Illinois vs. Nebraska, 2/1/18

Nebraska's Jasmine Cincore scores during the first half Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

KAYLA WOLF, Journal Star

Maryland (19-3, 8-1 Big Ten)

Player | Ht. | Yr. | PPG | RPG

G Channise Lewis | 5-8 | Fr. | 5.4 | 2.0

G Kristen Confroy | 5-9 | Sr. | 10.1 | 5.2

G Eleanna Christinaki | 6-0 | Jr. | 13.3 | 3.3

G Kaila Charles | 6-1 | So. | 17.8 | 7.9

F Stephanie Jones | 6-2 | So. | 11.6 | 6.9

WHO TO WATCH

Charles. When Maryland beat Ohio State last month, she scored a career-high 32 points, including 12-of-16 shooting on field goals.

Nebraska (17-6, 8-2)

Player | Ht. | Yr. | PPG | RPG

G Hannah Whitish | 5-9 | So. | 13.4 | 3.7

G Jasmine Cincore | 5-10 | Sr. | 6.9 | 3.9

G Nicea Eliely | 6-1 | So. | 8.7 | 4.1

F Maddie Simon | 6-2 | Jr. | 11.0 | 6.0

C Kate Cain | 6-5 | Fr. | 10.4 | 6.5

WHO TO WATCH

Cincore. She leads the Huskers with 33 steals, and will be guarding one of the Terrapins’ best players.

THREE-POINTERS

1. Just like always, Maryland is one of the best rebounding teams in the Big Ten. If the Huskers are going to keep the game close, they’ll probably need to do the same with the rebounding totals.

2. Again, if the game is close, free-throw shooting is something to watch. Will Nebraska shoot free throws like it did in the win at Iowa, when the Huskers made 25-of-29, or more like its season average of 62 percent?

3. Nebraska’s 8-2 record matches its best 10-game conference start since joining the Big Ten in 2011-12. Only three teams in school history have opened conference play with a 9-2 record or better, including an 11-0 start in 2009-10 (Big 12), a 9-2 start in 2006-07 (Big 12) and a 9-2 start in 1987-88 (Big Eight).

— 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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