#24 Nebraska Cornhuskers
(19-6, 9-3 Big Ten)
at Michigan Wolverines
(19-6, 8-4 Big Ten)
Thursday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m. (Central)
Crisler Arena (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Live Internet Video: BTN.com
Radio: 25-Station IMG College Husker Sports Network
(PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch)
(107.3 FM-KBBK, Lincoln; 93.3 FM-KFFF, Omaha)
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Huskers Head to Michigan in Search of Another Big Ten Road Win
The No. 24 Nebraska women's basketball team takes aim at its second-highest conference road victory total in school history when the Huskers take on Michigan Thursday night in Ann Arbor.
Tip-off between the red-hot Huskers (19-6, 9-3 Big Ten) and the surging Wolverines (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) is set for 6 p.m. (central) from Crisler Arena.
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 and The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha. A free live audio stream will be available on Huskers.com and live video will be available to subscribers of BTN.com.
Nebraska stretched its Big Ten winning streak to seven games by working its way to a 58-39 win over Ohio State on Thursday, Feb. 14, before enjoying the weekend off. The Huskers' seven-game Big Ten winning streak is the second-longest conference winning streak in school history. NU has also won four straight road games during the stretch, which is also the second-best conference stretch in program history. Only Nebraska's 2010 Big 12 championship team that went 16-0 in league play and 8-0 on the road has produced longer streaks than the 2012-13 Huskers.
Junior forward Jordan Hooper has fueled Nebraska's return to the Associated Press Top 25 by averaging 21.9 points and 7.7 rebounds during NU's winning streak.
Michigan also heads into the week as one of the Big Ten's hottest teams. The Wolverines have won three straight games after a 70-69 win over rival Michigan State Saturday in Ann Arbor. The Spartans added a 67-56 win at Purdue (Feb. 10) after starting the stretch with a 72-69 victory over Illinois (Feb. 7). The Wolverines' resurgence followed a stretch where they lost four of five games, including home losses to Penn State and Iowa at Crisler Arena. Michigan is 4-2 at home and 4-2 on the road in Big Ten play. The Wolverines are one of the Big Ten's most experienced teams with five seniors among their top six scorers.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-6, 9-3 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - So. - F - 4.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 19.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 14.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg
24 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 5.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Off the Bench
1 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - So. - G - 3.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 2.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - So. - F - 2.0 ppg, 1.0 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 (209-132); 23rd Season Overall (404-272)
Michigan Wolverines (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten)
21 - Nya Jordan - 6-0 - Sr. - F - 7.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg
44 - Rachel Sheffer - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 12.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg
12 - Kate Thompson - 6-4 - Sr. - G - 15.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg
14 - Nicole Elmblad - 5-11 - So. - G - 4.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg
24 - Jenny Ryan - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 11.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Off the Bench
11 - Sam Arnold - 6-4 - Sr. - F - 5.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg
1 - Brenae Harris - 5-10 - So. - G - 3.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg
5 - Madison Ristovski - 5-10 - Fr. - G - 2.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg
Head Coach: Kim Barnes Arico (Montclair State, 1993)
First Season at U-M (19-6); 17th Season Overall (289-211)
Red-Hot Hooper Piling on Production During Winning Streak
Jordan Hooper captured her second straight Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award on Feb. 12, following her 29-point, eight-rebound eruption in Nebraska's 76-75 road win at Iowa on Feb. 11. Hooper's effort in Iowa City followed a game-high 19-point, seven-rebound performance in a 55-50 victory at Northwestern Feb. 7.
Hooper, who scored in double figures in 15 straight games including seven games with 24 or more points, just missed double digits with eight points and 10 boards in NU's win over Ohio State Feb. 14. She has increased her team-leading averages to 19.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. During Nebraska's seven-game winning streak, Hooper is averaging 21.9 points and 7.7 boards, while shooting 47 percent (54-115) from the field and 40.9 percent from three-point range (18-44).
Hooper is the only player in the Big Ten to rank among the top four players in the conference in both scoring and rebounding.
Hooper Joins Husker Top 10 in Scoring, Rebounding
Jordan Hooper has pushed her career scoring total to 1,553 points, moving her into No. 10 on Nebraska's all-time scoring list entering the 90th game of her NU career. Hooper also has increased her career total to 725, which ranks eighth in Husker history. She needs just 25 rebounds to catch Debra Powell (1982-85) at No. 7 on the NU career rebounding chart. Hooper is just the seventh Husker in history with 1,500 points and 700 rebounds in a career.
Hooper Within Striking Distance of 200th Career Three-Pointer
Jordan Hooper enters the Michigan game with 197 career three-pointers poised to become just the second Husker in history to hit 200 career threes. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., would become the first player in the NU record book to reach the milestone as a junior. Career record holder Kiera Hardy entered her senior season with a then-school-record 196 career threes.
One of the top three-point shooters in the nation, Hooper could set her sights on challenging Nebraska's single-season three-point record in 2012-13.
Hooper, who hit 67 three-pointers in each of her first two seasons as a Husker, has already knocked down 63 threes through 25 games as a junior. Her 67 threes were the sixth-best totals in school history, and her 63 this season are the eighth-most by a Husker in a single season. Hardy (2004-05) and Amy Stephens (1988-89) share NU's season record with 85 made threes.
Hooper, who ranks fourth in the Big Ten with an average of 2.5 threes per game, is on pace to end the regular season with 73 three-pointers.
Hooper, Moore Cross 1,500 Career Points Against Wildcats
Junior forward Jordan Hooper and senior point guard Lindsey Moore both crossed the 1,500-career point mark in Nebraska's win at Northwestern on Feb. 7. Hooper, who entered the game with 1,497 points, hit a three-pointer less than 20 seconds into the contest to reach 1,500. She has pushed her career total to 1,553 points in just 89 career games.
Moore entered the Northwestern game with 1,489 points and finished a highlight-reel reverse layup against Karly Roser to hit 1,500 midway through the second half. Moore has pushed her career total to 1,533 and needs eight points to catch Angie Miller in 11th place on Nebraska's career scoring list.
Moore is the first Husker with 1,500 career points and 600 career assists (640). In fact, no other Husker has ever scored 1,200 points and dished out 600 assists.
Moore to Make NU Record 124th Straight Start
Senior All-America candidate Lindsey Moore is expected to make the 124th consecutive start of her career when the Huskers face Michigan Thursday. 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 88-35 record as Nebraska's starting point guard and has guided the Huskers to a pair of NCAA Tournaments.
Meggan Yedsena (1991-94) established the Nebraska record for consecutive career starts, after taking the court for tip-off in 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 in 127 career games over a five-year period.
Moore's starting streak is tied with Penn State's Nikki Greene for the second-longest active streak in the nation. Moore and Greene (99, plus 24 in 2012-13), trail only Texas Tech's Monique Smalls, who owns 128 straight starts (102, plus 26 in 2012-13).
Moore Owns Husker Record for Minutes Played
Lindsey Moore set the Nebraska women's basketball record for minutes played in the Huskers' last game against Ohio State on Feb. 14. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., became the first Husker in history to play 4,000 career minutes, and enters the Michigan with 4,022 minutes played in her four-year career as a starter.
Meggan Yedsena held the previous NU mark with 3,995 minutes in 120 games (1990-91 to 1993-94).
Moore Closing In On 200 Career Steals
Lindsey Moore has increased her career total to 194 steals to climb to No. 9 on the NU list. Moore, who leads the Huskers with 46 steals this season, needs just six more to become the ninth player in Nebraska history with 200 career steals. She has pulled within striking distance of Maurtice Ivy at No. 8 on the NU career list. Moore needs 21 steals to match the 1988 Big Eight Player of the Year.
Moore, who set a career-best with 72 steals as a junior in 2011-12, has claimed three or more steals in four of NU's 12 Big Ten games. In addition to her four steals at Northwestern, Moore had four steals in NU's Big Ten-opening win over Wisconsin. She added three steals at Minnesota (Jan. 20) and three more against No. 25 Michigan State (Jan. 24).
Hooper, Theriot Hoarding Big Ten Weekly Honors
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper won her second straight Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award on Feb. 12 to become the first player to win three conference weekly honors (Dec. 24, Feb. 5, Feb. 12) this season. Hooper, who also won three Big Ten Player-of-the-Week awards last season, has claimed six career weekly awards in less than two full seasons in the Big Ten.
While Hooper is the only player to win three player-of-the-week awards, teammate Rachel Theriot was the first player to capture three Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors. Theriot joined Hooper in sweeping the conference honors on Feb. 5. Theriot added weekly freshman honors on Jan. 22 and Dec. 31.
The last Husker to claim three conference freshman-of-the-week awards was Hooper, who brought home four Big 12 Freshman-of-the-Week awards in 2010-11.
2012-13 Huskers Join Select Few with Conference Streaks
A seven-game conference winning streak has been a rarity in Nebraska history. The Huskers' current seven-game streak marks the second-longest conference winning streak in school history, trailing only the 2009-10 Huskers' 16-game streak in a perfect 29-0 regular season.
This season marks just the third time since the start of regular-season Big Eight play in 1982-83 that the Huskers have produced a six-game winning streak.
In 2009-10, the Huskers won a school-record 16 straight league games on their way to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and a Big 12 Conference title. The 2009-10 Husker squad earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before finishing 32-2 in the NCAA Sweet 16.
The 1996-97 Huskers managed a six-game league winning streak early in the first-ever Big 12 Conference campaign. The 2012-13 Huskers matched that streak with a 76-75 win at Iowa on Feb. 11.
Nebraska Finds Road Success in Big Ten Play
Nebraska shoots for its sixth Big Ten road win of 2012-13 when the Huskers head to Michigan Thursday. Only one other Nebraska team has won six or more conference road games in school history.
The 2012-13 Huskers secured their fifth Big Ten road win of the season with a 76-75 victory over Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Feb. 11. Winning five conference road games is a rarity in Husker history. In fact, the 2012-13 Huskers became just the fourth NU team to accomplish the feat since regular-season Big Eight Conference play began in 1982-83. All four of those teams have done it under Coach Connie Yori in the past six seasons.
The 2006-07 Huskers that earned Yori her first NCAA Tournament berth at Nebraska became the first NU squad to claim five conference (Big 12) road wins. Yori's 2009-10 Huskers went a perfect 8-0 on the road on their way to a perfect Big 12 season and a conference championship.
The 2011-12 Huskers added five Big Ten road wins in their first season in the conference. The 2011-12 Huskers also earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Only six Nebraska teams have produced winning road conference records in school history and all six went to the NCAA Tournament.
Since joining the Big Ten, Nebraska is 10-4 in Big Ten road games and 3-1 in neutral site games at the Big Ten Tournament, giving NU a 13-5 record away from the Devaney Center against Big Ten teams.
Scouting the Michigan Wolverines
Nebraska will face a Big Ten counterpart with a three-game winning streak for the second straight contest when the Huskers head to Michigan Thursday to battle the Wolverines. Michigan has won three consecutive games to improve to 19-6 overall and 8-4 in the Big Ten, just one game behind the Huskers in the conference standings.
The Wolverines are coming off a 70-69 home win over rival Michigan State on Saturday at Crisler Arena. Jenny Ryan, a 5-9 senior point guard, led Michigan with 24 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in her most outstanding performance of the season. Ryan, who is averaging 11.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game, is one of five seniors among the top six players for the Wolverines. She has also been one of the major keys to victory in the Wolverines' eight league wins. In fact, Ryan is averaging 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists in Michigan's wins, but just 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists in U-M's four Big Ten losses. Ryan went scoreless in Michigan's 63-52 win over Nebraska last season in Lincoln.
Kate Thompson, a 6-4 senior guard, has been Michigan's top scorer throughout the season, averaging 15.5 points per game. Thompson is one of the best long-range shooters in the nation, burying 95 three-pointers at a sizzling 44 percent clip. The 6-4 Thompson is shooting a higher percentage from three-point range (.440) than inside the arc (.400). Her 95 threes have come against just 36 two-pointers and 39 free throw attempts. In Michigan's Big Ten losses, Thompson has hit 40.7 percent (11-27) of her threes, but just 2-of-19 (.105) from inside the arc.
In addition to Thompson's size on the perimeter, Michigan adds 6-1 senior Rachel Sheffer. The three-year starting forward ranks second on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg). She also has the ability to step outside and hit the three, knocking down 19-of-61 (.311) on the year. Sheffer had 13 points and eight rebounds in U-M's win at Nebraska last season.
Senior Nya Jordan gives the Wolverines a fourth senior in the starting five. The 6-0 forward/guard leads Michigan with 6.8 rebounds per game, while adding 7.7 points per contest. Her numbers have increased significantly in league play, where she has averaged 10.5 points and 8.3 boards per contest. Jordan has been a part-time starter for three seasons at Michigan and last year did plenty of damage against the Huskers, producing a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Sophomore Nicole Elmblad rounds out the Michigan starting lineup, averaging 4.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game on the year. The 5-11 guard's numbers have dipped to 3.8 points and 5.1 boards per game in conference play. In Big Ten wins, Elmblad is averaging 4.8 points per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. In U-M's Big Ten losses, she has managed just 1.8 points per game and has shot just 20 percent (3-15).
Sam Arnold, a 6-4 forward, gives the Wolverines another senior off the bench. Arnold is averaging 5.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, including 6.3 points in Big Ten action.
Sophomore guard Brenae Harris (3.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg) and freshman guard Madison Ristovski (2.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg) round out the top eight in first-year Coach Kim Barnes Arico's playing rotation.
Michigan is one of the Big Ten's most deliberate and efficient offensive teams. The Wolverines are shooting a Big Ten-best 45.1 percent from the field, including 37.8 percent (167-442) from three-point range. U-M is also a 72.6 percent free throw shooting team. For the season, Michigan owns a plus 4.2 team rebounding margin, including a plus-3.1 margin against Big Ten foes. The Wolverines are outscoring their opponents by an average of 62.6-54.4. They rank 10th in the Big Ten in scoring offense, but second in scoring defense.
Nebraska vs. Michigan Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Michigan 6-1, but the Wolverines are 1-0 against the Huskers as Big Ten counterparts. Last season, Michigan worked its way to a 63-52 win over Nebraska at the Devaney Center on Feb. 9, 2012. The Huskers struggled to their worst offensive half of the season against the Wolverines, managing just 12 first-half points on 4-of-30 shooting, including a 1-for-15 effort from three-point range. The Huskers led 7-4 with 16:49 left in the first half, then went 14 minutes without a field goal, easily their longest drought of the season, as they missed 17 straight shots.
Michigan led 32-12 at the half and pushed the margin to 41-14 with 17:32 left, before Lindsey Moore led a furious NU rally. The Huskers cut the lead to 58-50 with two minutes left, as Moore finished with a game-high 23 points to go along with four assists and four steals. She also tied her career high with five three-pointers. Jordan Hooper added 14 points and eight rebounds in the loss but hit just 4-of-19 shots from the floor, including 1-of-8 threes. No other Husker hit more than two shots in the game.
Carmen Reynolds led Michigan with 16 points, including 4-of-5 three-point shooting, while Rachel Sheffer (13 points) and Nya Jordan (11 points) each hit their lone three-point attempts of the night. Jordan finished with a double-double, adding 10 rebounds. While Michigan went 8-of-16 from three-point range, the Huskers finished 9-of-37.
Nebraska is 3-0 all-time at Crisler Arena, including a 69-49 win in Ann Arbor on Dec. 17, 2005. The Huskers posted a 64-54 win in their first meeting at Michigan on Dec. 29, 1984, before adding a 99-81 win on Dec. 8, 1994. The two teams met for the first time in women's basketball on Nov. 28, 1980, as Nebraska ran to a 118-92 win in the highest scoring game in Husker history.
Huskers Win Seventh Straight with Season Sweep of Ohio State
Nebraska notched its seventh straight win with a 58-39 run past Ohio State on Feb. 14 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Senior point guard Lindsey Moore led the Huskers with 14 points, a season-high eight rebounds and four assists, while sophomore Emily Cady added 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the year.
With the victory, Nebraska improved to 19-6 overall and 9-3 in the Big Ten. Ohio State slipped to 14-11 and 4-8 in the conference after being held to the lowest point total in Coach Jim Foster's 11 seasons with the Buckeyes.
Junior forward Jordan Hooper added eight points and 10 rebounds, as Nebraska outworked the Buckeyes 53-45 on the boards. From the last media timeout in the first half, to the last media timeout of the game, the Huskers dominated the glass, 35-17, turning a tie game at 15 into a 19-point win.
"Rebounding and defense," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "Our offense struggled early tonight and Ohio State did a good job of taking some things away. But rebounding was big and our defense was really effective tonight. That is a big win for us."
Nebraska rolled to its seventh straight Big Ten win despite shooting just 32.8 percent (22-67) from the field, including 4-for-14 from three-point range. But the Huskers held Ohio State to just 25.4 percent shooting (16-63), including 3-of-16 from long range. NU also kept Ohio State off the free throw line, as OSU hit all four of its free throw attempts in the first half. Nebraska also won the turnover battle 13-10.
In a low-scoring first half that featured cold shooting by both teams, Nebraska took a 25-21 lead to the locker room at the half. Ohio native Rachel Theriot led the Huskers with nine first-half points on 4-of-6 shooting, including her lone three-point attempt.
Hooper and Tear'a Laudermill each added four first-half points, while Moore and Katie Simon both contributed three points in the first half. Cady pitched in two points while adding 11 first-half rebounds.
Nebraska hit just 10-of-31 shots (.323) including 2-of-7 threes, while knocking down 3-of-5 free throws in the opening period. NU also won the first-half turnover battle 9-6, and turned OSU's turnovers into 12 big points.
Tayler Hill, who finished with a game-high 20 points, led the Buckeyes with 15 first-half points on 5-of-9 shooting, including a three-pointer. Hill added seven rebounds in the game. Amber Stokes and Raven Ferguson added six points in the game for Ohio State.
OSU hit just 28.6 percent (8-28) of its shots in the first half, including 1-of-3 three-pointers. OSU outrebounded NU, 22-21 in the half, but the Huskers pulled down the final seven rebounds of the first half.
NU added the first two boards of the second half and extended its lead to 29-21 just over a minute into the second period on back-to-back layups by Hailie Sample and Cady.
The Huskers pushed the lead to 10 points for the first time after a pair of Cady free throws made it 31-21 with 17:08 left. The Buckeyes would get no closer than six the rest of the way.
Laudermill's three-pointer with 13:25 left capped a 9-0 NU run to push the Husker margin to 40-25 after the Buckeyes trimmed the margin to 31-25 with 16:04 left. Laudermill, who finished with nine points off the bench, gave NU its biggest lead of the night at 56-36 with 3:18 left.
Big Red's Big Three Leading Huskers in Big Ten Play
Junior forward Jordan Hooper leads Nebraska with 18.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in Big Ten action, and has averaged 21.9 points and 7.7 boards during NU's seven-game winning streak.
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore has added 14.8 points, and team bests of 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals in Big Ten play. Sophomore forward Emily Cady is just short of double-double production in Big Ten action, averaging 10.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in conference play. Cady is also shooting 47.8 percent from three-point range and 84.4 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 (2.3-to-1) with 136 assists and 60 turnovers through 25 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 assists (5.4 apg) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.396). She is eighth in field goal percentage (.458) and 10th in both scoring (14.9 ppg) and free throw percentage (.809). She also ranks 13th in steals per game (1.8 spg) and is tied for 14th in three-pointers made per game (1.6).
Hooper ranks among the top five in the Big Ten in four categories. She is No. 4 in the league in scoring (19.0 ppg) and No. 5 in rebounding (8.6 rpg). She also ranks fourth in three-pointers per game (2.5). She is fourth with 5.8 defensive rebounds per game and eighth in offensive rebounding (2.7). She ranks seventh in the conference in free throw percentage (.822).
Moore, Hooper Second Active Teammates with 1,500 Points
Jordan Hooper (1,553) and Lindsey Moore (1,533) are just the second set of active teammates in Nebraska history with 1,500 or more points.
Hooper and Moore both reached the 1,500-point mark at Northwestern on Feb. 7. The duo joins Maurtice Ivy (1,578) and Angie Miller (1,541) in 1986-87 as the only Huskers to play together in the same season with 1,500 or more career points. No Husker teammates have reached 1,600 career points in the same year.
Hooper Seventh Husker with 1,500 Points, 700 Rebounds
Jordan Hooper has pushed her career totals to 1,553 points and 725 rebounds to become the seventh Husker in history to reach 1,500 points and 700 rebounds in a career.
Hooper reached the 1,500/700 mark in her 87th career game at Nebraska. No other member of NU's 1,500/700 list played fewer than 111 games in their careers.
Nebraska's distinguished 1,500/700 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) and Kathy Hagerstrom (1,778/874).
Hooper has climbed to No. 8 on NU's all-time rebounding list and is one of just eight players in Nebraska history to record 700 career rebounds.
Moore Narrowing Gap with Yedsena for Career Assist Mark
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 640, 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 56 assists to catch Yedsena at the top of the Husker assist list. Moore is averaging 5.4 assists in 2012-13.
Moore crossed the century mark in assists as a senior with seven at Minnesota Jan. 20 and has pushed her season total to 125. 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.
Cady Doing Double Duty in Big Ten Play
Sophomore Emily Cady is playing well in her second Big Ten campaign, averaging 10.1 points and 9.3 rebounds through 12 conference games. Cady, who owns four Big Ten double-doubles after scoring 10 points and pulling down a career-high 16 rebounds in a win over Ohio State on Feb. 14, is nearly averaging a double-double in league play.
Cady produced a 12-point, 10-rebound effort at Minnesota Jan. 20. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., opened Big Ten action with 13 points and a then-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. It was 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.
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 a loss to No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5, and nine points and eight boards against Illinois Jan. 17. She had 10 points and six boards at Ohio State Jan. 31.
In Big Ten games, Cady is shooting 43.4 percent from the field, including 47.8 percent (11-23) from long range. She also has connected on 38-of-45 free throws (.844).
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 to go along with a team-best 28 blocked shots in 2011-12. 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 58 straight games, is averaging 9.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals overall. She owns 12 double-figure scoring efforts and seven double-digit rebounding games as a sophomore to push her career total to 14.
Theriot Battling for Big Ten All-Freshman Honors
Rachel Theriot is coming on strong in Big Ten action and ranks among the conference's top five freshmen in scoring, rebounding and assists. Her 3.7 assists per game in league play lead all Big Ten freshmen, while her 3.5 rebounds rank fifth behind Northwestern forward Lauren Douglas (4.9 rpg), Purdue center Taylor Manuel (3.9 rpg), Wisconsin guard Nicole Bauman (3.9 rpg) and Ohio State guard Ameryst Alston (3.7 rpg). Theriot's 7.4 points per Big Ten game rank fifth among league rookies.
Theriot 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 minutes 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.
She produced another spectacular effort against the Gophers two weeks later in Lincoln with 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go along with a career-high matching seven rebounds. She also dished out five assists with no turnovers. That effort, along with nine points, five rebounds and six assists at Ohio State on Jan. 31, earned Theriot her third Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award in the past eight weeks. She added nine points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in a win over Ohio State Feb. 14, while helping to shut out fellow freshman Ameryst Alston.
Theriot, is developing into a top contender for Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year honors, increasing her overall season averages to 5.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists. In Big Ten play, Theriot is averaging 7.4 points, 3.5 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 while shooting just 27.3 percent from the field, including 13.3 percent (2-15) from three-point range.
Over the last 13 contests, the freshman has turned up her production to 7.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists. She owns four double-figure scoring efforts in that stretch, after not scoring more than six points in any of the first 12 games. Over the last 13 games, Theriot is shooting 50 percent from the field, including 41.9 percent (13-31) from three-point range.
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 25 games while making 19 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 three 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 for the second time in Big Ten play with 14 points to go along with three rebounds, an assist and two steals in a win over Minnesota Feb. 3. It was her second double-figure scoring effort of the season, joining a 14-point effort at Indiana Jan. 10.
After scoring only six total points in Nebraska's first four games this season, Laudermill has scored at least four points in 16 of the last 20 games. She has scored in double figures twice in Big Ten play and is averaging 6.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 0.8 steals in conference action. She is also Nebraska's top on-the-ball defender.
For the season, Laudermill ranks fourth among the Huskers in scoring with 5.7 points per game, while tying for third on the team with 28 steals - five more than her season total from 2011-12. In fact, she has more points, more assists, more steals and more blocks, while shooting a higher percentage from the field and the free throw line than her freshman season, when she was one of NU's top players off the bench.
Laudermill has improved immensely at the free throw line. As a freshman, she hit just 22-of-42 free throws (.524), but enters the Michigan game 21-of-27 (.778) this season.
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.
Huskers.com Presents Voting for All-Devaney Teams
As part of its celebration of the final basketball season in the Bob Devaney Sports Center, the Nebraska Athletic Department is inviting fans to vote for their favorite players in Husker men's and women's basketball history. Fan voting for Nebraska's All-Devaney Teams opened on Feb. 8, and fans are encouraged to visit Huskers.com to vote for the best Huskers to grace Devaney's hardwood since 1976.
Nebraska's long-time radio play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney offered his top five women's players, while Mike Babcock, Lee Barfknecht and Brian Rosenthal all chose their top players on the men's side.
Fan voting closes on Feb. 22. Vote for the All-Devaney Women's Team and find out more about the best players in Nebraska women's basketball history at the following link on Huskers.com.
Nebraska Improving Defensively in Big Ten Play
Much of Nebraska's success in Big Ten play must be attributed to the defensive end, where the Huskers have improved significantly during conference action. In fact, NU ranks second in scoring defense through 12 Big Ten games. The Huskers are surrendering just 57.6 points per game, which trails only Penn State (57.4 ppg). Michigan ranks third with 59.2 points allowed per game.
Nebraska also ranks second in conference play in field goal percentage defense (.365), while leading the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage defense (.286) through 12 conference contests.
During Nebraska's seven-game winning streak, the Huskers are allowing just 55.7 points per game, while holding opponents to 35.4 percent shooting and 27.9 percent shooting from long range.
In non-conference play, the Huskers were allowing 60.2 points per game, while opponents were shooting 41.1 percent from the field, including 32.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
Big Ten, Huskers Ranking 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 Big East (3), SEC (4), ACC (5) and Pac-12 (6) among the top conferences in the nation.
Penn State (5), Purdue (14) and Nebraska (22) give the Big Ten three top-25 RPI teams, according to the official NCAA RPI rankings (Feb. 18). Michigan (27), Michigan State (29) and Iowa (33) provide the conference with six top-50 RPI squads. Illinois (57), Ohio State (72), Minnesota (79) and Northwestern (93) give the league 10 top-100 RPI teams, while Wisconsin (102) is just outside the top 100. Indiana (180) round out the Big Ten contingent 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. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 25 nationally (as of Feb. 18). Overall, the Big Ten schedule strengths are impressive, including Iowa (10), Penn State (14), Purdue (19), Nebraska (22), Wisconsin (27), Illinois (30), Michigan (35), Northwestern (36), Ohio State (42), Minnesota (43) and Michigan State (48). Overall, 11 of the Big Ten teams have schedule strengths that rank among the top 50 nationally, while Indiana (75) is well within the top 100.
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. Nebraska has already played 13 games this season against teams that have produced 15 victories so far this year. Perhaps even more impressively, 22 of the Huskers' 25 games have come against teams that have already achieved double-digit win totals this season.
The Huskers have played 15 games against top 100 RPI teams and each of their four remaining Big Ten games could come against top 100 squads (Michigan-27, Iowa-33, Wisconsin-102, Penn State-5).
Injuries Slowed Down Huskers Early in 2012-13
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 or against No. 25 Michigan State because of a foot injury. She returned for limited minutes off the bench against Illinois, both games against Minnesota and at Ohio State, but is still listed as day-to-day. Murren has missed seven games with a back injury and is also day-to-day.
NU's Four Returning Starters Solid for 58 Straight Games
After starting 33 consecutive games together in 2011-12, Nebraska's four returning starters Lindsey Moore (123), Jordan Hooper (89) and sophomores Emily Cady (58) and Hailie Sample (58) have started all 25 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 19 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 251 games.
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.
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 to Hold Husker Roundball Run, April 27
The Fastbreakers Booster Club will hold its first Husker Roundball Run in Lincoln on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 9 a.m. The event will include 5K and 1.5-mile runs to provide fun and fitness for fans and runners of all ages.
Adult registration fee is $30, while youth 13 and under can register for just $15. Entrants will receive an official Roundball Run T-shirt and a Husker party with continental breakfast and door prizes will be available following the events.
Fans can register on-line at www.huskers.com/donate. Entrants are encouraged to register by Monday, April 8 to guarantee T-shirt size requests.
Several sponsorships are also available to businesses and individuals. For more information about the Roundball Run, please contact the Kiley Abdouch at the Huskers Athletic Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Huskers, Big Ten Earn Top 25 Mention in Polls
Nebraska returned to the Associated Press Poll at No. 24 on Feb. 18, after falling out of the rankings for six weeks. Even though NU was not ranked among the AP top 25 from Jan. 7 to Feb. 11, the Huskers received votes throughout that time frame. Nebraska's Feb. 18 ranking marks the sixth week the Huskers have been ranked in the AP Poll in 2012-13.
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. 8 Maryland and AP No. 19 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 387-129 (.750) in games played in the arena, including 145-87 (.625) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 123-33 (.788) 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 12-3 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 is enjoying its highest level of national TV exposure in school history, while adding two outstanding alternative video streaming sources.
Overall, the Huskers will have 11 regular-season games televised nationally, including eight by the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com. Nebraska's battle with Purdue was televised nationally by CBS on Jan. 5, while the Huskers' clash with Penn State on Jan. 13 was carried live on ESPN2. NU's non-conference road game at USC (Nov. 23) was televised by the Pac-12 Network. Nebraska's final gam of the year at home against Penn State will be the final regular-season game carried by the Big Ten Network.
The Big Ten Network is distributing 10 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) were also televised live statewide in Nebraska by NET.
HuskersNside 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 were 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 Putting Up Top 10 3FG Numbers Again in 2012-13
Nebraska has hit 162 three-pointers through 25 games to rank as the seventh-most threes in school history. It marks the 10th consecutive year that Connie Yori's Nebraska teams have produced a top-10 total in three-pointers made. The Huskers' 6.5 threes per game rank second in the Big Ten and 50th nationally.
The Huskers have hit seven or more threes in a game 13 times in 25 contests in 2012-13, after hitting seven or more threes 17 times in 33 games last season. Nebraska has hit double-digit threes four times this year, including a season-high 12 in the Big Ten-opening win over Wisconsin on Jan. 2, and 11 threes against Oral Roberts and Northern Arizona. NU added 10 threes at Iowa on Feb. 11.
The 2011-12 Huskers produced a 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.
NU hit a 2011-12 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. The Huskers hit double-digit threes four times last year.
Prior to 2009-10, the school-record for three-pointers made in a season was 173. 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 89 career games, Hooper has hit 197 three-pointers to rank second on the Nebraska career list. 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.
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.
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
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."