Cady helps Nebraska topple Ohio St.
Freshman scores 24 points as Huskers topple Buckeyes
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Emily Cady scored 24 points to match her career high and No. 23 Nebraska upset eighth-ranked Ohio State 71-57, the Buckeyes' second loss in three games, on Sunday.
The Cornhuskers (21-7, 10-6 Big Ten) bounced back from a 20-point loss at Michigan State for only their second win in six games. The Buckeyes (24-5, 11-5) lost for the fifth time in eight conference road games.
Cady had her best game since scoring 24 in the Huskers' 82-68 loss at Ohio State on Jan. 19. The freshman forward made 9 of 16 shots from the floor after scoring just four points against the Spartans on Thursday.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 5 Miami (Fla.) 88, Boston College 42|
|No. 6 Maryland 65, NC State 50|
|No. 7 Duke 69, North Carolina 63|
|No. 23 Nebraska 71, No. 8 Ohio State 57|
|No. 9 Delaware 89, Northeastern 71|
|No. 10 Tennessee 75, Florida 59|
|No. 11 Penn State 74, Minnesota 51|
|No. 13 Kentucky 76, Mississippi State 40|
|No. 17 Georgia Tech 62, Clemson 50|
|No. 18 Georgia 62, LSU 46|
|No. 22 Purdue 90, Indiana 58|
Brandi Jeffery and Rebecca Woodberry scored eight apiece for Nebraska. The Buckeyes shut down the Huskers' season scoring leaders, Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore. Hooper had seven points and Moore nine, most of them coming after the game was decided.
Samantha Prahalis, coming off a school-record 42-point game against Minnesota on Thursday, led the Buckeyes with 18 points. Tayler Hill added 16.
Prahalis missed eight shots in a row after making three consecutive to start the game. Her jumper early in the second half pulled the Buckeyes within seven points, but Kaitlyn Burke and Cady made layups on consecutive possessions to push the Huskers' advantage back to double digits.
Prahalis, who averaged 27 points in her previous five games, never found any rhythm with Lindsey Moore and Jeffery splitting defensive duty on her.
Ohio State struggled against Nebraska's full-court defense, shooting 33 percent and committing 17 turnovers. The Buckeyes came into the game leading the Big Ten in field-goal percentage (.471) and scoring (77 ppg).
Jeffery gave the Huskers their biggest lead at 52-36 after throwing up a desperation air ball to beat the shot clock. Ashley Adams got the rebound for Ohio State, but Jeffery hustled across court to steal swipe the ball from her and go in for an easy layup.
An 18-1 Nebraska run put the Huskers up 29-16 in the middle of the first half. Woodberry, who averages 4.6 points, converted a three-point play and made a 3-pointer to get the Huskers going.
The Buckeyes went almost 9 1/2 minutes without a field goal before Amber Stokes' back-to-back baskets re-started the Buckeyes' offense. Hill's 3-pointer got the Buckeyes within eight points, but Moore drove to the hoop on Nebraska's last possession of the half to make it 39-29.