Nebraska vs. Miami

When: 2 p.m. Friday

Where: Miami, Florida

Radio: 105.9 FM (Omaha), 107.3 FM (Lincoln)

Nebraska vs. Radford

When: 11 a.m. Sunday

Where: Miami, Florida

Radio: 105.9 FM (Omaha), 107.3 FM (Lincoln)

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Miami (4-1)

C Emese Hof 6-3. Sr. 11.6

C Beatrice Mompremier 6-4 Jr. 15.2

G Laura Cornelius 5-8 Jr. 6.4

G Mykea Gray 5-4 So. 10.0

G Kelsey Marshall 5-9 So. 7.6

Radford (2-1)

F S Felgemacher 6-3 Jr. 17.7

F Lydia Rivers 6-2 Jr. 9.7

F Tina Lindenfeld 6-1 So. 6.7

G Khiana Johnson 5-7 Jr. 8.0

G Destinee Walker 5-11 Sr. 10.0

NEBRASKA (1-2)

C Kate Cain 6-5 So. 10.0

F Maddie Simon 6-2 Sr. 9.7

G Hannah Whitish 5-9 Jr. 7.0

G Nicea Eliely 6-1 Jr. 8.7

G Taylor Kissinger 6-1 So. 12.3

Scouting Miami: The Hurricanes advanced to the NCAA tournament last season, losing in the first round, but their 2018-19 team should be tougher thanks to the addition of Mompremier, a Baylor transfer who’s averaging 12.2 rebounds per game. Her foul trouble contributed to a 75-52 loss at Iowa State in the WNIT championship, but if she can stay on the court with Hof, Miami’s front line will be even bigger than Nebraska’s group. Hof averages 2.6 blocks per game. Miami has a good blend of guards — both starters and three who come off the bench — who can share minutes and carry the scoring load together. Eight players average at least 16 minutes, which means Miami is a deep, talented team — the best Nebraska has played so far this season.

Scouting Radford: Located in Virginia, Radford won 24 games last season, advancing to the second round of the postseason WNIT. The Highlanders are big and rebound the ball extremely well for a mid-major. Felgemacher, a transfer from James Madison, is ferocious on the boards, averaging 15.5 per game. She’s avoided foul trouble thus far, too. Radford’s weakness is shooting; the Highlanders are making just 38.5 percent of their shots from the floor and 57.1 of their free throws. Ten missed free throws contributed to a 75-58 loss to North Carolina State. Radford’s size and experience will be just as formidable a challenge for Nebraska as Washington State or Drake.

Scouting Nebraska: Nebraska coach Amy Williams is pleasant about it, but blunt nonetheless. “I’m not really thrilled with the way we’re playing,” she said Tuesday, reflecting on losses to WSU and Drake. It’s not a work ethic issue, Williams said, but focus — possession-to-possession urgency, especially on defense and in rebounding. Nebraska isn’t exactly stunned with some of its struggles, given that four freshmen joined the team and three senior leaders who clearly knew their roles — Jasmine Cincore, Emily Wood and Janay Morton — departed. Cincore, Wood and Morton were particularly good in understanding their defensive roles on the ball and away from the ball, Williams said, which remains a work in progress for this current bunch. Freshman guard Sam Haiby, who had 20 points in the loss to Washington State, is a good on-the-ball defender, Williams said, but she’s still learning how to defend effectively when the ball is elsewhere. Still, Williams cited Haiby, Taylor Kissinger (12.3 points and five rebounds) and freshman forward Ashtyn Veerbeek (7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds) as players she’s most pleased with through three games. The Huskers need more from Cain and Simon, and the height of the next two opponents will require their best games. Nebraska could easily finish 0-2 on this trip if it isn’t careful, and a 1-4 start — with the hardest nonconference game still to come — would not be good. A 1-1 split out of Miami is important.

Notes: Nebraska’s RPI has plummeted, hard, down to 329 after the loss to Washington State, which followed up its win over Nebraska with a hideous 13-point loss to UC Davis. Miami is at 27th. Radford, which plays Temple on Friday, is 108th. ... Williams said Nebraska would spend Thanksgiving Day in Boca Raton, Florida, where the parents of freshman forward Kayla Mershon have moved. The Mershon family, Williams said, will provide the meal for the team. ... Nebraska holds a 3-0 all-time record against the Hurricanes.

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