Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore each produced 20-point games to lead Nebraska to a 62-52 win over previously unbeaten South Florida Sunday afternoon in Tampa.
The Huskers improved to 8-3, notching their second straight win over an unbeaten Florida school after beating Florida State 78-77 in Lincoln on December 8th. USF slipped to 8-1.
Hooper produced her fifth double-double of the season and 22nd of her career with 24 points and 14 rebounds while adding three blocked shots. It was Hooper's second straight double-double following 36 points and 12 rebounds in the Florida State win.
Moore added 20 points, four rebounds and three assists while hitting 8-of-13 shots from the field, including 2-of-5 threes.
The Huskers went to halftime tied with the Bulls at 30 after building a seven-point lead at 30-23 with just 1:06 left. Hooper led NU with 11 points and seven rebounds in the first 20 minutes while Moore added 10 points and two assists.
South Florida closed the half on a 7-0 run in the final 1:05 to tie the game for the fifth time in the opening half. Inga Orekhova led the Bulls with 11 points and Andrell Smith pitched in eight points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Her twin sister Andrea had seven points and two assists.
The game was tied at 36 with 15:34 left when Moore, Hailie Sample and Tear'a Laudermill fueled a 12-0 run over the next six minutes to push NU's lead to 48-36 on Laudermill's three-point play at 9:42.
Andrell Smith, who finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds for USF, hit back-to-back three-pointers around a pair of free throws by Laudermill to cut NU's lead to eight points at 50-42 with 7:54 left. The Huskers then held the Bulls without a field goal for more than four minutes.
Hooper scored eight points during the stretch as the Huskers took their biggest lead at 60-43 with 5:08 remaining following a three-pointer and a pair of free throws by the junior forward.