Moritz Wagner scored 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting for MI (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten), which improved to 9-0 all-time against Rutgers but was held under 30 points in the first half for the third straight game.
After defeating No. 20 Iowa at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday for its win over a ranked opponent in almost two years, Nebraska women's basketball followed suit Sunday afternoon on the road at No. 25 Rutgers, knocking off the Scarlet Knights, 52-42. Rutgers still has to play Purdue and Ohio State again, but it has the Boilermaker at home and there are four games between that and the road contest against the Buckeyes.
With a 14-6 record, Nebraska has doubled its win total from last season. Rutgers slipped to 17-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten with its second straight loss since being mentioned as the No. 15 seed in the first NCAA Tournament Seed Selection announcement on Thursday. Senior Jasmine Cincore added 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals to help the Huskers find enough offense against the Big Ten's best defense.
In the fourth quarter, Rutgers got its deficit to 45-42, but Simon made a layup and Whitish a three-pointer to get the Huskers back to an eight-point lead with 4:20 left in the game.
Nebraska's Maddie Simon converted a 3-point play and then hit a jumper to spark a 7-0 spurt that made it 11-6 and Rutgers trailed the rest of the way.
No. 23 MI rolls over Rutgers
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The Wolverines and the Scarlet Knights meet in a Big Ten game on Sunday, Jan. 21. But Nebraska has been good on the road, winning all seven road games. Michigan's defense looked a lot better than the Buckeyes', but Rutgers also only logged one assist on Sunday.
The Wolverines (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) took the lead for good with a 13-0 run in the first half.
Freshman Kate Cain led the Huskers with 14 points and 8 rebounds. The Scarlet Knights are averaging 14 offensive rebounds per game and have a turnover margin of 4.6, which is No. 10 in the nation. As a team, Rutgers is scoring 69.5 points per game on 41.3% shooting from the field, 30.3% from behind the arc and 62.5% from the foul line this season. No other Scarlet Knight hit more than two shots.
After Rutgers finally snapped its drought with a layup by Omoruyi to cut it to 18-12 at the 5:19 mark, Wagner and Matthews scored on driving layups to cap the run and give MI its first double-digit lead. Tip-off between Big Red and the Boilermakers (13-7, 4-2) at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 7 p.m. MI took advantage of the dry spell with a 17-2 flurry to take a 22-12 lead with 4:22 left in the half.More news: Jacinda Ardern baby gives New Zealand's opposition sleepless nights
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