LINCOLN — In half of Nebraska’s games this season, Amy Williams hasn’t known until the final possessions whether her team will be fulfilled or frustrated by the final buzzer.

Twelve have been decided by six or fewer points. An entire season on the razor’s edge has left NU at 11-13 overall and 6-7 in the Big Ten, largely because its record in close games is 3-9.

Yet Williams, a preacher of positivity, thinks her team can “make a run (with) anybody” down the stretch. Even if that stretch includes three teams — Maryland, Northwestern and Iowa — that have already beaten the Huskers, plus one team, Michigan State, that’s considered a No. 6 seed in ESPN’s latest Bracketology.

“We just feel like — we know — up to this point, we’ve shown flashes of greatness where we can compete with anybody,” Williams said after Nebraska finished a season sweep of Purdue, a team projected by ESPN to make the NCAA tournament. “We’ve shown some flashes where there’s not very many people we’re going to beat playing that way.”

The latter was true against NU’s Thursday night opponent, Big Ten leader Maryland, which beat the Huskers 81-63 in early January. The Terrapins shot 51.6 percent in that game — 58.8 percent from the 3-point line — as Nebraska struggled to locate and defend Maryland’s best shooters. NU has never beaten Maryland and, other than two highly competitive games last season, has rarely come close.

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A lack of scoring has been the culprit. In the past seven meetings against Maryland, Nebraska has averaged 55.4 points per game. Just once — last season, at Maryland, against the one Terrapin team that didn’t win the Big Ten title outright — did NU score more than 70 points. The Husker guards typically can’t drive effectively on Maryland’s taller, longer, higher-rated players. Leaving them to chuck deep 3s or spin up circus runners.

Since an injury derailed the junior campaign of Rachel Theriot in 2015, Nebraska has generally lacked an off-the-dribble scoring guard who could get to the rim, draw fouls and hit jumpers. In 2019, two freshmen, Sam Haiby and Leigha Brown, possess that potential. The duo is far and away NU’s leaders in free throws attempted.

Between the two, Brown is bigger — 6-foot-1 to Haiby’s 5-9 — and can shoot over the top of defenders. She dropped a career-high 30 points in Sunday’s win over Purdue and leads NU in scoring. Williams envisions Brown being a high-volume scorer in the future.

“We really do believe that,” Williams said. “We see that out of her in practice. We see her on certain days being really aggressive, and her ability to get to the basket and make plays and get herself to the free-throw line — the fact that she can take tough mid-range jumpers over people.”

Brown had gone through a self-described slump before Sunday, and the lack of a consistent lead scorer has been part of NU’s issues. Nebraska hasn’t had the same leading scorer in back-to-back games since Jan. 3.

“It would be really nice to have that dependability and that consistency,” Williams said. “That’s what we’re talking about, that’s what we’re focusing on, striving for, that’s what we’re really trying to get to. But the fact remains we feel great that we’ve got lots of people who that could be.”