The World-Herald's Sam McKewon compiled everything you need to know for the Nebraska women's basketball team's matchup with Northwestern on Thursday.
The game, played in Welsh-Ryan Arena, will tip at 7 p.m. and can be streamed on BTN+. You can hear it on the radio by tuning into 107.3 FM in Lincoln or 590 AM.
Northwestern (15-11, 8-7 Big Ten)
F Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah 6-2 Sr. 10.8
F Abi Scheid 6-2 Jr. 11.8
G Jordan Hamilton 5-8 So. 9.5
G Veronica Burton 5-9 Fr. 7.7
G Lindsey Pulliam 5-10 So. 16.6
Nebraska (12-14, 7-8)
C Kate Cain 6-5 So. 7.4
F Kayla Mershon 6-3 Fr. 3.0
G Hannah Whitish 5-9 Jr. 10.0
G Nicea Eliely 6-1 Jr. 8.3
G Taylor Kissinger 6-1 So. 8.9
Sign up for Big Red Today news alerts
Get a daily Husker news roundup, recruiting updates and breaking news in your inbox.
Scouting Northwestern: Smart, gritty and big, the Wildcats (RPI 97) are a bad matchup for Nebraska in the way the Huskers are a bad matchup for Purdue. Northwestern doesn’t have the Huskers’ depth, but Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah didn’t need much help in the Wildcats’ 58-54 win at Nebraska, where she had 19 rebounds and four blocks. Athletic, quick power forwards give Husker posts fits. Likewise, Northwestern’s big guards can get in the face of NU’s wings and bring trouble. Lindsey Pulliam is one of the Big Ten’s better big guards. She had 21 points in Northwestern’s win earlier this season. Worth watching: The health status of Jordan Hamilton, who was hurt in Northwestern’s loss to Purdue on Sunday. She’s a valuable piece, and if she can’t go, Nebraska has a significant depth advantage on the wing. That said, Abi Scheid, Northwestern’s best 3-point shooter, didn’t play in Northwestern’s win at Nebraska, and she’s back. Northwestern always plays Nebraska tougher than it should, and a season sweep seems likely unless Nebraska brings its A game on the road.
Scouting Nebraska: The first three quarters of an 82-71 win over Michigan State reminded Husker fans that, on its best day, Nebraska not only can beat most teams but put good teams (like MSU) in the hurt locker. The fourth quarter, when NU allowed a 21-point lead to dwindle to eight, reminded Husker fans of the team’s frustrating inconsistency, especially when the offense is out of rhythm. On the positive front, Nebraska has quietly become a much better free-throw shooting team compared to last season. The Huskers have hit 73.4 percent of their free throws in Big Ten play and all nine players in the regular rotation are at 65 percent or better. Nebraska has to win better on the boards against Northwestern — no easy task — and hit some 3s. Nebraska is 4-4 in Evanston, so Thursday’s game is a coin flip at best. If Nebraska toughs out a win, consider it progress.