Joe's Morning Sports-Thursday, November 15, 2018

LeBron James had a season-high 44 points, ten rebounds and nine assists, passing Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA's career scoring list and leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 126-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers last night.  James scored 28 points in the second half and vaulted past Chamberlain on a three-point play with 3:55 to go, finishing the night with 31,425 points.  James also fell just short of the 75th triple-double of his career during his most impressive performance since joining the Lakers in the offseason.

James Palmer overcame a cold start to score 29 points with six rebounds, Isaac Copeland Jr. had 18 points, ten boards, and blocked three shots as Nebraska beat Seton Hall 80-57 last night at home.  Glynn Watson Jr. added 14 points and eight assists for the Big Red.  The 3-0 Cornhuskers ended a seven-game losing streak against opponents from the Big East with their dominant performance in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.  The 1-1 Pirates made just 2-16 from three-point range and had just three assists against 14 turnovers.  Nebraska led at halftime 33-27.  Seton Hall's Myles Powell led the Pirates with 24 points.  

Davon Bolton came off the bench to score 16 points to lead Northern Arizona to its first road victory of the season, beating home-team Nebraska-Omaha 76-66 last night.  Zach Jackson led four players in double figures for the Mavericks with 17 points and seven rebounds.  Teammate Matt Pile had a double-double with ten points and eleven boards.  They drop to 1-2 while Northern Arizona is now 2-1.

The Nebraska volleyball program and Head Coach John Cook announced the signing of five student-athletes yesterday, the first day of the National Letter of Intent November signing period.  Three members of the Huskers’ signing class – outside hitter Madi Kubik, outside hitter Riley Zuhn and libero Kenzie Knuckles are Under Armour First-Team All-Americans.  Wisconsin and Stanford were the only other schools with three recruits on the first team.  Kubik, is a 6’1 outside hitter from West Des Moines Valley High School in Iowa.  Zuhn is a 6’5 hitter from Fort Collins, Colorado.  Knuckles, is a 5’8 libero recruit out of Indiana.  Two in-state prospects are also members of the Husker class. Lincoln Pius X libero Emma Gabel and Johnson-Brock middle blocker Fallon Stutheit will join the Huskers next season.

The Nebraska women’s basketball team received National Letters of Intent from three outstanding young players on the first day of the early signing period.  Among the recruits include 6’2 forward Isabelle Bourne of Australia, Indianapolis 5’11 guard Trinity Brady, and Connecticut 5’8 guard Makenzie Helms.

Creighton women's basketball head coach Jim Flanery announced the signing of Carly Bachelor, Mykel Parham and DeArica Pryor yesterday as the trio each signed National Letter of Intents to become Bluejays.  Bachelor, a 6’0 guard, comes to Creighton from Topeka, Kansas. Parham is a 6’2 forward from Burnsville, Minnesota.  Pryor is a 5’7 guard from Urbandale, Iowa.

Nebraska-Omaha women's basketball coach Brittany Lange announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent yesterday.  Akili Felici is a 5’10 guard from Bellevue West.  Abby Johnson is a 6’1 forward from Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  Sarah Schmitt is a 5’8 guard from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Kia Wilson is a 6’1 center from Manhattan, Kansas.  

Wayne State volleyball coach Scott Kneifl announced yesterday that six high school standouts from Nebraska have signed national letters of intent during the NCAA early signing period and will play volleyball for the Wildcats in 2019-20.  The recruits include Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family’s Taya Beller, Pierce’ Maggie Brahmer, Stanton’s Jessie Brandl, Elkhorn’s Jordan McCormick, and Wahoo’s Kelsie Cada & Elly Larson.  Wayne State finished the 2018 season with records of 22-9 overall and 13-7 in the Northern Sun Conference, losing two seniors to graduation.

The Northeast Hawks volleyball team will meet North Dakota State College of Science at 12:00 CDT this afternoon in the opening round of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Charleston, West Virginia.  The eighth-seeded Hawks, who have not played since October 28th, enter the match with a 19-13 record having won three in a row.  It is their third year in a row at the tournament.  The ninth-seeded Wildcats have a mark of 30-2.  They’ve claimed ten in a row and last played on November 3rd.  Both teams have suffered losses to Johnson County CC of Kansas and Iowa Central CC.  Today’s winner will play their quarterfinal match at 6:30 CDT tonight while the loser will play an elimination match on Friday at 11:00 CDT.

This week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week goes to Sidney Stallbaum of the Ewing volleyball team.  At last week’s Class ‘D-2’ State Tournament, she had 17 solo blocks, 37 kills, 32 digs, and five ace serves.  She helped her team to a state runner-up finish.  Stallbaum was nominated by Coach Suz Funk.  Congratulations to Sidney Stallbaum of the Ewing volleyball team, she is this week’s Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week.

Local Schedule:  Ohio St. at Creighton (MBB-6:00); Creighton at South Dakota St. at Brookings, SD (WBB-7:00); Nebraska Christian at WSC (MBB-7:00).

Hausmann Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Sidney Stallbaum of the Ewing volleyball team.

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     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION

    

      Final    Orlando                111    Philadelphia    106

      Final    Washington          119    Cleveland            95

      Final    Miami                    120    Brooklyn            107

      Final    Boston                  111    Chicago                82

      Final    Detroit                106    Toronto              104

      Final    Oklahoma  City    128    N-Y  Knicks        103

      Final    Minnesota            107    New  Orleans      100

      Final    Memphis                116    Milwaukee          113

      Final    Dallas                  118    Utah                      68

      Final    Phoenix                116    San  Antonio        96

      Final    L.A.  Lakers        126    Portland            117

    

    

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          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Winnipeg      3    Washington      1

      Final    Chicago        1    St.  Louis        0

      Final    Colorado      6    Boston              3

      Final    Vegas            5    Anaheim            0

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