Huskers blow out Vermont
Lincoln. — Jordan Hooper notched her fourth double-double of the season with 21 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, while Emily Cady added a career-best 18 points to power the Nebraska women's basketball team to an 94-41 win over Vermont Sunday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
With the victory, No. 25 Nebraska improved to 10-1 on the season and 7-0 at the Devaney Center. Vermont slipped to 6-4 on the season.
Hooper, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in just eight second-half minutes. The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., had seven points and seven boards in the first half to help NU to a 35-15 lead.
But Vermont cut the Huskers' lead to 37-24 at halftime, and threatened to make a game of it early in the second half. However, the Huskers put an end to any Catamount hopes of an upset by opening the second half with an 18-1 surge in the first four minutes.
Hooper had six points for the Huskers during the four-minute stretch, while Cady added eight big points, including a pair of traditional three-point plays. On "Hometown Husker" day for Cady, the 6-2 freshman forward surpassed her previous career best of 14 points, just missing her first career 20-point game.
Hooper and Cady led five Huskers in double figures, including a career-high 13 points to go along with seven rebounds off the bench from redshirt freshman Rebecca Woodberry. The 5-10 guard from Phoenix, Ariz., got all of her production in the second half, after being whistled for two quick fouls in just two minutes in the first half.
Junior point guard Lindsey Moore added 14 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals in just 23 minutes. Senior guard Kaitlyn Burke added a season-high 11 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and two steals of her own.
Junior forward Meghin Williams added a career-high six points to go along with five rebounds off the bench, while freshman Brandi Jeffery scored five straight points in her first minute off the bench in the first half, before grabbing a career-high six steals.
Nine of the 10 Huskers who played in the game scored at least four points, as Nebraska shot a season-best 54.7 percent (29-53) from the field. The Huskers also hit a season-high 28 free throws while matching a season-high with 38 attempts. NU connected on 8-of-20 threes, while dominating the glass, 57-27.
The Huskers' 44 defensive rebounds marked the second-highest total in school history, trailing only 49 against Sam Houston State in 1990.
Vermont connected on just 13-of-64 field goals (20.3 percent), while hitting just 3-of-21 threes. UVM also hit just 12-of-19 free throws. The Catamounts committed 22 turnovers, but won the turnover battle by forcing 27 Husker miscues.
Sam Simononis led the Cats with 11 points, while Niki Taylor added nine points and six rebounds.
The Huskers close out non-conference play on Wednesday, when they play host to South Dakota State at the Devaney Center. Tip-off between the Huskers and Jackrabbits (7-4) is set for 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available now at Huskers.com or during regular business hours at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIG-RED.
Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.