Nebraska closes a two-game Big 12 North road swing when the Huskers take on Colorado on Sunday in Boulder . Tip-off between the Huskers (12-9, 2-5 Big 12) and Buffs (11-10, 2-6 Big 12) at the Coors Events Center is set for 3 p.m.
Both the Huskers and Buffaloes are coming off road losses at Big 12 North Division foes on Wednesday night. Nebraska dropped a 76-69 decision at Missouri despite a career-high 31 points and a school-record-tying seven three-pointers from freshman Jordan Hooper.
Colorado lost an 81-58 decision at Kansas despite a career-high 22 points from freshman Brittany Wilson.
Hooper ignited a huge Husker rally from a 17-point halftime deficit to take a one-point lead with four minutes left. The 6-2 forward from Alliance , Neb , scored 28 of her career-high 31 points in the second half.
She opened the half by hitting three straight threes. She hit six of her seven after halftime. Her fifth three of the half came on a 25-footer from the top of the key to give NU a 60-59 lead. She also scored Nebraska ‘s final seven points.
Hooper’s seven threes gave her the NU freshman record with 47. She broke Anna DeForge’s previous rookie record of 46 (1994-95). Hooper’s 47 threes trail only OU’s Aaryn Ellenberg among Big 12 freshmen.
Hooper ranks third in the Big 12 with a team-leading 15.3 points per game, while adding a Big 12 freshmen-best 6.9 rebounds per game.
Colorado comes into Sunday’s game with an 11-10 overall record, including a 2-6 Big 12 mark after dropping an 81-53 decision at Kansas on Wednesday in Lawrence.
The Buffaloes, under first-year head coach Linda Lappe, are led by senior Brittany Spears. The 6-1 forward is the Big 12’s active scoring leader with more than 1,900 points.
Spears enters the Nebraska game averaging 17.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. In Big 12 play, Spears has stepped up her production to 18.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Spears is joined by fellow seniors Chelsea Dale (5.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg) and Britney Blythe (3.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg) in CU’s starting five, along with junior Julie Seabrook (6.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
Colorado leads the all-time series with Nebraska , 39-28, but the Huskers have controlled the series in recent years. Last season, NU notched an 80-64 win in Boulder on Jan. 30, 2010, before running to an 89-73 victory in Lincoln on Feb. 20.
The Huskers have won three straight in the series, dating back to a 75-73 loss at CU on Jan. 31, 2009. That setback snapped NU’s seven-game winning streak in the series.
Overall, Nebraska has won 10 of the last 11 games against the Buffs, the most successful stretch in school history. Over the last 14 games, NU is 11-3, with all three losses by one possession, including a pair of two-point losses at the Coors Events Center . Eight of NU’s 11 victories have been by double digits.