Huskers roll over the Buckeyes
Lincoln - The Nebraska women's basketball team notched its seventh straight win with a 58-39 run past Ohio State on Thursday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore led the Huskers with 14 points, a season-high eight rebounds and four assists, while sophomore Emily Cady added 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the year.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 19-6 overall and 9-3 in the Big Ten. Ohio State slipped to 14-11 and 4-8 in the conference after being held to the lowest point total in Coach Jim Foster's 11 seasons with the Buckeyes.
Junior forward Jordan Hooper added eight points and 10 rebounds, as Nebraska outworked the Buckeyes 53-45 on the boards. From the last media timeout in the first half, to the last media timeout of the game, the Huskers dominated the glass, 35-17, turning a tie game at 15 into a 19-point win.
"Rebounding and defense," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "Our offense struggled early tonight and Ohio State did a good job of taking some things away. But rebounding was big and our defense was really effective tonight. That is a big win for us."
Nebraska rolled to its seventh straight Big Ten win despite shooting just 32.8 percent (22-67) from the field, including 4-for-14 from three-point range. But the Huskers held Ohio State to just 25.4 percent shooting (16-63), including 3-of-16 from long range. NU also kept Ohio State off the free throw line, as OSU hit all four of their free throw attempts in the first half. Nebraska also won the turnover battle 13-10.
In a low-scoring first half that featured cold shooting by both teams, Nebraska took a 25-21 lead to the locker room at the half. Ohio native Rachel Theriot led the Huskers with nine first-half points on 4-of-6 shooting, including her lone three-point attempt.
Hooper and Tear'a Laudermill each added four first-half points, while Moore and Katie Simon both contributed three points in the first half. Cady pitched in two points while adding 11 first-half rebounds.
Nebraska hit just 10-of-31 shots (.323) including 2-of-7 threes, while knocking down 3-of-5 free throws in the opening period. NU also won the first half turnover battle 9-6, and turned OSU's turnovers into 12 big points.
Tayler Hill, who finished with a game-high 20 points, led the Buckeyes with 15 first-half points on 5-of-9 shooting, including a three-pointer. Hill added seven rebounds in the game. Amber Stokes and Raven Ferguson added six points in the game for Ohio State.
OSU hit just 28.6 percent (8-28) of its shots in the first half, including 1-of-3 three-pointers. OSU outrebounded NU, 22-21 in the half, but the Huskers pulled down the final seven rebounds of the first half.
NU added the first two boards of the second half and extended its lead to 29-21 just over a minute into the second period on back-to-back layups by Hailie Sample and Cady.
The Huskers pushed the lead to 10 points for the first time after a pair of Cady free throws made it 31-21 with 17:08 left. The Buckeyes would get no closer than six the rest of the way.
Laudermill's three-pointer with 13:25 left capped a 9-0 NU run to push the Husker margin to 40-25 after the Buckeyes trimmed the margin to 31-25 with 16:04 left. Laudermill, who finished with nine points off the bench, gave NU its biggest lead of the night at 56-36 with 3:18 left.
Nebraska will enjoy the weekend off from competition before returning to Big Ten road action at Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 21. Tip-off with the Wolverines at Crisler Arena is set for 6 p.m. (CT)
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