Jessica Shepard breaks 1,000-point mark, Huskers fall short against Badgers

MADISON, Wis. — Nebraska got off to a slow start and never recovered in an 82-56 loss to Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Thursday.

Wisconsin native Hannah Whitish scored 13 points for Nebraska, while Jessica Shepard finished with a team-high 14 points.

Courtney Fredrickson led five Badgers in double figures with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Wisconsin shot 50 percent from the field, including 8-of-17 from behind the arc. The Huskers hit 30.2 percent of their shots, and made 11 of 21 from the foul line.

The Huskers trailed 22-8 at the end of the first quarter after Wisconsin opened on a 9-1 surge.

Shepard made NU’s first two field goals of the game to give her 1,000 career points in her 55th career game.

Whitish shot Nebraska closer in the second, connecting on a trio of 3-pointers including a first-half buzzer beater from 28 feet to pull NU within 37-28.

Nebraska pulled with eight points on a Grace Mitchell 3-pointer with 3:14 left in the third after Wisconsin had pushed its lead to 16. But the Badgers closed the quarter on an 11-1 surge. Wisconsin took a 61-43 lead to the fourth quarter.

The Huskers will take the weekend off before hosting Ohio State on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Nebraska (5-19, 1-11)………..8 20 15 13—56

At Wisconsin (6-18, 1-10)…..22 15 24 21—82

NU: Shepard 6-18 2-7 14, Havers 0-4 0-0 0, Cincore 2-13 6-6 11, Eliely 5-7 1-2 12, Whitish 4-10 1-2 13, Cascio Jensen 0-2 0-0 0, Mitchell 1-4 0-0 3, Simon 1-2 1-4 3, Wood 0-3 0-0 0, Totals 19-63 11-21 56.

W: Howard 5-9 0-0 10, McMorris 5-15 2-2 13, Young 6-10 1-4 13, Fredrickson 6-10 1-2 15, Van Leeuwen 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 2-3 2-3 6, Laszewski 0-0 0-0 0, Shaw 1-3 0-0 2, Gilreath 4-8 0-0 12, Gregory 1-2 1-2 3, Kelsick 1-2 0-0 2, Kuhn 0-1 1-2 1, Marble 2-3 0-0 5, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 33-66 8-15 82.

3-Point Goals: NU 7-26 (Shepard 0-2, Cincore 1-5, Eliely 1-3, Whitish 4-9, Cascio Jensen 0-2, Mitchell 1-1, Simon 0-1, Wood 0-3), W 8-17 (McMorris 1-4, Fredrickson 2-4, Gilreath 4-7, Gregory 0-1, Marble 1-1). Rebounds: NU 29 (Havers 7), W 54 (Young 13). Assists: NU 12 (Whitish 4), W 17 (Van Leeuwen 5). Total Fouls—NU 17, W 18. Fouled Out: None. A: 4,073.

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