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Huskers Close 2016 at Iowa on New Year’s Eve
The Nebraska women’s basketball team makes its first Big Ten Conference road trip of the season on Saturday by taking on Iowa on New Year’s Eve at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Tip-off between the Huskers (4-9) and the Hawkeyes (9-5) is set for 2 p.m.
Nebraska heads to Iowa after suffering a narrow 62-58 loss to 12-2 Northwestern on Wednesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.
Sophomore Jessica Shepard led the Huskers with 17 points and 15 rebounds, while freshman Hannah Whitish added a career-high 12 points while making her first career start.
The only three players on Nebraska’s current roster who played in last year’s game with Iowa are Shepard, senior center Allie Havers and junior guard Jasmine Cincore.
The Huskers lead the all-time series with Iowa 12-11, including eight straight wins to open NU’s participation in the Big Ten. That winning streak culminated with Nebraska’s 72-65 victory over the Hawkeyes in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game in Indianapolis.
32 - Jessica Shepard - 6-4 - So. - F
22 - Allie Havers - 6-5 - Sr. - C
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Fr. - G
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-8 - Sr. - G
34 - Jasmine Cincore - 5-10 - Jr. - G
23 - Christina Buttenham - 5-11 - Jr. - F
10 - Megan Gustafson - 6-3 - So. - C
2 - Ally Disterhoft - 6-0 - Sr. - G/F
11 - Tania Davis - 5-4 - So. - G
22 - Kathleen Doyle - 5-9 - Fr. - G
Iowa heads into Saturday’s game with a 9-5 overall record after dropping a 70-65 road decision at Illinois in its Big Ten opener last Wednesday.
Megan Gustafson led the Hawkeyes with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Ally Disterhoft added a double-double of her own with 11 points and 12 rebounds in a losing effort to the Illini.
Kathleen Doyle who spurned the Huskers contributed 12 points and six assists, while Christina Buttenham pitched in 12 points and five rebounds but committed five turnovers before fouling out in 25 minutes of action.
Tania Davis was shut out on 0-for-6 shooting in 35 minutes, although she managed five rebounds and five assists.
Iowa’s Lisa Bluder will be the third in an amazing stretch of head coaches the Huskers are facing midway through the 2016-17 campaign. Bluder, who is in her 33rd season as a head coach and 17th season at Iowa, owns 688 career wins and will be the third consecutive coach
Nebraska has faced with more than 600 victories and 30 years of head coaching experience. She followed Northwestern’s Joe McKeown, who owns 650 career victories in 31 seasons as a head coach.
Nebraska’s six-game stretch against highly successful coaches began with the legendary Geno Auriemma, who owns 967 wins at UConn. Following the Iowa game, Nebraska’s next three opposing coaches have all notched at least 400 wins as head coaches, beginning with Maryland’s Brenda Frese (440 wins) and Michigan State’s Suzy Merchant (415) before facing Naismith Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer (974) and Rutgers
Overall, the six coaches have amassed 4,134 wins in 182 seasons as head coaches.
• Jessica Shepard leads the Huskers with averages of 17.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. She produced her 17th career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in Nebraska’s Big Ten opener with Northwestern
• Nicea Eliely, has started all 13 games and is averaging 8.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game
• Nebraska senior Allie Havers has competed in 109 consecutive games since the first game of her freshman season in 2013-14.
• Jasmine Cincore owns the longest streak of consecutive starts among the Huskers with 18. Allie Havers has made 16 straight starts, while Nicea Eliely and Jessica Shepard have each started 13 straight games this season.
• Hannah Whitish was Nebraska’s top contributor off the bench in non-conference play before making her first career start in Nebraska’s Big Ten opener with Northwestern. Whitish, scored a career-high 12 points and added four assists in a career-high 27 minutes against Northwestern.
• Nebraska’s four-player freshman class of Rylie Cascio Jensen, Nicea Eliely, Grace Mitchell and Hannah Whitish have been looked to for immediate contributions on the Huskers’ 11-player active roster.
BEAT THE BLUDER HELL OUT Iowa!