The Husker women travel to Iowa City to take on a formidable and ranked Hawkeye team Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-6, 2-0 Big Ten) at 19/20 Iowa Hawkeyes (9-3, 0-1 Big Ten)
Thursday, January 3, 2019, 7 p.m. (CT)Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,400) – Iowa City, Iowa
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This should be a high-scoring game with both teams among the conference best at scoring points and in the conference basement in scoring defense. Iowa’s Megan Gustafson is an All-American who is averaging 27 points a game. She was named the preseason Big Ten player of the year and gives Iowa a formidable presence in the paint. The Hawkeyes also have an All Big Ten point guard in Kathleen Doyle.
The Huskers have relied on a balanced scoring attack, in which the bench almost always outscores the other team by a significant margin. The Huskers have shown signs of improved defense, but are not consistent enough on that side of the ball, yet. In the past two games, Nice Eliely has emerged in the second half to carry to the Huskers to victory. The fabulous freshman four have continued to contribute in a big way. While all four appear to be blunt force instruments at times (what freshman doesn’t look like that?) they are growing up fast in a rugged Big Ten.
The Huskers swept the Hawkeyes last season (two games) but Iowa holds a significant advantage in experience (as well as being on their home court). Whichever team steps up and plays better defense is likely to emerge with the ‘W’.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-6, 2-0 Big Ten)24 – Maddie Simon – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 8.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg31 – Kate Cain – 6-5 – So. – C – 8.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg3 – Hannah Whitish – 5-9 – Jr. – G – 8.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg5 – Nicea Eliely – 6-1 – Jr. – G – 8.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg33 – Taylor Kissinger – 6-1 – So. – G – 9.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Off the Bench
4 – Sam Haiby – 5-9 – Fr. – G – 10.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg32 – Leigha Brown – 6-1 – Fr. – F – 9.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg13 – Ashtyn Veerbeek – 6-2 – Fr. – F – 8.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg44 – Kayla Mershon – 6-3 – Fr. – F – 2.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg14 – Grace Mitchell – 6-2 – Jr. – F – 1.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg11(out) – Kristian Hudson – 5-5 – Sr. – G – 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998) Third Season at Nebraska (35-39); 12th Season Overall (228-148)
No. 19/20 Iowa Hawkeyes (9-3, 0-1 Big Ten)21 – Hannah Stewart – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 12.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg10 – Megan Gustafson – 6-3 – Sr. – F – 26.8 ppg, 12.6 rpg3 – Mackenzie Meyer – 5-9 – Jr. – G – 10.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg11 – Tania Davis – 5-3 – Sr. – G – 11.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg 22 – Kathleen Doyle – 5-9 – Jr. – G – 12.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg
Off the Bench5 – Alexis Sevillian – 5-5 – So. – G – 7.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg 43 – Amanda Ollinger – 6-1 – Jr. – F – 3.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg25 – Monika Czinano – 6-3 – Fr. – F/C – 3.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg24 – Zion Sanders – 5-8 – So. – G – 2.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg1 – Tomi Taiwo – 5-10 – Fr. – G – 1.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg23 – Logan Cook – 6-1 – Fr. – F – 1.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg31 – Paula Valino Ramos – 6-3 – So. – F/C – 0.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg
Head Coach: Lisa Bluder (Northern Iowa, 1983) 19th Season at Iowa (376-213); 35th Season Overall (732-355)

Source: Corn Nation