Lindsey Moore produced 22 points and eight assists, while Jordan Hooper added 15 points and 14 rebounds, but the No. 25/19 Nebraska women’s basketball team fell to No. 14/14 Purdue, 69-66 in overtime at the Devaney Center Saturday.
The game marked the third meeting in the young history of the series with Purdue, and the third straight time the two programs have gone overtime. In fact, Saturday’s game was the shortest meeting in the series, after NU won 93-89 in triple-overtime last season in West Lafayette, Ind., and Purdue won 74-70 in double-overtime in the Big Ten Tournament title game in Indianapolis.
Saturday’s game may have been the most improbable of the three to reach overtime. The Huskers, who have started strong throughout the season, struggled to an 0-for-16 start from the field to open the game, as Purdue built a 13-1 lead. Nebraska did not hit its first field goal until sophomore guard Brandi Jeffery came off the bench to hit a three-pointer with 11:20 left in the half.
The Huskers trailed by just three despite hitting just 8-of-37 field goals (21.6 percent) in the opening period and being outrebounded 28-19. NU did hit 4-of-13 three-pointers (30.8 percent).
Nebraska hits the road for the first time in Big Ten play this season when the Huskers head to Indiana on Thursday. Tip-off between the Huskers and Hoosiers is set fot 5:30 p.m. (CT) at Assembly Hall in Bloomington