Maryland Defeats Husker Women 81-63 Despite Mershon Career High

Maryland Defeats Husker Women 81-63 Despite Mershon Career High
“I want to win against Maryland this year really bad,” senior forward Maddie Simon said. She’s 0-5 against the No. 9 Terrapins — who visit Pinnacle Bank Arena Tuesday night at 7 — including a 0-3 mark last season, when NU came within a missed 3-pointer of notching its first win against the conference bully. ELSIE STORMBERG/THE WORLD-HERALD

Freshman Kayla Mershon produced a career high with eight points off the bench and helped Nebraska out-rebound No. 9 Maryland for the game, but the Terrapins used hot shooting to post an 81-63 women’s basketball win over the Huskers on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Maryland improved to 14-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten while giving Coach Brenda Frese her 500th career victory. Nebraska slipped to 7-8 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Huskers also saw their five-game home winning streak come to an end.

First-team All-Big Ten wing Kaila Charles led four Terps in double figures with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while freshman guard Taylor Mikesell contributed 16 points with four three-pointers. Blair Watson added four threes of her own to finish with 12 points, while forward Stephanie Jones pitched in 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor.

The Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday to take on Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are receiving votes in both national polls.Tip time between Nebraska and Rutgers is set for 2 p.m.