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Husker Ladies (11-14) (6-8)Huskers Surge Past No. 24 Spartans
Lincoln - Hannah Whitish led five Huskers in double figures with 16 points and Nebraska shot lights-out beyond the arc on its way to an 82-71 women's basketball win over No. 24 Michigan State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Huskers, who thrilled a season-high crowd of 5,588 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, led from start to finish to improve to 7-8 in the Big Ten and 12-14 overall, while knocking the No. 24 Spartans to 7-7 in the conference and 17-8 on the season.
Nebraska hit eight of its season-high 12 threes in the first half to run to a 42-26 halftime lead and never looked back while building a 22-point third-quarter lead. The Huskers also forced Michigan State into a season-high 23 turnovers.
Freshman Leigha Brown tied a career high with four three-pointers on five attempts to finish with 14 points in her second straight start. Brown was a perfect 4-for-4 from downtown to begin the game. Brown also tied for the team lead with five rebounds and dished out four assists.
Whitish hit a pair of threes on her way to 16 points, but it was a pair of late two-point baskets by Whitish that helped seal the win in the fourth quarter. Whitish also tied for the team lead with five assists and grabbed four rebounds. Whitish climbed to No. 3 on Nebraska's career three-point list with 184, moving ahead of Yvonne Turner (183, 2007-10).
Sophomore Taylor Kissinger had 12 points and finished 2-for-3 from beyond the arc, while going a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line late in the fourth quarter to help secure Nebraska's second win over a top-25 team this season.
Senior Maddie Simon, who also hit a pair of threes, and junior Nicea Eliely both threw in 10 points apiece in the victory. Eliely added a game-high four steals for the Big Red.
Sophomore Kate Cain played a huge role in the Spartans' defensive woes. Cain rejected seven of Michigan State's shots, a new season high for blocks, while adding eight points and two rebounds. Cain also set the Nebraska single-season record for blocked shots with 71.
Michigan State cut Nebraska's lead down to as few as eight points with three minutes remaining, but a pair of layups by Whitish and a block by Cain extended Nebraska's lead back to 12 points with 1:44 remaining. Michigan State outscored Nebraska 30-20 in the quarter, but it was not enough for the Spartans.
Sun, 2/17, vs Michigan State (17-7) (7-6), @ PBA, 3:00pm CT, BTN
Huskers Shoot for Top 25 Win Against Spartans
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Michigan State will be Nebraska’s 10th meeting this year with a team that has been ranked in the top 25.
• Nebraska is below .500 on the season, but the Huskers have fought hard down to the wire, with a school-record 12 games decided by two possessions or less. But, the Huskers are just 3-9 in games decided by six or fewer points, including 2-6 in Big Ten play. On the flip side, Michigan State has played just four two-possession game this season and is 2-2 in those games, with wins over Oregon and at Michigan, and losses to NC State and at Indiana.
Michigan State has lost two of its last three games, including a 79-62 loss at Wisconsin Thursday. But...
• The Spartans feature one of the Big Ten’s most experienced and balanced lineups. 6-4 center Senior Jenna Allen is averaging team bests of 12.9 points and 6.8 rebounds to go along with 2.1 assists per game.
• 6-4 sophomore Sidney Cooks adds 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds. Frequent starter Victoria Gaines, a 6-1 junior, has pitched in 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds. The duo gives the Spartans versatility at the power forward spot.
• Junior point guard Taryn McCutcheon is averaging 10.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and a team-best 4.5 assists per contest. The 5-5 McCutcheon hits 41.5 percent (61-147) of her threes, while knocking down 82.9 percent (29-35) of her free throws.
• Fellow junior Shay Colley is averaging 15.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists. She erupted for 32 points, six rebounds and five steals in a win over Indiana (Feb. 11) and followed with 24 points and nine rebounds in the loss at Wisconsin.
• MSU play up-tempo basketball and pressure defense. For the season, Michigan State is averaging 77.9 points per game, but the Spartan offensive production has dipped to 71.4 points per Big Ten game. MSU has hit 45.4 percent of its field goal attempts, including 36.9 percent from three-point range on the year. The Spartans have hit 69.6 percent of their free throws.
• Michigan State is allowing 67.2 points per game, while opponents are hitting 41.1 percent of their field goal attempts. In Big Ten play, the Spartans carry just a plus-2.0 point scoring margin (71.4-69.4), and they have been outscored (207-158) at the free throw line.
• MSU owns a plus-1.3 rebound margin and a plus-0.1 turnover margin in Big Ten play.