The Nebraska women’s basketball team battled in the first half Thursday night against No. 7 Maryland, but the Terrapins used a dominant third quarter to beat the Huskers 89-63 in College Park, Maryland.
The Huskers fell to 0-11 against the Terrapins.
Nebraska (11-14, 6-8) started slow offensively, making just one field goal and turning the ball over seven times as Maryland (23-2, 12-2) jumped to a 9-0 lead to start the game. After Husker coach Amy Williams called timeout, NU hit back-to-back three-pointers to kick-start the offense.
"I think that, defensively, they heated us up early," Williams said in her postgame radio interview. "We knew it was coming, but we couldn't handle it. ... Credit to Maryland's defense."
The Huskers went on to drill six three-pointers in the first half on just 10 attempts, led by Nicea Eliely, who hit 2-of-3. Each time Nebraska cut into the lead, though, the Terrapins responded with a spurt of their own.
Eliely led the Huskers with 18 points, while Sam Haiby also scored in double figures with 11. The Huskers, however, only made one three-pointer in the second half. Still, NU shot 39.3 percent from the field and 43.8 from beyond the arc.
"I thought that Nicea was aggressive offensively and she was able to free some things up for herself by going off the dribble and she found some open looks beyond the arc," Williams said. "I thought she had a really good game today."
A Taylor Kissinger three-pointer cut the deficit to 29-26, the closest NU would be the rest of the game. Maryland responded with a run of its own to take a 41-34 lead into halftime.
The momentum the Terrapins picked up to end the first half carried over into the third quarter, when Maryland outscored Nebraska 28-11, including a 20-0 run. With 3 minutes, 19 seconds left in the third quarter, NU trailed 53-45. Fast forward six minutes, and Maryland held a 73-45 lead, all but ending the game with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
For the second straight game against Maryland, NU outrebounded the Terrapins. But, Williams said, it didn't matter because Maryland finished with 14 second-chance points off 16 offensive rebounds.
"I thought that was a really big key," she said. "Incredible to look that we outrebounded them, but still gave up 14 second-chance points."
Amy Williams and Hannah Whitish received technical fouls during the third quarter.
Nebraska hosts No. 24 Michigan State at 3 p.m. Sunday.
— Alec McChesney