INDIANAPOLIS — Four seconds remained on the shot clock when Maddie Nolan caught a cross-court pass beyond the 3-point arc. The freshman guard pump faked, dribbled once around her defender, pulled up and hit a tough shot as the shot clock expired.
INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan, up by four, faced a turning point. After a huge third quarter that turned a 10-point deficit into a six-point lead, Nebraska hit a pair of free throws to start the fourth quarter. The Wolverines needed an answer to hold onto the momentum.
Coming out of halftime, those last three possessions of the first half had energized the Wolverines (20-10 overall, 10-8 Big Ten). They scored the first eight points of the second half and never looked back, en route to a 81-75 win over Nebraska (17-13, 7-11) in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
A minor scoring drought can quickly turn into a disaster or cost a team the game if the defense can’t get stops. And although Michigan State did score 13 points during that drought, the Wolverines’ defense made enough key plays to still emerge ahead at the end of it.