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Pullman, Wash. - Freshman Sam Haiby scored all of her career-high 20 points after halftime to help Nebraska erase a 13-point deficit, before Washington State ultimately prevailed 87-84 in double overtime at Beasley Coliseum on Friday night.
Nebraska, which slipped to 1-2 on the season, trailed 60-47 with two seconds left in the third quarter, despite nine points in the quarter from Haiby, and the Huskers trailed 60-49 heading into the fourth quarter.
Haiby got five more points in the fourth, including a three-pointer with 4:50 left and a pair of free throws with 3:49 left to cap a 10-0 Husker run that tied the score at 68.
The Big Red got two more points from Taylor Kissinger on a pair of free throws with 56 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime, as Nebraska's defense held WSU without a field goal for the final 5:41 of regulation. Kissinger finished with seven points on the night.
Nebraska came out aggressively again in the second overtime, as Simon and Whitish hit back-to-back threes to give the Big Red an 84-82 lead with 3:23 left. Neither team scored for more than two minutes, before Hristova hit a pair of free throws with 1:05 left to tie the game at 84. Hristova added her last basket with 26.1 seconds left to give the Cougars the lead for good, and after an Ula Motuga free throw with eight seconds left, WSU led 87-84.
The Huskers called timeout and got a wide open three from Hannah Whitish from the left wing that hit iron, went high off the backboard then fell on the front of the rim before dropping to the floor as time as expired. Whitish finished with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Fri, 11/16, @ Washington State, 9:00pm CT, WSU Live Stream
Huskers Shoot for Win at Washington State
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• Nebraska heads to Pullman in search of its first road win after splitting a pair of games at Pinnacle Bank Arena during the opening week of the season. The Huskers are coming off an 87-64 win over USC Upstate on Sunday.
• Sophomore Taylor Kissinger led the Huskers with 22 points against the Spartans, including a school-record 6-for-6 effort from three-point range. Kissinger is averaging a team-best 15.0 points per game early this season, while adding 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
• Fellow sophomore Kate Cain pitched in 16 points against USC Upstate. She ranks second on the team with 10.0 points while tying for the team lead with 5.0 rebounds per contest. Cain is also averaging 3.0 blocks.
• Nebraska will be playing Washington State for the third consecutive year, and will be aiming to come away with its first win against many familiar faces for the Cougars. Last year, WSU won 73-61 in Lincoln (Dec. 22) after defeating the Huskers 79-65 in Las Vegas on Nov. 25, 2016.
Scouting The Washington State Cougars
• Coach Kamie Ethridge brings her first Washington State team into Friday’s game in Pullman in search of her first win as head coach of the Cougars.
• WSU opened the season with a 72-61 loss to Utah State (Nov. 6), before falling 70-64 to Saint Mary’s (Nov. 11). Both games were play in Pullman on Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum.
• While Ethridge has replaced former coach June Daugherty in leading the WSU program, many of the players who have notched wins over Nebraska the past two seasons are still in Pullman.
• Borislava Hristova (a.k.a. Bobby Buckets) leads WSU in scoring with 20.0 points in 37.0 minutes per game through two contests. She has added 5.0 rebounds per game. Last year, Hristova scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in a 73-61 win over the Huskers in Lincoln, including 2-of-5 threes. This year, the 6-0 forward from Bulgaria has hit just 1-of-12 threes, but is 15-of-24 (.625) on her two-point attempts.
• Senior Alexys Swedlund matched Hristova for team-high scoring honors last year with 16 points on 2-of-9 three-point shooting. She added six rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. Swedlund, who ranks second among the Cougars with 12.0 points per game this season and leads the team with five threes, scored seven points in the WSU win in Las Vegas two seasons ago.
• A third starter from last year’s game between the Huskers and Cougars, 6-4 senior center Maria Kostourkova from Portugal, had six points and five rebounds in 13 minutes. She also had six points, four rebounds and four steals in 13 minutes off the bench against NU two seasons ago.
• Through two games this season, Kostourkova is averaging 7.0 points and a team-high 10.5 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per game.