The Husker women have tied a school record with the 11th game this season separated by six points (two possessions) or less. Unfortunately, Nebraska is 2-9 in those games. The Huskers are 1-6 in Big Ten play in games decided by two possessions.
In last night’s game, the Husker defense held Michigan without a field goal for the first 7 1⁄2 minutes of the fourth quarter. Nebraska led 51-49 with four minutes left, but some ill-timed turnovers gave the Wolverines the opening they needed. Nine free throws at the end of the game sealed the win.
The loss dropped Nebraska to 5-7 in the Big Ten and 10-13 overall, while the Wolverines improved to 15-9 and 6-6 in the conference by splitting the season series with the Huskers.
The Huskers only got one field goal in the first 8:20 of the final quarter, which came from Kate Cain, before she got her second field goal to cut the margin to 58-53 with 1:37 left. Cain finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks for the Huskers.
Taylor Kissinger kept Nebraska’s hopes alive with a pair of long three-pointers with 28.1 seconds and 21.2 seconds left to pull the Huskers within 63-59, but NU could get no closer the rest of the way. Kissinger finished with 12 points on 3-of-7 three-point shooting.
Hannah Whitish led the Huskers with 13 points in the game, including 3-of-7 threes. Nicea Eliely added four points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Sam Haiby managed eight points, while Leigha Brown contributed six points.
The Huskers hit 41.7 percent (25-60) of their shots for the game, including 8-of-23 threes, while going 3-of-6 at the line. Nebraska was just 5-of-17 in the fourth quarter, helping Michigan win the battle of the boards 41-29, after Nebraska held a halftime lead on the glass.
Michigan hit 42.9 percent (24-56) but went just 2-for-10 from three-point range, including 0-for-4 in the second half. However, Michigan went 17-for-25 at the line, including 15-of-21 in the decisive fourth quarter.
The Huskers return home to take on Purdue Sunday afternoon. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Boilermakers on Play4Kay Day is set for 2 p.m., and fans are encouraged to wear pink to promote cancer awareness. It will also be alumni weekend in Lincoln with more than 50 former Huskers scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and be recognized at halftime.