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Omaha, Neb. — Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore each scored 14 points and Dominique Kelley added 13 to lead the Nebraska women's basketball team to a 63-55 win over Creighton on Wednesday at DJ Sokol Arena.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 7-1 overall, while Creighton slipped to 4-3 on the year.
Hooper, a 6-2 freshman forward from Alliance, Neb., produced her first career double-double with a career-high 10 rebounds. Hooper did most of her scoring in a 2:30 stretch midway through the second half, when she erupted for 10 points by hitting four straight shots, including both of her three-pointers in the game.
Moore, a 5-9 sophomore guard from Covington, Wash., spread her scoring throughout the night with nine in the first half and five points in the second half. She added six assists and three rebounds while playing the full 40 minutes.
Kelley, a 5-7 senior guard from Lincoln, Neb., contributed six assists and five rebounds, while hitting a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to seal Nebraska's sixth straight win in the series with the Bluejays. Kelley also hit NU's final field goal of the night, which came with 4:55 left to give NU a 61-46 lead.
From that point, Creighton worked its way to a 10-0 run over a four-minute stretch to trim Nebraska's lead to 61-55 after a layup by McKenzie Fujan with 1:18 left.
Nebraska led by as many as 17 points on three occasions in the second half, the last coming on a Moore layup with 10:43 left to make it 57-40. But NU managed just two fields the rest of the way.
Kaitlyn Burke added nine points, three rebounds and two assists for the Huskers, while Catheryn Redmon managed six points and three rebounds despite playing just 14 minutes because of foul trouble.
Jessica Periago stepped in for Redmon to play a season-high 27 minutes. The 6-4 center from Toulon, France, scored NU's second-to-last basket in the game, while adding six rebounds, a block and a steal. She also took a pair of critical charges, including one from Carli Tritz with 31 seconds left to end CU's comeback hopes.
Tritz led the Jays with a career-high 21 points by hitting 8-of-14 shots from the field, including 4-of-6 three-pointers. Kellie Nelson was the only other Bluejay to manage double figures with 12 points and seven rebounds, while her sister Sarah added eight points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench.
Sam Schuett added seven points and a game-high 13 rebounds, but hit just 2-of-11 shots from the field - both of her makes coming on three-pointers. Schuett wasn't the only Jay to struggle from the field, as fellow senior Kelsey Woodard went 0-for-9 from the field, including 0-for-5 from long range.
For the game, Creighton hit just 32.8 percent (20-61) of its shots from the field, including just 7-of-24 from three-point range. CU also hit just 8-of-13 free throws.
Nebraska hit 46.2 percent (24-52) of its shots, including 5-of-13 threes, while hitting 10-of-15 free throws. NU outrebounded the Jays, 38-37, and committed 14 turnovers. The Huskers forced just 11 turnovers by CU.
Nebraska came out firing in its first-ever appearance at Sokol Arena, as the Huskers connected on 10 of their first 12 shots from the field to sprint out to a 25-14 in the game's first 10 minutes. NU was able to maintain that edge at 36-25 at the half, despite hitting just four of their final 16 shots in the half.
Sophomore Meghin Williams scored NU's final two of the half with a jumper with 1:08 left. Williams, a 6-1 forward from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., made her first appearance of the season after missing NU's first seven games with a foot injury. She had two points and two rebounds in four first-half minutes. Williams was the seventh Husker to score in the first half.
Moore led NU with nine first-half points, while Kelley and Burke both pitched in seven points. Kelley also dished out four first-half assists.
Nebraska hit 50 percent (14-28) of its shots from the field, including 3-of-7 three-pointers, and 5-of-6 free throws in the first half. Creighton connected on just 9-of-31 first-half field goals, including just 2-of-8 threes. CU was also 5-of-6 at the line, while outrebounding NU, 20-17, in the half. Both teams committed just four first-half turnovers.
The Huskers return home on Saturday to take on Northern Colorado. Nebraska tips off with the Bears at the Devaney Center at 7:05 p.m.
Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.