The Nebraska women’s basketball team lost to 9th ranked Maryland 81-63 last night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Terrapins hit 51 percent of their field goals in the game, including a blistering 10 of 17 from three point range. With Maryland firing on all cylinders on the offensive end, Nebraska hit just 37 percent of its shots, including 5 of 15 from long range. The Huskers were 0-6 from beyond the arc in the second half. Hannah Whitish and Nicea Eliely scored nine points apiece for the Huskers. Nebraska is now 7-8 on the season, 2-2 in the Big Ten Conference. They’ll play host to Rutgers on Sunday.
Hastings College is ranked number 21 in the latest NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches Top 25 poll. The Broncos are 10-7 on the season. Dakota Wesleyan is ranked number one. Concordia is 2nd, Northwestern is tied for 3rd, Morningside is 9th and Dordt is 12th.
Oklahoma Wesleyan leads the men’s poll. Morningside is 4th, Briar Cliff is 7th, Dakota Wesleyan is 15th and Jamestown is number 21. Hastings will play Concordia tonight at Lynn Farrell Arena. The women’s game begins at 6:00pm with the men to follow at 8:00pm. Coverage begins at 5:45pm this afternoon on 1230AM KHAS.
Aurora beat the Hastings High boys basketball team 57-52 last night. The Tigers led 43-41 after three quarters, but went cold in the final period. Hastings hit only 2 of 12 shots, including 0-6 from three point range. Connor Creech led the Tigers with 21 points. Mike Boeve had 17. Baylor Scheierman had 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists, five blocked shots and two steals for the Huskies. It was the 400th career win for Aurora head coach Tom Leininger. Hastings is now 7-3 on the season and will play McCook on Friday. Aurora improves to 10-1.
Aurora won the girls game 31-22. The Huskies won despite shooting only 27 percent for the game. Hastings could not take advantage making only 8 of 25 shots. The Tigers are now 5-3. The Huskies are 3-8.
The Hastings St. Cecilia girls lost for the first time this season, falling to Northwest last night 53-48. Bailey Kissinger led the Hawkettes with 15 points. Whitney Brown had 18 for the Vikings.
In the boy’s game, Northwest beat St. Cecilia 45-38. Justin Hiser had 20 points for the Vikings. Ashton Valentine had 14 points for the Hawks.
Elsewhere in boys basketball, Blue Hill beat Gibbon 53-47, Centura got by Doniphan/Trumbull 52-48 in overtime, Deshler rolled past Sandy Creek 61-37, Kearney Catholic downed Lexington 63-48, Kenesaw beat Giltner 41-33, Minden defeated Ravenna 65-64 and York knocked off Grand Island Central Catholic 60-52.
In girls basketball, Blue Hill beat Gibbon 60-21, Deshler defeated Sandy Creek 53-40, Grand Island Central Catholic got by York 46-38, Kearney Catholic beat Lexington 45-39, Kenesaw upended Giltner 50-33 and Minden ran past Ravenna 41-26.