The Husker women put up a clunker tonight, going 2-20 (10%) from three point land and assuring they will have a losing conference record.
Ohio State struck first with both teams missing several baskets until Nicea Eliely tied the game with a layup. The Huskers took their first lead (6-4) just under five minutes in with a Brown jumper. The Buckeyes answered right away to tie the game. At the media timeout (3:03 left), the Huskers led 10-9. Isabelle Bourne registered two big stuffs in relief of Kate Cain, who has a block of her own to go with four rebounds.
End of first quarter - Nebraska 12 Ohio State 12
The Husker offense went cold and Ohio State put together a 9-0 scoring run to take a 23-16 lead with 6:05 left, forcing a timeout. The Huskers’ situation didn’t improve after that as the Buckeyes extended the lead to 12 points (28-16) before Hannah Whitish finally got the Huskers back into the scoring column (28-18) with just under three minutes left. The Huskers cut the lead to eight points, but the Buckeyes finished the quarter on a 5-0 run to take a 33-20 lead at the half.
The game proved to be a bit of a back-and-forth offensive game with the Buckeyes maintaining a double digit lead and even extending it to 15 at a couple different times.
After an Amy Williams timeout, the Buckeyes continued their torrid three-point shooting (while the Huskers were 0-15 from long range). The lead quickly ran up to 20 points (43-23). Amy Williams decided she had seen enough and replaced her entire lineup in which all three freshman took the floor, along with Leigha Brown and senior Grace Mitchell. The lead remained at 20 to end the quarter.
Ohio State 53 Nebraska 33
If this quarter goes to form, the Huskers will claw their way back to make this seem like a competitive contest, only to see an ill-timed scoring drought or terrible foul call go against them and seal the loss. If only Vegas put this up as a betting line...
Oh look! The Huskers went on a 9-0 run to close within 11 (56-45). They could have closed within nine, but the offense wasn’t aware of the shot clock and the Husker basket came too late to count.
The Buckeyes went on a spurt of their own to get back out to a 15 point lead as the clock went under two and a half minutes (63-48).
Some basketball happened.
Final Ohio State 65 Nebraska 52
Kate Cain and Sam Haiby scored in double figures with 13 and 12 points apiece. Leigha Brown contributed nine points. Cain and Kayla Mershon each pulled down nine rebounds.
The Huskers shot miserably, going 21-61 from the field (34.4%). The Buckeyes shot 8-21 from three point range (38%) and 27-66 (40.9%) from the field. Nebraska committed 16 turnovers to 14 for the Buckeyes.
The Huskers host Illinois for senior night on Saturday (February 22) at 2 pm (CT).