Playing in front of nearly 3,700
fans in their Big 12 opener, the Huskers improved to 12-3 on the season with
their second straight win over
The Huskers, who shot a season-low 30.8 percent from the field and did not hit a three-pointer for the first time all season, surrendered just 45 points to the Longhorns. NU allowed just 19 in the first half - one of the five-lowest point totals ever by a Longhorn team in a first half. NU held UT to just 25.8 percent shooting from the field on the night, after the Longhorns entered the game averaging better than 80 points per contest while shooting better than 46 percent from the field.
Turner was one of many defensive
catalysts for the Huskers, recording six steals to help NU force 20 turnovers.
She also scored all nine of her points in the second half to spark
She left the game with 2:53 remaining with a knee injury after falling to the floor near halfcourt on a collision. Her status was not known following the game, but she did walk to the postgame interviews under her own power.
By that time, the havoc Turner created had already sealed the win for the Huskers.
"We were tough tonight and we played some really good defense for 40 minutes," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "It started with our guards really getting after it and playing tough on the perimeter. Vonnie did a great job of forcing turnovers with great ball-pressure and as the game went on our other players fed off that. We won the game with defense and rebounding and that is what we have been telling our players wins games in the Big 12."
Along with forcing 20 turnovers, the Huskers owned a commanding 55-40 edge on the glass against UT, including 20 offensive boards.
"Everybody contributed tonight on
both ends and that is why I love playing on this team so much,"
In one of the most impressive defensive performances by both teams in school history, the two teams combined for just 36 points in the first half, tying the mark for the lowest scoring first half in school history - a span covering more than 1,000 games.
The Huskers surged to a three-point lead at 17-14 on a Nicole Neals jumper with 2:29 left in the first half, but UT scored the final five points to close the half on a 5-0 run.
The Longhorns continued the surge with the first three points of the second half on a three-point play from Brittainey Raven to give UT its biggest lead of the night at 22-17. Raven finished with a game-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, but committed five turnovers and hit just 5-of-19 shots from the field as the only Longhorn in double figures.
Turner then sparked the Huskers with
a jumper at 18:30 to end the UT run. After a
Turner was part of a sophomore class that enjoyed a big night for the Huskers. Along with Turner's nine points, sophomore forward Cory Montgomery scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. Sophomore guard Kala Kuhlmann added one of the best games of her career with seven points and six rebounds in 24 minutes, spelling Tay Hester for most of the night as Hester battled early foul trouble.
Turner, Montgomery and Kuhlmann
combined to score 14 of NU's first 16 points of the second half, as