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The Huskers visit the conference-leading Terrapins in hopes of springing the big upset

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

Nebraska Cornhuskers at 7/8 Maryland Terrapins
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 7 p.m. (CT)
Xfinity Center (17,950) - College Park, Maryland
Live TV: BTN (Lisa Byington, Christy Winters Scott)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.) Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst); Lincoln-B107.3 FM; Omaha-ESPN 590 AM
Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn

In the first meeting with the Terrapins this season, no Husker managed double figures in points, as juniors Hannah Whitish and Nicea Eliely led the Big Red with nine each. Sophomore Kate Cain added five points, 10 rebounds, six blocked shots and two assists as all 10 Huskers scored.

Nebraska’s bench outscored Maryland’s reserves 28-14 in the first meeting, including eight points apiece for Sam Haiby and Kayla Mershon, while Ashtyn Veerbeek added six points and Leigha Brown pitched in four points and five boards. Mershon has since been inserted in the starting lineup - and it may be no coincidence that the Husker defense started to improve. Mershon doesn’t fill up any stats columns, but she is the most polished defender of the freshman four and that seems to be the ticket to playing time with Amy Williams.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-13, 6-7 Big Ten)
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 2.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - So. - C - 7.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 9.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 7.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - So. - G - 9.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg

Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 10.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 7.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 6.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 1.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg
11(out) - Kristian Hudson 5-5 Sr. G 2.4 1.6

Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998) Third Season at Nebraska (39-46); 12th Season Overall (232-155)

7/8 Maryland Terrapins (22-2, 11-2 Big Ten)
24 - Stephanie Jones - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 12.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg
1 - Shakira Austin - 6-5 - Fr. - F - 8.6 ppg, 10.0 rpg
5 - Kaila Charles - 6-1 - Jr. - G/F - 16.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg
11 - Taylor Mikesell - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 14.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg
22 - Blair Watson - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 8.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg

Off the Bench
34 - Brianna Fraser - 6-3 - Sr. - G - 7.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg
3 - Channise Lewis - 5-8 - So. - G - 3.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg
32 - Sara Vujacic - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 3.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg
35 - Olivia Owens - 6-4 - Fr. - C - 1.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg
21 - Sarah Myers - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 1.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg

Head Coach: Brenda Frese (Arizona, 1993) 17th Season at Maryland (451-121); 20th Season Overall (508-151)