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Nebraska Women's Basketball Open Practice, 10.23.18

Nebraska women's basketball players Sam Haiby (left) and Maddie Simon talk during a break in the action Oct. 20 during an open practice at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Drake (0-0)

(2017-18 stats)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Maddie Monahan; 5-8; So.; 4.7; 1.1

G Maddy Dean; 5-9. Sr.; 10.6; 4.9

G Sammie Bachrodt; 5-10; Sr.; 10.0; 4.0

G Becca Hittner; 6-0; Jr.; 15.7; 4.5

F Becca Jonas; 6-2; Sr.; 6.4; 5.3

Nebraska (0-0)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Hannah Whitish; 5-9; Jr.; 12.6; 4.0

G Nicea Eliely; 6-1; Jr.; 8.2; 4.0

G Taylor Kissinger; 6-1; So.; 10.0; 4.1

F Maddie Simon; 6-2; Sr.; 10.1; 5.3

C Kate Cain; 6-5; So.; 9.9; 7.0

Scouting: Junior guard Becca Hittner was the Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference player of the year last season, when she averaged 15.7 points per game and shot a conference-best 43 percent on three-pointers. She also made a school-record 51 consecutive free throws.

Trending: In a game that played a role in Nebraska earning an NCAA Tournament bid last season, the Huskers shocked Drake with an 89-84 double-overtime win in December. Hannah Whitish led four Huskers in double figures by tying her career high with 29 points.

Forecasting: If Nebraska wins its first game of the season this year it will feel like it has really accomplished something. In recent years Nebraska has played SIU Edwardsville, Texas Rio Grande Valley and Arkansas Pine Bluff in its first game. Drake isn’t like those teams, having won its last 40 regular-season conference games over three seasons and returning five starters from an NCAA Tournament team.

— 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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