Nebraska trailed for more than 39 minutes against No. 2 Iowa on Sunday, but Jaz Shelley changed everything with a massive 3-point basket in the final minute of regulation.
Huskers head coach Amy Williams, who has coached Shelley for the past three years after she transferred from Oregon, revealed how excited she was for her fifth-year senior in one of Shelley’s final games inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.
“She was big time,” Williams said on the court postgame. “I’ve been believing in her from the first time I ever saw her playing. So to watch her do that on this stage — I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Shelley would go on to score seven points in the final 30 seconds of the game, including the 3-point basket that put Nebraska ahead. A few missed game-tying attempts for Iowa later, and the fans inside Pinnacle Bank Arena flooded the court in celebration.
Shelley finished the game with a season-high 23 points, five assists, and three rebounds. She shot 5-of-10 from beyond the arc and nailed all four of her free throws to end the game.
“I’m just so proud of our kids,” Williams continued. “They stayed with that. We’ve been talking all week about our response. And our kids, their response to getting down [in the score] was great. They stay confident, they stayed aggressive and I’m just so proud of them.”
The win is Nebraska’s first over a ranked opponent this season, and the highest-ranked upset during Williams’ tenure. With No. 5 Ohio State ahead of them on Wednesday, this two-game stretch could have wrapped up Nebraska’s season a little early, but have now asserted themselves as one of the top four seeds in the Big Ten Tournament if the season ended today.
The opening tip-off between the Buckeyes and Huskers is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. The Big Ten Conference matchup will be aired exclusively on Peacock.
Fans storm court inside Pinnacle Bank Arena after win
The second that the final buzzer sounded during Nebraska’s 82-79 win over No. 2 Iowa — fans were flooding onto the court in celebration of their team’s hard-fought, come-from-behind win against Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
This isn’t the first time that Nebraska fans have been able to experience a court-storming this season, as the men’s basketball team also upset then-No. 6 ranked Wisconsin Badgers inside Pinnacle Bank Arena on Feb. 1.
Nebraska was fined $100,000 for the incident. The NCAA will likely deem this as a second offense despite the first offense going against the men’s basketball team, which means a $250,000 fine could be incoming. Most cheering for Big Red will call that money well spent, however.