When: Noon Monday
Where: Value City Arena, Columbus
Radio: 590 AM Omaha, 107.3 FM Lincoln
Ohio State (4-6, 0-1 Big Ten)
C Dorka Juhasz 6-4 Fr. 11.3 ppg
F Makayla Waterman 6-2 Sr. 7.2
G Carly Santoro 5-10 Sr. 9.5
G Carmen Grande 5-8 Sr. 6.7
G Adreana Miller 5-11 Sr. 5.0
NEBRASKA (6-6, 1-0)
C Kate Cain 6-5 So. 8.8
F Maddie Simon 6-2 Sr. 8.3
G Hannah Whitish 5-9 Jr. 8.0
G Taylor Kissinger 6-1 So. 10.1
G Nicea Eliely 6-1 Jr. 8.5
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Ohio State scouting report: The Buckeyes were Big Ten champions last season. There’s a legitimate chance OSU finishes last in the league this season. That’s because all of its stars — specifically All-American and Big Ten player of year Kelsey Mitchell — graduated, and what remains is a hodgepodge of graduate transfers and youngsters. Carly Santoro comes from Bowling Green, Carmen Grande comes from Ball State and Adreana Miller is a transfer from LaSalle. Another graduate transfer, Pacific’s Najah Queenland, comes off the bench. They’re decent, but not anywhere near the caliber of players Ohio State usually has. Nebraska collectively has better guards and needs to win the matchup. OSU has made 37 percent of its shots from the floor and 27.6 percent from 3-point range. This is a scoring-challenged team that has less talent than NU. The Huskers can steal one on the road.
Nebraska scouting report: While coach Amy Williams thinks the Big Ten is better than it was last year, NU’s first two league opponents — Michigan and Ohio State — don’t suggest it. Nebraska beat Michigan by 14 and, had first-half shots fallen, it could have been a blowout. Is it possible the Huskers’ tough nonconference schedule prepared them to play better defense once they reached the Big Ten? Nebraska shut down the Wolverines and worked hard on the defensive glass. NU’s perimeter players then dominated offensively in the final quarter. Generally, Nebraska has been surprisingly good in fourth quarters, averaging more than 23 points over the final 10 minutes. Call it depth, or ability to spread playing time over five wing players, but NU tends to have an advantage in conditioning. Nebraska has lost five straight to OSU. The streak should end on New Year’s Eve.