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    WBB: Game #21 @ Ohio State


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    • Huskers conclude 2 game road swing at 0hio State

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    Brian Rosenthal   Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Ohio State   Ohio State Buckeyes

     

     

    Sunday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. 
    Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)

     

     

    Live Television: BTN -  Lisa Byington (PBP), Vera Jones (Analyst)
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    Huskers Back on Road to Face No. 15 Buckeyes

     

    The Nebraska women’s basketball team wraps up a stretch of four road games in five contests when the Huskers travel to No. 15 Ohio State on Sunday. Tip-off between the Huskers (5-16, 1-8 Big Ten) and the Buckeyes (18-5, 8-1 Big Ten) at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, is set for 11 a.m.

     

    The active Husker roster has combined for 170 career starts, while the Ohio State active roster has started 316 career games, not including 101 collegiate starts by Stephanie Mavunga, Linnae Harper, Sierra Calhoun and Shayla Cooper.

     

    The Huskers are led by 6-4 forward Jessica Shepard, who is averaging a double-double with 18.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. She owns 20 career double-doubles, including 10 this season, after going for 20 points and 12 rebounds at Penn State (Jan. 19). It was her fourth double-double in Big Ten play this season.

     

    Shepard is just the fourth Husker in history to produce double-digit double-doubles in two seasons in her career, joining first-team All-Americans Jordan Hooper (2011-12, 2013-14) and Karen Jennings (1990-91, 1992-93) and Emily Cady (2013-14, 2014-15). 

     

    Nebraska freshmen Nicea Eliely (7.6 ppg) and Hannah Whitish (7.1 ppg) could become the first pair of Husker freshmen to both average more than 7.0 points per game since 1983-84.

     

    Nebraska leads the all-time series with Ohio State 7-6, but the Buckeyes have won back-to-back meetings including a 96-70 win over the Huskers last season in Columbus 

     

    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 


    Ohio State Buckeyes
    1 - Stephanie Mavunga - 6-3 - Jr. - F 
    32 - Shayla Cooper - 6-2 - Sr. - F
    3 - Kelsey Mitchell - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 22.8
    4 - Sierra Calhoun - 6-0 - So. - G 
    23 - Kiara Lewis - 5-8 - Fr. - G 

     

    Scouting Ohio State

     

    Coach Kevin McGuff has Ohio State chasing a Big Ten title again in his fourth season with the Buckeyes. The former Xavier and Washington head coach and Notre Dame assistant, has led the No. 15 Buckeyes to an 18-5 overall record and an 8-1 Big Ten mark this season. 

     

    Last year, Ohio State finished 26-8 overall and 15-3 in the Big Ten, after going 24-11 and 13-5 in the conference in his second season at OSU in 2014-15. In his first season at OSU, the Buckeyes went 17-18 overall and 5-11 in the conference.

     

    All-American Kelsey Mitchell, a 5-8 junior guard from Cincinnati, is averaging 22.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals. Last season, Mitchell averaged 26.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals. She averaged 24.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals as the 2015 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

     

     Arguably the most explosive offensive team in the Big Ten, Ohio State is averaging 86.4 points per game, while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. The Buckeyes have hit 33.5 percent of their threes, but just 69.4 percent of their free throws. Ohio State owns a plus-7.0 team rebounding margin and plus-2.2 team turnover margin.

     

    Four of Ohio State’s five losses this season are to top-20 teams, including 82-63 at No. 1 UConn, 85-68 against No. 2 Baylor, 92-80 against No. 5 South Carolina and to No. 17 Miami, 94-89 in overtime.

     

    Ohio State’s lone Big Ten loss came at Michigan State (94-75).

     

    Husker Nuggets


    Jessica Shepard became the second Husker in history to record 10 or more double-doubles in back-to-back seasons when she notched 20 points and 12 rebounds at Penn State.
     

    Shepard leads the Huskers with averages of 18.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. 
     

    Nicea Eliely and Hannah Whitish have helped solidify the Huskers’ starting five, while providing hope for the future for a young Husker roster.
     

    Nicea Eliely leads the Huskers in assists (52), steals (37), blocks (15) and field goal percentage (.448), while ranking second in scoring (7.6 ppg). Eliely has started all 21 games this season as a true freshman.
     

    Hannah Whitish is averaging 9.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals in nine Big Ten games as a starter. Whitish also leads the Huskers with 32 three-pointers on the season. She ranks fifth among freshmen in Husker history with 32 threes and needs one more to catch Kaitlyn Burke in fourth.
     

    Eliely and Whitish have a chance to become the first pair of Husker freshmen since 1983-84 to both average better than 7.0 points per game.
     

    Nebraska is facing the toughest overall schedule in school history in 2016-17. 
     

    Nebraska’s strength of schedule ranked No. 12 nationally through games Jan. 26. NU’s 21 opponents owned a combined record of 282-148.

     

    GAME NOTES:

     

    BEAT THE BUCKEYES!!

     

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    Can't expect much more from Jess 33 minutes on the floor 28 points 13 rebounds 4 assists 2 fouls. Hopefully some of her critics watched this game and saw how hard she worked. Cannot expect much more out of the a post player hopefully everyone realizes how special of player we are lucky to have.


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    23 minutes ago, leichleiter2 said:

    Can't expect much more from Jess 33 minutes on the floor 28 points 13 rebounds 4 assists 2 fouls. Hopefully some of her critics watched this game and saw how hard she worked. Cannot expect much more out of the a post player hopefully everyone realizes how special of player we are lucky to have.


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    This was probably her best game in a Husker uniform. 

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    no doubt, osu built to score. not overly impressed when they have to fall back into their defense. i thought they would have a great shot at winning the big ten this season. still do, but....i can see where they run into problems with teams that have above average (or better) play on both sides of the court. maybe they were just going through the motions with the huskers, but, i question whether osu can make a big run in the ncaa's. i admit, only about 3rd time i have seen osu this season. 

     

    anyway, my gosh, the turnovers. smh. were a few times where the husker guards caught the ball near the half court during the press and could have taken off across the line, but, instead were looking for that extra pass-------GO!!! huskers had stretches where offense had their moments, even when they didn't score. too bad they couldn't have taken advantage in that first half when osu was struggling a bit----just turned it over too much. would like grace a few more chances to pull the trigger------but, one of the problems is, is she is set up 10ft out or more, no one there to rebound but maybe jess (or washington). overall, not a huge bust-----i was afraid of this one really getting out of hand.

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    1 hour ago, swmckewon said:

     

    Michigan game last year was 35 and 20. 

     

     

     

    Difference of opinion, those numbers were against a mediocre Michigan team today's performance was against the 15th ranked team on their home court.

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    10 hours ago, Row6Seat10 said:

     

    Difference of opinion, those numbers were against a mediocre Michigan team today's performance was against the 15th ranked team on their home court.

    Fair. She played very well. It was her best game of this season, without question. Encouraging. 

     

    Minnesota - Ohio State without as much talent - is beatable. 

     

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    no doubt, minny is beatable at PBA. i could see a win against wiscy, but, being at Kohl makes it a bit more difficult. don't want to say the huskers couldn't pull off a win with any of the other games at PBA---------just that minny and wiscy offer best chances. 

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    7 hours ago, whoopdeedoo said:

    no doubt, minny is beatable at PBA. i could see a win against wiscy, but, being at Kohl makes it a bit more difficult. don't want to say the huskers couldn't pull off a win with any of the other games at PBA---------just that minny and wiscy offer best chances. 

     

    Yes, they do. 

     

     

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