Hailie Sample’s layup with 43 seconds left brought No. 20 Nebraska back from a five-point deficit in the closing minutes for a 55-53 win at the Kohl Center on Thursday night. The late heroics by Sample, Lindsey Moore and Rachel Theriot were enough to stretch Nebraska’s winning streak to 10 straight games and improve to 22-6 overall and 12-3 in the Big Ten. NU’s 12 league wins are the second most in school history.
Moore led Nebraska with 13 points, while adding six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Theriot hit four of NU’s nine field goals in the second half, including a shot with 3:00 left to pull the Huskers within 51-50 and another one with 1:36 left to give NU a 52-51 lead to set Sample’s game-winning shot. Theriot finished with 11 points, two assists and a steal. Big night for the freshman.
Nebraska hit just 37.7 percent (23-61) of its shots for the game, including just 31 percent (9-29) in the second half. The Huskers went just 2-of-17 from three-point range in the game, including 0-for-8 in the second half. The Huskers wrap up regular-season Big Ten Conference action on Sunday against No. 7 Penn State.