(14-6, 4-3 Big Ten)
at Ohio State Buckeyes
(11-9, 1-6 Big Ten)
Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. (Central)
Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
National TV: BTN (Eric Collins-PBP; Stephanie White-Analyst)
Radio: 25-Station IMG College Husker Sports Network
(PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch)
(107.3 FM-KBBK, Lincoln; 93.3 FM-KFFF, Omaha; 880 AM-KRVN, Lexington)
Free Internet Audio: Huskers.com
Huskers Hope to Stay Hot to End Big Ten First Half at Ohio State
The Nebraska women's basketball team closes the first half of regular-season Big Ten Conference play by traveling to Ohio State for a Thursday night battle with the Buckeyes.
Tip-off between the Huskers (14-6, 4-3 Big Ten) and the Buckeyes (11-9, 1-6 Big Ten) is set for 7:30 p.m. (central) with live national television coverage on the Big Ten Network. Eric Collins and Stephanie White will call the action for BTN.
The Husker Sports Network will provide a live radio broadcast of the game with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch on the call, including flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln, The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha and 880 AM KRVN in Lexington. A free live audio stream will be available on Huskers.com.
Nebraska hopes to continue building momentum after notching back-to-back Big Ten wins at Minnesota (84-63, Jan. 20) and over No. 25 Michigan State (59-54, Jan. 24) last week. The Huskers enjoyed their first weekend bye and will head to Ohio State shooting for their first win in Columbus since 1990.
Jordan Hooper (18.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg), Lindsey Moore (15.3 ppg, 5.5 apg, 2.0 spg) and Emily Cady (9.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg) provide the Huskers with three legitimate All-Big Ten-caliber performers.
The Big Red's "Big Three" will try to offset the explosiveness of Tayler Hill - the Big Ten's leading scorer. Hill enters Thursday's game averaging 24.5 points per game in Big Ten play, and 21.0 points per contest on the year. Unfortunately for Hill, the Buckeyes have been limited by illness and injury throughout the first half of conference play.
Reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Amber Stokes missed four games with a knee injury before returning in a limited role in Sunday's loss to Ohio State. Stokes scored four points in 20 minutes and helped the Buckeyes carry a 37-28 halftime lead to the locker room against No. 8 Penn State at Value City Arena in Columbus. Penn State outscored OSU 43-19 in the second half.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (14-6, 4-3 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - So. - F - 5.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 18.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 15.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg
24 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 4.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Off the Bench
1 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - So. - G - 3.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - So. - F - 2.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 2.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 1.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg
22 - Courtney Aitken - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
11th Season at NU (204-132); 23rd Season Overall (399-272)
Ohio State Buckeyes (11-9, 1-6 Big Ten)
22 - Darryce Moore - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 8.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg
33 - Ashley Adams - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 9.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg
14 - Ameryst Alston - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 6.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
4 - Tayler Hill - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 21.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg
31 - Raven Ferguson - 5-11 - So. - G - 6.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Amber Stokes - 5-10 - RSr. - G - 9.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg
15 - Aleksandra Dobranic - 6-4 - Jr. - C - 3.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg
23 - Martina Ellerbe - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 3.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg
12 - Maleeka Kynard - 5-7 - So. - G - 2.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg
13 - Cait Craft - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 2.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg
50 - Emilee Harmon - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg
11 - Shelbi Honeycutt - 5-10 - So. - G - 1.1 ppg, 0.5 rpg
25 - Amy Scullion - 6-0 - So. - G - 0.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg
Head Coach: Jim Foster (Temple, 1980)
11th Season at OSU (272-78); 35th Season Overall (776-303)
Moore First Husker with 1,400 Points, 600 Assists
Last week, Lindsey Moore crossed the 600-career assist plateau and became the first Husker in history with 1,400 points and 600 assists. In fact, no other Husker has ever scored 1,200 points and dished out 600 assists.
Moore enters the Ohio State game with 1,466 points and 614 assists. She also has 188 career steals. She ranks No. 11 at Nebraska in career points and No. 2 in career assists. Moore needs just two more steals to join NU's career top 10 in that category as well.
Scouting the Ohio State Buckeyes
Coach Jim Foster brings a recovering Ohio State lineup into Thursday night's game with Nebraska. The Buckeyes entered the offseason with four returning starters minus All-Big Ten and WNBA point guard Samantha Prahalis from last year's team that ran to a 25-7 overall record and an 11-5 Big Ten mark (Tied-2nd).
OSU was dealt a blow in the offseason when returning starter Kalpana Beach suffered a torn ACL and was knocked out for the season. Despite the setback, senior guards Tayler Hill and Amber Stokes kept the Buckeyes in the top 25 by running to a 10-3 non-conference mark. However, Stokes suffered a sprained knee against Illinois on Jan. 6 and missed four games. Stokes was expected to miss four weeks, but returned to action in Ohio State's 71-56 loss to No. 8 Penn State in Columbus on Sunday afternoon.
Stokes scored four points in 20 minutes against Penn State, as the Lady Lions notched their 14th consecutive Big Ten regular-season win.
Although OSU has been somewhat short-handed, they have continued to be competitive in the conference. OSU suffered a 77-71 overtime loss at Iowa to open Big Ten play. After taking a 79-73 home loss to Illinois, the Buckeyes suffered an 83-74 loss at Minnesota on Jan. 10. Just four days later, a Buckeye unit that was without Stokes, Hill (flu) and Maleeka Kynard (injury), battled Purdue to three overtimes in West Lafayette, Ind., before falling 82-75 on Jan. 14. OSU's lone Big Ten win came in a 68-45 run past Indiana Jan. 17, before suffering a 68-49 loss at Wisconsin Jan. 20.
Despite being limited by the loss of multiple starters, Ohio State still features one of the Big Ten's most explosive offenses. OSU is averaging 69.8 points per game, led by Hill's Big Ten-leading 21.0 points per contest. In Big Ten play, the Buckeyes have averaged 66.6 points per game with Hill averaging an astounding 24.5 points per contest, including 28 of OSU's 56 points in the loss to Penn State Sunday.
Hill has been extremely dangerous from long range at home, hitting 43.9 percent (36-82) of her three-point attempts, compared to just 24.6 percent (14-57) on the road. As a team, Ohio State is shooting 38.8 percent from three-point range and just 23.5 percent on the road.
Stokes has averaged 9.4 points per game on the year but has scored just 10 points in 66 minutes in three Big Ten games. Junior forward Darryce Moore has stepped into the Buckeye starting five and is averaging 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in league play. Fellow junior Ashley Adams, a 6-5 center, has added 7.1 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds in Big Ten play. Adams is averaging 9.1 points and 6.8 boards on the year.
Freshman point guard Ameryst Alston has turned up her production significantly in Big Ten play, averaging 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and a team-best 3.4 assists in the conference. She earned Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors by scoring 24 points and dishing out five assists while playing all 55 minutes at Purdue. She is averaging 6.3 points and 3.0 assists per game on the year.
Sophomore guard Raven Ferguson has stepped into the starting lineup and is averaging 7.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in conference play. On the year, she is averaging 6.7 points and 2.7 boards per game.
Although they have suffered some key injuries, Ohio State still has one of the deepest benches in the Big Ten. Eight different players have earned starts for OSU in Big Ten play, while 13 players have seen action in Big Ten contests.
Aleksandra Dobranic, a 6-4 junior center, has made nine starts on the year and is averaging 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds. Martina Ellerbe, a 6-2 junior forward, has earned one non-conference start and is averaging 3.1 points and 2.6 boards. Cait Craft, a 5-8 freshman guard and the younger sister of Buckeye men's point guard Aaron Craft, started OSU's triple-overtime loss at Purdue and played 51 minutes. She is averaging 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
Senior forward Emilee Harman (2.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg), and sophomore guards Shelbi Honeycutt (1.1 ppg, 0.5 rpg) and Amy Scullion (0.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg) also have seen significant playing time.
While Ohio State's offense has continued to put up points, the Buckeyes' defense has suffered, especially with the loss of Stokes - the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Ohio State has surrendered 72.1 points per contest in league play while being outrebounded by 1.4 boards per game in Big Ten action. Big Ten opponents are hitting 42.9 percent of their shots and 84.2 percent of their free throws.
Nebraska vs. Ohio State Series History
Nebraska's all-time series with Ohio State is tied at four wins apiece. The No. 24 Huskers won the last meeting, 77-62, over the No. 14 Buckeyes in the semifinals of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis on March 3. It was the second win for the Huskers over OSU in a week, after No. 23 NU rolled to a 71-57 win over No. 8 OSU in Lincoln on Feb. 26.
Ohio State won the first meeting between the two schools as Big Ten foes last year as No. 10 OSU cruised to an 82-68 win over No. 20 Nebraska at Value City Arena on Jan. 19, 2012.
The Buckeyes own a 3-1 edge over the Huskers in the all-time series in Columbus, Ohio. NU's 63-54 win at Ohio State came on Dec. 2, 1990. NU added a 60-55 win over the Buckeyes in Lincoln on Dec. 12, 2003, before OSU reeled off four consecutive wins (2004-05, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2011-12).
Big Red's Big Three Leading Huskers in Big Ten Play
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore leads Nebraska with 15.9 points, 5.4 assists and 2.1 steals in Big Ten action. Junior forward Jordan Hooper has nearly averaged a double-double with 15.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
Sophomore forward Emily Cady is also just short of double-double production in Big Ten action, averaging 10.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in conference play.
Cady is also shooting team bests of 53.3 percent from three-point range and 85.2 percent at the free throw line, while adding 1.7 assists in Big Ten action.
Moore, Hooper Rank High in Big Ten Stats
Lindsey Moore leads the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1-to-1) with 110 assists and 53 turnovers through 20 games. It is one of eight categories in which Moore ranks among the top 15 in the Big Ten.
The senior point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks third in three-point field goal percentage (.421), fourth in assists (5.5 apg), and eighth overall in field goal percentage (.471). She ranks ninth in the Big Ten in scoring (15.3 ppg), and is tied for 10th with 2.0 steals per contest. Moore is 13th in three-pointers made (1.6) and 14th in free throw percentage (.792).
Hooper ranks among the top 10 in the Big Ten in six categories. She is No. 4 in the league with her 8.8 rebounds per game, while ranking fifth in the conference in scoring at 18.2 points per contest. She is sixth in the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game with 2.6, while ranking ninth in free throw percentage (.803). She ranks fourth in defensive (5.8) and fifth in offensive (3.0) rebounding.
Moore, Hooper Second Active NU Teammates Across 1,400 Points
Lindsey Moore (1,466) and Jordan Hooper (1,442) became just the second set of active teammates in Nebraska history with 1,400 or more points apiece when Hooper crossed the mark last week.
Moore enters the Ohio State game needing 34 points to reach 1,500, while Hooper is just 24 points behind Moore despite playing 34 fewer games.
The duo joins Maurtice Ivy and Angie Miller in 1986-87 as the only Huskers to play together in the same season with 1,400 or more career points.
Ivy (1,578) and Miller (1,541) ended 1986-87 with more than 1,500 points apiece. No Husker teammates have ever reached 1,600 career points in the same year. Ivy finished her career with 2,131 points.
Hooper Eighth Husker with 1,400 Points, 600 Rebounds
Jordan Hooper is one of only eight Huskers in history with 1,400 points and 600 career rebounds and has pushed her career totals to 1,442 points and 686 rebounds. Only six previous Huskers have reached the 1,400-point, 700-rebound club in their careers, and Hooper needs 14 rebounds to achieve the mark.
Hooper reached the 1,400/600 mark in her 82nd career game at Nebraska. No other member of NU's 1,400/600 list played fewer than 107 games, and four of them played more than 125 in their careers.
Nebraska's distinguished 1,400/600 list includes first-team All-Americans Karen Jennings (2,405 points/1,000 rebounds) and Kelsey Griffin (2,033/1,019), along with 1988 Big Eight Player-of-the-Year Maurtice Ivy (2,131/778). Two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge (1,859/804), Debra Powell (1,843/750), Kathy Hagerstrom (1,778/874) and Angie Miller (1,541/661) are also in that elite group.
Hooper has climbed to No. 8 on NU's all-time rebounding list, passing Jan Crouch (681, 1976-79) at No. 8 with seven boards in the Huskers' win over No. 25 Michigan State Jan. 24.
Yori Shoots for 400th Career Coaching Win
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori takes aim at her 400th career victory as a head coach when the Huskers take on Ohio State in Columbus on Thursday.
Earlier this season, Yori became the first women's basketball coach in Nebraska history to reach the 200-win milestone at the school with NU's 84-39 win over Grambling State on Dec. 29, 2012. Yori also recorded her first win as Nebraska's coach against Grambling State on Nov. 22, 2002.
Yori, who was the 2010 National Coach of the Year, has improved her Husker career mark to 204-132 (.607). In NU's second game this season, Yori became the winningest women's basketball coach in NU history with a win over Temple Nov. 11, 2012. The victory over the Owls increased Yori's win total to 192 at the start of her 11th season at NU. She moved past former Husker Coach Angela Beck (1986-97) atop Nebraska's all-time win list. Beck posted a 191-128 record (.599) in 11 seasons at the helm of the Huskers.
On the men's side, only Danny Nee and Joe Cipriano have produced 200 basketball victories at Nebraska. Nee won 254 games in 14 seasons coaching the Huskers from 1987 to 2000. Cipriano earned 253 wins in 17 seasons from 1964 to 1980.
Moore's Starting Streak Among Nation's Longest
Lindsey Moore's streak of 118 consecutive starts for the Huskers is tied with Penn State's Nikki Greene for the second-longest active starting streak in the nation.
Moore's streak trails only Texas Tech's Monique Smalls, who owns 121 straight starts (102, plus 20 in 2012-13).
Greene joins Moore with 118 straight starts. Greene has started 118 consecutive games (99, plus 19 in 2012-13).
Moore Dishes Out 600 Career Assists
Lindsey Moore became just the second Husker in history to reach the 600-career assist mark against Illinois Jan. 17.
The 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks No. 2 on the Husker all-time assist chart with 614, trailing only school record holder Meggan Yedsena (696, 1991-94). Moore is just the eighth player in Big Ten Conference history to reach 600 career assists.
Moore, a Nancy Lieberman Award candidate, needs 82 assists to catch Yedsena at the top of the Husker assist list. Moore is averaging 5.5 assists in 2012-13.
Moore crossed the century mark in assists as a senior with seven at Minnesota Jan. 20 to push her season total to 110. She joined Yedsena as the only Huskers in history to record 100 or more assists in four separate seasons.
Last season, Moore dished out 167 assists in 33 games, while distributing 183 assists as a sophomore in 2010-11. She opened her career with 154 assists as a freshman in 2009-10.
Moore has produced a career-high 11 assists on four occasions (at Iowa, Jan. 8, 2012; Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 15, 2011; Florida A&M, Jan. 2, 2011; vs. UCLA, March 23, 2010). She has a season-high nine assists (Northern Arizona, Nov. 16) in 2012-13 and five games with eight or more assists this season.
Huskers Battle Past No. 25 Spartans
Jordan Hooper scored a game-high 25 points as Nebraska outlasted No. 25 Michigan State, 59-54, in a defensive struggle at the Bob Devaney Sports on Jan. 24. It was the Huskers' second win over a top-25 foe this season, joining a December victory over then-No. 24 Florida State.
Hooper, who hit 9-of-18 shots from the field, including 3-of-7 three-pointers, became the first opponent leading scorer to get her season average against the stingy Spartan defense. MSU entered the contest surrendering just 47 points per game, while Hooper was averaging 17.8 points per game on the year.
Hooper led a dominant Nebraska inside game that outscored the Spartans 34-18 in the paint. Hooper added seven rebounds to help the Huskers outrebound Michigan State 39-38, after MSU entered the game with a plus-11.2 rebound margin in Big Ten play.
Michigan State was led by a career-high 22 points from Kiona Johnson, who hit a career-high four three-pointers on the night, going 4-for-9 from long range. She entered the contest 2-of-23 on the year.
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore added 12 points and game highs with six assists and three steals. All eight Huskers who played in the game found the scoring column, including six points, five rebounds and three assists from sophomore forward Emily Cady. Hailie Sample added four points and six rebounds, while Tear'a Laudermill pitched in four points and two assists.
Nebraska took a 30-23 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to 50 percent (13-26) shooting for the Huskers. NU got to the rim time after time in the first half, and Hooper hit a pair long three-pointers over the outstretched arms of Spartan defenders. She led the Huskers with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the opening period. Nebraska's defense was solid in the first half, holding the Spartans to just 25.8 percent (8-31) shooting from the field, including 2-of-7 from long range.
Hooper scored NU's first five points of the second half to help the Huskers stay in control. The Spartans cut the lead to three points at 37-34 on a three-pointer by Courtney Schiffauer with 15:17 left. Schiffauer finished with 11 points on the night on 3-of-4 shooting and a 4-of-5 effort at the line.
But the Spartans could get no closer. Akyah Taylor hit a putback for MSU with 12:38 left to keep the NU margin at 43-39, but the Huskers held the Spartans without a field goal for the next nine minutes.
Moore scored a pair of layups as NU rebuilt its lead to seven at 47-40. Three free throws put the Husker margin at 50-41, before a Hooper layup finally gave Nebraska a double-digit lead at 52-41 with 3:56 left. Nebraska maintained a 10-point lead at 58-48 with 1:15 left, before Michigan State got a couple of late layups from Thomas to cut the final margin to five. Thomas finished with 10 points.
Cady Doing Double Duty in Big Ten Play
Sophomore Emily Cady has her second Big Ten campaign off to a strong start by averaging 10.7 points and 9.7 rebounds through seven conference games. Cady, who owns a trio of Big Ten double-doubles after her 12-point, 10-rebound effort at Minnesota Jan. 20, is nearly averaging a double-double in league play. Cady, a 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., opened with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in Nebraska's 70-52 win over Wisconsin Jan. 2. She hit 6-of-9 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 three-pointers to tie another career best. She also dished out three assists, snagged two steals and blocked a shot against the Badgers. The performance marked Cady's first double-double of the season.
She notched her second Big Ten double with 11 points and 10 rebounds at Indiana Jan. 10. Cady hit 3-of-4 shots from the field, including her lone three-point attempt, and went 4-for-4 at the line. She added two steals and an assist against the Hoosiers. Cady produced a 17-point, nine-rebound effort at No. 8 Penn State, when she went 3-of-4 from three-point range. She added seven points and 12 rebounds in the loss to No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5, and nine points and eight rebounds against Illinois Jan. 17.
In Big Ten games, Cady is shooting 44 percent (22-50) from the field, including 53.3 percent (8-15) from long range. She also has connected on 23-of-27 free throws.
The increased production in conference play is nothing new for Cady, who averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in conference action last season. She earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, after averaging 7.3 points and 5.8 boards in regular-season non-conference play.
Overall, Cady averaged 9.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game to go along with a team-best 28 blocked shots in 2011-12. In three games against Ohio State last season, Cady averaged 19.3 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 61.1 percent (22-38) from the field and 42.9 percent (6-14) from three-point range. She posted career highs of 24 point in each of the 2012 regular-season meetings with the Buckeyes.
Five of Cady's six career double-doubles have come against Big Ten competition and the sixth came against Kansas in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. She notched her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in NU's triple-overtime win at Purdue on Feb. 2, 2012.
Cady, who has started 53 straight games, is averaging 9.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals overall. She owns nine double-figure scoring efforts and six double-digit rebounding games as a sophomore to push her career total to 13.
Freshman Theriot Growing Up in Big Ten Play
Rachel Theriot is coming on strong in Big Ten and produced arguably her best effort of the season at Minnesota Jan. 20. The 6-0 guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, played a career-high 39 points and scored 13 points to go along with career highs of three three-pointers and eight assists in the win over the Golden Gophers. The effort earned her Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors for the second time.
Theriot has increased her overall season averages to 4.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists. In Big Ten play, Theriot is averaging 6.9 points, 3.4 boards and 3.7 assists per contest.
Through the first 12 games this season, Theriot was averaging just 3.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Over the last seven contests, The freshman has turned up her production to 7.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists. She owns a trio of double-figure scoring efforts in that stretch, after not scoring more than six points in any of the first 12 games.
Theriot scored a career-high 14 points while adding six assists and four rebounds in a win at Indiana Jan. 10. She hit 7-of-9 shots from the field, including all five of her first-half attempts, to carry Nebraska to a 20-point halftime lead. She captured the first Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award of career Dec. 31, after notching her first double-figure scoring performance against Grambling State Dec. 20.
Theriot has played in all 20 games while making 14 straight starts, despite battling a foot injury.
Laudermill Igniting Huskers at Both Ends off Bench
Tear'a Laudermill is showing growth and maturity in her game over the past two months. The 5-9 sophomore guard from Riverside, Calif., has developed into a consistent offensive threat off the bench while providing pesky defense as Nebraska's defensive hound.
Laudermill matched her career high with 14 points in NU's win at Indiana Jan. 10, and made it nearly impossible for the Hoosier guards to initiate Indiana's offense. She played a major role in holding the Hoosiers to just 24 points in the game's first 33 minutes.
After scoring only six total points in Nebraska's first four games this season, Laudermill had scored at least four points 14 straight contests before settling for two points in NU's 84-63 win at Minnesota. She added four points, two assists and two rebounds in the win over No. 25 Michigan State Jan. 24. For the season, Laudermill ranks fourth among the Huskers in scoring with 5.8 points per game, while ranking third on the team with 24 steals - one more than her season total from 2011-12.
Laudermill has been even better in Big Ten play, averaging 6.4 points while shooting 43.5 percent from the field. She also has improved immensely at the free throw line. As a freshman, she hit just 22-of-42 free throws (.524), but enters the Ohio State game 20-of-26 (.769) this season.
Moore Set for 119th Straight Start at Ohio State
Senior All-America candidate Lindsey Moore is expected to make the 119th consecutive start of her career at Ohio State Jan. 31. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., has started every game of her career since leading the Huskers to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and the Big 12 title as a freshman in 2009-10. Moore owns an 83-35 record as Nebraska's starting point guard and has guided the Huskers to a pair of NCAA Tournaments.
Meggan Yedsena (1991-94) owns the Nebraska record for consecutive career starts, after she started all 120 games in her outstanding four-year career from 1990-91 through 1993-94. Yedsena is the only Husker in history to start every game of a four-year career. Kelsey Griffin, a 2010 first-team All-American and a teammate of Moore's in 2009-10, owns the NU career record with 127 starts.
Moore's Minutes Could Be Unmatched in Husker History
In addition to challenging the Nebraska record for most consecutive starts and career starts in Husker history this season, Lindsey Moore is on pace to shatter the NU record for minutes played.
The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks second on the NU career list with 3,835 minutes played after passing Nicole Kubik (3,798) with 39 minutes played in NU's win over No. 25 Michigan State on Jan. 24. Moore needs 160 minutes to catch school record holder Meggan Yedsena, who played 3,995 in 120 career games from 1990-91 to 1993-94.
Moore Nearing Nebraska Top 10 in Career Steals
Lindsey Moore enters the Ohio State game with 188 career steals, needing two more takeaways to join Lis Brenden (190, 1993-96) at No. 10 on Nebraska's all-time list. Moore, who set a career-best with 72 steals as a junior in 2011-12, owns 40 steals in 2012-13, including four in the Big Ten-opening win over Wisconsin, three at Minnesota on Jan. 20 and three more against No. 25 Michigan State Jan. 24.
Maurer Announces End to Husker Career
Nebraska junior Adrianna Maurer decided to end her playing career for the Huskers because of continuing back pain, Coach Connie Yori announced on Monday, Jan. 7.
Maurer, a 6-3 center from Shawnee Mission, Kan., played in nine non-conference games and averaged 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in 2012-13, after returning to the court following major back surgery in mid-January of 2012. She appeared in 10 non-conference games as a sophomore before her back injury sidelined her from competition.
In 43 career games, Maurer scored 113 points and grabbed 91 rebounds. She was the only center on Nebraska's roster this season.
"Adri put in a tremendous amount of work during the offseason to put herself in a position to get back on the court, but her back pain has returned to the point that it is not in her best interest to continue to play basketball," Yori said. "She has experienced a lot of pain the past two seasons, and hopefully with rest, she can lead a normal life after basketball. Adri is an outstanding student, and we expect her to continue to do a great job as she focuses on academics."
Nebraska Celebrates Final Basketball Season at Devaney Center
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will celebrate their final season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center throughout the 2012-13 campaign. The Huskers will move into the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln in October of 2013. The arena, which is set for completion next fall, will become the new home of Husker men's and women's basketball in 2013-14.
As part of the festivities at the Devaney Center during 2012-13, the Huskers plan to highlight the greatest moments and greatest players in the 37-year history of the Devaney Center At each men's and women's basketball home game during the season, HuskerVision will produce a big screen feature showcasing one of the most memorable moments in men's and women's basketball history.
On the women's side, long-time Husker Sports Network basketball broadcasters Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch compiled the list along with Mike Babcock, who researched and wrote a detailed history of Husker women's basketball in 2000. The women's basketball moments range from Jan Crouch's 27-point performance on opening night on Nov. 12, 1976 to Lindsey Moore's triple-double on Jan. 2, 2011. They include championship celebrations in 1988 and 2010 and historic victories throughout the decades, while recognizing Husker legends such as Karen Jennings, Maurtice Ivy, Kelsey Griffin, Anna DeForge, Amy Stephens and more.
During the season, fans also will be able to join the discussion through social media, offering their most memorable moments at the Devaney Center.
The Nebraska Athletic Department created a special "Devaney Center Final Season" logo that is displayed on giant banners draped outside above the north and south entrances of the Devaney Center.
Big Ten Ranks High in National RPI
The Big Ten is proving itself as an improved women's basketball conference in 2012-13. RealTimeRPI ranks the conference No. 2 nationally among all conferences, trailing only the Big 12 this season, ranking ahead of the SEC (3), ACC (4), Big East (5) and Pac-12 (6) among the top conferences in the nation.
Penn State (7), Purdue (10), Iowa (16) give the Big Ten three top-25 RPI teams, according to the official NCAA RPI rankings (Jan. 28). Michigan (32), Michigan State (36) and Nebraska (38) provide the conference with six top-50 RPI squads. Minnesota (56), Ohio State (70) and Illinois (73) put nine league teams among the top 75, while Wisconsin (86) and Northwestern (99) give the Big Ten 11 teams in the RPI top 100. Indiana (166) is the only Big Ten team outise the top 100 among the 345 NCAA Division I women's basketball schools.
Hooper, Moore Earn Spots on Wade, Naismith, Wooden Lists
Junior Jordan Hooper and senior Lindsey Moore are being mentioned among the top players in the nation in 2012-13, and are candidates for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden awards.
Hooper and Moore were among 25 college players named to the 2012-13 preseason Wade Watch List, announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Sept. 18. They joined each other on the Preseason Wooden Award Top 30 on Nov. 9. They appeared on their first national player-of-the-year watch list together last season, when they were both included in the Naismith Midseason 32 and they earned spots on the 2013 Naismith Trophy Preseason Top 50 on Nov. 15.
Hooper and Moore are the first Husker teammates in history named to any of the three major national player-of-the-year watch lists at the same time.
In 2011-12, Hooper was an Associated Press Honorable-Mention All-American, while earning WBCA All-Region 6 honors. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., was also one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, and a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament team after averaging 18.9 points and a Big Ten-best 9.3 rebounds per game.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of eight finalists for the 2012 Nancy Lieberman Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top point guard. Moore joined Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournment Team and was a second-team All-Big Ten choice. Moore ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in assists (5.1 apg), No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) and No. 7 in scoring (15.7 ppg).
Former Nebraska All-American Karen Jennings won the Wade Trophy in 1993, while All-American Kelsey Griffin was a finalist for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden awards in 2010.
Hooper, Moore Earn Preseason All-Big Ten Honors
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore captured All-Big Ten honors while the Huskers were picked to finish second in the conference, when preseason polls were announced by the Big Ten Oct. 25.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team by both the conference coaches and media. In 2011-12, Hooper was one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, while also earning Big Ten All-Tournament honors. She ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.3 ppg), while leading the Big Ten in both rebounding (9.3 rpg) and double-doubles (14) last season.
Moore, a 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of five preseason All-Big Ten picks by the conference media. Moore ranked No. 7 in the Big Ten in scoring (15.7 ppg), No. 2 in assists (5.1 apg) and No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) in 2011-12. Moore earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior, while joining Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Defending regular-season champion Penn State was the choice of the coaches and the media to win the 2013 Big Ten title. The Huskers were picked second in both polls, while Purdue was the coaches' selection to finish third. Ohio State was the media's choice to finish third.
Huskers Load Up 2012-13 Schedule
Nebraska's 31-game regular-season schedule features 19 games against 2012 postseason squads. NU's schedule is highlighted by 13 games against 2012 NCAA Tourament teams, including a matchup with Elite Eight qualifier Maryland and two games with NCAA Sweet 16 Penn State. The Huskers play three games against 2012 WNIT teams and three contests against WBI participants.
The Huskers also play seven games against six teams that won conference titles in 2012. Maryland headlines the list of conference champs after claiming the 2012 ACC Tournament title. The Terps finished with a 31-5 record at No. 6 in the AP poll. NU also faces Big Ten regular-season champ Penn State twice and Big Ten Tournament champ Purdue once. In non-conference play, the Huskers tangled with Big Sky Conference champ Idaho State, Missouri Valley Conference champ Creighton and Summit League Conference champ South Dakota State.
Big Red, Big Ten Schedule Strengths on the Rise
Nebraska's Strength of Schedule continues to climb according to RealTime RPI, which lists the Huskers' SOS No. 23 in the nation. Overall, the Big Ten schedule strength's are impressive, including Penn State (11), Iowa (12), Wisconsin (21), Purdue (25), Illinois (31), Ohio State (34), Michigan (44), Northwestern (46), Minnesota (51), Michigan State (61) and Indiana (124) through games Jan. 28.
Nebraska is facing one of the toughest regular-season schedules in school history in 2012-13. NU's Strength of Schedule has ranked among the top 30 nationally in four of the past five seasons, and the Huskers have faced a top-25 schedule so far in 2012-13. Six of Nebraska's non-conference opponents won 20 or more games last season, led by Maryland's 31.
Perhaps an even stronger indicator of the depth of Nebraska's schedule is that the Huskers will play 20 games against teams that won 18 or more games, while 12 of the Huskers' 13 non-conference opponents won at least 14 games a year ago.
Injuries Continue to Slow Down Huskers
Nebraska's offseason featured a laundry list of injuries. NU's entire starting five played injured in the Huskers' NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas to end the 2011-12 season.
Emily Cady underwent offseason knee surgery, while Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample each took extended rest to recover from stress reactions in their legs following NU's four games in four days at the Big Ten Tournament. Cady entered the season as one of the healthiest Huskers, while Hooper and Sample were limited by injuries. Lindsey Moore was slowed by a reoccurring injury, while NU's lone center Adrianna Maurer tried to recover from major back surgery in January of 2012. Maurer announced the end of her basketball career at Nebraska on Jan. 7, 2013, because of continuing pain. Senior forward Meghin Williams has been limited in practice throughout her four-year career by foot injuries.
Freshman guard Rachel Theriot missed nearly three weeks of practice with a stress reaction in her foot, bringing the list of Huskers severely limited in practice to seven on a daily basis.
Nebraska's other freshmen, Courtney Aitken and Sadie Murren, and sophomores Brandi Jeffery, Tear'a Laudermill and Katie Simon were healthy throughout fall practice. However, Aitken has been wearing a walking boot on her foot since mid-December and has not played since Dec. 5. Jeffery did not play at Penn State Jan. 13 because of a foot injury. She returned for limited minutes off the bench against Illinois and Minnesota but is still listed as day-to-day. She did not player against No. 25 Michigan State. Murren missed the Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan State games with a back injury and is also day-to-day.
NU's Four Returning Starters Solid for 53 Straight Games
After starting 33 consecutive games together in 2011-12, Nebraska's four returning starters Lindsey Moore (118), Jordan Hooper (84) and sophomores Emily Cady (53) and Hailie Sample (53) have started all 20 games together in 2012-13.
However, Nebraska's fifth starting spot has changed in 2012-13 with sophomore guard Brandi Jeffery starting NU's first six games and freshman Rachel Theriot starting the Huskers' last 14 contests.
In 2011-12, fifth-year senior guard Kaitlyn Burke joined Moore, Hooper, Cady and Sample in NU's starting lineup for every game.
Consistent starting lineups are nothing new for the Huskers under Coach Connie Yori. In fact, three times in Yori's 11 seasons Nebraska has used the same starting five for every game in a season, including all 33 games in 2011-12. The 2006-07 Huskers featured the same starting five for 32 games on their way to a 22-10 season and the NCAA Tournament. Yori's 2003-04 Huskers also used the same starting five for 30 games on their way to an 18-12 season and a WNIT bid.
A full year with the same starting five is rare in women's college basketball. In fact, Nebraska was the only Big Ten team to feature the same starting five throughout 2011-12, and was one of only three teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament to start the same five every game. Kansas State and BYU were the others.
Over the past eight seasons (including 2012-13), Nebraska has used only 20 different starting lineups in 246 games.
Moore, Hooper Climbing Nebraska Career Scoring List
Lindsey Moore and Jordan Hooper have flown up the Nebraska career scoring chart during their time as Huskers. Moore, a 5-9 senior guard from Covington, Wash., ranks No. 11 at Nebraska with 1,466 points, and needs 34 points to reach 1,500. Moore is 75 points behind Angie Miller (1,541, 1984-87) in 10th place on the Huskers' all-time scoring list.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., ranks No. 12 on the Husker scoring list with 1,442 points. Hooper needs 24 points to catch Moore despite playing 34 fewer games. In 2011-12, Hooper became NU's first sophomore to reach 1,000 career points, achieving the mark in her 60th game.
Hooper Building Off Super Sophomore Campaign
Jordan Hooper became the first sophomore in school history to produce 600 points and 300 rebounds in the same season, finishing the 2011-12 campaign with 624 points and 306 boards. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., became just the fourth Husker ever to accomplish the feat.
Hooper, an honorable-mention AP All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten pick, set the Nebraska sophomore single-season scoring record with 624 points. She eclipsed the 609 points scored by Kiera Hardy in 2004-05. Hooper's 306 rebounds marked the third-highest total in school history by a sophomore, trailing only 372 by Janet Smith in 40 games in 1979-80) and 314 by Carol Garey in 36 games in 1978-79. Hooper's 9.3 rebounds per game matched Smith's sophomore record. Only one other sophomore in NU history - Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-81) scored 500 points and grabbed 250 boards.
Hooper's sophomore production was on a similar level to the two most productive seasons in school history. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner and a first-team All-American, produced 810 points and 319 rebounds in 32 games as a junior in 1991-92. Kelsey Griffin, a finalist for every national player-of-the-year award in 2010 and a first-team All-American, produced 685 points and 354 rebounds in 34 games as a senior.
Fastbreakers Announce Backboard Event Schedule
The Fastbreakers Booster Club set the dates for three Backboard Events during the 2012-13 season. The events, which are held in the northwest corner of the upper concourse at the Devaney Center, tipped off on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m., 90 minutes before Nebraska's game against Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The second Backboard Event was held prior to Nebraska's Big Ten clash with Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tip time was 1 p.m., while the banquet began at 11:30 a.m.
This season's Backboard Events conclude with a luncheon prior to Nebraska's Big Ten regular-season finale with Penn State on March 3. The start times of the luncheon and game will be announced at a later date, after the Big Ten Network makes its television picks for the final two games of the season across the conference.
Each event is scheduled to begin 90 minutes prior to tip-off of each game and will feature a speaker from the women's basketball staff. The cost of each event is $15 per person, and spots must be reserved no later than one week in advance of the event, either on-line at www.Huskers.com/donate (online registration available for current Fastbreakers Club members only), by calling the Huskers Athletic Fund at (402) 472-2367.
Fastbreakers Announce Plans for Three Bus Trips
Fastbreakers followed the Huskers to their first road game of the season, when Nebraska took on South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D., on Sunday, Nov. 18. The Fastbreakers also took a bus to Omaha for Nebraska's annual clash with Creighton on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
The final road trip of the season is set for Nebraska's appearance at the Big Ten Tournament March 7-10 in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Fastbreakers will leave Lincoln for the Chicago area on Wednesday, March 6 and will return following the Huskers' appearance at the tournament. The cost of bus ride is $170, and does not include game tickets. Beverages on the bus are included in the price, but no meals are included.
For more details on the 2012-13 Fastbreaker Bus Trips, contact Doug Fry at email@example.com or call (402) 617-7039. All trips must be booked and paid for two weeks prior to departure.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper has climbed into a tie for third on Nebraska's career double-double list after producing her seventh of the 2012-13 season with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Indiana Jan. 10. It was Hooper's second straight double-double following a 15-point, 14-rebound effort against No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5. Hooper owns 24 career double-doubles, matching Nafeesah Brown on the NU career chart.
In non-conference play, Hooper notched 24 points and 14 rebounds in NU's win at South Florida on Dec. 16. It was Hooper's second straight double-double, after producing 36 points and 12 boards in a win over No. 24 Florida State on Dec. 8.
Hooper became just the seventh Husker in history to produce at least 20 career double-doubles, when she registered 29 points and 10 boards in NU's win over Idaho State on Dec. 1. Hooper added a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Sam Houston State Nov. 20, after notching her first double-double of the year with 12 points and 14 boards against Temple Nov. 11.
Hooper led the Big Ten and ranked among the top 25 players nationally with 14 double-doubles in 2011-12. Hooper, who produced double figures in 32 of Nebraska's 33 games, recorded 14 double-figure rebounding performances as a sophomore. Hooper's 14 double-doubles ranked as the third-highest single-season total in school history, trailing only first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin's 20 in 2009-10, and Nafeesah Brown's 16 in 1993-94. Griffin and Brown were both seniors when they produced their impressive double-figure totals.
Hooper became just the fifth player in Nebraska history to post double-figure double-doubles in a season, joining Griffin (10, 2006-07, 20, 2009-10), Brown (16, 1993-94), Karen Jennings (13, 1990-91, 13, 1991-92), Maurtice Ivy (10, 1985-86) and Carol Garey (10, 1978-79).
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game loss to No. 21 Purdue on March 4. She added 21 points and 10 rebounds against No. 14 Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals March 3, and 15 points and 10 boards in little more than a half against Iowa in the Big Ten quarterfinals on March 2.
Hooper produced arguably her most eye-popping double-double with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in NU's win over Wisconsin Feb. 19, 2012. Her 18 boards tied for the 12th-highest total in school history and were the most by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper added back-to-back double-doubles with 22 points and 15 rebounds against Iowa Jan. 26, and 12 points and 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 29. She notched double-doubles in a personal-best four straight games from Dec. 18, 2011 to Jan. 5, 2012.
Huskers, Big Ten Earn Top 25 Mention in Polls
Nebraska continues to receive votes in both major national polls, after having its school-record streak of 24 straight weeks listed in at least one of the major national top 25 polls snapped Jan. 14-15.
In the Big Ten, Penn State and Purdue have been ranked in the top 25 in every poll this season, while the Huskers spent 10 weeks in the USA Today top 25 and six weeks in the AP Poll. Ohio State appeared in every USA Today poll until dropping out Jan. 8. The Buckeyes slipped from the AP Poll on Dec. 17.
Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa have given the Big Ten seven different teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25 so far this season. Illinois (AP, Jan. 7) and Minnesota (USA, Nov. 20) give the balanced Big Ten nine teams that have received votes in at least one poll this season.
Nebraska non-conference opponents have also littered the polls this season, led by AP No. 10 Maryland and AP No. 20 Florida State. Creighton and South Florida have also received votes in numerous polls.
Yori's Huskers Own Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska has made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori's 11 seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers' 59-54 win over No. 25 Michigan State on Jan. 24, 2013, marked NU's 27th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori, including the second this season. Nebraska also knocked off then-No. 24 Florida State, 78-77, on Dec. 8, 2012. It was the Seminoles' first loss of the season.
The Huskers defeated No. 14 Ohio State (March 3, 2012), after knocking off the No. 8 Buckeyes (Feb. 26). The first win over OSU marked NU's sixth victory over a top-10 foe under Yori. Prior to Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers owned just one win over a top 10 opponent in school history.
NU produced five wins over AP Top 25 teams (at game time) in 2011-12, including a 93-89 triple overtime win at No. 15 Purdue (Feb. 2). The Huskers also knocked off No. 16 Penn State (Dec. 30) on the road in their first-ever Big Ten Conference game, while defeating No. 23 USC (Nov. 18) at the Devaney Center.
In 2009-10, the Huskers set the school single-season mark with eight wins over top-25 teams. NU's top-25 wins that season came against No. 5 LSU, No. 9 Baylor, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 Iowa State, No. 16 Iowa State and No. 22 UCLA. The win over No. 9 Baylor and freshman Brittney Griner, was Nebraska's first-ever road win over a top-10 team. The Huskers' three wins over top-10 foes in 2009-10, matched Nebraska's previous total from the previous 35 seasons.
The highest-ranked team Nebraska has ever defeated was the 2004-05 Baylor team that went on to win the national title. NU outlasted No. 2 BU, 103-99 in triple overtime on Jan. 12, 2005. The Huskers' 21-point win over No. 10 OSU on Feb. 3, 2010, marked NU's largest victory margin ever over a top-10 team. Nebraska's 29-point win over No. 14 Iowa State in 2005 was NU's largest victory margin in history over a top-25 foe. Nebraska's 56-45 win over No. 15 Texas at the Devaney Center in 2008 also marked the lowest point total ever allowed by the Huskers against a ranked opponent.
Before Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers had not defeated a top-10 team since a 73-67 win over No. 9 Iowa on Dec. 8, 1996, and had never beaten a top-five opponent.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
The Huskers produced a 13-3 record at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2011-12. Since the Devaney Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 385-129 (.749) in games played in the arena, including 143-87 (.622) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 121-33 (.786) at the Devaney Center.
NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in 10 consecutive seasons, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2009-10. NU was 11-4 at home in 2010-11. The Huskers are 10-3 at the Devaney Center in 2012-13.
Big Ten Network Providing Major Exposure for Huskers
For the second consecutive season, Nebraska expects to have every regular-season and postseason game available in video form for Husker fans to follow all the action.
For the first time in school history in 2011-12, all 33 games played by the Huskers were delivered by national television or live video streams to Husker fans. In 2012-13, Nebraska expects its highest level of national TV exposure in school history, while adding two outstanding alternative video streaming sources.
Overall, the Huskers expect to have a minimum of 10 regular-season games televised nationally, including seven by the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com. Nebraska's battle with Purdue will be televised nationally by CBS on Jan. 5, while the Huskers' clash with Penn State on Jan. 13 will be carried live on ESPN2. NU's non-conference road game at USC (Nov. 23) was televised by the Pac-12 Network. Nebraska's final two games of the year at Wisconsin and at home against Penn State could be carried by the Big Ten Network.
The Big Ten Network will also distribute at least nine other Nebraska women's basketball games through live video streams on BTN.com. For complete television and live-stream listings, visit Huskers.com. Fans can subscribe to BTN.com by visiting http://video.btn.com/allaccess. A yearly subscription for all Nebraska events on BTN.com is just $79.95. Fans can gain access to every Big Ten event stream for just $119.95 per year. Monthly subscriptions are also available. Two of NU's BTN.com games (Michigan State, Jan. 24; Minnesota, Feb. 3) are being televised live statewide in Nebraska by NET.
HuskersNside also provides Husker fans more video streaming opportunities on the Internet. Nebraska's premium site on Huskers.com streamed NU's exhibition finale against Nebraska-Kearney (Nov. 4), before streaming the season opener against North Carolina A&T (Nov. 9). Non-conference home games against Northern Arizona (Nov. 16), Idaho State (Dec. 1), Florida State (Dec. 8) and Grambling State (Dec. 29) also will be streamed through HuskersNside.
Nebraska's road games at South Dakota State (Nov. 18), Creighton (Dec. 5) and at South Florida (Dec. 16) all shared streams to HuskersNside subscribers. All three schools share NeuLion as an Internet partner. Monthly packages are available on HuskersNside for $12.95. Four-month passes are on sale for $39.95, while year-long passes are just $54.95.
Huskers Smashed School Three-Point Record Again in 2011-12
The 2011-12 Huskers produced another record-setting three-point season, connecting on 230 threes on a record 759 attempts. Nebraska led the Big Ten with 7.0 made threes per game, matching the school-record the Huskers set in 2010-11.
Nebraska's 230 threes surpassed the 225 the 2009-10 Huskers hit. NU's 759 attempts shattered the previous school recored of 661 also set in 2009-10.
The Huskers hit seven or more threes in 17 of 33 games in 2011-12 (UAPB-9, MVSU-14, at Florida State-9, UTPA-7, Northern Arizona-10, Vermont-8, South Dakota State-8, at Iowa-10, Penn State-7, at Ohio State-7, Minnesota-8; at Purdue-13; Michigan-9; Minnesota-8; Northwestern (Big Ten)-9; Iowa (Big Ten)-7; Ohio State (Big Ten)-9).
NU hit a season-best 14 three-pointers on 26 attempts against Mississippi Valley State, which marked the second-highest total in school history. It trailed only the 17 threes the Huskers hit against Vermont (17-33) to open the 2010-11 season. They added the third-best mark by draining 13-of-34 threes on the road in an epic 93-89 triple-overtime victory at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2. Nebraska also connected on 10-of-19 threes in a win at Iowa on Jan. 8, after hitting 10-of-22 threes at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. Nebraska attempted a school-record 37 threes in the loss to Michigan Feb. 9, while connecting on 9. NU went 8-for-22 in the second half against the Wolverines.
Prior to 2009-10, the school-record for three-pointers made in a season was 173. Coach Connie Yori's Husker teams own the top nine three-point shooting seasons in school history. Before Yori's arrival, no Husker team had hit more than 132 threes in a season, or attempted more than 437.
Hooper Leads Assault on Husker Three-Point Records
In addition to her impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Jordan Hooper has hit three-pointers at a record-breaking rate since her arrival at Nebraska. The 6-2 forward shattered the NU single-season freshman record with 67 threes (67-184, 36.4 percent) in 2010-11, and drained 67 more threes in 2011-12, which is the second-best total by a sophomore in Nebraska history. Hooper's 2011-12 season total trailed only Kiera Hardy's school-record total of 85 set as a sophomore in 2004-05.
In 84 career games, Hooper has hit 185 three-pointers to rank second on the Nebraska career list. She passed Yvonne Turner (183 3FG, 2007-10) in second place on the NU career list by knocked down a trio of threes in the Huskers' win over No. 25 Michigan State Jan. 24. Kiera Hardy (267 3FG, 2004-07) owns the Nebraska record.
In 2010-11, Hooper tied the Nebraska single-game record with seven three-pointers at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011. She scored 31 points against the Tigers, including 28 on six threes in the second half alone.
Hooper Plays Beast on Boards
Jordan Hooper led the Big Ten and ranked among the nation's top rebounders with 9.3 boards per game as a sophomore in 2011-12.
Her 18-rebound effort in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19 put her in rare company in the Nebraska record books, tying for the 12th-highest single-game total in school history. It also marked the best rebound total by a player in Coach Connie Yori's first 11 seasons at Nebraska. It was also the highest total by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 rebounds against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper's 18-board performance represented her third time in seven games with 15 or more rebounds. She became just the seventh player in Husker history to grab 15 or more rebounds three times in a career. and just the sixth Husker to pull down 15 or more boards three times in a season, joining Janet Smith, Carol Garey, Nafeesah Brown, Pyra Aarden and most recently, Keasha Cannon-Johnson (2001-02).
In back-to-back games last season, Hooper grabbed 15 rebounds in a win over Iowa (Jan. 26), before ripping down 16 boards in a victory at Illinois (Jan. 29). She joined Smith and Aarden as the only Huskers to pull down 15 or more boards in back-to-back games.
Huskers Worked Overtime for Wins in 2011-12
Nebraska went 2-1 in overtime in 2011-12, and the three extra-long games went a combined seven overtimes. The seven overtimes were the most the Huskers played in a single season in school history, and marked the first time that NU played multiple multi-overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers' 93-89 3OT win at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2, was the first road triple-overtime game in school history and marked the second overall 3OT game (NU 103, Baylor 99 3OT, Jan. 12, 2005). Nebraska added a 74-70 double-overtime loss against the Boilermakers in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament on March 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Nebraska notched a 97-88 double-overtime win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. The wins at NAU and Purdue marked the first time Nebraska won two true road overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers have played 35 overtime games in school history, but just six multi-overtime games, with three of those coming in 2011-12. NU is 5-1 all-time in multi-overtime games, and 18-17 overall in OT. The Huskers are 5-3 in OT in Coach Connie Yori's 10 seasons at NU. The last time Nebraska won two overtime games in the same season was 1995-96, when the Huskers went 2-1, including a double-overtime win against Colorado. NU went 3-0 in overtime games in 1975-76, with all three of those games coming against non-Division I teams on neutral courts.
Pinnacle Bank Arena to Provide New Home to Huskers in 2013-14
Nebraska continues preparations to move into its new home for men's and women's basketball - Pinnacle Bank Arena - next season. Construction on the $179 million arena has marched ahead of schedule with favorable building conditions for more than a year.
The Huskers will continue to call the new Hendricks Training Complex home for practice, while the Nebraska volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics team will call the Devaney Center home for competition.
The arena project was approved by voters in May 2010. Pinnacle Bank Arena is expected to open in the fall of 2013. Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will be the primary tenants of the 470,400-square-foot facility, which can hold nearly 15,000 fans for Husker hoops.
As the exclusive sponsor of the arena and arena site, the new arena website will be PinnacleBankArena.com. The agreement also calls for Pinnacle Bank to receive: three exterior signs; the Pinnacle Bank Arena logo on the center-hung scoreboard, public exterior doors and adjacent light pole banners; signs on the main and upper concourses; use of a center court suite and use of the arena for two days per year; and three locations for ATM machines in the arena.
Huskers Made New Home at Hendricks Complex in 2011-12
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball and wrestling programs moved into their new homes at the Hendricks Training Complex in October of 2011.
The 80,000-square foot facility adjacent to the Bob Devaney Sports Center includes separate practice courts for the men's and women's basketball programs, as well as expanded locker rooms, player lounges, team rooms and offices. The $18.7 million facility includes a 5,000-square foot weight room, a completely renovated athletic training area that tripled the size of the previous area at the Devaney Center, and a nutrition station similar to the one in the Osborne Complex.
The building is named for Tom and Mary Hendricks of Pipe Creek, Texas, and their children, Jennifer and Brandon, as they provided the lead gift in this project to benefit Husker student-athletes for years to come.
Throughout the facility, efforts have been made to give student-athletes the best training environment to succeed. Both the men's and women's basketball practice gyms are a court-and-a-half with six baskets, allowing additional work while the main floor is being used. The courts themselves are made with premium maple flooring with sleeper cushions that absorb shock to minimize injury. Both gyms have advanced acoustics as well as 103-inch plasma screens.
The amenities inside the facility are top-of-the-line, as the main entrance features a two-story abstract net sculpture, as well as a granite fountain imported from China. The facility also features two video walls and 63 TVs. The women's lounge features three 65-inch televisions and a unique LED bubble wall. The Huskers have a custom locker room with iPads built into the lockers, as well as custom back-lit displays.
The Hendricks Training Complex is the first project completed in the Expand Their Experience Campaign. For more information on the other facility projects, visit www.ExpandTheirExperience.com.
Husker Sports Network, Huskers.com Carries NU World-Wide
The Husker Sports Network and Nebraska women's basketball have teamed up for well over a decade to take every game, home and away, around the world for free on Huskers.com.
In addition to carrying every women's basketball free on Huskers.com, the Husker Sports Network flagship stations B107.3 FM-KBBK (Lincoln) and The Wolf 93.3 FM-KFFF (Omaha) provide strong FM signals for Husker women's basketball and volleyball. 880-AM-KRVN (Lexington) also provides a huge AM signal statewide in central Nebraska, while more than 20 stations have joined the Husker Sports Network's women's basketball coverage across the state.
The Husker Sports Network is in its 18th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of Nebraska women's basketball in 2011-12. Women's basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch are in their 12th year together as the Huskers' broadcast team.
Catch Coach Yori's Radio Show on the Husker Sports Network
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori will appear on the Husker Sports Network regularly throughout the season with host Matt Coatney for the Connie Yori Radio Show. The show will begin with a regular, one-hour segment on the popular Sports Nightly Radio Show in December. The show will air regularly on either Monday or Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., depending on conflicts with other live events on the network. A tentative schedule for the show can be found below.
Date - Upcoming Opponents - Time
Monday, Dec. 17 - Oral Roberts (Dec. 20) - 8 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 24 - Grambling State (Dec. 29) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8 - at Indiana (Jan. 10) / at Penn State (Jan. 13) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Illinois (Jan. 17) / at Minnesota (Jan. 20) - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Michigan State (Jan. 24) - 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 28 - at Ohio State (Jan. 31) / Minnesota (Feb. 3) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 5 - at Northwestern (Feb. 7) / at Iowa (Feb. 11) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12 - Ohio State (Feb. 14) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19 - at Michigan (Feb. 21) / Iowa (Feb. 24) - 8 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25 - at Wisconsin (Feb. 28) / Penn State (March 3) - 8 p.m.
March 4 or March 5 - at Big Ten Tournament (March 7-10) - 8 p.m.
March 11 or March 12 - Season Review/Postseason Preview - 8 p.m.
Monday, March 18 - Postseason Preview (NCAA Selection 6 p.m.) - 8 p.m.
Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show
The Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show is back for its 11th season in 2012-13, providing in-depth analysis and outstanding features in the year-long coverage of Nebraska women's basketball. Coach Yori and host Jeff Griesch will discuss the highlights, which begins in November and continues throughout the season. The show will be available on Time Warner Cable On-Demand this season, and also will be available free world-wide on Huskers.com.
My TV (10.2/11.2) will distribute the show in Lincoln and Grand Island, while Huskers.com will have new shows available on Tuesdays during the season.
Spencer Municipal Utilities in Spencer, Iowa, will also carry the show on SMU-3, each Thursday at 10 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 10 p.m. each week. The first Connie Yori Show will be available on Huskers.com on Thursday, Nov. 8. Shows throughout the season will be available on Huskers.com on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 25, Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and either March 12 or March 19. There will be no show on Dec. 18, Jan. 1 or Feb. 12.
Havers, Tvrdy, Ramacieri Feel at Home as Huskers
Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori announced the signing of three talented prep stars to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to join the Huskers for the 2013-14 season.
Allie Havers, Hannah Tvrdy and Esther Ramacieri will join the Huskers in 2013-14 hoping to continue Nebraska's tradition of postseason play. Havers, a 6-5 senior forward from Mattawan High School in Michigan, will bring outstanding height, length and athleticism to the Huskers. Tvrdy, one of the winningest players in Nebraska High School history from prep power Seward, adds another player with a point guard's mentality to the Husker backcourt. Ramacieri adds international flavor to the Husker class, as the fourth Canadian to sign with Nebraska in 11 seasons under Yori.
"We're excited about the addition of Hannah, Allie, and Esther to our Husker family," Yori said. "They all are hard-working kids who fit in our system both on and off the court."
6-5, Forward, Paw Paw, Mich. (Mattawan)
Ranked as the No. 76 overall player in the nation, Allie Havers earned first-team Michigan Class A honors from the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press in 2012. A first-team All-South Michigan Athletic Conference selection each of her first three seasons at Mattawan High School for Coach Troy Wright, the 6-5 Havers was also the Kalamazoo Area Player of the Year in 2012.
As a junior at Mattawan, Havers averaged 17.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.3 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.3 assists for the 16-7 Wildcats. She shot 50 percent from the field, including 31 percent from three-point range, while knocking down 77 percent of her free throws.
An excellent all-around athlete who has shown guard skills on the court to go along with her 6-5 frame, Havers competed for the Michigan Crossover club team coached by Emez Oliver. Havers was also a four-year letterwinner as a middle blocker/hitter on the Mattawan volleyball team, earning honorable-mention Under Armour All-America accolades as a senior. The first-team Class A all-state selection, was a nominee for Miss Volleyball in the state of Michigan. She also earned three letters as a pitcher and shortstop for the softball team, earning first-team Class A all-state recognition as a shortstop.
"We like versatile and athletic players in our program and Allie Havers fits that mold perfectly," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "She can do multiple things for our basketball team with her ability to run the floor, score in the paint or face up away from the basket. She will be one of the more athletic players on our roster. Her upside is tremendous, and with our strength and conditioning program and the opportunity to focus on just one sport, we think she will thrive at Nebraska. Her future is very bright here."
Havers said she chose Nebraska over Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Green Bay and Iowa State.
"I really like the facilities, but what I really got attached to was the people," Havers said. "All of the girls are hilarious and really nice. I also loved the coaches. They were great. So it was really the people for me."
5-9, Guard, Seward, Neb. (Seward)
A four-year starting guard for Nebraska prep power Seward High School, Hannah Tvrdy committed to Nebraska before her junior season for the Bluejays in 2011-12. Hannah's father, Tom, is the head coach at Seward, while her mother, Shelly (Block) was a letterwinner for the Huskers (1984-87). Shelly and Hannah will be the first mother-daughter combination in the history of Nebraska women's basketball.
As a junior in 2011-12, Tvrdy was named the honorary captain of the Class B first-team all-state squad after leading Seward to its fourth consecutive Nebraska Class B state championship with its third straight unbeaten season. The second-team Lincoln Journal Star Super-Stater averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a junior. Tvrdy earned second-team Class B all-state honors as a sophomore after averaging 12.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 2010-11. She earned honorable-mention Class B all-state accolades as a freshman starter in 2009-10. She helped the Bluejays' winning streak reach 104 games games before it was snapped early in her senior season. The Jays are pursuing their fifth straight Class B state title. She played her first two seasons alongside current Husker Emily Cady at Seward.
Tvrdy, who was rated by ESPN as the No. 28 point guard in the nation in the class of 2013, was a teammate of Cady's and current Husker guard Sadie Murren on the Cornhusker Shooting Stars club team coached by Dan Lesoing. Hannah's father Tom was also an assistant coach for the Shooting Stars.
"Hannah is an unselfish guard with size. She can rebound and shoot and she has that 'Nebraska' blue-collar work ethic and toughness that we like," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "She has been well-coached and is accustomed to competing for and winning championships. She is former teammates with some of our current Huskers, and that will help ease her transition to the Division I level."
Tvrdy said she chose Nebraska because it felt like home.
"When I visited I instantly fell in love with the program," Tvrdy said. "The coaches are wonderful, and I know they will push me every day to become a better player. When I met the team I knew I could fit in and have a great time playing with them. It just felt right, and I knew it was my future home."
5-8, Guard, Repentigny, Canada
(Felix Leclerc/Dawson College)
Esther Ramacieri was the final commit to the Huskers' three-player recruiting class, choosing Nebraska in September after her official visit. Ramacieri is entering her second season of CEGEP at Dawson College. She will have four years of eligibility at Nebraska. Ramacieri helped Dawson to a first-place finish at Quebec's Provincial Championships in 2011-12 and a silver medal finish at the CCAA National Championships. She averaged 7.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, while helping Dawson to an 18-2 record.
Ramacieri was chosen as Felix Leclerc High School's athlete of the year four times. She was also selected as the most valuable player of her Dawson Community Blues club team in both 2009 and 2010. In 2010-11, Ramacieri started all 26 games for the Blues and averaged 16.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game for Coach Terri Neill. Ramacieri played on bronze medal-winning teams for Quebec at the 2011 Canadian U-17 Championships and the 2008 Canadian U-15 Championships. She also helped her Lanaudiere club team to a silver medal at the 2007 Quebec Games. She served as the official flag bearer for Lanaudiere at the 2010 Quebec Games in Gatineau.
"On offense we like to play fast and Esther is an up-tempo type of guard," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "Esther is a good on-ball defender and excels at pushing the ball in transition, which makes her a great fit for our system. She is athletic, competitive, an excellent ball-handler, and a hard worker. She can score off the dribble or shoot the three. She will help provide immediate depth in our backcourt."
Ramacieri will become the fourth Canadian to compete for the Huskers in women's basketball, following 2012 Canadian Olympian Chelsea Aubry (2004-07), Kaitlyn Burke (2008-12) and Harleen Sidhu (2009-12).
"I chose Nebraska because it was the best fit for me, as far as the school, academics, coaches and players," Ramacieri said. "Once I came on the visit, I knew there was no other place that could compare to Nebraska. It felt like I was a part of a family. I've wanted to play basketball in the states ever since I was six years old, so finding a perfect fit for me was a dream come true. Nebraska was the only place that felt like home."