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Husker Ladies (7-8) (2-2)Huskers Fall in Tight Battle with Rutgers
Lincoln - Leigha Brown scored a game-high 18 points while adding a career-high six rebounds, but the Nebraska women's basketball team could not fully overcome a slow start in a 62-56 loss to Rutgers on Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Brown notched her fourth double-figure scoring performance in the last five games, but Nebraska slipped to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten. Rutgers, which is poised to join the top 25 this week, remained the only Big Ten unbeaten in conference play by improving to 5-0 in the league and 13-3 overall.
Rutgers used scalding-hot shooting in the first half to build an eight-point halftime lead and eventually pushed the margin to 13 points at 33-20 late in the second quarter before the Huskers charged back to tie the score at 52 in the fourth quarter.
Taylor Kissinger, who scored eight of her 11 points in the game in the opening 3:30 of the fourth quarter, drained her second three of the period and third of the game to tie the score with 6:30 left.
However, Nebraska went without a field goal for the next 6:25 until Brown's third three-pointer of the game came with five seconds left.
Rutgers, who also went well over five minutes without scoring early in the fourth quarter, got a layup from senior Stasha Carey with 3:08 left to regain the lead for good. Arella Guirantes, who scored the first five points of the game before being shut out for the next 36 minutes, then hit a challenged three from the deep right wing as the shot clock expired with 1:42 left to put Rutgers up 57-52.
Nebraska continued to come up empty at the offensive end and was forced to foul, sending Carey to the line where she hit a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left to push the Rutgers lead to 59-52.
For the game, Nebraska hit just 35.6 percent (16-45) of its shots from the field against a Rutgers team that is leading the Big Ten in both scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. The Huskers hit 7-of-12 threes (.583) while hitting 17-of-28 free throws (.607) but missed six of their last eight free throw attempts in the game, including three in the fourth quarter.
Nebraska won the battle of the boards with Rutgers, 38-28, but committed 19 turnovers compared to just 14 for the Scarlet Knights.
Ciani Cryor led Rutgers with 13 points and hit 3-of-5 threes, while Charise Wilson added 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Carey, Guirantes and Caitlin Jenkins all added eight points for the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers hit 22-of-54 shots from the field (.407), including 9-of-16 threes (.563) for the game. The Scarlet Knights also went 9-for-12 at the free throw line, including 5-for-6 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Sun, 1/13, vs Rutgers, (12-3) (4-0), @ PBA, 2:00pm CT, BTN
Huskers to Battle Big Ten Unbeaten Rutgers
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The Huskers enter Sunday’s game trying to rebound from back-to-back losses to top 25 Big Ten teams at No. 19 Iowa and to No. 9 Maryland.
• Rutgers comes to Nebraska riding a seven-game winning streak that includes a 73-65 win at then-No. 4 Maryland (Dec. 31), along with wins over Penn State, Northwestern and Illinois.
• Nebraska and Rutgers feature two of the Big Ten’s deepest and most balanced teams. The Huskers regularly use a 10-player rotation with nine averaging double-figure minutes in conference games. Rutgers also has nine players averaging double-digit minutes in league play and have at least 12 players contending for time in Big Ten action.
• Nebraska’s Leigha Brown, who was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Jan. 7), owns the highest scoring average for either team in Big Ten games-only. The 6-1 wing from Auburn, Indiana is averaging 13.5 points through four conference contests.
• Husker freshman Sam Haiby enters the Rutgers game with the best season scoring average by a Nebraska player. The 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., is averaging a team-best 10.5 points per game overall on the season.
Scouting the Rutgers Scarlet Knights
• The Scarlet Knights are 12-3 overall and unbeaten in Big Ten play at 4-0.
• The balanced Scarlet Knights attack features seven players averaging better than six points per game.
• Fifth-year senior forward Stasha Carey averages 10.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 blocks per game.
• Four more seniors make Rutgers one of the Big Ten’s most experienced groups, including starting post Victoria Harris (6.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.0 spg) and starting guard Charise Wilson (7.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.0 apg). Harris leads Rutgers in steals (28), while Wilson leads the Scarlet Knights with 45 assists. Wilson also ranks second among the Scarlet Knights with 18 three-pointers.
• Caitlin Jenkins, a 6-3 forward averaging 6.6 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds, and 6-0 senior guard Sierra Calhoun, a transfer from Ohio State who is averaging 5.9 points, round out the Rutgers senior contributors.
• Junior guard Ciani Cryor has returned from an early season injury and is averaging 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 4.0 steals per game.
• 5-11 sophomore guard Arella Guirantes is averaging team bests of 10.6 points per game on the season and 12.3 points in Big Ten play. A transfer from Texas Tech, she ranks third on the team with 16 three-pointers.
• Freshman Noga Peleg Pelc, a 5-7 guard from Israel, is averaging 6.9 points per game. She leads Rutgers with 25 threes on the season, including 7-of-11 shooting (.636) from long range in Big Ten play.
• Rutgers has always been known for their suffocating defense. The Scarlet Knights are holding opponents to just 52.7 points per game and they have held seven of their 15 opponents to fewer than 50 points.
• Offensively, Rutgers is averaging 64.4 points per game, outscoring opponents by 11.7 points per game while out-rebounding foes by 8.7 boards per contest. Rutgers also owns a plus-0.5 team turnover margin.