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Nebraska WBB 87 vs Penn State 72 Recap

The Huskers took control in the third quarter and never looked back.

Scott Bruhn

Bella Cravens will not play again today - lower leg injury.

First Quarter

Several Huskers got in on the scoring early with baskets by Ruby Porter, Kate Cain and Ashley Scoggin. As expected, Penn State is paying a lot of attention to Sam Haiby. Penn State is a team that likes to run and they are trying to increase the tempo whenever they can. The Huskers blocked three shots in the early going (two by Cain and one by Isabelle Bourne).

Within the first seven minutes, all five Husker starters have gotten into the scoring column. Amy Williams has not sent in any substitutes yet, which is a little unusual but it is still quite early (and shotly thereafter, mass substitutions occurred). At the media timeout, Nebraska held a 14-13 lead.

Both teams went ice cold as Penn State hit a free throw out of the timeout to tie the game at 14 and there were no other points until a MiCole Cayton free throw with 20 seconds and Penn State hit a three to end the quarter.

Penn State 17 Nebraska 15

As expected, the Huskers are finding success when they work the ball inside. Penn State has hit four three-pointers early and is looking to the perimeter game.

Second Quarter

The Lady Lions hit ANOTHER three to open scoring in th quarter (20-15 PSU) which was answered by Ashley Scoggin (20-18 PSU) and then Issie Bourne decided to hit a long shot of her own (21-21 tie). Both teams are pushing tempo and running the ball with efforts by Sam Haiby (steal) and Bourne (running the floor to score; assist by Porter) especially notable. Penn State called a timeout with the Huskers holding a 25-23 lead.

Issie Bourne picked up her second foul. Without Bella Cravens, it will be a problem having her sit on the bench. Kendall Coley comes in for Issie. Another Scoggin three gives Nebraska a one point lead (28-27) and Kate Cain registered her third block of the game. Annika Stewart came in and hit a quick layup to bring Nebraska within two and then Scoggin tied the game at 32 and was fouled (missed free throw). Issie Bourne is in the game to give Cain a break. She is going to have to be careful to avoid picking up another foul.

Anni Stewart hit two three-pointers sandwiched around a Lion basket and then added a layup for good measure to give Nebraska a six point lead at the half.

Nebraska 40 Penn State 34

Two Huskers are already in double digits with Ashley Scoggin (13) and Annika Stewart (10). Issie Bourne has nine of her own. Sam Haiby leads the team with six rebounds and Issie Bourne has four. The Huskers have blocked SIX shots; three by Cain and one each by Bourne, Coley and Porter. Haiby has six assists and Scoggin has five.The Huskers are shooting 50% from the field and the Lions 33%. PSU is outrebounding Nebraska 23-19 and winning the turnover margin 5-4.

Third Quarter

The foul calls are flowing more freely, especially after the entire Husker coaching staff let the officials know of their displeasure on the disparities in calls. The Lions cut into the Husker lead and the score was 47-45 Nebraska at the 6:31 mark. Penn State is living on the three ball right now (but have only made one more than Nebraska). Issie Bourne is carrying Nebraska right now with six points in the quarter.

Ashley Scoggin tied her career high (16 pts) with another three pointer with Sam Haiby getting in on the three point shooting to give Nebraska a nine point lead (54-45 Neb) forcing a PSU timeout. Issie Bourne has been scoring points but her defense has been almost otherwordly as well.

Ashley Scoggin set a new career high (18) and gave Nebraska a 10 point lead (58-48) and Penn State answered by committing an offensive foul. The Huskers really heated up after that (Bourne and Haiby especially) that included the rare situation where the center (Cain) beat everyone down the floor and was fouled by PSU to prevent the layup (64-51 Neb).

Kate Cain now has FIVE blocks. Wow. She is making sure the Lions want nothing to do with the paint.

Kendall Coley and then MiCole Cayton hit back to back threes, with a PSU field goal in the middle. A Penn State free throw at the end of the quarter cut the Husker lead to 16 (70-54). The Huskers scored 30 points in that quarter.

Fourth Quarter

I’m expecting the Lady Lions to start chucking up three pointers left and right. I guess we’ll see if I can predict things well or not.

Oh yep, I can. PSU starts the scoring in the quarter with a three (70-57 Neb).

The Huskers have blocked nine total shots in this game but need to find some offense as the Lions start the quarter with a 5-0 run forcing a Nebraska timeout to make personnel changes (70-59 Neb). The Huskers have missed three baskets and committed a turnover out of the timeout and gave up another basket to cut the lead to nine (70-61).

Sam Haiby made a big steal to change momentum and Issie Bourne decided to take offensive matters into her own hands and willed her way to a basket (72-61 Neb), got the defensive rebound on the other end of the floor and decided to dribble the ball all the way herself.

Sam Haiby is in double figure scoring with a three pointer (75-61 Neb) but it was answered by PSU (75-64 Neb). The Lions have committed four team fouls halfway through the quarter, putting Nebraska at the line the rest of the way. Two Lions have four fouls apiece. Issie Bourne is close to a third straight double double. Haiby committed a turnover (she was trapped at half court) but Ashley Scoggin didn’t give up and got it back to give Nebraska a new 30 second clock with 3:38 left. The Huskers are burning clock and waiting for the Lions to foul...which they did and put Haiby at the line. Sammy made her free throws (80-67 Neb).

Issie Bourne grabbed a rebound to claim another double double and a third PSU player now has four fouls jousting with her. Issie hit the free throws (82-67 Neb). A PSU basket was followed by two Cain free throws (84-69 Neb) with less than two minutes remaining. Sam Haiby added to the lead (86-69 Neb) with her first two point basket of the game.

This has been a remarkable team effort, but Issie Bourne deserves extra accolades for elevating her already-excellent game to another level.

Cain committed her fourth foul with 59 seconds left and PSU got a three point play (86-72 Neb). Another Lion fouled out of the game putting Whitney Brown at the line; she made one (87-72 Neb).

Final. Nebraska 87 Penn State 72

Statistics and Observations

The Huskers put their foot on the gas in the third quarter and maintained the lead they built through the fourth. This was an important win to to sort out the middle pack of the conference as Nebraska is now above .500 in conference play.

Issie Bourne has a shot at being named the Big Ten player of the week with two double doubles and some amazing defense. The leading scorers for Nebraska were Issie Bourne (22), Sam Haiby (18), Ashley Scoggin (18), Kate Cain (11), and Annika Stewart (10). Stewart got her 10 points in just seven minutes! I’m not sure why she wasn’t on the floor more, especially with Bella Cravens out, but there may be more injury issues going on than I am aware of.

The leading rebounders for Nebraska were Bourne (11), Haiby (8) and Cain (5). Haiby had six assists and Scoggin five. The final tally for blocked shots was nine with Cain getting five, Bourne two and Porter and Coley one each.

The Huskers shot 52% from the field and 54% from the three point line (wow!). The Huskers grabbed 40 rebounds compared to 39 for PSU. It was a fairly clean game with Nebraska committing nine turnovers and the Lions six.

Amy Williams Post-Game Remarks

Ashley Scoggin Post-Game Remarks

Isabelle Bourne Post-Game Remarks

Sam Haiby Post-Game Remarks

Next Game

The Huskers have just three regular season games left. They will visit Minnesota on Wednesday, February 24 and try to avenge a loss from earlier in the season. After that, they host Michigan State on February 27 and visit Iowa on either March 5 or 6 (TBA).