Hooper Leads Huskers Over UNK In Exhibition Finale

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Jordan Hooper scored 26 of her game-high 32 points in the second half to lead Nebraska to a 68-38 exhibition win over Nebraska-Kearney Sunday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Hooper finished with 32 points, nine rebounds, three steals, two blocks and an assist to give the Huskers their second exhibition win of the week, following a 78-34 win over Pittsburg State last Monday.

Lindsey Moore added 19 points, six assists, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

The Huskers, who only had six players compete in the game, got seven points and seven rebounds from freshman Sadie Murren and three points, eight rebounds and three assists from freshman Courtney Aitken. Both played the full 40 minutes.

Adrianna Maurer added six points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots while Katie Simon had one point, six rebounds and two assists.

Senior forward Meghin Williams did not play nursing a foot injury and five Huskers sat out the game because of a decision by coach Connie Yori. "We hold our players to a high standard of accountability. We expect our players to live up to those standards. They did not play today and as long as they live up to the standards that we have set for our team, we do not expect to have any issues moving forward."

Freshman Laramey Lewis led the Lopers with nine points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 free throw shooting while Ivy Jones added eight points, four boards and three assists.

For the game, Nebraska hit just 33.9 percent (20-59), including just 22.2 percent (6-27) from three-point range, but connected on 22-of-28 free throw attempts (.786).

NU held UNK to just 22 percent (13-59) shooting from the floor, including just 2-of-13 from long range. The Lopers did hit 10-of-12 free throws. UNK also out-rebounded the Huskers 47-44, but NU forced 22 turnovers while committing just 13 of their own.

Nebraska opens the regular-season hosting North Carolina A&T on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

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