Make it nine straight for the Lady Huskers
Lincoln - Freshman Rachel Theriot poured in a career-high 19 points to help No. 24 Nebraska roll to its ninth consecutive win with a 66-46 victory over Iowa at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Sunday afternoon.
Playing in front of more than 7,000 fans at the Devaney Center and a Big Ten Network national television audience, the Huskers improved to 21-6 overall and 11-3 in the Big Ten. Iowa slipped to 17-10 overall and 6-8 in the conference.
Iowa scored the game's first two points, but Nebraska did not trail again, jumping to a 19-9 edge before taking a 29-20 lead to the locker room at halftime. The Hawkeyes were able to whittle Nebraska's lead to 38-36 with 13:20 left after a Melissa Dixon three-pointer, but the Huskers outscored Iowa 28-10 down the stretch.
Theriot, a 6-0 freshman guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, played huge for the Huskers in the second. She scored 15 of her game-high 19 points after halftime while going 7-for-9 from the field after the break. She added four rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Senior Lindsey Moore played another outstanding game from start to finish. The 5-9 point guard added 10 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals to help the Huskers to their fifth straight win over the Hawkeyes. Junior Jordan Hooper gave NU three players in double figures with 10 points, seven boards and three steals, despite hitting just 2-of-14 shots from the field. Hooper did connect on the 200th three-pointer of her career early in the second half.
In a true team effort, all nine Huskers who played in the game scored and hit at least one field goal. Sophomores Hailie Sample, Tear'a Laudermill and Katie Simon each contributed six points, while Emily Cady pitched in four points, eight rebounds and two assists. Senior Meghin Williams added two points.
As a team, the Huskers hit 40.7 percent (24-59) of their shots from the field, including 4-of-16 three-pointers. NU also went 14-for-18 at the free throw line, going a perfect 10-for-10 in the second half to help seal the victory. Nebraska outrebounded the Hawkeyes 38-37 and won the turnover battle, 21-11.
"That is another big win for us," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "That is the way we want to close out wins. We were up five with eight minutes left and then I looked up with a minute left and we were up 20. We made a lot of big shots and a lot of big plays. Rachel and Lindsey were really good today."
Nebraska's defense was also really good. The Huskers held the Hawkeyes to a season-low 46 points, marking the third straight Big Ten foe that NU shackled a season-low point total with, joining Michigan (39) and Ohio State (39).
The normally high-powered offense of the Hawkeyes hit just 35.7 percent (20-56) of its shots, including just 20 percent (3-15) from long range. Iowa also went just 3-for-6 at the free throw line, as Nebraska was whistled for single-digit fouls for the third straight game.
Samantha Logic led Iowa with 12 points, five rebounds and six assists, but committed five turnovers. Theairra Taylor added 10 points, while Morgan Johnson managed eight points and nine boards.
Nebraska's team-first mentality was a apparent in the first half, as the Huskers took a 29-20 lead into halftime with all nine Huskers finding the scoring column. Nebraska trailed 2-0 but did not trail again in the half. The Huskers led by as many as 10 at 19-9 despite hitting just 38.7 percent (12-31) of their first-half shots, including just 1-of-6 threes. NU was also just 4-of-8 at the free throw line.
The Hawkeyes also struggled with their shooting strokes, hitting just 37.5 percent (9-24), including 1-of-5 threes and 1-of-4 free throws. Iowa outrebounded NU 21-17, but the Huskers won the first-half turnover battle 14-5. Nebraska outscored Iowa 12-0 in points off turnovers in the opening period.
Nebraska travels to Wisconsin for its final Big Ten regular-season road game of the year on Thursday. Tip-off between the Huskers and Badgers is set for 7 p.m. (central)
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