Friday's Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal was very different from the first meeting between Nebraska and Michigan earlier this season.
On that January night, the Huskers (24-7) ran away from then-No. 8 Michigan (22-6) 79-58 in Lincoln. Now on a neutral court, this one was played down to the wire.
The teams exchanged quarters of dominance. No. 6 seed Nebraska used a consistent attack to race out to a 26-14 lead after the first quarter.
A much more physical No. 3 seed Michigan team came out in the second quarter. The Wolverines hounded the Huskers with a defense extending well beyond the three-point line. That turned into seven NU turnovers and aided a Michigan 22-4 run to give the higher seed a four-point lead at halftime.
Again switching roles, Nebraska regained the lead with a 13-7 run late in the third quarter. That set up an entertaining final frame.
Michigan took control with a 15-5 run to start the quarter. But Nebraska struck back with a 10-4 run to tie the game at 71-71 with two minutes to play.
The Wolverines got a layup on their next possession, but Sam Haiby answered with her own bucket in the lane where she was fouled. Michigan and Nebraska swapped empty possessions, giving the Wolverines a chance in the closing seconds to take the lead.
Alexis Markowski forced a jump ball, giving MU the ball under their own basket. Somehow in the right place at the right time again, Markowski stole the inbound pass in the lane.
Two fouls later, Allison Weidner was at the free throw line. The freshman made both attempts, giving the Huskers a three-point lead.
Michigan used a timeout to advance the ball, but a sideline inbounds resulted in a forced 30 footer that missed everything. Nebraska upset Michigan for the second time in two months, this one by a score of 76-73.
A night after getting two 20-plus scoring efforts, the Huskers got a much more balanced effort on offense. Haiby and Weidner led the way with 16 points each, followed by 12 each for Jaz Shelley and Annika Stewart.
Markowski grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Issie Bourne played just 18 minutes. Bourne was plagued with unlucky calls leading to foul trouble. Still, the Australia native finished with five points and a +/- of +13.
After making 15 3s last night, the Huskers shot just 17 tonight, making eight of them. Overall, Nebraska shot 51 percent for the game.
With the Wolverines ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press poll, Nebraska is up to three top-10 wins on the season.
Nebraska now gets a third shot at Iowa. The No. 2 seed in the tournament beat Nebraska on back-to-back Sundays in January. The semifinal is set for a 5 p.m. CT tip Saturday.