Lindsey Moore scored 21 points but it was not enough to prevent the No. 15 Nebraska women’s basketball team from falling 60-55 at South Dakota State on Sunday afternoon.
Moore hit 6-of-13 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 three-pointers, while adding 6-of-8 free throws to lead the Huskers. Jordan Hooper added 15 points and seven boards, but the rest of the Huskers managed just 19 points against a stingy and disciplined Jackrabbit team.
Ashley Eide answered the production by Moore and Hooper with a game-high 26 points and four steals for the Jackrabbits. Eide hit 10-of-17 shots from the field and 5-of-6 free throws. She scored 13 points in each half as the only Jack in double figures.
Katie Lingle added a solid game inside for the Jackrabbits with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots, while Leah Dietel managed just two points but pulled down a game-high 10 boards. With Lingle and Dietel leading the way, South Dakota State controlled the glass, 38-27, against an NU squad that entered the game with a plus-8.0 rebound margin through the first three games.
Nebraska won the turnover battle on the day, but the Huskers’ 19-18 edge wasn’t enough to overcome SDSU’s advantage on the boards.
“The biggest stat of the day was obviously the rebounding,” Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. “I thought they were the most physical team and they wanted it more than we did today. You have to give a lot of credit to South Dakota State, I thought they were the better team today and they earned the win.”
For the game, Nebraska shot 40.4 percent (19-47) from the field, including 5-of-18 from three-point range. The Huskers also hit just 12-of-19 free throws (63.2 percent). SDSU answered with 43.8 percent (21-48) shooting from the floor, but just 3-of-14 from long range. SDSU did connect on 15-of-21 free throws.