PULLMAN, Wash. – Tear'a Laudermill scored 20 points on Wednesday night, and No. 15 Nebraska used a big second-half run to pull away from Washington State 82-61.
A few minutes into the second half, Nebraska (3-0) started a 19-2 run, turning a two-point lead into a 59-40 advantage on Allie Havers' layup with 10:35 left.
Washington State (2-1) was unable to recover and the Huskers avenged a 76-72 loss to the Cougars last year in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Hailie Sample had 16 points, Rachel Theriot scored 14, Emily Cady added 12 and Brandi Jeffery 11. Sample and Cady also had nine rebounds and Jeffery had eight.
Washington State rallied back to a 69-59 deficit on Lia Galdeira's layup with 3:13 left. The Cougars also fell behind in the first half but pulled even at 34-all by the break.
Shalie Dheensaw had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Galdeira scored 14 and Tia Presley 13.