Freshman Natalie Romeo made the most of her first career start by burying six three-pointers to finish with a career-high 18 points to shoot No. 17 Nebraska to a 73-45 women’s basketball win over Penn State Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Romeo, who owned previous career bests of eight points and two three-pointers, added three rebounds and three assists in a career-high 26 minutes. The 5-7 guard helped Nebraska improve to 13-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten while helping the Huskers to their third straight conference win.
Romeo, who hit 3-of-4 threes in the first half, connected on 3-of-4 threes to open the second half, including three straight in a span of just 2:50. Her outside shooting allowed Nebraska to finish with a season-high 11 threes on 29 attempts against the Lady Lions. In addition to Romeo’s game-high 18 points, the Huskers got 12 points, five rebounds and a season-high five steals from fellow California guard Tear’a Laudermill.
For the game, Nebraska hit 45.2 percent (28-62) of its shots from the floor, including 37.9 percent (11-29) of its three-pointers. The Huskers hit a season-low 40 percent (6-15) of their free throws and were outrebounded, 43-33, by the Lady Lions. However, NU was plus-14 in the turnover department (24-10) and turned Penn State’s turnovers into 28 points – the victory margin in the game.
Nebraska held Penn State to just 34 percent (18-53) shooting, inlcuding just 2-of-9 from three-point range. The Lady Lions went 7-of-13 at the line.