LINCOLN, Neb. -- Two-time All-American Jordan Hooper scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 17 Nebraska beat UCLA 77-49 on Friday.
It was Hooper's 27th career double-double. Rachel Theriot recorded a career-high nine assists, and Allie Havers scored 14 points in her first career game. Last season, the Huskers advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Trailing 40-20 at the half, UCLA hit back-to-back 3-pointers with 13:43 left to make it 44-29, but could not get any closer.
One of two returning starters from last year, Thea Lemberger, led the Bruins with 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting. UCLA was limited to 34 percent shooting and was outrebounded 44-23. The Bruins reached the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.
This was the first game in the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln. The announced season-opener crowd was 9,750.
espnW's Mechelle Voepel says it is alarming that women's basketball stands alone in the latest Notice of Allegations that North Carolina received from the NCAA and explains how the notice has impacted the Tar Heels' recruiting.