Arkansas vs. Nebraska, 11.16.2017

Nebraska women’s basketball players, from left, Emily Wood, Hannah Whitish, Taylor Kissinger and Kate Cain celebrate a win over Arkansas earlier this month. The Huskers defeated Coastal Carolina 55-47 on Friday.

Freshman guard Taylor Kissinger scored 15 points, all on three-pointers, to lead the Nebraska women’s basketball team to a 55-47 victory against Coastal Carolina on Friday afternoon in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Nebraska split its two games played in the San Juan Shootout and improved to 4-2 on the season. Nebraska also ended a 19-game losing streak over three seasons in games played away from Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Kissinger was 5-for-12 on three-pointers. She did not attempt a two-point field goal or free throw in the game. Kissinger leads the Huskers by averaging 13.5 points per game, and is making 38 percent of her three-point attempts.

Emily Wood, a senior guard from Salina, Kansas, tied her career highs with nine points and three three-pointers while making her second straight start. She also added four assists, three rebounds and one steal.

Nicea Eliely finished with nine points, five rebounds and three steals in her best game since returning from an ankle injury. Nebraska senior guard Jasmine Cincore, who had her streak of 39 consecutive starts snapped, came off the bench to score seven points.

Nebraska made 11 three-pointers on 28 attempts.

The day before in a game against Buffalo, Nebraska let a second-half lead slip away in an 82-72 loss. But this time Kissinger and Eliely each made big three-pointers near the end of the game.

As a team, Nebraska made 9 of 15 second-half three-pointers to account for 27 of its 36 points in the second half.

“It was not a pretty game, but people stepped up and hit shots in the second half,” Wood said in a radio interview.

The Huskers trailed 22-19 at the half after going 2-for-13 on three-pointers in the first 20 minutes, but Wood changed the momentum by opening the third quarter with her first three-pointer just 37 seconds into the second half to cut the Chanticleers’ lead to 23-22.

After the two teams traded baskets, Kissinger made back-to-back threes to give Nebraska a 30-27 lead and force a timeout with 6:43 left in the quarter. The Chanticleers never regained the lead.

Nebraska finished at 42 percent (21-of-50) from the field. The Huskers were 2-for-4 at the free-throw line, and outrebounded the Chanticleers 34-33.

Jas Adams scored a career-high 28 points for Coastal Carolina (3-3).

The Huskers’ next game is Thursday against Clemson.


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