Nebraska got off to a hot start jumping out to an 11-0 lead early on in the game by being patient with the ball and using the fast break to keep South Dakota on their heels. South Dakota began to wake up and Nebraska began to play a little sloppy with passing miscues and turnovers and the lead was cut to 11-6.
However the Huskers first three pointer from Rachel Theriot and good work from Emily Cady extended the lead to 16-6 with 11:45 left in the half. Nebraska was doing an excellent job of gobbling up defensive rebounds and preventing the Coyotes from grabbing any second chance points. With 8:28 remaining in the first half the Huskers were shooting 38% compared to just 18% for the Coyotes.
There was a ten minute delay with 4:37 left do a shot clock malfunction after a South Dakota timeout was called. A mobile shot clock had to be brought onto the court. Nebraska continued their solid defensive work rate and went into halftime with 40-20 lead.
The Huskers started the half strong and finished strong with a 10-0 run to close the half. Nebraska shot 14-32 in the first half and hit 5-10 beyond the arc. Tear'a Laudermill led the Husker scoring with 11 points while Emily Cady and Jordan Hooper and nine and eight points respectively. Raeshel Contreras led the Coyote scoring in the first half with eight points while Tia Hemiller had six points from her two long three pointers.
The second half was got off to a bit later start because of some more technical issues with the shot clock and the public address announcer had to start calling out the number the amount of time left in the shot clock at the start of the second half.
Jordan Hooper got off to a hot start in the second half scoring nine points in the first 4:50 which was more points than she scored in the first half. Things began to cool down a bit for Hooper and the Huskers and the Coyotes were able to make some baskets but were still down 58-36 with 11:53 left in the game.
The Huskers opened up the lead again thanks to two three-pointers from Rachel Theriot and Nebraska went on a 9-1 run leading into the next media timeout with 7:59 left. With such a big lead, Yori took off most of the starters and replaced them with budding underclassmen Allie Havers, Sadie Murren and Hannah Tvrdy.
There were also quite a few successful three points shots near the end of the game made by Brandi Jeffrey and Hannah Tvrdy. The Husker bench players finished the game really well and Nebraska came out with an 87-53 victory over South Dakota on a Saturday afternoon.
-Tear'a Laudermill had a career high 15 points this afternoon in 21 minutes of play while Jordan Hooper came alive at the beginning of the second half and finished the game with 19 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes of play. Colon, Nebraska native Sadie Murren had a big afternoon with 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
-Raeshel Contreras led the Coyotes with 17 points and three rebounds on the afternoon. South Dakota was without their top scorer Heidi Hoff who suffered a knee injury in their last game and their best rebounder Margaret McCloud who didn't play because of a death in the family.
-A lot of travelling was called in this game. I'm not sure if this was part of the rule changes but it was something that really stood out for me about this game. South Dakota had 16 turnovers in the game compared to Nebraska's 14. The Huskers shot 46% percent from the field today while hitting an impressive 41.7% (10-24) from beyond the arc. The Coyotes shot 29.3% from the field today while shooting 16% (4-25) on three pointers.
-Sadie Murren spoke to the media after a big afternoon off the bench. All season Murren said she "wanted to bear down and give it her all" and it really showed in this season. The coaches have been encouraging her to start taking more shots in practice instead of receiving the ball and looking to pass the ball. Murren also noted "we are playing more as a team and we are working on our defense." If this team can work out all the kinks they can make a good run for the conference title this season.
The team will now get a few days off the Christmas holiday and get back together on Thursday in preparation for their game against Oral Roberts on December 29th with a schedule tipoff for 2:00 p.m.
GO BIG RED!!!