Huskers in LA for the holiday

The Nebraska women's basketball team hits the road for the Thanksgiving holiday to take on USC in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 23. Tip-off between the Huskers (4-1) and Trojans (2-1) is set for 4 p.m. (Central)/2 p.m. (Pacific) at the Galen Center.

Nebraska heads to California after running to an 85-72 victory over Sam Houston State at the Devaney Center on Tuesday night in Lincoln. Junior forward Jordan Hooper notched her second double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore forward Emily Cady added 18 points and six boards. Senior point guard Lindsey Moore pitched in 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in just 21 minutes of action, as the Huskers built a 31-point first-half lead before settling for the 13-point win against a Bearkat squad that returned four starters from a team that won 18 games a year ago. SHSU advanced to the second round of the 2012 Women's Basketball Invitational.

USC enters Friday's game with a 2-1 record after rolling to a 72-58 win over Arkansas State at the Galen Center on Wednesday night. The Women of Troy opened the season with a 63-52 loss to perennial NCAA Tournament qualifier Gonzaga on Nov. 11, before bouncing back with a 65-56 win over Pepperdine on Nov. 18.

The last time the two teams met in Los Angeles, the Huskers escaped from the Galen Center with a 72-65 victory on Nov. 26, 2006. Kiera Hardy led the Huskers with 32 points, four assists and five steals, while Kelsey Griffin added 15 points and seven rebounds.

Each of the three seasons that Nebraska has defeated USC, the Huskers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament (2007, 2008, 2012). In 1988 and 1993, the Trojans knocked Nebraska out of the NCAA Tournament with 18-point victories. The first meeting on Jan. 12, 1977, preceded the existence of an NCAA Tournament, and USC battled to a 72-70 overtime win over the Huskers in Los Angeles.

Last season, Coach Michael Cooper and the Trojans produced an 18-12 overall record that included a 12-6 Pac-12 mark. USC finished third in the Pac-12 but did not compete in the postseason.

Nebraska Coach Connie Yori became the winningest women's basketball coach in school history with NU's win over Temple on Nov. 11, 2012. The victory over the Owls increased Yori's win total to 192 at the start of her 11th season at Nebraska. She moved past former Husker Coach Angela Beck (1986-97) atop Nebraska's all-time win list. Beck posted a 191-128 record (.599) in 11 seasons at the helm of the Huskers.

The 2010 National Coach of the Year, Yori needs six more wins to become the first women's coach in Nebraska history to reach the 200-victory mark. Yori's NU mark is 194-127 (.604).

On the men's side, only Danny Nee and Joe Cipriano have produced 200 basketball victories at Nebraska. Nee won 254 games in 14 seasons coaching the Huskers from 1987 to 2000. Cipriano earned 253 wins in 17 seasons from 1964 to 1980.

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