Kiera Hardy scored 16 points, including NU's last seven points, while adding seven rebounds for the Huskers, while Kelsey Griffin notched her eighth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 boards in the loss. The setback ended Nebraska's school-record 10-game road winning streak and dropped the Huskers to 16-4 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12, while Texas A&M improved to 11-0 at home this season while moving to 14-4 overall and 4-2 in the league.
Chelsea Aubry added 12 points and four boards, while Danielle Page pitched in seven points, five rebounds and four blocked shots off the bench to help the Huskers in a defensive struggle with the Aggies.
Nebraska was in position to win on Hardy's last-second shot despite being held to just 34 percent (17-15) shooting from the field, including just 21.4 percent (3-14) from three-point range by the Big 12's best defense. The Huskers stayed in the game by knocking down 28-of-33 free throws.
Despite NU's poor shooting, Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said the Huskers' effort and work on the glass kept them in the game.
"We didn't lose because we didn't play hard," Yori said. "My goodness we played hard tonight. We just didn't play well on offense, but we outrebounded a very athletic team by seven. We turned it over too much, and we missed some of the easy shots that we were able to get."
The Aggies, who hit just 28.6 percent of their shots in the first half, heated up in the second half, connecting on 46.7 percent of their second-half attempts to finish the night at 36.9 percent (24-65). A&M hit 5-of-8 three-pointers in the second half, after missing its first eight three-pointers in the opening period. A&M also hit 12-of-19 free throws on the night.
Huskers led by as many as six points on two occasions in the first half, thanks
to seven first-half points from
Texas A&M's lead grew to 55-47
on Atunrase's third three-pointer of the half with just six minutes to play, but
Starks ended NU's run with her first
field goal of the game, followed by a jumper from
Hardy tied the score at 60 on a pair of free throws with 1:23 left, but Frankling and Danielle Gant hit back-to-back shots to give the Aggies a 64-60 edge with 25 seconds left.
Hardy hit two free throws with 19.2 seconds left, before Atunrase answered with a pair of free throws with 18.9 seconds left. Hardy then knocked down a three-pointer with 13.4 seconds left to make it 66-65.
Starks missed two free throws with
11.6 seconds remaining to give the Huskers a final chance to win. After
Nebraska returns home to the Devaney Center to open a three-game homestand against Kansas on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8BIGRED.