Husker women rout Grambling State

2012-12-29T22:40:00Z Husker women rout Grambling StateBy KEN HAMBLETON / Lincoln Journal Star
December 29, 2012 10:40 pm  • 

The Nebraska women's basketball team played like it was in a hurry to get to conference play.

The Huskers (10-3) didn't ignore Grambling State, but didn't have to pay much attention either in an 84-39 victory Saturday night at the Devaney Sports Center.

If nothing else, the 3,971 fans could go home with the knowledge that the competition will only get better and they got a halftime education in CPR just in case future games are closer.

Next up for Nebraska is Wednesday's Big Ten home opener against Wisconsin and Saturday's home matchup with Purdue.

"We're still too inconsistent in games and in practice," said Husker coach Connie Yori, who got her 200th career coaching win at Nebraska (she has 395 overall). "We've made strides defensively and we set goals tonight to hold Grambling below 50 points and outrebound them by 10, and we did that."

Nebraska was so tenacious on defense that Grambling hit just 28 percent of its shots, lost 24 turnovers -- 11 on Nebraska steals -- and had zero assists. Meanwhile, Nebraska had its best shooting night of the season -- 46.5 percent -- and recorded 23 assists.

NU freshman Rachel Theriot had three steals to go with a career-high 12 points, while Jordan Hooper scored 18 points. Emily Cady had 17 points, two steals and seven rebounds. Husker senior Meghin Williams scored eight points, while senior Lindsey Moore had nine points and eight assists.

"A game like tonight, they (coaches) tell us to not look at the scoreboard," said Cady, a sophomore from Seward. "Coach told us at halftime to treat the game like it was 0-0. (NU was ahead 48-18). I didn't look, but I never do unless we're behind.

"Besides, Coach said if we met our goals, on defense and offense, we wouldn't have to run," she said with a big grin.

Yori added: "Whatever it takes, we'll try to motivate these players."

Nebraska even had a dry spell, hitting just 4 of 19 shots from 15:45 to 2:11 in the second half, but Grambling (1-10) could never take advantage, as the Tigers hit just 3 of 21 shots in the same span.

"In the Big Ten, you can't step back and take your foot off the gas or somebody will put up 10 points in a big hurry," Moore said. "But the conference becomes a big game every night and so every practice is important."

Each player needs to contribute, Yori said.

"I don't have to worry about Lindsey and Jordan and Emily, because they are our best practice players and our best, most consistent players in games," Yori said. "They play with confidence and they are the least of my worries."

It's Williams (foot injury), Theriot (also a foot injury) and Hailie Sample, who two weeks before the season began was doubtful because of a back injury, that concern Yori.

"We've battled a lot of things, some nagging and some ongoing," said Yori, who has warned of the dangers of missing so much practice time because of injuries. "We're so-so right now."

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