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WBB Game #26, (W, 79-69), Wed, 2/14, @ Michigan State (#34) (15-11) (5-8), 6:00 pm CST, BTN Plus

Red Don

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Huskers Stop Spartans, 79-69
East Lansing, Mich. - Nicea Eliely played one of the top games of her career with 17 points, while fellow sophomore Hannah Whitish added 17 of her own to lead the Nebraska women's basketball team to a 79-69 victory over Michigan State at the Breslin Center on Wednesday night.
Eliely's season-high 17 points came on 5-of-6 shooting from the field including 3-of-3 from three-point range to help the Huskers improve to 19-7 overall and 10-3 in the Big Ten to remain in a tie for second place in the conference standings with Ohio State. The Spartans, who welcomed the return of Shay Colley from injury after a seven-game absence, slipped to 15-12 overall and 5-9 in the conference.
Nebraska's road warriors improved to a perfect 6-0 on the road in Big Ten play. It was NU's ninth consecutive true road win overall as the Huskers notched their 10th straight win away from Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Husker Ladies (18-7) (9-3), Sagarin ranking: #54 (@ 2/14/18)
(#167 @ 4/2/17)
Husker Ladies, ranked #54 don't get much respect from Sagarin, still well behind teams we have defeated, @ #35 Minnesota, @ #33 Rutgers, and Swept #32 Iowa.
Guess we'll just have to beat Michigan State Too!

Next Up:
Wed, 2/14, @ Michigan State (#34) (15-11) (5-8), 6:00 pm CST, BTN Plus

Illinois makes seven straight road wins for the Lady Huskers; ties for the second longest road streak in school history. Subsequent road wins over #25 (AP) Rutgers and #25 (Coaches Poll) Iowa Extend the consecutive road win streak to Nine! Let's make it TEN @ Michigan State! YESSSSSSSSS! :Bow:

Last Time Out:
(Defeated Wisconsin, 51-48)

Sun, 2/11, vs Wisconsin (#131) (9-16) (2-10)
(Lost to #10 Maryland, 64-57)

Sun, 2/4, vs (Coaches Poll #10) Maryland (#9 KenPom) (19-3) (8-1)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~GOOOOOO LADY :Huskers:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




Huskers Set for Showdown with Spartans

o Game Page:

o VIDEO: BTN Plus: https://www.btn2go.com/game/nebraska-at-michigan-st-on-02142018
Announcers: TBA??

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/
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/pdf9/5467112.pdf

(Lots More Information on the Game Page)

• The Huskers will shoot for their 10th Big Ten Conference victory of the season, while taking aim at their 10th consecutive road win of the year.

• Five of Nebraska’s nine Big Ten wins have come against NCAA RPI Top 50 teams, including Iowa (20) twice, at Rutgers (25), Purdue (42) and at Minnesota (46). NU’s only conference losses have come to RPI No. 6 Ohio State, No. 13 Maryland and RPI No. 44 Michigan in overtime.

• Nebraska’s other losses this season are setbacks to RPI No. 21 Buffalo, No. 38 Creighton, No. 87 Washington State and No. 141 Clemson. The Huskers played without starter Maddie Simon (10.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg) in the losses to Buffalo, Creighton and Clemson in November, while their leading scorer in non-conference play, Taylor Kissinger (14.0 ppg), missed the game with Washington State because of injury. One of NU’s top players off the bench in Big Ten play, projected preseason starter Janay Morton, did not play against Buffalo or Creighton while recovering from offseason surgery. She played less than one minute against Washington State after aggravating the injury and missing the two previous games.

• Morton is averaging 17.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 4.2 steals per 40 minutes in Big Ten play. The former All-MAC guard at Eastern Michigan is averaging 15.6 minutes the last five games.

Scouting the Michigan State Spartans
• Michigan State is the only Big Ten team to beat No. 10 Maryland (82-68, Jan. 11) so far this season, a win that came in College Park a day after the Terps’ Blair Watson suffered a season-ending knee injury.

• The Spartans have been hindered by plenty of injuries of their own, including season-ending knee injuries to sophomore Mardrekia Cook and freshman guard Claire Hendrickson. Michigan State also has played the last seven games without sophomore guard Shay Colley, who was averaging a team-best 11.5 points per game through six league contests. Colley is also suffering from a knee injury.

• Those injuries have depleted Michigan State’s backcourt, leaving them with sophomore point guard Taryn McCutcheon (8.8 ppg, 5.3 apg) and fifth-year senior wing Branndais Agee (10.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg) in the starting backcourt.

• While Michigan State is thin in the backcourt, they have no shortage of depth in the post. Fifth-year senior Taya Reimer, a 6-4 forward in her second season at MSU after transferring from Notre Dame, is averaging 8.1 points and 4.3 rebounds.

• In all, Michigan State is averaging 66.8 points in Big Ten action while allowing 66.7 points per league game. The Spartans are shooting 40.7 percent from the field but just 29.4 percent from three-point range. MSU owns a plus-2.0 rebounding margin and a plus-1.2 turnover margin in Big Ten games.
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