February 21, 2020 - 11:24 am - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defenders will host the College of Saint Mary on Saturday afternoon, February 22 at 3:00 to conclude the regular season.

The College of Saint Mary is 5-24 this season and 2-19 in league play.  The Flames took back to back GPAC games on December 12 and 14 against Doane and Briar Cliff.  The Flames will be looking to break a 12 game losing streak that dates back to January 7.  In that stretch the Flames have a pair of four point losses to Jamestown and Mount Marty.

The Defenders are 22-7 this season and 14-7 in the GPAC women’s standings.

Erika Feenstra is averaging a team high 17.7 points per game with 5.8 rebounds and she is making 60.5 percent of her field goals and is 132-162 from the free throw line. Rachel Evavold and Karly Gustafson are averaging 10.0 points per game and 9.8 points per game and have converted 59.9 and 53.8 percent of their field goal attempts. Bailey Beckman’s average is 7.8 points per game and Gabby Kreykes, Mya Chmielewski and Jordyn Van Maanen all average 5.9 points per game. Payton Harmsen leads the team with 38 made three-point baskets and Van Maanen has 74 assists and Harmsen 63.

Dordt outscores teams 80.1-67.0 and convert 45.7 percent of its field goals and 28.9 percent of its three-point shots. The Defenders allow 38.1 percent field goal shooting and 27.1 from the arc.  Dordt is outrebounding teams 43.0-33.3 and have forced 343 turnovers by steals.

Dordt will host a GPAC Quarterfinal round game on Wednesday night at 6:00. The College of Saint Mary will not make the eight-team postseason field.

February 21, 2020 - 10:59 am - Posted in Sports

Des Moines Iowa — The 2020 Iowa State High School Wrestling Tournament opened a three day run at Wells Fargo Area Thursday morning. Wrestling began at 9:00 am with the first round matches in Class 3A. The morning session includes the 1st  round followed by the 1st round of consolations. The afternoon session at 1:30 includes the Class 2A 1st round and 1st round consolations. The evening session beginning at 6:00 pm features the 1st round of Class 1A and the 1st round of consolations.

The area will be well represented by Siouxland, War Eagle and Lakes Conference individuals. Here’s that list of qualifiers.

Visit TrackWrestling for updated brackets and information on tournament progress.
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Class 2A
106
Coy De Boer of Sheldon-S. O`Brien lost his opening match on a 11-2 MD, and lost his second match on 8-7 Dec. He is out.

113
Jonathon Burnette of Spirit Lake Park won his first match by fall in 1:28, and advances
Osvaldo Ocampo of Sheldon-S. O`Brien lost his opening match by TF-1.5 6:00 (18-2), and lost his second match 12-6 dec, and is out.

120
Johnny Hua of MOC-Floyd Valley won his first match by fall in 1:16, and advances
Donovan Morales of Central Lyon-G-LR lost his opening match in an 8-2 Dec, and lost his second match in a 12-2 MD, and is out

132
Isaac Bruggeman of West Lyon – Inwood lost his opening match in a 13-1 MD, and lost his second match by a 4-2 Dec, and is out
Blake Abrahamson of Okoboji/HMS lost his opening match in a 13-3 MD. and won his second match by fall in 3:43. He advances

152
Johnny Perez of West Lyon – Inwood lost his first match by fall in 3:03. and won his second match by a 7-6 Dec. He advances

160
Kalen Meyer of Central Lyon-G-LR won his first match by TF-1.5 4:00 (15-0), and advances

170
Brenden Fisch of Cherokee – Washington lost his first match by fall in 2:53, and lost his second match on a 6-2 Dec. He is out

195
Dylan Winkel of Central Lyon-G-LR won his first match by fall in 3:51. He advances
Chayce Hooyer of Sioux Center lost his first match by fall in :53 and lost his second match by fall in 1:38. He is out

220
Easton Fleshman of West Lyon – Inwood lost his first match by SV-1 2-0 Dec, and won his second match by fall in 2:34. He advances
Josh Riibe of Central Lyon-G-LR lost his first match by 4-3 Dec, and won his second match by a 3-2 Dec. He advances.

285
Chris Van Der Brink of Boyden Hull-Rock Valley won his first match by fall in :14. He advances
Jarrett Meyer of Central Lyon-G-LR won his first match by TB-2 2-1 Dec, He advances

Class 1A
106
Wyatt Skuodas of Hinton lost his first match by fall in 1:56, and lost his second match by a 9-0 MD, and is out
Mikey Baker of West Sioux – Hawarden won his first match by fall in 5:00, He advances

113
Braden Graff of West Sioux – Hawarden won his first match by fall in :47, He advances

120
Drayven Kraft of West Sioux – Hawarden lost his first match by 15-4 MD, and lost his second match by a 13-2 MD, he is out

126
Adam Allard of West Sioux – Hawarden won his first match by TF 1.5 1:54 (16-0), He advances
Jonathan Krogman of Sibley-Ocheyedan lost his first match by a 12-4 MD, and lost his second match SV-1 7-5, he is out

132
Trey Schuck of Sibley-Ocheyedan won his first match by a 5-0 Dec, He advances
Cullen Koedam of West Sioux – Hawarden won his first match by fall in 5:19, He advances

138
Jace Mulder of Western Christian – Hull won his first match by 14-0 MD, He advances

152
Seth Salker of West Sioux – Hawarden won his first match by fall in 1:45, He advances

160
Teegan Tschampel of Hinton lost his first match by fall in 1:58, and won his second match by fall in 2:34, He advances
Dahson DeJong of Sibley-Ocheyedan lost his first match by a 12-2 MD, and lost his second match 7-4 Dec, he is out

170
Tristan Mulder of Western Christian – Hull won his first match by 16-5 MD, He advances

182
Carson Lynott of West Sioux – Hawarden won his first match by fall in 1:52, He advances

195
Derek Anderson of Hinton won his first match by a 2-0 Dec, He advances
Eli Van Ginkel of Western Christian – Hull lost his first match by 11-9 Dec, and won his second match by 11-6 Dec, He advances

220
Logan Smith of Akron-Westfield lost his first match by 9-1 MD, and won his second match on a 4-1 Dec, He advances
Alberto Ortiz of Sibley-Ocheyedan lost his first match on a 7-3 Dec, and lost his second match on a 5-1 Dec, he is out

285
Jose Rodriguez of West Sioux – Hawarden lost his first match 8-3 Dec, and lost his second match by fall in 5:25, He is out.

Class 3A
106
Case Cauthron of Spencer lost his opening match by fall in 1:18. In his second match he won 7-5 to advance to the second round of the consolations on Friday morning.

120
Kage Lohman of Spencer lost his opening match by fall in 2:43. In his second match he was pinned in 2:58 and is out of the tournament.

160
Isaiah Spencer of Spencer lost his opening match on a 12-3 decision. In his second match he was pinned in 3:54 and is out of the tournament.

220
Logan Huckfelt of Spencer lost his opening match by fall in :53. In his second match he was pinned in 4:29 and is out of the tournament.

February 21, 2020 - 10:58 am - Posted in Sports

Hull, Iowa — The Western Christian Wolfpack fell to the Okoboji Pioneers in an overtime thriller in a Class 2A District 4 semifinal Thursday night in Hull.

Okoboji jumped out in front and had a 20-14 lead after one and kept the lead at 6, at halftime 35-29. The Pioneers extended their lead to 11 in the third, but Western battled back to get the lead down to two after the third quarter 47-45. Western would get their first lead of the game with 3:25 left in the fourth, but the game would remain deadlock at the end of regulation 57-57. Okoboji hit just enough free throws in the extra frame to get the win 66-62 over the Wolfpack.

The Pioneers had two players in double figures. Lucas Lorenzen had a game high 25, and Jamison Helmers added 24. Western got a game high 21 from Dawson Feenstra, and 16 from Eli Van Essen.

With the win Okoboji improves to 14-9 on the year, and Western’s season comes to an end at 16-6.

Up next for Okoboji is the Class 2A District 4 Final against West Lyon at the Sibley-Ocheyedan gym on Tuesday night.

February 21, 2020 - 10:57 am - Posted in Sports

Hull Iowa — Boyden Hull defended the home floor against Sheldon as they won the upper bracket semifinal in boys 2A District 3 tournament basketball 55-39. The Comets are on to the District final at the Sheldon High School Gym where they will meet Sioux Central who eliminated Emmetsburg 67-57 in the early game in Hull on Thursday night. Opening tip will be at 7:00 Tuesday night.

The Comets opened fast leading 18-4 at the end of the first quarter. Shane Brouwer hit a three from the top of the arc at the end of the half to put the Boyden Hull lead at 14 points 27-13. The shot sparked the Orabs to an 11-0 run to start the second half as they cut the lead to 33-26 at the end of the third quarter. At one point the Orabs trailed by just 4 points in the second half before the Comets took control in the fourth quarter. 8-of-8 free throw shooting by Andrew Frick  who finished the game with eight points and 4-of-4 free throw shooting by Tanner Te Slaa helped put the game away.

Te Slaa finished with a game high 23 points and was joined in double figures by Keyton Moser who hit for 12. Sheldon was led by Kaleb Ackerman with 11 points. He scored 9 of his 11 in the second half.

With the win Boyden Hull is 19-3 heading into Tuesdays District final. Sheldon ends the season with a 7-16 record.

February 20, 2020 - 2:41 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840

NORTHWEST
Arrowhead Lake
Ice thickness is around 7 inches near the boat ramp. Conditions are variable; check ice thickness often if you venture out. Use waxworms and minnows near structure to target bluegill, crappie and perch.

Bacon Creek Lake
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Use a piece of worm, small minnow, or power bait fished under a bobber. Put the bait on a small hook or small and shiny jig. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

Black Hawk Lake
There is around 12 to 14 inches of ice off of Ice House Point boat ramp. Conditions are more variable in the east basin of the lake. The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation; expect open water and thin ice in Town Bay. Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are catching perch around Gunshot Hill in the marina and near Provost Point. Keeper-size perch are 8 to 10 inches; sorting is needed. Use waxworms and small minnows. Bluegill – Fair: Most anglers are using waxworms fished near the Ice House Point boat ramp and the rock piles off Gunshot Hill and Cottonwood Point. Most fish are 7-8 inches. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers have picked up catfish off the rock pile north of Cottonwood Point and in the east basin; use waxworms. Black Crappie – Fair: Try minnows and waxworms fished in the marina and off the rock pile near Gunshot Hill. Most fish are 8-10 inches; sorting is needed. Walleye – Fair.

Black Hawk Pits
Ice thickness is 6 to 8 inches near the ramp. Thin ice and open water are by the west shoreline near the highway. Conditions are variable; use caution and check ice thickness often. Black Crappie – Fair: Use waxworms.

Brushy Creek Lake
Ice thickness is 10 to 14 inches in the NE arm and around Taylor’s Island. Ice is thinner and more variable mid-lake. There may be open areas in the middle of the lake, under bridges and near inflows due to recent rains. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms and small minnows. Some sorting is needed. Walleye – Fair. Bluegill – Fair: Use a waxworm or small minnow on a jig fished near structure. Reports of 9 inch keepers.

Moorland Pond
Rainbow Trout – Fair: Use a piece of worm, small minnow, or power bait fished under a bobber. Put the bait on a small hook or small and shiny jig. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.

North Twin Lake
Ice thickness is 12 to 14 inches in most areas. Expect small pockets of open water on the west side in the southern portion of the lake and near the outlet.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice thickness is 7 to 18 inches across the lake. Avoid open areas areas or seams near the big island. Walleye – Fair: The late winter walleye bite has picked up. Anglers are catching fish throughout the day, but low light hours may be more productive. Yellow Perch – Fair: Use waxworms and small minnows. White Bass – Fair.

Ice thickness in west central Iowa is 8 to 18 inches. Some lakes have poor ice along shorelines near inflows due to recent rains. There is open water and thin ice in Town Bay of Black Hawk Lake from the aeration system. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
Ice thickness is 14 to 16 inches. Use caution near the aeration systems. Yellow Perch – Good: Yellow perch are biting on a variety of baits. Use larger baits and change location to find bigger fish. Walleye – Slow: Try a jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head near the edge of vegetation. Best bite is during low light periods. Black Crappie – Slow: Use a jig tipped with a waxworm on the edge of vegetation. Yellow Bass – Fair: Try a small spoon tipped with cut bait or several waxworms. You have to move around to find fish.
Best bite is late afternoon.

Crystal Lake
Ice thickness is 13 to 15 inches.

Lower Pine Lake
A few reports of anglers catching keeper-size perch and crappie, but most are only catching small bluegill. Bluegill – Fair.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 13 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a waxworm. Best bite is late afternoon. Yellow Perch – Slow:Try a small jigging spoon tipped with a waxworm. Walleye – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Ice thickness is 13 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Slow.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Center Lake
Ice thickness is 14 to 16 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the west side of the lake, north of the boat ramp. Signs are up around the aerator hole.

East Okoboji Lake
Ice thickness is 14 to 15 inches. Bluegill – Good: Sorting is needed, but the bite has been good in the southern section of the lake along the weed line. Try near the trestle and the Hattie Elston Boat Ramp. Use small jigs and wigglers. Walleye – Fair: Fishing has been good near Parks Marina in the evening. Use spoons, jigging raps or minnows fished in the early morning or evening. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Fair.

Ingham Lake
Ice thickness is 12 to 16 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the southeast side of the lake and off the northern boat ramp. Signs are up around the aerator hole.

Lost Island Lake
Ice thickness is around 12 inches. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Ice thickness is 15 to 18 inches. The aeration system has been started. Use caution on the east side of the lake. Signs are up around the aeration holes.

Spirit Lake
Ice thickness is 15 to 18 inches. Walleye – Good: Fish one hour before and after sunrise or sunset. Use spoons or jigging raps tipped with minnow heads in 12-14 feet of water. Also try live minnows. Reports of lots of slot size and bigger fish. Bluegill – Fair: Use wigglers and small jigs in Anglers Bay and Trickles Slough. Yellow Perch – Good: Try minnows and small jigs in Anglers Bay and near Minniwaukon. Best bite is early and late. Be prepared to move around until you get on top of them. Black Crappie – Fair.

Trumbull Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers in the main lake.

West Okoboji Lake
Ice conditions are variable. Beware of heaves at Atwell and Gull Point; don’t drive over heaves/seams. Ice thickness has been up to 14 inches in small bays and thinner on the main lake. Bluegill – Good: Little Emerson Bay is producing a few nice bluegills. Sorting is needed. Walleye – Fair: Fish rocky areas in 18-20 feet of water. Live minnows work best an hour before and after sunset.

Willow Creek
The Osceola County Trout Fest is this Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trout will be stocked at 1 p.m. on Friday. Tagged fish will be in the pond again this year. You will be entered into a prize drawing, if you catch a tagged fish. You need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Rainbow Trout – Excellent.

Ice thickness is 13 to 18 inches on area lakes. Ice conditions are generally good; be weary of holes caused by springs/methane release. Do not travel under bridges and other areas of flow; most of these areas have little to no ice. Aeration systems at Center Lake, Silver Lake (near Lake Park), and Ingham Lake have been started and signs are up; stay clear of these systems. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

February 20, 2020 - 9:39 am - Posted in Sports

Trent Hilbrands scored a career-high 38 points in the Red Raiders 93-76 loss to #9 Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC match-up played tonight in Mitchell, S.D.

The setback ends the five-game win streak and drops Northwestern to fourth place in the GPAC at 12-7, 20-9 overall. Dakota Wesleyan clinches a tie for second place in the GPAC regular season with a 13-6 record, improving to 21-7 overall.

Hilbrands eclipsed his previous career-best (36pts vs Mount Marty), making 13-of-21 field goal attempts all eight free throws. The junior has scored in double figures in 25 games, has 10 20+ point games and surpassed 30 points three times.

Jay Small was the only other Red Raider to score in double figures with 11. The Red Raiders shot 42% for the game, 39% (10/26) from the arc; without Hilbrands, Northwestern shot just 33% (14/43).

Northwestern was down the whole game, falling behind 8-0 after the first three minutes and 23-9 by the 10-minute mark. Head Coach Kris Korver’s squad managed to cut the lead down to single digits three separate times in the first half, the final at 32-23 after a jumper by Hilbrands with 5:23 left. DWU scored the next seven points, however, and led by 13, 41-28, by halftime.

A basket by Hilbrands on the first possession of the second half trimmed the Tigers lead to 11 but that was as close as Northwestern would get. A 9-2 DWU run pushed the lead to 18 (50-32) and the Tigers held their first 20+ advantage after a Collin Kramer three-pointer, 72-51, with 5:52 on the clock.

Dakota Wesleyan was led by Koln Oppold with a career-best 32 points, making 10-of-15 field goal attempts. Ty Hoglund added 21 and both Kramer (17) and Mason Larson (13) were also in double figures. The Tigers held a big edge on the glass, outrebounding NWC 36-25; led by Kramer and Larson with eight.

Northwestern will host Morningside on Saturday, Feb. 22 for senior / parent’s day.
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February 20, 2020 - 9:38 am - Posted in Sports

Sammy Blum poured in a game-high 23 points in leading (RV) Northwestern to a 63-58 upset win against 13th-ranked Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC match-up between ranked teams.

The Red Raiders pick up their fifth straight win and their first road victory against DWU since the 2014-15 season. Northwestern improves to 12-9 in the GPAC, 17-9 overall; DWU drops to 13-8 in conference play, 20-9 overall.

Blum was a perfect 6-for-6 from the three-point line, 8-for-12 overall from the field, en route to her fifth 20+ point game of the season. Schuiteman scored 12 points and both Emilee Danner and Alexis Toering added eight points each for Head Coach Chris Yaw’s squad.

Down by one, 49-48, with 7:20 left to play, Northwestern went on a 6-0 run to take the lead for good at the five-minute mark. Consecutive baskets by DWU made it a one-point game after a jumper by Kynedi Cheeseman but Taylor VanderVelde and Jada Cunningham scored on drives to the lane to put the Red Raiders up five once again.

Cheeseman knocked down a three-pointer with 26 seconds left to make it a one possession game, 60-58. Blum converted 1-of-2 free throws and Schuiteman came up with a key blocked shot on a potential game-tying three-point attempt by Sarah Carr. Schuiteman controlled the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws to seal the Tigers fate.

Both teams struggled from the field; Northwestern shot 39% for the game, DWU 33%. One of the deciding factors was the advantage the Red Raiders had from the three-point line, making 9-of-21 (43%) compared to 14% (3/21) by DWU. The teams were even in rebounding (39-39) and shot well from the free throw line.

Northwestern held the early advantage, racing out to an 11-6 lead on a trio of three-pointers by Blum. Dakota Wesleyan responded with an 11-2 surge, finished off by a Carr three-pointer. and the hosts led 19-17 after the first quarter.

The teams traded baskets early in the second, leading to four ties in the period, the final at 26-26 with five minutes until halftime. Northwestern then scored the next seven points on baskets by Danner, VanderVelde and finished off by another three-pointer from Blum, as the Yaw’s squad held a 33-28 advantage at the break.

Northwestern held its largest lead, 38-30, after free throws by Toering, but Dakota Wesleyan began an 11-3 run, limting the visitors to one field goal during a six-minute stretch, to tie it at 41. The Red Raiders scored the final four points of the quarter for a 45-41 lead.

Cheeseman led DWU with 17 points, followed by her fellow seniors, Carr (11) and Jessica Mieras (10).

Northwestern will host Morningside on Saturday, Feb. 22 for senior / parent’s day.

February 20, 2020 - 9:37 am - Posted in Sports

The Dordt Defender men’s basketball team won its third game in a row with a 92-86 road win over the Mount Marty Lancers at the Laddie E. Cimpl Arena in Yankton, South Dakota.  The win was Dordt’s fourth in a row and seventh out of eight decisions since January 22.

Mount Marty started fast and had a 22-14 lead after a Colby Johnson free throw with 11:07 left in the first half. Garrett Franken knocked down a three-point basket for Dordt and Mount Marty countered with a two.  Marcus Winterfeld had a three to get Dordt to within 24-20 and Winterfeld converted another triple after a defensive stop to get within 24-23.

Chandler Brunsting made it a 9-0 run with a fast break basket and Dordt eventually led 37-31 when Josh Van Lingen converted a shot in the paint with 4:02 left in the half.

The breathing room evaporated with the Lancers taking a one point lead on free throws.  Dordt managed to regain the lead on a runner by Jesse Jansma off the backboard as time expired for a 46-45 halftime lead.

Mount Marty started the second half with back to back baskets and led 50-46 and still led by five with three minutes gone in the second half. Over the next ten minutes neither team would lead by more than six.

Jesse Jansma converted a three-point basket for Dordt with 5:23 left in the game as Dordt regained the lead at 77-75 and Dordt never relinquished the lead the rest of the game.

Winterfeld converted a shot in the paint for an 87-81 lead but Mount Marty scored on back to back possessions to get within 87-86. Chad Barkema was fouled on a putback attempt with :50 left and he made one of two free throws. After a miss by Mount Marty Dordt got two free throws by Franken for a 90-86 lead with :23 left. Mount Marty could have cut the lead in half with free throws on the next possession but missed the front end of a one and one.

Dordt secured the rebound and Jansma converted two free throws to ice the game for Dordt with :15 left and Mount Marty failed to convert on a pair of field goal attempts as time ran out.

Dordt is idle on Saturday and will host a GPAC Quarterfinal round game on Wednesday night, February 27 at 8:00 pm.

The Dordt Defenders used a stingy defense in the second and third quarters to take control of their game with the Mount Marty Lancers on Wednesday night in Yankton and secured their 22nd win of the season with a 63-42 win.

The Defenders trailed 8-4 before going on a seven point run highlighted by two Mya Chmielewski steals and baskets. Mount Marty was able to recover and led 14-12 at the end of the quarter. The Lancers seemed to have things pointed their way with a basket to start the second quarter but Dordt tied the game with a pair of Rachel Evavold free throws and the lead grew to 29-19 at the conclusion of the half as the Defenders limited the hosts to five points in the period.

Dordt tightened its grip on the game with a Jordyn Van Maanen three-point basket and an Evavold basket for a 34-19 lead. Dordt’s lead grew to 42-23 with 3:09 left in the period as the Defenders appeared poised to blow the game open.  Mount Marty was able to trim into the lead and had it back to 42-28 to start the fourth quarter.

The Lancers did close to within 12 midway through the fourth period but Dordt scored on back to back possessions and ran off eight points in a row to extend the lead to 58-38 and won by the final margin of 63-42.

Dordt will host the College of Saint Mary on Saturday, February 22 at 3:00 to conclude the regular season.

February 20, 2020 - 9:07 am - Posted in Sports

Courtesy Huskers.com

Columbus, Ohio – Nebraska opened the game 0-for-16 from three-point range on the road and was unable to recover in a 65-52 women’s basketball loss at Ohio State on Wednesday night at Value City Arena.

With the loss, Nebraska slipped to 16-11 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten, while Ohio State notched its sixth straight win to improve to 17-9 overall and 10-5 in the conference.

Kate Cain led the Huskers with 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, while Sam Haiby added 12 points. Leigha Brown contributed nine points, including NU’s first three of the game to open the fourth quarter. Trailing 53-33 at the end of three quarters, Brown helped spark a 12-3 Nebraska surge that included a three-pointer from Haiby that cut OSU’s lead to 56-45 with six minutes left. The Huskers had multiple possessions to trim the Buckeye lead to single digits by holding Ohio State scoreless for more than five minutes in the fourth period.

But led by 16 points and 16 rebounds from Dorka Juhasz for the game, the Buckeyes maintained a double-digit lead for the second half. Braxtin Miller added 13 points for the Buckeyes, while Aaliyah Patty pitched in 11 points and seven boards.

Nebraska hit just 34.4 percent (21-61) from the field, including 2-for-20 from three-point range, while hitting 8-of-9 free throws. Ohio State connected on 40.9 percent (27-66) of its shots, including 8-of-21 threes. OSU out-rebounded NU 44-38 and won the turnover battle 16-14.

In a possession game early, the two defenses dominated to send the teams to the second quarter tied at 12. The Huskers got back-to-back buckets from Haiby and Cain to take a 16-14 lead with 8:14 left, before Juhasz took over on offense and the Ohio State defense silenced Nebraska for five minutes. The Buckeyes took full advantage with a 14-0 run fueled by by nine points from Juhasz during the surge.

Trailing 28-16, Nebraska stopped the run with a jumper from the elbow by Hannah Whitish as the shot clock expired. The Huskers then cut the margin to 28-20 after a jumper by Haiby, but the Buckeyes scored the final five points of the half to take their biggest lead at 33-20.

Juhasz led the Buckeyes with 12 points, all in the second quarter, 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal in the half. Rebeka Mikulasikova and Kierstan Bell each had five points off the bench in the half to help OSU, which hit 38.9 percent (14-36) of its first-half shots including 60 percent (9-15) in the second quarter. Ohio State out-rebounded Nebraska 26-23 in the half and won the turnover battle, 7-5, in the first 20 minutes.

Nebraska shot hit just 28.6 percent (10-35) of its first-half shots, including 0-of-13 three-pointers. The Huskers also did not shoot a free throw. Cain led Nebraska with four points, six rebounds and a block in the half, while Brown and Haiby each contributed four points.

The Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena to celebrate Senior Day on Saturday afternoon.