Nov 04, 2019 1:01 PM

NPCC Knights Women’s Basketball 1-1 in Hampton Inn Classic

Posted Nov 04, 2019 1:01 PM

Article by Tessa Burford, NPCC communications

The North Platte Community College Knights Women’s Basketball Team is 1-1 on overall season record after competing in two days of Hampton Inn Classic competition in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium. NPCC faced off against Air Force Prep on Saturday, Nov. 2 with a final score of 58-66.


NPCC’s Janay Brauer and Jalyn Reagans both put up six points, Catie Whitehead had 11 points and six rebounds, while Ashley Hassett posted 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds.


“I thought we played really well for the most part today versus a well-coached team. We still need to take care of the ball, but that will come with time. Once we get more games under our belt and we become more familiar with each other, things will start to improve offensively. This weekend was a great opportunity and learning experience for our program and our student athletes,” said NPCC head coach Jeff Thurman.


The Knights next compete against York College Junior Varsity on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Gymnasium and NPCC will be looking to build on the experience gained in the Hampton Inn Classic.


“Now we just build from here and look forward to competing against York College Junior Varsity. Lastly, I want to say thank you to the Hampton Inn by Hilton for sponsoring our classic here at North Platte Community College,” said Thurman.


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11/2 Big Ten Conference updates

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says the 14th-ranked Wolverines hope to stay on a roll in their Big Ten matchup with fading Maryland. Harbaugh says his team played with 'unconditional belief' in each other during last week's rout of Notre Dame. The Terrapins are reeling. They have lost five of six under first-year coach Michael Locksley.

UNDATED (AP) — Illinois is set up to be eligible for a bowl under coach Lovie Smith for the first time in his four seasons. No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 Penn State are two of seven Big Ten teams already bowl eligible and one of those teams will have a legitimate shot to be in the College Football Playoff. No. 13 Minnesota is in prime position to reach the Big Ten championship game for the first time.

UNDATED (AP) — It's a light schedule in the Big Ten this week with six of the teams being idle. No. 14 Michigan plays at Maryland after posting an impressive win over Notre Dame. Indiana's prolific passing attack will be tested when it goes against Northwestern. Illinois' Dre Brown ran for a career-high 131 yards against Purdue last week and will face the Big Ten's worst rushing defense in Rutgers. Nebraska is 1-7 on the road under second-year coach Scott Frost heading into its game at Purdue.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — It has been nearly a decade since Illinois was a 20-point favorite against a Big Ten team. That's the case for Saturday's home game against Rutgers. Illinois is coming off a huge win over then-No. 6 Wisconsin and a 24-6 win over Purdue. Illinois needs two wins to become bowl eligible. Rutgers has struggled to a 2-6 record.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Fred Hoiberg knows the track record of Nebraska basketball coaches is not good. He wanted the job anyway. Hoiberg takes over a program that has not won a conference championship in 70 years or ever won a game in the NCAA Tournament. He says a sold-out arena and top-notch facilities can trump the program's lack of tradition. He says his sales pitch to recruits is that they can come to Lincoln and do things that have never been done before at Nebraska.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State says linebacker Joe Bachie has been declared ineligible by the Big Ten after testing positive for a banned supplement. The school says it will appeal. Bachie made the second team on the AP's list of midseason All-Americans. The senior has 36 tackles and 35 assists this season, along with 3 ½ sacks.

UNDATED (AP) — Two Rutgers softball coaches, a husband and wife, have been accused of fostering a climate of fear, intimidation and abuse on the team. The university president says he wants an independent investigation of allegations made against softball head coach Kristen Butler and her husband Marcus Smith, a volunteer assistant. Rutgers President Robert Barchi says in a statement that "nothing is more important than the health and safety of our students."