Huskers Set for Top 25 Clash with Seminoles
#25/#22 Nebraska Cornhuskers
(6-3, 0-0 Big Ten)
vs. #24/#24 Florida State Seminoles
(7-0, 0-0 ACC)
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2:05 p.m.
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
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Huskers Face Florida State in Top-25 Showdown Saturday
The No. 25 Nebraska women's basketball team returns home for its second top-25 showdown with a traditional ACC power in as many weeks, when the Huskers take on No. 24 Florida State on Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Tip-off between the Huskers (6-3) and the Seminoles (7-0) is set for 2:05 p.m., with single-game tickets available now at Huskers.com or by calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIG-RED. Live video will be available to HuskersNside subscribers on Huskers.com.
The Husker Sports Network will provide a live radio broadcast of the game with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch on the call, including flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln and The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha. A free live audio stream will also be available on Huskers.com.
Nebraska will try to rebound at home against a sizzling hot Seminole team after a 66-57 road loss at Creighton on Wednesday night. Sophomore forward Hailie Sample scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting for the Huskers, while senior point guard Lindsey Moore added 15 points and six assists, while going 6-for-11 from the field. But All-American Jordan Hooper was held scoreless for the first time in her career.
Hooper, who was averaging better than 19 points per game over the previous seven games, hopes to get back on track against a talented Florida State squad. The Seminoles entered the Associated Press Poll this week at No. 24, after running to a 7-0 start. Five Seminoles are averaging better than 13 points per game, while FSU is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field and better than 46 percent from three-point range. Senior Leonor Rodriguez is the most efficient guard in the country through the first month, hitting 63.6 percent from the field, including 62.5 percent (15-24) from three-point range.
#25 Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-3, 0-0 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - So. - F - 7.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - So. - F - 8.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 15.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 15.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg
24 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 3.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Off the Bench
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - So. - G - 5.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg
1 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 2.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg
55 - Adrianna Maurer - 6-3 - Jr. - C - 2.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - So. - F - 2.4 ppg, 0.6 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 2.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
22 - Courtney Aitken - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
11th Season at NU (196-129); 23rd Season Overall (391-269)
#24 Florida State Seminoles (7-0, 0-0 ACC)
00 - Chasity Clayton - 6-0 - Sr. - F - 13.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg
33 - Natasha Howard - 6-3 - Jr. - F - 15.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg
34 - Chelsea Davis - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 13.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg
1 - Morgan Toles - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 3.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg
10 - Leonor Rodriguez - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 15.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Off the Bench
3 - Alexa Deluzio - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 13.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg
5 - Yashira Delgado - 5-2 - Jr. - G - 4.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg
32 - Lauren Coleman - 6-0 - So. - F - 1.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg
20 - Kristi Mokube - 6-2 - So. - F - 1.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg
12 - Jakelle King-Gilchrist - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 0.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg
31 - Ebony Wells - 6-2 - RFr. - F - 0.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Head Coach: Sue Semrau (UC San Diego, 1985)
16th Season at FSU (257-191); 16th Season Overall (257-191)
Moore, Hooper Both Cross 1,200 Career Points
Jordan Hooper poured in 29 points against Idaho State to push her career total to 1,221 and join Lindsey Moore as active Husker teammates with more than 1,200 points. Moore, who enters the Florida State game with 1,297 points, needs just three more to become the 13th player in NU history to reach 1,300 points at Nebraska. Moore needs 81 points to catch former teammate Cory Montgomery (2007-10, 1,378 points) in 12th place on the Husker career scoring list.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., needs 22 points to match Brooke Schwartz (1,243, 1997-2000) in 15th place on the NU all-time list.
Moore and Hooper are just the sixth pair of teammates in Nebraska history to play in the same season with 1,200 career points. Most recently, All-American Kelsey Griffin (2,033) and fellow first-team All-Big 12 forward Cory Montgomery (1,378) finished the 2009-10 season with well over 1,200 points apiece. In 1999-2000, Nicole Kubik (1,867) and Schwartz (1,243) finished their senior seasons above the 1,200-point plateau.
In 1987-88, Maurtice Ivy closed her storied career with 2,131 points, while Alliance, Neb., native Amy Stephens finished her junior year with 1,364 points. The previous season, Angie Miller closed her career with 1,541 points, while Ivy ended her junior year with 1,578 points in 1986-87. In 1981-82, Janet Smith finished her senior year with 1,284 points, while junior Kathy Hagerstrom capped her season with 1,484 career points.
Hooper Approaching 1,200 Points, 600 Rebounds
All-American Jordan Hooper crossed the 1,200-point mark in her career with 29 points against Idaho State. The 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., needs just 15 rebounds to become the 10th Husker in history to produce 1,200 points and 600 rebounds in a career. That distinguished list in Nebraska history includes first-team All-Americans Karen Jennings (2,405 points/1,000 rebounds) and Kelsey Griffin (2,033/1,019), along with 1988 Big Eight Player-of-the-Year Maurtice Ivy (2,131/778). Two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge (1,859/804), Debra Powell (1,843/750), Kathy Hagerstrom (1,778/874), Angie Miller (1,541/661), Diane DelVigna (1,433/542), Cory Montgomery (1,378/627) and Janet Smith (1,284/1,280) are the only other Huskers in that elite group.
Moore Moves to No. 9 on NU List with 107th Straight Start
Senior All-America candidate Lindsey Moore moved to a tie for No. 9 on the Nebraska career list for most starts by making her 107th straight start at Creighton on Wednesday. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., has started every game of her Husker career since leading the Huskers to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and the Big 12 title as a freshman in 2009-10.
Moore owns a 75-32 record as Nebraska's starting point guard and has guided the Huskers to a pair of NCAA Tournaments. With a start against Florida State, Moore will move ahead of Husker legend Maurtice Ivy at No. 9 (107) in overall career starts.
Meggan Yedsena (1991-94) owns the Nebraska record for consecutive career starts, after she started all 120 games in her outstanding four-year career from 1990-91 through 1993-94. Yedsena is the only Husker in history to start every game of a four-year career.
Kelsey Griffin, a 2010 first-team All-American and a teammate of Moore's in 2009-10, owns the NU career record with 127 starts.
Moore's Starting Streak Among Nation's Longest
Lindsey Moore's streak of 107 consecutive starts for the Huskers is among the longest active starting streaks in the nation. Moore's streak trails only Texas Tech's Monique Smalls, who entered the week with 108 straight starts (101, plus 7 in 2012-13).
Penn State's Nikki Greene also entered the week with 106 consecutive starts (99, plus 7 in 2012-13).
Moore's Minutes Could Be Unmatched in Husker History
In addition to challenging the Nebraska record for most consecutive starts and career starts in Husker history this season, Lindsey Moore is on pace to shatter the NU record for minutes played.
The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., recently moved past Husker legends Karen Jennings (3,369) and Maurtice Ivy (3,327) on the Nebraska career minutes list. Moore enters the Florida State game ranked No. 7 in career minutes played with 3,458, after moving ahead of Cathy Owen (3,434) at Creighton.
Moore could pass Kiera Hardy (3,463) in sixth early in the game against the Seminoles on Dec. 8.
Meggan Yedsena owns the NU record for minutes played with 3,995, and Moore is on pace to become the first Husker in history to compete in more than 4,000 minutes in a Nebraska uniform. Nicole Kubik ranks second in NU history with 3,798, while Amy Stephens ranks third with 3,742. Two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge ranks fourth in the Husker record book with 3,652 minutes played, while Jina Johansen rounds out the NU all-time top five with 3,581 minutes.
Yori Reaches Top of Husker Coaching Chart in Win Over Temple
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori became the winningest women's basketball coach in school history with NU's win over Temple on Nov. 11, 2012. The victory over the Owls increased Yori's win total to 192 at the start of her 11th season at Nebraska. She moved past former Husker Coach Angela Beck (1986-97) atop Nebraska's all-time win list. Beck posted a 191-128 record (.599) in 11 seasons at the helm of the Huskers.
The 2010 National Coach of the Year, Yori needs four more wins to become the first women's coach in Nebraska history to reach the 200-victory mark. Yori's NU mark is 196-129 (.603).
On the men's side, only Danny Nee and Joe Cipriano have produced 200 basketball victories at Nebraska. Nee won 254 games in 14 seasons coaching the Huskers from 1987 to 2000. Cipriano earned 253 wins in 17 seasons from 1964 to 1980.
Huskers Have History of Home-Opening Success
Nebraska owns a history of season-opening success on the Huskers' homecourt at the Devaney Center. Nebraska improved to 37-2 all-time in home openers, including 35-2 at the Devaney Center, with its 68-50 victory over North Carolina A&T on Nov. 9, 2012.
From 1981-82 through 2004-05, Nebraska reeled off 24 straight home-opening wins before losing to South Dakota State on Nov. 19, 2005. NU's only other home-opening loss came to Kansas (88-56) on Nov. 21, 1980.
Nebraska has been strong in its first six home games every season. In fact, NU is 200-33 over the past 39 years in its first six home contests (.858 winning percentage), including 33-6 in the second game of the season. The Huskers stretched their Game No. 2 winning streak to 13 games with a 64-39 win over Temple on Nov. 11, 2012.
Game No. 3 has traditionally provided the toughest test among the first six home contests for the Huskers, but NU has won six straight in Game No. 3 after an impressive 77-55 run past Northern Arizona in Lincoln on Nov. 16, 2012. NU improved to 33-6 all-time in game No. 4 with a 85-72 win over Sam Houston State, on Nov. 20, 2012, but suffered a rare Game No. 5 setback in a 90-71 loss to No. 11 Maryland on Nov. 28, 2012 to slip to 34-5 all-time in Game No. 5. NU produced its 16th straight victory in Game No. 6 with a 60-51 win over Idaho State Dec. 1, 2012.
Scouting the No. 24 Florida State Seminoles
No. 24 Florida State entered the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches rankings this week for the first time this season after rolling to a 7-0 record to start 2012-13. The Seminoles return four starters from last year's team, but they have made a transition from being an inside-dominated team to a fast-paced, transition team again under Coach Sue Semrau.
Prior to last year's disappointing 14-17 season, Semrau had led the Seminoles to seven consecutive winning seasons, including six 20-win campaigns. In 2009-10, FSU went to the NCAA Elite Eight and finished with a 29-6 record, while tying for first in the ACC. It was their second straight ACC co-championship, following a 26-8 record in 2008-09. In 2010-11, the 'Noles added a 24-8 overall mark. In her first 15 seasons at Florida State, Semrau led the Seminoles to eight NCAA tournaments and was a three-time ACC Coach of the Year.
The 2012-13 Seminoles appear to have Florida State headed back to contention for an ACC title as one of the hottest teams in the country early in the season. At 7-0, Florida State's seven-player rotation of five seniors and two juniors has been doing more than just winning, they have been dismantling opponents.
The Seminoles produced back-to-back 14-point victories over 2012 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Vanderbilt (73-59) and Iowa (83-69). FSU is coming off a 16-point win over Charlotte on Dec. 2.
After opening the year with a 77-42 win over Samford, the Seminoles trounced in-state rival Florida, 98-67. They followed with a 32-point win over Stetson before blitzing Eastern Kentucky, 90-51.
Florida State is averaging 81.0 points per game, while holding opponents to just 55.1 points for a plus-25.9 scoring average. FSU also carries a plus-9.4 rebounding margin and a plus-2.9 turnover margin. The 'Noles are shooting a blistering 49.7 percent from the field, including a sensational 46.2 percent from three-point range.
Perhaps the best example of the fundamental change in the Seminoles can be found in their top returning scorer Alexa Deluzio. The 5-11 senior guard averaged 13.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season. Through seven games, her production has increased to 13.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, and she has not started a single game. She is also one of five Seminoles averaging in double figures.
Leonor Rodriguez, a 5-11 senior guard who averaged just 4.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, has transformed herself into the nation's most accurate shooter early this season. Rodriguez has hit a staggering 62.5 percent (15-24) of her three-pointers, while shooting a scintilating 63.6 percent (42-66) overall from the field. In the win over Charlotte, she missed her first free throw of the season to slip to 92.3 percent (12-13) at the line. She comes to Lincoln averaging a team-best 15.9 points on just 9.4 field-goal attempts per game. She has added a team-best 16 steals, while ranking third on the team with 18 assists.
Rodriguez is one of four FSU starters shooting better than 50 percent from the field, including All-America candidate Natasha Howard. The 6-3 junior forward is shooting 53.5 percent, while ranking second on the team with 15.3 points per game. She has added 5.4 boards per contest after averaging 9.1 boards per game a year ago. Howard led the ACC with 12 double-doubles in 2011-12.
Arguably the biggest additions to the FSU lineup are its two most diminutive players - point guards Morgan Toles and Yashira "Cheetah" Delgado. Toles is shooting 52.2 percent (12-23) from the field. A transfer from Auburn, the 5-9 senior guard has started all seven games, averaging 3.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists. Delgado, a junior college transfer, is just 5-2, but is averaging 4.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and a team-best 6.4 assists per game.
Last season, without the two point guards, Florida State committed 628 total turnovers while dishing out just 398 assists. They also recorded just 181 steals (5.8 spg). This season, FSU has 128 assists and just 129 turnovers, while already registering 76 steals (10.9 spg).
The point guards have helped the Seminoles fire on all cylinders. Senior forward Chelsea Davis is averaging 13.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 50.7 percent from the field. Senior forward Chasity Clayton has added 13.0 points and a team-best 7.6 rebounds while shooting 48.1 percent from the field, including 50 percent (3-6) from long range..
Nebraska vs. Florida State Series History
Nebraska and Florida State will be meeting for just the third time in women's basketball when the Huskers face the Seminoles Saturday. The series is tied at one game apiece after NU's 66-63 win over FSU in Tallahassee last season.
Emily Cady played a major role in Nebraska's win last season. The 6-2 forward scored 14 points, including the go-ahead layup with 39 seconds left. It was Cady's first career double-figure scoring performance.
Brandi Jeffery also played a big part in the win at FSU, hitting for a career-high 12 points while adding three steals. Jeffery's first of two second-half three-pointers gave NU a 55-52 lead. Her second three tied the game at 60 with 2:04 left. Lindsey Moore led the Huskers with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in a tremendous all-around game. Jordan Hooper added 12 points and eight rebounds, despite going just 3-of-15 from the field.
Florida State won the first meeting, 100-84, at the Miami Dial Classic on Dec. 31, 1982.
Huskers Fall at Creighton, 66-57
Hailie Sample scored a career-high 20 points but No. 25 Nebraska suffered a 66-57 loss to in-state rival Creighton at D.J. Sokol Arena on Wednesday night.
With the loss, the Huskers slipped to 6-3, with all three losses to 2012 NCAA Tournament teams. The defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Bluejays improved to 4-2, notching their first win over a top-25 team in three tries on their homecourt this season. Nebraska's setback snapped a seven-game winning streak in the series with the Jays.
Sample, a 6-1 sophomore forward from Marcus, Texas, hit 9-of-14 shots from the field and both of her free throw attempts to finish with 20 points - doubling her previous career high. She added five rebounds and a pair of assists to go along with one steal.
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore added 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-3 three-pointers. She added six assists, two rebounds and three steals for the Huskers. Tear'a Laudermill added eight points off the bench on 3-of-5 shooting, while Meghin Williams pitched in six points on another 3-of-5 effort. As a team, Nebraska shot 40.7 percent (24-59) from the field and 2-for-13 from three-point range, while going 7-of-8 at the line. NU outrebounded CU, 33-28, and won the turnover battle, 14-11.
Freshman Marissa Janning led Creighton by tying her career high with 19 points. Janning hit 4-of-6 three-pointers while connecting on 7-of-10 shots from the field. She added three assists. Junior McKenzie Fujan added a career-best 13 points while hitting 3-of-5 three-pointers and 4-of-6 shots from the field.
Creighton won the game from long range, hitting 9-of-22 shots from beyond the arc to outscore the Huskers by 21 points from three-point range. Overall, CU hit 56.3 percent (27-48) of its shots from the field, but just 3-of-8 free throws.
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper was held scoreless for the first time in her career, going 0-for-7 from the field. She and Creighton's Sarah Nelson, nearly shut each other out on the night, as Hooper held Nelson to just four points.
Nebraska Celebrates Final Basketball Season at Devaney Center
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will celebrate their final season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center throughout the 2012-13 campaign. The Huskers will move into the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln in October of 2013. The arena, which is set for completion next fall, will become the new home of Husker men's and women's basketball in 2013-14.
As part of the festivities at the Devaney Center during 2012-13, the Huskers plan to highlight the greatest moments and greatest players in the 37-year history of the Devaney Center At each men's and women's basketball home game during the season, HuskerVision will produce a big screen feature showcasing one of the most memorable moments in men's and women's basketball history.
On the women's side, long-time Husker Sports Network basketball broadcasters Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch compiled the list along with Mike Babcock, who researched and wrote a detailed history of Husker women's basketball in 2000. The women's basketball moments range from Jan Crouch's 27-point performance on opening night on Nov. 12, 1976 to Lindsey Moore's triple-double on Jan. 2, 2011. They include championship celebrations in 1988 and 2010 and historic victories throughout the decades, while recognizing Husker legends such as Karen Jennings, Maurtice Ivy, Kelsey Griffin, Anna DeForge, Amy Stephens and more.
During the season, fans also will be able to join the discussion through social media, offering their most memorable moments at the Devaney Center.
The Nebraska Athletic Department has created a special "Devaney Center Final Season" logo that will be displayed on giant banners draped outside above the north and south entrances of the Devaney Center.
Hooper, Moore Earn Spots on Wade, Naismith, Wooden Lists
Junior Jordan Hooper and senior Lindsey Moore are being mentioned among the top players in the nation in 2012-13, and are candidates for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden awards.
Hooper and Moore were among 25 college players named to the 2012-13 preseason Wade Watch List, announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Sept. 18. They joined each other on the Preseason Wooden Award Top 30 on Nov. 9. They appeared on their first national player-of-the-year watch list together last season, when they were both included in the Naismith Midseason 32 and they earned spots on the 2013 Naismith Trophy Preseason Top 50 on Nov. 15.
Hooper and Moore are the first Husker teammates in history named to any of the three major national player-of-the-year watch lists at the same time.
In 2011-12, Hooper was an Associated Press Honorable-Mention All-American, while earning WBCA All-Region 6 honors. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., was also one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, and a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament team after averaging 18.9 points and a Big Ten-best 9.3 rebounds per game.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of eight finalists for the 2012 Nancy Lieberman Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top point guard. Moore joined Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournment Team and was a second-team All-Big Ten choice. Moore ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in assists (5.1 apg), No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) and No. 7 in scoring (15.7 ppg).
Former Nebraska All-American Karen Jennings won the Wade Trophy in 1993, while All-American Kelsey Griffin was a finalist for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden awards in 2010.
Hooper, Moore Earn Preseason All-Big Ten Honors
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore captured All-Big Ten honors while the Huskers were picked to finish second in the conference, when preseason polls were announced by the Big Ten Oct. 25.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team by both the conference coaches and media. In 2011-12, Hooper was one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, while also earning Big Ten All-Tournament honors. She ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.3 ppg), while leading the Big Ten in both rebounding (9.3 rpg) and double-doubles (14) last season.
Moore, a 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of five preseason All-Big Ten picks by the conference media. Moore ranked No. 7 in the Big Ten in scoring (15.7 ppg), No. 2 in assists (5.1 apg) and No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) in 2011-12. Moore earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior, while joining Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Defending regular-season champion Penn State was the choice of the coaches and the media to win the 2013 Big Ten title. The Huskers were picked second in both polls, while Purdue was the coaches' selection to finish third. Ohio State was the media's choice to finish third.
Huskers Load Up 2012-13 Schedule
Nebraska's 31-game regular-season schedule features 19 games against 2012 postseason squads. NU's schedule is highlighted by 13 games against 2012 NCAA Tourament teams, including a matchup with Elite Eight qualifier Maryland and two games with NCAA Sweet 16 Penn State. The Huskers play three games against 2012 WNIT teams and three contests against WBI participants.
The Huskers also play seven games against six teams that won conference titles in 2012. Maryland headlines the list of conference champs after claiming the 2012 ACC Tournament title. The Terps finished with a 31-5 record at No. 6 in the AP poll. NU also faces Big Ten regular-season champ Penn State twice and Big Ten Tournament champ Purdue once. In non-conference play, the Huskers tangle with Big Sky Conference champ Idaho State, Missouri Valley Conference champ Creighton and Summit League Conference champ South Dakota State.
Husker Non-Conference Schedule Offers Quality, Depth
Nebraska expects to face one of the toughest regular-season schedules in school history in 2012-13. NU's Strength of Schedule has ranked among the top 30 nationally in four of the past five seasons, and the Huskers could face a top-20 schedule in 2012-13. Six of Nebraska's non-conference opponents won 20 or more games last season, led by Maryland's 31.
Perhaps an even stronger indicator of the depth of Nebraska's schedule is that the Huskers will play 20 games against teams that won 18 or more games, while 12 of the Huskers' 13 non-conference opponents won at least 14 games a year ago.
Injuries Slow Down Huskers in Offseason
Nebraska's offseason has featured a laundry list of injuries up and down the roster. Nebraska's entire starting five played injured in the Huskers' NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas to end the 2011-12 season.
Emily Cady underwent offseason knee surgery, while Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample each took extended rest to recover from stress reactions in their legs following NU's four games in four days at the Big Ten Tournament. Cady entered the season as one of the healthiest Huskers, while Hooper and Sample were limited by injuries. Lindsey Moore was slowed by a reoccurring injury, while NU's lone center Adrianna Maurer continues to recover from major back surgery in January of 2012. Senior forward Meghin Williams has been limited in practice throughout her four-year career by foot injuries.
Freshman guard Rachel Theriot missed nearly three weeks of practice with a stress reaction in her foot, bringing the list of Huskers severely limited in practice to seven on a daily basis.
Nebraska's other freshmen, Courtney Aitken and Sadie Murren, and sophomores Brandi Jeffery, Tear'a Laudermill and Katie Simon were healthy throughout fall practice.
Cady Leads Husker Sophomore Class
Emily Cady has produced a solid start to her second season in Nebraska's lineup. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., is averaging 8.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.7 steals through nine games. She produced a 14-point, seven-rebound effort at USC, which followed an 18-point, six-rebound performance in a win over Sam Houston State on Nov. 20. She added a 13-point, seven-rebound, four-steal effort against Northern Arizona. She also had a five-point, 10-rebound performance against Temple, which marked the eighth double-digit rebound game in Cady's career. Cady has started 41 consecutive games to open her career.
In 2011-12, Cady captured Nebraska's first-ever spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by producing 9.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game to go along with a team-leading 28 blocked shots in 2011-12. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., increased her production in Big Ten play by averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in regular-season conference play.
Cady also earned a spot on the honorable-mention All-Big Ten team from the conference media. She became the first Husker freshman since Meggan Yedsena in 1991 to earn a spot on an overall all-conference team. Yedsena is the only Husker in history to earn four spots on all-conference teams. Yedsena claimed honorable-mention All-Big Eight accolades in 1991, before capturing three second-team awards in 1992, 1993 and 1994.
Husker Starting Five Solid for 33 Straight Games in 2011-12
Nebraska put the same starting five on the floor for 33 consecutive games in 2011-12, a miraculous feat considering the injuries the Huskers battled on their way to a 13-18 record in 2010-11, and during the final month of 2011-12. All five of Nebraska's starters played with leg injuries at some point in 2011-12, including Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample, who did not practice in the week leading up to NU's appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Emily Cady played the final month of the season with a knee injury suffered against Wisconsin on Feb. 19, and Lindsey Moore battled through a bone bruise just under her knee suffered against Northwestern on Feb. 16. Senior Kaitlyn Burke, who was granted a medical redshirt after being knocked out with multiple injuries in 2009-10, dealt with foot and leg injuries throughout the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
Despite the injuries, Nebraska's top five battled to start every game, marking the third time in 10 seasons that Coach Connie Yori's Huskers accomplished that feat. A consistent lineup throughout a full season is a rarity in college basketball. Nebraska, which was the only Big Ten team to feature the same starting five throughout 2011-12, was one of only three teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament to start the same five for every game. Kansas State and BYU were the other two.
The 2006-07 Huskers featured the same starting five for 32 games on their way to a 22-10 season and the NCAA Tournament. Yori's 2003-04 Huskers also used the same starting five for 30 games on their way to an 18-12 season and a WNIT bid.
Moore, Hooper Climbing Nebraska Career Scoring List
Lindsey Moore and Jordan Hooper have flown up the Nebraska career scoring chart during their time as Huskers. Moore, a 5-9 senior guard from Covington, Wash., ranks No. 14 at Nebraska with 1,297 points. She needs 81 points to catch Cory Montgomery (2007-10) in 12th place.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., already ranks 16th all-time on the Husker scoring list with 1,221 points. Hooper needs 22 points to catch Brooke Schwartz (1997-2000) in 15th with 1,243 points. In 2011-12, Hooper became NU's first sophomore to reach 1,000 career points, achieving the mark in her 60th career game.
Moore One of Two Huskers with 1,200 Points, 500 Assists
Lindsey Moore is one of just two players in Nebraska history with 1,200 points and 500 assists, joining former Husker All-American Nicole Kubik (1997-00, 1,867 points, 563 assists).
Moore ranks No. 13 at Nebraska with 1,297 points and No. 4 in career assists with 549.
Hooper 12th Nebraska Native with 1,000 Points as Husker
Jordan Hooper is the most recent of 12 native Nebraskans among the the Huskers' 28 1,000-point scorers in school history. Hooper is also the second player from the town of Alliance, Neb., in NU's 1,000-point club, joining Amy Stephens (1,976, 1986-89).
Only two other towns in Nebraska have produced multiple 1,000-point scorers with Omaha supplying Maurtice Ivy (2,131, 1985-88), Janet Smith (1,284, 1979-82) and Yvonne Turner (1,101, 2007-10) and Lincoln providing Jan Crouch (1,183, 1976-79) and Dominique Kelley (1,107, 2008-11).
The other 1,000-point scorers from the state of Nebraska are: Nicole Kubik (Cambridge, 1,867, 1997-2000); Angie Miller (Clatonia, 1,541, 1984-87), Brooke Schwartz (Gering, 1,243, 1997-2000), Stacy Imming (Kearney, 1,036, 1984-87) and Charlie Rogers (South Sioux City, 1,001, 1997-2000).
Huskers Expect More Experience in 2012-13
Despite a 12-player roster that features five sophomores and three freshmen, Nebraska is still expected to showcase one of the Big Ten's most experienced starting lineups in 2012-13.
While featuring just one returning senior starter (Lindsey Moore) and one returning junior starter (Jordan Hooper), the Huskers expect to match Iowa for the third most returning starts with 228.
Only Penn State (303) and Northwestern (249) are expected to return more starts than Nebraska. While Nebraska will be more experienced, the Huskers match Northwestern and Michigan as the only schools in the Big Ten with just four players who have ever started a collegiate game. The other nine Big Ten schools all return at least five players with starting experience.
As a whole, the Big Ten is expected to be a more senior-dominated conference in 2012-13. The conference lost only seven seniors who earned all-conference honors in 2011-12, while returning 13 all-conference honorees. A total of 10 2011-12 juniors earned all-conference honors, and all five members of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team were drawn from the junior class.
Big Ten Returning Starts By School for 2012-13
1. Penn State (303) - Greene (98), Bentley (96), Nickson (59), Lucas (33), Edwards (9), Wolfe (8)
2. Northwestern (249) - Orban (99), Hackney (83), Diamant (38), Roser (29)
T3. Iowa (228) - Johnson (94), Printy (88), Logic (30), Taylor (8), Dixon (7), Nesbitt (1)
T3. Nebraska (228) - Moore (98), Hooper (64), Cady (33), Sample (33)
5. Illinois (203) - Penn (95), Moore (42), Magrum (32), Crawford (23), GodBold (11)
6. Michigan (202) - Ryan (96), Sheffer (62), Jordan (29), Elmblad (15)
7. Purdue (200) - Moses (64), Ostarello (38), Houser (37), Poston (24), Mingo (24), Williams (13)
8. Ohio State (185) - Hill (101), Adams (48), Stokes (33), Moore (2), Ferguson (1)
9. Indiana (162) - Sinclair (50), Chaplin (40), Newbauer (27), McGhee (23), Deloach (7), Rubene (7), McCurty (5)
10. Minnesota (149) - Loberg (53), Banham (34), Kellogg (30), Cotton (18), Noga (9), Riche (5)
11. Wisconsin (103) - Wurtz (59), Paige (36), Rochel (3), Smith (2), Stephen (2), Gulczynski (1)
12. Michigan State (99) - Thomas (34), Johnson (28), Schiffauer (17), Bell (11), Mills (9)
Hooper Hopes to Build Off Super Sophomore Campaign
Jordan Hooper became the first sophomore in school history to produce 600 points and 300 rebounds in the same season, finishing the 2011-12 campaign with 624 points and 306 boards. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., became just the fourth Husker ever to accomplish the feat.
Hooper, an honorable-mention AP All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten pick, set the Nebraska sophomore single-season scoring record with 624 points. She eclipsed the 609 points scored by Kiera Hardy in 2004-05. Hooper's 306 rebounds marked the third-highest total in school history by a sophomore, trailing only 372 by Janet Smith in 40 games in 1979-80) and 314 by Carol Garey in 36 games in 1978-79. Hooper's 9.3 rebounds per game matched Smith's sophomore record. 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.
Moore Threatening Top of Nebraska Career Assist List
Lindsey Moore has climbed into Nebraska's career top five in assists with 549 (4th) as a Husker. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., needs 14 assists to catch former Husker All-American Nicole Kubik (1997-2000) in third on the career list with 563. Moore is just 18 assists from joining Jina Johansen (2002-05) at No. 2 on the Husker all-time chart with 567.
The Nancy Lieberman Award candidate needs 147 more assists to match Meggan Yedsena's school record of 696 assists from 1990-91 to 1993-94.
Last season, Moore dished out 167 assists in 33 games, while distributing 183 assists as a sophomore in 2010-11. She opened her career with 154 assists as a freshman in 2009-10.
Moore has produced a career-high 11 assists on four occasions (at Iowa, Jan. 8, 2012; Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 15, 2011; Florida A&M, Jan. 2, 2011; vs. UCLA, March 23, 2010).
Fastbreakers Announce Backboard Event Schedule
The Fastbreakers Booster Club has set the dates for three Backboard Events during the 2012-13 season. The events, which will be held in the northwest corner of the upper concourse at the Devaney Center, tipped off on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m., 90 minutes before Nebraska's game against Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The second Backboard Event will be held prior to Nebraska's Big Ten clash with Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tip time is set for 1 p.m., while the banquet begins at 11:30 a.m. This season's Backboard Events conclude with a luncheon prior to Nebraska's Big Ten regular-season finale with Penn State on March 3. The start times of the luncheon and game will be announced at a later date, after the Big Ten Network makes its television picks for the final two games of the season across the conference.
Each event is scheduled to begin 90 minutes prior to tip-off of each game and will feature a speaker from the women's basketball staff. The cost of each event is $15 per person, and spots must be reserved no later than one week in advance of the event, either on-line at www.Huskers.com/donate (online registration available for current Fastbreakers Club members only), by calling the Huskers Athletic Fund at (402) 472-2367.
Fastbreakers Announce Plans for Three Bus Trips
Fastbreakers followed the Huskers to their first road game of the season, when Nebraska took on South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D., on Sunday, Nov. 18. The Fastbreakers also took a bus to Omaha for Nebraska's annual clash with Creighton on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
The final road trip of the season is set for Nebraska's appearance at the Big Ten Tournament March 7-10 in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Fastbreakers will leave Lincoln for the Chicago area on Wednesday, March 6 and will return following the Huskers' appearance at the tournament. The cost of bus ride is $170, and does not include game tickets. Beverages on the bus are included in the price, but no meals are included.
For more details on the 2012-13 Fastbreaker Bus Trips, contact Doug Fry at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (402) 617-7039. All trips must be booked and paid for two weeks prior to departure.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper will climb into the top five on Nebraska's career double-double list with her next double-digit scoring and rebound game. 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 the NU's win over Idaho State on Dec. 1. It was Hooper's third double-double of the season, joining a 19-point, 10-rebound effort against Sam Houston State Nov. 20, and a 12-point, 14-board performance 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, produced 14 double-figure rebounding performances as a sophomore.
Hooper's 14 double-doubles ranked as the third-highest single-season total in school history, trailing only first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin's 20 in 2009-10, and Nafeesah Brown's 16 in 1993-94. Griffin and Brown were both seniors when they produced their impressive double-figure totals.
Hooper became just the fifth player in Nebraska history to post double-figure double-doubles in a season, joining Griffin (10, 2006-07, 20, 2009-10), Brown (16, 1993-94), Karen Jennings (13, 1990-91, 13, 1991-92), Maurtice Ivy (10, 1985-86) and Carol Garey (10, 1978-79).
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., has produced double-doubles in six of her last 11 games. She had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game loss to No. 21 Purdue on March 4. She added 21 points and 10 rebounds against No. 14 Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals March 3, and 15 points and 10 boards in little more than a half against Iowa 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 Stay in AP Top 25 for Record 19th Straight Week
Nebraska slipped four spots to No. 25 in the Associated Press Poll on Dec. 3, but continued its school-record streak of 19 consecutive weeks in the AP rankings. NU's previous longest stretch in the AP rankings came with 14 weeks in 2009-10.
Nebraska's 2012-13 schedule is littered with top competition AP poll. The Huskers suffered a 90-71 loss to No. 11 Maryland last week. The Terps climbed back into the AP top 10 with the victory in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Huskers will play their second AP top 25 opponent from the ACC when they face off with unbeaten Florida State at the Devaney Center on Saturday, Dec. 8. The Seminoles entered the rankings at No. 24 this week on the strength of a 7-0 record. All seven of FSU's wins have been by double digits, includings impressive wins over Florida, Vanderbilt and most recently Iowa.
Preseason Big Ten favorite Penn State, which the Huskers play twice (Jan. 13, March 3) remained in the top 10 this week at No. 10, while Purdue slipped one spot to No. 15 in the writers' poll. Ohio State, which the Huskers play two times (Jan. 31, Feb. 14) this season, dropped five spots to No. 20.
In addition to those seven games against current top-25 foes, the Huskers will also face Michigan State (Jan. 24). The undefeated Spartans received four top-25 votes this week.
Yori's Huskers Own Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska has made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori's 10 seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers' win last season over No. 14 Ohio State on March 3, 2012, marked Nebraska's 25th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori
The Huskers also defeated No. 8 Ohio State (Feb. 26), which marked NU's sixth victory over a top-10 foe under Yori. Prior to Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers owned just one win over a top 10 opponent in school history.
NU produced five wins over AP Top 25 teams (at game time) last season, including a 93-89 triple overtime win at No. 15 Purdue (Feb. 2). The Huskers also knocked off No. 16 Penn State (Dec. 30) on the road in their first-ever Big Ten Conference game, while defeating No. 23 USC (Nov. 18) at the Devaney Center.
In 2009-10, the Huskers set the school single-season mark with eight wins over top-25 teams. NU's top-25 wins that season came against No. 5 LSU, No. 9 Baylor, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 Iowa State, No. 16 Iowa State, No. 22 UCLA. The win over No. 9 Baylor and freshman Brittney Griner, was Nebraska's first-ever road win over a top-10 team. The Huskers' three wins over top-10 foes in 2009-10, matched Nebraska's previous total from the previous 35 seasons.
The highest-ranked team Nebraska has ever defeated was the 2004-05 Baylor team that went on to win the national title. NU outlasted No. 2 BU, 103-99 in triple overtime on Jan. 12, 2005. The Huskers' 21-point win over No. 10 OSU on Feb. 3, 2010, marked NU's largest victory margin ever over a top-10 team. Nebraska's 29-point win over No. 14 Iowa State in 2005 was NU's largest victory margin in history over a top-25 foe. Nebraska's 56-45 win over No. 15 Texas at the Devaney Center in 2008 also marked the lowest point total ever allowed by the Huskers against a ranked opponent.
Before Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers had not defeated a top-10 team since a 73-67 win over No. 9 Iowa on Dec. 8, 1996, and had never beaten a top-five opponent.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
The Huskers produced a 13-3 record at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2011-12. Since the Devaney Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 380-127 (.750) in games played in the arena, including 141-85 (.624) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 116-31 (.789) at the Devaney Center.
NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in nine consecutive seasons, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2009-10. NU was 11-4 at home in 2010-11. The Huskers are 5-1 at the Devaney Center in 2012-13.
Big Ten Network Providing Major Exposure for Huskers
For the second consecutive season, Nebraska expects to have every regular-season and postseason game available in video form for Husker fans to follow all the action.
For the first time in school history in 2011-12, all 33 games played by the Huskers were delivered by national television or live video streams to Husker fans. In 2012-13, Nebraska expects its highest level of national TV exposure in school history, while adding two outstanding alternative video streaming sources.
Overall, the Huskers expect to have a minimum of 10 regular-season games televised nationally, including seven by the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com. Nebraska's battle with Purdue will be televised nationally by CBS on Jan. 5, while the Huskers' clash with Penn State on Jan. 13 will be carried live on ESPN2. NU's non-conference road game at USC (Nov. 23) will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. Nebraska's final two games of the year at Wisconsin and at home against Penn State could also be picked up by the Big Ten Network.
The Big Ten Network will also distribute at least nine other Nebraska women's basketball games through live video streams on BTN.com. For complete television and live-stream listings, visit Huskers.com. Fans can subscribe to BTN.com by visiting http://video.btn.com/allaccess. A yearly subscription for all Nebraska events on BTN.com is just $79.95. Fans can gain access to every Big Ten event stream for just $119.95 per year. Monthly subscriptions are also available.
HuskersNside also provides Husker fans more video streaming opportunities on the Internet. Nebraska's premium site on Huskers.com streamed NU's exhibition finale against Nebraska-Kearney (Nov. 4), before streaming the season opener against North Carolina A&T (Nov. 9). Non-conference home games against Northern Arizona (Nov. 16), Idaho State (Dec. 1), Florida State (Dec. 8) and Grambling State (Dec. 29) also will be streamed through HuskersNside.
Nebraska's road games at South Dakota State (Nov. 18) and Creighton (Dec. 5) are sharing streams to to HuskersNside subscribers. A similar stream share could occur at South Florida (Dec. 16). All three schools share NeuLion as an Internet partner.
Monthly packages are available on HuskersNside for $12.95. Four-month passes are on sale for $39.95, while year-long passes are just $54.95.
Huskers Smashed School Three-Point Record Again in 2011-12
The 2011-12 Huskers produced another record-setting three-point season, connecting on 230 threes on a record 759 attempts. Nebraska led the Big Ten with 7.0 made threes per game, matching the school-record the Huskers set in 2010-11.
Nebraska's 230 threes surpassed the 225 the 2009-10 Huskers hit. NU's 759 attempts shattered the previous school recored of 661 also set in 2009-10.
The Huskers hit seven or more threes in 17 of 33 games in 2011-12 (UAPB-9, MVSU-14, at Florida State-9, UTPA-7, Northern Arizona-10, Vermont-8, South Dakota State-8, at Iowa-10, Penn State-7, at Ohio State-7, Minnesota-8; at Purdue-13; Michigan-9; Minnesota-8; Northwestern (Big Ten)-9; Iowa (Big Ten)-7; Ohio State (Big Ten)-9).
NU hit a season-best 14 three-pointers on 26 attempts against Mississippi Valley State, which marked the second-highest total in school history. It trailed only the 17 threes the Huskers hit against Vermont (17-33) to open the 2010-11 season. They added the third-best mark by draining 13-of-34 threes on the road in an epic 93-89 triple-overtime victory at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2. Nebraska also connected on 10-of-19 threes in a win at Iowa on Jan. 8, after hitting 10-of-22 threes at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. Nebraska attempted a school-record 37 threes in the loss to Michigan Feb. 9, while connecting on 9. NU went 8-for-22 in the second half against the Wolverines.
Prior to 2009-10, the school-record for three-pointers made in a season was 173. Coach Connie Yori's Husker teams own the top nine three-point shooting seasons in school history. Before Yori's arrival, no Husker team had hit more than 132 threes in a season, or attempted more than 437.
Hooper Leads Assault on Husker Three-Point Records
In addition to her impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Jordan Hooper has hit three-pointers at a record-breaking rate since her arrival at Nebraska. The 6-2 forward shattered the NU single-season freshman record with 67 threes (67-184, 36.4 percent) in 2010-11, and drained 67 more threes in 2011-12, which is the second-best total by a sophomore in Nebraska history. Hooper's 2011-12 season total trailed only Kiera Hardy's school-record total of 85 set during her sophomore campaign in 2004-05.
In 71 career games, Hooper has hit 150 three-pointers to rank fourth on the Nebraska career list. She needs just five more to catch Anna DeForge (1995-98) on the Huskers career chart with 155. DeForge went on to become one of the most prolific three-point shooters in WNBA history. Hooper is more than halfway to Kiera Hardy's NU career mark of 267.
In 2010-11, Hooper tied the Nebraska single-game record with seven three-pointers at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011. She scored 31 points against the Tigers, including 28 on six threes in the second half alone.
Hooper Plays Beast on Boards
Jordan Hooper led the Big Ten and ranked among the nation's top rebounders with 9.3 boards per game as a sophomore in 2011-12.
Her 18-rebound effort in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19 put her in rare company in the Nebraska record books, tying for the 12th-highest single-game total in school history. It also marked the best rebound total by a player in Coach Connie Yori's first 11 seasons at Nebraska. It was also the highest total by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 rebounds against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper's 18-board performance represented her third time in seven games with 15 or more rebounds. She became just the seventh player in Husker history to grab 15 or more rebounds three times in a career. and just the sixth Husker to pull down 15 or more boards three times in a season, joining Janet Smith, Carol Garey, Nafeesah Brown, Pyra Aarden and most recently, Keasha Cannon-Johnson (2001-02).
In back-to-back games last season, Hooper grabbed 15 rebounds in a win over Iowa (Jan. 26), before ripping down 16 boards in a victory at Illinois (Jan. 29). She joined Smith and Aarden as the only Huskers to pull down 15 or more boards in back-to-back games.
Sample Joined Cady as Freshmen in 2011-12 Starting Five
Hailie Sample joined Emily Cady as freshman forwards in Nebraska's starting five for all 33 games in 2011-12. Cady and Sample became the first Husker freshman tandem in history to start every game together in a season. In fact, only seven freshmen in school history prior to 2011-12 had ever started every game in a season for NU, including current Husker senior Lindsey Moore (school-record 34 starts, 2009-10) and junior Jordan Hooper (31 starts, 2010-11).
Two other freshmen have started every game under Coach Connie Yori, including forward Kelsey Griffin (32 starts, 2005-06) and guard Dominique Kelley (33 starts, 2007-08). The only other freshmen in NU history to start every game were Meggan Yedsena (28 starts, 1990-91), Angie Miller (28 starts, 1983-84) and Jan Crouch (31 starts, 1975-76).
Pinnacle Bank Arena to Provide New Home to Huskers in 2013-14
Nebraska continues preparations to move into its new home for men's and women's basketball - Pinnacle Bank Arena - next season. Construction on the $179 million arena has marched ahead of schedule with favorable building conditions for more than a year.
The Huskers will continue to call the new Hendricks Training Complex home for practice, while the Nebraska volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics team will call the Devaney Center home for competition.
The arena project was approved by voters in May 2010. Pinnacle Bank Arena is expected to open in the fall of 2013. Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will be the primary tenants of the 470,400-square-foot facility, which can hold nearly 15,000 fans for Husker hoops.
As the exclusive sponsor of the arena and arena site, the new arena website will be PinnacleBankArena.com. The agreement also calls for Pinnacle Bank to receive: three exterior signs; the Pinnacle Bank Arena logo on the center-hung scoreboard, public exterior doors and adjacent light pole banners; signs on the main and upper concourses; use of a center court suite and use of the arena for two days per year; and three locations for ATM machines in the arena.
Huskers Made New Home at Hendricks Complex in 2011-12
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball and wrestling programs moved into their new homes at the Hendricks Training Complex in October of 2011.
The 80,000-square foot facility adjacent to the Bob Devaney Sports Center includes separate practice courts for the men's and women's basketball programs, as well as expanded locker rooms, player lounges, team rooms and offices. The $18.7 million facility includes a 5,000-square foot weight room, a completely renovated athletic training area that tripled the size of the previous area at the Devaney Center, and a nutrition station similar to the one in the Osborne Complex.
The building is named for Tom and Mary Hendricks of Pipe Creek, Texas, and their children, Jennifer and Brandon, as they provided the lead gift in this project to benefit Husker student-athletes for years to come.
Throughout the facility, efforts have been made to give student-athletes the best training environment to succeed. Both the men's and women's basketball practice gyms are a court-and-a-half with six baskets, allowing additional work while the main floor is being used. The courts themselves are made with premium maple flooring with sleeper cushions that absorb shock to minimize injury. Both gyms have advanced acoustics as well as 103-inch plasma screens.
The amenities inside the facility are top-of-the-line, as the main entrance features a two-story abstract net sculpture, as well as a granite fountain imported from China. The facility also features two video walls and 63 TVs. The women's lounge features three 65-inch televisions and a unique LED bubble wall. The Huskers have a custom locker room with iPads built into the lockers, as well as custom back-lit displays.
The Hendricks Training Complex is the first project completed in the Expand Their Experience Campaign. For more information on the other facility projects, visit www.ExpandTheirExperience.com.
Huskers Worked Overtime for Wins in 2011-12
Nebraska went 2-1 in overtime in 2011-12, and the three extra-long games went a combined seven overtimes. The seven overtimes were the most the Huskers played in a single season in school history, and marked the first time that NU played multiple multi-overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers' 93-89 3OT win at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2, was the first road triple-overtime game in school history and marked the second overall 3OT game (NU 103, Baylor 99 3OT, Jan. 12, 2005). Nebraska added a 74-70 double-overtime loss against the Boilermakers in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament on March 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Nebraska notched a 97-88 double-overtime win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. The wins at NAU and Purdue marked the first time in school history that Nebraska won two true road overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers have played 35 overtime games in school history, but just six multi-overtime games, with three of those coming in 2011-12. NU is 5-1 all-time in multi-overtime games, and 18-17 overall in OT. The Huskers are 5-3 in OT in Coach Connie Yori's 10 seasons at NU. The last time Nebraska won two overtime games in the same season was 1995-96, when the Huskers went 2-1, including a double-overtime win against Colorado. NU went 3-0 in overtime games in 1975-76, with all three of those games coming against non-Division I teams on neutral courts.
Husker Sports Network, Huskers.com Carries NU World-Wide
The Husker Sports Network and Nebraska women's basketball have teamed up for well over a decade to take every game, home and away, around the world for free on Huskers.com.
In addition to carrying every women's basketball free on Huskers.com, the Husker Sports Network flagship stations B107.3 FM-KBBK (Lincoln) and The Wolf 93.3 FM-KFFF (Omaha) provide strong FM signals for Husker women's basketball and volleyball. 880-AM-KRVN (Lexington) also provides a huge AM signal statewide in central Nebraska, while more than 20 stations have joined the Husker Sports Network's women's basketball coverage across the state.
The Husker Sports Network is in its 18th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of Nebraska women's basketball in 2011-12. Women's basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch are in their 12th year together as the Huskers' broadcast team.
Catch Coach Yori's Radio Show on the Husker Sports Network
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori will appear on the Husker Sports Network regularly throughout the season with host Matt Coatney for the Connie Yori Radio Show. The show will begin with a regular, one-hour segment on the popular Sports Nightly Radio Show in December. The show will air regularly on either Monday or Tuesday nights at either 7 or 8 p.m., depending on conflicts with other live events on the network. A tentative schedule for the show can be found below.
Date - Upcoming Opponents - Time
Monday, Dec. 17 - Oral Roberts (Dec. 20) - 8 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 24 - Grambling State (Dec. 29) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8 - at Indiana (Jan. 10) / at Penn State (Jan. 13) - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Illinois (Jan. 17) / at Minnesota (Jan. 20) - 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 21 - Michigan State (Jan. 24) - 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 28 - at Ohio State (Jan. 31) / Minnesota (Feb. 3) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 5 - at Northwestern (Feb. 7) / at Iowa (Feb. 11) - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12 - Ohio State (Feb. 14) - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19 - at Michigan (Feb. 21) / Iowa (Feb. 24) - 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25 - at Wisconsin (Feb. 28) / Penn State (March 3) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 - at Big Ten Tournament (March 7-10) - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12 - Season Review/Postseason Preview - 7 p.m.
Monday, March 18 - Postseason Preview (NCAA Selection 6 p.m.) - 7 p.m.
Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show
The Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show is back for its 11th season in 2012-13, providing in-depth analysis and outstanding features in the year-long coverage of Nebraska women's basketball. Coach Yori and host Jeff Griesch will discuss the highlights, which begins in November and continues throughout the season. The show will be available on Time Warner Cable On-Demand this season, and also will be available free world-wide on Huskers.com.
My TV (10.2/11.2) will distribute the show in Lincoln and Grand Island, while Huskers.com will have new shows available on Tuesdays during the season.
Spencer Municipal Utilities in Spencer, Iowa, will also carry the show on SMU-3, each Thursday at 10 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 10 p.m. each week. The first Connie Yori Show will be available on Huskers.com on Thursday, Nov. 8. Shows throughout the season will be available on Huskers.com on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 25, Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and either March 12 or March 19. There will be no show on Dec. 18, Jan. 1 or Feb. 12.
Havers, Tvrdy, Ramacieri Feel at Home as Huskers
Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori announced the signing of three talented prep stars to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to join the Huskers for the 2013-14 season.
Allie Havers, Hannah Tvrdy and Esther Ramacieri will join the Huskers in 2013-14 hoping to continue Nebraska's tradition of postseason play. Havers, a 6-5 senior forward from Mattawan High School in Michigan, will bring outstanding height, length and athleticism to the Huskers. Tvrdy, one of the winningest players in Nebraska High School history from prep power Seward, adds another player with a point guard's mentality to the Husker backcourt. Ramacieri adds international flavor to the Husker class, as the fourth Canadian to sign with Nebraska in 11 seasons under Yori.
"We're excited about the addition of Hannah, Allie, and Esther to our Husker family," Yori said. "They all are hard-working kids who fit in our system both on and off the court."
6-5, Forward, Paw Paw, Mich. (Mattawan)
Ranked as the No. 76 overall player in the nation, Allie Havers earned first-team Michigan Class A honors from the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press in 2012. A first-team All-South Michigan Athletic Conference selection each of her first three seasons at Mattawan High School for Coach Troy Wright, the 6-5 Havers was also the Kalamazoo Area Player of the Year in 2012.
As a junior at Mattawan, Havers averaged 17.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.3 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.3 assists for the 16-7 Wildcats. She shot 50 percent from the field, including 31 percent from three-point range, while knocking down 77 percent of her free throws.
An excellent all-around athlete who has shown guard skills on the court to go along with her 6-5 frame, Havers competed for the Michigan Crossover club team coached by Emez Oliver. Havers was also a four-year letterwinner as a middle blocker/hitter on the Mattawan volleyball team, earning honorable-mention Under Armour All-America accolades as a senior. The first-team Class A all-state selection, was a nominee for Miss Volleyball in the state of Michigan. She also earned three letters as a pitcher and shortstop for the softball team, earning first-team Class A all-state recognition as a shortstop.
"We like versatile and athletic players in our program and Allie Havers fits that mold perfectly," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "She can do multiple things for our basketball team with her ability to run the floor, score in the paint or face up away from the basket. She will be one of the more athletic players on our roster. Her upside is tremendous, and with our strength and conditioning program and the opportunity to focus on just one sport, we think she will thrive at Nebraska. Her future is very bright here."
Havers said she chose Nebraska over Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Green Bay and Iowa State.
"I really like the facilities, but what I really got attached to was the people," Havers said. "All of the girls are hilarious and really nice. I also loved the coaches. They were great. So it was really the people for me."
5-9, Guard, Seward, Neb. (Seward)
A four-year starting guard for Nebraska prep power Seward High School, Hannah Tvrdy committed to Nebraska before her junior season for the Bluejays in 2011-12. Hannah's father, Tom, is the head coach at Seward, while her mother, Shelly (Block) was a letterwinner for the Huskers (1984-87). Shelly and Hannah will be the first mother-daughter combination in the history of Nebraska women's basketball.
As a junior in 2011-12, Tvrdy was named the honorary captain of the Class B first-team all-state squad after leading Seward to its fourth consecutive Nebraska Class B state championship with its third straight unbeaten season. The second-team Lincoln Journal Star Super-Stater averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a junior. Tvrdy earned second-team Class B all-state honors as a sophomore after averaging 12.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 2010-11. She earned honorable-mention Class B all-state accolades as a freshman starter in 2009-10. She has helped the Bluejays extend their winning streak to 101 consecutive games entering her senior season in search of the school's fifth straight Class B state title. She played her first two seasons alongside current Husker sophomore Emily Cady at Seward.
Tvrdy, who was rated by ESPN as the No. 28 point guard in the nation in the class of 2013, was a teammate of Cady's and current Husker guard Sadie Murren on the Cornhusker Shooting Stars club team coached by Dan Lesoing. Hannah's father Tom was also an assistant coach for the Shooting Stars.
"Hannah is an unselfish guard with size. She can rebound and shoot and she has that 'Nebraska' blue-collar work ethic and toughness that we like," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "She has been well-coached and is accustomed to competing for and winning championships. She is former teammates with some of our current Huskers, and that will help ease her transition to the Division I level."
Tvrdy said she chose Nebraska because it felt like home.
"When I visited I instantly fell in love with the program," Tvrdy said. "The coaches are wonderful, and I know they will push me every day to become a better player. When I met the team I knew I could fit in and have a great time playing with them. It just felt right, and I knew it was my future home."
5-8, Guard, Repentigny, Canada
(Felix Leclerc/Dawson College)
Esther Ramacieri was the final commit to the Huskers' three-player recruiting class, choosing Nebraska in September after her official visit. Ramacieri is entering her second season of CEGEP at Dawson College. She will have four years of eligibility at Nebraska. Ramacieri helped Dawson to a first-place finish at Quebec's Provincial Championships in 2011-12 and a silver medal finish at the CCAA National Championships. She averaged 7.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, while helping Dawson to an 18-2 record.
Ramacieri was chosen as Felix Leclerc High School's athlete of the year four times. She was also selected as the most valuable player of her Dawson Community Blues club team in both 2009 and 2010. In 2010-11, Ramacieri started all 26 games for the Blues and averaged 16.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game for Coach Terri Neill. Ramacieri played on bronze medal-winning teams for Quebec at the 2011 Canadian U-17 Championships and the 2008 Canadian U-15 Championships. She also helped her Lanaudiere club team to a silver medal at the 2007 Quebec Games. She served as the official flag bearer for Lanaudiere at the 2010 Quebec Games in Gatineau.
"On offense we like to play fast and Esther is an up-tempo type of guard," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "Esther is a good on-ball defender and excels at pushing the ball in transition, which makes her a great fit for our system. She is athletic, competitive, an excellent ball-handler, and a hard worker. She can score off the dribble or shoot the three. She will help provide immediate depth in our backcourt."
Ramacieri will become the fourth Canadian to compete for the Huskers in women's basketball, following 2012 Canadian Olympian Chelsea Aubry (2004-07), Kaitlyn Burke (2008-12) and Harleen Sidhu (2009-12).
"I chose Nebraska because it was the best fit for me, as far as the school, academics, coaches and players," Ramacieri said. "Once I came on the visit, I knew there was no other place that could compare to Nebraska. It felt like I was a part of a family. I've wanted to play basketball in the states ever since I was six years old, so finding a perfect fit for me was a dream come true. Nebraska was the only place that felt like home."