Jan. 31, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jordan Hooper hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points as Nebraska defeated Ohio State, 62-53, Thursday at Value City Arena.
Tayler Hill scored a team-high 22 points for the Buckeyes, who hit just 1 of 13 from behind the arc. Nebraska, meanwhile, hit nine 3-pointers that proved to be the difference in the game. Ashley Adams recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes.
Trailing 23-21 with 4:23 left in the first half, Ohio State went cold the rest of the half as Nebraska went on an 11-3 run to close out the first 20 minutes with seven of those points coming from Hooper.
Ohio State outscored the Huskers in the second half, 29-28, but were unable to get the key stops defensively each time the Buckeyes cut the lead to six or seven. Aleksandra Dobranic hit her first career 3-pointer with 6:23 left to cut the lead to seven. But after a timeout, Nebraska scored six consecutive points over the next 3 minutes to push the lead to 13.
Dobranic finished with seven points and six rebounds while Ameryst Alston and Amber Stokes both finished with six points.
Ohio State will try and end its losing streak Sunday at Indiana. Game time is 2 p.m. ET on BTN.com.
Senior Tayler Hill has scored in double figures in 54 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and the fourth longest in Division I. Hill finished the game with 22 points.
With 22 points vs. Nebraska, Hill needs 16 more points to tie for sixth place in the Ohio State records book for all-time scoring.
Hill has scored 20 or more points 12 times this season.
Sasha Dobranic hit her first-career 3-pointer at the 6:25 mark to cut the Cornhuskers' lead to 56-49.
Ohio State has hit at least one 3-pointer in 140 consecutive games.
For the 20th time this season, the Buckeye defense held its opponent to below 50 percent shooting. Only one team, Iowa (.517) has shot 50 percent or better.
The Buckeyes have out-rebounded their opposition 13 times this season and are 10-3 in those games. Its only losses have been at Washington State (+3), Purdue (+7) and tonight vs. Nebraska (+7).
Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On changes in the lineup
"In some respects, some of the people are getting opportunities to be on the floor that haven't had opportunities to get on the floor."
On defending Nebraska forward Jordan Hooper
"I don't think we did a great job of identifying where [Jordan] Hooper was and when you have a player like that you don't start your defense under the 3-point line. You start your defense one foot outside the 3-point line. That comes with the experience factor."
"They're good at what they do. They're a solid team that is a little different than they were last year. We play them again in two weeks and we have a lot to figure out before the next time."
On Sasha Dobranic
"Sasha is the best defensive player at her position. She's the most versatile in that position. She can guard the perimeter and move her feet in front of some people. Quite frankly, she's a good shooter. She just has to shoot the ball more."
Amber Stokes, Ohio State senior guard
On Ohio State's performance
"That's the way things are going for us right now. They were making everything. We were trying to do well on defense, but we were getting to our positions late and giving them wide-open looks. That was hurting us big time."
On moving forward after a loss
"It is pretty frustrating. We have to keep our heads up and get ready for the game at Indiana. It's hard to come into practice and try to be positive, but that's what we have to do. The season isn't over yet. We just have to get after it and go for Indiana."
On returning to action a week after her knee injury
"I'm still trying to get back in the flow. I wasn't really hitting my shots tonight. I need to get back in the gym and get some extra reps in. My stamina is a little off too. My knee is feeling better though. I'm just trying to be smart, but I am feeling good out there. It's great to be back."
Connie Yori, Nebraska head coach
On the game
"They surprised us with the amount of zone they played, but we adjusted to it and handled it. It wasn't the prettiest of games, but we did enough."
On the luxury of having a senior point guard in Lindsey Moore
"Lindsey is a pretty special player. She just understands the game and sees things others don't. She is highly underrated and is definitely our glue."
On Nebraska's defense
"We got lost a few times, especially early on with their two-man game between Tayler [Hill] and Ashley [Adams]. We got better as the game went on, but we sometimes forget what we are doing out there."
Jordan Hooper, Nebraska junior forward
On a scoring 28 points, a career-high
"My teammates did a really good job finding me and I just shot it."
On adapting to Ohio State's defense
"We thought they would be playing man-to-man. We do have a zone offense so we just ran that and passed it all around."
On Nebraska's performance this season
"We started out badly, but we're coming on strong now. We just need to keep doing what we're doing. We still have a lot of things we need to clean up, defensively and offensively, but I like where we're at right now."