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Huskers Hope to Get Jump on Kangaroos

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. UMKC Kangaroos
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. (CT)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Nebraska)
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Huskers Hope to Jump on Kangaroos
• The Nebraska women’s basketball team plays its second game of a four-game season-opening home stand when the Huskers take on UMKC Tuesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

• A live radio broadcast will be produced by the Husker Sports Network, with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch teaming up for their 17th season together on the call. The game will be carried live for free on Huskers.com and over the air on select Husker Sports Network stations, including B107.3 FM and CD 105.9 FM in Omaha. Free audio also can be found on the Huskers App. 

• Nebraska opened the 2017-18 season with a 62-53 win over SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday afternoon. 

• Sophomore guard Bria Stallworth erupted for game highs of 21 points and six assists off the bench in her first game as a Husker. The UMass transfer who sat out the 2016-17 season hit 7-of-14 field goal attempts, including 3-of-6 threes, and 4-of-5 free throws to help the Huskers improve to 5-0 all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena in season-opening games.

• Freshman Kate Cain joined Stallworth with a tremendous opening performance off the bench in her own Husker debut. The 6-5 Cain scored 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds and added a game-high three blocked shots in 26 minutes. She hit 9-of-15 shots from the floor to help the Huskers notch their 12th consecutive season-opening win. Cain earned Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors on Nov. 13.

• Sophomore Nicea Eliely and senior guard Janay Morton enter the season with injuries and will likely be unavailable for Tuesday’s game with UMKC. Both are hopeful to return to full strength early in the non-conference season. 

• First-year head coach Jacie Hoyt leads UMKC to Pinnacle Bank Arena. Hoyt, a 2009 graduate of Wichita State, inherited a UMKC squad that returned four starters that went 10-19 overall and 4-10 in the Western Athletic Conference under Marsha Frese last season. The former Roos coach is the sister of Maryland head coach Brenda Frese.

• UMKC opened the season with a 90-71 loss at Western Illinois on Friday night. Kristen Moore led four Roos in double figures with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting. The 6-0 junior forward added six rebounds and four assists. She was a high school teammate of Nebraska’s Bria Stallworth. • UMKC comes to Lincoln for the first time since 1989. The Huskers are 4-1 all-time against the Roos and have won four-straight games in the series. UMKC’s only victory in history against the Huskers came with an 81-79 overtime win at the Devaney Center on Dec. 7, 1983.

Scouting the UMKC Kangaroos
• Coach Jacie Hoyt brings UMKC to Lincoln to take on Nebraska. Hoyt will be on the sideline for her second career game as a head coach. She opened her head coaching career with a 90-71 loss at Western Illinois on Friday night.

• Samantha Waldron, a 5-11 senior guard out of Millard West High School, is UMKC’s top returning scorer after averaging 11.8 points per game a year ago. She had 11 points while playing the full 40 minutes in the opening-night loss at Western Illinois.

• Kristen Moore, a 6-0 junior forward, led UMKC with 22 points in the opening-night loss at Western Illinois. Moore, who averaged 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season, was a high school teammate of Nebraska sophomore Bria Stallworth at Homewood-Flossmoor in Illinois.

• Kiana Law contributed a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. The 6-1 senior forward played 39 minutes in the opener. She averaged 7.7 points and 5.7 boards last season.

• Aries Washington, a 5-9 senior guard who averaged 6.9 points and 4.0 boards a year ago, contributed 16 points and five rebounds in 38 minutes against Western Illinois.

• India Johnson gave the Roos a boost off the bench with 10 points and four rebounds in the opener. A 5-6 fifth-year senior guard, Johnson hit 4-of-6 shots but committed four turnovers in just 18 minutes at Western Illinois.

• Daijane Dillard, Sierra Bone and Paige Husa were the only other players to see action in the season opener. Husa is a 6-1 senior center from Fairbury, Neb.

• Head Coach Jacie Hoyt inherited 11 returning letterwinners from a Roos team that went 10-19 overall and 4-10 to finish sixth in the WAC last season under Coach Marsha Frese.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
24 - Maddie Simon - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 4.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
50 - Darrien Washington - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
3 - Hannah Whitish - 5-9 - So. - G - 8.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
33 - Taylor Kissinger - 6-1 - Fr. - G - 5.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
34 - Jasmine Cincore - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Off the Bench
12 - Emily Wood - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
13 - Bria Stallworth - 5-6 - So. - G - 21.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
14 - Grace Mitchell - 6-2 - So. - F - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
31 - Kate Cain - 6-5 - Fr. - C - 18.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg
43 - Rachel Blackburn - 6-3 - So. - F - 0.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Injured
5 - Nicea Eliely - 6-1 - So. - G - 7.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
13 - Janay Morton - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: Amy (Gusso) Williams (Nebraska, 1998)
Second Season at Nebraska (8-22)11th Season Overall (201-131)

UMKC Kangaroos (0-1, 0-0 WAC)
2 - Kristen Moore - 6-0 - Jr. - F - 22.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
32 - Kiana Law - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 11.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg
1 - Daijane Dillard - 5-4 - Sr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
10 - Aries Washington - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
22 - Samantha Waldron - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 11.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Off the Bench
3 - Sierra Bone - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 1.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
5 - India Johnson - 5-6 - RSr. - G - 10.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
41 - Paige Husa - 6-1 - Sr. - C - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
00 - Rilynne Like - 5-5 - So. - G - DNP
13 - Kennedy Perry - 5-5 - Fr. - G - DNP
14 - Bri Stiers - 5-11 - So. - F - DNP
15 - Taylor Larson - 5-11 - Fr. - G - DNP
24 - Janee Arnold - 5-4 - Jr. - G - DNP
Head Coach: Jacie Hoyt (Wichita State, 2009)
First Season at UMKC (0-1); First Season Overall (0-1)

Huskers Have History of Home-Opening Success
• Nebraska owns a history of season-opening success on the Huskers’ home court. NU notched its 42nd season-opening win with a 62-53 victory over SIU-Edwardsville on Nov. 11. 

• NU is 5-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in season openers, including a a 71-53 win over UTRGV on Nov. 12, 2016, a 96-46 victory over Arkansas Pine Bluff on Nov. 14, 2015, a 100-65 win over Pepperdine on Nov. 15, 2014, and a 77-49 win over UCLA in the first regular-season basketball game in the history of the building on Nov. 8, 2013. Nebraska’s last loss in a home opener came to South Dakota State on Nov. 19, 2005. NU’s only other home-opening loss was to Kansas (88-56) on Nov. 21, 1980.

• Nebraska has been strong in its first six home games every season. In fact, NU is 221-37 in the past 44 years in its first six home contests (.857), including 36-7 in Game No. 2. 

• The Huskers had their streak of 16 straight wins in their second home games of the year snapped with a 55-35 loss to No. 25 Missouri on Nov. 14, 2016. 

• Nebraska is 35-8 in Game No. 3, 37-6 in Game No. 4, 37-6 in Game No. 5 and 34-8 in Game 6. The Huskers only played five total home games in their first season in 1974-75.

You Betcha Shirts to 2,000 Fans for Arkansas Game
• The Nebraska women’s basketball team is offering a fun giveaway for Thursday’s game with Arkansas, as 2,000 lucky fans will receive “You Betcha” T-shirts.
• The signature three-point call of Husker Sports Network play-by-play voice of women’s basketball Matt Coatney makes it way to a fresh batch of red T-shirts for Thursday’s game.

• Nebraska’s game with Arkansas on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Pinnacle Bank Arena will tip off at 8 p.m.

Huskers Honor State Employees At Creighton Game
• The Nebraska Athletic Department will hold one of its annual State Employee Appreciation Days for the Creighton game on Sunday, Nov. 19. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Bluejays is set for 7 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

• State Employees were offered a special $1 ticket discount for the game.

• Sunday night’s game with Creighton also will feature a giveaway of approximately 1,500 men’s and women’s basketball schedule magnets sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board.

Cain Claims First Big Ten Freshman Honor
• Nebraska’s Kate Cain shared the Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award when the conference announced its first set of weekly awards on Monday, Nov. 13.

• Cain, a 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., erupted for 18 points and team highs of nine rebounds and three blocks off the bench to help the Big Red to a 62-53 victory over Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

• Cain, who was ranked as the No. 10 post and No. 82 player overall in the nation by ESPN among 2016-17 high school seniors, hit 9-of-15 shots from the field while adding an assist and a steal in 26 minutes of action against the Cougars on Saturday.

• Cain teamed up with sophomore newcomer Bria Stallworth to account for all 39 of Nebraska’s bench points, as the Husker reserves outscored SIUE, 39-2. Cain scored six of Nebraska’s first eight points in a decisive 13-0 run to end the third quarter against the Cougars. The Husker surge turned an eight-point deficit (38-30) into a five-point lead heading into the final period.

• Cain shared the honor with Purdue guard Karissa McLaughlin, who scored a team-high 21 points while adding five assists and four steals in leading Purdue’s come-from-behind win over Central Michigan on Friday. McLaughlin became the first freshman guard to start a season opener for Purdue since Courtney Moses in 2010.

• Iowa junior forward Megan Gustafson was named the conference’s first Big Ten Player of the Week. She was named the MVP of the Hawkeye Challenge after averaging 25.5 points, 16.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in a pair of Hawkeye wins over Quinnipiac and Western Kentucky. She scored a career-high 35 points in an overtime win over WKU on Saturday, while adding 17 rebounds.

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