Creighton will be taking on the Huskers for the 29th consecutive year dating back to 1983-84, that was NU Coach Connie Yori’s sophomore season as a player at Creighton. It will be Yori’s 20th consecutive game in the series as a head coach, including her 10th at Nebraska after serving the first 10 leading the Jays. Yori is 10-9 overall in the series, going 7-2 as Nebraska’s head coach, and 3-7 against the Huskers at the helm for the Jays.
Yori has been involved either as a head coach, assistant or player in all but eight of the 36 previous meetings. The Huskers have controlled the all-time series with the Bluejays, leading 26-10, including a six-game winning streak heading into Thursday’s contest.
Nebraska enters the game ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring defense (52.9 ppg) trailing only Purdue (48.9 ppg). At home, the Huskers have allowed just 44.6 points per game. Nebraska’s 21.0 point per game scoring margin leads the Big Ten despite playing three teams ranked in the top 30 nationally at game time. The Huskers’ plus-4.4 team turnover margin and 7.8 three-pointers made per game also lead the Big Ten.
Two-time MVC Player of the Week sophomore Sarah Nelson leads the team with 14.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game, and three double-doubles. Nelson ranks fourth in the NCAA, shooting 65.1 percent from the field … Carli Tritz, the 2011 MVC Freshman of the Year, led the team in assists (98), steals (67) and field goal percentage (.478) last year and is CU’s active career leader in leader in points, steals, assists, free throws and free-throw attempts, but is off to a slow start this season following preseason surgery on her knee.