Huskers fall to No.22 in Iowa – PANHANDLE
Lincoln – Sam haiby scored 18 points to lead four double-digit Huskers, while Jaz shelley added her fifth double-double, but that wasn’t enough to keep the Iowa No.22 from qualifying for a 95-86 women’s basketball victory over Nebraska in front of a crowd of 8,415 Pinacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Alexis Markowski added 14 points and eight rebounds in his second straight start, while Ashley scoggin threw 13 points and four assists in a relentless effort, but Nebraska still slipped to 13-2 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten. Iowa improved to 8-4, 2-2 with the victory shooting 61.7% from the field, including 57.9% (11-19) from three points.
Caitlin Clark led Iowa with 31 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists, but it was McKenna Warnock who did the most damage to Husker’s hopes, adding 23 points on just 11 field goal attempts while throwing 10 rebounds. for a double-double of her own. Warnock hit 7 of 9 three-pointers in the game, including all five first-half attempts. Monika Czinano added 20 points and five points, while Kate Martin registered four double-digit Hawkeyes with 12 points.
Martin rose to 4 for 4 from the floor with a pair of threes while teammate Gabbie Marshall was also a perfect 3 for 3 on the field to finish with seven points and four assists as Iowa went down from 37 for 60 from the ground and logged on 10 of the 11 free throws.
Despite the Hawkeyes’ searing shot, Nebraska maintained a possession game throughout Iowa on the boards. The Huskers posted 23 offensive rebounds and posted a 41-34 overall advantage on the glass, but NU was unable to turn their 23 offensive rebounds into 17 second chance points. Nebraska also won the turnover battle 15-9 and topped the Hawkeyes 20-12 in points on those errors.
But Nebraska only managed 39.8% (33-83) of their shots, including only 9 of 34 three-pointers (0.265). The Huskers also made 11 of 16 free throws.
Iowa set the tone early on, jumping to a 15-7 lead midway through the first quarter to force a timeout for Nebraska after Warnock hit their first three at just 4:10 into the game. She scored again to put Iowa in double digits for the first time at 17-7, ahead of Shelley, Haiby and Isabelle bourne, who finished with eight points and eight rebounds, combined on a quick 6-0 run to close the lead to 17-13 with 3:35 left in the period.
Warnock responded with his second three ahead of Nebraska’s straight three Allison Weidner and Scoggin reduced the margin to 20-19 with 2:31 left in the first.
Iowa took a 27-24 lead in the second quarter after getting 10 for 16 on ground and 3 for 6 at long distance, while Nebraska was 10 for 25 and 4 of 11. A surge of 11- 2 for Iowa midway through the second period gave the Hawkeyes their biggest lead at 50-39 after another three-point shot from Warnock with 2:59 left in the first half, but Nebraska dominated l ‘Iowa 7-2 down the home stretch. advance to 52-46 at halftime.
The Hawkeyes were even better on the field in the second quarter than the first, hitting 11 of 15 shots, including 3 of 5, while Nebraska only went 7 of 19 from the floor, including 2 of 5. 8 from. Long range. Iowa closed the first half 67.7% (21-31) from the field, including 54.5% (6-11) on a three-point range. Warnock was 5-for-5.
Nebraska erased the Iowa lead to tie the score at 67 with two minutes left in the third quarter on Haiby’s layup. The Huskers trailed 71-70 after a Weidner layup with 42 seconds left, but Haiby was called out for a foul on Clark’s three-point attempt with 0.7 seconds left in the quarter. Clark made all three free throws to send Iowa into the fourth quarter with a 74-70 lead.
Iowa extended the margin to 78-72 after a bucket from Czinano with 8:58 left before Shelley, Markowski and Scoggin combined on a 7-0 streak to take Nebraska’s only lead at 79-78 on the three-point Scoggin with 6:41 left.
Martin responded with a three-point pointer for the Hawkeyes before Haiby tied the game at 81 on a layup, before Iowa got a 7-0 run from Clark, Warnock and Kylie Feuerbach for regain an 88-81 lead with 2:57 to go. The Huskers failed to come within five points of the rest of the course.
The Huskers return to Big Ten road action at No. 6 in Indiana on Thursday. The endgame between the Huskers and Hoosiers in Bloomington is set for 5 p.m. on live television from the Big Ten Network. Free live audio will be provided by the Huskers Radio Network at Huskers.com.