Huskers Head to Vegas for South Point Shootout
The Nebraska women’s basketball team (3-2) opens a three-game road swing by playing a pair of games this weekend at the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas. Nebraska’s appearance at South Point Arena comes to and end with the Huskers taking on the two-game tournament by facing ACC opponent Virginia (4-1) on at 8 p.m.
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. - G
21 - Lauren Moses - 6-2 - Jr. - F
13 - Jocelyn Willoughby - 6-0 - Fr. - G
23 - Aliyah Huland El - 6-1 - Jr. - G
12 - Breyana Mason - 5-8 - Sr. - G
4 - Dominique Toussaint - 5-9 - Fr. - G
The Huskers will be facing the Virginia Cavaliers for the first time in school history on Saturday.
Virginia brings a spotless 4-0 record to Las Vegas, following a 62-54 win over Rutgers in Charlottesville on Nov. 20. The Cavaliers also own home wins over Middle Tennessee (63-51) and Coppin State (103-40) along with a road win at Richmond (63-56).
Virginia’s nine-player rotation features just one senior in 5-8 guard Breyana Mason, who is averaging 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists, while leading the Cavaliers with 2.3 steals per game.
Four juniors and four freshmen have made up the core of the Cavaliers this season. Lauren Moses, a 6-2 junior forward leads Virginia in scoring and rebounding with 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Fellow junior starter Aliyah Huland El has added 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and a team-best 3.8 assists. She also leads the Cavaliers with seven three-pointers.
As a team, Virginia is averaging 72.8 points per game while surrendering just 50.2 points per contest. The Cavaliers have shot the ball extremely well early in the season, knocking down 41.5 percent (27-65) of their three-point attempts and 76.1 percent (54-71) of their free throws. They also own a plus-5.0 rebounding margin and a plus-4.5 team turnover margin.
Last season, Coach Joanne Boyle and the Cavaliers finished with an 18-16 overall record that included a 6-10 ACC mark. Virginia advanced to the 2016 Postseason WNIT.
Virginia opened tournament play at the South Point Shootout on Friday by losing to St. John’s 66-55.
BEAT THE CAVALIERS!!