No. 17 Nebraska routs Penn State women

LINCOLN, Neb. – Freshman guard Natalie Romero scored a career-high 18 points, including a career-best 6 of 11 3-pointers, and No. 17 Nebraska beat Penn State, 73-45, on Thursday to win its third straight.

Tear’a Laudermill had 12 points and a career-high five steals, Ali Havers scored 11, Brandi Jeffrey 10, and Emily Cady had six assists and eight rebounds for the Cornhuskers (13-3, 3-2 Big Ten Conference), who never trailed and shot 11 of 29 from 3-point range.

Candice Agee scored 13 and Kaliyah Mitchell had 12 rebounds and four steals for the Nittany Lions (3-14, 0-6).

Romero scored two 3-pointers amid a 14-2 run and Nebraska led 29-15 after Jeffrey hit back-to-back 3s. Romero hit her third 3 and the Cornhuskers led 38-22 at halftime.

Romero hit three 3s early in the second half for a 56-32 Nebraska lead, then Rachel Theriot made consecutive jumpers for a 60-36 lead and the Cornhuskers cruised.

PENN STATE (3-14): Agee 6-12 1-2 13, Moore 4-10 1-2 9, Sevillian 3-4 1-3 9, Spann 0-3 0-0 0, Waldner 1-2 0-0 2, Harris 1-2 0-2 2, Mitchell 2-13 4-4 8, Whitted 1-4 0-0 2, DeGraaf 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 18-53 7-13 45.

NEBRASKA (13-3): Laudermill 4-15 3-4 12, Romeo 6-12 0-0 18, Ramacieri 0-0 0-0 0, Cady 3-6 0-1 6, Theriot 4-10 0-0 9, Sample 0-0 0-2 0, Jeffery 4-7 0-0 10, Havers 4-6 3-4 11, Smith 0-2 0-4 0, Kalenta 2-3 0-0 5, Cincore 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 28-62 6-15 73.

Halftime-Nebraska 38-22. 3-Point Goals-Penn St. 2-9 (Sevillian 2-3, Mitchell 0-1, Whitted 0-1, DeGraaf 0-2, Spann 0-2), Nebraska 11-29 (Romeo 6-11, Jeffery 2-4, Kalenta 1-1, Theriot 1-2, Laudermill 1-8, Cady 0-1, Smith 0-2). Fouled Out-Agee. Rebounds-Penn St. 43 (Mitchell 12), Nebraska 33 (Cady 8). Assists-Penn St. 9 (Agee, Mitchell, Whitted 2), Nebraska 21 (Cady 6). Total Fouls-Penn St. 16, Nebraska 10. A-5,395.