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    WBB: Game#24 @ Wisconsin


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      Husker women confident heading to Wisconsin

       

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    Brian Rosenthal Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Wisconsin Wisconsin Badgers

     

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
    Kohl Center 

     

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    Huskers Search for Road Win at Wisconsin

     

    The Nebraska women’s basketball team takes aim at its first road win of the season when the Huskers travel to Wisconsin on Thursday. Tip-off between the Huskers (5-18, 1-10 Big Ten) and the Badgers (5-18, 0-10 Big Ten) at the Kohl Center in Madison is set for 7 p.m.

     

    Nebraska has been challenged by the toughest schedule in school history. Nebraska’s strength of schedule ranks No. 13 nationally, which trails only Minnesota’s No. 9 strength of schedule among Big Ten Conference teams. Nebraska and Minnesota are the only schools in the Big Ten with top-30 schedule strengths this season.

     

    Overall, Nebraska owns just 180 career starts. On paper, Wisconsin is one of two Big Ten teams (Rutgers) with less starting experience than Nebraska. The Badgers have combined to start just 157 for Wisconsin.

     

    The Huskers are led by 6-4 sophomore forward Jessica Shepard, who is averaging a double-double with 18.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

     

    Shepard could reach 1,000 points faster than any player in Husker history. Hooper achieved 1,000 in her 60th career game. Shepard will be playing her 55th career game on Thursday at Wisconsin. Shepard needs two rebounds to become just the fourth Husker in history to reach 500 as a sophomore. 

     

    Nebraska freshmen Nicea Eliely (7.4 ppg) and Hannah Whitish (7.4 ppg) could become the first pair of Husker freshmen to both average more than 7.0 points per game since 1983-84. 

     

    Nebraska leads the all-time series with Wisconsin 8-5, with all eight Husker victories coming as Big Ten foes.

     

    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

     

    Wisconsin Badgers 
    33 - Courtney Fredrickson - 6-2 - Fr. 
    40 - Avyanna Young - 6-1 - Sr. - F 
    35 - Kendall Shaw - 6-4 - Sr. - F/C 
    10 - Kendra Van Leeuwen - 5-10 - Fr. - G
    23 - Cayla McMorris - 6-0 - Jr. - G

     

    Scouting Wisconsin

     

    Coach Jonathan Tsipsis has guided Wisconsin to a 5-18 overall record that includes an 0-10 Big Ten mark in his first season with the Badgers.

     

    Wisconsin has lost its first 10 Big Ten games by an average of 21.8 points per game and is 0-5 in home conference action at the Kohl Center this season.

     

    The Badgers are averaging just 55.4 points per game in Big Ten play and 61.0 points per contest overall this season. They have lost their five Big Ten home games by an average of 23.0 points.

     

    In Big Ten play, Wisconsin is shooting just 34.6 percent from the field, including 29.9 percent from three-point range and 66 percent from the free throw line.

     

    Wisconsin owns a plus-1.2 team rebounding margin in Big Ten play, but a devastating minus-8.1 team turnover margin against conference foes.

     

    Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference prior to the 2011-12 season, Wisconsin has never won more than five conference games in a season and owns a cumulative Big Ten mark of 21-75 (.219) in that span.

     

    Cayla McMorris is averaging a team-best 12.9 points per game on the season.  Avyanna Young is the only other Badger averaging in double figures on the season with 10.2 points per game. Suzanne Gilreath, a 5-4 guard, ranks second among the Badgers with 8.0 points per game in Big Ten action, while ranking fourth overall with 6.9 points per contest.

     

    Husker Nuggets
     

    Jessica Shepard is the second Husker in history to record 10 or more double-doubles in back-to-back seasons.

     

    Shepard needs four points and two rebounds at Wisconsin to reach 1,000 points and 500 boards.

     

    • Nicea Eliely leads the Huskers in steals (38), blocks (15) and field goal percentage (.434), while ranking second in scoring (7.4 ppg). Eliely has started all 23 games this season as a true freshman.

     

    Hannah Whitish is averaging 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 11 Big Ten games as a starter. Whitish also leads the Huskers with 36 three-pointers on the season to rank fourth among freshmen in Husker history. She needs 10 more to catch Anna DeForge in third.

     

    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 41-of-49 (.837) at the free throw line in Big Ten play, while the Huskers as a team are shooting 66.7 percent.

     

    Rylie Cascio Jensen has hit 11 consecutive free throws, including 9-for-9 in Big Ten play and 7-for-7 at Penn State.

     

    GAME NOTES:

    BEAT THE BADGERS!

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    "Until that time, I ain't going no where and avidly look forward to just how good we can become under the new regime."

     

    Exactly.  I don't think anyone here is ready to toss in the towel on the coaches....or players.  Like I've said a couple of times before....patience....patience

     

    Adding a line.....the players...tend to believe their rough spots in play is more inexperience than anything else.

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    Many of the challenges facing the Womens BB program are in the previous posts.  If Coach Williams and her staff  are going to be successful and if they are good coaches, they need a huge successful effort on the recruiting front.  So far Kissinger, the two transfers, and the NW Iowa young lady are all we hearing of recruits.  We are about to enter the second year of recruiting for the new staff, and typically a new set of coaches need to be very successful in the first two or three years.  I would feel  a lot better about the WBB program if people closer to the program can give us some insight of the staffs efforts in recruiting.  In previous years this site has been my only source of recruiting information..  Our WBB fan support is very strong and it needs positive information.

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    First thank you for the picture of Anna, she is actually the reason I started watching the women's team.  

    I will disagree with your assessment though.  I did not expect to see many w's, I did not expect to see a complete lack of effort.  They remind me more of Sanderford's last year, when they completely threw in the towel, than Connie's first year.  Margret and played their butt' s off.  I probably would have been happier pulling any 8 off the pep band if they played hard.  It's hard to park your back side in a seat.  With family members have maladies such as dementia and Parkinson's, I can honestly say it takes us more effort to get seated than they play with.  Never the less we still fill the seats as long as we are able. GBR.

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    I am a supporter of the NU program.  It angers me that events that I am still unsure about have led to the current situation.  That being said, I don't expect any victories the rest of the year but I do expect to see some pride and effort put forth every time out.  If s player cannot do that, then don't put the uniform on.

     

    Coach Williams has a difficult task in facing her and the staff.  The B1G has quality throughout the conference and we have to get more athletic if we expect to eventually challenge Maryland and Ohio State.

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    11 hours ago, Cazzie22 said:

    I am a supporter of the NU program.  It angers me that events that I am still unsure about have led to the current situation.  That being said, I don't expect any victories the rest of the year but I do expect to see some pride and effort put forth every time out.  If s player cannot do that, then don't put the uniform on.

     

    Coach Williams has a difficult task in facing her and the staff.  The B1G has quality throughout the conference and we have to get more athletic if we expect to eventually challenge Maryland and Ohio State.

     

    huskers MAY have a shot with indiana being at PBA------but, yup, going to take a huge effort to find a w down the final stretch. at the beginning of the year, i was hoping the huskers would show some competitiveness and pull out maybe 4-5 conference wins. i thought that could really help along the lines of recruiting-------but, wow, it's going to be a longer climb up from the basement than i imagined. 

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    2 hours ago, whoopdeedoo said:

     

    huskers MAY have a shot with indiana being at PBA------but, yup, going to take a huge effort to find a w down the final stretch. at the beginning of the year, i was hoping the huskers would show some competitiveness and pull out maybe 4-5 conference wins. i thought that could really help along the lines of recruiting-------but, wow, it's going to be a longer climb up from the basement than i imagined. 

    It didn't take long to get there, Thanks SE.

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    It's kind of hard to realize there's only 4 or 5 games left for the year probably. It's gone pretty quick.

     

    While the wins are few and far between, it's still been real interesting to watch players get better, and the crowds still shown up to the games to support the team.  The old adage....there's only one way to go and that's up....but next year will be a much different team...and unless my thinking is completely haywire...we'll be another step up in our journey to regain some ground as a program.

     

    No idea what may occur recruiting wise this off season, or the make up of the team. Like said a dozen times...hope Rachel will be OK and ready to go next year. Certainly saw what it was like with her needed piece of the puzzle.. of leadership.

     

    Maybe the team needs as a break (even though we're not to the season end yet) to regroup and rest and take some time to reflect, and gear up for summer work... although a long way away....for the next season.

     

     

     

     

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    4 hours ago, redsteve said:

    It's kind of hard to realize there's only 4 or 5 games left for the year probably. It's gone pretty quick.

     

    While the wins are few and far between, it's still been real interesting to watch players get better, and the crowds still shown up to the games to support the team.  The old adage....there's only one way to go and that's up....but next year will be a much different team...and unless my thinking is completely haywire...we'll be another step up in our journey to regain some ground as a program.

     

    No idea what may occur recruiting wise this off season, or the make up of the team. Like said a dozen times...hope Rachel will be OK and ready to go next year. Certainly saw what it was like with her needed piece of the puzzle.. of leadership.

     

    Maybe the team needs as a break (even though we're not to the season end yet) to regroup and rest and take some time to reflect, and gear up for summer work... although a long way away....for the next season.

     

     

     

     

     

    is there 1 scholarship open for next season?C4fkjlwUoAAovyo.jpg

     

    been tough, but, good to see a little release

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    We graduate two. To add for next year ...not positive, but that would be to add a transfer(s), or some late de-commit from somewhere.  Coach said at one time there's only going to be Taylor K in 2017....but there's room for more.... numbers wise on the team. Even with the current two transfers we've red shirted for next year.  There still is room for about 2 more, but it sounds like the staff is working more toward filling out the 2018 class.

     

    This is all speculation obviously, but maybe Coach doesn't want to add too many in every class so quick...rather selectively recruiting each year going forward. We have one commitment now for 2018 of course. (coming to UNL when Coach did, she basically lost the chance to recruit for 2016.)

     

    Coach Amy had full roster's previously, so may end eventually with a full 15 here too. The way she substitutes...the large roster works.

     

    My previously posted comment about recruiting, is directed to WHO we might get for 2018 and going forward.

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    We're allowed 15 scholarships and as of today we have 14 in use. Now subtract this year's two seniors from next year's total which makes it 12, Taylor Kissinger will get a scholarship next year so we're back down to two open scholarships for next season which makes the total for next season 13 players on scholarship. So, like redsteve says we should have two available scholarships for next year.

     

    Could there be more available?....That all depends if there's any attrition among the team's underclassmen after this season ends.

     

    I also agree with redsteve when he says the coaches are wanting to fill out the 2018 class with new blood as a first priority, but would think, should a 4 or 5 star transfer want to join up this off season the coaches will certainly take a look at that possibility. 

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    I think that unless Riley C.J. goes from walk-on to receiving a scholarship we have 3 available for 2017.  I think we really need to add an experienced post for this coming year.  Maybe a graduate transfer or J.C. player that could help provide depth for a year.  With Rachael B. coming off surgery, Darrien W. playing somewhat inconsistent and Grace M. playing out of position we have major depth issues there.

     

     

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    1 hour ago, HUD said:

    I think that unless Riley C.J. goes from walk-on to receiving a scholarship we have 3 available for 2017.  I think we really need to add an experienced post for this coming year.  Maybe a graduate transfer or J.C. player that could help provide depth for a year.  With Rachael B. coming off surgery, Darrien W. playing somewhat inconsistent and Grace M. playing out of position we have major depth issues there.

     

     

    I am under the impression the Rylie Casio-Jensen is receiving a scholarship.  I don't know who  Riley C.J. is.

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    2 minutes ago, Fastbreaker said:

    I don't know who  Riley C.J. is.

    Sorry.  I'm probably the first person to misspell something on this site.

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    1 hour ago, HUD said:

    I think that unless Riley C.J. goes from walk-on to receiving a scholarship we have 3 available for 2017.  I think we really need to add an experienced post for this coming year.  Maybe a graduate transfer or J.C. player that could help provide depth for a year.  With Rachael B. coming off surgery, Darrien W. playing somewhat inconsistent and Grace M. playing out of position we have major depth issues there.

     

     

     

    Given the lack of post depth I have been surprised we haven't heard of any efforts made to get a juco or spring high school signee.   We need players, and need them asap.  

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    If we are going to talk about Rylie and scholarships then I guess I will put in my two cents. Not only have we used her a lot this year, we have NEEDED to use her  a lot this year.  Therefore, I think it's terrible that she is not on scholarship. I didn't know, until right after the Penn State game, that she was still not on scholarship.  This kind of made me a little disappointed in the coaching staff. Especially because they have two just sitting there going to waste. Just like the football team does, the coaches could have put her on scholarship this year and told her that it's not guaranteed for next year.  

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    27 minutes ago, Canadian4NU said:

    If we are going to talk about Rylie and scholarships then I guess I will put in my two cents. Not only have we used her a lot this year, we have NEEDED to use her  a lot this year.  Therefore, I think it's terrible that she is not on scholarship. I didn't know, until right after the Penn State game, that she was still not on scholarship.  This kind of made me a little disappointed in the coaching staff. Especially because they have two just sitting there going to waste. Just like the football team does, the coaches could have put her on scholarship this year and told her that it's not guaranteed for next year.  

    Well I was told that when Kathleen Doyle de-committed that Rylie was to go on scholarship.  Coaches reneged I guess

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    21 hours ago, Fastbreaker said:

    I am under the impression the Rylie Casio-Jensen is receiving a scholarship.  I don't know who  Riley C.J. is.

    Judging by your response to HUD, I'm under the impression you knew exactly who he was talking about, just like the rest of the Husker wbb fans who frequent this forum.

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    4 hours ago, whoopdeedoo said:

    i am going to assume coach williams will have her "call-in" show tonight (Tuesday)------------maybe someone will call in and ask her about the situation with RCJ? 

     

    It's been scheduled for tomorrow night (Wednesday) from 7:00 - 8:00 since all Husker Sports radio affiliates are carrying the men's game tonight.

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    26 minutes ago, Row6Seat10 said:

    Judging by your response to HUD, I'm under the impression you knew exactly who he was talking about, just like the rest of the Husker wbb fans who frequent this forum.

    I don't have any respect for someone who cannot correctly spell names of the team members.  That is basic.  If you are not sure, look it up, as I did.

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    1 hour ago, Fastbreaker said:

    I don't have any respect for someone who cannot correctly spell names of the team members.  That is basic.  If you are not sure, look it up, as I did.

     

    Well you might want to look it up again. LOL!   

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