When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Frost Arena, Brookings, S.D.
South Dakota State (1-2)
F, Mariah Clarin, 6-1, So., 8.3
F, Leah Dietel, 6-1, Sr., 9.0
G, M. Waytashek, 6-0, So., 12.3
G, Gabrielle Boever, 5-8, So., 5.7
G, Ashley Eide, 5-9, Sr., 10.7
F, Hailie Sample, 6-1, Fr., 7.3
F, Emily Cady, 6-2, Fr., 8.3
F, Jordan Hooper, 6-2, So., 15.3
G, Lindsey Moore, 5-9, Jr., 11.7
G, Brandi Jeffery, 5-7, So., 7.3
Scouting SDSU: The Jackrabbits won the Summit League and went to their fourth straight NCAA tournament last year. They’ll be hard-pressed to run the streak to five after losing two of their best players, Jennie Sunnarborg and Jill Young, off of last year’s squad. So far, SDSU has played a rigorous schedule, losing to Villanova 71-47 and Creighton 63-54 while beating Washington State 65-56 in overtime. The Jackrabbits have struggled with turnovers, averaging 18.7 per game. While their 3-point defense has been good (27 percent), they may have a hard time handling all of Nebraska’s offensive weapons. Still, this is NU’s toughest challenge up to this point, and SDSU should draw a good crowd.
Scouting NU: Hooper busted out of her scoring slump in a big way Friday night, pouring in 27 points on just 12 shot in 24 minutes. The Huskers started the game on a 16-0 run and held the Lumberjacks consistently at bay from there. The Huskers continued their strong run of defense, forcing 23 NAU turnovers. NU scored 25 points off those turnovers. Considering SDSU struggles taking care of the ball, the matchup favors Nebraska. Off the bench, freshman Sadie Murren is contributing 7.3 points per game and strong deny-the-ball defense.
Opening tips: Hooper scored 30 points and Eide scored 21 in Nebraska’s 80-71 win over SDSU last year. … Nebraska leads the all-time series 2-1. … Coach Connie Yori said in a phone interview that NU wouldn’t prepare for the Jackrabbits until after the Northern Arizona game. … The Huskers traveled by bus to Brookings, S.D., on Saturday. … Freshman Courtney Aitken was put on scholarship after the departure of Rebecca Woodberry.