Huskers Return to Big Ten Semis, Face Purdue
No. 2 Nebraska Cornhuskers (#21/24)
(23-7, 12-4 Big Ten)
No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers (NR/#25)
(22-8, 10-6 Big Ten)
Saturday, March 9, 4 p.m. (Central)
Sears Centre Arena (Hoffman Estates, Ill.)
National TV: BTN
(Kevin Kugler-PBP; Stephanie White-Analyst; Lisa Byington-Sideline)
Radio: 25-Station IMG College Husker Sports Network
(PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch)
(107.3 FM-KBBK, Lincoln; 93.3 FM-KFFF, Omaha)
Free Internet Audio: Huskers.com
Huskers Return to Big Ten Semifinals for Rematch with Purdue
No. 21 Nebraska makes its second straight trip to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals when the Huskers battle Purdue on Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena.
Tip-off between the No. 2 seed Huskers (23-7, 12-4 Big Ten) and No. 3 seed Boilermakers (22-8, 10-6) is set for 4 p.m. in Hoffman Estates, Ill., with live national television coverage on the Big Ten Network. Kevin Kugler and Stephanie White will call the action while Lisa Byington provides sideline reports.
The Husker Sports Network will provide a live radio broadcast of the game with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch describing the action, including flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln and 93.3 FM-KFFF in Omaha. A free live audio stream will be available on Huskers.com.
The Huskers have won 11 of their last 12 games and advanced to their second straight semifinals with a 76-61 win over seventh-seeded Iowa in Friday's first quarterfinal game. First-team All-Big Ten forward Jordan Hooper led the Huskers to their sixth win over the Hawkeyes in the last 14 months with 24 points and seven rebounds. Senior All-Big Ten point guard Lindsey Moore added 13 points, four rebounds and six assists, as eight Huskers scored five or more points in the game.
Purdue advanced to the semifinals with a 74-62 win over 11th-seeded Wisconsin. Junior KK Houser led Purdue with 15 points and four assists, while sixth-year senior Drey Mingo added 13 points, as nine Boilermakers scored four or more points in the contest.
Purdue won the regular-season meeting with the Huskers, 69-66 in overtime on Jan. 5 in Lincoln. Nebraska shot just 30.8 percent, including 9-of-30 from three-point range. Moore led NU with 22 points and eight assists, while Hooper added 15 points and 14 rebounds. It was the third all-time meeting between NU and Purdue, and all three games have gone overtime, including Nebraska's 93-89 triple-overtime in West Lafayette, Ind., on Feb. 2, 2012. The Boilermakers claimed a 74-70 double-overtime victory in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (23-7, 12-4 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - So. - F - 4.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 18.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 14.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg
24 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - Fr. - G - 6.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Off the Bench
1 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - So. - G - 3.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 2.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - So. - F - 2.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 1.6 ppg, 0.9 rpg
22 - Courtney Aitken - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
11th Season at NU (213-133); 23rd Season Overall (408-273)
Purdue Boilermakers (22-8, 10-6 Big Ten)
24 - Drey Mingo - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 12.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg
32 - Sam Ostarello - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 9.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg
15 - Courtney Moses - 5-6 - Jr. - G - 13.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg
20 - Dee Dee Williams - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 3.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg
22 - KK Houser - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 11.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Off the Bench
50 - Taylor Manuel - 6-2 - Fr. - F/C - 8.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg
25 - April Wilson - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 5.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg
43 - Chantel Poston - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 3.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg
23 - Liza Clemons - 6-2 - So. - F - 1.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg
10 - Hayden Hamby - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 1.2 ppg, 1.1 rpg
21 - Joslyn Massey - 6-0 - Fr. - F - 0.6 ppg, 0.5 rpg
42 - Camille Redmon - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 0.2 ppg, 0.8 rpg
Head Coach: Sharon Versyp (Purdue, 1983)
Seventh Season at Purdue (158-78); 13th Season Overall (275-143)
Hooper, Moore First NU Teammates with 1,600 Points
Junior forward Jordan Hooper and senior point guard Lindsey Moore both crossed the 1,600-point career scoring mark in Nebraska's Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal win over Iowa on Friday.
Hooper (1,622) and Moore (1,607) became the first active Husker teammates to play together with 1,600 points.
Huskers Make Second Big Ten Semifinal Appearance
Nebraska will be making its second straight Big Ten Tournament semifinal appearance in just its second season in the Big Ten Conference. In 15 seasons in the Big 12 Conference, the Huskers earned only three trips to the semifinals (1999, 2000, 2010).
Last season, NU rolled to a 77-62 semifinal win over then-No. 14 Ohio State, which snapped the Buckeyes' 10-game Big Ten Tournament winning streak.
Hooper Big Red's Big Gun in Big Ten Tournament
Two-time first-team All-Big Ten forward Jordan Hooper has proved herself as a potent scorer in Big Ten Tournament play. In five career tournament games, Hooper has produced three 20-plus scoring games, including 24 points in Friday's quarterfinal win over Iowa.
Last season in the Big Ten Tournament, Hooper scored 25 points in Nebraska's championship game setback to Purdue. She added 21 points in last year's semifinal win over Ohio State.
In five career Big Ten Tournament games, Hooper is averaging 20.6 points per game (103 points). In six all-time conference tournament contest, including one game in the 2011 Big 12 Tournament, Hooper has scored 119 points, which is the fourth-most points ever scored by a Husker in conference tournament play. Hooper needs just four points to match Karen Jennings (123, 1990-93) and 19 points to match Maurtice Ivy (138, 1985-88) in career tournament scoring.
Nicole Kubik owns Nebraska's career conference tournament scoring mark with 163 points in nine career Big 12 Tournament games.
Hooper also owns 49 career rebounds in six conference tournament games, which ranks second on NU's all-time list. She needs 10 rebounds to match Jennings' all-time Husker tournament mark of 59 rebounds.
Moore Does More Damage for Huskers in Big Ten Tourney
While Jordan Hooper has averaged better than 20 points per game in Big Ten Tournament play, senior point guard Lindsey Moore has done plenty of damage of her own in the postseason tournament.
Last season, Moore produced Nebraska's biggest game with 27 points in the Huskers' championship game loss to Purdue. She added 26 points in NU's quarterfinal victory over Iowa and finished with 75 points in four 2012 tournament victories.
In five career Big Ten Tournament games, Moore has produced 88 points, 15 rebounds, 25 assists and 10 steals to average 17.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals.
Moore ranks sixth all-time at Nebraska in career conference tournament scoring with 110 points in eight games (5 Big Ten, 3 Big 12). She needs just two points to catch Anna DeForge (112, 1995-98) and 13 points to match Karen Jennings (123, 1990-93) in career conference tournament scoring. Moore also owns Nebraska's career conference tournament assist mark with 44.
Cady Warrior on Boards in Big Ten Tournament
In five career Big Ten Tournament games, Emily Cady has pulled down 44 rebounds for the Huskers. She led the Huskers with eight rebounds in their quarterfinal win over Iowa on Friday. Last season, she matched Jordan Hooper with 36 boards in four tournament games.
Cady, a 6-2 sophomore forward, already owns the fourth-most rebounds by a Husker in conference tournament history. She needs just one to match Nafeesah Brown (45, 1993-94) for third, while trailing Hooper by five (49, 2011-13) on the list. Karen Jennings owns Nebraska's career conference tournament record with 59 rebounds (1990-93).
In five Big Ten tourney games, Cady is avergaing 7.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals.
Sample Gives Huskers More Balance in Big Ten Tournament
Sophomore forward Hailie Sample scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in Nebraska's quarterfinal win over Iowa on Friday. In five career Big Ten Tournament games, Sample is averaging 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Nebraska Big Ten Tournament Semifinal Notes
A Nebraska win would:
- Give Nebraska 24 wins this season, which would match its second-highest victory total in school history. Last year, the Huskers finished 24-9. The 2009-10 Huskers set the school record with 32 wins (32-2). The Huskers have reached 23 wins four other times (1979, 1980, 1993, 1998).
- Send Nebraska to the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game for the second straight year. Before last season, Nebraska had not played in a conference tournament title game since 1993.
- Put Nebraska in position to play in its fourth game for a conference title in the last four seasons, since NU seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams joined the Husker program. Prior to their arrival, Nebraska had not played a regular-season or tournament game for a conference title since 1993.
Nebraska vs. Purdue
- Purdue leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 2-1. All three games have gone overtime with a combined six overtimes. Nebraska met Purdue in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament title game, with the Boilermakers claiming a 74-70 win in 2OT.
- Purdue won this year's regular-season meeting, 69-66 in OT at the Devaney Center in Lincoln on Jan. 5. Lindsey Moore led Nebraska with 22 points and eight assists. Jordan Hooper added a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Emily Cady had seven points and 12 rebounds. Sam Ostarello led Purdue with 17 points and 19 rebounds. Drey Mingo (17 points, 8 rebounds) and Courtney Moses (17 points, 5 rebounds) also had strong games for the Boilermakers.
- In this season's first meeting, Nebraska opened the game 0-for-16 from the field until Brandi Jeffery hit the Huskers' first field goal with 8:40 left in the first half. NU trailed 13-1 before Jeffery's shot, but Nebraska trailed just 15-14 as the two defenses dominated the first half.
- In just three all-time games, Nebraska's six overtimes with Purdue are the Huskers' most against any opponent in school history. The Huskers played three overtime games in 81 appearances against Kansas (three total overtimes) and three overtime games in 71 appearances against Missouri (three total overtimes). Nebraska has played six of its all-time 44 overtime periods (36 games) against the Boilermakers in 1,181 all-time games in school history.
- In three career games against Purdue, Nebraska senior point guard Lindsey Moore has averaged 25.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Moore has scored at least 20 points in all three of her career meetings with Purdue, including 27 points in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game.
- In three career games against Purdue, Nebraska junior forward Jordan Hooper has averaged 22.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Hooper has produced double-doubles in each of the last two meetings with the Boilermakers, including 25 points and 10 rebounds in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game.
- In three career games against Purdue, Nebraska sophomore forward Emily Cady has averaged 8.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Cady has grabbed 12 rebounds in each of her three career meetings with the Boilermakers.
Nebraska Career Conference Tournament Records Watch
- Jordan Hooper has scored 119 points in six career conference tournament games. She ranks fourth in career conference tournament scoring at NU, and needs four points to match Karen Jennings (123, 1990-93) at No. 3 and 19 points to catch Maurtice Ivy (138, 1995-98) at No. 2. Nicole Kubik owns Nebraska's career conference tournament scoring record (163, 1997-00).
- Lindsey Moore ranks sixth on Nebraska's career conference tournament scoring list with 110 points. She needs just two points to match Anna DeForge (112, 1995-98) in fifth and 13 points to catch Karen Jennings (123, 1990-93) in third. Moore trails Jordan Hooper by nine points in career tournament scoring.
- Moore has increased her Nebraska career conference tournament assist record to 44. Meggan Yedsena ranks second with 33.
- Hooper ranks second in career conference tournament rebounding at Nebraska with 49 boards. She needs 10 boards to catch Karen Jennings for NU's conference tournament record (59, 1990-93).
- Emily Cady ranks fourth on Nebraska's career conference tournament rebounding list with 44. She needs one rebound to match Nafeesah Brown (45, 1993-94) on the NU career list. Cady is five rebounds behind Hooper (49) and 15 rebounds behind Karen Jennings (59, 1990-93).
- Hooper's 13 career three-pointers in conference tournament play are a school record. Moore's 10 career three-pointers are tied for third and she needs just one three to match Amanda Went (11, 1999-01) for second.
Nebraska Records/Career Numbers Watch
- With a win over Iowa, Lindsey Moore won the 92nd game of her career as a starter, the most by a Husker starter in school history. Nebraska has averaged 23 wins per season with Moore as its starting point guard. Prior to Moore's arrival at Nebraska, the school record for victories in a season was 23 (4 times).
- Lindsey Moore is expected to increase her school record for consecutive starts and total starts to 129. She is expected to move to No. 5 on NU's career games played list, tying Danielle Page (2005-08).
- Moore has increased her Nebraska career record for total minutes to 4,201 entering today's game.
- Moore has 164 assists this season, which ranks ninth on Nebraska's single-season. She needs three assists to match her season total from a year ago (167, 2011-12) in eighth and five assists to match Meggan Yedsena at No. 6 (169, 1992-93 & 1993-94) on NU's season assist chart.
- Moore owns 1,607 points, 403 rebounds, 668 assists and 202 career steals.
- Jordan Hooper owns 1,622 points and 771 rebounds. She needs seven rebounds to match Maurtice Ivy for No. 6 on Nebraska's career rebounding list (778).
- Hooper has hit 71 three-pointers this season and will pass Kiera Hardy (71, 2006-07) for fifth on Nebraska's single-season list with her next three.
- With 260 rebounds this season, Hooper needs 11 rebounds to match Kathy Hagerstrom (271, 1980-81) for 10th on Nebraska's single-season rebounding list. Hooper had 306 rebounds in 2011-12, which ranks No. 6 on the NU single-season list.