Dominque Kelley scored a career high 22 points as the number one seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers beat the eighth seeded UCLA Bruins 83-70 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Dominque on her career night.
Kelsey Griffin recorded a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds and went over 1,000 career rebounds. On Sunday she passed 2,000 career points becoming just the second Husker to score 2,000 and grab 1,000 rebounds. Griffin and Kelley combined to go 17 of 26 at the free throw line which is what UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell called the X-factor. NU got to the line 38 times, UCLA just ten. Caldwell’s comments.
UCLA jumped out to a 7-0 lead and led 15-6 in the first five minutes as NU turned the ball over four times. NU rallied to tie it at 15-15, and then took the lead for good with just under four minutes in the half when Vonnie Turner hit a three pointer. The Huskers then used a 13 point run in the second half to open up a 51-34 lead.
Freshmen point guard Lindsey Moore received high praise from head coach Connie Yori and Griffin for her ability to shake off the fast start and handle UCLA’s pressure defense. Coach Yori on the game.
The Huskers turned the ball over 17 times, but some credit needs to be given to Nebraska as well for forcing 18 Bruin turnovers. The Huskers finished shooting 56% from the floor including 8 of 15 on three pointers.
NU advances to the Sweet 16 and will face #4 seed Kentucky on Sunday night at the Sprint Center. Coach Yori is expecting big fan support.