A new 3-Point Record in win over the Catamounts.
Lincoln. — Sophomore Lindsey Moore set a career high with five three-pointers to spark a school-record 17 threes by the Nebraska women's basketball team in a 95-38 season-opening win over Vermont at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday afternoon.
Nebraska notched their 21st consecutive home victory and smashed the team game record for threes made, which most recently came with 12 three-pointers in a win at Baylor on Jan. 17, 2010.
Moore, who finished with 17 points - just one off her career high - hit 5-of-8 threes for the game, including four in the first half. Junior guard Kaitlyn Burke added a perfect 4-for-4 shooting effort from long range to finish with 12 points, while adding seven assists, no turnovers, and two steals, in her first appearance since last season's win at Vermont on Jan. 4.
The hot-shooting of Moore and Burke fueled five Huskers in double figures, which included 15 points and a trio of three-pointers from freshman Jordan Hooper in her regular-season collegiate debut.
Senior guard Dominique Kelley added 13 points and four assists, while Catheryn Redmon pitched in 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks inside for the Huskers. Senior center Jessica Periago also provided the Huskers with a boost off the bench, scoring seven points while dishing out a career-high four assists. Periago added four rebounds and two steals while hitting all three of her shots from the field.
Sophomore Katya Leick also helped the Huskers off the bench, scoring seven points, including a pair of threes, and a team-high matching six rebounds.
As a team, Nebraska hit 44.9 percent of its shots from the field, including a sizzling 17-of-33 from three-point range (51.5 percent). In addition to NU's success on offense, the Huskers committed just nine turnovers in the game, while forcing 26 by the Catamounts, who went 27-7 a year ago and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. NU also outrebounded UVM, 43-39.
Nebraska shreded UVM's zone defense, dishing out 24 assists against just nine turnovers. All 11 Huskers who played in the game found the scoring column and nine of the Huskers notched at least one assist. Only four Huskers committed a turnover.
NU took a 46-26 lead to the locker room, then quickly put the game out of reach in the second half. In the first eight minutes of the second half, the Huskers connected on six three-pointers, while holding UVM without a field goal. NU pushed the lead to 68-29 on Burke's third three-pointer of the surge with 12:02 left. Burke's three-pointer also broke NU's single-game record as the Huskers' 13th of the contest.
A Hooper three-pointer extended NU's edge to 74-29 with 11:14 left, before UVM's Tonya Young hit a jumper to end a stretch of 11 minutes without a field goal for the Catamounts. Layne Reeves then answered Young's shot with a three-pointer - Nebraska's eighth of the half and 15th of the game.
Kellie McCann-Smith hit the first three of her collegiate career with 5:42 left to push Nebraska's lead to 84-33, before Periago capped the Husker three-point barrage with her first of the season to give NU a 91-35 advantage with 2:53 left.
Ashley Hoyt led the Cats with 11 points, while no other UVM player had more than six points. Nebraska held Vermont to just 12 points in the second half, as the Catamounts hit just 3-of-26 shots from the field after halftime. For the game, UVM hit just 25.5 percent (13-51) of its shots, including 2-of-15 three-pointers.
Nebraska continues its season-opening three-game homestand on Wednesday, when the Huskers play host to Miami. Tip-off with the Hurricanes at the Devaney Center is set for 7:05 p.m., with live radio coverage on the Husker Sports Network, including a free audio broadcast on Huskers.com.
Miami returns six starters from a team that won 22 games a year ago and advanced to the WNIT championship game.
Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.