Former Husker All-Americans Jordan Hooper and Kelsey Griffin helped power their WNBA teams to unbeaten weeks, while Lindsey Moore has helped keep the defending champion Lynx in the hunt for the top spot in the Western Conference through five weeks of the WNBA season.
Hooper, a rookie for Tulsa, helped the Shock to their second straight 2-0 week to extend their winning streak to four games. Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., averaged 9.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in just 18 minutes per game for the red-hot Shock, who moved to 4-5 on the season.
In Tulsa's 69-67 win over Los Angeles on Friday, June 13, Hooper erupted for 12 points and pulled down three rebounds in 23 minutes of action. She went 4-of-8 from the floor, including 2-of-6 three-pointers while making both of her free throw attempts.
With Tulsa trailing late in the first quarter, Hooper scored seven points in a three-minute span to help the Shock surge. She helped secure the win with five points and two big rebounds in the fourth quarter against the Sparks.
Hooper added a 3-for-5 shooting night to finish with six points in just 13 minutes in the Shock's 85-79 win over Seattle on Sunday, June 15.
Hooper has improved her season averages to 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game while posting a strong +5.33 efficiency.
While Hooper and the Shock went 2-0 to stretch their winning streak to four games, Griffin and the Sun were even hotter. Connecticut went 3-0 on the week to stretch their winning streak to five games and improve to 7-6 on the season.
Griffin's week included a big 12-point, nine-rebound effort in a 76-72 victory over the New York Liberty on Sunday. The 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, went 3-for-7 from the floor, including a three-pointer, while knocking down 5-of-7 free throws. She added an assist, two steals and a block in 29 minutes of work.
She capped her week with two points and four rebounds in just 16 minutes of action in an 89-67 rout of Indiana on Tuesday. For the week, she averaged 5.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks for the surging Sun. For the season, Griffin is averaging 5.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals while carrying an impressive +9.42 efficiency.
While the Sun and Shock have been winning, Moore and the Lynx have dropped four of their past six games after opening the season 7-0. Moore played in two of Minnesota's four games between June 13 and June 18, but did not score.
For the season, the 2013 All-American and WNBA first-round pick is averaging 1.2 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists while carrying a +2.09 efficiency.
Hooper and the Shock will face severe tests this week with a four-game road trip over the next seven days. The Shock start the stretch Thursday night at Los Angeles, before heading to Phoenix on Friday. Hooper and the Shock are back in action Sunday at noon in Chicago for a game featured on ESPN2. Tulsa wraps up an important week on Wednesday at Indiana.
While Hooper will spend the week on the road, Moore and the Lynx will try to get back on the winning track with a pair of home games starting with a Friday night clash with Washington at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Lynx close the week on Sunday night at home against Indiana.
Griffin and the Sun get to enjoy a light week with a single game against Chicago at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut next Wednesday night.
Huskers in the WNBA (Week 5 - June 12-18)
- Kelsey Griffin (5th season, Connecticut Sun) - 5.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.6 spg (12 games)
- Lindsey Moore (2nd season, Minnesota Lynx) - 1.2 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 1.3 apg (11 games)
- Jordan Hooper (1st season, Tulsa Shock) - 6.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg (9 games)
Week 6 Schedule (June 19-25)
- Tulsa at Los Angeles, Thursday, June 19, 9:30 p.m.
- Washington at Minnesota, Friday, June 20, 7 p.m.
- Tulsa at Phoenix, Friday, June 20, 9 p.m.
- Tulsa at Chicago, Sunday, June 22, Noon (ESPN2)
- Indiana at Minnesota, Sunday, June 22, 6 p.m. (Fox Sports North)
- Chicago at Connecticut, Wednesday, June 25, 6 p.m.
- Tulsa at Indiana, Wednesday, June 25, 6 p.m.