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WBB Game #9, (W, 83-79), Wed, 12/4 vs DUKE @ PBA, 6:00pm CT, BTN (& Game Thread)

Red Don

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Huskers Shoot Past Duke
Ahtyn Veerbeek, Taylor Kissinger and Nicea Elilely celebrate a win over Duke.

Game Recap & link to Box Score:
Attendance: 4,013 :Bow: (Quote fm Duke Fan Board: "Lotta people in the stands")

Quote on the Radio fm Jeff Greisch: "You Don't want to get in a Shooting Match with Duke," just as Taylor Kissinger was making an answering three; "Maybe you Do want to get in a Shooting Match!" :Lol:
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 8-1 on the season while the Blue Devils slipped to 6-3 overall. The Huskers handed Duke just its third loss in 13 games in the history of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, with two of those losses coming to Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

While Kissinger matched her career best with six threes by going 6-for-9 from long range to finish with a team-high 19 points, the junior from Minden, Neb., was far from the only Husker firing. The Big Red got 14 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting night from the field from sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek. The 6-2 forward from Sioux Center, Iowa, matched her career high by burying all three of her three-pointers and finished another traditional three-point play for the Huskers.
Annual B1G/ACC Challenge, @ PBA - Don't Miss IT!
(In Person, or set your DVR)

Lady Huskers (7-1), vs Duke University (6-2)

Huskers Host Duke in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

(Women's Sports are the Winning-est Teams we have! :Cheer2::Cheer2::Cheer2:)


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~GOOOOO LADY :Huskers: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

:Cheer2: :Cheer2: :Cheer2: - :Shout: - :Catfight::Catfight::Catfight:

Game will be Broadcast on BTN - TV

Here is a link to the Duke Message Fan Board:
Live TV: BTN (Larry Punteney, Brenda VanLengen)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (5:45 p.m.)
Matt Coatney (PBP), Jeff Griesch (Analyst)
Lincoln - B107.3 FM; Omaha-CD105.9 FM; Huskers.com, Huskers App

Nebraska continued to show strong defense in the wins in Las Vegas. Over eight games to open the season, Nebraska has held six opponents to 55 points or less. Last season, the Huskers held just two opponents to 55 or less the entire season (30 games).

Offensively, a trio of sophomores (Leigha Brown, Sam Haiby, Ashtyn Veerbeek) continue to lead the Huskers. Brown leads Nebraska in scoring (14.3 ppg) producing double figures in each of NU's first seven games this season. Haiby (10.4 ppg) owns the Huskers' biggest scoring effort of the season (28 at Missouri) and Veerbeek ranks third on the team in scoring (9.0 ppg) while leading the Big Red in rebounding (6.5 rpg).

Scouting Duke
• Duke comes to Lincoln riding a four-game winning streak to improve to 6-2 overall. All six of Duke's wins this season have been by double digits, including wins over Davidson (82-52) and Penn (66-50).
• Duke's losses have come at the hands of No. 6 Texas A&M (79-58) on the road and to Northwestern at Cameron Indoor Stadium (63-42).
• The Blue Devils are led by Haley Gorecki, who is averaging 18.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game. The 6-0 guard has also knocked down a team-best 17 threes on the season and is shooting nearly 90 percent from the free throw line.
As a team, Duke is averaging 72.8 points per game while allowing 62.1 points per contest. The Blue Devils have hit 43.3 percent of their field goals and 35 percent (42-120) of their threes, while knocking down 71.2 percent of their free throws. They have held opponents to 35.8 percent shooting, including 28.6 percent (64-224) from three. Duke owns a plus 5.4 edge on the glass but a minus-0.5 turnover margin.

Lots More @ the Link:
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Red Don

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5 Year Member
From the Duke Fan Site: (Sounds like they have an analyst)

"They (Huskers) shoot 28.1% from three, so I'd be inclined to say we have a chance...but of course it's more complicated than that. Hannah Whitish is the only one having a particularly good shooting year, averaging 40% on 5 attempts a game; Ashtyn Veerbeek is the only other player above 35% from three but averages just 1.8 attempts per game. Taylor Kissinger shot over 45% from three last year but has started this year in a slump--22% despite 4.5 attempts, though I think she's been dealing with injuries as well. In their most recent game (72-49 W over Sacred Heart), Whitish was 5-11 from three, Kissinger was 2-4, Veerbeek did not attempt one, and the rest of the team was 0-8 from three.

They have six players who each average at least 8 points per game, plus Kissinger who can shoot if given the opportunity. That group of seven also just so happens to average 6'0.5" in height and all of them but Kate Cain (who is 6-5, shoots a team-high 53.3% from the field, and swats everything in sight) attempt at least 1.8 three-pointers per game. Their three-point attempt rate is about average, despite their poor shooting. Despite being their most capable shooter, Whitish is more facilitator than scorer with 4.2 assists per game. Without having watched them and just looking at overall stats, though, I wonder if the mere willingness to shoot opens things up inside--they shoot 51.9% from two as a team, after all.

Their other big strengths: they rarely turn it over, and they're one of the best shot-blocking teams in the country. Opponents shoot a miserable 31.2% from the field and 35.2% from two-point range against them, and they reject 15% of opponents' two-pointers. Kate Cain (2.9) and Nicea Eliely (1.1) are responsible for the majority of the team's 5.9 blocks per game. Eliely's listed as a guard, by the way! We pride ourselves on being one of the tallest teams in the country, so that's an area where they're not going to be afraid to meet us head-on. Our posts are going to have to play strong, rebound well, finish through contact, and take care of the ball. Nebraska doesn't force a lot of turnovers on their own, so we can't afford to give them away for free and deal with their shot-blocking. Nebraska is very willing to let opponents shoot from three (less willing than we are, though, because we have not figured out that 3 > 2 yet), so anything we can do to create space for Haley and Miela will go a long way toward bypassing that challenge in the post."
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Red Don

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It should be a Good Game! (I've plenty of Heart Pills on hand!)

Massey Ratings: Huskers #45; Duke #46

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