ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The close losses keep mounting for the Nebraska women’s basketball team. Thursday night, the Huskers found pain in a new way — by going cold when they’re usually hot: the fourth quarter.

NU lost at Michigan 67-61. More to the point, Nebraska (10-13, 5-7 Big Ten) didn’t score for more than six minutes in the fourth quarter. A 51-48 lead turned into a 58-51 deficit. NU had five turnovers and five missed shots in that stretch.

“We let their press slow us way down, and once we broke the pressure we just did not flow aggressively into our offense,” Nebraska coach Amy Williams said. “We were, with limited time on the shot clock, trying to get into the offense.”

By the time sophomore guard Taylor Kissinger hit a couple of 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds, Michigan’s lead was too big. The Wolverines (15-9, 6-6) were led by freshman Naz Hillmon, who had 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Nebraska got 12 points from Kissinger, 13 from Hannah Whitish and 12 from sophomore center Kate Cain, who had one of her best games of the season. Williams said she wanted Cain to continue to be aggressive on the scoring end.

But the Huskers struggled in other areas. Michigan outscored NU 17-3 at the foul line, and Nebraska’s bench, one of the best in the Big Ten, got outscored 37-20. Michigan won the rebounding battle 41-29, as well.

It all added up to Nebraska’s fourth loss in five games, all of which were by six points or fewer. Six of NU’s seven Big Ten losses have been by six or fewer points, and nine of its 13 losses have been six or fewer points.

It’s a young team with consistency issues. It’s also a team that, had a few possessions gone differently, could have a very different record.

The loss left Williams sounding frustrated on her postgame radio show.

“I sound like a broken record, I feel like, just coming to talk about how disappointing it is after close losses,” Williams said. “To continue to see progress and to continue to move forward — I’m proud of the fact that they’re fighting and playing and putting ourselves in these positions, but we’ve got to get over the hump.”

Nebraska (10-13, 5-7)............13 19 17 12—61

At Michigan (15-9, 6-6)..........17 18 13 19—67

NU: Whitish 5-11 0-0 13, Cain 6-8 0-0 12, Kissinger 4-9 1-2 12, Mershon 0-1 0-0 0, Eliely 2-7 0-1 4, Veerbeek 1-4 0-0 2, Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0, Simon 1-7 1-2 4, Brown 2-6 1-2 6, Haiby 4-7 0-0 8. Totals: 25-60 3-6 61.

UM: Dilk 2-3 0-0 4, Munger 2-8 1-2 6, Brown 3-9 0-0 6, Church 2-8 2-4 6, Thome 2-6 4-6 8, Hillmon 6-7 6-9 18, Johnson 5-7 3-4 14, Rauch 0-0 0-0 0, Robbins 2-6 1-2 5. Totals: 24-56 17-25 67.

3-point field goals: NU 8-23 (Whitish 3-7, Kissinger 3-7, Mershon 0-1, Eliely 0-1, Veerbeek 0-1, Simon 1-3, Brown 1-3), UM 2-10 (Munger 1-3, Brown 0-4, Church 0-1, Johnson 1-2). Rebounds: NU 29 (Eliely 8), UM 41 (Hillmon 11). Assists: NU 15 (Eliely 6), UM 12 (Church 3, Johnson 3).

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