Jordan Hooper erupted for 22 first-half points, including 15 in a 16-0 run to open the game, to lead Nebraska to a 77-55 win over Northern Arizona Friday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Huskers improved to 3-0 while Northern Arizona slipped to 0-3.
Hooper, who went just 7-for-32 on opening weekend for the Huskers, went 7-of-12 in the first half alone, including 4-of-7 from three-point range. Hooper's third three-pointer of the game gave NU a 16-0 lead and capped a personal string of 15 points in just 3:35. The junior forward added 2-for-2 shooting in the second half, including her fifth three of the night, to finish with 27 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Emily Cady added eight points and six rebounds in the first half, combining with Hooper on NU's first 23 points of the game. Lindsey Moore did not score in the first half, but dished out eight assists. Cady finished with 13 points, seven boards and four steals while Moore scored all 10 of her points in the second half.
After jumping out to the 16-0 lead in the game's first 5:20, the Huskers settled for a 42-27 halftime lead. NU quickly put the game out of reach with a 13-0 run to open the second half, pushing their edge to 55-27 on Cady's three-point play with 16:05 left. NU pushed the lead to 30 at 77-47 on a Brandi Jeffery layup with 7:33 remaining.
Tyler Stephens-Jenkins led the Lumberjacks with 16 points while Aubrey Davis added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Amy Patton, who entered the game averaging 31 points per game, scored just nine points.