Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m.
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Promotion: Play4Kay (Wear Pink/Cancer Awareness)
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Huskers Face Hoosiers in Annual Pink Game
The Nebraska women’s basketball team returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday to battle Indiana on Play4Kay Day. Tip-off between the Huskers (5-20, 1-12 Big Ten) and the Hoosiers (18-8, 8-5 Big Ten) in Lincoln is set for 2 p.m.
The Huskers are led by 6-4 sophomore forward Jessica Shepard, who is averaging a double-double with 18.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. She owns 22 career double-doubles, including 12 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. Nicea (7.8 ppg) and Hannah (7.6 ppg) could become the first pair of Husker freshmen to both average more than 7.0 points per game since 1983-84.
Junior guard Jasmine Cincore has produced double figures in three of the last four games. She had just four double-figure scoring efforts in her first 72 career games prior to the stretch.
Nebraska and Indiana are tied at 4-4 in the all-time series, but the Hoosiers have won back-to-back games, including a 79-68 win over the Huskers in Lincoln last year.
32 - Jessica Shepard - 6-4 - So.
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
33 - Amanda Cahill - 6-2 - Jr. - F
43 - Jenn Anderson - 6-3 - Sr. - C
3 - Tyra Buss - 5-8 - Jr. - G
21 - Karlee McBride - 5-10 - Sr. - g
23 - Alexis Gassion - 5-11 - Sr. - G
Coach Teri Moren leads her third Indiana team against the Huskers. Moren guided the Hoosiers to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament after producing a 21-12 overall record that included a 12-6 Big Ten mark that was good for fourth in the final conference standings.
The Hoosiers come to Lincoln for their only meeting against the Huskers this season with an 18-8 overall record that includes an 8-5 Big Ten mark. Indiana has won six of its last eight games.
Indiana returns all five starters from last season’s squad, including first-team All-Big Ten guard Tyra Buss and honorable-mention All-Big Ten forward Amanda Cahill. Indiana’s five starters have combined for 413 career starts as Hoosiers, while the active roster features 436 starts at Indiana and 93 additional starts at other NCAA Division I schools (529 total Division I starts).
Five Indiana players have started 70 or more Division I games, led by Alexis Gassion (107), Amanda Cahill (92), Tyra Buss (90), Jenn Anderson (77) and Amber Deane (72). No Husker has made as many as 60 career starts.
Indiana has produced solid numbers across the board throughout the season, averaging 77.2 points per game, while shooting 46 percent from the field, including 33.6 percent from three-point range. The Hoosiers have also hit 73 percent of their free throws. Indiana owns a plus-3.9 team rebounding margin and a plus-3.5 team turnover margin.
Defensively, Indiana is allowing just 65.8 points per game, while holding opponents to 42.7 percent shooting, including 30.8 percent from long range.
However, in Big Ten play, Indiana has averaged just 71.6 points while allowing 67.2 points per game. The Hoosiers are shooting just 42 percent from the field, including just 30.7 percent from three-point range, while opponents have hit 44.1 percent of their shots, including 31.9 percent of their threes. Indiana also has been outrebounded, 37.0-35.2 in conference play. The Hoosiers have posted a plus-4.1 turnover margin in league games.
• Jessica Shepard is the second Husker in history to record 10 or more double-doubles in back-to-back seasons.
• Shepard reached the 1,000-point milestone in fewer games (55) than any Husker in history.
• Nicea Eliely leads the Huskers in steals (39), blocks (15) and field goal percentage (.449), while ranking second in scoring (7.8 ppg). Eliely has started all 25 games this season as a true freshman.
• Hannah Whitish is averaging 9.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 13 Big Ten games as a starter. Whitish also leads the Huskers with 41 three-pointers on the season to rank fourth among freshmen in Husker history. She needs five more to catch Anna DeForge in third.
• Overall, Nebraska owns just 190 career starts. Indiana is one of the Big Ten’s most experienced teams with 436 career starts at Indiana and 93 additional starts from players on its active roster that played previously at other NCAA Division I schools.
• Nebraska’s strength of schedule has ranked among the top 20 teams in the nation throughout the season, coming in at No. 20 after Thursday’s game against Ohio State.
• Traditionally one of the Big Ten’s best free throw shooting teams, Nebraska has struggled this season at the line. However, NU’s free throw numbers are on the way up thanks to solid shooting by the Husker freshmen.
• Nebraska’s freshmen are 51-of-65 (.785) at the free throw line in Big Ten play, while the Huskers as a team are shooting 64.8 percent.
BEAT THE HOOSIERS!