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Husker Ladies (10-13 (5-7)Brown Leads Husker Rally to Beat Boilers
Lincoln - Freshman Leigha Brown erupted for 22 of her career-high 30 points in the second half to help Nebraska rally from a 10-point third-quarter deficit on its way to a 67-61 women's basketball win over Purdue on Sunday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Brown, a 6-1 wing from Auburn, Indiana, pumped in 13 points in the fourth quarter including six points in the final minute to help the Huskers earn a season series sweep of the Boilermakers. Nebraska improved to 6-7 in the Big Ten and 11-13 overall while setting a school record with its 12th game of the season decided by two possessions or less. Purdue slipped to 16-10 overall and 7-6 in the conference.
Nebraska, which had lost five straight games decided by six or fewer points, finally notched its second narrow win of the Big Ten season, joining a 63-57 victory over then-No. 23 Minnesota on Jan. 20.
Trailing by eight points early in the fourth at 50-42, Nebraska got seven straight points from Brown to change the momentum. The Huskers forced the fourth foul on Boilermaker guard Dominique Oden with just over eight minutes left, and Brown immediately knocked down a three over Oden with 8:03 left to cut the margin to 54-49.
Purdue called timeout with 7:56 left to protect Oden, who finished with 10 points, from fouling out. Nebraska was able to cut more lead with Oden on the bench. Sam Haiby, who finished with seven points, got four points around a Kate Cain bucket to help the Huskers climb within 57-55 with 4:11 left.
Oden returned, but Purdue's offense was still stuck in neutral with only two field goals in the first 9:30 of the fourth quarter.
Cain, who finished with six of her eight points in the game in the fourth quarter, scored on back-to-back baskets at 2:31 and 1:44 to give Nebraska its first lead of the half at 59-58.
Then Brown hit the game's biggest shot with her three-pointer at the one-minute mark to push the Husker lead to 62-58. On the ensuing possession, Brown pulled down a huge defensive rebound and was immediately fouled by Oden - her fifth - with 45.8 seconds left. Brown stepped to the line and sank both free throws to push NU's lead to 64-58.
Kayana Traylor sank a three with 23 seconds to keep Purdue within reach, but a free throw by Brown with 21.9 left, and two free throws by Kissinger with 9.3 seconds left gave the Huskers the 67-61 win.
Brown's 30 points came on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 threes, while she also knocked down 10-of-12 free throws. In the most aggressive game of her young career, Brown drew nine fouls on Purdue players. She added four rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes on the day.
Brown became the first Husker in two seasons to produce 30 points in a game, and the first Nebraska guard to get 30 points since Natalie Romeo had 30 points against Wisconsin on Jan. 27, 2016.
While Brown's offense carried the Huskers in the second half, junior Nicea Eliely set the tone for the Nebraska defense. Eliely finished with nine points, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals. In a low-scoring first half, Eliely helped keep the Huskers close.
Kissinger added eight points and four rebounds for the Big Red, but did not hit a three in the game. Hannah Whitish, who scored 28 points in an 84-64 win at Purdue on Jan. 31, went scoreless in the rematch but finished with five assists and five rebounds. Most of her assists came in the final period as Nebraska executed well down the stretch to outscore the Boilermakers 25-13.
Freshman Kayla Mershon also played a major role on the defensive end for the Huskers, finishing with five rebounds, two steals and a block along with two assists and Nebraska's only other three-pointer on the afternoon.
For the game, Nebraska hit 38.5 percent (20-52) of its shots from the field, including 5-of-13 threes (.385), while knocking down 22-of-28 free throws (.786). The Huskers also won the turnover battle, 19-14.
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The Nebraska women’s basketball team will shoot for a season sweep of Purdue while supporting cancer awareness with Play4Kay Day and recognizing former Huskers on Alumni Weekend Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
• Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Sunday’s game with the Boilermakers, and the Huskers will be sporting pink accessories to their white uniforms.
• Nearly 40 former Husker players will be recognized on the court at halftime.
• The Huskers ran to an 84-64 win at Purdue on Jan. 31, with junior Hannah Whitish erupting for a season-high 28 points while adding a career-high 12 assists for her first career double-double against the Boilermakers. Whitish averaging 15 points and 5.3 assists over her last seven contests.
• Although Nebraska is 10-13 overall and 5-7 in the Big Ten, the Huskers have fought hard down to the wire, with a school-record-tying 11 games decided by two possessions or less.
• Freshmen continue to play major roles for the Huskers. Sam Haiby, Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week, scored 13 points against the Boilermakers. Ashtyn Veerbeek (7.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg) pitched in 14 points and nine rebounds, while Indiana native Leigha Brown (9.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg) added seven points and three boards.
Scouting The Purdue Boilermakers
• The Boilermakers own a 16-9 overall record including a 7-5 Big Ten mark.
• In conference play, Purdue is 5-1 at Mackey Arena with its lone loss coming in an 84-64 setback to Nebraska on Jan. 31. The Boilermakers are just 2-4 on the road in the league.
• Purdue carries a solid mix of experience and youth with three-year starters in juniors Ae’Rianna Harris and Dominique Oden. Four freshmen and three sophomores join Harris, Oden and redshirt junior Fatou Diagne as contributors to Purdue’s on-court success in league play.
• Purdue is allowing 62.5 points in Big Ten play, while scoring 63.5 points in the league. The Boilermakers are holding Big Ten foes to 41.1 percent shooting, including 35.7 percent from three-point range. Purdue is plus-1.5 on the boards, but minus-1.8 in turnovers through 12 league games.
• Purdue is shooting a solid 41.9 percent from the field, including 33.2 percent from three-point range. Purdue has outscored opponents by 47 points (3.9 ppg) at the free throw line. Purdue is shooting 74.6 percent at the line in the league.