Notre Dame Michigan Basketball

Michigan center Hallie Thome (30) takes a shot against Notre Dame in November in Ann Arbor, Mich. Thome, a junior, is averaging 16.6 points per game on 64 percent shooting.

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Michigan (14-4, 3-2)

Player | Ht. | Yr. | PPG | RPG

G Katelynn Flaherty | 5-7 | Sr. | 22.9 | 2.4

G Nicole Munger | 5-11 | Jr. | 10.3 | 4.1

F Jillian Dunston | 5-11 | Sr. | 3.4 | 9.6

F Hailey Brown | 6-1 | Fr. | 8.3 | 5.3

C Hallie Thome | 6-5 | Jr. | 16.6 | 7.2

WHO TO WATCH

Thome. She gives the Wolverines a potent inside presence, averaging 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She’s shooting 64 percent from the field, and 77 percent (60-of-78) on free throws. She has added a team-best 25 blocked shots.

Nebraska (12-5, 3-1)

Player | Ht. | Yr. | PPG | RPG

G Hannah Whitish | 5-9 | So. | 13.6 | 4.1

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

G Nicea Eliely | 6-1 | So. | 8.4 | 4.6

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

C Kate Cain | 6-5 | Fr. | 10.9 | 7.2

WHO TO WATCH

Whitish. In Big Ten play, she’s averaging 15.5 points per game and shooting 54 percent on three-pointers (14-of-26).

THREE-POINTERS

1. Michigan has one of the nation’s most explosive shooters in senior Katelynn Flaherty. The senior guard is averaging 22.9 points per game while making 52-of-148 (.351) of her three-pointers. Nebraska guard Hannah Whitish said it will be important to slow down Flaherty, but how do you do so? “You get a hand in her face all night,” Whitish said. “We’ve been working on different matchups against her. Yeah, just once she gets rid of the ball, don’t (let it get back) to her.”

2. Against unranked teams Michigan is 14-0 while winning by an average of nearly 25 points per game. All four of Michigan’s losses have come against ranked opponents, including a 78-71 overtime loss against No. 10 Ohio State.

3. Four-time Big Ten Conference freshman-of-the-week Kate Cain is averaging 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She already has the Nebraska freshman season block record (60), while leading the Big Ten and ranking No. 3 nationally with 3.6 blocks per game.

— 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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