Huskers hold on to improve to 4-0.
Pullman, Wash. — Catheryn Redmon scored a career-high 17 points to lead five Huskers in double figures, as the Nebraska women's basketball team escaped from Beasley Coliseum with an 87-79 win over Washington State on Monday.
Redmon, a 6-3 senior center from Grand Prairie, Texas, hit 8-of-11 shots from the field and added 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the year and fifth of her career, to help the Huskers improve to 4-0 on the season. Washington State slipped to 0-4 with a loss in the Cougars' home opener.
While Redmon produced one of the best games of her NU career, freshman Jordan Hooper added 16 points of her own, including some key putbacks late in the second half to help the Huskers overcome the Cougars.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., hit 7-of-11 shots from the field in the game, while adding six rebounds. Three of those boards came on the offensive end in the second half, which she converted into six crucial points for NU.
Senior guard Dominique Kelley added 16 points of her own, including the game's final six points at the free throw line to seal the win. The reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, Kelley hit 8-of-9 free throws to improve to 39-of-42 on the season from the line on the year. She also dished out four assists, while moving into Nebraska's 1,000-point scoring club on day - the 26th Husker in history to accomplish the feat.
Sophomore Lindsey Moore added 15 points and five assists, including 11 in the first half, while junior guard Kaitlyn Burke pitched in 10 points and three assists.
In a back-and-forth game from start to finish, Nebraska outlasted the Cougars thanks to a 47-35 rebounding advantage. The Huskers pulled down 15 offensive boards and converted them into 12 second-chance points. It allowed the Huskers to overcome a 24-17 disadvantage in turnover margin.
NU hit 50 percent (34-68) of its shots from the field, including 60 percent in the second half. The Huskers struggled somewhat from long range (4-14 3FG) but hit 15-of-21 free throws to secure the win.
Washington State hit 35-of-79 shots from the field, including 5-of-15 three-pointers, but the Cougars only managed six trips to the free throw line (4-6).
Nebraska returns home to the Devaney Center on Friday, Nov. 26, to play host to Nebraska-Omaha. Tip-off between the Huskers and Mavericks is set for 11:05 a.m. All Nebraska fans with football tickets to the Huskers' Big 12 finale with Colorado will be admitted free to the women's basketball game and can sit in general admission seating.
Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.