Brianna Butler scored 17 points, including the go-ahead basket with 58.7 seconds left, as 8th seeded Syracuse beat the 9th seeded Huskers 72-69 in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday night. Emily Cady led Nebraska with 18 points as the Huskers finish the year 21-11.
Syracuse went ahead 62-57 on Butler’s jumper with 4:49 left. Nebraska tied it at 66 as Cady hit a three-pointer with 1:24 to go. That’s when Butler got free inside for the go-ahead shot and the Orange held on to win. Nebraska had a final chance to tie, but Cady missed the second of two foul shots.
Natalie Romeo had 15 points and Hailie Sample added 14 for Nebraska, which had advanced past the NCAA’s opening game in three of its previous four trips.
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