In a game that featured two dramatically different halves, Nebraska survived a last-second three-point attempt by Creighton to escape the Civic Auditorium with a 60-57 win over the Bluejays on Tuesday night.
Nebraska improved to
9-2 on the year after battling back from a six-point deficit late in the second
half, while Creighton slipped to 2-8 on the season. The Bluejays had their
two-game winning streak snapped, while Nebraska captured its third consecutive
victory by winning its first game against Creighton at the Civic Auditorium
am not surprised at all by the way this game went," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori
said. "Creighton is a much better basketball team than their record. They set
the tempo in the second half, and we responded. I think this is a big win for
our basketball team because we had players step up and make plays and we battled
back after losing a lead, which we have not had to do yet this
Huskers controlled the first half as both teams struggled offensively.
24-17 in what was the fourth-lowest scoring first half by both teams in school
history. The 17 points scored by CU in the first half tied for the fifth-lowest
opponent total in the NU record book.
two teams erupted in the second, combining for 41 points in the first eight
minutes of the second half, while scoring on nearly every possession. At one
point, Creighton scored on eight of nine possessions to turn an
eight-point deficit with 14:52 to play into a six-point lead with 8:44
Nebraska led for the
first 28 minutes of the game after bolting out of the gate on a 11-0
lead in the first 5:45 with baskets from five different Huskers, including
a three-pointer from Chelsea Aubry.
freshman Megan Neuvirth broke up the Husker shutout on her layup with 14:10 left
in the half. Nebraska maintained a double-digit lead after
Cory Montgomery's three-pointer made it 20-10 with 8:02 left in the first
Neuvirth also gave the Bluejays
their biggest lead of the game in the second half at 49-43 with 8:44 left.
Jelena Spiric came through with a huge three-pointer to stop CU's surge, before
freshman Kala Kuhlmann added a jumper to cut Creighton's lead to one at 49-48
with 6:53 left.
Kiera Hardy, who scored 12 points,
grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists, then took over. The senior
guard from Kansas City, Mo., hit a jumper to give Nebraska the lead back at 50-49, before
draining a three-pointer to make it 53-49 NU. After Creighton's Ally Thrall
answered with a three-pointer, Hardy converted a three-point play to keep the
Huskers in control at 56-52 with 3:59 left.
Nebraska did not
trail again, as Creighton cut the NU lead to one point at 56-55 before Spiric
answered with a layup, and Kelsey Griffin and TK LaFleur added free throws down
the stretch to seal the win.
Griffin led the
Huskers with 13 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the
season. Spiric added 11 points, and Aubry added 10 points and six rebounds in a
strong effort to give Nebraska four players in double
Chevelle Herring and Ally Thrall led
Creighton with 12 points, while Bronson added eight points, including a pair of
the game, Nebraska hit 48.1 percent of its shots from
the field, including 60 percent shooting in the second half. Creighton hit just
34.8 percent of its shots from the field, but hit 48.2 percent of its shots from
the field in the second half. CU hit 25 percent (5-20) from three-point range,
including 4-of-11 shooting in the second half.
Creighton, which entered the game
shooting better than 78 percent at the free throw line, hit just 54.5 percent
(6-11) of its free throws.
In the lowest scoring first half of
the season for the Huskers, Nebraska missed nine of its final 13 shots
from the field in the half to end the stanza shooting just 37.9 percent,
including 2-of-7 shooting from three-point range. NU also committed 12
first-half turnovers and did not attempt a free throw.
Although the Huskers
struggled offensively late in the first half, the NU defense suffocated the
Bluejays throughout the half. CU shot just 20 percent from the field (6-30),
including 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) in the opening period. Creighton did hit 4-of-6
free throws, while committing 10 turnovers.
Huskers return to the Devaney
Center Thursday night to take on
State. Tip-off against the
Colonels is set for 7:05 p.m.