Husker women's ready for road game

Junior guard Lindsey Moore fields questions during a press conference on Wednesday Feb. 23, 2012.

Story and photos by Kyle Bruggeman, News Net Nebraska

The Nebraska women’s basketball team held a news conference Wednesday to answer any questions before going on the road to challenge Michigan State in Lansing on Thursday.

Head-coach Connie Yori was in high spirits and knows her girls face a tough Spartan team.

“Michigan State has found themselves,” said Yori. “They don’t have a true weakness.”

If the Huskers can win at Michigan State and upset No. 8 Ohio State, it claims the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament based on conference tie breaking procedures. A win tomorrow would also match the eighth-highest victory total in school history.

The huskers rank 23rd in both the AP and Coach’s Poll after coming off a 68-59 win over Wisconsin at the Devaney Center on Sunday.

Junior guard Lindsey Moore.

“We don’t really know all the time how we rank, we just want to take care of business,” said junior guard Lindsey Moore. And she has by starting 91 consecutive games and ranking 23rd in Nebraska history with 1,059 points.

The huskers look to take advantage of leading scorer Jordan Hooper. The 6-foot-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., spoke humbly to reporters regarding her scroing. Hooper needs just 34 points to become the first sophomore in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark.

Defending Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan State heads into Thursday’s game with a win against Purdue in overtime on Sunday in East Lansing. The Spartans biggest threat comes from senior guard Porsche Poole. Poole averages 13.3 points per game while the team together averages 65.9, the huskers average 71.8.

Questions regarding recruiting were on the agenda.

“I think 20 years ago there wasn’t as many kids playing at today’s level,” said Yori when asked about the status of today’s high-school basketball talent in Nebraska. The head coach is known for recruiting within Nebraska and can sometimes be found in the stands of high-school games around the state.

Tip-off between the Huskers and the Spartans is set for Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 pm from the Breslin Center.