No. 6 Nebraska Cornhuskers (#24/#25)
(23-8, 12-4 Big Ten)
vs. No. 11 Chattanooga Lady Mocs
(29-3, 19-1 SoCon)
Saturday, March 23, 5:30 p.m. (Central)
Reed Arena (College Station, Texas)
National TV: ESPN2 (Carter Blackburn-PBP; Maria Taylor-Analyst)
Radio: 25-Station IMG College Husker Sports Network (PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch)
(107.3 FM-KBBK, Lincoln; 93.3 FM-KFFF, Omaha; 880 AM-KRVN, Lexington)
Free Internet Audio: Huskers.com
Huskers Open NCAA Tournament Play with Lady Mocs in Texas
No. 24 Nebraska makes its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, when the Huskers take on Chattanooga on Saturday, March 23 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.
Tip-off between the No. 6 seed Huskers (23-8, 12-4 Big Ten) and No. 11 seed Lady Mocs (29-3, 19-1 SoCon) will be at approximately 5:30 p.m. (30 minutes after the conclusion of the first-round game between the No. 3 seed and hosts from Texas A&M (24-9, 11-5 SEC) and the No. 14 seed Wichita State (24-9, 15-3 Missouri Valley), which is set for a 3 p.m. tip.
Both the first-round games in College Station are set to be televised live by ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn and Maria Taylor on the call.
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, 93.3 FM-KFFF in Omaha and 880 AM-KRVN in Lexington. A free live audio stream will be available on Huskers.com.
The Huskers, who have won 11 of their last 13 games, were the Big Ten regular-season runner-up and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in their second season in the conference.
NU’s only losses since Jan. 20 have come to Big Ten regular-season champion and NCAA Tournament No. 3 seed Penn State and Big Ten Tournament champion and NCAA Tournament No. 4 seed Purdue.
Nebraska is making its 11th NCAA appearance in school history and its third in the last four seasons (2010, 2012, 2013). The Huskers were a No. 6 seed in Little Rock, Ark., last season and a No. 1 seed in Minneapolis, Minn., in 2010. Nebraska owns a 5-10 all-time record in the tournament, including a 3-4 mark under Coach Connie Yori. The 2010 WBCA, Kay Yow, Naismith, Associated Press, and USBWA National Coach of the Year, Yori is appearing in her seventh NCAA Tournament as a head coach while leading her fifth Nebraska team to the Big Dance. Yori also led NU to back-to-back NCAA bids in 2007 and 2008.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (23-8, 12-4 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - So. - F - 4.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 18.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 15.1 ppg, 3.4 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, 1.8 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - So. - G - 3.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 2.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - So. - F - 2.0 ppg, 1.2 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 (213-134); 23rd Season Overall (408-274)
Chattanooga Lady Mocs (29-3, 19-1 SoCon)
31 - Taylor Hall - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 9.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg
44 - Ashlen Dewart - 6-3 - RJr. - F - 15.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg
1 - Kayla Christopher - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 11.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg
21 - Alex Black - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 6.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg
22 - Kylie Lambert - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 5.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Off the Bench
34 - Faith Dupree - 6-3 - RJr. - F - 6.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg
32 - Tatiana Jackson - 5-10 - Fr. - G - 5.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg
11 - Ka’Vonne Towns - 5-10 - So. - G - 4.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg
12 - Meghan Downes - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 4.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg
1 - Alicia Payne - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 1.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg
Head Coach: Wes Moore (Tennessee, 1986)
15th Season at Chattanooga (358-112)
24th Season Overall (558-168)
Nebraska’s NCAA Tournament Facts & Figures
- Nebraska is making its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance (1988, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013).
- NU is 5-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
- The Huskers advanced to the 2010 NCAA Sweet Sixteen (No. 1 seed Midwest Regional/Minneapolis)
- NU advanced to the NCAA second round in 1993, 1998 and 2008.
- Nebraska Coach Connie Yori is 4-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 3-4 at Nebraska. She went 1-2 as Creighton’s head coach during NCAA Tournament trips in 1993 (1-1) and 2002 (0-1).
- Yori was the 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year. She was the 2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year and the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year. She was also the WBCA, Kay Yow, Naismith, AP and USWBA National Coach of the Year in 2010.
- Nebraska is one of six Big Ten teams in the 2013 NCAA Tournament (Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa).
- The Huskers own an 8-7 record against the 2013 NCAA Tournament field, including wins over Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa (3), Florida State, South Florida and Oral Roberts. NU suffered losses to Penn State (2), Purdue (2), Maryland, Creighton and South Dakota State.
- Nebraska enters the NCAA Tournament as the No. 16 RPI team in the nation according to the NCAA, with the No. 12 Strength of Schedule nationally, according to RealTimeRPI.com.
- The Big Ten is the nation’s No. 2 RPI conference this season, trailing only the Big 12. The SEC ranked third, while the Missouri Valley was 10th and the Southern Conference was 22nd.
- Nebraska went 18-8 this year against NCAA Top 125 RPI teams, 5-0 against teams 125 and below.
- Chattanooga went 7-2 against NCAA Top 125 RPI teams, 22-1 against teams 125 and below.
- NU is 0-1 all-time against Chattanooga, dating back to a 79-64 loss in Chattanooga on Nov. 21, 1979. The Huskers are 7-0 all-time against Wichita State and 14-9 all-time against Texas A&M.
- Nebraska will play an NCAA Tournament game in the state of Texas for the first time.
- NU’s last game in the state of Texas was played at Reed Arena in College Station on March 5, 2011. It was Nebraska’s last regular-season game as a member of the Big 12 Conference.
- Husker sophomore starter Hailie Sample is a native of Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus High School). The 6-1 forward is expected to start her 65th straight game in the Husker lineup, dating back to the start of her college career.
Moore, Williams Make Third NCAA Tournament Trips as Huskers
Nebraska seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams lead the Huskers to their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years. Moore, a freshman starter on Nebraska’s 2010 NCAA Sweet Sixteen team, is expected to make her 130th consecutive start at NU. In fact, Moore is the winningest starter in Nebraska history with 92 career victories.
In 2010, Moore became the first freshman point guard in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to start every game for a team that went unbeaten in the regular season (29-0). Moore’s first loss as a collegiate player came at the hands of Texas A&M in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.
Williams will be making her 96th appearance on the court as a Husker against Chattanooga. She will be playing in her 65th straight game.
After helping Nebraska to the best season in school history as freshmen in 2010, Moore, Williams and the rest of the Huskers endured numerous injuries and the loss of six 2010 seniors in their final season in the Big 12 in 2011. NU finished 13-18 and did not advance to the postseason when Moore and Williams were sophomores.
Last season, the Huskers rebounded with a 24-9 overall record and 10-6 conference mark in their first season in the Big Ten. The 24 wins marked the second-highest win total in school history, trailing only the 32-2 mark the Huskers posted in Moore and Williams’ freshman year in 2009-10.
Nebraska’s 23 wins this season are tied for the third-most in school history.
Hooper Earns Spot on WBCA All-Region 6 Team
Nebraska junior Jordan Hooper claimed a spot on the five-player WBCA All-Region 6 team for the second straight year after leading the Huskers in scoring and rebounding with 18.0 points and 8.7 boards per game. Hooper, who earned an appearance on the WBCA All-America ballot for the second straight year, is a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection.
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, 1,637 points) and rebounding (6th, 780 rebounds). The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., also ranks No. 2 in Husker history with 208 career three-pointers and No. 3 at NU with 25 career double-doubles.
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 (.813) in 2012-13.
Scouting the Chattanooga Lady Mocs (29-3, 19-1 SoCon)
Coach Wes Moore leads the historically successful Chattanooga Lady Mocs back to the NCAA Tournament as the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament champion in 2013. The Lady Mocs own the nation’s seventh-longest winning streak at 19 games entering the tournament. Chattanooga has not lost since suffering a 70-60 overtime loss at Elon on Jan. 7.
The Lady Mocs are coming off a 64-63 win over Davidson in the SoCon Tournament title game on March 11, which earned them the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and the 11th seed at College Station, Texas. Chattanooga opened the year with an 80-71 home win over Tennessee.
On the court, Chattanooga is led by junior Ashlen Dewart. The 6-3 transfer from Appalachian State is averaging 15.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 53.1 percent from the field. Dewart took over in the starting lineup in the fourth game of the season for another junior transfer, Faith Dupree. The 6-3 forward who transferred from Tennessee two years ago, suffered a torn MCL and a sprained knee in Chattanooga’s win over East Tennessee State on Nov. 17. She missed the next 10 weeks, which included losses at Saint Mary’s (Calif.) (Nov. 24) and Auburn (Dec. 19).
Dupree returned to the court in a win at Davidson on Jan. 18, but Dewart has continued to start with Dupree coming off the bench. Dupree is averaging 6.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.
Those two fourth-year juniors are part of an extremely experienced Lady Mocs squad that includes senior Kayla Christopher. The 5-9 guard is averaging 11.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and a team-leading 3.0 assists per game. Christopher is a dangerous three-point threat, leading the team with 61 threes while knocking down 39.6 percent of her attempts. She has hit 220 threes in her career.
Fellow senior Kylie Lambert, a 5-11 guard, has added 5.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while 6-1 junior forward Taylor Hall contributes 9.1 points and 5.9 boards per game.
The Lady Mocs utilize a deep rotation off the bench that includes junior guard Meghan Downes (4.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg) along with sophomore guard Ka’Vonne Towns (4.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg). Towns is shooting better than 40 percent from long range (25-62, .403). Freshmen guards Tatiana Jackson (5.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and Alicia Payne (1.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg) also see extensive playing time.
As a team, Chattanooga is averaging 68.8 points while shooting 42.3 percent from the field. The Lady Mocs have hit 31.2 percent of their threes (198-634), outscoring the opposition by 237 points (7.4 ppg) from beyond the arc. They have held opponents to 54.3 points per game and just 36.6 percent shooting, including 25.8 percent success from long range.
The Lady Mocs have struggled at the free throw line, hitting just 64.7 percent of their attempts, but they own a plus-4.7 rebound margin and a plus-4.5 turnover margin.
Yori Captures 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, in her 11th season at the helm of the Huskers, 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).
Hooper, Moore, Cady Claim Big Ten Postseason Honors
Jordan Hooper earned one of five spots on the All-Big Ten first team for the second straight season, while Lindsey Moore joined her among the top 10 players in the conference again by earning second-team all-conference honors in 2013.
The awards brought NU’s total of first- or second-team all-conference awards to 12 over the last nine years (8, Big 12, 2005-11; 4, Big Ten, 2012-13). It also marked the fourth time in the past seven seasons that more than one Husker has been chosen among the top 10 players in the conference.
Hooper and Moore were honored by both the conference coaches and media, while Emily Cady added honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from the media for the second consecutive year.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., leads the Huskers in scoring and rebounding with 18.0 points and 8.7 boards per game. The 2012 AP honorable-mention All-American ranked fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, fourth in rebounding and fifth in three-pointers made per game.
Hooper, who was a Big Ten All-Tournament choice in 2012, has earned a total of six Big Ten Player-of-the-Week awards in her two years in the conference, including three this season.
A preseason candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden National Player-of-the-Year awards, Hooper is Coach Connie Yori’s 10th first-team all-conference award winner in Yori’s 11 seasons at Nebraska.
Moore, a 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., leads the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) while ranking third in the league with 5.5 assists per game. A two-time finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented to the nation’s top point guard, Moore also ranks eighth in the Big Ten in scoring (15.1 ppg), third in three-point field goal percentage (.402) and seventh in overall field goal percentage (.477).
Moore, who was a preseason candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards, has played more minutes than any other player in school history and owns the NU school record with 129 consecutive career starts.
Cady, a 6-2 sophomore forward from Seward, Neb., averaged 9.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in conference play while recording five double-doubles in Big Ten action. She enters the NCAA Tournament averaging 9.2 points and 8.0 boards overall on the year. Her rebounding average ranks sixth in the Big Ten. Cady was also a Big Ten All-Freshman choice in 2012.
Theriot Unanimous Choice on Big Ten All-Freshman Team
Rachel Theriot became the fourth Husker in Nebraska’s starting five to earn freshman all-conference honors in the last four years when she was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team on March 4.
Theriot, a 6-0 true freshman 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, which increased her overall season averages to 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists, despite playing the entire season with a foot injury. Theriot, who has started NU’s past 25 games, finished fifth in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio and ninth in Big Ten-only assists (3.6 apg).
Theriot joins senior Lindsey Moore (Big 12, 2010), junior Jordan Hooper (Big 12, 2011) and sophomore Emily Cady (Big Ten, 2012) as active Huskers who earned freshman all-conference honors. Theriot is the fifth Husker in the past eight seasons to earn all-freshman honors under Coach Connie Yori, including Kelsey Griffin, Big 12, 2006.
Inspirational Senior Williams Earns Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
Meghin Williams earned Nebraska’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award when conference honors were announced on March 4. The 6-1 senior forward from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is the "consummate teammate" according to Coach Connie Yori.
Williams has appeared in 95 career games for the Huskers, including 64 straight, despite battling a chronic foot injury throughout her four-year Nebraska career.
Seniors Moore, Williams Played for Three League Titles at NU
Nebraska seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams won a Big 12 Conference regular-season title in 2010, played for a Big Ten Conference Tournament title in 2012 and ended the 2013 regular-season by taking on Penn State for a share of the Big Ten regular-season crown in the final women’s basketball game ever at the Devaney Center.
Prior to Moore and Williams’ arrival on campus at Nebraska in the summer of 2009, the Huskers had not finished higher than third in the conference or played a game for a league title since 1993.
Moore and Williams were freshmen on Nebraska’s 2010 Big 12 regular-season championship team that raced through the regular season 29-0, including a 16-0 conference mark. They went on to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, while finishing in the Sweet 16 with a 32-2 record. The 2009-10 Huskers clinched the Big 12 title in Oklahoma on Feb. 24.
Moore started all 34 games on the 2009-10 team, becoming the first freshman point guard in NCAA Division I history to start every game for a team that finished the regular season undefeated. Williams was a part-time contributor on the 2009-10 squad, appearing in 13 games, including the NCAA Tournament.
As juniors, Moore and Williams helped lead the Huskers to the championship game in Nebraska’s first-ever appearance at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. NU won three games before falling to Purdue, 74-70 in double-overtime.
On Sunday, March 3, in Lincoln, Moore and Williams led the Huskers to a third contest with a conference title on the line, as Nebraska hosted No. 7 Penn State at the Devaney Center. NU dropped an 82-67 decision to the Lady Lions, missing out on a share of the 2013 Big Ten regular-season crown.
Moore to Make NU Record 130th Straight Start
Senior All-America candidate Lindsey Moore is expected to make the 130th consecutive start of her career when the Huskers open NCAA Tournament play against Chattanooga Saturday. She made her first career start against another Southern Conference team - Davidson - on Nov. 13, 2009.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., has started every game of her career since leading the Huskers to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and the Big 12 title as a freshman in 2009-10.
Moore owns a 92-37 record as Nebraska’s starting point guard and has guided the Huskers to a pair of NCAA Tournaments. Her 92 wins as a starter are the most by any player in school history, surpassing 2010 All-American Kelsey Griffin’s 91 in 127 starts over five years.
Meggan Yedsena (1991-94) established the Nebraska record for consecutive career starts, after taking the court for tip-off in all 120 games in her outstanding four-year career from 1990-91 through 1993-94. Yedsena is the only Husker in history to start every game of a four-year career.
Moore’s starting streak is tied with Penn State’s Nikki Greene for the second-longest active streak in the nation. Moore and Greene (99, plus 30 in 2012-13), trail only Texas Tech’s Monique Smalls, who owns 133 straight starts (102, plus 31 in 2012-13).
Moore Earns One of Five Spots on All-Devaney Team
As part of its celebration of the final basketball season in the Bob Devaney Sports Center, the Nebraska Athletic Department invited fans to vote for their favorite players in Husker men’s and women’s basketball history. Fan voting for Nebraska’s All-Devaney Teams ran Feb. 8-22, with fans selecting the best Huskers to grace Devaney’s hardwood since 1976.
Nebraska’s long-time radio play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney offered his top five women’s players, while Mike Babcock, Lee Barfknecht and Brian Rosenthal all chose their top players on the men’s side.
The five players chosen on the women’s side included current Husker point guard Lindsey Moore, along with 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner as the National Player of the Year joined 1988 Big Eight Player of the Year Maurtice Ivy and two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge on the squad.
Yori’s Huskers Notch Another 20-Win Campaign
Coach Connie Yori continues to lead the Huskers to the most successful era in school history. The 2012-13 Huskers enter the NCAA Tournament with 23 wins. 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 21.4 wins, including the two highest victory totals in school history - 32 wins in 2009-10 and 24 wins in 2011-12. Over the past four years, NU has averaged 23 wins per year.
An NCAA Tournament win over Chattanooga on Saturday would give the Huskers 24 wins for the second straight season, tying for the second-highest total in school history. 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).
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 March 8, after crossing the 1,500-point plateau together in a win at Northwestern on Feb. 7.
Hooper (1,637) and Moore (1,629) are the first active Husker teammates to play together with 1,600 points.
Husker Defense Getting It Done
Nebraska held its third straight Big Ten foe to a season-low point total when the Huskers defeated Iowa 66-46 on Feb. 24 in Lincoln. NU limited Iowa to its lowest first-half point total (20) of the year, before surrendering just four points in the final eight minutes to the frustrated Hawkeyes.
The defensive effort against Iowa followed record-setting defensive performances in the previous two games. Nebraska held back-to-back conference opponents to fewer than 40 points for the first time in school history when the Huskers limited both Ohio State (Feb. 14) and Michigan (Feb. 21) to 39 points. NU’s defensive effort at Michigan also marked the first time in school history (dating back to 1982-83) that the Huskers held a regular-season conference foe to less than 40 points on the opponent’s home court. Prior to the Ohio State/Michigan games, Nebraska had held two regular-season conference opponents under 40 just twice in 463 games (Missouri-34, Feb. 22, 2011; Missouri-36, Jan. 22, 1997). During Nebraska’s 10-game winning streak (Jan. 20-Feb. 28), the Huskers held Big Ten foes to just 52.8 points per game. Opponents shot just 34.9 percent from the field and 24.4 percent (39-160) from three-point range.
Huskers Better Than Fair in Foul Department
Nebraska has traditionally ranked among the nation’s leaders in fewest fouls per game under Coach Connie Yori, but the 2012-13 Huskers are taking those numbers to a new level. NU ranks 17th nationally by committing just 13.1 fouls per game.
That average pales in comparison to the 6.7 fouls per game Nebraska averaged in consecutive wins over Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa (Feb. 14-24). In NU’s 58-39 win over Ohio State in Lincoln, the Huskers were whistled for a school-record-low five fouls. At Michigan Feb. 21, Nebraska committed just six fouls - the second-best total in school history. NU followed with just nine fouls against Iowa Feb. 24, the fourth time in nine games and the fifth time this season NU committed fewer than 10 fouls in a game.
In the second game of NU’s 10-game winning streak (Jan. 20-Feb. 28), the Huskers were whistled for just eight fouls in a win over Michigan State on Jan. 24. It was one of only six times in 1,182 games in school history that NU has committed eight fouls or less, but one of three times in the last 13 games.
Chattanooga is also one of the nation’s least penalized clubs, ranking 31st nationally with just 13.7 fouls per game. In SoCon play, the Lady Mocs were whistled for just 12.7 fouls per contest.
Moore Named One of Seven Nancy Lieberman Award Finalists
Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore was named one of seven finalists for the 2013 Nancy Lieberman Award, presented annually by the Rotary Club of Detroit to the nation’s top point guard. It is the second straight season that Moore has been named a finalist for the award. She was one of eight finalists for the 2012 award, which was won by Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins.
Sportswriters from across the country determine the list of finalists. They will select three finalists from the list and one winner at the beginning of April 2013. The announcement of the three finalists and winner will be made during the Final Four Weekend (April 7-9, 2013).
Moore is one of two Big Ten players on the list, joining Penn State senior Alex Bentley. Diggins, Angel Goodrich (Kansas), Chelsea Gray (Duke), Odyssey Sims (Baylor) and Haley Steed (BYU) join Moore on the list of finalists for the 14th annual award.
Moore Owns Husker Record for Minutes Played
Lindsey Moore has set the Nebraska women’s basketball record for minutes played. She increased her career total to 4,241 minutes by playing the full 40 minutes in NU’s Big Ten Tournament semifinal game against Purdue on March 9.
The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., surpassed the previous Nebraska minutes mark established by Meggan Yedsena with 3,995 minutes in 120 games (1990-91 to 1993-94).
Hooper May Become First NU Junior to Reach 1,600 Points, 800 Boards
Jordan Hooper has pushed her career scoring total to 1,637 points, moving her into No. 10 on Nebraska’s all-time scoring list. She also has increased her career total to 780 rebounds, ranking sixth in Husker history.
Hooper needs 20 rebounds to become the sixth player in Nebraska history to reach 800 career boards. Hooper also needs 24 rebounds to catch All-American and two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge at No. 5 on the Husker career rebounding chart at 804.
If Hooper can grab 20 boards in the NCAA Tournament, she will become just 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.
Hooper Crosses 200 in Career Three-Pointers
Jordan Hooper enters the NCAA Tournament with 208 career three-pointers, after becoming just the second Husker in history to hit 200 career threes with her second-half cast in the win over Iowa Feb. 24. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., is the first player in the NU record book to reach the milestone as a junior. Career record holder Kiera Hardy entered her senior season with a then-school-record 196 career threes.
One of the top three-point shooters in the nation, Hooper has her sights set on challenging Nebraska’s single-season three-point record in 2012-13.
Hooper, who hit 67 three-pointers in each of her first two seasons as a Husker, has knocked down a personal-best 74 in 2012-13, which rank sixth in school history. She needs seven more threes at the NCAA Tournament to catch Hardy’s 2005-06 total of 81 in fourth place. Hardy (2004-05) and Amy Stephens (1988-89) share NU’s season record with 85 made threes.
Hooper ranks fifth in the Big Ten with an average of 2.4 threes per game.
Moore Continues to Climb NU Career Steals Chart
Lindsey Moore ranks ninth all-time in Nebraska history with 204 career steals and needs 11 more to join Husker legend Maurtice Ivy in eighth place on the list at 215.
Moore, who set a career-best with 72 steals as a junior in 2011-12, claimed three or more steals in four of NU’s 16 Big Ten games. In addition to her four steals at Northwestern, Moore had four steals in NU’s Big Ten-opening win over Wisconsin.
She added three steals at Minnesota (Jan. 20) and three more against No. 25 Michigan State (Jan. 24).
Nebraska Produces Second-Best Conference Road Season
Nebraska closed Big Ten road action with a 7-1 record away from the Devaney Center, the second-best mark in school history trailing only NU’s 8-0 Big 12 mark in 2009-10. No other Nebraska teams have ever won six league road games in a season.
The 2012-13 Huskers secured their fifth Big Ten road win of the season with a 76-75 victory over Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Feb. 11. Winning five conference road games is a rarity in Husker history. In fact, the 2012-13 Huskers became just the fourth NU team to accomplish the feat since regular-season Big Eight Conference play began in 1982-83. All four of those teams have done it under Coach Connie Yori in the past six seasons.
The 2006-07 Huskers that earned Yori her first NCAA Tournament berth at Nebraska became the first NU squad to claim five conference (Big 12) road wins. Yori’s 2009-10 Huskers went a perfect 8-0 on the road on their way to a perfect Big 12 season and a conference championship.
The 2011-12 Huskers added five Big Ten road wins in their first season in the conference. The 2011-12 Huskers also earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Only six Nebraska teams have produced winning road conference records in school history, and each of the previous five went to the NCAA Tournament.
Since joining the Big Ten, Nebraska is 12-4 in Big Ten road games and 4-2 in neutral site games at the Big Ten Tournament, giving NU a 16-6 record away from home against Big Ten teams.
Huskers Produce Second-Best Conference Win Total
The 2012-13 Huskers produced one of the best conference seasons in school history, dating back to the start of Big Eight regular-season league play in 1982-83. Nebraska’s 12 conference victories rank No. 2 in school history. Only three other teams in Husker history have reached 11 wins. In fact, Husker teams have posted 10 league wins just eight times in 31 seasons of regular-season conference play.
The last time a Nebraska team produced 11 or more league wins came in 2009-10, when the Huskers rolled to a perfect 16-0 conference mark on their way to the 2010 Big 12 title. The first time a Husker team registered 11 league wins came in 1987-88, when the Huskers ran to an 11-3 conference mark under Coach Angela Beck on their way to a Big Eight regular-season title. The only other Nebraska team to produce 11 conference wins was Coach Paul Sanderford’s 1997-98 squad that finished 11-5 in the Big 12.
Nebraska Improved Defensively in Big Ten Play
Much of Nebraska’s success in Big Ten play must be attributed to the defensive end, where the Huskers improved significantly during conference action. In fact, NU led the Big Ten in scoring defense in conference-only games. The Huskers surrendered just 56.9 points per game.
Nebraska also led the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage defense (.275). The Huskers ranked second in league play in field goal percentage defense (.370). During Nebraska’s 10-game winning streak (Jan. 20-Feb. 28), the Huskers allowed just 52.8 points per game, while holding opponents to 34.9 percent shooting and 24.4 percent shooting from long range.
In non-conference play, the Huskers allowed 60.2 points per game, while opponents shot 41.1 percent from the field, including 32.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
Moore, Hooper Rank High in Big Ten Stats
Lindsey Moore leads the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2-to-1) with 172 assists and 80 turnovers through 31 games. It is one of seven categories in which Moore ranks among the top 15 in the Big Ten.
The senior point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks third in assists (5.5 apg) and third in three-point field goal percentage (.402). She is seventh in field goal percentage (.477), eighth in scoring (15.1 ppg), and 10th in free throw percentage (.803), while ranking 14th in steals (1.8 spg).
Hooper ranks among the top 10 in the Big Ten in six categories. She is No. 5 in the league in scoring (18.0 ppg) and No. 4 in rebounding (8.7 rpg). She also ranks fourth in defensive rebounds per game (6.2), while ranking fifth in three-pointers per game (2.4). She is eighth in free throw percentage (.813) and ninth in offensive rebounding (2.5).
Moore Narrowing Gap with Yedsena for Career Assist Mark
Lindsey Moore became just the second Husker in history to reach the 600-career assist mark against Illinois Jan. 17. The 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks No. 2 on the Husker all-time assist chart with 676, trailing only school record holder Meggan Yedsena (696, 1991-94). Moore was the eighth player in Big Ten Conference history to reach 600 career assists and ranks sixth all-time.
Moore, a Nancy Lieberman Award finalist, needs 20 assists to catch Yedsena at the top of the Husker assist list. Moore is averaging 5.5 assists in 2012-13.
Moore crossed the century mark in assists as a senior with seven at Minnesota Jan. 20 and has pushed her season total to 172. She joined Yedsena as the only Huskers in history to record 100 or more assists in four separate seasons. Last season, Moore dished out 167 assists in 33 games, while distributing 183 assists as a sophomore in 2010-11. She opened her career with 154 assists as a freshman in 2009-10.
Moore has produced a career-high 11 assists on four occasions (at Iowa, Jan. 8, 2012; Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 15, 2011; Florida A&M, Jan. 2, 2011; vs. UCLA, March 23, 2010). She has a season-high nine assists (Northern Arizona, Nov. 16) in 2012-13 and eight games with eight or more assists this season, including her 22-point, eight-assist effort in NU’s last game against Purdue on March 9.
Cady Did Double Duty in Big Ten Play
Sophomore Emily Cady earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from the conference media for the second straight season after averaging 9.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in regular-season league play. Cady, who owns five Big Ten double-doubles after scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in Nebraska’s regular-season finale against No. 7 Penn State. Cady 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 is nothing new for Cady, who averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in conference action last season. 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 triple-overtime win at Purdue Feb. 2, 2012.
Cady, who has started 64 straight games, is averaging 9.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals overall. She owns 13 double-figure scoring efforts and nine double-digit rebounding games as a sophomore. In her career, Cady has scored in double figures 30 times and grabbed double-digit rebounds on 16 occasions.
Sample Heading Home for NCAA Tournament
Nebraska sophomore Hailie Sample returns to her home state of Texas for the first time as a collegiate player, when the Huskers take on Chattanooga Saturday in College Station. The 6-1 forward from Flower Mound, Texas, has started 64 straight games for the Huskers since graduating from Marcus High School.
Sample is averaging 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game this season.
Theriot Tears Up Big Ten Competition
Rachel Theriot came on strong in conference play to earn a unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Theriot finished regular-season Big Ten play among the top six freshmen in scoring, rebounding and assists. Her 7.9 points per game in Big Ten play trailed only Northwestern’s Maggie Lyon and Ohio State’s Ameryst Alston among all league rookies, while Theriot’s 3.5 assists led Big Ten freshmen. Her 3.4 rebounds ranked sixth.
Theriot produced the best game of her career against Iowa Feb. 24, when she erupted for 15 of her career-high 19 points in the second half to help the Huskers pull away. She added 11 points, including eight in the second half, to help bring NU back from a late five-point deficit for a 55-53 win at Wisconsin Feb. 28. It was her sixth double-figure scoring effort of the year and fifth in Big Ten play.
Theriot helped spark Nebraska’s 10-game winning streak with 13 points on a career-high three three-pointers while dishing out a career-best eight assists in NU’s win at Minnesota on Jan. 20. The effort earned her Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors for the second time.
She produced another spectacular effort against the Gophers two weeks later in Lincoln with 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go along with a career-high matching seven rebounds. She also dished out five assists with no turnovers. That effort, along with nine points, five rebounds and six assists at Ohio State on Jan. 31, earned Theriot her third Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award of the year. She added nine points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in a win over Ohio State Feb. 14, while helping to shut out fellow freshman Ameryst Alston.
Theriot has increased her overall season averages to 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists. During NU’s 10-game winning streak (Jan. 20-Feb. 28), she averaged 8.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
Through the first 12 games this season, Theriot was averaging just 3.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting just 27.3 percent from the field, including 13.3 percent (2-15) from three-point range. Over the last 19 contests, the freshman has turned up her production to 7.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists. She owns six double-figure scoring efforts in that stretch, after not scoring more than six points in any of the first 12 games. Over the last 19 games, Theriot is shooting 46 percent from the field, including 37.8 percent (17-45) from three-point range.
Theriot scored 14 points while adding six assists and four rebounds in a win at Indiana Jan. 10. She hit 7-of-9 shots from the field, including all five of her first-half attempts, to carry Nebraska to a 20-point halftime lead. She captured the first Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award of career Dec. 31, after notching her first double-figure scoring performance against Grambling State Dec. 20.
Theriot has played in all 31 games while making 25 straight starts, despite battling a foot injury.
Laudermill Igniting Huskers at Both Ends Off Bench
Tear’a Laudermill is showing growth and maturity in her game over the past four months. The 5-9 sophomore guard from Riverside, Calif., has developed into a consistent offensive threat off the bench while providing pesky defense as Nebraska’s defensive hound.
Laudermill matched her career high for the second time in Big Ten play with 14 points to go along with three rebounds, an assist and two steals in a win over Minnesota Feb. 3. It was her second double-figure scoring effort of the season, joining a 14-point effort at Indiana Jan. 10.
After scoring only six total points in Nebraska’s first four games this season, Laudermill has scored at least four points in 22 of the last 26 contests. She scored in double figures twice in Big Ten play and averaged 6.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 0.7 steals in conference action. She is also Nebraska’s top on-the-ball defender.
For the season, Laudermill ranks fifth among the Huskers in scoring with 5.9 points per game, while ranking fourth on the team with 32 steals - nine more than her season total from 2011-12. In fact, she has more points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, while shooting a higher percentage from the field and the free throw line than her freshman season, when she was one of NU’s top players off the bench.
Laudermill has improved immensely at the free throw line. As a freshman, she hit just 22-of-42 free throws (.524), but enters the NCAA Tournament 29-of-38 (.763) this season.
Big Ten, Huskers Ranking High in National RPI
The Big Ten is proving itself as an improved women’s basketball conference in 2012-13. RealTimeRPI ranks the Big Ten No. 2 nationally among all conferences, trailing only the Big 12 this season, ranking ahead of the SEC (3), Big East (4), ACC (5) and Pac-12 (6) among the top conferences in the nation.
Penn State (6), Purdue (14), Nebraska (15) and Michigan State (23) give the Big Ten four top-25 RPI teams, according to the official NCAA RPI rankings (March 18). Michigan (35) and Iowa (44) provide the conference with six top-50 RPI squads. Ohio State (64), Illinois (80), Minnesota (84), Northwestern (104) and Wisconsin (124) give the league 11 top-125 RPI teams. Indiana (191) rounds out the Big Ten contingent among the 345 NCAA Division I women’s basketball schools.
Hooper, Moore Earn Spots on Wade, Naismith, Wooden Lists
Junior Jordan Hooper and senior Lindsey Moore are being mentioned among the top players in the nation in 2012-13, and are candidates for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden awards.
Hooper and Moore were among 25 college players named to the 2012-13 preseason Wade Watch List, announced by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Sept. 18. They joined each other on the Preseason Wooden Award Top 30 on Nov. 9. They appeared on their first national player-of-the-year watch list together last season, when they were both included in the Naismith Midseason 32 and they earned spots on the 2013 Naismith Trophy Preseason Top 50 on Nov. 15.
Hooper and Moore are the first Husker teammates in history named to any of the three major national player-of-the-year watch lists at the same time.
In 2011-12, Hooper was an Associated Press Honorable-Mention All-American, while earning WBCA All-Region 6 honors. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., was also one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, and a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament team after averaging 18.9 points and a Big Ten-best 9.3 rebounds per game.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of eight finalists for the 2012 Nancy Lieberman Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top point guard. Moore joined Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournment Team and was a second-team All-Big Ten choice. Moore ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in assists (5.1 apg), No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) and No. 7 in scoring (15.7 ppg).
Former Nebraska All-American Karen Jennings won the Wade Trophy in 1993, while All-American Kelsey Griffin was a finalist for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden awards in 2010.
Huskers Load Up 2012-13 Schedule
Nebraska’s 31-game regular-season schedule featured 20 games against 2013 postseason squads and 15 games against teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament field.
NU’s schedule was highlighted by 13 games against 2012 NCAA Tourament teams, including a matchup with Elite Eight qualifier Maryland and two games with NCAA Sweet 16 Penn State. The Huskers played three games against 2012 WNIT teams and three contests against WBI participants.
The Huskers also played seven games against five teams that won conference titles in 2013. Penn State (2), Purdue (2), South Dakota State (Summit), Creighton (Missouri Valley) and Oral Roberts (Southland)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.
Big Red, Big Ten Schedule Strengths on the Rise
Nebraska’s Strength of Schedule continued to climb throughout the 2012-13 season according to RealTime RPI, which lists the Huskers’ SOS No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 12 nationally (as of March 18). Overall, the Big Ten schedule strengths are impressive, 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 have schedule strengths that rank among the top 50 nationally, while Indiana (70) is well within the top 75. Nebraska is facing one of the toughest regular-season schedules in school history in 2012-13. NU’s Strength of Schedule has ranked among the top 30 nationally in four of the past five seasons, and the Huskers have faced a top-15 schedule so far in 2012-13.
The Huskers have played 26 games against top 125 RPI teams, including 12 against top-50 RPI teams.
Injuries Slowed Down Huskers Early in 2012-13
Nebraska’s offseason featured a laundry list of injuries. NU’s entire starting five played injured in the Huskers’ NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas to end the 2011-12 season.
Emily Cady underwent offseason knee surgery, while Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample each took extended rest to recover from stress reactions in their legs following NU’s four games in four days at the Big Ten Tournament. Cady entered the season as one of the healthiest Huskers, while Hooper and Sample were limited by injuries. Lindsey Moore was slowed by a reoccurring injury, while NU’s lone center Adrianna Maurer tried to recover from major back surgery in January of 2012. Maurer announced the end of her basketball career at Nebraska on Jan. 7, 2013, because of continuing pain. Senior forward Meghin Williams has been limited in practice throughout her four-year career by foot injuries.
Freshman guard Rachel Theriot missed nearly three weeks of practice with a stress reaction in her foot, bringing the list of Huskers severely limited in practice to seven on a daily basis.
Nebraska’s other freshmen, Courtney Aitken and Sadie Murren, and sophomores Brandi Jeffery, Tear’a Laudermill and Katie Simon were healthy throughout fall practice. However, Aitken has been out since mid-December with a foot injury and has not played since Dec. 5. Jeffery did not play at Penn State Jan. 13 or against No. 25 Michigan State because of a foot injury. She has returned in a somewhat limited role over the last half of the season but may need surgery at the end of the season. Murren has missed 13 games with a back injury and is also day-to-day.
Nebraska Celebrates Final Basketball Game at Devaney Center
The Nebraska women’s basketball team celebrates its final game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Sunday. The Huskers will move into the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln in October of 2013. The arena, which is set for completion next fall, will become the new home of Husker men’s and women’s basketball in 2013-14.
As part of the festivities at the Devaney Center during 2012-13, the Huskers have highlighted the greatest moments and greatest players in the 37-year history of the Devaney Center. At each home game during the season, HuskerVision has produced a big screen feature showcasing one of the most memorable moments in women’s basketball history.
Sunday’s game will recognize Nebraska’s 2010 Big 12 championship celebration, which included 2013 Husker seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams, along with current NU graduate assistant Dominique Kelley.
Long-time Husker Sports Network basketball broadcasters Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch compiled the list along with Mike Babcock, who researched and wrote a detailed history of Husker women’s basketball in 2000. The women’s basketball moments range from Jan Crouch’s 27-point performance on opening night on Nov. 12, 1976 to Lindsey Moore’s triple-double on Jan. 2, 2011. They include championship celebrations in 1988 and 2010 and historic victories throughout the decades, while recognizing Husker legends such as Karen Jennings, Maurtice Ivy, Kelsey Griffin, Anna DeForge, Amy Stephens and more.
NU’s Four Returning Starters Solid for 64 Straight Games
After starting 33 consecutive games together in 2011-12, Nebraska’s four returning starters Lindsey Moore (129), Jordan Hooper (95) and sophomores Emily Cady (64) and Hailie Sample (64) have started all 31 games together in 2012-13.
However, Nebraska’s fifth starting spot has changed in 2012-13 with sophomore guard Brandi Jeffery starting NU’s first six games and freshman Rachel Theriot starting the Huskers’ last 25 contests.
In 2011-12, fifth-year senior guard Kaitlyn Burke joined Moore, Hooper, Cady and Sample in NU’s starting lineup for every game.
Consistent starting lineups are nothing new for the Huskers under Coach Connie Yori. In fact, three times in Yori’s 11 seasons Nebraska has 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 eight seasons (including 2012-13), Nebraska has used only 20 different starting lineups in 256 games.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper has climbed into third place on Nebraska’s career double-double list with 25 after producing her eighth double-double of 2012-13 with 14 points and 12 rebounds at Michigan Feb. 21. It was Hooper’s third Big Ten double-double this season, 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.
Hooper became just the fifth player in Nebraska history to post double-figure double-doubles in a season, joining Griffin (10, 2006-07, 20, 2009-10), Brown (16, 1993-94), Karen Jennings (13, 1990-91, 13, 1991-92), Maurtice Ivy (10, 1985-86) and Carol Garey (10, 1978-79).
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game loss to No. 21 Purdue on March 4. She added 21 points and 10 rebounds against No. 14 Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals March 3, and 15 points and 10 boards in little more than a half against Iowa 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.
Hooper Builds Off Super Sophomore Campaign
Jordan Hooper became the first sophomore in school history to produce 600 points and 300 rebounds in the same season, finishing the 2011-12 campaign with 624 points and 306 boards. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., became just the fourth Husker ever to accomplish the feat.
Hooper, an honorable-mention AP All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten pick, set the Nebraska sophomore single-season scoring record with 624 points. She eclipsed the 609 points scored by Kiera Hardy in 2004-05. Hooper’s 306 rebounds marked the third-highest total in school history by a sophomore, trailing only 372 by Janet Smith in 40 games in 1979-80) and 314 by Carol Garey in 36 games in 1978-79. Hooper’s 9.3 rebounds per game matched Smith’s sophomore record. Only one other sophomore in NU history - Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-81) scored 500 points and grabbed 250 boards.
Hooper’s sophomore production was on a similar level to the two most productive seasons in school history. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner and a first-team All-American, produced 810 points and 319 rebounds in 32 games as a junior in 1991-92. Kelsey Griffin, a finalist for every national player-of-the-year award in 2010 and a first-team All-American, produced 685 points and 354 rebounds in 34 games as a senior.
Fastbreakers to Hold Husker Roundball Run, April 27
The Fastbreakers Booster Club will hold its first Husker Roundball Run in Lincoln on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 9 a.m. The event will include 5K and 1.5-mile runs to provide fun and fitness for fans and runners of all ages.
Adult registration fee is $30, while youth 13 and under can register for just $15. Entrants will receive an official Roundball Run T-shirt and a Husker party with continental breakfast and door prizes will be available following the events.
Fans can register on-line at www.huskers.com/donate. Entrants are encouraged to register by Monday, April 8 to guarantee T-shirt size requests.
Several sponsorships are also available to businesses and individuals. For more information about the Roundball Run, please contact the Kiley Abdouch at the Huskers Athletic Fund at email@example.com.
Huskers, Big Ten Earn Top 25 Mention in Polls
Nebraska enters 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 marks the 11th week the Huskers have been ranked in the AP Poll in 2012-13.
In the Big Ten, Penn State and Purdue have been ranked in the top 25 in at least one poll every week this season. Purdue fell out of the AP Top 25 March 4, but hung on at No. 25 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. The Boilermakers returned to the rankings March 11 after winning the Big Ten title March 10.
The Huskers, who are No. 25 in the March 18 USA Today poll, have spent 14 weeks in the USA Today top 25 and 11 weeks in the AP Poll this season. Ohio State appeared in every USA Today poll until dropping out Jan. 8. The Buckeyes fell from the AP Poll on Dec. 17.
Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa have given the Big Ten seven different teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25 this season. Illinois (AP, Jan. 7) and Minnesota (USA, Nov. 20) gave the balanced Big Ten nine teams that received votes in at least one poll this season.
Nebraska non-conference opponents have also littered the polls this season, led by Maryland and Florida State. Creighton and South Florida have also received votes in numerous polls.
Yori’s Huskers Own Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska has made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori’s 11 seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers’ 59-54 win over No. 25 Michigan State on Jan. 24, 2013, marked NU’s 27th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori, including the second this season. Nebraska also knocked off then-No. 24 Florida State, 78-77, on Dec. 8, 2012. It was the Seminoles’ first loss of the season.
The Huskers defeated No. 14 Ohio State (March 3, 2012), after knocking off the No. 8 Buckeyes (Feb. 26). The first win over OSU marked NU’s sixth victory over a top-10 foe under Yori. Prior to Yori’s arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers owned just one win over a top 10 opponent in school history.
NU produced five wins over AP Top 25 teams (at game time) 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
The Huskers produced a 13-3 record at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2011-12. Since the Devaney Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 388-130 (.749) in games played in the arena, including 146-88 (.624) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 124-34 (.785) at the Devaney Center.
NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in 10 consecutive seasons, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2009-10. NU was 11-4 at home in 2010-11. The Huskers went 13-4 at the Devaney Center in 2012-13.
Big Ten Network Providing Major Exposure for Huskers
For the second consecutive season, Nebraska has had every regular-season and postseason game available in video form for Husker fans to follow all the action.
For the first time in school history in 2011-12, all 33 games played by the Huskers were delivered by national television or live video streams to Husker fans. In 2012-13, Nebraska is enjoying its highest level of national TV exposure in school history, while adding two outstanding alternative video streaming sources.
Overall, the Huskers had 11 regular-season games televised nationally, including eight by the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com. Nebraska’s battle with Purdue was televised nationally by CBS on Jan. 5, while the Huskers’ clash with Penn State on Jan. 13 was carried live on ESPN2. NU’s non-conference road game at USC (Nov. 23) was televised by the Pac-12 Network. Nebraska’s final game of the year at home against Penn State will be the final regular-season game carried by the Big Ten Network.
The Big Ten Network is distributing 10 other Nebraska women’s basketball games through live video streams on BTN.com. For complete television and live-stream listings, visit Huskers.com. Fans can subscribe to BTN.com by visiting http://video.btn.com/allaccess. A yearly subscription for all Nebraska events on BTN.com is just $79.95. Fans can gain access to every Big Ten event stream for just $119.95 per year. Monthly subscriptions are also available. Two of NU’s BTN.com games (Michigan State, Jan. 24; Minnesota, Feb. 3) were also televised live statewide in Nebraska by NET.
HuskersNside provided Husker fans more video streaming opportunities. Nebraska’s premium site on Huskers.com streamed NU’s exhibition finale against Nebraska-Kearney (Nov. 4), before streaming the season opener against North Carolina A&T (Nov. 9). Non-conference home games against Northern Arizona (Nov. 16), Idaho State (Dec. 1), Florida State (Dec. 8) and Grambling State (Dec. 29) also were streamed.
Nebraska’s road games at South Dakota State (Nov. 18), Creighton (Dec. 5) and at South Florida (Dec. 16) all shared streams to HuskersNside subscribers. All three schools share NeuLion as an Internet partner. Monthly packages are available on HuskersNside for $12.95. Four-month passes are on sale for $39.95, while year-long passes are just $54.95.
Huskers Putting Up Top 10 3FG Numbers Again in 2012-13
Nebraska has hit 196 three-pointers through 31 games to rank as the fourth-most threes in school history. It marks the 10th consecutive year that Connie Yori’s Nebraska teams have produced a top-10 total in three-pointers made. The Huskers’ 6.3 threes per game lead the Big Ten and rank 58th nationally.
The Huskers have hit seven or more threes in a game 15 times in 31 contests in 2012-13, after hitting seven or more threes 17 times in 33 games last season. Nebraska has hit double-digit threes five times this year, 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. The Huskers hit double-digit threes four times last year.
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.
Hooper Leads Assault on Husker Three-Point Records
In addition to her impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Jordan Hooper has hit three-pointers at a record-breaking rate since her arrival at Nebraska. The 6-2 forward shattered the NU single-season freshman record with 67 threes (67-184, 36.4 percent) in 2010-11, and drained 67 more threes in 2011-12, which is the second-best total by a sophomore in Nebraska history. Hooper’s 2011-12 season total trailed only Kiera Hardy’s school-record total of 85 set as a sophomore in 2004-05. Hooper has added 74 threes through 31 games in 2012-13.
In 95 career games, Hooper has hit 208 three-pointers to rank second on the Nebraska career list. Hardy (267 3FG, 2004-07) owns the Nebraska record.
In 2010-11, Hooper tied the Nebraska single-game record with seven three-pointers at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011. She scored 31 points against the Tigers, including 28 on six threes in the second half alone.
Hooper Plays Beast on Boards
Jordan Hooper led the Big Ten and ranked among the nation’s top rebounders with 9.3 boards per game as a sophomore in 2011-12. She has added another top-five rebounding effort in the Big Ten in 2012-13, averaging 8.7 boards per game. She has climbed to No. 6 on NU’s all-time rebounding chart with 780, and is just 24 behind No. 5 Anna DeForge on the Nebraska list.
Her 18-rebound effort in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19 put her in rare company in the Nebraska record books, tying for the 12th-highest single-game total in school history. It also marked the best rebound total by a player in Coach Connie Yori’s first 11 seasons at Nebraska. It was also the highest total by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 rebounds against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper’s 18-board performance represented her third time in seven games with 15 or more rebounds. She became just the seventh player in Husker history to grab 15 or more rebounds three times in a career. and just the sixth Husker to pull down 15 or more boards three times in a season, joining Janet Smith, Carol Garey, Nafeesah Brown, Pyra Aarden and most recently, Keasha Cannon-Johnson (2001-02).
In back-to-back games last season, Hooper grabbed 15 rebounds in a win over Iowa (Jan. 26), before ripping down 16 boards in a victory at Illinois (Jan. 29). She joined Smith and Aarden as the only Huskers to pull down 15 or more boards in back-to-back games.
Pinnacle Bank Arena to Provide New Home to Huskers in 2013-14
Nebraska continues preparations to move into its new home for men’s and women’s basketball - Pinnacle Bank Arena - next season. Construction on the $179 million arena has marched ahead of schedule with favorable building conditions for more than a year.
The Huskers will continue to call the new Hendricks Training Complex home for practice, while the Nebraska volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics team will call the Devaney Center home for competition.
The arena project was approved by voters in May 2010. Pinnacle Bank Arena is expected to open in the fall of 2013. Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball teams will be the primary tenants of the 470,400-square-foot facility, which can hold nearly 15,000 fans for Husker hoops.
As the exclusive sponsor of the arena and arena site, the new arena website will be PinnacleBankArena.com. The agreement also calls for Pinnacle Bank to receive: three exterior signs; the Pinnacle Bank Arena logo on the center-hung scoreboard, public exterior doors and adjacent light pole banners; signs on the main and upper concourses; use of a center court suite and use of the arena for two days per year; and three locations for ATM machines in the arena.
Husker Sports Network, Huskers.com Carries NU World-Wide
The Husker Sports Network and Nebraska women’s basketball have teamed up for well over a decade to take every game, home and away, around the world for free on Huskers.com.
In addition to carrying every women’s basketball free on Huskers.com, the Husker Sports Network flagship stations B107.3 FM-KBBK (Lincoln) and The Wolf 93.3 FM-KFFF (Omaha) provide strong FM signals for Husker women’s basketball and volleyball. 880-AM-KRVN (Lexington) also provides a huge AM signal statewide in central Nebraska, while more than 20 stations have joined the Husker Sports Network’s women’s basketball coverage across the state.
The Husker Sports Network is in its 18th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of Nebraska women’s basketball in 2011-12. Women’s basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch are in their 12th year together as the Huskers’ broadcast team.
Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show
The Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show is back for its 11th season in 2012-13, providing in-depth analysis and outstanding features in the year-long coverage of Nebraska women’s basketball. Coach Yori and host Jeff Griesch will discuss the highlights, which begins in November and continues throughout the season. The show will be available on Time Warner Cable On-Demand this season, and also will be available free world-wide on Huskers.com.
My TV (10.2/11.2) will distribute the show in Lincoln and Grand Island, while Huskers.com will have new shows available on Tuesdays during the season. Spencer Municipal Utilities in Iowa, carries the show on SMU-3, each Thursday at 10 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 10 p.m. each week. The first Connie Yori Show was available on Huskers.com on Thursday, Nov. 8. Shows throughout the season will be available on Huskers.com on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 25, Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and either March 12 or March 19. There will be no show on Dec. 18, Jan. 1 or Feb. 12.
Havers, Tvrdy, Ramacieri Feel at Home as Huskers
Nebraska women’s basketball coach Connie Yori announced the signing of three talented prep stars to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to join the Huskers for the 2013-14 season.
Allie Havers, Hannah Tvrdy and Esther Ramacieri will join the Huskers in 2013-14 hoping to continue Nebraska’s tradition of postseason play. Havers, a 6-5 senior forward from Mattawan High School in Michigan, will bring outstanding height, length and athleticism to the Huskers. Tvrdy, one of the winningest players in Nebraska High School history from prep power Seward, adds another player with a point guard’s mentality to the Husker backcourt. Ramacieri adds international flavor to the Husker class, as the fourth Canadian to sign with Nebraska in 11 seasons under Yori.
"We’re excited about the addition of Hannah, Allie, and Esther to our Husker family," Yori said. "They all are hard-working kids who fit in our system both on and off the court."