Husker women out wit, out play, and out last #20 Iowa

Nebraska's Hannah Whitish (3) adjusts in the air on a drive, Jan. 16, 2018 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers beat Iowa, 74-65 (KHGI)

Nebraska got 19 points from Maddie Simon and used nine three-pointers as a team to beat Iowa, 74-65, Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

There was little answer for Iowa's Megan Gustafson, who had 29 points and 18 rebounds, and helped the Hawkeyes to an 8-1 lead in the first 3:00 of the first quarter. Gustafson ultimately fouled out with 1:21 remaining and Iowa trailing 69-63.

However, the Huskers got Simon's contributions and was able to add 18 points from Hannah Whitish, who also had five assists, and freshman Taylor Kissinger scored 12 points while tying a career high with eight rebounds.

Iowa shot the ball better than Nebraska (39.1% to 38.1%) overall, but they went 0-for-7 from deep while the Huskers connected on 36% of their tries. Nebraska was able to double up Iowa with the eight Big Red blocks and committed nearly half the number of turnvoers (8) as their counterparts (15).

The victory was Nebraska's first over a top-25 foe under second-year head coach Amy Williams and it snapped Iowa's five-game winning streak in the all-time series with the Huskers.

The Huskers (13-6 overall, 4-2 Big Ten) were able to get a game back above .500 at home (6-5) after losing three straight, the last to Michigan, Saturday, Jan. 13. Nebraska goes to Rutgers this Sunday, Jan. 21, where they are 6-0 in true road games this year.

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