No. 20 Iowa women fall 74-65 at Nebraska

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Iowa women’s basketball team is officially in a mini-slump.

Maddie Simon scored 19 points, Hannah Whitish added 18 and Nebraska beat the No. 20 Hawkeyes 74-65 on Tuesday night.

Iowa (15-4, 3-3 Big Ten Conference) has now lost three of its past four games since opening the season 14-1.

Jasmine Cincore’s 3-point play on a fast break extended Nebraska’s lead to 70-63 with 1:21 to go. Hannah Stewart scored at the other end but Iowa went scoreless from there. Nebraska was just 4 of 10 from the free-throw line in the final minute and finished 17 of 35 (48.6 percent).

Taylor Kissinger had 12 points and eight rebounds for Nebraska (13-6, 4-2). Kate Cain, who entered ranked fifth nationally in blocked shots at 3.5 per game, had five blocks and six points.

Megan Gustafson had 29 points and 18 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 18th double-double of the season for Iowa. She scored half of Iowa’s 24 first-half points and also grabbed nine rebounds. Amanda Ollinger scored a career-high 12 points.

Nebraska snapped a five-game losing streak in the series dating to 2014-15.

The Hawkeyes close out a stretch of four out of five road games with Sunday’s 3 p.m. contest at Minnesota.