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    WBB: Game #21 @ Purdue


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    • Husker women strive to get first B1G road win

       

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    Brian Rosenthal   Nebraska Cornhuskers
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    Purdue   Purdue Boilermakers
     
    Thursday, Jan. 26, 5 p.m.
    Mackey Arena

     
     
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    Huskers Set for Battle with Boilermakers
     
    The Nebraska women’s basketball team returns to the road this week for two more Big Ten contests, beginning with a Thursday tussle at Purdue. Tip-off between the Huskers (5-15, 1-7 Big Ten) and Boilermakers (13-8, 4-3 Big Ten) at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind., is set for 5 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 20 games this season. Nebraska’s strength of schedule ranks No. 10 nationally. Purdue will be the 16th Husker opponent with 13 or more wins this season,
     
    Purdue improved to 4-3 in the Big Ten with a 76-66 win at Michigan State. The Boilermakers completed a season series sweep of the Spartans with the victory. The Boilermakers also own Big Ten wins over Penn State and at Wisconsin, while suffering losses at Northwestern, at Indiana and at home to Ohio State.
     
    Purdue leads the all-time series with Nebraska 6-3, including a 68-50 win in the last meeting between the two teams. The Huskers won last year in West Lafayette, escaping from Mackey Arena with a 62-61 victory.
     
    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
     
    Purdue Boilermakers
    13 - Bridget Perry - 6-2 - Sr. - F
    20 - Dominique McBryde - 6-2 - So. - F
    1 - Ashley Morrissette - 5-9 - Sr. - G
    10 - Andreona Keys - 5-10 - Jr. - G
    11 - Dominique Oden - 5-8 - Fr. - G
     
    Scouting Purdue
     
    Coach Sharon Versyp leads a scrappy bunch of Boilermakers into Thursday’s game with Nebraska at Mackey Arena.
     
    Ashley Morrissette, a 5-9 senior guard, leads the Boilers with 15.2 points, 4.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She also has knocked down a team-leading 36 threes. Bridget Perry, a 6-2 forward, has added 10.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Perry and Morrissette have combined for 150 career starts for the Boilermakers, nearly matching the 165 starts of the entire Nebraska roster.
     
    Dominique Oden, a 5-8 guard from Atlanta, Ga., ranks second among the Boilermakers with 10.5 points per game. Andreona Keys, a 5-10 guard from Atlanta, has added 9.6 points and 5.6 boards per game.
     
    Purdue is averaging just 65.5 points per game on the season, including 65.9 in Big Ten play. Defensively, the Boilermakers have surrendered 57.1 points per contest, including 62.7 in conference action.
     
    Purdue is shooting 42.9 percent from the field, including 32.1 percent from three-point range, but has knocked down just 28.4 percent (29-102) of its three attempts in Big Ten play.
     
    The Boilermakers own a plus-2.9 rebound margin and a plus-1.3 turnover margin, but are minus-3.7 on the boards and plus-2.3 in turnover margin in Big Ten action.
     
    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 18.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
     
    Nebraska freshman Nicea Eliely leads the Huskers in assists (52), steals (37) and blocks (15), while ranking second in scoring (8.0 ppg) and field goal percentage (.458). Eliely has started all 20 games this season as a true freshman.
     
    Freshman Hannah Whitish is averaging 10.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals in eight 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.
     
    One of Coach Amy Williams’ primary objectives early in the season was to find a starting five from a relatively inexperienced group of Huskers. Only seven players on Nebraska’s active roster have ever started a game for the Huskers, with five of them starting 30 or fewer contests.
     
    Nebraska’s strength of schedule ranked No. 10 nationally through games Jan. 22. NU’s 20 opponents owned a combined record of 258-134, including current top-25 opponents No. 1 UConn (18-0), No. 3 Maryland (19-1) and No. 19 Virginia Tech (16-3).
     
    Only four Husker opponents currently have losing records, including Washington State (8-11, RPI 65), Illinois (8-12, RPI 171), Rutgers (6-15, RPI 172) and San Jose State (6-13, RPI 206). Omaha (10-10, RPI 155) gives Nebraska 17 opponents with .500 or better records through 21 games (including Purdue) this season.
     
    Nebraska freshmen Nicea Eliely and Hannah Whitish have helped solidify the Huskers’ starting five, while providing hope for the future for a young Husker roster.
     
    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’s freshmen are 35-of-41 (.854) at the free throw line in Big Ten play, while the Huskers as a team are shooting 64.4 percent.
     
     
    BEAT THE BOILERMAKERS!
     
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    6 minutes ago, whoopdeedoo said:

     

    meh.............(just sayin') i am not gonna criticize allie for that. lotsa frustration built up over a period.

     

    I'm not either just saying who got the T, She said something right after she got knocked down and must have carried it down the floor.

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    38 minutes ago, Cazzie22 said:

    We are physically overmatched at every position.  I like Grace Mitchell and her want to out there.  Are we really that dreadful shooting the ball?

     

    Yep...pretty much

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    7 minutes ago, Bugeaters1 said:

    Coach said in her post game that they made lazy passes.

     

    Seemed like it was worse tonight ...who knows why ? Cross court passes that wouldn't have been good in a million years. It's the same couple of players that still do it.  But why do they still do it now....it's like some hadn't played a game all year.  Talk about not learning from your mistakes. Not good BBall IQ

     

    Frustration....big time

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    i don't follow the women's team much. can someone explain how they are so bad this year? i know they have a new coach but how do you lose to an unranked purdue team by 44?

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    3 minutes ago, TimSmiles said:

    i don't follow the women's team much. can someone explain how they are so bad this year? i know they have a new coach but how do you lose to an unranked purdue team by 44?

    24 turnovers with 27 points scored off of those turnovers. And no one can shoot.

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    4 hours ago, Bugeaters1 said:

    Just limit the TO's and we will be fine. that place looks and sounds empty.

    (Agree) Averaging 18 to 19 turnovers per game....your going to lose a lot of games! 

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    11 hours ago, Bugeaters1 said:

    I'm not either just saying who got the T, She said something right after she got knocked down and must have carried it down the floor.

    yeah, didn't think you really were...

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    Shepard had 8 turnovers last night, that's not good. That alone accounted for a third of the Huskers turnovers against Purdue. She lost control of the ball or had a bad pass 5 times bringing the ball up the court. She leads the team in turnovers and most of those turnovers occur when she tries going coast to coast bringing the ball up the court. 

     

    In my opinion she needs to give the ball up once she gets a rebound to one of the guards instead of putting the ball on the floor and thinking she can beat the defense down the court. She doesn't have the speed necessary to beat the defense up the court especially in the Big Ten.

     

    She got away with that last year because she had a guard in Romeo who would beat the defense down the court and defenses would have to adjust for that, opening up the middle a little bit. She doesn't have that this year because our guards go down the court and usually wind up slowing down at the free throw line extended and not running hard all the way through the bucket, usually leaving two or three defenders meeting her at the top of the key ready stop her penetration.

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    38 minutes ago, Row6Seat10 said:

    in my opinion she needs to give the ball up once she gets a rebound to one of the guards instead of putting the ball on the floor and thinking she can beat the defense down the court. She doesn't have the speed necessary to beat the defense up the court especially in the Big Ten.

     

     

    That has been my thought for most of this season.  One of the most frustrating things and totally unnecessary.

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    3 hours ago, Row6Seat10 said:

    Shepard had 8 turnovers last night, that's not good. That alone accounted for a third of the Huskers turnovers against Purdue. She lost control of the ball or had a bad pass 5 times bringing the ball up the court. She leads the team in turnovers and most of those turnovers occur when she tries going coast to coast bringing the ball up the court. 

     

    In my opinion she needs to give the ball up once she gets a rebound to one of the guards instead of putting the ball on the floor and thinking she can beat the defense down the court. She doesn't have the speed necessary to beat the defense up the court especially in the Big Ten.

     

    She got away with that last year because she had a guard in Romeo who would beat the defense down the court and defenses would have to adjust for that, opening up the middle a little bit. She doesn't have that this year because our guards go down the court and usually wind up slowing down at the free throw line extended and not running hard all the way through the bucket, usually leaving two or three defenders meeting her at the top of the key ready stop her penetration.

     

    Talked about this some before...the mix of players this year just don't compliment each other so much, for various reasons.

     

    We lost so much experience from last year....it's kind of been crippling.

     

    Last year, for what ever it matters, we had not only Romeo, but Kyndal Clark too. She got "poo pooed" here some, but Yori played her a lot, not because she was a scorer, but her experience really helped the transition game...defensively and offensively. Plus she was very safe with and protected the ball....very few turnovers. Not positive, but she was close to,leading the team in steals...I think.

    There were fewer fast breaks against us last year...it wasn't accidental. (and we had more fast breaks too)

    They both, and Rachel T had the know how to do so much more than just shoot. It's the BBall IQ I keep referencing. 

    The things they did opened up the inside game....the other team had to "account" for all three....we just don't have that now.  Next year all our guards will be more experienced overall...hope it pays off.

     

    And we miss Anya too..she was a good rebounder and scorer coming off the bench...we miss that too.  Last years team just was considerably different....and next years team will be different too.....so we'll tough out this year...and hope to build toward a better next year.

     

    Shepard...?  ...she got almost half the teams points at Purdue.  Think about that one. Our guards were absent from the score board for the most part. But Rylie had maybe her most consistent game.

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    17 hours ago, Row6Seat10 said:

     

     

    I had to miss the first half, and perhaps this was discussed on air or elsewhere, but was Esther out, or just didn't play as a "coach's decision"?

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    2 minutes ago, whoopdeedoo said:

    she had the foot problem earlier------wonder if that flared up again?

    She was in a boot on her right foot.

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    36 minutes ago, Bugeaters1 said:

    She was in a boot on her right foot.

     

    huh. difficult to say without knowing details, but, wonder if this is it for e.r.? 

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    On 1/27/2017 at 1:11 PM, redsteve said:

     

    Talked about this some before...the mix of players this year just don't compliment each other so much, for various reasons.

     

    We lost so much experience from last year....it's kind of been crippling.

     

    Last year, for what ever it matters, we had not only Romeo, but Kyndal Clark too. She got "poo pooed" here some, but Yori played her a lot, not because she was a scorer, but her experience really helped the transition game...defensively and offensively. Plus she was very safe with and protected the ball....very few turnovers. Not positive, but she was close to,leading the team in steals...I think.

    There were fewer fast breaks against us last year...it wasn't accidental. (and we had more fast breaks too)

    They both, and Rachel T had the know how to do so much more than just shoot. It's the BBall IQ I keep referencing. 

    The things they did opened up the inside game....the other team had to "account" for all three....we just don't have that now.  Next year all our guards will be more experienced overall...hope it pays off.

     

    And we miss Anya too..she was a good rebounder and scorer coming off the bench...we miss that too.  Last years team just was considerably different....and next years team will be different too.....so we'll tough out this year...and hope to build toward a better next year.

     

    Shepard...?  ...she got almost half the teams points at Purdue.  Think about that one. Our guards were absent from the score board for the most part. But Rylie had maybe her most consistent game.

    I agree that our guards need to shoot more.  Rylie, Hanna, & Nicea are a plus for this team...Grace doesn't play much and is not playing her position, she needs a little more work on her defense. We are missing the players we lost and Rach B who is out this year. And of course Shepard is going to be having most of the points especially when she shoots more then half the team total. Shepard is NOT a guard and should not try to take the ball coast to coast...there have been open guards pass it. Just like beating the press....passes beat the press!

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