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Nebraska WBB 75 Michigan 81 Recap

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Stop me if you’ve hear this one before, but the Husker women cannot play four good quarters of basketball and lose a close game because of it.

Nebraska v Maryland Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

After an 81-75 loss to the Wolverines, a game in which Nebraska led by as much as 14 in the first half, the Huskers are bounced from the Big Ten Tournament. The Husker women will have to wait a week and a half to find out if they get a WNIT bid and get to keep playing basketball. If the Huskers are invited to the tournament, they could open tournament play as early as Wednesday, March 18 and could be set to host.

First Quarter

The biggest story of the first minute was Kate Cain getting two fouls and taking a seat on the bench. The Wolverines got out to a quick 8-3 lead, but then Michigan’s star player, Naz Hillmon picked up two fouls and also went to the bench.

Izzy Bourne went to work and the Huskers went on a run to take an 11-8 lead. Bourne was a force all over the floor, leading the Huskers with seven points, two rebounds and a couple of blocked shots. Kayla Mershon also played some great minutes for Nebraska, especially on defense. The quarter ended with the Huskers 20 Michigan 13.

Second Quarter

Nebraska rolled early in the quarter, with Bourne again making her presence felt. The Husker lead got out to as much as 14 before the Wolverines chipped away. Both Hillmon and Cain came back on the floor despite having two fouls. The Huskers outscored the Wolverines by one in the quarter and took an eight point lead into halftime.

Leigha Brown (playing with a black eye) and Bourne both have 11 points with Sam Haiby chipping in seven. Michigan has four players with two fouls apiece. The Huskers only have Cain in foul trouble with two. Nebraska 42 Michigan 34

Third Quarter

Kate Cain picked up her second block of the game, giving her 100 for the season (tying her school record). Unfortunately, she picked up her third foul shortly thereafter. The good news is that Izzy Bourne was sent into the game. The Wolverines cut the lead to five (42-37) in the first two minutes.

The Wolverines continued their run and took the lead at 47-44. Leigha Brown was hit in the eye with no call (right in front of the ref, who said it was ‘inadvertent’). This lackluster offense is what we’ve gotten used to seeing from Nebraska late in the season - it is rather jarring after such a great first half.

After leading by eight after halftime, the Huskers were outscored 24-10 in the third quarter to finish down six points (52-58).

Fourth Quarter

The wheels started to come off in the fourth quarter as the Wolverines jumped out to as much as a 12 point lead.

[I had to go to a meeting, so I missed the live broadcast after this point]

However, the Huskers battled back within six points with a chance to make it a one-possession game with a minute left...but turned the ball over.

Final. Michigan 81 Nebraska 75

Statistics Leaders

Sophomore Leigha Brown led Nebraska with 22 points (and added six assists) while freshman Isabelle Bourne set a career high with 16 points. With Kate Cain on the bench due to foul trouble, the Aussie did her best Cain impression by blocking five shots and leading the team in rebounds with six.

Two other Huskers registered double figures with junior Kate Cain went 6-6 from the field scoring 12 (while only playing 14 minutes due to foul trouble) and sophomore Sam Haiby contributed 10 points. Cain added three blocked shots while Haiby contributed four assists and three steals.

Sophomore Kayla Mershon did not put up flashy stats (three points, two rebounds and a block) but she played some excellent basketball and found herself in the right place to enable teammates and disrupt Wolverines on several occasions. As a matter of fact, she was the only Husker on the + side of the +/- column on the stat sheet.

Next Game

As mentioned above, the Huskers will find out if they get to keep playing basketball when the WNIT bracket is announced late on March 16. I think Nebraska has a good chance of getting selected, but nothing is certain until all the conference tournaments are complete.