The Huskers, who led for the final 35 minutes of the game, improved to 14-6 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten with their seventh consecutive true road win. MSU is 17-and-3 overall and 5-and-2 in the Big Ten. Nebraska's victory marked its second straight win over a top-25 opponent, following a 74-65 win over No. 20 Iowa in Lincoln on Tuesday.
Freshman Kate Cain, a 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., led Nebraska with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting while adding a team-high eight rebounds and three blocks. Virginia shot almost 46 percent in the second half while holding Wake Forest to 30 percent shooting after halftime. The Scarlet Knights beat Hofstra University with a score of 37-9 in their previous dual on January 19, 2018. Michigan's defense looked a lot better than the Buckeyes', but Rutgers also only logged one assist on Sunday.
The Wolverines did a better job distributing the ball, collecting 16 assists on the game to just one for Rutgers.
The setback dropped MI (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten) three games back in the loss column to conference leaders Ohio State and Purdue.
Nebraska's edge on the boards allowed the Huskers to overcome a 20-10 deficit in turnovers. The Knights' next three games are against Nebraska, Penn State and IL, all teams that are very beatable and that Rutgers should have no problem competing against. Issa Thiam hit a three from the corner, and Corey Sanders made a free throw to cut the lead to 32-27 at 16:34.
The difference was the misses kept piling up for Rutgers, which went eight minutes without a point and missed nine straight field goals. "Credit Rutgers for playing so tough and not giving us great shots, but I'm just so glad we could gut through this game and get refreshed with our legs but also with our game".
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Virginia: The no-nonsense Cavaliers aren't into style points - a good thing, because they didn't earn many in a tighter-than-expected matchup with the league's second-worst team. Outside of Scaife's 20 points, RU's next leading scorer was Greene who finished with six points on a pair of threes.
The Scarlet Knights' record could be a lot different if Rutgers had pulled out two close games against preseason conference favorite Michigan State, including an overtime defeat on the road to the Spartans on January 10. Simon added a jumper before Bria Stallworth scored on a strong layup as the shot clock expired with 1:24 left in the quarter.
Nebraska led for most of the game.
Matthews leads MI in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game, and seemed to be the only one who aggressively attacked Nebraska's defense.
Moritz Wagner didn't score in the first half against Nebraska and finished with two points and seven rebounds for the Wolverines. on Saturday, and 18 points and 11 rebounds in a 68-67 win against Maryland on Monday. In the half, Nebraska hit 45.8 percent (11-24) of its shots, but just 1-of-7 three-pointers.