Nebraska natives Taylor Kissinger and Maddie Simon lead balanced attack in win over UMKC

LINCOLN — Freshman Taylor Kissinger led three Nebraska players in double figures with 18 points as the Huskers took control on the way to an 80-60 victory over UMKC on Tuesday night before 3,503 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Maddie Simon added 11 for NU (2-0), and the two Nebraskans teamed up on a 10-0 run to open the second half. Kissinger, from Minden, and Simon, from Lincoln Pius X, each hit a 3-pointer, and Simon made two transition layups to help the Huskers turn a 38-35 halftime lead into a 48-35 lead.

Sophomore Grace Mitchell scored a career-high 10 points off the bench for Nebraska, which shot 50 percent from the field and made 12 3-pointers.

Emily Wood scored a career-high nine points on three 3-pointers, while Hannah Whitish, Kate Cain and Jasmine Cincore all scored eight points.

The Huskers limited UMKC (0-2) to 32.1-percent shooting for the game, including 19.2 percent in the second half.

Nebraska returns to action with a home game against Arkansas at 8 p.m. Thursday.

UMKC (0-2)…………………13 22 11 14—60

At Nebraska (2-0)…………20 18 26 16—80

UMKC: Dillard 1-3 1-2 4, Moore 4-10 5-7 13, Washington 3-10 8-8 16, Waldron 5-14 0-0 14, Law 2-11 2-4 6, Johnson 2-4 0-0 5, Husa 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 18-56 16-21 60.

NU: Whitish 3-8 0-0 8, Simon 5-6 0-0 11, Cain 4-7 0-0 8, Kissinger 6-13 2-4 18, Cincore 3-6 0-1 8, Wood 3-4 0-0 9, Mitchell 4-7 2-2 10, Stallworth 2-7 0-0 4, Blackburn 1-3 0-0 2, Washington 1-3 0-2 2. Totals: 32-64 4-9 80.

3-point goals: UMKC 8-21 (Dillard 1-3, Moore 0-1, Washington 2-3, Waldron 4-12, Johnson 1-2), NU 12-28 (Whitish 2-6, Simon 1-2, Kissinger 4-9, Cincore 2-3, Wood 3-4, Mitchell 0-1, Stallworth 0-3). Rebounds: UMKC 33 (Moore 11), NU 42 (Simon 8). Assists: UMKC 7 (Moore 3), NU 21 (Whitish 9). Total fouls: UMKC 13, NU 23. A: 3,503.

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