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The Huskers hope to take advantage of a struggling Gopher team and announced an early enrollee will begin playing soon

Scott Bruhn

Breaking News

The shorthanded Husker team will be getting a new player shortly. From the athletic department:

Minnesota high school standout Kendall Coley has joined the Nebraska women’s basketball program and is expected to be eligible to play this season for the Huskers, following the completion of standard medical testing for an incoming student-athlete.

Coley, who was ranked as a top-50 player nationally by ESPN, All-Star Girls Report and Prospects Nation in the 2021 high school senior class, graduated from St. Louis Park High School in Minneapolis late last week. She moved to Lincoln over the weekend and has completed mandatory testing to comply with COVID-19 protocols. She will be in attendance for Nebraska’s Tuesday afternoon game against Minnesota, but she will not be in uniform. She has not practiced with the Huskers.

Coley is a 6’2” guard/wing whose parents both played professional basketball in Europe. One of her best friends is a Husker volleyball commit Kennedi Orr.

Nebraska vs Minnesota

Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-4, 5-3 Big Ten) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-7, 1-6 Big Ten)

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, 3 p.m. (CT)

Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, Nebraska

Live Video: B1G Network (Larry Punteney, Brenda VanLengen)

Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (2:45 p.m.) Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst) Lincoln (B107.3 FM), Omaha (ESPN 590 AM), Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS (7-4, 5-3 BIG TEN)

No. Player Ht. Yr. Pos. PPG RPG
14 Bella Cravens 6-3 Jr. F 6.5 8.2
34 Isabelle Bourne 6-2 So. F 14.0 7.3
31 Kate Cain 6-5 Gr./Sr. C 9.3 6.4
0 Ashley Scoggin 5-7 RSo. G 7.5 2.3
4 Sam Haiby 5-9 Jr. G 16.2 7.8

Off the Bench
2 Trinity Brady 5-11 So. G 8.5 5.0
21 Annika Stewart 6-3 Fr. F 5.0 3.5
10 Whitney Brown 5-8 Fr. G 3.8 1.5
11 Ruby Porter 5-10 Fr. G 2.8 1.8
5 MiCole Cayton 5-9 Gr./RJr. G DNP

In Saturday’s game vs Ohio State, Ruby Porter stepped into Issie Bourne’s spot in the starting lineup. It seems likely Coach Williams will tap her or possibly Whitney Brown who had a career high 14 point performance vs the Buckeyes.

Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska, 1998) Fifth Season at Nebraska (66-66) 14th Season Overall (259-175)

Minnesota has had quite a few different starting lineups this season, so the lineup below may or may not be accurate. We’ll know more this afternoon.

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS (2-7, 1-6 BIG TEN)

No. Player Ht. Yr. Pos. PPG RPG
30 Kadi Sissoko 6-0 RSo.F 12.4 6.6
25 Klarke Sconiers 6-2 So. C 6.0 5.1
4 Jasmine Powell 5-6 So. G 17.3 5.2
14 Sara Scalia 5-10 So. G 11.2 2.5
24 Gadiva Hubbard 5-9 RSr.G 10.1 3.1

Off the Bench
12 Laura Bagwell Katalinich 6-0 Gr. F 7.0 3.8
23 Katie Borowicz 5-7 Fr. G 5.0 0.5
1 Alexia Smith 5-8 Fr. G 4.4 1.4
15 Kayla Mershon 6-3 Jr. F 4.4 4.0
21 Caroline Strande 5-11 Fr. G 3.3 1.8
43 Grace Cumming 6-3 RFr. F 1.8 3.2
10 Erin Hedman 6-3 Fr. F 0.7 2.7
24 Justice Ross 6-0 RFr. F 0.7 1.3

Head Coach: Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota, 2004) Third Season at Minnesota (39-33) Third Season Overall (39-33)