Huskers Shoot for Second Win Tuesday Night
Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0)
vs. Mississippi Valley State Devilettes (0-1)
Bob Devaney Sports Center • Lincoln, Neb. • Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7:05 p.m.
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Huskers Shoot for Second Win in Tuesday Dual with Devilettes
The Nebraska women's basketball team plays the second game of a four-game season-opening home stand when the Huskers meet Mississippi Valley State at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Tuesday night.
Tip-off between the Huskers (1-0) and Devilettes (0-1) is set for 7:05 p.m., with tickets available now at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the game at the door beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will describe all the action on the Husker Sports Network, including new flagship station B107.3 FM in Lincoln. The game can also be heard on 93.3 FM in Omaha and 880 AM KRVN in Lexington. Free internet audio is also available from the Husker Sports Network on Huskers.com.
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Nebraska got the 2011-12 season off to a high-flying start with a 95-43 run past Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday afternoon at the Devaney Center. Sophomore center Adrianna Maurer came off the bench to lead six Huskers in double figures with career highs of 15 points and six rebounds. Maurer, who enjoyed a perfect shooting game (6-6 FG, 1-1 3FG, 2-2 FT) scored 11 points in the first half, in the best game of her young Husker career.
True freshman Tear'a Laudermill produced an explosive debut for the Huskers. The 5-9 guard from Riverside, Calif., scored 11 points in her first seven minutes on the court in the first half, hitting four of her first five shots, including a trio of three-pointers. She finished with 14 points, four assists and three steals, while connecting on four threes, which is believed to be the most threes ever by a Husker freshman in a season opener.
Redshirt freshmen Rebecca Woodberry (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Katie Simon (11 points, 5 rebounds) also had strong debuts. Nebraska's returning leaders Jordan Hooper (14 points, 7 rebounds) and Lindsey Moore (10 points, 8 assists, 6 steals) also provided the Huskers with solid production in limited minutes.
Mississippi Valley State comes to Lincoln with an 0-1 record after a 69-61 loss at a traditionally strong Marquette team on Saturday in Milwaukee. The Devilettes posted an 11-7 SWAC mark last season on their way to a 14-17 record. MVSU returns four starters and its roster also includes Davina Jefferson, a junior transfer who spent last season at McCook CC.
Inside the Lineups
Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - So. - F - 14.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
5 - Kaitlyn Burke - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 8.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Off the Bench
55 - Adrianna Maurer - 6-3 - So. - C - 15.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
11 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 14.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - RFr. - F - 11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
33 - Rebecca Woodberry - 5-10 - RFr. - G - 11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 1.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
21 - Harleen Sidhu - 6-1 - Sr. - F - DNP
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
10th Season at NU (167-117); 22nd Season Overall (362-257)
Mississippi Valley State Devilettes (0-1, 0-0 SWAC)
31 - Brittney Lakes - 5-11 - Sr. - F/C - 6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
50 - Arlivia Young - 6-0 - Sr. - F/C - 0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
3 - Ka'Neshia Smith - 5-9 - Sr. - G/F - 12.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
11 - De'Kisha Fondon - 5-6 - Sr. - G - 2.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
20 - Lenise Stallings - 5-6 - Jr. - G - 10.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
Off the Bench
22 - Alia Frank - 5-10 - Jr. - F - 12.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
15 - Davina Jefferson - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 9.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
14 - Khristina Clemons - 5-10 - Jr. - F - 5.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
23 - Aspen Clemons - 5-10 - Sr. - G/F - 5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
12 - Olivia Kennedy - 5-6 - So. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
30 - A'Shanti Weathers - 5-10 - Fr. - G/F - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
25 - Maria Kormpou - 6-3 - Fr. - C - DNP
42 - Taylor Delaire - 5-11 - Fr. - F - DNP
Head Coach: Nate Kilbert (Mississippi Valley State, 1987)
11th Season at MVSU (104-184); 11th Season Overall (104-184)
Huskers Have History of Home-Opening Success
Nebraska owns a strong history of season-opening success on the Huskers' homecourt at the Devaney Center. Nebraska improved to 36-2 all-time in home openers with its 95-43 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 12, 2011.
From 1981-82 through 2004-05, Nebraska reeled off 24 straight home-opening wins before losing to South Dakota State on Nov. 19, 2005. NU's only other home-opening loss came in an 88-56 setback to Kansas on Nov. 21, 1980.
Nebraska has been strong in its first six home games every season. In fact, NU is 190-33 over the past 38 years in its first six home contests (.852 winning percentage).
Scouting The Mississippi Valley State Devilettes
Coach Nate Kilbert and Mississippi State bring an experienced team to Lincoln for Tuesday night's matchup with the Huskers. Kilbert, who is in his 11th season at the helm of the Devilettes, returns three senior starters among four returning starters from a team that went 14-17 overall a year ago. Mississippi Valley State went 11-7 to finish fifth in the 2011 Southwestern Athletic Conference standings.
The Devilettes are led by 5-9 senior swing player Ka'Neshia Smith, who averaged 10.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game a year ago. Smith went just 3-of-16 from the field in a 69-61 season-opening loss to Marquette on Saturday, but still led MVSU with 12 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Smith is rejoined in MVSU's group of returning starters by 5-10 junior forward Alia Frank, who led the Devilettes with 11.5 points to go along with 5.5 rebounds per game a year ago. Frank produced 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench in the loss at Marquette, but hit just 5-of-15 shots from the field.
De'Kisha Fondon, a 5-6 senior guard, added 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season while leading the Devilettes with 52 three-pointers (.338) last season. Fondon managed just two points on 1-of-6 shooting at Marquette, but led the Devilettes with four steals while adding five rebounds.
On the block, 5-11 senior forward/center Brittney Lakes averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 boards per contest while starting 30 games. She had six points and three boards in a start at Marquette.
Lenise Stallings, a 5-6 junior guard, was MVSU's top player off the bench last season, averaging 6.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. She started the opener at Marquette and performed well, finishing with 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range. She added two steals and an assist.
Davina Jefferson, a 5-7 junior transfer, could also see significant time for the Devilettes. The guard from Miami, has a Nebraska connection after averaging 18 points and 3.7 steals per game at McCook Community College last season. Jefferson had nine points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 11 minutes off the bench in the opener. Jefferson hit both of her three-point attempts at Marquette.
Arlivia Young rounded out the MVSU starting five in the opener, while Khristina Clemons, Aspen Clemons and Olivia Kennedy add more experience for the Devilettes off the bench. A'Shanti Weathers, Maria Kormpou and Taylor Delaire make up the MVSU newcomers.
Tuesday's game will mark the first meeting in history between Nebraska and Mississippi Valley State in women's basketball. Husker meetings with Mississippi schools are infrequent. In fact, Tuesday's game will be just the sixth all-time between NU and a school from Mississippi. The Huskers' last Mississippi meeting came with an 80-59 victory over Ole Miss on Nov. 11, 2007, at the Devaney Center. NU is 1-1 against Ole Miss (2003), 0-1 against Mississippi College (1986) and 1-1 against Delta State (1982-83, 1985-86).
Huskers Roll to 52-Point Win in Season Opener
Tear'a Laudermill and Adrianna Maurer both scored 11 first-half points off the bench to lead Nebraska to a 56-22 halftime lead on its way to an 95-43 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the Devaney Center on Saturday afternoon.
Maurer, a 6-3 sophomore from Shawnee Mission, Kan., finished with a game-high 15 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting game that included a three-pointer. Maurer, who added five rebounds, also hit both of her free throw attempts.
Laudermill, a 5-9 freshman from Riverside, Calif., finished with 14 points, three steals and an assist, to help the Huskers improve to 36-2 all-time in season openers. Laudermill also connected on a game-high four three-pointers to lead six Huskers in double figures on the day.
Sophomore forward Jordan Hooper pitched in 14 points and seven rebounds in just 18 minutes, while junior point guard Lindsey Moore contributed 10 points, eight assists, six steals and three rebounds in just 22 minutes of action.
Redshirt freshmen Rebecca Woodberry (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Katie Simon (11 points, 5 rebounds) rounded out the Huskers in double figures. Senior Kaitlyn Burke pitched in eight points, three assists and two steals, while freshman Brandi Jeffery added seven points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
For the game, Nebraska forced an opponent record 47 turnovers in the game by swiping 20 steals. Moore led the way with a career-high six steals, while Laudermill and Emily Cady both pitched in three steals.
The Huskers also held UAPB to just 10-of-40 shooting from the field, including just a 2-of-6 effort from long range. The Lady Lions did connect on 21-of-28 free throws.
Nebraska hit 33-of-78 shots from the field (.423), including 9-of-31 three-pointers (.290), while connecting on 20-of-31 free throws. The Huskers also outrebounded UAPB, 45-38, including 20 offensive rebounds. NU did commit 20 turnovers of its own.
Toys for Tots Collection Set for USC Game Friday
The Nebraska women's basketball program will join the annual U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Drive on Friday, Nov. 18, when the Huskers take on No. 23 USC at the Devaney Center. Tip time is set for 7:05 p.m.
Husker fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to the game, and cash donations for the cause will also be accepted. The Marines will be stationed near entrances throughout the Devaney Center to accept donations that will brighten the holiday season for needy children.
The women's basketball Toys for Tots collection will be the first of four co-sponsored by the Nebraska Athletic Department at Husker events. The Nebraska volleyball team will participate in the drive at the NU Coliseum against Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.
The NU men's basketball team will get into the act of giving when the Huskers play host to Oregon at the Devaney Center on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. The Toys for Tots collection at Husker events will conclude when the Husker football team takes on Iowa in the Heroes Game at Memorial Stadium on Friday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m.
Freshmen Enjoy Big Debuts in Opener
Nebraska's six freshmen all saw substantial playing time in a season-opening win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and all six provided significant contributions. Overall, the six newcomers combined for 47 points, 23 rebounds, 12 assists and 10 steals in 113 minutes in the opener.
True freshman Tear'a Laudermill produced the most explosive start with 14 points, four assists and three steals in a team-high 26 minutes off the bench. Laudermill also set a record by hitting four threes in an opener, which is believed to be the highest total by a Husker freshman in a debut.
Redshirt freshmen Rebecca Woodberry and Katie Simon also produced double figures in their first career games. Woodberry, a 5-10 guard from Phoenix, Ariz., scored 11 points and tied Jordan Hooper for the team lead with seven rebounds. Simon, a 6-2 forward from Roseville, Calif., added 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, while grabbing five boards.
True freshman Brandi Jeffery pitched in seven points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in a solid effort off the bench.
The only two freshmen who did not produce big numbers were starters Emily Cady and Hailie Sample. Cady managed four points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals in just 13 minutes, while Sample was the only Husker who played and did not score. She did dish out three assists and grab two rebounds to go along with one steal.
Huskers Sign Ohio High School Star in Early Period
Coach Connie Yori announced the signing of Ohio prep star Rachel Theriot to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Theriot, a 6-0 point guard out of Midpark High School in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, is a two-time All-Ohio performer entering her senior season in 2011-12. Last season, Theriot helped Midpark to a 22-3 overall record and a Southwestern Conference title under Coach Stephanie Mentz. Theriot averaged 12.7 points, 9.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game for the Meteors.
In addition to earning third-team All-Ohio Division I honors, she was named one of five players to the Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Star team in 2011. She was also a first-team All-SWC selection and a first-team Northeast Lakes All-District pick. Theriot was ranked as the No. 70 player overall by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 96 by the All-Star Girls Report. She was ranked as the No. 18 point guard in the nation by ESPN/HoopGurlz and has also ranked among ESPN's top 100 high school seniors in the nation.
"We have been recruiting Rachel for a long time, and we are really excited to add her to our team next year," Yori said. "She brings great size to the point guard position and she can also play shooting guard. We love Rachel's versatility. She is an unselfish player who loves to set her teammates up to score. She can also drive to the basket, hit the dribble jumper and knock down the three. She is also a good rebounder and defender. With her work ethic, we think she could have a bright future at Nebraska."
Theriot played her first two high school seasons for the Walsh Jesuit Warriors for Coach Pete Zaccari. As a sophomore, she led Walsh Jesuit to the Ohio Division II state semifinals after averaging 13.8 points, 5.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. She led the Warriors to a 23-2 record. She hit 38 three-pointers on the year and was an 89 percent free throw shooter.
As a freshman, Theriot averaged 11.8 points, 3.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game to help Walsh Jesuit to a 19-7 record.
Theriot played AAU ball for Sports City U and Coach Tom Jenkins. She earned a spot on the Pool A All-Star Team at the Windy City Classic (U.S. Junior National Championships).
Theriot chose Nebraska over Xavier, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, Dayton and Washington among others.
Burke Named Candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Nebraska's Kaitlyn Burke was named one of 30 candidates nationally for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, honoring the nation's top all-around women's basketball student-athlete, on Friday, Nov. 4.
Burke, a 5-7 shooting guard for Coach Connie Yori's Huskers, is the most experienced member of the women's basketball team and one of the top all-around leaders on the Nebraska campus.
The fifth-year senior from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has played in 102 games for the Huskers since starting her career at NU in 2007-08. She has made 49 starts, including 29 starts a year ago when she averaged 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. She opened the 2011-12 season with eight points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals in an opening-game start against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Burke ranks No. 8 on Nebraska's career three-point list (90) and ranks near the Huskers' career top 20 in assists (208). She has climbed the NU career charts despite battling numerous injuries, including foot and knee injuries, multiple broken fingers on her shooting hand, and even a broken nose last season.
Burke has taken on an even greater leadership role off the court, serving as the 2011-12 President of Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In addition to her significant duties as SAAC President, Burke also finds time to coach a Special Olympics basketball team among numerous outreach activities.
The two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection is also a seven-time selection to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. She carries a 3.541 grade-point average as an advertising and business administration major.
Burke's many talents preceded her to the University of Nebraska. Prior to becoming a Husker, Burke was a multi-sport standout at Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver. Her final year before coming to Nebraska, she was one of the first Canadians to attend the National Elite Development Academy in Ontario. She was a member of the 2005 Canadian Cadet National Team and the Canadian Junior National Team in both 2006 and 2007.
Burke was a childhood actress in several feature films. She starred in Questar's Bear with Me (2000) and Ms. Bear (1997). She also appeared in Disney's Life-Size with Tyra Banks and Lindsay Lohan (2000). She also appeared in A Song from the Heart (1999) and National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off starring Henry Winkler (1997).
From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in late January. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the women's award winner during the 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four, which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver.
Kelsey Griffin, a 2010 women's basketball All-American, is the only Husker student-athlete across all sports to be named a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner. Griffin claimed the honor following her All-America senior season, when she was also named Nebraska's Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
Huskers Ready for Move to Big Ten with Young Nucleus
The Nebraska women's basketball team closed its final season in the Big 12 Conference with a 13-18 overall record that included a 3-13 Big 12 mark. Nebraska ended its 15th season in the Big 12, and opened the door for the Huskers' shift to Big Ten basketball in 2011-12.
The Huskers' 2010-11 season was filled with challenges that included significant injuries. NU played all but nine minutes of its final 20 games without 2010 honorable-mention All-Big 12 guard Dominique Kelley. The 5-7 native of Lincoln started NU's first 11 games and was averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest from her shooting guard spot before a knee injury sidelined her for the rest of the year.
Kelley finished her career as NU's No. 17 all-time leading scorer with 1,107 points, while ranking sixth in school history in both free throws made (383) and attempted (490). She also ranked eighth with 110 career starts, despite missing starts in 19 of NU's final 20 games.
Kelley's injury sent NU's most experienced player and vocal leader to the sideline, leaving Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore as the Huskers' go-to offensive options. Both Moore and Hooper improved throughout the season and closed with award-winning campaigns. Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades after leading the Huskers with 17.0 points and 5.9 assists in Big 12 Conference games. Moore produced double figures in 13 straight games to end the season, including a career-high 33 points at Kansas on Feb. 26. Earlier in the season, Moore produced NU's first career triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists against Florida A&M (Jan. 2), and closed the regular season with a double-double (13 points, 10 assists) at No. 5 Texas A&M.
Moore, who averaged 14.1 points and 5.9 assists on the year, ranked 10th in Big 12 games-only in scoring while ranking third overall in the Big 12 in assists. Moore's game continued to expand throughout the season, and over the last five games she averaged 21.0 points and a staggering 8.2 assists. She also developed into an iron woman for NU, setting a school record with 1,164 minutes played.
A Big 12 All-Freshman selection in 2010 (6.0 ppg, 4.5 apg), Moore has started 66 straight games for the Huskers to open her career, and has already climbed into NU's all-time top 10 with 345 assists. After producing 183 assists as a sophomore, Moore needs to average 180 assists in each of her final two seasons to set the NU career record in that category.
While Moore was developing her game in her second season, Hooper produced one of the best freshman campaigns in Nebraska history. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., averaged a team-best 14.6 points per game, while ranking second on the squad with 6.6 rebounds per contest. She also shattered the NU freshman record with a team-leading 67 three-pointers, which ranked second among Big 12 freshmen during the regular season.
Hooper's rebounding average led all Big 12 freshmen, while her scoring ranked third in the league among freshmen. Her 454 points ranked as the second-highest total by a freshman in Nebraska history, while her 205 rebounds ranked third on the NU freshman chart.
Yori Making Progress After Knee Surgery Complications
Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori experienced a painful end to the offseason and start to the 2011-12 campaign. Complications to a seemingly routine arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 19, which included a staph infection and blood clot in her knee, sidelined Yori for several weeks.
The 2010 National Coach of the Year, who enters her 10th season at Nebraska in 2011-12, is gaining overall strength and mobility in her knee and has returned to the Husker program on a nearly full-time basis. She has spent the past two weeks in a nearly full-time role on the practice court with the Huskers, splitting time between a scooter and crutches.
"It is really unbelievable to think that I was in the hospital for the better part of September. It kind of feels like I lost a month of my life with the team," Yori said. "My family, friends and the people in our program have been so supportive."
Four days after the team's return from a successful 11-day summer tour to Scandinavia Aug. 5-15, Yori underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee on Aug. 19. She first injured the knee as a player in the early 1980's, but had not had a surgery on the knee since 1985.
Yori's recovery from her most recent surgery appeared to be going well, and she made a day-long appearance at the Fastbreakers Booster Club Husker Golf Scramble fund-raising event on Monday, Aug. 29. Her rehabilitation appeared to continue on track until mid-day on Wednesday, Aug. 31, when she began having intense knee pain. The pain continued to intensify until Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day) when she had a surgical wash to treat Staph infection in her knee.
Yori spent the following week in St. Elizabeth's Regional Medical Center in Lincoln before being released to her home on Sept. 12. Although she returned home, the pain continued to plague her and became so severe on Sept. 16 that she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance back to St. Elizabeth's.
Doctors discovered a blood clot in Yori's left knee and began treatment as soon as possible. Yori remained at St. Elizabeth's until Thursday, Sept. 22, when she moved to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.
She has spent the past seven weeks on the road to recovery. The pain is gradually subsiding in her knee, and she is gaining strength in her leg and the rest of her body from being nearly immobile for approximately three weeks. After a week of intense rehab at Madonna, Yori checked out and returned home in the afternoon on Friday, Sept. 30.
Yori made her way into the Devaney Center for the Huskers' first practice on Oct. 3, just for a few moments. She was in a wheelchair and on heavy pain medication, but she let the Huskers know she was working hard to join them at practice.
"I know a lot of people out there might hear this story and feel sorry for me, but I know there are many more people who are worse off than me," Yori said. "I'm lucky both the infection and the blood clot were focused in my knee area and didn't spread to other parts of my leg or body, or my condition would be a lot more serious."
Because of her nearly complete restriction of movement and heavy pain medications, Yori was unable to work or spend time recruiting for several weeks. Associate Head Coach Sunny Smallwood coordinated Nebraska's workout schedule and led the team in practice in Yori's absence. Graduate assistant manager Bryce Currie was activated to assume an on-court coaching role and the ability to recruit off-campus in place of Yori. Currie is in his second year with the Huskers after spending time at both Washington and Arizona State before coming to Nebraska.
"I am fortunate to have an experienced and talented staff," Yori said. "I have been in constant contact with our staff throughout this time, and our program is in good hands with Sunny Smallwood at the helm."
Huskers Officially Open Hendricks Training Complex Oct. 13
After 17 months of construction, the Hendricks Training Complex was officially dedicated Oct. 13, with more 200 invited guests and dignitaries attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The 80,000-square foot facility adjacent to the Bob Devaney Sports Center is the new home for the men's and women's basketball programs, as well as the wrestling program. The two-level facility 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 completion of the Hendricks Training Complex is a compliment to those donors, season-ticket holders and fans who have supported our basketball programs for many years," NU Executive Associate Athletic Director Marc Boehm said. "The facility will help us attract top-tier talent and at the same time provide our student-athletes an experience that will help them reach their full potential.
"The Hendricks Training Complex, along with the new Haymarket Arena (scheduled to open in the fall of 2013), will give us one of the best combinations of facilities in the country and show our commitment to our basketball programs."
While the $18.7 million facility will house the basketball and wrestling programs, many of Nebraska's sports will benefit from the new facility, which 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-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 for breaking down film during practices.
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 men's players lounge, named in honor of Neal and Jamie Hawks, features a 5x8-foot video wall, 400 inches of televisions, custom seating, a pool table and a kitchenette, while the women's lounge features three 65-inch televisions and a unique LED bubble wall. Both the men's and women's basketball programs have custom locker rooms with iPads built into the lockers, as well as custom back-lit displays. The wrestling locker room features 40 custom-built wooden lockers with back-lit displays and a lounge with a pair of 65-inch TVs and a kitchen.
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.
Young Huskers Grow On Scandinavian Summer Tour
The Huskers enjoyed an early start to the 2011-12 campaign by going 3-1 on an 11-day tour of Scandinavia, Aug. 5-15. The tour, which included stops in Stockholm, Sweden, Oslo, Norway and Copenhagen, Denmark, began with a loss to a talented Swedish National Team, before substantial winning margins over one Norwegian and one Danish club team. Nebraska concluded the trip with an impressive win over the Danish National Team on Aug. 14.
"We definitely got better, and that was exciting and encouraging to see," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "Our freshmen are going to help us this year. I've been saying that since our first set of practices in June, but they have continued to get better and learn our system and work hard. All four of our true freshmen could play roles for us throughout the year. We also have a little bit better idea of the things they need to focus on now, so we can start working on them right away. It is definitely going to speed up their development process as players."
Emily Cady, a 6-2 freshman forward from Seward, Neb., drew praise from Yori throughout the team's 10 days of NCAA-allowable practices leading up to the trip. Cady showed that praise was deserved by averaging 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, a block and a steal during the four games in Europe.
Brandi Jeffery, a 5-7 guard from Vacherie, La., provided consistent production for the Huskers throughout the tour, averaging 9.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. The 2011 Louisiana High School Player of the Year and Parade All-American scored between eight and 10 points in all four games and grabbed at least one rebound in every contest.
Tear'a Laudermill, a 5-9 guard from Riverside, Calif., expanded her contributions during the trip. In the first two games on the tour, Laudermill had seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals combined. In the last two games in Denmark, Laudermill averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals.
Hailie Sample, a 6-1 guard from Flower Mound, Texas, added 4.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists while providing a strong defensive presence on the wing for the Huskers.
In addition to the improvements of the true freshmen, Yori was also pleased with the increased production of sophomore Jordan Hooper. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., averaged 22.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block per game. She capped the tour with 33 points and eight rebounds in the win over the Danish National Team.
"Jordan has gotten better, there is no question about it," Yori said. "She has done a really good job of listening to the coaches after her freshman season and working hard on the weaknesses in her game. She is stronger, a better defender, more aggressive on both offense and defense, and she now has a couple more weapons in her offensive game."
In addition to watching her players grow on the court, Yori said she was impressed by the chemistry, unity and leadership that has developed among the Huskers.
"What a great trip for the players and staff for every reason," Yori said. "From a team standpoint, our players definitely grew closer and continued to develop some great team chemistry. The way they interacted with each other throughout the trip was exciting to see. They naturally bonded with everybody. There were no cliques or people moving in the same groups all the time. They just naturally and genuinely wanted to spend time with everybody. As a coach, that is really rewarding to see."
NU's New Class: Four Freshmen to Open Careers in Big Ten
Nebraska will look for a four-player 2011-12 freshman class to make an immediate impact for the Huskers. The class, which was ranked among the top 30 in the nation by several recruiting services, including a No. 24 ranking by the Collegiate Girls Basketball reports, is headlined by a pair of top-50 national recruits.
Two-time Nebraska Super-Stater Emily Cady was ranked as the No. 49 player in the nation by Blue Star Basketball, No. 84 by ESPNU/HoopGurlz and No. 96 by All-Star Girls Report. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., helped lead the Bluejays to their third straight Class B state title in 2011 under Coach Tom Tvrdy. The Huskers will look to Cady to help fill the void inside left by departing seniors Catheryn Redmon and Jessica Periago, while adding another scoring presence from the perimeter. Cady scored 19 points including a trio of three-pointers in Seward's state championship game win to close her career with a 75-game winning streak. Cady averaged 13 points and nearly seven rebounds per game as a senior. She led a Seward team that featured four players averaging in double figures.
Tear'a Laudermill earned first-team All-California Interscholastic Federation 1A honors for the second straight season at Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. The 5-9 guard from Riverside, Calif., was ranked No. 26 nationally by Blue Star and No. 95 by the All-Star Girls Report in 2010. Laudermill brings an explosive presence at both ends and could help the Huskers return to their preferred full-court style in 2011-12.
Laudermill led Canyon Springs to a top-25 national ranking and a berth in CIF southern regional final by knocking off top-five nationally ranked Brea Olinda in the semifinals, 65-53. Canyon Springs faced national No. 1 Mater Dei in the final, including WBCA National High School Player-of-the-Year Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and fellow WBCA All-American Alexyz Vaioletama. Laudermill averaged 16.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.5 steals per game as a senior, including 14 points in the loss to Mater Dei. She also hit 45 three-pointers for 30-4 Canyon Springs.
The Huskers added another guard who could help at both ends of the floor with the signing of Brandi Jeffery - the 2011 Louisiana Gatorade High School Player of the Year. Jeffery led St. James High School in metro New Orleans to a Class 3A state title by averaging 23.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 4.3 steals per game as a senior. Jeffery was named the Outstanding Player of the state championship game after producing 16 points and 18 rebounds in a win over Avoyelles. In a semifinal game win, Jeffery poured in 28 points with six three-pointers and notched nine steals.
Jeffery, who was ranked as the No. 45 guard in the nation by ESPNU/HoopGurlz was a two-time first-team Class 3A all-state player. She was also a Class 2A all-state selection in 2009. Jeffery led the New Orleans metro area in scoring each of her final three seasons of high school.
Texas wing player Hailie Sample rounds out a talented incoming freshman class. Sample, a 6-1 guard/forward from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, was ranked as the No. 41 wing player in the nation by ESPNU/HoopGurlz. She averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists per game as a junior in 2009-10, and was named the District 6-5A Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last three seasons.
Moore Set to Lead Huskers on Court in 2011-12
Junior Lindsey Moore is expected to be the catalyst of the Nebraska offense in 2011-12. The 5-9 point guard capped an outstanding individual 2010-11 season by earning honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades, by averaging 14.1 points and 5.9 assists per game for the season. The Covington, Wash., native averaged 17.0 points and 5.9 assists in Big 12 action.
As a true freshman, Moore was a pass-first point guard that orchestrated one of the best runs in Big 12 history, as the 2010 Huskers rolled to a 30-0 record to start Moore's career and claim NU's lone Big 12 title.
As a sophomore, Moore's arsenal not only lost three first-team All-Big 12 picks (Kelsey Griffin, Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner) to graduation, she also lost honorable-mention All-Big 12 guard Dominique Kelley to a knee injury less than halfway through the 2011 season. In addition, the Huskers were riddled by injuries from top to bottom in their lineup, leaving Moore with much more of the scoring load.
Score she did. Moore produced double figures in 13 straight games to end the season, beginning with a then-career-high 27 points against Iowa State on Jan. 26. She closed the regular season with a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists at eventual national champion Texas A&M on March 5, before adding 13 points and nine assists in the season finale against Iowa State on March 8.
Moore's scoring binge included a career-high 33 points at Kansas on Feb. 26, a 23-point, nine-assist effort against Colorado March 2, a 23-point, eight-assist performance against Missouri on Feb. 22 and seven total games with 17 or more points. Over the final seven games of 2010-11, Moore took her game to another level by averaging to 20.0 points per game, while shooting a blistering 55.1 percent (54-98) from the field, including 42.9 percent (15-35) from three-point range. She also dished out 7.3 assists per game, including five games with eight or more assists. She also increased her rebounding to 4.6 boards per game during the stretch, while hitting 89.5 percent (17-19) of her free throws.
As a freshman, Moore had a hand in 23.5 percent of Nebraska's made field goals. Over the final 13 games of her sophomore season, she had a hand in 61.0 percent (172-282) of NU's made baskets - including 72.5 percent (66-91) in the final four games.
Moore Set to Climb Nebraska Career Assist List
In just two seasons, Lindsey Moore has climbed into Nebraska's career top 10 in assists with 345. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., moved up to No. 7 on the NU career chart after notching eight assists in a season-opening-win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 12. In 2010-11, Moore finished with 183 assists, which ranked second on NU's sophomore single-season list, trailing only Meggan Yedsena's 195 in 1991-92. It was the fifth-highest single-season total by a Husker in history.
Moore opened her career with the third-best total by a freshman in school history with 154 in 2009-10. If Moore can average 180 assists over her final two seasons at Nebraska, she can set the NU career record of 696 set by four-year starting point guard Meggan Yedsena from 1990-91 to 1993-94.
Strong Offseason Prepares Hooper for Big Ten Debut
By all accounts Nebraska's Jordan Hooper has produced an impressive offseason for the Huskers. The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., has focused on adding different dimensions to her offensive game, while improving at the defensive end.
Hooper's inside game at both ends has shown impressive gains, and she has added the ability to penetrate to the basket. All of that could cause opposing teams headaches in 2011-12.
In her first season with the Huskers in 2010-11, Hooper made an instant impact by starting every game and leading the Huskers and ranking third among Big 12 freshmen in scoring with 14.6 points per game. She also led all Big 12 freshman in rebounding with 6.6 boards per contest to claim one of five spots on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. She led NU with 67 three-pointers, which were the most ever by a Nebraska freshman, and ranked second among Big 12 freshmen.
Hooper produced one of the best performances by a freshman in school history with her 31-point, eight-rebound effort in just 26 minutes at Missouri on Feb. 2, when she tied the Husker record with seven three-pointers. Among all Big 12 players, Hooper ranked 12th in scoring, 15th in rebounding and sixth in three-pointers with 2.2 per game.
Hooper, a two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year (2008, 2010), produced double figures in 25 of 31 career games. She produced six 20-point scoring efforts, including 31 at Missouri (Feb. 2) and a pair of games with 25 points (Houston, UNO). She produced a 22-point effort against Miami. She added 20 points and nine rebounds against Kansas State on Feb. 19, and another 20-point performance in NU's non-conference finale against Florida A&M on Jan. 2.
Hooper, who started the first 31 games of her Husker career, earned four Big 12 Player-of-the-Week awards as a rookie, with her final one coming on Feb. 21. It was her second honor in February, after capturing the award for the third time on Feb. 7, following a career-high 31 points at Missouri on Feb. 2. Against the Tigers, Hooper produced the biggest half of the season by any Big 12 player with 28 points in the second half. She also tied the Nebraska school record by burying seven three-pointers in the game.
She earned her second Big 12 weekly award on Nov. 29, after averaging 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game in wins over Washington State and UNO. She earned her first Big 12 Player-of-the-Week award on Nov. 15, after scoring 15 points and pulling down a team-high six rebounds against Vermont. Hooper hit three three-pointers to help the Huskers smash the single-game three-point record with 17 in a 95-38 win over the Catamounts on Nov. 13.
Hooper Expected to Pace Huskers on the Glass
Jordan Hooper led all Big 12 freshmen by averaging 6.6 rebounds per game in 2010-11, while also ranking second among the Huskers overall. Hooper's 205 total rebounds ranked third in school history among all freshmen, trailing only Kathy Hagerstrom's 277 in 1979-80 and Debra Powell's 229 in 1981-82.
Hooper produced four double-figure rebounding performances, with all four coming against 2010 postseason qualifiers. Hooper registered her first double-figure rebounding effort and first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Creighton on Dec. 8.
She notched three straight double-figure rebounding efforts at the Duel in the Desert Classic in Las Vegas. She opened the tournament with a career-high 13 rebounds while adding 25 points against Houston on Dec. 18. She added 10 boards and nine points against Marist, before capping the tournament with her third career double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds against Louisville.
Hooper's rebounding success should come as no surprise. The two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year (2008, 2010) ranks No. 2 in Nebraska prep history with 1,337 rebounds.
To give Hooper's rebounding success some perspective, NU's 2010 All-American forward Kelsey Griffin produced the sixth-best freshman season rebounding average, managing three double-doubles and three double-figure rebounding efforts her entire freshman season in 2005-06.
Hooper Hits Threes at Record Rate
In addition to her impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Jordan Hooper was impressive from three-point range early in her Nebraska career.
The 6-2 forward tied the Nebraska school record with seven threes at Missouri, while also setting an NU single-season freshman record. Hooper hit 67-of-184 threes (36.4 percent) to surpass Anna DeForge's freshman record of 46 threes made in 1994-95. Hooper's 67 threes ranked second among Big 12 freshmen heading into 2011 postseason tournaments.
Hooper's solid three-point percentage came despite being the focus of nearly every opponent defense during Big 12 play. In league play, she shot just 32.7 percent (33-101) from long range, after hitting 31-of-70 three-point attempts (44.3 percent) through 14 regular-season non-conference games.
In the last half of the Big 12 regular season and NU's Big 12 Tournament game, Hooper hit 18-of-63 three-point attempts (28.6 percent). In NU's first 22 games, Hooper hit 40.4 percent (49-121) of her threes. Hooper, who hit at least one three in each of her first 16 games, also managed to hit at least one three in each of NU's final 13 games to close her freshman season.
NU Connects on School-Record 7.0 Threes Per Game
Nebraska's outside shooting was a strength for the Huskers in 2010-11. The Huskers hit 218-of-658 three-point attempts (33.1 percent) to average a school-record 7.0 threes per game.
In 2009-10, Nebraska hit a school-record 225 threes for a then-school-record average of 6.6 threes per game. 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 eight three-point shooting seasons in school history.
Nebraska hit seven or more threes in a game 17 times in 2010-11. The Huskers opened the season by hitting a school-record 17 threes on 33 attempts in a win over Vermont on Nov. 13. NU added its second-highest total of the year with 12 threes in a win over Florida A&M on Jan. 2, before hitting 11 at Missouri on Feb. 2.
The Huskers hit 10 threes in the second game against Missouri on Feb. 22, to go along with 10 threes against Houston on Dec. 18. NU connected on nine threes in back-to-back games against UNLV and Indiana. NU also hit nine threes against Kansas State on Feb. 19, and closed the season with nine more threes against Iowa State in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament on March 8 in Kansas City, Mo. The Huskers hit eight threes apieced against Miami, Louisville and at Kansas.
Moore Notches First Triple-Double in Husker History
Lindsey Moore notched the first triple-double in Nebraska history with 12 points and career highs of 11 assists and 10 rebounds in NU's win over Florida A&M on Jan. 2, 2011.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., locked up the triple-double with her career-high 10th rebound with 1:07 left in the game. Nebraska Coach Connie Yori subbed in for Moore 10 seconds later, and Moore walked off the court to a standing ovation.
Moore, who also finished with a career-high four steals, got all 10 of her rebounds on the defensive end.
Moore became the first player in Nebraska men's or women's basketball history to achieve the rare triple-double. NU's most recent near miss came with 15 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists from Keasha Cannon against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 8, 2001.
Moore added her second career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in Nebraska's Big 12 regular-season finale at No. 5 Texas A&M on March 5.
Moore Took on Iron Woman Role for Huskers
In addition to more than doubling her scoring numbers and increasing her rebounding, assists and three-point totals from 2009-10, Lindsey Moore also took on the role of an iron woman in the Husker lineup.
With injuries to nearly all of NU's guards, Moore hardly came off the floor as a sophomore. In fact, she played a Big 12-leading 37.5 minutes per game. In conference play, Moore averaged a Big 12-high 39.3 minutes per contest on her way to a school-record 1,164 total minutes. She went the distance in 16 games in 2010-11, including 12 regular-season Big 12 games and NU's lone contest in the Big 12 Tournament. Included in that list is a career-high 45 minutes in an overtime win over Kansas on Jan. 16. Over the last 25 games, Moore was on the floor for all but 29 minutes.
As a freshman, Moore led the Huskers in total minutes with 952 (34 games), an average of just 28.0 minutes per game, as Nebraska featured one of the deepest and most balanced lineups in Big 12 Conference history.
Moore's 1,164 total minutes eclipsed Jina Johansen's previous school record of 1,156 minutes played in 32 games (36.1 mpg) in 2004-05. Moore is just the third Husker in Coach Yori's nine years at Nebraska to play 1,000 minutes in a season (also Kiera Hardy in 2004-05).
Moore Hoping to Pass Even More in 2011-12
One of the best young point guards in the nation, Lindsey Moore increased her production across the board as a sophomore, including the passing department. Moore averaged 5.9 assists per game to finish with 183 total assists - the fifth-best single-season total in school history. Her performance included a career-high-tying 11 assists in the non-conference finale against Florida A&M on Jan. 2. She added 10 assists at No. 5 Texas A&M (March 5). She had nine assists against Miami (Nov. 17), South Florida (Dec. 30), Colorado (March 2) and against Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament (March 8). Moore dished out five or more assists 23 times as a sophomore, including each of the final six games and 14 times in NU's last 15 contests of 2010-11.
Moore owns 345 career assists, which has already placed her among the top 10 in Nebraska history. She is just the second Husker in history to record 150 or more assists in each of her first two seasons running the point, joining NU career assist leader Meggan Yedsena (163; 1990-91, 195, 1991-92).
With 183 assists in 2010-11, Moore produced the second-best assist total by a sophomore in school history, trailing only Yedsena's 195 in 1991-92.
In 2009-10, Moore distributed 154 assists as a true freshman. Not only did she start all 34 games and lead NU to a Big 12-record-tying 30 consecutive wins, she also produced the third-most assists by a freshman in school history. Moore ranked fourth in the Big 12 with 4.5 assists per game as a rookie, while ranking sixth in Big 12 games with a 1.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
In the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Moore distributed a career-high 11 assists to go along with nine points in a win over No. 22 UCLA that sent the Huskers to their first-ever NCAA Sweet 16.
Moore notched eight or more assists five times in 2009-10, including twice in Big 12 play. She registered nine assists in a run past Kansas State on Jan. 23, before dishing out eight assists in NU's first-ever road win at Texas Tech on Jan. 27. Moore also dished out eight assists in NU's win at Miami on Dec. 5.
Big Ten Network to Provide More Exposure for Huskers
Over the past two seasons, Nebraska has enjoyed its best media exposure in school history with national and regional television appearances and frequent live video streams of its games on Huskers.com. In fact, last season the Huskers had 26 games appear on either television or live video streams.
In 2011-12, Nebraska's exposure increases to another level with coverage provided by the Big Ten Network (BTN), BTN2Go.com and BTN.com.
Nebraska heads into the 2011-12 season with the possibility of all 29 of its regular-season games appearing either on TV or live video stream. The only games in question are NU's road games at Florida A&M (Nov. 25) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 30).
Every Nebraska home game will be available on either BTN or BTN.com, while every Big Ten Conference regular-season contest also will be available on BTN or BTN.com.
Nebraska will appear a minimum of five times (Creighton, Dec. 8; at Iowa, Jan. 8; at Ohio State, Jan. 19; Minnesota, Jan. 22 and Feb. 13) on the Big Ten Network, which reaches nearly 80 million homes nationwide. The Huskers will also battle South Dakota State (Dec. 21) in a game televised by Nebraska Educational Television (NET) that also will be available on a subscription-basis on BTN.com.
For a complete television and live-stream listing, 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.
Due to changes in the television rights policies brought about by Nebraska's shift to the Big Ten Conference, none of Nebraska's regular-season games will be available on HuskersNside. Both of Nebraska's exhibition games will be available to HuskersNside subscribers on Huskers.com.
Husker Sports Network Features new Lincoln Flagship
Nebraska women's basketball games will be heard on the new flagship station in Lincoln - B107.3 FM-KBBK. The strong FM station is the same station that has carried Husker volleyball for the past several seasons and provides fans of Nebraska women's sports with a consistent home for the Huskers.
Women's basketball fans can continue to listen to the Huskers in the Omaha area on Twister 93.3 FM-KTWI. The Husker Sports Network is in its 17th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of University of Nebraska women's basketball. Women's basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch enter their 11th year together as the Huskers' broadcast team.
In addition to the more than 20 stations that carry Nebraska women's basketball games during the season, every game can be heard for free worldwide on Huskers.com.
Fastbreakers Set Dates for Pregame Backboard Events
The Fastbreakers Nebraska Women's Basketball Booster Club has set the dates for three Backboard Events during the 2011-12 season. Fastbreakers can make their plans now to attend this season's Backboard Events with the Huskers at the Coaches Club in the southeast corner of the upper concourse at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Nebraska's Backboard Events tip off on Friday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m., before the Huskers' 7:05 p.m. battle with Pac-12 Conference power USC. The Women of Troy return the nucleus of last year's team that finished as the WNIT runner-up.
The Fastbreakers and the Huskers Athletic Fund host the second Backboard Event of the year prior to Nebraska's Big Ten Conference clash with Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 15. The Lady Lions were one of the top teams in the Big Ten last season and advanced to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The luncheon is set to begin at 12:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 2:05 p.m.
The Backboard Events conclude in 2011-12 when Nebraska tangles with Wisconsin on Sunday, Feb. 19. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., with tip-off set for 1 p.m. The date with the Badgers is also scheduled to be Nebraska's "Play4Kay" game (previously Think Pink / Pink Zone) as the WBCA's cancer awareness game.
Each luncheon 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 luncheon is $15 per person, and spots at each luncheon must be reserved in advance, either on-line at www.Huskers.com/donate, by calling the Huskers Athletic Fund at (402) 472-2367 or by mail to the Huskers Athletic Fund at One Memorial Stadium, P.O. Box 880154, Lincoln, NE 68588-0154. The mail-in form is available on the Huskers.com women's basketball home page by clicking on "Backboard Events" in the right side menu. Full menu details and payment information for each event is included on the form. Please make checks payable to the Huskers Athletic Fund.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
Since the Bob Devaney Sports Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 363-123 (.747) in games played in the arena, including 136-82 (.624) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 99-27 (.786) at the Devaney Center.
NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in seven consecutive seasons, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2009-10. The Huskers stretched their home winning streak to 28 games with a win over Florida A&M on Jan. 2. Amazingly, 24 of NU's final 25 wins in the streak were by double digits. No. 19 Oklahoma ended NU's second-longest home streak in school history at 28 games, just one game shy of the NU record. NU was 11-4 at home in 2010-11.
Big Red Fans Come Out in Droves at Devaney
After setting a school single-season attendance record in 2009-10, Nebraska continued to rank among the nation's top teams in average home attendance with 4,333 fans per game over 16 home contests in 2010-11. NU ranked 22nd nationally in average home attendance at the close of the regular season.
Nebraska has regularly ranked among the top 30 teams nationally in average home attendance over the past 15 years. Husker fans flocked to the Bob Devaney Sports Center in record numbers in 2009-10, averaging a school-record 7,390 fans per game to rank seventh nationally.
NU's Big 12 attendance was spectacular, averaging a Big 12-best 11,383 fans per game. Nebraska drew seven consecutive crowds of more than 10,000 to the Devaney Center to end the season, beginning with a then-school-record 13,303 fans for Nebraska's win over Kansas State on Jan. 23 - the 16th-largest crowd in the nation in 2009-10 (including NCAA Tournament play).
Nebraska smashed that record against Missouri Feb. 27, posting the first sellout in school history with 13,595 fans. The NU-MU game featured the largest regular-season crowd in the nation in 2009-10 that did not involve Connecticut or Tennessee.
Over the last seven home games, the Huskers attracted an average of 11,989 fans per game to the Devaney Center. NU's previous single-season average home attendance record was 5,000 fans per game in 1998-99.
Nebraska entered the 2009-10 season with 1,424 season ticket holders. During a special March Madness season ticket promotion at the end of 2010, the Huskers sold more than 1,100 new season tickets for 2010-11, pushing NU's season ticket base beyond 2,500 for the first time in history.
Huskers Played One of Nation's Top Schedules in 2010-11
Nebraska has consistently played one of the nation's top 30 schedules over the past five years, and the 2010-11 season was no different. Nebraska's strength of schedule ranked No. 29 nationally according to CollegeRPI.com. The Huskers finished No. 101 overall in the official NCAA RPI at the end of 2010-11.
The Huskers produced a pair of wins over top 25 RPI teams, including victories over 2011 ACC regular-season champion and No. 12 RPI Miami and RPI No. 24 Texas Tech. NU notched four other top-100 RPI wins, including victories over Kansas (71), Creighton (75), Missouri (80) and Saint Mary's (94).
In addition to games against the Big 12 champion and ACC champion, the Huskers also dropped narrow decisions on neutral courts to Conference USA champion Houston and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Marist. Houston ran to its best season in school history and joined the AP Top 25 at the end of the regular season, while Marist had its school-record winning streak snapped in the NCAA Tournament second round by Stanford. The Red Foxes also closed the regular season in the top 25.
Nebraska played 21 games against top 100 RPI teams. NU played 14 games against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams, with Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Miami, Marist and Louisville all advancing to at least the NCAA second round. The Huskers also played seven games against Postseason WNIT teams and one game against a WBI postseason tournament (Northern Colorado). Overall, 22 of Nebraska's 31 games came against postseason qualifiers.
Nebraska Owns Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska has made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori's nine seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers' win over No. 22 UCLA marked their 20th win over an AP Top 25 foe during Yori's tenure, including their eighth in 2009-10. NU's 21-point win over No. 10 Oklahoma State on Feb. 3 was the Huskers' fifth against a top-10 opponent. Before Yori's arrival, Nebraska had beaten just one top-10 opponent in school history.
Nebraska's three top-10 wins in 2009-10 matched NU's all-time total in 35 seasons of women's basketball.
NU's win at No. 9 Baylor on Jan. 17, 2010, marked the Huskers' first victory against a top-25 team in a true road game under Yori. It was also the Huskers' first-ever true road win over a top-10 opponent.
The Huskers posted six wins over AP Top 15 teams (No. 5 LSU, No. 9 Baylor, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 Iowa State) in 2009-10, including three wins over top-10 foes.
The Huskers added a road win over final AP No. 16 Iowa State on Jan. 9, in Ames, while also claiming road wins over previously ranked clubs at Vermont (AP No. 24, Jan. 18), Miami (AP No. 25, Jan. 11), Kansas (as high as No. 18, first nine weeks AP). The Jayhawks, Catamounts and Hurricanes were unranked when they played the Huskers.
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.