LINCOLN — Nebraska dominated Grambling State 84-39 Saturday night at the Devaney Center, taking a 30-point halftime lead and giving coach Connie Yori her 200th career victory with the Huskers.
The victory moves the Huskers to 10-3 with the Big Ten Conference schedule set to begin at the Devaney Center at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday against Wisconsin.
“We went in needing to play a good 40 minutes, and I think we did that,” Yori said. “Hopefully, it will provide a good carryover.”
Grambling State, now 0-9 on the road and 1-10 on the season, was outmatched from the start against the Huskers, ranked 19th in the coaches poll.
Besides Yori’s milestone victory, it was a night for other career bests.
Freshman guard Rachel Theriot had her scoring high with 12 points, trailing only teammates Jordan Hooper (18) and Emily Cady (17). The top scorers for Grambling were Cierra Ceazer and Tyler Anderson with 10 each.
“I thought Rachel played really well in the first half,” Yori said. Theriot had back-to-back 3-pointers and another drive for two as NU turned a 23-12 lead into a 40-14 lead with 4:12 remaining in the first half.
NU senior Meghin Williams also had a career high in scoring with eight points, while freshman guard Tear’a Laudermill had her best night rebounding with six.
The 6-1 Williams continues to struggle with a foot injury but hit 3 of 5 shots and added three rebounds in 12 minutes.
“I felt good today,” said Williams, whose injury has limited her practice time and made it difficult to be ready for Big Ten play. “If my foot holds up, I’m going to do my best.”
The Huskers’ pressure defense forced the Lady Tigers into 24 turnovers and allowed zero assists, an unusual low point indicating the difficulty Grambling State had in feeding the ball to open shooters.
“I guess we were just in the passing lanes,” said Cady, who had two steals. Theriot had three steals, and Adrianna Maurer also had two. For the game, the Huskers had 11 steals.
At the same time, NU had 23 assists, eight of them by senior point guard Lindsey Moore. It was the fourth time this season that Moore has registered at least eight assists.
The Huskers opened the game with 12 straight points off of three steals, eight points by Hooper and seven turnovers by the Lady Tigers. Moore provided three assists during the opening four minutes.
The Lady Tigers didn’t score until nearly four minutes had passed in the game. After Grambling State got on the scoreboard to make it 12-2, Williams scored six straight.
Although the Huskers held leads of more than 30 points throughout the second half, the largest lead came after 6-2 sophomore Katie Simon scored five straight points to end the game.
Grambling State left the Devaney Center with the dubious distinction of being the first team to lose to a Yori-coached Husker team in 2002 and the 200th victim in 2012.
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