Indiana Topped by No. 19 Nebraska, 62-48
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Indiana women's basketball team fell to No. 19 Nebraska on the road on Thursday night, 62-48. Sasha Chaplin led the Hoosiers with a season-high 15 points, a career-high four blocks and added six rebounds in the effort.
Nebraska (13-1, 2-0) jumped ahead, 6-5, before IU (5-11, 0-3) caught fire in the early going. Chaplin hit a jumper before Quaneisha McCurty hit from beyond the arc to put the Hoosier up by four, 10-6, with 16:38 left in the first half.
Chaplin connected on another field goal and McCurty again followed with back-to-back buckets to cap an 11-0 Hoosier run as IU led, 16-6, with 14:47 on the clock.
The Cornhuskers scored six-straight points, before Chaplin and McGhee silenced the NU push with consecutive field goals to give Indiana a 20-12 advantage. The Hoosiers hit nine of its first 13 shots at that point. Nebraska ended the half on a 25-4 run over the final 11:35 to take a 37-24 lead into the break.
Indiana put together a 14-4 run late in the second half, but IU ran out of time as the Nebraska lead was too much to overcome.
The Hoosiers shot 43.5 percent for the game while holding the Nebraska high-scoring offense to just 33.3 percent shooting. The Huskers edged IU in the rebounding battle, 40-38. Jordan Hooper led Nebraska in scoring and rebounding with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jasmine McGhee added nine points for Indiana as McCurty scored seven for Indiana.
Indiana will return to Assembly Hall to battle Northwestern on Sunday, Jan. 8. The game will begin at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on the BTN. It is IU's annual Head to the Hall game, as game tickets are just $1.
• Milika Taufa came off the bench to score five points and tied career-highs with seven rebounds and two blocks. Taufa was 2-of-3 from the field and had two assists and a steal in 14 minutes of play.
• Indiana held Nebraska to just 33.3 percent shooting for the game, including holding the Huskers to just 28.6 percent shooting in the second half, marking the 10th half this season that a Hoosier opponent has shot less than 30 percent for a half. The Hoosiers have held opponents to under 35 percent shooting five times this year.
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