The 24th ranked Nebraska women’s basketball team came out strong and bounced Northwestern in an 88-56 victory in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. NU dropped 54 points on the Wildcats in the first half, setting a Big Ten tournament record.
“It was nice to hit some shots, but I thought more than that it was a mindset,” Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. “We did not settle for any shots, no matter who was on the floor. It was great to see the starters over there with me on the bench sitting down and resting for a change. It was also great to see five freshmen out on the floor together for such an extended period in the second half. They played good basketball and hopefully the rest will help us against Iowa.”
Nebraska improved to 22-7 overall, including a 10-6 regular-season Big Ten mark. The sixth-seeded Huskers advance to take on third-seeded Iowa in the second round on Friday at approximately 1 p.m.
Jordan Hooper scored the game’s first eight points. With NU up 8-7, the Huskers went on a 32-3 run over the next 11 minutes to build a 41-10 lead with 6:48 left in the half. Hooper finished the first half with 16 points, including a three-point play with 9:08 left to become the first sophomore in school history to reach the 1,000-career point plateau at Nebraska. She finished with 18 in just 16 minutes of action. Hooper also had six rebounds and an assist.
Lyndsey Moore added 14, Rebecca Woodberry had 12 and Hailie Sample finished with 10.