Nebraska continued its winning ways taking down No. 9 Baylor (14-3, 1-2) on the road in front of a hostile and season-high crowd of 7,883 in Waco Sunday afternoon. And in the process of stopping Baylor’s home streak of 14 wins, the No. 11 Huskers, delivered several records of their own.
Nebraska (16-0, 3-0) , with the highest ranking ever in school history, tied the school record for treys at 12. Amazingly, they started off the game 1-11 from three-point range before getting to that number. Senior forward Kelsey Griffin’s double-double was her fourth in a row. She now has eight for the season. Senior guard Yvonne Turner had a career-high six three-point shots.
“We didn’t come into the game with a plan of shooting a lot of three-pointers, but they were there for us and we finally started hitting them after missing early in the game,” said Turner . “I was just glad I could help my teammates by knocking down some shots. Our inside game with Kelsey and Cory [Montgomery]) draws so much attention, that it leaves us open, so we have to hit. Luckily, we were able to do that today.”
In a tight game, filled with physical play, numerous lead changes and low scoring percentages, it was Nebraska’s experience that led the Big Red to prevail. After a low scoring first half, Nebraska went into the half with the lead, 31-26. Baylor’s deficit at the break marked the largest at the half since Louisville led Baylor 28-19 on March 28, 2009. The Cornhuskers took the game with a 17-6 run in the final 8:23.
Both head coaches agreed that Nebraska’s leadership was a key component and neither were surprised by the outcome.
“I hope y’all don’t think this was unexpected,” said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey post-game. She talked about her team’s youth and offensive lapses in the loss.
“It’s a youth and experience thing.” She called Baylor’s offense “wild” and “herky jerky” while also praising the poise and demeanor of Nebraska.
“Look at the league,” she said of the Big 12 Conference, one of the toughest in the nation. “They’re