Theriot's 31 Powers No. 12 Huskers Past High Point
All-American Rachel Theriot erupted for a season-high 31 points and Tear'a Laudermill pitched in 22 as No. 12 Nebraska rolled to an 83-57 women's win over defending Big South Conference champion High Point at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday.
With the victory, Nebraska closed non-conference play with a 10-1 record, while High Point, which returned all five starters from last season's Big South Conference title team, slipped to 6-5 on the season.
Theriot, a 6-0 junior point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, came out aggressive from the tip, pumping in 14 points in the first half to help the Huskers build a 45-33 halftime lead. She continued scoring at a torrid rate in the second half, pouring in 10 points in the first 6:10 after halftime to push NU's lead to 61-39.
Theriot's 31 points came on a career-high 24 field goal attempts, while she also knocked down a career-high 13 shots from the floor. It marked the second 30-point performance of Theriot's career, joining a 33-point effort in an overtime win over Minnesota on Jan. 16, 2014.
"Rachel was aggressive and all 24 of those shots were good shots," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "In fact she still passed up three or four more shots that she should have taken."
Theriot added five assists against just one turnover while contributing four rebounds.
Laudermill, a 5-9 senior guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., was also outstanding. She notched her third 20-point performance of the season with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor, including a pair of threes. She added six rebounds, three assists and a block for the Big Red.
Senior forward Emily Cady rounded out a trio of Huskers in double figures with 12 points, six rebounds and three steals in just 21 minutes of action. Cady, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, suffered an injury less than five minutes into the second half when she was inadvertently undercut on a rebound and landed on her back. She walked off the court under her own power and returned to the bench for the rest of the game, but did not play.
At the time Cady went down, the Huskers led 55-39 with 15:04 left and were on an 8-0 run after High Point had cut the margin to 47-39 with 18:05 remaining. After Cady left, the Big Red finished off a 20-0 run with 12 straight points to take their biggest lead at 67-39, after back-to-back baskets by Allie Havers with 11:37 remaining.
Havers matched her season high with eight points, while adding five rebounds.
Senior forward Hailie Sample played another strong all-around game with six points, nine rebounds, a career-high matching six assists, two blocked shots and a steal.
Senior guard Brandi Jeffery rounded out the scoring for the Big Red with four points, while adding eight rebounds, two assists and five steals, which were just one off her career high.
As a team, Nebraska hit 48.6 percent (35-72) of its shots from the floor, despite going just 3-for-15 from three-point range. The Huskers also hit 10-of-14 free throws.
The Big Red held High Point to just 33.8 percent (22-65) shooting, including 27.6 percent (8-29) in the second half. The Panthers did knock down 8-of-22 threes, and managed to hit 5-of-8 free throws.
The Huskers dominated the turnover department, winning that battle 18-8. NU committed just one turnover in the second half to finish with a season-best plus-10 turnovers in the game. Nebraska also outrebounded High Point, 42-41, despite playing without its top rebounder, Cady, for the final 15 minutes.
Preseason Big South Player of the Year Kaylah Keys was the only Panther to produce double figures, scoring 10 of her team-high 14 points in the second half. Lindsay Puckett added nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range, while DeAnneisha Jackson contributed nine points and six rebounds off the bench. Starting forwards Stacia Robertson and Latrice Phelps each contributed eight points and seven boards on the day.
Nebraska built a 45-33 lead at halftime thanks to big halves from Theriot, Laudermill and Cady. Theriot led the Huskers with 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor. She also had four assists. Laudermill contributed 13 first-half points, including NU's lone three of the half, while adding two assists and a block.
Cady played a nearly flawless first half, scoring 10 points, grabbing five rebounds and snagging three steals, while going 3-for-3 from the floor and 4-for-4 at the free throw line.
As a team, Nebraska shot a sizzling 57.6 percent (19-33) from the floor, despite going 1-for-6 from long range. The Huskers were also 6-of-7 at the free throw line. NU held High Point to just 38.9 percent (14-36) from the floor, but the Panthers knocked down 4-of-9 three-pointers. HPU also won the first-half rebounding battle, 19-18, but the Huskers won the first-half turnover tussle, 9-7.
Nebraska will be off from competition for the holiday before opening Big Ten Conference play at Minnesota on Dec. 29. Tip-off between the Huskers and Gophers at Williams Arena in Minneapolis is set for 8 p.m., with live national television coverage by the Big Ten Network.
LANCERS TOP STORM IN OT
A late goal from Chris Wilkie forced overtime, but the Tri-City Storm (13-7-4) fell to the Omaha Lancers (11-8-4) 4-3 when Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson netted his second goal of the game in the extra session at the Ralson Arena on Friday night.
Prior to Wilkie's late equalizer, Storm goals were scored by defenseman Jalen Schulz and Jake Wahlin.
Storm netminder Alec Dillon made 25 saves in the loss, while his counterpart Kris Oldham earned the win with 20 saves of his own.
Omaha took a 1-0 lead early on when Forsbacka-Karlsson scored his first of the evening off a pass from Steven Spinner at 12:05 of the first period.
Tri-City evened the game at 1-1 just over three minutes later on Schulz's first goal of the year from defenseman Tory Dello and forward Matthew Freytag.
The Storm then took the lead in the middle period when Wahlin found a loose rebound in front and scored his second goal in as many games to make it 2-1. Forward Conner Valesano picked up an assist on the tally, his third consecutive game with a helper.
In the final period, the Lancers tied the game at 7:54 on a goal by Nick Rivera and then took the lead when Louie Rowe found a loose puck in front and slipped it under Dillon.
Forced to pull Dillon for an extra attacker, Wilkie scored his 14th of the season with one minute to go in regulation to even the score at 4-4. Defensemen Mattias Goransson and Kevin Kerr recorded assists on the goal.
But early on in overtime, Forsbacka-Karlsson found an opportunity and beat Dillon with the winning goal.
Tri-City now enters the league's winter break with 30 points, and is in second place in the USHL's Western Conference.
The Storm return to the Viaero Event Center on Dec. 27 to face Sioux City at 3:05 p.m.
UNK Ambushed in Jefferson City
The Lincoln Blue Tigers tied its season high of 90 points to beat Nebraska Kearney, 90-68, Saturday afternoon in Jefferson City, Mo.
This was UNK's (5-6, 1-3) first trip to Lincoln (6-4, 1-3).
The Lopers beat the Blue Tigers in each of the past two seasons but LU turned the tables today, leading for the last 37 minutes. Getting 28 points off its bench, Lincoln shot 49% from the field and had four players score in double figures.
UNK got another double double from senior post Amarah Williams (25 points & 11 rebounds) but shot 37% from the field and committed 19 turnovers. Lincoln also won the rebounding margin, 44-40. They came in with a minus rebounding margin on the season.
Lincoln 5-8 junior guard Lizzie Nessling had her first career double double (16 points & 11 rebounds) with fellow starters Hunter Yoakum (19) and Kate Frazier (18) combining to score 37. The pair also provided nine rebounds, seven steals and went 13 of 19 from the field.
Off the bench, 5-8 junior guard Dorian Briggs (16 points, four steals & three assists) provided the biggest spark.
Williams (St. Louis, Mo.) went 11 of 17 from the floor and 3 of 4 at the line to reach her game-high point total. She grabbed six offensive caroms and had three blocks on the defensive end.
Freshman guard McKenzie Brown (G.I. Northwest) hit three triples to tally 14 with junior guard Laramey Lewis (Trenton) getting close to a double double, finishing with 12 points, eight boards and five assists.
UNK is off until New Year's Eve when they host Oklahoma Panhandle State at 5:30 p.m.
Killer B's Combine for 52 Points
Junior forward Connor Beranek scored a season-high 32 points and the Nebraska Kearney men's basketball team overcame a double digit second half deficit to beat Lincoln, 90-85, Saturday evening in Jefferson City, Mo.
Making its first visit to Lincoln since 1963, the Lopers improve to 7-3 (3-1) while the Blue Tigers drop to 4-9 (1-3).
Both teams were hot from the field, LU finishing at 56.1% (32 of 57) and UNK coming in at 54.2% (26 of 48). Both squads hit seven threes with the Lopers going 31 of 41 at the line, compared to 14 of 18 for the Blue Tigers.
UNK had control early on, opening up a 25-17 advantage 15 minutes into the game. However, Lincoln roared back, closing the half on a 25-14 run to lead 42-39 at the break.
The Lincoln lead got to 10 points twice in the second half but UNK led for the last 10 minutes. A Beranek (Ravenna) jumper capped a 15-4 run to make it 61-60 Lopers with 10:35 to go.
Kearney seemingly held a comfortable 77-69 lead with 2:58 left but the Blue Tigers scored six straight in a 57 second span. Two free throws by junior forward Ethan Brozek (Norfolk Catholic) stemmed the tide and then freshman post Trey Lansman (Harlan, Ia.) tipped in a Brozek layup miss to make it a 81-75 score.
"That was the highlight play of the game," said UNK co-head coach Tom Kropp. "We had a nice lead but they were coming back and that kinda of swung the momentum back to us."
The Lopers sunk 9 of 10 free throws down the stretch to secure its third road victory of the winter. This also marks the seventh time Kearney has shot 50% or better from the field and the third game with 20 or more made freebies.
Scoring 38 last December vs. Lincoln, Beranek reached his 32 points by going 15 of 15 at the line and 7 of 12 from the field. The 15 for 15 effort is believed to be a new school record; Nick Branting went 12 for 12 at the line in a 2001 game at Fort Lewis.
Working around serious foul trouble, Brozek had 18 of his 20 points in the second half. Going 6 of 12 from the field and making eight free throws, he had seven boards (four offensive), three blocks, two assists and two steals.
"Last year, we were pretty proud of the way we played but we won only two road games (in MIAA play). It's nice to get a road win like this," said Kropp. "When Ethan got his fourth foul (15 minutes left), at that point, we were down 10. We took the gamble to play him and he was smart enough to remain in the game."
Finally for the Lopers, Lansman had another productive game off the bench, having 13 points (6 of 7 field goals), three rebounds, a block and a steal .
Lincoln was led by guards Joshua Buie (18 points & 12 assists) and Victor Scott (22 points & 6 rebounds).
UNK is off until a January 3rd home game against defending national champion Central Missouri.
Bronco Women Win in Denver
After opening up a 28 point halftime lead, the Hastings College women's basketball team had to hold on for a 97-89 victory over Johnson & Wales on Fridaynight to finish off a 2-0 campaign at the Johnson & Wales Classic.
The Broncos really couldn't have asked for a better start opening up a 24-4 lead as Jamie Van Kirk scored 11 of those points including three shots from behind the arc.
The lead would balloon to 30 points before the Wildcats would make two free-throws right before halftime to make it a 28 point advantage for the Broncos.
Hastings would maintain a lead at or near 25 points until with under ten minutes remaining, the Wildcats would catch fire.
With about 9:30 remaining, Johnson & Wales would mount a fierce comeback and with 1:40 remaining would make it 90-85 on a Kristen Ward layup.
:22 later Michaela Barry would knock down the clutch three-pointer as Hastings was finally able to breathe a little easier icing the game with free-throws and a block from Van Kirk.
Van Kirk led the way for the Broncos with 33 points on 11-for-25 shooting including 6-for-14 from behind the arc.
Barry came away with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting including connecting on 3-of-6 from downtown.
Chelsey Morten may have only had five points but she pulled town a game high 10 rebounds.
Shanelle Farmer had one of her best defensive efforts as she ended the night with a career high seven steals while also recording seven points.
Abby Jackson led the way in assists with five while also scoring four points.
Amanda Weber led the way for the Wildcats as she finished with 33 points on 8-for-12 shooting including 6-for-9 from deep.
Hastings is now 10-5 (4-3) on the season and will be back in action Saturday Jan. 3as Dakota Wesleyan comes to town with tip-off set for 2:00 p.m. at Lynn Farrell Arena.
Huskers Work through Finals Week
The Nebraska football team practiced for one hour inside the Hawks Championship Center on Friday in preparation for its Dec. 27 bowl game against the University of Southern California. Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis as well as several defensive players spoke with the media following practice.
According to Papuchis, the Huskers have had a good couple weeks of practice, and mentioned that he believes the team is excited to travel to San Diego and play a talented USC team.
"They are obviously a talented ball club, they have good skill in all their offensive spots, great running back, great quarterback," Papuchis said. "We are going to have (a) challenge ahead of us but we have had a good couple weeks of practice and I think our guys are excited about going out there and playing."
The Trojans boast a prolific quarterback to wide receiver combination in junior quarterback Cody Kessler and junior receiver Nelson Agholor. Kessler ranks consistently in the top three in all major quarterback statistics in the Pac 12 this season, as he has thrown for 3505 yards accounting for 36 touchdown and only four interceptions. Agholor has been the Trojans main deep threat, as he has caught 97 receptions for 1223 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Papuchis believes that the Blackshirts will be up for the challenge to try and shut down the high powered USC offense.
"I think our guys are looking forward to that just from the perspective that I think our guys are comfortable in our nickel stuff, I think they look forward to the challenge," Papuchis said. "I think we have the no.1 defense in terms of opponent completion percentage and I think they have the no.1 offense in terms of offensive completion."
Sophomore safety Nate Gerry was also impressed with how the team has practiced in the last few weeks, as he noted, the team really wants to end the season on a high note in San Diego.
"I think we had a pretty good week of practice, a lot of high energy throughout the week," Gerry said. "I think a lot of people are focused on beating USC, you know that is one thing we really want to do-end the year on a good note."
Gerry added, "Especially with finals being done, we now have all next week to put all we got into USC."
"It's tough, you have to use your time management skills wisely, sometimes you have to put away one or the other and just focus all you got on one thing, then you switch real quick and start doing the other thing," Gerry said. "It is tough, I am just glad they are over with."
Sophomore defensive tackle Maliek Collins agreed with Gerry that going through finals week and practice is tough work, but jokingly, Collins mentioned that is why he gets his school work out of the way early on in the school year.
"I mean it is hard, but I try to take care of my business in the beginning or early on in the semester so I don't have as much pressure during finals week, and whether or not passed or not. I just try and take care of that stuff early on, then finals week can be a breeze."
The Nebraska football team will be back on the practice field Monday afternoon in preparation for their Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl matchup against the USC Trojans. Kickoff between the Huskers and Trojans will be at 7 p.m., and the game can be seen on ESPN.
Sinclair Named Preseason All-American
Nebraska senior pitcher Chance Sinclair was named a third-team Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American on Friday morning, announced by Collegiate Baseball. The Osawatomie, Kan., native was named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball following the 2014 season, becoming the first Husker pitcher since Johnny Dorn in 2008 to earn All-America honors.
Tabbed as a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, Sinclair led the Huskers with a 9-1 record and a 2.15 ERA in 100.2 innings over 16 starts. On the year, Sinclair went 6.0 or more innings in 13 of his 16 starts, including nine outings of at least 7.0 innings or more and a 9.0-inning complete game against Ohio State on April 5. During Big Ten play, Sinclair was a perfect 6-0 in eight starts with a 2.10 ERA, including a 10-strikeout performance in his final home start of the year against Illinois on May 15. It was the most strikeouts in a conference game by a Husker since Thad Weber sat down 11 against Kansas in 2008.
At the 2014 Stillwater Regional, Sinclair started NU's first NCAA Tournament game since 2008 and took a no hitter into the seventh inning against Cal State Fullerton. On the afternoon, Sinclair retired the first 14 Titan batters he faced before he issuing a two-out walk in the fifth, but didn't factor into the decision.
Sinclair joined the Huskers last season following two seasons at Neosho County CC where he set multiple school records.
The Huskers open the 2015 season on Friday, Feb. 13, in Las Vegas, Nev., when they open a three-game series against the UNLV Rebels.
Hastings OC Holtzclaw to Guide UNK Offense Line
Nebraska Kearney head football coach Josh Lamberson announced today that Joe Holtzclaw has joined his coaching staff and will lead the Loper offensive line.
The Sedalia, Mo., native is the second assistant to be hired by Lamberson as Matt Miller (wide receivers) was retained from the previous staff.
"Coach Holtzclaw provides a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be instrumental in our team's development," said Lamberson. "Joe is grounded in his fundamentals and techniques of offensive line play and will provide direction and leadership to that group. I'm thrilled that he has come aboard so quickly and has already made a difference in our recruiting process."
Holtzclaw comes to UNK following a five-year stint at NAIA Hastings College, spending the last four falls as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. During his tenure, he helped the Broncos win 25 games and was part of a 2014 offense that ranked second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in scoring (35.3) and yards (420.0).
In the spring and summer months the past four years, he was an assistant coach for the Nebraska Danger of the professional Indoor Football League (IFL). Working with the defensive line for three seasons and coaching the offensive line for one, Holtzclaw helped the Danger reach the United Bowl in 2013 and 2014, the IFL's championship game.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Northwest Missouri State. Serving as a graduate assistant (offensive line) in 2007 and 2008, Holtzclaw coached alongside Lamberson for one season. He remained on staff in 2009, leading the Bearcat tight ends.
While in Maryville, Holtzclaw was part of a program that had two national runner up finishes and won the 2009 national title.
As player for the Bearcats, he was a three-year starter along the offensive line who earned All-MIAA honors as a senior. Holtzclaw and Lamberson were starters on Northwest's 2005 and 2006 national runner up teams.
A graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, Holtzclaw and his wife, Dani, have a two-year old son, Hayden.
"I'm extremely excited about Joe, Dani and Hayden joining the Loper football family. "He is an outstanding recruiter, coach, husband, father and friend," said Lamberson. "We are blessed to have Joe and I look forward to our future together."
UNK is currently on Winter Break. The Lopers will start winter conditioning in January 2015.
Nebraska-Kearney track & field team members Kevin Carder, Dillon Schrodt and Jackie Ziemke have been selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 7 teams, as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
To be eligible for this squad, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be a starter or key reserve and been at his/her current school for one academic year. Finally, sports information directors (SID's) vote on the makeup of the Academic All-American and All-District teams.
District 7 includes schools from the MIAA, NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) and GAC (Great American Conference).
This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
Carder maintains a 3.99 GPA as Political Science major. Currently running across Europe, the Albion native was the Lopers team MVP in cross country in each of the past two years while being an NCAA provisional qualifier at 10,000 meters this spring.
In the ring, Ziemke (Waco) earned All-American honors in the shot this past March thanks to a third place finish. Also qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, she has a 3.93 GPA in Business Administration.
A junior from Lincoln North Star, Schrodt was an All-American in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor meet with a third place finish. At last week's NCAA Outdoor meet, he placed ninth in the decathlon and also was a qualifier in the 110 hurdles. He maintains a 3.86 GPA in Math (grades 7-12).