IUWBB GAME PREVIEW: Travel To Nebraska For Sunday Matinee


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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A Sunday afternoon matinee is next on the docket for Indiana Women's Basketball as it makes the trek north to Nebraska. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m. ET inside Pinnacle Bank Arena and will be live on BTN Plus.

Indiana (18-8, 8-5 B1G) at Nebraska (5-20, 1-12 B1G)
Sunday, February 19, 2017 • 3 p.m. ET
Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,500) • Lincoln, Neb.
TV Broadcast: BTN Plus
Radio:IU Radio Network (Greg Murray)
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Teri Moren
Career Record: 253-166 (14th Season)
Indiana Record: 54-36 (3rd Season)

Amy Williams
Career Record: 198-129 (10th Season)
Nebraska Record: 5-20 (1st Season)

Nebraska will look to end an eight-game skid on Sunday as it most recently lost to No. 14 Ohio State, 87-69, at home on Thursday night. They boast a young lineup, as four of five starters are underclassmen. All of the Huskers' wins have been at home this season as they are led by sophomore forward Jessica Shepard with 18.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Nicea Eliely also adds 7.8 points per game while freshman guard Hannah Whitish contribute 2.6 assists per game. They average 61.9 points per ballgame and shoot 37.7 percent.

Series tied at 4-4
Last Meeting: 2/24/16 - W, 79-68 (Lincoln, Neb.)

The Hoosiers picked up a big win on Thursday night, when it defeated No. 20 Michigan 72-61. It marked the first win over a ranked opponent this season and first top 50 RPI win for IU. Junior guard Tyra Buss led with 21 points, seven assists and three steals and junior forward Amanda Cahill added a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Indiana beat its fifth ranked opponent under third-year head coach Teri Moren on Thursday when it trumped No. 20 Michigan. In their first three seasons, only one other IU head coach has defeated more ranked foes (Kathi Bennett, 6).

With a 11-2 record on its home court this season, Indiana has secured 10 wins or more for the fourth-consecutive season. It also marks the fifth-consecutive season Indiana has posted a winning record at home including all three seasons under third year head coach Teri Moren.

Indiana's 66-38 rout of Northwestern on Feb. 11 had not only season implications but historic ones as well. It marked the fewest points allowed by an IU team to its opponent since it gave up 37 points to Wisconsin in 1986. It also marked the largest margin of win in a Big Ten game under third year head coach Teri Moren and the most since it beat Northwestern on Dec. 31, 2007 (+31).

Tyra Buss could approach another historic mark in scoring for Indiana Women's Basketball. She has potential to become the second player ever to record 500 points in back-to-back seasons as she leads the team with 482 points scored this season. In 2015-16, Buss took her scoring to new heights as she turned in the third-best single season performance with 620 points scored in 33 games played. Through 26 games, Buss is just 18 points away from her 500th point this season as she averages 18.5 points per contest.

Amanda Cahill earned her second straight CoSIDA Academic All-District honor, announced by the organization on February 9. The Clyde, Ohio native holds a 3.90 GPA in elementary education and will now be featured on the ballot for Academic All-American honors to be announced in March. She was also named to the District 5 team as a sophomore in 2015-16. IU has not had a player named an Academic All-American since 1989 (Ann Mooney, Amy Vanderkolk).

Junior guard Tyra Buss was one of 10 players added to the Wade Trophy Watch List on Monday afternoon. The Wade Trophy — now in its 40th year — is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award in college women's basketball. It marks just the second time IU has featured a player on the list, as the program's all-time leading scorer Denise Jackson was a finalist for the award in 1983 and 1984.

Indiana continues on in its full slate for the month of February, which features eight games in 23 days to close out the regular season. They are just one of two teams in the Big Ten with the eight game slate in the month, as Iowa will also play eight games.

Coming into Thursday's game, Indiana sits at No. 40 in the NCAA RPI while Nebraska comes in at No. 199. Overall, the Big Ten features five teams in the top 50 of the latest RPI.

Nine of IU's 18 wins have been by blowout fashion, by at least 24 points or more, including the 28-point win over Northwestern on Feb. 11. In four other games IU has won, it has posted at least a 14 point margin of victory in three of them. Indiana posted its largest win of 51 (100-49) over Northern Kentucky on Dec. 8.

The Hoosiers don't mind spreading the wealth as it passed out at least 18 assists for the 12th time including 19 in Thursday's win over No. 20 Michigan. They have hit a season-high 22 assists on three different occasions and have 11 or more assists in every game this season. IU ranks fifth in assists in the Big Ten (16.9 per game) and 27th in the nation.

Tyra Buss continues her excellence from the free throw line in her career as she leads Indiana with an 81.0 free throw percentage. She ranks seventh in the Big Ten, but has gotten to the line 168 times, the second most times of anyone in the league. She ranks ninth in the nation in made free throws (136) and 20th in attempts. For her career, Buss has registered the fourth-most in both makes (434) and attempts (571) in school history.

Cahill recorded her ninth double-double of the season with her 15 points and team-high 12 rebounds in the win over Michigan. She has recorded nine of IU's 13 double-doubles of the season and now has a total of 26 in her career - which ranks sixth all-time in school history. She also ranks sixth all-time in double-doubles in Big Ten games as she's recorded 14 in her career.

Buss has now made her way into the top 10 of both assists (6th, 371) and steals (6th, 199). She has scored 1,464 career points and has the potential to become just the second player ever to be on the IU top 10 list in points, steals and assists joining Jamie Braun (2007-10). She needs 39 points to reach Shirley Bryant's 1,503 career points to move into the top 10 of all-time scoring.

With the addition of Amanda Cahill as the 26th member of the 1,000-point club on Dec. 21, IU's roster now features three active players on the all-time scoring list at the same time.
• Tyra Buss – 1,464 (11th)
• Alexis Gassion – 1,263 (15th)
• Amanda Cahill – 1,210 (16th)

Buss - who set the scoring record for most points as a freshman and sophomore - continues to climb the scoring chart for most points through a junior season:
1. Denise Jackson (1,505)
2. Tyra Buss (1,464)
3. Rachelle Bostic (1,389)
4. Jill Chapman (1,346)
5. Cindy Bumgarner (1,311)
6. Karna Abram (1,284)

Indiana returns home for the final time in the regular season as it honors its five seniors - Jenn Anderson , Amber Deane , Alexis Gassion , Karlee McBride and Tyshee Towner - on Wednesday against Iowa. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on BTN Plus.

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Hoosiers Fall At Nebraska, 67-64

LINCOLN, Neb. – Indiana could not overcome hot shooting from the Nebraska Huskers on Sunday afternoon as it fell, 67-64, inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Junior guard Tyra Buss paced Indiana with 16 points, six rebounds and three steals and junior guard Amanda Cahill turned in her 10th double-double of the season with 14 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Senior guards Karlee McBride and Alexis Gassion each put in 12 points and senior center Jenn Anderson grabbed eight rebounds in the loss.

The Hoosiers (18-9, 8-6 B1G) countered with just a 39.3 field goal percentage, going just 25 percent from 3-point range. IU was also outrebounded, 34-32, and went 69 percent from the free throw line. On the opposite end, the Huskers were paced its third-best field goal percentage of the season, shooting 49.1 percent and 40.0 percent from 3-point range.

Nebraska (6-20, 2-12 B1G) came out hot on the offensive end, opening the game on a 10-0 run before IU could get on the scoreboard on a Buss bucket. A Gulley three made it a 10-5 game with 4:30 to play. Nebraska would eventually take a 18-7 lead after the first before Gulley knocked one down a jumper to open the second quarter.

IU was fueled midway through the second on an 11-0 run on a pair of McBride 3-pointers and a transition layup from Buss which cut it down to a one point Nebraska lead (22-21) with 4:55 remaining. It would prove to be the best quarter of the game for the visiting team, as IU shot 56.3 percent and outscored the Huskers, 22-14.

They found themselves down by five late in the quarter, but Gassion converted and Anderson got the putback on an offensive board to help Indiana come within one at halftime, 31-30.

Buss opened up the second half as she drove on the right side to take the first lead of the day. It would be a back-and-forth quarter, featuring five ties and two lead changes. Increasing its lead to seven on an 8-0 run with 4:31 left, the Huskers would close out the third on its own run, 7-0, to take a 49-48 lead.

Buss opened the fourth quarter driving inside as IU grabbed a lead before Nebraska's Jessica Sheppard knocked on in from long range. Eventually tying it up at 52-52, Nebraska stretched its lead back to four before Cahill could hit her second triple of the day. Using the glass, Buss would get the lead back, 57-56, but the Huskers would once again answer the call.

Down by three, McBride connected from 3-point range to tie it at 61-61 with 1:20 remaining. Nebraska responded on a Hannah Whitsh layup and Buss connected on just 1-of-2 at the line with 29 seconds left. IU applied the press in the final seconds but was thwarted twice by the Husker offense as it closed the game with back-to-back buckets. With looks at the end, neither 3-point attempt for Buss would be good as time expired.

Senior Day will be celebrated at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Wednesday night when the Hoosiers host the Iowa Hawkeyes. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET live on BTN Plus.

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