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Frosted Flakes: Husker Women’s Basketball Tips Off Tonight

The Husker women face Drake. We also bring you news about teeth in a wall and women ruling the world.

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NCAA Womens Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Maryland vs Nebraska Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

I will start with the un-fun stuff. KNOCK OFF THE POLITICAL COMMENTARY ON CORNNATION! This is a sports blog. This is the place where we talk about what a poopy-head our offensive/defensive coordinator is. This is where we wonder why our team’s coaches have jobs at this level when average people like us could see a better way to call plays. This is also where we argue about which quarterback should be starting - although I suspect that question may have been solved for Nebraska for a while.

If all else fails, we also argue about whether we have a rival or not.

Also worth arguing about is the lack of respect the women’s hoopsters are geting in this preseason. Nebraska finished third in the conference, was selected for the NCAA tournament, is being led by the reigning B1G Coach of the Year, and returns their top five scorers. However, they are nowhere to be seen in any media reports I’ve read about top finishers. Maryland, Iowa, Michigan, Rutgers, and even Michigan State get some mentions, but not Nebraska.

Women’s Nebrasketball

The Nebraska women’s basketball team opens the 2018-19 regular season with a big challenge against 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier and defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake.

  • 7 p.m.Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Nebraska)
  • Live Video: BTN Plus
  • Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.) Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst) Lincoln-KLIN 1400 AM; Omaha-ESPN 590 AM; Lexington-KRVN 880 AMTuneIn App,, Huskers App

Nebraska notched a 94-41 exhibition win over Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday. Six Huskers scored in double figures led by 13 points from freshman Leigha Brown, while fellow freshman Ashtyn Veerbeek added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Taylor Kissinger and Nicea Eliely each added 12 points, while All-Big Ten honorees Hannah Whitish and Kate Cain both pitched in 11 points against the Lopers.

Junior Hannah Whitish is expected to be a leader on the court for the Huskers in 2018-19. The 5-9 guard from Barneveld, Wis., earned preseason first-team All-Big Ten honors after claiming second-team all-conference accolades as a sophomore. Whitish led the Huskers in scoring (12.6 ppg), assists (4.7 apg), steals (1.3 spg) and three-pointers made (73) last season. The only Husker to start all 32 games last year, she carried a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as Nebraska’s point guard.

Kate Cain also will be counted on to play a big role for the Huskers in 2018-19. The 6-5 sophomore from Middletown, N.Y., is one of 20 preseason candidates for the Lisa Leslie National Center-of-the-Year Award. Cain led the Big Ten with 3.1 blocks per game last year and ranked among the top 10 players in the nation with a school-record 100 blocks. She averaged 9.9 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per contest on her way to spots on the Big Ten All-Defensive and Big Ten All-Freshman teams.

Lincoln native Maddie Simon is the only fourth-year senior in the Husker program this season. The 6-2 forward was one of the Big Ten’s most improved players last season, averaging 10.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in her first season as a starter.

Nebraska adds five newcomers to its group of six returning players in 2018-19. Freshmen Leigha Brown, Sam Haiby, Kayla Mershon and Ashtyn Veerbeek were ranked among the top 20 recruiting classes in the nation a year ago by ESPN. The Huskers also added graduate transfer point guard Kristian Hudson from Florida International.

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