SALT LAKE CITY — Sophomore Rachel Theriot scored a career-high 28 points to lead No. 15 Nebraska to a 75-69 win Friday at Utah.
Theriot, a 6-foot point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, added seven rebounds and four assists while playing the entire 40 minutes.
“Rachel played great basketball and had the hot hand,” Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. “She did a lot of good things for us and really kind of carried us in the second half. Our free throw shooting was great, and we did a good job of controlling the boards.”
Utah’s Michelle Plouffe scored 17 first-half points as the Utes (1-1) took a 41-36 lead.
Theriot scored 19 second-half points — including going 8 for 8 from the foul line — to lead the Huskers’ comeback.
Nebraska (3-0) eventually built a nine-point lead, then hit 10 of 10 free throws in the final 90 seconds to secure the win.
Plouffe, a returning All-American, finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Theriot’s 19 second-half points matched her previous career game high. Her eight free throws were a career best, too. She made 10 free throws all of last season while starting 28 games.
Nebraska All-American Jordan Hooper notched her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Emily Cady added 13 points and nine rebounds, but she missed most of the final 12 minutes with foul trouble.
True freshman Allie Havers got six points and six rebounds in the second half in place of Cady. Havers also made a pair of free throws in the final minutes. Hailie Sample hit two free throws with 13.3 seconds after Utah had cut the NU margin to 71-69.
Nebraska next plays at 7 p.m. Thursday when it hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff.