Huskers start 2021 with Scarlet Knights Sunday

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 5:09 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -Fresh off a New Year’s Eve win over No. 15 Northwestern, the Nebraska women’s basketball team opens the 2021 calendar year with a Big Ten battle against traditional power Rutgers on Sunday. Tip-off between the Huskers (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten) and the Scarlet Knights (5-2, 1-2 Big Ten) at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 2 p.m.

A live video stream will be provided to subscribers of Big Ten Network plus, with the radio call of Husker Sports Network broadcast team Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch. The game can be heard across the Husker Sports Network stations, the Huskers App and on

Sunday’s game will be the first of two meetings between Nebraska and Rutgers this season. The Huskers are scheduled to travel to the RAC in Piscataway to battle the Scarlet Knights on Feb. 7.

Nebraska improved to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten with a dramatic, 65-63 buzzer-beating victory over previously unbeaten and No. 15 Northwestern on Thursday in Lincoln. Sam Haiby’s put-back of her own missed layup as time expired lifted Nebraska to the upset of the defending Big Ten regular-season co-champion Wildcats.

Haiby’s last-second shot was ESPN Sport Center’s Top Play of New Year’s Eve.

Haiby, a 5-9 junior guard from Moorhead, Minn., finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists against Northwestern. She enters the Rutgers game leading Nebraska in scoring (16.1 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg) and assists (3.7 apg). Haiby earned a spot on the Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll (Dec. 14) after scoring a career-high 33 points to go along with nine boards and four assists in a Big Ten-opening win over Illinois (Dec. 10).

Sophomore Isabelle Bourne added her first career double-double in the win over the Wildcats, finishing with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. A 6-2 forward/guard from Canberra, Australia, Bourne heads into the Rutgers game ranked second among the Huskers in scoring (14.6 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg) and blocks (1.3 bpg). Through four Big Ten games, Bourne’s numbers are even better at 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest.

Kate Cain, a 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., joins Haiby and Bourne as Nebraska’s tri-captains in 2020-21. A three-time Lisa Leslie Award candidate, Cain notched four blocks against Northwestern to become just the sixth player in Big Ten history with 300 career blocked shots. Cain is averaging 3.0 blocks per game this season to go along with 8.0 points and 5.9 rebounds.

Ashley Scoggin has stepped into a major role in her first year as a Husker. The 22-year-old redshirt sophomore put up double figures for the second straight game with 11 points and three assists in the win over No. 15 Northwestern. She owns season highs with 16 points against both Purdue and Idaho State and is averaging 7.7 points per game while hitting 11-of-24 threes (.458).

Junior Bella Cravens also has been a major contributor as a starter in Big Ten play. The 6-3 forward from Laie, Hawaii, is averaging 6.8 points and a team-best 9.0 rebounds in conference games, including a career-high-tying 16 rebounds in the win over Illinois. She added 10 boards at Purdue.

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