LAS VEGAS — Jessica Shepard scored 12 points but Virginia pulled away from Nebraska in the third quarter, picking up a 73-51 win Saturday at the South Point Shootout.
Leading 40-26 at halftime, the Cavaliers (5-1) held the Huskers to eight points in the third, eventually pulling ahead 71-36 with 6:11 left in the game.
The Huskers struggled from the field, shooting 35 percent and converting only 5 of 21 3-point attempts. They also committed 19 turnovers.
After shooting 40 percent in the first half, the Huskers hit 9 of 29 shots in the second.
The Cavaliers, meanwhile, shot 47 percent from the field — led by Lauren Moses, who scored 19 points.
Shepard added four rebounds and three assists, with her efforts earning her a place on the all-tournament team.
Jasmine Cincore and Darrien Washington each grabbed five rebounds for the Huskers, but Virginia finished with a 43-32 edge on the glass.
The Huskers will face Virginia Tech as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 6 p.m. Thursday in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Hokies are 5-0.