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    WBB: Game#24 @ Wisconsin


      Husker women confident heading to Wisconsin


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    Brian Rosenthal Nebraska Cornhuskers


    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.




    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.




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    We certainly have a chance in this contest. They don't have a 28 pt scorer to gum up the works. Really like our chances. We have been playing better BBall the last several games. May or may not have everyone ready and playable...but those out the last couple games, aren't relied on so much for scoring, but do provide a rest for starters. And we do need bench scoring.


    If it were played at home, it would pretty much be a sure thing...even so... I'm going with the Big Red.

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    I expect Jess Shepard to put up her best numbers of this season in this match-up. Wisconsin has nobody on their roster that can contain her for 40 minutes even with a double team. Now, if we can get 10 plus points from Hannah W, Nicea E and Allie, we stand a very good chance of coming away with the W. The last few games the Huskers have played, they've somewhat got a handle on the turnovers, that said, turnovers are probably the #1 key the coaches have stressed this week in practice to go along with rebounding the ball better on both ends of the court.


    The Huskers can't afford to let the Badgers to start hitting their first three or four shots from the field allowing them to gain any kind of momentum at the start. They seem to struggle more when they're down early and find themselves having to climb out of a hole.  


    It's Hannah's first time in the Kohl Center as an opponent so you know the butterflies will be flying within her for the first 3-4 minutes of the game. The butterflies are most likely there now. My guess she will have probably quite a few family and friends in attendance so she'll be really nervous to play her best basketball.


    Huskers as a team will need to be focused for forty minutes and good things will come out of this contest.

    Edited by Row6Seat10

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    Getting close to Game Time. Tune-In on Huskers.com (Pre-game show is on now) or BTN Plus. I think the Husker Ladies win this one over the Lady Badgers. :Cheer2:


    OKl, Maybe NOT! 

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    end of 1st qtr......8  points scored


    Extremely poor shot selection. Throw up the 3 and make no attempt to get to the basket...no making assists....no back door passes...or no give and goes...just shoot the 3.....air  ball!!


    UGH !

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    Just now, redsteve said:

    Extremely poor shot selection. Throw up the 3 and make no attempt to get to the basket...no making assists....no back door passes...or no give and goes...just shoot the 3.....air  ball!!


    UGH !

    One has to move to get open to make a shot to get an assist. no move no assist. 16-4 in rebounds.

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    Just now, whoopdeedoo said:

    if you look at the stats, wiscy not a bad rebounding squad. i was worried about that going into the game.

    Jeff said that the Huskers would have to win the rebound game to win.

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    We're playing better...may be able to climb back into it the second half. Just no patience in the 1st qtr. We start so ...s..l..o..w


    Come on girls......fight your way back.

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