Huskers hold Iowa women to 2-year low

LINCOLN, Neb. – Not in two years has 47 points been enough to beat the Iowa women’s basketball team, let alone the 66 put up by No. 24-ranked Nebraska on Sunday afternoon.

The Huskers won their ninth straight while sending the Hawkeyes to their sixth loss in seven games with a 66-46 victory in Big Ten Conference play at the Devaney Center.

Nebraska’s defense forced Iowa (17-11, 6-8) into 21 turnovers and held the Hawkeyes to their lowest point total since a 60-41 loss at Purdue on Feb. 3, 2011.

“For some reason we came out and couldn’t run our offense and turned the ball over and over and over,” said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. “I was very disappointed in our ability to take care of the ball and run our offense.”

The Huskers may have had something to do with it. This marks the third time this season that Nebraska (21-6, 11-3) has held a team to its season-low point total, adding Iowa to the likes of Michigan (39) and Ohio State (39).

It’s Iowa’s fifth straight loss to the Cornhuskers, who pulled away over the final 13 minutes of the second half to cruise to victory.

Nebraska led by 10 early in the second half before a 10-2 run spanning 3:06 got the Hawkeyes to within 38-36. Theairra Taylor scored five points in the stretch and Melissa Dixon capped the mini-comeback with a 3-pointer, but the Huskers responded with a 9-2 spurt and never led by less than five the rest of the way.

“That is another big win for us,” Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. “That is the way we want to close out wins.

“We made a lot of big shots and a lot of big plays.”

Nebraska freshman Rachel Theriot notched a career-high 19 points to lead all scorers, netting 15 in the second half on 7-of-9 shooting. The Hawkeyes held Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore to 10 points apiece – a combined 13 points below their season averages – but the Huskers did enough on defense.

“Somebody stepped up when we held their two stars down,” said Bluder. “You would look at this boxscore at the beginning of the game and you think the Hawks are going to win this basketball game. But we just don’t put enough points on the board with only 46.”

Samantha Logic had team-highs of 12 points, six assists and five turnovers before fouling out with 1:07 to play. Taylor added 10 points, while Dixon and Morgan Johnson both added eight points. Jaime Printy was limited to four points – her third game in a row of five or fewer.

The Hawkeyes play their final home game on Thursday, hosting Indiana (11-16, 2-12) for a 7 p.m. contest at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“We have to bounce back and we have to get some confidence again,” said Bluder. “We know that it’s Senior Night and we want to send them out with a win.”