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    WBB: Game #18 @ Illinois


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    • Huskers looking for first B1G road win

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    Brian Rosenthal  Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Illinois  Illinois Fighting Illini

     

    Sunday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m. 
    State Farm Center (Champaign, Illinois)

     

     

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    Huskers Shoot for First Road Win at Illinois

     

    The Nebraska women’s basketball team takes aim at its first road win of the season when the Huskers battle Illinois on Sunday. Tip-off between the Huskers (5-12, 1-4 Big Ten) and the Fighting Illinois (7-10, 2-2 Big Ten) is set for 2 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 17 games this season. Nebraska’s strength of schedule ranks No. 7 nationally, as 13 of Nebraska’s 17 opponents already have accumulated 11 or more wins this season, led by No. 1 UConn (15-0), No. 3 Maryland (16-1) and No. 15 Virginia Tech (15-1). 

     

    Nebraska also carries a six-game winning streak in the series with Illinois, including a four-game winning streak at the State Farm Center in Champaign. Nebraska and Illinois are two of the most inexperienced teams in the Big Ten this season.

     

    Nebraska leads the all-time series with Illinois 10-3, including six consecutive victories. 

     

    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 

     

    Illinois Fighting Illini 
    35 - Alex Wittinger - 6-1 - So. - F 
    1 - Brandi Beasley - 5-7 - Fr. - G 
    13 - Petra Holešínská - 5-9 - Fr. - G 
    23 - Jaelyne Kirkpatrick - 5-7 - So. - G
    25 - Kennedy Cattenhead - 5-10 - Jr. - G

     

    Scouting Illinois

     

    Coach Matt Bollant leads Illinois into Sunday’s game after a 78-58 loss at Iowa.

     

    Like the Huskers, the Fighting Illini (0-6) have yet to find a road win this season. However, Illinois is a solid 7-4 on its home court at the State Farm Center. The Illini enter Sunday’s game with a five-game home winning streak, including a 78-41 win over Rutgers.

     

    Alex Wittinger leads Illinois in scoring (14.6 ppg), rebounding (8.6 rpg) and blocked shots (2.6 bpg). She is also shooting a team-best 50.9 percent from the field.  The only other returning Illini starter from last year’s game with the Huskers is Kennedy Cattenhead. The 5-10 guard is averaging 7.9 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Illini .

     

    Brandi Beasley has made a major impact on the Illini lineup. The 5-7 guard ranks second on the team in scoring (11.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.6 rpg) while leading Illinois in steals and assists. 

     

    Illinois is averaging 62.8 points, while allowing 65.2 points per game. The Illini carry a minus-2.4 team rebounding margin, but a plus-0.5 team turnover margin. Illinois has hit 39.1 percent of its shots from the field, including 30.7 percent of its threes, while connecting on 75.8 percent of its free throws. In Big Ten play, Illinois is shooting 36.6 percent from three-point range and 74 percent at the line.

     

    Husker Nuggets
     

    • Jessica Shepard leads the Huskers with averages of 18.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. She produced her 19th career double-double 22 points and 11 rebounds in Nebraska’s win over Rutgers.
     

     Shepard ranks second among the Huskers in three-point field goals made (19).
     

     Nebraska senior Allie Havers has competed in 113 consecutive games since the first game of her freshman season in 2013-14. The Huskers own a 70-43 record in those contests.
     

    Junior Jasmine Cincore owns the longest streak of consecutive starts among the Huskers with 22. Havers has made 20 straight starts, while freshman Nicea Eliely and sophomore Jessica Shepard have each started 17 straight games this season. Hannah Whitish has made five straight starts.

     

    Nicea Eliely, has started all 17 games and is averaging 8.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

     

    Nicea Eliely leads the Huskers in assists (44), steals (29), blocked shots (12) and field goal percentage (.477), while ranking second among the Huskers in points (136) and three-point field goal percentage (.375).

     

    As a starter in Big Ten play, Hannah Whitish is averaging 10.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

     

    Hannah Whitish is closing in on joining Nebraska’s top five all-time among freshman three-point shooters. She needs five more threes to match Kiera Hardy’s 30 made threes.

     

    GAME NOTES:

     

    BEAT ILLINOIS!

     

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    see illinois beat rutgers pretty soundly, BUT, rutgers shot 1-15 from the perimeter and shot 26% from the field. one of those games. i expect huskers to keep up the good defense and hope they can make this a close game. ending with a 'w'--------------or better yet, just runaway with it!!! :D

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    Watched part of one of their games a week or so ago.... they have improved a bit over last year.....but are young now after all the player turn over. But their freshmen play hard and pretty aggressive.

     

    Not very big, so play more of a guard dominated offense. Their similar to us.....young, but we'll have size advantage. Wittinger is the one to stop.

     

    We play there....it's probably a toss up game......we're slowly improving and cleaning up some problems as we go along.

    Same old story.....If our guards can score...it will open up the inside.

     

    I like the Huskers in this one.

     

     

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    1 hour ago, redsteve said:

    Watched part of one of their games a week or so ago.... they have improved a bit over last year.....but are young now after all the player turn over. But their freshmen play hard and pretty aggressive.

     

    Not very big, so play more of a guard dominated offense. Their similar to us.....young, but we'll have size advantage. Wittinger is the one to stop.

     

    We play there....it's probably a toss up game......we're slowly improving and cleaning up some problems as we go along.

    Same old story.....If our guards can score...it will open up the inside.

     

    I like the Huskers in this one.

     

     

    You are right on!  

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    I want to comment on the photo at the top of this thread.  If you notice, Woody is already being fouled by the Rutger's player.  Right after this the Rutger's play absolutely floored Woody within 5 feet of the blond ref.   She stared at them, swallowed her whistle and blithely trotted up the floor to a chorus of nasty comments for the fans on that side of the arena.  If a ref cannot see that as a foul, I don't know what they see. 

    rant over. 

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    I had been wondering how long it took for someone to comment on it, if at all. That's exactly why I put it in there.

     

    When the dust cleared the Rutgers player had actually landed on top of her.

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    One of the few jobs you can do poorly at and still keep your job. Doesn't appear to be much accountability. The inconstancy of the calls would also make it very hard to play the game. Some of the officials we see have done final fours but that does say much.


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    It never fails every season so it seems, whenever the Huskers go on the road they have to face a promotion that gets the fans into the game free of charge.

     

     

     

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    1 hour ago, Row6Seat10 said:

    It never fails every season so it seems, whenever the Huskers go on the road they have to face a promotion that gets the fans into the game free of charge.

     

     

     

     

    well.....................huskers will just have to put a damper on this "promo" game!!!:D

    turn the seated illini fans butt-up!!!

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    14 hours ago, leichleiter2 said:

    One of the few jobs you can do poorly at and still keep your job. Doesn't appear to be much accountability. The inconstancy of the calls would also make it very hard to play the game. Some of the officials we see have done final fours but that does say much.


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    2 hours ago, Row6Seat10 said:

    It never fails every season so it seems, whenever the Huskers go on the road they have to face a promotion that gets the fans into the game free of charge.

     

     

     

    It's because they have sucked so long they gotta to do something.

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    Just watched the end of Rutgers - Mich St,.... and Rutgers won 62-58. Mich St was 13-4. Game was at Rutgers. Rutger's big girl (Parker ?) just killed Mich. St. late in the game. 18-4 run the 4th qtr.

     

    It continues to amaze me how much difference home games make in the B1G.

     

    There was one offensive charge call on Rutgers, with a little more than 1 min to go,  that was absolutely called wrong (refs).....but Rutger won anyway.

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    With teams all focused on stopping Jess we need to see more scoring from Allie.  She is a senior with 4 years experience.       

     

    Also need to make higher percentage passes a priority.

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    Good 1st qtr.  Defense is pretty good, the zone works real good...almost need to use it more. Stop the dribble drive to basket.

    Our ball awareness is vastly improved...we're getting steals.

     

    Need to hit some more close baskets. There were a few just throw it up and see what happens.

     

    Hannah you are awesome !

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    12 minutes ago, redsteve said:

    We just don't shut down the drive to the basket, and defend against Wittinger

    And we do not defend the 3, do not make good passes, turn the ball over, have no offensive rhythm, cannot rebound.  Other than that, not bad

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