September 23, 2014

Nebraska’s rally falls short, losing to BYU in the 2nd round of the NCAA’s

Tear’a Laudermill led the Huskers with 22 points, including 12 in the last 2:17 to give the Huskers a chance in the final seconds, but Brigham Young held off a furious second-half rally by the Huskers, as the 12th-seeded Cougars advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 by beating No. 4 seed Nebraska, 80-76 on Monday in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at Pauley Pavilion.

After trailing by 17 in the first half and 11 at halftime, the Huskers got BYU’s lead to just one point twice midway through the second half. BYU maintained an 11 points lead with 3:30 left and nine points with 2:17 remaining.

Nebraska clawed back. Laudermill led Nebraska’s surge back with 12 points and big defensive plays to cut the Cougar margin to 78-76 with 4.4 seconds left. But BYU hit a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds left to seal the BYU win.

In her final game as a Husker, senior All-American Jordan Hooper scored 20 points and grabbed four rebounds to finish her historic career with more than 2,300 points and more than 1,100 rebounds. Junior forwards Emily Cady and Hailie Sample, both notched double-doubles.

With the loss, No. 13 Nebraska finished its season with a 26-7 overall record, while BYU improved to 28-6 overall.