Even with an Iowa State slow start the Huskers could not keep up.
Ames, Iowa — Nebraska carried a five-point halftime lead at No. 17 Iowa State, but the Cyclones used a 9-0 run to start the second half and never looked back in a 64-43 women's basketball win over the Huskers at Hilton Coliseum on Tuesday night.
Nebraska slipped to 10-6 on the year, including 0-2 in the Big 12, while Iowa State improved to 13-3 and 1-1.
Lindsey Moore led the Huskers with 13 points and four rebounds, while Jordan Hooper added eight points and six boards despite seeing limited minutes with foul trouble. Fellow freshman Adrianna Maurer added a career-high seven points off the bench in 17 minutes. Harleen Sidhu also played a season-high 23 minutes.
Kelsey Bolte led Iowa State with a game-high 22 points, while Anna Prins added a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Lauren Mansfield added nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Cyclones hit 58.6 percent (17-29) of their shots in the second half, despite missing their final six attempts. ISU was also 5-of-11 from three-point range in the second half despite missing its final three attempts. Iowa State outscored NU 43-17 in the second half.
While ISU caught fire after halftime, Nebraska went ice cold, hitting just 8-of-31 field goal attempts, including 0-for-12 from three-point range.
Nebraska shot out to a great start in the game, jumping to a 9-0 lead after a Moore jumper with 15 minutes left in the first half. The Huskers pushed their lead to 15-4 on Hooper's second three-pointer with 12:08 left, before the Cyclones rallied.
Bolte and Prins combined for ISU's first 14 points to trim the NU margin to 17-14 with 6:43 left in the half, before a Chelsea Poppens free throw cut the lead to 17-15 with 4:04 left.
Nebraska rallied again thanks to a pair of threes from Moore to take a 26-21 lead to the locker room.
NU hit 10-of-24 shots in the first half, including 5-of-12 three-pointers, while matching ISU on the glass at 17. NU committed nine turnovers with most of those coming on offensive foul calls, as the Huskers were whistled for 12 first-half. ISU hit just 8-of-24 shots, including just 1-of-4 three-pointers in the first half. ISU was 4-of-7 at the line, and won the turnover battle, 9-8.
Foul trouble played a major role for the Huskers in the second half, as both Hooper and Catheryn Redmon picked up their fourth fouls early in the half. With two of their three active leading scorers on the bench, along with senior and second-leading scorer Dominique Kelley - who did not dress because of injury - NU was overwhelmed by the Cyclones. The Huskers were called for a season-high 21 fouls in the game.
Bolte played a huge role in shooting ISU to victory in the second half, connecting on four three-pointers. ISU went 17-of-30 from the field in the second half, including 5-of-11 from three-point range.
Prins scored the first two points of the half for Iowa State off a pair of free throws just 22 seconds into the second after trying the third foul of the game on Hooper, who quickly went to the bench.
Mansfield then pulled ISU within 26-25 with a layup with 18:30 left, before Bolte shot the Cyclones to their first lead with a three-pointer from the left corner to make it 28-26 with 17:48 left. Poppens added a layup to push the edge to 30-26 and cap a 9-0 ISU run, before Hooper returned to court and immediately got a steal and layup to end the ISU run with 16:32 left.
Bolte then buried another three with 16:13 left, before Maurer answered with a two to make it 33-30 with 15:47 to play. After a Mansfield jumper, Bolte canned her third three of the half and Prins hit a layup to make it a double-digit edge for the first time at 40-30 with 14:13 left.
Moore and Katya Leick combined for five straight points to trim ISU's lead to 42-37 with 12 minutes left, but the Cyclones then produced a game-breaking 22-0 run over the next eight minutes. The surge included nine points from Bolte, who went 7-for-7 in the second half, including four threes.
Nebraska continues Big 12 North Division play when the Huskers take on Kansas on Sunday, Jan. 16 at the Devaney Center. Tip-off for the game is set for 2 p.m., with live national television coverage on FSN. The game will feature Nebraska's "Pepsi Pack the House" promotion which includes $1 general admission tickets and $1 small Pepsi fountain drinks. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the official jersey retirement of Husker great Maurtice Ivy. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:40 p.m.
Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.