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Michigan vs. Nebraska, 12.28

Nebraska forward Leigha Brown drives to the hoop past Michigan guard Nicole Munger (10) during the Huskers' Big Ten conference opener at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday.

Nebraska (7-6, 2-0)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Hannah Whitish; 5-9; Jr.; 8.2; 2.6

G Nicea Eliely; 6-1; Jr.; 8.9; 4.8

G Taylor Kissinger; 6-1; So.; 9.5; 4.0

F Maddie Simon; 6-2; Sr.; 8.9; 3.9

C Kate Cain; 6-5; So.; 8.2; 6.5

Iowa (9-3, 0-1 Big Ten)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Kathleen Doyle; 5-9; Jr.; 12.2; 2.4

G Tania Davis; 5-3; Sr.; 11.2; 2.0

G Mackenzie Meyer; 5-9; Jr.; 10.6; 3.5

F Hannah Stewart; 6-2; Sr.; 12.6; 5.9

F Megan Gustafson; 6-3; Sr.; 26.8; 12.6

Scouting: Senior forward Megan Gustafson is one of the best and most athletic players in the country. She ranks No. 1 in the nation in scoring at 26.8 points per game and is sixth nationally in rebounds (12.6 per game). In two games against Nebraska last season, Gustafson scored 29 and 26 points, but Nebraska won both games.

Trending: Through two Big Ten games, Nebraska freshman guard Leigha Brown is averaging a team-best 15.0 points in just 18.5 minutes per game off the bench.

Forecasting: With three seniors and two juniors starting, Iowa is one of the most experienced teams in the Big Ten and has maybe the best player in Gustafson. Nebraska is trying to beat a ranked team for the first time this season and end a streak of five straight losses in games against ranked opponents over two seasons.

— 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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