Arkansas made 13 three-pointers, including nine in the second half, to beat the Nebraska women’s basketball team 84-80 on Tuesday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Razorbacks (9-3) also took advantage of Nebraska’s 15 turnovers, and outscored the Huskers 25-10 on points off turnovers.
Nebraska freshman guard Sam Haiby had a layup attempt to tie it with 9 seconds left in the game but missed. Then Arkansas’ Kiara Williams made two free throws to finish off the win.
Haiby’s drive to the basket came after Arkansas had taken away a couple of Nebraska’s best options on the play, but Husker coach Amy Williams felt good about what Haiby did.
“They’d been having a hard time staying in front of (Haiby), and anytime we can put her in a position to be able to try to attack the basket in a clear-out situation, I like her chances,” said Williams in a radio interview. “She played very, very well in that fourth quarter. Really, in the ball game, she just sparked us.”
Haiby led four Nebraska players in double-figure scoring with 16 points. Ashtyn Veerbeek added 14 points, Taylor Kissinger had 12 and Hannah Whitish 11.
Maddie Simon and Whitish each had six rebounds for the Huskers.
Nebraska erased a nine-point deficit with 4:32 remaining to take an 80-79 lead with 1:04 left in the game on a layup and free throw by Haiby. But Arkansas sophomore guard Chelsea Dungee quickly answered with a layup, and Nebraska didn’t score again.
Dungee scored 20 of her game-high 23 points in the second half to lead a group of five Arkansas starters that finished in double figures and scored all 53 points for the Razorbacks in the second half.
Nebraska led 15-2 early in the first quarter. But by the second quarter Arkansas had rallied and taken its first lead of the game.
Nebraska led 36-31 at halftime, but was outscored 53-44 in the second half.
Each team attempted 23 free throws, with Arkansas making 17 and Nebraska 15.
Nebraska ends the nonconference schedule with a 5-6 record. Last year, Nebraska had a 9-4 record during the nonconference season. Nebraska will play two more Big Ten games this season than it did last season.
“I just talked to the girls in the locker room and said that this has been a very challenging nonconference schedule, and obviously we’re not coming out of it with the record that we would like,” Williams said. “But if we can take from each one of these really tough road games that we’ve put on this schedule and take the lessons that are out there for us to learn and be able to move forward heading into Big Ten play, I think it can really pay off for us eventually.”
The Huskers will now take some time off before beginning preparation for the first Big Ten game Dec. 28 against Michigan at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
— Brent C. Wagner