Nebraska's Hannah Whitish was named to the 12-player All-Big Ten Team by the conference coaches when the annual preseason honors were announced on Monday, Oct. 22.
The announcement of the preseason teams marked the tip-off of Big Ten Women's Basketball Media Week (@B1GWBBall) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Whitish, a 5-9 junior guard from Barneveld, Wis., led Nebraska in scoring (12.6 ppg) and assists (4.7 apg) as a sophomore in 2017-18. She owned a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as Nebraska's point guard while also ranking among the Big Ten's best three-point shooters. Whitish played a major role in lifting Nebraska to the nation's top turnaround in the win column last season, as the Huskers recorded 14 more victories (21) in 2017-18 than in 2016-17 (7). She captured second-team All-Big Ten accolades at the end of last season while helping Nebraska to the NCAA Tournament.
Whitish was the lone Husker honored by the league in preseason voting of the conference coaches.
The Big Ten Conference does not rank its team's No. 1 through No. 14 in preseason voting, instead the coaches and select media members each choose their projected top-three teams in the league.
Maryland is the preseason pick of the coaches and the media to win the Big Ten, while Iowa was picked No. 2 by both the coaches and media. The league coaches chose Michigan in the No. 3 spot, while the conference media selected Minnesota. Iowa senior center Megan Gustafson, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, was chosen by the coaches to repeat that honor. Gustafson, Maryland's Kaila Charles, Michigan's Hallie Thome and Minnesota's Kenisha Bell were all unanimous preseason all-conference selections by the coaches.
2018-19 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM*
Hannah Whitish, Jr., G, Nebraska
Alex Wittinger, Sr., F, Illinois
Kathleen Doyle, Jr., G, Iowa
Megan Gustafson, Sr., F, Iowa
Kaila Charles, Jr., G, Maryland
Hallie Thome, Sr., C, Michigan
Shay Colley, Jr., G, Michigan State
Kenisha Bell, Sr., G, Minnesota
Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, Sr., F, Northwestern
Teniya Page, Sr., G, Penn State
Ae’Rianna Harris, Jr., F, Purdue
Dominique Oden, Jr., G, Purdue
Whitish and the Huskers will hit the court for the first time together at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday night for a free Open Practice. Doors at the arena open at 6:45 p.m., and the practice is expected to last until approximately 8 p.m. Autograph opportunities will follow the practice.
Season tickets for Nebraska women's basketball are on sale now at Huskers.com.
The Western Nebraska Community College baseball team will be holding hitting and pitching leagues for the area youth baseball players beginning in January.
Both leagues will run for five weeks on Monday nights. Cost for the leagues is $50 per participant.
The hitting league will get the ball rolling first with hitting action slated for January 21 and 28, and February 4, 11, and 18. The pitching league will be held February 25, March 4, 18, and 25, and April 1.
Ages for the two leagues are baseball players 8 to 18. The hitting league is limited to the first paid 24 teams of four players, while the pitching league will consist of teams of two. League action begins at 6 p.m. with staggered starting times. The action will take place at the Field of Dreams indoor baseball facility located in Scottsbluff by Cleveland Field.
To download a league registration form, go to wnccathletics.com and the camps tab.
For more information, contact WNCC baseball coach Mike Jones at email@example.com or 308-635-6198.
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