Nebraska Women's Basketball Team Survives in OT
Lincoln - Jessica Shepard scored a season-high 32 points and Hannah Whitish added a career-high 24 to lead the Nebraska women’s basketball team to a 76-74 overtime win over Michigan State on Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Shepard, a sophomore forward from Fremont, Neb., scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Huskers overcome a seven-point deficit at the end of three periods. Shepard also grabbed 11 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season.
Whitish, a freshman from Barneveld, Wis., produced the first 20-point game of her career, including a career-high five three-pointers. She hit two threes to open the overtime period to put Nebraska in control in the winning frame.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 7-21 overall and finished Big Ten regular-season play at 3-13 in a four-way tie for 11th. The Huskers earned the No. 13 seed at the upcoming Big Ten Touranment and will play No. 12 seed Illinois on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. (CT) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Michigan State slipped to 19-10 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten, after watching Nebraska erase a 14-point second-quarter deficit to rally to victory. Senior guard Tori Jankoska led the Spartans with 29 points, including 7-of-13 three-point shooting. In the fourth quarter and the start of the overtime, Jankoska scored 18 consecutive points for the Spartans in a losing effort.
Shepard scored 12 of her 28 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left to give Nebraska a 65-62 lead.
Jankoska then answered with her sixth three-pointer of the game, a wild running three from the left corner that hit high off the top corner of the glass and banked in with 20.3 seconds left to tie the game at 65.
Nebraska then got a look for Shepard in the heart of the paint in the closing seconds, but her turnaround jumper fell off the iron, sending the game to overtime.
Whitish quickly set the tone for the Huskers in the extra period. After Shepard won the tip, Whitish nailed her fourth three of the game just 19 seconds into the overtime to give NU a 68-65 lead. Jankoska answered with her first two-point field goal of the game on a layup, before Whitish responded with her career-high fifth three with 3:27 left to give Nebraska its biggest lead of the game at 71-67.
Jankoska quickly responded with her seventh three to cut the margin back to 71-70, but Michigan State's offense stalled against a gritty Nebraska defense. The Huskers mustered 1-of-2 free throws with 2:31 left from Allie Havers, who finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists in her final game at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Senior Day. Neither team scored for the next 1:25, before Shepard hit a pair of free throws to put Nebraska back up by four at 74-70 with 1:06 left.
Lexi Gussert got a field goal for the Spartans with 56 seconds left to end a stretch of nearly 14 minutes where Jankoska was the only Spartan to score.
After Shepard hit 1-of-2 free throws with 34 seconds left, Jankoska hit a pair of free throws to cut the margin to 75-74 with 19 seconds left. Whitish then scored the game's final point by going 1-for-2 at three throw line. Nebraska's defense answered with a stop and after a pair of missed free throws by Shepard, Jankoska's 70-foot heave at the buzzer hit off the back of the iron to set off a second-straight home victory celebration over a top-50 RPI team at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Nebraska hit 40.9 percent (27-66) of its shots from the field for the game, including 17-of-29 in the second half. The Huskers hit 9-of-14 shots in the fourth quarter, after going 8-for-31 in the first half half. The Huskers hit 7-of-22 three-pointers, but just 15-of-30 free throws for the game. Nebraska outrebounded the Spartans, 48-41 and won the turnover battle, 11-9, despite trailing 6-1 in that category at the end of the first quarter.
Although Shepard and Whitish were the only two Huskers in double figures, combining for 56 of Nebraska's 76 points, Maddie Simon provided a huge lift off the bench for the Big Red with seven points, five rebounds and four assists without committing a turnover. Simon played a season-high 28 minutes and also played stellar defense.
Nicea Eliely nearly shut out Jankoska in the first half, adding seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals for the Big Red. Jasmine Cincore also contributed five points and six boards in the win.
Michigan State hit 38.2 percent (26-of-68) of its shots, including 12-of-27 threes. The Spartans also hit 10-of-13 free throws.
Jenna Allen came off the bench to score 13 points as the only other Spartan in double figures for the game. Branndais Agee managed nine points and six rebounds, while Taya Reimer added eight points and seven boards.
Nebraska got off to a solid start, taking a 10-8 lead on a pair of free throws by Cincore with 5:23 left. However, Michigan State ended the quarter on a 14-0 run, holding the Huskers scoreless for the final 5:23 on 0-for-5 shooting.
Michigan State closed the first quarter at 10-for-21 from the field, while Nebraska was just 3-for-11. The Huskers committed six first-quarter turnovers and were outrebounded 10-9 in the period.
Nebraska responded by winning the second quarter despite cold field goal shooting. The Huskers went just 5-for-20 from the floor in the second quarter by outrebounded MSU, 16-12 in the quarter, and won the second quarter turnover battle 3-1.
Michigan State went just 3-for-14 from the floor in the second quarter, but all three were three-pointers, as the Spartans held a 34-25 lead at the half.
The Huskers went to the fourth quarter trailing 49-42, after outscoring Michigan State 17-15 in the third.
Huskers Fall to Illinois
Lincoln - Nebraska ran into a hot-shooting Illinois team and fell, 73-57, at Pinnacle Bank Arena Sunday evening.
Tai Webster led Nebraska (12-16, 6-10) with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists, but Illinois went 13-of-26 from 3-point range, including 8-of-9 to open the second half to break the game open in the second half.
Malcolm Hill led Illinois (17-12, 7-9) with 19 points, including 4-of-6 from long range to pace three Fighting Illini players in double figures. Tracy Abrams added 13 points, including four 3-pointers while Maverick Morgan added 12 points for the victors.
Illinois took control with a 12-3 run early in the second half as Hill and Abrams combined for eight points to help the visitors build a 44-35 lead and force a Husker timeout.
Nebraska pulled to within seven, at 44-37, on a Jack McVeigh basket, but 3-pointers from Jalen Coleman-Lands and Abrams pushed the lead back to 13 and Nebraska was unable to slice the lead back into single figures the rest of the way.
Illinois limited the Huskers to 38 percent shooting, as Evan Taylor (nine) and Ed Morrow Jr. (eight and seven rebounds) were the other Huskers to score more than seven points.
The first half featured solid defense by both teams, as Illinois took a 38-28 lead in the locker room. The Huskers held Illinois to 40 percent shooting, but shot just 33 percent in the opening stanza. The Huskers led 7-5, but Illinois ran off 10 straight points to build a 15-7 advantage following a basket by Kipper Nichols.
The Huskers, who missed eight straight shots in the run, charged back, as a McVeigh basket started an 8-0 spurt that pulled NU within 15-13 with 8:42 left in the half. The Huskers trailed 19-13 before Webster keyed a 9-2 Husker run, scoring six points, including a 3-point play that put the hosts up 22-21 with 5:49 left in the half, as Webster had 10 first-half points to key the attack.
The Huskers led 26-23, but Illinois run off seven straight points to build a 30-26 lead after a Malcolm Hill 3-pointer before a pair of Morrow free throws pulled the Huskers within two at the break.
The Huskers return to action on Thursday night, as they travel to Minnesota. Tipoff at Williams Arena is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN and carried on the Husker Sports Network. NU’s final regular-season home game is set for next Sunday, as the Huskers will host Minnesota on Senior Night with tipoff slated for 7 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED.
*-Tai Webster reached double figures for the 29th straight game, finishing with 17 points, along with team highs in rebounds (eight), assists (five) and steals (four).
*-With 17 points tonight, Webster passed Cary Cochran (1,081; 1999-2002) for 26th on NU’s career scoring list, as Webster now has 1,085 career points.
*-Webster’s four steals matched his season high set at Indiana (12/28) and vs. Iowa (1/5)
*-Illinois’ 13 3-pointers were the second-highest total allowed by Nebraska this season (14, Purdue). Over the previous three games, NU had limited its opponents to just 13-of-52 (.250) from 3-point range.
*-Nebraska enjoyed a 34-31 advantage on the boards, and has been out-rebounded once in its last eight contests.
No. 8 Beavers Drop Huskers, 10-1
Surprise, Ariz. – The Nebraska baseball team (1-2, 0-0 Big Ten) fell behind 4-0 after the first inning to the No. 8 Oregon State Beavers (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12) on Thursday afternoon and were unable to comeback in a 10-1 loss.
Nebraska’s bats were kept in check by junior Luke Heimlich. The 6-1 lefty allowed just one run on six hits and one walk over 7.0 innings, while striking out four.
After not allowing an earned run over 7.0 innings in last week’s season opener, sophomore Matt Waldron had one of his roughest outings as a Husker. The right hander allowed seven runs on 10 hits, both career highs, over 3.1 innings, the shortest start of his young career.
Sophomore Ethan Frazier and junior Luis Alvarado were bright spots for the Huskers out of the bullpen. Frazier didn’t allow a hit and struck out three over 2.0 shutout innings, while Alvarado recorded a perfect eighth inning in his Husker debut on the mound. Alvarado also added his third double of the season at the plate.
The Beavers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as all nine batters came to the plate. OSU notched six hits in the frame, including doubles from Nick Madrigal and Trevor Larnach. Madrigal went 3-for-4 on the day with three runs scored.
Nebraska got one run back in the top of the second when Jake Schleppenbach drove in Mike Waldron with a two-out RBI single, but Oregon State responded with two more runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-1 lead.
After adding a seventh run off Waldron in the fourth, freshman Connor Curry made his Husker debut out of the bullpen. The lefty got a fly out for the second out of the inning, hit a batter to load the bases and then notched his first college strikeout to end the frame.
The Beavers turned a leadoff walk and an error into two more runs in the fifth and plated a leadoff walk in the sixth for a 10-1 lead.
The Huskers will be back at Surprise Stadium tomorrow evening to face the Utah Utes, with first pitch set for 6 p.m. (CT).
Wolverines Run Past Huskers
Ann Arbor, Mich. - Jessica Shepard and Allie Havers led four Huskers in double figures with 12 points apiece, but the Nebraska women's basketball team fell behind big early and could not recover in an 88-60 loss to No. 25 Michigan at Crisler Arena on Thursday night.
Shepard produced her 13th double-double of the season and 23rd of her career with 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, while Havers added 12 points, three rebounds and three assists for the Huskers, who slipped to 6-21 overall and 2-13 in the Big Ten. Hannah Whitish added 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers, while Maddie Simon pitched in 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal off the bench for the Big Red.
Junior guard Katelynn Flaherty led three Wolverines who all scored 20 or more points. Flaherty finished with 25 points and five three-pointers, while freshman guard Kysre Gondrezick pitched in 21 points and nine rebounds, while hitting a trio of three-pointers. Michigan also got 20 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals from sophomore center Hallie Thome.
Michigan improved to 22-7 overall and 11-4 in the Big Ten. The 22 wins ties for the highest single-season win total in Michigan history, while the Wolverines' 11th conference win locked up the No. 3 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
For the game, Michigan hit 49.2 percent (30-61) of its shots from the floor, including 40.7 percent (11-27) from three-point range. The Wolverines also knocked down 17-of-24 free throws (.708), while outrebounding the Huskers 36-31. Michigan also won the turnover battle, 22-13.
Nebraska hit 43.1 percent (25-58) of its shots, but just 5-of-18 threes (.278). The Huskers also hit 5-of-7 free throws.
Michigan jumped to a quick 16-6 lead that grew to 27 points at 44-17 with 3:25 left in the first half, before Nebraska ended the half on a 9-0 run. The Huskers, who trailed 28-11 at the end of the first quarter, trailed 44-26 at halftime and an explosive first half from the Wolverines.
Flaherty led Michigan with 17 first-half points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting. Gondrezick added 11 points and six rebounds in the first half after hitting 3-of-6 first-half three-pointers. Thome added nine points, four boards and two blocks for the Wolverines in the first half.
As a team, Michigan hit 15-of-33 shots, including 8-of-17 first-half threes, despite going scoreless for the final 3:25 of the half. Michigan hit 6-of-8 free throws and outrebounded Nebraska, 21-17. The Wolverines also won the first-half turnover battle 11-7.
The Huskers hit just 11-of-30 first-half shots, including just 2-of-11 threes and 2-of-3 free throws. Havers and Whitish each scored eight points to lead the Huskers in the half.
Nebraska got off to a solid start in the third quarter, trimming Michigan’s margin to 15 at 48-33 after a three-point play from Jasmine Cincore with 6:10 left, but the Wolverines responded with five straight points and closed the third quarter with a 62-41 lead.
The Huskers wrap up Big Ten regular-season play with their home finale against Michigan State on Sunday. Tip off on Senior Day for Allie Havers and Esther Ramacieri at Pinnacle Bank Arena against the Spartans is set for 1 p.m. (CT) with tickets available now at Huskers.com.
Huskers Fall 88-72 at MSU
East Lansing, Mich. – Tai Webster posted his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but a 15-3 Michigan State run to close the first half proved to be too much in the Spartans’ 88-72 win Thursday night.
Webster led NU with 19 points, including 12-of-13 from the foul line, but it was a cold-shooting night for NU, which shot 39 percent, including 27 percent in the first half. Evan Taylor was the only other Husker to finish with double figures with 10 points and three assists.
Michigan State’s duo of Miles Bridges and Nick Ward combined for 40 points and 15 rebounds as both players led MSU (17-11, 9-6 Big Ten) with 20 points each. Ward had 20 points and nine rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting, while Bridges also went 8-of-13 from the field. Joshua Langford chipped in 17 points.
The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Huskers (12-15, 6-9 Big Ten) and MSU’s first win over NU in East Lansing since the 2012-13 season.
The Spartans took control in the final three minutes of the first half, turning a six-point lead into a 49-31 halftime advantage.
The Huskers were within 34-28 after a Jordy Tshimanga basket, but the Spartans would run off six straight points, including a dunk by Bridges to build a 12-point lead, at 40-28, and force a Husker timeout. The Spartans then closed the half by hitting three straight 3-pointers in the last 1:29 of the half, capped by a Cassius Winston 3-pointer from near halfcourt to beat the halftime buzzer.
MSU went just 4-of-15 from 3-point range, but hit three of them in the final 1:30 of the half.
Webster led NU with eight first-half points, all coming from the foul line, as the Huskers stayed within striking range for most of the first half by going 13-of-16 from the line. The Huskers shot just 27 percent in the first half and were out-scored 22-4 in the paint, including 8-0 on second-chance points.
The Spartans built a 23-point lead in the opening minutes before consecutive 3-pointers from Webster pulled NU within 16, but the Huskers were unable to get within double figures the rest of the way.
The Huskers return home Sunday night to takes on Illinois as part of Legend Weekend. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by BTN and carried on the Husker Sports Network. A limited number of tickets remain for Sunday’s game by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets of calling 800-8-BIGRED during business hours.
Notes *-Tai Webster posted his first career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Webster also matched career highs in both free throws (11) and attempts (12)
*-With 19 points, Webster moved past Herschell Turner (1056 points, 1958-60) for 26th on NU’s career scoring list. Webster now has 1,068 career points.
*-Evan Taylor finished with 10 points, his first double-figure effort since Jan. 18.
Late Rally Seals Win Over Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio – Glynn Watson’s 3-point play with 11.3 seconds remaining capped a frantic rally that saw Nebraska score the final six points and pull out a 58-57 victory over Ohio State Saturday evening.
The Huskers (12-14, 6-8 Big Ten) trailed 57-52 with 30.6 seconds left after a Marc Loving 3-pointer, but made the plays in the final seconds to earn the program’s first-ever road win in Columbus.
Jack McVeigh, who came off the bench and had 11 points, hit a 3-pointer with 24.7 seconds left to pull NU within 57-55 and the Huskers used their last timeout. On the ensuing inbounds, Nick Fuller and Tai Webster tied up Kam Williams with 21.2 seconds left, giving the Huskers one final chance to win.
The Buckeyes, who had three fouls to give before putting the Huskers in the bonus, fouled Watson twice to kill some time. On the Huskers’ third attempt, Watson got through the Buckeye defense, drew contact and connected off glass to tie the score. Watson than completed the 3-point play to give the Huskers their first lead since the opening minutes.
Watson finished with 14 points and five rebounds, as four Huskers finished in double figures in NU’s second double-digit road comeback this season. Tai Webster led all scorers with 17 points, while Ed Morrow Jr. added 10 points and six boards before fouling out.
Ohio State (15-13, 5-10 B1G) had one final shot, but the Huskers forced Jae’Sean Tate, who led Ohio State with 14 points, into a tough off-balanced jumper which Webster rebounded as time expired.
Nebraska, which trailed by as many as 11 points in opening minutes of the second half, trailed 43-34 before Morrow and McVeigh keyed a 9-0 spurt. Morrow scored on three straight baskets before McVeigh’s 3-pointer with 8:45 left knotted the score at 43.
The teams would trade baskets, and NU was within 48-47 after a McVeigh 3-pointer when Morrow fouled out with 4:43 left. The Buckeyes took advantage, running off seven straight points to take a 54-47 advantage heading into the final media timeout. Nebraska made an adjustment, going to a 1-3-1 zone that limited OSU in the final minutes of the first half. NU chipped away as a 3-pointer from Watson and a bucket by McVeigh cut the deficit to 54-52 with 1:30 left.
In the first half, Nebraska overcame a slow start and rallied to within 30-24 at the half. Nebraska shot 33 percent from the floor in the opening stanza and heated up in the final minutes after missing 15 of its first 20 shots, as Ohio State built an 11-point lead behind 11 first-half points from Tate.
Trailing 24-13, the Huskers rallied behind a stronger defensive effort and the play of Tai Webster, who had 11 first-half points. The senior scored seven points in an 11-5 Husker run, as Nebraska pulled to within 29-24 after an Ed Morrow Jr. layup.
Nebraska also clamped down on the defensive end, holding Ohio State without a field goal for the final 5:39 of the half, as OSU shot just 41 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
The Huskers return to action on Thursday evening, as they take on Michigan State. Tipoff in East Lansing is set for 6 p.m. (CT) and will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised on ESPNU.
Husker Women Knock Off Hoosiers
Lincoln – Freshman Hannah Whitish scored a career-high 18 points including four three-pointers to lead four Huskers in double figures as the Nebraska women’s basketball team knocked off Indiana, 67-64, at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.
In addition to the 18 points from Whitish, the Huskers got a huge game from fellow freshman Nicea Eliely, who scored 13 points and tied a career high with three three-pointers on 3-of-4 shooting. Eliely also matched her career best with six assists while adding a trio of first-half steals. Overall, Eliely was 5-for-8 from the field.
Senior Allie Havers added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Huskers. She hit 6-of-10 shots from the field including a pair of uncontested layups in the final 22 seconds to help Nebraska secure its second Big Ten win of the season.
Sophomore Jessica Shepard contributed 14 points, five rebounds and three assists to help the Huskers improve to 6-20 overall and 2-12 in the Big Ten. Indiana slipped to 18-9 overall and 8-6 in the conference.
Whitish, a 5-9 guard, hit 7-of-10 shots from the floor for the game including 4-of-6 threes, while adding six rebounds, four assists and two steals to outduel Indiana All-Big Ten guard Tyra Buss.
Buss finished with 16 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals, but could not answer Whitish in the final 1:30. Buss finished 6-of-16 from the floor, but 0-for-7 from three-point range. She also hit 4-of-6 free throws.
With the game on the line, Whitish buried a catch-and-shoot three with 1:28 left to give the Big Red a 61-58 lead.
Indiana senior Karlee McBride then answered with her fourth three-pointer of the game 13 seconds later to tie the score again at 61, before Whitish knocked down a short jumper off the dribble to give Nebraska a 63-61 lead.
At the other end, Buss was fouled with 30.4 seconds left but short-armed her first free throw. Buss made the second to pull Indiana to 63-62, but against full-court pressure, Whitish hit an unguarded Havers under the basket with a half-court pass to push NU’s lead back to 65-62 with 21.6 seconds left.
Buss answered with a layup to cut the margin back to 65-64 with 17.1 left, before Havers scored on another uncontested layup off a half-court pass from Eliely with 10 seconds left.
Buss then missed a pair of threes in the final 10 seconds, as Nebraska sealed its second conference win.
Nebraska shot a Big Ten season-best 49.1 percent from the field (27-55) including 40 percent (10-25) from three-point range. The Huskers also hit 3-of-5 free throws while outrebounding Indiana, 34-32.
Indiana hit just 39.3 percent (24-61) of its shots, marking the worst shooting day by a Husker Big Ten opponent. The Hoosiers hit 25.9 percent (7-27) of their threes and 9-of-13 free throws. Indiana won the turnover battle, 15-11.
Junior forward Amanda Cahill kept Indiana in the game in the second half, scoring 12 of her 14 points, while notching a double-double with 11 rebounds. But Cahill went just 5-for-14 overall from the field, including 4-for-6 in the second half.
Senior guard Alexis Gassion added 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Gassion and Cahill combined on an 8-0 Indiana surge midway through the third quarter that gave the Hoosiers their biggest lead of the game at 46-39 with 4:48 left.
But the Huskers refused to quit, outscoring the Hoosiers 10-2 to end the quarter, including five points from Havers, a three-pointer from freshman Rylie Cascio Jensen and a jumper from Whitish.
The Huskers took a 49-48 lead to the fourth quarter, after leading 31-30 at the half.
Nebraska got off to a strong start, jumping to a 10-0 lead on Play4Kay Day in Lincoln behind a pair of three-pointers by Whitish. Shepard added seven first-quarter points, including NU’s last five points to take a 17-8 lead at the end of the first 10 minutes.
Indiana’s eight points were the fewest allowed by the Huskers in the first quarter this season, and marked Nebraska’s second-best defensive quarter overall, trailing only six points allowed to San Jose State in the fourth quarter on Dec. 9.
The Big Red continued playing well early in the second quarter, pushing the lead to 12 points at 22-10 with 7:36 left after a floater from Whitish.
But the Hoosiers responded with an 11-0 run that included a pair of three-pointers from McBride. Nebraska answered with four straight points, but a third three from McBride and a layup from Gassion tied the game for the first time at 26.
Nebraska scored five straight points, including a three from Eliely, before Indiana scored the final four points of the half. NU still took a 31-30 lead to the halftime locker room, marking just the second time in 14 Big Ten Conference games that the Huskers led at the half.
Shepard and Whitish each had eight first-half points for the Huskers, while Eliely pitched in five points. Havers and Cincore each contributed four points apiece, while Grace Mitchell had two points and two rebounds while forcing a pair of first-half fouls on Cahill, Indiana’s second-leading scorer.
McBride led the Hoosiers with nine first-half points on a trio of second-quarter threes, while Gassion added six points. Buss and Ria Gulley each contributed five points, while Cahill was held to two points on 1-of-8 shooting. Cahill did grab eight first-half rebounds.
Nebraska hit 44.8 percent (13-29) of its first-half shots, including 4-of-14 threes. The Huskers were 1-of-2 at the line in a first half that featured just 11 total fouls by both teams combined. Nebraska outrebounded the Hoosiers, 19-17, but lost the turnover battle, 9-8.
Indiana shot a cool 37.5 percent (12-32) from the floor, including 4-of-15 threes. The Hoosiers were 2-for-4 at the line.
The Huskers return to Big Ten road action on Thursday by taking on No. 20 Michigan. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Wolverines in Ann Arbor is set for 6 p.m. (CT).
Nebraska Women's Basketball Falls to Ohio State
The Buckeyes, who were led by 27 points from All-American Kelsey Mitchell, improved to 23-5 overall and 13-1 in the Big Ten, while the Huskers slipped to 5-20 overall and 1-12 in the conference.
Nicea Eliely added 13 points, while Emily Wood knocked down a career-high three three-pointers to finish with nine points off the bench to help the Huskers.
Sierra Calhoun helped the Buckeyes with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, while freshman forward Tori McCoy finished with 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks.
As a team, Ohio State shot a solid 50.7 percent (34-67) from the floor, including a sizzling 10-of-21 from three-point range. The Buckeyes also connected on 9-of-12 free throws and won the rebounding battle 45-34.
Nebraska shot just 36.5 percent (23-63) from the field, including 5-of-12 from three-point range. The Huskers outworked OSU to the free throw line, hitting 18-of-29 shots from the stripe. NU also won the turnover battle, 17-12.
Ohio State jumped to a quick 19-10 lead over the cold-shooting Huskers in the first quarter. Nebraska hit just 4-of-14 shots in the opening period, while the Buckeyes knocked down 8-of-18, including 3-of-5 three-pointers. Mitchell led all scorers with eight first-quarter points.
OSU pushed its edge to 40-23 at halftime despite 10 second-quarter points from Shepard. Mitchell scored seven in the quarter to finish the first half with 15 points, while McCoy finished the half with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting and added six rebounds and four blocked shots.
In the half, Ohio State hit 51.6 percent (16-31) of its shots including 6-of-10 threes, and OSU was 2-of-4 at the free throw line. The Buckeyes outrebounded the Huskers 22-18 in the first half, but Nebraska won the first-half turnover battle, 8-6.
Nebraska hit just 28.1 percent (9-32) of its first-half
However, the Huskers scored the first seven points of the second half with layups from Jasmine Cincore, Hannah Whitish and a traditional three-point play from
Ohio State responded to push the lead to 21 points at 64-43 before Wood knocked down her second three-pointer of the game to send the Huskers to the third quarter trailing 64-46.
Nebraska charged out of the gate again to open the fourth quarter, as back-to-back three-point plays by Shepard cut the OSU lead to 66-54 with 7:47 left.
But the Big Red could get no closer the rest of the way. Nebraska nearly matched Ohio State point-for-point after halftime, losing the half just 47-46.
Nebraska continues Big Ten home action on Sunday by battling Indiana. Tip-off between the Huskers and the Hoosiers is set for 2 p.m. with tickets available now on Huskers.com. Sunday's game will be Nebraska's annual Play4Kay game to promote cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink.
Area Wrestlers - State Tournament 2017
113 David Mendoza (18-17)
126 Emerson Urbina (24-14)
132 Kolton Sliva (23-14)
138 Zack Kuta. (32-4)
152 Aidan Williams (19-17)
220 Oscar Richter (12-21)
113- Kaleb Trumble (12-24)
126 - Carter Thompson (32-8)
132 - Gage
106 - Collin Quandt (27-20)
113 - Grayson Fries (33-10)
138 - Hunter Cook (27-18)
145 - Dalton Quandt (39-9)
152 - Justin Strong (11-16)
160 - Blake Westerby (21-16)
170 - Grady Griess (37-12)
182 - Jeb South (31-14)
220 - Cooper Kiser (28-19)
126 - James Price (26-9)
220 - Austin Simmons (29-21)
106 - Landon
152 - Marc Zeckser (44-1)
182 - Brad
285 - Dalton Spies (21-13)
113 - Jacob Paczosa (28-12)
138 - Jarred Hulinsky (34-6)
182 - Cole Fousek (26-8)
220 - Hunter Kocian (28-15)
106 - Koltyn Forbes (40-16)
113 - Ryan Bond (35-16)
120 - Evan Waddington (32-1)
126 - Wyatt Allan (33-0)
132 - Chace Bond (44-9)
195 - Diego Guerrero (36-16)
132 - Kale
106 - Hadden Kuck (6-6)
145 - Spencer Wichmann (44-8)
152 - Connor Donscheski (45-7)
160 - Chandler Donscheski (46-3)
170 - Hunter Reimers (23-5)
Husker Men's Basketball Beats Penn State
The Huskers (11-14, 5-8 Big Ten) shot 55 percent from the field and used a balanced attack in posting its largest Big Ten win of the season. NU led from wire to wire in snapping Penn State’s two-game win streak.
McVeigh’s half court heave capped a 45-point first half and gave the Huskers a spark heading into the break, while Watson’s 3-point play with 11:52 left keyed a 9-0 run that turned the Huskers’ nine-point lead into an 18-point cushion.
Penn State (14-13, 6-8 Big Ten) cut a 13-point deficit to 56-47 before Watson went coast to coast, drawing contact and hitting the 3-point play. NU kept the momentum going, as freshman Isaiah Roby had consecutive dunks before McVeigh’s two free throws stretched the lead to 18.
NU eventually pushed the margin to 24 before emptying the bench in the final few minutes, as all 14 players who dressed saw action, while 10 Huskers got into the scoring column.
Tai Webster and Jordy Tshimanga added 12 each for the winners, as Tshimanga had 10 of his 12 points in the first half, while Webster added six assists, as Nebraska had 18 assists compared to just 12 turnovers.
Tony Carr led Penn State with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Lamar Stevens added 13, as the Nittany Lions shot just 40 percent, including 4-of-20 from long range.
Nebraska used one of its best halves of the year in taking a 45-37 lead into the locker room. The Huskers shot 63 percent in the opening 20 minutes as Tshimanga had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to lead a balanced attack.
Nebraska got inside early, as Tshimanaga and Webster combined for 11 of the Huskers first 13 points, as the Huskers built an early 13-6 lead. Penn State chipped away behind Carr and Stevens, as the pair helped the Nittany Lions cut the Husker lead to 15-13.
Nebraska led 22-20 before using a 9-2 spurt, keyed by McVeigh’s five points, to extend the margin to 31-22 and force a Penn State timeout. The Huskers eventually stretched the lead to 10 after a 3-point play from Evan Taylor and led 39-30 before the visitors rallied.
PSU scored five straight to pull within 39-35 after a 3-pointer from Carr, who had 13 first-half points. NU then showed some long-range shooting in the final minutes of the half as a 3-pointer by
The Huskers return to action Saturday afternoon, as Nebraska will face Ohio State. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m. and the game will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and televised by BTN.