Trying to break a two-game losing streak, the No. 15 Nebraska women's basketball team faces another up-tempo team Sunday, hosting Utah State at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Aggies won’t be as talented or deep as North Carolina, which dispatched the Huskers 75-62 on Wednesday, or Washington State, which knocked off Nebraska 76-72 last week.
But Jerry Finkbeiner’s Utah State team likes to get up and down the floor. The Aggies are averaging nearly 85 points per game. Guards Jennifer Schlott (24 points per game) and Makenlee Williams (20.1 ppg) will be a handful for a struggling Nebraska defense.
“Utah State will be in town for a little bit and practice in our facility,” Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. “We will be challenged on Sunday, no question about that.”
Nebraska senior Jordan Hooper started the North Carolina game hot, hitting her first three three-pointers. But foul trouble sent her to the bench and that’s when the Tar Heels pulled away.
“It made me so mad,” said Hooper, who finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. “Going to the bench was my fault for fouling, and it was a stupid foul. I was really frustrated, because I was finally making some shots."
Yori said she’s been pleased with the play of junior forward Hailie Sample, who had 10 points against North Carolina.
“She’s been starting for us now for a few years,” Yori said. “I thought Hailie was really good. She showed really good toughness and was strong with the ball. Her ability to take the ball to the basket and finish or get to the line, that’s been good.”
The bench continues to be an area of concern for the Huskers (6-2). Brandi Jeffery scored five points, but that was it for the subs against North Carolina.