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Michigan State vs. Nebraska, 2.17

Michigan State center Jenna Allen passes under coverage from Nebraska center Kate Cain (31) and Kayla Mershon on Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

Nebraska (12-14, 7-8)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Hannah Whitish; 5-9; Jr.; 10.0; 3.0

G Nicea Eliely; 6-1; Jr.; 8.3; 4.0

G Leigha Brown; 6-1; Fr.; 10.1; 2.7

F Kayla Mershon; 6-3; Fr.; 3.0; 2.8

C Kate Cain; 6-5; So.; 7.4; 6.0

Northwestern (15-11, 8-7 Big Ten)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Lindsey Pulliam; 5-10; So.; 16.6; 3.4

G Veronica Burton; 5-9; Fr.; 7.7; 3.9

G Jordan Hamilton; 5-8; So.; 9.5; 2.0

F Abi Scheid; 6-2; Jr.; 11.8; 5.1

F P. Kunaiyi-Akpanah; 6-2; Sr.; 10.8; 11.1

Time: 7 p.m.

Scouting: Northwestern has already beaten Nebraska this season, 58-54, about one month ago. In that game, two players really hurt Nebraska. Forward Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah scored 10 points, had 19 rebounds — including 10 offensive — four blocked shots and three assists. And guard Lindsey Pulliam scored 21 points, most of them coming on jump shots.

Trending: Nebraska (85) and Northwestern (93) headed into the week ranked among the nation’s top 100 teams in the RPI according to RealTimeRPI.com. Both teams own six top-100 victories on the season. Nebraska’s top-100 RPI wins are Radford, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State and Purdue twice. Nebraska and Northwestern aren't projected to make the NCAA Tournament.

Forecasting: This would be a good win, coming against a team that beat Nebraska earlier in the season. Nebraska’s home loss against Northwestern was a disappointing one, when Nebraska rallied from a 10-point deficit but then had a bad finish. The 54 points Nebraska scored was a season-low. The Wildcats have the best defense in the league, holding opponents to an average of 60.1 points per game. Northwestern has just one win in its last four games.

— 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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