After beating Michigan yesterday, Ohio State’s faced Nebraska in today’s Big Ten Tournament semi-final game. The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers split their regular season meetings with Ohio State winning in Columbus back in January and Nebraska winning in Lincoln to close the regular season. In their second meeting Nebraska had considerable success attacking the paint while their smothering defense frustrated the Buckeyes.
The game started off as a defensive battle with neither offense getting a lot of breathing room however Ohio State slowly managed to build a 10-2 lead over the first six and a half minutes. The two teams slowly began trading baskets but the Buckeyes managed to extend their lead to 21-8 with just over seven minutes remaining in the half. Nebraska had struggled to hit shots so far but that couldn’t last forever and the Cornhuskers got hot as they traded three-pointers with Ohio State before scoring 16 straight to take a 27-24 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the half. OSU finally ended the run with a Samantha Prahalis jumper but they could not stop Nebraska. To make matters worse, Prahalis had a flashback to her old lack of emotional control and earned a technical foul after dropping the f-bomb while complaining about the lack of a call. Even more concerning than Prahalis’s emotional slip was that she was limping the final minutes of the half as Nebraska extended their lead slightly to go into the locker room up 36-30.