Emily Cady scored seven of Nebraska’s final 11 points in the game in an 11-1 surge over the final 3:02 to turn a 66-60 deficit into a 71-67 victory for No. 19 Nebraska over Michigan State at the Breslin Center on Thursday night. With the victory, Nebraska improved to 11-3 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten, while Michigan State slipped to 8-7 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten.
Cady, who led the Huskers with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists, hit 6-of-7 shots from the floor and 4-of-5 free throws to power the Big Red down the stretch. Cady’s three-point play with 30 seconds left gave Nebraska the lead for good at 69-67.
Fellow senior forward Hailie Sample added 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, added a huge defensive rebound with 5.4 seconds left. She was immediately fouled by Becca Mills, then stepped to the line and sank both free throws to seal the 71-67 victory.
Rachel Theriot added 13 points, five rebounds and a game-high seven assists on 6-of-12 shooting, while Brandi Jeffery put four Huskers in double figures with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Jeffery scored eight points in the second half, including a key shot down the stretch.
Nebraska hit 55.2 percent (16-29) of her shots in the second half, but went 0-for-5 from three-point range in the second half. For the game, the Big Red hit 45.9 percent (28-61), while going just 3-of-18 from long range.
Nebraska continues its two-game Big Ten road swing this week when the Huskers head to Illinois on Sunday.