KAZAN, Russia — Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the U.S. women’s basketball team roll to a 120-32 victory Monday over Mali to open the World University Games.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., added an assist and two blocked shots in 16 minutes of action. She scored six points to help spark a 25-3 U.S. run.
The two-time All-American converted a three-point play to put the U.S. up 35-17 with 6:23 left in the first half, and later added a 3-pointer to give the U.S. a 55-20 cushion.
Hooper’s final points of the game came off an assist from Baylor’s Odyssey Sims with 2:53 left to give the United States a 111-30 lead.
Mali jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the U.S. answered with an 18-0 run that included eight straight points by Duke’s Tricia Liston.
The U.S. led 28-12 at the end of the first quarter before building a 57-20 halftime edge. The Americans led 94-28 after three quarters.
Connecticut’s Bria Hartley led six U.S. players in double figures with 17 points, including 12 in the first half.
The U.S. shot 66.2 percent from the field, including 36 of 48 (75 percent) on 2-point attempts and 11 of 23 (47.8 percent) on 3-pointers. The Americans also went 15 of 16 (93.8 percent) from the free-throw line and outrebounded Mali 54-21 while committing just 13 turnovers.
Aminata Mariko led Mali with 15 points, while Farima Toure added five points. Mali went 12 of 62 (19.4 percent) from the field, including 2 of 12 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range. Mali was 6 for 8 at the free-throw line but committed 21 turnovers.
Also in Pool B Monday, the Czech Republic topped Brazil 86-63.
The U.S. continues play against the Czech Republic at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.