Huskers in the WNBA: Week 4 Review
Former Husker Lindsey Moore wrapped up the fourth week of the 2014 season by visiting the White House to celebrate the Minnesota Lynx's 2013 WNBA title with President Barack Obama on Thursday, June 12 at 1:05 p.m. (CT).
Although the Lynx celebrated a championship, Minnesota did suffer its first defeat of the season during Week 4, but continue to own the best record in the Western Conference and the WNBA with an 8-1 mark.
After opening the week with a Friday night loss at Seattle, the Lynx bounced back with an 85-72 victory at Los Angeles. Moore did not score against the Sparks, but had three points and two assists in eight minutes of action in the 65-62 loss at the Storm. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., averaged 1.5 points and 1.0 assist in five minutes per game on the week.
For the season, the 2013 All-American and WNBA first-round pick is averaging 1.4 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.6 assists while carrying a +2.67 efficiency.
On Tuesday, Moore also signed an overseas contract with the West Coast Waves in Perth, Australia. Moore will join fellow Husker Kelsey Griffin in the WNBL. Griffin has led the Bendigo Spirit to back-to-back WNBL titles while being named the MVP of the championship series.
"I am super-excited to play in Australia and work with the coach there," said Moore, who played in Italy in her first foreign season. "I'm also glad to know some people that live and have played there."
Jordan Hooper also signed her first foreign contract, coming to terms with Besiktas in Turkey for the 2014-15 season.
Hooper enjoyed the most successful week of her young career, helping the Tulsa Shock notch their first two victories of the season last week.
In Tulsa's 72-57 run past New York on Tuesday, Hooper went 3-for-4 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from three-point range to finish with eight points in just over 17 minutes of work. She added four rebounds, an assist and a steal. The Shock were 22 points better than the Liberty with Hooper on the floor.
The Shock opened the week with a 94-78 pounding of Phoenix at the BOK Center in Tulsa. The 2014 first-team WBCA All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year hit a pair of free throws while grabbing a rebound and a steal in just over 14 minutes of action, and the Shock were a whopping 22 points better than the Mercury with Hooper on the court.
For the week, Hooper averaged 5.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 16 minutes per game. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., improved her season averages to 5.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest, while her efficiency increased to +5.14 on the season. Tulsa enters the fifth week of the WNBA season with a 2-5 record.
Griffin helped Connecticut earn its third win of the year with an 88-71 run past Indiana on June 7. Griffin played 29 minutes off the bench, producing four points and seven rebounds to go along with a career-high six steals. She also dished out an assist, as the Sun were 17 points better than the Fever with Griffin on the court.
Griffin, a 2010 first-team WBCA All-American and WNBA first-round pick, opened the week with four points, six rebounds, two steals and a block in 21 minutes off the bench in a 74-66 loss to Washington. For the week, Griffin averaged 4.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 steals. In her fifth WNBA season, the 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, is averaging 5.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.6 steals per game while posting a +9.50 efficiency for the Sun. She has started six games to help Connecticut to a 3-6 record.
Week five will offer the busiest week so far this season for the former Huskers, including four games for both Griffin and Moore. The Sun open the week Thursday night at home against Phoenix before playing Friday night at New York. They complete a home-and-home with the Liberty on Sunday afternoon in Connecticut. The Sun close the week at home against Indiana on Tuesday night.
Moore and the Lynx head to Atlanta on Friday night, before returning home to host Phoenix at Noon on Sunday in a game that will be televised live nationally by ESPN2. The Lynx close the week with another West Coast road trip to Phoenix on Tuesday and Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Hooper and the Shock open their week by playing host to LA at the BOK Center on Friday at 7 p.m. Tulsa closes a relatively quiet week at home by welcoming Seattle on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Huskers in the WNBA (Week 4 - June 5-11)
- Kelsey Griffin (5th season, Connecticut Sun) - 5.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.6 spg (8 games)
- Lindsey Moore (2nd season, Minnesota Lynx) - 1.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.6 apg (9 games)
- Jordan Hooper (1st season, Tulsa Shock) - 5.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg (7 games)
Week 5 Schedule (June 12-18)
- Phoenix at Connecticut, Thursday, June 12, 6 p.m.
- Connecticut at New York, Friday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.
- Minnesota at Atlanta, Friday, June 13, 6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports North Plus)
- Los Angeles at Tulsa, Friday, June 13, 7 p.m.
- New York at Connecticut, Sunday, June 15, Noon
- Phoenix at Minnesota, Sunday, June 15, Noon (ESPN2)
- Seattle at Tulsa, Sunday, June 15, 3:30 p.m.
- Indiana at Connecticut, Tuesday, June 17, 6 p.m.
- Minnesota at Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 17, 9:30 p.m. (TWC Sports Network)
- Minnesota at Phoenix, Wednesday, June 18, 9 p.m.