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The Husker women close out the regular season by visiting the Hoosiers - televised on BTN

Nebraska v Maryland Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

In Round 1, the heavily favored Hoosiers built a big lead only to see the Huskers fight their way back and come oh-so-close to pulling off the upset. That game ended in a 57-53 Indiana win. This game is on the Hoosier’s home court, they are definitely not going to overlook the Huskers and are going to want a win to preserve a top 4 seed going into the conference tournament.

Nebraska will need to get their offensive woes figured out if they hope to pull off the upset.

Nebraska Cornhuskers at 22/24 Indiana Hoosiers
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, 5 p.m. (CT)
Assembly Hall (17,472) - Bloomington, Indiana
Live TV: BTN (Jordan Bernfield, Tyra Buss)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (4:45 p.m.) Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst) Lincoln - B107.3 FM; Omaha - ESPN 590 AMHuskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn

Kate Cain, a 6-5 junior center from Middletown, N.Y., owns more total stops (defensive rebounds, blocks, steals) with 196 than any other player in Big Ten action this season. Iowa’s Amanda Ollinger (165) and Purdue’s two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Ae’Rianna Harris (154) are the only other league defenders with more than 150 stops in Big Ten play. She is in the running for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Cain is not the only Husker to eye a postseason award. Sophomore guard Leigha Brown is Nebraska’s leading scorer while coming off the bench and looks to be a top candidate for Sixth Player of the Year.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-11, 7-10 Big Ten)
13 - Ashtyn Veerbeek - 6-2 - So. - F - 7.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 9.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 9.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
4 - Sam Haiby - 5-9 - So. - G - 10.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 8.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Off the Bench
32 - Leigha Brown - 6-1 - So. - F - 13.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg
34 - Isabelle Bourne - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 5.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg
2 - Trinity Brady - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg
44 - Kayla Mershon - 6-3 - So. - F - 1.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 1.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg
11 - Kristian Hudson - 5-5 - RSr. - G - 0.9 ppg, 0.7 rpg
1 - Makenzie Helms - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.9 ppg, 0.5 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 (59-60); 13th Season Overall (252-169)

22/24 Indiana Hoosiers (21-7, 11-5 Big Ten)
10 Aleksa Gulbe 6-3 So. F 8.8 5.75
0 Brenna Wise 6-0 Sr. F 8.3 5.8
13 Jaelynn Penn 5-10 Jr. G 10.9 4.5
14 Ali Patberg 5-11 RJr. G 14.6 4.6
34 Grace Berger 6-0 So. G 13.2 5.2

Off the Bench
54 Mackenzie Holmes 6-3 Fr. F 10.9 5.3
11 Chanel Wilson 5-6 RFr. G 2.6 0.7
33 Jorie Allen 6-1 Fr. F 2.2 1.9
2 Keyanna Warthen 5-10 Jr. G 1.5 0.6
51 Hannah Noveroske 6-5 Fr. C 1.4 1.4
3 Grace Waggoner 6-0 Fr. G 0.6 0.5

Head Coach: Teri Moren (Purdue, 1992) Sixth Season at Indiana (124-73); 17th Season Overall (323-203)

Indiana went 10-2 in non-conference play with its only losses to current No. 2 and defending national champion Baylor (77-62, Nov. 29) and current No. 9 UCLA (68-58, Dec. 22). The Hoosiers are the only team this season to beat No. 1 South Carolina (71-57, Nov. 28).• Indiana opened Big Ten play 4-0 to improve to 14-2 before losing to Iowa (2OT), Northwestern (OT) and at Maryland. The Hoosiers rebounded with four wins before a second loss to Maryland. They notched wins at Nebraska and Illinois before suffering their only loss this season to an unranked team, an 80-76 setback to Ohio State (Feb. 16). The Hoosiers defeated Minnesota 75-69 on Saturday.