Coatney's Call: Sam Houston State Preview
#23 Nebraska vs. Sam Houston State
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7:05 p.m. (central)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
Radio: Husker Sports Network (Matt Coatney-PBP; Jeff Griesch-Analyst)
(B107.3 FM-Lincoln; The Wolf 93.3 FM-Omaha; 880 AM-KRVN-Lexington)
Internet: Free live audio on Huskers.com
Internet Video: BTN.com (BTN.com All-Access subscribers)
Road games are a lot tougher than home games. Why? They just are.
Players sleep in a strange bed, they're away from home and they play in front of a hostile crowd. Few places are tougher to play a road game than the Frost Arena, home of South Dakota State.
The Jackrabbits improved to 94-14 in their home arena in the past eight years with Sunday afternoon's 60-55 win over Nebraska. The Huskers had a minus-11 rebound deficit and had a hard time with SDSU's changing and aggressive defenses. Senior point guard Lindsey Moore had 21 points and five assists and fellow National Player-of-the-Year candidate Jordan Hooper added 15 points. Next up for Nebraska is a home game Tuesday night against Sam Houston State at the Devaney Center.
Sam Houston State enters Tuesday night's game with a 1-2 record after defeating future Husker opponent Grambling State 73-55 Friday night. SHSU opened up in the Preseason WNIT with a 63-31 loss at then-No. 10 Delaware, and a four-point setback against defending Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart in a consolation game.
The Bearkats return four starters and six other letterwinners from last year's squad that advanced to the post-season for the first time in school history. They won the West Division of the Southland Conference with a 12-4 mark, their best league mark in 25 years. SHSU's 18-12 overall record equaled the school mark for most victories in one year, and their 35 wins the past two seasons are the most in a two-year period in program history.
Senior forwards Britni Martin and Sequeena Thomas are back as two-time All-Southland Conference performers. Martin was a first-team selection in both 2011 and 2012, while Thomas was a second-team pick both years. Martin was the league's third-leading scorer last year and stood 52nd nationally with a 17.2 scoring average. She led the Southland Conference in three-point baskets per game (2.9). Thomas led the Southland Conference in rebounding and ranked No. 2 nationally with 12.5 rebounds per game. She also stood ninth in the league in scoring with 14.4 points per game.
Martin enters her senior year ranked as SHSU's No. 3 all-time leading scorer and second in Bearkat career three-point field goals and No. 7 in career assists (316). She led team with 523 points, the third-highest single-season scoring total in SHSU women's history. Thomas begins her senior season ranked No. 3 in Sam Houston career rebounding, No. 2 in career blocks and No. 13 in career scoring.
Sam Houston's third returning senior leader is 5-9 guard Chanice Smith. She ranks No. 17 in SHSU women's basketball career scoring. Smith produced the third-highest scoring average on the 2012 team with 7.7 points per game.
Sophomore Angela Beadle and junior Jasmine Johnson, both starters in 2012, return as well. Beadle, a 6-3 post player, averaged 7.3 points and 7.0 rebounds while Johnson, a 5-7 guard, ranked third on the team in scoring with 7.5 points per game.
1988 Sam Houston alum Brenda Welch-Nichols is in her sixth season as head coach of the Bearkats. She earned all-conference honors as a player in 1987 and 1988.
Nebraska leads the all-time series 2-0 over SHSU. The last meeting between the two teams was in 1995 with both games in the series being played in Lincoln.
I cordially invite you to join Jeff Griesch and me for Nebraska women's basketball on the Husker Sports Network. Our broadcast Tuesday begins with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. (central) with the tip-off scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on the Husker Sports Network, including Lincoln affiliate KBBK 107.3 FM (B107.3), KFFF 93.3 FM (The Wolf 93.3) in Omaha, KRVN 880 in Lexington, KCOW 1400 in Alliance, KNEB 94.1 in Scottsbluff, and available to our entire 25 network stations. All Husker women's basketball broadcasts are also available for free worldwide on the internet at www.huskers.com. I hope you can join us.
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Go Big Red!