No. 8 Penn State used a 33-10 run in an eight-minute stretch to beat the Nebraska women’s basketball team, 78-58 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Nebraska slipped to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten. Emily Cady scored 17 points and nine rebounds, Jordan Hooper finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Lindsey Moore added 11 points and five assists. Nebraska hit just 31.4 percent (22-70) from the field for the game, including just 5-of-25 three-pointers.
Penn State was 8-for-18 from beyond the arc. The Lady Lions also hit 12-of-16 free throws. All-America candidates Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas each scored 19 points and combined for eight steals to lead Penn State’s pressure defense. Ariel Edwards added 15 points and six rebounds off the bench.
“There’s a reason why Penn State is top 10 team,” Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. “They have five really good players at all five spots. Their defense was good today and they hit some shots. Alex Bentley was frankly Alex Bentley today. I thought she played great all over the floor and set the tone for them. But we have to play better and can’t make as many mistakes as we made today.”
The Huskers return home to take on Illinois on Thursday night at the Devaney Center. Tip-off between Nebraska and the Fighting Illini is set for 7:05 p.m.