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Matt Coatney is the voice of Nebraska women's basketball on the Husker Sports Network.
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          Release: 11/20/2013
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Coatney's Call: UAPB/Southern Preview

#11/#10 Nebraska vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. (central)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)
Live Premium Video: BTN.com
Radio: Husker Sports Network
(Matt Coatney-PBP; Jeff Griesch-Analyst)
(107.3 FM-KBBK, Lincoln; 93.3 FM-KFFF, Omaha; 1400 AM-KCOW, Alliance; 94.1 FM-KNEB, Scottsbluff; 1450 AM-KWBE, Beatrice; 1230 AM-KHAS, Hastings; 1430 AM-KRGI, Grand Island; 1400 AM-KBRB, Ainsworth )
Internet: Free live audio on Huskers.com
 
#11/#10 Nebraska vs. Southern
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 p.m. (central)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)
Live Premium Video: BTN.com
Radio: Husker Sports Network
(Matt Coatney-PBP; Jeff Griesch-Analyst)
(107.3 FM-KBBK, Lincoln; 93.3 FM-KFFF, Omaha; 1400 AM-KCOW, Alliance; 94.1 FM-KNEB, Scottsbluff; 1450 AM-KWBE, 1230 AM-KHAS, Hastings)
Internet: Free live audio on Huskers.com
 
               
No. 11/10 Huskers Return Home to Face SWAC Schools
Coming off a successful first road trip of the season, the Nebraska women’s basketball team returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena to begin a four-game home stand.  The Huskers moved up four spots to No. 11 in the Associated Press Poll this week, while remaining 10th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. 
The Big Red got a quality road win last Friday night in Salt Lake City, knocking off Utah 75-69. Sophomore Rachel Theriot  exploded for a career-high 28 points, including 19 in the second half. The 6-0 point guard played the full 40 minutes for the first time in her career. Theriot was a perfect 8-for-8 at the free throw line and was key down the stretch as Nebraska went 10-for-10 at the line in the final 90 seconds to withstand a late Utah rally. 
Senior Jordan Hooper posted her 28th career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.  Junior forward Emily Cady added 13 points and nine rebounds, but fouled out midway through the second half.  Freshman Allie Havers picked up the slack with Cady on the bench and finished with seven points and seven rebounds. The 6-5 center added a pair of clutch free throws in the late stages of the game. 
Next up for the Huskers is a pair of home games against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Nebraska hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff Thursday at 7 p.m. (central), and then entertains Southern University on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff endured a dreadful two-year stretch from 2010-11 to 2011-12 in which they had a combined record of 2-57. Nate Kilbert took over as head coach last year and while the Lady Lions finished under .500 with a 13-18 record, the 12-game improvement was the major reason he was named SWAC Coach of the Year last season. Kilbert won the award in back-to-back seasons, also winning it in his final season at Mississippi Valley State in 2011-12. He led MVSU to the league championship and a berth in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in his 11th and final season in 2011-12.

UAPB is picked to finish sixth in the SWAC this season and while the team improved greatly last year, they lost four starters from a team that advanced to the conference tournament semifinals. The only returning starter is 5-9 senior guard Christina Lasane.  She led the team last season in assists (73) and averaged 7.4 points per game. She was asked to play point guard last year but is expected to return to her original shooting guard position this season.

Nebraska leads the all-time series with UAPB 2-0, including a 95-43 win over the Lady Lions in the regular-season opener on Nov. 12, 2011. Nebraska forced an opponent record 47 turnovers in the game by swiping 20 steals. Playing in her first collegiate game, true freshman guard Tear’a Laudermill finished with 14 points and connected on a game-high four three-pointers to lead six Huskers in double figures on the day.

While this will be the third home game for Nebraska, UAPB won’t play its third home game of the season until mid-January when the Lady Lions face the Huskers’ next opponent, Southern University.

The Jaguars are the preseason pick to win the SWAC after finishing 12-6 in the league last season (13-17 overall). Southern owns wins over Talladega College and Southeastern Louisiana this year, but suffered its first loss of the season last Friday night in Tallahassee, losing at Florida A&M 74-67. 

SU faces Rice in Houston Thursday night before traveling to Lincoln to face Nebraska Sunday afternoon.

Southern returns three starters from last year’s team, including  first-team All-SWAC pick Kendra Coleman. The 5-7 junior guard led the team in scoring in 2012-13 (10.9 ppg) and connected for a team-high 39 three-pointers. 

Jasmine Jefferson, a 6-1 center, was named to the second-team SWAC preseason all conference team this year. Jefferson started 24 games last year and averaged 5.6 points per game. This will be the first meeting ever between Nebraska and Southern.

I cordially invite you to join Jeff Griesch and me for Nebraska women’s basketball on the Husker Sports Network.  Our radio broadcast Thursday night 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 KBBK (B107.3) in Lincoln, KFFF 93.3 in Omaha, KWBE 1450 in Beatrice, KRGI 1430 in Grand Island KHAS 1230 in Hastings, KBRB 1400 in Ainsworth KNEB 94.1 in Scottsbluff and KCOW 1400 in Alliance. 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.   

There are a number of ways to get enhanced information about our broadcast and Husker women’s basketball via social media.  You can learn more about the team on the Nebraska Women’s Basketball Facebook page or follow the team on their official Twitter page @huskerswbb.  I also invite you to friend me on Facebook (Matt Coatney) or follow me on Twitter @coatman1.

Go Big Red! 

Matt  

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