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Nebraska's defense holds Colorado to single-digit scoring

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."