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    WBB: Game #11 @ Creighton


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      Huskers Looking to Cage the Bluejays

       

      Creighton Women's Basketball

       

    Brian Rosenthal  Nebraska Cornhuskers

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      Creighton  Creighton Bluejays
     

    Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. 
    D.J. Sokol Arena (Omaha, Neb.)

     

     

    Television: NET Larry Punteney (PBP), Rob Anderson (Analyst)
    Live Radio: Husker Sports Network Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
    KBBK 107.3 FM - Lincoln; KKCD 105.9 FM - Omaha; KWBE 1450 AM - Beatrice; KAMI 1580/100.1 AM/FM - Cozad;

    KHAS 1230 AM - Hastings; KCMC 102.1 FM - McCook; KNCY 1600 AM - Nebraska City; KHAQ 98.5 FM - North Platte; 
    Free Live Audio: Huskers.com/Huskers App

     

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    Huskers to Battle Bluejays in Annual Clash

     

     

    The Nebraska women’s basketball team renews its annual series with Creighton when the Huskers battle the Bluejays on Sunday in Omaha.

     

    Tip-off between the Big Red (4-6) and the Jays (4-4) at D.J. Sokol Arena is set for 2 p.m.

     

    Nebraska heads to Creighton after powering its way to an 83-61 win over San Jose State last Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

     

    Sophomore Jessica Shepard led the Huskers with a season-high 28 points and 14 rebounds against the Spartans. Shepard leads Nebraska and ranks among Big Ten leaders with 19.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. She also leads the Big Red with 12 three-pointers this season.

     

    Freshman Nicea Eliely has added 8.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and a team-leading 1.6 steals per game for the Huskers. The 6-1 guard also leads the Huskers in field goal percentage (.500) and three-point field goal percentage (.444) while starting all 10 games.

     

    The Huskers will be looking for their first road win of the season against the Jays, who will try to bounce back after a 50-49 loss at Northern Iowa. Creighton shot a dismal 27.7 percent (15-55) at UNI. The Jays outrebounded the Panthers 47-32, but were minus-seven (14-7) in the turnover department against their long-time Missouri Valley Conference rivals. Preseason All-BIG EAST selections Audrey Faber (1-9), Marissa Janning (2-10) and MC McGrory (0-7) combined to go just 3-for-26 from the floor at Northern Iowa.

     

    The Jays will be looking to heal their shooting touches at home against the Huskers. Creighton is 3-0 at Sokol Arena this season. CU is shooting 45.8 percent (81-177) at home this season, including a sizzling 43 percent (37-86) from three-point range, while struggling to hit just 34.5 percent (96-278) of its shots, including 27.2 percent (25-92) of its threes away from home.

     

    Probable Starters:

     

    Nebraska Cornhuskers 


    32 - Jessica Shepard - 6-4 - So. - F -
    22 - Allie Havers - 6-5 - Sr. - C
    5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Fr. - G 
    11 - Esther Ramacieri - 5-8 - Sr. -G
    34 - Jasmine Cincore - 5-10 - Jr. 

     

    Creighton Bluejays 

     

    45 - Audrey Faber - 6-2 - So. - F  
    50 - Brianna Rollerson - 6-0 - RSr. - F 
    3 - MC McGrory - 5-8 - Sr. - G 
    14 - Sydney Lamberty - 5-10 - Jr. - G 
    23 - Marissa Janning - 5-8 - RSr. - G 

     

    Scouting Creighton

     

    One of the preseason picks to win the BIG EAST Conference alongside of DePaul, Creighton carries a 4-4 record into Sunday’s game with Nebraska at D.J. Sokol Arena.

     

    Coach Jim Flanery and the Bluejays are led by Preseason All-BIG EAST selections Audrey Faber, Marissa Janning and MC McGrory. Faber is averaging 12.8 points and 3.9 rebounds through Creighton’s first eight games. 

     

    Creighton also welcomes the return of Janning after missing nearly all of last season.  Janning is averaging 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds so far this season. McGrory earned a spot on the 2016 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team before being named to the preseason all-conference squad this year. She is averaging 7.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

     

    As a team, Creighton is averaging 63.6 points per game while shooting 38.9 percent from the field. The Jays have hit 34.8 percent (62-178) of their three-pointers and 76.2 percent (93-122) of their free throws. They own a plus-4.2 team rebound margin but a minus-1.0 team turnover margin.

     

    The Bluejays have been at their best at home, averaging 77 points per game in wins over Drake, Kansas and Omaha. They have only allowed 57 points per game at Sokol Arena, winning their three home games by an average of 20 points per contest. It has been a drastically different story on the road, where Creighton has averaged just 55.6 points per game, while allowing 60 points per game.

     

    Nebraska vs. Creighton Series History

     

    Nebraska renews its longest non-conference series in school history on Sunday when the Huskers travel to D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha to face Creighton.

     

    The Huskers lead the all-time series with the Bluejays 30-11, including three consecutive wins and 10 victories in the last 11 meetings.

     

    Husker Nuggets
     

    Nebraska leads the all-time series with Creighton 30-11, including a 65-63 win over the Bluejays at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Dec. 6, 2015. That Nebraska victory marked one of the largest comebacks in school history, as the Huskers rallied from a 21-point deficit 
     

    The Huskers have won three straight games in the series with the Bluejays and 10 of the last 11 games overall in the series.
     

    Jessica Shepard leads the Huskers with averages of 19.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. 
     

    Shepard owns five 20-point scoring efforts through 10 games.
     

    Nebraska freshman Nicea Eliely ranks second on the team in scoring (8.9 ppg), third in rebounding (4.0 rpg), second in assists (2.7 apg) and first in steals (1.6 spg), field goal percentage (.500) and three-point field goal percentage (.444) through the first 10 games of her collegiate career.
     

    Nebraska senior Allie Havers has competed in 106 consecutive games since the first game of her freshman season in 2013-14.
     

    The Huskers have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 261 straight regular-season games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008.
     

    Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 140 consecutive games. 

     

    GAME NOTES:

     

    BEAT THE BLUE JAYS!

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    hopefully, this will NOT be the game janning decides to have her "breakout" game. i watched one creighton game on tv and she played pretty "average" for her. not really what i was expecting to see from her. i also heard matt coatney mention she hasn't really been the same since her injury (not a direct quote).

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    10 hours ago, whoopdeedoo said:

    hopefully, this will NOT be the game janning decides to have her "breakout" game. i watched one creighton game on tv and she played pretty "average" for her. not really what i was expecting to see from her. i also heard matt coatney mention she hasn't really been the same since her injury (not a direct quote).

    Matt Coatney said that she was not her old self, and that the injury had taken a lot out of her.

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    Be warned now, should you watch this game on tv or the internet you may want to sync up the Nebraska radio broadcast to your tv or computer as it will most likely be broadcast with a Creighton slant. The color guy on the broadcast is Rob Anderson who is none other than the Sports Information Director at Creighton.

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    I'm not sure how to go about syncing the Huskers.com audio (Matt & Jeff) broadcast, with the on-line live stream, or if it can even be done.  (I usually have to just live with the time delay between Matt's pbp, and the live stream, or if it's too much of a differential (it varies) just switch to listening to the live-stream announcers. :mellow:

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    I'm not trying to be negative, but I've watched every single game this year and our defense is absolutely atrocious. There is no kind of intensity at all. It'd be interesting to see the percentage our opponents shoot from 3 bc every team has wide open looks. I'm not sure what the girls do in practice but they're definitely not getting better game by game. Coach Williams and her staff need to be tougher. Period. Idk if that's not her style or if she's holding back bc this is her first year, and also Coach Yori resigning bc she was "hard on her players". I know Nicea actually responds better to tough coaching, that's one of the reasons we chose NU..and she's playing like she's in the fog now too. Better get it together fast!!

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    13 minutes ago, Merlin said:

    If you can't defend the 3 against creighton you might as well call it a day. Horrible perimeter defense and ball handling. 

    Has been all year so you might as well call it a day.

     

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    Just now, Actualfacts1 said:

    I'm not trying to be negative, but I've watched every single game this year and our defense is absolutely atrocious. There is no kind of intensity at all. It'd be interesting to see the percentage our opponents shoot from 3 bc every team has wide open looks. I'm not sure what the girls do in practice but they're definitely not getting better game by game. Coach Williams and her staff need to be tougher. Period. Idk if that's not her style or if she's holding back bc this is her first year, and also Coach Yori resigning bc she was "hard on her players". I know Nicea actually responds better to tough coaching, that's one of the reasons we chose NU..and she's playing like she's in the fog now too. Better get it together fast!!

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    Being tough is what got the last coach fired.

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    5 minutes ago, Bugeaters1 said:

    Being tough is what got the last coach fired.

    Among other things. 

    Not sure I'm going to want to see the Connecticut debacle. 

     

    I knew we needed patience this year but wow. 

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    Ditto to all of the above. It almost looks like no tape of Creighton was reviewed before the game.  Are there no defensive coaches on the staff ?

     

    Been saying for weeks...no defense...just put them in a simple zone....right now, we're just not good at man defense.   ...still too many turnovers. Creighton is about a .500 team, and they're making us look bad.

     

    Have a player or two that will just throw the ball up no matter if it's a good shot or not. Gets the ball in their hands and rarely passes off. Turnover machines....That's got to stop.

     

    Exasperating

     

     

     

     

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    Yup I agree with all of that. Defense is not a priority. They might be the worst team I've seen at defending the screen. The girl whose 'man' is setting the screen just sits back and watches her teammate try to fight through it. There's no hedge/show, switch or open up to help the teammate. Offensively it seems like it's just "my turn motion". Very frustrating to watch this basketball bc they really could be so much better.

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    11 minutes ago, Actualfacts1 said:

    Yup I agree with all of that. Defense is not a priority. They might be the worst team I've seen at defending the screen. The girl whose 'man' is setting the screen just sits back and watches her teammate try to fight through it. There's no hedge/show, switch or open up to help the teammate. Offensively it seems like it's just "my turn motion". Very frustrating to watch this basketball bc they really could be so much better.

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    I dont think they have the people to dribble drive and or take a player one on one.

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    I think the announcer, late in the game said we had 17 turnovers that led to 20 pts by CU.   :(

     

    Did see good play from our freshmen. They seem to have good skills, and are more disciplined in the way they play. Our starting point isn't scoring, and could be replaced by Hannah, or Jensen, and we might well get more assists.....and points. ..less turnovers. We need to change our game some what.

     

    We don't have an offensive screen scheme in our game... to open up shooters, or to drop off the screen for plain old "give and goes".  I have seen it a few times with Allie making the go to the basket....that's about it.

     

    I realized we were going to be short experienced players, on the squad, but this is tougher to overcome .....than I naively thought ..I guess. :huh:

     

     

     

     

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    Had I knew the effort the team was going to put out this afternoon I sure as heck wouldn't have drove all the way to Omaha today to watch that. Played fairly well the first quarter but after Cincore about took the head off of Lamberty early in the second quarter on that break away lay-up it seemed like the Huskers lost all their desire to play hard. Creighton ran that motion offense that Yori had been running the past 14 years at NU and absolutely left our defense in shambles. In Flanery's post game show, he said they didn't think NU had the horses to shut down their outside shooting game and he was right.  I can't remember one contested three point shot. I don't even want to think about our no movement, stagnant offense. Just not a good showing up in Omaha today.

     

    Only good to come out of this trip I guess was heading downtown to the Old Mattress Factory Sports Bar where one can drown their sorrows after the game.

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    Looking at the box score....the turnovers were greater than the assists. Completely backwards.

     

    There doesn't appear to be the motion offense I thought Coach said she was bringing to UNL...or am I mistaken?

     

    Are these growing pains I'm feeling?

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    Am I crazy to feel like Cincore doesn't help with team chemistry at all? I just don't like her attitude at all every since she been here. I feel bad for the freshman because I just don't think the upper classmen give a rats A** about each other. Its how I feel about this team. After all the crazy stuff that happened last year  I just don't think everyone agrees with what happened.

     

    I just hope Nicea or Shepard don't transfer out of here!!!

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    17 hours ago, Actualfacts1 said:

    Yup I agree with all of that. Defense is not a priority. They might be the worst team I've seen at defending the screen. The girl whose 'man' is setting the screen just sits back and watches her teammate try to fight through it. There's no hedge/show, switch or open up to help the teammate. Offensively it seems like it's just "my turn motion". Very frustrating to watch this basketball bc they really could be so much better.

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    which seems kind of odd to me after coach williams time at usd. maybe coach thought there is a few other priorities to work on. idk

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    I have a friend who is very close to the program but who can't post on here.  He has followed the recent discussions on here, and has asked someone to look into the following player statistics:

     

    1.  Assist to turnover ratios;

    2. Turnovers per minutes played;

    3.  Rebounds per minutes played;

    4.  Field goal percentages;

    5.  Shot attempts per minutes played.

     

    I assume the numbers will shed some light on production/non-production of players getting minutes, in perhaps a surprising fashion.  But I don't know that.  Don't have time today to comb those stats, but throw it out there upon request!  Have at it, women's hoops fans!

     

     

     

     

     

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