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Northwestern vs. Nebraska, 1.24

Nebraska forward Leigha Brown (32) attempts a shot over Northwestern’s Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah in the second half in January at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Brown had a 30-point game against Purdue earlier this season.

Purdue (18-14)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Karissa McLaughlin; 5-7; So.; 15.2; 2.6

G Dominique Oden; 5-8; Jr.; 14.4; 4.5

G Kayana Traylor; 5-9; Fr.; 6.4; 2.0

F Tamara Farquhar; 6-0; So.; 6.5; 7.4

F Ae’Rianna Harris; 6-1; Jr.; 13.2; 9.3

Nebraska (14-15)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Hannah Whitish; 5-9; Jr.; 10.1; 3.0

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

G Leigha Brown; 6-1; Fr.; 9.6; 2.7

F Kayla Mershon; 6-3; Fr.; 3.2; 3.0

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

Time: 7:45 p.m. TV: BTN.

Scouting: Purdue guard Karissa McLaughlin earned first-team All-Big Ten honors by averaging 15.1 points and 3.8 assists in the regular season. McLaughlin, who led the Boilermakers with 80 three-pointers, averaged a league-high 38.8 minutes per game in Big Ten play. She has made 38.1 percent of her threes and 89.8 percent of her free throws. McLaughlin averaged 13.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two games against Nebraska this season.

Trending: Nebraska’s 9-9 record in the Big Ten regular season marked the seventh time in eight Big Ten seasons since joining the conference that Nebraska has finished .500 or better in the final standings.

Forecasting: This is a game Nebraska should have a really good chance to win. Nebraska played a couple of its better games this season against Purdue, winning at Purdue by 20 points in January and beating Purdue again in Lincoln 67-61 last month. And Purdue had to play on Wednesday, beating Illinois 72-60 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. And two of Nebraska's best individual games of the season came against Purdue, with Hannah Whitish scoring 28 against the Boilermakers in one game, and Leigha Brown 30 in the other. The Boilermakers were 2-8 in their last 10 games of the Big Ten regular season.

— 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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