Hoosiers Come Up Short at No. 21/19 Nebraska, 76-61
Feb. 16, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Indiana women's basketball team came up short on the road vs. No. 21/19 Nebraska on Sunday afternoon, 76-61. Freshman Alexis Gassion led IU with 19 points as Larryn Brooks scored 10.
Nebraska jumped in front 14-6 in the game's first 5:04. It did not faze Indiana as Brooks and Karlee McBride nailed back-to-back treys to get IU back into the game.
Leikem followed with a jumper and then Agler hit from beyond the arc for IU's 11th-straight point to give Indiana its first lead of the game, 17-14. Nebraska snapped the run with a field goal before McBride connected again from long distance. Nicole Bell capped Indiana's 16-2 run with a floater in the lane to give IU a 22-16 lead with 9:39 on the clock.
The Hoosiers would cling to that lead for the remainder of the half, as the score was 36-32 in Indiana's favor at halftime.
Both teams traded buckets in the early going of the second half. Gassion gave IU a 50-46 edge at the 13:57 mark with a 3-pointer. The Huskers then scored eight-straight points before Milika Taufa hit a layup to stop the run momentarily.
Including that 8-0 run, Nebraska went on to outscore Indiana 30-11 in the game's final 12:47 to take the win.
Indiana shot 50.0 percent (13-of-26) in the first half but went 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from the field in the final 20 minutes. Nebraska went the opposite way shooting just over 40 percent (13-of-32) in the first half before ending the game shooting 51.7 percent (15-of-29) during the second half.
Gassion shot 8-of-15 from the field including three 3-point field goals for the game. Gerardot finished with eight points, going 3-of-4 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.
In the second half, the Huskers took control of the offensive boards and outscored IU 9-0 in second chance points down the stretch. Jordan Hooper led Nebraska with 31 points in the game, including making six 3-point field goals. Rachel Theriot added 23 points with eight assists and two steals.
IU will return home to take on Michigan on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. ET in Assembly Hall.
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