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Rachel Theriot led the Huskers with 24 points at No. 19 Purdue.
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          Release: 03/02/2014
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Huskers Fall at No. 19 Purdue

West Lafayette, Ind. - No. 16 Nebraska opened just 3-of-17 from the field, falling behind 28-7, and the Huskers were unable to recover in an 82-66 women's basketball loss at No. 19 Purdue on Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, Nebraska closes the regular season 22-6 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten. The Huskers earned the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and a first-round bye at the tournament.

NU opens quarterfinal play against the winner of Thursday's final game between No. 6 seed Minnesota and No. 11 Wisconsin. The Huskers take the court in their tournament opener in Game 8 on Friday, March 7, at approximately 8 p.m. (CT) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The game will be televised live nationally by the Big Ten Network.

Purdue improved to 21-7 overall and 11-5 in the Big Ten, while notching its sixth consecutive win. The Boilermakers secured the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the tournament as a the two-time defending champions. The Huskers had their nine-game winning streak snapped.

Sophomore point guard Rachel Theriot led the Big Red with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including a career-high 4-of-4 from three-point range. Theriot hit 7-of-8 shots from the field in the second half as a bright spot for the Huskers. She added three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block while playing the full 40 minutes.

Jordan Hooper added 11 points and eight rebounds, while Emily Cady pitched in 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Huskers. Tear'a Laudermill pitched in nine points, while Brandi Jeffery helped the Huskers hang around with nine points off the bench.

After trailing by 20 at halftime, 43-23, the Huskers pulled within 13 at 54-41 after a Hooper putback to cap a 9-2 NU surge with 11:39 left. But NU could get no closer.

Purdue senior Courtney Moses led all scorers with 29 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from long range. She also hit 10-of-11 free throws. Liza Clemons added 12 points and April Wilson contributed 10 points for the Boilermaker starters.

Purdue got huge contributions from Bridget Perry and Hayden Hamby off the bench. Perry scored all 12 of her career-high points in the second half to help hold off the Husker rally, while Hamby scored seven of her career-high 10 points on three straight possessions in the first half. Whitney Bays contributed eight points and 10 rebounds off the Boiler bench.

Purdue shot 47.5 percent (28-59) for the game, including 7-of-19 (.368) from long range. The Boilers also hit 19-of-24 free throws, outscoring Nebraska by 12 points at the line.

The Huskers finished 38.8 percent (26-67) from the field, despite matching the Boilermakers from long range at 7-of-19. NU won the turnover battle 14-9 and committed just two turnovers in the second half. But the Big Red got outrebounded 44-30. 

Official Basketball Box Score


Official Basketball Box Score
Nebraska vs Purdue
3/2/14 2 p.m. at Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.


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VISITORS: Nebraska 22-6/12-4
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 Sample, Hailie...... f  0-5    0-0    1-2    1  1  2   2   1  1  1  0  0  20
23 Cady, Emily......... f  4-11   0-1    2-2    3  4  7   1  10  4  2  1  0  40
35 Hooper, Jordan...... f  4-9    1-4    2-2    3  5  8   2  11  0  2  0  1  38
01 Laudermill, Tear'a.. g  4-14   1-6    0-0    1  1  2   5   9  2  1  0  2  29
33 Theriot, Rachel..... g 10-15   4-4    0-0    0  3  3   3  24  3  3  1  2  40
13 Jeffery, Brandi.....    3-12   1-4    2-2    1  2  3   3   9  2  0  1  2  31
22 Havers, Allie.......    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   2  0  0  0  0   2
   TEAM................                            4  4
   Totals..............   26-67   7-19   7-8    9 21 30  16  66 12  9  3  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-28 32.1%   2nd Half: 17-39 43.6%   Game: 38.8%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-7  28.6%   2nd Half:  5-12 41.7%   Game: 36.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-4  75.0%   2nd Half:  4-4  100 %   Game: 87.5%    0


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HOME TEAM: Purdue 21-7/11-5
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
23 Clemons, Liza....... f  5-7    0-0    2-2    0  3  3   3  12  2  1  2  1  28
15 Moses, Courtney..... g  8-13   3-6   10-11   1  3  4   2  29  3  2  0  1  31
20 Williams, Dee Dee... g  0-5    0-3    1-2    2  4  6   0   1  6  1  1  1  32
22 Houser, KK.......... g  0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   0   0  0  1  0  0   4
25 Wilson, April....... g  4-9    1-3    1-2    1  4  5   1  10  6  2  0  2  29
01 Morrissette, Ashley.    0-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
04 Thornton, Torrie....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   7
10 Hamby, Hayden.......    4-6    2-4    0-0    0  2  2   1  10  0  1  0  0  22
13 Perry, Bridget......    3-5    1-2    5-7    0  3  3   2  12  1  2  0  0  17
32 Ostarello, Sam......    4-9    0-0    0-0    4  6 10   1   8  0  2  0  0  21
42 Redmon, Camille.....    0-2    0-0    0-0    2  3  5   3   0  0  1  2  0   7
   TEAM................                         3  1  4             1
   Totals..............   28-59   7-19  19-24  13 31 44  14  82 18 14  5  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-31 51.6%   2nd Half: 12-28 42.9%   Game: 47.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half:  4-11 36.4%   Game: 36.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  8-9  88.9%   2nd Half: 11-15 73.3%   Game: 79.2%   2,2


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Officials: Tina Napier, Sue Blauch, Shannon Feck
Technical fouls: Nebraska-None. Purdue-None.
Attendance: 9306
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Nebraska......................   23   43  -   66
Purdue........................   43   39  -   82
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