Women’s Basketball: Northwestern looks to end Nebraska’s winning streak in Cornhuskers’ first visit to Welsh-Ryan

Rebecca Friedman, Assistant Sports Editor

The Wildcats aim to end Nebraska’s winning streak and obtain their fourth Big Ten win.

Coming off their most impressive win of the season, a comeback victory over the No. 24 Iowa Hawkeyes, Northwestern looks to gain ground in the Big Ten with a victory over Nebraska.

With three wins in the last five games, the Cats are playing some of their best basketball of the season. Their two most recent losses were to 13th ranked Purdue and 13-4 Michigan State. Both losses were narrow, with the Cats losing by four and five points respectively.

The Cats have also proven that they can play well when it counts and finish in close games. After coming back by as much as a 15-point deficit, the Cats triumphed over the Hawkeyes thanks to a buzzer-beating layup by sophomore point guard Karly Roser.

NU has improved on many parts of the game that they have struggled with all season and this was on display in the Iowa game, especially in the second half.

“We talked about maintaining composure and being careful with the ball, we limited turnovers,” Roser said, referring to the changes they made during halftime. “We took better shots … rebounding we did a better job of securing the ball and not letting them get second chance opportunities.”

NU’s defense has also steadily improved since the start of the year, with great defensive performances in their win over Indiana and their close loss to Michigan State.

The Cats face a tough opponent in Nebraska, who sits at third place in the Big Ten with only three conference losses. The Cornhuskers are riding a four-game winning streak over the past two weeks into Evanston, besting Minnesota twice, Michigan State and Ohio State.

Nebraska visits Welsh-Ryan Arena for the first time since joining the Big Ten, hoping to avenge last season’s regular season loss to the Cats in Lincoln. The then-No. 16 Cornhuskers fell to the Cats 63-51, before triumphing over NU in the Big Ten Tournament.