It was an ugly night of shooting for both Big Ten teams on Thursday night at the Devaney Center as Nebraska and the Iowa Hawkeyes combined to miss 74 shots, but Jordan Hooper hit 7 of her 14 attempts and picked up her ninth double-double with 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to lead the No. 19 Nebraska women’s basketball team to a 60-53 win.
While the offense wasn’t there, coach Connie Yori credited her teams strong defense for holding off three surges from Iowa on the second half after NU saw a double digit lead in the first half cut to one, each time.
“We didn’t shoot well. We didn’t hit a lot of shots. We didn’t hit many free throws, and tonight we also got outrebounded, but we still won the game. We really got after it on defense and took away their driving lanes and didn’t give them a lot of open looks. We also forced some turnovers. I think it says a lot for a team as young as us, to not let our struggles on offense carry over to our defense. That’s why we won the game,” said Yori.
Nebraska shot a season-low 32.1 percent (18-56) from the field, including a season-low 20 percent (6-30) from three-point range. NU also hit just 18-of-30 free throws and was outrebounded, 41-40 by the Hawkeyes.