Mar 09, 2020 2:17 PM

Huskers end Big Ten slate with worst loss of season

Posted Mar 09, 2020 2:17 PM

By: Husker Athletics

Minneapolis – A red-hot Minnesota team made a season-high 18 shots from 3-point range and shot 56.9 percent from the field overall, and the Gophers defeated Nebraska 107-75 on Sunday in the final game of the regular season for both teams.

Nebraska (7-24, 2-18 Big Ten Conference) finished winless in conference road games and will be the No. 14 seed in the Big Ten Conference Tournament, where the Huskers will face Indiana on Wednesday night in Indianapolis.

Senior guard Haanif Cheatham scored 17 points and junior guard Jervay Green added 15 to pace Nebraska, which played with only seven scholarship players, as guards Cam Mack and Dachon Burke Jr. are indefinitely suspended for violation of team rules.

Nebraska shot 37.8 percent from the field and a season-high 82.4 percent on free throws. Since going 8-of-30 on free throws in a loss to Northwestern a week ago, the Huskers have shot 26-of-32 over their last two games.

Gabe Kalscheur tied his career high with 26 points to lead Minnesota (14-16, 8-12) and finished with a career high 8 made 3-pointers, on 11 attempts. As a team, the Gophers were 18-of-35 on 3-pointers, or 51.4 percent, and surpassed their previous season high of 14 made 3-pointers, against Northwestern.

Nebraska jumped to a 6-0 lead and made five of its first eight field goal attempts but trailed 13-10 at the first media timeout. From there, Minnesota caught fire on offense, shooting 63 percent from the field in the first half, including 7-of-13 on 3-pointers.

Nebraska tried to keep pace, and the Huskers trailed by only seven points with 4:42 remaining before halftime. But the Gophers exploded with a 14-2 run in over the next 3:20 to open a 19-point lead, their biggest of the first half.

Cheatham had 11 points in the first half to pace the Huskers, who shot 38 percent from the field and trailed 53-27 at halftime. The Gophers quickly scored the first six points of the second half and finished with the most points scored this season against Nebraska, which also suffered its most lopsided loss of the season.

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Mar 09, 2020 2:17 PM
🥎 Eagles sweep Pueblo Saturday, aim for series sweep Sunday

By: Kaleb Center, CSC Sports Information Director

CHADRON, Neb. -- March 7, 2020 -- For the first time this season, the Chadron State College softball team won back-to-back games on the same day, as the Eagles' pitching staff held the visiting Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves to just two earned runs and two unearned in a doubleheader sweep at CSC Softball Field on Saturday.

Pueblo led off the noon game with two runs in the top of the first, and held the lead through three and a half innings, before Chadron State rallied in the bottom of the fourth and held on to win 4-3.

The ThunderWolves started off with two doubles and a single in their go-ahead first at-bat, but CSC answered in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff triple by Bailey Marvel. Gabby Russell singled her home to make it 2-1.

Pueblo tacked on an unearned run on an error in the top of the fourth, but on the same play left fielder Angelica Maples recovered the ball and threw a second runner out at home, with catcher Bailey Rominger making the tag. That held the ThunderWolves at three runs for the game.

Chadron State's fourth inning benefitted from a pair of CSUP errors, putting Maples on board and later sending her across the plate after a stolen base. Later, Marvel scored the tying run on a Addison Spears single, and Spears scored the go-ahead from first on a double by Russell.

A pair of double plays by the CSC defense in the fifth and sixth innings, and a game-ending strikeout by pitcher Tia Kohl ensured the win for the Eagles.

Kohl evened her record at 5-5 on the season, and now has 23 and two-thirds consecutive innings without issuing a walk. Pueblo pitcher Samantha Riesen, who batted 2-for-2 and led her team with two RBI, remained winless in the circle at 0-6.

The Eagles didn't let the later game remain as close.

CSC slapped out eight base hits, all singles, in the 9-1 win that ended in the sixth, when the team took advantage of the run rule to walk off on an Alyx Gragg pinch-hit single. Half of the Eagles' hits were in the final frame.

Three Pueblo errors and three base hits by CSC helped the Eagles get out to a 7-0 lead in the first three innings.

Pueblo got one run back in the fourth on a passed ball, but CSC came back with two more in the sixth to seal the deal.

Spears, Russell, Rominger, and Gragg all hit safely to put the game-clinching runs across, while Mackenzi Kroll added a sacrifice fly.

CSC pitcher DeAnna Barrera allowed only three hits in the game while striking out five, to get to 4-7 with the win. Pueblo twirler Taylor Strupp went to 0-5.

The Eagles are now 9-12 overall and 4-6 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play, headed into Sunday's final two games with the ThunderWolves, who are now 1-19 and 1-9 in league play.