Huskers struggle against Indiana without key starters
The Husker women’s basketball team fell to Indiana on Wednesday in a close game, giving them their fifth loss in the last six games. With an injury-plagued starting line up, Nebraska tried to fill in the gaps by asking younger players to step up.
Rachel Theriot, a four-year starter, missed last Sunday’s game because of an ankle injury and continued to sit out on Wednesday. Whether or not she will play this Sunday, which is Senior Day, is still in question.
Along with Theriot, Drake transfer Kyndal Clark also was benched due to injury. Clark, however, will be out for the remainder of the season.
“When you don’t have those starters, you need some people to step up,,” said Jasmine Cincore, a forward who had to adjust to playing point guard to fill in for the missing starters. Cincore finished with 16 points, a new career-high.
Freshmen Maddie Simon and Rachel Blackburn were also in the starting line up, alongside regular starters Jessica Shepard and Natalie Romeo.
“I look at it as this is exciting for the future; it’s giving these guys an opportunity to get some good, important playing time,” head coach Connie Yori said. “I do think that we have, potentially, some good young leaders in our program.”
Although Nebraska’s future seasons may look hopeful, the last game before post-season remains on everyone’s mind. The team has made consistent NCAA tournament appearances from 2012 until 2015. This year, the uncertainty puts pressure on Nebraska to compete.
Indiana gave Nebraska a tough run. The game went neck and neck until the third quarter, when Indiana pulled ahead with four three-point shots. Indiana was 11-19 from behind the arch, which really challenged Nebraska defensively.