Huskers Face Gorillas in Exhibition Opener
Exhibition Game #1
Nebraska Cornhuskers (24-9, 10-6 Big Ten)
vs. Pittsburg State Gorillas (27-6, 17-3 MIAA)
Monday, Oct. 29, 7:05 p.m.
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
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Huskers Tip Final Season at Devaney Against Gorillas
The Nebraska women's basketball team opens its final season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center by tipping off exhibition play for the 2012-13 season against the Pittsburg State Gorillas on Monday, Oct. 29.
Nebraska's battle with the Gorillas is set for a 7:05 p.m. tip, with live radio coverage provided by the Husker Sports Network, including Omaha flagship 93.3 FM The Wolf. Nebraska's exhibition games will not be carried over the air on Lincoln flagship B107.3 FM, but the exhibition games are available to the stations on the Husker Sports Network across the state of Nebraska. The game is also available for free on Huskers.com with both live video and audio.
Nebraska enters 2012-13 after a young Husker team ran to a 24-9 overall record, including a 10-6 Big Ten mark in 2011-12. The Huskers advanced to their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past six years and battled their way to the Big Ten Tournament championship game in their first season in the conference. The 2012-13 Huskers return four starters and 10 letterwinners from last season's squad.
Coach Connie Yori's Huskers will be led by Wade Trophy Watch List members Lindsey Moore and Jordan Hooper. Moore, a senior from Covington, Wash., was one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented to the nation's top point guard in 2011-12. Hooper, a junior forward from Alliance, Neb., earned honorable-mention All-America accolades from the Associated Press, while claiming first-team All-Big Ten honors. They are joined by returning starting forwards Emily Cady and Hailie Sample.
While Nebraska's 24 wins a year ago marked the second-most victories in school history, Pittsburg State is coming off the best season in school history. The Gorillas rampaged through the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association with a 17-3 conference record on their way to a 27-6 overall mark. Coach Lane Lord and the Gorillas earned their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Huskers Welcome Fans for Haunted Hoops vs. Pittsburg State
For its second straight Big Ten season, Nebraska plays the first women's basketball game in the conference in 2012-13. The Huskers invite fans to come celebrate the start of another basketball season with Husker Haunted Hoops.
Fans in 8th grade and younger will receive free general admission seating to the Devaney Center if they are dressed in a Halloween costume. Those young fans are also invited to compete in a halftime costume contest on the Devaney Center Court.
Huskers' Opener with Gorillas Earliest in School History
Nebraska's Oct. 29 season opener with Pittsburg State will mark the earliest exhibition date on the calendar that the Huskers have ever played. Last season, NU played the first game in the Big Ten with an Oct. 30 tip-off against Pittsburg State. That game marked the earliest tip date in school history. The previous season, the Huskers also opened the season with the Gorillas, running to a win on Halloween day. In 2009-10, Nebraska opened exhibition play against Pittsburg State on Nov. 3, 2009.
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.
Scouting the Pittsburg State Gorillas
Nebraska faces 2012 NCAA Division II Elite Eight participant Pittsburg State in its exhibition opener on Monday, Oct. 29 at the Devaney Center. The Gorillas, led by sixth-year head coach Lane Lord, closed their best season in school history with a 27-6 overall record and a 17-3 MIAA mark a year ago. PSU will be led by returning Division II All-American Lizzy Jeronimus, who averaged 15.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and a team-leading 2.9 assists per game as a true freshman last season. The 5-11 forward from Shawnee Mission West High School and Lenexa, Kan., shot nearly 53 percent from the field and nearly 82 percent while living at the line (152-187).
Senior guard Drew Roberts returns to the lead the Gorilla backcourt after averaging 10.2 points and 2.3 boards per game last season. The 5-7 native of Blue Springs, Mo., also led Pittsburg State with 59 three-pointers on the year, while shooting better than 42 percent from long range. Roberts is joined in the backcourt by returning starter Alexa Bordewick. The 5-7 junior guard averaged 7.8 points and 2.8 boards while hitting 48 threes last season.
Lauren Brown adds size and experience to the Gorilla front line. The 6-6 senior center from Wichita, Kan., averaged 3.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while adding 46 blocks off the bench last season.
Sophomore Morgan Westhoff saw the most time of PSU's other returning players. The 5-8 guard from St. Paul, Kan., averaged 4.3 points and 1.4 boards in under 10 minutes per game last season. Senior forward Lisa Elmer, juniors Brigit Hesser and Kristina Willis and sophomores Y'Cedria Devers, Hailey Roderique, Sara Molz add depth to Pittsburg State's list of 11 returning letterwinners.
The Gorillas need to replace the contributions of departed senior starters Brooke Conley and Larissa Richards. Conley was PSU's No. 2 scorer and No. 4 rebounder, averaging 12.5 points and 4.7 boards per game. Conley also hit 41 three-pointers. Richards ranked third on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg) and led the Gorillas with 8.1 rebounds per game. She also shot a team-best 59.4 percent from the field.
Pittsburg State does feature a six-player freshman class with five newcomers from high school and one redshirt. Freshman twins Garrett and Ashli Burton provide depth at guard for PSU, while forwards Amira Jenkins, Julia Ewalefo and Kylie Gafford join redshirt freshman Cathy Brugman in the frontcourt.
Nebraska vs. Pittsburg State Exhibition Series History
Nebraska has never faced Pittsburg State in regular-season action, but the Huskers have faced Pittsburg State in their exhibition opener each of the past three seasons. Last year NU rolled to an 86-55 win on Oct. 30, 2011, as Jordan Hooper led four Huskers in double figures with 24 points and 17 rebounds in 26 minutes. Emily Cady added 14 points, while Adrianna Maurer contributed 11 and Rebecca Woodberry 10. Lizzy Jeronimus led Pittsburg State with 11 points, while Morgan Westhoff added nine off the bench.
On Oct. 31, 2010, Nebraska ran to a 78-60 win thanks to 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals from Hooper. Lindsey Moore added 11 points, while Drew Roberts led the Gorillas with 21 points.
On Nov. 3, 2009, Nebraska fought their way to a 68-54 win over PSU in one of the Huskers' closest home games of the year during an unbeaten regular season. Pittsburg State was the first of just five teams (out of 18) to play the Huskers within 15 points at the Devaney Center in 2009-10.
Hooper, Moore Earn Spots on Wade Watch List
Jordan Hooper and Lindsey 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.
Hooper and Moore are the first Husker teammates in history named to the Wade Watch List at the same time. They make Nebraska one of only five schools in the nation with two or more players on the 2012-13 Wade Watch List, joining Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Penn State and Kansas. Baylor center Brittney Griner won the 2012 Wade Trophy.
In 2011-12, Hooper was named to the midseason Watch Watch List and the Naismith Trophy Midseason 32. The 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., was an Associated Press Honorable-Mention All-American, while earning WBCA All-Region 6 honors. She 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 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., earned her first appearance on the Wade Watch List this fall. Moore joined Hooper on last year's Naismith Midseason 32 and was one of eight finalists for the 2012 Nancy Lieberman Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top point guard. Moore, a 2012 second-team All-Big Ten choice, 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), while leading the Huskers to the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship game in their inaugural season in the conference.
The preseason Wade Watch List is composed of top NCAA Division I women's basketball players from 18 institutions and eight conferences. A committee of coaches, administrators and media from across the United States compiled the list using the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
The State Farm Wade Trophy, which is in its 36th year, is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year by the WBCA and the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
Former Nebraska All-American Karen Jennings won the Wade Trophy in 1993, while All-American Kelsey Griffin was a finalist for the award in 2010. The award is named for Lily Margaret Wade, who led Delta State to three national titles as a head coach.
Huskers Greet Fastbreakers for Sneak Peek
The Nebraska women's basketball team will join members of the Fastbreakers Booster Club for the unofficial start of the season on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. on the West Stadium Club Level 3 of Memorial Stadium for their annual Sneak Peek event. Coach Connie Yori and all the Huskers will join booster club members for a banquet and preview of the 2012-13 season.
The Sneak Peek event offers the Huskers a chance to say thank you for the tremendous support the Fastbreakers offer throughout the season.
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.
Yori, Moore Meet the Press at Big Ten Media Day
Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori and senior point guard Lindsey Moore traveled to Chicago for Big Ten Media Day on Thursday, Oct. 25. Yori and Moore met the media at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill., just minutes away from the Big Ten Conference offices.
The Big Ten men's and women's basketball media day is held on the same date and in the same location, maximizing the exposure for the teams in the conference. Yori addressed the media in a formal press conference setting, while both Yori and Moore did dozens of individual one-on-one interviews in a round-table format with media members. They also did feature interviews with the Big Ten Network during the day's events.
Yori Two Wins Away from Top of Husker Coaching Chart
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori will enter the 2012-13 campaign with 190 victories in 10 seasons at NU. With the Huskers' first regular-season victory this season, Yori will tie 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.
Yori will become Nebraska's all-time winningest women's basketball coach with the Huskers' second regular-season victory this year. The 2010 National Coach of the Year, Yori needs 10 more wins to become the first women's coach in Nebraska history to reach the 200-victory mark.
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.
Huskers Return Ton of Production in 2012-13
Nebraska returns 91.3 percent of its points (2,152 of 2,356), 93.8 percent of its rebounding (1,310 of 1,396), 81.7 percent of its assists (358 or 438), 90.8 percent of its steals (257 of 283) and 99 percent of its blocked shots (100 of 101) from its 2011-12 team.
The 2011-12 Huskers ran to the school's 10th NCAA Tournament berth in school history while finishing with a 24-9 overall record.
Huskers Load Up 2012-13 Schedule
Nebraska's 31-game regular-season schedule features 18 games against 2012 postseason squads. NU's schedule is highlighted by 12 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 played 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.
Huskers Return Talented Nucleus in 2012-13
Nebraska returns four of five starters and 10 of its top 11 contributors on the court for the 2012-13 season.
NU's talented group of four returning starters is headlined by 2013 All-America candidates Jordan Hooper (18.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and Lindsey Moore (15.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.2 spg), along with All-Big Ten candidate Emily Cady (9.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg).
Moore and Hooper will be joined by sophomores Cady and Hailie Sample as the returning nucleus to Nebraska's starting five. Meghin Williams, who played in all 33 games as a junior forward in 2011-12, will join Moore as the only seniors on the Huskers' 2012-13 roster.
Adrianna Maurer, the only center on NU's 2011-12 and 2012-13 rosters, also returns after having her sophomore season cut short by a back injury. The 6-3 Maurer played in just 10 games to open the 2011-12 season before undergoing season-ending back surgery.
In addition, sophomores Rebecca Woodberry, Tear'a Laudermill, Brandi Jeffery and Katie Simon all played in at least 27 games as freshmen in 2011-12. That group combined to average 13.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game off the bench last season.
Nebraska only loses the services of 2011-12 senior starting guard Kaitlyn Burke (6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg) and senior reserve forward Harleen Sidhu, who appeared in just three games and did not score last season before having her career cut short by a knee injury.
Injuries Slowing Down Huskers in Offseason
Nebraska's offseason has featured a laundry list of injuries up and down the roster. Nebraska'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 enters the season as one of the healthiest Huskers, while Hooper and Sample have continued to be limited by injuries. Lindsey Moore has also been 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 has 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, Rebecca Woodberry and Katie Simon have been healthy throughout fall practice.
Huskers Earn Spot in Final AP Top 25 at No. 17
Nebraska finished in a tie for 17th in the final 2012 Associated Press Poll. The Huskers closed the 2011-12 regular season by earning a spot in the AP Top 25 for 14 straight weeks - matching the longest streak in school history (also 2009-10). The Huskers also achieved just the second final top-25 ranking in school history, trailing only the No. 4 final ranking in the 2010 AP Poll. The AP does not do a postseason top 25.
Nebraska was one of four Big Ten teams in the final AP Top 25, joining Penn State (11th), Purdue (13th) and Ohio State (16th).
Nebraska also spent nine consecutive weeks in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25, coming in at No. 22 in the March 12 final regular-season rankings. NU was unranked in the post-tournament rankings.
Cady Leads Husker Sophomore Class
Emily 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.
Husker Starting Five Solid for 33 Straight Games in 2011-12
Nebraska put the same starting five on the floor for 33 consecutive games in 2011-12, a miraculous feat considering the injuries the Huskers battled on their way to a 13-18 record in 2010-11, and during the final month of 2011-12. All five of Nebraska's starters played with leg injuries at some point in 2011-12, including Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample, who did not practice in the week leading up to NU's appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Emily Cady played the final month of the season with a knee injury suffered against Wisconsin on Feb. 19, and Lindsey Moore battled through a bone bruise just under her knee suffered against Northwestern on Feb. 16. Senior Kaitlyn Burke, who was granted a medical redshirt after being knocked out with multiple injuries in 2009-10, dealt with foot and leg injuries throughout the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
Despite the injuries, Nebraska's top five battled to start every game, marking the third time in 10 seasons that Coach Connie Yori's Huskers have accomplished the feat. A consistent lineup throughout a full season is a rarity in college basketball. Nebraska, which was the only Big Ten team to feature the same starting five throughout 2011-12, was one of only three teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament to start the same five for every game. Kansas State and BYU were the other two.
The 2006-07 Huskers featured the same starting five for 32 games on their way to a 22-10 season and the NCAA Tournament. Yori's 2003-04 Huskers also used the same starting five for 30 games on their way to an 18-12 season and a WNIT bid.
Huskers Expect More Experience in 2012-13
Despite a 13-player roster that features six 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 for 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)
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. 16 at Nebraska with 1,160 points. She needs just 23 points to catch NU's first-ever 1,000-point scorer, Jan Crouch (1976-79), in 15th place.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., already ranks 22nd all-time on the Husker scoring list with 1,078 points in just two seasons. Hooper needs just 18 points to join the top 20 scorers in school history and just 39 points to jump all the way to 17th past Nafeesah Brown (1,089), Ann Halsne (1,096), Yvonne Turner (1,101), Dominique Kelley (1,107) and Meggan Yedsena (1,116). Last season, Hooper became NU's first sophomore to reach 1,000 career points, achieving the mark in her 60th career game.
Moore Becomes Third Husker with 1,000 Points, 500 Assists
Lindsey Moore is one of just three player in Nebraska history with 1,000 points and 500 assists, joining Meggan Yedsena (1991-94, 1,116 points, 696 assists) and Nicole Kubik (1997-00, 1,867 points, 563 assists).
Moore ranks No. 16 at Nebraska with 1,160 points and No. 4 in career assists with 504.
Hooper 12th Nebraska Native with 1,000 Points as Husker
Jordan Hooper is the most recent of 12 native Nebraskans among the the Huskers' 28 1,000-point scorers in school history. Hooper is also the second player from the town of Alliance, Neb., in NU's 1,000-point club, 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).
The other 1,000-point scorers from the state of Nebraska are: Nicole Kubik (Cambridge, 1,867, 1997-2000); Angie Miller (Clatonia, 1,541, 1984-87), Brooke Schwartz (Gering, 1,243, 1997-2000), Stacy Imming (Kearney, 1,036, 1984-87) and Charlie Rogers (South Sioux City, 1,001, 1997-2000).
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.
To give Hooper's productivity some more perspective, only one other sophomore in school history - Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-81) managed to score 500 points and grab 250 rebounds.
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.
Moore Threatening Top of Nebraska Career Assist List
Lindsey Moore has climbed into Nebraska's career top five in assists with 504 (4th) in her first three seasons at Nebraska. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., needs 59 assists to catch former Husker All-American Nicole Kubik (1997-2000) in third on the career list with 563. Moore is just 63 assists from joining Jina Johansen (2002-05) at No. 2 on the Husker all-time chart with 567.
The Nancy Lieberman Award candidate needs 192 assists as a senior to match Meggan Yedsena's school record of 696 assists from 1990-91 to 1993-94.
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).
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, tip 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 can follow the Huskers to their first road game of the season, when Nebraska takes on South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D., on Sunday, Nov. 18. The chartered bus will leave Lincoln at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 18 and arrive in Brookings for Nebraska's 2 p.m. tip-off with the Jackrabbits. Cost of the trip is $60 and includes a sack lunch and beverages. Game tickets are not included in the price.
The Fastbreakers will also take a bus to Omaha for Nebraska's annual clash with Creighton on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The bus leaves Lincoln at 5 p.m. for the Huskers' 7:05 p.m. tip-off at Sokol Arena with the Jays. The cost of the trip is $20 per person, and the price does not include a game ticket.
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.