Miami had three players score in double figures to beat the Nebraska women’s basketball team 82-68 on Friday in Coral Gables, Florida.
Miami took control in the second quarter when the 24th-ranked Hurricanes outscored Nebraska 22-10 for a 19-point halftime lead. In four games this season, Nebraska has been outscored 93-45 during the second quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter Nebraska got what had been a 22-point deficit down to 10 points on a three-pointer by Taylor Kissinger. But Miami quickly extended its lead and got the 14-point win.
Guard Laura Cornelius made four three-pointers and scored 23 points to lead Miami (5-1). Beatrice Mompremier added 20 points, and Kelsey Marshall had 18 for Miami.
Turnovers and rebounds were again costly for the Huskers, who dropped to 1-3. Nebraska had 19 turnovers. Miami outscored Nebraska 24-9 on points off turnovers.
Miami also outrebounded the Huskers 44-35, and outscored Nebraska 19-4 on second-chance points.
Nebraska didn’t handle Miami’s pressure defense very well, coach Amy Williams said.
“In particular just kind of the upperclassman leaders that we’re expecting to be able to handle that situation and pressure,” said Williams in a radio interview. “And not only did (Miami) turn us over, but they also had us so out of rhythm we were not ever really in anything. We didn’t have five players that were on the same page offensively in a scheme.”
Nebraska shot 42 percent from the field, and 36 percent on three-pointers (9-of-25).
With 14 points, freshman guard Sam Haiby led the Huskers in scoring for the third time in four games, each time as a nonstarter. Haiby also has made all 11 free throws she’s attempted this season. She also tied for the team lead with five rebounds.
“Offensively (Haiby has) been playing with a lot of confidence and given us the sparks that we’ve needed and helped us claw back into some games,” Williams said.
Nebraska junior guard Hannah Whitish added 13 points and made four threes, but was held scoreless in the first half. Nicea Eliely had 10 points and two steals. Center Kate Cain scored eight points, but had just three rebounds in 27 minutes.
Nebraska will play one more game in the Miami Thanksgiving Classic, on Sunday morning against Radford. On Friday, Radford beat Temple 56-50 to improve to 3-1.
Kissinger made eight consecutive three-pointers over three games before a miss in the second quarter. She finished 2-for-4 on threes Friday, and scored six points.
— Brent C. Wagner