Northwestern vs. Nebraska, 1.24

Nebraska guard Nicea Eliely (right) drives to the basket past Northwestern’s Byrdy Galernik in the second half on Thursday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Wisconsin (10-10, 1-7 Big Ten)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Kendra Van Leeuwen; 5-10; Jr.; 4.5; 3.9

G Niya Beverley; 5-7; So.; 5.8; 2.5

F Kelly Karlis; 6-2; Sr.; 8.1; 4.7

F Marsha Howard; 6-0; Sr.; 12.4; 9.3

F Imani Lewis; 6-1; Fr.; 11.9; 7.9

Nebraska (9-10, 4-4)

Player; Ht.; Yr.; PPG; RPG

G Hannah Whitish; 5-9; Jr.; 8.9; 2.8

G Nicea Eliely; 6-1; Jr.; 7.5; 4.0

G Taylor Kissinger; 6-1; So.; 9.1; 3.9

F Kayla Mershon; 6-3; Fr.; 3.2; 2.7

C Kate Cain; 6-5; So.; 6.9; 6.3

Scouting: Wisconsin is led by senior Marsha Howard, who is averaging team highs with 12.4 points and 9.3 rebounds. The 6-foot forward also ranks second on the team with 21 steals. Her season-high for points is 21, and she gets a lot of offensive rebounds, which teams have been able to do against Nebraska.

Trending: Nebraska junior guard Hannah Whitish, who grew up in Barneveld, Wisconsin, about 45 minutes from the Wisconsin campus, has scored in double-figures in three straight games, which is a first for her this season. She’s made eight three-pointers combined in the those games.

Forecasting: This would be a bad loss for Nebraska, which is coming off a frustrating 58-54 loss against Northwestern on Thursday. Wisconsin hasn’t won a game yet in 2019, has lost six straight games and is tied for last-place in the Big Ten standings at 1-7. The Badgers make just 53.5 percent of their free throws, missing 191 attempts already. The Badgers rank 177th nationally in the RPI. Nebraska is 84th.

— 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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