Lincoln - Nebraska's Rachel Theriot captured the first Big Ten Women's Basketball Freshman-of-the-Week award of her career, when the conference office named its weekly honors on Monday, Dec. 31.
Theriot, a 6-0 point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, scored a career-high 12 points in just 23 minutes of action to help Nebraska roll to an 84-39 win over Grambling State at the Devaney Center on Saturday night.
Theriot, who made her seventh consecutive start in the Husker lineup, hit 5-of-9 shots from the field, including back-to-back three-pointers during NU's 15-0 run late in the first half. She added three rebounds, three assists and three steals in an outstanding all-around effort.
Theriot has played in all 13 games for the Huskers despite being limited by a foot injury. She is averaging 3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
She becomes just the second Husker in history to win a Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award, joining current NU sophomore Emily Cady, who earned the honor on Jan. 23, 2012. Theriot is also Nebraska's second Big Ten award winner in as many weeks, as junior Jordan Hooper claimed Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honors on Dec. 24.
Nebraska's tips off Big Ten Conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 2, when the Huskers battle the Wisconsin. Tip-off between the Huskers and Badgers is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Devaney Center, and tickets are available now at Huskers.com.