Denver (7-3)

C Courtney Smith 6-2 Jr. 11.8

F Madison Nelson 6-1 Jr. 14.9

G S. Romanowski 5-9 Sr. 8.5

G Claire Gritt 5-10 So. 12.2

G Lauren Loven 5-7 Jr. 17.0

NEBRASKA (4-5)

C Kate Cain 6-5 So. 9.2

F Maddie Simon 6-2 Sr. 8.7

G Hannah Whitish 5-9 Jr. 8.7

G Taylor Kissinger 6-1 So. 9.2

G Nicea Eliely 6-1 Jr. 7.8

Denver scouting report: There are plenty of connections that bring the Pioneers to Lincoln. Coach Jim Turgeon knows Nebraska coach Amy Williams from his days as Iowa Western’s coach, but more specifically, he’s the uncle of Husker forward Maddie Simon. Her grandfather, Bob, lives in Lincoln and is Jim’s dad. Jim Turgeon is in his second year at Denver, a potential contender in the Summit League, and he prefers an up-tempo style that twice has led to Denver scoring more than 100 points in a game. The Pioneers are coming off three close games — a four-point loss to Wyoming, a one-point win over Southern Utah and a two-point loss to New Mexico State — and they like to shoot 3-pointers, averaging 23.3 per game and nearly 10 made field goals. For grandfather Bob, it’ll be a weekend full of family. He’ll root for a close game and a strong game from Simon, one of NU’s few seniors. He plans on sitting in the Denver section as long as his son, he said, can get him a nicer shirt than the Denver T-shirt he currently owns. Denver won’t be a pushover for the young Huskers.

Nebraska scouting report: In wins over Kansas and San Jose State, NU played two of its best defensive games of the season and also dominated the boards. Since scoring isn’t really a problem — eight Huskers average at least 7.7 points per game — it's opponent field goal shooting and defensive rebounding that will mark the team’s overall progress. With Simon, Cain and Ashtyn Veerbeek, the Huskers have begun to build an identity in the frontcourt. Nebraska needs to work on turnovers, though, as NU is averaging nearly 17 per game. It has been an issue for both Simon (22 turnovers) and Veerbeek (16) in the low post. Nebraska’s guard depth took a hit when the team this week ruled out graduate transfer guard Kristian Hudson for the rest of the season. NU will attempt to apply for a medical redshirt for Hudson, who appeared in seven games but struggled with foot issues.

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