(18-6, 8-3 Big Ten)
vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
(14-10, 4-7 Big Ten)
Thursday, Feb. 14, 8:06 p.m. (Central)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
National TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler-PBP; Stephanie White-Analyst)
Promotion: Play4Kay Game
(Wear Pink to Promote Cancer Awareness/Research)
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 Return Home to Battle Buckeyes in Play4Kay Game
The Nebraska women's basketball team returns home after a successful two-game Big Ten road swing to battle Ohio State on Valentine's Day at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Thursday night.
Tip-off between the red-hot Huskers (18-6, 8-3 Big Ten) and the surging Buckeyes (14-10, 4-7 Big Ten) is set for 8:06 p.m. (central) in Lincoln. Kevin Kugler and Stephanie White will team up for the call of the live telecast on the Big Ten Network in Nebraska's annual Play4Kay game to promote cancer awareness and research. Husker fans are encouraged to wear pink.
The Husker Sports Network will provide a live radio broadcast of the game with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch on the call, including flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln, The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha and 880 AM KRVN in Lexington. A free live audio stream will be available on Huskers.com.
Ohio State comes to Lincoln riding a three-game winning streak following a 59-52 win at Northwestern on Sunday. The Buckeyes have won three straight since dropping a 62-53 decision to the Huskers in Columbus, Ohio on Jan. 31. OSU fell to 1-7 after the loss to Nebraska but is climbing the conference standings after wins over Indiana, Wisconsin and the Wildcats.
Nebraska stretched its Big Ten winning streak to six games by claiming its fifth victory in six Big Ten road games this season with a 76-75 win at Iowa on Monday night. Nebraska's six-game Big Ten winning streak ties for the second-longest conference winning streak in school history. NU's four straight road wins sits all alone as the second-best conference stretch in program history, trailing only a perfect 8-0 road record by the 2010 Big 12 champion Huskers.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (18-6, 8-3 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - So. - F - 4.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 19.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 15.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg
24 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 5.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg
Off the Bench
1 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - So. - G - 3.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 2.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - So. - F - 2.0 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 (208-132); 23rd Season Overall (403-272)
Ohio State Buckeyes (14-10, 4-7 Big Ten)
15 - Aleksandra Dobranic - 6-4 - Jr. - C - 4.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg
33 - Ashley Adams - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 9.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg
3 - Amber Stokes - 5-10 - RSr. - G - 9.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg
4 - Tayler Hill - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 21.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg
14 - Ameryst Alston - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 6.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Off the Bench
22 - Darryce Moore - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 7.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg
31 - Raven Ferguson - 5-11 - So. - G - 5.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg
23 - Martina Ellerbe - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg
12 - Maleeka Kynard - 5-7 - So. - G - 2.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg
13 - Cait Craft - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 2.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg
50 - Emilee Harmon - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg
11 - Shelbi Honeycutt - 5-10 - So. - G - 1.1 ppg, 0.5 rpg
25 - Amy Scullion - 6-0 - So. - G - 0.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg
Head Coach: Jim Foster (Temple, 1980)
11th Season at OSU (275-79); 35th Season Overall (779-304)
Huskers Play4Kay in Valentine's Day Battle with Buckeyes
Nebraska returns to the Devaney Center for a special Valentine's Day clash with Ohio State on Thursday, Feb. 14. Tip-off with the Buckeyes is set for 8:06 p.m. and the game will be Nebraska's annual Play4Kay game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game, as the Huskers will be sporting pink accessories to their white uniforms. Several pink promotions will be in place, and those affected by breast cancer and other forms of cancer will be recognized.
Play4Kay is a national initiative sponsored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to promote cancer awareness and research. The initiative is named in honor of former North Carolina State Coach Kay Yow.
Red-Hot Hooper Piling on Production During Winning Streak
Jordan Hooper captured her second straight Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award on Feb. 12, following her 29-point, eight-rebound eruption in Nebraska's 76-75 road win at Iowa on Monday night. Hooper's effort in Iowa City followed a game-high 19-point, seven-rebound performance in a 55-50 victory at Northwestern last Thursday.
Hooper, who has scored in double figures in 15 straight games including seven games with 24 or more points, has increased her team-leading averages to 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. During Nebraska's six-game winning streak, Hooper is averaging 24.3 points and 7.3 boards, while shooting 49 percent (51-104) from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range (18-42).
Hooper is the only player in the Big Ten to rank among the top four players in the conference in both scoring and rebounding.
Hooper Joins Husker Top 10 in Scoring, Rebounding
Jordan Hooper's 29-point effort at Iowa pushed her career scoring total to 1,545 points, moving her into No. 10 on Nebraska's all-time scoring list in the 88th game of her career. Hooper's eight rebounds also increased her career total to 715, which ranks eighth in Husker history. She needs just 35 rebounds to catch Debra Powell (1982-85) at No. 7 on the NU career charts. Hooper is just the seventh Husker in history with 1,500 points and 700 rebounds in a career.
Hooper Within Striking Distance of 200th Career Three-Pointer
Jordan Hooper enters the Ohio State game with 197 career three-pointers poised to become just the second Husker in history to hit 200 career threes. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., would become the first player in the NU record book to reach the milestone as a junior. Career record holder Kiera Hardy entered her senior season with a then-school-record 196 career threes.
One of the top three-point shooters in the nation, Hooper could set her sights on challenging Nebraska's single-season three-point record in 2012-13.
Hooper, who hit 67 three-pointers in each of her first two seasons as a Husker, has already knocked down 63 threes through 24 games as a junior. Her 67 threes were the sixth-best totals in school history, and her 63 this season are the eighth-most by a Husker in a single season. Hardy (2004-05) and Amy Stephens (1988-89) share NU's season record with 85 made threes.
Hooper, who ranks fourth in the Big Ten with an average of 2.6 threes per game, is on pace to end the regular season with 80 three-pointers.
Hooper, Moore Cross 1,500 Career Points Against Wildcats
Junior forward Jordan Hooper and senior point guard Lindsey Moore both crossed the 1,500-career point mark in Nebraska's win at Northwestern on Feb. 7. Hooper, who entered the game with 1,497 points, hit a three-pointer less than 20 seconds into the contest to reach 1,500. She has pushed her career total to 1,545 points in just 88 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 1,519 and needs 22 points to catch Angie Miller in 11th place on Nebraska's career scoring list.
Moore is the first Husker with 1,500 career points and 600 career assists (636). In fact, no other Husker has ever scored 1,200 points and dished out 600 assists.
Moore to Make NU Record 123rd Straight Start
Senior All-America candidate Lindsey Moore is expected to make the 123rd consecutive start of her career when the Huskers face Ohio State Thursday. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., has started every game of her career since leading the Huskers to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and the Big 12 title as a freshman in 2009-10. Moore owns an 87-35 record as Nebraska's starting point guard and has guided the Huskers to a pair of NCAA Tournaments.
Meggan Yedsena (1991-94) established the Nebraska record for consecutive career starts, after taking the court for tip-off in all 120 games in her outstanding four-year career from 1990-91 through 1993-94. Yedsena is the only Husker in history to start every game of a four-year career. Kelsey Griffin, a 2010 first-team All-American and a teammate of Moore's in 2009-10, owns the NU career record with 127 starts in 127 career games over a five-year period.
Moore's starting streak is tied with Penn State's Nikki Greene for the second-longest active streak in the nation. Moore and Greene (99, plus 23 in 2012-13), trail only Texas Tech's Monique Smalls, who owns 125 straight starts (102, plus 24 in 2012-13).
Moore Set to Break Husker Record for Minutes Played
After playing the full 40 minutes in Nebraska's Monday night win at Iowa, Lindsey Moore needs just 11 minutes against Ohio State to break the NU record for career minutes played. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., enters the Ohio State game with 3,985 minutes played.
Meggan Yedsena set the Husker record for career minutes with 3,995 in 120 games from 1990-91 to 1993-94. Moore needs just 15 against the Buckeyes to become the first Husker in history to play 4,000 career minutes.
Moore Closing In On 200 Career Steals
Lindsey Moore notched four steals in Nebraska's win at Northwestern on Feb. 7 to increase her career total to 194 and climb to No. 9 on the NU career steals list.
Moore, who leads the Huskers with 46 steals this season, needs just six more to become the ninth player in Nebraska history with 200 career steals. She has pulled within striking distance of Maurtice Ivy at No. 8 on the NU career list. Moore needs 21 steals to match the 1988 Big Eight Player of the Year.
Moore, who set a career-best with 72 steals as a junior in 2011-12, has claimed three or more steals in four of NU's 10 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). Last season, Moore averaged four steals in three games with Iowa.
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 is the only 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 Big Ten Streaks
A six-game conference winning streak has been a rarity in Nebraska history. The Huskers' current six-game streak marks just the third time since the start of regular-season Big Eight play in 1982-83 that the Huskers have produced a six-game winning streak.
In 2009-10, the Huskers won a school-record 16 straight league games on their way to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and a Big 12 Conference title. The 2009-10 Husker squad earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before finishing 32-2 in the NCAA Sweet 16.
The 1996-97 Huskers managed a six-game league winning streak early in the first-ever Big 12 Conference campaign. The 2012-13 Huskers matched that streak with a 76-75 win at Iowa on Monday.
Nebraska Finds Road Success in Big Ten Play
Nebraska secured its fifth Big Ten road win of the season with the Huskers' 76-75 victory over Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Monday night. Winning five conference games is a rarity in Husker history. In fact, the 2012-13 Huskers became just the fourth NU team to accomplish the feat since regular-season Big Eight Conference play began in 1982-83. All four of those teams have done it under Coach Connie Yori in the past six seasons.
The 2006-07 Huskers that earned Yori her first NCAA Tournament berth at Nebraska became the first NU squad to claim five conference (Big 12) road wins. Yori's 2009-10 Huskers went a perfect 8-0 on the road on their way to a perfect Big 12 season and a conference championship.
The 2011-12 Huskers added five Big Ten road wins in their first season in the conference. The 2011-12 Huskers also earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Only six Nebraska teams have produced winning road conference records in school history and all six went to the NCAA Tournament.
Since joining the Big Ten, Nebraska is 10-4 in Big Ten road games and 3-1 in neutral site games at the Big Ten Tournament, giving NU a 13-5 record away from the Devaney Center against Big Ten teams.
Scouting the Ohio State Buckeyes
Coach Jim Foster brings one of the Big Ten's hottest teams into Thursday night's game at Nebraska. The Buckeyes have notched three straight wins since Nebraska's 62-53 win over OSU in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 31. Ohio State, which is playing host to the first and second rounds of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, has battled back from a 1-7 mark in the first half of Big Ten play to start the second half 3-0 and improve to 14-10 on the season.
Jordan Hooper shot the Huskers to victory at Ohio State with 28 points, including five three-pointers, while Lindsey Moore added 11 points and six assists. Rachel Theriot pitched in nine points, five rebounds and six assists in the first meeting, as Nebraska led from start to finish.
Ohio State's second half resurgence has been helped by the Buckeyes getting healthy. OSU entered the offseason with four returning starters minus All-Big Ten and WNBA point guard Samantha Prahalis from last year's team that ran to a 25-7 overall record and an 11-5 Big Ten mark (Tied-2nd).
OSU was dealt a blow in the offseason when returning starter Kalpana Beach suffered a torn ACL and was knocked out for the season. Despite the setback, senior guards Tayler Hill and Amber Stokes kept the Buckeyes in the top 25 by running to a 10-3 non-conference mark.
In non-conference play, Ohio State averaged 71.4 points per game. In Big Ten play, OSU's offense has struggled to score 64.8 points per game, despite playing six overtime periods through 11 games. They've managed 70 points just once in the last seven games, but are 4-3 during that stretch. They scored 70 or more in each of the first four Big Ten games, but went 0-4.
Stokes suffered a sprained knee against Illinois on Jan. 6 and missed four games. Stokes returned to the court Jan. 27 against Penn State but was still limited by the injury against the Lady Lions and the Huskers on Jan. 31.
Stokes, who was the 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, returned to the starting lineup on Sunday in Ohio State's 59-52 win at Northwestern. She had six points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes against the Wildcats. In five games since the injury, Stokes is 6.6 points and 3.0 rebounds with three steals. Before the injury, she was averaging 9.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
Ohio State still features one of the Big Ten's most explosive offensive players in Tayler Hill. The senior guard is averaging 21.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per contest. Hill is OSU's top three-pointer shooter with 51 threes on the year. No other Buckeye has hit more than 18. Although OSU has won three of its last four, Hill is 1-for-20 in those games, including 0-for-6 at Northwestern and 0-for-3 at Indiana. She was for 0-for-5 in Nebraska's win in Columbus. Despite her shooting woes, Hill is averaging 21.7 points per game over the last four contests and is 34-of-40 at the free throw line. Hill's falling shooting numbers from outside, could be attributed in part to the 40.1 minutes per game she has played in 11 Big Ten contests. She's played 40 or more minutes in six straight games .
Junior Ashley Adams, a 6-5 center, anchors OSU's inside game with 9.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Adams has started every game alongside Hill and is coming off 13 points and seven rebounds while playing the full 40 minutes at Northwestern. In the last five games, Adams has averaged 38.2 minutes per contest. She had her fifth double-double with 12 points and 10 boards in the first meeting with NU.
Freshman point guard Ameryst Alston (6.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 apg) has turned up her production significantly in Big Ten play, averaging 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and a team-best 3.4 assists. Alston, who had six points and four rebounds in the first meeting with NU, has averaged 36.2 minutes per game the last five contests.
Junior Aleksandra Dobranic, a 6-4 center, has joined OSU's starting five the last four games averaging 5.0 points and 3.7 rebounds during the stretch. She's averaging 4.1 points and 2.3 boards on the year.
Darryce Moore, a 6-2 junior forward, adds more size off the bench with 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Moore has made 11 starts and is shooting 51.2 percent from the field on the year. Her last seven games she is shooting 38.1 percent, including a 4-for-4 night at Indiana.
Sophomore guard Raven Ferguson has also made 11 starts but has played just 32 total minutes in the last four games, including 22 at Indiana. She is averaging 5.8 points and 2.4 rebounds on the year, but has scored just five total points in the last five games.
Martina Ellerbe (2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Maleeka Kynard (2.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg) and Cait Craft (2.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg) all have started at least one game for Ohio State this year, as the Buckeyes have sampled 10 different starters this season. Emilee Harmon (2.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg), Shelbi Honeycutt (1.1 ppg, 0.5 rpg) and Amy Scullion (0.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg) have all played roles for the Buckeyes this season.
Nebraska vs. Ohio State Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Ohio State 5-4, including a 62-53 victory at Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 31. Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 28 points and five three-pointers, while Lindsey Moore added 11 points in a low-scoring, late-night affair. Moore and Rachel Theriot combined for 20 points and 12 assists. Tayler Hill led OSU with 22 points and six assists, while Ashley Adams added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the first meeting this season.
The Huskers went 2-1 against the Buckeyes in NU's first Big Ten campaign. No. 24 NU ran to a 77-62 win over the No. 14 Buckeyes in the semifinals of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis on March 3. It was the second win for the Huskers over OSU in a week, after No. 23 NU rolled to a 71-57 win over No. 8 OSU in Lincoln on Feb. 26.
The Buckeyes own a 3-2 edge over the Huskers in the all-time series in Columbus, Ohio. NU is 2-1 all-time against Ohio State in Lincoln.
Huskers Never Trail in 76-75 Win at Iowa
Jordan Hooper scored a game-high 29 points to lead Nebraska to its sixth straight win in a 76-75 thriller at Iowa on Monday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Hooper hit 11-of-23 shots from the field, including a pair of early three-pointers to give Nebraska its fourth consecutive Big Ten road win.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., was one of five Huskers to hit two threes on the night, and she added eight rebounds. Senior point guard Lindsey Moore scored all 14 of her points in the second half while playing the full 40 minutes in a tremendous all-around effort. Moore added seven rebounds and a game-high seven assists while committing just one turnover.
Brandi Jeffery pitched in a season-high tying 10 points off the bench. Jeffery scored eight of her points in the first half to keep the Huskers in control. Fellow sophomore Emily Cady added nine points, eight rebounds and four assists. Freshman Rachel Theriot added six points on a pair of big threes, the second giving NU its biggest lead of the game 64-52 with 8:32 left.
Sophomore Hailie Sample pitched in four points, four rebounds and a career-high six assists. Sample added a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left to help NU secure the win. Moore sealed the victory with two more shots at the line with 12.8 seconds left.
The free throws were enough to save the Huskers from a furious Iowa rally in the final three minutes, capped by Theairra Taylor's three-pointer at the buzzer to trim the final margin to one.
Moore had given the Huskers a 10-point lead at 68-58 with three minutes remaining on a short jumper, before Nebraska made mistakes and the Hawkeyes made it interesting.
In the end, Nebraska left Iowa City with a victory and never trailed in the game. Nebraska hit 43.3 percent (26-60) of its shots, including 10-of-23 (.435) of its three-pointers. The Huskers were also a sizzling 16-of-18 at the free throw line. NU outrebounded Iowa 37-36, but lost the turnover battle 12-8.
Morgan Johnson led Iowa with 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots while hitting 9-of-11 shots from the field. Melissa Dixon added 19 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting for the Hawkeyes, while Jaime Printy pitched in 16 points. Taylor finished with 11 points.
Iowa hit 43.8 percent (28-64) from the field, including 33.3 percent (8-24) from three-point range. The Hawkeyes also hit 11-of-15 free throws.
The Huskers took a 41-32 lead into the locker room at halftime after jumping to an 11-2 lead in the first 2:15. Iowa answered to tie the game at 11 with a 9-0 run of its own, but Hooper scored with 14:50 left in the half and NU did not relinquish the lead the rest of the half.
Hooper led Nebraska with 17 first-half points and four rebounds, but picked up her second foul with 2:12 left in the half and the Huskers clinging to a 35-32 lead. With Hooper on the bench, Theriot and Cady hit three-pointers to close the half with a 41-32 lead. Cady, who also opened the first-half scoring with a three, hit 7-of-14 three-pointers in the first half, including two from Hooper and two from Jeffery.
Jeffery, a sophomore guard, scored eight first-half points after putting up only four points combined in Nebraska's previous eight conference games.
Iowa hit 13-of-27 (.481) first-half attempts, including 3-of-8 three-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws. Johnson hit all five of her first-half shots to lead Iowa with 10 points, while Printy added eight points and a pair of three-pointers.
Big Red's Big Three Leading Huskers in Big Ten Play
Junior forward Jordan Hooper leads Nebraska with 19.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in Big Ten action, and has averaged 24.3 points and 7.3 boards during NU's six-game winning streak.
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore has added 14.9 points, and team bests of 5.5 assists and 1.9 steals in Big Ten play. Sophomore forward Emily Cady is just short of double-double production in Big Ten action, averaging 10.1 points and 8.7 rebounds in conference play. Cady is also shooting 52.4 percent from three-point range and 84.2 percent at the free throw line, while adding 1.7 assists in Big Ten action.
Moore, Hooper Rank High in Big Ten Stats
Lindsey Moore leads the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2-to-1) with 132 assists and 59 turnovers through 24 games. It is one of eight categories in which Moore ranks among the top 15 in the Big Ten.
The senior point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks fourth in assists (5.5 apg) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.406). She is eighth in free throw percentage (.821), 10th overall in scoring, while ranking 11th in both field goal percentage (.460) and steals per game (1.9). She is also 14th in three-pointers made per game (1.6).
Hooper ranks among the top five in the Big Ten in four categories. She is No. 4 in the league in scoring (19.5 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg), and three-pointers per game (2.6). She also ranks fourth with 5.8 defensive rebounds per game. She ranks seventh in offensive rebounding (2.7) and free throw percentage (.828).
Moore, Hooper Second Active Teammates with 1,500 Points
Jordan Hooper (1,545) and Lindsey Moore (1,519) 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 ha pushed her career totals to 1,545 points and 715 rebounds to become the seventh Husker in history to reach 1,500 points and 700 rebounds in a career.
Hooper reached the 1,500/700 mark in her 87th career game at Nebraska. No other member of NU's 1,500/700 list played fewer than 111 games in their careers.
Nebraska's distinguished 1,500/700 list includes first-team All-Americans Karen Jennings (2,405 points/1,000 rebounds) and Kelsey Griffin (2,033/1,019), along with 1988 Big Eight Player-of-the-Year Maurtice Ivy (2,131/778). Two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge (1,859/804), Debra Powell (1,843/750) and Kathy Hagerstrom (1,778/874).
Hooper has climbed to No. 8 on NU's all-time rebounding list and is one of just eight players in Nebraska history to record 700 career rebounds.
Moore Narrowing Gap with Yedsena for Career Assist Mark
Lindsey Moore became just the second Husker in history to reach the 600-career assist mark against Illinois Jan. 17. The 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks No. 2 on the Husker all-time assist chart with 636, trailing only school record holder Meggan Yedsena (696, 1991-94). Moore is just the eighth player in Big Ten Conference history to reach 600 career assists.
Moore, a Nancy Lieberman Award candidate, needs 67 assists to catch Yedsena at the top of the Husker assist list. Moore is averaging 5.4 assists in 2012-13.
Moore crossed the century mark in assists as a senior with seven at Minnesota Jan. 20 and has pushed her season total to 125. She joined Yedsena as the only Huskers in history to record 100 or more assists in four separate seasons. Last season, Moore dished out 167 assists in 33 games, while distributing 183 assists as a sophomore in 2010-11. She opened her career with 154 assists as a freshman in 2009-10.
Moore has produced a career-high 11 assists on four occasions (at Iowa, Jan. 8, 2012; Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 15, 2011; Florida A&M, Jan. 2, 2011; vs. UCLA, March 23, 2010). She has a season-high nine assists (Northern Arizona, Nov. 16) in 2012-13 and five games with eight or more assists this season.
Cady Doing Double Duty in Big Ten Play
Sophomore Emily Cady is playing well in her second Big Ten campaign, averaging 10.1 points and 8.7 rebounds through 11 conference games. Cady, who owns a trio of Big Ten double-doubles after her 12-point, 10-rebound effort at Minnesota Jan. 20, is nearly averaging a double-double in league play. Cady, a 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., opened with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in Nebraska's 70-52 win over Wisconsin Jan. 2. She hit 6-of-9 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 three-pointers to tie another career best. 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 the loss to No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5, and nine points and eight rebounds against Illinois Jan. 17. She had 10 points and six boards in NU's win at Ohio State Jan. 31.
In Big Ten games, Cady is shooting 46.6 percent from the field, including 52.4 percent (11-21) from long range. She also has connected on 32-of-38 free throws (.842).
The increased production in conference play is nothing new for Cady, who averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in conference action last season. She earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, after averaging 7.3 points and 5.8 boards in regular-season non-conference play.
Overall, Cady averaged 9.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals to go along with a team-best 28 blocked shots in 2011-12. Five of Cady's six career double-doubles have come against Big Ten competition and the sixth came against Kansas in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. She notched her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in NU's triple-overtime win at Purdue on Feb. 2, 2012.
Cady, who has started 57 straight games, is averaging 9.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals overall. She owns 11 double-figure scoring efforts and six double-digit rebounding games as a sophomore to push her career total to 13.
Theriot Battling for Big Ten All-Freshman Honors
Rachel Theriot is coming on strong in Big Ten action and ranks among the conference's top five freshmen in scoring, rebounding and assists. Her 3.8 assists per game in league play lead all Big Ten freshmen, while her 3.6 rebounds rank fifth behind Northwestern forward Lauren Douglas (4.7 rpg), Wisconsin guard Nicole Bauman (3.8 rpg), Ohio State guard Ameryst Alston (3.7 rpg) and Purdue center Taylor Manuel (3.7 rpg). Theriot's 7.3 points per Big Ten game are fifth among league rookies.
Theriot produced arguably her best effort of the season at Minnesota Jan. 20. The 6-0 guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, played a career-high 39 minutes and scored 13 points to go along with career highs of three three-pointers and eight assists in the win over the Golden Gophers. The effort earned her Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors for the second time.
She produced another spectacular effort against the Gophers two weeks later in Lincoln with 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go along with a career-high matching seven rebounds. She also dished out five assists with no turnovers. That effort, along with nine points, five rebounds and six assists at Ohio State on Jan. 31, earned Theriot her third Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award in the past seven weeks.
Theriot, is developing into a top contender for Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year honors, increasing her overall season averages to 5.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. In Big Ten play, Theriot is averaging 7.3 points, 3.6 boards and 3.8 assists per contest.
Through the first 12 games this season, Theriot was averaging just 3.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting just 27.3 percent from the field, including 13.3 percent (2-15) from three-point range.
Over the last 12 contests, the freshman has turned up her production to 7.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists. She owns four double-figure scoring efforts in that stretch, after not scoring more than six points in any of the first 12 games. Over the last 12 games, Theriot is shooting 49.4 percent from the field, including 41.4 percent (12-29) from three-point range.
Theriot scored a career-high 14 points while adding six assists and four rebounds in a win at Indiana Jan. 10. She hit 7-of-9 shots from the field, including all five of her first-half attempts, to carry Nebraska to a 20-point halftime lead. She captured the first Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award of career Dec. 31, after notching her first double-figure scoring performance against Grambling State Dec. 20.
Theriot has played in all 24 games while making 18 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 15 of the last 19 games. She has scored in double figures twice in Big Ten play and is averaging 5.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.9 steals in conference action. She is also Nebraska's top on-the-ball defender.
For the season, Laudermill ranks fourth among the Huskers in scoring with 5.6 points per game, while ranking third on the team with 28 steals - five more than her season total from 2011-12. In fact, she has more points, more assists and more steals, 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 Ohio State game 21-of-27 (.778) this season.
Nebraska Celebrates Final Basketball Season at Devaney Center
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will celebrate their final season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center throughout the 2012-13 campaign. The Huskers will move into the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln in October of 2013. The arena, which is set for completion next fall, will become the new home of Husker men's and women's basketball in 2013-14.
As part of the festivities at the Devaney Center during 2012-13, the Huskers plan to highlight the greatest moments and greatest players in the 37-year history of the Devaney Center At each men's and women's basketball home game during the season, HuskerVision will produce a big screen feature showcasing one of the most memorable moments in men's and women's basketball history.
On the women's side, long-time Husker Sports Network basketball broadcasters Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch compiled the list along with Mike Babcock, who researched and wrote a detailed history of Husker women's basketball in 2000. The women's basketball moments range from Jan Crouch's 27-point performance on opening night on Nov. 12, 1976 to Lindsey Moore's triple-double on Jan. 2, 2011. They include championship celebrations in 1988 and 2010 and historic victories throughout the decades, while recognizing Husker legends such as Karen Jennings, Maurtice Ivy, Kelsey Griffin, Anna DeForge, Amy Stephens and more. During the season, fans also will be able to join the discussion through social media, offering their most memorable moments at the Devaney Center.
The Nebraska Athletic Department created a special "Devaney Center Final Season" logo that is displayed on giant banners draped outside above the north and south entrances of the Devaney Center.
Huskers.com Opens Voting for All-Devaney Teams Feb. 8
As part of its celebration of the final basketball season in the Bob Devaney Sports Center, the Nebraska Athletic Department is inviting fans to vote for their favorite players in Husker men's and women's basketball history. Fan voting for Nebraska's All-Devaney Teams opened on Feb. 8, and fans are encouraged to visit Huskers.com to vote for the best Huskers to grace Devaney's hardwood since 1976.
Nebraska's long-time radio play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney offered his top five women's players, while Mike Babcock, Lee Barfknecht and Brian Rosenthal all chose their top players on the men's side.
Fan voting closes on Feb. 22. Vote for the All-Devaney Women's Team and find out more about the best players in Nebraska women's basketball history at the following link on Huskers.com.
Nebraska Improving Defensively in Big Ten Play
Much of Nebraska's success in Big Ten play must be attributed to the defensive end, where the Huskers have improved significantly during conference action. In fact, NU ranks third in scoring defense through 11 Big Ten games. The Huskers are surrendering just 59.3 points per game, which trails only Penn State (56.4 ppg) and Michigan (58.3 ppg) allowed.
Nebraska ranks fourth in conference play in field goal percentage defense (.376), while ranking second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.294).
During Nebraska's six-game winning streak, the Huskers are allowing just 58.5 points per game, while holding opponents to 37.1 percent shooting and 29.5 percent shooting from long range.
In non-conference play, the Huskers were allowing 60.2 points per game, while opponents were shooting 41.1 percent from the field, including 32.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
Big Ten, Huskers Ranking High in National RPI
The Big Ten is proving itself as an improved women's basketball conference in 2012-13. RealTimeRPI ranks the conference No. 2 nationally among all conferences, trailing only the Big 12 this season, ranking ahead of the Big East (3), SEC (4), ACC (5) and Pac-12 (6) among the top conferences in the nation.
Penn State (5), Purdue (13) and Nebraska (25) give the Big Ten three top-25 RPI teams, according to the official NCAA RPI rankings (Feb. 11). Michigan (29), Michigan State (30) and Iowa (33) provide the conference with six top-50 RPI squads. Illinois (54), Minnesota (71) and Ohio State (72) give the league nine top-75 schools, while Wisconsin (90) adds a 10th top-100 RPI team. Northwestern (107) and Indiana (184) round out the Big Ten contingent among the 345 NCAA Division I women's basketball schools.
Hooper, Moore Earn Spots on Wade, Naismith, Wooden Lists
Junior Jordan Hooper and senior Lindsey Moore are being mentioned among the top players in the nation in 2012-13, and are candidates for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden awards.
Hooper and Moore were among 25 college players named to the 2012-13 preseason Wade Watch List, announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Sept. 18. They joined each other on the Preseason Wooden Award Top 30 on Nov. 9. They appeared on their first national player-of-the-year watch list together last season, when they were both included in the Naismith Midseason 32 and they earned spots on the 2013 Naismith Trophy Preseason Top 50 on Nov. 15.
Hooper and Moore are the first Husker teammates in history named to any of the three major national player-of-the-year watch lists at the same time.
In 2011-12, Hooper was an Associated Press Honorable-Mention All-American, while earning WBCA All-Region 6 honors. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., was also one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, and a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament team after averaging 18.9 points and a Big Ten-best 9.3 rebounds per game.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of eight finalists for the 2012 Nancy Lieberman Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top point guard. Moore joined Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournment Team and was a second-team All-Big Ten choice. Moore ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in assists (5.1 apg), No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) and No. 7 in scoring (15.7 ppg).
Former Nebraska All-American Karen Jennings won the Wade Trophy in 1993, while All-American Kelsey Griffin was a finalist for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden awards in 2010.
Hooper, Moore Earn Preseason All-Big Ten Honors
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore captured All-Big Ten honors while the Huskers were picked to finish second in the conference, when preseason polls were announced by the Big Ten Oct. 25.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team by both the conference coaches and media. In 2011-12, Hooper was one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, while also earning Big Ten All-Tournament honors. She ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.3 ppg), while leading the Big Ten in both rebounding (9.3 rpg) and double-doubles (14) last season.
Moore, a 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of five preseason All-Big Ten picks by the conference media. Moore ranked No. 7 in the Big Ten in scoring (15.7 ppg), No. 2 in assists (5.1 apg) and No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) in 2011-12. Moore earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior, while joining Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Defending regular-season champion Penn State was the choice of the coaches and the media to win the 2013 Big Ten title. The Huskers were picked second in both polls, while Purdue was the coaches' selection to finish third. Ohio State was the media's choice to finish third.
Huskers Load Up 2012-13 Schedule
Nebraska's 31-game regular-season schedule features 19 games against 2012 postseason squads. NU's schedule is highlighted by 13 games against 2012 NCAA Tourament teams, including a matchup with Elite Eight qualifier Maryland and two games with NCAA Sweet 16 Penn State. The Huskers play three games against 2012 WNIT teams and three contests against WBI participants.
The Huskers also play seven games against six teams that won conference titles in 2012. Maryland headlines the list of conference champs after claiming the 2012 ACC Tournament title. The Terps finished with a 31-5 record at No. 6 in the AP poll. NU also faces Big Ten regular-season champ Penn State twice and Big Ten Tournament champ Purdue once. In non-conference play, the Huskers tangled with Big Sky Conference champ Idaho State, Missouri Valley Conference champ Creighton and Summit League Conference champ South Dakota State.
Big Red, Big Ten Schedule Strengths on the Rise
Nebraska's Strength of Schedule continues to climb according to RealTime RPI, which lists the Huskers' SOS No. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 23 nationally (as of Feb. 13). Overall, the Big Ten schedule strengths are impressive, including Penn State (11), Iowa (18), Purdue (19), Wisconsin (27), Illinois (28), Michigan (35), Minnesota (36), Northwestern (38), Ohio State (41), Michigan (48). The schedules of 10 Big Ten teams rank among the top 50 in the country. Michigan State (54) and Indiana (84) also rank easily in the top 25 percent nationally.
Nebraska is facing one of the toughest regular-season schedules in school history in 2012-13. NU's Strength of Schedule has ranked among the top 30 nationally in four of the past five seasons, and the Huskers have faced a top-25 schedule so far in 2012-13.
Nebraska has already played 13 games this season against teams that have produced 15 victories so far this year. Perhaps even more impressively, 21 of the Huskers' 24 games have come against teams that have already achieved double-digit win totals this season.
The Huskers have played 14 games against top 100 RPI teams and each of their remaining five Big Ten games are set to come against top 100 squads.
Injuries Continue to Slow Down Huskers
Nebraska's offseason featured a laundry list of injuries. NU's entire starting five played injured in the Huskers' NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas to end the 2011-12 season.
Emily Cady underwent offseason knee surgery, while Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample each took extended rest to recover from stress reactions in their legs following NU's four games in four days at the Big Ten Tournament. Cady entered the season as one of the healthiest Huskers, while Hooper and Sample were limited by injuries. Lindsey Moore was slowed by a reoccurring injury, while NU's lone center Adrianna Maurer tried to recover from major back surgery in January of 2012. Maurer announced the end of her basketball career at Nebraska on Jan. 7, 2013, because of continuing pain. Senior forward Meghin Williams has been limited in practice throughout her four-year career by foot injuries.
Freshman guard Rachel Theriot missed nearly three weeks of practice with a stress reaction in her foot, bringing the list of Huskers severely limited in practice to seven on a daily basis.
Nebraska's other freshmen, Courtney Aitken and Sadie Murren, and sophomores Brandi Jeffery, Tear'a Laudermill and Katie Simon were healthy throughout fall practice. However, Aitken has been wearing a walking boot on her foot since mid-December and has not played since Dec. 5. Jeffery did not play at Penn State Jan. 13 or against No. 25 Michigan State because of a foot injury. She returned for limited minutes off the bench against Illinois, both games against Minnesota and at Ohio State, but is still listed as day-to-day. Murren has missed seven games with a back injury and is also day-to-day.
NU's Four Returning Starters Solid for 57 Straight Games
After starting 33 consecutive games together in 2011-12, Nebraska's four returning starters Lindsey Moore (122), Jordan Hooper (88) and sophomores Emily Cady (57) and Hailie Sample (57) have started all 23 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 18 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 250 games.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper has climbed into a tie for third on Nebraska's career double-double list after producing her seventh of the 2012-13 season with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Indiana Jan. 10. It was Hooper's second straight double-double following a 15-point, 14-rebound effort against No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5. Hooper owns 24 career double-doubles, matching Nafeesah Brown on the NU career chart.
In non-conference play, Hooper notched 24 points and 14 rebounds in NU's win at South Florida on Dec. 16. It was Hooper's second straight double-double, after producing 36 points and 12 boards in a win over No. 24 Florida State on Dec. 8.
Hooper became just the seventh Husker in history to produce at least 20 career double-doubles, when she registered 29 points and 10 boards in NU's win over Idaho State on Dec. 1. Hooper added a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Sam Houston State Nov. 20, after notching her first double-double of the year with 12 points and 14 boards against Temple Nov. 11.
Hooper led the Big Ten and ranked among the top 25 players nationally with 14 double-doubles in 2011-12. Hooper, who produced double figures in 32 of Nebraska's 33 games, recorded 14 double-figure rebounding performances as a sophomore. Hooper's 14 double-doubles ranked as the third-highest single-season total in school history, trailing only first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin's 20 in 2009-10, and Nafeesah Brown's 16 in 1993-94. Griffin and Brown were both seniors when they produced their impressive double-figure totals.
Hooper became just the fifth player in Nebraska history to post double-figure double-doubles in a season, joining Griffin (10, 2006-07, 20, 2009-10), Brown (16, 1993-94), Karen Jennings (13, 1990-91, 13, 1991-92), Maurtice Ivy (10, 1985-86) and Carol Garey (10, 1978-79).
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game loss to No. 21 Purdue on March 4. She added 21 points and 10 rebounds against No. 14 Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals March 3, and 15 points and 10 boards in little more than a half against Iowa in the Big Ten quarterfinals on March 2.
Hooper produced arguably her most eye-popping double-double with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in NU's win over Wisconsin Feb. 19, 2012. Her 18 boards tied for the 12th-highest total in school history and were the most by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper added back-to-back double-doubles with 22 points and 15 rebounds against Iowa Jan. 26, and 12 points and 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 29. She notched double-doubles in a personal-best four straight games from Dec. 18, 2011 to Jan. 5, 2012.
Hooper Building Off Super Sophomore Campaign
Jordan Hooper became the first sophomore in school history to produce 600 points and 300 rebounds in the same season, finishing the 2011-12 campaign with 624 points and 306 boards. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., became just the fourth Husker ever to accomplish the feat.
Hooper, an honorable-mention AP All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten pick, set the Nebraska sophomore single-season scoring record with 624 points. She eclipsed the 609 points scored by Kiera Hardy in 2004-05. Hooper's 306 rebounds marked the third-highest total in school history by a sophomore, trailing only 372 by Janet Smith in 40 games in 1979-80) and 314 by Carol Garey in 36 games in 1978-79. Hooper's 9.3 rebounds per game matched Smith's sophomore record. Only one other sophomore in NU history - Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-81) scored 500 points and grabbed 250 boards.
Hooper's sophomore production was on a similar level to the two most productive seasons in school history. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner and a first-team All-American, produced 810 points and 319 rebounds in 32 games as a junior in 1991-92. Kelsey Griffin, a finalist for every national player-of-the-year award in 2010 and a first-team All-American, produced 685 points and 354 rebounds in 34 games as a senior.
Fastbreakers to Hold Husker Roundball Run, April 27
The Fastbreakers Booster Club will hold its first Husker Roundball Run in Lincoln on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 9 a.m. The event will include 5K and 1.5-mile runs to provide fun and fitness for fans and runners of all ages.
Adult registration fee is $30, while youth 13 and under can register for just $15. Entrants will receive an official Roundball Run T-shirt and a Husker party with continental breakfast and door prizes will be available following the events.
Fans can register on-line at www.huskers.com/donate. Entrants are encouraged to register by Monday, April 8 to guarantee T-shirt size requests.
Several sponsorships are also available to businesses and individuals. For more information about the Roundball Run, please contact the Kiley Abdouch at the Huskers Athletic Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fastbreakers Announce Backboard Event Schedule
The Fastbreakers Booster Club set the dates for three Backboard Events during the 2012-13 season. The events, which are held in the northwest corner of the upper concourse at the Devaney Center, tipped off on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m., 90 minutes before Nebraska's game against Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The second Backboard Event was held prior to Nebraska's Big Ten clash with Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tip time was 1 p.m., while the banquet began at 11:30 a.m.
This season's Backboard Events conclude with a luncheon prior to Nebraska's Big Ten regular-season finale with Penn State on March 3. The start times of the luncheon and game will be announced at a later date, after the Big Ten Network makes its television picks for the final two games of the season across the conference.
Each event is scheduled to begin 90 minutes prior to tip-off of each game and will feature a speaker from the women's basketball staff. The cost of each event is $15 per person, and spots must be reserved no later than one week in advance of the event, either on-line at www.Huskers.com/donate (online registration available for current Fastbreakers Club members only), by calling the Huskers Athletic Fund at (402) 472-2367.
Fastbreakers Announce Plans for Three Bus Trips
Fastbreakers followed the Huskers to their first road game of the season, when Nebraska took on South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D., on Sunday, Nov. 18. The Fastbreakers also took a bus to Omaha for Nebraska's annual clash with Creighton on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
The final road trip of the season is set for Nebraska's appearance at the Big Ten Tournament March 7-10 in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Fastbreakers will leave Lincoln for the Chicago area on Wednesday, March 6 and will return following the Huskers' appearance at the tournament. The cost of bus ride is $170, and does not include game tickets. Beverages on the bus are included in the price, but no meals are included.
For more details on the 2012-13 Fastbreaker Bus Trips, contact Doug Fry at email@example.com or call (402) 617-7039. All trips must be booked and paid for two weeks prior to departure.
Huskers, Big Ten Earn Top 25 Mention in Polls
Nebraska continues to receive votes in both major national polls, after having its school-record streak of 24 straight weeks listed in at least one of the major national top 25 polls snapped Jan. 14-15.
In the Big Ten, Penn State and Purdue have been ranked in the top 25 in every poll this season, while the Huskers spent 10 weeks in the USA Today top 25 and six weeks in the AP Poll. Ohio State appeared in every USA Today poll until dropping out Jan. 8. The Buckeyes slipped from the AP Poll on Dec. 17.
Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa have given the Big Ten seven different teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25 so far this season. Illinois (AP, Jan. 7) and Minnesota (USA, Nov. 20) give the balanced Big Ten nine teams that have received votes in at least one poll this season.
Nebraska non-conference opponents have also littered the polls this season, led by AP No. 7 Maryland and AP No. 19 Florida State. Creighton and South Florida have also received votes in numerous polls.
Yori's Huskers Own Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska has made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori's 11 seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers' 59-54 win over No. 25 Michigan State on Jan. 24, 2013, marked NU's 27th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori, including the second this season. Nebraska also knocked off then-No. 24 Florida State, 78-77, on Dec. 8, 2012. It was the Seminoles' first loss of the season.
The Huskers defeated No. 14 Ohio State (March 3, 2012), after knocking off the No. 8 Buckeyes (Feb. 26). The first win over OSU marked NU's sixth victory over a top-10 foe under Yori. Prior to Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers owned just one win over a top 10 opponent in school history.
NU produced five wins over AP Top 25 teams (at game time) in 2011-12, including a 93-89 triple overtime win at No. 15 Purdue (Feb. 2). The Huskers also knocked off No. 16 Penn State (Dec. 30) on the road in their first-ever Big Ten Conference game, while defeating No. 23 USC (Nov. 18) at the Devaney Center.
In 2009-10, the Huskers set the school single-season mark with eight wins over top-25 teams. NU's top-25 wins that season came against No. 5 LSU, No. 9 Baylor, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 Iowa State, No. 16 Iowa State and No. 22 UCLA. The win over No. 9 Baylor and freshman Brittney Griner, was Nebraska's first-ever road win over a top-10 team. The Huskers' three wins over top-10 foes in 2009-10, matched Nebraska's previous total from the previous 35 seasons.
The highest-ranked team Nebraska has ever defeated was the 2004-05 Baylor team that went on to win the national title. NU outlasted No. 2 BU, 103-99 in triple overtime on Jan. 12, 2005. The Huskers' 21-point win over No. 10 OSU on Feb. 3, 2010, marked NU's largest victory margin ever over a top-10 team. Nebraska's 29-point win over No. 14 Iowa State in 2005 was NU's largest victory margin in history over a top-25 foe. Nebraska's 56-45 win over No. 15 Texas at the Devaney Center in 2008 also marked the lowest point total ever allowed by the Huskers against a ranked opponent.
Before Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers had not defeated a top-10 team since a 73-67 win over No. 9 Iowa on Dec. 8, 1996, and had never beaten a top-five opponent.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
The Huskers produced a 13-3 record at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2011-12. Since the Devaney Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 386-129 (.750) in games played in the arena, including 144-87 (.623) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 122-33 (.787) 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 11-3 at the Devaney Center in 2012-13.
Big Ten Network Providing Major Exposure for Huskers
For the second consecutive season, Nebraska expects to have every regular-season and postseason game available in video form for Husker fans to follow all the action.
For the first time in school history in 2011-12, all 33 games played by the Huskers were delivered by national television or live video streams to Husker fans. In 2012-13, Nebraska is enjoying its highest level of national TV exposure in school history, while adding two outstanding alternative video streaming sources.
Overall, the Huskers will have 11 regular-season games televised nationally, including eight by the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com. Nebraska's battle with Purdue was televised nationally by CBS on Jan. 5, while the Huskers' clash with Penn State on Jan. 13 was carried live on ESPN2. NU's non-conference road game at USC (Nov. 23) was televised by the Pac-12 Network. Nebraska's final gam of the year at home against Penn State will be the final regular-season game carried by the Big Ten Network.
The Big Ten Network is distributing 10 other Nebraska women's basketball games through live video streams on BTN.com. For complete television and live-stream listings, visit Huskers.com. Fans can subscribe to BTN.com by visiting http://video.btn.com/allaccess. A yearly subscription for all Nebraska events on BTN.com is just $79.95. Fans can gain access to every Big Ten event stream for just $119.95 per year. Monthly subscriptions are also available. Two of NU's BTN.com games (Michigan State, Jan. 24; Minnesota, Feb. 3) were also televised live statewide in Nebraska by NET.
HuskersNside provides Husker fans more video streaming opportunities on the Internet. Nebraska's premium site on Huskers.com streamed NU's exhibition finale against Nebraska-Kearney (Nov. 4), before streaming the season opener against North Carolina A&T (Nov. 9). Non-conference home games against Northern Arizona (Nov. 16), Idaho State (Dec. 1), Florida State (Dec. 8) and Grambling State (Dec. 29) also were streamed through HuskersNside.
Nebraska's road games at South Dakota State (Nov. 18), Creighton (Dec. 5) and at South Florida (Dec. 16) all shared streams to HuskersNside subscribers. All three schools share NeuLion as an Internet partner. Monthly packages are available on HuskersNside for $12.95. Four-month passes are on sale for $39.95, while year-long passes are just $54.95.
Huskers Putting Up Top 10 3FG Numbers Again in 2012-13
Nebraska has hit 158 three-pointers through 24 games to rank as the seventh-most threes in school history. It marks the 10th consecutive year that Connie Yori's Nebraska teams have produced a top-10 total in three-pointers made. The Huskers' 6.6 threes per game rank second in the Big Ten and 50th nationally.
The Huskers have hit seven or more threes in a game 13 times in 24 contests in 2012-13, after hitting seven or more threes 17 times in 33 games last season. Nebraska has hit double-digit threes four times this year, including a season-high 12 in the Big Ten-opening win over Wisconsin on Jan. 2, and 11 threes against Oral Roberts and Northern Arizona. NU added 10 threes at Iowa on Feb. 11.
The 2011-12 Huskers produced a record-setting three-point season, connecting on 230 threes on a record 759 attempts. Nebraska led the Big Ten with 7.0 made threes per game, matching the school-record the Huskers set in 2010-11. Nebraska's 230 threes surpassed the 225 the 2009-10 Huskers hit. NU's 759 attempts shattered the previous school recored of 661 also set in 2009-10.
NU hit a 2011-12 season-best 14 three-pointers on 26 attempts against Mississippi Valley State, which marked the second-highest total in school history. It trailed only the 17 threes the Huskers hit against Vermont (17-33) to open the 2010-11 season. The Huskers hit double-digit threes four times last year.
Prior to 2009-10, the school-record for three-pointers made in a season was 173. Before Yori's arrival, no Husker team had hit more than 132 threes in a season, or attempted more than 437.
Hooper Leads Assault on Husker Three-Point Records
In addition to her impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Jordan Hooper has hit three-pointers at a record-breaking rate since her arrival at Nebraska. The 6-2 forward shattered the NU single-season freshman record with 67 threes (67-184, 36.4 percent) in 2010-11, and drained 67 more threes in 2011-12, which is the second-best total by a sophomore in Nebraska history. Hooper's 2011-12 season total trailed only Kiera Hardy's school-record total of 85 set as a sophomore in 2004-05.
In 88 career games, Hooper has hit 197 three-pointers to rank second on the Nebraska career list. Hardy (267 3FG, 2004-07) owns the Nebraska record.
In 2010-11, Hooper tied the Nebraska single-game record with seven three-pointers at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011. She scored 31 points against the Tigers, including 28 on six threes in the second half alone.
Hooper Plays Beast on Boards
Jordan Hooper led the Big Ten and ranked among the nation's top rebounders with 9.3 boards per game as a sophomore in 2011-12.
Her 18-rebound effort in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19 put her in rare company in the Nebraska record books, tying for the 12th-highest single-game total in school history. It also marked the best rebound total by a player in Coach Connie Yori's first 11 seasons at Nebraska. It was also the highest total by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 rebounds against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper's 18-board performance represented her third time in seven games with 15 or more rebounds. She became just the seventh player in Husker history to grab 15 or more rebounds three times in a career. and just the sixth Husker to pull down 15 or more boards three times in a season, joining Janet Smith, Carol Garey, Nafeesah Brown, Pyra Aarden and most recently, Keasha Cannon-Johnson (2001-02).
In back-to-back games last season, Hooper grabbed 15 rebounds in a win over Iowa (Jan. 26), before ripping down 16 boards in a victory at Illinois (Jan. 29). She joined Smith and Aarden as the only Huskers to pull down 15 or more boards in back-to-back games.
Pinnacle Bank Arena to Provide New Home to Huskers in 2013-14
Nebraska continues preparations to move into its new home for men's and women's basketball - Pinnacle Bank Arena - next season. Construction on the $179 million arena has marched ahead of schedule with favorable building conditions for more than a year.
The Huskers will continue to call the new Hendricks Training Complex home for practice, while the Nebraska volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics team will call the Devaney Center home for competition.
The arena project was approved by voters in May 2010. Pinnacle Bank Arena is expected to open in the fall of 2013. Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will be the primary tenants of the 470,400-square-foot facility, which can hold nearly 15,000 fans for Husker hoops.
As the exclusive sponsor of the arena and arena site, the new arena website will be PinnacleBankArena.com. The agreement also calls for Pinnacle Bank to receive: three exterior signs; the Pinnacle Bank Arena logo on the center-hung scoreboard, public exterior doors and adjacent light pole banners; signs on the main and upper concourses; use of a center court suite and use of the arena for two days per year; and three locations for ATM machines in the arena.
Husker Sports Network, Huskers.com Carries NU World-Wide
The Husker Sports Network and Nebraska women's basketball have teamed up for well over a decade to take every game, home and away, around the world for free on Huskers.com.
In addition to carrying every women's basketball free on Huskers.com, the Husker Sports Network flagship stations B107.3 FM-KBBK (Lincoln) and The Wolf 93.3 FM-KFFF (Omaha) provide strong FM signals for Husker women's basketball and volleyball. 880-AM-KRVN (Lexington) also provides a huge AM signal statewide in central Nebraska, while more than 20 stations have joined the Husker Sports Network's women's basketball coverage across the state.
The Husker Sports Network is in its 18th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of Nebraska women's basketball in 2011-12. Women's basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch are in their 12th year together as the Huskers' broadcast team.
Catch Coach Yori's Radio Show on the Husker Sports Network
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori will appear on the Husker Sports Network regularly throughout the season with host Matt Coatney for the Connie Yori Radio Show. The show will begin with a regular, one-hour segment on the popular Sports Nightly Radio Show in December. The show will air regularly on either Monday or Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., depending on conflicts with other live events on the network. A tentative schedule for the show can be found below.
Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show
The Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show is back for its 11th season in 2012-13, providing in-depth analysis and outstanding features in the year-long coverage of Nebraska women's basketball. Coach Yori and host Jeff Griesch will discuss the highlights, which begins in November and continues throughout the season. The show will be available on Time Warner Cable On-Demand this season, and also will be available free world-wide on Huskers.com.
My TV (10.2/11.2) will distribute the show in Lincoln and Grand Island, while Huskers.com will have new shows available on Tuesdays during the season.
Spencer Municipal Utilities in Spencer, Iowa, will also carry the show on SMU-3, each Thursday at 10 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 10 p.m. each week. The first Connie Yori Show will be available on Huskers.com on Thursday, Nov. 8. Shows throughout the season will be available on Huskers.com on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 25, Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and either March 12 or March 19. There will be no show on Dec. 18, Jan. 1 or Feb. 12.
Havers, Tvrdy, Ramacieri Feel at Home as Huskers
Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori announced the signing of three talented prep stars to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to join the Huskers for the 2013-14 season.
Allie Havers, Hannah Tvrdy and Esther Ramacieri will join the Huskers in 2013-14 hoping to continue Nebraska's tradition of postseason play. Havers, a 6-5 senior forward from Mattawan High School in Michigan, will bring outstanding height, length and athleticism to the Huskers. Tvrdy, one of the winningest players in Nebraska High School history from prep power Seward, adds another player with a point guard's mentality to the Husker backcourt. Ramacieri adds international flavor to the Husker class, as the fourth Canadian to sign with Nebraska in 11 seasons under Yori.
"We're excited about the addition of Hannah, Allie, and Esther to our Husker family," Yori said. "They all are hard-working kids who fit in our system both on and off the court."