Huskers in the WNBA: Week 2 Review
Former Huskers Lindsey Moore, Jordan Hooper and Kelsey Griffin completed the second week of WNBA regular-season action on Wednesday, as Moore and the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx remained the league's only unbeaten with a 3-0 week.
A 2013 All-American for Nebraska, Moore helped the Lynx improve to 5-0 atop the Western Conference standings with wins over Tulsa, New York and Chicago during a four-day stretch last week.
The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., opened the week with one point, two rebounds, two assists and and a steal in nine minutes of action in Minnesota's 94-93 victory over former Husker teammate Jordan Hooper and the Shock in Tulsa on Friday, May 23. The Lynx escaped from the BOK Center with a 94-93 win despite 11 points and a trio of three-pointers from Hooper.
The following night, the Lynx returned home to the Target Center to take on the New York Liberty and came away with an 87-82 win. Moore played 16 solid minutes, providing three rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Minnesota closed the busy stretch with a 75-72 win at previously unbeaten Chicago in a special Memorial Day clash on ESPN2. Moore played eight minutes. For the week, Moore averaged 0.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.7 steals. In five games this season, she is averaging 1.4 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 steals in 11.7 minutes per game.
Griffin, who is in her fifth season in the WNBA with Connecticut, helped the Sun to their first win of the year with a 71-59 victory over Seattle on May 23. The 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, scored six points and pulled down nine rebounds while adding two assists and a block in 28 minutes of work. The 2010 first-team All-American for the Huskers improved her season averages to 5.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. The Sun have been an impressive +10.00 with Griffin on the court.
After opening the week with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes off the bench in Tulsa's one-point loss to the Lynx, Hooper added four points and one rebound in 14 minutes in an 82-79 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday night.
In her first season in the WNBA, the 2014 first-team All-American from Alliance, Neb., is averaging 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 14.3 minutes per game for the 0-3 Shock. Although Tulsa has opened the season with three losses, the young Shock squad has dropped the three contests by a total of eight points.
WNBA action heats up for the former Huskers this week with seven games on the schedule. All three of the Huskers will be in action on both Friday and Sunday. Griffin will be the busiest of the Big Red this week, with three games in four days as the Sun take on Indiana Thursday, Chicago on Friday and Atlanta on Sunday. Moore and the Lynx will face San Antonio twice in a home-and-home series on Friday and Sunday, while Hooper and the Shock head west to face Phoenix on Friday and Seattle on Sunday.
Huskers in the WNBA (Week 2 - May 22-28)
- Kelsey Griffin (5th season, Connecticut Sun) - 6.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg (1 game)
- Lindsey Moore (2nd season, Minnesota Lynx) - 0.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.7 spg (3 games)
- Jordan Hooper (1st season, Tulsa Shock) - 7.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg (2 games)
Week 2 Schedule (May 29-June 4)
- Connecticut at Indiana, Thursday, May 29, 6 p.m.
- San Antonio at Minnesota, Friday, May 30, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports North)
- Connecticut at Chicago, Friday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
- Tulsa at Phoenix, Friday, May 30, 9 p.m.
- Atlanta at Connecticut, Sunday, June 1, 2 p.m.
- Minnesota at San Antonio, Sunday, June 1, 3:30 p.m.
- Tulsa at Seattle, Sunday, June 1, 8 p.m.