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A late rally came up just short Thursday for Nebraska women’s basketball.

The Huskers (13-3, 2-3 Big Ten) were down as much as 17 in the second half, but No. 6 Indiana (13-2, 5-0 Big Ten) held on to win 72-65 after Nebraska cut the deficit to three points in the final minute.

“The girls feel like in the locker room like we can’t wait until the fourth quarter to play defense and guard,” said Nebraska coach Amy Williams. “In this league, it’s so brutally competitive and you’re gonna have to play for 40 minutes, and we did not do that.”

The Hoosiers shot better than 50 percent from the floor in the first half to open a 41-34 lead at halftime. Indiana ended the game shooting 42.4 percent, including 6 of 18 on threes.

Nebraska shot 40 percent for the game, making 6-of-21 threes.

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Alexis Markowski scored 11 of her team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter. Jaz Shelley added 15 points while Sam Haiby dropped 10.

Nebraska has a rematch with Iowa on Sunday in Iowa City.