WBB: Husker rally falls short against Jayhawks

Story by Patrick Radigan | Corn Fed Sports
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After a thrilling run to the Big Ten tournament final, the sixth-seeded Nebraska women’s basketball team’s NCAA tournament run lasted just one game, as the Huskers season came to an end with a 57-49 loss to No. 11 Kansas.

On a night when the Huskers failed to hit a 3-pointer until 1:28 left in the game, the stifling Nebraska defense wasn’t enough to spark a late run, as the NU comeback came up short behind missed shots and offensive execution from the Jayhawks. Senior Kaitlyn Burke led Nebraska with 14 points in the final game of her Husker career, as NU shot just 33 percent from the field and 5 percent from 3-point range.

The game got off to a slow start, with the teams combining for less than ten points at the first media timeout, before Kansas was able to get a little breathing room and take a 28-20 lead into halftime. However, NU wasn’t ready to go away, as the Huskers used 3-point plays from Emily Cady and Jordan Hooper in the second half to spark mini-runs of their own, but it wasn’t enough to tie the game as Kansas never trailed en route to the upset.

Nebraska ends its first season in the Big Ten with a record of 24-9 (10-6 in Big Ten play) as the Huskers finished 17th and 22nd in the AP and Coaches polls respectively to go with a sixth place regular season finish in the Big Ten and a second place finish at the conference tournament in Indianapolis.