(21) Nebraska 54

(21-4, 9-2 Big 12)

Colorado 44

(10-13, 4-7 Big 12)

    4:00 PM ET, February 10, 2007

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    #21NEB 30 2454
    COLO 20 2444

    Top Performers

    Nebraska: K. Hardy 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Colorado: J. McFarland 9 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Nebraska's defense holds Colorado to single-digit scoring 

    Associated Press

    BOULDER, Colo. -- On a day when No. 21 Nebraska's shots weren't falling, defense saved the day.

    Kiera Hardy scored 16 points and Nebraska held Colorado players to single-digit scoring in a 55-44 victory Saturday. It was the lowest point total all season for both teams.

    "That was a tough game," Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. "We haven't won many games this year with our defense, but we are starting to do it more and more. Today, we played outstanding defense from start to finish and that was the difference."

    Chelsea Aubry had 11 points and Kelsey Griffin had eight points and 11 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (21-4, 9-2 Big 12), who are tied with Texas A&M for first place in the conference.

    Nebraska shot 37 percent from the field, but Colorado wasn't any better, shooting just 35 percent.

    Jackie McFarland led Colorado (10-13, 4-7) with nine points and 13 rebounds. She averaged 18.5 points and 11 rebounds coming into the game.

    "That was one of the main focuses was playing great defense," Hardy said. "We weren't making a lot of shots tonight. We had to try to win with our defense."

    Trailing 30-20 at halftime, Colorado pulled to 34-33 with 14:26 left after Susie Powers made a 3-pointer, got a steal and Kara Richards made a jumper.

    But Nebraska held the Buffaloes scoreless for nearly six minutes to rebuild its 10-point lead, and the Cornhuskers led by as many as 15 in the second half.

    In the first half, the score was tied 7-7 before Nebraska went on a 19-7 run in the first half to lead 26-14.

    "They had several runs that really deflated our team," Colorado head coach Kathy McConnell-Miller said. "And we thought that if we got within one, the momentum would go our way but then we'd go and settle for a challenge shot and then they'd answer. That's what they're good at and that's why they're 8-2 in conference and 21-4 overall.

    "They know their personnel. They know each other extremely well. They're very, very experienced together and they play like that on the floor."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 54 44
    FG Made-Attempted 23-62 (.371) 18-51 (.353)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-20 (.300) 5-14 (.357)
    FT Made-Attempted 2-4 (.500) 3-7 (.429)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 0

    Game Leaders

    PointsK. Hardy 16J. McFarland 9
    ReboundsK. Griffin 11J. McFarland 13
    AssistsJ. Spiric 4J. McFarland 2
    StealsK. Hardy 2J. Ilic 2

    2006-07 Season

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