Michigan State vs. Nebraska, 2.17

Nebraska forward Leigha Brown (32) scores against Michigan State in February at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Brown, a freshman, is averaging 9.6 points per game.

Penn State (12-16, 5-12 Big Ten)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Amari Carter; 5-8; Jr.; 10.0; 3.1

G Karisma Ortiz; 6-0; Fr.; 3.5; 4.1

G Siyeh Frazier; 5-9; Jr.; 10.0; 4.6

G Teniya Page; 5-7; Sr.; 19.3; 3.5

F Lauren Ebo; 6-4; Fr.; 5.4; 5.6

Nebraska (13-15, 8-9)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Hannah Whitish; 5-9; Jr.; 10.3; 2.9

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G Nicea Eliely; 6-1; Jr.; 8.0; 3.9

F Leigha Brown; 6-1; Jr.; 9.6; 2.6

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

C Kate Cain; 6-5; So.; 7.4; 5.9

Time: 2 p.m. TV: BTN.

Scouting: With Penn State leading scorer Teniya Page missing the last three games with an injury, Jaida Travascio-Green stepped up in a big way in wins against Purdue and Illinois. The 6-foot-2 junior guard scored 14 points and made 3-of-7 three-pointers in the win against Purdue. She followed that with a season-high 19 points and five threes in a win at Illinois.

Trending: Nebraska’s four-player freshman class — Leigha Brown, Sam Haiby, Ashtyn Veerbeek and Kayla Mershon — ranks No. 2 in the nation with 825 points combined, trailing only Alabama State’s 1,176. Alabama State has an eight-player freshman class that includes its top five scorers.

Forecasting: This is the first game between Nebraska and Penn State this season. This is also the final regular-season game and a chance for Nebraska to win a game that it should and improve its seed for next week’s Big Ten Tournament. The middle of the Big Ten is very close, and Nebraska could still finish between fifth and 10th in the league standings depending on the results of the two league games on Saturday and five on Sunday. While Penn State is 5-12 in the conference, four of its wins have come against the bottom two teams in the standings (Wisconsin and Illinois).

— 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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