Washington State (0-2)
C M. Kostourkova 6-4 Sr. 7.0
F Shir Levy 5-11 Fr. 3.0
F Borislava Hristova 6-0 Jr. 20.0
G Chanelle Molina 5-9 Jr. 9.5
G Alexys Swedlund 5-11 Sr. 12.0
C Kate Cain 6-5 So. 10.0
F Maddie Simon 6-2 Sr. 7.0
G Hannah Whitish 5-9 Jr. 5.0
G Nicea Eliely 6-1 Jr. 9.0
G Taylor Kissinger 6-1 So. 15.0
Scouting Washington State: The Cougars may have a new coach (Kamie Ethridge) and losses to Utah State and St. Mary’s, but they won’t blink at playing Nebraska. Washington State has handily beaten NU the past two seasons — 79-65 in 2016 and 73-61 last year — and returns many of the players who won those games. Hristova is a particularly good scorer — she had 16 at NU last season — who can give Nebraska matchup fits because of her size and versatility. Swedlund can hit the 3-pointer, while Kostourkova averages 10.5 rebounds per game. The Cougars have been ice cold from 3-point range so far — just 10 for 43 — which means they may be due to have a good day. Washington State’s roster features six players from other countries and Beatrice High School graduate Michaela Jones, who’s a freshman in the program. Jones has yet to play in a game this season. For Nebraska to beat the Cougars, it’ll have to deal with their length and their ability to defend the perimeter.
Scouting Nebraska: The Huskers followed up an 83-77 loss to Drake with a lackluster 87-64 win over USC Upstate, one the shortest teams to come through NU in years. It didn’t help that Whitish, hurt in practice last week, was limited to just 16 minutes and came off the bench. Coach Amy Williams, in general, wants more possession-to-possession urgency on defense. Williams will remain committed to spreading minutes to her six players off the bench, including four true freshmen who currently combine to average 26 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. Kissinger, the team’s best shooter when healthy, has hit 8 of 11 3-pointers this season and 58.8 percent of her total shots. If she hits her usual number of 3s and Cain gets some baskets against the Cougars’ giant center, Nebraska has superior depth and talent.
Notes: Though it’s early in the season, Nebraska’s RPI is 199 coming into the game. Washington State is at 302. ... The Cougars’ former coach, June Daugherty, was fired last season after the team finished 10-20. Ethridge, the new coach, is a former Texas basketball player who was previously coach at Northern Colorado. ... Washington State is the first of five straight Husker road games. NU won’t be back home until Dec. 5 against Kansas.