Lincoln, Neb. - Junior guard Yvonne Turner sparked a 21-2 run midway through the second half to help the Nebraska women's basketball run away with a 75-64 victory over visiting Colorado at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Tuesday night.
Turner, who scored eight of NU's first 10 points during the surge that took just over four minutes, finished with a team-high 17 points including a trio of three-pointers.
Nebraska improved to 14-14 on the year, including 5-10 in Big 12 play, while Colorado slipped to 11-16 overall and 3-12 in the league. The Huskers, who have won four of their last seven games, knocked down five three-pointers during the surge, including two from Turner, one from Nicole Neals, one from Dominique Kelley and one from Kaitlyn Burke.
For the night, Nebraska connected one 9-of-21 three-pointers, including two from Neals who pumped in a career-high 10 points off the bench while also distributing three assists and notching a career-high three steals.
Periago also gave NU a big lift off the bench, scoring 11 points while adding five rebounds. Cory Montgomery added her sixth double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Kelley gave the Huskers five players in double figures with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists. Catheryn Redmon also gave the Huskers strong play inside with six points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.
CU senior center Kara Richards led the Buffaloes with a game-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds, while Brittany Spears added 16 points and seven boards for the Buffs.
In a tightly contested first half that featured eight ties with neither team leading by more than three points, Nebraska carried a 27-25 into the locker room at halftime. Montgomery and Redmon led the Huskers with six first-half points. Redmon added six rebounds and a pair of blocks to help the Huskers inside, as NU outrebounded CU, 21-14, in the first 20 minutes. Richards led CU with eight first-half points, while Alyssa Fressle added seven first-half points.
Nebraska wraps up the regular season on Saturday when the Huskers travel to Stillwater to battle Oklahoma State. Tip-off with the Cowgirls is set for 6 p.m., with free live audio available on Huskers.com and premium video to HuskersNside subscribers provided by Oklahoma State.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations