Ten of the Badgers’ first 12 points came in the paint. Wisconsin held a 10-5 lead midway through the opening quarter Thursday night. Nebraska was out of sorts a bit. Then, as Nebraska has done so many times this season, the Huskers found the right recipe and proceeded to roll.
Their 13th win of the season, against just two losses, and their third win in four conference games, was the result as Nebraska downed Wisconsin 65-50.
The Huskers, led by 15 points off the bench from sophomore wing Leigha Brown and a career night from freshman forward Isabelle Bourne (11 points, eight boards), led for the final 32:50 of Thursday night’s action. The bench outscored the Badger reserves 29-9.
It is Nebraska's best 15-game start to a season since opening 14-1 in its first year in the Big Ten in 2011-12.
Sophomore guard Sam Haiby led the Nebraska starters with 11 points, seven assists and three steals, while senior guard and Wisconsin native Hannah Whitish added eight points, including back-to-back 3s to open the fourth quarter as part of a 14-0 run over a five-minute span that turned the game from hard-fought win to comfortable cruise. With six minutes to play, Nebraska led by 25.
Wisconsin, which slipped to 9-6 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten, was led by forward Imani Lewis, who notched her fourth straight Big Ten double-double to open league play with 18 points and 10 rebounds. However, she was the only Badger to produce double figures in points or rebounds on the night.
For the game, Nebraska hit 48% of its shots from the field, including 35% (7-20) of its three-pointers. The Huskers went 4-for-5 from long range in the opening quarter to help break that Wisconsin start. Nebraska closed the first quarter on an 11-2 run, then held the Badgers without a made shot from the field for the first four minutes of the second.
Nebraska controlled the boards, 38-28, and outscored Wisconsin 10-6 in second-chance points and 15-7 in points off turnovers (despite turning it over 16 times). The Huskers held the Badgers to 36% shooting from the field and only three made 3s on 10 tries.
Nebraska returns to the road on Sunday to take on a 13-2 Rutgers team. Tip is set for 1 p.m. CT