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The Husker women hope to break a four game losing streak when they host the Lady Lions on Thursday evening

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

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Penn State Lady Lions
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000) - Lincoln, Nebraska
Live TV: NET (Brenda VanLengen, Angela Beck)
Live Video: BTN+
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (6:45 p.m.)Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst) Lincoln - B107.3 FM, 1400 AM KLIN; Omaha - ESPN 590 AMHuskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn

The Huskers have lost four in a row. The latest loss was a four point decision to #18 Indiana in which the Huskers started slow and faced a 25 point deficit in the second quarter.

Penn State comes to Lincoln with a 7-17 overall record in Coach Carolyn Kieger’s first season leading the Lady Lions. Penn State is trying to snap a nine-game losing streak dating back to an 86-73 win over Michigan State in State College on Jan. 9. Most recently, the Lady Lions suffered a 70-66 loss to Illinois.

As a team, Penn State is shooting just 39.6 percent from the field for the season, including 31 percent from three-point range while averaging 5.0 made threes per game. PSU is a solid 73.1 percent at the free throw line, including 74.9 percent in Big Ten play. The Lady Lions own a plus-0.4 rebound margin on the year, but a minus-3.5 deficit on the glass in Big Ten play. Penn State also carries a negative-3.0 turnover margin on the year, including minus-3.9 in Big Ten action.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-9, 5-8 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 7.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 9.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 9.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 10.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg

Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 13.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 5.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 1.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 1.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 1.1 ppg, 0.7 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.7 ppg, 0.4 rpg

Out for Season
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg

Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998)Fourth Season at Nebraska (57-58); 13th Season Overall (250-167)

Penn State Lady Lions (7-17, 1-12 Big Ten)
11 - Anna Camden - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 4.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg
33 - Lauren Ebo - 6-4 - So. - F - 6.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg
4 - Siyeh Frazier - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 12.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg
5 - Kamaria McDaniel - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 19.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg
20 - Makenna Marisa - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 9.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg

Off the Bench
1 - Alisia Smith - 6-3 - Jr. - F - 6.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg
23 - Shay Hagans - 5-6 - Fr. - G - 5.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
2 - Jayla James - 6-1 - Fr. - G - 0.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg
10 - Mya Bembry - 6-1 - Fr. - G - 1.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg
43 - Bexley Wallace - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg
12 - Kayleigh Simon - 5-6 - Gr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg

Head Coach: Carolyn Kieger (Marquette, 2006)First Season at Penn State (7-17); Sixth Season Overall (106-81)

This is one you’d like the think the Huskers should win. Unfortunately, Nebraska of late has made everything much harder than it needs to be. I think the Huskers have a great chance to get a win, but the big question is whether they can put together four quarters of basketball. If so, that could be what they need to finish the season strong.