All-American Jordan Hooper notched her 27th career double-double with game highs of 27 points and 11 rebounds, including 19 points in the first half to shoot the Huskers to a 40-20 halftime lead over the UCLA Bruins. The No. 17 Nebraska women’s basketball team cruised to an opening day win at Pinnacle Bank Arena with a 77-49 victory over the Bruins.
Hooper and the Huskers put on an impressive show for the lunch crowd, that was a Nebraska non-conference record crowd of 9,750 in the first regular-season game in the history of NU’s new arena.
The Bruins, who were ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Preseason Top 25 after winning 26 games a year ago, had no answer for Hooper. The two-time first-team All-Big Ten performer hit 7-of-9 first-half shots, including a pair of three-pointers as Nebraska pulled away from UCLA. Hooper hit 9-of-14 shots from the field and 7-of-8 free throws. She added a steal in 32 minutes of work.
Junior forward Emily Cady added 12 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists. Cady scored the first official points by a Husker and knocked down the first three-pointer in Pinnacle Bank Arena history.
The Huskers have a special Veterans/Military Appreciation Day game with Alabama on Monday. Tip-off with the Crimson Tide is set for 7 p.m.