Published Saturday, December 7, 2013 AT 6:04 PM / Updated at 6:04 PM
Women’s basketball: Utah State at Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena
Radio: 93.3 FM KFFF

UTAH STATE (5-2)
F Franny Vaaulu, 6-2, Jr., 10.6
F Ingrida Strikas, 6-1, Jr., 8.9
G Elise Nelson, 5-9, Jr., 4.9
G Jennifer Schlott, 5-6, Sr., 24.0
G M. Williams, 5-11, So., 20.1

NEBRASKA (6-2)
F Hailie Sample, 6-1, Jr., 6.6
F Emily Cady, 6-2, Jr., 13.3
F Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., 20.1
G Rachel Theriot, 6-0, So., 12.4
G T. Laudermill, 5-9, Jr., 7.5

Scouting USU: The Aggies — a high-scoring, up-tempo squad — pose some of the same threats as Washington State, which upset the Huskers 76-72 last week. Schlott is a three-year starter at point guard, and while a bit undersized, she’s a dynamic playmaker, averaging 6.1 assists per game. She scored 37 points in a 77-61 win over Utah. Makenlee Williams is one of the best 3-point shooters in the Mountain West, hitting 45 percent of her shots beyond the arc. Schlott and Williams are good rebounders for guards. The Aggies struggle with fouling; opponents are averaging 27 free throws per game. South Dakota, which beat Utah State 81-71 Thursday, took 44 foul shots.

Scouting NU: Nebraska played one of its better halves of the season in the final 20 minutes of a 75-62 loss at No. 18 North Carolina. Problem was, NU trailed by 10 at halftime. Sunday, the Huskers will want a hot start, and perhaps should try attacking the basket early instead of settling for deep 3-pointers. NU’s shooting just 28 percent beyond the arc, but 77 percent from the foul line. The bench still needs to produce more, even if it’s not in the points department. Nebraska will likely try to get the ball more to Cady, who disappeared against UNC because the Huskers didn’t feature her in plays enough.

Opening tips: This is the first meeting between Nebraska and Utah State. … The Huskers are ranked 166th in RPI, according to realtimerpi.com. … NU will play just four games in December, all at home.

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