Everything you need to know about the Husker women’s matchup with Purdue

The game will tip off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM radio.

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Purdue (15-7, 6-3 Big Ten)

F Tamara Farquhar 6-0 So. 6.9

F Ae’Rianna Harris 6-1 Jr. 13.1

G Karissa McLaughlin 5-7 So. 15.5

G Kayana Traylor 5-9 Fr. 6.2

G Dominique Oden 5-8 Jr. 15.5

Nebraska (9-11, 4-5)

C Kate Cain 6-5 So. 7.3

F Kayla Mershon 6-3 Fr. 3.1

G Hannah Whitish 5-9 Jr. 9.1

G Nicea Eliely 6-1 Jr. 7.8

G Taylor Kissinger 6-1 So. 9.4

Scouting Purdue: The Boilermakers are their usual tough, defensive-minded, scrappy selves. Juniors Ae’Rianna Harris and Dominique Oden seem like they’ve been around longer than three seasons. They’re good rebounders for their positions and get to the foul line with frequency. Along with Karissa McLaughlin, Harris and Oden make a dependable big three who each average at least 32 minutes. Purdue has a couple of impressive wins — Miami and Iowa — on its résumé, and with a RPI of 27, is in the NCAA tournament right now. Simultaneously, this is a team that lost to Wisconsin. Purdue’s occasional struggles to score make it an upset candidate. Nebraska really could use one.

Scouting Nebraska: The Huskers (RPI 103) haven’t had a lot of great wins this season, but until a buzzer-beating setback at Wisconsin, they hadn’t had a lot of bad losses, either. Wisconsin was a bad loss, especially when Nebraska blew a 10-point lead with four minutes left because of casual possessions that led to poor shots or avoidable turnovers. One area to examine is whether a player like freshman guard Sam Haiby should have a consistent green light to drive to the basket when she’s shooting 33 percent inside the arc in Big Ten play. In good news, center Kate Cain had her best game of the season at Wisconsin, scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds. She’ll have a big size advantage Thursday and could have her second big game in a row. Nebraska could use a night where it is lights out in the shooting department.

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