Mistake-prone Husker women fall at Virginia Tech in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Mistake-prone Husker women fall at Virginia Tech in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Nebraska women’s basketball team shot almost 53 percent against undefeated Virginia Tech and won the rebounding battle, but big disadvantages in turnovers and offensive rebounds sent the Huskers to a 76-67 defeat Thursday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

A hot-shooting first half helped Nebraska (3-4) build a 39-23 lead with 2:16 left in the half. But Virginia Tech (7-0) outscored the Huskers by 25 points the rest of the way.

The quicker Hokies finished with a 17-7 advantage in offensive rebounds and committed just nine turnovers while forcing 25. That helped them outscore the Huskers 24-10 off turnovers and 21-4 in second-chance points.

“That’s tough to swallow,” Nebraska coach Amy Williams said on her postgame radio show on the Husker Sports Network. “We did see some signs of some really good basketball, which is encouraging. But you never like to come out of this game knowing you kind of shot yourself in the foot.”

Sophomore forward Jess Shepard led the Huskers with 25 points and 14 rebounds, hitting 12 of 17 shots from the floor. But the Hokies’ harassing defense also helped force her into eight turnovers. The Huskers shot 59 percent in the first half, including 4 of 10 from 3-point range.

Nebraska returns home to face California at 3 p.m. Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Golden Bears (6-0) have guard Mi’Cole Cayton, who signed with Nebraska before transferring after the resignation of former coach Connie Yori. Cayton is averaging five points and two assists in 19 minutes a game.

Nebraska (3-4) ……………. 18 21 17 11—67

At Virginia Tech (7-0) ….. 14 15 26 21—76

NU: Eliely 3-5 2-2 9, Ramacieri 2-4 0-0 5, Havers 1-2 2-2 4, Shepard 12-17 0-2 25, Cincore 3-8 1-2 9, Whitish 2-6 0-0 5, Wood 3-5 0-0 8, Washington 1-3 0-0 2, Simon 0-1 0-0. Totals 27-51 5-8 67.

VT: Cook 6-15 2-4 14, Panousis 6-14 1-3 17, Magarity 9-13 3-6 25, Hicks 3-13 0-1 6, Hill 2-9 1-2 6, Brooks 1-4 0-0 3, Kinder 2-6 1-1 5. Totals 29-74 8-17 76.

3-point goals: NU 8-17 (Eliely 1-1, Ramacieri 1-2, Havers 0-0, Shepard 1-1, Cincore 2-4, Whitish 1-5, Wood 2-3, Simon 0-1), VT 10-29 (Cook 0-2, Panousis 4-10, Magarity 4-5, Hicks 0-2, Hill 1-6, Brooks 1-4). Rebounds: NU 41 (Shepard 14), VT 35 (Cook 13). Assists: NU 17 (Ramacieri 8), VT 15 (Hicks 6). Total fouls: NU 22, VT 9. Fouled out: none. A: 2,292.

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