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Can the Huskers keep up their offensive fireworks against an experienced Idaho State team?

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Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0) vs. Idaho State Bengals (1-0)

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, 5 p.m. (CT)

Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Neb.

Live Video: B1G Network+

Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (4:45 p.m.) Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst) Lincoln (B107.3 FM); Omaha (ESPN 590 AM) Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn

Nebraska is coming off a 90-61 season-opening win over Oral Roberts on Friday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Six Huskers scored in double figures including all five of Nebraska’s returning players from a year ago.

Sophomore Isabelle Bourne nearly notched her first career double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds while making her first career start against Oral Roberts. Bourne will lead the Huskers against an extremely experienced Idaho State team that features her older sister, Callie, who averaged 12.0 and 6.6 rebounds a year ago for a Bengal team that finished 18-13.

Sophomore Trinity Brady led the Huskers in her first career start with career highs of 15 points and five rebounds. Brady went 3-for-3 from three-point range to help the Huskers finish the night 7-for-15 from beyond the arc.

Nebraska’s Lisa Leslie Award candidate Kate Cain notched her 13th career double-double with 14 points and game highs of 11 rebounds and six blocked shots against ORU. Cain increased her Nebraska career record total to 286 blocks.

Sam Haiby had a quietly great game with 14 points, a career-high-tying eight rebounds and seven assists. Haiby is a 5-9 junior guard who joins Cain as one of two returning starters for the Huskers.

Nebraska sophomore guard Makenzie Helms added a career-high 10 points - all in the second half against ORU. Helms’ second half matched her season point total from a year ago.

Freshman Annika Stewart rounded out the Huskers in double figures against ORU with 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Stewart, a 6-3 forward, hit the first five shots of her career, including a pair of three-pointers.

Scouting Idaho State

Coach Seton Sobolewski brings his Idaho State Bengals to Lincoln with a 1-0 record after an impressive 85-61 season-opening win over Utah State in Pocatello, Idaho on Nov. 28.

The Bengals, who finished 18-13 last season including a 13-7 Big Sky Conference record are an extremely experienced team. They return their top nine scorers from a year ago and feature a starting five who are all in at least their third year at Idaho State. That starting five also represents five different countries (Australia, Croatia, France, Spain, USA).

Last season, Idaho State averaged 67.4 points while surrendering 60.7 points per game. The Bengals out-rebounded opponents (36.2-35.0) and posted a team assist-to-turnover ratio (457-464) that dominated their opponents (302-500). ISU hit 43.6 percent of its shots from the field, including 36.5 percent of its threes while averaging 6.6 threes per game.

Nebraska vs. Idaho State Series History

Coach Seton Sobolewski, who owns 210 career wins as he enters his 13th season at Idaho State, will be leading the Bengals to Nebraska for the second time as ISU’s head coach. Idaho State fought hard in a 60-51 loss to the Huskers on Dec. 1, 2012. That Nebraska team went on to advance to the 2013 NCAA Sweet Sixteen with All-Americans and WNBA players Lindsey Moore and Jordan Hooper leading the way. Hooper had 29 points and 10 rebounds while Moore had 13 points, five assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block. The Huskers, who were ranked No. 21 nationally at game time, went just 2-for-17 from three-point range. The Bengals went 5-for-15.

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS (1-0, 0-0 BIG TEN)

No. Player Ht. Yr. Pos. PPG RPG
34 Isabelle Bourne 6-2 So. F 14.0 9.0
31 Kate Cain 6-5 Gr./Sr.C 14.0 11.0
0 Ashley Scoggin 5-7 RSo. G 0.0 2.0
2 Trinity Brady 5-11 So. G 15.0 5.0
4 Sam Haiby 5-9 Jr. G 14.0 8.0

Off the Bench
21 Annika Stewart 6-3 Fr. F 12.0 7.0
1 Makenzie Helms 5-8 So. G 10.0 2.0
10 Whitney Brown 5-8 Fr. G 5.0 2.0
11 Ruby Porter 5-10 Fr. G 3.0 3.0
14 Bella Cravens 6-3 Jr. F 3.0 3.0
5 MiCole Cayton 5-9 Gr./RJr. G DNP
24 Nailah Dillard 5-9 So. G DNP

Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998) Fifth Season at Nebraska (60-62) 14th Season Overall (253-171)

IDAHO STATE BENGALS (1-0, 0-0 BIG SKY)

No. Player Ht. Yr. Pos. PPG RPG
13 Ellie Smith 6-2 RJr. F 0.0 0.0
5 Dora Goles 5-7 RSr.G 24.0 4.0
12 Callie Bourne 5-9 Jr. G 4.0 8.0
14 Estefania Ors 5-10 Gr. G 8.0 9.0
23 Diaba Konate 5-7 RSo.G 17.0 4.0

Off the Bench
2 Tomekia Whitman 5-10 So. G 7.0 1.0
1 Lili Bevao 5-7 Jr. G 6.0 2.0
4 Finley Garnett 5-10 Jr. G 6.0 2.0
22 Delaney Moore 6-0 Sr. F 6.0 4.0
24 Jordan Sweeney 5-7 So. G 3.0 1.0
25 Montana Oltrogge 6-0 Jr. F 2.0 3.0
11 Carsyn Boswell 5-8 So. G 2.0 1.0
4 Hannah Giddey 6-1 Fr. F 0.0 6.0
3 Mykah Anderson 5-7 Fr. G DNP
10 Elaina Jones 5-8 RFr.G DNP
33 Zoe Hutchings 6-3 Fr. F DNP

Head Coach: Seton Sobolewski (Northern Arizona, 2001) 13th Season at Idaho State (210-166)