LINCOLN, Neb. – Rachel Theriot scored 25 points as No. 15 Nebraska held off Northern Colorado 63-56 on Sunday.
Kourteney Zadina's 3-pointer pulled Northern Colorado within 58-56 with 2:13 left but Theriot's basket with 43 seconds left highlighted a 5-0 run.
Emily Cady added 16 and 10 rebounds for Nebraska (6-0). The Cornhuskers made just 34.5 percent from the field but hit 25 free throws compared to Northern Colorado's 11 attempts.
Amber Van Deudekom scored a career-high 20 for Northern Colorado (4-1). The senior's previous high was 10 against Johnson & Wales on Dec. 30, 2012. She had never hit a 3-pointer in her college career, but made both of her attempts against Nebraska.
Northern Colorado's leading scorers, D'shara Strange and Stephanie Lee, were held to seven total points and both fouled out.
Nebraska jumped out to a 26-5 lead, but Northern Colorado hit four 3-pointers in a row and closed the half with a 19-5 run to get within 38-35.