No. 15 Huskers Head to Utah
(#15 AP/#10 USA Today)
(2-0 Overall, 0-0 Big Ten)
vs. Utah Utes
(1-0 Overall, 0-0 Pac-12)
Friday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m. (Central)
Huntsman Center (Salt Lake City, Utah)
TV: Pac-12 Network (PBP-Rich Burk; Analyst-Mary Murphy)
Premium Video: http://pac-12.com/network/pac-12-mountain
Radio: Husker Sports Network (PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch)
Unavailable on flagships - conflicts with volleyball and Sports Nightly
Free Live Audio: Huskers.com
No. 15 Huskers Head to Utah to Face Second Pac-12 Opponent
The Nebraska women’s basketball team hits the road for the first time in 2013-14, when the Huskers travel to Salt Lake City to take on Utah on Friday night.
Tip-off between the Huskers (2-0) and the Utes (1-0) is set for 6:30 p.m. (CT), with live television coverage provided by the Pac-12 Network (Mountain) with Rich Burk calling the play-by-play and Mary Murphy providing analysis. Streaming video can be found at http://pac-12.com/network/pac-12-mountain.
A live radio broadcast will be provided by the Husker Sports Network, including free live audio on Huskers.com. An over-the-air broadcast on Nebraska’s flagship stations in Lincoln and Omaha is not possible because of conflicts with Nebraska’s volleyball match and Sports Nightly on Friday.
The Huskers are coming off a 2-0 season-opening weekend at their new home in Pinnacle Bank Arena. NU opened with a 77-49 win over then-USA Today No. 25 UCLA last Friday, before working its way to a 62-48 win over Alabama on Monday. Nebraska’s season-opening win over UCLA included a non-conference school-record crowd of 9,750.
Two-time All-American Jordan Hooper put on an opening-day show with 27 points and 11 rebounds for her 27th career double-double. The 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., was held to just eight points, but added 13 rebounds and a career-high four assists in the win over Alabama. Hooper enters the Utah game with 1,720 points and 835 career rebounds after making the 100th consecutive start of her career. Hooper is averaging 17.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game on the young season.
Junior Emily Cady added a double-double of her own with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Alabama. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., went a career-best 10-for-10 at the free throw line against the Crimson Tide. Cady is averaging 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Sophomore point guard Rachel Theriot gives the Huskers three starters averaging double figures with 10.5 points and 7.0 assists per game after her 17-point performance against Alabama.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 4.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 15.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 17.5 ppg, 12.0 rpg
33 - Rachel Theriot- 6-0 - So. - G - 10.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 6.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Off the Bench
22 - Allie Havers - 6-5 - Fr. - C - 7.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
1 - Tear’a Laudermill - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 4.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg
10 - Hannah Tvrdy - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 2.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 1.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - So. - G - 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
11 - Esther Ramacieri - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
12th Season at NU (217-135); 24th Season Overall (412-275)
Utah Utes (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
12 - Emily Potter - 6-4 - Fr. - F - 16.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
15 - Michelle Plouffe - 6-4 - Sr. - F - 15.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg
5 - Cheyenne Wilson - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 3.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
22 - Danielle Rodriguez - 5-10 - So. - G - 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
31 - Ciera Dunbar - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 10.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Off the Bench
3 - Malia Nawahine - 5-10 - Fr. - G - 10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
13 - Devri Owens - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 9.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
10 - Nakia Arquette - 6-1 - RFr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
21 - Wendy Anae - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Head Coach: Anthony Levrets (Lafayette, 2001)
Fourth Season (58-47); Fourth Season Overall (58-47)
Nearly 15,000 Attend Huskers in Opening Weekend
Nebraska attracted almost 15,000 fans to Pinnacle Bank Arena in its season-opening weekend, including a non-conference school-record crowd of 9,750 for a season-opening win over UCLA on Nov. 8. The Huskers added a crowd of 4,924 for a Veterans Day win over Alabama on Nov. 11.
The 14,674 fans over two games nearly matched the 15,221 fans who attended Nebraska’s eight home non-conference games in Coach Connie Yori’s first season in 2002-03.
Growing interest in Nebraska women’s basketball is not new. In fact, seven of the 15 largest non-conference home crowds in school history have come over the last 11 home games for the Big Red.
Scouting the Utah Utes
Senior All-America forward Michelle Plouffe leads a talented Utah team that advanced to the WNIT Championship Game in 2013.
The Utes, under the direction of fourth-year coach Anthony Levrets, ran to a 23-14 record last season, including a 5-1 mark in the WNIT. Utah battled to a 9-11 Pac-12 mark in 2013.
Plouffe, a two-time honorable-mention AP All-American, is on pace to become just the third player in Utah history to reach 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. The Edmonton, Alberta, native has averaged 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during her career. Plouffe was an Olympic teammate of former Husker Chelsea Aubry for Canada in 2012.
Behind Plouffe is a group of six returning players, led by sophomore Danielle Rodriguez, who produced a 1.53 assist-to-turnover ratio a year ago. The 5-10 point guard averaged 2.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for the Utes as a freshman, while starting 35 games.
Plouffe and Rodriguez will be the only returning starters available to the Utes this season, after two-time All-Pac-12 forward Taryn Wicijowski suffered a season-ending injury in August. The 6-3 forward averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 boards per game last season, trailing only Plouffe among the Utes in both categories.
Paige Crozon, a 6-1 guard who made 10 starts last year, is also out for the season with an injury. Crozon ranked sixth on the team with 4.0 points per contest, while adding 2.3 boards per game.
Senior Ariel Reynolds will provide an athletic presence and the ability to finish around the rim, while redshirt freshman Nakia Arquette returns after suffering a knee injury four games into last season.
Also gone for the Utes are 2012-13 starters Iwalani Rodrigues (11.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.9 apg) and Rachel Messer (4.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg).
Redshirt junior Ciera Dunbar brings two years of experience under her belt. The 5-10 guard averaged 1.6 points in 10.0 minutes in 34 games last season. Junior Cheyenne Wilson, a 5-11 guard, has played in 65 games over the course of her career with eight starts, averaging 3.8 points in 15.0 minutes per game.
Wendy Anae is an active post player from San Diego, Calif.
The injuries to experienced players and the losses of senior starters from a year ago will give four freshmen a chance to contribute right away for Utah. Malia Nawhine joins her home-state school as the 2013 Gatorade Utah Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Nawahine is a 5-10 forward.
Devri Owens, a 5-8 guard from Plano West High School in Texas, could also see time in the backcourt, while Canadian Junior National Team center Emily Potter will take her 6-5 frame inside for the Utes. She averaged 7.6 points per game at 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships.
Potter showed she can play at the collegiate level with 16 points and three blocks in 19 minutes in a 73-56 win over Denver on Nov. 8. She led five Utes in double figures. Plouffe added 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists against the Pioneers, while Rodriguez, and Dunbar each contributed 10 points and six assists. Nawahine also had 10 points points before fouling out.
As a team, Utah hit 47.1 percent of its shots from the field, including eight three-pointers, while going 11-for-12 at the free throw line. The Utes dished out 17 assists against just 12 turnovers, while outrebounding Denver 38-28.
Nebraska vs. Utah Series History
Utah leads the all-time series with Nebraska 2-0, with the last meeting coming in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Nov. 24, 2007. The Utes battled past the Huskers, 56-44, in NU’s second game at the Oahu Classic. The Huskers went 18-for-54 from the field, 4-of-21 from three-point range and 4-of-10 at the line. Kalee Whipple led the Utes with 18 points and 10 rebounds while point guard Leilani Mitchell controlled the game with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Kelsey Griffin had 11 points and six boards as the only Husker starter to score more than six points. Both teams ended their 2007-08 seasons in the NCAA Tournament. The only other meeting came in Salt Lake City on Dec. 2, 1978, when Utah clawed its way to a 56-52 win.
Huskers Roll Past Tide, 62-48
Emily Cady notched her ninth career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds to power No. 15 Nebraska past Alabama, 62-48, on Monday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Cady, a 6-2 junior forward from Seward, Neb., hit 4-of-7 shots from the field, including a three-pointer, while going a career-best 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Cady helped Nebraska outscore the Crimson Tide 20-4 at the free throw line for the game.
Sophomore point guard Rachel Theriot added one of the best efforts of her career with 17 points and five assists. Theriot hit 7-of-14 shots from the floor, despite going just 1-for-6 from three-point range. As a team, Nebraska went just 4-for-20 from beyond the arc.
All-American Jordan Hooper struggled with her shooting stroke after opening the season with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting against UCLA. The 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., hit just 3-of-12 shots, including 1-of-6 from long range to settle for eight points. Hooper led the Huskers with 13 rebounds, while adding a career-high matching four assists on the night.
Tear’a Laudermill gave the Huskers a lift with six points, an assist, a block and a steal off the bench, while Hailie Sample, Brandi Jeffery and Hannah Tvrdy all contributed four points.
In a low-scoring affair that felt like a mid-season conference contest in part because Nebraska Coach Connie Yori and Alabama Coach Kristy Curry spent five seasons going head-to-head in the Big 12, NU hit just 38.8 percent (19-49) of its shots.
Nebraska’s defense was solid from start to finish, holding its second straight major conference foe to fewer than 50 points, after allowing 49 to UCLA in the opener.
Daisha Simmons was the only Alabama player to manage double figures with team highs of 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals in 39 minutes of work. Simmons went just 6-of-18 from the field, as the Tide struggled to shoot just 31.7 percent (20-63), including 4-of-23 from three-point range.
Nebraska controlled the glass, outrebounding Alabama, 42-35. NU’s experienced front line of Hooper, Cady and Sample combined for 32 of NU’s 42 boards. However, Alabama won the turnover battle, 19-15.
Cady carried the Huskers to a 29-24 halftime lead by erupting for 15 first-half points. She hit 4-of-6 shots and all six of her free throw attempts. She added four rebounds and a steal. Cady helped NU to a 17-10 lead midway through the half, before Alabama rallied to take a 24-23 lead with 3:23 left. Cady answered with Nebraska’s final four points of the half to send NU to the locker room with the lead.
Huskers Have History of Home-Opening Success
Nebraska owns a history of season-opening success on the Huskers’ homecourt. Nebraska improved to 38-2 all-time in home openers, including 1-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, with its 77-49 victory over UCLA on Nov. 8, 2013. The Huskers were 35-2 all-time in season openers at the Devaney Center.
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 202-33 over the past 40 years in its first six home contests (.860 winning percentage), including 34-6 in the second game of the season. The Huskers stretched their Game No. 2 winning streak to 14 games with a 62-48 win over Alabama on Nov. 11, 2013.
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.
Game One Features Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally
Game One presented by Ameritas at Pinnacle Bank Arena featured more than just a top-25 showdown between the Nebraska and UCLA women’s basketball teams on Nov. 8.
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 tipped off with an energy-filled pep rally featuring an all-star cast of speakers and entertainers.
The Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally on the morning of Nov. 8 on the new homecourt of the Huskers reached more than 4,500 middle-school youth from nearly 50 schools across Nebraska.
Students from Centennial to Crete, Norris to North Bend Central, Seward to Sandy Creek and Wahoo to Wilber-Clatonia joined students from several private schools in Lincoln for a morning of motivational messages and exciting basketball action.
The sportsmanship pep rally, which was organized with assistance from the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, included messages from nationally recognized speakers.
Nebraska’s men’s basketball coach Tim Miles, baseball coach Darin Erstad, two-time NCAA and Olympic wrestling champion Jordan Burroughs, along with NCAA discus champion Chad Wright all delivered inspirational messages. 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 from the men’s basketball team added impressive messages, along with former women’s basketball player Meghin Williams. Acrodunk, a nationally acclaimed high-flying dunk team, added a spectacular performance.
The Huskers’ tip time was moved to noon to accommodate the students’ attendance at the pep rally and their return to their home schools.
Nebraska Celebrates Season One at New Arena
Nebraska celebrates 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.
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, 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 opened its 2013-14 campaign with its highest preseason ranking in school history, as the Huskers started the year No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25, announced Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Nebraska’s preseason ranking by the coaches surpassed 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.
Nebraska Climbs Two Spots in Regular-Season Rankings
Nebraska moved up two spots in each of the two major national rankings in the first regular-season polls released earlier this week. The Huskers moved from No. 17 to No. 15 in the Associated Press Poll announced on Monday, Nov. 11, before beating Alabama, 62-48, later that night. NU climbed into the top 10 in the USA Today Top 25 for the first time since the final poll of the 2009-10 season.
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 100 consecutive games and serves as a team captain. She could challenge Nebraska career 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 is 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 1,720 points and pulled down 835 rebounds in starting the first 100 games of her Husker career, is also in position to shatter the school’s three-point record. She enters the Utah game with 218 made three-pointers, just 49 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, 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 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.
Husker Front Line Solid for 69 Straight Games
Nebraska’s starting forwards of Jordan Hooper (100), Emily Cady (69) and Hailie Sample (69) have joined each other in the Huskers’ starting five for 69 consecutive games.
The inside trio has been joined in the Husker starting lineup for each of the last 30 games by Rachel Theriot. Brandi Jeffery started the first two games of 2013-14 with the quartet, after starting the first six games of 2012-13 with Hooper, Cady and Sample before being replaced in the starting five by Theriot.
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 nine seasons, Nebraska has used only 21 different starting lineups in 261 games.
Big Red Playing Big on Boards
Nebraska produced a plus-14 rebounding margin over its first two games of 2013-14, outrebounding the opposition by an average of 43.0-29.0 in a pair of wins over UCLA and Alabama. Jordan Hooper led the barrage on the boards by averaging 12.0 rebounds in the first week of the season, including a 13-rebound effort against Alabama and an 11-board performance against UCLA. Emily Cady added a double-digit rebound game of her own with 11 rebounds against Alabama.
Nebraska’s returning front line of Hooper, Cady and Hailie Sample combined to average 27 rebounds per game over the first week of the season - nearly matching the 29 rebounds per game by NU’s opponents.
Free Throws Pay Off Big For Big Red
Nebraska outscored its first two opponents by an average of 19.0-6.5 (+12.5 ppg) at the free throw line last week. The Huskers attempted 47 total free throws compared to the 24 attempts combined by UCLA and Alabama. Nebraska cashed in at the free throw line by burying 80.9 percent (38-47) of their attempts in their first week at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Emily Cady did the most damage for Nebraska at the line, going 13-for-14 (.929) at the stripe, including a 10-for-10 effort in the win over Alabama. Jordan Hooper went 8-for-9 (.889) while Allie Havers went 6-for-7 (.857) over the first two games.
Nebraska’s primary front line players of Hooper, Cady, Hailie Sample and Havers combined to go 30-of-34 (.882) at the free throw line.
@RachTheRiot Wreaking Havoc on Opposing Defenses
Rachel Theriot produced a solid first week as Nebraska’s starting point guard in wins over UCLA and Alabama. The 6-0 sophomore averaged 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game while hitting 50 percent of her shots from the field.
Theriot pumped in 17 points and dished out five assists in Monday’s win over Alabama, after distributing a career-high nine assists in the victory over UCLA.
As a starter at shooting guard as a freshman, the Middleburg Heights, Ohio, native averaged 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
2-0 Starts Nothing New for Nebraska
Nebraska has started the season 2-0 for the seventh consecutive season after defeating UCLA and Alabama on opening weekend at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers actually have a streak of six consecutive 3-0 starts heading to Utah on Friday.
NU’s first three games to open the 2013-14 season might be its toughest three-game schedule to open a season since 2007-08, when the Huskers rolled to wins over UTEP, Mississippi and Florida.
Nebraska has won its road opener in four of the last five years, but fell 60-55 at South Dakota State in last year’s initial road test. The Jackrabbits went on to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Huskers Traditionally Tough on Road
Nebraska has become one of the toughest visiting teams in the country over the past two years, producing an 18-7 record in true road games. All seven of those losses have come against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in their respective season.
In fact, over the last two years, NU is 23-11 away from home with all 11 setbacks coming against NCAA Tournament-qualifying foes.
Huskers to Honor All-American Griffin with Jersey Retirement
The Nebraska women’s basketball program is adding another name and number to its wall of honor inside the new Pinnacle Bank Arena - and this one is a legend.
Kelsey Griffin, one of the most accomplished Huskers both on and off the court in program history, will be honored by Nebraska with the retirement of her No. 23 jersey on Wednesday, Jan. 29, when the Huskers take on Michigan. She will join 1993 Wade Trophy Winner and CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Famer Karen Jennings (No. 51) and 1988 Big Eight Player-of-the-Year Maurtice Ivy (No. 30) among Nebraska’s retired jersey honorees.
Griffin, a first-team All-American on the court and a national player-of-the-year finalist in 2010, became the face of Nebraska women’s basketball for five seasons (2006-10). The lightly recruited 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, powered Nebraska’s rise to national prominence by earning three first-team All-Big 12 Conference awards.
Griffin also led Nebraska to a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Her final season as a Husker, she etched a permanent place in Husker history as part of a six-player senior class that led Nebraska to an unbeaten regular season (29-0), 30 consecutive victories, a Big 12 Conference regular-season title and Nebraska’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. She captured Big 12 Player-of-the-Year honors while leading NU to a 32-2 final record that included a 16-0 Big 12 mark.
She ranks No. 3 on Nebraska’s all-time scoring list with 2,033 points, while ranking No. 2 in the Husker record book with 1,019 career rebounds. She joins 1993 Wade Trophy winner and fellow first-team All-American Karen Jennings as the only players in Nebraska history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Griffin also set Nebraska’s career record with 40 double-doubles in her four years on the court in Lincoln. Her 127 career starts rank No. 2 in school history.
As a senior, Griffin averaged 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, including 20 double-doubles. She also earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Defensive Team by notching 60 steals, 26 blocked shots and took a remarkable 29 charges on the year.
Griffin was NU’s first-ever winner of the Senior CLASS Award, recognizing her achievements in the community and the classroom, while honoring her character and success in competition. She was honored as Nebraska’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2009-10, before earning the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft.
Griffin earned a spot on the WNBA All-Rookie Team with the Connecticut Sun in 2010. She completed her fourth professional season with the Sun in 2013, starting all 34 games and averaging career bests of 8.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. In her four-year WNBA career, she has played in 133 games with 61 starts for Connecticut. Griffin also has played professionally in Hungary, Israel and most recently for the Bendigo Spirit in Australia’s WNBL. In 2012-13, Griffin led the Spirit to the WNBL title and was named the MVP of the championship series. She has returned to Australia for the 2013-14 campaign, where she plays alongside former Husker teammate and 2012 Olympian Chelsea Aubry.
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.
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 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. 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.
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 allowed 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.
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.
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.
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 2012-13 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).
Theriot Unanimous Choice on 2013 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., has pushed her career scoring total to 1,720 points, moving into No. 10 on Nebraska’s all-time scoring list. She also has increased her career total to 835 rebounds, ranking fifth in Husker history just two games into her senior season.
Hooper is just the sixth player in Nebraska history to reach 800 career rebounds.
Hooper Closing in on Husker Career Three-Point Record
Jordan Hooper enters her senior season at Nebraska with 218 career three-pointers, just 49 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.
Cady Did Double Duty in Big Ten Play in 2012-13
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 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 2012-13 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.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper ranks third all-time at Nebraska with 27 career double-doubles, following her 27-point, 11-rebound effort in NU’s season-opening win over UCLA on Nov. 8.
Prior to her double-double against Chattanooga in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Hooper’s last regular-season double-double had come with 14 points and 12 rebounds at Michigan Feb. 21. It was her third Big Ten double-double in 2012-13, 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.
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 opened the Pinnacle Bank Arena era with a 77-49 win over UCLA before adding a 62-48 victory over Alabama to give the Huskers a 2-0 mark in the new building while improving to 390-130 (.750) all-time at home. The Huskers have gone 126-34 (.788) over the last 11 seasons at home, posting double-figure home victory totals in each of the last 10 seasons. NU went a perfect 16-0 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2009-10.
Nebraska played in the Devaney Center from 1976-77 through 2012-13, posting a 388-130 record, including 146-88 (.624) mark in conference play. NU went 13-4 at home in 2012-13.
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, the live video area on Huskers.com, took care of the rest of NU’s games in 2012-13.
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.
Fastbreakers Offer Travel Opportunities to Follow Huskers
The Fastbreakers Nebraska Women’s Basketball Booster Club is offering a pair of opportunities to follow the Huskers on the road this season.
The first trip being organized is for Nebraska’s Feb. 1 showdown with Iowa in Iowa City. The second trip will join the Huskers at the 2014 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, March 6-9.
For complete information on the travel opportunities, visit the Nebraska women’s basketball home page on Huskers.com and click on “Fastbreakers Travel” in the right side menu options. Fans can also e-mail Gary Schuster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fastbreakers Prepare for More Fun with Pregame Parties
The Fastbreakers Women’s Basketball Booster Club has set the dates for four Pregame Parties in Lincoln for the 2013-14 season.
With the new development in the Haymarket District, the Fastbreakers invite fans to take a tour of some of the new restaurants in the area at these fun new events. Each Pregame Party will begin two hours prior to the tip-off for select games, and wrap up 30 minutes before the game begins to allow fans to get to their seats in time for the game.
Pregame Parties will feature great food and drink specials at each location, lots of door prizes, and a different Husker spirit item provided for each fan in attendance. There is no cost to attend (food and drink will be available for purchase), and no RSVP is required. At the season’s end, fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite location, where next year’s events will be held.
The first Pregame Party will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Courtyard Marriott Bistro, just two blocks from Pinnacle Bank Arena. The party will begin at 5 p.m., prior to the game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which tips off at 7 p.m.
Future Pregame Parties will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 (game vs. Utah State); Thursday, Jan. 16 (game vs. Minnesota) and Saturday, Feb. 8 (game vs. Michigan State).
Locations will be announced on Huskers.com, Twitter, Facebook and at Husker Women’s Basketball games. Questions can be directed to the Huskers Athletic Fund at (402) 472-2367 or 800-8-BIG RED, or at email@example.com.