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Northwestern vs. Nebraska, 1.24

Nebraska's Nicea Eliely (5) battles Northwestern’s Byrdy Galernik for a loose ball last month at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Eliely says the Huskers have tried to stay close during their up-and-down season.

Nebraska (9-11, 4-5)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Hannah Whitish; 5-9; Jr.; 9.1; 2.8

G Nicea Eliely; 6-1; Jr.; 7.8; 4.1

G Taylor Kissinger; 6-1; So.; 9.4; 3.8

F Kayla Mershon; 6-3; Fr.; 3.1; 2.8

C Kate Cain; 6-5; So.; 7.3; 6.4

Purdue (15-7, 6-3 Big Ten)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Karissa McLaughlin; 5-7; So.; 15.5; 3.0

G Dominique Oden; 5-8; Jr.; 15.5; 4.2

G Kayana Traylor; 5-9; Fr; 6.2; 2.5

F Tamara Farquhar; 6-0; So.; 6.9; 7.5

F Ae’Rianna Harris; 6-1; Jr.; 13.1; 9.0

Scouting: Purdue forward Ae’Rianna Harris is just 6-foot-1, but ranks fourth nationally in blocked shots by averaging 3.18 blocks per game. She’s a good all-around player, averaging 13.1 points per game and nine rebounds.

Trending: Nebraska junior guard Nicea Eliely has 13 steals in the past three games, and her 38 steals for the season are 18 more than any other Husker. For the Big Ten season, she ranks second in the league in steals with 2.7 per game.

Forecasting: This will be another difficult game for Nebraska, but one the Huskers should have a good chance to win. Purdue is playing pretty well recently, with wins against Indiana and Minnesota. Purdue is one of the best teams in the Big Ten at defense, holding opponents to an average of 60.2 points per game during league 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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