The Nebraska women’s basketball team begins Big 12 play hosting 2010 NCAA Final Four and 19th ranked Oklahoma on Saturday in Lincoln. Tip-off between the Huskers (10-4) and the Sooners (10-3) at the Bob Devaney Sports Center is set for 2:05 p.m..
Oklahoma comes to Lincoln with one of the top backcourts in the country, led by first-team All-American point guard Danielle Robinson. The 5-9 senior leads OU with 18.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 3.2 steals per game. Robinson has scored more than 1,700 career points, dished out well over 600 assists and snagged more than 250 steals in her four years as a starter. She is also a career 85 percent free throw shooter, scoring nearly one-fourth of her career points at the line. Freshman Morgan Hook has been good from long range, hitting a Big 12-best 39 three pointers, while connecting on 43.3 percent (39-90) of her attempts. She is scoring with 11.4 points per game.
However, NU has a pretty good freshmen of their own. Jordan Hooper has made an instant impact on the Nebraska lineup and is an early contender for conference and national freshman honors. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., enters Big 12 Conference play as NU’s leading scorer with 15.7 points per game, while ranking second on the team with 6.9 boards per game.
Hooper also leads the Huskers with 31 three-pointers, which already ranks among the top three freshman totals in Husker history. In fact, she needs just two more threes to tie teammate Kaitlyn Burke for the second-best freshman mark at NU. Hooper is shooting 44.3 percent (31-70) from three-point range, which is on track to challenge the best three-point percentage by any Husker in history.
Hooper’s 15.7 points per game rank third among all Big 12 freshmen, while her 6.9 rebounds lead all league rookies. Her 31 threes rank third among conference freshmen. Among all Big 12 players, Hooper ranks 10th in scoring and is 14th in rebounding. She ranks ninth in the league in three-point percentage and seventh with 2.2 three-pointers per game.