Turning attention from Wednesday's drubbing by No. 11 Maryland, the Nebraska women's basketball team will pick up the pace when it faces Idaho State on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. at the Devaney Sports Center.
The No. 21 Huskers (5-2) played evenly with Maryland for most of the first half, then saw All-American Alyssa Thomas drive the Terrapins to a 90-71 victory before 6,238 fans.
“We turned our attention to Idaho State and what we need to do to win that game,” Husker forward Jordan Hooper said in a postgame news conference Wednesday. “We have to clean up the little things and execute better.”
Idaho State (3-2) returns four starters from last year’s 24-8 team that won the Big Sky Conference and reached the NCAA Tournament. The Bengals have lost to Kansas and Kansas State and beat Colorado State-Pueblo, Air Force and South Dakota.
Nebraska is expected to start freshman Rachel Theriot, who against Maryland earned her first start.
“She has played better than the other guards and we’re getting experience for her,” said NU coach Connie Yori, whose other four starters have 40 consecutive starts between them. “The things she can do — pass and get the offense organized, guard people — make her the starter now. We’ve been struggling for a fifth starter.”
Yori said she was pleased with the steady improvement of backup guard Tear’a Laudermill, who scored eight points and had two steals vs. Maryland.
“I’m excited about Tear’a,” Yori said. “You live and die with the things she does well. She gives us something we’re going to need.”
The Huskers travel to Omaha on Tuesday to face Creighton at 7:05 p.m. at Sokol Arena.