Husker Rally Falls Short Against Michigan

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Naz Hillmon matched her career best with 35 points, Akienreh Johnson added two clutch free throws and No. 15 Michigan held off upset-minded Nebraska 64-62.

Hillmon scored 18 points by halftime in something of a one-on-one duel with Nebraska’s top scorer, Sam Haiby, who scored 19 and had the Huskers ahead 35-34 at the break.

But Hillmon scored nine in the third quarter, 17 after halftime and pulled down a career-best 22 rebounds as Michigan turned the one-point gap into a nine-point lead going into the final period.

Trailing by 11 with 4:30 left in the game, Nebraska got to within two on three separate occasions, including the final score, and stole an inbounds pass with two seconds left but couldn’t get a shot off in time.

Haiby finished her night with 27 points.