Former Huskers Lindsey Moore, Jordan Hooper and Kelsey Griffin completed the third week of WNBA regular-season action with Hooper drawing her first career start in Tulsa's game at Seattle on June 1.
Hooper, a 2014 first-team WBCA All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year, produced her second career double-figure scoring performance with 10 points to go along with five rebounds in a career-high 31 minutes against the Storm. However, the Shock slipped to 0-5 on the season with a narrow 62-60 loss to Seattle. It was Tulsa's fourth loss by four or fewer points so far this season.
Hooper opened the week with six points and one rebound in 18 minutes in a loss to Phoenix on May 30. For the week, the 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., averaged 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game. The 13th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, Hooper increased her season averages to 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game on the season.
While the Shock have struggled to find a win, 2013 Husker All-American Lindsey Moore and the Minnesota Lynx continue to show why the defending WNBA champs are the league's top team. Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., scored three points, dished out two assists and grabbed one rebound in an 87-79 win at San Antonio on June 1 to help the Lynx improve to 7-0 on the season. Nebraska's career assist leader, Moore added two assists and two rebounds in an 88-72 run past San Antonio in Minneapolis on May 30.
For the season, Moore is averaging 1.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists for the WNBA's lone unbeaten team.
Griffin, who is in her fifth season in the WNBA with Connecticut, averaged 6.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in road losses at Indiana (May 29) and Chicago (May 30), before sitting out Connecticut's clash with Atlanta on June 1 because of illness. Griffin had nine points, including a three-pointer, and five boards in just 17 minutes in the 101-82 setback at Chicago.
The 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, is averaging 6.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists after starting the Sun's first six games this season.
The 2010 first-team All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year continues to carry an impressive +9.17 efficiency while on the court for the Sun.
WNBA action continues for the former Huskers this week with six games on the schedule, including two for each team. Griffin and the Sun open a two-game home stand on Thursday night against Washington before taking on Indiana on Saturday. Hooper and the Shock also have a pair of home games at the BOK Center this week, battling Phoenix Friday night before closing the week's action on Tuesday against New York. Moore and the Lynx will play a pair of marquee road games on the West Coast, starting with Friday's game at Seattle. The homecoming for Moore is scheduled to be televised by NBA TV at 9 p.m. central time. The Lynx close the week Sunday afternoon at Los Angeles.
Huskers in the WNBA (Week 3 - May 29-June 4)
- Kelsey Griffin (5th season, Connecticut Sun) - 6.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.3 apg (6 games)
- Lindsey Moore (2nd season, Minnesota Lynx) - 1.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.7 apg (7 games)
- Jordan Hooper (1st season, Tulsa Shock) - 6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg (5 games)
Week 3 Schedule (June 5-11)
- Washington at Connecticut, Thursday, June 5, 6 p.m.
- Phoenix at Tulsa, Friday, June 6, 7 p.m.
- Minnesota at Seattle, Friday, June 6, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
- Indiana at Connecticut, Saturday, June 7, 6 p.m.
- Minnesota at Los Angeles, Sunday, June 8, 2:30 p.m.
- New York at Tulsa, Tuesday, June 10, 11:30 a.m.