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Matt Coatney is the voice of Nebraska women's basketball on the Husker Sports Network.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
          Release: 01/08/2013
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Coatney's Call: Indiana/Penn State Preview

Nebraska (11-4, 1-1) vs. Indiana (10-5, 1-1)
Thursday, Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m. (central)
Assembly Hall (Bloomington, Ind.)
Live National TV:
 BTN (Eric Collins-PBP, LaChina Robinson-Analyst)

Radio: Husker Sports Network
(Matt Coatney-PBP; Jeff Griesch-Analyst)
(B107.3 FM-Lincoln; The Wolf 93.3 FM-Omaha; 880 AM-KRVN, Lexington; 94.1 FM-KNEB, Scottsbluff; 1400 AM-KCOW, Alliance)
Internet: Free live audio on Huskers.com

Nebraska (11-4, 1-1) vs. #8 Penn State (12-2, 2-0)
Sunday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m. (central)
Bryce Jordan Center (University Park, Pa.)
Live National TV:
ESPN2 (Beth Mowins-PBP, LaChina Robinson-Analyst)
Radio: Husker Sports Network
(Matt Coatney-PBP; Jeff Griesch-Analyst)
(B107.3 FM-Lincoln; The Wolf 93.3 FM-Omaha; 880 AM-KRVN, Lexington; 94.1 FM-KNEB, Scottsbluff; 1400 AM-KCOW, Alliance)
Internet: Free live audio on Huskers.com

The mathematical odds of Nebraska and Purdue playing overtime for the third time in their third-ever meeting last Saturday were astronomically small, yet the two teams battled into an extra period again with the Boilermakers edging out a 69-66 win.  After missing their first 16 field goal attempts and trailing 13-1, Nebraska rallied to take the lead in the second half.  The lead changed hands several times before Purdue had the lead late, but NU got two clutch three-pointers in the final 30 seconds of regulation from Jordan Hooper to force the extra session. 

Senior point guard Lindsey Moore had 22 points and eight assists to lead the Huskers, while Hooper finished with her 23rd career double-double and sixth of the season with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

NU hits the road for the first time in Big Ten Conference play with a two-game road trip to Indiana (Thursday) and No. 8 Penn State (Sunday).

Under new head coach Curt Miller, Indiana has already won more games this season than all of last year, and the Hoosiers' 10 wins are the first time the program has posted double-digits wins in the last three years. IU is 10-5 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten play after knocking off Northwestern 68-64 in Bloomington Sunday afternoon. Playing without senior forward Sasha Chaplin, who had started the previous two games, the Hoosiers got solid performances from several players, including senior forward Aulani Sinclair who scored over 30 points for the third time in the last five games.  Sinclair had a game-high 31 points against the Wildcats, hitting 14-of-15 at the free throw line and connecting on three three-pointers.  Sinclair leads the team in scoring (19.9 ppg) and three-pointers (44). 

Chaplin suffered a concussion during a loss at Michigan last Thursday and her status for the game against Nebraska Thursday night is unknown.  Last year in IU's 62-48 against the Huskers in Lincoln, Chaplin had a career-high four blocked shots and had a team-high 15 points. She averages 6.4 points per game this season. 

Linda Rubene (Ruh-BAY-nuh) was questionable for Sunday's win over Northwestern due to the flu, but played 30 minutes and had nine points and five rebounds.  The senior forward from Latvia has started 12 of the 15 games this season and averages 6.6 points per game.  Senior wing Jasmine McGhee was the JUCO National Player of the Year in 2010 at Vincennes University.  She has started every game this season and had 14 points against Northwestern Sunday.  McGhee has scored in double figure the last three games and averages 11.9 points per contest to rankl second on the team. 

Junior Milika Taufa has started all 15 games this year for IU, leads the team in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and adds 4.9 points per game.  She only played 11 minutes against the Wildcats Sunday due to foul trouble.  Last year in Lincoln, Taufa had five points and seven rebounds against NU.  Junior point guard Andrea Newbauer rounds out Indiana's probable starting lineup. The light-scoring Newbauer had no points but dished out eight assists against Northwestern and was credited for playing solid defense against Wildcast point guard Carly Roser. 

Junior forward Simone Deloach gives the Hoosiers size and experience coming off the bench. She has played some of the best basketball of her career of late. With Chaplin not available and Taufa in foul trouble Sunday, Deloach played a career-high tying 34 minutes and posted a career-high 15 rebounds. She added 12 points and dished out a career-high four assists.  Last Thursday she was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor in 18 minutes in the loss at Michigan. 

Curt Miller led Bowling Green to five NCAA Tournaments during his 11 years as head coach. He was named MAC Conference Coach of the Year for the fifth time last season and his 2007 team was the first MAC squad to ever reach the Sweet Sixteen.  His Bowling Green teams also won seven of the past eight MAC regular-season titles. 

Indiana has been tough at home this season, winning eight of 10 contests. Last year, the Hoosiers struggled to a 6-24 record, winning just one of 16 Big Ten league contests.  However, the Hoosiers lead the all-time series with Nebraska 2-1, including a 67-61 win in the only meeting between the two schools in Bloomington just two years ago.  Nebraska got its first win in the series last year in Lincoln, with Jordan Hooper posting a double-double 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Penn State and Nebraska split the season series last year with the Huskers prevailing 71-63 at PSU in NU's first-ever Big Ten game. The Lady Lions defeated Nebraska 93-73 in Lincoln just over two weeks later. PSU won the 2012 Big Ten regular-season title with a 13-3 record and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteent.  The preseason pick to win the league again this year, the Lady Lions have a veteran lineup and one of the best backcourts in the country.  Senior guard Alex Bentley has been relieved of point guard duties this season, but still is dangerous with the ball in her hands, as she leads the team in assists.  A lightning-fast defender, Bentley leads the team in steals and is second on the team in scoring.  She is just the sixth player in program history to record 1,000 points, 500 assists and 250 steals in their career. 

Bentley and junior guard Maggie Lucas are both listed on all three major National Player-of-the-Year watch lists.  Heading into the week, Lucas leads the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (.529) and is fifth in three-point field goals made. Lucas recently moved into 13th place on PSU's career scoring chart and is in seventh place on the Big Ten's career three-pointers list.  Bentley and Lucas combined to average 43.5 points in two games against Nebraska last season. 

Junior point guard and Maryland transfer Dara Taylor has started the last eight games and produced a career-high 18 points in Penn State's 76-55 win at Michigan State Sunday afternoon. Senior center Nikki Greene has a shot at becoming just the fourth player in Penn State history to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.  She had 15 rebounds against the Huskers in the first meeting last year. 

Senior forward Mia Nickson rounds out the Lady Lions' probable starting lineup. She had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in PSU's win in Lincoln last year. This season she has posted three double-doubles.

Sixth-year Penn State Head Coach Coquese Washington was named the 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year. She was the point guard on Notre Dame's first NCAA Tournament team. She had a six-year professional career and played on the 2000 WNBA Champion Houston Comets. She spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater before taking the reins at Penn State.  In 2011, Washington led Penn State to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005.

I cordially invite you to join Jeff Griesch and me for Nebraska women's basketball on the Husker Sports Network. Our radio broadcast Thursday evening begins with the pre-game show at 5:15 p.m. (central) with the tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on the Husker Sports Network, including Lincoln affiliate KBBK 107.3 FM (B107.3), KTWI 93.3 FM (The Wolf) in Omaha, KRVN 880 in Lexington, KCOW 1400 in Alliance, KNEB 94.1 in Scottsbluff, and available to our entire 25 network stations.  Sunday afternoon's broadcast at Penn State begins with the pre-game show at 12:45 p.m. (central) with the tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m. on KBBK in Lincoln, KTWI in Omaha, KNEB-FM in Scottsbluff and KCOW 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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