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Nebraska Women’s Basketball Upsets No. 2 Iowa

What began with potential for a coronation ended in an upset.

Nebraska (16-8, 8-5 Big Ten) upended No. 2 Iowa (22-3, 11-2 Big Ten) 82-79 Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. It is the first win over an AP top-five team for NU since topping No. 5 Indiana on Feb. 14, 2022.

The Hawkeyes got on the board first and held control of the game for more than 39 minutes of play. Heading into the fourth quarter, Caitlin Clark had 31 points, leaving her just eight shy of the NCAA women’s basketball career scoring record.

But Clark wouldn’t notch a single point the rest of the way.

Logan Nissley put together a 5-0 run before Jaz Shelley’s 3 with 30.2 to go put Nebraska up 78-77. That was the first lead of the game for NU.

Shelley made four free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the upset while the Hawkeyes shot just 1-of-7 in the final two minutes.

Nebraska shot 42.5% for the game, including 10-of-31 from 3. Iowa hit 45.5% of their shots, making 10-of-32 3s.

The fourth quarter was the difference in the game, with Nebraska winning the final frame 27-10 and holding Clark to 0-of-6 shooting.

Shelley led the Huskers with 23 points and five assists. Three others scored in double figures: Nissley (15), Alexis Markowski (15), and Natalie Potts (14). Markowski also grabbed 11 rebounds for the double-double effort.

Nebraska goes to No. 5 Ohio State Wednesday.