Published Friday, November 30, 2012 AT 9:15 PM / Updated at 9:15 PM
Women’s basketball: Idaho State at Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

When: 2:05 p.m.
Where: Devaney Center
Radio: 107.3 FM Lincoln, 93.3 FM Omaha

Idaho State (3-2)
F, Ashleigh Vella, 6-1, Sr., 11.2
F, Cydney Horton, 6-1, Jr., 12.2
G, Kaela Oakes, 5-5, Sr., 8.4
G, Kara Jenkins, 5-8, Jr., 4.4
G, Lindsey Reed, 5-9, Jr., 12.0

Nebraska (5-2)
F, Hailie Sample, 6-1, So., 6.3
F, Emily Cady, 6-2, So., 9.6
F, Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Jr., 16.3
G, Lindsey Moore, 5-9, Sr., 15.6
G, Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Fr., 3.3

Idaho State scouting report: The Bengals don’t necessarily have a big name, but they won the Big Sky regular-season and tournament titles last year en route to an NCAA bid. They’ve won three in a row, including a 69-45 rout of South Dakota on Thursday night. Idaho State returns four starters and a deep bench, and its defense is forcing 18.4 turnovers per game. Idaho State makes nearly six 3-pointers per game, and though it lacks significant size, it’s outrebounding opponents. Given the Huskers’ occasional struggles handling the ball, slowing down hot shooters and battling on the boards, the Bengals pose an upset threat.

NU scouting report: Nebraska played even with No. 11 Maryland for 15 minutes before repeatedly faltering on defense, as the Terrapins scored 63 points in 25 minutes. The Huskers have to recover quickly before a few days off to prepare for Creighton. Coach Connie Yori said she inserted Rachel Theriot into the starting lineup because of her ability to pass and make plays on defense. Theriot’s the most talented of Nebraska’s freshmen, but it’ll take time for her to fully integrate into the Huskers’ offensive flow. Nebraska will be looking for more ways to free up Jordan Hooper for better shots; Yori said Hooper has to move better without the ball.

Opening tips: Nebraska leads the all-time series with Idaho State 1-0. … The ACC won the Big Ten-ACC Challenge 7-5, with No. 6 Penn State getting upset by Miami 69-65. … Northwestern and Michigan State remain undefeated in league play.

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