Nebraska women’s basketball coach Amy Williams had a two-word phrase to explain the caliber of opponent her team faced at Creighton vs. two opening-week buy games.
“Quite different,” Williams said after her no. 22 Huskers lost 77-51 to No. 20 CU.
The Bluejays had experience and playmaking grit to run NU’s defense ragged. The Huskers’ offense, Williams said, tried too hard to make things happen early in shot clock situations, leading to turnovers.
Nebraska’s chance of winning the game weren’t great to begin with, and the margin of loss can serve, Williams said, as “a good opportunity to teach our team about ourselves.”
The Huskers (2-1) don’t have long to learn lessons, given a road trip to Drake (1-1) looms Saturday afternoon. Since 2016, the Bulldogs have split four games with the Huskers. DU on Sunday took Iowa to overtime before losing, as well.
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And, like Creighton, Drake has a ton of seasoning — four seniors return from a team that finished 20-14 last year and offensive prowess, with all five starters averaging double figures in points.
“If we can correct some things we learned from this game, and find a way to move forward, then we’ve got another really good opportunity in front of us,” Williams said.
* Williams praised the aggressiveness of sophomore guard Kendall Moriarty, who played 18 minutes off the bench in the CU loss. Moriarty, from Wheaton, Ill., scored four points and dished out two assists. She had a steal and a block, too.
“(Moriarty) did an excellent job of getting downhill, and she was one of our guards who really put pressure on the paint with penetration and gave us a couple quick buckets just getting to the basket early when we were really struggling to score,” Williams said. “That was good to see out of her and we’ve been seeing that a lot more here early this season.”
* NU is one of two Big Ten teams to play a ranked foe on the road so far. The other is Indiana, which beat Tennessee 79-67. IU is one of seven Big Ten teams, as of Friday evening, still undefeated. Iowa fell from those ranks Thursday night in a 84-83 loss at Kansas State. Michigan State, loading up on home buy games much like Nebraska did last season, is 5-0 so far.
No. 22 Nebraska at Drake
Where: The Knapp Center, Des Moines, Iowa
TV Radio: ESPN+ | 107.3 FM in Lincoln, 105.9 FM in Omaha (Huskers Radio Network)
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