I thought this might be a low-scoring defensive game. I was wrong.
The Creighton Bluejays came to Lincoln on a mission and left with a five point win behind 14 made three-pointers. Nebraska outscored Creighton 46-10 in the paint. The Huskers out-shot the Jays, hitting 44.1 percent (30-68), but went just 3-for-16 from three-point range. CU (.368) hit just seven two-point baskets (7-25) but went 14-of-32 (.438) from three-point range. The Jays also connected on 23-of-29 free throws, compared to 11-for-18 shooting at the stripe for Nebraska.
Kate Cain led three Huskers in double figures with 18 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, while Sam Haiby added 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Leigha Brown pitched in 14 points and four rebounds off the bench for the Big Red, which slipped to 5-1 on the season. Creighton got game highs of 26 points and 13 rebounds from Jaylyn Agnew to improve to 4-1 on the year.
Nebraska led 18-17 after one quarter despite four first-quarter threes by the Jays. CU added three more threes in the second quarter and the two teams went to halftime tied at 32. The third quarter started with a Bluejay barrrage, but The Huskers trimmed the lead to 52-51 on Ashtyn Veerbeek’s traditional three-point play with 36 seconds left, but Carda closed the quarter with CU’s fifth three of the period to head to the fourth with a 55-51 edge. Veerbeek finished with nine points and six rebounds.
Creighton came out firing again in the fourth and shot out to a 61-51 lead with 8:50 left. Nebraska rallied and cut and the margin to five points final minute, but the Jays ultimately prevailed.
Both teams managed 41 rebounds, and the Huskers won the turnover battle, 9-6.
Seniors Hannah Whitish and Nicea Eliely each had four points, while freshman Isabelle Bourne finished with seven points on the day, including NU’s only three pointer in the first half.
Nebraska returns to action on Friday, Nov. 29, when the Huskers take on USC at the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas. Tip-off against the Trojans (3-2) is set for 7:45 p.m. (CT).