Nebraska Women’s Basketball(4-0) is undefeated through four games for the first time since the 2015-16 season.
It was ugly early, but a strong second half paved the way for a 64-49 win over Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville(1-3).
Both teams found success early, keeping the game tight at 10-9 with Nebraska on top. Then a trio of threes from senior Hannah Whitish(1) and sophomore Leigha Brown(2) forced SIUE to take a timeout with 2:25 to go in the first quarter.
The Huskers would not make another field goal until the 5:48 mark of the second quarter. That with a pair of free throws would be the only second quarter points for Nebraska as SIUE used runs of seven and four to only trail 23-22 at the half.
“They switched primarily to their 3-2 zone,” said coach Amy Williams. “We just got a little passive after missing some shots early in that (second) quarter. We needed to make some adjustments in the second half to get a little bit more movement and stay aggressive minded.”
Nebraska would be more aggressive as the third quarter would prove decisive, with the Huskers scoring 21 points on 50-percent shooting. A relatively even fourth quarter saw Nebraska outscore SIUE 19-17 to take the win and stay undefeated.
The Huskers shot 40.7-percent from the floor for the game, including 25-percent from deep. The Cougars were held to 33.9 percent shooting and just 7.7-percent from three.
Senior Nicea Eliely recorded her second straight double-double, recording game highs of 13 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals. Brown(12) and sophomore Ashtryn Veerbeek(10) also hit double figures scoring.
Former Husker Bria Stallworth notched nine points and two rebounds in the contest. Stallworth is a graduate transfer starting for the Cougars.
Nebraska is next in action hosting Southern(2-2) on Wednesday at 7 pm.