Wieskamp scored a career-high 30 points, while Garza, the Big Ten's leading scorer, added his ninth straight 20-point game with 22 points. The duo combined for 52 points while going 19-of-28 from the field, including a 6-of-8 performance from Wieskamp in a 20-point second half. As a team, Iowa shot 49 percent and knocked down 11 3-pointers.
With the win, Iowa (17-7, 8-5 Big Ten) avenged its loss in Lincoln on Jan. 7, while Nebraska fell to 7-16 on the season and dropped to 2-11 in Big Ten play. Jervay Green led Nebraska with 18 points, while Cam Mack and Dachon Burke Jr. joined Green in double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
After the teams traded baskets on their opening possessions, Iowa scored the next 13 points to build an early double-digit lead. The Hawkeyes led 21-5 five minutes into the game and were up 25-9 before Nebraska clamped down defensively.
Trailing by 16, the Huskers held the Hawkeyes scoreless for more than eight minutes, using a 12-0 run to pull within 25-21 with five minutes to play. But Iowa answered by scoring seven of the next nine points, stretching the lead to 31-23 with 3:19 left in the first half. Two minutes later, Green hit the Huskers' only 3-pointer of the first half, capping a personal 5-0 run that trimmed the lead to six. But Iowa scored the final five points of the period to take a 41-30 lead into the locker room.
Iowa shot 46 percent in the first half and was 5-of-16 from the 3-point line, while Nebraska hit only 35 percent of its shots and was just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc. Green had 11 first-half points off the bench for the Big Red, as Nebraska's starters combined to go just 6-of-23 from the floor.
Cam Mack made the first basket of the second half before Wieskamp scored the game's next seven points as help Iowa to a 16-point lead. The Hawkeyes extended their lead, scoring 12 straight points during a 16-2 run that pushed the lead to 66-38. Wieskamp scored 10 points during the run as less than eight minutes into the second half, he and Garza had combined to score 23 of Iowa's 25 second-half points.
Iowa continued to make shots, hitting 10-of-11 from the field during a six-minute stretch that ended with the Hawkeyes on top 78-45 with nine minutes to play. That marked the Huskers' largest deficit of the season to that point and the lead grew to as many as 38 after back-to-back 3-pointers with seven minutes remaining. Nebraska closed the game strong, making nine of its final 11 shots to out-score Iowa by 14 over the final 6:37.
Nebraska returns to action on Tuesday, when the Huskers travel to Maryland for a second straight road game against a top-20 team. Tipoff between Nebraska and No. 9 Maryland is set for 7:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with live radio coverage provided by the Husker Sports Network.
Saturday, Feb. 8th @ Creighton Prep
Grand Island - 57
Creighton Prep - 54
Isaac Traudt with 33 points. Hits the game winning shot from 35 feet.
Grand Island defeated Kearney Friday night 74-63. Islanders now 12-7 on the season. Back in action Saturday, Feb. 15th vs GICC at the Heartland Hoops Classic.
(Holdrege, NE) - Northwest Vikings traveled to Holdrege on Saturday. Varsity contest carried on 2DAYFM 103.1. In the girls matchup Northwest ran away with the victory 58-27 to move their record to 16-5 on the season. The Viking boys had no issues with Holdrege winning 67-42. GINW boys are now 12-8 on the season. Next action for Northwest basketball coming up on Thursday, Feb. 13th at Boone Central. Listen from Albion on 2DAYFM 103.1 & 2dayfm1031.com. Girls game at 5:45pm boys to follow at 7:15pm.
State Wrestling Duals in Kearney, NE - Buffalo County Fairgrounds
Saturday, Feb. 8th
CLASS A - Champion Millard South
CLASS B - Champion Hastings
CLASS C - Champion Aquinas
CLASS D - Champion Plainview
While Nebraska struggled to make open shots, Iowa hit 45.2 percent of its attempts from the floor, including 47.4 percent (9-19) from three-point range. The Huskers hit just 8-of-30 threes on the day, and just 22-of-67 field goals.
Nebraska slipped to 15-8 overall and 5-7 in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes improved to 19-4 and 10-2 in the conference.
Husker sophomore Leigha Brown led the Big Red with 20 points off the bench, including 14 in the first half. Senior Hannah Whitish added 14 points and five assists. Kate Cain finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and two steals.
Monika Czinano led Iowa with 23 points and eight boards, while senior point guard Kathleen Doyle added 15 points and 15 assists. Fellow senior Amanda Ollinger contributed a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. Alexis Sevillian added 11 points, including a trio of threes.
In a possession game throughout the first half, Iowa took a 35-32 lead to halftime on a three-pointer by Doyle with 49 seconds left to close the scoring. Both teams struggled to score early before Iowa scored five straight points, but Nebraska answered with back-to-back three-pointers from Brown and Isabelle Bourne to give the Huskers a 6-5 lead. Iowa regained a 13-9 lead, but Brown scored four points in the final 1:06 of the first quarter to send the teams to the second period tied at 13.
Makenzie Meyer opened the second quarter with a three for Iowa, before the Huskers put together an 8-0 run capped by a Cain layup to give the Huskers a 21-16 lead with 7:02 left in the half. Cain and Brown combined to scored Nebraska's final 13 points of the half, but the Hawkeyes still went to the half with the lead. Brown led Nebraska with 14 points off the bench in the first half, while Cain added eight points and four rebounds.
In the half, Nebraska hit just 34.3 percent (12-35) of its shots from the field, including 4-of-13 threes (.308), while going 4-of-7 (.571) at the line. The Huskers won the first-half turnover battle 9-3, while Iowa out-rebounded NU, 22-20. The Hawkeyes shot a solid 48.4 percent (15-31), including 41.7 percent (5-12) from three-point range, but went 0-for-2 at the line. Czinano led Iowa with 14 points, while Alexis Sevillian contributed eight points, and Doyle pitched in five points and eight assists.
Iowa gained control in the third quarter, going 8-for-16 from the field and 2-for-4 from three-point range while hitting all four of its free throws. Doyle led Iowa in the quarter with seven points, while Czinano added six and McKenna Warnock contributed five points. The Hawkeyes outscored the Huskers 22-13 in the period, as the Big Red went just 5-for-15 from the floor, including 2-for-10 from long range.
Nebraska went to the fourth quarter trailing 57-45 and could not get closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
The Huskers return to Big Ten home action this Sunday when they take on No. 18 Indiana. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Hoosiers is set for 2 p.m on Play4Kay day at Pinnacle Bank Arena.