Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska
Special Event: Honoring Husker Karen Jennings on 25th Anniversary of Winning the Wade Trophy
Live Video: BTN Plus
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.); Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst) Lincoln-B107.3 FM; Omaha-CD 105.9 FM; Huskers.com, Huskers App
A struggling Nebraska women’s basketball team returns to Lincoln for the first time in 24 days. There will be a little bit of history on display as Nebraska will honor 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings during Wednesday night’s game on the silver anniversary of her being named the nation’s most outstanding player. Jennings was a first-team All-American (1993), a two-time Big Eight Player of the Year (1992, 1993) and a three-time first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American (1991-93). Her No. 51 jersey was the first retired by Nebraska, and she is a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
Four of Nebraska’s five losses early this season have come against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams, including Final Four participant and 2018 ACC champion Louisville, Creighton (NCAA second round), Miami and Drake. Both the Hurricanes (25th) and Drake (21st) are currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 along with No. 5 Louisville. The Huskers face another tall order as the Jayhawks are a perfect 6-0.
Husker freshman Sam Haiby continues to tear up the court as she produced her fifth game in double figures with a team-high 17 points and a career-high matching five rebounds off the bench at Creighton Sunday.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-5, 0-0 Big Ten)
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 9.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - So. - C - 9.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 8.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - So. - G - 7.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Kansas Jayhawks (6-0, 0-0 Big 12)
14 - Austin Richardson - 6-0 - Sr. - F - 9.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg
35 - Bailey Helgren - 6-5 - So. - C - 4.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg
0 - Christalah Lyons - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 9.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg
3 - Jessica Washington - 5-8 - RSr. - G - 17.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
33 - Kylee Kopatich - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 9.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Scouting the Kansas Jayhawks
Senior Kylee Kopatich is averaging 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds while starting all six games for KU this season. Last season, Kopatich averaged 13.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. She owns more than 1,000 career points while playing 97 games with 95 starts at Kansas.
Sixth-year senior Jessica Washington leads KU in scoring with 17.8 points per game early this season. Washington missed the entire 2017-18 season with a knee injury after averaging 17.1 points and 4.1 rebounds as a junior 2016-17 when she was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Washington also surpassed 1,000 collegiate points earlier this season.
Senior Christalah Lyons was KU’s leading scorer last season when she averaged 14.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest. She led the Jayhawks with 12 points and six assists while playing 38 minutes against the Big Red last year.
A fourth senior starter, Austin Richardson, gives KU one of the most experienced lineups the Huskers will face this season. Richardson, a 6-0 forward, is averaging 9.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
Bailey Helgren, a 6-5 center, is the only non-senior expected to be in the Kansas starting five. Helgren is averaging 4.8 points and a team-best 7.2 rebounds early this season.
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