LINCOLN — Nebraska women’s basketball fans who have heard coach Connie Yori throw cold water on her team for a couple of weeks should be advised: The Huskers are still starting their exhibition season Monday at the Devaney Center.
Just which Nebraska team fans will see in a 7:05 p.m. tilt vs. Pittsburg State remains to be seen. In an interview with The World-Herald last week, Yori said she expected senior guard Lindsey Moore and junior forward Jordan Hooper to play against the Gorillas, a Division II Elite Eight team that finished 27-6 last year.
Yori said freshman guard Rachel Theriot (foot) and senior forward Meghin Williams (funeral) probably wouldn’t see action Monday. And sophomore guard Rebecca Woodberry is questionable.
Outside of that, the Huskers — ranked 18th in the Associated Press preseason poll — should be healthy enough to start building some of the chemistry that injuries inhibited during training camp.
“We’ll try to create some flow,” Yori said. “Get some continuity and get out some of the nerves.”
Yori said sophomore forward Emily Cady, who stayed healthy this camp and emerged as the Huskers’ No. 3 scoring option during Big Ten play, improved her upper-body strength in the offseason without losing her ability to run the floor.
“She’s a pretty skilled player for her position,” Yori said of Cady, who averaged 9.9 points and 6.5 rebounds last year.
NU beat the Gorillas 86-55 in 2011. Monday will be the earliest season opener in Husker women’s history. As part of the “Haunted Hoops” promotion, fans in eighth grade and younger will receive free general admission if they wear a Halloween costume.
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