- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Rutgers pushed aside its recent fourth-quarter struggles to end a four-game losing streak.

Tyler Scaife scored 20 points and Shrita Parker added 14 to help Rutgers beat Nebraska 66-56 on Saturday.

“It’s always good to get off the slide,” Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. “It’s important that we stay in the mind that allows us to be down and have that fight and find a way to get back up.”

The Scarlet Knights had chances to end their losing streak before Saturday, but were faltering in the fourth quarter. They were tied with Michigan State heading into the final period before losing. They had a two-point lead against Nebraska in the team’s first meeting on Jan. 16, but were outscored 24-11 in the last quarter.

Rutgers wouldn’t let that happen again on Saturday.

With the game tied at 49 with 6:50 left in the fourth quarter, Rutgers (13-9, 4-6 Big Ten) used a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to open up a 58-51 advantage. Briyona Canty had five points during the burst, including a 3-point play that made it 54-49.

Natalie Romeo’s layup with 1:57 left made it a five-point game, but that’s as close as Nebraska (15-6, 6-4) would get.

“We’re tired of losing,” Canty said.

Rutgers has struggled on the road this season, winning one of its eight games. The Scarlet Knights now head on the road to face Minnesota and Penn State.

“It’s good to see us take care of this here,” Stringer said. “Our next game is on the road and we got to show up and pretend we’re at home again. We can’t be at home all the time.”

“We’ve been loose and this win felt very good for us,” said Kahleah Copper, who had seven points, seven rebounds and five steals. “A sigh of relief.”

Freshman Jessica Shepard scored 23 points and Romeo added 18 to lead the Cornhuskers, who saw their six-game winning streak end.

“It’s easy for fans to look at conference standings and say chalk that one up or chalk that one up. There are no easy games in this league. I think that’s been shown already this year. This league anyone can beat anyone on any given night,” Nebraska coach Connie Yori said.

When the two teams met the first time this season, the Cornhuskers only had five turnovers. They had 20 on Saturday.


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