Jordan Hooper scored 18 of her 21 points in the second half, after going 1 for 5 in the first half, to help Nebraska rally past Chattanooga 73-59 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night. Hooper also grabbed 12 rebounds and Lindsey Moore added 13 points for Nebraska, which won for the 12th time in 14 games.
The sixth-seeded Cornhuskers (24-8) will play third-seeded Texas A&M (25-9) on Monday night. The Aggies advanced with a 71-45 victory over No. 14 seed Wichita State.
The Lady Mocs trailed 58-57 with eight minutes left, then managed only one field goal the rest of the way against a stout NU defense. The lone basket was a layup by Tatianna Jackson with 5:22 left.
The Cornhuskers closed the game with a 15-2 run and won despite Chattanooga finishing 10 for 28 from beyond the arc.