Ohio State traveled to Lincoln today hoping to head into conference play on a winning streak and improve their seeding for the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes had already locked up their spot in the conference but a win on the road against a ranked team would be a big statement for a team that has struggled down the stretch.
Ohio State jumped out to an early 8-4 lead as Samantha Prahalis scored the first 5 points for the Buckeyes. Nebraska came right back with a 9 to 2 run to take a 13-10 lead. The Buckeyes briefly retook the lead thanks to five straight points but then the Cornhuskers went on an 18 to 1 run to take a 31-16 lead with six minutes remaining in the half. During that stretch the Buckeye offense looked rattled and they could do nothing defensively to prevent the Cornhuskers from attacking inside. A pair of Tayler Hill free throws broke the Nebraska run and ignited a 6 to 0 mini-run for Ohio State which cut the Cornhusker lead back to single digits, 31-22. The two teams began trading baskets for the rest of the half with Ohio State getting the lead down to 6 but Nebraska scored the last four points of the half to head into the locker room up 39-29.