Hooper double-double paces Huskers
Lincoln - Jordan Hooper produced her first double-double of the season with game highs of 12 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 18 Nebraska to a 64-39 women's basketball victory over Temple on Sunday at the Devaney Center.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 2-0 on the season while the Owls slipped to 1-1.
Hooper's 14 boards and 10 rebounds from sophomore forward Emily Cady helped the Huskers outwork the Owls on the glass, 53-40 for the game. Temple came to Lincoln after outrebounding perennial Big Sky Conference power Montana, 48-31, in Philadelphia on Friday night.
"We really did some good things on the boards today, especially 23 offensive rebounds against the kind of size and length that Temple has," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "I thought we gave a really good effort today. We need to improve on a lot of things, but our effort was definitely there today. That's a good win against a good basketball team."
In additon to a plus-13 rebound margin, Nebraska was plus-12 (22-10) in the turnover department against Temple. Those two stellar performances allowed NU to attempt 71 fields goals compared to just 49 for the Owls. Possessions played a big part in the game, as the Huskers won by 25 points despite shooting just 32.4 percent (23-71) and just 7-of-29 (24.1 percent) from three-point range. The Huskers also hit just 11-of-19 free throws (57.9 percent).
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., produced the 18th double-double of her career while adding three steals and NU's first two assists of the game. She hit just 4-of-19 shots from the field, including 3-of-11 threes.
Brandi Jeffery, a sophomore guard from Vacherie, La., produced double figures for the second time in her second straight start, finishing with 10 points, four rebounds and two steals, while going just 3-of-9 from the field.
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore gave the Huskers three players in double figures with 10 points and three assists, while going 4-of-8 from the floor.
Nebraska received contributions across the board for the second straight game, including eight points, seven rebounds and two assists from sophomore forward Hailie Sample.
Freshman guard Sadie Murren added eight points of her own to go along with two boards. Murren scored all eight of her points in a decisive 17-3 Husker surge that covered just 3:37 late in the first half. Murren hit a pair of three-pointers and both of her free throws in the span, while Moore capped the run with NU's final six points to turn a 14-6 NU lead into a 31-9 edge with 3:50 left in the first half.
Nebraska led 36-17 at the half, as Hooper finished with eight points and nine boards, including a buzzer-beating jumper at the end of the half. Temple got no closer than 16 points the rest of the way, while NU's lead grew as large as 64-35 in the final minute. NU continued to pull away despite shooting just 27.8 percent in the second half, including 1-for-15 from three-point range.
Cady added five points to go along with her 10 rebounds, while fellow sophomore Tear'a Laudermill pitched in five points of her own, including a three, to go along with a game-high four steals for the Huskers. Sophomore forward Katie Simon contributed four points on perfect shooting, while freshman guard Rachel Theriot pitched in two points to go along with a game-high five assists.
Nebraska's swarming defense held the Owls to just 16-of-49 shooting (32.7 percent), including an 0-for-8 effort from long range. Temple also hit just 7-of-16 free throws (43.8 percent).
Erica Covile led the Owls with 10 points and six rebounds off the bench, while Sally Kabengano added eight points and nine boards. Senior center Victoria Macaulay, who produced 21 points and 16 rebounds in Friday night's win over Montana, was held to just six points and five boards.
Nebraska concludes its three-game season-opening home stand by playing host to Northern Arizona on Friday at the Devaney Center. Tip-off between the Huskers and Lumberjacks is set for 7:05 p.m.
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