LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Kiera Hardy scored 22 points and made a key three-point play late to help Nebraska beat No. 25 Kansas State 70-63 on Wednesday night.
Nebraska (15-3, 3-1 Big 12) opened a 24-point halftime lead, but Kansas State charged back, outscoring the Huskers 19-2 and cut the lead to 47-40.Ashley Sweat's driving layup with 6:10 remaining cut Kansas State's (14-3, 2-2) deficit to three.Hardy answered with a baseline runner and was fouled. Her free throw put Nebraska up 58-52 and started an 11-3 run capped by Chelsea Aubry's second-chance layup that gave Nebraska an 11-point lead with 2:37 remaining.After a Claire Coggins 3-pointer, Hardy hit four straight free throws to put the game away.Kansas State shot 31 percent in the first half and 52 percent in the second.Coggins and Kimberly Dietz each scored 14 points to lead the Wildcats.Kelsey Griffin scored 15 points and Danielle Page added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskers.