(Neb)-NU Women Beat Penn State 79-74, Clinch 6th or 7th Seed In B1G Tourney
University Park, Pa. - The Nebraska women ended the regular season with a 79-74 win at Penn State. With the victory, the Lady Huskers improve to 14-15 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten.
That secures either the #6 or #7 seed in the conference tournament, which opens Wednesday in Indianapolis, and means they'll have a bye in the opening or play-in round.
Nebraska's seed, opponent and game time on Thursday will not be known until after Sunday's regular-season Big Ten action, but they will play in 1 of the 2 evening games.
The Huskers used an explosive 17-2 surge early in second quarter to take a 43-32 halftime lead after the two teams were tied at 17 at the end of the first period.
Nebraska pushed the margin to 14 at 50-36 early in the 3rd quarter, but Penn State rallied behind a stifling full-court press to tie the game at 57 just one minute into the final period.
That's when the Huskers' Sam Haiby took over. The 5-9 freshman broke the press for a driving layup, then stole the inbounds pass and was fouled going to the hoop. Haiby made both free throws to put the Big Red up 61-57 with 8:48 left and the Nittany Lions never got closer than 2 the rest of the way.
As a team, Nebraska hit 48.3% (28-58) of its shots from the field, including 6-of-14 threes (.429), and was a stellar 17-for-20 at the free throw line. They also won the rebounding battle 39-33.
Haiby scored 12 of her team-high 16 points in the 4th quarter, including a 10-for-10 effort at the free throw line, while also adding 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Taylor Kissinger added 14 points with 4 treys and 5-7 shooting overall.
Sophomore Kate Cain and freshmen Ashtyn Veerbeek, Leigha Brown and Kayla Mershon all contributed 8 points with Veerbeek adding a team-high 10 rebounds and contributing 8 7 boards, 4 blocks, 3 assists, and a steal.
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