IOWA CITY — Splat.

The follow-up to a win over 12th-ranked Ohio State wasn’t worth watching Sunday for the Iowa women’s basketball team.

The final margin was 92-74, but Nebraska led by as many as 36 points on three occasions in the third quarter as it embarrassed the Hawkeyes in front of a crowd of 8,823 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the largest of the season.

They watched the Cornhuskers (16-6 overall, 7-2 Big Ten) break the game open with runs of 25-1 and 15-2 in the first half, humbling Iowa in nearly every way imaginable while building a 56-26 halftime lead.

“I can’t explain our performance in the first half,’’ Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “It was a struggle offensively, defensively. It felt like everything was going Nebraska’s way, every shot, every call, everything. It was like living a bad dream.’

“I never dreamed anything like this would be coming. I thought we’d come out on a roll after our win over Ohio State,’’ Bluder said. “But from the start, we looked flat and combined with their defense, it wasn’t there. The energy we had against Ohio State, it wasn’t there.’’

“The intensity, it just wasn’t there,’’ Iowa junior Megan Gustafson said. “On both ends, it wasn’t there.’’

Nebraska’s 56 first-half points were the most scored by the Cornhuskers against any conference foe at any point in the program’s history, but coach Amy Williams felt defense fueled it all.

“It was the best stretch of basketball we’ve had since I’ve been here,’’ the second-year coach said. “Our focus in practice the last few days was all about getting stops. It worked out that we caused a few turnovers along the way, but our energy was centered on getting defensive stops. That’s where it had to start.’’

Gustafson led the Hawkeyes (16-6, 4-5) with her 20th double-double of the season, finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Nebraska 92, Iowa 74

NEBRASKA (16-6) — Simon 5-14 9-10 19, Cain 3-4 0-0 6, Cincore 6-7 0-0 13, Eliely 2-4 3-3 7, Whitish 5-7 4-4 16, Blackburn 1-3 1-2 3, Mitchell 0-0 0-0 0, Washington 0-1 0-0 0, Kissinger 2-6 0-0 5, Morton 3-8 4-6 13, Stallworth 3-5 0-0 6, Wood 0-2 4-4 4, Totals 30-61 25-29 92.

IOWA (16-6) — Coley 3-4 2-2 8, Gustafson 10-19 6-8 26, Doyle 6-17 3-5 16, Meyer 3-10 3-4 9, Sevillian 1-4 0-0 2, Mohns 0-0 0-0 0, Ollinger 0-2 0-0 0, Stewart 2-7 2-3 6, Valino Ramos 1-2 0-0 2, Sanders 2-3 1-1 5, Totals 28-68 17-23 74.

Nebraska 22 34 21 15 — 92

Iowa 12 14 17 31 — 74

3-point goals—Nebraska 7-20 (Simon 0-2, Cincore 1-1, Whitish 2-4, Blackburn 0-1, Kissinger 1-5, Morton 3-5, Wood 0-2), Iowa 1-12 (Doyle 1-3, Meyer 0-4, Sevillian 0-2, Ollinger 0-2, Sanders 0-1). Assists—Nebraska 13 (Whitish 6), Iowa 15 (Doyle 4). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Nebraska 44 (Simon 8), Iowa 33 (Gustafson 10). Total fouls—Nebraska 21, Iowa 20. A—8,823.

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