USU Women's Basketball Prepares to Take on No. 13 Nebraska Sunday
Dec. 7, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. - Utah State women's basketball continues its longest road trip of the season, taking on No. 13 Nebraska on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. (MT) at Pinnacle Bank Arena. This will be USU's first game against a ranked opponent since falling to No. 5 Notre Dame, 109-70, in South Bend, Ind., last season.
The Aggies are currently 1-2 on the road trip, going 1-1 at the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Classic in Northridge, Calif., and falling to South Dakota in Vermillion.
This is the first-ever meeting between Utah State and Nebraska. The last time that the Aggies have taken on a Big Ten team was on Nov. 25, 2005 when USU fell to Illinois, 62-43. Prior to that the last meeting between USU and the Big Ten was on Feb. 27, 1982 with a loss at Indiana, 70-57.
Both the Aggies and the Cornhuskers are coming off of losses. Nebraska has lost two-straight games to Washington State and No. 18 North Carolina. Nebraska fell to 6-2 this season with a 75-62 loss at North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday. It marked the first back-to-back losses by Nebraska since losing at No. 8 Penn State (Jan. 13) and at home to Illinois (Jan. 17) last season. That marked the only time last season the Huskers lost back-to-back contests.
All-American Jordan Hooper leads the team in scoring, averaging 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Emily Cady is second on the team in scoring with 13.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, while Rachel Theriot scores 12.4 ppg. As a team, the Cornhuskers score 73. 8 ppg, while allowing only 59.8 ppg. Nebraska is also strong on the boards, averaging 43.5 rpg.
Utah State has had only two different starting lineups through the first seven games of the season. Senior guard Jennifer Schlott, junior guard Elise Nelson, sophomore guard Makenlee Williams and junior guard/forward Ingrida Strikas have all started all seven games. Junior forward Franny Vaaulu has started six games, while sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow started the first game of the year. Aggie starters account for over 80 percent of the Aggies scoring. The Aggie rebounding is a little more balanced with 63 percent of the rebounding coming from the starters.
After the game against the Cornhuskers, the Aggies have two more games on the lengthy road trip. After a week off for finals, Utah State will conclude the swing with a game against UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 19 and finish with a game against in-state rival, BYU, on Dec. 21. The Aggies do not return home to friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum until Dec. 28.
Live stats for the game against the Huskers will be available at www.utahstateaggies.com.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball at www.twitter.com/UtahStateWBB, as well as on facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUAthletics. Utah State women's basketball is now also on instagram at www.instagram.com/USUWbasketball.
Aggie women's basketball tickets will be available by contacting the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435) 797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information or visit the Utah State athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.