Jordan Hooper erupted for 22 first-half, including 15 in a 16-0 run to open the game, to shoot the No. 15 Nebraska women’s basketball team to an 77-55 win over Northern Arizona on Friday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 3-0 on the young season, while Northern Arizona slipped to 0-3.
Hooper, who went just 7-for-32 on opening weekend for the Huskers, went 7-of-12 in the first half alone, including 4-of-7 from three-point range. Hooper’s third three-pointer of the game gave NU a 16-0 lead and capped a personal string of 15 points in just 3:35. Hooper finished the half with 22 points. The 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., added 2-for-2 shooting in the second half, including her fifth three of the night, to finish with 27 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Sophomore Emily Cady added eight points and six rebounds in the first half, combining with Hooper on NU’s first 23 points of the game. Senior Lindsey Moore did not score in the first half but dished out eight assists.
Cady, a 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., finished the night with 13 points, seven boards and four steals, while Moore scored all 10 of her points in the second half. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., just missed her fifth career double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Freshman guard Sadie Murren continued her hot shooting off the bench early in the season by knocking down 3-of-4 three-pointers on the night to finish with nine points.
With Hooper, Murren and Moore combining to go 10-of-16 from three-point range, the Huskers finished the night 11-of-22 from beyond the arc. NU finished 25-of-61 (41 percent) overall from the field, and a solid 84.2 percent (16-19) at the line.
After jumping to a 16-0 lead in the game’s first 5:20, the Huskers settled for a 42-27 halftime lead. NU quickly put the game out of reach with a 13-0 run to open the second half, pushing their edge to 55-27 on Cady’s three-point play with 16:05 left.
NU pushed the edge to 30 at 77-47 on a Brandi Jeffery layup with 7:33. Jeffery finished with two points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist in the third start of her career.
Tyler Stephens-Jenkins led the Lumberjacks with 16 points, while Aubrey Davis added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Amy Patton, who entered the game averaging 31 points per contest, managed just nine points against and five boards.
Nebraska outrebounded NAU, 37-33, and controlled the turnover department, 23-14. The Huskers converted the Lumberjacks’ turnovers in 25 points on the night.
NAU hit 41.8 percent (23-55) from the field field, but just 6-of-21 from long range. The Lumberjacks also went 3-for-3 at the line.
Nebraska hits the road for the first time on Sunday when the Huskers travel to Brookings, S.D., to battle South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits have won the Summit League title four consecutive years and advanced to four straight NCAA Tournaments. Tip-off at Frost Arena is set for 2 p.m.