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9-0 run in fourth quarter helps Husker women upset No. 23 Michigan State
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9-0 run in fourth quarter helps Husker women upset No. 23 Michigan State

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On the latest episode, World-Herald staff writers Jon Nyatawa and Sam McKewon recap the Huskers' disappointing 90-54 loss at Ohio State and assess the current state of affairs with the Jays. The Big Ten is full of talent and NU's offense desperately needs a jump start to help Nebraska survive. CU's offense has room for improvement, too, but Creighton's learned how to win with defense.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A fourth-quarter rally, a block, a couple of big shots. That recipe added up to another win over a Top 25 team for the Nebraska women.

After a two-point loss Thursday to No. 15 Michigan, the Huskers topped No. 23 Michigan State 68-64 for their third win in four games — with two coming over ranked foes.

On Sunday, Kate Cain blocked a 3-pointer with five seconds left before Whitney Brown followed with the clinching free throw. The Spartans, who went cold in the fourth quarter, cut their deficit to 67-64 on a putback by Kendall Bostic. A quick foul sent Bella Cravens to the line where she missed two free throws.

But Alyza Winston’s attempt to tie was blocked by the senior Cain, a two-time member of the Big Ten’s all-defensive team and Nebraska’s career record-holder in blocked shots.

Isabelle Bourne paced the Huskers (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) with 18 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists. Junior Sam Haiby added her first double-double (11 points, career-high 12) rebounds.

Nia Clouden led the Spartans (8-2, 3-2), who dropped their second straight after falling to No. 12 Maryland 93-87 Thursday, with 14 points.

Michigan State had a 48-47 lead going into the fourth and was up four with less than six minutes to play. That’s when the Huskers went on a 9-0 run, capped by Haiby’s three-point play that made it 63-58 with 3:32 remaining.

Clouden scored on back-to-back possessions for MSU around a Cain basket as the Huskers held a tenuous 65-62 lead with 2:40 left. The defenses won in the closing minutes, as Haiby, Ashley Scoggin and Brown each hit a free throws to extend the Nebraska margin. The only points for the Spartans were from Bostick at the rim after catching an air-balled 3-pointer.

Nebraska shot 43.5% (27 of 62) from the field, including 6 of 14 from deep. MSU, which won its first eight games, was held to 38.5 percent (25 of 65) shooting, including 5 of 25 on 3s; the Spartans hit 7 of 21 in the final period.

The Huskers return action Saturday, hosting No. 16 Ohio State. NU is 2-2 against ranked teams this season.

Nebraska (6-4, 4-3)...... 20 19 8 21 — 68

Michigan St. (8-2, 3-2).... 16 14 18 16 — 64

NEBRASKA : Bourne 8-15 1-2 18, Cravens 4-7 1-4 9, Cain 3-7 2-2 8, Haiby 4-11 2-3 11, Scoggin 3-6 1-2 8, Brown 1-4 1-1 3, Porter 3-5 0-0 9, Stewart 1-7 0-0 2. Totals 27-62 8-14 68

MICHIGAN ST.: Parks 3-7 1-2 7, Ayrault 2-4 2-2 7, Clouden 6-13 1-2 14, Ozment 4-7 2-2 11, Winston 4-13 0-0 10, Cook 1-4 0-0 2, Smith 1-6 1-2 3, Crooms 3-6 1-1 7, Joiner 0-0 0-0 0, Bostic 1-5 1-2 3. Totals 25-65 9-13 64

3-point goals: NU 6-14 (Bourne 1-3, Haiby 1-3, Scoggin 1-2, Porter 3-4, Stewart 0-2), MSU 5-25 (Ayrault 1-3, Clouden 1-3, Ozment 1-4, Winston 2-9, Cook 0-2, Crooms 0-2, Bostic 0-2). Assists: NU 22 (Haiby 4), MSU 17 (Clouden 4). Fouled Out: Michigan St. Clouden. Rebounds: NU 38 (Cravens 4-9), Michigan St. 39 (Team 5-5). Total fouls: NU 16, MSU 20. Technicals: None.

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