Women's basketball: Nebraska vs. Arkansas

Nebraska’s Taylor Kissinger is shooting a sizzling 52.1 percent.

Arkansas (8-3)

C Kiara Williams 6-1 Jr. 7.3

G Jailyn Mason 5-9 Jr. 6.6

G Alexis Tolefree 5-8 Jr. 12.5

G Malica Monk 5-5 Sr. 12.8

G Chelsea Dungee 5-11 So. 16.3

NEBRASKA (5-5)

C Kate Cain 6-5 So. 9.7

F Maddie Simon 6-2 Sr. 8.6

G Hannah Whitish 5-9 Jr. 8.0

G Taylor Kissinger 6-1 So. 10.1

G Nicea Eliely 6-1 Jr. 8.4

Scouting Arkansas: It’s no surprise that Mike Neighbors, who led Washington to the Final Four in 2016, has Arkansas going again. After the Razorbacks finished 13-18 in Neighbors’ first year, they’ve started hot this season with a fast-paced, guard-oriented style. Arkansas’ eight wins aren’t exactly impressive — the best one might be over Wisconsin — but close, high-scoring losses to Arizona State and Iowa State suggest Nebraska’s guards better be ready to defend and also guard against turnovers. Arkansas forces nearly 19 of those per game. Dungee, an Oklahoma transfer, is the standout scorer, but watch Tolefree, a high-volume 3-point shooter who’s struggled so far this season. Sooner or later, shooters break out of slumps. Nebraska’s given up some big 3-point shooting days already this season.

Scouting Nebraska: Arkansas’ weakness is rebounding, and Nebraska has an advantage there. It may have taken NU a few weeks — and a needless loss at Washington State — to fully appreciate coach Amy Williams’ message about effort, rebounding and possession-to-possession intensity. Scoring remains no problem — although NU could use another 3-point shooter to complement Kissinger, who’s shooting a sizzling 52.1 percent and could probably stand to shoot more often. Whitish — at 32.1 percent — and Leigha Brown (27.3) are the most likely candidates. A whopping eight Huskers have taken at least 60 shots this season, while five average at least four rebounds. The efficiency of true freshman Ashtyn Veerbeek — averaging 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds in just under 17 minutes — is notable. She’ll log more minutes in league play, so it’s logical to ease her into it. This is a sneaky important game for the Huskers’ NCAA tournament hopes as Arkansas has a decent RPI (No. 47). Look for NU (RPI 109) to put a lot into winning it. — Sam McKewon

Reporter - Nebraska athletics

Sam covers Nebraska football, recruiting, women's basketball and more for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @swmckewonOWH. Email: SMcKewon@owh.com

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