When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.
Radio: 107.3 FM Lincoln, 93.3 FM Omaha
Indiana (10-5, 1-1)
F, Linda Rubene, 6-3, Sr., 6.6
F, Aulani Sinclair, 6-1, Sr., 19.9
F, Milika Taufa, 6-0, Jr., 4.9
G, Jasmine McGhee, 5-11, Sr., 11.9
G, Andrea Newbauer, 5-9, Jr., 1.3
Nebraska (11-4, 1-1)
F, Hailie Sample, 6-1, So., 5.7
F, Emily Cady, 6-2, So., 9.4
F, Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Jr., 18.9
G, Lindsey Moore, 5-9, Sr., 16.2
G, Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Fr., 3.8
Indiana scouting report: The Hoosiers fell apart last year, finishing 6-24, including 1-15 in the Big Ten. Under new coach Curt Miller, they’ve rebounded thanks to good perimeter shooting, a relatively soft nonconference schedule and experience in the starting five. Aulani Sinclair’s not necessarily on par with Jordan Hooper as a pure scorer, but she’s having a strong season, hitting 43.1 percent of her 3-pointers. The Huskers will attempt to take those looks away and force Indiana’s guards to do more of the offensive work. Though Andrea Newbauer starts, look for freshman Nicole Bell off the bench to provide more scoring punch. The Hoosiers had 26 turnovers in last year’s 62-48 loss at Nebraska, and turnovers are a problem for them again this year. So are offensive rebounds: Indiana gives up 13.2 per game. That plays into the Huskers’ hands.
NU scouting report: Nebraska’s looking for that fourth scorer who can knock down the 15-foot jumper when defenses collapse on Hooper and Lindsey Moore. So far, that option eludes the Huskers, even if sophomore guard Brandi Jeffery said that coach Connie Yori has players spending an extra 15 to 20 minutes on shooting after practice. “That’s all she talks about,” Jeffery said. “Being a ready shooter.” Jeffery — who hit two 3-pointers to get Nebraska out of a funk against Purdue last Saturday — is one of those contenders for the fourth scoring slot. Sophomore Hailie Sample is another. She missed several open shots against the Boilermakers that she’ll be counted on to make as the season progresses. Sample said the Huskers started to call some offensive sets for her, as well, with her back to the basket. Nebraska’s defensive pressure and offensive rebounding should be enough to squeeze out a win at Indiana, especially if Moore can take advantage of a desirable matchup at point guard. The Hoosiers don’t have a player who can slow Moore with any consistency.
Opening tips: The Huskers lost 67-61 at Indiana in 2010 as part of the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Nebraska is 1-2 against Indiana all time.