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Husker Ladies (9-10) (4-4)Huskers Lose on Buzzer-Beater at Wisconsin
Madison, Wis. - Nebraska got a driving layup from Nicea Eliely with 0.7 seconds left to give the Huskers a 69-67 lead, but Wisconsin's Kelly Karlis knocked down a three-pointer from the corner as time expired to allow the Badgers to escape with a 70-69 women's basketball win at the Kohl Center on Sunday afternoon.
Karlis, who gave the Badgers just their second three-pointer of the game, caught the ball in the corner and reset her feet before loading up her three, but the shot was confirmed as a made three to give Wisconsin its second Big Ten win. Karlis finished with eight points, including six during UW's 13-2 surge in the game's final four minutes.
Eliely, who finished with 12 points, five rebounds and five steals, had a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the first quarter wiped off after it was originally counted following her steal with two seconds left.
Those shots were enough to make a difference in what was an evenly played game across most categories, although the only time Nebraska trailed in the contest was at the final buzzer. The Huskers slipped to 4-5 in the Big Ten and 9-11 overall, while Wisconsin improved to 11-10 and 2-7 in the league.
Taylor Kissinger led the Huskers with 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers, while going 5-for-7 overall from the field. Fellow sophomore Kate Cain contributed her best offensive performance of Big Ten play with 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, one block and a steal. Cain and Kissinger combined for Nebraska's first 10 points of the fourth quarter to help the Huskers build a 60-53 edge after leading just 51-49 at the end of three periods.
Junior Hannah Whitish, a Wisconsin native, added 12 points including her fourth three-pointer of the contest with 6:55 left to extend NU's margin to 63-53. Whitish also dished out seven assists in the game.
But the Huskers got just two field goals the rest of the way, as Wisconsin stormed back to tie the score at 67 with 1:01 left on a pair of Niya Beverley free throws. In the fourth quarter, Wisconsin hit 8-of-10 free throws, including its final six. The Badgers went 14-for-20 from the line in the game, after entering the game at just 52 percent from the line for the season.
Beverley finished with 10 points, five assists and four steals, while Karlis added eight points and four steals of her own as those two Badgers combined for UW's final eight points. For the game, Marsha Howard led Wisconsin with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Imani Lewis added 17 points and seven boards.
As a team, Nebraska hit 44.3 percent (27-61) of its shots from the field, including 30.4 percent (7-23) of its threes. The Huskers also went 8-for-9 at the free throw line. Both teams committed 18 turnovers in the game, and Nebraska outscored UW in points of turnovers 18-15.
However, Wisconsin won the battle of the boards 34-33, including 19-10 in the second half that included eight offensive rebounds after Nebraska dominated the first-half glass. UW outscored the Huskers 15-13 in second-chance points for the game, including 11-0 in the second half.
Sun, 1/27, @ Wisconsin, (10-10) (1-7), 2:00pm CT, BTN Plus
Huskers to Battle for Road Win at Badgers
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Nebraska is coming off a narrow 58-54 loss to Northwestern in a defensive struggle at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Thursday night. The Huskers trailed by 10 points midway through the third quarter before rallying to take a one-point lead in the final minute. However, Northwestern made the plays in the final 30 seconds to escape with a win.
Scouting The Wisconsin Badgers
• Wisconsin is led by senior Marsha Howard, who is averaging team highs with 12.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. The 6-0 forward also ranks second on the team with 21 steals on the year.
• As a team, Wisconsin is averaging 63.8 points per game on the season, but that production has dipped to 59.0 points in Big Ten play. The Badgers have allowed just 60.8 points per game on the year, but that number has ballooned to 71.9 points in conference action.
• In Big Ten play, Wisconsin is shooting just 38.2 percent from the field, including just 27 percent (30-111) from three-point range and 52.1 percent (86-165) at the free throw line. The Badgers carry a minus-1.6 rebound margin and a minus-3.0 turnover margin in the Big Ten.