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Huskers Outlast Illini, 80-72
Morton, who scored nine of her 10 points in the fourth quarter, then sealed the Husker win with a pair of free throws with 13.1 seconds left. The Big Red who entered the final quarter with a 58-56 lead got a free throw from Morton to open the quarter, then a Whitish three before back-to-back threes from Morton to shoot Nebraska to its biggest lead of the game at the time at 68-57 with 7:07 left.
Champaign, Ill. - Hannah Whitish hit a career-high six three-pointers to finish with 20 points, while redshirt senior Janay Morton added the best performance of her Husker career with 10 points off the bench in the second half to lead Nebraska to an 80-72 women's basketball win on Wednesday night at the State Farm Center.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten while notching its seventh consecutive win away from home. The Fighting Illini slipped to 9-10 overall and 0-5 in the Big Ten. The seven straight road wins for the Huskers ties for the second-longest road streak in school history.
Whitish, Nebraska's leading scorer coming into the game, hit 6-of-11 three-pointers on the night and added a pair of late free throws. Whitish's sixth three was her biggest, putting Nebraska up 77-72 with 28 seconds left.
Husker Ladies (11-5) (2-1), Sagarin ranking: #76 (@ 1/10/18) (#167 @ 4/2/17)
Wed, 1/10, @ Illinois (#194) (9-9) (0-4), 7:00 pm CST, BTN Plus
(Huskers Defeated @ Northwestern; 69-59)
Sun, 1/7, @ Northwestern (#120) (8-9) (1-2)
(Huskers Defeated Minnesota, at The Barn; 79-74)
Sun,12/31, @ Minnesota (#43) (12-2) (1-0) Happy New Year
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Huskers Shoot for Another Perfect Road Trip
o Game Page: http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=211691931
o VIDEO: BTN Plus: https://www.btn2go.com/game/nebraska-at-illinois-on-01102018
o Audio Link: http://www.huskers.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=100&DB_OEM_ID=100
or: Tune-in App: https://tunein.com/radio/Nebraska-Basketball-c100000491/
Matt Coatney & Jeff Griesch on the call
(Link available @ gametime)
o Live Game Stats: http://www.huskers.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&DB_OEM_ID=100
(Link should be available @ gametime)
o Game Notes: http://www.huskers.com/pdf9/5464923.pdf
(Lots More Information on the Game Page)
• Nebraska shoots for its seventh straight win away from home. The Huskers are coming off back-to-back Big Ten road wins at Minnesota (79-74, Dec. 31) and at Northwestern (69-59, Jan. 7).
• Junior Maddie Simon has played outstanding basketball in Big Ten action. The 6-2 forward has matched sophomore guard Hannah Whitish for the team scoring lead in conference play with 14.0 points per game. Simon has added 5.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals in league play while shooting 53.1 percent. Last season, Simon averaged 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in Big Ten play.
• Whitish, who leads Nebraska with 5.4 assists per game, joins Simon and true freshmen Taylor Kissinger (12.9 ppg) and Kate Cain (10.9 ppg) by averaging double figures on the season.
• Cain is a four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week and has set Nebraska’s freshman season blocked shot record with 59. She leads the Big Ten and ranks third nationally with 3.7 blocks per game.
• Kissinger, who missed Nebraska’s final six non-conference games with a knee injury, would rank third among Big Ten freshmen in scoring but does not meet the 75 percent playing requirement. Kissinger (28 3FG made) is one of only four Big Ten freshmen with more than 20 threes, even though she missed six games. Her 2.8 threes per game trail only Minnesota’s Destiny Pitts among Big Ten freshmen.
Scouting the Illinois Fighting Illini
• Illinois is averaging 63.6 points per game, while allowing 70.3 points per contest. The Illini have a minus-0.4 team rebound margin and a minus-1.1 team turnover margin. The Illini are shooting just 39.1 percent from the field, including 30.8 percent from three-point range. Opponents are hitting 37.5 percent from three-point range against Illinois.
• Through games Jan. 7, Illinois had not played a game against a team ranked between 53 and 109 in the official NCAA RPI. Nebraska is No. 72 in the RPI. All nine of the Illini’s wins have come against teams 110 or worse in the RPI. Five of Illinois’ nine losses have come to top-25 RPI teams and two more losses have come to top-55 RPI squads (New Mexico-47, and Virginia Tech-52).
• Junior forward Alex Wittinger leads Illinois by averaging 13.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Wittinger also ranks third in the Big Ten with 45 blocked shots. Wittinger, a three-year starter, is the lone junior in a starting five that features four sophomores, including returning starting point guard Brandi Beasley. The 5-7 sophomore is averaging 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and team highs of 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
• Sophomore forward Ali Andrews has added 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game and leads the Illini with 25 three-pointers (.417) this season.
• Sophomore Petra Holesinska, a 5-9 guard from the Czech Republic, is averaging 7.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season, but was scoreless and played just eight minutes at Iowa Sunday.
• Sophomore guard Cierra Rice has rounded out the starting lineup for the Illini in Big Ten play with 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
• Fifth-year senior Kennedy Cattenhead, a regular starter in non-conference play for the Illini, has averaged 6.1 points and 3.1 rebounds but the 5-10 guard has a turnover-to-assist ratio of 3.4-to-1.
• Courtney Joens (2.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg), Alli Ball (2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg) and Jnaya Walker (1.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg) have also been regular contributors in the Illini playing rotation.