"It was best win of the year because I think we are the best team we have beaten this season," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "Louisiana-Lafayette is going to win a lot of basketball games this year. They have a very good team, including one of the best players (Anna Petrakova) that we will face all year."
scored half of her 16 points in the first 2:25 of the contest, as
While Gerhart provided
Spiric was 4-of-6 shooting from the field while adding four rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes off the bench to reach double figures for the first time in her career.
Johansen, who entered the
contest averaging 4.8 points per game, was 4-for-7 from the field, including a
pair of three-pointers, to match her season high set against
The Huskers took control early on, as Hardy single-handedly sparked a 10-2 Husker run. NU turned a 15-13 lead into a 25-15 cushion with 9:20 remaining in the first half after a turnaround jumper by Elena Diaz, who nearly gave NU a sixth player in double figures as she finished with eight points. Hardy, the 5-foot-6 guard, scored eight straight Husker points in the spurt, highlighted by an acrobatic 3-pointer from the wing to beat the shot chock buzzer.
UL-Lafayette, which came into tonight's contest with an 8-2 record with their only losses coming to No. 2 Stanford and Arkansas, quickly cut the lead to 25-20, before Nebraska delivered the knockout blow, a 10-0 run to take a 35-20 lead after a Johansen jumper with 4:15 remaining in the first half.
The Huskers, who improved to
6-0 at the
Behind the inside game of Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Anna Petrakova, who finished with a game-high 24 points and 15 rebounds, the Ragin' Cajuns (8-3) whittled Nebraska's lead to 56-49 after a Tiffany Washington basket with 9:39 remaining.
The Huskers, who posted a 61-59 win in last season's win in Lincoln, then iced the contest, as Johansen's three-pointer triggered an 11-0 run, as NU built a 67-49 lead with 7:16 remaining and led by double figures the rest of the way.
The Huskers will close out
the year on Dec. 30, when they take on