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Huskers Open Puerto Rico Clasico With 73-44 Win Over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

November 25, 2022

Nebraska women’s basketball started strong in the Puerto Rico Clasico on Friday, taking down Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 73-44.

The Huskers started slow, trailing by two after the opening quarter. They then opened the second period on a 10-0 run, helping them outscore the Islanders 23-6 in the quarter and lead 35-20 at halftime.

The team’s biggest contributor in the game was Annika Stewart off the bench. The sophomore forward had 23 points and eight rebounds, both of those numbers being career highs.

Nebraska put up its most points in two weeks and its best 3-point shooting output since the season opener, but its defense was a main factor in the blowout. Corpus Christi shot 12-for-44, only making three total field goals in the second and fourth quarters. 17 of the Islanders’ points came at the free throw line.

Allison Weidner sparked the Huskers for most of the first half. After she exited the previous game in the first quarter with an injury to the left eye area, Weidner remained in the starting lineup while sporting goggles. She scored the opening bucket, and two free throws gave her four of the team’s 12 points in the opening period.

After Jaz Shelley tied the game to open the second quarter, Weidner moved the Huskers back into the lead with back-to-back makes. She scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half, also recording five rebounds, two steals and a block in the game.

Shelley didn’t light up the scoreboard, but she had her most efficient scoring performance of the season. She shot 4-for-8 for 11 points after shooting under 35% in four of Nebraska’s first five games. In the second quarter, she made a pair of threes in the final few minutes before halftime.

Weidner and Shelley both scored their final points of the game early in the third quarter as the Huskers stretched their lead into the 20s. After that, Stewart led the way. She had already tied her season-high of 10 points by halftime, then doubled it in the span of four minutes. Stewart’s final two field goals were and-ones she converted in the fourth quarter, the second pushing the lead to 31.

After Nebraska’s strong second quarter, it didn’t have much trouble in cruising to a win. The Islanders, who lost their first game of the Puerto Rico Clasico to Stony Brook yesterday, never got closer than 15 points through the final 20 minutes.

While Weidner played, Sam Haiby wasn’t available for today’s game. She made her season debut against Tarleton on Tuesday, but had to be helped off to the locker room in the third quarter. In today’s game, Trinity Brady got up limping after a drive to the rim early in the fourth quarter. She missed both free throws, fouled on the other end then headed to the bench and did not come back in.

The Huskers will play their second and final game in the event on Saturday. This time they’ll take on Mississippi State, which also opened with a win in Puerto Rico. The 5-1 Bulldogs beat Georgetown 67-32, led by 19 points from forward Jessika Carter. Carter redshirted in 2021, but was a second-team All-SEC selection by coaches in 2020.

Just like today’s contest, that game will take place at 12:30 p.m. on FloHoops.

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