The Nebraska women’s basketball got a 38-point win against Radford, 77-39, on Sunday afternoon in Coral Gables, Florida.
Nebraska finished with a 1-1 record in the Miami Thanksgiving Classic and has a 2-3 season record.
Nebraska won with a balanced attack with senior Maddie Simon and freshmen Ashtyn Veerbeek and Leigha Brown each scoring 13 points.
Kate Cain contributed eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks, while Nicea Eliely, Hannah Whitish and Sam Haiby each scored six points
Nebraska played good team basketball, coach Amy Williams said.
“For us, when we can have 17 assists and nine turnovers, we like that balance,” Williams said in her postgame radio interview.
Veerbeek also had a game-high nine rebounds and had her season high in points and rebounds.
Freshmen have now led Nebraska in scoring, or tied for the lead, in four of five games, with Haiby leading the Huskers in scoring three times.
Veerbeek made all three of her three-point attempts, after going 0-for-3 on three pointers in the Huskers’ first four games.
Williams is excited to see Veerbeek gaining confidence as a college player.
“We know that she’s a capable shooter,” Williams said. “She can stretch defenses, and she was able to do that and shoot with confidence today.”
Nebraska raced to a 20-8 lead on three-pointers by Taylor Kissinger, Simon and Veerbeek.
In the third quarter, Radford closed its deficit to single digits. But then, Nebraska outscored Radford 37-8 over the final 15 minutes. Nebraska scored the final 15 points of the game.
Radford (3-2) played without its leading scorer, Savannah Felgemacher, due to an injury. Khiana Johnson led Radford with 13 points
Nebraska’s next game is on Thursday against fifth-ranked Louisville.
One cause of concern going into that game, and all the other ones, is Nebraska gave up 17 offensive rebounds against Radford.
“I just look at 17 offensive rebounds for the team and I just think that we’re not going to win very many ball games if we continue to do that,” Williams said. “We just got to find a way to correct that problem.”
— Brent C. Wagner