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Husker Women's Basketball vs Penn State: Open Thread

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Nebraska takes on Penn State in a blizzard special!

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The Nebraska women's basketball team hopes to return to its winning ways while shooting for a sweep of the season series with Penn State. Tip-off between the Big Red (15-6, 6-4 Big Ten) and the Lady Lions (8-13, 3-7) is set for 7 p.m. (central).

The live Husker Sports Network radio call of Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch can be heard on B107.3 FM (Lincoln), ESPN 590 AM (Omaha) and for free on Huskers.com. The game is also being televised by the Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler and Brooke Weisbrod on the call.

Nebraska will try to rebound from a 66-56 road loss at Rutgers on Sunday, which snapped the Huskers' six-game conference winning streak. The Big Red were tied at 49 with the Scarlet Knights with 6:50 remaining, but RU outscored NU 17-7 down the stretch to split the season series.

Penn State comes to Lincoln with a two-game road winning streak after earning wins at Iowa and Illinois. The Lady Lions are coming off a hard-fought 88-78 double-overtime loss to Purdue on Saturday in University Park, Pa. Nebraska won the first game in the series with Penn State, 83-78, on Jan. 13. Natalie Romeo set a career high with 32 points while setting a school record with eight three-pointers in that game. She matched her three-point record with eight more on her way to 30 points against Wisconsin at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Scouting The Penn State Lady Lions

Coach Coquese Washington leads her Penn State Lady Lions to Lincoln with an 8-13 overall record and a 3-7 Big Ten mark after an 88-78 double-overtime loss at Purdue on Saturday. Penn State opened Big Ten play with an impressive 79-72 upset of No. 14 Northwestern on Dec. 31, before dropping five consecutive Big Ten games.

Freshman Teniya Page led five Lady Lions in double figures with 19 points, in the first meeting with Nebraska on Jan. 13. The 5-7 guard is the only Lady Lion to start every game this season and is the secondleading freshman scorer in the Big Ten at 15.8 points per game. She also leads PSU with 3.6 assists per game and 1.5 steals per contest. She played the full 50 minutes in Saturday's loss at Purdue.

Senior Brianna Banks added 15 points against NU and ranks second among the Lady Lions with 14.0 points per game. Sophomore guard Lindsey Spann pitched in 10 points to give all three PSU starting guards double figures against the Huskers. Spann ranks third among the Lady Lions with 12.8 points per game on the season, while ranking second on the team in assists and steals. Spann also leads Penn State with 41 threes on the year.

Junior forward Kaliyah Mitchell came off the bench against NU to contribute 14 points, in one of her two non-starts this season. She has regained her place in Penn State's starting five and is averaging 9.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Peyton Whitted, another junior forward, added 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds against the Huskers. She averages 9.0 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Penn State gets regular contributions off the bench from 6-6 senior center Candice Agee (6.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and 6-4 freshman center Ashanti Thomas (1.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg). Jaylen Williams, a 6-3 freshman forward, has added 1.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.