#24/#24 (6) Nebraska Cornhuskers (24-7, 10-6 Big Ten)
vs. #21/#25 (4) Purdue Boilermakers (23-8, 11-5 Big Ten)
2012 Big Ten Conference Tournament (March 1-4)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, Ind. •
Big Ten Championship Game: Sunday, March 4, 3 p.m. (CT)
Live Television: ESPN2 (Dave O'Brien-PBP; Stephanie White-Analyst)
Radio: Husker Sports Network (25 stations, including flagships B107.3 FM-Lincoln; 93.3 FM-Omaha; 880 AM-KRVN Lexington)
Free Internet Audio: Huskers.com
Huskers Battle Boilermakers for Big Ten Title Sunday in Indy
The No. 24 Nebraska women's basketball team takes aim at its first-ever conference tournament title when the Huskers battle No. 21 Purdue in the Big Ten Championship Game on Sunday, March 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
Tip-off between the sixth-seeded Huskers (24-7, 10-6 Big Ten) and the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (23-8, 11-5 Big Ten) is set for 3 p.m. (central) on Sunday, as Nebraska tries to become the first No. 6 seed to win a Big Ten title.
The game will be televised live nationally by ESPN2 with Dave O'Brien and Stephanie White on the call.
Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will be on the radio call with flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln, The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha and 880 AM-KRVN in Lexington as part of Nebraska's 25-station radio network. Free live audio also will be available worldwide on Huskers.com.
Nebraska, which is shooting to become the first-ever Big Ten team to win four tournament games on the way to the championship, advanced to the final with a 77-62 win over No. 2 seed and 14th-ranked Ohio State on Saturday. First-team All-Big Ten selection and Wade and Naismith National Player-of-the-Year candidate Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., connected on four three-pointers on the way to her Big Ten-leading 13th double-double of the season.
Senior guard Kaitlyn Burke added the best game of her career with 20 points, three assists and no turnovers, to help fuel a 40-10 Husker surge that turned a 13-point first-half deficit into a 17-point lead early in the second.
Nebraska showed similar explosiveness in an 88-56 tournament-opening win over Northwestern with a 41-10 surge in 10-minute span. The Huskers added a 35-6 eruption in just over eight minutes in an 80-68 victory over Iowa in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Junior point guard Lindsey Moore has been spectacular in three games, averaging 16 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals per contest. Hooper, Moore and Burke are all shooting 50 percent from the field in the tournament, while combining for 15 three-pointers and 28-of-34 free throws.
#24 Nebraska Cornhuskers (24-7, 10-6 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 3.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 10.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - So. - F - 19.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 15.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg
5 - Kaitlyn Burke - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 5.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Off the Bench
33 - Rebecca Woodberry - 5-10 - RFr. - G - 4.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg
11 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 4.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 3.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - RFr. - F - 2.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 2.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
10th Season at NU (190-124); 22nd Season Overall (385-264)
#21 Purdue Boilermakers (23-8, 11-5 Big Ten)
32 - Sam Ostarello - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 8.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg
40 - Chelsea Jones - 6-4 - Sr. - C - 3.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg
5 - Brittany Rayburn - 6-0 - Sr. - G - 15.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg
15 - Courtney Moses - 5-7 - So. - G - 10.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg
22 - KK Houser - 5-6 - So. - G - 9.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Off the Bench
2 - Antoinette Howard - 6-0 - Sr. - G - 6.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg
41 - Alex Guyton - 6-3 - Sr. - F - 5.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg
43 - Chantel Poston - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 4.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
20 - Dee Dee Williams - 6-0 - So. - G - 1.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
54 - Samantha Woods - 6-3 - Sr. - F - 1.2 ppg, 1.1 rpg
23 - Liza Clemons - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 0.8 ppg, 0.6 rpg
4 - Torrie Thornton - 6-1 - Fr. - G - 0.2 ppg, 0.8 rpg
Head Coach: Sharon Versyp (Purdue, 1989)
Sixth Season at Purdue (134-69); 12th Season Overall (251-134)
Five Games in Eight Days a First for Yori's Huskers
When Nebraska plays Purdue in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament on Sunday, the Huskers will be playing five games in eight days for the first time under Coach Connie Yori.
In fact, 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 25th Win Against Boilermakers
Nebraska's Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over Ohio State pushed the Huskers' season victory total to 24, which put the 2011-12 Huskers all alone in second place on NU's single-season wins list.
A win on Sunday over No. 21 Purdue would give Nebraska its 25th win, trailing only the 2009-10 Huskers' 32-2 record. 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, including the best two seasons in school history in the last three years.
A win today would give Nebraska 70 wins over the last three years. NU has averaged 23 wins the last three years.
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 championship game at 24-7 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten, have won 11 more games overall and seven more conference games than last year when they finished 13-18 and 3-13 in the Big 12.
The 2011-12 Huskers have advanced to their first conference tournament title game since the 1993 Big Eight Conference championship in Salina, Kan. No Nebraska team has ever won a conference tournament title.
Husker Offense Re-Emerges at Big Ten Tournament
Nebraska is averaging 81.7 points in three Big Ten Tournament games and has posted a trio of double-digit wins. NU has hit 45.1 percent of its shots, including 39.7 percent from three-point range and 76.1 percent at the line. During a five-game stretch following the Huskers' win over Purdue Feb. 2, NU struggled to score, averaging just 56.4 points per contest and shot 33.1 percent from the field, including 26 percent from long range, and 66.7 percent at the line.
Huskers Making Tourney Run in First Big Ten Season
Nebraska has left 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 by knocking off third-seeded Iowa. They added a second upset by snapping No. 2 seed Ohio State's 10-game tournament winning streak to advance to Sunday's championship game against No. 4 seed Purdue.
The Huskers, who became the first-ever No. 6 seed to advance to the Big Ten championship game, are gunning to become the first team to win four games in four days to win the conference title.
At 3-0, the Huskers have already become the first-ever Nebraska team to win three games in a postseason tournament of any kind. The last time Nebraska advanced to a conference tournament title game was 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.
Hooper, Moore Playing Big at Big Ten Tournament
All-America candidates Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore have played big roles in the Huskers' run to the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
Hooper, a 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., leads the Huskers with 18 points and 8.7 rebounds while playing an average of just 23.3 minutes per game through three contests. Hooper has produced back-to-back double-doubles, including 21 points and 10 boards in 33 minutes in the win over No. 14 Ohio State on Saturday.
The first-team All-Big Ten pick is shooting 50 percent (18-36) from the field, including 40 percent (6-15) from three-point range in the tournament. She has also hit 12-of-16 free throws.
Moore, a 5-9 junior point guard from Covington, Wash., has added 16 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals in 31 minutes per game. She is also shooting 50 percent (14-28) from the field, including 60 percent (6-10) from three-point range. She has drained 14-of-15 free throws (93.3 percent). Moore owns Nebraska's top single-game effort in the tournament with 26 points, six assists and five steals in Friday's quarterfinal victory over Iowa.
Burke, Sample Coming on Strong Down the Stretch
Nebraska senior guard Kaitlyn Burke and freshman forward Hailie Sample have played major roles in Nebraska's 5-1 surge over the past six games. Through the first 25 games, Burke and Sample were averaging a combined 8.3 points per game. Over the last six, the Husker starters have averaged 16.2 points per contest, nearly doubling their production.
Burke, a 5-7 native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, erupted for the best game of her career with 20 points, three assists and no turnovers in 36 minutes of work in Nebraska's 77-62 run past No. 14 Ohio State on Saturday. Burke tied career bests by going 8-of-15 from the field, while also knocking down a pair of three-pointers. It marked Burke's third double-figure performance in the past six games.
Over the past six games, Burke is averaging 9.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. She is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field during the stretch, including 46.2 percent (6-13) from three-point range. Through the first 25 games, Burke averaged 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
In Big Ten Tournament play, Burke is averaging 9.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest, while shooting 50 percent (12-24) from the field, including 42.9 percent (3-7) from three-point range.
Sample, a 6-1 forward from Flower Mound, Texas, has made similar gains. In three Big Ten Tournament games, Sample is averaging 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while hitting 10-of-21 shots from the field. She also hit the first three-pointer of her career in the win over Iowa, and has knocked down 7-of-9 free throws (77.8 percent) in the tournament.
Over the last six games, Sample is averaging 6.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field, including 1-of-2 threes. She has also hit 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) of her free throws.
Through the first 25 games, Sample was averaging 3.3 points and 3.9 boards per game. She had hit just 14-of-33 free throws (42.4 percent), 34-of-84 from the field (40.4 percent) and 0-for-12 from long range.
Cady Continuing to Produce Big Numbers in Big Ten Tourney
Emily Cady has continued her All-Big Ten Freshman campaign by averaging 8.7 points and 8.0 rebounds in three Big Ten Tournament games. Cady, who produced her second career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Iowa on Friday, added 10 points, six rebounds and a career-high six steals in the victory over Ohio State Saturday. Cady has been a warrior for the Huskers over the past five games, playing big minutes despite a knee injury suffered in the second half of the win over Wisconsin. For the season, Cady is averaging 10.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Husker Bench Playing Huge Role in Big Ten Tournament Run
Nebraska's bench has been one of the best in the Big Ten throughout the season, and the Huskers have continued to produce in the Big Ten Tournament.
While NU's five starters have 61.7 points and 24.7 rebounds through the first three tournament games, the Husker reserves have pitched in 20 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Nebraska's bench has played nearly one-third (184/600) of the Huskers' minutes in the tournament.
Freshman guard Brandi Jeffery has played the biggest role off the bench, averaging 5.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Jeffery sparked NU's massive comeback against Ohio State Saturday, scoring eight points during the Huskers' late first-half run.
Freshman guard Rebecca Woodberry has pitched in 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds of her own, including 12 points in Nebraska's first-round tournament victory over Northwestern. Freshman forward Katie Simon added the best game of her career with 10 points and five rebounds in a career-high 19 minutes against the Wildcats.
Tear'a Laudermill, who played a major role with 10 points in the regular-season meeting at Purdue, and Meghin Williams have both continued to make significant contributions at the tournament.
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 31 Straight Games
Nebraska has put the same starting five on the floor for 31 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 15.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists on the season, has dealt with a bone bruise near her knee since suffering it late in the Northwestern game on Feb. 16. Cady, who is averaging 10.0 points and 6.3 rebounds on the year, 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 five 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.
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 19.0 points per game, also leads the conference in rebounding with 9.3 boards per game. She is also tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 2.1 made threes per game. Moore ranks eighth in scoring (15.5 ppg), while ranking second in the Big Ten with 5.2 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 24-7 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, and her 13th double-double with 21 points and 10 boards in the semifinal win over No. 14 Ohio State. She enters the Big Ten championship game with 1,042 points. She is one of just seven players in NU history with 500 points and 250 rebounds in a season and could become only the fourth player in school history to reach 600 points and 300 rebounds in the same season, if she can get 12 points and 13 rebounds against Purdue.
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 96 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. 16 all-time at Nebraska with 1,121 points. She also ranks No. 4 in career assists with 497 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 (19.0 ppg) and first in rebounding (9.3 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 1,042 career points, producing double figures in 30 of 31 games this season. Hooper owns a Big Ten-leading 13 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. She needs just 12 points and 13 rebounds to reach those two historically significant marks.
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 (15.5 ppg), second in assists (5.2 apg) and sixth in steals (2.3 spg). She also ranks among the top 10 in the Big Ten with her 81.3 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 96 consecutive games for the Huskers since earning Parade High School All-America honors at Kentwood High School in Washington, ranks 16th in Nebraska history with 1,121 points. She also ranks fourth in Husker history with 497 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 (9.3 rpg) and No. 4 scorer (19.0 ppg). She has helped the Huskers to a 24-7 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 15.5 points, 5.2 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, 1.7 assists and 1.5 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 Purdue game with 588 points and 287 rebounds in 31 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 poised to become the first sophomore in school history to reach the 600-point, 300-rebound marks in a year. She needs 12 points and 13 boards against Purdue today to reach those milestones.
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 1,042 with 21 points and 10 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the year in Saturday's semifinal win over No. 14 Ohio State. Hooper ranks 25th on the Husker career scoring list and needs just six points to catch Cathy Owen (1,048, 1982-85) in 24th. She needs 27 points to reach Kate Galligan (1,069, 1993-96) and 32 points to match Tina McClain (1,074, 1994-97) in 22nd on the career scoring chart.
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 Moves to No. 2 in Games Played at Nebraska
Senior Kaitlyn Burke has moved into sole possession of second on Nebraska's career games played list by playing in her 132 game as a Husker.
Burke moved ahead of former teammate Cory Montgomery (2007-10) and Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-83) into second in Friday's Big Ten quarterfinal win over Iowa. The NU record for career games played is held by Janet Smith (1979-82) with 136. For Burke to match Smith's school record, the Huskers will need to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. Burke, who has started 33 consecutive games including all 31 this year, owns 79 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 13 double-doubles through 31 games in 2011-12. Hooper, who has produced double figures in 30 of Nebraska's 31 games this season, also owns 13 double-figure rebounding performances this year.
The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., has produced back-to-back double-doubles with 21 points and 10 rebounds against No. 14 Ohio State Saturday and 15 points and 10 boards in little more than a half against Iowa on Friday.
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 16 double-doubles in the first 62 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.
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 NU player has ever grabbed 15 rebounds four times in the same season against Division I competition, and no Husker has 15 or more boards in three straight 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).