Huskers tear through Tayler Hill and Ohio State to win 58-39

By Kyle Cummings, NewsNetNebraska

There may be no hotter team in the Big Ten right now than Nebraska. For the eighth time in a row, the women’s Husker basketball team has triumphed over a conference foe.

Nebraska trounced Ohio State 58-39 Thursday night in the second meeting of the two teams this season.

“It was really fun,” said senior guard Lindsey Moore. “That’s one of our first games that we’ve played complete and played really hard for the full 40 minutes.”

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Moore picked up 14 points in the game, with all but three coming in the second half. The senior leader did not come out of the gates shooting, but standing across from her, Ohio State senior guard Tayler Hill did.

Hill, the Big Ten leading scorer, erupted for 15 points in the first half, including one from behind the three-point line. Hill alone  held Ohio State above water though, as only three Buckeyes found the scoreboard in the first half.

Nebraska worked to a quick 6-0 lead to start the game, recording a lay-up from junior forward Jordan Hooper and a couple of buckets from freshman guard Rachel Theriot. Then Hill got to work, rattling off a 7-0 run on her own to put Ohio State up by one.

Other than a lay-up by Ohio State senior Amber Stokes and a jumper by teammate Raven Ferguson, Nebraska swapped punches with Tayler Hill for eleven straight minutes. Every time Nebraska’s sloppy offense found a shot, Hill answered immediately.

“(Hill) is really good at splitting defenses, really good at shooting the three, really quick, really explosive,” Moore said.

The game remained a one possession game for most of the first half. With just under two minutes to play, though, Nebraska found an edge. A three from Theriot, a transition lay-up from sophomore Tear’a Laudermill and a pair of free throws from Hooper ended the half in a Husker 7-2 run and a 25-21 lead.

After Hill went off for 15 points in the first half, Nebraska finally found her off switch in the final half of play. And as Hill cooled off, Moore heated up, recording 11 points in the second half, mostly from drives to the hoop.

“I thought Tayler tried a little too hard at times, but I understand why she did that and I empathize with her,” said Ohio State coach Jim Foster.

With a scoreless Hill for most of the second half and a much more aggressive Husker offense, Nebraska broke the game out of reach early in the second half. While Hill did very little offensively in the final 20 minutes, she still held All American Hooper to a quiet night. Still, the Huskers looked to other players to step up.

“Going into the game, I told our coaching staff, ‘Other players have to make plays,” said Nebraska coach Connie Yori.

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One of those was sophomore Emily Cady, who grabbed a career high 16 rebounds and added 10 points to secure her fourth double-double of the season. Her rebounding, which coach Yori pegged as one of the keys to the win, set her apart in the game.

“She is just a workhorse,” Moore said. “She’s taller and she’s lanky and I think she has a really good knack at finding the ball. She always seems to be in the right place at the right time.”

Cady said that because she wasn’t shooting the ball as well against the Buckeyes, she felt rebounding was the best way she could help Nebraska win.

With the win, Nebraska improves to 9-3 in the Big Ten and sits securely in second place in the standings. Ohio State drops to 4-8, while falling to ninth place in the conference standings. While Yori takes very little notice to the standings, she said, winning eight games in a row has her confident in how her squad is playing.

“I feel like we’ve got more committed to playing hard each possession. I thought tonight our effort was really good and smart.”