Tear’a Laudermill hit a three-pointer from the right corner with 1:49 left in the game to put Nebraska ahead, and Husker senior Lindsey Moore scored eight points in the final 39 seconds to lead Nebraska to a 74-65 women's basketball victory against USC on Friday at Los Angeles.
Moore, who scored 18 of her team-high 23 points in the second half, led the Huskers' rally from seven points down with 4:35 to play.
“This was a game of runs and we lost an eight-point lead (50-42 with 13:24 left) and it would have been easy to pack our bags and go home,” NU coach Connie Yori said on her postgame radio show. “We played tough. I challenged this team after the South Dakota State game (which NU lost) last week that we had to be tougher.”
Nebraska's big three of Moore, junior Jordan Hooper and sophomore Emily Cady led the No. 23 Huskers (5-1). Hooper scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Cady had 14 points and seven rebounds and helped hold USC's leading scorer, Cassie Harberts, to 13 points.
“Jordan played one of her better games overall, and Emily played both ends really well and kept Harberts from a really big game,” Yori said.
Nebraska trailed 33-29 at halftime and had missed both of its three-point attempts. NU averages almost 21 points a game on three-pointers, but didn’t hit its first three until Cady scored from the top of the key with 16:57 left to tie the game at 40. The Huskers continued on a 17-2 run, with baskets by Hooper, including one on a lob pass from Moore, and another on a driving layup, to take a 50-42 lead.
USC (2-2) then scored 12 unanswered points to take a 54-50 lead with 8:55 remaining.
The Trojans pulled away again on back-to-back baskets by Harberts, but Moore scored on a driving layup and added a free throw — she hit 13 of 15 free throws — then scored on a jumper and two more free throws to set up Laudermill's three-pointer.
The Huskers finished with just the two three-pointers (they were 2-of-7), and hit 43 percent from the field. The big difference was NU connecting on 28 of 32 free throws, compared with USC’s 10 of 16. NU also outscored USC 34-24 in the paint.
The Huskers return home to face No. 10 Maryland on Wednesday at the Devaney Sport Center, then play host to Idaho State next Saturday.
NEBRASKA 74, USC 65
Three-pointers--2-7 (Cady 1-2, Hooper 0-1, Jeffery 0-1, Laudermill 1-1, Murren 0-1, Theriot 0-1). Field-goal percentage--43.1. Free-throw percentage--87.5. Team fouls--13. Assists--6 (Moore 4). Turnovers--12. Steals--9 (Theriot 3). Blocked shots--1 (Hooper 1).
Three-pointers--7-16 (Marinacci 0-1, Adams 1-3, Crook 5-8, Gibbs 0-1, Bradley 1-2, Vaioletama 0-1). Field-goal percentage--44.4. Free-throw percentage--62.5. Team fouls--20. Assists--11 (Adams 5). Turnovers--15. Steals--7 (Marinacci 2). Blocked shots--1 (Marinacci 1). A--673.