Lincoln - Nebraska rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to cut the lead to one with multiple shots to win, but the Huskers were unable to complete the comeback in a 71-70 women's basketball loss to Rutgers on Saturday afternoon.

Nebraska (14-8, 6-5 Big Ten) trailed 62-49 after the opening possession of the fourth quarter before cutting the margin to 69-68 with 2:15 left on a short jumper by Darian White.  Rutgers answered with a layup by Mya Petticord to push the margin back to three, before the Huskers got a bucket from Alexis Markowski with 49 seconds left to cut the Rutgers lead to 71-70.

In the closing minute, Nebraska got a crucial stop to set up a running one-hander from the left side of the paint by White. Her shot missed and  Nebraska could not corral the offensive rebounds. Rutgers called timeout to advance with nine seconds left.

Kendall Coley then made a huge defensive play to force a turnover on the inbounds play. Nebraska called timeout to advance the ball to the frontcourt, and Rutgers miscommunicated on a pass to Jaz Shelley, leaving her wide open for a three-pointer from the right wing in front of the NU bench. The shot was no good, and Nebraska was forced to foul, sending Destiny Adams to the free throw line with 3.4 seconds left.

Adams, who finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists, missed both free throws, and the rebound was knocked out by Rutgers with 1.8 left. Shelley sent a long pass to the front court from the baseline that was knocked out of bounds by Rutgers with 0.6 on the clock.

Shelley, who finished with 11 points, five assists and four steals, then tossed a sideline throw-in from the Nebraska bench toward the rim. Markowski came free and had a clean look going toward the rim from the left side but her shot was no good at the buzzer. Markowski finished with 13 points and five rebounds.

Although Shelley and Markowski were Nebraska's leading scorers, the duo combined to go just 7-of-27 from the field. As a team, the Huskers hit just 23-of-68 shots (.338), including just 7-of-26 threes (.269) against a Rutgers team that earned its first Big Ten Conference win to improve to 7-17 overall and 1-10 in the conference.

Nebraska's starters combined for just 12-of-48 shooting (.250), while the Husker reserves hit 11-of-20 shots (.550) to combine for 30 points. Freshman forward Jessica Petrie led the NU bench with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting, while Kendall Moriarty and Logan Nissley each contributed eight points. Nissley and Moriarty combined for eight of NU's first 10 points in the fourth quarter to help trim the Rutgers lead from 62-49 to 64-59 with 7:15 left in the game.

However, Rutgers' three reserves were even better, combining for 34 points on 12-of-15 shooting (.800), including 4-of-6 three-pointers. Kassondra Brown did the most damage for the Scarlet Knights with a game-high 21 points, five rebounds and four assists in just 23 minutes off the bench. She hit 7-of-9 shots from the field, including all five of her first-half attempts.

Erica Lafayette added eight points on 3-of-3 shooting, including a pair of big three-pointers in the third quarter to help Rutgers seize control, outscoring Nebraska 22-11 in the period to take a 60-49 lead to the final period.

Mya Petticord, who missed the last game for the Scarlet Knights with an injury, hit 2-of-3 shots in the game and her only free throw attempt to finish with five points, including the game-winner on her layup with 1:15 left.

For the game, Rutgers hit a blistering 59.6 percent (28-47) of its shots, including 7-of-15 threes (.467), while going 8-for-12 at the free throw line. The Scarlet Knights also won the rebounding battle, 36-30, against the Big Ten's best rebounding team.

However, Nebraska's rebounding woes were primarily attributed to Rutgers' hot shooting and turnovers by the Scarlet Knights. The Huskers forced 23 turnovers and turned those mistakes into 25 points. Rutgers missed just 19 shots on the afternoon, while Nebraska missed 45, as the Huskers attempted 21 more field goals and eight more free throws than the Scarlet Knights.

Nebraska grabbed 13 offensive rebounds and turned them into 15 second-chance points, while Rutgers grabbed just four offensive boards.

The Huskers will try to rebound on the road when they head to Michigan to battle the Wolverines on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Tip-off at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor is set for 6 p.m. (CT).

HUSKERS POST FACILITY RECORD, ALL-TIME MARKS AT FRANK SEVIGNE

Nebraska track and field closed the second day of the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational with a Devaney Center Indoor Track record, four all-time marks and four marks inside the top-10 of the NCAA.

Till Steinforth topped the heptathlon standings with an NCAA-leading 6,097 points. Entering 
Saturday, Steinforth had 3,452 points after winning the 60m (6.80) and long jump (25-0 3/4, 7.64m) portions on Friday. He added solid shot put (46-8 1/4, 14.23m) and high jump (6-6, 1.98m) marks to put him in good position entering Saturday. Steinforth then won the 60m hurdles with a 7.99, placed fourth in the pole vault with a 15-11 (4.85) and ran to third in the 1000m with a PR time of 2:47.08 to secure first place and the Devaney Center record. Matthias Algarin placed fifth in the heptathlon with 5,348 points after clocking an 8.29 in the 60m hurdles, 15-3 (4.65m) in the pole vault and 2:52.97 in the 1000m on Saturday.

In the men’s shot put, Kevin Shubert threw for 65-03 1/4 (19.89m) to finish second overall and first out of collegiate throwers. That mark tied Shubert for third in the NCAA and puts him at eighth in school history. Cade Moran finished third with a distance of 60-1 1/4 (18.32m). Mine De Klerk added a personal-best 58-4 1/2 (17.79m) in the women’s shot put, finishing third overall. That’s the third-best distance in school history and the fifth-best in the NCAA. Kalynn Meyer took fifth with a personal-best 55-0 3/4 (16.78m).

NU swept the top-four spots in the women’s triple jump, led by Rhianna Phipps grabbing first with a 43-2 1/2 (13.17m). That puts Phipps at No. 9 in school history and No. 11 in the NCAA. Ashley McElmurry (4-11 1/2, 12.79m), Velecia Williams (41-1 1/2, 12.53m) and Lotavia Brown (40-6, 12.34m) secured second, third and fourth place for the Huskers. In the men’s triple jump, Terrol Wilson and Jeremiah Charles made it a 1-2 finish for Nebraska with marks of 51-0 (15.54m) and 49-11 1/4 (15.22m). Jaylen Lloyd placed sixth, going for 48-4 (14.73m).

Darius Luff secured the 60m hurdles title with a time of 7.70 to tie him for ninth in the NCAA and second in the Big Ten. Adding a top-three finish, Brithton Senior clocked a 7.79 to place third. Johanna Ilves crossed the line fourth overall and second out of collegiate runners in the 60m hurdles final with a time of 8.40. LaQwasia Stepney joined Ilves in the final, clocking an 8.69 to finish eighth.

In the 800m, Niko Schultz climbed to No. 2 on the all-time list with a 1:48.10 to place second. In the women’s 800m, Hayley Trotter ran a PR 2:14.42 to take seventh. Brynna McQuillen (??4:50.77) and Cami Merickel (4:58.98) ran PRs in the mile on their way to second and fifth-place finishes. In the 3000m, Berlyn Schutz ran a 9:37.38 in the women’s race to take third and Sam Kirchner ran a personal-best 8:21.78 in the men’s race to place sixth.

Jenna Rogers secured her third high jump title of the season with a clearance of 6-2 (1.88m). Her height of 6-2 3/4 (1.90m) at the Graduate Classic still ranks third in the NCAA. Brooklyn Miller placed fifth with a mark of 5-7 (1.70m). In the men’s high jump, Tyus Wilson cleared 7-0 1/4 (2.14m) to take fourth.

Kavian Kerr claimed third in the men’s 200m with a 21.45, while Darby Thomas covered the track in 24.16 to finish fifth in the women’s 200m. Lorenzo Paissan cruised to fourth in the men’s 60m final with a 6.83 and Seven Hicks finished seventh in the women’s 60m final with a time of 7.56.

The Husker men (Tyrell Pierce, Nick Bryant, Jacob Hyde, Schultz) ran a season-best 3:09.46 in the 4x400m to win the relay. The women (Abrielle Artley, Rebecca Pecora, Meghan Walker, J. Ilves) ran a 3:43.63 to place third.

Nebraska returns to competition Feb. 9-10 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Events begin on Friday at 1:45 p.m. (CT) at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

HUSKERS RALLY PAST NITTANY LIONS

Lincoln, Neb.- No. 3 Huskers hosted No. 8 Penn State for their home opener in a head-to-head Big Ten match-up at the Devaney Center, where they took the win over the Nittany Lions 406.800-403.200. NU highlighted the night with four titles including Toby Liang on floor (14.00), Alex Nitache on vault (14.85), Zac Tiderman on high bar (14.45) and Sam Phillips on all-around (80.50). 

Floor

The Huskers opened the meet on floor where they scored a 68.350 as a team. Toby Liang led-off the lineup for Nebraska, putting up a score of 14.00, good for the floor title and a career-best for the sophomore. Nathan York followed with a 12.65. Chase Mondi notched a strong 13.90, while Luke James collected a career-best 13.85 for the squad, respectively. Captain Sam Phillips rounded off the event with a third-place finish (13.95).

Pommel Horse

In the second event, NU notched a team score of 64.750 on pommel horse. James Friedman began the rotation with a 12.90. Yanni Chronopoulos posted a career-high (13.80) landing in second overall, while Travis Wong earned a score of 13.55, good for third place. York put up a 12.50 and Cooper Giles scored 12.20. Competing in the all-around, Phillips anchored with a score of 12.50.

Rings

NU collected a combined team score of 67.650 on rings. The event was highlighted by Asher Cohen, securing second place and a career-best (13.90) for the sophomore. Chronopoulos notched a 13.00, while Wong collected a 13.25 for Nebraska. Phillips claimed third place, a career-best (13.80). Hiser capped the rotation with a score of 13.70.

Vault

Nebraska worked collectively to earn a score of 72.850 as a team on vault. Alex Nitache collected his first-career title, earning a 14.85 stick for the freshman. Freshman Mondi snagged second place with a stick and career-best score (14.70). Phillips carried the energy for the Huskers with a season-best 14.30. Captain Zac Tiderman finalized the rotation with an electric third-place finish (14.55).

Parallel Bars

On parallel bars, the Huskers squad collected a 64.100 team-score for the night. Nitache led with a 12.85, while Joey Pepe put up a 12.90 respectively. Liang scored a 12.70 for Nebraska. Cohen picked up a 13.40 for NU. Phillips ended the rotation with a score of 12.25.

High Bar

On the final rotation of the evening, the Big Red cemented a team score of 69.100 on high bar. Tiderman set the tone for the squad with an impressive 14.45, a career-best for the captain. Max Odden showed strength with his score of 13.65. Pepe stuck his routine and recorded a 13.65 career-best. Liang notched another stick, putting up a solid 13.65. Phillips put up a 13.70 to wrap up the competition for the night.

Up Next

The Huskers will return to competition on Saturday, Feb. 10 on the road in a Big Ten match-up against Michigan in Ann Arbor. The meet will commence at 12 p.m. (CT) with a live video stream for B1G+ subscribers. Fans can follow @HuskerMGym on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for live updates during the meet.

HUSKERS FALL AT NO. 24 BAYLOR

Waco, Texas - The Nebraska men’s tennis team (5-2, 0-0 Big Ten) fell to No. 24 Baylor (6-1, 0-0 Big 12), 0-7, on Saturday night. It was the second ranked matchup of the spring season for the Big Red, and despite five tie breaks, NU fell to the Bears for its second loss of the season.

In doubles play, NU sent out junior Anton Shepp and senior Nic Wiedenhorn at No. 1, junior Calvin Mueller and sophomore Lars Johann at No. 2, and senior Shunya Maruyama and sophomore Leo Linquet at No. 3. Linquet and Maruyama, previously 3-1 as a duo, were defeated first, on Court Three losing to BU’s Oskar Brostrom and Christopher Frantzen, 5-7. Shepp and Wiedenhorn rallied on Court One, but dropped their set tiebreak to Tadeas Paroulek and Zsombor Velcz, 6(6)-7. With the doubles point secured for the Bears, Court Two left its match unfinished at 6-6, [3-3].

Down 0-1, the Huskers took on singles play with Mueller, Shepp, Johann, Maruyama, Wiedenhorn and senior Rudi Christiansen. In the No. 5 slot, Wiedenhorn could not keep up with Baylor’s Luc Koenig, falling 6-1, 6-2. On Court Two, Shepp kept the first set close but was defeated by Velcz 5-7, 1-6. At No. 4, Maruyama had a slow start against Brostrom, losing 1-6. The senior rallied back for a close second set, but lost, 5-7, and BU took a third singles point to clinch the match. Johann was next to finish on Court Three, defeated by Devin Badenhorst 1-6, 6(1)-7. Christiansen had a close matchup in the No. 6 slot, taking his first set against Martin Breysach, 6-4, and dropping the second, 3-6. In the ten-point tie break, Breysach kept his momentum and toppled Christiansen 10 points to six. Last to finish was another close match on Court One, Mueller and #32 Paroulek. The pair went to a ten-point tie break after 4-6, 6-3, sets, and Mueller fell 7-10. Four Huskers took their first singles losses of the season. BU won the match 7-0.

Up next, NU returns to Lincoln, Neb. to host Arkansas and Gonzaga. The Huskers will face the Razorbacks on Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. (CT). On Feb. 11, the Big Red will match up against the Zags at 11 a.m. (CT). The matches will be held at the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center and parking and admission are free. Live stats and Playsight video will be available. The rest of the 2023-24 Nebraska Men’s Tennis Schedule can be found here.

OSSI EARNS THIRD-PLACE SMALLBORE FINISH AT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The No. 8 Nebraska rifle team stands in fourth place after the first day of the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships on Saturday. The Huskers shot a 2,335 as a team in the smallbore during the first of two days of competition.

No. 2 TCU currently sits in first with a 2349 and is closely followed by No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks and No. 6 Air Force, which both posted scores of 2,348. No. 8 NU is in fourth (2,335), No. 10 Ohio State is fifth (2,332) and No. 19 UTEP is sixth (2,276). 

Two-time smallbore All-American Cecelia Ossi qualified for the finals in the event after posting a score of 589 in the preliminary rounds, which was fourth among all competitors. Ossi earned a third-place finish in the finals with a 450.8.

“Cecelia did an amazing job representing Nebraska,” Head Coach Mindy Miles said. “She dug deep after her sling positions and put together a great standing score to climb up the rankings in the final and win third.”

Ossi led the Big Red with her 589. Sophomore Emma Rhode earned a 585 and freshman Charlotte Mick notched a 581. Junior Mackenzie Strauch (580), senior Madelynn Erickson (574) and sophomore Camilla Johannessen (560) rounded out the lineup. 

The Huskers will compete in the air rifle portion of the PRC Championships tomorrow, Feb. 4, starting at 7 a.m. (central). Fans can follow along with live results here.

HUSKERS ADD TWO POOL RECORDS TO TOP RUTGERS

Nebraska swimming and diving capped off a two-day dual against Rutgers with a 240-113 victory, while tallying two relay pool records on day two of competition.

A team of Sarah Barton, JoJo Randby, Beatrix Tanko and Anna Vlachou set the record in the 400 medley relay, with a time of 3:39.59. Caitlin Cairns, Maia Hall, Lexi Kucera and Giulia Marchi grabbed second in the event (3:43.70).

In the 400 freestyle relay, Tanko, Vlachou, Marchi and Emily Haimes logged a time of 3:23.46 for a first-place finish and a facility record. Kucera, Gabby Donahue, Caterina Bisiacchi and Gena Jorgenson finished second (3:27.69).

In the 1650 freestyle, Jorgenson secured a first-place finish, with a time of 16:21.87. Bisiacchi finished as the runner-up (16:50.84).

Jorgenson earned her second win of the day in the 400 IM (4:20.94), while Barton finished in second (4:22.10). Barton went on to add a victory for the Huskers in the 100 backstroke, with a time of 54.84. Donahue finished third in the event (57.76).

The Huskers swept the top-three spots in the 50 freestyle, led by Randby earning the title with a time of 23.65. Haimes finished second (23.66) and Cairns took third (24.17).

Randby went on to add a title for the Big Red in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.62). Hall finished third, with a time of 1:02.39.

Freshmen Vlachou and Anastasia Tichy grabbed second and third in the 100 butterfly. Vlachou logged a time of 54.13 in the event and Tichy finished in 55.48.

The Huskers grabbed the top-three places in the 200 freestyle. Tanko touched the wall in 1:50.73 for the title, while Marchi finished second (1:50.98) and Kucera placed third (1:51.11).

On the one-meter dive, Antonina Harned was the top finisher for the Huskers. The freshman from Windermere, Fla. earned a score of 268.20 for a third-place finish. Kelsey Clairmont finished fourth for the Huskers (266.25).

The Huskers head to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Big Ten Championships Feb. 21-Feb. 24.

Nebraska 240, Rutgers 113
Friday, Feb. 2 & Saturday, Feb. 3
Lincoln, Neb. (Devaney Natatorium)

Nebraska Champions
200 Medley Relay - 
Sarah Barton, JoJo Randby, Beatrix Tanko, Emily Haimes (1:41.52)
500 Freestyle - 
Gena Jorgenson (4:45.16)
200 Breaststroke - 
Maia Hall (2:10.93)
200 Backstroke - 
Gena Jorgenson (1:58.17)
100 Freestyle - 
Giulia Marchi (50.67)
200 Butterfly - 
Anastasia Tichy (1:58.20)
200 Freestyle Relay - 
Beatrix Tanko, JoJo Randby, Anna Vlachou, Emily Haimes (1:32.75)
400 Medley Relay - 
Sarah Barton, JoJo Randby, Beatrix Tanko, Anna Vlachou (3:39.59)
1650 Freestyle - 
Gena Jorgenson (16:21.87)
50 Freestyle - 
JoJo Randby (23.65)
100 Backstroke - 
Sarah Barton (54.84)
100 Breaststroke - 
JoJo Randby (1:01.62)
200 Freestyle - 
Beatrix Tanko (1:50.73)
400 IM - 
Gena Jorgenson (4:20.94)
400 Freestyle Relay - 
Beatrix Tanko, Anna Vlachou, Emily Haimes, Giulia Marchi (3:23.46)

STRAND OPENS SPRING WITH 70 IN ORLANDO

Kelli Ann Strand fired a two-under-par 70 in the opening round to lead the Nebraska women's golf team at the UCF Challenge in Orlando on Saturday.

Strand, a sophomore from Challis, Idaho, recorded four birdies to overcome a pair of bogeys and close the first 18 holes of Nebraska's spring season in a tie for eighth individually in a 96-player field on the par-72, 6,367-yard layout at the Eagle Creek Golf Club.

Junior Miu Takahashi (Nasu-Machi, Japan) and freshman Arden Louchheim (Park City, Utah) both added rounds of 73 (+1) to help the Huskers post a 295 (+7) team score on Saturday. Nebraska ended the first round in 13th place in the loaded 18-team field. Takahashi and Louchheim enter Monday's second round tied for 32nd.

Lindsey Thiele (Wahoo, Neb.) completed Nebraska's team score in the five-count-four format with a 79 (+7), while Andrea Velez completed NU's lineup with an 80 (+8).

Sydney Harz managed an opening-round 77 (+5) while playing as an individual outside Nebraska's lineup.

No. 28 North Carolina closed the opening round atop the team standings with a 279 (-9), led by Megan Streicher's 64 (-8). Streicher, who carded birdies on seven of nine holes to record a 28 (-7) on the front nine, is tied for first with Lauren Zaretsky from Texas Tech. Zaretsky recorded eight birdies and 10 pars in a spectacular round.

The Tar Heels sit three strokes in front of No. 78 College of Charleston at 282 (-6), while No. 35 Kentucky heads to the second round in third at 286 (-2) in a field that features 16 top-100 teams.

Weather in the Orlando area is expected to postpone the second round on Sunday, with the teams planning to return to the course for round two on Monday at 7:30 a.m. (CT).

UCF Challenge
Feb. 3-6, 2024
Orlando, Fla.
Eagle Creek Golf Card (Par 72/6,367 Yards)

Team Standings (One Round)
1. (28) North Carolina - 279 (-9)
2. (78) College of Charleston - 282 (-6)
3. (35) Kentucky - 286 (-2)
T4. (48) Miami - 287 (-1)
T4. (46) Kansas - 287 (-1)
6. (37) Virginia Tech - 289 (+1)
T7. (14) Northwestern - 290 (+2)
T7. (99) UNCW - 290 (+2)
T7. (13) UCF - 290 (+2)
10. (57) Kent State - 291 (+3)
T11. (52) Texas Tech - 293 (+5)
T11. (29) Michigan State - 293 (+5)
13. (61) Nebraska - 295 (+7)
T14. (51) Iowa State - 298 (+10)
T14. (36) North Texas - 298 (+10)
16. (108) Penn State - 302 (+14)
17. (125) Central Arkansas - 307 (+19)
18. (97) Old Dominion - 308 (+20)

Individual Standings (One Round)
T1. Lauren Zaretsky, Texas Tech - 64 (-8)
T1. Megan Streicher, North Carolina - 64 (-8)
T3. Lily Horst, Kansas - 68 (-4)
T3. Molly Smith, UCF - 68 (-4)
T3. Adrian Anderson, College of Charleston - 68 (-4)
T6. Victoria Levy, UNCW - 69 (-3)
T6. Hester Sicking, Kent State - 69 (-3)
T8. Kelli Ann Strand, Nebraska - 70 (-2)
T8. Sara Byrne, Miami - 70 (-2)
T8. Katie Lu, Michigan State - 70 (-2)
T8. Jensen Castle, Kentucky - 70 (-2)
T8. Jennifer Cai, Northwestern - 70 (-2)
T8. Cathryn Brown, Kentucky - 70 (-2)

Nebraska Individuals
T8. Kelli Ann Strand - 70 (-2)
T32. Miu Takahashi - 73 (+1)
T32. Arden Louchheim - 73 (+1)
*T73. Sydney Harz - 77 (+5)
89. Lindsey Thiele - 79 (+7)
T90. Andrea Velez - 80 (+8)