Big Red Battle Bama on Veterans Day
#17/#12 Nebraska Cornhuskers
(1-0 Overall, 0-0 Big Ten)
vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
(0-1 Overall, 0-0 SEC)
Monday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. (Central)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)
Radio: Husker Sports Network (PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch)
107.3 FM-Lincoln; 93.3 FM-Omaha Free Live Audio: Huskers.com
Live Video Stream: BTN.com (premium)
Promotion: Veterans Day/Military Appreciation (Veterans, Active Military & Guest Free GA Seating)
No. 17 Huskers Battle Crimson Tide on Veterans Day
The Nebraska women’s basketball team hopes to complete a perfect extended season-opening weekend, when the No. 17/12 Huskers take on Alabama on Monday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Tip-off between the Huskers (1-0) and Crimson Tide (0-1) is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED. Monday’s game will be Veterans/Military Appreciation Day, with veterans and active and former military members receiving free general admission seating, along with a guest, just by presenting military ID.
A live radio broadcast will be provided by the Husker Sports Network, including Lincoln affiliate B107.3 FM and 93.3 FM in Omaha. Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will be on the call for the Husker Sports Network. Free live audio is available world-wide for free on Huskers.com. A live premium video stream also will be provided to BTN.com All-Access subscribers.
The Veterans Day battle between the Big Red and Alabama will cap a resounding opening weekend for the Huskers in their new home. Nebraska rolled to a 77-49 win over UCLA in front of a Husker non-conference record 9,750 fans. The pre-game festivities included the Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally, which included nearly 50 schools and 4,500 middle school students from across the state.
Two-time All-American Jordan Hooper erupted for 27 points, and 11 rebounds in the opener. The two-time first-team All-Big Ten forward from Alliance, Neb., crossed the 1,700-point career scoring plateau and recorded her 27th career double-double on the afternoon.
Allie Havers, a 6-5 freshman center, pumped in 14 points in her collegiate debut, while 6-2 junior forward Emily Cady gave the Big Red three players in double figures with 12 points.
Alabama lost at Chattanooga in the debut of former Purdue and Texas Tech Coach Kristy Curry. The Mocs, who Nebraska defeated in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, had six players in double figures against Alabama. Shafontaye Myers led four Alabama players in double figures with 19 points.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 5.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 27.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg
33 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - So. - G - 4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 9.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Off the Bench
1 - Tear’a Laudermill - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
10 - Hannah Tvrdy - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
11 - Esther Ramacieri - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - So. - G - 2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
22 - Allie Havers - 6-5 - Fr. - C - 14.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
12th Season at NU (216-135); 24th Season Overall (411-275)
Alabama Crimson Tide (0-1, 0-0 SEC)
0 - Daisha Simmons 5-10 Jr. G 15.0 5.0
22 - Karyla Middlebrook 5-7 Jr. C 8.0 5.0
12 - Shafontaye Myers 5-8 Sr. G 19.0 6.0
13 - Nikki Hegstetter 6-2 So. F 16.0 2.0
25 - Briana Hutchen 6-1 Jr. F 0.0 2.0
Off the Bench
20 - Ashley Williams - 6-0 - Fr. - F - 10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
34 - Oceana Hamilton - 6-4 - Fr. - F/C - 2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
4 - Emily Davis - 6-1 - So. - G - 0.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
33 - Sharin Rivers - 5-3 - Jr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
3 - Khadijah Carter - 6-1 - So. - F - 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
1 - Jasmine Steele - 5-1 - RFr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
2 - Courtney Hunter - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
14 - Brooksie McGraw - 6-3 - Fr. - C - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
23 - Kara Rawls - 6-0 - Fr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
32 - Brittany Jack - 6-0 - Jr. - F - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: Kristy Curry (NE Louisiana, 1988)
First Season (0-1); 15th Season Overall (309-150)
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 Welcome Veterans to Alabama Game
The Nebraska women’s basketball program will show its support for our nation’s military on Veterans Day when the Huskers take on Alabama, Monday, Nov. 11, at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Tip-off between the Big Red and the Crimson Tide is set for 7 p.m., and all current military members and veterans (and one guest) with valid military/veteran identification will receive free general admission seating for the game at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Veterans/military members and one guest will simply need to display their valid ID, which includes military ID, VFW/Legion card, or DD214F, at any entrance to the arena, and sit in any previously non-purchased general admission seat. Veterans/military members are strongly encouraged to buy additional tickets for extended family or friends in advance at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED.
Hooper to Make 100th Straight Start Against Alabama
Two-time All-American Jordan Hooper is set to make her 100th consecutive start in the Nebraska lineup, when the Huskers take on Alabama Monday.
Hooper, who has started every game of her NU career, will become the 13th Husker in history to make 100 starts. Lindsey Moore, Hooper’s friend and teammate for the past three seasons, owns Nebraska’s career record with 132 starts - a record Hooper could challenge by season’s end.
Hooper needs just 33 minutes to reach 3,000 minutes played her career.
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 201-33 over the past 40 years in its first six home contests (.859 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 Alabama Crimson Tide
Coach Kristy Curry leads Alabama to Lincoln in her first season with the Crimson Tide. Curry, who has had successful stints in the Big Ten with Purdue and in the Big 12 at Texas Tech, opened her Alabama career with an 82-70 loss at Chattanooga on Friday night. It was the first regular-season game for the Mocs since they had their 2013 season come to an end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Nebraska.
Curry is guiding an Alabama team that returns two starters and six letterwinners from a team that finished 13-18 overall and 2-14 in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama tied for 13th in the SEC.
Senior Shafontaye Myers led Alabama in the opener with 19 points. The 5-8 guard averaged 10.7 points and 2.4 rebounds per game last year. Junior Daisha Simmons added 15 points against the Mocs. The 5-10 guard is Alabama’s top returning scorer and rebounder from a year ago after averaging 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Sophomore Nikki Hegstetter provides size inside for the Crimson Tide. The 6-2 forward scored 16 points in Alabama’s 2013-14 season debut, going 7-of-10 from the field. She added four assists, but grabbed just two rebounds. Last season she averaged 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
Junior Briana Hutchen joined Alabama’s starting five for the opener. The 6-1 forward averaged 2.7 points and 3.1 boards per game last year. Hutchen went scoreless and played just nine minutes in the Crimson Tide’s loss to the Mocs.
Freshman Karyla Middlebrook, a 5-7 guard, rounds out Alabama’s probable starting five after producing eight points, five rebounds and two assists in her collegiate debut. Fellow freshman Ashley Williams added 10 points and three rebounds in just 14 minutes off the bench for the Tide against the Mocs.
Overall, 12 Alabama players saw the court at Chattanooga, but only six scored in the game. Oceana Hamilton added two points for Alabama in 10 minutes off the bench. Emily Davis, Sharin Rivers, Khadijah Carter, Brittany Jack, Courtney Carter and Hutchen all went scoreless in 54 combined minutes.
Alabama committed just 11 turnovers in the opener and matched Chattanooga on the offensive glass. The Tide also hit nearly 47 percent of their shots from the field and 70 percent of their free throws. However, they committed 19 fouls compared to just 11 by the Mocs, as Chattanooga outscored Alabama 18-7 at the line.
Nebraska vs. Alabama Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Alabama, 1-0, with the only meeting coming in the 1997 Preseason WNIT. The Huskers battled to a 74-66 victory over the No. 11 Crimson Tide at the Devaney Center. Anna DeForge led the Huskers with 13 points, five rebounds and four steals, while Naciska Gilmore added 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Nicole Kubik contributed 12 points and five steals. Brittany Ezell led the Crimson Tide with 17 points.
Nebraska won despite committing 30 turnovers and going 2-for-14 from three-point range, outrebounding the Tide 44-33. The Huskers advanced to the Preseason WNIT semifinals, where they defeated No. 16 Western Kentucky. NU fell in the championship game to No. 6 UConn at Storrs, 71-61.
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 morningof 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.
Huskers Blow By Bruins in Arena Opener
All-American Jordan Hooper shot No. 17 Nebraska to a memorable opening day at Pinnacle Bank Arena with a 77-49 victory over UCLA on Friday.
Hooper and the Huskers put on an impressive show for a Nebraska non-conference record crowd of 9,750 in the first regular-season game in the history of NU’s new arena.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., erupted for her 27th career double-double with game highs of 27 points and 11 rebounds, including 19 points in the first half to shoot the Huskers to a 40-20 halftime lead.
The Bruins, who were ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Preseason Top 25 after winning 26 games a year ago, had no answer for Hooper. The two-time first-team All-Big Ten performer hit 7-of-9 first-half shots, including a pair of three-pointers as Nebraska pulled away from UCLA.
For the game, Hooper hit 9-of-14 shots from the field and 7-of-8 free throws. She added a steal in 32 minutes of work. Junior forward Emily Cady added 12 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists to help power the Huskers’ inside game. Cady scored the first official points by a Husker and knocked down the first three-pointer in Pinnacle Bank Arena history.
Nebraska’s dominant inside game helped the Huskers outrebound the short-handed Bruins 44-23. It also included 14 points and three rebounds in just 15 minutes from 6-5 freshman center Allie Havers.
Junior guard Brandi Jeffery added an impressive effort with nine points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in a starting role for the Huskers. Jeffery scored six straight points in the middle of a decisive 14-0 run midway through the first half that turned a 19-13 NU lead into a 33-13 Husker advantage.
Sophomore point guard Rachel Theriot directed the Husker backcourt with a career-high nine assists, as Nebraska dished out 21 assists on 28 made baskets. Theriot added four points and four rebounds.
Nebraska’s strong passing led to the Huskers to better than 50 percent shooting from the field (28-55) for the day, despite going just 3-of-14 from three-point range. The Huskers also hit 18-of-23 free throws. Nebraska was plus-21 on the glass and matched the Bruins at 15 in the turnover battle.
The Husker defense held UCLA to just 34 percent shooting for the game (18-53), including 4-of-19 from three-point range. The Bruins also hit just 9-of-17 free throws. Senior guard Thea Lemberger led the Bruins with 17 points and four assists, while Atonye Nyingifa added 12 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Nirra Fields gave UCLA three players in double figures with 11 points. The Bruins, who only had six active players in the game.
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 will open its 2013-14 campaign with its highest preseason ranking in school history, as the Huskers start the year No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25, announced Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Nebraska’s preseason ranking by the coaches surpasses its No. 19 ranking by USA Today before the start of the 2012-13 season.
The Huskers finished the 2012-13 campaign at No. 18 in the final coaches poll following their second run to the NCAA Sweet 16 in the past four years. Nebraska closed with a 25-9 overall record that included a 12-4 Big Ten Conference finish.
NU enters the 2013-14 campaign as the highest ranked Big Ten team, just ahead of defending Big Ten regular-season champion Penn State. The Lady Lions will start the year at No. 15 in the coaches poll.
Michigan State heads into the season at No. 18, while defending Big Ten Tournament champion Purdue begins the year at No. 23. All four of the Big Ten teams in the preseason poll advanced to at least the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and won at least 25 games.
The preseason top 25 included UCLA - Nebraska’s first opponent of 2013-14, The Huskers will face the Bruins in the first-ever regular-season basketball game at Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln on Nov. 8. Tip-off between the Huskers and Bruins, who advanced to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and finished with a No. 15 final national ranking in the coaches poll, is set for Noon.
Hooper Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper has been selected as one of 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS Award for women’s basketball.
The Senior CLASS Award announced its list of candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 30. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must display notable achievements in community, classroom, character and competition. The acronym for “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School,” the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., is a two-time honorable-mention All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection. She has also been a nominee for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. In the community, she has volunteered her time at Belmont Elementary School, Saint Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center and participated on Nebraska’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, among her many activities.
On the court, Hooper has led the Huskers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16. She has started 99 consecutive games and serves as a team captain. She enters her senior season with a chance to challenge Nebraska records for points, rebounds and three-pointers made.
Hooper is one of only two women’s basketball student-athletes in the Big Ten Conference to earn a spot on the elite list of 30 Senior CLASS Award candidates, joining Penn State’s Maggie Lucas.
The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 by a national media committee for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in November. The 10 finalists will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
Hooper Named to Preseason Wade, Wooden Lists Again
Two-time All-American Jordan Hooper has been named a preseason national player-of-the-year candidate for both the Wade Trophy and the Wooden Award again in 2013-14.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., is a two-time WBCA and Associated Press honorable-mention All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection. She enters her senior season poised to become just the third player in Nebraska history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in her career, joining 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings and 2010 first-team WBCA All-American Kelsey Griffin.
Hooper, who has scored 1,712 points and pulled down 822 rebounds in starting the first 99 games of her Husker career, is also in position to shatter the school’s three-point record. She enters the Alabama game with 217 made three-pointers, just 50 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.
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, who will travel back from her seasonal home in Bendigo, Australia, to receive the honor, said she was “blown away” by the news that her jersey was being retired.
“Having my jersey retired is such an incredible honor. It means so much to me, it is hard to put into words,” Griffin said. There have been so many people along the way who have helped make this possible, and it means more because of who I was able to accomplish this with. Nebraska is such an incredible university and amazing place. It’s filled with great people, and it is because of all these attributes that makes my jersey retirement so special.”
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said the time was right to honor Griffin.
“Kelsey Griffin is one of the greatest players and greatest people in the history of Nebraska women’s basketball,” Yori said. “You look at what she accomplished while she was here both on the court, in the classroom and in the community, then you look at what she has done in the WNBA and overseas, and it is pretty amazing. Those accomplishments probably only tell people a small part of the story of how tremendous a person Kelsey really is. I am so happy that we can honor her in this way.”
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.
Husker Front Line Solid for 68 Straight Games
Nebraska’s starting forwards of Jordan Hooper (99), Emily Cady (68) and Hailie Sample (68) have joined each other in the Huskers’ starting five for 68 consecutive games.
The inside trio has been joined in the Husker starting lineup for each of the last 29 games by Rachel Theriot. Brandi Jeffery started the first game 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 260 games.
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 city of Lincoln and the entire state of Nebraska have a reputation for coming out and supporting big-time events,” Yori said. “An NCAA women’s basketball regional to cap the first season at Pinnacle Bank Arena is certainly a big-time event. Sports fans of all kinds all across the state of Nebraska can start making their plans now.”
The last time the University of Nebraska served as a host for the an NCAA men’s or women’s basketball tournament came on March 17, 1993, when the Husker women defeated San Diego, 81-58, in the first round at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It is the only game the Nebraska women’s basketball team has ever played on its home court in the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska earned a trip to the NCAA Regional in Norfolk, Va., in 2013. The Huskers advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 by knocking off Chattanooga in the first round and home-standing Texas A&M at Reed Arena in the second round. The Huskers earned a No. 6 seed in last year’s tournament and finished the year with a 25-9 overall record that included a 12-4 Big Ten mark.
The other three NCAA Regional sites are Louisville, Ky., Notre Dame, Ind., and Stanford, Calif. The 16 NCAA first- and second-round locations are Baylor, Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Toledo, UConn, UCLA and Washington.
The NCAA Women’s Final Four will be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., April 6-8.
Moore Helps Minnesota Lynx to WNBA Title as Rookie
Lindsey Moore celebrated a WNBA title to cap her first season with the Minnesota Lynx in Atlanta on Oct. 10. The former Husker point guard who was a first-round pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, jumped for joy on the court at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., with her Lynx teammates as time expired. Moore spent the last three seconds of the game on the court after Minnesota battled its way to an 86-77 win to complete a three-game WNBA Finals sweep of the Atlanta Dream.
The Lynx cruised to a pair of 25-point wins in the first two games of the series in Minneapolis, crushing the Dream 84-59 in the opener before adding an 88-63 win in Game 2.
Minnesota capped a perfect 7-0 playoff record in 2013. Lindsey Moore played in six of Minnesota’s seven playoff games in support of the league’s most dominant and balanced starting five. As a rookie, Moore appeared in 23 regular-season games, averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 assist playing behind U.S. Olympian and WNBA All-Star Lindsay Whalen.
Hooper Powers Team USA to Gold at World University Games
Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds while making her first international start, powering the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team to a 90-71 victory in the gold medal game on July 15.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., erupted in her first USA start, pouring in five points, including the game’s first three-pointer, to go along with three early rebounds to fuel the U.S. team’s 13-3 lead to open the game. She also played a major role defensively in helping the United States to its third straight World University Games gold medal.
Hooper scored seven first-quarter points to help the USA take a 22-13 lead at the end of the quarter. She played the entire first period and finished with 31 minutes in the game. Entering the contest, Hooper had averaged 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds while playing 12.6 minutes per game in the USA’s first five wins.
In the tournament, Hooper finished with 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game, giving her per 40-minute averages of 16.6 points and 14.9 boards.
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.
For the game, Hooper hit 4-of-8 shots from the field, including 1-of-3 three three-pointers, while the USA connected on 35-of-57 shots for the game, including 9-of-20 threes. The U.S. squad also hit 11-of-15 free throws. Despite Hooper’s game-high nine rebounds, the Russians outrebounded the USA, 38-34, but the United States won the turnover battle, 20-16.
Bria Hartley (UConn) led a balanced U.S. attack with 17 points, while Bradford added a huge performance off the bench with 16 points in just 11 minutes. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn) pitched in 15 points, while tournament MVP Odyssey Sims (Baylor) contributed 10 points and three assists.
Looking Back at Nebraska’s 2013 Sweet 16 Season
No. 24/18 Nebraska women’s basketball team capped one of the best seasons in school history by making its second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in the past four years in 2013.
Although the sixth-seeded Huskers fell to the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils, 53-45, in the Norfolk (Va.) Regional semifinal game, Nebraska celebrated the second-most victories in school history. NU finished the season with a 25-9 overall record that included a 12-4 Big Ten regular-season mark. Nebraska’s Big Ten runner-up finish also marked the second-most conference wins in school history.
All nine of Nebraska’s regular-season losses came at the hands of 2013 postseason teams, including seven setbacks to teams that advanced to at least the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Along with advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16, the Huskers closed the 2013 campaign at No. 24 in the final Associated Press Poll (regular season) and No. 18 in the final USA Today/Coaches Top (post-NCAA Tournament). It marked the third time in the past four years the Huskers have finished in the top 25 in both polls. NU climbed seven spots in the final USA Today poll, the second-largest jump from the end of the regular season, trailing only NCAA runner-up Louisville’s leap from No. 17 to No. 3.
In addition to the outstanding team accomplishments, the Huskers captured numerous individual honors throughout a memorable 2012-13 season.
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore joined junior forward Jordan Hooper in becoming the first teammates in school history to be named to the AP All-America team in the same season.
Moore, a Big Ten All-Tournament selection and second-team All-Big Ten choice for the second straight year, earned the first All-America accolades of her career by claiming honorable mention from the AP. Moore was also a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, presented to the nation’s top point guard, for the second straight year.
Hooper, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten choice, captured honorable-mention All-America accolades from both the AP and the WBCA for the second straight season. Moore and Hooper were both preseason candidates for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards, becoming the first teammates in history to earn mention on those distinguished lists as well.
2012-13 Nebraska Team Season Highlights
• 2013 NCAA Sweet 16 (second appearance in last four years)
• 25 wins (second-highest victory total in school history) - 25-9 overall record
• 12 Big Ten wins (second-most conference wins in school history) - 12-4 Big Ten record
• Big Ten regular-season runner-up finish / Big Ten Tournament semifinalist
• No. 16 in final NCAA RPI. Nebraska played the No. 12 Strength of Schedule in the nation.
• No. 18 in final USA Today/Coaches Top 25; No. 24 in final AP Poll (regular season)
• No. 16 nationally in average home attendance (5,243)
• 10 victories over 2013 NCAA Tournament teams (10-8)
• Nebraska’s 74-63 win at No. 9 Texas A&M on March 25 marked the Huskers’ first true road NCAA Tournament victory in history and the highest seed (No. 3) NU has ever defeated in the tournament.
• 10-game winning streak (Jan. 20-Feb. 28), second-longest winning streak in school history
• Nebraska closed season with seven-game winning streak in true road games (active streak)
• Big Ten No. 2 RPI Conference in the nation
• Big Ten 6-0 in first-round NCAA Tournament games
• Coach Connie Yori was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year
• Yori became the winningest coach in Nebraska history (215 wins, 11 seasons); previous record held by Angela Beck (191 wins, 11 seasons).
• Nebraska was one of 25 teams in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field with a perfect 100 percent graduation rate. NU has had a 100 percent grad rate in each of NU’s five tournament appearances under Coach Connie Yori.
Hooper Earned Repeat Picks to WBCA, AP All-America Teams
Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper repeated as a WBCA honorable-mention All-American in 2012-13.
The 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., also earned honorable-mention All-America accolades from the coaches in 2011-12 and from the Associated Press in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
A two-time first-team WBCA All-Region 6 selection, Hooper led the Huskers in scoring (17.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg) while guiding the team to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16.
A candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards, Hooper already ranks among the top 10 players in Nebraska history in scoring (10th, 1,712 points) and rebounding (5th, 822 rebounds). The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., also ranks No. 2 in Husker history with 217 career three-pointers and No. 3 at NU with 27 career double-doubles.
A two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Hooper ranked fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, fourth in rebounding, fifth in three-pointers made (2.4 pg) and eighth in free throw percentage (.821) in 2012-13.
Yori Captured Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year Honors
Nebraska’s Connie Yori was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in voting by conference coaches for 2013. Yori captured her second conference coach-of-the-year award in the last four seasons and her first in the Big Ten.
In 2012-13, Yori guided Nebraska to 10 straight conference wins, including a perfect February, as the Huskers finished with a 12-4 Big Ten mark as the regular-season runner-up.
Yori’s young squad overcame a plethora of injuries and a 2-3 Big Ten start to play for a share of the Big Ten title in the regular-season finale against No. 7 Penn State at the Devaney Center. Although Nebraska came up short against the Lady Lions, Yori’s team finished the regular season with a 22-7 overall record that included a Big Ten-best 7-1 road mark in conference play.
“All postseason awards are about teams more than individuals,” Yori said. “Our players had an outstanding season. February is the toughest month in college basketball, and our players met every challenge. The players deserve the credit, along with our tremendous coaching staff.”
Yori captured Big 12 Coach-of-the-Year honors in 2010 on her way to WBCA, AP, USBWA, Naismith and Kay Yow National Coach-of-the-Year awards. She led the Huskers to the 2010 NCAA Sweet Sixteen after capturing the Big 12 regular-season title with a perfect 16-0 record. The 2009-10 Huskers, which featured first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin and first-team All-Big 12 picks Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner, finished with a 32-2 overall record.
Before becoming Nebraska’s head coach in 2002-03, Yori claimed Missouri Valley Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors in her final season at Creighton in 2002. In Yori’s 11 seasons as NU’s coach, her Huskers have earned a total of 32 all-conference awards (10 first team, 2 second team, 11 honorable mention, 5 freshmen, 4 defensive).
Yori’s Huskers Notched Another 20-Win Campaign
Coach Connie Yori is in the midst of leading the Huskers to the most successful era in school history. The 2012-13 Huskers earned their second NCAA Sweet 16 selection in the past four years, while rolling to 25 wins - the second-highest victory total in school history. It was Nebraska’s fifth 20-win season in the past seven years.
Prior to Yori leading her 2006-07 Huskers to 22 wins, Nebraska had only managed five 20-win seasons in the previous 26 years. NU has managed 14 20-win seasons in 38 full seasons of women’s basketball as a varsity sport.
Over the past seven seasons, Nebraska has averaged 21.7 wins, including the three highest victory totals in school history - 32 wins in 2009-10, 25 in 2012-13 and 24 wins in 2011-12. Over the past four years, NU has averaged 23.5 wins per year.
Prior to Yori’s arrival in 2002-03, Nebraska’s record for most wins in a season was 23 (1978-79, 1979-80, 1992-93, 1997-98).
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., pushed her career scoring total to 1,685 points, moving into No. 10 on Nebraska’s all-time scoring list. She also increased her career total to 811 rebounds, ranking fifth in Husker history.
Hooper became the sixth player in Nebraska history to reach 800 career boards when she pulled down her eighth rebound in NU’s second-round NCAA Tournament win at No. 9 Texas A&M March 25.
Hooper Closes in on Husker Career Three-Point Record
Jordan Hooper enters her senior season at Nebraska with 217 career three-pointers, just 50 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
Emily Cady earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from the conference media for the second straight season in 2013, after averaging 9.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in regular-season league play. Cady, who notched five Big Ten double-doubles in 2013, had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the regular-season finale against No. 7 Penn State. She added 10 points and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds in a win over Ohio State on Feb. 14.
Cady produced a 12-point, 10-rebound effort at Minnesota Jan. 20. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., opened Big Ten action with 13 points and a then-career-high 14 rebounds in Nebraska’s 70-52 win over Wisconsin Jan. 2. She hit 6-of-9 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 three-pointers to tie another career best. It was Cady’s first double-double of the season. She notched her second Big Ten double with 11 points and 10 rebounds at Indiana Jan. 10. Cady hit 3-of-4 shots from the field, including her lone three-point attempt, and went 4-for-4 at the line.
Cady produced a 17-point, nine-rebound effort at No. 8 Penn State, when she went 3-of-4 from three-point range. She added seven points and 12 rebounds in a loss to No. 14 Purdue Jan. 5, and nine points and eight boards against Illinois Jan. 17. She had 10 points and six boards at Ohio State Jan. 31. Cady added eight points and 11 rebounds in NU’s win at Wisconsin Feb. 28.
In Big Ten games, Cady shot 42.1 percent from the field, including 40 percent (12-30) from long range. She also connected on 52-of-61 free throws (.852).
The increased production in conference play was nothing new for Cady, who averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in conference action as a freshman in 2012. She earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, after averaging 7.3 points and 5.8 boards in regular-season non-conference play.
Overall, Cady averaged 9.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals to go along with a team-best 28 blocked shots in 2011-12. Seven of Cady’s eight career double-doubles have come against Big Ten competition and the seventh came against Kansas in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. She notched her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in NU’s 3OT win at Purdue Feb. 2, 2012.
Cady, who has started 67 straight games, averaged 9.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and a team-leading 0.9 blocks per game in 2012-13. She produced 14 double-figure scoring efforts and nine double-digit rebounding games as a sophomore. In her career, Cady has scored in double figures 31 times and grabbed double-digit rebounds on 16 occasions.
Big Ten, Huskers Ranked High in National RPI
The Big Ten proved itself as an improved women’s basketball conference in 2012-13. RealTimeRPI ranked the Big Ten No. 2 nationally among all conferences, trailing only the Big 12 in 2012-13, ranking ahead of the SEC (3), Big East (4), ACC (5) and Pac-12 (6) among the top conferences in the nation.
Penn State (7), Purdue (14), Nebraska (16) and Michigan State (24) gave the Big Ten four top-25 RPI teams, according to the official NCAA RPI rankings (April 10). Michigan (28) and Iowa (42) provide the conference with six top-50 RPI squads. Ohio State (68), Illinois (71), Minnesota (91), Northwestern (105) and Wisconsin (126) give the league 11 top-130 RPI teams. Indiana (195) rounds out the Big Ten contingent among the 345 NCAA Division I women’s basketball schools.
The Big Ten went 6-0 in first-round NCAA Tournament games in 2012-13.
Huskers Loaded Up 2012-13 Schedule
Nebraska’s 34-game schedule featured 23 games against 2013 postseason squads and 18 games against teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament field.
The Huskers played 10 games against eight teams that won conference titles in 2013. Penn State (2), Purdue (2), Duke (ACC), Texas A&M (SEC Tournament), South Dakota State (Summit), Creighton (Missouri Valley), Oral Roberts (Southland) and Chattanooga (Southern) all captured league crowns in 2013. The Huskers played Big Ten 2012 and 2013 regular-season champ twice and 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Tournament champ Purdue twice. In non-conference play, the Huskers tangled with 2012 and 2013 Missouri Valley Conference champ Creighton and 2012 and 2013 Summit League Conference champ South Dakota State before beating Southland Conference champ ORU.
Nebraska’s game with Duke was the Huskers’ fourth straight against a 2013 conference champion, following Purdue (Big Ten Tournament), Chattanooga (Southern) and Texas A&M (SEC Tournament).
Big Red, Big Ten Schedule Strengths Impressive in 2012-13
Nebraska’s Strength of Schedule continued to climb throughout the 2012-13 season according to RealTime RPI, which listed the Huskers’ SOS No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 12 nationally (as of March 18). Overall, the Big Ten schedule strengths were impressive in 2012-13, including Penn State (9), Purdue (14), Iowa (22), Wisconsin (32), Michigan (33), Northwestern (34), Ohio State (36), Illinois (41), Michigan State (43) and Minnesota (48). Overall, 11 of the Big Ten teams had schedule strengths that ranked among the top 50 nationally, while Indiana (69) was well within the top 75.
Nebraska faced one of the toughest regular-season schedules in school history in 2012-13. NU’s Strength of Schedule has ranked among the top 30 nationally in five of the past six seasons, and the Huskers faced a top-15 schedule in 2012-13.
The Huskers played 31 games against top 150 RPI teams, including 15 against top-50 RPI teams.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper 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.
Huskers Close 2012-13 in Top 25
Nebraska entered the NCAA Tournament at No. 24 in the Associated Press Poll on March 18, firming a poll position for the fifth straight week after falling out of the rankings the previous six weeks. Although NU was not ranked among the AP top 25 from Jan. 7 to Feb. 11, the Huskers received votes throughout that time frame. Nebraska’s March 18 ranking marked the 11th week the Huskers were ranked in the AP Poll in 2012-13.
The Huskers, who finished No. 18 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 after entering the NCAA Tournament at No. 25, spent 15 weeks in the USA Today poll in 2012-13.
Yori’s Huskers Own Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori’s first 11 seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers’ 74-63 win at No. 9 Texas A&M in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, marked NU’s 28th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori, including the seventh over an AP Top 10 team. Before Yori’s arrival, NU owned just one win over a top-10 team.
The win over No. 9 Texas A&M was just the second win over a top-10 team in a true road game in school history, joining a 65-56 win at No. 9 Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Jan. 17, 2010. In that game, Nebraska handed Baylor’s Brittney Griner the only home loss of her career (71-1).
Nebraska’s win over No. 9 Texas A&M marked its third over an AP top-25 team in 2012-13. NU notched a 78-77 victory over then-No. 24 Florida State Dec. 8, 2012. It was the Seminoles’ first loss of the season. The Huskers also produced a 59-54 win over then-No. 25 Michigan State on Jan. 24. Both Florida State and Michigan State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskers defeated No. 14 Ohio State (March 3, 2012), after knocking off the No. 8 Buckeyes (Feb. 26). NU produced five wins over AP Top 25 teams (at game time) in 2011-12, including a 93-89 triple overtime win at No. 15 Purdue (Feb. 2). The Huskers also knocked off No. 16 Penn State (Dec. 30) on the road in their first-ever Big Ten Conference game, while defeating No. 23 USC (Nov. 18) at the Devaney Center.
In 2009-10, the Huskers set the school single-season mark with eight wins over top-25 teams. NU’s top-25 wins that season came against No. 5 LSU, No. 9 Baylor, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 Iowa State, No. 16 Iowa State and No. 22 UCLA. The win over No. 9 Baylor and freshman Brittney Griner, was Nebraska’s first-ever road win over a top-10 team. The Huskers’ three wins over top-10 foes in 2009-10, matched Nebraska’s previous total from the previous 35 seasons.
The highest-ranked team Nebraska has ever defeated was the 2004-05 Baylor team that went on to win the national title. NU outlasted No. 2 BU, 103-99 in triple overtime on Jan. 12, 2005.
The Huskers’ 21-point win over No. 10 OSU on Feb. 3, 2010, marked NU’s largest victory margin ever over a top-10 team. Nebraska’s 29-point win over No. 14 Iowa State in 2005 was NU’s largest victory margin in history over a top-25 foe. Nebraska’s 56-45 win over No. 15 Texas at the Devaney Center in 2008 also marked the lowest point total ever allowed by the Huskers against a ranked opponent.
Before Yori’s arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers had not defeated a top-10 team since a 73-67 win over No. 9 Iowa on Dec. 8, 1996, and had never beaten a top-five opponent.
Nebraska’s History of Success at Home
Nebraska opened the Pinnacle Bank Arena era with a 77-49 win over UCLA to give the Huskers a 1-0 mark in the new building while improving to 389-130 (.750) all-time at home. The Huskers have gone 125-34 (.786) 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.