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Nebraska vs. Drake, 11.7.18

Nebraska center Kate Cain (31) gets double-teamed under the basket in the second half by Drake’s Nicole Miller (left) and Sara Rhine on Wednesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

USC Upstate (0-2)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Brianna Lewis; 5-3; Jr.; 18.5; 4.5

G DeNisha Swain; 5-7; Sr.; 12.5; 3.5

F Natalia Panufnik; 5-10; Jr.; 5.5; 2.5

F Michaela Gibbons; 5-11; So.; 5.5; 3.0

C Riley Popplewell; 5-11; Jr.; 3.0; 5.0

Nebraska (0-1)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Hannah Whitish; 5-9; Jr.; 10.0; 1.0

G Nicea Eliely; 6-1; Jr.; 10.0; 3.0

G Taylor Kissinger; 6-1; So.; 8.0; 6.0

F Maddie Simon; 6-2; Sr.; 4.0; 4.0

C Kate Cain; 6-5; So.; 4.0; 7.0

Scouting: Junior guard Brianna Lewis is the shortest player on the team for USC Upstate, at 5-foot-3, but led the team in its first game of the season in points (17), rebounds (six) and assists (five).

Trending: One of the areas that was an emphasis for the Huskers in the offseason was free-throwing shooting, and the Huskers had a pretty good start in the first game of the season. The Huskers shot 76 percent from the line (13-of-17). Last season Nebraska shot 64 percent on free throws.

Forecasting: Nebraska’s first game of the season, against Drake, was as expected, close, with the Huskers losing 83-77. USC Upstate of Spartanburg, South Carolina, is more like the opponents the Huskers usually play in the first game, and will be playing its second game in three days, after losing to Omaha 96-69 on Friday. USC Upstate does not have a starter who is 6-feet or taller.

— 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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