Published Friday, December 20, 2013 AT 8:31 PM / Updated at 8:31 PM
Women’s basketball: South Dakota at Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena
Radio: 107.3 FM Lincoln, 93.3 FM Omaha

South Dakota (7-5)
F Lisa Loeffler, 6-1, Jr., 6.9
F Polly Harrington, 5-11, Sr., 10.7
G Tia Hemiller, 5-6, So., 8.4
G Nicole Seekamp, 5-10, Jr., 15.6
G Heidi Hoff, 5-10, So., 4.4

Nebraska (8-2)
F Hailie Sample, 6-1, Jr., 7.2
F Emily Cady, 6-2, Jr., 13.6
F Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., 19.9
G Rachel Theriot, 6-0, So., 11.8
G Tear’a Laudermill, 5-9, Jr., 7.5

South Dakota scouting report: The Coyotes are a young but dangerous Summit League team that’s completed the jump from Division II, much like UNO soon will. Australia native Nicole Seekamp is the team’s most versatile player, a threat to score from inside or outside. USD gets strong help off the bench from junior college transfer Raeshel Contreras, who averages 11.6 points per game. South Dakota’s scored a quarter of its points this year at the foul line and shoots 74 percent there. USD’s not likely to get to the stripe nearly as often against the Huskers. The team features two players from Nebraska: Crofton native Bridget Arens, a freshman who averages 3.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game; and Milford native Taylor Moore, a sophomore who averages 1.4 points and 0.3 rebounds per game. USD is coached by former Husker guard Amy (Russo) Williams.

NU scouting report: The 19th-ranked Huskers had a week off for finals and return to the court for a game much like several others in nonconference play. USD isn’t great on defense, but it can score, so Nebraska’s defensive toughness and depth will be tested. NU continues to want more from its bench, but has received improved play in recent weeks from guard Brandi Jeffery, shooter Sadie Murren and post Allie Havers. Starting forward Hailie Sample (13 points) is coming off her best game of the season against Creighton, as is Emily Cady, who finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

Opening tips: The Huskers moved into the RPI Top 100 late this week, according to NU is 94th. … Creighton beat USD 63-48 Nov. 26. Since then, the Coyotes have won five straight. … The Huskers and South Dakota already share a common opponent in Utah State. USD beat the Aggies 81-71 while the Huskers won 95-75. South Dakota also beat College of St. Mary 76-48 in its most recent game.

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