Natalie Romeo scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists to lead three Huskers in double figures, but Missouri Valley Conference champion Northern Iowa erupted for 29 fourth-quarter points to escape with a 64-62 win at Pinnacle Bank Arena in the first round of the WNIT on Thursday night.
The Huskers ended the season 18-13 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten, while Northern Iowa improved to 23-10 and 15-3 in the Valley. UNI will advance to the second round to play conference foe Drake, which ran past Sacred Heart on Thursday night in Des Moines.
Nebraska trailed 17-12 after the opening quarter but used a strong defensive effort to hold the Panthers to just 18 points in the second and third quarters combined. The Big Red won the second quarter 16-8, then added to the lead with a 13-10 win in the third quarter. [Read more…]