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Nebraska vs. Minnesota 1.20

Nebraska guard Nicea Eliely (5) tries to block Minnesota guard Kenisha Bell as she goes to shoot the basketball on Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Northwestern (11-7, 4-3 Big Ten)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Lindsey Pulliam; 5-10; So.; 16.6; 3.1

G Veronica Burton; 5-9; Fr.; 7.9; 3.2

G Jordan Hamilton; 5-8; So.; 9.7; 2.1

F Bryana Hopkins; 6-2; Jr.; 2.9; 2.9

F Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah; 6-2; Sr.; 11.6; 10.8

Nebraska (9-9, 4-3)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Hannah Whitish; 5-9; Jr.; 8.7; 2.8

G Nicea Eliely; 6-1; Jr.; 7.6; 4.2

G Taylor Kissinger; 6-1; So.; 9.3; 3.8

F Kayla Mershon; 6-3; Fr.; 3.1; 2.5

C Kate Cain; 6-5; So.; 7.2; 6.4

Scouting: Northwestern forward Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah is one of the most explosive players in the Big Ten, and another player capable of exposing Nebraska’s problems rebounding. She averages a double-double with 11.6 points and 10.8 rebounds. She is a disruptive defensive force on the glass, blocking shots and forcing turnovers.

Trending: Nebraska is going about it differently this season with its two leading scorers, Leigha Brown and Sam Haiby, each being non-starters. But it’s still worth noting that Nebraska’s bench is averaging 33.7 points per game in league games, the best total in the league. Northwestern’s bench players average 9.9 points per game.

Forecasting: This looks like a pretty even matchup, and a chance for Nebraska to get a win and a three-game winning streak. Each team is 4-3 in the league and in a fight for a spot in the top part of the Big Ten standings. Northwestern does have wins against three ranked teams in Duke, Michigan State and Indiana. Nebraska just got its first win against a ranked team when it rallied to beat then-No. 23 Minnesota on Sunday.

— 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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