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Madison, Wis. - Nebraska fought back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to find a way to earn a 72-71 women's basketball win over Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Sam Haiby made the game's biggest defensive play with her fifth steal of the contest in the corner off a Niya Beverley pass with 7.7 seconds, before burying the game's biggest free throws with 5.3 seconds left to seal the win for the Huskers. Haiby, who finished with 11 points and six rebounds, helped Nebraska improve to 15-5 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten, while erasing the memory of a one-point loss on a three-pointer at the buzzer last season in Madison. The Huskers also completed this season's series sweep of the Badgers.

While Haiby made two huge plays in the closing seconds, fellow sophomore Ashtyn Veerbeek hit the game's biggest shot with a three-pointer from the top of the key with 59 seconds left to put Nebraska up 70-68. Veerbeek finished with 11 points and five rebounds in a strong effort.

Sophomore Leigha Brown led the Huskers with a team-high 20 points, including eight in the fourth quarter and a pair of huge three-point plays to help the Huskers rally from 10 points down. Junior Kate Cain added 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds to go along with three blocks, as Nebraska notched its first Big Ten road win of the season.

Imani Lewis led all scorers with 21 points, including a three-pointer with 1:20 left to give Wisconsin a brief 68-67 lead. It was the first three-point attempt of the season for Lewis, and it came with three on the shot clock after Nebraska had played solid defense. But Veerbeek answered with her last three-pointer of the game to give the Huskers the lead for good, before Haiby made the game-clinching plays for the Big Red.

Wisconsin, which slipped to 10-10 overall and 2-7 in the Big Ten, also got 14 points and nine rebounds from Abby Laszewski, while Suzanne Gilreath added 11 points off the bench, including a trio of second-half threes.

Nebraska won despite hitting a season-low 33.9 percent (20-59) of its shots from the field. But the Huskers hit a sensational 26-of-30 free throws (.867) on the road, and outscored the Badgers by 14 points at the line. Brown led the way by going 9-for-10 at the free throw line, while Haiby added a 5-for-6 effort at the stripe. The Huskers also hit 6-of-18 threes and matched Wisconsin on the glass with 41 rebounds. NU also won the turnover battle, 11-10, in a well-played game by both teams.

The Huskers held Wisconsin to 38.2 percent (26-68) shooting, but the Badgers heated up from long range in the second half, going 6-for-11 from beyond the arc to finish 7-for-19 for the game. The Badgers also hit 12-of-16 free throws.

In a possession game for the entire first half, Nebraska held a lead for most of the half despite being outshot from the field and outrebounded. The Huskers led 38-36 at the half despite hitting just 10-of-28 field goal attempts (.357) and being outrebounded, 26-17, by the Badgers. Nebraska overcame those struggles by hitting 5-of-12 three-points (.417) compared to just 1-of-8 three-point success by Wisconsin. The Huskers also hit 13-of-15 free throws (.867) compared to 5-of-6 shooting at the line for the Badgers.

Brown led the Big Red with 11 first-half points, and Veerbeek contributed six points on a pair of first-quarter three-pointers.

Wisconsin hit 37.5 percent (15-40) of its shots, but lost the first-half turnover battle, 6-5. Lewis led Wisconsin with 12 first-half points, while Laszewski pitched in nine points for the Badgers.

The third quarter belonged to the Badgers, as Wisconsin outscored the Huskers 21-9, including a 12-2 surge to close the quarter with a 57-47 lead.

Trailing 59-49 with nine minutes left, Cain and Brown scored on back-to-back three-point plays to ignite a stagnant Husker offense in the second half. Minutes later, Brown hit two more free throws, before Haiby and Cain scored on back-to-back possessions to tie the score at 61 with 5:26 left, capping a 12-2 surge for the Big Red.

After UW's Laszewski hit 1-of-2 free throws to give the Badgers the lead back with 4:10 left, Brown finished another traditional three-point play to put the Big Red up 64-62 with 3:56 left.

Julie Pospisilova buried a long three for the Badgers on the ensuing possession before Nebraska freshman Isabelle Bourne hit a free throw, then ran the floor on a the next offensive possession for the Huskers to get a layup off a great delivery from Haiby to give the Huskers a 67-65 edge with 2:30 left.

The defenses controlled the next minute before Lewis hit her unexpected three with 1:20 left. Veerbeek produced the biggest answer of the game with her final three of day 21 seconds later to put the Big Red back up 70-68.

Nebraska got a stop on its next defensive possession before the Badgers forced a shot-clock violation on the Huskers with 12.6 seconds left to give Wisconsin the ball back with a chance to tie or win. Then Haiby made the play of the game with a deflection and a steal of a Niya Beverley pass intended for Sydney Hilliard. Haiby immediately called timeout so Nebraska could advance to the front court with 7.7 seconds left. Haiby received the inbounds pass in the backcourt and was fouled, then calmly stepped to the line with 5.3 seconds left to make both free throws to put Nebraska up 72-68 and seal the win.

Both free throws were made even more crucial as UW's Gilreath buried her third three-pointer of the half at the buzzer to make the final margin, 72-71 Nebraska. Gilreath and Beverley played major roles in the Badgers pushing to a 57-47 lead at the end of three quarters. Beverley's three with 4:47 left in the third gave Wisconsin its first lead since the opening moments of the game at 48-45, before Gilreath buried back-to-back threes in a 40-second span to put UW up 54-45. 

The Huskers return to Big Ten road action on Thursday when they travel to Minnesota. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Golden Gophers at Williams Arena in Minneapolis is set for 7 p.m. (CT). A live video stream will be available from BTN+ and live radio coverage will be provided by the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.

The Nebraska men's basketball team erased a 14-point second-half deficit Saturday afternoon at No. 24 Rutgers, but the Scarlet Knights scored the final nine points to rally for a 75-72 victory at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Nebraska led 72-66 with less than three minutes to play, but Geo Baker hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch, including the game-winner with 1.1 seconds remaining. Baker's clutch threes – his only two baskets of the game – came after Nebraska turned a 14-point second-half deficit into a six-point lead. But the Scarlet Knights prevailed thanks to strong finishes to both halves, as Rutgers outscored Nebraska 8-2 over the final two minutes of the first half and 9-0 over the final two minutes of the game.
With the win, Rutgers remained perfect at home this season, improving to 14-0 at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights improved to 15-5 overall and moved to 6-3 in the Big Ten Conference, while Nebraska fell to 7-13 on the season and 2-7 in conference play.
Nebraska nearly pulled out the come-from-behind win thanks to a big second half from Cam Mack, who was limited in the first half due to foul trouble. Mack scored 16 of his 19 points in the final period, as he went 5-of-5 from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers, after halftime. In all, Mack went 6-of-7 from the field with a career-high four 3-pointers. Thorir Thorbjarnarson tied his career highs with five 3-pointers and 17 points, falling just short of a double-double after grabbing eight rebounds. Jervay Green added 11 points and Haanif Cheatham chipped in 10 points, as the Huskers had four players in double figures.
NU knocked down 11 3-pointers, and the Huskers' 72 points were the most Rutgers has allowed during its 14-game home winning streak. Nebraska was only out-rebounded by seven after the Scarlet Knights grabbed 17 more boards than the Huskers in the first meeting this season. But Rutgers had 10 offense rebounds and outscored Nebraska 17-5 in second-chance points, and both the Scarlet Knights' game-tying and game-winning 3-pointers came after offensive rebounds.

In a competitive first half, it was a one-possession game for 15 of the opening 20 minutes. Rutgers led 38-33 at the break after scoring eight of the final 10 points of the half. The Scarlet Knights shot 44 percent from the field in the period compared to 36 percent for Nebraska, but the Huskers knocked down five 3-pointers to stay close. Thorbjarnarson made three of those five three pointers, as he led Nebraska with nine first-half points. With Mack limited due to foul trouble, but Dachon Burke Jr. stepped up and dished out five first-half assists, one shy of his career high.
The opening six minutes featured runs for both teams. After Rutgers scored the first basket of the game, Nebraska hit three consecutive 3-pointers – two from Thorbjarnarson – in a 9-0 run that put the Huskers up seven. Rutgers responded with an 11-2 run over the next two minutes to regain its two-point lead.
Trailing 13-11, Nebraska stayed within four over the next six minutes before Rutgers used a 7-2 run to build a 30-23 advantage at the 4:42 mark. NU answered with eight straight points over the next two minutes to regain the lead at 31-30 before Rutgers scored eight of the final 10 points of the half to take a five-point lead into the locker room.
Mack, who was limited to nine minutes in the first half, knocked down a 3-pointer to open the second half. But Rutgers responded with a 13-2 run over the next three minutes, building a 51-38 lead and forcing a Husker timeout with 15:57 remaining.
Thorbjarnarson momentarily stopped the Scarlet Knights' momentum with a 3-pointer before Rutgers answered with five points in 10 seconds to stretch the lead to 14. Rutgers continued to lead by double digits until the Huskers made a huge run.
Trailing 60-49 with 12 minutes to play, Nebraska went on an 18-2 run to take a 67-62 lead with 6:46 remaining. Green and Mack combined for 14 of Nebraska's 18 points during the five-minute run, which culminated with the Huskers scoring 11 straight points in a three-minute stretch.
Rutgers ended the Husker run with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two, but Mack answered with a 3-pointer of his own. Another Mack basket stretched the lead to 72-66 with less than three minutes remaining but that would prove to be the Huskers' final points. Rutgers tied the game with two minutes left on back-to-back 3-pointers just 38 seconds apart and neither team scored again until Baker's game-winner.
After playing four of its last five games on the road, Nebraska returns home to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday to take on the Michigan Wolverines. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPNU with live radio coverage provided by the Husker Sports Network.

Postgame Notes
*-Today marked the sixth time that Nebraska has hit at least 10 3-pointers in a game this season, as the Huskers hit 11 3-pointers today.
*-Thorir Thorbjarnarson tied his career high in both points (17) and 3-pointers (five), as he had 17 points on two other occasions, most recently against Indiana on Jan. 18. His five 3-pointers matches NU's best this season, as he had five 3-pointers at Ohio State.
*-It is the eighth time this season that Thorir Thorbjarnarson has connected on multiple 3-pointers in game.
*-Nebraska matched Rutgers with 30 points in the paint today after being outscored 52-24 in the paint in the first meeting on Jan. 3
*-Cam Mack's four 3-pointers were a season high (previous high of three on five previous occasions).
*-Dachon Burke Jr. had a season-high five assists. His previous high was two on seven occasions, most recently at Ohio State on Jan. 14.
*-Charlie Easley played a career high 23 minutes on Saturday and finished with seven points, one off his career high.
*-Nebraska falls to 0-2 vs. ranked teams this year.
*-Nebraska had an 11-0 run in the second half, the 16th time NU has had a double-digit run this season.
*-Today is the first time in 20 games where Kevin Cross wasn't the Huskers' first sub off the bench, as Charlie Easley was NU's first sub at the 16:07 mark of the first half.

1/23 Girls Semi Final Scores 
Bridgeport 39, Hershey 35 
Chase County 53, North Platte St Pats 51 (Overtime) 




Ainsworth 47, North Central 36

Allen 55, Wausa 29

Amherst 55, Gibbon 53

Ansley-Litchfield 56, South Loup 54

Bertrand 61, Maywood-Hayes Center 29

Bloomfield 52, Plainview 36

Cambridge 71, Dundy County-Stratton 64

College View Academy 61, Nebraska Lutheran 58

Columbus Scotus 48, Boone Central/Newman Grove 41

Cross County 55, Giltner 32

East Butler 62, Meridian 27

Elkhorn South 71, Omaha North 48

Exeter/Milligan 52, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 50

Freeman 33, Wilber-Clatonia 28

Gothenburg 65, Broken Bow 51

Hi-Line 85, Medicine Valley 72

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 87, Madison 56

Hyannis 50, Sandhills/Thedford 42

Kearney Catholic 47, Aurora 43

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 63, Battle Creek 43

Lexington 65, Cozad 24

Lincoln Christian 59, Omaha Concordia 41

Lincoln Northeast 68, Lincoln Southwest 53

Loomis 58, Alma 37

McCool Junction 73, Osceola 48

Mullen 61, Cody-Kilgore 24

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 48, Weeping Water 35

Omaha Burke 54, Millard South 42

Omaha Nation 90, Homer 44

Osmond 85, Emerson-Hubbard 27

Paxton 52, Wauneta-Palisade 44

Sandhills Valley 64, Arthur County 53

Shelby/Rising City 72, Dorchester 26

Southern Valley 70, Arapahoe 28

Sutton 55, Fairbury 42

Twin River 58, Clarkson/Leigh 50

West Holt 45, Boyd County 42

Wisner-Pilger 64, Pender 18

Wood River 46, Shelton 44

Minuteman Activities Conference=

Bayard 64, Leyton 28

South Platte 65, Garden County 58

River Cities Conference Tournament=


South Sioux City 64, Omaha Gross Catholic 54


Omaha Roncalli 52, Elkhorn Mount Michael 51

Omaha Skutt Catholic 67, Beatrice 52


Crete vs. Nebraska City, ppd.

Johnson County Central vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.

Lincoln Lutheran vs. Archbishop Bergan, ppd.

Yutan vs. Louisville, ppd.


Adams Central 80, Central City 49

Arthur County 30, Sandhills Valley 29

Battle Creek 47, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 37

Boone Central/Newman Grove 45, Columbus Scotus 33

Boyd County 39, West Holt 29

Boys Town 41, Omaha Christian Academy 36

Broken Bow 51, Gothenburg 45

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 49, Exeter/Milligan 25

Cambridge 53, Dundy County-Stratton 43

Clarkson/Leigh 58, Twin River 25

Cozad 34, Lexington 32, OT

Cross County 54, Giltner 31

Elkhorn South 61, Omaha North 31

Fort Calhoun 46, Tekamah-Herman 38

Freeman 41, Wilber-Clatonia 22

Gibbon 54, Amherst 41

Grand Island Central Catholic 56, Centura 26

Hi-Line 59, Medicine Valley 37

Homer 52, Omaha Nation 33

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 60, Madison 40

Kearney Catholic 42, Aurora 32

Lincoln Christian 67, Omaha Concordia 36

Loomis 56, Alma 35

Maywood-Hayes Center 55, Bertrand 31

McCool Junction 36, Osceola 32

Meridian 43, East Butler 31

Millard South 77, Omaha Burke 45

Millard West 55, Omaha Marian 37

Mullen 54, Cody-Kilgore 30

Nebraska Lutheran 39, College View Academy 34

North Central 53, Ainsworth 24

Pender 50, Wisner-Pilger 39

Sandhills/Thedford 42, Hyannis 27

Shelby/Rising City 36, Dorchester 24

South Loup 52, Ansley-Litchfield 11

South Platte 55, Garden County 31

Southern Valley 43, Arapahoe 21

Stuart 40, Valentine 37

Sutton 31, Fairbury 23

Wauneta-Palisade 53, Paxton 40

Weeping Water 56, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 47

Wood River 46, Shelton 32

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=


Fullerton 54, Palmer 35

Humphrey St. Francis 71, Burwell 22

Minuteman Activities Conference=

Bayard 58, Leyton 48

River Cities Conference Tournament=

Consolation Semifinal=

Omaha Mercy 40, Omaha Duchesne Academy 33

Omaha Roncalli 46, Ralston 34


Beatrice 62, South Sioux City 42

Omaha Skutt Catholic 66, Omaha Gross Catholic 63, OT

SPVA Conference Tournament=


Perkins County 38, Sutherland 30


Bridgeport 39, Hershey 35

Chase County 55, North Platte St. Patrick's 53, OT


Crete vs. Nebraska City, ppd.

Johnson County Central vs. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, ppd.

Lincoln Lutheran vs. Archbishop Bergan, ppd.

Walthill vs. Ponca, ppd.

Wynot vs. Pierce, ppd.

Yutan vs. Louisville, ppd.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff has pulled off a big upset at the Australian Open by eliminating defending champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets in the third round. This is only the third Grand Slam tournament of Gauff's career but already her second time reaching the fourth round. Osaka is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion. Gauff already beat another former No. 1 in the first round this week when she got past Venus Williams.

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his 10th triple-double of the season and the Los Angeles Lakers made a season-high 19 3-pointers to pull away and beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-113. James closed within 17 points of Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's career scoring list. He can pass Bryant on Saturday at Philadelphia. Kyrie Irving scored 20 points.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets made it official, hiring Luis Rojas as their manager to replace Carlos Beltrán. Beltran departed without managing a game last week as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Rojas, who had been the Mets’ quality control coach, was given a multiyear contract. Rojas became New York's fourth manager in the past 2 1/2 years — and third in four months.

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — NFL free agent Antonio Brown has turned himself in at a Florida jail on charges related to accusations that he and his trainer attacked another man. Brown arrived at Broward County Jail Thursday night. His lawyer says Brown is innocent of the charges, which include burglary with battery. The wide receiver played nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being traded to the Oakland Raiders last year. He was released by the Raiders and subsequently signed and released by the New England Patriots.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods opened with a 3-under-par 69 at Torrey North to start the new year in contention at the Farmers Open. Woods is coming off his record-tying 82nd victory in his last PGA Tour start three months ago in Japan. Sebastian Cappelen (KAP’-lihn) and Keegan Bradley had the low scores of the opening round.

Lincoln – The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday that Nebraska home men’s basketball game against Michigan next Tuesday, Jan. 28 will be on ESPNU. 

Tipoff from Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 6 p.m. with the broadcast team of Dave Feldman, Dan Dakich and Molly McGrath on the call. The TV network had been listed as TBA until today announcement. In addition, the game will also be available via streaming on (authentication required).

A limited number of tickets for the matchup are available on or calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIG Red during business hours (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

The game will also be carried on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen on available on and the Huskers app.

SPVA Girls & Boys Bracket 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning will formally announce his retirement tomorrow after a 16-year career played entirely with the New York Giants. The 39-year-old quarterback owns virtually every team passing record, but his future had been in doubt since the end of 4-12 season that saw him lose the starting job to rookie Daniel Jones. Team president and CEO John Mara called Manning one of the best players in franchise history and says the organization looks forward to inducting him in the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen (WAG’-eh-nen) says the team is finalizing a multiyear contract that would make Luis Rojas their new manager, replacing Carlos Beltrán. The son of former big league manager Felipe Alou spent last year as the Mets’ quality control coach and has already received raves from first baseman Pete Alonso and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman on social media. Beltrán left the Mets last week before managing a single game as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Big 12 has suspended four players for their roles in a brawl in the waning moments of Tuesday’s Kansas-Kansas State game at Allen Fieldhouse. Jayhawks forward Silvio DeSouza received a 12-game ban after being suspended indefinitely by coach Bill Self. Kansas forward David McCormack got a two-game suspension, Kansas State forward James Love received an eight-game ban and Wildcats forward Antonio Gordon was ordered to sit out three games.

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during Tuesday’s 110-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The 28-year-old Powell went down with a non-contact injury with 2:57 left in the first quarter. The six-year NBA veteran started 39 of his 40 games this season, averaging 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Wimbledon champion Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) has beaten British qualifier Harriet Dart 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the third round. Halep ended 2019 ranked fourth, her sixth consecutive year-end top five finish. She will next play either Danielle Collins or Yulia Putintseva. Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem (teem) broke local wild-card entry Alex Boult's serve in the third game of the fifth set and advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 win. Seventh-seeded Alexander Zverev also advanced about the same time with a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-5 win over Egor Gerasimov.

Lincoln - Nebraska fell behind by 21 points in the first half, but swung the lead 25 points to take a four-point lead over visiting Purdue with 4:30 left at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday night. However, the Boilermakers executed down the stretch and escaped with a 76-68 women's basketball win over the Huskers.

With its first Big Ten home loss of the season, Nebraska slipped to 4-4 in the league and 14-5 overall, while Purdue matched the Huskers in the Big Ten standings at 4-4 and moved to 13-7 overall.

Senior Nicea Eliely led four Huskers in double figures with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, while sophomore forward Ashtyn Veerbeek added 13 points and two steals of her own. Sophomores Sam Haiby and Leigha Brown each contributed 10 points for Nebraska, while Isabelle Bourne pitched in seven points and four boards off the bench.

Senior forward Ae'Rianna Harris led all scorers with 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 free throws. She added nine rebounds, three blocks and two assists, including a key kickout on a three-pointer by Cassidy Hardin late in the fourth quarter for the Boilermakers that essentially sealed the win. Hardin finished with six points on two throws after starting in place of Kayana Traylor for Purdue.

Purdue senior Dominique Oden added 14 points - almost entirely on mid-range jumpshots - seven rebounds and five assists, while junior guard Karissa McLaughlin scored 19 points, including a trio of three-pointers, and six straight free throws in the final 1:15 to secure the win.

For the game, Purdue hit 47.5 percent (28-59) of its shots from the field, including 40 percent (8-20) of its three-pointers, and 85.7 percent (12-14) of its free throws. Purdue also won the rebounding battle, 40-31.

Nebraska hit 40 percent (24-60) of its shots, including 6-of-20 threes (.300), and 14-of-20 free throws (.700). The Huskers won the turnover battle, 16-14.

In a game that featured big runs and huge momentum swings, Purdue delivered the first blow with a 31-12 eruption in just over 10 minutes from the halfway point in the first quarter through midway through the second period.

Nebraska exchanged baskets early in the game, trailing Purdue 8-6 three minutes into the contest before Harris asserted herself. Harris, who came off the bench for the first time this season, scored six straight points on three shots inside in a 1:10 span to extend Purdue's lead to 14-6, before Oden hit a pair of jumpshots to push the margin to 10 points for the first time at 18-8 with 2:45 left in the first quarter.

The Boilermakers extended the margin to 26-13 at the end of the first quarter after three-pointers by McLaughlin and Lyndsey Whilby to end the period. It was Nebraska's most lopsided deficit in the first quarter this season, as Purdue hit 11-of-14 shots from the field, including all seven of its two-point attempts. The Boilers also went 4-for-7 from three-point range in the quarter.

Nebraska opened the second quarter with a three-point play from sophomore Leigha Brown to cut the margin to 10 and bring brief life to the Husker crowd, but Harris and the Boilermakers answered with a 13-2 surge over the next four-plus minutes to take a 39-18 lead with 5:21 left in the half. By that point, Harris was 6-for-6 from the floor and had 12 points.

The Huskers refused to quit and finally dug in on defense, holding the Boilermakers scoreless for the final 5:20 of the first half. Nebraska closed the half on an 11-0 run, including back-to-back three-pointers by Hannah Whitish and Kayla Mershon to cut the Purdue margin to 39-29 at the half.

Veerbeek helped the Huskers claw closer in the third quarter, scoring seven of NU's first 10 points of the period to cut the Purdue margin to 47-39 with 4:45 left.  The Boilers pushed their edge back to 13 after a Hardin three-pointer made it 54-41, but the Huskers again surged down the stretch in the period.

Brown hit a free throw before a three-point play by Eliely that included the third foul of the game on Harris, who reached out from behind and grabbed Eliely's leg while she was in mid-air going to the rim for a layup in transition with no one in front of her. Eliely converted the free throw to trim Purdue lead back to single digits at 54-49. Veerbeek hit two more free throws and Brown added one before a Bourne putback just before the buzzer sent Nebraska to the fourth trailing just 54-50.

Brown scored four more points early in the fourth, including a basket to give Nebraska its first lead of the game at 58-56 with 5:42 left, capping a massive 17-2 surge over a seven-minute span in which the Huskers held the Boilermakers without a field goal. At that point, NU had outscored Purdue 40-17 in a 20-minute stretch.

After a Purdue timeout, McLaughlin hit a three-pointer to give the Boilers the lead again, before Eliely hit back-to-back buckets, including a three-pointer to give Nebraska its biggest lead at 63-59 with 4:28 left.

Then Nebraska hit a wall. Purdue executed offensively on five consecutive possessions, including a pair of jumpers by Oden and a pair of pick-and-roll scores in the paint for Harris, before Hardin delivered a knockout blow with a three-pointer with 1:35 left to extend Purdue's lead to 70-63 with 1:35 left.

McLaughlin sealed the win with free throws down the stretch.

Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action on Saturday by traveling to Wisconsin. Tip-off between the Huskers and Badgers is set for 11 a.m. (CT) with live television coverage by the Big Ten Network.

(Kansas City/Ap) - The Royals have signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a $4 million contract for next season, giving the rebuilding club a veteran presence in what is expected to be a young lineup under new manager Mike Matheny. The Royals designated right-hander Heath Fillmyer for assignment Wednesday in a corresponding roster move. The 35-year-old Gordon, a three-time All-Star, won his seventh Gold Glove last season to move within one of Frank White for the most in franchise history.

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