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    WBB: 2017 B1G Women's Basketball Tournament vs Illinois


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    Brian Rosenthal  No. 13 Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-21)

    vs.

    Illinois  No. 12 Illinois Fighting Illini (8-21)
     
    Wednesday, March 1, 12:30 p.m.
     Bankers Life Fieldhouse,  Indianapolis, Ind. 

     

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    B1G Tournament Central

    B1G Tournament Bracket

     

     

     

    Huskers face Illini in first game of the conference tourney 

     

    The Huskers closed regular season play with a 7-21 record and a 3-13 record in league play. Nebraska is coming off of an overtime victory over Michigan State, and has won its last two home contests. 

     

    Nebraska is 0-10 on the road this season and 0-2 in neutral site contests. The Huskers are led by Jessica Shepard, who averages 18.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. The Huskers average 62.5 points per game, allowing 76.2 from their opponents. 

     

    This will be the first time the Huskers will have to play in a play in game since the Huskers have joined the Big Ten. The Huskers lowest seeding prior was a seven seed.

     

    The Illini used a strong second-half surge to secure a 79-59 victory over Nebraska on Jan. 15. Holešínská led the squad with 19 points, while Beasley carded her second double-double of the season with 17 points and a career-high 10 assists. Wittinger also added 17 points for the Illini in her 10th consecutive double-digit scoring game.

     

     After a close first half (34-33, Illini) Illinois came out hot after the break, knocking down 10-of-12 third-quarter field goals.  Both Wittinger (4-4) and Beasley (3-3) were perfect in the period, heading into the fourth quarter already in double-digit scoring numbers. The Huskers continued to test the Illini defense out of the halftime break, but Illini closed the quarter on a 14-4 run to keep a 57-49 advantage entering the final period. Illinois outscored the Huskers, 22-10 to close out the game.

     

    Nebraska lead the all time series against Illinois 10 - 4.

     

    Probable Starters:


    Nebraska Cornhuskers 
    32 - Jessica Shepard - 6-4 - So. - F 
    22 - Allie Havers - 6-5 - Sr. - C 
    3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Fr. - G 
    5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Fr. - G 
    34 - Jasmine Cincore - 5-10 - Jr. - G 
     
    Illinois Fighting Illini 
    35 - Alex Wittinger - 6-1 - So. - F 
    1 - Brandi Beasley - 5-7 - Fr. - G 
    13 - Petra Holešínská - 5-9 - Fr. - G 
    23 - Jaelyne Kirkpatrick - 5-7 - So. - G
    25 - Kennedy Cattenhead - 5-10 - Jr. - G

     

    Scouting Illinois

     

    Fighting Illini women's basketball celebrated senior day on Saturday, honoring guard Ashley McConnell prior to an afternoon contest against the Indiana Hoosiers. Illinois pulled out to an early lead in the game after an energetic  start, but the Hoosiers pushed back to ultimately earn a 74-60 victory over the Orange and Blue. 

     

    Freshman Brandi Beasley led Illinois with 16 points and five rebounds, while freshman Petra Holešínská and redshirt junior Kennedy Cattenhead each added 13 points of their own. The Illini closed the regular season with an 8-21 record overall and a 3-13 mark in Big Ten play.

     

    Could this be Illinois Coach Matt Bolant's last job on the sideline of the Illini should Nebraska win? Time will tell as Illinois media, boosters and fans have had him on the hot seat for a few years now.  

     
    HUSKER NUGGETS:

     

    Jessica Shepard notched her 14th double-double of the season and 24rd of her career with 32 points, 11 rebounds against Michigan State last Sunday. She has eight double-doubles in Big Ten play this season.
     
    Shepard leads the Huskers in scoring and rebounds with 18.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. She has scored 1,096 in her first two seasons at Nebraska and has surpassed All-American Jordan Hooper for the most points scored by the end of a sophomore season in school history. 
     
    Nebraska is facing the toughest overall schedule in school history in 2016-17. The Huskers will play 10 games against NCAA Tournament teams and 11 more regular-season games against Postseason WNIT teams in 2016-17.
     

    Nebraska freshmen Nicea Eliely and Hannah Whitish have helped solidify the Huskers’ starting five, while providing hope for the future for a young Husker roster.
     
    Eliely, a 6-1 guard from Colorado Springs, Colo., has started all 28 games and ranks third on the team in scoring with 7.5 points per game. She also leads the Huskers in steals (44), blocked shots (20) and field.
     
    Whitish, the 2016 Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year at Barneveld High School, ranks second on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg), including 11.1 points per game in Big Ten play. Whitish leads the Huskers with 53 threes, which ranks as the second-best total by a freshman in school history. Whitish also leads the Huskers in assists (76) and ranks third in steals (27).
     
    In Big Ten play, Whitish leads the Huskers in assists (59) and three-pointers (38), while ranking second on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg), steals (21) and three-point percentage (.428). She has produced double figures ten times in Big Ten play and 12 times overall this season. She had career highs of 24 points and five three-pointers while adding five rebounds, five assists and one steal in Nebraska’s win over Michigan State.

     

    GAME NOTES:
    BEAT THE ILLINI!!

     

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    Huskers in the lead, 61-56 at the End of the Third Quarter! :Shout:

    This is an exciting game; lots of lead changes and runs by Both Teams.

    Let's go Ladies, put Illinois Away! :Cheer2:

    Edited by Red Don

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    Illini back up center is killing NU.  24 points on several 3's plus is doing a decent job defending Jess.  NU down 1 with a little over 5 to play.

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    Huskers fight to the end, but come up empty in eight successive possessions, can't get points when they needed them; lose 79-70. :O O:

     

    (I didn't see them wearing their winning Shoes :(:(; maybe might have clashed with their Red Uniforms! :Redface:)

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    13 minutes ago, Cazzie22 said:

    79-70.  It is a long way up from the bottom.  Three Illini freshmen combined for 65 points.  

    Their top scorer was a senior with I believe 24.   Couple really good freshmen. 

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    14 minutes ago, Merlin said:

    Their top scorer was a senior with I believe 24.   Couple really good freshmen. 

     

    i thought i saw andrews listed as a freshman. she had 24. beasley and the czech gal were the others in double figures.

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    Great game by our two freshmen Hannah and Nicea. Absolutely no reason we should be on our way back home tonight.

     

    It's hard win with the lack of hustle, costly turnovers and quite possibility the worst 3 point shot defense we've had in the past twenty years! I can't remember one of Illinois' 3 point shots that was contested by a Husker, just unbelievable. I thought for sure we'd come away with a win, we had the offensive output we needed to get the win,  but then I was expecting a lot more out of our defense, more like what we seen last Sunday against Michigan St.   

     

     

     

     

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    11 hours ago, Row6Seat10 said:

    Great game by our two freshmen Hannah and Nicea. Absolutely no reason we should be on our way back home tonight.

     

    It's hard win with the lack of hustle, costly turnovers and quite possibility the worst 3 point shot defense we've had in the past twenty years! I can't remember one of Illinois' 3 point shots that was contested by a Husker, just unbelievable. I thought for sure we'd come away with a win, we had the offensive output we needed to get the win,  but then I was expecting a lot more out of our defense, more like what we seen last Sunday against Michigan St.   

     

     

     

     

     

    Seems to be a theme of our "defense" this year.

     

    I'm a defense guy......so this may be one the most disappointing things of the year.  Even if you can't dribble behind your back, or shoot for 75%...... anyone can play defense if taught how to play.  It ain't rocket science. Just want to do it and hustle....and coaching.

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    I don't think it's necessarily a lack of hustle or want to but more one of a lack of experience and a lack of speed which is a deadly combination  on defending the outside shooting.

     

    The turnovers are another story with a big percentage of them coming from our posts.  Many times they try to do too much and force something instead of kicking it back to our guards where we have 2 freshmen that were shooting pretty well by the years end.

    Edited by HUD
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    Time to get a transfer or two and a couple young ones that can help move this team forward.  Fortunately, not much backwards left that is possible.

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    52 minutes ago, HUD said:

    I don't think it's necessarily a lack of hustle or want to but more one of a lack experience and a lack of speed which is a deadly combination  on defending the outside shooting.

     

    The turnovers are another story with a big percentage of them coming from our posts.  Many times they try to do too much and force something instead of kicking it back to our guards where we have 2 freshmen that were shooting pretty well by the years end.

    The team needs a couple of kids that have T like quickness.

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    1 hour ago, Row6Seat10 said:

    Great game by our two freshmen Hannah and Nicea. Absolutely no reason we should be on our way back home tonight.

     

    It's hard win with the lack of hustle, costly turnovers and quite possibility the worst 3 point shot defense we've had in the past twenty years! I can't remember one of Illinois' 3 point shots that was contested by a Husker, just unbelievable. I thought for sure we'd come away with a win, we had the offensive output we needed to get the win,  but then I was expecting a lot more out of our defense, more like what we seen last Sunday against Michigan St.   

     

     

     

     

    I saw Emily Wood rush over to an Illinois player ready to shoot a 3 and shut that sh*t down.  Shortest player on the court did that.

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    2 hours ago, redsteve said:

     

    Seems to be a theme of our "defense" this year.

     

    I'm a defense guy......so this may be the most disappointing things of the year.  Even if you dribble behind your back, or shoot for 75%...... anyone can play defense if taught how to play.  It ain't rocket science. Just want to do it and hustle....and coaching.

     

    I'm all about the defense too, I find myself more intently watching that than I do the offense during games. If you can play a good solid defense you can win a lot of games. The coaches had to play a lot of zone this year because we had to many players who couldn't stop the dribble drive, especially when they're were in the man to man. That's coincides with why we had too many players giving up open 3 point shots. They didn't want to get beat off the dribble so they guarded their opponent five feet off them so they might have a chance at stopping that drive, that and our help defense has been missing in a lot of games. 

     

    I think it should be one of the big emphasis that the coaches need to address with all returning players all through-out this coming off season.

     

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    would have liked to see hannah get to the line more. actually, i thought that quite often, especially when we started to see hannah start to come into her own. against illinois, it was a little difficult because they clogged the lane pretty well, but, there were a handful of opportunities there for her to maybe draw some fouls going to the hoop. anyway, it has been great to watch hannah blossom as she adjusted to the college game. future looks bright for her.

     

    i think the team "foot speed" was a sore spot that was pretty obvious all season. i am sure something coach williams will try to address during the off season and going forward. there were teams (players) that were able to exploit that area.

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    Huskers End Season at Big Ten Tournament

     

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    Nicea Eliely hit a career-high four three-pointers on her way to 14 second-half points against Illinois

     

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    Indianapolis – Jessica Shepard and Hannah Whitish each scored 16 points to lead five Huskers in double figures, but the Nebraska women’s basketball team had its season end with a 79-70 loss to Illinois in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.....

     

    in a game of drastic scoring swings, the 12th-seeded Illini closed the game on a 10-2 surge to secure the win and advance to Thursday’s second round to face No. 5 seed Purdue.

     

    I'm not so sure winning the chance to Play Purdue is a Prize anyone should really wish to win!  ;)

     

    http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=29&SPID=25&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=211511393&DB_OEM_ID=100

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