(9-3, 0-0 Big Ten)
vs. Grambling State Lady Tigers
(1-9, 0-0 SWAC)
Saturday, Dec. 29, 7:05 p.m. (Central)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
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Huskers Close Non-Conference Slate with Grambling State
The Nebraska women's basketball team returns from the holiday break to close non-conference play when the Huskers play host to Grambling State in Lincoln on Saturday, Dec. 29.
Tip-off between the Huskers (9-3) and the Lady Tigers (1-9) is set for 7:05 p.m. (central) at the Devaney Center. The game will be part of a day/night double-header, as the NU men welcome Nicholls State to a 2 p.m. tip at the Devaney Center. Fans with tickets to the men's game also can receive free general admission to the women's game on Saturday night. Tickets for the women's game are available now at Huskers.com.
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 and The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha. A free live audio stream will be available on Huskers.com. Live video will be available to HuskersNside subscribers accompanied by the audio from the Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska hopes to secure its 10th win of the season when the Huskers take on the Lady Tigers in the final tune-up before the start of Big Ten Conference action.
The game could also be a milestone game for Coach Connie Yori, who shoots for her 200th win as Nebraska's head coach. She would become the first Husker women's basketball coach to reach the 200-win mark at the school. It would be Yori's second milestone win against Grambling State in her Husker career. On Nov. 22, 2002, Yori notched a 63-40 win over the Lady Tigers in her first game as Nebraska's head coach.
Yori enters Saturday night's game with a 199-129 record in her 11th season at Nebraska and a 394-269 overall record in her 23rd season as a collegiate head coach.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3, 0-0 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - So. - F - 6.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - So. - F - 8.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 19.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 15.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg
24 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 3.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Off the Bench
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - So. - G - 4.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg
1 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 2.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg
55 - Adrianna Maurer - 6-3 - Jr. - C - 2.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - So. - F - 1.9 ppg, 0.4 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 2.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg
22 - Courtney Aitken - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
11th Season at NU (199-129); 23rd Season Overall (394-269)
Grambling State Lady Tigers (1-9, 0-0 SWAC)
24 - Jessica Watkins - 6-0 - Jr. - F - 6.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg
50 - Bianca McCowan - 6-1 - Sr. - C - 4.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg
4 - Cierra Ceazer - 5-10 - So. - G - 11.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg
11 - Kamiya Burwell - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 8.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg
23 - JoAnna Miller - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 13.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg
Off the Bench
00 - Victoya Ricks - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 3.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
20 - Dayla Threatt - 5-11 - So. - G - 3.8 ppg, 0.9 rpg
45 - Briana Gibson - 6-0 - Jr. - F - 3.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg
30 - Tyler Anderson - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 3.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg
13 - Lucretia Richard - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 1.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg
10 - Precious Winley - 5-6 - Fr. - PG - 1.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg
12 - Alexis Watson - 5-5 - Sr. - G - 0.6 ppg, 0.4 rpg
25 - Alexis Andrews - 6-0 - Sr. - F/C - 0.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Head Coach: Patricia Cage-Bibbs (Grambling State, 1972)
14th Season at GSU (245-131); 29th Season Overall (502-303)
Hooper Earns First Big Ten Player-of-the-Week Honor of 2012-13
Jordan Hooper captured Nebraska's first Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award of the 2012-13 campaign after her 33-point, nine-rebound performance in a win over Oral Roberts Dec. 20. The honor, which was announced Dec. 24, was the fourth Big Ten weekly honor of Hooper's career.
The 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., knocked down a career-high 13 field goals against the Golden Eagles in just 25 minutes of action. She hit 13-of-23 shots from the floor, including 5-of-10 three-pointers, while hitting both of her free throw attempts. She scored 22 first-half points, helping the Huskers to a 44-20 halftime lead over ORU. She also scored NU's first five points of the second half, single-handedly outscoring ORU 27-22 in the game's first 21:26, while helping the Huskers build a 30-point lead.
Hooper on Fire in Last Three Games at Devaney Center
Jordan Hooper has been scalding hot at home in her last three games at the Devaney Center. In Husker wins over Idaho State, Florida State and Oral Roberts, Hooper has averaged 32.7 points and 10.7 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent from the field. She has produced 98 points in 91 total minutes, scoring her 98 points on 66 field goal attempts.
In NU's last two home wins over No. 24 Florida State and Oral Roberts, Hooper has produced the two highest point totals of her career, including a career-best 36 points and 12 rebounds against FSU, before adding 33 points and nine boards against Oral Roberts. In those two contests, Hooper went a combined 11-of-21 (52.3 percent) from three-point range and 25-of-43 (58.1 percent) from the field.
Hooper opened her recent scoring binge at home with 29 points and 10 rebounds against Idaho State on Dec. 1. She has produced four of her five 20-point scoring efforts this season at the Devaney Center, including 27 points against Northern Arizona on Nov. 16. In eight home games this season, Hooper is averaging 22.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest. She leads NU with 19.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game overall through 12 contests.
Hooper Responds in Big Way after Scoreless Night in Omaha
Since suffering through the first scoreless game of her college career at Creighton on Dec. 5, Jordan Hooper has responded in a big way. The All-America forward has averaged 31.0 points and 11.7 rebounds over the last three games, scoring 93 points in 93 minutes.
Included in that sizzling stretch was a career-high 36 points and 12 rebounds in a 78-77 win over No. 24 and previously unbeaten Florida State on Dec. 8. She added 24 points and a season-high-matching 14 rebounds in a win at previously unbeaten South Florida on Dec. 16. Hooper followed with the second-best scoring performance of her career with 33 points and nine rebounds in just 25 minutes in an 80-67 win over Oral Roberts on Dec. 20.
Moore Moves to No. 2 on Nebraska Career Assist List
Lindsey Moore passed All-American Nicole Kubik (563, 1997-2000) and Jina Johansen (567, 2002-05) to climb into the No. 2 spot on Nebraska's career assist list after dishing out eight assists in Nebraska's win over Oral Roberts on Dec. 20.
The 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., finished the night with 568 career assists and trails only school record holder Meggan Yedsena (696, 1991-94) on the Nebraska all-time assist chart. Moore, a Nancy Lieberman Award candidate, needs 128 assists to catch Yedsena at the top of the list. Moore is averaging 5.3 assists through NU's first 12 games of 2012-13.
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.
Hooper Becomes Ninth Husker with 1,300 Points, 600 Rebounds
Jordan Hooper used a 33-point effort against Oral Roberts to become just the ninth Husker in history with 1,300 points and 600 career rebounds. Hooper pushed her career totals to 1,314 points and 620 rebounds.
Hooper reached the 1,300/600 mark in her 76th career game at Nebraska. No other member of NU's 1,300/600 list played fewer than 107 games, and four of them played more than 125 in their careers.
Nebraska's distinguished 1,300/600 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), Kathy Hagerstrom (1,778/874), Angie Miller (1,541/661) and Cory Montgomery (1,378/627) are the only other Huskers in that elite group. Hooper needs just seven rebounds to catch Montgomery in 13th on the NU career rebounding list and is just 39 rebounds away from the Huskers' career top 10.
Moore, Hooper Become Fourth NU Teammates Across 1,300 Points
Lindsey Moore (1,346) and Jordan Hooper (1,314) are just the fourth set of active teammates in Nebraska history with more than 1,300 points apiece. Moore, who became the 13th player in NU history to reach 1,300 points, needs 32 points to catch former teammate Cory Montgomery (2007-10, 1,378 points) in 12th place on the Husker career scoring list.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., passed Janet Smith (1,284) in 14th place on the NU all-time list and crossed the 1,300-point mark with her 33-point effort against Oral Roberts Dec. 20.
Most recently, All-American Kelsey Griffin (2,033) and fellow first-team All-Big 12 forward Cory Montgomery (1,378) finished the 2009-10 season with well over 1,300 points apiece. In 1987-88, Maurtice Ivy closed her storied career with 2,131 points, while Alliance, Neb., native Amy Stephens finished her junior year with 1,364 points. The previous season, Angie Miller closed her career with 1,541 points, while Ivy ended her junior year with 1,578 points in 1986-87. Miller and Ivy are the only pair of Huskers to compete in the same season as active 1,500-point scorers, and no Husker teammates have ever reached 1,600 career points in the same year.
Moore's Starting Streak Among Nation's Longest
Lindsey Moore's streak of 110 consecutive starts for the Huskers is among the longest active starting streaks in the nation. Moore's streak trails only Texas Tech's Monique Smalls, who entered the week with 113 straight starts (102, plus 11 in 2012-13) and Penn State's Nikki Greene who entered the week with 111 consecutive starts (99, plus 12 in 2012-13).
Moore Moves to No. 8 on NU List with 110th Straight Start
Senior All-America candidate Lindsey Moore moved into a tie for No. 8 on the Nebraska career list for most starts by making her 110th consecutive start against Oral Roberts on Dec. 20. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., is expected to move ahead of Dominique Kelley (2008-11) with her 111th straight start on Saturday against Grambling State.
Moore has started every game of her career since leading the Huskers to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and the Big 12 title as a freshman in 2009-10. Moore owns a 78-32 record as Nebraska's starting point guard and has guided the Huskers to a pair of NCAA Tournaments.
Meggan Yedsena (1991-94) owns the Nebraska record for consecutive career starts, after she started 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.
Moore's Minutes Could Be Unmatched in Husker History
In addition to challenging the Nebraska record for most consecutive starts and career starts in Husker history this season, Lindsey Moore is on pace to shatter the NU record for minutes played.
The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks sixth on the NU career list with 3,561 minutes played. Moore is 434 minutes from the Nebraska record.
Meggan Yedsena owns the NU record for minutes played with 3,995. Nicole Kubik ranks second in NU history with 3,798, while Amy Stephens ranks third with 3,742. Two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge ranks fourth in the Husker record book with 3,652 minutes played, while Jina Johansen rounds out the NU all-time top five with 3,581 minutes - just 20 minutes more than Moore.
Yori Nearing 200-Win Mark as Husker Coach
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori became the winningest women's basketball coach in school history with NU's win over Temple on Nov. 11, 2012. The victory over the Owls increased Yori's win total to 192 at the start of her 11th season at Nebraska. She moved past former Husker Coach Angela Beck (1986-97) atop Nebraska's all-time win list. Beck posted a 191-128 record (.599) in 11 seasons at the helm of the Huskers.
The 2010 National Coach of the Year, Yori needs one more win to become the first women's coach in Nebraska history to reach the 200-victory mark. Yori's NU mark is 199-129 (.607).
On the men's side, only Danny Nee and Joe Cipriano have produced 200 basketball victories at Nebraska. Nee won 254 games in 14 seasons coaching the Huskers from 1987 to 2000. Cipriano earned 253 wins in 17 seasons from 1964 to 1980.
Scouting the Grambling State Lady Tigers
Grambling State comes to Lincoln with a 1-9 overall record after suffering a 75-62 loss to Tulsa at the Hobdy Center in Grambling, La., on Dec. 22. The Lady Tigers will look to snap a three-game losing streak that includes a 90-59 loss at LSU on Dec. 19, and a 96-60 setback to Florida State on Dec. 15.
The game between the Lady Tigers and Seminoles was FSU's first game after dropping a 78-77 decision to the Huskers at the Devaney Center on Dec. 8. Grambling State shared another common non-conference foe with NU, dropping a 73-55 decision to Sam Houston State on Nov. 17. That game immediately preceded the Huskers' 85-72 win over SHSU in Lincoln on Nov. 20.
Grambling State's other losses have come at the hands of Kansas, Wichita State, Fresno State, Liberty and Memphis. The Lady Tigers' lone win came with a 64-63 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 1.
Legendary Coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs has returned to her alma mater to rejuvenate Grambling State this season. Cage-Bibbs owns 502 career victories, including 244 in her first 13 seasons at Grambling State. Following her first stint at Grambling State, Cage-Bibbs won 127 games in seven seasons at Hampton, before winning 130 games in seven years at North Carolina A&T.
JoAnna Miller, a a 5-8 junior guard from Los Angeles, Calif., who transferred to GSU from North Carolina Central, has led the Lady Tigers on the court the past seven games. She is averaging 13.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. However, she is shooting just 30.3 percent from the field, 28 percent from three-point range and 58.6 percent at the line. She did not play in Grambling State's first three games this season.
Sophomore guard Cierra Ceazer is Grambling State's top returning scorer after managing 7.5 points and 3.2 boards per game as a freshman for a 15-15 club last season. Ceazer is averaging 11.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest while making nine starts this year. Ceazer is also hitting 13-of-29 threes (.448), but has connected on just 18-of-34 free throws (52.9 percent).
The only Lady Tiger to start every game is 6-0 junior forward Jessica Watkins. The transfer from Patrick Henry Community College has averaged 6.8 points and 3.2 boards per game. Victoya Ricks (3.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg), a 6-1 junior forward, started GSU's first seven games. Bianca McCowan, a 6-1 senior center, has replaced Ricks in the starting five recently. She is averaging 4.7 points and 4.5 rebounds on the year.
Kamiya Burwell, a 5-7 junior transfer from Georgia Perimeter Junior College, has added a spark to the lineup recently. Burwell has earned five starts and is averaging 8.9 points and 2.9 boards per game, while leading the Lady Tigers with 3.3 steals per contest. She also has been one of Grambling State's top three-point threats, hitting 13-of-31 (.419) from long range.
Briana Gibson (3.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg), Tyler Anderson (3.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Lucretia Richard (1.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and Alexis Andrews (0.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg) have also earned at least one start for the Lady Tigers this year, as GSU has had 10 players start at least one game.
Grambling State's most consistent player off the bench has been Dayla Threatt, who has averaged 3.8 points and 0.9 rebounds but has not started a game.
As a team, Grambling State has been outscored by 26.2 points per game, outrebounded by 15.1 boards per game and carries a negative-3.9 turnover margin.
Nebraska vs. Grambling State Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Grambling State 3-0, including a 69-40 win over the Lady Tigers at the Devaney Center on Dec. 29, 2005. Connie Yori's Huskers also faced Grambling State in her first game as NU's head coach on Nov. 22, 2002. The Huskers notched a 63-40 win in that game. Alexa Johnson led the Huskers with one of the best games of her career with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Katie Morse added a double-double of her own with 12 points and 10 boards, while Margaret Richards gave the Huskers three double-doubles with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Jina Johansen added seven assists and seven steals.
Nebraska played its first game against Grambling State on Nov. 29, 1991, rolling to an 88-47 win at the Devaney Center.
Hooper Shoots Huskers Past Luper, ORU
Jordan Hooper scored more than 30 points for the second straight home game, pouring in 33 points in just 25 minutes to lead Nebraska to an 80-67 win over Oral Roberts on Dec. 20 at the Devaney Center.
Hooper hit 13-of-23 shots from the field, including 5-of-10 three-pointers. The 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., also hit both of her free throw attempts, while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds.
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore also produced a strong all-around game with 15 points and eight assists, while hitting 5-of-7 shots, including her lone three attempt. She made all four of her free throws.
Nebraska got contributions across the board, as nine Huskers scored, including seven players who hit at least one three-pointer. As a team, NU hit 11-of-23 three-pointers on the night, while knocking down 26-of-57 shots overall. NU was also 17-of-18 at the free throw line, including 16 straight to open the game.
Sophomore forward Emily Cady produced eight points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals, while sophomore guard Tear'a Laudermill pitched in seven points, three assists and two steals while supplying outstanding defense in the first half. Laudermill forced six of ORU's 12 first-half turnovers, helping the Huskers hold the normally high-flying Golden Eagles to just 20 first-half points. With strong defense from Laudermill, Hailie Sample and the rest of the Huskers, and the hot shooting of Hooper and Moore, Nebraska's lead grew to 30 points at 52-22 early in the second half. NU maintained a 29-point lead at 65-36 after Hooper got her final two points at the free throw line with 11:20 left in the game.
ORU got hot late in the second half against Husker reserves, going 19-for-39 in the second half while NU committed 13 second-half turnovers. Kevi Luper led NU with 22 points, while Bernadett Balla added 17 points and six rebounds off the bench. Jaci Bigham and Christian Key each pitched in nine points.
Hooper scored 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting in the first half, including 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range. Moore added 12 points and five assists on 4-of-6 shooting from the field in the first half. Moore also hit all four of her free throw attempts, leading NU's 14-for-14 performance at the line in the half.
Moore's 16-foot jumper with two seconds left in the first half sent NU to the locker room with its biggest lead of the half at 44-20. NU went 13-of-28 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from three-point range. The Huskers also outrebounded ORU 18-13 in the half, while winning the turnover battle, 12-6.
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 has created a special "Devaney Center Final Season" logo that will be displayed on giant banners draped outside above the north and south entrances of the Devaney Center.
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 tangle with Big Sky Conference champ Idaho State, Missouri Valley Conference champ Creighton and Summit League Conference champ South Dakota State.
Husker Non-Conference Schedule Offers Quality, Depth
Nebraska expects to face 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 could face a top-20 schedule in 2012-13. Six of Nebraska's non-conference opponents won 20 or more games last season, led by Maryland's 31.
Perhaps an even stronger indicator of the depth of Nebraska's schedule is that the Huskers will play 20 games against teams that won 18 or more games, while 12 of the Huskers' 13 non-conference opponents won at least 14 games a year ago.
Injuries Slow Down Huskers in Offseason
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 continues to recover from major back surgery in January of 2012. 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.
Cady Leads Husker Sophomore Class
Emily Cady has produced a solid start to her second season in Nebraska's lineup. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., is averaging 8.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals through 12 games.
Cady, who has started 45 straight games, owns four double-figure scoring efforts and two double-digit rebounding performances as a sophomore. She had one of her best games of the season with 15 points and three rebounds in NU's 78-77 win over No. 24 Florida State Dec. 8, before a four-point, 10-rebound, three-block effort at South Florida Dec. 16. It was her ninth career double-figure rebound game. Cady added a 14-point, seven-rebound effort at USC, which followed a season-high 18 points and six boards in a win over Sam Houston State Nov. 20.
Cady produced 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals against Northern Arizona. She also had a five-point, 10-rebound performance against Temple.
In 2011-12, Cady captured Nebraska's first-ever spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by producing 9.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game to go along with a team-leading 28 blocked shots in 2011-12. 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 became 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.
Nebraska's Big Four Solid for 45 Straight Games
After starting 33 consecutive games together in 2011-12, Nebraska's four returning starters Lindsey Moore (110), Jordan Hooper (76) and sophomores Emily Cady (45) and Hailie Sample (45) have started all 12 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 six 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 238 games. To give that some perspective, NU's last road opponent South Florida had used 20 different lineups in its previous 34 games before facing the Huskers. Grambling State has used eight different starting lineups in 10 games this season.
Moore, Hooper Climbing Nebraska Career Scoring List
Lindsey Moore and Jordan Hooper have flown up the Nebraska career scoring chart during their time as Huskers. Moore, a 5-9 senior guard from Covington, Wash., ranks No. 13 at Nebraska with 1,346 points. She needs 32 points to catch Cory Montgomery (2007-10) in 12th place.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., already ranks 14th all-time on the Husker scoring list with 1,314 points. Hooper is just 32 points behind Moore despite playing 34 fewer games. In 2011-12, Hooper became NU's first sophomore to reach 1,000 career points, achieving the mark in her 60th game.
Moore One of Two Huskers with 1,300 Points, 500 Assists
Lindsey Moore is one of just two players in Nebraska history with 1,300 points and 500 assists, joining former Husker All-American Nicole Kubik (1997-00, 1,867 points, 563 assists).
Moore ranks No. 13 at Nebraska with 1,346 points and No. 2 in career assists with 568. No player in NU history has ever scored 1,200 points and dished out 600 assists in a career.
Huskers Expect More Experience in 2012-13
Despite a 12-player roster that features five sophomores and three freshmen, Nebraska is still expected to showcase one of the Big Ten's most experienced starting lineups in 2012-13.
While featuring just one returning senior starter (Lindsey Moore) and one returning junior starter (Jordan Hooper), the Huskers expect to match Iowa for the third most returning starts with 228.
Only Penn State (303) and Northwestern (249) are expected to return more starts than Nebraska. While Nebraska will be more experienced, the Huskers match Northwestern and Michigan as the only schools in the Big Ten with just four players who have ever started a collegiate game. The other nine Big Ten schools all return at least five players with starting experience.
As a whole, the Big Ten is expected to be a more senior-dominated conference in 2012-13. The conference lost only seven seniors who earned all-conference honors in 2011-12, while returning 13 all-conference honorees. A total of 10 2011-12 juniors earned all-conference honors, and all five members of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team were drawn from the junior class.
Big Ten Returning Starts By School (Entering 2012-13)
1. Penn State (303) - Greene (98), Bentley (96), Nickson (59), Lucas (33), Edwards (9), Wolfe (8)
2. Northwestern (249) - Orban (99), Hackney (83), Diamant (38), Roser (29)
T3. Iowa (228) - Johnson (94), Printy (88), Logic (30), Taylor (8), Dixon (7), Nesbitt (1)
T3. Nebraska (228) - Moore (98), Hooper (64), Cady (33), Sample (33)
5. Illinois (203) - Penn (95), Moore (42), Magrum (32), Crawford (23), GodBold (11)
6. Michigan (202) - Ryan (96), Sheffer (62), Jordan (29), Elmblad (15)
7. Purdue (200) - Moses (64), Ostarello (38), Houser (37), Poston (24), Mingo (24), Williams (13)
8. Ohio State (185) - Hill (101), Adams (48), Stokes (33), Moore (2), Ferguson (1)
9. Indiana (162) - Sinclair (50), Chaplin (40), Newbauer (27), McGhee (23), Deloach (7), Rubene (7), McCurty (5)
10. Minnesota (149) - Loberg (53), Banham (34), Kellogg (30), Cotton (18), Noga (9), Riche (5)
11. Wisconsin (103) - Wurtz (59), Paige (36), Rochel (3), Smith (2), Stephen (2), Gulczynski (1)
12. Michigan State (99) - Thomas (34), Johnson (28), Schiffauer (17), Bell (11), Mills (9)
Hooper Hopes to Build 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 Announce Backboard Event Schedule
The Fastbreakers Booster Club has set the dates for three Backboard Events during the 2012-13 season. The events, which will be 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 will be held prior to Nebraska's Big Ten clash with Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tip time is set for 1 p.m., while the banquet begins 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (402) 617-7039. All trips must be booked and paid for two weeks prior to departure.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper has climbed into the top five on Nebraska's career double-double list after producing her fifth of the 2012-13 season with 24 points and a season-high-tying 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 has 22 career double-doubles.
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 a season-best 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., has produced double-doubles in seven of her last 15 games. She 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 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.
Huskers Earn Poll Position for 22nd Consecutive Week
Nebraska remained outside of the Associated Press Poll for the third straight week on Dec. 24, after ending a school-record streak of 19 consecutive weeks in the AP rankings on Dec. 10. Although the Huskers are out of the AP Top 25, they have remained in the USA Today Coaches Poll, climbing from No. 21 to No. 19 after their win over Oral Roberts Dec. 20.
The Huskers have continued their school-record streak of 22 straight weeks in at least one of the two major polls.
Nebraska's 2012-13 schedule is littered with top competition in the AP/Coaches polls. The Huskers suffered a 90-71 loss to current No. 9/9 Maryland on Nov. 28. The Huskers played their second AP top 25 opponent from the ACC when they defeated previously unbeaten Florida State, 78-77, at the Devaney Center on Dec. 8. The Seminoles were ranked No. 24 in both polls at game time, but slipped to No. 26 in both polls after the loss. They are No. 21 in the AP Poll this week and No. 25 in USA Today.
Preseason Big Ten favorite Penn State, which the Huskers play twice (Jan. 13, March 3) is No. 10 in both polls this week, while Purdue is No. 11. Ohio State, which the Huskers play two times (Jan. 31, Feb. 14) has fallen out of the AP Poll but is No. 24 in the coaches poll.
In addition to those eight games against current top-25 foes, the Huskers also faced a South Florida team that was receiving votes at game time. Upcoming Big Ten foes Michigan State (Jan. 24) and Iowa (Feb. 11, Feb. 24), also continue to receive votes in at least one of the 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' win over No. 24 Florida State on Dec. 8, 2012, marked NU's 26th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori
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, 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 382-127 (.750) in games played in the arena, including 141-85 (.624) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 118-31 (.792) at the Devaney Center.
NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in nine consecutive seasons, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2009-10. NU was 11-4 at home in 2010-11. The Huskers are 7-1 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 expects its highest level of national TV exposure in school history, while adding two outstanding alternative video streaming sources.
Overall, the Huskers expect to have a minimum of 10 regular-season games televised nationally, including seven by the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com. Nebraska's battle with Purdue will be televised nationally by CBS on Jan. 5, while the Huskers' clash with Penn State on Jan. 13 will be carried live on ESPN2. NU's non-conference road game at USC (Nov. 23) was televised by the Pac-12 Network. Nebraska's final two games of the year at Wisconsin and at home against Penn State could be carried by the Big Ten Network.
The Big Ten Network will also distribute at least nine 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) will also be televised live statewide in Nebraska by NET.
HuskersNside also 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 will be 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 Smashed School Three-Point Record Again in 2011-12
The 2011-12 Huskers produced another 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.
The Huskers hit seven or more threes in 17 of 33 games in 2011-12 (UAPB-9, MVSU-14, at Florida State-9, UTPA-7, Northern Arizona-10, Vermont-8, South Dakota State-8, at Iowa-10, Penn State-7, at Ohio State-7, Minnesota-8; at Purdue-13; Michigan-9; Minnesota-8; Northwestern (Big Ten)-9; Iowa (Big Ten)-7; Ohio State (Big Ten)-9).
NU hit a 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. They added the third-best mark by draining 13-of-34 threes on the road in an epic 93-89 triple-overtime victory at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2. Nebraska also connected on 10-of-19 threes in a win at Iowa on Jan. 8, after hitting 10-of-22 threes at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. Nebraska attempted a school-record 37 threes in the loss to Michigan Feb. 9, while connecting on 9. NU went 8-for-22 in the second half against the Wolverines.
Prior to 2009-10, the school-record for three-pointers made in a season was 173. Coach Connie Yori's Husker teams own the top nine three-point shooting seasons in school history. 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 76 career games, Hooper has hit 166 three-pointers to rank third on the Nebraska career list. She recently passed two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge (155 3FG, 1995-98) on the Husker career chart. Hooper needs 17 more threes to catch Yvonne Turner (183 3FG, 2007-10) in second place on the NU career list. Kiera 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.
Huskers Made New Home at Hendricks Complex in 2011-12
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball and wrestling programs moved into their new homes at the Hendricks Training Complex in October of 2011.
The 80,000-square foot facility adjacent to the Bob Devaney Sports Center includes separate practice courts for the men's and women's basketball programs, as well as expanded locker rooms, player lounges, team rooms and offices. The $18.7 million facility includes a 5,000-square foot weight room, a completely renovated athletic training area that tripled the size of the previous area at the Devaney Center, and a nutrition station similar to the one in the Osborne Complex.
The building is named for Tom and Mary Hendricks of Pipe Creek, Texas, and their children, Jennifer and Brandon, as they provided the lead gift in this project to benefit Husker student-athletes for years to come.
Throughout the facility, efforts have been made to give student-athletes the best training environment to succeed. Both the men's and women's basketball practice gyms are a court-and-a-half with six baskets, allowing additional work while the main floor is being used. The courts themselves are made with premium maple flooring with sleeper cushions that absorb shock to minimize injury. Both gyms have advanced acoustics as well as 103-inch plasma screens.
The amenities inside the facility are top-of-the-line, as the main entrance features a two-story abstract net sculpture, as well as a granite fountain imported from China. The facility also features two video walls and 63 TVs. The women's lounge features three 65-inch televisions and a unique LED bubble wall. The Huskers have a custom locker room with iPads built into the lockers, as well as custom back-lit displays.
The Hendricks Training Complex is the first project completed in the Expand Their Experience Campaign. For more information on the other facility projects, visit www.ExpandTheirExperience.com.
Huskers Worked Overtime for Wins in 2011-12
Nebraska went 2-1 in overtime in 2011-12, and the three extra-long games went a combined seven overtimes. The seven overtimes were the most the Huskers played in a single season in school history, and marked the first time that NU played multiple multi-overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers' 93-89 3OT win at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2, was the first road triple-overtime game in school history and marked the second overall 3OT game (NU 103, Baylor 99 3OT, Jan. 12, 2005). Nebraska added a 74-70 double-overtime loss against the Boilermakers in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament on March 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Nebraska notched a 97-88 double-overtime win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. The wins at NAU and Purdue marked the first time in school history that Nebraska won two true road overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers have played 35 overtime games in school history, but just six multi-overtime games, with three of those coming in 2011-12. NU is 5-1 all-time in multi-overtime games, and 18-17 overall in OT. The Huskers are 5-3 in OT in Coach Connie Yori's 10 seasons at NU. The last time Nebraska won two overtime games in the same season was 1995-96, when the Huskers went 2-1, including a double-overtime win against Colorado. NU went 3-0 in overtime games in 1975-76, with all three of those games coming against non-Division I teams on neutral courts.
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 either 7 or 8 p.m., depending on conflicts with other live events on the network. A tentative schedule for the show can be found below.
Date - Upcoming Opponents - Time
Monday, Dec. 17 - Oral Roberts (Dec. 20) - 8 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 24 - Grambling State (Dec. 29) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8 - at Indiana (Jan. 10) / at Penn State (Jan. 13) - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Illinois (Jan. 17) / at Minnesota (Jan. 20) - 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 21 - Michigan State (Jan. 24) - 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 28 - at Ohio State (Jan. 31) / Minnesota (Feb. 3) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 5 - at Northwestern (Feb. 7) / at Iowa (Feb. 11) - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12 - Ohio State (Feb. 14) - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19 - at Michigan (Feb. 21) / Iowa (Feb. 24) - 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25 - at Wisconsin (Feb. 28) / Penn State (March 3) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 - at Big Ten Tournament (March 7-10) - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12 - Season Review/Postseason Preview - 7 p.m.
Monday, March 18 - Postseason Preview (NCAA Selection 6 p.m.) - 7 p.m.
Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show
The Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show is back for its 11th season in 2012-13, providing in-depth analysis and outstanding features in the year-long coverage of Nebraska women's basketball. Coach Yori and host Jeff Griesch will discuss the highlights, which begins in November and continues throughout the season. The show will be available on Time Warner Cable On-Demand this season, and also will be available free world-wide on Huskers.com.
My TV (10.2/11.2) will distribute the show in Lincoln and Grand Island, while Huskers.com will have new shows available on Tuesdays during the season.
Spencer Municipal Utilities in 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."
6-5, Forward, Paw Paw, Mich. (Mattawan)
Ranked as the No. 76 overall player in the nation, Allie Havers earned first-team Michigan Class A honors from the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press in 2012. A first-team All-South Michigan Athletic Conference selection each of her first three seasons at Mattawan High School for Coach Troy Wright, the 6-5 Havers was also the Kalamazoo Area Player of the Year in 2012.
As a junior at Mattawan, Havers averaged 17.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.3 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.3 assists for the 16-7 Wildcats. She shot 50 percent from the field, including 31 percent from three-point range, while knocking down 77 percent of her free throws.
An excellent all-around athlete who has shown guard skills on the court to go along with her 6-5 frame, Havers competed for the Michigan Crossover club team coached by Emez Oliver. Havers was also a four-year letterwinner as a middle blocker/hitter on the Mattawan volleyball team, earning honorable-mention Under Armour All-America accolades as a senior. The first-team Class A all-state selection, was a nominee for Miss Volleyball in the state of Michigan. She also earned three letters as a pitcher and shortstop for the softball team, earning first-team Class A all-state recognition as a shortstop.
"We like versatile and athletic players in our program and Allie Havers fits that mold perfectly," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "She can do multiple things for our basketball team with her ability to run the floor, score in the paint or face up away from the basket. She will be one of the more athletic players on our roster. Her upside is tremendous, and with our strength and conditioning program and the opportunity to focus on just one sport, we think she will thrive at Nebraska. Her future is very bright here."
Havers said she chose Nebraska over Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Green Bay and Iowa State.
"I really like the facilities, but what I really got attached to was the people," Havers said. "All of the girls are hilarious and really nice. I also loved the coaches. They were great. So it was really the people for me."
5-9, Guard, Seward, Neb. (Seward)
A four-year starting guard for Nebraska prep power Seward High School, Hannah Tvrdy committed to Nebraska before her junior season for the Bluejays in 2011-12. Hannah's father, Tom, is the head coach at Seward, while her mother, Shelly (Block) was a letterwinner for the Huskers (1984-87). Shelly and Hannah will be the first mother-daughter combination in the history of Nebraska women's basketball.
As a junior in 2011-12, Tvrdy was named the honorary captain of the Class B first-team all-state squad after leading Seward to its fourth consecutive Nebraska Class B state championship with its third straight unbeaten season. The second-team Lincoln Journal Star Super-Stater averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a junior. Tvrdy earned second-team Class B all-state honors as a sophomore after averaging 12.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 2010-11. She earned honorable-mention Class B all-state accolades as a freshman starter in 2009-10. She helped the Bluejays' winning streak reach 104 games games before it was snapped early in her senior season. The Jays are pursuing their fifth straight Class B state title. She played her first two seasons alongside current Husker Emily Cady at Seward.
Tvrdy, who was rated by ESPN as the No. 28 point guard in the nation in the class of 2013, was a teammate of Cady's and current Husker guard Sadie Murren on the Cornhusker Shooting Stars club team coached by Dan Lesoing. Hannah's father Tom was also an assistant coach for the Shooting Stars.
"Hannah is an unselfish guard with size. She can rebound and shoot and she has that 'Nebraska' blue-collar work ethic and toughness that we like," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "She has been well-coached and is accustomed to competing for and winning championships. She is former teammates with some of our current Huskers, and that will help ease her transition to the Division I level."
Tvrdy said she chose Nebraska because it felt like home.
"When I visited I instantly fell in love with the program," Tvrdy said. "The coaches are wonderful, and I know they will push me every day to become a better player. When I met the team I knew I could fit in and have a great time playing with them. It just felt right, and I knew it was my future home."
5-8, Guard, Repentigny, Canada
(Felix Leclerc/Dawson College)
Esther Ramacieri was the final commit to the Huskers' three-player recruiting class, choosing Nebraska in September after her official visit. Ramacieri is entering her second season of CEGEP at Dawson College. She will have four years of eligibility at Nebraska. Ramacieri helped Dawson to a first-place finish at Quebec's Provincial Championships in 2011-12 and a silver medal finish at the CCAA National Championships. She averaged 7.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, while helping Dawson to an 18-2 record.
Ramacieri was chosen as Felix Leclerc High School's athlete of the year four times. She was also selected as the most valuable player of her Dawson Community Blues club team in both 2009 and 2010. In 2010-11, Ramacieri started all 26 games for the Blues and averaged 16.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game for Coach Terri Neill. Ramacieri played on bronze medal-winning teams for Quebec at the 2011 Canadian U-17 Championships and the 2008 Canadian U-15 Championships. She also helped her Lanaudiere club team to a silver medal at the 2007 Quebec Games. She served as the official flag bearer for Lanaudiere at the 2010 Quebec Games in Gatineau.
"On offense we like to play fast and Esther is an up-tempo type of guard," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "Esther is a good on-ball defender and excels at pushing the ball in transition, which makes her a great fit for our system. She is athletic, competitive, an excellent ball-handler, and a hard worker. She can score off the dribble or shoot the three. She will help provide immediate depth in our backcourt."
Ramacieri will become the fourth Canadian to compete for the Huskers in women's basketball, following 2012 Canadian Olympian Chelsea Aubry (2004-07), Kaitlyn Burke (2008-12) and Harleen Sidhu (2009-12).
"I chose Nebraska because it was the best fit for me, as far as the school, academics, coaches and players," Ramacieri said. "Once I came on the visit, I knew there was no other place that could compare to Nebraska. It felt like I was a part of a family. I've wanted to play basketball in the states ever since I was six years old, so finding a perfect fit for me was a dream come true. Nebraska was the only place that felt like home."