LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kelsey Griffin scored 19 points, with a school-record 17 coming from the free-throw line, and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds to lead unbeaten and third-ranked Nebraska to a 67-51 victory over Missouri on Saturday night.
Three nights after clinching their first Big 12 regular-season championship, the Cornhuskers (27-0, 14-0 Big 12) overcame some early sloppiness to roll to their 22nd win by a double-digit margin.
As the final seconds ticked off, the crowd of 13,595 — the first sellout in Nebraska program history and the sixth straight home crowd of more than 10,000 — chanted "Go Big Red, Go Big Red."
After the game, confetti and red and white balloons dropped from the Devaney Sports Center ceiling as the team accepted the Big 12 championship trophy it locked up with its win at Oklahoma on Wednesday.
Then it was off to cut down the nets as "We Are the Champions" blasted over the loudspeakers.
The Huskers are trying to become the second team in the Big 12's 13-year history to go unbeaten in conference play. Oklahoma went 16-0 in 2005-06.
Nebraska finishes the regular season against Kansas at home on Wednesday and at Kansas State next Saturday.
Yvonne Turner added 15 points and Dominique Kelley 11 for the Huskers.
Missouri (11-16, 1-13) got 21 points from RaeShara Brown and 13 from Jessra Johnson.
The Huskers had to come from behind late to beat Missouri 82-78 on the road Feb. 13, and looked like they might be in for another close game.
They scuffled along through the first 10 minutes against the last-place Tigers (11-16, 1-13), who haven't won since upsetting Baylor on Jan. 23.
Lindsay Moore was called for charging and missed a point-blank layup. Cory Montgomery was whistled for a 3-second violation and Yvonne Turner for traveling.
Missouri hung with the Huskers, and RaeShara Brown's jumper cut the Nebraska lead to 17-15.
After a Nebraska timeout, Turner took a cross-court pass from Dominique Kelley and buried a 3-pointer. Missouri committed a shot-clock violation, then Moore passed to Montgomery out of a double-team for an easy layup.
Toy Richbow hit a jumper for Missouri's last field goal of the half with 3:53 left before Nebraska went on a 10-2 run to lead 40-27. Nebraska stretched the lead to 20 points in the second half.
Coach Connie Yori addressed fans after the game, thanking them for their support, especially the ones who have stuck with the Huskers since she came to Lincoln eight years ago. That team, she recalled, won just one Big 12 game.
"Those fans back them gave us standing ovations despite the fact we would lose," she said. "Who does that but Husker fans?"