Huskers have sloppy win over UTPA.
Lincoln. — Jordan Hooper scored all of her game-high 16 points in the first half to lead the Nebraska women's basketball team to a 65-27 victory over Texas-Pan American on Sunday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Nebraska improved to 7-1 with the victory, while Texas-Pan American slipped to 2-7 on the season. The 27 points scored by the Broncs marked the fewest points allowed by the Huskers since 1975, and tied for the third-fewest points allowed in school history.
Lindsey Moore added 12 points and five rebounds, while Brandi Jeffery produced her third double-figure scoring effort of the season with 10 points and four boards.
Redshirt freshman Katie Simon added nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, including a three-pointer. Fellow redshirt freshman Rebecca Woodberry pitched in seven points and six rebounds off the bench.
For the game, Nebraska hit just 23-of-60 shots (.383) from the field for the game, and just 7-of-20 three-pointers (.350), while connecting on 12-of-15 (.800) of its free throws. The Huskers outrebounded UTPA, 51-36, and won the turnover battle, 22-21.
"We have struggled on offense recently, and we need to find a way to finish our possessions," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "We need to hit shots and turn the ball over less if we want to win against better teams."
NU held UTPA to just 19.6 percent (11-56) shooting, including 0-for-7 from long range. The Broncs also hit just 5-of-14 free throws. Donna Jackson led UTPA with seven points, while LaQuita Garner managed six points and four rebounds. The Broncs had just one assist on the afternoon, against a stingy and aggressive Husker defense.
Jackson scored the first two points of the game for UTPA, before Hooper knocked down the first of two three-pointers on the afternoon to give NU a 3-2 lead with 18:38 left in the first half. Hooper scored seven of NU's first 10 points, as the Huskers jumped to a 10-4 lead.
Junior Meghin Williams, who tied her career high with five points, scored four points early before Woodberry added four straight points to push the NU lead to 18-6 with 13:22 left in the half. The Broncs were unable to cut the lead to single digits again.
Hooper scored seven straight points in a one minute span late in the half to push the Husker edge to 20 points for the first time at 35-14, before Jeffery's long jumper as time expired sent NU to the locker room with a 37-14 halftime lead.
Moore scored five straight points early in the second half to extend the Husker margin to 30 for the first time at 44-14 with 16:55 left. A Jeffery three-pointer pushed the lead to 40 at 60-20 with 5:20 remaining in the game.
The Huskers complete their two-game home stand when they play host to Creighton on Thursday night at the Devaney Center. Tip-off between NU and the Bluejays is set for 7:05 p.m. It will be Nebraska State Employees Appreciation Night, with special ticket discounts available on Huskers.com. Fans can also purchase tickets in advance of the game by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED.
Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.