LINCOLN, Neb. (KCBD) – Texas Tech dropped its fourth-straight game as it suffered a 56-53 loss at Nebraska on Saturday night at the Devaney Center.
Tech (16-5/3-4 Big 12) got off to a slow start again as Nebraska (12-8/2-4 Big 12) opened the game on a 15-2 run the first six minutes. The Lady Raiders didn't score their first basket until 15:37 when Teena Wickett hit a layup.
The Huskers got up by as many as 13 points twice in the first half, the last time coming at 13:27, 17-4, as Catheryn Redmon made two free throws.
With nine and half minutes to go and Nebraska up 12, Tech went on a 17-5 run capped by a pair of free throws by Wickett to give the Lady Raiders their first lead of the game at 27-26 with 2:41 to play.
The Huskers tied it up at 2:26 as Katya Leick made 1-of-2 free throws. Leick then made a layup to give Nebraska a 29-27 edge with 1:11 to go. Casey Morris responded by nailing a three-pointer to give Tech a one-point lead, 30-29, with 59 seconds left on the clock.
Nebraska made two-straight layups in the last 48 seconds to take a 33-30 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Huskers got up by five three times in the first couple of minutes before Tech took back the lead on a jumper by Jordan Barncastle at the 14:36 mark.
The Lady Raiders continued to control the game over the next six minutes, going up by as many as seven points, 47-40, as Christine Hyde rebounded a missed shot by Chynna Brown and scored a short jumper with 10:59 to go.
Nebraska tied the game at 49-49 on two free throws by Leick with 7:55 remaining. The last lead change came at 6:41 on a layup by Redmon to give the Huskers a 51-49 advantage.
Tech was held scoreless for over five minutes until Wickett hit 1-of-2 free throws with 4:40 left on the clock to put the Lady Raiders within one, 51-50. Jordan Hooper then hit a jumper at 2:09 to give the Huskers a three-point lead. Lindsey Moore made 1-of-2 free shots from the charity strip to give Nebraska four-point lead with one minute left. Morris hit another three with 27 seconds to go to get Tech within one.
The Lady Raiders had to foul, which sent Moore back to the line where she connected on both attempts, giving Nebraska a three-point lead, 56-33, with 16 seconds remaining.
Morris attempted a three and Smalls got the rebound. Morris got off another three-point attempt but it was no good as well and the Huskers hung on to claim the three-point victory.
Morris and Wickett both finished with 14 points while Mallard had eight rebounds for the Lady Raiders.
Nebraska had four players in double figures led by Redmon and Hooper with 16 points apiece.
Tech outrebounded the Huskers 39-36.
The Lady Raiders shot 36.7 percent (22-60) from the field as Nebraska shot 37 percent (20-54).
Tech will not play again until Sat., Feb. 5, as it hosts No. 6/5 Texas A&M at 2 p.m.