NEB WBB: Balanced Huskers Battle Past Boilermakers, 69-59

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Balanced Huskers Battle Past Boilermakers, 69-59
Lincoln – No. 16 Nebraska got contributions from top to bottom at both ends of the court, as the Huskers stretched their Big Ten Conference winning streak to four games with a 69-59 women’s basketball victory over Purdue on Monday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

With the win, Nebraska improved to 14-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten while snapping a five-game series losing streak to Purdue. It was NU’s first win over the Boilermakers since a triple-overtime win in West Lafayette, Ind., in Nebraska’s inaugural season in the Big Ten in 2011-12. Purdue slipped to 9-9 this season and 2-5 in the Big Ten, suffering its fourth consecutive loss.

All-American point guard Rachel Theriot led the Huskers with 16 points and seven assists. She scored nine points in the final 3:02 of the game to close out the victory. The 6-0 junior from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, sealed the win with six straight free throws in the final 1:11.

Theriot led four Huskers in double figures, including 15 points from senior Hailie Sample, who connected on 6-of-10 shots from the floor. Sample also went 3-of-4 from the free throw line while grabbing three rebounds and adding an assist and a block.

Sample drew the one-on-one defensive matchup with Purdue’s top scorer Whitney Bays and outscored Bays 15-14 in the contest. Bays finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the year and seventh straight in Big Ten play.

April Wilson led Purdue with 18 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists as the only other Boilermaker in double figures.

Brandi Jeffery added one of the best all-around games of her career with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while also going 3-for-4 at the line. The 5-7 senior guard from Vacherie, La., added six rebounds, two assists and two steals. It was the second-highest scoring total of Jeffery’s career, trailing only her 19 points in the season-opening win over Pepperdine on Nov. 15. It was her seventh double-figure scoring performance of the season and her third in the last four games.

Senior Tear’a Laudermill added 10 points – all in the first half – to help set the tone for Nebraska. She added four rebounds, an assist and a steal to help the Huskers run to a 33-24 halftime lead.

Nebraska hit 44.1 percent (26-59) of its shots for the game, including 4-of-13 three-pointers (.308). The Huskers also connected on 13-of-15 free throws, hitting all 11 in the second half and going 9-for-9 at the line in the final 3:02.

The Big Red dominated the turnover battle, 19-10, and outscored Purdue 19-9 in points off turnovers for the game. Purdue won the rebounding battle, 39-33.

Nebraska held the Boilermakers to 37.9 percent (22-58) shooting from the floor, but Purdue did connect on 40 percent (6-15) of its three-point attempts on the night. The Boilermakers also went 9-of-11 at the line.

Nebraska trailed by as many as three points in the game’s first five minutes before taking the lead for good on a three-pointer by freshman Natalie Romeo to make it 13-10 with 14:21 left in the first half.

Leading 18-16 with nine minutes left in the half, Theriot started an 8-2 Husker surge that included three-straight layups from Laudermill to push the NU lead to 26-18 with 6:34 left in the half.

Freshman Chandler Smith connected on the first field goal of her career with 5:01 remaining in the half to give Nebraska its first double-digit lead of the game at 30-20. It was just Smith’s third career appearance after missing 14 games on the season with injury.

Nebraska took a 33-24 lead to the locker room at the half, but Purdue chipped away through the first nine minutes of the second half, eventually cutting the Husker margin to 41-38 with 11:12 left.

Smith then stepped up again, draining a huge three-pointer from the right corner – her first career three – to push Nebraska’s lead back to 44-38 with 10:48 left. Moments later, Emily Cady knocked down another three to push the Husker margin back to nine at 49-40 with 9:52 left. Cady finished with just five points, but ripped down 13 rebounds and added five assists, two steals and a block.

Purdue got no closer than four points the rest of the, and Nebraska twice built 12-point leads down the stretch.

The Huskers return to Big Ten road action Thursday when they travel to Madison to face Wisconsin. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Badgers at the Kohl Center is set for 7 p.m., with live radio coverage by the Husker Sports Network including free live audio on Huskers.com.

Official Basketball Box Score


Official Basketball Box Score

Purdue vs Nebraska

01/19/15 6:02 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb)

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VISITORS: Purdue 9-9, 2-5

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

23 Clemons, Liza……. f 2-6 0-0 0-0 2 7 9 3 4 5 2 2 0 30

32 Bays, Whitney……. f 4-12 0-0 6-7 4 10 14 2 14 2 2 1 3 36

01 Morrissette, Ashley. g 4-12 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 8 3 3 0 0 35

24 Keys, Andreona…… g 3-5 1-1 0-0 2 1 3 1 7 0 4 0 0 26

25 Wilson, April……. g 6-8 3-4 3-4 0 6 6 3 18 3 3 0 1 33

04 Thornton, Torrie…. 1-5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 3 0 1 12

10 Hamby, Hayden……. 2-9 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 5 6 1 2 0 0 21

22 Horrocks, Bree…… 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7

TEAM……………. 3 3

Totals………….. 22-58 6-15 9-11 12 27 39 17 59 14 19 3 5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-26 38.5% 2nd Half: 12-32 37.5% Game: 37.9% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-6 50.0% 2nd Half: 3-9 33.3% Game: 40.0% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 1-2 50.0% 2nd Half: 8-9 88.9% Game: 81.8% 0

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HOME TEAM: Nebraska 14-3, 4-2

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

03 Sample, Hailie…… f 6-10 0-0 3-4 1 2 3 3 15 1 1 1 0 38

23 Cady, Emily……… f 2-7 1-1 0-0 3 10 13 3 5 5 2 1 2 36

01 Laudermill, Tear’a.. g 5-10 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 3 10 1 1 0 1 29

13 Jeffery, Brandi….. g 5-8 0-2 3-4 1 5 6 1 13 2 0 0 2 29

33 Theriot, Rachel….. g 4-14 1-3 7-7 0 3 3 1 16 7 4 1 1 40

05 Romeo, Natalie…… 1-7 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 1 16

22 Havers, Allie……. 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 6

30 Smith, Chandler….. 2-2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 6

TEAM……………. 1 1

Totals………….. 26-59 4-13 13-15 7 26 33 11 69 17 10 3 7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-33 45.5% 2nd Half: 11-26 42.3% Game: 44.1% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-7 14.3% 2nd Half: 3-6 50.0% Game: 30.8% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 2-4 50.0% 2nd Half: 11-11 100 % Game: 86.7% 1

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Officials: Tina Napier, Denise Brooks, Michael Price

Technical fouls: Purdue-None. Nebraska-None.

Attendance: 5095

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Purdue…………………… 24 35 – 59

Nebraska…………………. 33 36 – 69