Nebraska comes close, falls to Baylor

In a season of heart breakers, the Huskers felt yet another, this time against the Colorado Buffaloes. Despite game efforts by the Huskers, including a game-high 22 points from forward Corey Mongtomery, the Huskers still came up short, losing to Baylor, 76-71.

"You're only close in horseshoes and hand grenades." That line for Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori summed up her team's effort. The Huskers dropped another close game, falling at home to #8 Baylor 76-71. With the loss, the Huskers fall to 10-11 overall, and 1-7 in conference play.

Coach Yori admitted she was disappointed in the loss, but was proud of her team. "We gave it a really good effort again, and we're playing in the best league in the country." NU's Cory Montgomery notched her fourth double-double of the year and led all scorers in the game with 22 points along with 14 rebounds in the losing effort. "We just played a top ten team and we were right there with them for the last minutes of the game."

Montgomery finished the game shooting 7-17 from the field, but was always there for the clutch basket to keep her team in the game. Nebraska was down 52-37 when Coach Yori fired her team during a timeout. NU responded with a 13-2 run. Cori Montgomery was inspired. "In every huddle, she just enforces us. Whether we're losing by a lot or we're winning. The first thing she says is we got to have confidence in ourselves."

Nebraska's Yvonne Turner broke her recent 0-19 slump from three point territory with two baskets for three in a row, and proved to be a critical part of the Nebraska comeback. Turner appeared to have her confidence back in the second half of the game. "Once I started knocking down three's, and then seeing Cory being very productive as she was on the offensive end, it gave our whole team a lot of confidence."

Turner was the second leading scorer amongst both teams with 17 points. Baylor snapped their two game losing streak with the win over the Cornhuskers, and improved to 18-3 overall, and 6-2 in conference play.

With the loss, Nebraska has lost eight of their last nine games, and have lost four conference games by single digits. Regardless of the NU's record, the Huskers have proven to be a tough test, but Coach Yori doesn't care of her team's perception amongst the conference.

"I don't care what anyone's perception is. The reality is we're 1-7. We're going to keep fighting." Nebraska's schedule doesn't get any easier as they travel to College Station to face the # 10 Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday. The Baylor Bears face Kansas State in their next game.


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