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The Husker women play USC on Friday in the South Point Shootout

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 07 Big Ten Conference Women’s Tournament - Purdue v Nebraska Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-1) vs. USC Trojans (3-2)
Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, 7:45 p.m. (CT)
South Point Arena - Las Vegas, Nevada
Live Video: Vimeo Livestream
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (7:30 p.m.) Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst) Lincoln-105.3 FM; Huskers.com; Huskers App

Nebraska suffered its first loss of the season when Creighton came to Lincoln and made 14 three-pointers on their way to a 79-74 win. The Huskers got a big game from Kate Cain (18 pts, 7 reb, 3 blocks). Cain needs one more block to reach 200 for her career. Sophomores Leigha Brown (15.3 ppg), Sam Haiby (13.2 ppg) and Ashtyn Veerbeek (10.5 ppg) are Nebraska’s three leading scorers through six games this season. Brown is the only Husker to score in double figures in all six games this season.

USC is a very young team that features three freshman starters. Overall, the USC active roster features seven true freshmen and two first-year transfers. The talent is there, and the Trojans even received votes in the coaches’ poll 10 days ago (after a 3-0 start). One of USC’s losses came to #6 Texas A&M and the other to UC Santa Barbara. This is a team that will be a big test for the Huskers.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 10.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 8.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 7.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 13.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg

Off the Bench32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 15.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 2.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 3.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg

Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998) Fourth Season at Nebraska (47-50); 13th Season Overall (240-159)

USC Trojans (3-2, 0-0 Pac-12)

35 - Alissa Pili - 6-0 - Fr. - F - 10.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg
15 - Angel Jackson - 6-5 - Fr. - C - 6.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg
4 - Endyia Rogers - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 12.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg
11 - Aliyah Jeune - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 10.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg
24 - Desiree Caldwell - 5-8 - So. - G - 9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg

Off the Bench

5 - Stephanie Watts - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 11.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg
25 - Alyson Miura - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 4.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg
22 - Kyra White - 5-10 - Fr. - G - 3.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg
30 - India Otto - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 3.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
1 - Kayla Overbeck - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 3.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg

Head Coach: Mark Trakh (Long Beach State, 1981)8th Season at USC (130-90); 25th Season Overall: (433-293)

Nebraska leads the all-time series with USC, 4-3, with four consecutive victories against the Women of Troy since 2006. The last time the two teams met, Nebraska battled its way to a 74-65 win over USC at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Nov. 23, 2012. That Husker team advanced to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16.