Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.
Crisler Arena (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
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Huskers Travel to No. 25 Michigan Thursday
The Nebraska women’s basketball team plays its final regular-season road game when the Huskers travel to Ann Arbor to take on No. 25 Michigan Thursday. Tip-off between the Huskers (6-20, 2-12 Big Ten) and the Wolverines (21-7, 10-4 Big Ten) at Crisler Arena is set for 6 p.m.
Nebraska is coming off its second Big Ten win of the season, a 67-64 victory over Indiana at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday. The Hoosiers entered that game at No. 40 in the RPI following a 72-61 win over No. 20 Michigan at Assembly Hall in Bloomington last Thursday. The Wolverines have dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season after falling 86-68 to rival Michigan State in Ann Arbor Sunday.
Hannah Whitish led four Huskers in double figures in the win over Indiana by scoring a career-high 18 points. She tied her career best by hitting four threes on 4-of-6 shooting. She hit 7-of-10 shots overall and added six rebounds, four assists and two steals on her way to Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors on Feb. 20. Whitish is averaging 10.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists in Big Ten play.
Nicea Eliely added double figures for the third straight game with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting against the Hoosiers. Eliely set a career high with three threes against Indiana, while tying a career best with six assists. Eliely and Whitish are tied for second among the Huskers in scoring on the season with 8.0 points per game. The last time a pair of Husker freshmen both averaged 7.0 points per game on the season was 1983-84.
The Huskers are led by 6-4 sophomore forward Jessica Shepard, who is averaging a double-double with 18.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. She owns 22 career double-doubles, including 12 this season.
Nebraska has dominated the all-time series with Michigan, 11-2, but the Huskers had their five-game series winning streak snapped with Michigan’s 84-51 win in Lincoln
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
11 - Jillian Dunston - 5-11 - Jr. - F
30 - Hallie Thome - 6-5 - So. - F
1 - Kysre Gondrezick - 5-9 - Fr. - G
2 - Siera Thompson - 5-7 - Sr. - G
3 - Katelynn Flaherty - 5-7 - Jr. - G
Coach Kim Barnes Arico brings her fifth Michigan team into Thursday’s game looking to rebound from its first two-game losing streak of the season. The No. 25 Wolverines dropped a 72-61 decision at Indiana, before falling 86-68 to rival Michigan State in Ann Arbor.
Despite the losses, Michigan sits alone in third place in the Big Ten standings with a 10-4 mark, two full games ahead of the pack with two to play. The Wolverines are 21-7 overall and were No. 36 in the RPI as of Feb. 21.
Michigan is one of the Big Ten’s most explosive offensive teams, averaging 78.1 points per game on the season. However, Michigan has been held to 75 or fewer points in each of the last five games.
Heading into the week Michigan ranked fourth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (.394), ninth in field goal percentage (.473), 13th in scoring margin (+17.1 ppg), 16th in scoring offense (78.1 ppg), 19th in three-point field goals made (220) and 19th in assists per game (16.9 apg).
• Jessica Shepard is the second Husker in history to record 10 or more double-doubles in back-to-back seasons. She owns 12 double-doubles in 2016-17. Shepard leads the Huskers with averages of 18.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
• Nicea Eliely leads the Huskers in steals (42), blocks (16) and field goal percentage (.458), while tying for second among the Huskers in scoring (8.0 ppg). Eliely has started all 26 games this season as a true freshman.
• Eliely will become the first freshman to lead the Huskers in steals since 2000-01, and just the third freshman to lead NU in steals since 1990-91.
• Freshman Hannah Whitish is averaging 10.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 14 Big Ten games as a starter. Whitish also leads the Huskers with 45 three-pointers on the season to rank fourth among freshmen in Husker history. She needs one more to catch Anna DeForge in third.
• 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 64.7 percent.
• Nebraska senior Allie Havers has competed in 122 consecutive games since the first game of her freshman season in 2013-14. The Huskers own a 71-51 record in those contests over the last four years.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 277 straight regular-season games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008.
• Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 156 consecutive games.
BEAT THE WOLVERINES!