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Matt Coatney is the voice of Nebraska women's basketball on the Husker Sports Network.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
          Release: 01/29/2013
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Coatney's Call: Ohio State/Minnesota Preview

Nebraska (14-6, 4-3) at Ohio State (11-9, 1-6)
Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. (central)
Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
Live TV:
 BTN

Radio: Husker Sports Network
(Matt Coatney-PBP; Jeff Griesch-Analyst)
(B107.3 FM-Lincoln; The Wolf 93.3 FM-Omaha; 880 AM-KRVN, Lexington; 94.5 FM-KLIQ, Hastings; 94.1 FM-KNEB, Scottsbluff; 1400 AM-KCOW, Alliance; 1450 AM-KWBE, Beatrice)
Internet: Free live audio on Huskers.com   

Nebraska (14-6, 4-3) vs. Minnesota (13-8, 2-5)
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2:05 p.m. (central)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
Live TV/Video:
NET/BTN.com (John Schuetz-PBP; Jami Hagedorn-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; 94.5 FM-KLIQ, Hastings; 94.1 FM-KNEB, Scottsbluff; 1400 AM-KCOW, Alliance)
Internet: Free live audio on Huskers.com

Going against one of the top defensive teams in the country, the Nebraska women's basketball team didn't expect to score a lot of points. No. 25 Michigan State came into last Thursday night's game in Lincoln allowing the fourth-fewest points in the nation and the Spartans had held each of their previous 18 opponent's leading scorers below their season averages. That all changed when junior forward Jordan Hooper scored a game-high 25 points in the Huskers' 59-54 win over the Spartans. 

After enjoying a weekend with no games scheduled, Nebraska returns to the Big Ten 'grind' with two games this week: a road tussle at Ohio State Thursday night before returning home for a rematch with Minnesota in Lincoln Sunday afternoon.

Ohio State has struggled to an 11-9 record, including 1-6 in the Big Ten this season.  The Buckeyes are in danger of having their streak of 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances fall by the wayside.  They have already seen their 31-game home winning streak snapped by Illinois earlier this month. The Buckeyes lost All-America point guard Sam Prahalis to graduation after last season's 25-7 campaign and then lost starting forward Kalpana Beach for the year in October with a knee injury. 

One bright spot for OSU is the consistent scoring of senior guard Tayler Hill.  The leading scorer in the Big Ten (21.0 points) has been filling it up ever since she was leading the state of Minnesota in scoring, becoming the first eighth-grader in state history to accomplish the feat. The Big Ten Preseason Co-Player of the Year is the only Buckeye who has started every game this season.  The Buckeyes lost 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Amber Stokes for four games with a sprained left MCL, but Stokes returned earlier than expected, coming off the bench in Sunday's 71-56 loss at home to league-leading Penn State.  Stokes averages 9.4 points per game. 

Junior center Ashley Adams is the team's leading rebounder (6.9 rpg) and adds 9.1 points per contest.  Freshman Ameryst Alston has assumed the team's point guard responsibilities, starting each of the last 14 games.  The two-time Ohio High School Player of the Year averages 6.3 points per game. 

Freshman guard Cait Craft has seen increased playing time off the bench for the Buckeyes. If the last name sounds familiar to you, it should.  She and her brother Aaron, point guard for Ohio State's men's team, are one of five current brother-sister basketball playing tandems in NCAA Division I.

Veteran OSU Head Coach Jim Foster is one of only two coaches, man or woman, to win at least 200 games at three different schools. Now in his 11th season at Ohio State, Foster's 776 career wins include stops at St. Joseph's and Vanderbilt.

The all-time series between Nebraska and Ohio State is tied 4-4, with the Huskers winning the last two games.  NU defeated No. 8 Ohio State 71-57 in the final regular-season game in Lincoln last year and then six days later overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat the Buckeyes 77-62 in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. 

When Minnesota heads to Lincoln to face the Huskers next Sunday, it will only be two weeks since the Huskers bested the Gophers 84-63 in Minneapolis on Jan. 20.  Since then, Minnesota has lost 64-59 at No. 8 Penn State and 91-86 at home to Illinois Monday night. 

The Gophers enter Thursday night's home game against Michigan with a 13-8 overall record, including a 2-5 Big Ten mark.  Last year's league Freshman of the Year Rachel Banham eclipsed the 1,000-point career scoring mark against Illinois, pouring in 37 points in a losing effort against the Illini. She is tied with Ohio State's Hill atop the Big Ten scoring charts with 21.0 points per game.  She had 15 points against Nebraska two weeks ago.

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 7:04 p.m. (central) with the tip-off scheduled for 7:30 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, KWBE 1450 in Beatrice, KCOW 1400 in Alliance, KNEB 94.1 in Scottsbluff, and available to our entire 25 network stations. 

Sunday afternoon's broadcast begins with the pre-game show at 1:45 p.m. (central) with the tip-off scheduled for 2:05 p.m.  All Husker women's basketball broadcasts are also available for free worldwide on the internet at www.huskers.comI 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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