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    WBB Game # 27 @ Michigan


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      Huskers head east to face the Wolverines

       

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      Brian Rosenthal   Nebraska Cornhuskers

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      Michigan  Michigan Wolverines

     

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.
    Crisler Arena (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

     

    Live Video Stream: BTN Plus
    Live Radio: Husker Sports Network Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
    KBBK 107.3 FM -Lincoln;  KKCD 105.9 FM - Omaha; KHAQ 98.5 - North Platte
    Free Live Audio: Huskers.com/Huskers App

    Live Stats: Gametracker

     

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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 

     

    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 

     

    Michigan Wolverines 
    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

     

    Scouting Michigan

     

    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).

     

    Husker Nuggets

     

    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. 

     

     

    GAME NOTES:

     

    BEAT THE WOLVERINES!

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    38 - 13 now.  5:00 left until the half.

     

    Getting clobbered in every aspect of the game.

     

    Can't defend the three point shot.

     

    7 turnovers ain't helping at all.

     

    Looks like the Huskers have gave up.:angry: 

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    Just a terrible defensive effort. Too slow reacting, you gotta move your feet girls and stop that dribble drive and get a hand in the shooters face.

    21 turnovers.

    Gave up 33 points in 3-pointers.

     

    Shepard and Havers with 12 points, Whitish and Simon both had 11, Nicea with a goose egg.

     

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    It will be a Quiet Plane Ride back to Lincoln Tonight!  (both WBB and MBB lost by double digits with 88 scored on each)  :eek:

    It will be a Quiet Plane Ride back to Lincoln Tonight! (both WBB and MBB lost by double digits with 88 scored on each) :eek::eek::eek::eek::o

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    When you play one of the best 3 shooting teams in the league, you should prepare the defense to defend the perimeter.

     

    Some one must have forgotten that detail.

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    9 hours ago, redsteve said:

    When you play one of the best 3 shooting teams in the league, you should prepare the defense to defend the perimeter.

     

    Some one must have forgotten that detail.

     

    matt coatney during his broadcast stated that this was not unexpected from michigan. coach williams and the huskers prepared for this earlier. wasn't really a shock this squad still had a "clunker" left in them. what was a little surprising is how bad the defensive effort was in that first half, especially first quarter. some of the passing was a head scratcher--------my gosh, riley, what were you seeing? defender glued to one side of jess and the other one practically standing right smack in front of jess and you try to throw it into jess? she didn't try a lob pass, a bounce pass? don't mean to pick on riley, because there were plenty of examples from other players. just  one that really stuck out to me. anyway, huskers just dug themselves waaaaaaaay to big a hole right from the start. clawed back to get it to 15 and whitish took a 3---in and out. even if that went in, i didn't see the huskers pulling a rabbit out of the hat, but, maybe they could have made the score a little more respectable. 

    one other thing that i think really made a difference, nicea had maybe one of her worst games. ended up, this was just a season the huskers couldn't afford that to happen. 

    for allie's and esther's sake, hope we don't see that on senior day. going to be tough, though. 

     

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    Somebody please explain to me why Cincore plays so many minutes. From what I can see she seems really selfish on offense, takes bad shots all the time, she gets burnt on defense just like everybody else, she has the worst shooting percentage on the entire team and her decision making is pretty poor. If she was a freshman I might understand a little better. Anytime a buddy goes to the game with me, I don't even have to say anything, they have a negative comment about her. She has started every game this season and I don't think she is deserving of it. Why would you not throw Wood or Jensen in there to start a game here and there? I get it that Wood is small but she is unselfish and makes pretty good decisions most of the time. Plus we all know she can shoot the ball.  This has had me baffled all year.  Cincore is a junior and she plays like a rookie. Like I posted in a previous discussion, it just seems like we are trying to keep everybody happy and not making any tough decisions or holding players accountable. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Is there some reason Grace doesn't get more minutes?  She hit a nice shot early and then seemed to disappear. She always seems to give good effort.

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    Attendance 2276 on Senior Night?  That late timeout, to give the seniors an ovation, left much to be desired.  Hopefully, Nebraska gives our seniors a 

    better send off.  GBR

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    8 hours ago, Canadian4NU said:

     

    Somebody please explain to me why Cincore plays so many minutes. From what I can see she seems really selfish on offense, takes bad shots all the time, she gets burnt on defense just like everybody else, she has the worst shooting percentage on the entire team and her decision making is pretty poor. If she was a freshman I might understand a little better. Anytime a buddy goes to the game with me, I don't even have to say anything, they have a negative comment about her. She has started every game this season and I don't think she is deserving of it. Why would you not throw Wood or Jensen in there to start a game here and there? I get it that Wood is small but she is unselfish and makes pretty good decisions most of the time. Plus we all know she can shoot the ball.  This has had me baffled all year.  Cincore is a junior and she plays like a rookie. Like I posted in a previous discussion, it just seems like we are trying to keep everybody happy and not making any tough decisions or holding players accountable.

     

    Good point. Your post summarizes my feelings precisely which I have had for a long time.

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    6 hours ago, 12dozen said:

    is there some reason Grace doesn't get more minutes?  She hit a nice shot early and then seemed to disappear. She always seems to give good effort.

     

    I didn't get to see the game but from the box score it looks like Maddie must have played forward for most of her 17 minutes in relief of Jess and Allie.

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