22, 2018, the only time in the past three seasons (including 2019-20, 70 games) that Eliely was shut out.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 351 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 230 consecutive games.
Numbers to Watch
(1) Kate Cain needs one block to move into sole possession of No. 3 on the Nebraska career block list at 208. She is currently tied with Olympic bronze medalist Danielle Page (207, 2005-08).
(7) Kristian Hudson needs seven assists to reach 400 in her career (383 at FIU).
(9) Kate Cain is nine blocks away from matching Catheryn Redmon (216, 2008-11) for No. 2 on the Husker career block list.
(9) Kristian Hudson needs 11 rebounds to reach 400 in her career (372 at FIU).
(16) Nicea Eliely needs 16 rebounds to reach 400 in her career.
• A Nebraska victory over Oral Roberts would give the Huskers their first nine-win non-conference campaign under Coach Amy Williams.
• Nebraska's 83-79 win over Duke was the first for Amy Williams in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and her 50th victory overall as NU's head coach.
• Nebraska's win over Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge helped the Big Ten secure its first win in the 13 years of challenge play against the ACC. The Big Ten went 9-5 overall in 14 head-to-head games with the ACC to move to 1-9-3 in the history of the challenge.
• Through games Dec. 9, Nebraska was No. 39 in the Massey Ratings. Other Big Ten teams in the top 45 included: Indiana (9), Maryland (16), Minnesota (20), Northwestern (22), Rutgers (26), Michigan (30), Michigan State (35), Purdue (41), Ohio State (42) and Iowa (43).
• Through nine games, Nebraska is allowing an average of 59.4 points per game, after allowing 70.1 points per game last season. NU's 2018 NCAA Tournament team allowed 63.6.
• Opponents are shooting 33.9 percent from the field and 26.2 percent from three-point range this season against NU. Last year, Husker foes hit 41.1 percent, including 33.4 percent from long range. In 2017-18, Nebraska led the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.371) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.299).
• Nebraska has held six opponents to 55 points or less through nine games this season. Last year, NU held only two foes (Radford-39, Kansas-52) to 55 or less.
• In 2017-18, Nebraska held 11 of 32 opponents to 55 points or less.
• NU's bench has outscored opponent reserves in all nine games in 2019-20, and 37 of the last 39 games overall. The Husker bench has outscored opponent benches by double digits in 28 of the last 39 games.
• This season, NU's bench has outscored opposing benches 257-129 (28.6-14.3 ppg).
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 64, Wood River 33
Anselmo-Merna 54, Arcadia-Loup City 30
Axtell 72, Silver Lake 35
Battle Creek 66, Central Valley 51
Centura 54, Central City 49
College View Academy 54, Cedar Bluffs 35
Conestoga 73, Malcolm 59
Deshler 65, Meridian 17
East Butler 45, Exeter/Milligan 37
Elgin Public/Pope John 47, Neligh-Oakdale 41
Elkhorn 51, Platteview 34
Elkhorn Mount Michael 42, Bishop Neumann 38
Elkhorn Valley 68, Madison 47
Elm Creek 68, Alma 41
Fairbury 49, Superior 42
Falls City 61, Diller-Odell 26
Fort Calhoun 61, Omaha Concordia 50
Garden County 55, Sioux County 33
Gordon/Rushville 63, Crawford 55
Guardian Angels 62, Columbus Scotus 56
Hartington-Newcastle 71, Wakefield 47
Hastings 65, Ralston 51
Howells/Dodge 40, Aquinas 34
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 46, Lewiston 26
Johnson County Central 53, Southern 38
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 77, Homer 53
Lexington 74, Minden 31
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 41, Wayne 38
Lutheran High Northeast 76, Twin River 62
Maxwell 76, Hi-Line 68
Mead 64, Cornerstone Christian 41
Morrill 74, Hay Springs 37
Nebraska Lutheran 66, St. Edward 18
Niobrara/Verdigre 47, St. Mary's 43
North Bend Central 66, Schuyler 45
North Platte St. Patrick's 81, Creek Valley 32
Oakland-Craig 82, Clarkson/Leigh 54
Osmond 60, Boyd County 29
Palmyra 58, Johnson-Brock 47
Parkview Christian 62, Omaha Christian Academy 28
Pleasanton 46, Cozad 39
Riverside 56, Summerland 32
Sedgwick County, Colo. 51, South Platte 21
Shelton 62, Harvard 43
Southern Valley 57, Cambridge 44
Sterling 36, Friend 24
Stuart 63, Spalding Academy 31
Sutherland 62, Brady 42
Sutton 66, Heartland 54
West Holt 53, Ord 39
West Point-Beemer 44, Stanton 43
Yutan 67, Arlington 33
Cattle Trail Invitational=
Hitchcock County 67, Southwest 14
Maywood-Hayes Center 55, Arapahoe 37
Dundy County-Stratton 64, Oberlin-Decatur, Kan. 19
Wauneta-Palisade 44, Medicine Valley 31
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Adams Central 80, Wood River 39
Aquinas 41, Howells/Dodge 33
Arcadia-Loup City 46, Anselmo-Merna 36
Battle Creek 63, Central Valley 16
Boyd County 44, Osmond 11
Brady 39, Sutherland 29
Broken Bow 53, Amherst 27
Cambridge 46, Southern Valley 27
Central City 59, Centura 32
College View Academy 36, Cedar Bluffs 32
Crofton 55, Boone Central/Newman Grove 33
Diller-Odell 41, Falls City 35
Elgin Public/Pope John 49, Neligh-Oakdale 45
Elkhorn Valley 57, Madison 27
Elm Creek 66, Alma 36
Elmwood-Murdock 44, Louisville 40
Exeter/Milligan 51, East Butler 30
Fremont 76, Omaha Benson 37
Giltner 43, McCool Junction 29
Gordon/Rushville 46, Crawford 35
Guardian Angels 62, Columbus Scotus 56
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 61, Lewiston 30
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 79, Plainview 30
Johnson-Brock 54, Palmyra 36
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 50, Homer 46
Loomis 53, Kenesaw 45
Lutheran High Northeast 65, Twin River 30
Malcolm 44, Conestoga 17
Maxwell 54, Hi-Line 26
Mead 52, Cornerstone Christian 17
Meridian 45, Deshler 32
Minden 41, Lexington 39
Morrill 61, Hay Springs 29
Nebraska City Lourdes 40, Falls City Sacred Heart 34
Nebraska Lutheran 48, St. Edward 28
Niobrara/Verdigre 37, St. Mary's 32
North Bend Central 69, Schuyler 7
North Platte St. Patrick's 74, Creek Valley 20
Oakland-Craig 55, Clarkson/Leigh 31
Omaha Concordia 46, Fort Calhoun 42
Omaha Gross Catholic 71, Nebraska City 33
Omaha Mercy 52, Omaha Skutt Catholic 45
Overton 45, Gibbon 22
Palmer 58, Elba 27
Pleasanton 71, Cozad 29
Shelton 52, Harvard 35
Silver Lake 48, Axtell 35
Sioux County 39, Garden County 17
South Platte 48, Sedgwick County, Colo. 32
Southern 39, Johnson County Central 31
Sterling 65, Friend 15
Stuart 58, Spalding Academy 12
Summerland 62, Riverside 23
Summerland 62, Riverside 23
Superior 50, Fairbury 31
Sutton 57, Heartland 42
Tekamah-Herman 28, Douglas County West 25
Wahoo 43, Ashland-Greenwood 38, OT
Wakefield-Allen 60, Hartington-Newcastle 44
Wayne 78, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 30
Weeping Water 47, Auburn 37
West Holt 32, Ord 31
West Point-Beemer 49, Stanton 30
York 70, Columbus 32
Yutan 51, Arlington 42
Cattle Trail Invitational=
Dundy County-Stratton 59, Arapahoe 32
Hitchcock County 61, Wauneta-Palisade 37
Maywood-Hayes Center 55, Southwest 27
Oberlin-Decatur, Kan. 39, Medicine Valley 23
Stivrins collected her second career all-region honor after posting 2.60 kills per set, 1.06 blocks per set and a team-best .385 hitting percentage. The junior middle blocker has led the Huskers to a .150 opponent hitting percentage this season, which ranks seventh in the nation. A first-team All-American last year, Stivrins has also served nine aces and was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection this season.
Sun earned her second career all-region honor and first at Nebraska. The junior outside hitter leads the Huskers with 3.54 kills per set with 2.40 digs per set and a team-high 24 aces. Sun posted double-digit kills in 18 of 20 Big Ten matches and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. She has nine double-doubles this season, second-most on the team.
Hames received her first all-region team selection after averaging 10.91 assists and 2.89 digs per set. One of the best defensive setters in the nation, Hames has a team-high 16 double-doubles and has served 24 aces. Her 11.37 assists per set in Big Ten play ranked third in the conference and earned her first-team All-Big Ten accolades. Hames has set the Huskers to a .272 hitting percentage this season.
Kubik earned Nebraska's first AVCA North Region Freshman of the Year honor since Kadie Rolfzen in 2013. She is the sixth Husker all-time to be named region freshman of the year. Kubik is averaging 2.75 kills and 2.51 digs per set in her first year as a Husker. She ranked fourth among Big Ten freshmen in kills (2.73 per set) and digs (2.52 per set) in conference play, earning her All-Big Ten Second Team and Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
The four Huskers will be eligible for AVCA All-America honors, which will be announced next Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Adams Central 54, Holdrege 34
Alma 50, Kenesaw 41
Archbishop Bergan 78, Omaha Christian Academy 22
BDS 61, Hampton 17
Battle Creek 64, Wayne 59
Bayard 43, Crawford 40
Beatrice 55, Columbus 32
Bennington 55, Nebraska City 14
Bertrand 30, Axtell 27
Bloomfield 63, Emerson-Hubbard 21
Boone Central/Newman Grove 51, Hartington Cedar Catholic 40
Brady 47, Garden County 31
Bridgeport 63, Leyton 24
Broken Bow 53, North Platte St. Patrick's 37
CWC 63, Summerland 46
Central City 69, Gibbon 37
Chadron 61, Scottsbluff 44
Chase County 59, Wauneta-Palisade 40
Cody-Kilgore 67, Hay Springs 36
Creek Valley 41, Hyannis 37
Crete 65, Hastings 30
Crofton 63, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 42
Cross County 59, Shelby-Rising City 27
Diller-Odell 60, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 56 (OT)
Doniphan-Trumbull 33, Blue Hill 26
Dundy County-Stratton 54, Kimball 25
Elgin Public/Pope John 47, Niobrara/Verdigre 30
Elkhorn Valley 53, Neligh-Oakdale 39
Elm Creek 58, Southern Valley 55
Exeter-Milligan 63, Osceola 19
Falls City Sacred Heart 65, Sterling 29
Fillmore Central 40, Milford 37
Frankfort, KS 55, Pawnee City 32
Franklin 35, Sandhills Valley 18
Gering 77, Alliance 42
Gordon-Rushville 39, Hemingford 34
Gothenburg 37, Hershey 25
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 61, Wisner-Pilger 11
Heartland 41, Wilber-Clatonia 24
Hi-Line 58, Ansley-Litchfield 43
High Plains Community 40, Giltner 36
Howells-Dodge 39, Stanton 26
Humphrey St. Francis 76, Palmer 15
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 48, Clarkson/Leigh 41
Johnson County Central 46, Mead 41
Kearney Catholic 64, Sutton 36
Lawrence-Nelson 52, Red Cloud 13
Lincoln Christian 30, Fairbury 28
Lincoln North Star 57, Kearney 38
Maxwell 60, Sandhills/Thedford 19
Maywood-Hayes Center 58, Wallace 16
Medicine Valley 42, Paxton 15
Meridian 45, Dorchester 25
Millard South 87, Omaha Bryan 8
Mitchell 41, Sterling, CO 39
Morrill 45, Potter-Dix 8
Mullen 56, Anselmo-Merna 42
Nebraska Christian 41, St. Edward 32
Norris 56, Plattsmouth 51
North Central 60, Burwell 16
North Platte 43, Sidney 39
Northwest 57, Waverly 40
Ogallala 39, Lexington 34
Omaha Brownell Talbot 59, Cornerstone Christian 10
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 50, Omaha Concordia 43
Ord 57, Ainsworth 56
Osmond 46, Randolph 43
Overton 51, Loomis 37
Papillion-LaVista 58, Bellevue East 28
Pleasanton 65, Arcadia/Loup City 49
Silver Lake 44, Deshler 37
South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 41, Twin Loup 11
South Platte 41, Minatare 10
Southern 42, Palmyra 24
St. Mary's 54, Riverside 24
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 56, Wilcox-Hildreth 38
Syracuse 55, Falls City 28
Wahoo 40, Aurora 37
Wausa 33, Plainview 30
Weeping Water 57, Malcolm 41
West Holt 41, Creighton 33
Winnebago 92, Walthill 19
Wray, CO 60, Perkins County 20
Wynot 71, Winside 16
@ Omaha Nation: Santee VS Omaha Nation
@ Pender: Tekamah-Herman VS Pender
@ Raymond Central: Aquinas Catholic VS Raymond Central
Ainsworth 45, Gordon-Rushville 39
Aquinas Catholic 47, Shelby-Rising City 17
Archbishop Bergan 61, Douglas County West 26
Arlington 52, Ashland-Greenwood 43
Arthur County 52, Hay Springs 23
Atwood-Rawlins County, KS 65, Hitchcock County 61
BDS 70, East Butler 32
BRLD 61, Homer 40
Blair 51, Ralston 34
Boone Central/Newman Grove 38, Columbus Lakeview 29
Boyd County 53, Wausa 29
Bridgeport 49, Bayard 28
Centennial 58, Nebraska Christian 28
Chadron 62, North Platte 54 (OT)
Clarkson/Leigh 69, Madison 31
David City 37, Sandy Creek 24
Dundy County-Stratton 49, Morrill 39
Elkhorn 56, Waverly 39
Elkhorn South 71, Lincoln Southeast 38
Fillmore Central 39, Fairbury 31
Fremont 50, Omaha Westside 43
Fullerton 70, High Plains Community 33
Grand Island Central Catholic 58, Omaha Gross Catholic 49
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 55, Lutheran High Northeast 38
Hampton 32, McCool Junction 25
Hartington-Newcastle 60, Osmond 41
Hastings St. Cecilia 50, Bishop Neumann 26
Hemingford 54, Hyannis 28
Humphrey St. Francis 66, Heartland Lutheran 10
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 67, Battle Creek 49
Kearney Catholic 64, Holdrege 51
Kimball 60, Potter-Dix 5
Lawrence-Nelson 65, Tri County 18
Lincoln Christian 65, Freeman 37
Lincoln East 60, Norfolk 33
Lincoln High 57, Papillion-LaVista South 39
Lincoln Northeast 54, Bellevue West 51
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 50, Twin River 18
Lourdes Central Catholic 34, Yutan 29
Malcolm 51, Auburn 38
Maxwell 51, Creek Valley 17
Maywood-Hayes Center 61, Southwest 30
McCook 47, Valentine 34
Meridian 57, Nebraska Lutheran 29
Milford 67, Raymond Central 28
Millard North 62, Grand Island 24
Millard South 101, Omaha Burke 71
Mitchell 49, Gering 43
Norfolk Catholic 38, Lincoln Lutheran 19
North Bend Central 78, Seward 37
North Platte St. Patrick's 57, Sutherland 17
Northwest 51, Norris 46 (OT)
Oakland-Craig 64, Boys Town 14
Ogallala 46, Minden 33
Omaha Duchesne Academy 32, Elmwood-Murdock 31
Omaha Mercy 51, Plattsmouth 46
Omaha North 71, Omaha South 27
Omaha Northwest 68, Omaha Benson 54
Ord 75, Central City 39
Platteview 59, Louisville 43
Ponca 55, Wayne 32
Shelton 33, Franklin 29
South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 53, Amherst 28
South Sioux City 58, Columbus 45
St. Paul 43, Doniphan-Trumbull 15
Sterling 40, Thayer Central 24
Sterling, CO 49, Alliance 31
Stuart 50, Central Valley 36
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 56, Loomis 54
Superior 64, Belleville - Republic Co., KS 25
Tekamah-Herman 30, Stanton 24
Twin Loup 38, Sandhills/Thedford 17
Weeping Water 60, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 29
West Point-Beemer 48, Omaha Roncalli Catholic 46
Wood River 43, Centura 38
@ Cody-Kilgore: Sioux County VS Cody-Kilgore
@ Fort Calhoun: Syracuse VS Fort Calhoun
@ Milford: Raymond Central VS Milford
@ Sedgwick County, CO: Garden County VS Sedgwick County, CO
Ainsworth 55, Ord 37
Alliance 53, North Platte 32
Alma 57, Kenesaw 34
Ansley-Litchfield 90, Hi-Line 57
Aquinas Catholic 60, Raymond Central 31
Arcadia/Loup City 55, Pleasanton 42
Archbishop Bergan 84, Omaha Christian Academy 48
Axtell 61, Bertrand 36
BDS 56, Hampton 6
Battle Creek 57, Wayne 49
Beatrice 78, Columbus 68
Bennington 79, Nebraska City 44
Bloomfield 52, Emerson-Hubbard 25
Brady 59, Garden County 53
Bridgeport 58, Leyton 12
Burwell 70, North Central 23
Chase County 67, Wauneta-Palisade 17
Crawford 47, Bayard 37
Deshler 42, Silver Lake 37
Diller-Odell 56, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 45
Doniphan-Trumbull 50, Blue Hill 38
Dundy County-Stratton 58, Kimball 46
Elkhorn Valley 54, Neligh-Oakdale 37
Exeter-Milligan 56, Osceola 52 (OT)
Falls City 47, Syracuse 36
Falls City Sacred Heart 69, Sterling 29
Frankfort, KS 57, Pawnee City 44
Franklin 48, Sandhills Valley 36
Gering 67, Sidney 56
Gibbon 40, Central City 36
Giltner 49, High Plains Community 14
Gordon-Rushville 47, Hemingford 34
Hartington Cedar Catholic 78, Boone Central/Newman Grove 43
Hastings 56, Crete 39
Hay Springs 45, Cody-Kilgore 44
Hershey 53, Gothenburg 48
Howells-Dodge 49, Stanton 35
Humphrey St. Francis 71, Palmer 26
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 77, Clarkson/Leigh 34
Hyannis 67, Creek Valley 40
Johnson County Central 49, Mead 38
Kearney Catholic 51, Sutton 42
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 64, Crofton 37
Lawrence-Nelson 60, Red Cloud 18
Lincoln Christian 67, Fairbury 38
Loomis 72, Overton 23
Malcolm 56, Weeping Water 34
Maxwell 48, Sandhills/Thedford 45
Milford 71, Fillmore Central 27
Mitchell 64, Chadron 49
Morrill 54, Potter-Dix 23
Mullen 68, Anselmo-Merna 56
Nebraska Christian 42, St. Edward 19
Niobrara/Verdigre 53, Elgin Public/Pope John 49
Norris 55, Plattsmouth 29
North Platte St. Patrick's 60, Broken Bow 39
Northwest 52, Waverly 33
Ogallala 67, Lexington 65 (OT)
Omaha Brownell Talbot 55, Cornerstone Christian 37
Omaha Nation 87, Santee 47
Omaha South 71, Omaha Benson 58
Osmond 55, Randolph 33
Palmyra 68, Southern 41
Paxton 65, Medicine Valley 49
Pender 57, Tekamah-Herman 45
Plainview 42, Wausa 27
Riverside 64, St. Mary's 47
Scottsbluff 68, Sterling, CO 59
Shelby-Rising City 49, Cross County 41
South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 60, Twin Loup 25
South Platte 31, Minatare 28
Southern Valley 56, Elm Creek 50
Summerland 40, CWC 35
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 55, Wilcox-Hildreth 25
Wahoo 48, Aurora 29
Wakefield 57, Allen 40
Wallace 65, Maywood-Hayes Center 27
Walthill 60, Winnebago 51
West Holt 63, Creighton 59
Wilber-Clatonia 62, Heartland 55
Wisner-Pilger 69, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 47
Wray, CO 86, Perkins County 45
Wynot 47, Winside 14
@ Meridian: Dorchester VS Meridian
Ainsworth 60, Gordon-Rushville 56
Amherst 64, South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 39
Aquinas Catholic 52, Shelby-Rising City 32
Ashland-Greenwood 58, Arlington 44
Auburn 83, Malcolm 42
BDS 48, East Butler 36 (OT)
BRLD 65, Homer 28
Bayard 56, Leyton 32
Belleville-Republic Co., KS 58, Superior 41
Bellevue West 69, Omaha Westside 62
Bishop Neumann 50, Hastings St. Cecilia 17
Boyd County 50, Wausa 26
Boys Town 76, Oakland-Craig 70
Bridgeport 72, Crawford 18
Centennial 70, Nebraska Christian 32
Central City 42, Ord 34
Central Valley 64, Stuart 38
Centura 47, Wood River 28
Clarkson/Leigh 64, Madison 44
Columbus 92, South Sioux City 67
Columbus Lakeview 60, Boone Central/Newman Grove 27
Creighton Preparatory School 66, Lincoln Southwest 54
Douglas County West 50, Archbishop Bergan 42
Dundy County-Stratton 42, Morrill 25
Fairbury 60, Fillmore Central 42
Fort Calhoun 67, Syracuse 19
Fullerton 79, High Plains Community 17
Grand Island Central Catholic 78, Norfolk Catholic 39
Gretna 67, Millard South 54
Hay Springs 48, Arthur County 40
Humphrey St. Francis 75, Heartland Lutheran 25
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 63, Battle Creek 60
Kearney Catholic 60, Holdrege 39
Lincoln Christian 65, Freeman 54
Lincoln East 68, Norfolk 59
Lincoln Lutheran 57, Omaha Gross Catholic 31
Lincoln North Star 65, Kearney 54
Lincoln Northeast 92, Fremont 54
Lincoln Southeast 58, Elkhorn South 45
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Twin River 30
Loomis 80, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 45
Lourdes Central Catholic 50, Elmwood-Murdock 46
Lutheran High Northeast 66, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 57 (OT)
Maxwell 52, Creek Valley 24
Maywood-Hayes Center 61, Southwest 44
McCook 75, Valentine 42
McCool Junction 73, Hampton 26
Milford 54, Raymond Central 34
Millard North 79, Papillion-LaVista South 63
Mount Michael Benedictine 76, Plattsmouth 37
Norris 48, Northwest 26
North Bend Central 64, Seward 35
North Platte St. Patrick's 61, Sutherland 35
Ogallala 81, Minden 39
Omaha Central 69, Omaha Burke 57
Omaha North 55, Omaha South 54
Osmond 71, Hartington-Newcastle 59
Papillion-LaVista 64, Bellevue East 46
Ponca 58, Wayne 40
Ralston 59, Blair 50
Sandy Creek 41, David City 34
Scottsbluff 66, Alliance 50
Shelton 48, Franklin 22
Sioux County 45, Cody-Kilgore 31
St. Paul 49, Doniphan-Trumbull 46
Stanton 40, Tekamah-Herman 37
Sterling 51, Thayer Central 49 (OT)
Tri County 60, Lawrence-Nelson 30
Waverly 40, Elkhorn 33
Weeping Water 52, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 48
Yutan 70, Parkview Christian 26
@ Atwood-Rawlins County, KS: Hitchcock County VS Atwood-Rawlins County, KS
@ Hyannis: Hemingford VS Hyannis
@ Nebraska Lutheran: Meridian VS Nebraska Lutheran
@ Omaha Roncalli Catholic: West Point-Beemer VS Omaha Roncalli Catholic
@ Platteview: Louisville VS Platteview
@ Sandhills/Thedford: Twin Loup VS Sandhills/Thedford
@ Sedgwick County, CO: Garden County VS Sedgwick County, CO