Published Thursday, November 15, 2012 AT 7:34 PM / Updated at 7:34 PM
Women’s Basketball: Northern Arizona at No. 15 Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

When: 7:05 p.m. Friday
Where: Devaney Center, Lincoln
Radio: None

Northern Arizona (0-2)
C, Aubrey Davis, 6-2, Sr., 4.0
C, Raven Anderson, 6-2, So., 11.0
G, Jasmine Sneed, 5-3, So, 3.5
G, Amy Patton, 5-10, Sr., 31.0
G, Paige Haynes, 5-7, Sr., 9.5
Nebraska (2-0)
F, Hailie Sample, 6-1, So., 9.0
F, Emily Cady, 6-2, So., 6.0
F, Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Jr., 9.5
G, Lindsey Moore, 5-9, Sr., 12.5
G, Brandi Jeffery, 5-7, So., 10.0

Scouting Northern Arizona: The Lumberjacks took Nebraska to double overtime last year in a 97-88 loss, but seem far less equipped to mount an upset charge this year, as shooters Amanda Frost, Shay May and Tyler Stephens-Jenkins should miss Friday’s game with injuries. Frost scored 24 points last year against the Huskers. Patton, NAU’s leading scorer by a wide margin, struggled against Nebraska last year but has hit six 3-pointers already this season. As a team, however, the Lumberjacks are shooting just 25 percent from 3-point range. NAU lost by 11 at New Mexico to start the year and 71-68 to CSU Bakersfield on Monday.

Scouting NU: Hooper, Nebraska’s leading scorer, has struggled shooting so far this year, but coach Connie Yori is unconcerned; she wants Hooper to keep taking the open shots — especially from 3-point range — as they’re available. Despite her offensive struggles, Hooper has rebounded well and played stingy defense. NU’s received more balanced scoring from sophomores Sample and Jeffery, who are developing their offensive games; off the bench, freshman Sadie Murren is averaging 6.5 points per game. NU’s defense is forcing 21 turnovers per game so far.

Opening tips: Heading into Thursday night, all but two teams (Ohio State and Indiana) in the Big Ten remain undefeated. According to, the Big Ten ranks as college basketball’s No. 2 conference so far. … Hooper scored 32 points and Moore scored 31 points in last year’s NAU game, making them the first Husker teammates ever to score more than 30 points in the same game.

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