Huskers Women’s Basketball came out on top against Alabama on Monday night at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena. Alabama struggled early on with the ability to score when their All-American went over 30 minutes during the game without being able to score a single basket. With the apparent difficulties in scoring obvious, they then went and focused on keeping Jordan Hooper from Nebraska from scoring as well.
The strategy seemed to work with Hooper only being able to score a few points during the night. Luckily, the Nebraska team has learned to not completely rely on Hooper for scoring and Emily Cady and Rachel Theriot stepped up to help lead the team to a 62-48 victory against Alabama.
When asked about the situation at Monday night’s game, coach Connie Yori stated, “Jordan’s not going to get 27 points every night. It’s nice when she does, but it’s important that we find other ways to score….We can’t expect Jordan to carry it every night; that’s not going to happen.”
Despite the pressure that she was feeling from Alabama, Hooper was able to pull down 13 rebounds with nine of them occurring in beginning of the game. Even without their star player making all the plays, other team members saw holes in the Alabama team and took advantage of them
According to Cady, “A key for the game tonight was to stop Alabama’s transition game. I got a lot of my touches because we pushed the ball in transition. We’d get a steal or a deflection and push the ball.”
The score ended 62-48 with a win for the Huskers. The Women’s Basketball team will hit the road on Friday for their first away game against Utah.