Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m.
D.J. Sokol Arena (Omaha, Neb.)
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Huskers to Battle Bluejays in Annual Clash
The Nebraska women’s basketball team renews its annual series with Creighton when the Huskers battle the Bluejays on Sunday in Omaha.
Tip-off between the Big Red (4-6) and the Jays (4-4) at D.J. Sokol Arena is set for 2 p.m.
Nebraska heads to Creighton after powering its way to an 83-61 win over San Jose State last Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Sophomore Jessica Shepard led the Huskers with a season-high 28 points and 14 rebounds against the Spartans. Shepard leads Nebraska and ranks among Big Ten leaders with 19.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. She also leads the Big Red with 12 three-pointers this season.
Freshman Nicea Eliely has added 8.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and a team-leading 1.6 steals per game for the Huskers. The 6-1 guard also leads the Huskers in field goal percentage (.500) and three-point field goal percentage (.444) while starting all 10 games.
The Huskers will be looking for their first road win of the season against the Jays, who will try to bounce back after a 50-49 loss at Northern Iowa. Creighton shot a dismal 27.7 percent (15-55) at UNI. The Jays outrebounded the Panthers 47-32, but were minus-seven (14-7) in the turnover department against their long-time Missouri Valley Conference rivals. Preseason All-BIG EAST selections Audrey Faber (1-9), Marissa Janning (2-10) and MC McGrory (0-7) combined to go just 3-for-26 from the floor at Northern Iowa.
The Jays will be looking to heal their shooting touches at home against the Huskers. Creighton is 3-0 at Sokol Arena this season. CU is shooting 45.8 percent (81-177) at home this season, including a sizzling 43 percent (37-86) from three-point range, while struggling to hit just 34.5 percent (96-278) of its shots, including 27.2 percent (25-92) of its threes away from home.
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. -G
34 - Jasmine Cincore - 5-10 - Jr.
45 - Audrey Faber - 6-2 - So. - F
50 - Brianna Rollerson - 6-0 - RSr. - F
3 - MC McGrory - 5-8 - Sr. - G
14 - Sydney Lamberty - 5-10 - Jr. - G
23 - Marissa Janning - 5-8 - RSr. - G
One of the preseason picks to win the BIG EAST Conference alongside of DePaul, Creighton carries a 4-4 record into Sunday’s game with Nebraska at D.J. Sokol Arena.
Coach Jim Flanery and the Bluejays are led by Preseason All-BIG EAST selections Audrey Faber, Marissa Janning and MC McGrory. Faber is averaging 12.8 points and 3.9 rebounds through Creighton’s first eight games.
Creighton also welcomes the return of Janning after missing nearly all of last season. Janning is averaging 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds so far this season. McGrory earned a spot on the 2016 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team before being named to the preseason all-conference squad this year. She is averaging 7.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
As a team, Creighton is averaging 63.6 points per game while shooting 38.9 percent from the field. The Jays have hit 34.8 percent (62-178) of their three-pointers and 76.2 percent (93-122) of their free throws. They own a plus-4.2 team rebound margin but a minus-1.0 team turnover margin.
The Bluejays have been at their best at home, averaging 77 points per game in wins over Drake, Kansas and Omaha. They have only allowed 57 points per game at Sokol Arena, winning their three home games by an average of 20 points per contest. It has been a drastically different story on the road, where Creighton has averaged just 55.6 points per game, while allowing 60 points per game.
Nebraska vs. Creighton Series History
Nebraska renews its longest non-conference series in school history on Sunday when the Huskers travel to D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha to face Creighton.
The Huskers lead the all-time series with the Bluejays 30-11, including three consecutive wins and 10 victories in the last 11 meetings.
• Nebraska leads the all-time series with Creighton 30-11, including a 65-63 win over the Bluejays at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Dec. 6, 2015. That Nebraska victory marked one of the largest comebacks in school history, as the Huskers rallied from a 21-point deficit
• The Huskers have won three straight games in the series with the Bluejays and 10 of the last 11 games overall in the series.
• Jessica Shepard leads the Huskers with averages of 19.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.
• Shepard owns five 20-point scoring efforts through 10 games.
• Nebraska freshman Nicea Eliely ranks second on the team in scoring (8.9 ppg), third in rebounding (4.0 rpg), second in assists (2.7 apg) and first in steals (1.6 spg), field goal percentage (.500) and three-point field goal percentage (.444) through the first 10 games of her collegiate career.
• Nebraska senior Allie Havers has competed in 106 consecutive games since the first game of her freshman season in 2013-14.
• The Huskers have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 261 straight regular-season games dating back to a loss at UTEP on Dec. 20, 2008.
• Nebraska has hit at least two three-pointers in 140 consecutive games.
BEAT THE BLUE JAYS!