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      Husker Women set to take on Drake Tuesday evening



    Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-5) vs. Drake Bulldogs (3-3)


    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.
    Pinnacle Bank Arena



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    Huskers Hope to Tame Bulldogs at Home Tuesday


    The Nebraska women’s basketball team continues its three-game home stand by taking on Drake Tuesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.


    Tip-off between the Huskers (3-5) and the Bulldogs (3-3) is set for 7 p.m.


    Nebraska will try to snap a four-game losing streak when they face Drake. The Huskers have lost two games to Pac-12 foes (California, 7-0; Washington State, 5-3) and two more to ACC opponents (Virginia Tech, 7-0; Virginia, 5-2) with three of the games coming on the road during the stretch. Those four opponents have a combined record of 24-5.


    Through Sunday’s games, Nebraska’s first eight opponents owned a combined mark of 45-18 and Nebraska’s strength of schedule was No. 11 nationally according to RPIratings.com.


    Drake is 3-3 overall and 1-3 away from home after suffering a 71-48 loss at 6-1 Green Bay. However, a potent Drake offense featuring one of the school’s all-time leading scorers Lizzy Wendell, will still provide a tough test for the young Huskers.


    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


    Drake Bulldogs
    3 - Lizzy Wendell - 6-0 - Sr. - F
    50 - Sara Rhine - 6-1 - So. - F
    21 - Sammie Bachcrodt - 5-10 - So. - G
    22 - Caitlin Ingle - 5-8 - Sr. - G
    24 - Nicole Miller - 5-9 - So. - G


    Scouting Drake


    Coach Jennie Baranczyk brings her fifth Drake Bulldog team to Pinnacle Bank Arena to face the Huskers. Baranczyk, who is a 2004 graduate of Iowa, owns a 74-59 record at Drake in her first stint as a head coach. Last season, she led the Bulldogs to a 23-10 overall record that included a 14-4 Missouri Valley Conference mark. The Bulldogs tied for second in the Valley before advancing to the 2016 Postseason WNIT.
    Drake returns four starters from last year’s squad, including the school’s No. 5 all-time leading scorer Lizzy Wendell. The 6-0 senior guard from Blue Springs, Mo., enters Tuesday night’s game with 1,992 points. She needs eight points to become just the fourth Drake player to reach 2,000 career points.


    A trio of sophomores join Drake’s history-making seniors in the starting five. Sammie Bachcrodt, a 5-10 guard, ranks second on the team in scoring (11.5 rpg) and third on the team in rebounding (5.2 rpg) while leading the Bulldogs from three-point range (13-25, .520). She also ranks second on the team with 10 steals.


    Sara Rhine, a 6-1 forward has pitched in 11.3 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game. Rhine also leads the Bulldogs in free throws made (24) and attempted (26) while hitting 92.3 percent of her shots at the stripe.


    Nicole Miller, a 5-9 guard, rounds out Drake’s starting five with 5.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
    As a team, Drake is shooting a solid .453 from the field, including .284 from three-point range. The Bulldogs have been outrebounded, 37.8-37.2 and own a minus-1.2 team turnover margin, while forcing 14.8 turnovers per game.


    Nebraska leads the all-time series with Drake, 10-8, including Postseason WNIT wins in the last two meetings. The Huskers defeated Drake 62-59 in 2006, at the Devaney Center, and rolled to a 73-60 win over the Bulldogs in 2004 at Devaney.


    Tuesday’s game will be Drake’s first-ever game at Pinnacle Bank Arena and the first regular-season meeting between the Huskers and Bulldogs in Lincoln since 2002. Nebraska is set to return to Drake in non-conference play next season.


    Nebraska is 5-5 all-time against Drake in Lincoln.


    Husker Nuggets


    Drake is Nebraska’s eighth consecutive opponent this season that currently carries a .500 or better record. The combined record of Nebraska’s first seven opponents this season is 45-18 (.714).


    Jessica Shepard leads the Huskers with averages of 17.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.


    Shepard leads Nebraska in three-point field goals made (11) and three-point field goal percentage (.500),


    Nebraska freshman Nicea Eliely ranks second on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg), fourth in rebounding (3.6 rpg), second in assists (2.6 apg) and first in steals (1.8 spg) through the first eight games of her collegiate career.


    Nebraska senior Allie Havers has competed in 104 consecutive games since the first game of her freshman season in 2013-14. The Huskers own a 68-36 record in those contests over the last four years.

    The Huskers have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 259 straight regular-season games




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    6 hours ago, rand909 said:

    I am completely befuddled.  On offense we look completely timid;  unwilling to pass inside and unwilling to drive and unwilling to put up a 3.  On defense we look completely without a team concept.  How do so many players get so open behind us?  Are we really that confused?  This is my team and I will not quit on it but shouldn't we be getting better?

    I cannot agree more with your comments on the defense.  Where is the help and why do we not defend the post.  When you have the 3 tallest players on the floor you should not be getting crushed on the boards by a team with lesser athletes.

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    We definitely seem to be lacking the player that can provide on court leadership and bring the "fire".  I'm thinking like the intensity and passion Blackburn shows on the court. I don't see players congratulating or high-fiving each other after good plays nor are they encouraging each other after a mistake.  There is  very little emotion on the court. I want to see a player fired up and encourage her teammates to get a stop on defense or give an excited fist pump after a great offensive play.  

    I don't know if it is a chemistry issue or that things are just still too new.  

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    In the video it was apparent to me at least, that Allie isn't happy with what's going on. She's mad. Not in a bad way, but rather she wants to win in her last year. ...determined.

    The look on her face most of the interview was stern, but she is very resolved to the idea that she is dedicated herself to this team, and simply doing the best she possibly can...and is leaving it all on the floor. Some have said she could be a better rebounder, or whatever...but she is doing what she can, up to her abilities.


    Still think Jess and Allie could/should play as a "duo" in the paint, and be much more dominate, but that's just not happening. Jess gets the ball and it's going up. But the team is really relying on Jess right now..... in time it may change once the rest of the team gets it's chemistry going.


    Defense is our biggest weakness....aside from turnovers maybe. Drake killed us with simple fundamental basketball, and blew us off, getting down court.

    Our shooting is improving. We scoring better now. Still need rebounding. 


    Just hope the team doesn't get to frustrated. Hang in there girls. The goal seems pretty far off right now. The problems might be tougher to handle for the older kids than the freshman.


    The B!G schedule is going to be brutal....just hope we can show more improvement.





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    I don't want to sound like a Image result for broken record gif  but did anyone else think the Student Announcers on BTN Plus, Tommy Rezac and David Eickholt, did a Great Job on calling the game?  They knew the players on both teams, and did a good job of calling the Action.   :Mfclap::Mfclap::Mfclap:

    There have been some really good Student Announcers lately.  :nod:

    My only complaint is not with the Announcing, but with BTN Plus.

    Why is BTN Plus so stingy with the broadcast time. They don't go 'live' until the teams 'tip-off.' If your computer is like mine, it takes some time to get the video running properly so with just the 'blank screen' (your program will begin shortly) I don't know if it is really running (oftentimes I have to 'refresh' to get a picture or to start the action) and I usually wind up missing the beginning of the game.

    What does it cost them to provide a few extra minutes, like the intros, National Anthem, etc. I guess they really don't want to provide a 'game experience,' just the 'action.' Or the 'dead time.' This time they did show the halftime entertainment, but often it is just a blank screen; even a 'live' shot of PBA would be better than that.

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    Good Points HUD.   I had heard that archive and replay were available, but have never used it.  Do you know if you can replay in slo-mo (like you can in You-Tube, to say, review plays)?


    Looking at my post I was a little harsh on BTN+, when I really just wanted to compliment the Student U announcers.  Without BTN+ we wouldn't  get to see most of the WBB games at all, but there is no reason they couldn't try to improve the viewing experience.

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    Red Don, 

    Sorry I didn't respond sooner.  Just got back from Lincoln.  


    Yes you can watch the replays on slow motion which is a great tool in evaluating a play.   BTN Plus may not be perfect but it's a lot better then just listening to the audio.  I use it a lot.  The student announcers are funny at times to listen to but it is a great way for them to get their foot in the door.

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    Thank You, HUD.   I didn't know you could do that,  I'll try it out!  :)   Yes, it's a lot better than just audio; BTN+ is a bargain at $9.99/mo.  Student U is developing a pretty good stable of announcers.

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