A live video stream will be provided to subscribers of BTN+, featuring the Husker Sports Network radio call.
Saturday's game between the Huskers and Hawkeyes features a pair of Big Ten teams receiving votes in the Associated Press Poll (Dec. 23). Both teams have had strong non-conference seasons to prepare for league play. The all-time series between Nebraska and Iowa is knotted at 14 wins apiece.
Nebraska sophomore Leigha Brown leads Nebraska and ranks 11th in the Big Ten in scoring (14.7 ppg) after her season-high 25-point effort against Manhattan (Dec. 22). Brown added five rebounds and four assists against the Jaspers to earn a spot on the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll (Dec. 23). Brown is a top contender for Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year honors. She is the only non-starter in the Big Ten averaging more than 12 points per game.
Fellow sophomore Sam Haiby earned spots on the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll (Nov. 11, Dec. 16) after big performances in Husker wins. Haiby, who had 10 points and six assists in the win over Manhattan (Dec. 22), earned her second honor roll spot with 20 points in a win over Oral Roberts (Dec. 14). She claimed her first weekly honor with a career-high 28 points in a win at Missouri (Nov. 10). Haiby ranks second among the Huskers with 10.7 points per game.
Junior Kate Cain has scored in double figures in five of Nebraska's last six games. She ranks third among the Huskers in scoring (10.1 ppg), second in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and leads the Huskers and ranks second in the Big Ten in blocks (3.0 bpg). The Lisa Leslie Award candidate needs four blocks on Saturday to catch Catheryn Redmon (216, 2008-11) at No. 2 on Nebraska's career block list.
Sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek (Sioux Center, Iowa) is averaging 9.3 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds for the Huskers. She missed the win over Manhattan with an ankle sprain suffered vs. ORU.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-1) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (9-2)
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, 1 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Neb.
Live Video: BTN+
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (12:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM; Omaha-ESPN 590 AM
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Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 10.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 7.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 10.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 14.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 2.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 2.0 rpg, 4.0 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.4 ppg, 0.6 rpg
Out for Season
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Fourth Season at Nebraska (52-50); 13th Season Overall (245-159)
Iowa Hawkeyes (9-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
43 - Amanda Ollinger - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 6.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg
25 - Monika Czinano - 6-3 - So. - F/C - 15.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg
3 - Makenzie Meyer - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 15.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg
5 - Alexis Sevillian - 5-5 - Jr. - G - 6.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg
22 - Kathleen Doyle - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 15.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Off the Bench
24 - Gabbie Marshall - 5-6 - Fr. - G - 7.0 ppg, 0.9 rpg
14 - McKenna Warnock - 6-1 - Fr. - G/F - 6.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg
20 - Kate Martin - 6-0 - So. - G - 3.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg
1 - Tomi Taiwo - 5-10 - So. - G - 2.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg
23 - Logan Cook - 6-1 - So. - F - 2.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg
11 - Megan Meyer - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 2.3 ppg, 0.3 rpg
21 - Zion Sanders - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 0.7 ppg, 0.3 rpg
31 - Paula Valiño Ramos - 6-3 - Jr. - F/C - 0.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg
Head Coach: Lisa Bluder (Northern Iowa, 1983)
20th Season at Iowa (405-219); 36th Season Overall (761-361)
• Iowa comes to Lincoln to open Big Ten Conference play with a four-game winning streak that includes wins over in-state rivals Iowa State (75-69, Dec. 11) and Drake (79-67, Dec. 21), and a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game victory over Clemson (76-60, Dec. 4).
• Like the Huskers, the Hawkeyes are unbeaten in December, suffering their last loss to Washington (70-63, Nov. 30) at the Puerto Rico Clasico. The only other loss for the Hawkeyes came in an 88-68 setback at Northern Iowa (88-66, Nov. 17).
• Iowa has found early season success despite the losses of National Player of the Year Megan Gustafson, forward Hannah Stewart and guard Tania Davis from last year's team that won the Big Ten Tournament title before advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight.
• Gustafson scored 1,001 points and grabbed 481 rebounds last year alone, finishing her career with 2,804 points and 1,460 rebounds as one of the most productive players in NCAA history. Davis added more than 1,000 points and more than 400 assists in her career, while Stewart pitched in more than 800 points and nearly 500 rebounds in her career.
• Senior point guard Kathleen Doyle (15.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 6.5 apg) is the motor that drives the Hawkeyes in 2019-20. Doyle owns 1,164 points, 588 assists and 200 steals in her career.
• Fellow senior guard Makenzie Meyer is Iowa's leading scorer. She is averaging 15.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game this season. Meyer, who is in her fourth year as a starter, joined Nebraska's Leigha Brown on the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll (Dec. 23), after producing 24 points, four rebounds and five assists in the win over Drake (Dec. 21). Meyer also reached the 1,000-point scoring mark in her career in the win over the Bulldogs.
• Junior guard Alexis Sevillian gives the Hawkeyes a very experienced backcourt. Sevillian who is averaging 6.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, has started more than 40 games in her career.
• Inside, senior Amanda Ollinger (6.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg) and sophomore Monika Czinano (15.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg) have replaced Megan Gustafson (27.8 ppg, 13.4 rpg) and Hannah Stewart (11.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg).
• Czinano is averaging 18.8 points per game during Iowa's current four-game winning streak and shooting 72.3 percent from the field this season.
• Ollinger pulled down 20 rebounds in the win over Iowa State and is averaging 11.3 rebounds during Iowa's four-game winning streak. Ollinger needs just one more rebound to match her season total (97) in 36 games a year ago.
• Iowa has received strong contributions from freshman guard Gabbie Marshall (7.0 ppg) and freshman wing McKenna Warnock (6.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg). Marshall ranks second among the Hawkeyes with 20 threes (20-50, .400). She made her first career start in a win over North Alabama in place of Alexis Sevillian. Marshall scored a career-high 13 points against North Alabama.
• Redshirt freshman Kate Martin (3.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg) and sophomore guard Tomi Taiwo (2.8 ppg) have also provided sparks. Taiwo, who has four threes on the season and eight in her career, went a career-best 3-for-3 from three-point range to propel the Hawkeyes to a six-point win at Iowa State.
• Iowa features an explosive offense that ranks second in the Big Ten at 79.6 points per game. The Hawkeyes also ranked third in the conference with a 47.5 field goal percentage, while also ranking third in the league with a 37.7 three-point percentage. Iowa ranks second in the Big Ten with 8.5 threes per game and second in the conference with a 72.4 free throw percentage.
• The Hawkeyes rank 13th in the Big Ten in scoring defense (67.8 ppg), 13th in field goal percentage defense (.391) and 12th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.312).
• Iowa owns a plus-one rebound margin and a plus-one turnover margin.
Nebraska vs. Iowa Series History
• Nebraska and Iowa are tied in the all-time series, 14-14. Iowa swept the season series last season, including a 74-58 win at Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Huskers' home finale on Feb. 25, 2019. Nebraska dropped a 77-71 decision in Iowa City on Jan. 3, 2019.
• Leigha Brown led Nebraska with 20 points at Iowa, while Hannah Whitish added 14 for the Huskers.
• The Huskers are 5-6 all-time against Iowa in Lincoln, dating back to a 67-66 win over the Hawkeyes at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Dec. 22, 1979.
• Nebraska defeated then-No. 20 Iowa 74-65 at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Jan. 16, 2018. The Huskers snapped Iowa's five-game series winning streak despite 29 points and 18 rebounds from Hawkeye All-American Megan Gustafson in that game.
• The Huskers completed a 2018 Big Ten sweep of Iowa with a 92-74 win on Jan. 28, 2018, after the Huskers built a 36-point lead midway through the third quarter. Nebraska led 56-26 at the half, and the 56 points were the most ever allowed by the Hawkeyes in a first half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
• The Huskers are 4-6 all-time against the Hawkeyes in Iowa City with five of the last seven games being decided by two possessions or less, including one overtime finish (Iowa 78, Nebraska 72, Jan. 26, 2015).
• Nebraska is 5-2 all-time against Iowa on neutral courts dating back to the first meeting in the series, a 71-63 Husker win at the Jennies' Classic in Warrensburg, Mo., on Jan. 13, 1978.
• The Huskers dominated the series in their first years in the Big Ten. From 2011-12 through 2013-14 (three seasons) the Huskers went 8-0 against the Hawkeyes, culminating with a 72-65 victory in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
• Nebraska's 10-1 start is its best under Coach Amy Williams and NU's best start since also opening 10-1 in 2014-15. The Huskers dropped their first two Big Ten games in 2014-15. The 2011-12 Huskers opened 15-1 in their first season in the Big Ten, including 3-0 in the conference.
• Entering the week, Nebraska was one of 34 teams nationally with 10 or more wins. The Huskers were one of 33 teams with one loss or less (four Big Ten teams). Only nine unbeatens remain among the 344 NCAA Division I teams.
• Nebraska is No. 44 in the Massey Ratings (Dec. 26). Other Big Ten teams in the top 45 included: Indiana (12), Maryland (17), Northwestern (21), Minnesota (22), Rutgers (24), Iowa (28), Michigan (34), Purdue (37) and Ohio State (42).
• Through 11 games, Nebraska is allowing an average of 59.4 points per game, after allowing 70.1 points per game last season. NU's 2018 NCAA Tournament team allowed 63.6.
• Opponents are shooting 34.4 percent from the field and 28 percent from three-point range against NU. Last year, Husker foes hit 41.1 percent, including 33.4 percent from three. In 2017-18, Nebraska led the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.371) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.299).
• Nebraska has held seven opponents to 55 points or less this season. Last year, NU held only two foes (Radford-39, Kansas-52) to 55 or less. NU held 11 opponents to 55 or less in 2017-18.
• NU's bench has outscored opponent reserves in all 11 games in 2019-20, and 39 of the last 41 games overall. The Husker bench has outscored opponent benches by double digits in 30 of the last 41 games.
• This season, NU's bench has outscored opposing benches 316-147 (28.7-13.4 ppg).
Lincoln – The Big Ten Conference and BTN announced Sunday evening that the Nebraska men’s basketball game against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi next Sunday, Dec. 29, will tipoff at 1 p.m. and will be carried nationally on BTN. The game was listed as either a 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. start, but the final start time was not determined until the NFL games that day were set. Sunday’s game will also be carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.
A limited number of tickets for Sunday’s game, which includes a halftime performance from the legendary Red Panda, are available by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets.
Brown, who tied a career high with four three-pointers including three in the second quarter, helped Nebraska close non-conference play with a 10-1 record. Brown pitched in five rebounds and four assists, while fellow sophomore Sam Haiby added 10 points and six assists. Junior center Kate Cain contributed 13 points and a season-high-tying eight rebounds to help Nebraska produce a commanding 47-32 edge on the boards against the Jaspers..
Nebraska led 21-19 after one quarter despite five three-pointers from Manhattan. Freshman Emily LaPointe led the Jaspers with 11 points in the opening period for Manhattan, which slipped to 3-7 on the season.
Haiby opened the second quarter with a basket, before Brown hit back-to-back threes and added a free throw to cap a 9-0 run and give Nebraska its first double-digit lead at 30-19 with 6:34 left in the half. Brown added another three and a jumper with two minutes left in the half to give the Big Red its biggest lead at 37-23.
Nebraska took a 37-25 lead to the locker room at the half, after hitting 51.7 percent (15-29) of its shots, including 5-of-11 (.455) of its three-pointers.
The Huskers started the second half strong with a 7-0 run to push their margin to 19 points at 44-25 less than four minutes into the third quarter, but Manhattan responded with three straight three-pointers, including LaPointe's fourth triple of the game and two threes from Sydney Watkins to trim the margin back to 12 at 48-36. The Huskers still won the quarter and took a 50-37 lead to the final period.
Again, Nebraska opened the period with a run, using a 9-0 burst in the first 2:37 to take a 59-37 lead. The Huskers built their biggest margin of the day at 25 (67-42) on a three-pointer from senior forward Grace Mitchell with 3:48 left. Mitchell finished with five points.
Nebraska, which was without the services of sophomore starting forward Ashtyn Veerbeek who sat out with an ankle sprain suffered in the second half of a win over Oral Roberts (Dec. 14), got strong inside contributions from Kayla Mershon and Isabelle Bourne. Mershon had four points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in her first start of the season, while Bourne pitched in six points and seven rebounds off the bench.
The Huskers also got significant contributions from freshman Trinity Brady, who made her first career regular-season appearance. Brady, who missed Nebraska's first 10 games this season as part of the concussion protocol, had two points, four rebounds, an assist and a block in 16 minutes in her debut.
As a team, Nebraska hit 47.4 percent (27-57) of its shots from the field, including 6-of-20 threes (.300), while going 11-for-16 (.688) at the free throw line. The Huskers held Manhattan to 30.2 percent (19-63) from the field, including 9-of-29 (.310) from three-point range. The Jaspers went just 4-for-6 at the free throw line as Nebraska committed a season-low six personal fouls in the game. Manhattan did win the turnover battle, 14-12.
LaPointe finished with 17 points on the game to lead Manhattan, while Gabby Cajou pitched in 14 points, including nine in the fourth quarter.
Nebraska opens Big Ten Conference play on Saturday, Dec. 28, when the Huskers take on defending Big Ten Tournament champion Iowa. Tip-off between the Hawkeyes (9-2) and Huskers (10-1) is set for 1 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena with tickets on sale now at Huskers.com.
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Ainsworth 68, Cozad 62
Alliance 63, Sidney 34
Alma 61, Red Cloud 42
Arlington 56, Tekamah-Herman 38
Battle Creek 59, West Holt 39
Beatrice 69, Omaha Roncalli 58
Bellevue West 58, Kearney 56
Bennington 79, Omaha Northwest 55
Burke, S.D. 40, Stuart 30
Burwell 60, Twin Loup 27
Centura 41, Ord 32
Colome, S.D. 58, Cody-Kilgore 47
Columbus Lakeview 60, David City 40
Crete 39, Columbus Scotus 31
Cross County 66, Hampton 21
Doniphan-Trumbull 72, Central City 45
Douglas County West 74, Omaha Christian Academy 30
Dundy County-Stratton 68, Perkins County 35
Elgin Public/Pope John 51, Boyd County 42
Elkhorn Valley 45, Plainview 44
Elmwood-Murdock 61, Weeping Water 38
Gering 63, Chadron 47
Gibbon 56, Wood River 35
Gordon/Rushville 45, Mullen 41
Gregory, S.D. 78, North Central 63
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Hastings 72, York 56
Hemingford 78, Leyton 37
Howells/Dodge 77, Clarkson/Leigh 61
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 51, Southern 35
Humphrey St. Francis 67, Fullerton 66
Kimball 59, Bayard 44
Lexington 49, North Platte 34
Lincoln Christian 64, Archbishop Bergan 39
Lincoln Lutheran 50, Aquinas 41
Lincoln Pius X 66, Omaha Westside 54
Lincoln Southeast 65, Bellevue East 60
Lincoln Southwest 62, Millard South 53
Loomis 86, Brady 47
Malcolm 54, Raymond Central 51
McCook 70, Holdrege 55
Mead 55, East Butler 45
Meskwaki Settlement School, Iowa 77, Walthill 58
Milford 48, Ashland-Greenwood 44, OT
Millard North 78, Lincoln East 36
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Mitchell 70, Morrill 28
Oakland-Craig 91, Madison 58
Ogallala 56, Hershey 49
Omaha Benson 100, Fremont 66
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 55, Louisville 39
Omaha Bryan 64, Elkhorn South 63
Omaha Burke 65, Omaha North 64
Omaha Central 67, Grand Island 58
Omaha Creighton Prep 83, Lincoln North Star 76
Omaha Skutt Catholic 47, Elkhorn 32
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Papillion-LaVista 83, Lincoln High 57
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Pender 27, Stanton 24
Pleasanton 62, Wilcox-Hildreth 26
Potter-Dix 69, Arthur County 52
Ralston 67, Omaha Concordia 63
Randolph 40, Wynot 31
Scottsbluff 54, Casper Natrona, Wyo. 45
St. Paul 63, Broken Bow 26
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Wayne 66, O'Neill 38
Wilber-Clatonia 42, Sandy Creek 29
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Ainsworth 50, Cozad 36
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Arlington 39, Tekamah-Herman 35
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Beatrice 59, Omaha Roncalli 40
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Bellevue West 48, Kearney 41
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Eikens hit the first free throw, but missed the second attempt, and Dachon Burke Jr. grabbed the rebound and raced down the court for Nebraska, but his baseline jumper was off the mark, giving UND the upset.
Nebraska (5-7), which trailed by as many as eight points with just over eight minutes remaining, rallied behind the shooting of Matej Kavas, who had nine of his season-high 12 points in the final eight minutes. His 3-pointer started an 8-0 run that tied the score at 61 with 5:49 left.
UND (6-7) would regain the lead at 64-61 on a 3-point play from Marlon Stewart, who finished with a game-high 23 points to lead four Fighting Hawks in double figures.
Nebraska trailed 69-66 before a Burke basket and Kavas' fourth 3-pointer of the night with 1:42 left gave Nebraska its first lead since the opening minutes at 71-69, but Allen-Eikens' conventional 3-point play with 1:25 left put the visitors up one. The Huskers trailed 74-71 before Mack tied the game at 74 with 34.3 seconds remaining in regulation, setting up the final sequence.
Allen-Eikens and Filip Rebraca added 15 points reach for the winners, while Rebraca also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Mack led Nebraska with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Kavas added 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Burke and Cheatham also finished in double figures with 10 points apiece, as Nebraska saw its three-game home win streak snapped.
Early on, North Dakota used the combo of Stewart and Rebraca to take a 35-30 lead into the locker room. The pair accounted for 24 of the Fighting Hawks' 35 first-half points.
Nebraska built an early 6-2 lead, but North Dakota regrouped and used a 12-2 run of their own to build a 17-10 lead following a Stewart basket with 12:51 left in the stanza.
The Huskers started chipping away, as a 3-point play from Kevin Cross started an 11-4 spurt that pulled Nebraska within 21-19 with 8:44 left after a pair of baskets by Burke. Nebraska got to within 26-25 after a Kavas 3-pointer, but baskets by Strewart and Allen-Eikens quickly pushed the margin back to five points, as the Fighting Hawks shot 48 percent in the first half and took a five-point lead into the locker room.
Trailing 35-30, the Huskers used a 9-4 spurt to pull within one after an Yvan Ouedraogo basket with 16 minutes left, but UND answered with 3-pointers from Kienan Walter and Davids Atelbauers stretched the lead back to seven. On the day, UND went 11-of-31 from long range and kept the Huskers at bay until the final minutes.
The Huskers return from the holiday break next Sunday, Dec. 29, when Nebraska takes on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The start time will be either 1 or 3 p.m. but won't be determined by BTN until Monday.
Banwarth joined the Nebraska volleyball coaching staff under head coach John Cook as an assistant in January 2017 and served as the Huskers' recruiting coordinator and libero coach for three seasons. She will take over an Ole Miss program that went 14-15 (6-12 SEC) in 2019. Banwarth replaces Steve McRoberts, who was the Ole Miss head coach from 2014-19.
"I'm honored to be chosen as the next head coach for the Ole Miss volleyball program," Banwarth said. "I'd like to thank (Athletics Director) Keith (Carter), (Deputy A.D. for Sports and Administration) Lynnette (Johnson) and the rest of the administration for their hospitality and support. I look forward to being a part of the Rebel family and am excited to lead the volleyball team as we work to build a tradition of success. I also want to thank Coach Cook, the administration at Nebraska and the whole state and fan base for their support. I wouldn't have this amazing opportunity if it weren't for a lot of people who have been there for me throughout my career."
Banwarth joins Dani Busboom Kelly (Louisville) and Chris Tamas (Illinois) as Husker assistants who have recently taken over Division I programs. Nebraska's video coordinator Beau Lawler will likely join her staff as an assistant coach at Ole Miss.
"I am pumped for Kayla and this opportunity for her to lead the Ole Miss program," Cook said. "In her three years as a coach here, Kayla helped us win a Big Ten Championship and an NCAA Championship, and she played a huge role in coaching our liberos and helping our six-rotation hitters become great passers. She also did a tremendous job on the recruiting trail. Her story of going from a walk-on to a U.S. Olympic Team libero is an incredible one, and she will get to build on that legacy at Ole Miss. They are fortunate to land a talented up-and-coming coach like Kayla. We will work quickly to fill her position with the best candidate we can find for Husker volleyball."
In her first season as a Husker assistant, Nebraska won the 2017 NCAA Championship and repeated as Big Ten champions with a 32-4 overall record and 19-1 mark in conference play. Under her guidance, setter Kelly Hunter was named the NCAA Championship co-most outstanding player, an AVCA first-team All-American and the Big Ten Setter of the Year. She was also the PrepVolleyball.com Player of the Year, while libero Kenzie Maloney was a PrepVolleyball.com first-team All-American and an NCAA Championship All-Tournament selection.
In 2018, the Huskers reached the NCAA Championship match once again, and Maloney was an NCAA Championship All-Tournament selection. Nebraska's defense was one of the best in the nation, in large part thanks to the Huskers' back-row passers. Nebraska finished the season with a .144 opponent hitting percentage, which ranked third in the nation, first in the Big Ten, and was the Huskers' best mark since 2005. Maloney was an AVCA third-team All-American and an All-Big Ten selection.
The Huskers were one of the top defensive units in the nation once in again 2019, holding opponents to a .153 opponent hitting percentage, which ranked eighth in the nation and first in the Big Ten. Nebraska reached the Elite Eight for the eighth straight year, and freshman libero Kenzie Knuckles was an All-Big Ten Freshman Team member.
Banwarth completed an illustrious playing career for the Huskers in 2010 before embarking on a professional playing career that saw her win an Olympic bronze medal with the U.S. National Team, as well as an FIVB World Championship.
Banwarth finished her professional career with the U.S. National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. A U.S. National Team libero since 2011, Banwarth spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men's volleyball team prior to joining the Huskers.
After walking on at Nebraska in 2007, Banwarth became the starting libero midway through her freshman season and remained in that role through 2010, receiving All-Big 12 honorable mention as a junior and senior. She led the Huskers to the NCAA semifinals in 2008 and to three Big 12 titles. She was Nebraska's all-time career leader in digs with 1,706 until 2016. Banwarth was also a two-time academic All-Big 12 selection and a three-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.
Banwarth played professionally overseas in Azerbaijan but focused strictly on the U.S. National Team and coaching at Pepperdine in 2015 and 2016. She was named the Best Receiver at the 2015 NORCECA Championship and helped Team USA win gold there and at the FIVB World Grand Prix in 2016. In 2014 she aided Team USA to the FIVB World Championship, the first gold medal for the U.S. at a major tournament. In 2016 Banwarth anchored the squad at the Olympic Games in Rio, helping the U.S. to the bronze medal.
In 2013 Banwarth was named USA Volleyball's Female Indoor Most Improved Player of the Year, and in 2012 and 2013 she led the team to gold medals in consecutive Pan American Cups. Also in 2013, she was the runner-up in the Best Digger category at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup after posting 3.19 digs per set. In her first international competition in 2011, Banwarth helped USA to a bronze medal at the Pan American Games.
Banwarth joined the Pepperdine men's volleyball staff as a volunteer assistant coach in December 2015 and coached for two seasons. In her first season, Pepperdine went 13-11, and she helped lead the Waves' back line to rank 36th nationally with 7.69 digs per set.
A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Banwarth attended Wahlert Catholic High School before her Husker career. She graduated from UNL in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.
GISH Wrestling Coach Joey Morrison
GICC Wrestling Coach Zach Schroder
Each year the Nebraska School Activities Association and the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association recognize students who have been nominated by their schools, based on their individual academic excellence, leadership and significant contributions made to their NSAA activity.
The NSAA and the NCPA are proud to recognize all of the 2,554 award winners of the 2019 Fall NCPA Academic All-State Award.
This brings the total number of NCPA Academic All-State Award winners to over 75,000 spanning the 14 years of this awards program.
View list here: All-State Awards
BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=
Arapahoe 54, Wilcox-Hildreth 51
Arcadia-Loup City 64, Amherst 46
Axtell 51, Ansley-Litchfield 45
Bishop Neumann 66, St. Albert, Council Bluffs, Iowa 27
Brady 68, Maywood-Hayes Center 66
Cozad 69, Cambridge 51
Crofton 66, Niobrara/Verdigre 56
Elm Creek 64, Minden 51
Emerson-Hubbard 50, Winside 36
Exeter/Milligan 54, Nebraska Lutheran 45
Gibbon 39, Ravenna 38
Hitchcock County 65, Medicine Valley 17
Homer 58, Lawton-Bronson, Iowa 47
Humphrey St. Francis 70, Summerland 7
Hyannis 43, Crawford 28
Logan View 69, Tekamah-Herman 43
North Platte St. Patrick's 72, Gothenburg 49
Oakland-Craig 55, Wisner-Pilger 44
Omaha Christian Academy 70, Cedar Bluffs 24
Omaha Westside 64, Gretna 41
Osceola 52, Dorchester 33
Palmyra 56, Weeping Water 37
Paxton 72, South Platte 48
Perkins County 67, Garden County 63
Randolph 45, Bloomfield 36
Riverside 48, CWC 36
Sutherland 53, Wallace 46
Tri County 53, Johnson-Brock 44
Lakota Nation Invitational=
Crow Creek, S.D. 64, Omaha Nation 61
Red Cloud 58, Todd County, S.D. 48
Paha Sapa Bracket=
Lower Brule, S.D. 83, Santee 33
Lusk, Wyo. 71, Sioux County 47
GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=
Arcadia-Loup City 47, Amherst 25
Axtell 38, Ansley-Litchfield 31
Bloomfield 49, Randolph 21
CWC 75, Riverside 11
Cambridge 42, Cozad 27
Crawford 67, Hyannis 31
Crofton 61, Niobrara/Verdigre 20
Dorchester 50, Osceola 20
Exeter/Milligan 62, Nebraska Lutheran 33
Garden County 47, Perkins County 30
Gibbon 43, Ravenna 42
Gothenburg 53, North Platte St. Patrick's 43
Guardian Angels 68, Winnebago 40
Hitchcock County 62, Medicine Valley 26
Homer 67, Lawton-Bronson, Iowa 63
Johnson-Brock 66, Tri County 42
Maywood-Hayes Center 76, Brady 30
Minden 54, Elm Creek 44
Norfolk Catholic 52, Lutheran High Northeast 34
Norris 61, Bishop Neumann 42
Oakland-Craig 54, Wisner-Pilger 18
Ponca 53, Vermillion, S.D. 44
South Platte 54, Paxton 13
South Sioux City 64, Omaha Mercy 44
Summerland 60, Humphrey St. Francis 54
Tekamah-Herman 53, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 30
Wallace 36, Sutherland 32
Weeping Water 64, Palmyra 18
Wilcox-Hildreth 48, Arapahoe 22
Cougar Classic Tournament=
Omaha Gross Catholic 48, Blair 40
Platteview 49, Omaha Duchesne Academy 37
Lakota Nation Invitational=
Red Cloud 51, Custer, S.D. 16
Paha Sapa Bracket=
Lower Brule, S.D. 68, Santee 51
Omaha Nation 55, Tiospa Zina Tribal, S.D. 46
Lusk, Wyo. 42, Sioux County 31
Christian, Calif. 60, Omaha Westside 58
Omaha Northwest 83, Tempe, Ariz. 32
Fremont 72, Chandler, Ariz. 56