Nebraska was led by true freshman Lindsey Moore. The native of Olympia, Washington finished with 18 points, which was a career high.
Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly told the media after the game that his team's strategy was to focus on guarding Kelsey Griffin, which left Lindsey Moore unguarded for a good majority of the game. Moore took full advantage with a career night. Senior Cory Montgomery also had a huge night. The senior forward finished with 16 points.
National Player of the Year candidate Kelsey Griffin was contained for most of the night. The senior forward finished with 11 points, but shot the ball just four times from the field, which is the lowest number of attempts that Griffin has had all season long. Griffin didn't need to carry the burden for her team. Moore and Montgomery took charge.
"Lindsey came up huge tonight, and so did Cory," Griffin said. "The shots that Lindsey made in the second half were big and Cory's run to end the first half gave us a major lift."
The Cyclones did not back down easily. Nebraska stormed to an early lead, but Iowa St. battled back. With 4:06 to go in the first half, the Cyclones led by one. After that, Nebraska's veteran leaders gave the Huskers a lead that they would never let up. Junior guard Dominique Kelly hit a pair of free throws, and then Cory Montgomery came through with Nebraska's next seven points, which gave the Huskers an eight point lead at halftime.
Montgomery's big run to end the first half gave the Huskers all they needed. After that, Nebraska never slowed down. More specifically, Lindsey Moore never slowed down. Moore scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half, which was more than enough to secure the win.
"I felt pretty good," said Moore after the game. "The ball was coming out of my hands pretty well. I can score. It's just, I guess, I choose not to, in some sense. I'd rather distribute the ball. If people continue to play off me like that, I'll have to keep stepping up."
Moore has been a silent assassin this whole season, but thus far, she has been overshadowed in the stat sheets by the like of Kelsey Griffin, Cory Montgomery, and the other veterans. However, Moore's teammates and coaches have remained confident in her abilities. Just ask head coach Connie Yori
"I know Lindsey can shoot the ball," said Yori. I've seen her be a better shooter than she's shown. When she can make shots, we become a lot harder to guard. Lindsey's a confident kid. She wouldn't be our starting point guard as a freshman if she wasn't."
Iowa State was shorthanded right from the start tonight. The Cyclones were without their leading scorer, starting point guard Allison Lacey. Lacey, who her teammates described as the heart and soul of their team, was held out of the game after suffering what was described as a mild concussion during practice on Tuesday. Her absence could have arguably been the difference in the game, and Connie Yori acknowledged her absence as a huge factor in the game.
"She's such a great player," said Connie Yori of Lacey. "We obviously caught a break, but we also had to take advantage of it."
The win for Nebraska is their 24th of the season. The Huskers are still one of two undefeated teams in the country (men's or women's basketball). The only other undefeated team: The University of Connecticut Huskies, who are currently reeling off an incredible winning streak of their own.
The win was witness by 10,988 in attendance at the Devaney Center. Another loud and energetic crowd. The Huskers take their home court again on Saturday night, as they take on the Colorado Buffaloes at 1:00.
Check out our Big Red Breakdown on "The Bob", our basketball board, as we give you a closer look at the Huskers' latest victory.