Hooper, Huskers Impress at the Bank
HuskersStorm Past Michigan, 84-51
HooperJoins Big Ten Elite with 2,000 Points, 1,000 Rebounds as Huskers RetireGriffin's Jersey
Lincoln - All-American Jordan Hooper erupted for 25 points and10 rebounds to join an elite trio of Nebraska legends with 2,000 points and1,000 boards, as the Huskers rolled to an 84-51 win over Michigan Wednesday.
On anight when Nebraska honored 2010 All-American Kelsey Griffin with her jerseyretirement, Hooper joined Griffin and Karen Jennings as the only Huskers inhistory with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Hooper notched her ninthdouble-double of the season, grabbing her 10th rebound with just over four minutesleft in the game to reach 1,000 for her career.
Sheexited the game soon after, finishing the night with 2,053 points, passingGriffin on NU's all-time scoring list with her second three-pointer in thefirst half. Hooper moved into No. 3 on the Husker career scoring list and istied with the 1993 Wade Trophy winner Jennings at No. 3 on the careerrebounding chart. Hooper also became just the fifth Big Ten player in historyto achieve the 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound combined milestones.
Asmomentous as the historic night by Griffin and Hooper was, it was secondary tothe performance of the Big Red. Nebraska improved to 14-5 overall and 4-3 inthe Big Ten by putting together its best overall effort of the season. Michiganslipped to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in the conference with their first true roadloss of the season.
"Thatwas really fun," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "We played reallywell at both ends. I thought we attacked really well and passed the ballextremely well. I'm not sure how much better we can play, but we're going totry."
Hooperhit 9-of-13 shots from the field, including 4-of-6 three-pointers. Tear'aLaudermill matched her career high with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from thefield, including three straight threes to open the second half to put Michiganaway, after Nebraska led 44-26 at the half.
Sophomorepoint guard Rachel Theriot produced her first career double-double with 10points and a career-high 11 assists. Junior forward Emily Cady had her streakof five straight double-doubles snapped with 12 points and seven rebounds, butadded six assists while going 5-of-10 from the field.
JuniorHailie Sample completed a strong defensive performance with eight points on4-of-4 shooting, while pulling down six boards and dishing out two assists. Asa team, Nebraska shot a sizzling 53.3 percent from the field, including11-of-29 from three-point range. NU was also 9-of-10 from the free throw line.NU's starters went 30-of-47 from the floor.
Nebraska'soffensive success started with its attack mentality and precision passing. TheBig Red dished out a season-high 27 assists while committing just seventurnovers - NU's second-best turnover mark of the year. The Huskers had 27assists on 32 made baskets.
Nebraska's84 points were the second-most allowed by Michigan, trailing only the 86 scoredby No. 2 Notre Dame on Dec. 14. The Wolverines had been allowing just 57.7points per game in Big Ten play.
On theflip side, Nebraska held Michigan to just 36.4 percent (20-55) from the field,including 5-of-12 from three-point range. The Wolverines were 6-of-9 at theline. Nebraska dominated the boards, 38-28, against a Michigan team thatentered the game with better than a plus-nine rebound margin per game on theseason. The Wolverines also managed just seven assists, while committing 11turnovers.
NicoleElmblad led Michigan with 16 points, while Siera Thompson and Shannon Smitheach managed 10 points.
Michiganled 6-5 early, but a Theriot three gave Nebraska the lead for good with 16:21to play in the first half. The Wolverines trailed 10-8 with 13:45 left after ajumper by Elmblad, but Theriot hit another three to spark a 9-0 Husker run thatincluded a jumper by Hooper to give NU its first double-digit lead at 19-8.
Hooperfinished with 15 in the first half, while Theriot had all 10 of her pointsbefore the break to stake NU to a 44-26 halftime edge.
Laudermillopened the second half by giving NU its first 20-point edge with her firstthree of the game just 31 seconds after halftime. The lead hovered between 20and 26 the rest of the game, until a Laudermill layup pushed it to 77-49 with4:12 left. A pair of Brandi Jeffery free throws pushed it to 30 for the firsttime at 79-49 with 3:27 remaining and grew as large as 35 on the first Big Tenpoints of Hannah Tvrdy's career on a layup with 28 seconds left made it 84-49.
Nebraskareturns to Big Ten road action on Saturday at Iowa. Tip-off with a hot Hawkeyessquad is set for 2 p.m. with live radio coverage on the Husker Sports Networkand free live audio on Huskers.com. Iowa improved to 17-5 overall and 5-3 inthe Big Ten with a win at Minnesota on Wednesday. The Hawkeyes have won threestraight games and five of their last six in the Big Ten.
Courtesy UNL Sports Information