There’s a full night of fun fun fun action this Friday!
You’ve got Nebraska Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, and then you have football as well!
Volleyball 6:00 PM Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. BTN Plus - Requires Subscription
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Women’s Basketball Preview at Washington State
The Nebraska women’s basketball team opens a five-game road swing tonight. Tip off between the Huskers (1-1) and Washington State (0-2) is set for 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash. Nebraska heads to Pullman in search of its first road win after splitting a pair of games at Pinnacle Bank Arena during the opening week of the season.
Nebraska will be playing Washington State for the third consecutive year, and will be aiming to come away with its first win against many familiar faces for the Cougars. Last year, WSU won 73-61 in Lincoln (Dec. 22) after defeating the Huskers 79-65 in Las Vegas on Nov. 25, 2016. It will be the fifth meeting between the Huskers and Cougars in the last six years. Washington State won the first game by an opponent at Pinnacle Bank Arena (76-72, Nov. 30, 2013), and Nebraska defeated the Cougars in Pullman (82-61, Nov. 14, 2014).
(1-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - So. - C - 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 5.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - So. - G - 15.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 8.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 6.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 4.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 6.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 3.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998) . Third Season at Nebraska (29-34); 12th Season Overall (222-143)
Washington State Cougars
(0-2, 0-0 Pac 12)
13 - Shir Levy - 5-11 - Fr. - F - 3.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg
45 - Borislava Hristova - 6-0 - Jr. - F - 20.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
20 - Maria Kostourkova - 6-4 - Sr. - C - 7.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg
11 - Chanelle Molina - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 9.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
23 - Alexys Swedlund - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Off the Bench
15 - Ula Motuga - 6-0 - Fr. - F - 8.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg
33 - Cherilyn Molina - 5-6 - Fr. - G - 1.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
41 - Jovana Subasic - 6-4 - So. - F - 1.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg
22 - Celena Molina - 5-9 - RFr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Head Coach: Kamie Ethridge (Texas, 1986). First Season at Washington State (0-2); Fifth Season Overall (83-46)
Scouting The Washington State Cougars
WSU opened the season with a 72-61 loss to Utah State (Nov. 6), before falling 70-64 to Saint Mary’s (Nov. 11). Both games were play in Pullman on Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum.
Borislava Hristova (a.k.a. Bobby Buckets) leads WSU in scoring with 20.0 points in 37.0 minutes per game through two contests. She has added 5.0 rebounds per game. Last year, Hristova scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in a 73-61 win over the Huskers in Lincoln, including 2-of-5 threes.
Senior Alexys Swedlund matched Hristova for team-high scoring honors last year with 16 points on 2-of-9 three-point shooting. She added six rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. Swedlund, who ranks second among the Cougars with 12.0 points per game this season and leads the team with five threes.
Swedlund, a 5-11 shooting guard from Rapid City, S.D., is closing in on 1,000 career points with 850 despite starting just 31 career games. Swedlund has hit 162 threes in her career.
A third starter from last year’s game between the Huskers and Cougars, 6-4 senior center Maria Kostourkova from Portugal, had six points and five rebounds in 13 minutes. She also had six points, four rebounds and four steals in 13 minutes off the bench against NU two seasons ago. Through two games this season, Kostourkova is averaging 7.0 points and a team-high 10.5 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per game. Although she has started 62 career games, Kostourkova has never averaged 23 minutes per game in her career.
Junior point guard Chanelle Molina started and produced six points and six assists as a true freshman against the Huskers in 2016. She actually started the first 17 games of her career before suffering a season-ending knee injury, but was still named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. Last season, Molina played 11 minutes off the bench against the Big Red and managed two points and four assists. Through two games this season, Molina is averaging 9.5 points and 6.0 assists in 39.0 minutes per game. She has never averaged more than 25.5 minutes per game in a season.
Molina, who is from Kailua Kona, Hawaii, also has two younger sisters on the team - redshirt freshman Celena and true freshman Cherilyn. Both saw action off the bench in both games to open the season last week.
True freshman Shir Levy, a 5-11 forward from Israel, joined Hristova, Swedlund, Chanelle Molina, and Kostourkova in the starting five in WSU’s first two games. Levy averaged 3.0 points in 13.0 minutes per game.
Another true freshman, Ula Motuga was by far the most productive Cougar off the bench during the season’s opening week. The 6-0 forward from Logan, Australia averaged 8.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game.
Only two players on Washington State’s 11-player roster come from the mainland United States - Swedlund from South Dakota and Michaela Jones, a 5-10 guard from Wymore, Neb., who played at Beatrice High School. Jones signed her National Letter of Intent to play at Northern Colorado for Coach Kamie Ethridge, then was released from that NLI and elected to follow the staff to WSU. She was the only member of the Washington State roster who did not play last week.
Washington State went 3-for-13 from three-point range in a loss to Utah State and just 7-for-30 from long range in the loss to Saint Mary’s. The Cougars head into the weekend shooting 23.3 percent from beyond the arc (10-43). In the two previous meetings with Nebraska, the Cougars are a collective 16-for-45 (.356) from three-point range.