Lincoln, Neb. — Michigan State women’s basketball team couldn’t stop the 1-2 scoring punch of Jessica Shepard and Natalie Romeo on Sunday and lost to Nebraska, 73-66.
The loss is the third in four games for the No. 17 Spartans (18-7, 9-5 Big Ten), who fell into a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten with Indiana.
Shepard scored 26 points and Romeo had 25, and both set school records as Nebraska ended a 10-game losing streak against ranked teams.
Shepard became the first Cornhuskers freshman to surpass 500 points, reaching 514. Romeo, a sophomore, hit five 3-pointers, the last giving her a school record 86 for the season.
Rachel Theriot had 12 assists for Nebraska (17-8, 8-6 Big Ten), increasing her school record for double-figure assists to 12.
Aerial Powers had 19 points and Jenna Allen added a career-high 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting for the Spartans (18-7, 9-5). Branndais Agee scored 12 points and Jasmine Hines contributed nine points and 10 rebounds.
Nebraska scored the last seven points of the first quarter to take a 10-9 lead and scored the first seven of the second quarter. The Cornhuskers outscored the Spartans 29-19 in the second quarter, hitting 10 of 15 shots.
Michigan State was within five entering the fourth quarter but Nebraska made 7 of 11 shots in the fourth to hold on.
The Spartans resume play Thursday at Rutgers.
Big Ten women
Michigan 68, (at) Purdue 61: The Wolverines outscored the Boilermakers, 22-11, in the second quarter and needed a late 7-0 run to win their third in a row.
Katelyn Flaherty, who is eighth in the county in scoring at 22.7 points per game, led the Wolverines (15-10, 7-7 Big Ten) with 17 points and Hallie Thomas added 14. Siera Thompson scored 13 points and Kelsey Mitchell added nine points and eight rebounds.
Purdue (16-9, 7-7) cut UM’s lead to four with 3:18 to play, but Michigan went on a 7-0 run to seal the game.
Ashley Morrissette led Purdue with 19 points.
Big Ten men
(At) No. 4 Iowa 75, Minnesota 71: Jarrod Uthoff had 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Peter Jok scored 27 as the Hawkeyes (20-5, 11-2) held off an upset bid from the Gophers (6-19, 0-13) and won their 15th straight home game.
Uthoff also had six blocks and became the third Big Ten player in the past 20 years to have a game with at least 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.
Top 25 men
(at) No. 9 North Carolina 85, Pittsburgh 64: Brice Johnson scored 19 and Marcus Paige added 15 for the Tar Heels (21-4, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 59 percent to stay atop the league. UNC used a 13-0 second-half burst to blow the game open. UNC finished with 26 assists on 32 baskets, 24 points off turnovers and scored 16 fast-break points.
No. 12 Miami 67, (at) Florida State 65: Sheldon McClellan scored 20 and No. 12 Miami fought off a second-half rally from Florida State to win. Davon Reed had 14 points and Angel Rodriguez scored 11 for the Hurricanes (20-4, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who secured their fourth 20-win season in Jim Larranaga’s five years as coach at Miami.
(At) No. 17 Arizona 86, No. 23 USC 80: Gabe York scored 17 points and No. 17 Arizona moved into a tie for first place in the Pac-12.
Allonzo Trier scored 12 of his 14 in the second half as the Wildcats (21-5, 9-4) held off a rally by the Trojans (18-7, 7-5), who were swept over the weekend in the desert.
Bennie Boatwright, scoreless in Friday night’s loss at Arizona State, had 18 points for the Trojans.
Arizona led by as many as 19 in the first half and was up 16 at halftime. USC rallied to cut it to 70-68 with 6:40 to play, but the Trojans missed their next nine shots and the Wildcats pulled away.
Ryan Anderson added 14 points for Arizona, and Mark Tollefsen scored 11 of his 13 in the first half. Jordan McLaughlin had 15 for USC.