NU shorthanded in players and points in loss to Baylor.
Lincoln — Nebraska's Lindsey Moore scored a team-high 18 points, but No. 1 Baylor ran to a 69-45 women's basketball win over the Huskers at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Wednesday night.
Nebraska slipped to 12-11 overall and 2-7 in the Big 12, while the Lady Bears improved to 22-1 and 9-0 in the league.
Moore led the Huskers with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 three-pointers, while adding four rebounds and five assists. Freshman forward Jordan Hooper pitched in 15 points and five rebounds, despite hitting just 5-of-19 shots from the field, including 3-of-11 three-pointers.
All-American Brittney Griner led all scorers with 23 points and four rebounds. The 6-8 sophomore hit all 11 of her free throws in the game, as Baylor went 15-for-16 from the line on the night. Freshman Odyssey Sims added 14 points and three assists, while Brooklyn Pope pitched in 12 points and eight boards for BU.
Baylor opened the game with a 10-0 run after Nebraska missed its first six three-point attempts in the game's first five minutes. The Lady Bears kept the lead in double digits throughout the game, but the Huskers were still within 16 at 46-30 with 12 minutes left after eight straight points from Moore and a jumper from Harleen Sidhu.
Nebraska could get no closer, as Baylor extended the lead down the stretch to secure their nation-leading 19th consecutive victory.
As a team, Nebraska shot just 27.9 percent (17-61) from the field, including just 21.9 percent (7-32) from three-point range. NU also hit just 4-of-6 free throws, while being outrebounded, 44-34, by the Lady Bears. BU also won the turnover battle, 11-9.
Baylor hit 42.9 percent (24-56) of its field goal attempts, including 6-of-16 threes (37.5 percent).
Nebraska, which has been hit hard by injuries this season, had another player miss a game on Wednesday, as freshman Kellie McCann-Smith sat out her first game of the season with a back injury. Katya Leick and Harleen Sidhu also continue to battle injuries, but still saw time in the game.
Senior Jessica Periago, a 6-4 center from Toulon, France, earned her first career start at the wing for NU, which is down to two healthy guards - Moore and Kaitlyn Burke. Adrianna Maurer, a 6-3 freshman center, saw her most extensive action of the Big 12 season with 15 points. She scored NU's first point of the night at the free throw line to stop Baylor's 10-0 run to open the game.
Baylor jumped to a 40-21 halftime lead thanks to 15 points from Griner, who went 9-for-9 at the free throw line. Sims added 10 first-half points, including a pair of three-pointers for the Lady Bears. Kimetria Hayden added seven points in a perfect shooting half for BU, while Brooklyn Pope added five points and five rebounds off the bench for the Lady Bears.
As a team, BU went 13-for-31 from the field in the first half, including 4-of-9 from three-point range, while knocking down 10-of-11 free throws. Baylor outrebounded the Huskers, 24-16, and won the turnover battle, 7-4, in the opening period.
Moore led the Huskers with 11 first-half points, including a trio of three-pointers. Catheryn Redmon added six points and five rebounds in the first half. NU hit just 8-of-29 shots from the field, including just 4-of-19 from three-point range.
Nebraska returns to Big 12 road action by taking on Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Saturday. Tip-off between the Huskers and Cowgirls at Gallagher-Iba Arena is set for 2 p.m. with live audio coverage from the Husker Sports Network on Huskers.com.
Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.