The looseing streak is over with win over Tech.
Lincoln — Texan Catheryn Redmon produced 16 points and nine rebounds, while freshman Jordan Hooper added 16 points and eight boards to lead Nebraska to a 56-53 women's basketball win over Texas Tech at the Devaney Center on Saturday night.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 12-8 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12, while Texas Tech slipped to 16-5 overall with its fourth straight loss. The Lady Raiders also dipped to 3-4 in the league.
Sophomores Lindsey Moore and Katya Leick each contributed 10 points for the Huskers, who improved to 10-2 at the Devaney Center this season. Moore, who added seven assists and three rebounds, saved her biggest points for the final minute, when she knocked down 3-of-4 free throws to seal the three-point win.
Leick added nine rebounds and a steal, as Redmon, Hooper and Leick all just missed double-doubles on the night. Redmon added three blocks and two steals for NU, while also forcing multiple turnovers by the Texas Tech posts inside.
While Redmon was forcing turnovers, Nebraska was taking care of the ball better than any other night this season, as the Huskers committed a season-low seven turnovers.
Teena Wickett and Casey Morris led Texas Tech with 14 points apiece, but no other Lady Raider managed more than six points on the night. The Huskers held Tech to 36.7 percent (22-60) shooting, including just 6-of-24 from three-point range. The Lady Raiders also hit just 3-of-5 free throws.
Nebraska managed just 37 percent (20-54) shooting, and 4-of-15 threes, but knocked down 12-of-18 free throws to seal the win. Texas Tech won the rebounding battle, 39-36, but the Huskers won the turnover battle, 10-7.
The Huskers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first five minutes before building the lead to 13 points twice in the first seven minutes. NU led 21-9 before Tech's Morris hit a three-pointer to spark a 10-0 Lady Raider run capped by Wickett's three-pointer with 6:38 left to cut NU's lead to 21-19.
Texas Tech took its first lead on a pair of Wickett free throws to make it 27-26 with 2:33 left, but Leick answered with three straight points. Morris hit another three to give the lead back to Tech with 50 seconds left in the half, but NU executed with a pair of baskets down the stretch to take a 33-30 lead into the locker room.
NU went 13-of-32 from the field, including 3-of-9 from three-point range, while hitting 4-of-7 free throws. The Huskers also outrebounded Tech, 19-17, and won the turnover battle, 6-3. The Lady Raiders hit 12-of-27 shots from the floor, including 4-of-12 threes, while going 2-of-3 at the line in the first half.
In the second half, Nebraska continued to execute, scoring on its first three possessions of the half to maintain a 40-35 lead, but Texas Tech responded with a 12-0 run to take its biggest lead of the night at 47-40 with 10:59 left. At that point, the Huskers had gone more than seven minutes without scoring.
But Nebraska responded with a pair of free throws, before Kellie McCann-Smith added her only points of the night to trim the Tech margin to 47-44 with 9:43 to play. After a Tech bucket, Redmon and Leick combined for six straight points to give NU the lead 51-49 with 6:41 left.
The score was stuck for 2:37 before a Wickett free throw trimmed the margin to 51-50. Hooper then hit a huge 15-footer with 2:09 left to make it 53-50, before a Moore free throw gave NU a two-possession lead at 54-50 with 1:00 left.
Morris then buried a three to make it a one-point game - Tech's lone field goal in the final 9:25. Moore answered with a pair of free throws, and Texas Tech had a pair of Morris three-point attempts go well off the mark in the final 10 seconds.
Nebraska returns to action on Wednesday night when the Huskers travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers. Tip-off at Mizzou Arena is set for 7 p.m. with live radio coverage from the Husker Sports Network, including free live audio on Huskers.com.
Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.