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Huskers Head to No. 15 Michigan Thursday

Nebraska women's basketball players celebrate their win over Rutgers.
Nebraska women's basketball players celebrate their win over Rutgers.(Scott Bruhn | Scott Bruhn)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 5:21 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action on Thursday to take on its third top-15 team in three weeks when the Huskers collide with No. 15/14 Michigan. Tip-off between the Big Red (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) and Wolverines (7-0, 2-0 Big Ten) is set for 5 p.m. (CT) at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.

A live video stream will be provided to subscribers of Big Ten Network plus. Live radio will also be available through the Husker Sports Network with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch calling the action across the network stations, the Huskers App and on Huskers.com.

Nebraska improved to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten with a hard-fought 53-50 win over Rutgers on Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. Sam Haiby, who was named the Big Ten Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and earned a spot on the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll (Jan. 4), led Nebraska with 16 points and five assists while adding five rebounds. Haiby scored six straight points to cap a 9-0 Husker run midway through the fourth quarter that turned a 44-40 deficit into a 49-44 NU lead.

On New Year’s Eve, Haiby’s put-back of her own missed layup as time expired lifted Nebraska to an upset of previously unbeaten and defending Big Ten regular-season co-champion No. 15 Northwestern. Haiby’s last-second shot was ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Play of New Year’s Eve.

Haiby, a 5-9 junior guard from Moorhead, Minn., finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists against Northwestern. She enters the Michigan game leading Nebraska in scoring (16.1 ppg), assists (3.9 apg) and steals (1.3 spg) while ranking third on the team in rebounds (7.1 rpg).

Haiby earned a spot on the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll (Dec. 14) after scoring a career-high 33 points to go along with nine boards and four assists in a Big Ten-opening win over Illinois (Dec. 10).

Sophomore Isabelle Bourne also has solidified herself as a rising star in the Big Ten. The 6-2 forward from Canberra, Australia notched her second straight double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the win over Rutgers. She was also the primary defender responsible for holding Big Ten scoring leader Arella Guirantes to just eight points on 3-of-24 shooting. Bourne added her first career double-double in the win over Northwestern, finishing with 11 points and a then-career-high 10 rebounds. Bourne heads to Michigan ranked second among the Huskers in scoring (14.1 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg), assists (2.5 apg) and blocks (1.1 bpg). Through five Big Ten games, Bourne’s numbers are even better at 16.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest.

Kate Cain, a 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., joins Haiby and Bourne as Nebraska’s tri-captains in 2020-21. A three-time Lisa Leslie Award candidate, Cain notched four blocks against Northwestern to become just the sixth player in Big Ten history with 300 career blocked shots. Cain is averaging 2.9 blocks per game this season to go along with 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds.

Ashley Scoggin has stepped into a major role in her first year as a Husker. The 22-year-old redshirt sophomore put up double figures for the third straight game with 11 points - all in the second half - in Nebraska’s win over Rutgers. She owns season highs with 16 points against both Purdue and Idaho State and is averaging 8.1 points per game while hitting 14-of-30 threes (.467).

Junior Bella Cravens also has been a major contributor as a starter in Big Ten play. The 6-3 forward from Laie, Hawaii, is averaging 6.6 points and a team-best 9.6 rebounds in conference games, including a career-high-tying 16 rebounds in the win over Illinois. She added 13 boards in Sunday’s win over Rutgers.

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