LINCOLN, Neb. – Seniors Tyler Stephens-Jenkins and Aubrey Davis each scored in double figures and NAU posted a higher field goal percentage than No. 15 Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers hit 11 three-pointers and outscored the Lumberjacks 16-3 at the free-throw line to score a 77-55 win on Friday in Lincoln, Neb. Davis recorded the first NAU double-double of the year as she added 10 rebounds as the Lumberjacks moved to 0-3 on the season and the 15th-ranked Huskers improved to 3-0.
NAU shot 41.8% for the game while Nebraska shot 41.0% but capitalized on 19 free-throw attempts compared to just three for the Lumberjacks. The Huskers also shot 11-of-22 from beyond the three-point arc with junior Wade Trophy nominee Jordan Hooper hitting six three-pointers en route to her game-high 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Nebraska also forced 23 turnovers while committing just 14 of their own and posted a 37-33 edge in rebounding.
Davis was the only player in the game to record double-digit rebounds as she totaled 13 points and 10 boards on 6-of-9 shooting while Stephens-Jenkins poured in a team-high 16 points after missing Monday's game in Flagstaff. Seniors Amy Patton and Paige Haynes each scored nine points with Patton adding six rebounds and Haynes totaling five rebounds and five assists.
The Huskers started strong, holding the Lumberjacks scoreless for the first five minutes and 45 seconds of the contest to jump to a 16-0 lead. A layup by Patton put NAU on the board and started a 7-0 run for the visiting team over the ensuing three and a half minutes to get within a 16-7 margin.
The Lumberjacks got within seven points at 23-16 but the Huskers built back to a 30-18 lead with five minutes to go in the half. NAU outshot Nebraska 41.4% to 38.7% in the half but did not attempt a free throw while the Huskers went 12-14 from the stripe and took a 15 point lead into the intermission.
Nebraska had a similar start to the second half in starting the half on a 13-0 run over the first 4:10 of the second stanza. The Huskers grew their lead to 30 points at 73-43 with 7:33 remaining in the game, but NAU continued to fight and used an 8-1 run to bring its deficit to 74-50. The Lumberjacks would hold the Huskers to just one field goal over the final seven and half minutes of the game, ending the game on a 12-3 run to bring the final margin to 77-55.
NAU will play at Nebraska Omaha at noon Arizona time on Sunday in the first ever matchup between the teams.