Lindsey Moore scored 17 points and added five assists, but it wasn’t enough to stop Maryland from a 90-71 win over the Huskers in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Wednesday.
Allysa Thomas, a preseason All-American, led the Terrapins with 25 points, five rebounds, eight assists and six steals in 36 minutes. Fellow All-America candidate Tianna Hawkins added a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Laurin Mincy added 16 points, including 4-of-4 shooting from three-point range, before leaving the game with a leg injury with just over 15 minutes left in the second half.
Moore led the Huskers with 17 points, while Jordan Hooper added 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks for the Big Red. Sophomore Hailie Sample contributed nine points, six boards and three assists in a solid effort, while fellow sophomore forward Emily Cady contributed six points, seven boards and three assists.
Nebraska had a 31-27 lead with five minutes left in the first half, but Maryland answered with an 11-2 run over the next 2:30. The Terrapins took a 46-37 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to 13 points apiece from Thomas and Mincy.
In the second half, the Huskers could not keep up with the fast paced and physical Terrapins. NU had the deficit at nine points in the first five minutes of the second half, but Thomas scored five straight points to push the Maryland margin to 14. NU got the lead down to eight one more time, but it quickly went to double digits and the Huskers never pulled closer than 15 the rest of the way out.
Nebraska is 5-2 and will face its third 2012 conference champion in eight games this season, when the Huskers welcome Big Sky regular-season champs Idaho State to the Devaney Center on Saturday. Tip-off between the Huskers and Bengals is set for 2:05 p.m.