Head coach Connie Yori said before the game if her team wanted any chance against 8th ranked Penn State, they would need to shoot lights out from three-point range. Yori couldn’t have asked for a better response. The 16th ranked Husker women’s basketball team buried a season-high 16 three-pointers, including a school-record-tying seven from Tear’a Laudermill, to knock off the Nittany Lions, 94-74, Monday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Playing for a Big Monday national television audience on ESPN2, the Huskers came out strong and never let up against the Big Ten-leading Penn State.
“That first three, I was like ‘Oh my gosh,’ just found out I was hot and my teammates kept finding me,” said Laudermill. She helped Nebraska build a lead of 22 at the half, and 32 points with 12 minutes left, before settling for a 20-point win.
The victory puts Nebraska at 21-5 and 11-3 in conference play. NU is in the hunt along with Penn State and Michigan State for the Big Ten regular-season title. Penn State slipped to 21-6 overall and 12-3 in the conference, and Michigan State improved to 19-8 overall and 11-3 in the conference with a 74-61 win over Minnesota Monday night.