LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kate Cain scored 19 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked six shots to lead Nebraska to a 72-58 victory over No. 24 Minnesota on Saturday.
Cain was 9-of-13 shooting while Hannah Whitish and Sam Haiby combined for eight 3-pointers in scoring 17 points apiece for the Cornhuskers (12-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who were coming off a 78-70 loss that snapped a six-game winning streak.
Whitish made 5 of 8 from the arc and Haiby 3 of 5 as the Huskers went 10 of 19 on 3-pointers for 53%. They were only 17 of 42 inside the arc in shooting 44% overall.
Taiye Bello scored 16 points, Destiny Pitts and Gadiva Hubbard had 10 each for the Gophers (11-3, 1-2), who returned to the AP Top 25 for the first time this week since being ranked No. 23 in the preseason poll. But Minnesota has lost two straight after falling to Ohio State 66-63 on Tuesday to end an 11-game winning streak. The Gophers shot just 32%.
Whitish’s 3-pointer at the end of the first period gave the Gophers the lead for good. Haiby had eight points in the second quarter to lead the Huskers to a 35-26 halftime lead. The lead was 54-44 after three quarters. Haiby and Whitish hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Nebraska a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter and lead remained in double figures.