24th ranked Nebraska played spoiler as the sixth-seeded Huskers knocked off the No. 3 seed Texas A&M, 74-63 on their home court at Reed Arena on Monday night. With the victory, Nebraska advanced to the second NCAA Sweet Sixteen in school history.
The Huskers will advance to the Norfolk (Va.) Regional to take on the winner of Tuesday night’s game between No. 2 seed Duke and Oklahoma State. NU will play on Sunday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on the campus of Old Dominion.
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore, who was a freshman starting point guard on NU’s 2010 Sweet Sixteen squad, scored 20 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and a steal while playing the full 40 minutes. It was Moore’s fifth career double-double. Moore hit 6-of-12 shots from the field, including 2-of-4 threes, while knocking down 6-of-7 free throws to seal the win.
Jordan Hooper led all scorers with 21 points, while adding eight rebounds, three steals and a block. Hooper hit 6-of-13 shots from the floor, including 3-of-7 threes, and all six of her free throws.
NU also got a giant lift from Texan Hailie Sample, who recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds. The 6-1 sophomore forward from Flower Mound, Texas, hit 4-of-8 shots and both of her free throws, scoring eight points in the closing minutes to punch the Huskers’ ticket to the Sweet Sixteen.
Fellow sophomore forward Emily Cady added eight points, four rebounds and two assists, while freshman guard Rachel Theriot pitched in seven points, two rebounds and three assists.
Nebraska held a 64-48 lead with 4:34 left. A&M’s Jordan Jones then hit back-to-back threes and a traditional three-point play in a span of 1:25 to cut the Husker margin to 64-57 with 2:44 remaining. But Sample made back-to-back layups after two huge rebounds to push the Husker lead to 68-59 with 1:31 left.
NU scored its last six points at the line, as Moore and Hooper each converted a pair, before Sample knocked down the final two with 34.1 left, giving her the first double-double of her career.
The Huskers rallied from an early 14-6 deficit to explode on a 19-2 surge and build a 25-16 lead with 7:06 left. An 11-2 run in the final three minutes of the half put the Huskers up 43-32 at halftime lead.
For the game, Nebraska hit 45.6 percent (26-57) of its shots, including 8-of-19 three-pointers (.421). NU was also 14-of-15 at the free throw line, outscoring its two NCAA Tournament opponents in College Station by a combined 32-2 at the line. The Huskers also dominated the glass against All-SEC center Kelsey Bone and the Aggies, 39-27, while winning the turnover battle, 14-13.
Story courtesy of NU Athletics.