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Griffin carries No. 3 Huskers past Colorado 89-73

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kelsey Griffin scored 18 of her 25 points in the second half to lead four Nebraska players in double figures, and the third-ranked Cornhuskers remained unbeaten with an 89-73 victory over struggling Colorado.

Brittany Spears made her first six 3-point attempts and Colorado finished with a Devaney Sports Center-record 15, but it wasn't enough against Griffin and a Nebraska team that won its 20th game by double digits.

The Cornhuskers (25-0, 12-0 Big 12) broke open the game with a 10-2 run after the Buffs pulled to 70-65.

Griffin, who posted her 15th double-double, added 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. Cory Montgomery had 17 points, Yvonne Turner 14 and Dominique Kelley 12 for the Huskers.

Spears had 26 points and Bianca Smith 18 for the Buffs (12-13, 2-10), who lost their eighth straight.

Spears made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes to get Colorado out to a 15-9 lead, but the Buffs' season scoring leader sat out the last 10:57 of the half after committing her third foul.

After Colorado tied it 25-all on Smith's 3-pointer, Nicole Neals, Yvonne Turner and Lindsey Moore hit consecutive 3s during a 15-2 run that put the Huskers up 40-27.

Colorado got within five points in the second half before Nebraska went on its decisive run, which started with Griffin's inside basket and Turner's 3-pointer.

Nebraska, seeking its first conference title since 1988, shot 60 percent in the second half and 50 percent for the game.

The Buffs shot 55.6 percent on 3s (15 of 27) but 45 percent overall.