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Husker Ladies (5-5) (0-0)Huskers Fall in Final Minute at Arkansas
Fayetteville, Ark. - Nebraska erased a nine-point deficit with 4:32 remaining to take an 80-79 lead with 1:04 left in the game, but Arkansas made enough plays in the closing minute to hold on for 84-80 women's basketball win over the Huskers at Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday night.
Trailing 77-68 with 4:32 left, Nebraska erupted on a 12-2 surge with seven points from freshman Sam Haiby during a 1:43 span. Her final point of her team-high 16 came on the first of two free throws to put the Big Red up 80-79 win 1:04 left.
But before the second free throw, the scoreboard inside the arena reset, putting the score to 1-0 Nebraska with 10:00 on the clock, while resetting all the team fouls and the timeouts for both teams. The scoreboard malfunction put more than two minutes between Haiby's first and second free throw. Haiby missed the second shot.
Twenty seconds later, Chelsea Dungee scored to put Arkansas back up 81-80. She added a free throw with 25 seconds left to extend the Arkansas margin to 82-80. Dungee scored 20 of her game-high 23 points in the second half to lead a group of five Arkansas starters that finished in double figures and scored all 53 points for the Razorbacks in the final 20 minutes.
Trailing by two, Nebraska got a good look at the rim from Haiby, but the challenged shot fell off the rim. The Huskers fouled and Kiara Williams, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds made both free throws to close the scoring.
Tue, 12/18, @ Arkansas (8-3), 7:00pm CT, SECN+
Huskers Close Non-Conference Play at Arkansas
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• The Nebraska women’s basketball team closes its regular-season non-conference schedule when the Huskers travel to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas Tuesday at Bud Walton Arena.
• Nebraska completed a perfect three-game home stand with a 96-71 win over Denver on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Sophomore guard Taylor Kissinger scored 18 points to lead five Huskers in double figures against Denver. Kissinger averaged 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals in NU’s home wins over Kansas, San Jose State and Denver.
• Fellow sophomore Kate Cain also surged in the Husker home stand, averaging 15.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in wins over San Jose State and Denver. Cain is averaging 9.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks through 10 games.
• Cain and Kissinger lead a group of Huskers that feature all five starters averaging more than eight points per game. Eight Huskers are averaging more than eight points.
• Sam Haiby is NU’s leading scorer overall with 10.5 points per game.
• Leigha Brown, a 6-1 freshman wing, improved her season scoring to 8.6 points per game by averaging 17.5 points in wins over San Jose State and Denver. Brown averaged 13.0 points during the home stand while shooting 54.2 percent from the field.
• Freshman Ashtyn Veerbeek is also surging after producing back-to-back career-high totals of 14 points against San Jose State and Denver. Veerbeek is averaging 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds on the year.
Scouting the Arkansas Razorbacks
• Arkansas carries an 8-3 record into Tuesday night’s game against Nebraska after running to a 71-44 win over Prairie View A&M at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville on Sunday afternoon.
• The Razorbacks have been bolstered by the addition of Oklahoma transfer Chelsea Dungee. The 5-11 redshirt sophomore is averaging a team-best 16.3 points while shooting 36.4 percent (16-44) from three-point range this season.
• Malica Monk is the senior leader for the Razorbacks. The 5-5 guard is averaging 12.8 points and 2.4 assists while knocking down 11-of-30 threes (.367). Monk has struggled at the line, hitting just 56.6 percent (30-53).
• Two-time transfer Alexis Tolefree has given Arkansas another offensive and defensive weapon; averaging 12.5 points as a high-volume shooter for Arkansas. Tolefree leads the Razorbacks with 26 made threes while shooting 27.4 percent (26-94). She also leads Arkansas with 21 steals.
• Jailyn Mason, a 5-9 junior guard joins Monk as a returning starter to the Razorback backcourt. Mason is averaging 6.6 points while shooting 37.5 percent (9-24) from three-point range.
• The lone forward in the Arkansas starting five this season is Kiara Williams. The 6-1 junior is averaging 7.3 points and team bests of 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while shooting a team-best 54.4 percent (31-57) from the field.