#14 Ohio State Upset by #23 Nebraska 71-57

Written February 26th, 2012 by Charles

Nebraska was just too tough for Ohio State today as the Cornhuskers handed the Buckeyes their 5th loss of the season.

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.

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