Jan 10, 2020 2:11 PM

Huskers improve to 13-2 with rout of Wisconsin

Posted Jan 10, 2020 2:11 PM

By: Nebraska Athletics

Lincoln -- Nebraska used an 11-0 first-quarter run, and an explosive 14-point run over a 5:25 stretch in the third and fourth quarters on its way to an impressive 65-50 women's basketball victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Sophomore guard Leigha Brown fueled a strong performance by the Big Red bench, leading the Huskers with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while freshman forward Isabelle Bourne added career bests off the bench with 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. The Nebraska bench outscored the Badger reserves 29-9 on the night to help the Huskers improve to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten. It is Nebraska's best 15-game start to a season since opening 14-1 in its first year in the Big Ten in 2011-12.

Bourne had a huge night off the bench in Nebraska's victory with several career best marks.
Bourne had a huge night off the bench in Nebraska's victory with several career best marks.

Sophomore guard Sam Haiby led the Nebraska starters with 11 points, seven assists and three steals, while senior guard and Wisconsin native Hannah Whitish added eight points, including back-to-back threes to open the fourth quarter as part of NU's 14-0 run. Her second three, which came in transition off a pass from Haiby, put the Huskers up 54-35 with 8:12 left in the game and forced a timeout. Fifty-two seconds later, Bourne scored in transition to give Nebraska a 56-35 lead and force another Wisconsin timeout. The lead grew as large as 25 at 62-37 on a Nicea Eliely layup with six minutes left in the game.

Wisconsin, which slipped to 9-6 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten, was led by forward Imani Lewis, who notched her fourth straight Big Ten double-double to open league play with 18 points and 10 rebounds. However, she was the only Badger to produce double figures in points or rebounds on the night.

For the game, Nebraska hit 48.2 percent (27-56) of its shots from the field, including 35 percent (7-20) of its three-pointers. The Huskers went 4-for-5 from long range in the first quarter to overcome a fast start by Wisconsin, which held a 10-5 lead just 3:45 into the game. However, the Huskers responded with an 11-0 run to take a 16-10 lead after eight straight points, including a pair of threes from Brown, before a three-pointer by Haiby capped the run with 43 seconds left in the quarter.

Wisconsin then went without a field goal for nearly the first five minutes of the second quarter as Nebraska took its first double-digit lead of the night at 24-13 off a Whitish bucket with 6:10 left in the half.

The Huskers took a 30-21 lead into the locker room at halftime behind 10 points from Brown, seven from Haiby and the first five points of the game from sophomore starter Ashtyn Veerbeek. In the half, Nebraska freshmen and sophomores combined for 28 of NU's 30 points.

Wisconsin came out strong in the second half, getting a three-point play from Lewis, before a three-pointer from Niya Beverley followed by a traditional three-point play from Beverley to cut the Nebraska lead to 35-30 with 7:20 left in the quarter. After that, it was all Nebraska, as the Huskers held Wisconsin to just two field goals over the next 11 minutes to build a 58-35 edge.

Nebraska controlled the boards, 38-28, on the night and outscored Wisconsin 10-6 in second-chance points and 15-7 in points off turnovers, although Wisconsin won the turnover battle, 16-14. The Huskers held the Badgers to just 35.7 percent (20-56) shooting, including just 3-of-10 from three-point range.

Although the Huskers battled foul trouble for much of the night, Wisconsin only converted 7-of-10 free throws in the game, while Nebraska hit 4-of-5 free throws. The Badgers were called for just 11 fouls in the contest.

Nebraska returns to road Big Ten action on Sunday by traveling to Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off between the Huskers and Scarlet Knights is set for Noon (MT)

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Jan 10, 2020 2:11 PM
Eagles host pair of #19 ranked Utah teams

By: Con Marshall, CSC Sports Information

CHADRON, Neb. -- January 8 , 2020 -- After playing their last five conference games on the road dating back to Dec. 13, the Chadron State College basketball teams will be at home this weekend to host their Utah opponents. The Westminster Griffins from Salt Lake City will visit the Chicoine Center on Friday night and the Dixie State Trailblazers from St. George will be the foe Saturday night.

"These are big games for us versus great teams," CSC Men's Coach Houston Reed noted.

In particular, the Westminster women and the Dixie State men have had lots of success this season.

The Westminster women are 11-2 overall and 6-1 in the RMAC, losing only to Colorado Mines 80-70 in conference action on Friday night, then rebounding to defeat Colorado-Colorado Springs 75-64 on Saturday night.

The Lady Griffins, who also lost at Alaska Anchorage, have a strong attack led by three juniors. Hunter Krebs, 6-foot-1, is averaging 16.4 points and shooting 60 percent from the field, 5-6 Mariah Martin is averaging 15 points and 6-0 Sarah McGinley is averaging 14.4 points and 7.8 rebounds.

The Dixie men won their first 10 games before being clipped 91-75 at Western Oregon on Dec. 20. When they returned to action on Friday, they topped Colorado Springs 75-61, but lost 80-79 in overtime to Colorado Mines.

The homestanding Trailblazers seemed to have a safe lead Saturday night, but Mines scored eight of the last nine points in regulation to knot the score an 68 and won in overtime when Dixie State missed two free throws and the Mines player who snagged the second rebound drove to the other end of the court and hit a jumper with five seconds left.

Dixie's top gun is 6-8 junior Hunter Schofield, who is averaging 18 points and 7.5 rebounds. Three more Blazers are averaging between 11 and 12 points. The Eagles won 64-61 in St. George last year, largely on the strength of a 46-27 rebounding bulge.

This reportedly will be the first time a Dixie State basketball team has played in Nebraska, and perhaps the last time for a while since the Trailblazers are leaving the RMAC after this school year.

The Dixie State women are 9-4 for the season and 4-3 in the RMAC. Friday night they were drilled 67-40 by Colorado Springs, which was 1-10 and 0-5 entering the game, but beat Colorado Mines 77-72 the next night.

Ali Franks, a 5-10 senior, leads the Dixie women with a 14.7-point average and has made half of her 38 3-pointers.

The Westminster men are 8-5 overall and 3-4 in league play. They nipped Colorado Mines 68-66 Friday night, but lost at home to Colorado Springs 63-53 on Saturday night. The Griffins are paced by 6-5 junior Brandon Warr, who is averaging 16.2 points and 9.4 rebounds, the most in the RMAC. Jake Connor, a 6-4 grad student, is next at 12.5 points a game.

Senior guard Colby Jackson handed out 13 assists, one shy of a school record last Saturday. File Photo.

The Chadron State men got a huge "pick-me-up" Saturday night when they knocked off Fort Lewis 83-71 in Durango to break a five-game losing skid. Senior Brian Rodriguez leads the Eagles at 16.9 points and 6.0 rebounds a game. He scored 18 points in each CSC's weekend games.

Although he's seen limited playing time in several games because of foul trouble, center Jacob Jefferson is averaging 11.5 points and senior point guard Colby Jackson 10.4 a game while also handing out 75 assists. Jackson was credited with 13 assists against Fort Lewis. That's second high all-time for the Eagles.

The CSC women have lost five conference games in a row since defeating Regis 69-65 at home on Dec. 7, but continue to put forth good effort. Junior Taryn Foxen sets the scoring pace at 13.4 points a game. Ironically, she was scoreless in the win over the Rangers, but has tallied 59 points in the last three games. Senior Melisa Kadic is averaging 10.4 points and Jori Peters is close behind at 9.1.