BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Connie Yori didn’t try to sugarcoat Nebraska’s 59-47 loss to Indiana on Sunday.
How could she?
Her team committed 26 turnovers, missed its first 11 3-pointers and got all of two points from a starting backcourt that normally combines for 33 points.
“This was a game about who wanted it more, and Indiana must have taken the ball from us eight times, at least, when I go back and watch it on film,” Yori said on the postgame radio show from Assembly Hall. “I’ll probably keep the guns and knives away from me when I do watch it on film because this was one that’s going to be really bothersome.”
The Huskers (16-7, 7-5 Big Ten) were clearly bothered by Indiana’s zone, which successfully stole the ball 14 times.
Freshman center Jessica Shepard, who had 18 points and 13 rebounds, completed a bizarre triple-double with 11 turnovers by herself.
But Shepard was also NU’s lone consistent scoring threat. That’s because Natalie Romeo, Rachel Theriot and Kyndal Clark nearly posted a goose egg in points. Romeo scored two and made one shot. She also missed 11 shots.
Theriot missed all four of her shots. Clark missed her two. Combined, those three missed 11 3-pointers.
“It’s hard to have your starting backcourt score two points for you and think you’re going to get anywhere close to a win,” Yori said. “The funny thing is, we were still somewhat in the game.”
True enough. In winning its 11th straight game at home this season, Indiana (15-9, 7-5) struggled to put away the Huskers because it shot 31.9 percent from the floor. The Hoosiers’ big three — Tyra Buss, Amanda Cahill and Alexis Gassion — accounted for 48 points. Cahill scored six of Indiana’s first 11 points in the second half, helping the Hoosiers extend their 30-24 halftime lead to 41-28.
Nebraska never got closer than 11 after that. The Huskers missed a lot of shots they normally make, Yori said.
“We are also due for a bad shooting night,” Yori said.
It comes at a bad time, though. NU could have used a road win Sunday to help bolster NCAA tournament chances. The Huskers will get another shot Thursday at Minnesota. The Gophers won 112-106 over Northwestern Sunday in double overtime, getting 60 points from senior guard Rachel Banham.