Kiera Hardy scored a game-high 16 points and Chelsea Aubry added 11 to lead the No. 21 Nebraska women's basketball team to its fifth straight win with a 54-44 victory over Colorado at the Coors Events Center on Saturday afternoon.
Playing in front of an FSN national
television audience, the Huskers used an 11-0 run late in the second half to
turn a four-point edge into a double-figure win in Boulder for the second
consecutive season. Nebraska remained in a tie for first in the
Big 12 at 9-2, while improving to 21-4 overall. Both records represent the best
starts in school history.
Colorado slipped to
10-13 overall and 4-7 in the league with just their fourth home loss of the
season. Nebraska posted its first back-to-back
wins in Boulder
since 1984 and 1985 and just their second win in the last 21 years. In a
defensive struggle, the Huskers won despite posting their lowest scoring total
of the season, by holding the Buffs to their lowest output of the
"That was hard," Nebraska Coach
Connie Yori said. "That was a tough game. We haven't won many games this year
with our defense, but we are starting to do it more and more. Today, we played
outstanding defense from start to finish and that was the
Huskers held the Buffs to just 35.3 percent (18-51) shooting from the field,
including a 5-for-14 effort from three-point rage. CU also hit just 3-of-7 free
throws. Nebraska managed just 37.1 percent shooting
from the field for its second straight sub-40 percent shooting performance in a
win. NU hit hit 6-of-20 threes and just 2-of-4 free
Nebraska led just 43-39 with 8:15
left after a pair of three-pointers by Colorado, but the Huskers
responded to CU's burst with 11 straight points, sparked by a three-pointer
from Jelena Spiric. Hardy and Kelsey Griffin added back-to-back baskets, before
Aubry connected on her third three-pointer of the game to push NU's lead to 14
with 5:10 left.
Freshman Yvonne Turner added her
only point of the game with a free throw with 3:40 left to give Nebraska its biggest lead of the game, before Colorado scored the final
five points of the game.
Spiric and Griffin each scored eight points to help the Huskers, while
down a game-high 11 rebounds to help the Huskers finish plus-10 (42-32) on the
glass for the game. The Huskers were also plus-two in the turnover department
Danielle Page, a Colorado
native, added six points, seven rebounds and three blocks off the bench to
help the Huskers, while TK LaFleur contributed four points, five rebounds, an
assist and a block.
held the Buffaloes to their lowest point total of the season, and no Buff
managed double figures on the day, as Jackie McFarland finished with nine points
and 13 rebounds. The Huskers all but silenced McFarland, who entered the game
averaging more than 18 points and 11 rebounds per contest, in the first half.
She ended the half with just two points, seven rebounds and three
Huskers built a 30-20 halftime lead on the strength of great defense, rebounding
and Hardy's hot shooting hand. Hardy scored all 12 of her first-half points in
the final 10:26 to help the Huskers turn a three-point lead into a double-digit
lead going into the locker room at the break.
Aubry also shot the Huskers to a
solid first-half start, knocking down a pair of three-pointers and scoring eight
of NU's first 12 points in the game's first eight minutes.
a team, Colorado hit just 8-of-26 shots from the field
in the first half, including 2-of-4 three-pointers. Nebraska also struggled from
the field in the first half, hitting just 13-of-35 shots and 3-of-11
three-pointers, but the Huskers were plus-nine on the boards in the first half
and plus-one in the turnover column at the half.
home to the Bob
Devaney Sports Center on Wednesday to take on Texas Tech.
Tip-off with the Lady Raiders is set for 7:05 p.m. with a special 2-for-1
admission offering on Valentine's Day.