The No. 23 Nebraska women’s basketball team built a 31-point first-half lead on its way to an 85-72 win over Sam Houston State at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Tuesday night.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 4-1, while Sam Houston State slipped to 1-3.
Jordan Hooper produced her second double-double of the year and 19th of her career with 19 points and 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes. The 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., also knocked down five three-pointers.
Sophomore Emily Cady added a season-high 18 points to go along with six rebounds, while Lindsey Moore gave NU three players in double figures with 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in just 21 minutes of action.
Adrianna Maurer and Tear’a Laudermill each added seven points off the bench for the Huskers, who had 10 players score, 12 players grab a rebound and seven players dish out an assist on the night.
Nebraska shot 42.5 percent (34-80) for the game, but just 24.1 percent (7-29) from three-point range. The Huskers also knocked down 10-of-14 free throws. NU dominated the boards, posting a 50-37 edge that included 26 offensive rebounds, while also winning the turnover battle, 13-10.
Sequeena Thomas led the Bearkats with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Chanice Smith added 21 points, including four three-pointers, and eight boards. Britni Martin pitched in 16 points, including four three-pointers. Jazmin Wiley also provided a spark in the second half for SHSU with eight points and six offensive rebounds off the bench.
Nebraska bolted to a 31-point lead at 45-14 with 6:26 left after a 29-5 surge that covered just 7:30 midway through the first half. Cady had a big half with a season-high 15 points to go along with five rebounds in the first half alone. Hooper (11) and Moore (10) also reached double figures in the first half.
While building a 53-29 halftime, the Huskers were able to substitute freely with all 12 players competing for at least four minutes. Eight different Huskers scored in the first half, while 10 Huskers grabbed a rebound and six Huskers dished out an assist. NU built the 24-point halftime leading despite just nine minutes from Moore and fellow starter Brandi Jeffery and just 10 minutes each from Hooper and fellow starting forward Hailie Sample.
The Huskers hit 50 percent (21-42) of their first-half shots, including 3-of-12 three-pointers. All three of the threes came from Hooper. NU was also 8-of-10 at the free throw line, while outrebounding the Bearkats 31-11 in the first half.
Martin led SHSU with 11 in the first half, while Thomas added nine points and SHSU’s only two offensive boards of the half. The Bearkats hit 11-of-29 shots (37.9 percent), including 4-of-10 threes and 3-of-6 free throws.
The Huskers return to road action on Friday, when they travel to Los Angeles to take on traditional Pac-12 power USC. Nebraska will face the Women of Troy at the Galen Center on Friday at 4 p.m. (CT) in a game that will be televised nationally by the Pac-12 Network.