#12 Nebraska vs. Nebraska-Kearney
Exhibition Game #2
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m. (central)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)
Live Video: Not Available
Radio: Husker Sports Network
(Matt Coatney-PBP; Jeff Griesch-Analyst)
(1400 AM-KCOW, Alliance; 94.1 FM-KNEB, Scottsbluff; 1340 AM-KGFW, Kearney; 105.5 FM-KFMT, Fremont; 97.3 FM-KBLR, Blair)
Internet: Free live audio on Huskers.com
No. 12 Huskers Face Lopers in Final Exhibition
What a great atmosphere last Sunday in the first-ever basketball game in the beautiful new home of the Huskers, Pinnacle Bank Arena! An enthusiastic crowd of almost 5,000 cheered the Nebraska Women’s Basketball team as they defeated Pittsburg State 98-47 in an exhibition contest. Senior National Player-of-the-Year candidate Jordan Hooper poured in a game-high 21 points, pulled down nine rebounds and knocked down three three-pointers in just 19 minutes. Junior guards Brandi Jeffery and Tee Laudermill combined for an impressive stat line: 14 points, 13 rebounds, three three-pointers, 13 assists and zero turnovers.
Junior forward Emily Cady led by example, playing with tenacious defense, fighting for loose balls, and drawing the primary defensive assignment against Division II All-American Lizzy Jeronimous. Cady posted a double-double with an 11-point, 10-rebound effort in just 26 minutes.
Freshman Hannah Tvrdy started at point guard and was second behind Hooper in scoring with 15 points. Fellow freshman Allie Havers had an equally impressive collegiate debut, scoring 14 points, grabbing six rebounds and nailing her only three-point attempt.
Earlier this week, Nebraska was honored with its’ highest-ever position in a preseason poll, ranking 12th in the USA Today Coaches’ Top 25. The Huskers close out exhibition play this Sunday afternoon when they host the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers at 2 p.m. (central).
This will be the 13th straight season the Huskers and Lopers will meet in exhibition action. Nebraska has won the 12 previous meetings including a 98-47 decision last year at the Devaney Center in Lincoln. This will be the third venue these two teams have squared off in for exhibition play, with Nebraska defeating UNK 80-69 in 2008 at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island.
Nebraska-Kearney finished 2012-13 with a 7-18 overall record; 4-14 in the MIAA Conference. The Lopers lost two seniors from that squad and return seven players, including four seniors. They have eight newcomers, including four freshmen and four transfers.
Senior Shelby Zimmerman is the leading returning scorer for UNK. Despite missing the last 10 games of the season due to injury, the 5-10 wing still led the team in scoring (11.1 ppg). The Beatrice native was a two-time second-team Class C-2 all-state selection as a prep standout for the Tri-County Trojans. Zimmerman had nine points in last year’s game against the Huskers.
Sophomore Laramey Lewis started all but one game as a true freshman last year and contributed 7.3 points per game and was second on the team in three-pointers (22). The 5-8 guard from Trenton, Neb., came off the bench in her collegiate debut and tied Zimmerman for team-high scoring honors with nine points against the Huskers in 2012. A prolific high school scorer for Hitchcock County, Lewis finished her career with 1,910 points, 12th in Nebraska prep history.
Senior Nicole Arp was one of three Lopers to play in all 25 games last year. The 5-6 point guard has started 52 games in her three seasons. Arp led the team in three-pointers (23), assists and added 6.4 ppg. The former Kearney High standout was first-team Class A all-state as a prep senior. Senior Sarah Hix started 22 games last year, and the 5-6 guard added 6.1 points per game.
Amarah Williams, a 6-2 junior forward, rounds out UNK’s probable starting lineup. The transfer from Division I Morgan state is a potential standout for the Lopers. The daughter of Mike Williams, a former NBA player in the 1980’s, the St. Louis native led the Bears in field goal percentage (50.6%) and blocked shots last year. Williams was named to the MEAC Conference All-Rookie team in 2012.
Kevin Chaney begins his fourth season as UNK Head Coach. He has won 28 games in his tenure.
I cordially invite you to join Jeff Griesch and me for Nebraska women’s basketball on the Husker Sports Network. Our radio broadcast Sunday begins with the pregame show at 1:45 p.m. (central) with the tip-off scheduled for 2:05 p.m. on the Husker Sports Network on select stations around the state, including KNEB 94.1 in Scottsbluff, KCOW 1400 in Alliance, KFMT 105.5 in Fremont, KBLR 97.3 in Blair and 1340 KGFW in Kearney. There will not be local radio coverage in Lincoln or Omaha. All Husker women’s basketball broadcasts are also available for free worldwide on the internet at www.huskers.com. I hope you can join us. There are a number of ways to get enhanced information about our broadcast and Husker women’s basketball via social media. You can learn more about the team on the Nebraska women’s basketball Facebook page or follow the team on their official Twitter page @huskerswbb.
I also invite you to friend me on Facebook (Matt Coatney) or follow me on Twitter @coatman1.
Go Big Red!