Moore's 33 points are not enough.
Lawrence, Kan — Lindsey Moore scored a career-high 33 points, including 17 straight in the second half, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Nebraska women's basketball team from falling 77-61 to Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
With the loss, Nebraska slipped to 13-15 overall and 3-11 in the Big 12, while Kansas improved to 19-9 overall and 6-8 in the league.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., had 16 points in the first half, then erupted for 17 straight points in the second half, including 15 points in a 3:56 stretch to cut an 11-point KU lead to just 51-49 with 12:05 left in the game.
Moore, whose previous career high came with 27 points earlier this season, hit 14-of-21 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 three-pointers with her only miss coming from 30 feet with 1:30 left. She added five assists and three rebounds, while producing the highest point total by a Husker this season. It was also the highest point total by a Nebraska guard since Kiera Hardy had 37 points in a triple-overtime win over eventual national champion Baylor in 2005.
Carolyn Davis answered Moore's huge effort with a career-high 36 points on 16-of-19 shooting from the field to lead the Jayhawks. Davis added eight rebounds for the Jayhawks, while Angel Goodrich contributed eight points and 11 assists - primarily to Davis - on the night.
Davis scored six of KU's points during a 14-2 surge in a four-minute span after the Huskers had cut the Jayhawk edge to 51-49. KU rebuilt the lead to 12 points, before Kaitlyn Burke and Jessica Periago hit back-to-back threes to trim the margin to 68-61 with 5:24 left. But NU went scoreless the rest of the way, as KU closed the game on a 9-0 run.
Monica Engelman added 15 points as the only other Jayhawk in double figures, while Jordan Hooper pitched in 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting with a pair of three-pointers for the Huskers. No other player for either team scored more than six points.
Moore and Hooper combined to hit 20-of-34 shots from the field, including 6-of-10 three-pointers, to finish with 47 points. Catheryn Redmon, who was battling an illness, was also 3-for-4 from the field. The rest of the Huskers combined to go 3-of-19 from the field, including 2-of-13 from three-point range, and the NU bench went scoreless in the contest.
Nebraska finished the night shooting 45.6 percent (26-57) from the field, including 34.8 percent (8-23) from three-point range. NU hit just 1-of-3 free throws and was outrebounded, 36-22, including 18-6 in the second half. The Huskers also lost the turnover battle, 15-12, despite committing just five miscues in the second half.
Kansas shot a sizzling 58.6 percent from the field for the game, including 69.2 percent (18-26) in the second half. The Jayhawks went just 2-of-7 from three-point range, but did not attempt a three-pointer in the second half.
Moore and Hooper helped the Huskers shoot out to a strong start, running to a 13-4 lead in the first four minutes by hitting six of their first eight shots from the field.
Moore scored six early points on dribble penetration, before scoring NU's final 10 points of the half over the final 10:57.
Hooper scored eight points and hit a pair of three-pointers in the first six minutes, before being strapped with her second foul with seven minutes left in the half.
Katya Leick also picked up two quick fouls in the first half, leaving Nebraska thin at the forward spot.
Kansas took full advantage as Davis scored KU's first 11 points over the first seven minutes. The sophomore forward finished with 18 points in the first half on 8-of-9 shooting from the field and 2-3 shooting at the line. Engelman added nine first-half points, while Tania Jackson contributed six points.
KU hit 16-of-32 first-half shots, including 2-of-7 three-pointers, while knocking down 5-of-6 free throws. The Jayhawks also outrebounded NU, 18-16, in the first half, while winning the turnover battle, 10-5.
NU hit just 12-of-28 shots in the first half, including just six of its final 20. The Huskers were just 3-of-10 from three-point range and just 1-of-2 at the free throw line.
Nebraska concludes its regular-season home schedule on Wednesday when the Huskers take on Colorado. Tip-off with the Buffaloes is set for 7:05 p.m., and the NU Athletic Department will honor seniors Dominique Kelley, Catheryn Redmon and Jessica Periago during Senior Night ceremonies prior to the contest.
Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.