Game One Presented by Ameritas
#17/#12 Nebraska Cornhuskers
(25-9 Overall, 12-4 Big Ten, NCAA Sweet 16)
vs. RV/#25 UCLA Bruins
(26-8 Overall, 14-4 Pac-12, NCAA 2nd Round)
Friday, Nov. 8, Noon (Central)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)
Huskers Open Pinnacle Bank Arena with Game One vs. UCLA
The Nebraska women’s basketball team makes its regular-season debut in its new home at Pinnacle Bank Arena, when the Huskers take on UCLA on Friday, Nov. 8, at Noon (CT).
Nebraska, ranked No. 17 in the preseason Associated Press Poll and No. 12 in the preseason USA Today Top 25, will face a Bruins team the entered the season at No. 25 in the USA Today rankings while receiving votes in the AP Poll.
Two-time All-American and two-time first-team All-Big Ten forward Jordan Hooper leads four returning starters from a Husker squad that advanced to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16, while All-Pac-12 forward Atonye Nyingifa leads a new-look bunch of Bruins from a team that went to the second round of the Big Dance a year ago.
Season and single-game tickets for Nebraska’s first season in its new home for hoops are available at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED. NU’s season ticket sales for women’s basketball have increased by more than 50 percent from a year ago. A school-record that has surpassed 3,200 season tickets sold.
The first regular-season game in the history of Pinnacle Bank Arena will be televised live statewide by Nebraska Educational Television (NET) with Jon Schuetz and Brenda VanLengen calling the action. A live video stream of the broadcast will be available world-wide to subscribers of BTN.com All-Access.
A live radio broadcast will be provided by the Husker Sports Network, including Lincoln affiliate B107.3 FM and 93.3 FM in Omaha. Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will be on the call as they begin their 13th year together for the Husker Sports Network’s 25 statewide affiliates for women’s basketball. Free live audio is also available world-wide for free on Huskers.com.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (25-9, 12-4 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 4.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 9.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 17.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg
33 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - So. - G - 6.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 3.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg
Off the Bench
1 - Tear’a Laudermill - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 5.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg
10 - Hannah Tvrdy - 5-9 - Fr. - G - High School
11 - Esther Ramacieri - 5-8 - Fr. - G - High School
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 2.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - So. - G - 1.5 ppg, 0.9 rpg
22 - Allie Havers - 6-5 - Fr. - C - High School
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
12th Season at NU (215-135); 24th Season Overall (410-275)
UCLA Bruins (26-8, 14-4 Pac-12)
11 - Atonye Nyingifa - 5-11 - Sr. - F - 11.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg
13 - Luiana Livulo - 6-3 - Jr. - C - JUCO
1 - Thea Lemberger - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 8.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg
21 - Nirra Fields - 5-9 - So. - G - 7.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg
22 - Madeline Brooks - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 0.5 ppg, 0.1 rpg
Off the Bench
2 - Kari Korver - 5-9 - So. - G - Injured
4 - Lauren Holiday - 5-8 - RFr. - G - 1.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg
10 - Kacy Swain - 6-3 - Jr. - F - Injured
14 - Dominique Williams - 5-8 - Fr. - G - High School
20 - Rhema Gardner - 6-1 - RJr. - F/G - Redshirted
24 - Paulina Hersler - 6-2 - Fr. - F - High School
34 - Corinne Costa - 6-4 - RJr. - F/C - 4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
54 - Savanna Trapp - 6-9 - Fr. - C - High School
Head Coach: Cori Close (UC Santa Barbara, 1993)
Third Season at UCLA (40-24); Third Season Overall (40-24)
Nebraska Celebrates Season One at New Arena
Nebraska will celebrate its first season in Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2013-14. The arena, located in the historic Haymarket in downtown Lincoln just steps away from the Nebraska campus, will serve as the new home for Husker men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The $179 million project was completed in the summer of 2013 after being approved by voters in May of 2010. A ribbon cutting ceremony that included Governor Dave Heineman, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman, Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst and Husker coaches Connie Yori and Tim Miles, tipped off the opening of the new arena in late August.
The 470,400-square foot arena project has sparked a revitalization of the Haymarket District, including the addition of several new hotels and upscale housing options. It also has added the Railyard, an outdoor entertainment area adjacent to the arena. The Railyard includes “The Cube” a massive outdoor screen that will serve as a hub for other entertainment options.
In “Season One” at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Husker women’s basketball program has experienced more than a 50 percent increase in season ticket sales, surpassing the 3,200 mark. The number shattered NU’s previous season ticket record.
The women’s program was also selected as one of four NCAA Regional hosts for the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Huskers will play host to the NCAA Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds at Pinnacle Bank Arena, March 29-31. Nebraska has advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in two of the past four seasons, but Lincoln has not played host to an NCAA Tournament game in men’s or women’s basketball since 1993.
On the men’s side, the Huskers have sold out for the season, guaranteeing a school-record average of more than 15,000 per game in their first year at the arena.
Scouting the UCLA Bruins
Third-year coach Cori Close brings a new-look Bruins bunch to Lincoln for the season-opening battle with Nebraska. Last season, a veteran UCLA team led by All-American Markel Walker and fellow seniors Alyssia Brewer and Jasmine Dixon, powered the Bruins to a 26-8 overall record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The experienced UCLA unit went 14-4 and finished third in the Pac-12.
UCLA lost 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds from Brewer, along with 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and team bests of 5.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game from Walker. Dixon added 8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Overall, the Bruins return two starters - leading scorer and No. 3 rebounder Atonye Nyingifa and fellow senior Thea Lemberger - from its 2013 team. Nyingifa, a sixth-year senior from Torrance, Calif., averaged 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while leading the Bruins in starts (29) and minutes played (1,067). In UCLA’s lone exhibition game of 2013-14, Nyingifa erupted for 19 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Vanguard. She had 10 offensive rebounds in that game.
Lemberger has been a regular starter for the last two years. As a sophomore, she averaged 12.0 points per game, before averaging 8.6 points per contest a year ago. She has made 53 starts and hit 68 career three-pointers for the Bruins.
In addition to losing four starters from last year’s team, UCLA was dealt injuries to a pair of players expected to contend for starting jobs this year - Kari Korver and Kacy Swain. Korver, a 5-9 sophomore guard, and Swain, a 6-3 junior forward, both suffered knee injuries in preseason workouts and are out for the year. Korver made eight starts last year and averaged 4.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game, while Swain averaged 3.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest in 33 games off the bench. Other past contributors Corinne Costa, Rhema Gardner and Lauren Holiday are also on the mend from injuries.
Despite the losses, the Bruins still feature plenty of weapons. Sophomore Nirra Fields was one of the Pac-12’s top freshmen a year ago despite playing a limited role. She averaged 7.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in just over 19 minutes per game off the bench. In UCLA’s exhibition win over Vanguard on Oct. 31, Fields had 17 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Junior transfer Luiana Livulo brings size and experience to the Bruin lineup. The 6-3 center from Lisbon, Portugal spent the past two seasons at Northwest Florida State. She also brings extensive experience in the Portuguese National Program. In UCLA’s exhibition win, she produced 13 points and six rebounds.
Madeline Brooks, a 5-8 junior guard, rounds out UCLA’s probable starting five, while freshman Dominique Williams could expect to see extensive time in the backcourt. Fellow freshman Savanna Trapp, a 6-9 center from Esko, Minn., could also see time. She blocked more than 600 shots during her high school career.
Nebraska vs. UCLA Series History
UCLA leads the all-time series with Nebraska 4-1, but the Huskers’ victory came in the most recent meeting between the two programs. Nebraska ran to an 83-70 win over UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Williams Arena in Minneapolis on March 23, 2010, to advance to the program’s first Sweet 16.
UCLA won the first four meetings in the series, including a 72-63 win in Lincoln on Feb. 3, 1979. UCLA is 2-0 against the Huskers in Los Angeles (Jan. 11, 1977; Jan. 10, 1984) and owns an 85-67 neutral site win over the Big Red in Hawaii on Nov. 27, 1998.
Huskers to Tip Off with Game One presented by Ameritas
The University of Nebraska Athletic Department announced on Oct. 18 that Ameritas will be the presenting sponsor for the Husker men’s and women’s basketball regular-season openers at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Game One presented by Ameritas will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, as the Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball teams host their first regular-season games at Pinnacle Bank Arena, a $179 million facility in Lincoln’s Haymarket District. Both basketball games are expected to shatter school single-game non-conference attendance marks, trumpeting the start of the 2013-14 campaign for both programs.
“The Husker basketball season-opening celebration will be a historic day in Lincoln,” said JoAnn Martin, Ameritas President and CEO. “We’re excited to help make this once-in-a-life time celebration happen in the family friendly atmosphere of the Haymarket District and the new arena.”
University of Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said the presence of Ameritas will enhance the atmosphere surrounding the basketball openers.
“We are excited to welcome Ameritas as the presenting sponsor for Game One,” Eichorst said. “Ameritas has not only been a long-time supporter of Nebraska Athletics, but also of projects which have benefitted communities across the state. Having Ameritas on board for Game One will help make November 8th a memorable day for our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans.”
The day begins with a special Nebraska Life Skills Pep Rally the morning of Nov. 8 inside the arena, which will feature more than 4,000 middle school youth from more than 40 schools from Lincoln and surrounding communities. The youth pep rally is one of several special events planned for Nov. 8.
The Husker women, coming off their second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in four years, will open the day’s festivities, as Coach Connie Yori’s squad takes on 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier UCLA at Noon (central) in a game televised statewide on NET. The game with the Bruins will be the first regular-season game in the history of the arena and features a pair of teams that finished in the top 20 of the final 2013 USA Today Coaches rankings.
At 8 p.m., Dunk City will invade the Star City, as Coach Tim Miles and the Husker men take on NCAA Sweet 16 qualifier Florida Gulf Coast in a game that will be televised nationally on BTN. It is the first of five Sweet 16 teams that the Huskers will face at home during the 2013-14 season. Fan are encouraged to be in their seats by 7:30 p.m. for pregame festivities.
Game One Features Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally
Game One presented by Ameritas on Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena will feature more than just a top-25 showdown between the Nebraska and UCLA women’s basketball teams.
The special day-long celebration of the regular-season openers for both the Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball teams at their new downtown arena will tip off with an energy-filled pep rally featuring an all-star cast of speakers and entertainers.
The Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally on Friday at 9:30 a.m. on the new homecourt of the Huskers will reach more than 4,000 middle-school youth from 45 schools in Lincoln and surrounding communities.
Students from Centennial to Crete, Norris to North Bend Central, Seward to Sandy Creek and Wahoo to Wilber-Clatonia will join students from several private schools in Lincoln for a day of motivational messages and exciting basketball action.
The sportsmanship pep rally, which is being organized with assistance from the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, will include messages from nationally recognized speakers from across Nebraska’s 24 sports.
The speakers will range from Nebraska’s men’s basketball coach Tim Miles to Husker baseball coach Darin Erstad. The program also includes messages from two-time NCAA champion and Olympic gold-medal-winning wrestler Jordan Burroughs, along with NCAA discus champion Chad Wright. Amanda Burau from Nebraska’s national champion women’s bowling team, Mattie Fowler from the Huskers’ Women’s College World Series softball team and Shavon Shields will also deliver powerful messages to the students.
Former Husker women’s basketball player Meghin Williams is scheduled to conclude the program, which also includes performances by the Bathtub Dogs and Acrodunk.
Acrodunk, a nationally acclaimed high-flying dunk team, will be performing at halftime of both the Nebraska women’s and men’s games on Friday.
The program will begin soon after Nebraska’s shoot-around and final preparations for Friday’s special noon tip-off with the Bruins. The Huskers’ tip time was moved to noon to accommodate the students’ attendance at the pep rally and their return to their home schools. It was also adjusted with consideration for the Nebraska men’s basketball team’s season-opening tip with Florida Gulf Coast Friday at 8 p.m.
The Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally is not open to the general public and is intended for the students and sponsors in attendance. Doors to Pinnacle Bank Arena will not open to the public until 11 a.m. on Friday, to accommodate the relocation of students following the pep rally program.
Huskers Run Past Lopers
The No. 17 Nebraska women’s basketball team got double-doubles from Jordan Hooper and Emily Cady on its way to a 75-34 exhibition victory over Nebraska-Kearney on Nov. 3 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Hooper, a 6-2 All-America forward from Alliance, Neb., led all scorers with 20 points while adding 11 rebounds and three steals. She hit 8-of-18 shots from the field, but went just 1-of-7 from three-point range on the day.
Cady, a 6-2 junior forward from Seward, Neb., pitched in 11 points and game highs with 12 rebounds and five steals. Cady hit just 2-of-6 shots from the field but went a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line.
Hooper and Cady combined for 16 points in Nebraska’s 23-3 surge over the final eight minutes of the first half to take control of the game.
Cady’s former Seward High School teammate Hannah Tvrdy pitched in 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Tvrdy went 2-for-4 from three-point range, connecting on half of the Huskers’ makes on a 4-for-19 three-point shooting game as a team. It was the second straight exhibition game in which the 5-9 freshman produced double figures for the Big Red.
Sophomore Rachel Theriot managed seven points and four rebounds in her season debut after sitting out last Sunday’s exhibition win over Pittsburg State.
Junior guard Tear’a Laudermill added eight points, five rebounds and three steals, despite going 1-for-6 from the field. Laudermill went 6-for-6 at the line to help the Huskers finish 25-of-33 (75.8 percent) at the foul stripe on the day.
As a team, Nebraska finished the game just 36.5 percent (23-63) from the field, but the Huskers held UNK to just 20.8 percent (11-53). Nebraska outrebounded UNK, 51-42, and won the turnover battle 33-22, in a sloppy game for both teams.
Loper senior Nicole Arp scored seven points and had eight rebounds to lead the Lopers, while Sydney Seberger and Tori Payne each contributed six points.
Nebraska overcame poor first-half shooting to take a 38-11 lead into the halftime locker room. The Huskers hit just 30 percent (11-37) from the field in the half, including 2-for-11 from three-point range.
The Big Red found their shooting strokes in the last eight minutes of the half, erupting on a 23-3 surge to turn a 15-8 lead into a 38-11 advantage. Hooper scored NU’s last nine points of the eruption, Cady, Tvrdy and Laudermill combined for the other 14 points. Cady hit the half with nine points and six rebounds, while Laudermill and Tvrdy each pitched in six points.
Sydney Seberger led the Lopers in the first half with four points, which came on back-to-back baskets in 16 seconds midway through half. The Lopers finished just 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) from the field in the half, and did not hit a field goal in the final 8:50.
Huskers Preseason Pick to Win Big Ten
Nebraska was voted the preseason pick to win the Big Ten regular-season title by both conference coaches and media in 2014. The picks were announced as part of Big Ten Media Day in Chicago on Oct. 31.
The Big Ten coaches and select media panel chose the Huskers to finish on top of the final conference standings, while defending champion Penn State was picked No. 2. Michigan State was No. 3 in a selection process where voters only chose their top three teams. The Big Ten does not do a full preseason ranking of all 12 teams in women’s basketball.
Husker senior Jordan Hooper was a unanimous choice of Big Ten coaches to the preseason All-Big Ten team. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., also earned a spot on the five-player media team. Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Maggie Lucas from Penn State was a unanimous choice to both all-conference teams, while Minnesota’s Rachel Banham added a unanimous selection from the league media.
Huskers Claim Highest Preseason Rank in School History
Nebraska will open its 2013-14 campaign with its highest preseason ranking in school history, as the Huskers start the year No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25, announced Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Nebraska’s preseason ranking by the coaches surpasses its No. 19 ranking by USA Today before the start of the 2012-13 season.
The Huskers finished the 2012-13 campaign at No. 18 in the final coaches poll following their second run to the NCAA Sweet 16 in the past four years. Nebraska closed with a 25-9 overall record that included a 12-4 Big Ten Conference finish.
NU enters the 2013-14 campaign as the highest ranked Big Ten team, just ahead of defending Big Ten regular-season champion Penn State. The Lady Lions will start the year at No. 15 in the coaches poll.
Michigan State heads into the season at No. 18, while defending Big Ten Tournament champion Purdue begins the year at No. 23. All four of the Big Ten teams in the preseason poll advanced to at least the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and won at least 25 games.
The preseason top 25 included UCLA - Nebraska’s first opponent of 2013-14, The Huskers will face the Bruins in the first-ever regular-season basketball game at Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln on Nov. 8. Tip-off between the Huskers and Bruins, who advanced to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and finished with a No. 15 final national ranking in the coaches poll, is set for Noon.
Hooper Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper has been selected as one of 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS Award for women’s basketball.
The Senior CLASS Award announced its list of candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 30. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must display notable achievements in community, classroom, character and competition. The acronym for “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School,” the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., is a two-time honorable-mention All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection. She has also been a nominee for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. In the community, she has volunteered her time at Belmont Elementary School, Saint Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center and participated on Nebraska’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, among her many activities.
On the court, Hooper has led the Huskers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16. She has started 98 consecutive games and serves as a team captain. She enters her senior season with a chance to challenge Nebraska records for points, rebounds and three-pointers made.
Hooper is one of only two women’s basketball student-athletes in the Big Ten Conference to earn a spot on the elite list of 30 Senior CLASS Award candidates, joining Penn State’s Maggie Lucas.
The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 by a national media committee for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in November. The 10 finalists will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
Hooper Named to Preseason Wade, Wooden Lists Again
Two-time All-American Jordan Hooper has been named a preseason national player-of-the-year candidate for both the Wade Trophy and the Wooden Award again in 2013-14.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., is a two-time WBCA and Associated Press honorable-mention All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection. She enters her senior season poised to become just the third player in Nebraska history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in her career, joining 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings and 2010 first-team WBCA All-American Kelsey Griffin.
Hooper, who has scored 1,685 points and pulled down 811 rebounds in starting the first 98 games of her Husker career, is also in position to shatter the school’s three-point record. She enters her senior season with 215 made three-pointers, just 52 shy of the school record held by three-time first-team All-Big 12 guard Kiera Hardy (2004-07). Hooper has averaged nearly 72 three-pointers per season at Nebraska, including 81 a year ago when she helped shoot the Huskers to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16.
Over the summer, Hooper helped the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team to a gold medal in Kazan, Russia. In the championship game, Hooper earned a start and scored nine points while grabbing nine rebounds while going head-to-head against several members of Russia’s 2012 Olympic Team.
Hooper was one of three players from the Big Ten Conference to earn mention on the preseason lists for both the Wade Trophy and Wooden Award, joining Penn State’s Maggie Lucas and Minnesota’s Rachel Banham.
Nebraska Selected as NCAA Regional Host
The University of Nebraska was awarded one of four regional host sites for the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, announced by the NCAA on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The Huskers will host the four-team regional at Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln, March 29 and 31.
“We’re excited that Lincoln was selected to host its first NCAA basketball tournament action since 1993,” Nebraska Executive Associate Athletic Director Marc Boehm said. “We believe it is an amazing opportunity to show off the Pinnacle Bank Arena and showcase Nebraska basketball and the city of Lincoln.”
Pinnacle Bank Arena will be the home of Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball for its inaugural season in 2013-14. The $179 million arena is located in the historic Haymarket district in downtown Lincoln, just steps away from the University of Nebraska campus.
With a capacity of more than 15,000, the arena has sold out for Husker men’s basketball for 2013-14 and season ticket sales for women’s basketball are up 50 percent from a year ago.
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Nebraska women’s basketball program, and the NCAA Regional announcement just keeps that building,” Coach Connie Yori said. “We’ve got a long way to go as a team before we can even think about the possibility of getting back to the Sweet 16 this year, but it is certainly a great opportunity for men’s and women’s basketball fans to have a chance to watch college basketball being played at a really high level at the end of March in Lincoln.”
Yori, who has led Nebraska to five NCAA Tournament bids in the past seven years, including a pair of NCAA Regional trips, was the 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year and the 2010 National Coach of the Year.
“The city of Lincoln and the entire state of Nebraska have a reputation for coming out and supporting big-time events,” Yori said. “An NCAA women’s basketball regional to cap the first season at Pinnacle Bank Arena is certainly a big-time event. Sports fans of all kinds all across the state of Nebraska can start making their plans now.”
The last time the University of Nebraska served as a host for the an NCAA men’s or women’s basketball tournament came on March 17, 1993, when the Husker women defeated San Diego, 81-58, in the first round at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It is the only game the Nebraska women’s basketball team has ever played on its home court in the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska earned a trip to the NCAA Regional in Norfolk, Va., in 2013. The Huskers advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 by knocking off Chattanooga in the first round and home-standing Texas A&M at Reed Arena in the second round. The Huskers earned a No. 6 seed in last year’s tournament and finished the year with a 25-9 overall record that included a 12-4 Big Ten mark.
The other three NCAA Regional sites are Louisville, Ky., Notre Dame, Ind., and Stanford, Calif. The 16 NCAA first- and second-round locations are Baylor, Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Toledo, UConn, UCLA and Washington.
The NCAA Women’s Final Four will be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., April 6-8.
Moore Helps Minnesota Lynx to WNBA Title as Rookie
Lindsey Moore celebrated a WNBA title to cap her first season with the Minnesota Lynx in Atlanta on Oct. 10.
The former Husker point guard who was a first-round pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, jumped for joy on the court at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., with her Lynx teammates as time expired. Moore spent the last three seconds of the game on the court after Minnesota battled its way to an 86-77 win to complete a three-game WNBA Finals sweep of the Atlanta Dream.
The Lynx cruised to a pair of 25-point wins in the first two games of the series in Minneapolis, crushing the Dream 84-59 in the opener before adding an 88-63 win in Game 2.
Minnesota capped a perfect 7-0 playoff record in 2013. Lindsey Moore played in six of Minnesota’s seven playoff games in support of the league’s most dominant and balanced starting five. As a rookie, Moore appeared in 23 regular-season games, averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 assist playing behind U.S. Olympian and WNBA All-Star Lindsay Whalen.
Hooper Powers Team USA to Gold at World University Games
Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds while making her first international start, powering the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team to a 90-71 victory in the gold medal game on July 15.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., erupted in her first USA start, pouring in five points, including the game’s first three-pointer, to go along with three early rebounds to fuel the U.S. team’s 13-3 lead to open the game. She also played a major role defensively in helping the United States to its third straight World University Games gold medal.
Hooper scored seven first-quarter points to help the USA take a 22-13 lead at the end of the quarter. She played the entire first period and finished with 31 minutes in the game. Entering the contest, Hooper had averaged 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds while playing 12.6 minutes per game in the USA’s first five wins.
In the tournament, Hooper finished with 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game, giving her per 40-minute averages of 16.6 points and 14.9 boards.
In addition to her scoring and rebounding, Hooper was officially credited with two assists, although her passes led directly to four USA baskets. She also had one official blocked shot, which came on a 3-on-1 Russian fastbreak. Hooper also caught a pair of Russian passes and forced several turnovers, although she was not offically credited with a steal in the contest.
Hooper started the second quarter on the bench, and while she was out, the Russian team quickly trimmed the USA margin to 25-21 with 7:46 left in the first half.
Hooper immediately returned to the court and helped shut out the Russians for the next three minutes to ignite a 7-0 USA run. Hooper’s offensive rebound and assist to Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan) in the corner for a three-pointer, gave the USA a 38-25 lead with 2:43 left in the half. It was the first of back-to-back threes by Bradford in a 45-second stretch to send the U.S. squad to halftime with a 41-27 lead.
With Hooper keying the defense, the USA surrendered just six points in the final seven-plus minutes of the half.
Nebraska’s two-time All-American played every minute of the third quarter. She again keyed a U.S. defense that helped the team build a 68-47 lead at the end of three quarters.
Hooper’s final bucket came with 7:30 left in the game, giving the USA a 75-55 lead.
For the game, Hooper hit 4-of-8 shots from the field, including 1-of-3 three three-pointers, while the USA connected on 35-of-57 shots for the game, including 9-of-20 threes. The U.S. squad also hit 11-of-15 free throws. Despite Hooper’s game-high nine rebounds, the Russians outrebounded the USA, 38-34, but the United States won the turnover battle, 20-16.
Bria Hartley (UConn) led a balanced U.S. attack with 17 points, while Bradford added a huge performance off the bench with 16 points in just 11 minutes. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn) pitched in 15 points, while tournament MVP Odyssey Sims (Baylor) contributed 10 points and three assists. Theresa Plaisance (LSU) managed nine points and six rebounds, while fellow post player Cassie Harberts (USC) added eight points off the bench.
Russia hit 27-of-65 shots from the field, but just 5-of-24 from three-point range. Russia hit 12-of-18 free throws. Natalia Vieru, a 2012 Russia Olympian, led the team with 13 points.
Looking Back at Nebraska’s 2013 Sweet 16 Season
No. 24/18 Nebraska women’s basketball team capped one of the best seasons in school history by making its second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in the past four years in 2013.
Although the sixth-seeded Huskers fell to the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils, 53-45, in the Norfolk (Va.) Regional semifinal game, Nebraska celebrated the second-most victories in school history. NU finished the season with a 25-9 overall record that included a 12-4 Big Ten regular-season mark. Nebraska’s Big Ten runner-up finish also marked the second-most conference wins in school history.
All nine of Nebraska’s regular-season losses came at the hands of 2013 postseason teams, including seven setbacks to teams that advanced to at least the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Along with advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16, the Huskers closed the 2013 campaign at No. 24 in the final Associated Press Poll (regular season) and No. 18 in the final USA Today/Coaches Top (post-NCAA Tournament). It marked the third time in the past four years the Huskers have finished in the top 25 in both polls. NU climbed seven spots in the final USA Today poll, the second-largest jump from the end of the regular season, trailing only NCAA runner-up Louisville’s leap from No. 17 to No. 3.
In addition to the outstanding team accomplishments, the Huskers captured numerous individual honors throughout a memorable 2012-13 season.
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore joined junior forward Jordan Hooper in becoming the first teammates in school history to be named to the AP All-America team in the same season. Moore, a Big Ten All-Tournament selection and second-team All-Big Ten choice for the second straight year, earned the first All-America accolades of her career by claiming honorable mention from the AP. Moore was also a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, presented to the nation’s top point guard, for the second straight year.
Hooper, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten choice, captured honorable-mention All-America accolades from both the AP and the WBCA for the second straight season. Moore and Hooper were both preseason candidates for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards, becoming the first teammates in history to earn mention on those distinguished lists as well.
2012-13 Nebraska Team Season Highlights
• 2013 NCAA Sweet 16 (second appearance in last four years)
• 25 wins (second-highest victory total in school history) - 25-9 overall record
• 12 Big Ten wins (second-most conference wins in school history) - 12-4 Big Ten record
• Big Ten regular-season runner-up finish / Big Ten Tournament semifinalist
• No. 16 in final NCAA RPI. Nebraska played the No. 12 Strength of Schedule in the nation.
• No. 18 in final USA Today/Coaches Top 25; No. 24 in final AP Poll (regular season)
• No. 16 nationally in average home attendance (5,243)
• 10 victories over 2013 NCAA Tournament teams (10-8)
• Nebraska’s 74-63 win at No. 9 Texas A&M on March 25 marked the Huskers’ first true road NCAA Tournament victory in history and the highest seed (No. 3) NU has ever defeated in the tournament.
• 10-game winning streak (Jan. 20-Feb. 28), second-longest winning streak in school history
• Nebraska closed season with seven-game winning streak in true road games (active streak)
• Big Ten No. 2 RPI Conference in the nation
• Big Ten 6-0 in first-round NCAA Tournament games
• Coach Connie Yori was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year
• Yori became the winningest coach in Nebraska history (215 wins, 11 seasons); previous record held by Angela Beck (191 wins, 11 seasons).
• Nebraska was one of 25 teams in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field with a perfect 100 percent graduation rate. NU has had a 100 percent grad rate in each of NU’s five tournament appearances under Coach Connie Yori.
Hooper Earned Repeat Picks to WBCA, AP All-America Teams
Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper repeated as a WBCA honorable-mention All-American in 2012-13. The 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., also earned honorable-mention All-America accolades from the coaches in 2011-12 and from the Associated Press in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
A two-time first-team WBCA All-Region 6 selection, Hooper led the Huskers in scoring (17.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg) while guiding the team to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16.
A candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards,
Hooper already ranks among the top 10 players in Nebraska history in scoring (10th, 1,685 points) and rebounding (5th, 811 rebounds). The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., also ranks No. 2 in Husker history with 215 career three-pointers and No. 3 at NU with 26 career double-doubles.
A two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Hooper ranked fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, fourth in rebounding, fifth in three-pointers made (2.4 pg) and eighth in free throw percentage (.821) in 2012-13.
Yori Captured Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year Honors
Nebraska’s Connie Yori was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in voting by conference coaches for 2013. Yori captured her second conference coach-of-the-year award in the last four seasons and her first in the Big Ten.
In 2012-13, Yori guided Nebraska to 10 straight conference wins, including a perfect February, as the Huskers finished with a 12-4 Big Ten mark as the regular-season runner-up.
Yori’s young squad overcame a plethora of injuries and a 2-3 Big Ten start to play for a share of the Big Ten title in the regular-season finale against No. 7 Penn State at the Devaney Center. Although Nebraska came up short against the Lady Lions, Yori’s team finished the regular season with a 22-7 overall record that included a Big Ten-best 7-1 road mark in conference play.
“All postseason awards are about teams more than individuals,” Yori said. “Our players had an outstanding season. February is the toughest month in college basketball, and our players met every challenge. The players deserve the credit, along with our tremendous coaching staff.”
Yori captured Big 12 Coach-of-the-Year honors in 2010 on her way to WBCA, AP, USBWA, Naismith and Kay Yow National Coach-of-the-Year awards. She led the Huskers to the 2010 NCAA Sweet Sixteen after capturing the Big 12 regular-season title with a perfect 16-0 record. The 2009-10 Huskers, which featured first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin and first-team All-Big 12 picks Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner, finished with a 32-2 overall record.
Before becoming Nebraska’s head coach in 2002-03, Yori claimed Missouri Valley Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors in her final season at Creighton in 2002. In Yori’s 11 seasons as NU’s coach, her Huskers have earned a total of 32 all-conference awards (10 first team, 2 second team, 11 honorable mention, 5 freshmen, 4 defensive).
Yori’s Huskers Notched Another 20-Win Campaign
Coach Connie Yori is in the midst of leading the Huskers to the most successful era in school history. The 2012-13 Huskers earned their second NCAA Sweet 16 selection in the past four years, while rolling to 25 wins - the second-highest victory total in school history. It was Nebraska’s fifth 20-win season in the past seven years.
Prior to Yori leading her 2006-07 Huskers to 22 wins, Nebraska had only managed five 20-win seasons in the previous 26 years. NU has managed 14 20-win seasons in 38 full seasons of women’s basketball as a varsity sport.
Over the past seven seasons, Nebraska has averaged 21.7 wins, including the three highest victory totals in school history - 32 wins in 2009-10, 25 in 2012-13 and 24 wins in 2011-12. Over the past four years, NU has averaged 23.5 wins per year.
Prior to Yori’s arrival in 2002-03, Nebraska’s record for most wins in a season was 23 (1978-79, 1979-80, 1992-93, 1997-98).
Hooper, Moore, Cady Claimed Big Ten Postseason Honors
Jordan Hooper earned one of five spots on the All-Big Ten first team for the second straight season, while Lindsey Moore joined her among the top 10 players in the conference again by earning second-team all-conference honors in 2013.
The awards brought NU’s total of first- or second-team all-conference awards to 12 over the last nine years (8, Big 12, 2005-11; 4, Big Ten, 2012-13). It also marked the fourth time in the past seven seasons that more than one Husker has been chosen among the top 10 players in the conference.
Hooper and Moore were honored by both the conference coaches and media, while Emily Cady added honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from the media for the second consecutive year.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., led the Huskers in scoring and rebounding with 17.9 points and 8.8 boards per game. The two-time honorable-mention All-American ranked fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, fourth in rebounding and fifth in three-pointers made per game.
Hooper, who was a Big Ten All-Tournament choice in 2012, has earned a total of six Big Ten Player-of-the-Week awards in her two years in the conference, including three in 2012-13.
A preseason candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden National Player-of-the-Year awards, Hooper is Coach Connie Yori’s 10th first-team all-conference award winner in Yori’s first 11 seasons at Nebraska.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.14) while ranking third in the league with 5.7 assists per game. A two-time finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented to the nation’s top point guard, Moore also ranked eighth in the Big Ten in scoring (15.1 ppg), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.382) and 10th in overall field goal percentage (.468).
Moore, who was a preseason candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards, started more games (132) and played more minutes (4,360) than any other player in school history.
Cady, a 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., averaged 9.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in conference play while recording five double-doubles in Big Ten action. She closed her sophomore season by averaging 9.1 points and 7.9 rebounds, ranking sixth in the Big Ten on the boards. Cady was a 2012 Big Ten All-Freshman pick.
Theriot Unanimous Choice on Big Ten All-Freshman Team
Rachel Theriot became the fourth Husker in Nebraska’s 2012-13 starting five to earn freshman all-conference honors when she was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2013.
Theriot, a 6-0 guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, played a major role in Nebraska’s Big Ten runner-up finish. She averaged 7.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in Big Ten action. She finished her rookie season by averaging 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists, despite playing the entire year with a foot injury.
Theriot, who started NU’s final 28 games, finished in the top 10 in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio and No. 10 in Big Ten-only assists (3.5 apg). In the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Theriot averaged 8.7 points per game while hitting 62.5 percent (10-16) shots from the field, including 80 percent (4-5) from three-point range and both of her free throw attempts. She added 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Theriot joined Lindsey Moore (Big 12, 2010), Jordan Hooper (Big 12, 2011) and Emily Cady (Big Ten, 2012) as 2013 Huskers who earned freshman all-conference honors. Theriot was the fifth Husker in the past eight seasons to earn all-freshman honors under Coach Connie Yori, including Kelsey Griffin, Big 12, 2006.
Hooper First Husker Junior to Reach 1,600 Points, 800 Boards
Jordan Hooper became the fifth Husker in history to produce 1,600 points and 800 rebounds in a career and the first to do it by the end of her junior season in 2012-13.
The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., pushed her career scoring total to 1,685 points, moving into No. 10 on Nebraska’s all-time scoring list. She also increased her career total to 811 rebounds, ranking fifth in Husker history.
Hooper became the sixth player in Nebraska history to reach 800 career boards when she pulled down her eighth and final rebound in NU’s second-round NCAA Tournament win at No. 9 Texas A&M March 25.
Hooper Closes in on Husker Career Three-Point Record
Jordan Hooper enters her senior season at Nebraska with 215 career three-pointers, just 52 shy of the Husker career record set by Kiera Hardy (267, 2004-07). Hooper became the first Husker junior to reach 200 career threes in 2012-13. Hardy ended her junior campaign in 2005-06 with 196.
Hooper, who hit 67 three-pointers in each of her first two seasons as a Husker, knocked down 81 in 2012-13, to match Hardy’s 2005-06 total for the most by a junior in school history.
Hooper ranked fifth in the Big Ten with 2.4 threes per game in 2012-13.
Hooper Produces Another 600-Point, 300-Rebound Season
Jordan Hooper became the first Husker in history to produce a pair of 600-point, 300-rebound seasons when she ended her junior campaign with 607 points and 300 rebounds. In 2011-12, the 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., amassed 624 points and 306 boards to become the first sophomore in NU history to every accomplish the feat. She is one of only four Huskers to ever produce those milestones in a season.
Hooper, an honorable-mention 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.
Husker Front Line Solid for 67 Straight Games
Nebraska’s projected starting forwards of Jordan Hooper (98), Emily Cady (67) and Hailie Sample (67) have joined each other in the Huskers’ starting five for 67 consecutive games - every game of the last two seasons and of Cady and Sample’s careers.
The inside trio was joined in the Husker starting lineup for each of the final 28 games by Rachel Theriot in 2012-13, while point guard Lindsey Moore completed NU’s starting five. Moore started all 132 games of her Husker career before being drafted in the WNBA first round.
Consistent starting lineups are nothing new for the Huskers under Coach Connie Yori. In 2011-12, fifth-year senior guard Kaitlyn Burke joined Moore, Hooper, Cady and Sample in NU’s starting lineup for every game.
Three times in Yori’s first 11 seasons at Nebraska, the Huskers have 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, Nebraska has used only 20 different starting lineups in 259 games.
Cady Did Double Duty in Big Ten Play
Emily Cady earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from the conference media for the second straight season in 2013, after averaging 9.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in regular-season league play. Cady, who notched five Big Ten double-doubles in 2013, had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the regular-season finale against No. 7 Penn State. She added 10 points and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds in a win over Ohio State on Feb. 14.
Cady produced a 12-point, 10-rebound effort at Minnesota Jan. 20. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., opened Big Ten action with 13 points and a then-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. It was 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.
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 a loss to No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5, and nine points and eight boards against Illinois Jan. 17. She had 10 points and six boards at Ohio State Jan. 31. Cady added eight points and 11 rebounds in NU’s win at Wisconsin Feb. 28.
In Big Ten games, Cady shot 42.1 percent from the field, including 40 percent (12-30) from long range. She also connected on 52-of-61 free throws (.852).
The increased production in conference play was nothing new for Cady, who averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in conference action as a freshman in 2012. 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 to go along with a team-best 28 blocked shots in 2011-12. Seven of Cady’s eight career double-doubles have come against Big Ten competition and the seventh came against Kansas in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. She notched her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in NU’s 3OT win at Purdue Feb. 2, 2012.
Cady, who has started 67 straight games, averaged 9.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and a team-leading 0.9 blocks per game in 2012-13. She produced 14 double-figure scoring efforts and nine double-digit rebounding games as a sophomore. In her career, Cady has scored in double figures 31 times and grabbed double-digit rebounds on 16 occasions.
Big Ten, Huskers Ranked High in National RPI
The Big Ten proved itself as an improved women’s basketball conference in 2012-13. RealTimeRPI ranked the Big Ten No. 2 nationally among all conferences, trailing only the Big 12 in 2012-13, ranking ahead of the SEC (3), Big East (4), ACC (5) and Pac-12 (6) among the top conferences in the nation.
Penn State (7), Purdue (14), Nebraska (16) and Michigan State (24) gave the Big Ten four top-25 RPI teams, according to the official NCAA RPI rankings (April 10). Michigan (28) and Iowa (42) provide the conference with six top-50 RPI squads. Ohio State (68), Illinois (71), Minnesota (91), Northwestern (105) and Wisconsin (126) give the league 11 top-130 RPI teams. Indiana (195) rounds out the Big Ten contingent among the 345 NCAA Division I women’s basketball schools.
The Big Ten went 6-0 in first-round NCAA Tournament games in 2012-13.
Huskers Faced Loaded 2012-13 Schedule
Nebraska’s 34-game schedule featured 23 games against 2013 postseason squads and 18 games against teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament field.
The Huskers played 10 games against eight teams that won conference titles in 2013. Penn State (2), Purdue (2), Duke (ACC), Texas A&M (SEC Tournament), South Dakota State (Summit), Creighton (Missouri Valley), Oral Roberts (Southland) and Chattanooga (Southern) all captured league crowns in 2013. The Huskers played Big Ten 2012 and 2013 regular-season champ twice and 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Tournament champ Purdue twice. In non-conference play, the Huskers tangled with 2012 and 2013 Missouri Valley Conference champ Creighton and 2012 and 2013 Summit League Conference champ South Dakota State before beating Southland Conference champ ORU.
Nebraska’s game with Duke was the Huskers’ fourth straight against a 2013 conference champion, following Purdue (Big Ten Tournament), Chattanooga (Southern) and Texas A&M (SEC Tournament).
Big Red, Big Ten Schedule Strengths Impressive in 2012-13
Nebraska’s Strength of Schedule continued to climb throughout the 2012-13 season according to RealTime RPI, which listed the Huskers’ SOS No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 12 nationally (as of March 18). Overall, the Big Ten schedule strengths were impressive in 2012-13, including Penn State (9), Purdue (14), Iowa (22), Wisconsin (32), Michigan (33), Northwestern (34), Ohio State (36), Illinois (41), Michigan State (43) and Minnesota (48). Overall, 11 of the Big Ten teams had schedule strengths that ranked among the top 50 nationally, while Indiana (69) was well within the top 75.
Nebraska faced 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 five of the past six seasons, and the Huskers faced a top-15 schedule in 2012-13.
The Huskers played 31 games against top 150 RPI teams, including 15 against top-50 RPI teams.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper has climbed into third place on Nebraska’s career double-double list with 26 after notching her ninth double-double of 2012-13 with 21 points and 12 rebounds against Chattanooga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament March 23.
Hooper’s last regular-season double-double came with 14 points and 12 rebounds at Michigan Feb. 21. It was her third Big Ten double-double this season, including 11 points and 11 rebounds at Indiana Jan. 10, and 15 points, 14 rebounds against No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5.
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.
As a sophomore, 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 forward from Alliance, Neb., had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game loss to No. 21 Purdue on March 4, 2012. 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 Close 2012-13 in Top 25
Nebraska entered the NCAA Tournament at No. 24 in the Associated Press Poll on March 18, firming a poll position for the fifth straight week after falling out of the rankings the previous six weeks. Although NU was not ranked among the AP top 25 from Jan. 7 to Feb. 11, the Huskers received votes throughout that time frame. Nebraska’s March 18 ranking marked the 11th week the Huskers were ranked in the AP Poll in 2012-13.
The Huskers, who finished No. 18 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 after entering the NCAA Tournament at No. 25, spent 15 weeks in the USA Today poll in 2012-13.
Yori’s Huskers Own Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori’s first 11 seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers’ 74-63 win at No. 9 Texas A&M in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, marked NU’s 28th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori, including the seventh over an AP Top 10 team. Before Yori’s arrival, NU owned just one win over a top-10 team.
The win over No. 9 Texas A&M was just the second win over a top-10 team in a true road game in school history, joining a 65-56 win at No. 9 Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Jan. 17, 2010. In that game, Nebraska handed Baylor’s Brittney Griner the only home loss of her career (71-1).
Nebraska’s win over No. 9 Texas A&M marked its third over an AP top-25 team in 2012-13. NU notched a 78-77 victory over then-No. 24 Florida State Dec. 8, 2012. It was the Seminoles’ first loss of the season. The Huskers also produced a 59-54 win over then-No. 25 Michigan State on Jan. 24. Both Florida State and Michigan State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskers defeated No. 14 Ohio State (March 3, 2012), after knocking off the No. 8 Buckeyes (Feb. 26). 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 and 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
Nebraska closed the Bob Devaney Sports Center with a 13-4 record in 2012-13, after going 13-3 at home in 2011-12. From 1976-77 through 2012-13, the Huskers went 388-130 (.749) in the arena, including 146-88 (.624) in conference games. Over the last 10 seasons, NU was 124-34 (.785) at the Devaney Center.
NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in 10 consecutive seasons, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2009-10.
Big Ten Network Provides Major Exposure for Huskers
For the third consecutive season, Nebraska expects to have every regular-season and postseason game available in national television/video form for Husker fans to follow all the action.
In 2013-14, at least seven regular-season Nebraska women’s basketball games will be televised live nationally by the Big Ten Network, inlcluding each of NU’s first five Big Ten Conference contests. An eighth regular-season game (Illinois, Feb. 27) could be picked up by BTN, and Nebraska’s early round games in the Big Ten Conference Tournament also will be televised by BTN.
If the Huskers can advance to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis, that game will be televised by ESPN. It would give Nebraska three appearances on the ESPN family of networks in just over two weeks, following a Feb. 24 clash with Penn State and NU’s regular-season finale at Purdue on March 2. Both those games will be televised live nationally by ESPN2. Nebraska’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at North Carolina on Dec. 4 will be streamed live world-wide by ESPN3.
Nebraska’s first nationally televised game of the season will come at Utah on Nov. 15, when the Huskers appear on the Pac-12 Network. NU also will make two appearances on Nebraska Educational Television (NET) in 2013-14. The first game in the history of Pinnacle Bank Arena will appear on NET when the Huskers battle the UCLA Bruins on Nov. 8. Nebraska will be back on NET again against Michigan on Jan. 29.
Both of Nebraska’s NET games will be streamed live to the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN aka BTN.com All-Access). Throughout the season, BTDN will provide video streams to at least 16 games for BTN.com All-Access subscribers.
Nebraska’s inaugural exhibition game at Pinnacle Bank Arena against Pittsburg State on Oct. 29 was streamed live for free on Huskers.com. NU’s Nov. 30 game with Washington State also is expected to be streamed live on Huskers.com.
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 enjoyed its highest level of national TV exposure in school history, while adding two outstanding alternative video streaming sources. NU’s game with Duke was the 34th game of 2012-13 available world-wide to fans and the 16th nationally televised game. It was NU’s fourth game on ESPN2. The Huskers had 10 nationally televised games on the Big Ten Network, one on CBS and one on the Pac-12 Network.
The Big Ten Network distributed 10 other Nebraska women’s basketball games through live video streams on BTN.com, including two that were televised live in the state of Nebraska by NET.
HuskersNside provided Husker fans more video streaming opportunities. 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 were streamed.
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.
Huskers Put Up Top 10 3FG Numbers Again in 2012-13
Nebraska hit 214 three-pointers in 34 games to rank as the fourth-most threes in school history in 2012-13. The Huskers finished just 16 shy of the school-record 230 three-pointers they hit in 2011-12.
It was the 10th consecutive year that Connie Yori’s Nebraska teams produced a top-10 total in three-pointers made. The Huskers’ 6.3 threes per game led the Big Ten and ranked 58th nationally.
The Huskers hit seven or more threes in a game 17 times in 34 contests in 2012-13, after hitting seven or more threes 17 times in 33 games in 2011-12. Nebraska hit double-digit threes five times in 2012-13, including a season-high 12 in the Big Ten-opening win over Wisconsin on Jan. 2, and 11 threes against Oral Roberts and Northern Arizona. NU added 10 threes at Iowa Feb. 11 and at Michigan Feb. 21.
The 2011-12 Huskers produced a 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.
NU hit a 2011-12 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.
Prior to 2009-10, the school-record for three-pointers made in a season was 173. Before Yori’s arrival, no Husker team had hit more than 132 threes in a season, or attempted more than 437.
Husker Sports Network, Huskers.com Carries NU World-Wide
The Husker Sports Network enters its 20th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of Nebraska women’s basketball in 2013-14. Women’s basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch are in their 13th season together as the Huskers’ broadcast team.
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 game 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.