Huskers Battle Buckeyes in Big Ten Semifinals
#24/#24 (6) Nebraska Cornhuskers (23-7, 10-6 Big Ten)
vs. #14/#16 (3) Ohio State Buckeyes (25-5, 11-5 Big Ten)
2012 Big Ten Conference Tournament (March 1-4)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, Ind.
Big Ten Semifinal Game 1: Saturday, March 3, (4 p.m. CT)
Live Television: Big Ten Network (Tom Hart-PBP; Mary Murphy-Analyst)
Radio: Husker Sports Network (B107.3 FM-Lincoln; 93.3 FM-Omaha)
Free Internet Audio: Huskers.com
Huskers Battle Buckeyes in Big Ten Semifinals
The No. 24 Nebraska women's basketball team continues play in its first Big Ten Tournament by battling No. 14 Ohio State for the second time in seven days on Saturday, March 3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
Tip-off between the sixth-seeded Huskers (23-7, 10-6 Big Ten) and the second-seeded Buckeyes (25-5, 11-5 Big Ten) is set for 4 p.m. (central) on Saturday.
The Big Ten Network will televise the game live nationally with Tom Hart and Mary Murphy on the call, while Lisa Byington will provide sideline reports. Both semifinals games will be televised by BTN, including Saturday's second game between top-seeded Penn State and fourth-seeded Purdue. Sunday's championship game will be televised live nationally by ESPN2 on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. (central).
Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will be on the radio call with flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln and The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha for the Huskers throughout the tournament as part of Nebraska's 25-station radio network. Free live audio also will be available worldwide on Huskers.com.
Nebraska closed the regular season with an impressive 71-57 victory over then-No. 8 Ohio State at the Devaney Center on Sunday, Feb. 26. NU freshman Emily Cady matched her career high with 24 points against the Buckeyes to lead the Huskers. The only other 20-point game of Cady's career came with 24 points in Ohio State's 14-point win in Columbus on Jan. 19. The Big Ten All-Freshman Team pick is coming off her second career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in NU's 80-68 quarterfinal win over Iowa Friday.
First-team All-Big Ten forward Jordan Hooper added a double-double of her own with 15 points and 10 rebounds despite playing just two minutes in the first half against the Hawkeyes. In two tournament games, Hooper has produced 33 points and 16 rebounds in just 37 minutes.
Second-team All-Big Ten point guard Lindsey Moore led Nebraska with 26 points, six assists and five steals against the Hawkeyes. Moore is averaging 20 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals in two tournament wins. The 5-9 junior from Covington, Wash., joins Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis as one of eight finalists nationally for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented to the nation's top point guard.
#24 Nebraska Cornhuskers (23-7, 10-6 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 3.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 10.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - So. - F - 18.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 15.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
5 - Kaitlyn Burke - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 5.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Off the Bench
33 - Rebecca Woodberry - 5-10 - RFr. - G - 5.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg
11 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 4.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 3.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - RFr. - F - 2.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 2.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
10th Season at NU (189-124); 22nd Season Overall (384-264)
#14 Ohio State (25-5, 11-5 Big Ten)
1 - Kalpana Beach - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 5.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg
33 - Ashley Adams - 6-5 - So. - C - 7.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg
3 - Amber Stokes - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 7.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg
4 - Tayler Hill - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 20.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg
21 - Samantha Prahalis - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 20.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Off the Bench
22 - Darryce Moore - 6-2 - So. - C - 5.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg
31 - Raven Ferguson - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 3.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg
50 - Emilee Harmon - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 2.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg
25 - Amy Scullion - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 2.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg
12 - Maleeka Kynard - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 1.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg
15 - Aleksandra Dobranic - 6-4 - So. - C - 1.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg
23 - Martina Ellerbe - 6-2 - So. - F - 1.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg
11 - Shelbi Honeycutt - 5-10 - Fr. - G - 0.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg
Head Coach: Jim Foster (Temple, 1980)
10th Season at Ohio State (261-67); 34th Season Overall (765-292)
Four Games in Seven Days a First for Yori's Huskers
Nebraska's game against Ohio State will mark the first time in Coach Connie Yori's 10 seasons in Lincoln that the Huskers will play four games in a seven-day stretch. NU's current playing week began on Sunday, Feb. 26 with a 71-57 win over No. 8 Ohio State at the Devaney Center in Lincoln. It continued with an 88-56 win over Northwestern on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Big Ten first round. The Huskers continued their perfect week with an 80-68 run past Iowa in Friday's quarterfinals to set up today's matchup with the No. 14 Buckeyes.
The last time Nebraska played four games in a seven-day span came in 2001-02. Coach Paul Sanderford's Huskers played three games in three days at the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico with wins over Colgate (Nov. 23) and Northern Iowa (Nov. 24) before suffering a loss to Tulane (Nov. 25). NU returned home to defeat Texas Southern on Nov. 29.
The last time Nebraska played five games in eight days came in 1994-95 when the Huskers played Indiana State (Dec. 3) and UW-Milwaukee (Dec. 4) at the Duke Invitational, before facing Buffalo at home Dec. 6. The Huskers returned to the road to knock off Michigan (Dec. 8) before beating Bowling Green in Lincoln (Dec. 10).
Huskers Shoot for 24th Win Against Buckeyes
Nebraska's second-round Big Ten Tournament win over Iowa pushed the Huskers' season victory total to 23, which put the 2011-12 Huskers in a tie for second place on NU's single-season wins list.
A win on Saturday over No. 14 Ohio State would give Nebraska its 24th win and place the 2011-12 Huskers all alone in second among all-time Husker teams, trailing only the 32-2 2009-10 Huskers. Nebraska, which has produced 13 20-win seasons in school history, owns four 20-win campaigns over the past six years under Coach Connie Yori.
Other than the Huskers' 32-win campaign two seasons ago, the last time Nebraska had reached 23 wins was in 1997-98. A win today would also give Nebraska 69 wins over the last three years, an average of of 23 victories per year.
Huskers Making Tourney Run in First Big Ten Season
Nebraska is hoping to leave a lasting impression in its first Big Ten Conference Tournament appearance in 2012. The Huskers entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed and claimed the tournament's first upset but knocking off third-seeded Iowa to advance to Saturday's semifinals against No. 2 seed Ohio State.
At 2-0, the Huskers have won two conference tournament games for the first time since the 2000 Big 12 Tournament, when Coach Paul Sanderford's Huskers knocked off Baylor and Kansas to advance to the semifinals against Iowa State at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
The Huskers' most recent conference semifinal appearance came in 2010, when Coach Connie Yori's Nebraska team earned a bye as the tournament's No. 1 seed and defeated Kansas State in the quarterfinals. With a 30-0 record, NU dropped an 80-70 decision to Texas A&M in the semifinals. The last time Nebraska advanced to a conference tournament championship game came in 1993, when Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings led the Huskers to the Big Eight title game in Salina, Kan. NU lost to the Jayhawks, 64-60.
Nebraska has never won a conference tournament title. The Huskers have played in conference tournaments in Salina, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., Dallas, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Okla., since their last championship game bid.
Huskers Lock Up 10 Wins in First Big Ten Season
Nebraska notched its 10th Big Ten win of the season with its 71-57 victory over No. 8 Ohio State at the Devaney Center Feb. 26. The victory put the 2011-12 Huskers in elite company in Nebraska women's basketball history as just the seventh NU team to produce 10 conference wins in a season. While it has only happened seven times in school history, Coach Connie Yori's Huskers have managed the feat three times in the past six years.
Yori's 2009-10 Huskers rolled to a perfect 16-0 record in Big 12 play to capture the conference title on their way to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16. In 2006-07, Yori's Huskers went 10-6 in the Big 12 on their way to the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska's 10-6 conference record also ties for the fifth-best conference winning percentage by a Husker team in school history, matching the 2006-07 and 1999-00 squads. Like the current 16-game regular-season Big Ten format, Nebraska played a 16-game regular-season schedule for 15 years as Big 12 Conference members. The Huskers achieved 10 or more victories four times during that span.
Husker Starting Five Solid for 30 Straight Games
Nebraska has put the same starting five on the floor for 30 consecutive games in 2011-12, a miraculous feat considering the injuries the Huskers battled last season on their way to a 13-18 season.
Senior Kaitlyn Burke, junior Lindsey Moore, sophomore Jordan Hooper and freshmen Emily Cady and Hailie Sample have composed NU's starting five each game this season. While the Husker starters have not missed games this season, they have fought through injuries to stay on the floor.
Moore, who is averaging 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two Big Ten Tournament games, has dealt with a bone bruise near her knee since suffering it late in the Northwestern game on Feb. 16. Cady, who is averaging 8.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in tournament play, twisted her knee in the second half of Nebraska's win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19. She was questionable for the game at Michigan State Feb. 23, but has played through pain and stiffness for the last four games. Burke, who was granted a medical redshirt after being knocked out with multiple injuries in 2009-10, has dealth with foot and leg injuries throughout the last two seasons.
A consistent lineup throughout a full season is a rarity in college basketball, as five or 10 teams per season among the nearly 350 NCAA Division I teams are usually fortunate enough to keep the same five on the floor. It is the third time in 10 seasons that Coacch Connie Yori's Huskers have accomplished the feat.
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.
Huskers Showing Major Gains from 2010-11
Nebraska could contend for honors as one of the nation's most improved teams in 2011-12. The Huskers, who enter the Big Ten Tournament semifinals at 23-7 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten, have won 10 more games overall and seven more conference games than they did a year ago when they finished 13-18 and 3-13 in the Big 12.
Scouting The No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes
Coach Jim Foster brings Ohio State to Big Ten semifinals in search of its 26th win of the season while fighting for another trip to the Big Ten Championship Game. The Buckeyes have won six regular-season titles in Foster's first 10 seasons in Columbus, and also own four tournament titles in his first nine trips.
OSU has won 20 or more games each of Foster's 10 seasons at the school. Last year, Ohio State advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 after winning its third straight Big Ten Tournament title. Foster has led Ohio State to three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.
Foster spent his 11 previous seasons at Vanderbilt, where he led the Commodores to eight NCAA Sweet 16 bids, including five Elite Eights and an NCAA Final Four trip in 1993. Overall, in his 34th season as a head coach, Foster owns 764 wins and has led 25 teams to the NCAA Tournament, including six straight trips at St. Joseph's.
The No. 14 Buckeyes enter Saturday's semifinal game with a 25-5 overall record after producing an 11-5 Big Ten mark. They earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament and opened Friday with a 57-48 quarterfinal win over seventh-seeded Ohio State. OSU closed the regular season a perfect 19-0 at home, but the Buckeyes are just 6-5 away from home, including a 71-57 road loss at Nebraska on Feb. 26.
Although Ohio State owns one of the Big Ten's best offenses at 75.5 points per game, the Buckeyes have scored 57 points in back-to-back contests - the only times this season OSU has failed to score 60.
The Buckeyes are one of the most efficient shooting teams in the Big Ten, 46.4 percent from the field. OSU is also hitting 36.7 percent of its threes and 74.7 percent of its free throws.
The Buckeyes feature two of the Big Ten's most dynamic offensive players in guards Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis. Hill, a 5-10 junior from Minneapolis, Minn., leads the Big Ten in scoring with 20.7 points per game. She is shooting a sizzling 42.9 percent (79-184) from long range and is explosive to the hoop off the dribble. She is also an excellent free throw shooter who gets to the line a lot.
Prahalis joins Nebraska's Lindsey Moore as one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented to the nation's top collegiate point guard. Prahalis ranks second in the conference in scoring with 20.0 points per game, while leading the league with 6.2 assists per game. Prahalis put up the best individual scoring performance by a Big Ten player this season with 42 points in OSU's home finale against Minnesota Feb. 23. She hit 15-of-27 shots from the field, including 7-of-12 three-pointers. Hill and Prahalis have combined for 140 three-pointers this season and are shooting a combined 39.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Amber Stokes, a 5-10 junior guard rounds out OSU's starting backcourt by averaging 7.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Ashley Adams, a 6-5 sophomore center, has pitched in 7.1 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game, while leading the Buckeyes with 85 blocked shots.
Freshman Kalpana Beach, a 6-1 forward, rounds out OSU's starting five by averaging 5.2 points and 4.8 boards per game. Darryce Moore, a 6-2 sophomore center, has also earned a pair of starts and is Ohio State's top player off the bench with 5.4 points and 3.7 boards per game. Moore also shoots a team-best 58.7 percent from the field.
Raven Ferguson, a 5-11 freshman guard from Columbus, Ohio, has hit 15-of-40 threes while averaging 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game off the bench. Martina Ellerbe, a 6-2 sophomore forward (1.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg) and 5-7 freshman guard Maleeka Kynard (1.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg) round out the regular contributors for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 4-3, but the Huskers won the last meeting, 71-57 in Lincoln, six days ago in the regular-season finale. The NU win, which was sparked by 24 points from Emily Cady, snapped Ohio State's four-game series winning streak. OSU ran to an 82-68 win over the Huskers in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 19. Cady scored a career-high 24 points to go along with seven rebounds to lead the Huskers, while Jordan Hooper added 19 points and 14 rebounds. Lindsey Moore pitched in 13 points and six assists, but the rest of the Huskers combined for just 12 points.
Hill led five Buckeyes in double figures with 21 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, while Prahalis added 19 points and nine assists. Ashley Adams contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds inside, while Stokes pitched in 12 points. OSU attempted just four three-pointers in the game and made three of them, while going 32-of-61 from the floor.
OSU escaped the Devaney Center with a 69-65 victory on Dec. 6, 2008. In Coach Connie Yori's second season at Nebraska, the Huskers posted a 60-55 win over the No. 13 Buckeyes at the Devaney Center. Nebraska won the first meeting between the schools, 63-54, in Columbus on Dec. 2, 1990. OSU ran to an 86-61 win over NU in Columbus, Dec. 11, 2004, and defeated the Huskers at Ohio State, 86-74, Dec. 22, 2007.
Hooper, Moore Named to Naismith Trophy Midseason 32
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore earned spots on the 2012 Naismith Trophy Midseason 32 when the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced its women's basketball national player-of-the-year candidates on Wednesday.
The two most dangerous weapons on Nebraska's top-25 team, Hooper and Moore rank among the top eight players in the Big Ten Conference in scoring. Hooper, who ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring at 18.9 points per game, also leads the conference in rebounding with 9.2 boards per game. She is also tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 2.2 made threes per game. Moore ranks eighth in scoring (15.7 ppg), while ranking second in the Big Ten with 5.1 assists per contest. She also ranks sixth in the conference with 2.3 steals per game.
Nebraska's dynamic duo becomes the first pair of Husker teammates in history to earn spots on the same national player-of-the-year watch list. Nebraska is one of just 10 teams nationally with two or more players on the Naismith Midseason Top 32, joining fellow Big Ten schools Penn State and Ohio State, along with Notre Dame (3), Baylor, Connecticut, Tennessee, Stanford, Duke and Miami.
Hooper, a 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., earned one of five spots on the first-team All-Big Ten squad earlier this week. She leads the Big Ten with 12 double-doubles on the season, while ranking 26th nationally in scoring and 43rd in NCAA Division I statistics in rebounding. Hooper, who earlier this year was named to the State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List, is one of just seven sophomores nationally on the Naismith Trophy Midseason 32.
The two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year has helped her homestate Huskers to a 23-7 overall record this season, including a 10-6 Big Ten mark. She has produced a trio of 30-point performances - all in a four-game stretch, including a 31-point, 11-rebound effort in a win at Big Ten champion Penn State Dec. 30. She owns 13 20-point games this year, including 27 points in NU's triple-overtime victory at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2.
In addition to becoming just the second player in Nebraska history to score 30 points three times in a four-game stretch, she became just the seventh player in Husker history to grab 15 or more rebounds three times in a career. Hooper accomplished the feat three times in a seven-game stretch, including a 19-point, 18-rebound effort in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19. Hooper's 18 rebounds marked the highest total by a Husker since 1999. All three of her 15-rebound efforts came in Big Ten play.
Hooper became the first sophomore in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000-point plateau when she had 18 points in just 16 minutes in NU's first-round Big Ten Tournament win over Northwestern Thursday. She added her 12th double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 boards in just 21 minutes in NU's quarterfinal win over Iowa. She enters the Ohio State game with 1,021 points. She is one of just seven players in NU history with 500 points and 250 rebounds in a season.
Moore, a 5-9 junior point guard from Covington, Wash., earned one of five spots on the second-team All-Big Ten team on Monday. The 2011 honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick was also a 2010 Big 12 All-Freshman selection for the Huskers. In 2009-10, Moore became the first freshman point guard in NCAA Division I history to start every game for a team that went undefeated in the regular season. Moore helped the Huskers to a 29-0 regular-season record and the 2010 Big 12 title while playing alongside with 2010 Naismith National Player-of-the-Year finalist and first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin. Moore, who has started 95 consecutive games as Nebraska's point guard since arriving in Lincoln as a Parade All-American and 2009 Washington High School Player of the Year, ranks No. 17 all-time at Nebraska with 1,113 points. She also ranks No. 4 in career assists with 490 and No. 8 with 119 career three-pointers made.
Hooper Earns Spot on Wade Watch List
Sophomore Jordan Hooper was one of eight players added to the State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List announced on Feb. 7. Hooper, who is one of six sophomores on the list of 33 national player-of-the-year candidates, ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (18.9 ppg) and first in rebounding (9.2 rpg).
The first-team All-Big Ten selection has scored at an unprecedented rate in Nebraska history since arriving from Alliance last season. The 6-2 forward has produced 1,021 career points, producing double figures in 29 of 30 games this season. Hooper owns a Big Ten-leading 12 double-doubles and has a chance to become just the fourth player in school history to score 600 points and grab 300 rebounds in the same season.
Moore Named Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist
Nebraska's Lindsey Moore was recently named one of eight finalists for the 13th Annual Nancy Lieberman Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate point guard. Moore is Nebraska's first-ever Nancy Lieberman Award finalist.
Moore, a 5-9 junior from Covington, Wash., ranks among the nation's top all-around guards. The three-year starter for the Huskers ranks eighth in the conference in scoring (15.7 ppg), second in assists (5.1 apg) and sixth in steals (2.3 spg). She also ranks 10th in the Big Ten with her 80.5 free throw percentage. She earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches and media as one of the top 10 players in the league.
Last season, Moore was honorable-mention All-Big 12 as a sophomore by averaging 14.1 points, 5.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game. As a true freshman in 2009-10, Moore was the starting point guard on a Nebraska team that rolled to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and claimed the 2010 Big 12 Conference title. She became the first freshman point guard in NCAA Division I history to lead her team to an unbeaten regular season. The Huskers finished with a 32-2 overall record and advanced to Nebraska's first-ever NCAA Sweet 16.
Moore, who has started 95 consecutive games for the Huskers since earning Parade High School All-America honors at Kentwood High School in Washington, ranks 17th in Nebraska history with 1,113 points. She also ranks fourth in Husker history with 490 assists, and eighth in the NU record book with 119 career three-pointers.
The list of Nancy Lieberman Award finalists was chosen by sportswriters from across the country, and the award will be presented by the Rotary Club of Detroit. The list of finalists will be narrowed to three players and the winner will be announced at the NCAA Women's Final Four weekend in Denver, Colo., April 1-3. The award will be officially presented at a noon luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club on April 18.
Hooper Leads First Huskers on All-Big Ten Teams
Sophomore Jordan Hooper became Nebraska's first first-team All-Big Ten award winner in women's basketball when she was named to the five-player all-conference team by both the coaches and media on Monday.
Hooper was joined on the all-conference teams by Husker teammates Lindsey Moore (2nd), Emily Cady (HM, All-Freshman) and Kaitlyn Burke (Sportsmanship). While all of the honors are Nebraska's first conference honors in the Big Ten, they mark the ninth consecutive season that the Huskers have claimed multiple all-conference awards under Coach Connie Yori.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., is the Big Ten's No. 1 rebounder (9.2 rpg) and No. 4 scorer (18.9 ppg). She has helped the Huskers to a 23-7 record that included a 10-6 Big Ten mark.
Hooper is the first Husker to win first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore since Kelsey Griffin in 2006-07. Griffin went on to be a three-time first-team All-Big 12 pick and a 2010 first-team All-American as a 6-2 forward.
Hooper is just the fifth Husker sophomore in history to claim first-team all-conference accolades, joining Griffin, Kiera Hardy (Big 12, 2005), Karen Jennings (Big Eight, 1991) and Maurtice Ivy (Big Eight, 1986). Hooper also claimed a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2011.
Hooper was joined among Nebraska's All-Big Ten honorees by Moore. The 5-9 junior point guard from Covington, Wash., captured second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and media while averaging 15.7 points, 5.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game on the year. She ranks eighth in the conference in scoring, second in assists and sixth in the steals.
It marked the third all-conference award of Moore's career, after earning honorable-mention All-Big 12 recognition a year ago, and a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2009-10.
Cady captured Nebraska's first-ever spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by producing 10.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game to go along with a team-leading 25 blocked shots on the season. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., increased her production in Big Ten play by averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in regular-season conference play.
Cady also earned a spot on the honorable-mention All-Big Ten team from the conference media. She becomes the first Husker freshman since Meggan Yedsena in 1991 to earn a spot on an overall all-conference team. Yedsena is the only Husker in history to earn four spots on all-conference teams. Yedsena claimed honorable-mention All-Big Eight accolades in 1991, before capturing three second-team awards in 1992, 1993 and 1994.
Burke rounded out the list of Husker award winners on their inaugural All-Big Ten squads by earning a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The 5-7 senior guard from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was one of two Big Ten women's basketball players among 30 national candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Burke is also the President of Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a regular academic all-conference selection. She ranks No. 2 at Nebraska in career games played and ranks ninth in career three-pointers made.
Hooper Joins Elite Group with 500-Point, 250-Rebound Season
Jordan Hooper became the second sophomore in school history to score 500 points and grab 250 rebounds in a season on her way to first-team All-Big Ten honors this year. She enters the Ohio State game with 567 points and 277 rebounds in 30 games in 2011-12.
The only other Husker sophomore in history to accomplish the feat was Kathy Hagerstrom with 545 points and 271 rebounds in 31 games in 1980-81.
Hooper is just the seventh player (eighth time) in any Husker class to reach 500 points and 250 rebounds in the same season. Kelsey Griffin reached the milestones most recently with 685 points and 354 rebounds in 34 games as a senior in 2009-10. Griffin was a first-team All-American and the No. 3 pick in the WNBA Draft.
Prior to Griffin's super season, All-American and two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge scored 611 points and pulled down 260 rebounds in 33 games as a senior in 1997-98. Nafeesah Brown also accomplished the feat with 605 points and 303 rebounds in 30 games as a senior in 1993-94.
Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner, produced 810 points and 319 rebounds in 32 games as a junior, while Diane DelVigna is the only Husker to reach the marks twice with 787 points and 285 rebounds in 40 games as a senior in 1979-80, after recording 646 points and 257 rebounds in 35 games as a junior in 1978-79.
Hooper Becomes First Nebraska Sophomore To Score 1,000
Jordan Hooper pumped in 18 points in a career-low 16 minutes in Nebraska's 88-56 first-round Big Ten Tournament win over Northwestern on Thursday to become the first sophomore in Husker history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in a career. She did it in her 60th career game. Hooper increased her career point total to 1,021 with 15 points and 10 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the year in Friday's quarterfinal win over Iowa. Hooper ranks 27th on the Husker career scoring list and needs 14 points to catch Alexa Johnson in 26th (1,035, 2001-04) and 15 to catch Stacy Imming in 25th (1,036, 1984-87) on the career list.
Hooper joined junior teammate Lindsey Moore as active members of the 1,000-point club. Hooper is the 12th native Nebraskan in the group and the second player from Alliance, Neb., joining Amy Stephens (1,976, 1986-89). Only two other towns in Nebraska have produced multiple 1,000-point scorers with Omaha supplying Maurtice Ivy (2,131, 1985-88), Janet Smith (1,284, 1979-82) and Yvonne Turner (1,101, 2007-10) and Lincoln providing Jan Crouch (1,183, 1976-79) and Dominique Kelley (1,107, 2008-11).
Moore Climbing Nebraska Career Scoring List
Lindsey Moore has climbed to No. 17 on NU's career list with 1,113 points and needs just three points to catch former Husker point guard Meggan Yedsena (1991-94) in 16th on the all-time list at 1,116. Moore passed Nafeesah Brown, Ann Halsne and former teammates Dominique Kelley and Yvonne Turner on the career scoring list on Friday.
Moore, who achieved the 1,000-point mark in her 87th career game, became the 27th player in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the Huskers' 93-89 3OT win at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2. Moore's 27-footer from the left wing in the third overtime gave NU a two possession lead on its way to victory, and pushed Moore to 1,001 career points. She added a pair of free throws to help seal the win. Moore finished the night with 26 points.
Burke Ready to Move to No. 2 in Games Played at Nebraska
Senior Kaitlyn Burke moved into sole possession of second on Nebraska's career games played list by playing in her 131st game as a Husker on Friday against Iowa.
Burke moved ahead of former teammate Cory Montgomery (2007-10) and Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-83). The NU record for career games played is held by Janet Smith (1979-82) with 136.
Burke, who has started 32 consecutive games including 30 straight this year, owns 78 career starts in her five seasons at Nebraska.
Hooper Putting Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper leads the Big Ten and ranks among the top 40 players nationally with 12 double-doubles through 30 games in 2011-12. Hooper, who has produced double figures in 29 of Nebraska's 30 games this season, also owns 12 double-figure rebounding performances this year.
The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., produced her most recent double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in little more than a half of Nebraska's 80-68 win over Iowa in Friday's Big Ten quarterfinals.
Hooper's last regular-season double-double came with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in Nebraska's win over Wisconsin Feb. 19. Hooper's 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. Earlier this season, Hooper notched double-doubles in four straight games from Dec. 18 to Jan. 5.
Hooper is just the fifth player in Nebraska history to notch double-figure double-doubles in a season. National Player-of-the-Year finalist Kelsey Griffin set a school record with 20 double-doubles as a senior in 2009-10 to finish with a school-record 40 career double-doubles. Griffin also produced 10 double-doubles as a sophomore in 2006-07.
Nebraska's 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings produced back-to-back seasons with 13 double-doubles as a sophomore (1990-91) and junior (1991-92) on her way to 36 career double-doubles. Jennings' double-double totals are school class records for both sophomores and juniors at NU.
Nafeesah Brown added 16 double-doubles as a senior 1993-94, the second-highest season total in Nebraska history, while her 24 career double-doubles in just two seasons rank third. Carol Garey is the only other player at Nebraska with 10 double-doubles in a season. She accomplished the feat in 1978-79.
With 15 double-doubles in the first 61 games of her career, Hooper already ranks eighth in school history in career double-doubles. She needs two more to match two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge in seventh on the Husker career chart with 18. DeForge was an All-Star with the Indiana Fever.
Hooper's Three 15-Board Efforts Rare in Husker History
Jordan Hooper's 18-rebound performance in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19 put her in rare company in the Nebraska record books. Hooper's huge effort on the boards tied for the 12th-highest single-game total in school history and the most rebounds by a player in Coach Connie Yori's 10 seasons at Nebraska. It also marked the highest total by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 rebounds against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper's board work against the Badgers represented her third game with 15 or more rebounds in Nebraska's last nine contests. To give those numbers some perspective, Hooper became just the seventh player in Husker history to grab 15 or more rebounds three times in a career. Hooper is just the sixth player in Nebraska history to pull down 15 or more boards three times in the same season, joining Janet Smith, Carol Garey, Nafeesah Brown, Pyra Aarden and most recently, Keasha Cannon-Johnson (2001-02).
Smith, who grabbed at least 15 rebounds 18 times in her career, grabbed 15 or more on 10 occasions in 1980-81. However, only three of those were against NCAA Division I opponents. Smith also grabbed 15 threes times in 1978-79 and 1979-80, with all of those coming against Division I teams. Carol Garey pulled down 15 or more boards five times in 1978-79, but only three times against Division I foes.
No Nebraska player has ever grabbed 15 rebounds four times in the same season against Division I competition.
Jordan Hooper produced one of the best weeks on the glass in Nebraska history with her 15-rebound effort against Iowa Jan. 26, followed by a career-high 16-rebound performance at Illinois on Jan. 29. Hooper is just the third Husker to grab 15 or more boards in back-to-back games, joining Janet Smith and Pyra Aarden. Aarden was the last Husker to pull down 15 or more in consecutive games with 20 rebounds against Bowling Green on Dec. 10, 1994, followed by 15 rebounds against Northern Iowa on Dec. 18, 1994. Janet Smith, Nebraska's all-time rebounding leader, pulled down 15 or more rebounds a school-record 18 times in her career, including 10 times in 1980-81. Smith grabbed 15 or more in back-to-back games on two occasions in 1980-81, first with 18 rebounds in a home win over Northwest Missouri State (Jan. 28) and then 21 boards against South Dakota (Jan. 30) with both games at the Devaney Center. In the return trips to the same schools she pulled down 17 rebounds at USD (Feb. 14) and Northwest Missouri State (Feb. 17) in consecutive games.
No player in Nebraska history has ever recorded 15 or more rebounds in three consecutive games.
Huskers Earn Spot in AP Top 25 for 12th Straight Week
Nebraska remained in the Associated Press Top 25 for the 12th straight week, coming in at No. 24 in poll released on Monday, Feb. 27. Nebraska is one of four Big Ten teams in the AP Top 25, joining Penn State (9th), Ohio State (14th) and Purdue (20th), while Iowa also received votes in the poll this week.
The Huskers, who achieved a No. 4 ranking in the final 2010 AP Poll, spent one week at No. 24 in the AP rankings in 2010-11 (Nov. 29, 2010).