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Nebraska WBB 56 Illinois 48 Recap

The Huskers come up with a win in a defensive slugfest

Michigan State v Nebraska Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

The Illini are not a confefence pushover. Anymore.

The Huskers need these wins if they hope to make waves for the NCAA tournament. Step 1. Unlocked.

First Quarter

Nebraska (Markowski) and offensive rebounding led to a quick 7-0 lead for the Huskers. They are forcing turnovers but Illinois finally got on the board. That was for naught as Jaz Shelley hit a three to extend the lead (10-2 Neb) with six minutes left.

Nebraska looked like they were going to dominate the quarter, but Illinois ended with a 9-0 run.

Nebraska 18 Illinois 13

Second Quarter

Both teams traded baskets for a 20-15 score. A pass from Krull out to Shelley led to a three-pointer that Illinois answered (23-18 Neb).

The Huskers and Illini both showcased hard-nosed defense as they went toe-to-toe for the majority of the quarter. Offense wasn’t completely forgotten but the Illini closed the gap.

Nebraska 30 Illinois 19

Third Quarter

The low-scoring, defensive game continued.

The recap is supposed to include alot of detail. This game does not deserve a lot of detail.

Illinois closed the gap and kep the game close for most of the way. With less than a minte to go, the Huskers maintained a double digit lead.

Nebraska 49 Illinois 39

Fourth Quarter

It took almost two minutes for either team to score, but Illinois broke the seal (49-41 Neb). Defenses continue to rule the day...

OH WAIT, I’M AWAKE!

Illinois is not worried about playing in PBA. The score is Nebraska 49 and Illinois 46 at the midpoint.

The Husker offense is absent and Illinois closes within one (49-48 Neb). A foul on Illinois results in Shelley free throws. (51-48 Neb).

MARKOWSKI!! (53-48 Neb) 43 seconds left

Illinois called the perfect set to score...and missed. They now rely on Husker imcompetence (Amy Williams is not imcompetent)...

Fouls by Illinois...(54-48 Neb)

Final. Nebraska Illinois 56 Illinois 48

This is a good win for the Huskers. They will have more of these grind-it-out conference games in the Big Ten. Learning how to win ugly is a good thing.

Jaz Shelley scored a game-high 17 points, while Alexis Markowski added her 10th double-double of the season and contributed 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

Shelley hit 4-of-7 three-pointers while adding five rebounds, six assists and five steals, helped the Huskers improve to 4-1 in the Big Ten for the first time since their inaugural season in the conference (2011-12) and 12-4 overall.