The women’s basketball team closes out the non-conference portion of their schedule taking on a PAC 12 opponent in Washington State. It looks like freshman Taylor Kissinger (who was the team’s leading scorer until her knee injury) will either be unavailable or limited as she is not listed among the probable starters.
Sophomore guard Nicea Eliely, who has earned most of her playing time because of her defensive abilities, has stepped up to fill some of offensive production lost when Kissinger was injured. Junior forward Maddie Simon has also taken on some of the scoring load. She has made an impressive transition to her new role in the paint after playing guard her first two seasons.
There will be another game thread tonight when the Husker men take on Delaware State (7 p.m.).
If you aren’t a women’s basketball fan, there are also a couple of football games to talk about:
UAB vs Frank Solich’s Ohio Bobcats - 11:30 am CST on ESPN
Central Michigan vs Wyoming - 3 pm CST on ESPN
Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3) vs. Washington State Cougars (6-5)
Friday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network; Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst); Lincoln - B107.3 FM; Omaha - ESPN 590 AM
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Huskers Close Non-Conference Play with Cougars
• Nebraska will shoot for its sixth straight win to close non-conference play, after surging to an 86-69 win over Florida Atlantic in Lincoln on Tuesday night.
• Four Huskers, including Hannah Whitish (18.4 ppg), Kate Cain (14.4 ppg), Maddie Simon (13.2 ppg), and Nicea Eliely (10.2 ppg) have averaged double figures over the past five games.
• Nebraska owns a plus-4.6 turnover margin over the last five contests.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3, 0-0 Big Ten)
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 10.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Fr. - C - 11.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - So. - G - 12.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - So. - G - 8.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg
34 - Jasmine Cincore - 5-10 - Sr. - F - 7.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Washington State Cougars (6-5, 0-0 Pac-12)
4 - Louise Brown - 6-3 - Jr. - F - 8.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg
45 - Borislava Hristova - 6-0 - So. - F - 17.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg
20 - Maria Kostourkova - 6-4 - Jr. - C - 5.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg
1 - Caila Hailey - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 4.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg
22 - Pinelopi Pavlopoulou - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 6.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg