Huskers hold off Badgers
LINCOLN, Neb. A late second-half 22-4 run wasn’t enough Sunday as the visiting Wisconsin women’s basketball team suffered its sixth straight loss, 68-59, to
No. 16 Nebraska.
Nebraska (20-6 overall, 9-5 Big Ten) used a 25-6 run to turn a one-point deficit into a 42-24 lead at halftime. The Huskers extended that lead to 60-34 with 13:40 left.
The Badgers held Nebraska without a point for nearly eight minutes, using a modified zone defense, cutting the lead to 13 points with 6:46 remaining. With three minutes left and trailing by 15 points, UW trimmed the Huskers’ lead to eight.
Wisconsin (8-18, 4-10) trailed 64-56 with 1:27 to go, but the Huskers made all four of their free throws in the final 69 seconds to stop the UW comeback. Taylor Wurtz’s late three-pointer for UW ended the game.
Morgan Paige scored 15 points to lead four Badgers in double figures. Wurtz added 14, Anya Covington had 12, and
Lacia Gorman chipped in 10.
Jordan Hooper had 19 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks to lead Nebraska. Emily Cady scored 13 points and Lindsey Moore and Kaitlyn Burke 11 each for the Cornhuskers (20-6, 9-5 Big Ten), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Nebraska shot 51.7 percent (15 of 29) in the first half and outscored Wisconsin 19-4 during the last seven minutes to take a 42-24 lead at the break. Cady had seven points and Burke five during the surge, and the Cornhuskers increased the lead to 26 points in the second half.