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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.)

     

     

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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. 

     

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    BEAT THE BLUE JAYS!

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    20 minutes ago, HB said:

    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!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Well, if the answers to these questions are supposed to illuminate for us what some of the problems might be, we needn't look at the players at the very end of the bench, like Grace Mitchell, who has an abysmal 1:9 assist:turnover ratio.  So, let's confine our number crunching (and save some time) to those with at least 150 minutes on the season.  And, if we do that ...

     

    1.  The grand champion for worst assist:turnover ratio would be Jessica Shepard with a nearly 1:2 assist:turnover ratio (20 assists:39 turnovers).  Runner-up is nowhere close to being as bad and that would be Allie Havers with basically a 3:4 assist:turnover ratio (13 assists:16 turnovers).  (If we look at the whole bench, Darien Washington leads this category with 1 assist and 20 turnovers in 138 minutes.)

     

    2.  Turnovers per minute played winner is ... also Jess Shepard with 1 turnover every 8 minutes.  Havers, who was 2nd worst on assist:turnover ratio was nowhere close on this one as she only turns the ball over once every 18.5 minutes. 

     

    3.  Rebounds per minute is ... also Jessica Shepard.  (Maybe rebounding her own misses?  See #5).  Jessica averages 1 rebound every 2.6 minutes she plays.

     

    4.  In the category of FG%, the winner is Nicea Eliely, who's knocking them down at a rate of exactly 50% from the floor.  Second in this category is Jess Shepard who, for a big, isn't exactly scorching the nets at 44% shooting (which figure only improves to 44.5% if you only look at her 2-pt shots.)

     

    5.  Shot attempts per minute.  Well, this isn't even remotely surprising.  Jess Shepard.  She takes a shot every 1.67 minutes played.  The next most prolific shooter on the team is actually Hannah Whitish who lofts one every 3 minutes and then Jasmine Cincore who shoots the ball once every 3.4 minutes.  Cincore, by the way, is the worst %age shooter on the team next to Rylie Cascio Jensen, and that's out of everyone all the way to the end of the bench.  Yet, she has more attempts on the season than Eliely, who is our best %age shooter.

     

    One other stat that jumps out at you, and this is in addition to those that HB's friend suggested looking up:  Jess Shepard accounts for nearly 30% of all the shots taken on the season.  By the entire team.  Among those getting starter's minutes, though, Shepard accounts for 42% of the shot attempts.  So, basically, when Jess Shepard is on the floor (and not turning the ball over) she's taking every other shot for the Huskers.

     

    Fascinating.  Thanks for that suggestion, HB.  And thanks to whoever suggested to you that we should look at those numbers.

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    Interesting, Norm.  And this truly did come at someone's bequest; not any agenda from me.  It is interesting that our bigs have so many turnovers.  Often a team that turns it over a lot would have high numbers of turnovers from the guards.  This team's bigs turn it over a lot.   

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    4 minutes ago, HB said:

    Interesting, Norm.  And this truly did come at someone's bequest; not any agenda from me.  It is interesting that our bigs have so many turnovers.  Often that would come from the guards.  

    My condolences.  Hopefully, he also left you some good hunting gear.

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    1 hour ago, KarlHessEatMy.... said:

    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!!!

     

    Not that it matters to anyone here....and I'm certainly not saying Cincore is a problem....but back in my coaching days....it only took one to sour team chemistry.

     

    As for Jess shooting a lot...would guess she's been cleared to do that....when our guards, over all, aren't producing points, you have to use the best card in your hand.

    My biggest issue with Jess is taking shots where the clean shot just isn't there...thus low shooting percentage for a big in the paint. We're so desperate for points all the time....we're  grasping at straws so to speak.

     

    And I still see a vastly improved defense as being the biggest need

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    The coach can be heard tonight on Huskers Sports Nightly along with Husker Olympic Bronze medal winner Danielle Page for an hour long show starting at 8:00 pm.

    Should be interesting to hear the coaches perspective on the way her team is performing. 

     

     

     

     

     

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    12 hours ago, HB said:

    Interesting, Norm.  And this truly did come at someone's bequest; not any agenda from me.  It is interesting that our bigs have so many turnovers.  Often a team that turns it over a lot would have high numbers of turnovers from the guards.  This team's bigs turn it over a lot.   

    So did last year's. Shepard's turnover/assist ratio is about the same as last season, as is her assists and TOs per game. 

     

    This team doesn't have Romeo and Theriot. Without either of them, Shepard was going to have tougher sledding shooting. Eilely has been a nice surprise - she'll be on Big Ten's All Freshman team, I'd bet - but she's just one player to Theriot/Romeo's two players, and not as experienced as either. 

     

     

     

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    12 hours ago, swmckewon said:

    So did last year's. Shepard's turnover/assist ratio is about the same as last season, as is her assists and TOs per game. 

     

    This team doesn't have Romeo and Theriot. Without either of them, Shepard was going to have tougher sledding shooting. Eilely has been a nice surprise - she'll be on Big Ten's All Freshman team, I'd bet - but she's just one player to Theriot/Romeo's two players, and not as experienced as either. 

     

     

     

     

    Sam, since you're the beat writer for women's hoops for the OWH, I'm sure you'll have some comments on this statement by the lead sports columnist for the World Herald:  "But his (Eichorst's) women's basketball hire looked rushed and uninspired".    Thoughts?

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    Need I remind them they're 30-12 and still on the losing end in this rivalry. The following is some of the reasons of why I despise creighton.  Have you ever seen a Husker team gloat on social media after beating them? #inferiorcomplex

     

     

     

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    7 minutes ago, Row6Seat10 said:

    Need I remind them they're 30-12 and still on the losing end in this rivalry. The following is some of the reasons of why I despise creighton.  Have you ever seen a Husker team gloat on social media after beating them? #inferiorcomplex

     

     

     

    They don't win gracefully.

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