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    WBB: Game #17 vs Rutgers


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    • Cornhuskers seeking their first win in conference

       

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    Brian Rosenthal   Nebraska Cornhuskers

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      Rutgers  Rutgers Scarlet Knights

     

     

    Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m.
    Pinnacle Bank Arena 

     

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    Huskers Hope to Slay Scarlet Knights Tuesday

     

    The Nebraska Cornhuskers women’s basketball team returns home Tuesday to take on Rutgers. Tip-off between the Huskers (4-12, 0-4 Big Ten) and the Scarlet Knights (5-12, 2-2 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m.

     

    An inexperienced team of Huskers and a group of first-year coaches led by former Nebraska player Amy Williams has been challenged by the toughest schedule in school history through the first 16 games this season. Through Sunday’s games, Nebraska’s opponents carry a combined .701 winning percentage. In fact, 13 of Nebraska’s 16 opponents already have accumulated double-digit wins this season, led by 15-0 Virginia Tech and 14-0 UConn.

     

    The Huskers, who own victories over 11-win teams from Colorado State (11-5) and UTRGV (12-6), will be playing just their second game of the season against a team with a losing record when they face Rutgers (5-12). The only other team Nebraska has played this season that is currently below .500 is San Jose State (4-11).

     

    Nebraska and Rutgers are two of the most inexperienced teams in the Big Ten this season. The active Husker roster has combined for 145 career starts, while the Rutgers active roster has started just 105 career games, including 85 this season.

     

    Nebraska is led BY Jessica Shepard, who is averaging a double-double with 18.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Shepard averaged 22.5 points and 5.0 rebounds as the Huskers split a pair of regular-season meetings with the Scarlet Knights last season. She managed just four points and three rebounds while battling injury in a Big Ten Tournament loss to Rutgers.

     

    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 

     

    Rutgers Scarlet Knights
    32 - Desiree Keeling - 6-2 - So. - C/F 
    5 - Shrita Parker - 5-7 - Jr. - G
    11 - Aliyah Jeune - 6-1 - So. - G/F
    12 - Khadaizha Sanders - 5-7 - So. - G 
    22 - Kandiss Barber - 5-10 - Jr. - F/G

     

    Scouting Rutgers

     

    Naismith Hall of Fame Head Coach C. Vivian Stringer brings Rutgers to Lincoln in search of its third win in the last four games. The Scarlet Knights, who lost four starters off last season’s team that finished 19-15 overall and 8-10 in the Big Ten, went just 3-10 in non-conference play before losing their Big Ten opener to Michigan, 63-50.

     

    Following the loss to the Wolverines, Rutgers reeled off back-to-back wins against Penn Stateand Wisconsin before suffering a loss at Illinois on Saturday. The loss to the Fighting Illini stretched the Rutgers road losing streak to eight games this season. 

     

    Rutgers, which has struggled to score throughout the season, averaging just 50.2 points per game, has managed just 45.8 points per game on the road. The Scarlet Knights, who have always been known for playing a suffocating defense under Stringer, have surrendered just 59.2 points per game on the season, but that number increases to 63.3 points per contest on the road. 

     

    Shrita Parker, is the only returning starter and the only player averaging in double figures for the Scarlet Knights. She has managed 10.1 points, while adding 2.5 assists per games. Kandiss Barber, has added 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds.

     

    As a team, Rutgers is hitting just 35.6 percent of its shots from the field, including a dismal 27.5 percent (69-251) from three-point range. The Scarlet Knights are also hitting just 66.7 percent of their free throws as the eight active players other than Parker and Sanders have combined to go just(.513) at the stripe.

     

    Rutgers has been out-rebounded 39.1-33.8 and own a negative -0.8 team turnover margin. However, in four Big Ten games, Rutgers owns a plus-3.0 turnover margin but has been outrebounded, 38.5-28.5.

     

    Rutgers leads the all-time series with Nebraska 3-1, with all four meetings coming as Big Ten foes in the past two seasons.

     

    Husker Nuggets
     

    Jessica Shepard leads the Huskers with averages of 18.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. 
     

    Nicea Eliely, has started all 16 games and is averaging 8.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
     

    Freshman Hannah Whitish is averaging 10.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals in four Big Ten games as a starter for the Huskers. Whitish also leads the Huskers with 22 three-pointers on the season.
     

    Overall, Nebraska owns just 145 career starts. However, Rutgers is even more inexperienced than the Huskers, carrying just 105 career starts including 85 this season. 
     

    Nebraska sent nine different starting lineups onto the floor in 2015-16. 
     

    Nebraska’s strength of schedule ranked No. 6 nationally. Through games Jan. 7, Nebraska’s 16 opponents owned a cumulative record of 178-76 (.701 winning percentage), including unbeaten records for No. 1 UConn (14-0) and No. 15 Virginia Tech (15-0).
     

    Allie Havers has competed in 112 consecutive games since the first game of her freshman season in 2013-14.

     

    GAME NOTES:

     

    BEAT THE SCARLET KNIGHTS!

     

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    Nice win for the women. We played another young team, but we did a much better job rebounding, and cutting down the turnovers...Rutgers didn't play as clean a game as we did. They were 2-2 in B1G before this game.

     

    We look like we have improved in several areas. Defense was better. We mix up the defenses, man and zone...helped the overall effort in general.  Handled the press much better too.

     

    Cincore has cleaned up her game, plays more in control and obviously more productive. Kind of looks like it's taken her a while to find her role with the new team. Nice to see.

     

    Haven't seen the stats yet, can't be as many turnovers, and we had more assists, and less mistakes in general by about everybody.  Passing was better, not so many errant passes. Hit some good shots through out game. Not so many just thrown up. Want to see our shooting percentages..because they looked better shooting.

     

    On the down side ...more no calls on obvious hacks, and calls on phantom fouls...and a few just bad calls

     

    The girls needed this win. Very happy for them to get rewarded for all their hard work. :)

     

     

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    That Rutgers team looked pretty disinterested other than the last couple minutes.  Something is not right with that group right now.  

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    27 minutes ago, Row6Seat10 said:

     

     

    Some big stats I see are.......more assists than turnovers (huge) ....11 steals when we weren't getting many at all.....72% free throws....:P  Floor shooting is maybe OK, but needs to get to about 40% +.....3's were OK at 31%...looked better than that watching, but we missed some close ones.

     

    Allie and Jess rebounded well. almost 20.  Not really a stat but we finished the game ....and 4th qtr pretty well. Didn't let the other team blow us out late. And Grace only played 4 min. but was very productive....love her hustle and competitiveness.

     

    Downer is the bench scoring, and lack of fast break points. :(

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    A win is a win, all be it a sloppy game to watch. Jasmine had her best game of her career in PBA and gets the game ball, J Shepard with another double/double. I like how our 2-3 zone created turnovers and gave Rutgers some trouble running their offense at times. Nicea and Hannah both had good performances on the defensive end in the zone. The Huskers have struggled all season trying to throw the ball in under the opponents bucket so imagine my surprise when Rutgers got caught behind a pick and Darrian Washington got an easy lay-up, Best play of the game.

     

    Hannah shoots 50% from behind the arc, hope she keeps on shooting like that from deep! 11 steals, one of our better efforts. Like the speed in which Nicea is starting to play the game! Once she gets her ball handling down at that speed she'll be hard to stop. Another positive the Huskers shot 72% from the line.

     

    Still have a ways to go to get the defense to mesh as a unit and get everyone on the same page as shown with 16 seconds left they let Rutgers throw the ball in and allowed Parker to drive the length of the court completely untouched for an uncontested lay up.

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    Happy to hear about a Husker victory.  It's no secret that I have questioned the number of wins that this group could achieve.  I hope they can pick up a few more.

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    10 hours ago, redsteve said:

    And Grace only played 4 min. but was very productive....love her hustle and competitiveness.

     

    Downer is the bench scoring, and lack of fast break points. :(

    From my perspective we finally have a starting five that is beginning to play together and do OK when the competition is average at best.  I emphasize beginning as we still attempt to throw some low percentage passes.  I can overlook those coming from our freshmen but not our 2 seniors.

     

    Our biggest problem is now that Hannah is a starter and doing well we don't get much production off the bench.  You look for subs to come in and at least hold their own.  Last night that didn't happen and when we substituted our lead started to go down.  I really like Grace's attitude and would like to see her play more.

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    Would like to see Riley in at point guard rotation with Hannah. I think we look much better she has a very high basketball IQ. With Ester at point we seem lost part of the time.


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    9 minutes ago, leichleiter2 said:

    Would like to see Riley in at point guard rotation with Hannah. I think we look much better she has a very high basketball IQ. With Ester at point we seem lost part of the time.


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    I agree.

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    23 minutes ago, leichleiter2 said:

    Would like to see Riley in at point guard rotation with Hannah. I think we look much better she has a very high basketball IQ. With Ester at point we seem lost part of the time

    I am on the same bandwagon as well.  There is a lot more upside to Riley as a freshman then Esther as a senior.  Besides Esther dribbles too much.

    Riley does seem to know what she is doing.

     

    On another topic just when Maddie was starting to look a bit more settled down the previous couple of games she took a step backward in confidence last night highlighted when she dribbled the ball off her leg coming down the floor with no pressure on her.  We really need her to improve coming off the bench.  I'm pulling for her as I have always been a fan.  Hopefully it will come as it's not not physical ability but mental right now.

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    In my view, Maudie Simon needs to produce for this team.  I think she has a high ceiling and hope she gains the confidence needed. Grace Mitchell appears to be a keeper, someone who wants to contribute in any way she can.

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    I agree Maddie can create some match up issues for other teams. Maybe trying too hard to make things happen. Pulling for all our ladies they have gone lot of changes this season. Loss of Rachael for the season has also made a huge impact. Such a leader and doing the things that maybe don't show up in stat sheet. Our ladies will be much improved with her back on floor. So definitely pulling for Rachel hoping she can be healthy.


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    2 hours ago, leichleiter2 said:

    Would like to see Riley in at point guard rotation with Hannah. I think we look much better she has a very high basketball IQ. With Ester at point we seem lost part of the time.


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    You want to see our football coach at point guard.  Not enough hair and I think he has used all of his eligibility.   

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    Lol didn't think about that that's funny. Looks like I better sharpen my post up. I'm a rookie.Have been following forum for a while and attending games just signed up on forum last night. Enjoy everyone's comments Thanks


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    11 minutes ago, leichleiter2 said:

    Lol didn't think about that that's funny. Looks like I better sharpen my post up. I'm a rookie.Have been following forum for a while and attending games just signed up on forum last night. Enjoy everyone's comments Thanks


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    Welcome, new posters are always needed. 

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    3 hours ago, leichleiter2 said:

    Would like to see Riley in at point guard rotation with Hannah. I think we look much better she has a very high basketball IQ. With Ester at point we seem lost part of the time.


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    RCJ is actually probably our best point guard and Hannah is probably the best 2 guard we got.  Im a huge Esther fan having lived in Canada for 20 years growing up but she , or Maddie, should not be the first guard off the bench.  Really like both kids they just aren't producing.

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