#20/25 Nebraska Cornhuskers
(22-6, 12-3 Big Ten)
vs. #7/7 Penn State Lady Lions
(23-4, 13-2 Big Ten)
Sunday, March 3, 5:06 p.m. (Central)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
National TV: BTN
(Kevin Kugler-PBP; LaChina Robinson-Analyst)
Final Game at Devaney Center: Moving to New Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2013-14
Senior Night: Lindsey Moore, Meghin Williams (Postgame Ceremonies)
Radio: 25-Station IMG College Husker Sports Network
(PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch)
(107.3 FM-KBBK, Lincoln; 1110 AM-KFAB, Omaha; 880 AM-KRVN, Lexington)
Free Internet Audio: Huskers.com
Huskers Battle for Big Ten Title in Final Game at Devaney Center
No. 20 Nebraska clashes with No. 7 Penn State in a battle of the Big Ten's top two teams in the final women's basketball game in Bob Devaney Sports Center history on Sunday in Lincoln.
Tip-off between the red-hot Huskers (22-6, 12-3 Big Ten) who have won 10 straight games, and the Lady Lions (23-4, 13-2 Big Ten) is set for 5:06 p.m. (central). Live national TV coverage will be provided by the Big Ten Network, with Kevin Kugler on play-by-play and LaChina Robinson providing analysis.
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, 1110 AM-KFAB in Omaha and 880 AM-KRVN in Lexington. A free live audio stream will be available on Huskers.com.
A share of the Big Ten regular-season title is on the line for the Huskers. The Lady Lions clinched a share of the conference title last Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., and secured the No. 1 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament. However, Penn State suffered an 89-81 loss at Minnesota late Thursday after Nebraska escaped from Wisconsin with a dramatic 55-53, come-from-behind win hours earlier. Those two results left the door open for the Huskers to win their first Big Ten title, while closing the doors on their 37-year history in the Devaney Center.
Nebraska will honor seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams in their final home games as Huskers. Moore will make her school-record-tying 127th start. Williams has played in 61 straight games for the Huskers and 92 in her career. She joined Moore as a freshman on NU's Big 12 title team in 2010.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (22-6, 12-3 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - So. - F - 4.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 18.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 14.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg
24 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 6.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Off the Bench
1 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg
13- Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - So. - G - 3.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 2.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - So. - F - 2.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 1.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg
22 - Courtney Aitken - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
11th Season at NU (212-132); 23rd Season Overall (407-272)
Penn State Lady Lions (23-4, 13-2 Big Ten)
24 - Mia Nickson - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 8.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg
54 - Nikki Greene - 6-4 - Sr. - C - 8.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg
2 - Dara Taylor - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 7.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg
20 - Alex Bentley - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 14.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
33 - Maggie Lucas - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 20.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Off the Bench
23 - Ariel Edwards - 6-3 - Jr. - G/F - 8.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg
5 - Talia East - 6-3 - Jr. - F/C - 2.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
1 - Candice Agee - 6-6 - Fr. - C - 2.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg
25 - Gizelle Studevent - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 2.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg
44 - Tori Waldner - 6-5 - So. - F - 1.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Head Coach: Coquese Washington (Notre Dame, 1992)
Sixth Season at PSU (115-71); Sixth Season Overall (115-71)
Seniors Moore, Williams Hope to Celebrate Another Title
Nebraska seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams hope to share the second conference championship celebrations of their careers in their final home games as Huskers. NU's seniors were both members of 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 2010 Huskers celebrated a championship moment with a win over Missouri on Feb. 27, 2010. Those Huskers had already clinched the Big 12 title in Oklahoma on Feb. 24, but after the win over the Tigers, 13,595 fans and the Huskers celebrated on the court after the game at the Devaney Center.
Moore, a 5-9 native of Covington, Wash., 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. She will be making her school record 127th consecutive start on Sunday, tying former teammate Kelsey Griffin's Nebraska mark of 127 starts. Moore has won more games as a starter at the Devaney Center (53) than any other player in Husker history. She enters the game with 1,571 points and 660 career assists.
Williams, a 6-1 forward from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., also was a contributor on the 2009-10 squad, competing in 13 games. Despite battling injury throughout her career, Williams has played 92 games as a Husker, including each of the last 61 contests.
Moore and Williams will leave a lasting legacy of winning at Nebraska. Sunday's game with Penn State will mark the third time in four years that they have played in a conference title game. Last season, Moore and Williams helped the Huskers to the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship game, falling 74-70 in double-overtime to No. 21 Purdue in Indianapolis on March 4.
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.
Sunday's game will recognize Nebraska's 2010 Big 12 championship celebration, which included 2013 Husker seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams, along with current NU graduate assistant Dominique Kelley.
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.
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.
Ivy is expected to be in attendance at Sunday's game with Penn State.
Yori's Huskers Notch Another 20-Win Campaign
Coach Connie Yori continues to lead the Huskers to the most successful era in school history. With their win at Wisconsin Thursday, the 2012-13 Huskers secured their 22nd win. NU locked up its second straight 20-win season and fifth in the past seven years at Michigan Feb. 21.
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 wins, including the two highest victory totals in school history - 32 wins in 2009-10 and 24 wins in 2011-12. Over the past four years, Yori's Huskers have averaged 22.75 wins per year.
A win over Penn State Sunday would give the Huskers 23 wins this season, which would be their third-highest total under Coach Yori. 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).
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, the Huskers are holding Big Ten foes to just 52.8 points per game. Opponents are shooting 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 13th nationally by committing just 12.9 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 has committed fewer than 10 fouls in a game.
In the second game of NU's current 10-game winning streak, the Huskers were whistled for just eight fouls in a win over Michigan State on Jan. 24. It was one of only six times in 1,179 games in school history that NU has committed eight fouls or less, but one of three times in the last 10 games. During NU's 10-game winning streak the Huskers are committing 10.1 fouls per game.
Hooper Joins Husker Top 10 in Scoring, Rebounding
Jordan Hooper has pushed her career scoring total to 1,584 points, moving her into No. 10 on Nebraska's all-time scoring list. Hooper also has increased her career total to 755 rebounds, which ranks seventh in Husker history. She needs just 23 rebounds to catch Maurtice Ivy (1985-88) at No. 6 on the NU career rebounding chart. Hooper is the seventh Husker in history with 1,500 points and 700 rebounds in a career.
Hooper Crosses 200 in Career Three-Pointers
Jordan Hooper enters the Penn State game with 201 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 67 again in 2012-13. Her 67 threes tie for the sixth-best totals in school history. 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 to Make NU Record 127th Straight Start
Senior All-America candidate Lindsey Moore is expected to make the 127th consecutive start of her career when the Huskers face Penn State Sunday. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., has started every game of her career since leading the Huskers to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and the Big 12 title as a freshman in 2009-10.
Moore owns a 91-35 record as Nebraska's starting point guard and has guided the Huskers to a pair of NCAA Tournaments. A win over Penn State would give Moore her 92nd career win as a starter, more victories as a starter than any other player in school history, surpassing All-American Kelsey Griffin's 91 in 127 starts over five years.
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's starting streak is tied with Penn State's Nikki Greene for the second-longest active streak in the nation. Moore and Greene (99, plus 27 in 2012-13), trail only Texas Tech's Monique Smalls, who owns 130 straight starts (102, plus 28 in 2012-13).
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).
Moore is one of two Big Ten players on the list, joining Penn State senior Alex Bentley. Diggins, Angel Goodrich (Kansas), Chelsea Gray (Duke), Odyssey Sims (Baylor) and Haley Steed (BYU) join Moore on the list of finalists for the 14th annual award.
Hooper, Moore Cross 1,500 Career Points In Same Game
Junior forward Jordan Hooper and senior point guard Lindsey Moore both crossed the 1,500-career point mark in Nebraska's win at Northwestern on Feb. 7. Hooper, who entered the game with 1,497 points, hit a three-pointer less than 20 seconds into the contest to reach 1,500. She has pushed her career total to 1,584 points in just 92 career games.
Moore entered the Northwestern game with 1,489 points and finished a highlight-reel reverse layup against Karly Roser to hit 1,500 midway through the second half. Moore has pushed her career total to 1,571 to rank 11th on Nebraska's career scoring list, directly behind Hooper.
Moore is the first Husker with 1,500 career points and 600 career assists (660). In fact, no other Husker has ever scored 1,200 points and dished out 600 assists. Moore's 660 career assists rank sixth in Big Ten Conference history.
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 4,138 minutes by playing the full 40 in NU's win at Wisconsin on Thursday. 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).
Moore Secures 200th Career Steal at Wisconsin
Lindsey Moore claimed the 200th steal of her career in Nebraska's win at Wisconsin on Feb. 28. She ranks No. 9 on the NU steals list with 200, including a team-leading 52 this season. Moore has pulled within striking distance of Maurtice Ivy at No. 8 on the NU career list. Moore needs 15 steals to match the 1988 Big Eight Player of the Year.
Moore, who set a career-best with 72 steals as a junior in 2011-12, has claimed three or more steals in four of NU's 15 Big Ten games. In addition to her four steals at Northwestern, Moore had four steals in NU's Big Ten-opening win over Wisconsin. She added three steals at Minnesota (Jan. 20) and three more against No. 25 Michigan State (Jan. 24).
Hooper, Theriot Hoarding Big Ten Weekly Honors
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper won her second straight Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award on Feb. 12 to become the first player to win three conference weekly honors (Dec. 24, Feb. 5, Feb. 12) this season. Hooper, who also won three Big Ten Player-of-the-Week awards last season, has claimed six career weekly awards in less than two full seasons in the Big Ten.
While Hooper is the only player to win three player-of-the-week awards, teammate Rachel Theriot was the first player to capture three Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors. Theriot joined Hooper in sweeping the conference honors on Feb. 5. Theriot added weekly freshman honors on Jan. 22 and Dec. 31. The last Husker to claim three conference freshman-of-the-week awards was Hooper, who brought home four Big 12 Freshman-of-the-Week awards in 2010-11.
2012-13 Huskers Join Select Few with Conference Streaks
A 10-game conference winning streak has been a rarity in Nebraska history. The Huskers' current 10-game streak marks the second-longest conference winning streak in school history, trailing only the 2009-10 Huskers' 16-game streak in a perfect 29-0 regular season.
In fact, 2012-13 marks just the third time since regular-season Big Eight play began in 1982-83 that the Huskers have produced a six-game league winning streak.
In 2009-10, the Huskers won a school-record 16 straight league games on their way to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and a Big 12 Conference title. The 2009-10 Husker squad earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before finishing 32-2 in the NCAA Sweet 16.
The 1996-97 Huskers managed a six-game league winning streak early in the first-ever Big 12 Conference campaign. The 2012-13 Huskers matched that streak with a 76-75 win at Iowa on Feb. 11, before extending the streak to eight with a 19-point win over Ohio State (Feb. 14) and an 18-point win at Michigan (Feb. 21). The streak grew to nine with a 20-point victory over Iowa (Feb. 24). The Huskers added a 55-53 win at Wisconsin (Feb. 28). Nebraska has won five of the 10 games by double digits, but the Huskers also own four wins by five points or less during the stretch.
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 3-1 in neutral site games at the Big Ten Tournament, giving NU a 15-5 record away from the Devaney Center against Big Ten teams.
Scouting the No. 7 Penn State Lady Lions
No. 7 Penn State wrapped up its second straight Big Ten regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with a win over Michigan in University Park, Pa., last Sunday.
More than 14,000 fans were on hand as the Lady Lions celebrated on their homecourt at the Bryce Jordan Center on Senior Day in State College. However, Penn State comes to Lincoln looking to rebound from its second Big Ten setback, after dropping an 89-81 decision at Minnesota on Thursday night. Penn State slipped to 23-4 overall and 13-2 in the Big Ten. The Lady Lions' only other league loss came at the hands of Wisconsin, 63-61 on Jan. 31, before reeling off six straight wins.
All-America candidates Maggie Lucas and Alex Bentley lead a tough and talented Penn State squad. Lucas, a junior guard, is one of the Big Ten's elite scorers, averaging 20.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. She is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week after leading PSU with 21 points and five rebounds in the win over the Wolverines. She added 23 points at Minnesota.
Bentley, a senior guard, comes to Lincoln averaging 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.7 steals per game on the year. Bentley, the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, joins Lucas as candidates for multiple national player-of-the-year awards. Bentley is also one of seven finalists along with Nebraska's Lindsey Moore for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented to the nation's top point guard.
Bentley, who had 19 points and four steals at Minnesota, leads a senior-laden Lady Lion lineup that includes fifth-year senior Mia Nickson and center Nikki Greene. Nickson, a 6-2 forward, is averaging 8.7 points while adding 6.6 rebounds per game.
Greene, who joins NU's Moore with the second-longest active starting streak in the nation at 126 games, has added 8.7 points and a team-best 8.6 rebounds per game. The 6-4 center also leads the Lady Lions with 33 blocks. She had 15 points and nine boards at Minnesota.
Junior Dara Taylor rounds out PSU's starting five by averaging 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Taylor also has assumed most of Penn State's point guard duties from Bentley during Big Ten play. Taylor is adding 3.3 assists per contest.
Penn State also gets strong contributions off the bench from juniors Ariel Edwards (8.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg) and Talia East (2.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg). Senior guard Gizelle Studevent (2.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg) gives the Lady Lions even more experience.
As a team, Penn State is averaging a Big Ten-best 73.9 points per game as the only team managing 70 points per game in conference play. Defensively, the Lady Lions are allowing 59.8 points per game in league play, the fourth-best mark in the conference, behind Nebraska, Michigan and Michigan State.
Penn State has defeated its Big Ten foes by an average of 14.1 points per game, leading the league in field goal percentage (.429), three-point field goal percentage (.385) and total rebounds (40.1 rpg).
Penn State opened conference play with seven straight wins before losing at Wisconsin Jan. 31. The Lady Lions' only non-conference losses this season came at Connecticut (67-52) and Miami (69-65). Penn State went 13-0 at home this season but is 8-4 in true road games this year.
Nebraska vs. Penn State Series History
Nebraska trails the all-time series with Penn State 4-1, including a 1-2 mark as Big Ten opponents. The Huskers dropped an 80-58 decision to the then-No. 8 Lady Lions in University Park, Pa., on Jan. 13. Maggie Lucas and Alex Bentley each scored 19 points for Penn State, while Ariel Edwards pitched in 15 points off the bench. Lucas, Bentley and Edwards went a combined 8-for-16 from three-point range on the day. Nikki Greene added nine points and 10 boards, while Mia Nickson contributed seven points and 11 rebounds. Emily Cady led the Huskers with 17 points and nine rebounds, but Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore were held to 11 points apiece while combining to hit just 9-of-32 shots from the floor, including 1-of-12 threes.
Nebraska notched a 71-63 win over the Lady Lions at the Bryce Jordan Center on Dec. 30, 2011, in NU's first-ever Big Ten game. Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 31 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
Penn State salvaged a season split in the series with a 93-73 victory over the Huskers at the Devaney Center on Jan. 15, 2012. It was PSU's first-ever game in Lincoln.
The two teams met for the first time on Jan. 2, 1993, when Penn State posted a 102-66 victory at State College. The Lady Lions added an 83-64 win over NU on Dec. 30, 2002 in the championship game at the Surf-N-Slam in San Diego, Calif., in Coach Connie Yori's first season at Nebraska.
Huskers Win 10th Straight, Escape Wisconsin
Hailie Sample's layup off an assist from Lindsey Moore with 43 seconds left brought No. 20 Nebraska all the way back from a five-point deficit in the closing minutes for a 55-53 win at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., on Thursday night.
Sample, who also teamed with Moore to secure another one-possession road win at Iowa (Feb. 11) during Nebraska's 10-game winning streak, finished with six points. Moore, who added the front end of a one-and-one free throw with 9.9 seconds left, led Nebraska with 13 points, while adding six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Rachel Theriot, a freshman from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, was also huge down the stretch for the Huskers. Theriot hit four of NU's nine field goals in the second half, including a shot with 3:00 left to pull the Huskers within 51-50 and another one with 1:36 left to give NU a 52-51 lead to set up Sample's game-winning shot. Theriot finished with 11 points, two assists and a steal.
Sophomore Emily Cady added eight points, 11 rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots, while Jordan Hooper pitched in seven points and 11 boards of her own. The Huskers also got contributions off the bench, outscoring UW's reserves 10-0 in the game.
Jacki Gulczynski led Wisconsin with 19 points, while senior Tiera Stephen contributed 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals in her final home game as a Badger. However, Stephen's last-second shot was offline as NU escaped with its seventh Big Ten road win of the year.
Nebraska hit just 37.7 percent (23-61) of its shots for the game, including just 31 percent (9-29) in the second half. The Huskers went just 2-of-17 from three-point range in the game, including 0-for-8 in the second half. NU did go 7-of-9 at the free throw line, led by Moore's 5-of-7 effort. Wisconsin outrebounded Nebraska 40-34, but the Huskers won the turnover battle 13-9.
Wisconsin outshot NU, hitting 39.3 percent (22-56) of its shots, but just 2-of-11 three-pointers. UW was 7-of-10 at the free throw line.
Huskers Produce Second-Best Conference Win Total
The 2012-13 Huskers have already 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.
Big Red's Big Three Leading Huskers in Big Ten Play
Junior forward Jordan Hooper leads Nebraska with 16.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in Big Ten action, and has averaged 18.4 points and 8.4 boards during NU's 10-game winning streak.
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore has added 14.4 points, and team bests of 5.6 assists and 1.8 steals in Big Ten play. Sophomore forward Emily Cady is just short of double-double production in Big Ten action, averaging 9.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in conference play. Cady is also shooting 39.3 percent from three-point range and 84.6 percent at the free throw line, while adding 1.6 assists in Big Ten action.
Moore, Hooper Rank High in Big Ten Stats
Lindsey Moore leads the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4-to-1) with 156 assists and 66 turnovers through 28 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 (5.6 apg) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.398). She is 10th in scoring (14.7 ppg), and free throw percentage (.813). She ranks 12th in field goal percentage (.457) and tied for 12th in steals (1.9 spg).
Hooper ranks among the top 10 in the Big Ten in four categories. She is No. 5 in the league in scoring (18.1 ppg) and No. 4 in rebounding (8.7 rpg). She also ranks third in defensive rebounds per game (6.2), while ranking fifth in three-pointers per game (2.4). She is eighth in offensive rebounding (2.5) and free throw percentage (.827).
Moore, Hooper Second Active Teammates with 1,500 Points
Jordan Hooper (1,584) and Lindsey Moore (1,571) are just the second set of active teammates in Nebraska history with 1,500 or more points.
Hooper and Moore both reached the 1,500-point mark at Northwestern on Feb. 7. The duo joins Maurtice Ivy (1,578) and Angie Miller (1,541) in 1986-87 as the only Huskers to play together in the same season with 1,500 or more career points. No Husker teammates have reached 1,600 career points in the same year.
Hooper Seventh Husker with 1,500 Points, 700 Rebounds
Jordan Hooper has pushed her career totals to 1,584 points and 755 rebounds to become the seventh Husker in history to reach 1,500 points and 700 rebounds in a career.
Hooper reached the 1,500/700 mark in her 87th career game at Nebraska. No other member of NU's 1,500/700 list played fewer than 111 games in their careers.
Nebraska's distinguished 1,500/700 list includes first-team All-Americans Karen Jennings (2,405 points/1,000 rebounds) and Kelsey Griffin (2,033/1,019), along with 1988 Big Eight Player-of-the-Year Maurtice Ivy (2,131/778). Two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge (1,859/804), Debra Powell (1,843/750) and Kathy Hagerstrom (1,778/874).
Hooper has climbed to No. 7 on NU's all-time rebounding list and is one of just eight players in Nebraska history to record 700 career rebounds.
Moore Narrowing Gap with Yedsena for Career Assist Mark
Lindsey Moore became just the second Husker in history to reach the 600-career assist mark against Illinois Jan. 17. The 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks No. 2 on the Husker all-time assist chart with 660, 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 36 assists to catch Yedsena at the top of the Husker assist list. Moore is averaging 5.6 assists in 2012-13.
Moore crossed the century mark in assists as a senior with seven at Minnesota Jan. 20 and has pushed her season total to 156. She joined Yedsena as the only Huskers in history to record 100 or more assists in four separate seasons. Last season, Moore dished out 167 assists in 33 games, while distributing 183 assists as a sophomore in 2010-11. She opened her career with 154 assists as a freshman in 2009-10.
Moore has produced a career-high 11 assists on four occasions (at Iowa, Jan. 8, 2012; Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 15, 2011; Florida A&M, Jan. 2, 2011; vs. UCLA, March 23, 2010). She has a season-high nine assists (Northern Arizona, Nov. 16) in 2012-13 and seven games with eight or more assists this season.
Cady Doing Double Duty in Big Ten Play
Sophomore Emily Cady is playing well in her second Big Ten campaign, averaging 9.3 points and 9.3 rebounds through 15 conference games. Cady, who owns four Big Ten double-doubles after scoring 10 points and pulling down a career-high 16 rebounds in a win over Ohio State on Feb. 14, is nearly averaging a double-double in league play.
Cady produced a 12-point, 10-rebound effort at Minnesota Jan. 20. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., opened Big Ten action with 13 points and a then-career-high 14 rebounds in Nebraska's 70-52 win over Wisconsin Jan. 2. She hit 6-of-9 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 three-pointers to tie another career best. It was Cady's first double-double of the season. She notched her second Big Ten double with 11 points and 10 rebounds at Indiana Jan. 10. Cady hit 3-of-4 shots from the field, including her lone three-point attempt, and went 4-for-4 at the line.
Cady produced a 17-point, nine-rebound effort at No. 8 Penn State, when she went 3-of-4 from three-point range. She added seven points and 12 rebounds in a loss to No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5, and nine points and eight boards against Illinois Jan. 17. She had 10 points and six boards at Ohio State Jan. 31. Cady added eight points and 11 rebounds in NU's win at Wisconsin Feb. 28.
In Big Ten games, Cady is shooting 42 percent from the field, including 39.3 percent (11-28) from long range. She also has connected on 44-of-52 free throws (.846).
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. Six of Cady's seven 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 61 straight games, is averaging 9.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals overall. She owns 12 double-figure scoring efforts and eight double-digit rebounding games as a sophomore to push her career total to 15.
Theriot Battling for Big Ten All-Freshman Honors
Rachel Theriot is coming on strong in Big Ten action and ranks among the conference's top six freshmen in scoring, rebounding and assists. Her 8.1 points per game in Big Ten play trail only Northwestern's Maggie Lyon among all Big Ten freshmen, while Theriot's 3.5 assists lead Big Ten rookies. Her 3.1 rebounds rank 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 sixth double-figure scoring effort of the year and fifth 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, is developing into a top contender for Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year honors, increasing her overall season averages to 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists. In Big Ten play, Theriot is averaging 8.1 points, 3.1 boards and 3.5 assists per contest. During NU's 10-game winning streak, she is averaging 8.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
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 16 contests, the freshman has turned up her production to 8.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists. She owns six double-figure scoring efforts in that stretch, after not scoring more than six points in any of the first 12 games. Over the last 16 games, Theriot is shooting 47.2 percent from the field, including 38.1 percent (16-42) 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 28 games while making 22 straight starts, despite battling a foot injury.
Laudermill Igniting Huskers at Both Ends Off Bench
Tear'a Laudermill is showing growth and maturity in her game over the past three months. The 5-9 sophomore guard from Riverside, Calif., has developed into a consistent offensive threat off the bench while providing pesky defense as Nebraska's defensive hound.
Laudermill matched her career high for the second time in Big Ten play with 14 points to go along with three rebounds, an assist and two steals in a win over Minnesota Feb. 3. It was her second double-figure scoring effort of the season, joining a 14-point effort at Indiana Jan. 10.
After scoring only six total points in Nebraska's first four games this season, Laudermill has scored at least four points in 19 of the last 23 contests. She has scored in double figures twice in Big Ten play and is averaging 5.9 points, 1.5 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 5.7 points per game, while ranking fourth on the team with 28 steals - five 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 Penn State game 21-of-27 (.778) this season.
Nebraska Improving Defensively in Big Ten Play
Much of Nebraska's success in Big Ten play must be attributed to the defensive end, where the Huskers have improved significantly during conference action. In fact, NU leads the Big Ten in scoring defense through 15 Big Ten games. The Huskers are surrendering just 55.3 points per game. Penn State ranks fifth with 59.8 points allowed per game, but leads the league in scoring offense at 73.9 points per contest.
Nebraska also leads the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage defense (.262) through 15 conference contests. The Huskers rank second in league play in field goal percentage defense (.360). During Nebraska's 10-game winning streak, the Huskers are allowing just 52.8 points per game, while holding opponents to 34.9 percent shooting and 24.4 percent shooting from long range.
In non-conference play, the Huskers were allowing 60.2 points per game, while opponents were shooting 41.1 percent from the field, including 32.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
Big Ten, Huskers Ranking High in National RPI
The Big Ten is proving itself as an improved women's basketball conference in 2012-13. RealTimeRPI ranks the conference No. 2 nationally among all conferences, trailing only the Big 12 this season, ranking ahead of the SEC (3), Big East (4), ACC (5) and Pac-12 (6) among the top conferences in the nation.
Penn State (5), Nebraska (15) and Purdue (16) give the Big Ten three top-25 RPI teams, according to the official NCAA RPI rankings (Feb. 25). Michigan State (29), Michigan (30) and Iowa (35) provide the conference with six top-50 RPI squads. Illinois (55), Minnesota (81), Ohio State (86) and Northwestern (94) give the league 10 top-100 RPI teams, while Wisconsin (113) is just outside the top 100. Indiana (175) round out the Big Ten contingent among the 345 NCAA Division I women's basketball schools.
Hooper, Moore Earn Spots on Wade, Naismith, Wooden Lists
Junior Jordan Hooper and senior Lindsey Moore are being mentioned among the top players in the nation in 2012-13, and are candidates for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden awards.
Hooper and Moore were among 25 college players named to the 2012-13 preseason Wade Watch List, announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Sept. 18. They joined each other on the Preseason Wooden Award Top 30 on Nov. 9. They appeared on their first national player-of-the-year watch list together last season, when they were both included in the Naismith Midseason 32 and they earned spots on the 2013 Naismith Trophy Preseason Top 50 on Nov. 15.
Hooper and Moore are the first Husker teammates in history named to any of the three major national player-of-the-year watch lists at the same time.
In 2011-12, Hooper was an Associated Press Honorable-Mention All-American, while earning WBCA All-Region 6 honors. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., was also one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, and a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament team after averaging 18.9 points and a Big Ten-best 9.3 rebounds per game.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of eight finalists for the 2012 Nancy Lieberman Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top point guard. Moore joined Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournment Team and was a second-team All-Big Ten choice. Moore ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in assists (5.1 apg), No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) and No. 7 in scoring (15.7 ppg).
Former Nebraska All-American Karen Jennings won the Wade Trophy in 1993, while All-American Kelsey Griffin was a finalist for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden awards in 2010.
Hooper, Moore Earn Preseason All-Big Ten Honors
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore captured All-Big Ten honors while the Huskers were picked to finish second in the conference, when preseason polls were announced by the Big Ten Oct. 25.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team by both the conference coaches and media. In 2011-12, Hooper was one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, while also earning Big Ten All-Tournament honors. She ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.3 ppg), while leading the Big Ten in both rebounding (9.3 rpg) and double-doubles (14) last season.
Moore, a 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of five preseason All-Big Ten picks by the conference media. Moore ranked No. 7 in the Big Ten in scoring (15.7 ppg), No. 2 in assists (5.1 apg) and No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) in 2011-12. Moore earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior, while joining Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Defending regular-season champion Penn State was the choice of the coaches and the media to win the 2013 Big Ten title. The Huskers were picked second in both polls, while Purdue was the coaches' selection to finish third. Ohio State was the media's choice to finish third.
Huskers Load Up 2012-13 Schedule
Nebraska's 31-game regular-season schedule features 19 games against 2012 postseason squads. NU's schedule is highlighted by 13 games against 2012 NCAA Tourament teams, including a matchup with Elite Eight qualifier Maryland and two games with NCAA Sweet 16 Penn State. The Huskers play three games against 2012 WNIT teams and three contests against WBI participants.
The Huskers also play seven games against six teams that won conference titles in 2012. Maryland headlines the list of conference champs after claiming the 2012 ACC Tournament title. The Terps finished with a 31-5 record at No. 6 in the AP poll. NU also faces Big Ten regular-season champ Penn State twice and Big Ten Tournament champ Purdue once. In non-conference play, the Huskers tangled with Big Sky Conference champ Idaho State, Missouri Valley Conference champ Creighton and Summit League Conference champ South Dakota State.
Big Red, Big Ten Schedule Strengths on the Rise
Nebraska's Strength of Schedule continues to climb according to RealTime RPI, which lists the Huskers' SOS No. 3 in the Big Ten and No. 25 nationally (as of Feb. 25). Overall, the Big Ten schedule strengths are impressive, including Iowa (11), Penn State (15), Nebraska (21), Purdue (25), Michigan (27), Illinois (33), Wisconsin (34), Northwestern (38), Ohio State (39), Minnesota (44) and Michigan State (51). Overall, 11 of the Big Ten teams have schedule strengths that rank among the top 51 nationally, while Indiana (69) 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-25 schedule so far in 2012-13. Nebraska has already played 18 games this season against teams that have produced 15 victories this year. The Huskers have played 20 games against teams who currently have winning records.
The Huskers have played 17 games against top 100 RPI teams, including nine against top-50 RPI teams. NU has played 24 contests against top 140 RPI teams among the 345 Division women's basketball schools.
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 11 games but may need surgery at the end of the season. Murren has missed 11 games with a back injury and is also day-to-day.
NU's Four Returning Starters Solid for 61 Straight Games
After starting 33 consecutive games together in 2011-12, Nebraska's four returning starters Lindsey Moore (126), Jordan Hooper (92) and sophomores Emily Cady (61) and Hailie Sample (61) have started all 28 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 22 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 253 games.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper has climbed into third place on Nebraska's career double-double list with 25 after producing her eighth double-double of 2012-13 with 14 points and 12 rebounds at Michigan Feb. 21. It was Hooper's 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 Building Off Super Sophomore Campaign
Jordan Hooper became the first sophomore in school history to produce 600 points and 300 rebounds in the same season, finishing the 2011-12 campaign with 624 points and 306 boards. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., became just the fourth Husker ever to accomplish the feat.
Hooper, an honorable-mention AP All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten pick, set the Nebraska sophomore single-season scoring record with 624 points. She eclipsed the 609 points scored by Kiera Hardy in 2004-05. Hooper's 306 rebounds marked the third-highest total in school history by a sophomore, trailing only 372 by Janet Smith in 40 games in 1979-80) and 314 by Carol Garey in 36 games in 1978-79. Hooper's 9.3 rebounds per game matched Smith's sophomore record. Only one other sophomore in NU history - Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-81) scored 500 points and grabbed 250 boards.
Hooper's sophomore production was on a similar level to the two most productive seasons in school history. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner and a first-team All-American, produced 810 points and 319 rebounds in 32 games as a junior in 1991-92. Kelsey Griffin, a finalist for every national player-of-the-year award in 2010 and a first-team All-American, produced 685 points and 354 rebounds in 34 games as a senior.
Fastbreakers to Hold Husker Roundball Run, April 27
The Fastbreakers Booster Club will hold its first Husker Roundball Run in Lincoln on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 9 a.m. The event will include 5K and 1.5-mile runs to provide fun and fitness for fans and runners of all ages.
Adult registration fee is $30, while youth 13 and under can register for just $15. Entrants will receive an official Roundball Run T-shirt and a Husker party with continental breakfast and door prizes will be available following the events.
Fans can register on-line at www.huskers.com/donate. Entrants are encouraged to register by Monday, April 8 to guarantee T-shirt size requests.
Several sponsorships are also available to businesses and individuals. For more information about the Roundball Run, please contact the Kiley Abdouch at the Huskers Athletic Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fastbreakers Conclude Backboard Events with Penn State
This season's Fastbreakers Backboard Events conclude with a luncheon prior to Nebraska's Big Ten regular-season finale with Penn State on March 3. The start times of the luncheon will be 3:30 p.m. (90 minutes prior to tip-off).
The Fastbreakers Booster Club set the dates for three Backboard Events during the 2012-13 season. The events, which are held in the northwest corner of the upper concourse at the Devaney Center, tipped off on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m., before Nebraska's game against Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The second Backboard Event was held prior to Nebraska's Big Ten clash with Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tip time was 1 p.m., while the banquet began at 11:30 a.m.
Each event is scheduled to begin 90 minutes prior to tip-off of each game and features a speaker from the women's basketball staff. The cost of each event is $15 per person, and spots must be reserved no later than one week in advance of the event, either on-line at www.Huskers.com/donate (online registration available for current Fastbreakers Club members only), by calling the Huskers Athletic Fund at (402) 472-2367.
Fastbreakers Will Make Final Bus Trip to Big Ten Tournament
The final road trip of the season is set for Nebraska's appearance at the Big Ten Tournament March 7-10 in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Fastbreakers will leave Lincoln for the Chicago area on Wednesday, March 6 and will return following the Huskers' appearance at the tournament. The cost of bus ride is $170, and does not include game tickets. Beverages on the bus are included in the price, but no meals are included.
The Fastbreakers followed the Huskers to their first road game of the season, when Nebraska took on South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D., on Sunday, Nov. 18. The Fastbreakers also took a bus to Omaha for Nebraska's annual clash with Creighton on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
For more details on the 2012-13 Fastbreaker Bus Trips, contact Doug Fry at email@example.com or call (402) 617-7039. All trips must be booked and paid for two weeks prior to departure.
Huskers, Big Ten Earn Top 25 Mention in Polls
Nebraska climbed to No. 20 in the Associated Press Poll on Feb. 25, firming a poll position for the second 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 Feb. 25 ranking marks the eighth week the Huskers have been ranked in the AP Poll in 2012-13.
In the Big Ten, Penn State and Purdue have been ranked in the top 25 in every poll this season, while the Huskers have spent 11 weeks in the USA Today top 25 and eight weeks in the AP Poll. 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 so far this season. Illinois (AP, Jan. 7) and Minnesota (USA, Nov. 20) give the balanced Big Ten nine teams that have received votes in at least one poll this season.
Nebraska non-conference opponents have also littered the polls this season, led by AP No. 9 Maryland and AP No. 24 Florida State. Creighton and South Florida have also received votes in numerous polls.
Yori's Huskers Own Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska has made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori's 11 seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers' 59-54 win over No. 25 Michigan State on Jan. 24, 2013, marked NU's 27th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori, including the second this season. Nebraska also knocked off then-No. 24 Florida State, 78-77, on Dec. 8, 2012. It was the Seminoles' first loss of the season.
The Huskers defeated No. 14 Ohio State (March 3, 2012), after knocking off the No. 8 Buckeyes (Feb. 26). The first win over OSU marked NU's sixth victory over a top-10 foe under Yori. Prior to Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers owned just one win over a top 10 opponent in school history.
NU produced five wins over AP Top 25 teams (at game time) in 2011-12, including a 93-89 triple overtime win at No. 15 Purdue (Feb. 2). The Huskers also knocked off No. 16 Penn State (Dec. 30) on the road in their first-ever Big Ten Conference game, while defeating No. 23 USC (Nov. 18) at the Devaney Center.
In 2009-10, the Huskers set the school single-season mark with eight wins over top-25 teams. NU's top-25 wins that season came against No. 5 LSU, No. 9 Baylor, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 Iowa State, No. 16 Iowa State and No. 22 UCLA. The win over No. 9 Baylor and freshman Brittney Griner, was Nebraska's first-ever road win over a top-10 team. The Huskers' three wins over top-10 foes in 2009-10, matched Nebraska's previous total from the previous 35 seasons.
The highest-ranked team Nebraska has ever defeated was the 2004-05 Baylor team that went on to win the national title. NU outlasted No. 2 BU, 103-99 in triple overtime on Jan. 12, 2005. The Huskers' 21-point win over No. 10 OSU on Feb. 3, 2010, marked NU's largest victory margin ever over a top-10 team. Nebraska's 29-point win over No. 14 Iowa State in 2005 was NU's largest victory margin in history over a top-25 foe. Nebraska's 56-45 win over No. 15 Texas at the Devaney Center in 2008 also marked the lowest point total ever allowed by the Huskers against a ranked opponent.
Before Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers had not defeated a top-10 team since a 73-67 win over No. 9 Iowa on Dec. 8, 1996, and had never beaten a top-five opponent.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
The Huskers produced a 13-3 record at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2011-12. Since the Devaney Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 388-129 (.750) in games played in the arena, including 146-87 (.627) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 124-33 (.790) at the Devaney Center.
NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in 10 consecutive seasons, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2009-10. NU was 11-4 at home in 2010-11. The Huskers are 13-3 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 video form for Husker fans to follow all the action.
For the first time in school history in 2011-12, all 33 games played by the Huskers were delivered by national television or live video streams to Husker fans. In 2012-13, Nebraska is enjoying its highest level of national TV exposure in school history, while adding two outstanding alternative video streaming sources.
Overall, the Huskers had 11 regular-season games televised nationally, including eight by the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com. Nebraska's battle with Purdue was televised nationally by CBS on Jan. 5, while the Huskers' clash with Penn State on Jan. 13 was carried live on ESPN2. NU's non-conference road game at USC (Nov. 23) was televised by the Pac-12 Network. Nebraska's final game of the year at home against Penn State will be the final regular-season game carried by the Big Ten Network.
The Big Ten Network is distributing 10 other Nebraska women's basketball games through live video streams on BTN.com. For complete television and live-stream listings, visit Huskers.com. Fans can subscribe to BTN.com by visiting http://video.btn.com/allaccess. A yearly subscription for all Nebraska events on BTN.com is just $79.95. Fans can gain access to every Big Ten event stream for just $119.95 per year. Monthly subscriptions are also available. Two of NU's BTN.com games (Michigan State, Jan. 24; Minnesota, Feb. 3) were also televised live statewide in Nebraska by NET.
HuskersNside 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 178 three-pointers through 28 games to rank as the fourth-most threes in school history. It marks the 10th consecutive year that Connie Yori's Nebraska teams have produced a top-10 total in three-pointers made. The Huskers' 6.4 threes per game are tied with Michigan for the Big Ten lead and rank 57th nationally.
The Huskers have hit seven or more threes in a game 14 times in 28 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 67 more threes through 28 games in 2012-13.
In 92 career games, Hooper has hit 201 three-pointers to rank second on the Nebraska career list. Hardy (267 3FG, 2004-07) owns the Nebraska record.
In 2010-11, Hooper tied the Nebraska single-game record with seven three-pointers at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011. She scored 31 points against the Tigers, including 28 on six threes in the second half alone.
Hooper Plays Beast on Boards
Jordan Hooper led the Big Ten and ranked among the nation's top rebounders with 9.3 boards per game as a sophomore in 2011-12.
Her 18-rebound effort in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19 put her in rare company in the Nebraska record books, tying for the 12th-highest single-game total in school history. It also marked the best rebound total by a player in Coach Connie Yori's first 11 seasons at Nebraska. It was also the highest total by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 rebounds against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper's 18-board performance represented her third time in seven games with 15 or more rebounds. She became just the seventh player in Husker history to grab 15 or more rebounds three times in a career. and just the sixth Husker to pull down 15 or more boards three times in a season, joining Janet Smith, Carol Garey, Nafeesah Brown, Pyra Aarden and most recently, Keasha Cannon-Johnson (2001-02).
In back-to-back games last season, Hooper grabbed 15 rebounds in a win over Iowa (Jan. 26), before ripping down 16 boards in a victory at Illinois (Jan. 29). She joined Smith and Aarden as the only Huskers to pull down 15 or more boards in back-to-back games.
Pinnacle Bank Arena to Provide New Home to Huskers in 2013-14
Nebraska continues preparations to move into its new home for men's and women's basketball - Pinnacle Bank Arena - next season. Construction on the $179 million arena has marched ahead of schedule with favorable building conditions for more than a year.
The Huskers will continue to call the new Hendricks Training Complex home for practice, while the Nebraska volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics team will call the Devaney Center home for competition.
The arena project was approved by voters in May 2010. Pinnacle Bank Arena is expected to open in the fall of 2013. Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will be the primary tenants of the 470,400-square-foot facility, which can hold nearly 15,000 fans for Husker hoops.
As the exclusive sponsor of the arena and arena site, the new arena website will be PinnacleBankArena.com. The agreement also calls for Pinnacle Bank to receive: three exterior signs; the Pinnacle Bank Arena logo on the center-hung scoreboard, public exterior doors and adjacent light pole banners; signs on the main and upper concourses; use of a center court suite and use of the arena for two days per year; and three locations for ATM machines in the arena.
Husker Sports Network, Huskers.com Carries NU World-Wide
The Husker Sports Network and Nebraska women's basketball have teamed up for well over a decade to take every game, home and away, around the world for free on Huskers.com.
In addition to carrying every women's basketball free on Huskers.com, the Husker Sports Network flagship stations B107.3 FM-KBBK (Lincoln) and The Wolf 93.3 FM-KFFF (Omaha) provide strong FM signals for Husker women's basketball and volleyball. 880-AM-KRVN (Lexington) also provides a huge AM signal statewide in central Nebraska, while more than 20 stations have joined the Husker Sports Network's women's basketball coverage across the state.
The Husker Sports Network is in its 18th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of Nebraska women's basketball in 2011-12. Women's basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch are in their 12th year together as the Huskers' broadcast team.
Catch Coach Yori's Radio Show on the Husker Sports Network
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori will appear on the Husker Sports Network regularly throughout the season with host Matt Coatney for the Connie Yori Radio Show. The show will begin with a regular, one-hour segment on the popular Sports Nightly Radio Show in December. The show will air regularly on either Monday or Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., depending on conflicts with other live events on the network. A tentative schedule for the show can be found below.
Date - Upcoming Opponents - Time
Tuesday, March 5 - at Big Ten Tournament (March 7-10) - 8 p.m.
March 11 or March 12 - Season Review/Postseason Preview - 8 p.m.
Monday, March 18 - Postseason Preview (NCAA Selection 6 p.m.) - 8 p.m.
Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show
The Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show is back for its 11th season in 2012-13, providing in-depth analysis and outstanding features in the year-long coverage of Nebraska women's basketball. Coach Yori and host Jeff Griesch will discuss the highlights, which begins in November and continues throughout the season. The show will be available on Time Warner Cable On-Demand this season, and also will be available free world-wide on Huskers.com.
My TV (10.2/11.2) will distribute the show in Lincoln and Grand Island, while Huskers.com will have new shows available on Tuesdays during the season. Spencer Municipal Utilities in Iowa, carries the show on SMU-3, each Thursday at 10 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 10 p.m. each week. The first Connie Yori Show was available on Huskers.com on Thursday, Nov. 8. Shows throughout the season will be available on Huskers.com on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 25, Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and either March 12 or March 19. There will be no show on Dec. 18, Jan. 1 or Feb. 12.
Havers, Tvrdy, Ramacieri Feel at Home as Huskers
Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori announced the signing of three talented prep stars to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to join the Huskers for the 2013-14 season.
Allie Havers, Hannah Tvrdy and Esther Ramacieri will join the Huskers in 2013-14 hoping to continue Nebraska's tradition of postseason play. Havers, a 6-5 senior forward from Mattawan High School in Michigan, will bring outstanding height, length and athleticism to the Huskers. Tvrdy, one of the winningest players in Nebraska High School history from prep power Seward, adds another player with a point guard's mentality to the Husker backcourt. Ramacieri adds international flavor to the Husker class, as the fourth Canadian to sign with Nebraska in 11 seasons under Yori.
"We're excited about the addition of Hannah, Allie, and Esther to our Husker family," Yori said. "They all are hard-working kids who fit in our system both on and off the court."