Tear’a Laudermill scored 16 of her 20 points in the second-half to help No. 21 Nebraska cut a 24-point deficit to six with over two minutes left before falling 59-51 to the Northwestern women’s basketball team at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Wednesday.
The Huskers, who shot just 10.7 percent (3-28) from the floor in the first half, fell behind 43-19 with just over 14 minutes left in the game, before going on an 8-0 run to cut the margin to 43-27 after back-to-back baskets by Laudermill with 9:42 left.
After a Northwestern timeout, Ashley Deary hit a jumper for the Wildcats, before Laudermill answered with four straight points to trim the lead to 48-42 with 2:04 remaining – the smallest Wildcat lead since scoring the first eight points of the game.
NU remained within six points at 50-44 and 53-47 after Laudermill’s second and final three with 49 seconds left.
Northwestern hit six straight free throws down the stretch to seal its 20th win, giving the Wildcats their first 20-win season since 1995-96.
With the loss, Nebraska slipped to 18-8 overall and 8-7 in the Big Ten.