The Iowa women’s basketball team still hasn’t solved the big red riddle to the west.
Jordan Hooper had 25 points and 13 rebounds as Nebraska remained perfect against Iowa since joining the Big Ten with an 80-67 win Saturday over the Hawkeyes in front of more than 8,000 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Junior Tear’a Laudermill poured in a career-high 26 points as Nebraska (15-5, 5-3) snapped a three-game winning streak for Iowa (17-6, 5-4) and improved to 7-0 against the Hawkeyes since joining the Big Ten.
“It’s kind of odd, frankly, because Iowa is a very good basketball team and they have been for three years, they’ve been in the NCAA tournament the last two years and they are on track to make that happen again this year,” Nebraska coach Connie Yori said of the seven straight wins. “I don’t know, I really don’t. We’ve played good basketball against them, it’s just been one of those deals.”
After holding the Big Ten’s leading scorer Rachel Banham to nine points in a 64-56 win over Minnesota on Wednesday, the Hawkeyes had no answer for Hooper or Laudermill.
The two combined to score 51 points on 20-of-32 shooting as the Cornhuskers shot 50 percent for the game.
“Laudermill, we just could not stay with her; we did not have an answer for her,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “And Hooper is a great player as we all know, we couldn’t shut her down or even slow her down.”
Nebraska entered the game tops in the Big Ten in scoring defense and showed why in the first half Saturday.
The Cornhuskers held Iowa scoreless for nearly six minutes during a 14-0 first half run that broke open a 19-19 tie.
“It was a 19-19 tie with seven minutes left and then we just tanked,” Bluder said.
Hooper started the 14-0 spurt with a jumper at the 7:42 mark of the opening half and capped the run with a layup with 2:29 left before halftime.
The 6-foot-2 senior had seven points during the 14-0 run and was responsible for 11 of Nebraska’s final 18 first-half points.
Iowa missed seven straight field goals during the 14-0 Nebraska run and also missed on the front end of a one-and-one.
“We kind of just went cold,” Bluder said. “We did not score very many points in that series there, and not getting stops or scores is tough.”
Nebraska led 38-27 at the half and Hooper scored the first seven points of the second half to push the margin to 45-27.
Hooper scored on a layup off a back cut and a layup in transition, then buried a deep 3-pointer with 18:05 left to give Nebraska its biggest lead of the game at 18 points.
“We did some really good things defensively really throughout the game and particularly in the first half,” Yori said. “Iowa is a very talented scoring team, so we were fortunate that we were able to put the ball in the basket today.”
Iowa never got closer than 11 the rest of the way despite a big second half from Samantha Logic.
The junior point guard set a career-high with five 3-pointers, four of which came in the second half, and finished with 22 points and eight assists.
“They were giving me the 3, and after you hit a couple you feel pretty confident,” Logic said. “You are kind of hurting your team if you are feeling good and you aren’t taking those shots, and today they went in.”
Logic’s 3-pointer with 5:45 left cut the lead to 68-57, but Nebraska scored the next six points and Iowa never threatened again.
Bethany Doolittle added 16 points and five blocks for Iowa, Theairra Taylor had 15 points and six rebounds and Ally Disterhoft had 12 points and seven rebounds.
However, Nebraska got 10 points apiece from Hailie Sample and Rachel Theriot as the Huskers won their second straight.
“Their defense obviously bothered us quite a bit, but I think it was their offense, their transition that kind of took the wind out of our sails,” Bluder said. “They just put us on our heels on both the offensive and defensive side of things.”
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