Huskers Can’t Close Upset Bid at No. 19 Northwestern

Huskers Can’t Close Upset Bid at No. 19 Northwestern

At the time of year when every game feels like it has more weight on postseason hopes, Sunday was almost a shot in the arm for the Huskers.

Almost.

Nebraska (16-10, 6-9 Big Ten) dominated the game on the defensive end, holding No. 19 Northwestern (22-3, 12-2 Big Ten) to just 28.8-percent shooting for the game. The Wildcats led 16-15 after the first quarter but the Huskers took over by the half 20-16. The game stayed close in the second-half with Nebraska leading 56-51 with under three minutes left, but the Wildcats ended the game on a 9-0 run to survive with a 60-56 win and avoid the upset.

The Huskers shot 43.1-percent from the field for the game, but committed 15 turnovers.

The Wildcats won the battle at the free throw line, going 17-of-19 compared to Nebraska’s 8-of-11.

Leigha Brown scored 14 points as one of two Huskers in double figures. Kate Cain narrowly missed a triple-double, contributing 12 points, 12 rebounds, and seven blocked shots.

Nebraska continues on the road at Ohio State (16-9, 9-5) February 19.