OMAHA, Neb. -- Emily Cady scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Hailie Sample made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 14 seconds Thursday night and No. 12 Nebraska held on to defeat in-state rival Creighton 60-57.
The Huskers (8-1) dominated the first half, building a 33-17 lead, but had to hold on as Alexis Akin-Otiko rallied the Bluejays (4-5) by hitting all six of her 3-pointers and 20 of her career-high 23 points in the second half.
Rachel Theriot had 16 points and 9 assists for Nebraska, which out-rebounded Creighton 36-23, with Brandi Jeffery grabbing 12.
MC McGrory had a career-high 14 points for Creighton, but leading scorer Marissa Janning was held scoreless in the first half and finished with five points, 11 below her averaging, ending a streak of 17 double-figure games.
Akin-Otiko entered the season with two 3-pointers and had 10 for her career entering the game.
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