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Husker Ladies (12-14) (7-8)Huskers Hold On for Win Over Wildcats
Evanston, Ill. - Hannah Whitish pumped in 19 points and Maddie Simon added 16 points on a perfect shooting night from the field, as Nebraska held on for a 71-64 women's basketball win at Northwestern on Thursday night.
Whitish, a 5-9 junior from Barneveld, Wis., led another three-point barrage by the Big Red by hitting 5-of-8 three-pointers while also dishing out five assists for the Huskers. Simon, a 6-2 senior forward from Lincoln, went a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor, including a pair of threes of her own in arguably her best all-around game of the season.
As a team, the Huskers buried 10-of-18 three-pointers (.556) on their way to improving to 8-8 in Big Ten play and 13-14 overall on the season. Nebraska slipped to 15-12 overall and 8-8 in the league as Nebraska salvaged a season series split with the Wildcats. Over the last two games, Nebraska has hit 22-of-42 threes (.524).
Freshman Sam Haiby put three Huskers in double figures with 11 points, including five points in the final 1:16 to help Nebraska hold off a furious fourth-quarter rally.
Nebraska led 60-44 at the end of three quarters and extended its lead to 17 points at 63-46 after Whitish's final three-pointer of the night with 9:17 left. The Wildcats responded with a 13-0 run in a span of just 2:11 to pull within 63-59 with 6:51 left in the game.
The Wildcats added a Sydney Wood free throw with 4:59 left to pull within a possession at 63-60, but Whitish hit a jumper 15 seconds later to push the Husker edge back to 65-60 with 4:44 left. The two teams then went scoreless for the next 3:28 before Haiby's layup put the Big Red up three possessions at 67-60.
Northwestern's Veronica Burton managed a free throw with 52.9 seconds left to end a 4:07 scoreless drought for the Wildcats, but a free throw by Simon and two free throws by Haiby with 15.5 seconds left pushed Nebraska's margin to 70-61 and all but ended the game.
Northwestern's Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah hit a layup with 6.8 seconds to snap a 6:43 field goal drought for the Wildcats. Akpanah finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Lindsey Pulliam added 14 points for Northwestern but went just 5-for-21 from the field.
For the game, Nebraska hit 50 percent (24-48) of its shots from the field, while knocking down 72.2 percent (13-18) of its free throws. The Huskers were out-rebounded 34-30, and lost the turnover battle 13-10.
The Huskers held Northwestern to just 37.5 percent (24-64) shooting, including 5-of-17 threes (.294). The Wildcats also went just 11-for-17 (.647) at the line.
Thu, 2/21, @ Northwestern, (15-11 (8-7), 7:00pm CT, BTN Plus
Huskers Play for Series Split at Northwestern
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The Nebraska women’s basketball team shoots for a season series split with Northwestern in Evanston, IL.
• Nebraska dropped a tight 58-54 decision to Northwestern at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Jan. 24. That game is the difference between the two teams in the Big Ten standings right now, and if the Huskers can even the series they can also pull even with the Wildcats in the conference race at 8-8.
• Nebraska is coming off one of its best efforts of the season with an 82-71 win over No. 24 Michigan State in Lincoln on Sunday. Junior Hannah Whitish led five Huskers in double figures with 16 points and five assists, as Nebraska built a 22-point lead against the Spartans.
Scouting The Northwestern Wildcats
• Northwestern shoots for a series sweep of Nebraska on Thursday, after escaping from Lincoln with a 58-54 victory over the Huskers Jan. 24. Lindsey Pulliam led three Wildcats in double figures in the first meeting, pouring in 21 points to go along with eight rebounds, while senior forward Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah added a big double-double with 10 points, 19 rebounds, four blocks and three assists.
• As a team, Northwestern is averaging 64.5 points while hitting 39.9 percent of its shots in Big Ten play. The Wildcats have hit 35 percent (69-197) of their threes and 67.1 percent of their free throws in league action. The last four games, NU has hit just 61.8 percent (34-55) of its free throws. The Wildcats were 7-for-12 at Nebraska, but sank free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Northwestern has played solid defense in the conference, allowing just 60.1 points and holding foes to just 37.8 percent shooting, including just 31.1 percent from three-point range. Northwestern’s Big Ten opponents have hit 67.3 percent of their free throws.
• The Wildcats own a plus-1.8 rebound margin in conference play and a plus-1.8 turnover margin.