The Illinois defense held the Nebraska women’s basketball team to its lowest scoring production of the season, as the Fighting Illini come away with a 62-52 win over the Huskers on Thursday night. The Huskers hit just 19-of-58 shots from the field (32.8 percent), including 7-of-26 from three-point range (26.9 percent). NU committed a season-high 26 turnovers against the Fighting Illini’s defensive pressure.
Things started slow and never got better. Nebraska trailed 27-20 at the half after shooting just 24 percent (6-25) in the opening period. The Huskers were just 2-of-10 from three-point range and turned the ball over 16 times.
Nebraska opened the half with a three from Cady to cut the Illinois lead to 27-23. Tear’a Laudermill, who scored six points off the bench, trimmed the Illini edge to 35-32 with 15:16 left, but the Huskers could get no closer the rest of the way.
Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 17 points and six rebounds, while Emily Cady managed nine points and eight boards. Lindsey Moore contributed nine points and three assists, topping the 600 mark for her career and becoming just the second Husker to do so.
Nebraska slipped to 12-6 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten, while Illinois improved to 10-7 and 3-2 in the conference.
The Huskers return to Big Ten road action when they take on Minnesota Sunday in Minneapolis. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Golden Gophers at Williams Arena is set for 5 p.m.