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    WBB: Game #12 vs Connecticut


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    Brian Rosenthal Nebraska Cornhuskers

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     Connecticut UConn Huskies

     

     

    Wednesday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.
    Pinnacle Bank Arena

     

     

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    Huskers Close Non-Conference Play with No. 1 UConn

     

    The Nebraska women’s basketball team closes its non-conference schedule by taking on unbeaten and No. 1 UConn Wednesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

     

    Tip-off between the Huskers (4-7) and the Huskies (10-0) is set for 8 p.m.

     

    Nebraska is coming off an 80-64 loss at Creighton on Sunday. Sophomore Jessica Shepard led the Huskers with her third consecutive double-double and sixth of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. She is averaging team bests of 19.4 points and 11.1 rebounds and owns 16 career double-doubles for the Huskers. She also leads the Huskers with 13 three-pointers this season.

     

    Freshman Nicea Eliely has added 8.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a team-leading 1.7 steals per game for the Huskers. She also leads the Huskers in field goal percentage (.500) while starting all 11 games.

     

    The Huskers also will honor 2016 Olympian Danielle Page on Wednesday. Page, who was a four-year letterwinner at Nebraska from 2005 to 2008, became the first Husker basketball player in history to earn an Olympic medal by helping Serbia to bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Page averaged 10.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in helping Serbia to its first-ever women’s basketball medal. Page ranks No. 3 in Husker history with 207 blocks, including a single-season record 78 as a senior in 2008.

     

    Page will be available for autographs in the main lobby at Pinnacle Bank Arena during pregame from 7 to 7:45 p.m. She will be honored on the court between the first and second quarters.

     

    Probable Sarters:

     

    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. - G

     

    UConn Huskies
    15 - Gabby Williams - 5-11 - Jr. - F 
    24 - Napheesa Collier - 6-1 - So. - G/F 
    33 - Katie Lou Samuelson - 6-3 - So. - G/F
    11 - Kia Nurse - 6-0 - Jr. - G
    5 - Crystal Dangerfield - 5-5 - Fr. - G

     

    Scouting UConn

     

    Nebraska closes its 12-game non-conference schedule when the Huskers take on the unbeaten and No. 1 UConn Huskies at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday. Although the Huskies have never faced the Huskers in Lincoln, UConn has won a pair of games at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

     

    In 2014, UConn advanced to the NCAA Women’s Final Four by winning the NCAA Lincoln Regional with wins over BYU and Texas A&M.
    UConn Coach Geno Auriemma was so impressed with Pinnacle Bank Arena, the city of Lincoln and the hospitality shown by Husker fans, that he arranged for a home-and-home series with the Big Red.

     

    “The people are phenomenal. The building is spectacular,” Auriemma said. “This is really, really nice. There’s no doubt in my mind there will be another regional here, no question. Most places are fans of their team, not necessarily fans of the game. Here I think they take tremendous pride in their team, their school and the community, and they showed it.”

     

    The young Huskies have continued to fire on all cylinders early in 2016-17. Sophomores Katie Lou Sameulson (20.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and Napheesa Collier (20.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg) lead four Huskies averaging in double figures, including junior guard Kia Nurse (12.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg) and junior forward Gabby Williams (10.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg).

     

    Freshman Crystal Dangerfield, a 5-5 point guard, has started UConn’s past two games with senior point guard Saniya Chong (4.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg) sitting out after suffering a concussion. Dangerfield is averaging 7.0 points and 3.0 rebounds so far this season.

     

    UConn’s game with Nebraska will be its second in a three-game Big Ten swing. The Huskies defeated Ohio State, 82-63, on Monday night before traveling to Lincoln. UConn concludes its Big Ten stretch by battling No. 4 Maryland in College Park on Thursday.

     

    UConn leads the all-time series with Nebraska 2-0.

     

    Husker Nuggets

     

    UConn will be the fourth Husker opponent this season to be a preseason pick to win its conference.
     

    UConn is Nebraska’s third unbeaten opponent in the last six games, joining current top-25 teams from Virginia Tech and California.
     

    Jessica Shepard leads the Huskers with averages of 19.4 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.
     

    Shepard owns six double-doubles this season, including a season-high 28 points and 14 rebounds against San Jose State.
     

    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 107 consecutive games since the first game of her freshman season.
     

    The Huskers have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 262 straight regular-season games.
     

    Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 141 consecutive games.

     

    GAME NOTES:

     

    BEAT THE HUSKIES!
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    16 hours ago, Fastbreaker said:

    I would guess that 35 turnovers will be about right.   Can we score more points than turnovers.  It will be close 

     

    You are probably right!!! I am just happy both of my favorite teams get to play each other tomorrow again!! I keep hoping that UCONN will some day be in the BIG10 conference.

     

    Now I just wish the mens teams would play each other finally!!

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    We are trying hard, pretty focused, just don't have the horses or shooting in place yet, but believe it or not, I'm kind of encouraged.

     

    What can you saw about UConn that hasn't already been said...good shooters of course...but they play really hard on defense. Ball hawkers...steals. They are quick.

    Excellent team play...many assists.... they have the "skills" in all areas.

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    4th qtr......All 4 freshmen are on floor with Allie. They look pretty good actually.  Holding their own so to speak. Grace Mitchell can shoot decently from the outside...she isn't a post player, has no experience at it, but she offered to fill in for the Coach because we're short post players right now with Rachel out. Grace's attitude seems pretty good. The rookie is learning as she goes.

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    4th qtr......All 4 freshmen are on floor with Allie. They look pretty good actually.  Holding their own so to speak. Grace Mitchell can shoot decently from the outside...she isn't a post player, has no experience at it, but she offered to fill in for the Coach because we're short post players right now with Rachel out. Grace's attitude seems pretty good. The rookie is learning as she goes.




    We are trying hard, pretty focused, just don't have the horses or shooting in place yet, but believe it or not, I'm kind of encouraged.
     
    What can you saw about UConn that hasn't already been said...good shooters of course...but they play really hard on defense. Ball hawkers...steals. They are quick.
    Excellent team play...many assists.... they have the "skills" in all areas.

    Gracie. Played her balls off tonight gave Uconn all they wanted on the boards and I wish she would put a little more arc on her shot. Maddie shots were true just bad luck. Game ball goes to Nicea for her work on the boards.

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    Need to let the freshmen play more the rest of the season. They put out a lot of effort. I don't understand why Whitish hadn't seen more time. She's one of our better offensive options when she gets a look. Nicea and Grace worked hard tonight. 

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    I think the most encouraging part of the game came in the 4th quarter when the Huskers played predominately freshmen. The horde of fans that decided to leave at the end of the third quarter missed the best part of the game. Granted it was against the second team of UConn  but their bench could be rated in the top 25. The four frosh of Eliely, Whitish, Mitchell and Casio-Jensen did a pretty good job playing against the Huskies. My game ball goes to Hannah Whitish it looks like she's really starting to get comfortable on both ends of the court and she's got a great looking shot that she's getting to drop for her. I like the fact she's not afraid to drive the lane and dish it off to an open teammate. The kid needs to be put into the starting line-up soon.

     

    Lot of missed bunnies the first half. Had we got some of those to fall we might of scored another dozen points. Was hoping we'd score more than 46 as that's what we put up against them last year. We only shot 4 three throws the whole game.  

     

    Really good to see Noah doing his thing back behind the bucket tonight!

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    Pretty good crowd of 7553.

     

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    Great to see Husker alums Danielle Page, Vonnie Turner and Dominique Kelly in attendance tonight!  

     

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    Auriemma impressed with Husker fans' support

     

     

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    Nebraska, a team in transition that finished its nonconference schedule 4-8, drew 7,553 on a midweek night during the week before Christmas. To put that into perspective, that’s bigger than three crowds Connecticut has drawn at home this season.

    “I wasn’t surprised by it,” Auriemma said after his team’s 84-41 victory Wednesday night. “I think this particular school, number one, has a tremendous fan base and a very passionate fan base. We were talking, I’m sure if they were undefeated, there would’ve been 10, 11, 12 thousand people here, probably.

    “But they’re in a transition period here in their program. That doesn’t mean the fans doesn’t appreciate what they’re trying to do and support them. I’m sure if this game was on a weekend, we would’ve had even more people.”

     

     

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    “It’s going to take time,” he said. “Whenever you change coaches, whenever you have some of the turnover they’ve had, it’s going to take some time. That doesn’t change the atmosphere in this building.

    “This is one of the best buildings in all of America. I really, thoroughly enjoyed my last visit here, and nothing’s changed my mind.”

     

     

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