Huskers can't keep up with the Buffs.
Boulder, Colo — Nebraska's Jordan Hooper scored 14 points, but Colorado used a 24-2 first-half surge on its way to a 70-45 women's basket ball victory over the Huskers on Sunday at the Coors Events Center.
Nebraska slipped to 12-10 overall and 2-6 in the Big 12, while Colorado improved to 12-10 overall and 3-6 in the league.
Sophomore point guard Lindsey Moore added 13 points, five assists and three steals, while junior guard Kaitlyn Burke gave the Huskers three players in double figures with 12 points on the afternoon.
Colorado senior Brittany Spears led all scorers in double figures with 26 points, while Chucky Jeffery and Britney Blythe each pitched in nine points for a balanced Buff attack that saw all eight players score in the game. Jeffery just missed a triple-double with 10 rebounds and nine assists, while also committing seven turnovers.
Nebraska hit just 17-of-59 shots from the field (28 percent), including a dismal 3-for-17 (17 percent) from three-point range. NU did connect on 8-of-11 free throws (72 percent), but were outrebounded, 45-27, by the Buffs. NU did win the turnover battle, 17-10, against CU.
CU shot well throughout the day, hitting 27-of-55 shots (49 percent), including 10-of-21 three-pointers. CU was also 6-of-7 at the line.
The Huskers trailed 39-24 at the half, but cut the CU lead to 10 on multiple occasions in the second half with a chance to trim the margin further, but were unable to get it done.
The Huskers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening minutes, but Colorado answered with a 24-2 surge after Katya Leick was whistled for her second foul. Catheryn Redmon also went to the bench with two fouls during the Buffaloes' run. Leick and Redmon combined to play just 12 first-half minutes because of the foul trouble.
Burke sparked the Huskers with six straight points and finished the half with a team-high eight points on 4-of-8 shooting. Moore added seven points and Hooper five as the only Huskers to score more than two points in the half. Colorado took its biggest lead at 30-10, while also leading by 20 at 34-14 and 39-19, before Nebraska scored the final five points of the half.
NU also hit just 3-of-14 shots from the field to open the game and did not hit a three-pointer until Hooper connected on a three in transition with 3:09 left in the half. Moore added a three with 1:35 left in the half, but the Huskers finished the half just 2-of-10 from three-point range. Overall, NU went just 9-of-30 (30 percent) from the field and 4-of-6 at the free throw line.
Colorado shot a sizzling 53.6 percent (15-28) from the field, including 7-of-13 from three-point range. CU was also 2-for-2 at the free throw line, and outrebounded Nebraska, 20-15, in the first half. The Buffs were also plus-two in the turnover department (9-7).
Spears led the Buffaloes with 14 points, while Blythe added nine points on a trio of three-pointers. Blythe entered the game with just six three-pointers in CU's first eight Big 12 games.
The Huskers return to home action when they battle No. 1 Baylor on Wednesday at the Devaney Center. The Lady Bears will be the first No. 1 women's basketball team to ever play at the Devaney Center. Tip-off between NU and BU is set for 7:05 p.m., and the Huskers will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.