When: 8:06 p.m. Thursday
Where: Devaney Center
Radio: 107.3 FM in Lincoln, 93.3 FM in Omaha
OHIO STATE (14-10, 4-7)
C Aleksandra Dobranic, 6-4, Jr., 4.1
C Ashley Adams, 6-5, Jr., 9.5
G Amber Stokes, 5-10, Sr., 9.0
G Tayler Hill, 5-10, Sr., 21.1
G Ameryst Alston, 5-9, Fr., 6.4
NEBRASKA (18-6, 8-3)
F Hailie Sample, 6-1, So., 4.8
F Emily Cady, 6-2, So., 9.7
F Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Jr., 19.5
G Lindsey Moore, 5-9, Sr., 15.0
G Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Fr., 5.4
Scouting Ohio State: The Buckeyes are on a mini-roll with three straight wins over the Big Ten’s worst teams (Northwestern, Indiana and Wisconsin). The offense is struggling to some degree, but the improved health of Stokes helps. She’s a strong defensive player who sets up easy baskets for OSU. Hill is one of the best players in the country and perhaps the fastest in the Big Ten; she’s good shooting 3-pointers or busting into the lane. Ohio State struggles against Nebraska — which has won three straight against the Buckeyes — because of a lack of defensive speed in the post. Adams is a decent scorer and good rebounder, but she can’t keep up with any of NU’s post players.
Scouting Nebraska: After starting the Big Ten slate with losses to three of the league’s top five teams — Penn State, Purdue and Illinois — the Huskers have gone on a six-game tear that includes winning four games on the road. Nebraska’s been able to win every which way during that stretch — low-scoring, high-scoring — using a small but cohesive rotation. Hooper won Big Ten player of the week again after a big performance at Iowa; the Princeton offense is now working in her favor with lob and backdoor plays. Moore seems to be finding her stride as an all-around player. She’s always been a good-to-great guard, but in this winning streak she’s found even another level of patience and playmaking.
Opening tips: Tonight’s game is a promotion for Play4Kay, a national program sponsored by the WBCA to promote cancer awareness and research. It’s named in honor of former North Carolina State coach Kay Yow, who died in 2009 and battled breast cancer for more than 20 years. The Huskers will have pink accents on their uniforms, and fans are asked to wear pink.
— Sam McKewon