Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Nebraska women's hoops, 12/2/17

Nebraska center Kate Cain (31) eyes the basket as Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Shawntayla Harris (35) defends during the second half on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Cain had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Huskers' win over the Lady Lions.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR

Nebraska (5-3)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Hannah Whitish; 5-9; So.; 8.6; 4.3

G Taylor Kissinger; 6-1; Fr.; 14.0; 4.7

G Nicea Eliely; 6-1; So.; 7.6; 5.0

F Maddie Simon; 6-2; Jr.; 7.5; 8.0

C Kate Cain; 6-5; Fr.; 10.6; 6.3

WHO TO WATCH

Cain. She is averaging 3.1 blocks per game. The last time the Huskers had a player average 1.0 block per game in a season was Catheryn Redmon in 2010-11.

Kansas (7-0)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Christalah Lyons; 5-5; Jr.; 15.9; 3.6

G Brianna Osorio; 5-8; Jr.; 11.0; 4.1

G Kylee Kopatich; 5-10; Jr.; 19.0; 5.4

F Austin Richardson; 6-0; Jr.; 8.4; 6.6

C Bailey Helgren; 6-5; Fr.; 1.4; 2.1

WHO TO WATCH

Kopatich. She scored a career-high 26 points in Sunday’s win against Arkansas.

THREE-POINTERS

1. Kansas enters the game with a 7-0 record after back-to-back home wins against UMKC (63-48) and Arkansas (71-60) last week. The Huskers had back-to-back home wins over UMKC (80-60) and Arkansas (80-69) in mid-November. Kansas hasn't played a very difficult schedule and ranks No. 26 in the RPI. Nebraska is No. 213 in the RPI.

2. The Jayhawks are off to an unbeaten start despite playing without their top returning scorer from last season, Jessica Washington, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in preseason practice. Washington averaged 17.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game last season.

3. The Huskers and Jayhawks have played one time since Nebraska left the Big 12 Conference for the Big Ten, with Kansas defeating the Huskers 57-49 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

— Brent C. Wagner

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Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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