LINCOLN — Taylor Kissinger preferred to focus on her defense. It remains an issue for her and the rest of the Nebraska women’s team early in the season.
But it was her offense that kept NU’s 87-64 over USC Upstate from being uncomfortably close. The sophomore from Minden scored 22 points and hit all six of her 3-point attempts. That’s a Husker record for most makes without a miss. Kissinger nailed shots from several feet behind the arc, too.
“I wasn’t going to shoot it unless I was wide open,” Kissinger said. “We were all passing the ball really well.”
But Kissinger and center Kate Cain agreed that NU (1-1) didn’t play with that same urgency on defense. USC Upstate (0-3) came into the game averaging 57 points, and a hot second quarter — when it hit 9 of 14 shots — kept the game closer than the Huskers wanted.
“We just need to have a better sense of urgency and just finish plays,” said Cain, who had 16 points. “Go crash, keep getting rebounds and basically play with a sense of urgency for entire games instead of part or possessions or certain possessions.”
Nebraska enjoyed a big height advantage, which helped Cain hit 8 of 11 shots and helped NU outrebouned USC Upstate 42-27. The Huskers struggled with post scoring and rebounding in an 83-77 loss to Drake.
NU was poor on defense against Drake, too, and that mediocrity carried over in front of 3,638 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Husker coach Amy Williams remained committed Sunday to using all 11 players on her roster; every Husker played double-digit minutes and none played longer than Kissinger’s 22 ½ minutes.
The Huskers don’t play again until Friday night at Washington State. NU lost 73-61 to the Cougars last season.