Griffin’s 30 pts lead Huskers’ win over LSU

By ERIC OLSON

AP Sports Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Kelsey Griffin had
30 points and 14 rebounds in leading No. 20 Nebraska to a 77-63 win
over No. 5 LSU and extend its school-record winning streak to 11 games.

The Cornhuskers (11-0) are off to
their best start in school history after handing the Tigers (9-1) their
first loss of the season Sunday.

LSU is the highest-ranked opponent
Nebraska has beaten since a triple-overtime win over a second-ranked
Baylor team in the 2004-05 season.

The Cornhuskers jumped to a 21-4 lead
before the Tigers pulled to 41-36 early in the second half. But
Nebraska went on a 12-2 run and led by double digits the rest of the
game.

Cory Montgomery added 16 points and
Dominique Kelley 13 for Nebraska. Allison Hightower had 15 points and
Katherine Graham 12 for LSU.

LSU had beaten its first eight
opponents by an average of 32 points and had allowed a total of 97
points in its last three games.

Griffin led a balanced offense and
Nebraska’s defense forced LSU into bad shots throughout the game.
Griffin made 12 of 19 shots, doing most of her damage under the basket,
often on second-chance shots.

LSU, which shot 39.3 percent, had
trouble early dealing with Nebraska’s full-court man-to-man defense,
missing 12 of its first 14 shots.

Hightower scored nine points in an
18-6 run that got LSU back in the game. The Tigers were within five
after Latear Eason stole the ball from Kelley and passed to Hightower,
who drove the length of the court for a layup.

But the Huskers pulled away again,
with Kelley putting back a Griffin miss and Yvonne Turner hitting a
jumper to start the decisive run that put Nebraska ahead 53-38.

Kelley, assigned to cover Hightower, held the Tigers’ star guard to 7-of-21 shooting.

Foul trouble also plagued the
Tigers. LaSondra Barrett drew her fourth foul 2:55 into the second
half. Eason was called for her fourth with 14:58 left and Katherine
Graham her fourth with 11:28 left.

Tigers coach Van Chancellor’s
frustration showed early. He drew a technical less than eight minutes
in for walking onto the court while yelling and pointing a finger at an
official.

Kelley made the free throws and,
after Lindsey Moore drew a charge by Eason, Montgomery hit a 3-pointer
to give the Huskers their 21-4 lead.

Updated December 20, 2009