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San Jose State vs. Nebraska, 12.8

Nebraska's Taylor Kissinger (33) attempts a three-pointer past San Jose State's Raziya Potter (0) at Pinnacle Bank Arena in December. Kissinger is third nationally in three-point shooting efficiency at 49.4 percent.

Illinois (9-7, 1-4 Big Ten)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G J-Naya Ephraim; 5-9; Fr.; 4.1; 3.2

G Brandi Beasley; 5-7; Jr.; 10.4; 4.3

G Cierra Rice; 5-9; Jr.; 7.9; 3.7

F Alex Wittinger; 6-1; Sr.; 15.8; 7.9

F Ali Andrews; 6-2; Jr.; 7.8; 3.6

Nebraska (7-9, 2-3)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Hannah Whitish; 5-9; Jr.; 8.3; 2.8

G Nicea Eliely; 6-1; Jr.; 8.3; 4.1

G Taylor Kissinger; 6-1; So.; 9.3; 3.9

F Maddie Simon; 6-2; Sr.; 8.1; 3.6

C Kate Cain; 6-5; So.; 7.3; 6.8

Scouting: Illinois is led by one of the Big Ten’s best forwards, Alex Wittinger. The 6-foot-1 senior is averaging 15.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. In her last game, against Penn State, she scored 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field.

Trending: Nebraska sophomore guard Taylor Kissinger ranks fifth nationally in three-point shooting percentage. She’s making 48.6 of her attempts (36-74). As a freshman, she shot 36.2 percent on three-pointers.

Forecasting: Illinois is probably better than its recent history shows — the Illini just ended a streak in which it lost 29 consecutive Big Ten conference games over three seasons — but this is a great chance for Nebraska to end its current three-game losing streak. But Nebraska is just 1-6 in road games this season.

— Brent C. Wagner


Sports reporter

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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