HOOPER’S DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADS LADY HUSKERS PAST GOLDEN EAGLES

Posted 9 months ago

By John Axtell

Jordan Hooper

Jordan Hooper

The 18th-ranked Nebraska women opened with a 24-0 run Sunday afternoon against Oral Roberts University and cruised to an easy 89-53 victory at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers closed the non-conference portion of their schedule by improving to 10-2 on the season.

All-American Jordan Hooper erupted for 30 points and added 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year in just 20 minutes of work against the Golden Eagles.

It was Hooper’s eighth career 30-point game and 32nd career double-double, as she moved past Kiera Hardy into No. 5 on Nebraska’s career scoring list. 

 

Hooper, who had 23 points and eight rebounds in the first half, led five Huskers in double figures as Nebraska exploded for a school-record 62 first-half points. Nebraska also hit a season-high 12 three-pointers, knocking down 50 percent of their triples on the day.

 

Nebraska hit 52.5 percent (32-61) of its shots from the field overall, including a season-best 63.9 percent (23-36) in the first half. NU opened the game 7-for-7 from the field. The Huskers, who also hit 13-of-17 free throws for the game, outrebounded ORU, 41-29, and won the turnover battle, 22-15.

 

“That is as good as I’ve seen one of my team’s play offensively, in the first half especially, in a long time,” Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. “I thought our ball movement was really good and obviously it helps that we made a lot of shots. I also thought our defense was pretty good in the first half, especially in the first 15 minutes.”

 

The Huskers raced to a 24-0 lead after a Hooper layup with 13:12 left in the first half. ORU didn’t get on the board until Kaylan Mayberry hit a jumper with 12:39 left.

 

Nebraska then answered with 11 straight points to take a 35-2 lead after an Emily Cady three-pointer. Cady, a 6-2 junior forward, finished with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including a pair of threes.

 

Mayberry heated up to score 17 points in the first half, but Nebraska kept scoring, eventually pushing the lead to 39 points at 49-10 on a Rachel Theriot jumper with 4:09 left in the half. Theriot finished the game with 11 points, four assists and three rebounds.

 

Junior guard Tear’a Laudermill added another strong performance with 11 points, a career-high five assists and a season-high three steals in just 18 minutes of work. Sophomore guard Sadie Murren added her second straight game with double digits, pumping in 11 points including a trio of three-pointers.

 

Hooper pushed NU’s lead to 40 for the first time, burying a three-pointer with 2:25 left in the half to make it 56-15. Hooper added another three-pointer and a three-point play in the next 38 seconds to finish the first half with 23 points.

 

Nebraska’s lead grew as large as 49 points on a pair of occasions in the second half, the last coming after seven straight points from Hooper capped by a steal and layup to make it 83-34 with 9:49 left.

 

Oral Roberts opened the game just 1-of-12 from the field and never recovered. The Golden Eagles slipped to 1-9 on the season after going 20-of-58 (34.5 percent) from the field. ORU did hit 8-of-17 three-pointers (47.1 percent) and 5-of-8 free throws. Christian Key led ORU with 25 points, scoring 23 of ORU’s 28 points in the second half.

 

Nebraska wraps up its five-game home stand by opening Big Ten Conference play with Northwestern on Thursday, Jan. 2. Tip-off between the Huskers and Wildcats is set for 8 p.m., and tickets are on sale now at Huskers.com. The game will also be televised live nationally by the Big Ten Network.

 

Nebraska Notes

 

  • Nebraska’s 62 points in the first half were the most in a first half in school history – surpassing the previous all-time best of 59, last produced against Washington State on Nov. 22, 2009. The previous record was established against InterAmerican on Dec. 21, 1993.
  • The 62 points tied for the fifth-highest point total in a half in school history. The record of 68 was set in the second half against Howard on Dec. 11, 1992.
  • Nebraska’s 12 three-pointers tied for the fourth-highest total in school history.
  • Nebraska hit double-digit three-pointers for the second straight game after going 10-for-24 against South Dakota. Over the last four games, NU is 32-of-71 (45.1 percent) from three-point range. Through the first eight games, Nebraska was just 44-of-156 (28.2 percent)
  • Jordan Hooper moved to No. 5 on the Nebraska career scoring list with 1,933 points. She also has 941 career rebounds. She past Kiera Hardy (1,930 points, 2004-07) on the Husker career list.
  • With 30 points and 11 rebounds, Hooper produced her sixth double-double of the season and 32nd of her career.
  • In two games against Oral Roberts the past two seasons, Hooper had 63 points and 20 rebounds in 45 total minutes. ORU went to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
  • Sadie Murren produced double figures for the second straight game (11 points) and hit 3-of-6 three-pointers for the second straight game. Murren has scored in double figures off the bench for NU three times in the past nine games. 
  • It was the fifth game this season that Murren has hit multiple three-pointers in a game, improving to 14-of-27 from long range on the year.
  • Tear’a Laudermill scored in double figures for the fifth time in the past eight games, finishing with 11 points. Laudermill had a career high five assists and added a season-high three steals.

 

Official Basketball Box Score

 


 

Official Basketball Box Score
Oral Roberts vs Nebraska
12/29/13 2:06 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)

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VISITORS: Oral Roberts 1-9
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
04 Balla, Dorottya..... f  0-5    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  0  0  11
23 Balla, Bernadett.... f  0-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   3   0  0  4  0  0  21
42 Shelton, Sarah...... c  0-2    0-0    0-0    1  6  7   3   0  0  0  0  1  30
11 Bryan, Jenni........ g  0-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   3   0  1  1  0  0  16
12 Key, Christian...... g 11-19   3-6    0-0    1  4  5   3  25  2  6  0  0  35
00 Jackson, Atoe'......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  1   6
01 Mayberry, Kaylan....    7-15   4-8    2-2    0  2  2   0  20  4  4  0  0  24
03 Wilson, Alexus......    1-7    1-1    3-4    0  1  1   3   6  0  3  0  0  24
13 Manuel, Tysia.......    1-4    0-0    0-2    2  1  3   2   2  1  3  0  1  26
14 Lopez, Carolina.....    0-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  1  0   5
24 Jaervikangas, Noora.    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
   TEAM................                         5  5 10
   Totals..............   20-58   8-17   5-8    9 20 29  18  53  8 22  1  3 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-28 28.6%   2nd Half: 12-30 40.0%   Game: 34.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-9  44.4%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 47.1%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-8  62.5%   2nd Half:  0-0   0.0%   Game: 62.5%    1

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HOME TEAM: Nebraska 10-2
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 Sample, Hailie...... f  1-4    0-0    0-0    2  6  8   0   2  4  0  1  0  25
23 Cady, Emily......... f  6-8    2-2    1-3    2  1  3   2  15  2  0  2  2  28
35 Hooper, Jordan...... f 11-15   4-8    4-4    3  8 11   0  30  2  1  1  2  20
01 Laudermill, Tear'a.. g  4-8    1-4    2-2    1  2  3   2  11  5  4  0  3  18
33 Theriot, Rachel..... g  4-6    1-2    2-2    0  3  3   0  11  4  2  0  1  26
10 Tvrdy, Hannah.......    0-4    0-0    1-2    0  0  0   1   1  0  3  0  2  17
11 Ramacieri, Esther...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   0   0  0  0  0  0   8
13 Jeffery, Brandi.....    1-3    1-2    2-2    1  1  2   2   5  0  1  0  1  19
21 Murren, Sadie.......    4-8    3-6    0-0    0  2  2   2  11  2  1  0  0  20
22 Havers, Allie.......    1-5    0-0    1-2    1  1  2   4   3  1  2  0  1  19
   TEAM................                         1  4  5             1
   Totals..............   32-61  12-24  13-17  11 30 41  13  89 20 15  4 12 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 23-36 63.9%   2nd Half:  9-25 36.0%   Game: 52.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  8-16 50.0%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 50.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  8-8  100 %   2nd Half:  5-9  55.6%   Game: 76.5%   2,1

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Officials: Lisa Mattingly, Bill Larance, Bruce Morris
Technical fouls: Oral Roberts-None. Nebraska-None.
Attendance: 5811
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Oral Roberts..................   25   28  -   53