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Ainsworth 50, Boyd County 49

Amherst 63, Alma 47

Anselmo-Merna 72, Elwood 44

Aquinas 46, Twin River 38

Arcadia-Loup City 66, Shelton 48

Auburn 66, Falls City 36

Aurora 57, Hastings 52

Bayard 45, Morrill 28

Bellevue West 62, Millard North 58

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 68, South Sioux City 55

Blue Hill 53, Gibbon 47

Boys Town 52, Lincoln Christian 43

Bridgeport 76, Leyton 21

Centennial 58, Shelby/Rising City 45

Centura 52, Doniphan-Trumbull 48, OT

Chadron 86, Hemingford 64

Chase County 54, Southern Valley 43

Clearwater/Orchard 42, Creighton 40

Columbus Lakeview 44, Pierce 42

David City 62, Raymond Central 58

Deshler 61, Sandy Creek 37

Dorchester 48, Friend 34

Dundy County-Stratton 68, Hitchcock County 43

Elkhorn Mount Michael 72, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 46

Elkhorn Valley 61, Ewing 38

Fort Calhoun 41, Louisville 36

Fullerton 69, Elgin Public/Pope John 28

Garden County 43, Minatare 23

Gordon/Rushville 47, Hay Springs 33

Grand Island Northwest 45, Hastings St. Cecilia 38

Gretna 54, Lewis Central, Iowa 44

Haxtun, Colo. 71, Creek Valley 41

Heartland 55, Superior 43

Heartland Lutheran 69, Hampton 30

Hershey 49, Sutherland 38

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 59, Wisner-Pilger 44

Kearney Catholic 63, Lexington 48

Kenesaw 41, Giltner 33

Kimball 69, Potter-Dix 16

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 75, Wayne 54

Lincoln Lutheran 46, Elmwood-Murdock 41

Lincoln North Star 71, Lincoln Southeast 50

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 62, Madison 28

Malcolm 58, Fillmore Central 46

Maxwell 53, Maywood-Hayes Center 30

McCool Junction 50, Harvard 46

Mead 40, Weeping Water 21

Minden 65, Ravenna 64

Nebraska Christian 47, Osceola 41

Niobrara/Verdigre 80, Wynot 76, 2OT

Norfolk Catholic 46, Columbus Scotus 42

North Bend Central 72, Arlington 41

North Platte St. Patrick's 41, Mullen 24

Oakland-Craig 88, Walthill 36

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 56, College View Academy 45

Omaha Bryan 56, Omaha North 49

Omaha Burke 57, Millard West 51

Omaha Central 76, Papillion-LaVista 40

Omaha Roncalli 64, Blair 53

Osmond 66, Neligh-Oakdale 63

Overton 76, Brady 23

Palmer 49, High Plains Community 29

Pender 49, Homer 48

Platteview 47, Ashland-Greenwood 36

Pleasanton 47, Central Valley 38

Ponca 56, Wakefield 43

Riverside 84, Burwell 52

Sandhills/Thedford 34, Twin Loup 27

St. Paul 65, Central City 37

Stanton 55, Plainview 43

Stuart 56, CWC 31

West Holt 60, Crofton 53

West Point-Beemer 45, Battle Creek 39

Wilber-Clatonia 56, Fairbury 20

Winnebago 82, Emerson-Hubbard 53

Winner, S.D. 64, Valentine 42

York 60, Grand Island Central Catholic 52

Yutan 65, Douglas County West 45

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Falls City Sacred Heart 75, Johnson County Central 30

Freeman 73, Sterling 44

Johnson-Brock 56, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 36

Tri County 62, Exeter/Milligan 48

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Diller-Odell 64, Parkview Christian 48

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 61, Lewiston 54

Palmyra 60, Meridian 40

Southern 64, Pawnee City 21

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Amherst 48, Alma 32

Anselmo-Merna 43, Elwood 33

Aquinas 49, Twin River 41

Arcadia-Loup City 59, Shelton 11

Arlington 47, North Bend Central 45

Auburn 47, Falls City 41

Aurora 31, Hastings 22

Bayard 53, Morrill 32

Bennington 57, Omaha Duchesne Academy 35

Bishop Neumann 80, Guardian Angels 51

Blue Hill 60, Gibbon 21

Boyd County 65, Ainsworth 40

Boys Town 42, Cornerstone Christian 11

Bridgeport 57, Leyton 50

CWC 54, Stuart 29

Centennial 52, Shelby/Rising City 16

Chadron 63, Hemingford 16

Chase County 68, Southern Valley 23

Columbus Lakeview 41, Pierce 32

Columbus Scotus 46, Norfolk Catholic 24

Creighton 41, Clearwater/Orchard 25

Deshler 53, Sandy Creek 40

Doniphan-Trumbull 54, Centura 38

East Butler 77, Nebraska Lutheran 42

Elkhorn 48, Bellevue East 25

Elkhorn South 78, Omaha South 18

Ewing 49, Elkhorn Valley 41

Fairbury 48, Wilber-Clatonia 8

Fillmore Central 42, Malcolm 26

Friend 39, Dorchester 36

Fullerton 34, Elgin Public/Pope John 25

Gordon/Rushville 67, Hay Springs 26

Grand Island Central Catholic 46, York 38

Grand Island Northwest 53, Hastings St. Cecilia 48

Hampton 40, Heartland Lutheran 24

Hartington-Newcastle 34, Randolph 20

Haxtun, Colo. 74, Creek Valley 25

Hershey 58, Sutherland 28

Hitchcock County 40, Dundy County-Stratton 38

Howells/Dodge 49, Lutheran High Northeast 38

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Wisner-Pilger 37

Kearney Catholic 45, Lexington 39

Kenesaw 50, Giltner 33

Kimball 63, Potter-Dix 12

Lincoln Lutheran 41, Elmwood-Murdock 38

Lincoln Southeast 41, Lincoln North Star 18

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 57, Madison 35

Louisville 66, Fort Calhoun 24

Maywood-Hayes Center 47, Maxwell 26

McCool Junction 54, Harvard 32

Milford 46, Syracuse 36

Millard North 80, Bellevue West 53

Minatare 31, Garden County 22

Minden 41, Ravenna 24

Nebraska Christian 53, Osceola 31

Nebraska City 60, Conestoga 31

Norris 47, Gretna 24

North Platte St. Patrick's 48, Mullen 28

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, College View Academy 14

Omaha Burke 47, Millard West 46

Omaha Concordia 51, Ralston 33

Omaha North 52, Omaha Bryan 13

Omaha Skutt Catholic 67, Omaha Roncalli 48

Omaha Westside 53, Omaha Marian 33

Osmond 42, Neligh-Oakdale 39

Overton 57, Brady 37

Palmer 39, High Plains Community 31

Papillion-LaVista 76, Omaha Central 40

Paxton 43, Medicine Valley 39

Pender 53, Homer 45

Platteview 61, Ashland-Greenwood 25

Pleasanton 53, Central Valley 47

Ponca 59, Wakefield-Allen 30

Raymond Central 47, David City 44

Red Cloud 33, Franklin 26

Sandhills/Thedford 36, Twin Loup 18

Scottsbluff 71, Gering 48

St. Paul 47, Central City 43

Stanton 58, Plainview 24

Superior 67, Heartland 34

Wahoo 57, Omaha Mercy 31

Waverly 48, Beatrice 41

Wayne 60, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 58

Weeping Water 61, Mead 25

West Point-Beemer 46, Battle Creek 43

Winner, S.D. 56, Valentine 24

Wynot 53, Niobrara/Verdigre 23

Yutan 60, Douglas County West 32





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Sidney, NE - The McCook Bison basketball teams would split their varsity contest on Saturday in Sidney against the Red Raiders. In the girls game the Bison would lead the first quarter 12-10, but from there it would be all Sidney running to a 69-29 victory. Mackenzie Smith would lead all scorers with 14 points. With the loss McCook drops to 4-6 on the season. 

In the boys game, McCook would pick up their second consecutive win defeated the Red Raiders 46-33. Seth Dugger & Morgan Fawver would be the leading scorers in the game for the Bison with 14 points a piece. With the win McCook is now 6-3 on the season. 

McCook basketball will be back in action on Friday, January 11th at Hastings. Girls game at 6pm, boys game follows at 7:45pm. On Saturday, January 12th, McCook will be hosting the Minden Whippets. Girls game at 4:30pm, boys follow at 6:15pm. Listen Friday & Saturday on The Zone 93.9 & online thezone939.com.  




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The score may look like a rout but the McCook Community College women’s basketball team had their hands full in the opening game of 2019, downing Southeast Community College Monday at home 103-75.

“We’ve been back with four days of practice so tonight was all about doing the best we could,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “It was a good team win.”

The Lady Indians raced to an 18-point lead early, fought off a couple strong runs in the first half to lead 35-21 after the first quarter and 55-38 at the half.

Despite trailing by 17 points at intermission, the Storm rallied to close the gap to two points scoring the first 15 points of the half in just over three minutes, and the game got complicated by MCC foul-trouble, But Lady Indians got back in an offensive rhythm with dribble-penetration and stretched the lead back to five points at 68-63 at the end of the third period.

Fernetti said his team has been focusing on their offense and running the same basic system whether they see zone or man-to-man defense, and it turned back into a track meet in the final stanza as MCC enjoyed a 25-12 advantage.

“We did a great job a sharing the ball tonight with 26 assists, we got a lot of open looks, and whoever was open got it up,” Fernetti said.

Six MCC players scored in double-figures led by sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) who scored 22 points. Sophomores Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) and Makayla Jones, (Aurora, Colo.) both scored 18 points with Jones hauling down 13 offensive rebounds (15 total) and Hinkle had eight.

Fernetti cited the efforts of a couple of all three of those sophomores who came up big in critical stages – Tiles leading with pace, Jones on the offensive boards, and Hinkle’s two-way game.

“Makayla leads by example it takes a lot of effort to come up with 13 offensive rebounds and she hit a couple big 3s and Sam always contributes wherever she can and she hit some big shots too.” Fernetti said. “And Hailey stepped it up when she had to too.”

Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) scored 13 points and sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) scored 10 points and had six rebounds.

MCC made 41.4 percent of 87 shots on the night and six of 14 from distance (31.4 percent.) The Lady Indians out-rebounded Southeast CC 64-55.

MCC improves to 11-4 on the season (6-1 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center) and improve to 2-0 in Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Play.

They face a tough test this weekend going on the road to face NJCCA-Division 2 opponent Kansas City Community College (14-2) currently ranked sixth in the nation.

“This will be an excellent opportunity for us,” Fernetti said.

Region IX South Division play begins Jan. 18 as the Lady Indians hit the road for four straight Region IX games starting at Otero Junior College and Trinidad State on back-to-back nights, then at Western Nebraska Jan.22 and at Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25. MCC closes out the January schedule Jan. 29 against North Platte then plays six home games in February with the final home game Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College.

For more photos please visit the MCC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games and photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at: https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball2&path=wbball

 





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Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-7, 2-1 Big Ten)

vs. 9/4 Maryland Terrapins (13-1, 2-1 Big Ten)
Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Nebraska
Live Video: BTN Plus
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln-B107.3 FM; Omaha-ESPN 590 AM
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Tickets: Huskers.com or 1-800-8-BIG-RED
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Huskers Shoot for Upset of Top 10 Terrapins
• The Nebraska women’s basketball team returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday to take on No. 9 Maryland in a key Big Ten battle.
• Tip off between Nebraska (7-7, 2-1 Big Ten) and the Terrapins (13-1, 2-1 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m. (CT) in Lincoln. Live radio coverage (beginning at 6:45 p.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on B107.3 FM, in Omaha, ESPN 590 AM, and in Lexington on 880 AM KRVN, and across the state on Husker Sports Network stations. Free live audio can also be found at Huskers.com, the Huskers App and TuneIn.
• A live video stream will be provided to BTN Plus subscribers.
• The Huskers enter Tuesday’s game looking to rebound from a hard-fought 77-71 loss at No. 19 Iowa last Thursday in Iowa City. Freshman Leigha Brown led the Huskers in scoring for the second straight game by putting up a career-high 20 points off the bench for the Big Red.
• In conference games, Brown, who was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Jan. 7), owns the highest scoring average by any Big Ten freshman (16.7 ppg). The 6-1 wing from Auburn, Indiana is averaging 10.4 points per game for an extremely balanced Nebraska offense.
• However, Brown is not the top freshman scorer for the Huskers on the season. That honor belongs to Sam Haiby. The 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., is averaging a team-best 10.7 points per game off the bench. She is averaging 9.7 points per game in Big Ten play to rank sixth among Big Ten freshmen in league play.
• Tuesday’s game will feature five of the Big Ten’s top-11 scoring freshmen overall on the season, including Maryland’s Taylor Mikesell (1st, 14.7 ppg) and Shakira Austin (8th, 9.0 ppg), along with Nebraska’s Sam Haiby (6th, 10.7 ppg), Leigha Brown (7th, 10.4 ppg) and Ashtyn Veerbeek (11th, 8.0 ppg). Maryland’s Austin (1st, 11.1 rpg) and Nebraska’s Veerbeek (4th, 6.5 rpg) are among the Big Ten’s top freshman rebounders and both currently lead their teams on the glass.
• Nebraska features one of the Big Ten’s most balanced lineups with eight players averaging 7.8 or more points per game and nine active players averaging double-figure minutes. Returning Nebraska starters Maddie Simon, Nicea Eliely and Hannah Whitish are all averaging 8.6 points per game.
• Maryland is led by unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection Kaila Charles, who is averaging a team-best 16.8 points per game, including 20.7 points in Big Ten play. The Terps have featured a seven-player rotation early in conference play.
• Tuesday’s game will also showcase two of the Big Ten’s most accurate and active three-point shooters in NU’s Taylor Kissinger (1st, .477, 31-65) and Maryland’s Taylor Mikesell (3rd, .413, 43-104). Mikesell leads the Big Ten in threes per game (3.0), while Kissinger ranks fourth (2.2 pg).
Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-7, 2-1 Big Ten)
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 8.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - So. - C - 7.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 8.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - So. - G - 9.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 10.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 10.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 8.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 2.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 1.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg
11(out) - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Third Season at Nebraska (35-40); 12th Season Overall (228-149)
No. 9 Maryland Terrapins (13-1, 2-1 Big Ten)
24 - Stephanie Jones - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg
1 - Shakira Austin - 6-5 - Fr. - F - 9.0 ppg, 11.1 rpg
5 - Kaila Charles - 6-1 - Jr. - G/F - 16.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg
11 - Taylor Mikesell - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 14.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
22 - Blair Watson - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 8.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Off the Bench
34 - Brianna Fraser - 6-3 - Sr. - G - 8.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg
3 - Channise Lewis - 5-8 - So. - G - 3.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg
32 - Sara Vujacic - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 2.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg
35 - Olivia Owens - 6-4 - Fr. - C - 1.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg
21 - Sarah Myers - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 1.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg
Head Coach: Brenda Frese (Arizona, 1993)
17th Season at Maryland (442-120); 20th Season Overall (499-150)
Scouting the No. 9 Maryland Terrapins
• Coach Brenda Frese brings her Maryland Terrapins to Lincoln ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation with a 13-1 overall record and a 2-1 Big Ten mark. Frese will take aim at her 500th career win in her 20th season as a college head coach.
• In her 17 seasons at Maryland, Frese has led the Terps to the 2006 NCAA title, three NCAA Final Four appearances and 14 NCAA Tournament bids. Last year, Maryland finished 26-8 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten to finish second in the conference. The Terps lost in the NCAA second round.
• Maryland went a perfect 11-0 in non-conference play, including top-25 wins at South Carolina (Nov. 18) and over Georgia in Puerto Rico (Nov. 29), but after a Big Ten road-opening win at Penn State (Dec. 28), the Terps suffered a 73-65 home loss to Rutgers on New Year’s Eve.
• The Terrapins bounced back with a 75-69 win over Ohio State in College Park, Md., on Jan. 5, before traveling to Lincoln.
• Maryland’s starting five features three experienced juniors in Kaila Charles (16.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Stephanie Jones (13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Blair Watson (8.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg). Charles and Watson were both McDonald’s High School All-Americans in 2016 and ranked among the top-30 players in the nation. Jones was ranked No. 35 in the country by All-Star Girls Report and No. 51 by ESPN.
• Charles, who has scored in double figures in all but one game also has a pair of double-doubles this season. She is averaging 20.7 points in Big Ten play. Charles earned first-team All-Big Ten honors last season after averaging 17.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore. The 6-1 wing out of Riverdale Baptist School in Maryland, is a Naismith and Wade Trophy candidate this season. She was a Big Ten All-Freshman choice and earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament team in 2016-17.
• Watson, a 6-0 guard out of New Jersey, has produced double figures four times this season after returning from a knee injury that ended her sophomore season for Maryland after starting the first 17 games. Watson averaged 13.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals in 2017-18.
• Jones, whose sister Brionna also starred at Maryland (2014-17), is in her second season in the Terp starting five. Last season, she averaged 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. The 6-2 forward from Havre de Grace, Md., owns a pair of double-doubles this season and has scored in double figures 11 times.
• The Terps also showcase a pair of impact freshman starters in guard Taylor Mikesell (14.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg) and 6-5 forward Shakira Austin (9.0 ppg, 11.1 rpg). Austin was a McDonald’s and WBCA All-American who was ranked as the No. 3 overall player in the nation coming out of high school at Riverdale Baptist - the same school as Kaila Charles. Mikesell was an honorable-mention WBCA All-American in high school and ranked as the No. 32 overall player in the country by ESPN.
• Austin is a four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week. She owns five double-doubles, including 12 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocks vs. Coppin State (Nov. 9). She had 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks at Delaware (Dec. 20). Austin ranks second in the Big Ten with 41 blocks on the year. She has averaged 3.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 16.7 minutes per game early in Big Ten play.
• Mikesell, a 5-11 guard, has proven herself as one of the Big Ten’s best shooters by knocking down 43-of-104 threes (.413) early in the season. She has added 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
• While all five Maryland starters ranked among the top 35 players in the nation coming out of their respective high school senior classes, the Terps feature even more explosive talent off the bench. Maryland’s lone senior - Brianna Fraser - came out of high school as the No. 12 player in the nation by All-Star Girls Report and No. 15 by ESPN. She is averaging 8.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in just 17.5 minutes per game off the bench. She averaged 10.2 points and 5.8 boards off the bench a year ago and has played in 113 games for the Terps with just three starts in her career.
• Channise Lewis, a 5-8 sophomore who started 32 games at point guard last year and added 10 starts ahead of Mikesell early this season, was ranked as the No. 55 player in the nation by ESPN coming out of Miami Country Day High School. She is averaging 3.1 points and a team-best 5.1 assists this season. Lewis had a double-double early this season with 10 points and 12 assists in a win over nationally ranked South Carolina.
• As a team, Maryland is averaging 77.0 points per game while allowing just 55.4 points per contest. The Terps own a plus-14.5 team rebound margin, but a minus-0.4 turnover margin. Maryland is shooting 46.4 percent from the field, including an impressive 35.6 percent from three-point range and 71.8 percent at the free throw line.
• Prior to their 73-65 loss to Rutgers (Dec. 31), the Terps owned a plus-17 rebound margin (48.8-31.8) but were out-rebounded by the Scarlet Knights, 38-28, including 19 offensive boards by Rutgers.
Nebraska vs. Maryland Series History
• Maryland leads the all-time series with Nebraska 9-0, including three wins over the Huskers in 2017-18.
• The No. 11 Terrapins defeated the Huskers 64-57 at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Feb. 4, 2018, in a battle of the Big Ten’s top two teams at the time. To that point in the series, it was the closest the Huskers had ever played the Terps. Taylor Kissinger led Nebraska with 18 points on 4-of-8 three-point shooting off the bench, while Kaila Charles led Maryland with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
• Three weeks later, Nebraska took No. 13 Maryland to the wire at the Xfinity Center in College Park before falling 77-75. The Huskers trailed by 14 points in the third quarter before rallying to take a 75-74 lead with 48 seconds left. Hannah Whitish led Nebraska with 14 points, including four three-pointers. She also got a good look at a three-pointer from the right wing to win in the closing seconds that caught back iron. Kaila Charles led Maryland with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
• One week later, No. 17 Maryland eliminated Nebraska from the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with a 66-53 win in Indianapolis. Brianna Fraser led Maryland with 18 points off the bench while Kaila Charles added 14 points and seven boards.
• Nebraska’s first meeting with Maryland came in the 2008 NCAA Tournament second round in College Park - a 76-64 Maryland win. NU is 0-7 against the Terps as Big Ten foes.




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The McCook Community College men’s basketball team returned to the court last week for a scrimmage against Colby Community College and look to improve on a pre-holiday record of 6-7 as they chase the other six teams in the Region IX South Division.

At the break, North Platte is 9-1, Otero Junior College 11-2, Trinidad is 12-2, Western Nebraska is 12-4, Lamar Community College 10-6 and Northeastern Junior College is 8-7.

The Indians will start division play with four games on the road this month – a month with only two home games on the slate.

“I am super excited to see how we respond to the second semester schedule,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said. “We have had a solid first few days back from Christmas Break, and we seem hungry!”

The Indians begin official play Thursday at Seward taking on the Concordia JV team then return of the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Jan. 15 for a 5 p.m. contest with Air Force Prep. Then comes division road games at Otero Jan. 18, Trinidad Jan. 19, Western Nebraska Jan. 22 and Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25.

MCC’s only home game in the region comes Jan 29 when the Indians host North Platte.

The good news is a home-heavy February schedule with six straight games at home between Feb. 5 -- when Western Nebraska comes to town – and Feb. 16 when Otero Junior College makes a visit. The final home game is Feb. 23 against Lamar. Also on the slate are back-to-back games with Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference opponents Southeast CC (Feb. 10) and Central Community College Feb. 11).

Statistically, the MCC men have the third best offense among Region IX South teams averaging 89.8 points per game. Through 13 games the Indians are shooting 45.9 percent from the field, lowest among the seven teams in the South division. From the 3-point line, MCC has made 37.3 percent of 330 shots taken – third in the division and is shooting 72.1 percent from the free-throw line, also third best in the division. At 43.2 rebounds per game MCC ranks second, and the 14.0 offensive boards per game ties the Indians for the division lead with Lamar Community College.

On the defensive side the Indians are yielding 81.9 points per game which is fifth most among the seven division teams.

Individually, sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) leads the Indians in scoring averaging 13.8 points per game, 10th best among players in the division. Freshman Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) is averaging 12.7 points per game. Freshman Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) is the only other player averaging double-figures at 10.0 points per game.

Cunningham also leads the Indians in rebounding with 6.1 per game – ninth best in the division. Freshman Kailee White Jr. (Henrietta, N.Y.) is second on the team with 5.1 rebounds per game

Redshirt freshman Avanthony Banks ranks sixth in the division in 3-point shooting. He’s made 48.3 percent of his 60 attempts on the season.

Cunningham has been credited with 26 steals, the third most in the division.

You can stay up to date with all the latest news by visiting the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web site at:

https://mccindians.com/schedule.aspx?tab=schedule2&path=mbball





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Lincoln - Nebraska's Leigha Brown was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week when the conference announced its weekly honors on Monday, Jan. 7.

Brown put together the best two performances of her young career in back-to-back Big Ten road games for the Huskers last week. She averaged 19.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 18.0 minutes per game off the bench for the Big Red.

The 6-1 guard/forward, who leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring in conference contests at 16.7 points per game, scored a then-career-high 19 points in Nebraska's 78-69 road win at defending Big Ten champion Ohio State on New Year's Eve. Brown hit 4-of-9 shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers against the Buckeyes, while also knocking down 9-of-12 free throws to lead the Huskers to their first true road win of the season.

The true freshman from Auburn, Indiana was even better the next time out at No. 19 Iowa, putting up a career-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while connecting on 3-of-4 three-point attempts. Brown also hit 5-of-6 free throws and tied a career high with two steals in 18 minutes against the Hawkeyes. She scored six of her points in the closing minutes to lead a furious Husker rally that cut a 12-point Iowa lead with four minutes left to just two points in the final minute.

On the season, Brown is Nebraska's second-leading scorer at 10.4 points per game, trailing only fellow freshman Sam Haiby (10.7 ppg). Brown ranks seventh among all Big Ten freshman in scoring on the season.

Brown and the Huskers will play host to No. 9 Maryland on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between Nebraska (7-7 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) and the Terrapins (13-1 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available now at Huskers.com.





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Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was honored Monday as one of 32 players named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. Martinez was one of two quarterbacks named to the team joining Clemson true freshman Trevor Lawrence.

Martinez ranks 12th nationally in total offensive yards per game (295.1), and leads all freshman in that category, while ranking fourth among freshmen in passing yards per game. Martinez averaged 237.9 passing yards per game and 57.2 rushing yards per game in 2018, becoming just the second FBS true freshman since 1990 to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game and the first to hit those averages as a Power Five program.

Overall, Martinez was just the sixth freshman quarterback - true or redshirt - to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game since 1990, joining Oregon's Marcus Mariota (2012), Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2012) and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett (2014) as the only freshmen quarterbacks to reach those marks in the last decade. Martinez was also one of just four FBS quarterbacks - regardless of class - who averaged 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game in 2018.

Martinez rewrote Nebraska's freshman record book in 2018, and he also left his mark on the Huskers' overall season charts, including averaging a school-record 295.1 yards of total offense per game. Martinez completed 64.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,617 yards, ranking second in school history in completion percentage, sixth in completions (224), eighth in passing yards and 10th in passing touchdowns (17).

His dual-threat ability helped Martinez account for 3,246 yards of total offense, which was the fifth-highest total in Nebraska history in addition to averaging the most yards of total offense per game in program history. Martinez had a school-record seven 300-yard total offense games in 2018, including three 400-yard total offense games, tying the Nebraska season and career record in that category.

With Martinez leading the way, Nebraska averaged 456.2 yards per game in 2018, the program's highest total since 2012. The Husker offense totaled more than 500 yards of offense in five of Martinez's 11 starts, including four games with more than 560 yards of offense.

Martinez’s selection marks the second straight year Nebraska has had a player on the FWAA Freshman All-America team. Last season, wide receiver JD Spielman was named to the team as a redshirt freshman.





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The McCook Community College Lady Indians begin second-half play tonight with a Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game at home against 5-8 Southeast Community College. The game starts at 6 p.m. It is the first of only two home games in January.

Coach Kellen Fernetti’s squad posted a 10-4 mark through the first two months of the season and has posted the most wins before break since the 2015-2016 team that went 13-1 in the first half and finished with a 29-4 mark.

"I am definitely looking forward to the second half of the season,” said MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti. “We have played competitive basketball to date, and since our return from break our spirit and energy has been really good. The girls are excited to be back on campus and working hard.”

The Lady Indians are averaging 88.6 points per game – second behind Western Nebraska’s 92.5 in the Region IX south division. Kellen Fernetti’s squad has taken 141 more shots (1,126) than any of the six teams in the division but are only connecting 39.2 percent of the time (next to last among the six teams.) MCC also leads the division in rebounding, averaging 47.1 per game.

On the defensive side MCC gives up an average of 65.9 points per game and lead the division with 13 steals per game.

“Defensively, we need to tighten up some things, rotation and communication-wise, to be better moving forward,” Fernetti said.

Western Nebraska sits atop the Region IX Division 1 South Field with a 12-2 overall mark, MCC follows at 10-4, Otero Junior College is 9-5, Trinidad State is 8-6, Northeaster Junior College is 7-4 and Lamar Community College is 2-14.

Region IX Division play begins Jan. 18 as the Lady Indians hit the road for four straight Region IX games starting at Otero Junior College and Trinidad State on back-to-back nights then at Western Nebraska Jan.22 and at Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25.

“We know the challenges ahead of us will be tough, with 15 of our 16 games Region IX or NCCAC contests,” Fernetti said. “Each game we have to show up with our best effort and best focus to be successful.”

MCC closes out the January schedule Jan. 29 against North Platte then plays six home games in February with the final home game Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College.

Statistically, sophomore guard Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) leads MCC in scoring at 16.1 points game – fourth best in the division. Sophomore Sam Hinkle (Rifle, Colo.) is averaging 13.6 points a game, freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) averages 11.8, sophomore, Anna Sanjuan (Reus, Spain) is averaging 10.9 and freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) is averaging 10.4 points per game.

Three Lady Indians are in the top 10 in rebounding with Bodette averaging 9.6 per game which is second most in the division. Freshman Lena Goerke, (Hamburg, Germany) averages 7.3 rebounds per game (fifth in the division) and Hinkle’s 6.4 boards per game ranks seventh.

Sophomore Makayla Jones paces MCC in field-goal percentage making 46.7 percent of her shots with Bodette right behind her at 46.6 percent. Those totals rank ninth and 10th in the division.

Three more Lady Indians are in the top 10 in 3-point shooting. Cross is making 34.1 percent of her attempts from distance, Tiles is shooting 32 percent and Sanjuan at 31.6 percent.

Cross and Hinkle are tied for fourth in the division in free-throw shooting, each at 80 percent. Cross has taken 60 shots from the line while Hinkle has been there 35 times.

“I have really liked our effort and our togetherness, and if we continue to do that, we have a chance to be successful this second semester,” Fernetti said.

You can stay up to date with all the latest Lady Indian basketball news and all MCC sports by visiting the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web site at:

https://mccindians.com/schedule.aspx?tab=schedule2&path=mbball





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Kearney. Neb. – The top-ranked Nebraska-Kearney wrestling finished in third place at the 2019 Division II National Duals Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
 
The two-day, double elimination tournament was part of the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Multi-Divisional National Duals.  
 
Seeded fourth in this tournament, UNK lost to top second-ranked and top-seeded St. Cloud State by a 22-15 score Saturday morning. The Huskies whipped Notre Dame (Ohio) College 35-6 in the finals to win this event for a third straight year and push its dual winning streak to 39 in a row.
 
In the afternoon, the Lopers bested fifth-ranked McKendree (IL), 23-17, to finish third for the second year in a row. 
 
SCSU, which has won three of the last four national titles, took three matches by a single point to stave off UNK’s upset bid. Top-ranked Brett Velasquez used riding time to nip second-ranked Josh Portillo (Clarion, Ia.), 5-4, at 125 pounds with Garrett Aldrich having three takedowns and a reversal to get past fourth-ranked Jonathan Killingsworth (Lincoln S.E.) 8-7 two classes higher. Finally, St. Cloud moved ahead 9-3 after third-ranked James Pleski took down senior Nick Babcock (Broomfield, Colo.) with two seconds left to win 3-2 at 149 pounds.
 
Top-ranked Calvin Ochs (Hoxie, Kan.) used an escape and penalty point to narrowly get past fourth-ranked Devin Fitzpatrick, 2-1, at 165 pounds with top-ranked Matt Malcom (Glenwood, Ia.) having an 11-3 major at 157 pounds. Finally, fifth-ranked heavyweight Jarrod Hinrichs (Geneva) had a fall early in the second period to close out the scoring which featured each team docked a point for unsportsmanlike conduct.
 
UNK bounced back in the afternoon against McKendree by taking five of the first six matches. Babcock upset another ranked individual, this time No. 6 Isaiah Kemper, by having a takedown and two escapes to win 5-4.  Next, Malcom had two takedowns and riding time to best ninth-ranked Nate Smalling, 5-2, while Ochs had a fall in 3:00. Finally, Hinrichs had a takedown with nine seconds remaining to win 3-1 and close out the long weekend.
 
The Lopers head to Colorado School of Mines next Friday for a dual with the Orediggers.
 




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Kearney, Neb. – Senior center Jakob Lowrance had a double double and graduate transfer Jafar Kinsey scored a game-high 21 points to help Central Missouri rally past Nebraska-Kearney in overtime, 62-58, Saturday evening in Warrensburg.

Finally getting healthy, the Mules (9-4, 2-2) have won five in a row and beat the Lopers (5-8, 0-4) in overtime for a second consecutive year. UNK's last five losses this year have come by a total of only 17 points. 

In a game where both teams shot under 37% from the field, UNK got down 12-5 six minutes in but hung around and trailed by just one at the break. A three from Iowa senior forward Kyle Juhl put the Lopers up 47-42 with 8:05 to play. However, UCM closed regulation on a 10-5 run to force another five minutes.

UNK never trailed in the final eight minutes of regulation with Aurora freshman Henry Penner grabbing an offensive rebound and getting fouled with 16 seconds left. He made one of two free throws to put Kearney up 52-50 but Kinsey converted a layup soon after. The shot actually never went through the hoop as the Lopers were called for goaltending. A long three attempt by Texas junior guard Chase Winchester didn't fall as time expired.

The Lopers finished the night 9 of 17 from the line with four of the misses coming in the final eight minutes of regulation. Two of the misses came on the front end of a one-and-one opportunity. 

Lowrance (6-8, 255 lbs.) scored the first two buckets in overtime to put UCM ahead for good. A dunk from Minnesota sophomore post Weston Baker Magrath made the score 60-58 at the seven second mark but the Mules got the ball in and then converted both free throws. Overall they went 16 of 24 at the line. 

Kinsey (6-3, 200 lbs.), who previously was at Division I North Dakota, reached his point total by going 7 of 15 (3 of 7 threes) from the field and sinking four free throws. He also had seven rebounds and two assists while going all 40 minutes. Next, Lowrance had 16 points and 13 rebounds in his sixth appearance of the year.

Kearney freshman Kanon Koster had his fourth double double (16 points & 11 rebounds) of the year to lead the Lopers. He also had a game-high four blocks and logged 39 minutes. Finally, Juhl never came off the court and ended up with 11 points, nine rebounds, a block and three of UNK's five made triples.

UNK hosts Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State next weekend.




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