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NEB WBB: Huskers Beat Fresno State in NCAA First Round, 74-55

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Los Angeles - Jordan Hooper, Rachel Theriot andEmily Cady all produced double-doubles to power fourth-seeded Nebraska to a74-55 win over No. 13 seed Fresno State in the first round of the NCAA Women'sBasketball Tournament at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday.

The13th-ranked Huskers, who improved to 26-6 on the season, led for nearly theentire contest but was unable to put the Mountain West Conference championBulldogs away until the final eight minutes. Fresno State finished its seasonwith a 22-11 record.

Nebraskaadvances to the NCAA second round for the fourth time in the past seven seasonsand will shoot for the third trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in the past five yearswhen they take on the winner of Saturday's second game between No. 5 seed NCState and No. 12 seed BYU. The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip on Monday atPauley Pavilion, with national TV coverage by ESPN2.

Hooperled the Huskers with her 14th double-double of the season, scoring a game-high23 points while matching Cady for game-high rebounding honors with 11. Hooper,a 6-2 senior All-American from Alliance, Neb., tied the Nebraska career recordwith her 40th double-double. She matched 2010 All-American Kelsey Griffin'sschool record, set from 2006 to 2010. Hooper hit 9-of-15 shots from the floor,including all three of her three-point attempts in the second half. She pushedher Nebraska career three-point record total to 292.

Cadyadded her 13th double-double of the season and 21st of her career with 15 pointsand 11 rebounds. The 6-2 junior forward from Seward, Neb., struggled to finisharound the rim, going just 6-for-15, but played tremendous interior defense forthe Big Red.

Theriotpitched in 10 points and 12 assists for the fourth double-double of her seasonand career. the 6-0 sophomore point guard also struggled with her stroke, goingjust 4-for-13 against the Bulldogs, but she notched her fifth game this seasonwith 11 or more assists, setting a Nebraska career mark in that department.

Tear'aLaudermill, a junior guard from nearby Riverside, Calif., put four Huskers indouble figures with 13 points by hitting three second-half threes. Laudermillalso struggled early in the game, going just 1-for-9 in the first half, beforegoing 3-for-10 in the second half. All three of her second-half makes werethree-pointers.

As ateam, Nebraska went just 7-for-19 from long range for the game, but did knockdown 6-13 three-pointers in the second half. For the game, Nebraska went25-of-68 (.368) against the Bulldogs from the field, but did connect on17-of-19 free throws (.895).

While theHuskers struggled on offense, they were terrific both defensively and on theboards. Nebraska held Fresno State to just 55 points on 35.6 percent (21-59)shooting, including just 4-of-18 three-pointers. The Bulldogs were also just9-of-14 at the line.

Nebraskaoutrebounded Fresno State, 46-35, ripping down 15 offensive boards. The Huskersalso won the turnover battle, 14-11. 

FresnoState point guard Taylor Thompson was the only Bulldog to reach double figures,managing 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

FresnoState led 10-8 with just under 11 minutes left in the first half, before theHuskers took control of the game. Nebraska used a 11-2 surge over a five-minutespan to build a 19-12 lead with 6:20 left in the half on a Hooper layup off anassist from Brandi Jeffery.

TheBulldogs did not pull closer than four points the rest of the game. Aftertrimming the lead to 19-15 with just under five minutes, the Huskers close thehalf on a 10-4 surge to take a 29-19 lead to the halftime locker room.

Nebraskapushed the lead to 12 at the start of the second half, before Fresno Staterallied to cut the margin to 37-34 on Bree Farley's layup with 12:52 left.

Hooperand Laudermill then heated up from long range, burying back-to-back threes inthe next minute to push the Husker lead back to 10 at 44-34 with 11:50 left.

The NUlead was 53-45 with 5:15 left before a pair of Theriot free throws gave her adouble-double and ignited a 7-0 run that turned into a 12-2 spurt to push theBig Red's lead to 65-47 with 2:51 left.

After aCady layup with 1:43 left made it 67-49, the Huskers got their five startersoff the floor and the young Huskers made contributions off the bench. FreshmenHannah Tvrdy, Esther Ramacieri, Allie Havers and sophomore Sadie Murren allfound the scoring column to help close out the Big Red's 74-55 win. 

Official Basketball Box Score

Fresno State vs Nebraska

03/22/14 1:15 p.m. at Los Angeles,Calif. (Pauley Pavilion

 

 

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VISITORS: Fresno State 22-11

                         TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS

## PlayerName            FG-FGAFG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN

15 Vandenberg, Jacinta. c 1-2    0-0    0-0    0 0  0   1   2  0  0  1  0  10

05 Farley, Bree........ g 3-11   2-6    0-0    1  8 9   1   8  1  3  0  0  37

11 Furr, Alex.......... g 3-5    0-0    2-2    0 1  1   2   8  1  2  0  2  33

22 Draper, Robin....... g 1-4    1-3    0-0    0 1  1   4   3  0  0  0  2  21

33 Thompson, Taylor.... g 5-12   1-4    3-4    0  9 9   1  14  3  3  0  2  40-

01 Fox,Raven..........    2-4    0-1   0-0    0  0  0   3   4 0  0  0  0   6

10 Sheedy,Alex........    2-9    0-1   4-8    3  4  7   3   8 1  5  1  1  29

25 Faulk,Moriah.......    4-12   0-3   0-0    0  4  4   4   8 2  1  1  0  24

42 Smith,Toni.........    0-0    0-0   0-0    0  0  0   0   0 0  0  0  0  0+

  TEAM................                        3  1  4

   Totals..............  21-59   4-18   9-14   7 28 35  19 55  8 14  3  7 200

 

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  7-2725.9%   2nd Half: 14-32 43.8%   Game: 35.6%  DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-9 22.2%   2nd Half:  2-9  22.2%   Game:22.2%   REBS

F Throw % 1st Half:  3-4  75.0%  2nd Half:  6-10 60.0%   Game: 64.3%   5,1

 

 

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HOME TEAM: Nebraska 26-6

                         TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS

## PlayerName            FG-FGAFG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN

03 Sample, Hailie...... f 2-5    0-0    2-2    3 4  7   1   6  1  2  1  1  39

23 Cady, Emily......... f 6-15   1-3    2-3    5  611   3  15  2  2  2  0  39

35 Hooper, Jordan...... f 9-15   3-3    2-2    3  811   2  23  0  4  0  1  38

01 Laudermill, Tear'a.. g 4-19   3-10   2-2    0  3 3   3  13  1  0  0  1  32

33 Theriot, Rachel..... g 4-13   0-3    2-2    0  3 3   0  10 12  2  0  2  39

10 Tvrdy,Hannah.......    0-0    0-0   2-2    0  0  0   0   2 0  0  0  0   1

11 Ramacieri,Esther...    0-0    0-0   2-2    0  0  0   0   2 0  0  0  0   1

13 Jeffery,Brandi.....    0-1    0-0   0-0    0  1  1   2   0 1  1  0  2   8

21 Murren,Sadie.......    0-0    0-0   2-2    0  0  0   0   2 0  0  0  0   1

22 Havers, Allie.......   0-0    0-0    1-2    0 2  2   1   1  0  0  0  0  2

  TEAM................                        4  4  8

  Totals..............   25-68   7-19  17-19  15 3146  12  74 17 11  3  7 200

 

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-3435.3%   2nd Half: 13-34 38.2%   Game: 36.8%  DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-6 16.7%   2nd Half:  6-13 46.2%   Game:36.8%   REBS

F Throw % 1st Half:  4-4  100%   2nd Half: 13-15 86.7%   Game: 89.5%    1

 

 

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Officials: Gina Cross, Marianne Karp,Kelly Johnson

Technical fouls: Fresno State-None.Nebraska-None.

Attendance:

Score byPeriods               1st  2nd   Total

FresnoState..................   19   36  -   55

Nebraska......................  29   45  -   74

Courtesy of UNL Media Relations

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