Published Saturday, February 2, 2013 AT 6:30 PM / Updated at 6:30 PM
Women’s basketball: Minnesota at Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

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

MINNESOTA (14-8, 3-5)
F Kionna Kellogg, 6-1, Jr., 7.4
F Micaëlla Riché, 6-2, Jr., 12.7
G Rachel Banham, 5-9, So., 21.5
G S. Mullaney, 5-10, Fr., 7.1
G Sari Noga, 5-10, Jr., 6.8

NEBRASKA (15-6, 5-3)
F Hailie Sample, 6-1, So., 5.1
F Emily Cady, 6-2, So., 9.8
F Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Jr., 18.7
G Lindsey Moore, 5-9, Sr., 15.1
G Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Fr., 5.1

Scouting UM: The Gophers broke a four-game losing streak with an 82-67 win over a ranked Michigan squad. Banham, Minnesota’s hot-and-cold star, scored 32 points and hit 11 of 15 shots. It was a sharp contrast to her poor performance in a 84-63 loss to Nebraska two weeks ago. Banham scored 15, but missed 15 of 21 shots. Banham has increasingly taken a larger role in Minnesota’s offense, as has Riché, a flame-haired forward who can be tough once she gets the ball on the block. The Gophers’ don’t play terrific defense, so they need to hit shots and give themselves a lead to play with. Minnesota doesn’t have a guard who can adequately defend Nebraska point Lindsey Moore, who’s averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 assists in three meetings with the Gophers.

Scouting NU: Nebraska’s hot, having won three straight, and it certainly sets up to win two more before a big game at rival Iowa. The Huskers’ offense has been humming with efficiency, especially against zone defenses. Hooper has averaged 23.3 points over the last three games, hitting 11 out of her last 20 3-point attempts. Theriot keeps growing as a guard, while Cady’s become more aggressive in the Big Ten. NU appears to have found its stride, and should keep the momentum going Sunday.

Opening tips: Super Bowl Sunday is a Pepsi Pack The House promotion, with $1 general admission seats and $1 24-ounce Pepsi products for fans who attend. The game should end 90 minutes before kickoff between San Francisco and Baltimore. … Moore will tie the Nebraska record with her 120th straight start, tying Meggan Yedsena, who played for the Huskers from 1991-94. … Husker Sports Network radio announcers Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch are scheduled to do their 400th broadcast together.

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