Huskers Battle Blue Devils in NCAA Sweet 16
No. 6 Nebraska Cornhuskers (#24/#25)
(25-8, 12-4 Big Ten)
vs. No. 2 Duke Blue Devils (#5/#5)
(32-2, 17-1 ACC)
Sunday, March 31, 1:30 p.m. (Central)
Ted Constant Center (Norfolk, Va.)
National TV: ESPN2
(Dave O’Brien-PBP; Stephanie White-Analyst; Jeannine Edwards-Sideline)
Radio: 25-Station IMG College Husker Sports Network
(PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch)
(107.3 FM-KBBK, Lincoln; 93.3 FM-KFFF, Omaha; 880 AM-KRVN, Lexington)
Free Internet Audio: Huskers.com
Huskers Battle Blue Devils Sunday in NCAA Sweet Sixteen
No. 24 Nebraska takes on one of the nation’s most talented teams when the Huskers battle the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils at the NCAA Norfolk Regional on the campus of Old Dominion University Sunday.
Tip-off between the No. 6 seed Huskers (25-8, 12-4 Big Ten) and No. 2 seed Blue Devils (32-2, 17-1 ACC) at the Ted Constant Convocation Center is set for 1:30 p.m. (CT), with Dave O’Brien and Stephanie White on the call for ESPN2, while Jeannine Edwards provides sideline coverage.
The Husker Sports Network will provide a live radio broadcast of the game with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch describing the action, including flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln, 93.3 FM-KFFF in Omaha and 880 AM-KRVN in Lexington. A free live audio stream will be available on Huskers.com.
The Huskers, who have won 13 of their last 15 games, advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the second time in school history with a resounding 74-63 win over No. 9 Texas A&M on Monday night. Nebraska knocked off the third-seeded Aggies on their home court at Reed Arena in College Station. The Huskers and fellow Norfolk Regional participant Kansas, are the only two teams to advance to this year’s Sweet Sixteen by beating an opponent on their home court.
All-America candidates Lindsey Moore and Jordan Hooper led the Huskers through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Texas. Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds while hitting 7-of-13 three-pointers. The two-time first-team All-Big Ten choice and a 2012 honorable-mention AP All-America selection leads the Huskers and ranks among the top five players in the Big Ten in scoring (18.2 ppg), rebounding (8.8 rpg) and three-pointers made (2.5 pg) this season.
Moore, a two-time finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists in the first two rounds, including 20 points and 10 assists against Texas A&M.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (25-8, 12-4 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - So. - F - 4.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 18.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 15.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg
24 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 6.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Off the Bench
1 - Tear’a Laudermill - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - So. - G - 3.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 2.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - So. - F - 1.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 1.5 ppg, 0.9 rpg
22 - Courtney Aitken - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
11th Season at NU (215-134); 23rd Season Overall (410-274)
Duke Blue Devils (32-2, 17-1 ACC)
15 - Richa Jackson - 6-0 - Jr. - F - 5.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg
33 - Haley Peters - 6-3 - Jr. - G/F - 12.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg
1 - Elizabeth Williams - 6-3 - So. - C - 15.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg
2 - Alexis Jones - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg
32 - Tricia Liston - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 13.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Chloe Wells - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 5.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg
43 - Allison Vernerey - 6-5 - Sr. - C - 3.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg
5 - Sierra Moore - 5-10 - Fr. - G/F - 2.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg
14 - Ka’lia Johnson - 5-10 - So. - G - 2.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg
35 - Jenna Frush - 5-6 - So. - G - 0.2 ppg, 0.3 rpg
Out - Knee injury
12 - Chelsea Gray - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 12.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, 1987)
Sixth Season at Duke (173-34); 21st Season Overall (489-182)
Nebraska’s NCAA Tournament Facts & Figures
• Nebraska is making its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance (1988, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013).
• NU advanced to its second NCAA Sweet Sixteen (2010, 2013)
• The Huskers advanced to the 2010 NCAA Sweet Sixteen (No. 1 seed Midwest Regional/Minneapolis).
• Nebraska seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams are the first players in Husker history to play in two NCAA Sweet Sixteen games. Graduate assistant Dominique Kelley also was a starter on NU’s 2010 Sweet Sixteen team. Kelley, a Lincoln native and the 2007 Nebraska High School Player of the Year at Lincoln Northeast, led the Huskers with 22 points in a 76-67 Kansas City Regional semifinal loss to Kentucky on March 28 at the Sprint Center. Notre Dame also competed in that regional.
• NU improved to 7-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with its win over No. 9 Texas A&M in College Station, Texas on March 25. The Huskers are 4-2 in the tournament since 2010 and 5-4 under Coach Connie Yori in five appearances.
• NU has advanced to the NCAA second round in 1993, 1998, 2008, 2010 and 2013, with the last three second-round appearances and both NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances coming under Coach Yori.
• Nebraska Coach Connie Yori is 6-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 5-4 at Nebraska. She went 1-2 as Creighton’s head coach during NCAA Tournament trips in 1993 (1-1) and 2002 (0-1).
• Yori was the 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year. She was the 2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year and the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year. She was also the WBCA, Kay Yow, Naismith, AP and USWBA National Coach of the Year in 2010.
• Nebraska was one of six Big Ten teams in the 2013 NCAA Tournament (Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa). The Big Ten went 6-0 in the first round of the tournament, but the Huskers are the lone Big Ten team left standing in the Sweet Sixteen. Penn State, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State all lost true road second-round games on their opponents’ home courts. Iowa fell on its home court to No. 1 seed Notre Dame.
• The Huskers own a 10-7 record against the 2013 NCAA Tournament field, including wins over Texas A&M, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa (3), Florida State, South Florida, Oral Roberts and Chattanooga. NU suffered losses to Penn State (2), Purdue (2), Maryland, Creighton and South Dakota State. The Huskers were 8-6 against teams that advanced to the NCAA second round. NU is 0-1 against teams that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen (Maryland).
• Nebraska entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 16 RPI team in the nation according to the NCAA, with the No. 12 Strength of Schedule nationally, according to RealTimeRPI.com.
• The Big Ten is the nation’s No. 2 RPI conference, trailing only the Big 12.
• Nebraska is 20-8 against teams that finished the regular season in the NCAA RPI Top 125.
• Nebraska is one of 25 teams in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field with a perfect 100 percent graduation rate. NU has had a 100 percent grad rate in each of NU’s five tournament appearances under Coach Connie Yori.
What to Watch for from Nebraska in NCAA Sweet Sixteen
• A win for Nebraska over second-seeded Duke would give the Huskers their first-ever trip to the NCAA Elite Eight (Regional Final). It would also give NU a win over its highest-ever NCAA Tournament seed. Third-seeded Texas A&M (74-63, March 25, 2013) is the highest seed the Huskers have beaten in the tournament.
• Sunday’s game with Duke will mark the first time Nebraska has ever played a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers have played a pair of No. 1 seeds, including Old Dominion at the Constant Convocation Center on March 15, 1998. NU fell to ODU, 75-60, in the second round in Norfolk. Most recently, Nebraska lost to top-seeded Maryland, 76-64, in College Park, Md., on March 25, 2008.
• A win for Nebraska over No. 5 Duke would be NU’s first win over a top-five team since defeating No. 5 LSU, 77-63, at the Devaney Center in Lincoln on Dec. 20, 2009.
• A win for Nebraska over No. 5 Duke would mark the third win in school history over a top-five foe and the first away from the Devaney Center. NU defeated No. 2 Baylor, 103-99 in triple-overtime, on Jan. 12, 2005. The 2005 Lady Bears went on to win their first national title.
• A win for Nebraska over No. 5 Duke would mark the highest ranked team the Huskers have ever beaten away from home. The Huskers’ second-round NCAA Tournament win at No. 9 Texas A&M matched the highest ranked team NU has ever beaten on the road. NU also beat No. 9 Baylor, 65-56, Jan. 17, 2010 in Waco, Texas. That was the only game Brittney Griner ever lost at the Ferrell Center.
• A win would be Nebraska’s ninth over an AP top-25 opponent in the last two seasons and 16th in the last four years, including 11 over AP top-16 foes.
• A win would increase Nebraska’s season victory total to 26 - the second-highest mark in school history trailing only 32 wins in 2009-10. The Huskers have recorded the three-highest win totals in school history (32, 2009-10; 25, 2012-13; 24, 2011-12) in the last four seasons.
• A win would give Nebraska 50 wins over the last two seasons, the most victories over two years in program history. Before this season, the most wins in a two-year span for the Huskers came in 2008-09 (15) and 2009-10 (32) when NU amassed 47 wins.
Husker Individual Milestones to Watch
Lindsey Moore, 5-9, Sr., Point Guard, Covington, Wash. (Kentwood)
• Lindsey Moore needs three assists to tie Meggan Yedsena (1991-94) for Nebraska’s career assist record. Moore enters the Duke game with 693 career assists, after recording 10 assists in the second-round win at Texas A&M. Moore is averaging 8.5 assists in the NCAA Tournament and 5.7 assists on the season.
• Moore needs six assists to tie Yedsena’s Nebraska single-season school record of 195 set in 1991-92. Moore enters the Duke game with 189 assists this season.
• Moore needs seven assists to become the first Husker and just the sixth player in Big Ten history to record 700 career assists. She would also become just the second Big Ten player in history to reach career milestones of 1,600 points and 700 assists, joining Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis (2,010 points, 901 assists, 2009-12).
• Seven assists would also give Moore the first 500-point/200-assist season in school history.
• Moore’s active streak of 131 career starts is the longest of any player left in the NCAA Tournament. She has started every game Nebraska has played in her four-year collegiate career.
• Moore will also be playing in and starting her seventh career NCAA Tournament game, the most of any player in Nebraska history. No other Husker has played or started more than six games.
• Moore needs one assist to match her total of 18 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament for the most by a Husker in a single NCAA Tournament. No other Husker has produced double-digit assists in an NCAA Tournament. Moore has produced two double-digit games (11 vs. UCLA, 2010; 10 at Texas A&M, 2013).
• Moore needs one assist to double the previous Nebraska career best of 19 by All-American Nicole Kubik (1997-2000) in NCAA Tournament play. Moore enters the Duke game with 37 NCAA Tournament assists, including the top three single-game totals in NU history (11 vs. UCLA, 2010; 10 at Texas A&M, 2013; 7 vs. Chattanooga, 2013).
• Moore needs seven points to match Nicole Kubik (1997-2000) for the second-highest career scoring total by a Husker in NCAA Tournament history. Moore enters the Duke game with 74 career points. Kubik had 81, while Kelsey Griffin owns the NU record with 101 career NCAA Tournament points.
Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Jr., Forward, Alliance, Neb. (Alliance)
• Jordan Hooper (81) needs four three-pointers to tie the Nebraska single-season record for threes made. Amy Stephens (85, 1988-89) and Kiera Hardy (85, 2004-05) own NU’s career mark. Hooper needs one more three to tie Yvonne Turner (82, 2009-10) in third on the Husker single-season list.
• With seven three-pointers in two games, Hooper has already set NU’s NCAA Tournament record for a season. Yvonne Turner hit six in three games in 2010.
• Hooper became the first Husker junior in history to reach 1,600 points and 800 rebounds, after producing 21 points and eight rebounds at Texas A&M. She needs four rebounds to catch two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge (1995-98) on the Husker career rebounding list (804). DeForge set the Nebraska single-game NCAA Tournament rebounding mark with 15 against New Mexico in Norfolk, Va., in 1998.
• Hooper needs 13 points to match Kelsey Griffin (55, 2010) and Dominique Kelley (55, 2010) for the most points scored in an NCAA Tournament in school history. Through the first two rounds of the 2013 tournament, Hooper has produced 42 points, already the third-highest total in NU history.
• Hooper needs 21 points against Duke to reach 1,700 for her career, joining 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings (1,768, 1990-91-92) as the only players in school history to reach 1,700 career points as juniors. Jennings was a first-team WBCA All-American in 1993 and a three-time first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American.
• Hooper needs 11 rebounds to become the first player in Nebraska history to produce a pair of 600-point/300-rebound seasons. Hooper, who has 601 points and 289 rebounds this season, had 624 points and 306 boards as a sophomore in 2011-12.
Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Fr., Guard, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (Midpark)
• Freshman Rachel Theriot needs one assist to reach 100 for the season. She would join Lindsey Moore in becoming the first Husker duo to record 100 or more assists in the same season since LaToya Howell (159) and Kiera Hardy (101) accomplished the feat in 2005-06. It would be the eighth time in Husker history that two or more players recorded 100 or more assists in the same season for NU, but just the second time in the past 15 years.
Nebraska First & Second Round NCAA Tournament Notes
• Nebraska’s 74-63 win over No. 9 Texas A&M marked the Huskers’ first-ever true road win in NCAA Tournament play. The victory also marked the highest-seeded team (No. 3) the Huskers have ever defeated in the NCAA Tournament. NU is 1-4 all-time in the Big Dance in true road games, including losses at USC (1988, 1993), at Old Dominion (1998) and at Maryland (2007).
• Nebraska produced a pair of double-digit wins in College Station (73-59 vs. Chattanooga; 74-63 at Texas A&M) to carry a plus-12.5 scoring margin into the NCAA Norfolk Regional.
• The Huskers notched a plus-10.5 rebound margin in the first two rounds, including a 39-27 edge over No. 9 Texas A&M.
• Nebraska shot 46.7 percent from the field, 46.9 percent from three-point range and 84.2 percent (32-38) at the free throw line in Texas, including 14-of-15 against Texas A&M. The Huskers hit 15-of-32 three-pointers, going 7-for-13 against Chattanooga and 8-for-19 against Texas A&M.
• Jordan Hooper (21 vs. Chattanooga, 21 at Texas A&M) and Lindsey Moore (20 at Texas A&M) combined for three 20-point scoring efforts in College Station, Texas. Prior to those 20-point efforts, Huskers had scored 20 points only 10 times in 15 NCAA Tournament games.
• Three Huskers produced double-doubles in College Station. Jordan Hooper opened the NCAA Tournament with 21 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Chattanooga. Lindsey Moore added 20 points and 10 assists in the win at No. 9 Texas A&M, while Hailie Sample notched the first double-double of her career with 10 points and 11 boards against the Aggies.
• Hooper averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds in two NCAA Tournament wins. Moore averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists.
• Jordan Hooper hit 7-of-13 (.538) three-pointers in College Station, which are more than any other Husker has ever hit in an NCAA Tournament (season record). Rachel Theriot was 3-for-4 (.750).
• NU outscored Texas A&M and Chattanooga by a combined 32-2 at the free throw line. The Huskers attempted 38 free throws, while holding the Lady Mocs (1-1) and the Aggies (1-2) to just three attempts.
• Nebraska committed just six fouls in the NCAA first-round win over Chattanooga, tying for the second-fewest fouls in any game in school history. It also marked the sixth time this season that NU had been whistled for single-digit fouls, including a school-record five against Ohio State on Feb. 14 and six at Michigan on Feb. 21. It marked the fourth time in the last 10 games that Nebraska has been assessed nine fouls or less.
• The Huskers committed just 16 total fouls in the first and second rounds combined. Chattanooga and Texas A&M combined for 32 fouls.
Scouting the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (32-2, 17-1 ACC)
Traditional ACC and national power Duke travels just 185 miles down the road from Durham, N.C., to Norfolk, Va., to meet the Huskers, who will cover nearly 1,400 miles to reach Old Dominion.
The Blue Devils are making their 15th NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in the last 16 years (did not advance in 2009), while the Huskers are making their second trip in the last four seasons. Duke earned its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance overall and has won at least one game in every tournament, carrying an impressive 51-19 all-time record in the Big Dance.
While Duke has never won a national title, the Blue Devils have advanced to four NCAA Women’s Final Fours (1999, 2002, 2003, 2006), including championship games in 1999 and 2006.
Three-time ACC Coach-of-the-Year Joanne P. McCallie (2010, 2012, 2013) led the 32-2 Blue Devils to ACC regular-season (17-1) and tournament titles. Duke has won 12 ACC regular-season crowns in the past 16 years. McCallie, the 2005 AP National Coach of the Year at Michigan State, will try to lead Duke to its fourth straight NCAA Elite Eight appearance with a win over Nebraska.
All-American Elizabeth Williams leads an extremely talented and deep Duke squad into the tournament. Williams, a 6-3 sophomore center, earned first-team All-ACC honors and All-ACC Tournament accolades. She was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. She enters the Norfolk Regional averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while adding a whopping 97 blocks to go along with 39 steals. Williams was the National Freshman of the Year last season and earned All-America honors from the AP and USBWA while being named a finalist for the Wooden Award. In 2010-11, she was the Wooten National High School Player of the Year. The Virginia Beach native was also a two-time Virginia Player of the Year, while earning high school All-America honors from the WBCA, McDonald’s and Parade.
While Williams dominates the inside for Duke, 6-1 junior guard Tricia Liston fills it up from outside. Liston, a two-time Illinois High School Player of the Year and a Parade All-American, set the Duke record with 76 three-pointers this season. She is shooting a sizzling 46.1 percent from long range and a staggering 93.4 percent from the free throw line, while averaging 13.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Haley Peters, a 6-3 junior guard/forward, gives the Blue Devils great size and versatility. The 2010 New Jersey High School Player of the Year and a McDonald’s and Parade All-American, Peters adds 12.2 points per game while leading the team with 7.6 boards per game. Peters leads the Blue Devils in minutes played, while shooting better than 50 percent from the field, including 45.5 percent from three-point range.
Fellow junior Richa Jackson, the 2010 Oklahoma Player of the Year and a McDonald’s and WBCA All-American, adds 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Jackson, a 6-0 forward, joined the starting five following a season-ending injury to junior All-American Chelsea Gray. A 5-11 junior point guard, Gray was averaging 12.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.6 steals, before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Wake Forest Feb. 17.
Since the injury to Gray, Duke has a produced an 8-1 record, dropping only a 69-65 decision at Miami Feb. 28. Jackson has stepped up her averages to 6.9 points and 4.7 rebounds since Gray’s departure.
Freshman Alexis Jones, the 2012 Texas High School Player of the Year and a McDonald’s and WBCA All-American, has poured on the production in Gray’s absence. Jones, a 5-8 point guard, is averaging 9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.8 steals while starting all 34 games this season. Since Gray went down, Jones is averaging 14.3 points, 5.0 boards, 6.4 assists and 1.3 steals.
Chloe Wells, a 5-7 junior guard, has also played a more significant role since Gray’s injury. Wells is averaging 5.2 points and 1.6 rebounds on the year, but pumped in 13 points off the bench to help Duke rally from a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Oklahoma State, 68-59, and advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Allison Vernerey, a 6-5 senior center from France, adds 3.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and impressive defense with 36 blocks and 26 steals on the year. Sierra Moore (2.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg) and Ka’lia Johnson (2.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg) a pair of 5-10 guards, add more depth for the Blue Devils.
As a team, Duke is averaging 75.1 points per game, while surrendering just 53.2 per contest for a dominant plus-21.9 scoring margin. The Blue Devils also carry an impressive 7.8 rebounding margin and a plus-4.1 team turnover margin. An efficient offensive team with weapons from all areas, Duke is shooting 45.8 percent from the field, including a spectacular 41.1 percent from three-point range. Duke also shoots a solid 74.2 percent from the free throw line.
With Williams and Vernerey patrolling the paint and quick guards applying perimeter pressure, Duke held the opposition to 33.9 percent shooting from the field, including just 28.6 percent from long range on the year.
In the nine games since Gray’s injury, Duke’s scoring has slipped a bit to 71.6 points while opponents have increased their scoring to 61.1 points per contest.
Hooper Earns Spot on WBCA All-Region 6 Team
Nebraska junior Jordan Hooper claimed a spot on the five-player WBCA All-Region 6 team for the second straight year after leading the Huskers in scoring and rebounding with 18.2 points and 8.8 boards per game. Hooper, who earned an appearance on the WBCA All-America ballot for the second straight year, is a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection.
A candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards, Hooper already ranks among the top 10 players in Nebraska history in scoring (10th, 1,679 points) and rebounding (6th, 800 rebounds). The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., also ranks No. 2 in Husker history with 215 career three-pointers and No. 3 at NU with 26 career double-doubles.
Hooper ranked fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, fourth in rebounding, fourth in three-pointers made (2.5 pg) and eighth in free throw percentage (.821) in 2012-13.
Yori Captures Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year Honors
Nebraska’s Connie Yori was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in voting by conference coaches for 2013. Yori, in her 11th season at the helm of the Huskers, captured her second conference coach-of-the-year award in the last four seasons and her first in the Big Ten.
In 2012-13, Yori guided Nebraska to 10 straight conference wins, including a perfect February, as the Huskers finished with a 12-4 Big Ten mark as the regular-season runner-up.
Yori’s young squad overcame a plethora of injuries and a 2-3 Big Ten start to play for a share of the Big Ten title in the regular-season finale against No. 7 Penn State at the Devaney Center. Although Nebraska came up short against the Lady Lions, Yori’s team finished the regular season with a 22-7 overall record that included a Big Ten-best 7-1 road mark in conference play.
"All postseason awards are about teams more than individuals," Yori said. "Our players had an outstanding season. February is the toughest month in college basketball, and our players met every challenge. The players deserve the credit, along with our tremendous coaching staff."
Yori captured Big 12 Coach-of-the-Year honors in 2010 on her way to WBCA, AP, USBWA, Naismith and Kay Yow National Coach-of-the-Year awards. She led the Huskers to the 2010 NCAA Sweet Sixteen after capturing the Big 12 regular-season title with a perfect 16-0 record. The 2009-10 Huskers, which featured first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin and first-team All-Big 12 picks Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner, finished with a 32-2 overall record.
Before becoming Nebraska’s head coach in 2002-03, Yori claimed Missouri Valley Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors in her final season at Creighton in 2002. In Yori’s 11 seasons as NU’s coach, her Huskers have earned a total of 32 all-conference awards (10 first team, 2 second team, 11 honorable mention, 5 freshmen, 4 defensive).
Yori’s Huskers Notch Another 20-Win Campaign
Coach Connie Yori continues to lead the Huskers to the most successful era in school history. The 2012-13 Huskers enters the NCAA Norfolk Regional with 25 wins - the second-highest victory total in school history. Prior to Yori leading her 2006-07 Huskers to 22 wins, Nebraska had only managed five 20-win seasons in the previous 26 years. NU has managed 14 20-win seasons in 38 full seasons of women’s basketball as a varsity sport.
Over the past seven seasons, Nebraska has averaged 21.7 wins, including the three highest victory totals in school history - 32 wins in 2009-10, 25 in 2012-13 and 24 wins in 2011-12. Over the past four years, NU has averaged 23.5 wins per year.
An NCAA Tournament win over Duke on Sunday would give the Huskers 26 wins, the second-highest total in school history. Prior to Yori’s arrival in 2002-03, Nebraska’s record for most wins in a season was 23 (1978-79, 1979-80, 1992-93, 1997-98).
Hooper, Moore, Cady Claim Big Ten Postseason Honors
Jordan Hooper earned one of five spots on the All-Big Ten first team for the second straight season, while Lindsey Moore joined her among the top 10 players in the conference again by earning second-team all-conference honors in 2013.
The awards brought NU’s total of first- or second-team all-conference awards to 12 over the last nine years (8, Big 12, 2005-11; 4, Big Ten, 2012-13). It also marked the fourth time in the past seven seasons that more than one Husker has been chosen among the top 10 players in the conference.
Hooper and Moore were honored by both the conference coaches and media, while Emily Cady added honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from the media for the second consecutive year.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., leads the Huskers in scoring and rebounding with 18.2 points and 8.8 boards per game. The 2012 AP honorable-mention All-American ranked fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, fourth in rebounding and fourth in three-pointers made per game.
Hooper, who was a Big Ten All-Tournament choice in 2012, has earned a total of six Big Ten Player-of-the-Week awards in her two years in the conference, including three this season.
A preseason candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden National Player-of-the-Year awards, Hooper is Coach Connie Yori’s 10th first-team all-conference award winner in Yori’s 11 seasons at Nebraska.
Moore, a 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., leads the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) while ranking third in the league with 5.7 assists per game. A two-time finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented to the nation’s top point guard, Moore also ranks eighth in the Big Ten in scoring (15.2 ppg), third in three-point field goal percentage (.398) and eighth in overall field goal percentage (.478).
Moore, who was a preseason candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards, has played more minutes than any other player in school history and owns the NU school record with 131 consecutive career starts.
Cady, a 6-2 sophomore forward from Seward, Neb., averaged 9.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in conference play while recording five double-doubles in Big Ten action. She enters the NCAA Norfolk Regional averaging 9.2 points and 7.9 boards overall on the year. Her rebounding average ranks sixth in the Big Ten. Cady was also a Big Ten All-Freshman choice in 2012.
Moore, Williams Make Second NCAA Sweet Sixteen Trips
Nebraska seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams lead the Huskers to their second NCAA Regional bids and third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years. Moore, a freshman starter on Nebraska’s 2010 NCAA Sweet Sixteen team, is expected to make her 132nd consecutive start at NU. In fact, Moore is the winningest starter in Nebraska history with 94 career victories.
In 2010, Moore became the first freshman point guard in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to start every game for a team that went unbeaten in the regular season (29-0). Moore’s first loss as a collegiate player came at the hands of Texas A&M in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals in Kansas City.
Williams will be making her 98th appearance on the court as a Husker against Duke. She will be playing in her 67th straight game.
After helping Nebraska to the best season in school history as freshmen in 2010, Moore, Williams and the rest of the Huskers endured numerous injuries and the loss of six 2010 seniors in their final season in the Big 12 in 2011. NU finished 13-18 and did not advance to the postseason when Moore and Williams were sophomores.
Last season, the Huskers rebounded with a 24-9 overall record and 10-6 conference mark in their first season in the Big Ten. The 24 wins marked the third-highest win total in school history, trailing only the 32-2 mark the Huskers posted in Moore and Williams’ freshman year in 2009-10.
Nebraska’s 25 wins this season are the second most in school history.
Theriot Unanimous Choice on Big Ten All-Freshman Team
Rachel Theriot became the fourth Husker in Nebraska’s starting five to earn freshman all-conference honors in the last four years when she was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team on March 4.
Theriot, a 6-0 true freshman guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, played a major role in Nebraska’s Big Ten runner-up finish. She averaged 7.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in Big Ten action. She has increased her overall season averages to 6.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists, despite playing the entire season with a foot injury. Theriot, who has started NU’s past 27 games, finished fifth in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio and ninth in Big Ten-only assists (3.6 apg).
Theriot joins senior Lindsey Moore (Big 12, 2010), junior Jordan Hooper (Big 12, 2011) and sophomore Emily Cady (Big Ten, 2012) as active Huskers who earned freshman all-conference honors. Theriot is the fifth Husker in the past eight seasons to earn all-freshman honors under Coach Connie Yori, including Kelsey Griffin, Big 12, 2006.
Inspirational Senior Williams Earns Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
Meghin Williams earned Nebraska’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award when conference honors were announced on March 4. The 6-1 senior forward from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is the "consummate teammate" according to Coach Connie Yori.
Williams has appeared in 97 career games for the Huskers, including 66 straight, despite battling a chronic foot injury throughout her four-year Nebraska career.
Seniors Moore, Williams Played for Three League Titles at NU
Nebraska seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams won a Big 12 Conference regular-season title in 2010, played for a Big Ten Conference Tournament title in 2012 and ended the 2013 regular-season by taking on Penn State for a share of the Big Ten regular-season crown in the final women’s basketball game ever at the Devaney Center.
Prior to Moore and Williams’ arrival on campus at Nebraska in the summer of 2009, the Huskers had not finished higher than third in the conference or played a game for a league title since 1993.
Moore and Williams were freshmen on Nebraska’s 2010 Big 12 regular-season championship team that raced through the regular season 29-0, including a 16-0 conference mark. They went on to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, while finishing in the Sweet 16 with a 32-2 record. The 2009-10 Huskers clinched the Big 12 title in Oklahoma on Feb. 24.
Moore started all 34 games on the 2009-10 team, becoming the first freshman point guard in NCAA Division I history to start every game for a team that finished the regular season undefeated. Williams was a part-time contributor on the 2009-10 squad, appearing in 13 games, including the NCAA Tournament.
As juniors, Moore and Williams helped lead the Huskers to the championship game in Nebraska’s first-ever appearance at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. NU won three games before falling to Purdue, 74-70 in double-overtime.
On Sunday, March 3, in Lincoln, Moore and Williams led the Huskers to a third contest with a conference title on the line, as Nebraska hosted No. 7 Penn State at the Devaney Center. NU dropped an 82-67 decision to the Lady Lions, missing out on a share of the 2013 Big Ten regular-season crown.
Moore to Make NU Record 132nd Straight Start
Senior All-America candidate Lindsey Moore is expected to make the 132nd consecutive start of her career when the Huskers open NCAA Norfolk Regional play against Duke Sunday. She made her first career start against another North Carolina team - Davidson - on Nov. 13, 2009.
Moore, a 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 a 94-37 record as Nebraska’s starting point guard and has guided the Huskers to three NCAA Tournaments and the first two Sweet Sixteens in school history. Her 94 wins as a starter are the most by any player in school history, surpassing 2010 All-American Kelsey Griffin’s 91 in 127 starts over five years. Moore will be starting and playing in her seventh NCAA Tournament game, the most of any Husker in history.
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.
Moore Earns One of Five Spots on All-Devaney Team
As part of its celebration of the final basketball season in the Bob Devaney Sports Center, the Nebraska Athletic Department invited fans to vote for their favorite players in Husker men’s and women’s basketball history. Fan voting for Nebraska’s All-Devaney Teams ran Feb. 8-22, with fans selecting 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.
The five players chosen on the women’s side included current Husker point guard Lindsey Moore, along with 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner as the National Player of the Year joined 1988 Big Eight Player of the Year Maurtice Ivy and two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge on the squad.
Hooper, Moore First NU Teammates with 1,600 Points
Junior forward Jordan Hooper and senior point guard Lindsey Moore both crossed the 1,600-point career scoring mark in Nebraska’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal win over Iowa on March 8, after crossing the 1,500-point plateau together in a win at Northwestern on Feb. 7.
Hooper (1,679) and Moore (1,662) are the first active Husker teammates to play together with 1,600 points.
Husker Defense Getting It Done
Nebraska held its third straight Big Ten foe to a season-low point total when the Huskers defeated Iowa 66-46 on Feb. 24 in Lincoln. NU limited Iowa to its lowest first-half point total (20) of the year, before surrendering just four points in the final eight minutes to the frustrated Hawkeyes.
The defensive effort against Iowa followed record-setting defensive performances in the previous two games. Nebraska held back-to-back conference opponents to fewer than 40 points for the first time in school history when the Huskers limited both Ohio State (Feb. 14) and Michigan (Feb. 21) to 39 points. NU’s defensive effort at Michigan also marked the first time in school history (dating back to 1982-83) that the Huskers held a regular-season conference foe to less than 40 points on the opponent’s home court. Prior to the Ohio State/Michigan games, Nebraska had held two regular-season conference opponents under 40 just twice in 463 games (Missouri-34, Feb. 22, 2011; Missouri-36, Jan. 22, 1997). During Nebraska’s 10-game winning streak (Jan. 20-Feb. 28), the Huskers held Big Ten foes to just 52.8 points per game. Opponents shot just 34.9 percent from the field and 24.4 percent (39-160) from three-point range.
Huskers Better Than Fair in Foul Department
Nebraska has traditionally ranked among the nation’s leaders in fewest fouls per game under Coach Connie Yori, but the 2012-13 Huskers are taking those numbers to a new level. NU ranks 14th nationally by committing just 12.8 fouls per game.
That average pales in comparison to the 6.7 fouls per game Nebraska averaged in consecutive wins over Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa (Feb. 14-24). In NU’s 58-39 win over Ohio State in Lincoln, the Huskers were whistled for a school-record-low five fouls. At Michigan Feb. 21, Nebraska committed just six fouls - the second-best total in school history. NU followed with just nine fouls against Iowa Feb. 24, the fourth time in nine games and the fifth time this season NU committed fewer than 10 fouls in a game.
In Nebraska’s first-round NCAA Tournament win over Chattanooga, the Huskers committed just six fouls, tying for the second-best mark in school history. It marked the fourth time in the last 15 games that NU has committed eight or fewer fouls, but just seventh time in 1,184 games. In two NCAA Tournament games, NU has outscored opponents 32-2 at the free throw line.
Duke ranks 47th nationally with 14.2 fouls per game. The Blue Devils have outscored their opponents 445-299 at the line this year (4.3 ppg).
Moore Named One of Seven Nancy Lieberman Award Finalists
Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore was named one of seven finalists for the 2013 Nancy Lieberman Award, presented annually by the Rotary Club of Detroit to the nation’s top point guard. It is the second straight season that Moore has been named a finalist for the award. She was one of eight finalists for the 2012 award, which was won by Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins.
Sportswriters from across the country determine the list of finalists. They will select three finalists from the list and one winner at the beginning of April 2013. The announcement of the three finalists and winner will be made during the Final Four Weekend (April 7-9, 2013).
Four of the seven finalists for this year’s Lieberman Award will be on location at the NCAA Norfolk Regional this weekend, including 2012 winner Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Moore, Angel Goodrich (Kansas) and Chelsea Gray (Duke). Other finalists for the 14th annual award include Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Alex Bentley (Penn State) and Haley Steed (BYU).
Moore Owns Husker Record for Minutes Played
Lindsey Moore has set the Nebraska women’s basketball record for minutes played. She increased her career total to 4,320 minutes by playing the full 40 minutes in NU’s second-round NCAA Tournament win at No. 9 Texas A&M on March 25. It marked the fifth time in the past 11 games that Moore has played the full 40 minutes. In her career, Moore has played every minute in 23 games, including 50 minutes in a double-overtime loss to Purdue in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship game. She also played the full 45 in overtime against Purdue this season and 45 minutes in an overtime game against Kansas in 2011. Moore played 49 of a possible 55 minutes in a triple-overtime win over Purdue in 2012, and 42 minutes in a double-overtime win at Northern Arizona in December of 2011. Overall, she has played 40 or more minutes 25 times in 131 career games.
The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., surpassed the previous Nebraska minutes mark established by Meggan Yedsena with 3,995 minutes in 120 games (1990-91 to 1993-94).
Hooper First Husker Junior to Reach 1,600 Points, 800 Boards
Jordan Hooper is just the fifth Husker in history to produce 1,600 points and 800 rebounds in a career and the first to do it by the end of her junior season.
The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., has pushed her career scoring total to 1,679 points, moving her into No. 10 on Nebraska’s all-time scoring list. She also has increased her career total to 800 rebounds, ranking sixth in Husker history.
Hooper became the sixth player in Nebraska history to reach 800 career boards when she pulled down her eighth and final rebound in NU’s second-round NCAA Tournament win at No. 9 Texas A&M on March 25. Hooper needs just four rebounds to catch All-American and two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge at No. 5 on the Husker career rebounding chart at 804.
Hooper Crosses 200 in Career Three-Pointers
Jordan Hooper enters the NCAA Norfolk Regional with 215 career three-pointers, after becoming just the second Husker in history to hit 200 career threes with her second-half cast in the win over Iowa Feb. 24. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., is 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 has her sights set 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 knocked down a personal-best 81 in 2012-13, which ranks as the fourth-best total in school history. She needs seven more threes at the NCAA Tournament to catch Hardy’s 2005-06 total of 81 in fourth place. Hardy (2004-05) and Amy Stephens (1988-89) share NU’s season record with 85 made threes.
Hooper ranks fifth in the Big Ten with an average of 2.4 threes per game.
Moore Continues to Climb NU Career Steals Chart
Lindsey Moore ranks ninth all-time in Nebraska history with 207 career steals and needs eight more to join Husker legend Maurtice Ivy in eighth place on the list at 215.
Moore, who set a career-best with 72 steals as a junior in 2011-12, claimed three or more steals in four of NU’s 16 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).
She owns three steals in two NCAA Tournament games in 2013 and 59 steals on the season.
Nebraska Produces Second-Best Conference Road Season
Nebraska closed Big Ten road action with a 7-1 record away from the Devaney Center, the second-best mark in school history trailing only NU’s 8-0 Big 12 mark in 2009-10. No other Nebraska teams have ever won six league road games in a season.
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 each of the previous five went to the NCAA Tournament.
Since joining the Big Ten, Nebraska is 12-4 in Big Ten road games and 4-2 in neutral site games at the Big Ten Tournament, giving NU a 16-6 record away from home against Big Ten teams.
Nebraska will enter the 2013-14 season with a seven-game winning streak in true road games, including six straight Big Ten road wins and the first-ever NCAA Tournament road win in school history at Texas A&M.
Huskers Produce Second-Best Conference Win Total
The 2012-13 Huskers produced one of the best conference seasons in school history, dating back to the start of Big Eight regular-season league play in 1982-83. Nebraska’s 12 conference victories rank No. 2 in school history. Only three other teams in Husker history have reached 11 wins. In fact, Husker teams have posted 10 league wins just eight times in 31 seasons of regular-season conference play.
The last time a Nebraska team produced 11 or more league wins came in 2009-10, when the Huskers rolled to a perfect 16-0 conference mark on their way to the 2010 Big 12 title. The first time a Husker team registered 11 league wins came in 1987-88, when the Huskers ran to an 11-3 conference mark under Coach Angela Beck on their way to a Big Eight regular-season title. The only other Nebraska team to produce 11 conference wins was Coach Paul Sanderford’s 1997-98 squad that finished 11-5 in the Big 12.
Nebraska Improved Defensively in Big Ten Play
Much of Nebraska’s success in Big Ten play must be attributed to the defensive end, where the Huskers improved significantly during conference action. In fact, NU led the Big Ten in scoring defense in conference-only games. The Huskers surrendered just 56.9 points per game.
Nebraska also led the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage defense (.275). The Huskers ranked second in league play in field goal percentage defense (.370). During Nebraska’s 10-game winning streak (Jan. 20-Feb. 28), the Huskers allowed just 52.8 points per game, while holding opponents to 34.9 percent shooting and 24.4 percent shooting from long range.
In regular-season non-conference play, the Huskers allowed 60.2 points per game, while opponents shot 41.1 percent from the field, including 32.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
Moore, Hooper Rank High in Big Ten Stats
Lindsey Moore leads the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2-to-1) with 189 assists and 87 turnovers through 33 games. It is one of seven categories in which Moore ranks among the top 15 in the Big Ten.
The senior point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks third in assists (5.7 apg) and third in three-point field goal percentage (.398). She is eighth in field goal percentage (.478), eighth in scoring (15.2 ppg), and 10th in free throw percentage (.807), while ranking 14th in steals (1.8 spg).
Hooper ranks among the top 10 in the Big Ten in six categories. She is No. 5 in the league in scoring (18.2 ppg) and No. 4 in rebounding (8.8 rpg). She also ranks third in defensive rebounds per game (6.2), while ranking fourth in three-pointers per game (2.5). She is eighth in free throw percentage (.821) and eighth in offensive rebounding (2.5).
Moore Closing in on Nebraska 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 693, trailing only school record holder Meggan Yedsena (696, 1991-94). Moore was the eighth player in Big Ten Conference history to reach 600 career assists and ranks sixth all-time.
Moore, a Nancy Lieberman Award finalist, needs just three assists to catch Yedsena at the top of the Husker assist list. Moore is averaging 5.7 assists in 2012-13 and 8.5 assists in the NCAA Tournament.
Moore crossed the century mark in assists as a senior with seven at Minnesota Jan. 20 and has pushed her season total to 189. She needs just six assists to match Yedsena’s single-season school record of 195 set in 1991-92. Moore 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 had a season-high 10 assists in Nebraska’s second-round NCAA Tournament win at No. 9 Texas A&M. She has nine games with eight or more assists this season, including nine assists (Northern Arizona, Nov. 16). She had a 22-point, eight-assist effort against Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on March 9. In her last three games, Moore is averaging 18.3 points and 8.3 assists per contest.
Cady Did Double Duty in Big Ten Play
Sophomore Emily Cady earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from the conference media for the second straight season after averaging 9.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in regular-season league play. Cady, who owns five Big Ten double-doubles after scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in Nebraska’s regular-season finale against No. 7 Penn State. Cady added 10 points and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds in a win over Ohio State on Feb. 14.
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. Cady added eight points and 11 rebounds in NU’s win at Wisconsin Feb. 28.
In Big Ten games, Cady shot 42.1 percent from the field, including 40 percent (12-30) from long range. She also connected on 52-of-61 free throws (.852).
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. Seven of Cady’s eight career double-doubles have come against Big Ten competition and the seventh 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 Feb. 2, 2012.
Cady, who has started 66 straight games, is averaging 9.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals overall. She owns 14 double-figure scoring efforts and nine double-digit rebounding games as a sophomore. In her career, Cady has scored in double figures 31 times and grabbed double-digit rebounds on 16 occasions.
Sample Enjoys Happy Homecoming in Texas at NCAA Tournament
Nebraska sophomore Hailie Sample returned to her home state of Texas for the first time as a collegiate player, when the Huskers played in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. After producing four points and four rebounds against Chattanooga on Saturday in College Station, Sample erupted for 10 points and a career-high-tying 11 rebounds in the win over No. 9 Texas A&M on Monday.
Sample scored eight points in the final five minutes against the Aggies in front of dozens of family and friends at Reed Arena.
The 6-1 forward from Flower Mound, Texas, has started 66 straight games for the Huskers since graduating from Marcus High School. Sample is averaging 4.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game this season, including 7.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in NCAA Tournament play.
Theriot Tears Up Big Ten Competition
Rachel Theriot came on strong in conference play to earn a unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Theriot finished regular-season Big Ten play among the top six freshmen in scoring, rebounding and assists. Her 7.9 points per game in Big Ten play trailed only Northwestern’s Maggie Lyon and Ohio State’s Ameryst Alston among all league rookies, while Theriot’s 3.5 assists led Big Ten freshmen. Her 3.4 rebounds ranked sixth.
Theriot produced the best game of her career against Iowa Feb. 24, when she erupted for 15 of her career-high 19 points in the second half to help the Huskers pull away. She added 11 points, including eight in the second half, to help bring NU back from a late five-point deficit for a 55-53 win at Wisconsin Feb. 28. It was her fifth double-figure scoring effort in Big Ten play.
Theriot helped spark Nebraska’s 10-game winning streak with 13 points on a career-high three three-pointers while dishing out a career-best eight assists in NU’s win at Minnesota on Jan. 20. 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 of the year. 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 has increased her overall season averages to 6.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists. During NU’s 10-game winning streak (Jan. 20-Feb. 28), she averaged 8.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists. In two NCAA Tournament wins, Theriot is averaging 9.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists, including 12 points in the win over Chattanooga.
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 21 contests, the freshman has turned up her production to 7.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists. She owns seven double-figure scoring efforts in that stretch, after not scoring more than six points in any of the first 12 games. Over the last 21 games, Theriot is shooting 47 percent from the field, including 40.8 percent (20-49) from three-point range.
Theriot scored 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 33 games while making 27 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 four 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 23 of the last 28 contests. She scored in double figures twice in Big Ten play and averaged 6.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 0.7 steals in conference action. She is also Nebraska’s top on-the-ball defender.
For the season, Laudermill ranks fifth among the Huskers in scoring with 5.9 points per game, while ranking fourth on the team with 33 steals - 10 more than her season total from 2011-12. In fact, she has more points, rebounds, assists, steals and 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 NCAA Norfolk Regional 31-of-42 (.738) this season.
Big Ten, Huskers Rank High in National RPI
The Big Ten proved itself as an improved women’s basketball conference in 2012-13. RealTimeRPI ranked the Big Ten No. 2 nationally among all conferences, trailing only the Big 12 this season, ranking ahead of the SEC (3), Big East (4), ACC (5) and Pac-12 (6) among the top conferences in the nation.
Penn State (6), Purdue (14), Nebraska (15) and Michigan State (23) give the Big Ten four top-25 RPI teams, according to the official NCAA RPI rankings (March 18). Michigan (35) and Iowa (44) provide the conference with six top-50 RPI squads. Ohio State (64), Illinois (80), Minnesota (84), Northwestern (104) and Wisconsin (124) give the league 11 top-125 RPI teams. Indiana (191) rounds out the Big Ten contingent among the 345 NCAA Division I women’s basketball schools.
The Big Ten went 6-0 in first-round NCAA Tournament games.
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.
Huskers Load Up 2012-13 Schedule
Nebraska’s 33-game schedule has featured 22 games against 2013 postseason squads and 17 games against teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament field.
NU’s schedule has been highlighted by 14 games against 2012 NCAA Tourament teams, including a matchup with Elite Eight qualifier Maryland, two games with NCAA Sweet 16 qualifier Penn State and a second-round NCAA matchup with 2012 Sweet 16 participant Texas A&M. The Huskers played three games against 2012 WNIT teams and three contests against WBI participants.
The Huskers have played nine games against seven teams that won conference titles in 2013. Penn State (2), Purdue (2), Texas A&M (SEC Tournament), South Dakota State (Summit), Creighton (Missouri Valley), Oral Roberts (Southland) and Chattanooga (Southern) all captured league crowns in 2013. The Huskers played Big Ten 2012 and 2013 regular-season champ twice and 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Tournament champ Purdue twice. In non-conference play, the Huskers tangled with 2012 and 2013 Missouri Valley Conference champ Creighton and 2012 and 2013 Summit League Conference champ South Dakota State before beating Southland Conference champ ORU.
Nebraska’s game with Duke will be the Huskers’ fourth straight against a 2013 conference champion, following Purdue (Big Ten Tournament), Chattanooga (Southern) and Texas A&M (SEC Tournament).
Big Red, Big Ten Schedule Strengths on the Rise
Nebraska’s Strength of Schedule continued to climb throughout the 2012-13 season according to RealTime RPI, which lists the Huskers’ SOS No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 12 nationally (as of March 18). Overall, the Big Ten schedule strengths are impressive, including Penn State (9), Purdue (14), Iowa (22), Wisconsin (32), Michigan (33), Northwestern (34), Ohio State (36), Illinois (41), Michigan State (43) and Minnesota (48). Overall, 11 of the Big Ten teams have schedule strengths that rank among the top 50 nationally, while Indiana (70) is well within the top 75. 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-15 schedule so far in 2012-13.
The Huskers have played 28 games against top 125 RPI teams, including 14 against top-50 RPI teams.
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 out since mid-December with a foot injury 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 has returned in a somewhat limited role over the last half of the season but may need surgery at the end of the season. Murren has missed 14 games with a back injury and is also day-to-day.
Nebraska Celebrates Final Basketball Game at Devaney Center
The Nebraska women’s basketball team celebrates its final game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Sunday. 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 have highlighted the greatest moments and greatest players in the 37-year history of the Devaney Center. At each home game during the season, HuskerVision has produced a big screen feature showcasing one of the most memorable moments in women’s basketball history.
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.
NU’s Four Returning Starters Solid for 66 Straight Games
After starting 33 consecutive games together in 2011-12, Nebraska’s four returning starters Lindsey Moore (131), Jordan Hooper (97) and sophomores Emily Cady (66) and Hailie Sample (66) have started all 33 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 27 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 258 games.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper has climbed into third place on Nebraska’s career double-double list with 26 after notching her ninth double-double of 2012-13 with 21 points and 12 rebounds against Chattanooga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament March 23.
Hooper’s last regular-season double double came with 14 points and 12 rebounds at Michigan Feb. 21. It was her third Big Ten double-double this season, including 11 points and 11 rebounds at Indiana Jan. 10, and 15 points, 14 rebounds against No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5.
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 Shoots for Another 600-Point, 300-Rebound Season
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.
Now Hooper is just 11 rebounds away from becoming the first Husker in history to accomplish the feat twice. Hooper enters the NCAA Norfolk Regional with 601 points and 289 rebounds.
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.
Huskers, Big Ten Earn Top 25 Mention in Polls
Nebraska entered the NCAA Tournament at No. 24 in the Associated Press Poll on March 18, firming a poll position for the fifth straight week after falling out of the rankings the previous six weeks. Although 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 March 18 ranking marks the 11th 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 at least one poll every week this season. Purdue fell out of the AP Top 25 March 4, but hung on at No. 25 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. The Boilermakers returned to the rankings March 11 after winning the Big Ten title March 10.
The Huskers, who are No. 25 in the March 18 USA Today poll, have spent 14 weeks in the USA Today top 25 and 11 weeks in the AP Poll this season. Ohio State appeared in every USA Today poll until dropping out Jan. 8. The Buckeyes fell 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 this season. Illinois (AP, Jan. 7) and Minnesota (USA, Nov. 20) gave the balanced Big Ten nine teams that received votes in at least one poll this season.
Nebraska opponents have also littered the polls this season, led by Maryland, Texas A&M and Florida State. Creighton and South Florida 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’ 74-63 win at No. 9 Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 25, marked NU’s 28th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori, including the seventh over an AP Top 10 team. Before Yori’s arrival, NU owned just one win over a top-10 team.
The win over No. 9 Texas A&M was just the second win over a top-10 team in a true road game in school history, joining a 65-56 win at No. 9 Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Jan. 17, 2010. In that game, Nebraska handed Baylor’s Brittney Griner the only home loss of her career (71-1).
Nebraska’s win over No. 9 Texas A&M marked its third over an AP top-25 team this season. NU notched a78-77 victory over then-No. 24 Florida State Dec. 8, 2012. It was the Seminoles’ first loss of the season. The Huskers also produced a 59-54 win over then-No. 25 Michigan State on Jan. 24. Both Florida State and Michigan State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskers defeated No. 14 Ohio State (March 3, 2012), after knocking off the No. 8 Buckeyes (Feb. 26). 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 388-130 (.749) in games played in the arena, including 146-88 (.624) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 124-34 (.785) 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 went 13-4 at the Devaney Center in 2012-13.
Big Ten Network Providing Major Exposure for Huskers
For the second consecutive season, Nebraska has had every regular-season and postseason game available in national television/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. NU’s game with Duke will represent the 34th game this season available world-wide to fans and the 16th nationally televised game this year. It will be NU’s fourth game on ESPN2. The Huskers had 10 nationally televised games on the Big Ten Network, one on CBS and one on the Pac-12 Network.
The Big Ten Network distributed 10 other Nebraska women’s basketball games through live video streams on BTN.com, including two that were televised live in the state of Nebraska by NET.
HuskersNside provided Husker fans more video streaming opportunities. 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.
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 211 three-pointers through 33 games to rank as the fourth-most threes in school history. NU needs seven threes against Duke to match the No. 3 total in school history (218, 2010-11). The Huskers are 19 shy of the school-record 230 three-pointers they hit last season.
It is the 10th consecutive year that Connie Yori’s Nebraska teams have produced a top-10 total in three-pointers made. The Huskers’ 6.4 threes per game lead the Big Ten and rank 54th nationally.
The Huskers have hit seven or more threes in a game 17 times in 33 contests in 2012-13, after hitting seven or more threes 17 times in 33 games last season. Nebraska has hit double-digit threes five 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 Feb. 11 and at Michigan Feb. 21.
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. Hooper has added 81 threes through 33 games in 2012-13, including a school-record seven in two NCAA Tournament games.
In 97 career games, Hooper has hit 215 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. She has added another top-five rebounding effort in the Big Ten in 2012-13, averaging 8.8 boards per game. She has climbed to No. 6 on NU’s all-time rebounding chart with 800, and is just four behind No. 5 Anna DeForge on the Nebraska list.
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.
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."