fourth-seeded Huskers slipped to 22-9 on the season while the Cyclones improved
to 24-8 on the year with their seventh consecutive victory, including their
second in the 12-team tournament. ISU, which matched
But Cyclone senior Lyndsey Medders made big plays of her own to lead the Cyclones to the victory. Medders took the inbounds pass and ran the length of the floor to hit a three-pointer at the top of the key while fading to her left with 1.7 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime tied at 70.
Medders added seven of ISU's nine points in overtime, including four straight free throws to seal the win. The first-team All-Big 12 guard finished with a game-high 27 points.
Despite the clutch plays by Medders, the Huskers were still in position to send the game to a second overtime as three-time first-team All-Big 12 guard Kiera Hardy had her three from the top of the key at the buzzer miss the mark. It was the fourth time this season that Hardy had a chance to win or tie a game on the final possession, including the third time in NU's last five losses.
Hardy finished with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists while taking over the Big 12's active career three-point lead with 264 and crossing the 1,900-point career scoring mark.
Sophomore forward Kelsey Griffin, a first-team All-Big 12 selection, led the Huskers with 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Senior Jelena Spiric added 10 points and three rebounds for NU.
Huskers were firing on all cylinders in the first half, hitting 64 percent
(18-28) of their field goal attempts, including 6-of-12 three-pointers to take a
45-36 lead to the locker room at halftime.
Spiric and Cory Montgomery also gave NU big lifts in the first half, as Spiric knocked down a pair of three-pointers and Montgomery scored five points, including a three-pointer from the corner in the closing seconds to shoot NU to a nine-point halftime lead.
The hot shooting by the Huskers allowed them to overcome 52 percent (13-25) shooting from the Cyclones in the first half that included a 4-of-10 effort from three-point range.