Published Friday, December 7, 2012 AT 9:19 PM / Updated at 9:19 PM
Women’s basketball: No. 24 Florida State at No. 25 Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

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

FLORIDA STATE (7-0)
F, Chasity Clayton, 6-0, Sr., 13.0
F, Natasha Howard, 6-3, Jr., 15.3
G, Chelsea Davis, 6-2, Sr., 13.1
G, Morgan Toles, 5-9, Sr., 3.6
G, Leonor Rodriguez, 5-11, Sr., 15.9
NEBRASKA (6-3)
F, Hailie Sample, 6-1, So., 7.1
F, Emily Cady, 6-2, So., 8.6
F, Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Jr., 15.9
G, Lindsey Moore, 5-9, Sr., 15.2
G, Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Fr., 3.4

Florida State scouting report: The traditional ACC power slipped considerably last year to 14-17. Thanks to two new pass-first point guards, the Seminoles are back in the Top 25 and a contender for the league crown. FSU is shooting 49.7 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point range. Auburn transfer Morgan Toles (5.6 assists) and junior college signee Cheetah Delgado (6.4 assists) set the table for a Noles offense that averages 81 points per game. Forward Natasha Howard anchors a defense that outrebounds opponents 42-32 per game. On top of that, Florida State forces 21 turnovers per game. The No. 1 team according to realtimerpi.com, FSU has already beaten 2012 NCAA tournament teams Florida, Vanderbilt and Iowa by an average of 20 points. Nebraska’s running into a buzzsaw of confidence and speed, one of the best seven-woman rotations in the country.

NU scouting report: The Huskers are in a funk. After being overwhelmed by a more talented Maryland team — which didn’t surprise coach Connie Yori — Nebraska outlasted Idaho State and then lost convincingly at Creighton. Forward Jordan Hooper was held scoreless against the Bluejays, missing all seven shots from the field. And perhaps more concerning, NU couldn’t stop freshman guard Marissa Janning from taking over the game in key moments. It spoke to Yori’s sense that the Huskers still can’t play the kind of dominant, suffocating defense she desires. How will that work against a Florida State team that’s faster and more talented than Creighton? On a positive note, defense-first forward Hailie Sample continues to evolve as a post player, scoring 20 points in the loss to the Bluejays. Sample is crafty and getting better at working her way around defensive posts with one-handed shots. NU needs more from Hooper and forward Emily Cady, whose play has dropped off since last year’s Big Ten season.

Opening tips: Nebraska beat Florida State 66-63 last year in Tallahassee; this is the return game. … NU senior guard Lindsey Moore is starting her 107th game, the second-longest streak in the nation. … The Huskers take eight days off for finals after Saturday’s game.

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