(13-6, 3-3 Big Ten)
vs. #25 Michigan State Spartans
(16-2, 4-1 Big Ten)
Thursday, Jan. 24, 7:05 p.m. (Central)
Devaney Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
Live TV/Video: NET (Statewide in Nebraska)
Larry Punteney-PBP; Jami (Kubik) Hagedorn Analyst)/BTN.com
Radio: 25-Station IMG College Husker Sports Network
(PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch)
(107.3 FM-KBBK, Lincoln; 93.3 FM-KFFF, Omaha; 880 AM-KRVN, Lexington)
Free Internet Audio: Huskers.com
Huskers Face Spartans in First Meeting at Devaney Center
The Nebraska women's basketball team welcomes No. 25 Michigan State to the Bob Devaney Sports Center for the first time on Thursday night.
Tip-off between the Huskers (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) and the Spartans (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) is set for 7:05 p.m. (central) with live statewide television coverage on NET with Larry Punteney and former Husker Jami (Kubik) Hagedorn on the call. NET will provide the live video stream to BTN.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, The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha and 880 AM KRVN in Lexington. A free live audio stream will be available on Huskers.com.
Nebraska returns to the Devaney Center hoping to build momentum after an impressive 84-63 win at Minnesota on Sunday evening. The Huskers got their most complete effort of the season, led by season highs of 26 points and seven rebounds along with seven assists from senior point guard Lindsey Moore. Jordan Hooper added 17 points and eight boards, while Emily Cady contributed her third Big Ten double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman point guard Rachel Theriot pitched in 13 points and a career-high eight assists to earn her second Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award on Jan. 22.
The Spartans bring plenty of momentum of their own to Lincoln for their first appearance at the Devaney Center. Michigan State has won three straight after a 56-46 victory at Indiana Sunday. The Spartans are one of the biggest and most balanced teams in the Big Ten. Coach Suzy Merchant's squad owns a plus-16.3 scoring margin, a plus-10 rebound margin and a plus-2.1 turnover margin this season.
One of the traditional Big Ten powers in women's basketball, Michigan State is closing in on its 10th straight 20-win season and is bidding for its 10th NCAA Tournament bid in the last 11 years.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - So. - F - 5.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - So. - F - 10.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 17.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 15.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg
24 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 5.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
Off the Bench
1 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - So. - G - 3.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - So. - F - 2.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 1.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg
22 - Courtney Aitken - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
11th Season at NU (203-132); 23rd Season Overall (398-272)
Michigan State Spartans (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten)
24 - Courtney Schiffauer - 6-1 - RSr. - F - 6.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg
11 - Annalise Pickrel - 6-3 - Jr. - F - 9.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg
52 - Becca Mills - 6-4 - So. - F - 9.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg
1 - Jasmine Thomas - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 8.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg
21 - Klarissa Bell - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 12.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg
Off the Bench
4 - Jasmine Hines - 6-3 - So. - C - 9.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg
0 - Kiana Johnson - 5-7 - So. - G - 9.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg
25 - Akyah Taylor - 5-11 - RFr. - F - 2.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
5 - Mariah Harris - 5-11 - Fr. - F - 1.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg
2 - Cara Miller - 6-1 - Fr. - G - 0.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Head Coach: Suzy Merchart (Central Michigan, 1991)
Sixth Season at MSU (131-55); 18th Season Overall (332-175)
Moore First Husker with 1,400 Points, 600 Assists
Last week, Lindsey Moore crossed the 600-career assist plateau and became the first Husker in history with 1,400 points and 600 assists. In fact, no other Husker has ever scored 1,200 points and dished out 600 assists.
Moore enters the Michigan State game with 1,454 points and 608 assists. She also has 185 career steals. She ranks No. 11 at Nebraska in career points and No. 2 in career assists. Moore needs just five more steals to join NU's career top 10 in that category as well.
Scouting the No. 25 Michigan State Spartans
Suzy Merchart brings a balanced Michigan State squad to Lincoln for the first time in history on Thursday night. The No. 25 Spartans carry a 16-2 overall record, including a 4-1 Big Ten mark after a 56-46 win at Indiana on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans have won three straight Big Ten games, including a 79-75 win at Illinois and a 65-54 victory over Iowa on Jan. 17. Michigan State rolled to a 66-51 win over Minnesota in the Big Ten opener, before falling 76-55 at home to Penn State.
Fifth-year senior forward Courtney Schiffauer (6.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and senior guard Jasmine Thomas (8.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg) lead a deep and experienced seven-player rotation for the Spartans that has featured the same starting five for all 18 games.
Junior guard Klarissa Bell leads MSU with 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Last season, Bell scored 19 points while hitting 3-of-4 three-pointers in a 73-53 win over the Huskers at East Lansing in the first-ever meeting between the two schools on Feb. 23, 2012. Bell is shooting 31 percent (18-58) from long range this season, and just 66 percent (33-50) from the free throw line. In Big Ten action, Bell averaged 39 minutes per game in MSU's first four Big Ten contests before playing 33 minutes at Indiana.
Becca Mills, a 6-4 sophomore forward, has added 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while hitting 11-of-30 three-pointers (.367). Junior Annalise Pickrel, a 6-3 forward, adds 9.3 points and 4.4 rebounds while knocking down a team-high 36 three-pointers.
A pair of sophomores give the Spartans one of the most potent benches in the Big Ten. Jasmine Hines, a 6-3 center, ranks second on the team with 9.9 points per game, while adding 5.2 rebounds. Hines is a true back-to-the-basket post player who is shooting a team-best 46 percent from the floor, but just 56 percent (42-75) at the free throw line.
Johnson, a speedy 5-7 point guard, has added 9.1 points and 3.4 rebounds over the last nine games after sitting out the first nine games this season after receiving extra benefits by NCAA guidelines. Johnson is just 2-for-23 from three-point range, but 24-of-27 at the free throw line. Although not a starter this year, Johnson started 28 games for MSU as a true freshman last season. She is averaging 10.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.8 steals while playing 31.4 minutes per game in Big Ten action.
Akyah Taylor, a redshirt freshman forward who sat out the NCAA suspension alongside Johnson in the first nine games, is the only other Spartan to play in a Big Ten game. Taylor has averaged 4.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in three Big Ten contests.
As a team, the Spartans are shooting just 38.3 percent from the field in the Big Ten, including 25 percent from three-point range. They have hit 68.5 percent (74-108) of their free throws, but have attempted an average of 7.4 more free throws per game than their Big Ten opposition. Michigan State's greatest strength is on the glass, where the Spartans own a dominant plus-11.2 rebounding edge in Big Ten action. The Spartans' strength on the glass has helped them be a solid team away from the Breslin Center this year. MSU is 7-1 away from home, including 5-1 in true road games and 2-0 in road Big Ten contests.
Nebraska vs. Michigan State Series History
Michigan State won the first meeting with Nebraska last season, running to a 73-53 victory at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich., on Feb. 23, 2012.
Klarissa Bell led the Spartans with 19 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Bell is the only starter back in the top five for MSU from last season. Kiona Johnson, who started against NU last year, managed five points and five assists.
Michigan State hit 9-of-18 three-pointers and 51.8 percent overall from the field, while Nebraska hit just 31.5 percent of its shots, including 5-of-18 threes. NU won the rebounding battle, 34-33, but lost the turnover battle, 17-14.
Michigan State earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and finished with a 20-12 overall record that included an 11-5 Big Ten mark to tie for second in the conference. The Spartans are closing in on their 10th consecutive 20-win season, and are gunning for their 10th NCAA Tournament trip in the past 11 years. MSU has won at least 10 Big Ten games in each of the last 10 years.
Moore, Hooper Rank High in Big Ten Stats
Lindsey Moore leads the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1-to-1) with 104 assists and 50 turnovers through 19 games. It is one of eight categories in which Moore ranks among the top 15 in the Big Ten.
The senior point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks third in three-point field goal percentage (.432), fourth in assists (5.5 apg), and seventh overall in field goal percentage (.485). She ranks ninth in the Big Ten in scoring (15.5 ppg) and is tied for 11th in free throw percentage (.800). Moore ranks 12th in three-pointers made (1.7) and steals (1.9 spg).
Hooper ranks among the top 15 in the Big Ten in six categories. She is No. 3 in the league with her 8.8 rebounds per game, while ranking sixth in the conference in scoring at 17.8 points per contest. She is fifth in the Big Ten in three-pointers made per game with 2.5, while ranking 14th in free throw percentage (.790). She ranks fourth in defensive (5.8) and fifth in offensive (3.0) rebounding.
Big Red's Big Three Leading Huskers in Big Ten Play
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore leads Nebraska with 16.5 points, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals in Big Ten action. Junior forward Jordan Hooper has nearly averaged a double-double with 14.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
Sophomore forward Emily Cady is one of just two Big Ten players averaging a double-double in league play, joining Purdue's Sam Ostarello (13.4 ppg, 14.0 rpg).
Cady is averaging 11.5 points and a team-best 10.5 boards in Big Ten play, while shooting team bests of 57.1 percent from three-point range and 92.0 percent at the line. She is also contributing 1.5 assists in conference action.
Moore, Hooper Second Active NU Teammates Across 1,400 Points
Lindsey Moore (1,454) and Jordan Hooper (1,417) became just the second set of active teammates in Nebraska history with 1,400 or more points apiece when Hooper crossed the mark last week.
Moore enters the Michigan State game needing 46 points to reach 1,500, while Hooper is just 37 points behind Moore despite playing 34 fewer games.
The duo joins Maurtice Ivy and Angie Miller in 1986-87 as the only Huskers to play together in the same season with 1,400 or more career points.
Ivy (1,578) and Miller (1,541) ended 1986-87 with more than 1,500 points apiece. No Husker teammates have ever reached 1,600 career points in the same year. Ivy finished her career with 2,131 points.
Hooper Eighth Husker with 1,400 Points, 600 Rebounds
Jordan Hooper is one of only eight Huskers in history with 1,400 points and 600 career rebounds and has pushed her career totals to 1,417 points and 679 rebounds. Only six previous Huskers have reached the 1,400-point, 700-rebound club in their careers, and Hooper needs 21 rebounds to achieve the mark.
Hooper reached the 1,400/600 mark in her 82nd career game at Nebraska. No other member of NU's 1,400/600 list played fewer than 107 games, and four of them played more than 125 in their careers.
Nebraska's distinguished 1,400/600 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) and Angie Miller (1,541/661) are also in that elite group.
Hooper has climbed to No. 9 on NU's all-time rebounding list and is two rebounds away from Jan Crouch (681, 1976-79) at No. 8.
Moore's Starting Streak Among Nation's Longest
Lindsey Moore's streak of 117 consecutive starts for the Huskers is the second-longest active starting streak in the nation.
Moore's streak trails only Texas Tech's Monique Smalls, who owns 120 straight starts (102, plus 18 in 2012-13).
Moore is just ahead of Penn State's Nikki Greene, who has started 116 consecutive games (99, plus 17 in 2012-13).
Moore Notches 600th Career Assist
Lindsey Moore became just the second Husker in history to reach the 600-career assist mark last week against Illinois.
The 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks No. 2 on the Husker all-time assist chart with 608, trailing only school record holder Meggan Yedsena (696, 1991-94). Moore is just the eighth player in Big Ten Conference history to reach 600 career assists.
Moore, a Nancy Lieberman Award candidate, needs 88 assists to catch Yedsena at the top of the Husker assist list. Moore is averaging 5.5 assists in 2012-13.
Moore crossed the century mark in assists as a senior with seven at Minnesota Jan. 20 to push her season total to 104. She joined Yedsena as the only Huskers in history to record 100 or more assists in four separate seasons.
Last season, Moore dished out 167 assists in 33 games, while distributing 183 assists as a sophomore in 2010-11. She opened her career with 154 assists as a freshman in 2009-10.
Moore has produced a career-high 11 assists on four occasions (at Iowa, Jan. 8, 2012; Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 15, 2011; Florida A&M, Jan. 2, 2011; vs. UCLA, March 23, 2010). She has a season-high nine assists (Northern Arizona, Nov. 16) in 2012-13 and five games with eight or more assists this season.
Huskers Roll at Minnesota, 84-63
Nebraska played its most complete game of the season, rolling to an 84-63 win over Minnesota at Williams Arena on Sunday. It was the Huskers' first-ever win over the Golden Gophers at Williams Arena, and came in front of more than 6,300 fans and a Big Ten Network national television audience.
Senior Lindsey Moore put together her best game of the year with a season-high 26 points and a season-high seven rebounds to go along with seven assists and three steals in a marquee matchup of Big Ten point guards with Minnesota's Rachel Banham. Moore hit 9-of-15 shots from the field, including 2-of-5 three-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws.
Jordan Hooper added 17 points and eight rebounds, while Emily Cady contributed her third double-double in Big Ten play with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Freshman guard Rachel Theriot added the best all-around game of her young career with 13 points and a career-high eight assists against just one turnover. Theriot hit 5-of-8 shots from the field, including 3-of-5 three-pointers.
The contributions came across the board for the Big Red, who also got nine points, six rebounds and two assists from Hailie Sample and five points and three boards from Meghin Williams. Tear'a Laudermill rounded out the scoring for NU with a second half bucket while providing intense defensive pressure.
Nebraska shot a season-high 48.3 percent (29-60) from the floor, including 8-of-15 three-pointers. NU also hit 18-of-23 free throws, while keeping Minnesota off the line entirely in the second half. NU won the battle of the boards, 42-35, and won the turnover battle 12-11.
Defensively, the Huskers' zone defense held Banham to 15 points on just 6-of-21 shooting from the field. Banham entered the contest averaging nearly 21 points per game. Micaëlla Riché added 10 points and eight boards before fouling out, while Shayne Mullaney contributed 10 points for the Gophers.
Minnesota hit just 37.5 percent (24-64) of its shots from the field for the game, including 7-of-17 three-pointers, while hitting 8-of-10 free throws - all in the first half.
Nebraska opened the game with a 10-0 run but the Gophers answered in an entertaining first half that featured five ties and 10 lead changes. The Huskers surged again late in the half and took a 41-38 lead into the locker room at the break.
Nebraska started strong again in the second half, scoring seven straight points to push the lead back to 10 points at 48-38 with 18:39 to play. Minnesota cut NU's margin to six on two occassions, the last coming at 50-44 with 14:59 left.
But the Big Red responded with its biggest surge of the game, an 11-0 run capped by five straight points from Moore to push the margin to 61-44 with 10:18 left. The Golden Gophers could get no closer than 14 the rest of the way, as Nebraska built its biggest lead at 84-60 with 1:59 left.
Cady Doing Double Duty in Big Ten Play
Sophomore Emily Cady has her second Big Ten campaign off to a strong start by averaging 11.5 points and 10.5 rebounds through six conference games. Cady, who owns a trio of Big Ten double-doubles after her 12-point, 10-rebound effort at Minnesota Jan. 20, is one of just two players averaging a double-double in league play. She joins Purdue's Sam Ostarello (13.4 ppg, 14.0 rpg) in that elite club.
Cady, a 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., opened with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in Nebraska's 70-52 win over Wisconsin Jan. 2. She hit 6-of-9 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 three-pointers to tie another career best. She also dished out three assists, snagged two steals and blocked a shot against the Badgers. The performance marked Cady's first double-double of the season.
She notched her second Big Ten double with 11 points and 10 rebounds at Indiana Jan. 10. Cady hit 3-of-4 shots from the field, including her lone three-point attempt, and went 4-for-4 at the line. She added two steals and an assist against the Hoosiers. Cady produced a 17-point, nine-rebound effort at No. 8 Penn State, when she went 3-of-4 from three-point range. She added seven points and 12 rebounds in the loss to No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5, and nine points and eight rebounds against Illinois Jan. 17.
In Big Ten games, Cady is shooting 42.2 percent (19-45) from the field, including 57.1 percent (8-14) from long range. She also has connected on 23-of-25 free throws.
The increased production in conference play is nothing new for Cady, who averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in conference action last season. She earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, after averaging 7.3 points and 5.8 boards in regular-season non-conference play.
Overall, Cady averaged 9.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game to go along with a team-best 28 blocked shots in 2011-12.
Five of Cady's six career double-doubles have come against Big Ten competition and the fifth came against Kansas in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. She notched her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in NU's triple-overtime win at Purdue on Feb. 2, 2012.
Cady, who has started 52 straight games, is averaging 10.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals overall. She owns nine double-figure scoring efforts and six double-digit rebounding games as a sophomore to push her career total to 13.
Freshman Theriot Growing Up in Big Ten Play
Rachel Theriot is coming on strong in Big Ten after producing arguably her best effort of the season at Minnesota Jan. 20. The 6-0 guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, played a career-high 39 points and scored 13 points to go along with career highs of three three-pointers and eight assists in the win over the Golden Gophers. The effort earned her Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors for the second time.
Theriot increased her overall season averages to 5.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists. In Big Ten play, Theriot is averaging 7.7 points, 2.8 boards and 4.0 assists per contest.
Through the first 12 games this season, Theriot was averaging just 3.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Over the last seven contests, The freshman has turned up her production to 8.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists. She owns a trio of double-figure scoring efforts in that stretch, after not scoring more than six points in any of the first 12 games.
Theriot scored a career-high 14 points while adding six assists and four rebounds in a win at Indiana Jan. 10. She hit 7-of-9 shots from the field, including all five of her first-half attempts, to carry Nebraska to a 20-point halftime lead. She captured the first Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award of career Dec. 31, after notching her first double-figure scoring performance against Grambling State Dec. 20.
Theriot has played in all 19 games while making 13 straight starts, despite battling a foot injury.
Laudermill Igniting Huskers at Both Ends off Bench
Tear'a Laudermill is showing growth and maturity in her game over the past two months. The 5-9 sophomore guard from Riverside, Calif., has developed into a consistent offensive threat off the bench while providing pesky defense as Nebraska's defensive hound.
Laudermill matched her career high with 14 points in NU's win at Indiana Jan. 10, and made it nearly impossible for the Hoosier guards to initiate Indiana's offense. She played a major role in holding the Hoosiers to just 24 points in the game's first 33 minutes.
After scoring only six total points in Nebraska's first four games this season, Laudermill had scored at least four points 14 straight contests before settling for two points in NU's 84-63 win at Minnesota. For the season, Laudermill ranks fourth among the Huskers in scoring with 5.9 points per game, while ranking third on the team with 24 steals - one more than her season total from her freshman campaign.
Laudermill has been even better in Big Ten play, averaging 6.8 points and 1.0 steal while shooting 42.9 percent from the field. She also has improved immensely at the free throw line. As a freshman, she hit just 22-of-42 free throws (.524), but enters the Michigan State game 20-of-25 this season. She has not missed a free throw since Dec. 1 for a stretch of 11 consecutive makes.
Moore Set for 118th Straight Start Against Michigan State
Senior All-America candidate Lindsey Moore is expected to make the 118th consecutive start of her career against Michigan State Jan. 24. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., has started every game of her career since leading the Huskers to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and the Big 12 title as a freshman in 2009-10. Moore owns an 82-35 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 third on the NU career list with 3,796 minutes played. Moore needs two minutes against Michigan State to catch Nicole Kubik in second place on that list with 3,798. Meggan Yedsena owns the NU record for minutes played with 3,995.
Moore Nearing Nebraska Top 10 in Career Steals
Lindsey Moore enters the Michigan State game with 185 career steals, needing five more takeaways to join Lis Brenden (190, 1993-96) at No. 10 on Nebraska's all-time list. Moore, who set a career-best with 72 steals as a junior in 2011-12, owns 37 steals in 2012-13, including four in the Big Ten-opening win over Wisconsin and three at Minnesota on Jan. 20.
Maurer Announces End to Husker Career
Nebraska junior Adrianna Maurer decided to end her playing career for the Huskers because of continuing back pain, Coach Connie Yori announced on Monday, Jan. 7.
Maurer, a 6-3 center from Shawnee Mission, Kan., played in nine non-conference games and averaged 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in 2012-13, after returning to the court following major back surgery in mid-January of 2012. She appeared in 10 non-conference games as a sophomore before her back injury sidelined her from competition.
In 43 career games, Maurer scored 113 points and grabbed 91 rebounds. She was the only center on Nebraska's roster this season.
"Adri put in a tremendous amount of work during the offseason to put herself in a position to get back on the court, but her back pain has returned to the point that it is not in her best interest to continue to play basketball," Yori said. "She has experienced a lot of pain the past two seasons, and hopefully with rest, she can lead a normal life after basketball. Adri is an outstanding student, and we expect her to continue to do a great job as she focuses on academics."
Yori First Husker Coach with 200 Wins
Connie Yori became the first women's basketball coach in Nebraska history to reach the 200-win milestone at the school with NU's 84-39 win over Grambling State on Dec. 29, 2012. Yori also recorded her first win as Nebraska's coach against Grambling State on Nov. 22, 2002.
Yori, who was the 2010 National Coach of the Year, has improved her Husker career mark to 203-132 (.606). Earlier this season, Yori became the winningest women's basketball coach in NU history with a 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.
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.
Nebraska Celebrates Final Basketball Season at Devaney Center
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will celebrate their final season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center throughout the 2012-13 campaign. The Huskers will move into the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln in October of 2013. The arena, which is set for completion next fall, will become the new home of Husker men's and women's basketball in 2013-14.
As part of the festivities at the Devaney Center during 2012-13, the Huskers plan to highlight the greatest moments and greatest players in the 37-year history of the Devaney Center At each men's and women's basketball home game during the season, HuskerVision will produce a big screen feature showcasing one of the most memorable moments in men's and women's basketball history.
On the women's side, long-time Husker Sports Network basketball broadcasters Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch compiled the list along with Mike Babcock, who researched and wrote a detailed history of Husker women's basketball in 2000. The women's basketball moments range from Jan Crouch's 27-point performance on opening night on Nov. 12, 1976 to Lindsey Moore's triple-double on Jan. 2, 2011. They include championship celebrations in 1988 and 2010 and historic victories throughout the decades, while recognizing Husker legends such as Karen Jennings, Maurtice Ivy, Kelsey Griffin, Anna DeForge, Amy Stephens and more.
During the season, fans also will be able to join the discussion through social media, offering their most memorable moments at the Devaney Center.
The Nebraska Athletic Department created a special "Devaney Center Final Season" logo that is displayed on giant banners draped outside above the north and south entrances of the Devaney Center.
Big Ten Ranks High in National RPI
The Big Ten is proving itself as an improved women's basketball conference in 2012-13. RealTimeRPI ranks the conference No. 2 nationally among all conferences, trailing only the Big 12 this season, ranking ahead of the ACC (3), SEC (4), Big East (5) and Pac-12 (6) among the top conferences in the nation.
Penn State (8), Purdue (11), Iowa (21) and Michigan (22) give the Big Ten four top-25 RPI teams, according to the official NCAA RPI rankings (Jan. 21). Michigan State (31) and Nebraska (49) provide the conference with six top-50 RPI squads. Minnesota (61), Illinois (67) and Ohio State (69) put nine league teams among the top 75, while Wisconsin (79), Northwestern (105) and Indiana (147) keep all 12 teams in the top 150 of the 345 NCAA Division I women's basketball schools.
On the men's side, the Big Ten ranks as the No. 1 basketball conference in the land by a wide margin, and the women's side of the court compares favorably. Four Big Ten men's teams rank among the top 25, led by Michigan (5), Minnesota (8), Indiana (14) and Michigan State (16). Ohio State (27) and Illinois (31) give the Big Ten men six teams in the top 50, while Wisconsin (51), Iowa (64) and Nebraska (66) and Northwestern (94) give the Big Ten men 10 top 100 RPI teams, just like the women. Purdue (122) and Penn State (188) round out the the list of Big Ten men's teams in the RPI.
Hooper, Moore Earn Spots on Wade, Naismith, Wooden Lists
Junior Jordan Hooper and senior Lindsey Moore are being mentioned among the top players in the nation in 2012-13, and are candidates for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden awards.
Hooper and Moore were among 25 college players named to the 2012-13 preseason Wade Watch List, announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Sept. 18. They joined each other on the Preseason Wooden Award Top 30 on Nov. 9. They appeared on their first national player-of-the-year watch list together last season, when they were both included in the Naismith Midseason 32 and they earned spots on the 2013 Naismith Trophy Preseason Top 50 on Nov. 15.
Hooper and Moore are the first Husker teammates in history named to any of the three major national player-of-the-year watch lists at the same time.
In 2011-12, Hooper was an Associated Press Honorable-Mention All-American, while earning WBCA All-Region 6 honors. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., was also one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, and a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament team after averaging 18.9 points and a Big Ten-best 9.3 rebounds per game.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of eight finalists for the 2012 Nancy Lieberman Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top point guard. Moore joined Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournment Team and was a second-team All-Big Ten choice. Moore ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in assists (5.1 apg), No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) and No. 7 in scoring (15.7 ppg).
Former Nebraska All-American Karen Jennings won the Wade Trophy in 1993, while All-American Kelsey Griffin was a finalist for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden awards in 2010.
Hooper, Moore Earn Preseason All-Big Ten Honors
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore captured All-Big Ten honors while the Huskers were picked to finish second in the conference, when preseason polls were announced by the Big Ten Oct. 25.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team by both the conference coaches and media. In 2011-12, Hooper was one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, while also earning Big Ten All-Tournament honors. She ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.3 ppg), while leading the Big Ten in both rebounding (9.3 rpg) and double-doubles (14) last season.
Moore, a 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of five preseason All-Big Ten picks by the conference media. Moore ranked No. 7 in the Big Ten in scoring (15.7 ppg), No. 2 in assists (5.1 apg) and No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) in 2011-12. Moore earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior, while joining Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Defending regular-season champion Penn State was the choice of the coaches and the media to win the 2013 Big Ten title. The Huskers were picked second in both polls, while Purdue was the coaches' selection to finish third. Ohio State was the media's choice to finish third.
Huskers Load Up 2012-13 Schedule
Nebraska's 31-game regular-season schedule features 19 games against 2012 postseason squads. NU's schedule is highlighted by 13 games against 2012 NCAA Tourament teams, including a matchup with Elite Eight qualifier Maryland and two games with NCAA Sweet 16 Penn State. The Huskers play three games against 2012 WNIT teams and three contests against WBI participants.
The Huskers also play seven games against six teams that won conference titles in 2012. Maryland headlines the list of conference champs after claiming the 2012 ACC Tournament title. The Terps finished with a 31-5 record at No. 6 in the AP poll. NU also faces Big Ten regular-season champ Penn State twice and Big Ten Tournament champ Purdue once. In non-conference play, the Huskers tangled with Big Sky Conference champ Idaho State, Missouri Valley Conference champ Creighton and Summit League Conference champ South Dakota State.
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 Continue to Slow Down Huskers
Nebraska's offseason featured a laundry list of injuries. NU's entire starting five played injured in the Huskers' NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas to end the 2011-12 season.
Emily Cady underwent offseason knee surgery, while Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample each took extended rest to recover from stress reactions in their legs following NU's four games in four days at the Big Ten Tournament. Cady entered the season as one of the healthiest Huskers, while Hooper and Sample were limited by injuries. Lindsey Moore was slowed by a reoccurring injury, while NU's lone center Adrianna Maurer tried to recover from major back surgery in January of 2012. Maurer announced the end of her basketball career at Nebraska on Jan. 7, 2013, because of continuing pain. Senior forward Meghin Williams has been limited in practice throughout her four-year career by foot injuries.
Freshman guard Rachel Theriot missed nearly three weeks of practice with a stress reaction in her foot, bringing the list of Huskers severely limited in practice to seven on a daily basis.
Nebraska's other freshmen, Courtney Aitken and Sadie Murren, and sophomores Brandi Jeffery, Tear'a Laudermill and Katie Simon were healthy throughout fall practice. However, Aitken has been wearing a walking boot on her foot since mid-December and has not played since Dec. 5. Jeffery did not play at Penn State Jan. 13 because of a foot injury. She returned for limited minutes off the bench against Illinois and Minnesota but is still listed as day-to-day. Murren missed the Illinois and Minnesota games with a back injury and is also day-to-day.
NU's Four Returning Starters Solid for 52 Straight Games
After starting 33 consecutive games together in 2011-12, Nebraska's four returning starters Lindsey Moore (117), Jordan Hooper (83) and sophomores Emily Cady (52) and Hailie Sample (52) have started all 19 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 13 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 245 games.
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. 11 at Nebraska with 1,454 points, and needs 46 points to reach 1,500. Moore is 87 points behind Angie Miller (1,541, 1984-87) in 10th place on the Huskers' all-time scoring list.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., ranks No. 13 on the Husker scoring list with 1,417 points. Hooper needs 16 points to catch Diane DelVigna (1,433, 1979-80) in 12th place. Hooper trails Moore by 37 points 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.
Hooper Building Off Super Sophomore Campaign
Jordan Hooper became the first sophomore in school history to produce 600 points and 300 rebounds in the same season, finishing the 2011-12 campaign with 624 points and 306 boards. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., became just the fourth Husker ever to accomplish the feat.
Hooper, an honorable-mention AP All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten pick, set the Nebraska sophomore single-season scoring record with 624 points. She eclipsed the 609 points scored by Kiera Hardy in 2004-05. Hooper's 306 rebounds marked the third-highest total in school history by a sophomore, trailing only 372 by Janet Smith in 40 games in 1979-80) and 314 by Carol Garey in 36 games in 1978-79. Hooper's 9.3 rebounds per game matched Smith's sophomore record. Only one other sophomore in NU history - Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-81) scored 500 points and grabbed 250 boards.
Hooper's sophomore production was on a similar level to the two most productive seasons in school history. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner and a first-team All-American, produced 810 points and 319 rebounds in 32 games as a junior in 1991-92. Kelsey Griffin, a finalist for every national player-of-the-year award in 2010 and a first-team All-American, produced 685 points and 354 rebounds in 34 games as a senior.
Fastbreakers Announce Backboard Event Schedule
The Fastbreakers Booster Club set the dates for three Backboard Events during the 2012-13 season. The events, which are held in the northwest corner of the upper concourse at the Devaney Center, tipped off on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m., 90 minutes before Nebraska's game against Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The second Backboard Event was held prior to Nebraska's Big Ten clash with Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tip time was 1 p.m., while the banquet began at 11:30 a.m.
This season's Backboard Events conclude with a luncheon prior to Nebraska's Big Ten regular-season finale with Penn State on March 3. The start times of the luncheon and game will be announced at a later date, after the Big Ten Network makes its television picks for the final two games of the season across the conference.
Each event is scheduled to begin 90 minutes prior to tip-off of each game and will feature a speaker from the women's basketball staff. The cost of each event is $15 per person, and spots must be reserved no later than one week in advance of the event, either on-line at www.Huskers.com/donate (online registration available for current Fastbreakers Club members only), by calling the Huskers Athletic Fund at (402) 472-2367.
Fastbreakers Announce Plans for Three Bus Trips
Fastbreakers followed the Huskers to their first road game of the season, when Nebraska took on South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D., on Sunday, Nov. 18. The Fastbreakers also took a bus to Omaha for Nebraska's annual clash with Creighton on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
The final road trip of the season is set for Nebraska's appearance at the Big Ten Tournament March 7-10 in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Fastbreakers will leave Lincoln for the Chicago area on Wednesday, March 6 and will return following the Huskers' appearance at the tournament. The cost of bus ride is $170, and does not include game tickets. Beverages on the bus are included in the price, but no meals are included.
For more details on the 2012-13 Fastbreaker Bus Trips, contact Doug Fry at 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 a tie for third on Nebraska's career double-double list after producing her seventhof the 2012-13 season with 11 points and 11 rebounds at Indiana Jan. 10. It was Hooper's second straight double-double following a 15-point, 14-rebound effort against No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5. Hooper owns 24 career double-doubles, matching Nafeesah Brown on the NU career chart.
In non-conference play, Hooper notched 24 points and 14 rebounds in NU's win at South Florida on Dec. 16. It was Hooper's second straight double-double, after producing 36 points and 12 boards in a win over No. 24 Florida State on Dec. 8.
Hooper became just the seventh Husker in history to produce at least 20 career double-doubles, when she registered 29 points and 10 boards in NU's win over Idaho State on Dec. 1. Hooper added a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Sam Houston State Nov. 20, after notching her first double-double of the year with 12 points and 14 boards against Temple Nov. 11.
Hooper led the Big Ten and ranked among the top 25 players nationally with 14 double-doubles in 2011-12. Hooper, who produced double figures in 32 of Nebraska's 33 games, recorded 14 double-figure rebounding performances as a sophomore. Hooper's 14 double-doubles ranked as the third-highest single-season total in school history, trailing only first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin's 20 in 2009-10, and Nafeesah Brown's 16 in 1993-94. Griffin and Brown were both seniors when they produced their impressive double-figure totals.
Hooper became just the fifth player in Nebraska history to post double-figure double-doubles in a season, joining Griffin (10, 2006-07, 20, 2009-10), Brown (16, 1993-94), Karen Jennings (13, 1990-91, 13, 1991-92), Maurtice Ivy (10, 1985-86) and Carol Garey (10, 1978-79).
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game loss to No. 21 Purdue on March 4. She added 21 points and 10 rebounds against No. 14 Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals March 3, and 15 points and 10 boards in little more than a half against Iowa in the Big Ten quarterfinals on March 2.
Hooper produced arguably her most eye-popping double-double with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in NU's win over Wisconsin Feb. 19, 2012. Her 18 boards tied for the 12th-highest total in school history and were the most by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper added back-to-back double-doubles with 22 points and 15 rebounds against Iowa Jan. 26, and 12 points and 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 29. She notched double-doubles in a personal-best four straight games from Dec. 18, 2011 to Jan. 5, 2012.
Huskers End Record Poll Streak at 24 Consecutive Weeks
Nebraska continues to receive votes in both major national polls. Last week (Jan. 14-15) the Huskers ended a school-record streak of 24 consecutive weeks in at least one of the rankings.
The Huskers entered the week 28th with 11 votes in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Top 25 (Jan. 22), while ranking 35th with two votes in the Associated Press Poll (Jan. 21).
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. 10/10 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. They are 22/21 in the polls this week.
The Huskers lost to preseason Big Ten favorite and No. 8/8 Penn State in University Park Jan. 13, but will face the Lady Lions in a rematch March 3 in Lincoln. NU dropped a 69-66 overtime decision to No. 15/13 Purdue on Jan. 5.
Other Big Ten teams that have received votes or been ranked this season include current AP No. 23 Michigan and No. 25 Michigan State. Ohio State was ranked through the first eight polls this season, while Iowa and Illinois have also received votes. Husker non-conference foes Creighton and South Florida have also received votes in the polls this season.
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 384-129 (.749) in games played in the arena, including 142-87 (.620) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 120-33 (.784) 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 9-3 at the Devaney Center in 2012-13.
Big Ten Network Providing Major Exposure for Huskers
For the second consecutive season, Nebraska expects to have every regular-season and postseason game available in video form for Husker fans to follow all the action.
For the first time in school history in 2011-12, all 33 games played by the Huskers were delivered by national television or live video streams to Husker fans. In 2012-13, Nebraska 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 83 career games, Hooper has hit 182 three-pointers to rank third on the Nebraska career list. She needs just one more three 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.
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 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.
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.
Husker Sports Network, Huskers.com Carries NU World-Wide
The Husker Sports Network and Nebraska women's basketball have teamed up for well over a decade to take every game, home and away, around the world for free on Huskers.com.
In addition to carrying every women's basketball free on Huskers.com, the Husker Sports Network flagship stations B107.3 FM-KBBK (Lincoln) and The Wolf 93.3 FM-KFFF (Omaha) provide strong FM signals for Husker women's basketball and volleyball. 880-AM-KRVN (Lexington) also provides a huge AM signal statewide in central Nebraska, while more than 20 stations have joined the Husker Sports Network's women's basketball coverage across the state.
The Husker Sports Network is in its 18th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of Nebraska women's basketball in 2011-12. Women's basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch are in their 12th year together as the Huskers' broadcast team.
Catch Coach Yori's Radio Show on the Husker Sports Network
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori will appear on the Husker Sports Network regularly throughout the season with host Matt Coatney for the Connie Yori Radio Show. The show will begin with a regular, one-hour segment on the popular Sports Nightly Radio Show in December. The show will air regularly on either Monday or Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., depending on conflicts with other live events on the network. A tentative schedule for the show can be found below.
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) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Illinois (Jan. 17) / at Minnesota (Jan. 20) - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - 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) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12 - Ohio State (Feb. 14) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19 - at Michigan (Feb. 21) / Iowa (Feb. 24) - 8 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25 - at Wisconsin (Feb. 28) / Penn State (March 3) - 8 p.m.
March 4 or March 5 - at Big Ten Tournament (March 7-10) - 8 p.m.
March 11 or March 12 - Season Review/Postseason Preview - 8 p.m.
Monday, March 18 Postseason Preview (NCAA Selection 6 p.m.) - 8 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."