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Nebraska Women's Basketball Falls to Ohio State

17-Feb-2017 / huskers.com
Lincoln - Jessica Shepard notched her 12th double-double of the year with a season-high 28 points to go along with 10 rebounds, but No. 12 Ohio State ran to an 87-69 women’s basketball win over Nebraska on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Buckeyes, who were led by 27 points from All-American Kelsey Mitchell, improved to 23-5 overall and 13-1 in the Big Ten, while the Huskers slipped to 5-20 overall and 1-12 in the conference.

Nicea Eliely added 13 points, while Emily Wood knocked down a career-high three three-pointers to finish with nine points off the bench to help the Huskers.

Sierra Calhoun helped the Buckeyes with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while freshman forward Tori McCoy finished with 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks.

As a team, Ohio State shot a solid 50.7 percent (34-67) from the floor, including a sizzling 10-of-21 from three-point range. The Buckeyes also connected on 9-of-12 free throws and won the rebounding battle 45-34.

Nebraska shot just 36.5 percent (23-63) from the field, including 5-of-12 from three-point range. The Huskers outworked OSU to the free throw line, hitting 18-of-29 shots from the stripe. NU also won the turnover battle, 17-12.

Ohio State jumped to a quick 19-10 lead over the cold-shooting Huskers in the first quarter. Nebraska hit just 4-of-14 shots in the opening period, while the Buckeyes knocked down 8-of-18, including 3-of-5 three-pointers. Mitchell led all scorers with eight first-quarter points.

OSU pushed its edge to 40-23 at halftime despite 10 second-quarter points from Shepard. Mitchell scored seven in the quarter to finish the first half with 15 points, while McCoy finished the half with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting and added six rebounds and four blocked shots.

In the half, Ohio State hit 51.6 percent (16-31) of its shots including 6-of-10 threes, and OSU was 2-of-4 at the free throw line. The Buckeyes outrebounded the Huskers 22-18 in the first half, but Nebraska won the first-half turnover battle, 8-6.

Nebraska hit just 28.1 percent (9-32) of its first-half shots, while hitting just 1-of-6 threes. The Huskers also connected on just 4-of-9 free throws.

However, the Huskers scored the first seven points of the second half with layups from Jasmine Cincore, Hannah Whitish and a traditional three-point play from Eliely to cut OSU’s lead to 40-30 with 8:28 left in the third quarter.

Ohio State responded to push the lead to 21 points at 64-43 before Wood knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to send the Huskers to the third quarter trailing 64-46.

Nebraska charged out of the gate again to open the fourth quarter, as back-to-back three-point plays by Shepard cut the OSU lead to 66-54 with 7:47 left.

But the Big Red could get no closer the rest of the way. Nebraska nearly matched Ohio State point-for-point after halftime, losing the half just 47-46.



Nebraska continues Big Ten home action on Sunday by battling Indiana. Tip-off between the Huskers and the Hoosiers is set for 2 p.m. with tickets available now on Huskers.com. Sunday's game will be Nebraska's annual Play4Kay game to promote cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink.

Area Wrestlers - State Tournament 2017

15-Feb-2017 / KRGI Sports Network
2017 State Wrestling Qualifiers
Class A
GISH
106 Elicio Ramirez (25-12)
113 David Mendoza (18-17)
126 Emerson Urbina (24-14)
132 Kolton Sliva (23-14)
138 Zack Kuta. (32-4)
152 Aidan Williams (19-17)
220 Oscar Richter (12-21)

Class B
Aurora
113- Kaleb Trumble (12-24)
126 - Carter Thompson (32-8)
132 - Gage Foged (23-12)

Northwest
106 - Collin Quandt (27-20)
113 - Grayson Fries (33-10)
138 - Hunter Cook (27-18)
145 - Dalton Quandt (39-9)
152 - Justin Strong (11-16)
160 - Blake Westerby (21-16)
170 - Grady Griess (37-12)
182 - Jeb South (31-14)
220 - Cooper Kiser (28-19)

Class C
Centura
126 - James Price (26-9)
220 - Austin Simmons (29-21)

Doniphan Trumble
106 - Landon Zeckser (32-12)
152 - Marc Zeckser (44-1)
182 - Brad Baasch (44-2)

GICC
285 - Dalton Spies (21-13)

Ravenna
113 - Jadden Treffer (18-17)

St. Paul
113 - Jacob Paczosa (28-12)
138 - Jarred Hulinsky (34-6)
182 - Cole Fousek (26-8)
220 - Hunter Kocian (28-15)



Wood River
106 - Koltyn Forbes (40-16)
113 - Ryan Bond (35-16)
120 - Evan Waddington (32-1)
126 - Wyatt Allan (33-0)
132 - Chace Bond (44-9)
195 - Diego Guerrero (36-16)

Class D
Harvard
132 - Kale Fishler (31-16)

Palmer
106 - Hadden Kuck (6-6)
145 - Spencer Wichmann (44-8)
152 - Connor Donscheski (45-7)
160 - Chandler Donscheski (46-3)
170 - Hunter Reimers (23-5)

Husker Men's Basketball Beats Penn State

15-Feb-2017 / huskers.com
Glynn Watson Jr. and Jack McVeigh had 15 points apiece to pace for Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska rolled to an 82-66 win over Penn State Tuesday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers (11-14, 5-8 Big Ten) shot 55 percent from the field and used a balanced attack in posting its largest Big Ten win of the season. NU led from wire to wire in snapping Penn State’s two-game win streak.

McVeigh’s half court heave capped a 45-point first half and gave the Huskers a spark heading into the break, while Watson’s 3-point play with 11:52 left keyed a 9-0 run that turned the Huskers’ nine-point lead into an 18-point cushion.

Penn State (14-13, 6-8 Big Ten) cut a 13-point deficit to 56-47 before Watson went coast to coast, drawing contact and hitting the 3-point play. NU kept the momentum going, as freshman Isaiah Roby had consecutive dunks before McVeigh’s two free throws stretched the lead to 18.

NU eventually pushed the margin to 24 before emptying the bench in the final few minutes, as all 14 players who dressed saw action, while 10 Huskers got into the scoring column.
Tai Webster and Jordy Tshimanga added 12 each for the winners, as Tshimanga had 10 of his 12 points in the first half, while Webster added six assists, as Nebraska had 18 assists compared to just 12 turnovers.

Tony Carr led Penn State with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Lamar Stevens added 13, as the Nittany Lions shot just 40 percent, including 4-of-20 from long range.
Nebraska used one of its best halves of the year in taking a 45-37 lead into the locker room. The Huskers shot 63 percent in the opening 20 minutes as Tshimanga had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to lead a balanced attack.

Nebraska got inside early, as Tshimanaga and Webster combined for 11 of the Huskers first 13 points, as the Huskers built an early 13-6 lead. Penn State chipped away behind Carr and Stevens, as the pair helped the Nittany Lions cut the Husker lead to 15-13.

Nebraska led 22-20 before using a 9-2 spurt, keyed by McVeigh’s five points, to extend the margin to 31-22 and force a Penn State timeout. The Huskers eventually stretched the lead to 10 after a 3-point play from Evan Taylor and led 39-30 before the visitors rallied.

PSU scored five straight to pull within 39-35 after a 3-pointer from Carr, who had 13 first-half points. NU then showed some long-range shooting in the final minutes of the half as a 3-pointer by Jeriah Horne pushed the lead back to seven while McVeigh beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer from halfcourt to make it an eight-point margin.

The Huskers return to action Saturday afternoon, as Nebraska will face Ohio State. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised by BTN.

Huskers Fall at Wisconsin

09-Feb-2017 / huskers.com

Madison, Wis. - Nebraska got off to a slow start and never recovered in an 82-56 women's basketball loss to Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Thursday. 

Wisconsin native Hannah Whitish scored 13 points for Nebraska, while fellow freshman Nicea Eliely pitched in 12 points for the Huskers. Sophomore Jessica Shepard finished with a team-high 14 points, while Jasmine Cincore pitched in 11 points. 

Courtney Fredrickson led five Badgers in double figures with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Avyanna Young contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds. Cayla McMorris added 13 points , while Suzanne Gilreath poured in 12 points on four three-pointers. Marsha Howard pitched in 10 points.

As a team, Wisconsin hit 50 percent (33-66) of its shots from the field, including 8-of-17 three-pointers. The Badgers struggled to hit 8-of-15 free throws, but dominated the glass, 54-29. Nebraska hit just 30.2 percent (19-63) of its shots, including 7-of-26 threes. The Huskers also hit just 11-of-21 free throws, while winning the turnover battle 15-12.

The Huskers trailed 22-8 at the end of the first quarter after Wisconsin opened on a 9-1 surge, before Shepard hit Nebraska’s first field goal 3:49 into the game. Shepard also hit NU’s second field goal of the game with 4:59 left in the quarter to give her 1,000 career points in her 55th career game.

Whitish shot Nebraska closer in the second quarter, connecting on a trio of three-pointers including a first-half buzzer beater from 28 feet on the right wing to pull the Big Red within 37-28 at the half.

Whitish’s 10 first-half points led all scorers in the half, while Shepard added six points and Eliely contributed five points.

Fredrickson led Wisconsin with eight first-half points, while Howard and Gilreath each contributed six points for the Badgers.

Wisconsin hit 50 percent (16-32) of its shots in the half, including 3-of-7 threes. The Badger outrebounded Nebraska 27-13 in the half. The Huskers hit just 31 percent (9-29) of their shots, including 3-of-15 three-pointers. NU hit 7-of-14 free throws but won the first-half turnover battle 11-6.

Nebraska pulled with eight points on a Grace Mitchell three-pointer with 3:14 left in the third quarter after Wisconsin had pushed its lead to 16 points at 48-32. But the Badgers closed the quarter on an 11-1 surge that opened with a pair of Gilreath three-pointers. Wisconsin took a 61-43 lead to the fourth quarter.

The Huskers will take the weekend off before returning to Big Ten home action against No. 13 Ohio State next Thursday, Feb. 16. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Buckeyes at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are available now at Huskers.com.

Husker Basketball Falls to Iowa

06-Feb-2017 / huskers.com
Iowa City, Iowa – Jack McVeigh’s 16 points led three Huskers in double figures, but Iowa made the plays down the stretch to earn an 81-70 win Sunday afternoon.

Nebraska (10-13, 4-7 Big Ten) cut an eight-point deficit to 67-64 after a 3-point play from Evan Taylor with 3:57 left, but would get no closer, as Iowa used a 9-2 run to pull away, capped by a 3-pointer from Brady Ellington that made it 76-66 with 1:23 remaining.

Ellington had 11 off the bench for Iowa, as the Hawkeyes (14-10, 6-5) placed four in double figures in recording their third straight win.

McVeigh scored 11 of his 16 in the first half, while Tai Webster and Jordy Tshimanga added 14 and 10, respectively. Webster’s 14 points put him over 1,000 career points, as the senior added six rebounds and six assists Tshimanga, plagued by foul problems, had 10 points and eight rebounds in just 17 minutes before fouling out.

Jordan Bohannon led Iowa with 15 points, including four 3-pointers, as Iowa went 9-of-19 from 3-point range, compared to 3-of-20 for the Huskers.

In the first half, the Huskers withstood major foul trouble, but Iowa score the final five points of the half to take a 38-36 lead into the locker room on Peter Jok’s jumper with 1.0 seconds left in the half. Nebraska, despite getting a combined 16 minutes from Jordy Tshimanga and Michael Jacobson because of foul trouble, shot 58 percent from the floor, as Jack McVeigh had 11 first-half points.

Nebraska got off to a quick start, as Tshimanga and Tai Webster combined for 10 of the Huskers’ first 12 points as Nebraska jumped to a 12-6 lead after an Isaiah Roby basket. The Huskers led 14-9, but Iowa used a 9-4 spurt to pull even at 18 after a Nicholas Baer 3-pointer. The remainder of the half would be tightly contested as neither team led by more than four points in the final 10 minutes of the opening period. The Huskers led 36-33 after a Jeriah Horne 3-pointer with 1:13 left in the half, but Jordan Bohannon’s 3-pointer tied it and Jok beat the buzzer with a short baseline jumper after Iowa missed its first half.

Iowa quickly extended the lead to 41-38 in the opening two minutes before a pair of Taylor free throws and a Tshimanga basket pulled NU within 41-40. Iowa’s lead would fluctuate between one and five for the next 10 minutes and the Huskers were within 58-57 after a Tshimanga basket before Iowa took control. An Ellington 3-pointer keyed a 9-2 spurt as the Hawkeyes stretched the lead to eight, at 67-59 after a pair of Christian Williams free throws with 5:17 left.

The Huskers continued to fight back as a tip-in from Michael Jacobson and Taylor’s 3-point play cut the deficit to three with 3:57 left. The Huskers return to action on Thursday evening, as the Huskers host No. 10 Wisconsin at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are available by calling 800-8-BIGRED or visiting Huskers.com/Tickets.

Notes:

*-Jack McVeigh posted his fifth double-figure effort of the season and third in the last five games with 16 points, including 12 in the first half.
*-Jordy Tshimanga reached double figures for the second time this week and third time this season with 10 points and eight rebounds in just 17 minutes.
*-Tai Webster became the 28th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points, as he had 14 points today. He has now been in double figures in 24 straight games dating back to last season.
*-Nebraska’s 3-of-20 from 3-poin range was its second-lowest total of the season.
*-Nebraska out-rebounded Iowa by eight today after being out-rebounded by nine in the first meeting on Jan. 5.



Nebraska Coach Tim Miles
Opening Statement:
“I thought that our kids battled hard. Glynn was hurt tonight. He tried to get us some minutes. He really couldn’t go; you could see that in his play. Some other guys I thought picked him up. The story of the game is Ellingson. He came out and got three threes and Bohannon gets four. They finished us off. They scored five times. We fouled unnecessarily once and the second time - Bohannon is a clever guard and he gets fouled. We go down and have empty possessions. They finished us off. When there was still a chance with four minutes we missed an open three to cut it to two. They didn’t miss their open threes. That’s the difference in some games. I thought it was a very even game for a long time. I thought we did a lot of things right. At the end of the day Iowa finished us off late. That’s what a good team does.”

On Jordy:
“We thought we could get it to him a lot and we thought we could have some success. He’s just getting better and better. Now teams are going to have to double him like they did in the end. He’s smart enough and clever enough to still pass it out which is going to open up other opportunities we hope. If they try to play him one-on-one I’m afraid they’re going to score. He’s got to eliminate some of those inexperienced, silly fouls that hurt us. That hurt him.”

On the foul trouble:
“I thought it really hurt us at the end of the first half. That’s where they got six or eight second chance points. Nick did some really good things and helped us. We couldn’t get that first stop. That allowed them to take the lead when we had the lead. That hurt a lot.”

On injured players
“McVeigh is playing his butt off but we’re playing him too many minutes. Now he’s chasing staggers and he’s getting behind screens so Ellingson gets him late. What do you do? We’re two, three bodies short and we know that. Gill’s not coming back, hard to tell on Ed, and Glynn will be back it’s just a matter of time.”

Husker Women Fall in OT to Golden Gophers

06-Feb-2017 / huskers.com
Lincoln – The Nebraska women's basketball team took visiting Minnesota to overtime, but the Golden Gophers prevailed in a 79-69 decision over the Huskers on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit to push the Gophers to the limit, hitting game-tying shots three times in the final 1:35, including a jumper by Jessica Shepard with seven seconds left to send the game to overtime tied at 66.

But the Huskers hit just 1-of-12 shots in the overtime to slip to 5-18 overall and 1-10 in the Big Ten. Minnesota hit 3-of-7 shots and all six free throws in OT to improve to 12-11 on the season and 3-7 in the conference.

Senior Allie Havers tied a career high with 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals in one of the best games of her career.

Shepard added 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Jasmine Cincore gave the Huskers three scorers in double figures with 10 points. She added seven rebounds and a career-high-tying six assists to help the Huskers.

Cincore scored Nebraska’s last two points of the first half and first four points of the third quarter to cap a 16-2 surge that turned a 32-21 deficit into a 37-34 Nebraska lead.

The Huskers took their biggest lead of the game at 41-37 with 6:21 left in the third, before the Gophers responded to take a 52-48 lead to the final period. Nebraska never led in the fourth quarter, but the Huskers hit shots to tie the score on five occasions in the final period.

Carlie Wagner led Minnesota with a game-high 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting including four three-pointers. She added eight rebounds, two assists and three steals. Kenisha Bell added 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Forward Jessie Edwards came off the bench to provide a huge lift for the Gophers with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. She added eight rebounds and a block.

For the Huskers, freshman Hannah Whitish played a solid floor game with eight points and career highs of eight rebounds and seven assists. She also had a block and two steals.

Junior guard Emily Wood pitched in six points on a pair of threes, and got an open look from the right corner in front of Nebraska’s bench with under a second left that just glanced off the back iron and bounded straight into the air. Had Wood’s shot fallen, the Huskers would have been victorious.

For the game, Nebraska hit 37 percent (27-73) of its shots from the field, including just 7-of-27 threes. NU was 8-of-10 at the free throw line. Minnesota hit 42.7 percent of its shots (32-75), including 6-of-19 threes, and 9-of-11 free throws. The Gophers outrebounded the Huskers 46-44, and won the turnover battle 14-12.

In a back-and-forth first half, Nebraska ended on a 12-2 surge to trim a 32-21 Minnesota lead to just one at 34-33 at the half.

Nebraska led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter thanks to six points from Whitish, four from Havers and a buzzer-beating runner that banked in for Cincore.

The Huskers pushed the lead to 16-13 on the opening possession of the second quarter, before the high-powered Minnesota offense caught fire. Wagner hit back-to-back threes to push Minnesota’s lead to 23-18, before a Maddie Simon three for the Huskers trimmed the margin to 23-21 with 7:03 left.

Nebraska ran into adversity moments later when Shepard picked up her second foul with 5:10 left in the half, before Nicea Eliely was called for her second foul with 4:40 left.

Minnesota took full advantage as Edwards, Wagner and Bell combined for nine straight points to give the Gophers their biggest lead of the half at 32-21.

Havers and Shepard stopped the Gopher surge with back-to-back buckets for the Big Red. After an Edwards basket for the Gophers with 1:26 left, Wood and Riley Cascio Jensen hit back-to-back threes before Cincore closed the half with a steal and a pair of free throws in the closing seconds.

For the half, Nebraska hit 42.9 percent (12-28) of its shots, including 5-of-13 threes. The Huskers also hit all four of their free throws. Nebraska was outrebounded 23-17 in the half, including 11-4 on the offensive glass. Minnesota outscored the Huskers 10-4 on second-chance points in the first half. NU also lost the first-half turnover battle, 7-5.

Havers led the Huskers with eight first-half points, while Whitish added six as eight Nebraska players found the scoring column in the opening 20 minutes.

Minnesota hit 39.5 percent (15-38) of its first-half shots, including 3-of-9 threes, but was just 1-for-3 at the free throw line. Wagner led the Gophers with 10 first-half points, while Edwards added eight and Jasmine Brunson seven.

Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action on Thursday when they travel to Wisconsin. Tip-off between the Huskers and Badgers at the Kohl Center in Madison is set for 7 p.m.

Huskers Fall to Michigan State

03-Feb-2017 / huskers.com
Lincoln - The Huskers received a career night from freshman Jordy Tshimanga, but Michigan State's hot shooting keyed the Spartans to a 72-61 victory at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Tshimanga, making his second career start, totaled career highs in both points (15) and rebounds (nine) as three Huskers finished in double figures in a losing effort.

Michigan State (14-9, 6-4) shot 56 percent from the field, including 11-of-17 from 3-point range, to snap a three-game losing streak to the Huskers. Miles Bridges' 16 points led five MSU players in double figures, as the Spartans shot 63 percent in the second half, including 8-of-11 from beyond the arc, to pull away down the stretch.

Tai Webster led NU with 18 points and five assists, while Glynn Watson Jr. added 13, but the Huskers were held to 39 percent shooting, including just 4-of-16 from 3-point range. The performance spoiled the jersey retirement ceremony for former Husker great and Cleveland Cavs coach Tyronn Lue at halftime.

Behind the play of Tshimanga, the Huskers jumped to an early 11-9 lead, but MSU responded with an 11-2 run of its own keyed by Bridges to push the lead to 20-13 after a Cassius Winston jumper. Nebraska climbed back in the game behind its inside play, as NU pulled to within 23-19 after a Michael Jacobson jumper.

The Huskers, who shot 36 percent in the opening period, got to within 27-24 after a Webster free throw with 2:56 left in the half, but MSU ran off five straight to equal its largest lead of the half and took a 32-26 lead into the locker room.

Early in the second half, the Huskers made an early charge, using a 9-3 run to slice an eight-point deficit to 37-33 after a pair of Watson jumpers. The Huskers were within 40-37 after a Webster jumper, but MSU used a 10-1 surge to push the lead to 50-38 after 3-pointers from Alvin Ellis IIII and Cassius Winston, Ellis and Winston comined for 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 5-of-6 from long range.

NU made one last run, as Jack McVeigh scored six of his points in an 8-3 surge to pull within 53-46 with 11:28 remaining, but NU would get no closer, as the Spartans pulled away with a 17-4 run to push the lead to 20, at 70-50 with 4:14 left. MSU hit 8-of-10 3-pointers in the first 16 minutes of the second half to pull away.

Nebraska returns to action Sunday afternoon, as the Huskers travel to Iowa. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised by BTN.

Husker Football Team Hires New Defensive Coordinator

16-Jan-2017 / huskers.com
Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley announced Saturday that Bob Diaco has been hired as the Huskers’ defensive coordinator. The winner of the 2012 Broyles Award, Diaco is regarded as one of the top defensive minds in college football and has a proven track record of success at the highest level.

Diaco comes to Nebraska after three seasons as the head coach at the University of Connecticut. Previous to guiding the Husky program he had a highly successful four-year run as the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame. Diaco has roots in the Big Ten, twice earning All-Big Ten honors as a linebacker at Iowa in the mid-1990s.

“When we began looking for a new defensive coordinator, Bob Diaco quickly rose to the top of the list,” Riley said. “He has coordinated a top-level defense, has proven himself as a great teacher and recruiter, and we are excited to have him join our football program. Bob is an energetic coach and is ready to get started immediately, beginning with hitting the recruiting trail to find future Blackshirts.”

Diaco said joining Riley’s staff and coaching at a tradition-rich program like Nebraska is an outstanding opportunity.

“I am honored to join Coach Riley and his staff at the University of Nebraska and am excited to become a part of one of the truly great programs in the history of college football,” Diaco said. “Coach Riley has such great respect from everyone in football, and he is building something special here. I started my college football experience in the Big Ten and am thrilled to be back in this conference. I can’t wait to get to work and help build a championship football program.”

In 2015, the Connecticut defense was the key to the Huskies winning three of their final four regular-season games to reach the St. Petersburg Bowl. Diaco was the first head coach in UConn history to take the Huskies to postseason play just two years into their tenure. The Husky defense led the American Athletic Conference in total defense in 2015, ranked 15th nationally in scoring defense (19.5 ppg) and was seventh in the country in red zone defense.

The 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl marked the ninth postseason game for Diaco as a coach, including the 2012 BCS National Championship Game and the 2010 Sugar Bowl. He also played in three bowl games at Iowa.

Diaco was regarded as one of the nation’s top coordinators during his time at Notre Dame from 2010 to 2013, when he led the Irish defense under Head Coach Brian Kelly. In addition to his defensive coordinator role, Diaco also held the title of assistant head coach in 2012 and 2013.

He was the 2012 winner of the Frank Broyles Award, given to the top assistant college football coach in the country and was a semifinalist for the award in 2011. In 2012, Diaco’s Irish defense ranked among the top 10 in the Football Bowl Subdivision in 12 different categories as the school played in the BCS National Championship Game and finished with a 12-1 record.

The defense led the way to the BCS title game in 2012, as Diaco’s unit ranked second in the FBS in scoring defense allowing just 12.77 points per game. Notre Dame only allowed 15 offensive touchdowns, four fewer than any other FBS school. The Irish held six opponents without an offensive touchdown and nine foes to one or fewer offensive touchdown.

During his four seasons in South Bend, the Fighting Irish defense allowed an average of 19.08 points per game, which ranked as the ninth-best average over that time among FBS programs.

Diaco's 2011 defense ranked in the top 30 in both scoring defense (24th, 20.7) and total defense (30th, 344.7). In his first season at Notre Dame in 2010, Diaco switched defensive schemes from a blitzing 4-3 defense the Irish utilized in 2009 and installed a 3-4 no-crease defense. Diaco's defense became immediately better as the Irish allowed 5.69 fewer points per game and 40.5 fewer yards per game in 2010 than 2009.

Diaco spent one season as the defensive coordinator on Kelly’s Cincinnati staff in 2009, helping the Bearcats to a trip to the Sugar Bowl. He also served at Virginia (2006-08) as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

A native of Cedar Grove, N.J., Diaco began his coaching career in 1996-97 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Iowa. He then served on the staffs of Western Illinois (1999-2000) as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach, Eastern Michigan (2001-2003) working with the same positions and Central Michigan (2005) as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Diaco was a two-time All-Big Ten selection at Iowa as a linebacker under Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry and was named the team's co-MVP in 1995, starting in all 23 games over his junior and senior seasons.

Diaco and his wife, Julia, have two sons, Angelo and Michael, and a daughter, Josephine.

Diaco’s Coaching Resume
2017 Nebraska, Defensive Coordinator
2014-16 Connecticut, Head Coach
2012-13 Notre Dame, Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach
2011 Notre Dame, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2010 Notre Dame, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
2009 Cincinnati, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
2006-08 Virginia, Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator
2005 Central Michigan, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2004 Western Michigan, Linebackers/Special Teams
2003 Eastern Michigan, Outside Linebackers/Special Teams
2002 Eastern Michigan, Linebackers/Special Teams
2001 Eastern Michigan, Running Backs/Special Teams
1999-2000 Western Illinois, Running Backs/Special Teams
1996-1997 Iowa, Graduate Assistant

Bob Diaco File
Hometown: Cedar Grove, N.J.
College: Iowa, 1995
Playing Career: Iowa, 1992-95

Husker Women's Basketball Team Falls to Illinois

16-Jan-2017 / huskers.com
Champaign, Ill. - Hannah Whitish hit a career-high four three-pointers to finish with a career-high 16 points, but it was not enough to prevent Illinois from pulling away down the stretch for a 79-59 win over the Nebraska women's basketball team on Sunday at the State Farm Center.

Sophomore forward Jessica Shepard added a game-high 25 points on 7-of-17 shooting, while grabbing nine rebounds, but no other Husker scored more than four points. The Huskers hit just 29.2 percent (19-65) of their shots from the field for the game, including just 3-for-16 (.188) in the fourth quarter.

While Nebraska struggled to hit shots, Illinois sizzled in the second half, hitting 19-of-27 (.704) shots from the floor including 5-of-8 three-pointers. The Fighting Illini improved to 8-10 overall, including 8-4 at home, while Nebraska slipped to 5-13 overall. The Huskers are 1-5 in the Big Ten, while Illinois moved to 3-2.

Freshman Petra Holesinska led the Illini with 19 points, while freshman Brandi Beasley added a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists. Beasley added seven rebounds and three steals to overcome six turnovers. Sophomore Alex Wittinger also pitched in 17 points, including 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the second half. She also grabbed eight rebounds.

For the game, Illinois finished 56.1 percent (32-57) from the floor, including 7-of-17, while knocked down all eight of its free throws.

Nebraska hit 8-of-29 threes and 13-of-17 free throws, while matching the Illini on the boards and winning the turnover battle, 15-14.

The Huskers were tied with Illinois at 45 with just over four minutes left in the third quarter, before Nebraska went ice cold and the Illini closed the game on a 34-14 surge over the final 14 minutes. NU, which trailed just 34-33 at the half, were outscored 23-16 in the third quarter and 22-10 in the fourth.

Nebraska trailed 34-33 at halftime in a tightly contested and entertaining first half. Whitish led the Huskers with 12 points, including a career-high four three-pointers on just five attempts. She added two rebounds, two assists and a steal in the half.

Shepard also produced double digits in the first half, scoring nine of her 11 points in the second quarter. Shepard added five rebounds. Nicea Eliely added four points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in the first half, including Nebraska's final points of the half.

As a team, Nebraska hit just 32.4 percent (11-34) of its first-half shots, but knocked down 5-of-12 threes and 6-of-8 free throws. The Huskers won the first-half rebounding battle, 20-18, and the first-half turnover contest, 8-5.

Holesinska led the Illini with 14 points and six rebounds in the first half, while Beasley added nine points. The Illini hit 43.3 percent (13-30) of its shots, including just 2-of-9 threes, but knocked down 6-of-6 free throws.

The Huskers led 17-15 at the end of the first quarter thanks to three three-pointers from Whitish. Nebraska took its biggest lead earlier in the second quarter to 21-15, before the Illini answered with a 17-5 surge to take their biggest lead at 32-26 with just over three minutes left in the half.

Nebraska continues Big Ten road action this week by traveling to Penn State. Tip-off between the Huskers and Lady Lions at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., is set for 6 p.m. (CT).

Michigan to Much for Nebraska

16-Jan-2017 / huskers.com
Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Despite a career-high 28 points and nine rebounds from Tai Webster, Nebraska ran into a hot-shooting Michigan team and fell 91-85 Saturday in Ann Arbor.

Webster, who was 12-of-20 from the field in topping his previous career best for the second time this season, was one of three Huskers to finish in double figures. Glynn Watson Jr. added 22 points, including four 3-pointers, while Evan Taylor added 11 for the Huskers, who fell to 9-8 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten.

Nebraska shot 56 percent on the day, including 9-of-18 from 3-point range, but Michigan shot 54 percent, went 11-of-22 from the 3-point line and was 26-of-30 from the foul line, as opposed to 4-of-5 for the Huskers from the charity stripe.

Moritz Wagner scored 23 points to pace four Wolverines in double figures, while Zak Irvin (21) and Derrick Walton Jr. (20) both went over 20 points for the hosts.

Nebraska, which was seeking its first 3-0 conference road start in more than four decades, whittled a nine-point second-half deficit to 69-68 after a Taylor jumper with 5:47 left, but could not get over the hump. Walton Jr, who had 16 of his 20 points after halftime, hit a 3-pointer to stretch the lead back to four.

The Huskers would not go away, as a Watson 3-pointer with 4:43 left trimmed the deficit back to 73-71, but Walton answered back with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to extend the margin to 78-71.

Nebraska stayed in range and was within 86-80 after Watson’s fourth 3-pointer and had a chance to cut the deficit to three, but Jack McVeigh’s 3-pointer was off the mark and Michigan held on.

Earlier in the half, Nebraska trailed 54-45 before Taylor’s 3-pointer started a 5-0 run, as Nebraska pulled to within 54-50 after a Glynn Watson steal and layup with 13:08 left. The Huskers kept chipping away, as a pair of Jack McVeigh 3-pointers pulled the Huskers within 59-56 with 11:51 left, but Michigan answered with a 3-pointer from Wilson to make it a six-point game.

In the first half, both teams were effective offensively, as Michigan took a 40-36 lead into the locker room. Nebraska shot 61 percent in the opening half, as Tai Webster led all scorers with 17 first-half points on 7-8 shooting from the field. Michigan shot 50 percent from the field, including five 3-pointers, while Moritz Wagner scored 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointer.

The Huskers, who never led in the opening 20 minutes, were down by as many as eight on three occasions before rallying behind a switch to a 1-3-1 defense. Trailing 30-22, a Webster 3-pointer and a three-point play from Jordy Tshimanga cut the deficit to 30-28. Michigan quickly ran off five straight points, including a 3-pointer from Wagner, before Webster scored six straight points, as his two free throws with 1:48 left in the half pulled the Huskers within 35-34.

Michigan responded with five straight points, including a long 3-pointer from Duncan Robinson, before Webster’s final hoop of the half made it a four-point game.

Nebraska trailed 30-22 before switching things up with a 1-3-1 and running off six straight points on a Webster 3-pointer and a 3-point play from Jordy Tshimanga with 4:45 left in the half.

The Huskers return to action on Wednesday evening, as they host Ohio State. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. (CT) and a limited number of tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com or calling 800-8-BIGRED.

Postgame Notes
*-Nebraska’s field goal percentage (.562) and 3-point percentage (.500) was its second-highest total of the season.

*-Tai Webster finished with career-highs in both points (28) and rebounds (nine). His previous high in points was 23 set three other times. Webster finished in double figures for the 18th straight game dating back to last season *-Today marked the fifth time this season Nebraska had multiple 20-point scorers, but the first time NU lost this season in those five contests.

*-Glynn Watson has scored 20 or more points in three of the Huskers’ five Big Ten contests.

*-Michigan’s 91 is the high by a Husker opponent this season (Iowa 90)

*-Michigan shot .540, the second-highest total against NU this season. Michigan’s .500 from 3-point range was a season high against the Huskers.

*- Isaiah Roby made his first career start, replacing Ed Morrow Jr. (foot) in the Husker lineup. It is the first time since Big Ten play started that NU has adjusted its starting lineup. Roby finished with seven points and three rebounds in 29 minutes.
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