December 19, 2014

Hooper’s big game leads NU over Ohio State

Jordan Hooper led the Nebraska women’s basketball team with 28 points and seven rebounds in a 62-53 win at Ohio State Thursday night. Hooper hit 5-of-9 three-pointers and 10-of-21 shots from the field to lead all scorers.  The Big Ten’s leading scorer Tayler Hill, scored 22 points, just off her conference leading 24.5, but Ohio State as a team shot just 38% for the game, while NU finished at a 44% clip in a game the Huskers led from start to finish.

Coach Connie Yori credits their good shooting with pulling off the win in a game she described as sluggish.

“It’s good that we hit some shots or else I don’t know how we would have won. We did some good things in the first half, but the game just seemed like it was moving in slow motion. They got all the hustle plays in the first 15 minutes of the second half.”

Freshman Rachel Theriot helped put the game away grabbing four rebounds in the final six minutes, including a pair of offensive rebounds that she turned into points and Hooper hit three straight short jumpers to turn a 56-49 lead into a 62-49 edge with 3:24 left.

Nebraska improved to 15-6 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. The Huskers return home to the Devaney Center on Sunday to play Minnesota at 2:05 p.m. CT.