Published Friday, January 31, 2014 AT 8:13 PM / Updated at 8:27 PM
Women’s basketball: Nebraska at Iowa
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Radio: 107.3 FM in Lincoln, 93.3 FM Omaha

Iowa (17-5, 5-3)
C Bethany Doolittle, 6-4, Jr., 14.1
F Ally Disterhoft, 6-0, Fr., 12.7
G Melissa Dixon, 5-8, Jr., 14.0
G Theairra Taylor, 5-11, Sr., 10.9
G Sam Logic, 5-9, Jr., 13.8

Nebraska (14-5, 4-3)
F Hailie Sample, 6-1, Jr., 5.9
F Emily Cady, 6-2, Jr., 14.1
F Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., 19.4
G Rachel Theriot, 6-0, So., 13.0
G Tear’a Laudermill, 5-9, Jr., 9.6

Iowa scouting report: To watch the Hawkeyes this season is to be impressed with their ability to get shots and score against any defense. They’ve won three in a row, too. Melissa Dixon’s the 3-point bomber. Bethany Doolittle is one of the best post players in the Big Ten. Sam Logic is a wild card scorer who averages 2.5 steals per game. The bench is decent, too. So why hasn’t Iowa beaten Nebraska in its last six tries? To be fair to the Hawkeyes, the two recent games in Iowa City were 77-72 and 76-75 losses that could have gone either way. Iowa also struggled to rattle former Husker point guard Lindsey Moore. Look for the Hawkeyes to attack Rachel Theriot and try to tire out the depth-challenged Huskers. Read more about Iowa’s Alexa Kastanek, a Lincoln Southeast grad.

Nebraska scouting report: NU got a much-needed rout of Michigan on Wednesday night. Now, it has to keep Jordan Hooper’s hot hand and combine that with some solid defense against an Iowa offense that averages more than 80 points per game. No easy task, but NU has the perimeter to take away at least some of Iowa’s shooting prowess. Can it slow down Doolittle? In their last few meetings, former Iowa center Morgan Johnson had plenty of success against the Huskers, and Iowa still didn’t win any of the games.

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