Iowa vs. Nebraska women's basketball, 1/16/18

Nebraska guard Hannah Whitish (3) celebrates a three-point scored by Huskers teammate Maddie Simon (24) in the second half on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Simon had 19 points and Whitish had 18 in the team's win over Iowa.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR

Nebraska (18-7, 9-3 Big Ten)

Player | Ht. | Yr. | PPG | RPG

G Hannah Whitish | 5-9 | So. | 12.7 | 3.7

G Jasmine Cincore | 5-10 | Sr. | 6.6 | 3.7

G Nicea Eliely | 6-1 | So. | 8.3 | 4.0

F Maddie Simon | 6-2 | Jr. | 10.6 | 5.9

C Kate Cain | 6-5 | Fr. | 10.5 | 6.7

WHO TO WATCH

Whitish. She’s averaging 5.1 assists per game, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten.

Michigan State (15-11, 5-8)

Player | Ht. | Yr. | PPG | RPG

G Taryn McCutcheon | 5-5 | So. | 8.8 | 2.3

G Branndais Agee | 5-11 | Sr. | 10.5 | 5.4

G Lexi Gussert | 6-0 | Sr. | 6.1 | 2.1

F Victoria Gaines | 6-1 | So. | 5.7 | 5.0

F Taya Reimer | 6-4 | Sr. | 8.1 | 4.3

WHO TO WATCH

Gussert. When Michigan State got an upset win against No. 21 Michigan on Sunday, she led the Spartans with 14 points.

THREE-POINTERS

1. Due in part to several injuries, Michigan State has had some struggles this season, including a recent six-game losing streak, but they have some wins that get your attention. Michigan State beat Maryland by 14 points last month, and the Spartans are still the only Big Ten team to beat Maryland this season. And the Spartans got an impressive 66-61 win against Michigan on Sunday.

2. This would be another good win for the Huskers’ NCAA Tournament hopes, because Michigan State is ranked No. 54 in the RPI and a win would give the Huskers another good road win. Nebraska is ranked No. 66 in the RPI. In this week’s ESPN projections, Nebraska is listed as one of the first teams left out of the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State is also listed on the NCAA Tournament bubble by ESPN.

3. In this week’s Associated Press poll, the Huskers received 22 points. That puts them two spots out of the top 25.

— 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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