With the victory, Nebraska improved to 16-3 overall and 4-1 in
the Big 12, while Missouri slipped to 13-6
and 1-5 in the league. The Huskers, who posted their 16th victory
earlier than any season in school history, are off to their best overall and Big
12 starts since opening the year 16-1 overall and 7-1 in the conference in the
league's first season in 1996-97. Three of NU's first four Big 12 wins this
season have come away from home, and its lone loss is at the hands of No. 7
Oklahoma in Lincoln. Nebraska has posted 10
road victories for the first time since 1992-93.
Aubry, a 6-2 senior forward from
Kitchener, Ontario, enjoyed a
career night by hitting 11-of-13 shots from the field, including both of her
three-point attempts. Aubry's performance surpassed her previous career scoring
high of 20 points that came on Feb. 19, 2005, against Texas A&M at College
Kiera Hardy added 14 points, while
Kelsey Griffin gave the Huskers three players in double figures with 10 points
and six rebounds despite being hampered by foul trouble throughout the contest.
Griffin played just 15
minutes, while her 10 points marked her second-lowest scoring total of the
Junior forward Danielle Page also
gave NU a lift off the bench with six points, nine rebounds and three blocked
shots, while senior forward Jelena Spiric contributed six points, five rebounds
and six assists.
thought we moved the ball really well all night, especially in the first half,"
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "Chelsea had a great game
and we needed her. I think she sensed that and stepped up."
Nebraska used a 12-0
run in the last two minutes of the first half to turn a seven-point lead into a
46-27 halftime edge. Hardy scored the final seven points of the half in 1:10,
including a three-pointer with 30 seconds left and a jumper from the left
baseline as time expired.
Huskers never trailed in the game, but held just a 24-20 edge until freshman
forward Cory Montgomery scored to spark a 22-7 surge by NU in the final 6:16 of
Seven different Huskers scored in
the first half, led by Aubry's 17 and Hardy's points. Hardy scored all of her
points in the final 4:21 of the half. Griffin added eight
first-half points on 4-of-4 shooting despite playing just eight minutes because
of foul trouble. In a true team effort, 11 different Huskers saw action in the
opening period, including Nikki Bober who played her first career Big 12
Nebraska, which led
No. 25 Kansas State by 24 points at halftime in Lincoln on Wednesday
night, extended its lead to 23 points early in the second half on Page's
four-point play. Page scored on a transition layup off an assist from Hardy and
was fouled to put NU up 21. Page missed the free throw, but Spiric grabbed the
offensive rebound and threw it back inside to Page who scored again to give NU a
55-32 lead with 17:26 left.
the Tigers refused to quit, chipping away at the Husker lead until knocking it
down to single digits for the first time on EeTisha Riddle's layup to make it
70-62 with 3:15 left. Riddle, who led Missouri with 22 points and 12 rebounds,
helped the Tigers trim the NU lead to six points with 2:31 left, but Hardy,
Spiric and Page made big plays down the stretch to preserve the Huskers' fourth
consecutive road win over Missouri in Columbia.
the game, Nebraska hit 55 percent
(33-60) of its shots from the field, including 64.5 percent (20-31). The Huskers
were 5-of-12 from three-point range (41.7 percent) and 5-of-7 at the free throw
line (71.4 percent). Missouri outrebounded Nebraska, 37-32, and
committed just 11 turnovers while forcing 14 by the
the Huskers held Missouri to just 39.7
percent (27-68) shooting from the field, including just 5-of-19 (26.3 percent)
from three-point range. Missouri went 7-of-10 at
the free throw line.
Nebraska will try to
continue its success on the road on Wednesday when the Huskers travel to
College Station to take on
the No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Reed Arena with
live video provided to premium subscribers on