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    WBB: Game #8 vs California


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    • Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-4) vs California Golden Bears (6-0)

       

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    Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m.
    Pinnacle Bank Arena
     
    Tickets: Huskers.com
    Television: BTN/BTN2Go.com Brandon Gaudin (PBP), Brenda VanLengen (Analyst)
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    Huskers Return Home to Battle Cal Bears Sunday
     
    The Nebraska women’s basketball team returns home after a three-game road swing to take on California Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
     
    Tip-off between the Big Red (3-4) and the unbeaten Golden Bears (6-0) is set for 3 p.m.,
     
    The Huskers, who are 3-1 at home, will shoot for their fourth win against an unbeaten Bears bunch. The Big Red also will try to avenge an 87-80 overtime loss to the Bears in Berkeley last season. If the Huskers are going to be successful, they will have to control the tempo against an explosive and experienced team from Cal.
     
    The Bears return four starters who combined for 84 of their 87 of their points in last year’s game. Overall, Cal returns all 87 of those points.
     
    On the flip side, Nebraska’s lone returning starter from that game is sophomore Jessica Shepard. The 6-4 forward from Fremont, Neb., was handcuffed with foul trouble and managed just six points, four rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes against the Bears.
     
    Shepard is averaging 18.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game after producing her third double-double of the season with 25 points and 14 rebounds Thursday at Virginia Tech.
     
    Current Husker starter Allie Havers had a breakout game against the Bears, erupting for a career-high 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting in 37 minutes off the bench for the Big Red. Overall, Nebraska returns just 26 of its 80 points from its first-ever meeting with Cal last season.
     
    Nebraska continues to face one of the top schedules in school history in non-conference play. All eight of the Huskers’ opponents thus far (including Cal) carry .500 or better records into the weekend, including Virginia Tech (7-0), California (6-0), Virginia (5-2), Missouri (5-2), Washington State (4-2), UTRGV (4-3), Omaha (4-3) and Colorado State (3-3) to combine for a 38-15 (.717) overall record.
     
    Entering the weekend the Huskers own the nation’s No. 27 strength of schedule, while Cal comes in as the
    No. 22 RPI team in the country according to the College Basketball News RPI. The Huskers have upcoming games with Drake (RPI 81, 3-2), San Jose State (RPI 182, 2-5), at Creighton (RPI 105, 3-3) and UConn (RPI 2, 6-0).
     
    Probable Starters:
     
    Nebraska Cornhuskers
    32 - Jessica Shepard - 6-4 - So. - F
    22 - Allie Havers - 6-5 - Sr. - C
    5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Fr. - G
    11 - Esther Ramacieri - 5-8 - Sr.
    34 - Jasmine Cincore - 5-10 - Jr. - G
     
    California Golden Bears
    12 - Penina Davidson - 6-3 - Jr. - F
    31 - Kristine Anigwe - 6-4 - So. - F/C
    1 - Asha Thomas - 5-4 - So. - G
    3 - Mikayla Cowling - 6-2 - Jr. - G/F 
    24 - Courtney Range - 6-3 - Sr. - G/F
     
    Scouting California
     
    Coach Lindsay Gottlieb brings her Cal Golden Bears to Lincoln for the first time with a 6-0 record to open the season. The Bears are receiving top-25 consideration thanks to four talented returning starters and more depth than they had a year ago.
     
    Last season, Cal struggled to a 15-17 overall record and a 4-14 Pac-12 mark to finish 10th in the conference. Along the way, the young Bears defeated Nebraska, 87-80 in overtime at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley on Dec. 15.
     
    Cal returns all 87 points the Bears scored in that game. Sophomore Kristine Anigwe, who was the Pac-12 and USBWA National Freshman of the Year, scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Bears to victory. The 6-4 forward is averaging 18.5 points and 9.7 rebounds through six games. Last season, she finished with averages of 20.5 points and 9.3 boards.
     
    Fellow sophomore Asha Thomas had 17 points and five assists against the Huskers. The 5-4 guard is averaging 10.2 points and 4.3 assists while shooting a blistering 60.9 percent (14-23) from three-point range.
     
    Courtney Range, who has joined Anigwe among Bears with national player-of-the-year consideration during her career, is averaging 14.3 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.
     
    Husker Nuggets
     
    Cal (6-0) is the second of back-to-back unbeaten opponents for the Huskers this week, joining now 7-0 Virginia Tech
     
    Entering the week, Nebraska’s first eight opponents (including Virginia Tech and Cal) had combined for a 34-13 record. Of the 13 losses, three were to the Huskers, four were to top-20 teams and three more were to 2016 conference champions.
     
    Jessica Shepard leads the Huskers with averages of 18.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. She produced her 13th career double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds at Virginia Tech. Shepard is tied for 10th in Husker history with 13 double-doubles.
     
    Shepard owns three 20-point scoring efforts through seven games.
     
    Nebraska freshman Nicea Eliely ranks second on the team in scoring (7.3 ppg), fourth in rebounding (3.9 rpg), tied for first in assists (2.7 apg) and first in steals (1.7 spg) through the first seven games of her collegiate career.
     
    GAME NOTES:
    BEAT THE GOLDEN BEARS!
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    Game over; Cal wins by 21 pts; 86-65. Ladies come back to 21 after being down some 30 points early in the 4th Quarter. Huskers outmatched in this fast-paced game, but Ladies show lots of Grit; No Quit! :nod:
     
    Edited by Red Don

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    Their fast pace and length disrupted our game, resulting in a lot of steals (we got quite a few steal ourselves :)) and points in transition (whereas we had trouble capitalizing on our steals & finishing in the paint).  Anigwe was unstoppable, we just had no answer for her.  We do show lots of promise.  Nicea will be a leader for us; it was good to see so many players do well and get on the Board.

     

    (Edit after game stats posted:  Sure nice to see Maddie have a good game - second highest team scorer with 11 pts, and the distribution of scoring .ammong all the players.)

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    57 minutes ago, Red Don said:

    Their fast pace and length disrupted our game, resulting in a lot of steals (we got quite a few steal ourselves :)) and points in transition (whereas we had trouble capitalizing on our steals & finishing in the paint).  Anigwe was unstoppable, we just had no answer for her.  We do show lots of promise.  Nicea will be a leader for us; it was good to see so many players do well and get on the Board..

    It would have also helped had the posts played behind Anigwe, as so Anigwe couldn't take the lob pass for a layup.

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    The combined records of Virginia, VT, Washington St and California is 25-5.  That's tough competition.  The turnovers are killing us.  25 today which makes it hard to keep a game close.  We have showed flashes of competing with teams but no consistency.  Defensively, we are giving  up easy baskets.  The team is gritty and plays til the end.  Until we can play more consistently and put 4 quarters together it's going to be a work in progress.  Is Washington hurt?  We don't have room for injuries with a depleted roster.  Need two wins this week to get back on track.

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    The combined records of Virginia, VT, Washington St and California is 25-5.  That's tough competition.  The turnovers are killing us.  25 today which makes it hard to keep a game close.  We have showed flashes of competing with teams but no consistency.  Defensively, we are giving  up easy baskets.  The team is gritty and plays til the end.  Until we can play more consistently and put 4 quarters together it's going to be a work in progress.  Is Washington hurt?  We don't have room for injuries with a depleted roster.  Need two wins this week to get back on track.

    She ice on her left shoulder after the game.

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    It just looks like we're playing as if we're stuck in low gear.

     

    Sure glad Nicea is on our team. These last two games she's played, she has really came on. For only her 8th game in division 1, one can really see how this kid keeps improving each game.

     

    The Huskers better practice breaking the press I'm inclined to think we're going to see it every game from here on out. Or until at least we show that we can get the ball up court without too much trouble.

     

    Coaches need to talk to Shepard about arguing with the refs every time she commits a foul. It takes her focus away from the game and it hurts the whole team as a result.

     

    Maddie Simon came off the bench and gave us some good offensive minutes. 

     

    Drake next Tuesday night is going to be a really tough game for the Huskers to come away with a "w"

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    Re Jess arguing ....   I didnt see it that way.  First, she didnt react to EVERY foul, but she did react to a few.  Second, what i saw looked more like asking for explanation rather than starting an argument.  After she got a response from the ref - or no response - she got right back into game mode.  

    I sure agree with Maddie making a big contribution in the second half.  After noting that she hadn't played many minutes recently, i was encouraged that she played a lot and played so well.  

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    Are either of the transfers that will be eligible next year good ball handlers?  We really looked like a middle school team trying to get the ball up the court on the press.  And even if we did manage to get it across half court, we oftentimes would still turn it over with a really ill advised pass (sort of the panic mode pass).  It's just shocking to me to see a Husker team struggle so much against the press.

     

    I gave Jess a pass last season coming off the ACL injury and not being conditioned for the season.  But to me she just doesn't look any more conditioned this season and seems very slow about getting down the court and in position to not have to foul on defense. 

     

    Nicea and Maddie have some athleticism that can be useful to us - just need to finish better around the rim.  Might be a confidence thing with Maddie right now.  She seemed much better in the second half compared to the first.  Nicea was good the whole game.

     

    I expected to see more from Jess, Allie, and Cinco.

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    as far as DW, during the radio broadcast, i thought i heard jeff say she had injured the shoulder during recent practices. if she couldn't even get back up the court, probably not good news----at least for the short term. have to wait and see if coach makes comment on the injury. 

     

    hopefully, simon keeps making progress. i know it's still fairly early, but, i was disappointed in her play so far.

     

    a little surprised hannah whitish isn't getting more minutes--------maybe it's the sr----fr thing. i don't know. i am sure er has put in a lot of hard work over her time at nu, but, i would like hannah to get more minutes. just my thinking, i guess.

     

    nicea is going to have a nice career as a husker!!!

     

    i think coach williams is too good of a coach------she will not let this team quit. 

     

     

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    15 hours ago, caveman said:

    We played well just could not match their speed.  I do think we shot too quickly.  We needed to slow the game down and be deliberate with our passing.

    Been saying for years we needed more quickness.  Coach may be gray by the end of this year.  Going to be a lot of growing pains.

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    Responding to several of the above posts:

     

    Cal was very very quick, and very aggressive defensively and with the ball to......and fouled a lot that wasn't apparently seen by the refs. They were able to get away with lots of stuff. It was one of those games where you wonder if it was beneficial to play. When you get beat down, it's tough to keep the head up.

     

    We were doing a little better driving in to the lane to shoot, and driving to the basket.

     

    We just aren't "equipped" at this point, to handle all of the things thrown at us. There is just so much to learn, so we're having trouble keeping up, let alone get our own schemes in place.

     

    The last foul called on Jess was very very weak (very bad call), and at least one other earlier in the game. I would have reacted too.  I'm sure Jess was frustrated, she was getting hacked constantly, and blocked a few times too. Her conditioning could be better. On the one hand the weight is beneficial banging inside the lane, but can be a factor with speed. Jess could not even slow down the inlet passes. May have been her toughest game yet.

    Leaving her alone to guard the post(s) was asking a lot, maybe to much. We made a defensive mistake scheme wise, in no help for Jess...in the lane.

     

    Maddie seems to play better in a game that's in full speed freestyle mode...rather than a "structured mode". That may change as she gets more accustomed to Coach Williams schemes. Cincore is a bit that way too. They both need to get a handle on cutting down turnovers.

     

    Nicea is an awesome freshman ! And the other freshman are getting even better and more comfortable on the floor. Actually I'm glad they are playing a lot. It WILL pay off.

     

    The two guards red shirting now, and Rachael back, plus a years experience of our current freshman will make us a different team...next year.

     

    Now we just do the best we can, and as I said, keep their (and us) heads ups, and encourage the girls as loudly as possible.

     

     

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    I was at the game and very disappointed in the referees.  Many times the Cal coach would talk to one of them and shortly thereafter something would be called on us.  That being said we are going to suffer greatly when games get physical and Ref's let them play.  We are in desperate need of a good or great ball handling point guard.  We have been very spoiled in the last 7 years with Moore and Theriot.

     

    The biggest disappointment to me is when we have players trying to do too much and routinely attempting those things that they are not good at.

     

     

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    @Huskercode, I've watched a few practices and Bria is actually a really good ball handler. Small very quick guard. Similar to Mi'cole last night. So she'll definitely help...I agree with almost all of what you guys have said. Though I refrain from posting my own opinions since Nicea is my daughter. One thing I do appreciate is that even when there's criticism of the girls it's not coming from a negative place, it's said in a constructive manor..although I will say free throws and turnovers are our biggest weaknesses right now. Playing against such good teams you've got to play your best ball, so capitalizing on every opportunity (FT's) and not giving the opposition points (T.O.'s) are a must to even be in those games. Appreciate all the fan support though Win or Lose!!

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    This team would have been better served playing a easier pre season.  However didn't happen and they are taking their lumps.  Dad tell Nicea and the girls to keep plugging away we know it will be there soon enough.  Then it will be extra nice for all of us.:)

     

    P.S. Love your girl's game by the way. 

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    I'll definitely let her know! I'm sure most of the girls on the team aren't used to losing so I know it's frustrating, but they're young and I agree it will pay off. This will be an interesting season, but experience is the best teacher. GBR

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    Either Matt or Jeff on the radio made an interesting observation,  All of the fouls called on Jess were made by the same official (and I think he said the same occurred in last years game where Jess also fouled-out).  :ph34r:

     

    Looking over the game stats, they seem to have left out one stat line (for cal at least), that is TFL (tackle for loss): but I guess they weren't calling those.

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    Article in LJS

     

    "Cal smothers Huskers, but Williams sees rays of hope"

     

    “Our whole game plan was to be disruptive,” said Bears coach Lindsay Gottlieb. “We disrupted with our traps, with our guards, our full-court press.

    “I put on the board before the game ‘Be faster and more athletic.’ They can’t put that on the board. So 18 steals and 10 blocks is what we wanted it to look like.”

     

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