When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
TV: Pac-12 Network
Where: Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City
F Emily Potter, 6-5, Fr., 16.0
F Michelle Plouffe, 6-4, Sr., 15.0
G Cheyenne Wilson, 5-11, Jr., 3.0
G Danielle Rodriguez, 5-10, So., 10.0
G Ciera Dunbar, 5-10, Jr., 10.0
F Hailie Sample, 6-1, Jr., 4.5
F Emily Cady, 6-2, Jr., 15.0
F Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., 17.5
G Rachel Theriot, 6-0, So., 10.5
G Brandi Jeffery, 5-7, Jr., 6.5
Scouting Utah: The Utes advanced the WNIT championship last year, finishing 23-14 after a 9-11 campaign in the Pac-12. Like most Pac-12 teams, Utah has good size, led by Plouffe, an Edmonton, Alberta, native who was an honorable mention All-American each of the last two years. Plouffe’s game is a lot like Jordan Hooper’s — she can shoot the 3-pointer (35 percent last year) while hitting the boards. Joining Plouffe on the front line is another Canadian, freshman Emily Potter, who scored 16 points in a 73-56 win over Denver. Utah is a tough matchup because of its size and rebounding ability. Potter’s emergence may make the Utes a potential NCAA tournament team this year.
Scouting NU: The Huskers have beaten two major-conference teams in two games and now go hunting for a third on the road. It won’t be an easy task. NU will have to get more production from its bench to help supplement the starting five, which is supplying 54 of the 69 points per game. Sophomore Theriot had arguably her best game as a Husker in the 62-48 win over Alabama, scoring 17 points. To combat Utah’s size, look for more minutes from forwards Allie Havers and Katie Simon off the bench.
Opening tips: Utah leads the all-time series with Nebraska 2-0. This game is one of NU’s two road games during the nonconference season.