Longball Haunts Colorado
LINCOLN, Neb. – A second-half 3-point barrage by Nebraska allowed the Huskers to claim a 75-64 Big 12 Conference win over Colorado Tuesday evening at the Bob Devaney Center in Lincoln.
Nebraska (14-14, 5-10) made 7-of-14 from downtown in the second half, most of which occurred during a 21-2 Nebraska run that proved to be the deciding factor. The Huskers shot 57.7 percent overall in the second half (15-of-26) and 49 percent for the game. Nebraska ended the game 43 percent (9-of-21) from downtown.
Kara Richards led Colorado with 24 points and seven rebounds as the Buffaloes (11-16, 3-12) have dropped four straight and seven of the last eight.
Nebraska's Yvonne Turner did the majority of the damage scoring 14 of her 17 points in the second half and had two of her three 3-pointers during the Huskers' second half run.
Colorado held a 34-32 lead with 14 minutes, 47 seconds remaining in the game on a Brittany Spears runner, but Nebraska scored the next 13 points. Turner and Nicole Neals had back-to-back 3-pointers, Turner scored twice in the paint and Dominique Kelly drilled another 3-pointer as Nebraska went up 45-34.
Spears broke the drought with a bucket at the 11:35 mark, but the Huskers added three 3-pointers over the next five minutes and kept the margin at double-digits until the final minutes of the game.
Spears finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. Alyssa Fressle had 12 points on 5-of-9 from the field and four assists.
Kelly Jo Mullaney added six points and five assists.
Nebraska had five players score in double-digits led by Turner's 17. Kelley had 13 points, Cory Montgomery had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jessica Periago had 11 and Neals finished with 10.
Colorado and Nebraska played a tightly-contested first half that featured nine ties and 10 lead changes. Fressle, who had seven in the first half, scored five straight and her 3-pointer with 5:30 remaining in the first half gave CU a 23-20 advantage, the largest lead by either team in the first 20 minutes
Nebraska quickly got the lead back with the help of better rebounding. The Huskers converted six offensive rebounds into nine second-chance points in the period. Redmon had a put back after the shot clock nearly expired, and after a Dominique Kelley missed a free throw, she took advantage of an offensive rebound and scored on a baseline jumper.
Richards tied the score at 25 on a jumper inside the paint with 1:38 left. Neals gave NU the halftime lead off a steal and a pull up jumper with just 53 seconds left.
Nebraska out rebounded CU 21-14 in the first half and overall on the game held a 12-6 advantage on second chance points.
Colorado will close out the 2008-09 regular season by hosting No. 21 (WBCA) Kansas State on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at the Coors Events/Conference Center.