Buckeyes Stumble Down the Stretch to No. 17 Nebraska
Ameryst Alston tied a career high with 31 points Thursday.
Feb. 20, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rachel Theriot scored 26 points and Jordan Hooper had 24 to spark a late rally that pushed No. 17 Nebraska's winning streak to seven with a 67-59 win over Ohio State on Thursday.
The loss puts Ohio State under .500 for the first time this season at 14-15 and 4-9 in Big Ten play.
Ohio State led 52-44 with 8:02 left, but the Cornhuskers (20-5, 10-3 Big Ten) put together a 17-0 run, holding the Buckeyes scoreless until just 43 seconds remained. Then Theriot hit six free throws to ice the game.
“For 35 minutes we played well and really competed,” Kevin McGuff said after the game. “It wasn’t that we weren’t trying (in the end). We just made too many mistakes. (I told the team) this one should hurt because we had a real chance to beat a great team but we didn’t finish it out.”
Emily Cady and Hailie Sample pulled down 11 rebounds apiece for Nebraska, which also made 13 of 16 free throws. Ohio State was just 2 of 4 from the line.
“We did a great job of moving the ball,” Alston said. “Everybody was in synch. Sometimes we’ll struggle as far as individually ... but we played together and that’s how we were able to take the lead.”
The Buckeyes are back in action Sunday when they host Northwestern at Noon ET at VCA. It will be the final home game for seniors Aleksandra Dobranic, Ashley Adams, Darryce Moore, Martina Ellerbe and Scullion.
The Associated Press contributed to this story