Nebraska's Hannah Whitish scored 23 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, but the Huskers came up just short in a 64-62 loss to Iowa State in a closed scrimmage at Hilton Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
Whitish, who hit 9-of-13 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 three-pointers, also dished out five assists for the Huskers. The sophomore's final assist came on a swing pass to Taylor Kissinger who knocked down a long three to give the Big Red a 60-59 lead with 49.4 seconds left. Kissinger's third three-pointer of the game capped a rally for the Huskers from a 49-41 deficit at the end of the third quarter.
Kissinger, a freshman from Minden, Neb., finished with 10 points on just 3-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-11 from long range. She added four rebounds.
Kate Cain, a freshman from Middletown, N.Y., led Nebraska on the glass with eight rebounds, while adding a game-high four blocked shots to go along with three points in just 11 minutes of action against the Cyclones.
The Huskers hit 20-of-56 shots from the field, compared to 20-of-55 for the Cyclones, and both teams finished with 38 rebounds. Nebraska committed 15 turnovers against 16 turnovers for Iowa State.
Nebraska was significantly more competitive for 40 minutes against the Cyclones than the Huskers were in last season's closed scrimmage at Pinnacle Bank Arena; holding leads in the second, third and fourth quarters after getting off to a slow start at Hilton Coliseum.