No. 4 Seed Nebraska Cornhuskers (#13/#12)
(26-6, 12-4 Big Ten)
vs. No. 12 BYU Cougars
(27-6, 14-4 West Coast Conference)
Monday, March 24, 8:10 p.m. (Central)
Pauley Pavilion - Los Angeles, Calif. (UCLA)
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 Live Audio: Huskers.com
National Television: ESPN2 (PBP-Dave Pasch, Analyst-Doris Burke)
NCAA Lincoln Regional Tickets: Huskers.com / 1-800-8-BIG-RED
No. 13 Huskers Face Upstart BYU for NCAA Sweet 16 Berth
The No. 13 Nebraska women’s basketball team takes on Brigham Young in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Monday night in Los Angeles with a berth to the Sweet 16 on the line. Tip-off between the Big Ten Tournament champion Huskers (26-6, 12-4 Big Ten) and the Cougars (27-6, 14-4 West Coast Conference) is set for 8:10 p.m. (CT) / 6:10 p.m. (PT) at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA.
The game will be televised live by ESPN2 with Dave Pasch and Doris Burke on the call. The first-round clash between the Huskers and Bulldogs will be carried live on radio by the Husker Sports Network with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch on the call on flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln, 93.3 FM KFFF in Omaha and 880 AM-KRVN in Lexington. The pregame radio show starts at 7:30 p.m. (CT).
The No. 4 seed Huskers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the past seven years by beating 13th-seeded Fresno State, 74-55, on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Big Ten Player of the Year Jordan Hooper led the Big Red with her 14th double-double of the season and her school-record-tying 40th double-double of her career. The 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., led the Huskers with a game-high 23 points, her 50th career 20-point effort, while adding 11 rebounds.
Junior forward Emily Cady added her 13th double-double of the season and 21st of her career with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Big Ten Tournament MVP Rachel Theriot notched her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 assists.
The 12th-seeded Cougars earned their fourth NCAA Tournament victory in history and their first since 2006 by running past No. 5 seed NC State, 72-57, in Saturday’s first round. The Cougars will be shooting for their second NCAA Sweet 16 trip in school history, joining an appearance in 2002. BYU’s 27 wins are the most in Coach Jeff Judkins’ 13 seasons with the Cougars.
The Huskers will be shooting for their third NCAA Sweet 16 bid in school history and third in the past five seasons, joining trips in 2010 and 2013. The Big Red will play to get back home to Pinnacle Bank Arena, where the Huskers will host the NCAA Lincoln Regional, March 29 and 31.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (26-6, 12-4 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 6.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 12.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 20.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg
33 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - So. - G - 14.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg
1 - Tear’a Laudermill - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 11.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Off the Bench
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 3.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg
22 - Allie Havers - 6-5 - Fr. - C - 3.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - So. - G - 2.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg
10 - Hannah Tvrdy - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 1.5 ppg, 0.3 rpg
11 - Esther Ramacieri - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.2 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
12th Season at NU (241-141); 24th Season Overall (436-281)
BYU Cougars (27-6, 14-4 West Coast)
41 - Morgan Bailey - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 10.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg
5 - Jennifer Hamson - 6-7 - Sr. - C - 18.1 ppg, 11.4 rpg
4 - Kim Beeston - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 11.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg
15 - Kylie Maeda - 5-5 - So. - G - 4.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg
21 - Lexi Eaton - 5-10 - So. - G/F - 17.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Off the Bench
3 - Ashley Garfield - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 4.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg
11 - Xojian Harry - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 2.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg
23 - Makenzi Morrison - 5-8 - RFr. - G - 2.7 ppg, 0.6 rpg
10 - Stephanie Rovetti - 5-6 - Jr. - G - 2.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg
22 - Kristine Fuller - 5-11 - RFr. - G/F - 0.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg
34 - Micaelee Orton - 6-2 - RFr. - F - 0.7 ppg, 0.8 rpg
Head Coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, 1978)
13th Season at BYU (280-132); 13th Season Overall (280-132)
The Pinnacle Awaits - Huskers Playing to Get Home
Nebraska heads to the NCAA second round working for one win to play its way back to Pinnacle Bank Arena for the NCAA Lincoln Regional, March 29 and 31. The Big Red, who have not played host to an NCAA Tournament game in Lincoln since 1993, will need to get past 27-6 BYU in the second round.
BYU finished as the West Coast Conference runner-up behind NCAA No. 6 seed Gonzaga. Coach Jeff Judkins and the Cougars finished No. 38 in the final NCAA RPI. BYU handed Gonzaga its only loss in the last 20 games, defeating the Bulldogs 62-52 on Feb. 15, but Gonzaga avenged the loss with a 71-57 victory over the Cougars in the West Coast Conference Tournament on March 11.
BYU advanced to the second round by rolling to a 72-57 over NC State on Saturday. The Cougars were led by 6-7 senior center Jennifer Hamson, who nearly notched a triple-double with 12 points, 19 rebounds and nine blocked shots in the win over the Wolfpack. Hamson is averaging 18.1 points, 11.4 and a nation-leading 4.2 blocks per game.
Sophomore guard Lexi Eaton poured in a game-high 25 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists against NC State, pushing her season averages to 17.2 points and 4.5 boards. Junior forward Morgan Bailey added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while light-scoring point guard Kylie Maeda pumped in 14 points.
Nebraska and BYU shared four common opponents this year. BYU defeated Washington State 80-73 on Nov. 26, before winning 52-51 at Creighton on Dec. 7. The Cougars lost to Utah, 82-74 in double-overtime on Dec. 14, before defeating Utah State, 84-74, on Dec. 21.
Huskers Continue Success in California
Nebraska is making its 12th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its sixth in the last eight seasons. The Huskers improved to a perfect 17-0 against teams from the state of California in 12 seasons under Coach Yori with their first-round NCAA Tournament win over Fresno State on Saturday.
Overall, the Big Red have won 19 consecutive games against California teams dating back to a 77-66 loss at UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 3, 2000. The Huskers are 9-1 overall in the state of California under Yori with eight consecutive wins dating back to a loss to Penn State in San Diego on Dec. 30, 2002.
The win over Fresno State marked the Huskers’ first NCAA Tournament victory in the state of California, helping NU improve to 1-4. It was the first time the Huskers were a higher seed in an NCAA Tournament game in California.
Nebraska’s first-ever NCAA Tournament game resulted in a 100-82 loss to USC in Los Angeles in 1988. After producing their first NCAA win in their last NCAA home tournament appearance over San Diego in 1993, the Huskers were ousted from the 1993 NCAA Tournament by USC again in Los Angeles.
NU slipped to 0-3 in Los Angeles in the NCAA Tournament with a 98-92 setback to No. 6 Kentucky as a No. 11 seed in the first round at Pauley Pavilion in 1999. NU fell to 0-4 with a 66-62 loss as a No. 9 seed to No. 8 Colorado State at Stanford in 1996.
Huskers Earn Sixth NCAA Tournament Bid in Last Eight Years
Nebraska is making its 12th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its sixth in the last eight seasons.
Over the past six years, the Huskers have produced six NCAA Tournament wins under Coach Connie Yori, after the program notched just two NCAA wins in the first 25 years of the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska’s No. 4 seed is its second-highest in school history, trailing only the No. 1 seed the Huskers earned on their way to their first NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010. NU earned its second NCAA Sweet 16 spot as a No. 6 seed last season following wins over No. 11 seed Chattanooga, which was led by current NC State Coach Wes Moore, and third-seeded Texas A&M in College Station.
The Huskers notched their first NCAA Tournament win under Coach Yori with a 61-58 victory over Xavier at College Park, Md., in 2008.
Hooper First Husker with 2,300 points, 1,100 Rebounds
Jordan Hooper pulled down 11 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament first-round win over Fresno State to push her career total to 1,106 to become the first Husker in history with 2,300 points and 1,100 career rebounds. Hooper enters Nebraska’s second-round game against BYU with 2,337 points and 1,106 boards.
Hooper also tied the Nebraska career record with her 40th double-double in the win over Fresno State. She matched 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin’s career total from 2006 to 2010.
Husker Hot Shots - Nebraska’s Starting Five
#35, Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., F, Alliance, Neb. (20.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg)
• Jordan Hooper earned Nebraska’s first Big Ten Player-of-the-Year award from the conference coaches. She is just the fourth Husker in history to claim a conference player-of-the-year honor joining Kelsey Griffin (Big 12, 2010), Karen Jennings (Big Eight, 1993) and Maurtice Ivy (Big Eight, 1988). NU’s first three conference players of the year are the only Huskers in history to have their jerseys retired.
• Hooper claimed first-team All-Big Ten honors for the third consecutive season. She is one of five Huskers in history to earn three first-team all-conference awards joining Kelsey Griffin (Big 12, 2007, 2008, 2010), Kiera Hardy (Big 12, 2005, 2006, 2007), Karen Jennings (Big Eight, 1991, 1992, 1993) and Maurtice Ivy (Big Eight, 1986, 1987, 1988).
• Hooper was named one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award for women’s basketball on Feb. 12. Fans can vote for Hooper daily at SeniorCLASSAward.com through March 24. Women’s basketball All-American Kelsey Griffin won Nebraska’s first-ever Senior CLASS Award across all sports in 2010. Volleyball All-American Gina Mancuso added an award in 2012.
• Hooper is one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award in 2014.
• Hooper claimed a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team for the second time (2012, 2014) by averaging 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in leading the Huskers to their first-ever conference tournament title in 2014. Hooper notched double-doubles in two tournament games, including 33 points and 12 rebounds in a quarterfinal win over Minnesota and 18 points and 10 boards in the championship game victory over No. 23 Iowa on March 9.
• Hooper owns 40 career double-doubles and needs one more to pass Kelsey Griffin (40, 2006-10) and take sole possession of the school record. Hooper (14) and teammate Emily Cady (13) are the first Huskers to produce double-digit double-doubles in the same season.
• In Nebraska’s first-round NCAA Tournament win over Fresno State, Hooper pulled down 11 rebounds to become the first player in Nebraska history and just the second Big Ten player all-time with 2,300 points and 1,100 rebounds. She enters the BYU game with 2,337 points and 1,106 rebounds.
• Hooper is one of only three Huskers in history with 2,000 points and 1,000 boards (Jennings, Griffin) and one of only five Big Ten players in history with 2,000 points and 1,000 boards. She is one of only nine active NCAA Division I players to achieve those combined marks.
• Hooper has pushed her Nebraska career three-point record to 292. Hooper ranks fifth in Big Ten career threes. She needs two threes to catch Michigan State’s Lindsay Bowen (2003-06) in fourth at 294. Hooper needs three threes to match Illinois senior Amber Moore (295). Penn State’s Maggie Lucas (361) broke former Penn State star Kelly Mazzante’s previous Big Ten record of 357.
• Hooper has hit more threes (292) than any forward/center in Big Ten history. She is the active leader by a forward/center in NCAA Division I and one of only two forwards among the top 25 active shooters overall in Division I.
• Hooper’s 23 points against Fresno State tied for the fourth-best scoring total by a Husker in an NCAA Tournament game. It was her third 20-point effort in five career NCAA Tournament games.
• Hooper owns 82 career points in five NCAA Tournament games and needs 20 more to set a Nebraska NCAA Tournament career scoring record. She ranks third on the NU all-time list trailing only Lindsey Moore (85, 7 games, 2010-13) and Kelsey Griffin (101, 6 games, 2007-10).
• Hooper owns 51 career rebounds in five NCAA Tournament games, which ranks second in Husker history in NCAA play. She will tie Kelsey Griffin (52, 6 games, 2007-10) with her next rebound. Hooper owns three double-digit rebounding efforts in NCAA Tournament play.
• Hooper’s next three-pointer will tie Nebraska’s NCAA Tournament record of 11 career three-pointers hit by Yvonne Turner (2007-10, 6 games).
• Hooper ranks No. 2 at Nebraska in career points (2,337), trailing only 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings (2,405) on the Husker list.
• Hooper ranks second on the Nebraska career rebound chart with 1,106. Janet Smith owns the NU career record with 1,280 rebounds.
• Hooper ranks No. 6 in Big Ten history with 2,337 points. She needs 68 points in the NCAA Tournament to tie Karen Jennings’ school record (2,405 points, 1990-93) and catch Purdue’s MaChelle Joseph (2,405 points, 1989-92) in fifth on the Big Ten all-time scoring list.
• Hooper owns 1,106 rebounds and needs nine more to catch Ohio State’s Tracey Hall (1985-88) in eighth on the Big Ten’s all-time rebounding chart.
• Hooper needs five rebounds to produce her third consecutive 600-point, 300-rebound season. She is the only Husker to produce more than 100, 600-point, 300-rebound season in her career.
• With a career-best 652 points this season, Hooper needs two points to tie Nicole Kubik for the fifth-best single-season point total in school history. Hooper is 33 points away from the No. 3 season for total points in school history (685, Kelsey Griffin, 2010).
• Hooper will make her 131st straight start in Nebraska’s second-round NCAA Tournament game, which ranks second on NU’s all-time list. Lindsey Moore (2010-13) owns the Husker career record with 132 starts.
• Hooper has played more minutes (3,990) than any forward or center in Nebraska history. Karen Jennings ranks second among forwards/center in minutes played at NU with 3,369.
• Hooper has increased her single-season high to 40 assists, which is 15 more than her freshman and sophomore seasons combined (25), and 18 more than she distributed in 2012-13 (22). She needs seven more assists to match her career total entering this season.
• Hooper’s 73 career blocks rank 11th in NU history. She is No. 2 on the team with 16 in 2013-14.
• Hooper ranks third on the team with 32 steals this season.
• Hooper scored 200 points in 10 career conference tournament games (9 Big Ten, 1 Big 12) to set a Nebraska record. Hooper averaged 20.0 points and 8.2 rebounds in her career in conference tournament games. Hooper’s 82 career rebounds in conference tournament games are also a Husker career record, along with her 68 field goals made, 20 three-pointers made and 56 threes attempted, 44 free throws made and 55 free throws attempted. She has played in more conference tournament games than any other Husker in history.
• Hooper scored 184 points in nine career Big Ten Tournament games, which ranks fifth in Big Ten Tournament history, matching Purdue’s Shereka Wright at No. 5 on the career tournament scoring list with 184 (2001-04, 11 games).
• Hooper’s 33 points against Minnesota were the second-most ever scored by a Husker in a conference tournament game, trailing only Maurtice Ivy’s 35 against Kansas in the 1987 Big Eight Tournament. Hooper’s 14 field goals made against the Gophers were a Nebraska conference tournament record.
• Hooper has scored in double figures in 114 of her 129 career games, including 50 20-point performances. She owns 10 career 30-point efforts, including 33 points and 12 rebounds against Minnesota on March 7. Hooper had 33 points and 14 boards against Utah State (Dec. 8), 31 points and six threes against Indiana (Feb. 16) and 30 points and 11 rebounds against ORU (Dec. 29) this season. She has grabbed double-digit rebounds 45 times, including 15 this year.
#23, Emily Cady, 6-2, Jr., F, Seward, Neb. (12.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.1 apg)
• Emily Cady produced her second career NCAA Tournament double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in Nebraska’s first-round win over Fresno State on Saturday.
• Cady owns 40 career rebounds in five NCAA Tournament games to rank third in Nebraska history trailing only All-American Kelsey Griffin (52, 2006-10) and teammate Jordan Hooper (51, 2011-14). Fellow Husker junior forward Hailie Sample ranks fourth on Nebraska’s NCAA Tournament career rebounding list with 31.
• One of the Big Ten’s most versatile forwards, Emily Cady earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2014. She is tied for third in the Big Ten with 13 double-doubles, while ranking fourth in the league with 9.2 rebounds per game. She ranks 25th overall in scoring (12.7 ppg), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5-to-1), seventh in free throw percentage (.857), seventh in field goal percentage (.492) and 11th in assists (3.1 apg). In Big Ten games-only, Cady ranked third with her 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio trailing only Husker point guard Rachel Theriot (2.7) and Iowa point guard Samantha Logic (2.2). Cady also ranked eighth in conference play in assists (4.1 apg). She had eight double-doubles in 16 conference games.
• Cady scored 15 points in NU’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal win over Minnesota on March 7 to become the 29th player in Husker history to score 1,000 points. She enters the NCAA Tournament second round game with BYU needing seven points to tie Cathy Owen (1982-85) in 25th with 1,048 points.
• Cady, who owns 1,041 points, 777 rebounds, 217 assists and 109 steals, is just the third player in Nebraska history with 1,000 points, 700 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 career steals, joining Maurtice Ivy and Anna DeForge.
• Cady owns 21 career double-doubles, which is tied for sixth all-time at Nebraska with Maurtice Ivy (1985-88) and Deb Powell (1982-85). She needs one more double-double to tie Janet Smith (1979-82) with 22 in fifth on NU’s career double-double list.
• Cady enters the NCAA Tournament second round with 777 rebounds to rank eighth all-time at Nebraska. She needs one board to catch Maurtice Ivy (778, 1985-88) in seventh on the NU all-time list.
• Cady owns the 11th-best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5-to-1) of any forward in NCAA Division I.
• The best passing forward in the Big Ten, Cady’s 100 assists lead all conference forwards. Her 1.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio also leads all players in the conference at the position. In Big Ten play, her 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio was better than every starting guard except first-team All-Big Ten point guards Rachel Theriot (Nebraska) and Samantha Logic (Iowa).
• Cady ranks 10th in NU history with 85 career blocks. She needs three more to catch Casey Leonhardt (88, 2000-01) in ninth on the Husker career chart. Only seven Huskers have 100 career blocks.
• No player in Husker history has 1,000 points, 900 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocks.
#33, Rachel Theriot, 6-0, So., G, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (14.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 7.0 apg)
• One of the best young point guards in the nation, Rachel Theriot earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after ranking second among the Huskers with 15.6 points per game in conference play. She also averaged a team-best 7.3 assists in Big Ten action, which ranked second in the league. Overall, Theriot is averaging 14.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists on the year after notching her fourth double-double of the season and her career with 10 points and 12 rebounds in the Big Red’s first-round NCAA Tournament win over Fresno State on Saturday.
• Theriot’s 12 assists were a Nebraska NCAA Tournament game record and tied for her second-highest total of the season and her career at NU, trailing only her 18 assists against Minnesota in the quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis on March 7.
• Theriot’s 19 career NCAA Tournament assists are tied for the second-most by a Husker in school history, trailing only Lindsey’s Moore’s 43 (2010-13).
• Theriot entered the NCAA Tournament after a tremendous performance in the Big Ten Tournament. She averaged 18.7 points and a tournament record 10.0 assists to win MVP honors while leading the Huskers to their first conference tournament title. Theriot hit 56.4 percent of her shots from the field, including 5-of-10 threes and knocked down 7-of-8 free throws. She posted a 4.3-to-1 assist to turnover ratio (30-to-7).
• Theriot’s 30 assists in the Big Ten Tournament were a Nebraska single-season conference tournament record. She produced arguably the best passing game in Big Ten history in Nebraska’s Big Ten quarterfinal win over Minnesota March 7, dishing out a tournament-record-shattering 18 assists against just one turnover. The previous tournament record was 12 set by Helen Darling of Penn State against Illinois in 2000. The most assists by a Big Ten player against a Big Ten opponent came with 16 from Maggie Acuna of Illinois against Wisconsin in 2006.
• Theriot’s 18 assists were the second-most in a game in Nebraska history, trailing only 19 assists by Kathy Hawkins on Feb. 17, 1976 against Kearney State (now Nebraska-Kearney). Theriot’s assists are the most ever by a Husker against an NCAA Division I opponent, and the most in the last 37 seasons, covering nearly 1,200 games.
• Theriot’s 18 assists were the most in an NCAA Division I game this season.
• In two games against Minnesota this season, Theriot produced 47 points (23.5 ppg), 27 assists (13.5 apg) and just one turnover in 84 minutes.
• Over the last nine games, Theriot has averaged 18.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. She produced four 20-point efforts during the stretch, 24 points and four assists in Nebraska’s Big Ten Championship Game win over No. 23 Iowa on March 9. She had 26 points, a career-high-tying seven rebounds and four assists in a win at Ohio State Feb. 20. She added 23 points, six rebounds and eight assists with no turnovers in a win over Indiana Feb. 16. She closed the regular season with 24 points, including a career-best 4-for-4 three-point shooting at No. 19 Purdue March 2. She has produced a pair of double-doubles during the stretch, including 10 points and 12 assists in an NCAA Tournament win over Fresno State and 14 points and a career-high 18 assists in a win over Minnesota on March 7 to set a Big Ten Tournament assist record.
• Theriot shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent (25-50) from three-point range in Big Ten play this season. Her three-point shooting percentage led the Big Ten. Over the last nine games, Theriot has hit 55.6 percent (15-27) of her three-pointers, 51.6 percent (64-124) of her field goal attempts and 91.3 percent (21-23) of her free throws. She also has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.9-to-1 (75-19).
• Theriot owns 24 double-figure scoring efforts this season and 29 in her career. She had a career-high 33 points in an overtime win over Minnesota (Jan. 16). She added 28 points at Utah (Nov. 15), when she also had seven rebounds. She owns six career 20-point games, all coming this season.
• Theriot notched her fourth career double-double and sixth career double-digit assist game with 10 points and 12 assists against Fresno State March 22. She had 14 points and 18 assists against Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. Her 18 assists were a career high, smashing the 12 assists she had against Michigan State on Feb. 8. She posted her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 assists against Michigan Jan. 29. She added a second double-double with 10 points and 11 assists at Wisconsin Feb. 5. She just missed a double-double with nine points and 12 assists in a win over No. 24 Michigan State Feb. 8.
• Theriot enters the NCAA Tournament second round with a school single-season record of 225 assists, using her 18 assists against Minnesota to become the first player in Husker history to post 200 assists in a season. Theriot broke the previous NU school record of 195 assists set by Meggan Yedsena in 1991-92 and tied by Lindsey Moore last season.
• Theriot earned Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honors on Jan. 20 and Feb. 25.
• Theriot ranks second in the Big Ten and fifth nationally with 7.0 assists per game, including 7.3 assists per game in Big Ten play. She has produced back-to-back 100-assist seasons and owns 326 in her career, which ranks in a tie for No. 9 on the Husker career chart with Kathy Hawkins (1975-77, 326).
• Theriot leads the Big Ten in overall assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7-to-1). Her 2.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in Big Ten games also led the conference.
• Theriot ranks second among the Huskers with 34 steals on the season.
• Theriot has 454 points and 225 assists through 32 games. Last season, she had 211 points and 101 assists in 34 games, including 28 starts.
• In Big Ten play, Theriot led the league with 39.4 minutes per game. She played the full 45 minutes in NU’s overtime wins over Minnesota (Jan. 16) and Wisconsin (Feb. 5), and the full 40 against Northwestern (Jan. 2), Purdue (Jan. 19), at Michigan (Feb. 13), and Indiana (Feb. 16), at Ohio State (Feb. 20) and Illinois (Feb. 27).
#1, Tear’a Laudermill, 5-9, Jr., G, Riverside, Calif. (11.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg)
• Tear’a Laudermill is emerging as a rising star for the Huskers and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior. Over the last 14 games, Laudermill has averaged 14.6 points and hit 40.2 percent of her three-point attempts. She finished Big Ten play with averages of 13.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. She also led the Big Red with 21 steals in conference action. In the Big Ten Tournament, Laudermill averaged 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals to help the Huskers to their first conference tournament title.
• Laudermill erupted for a career-high 27 points, including a school-record-tying seven three-pointers in Nebraska’s 94-74 win over No. 8 Penn State Feb. 24. She hit her first six threes in the first half and closed the night 7-of-10 to lead Nebraska to the best three-point shooting game (16-22, .727) in NCAA Division I this season.
• Laudermill produced the first three 20-point performances of her career in February, after opening the month with 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including four threes in a win at Iowa Feb. 1. She added 21 points on five threes at Wisconsin Feb. 5, before adding her fourth career 20-point game in the last five weeks with 20 points in NU’s Big Ten semifinal win over No. 19 Michigan State on March 8.
• With 369 points this year, Laudermill has surpassed her previous career total (306 in 61 games) entering 2013-14.
• In Big Ten play this season, Laudermill was 39-for-88 (.443) from long range. Last season, she went 12-for-43 (.279) from beyond the arc in Big Ten play.
• Laudermill ranked fourth in Big Ten-only three-point field goal percentage (.443) and tied for fifth in Big Ten three-pointers made (2.4 pg) in conference games-only.
• Laudermill has eight games with 15 or more points in the last 16 contests. Prior to the stretch, she had scored a career-high 15 points just once (Creighton, Dec. 14, 2013) in the first 78 games of her career.
• Laudermill has produced double figures 19 times this season - all in the last 28 games. She had just four double-figure efforts in the first 65 games of her career.
• Laudermill ranks fourth among the Huskers with 11 blocked shots this season. She produced five blocked shots in the first 62 games of her career, all coming last season.
• Laudermill is Nebraska’s No. 2 active career three-point shooter with 96 makes, which is tied for 10th on the Husker career list. She trails only Jordan Hooper’s 77 among the Huskers.
• Her 59 threes this season rank as the third-most by a junior in school history trailing only Hooper (2012-13) and Kiera Hardy (2005-06), who share the junior single-season record with 81.
#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Jr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (6.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.2 apg)
• Hailie Sample is expected to join Jordan Hooper and Emily Cady in Nebraska’s starting front line for the 100th consecutive game in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Sample produced her second career double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds to help Nebraska claim its first-ever conference tournament title with a 72-65 win over No. 23 Iowa on March 9. Sample averaged 7.5 points and a team-leading 10.0 rebounds in the tournament. Her 30 total rebounds and 16 offensive boards led all players in 2014 Big Ten Tournament.
• Sample averaged a whopping 5.3 offensive boards per contest in the Big Ten Tournament. Sample, Hooper and Cady all grabbed six offensive rebounds in the championship game win over No. 23 Iowa to post a season-high plus-31 rebound margin (58-27) against the Hawkeyes.
• Sample’s 15 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game were a Nebraska Big Ten Tournament record and tied Nafeesah Brown (vs. Kansas, 1993, Big Eight) for the second-highest rebounding total ever by a Husker in a conference tournament game. Only Shelly Block (16 vs. Oklahoma State, 1987, Big Eight) pulled down more boards in a league tournament game than Sample. Block is the mother of current Husker freshman Hannah Tvrdy.
• Sample carries averages of 6.1 points and 6.3 rebounds, while ranking third on the team with 2.2 assists. She produced double figures for the eighth time this season with 11 points and 15 rebounds against No. 23 Iowa on March 9 to help the Huskers win the Big Ten title. Sample had 12 points, four rebounds and two assists at Michigan Feb. 13, and added 10 points and seven rebounds at Wisconsin Feb. 5. She also had 10 points and six boards at Iowa Feb. 1. She had 12 points against No. 22 Purdue Jan. 19. She had a season-high 13 points in a win over Creighton on Dec. 14, after producing back-to-back double-digit efforts against Washington State and at North Carolina. Sample owns 14 career double-figure scoring performances, including a career-high 20 points at Creighton last season.
• Sample ranks seventh in the Big Ten in offensive rebounds (2.5 rpg), and 16th overall in rebounding.
• With 21 steals this season, Sample has surpassed her season total of 11 from a year ago.
• Sample has set single-season career bests in points (196), rebounds (202), assists (71), blocks (16) and (21) steals.
• Nebraska’s front line players Jordan Hooper, Emily Cady and Hailie Sample are expected to make their 100th consecutive starts together in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The group is averaging 39.2 points and 24.7 rebounds per game this season.
• Emily Cady, Hailie Sample and Rachel Theriot have combined to step up their production from a year ago. The trio combined for just 636 points in NU’s first 32 games (19.9 ppg) last season compared to 1,057 points in 32 contests (33.0 ppg) this season - combining for 13.1 more points per game than 2012-13.
• Junior guard Brandi Jeffery started NU’s first three games. She missed the Southern game with an injury but has returned for Nebraska’s last 28 games. She is Nebraska’s top guard off the bench and has scored in double figures three times, including 10 points against No. 24 Michigan State Feb. 8.
• Nebraska ranks No. 8 nationally with 110,892 fans at home this season. The Huskers rank 11th nationally with an average home attendance of 6,161 per game. The Huskers drew 10 of the top-16 non-conference home crowds in school history this season, including a record 9,750 vs. UCLA (Nov. 8).
Huskers Produce Second-Best Win Total for Third Straight Season
Nebraska enters the NCAA Tournament second round with the second-highest win total in school history. At 26-6, the Huskers have averaged 25 wins over the past three years, including 24 victories in 2012 and 25 wins in 2013.
A win over BYU in the second round would give Nebraska 27 wins to continue to Nebraska’s recent success. Before NU’s 24 wins in 2011-12, only one Husker team had produced more than 23 wins in a season - Nebraska’s 2009-10 Big 12 championship team that finished 32-2, including the school’s first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Last season, the 2012-13 Huskers took another step forward by notching 25 wins, including a pair of NCAA Tournament victories to reach the school’s second NCAA Sweet 16.
The 2013-14 Huskers have a chance to keep moving forward after winning the school’s first-ever conference tournament title with three victories at the Big Ten Tournament, March 7-9. Nebraska enters the NCAA second round with a 26-6 overall record after going 12-4 in Big Ten play.
The Huskers can do no worse than tie the school record for fewest losses in a season with seven. The 2009-10 Huskers suffered just two losses, once in the Big 12 Tournament and one in the NCAA Regional Semifinals. The 1988 Big Eight champion Huskers finished 22-7. The only other NU team to lose seven or fewer games was Nebraska’s first-ever varsity team in 1974-75, which went 9-7 against primarily lower division (NCAA Division II, III, NAIA) opponents.
Nebraska, which has secured its sixth 20-win season in the past eight years, had managed only five 20-win seasons in the previous 26 years before Yori led the Huskers to 22 wins in 2006-07. It is NU’s 15th 20-win season and third 25-win campaign in the 39th full year of women’s basketball as a varsity sport.
Nebraska owns four 20-win seasons in the last five years, which has included the four top victory totals in school history, including an NU-record 32 wins in 2009-10. Prior to Yori’s arrival in 2002-03, NU’s record for single-season wins was 23 (1978-79, 1979-80, 1992-93, 1997-98).
Scouting the BYU Cougars
BYU will play the Huskers with its first NCAA Sweet 16 berth on the line since 2002. Coach Jeff Judkins has led the Cougars to a school-record 27 wins after a 72-57 opening-round victory over No. 5 seed NC State on Saturday. BYU went 14-4 in the West Coast Conference, handing No. 6 NCAA Tournament seed Gonzaga its only loss in the last 21 games.
The Cougars feature one of the most productive posts in the nation in senior Jennifer Hamson. The 6-7 center is averaging 18.1 points and 11.4 boards per game, while leading the nation with 137 blocks on the season. Hamson nearly notched a triple-double with 12 points, 19 rebounds and nine blocked shots in BYU’s first-round NCAA Tournament win over NC State.
Also a standout volleyball player for the Cougars, Hamson has focused solely on basketball this season, easily producing a career year. Last year, she averaged 11.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Hamson owns 1,413 points, 938 rebounds and 330 career blocks.
With Hamson at the center of attention, BYU’s supporting cast has thrived. Sophomore Lexi Eaton has added 17.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, including a game-high 25 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Hamson and Eaton have combined for 429 free throw attempts and 332 points at the line, while BYU has made 571-of-783 free throws on the year. Eaton also has knocked down 49 threes on the year (.374) as BYU’s No. 2 long-range threat.
Kim Beeston, a 5-11 senior guard, has been BYU’s top bomber from outside, draining 93-of-231 threes (.403). Beeston, who has made just 29 two-point shots, leads BYU with 134 assists and carries nearly a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Beeston struggled with her shooting touch in the NCAA first round, hitting just 1-of-8 from the field, including 1-of-6 from long range. However, over the five previous games, Beeston had hit 20-of-35 threes (.571).
Morgan Bailey gives BYU four starters averaging in double figures with 10.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. The 6-2 junior forward has started 26 consecutive games and has proven herself as a force inside for the Cougars. She owns five double-doubles on the year, including 13 points and 12 rebounds in BYU’s first-round win over NC State.
Kylie Maeda owns BYU’s best assist-to-turnover ratio (104-to-49) and has shown the ability to hit the three, connecting on 25-of-67 shots (.373) from beyond the arc. Maeda hit 2-of-3 threes and 5-of-6 shots overall from the floor on her way to 14 points in the Cougars’ first-round win over the Wolfpack. Maeda is averaging 4.7 points and 2.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
Junior Ashley Garfield started the first seven games for BYU this season, and has assumed the role as the top Cougar off the bench. The 5-11 guard is averaging 4.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on the season. A workhorse on the boards, Garfield owns six double-figure rebounding games this season, including a pair of 15-board efforts. She matched her career high with eight offensive rebounds against Pacific.
Xojian Harry has pitched in 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds. The 5-11 junior guard is one of five Cougars to play in all 33 games this season. Redshirt freshman Makenzi Morrison (2.7 ppg, 0.6 rpg) and 5-6 junior Stephanie Rovetti (2.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg) also have provided regular contributions.
As a team, BYU is averaging 72.4 points per game, while surrendering 63.7 points per contest. The Cougars are hitting 43.6 percent of their shots from the floor, including 35.0 percent of their three-pointers. BYU has also hit 72.9 percent of its free throws. Opponents are hitting just 35.0 percent of their field goals, but have knocked down 34.2 percent of their threes while connecting on 73.8 percent of their free throws. BYU owns a plus-6.4 rebound margin but a minus-3.3 team turnover margin.
BYU entered the tournament as the No. 38 RPI team in the country, but went just 2-2 against the NCAA Tournament field during the regular season, with a win over Cal State Northridge, a win over Gonzaga and two losses to the Bulldogs.
Huskers, Hooper Dominate Big Ten Postseason Honors
Jordan Hooper became the first Nebraska women’s basketball player to claim Big Ten Player-of-the-Year honors,when the conference announced its annual awards on Monday.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., captured first-team All-Big Ten honors for the third consecutive season, while becoming just the fourth Husker in history to earn a conference player-of-the-year award. She joins 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (Big 12), 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings (Big Eight) and 1988 Big Eight Player of the Year Maurtice Ivy on that distinguished list of Huskers.
Griffin, Jennings and Ivy are the only three Huskers in history to have their jerseys retired by the school. Hooper joins the same group as the only three-time first-team all-conference selections in school history, along with three-time first-team All-Big 12 pick Kiera Hardy (2005, 2006, 2007).
“Wow, what an amazing honor,” Hooper said. “It is obviously a tremendous honor to be the Big Ten Player of the Year, especially since it was voted on by the conference coaches. It’s more exciting though that our whole starting five and Coach Yori were honored. That is unbelievable. I think that says a lot about the amount of work we put in to get better throughout the season, and it also says a lot about the ability of our coaches to make us a better team.”
Hooper, who is averaged 20.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, has led the Big Red to a 26-6 regular-season record and a 12-4 Big Ten mark. Hooper set the school career three-point record (292), while climbing to No. 2 at Nebraska in career points (2,337) and rebounds (1,106). She is also one of only five players in Big Ten history to reach the combined milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Hooper, one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, headlined a Husker starting five that all earned an all-conference honor. She was joined on the coaches All-Big Ten first team by sophomore guard Rachel Theriot.
The 6-0 point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, ranks second among the Huskers with 14.2 points per game on the season, including 15.6 points per game in conference action. Theriot is also one of the top passers in the Big Ten and Husker history. She has set the school record with 225 assists. Theriot owns the top assist-to-turnover ratio in the Big Ten, while also shooting 50 percent from the field and three-point range during Big Ten play. She also shot nearly 90 percent from the free throw line during the regular season.
Junior forward Emily Cady and junior guard Tear’a Laudermill added second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches, while junior forward Hailie Sample claimed a spot on the five-player Big Ten All-Defensive Team.
In addition to Nebraska’s starting five claiming All-Big Ten honors, Connie Yori was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by her peers for the second straight season. It is the fourth conference coach-of-the-year award for Yori, who was the 2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year and the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year at Creighton. Yori was also the national coach of the year in 2010.
“I am thrilled for our players,” Yori said. “They put in a ton of work to get better all year long. It is really gratifying to see that hard work recognized and rewarded by the other coaches in the conference.”
Hooper and Theriot both added first-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference media, while Cady and Laudermill both claimed second-team accolades. The media does not name an All-Defensive Team.