Huskers Come Back to Win at Wisconsin
Madison, Wis. - Lindsey Moore scored a game-high 28 points to go along with five assists to lead the No. 15 Nebraska women's basketball team to a 75-69 comeback win at Wisconsin at Thursday night.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 15-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Big Ten while extending its winning streak to nine games. Wisconsin slipped to 5-12 on the season, including 1-4 in the conference.
Moore, who had 15 points in the first half and 13 in the second half, led four Huskers in double figures. Redshirt freshman Rebecca Woodberry added a career night with 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field, including all four of her three-pointers. Woodberry added five rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.
Freshman Emily Cady added her fifth double-figure scoring effort in the last eight games with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Jordan Hooper managed 10 points and six rebounds on 4-of-9 shooting from the field.
The leadership of Moore and senior guard Kaitlyn Burke, who scored all six of her points in the second half, allowed Nebraska to claim its third straight Big Ten road win to open conference play. The Huskers outscored Wisconsin 40-22 in the paint, while adding a 20-6 margin off the bench.
Nebraska's ninth straight win came anything but easy, as the Huskers trailed by double digits in the first half and by as many as seven points early in the second half.
The Huskers trailed 66-65 with 4:02 left, but outscored the Badgers 10-3 in crunch time, including six points from Moore, two from Cady and a pair of clutch free throws with 17.3 seconds left from Burke.
"That is a really great win for our team on the road," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "We had to overcome a team that was shooting lights out at home, and we fought back and found a way to win. We have come back from pretty big deficits in all four of our Big Ten games. We have been anything but dominant. We have just been really competitive and found ways to close games down the stretch."
Taylor Wurtz led four Badgers in double figures with 20 points, including four three-pointers, while Anya Covington added a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Morgan Paige added 14 points of her own, including two threes, while Jade Davis pitched in 13 points including a trio of three-pointers.
Wisconsin shot to an early lead by hitting 8-of-11 three-pointers to open the game. However, the Huskers locked down the Badger shooters down the stretch, allowing UW to hit just 1-of-6 late in the game.
Nebraska hit 46 percent (29-63) from the field for the game, but just 5-of-19 threes, while hitting 12-of-16 free throws. The Huskers went 11-of-13 from the line in the second half to overcome the Badgers. Nebraska lost the battle of the boards, 36-32, for just the third time this season, but won the turnover battle, 17-13.
Wisconsin outshot the Huskers for most of the game, but went cold down the stretch to finish at 44.6 percent (25-56) from the field. UW hit 9-of-17 threes and 10-of-12 free throws.
For the fourth time in four Big Ten games, Nebraska had to come back from a sizable first-half deficit. The Huskers trailed by as many as 11 points on two occasions, the last time coming at 38-27 after a three-pointer by UW's Jade Davis with 1:23 left in the half.
Davis' three was the sixth of the half for the Badgers, who went 6-for-8 from long range in the first 20 minutes while averaging just 5.4 threes per game entering the contest. Wurtz led the Badgers with 15 first-half points, including 3-of-4 three-point shooting. Paige and Covington each contributed eight first-half points for the Badgers, who scored a season-high 40 first-half points.
Nebraska cut the Wisconsin margin to 40-35 at the half thanks to back-to-back three-pointers by Woodberry just 22 seconds apart, and a buzzer-beating layup by Cady to outscore the Badgers 8-2 in the final minute.
Moore led the Huskers with 15 first-half points, including 12 during a nine-minute stretch where she combined with Woodberry for 21 Husker points. Cady managed five first-half points, while Hooper was held to four points on five shots in the opening stanza.
Wisconsin hit a blistering 53.8 percent (14-26) in the first half, while going 6-for-6 at the free throw line. UW also outrebounded the Huskers, 20-11. NU hit 15-of-33 shots (45.5 percent), including 4-of-13 three-pointers. The Huskers were just 1-of-3 at the foul line, but won the first-half turnover battle, 12-8.
Nebraska returns to Big Ten home action on Sunday afternoon, when the Huskers play host to USA Today/ESPN Coaches No. 25 Penn State at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tip-off between the Huskers and Lady Lions (12-4, 2-2 Big Ten) is set for 2:05 p.m. The Huskers are calling for a "Red Out" on Red Cross Day and the first 1,000 fans at the Devaney Center will receive "Big Red in the Big Ten" Rally towels. It will also be Husker JV Team Family Day.
Get your tickets now at Huskers.com or call the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office on Friday during regular business hours at 1-800-8-BIG-RED. Tickets are also available the day of the game at the Devaney Center beginning 90 minutes prior to tip-off. General admission tickets for adults start at just $5, while GA tickets for children are just $3.