Posted 9 months ago
By John Axtell
Nebraska’s 1-2 punch of Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore combined for 41 points Monday night as the 6th-seeded Huskers beat 3rd-seeded Texas A&M 74-63 in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament.
Hooper, the All-American and former Alliance star, scored 21 points with 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block while Moore…who’s started and won more games than any Lady Husker in history…had 20 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, and a steal.
Sophomore Hailie Sample was the only other Cornhusker in double figures with 10 points, and she led the team with 11 rebounds.
The 6th-seeded Cornhuskers used two big runs in the first half to build the lead and never trailed in the second half, but A&M…playing on its home floor…used a 13-4 run to get to within 7 with less 3-minutes left. The Huskers answered with a pair of layups by Sample and 6 free throws to secure the victory.
The Huskers improve to 25-8 on the season, the second-highest victory total in school history behind the 32 wins from the 2010 edition…the last time the Huskers advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Nebraska will next play Sunday in the Norfolk (Va.) Regional against the winner of Tuesday night’s game between #2 seed Duke and #7 Oklahoma State. The game will be the campus of Old Dominion, where the Huskers last played in the 1998 NCAA Tournament.