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Adams Central - 17
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Huskie season comes to an end at 7-4. 






Aurora Recap vs Adams Central 11-08-19

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FINAL 
St Paul -25 
Aquinas -10 

Wildcats advance to the state semi finals Friday, November 15th traveling to Oakland to take on the Oakland Craig Knights. 

Listen to a full recap below 






St Paul Football Recap 11-8-19

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Nebraska hits the road for the first time in 2019-20 to take on one of its oldest foes, as the Huskers face Missouri on Sunday in Columbia. Tip-off between the former conference rivals at Mizzou Arena is set for 2 p.m.

• Live radio coverage (beginning at 1:45 p.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on B107.3 FM, in Omaha on ESPN 590 AM, and across central Nebraska on 880 AM KRVN in Lexington. 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 on TuneIn. 

• A live video stream will be provided by SEC Network+, which is available through WatchESPN and the ESPN App. Ben Arnet will call the play-by-play, while former Tiger and Kansas Jayhawk Lauren Aldridge will provide analysis. Aldridge started all 35 games for Mizzou last season.

• Nebraska opened with a 68-46 win over a solid Alabama A&M squad on Wednesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Senior guard Hannah Whitish led four Huskers in double figures by scoring 12 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting. Junior Kate Cain and sophomores Ashtyn Veerbeek and Leigha Brown each pitched in 10 points.

• Nebraska played outstanding defense for the first 25 minutes against Alabama A&M, building a 46-14 lead with 6:22 left in the third quarter.

• Nebraska returns five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad that finished 14-16 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten Conference. The Huskers return their top seven scorers from a year ago, including senior starters Whitish (10.1 ppg) and Nicea Eliely (7.9 ppg). Whitish is a two-time All-Big Ten selection, and Eliely is one of the Big Ten's best defenders.

• Missouri returns three starters and seven letterwinners from a team that finished 24-11 overall and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round. The Tigers went 10-6 to finish fifth in the SEC.

• Missouri's top returning scorer is senior Amber Smith, who averaged 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last season. Smith opened this season with a huge 27-point, 15-rebound effort in a 97-89 overtime win over Western Illinois at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday night.

• Sunday's game will mark the 73rd all-time meeting between the Huskers and the Tigers. Only three schools - Kansas (83), Kansas State (79) and Iowa State (76) - have played more women's basketball games against Nebraska.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0) at Missouri Tigers (1-0)
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 2 p.m. (CT)
Mizzou Arena (15,061) - Columbia, Mo.
Live Video: 
SECN+ (Ben Arnet, Lauren Aldridge)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (1:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - 107.3 FM; Omaha - ESPN 590 AM, Lexington - 880 AM KRVN, Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn

Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 10.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 10.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 8.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G/F - 4.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - G/F - 10.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G/F - 4.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 4.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 4.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 2.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (43-49); 13th Season Overall (236-158)

Missouri Tigers (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
22 - Jordan Roundtree - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 14.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
23 - Amber Smith - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 27.0 ppg, 15.0 rpg
24 - Jordan Chavis - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 18.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
33 - Aijha Blackwell - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 1.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
43 - Hayley Frank - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Off the Bench
12 - Elle Brown - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 15.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
13 - Hannah Schuchts - 6-2 - RSr. - F - 11.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg
10 - Nadia Green - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 2.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
11 - Haley Troup - 5-10 - So. - G - 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
45 - Brittany Garner - 6-4 - RFr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose, 1990)
10th Season at Missouri (172-119); 25th Season Overall: (507-276)

Scouting Missouri
• Coach Robin Pingeton brings her 10th Missouri Tiger team into the 2019-20 season. Missouri has earned seven straight postseason bids, including four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Pingeton took over the Missouri job in 2010-11 - Nebraska's final season in the Big 12. Pingeton spent seven seasons in the Missouri Valley Conference at Illinois State prior to becoming the top Tiger.

• Missouri returns three starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 24-11 overall and 10-6 in the SEC before advancing to the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. It was Missouri's second-straight 24-win season, and fourth straight year with 22 or more victories.

• The biggest loss for the Tigers from a year ago is senior Sophie Cunningham, who averaged 17.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Cunningham - a hometown product from Columbia, Mo. - finished her career with 2,187 points, 701 rebounds and 390 assists.

• Cierra Porter, the SEC Sixth Player of the Year as a 6-4 senior, is also gone. Porter,  who averaged 7.8 points and 5.0 rebounds last year, finished her career with 1,167 points, 769 rebounds and 112 blocks. She was also a high school teammate of Cunningham at Rock Bridge. 

• Fifth-year senior Lauren Aldridge, who started 67 games for Mizzou the past two seasons, after starting her career at Kansas, also graduated from the program. 

• While the Tigers lost tons of experience, they have some potent weapons back, led by senior Amber Smith. The 5-11 guard averaged 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds last season, and opened this season with a huge 27-point, 15-rebound effort in an overtime win over Western Illinois Tuesday. The preseason second-team All-SEC pick is just 44 points away from 1,000 in her career.

• Jordan Chavis, a 5-7 senior guard added 18 points and eight assists in the win over Western Illinois. She knocked down four threes while playing a team-high 41 minutes against WIU. Last season, Chavis averaged 3.0 points and 1.3 rebounds.

• Jordan Roundtree returns for her second season as a starter after averaging 4.3 points and 2.9 rebounds last year. The 5-9 senior guard from St. Louis scored 14 points in 37 minutes in the opening-night win.

• A pair of freshmen - Hayley Frank and Aijha Blackwell - joined Missouri's senior trio in the starting five for the opener. Frank, a 6-1 forward, managed nine points and five rebounds before fouling out in 18 minutes of work. Blackwell, a 6-0 guard, had one point and two boards in just nine minutes while going 0-for-7 from the field.

• Junior Elle Brown - a 5-11 guard who attended Rock Bridge High School in Columbia like her predecessors Cunningham and Porter - pumped in 15 points and dished out six assists in 32 minutes off the bench for the Tigers against Western Illinois. Brown only scored 17 points with two assists all of last season, and entered her junior year with just 29 career points and eight career assists.

• Senior Hannah Schuchts added a double-double off the bench against Western Illinois with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-2 Schuchts started 19 games for the Tigers last season, averaging 3.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

• Missouri is known for a tenacious defense. Last season, the Tigers surrendered just 58.7 points per game and held opponents to just 37 percent shooting from the field, including 29.5 percent from three-point range. MU hit 44.6 percent of its field goals last year, including 36 percent of its threes while hitting 8.3 threes per game.

Nebraska vs. Missouri Series History
• Nebraska and Missouri will meet for the 73rd time in women's basketball on Sunday in Columbia. The Huskers own a 40-32 lead all-time in the series.

• The first official meeting between the two teams as varsity programs came on Jan. 21, 1977, when Nebraska defeated Mizzou 67-61 in the Big Eight Tournament in Boulder, Colo.

• The Huskers and Tigers met every season from 1976-77 until 2010-11 as Big Eight and Big 12 Conference foes, before Nebraska left to join the Big Ten Conference for the 2011-12 season. In the last meeting as Big 12 foes, the Huskers rolled to a 76-34 win over Missouri at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln on Feb. 22, 2011

• Three weeks earlier, Nebraska lost 76-69 to the Tigers in Columbia.

• One year earlier, Nebraska celebrated a Big 12 Conference title with a 67-51 win over the Tigers in front of a Devaney Center sellout crowd of 13,595. 

• From 1991 through 1999 Nebraska reeled off 19 consecutive women's basketball victories against Missouri, beginning with a 76-67 win in Columbia on Jan. 30, 1991, and ending with an 83-67 win in Lincoln on Jan. 3, 1999.

• In the only meeting between Nebraska and Missouri since the schools left the Big 12, No. 25 Missouri defeated Nebraska 55-35 on Nov. 14, 2016 in the second round of the Preseason WNIT. It is the lowest-scoring game (combined) in Pinnacle Bank Arena history. It was also tied for the second-fewest points scored by a Nebraska team in any game. It was Coach Amy Williams' second game as Nebraska's head coach. 

• Nicea Eliely led Nebraska with eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block in the second game of her Husker career. Eliely is the only current Husker to score in the game against the Tigers. Hannah Whitish played 12 minutes against MU and Grace Mitchell added seven minutes. Both managed one rebound.

• Amber Smith started the game at Nebraska but was held scoreless in 10 minutes. Jordan Roundtree played just one minute and did not score. Hannah Schuchts (12 min.) and Jordan Chavis (11 min.) each came off the bench to score two points apiece.

• The extended history of Nebraska and Missouri in women's basketball dates to November of 1901, when "the first intercollegiate match for girls ever played in the west" according to the Nebraska State Journal, took place between Nebraska and Missouri at Grant Hall in Lincoln. NU won 31-4.

Husker Nuggets
• Hannah Whitish hit 4-of-6 threes against Alabama A&M to push her career 3FGM total to 199. She will become just the third Husker in history to hit 200 threes with her next three-pointer. 

• Whitish, who recorded her 100th career steal in the win over Alabama A&M, needs 22 points and 34 assists to reach the combined career milestones of 1,000 points and 400 assists.

• Nebraska improved to 43-3 all-time in home season openers, including 6-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, with its 68-46 win over Alabama A&M on Wednesday afternoon. 

• Nebraska's bench outscored Alabama A&M's 24-7 in the opener, marking the 29th time in the last 31 games that the Husker bench has outscored the opponent reserves.

• The Husker bench has outscored the opponent bench by double digits 22 times in the last 31 games, including a 30-1 edge in a loss to 2019 NCAA Elite Eight qualifier Iowa (Feb. 25, 2019).

• The Missouri bench outscored the Western Illinois reserves 28-13 in a 97-89 season-opening overtime win over the Leathernecks (Nov. 5).

• Overall, Nebraska's bench outscored opposition benches 950-492 (31.7-16.4 ppg) for a plus-15.3 margin.

• Nebraska's bench scored 40 or more points seven times last season, including  a season-high 45 in a loss at Arkansas.

• In Big Ten regular-season play, NU's bench outscored opponent benches 563-317 (31.3-17.6, +13.7 ppg).

• Nebraska has hit 10 or more threes 15 times in the last three seasons (including 2019-20, 63 games). Through the first 20 seasons with the three-point shot in women's basketball (1988-2007), Nebraska hit 10 threes in a game only six times (311 games).

Nebraska Streaks
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (62).

• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (57).

• 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 35 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, 60 games) that Eliely was shut out.

• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 343 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 222 consecutive games.

Numbers to Watch 
 (1) Hannah Whitish is one made three-pointer away from 200 in her career. She will join All-American Jordan Hooper (295) and three-time first-team All-Big 12 guard Kiera Hardy (267) among the only Huskers to hit 200 career threes.
 
(1) Leigha Brown needs one point to reach 300 in her career. 

(5) Kayla Mershon needs five rebounds to achieve 100 in her career.

(8) Kristian Hudson needs eight assists to reach 400 in her career (383 assists came at Florida International prior to Hudson transferring to Nebraska ahead of the 2018-19 season).

(8) Hannah Whitish is eight rebounds away from 300 in her career.

(10) Sam Haiby needs 10 rebounds to achieve 100 in her career.

(13) Junior Kate Cain is 13 blocks away from 200 in her career. Only three other Huskers in history have achieved 200 career blocks.

(14) Kristian Hudson needs 14 rebounds to reach 400 in her career.

(22) Hannah Whitish (978) is 22 points away from becoming the 33rd 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska women's basketball history.

(34) Hannah Whitish is 34 assists away from becoming just the eighth Husker in history with 400 career assists.




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VOLLEYBALL
Class A State Tournament
Quarterfinal

Gretna def. Millard West, 25-14, 11-25, 25-16, 25-22

Lincoln Pius X def. Millard South, 25-22, 21-25, 25-8, 25-20

Millard North def. Papillion-LaVista, 19-25, 25-23, 25-9, 25-16

Papillion-LaVista South def. Elkhorn South, 25-21, 26-24, 25-21

Class B State Tournament
Quarterfinal

Norris def. Platteview, 25-14, 15-25, 27-25, 25-23

Omaha Duchesne Academy def. Sidney, 25-15, 25-18, 25-19

Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Hastings, 25-2, 25-5, 25-6

Waverly def. Grand Island Northwest, 23-25, 25-8, 25-17, 25-7

Class C-1 State Tournament
Quarterfinal

Broken Bow def. Wayne, 20-25, 25-20, 25-8, 25-18

Lincoln Lutheran def. Chadron, 25-20, 25-15, 25-19

St. Paul def. Battle Creek, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17

Wahoo def. Norfolk Catholic, 25-17, 25-20, 25-19

Class C-2 State Tournament
Quarterfinal

Grand Island Central Catholic def. Summerland, 25-14, 25-12, 25-20

Hastings St. Cecilia def. Arcadia-Loup City, 25-10, 25-12, 25-20

Lutheran High Northeast def. Bishop Neumann, 25-17, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18

Superior def. Wisner-Pilger, 26-24, 21-25, 25-18, 25-17

Class D-1 State Tournament
Quarterfinal

Archbishop Bergan def. Overton, 24-26, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20

Diller-Odell def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, 25-18, 28-26, 25-11

Hartington Cedar Catholic def. CWC, 26-24, 25-16, 25-12

Pleasanton def. Central Valley, 25-19, 25-16, 24-26, 25-12

Class D-2 State Tournament
Quarterfinal

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Bertrand, 21-25, 24-26, 25-18, 25-21, 15-12

Humphrey St. Francis def. Garden County, 25-14, 25-20, 25-10

Lawrence-Nelson def. Giltner, 25-10, 25-8, 25-14

Wynot def. Falls City Sacred Heart, 27-25, 13-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-11





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PREP FOOTBALL=

Class D1=

Second Round=

Arcadia-Loup City 72, Sutherland 14

Burwell 50, Elm Creek 13

Cambridge 62, Neligh-Oakdale 14

Cross County 20, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 6

Dundy County-Stratton 20, Fullerton 18

Howells/Dodge 56, Lutheran High Northeast 22

Osceola-High Plains 46, Creighton 32

Tri County 68, Elmwood-Murdock 8

Class D2=

Second Round=

Bloomfield 50, Hartington-Newcastle 20

Central Valley 50, Elwood 24

Falls City Sacred Heart 56, Clarkson/Leigh 6

Humphrey St. Francis 60, Lawrence-Nelson 14

Overton 36, Garden County 12

Plainview 36, Johnson-Brock 28

Pleasanton 27, Kenesaw 14

Twin Loup 36, Mullen 14





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LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 7 Nebraska volleyball team shut down Northwestern in a 25-18, 25-7, 25-18 sweep on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 8,026 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Huskers (19-3, 11-2 Big Ten) had 13.5 blocks and held Northwestern to a -.054 hitting percentage for the match. It was Northwestern's lowest hitting percentage of the season and marked the Huskers' best defensive outing since Nov. 4, 2017 against Indiana (-.062). On the offensive side of the net, Nebraska hit an efficient .326, guided by Nicklin Hames' 40 assists. 

Lexi Sun had 11 kills and hit .455, and Madi KubikLauren Stivrins and Jazz Sweet each had 10 kills. Kubik added nine digs and four blocks, and Stivrins had eight blocks and hit .353 on the night. Sweet hit .412 and had a career-best six blocks.   

Callie Schwarzenbach contributed three kills and five blocks, and Kenzie Knuckles led the back row with 12 digs. Megan Miller added six. 

Nebraska had a 45-19 advantage in kills and a 44-33 edge in digs. Nebraska's 13.5 blocks was a season high for a three-set match. 

Nia Robinson had six kills to lead the Wildcats (10-15, 1-12 Big Ten). 

The next two Husker matches are on the road, beginning at Iowa on Saturday at 7 p.m. 

Set 1: Nebraska opened up a 5-1 lead to begin the match, and a couple of kills each by Sun and Sweet gave the Huskers a 12-9 advantage. Nebraska led 15-10 at the media timeout after Kubik and Sun notched kills before a Northwestern hitting error. After Northwestern got a sideout, Kubik terminated before Schwarzenbach and Hames teamed up for a block that made it 17-11. Kubik put the Huskers up seven, 21-14, and Nebraska won the set by seven, 25-18. Nebraska held Northwestern to .000 hitting in the set. 

Set 2: The Huskers began set two with a 4-0 run, including a block by Sun and Schwarzenbach. The lead became 11-2 after Schwarzenbach and Sweet combined for four kills, and Stivrins posted two blocks and a kill on three straight rallies. Kills by Sun, Stivrins and Kubik helped the Big Red to a 16-4 lead, and Nebraska went up 22-6 after Kubik and Sun combined for five kills in a span of six rallies. Nebraska won 25-7, its most decisive set win since Sept. 15, 2018 against Missouri State (25-4). The Huskers hit .538 in the set and forced Northwestern into a -.129 hitting percentage. 

Set 3: Northwestern got out to a 5-3 start, its first lead of the match. The Huskers fought back with an odd-angled kill by Kubik and a tip by Stivrins to take a 6-5 lead. Knuckles then served an ace, and Stivrins took over with three kills and two blocks with Sweet in a span of five rallies, and the Huskers led 12-5. Another kill by Stivrins increased the lead to 10 at 18-8, and Nebraska led by as many as 11 before ultimately winning the third set, 25-18. 



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LINCOLN - Hannah Whitish scored 12 points on four three-pointers to lead four Huskers in double figures as Nebraska battled to a 68-46 women's basketball win over Alabama A&M on Wednesday afternoon in the regular-season opener at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Junior Kate Cain added 10 points, seven rebounds and a game-high eight blocked shots, while sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek pitched in 10 points and six boards while making her first career start. Fellow sophomore Leigha Brown contributed 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Big Red, which improved to 43-3 all-time in home season openers.

Nebraska got off to a strong start both offensively and defensively. The Huskers jumped to an 11-2 lead after the opening tip, including 3-for-3 three-point shooting from Veerbeek and Whitish (2-for-2), to close the first quarter with a 20-9 lead. 

The Huskers opened the second quarter with a 9-0 run with four straight points from Cain, a three-point play from Brown and the first two points of Isabelle Bourne's career to extend the margin to 20 points at 29-9. Nebraska closed the half with a 35-14 lead.

The third quarter started all Nebraska again, as the Huskers pushed the edge to 46-14 with an 11-0 run in the first 3:35 of the second half. Cain and Veerbeek combined for seven points during the spurt. But Alabama A&M, coached by former Husker Margaret Richards, rallied for an 8-0 run of its own and closed the third quarter trailing 49-31.

The Bulldogs closed the gap to 55-38, before Whitish buried back-to-back threes midway through the fourth quarter to seal the Husker win.

Sophomore Sam Haiby, who joined Veerbeek in making her first career start, just missed double figures with eight points. Haiby, Whitish and Nicea Eliely all led the Huskers with three assists.

Junior Taylor Kissinger had a team-high eight boards, while pitching in four points. Senior Kristian Hudson (Birmingham, Ala.) added four points and three boards, while sophomore Kayla Mershon contributed four points and five rebounds, as Nebraska out-boarded the Bulldogs, 50-45.

Nebraska shot 42.6 percent (23-54) from the floor, 31.3 percent (5-16) from downtown and 70.8 percent (17-24) from the free throw line. Alabama A&M was held to 25.3 percent (20-79) from the field, 12.5 percent (2-16) from long range and 50.0 percent (4-8) from the line. 

Lincoln Northeast High School grad Nigeria Jones led the Bulldogs with 16 points, including 14 in the second half. Fellow guard Deshawna Harper added 15 points including a pair of threes. Omaha North grad Dariauna Lewis contributed eight points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Nebraska will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 10 with a non-conference matchup against the Tigers in Columbia, Mo. Tip-off at Mizzou Arena is set for 2 p.m. with live video available from SECN+.



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LINCOLN, Neb. - UC Riverside used hot shooting from the 3-point line and capitalized on Nebraska's cold shooting to take a 66-47 win, spoiling the debut of new Husker Coach Fred Hoiberg.

The Highlanders went 8-of-15 from 3-point range in the second half to break open a four-point halftime lead. DJ McDonald came off the bench for UC Riverside and had 15 points, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, to lead four players in double figures.

For Nebraska, sophomore point guard Cam Mack led the Huskers with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Matej Kavas came off the bench to add 10 for Nebraska, which shot just 29 percent, including 6-of-26 from 3-point range.

UC Riverside scorched the nets in the first nine minutes of the second half, hitting 7-of-9 from distance to turn a 32-28 lead into an 18-point advantage at 53-35. McDonald went 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in the run, as the Highlanders took command in that stretch and Nebraska was unable to get within 15 the remainder of the contest.

Dragen Elkaz had 14 points, while George Willborn III finished with 13 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for the winners.

The Huskers got off to a quick start offensively, but could not sustain the momentum as UC Riverside took a 32-28 lead into the break. Despite shooting 35 percent, including 3-of-13 from 3-point range, the Huskers were within striking distance, as they forced nine Highlander turnovers for 10 points.

Nebraska began with a blistering start, hitting six of their first shots from the floor in building a 16-7 lead after a Haanif Cheatham free throw in the first half. The Huskers lead 20-12 after an Yvan Ouedraogo basket, but the Highlanders used a 10-2 run to pull even at 22 all after a Willborn 3-pointer. Consecutive 3-pointers from McDonald and Elkaz stretched the lead to six before Kavas scored four straight points to make it a two-point game before Elkaz's tip-in beat the first half buzzer.

The Huskers return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Southern Utah. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. and it will be carried on the IMG-Learfield Husker Sports Network and online on BTN+. A limited number of tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or by calling 800-8-BIGRED.





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Nebraska opens its 2019-20 regular season by battling Alabama A&M on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Tip-off against the Bulldogs is set for noon (CT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

• The special noon tip time follows the Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nearly 2,000 elementary and middle-grades students from 27 school districts around Nebraska will converge on the arena to hear inspirational messages from Husker student-athletes and coaches, including Nebraska Head Coach Amy Williams and Alabama A&M Head Coach Margaret Richards - a former Husker. The Sportsmanship Pep Rally starts at 9:30 a.m.

• Doors to the arena for pre-registered schools in the Pep Rally open at 8:30 a.m. Doors to the arena for the basketball game will open at 11 a.m. - just 60 minutes prior to tip-off, rather than the normal 90 minutes.

• Single-game, season, "Starting Five Pack" and the new "You Betcha Bundle" tickets are available now through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at Huskers.com.

• Live radio coverage (beginning at 11:45 a.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on B107.3 FM, in Omaha on ESPN 590 AM, and across the state on select Learfield-IMG College Husker Sports Network stations. Free live audio can be found at Huskers.com, the Huskers App and on TuneIn

• The Huskers rolled to a 97-33 win over NCAA Division II Rogers State in their lone exhibition game at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, Nov. 2. Kate Cain, Ashtyn Veerbeek and Sam Haiby each scored 12 points while Leigha Brown added 10 points to give Nebraska four players in double figures.

• Nebraska out-rebounded the Hillcats 73-27 (+46) on the afternoon.

• Nebraska returns five starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad that finished 14-16 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten Conference.

• The Huskers return their top seven scorers from a year ago, including senior starters Hannah Whitish (10.1 ppg) and Nicea Eliely (7.9 ppg). Whitish is a two-time All-Big Ten selection, and Eliely is one of the Big Ten's best defenders.

• Senior Kristian Hudson returns after missing Nebraska's final 23 games last year with an injury. Senior forward Grace Mitchell will add size and experience inside for the Huskers. 

• Junior returning starters Taylor Kissinger (8.9 ppg) and Kate Cain (7.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.6 bpg) give Nebraska more size and experience. Kissinger led the Big Ten and ranked fourth nationally in three-point percentage (.456) last season. Cain has earned her second appearance on the Lisa Leslie Award Watch List, and is on track to become Nebraska's all-time leader in blocked shots this season.

• Nebraska's four-player sophomore class of Sam Haiby (10.0 ppg), Leigha Brown (9.6 ppg), Ashtyn Veerbeek (6.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Kayla Mershon (3.2 ppg) combined for the most points (893) by a Husker freshman class since 1981-82.

• Nebraska's three-player freshman class of Isabelle Bourne, Trinity Brady and Makenzie Helms take the court for the first time at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday. Bourne was a key player in the Australian U19 National Team's run to a silver medal at the FIBA U19 World Championships this summer. Helms was the Connecticut Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2018-19. Brady finished her prep career at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Tennessee - one of the top women's basketball academy teams in the nation. As a junior, she was one of the top high school players in the state of Indiana at Lawrence North. She was an IBCA Subway Supreme 15 Underclass All-State selection.

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Alabama A&M Bulldogs
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, Noon (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln

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Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 6.9 ppg, 5.5 ppg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 7.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 9.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 7.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 3.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F 
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (42-49); 13th Season Overall (235-158)

Alabama A&M Bulldogs (0-0, 0-0 SWAC)
20 - Lazurea Saunders - 6-0 - RFr. - F - 7.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg
32 - Elexis Evans - 6-4 - So. - C - 6.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg
4 - Jameica Cobb - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 5.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg
5 - Nigeria Jones - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 11.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg
23 - DeShawna Harper - 5-4 - Jr. - G - 7.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Off the Bench
24 - Tierra Dark - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 5.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg
21 - *Dariauna Lewis - 6-1 - So. - F - 3.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg
2 - Natalie Collins - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 3.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg
11 - Je'Naiya Davis - 5-8 - Fr. - G 
12 - Kamani Jones - 5-10 - Fr. - F
22 - Jasmine Stanley - 6-1 - Fr. - F
34 - Ariana Powe - 5-10 - Fr. - F
50 - De'Asia Thomas - 5-11 - Fr. - F
*statistics at Missouri State in 2018-19
Head Coach: Margaret Richards (Nebraska, 2003)
Fourth Season at Alabama A&M (26-60); Fourth Season Overall: (26-60)

Scouting Alabama A&M
• Former Husker Margaret Richards guides Alabama A&M into the 2019-20 season.

• Richards was a four-year letterwinner at Nebraska from 2001 through 2004. The 5-9 guard from Louisville, Ky., finished her career with 915 points, 518 rebounds and 216 assists while playing in 117 games with 69 starts.

• In Richards' first season (2016-17) at Alabama A&M, the Bulldogs went 2-25 and 0-18 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. They were one of the nation's most improved teams in 2017-18, finishing 11-18 overall and 6-12 in the SWAC.

• The Bulldogs have improved each of Richards' three years, including a 13-17 record last season with an 8-10 SWAC mark. A&M's 13 wins were its most since going 17-12 in 2011-12.

• Alabama A&M is the preseason pick to finish seventh in the SWAC. Southern, the defending SWAC champion and a 2019 NCAA Tournament team, is the preseason pick to win the league. Southern comes to Lincoln Nov. 20.

• Sophomore Elexis Evans enters 2019-20 as a preseason first-team All-SWAC selection. The 6-4 center averaged 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds as a freshman in 2018-19.
• Junior Nigeria Jones added preseason second-team All-SWAC honors. The 5-7 guard out of Lincoln Northeast was Alabama A&M's leading scorer a year ago, averaging 11.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. She also led the Bulldogs in assists (3.4 apg) and steals (1.6 spg).

• Senior guard Jameica Cobb returns to the starting backcourt with Jones, after averaging 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds last season. She was second on the team with 3.0 assists per game.

• The Bulldogs are hoping to benefit from the return of redshirt freshman Lazurea Saunders. The 6-0 forward averaged 7.1 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds through seven games last season before suffering a season-ending injury.

• Junior DeShawna Harper gives the Bulldogs another returning starter after averaging 7.5 points and 2.2 rebounds last season.

• Alabama A&M added another Nebraska connection this offseason with Omaha North's Dariauna Lewis. She averaged 3.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 25 games at Missouri State last year. The Bears won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen before Coach Kellie Harper departed for Tennessee. Lewis, a 6-1 sophomore, posted a career-high 15 points against Drake and had a career-high nine boards against Ball State.

• Wednesday's game is the first-ever meeting between Nebraska and Alabama A&M.

Huskers Tip Season with Sportsmanship Pep Rally
• The Huskers officially tip off the 2019-20 regular season on Wednesday with the Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally at Pinnacle Bank Arena prior to NU's season opener with Alabama A&M.

• The Sportsmanship Pep Rally, which is being offered in partnership with the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame, will take place prior to Nebraska's game with Alabama A&M, which is set for a noon tip-off. The rally is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:30 a.m., with Husker student-athletes and coaches delivering inspirational and motivational messages to elementary and middle grades students.

• Nebraska women's basketball coach Amy Williams will address the students, along with Alabama A&M Coach Margaret Richards - a former Husker. Students can also expect to be entertained by Steve Max "Master of Simon Sez" who will also entertain the crowd at halftime.

• Each of the nearly 1,800 children scheduled to attend the pep rally will receive a free slice of Valentino's pizza and a beverage provided by Pinnacle Bank Arena.

• Children and sponsors from 27 school districts around the state are scheduled to attend, including Auburn, Aurora, Centennial, Central Valley, Columbus Scotus, DC West, Elba, Elmwood-Murdock, Fillmore Central, Fort Calhoun, Freeman, Heartland Community, Johnson County Central, Logan View, Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Malcolm, Nebraska Christian, North Bend Central, Palmyra, Pine Creek, Raymond Central, Southern, Sterling, Umonhon Nation, Wahoo, Weeping Water and Wilcox Hildreth. 

Husker Nuggets
• Nebraska is 42-3 all-time at home to open the season, including 5-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers had a 12-game season-opening win streak snapped last season with a loss to Drake (Nov. 7, 2018). NU's only other home-opening losses came to South Dakota State (Nov. 19, 2005) and Kansas (Nov. 21, 1980).

• Hannah Whitish enters 2019-20 needing 34 points, 37 assists and five three-pointers to become the first Husker in history to reach combined milestones of 1,000 points, 400 assists and 200 threes.

• The Husker bench outscored opponent benches in 28 of 30 games in 2018-19, with the only exceptions coming in losses at Michigan (37-20, Feb. 7) and at No. 7 Maryland (22-19, Feb. 14).  

• Nebraska's bench outscored the opponent bench by double digits 21 times, including a 30-1 edge in a loss to NCAA Elite Eight qualifier Iowa (Feb. 25). 

• Overall, Nebraska's bench outscored opposition benches 950-492 (31.7-16.4 ppg) for a plus-15.3 margin.

• Nebraska's bench scored 40 or more points seven times last season, including  a season-high 45 at Arkansas.

• In Big Ten regular-season play, NU's bench outscored opponent benches 563-317 (31.3-17.6, +13.7 ppg).

• At least one freshman led the Huskers in scoring in 17 of 30 games last season (Haiby-9; Brown-6; Veerbeek-2).

• Nebraska has hit 10 or more threes 15 times in the last two seasons (62 games). Through the first 20 seasons with the three-point shot in women's basketball (1988-2007), Nebraska hit 10 threes in a game only six times (311 games).

Nebraska Streaks
• Kate Cain owns Nebraska's longest streak of consecutive starts (61).

• Nicea Eliely owns Nebraska's second-longest streak of starts (56).

• 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 34 consecutive games overall. She did not score in a win over Penn State on Feb. 22, 2018, the only time in the past two seasons (59 games) that Eliely was shut out.

• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three in 342 straight games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008. Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 221 consecutive games.

Regular-Season Numbers to Watch 
(1) Hannah Whitish is one steal away from 100 in her career. Nicea Eliely is one point away from 700 in her career.

(3) Kayla Mershon is three points away from 100 in her career.

(5) Hannah Whitish needs five three-pointers to become just the third Husker to hit 200 career threes, joining All-American Jordan Hooper (295) and three-time first-team All-Big 12 guard Kiera Hardy (267).

(9) Kristian Hudson needs just nine assists to reach 400 in her career (383 assists came at Florida International prior to Hudson transferring to Nebraska ahead of the 2018-19 season).

(10) Sam Haiby and Kayla Mershon each need 10 rebounds to achieve 100 in their careers.

(11) Leigha Brown needs 11 points to reach 300 in her career. Hannah Whitish is 11 rebounds away from 300 in her career.

(17) Kristian Hudson needs 17 rebounds to reach 400 in her career.

(21) Junior Kate Cain is 21 blocks away from 200 in her career. Only three other Huskers in history have achieved 200 career blocks.

(34) Hannah Whitish (966) is 34 points away from becoming the 33rd 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska women's basketball history.

(37) Hannah Whitish is 37 assists away from becoming just the eighth Husker in history with 400 career assists.





Nebraska freshman libero Kenzie Knuckles was named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, the conference office announced. 

Knuckles averaged 5.00 digs per set in No. 8 Nebraska's wins against Rutgers and No. 7 Penn State over the weekend. She posted a career-high 24 digs in the five-set win over the Nittany Lions, as the Huskers held Penn State to a .166 hitting percentage, its lowest mark in a Big Ten match this season.

Knuckles also had 16 digs against Rutgers, as NU held the Scarlet Knights to a .099 hitting percentage. 

The Yorktown, Indiana native picked up her first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor. Earlier this season she was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.



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