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2010 Dec 21

WOMEN'S HOOPS: What Happened in Vegas...


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Connie Yori warned us.

Before the season, the Nebraska women's basketball coach wasn't thrilled with her non-conference schedule. It may have lacked some big names, but it was plenty tough, she insisted – perhaps too challenging for a young team looking replace three departed seniors, including star Kelsey Griffin.

The Huskers bolted out to a 8-1 record. But they finally hit a big wall in Las Vegas, losing three straight games during the Duel in the Desert to NCAA Tourney-caliber teams: Houston (79-70), Marist (65-60) and Louisville (65-51).

NU (8-4) made its runs in each game, and freshman forward Jordan Hooper – quickly becoming the best newcomer in Husker history – averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds during the weekend. But turnovers – including 25 against the Cardinals – bedeviled the Big Red, along with an inability to get to the foul line. Nebraska knocked down its share of perimeter shots, but failed to consistently pound the ball inside.

Guard Dominique Kelley – who leads the team with 73 trips to the foul line – missed Monday's Louisville game, snapping her streak of 109 consecutive starts. She – and the rest of the Huskers – will get nine much-needed days off before returning to the court Dec. 30 to play South Florida.

Tags: womens hoops, jordan hooper, dominique kelley

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