2012-13 Season Review: Huskers Cap Season in NCAA Sweet 16
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(25-9 Overall, 12-4 Big Ten)
2013 NCAA Sweet 16 (Norfolk Regional Semifinalist)
2013 Big Ten Regular-Season Runner-up
2013 Big Ten Tournament Semifinalist
Huskers End One of Best Seasons in School History in Sweet 16
The 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.
While Moore ends the best career by a point guard in school history in 2012-13, Hooper joins returning starters Emily Cady, Hailie Sample and Rachel Theriot, along with significant sophomore contributors Tear’a Laudermill, Brandi Jeffery and Katie Simon among NU’s nine returning letterwinners next season.
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 school 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 celebrated its final season in the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers will move into the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2013-14.
- 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.
2012-13 Nebraska Individual Season Honors
- Senior Lindsey Moore and junior Jordan Hooper claimed honorable-mention Associated Press All-America accolades, becoming the first teammates in Husker history to win the awards in the same season.
- Moore and Hooper were preseason candidates for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards, the first NU teammates to be named to the watch lists in the same season.
- Moore was a first-round pick of the Minnesota Lynx in the 2013 WNBA Draft (No. 12 overall pick).
- Moore was a two-time finalist (2012, 2013) for the Nancy Lieberman Award, presented to the nation’s top point guard.
- Hooper earned honorable-mention WBCA All-America accolades for the second straight season and made the WBCA All-Region 6 Team for the second consecutive year.
- Hooper earned first-team All-Big Ten honors (1 of 5) for the second straight season. She also claimed academic All-Big Ten accolades for the second consecutive year.
- Moore earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team (1 of 5) for the second straight year.
- Moore earned second-team All-Big Ten honors (1 of 5) for the second consecutive season.
- Moore was named one of five players to the All-Devaney Team, celebrating Nebraska’s final season in the Bob Devaney Sports Center (Karen Jennings, Kelsey Griffin, Maurtice Ivy, Anna DeForge).
- Sophomore Emily Cady earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades for the second straight year.
- Rachel Theriot earned Big Ten All-Freshman honors. She became the fourth Husker in the past four years to earn a spot on the conference all-freshman team, joining Lindsey Moore (Big 12, 2010), Jordan Hooper (Big 12, 2011) and Emily Cady (Big Ten, 2012).
2012-13 Nebraska Individual Records, Milestones
Lindsey Moore, 5-9, Sr., Point Guard, Covington, Wash. (Kentwood)
- Became Nebraska’s third WNBA first-round draft pick and the second in four years, going to the Minnesota Lynx with the No. 12 overall selection.
- Set the Nebraska career record with 699 assists (Meggan Yedsena, 696, 1991-94) while matching the single-season record of 195 assists in 2012-13 (Yedsena, 195, 1991-92).
- Set the school record with 132 starts (Kelsey Griffin, 127, 2006-10). Moore started all 132 of Nebraska’s games dating back to her first game as a freshman for the Huskers in 2009-10.
- Set the Nebraska record with 94 victories, including a record 53 home wins at the Devaney Center. She also played and started more NCAA Tournament games (7) than any other Husker.
- Set the school record with 4,360 minutes played (Yedsena, 3,995, 1991-94).
- Produced the only triple-double in Nebraska history (12 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists vs. Florida A&M, Jan. 2, 2011). Finished career with five double-doubles.
- Ranked No. 3 in school history with 132 career games played
- Finished No. 4 in school history in career three-pointers made (173) and No. 3 in attempts (516).
- Ended career No. 6 in school history in free throws made (402) and attempted (511).
- Ranked No. 7 in NU history with .787 career free throw percentage.
- Ranked No. 9 in Nebraska history with 208 career steals.
- Ranked No. 11 in school history with 1,673 career points.
Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Jr., Forward, Alliance, Neb. (Alliance)
- Jordan Hooper tied the Nebraska junior single-season record for three-pointers made (81).
- Hooper moved to No. 2 on NU’s career list with 215 and enters her senior season in 2013-14 needing 52 to tie Kiera Hardy’s Nebraska career record (267).
- With seven three-pointers in three games, Hooper set NU’s NCAA Tournament record for a season. Yvonne Turner hit six in three games in 2010.
- Hooper finished her junior season with 607 points and 300 rebounds, becoming the first Husker in history to produce 600-point/300-rebound seasons twice in a career. Hooper had 624 points and 306 boards as a sophomore in 2011-12. Only three other Huskers (Kelsey Griffin, 2009-10; Nafeesah Brown, 1993-94; Karen Jennings, 1991-92) have ever accomplished the feat.
- Hooper became the first Husker junior in history to reach 1,600 points and 800 rebounds. She enters her senior season with 1,685 points and 811 rebounds. She ranks No. 10 in career points and No. 5 in career rebounds at Nebraska.
Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Fr., Guard, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (Midpark)
- Freshman Rachel Theriot finished the season with 101 assists, joining Lindsey Moore in becoming the first Husker duo to record 100 or more assists in the same season since LaToya Howell (159) and Kiera Hardy (101) accomplished the feat in 2005-06. It is the eighth time in Husker history that two or more players recorded 100 or more assists in the same season, but just the second time in the past 15 years.
Nebraska’s NCAA Tournament Facts & Figures
- Nebraska made its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance (1988, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013).
- NU advanced to its second NCAA Sweet 16 (2010, 2013)
- The Huskers advanced to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16 (No. 1 seed Midwest Regional/Minneapolis).
- Nebraska seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams were the first players in Husker history to play in two NCAA Sweet 16 games. Graduate assistant Dominique Kelley also was a starter on NU’s 2010 Sweet Sixteen team.
- NU improved to 7-11 all-time in the NCAA Tournament by going 2-1 in 2013. The Huskers are 4-3 in the tournament since 2010 and 5-5 under Coach Connie Yori in five appearances.
- NU has advanced to the NCAA second round in 1993, 1998, 2008, 2010 and 2013, with the last three second-round appearances and both NCAA Sweet 16 appearances coming under Coach Yori.
- Nebraska Coach Connie Yori is 6-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 5-5 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 was one of six Big Ten teams in the 2013 NCAA Tournament (Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa). The Big Ten went 6-0 in the first round of the tournament, but the Huskers were the lone Big Ten team left standing in the Sweet 16. Penn State, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State all lost true road second-round games on their opponents’ home courts. Iowa fell on its home court to No. 1 seed Notre Dame.
- The Huskers finished with a 10-8 record against the 2013 NCAA Tournament field, including wins over Texas A&M, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa (3), Florida State, South Florida, Oral Roberts and Chattanooga. NU suffered losses to Penn State (2), Purdue (2), Duke, Maryland, Creighton and South Dakota State. The Huskers were 8-7 against teams that advanced to the NCAA second round.
- Nebraska went 15-9 against 2013 postseason teams, and 12 of the Huskers’ opponents won at least one postseason tournament game.
- NU went 8-7 against RPI Top 50 teams, 14-9 against the RPI Top 100 and 22-9 against RPI Top 150. Only three of Nebraska’s 2012-13 opponents finished among the bottom 195 teams in the nation.
Moore Chosen By Minnesota in WNBA First Round
Lindsey Moore became the third first-round pick in Nebraska history, when she was selected with the 12th overall pick by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2013 WNBA Draft on April 15.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., joined 11 other top collegians at Monday night’s draft live at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
Moore joins former Husker WNBA first-rounders Kelsey Griffin (2010) and Nicole Kubik (2000). Moore is also the fourth member of Nebraska’s 2010 starting five to get an opportunity to play in the WNBA, joining Griffin (Connecticut Sun, 2010-13), Cory Montgomery (3rd Round, New York Liberty, 2010) and Yvonne Turner (San Antonio Silver Stars, 2013 Training Camp). Other Huskers to get drafted or play in the WNBA include Kiera Hardy (Connecticut Sun, 3rd Round, 2007), Danielle Page (Connecticut Sun, Free Agent, 2008) and Anna DeForge (2000-09, Two-Time WNBA All-Star).
WNBA Training Camp opens May 5. Moore and the Lynx play Griffin and the Connecticut Sun in their preseason finale in Minneapolis on May 21, before opening the regular season against the Sun at the Target Center on June 1 at 7 p.m.
Huskers Celebrate Sweet 16 Season at Year-End Banquet
A crowd of more than 300 gathered at the Lincoln Station on Thursday, April 11 to celebrate Nebraska’s successful 2012-13 women’s basketball season at the program’s year-end banquet.
Fun-filled addresses from Nebraska Coach Connie Yori and radio play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney highlighted the evening’s festivities, along with a pair of heartfelt and meaningful farewell speeches from seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams.
The Huskers joined with hundreds of Fastbreaker Booster Club members, family, friends and athletic staff members in celebrating Nebraska’s 2013 NCAA Sweet 16 season. NU finished 25-9 overall, including 12-4 in the Big Ten. The Huskers finished No. 16 in the final NCAA RPI, No. 16 in the final national attendance rankings and No. 18 in the final USA Today/Coaches Top 25.
A season highlight video produced by HuskerVision’s Amanda Holzwarth showcased Nebraska’s journey through the 2012-13 campaign, while a special Senior Video honored the contributions of Moore and Williams throughout their Husker careers. A light-hearted blooper video also showed fans a behind-the-scenes look into the personalities of the players on one of the most successful women’s basketball teams in school history.
The two-hour banquet included the presentation of Nebraska’s team awards. Moore earned NU’s Offensive MVP Award, after having a hand in 44 percent of the Huskers’ made field goals in 2012-13. Sophomore Emily Cady claimed the team’s Defensive MVP Award after leading the team in blocked shots and ranking among the top Huskers in both steals and defensive rebounds.
Williams and sophomore Katie Simon shared NU’s Teammate Award, while junior forward Jordan Hooper captured the Husker Award.
The team also presented a pair of first-time awards in 2012-13. Cady and fellow sophomore Hailie Sample shared the Kathy Branchaud Most Improved Rebounder Award, while Nate Schlautman was named Nebraska’s Most Dedicated Practice Player.
Huskers Honored On Field During Red-White Spring Game
The Nebraska women’s basketball team received a standing ovation from more than 60,000 Husker fans during a first quarter, on-field presentation at the Huskers’ annual Red-White Spring Game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 6.
At halftime, senior Lindsey Moore joined Husker men’s basketball freshman Shavon Shields in delivering the annual Drug-Free Pledge to well over 5,000 Nebraska youngsters on the field.
Hooper Earns Repeat Picks to WBCA, AP All-America Teams
Nebraska junior 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, 1,685 points) and rebounding (5th, 811 rebounds). The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., also ranks No. 2 in Husker history with 215 career three-pointers and No. 3 at NU with 26 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 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).
Yori’s Huskers Notch 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 is 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).
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., led the Huskers in scoring and rebounding with 17.9 points and 8.8 boards per game. The two-time 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., led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.14) while ranking third in the league with 5.7 assists per game. A two-time finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented to the nation’s top point guard, Moore also ranked eighth in the Big Ten in scoring (15.1 ppg), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.382) and 10th in overall field goal percentage (.468).
Moore, who was a preseason candidate for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards, started more games (132) and played more minutes (4,360) than any other player in school history.
Cady, a 6-2 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 closed her sophomore season by averaging 9.1 points and 7.9 rebounds, ranking sixth in the Big Ten on the boards. Cady was a 2012 Big Ten All-Freshman pick.
Moore, Williams Make Second NCAA Sweet 16 Trips
Nebraska seniors Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams led the Huskers to their second NCAA Regional bids and third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years. Moore, a freshman starter on Nebraska’s 2010 NCAA Sweet 16 team, closed her career ranked No. 1 in starts (132) and victories (94) at Nebraska.
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 Big 12 Tournament semifinals in Kansas City.
Williams made 98 career appearances as a Husker, including 67 straight games to close her career, despite facing multiple injuries throughout her four years in Lincoln.
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.
In 2011-12, 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 third-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 25 wins in 2012-13 were the second most in school history.
Theriot Unanimous Choice on 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 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. 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 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 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 appeared in 98 career games for the Huskers, including 67 straight, despite battling a chronic foot injury throughout her four-year Nebraska career.
Moore Named One of Four Nancy Lieberman Award Finalists
Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore was named one of four finalists for the 2013 Nancy Lieberman Award, presented annually by the Rotary Club of Detroit to the nation’s top point guard. It was the second straight season that Moore was 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 selected four finalists from the list and one winner at the beginning of April 2013. The announcement of the three finalists and winner were made during the Final Four Weekend (April 7-9, 2013).
Moore made the last group of finalists, which included two-time winner Skylar Diggins, Penn State’s Alex Bentley and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims. Other finalists for the 14th annual award included Angel Goodrich (Kansas), Chelsea Gray (Duke) and Haley Steed (BYU).
Moore Captures Nebraska Career Assist Mark
Lindsey Moore became Nebraska’s all-time assist leader by pushing her career total to 699 with six assists in her final game against No. 5 Duke in the NCAA Tournament on March 31. The 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., surpassed the previous school record of 696 established by Meggan Yedsena (1991-94). Moore finished her career at No. 6 on the Big Ten’s career assist list.
A total of 43 of Moore’s assists came in seven NCAA Tournament games, which is more than double the next Husker on that list (Nicole Kubik, 19, 1997-2000). Moore’s 23 assists in the 2013 NCAA Tournament were also a Husker record.
Moore’s 23 assists in three 2013 NCAA Tournament games pushed her single-season total to 195, matching Yedsena’s single-season school record (1991-92). In her four-year career, Moore averaged 5.3 assists per game, including 5.7 assists in 2012-13.
Moore and Yedsena each distributed more than 150 assists in each of their four seasons as Huskers, accounting for eight of the top 10 single-season assist marks in school history.
Moore 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 had a season-high 10 assists in Nebraska’s second-round NCAA Tournament win at No. 9 Texas A&M on March 25, 2013. She had nine games with eight or more assists in 2012-13, including nine assists (Northern Arizona, Nov. 16). She had a 22-point, eight-assist effort against Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on March 9.
Moore Made NU Record 132 Consecutive Starts
All-American Lindsey Moore closed her Nebraska career with a school-record 132 consecutive starts.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., 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 went 94-38 as Nebraska’s starting point guard and guided the Huskers to three NCAA Tournaments, including the first two Sweet 16s in NU history. Her 94 wins as a starter were the most by any Husker, surpassing 2010 All-American Kelsey Griffin’s 91 in 127 starts over five years.
Moore started seven NCAA Tournament games, the most of any Husker in history.
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 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.
Moore Owns Husker Record for Minutes Played
Lindsey Moore set the Nebraska record for minutes played, ending her career with 4,360. Moore surpassed the previous Nebraska minutes mark established by Meggan Yedsena with 3,995 minutes in 120 games (1990-91 to 1993-94).
In her final game, she played the full 40 minutes against No. 5 Duke on March 31. It was her sixth time in the final 12 games, including the NCAA Tournament second-round win over No. 9 Texas A&M on March 25, that Moore played the full 40.
In her career, Moore played every minute in 24 games. She played 40 or more minutes 26 times in 132 games. including 50 minutes in a double-overtime loss to Purdue in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament title game. She also played the full 45 in overtime against Purdue this season and 45 minutes in an overtime game against Kansas in 2011. Moore played 49 of a possible 55 minutes in a triple-overtime win over Purdue in 2012, and 42 minutes in a double-overtime win at Northern Arizona in December of 2011.
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 (1,685) and Moore (1,673) became the first active Husker teammates to play together with 1,600 points.
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 and final 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 will enter her senior season at Nebraska with 215 career three-pointers, just 52 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.
Husker Defense Getting It Done
During Big Ten Conference play, Nebraska led the league in scoring defense (56.9 ppg), three-point field goal percentage defense (.275) and defensive rebounding (27.8 rpg). The Huskers also ranked second in Big Ten play in field goal percentage (.370) and defensive rebounding percentage (.701).
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.
In regular-season 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.
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 took those numbers to a new level. NU finished 13th nationally by committing just 12.8 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 Nebraska’s first-round NCAA Tournament win over Chattanooga, the Huskers committed just six fouls, tying for the second-best mark in school history. It marked the fourth time in NU’s final 16 games of 2012-13 that NU committed eight or fewer fouls, but just seventh time in 1,185 games. In NU’s first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games in 2013, the Huskers outscored their opponents 32-2 at the free throw line.
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 ranked No. 2 in school history. Only three other teams in Husker history 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 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 all six 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.
Nebraska will enter the 2013-14 season with a seven-game winning streak in true road games, including six straight Big Ten road wins and the first-ever NCAA Tournament road win in school history at Texas A&M.
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 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.
Sample Enjoys Happy Homecoming in Texas at NCAA Tournament
Nebraska sophomore Hailie Sample returned to her home state of Texas for the first time as a collegiate player, when the Huskers played in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. After producing four points and four rebounds against Chattanooga on March 23 in College Station, Sample erupted for 10 points and a career-high-tying 11 rebounds in the win over No. 9 Texas A&M on March 25.
Sample scored eight points in the final five minutes against the Aggies in front of dozens of family and friends at Reed Arena.
The 6-1 forward from Flower Mound, Texas, has started 67 straight games for the Huskers since graduating from Marcus High School. Sample averaged 4.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game as a sophomore.
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 fifth double-figure scoring effort 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 finished her freshman campaign averaging 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists overall. During NU’s 10-game winning streak (Jan. 20-Feb. 28), she averaged 8.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists. In the NCAA Tournament, Theriot averaged 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while hitting 62.5 percent (10-16) from the field, 80 percent (4-5) from three-point range and both of her free throws. She opened the NCAA Tournament with 12 points in the win over Chattanooga, before adding seven points apiece against No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 5 Duke.
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 played in all 34 games while making 28 straight starts, despite battling a foot injury. She underwent surgery on her left foot a week after Nebraska’s season ended.
Laudermill Igniting Huskers at Both Ends Off Bench
Tear’a Laudermill showed growth and maturity in her game as a sophomore. The 5-9 guard from Riverside, Calif., developed into a consistent offensive threat off the bench while providing pesky defense as Nebraska’s 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 23 of the last 28 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.
For the season, Laudermill ranked fifth among the Huskers in scoring with 5.9 points per game, while ranking fourth on the team with 33 steals - 10 more than her season total from 2011-12. In fact, she had 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 improved immensely at the free throw line. As a freshman, she hit just 22-of-42 free throws (.524), but connected on 31-of-42 (.738) at the line in 2012-13.
Big Ten, Huskers Rank 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 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 (7), Purdue (14), Nebraska (16) and Michigan State (24) gave the Big Ten four top-25 RPI teams, according to the official NCAA RPI rankings (April 10). Michigan (28) and Iowa (42) provide the conference with six top-50 RPI squads. Ohio State (68), Illinois (71), Minnesota (91), Northwestern (105) and Wisconsin (126) give the league 11 top-130 RPI teams. Indiana (195) rounds out the Big Ten contingent among the 345 NCAA Division I women’s basketball schools.
The Big Ten went 6-0 in first-round NCAA Tournament games in 2012-13.
Hooper, Moore Earned Spots on Wade, Naismith, Wooden Lists
Junior Jordan Hooper and senior Lindsey Moore were mentioned among the top players in the nation in 2012-13, as 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 were 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 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 on the Rise
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 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 (69) is 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.
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 was out after mid-December with a foot injury and did not play after Dec. 5. Jeffery did not play at Penn State Jan. 13 or against No. 25 Michigan State because of a foot injury. She returned in a somewhat limited role over the last half of the season but will have knee surgery early in the offseason. Murren missed 14 games with a back injury and was listed day-to-day through the end of the season.
Nebraska Celebrates Final Basketball Game at Devaney Center
The Nebraska women’s basketball team celebrated its final game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on March 3, 2013. The Huskers 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 highlighted the greatest moments and greatest players in the 37-year history of the Devaney Center. At each home game during the season, HuskerVision produced a big screen feature showcasing one of the most memorable moments in women’s basketball history.
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 67 Straight Games
After starting 33 consecutive games together in 2011-12, Nebraska’s four returning starters Lindsey Moore (132), Jordan Hooper (98) and sophomores Emily Cady (67) and Hailie Sample (67) started all 33 games together in 2012-13.
However, Nebraska’s fifth starting spot changed in 2012-13 with sophomore guard Brandi Jeffery starting NU’s first six games and freshman Rachel Theriot starting the Huskers’ final 28 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 259 games.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper has climbed into third place on Nebraska’s career double-double list with 26 after notching her ninth double-double of 2012-13 with 21 points and 12 rebounds against Chattanooga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament March 23.
Hooper’s last regular-season double double came with 14 points and 12 rebounds at Michigan Feb. 21. It was her 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 gave the Big Ten seven different teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25 in 2012-13. Illinois (AP, Jan. 7) and Minnesota (USA, Nov. 20) gave the balanced Big Ten nine teams that received votes in at least one poll during the year.
Nebraska opponents littered the polls throughout the year, led by Duke, Maryland, Texas A&M and Florida State. Creighton and South Florida 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’ 74-63 win at No. 9 Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 25, 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 a78-77 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 closed the Bob Devaney Sports Center with a 13-4 record in 2012-13, after going 13-3 at home in 2011-12. Since the Devaney Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers went 388-130 (.749) in games played in the arena, including 146-88 (.624) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU was 124-34 (.785) at the Devaney Center.
NU 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.
Big Ten Network Provides Major Exposure for Huskers
For the second consecutive season, Nebraska had every regular-season and postseason game available in national television/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 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 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 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. 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 last season. 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. 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.
In 98 career games, Hooper has hit 215 three-pointers to rank second on the Nebraska career list. Hardy (267 3FG, 2004-07) owns the Nebraska record. Hooper has more by the end of her junior season than any other player in school history, and tied the Nebraska junior single-season record with 81 in 2012-13. She needs just 52 to catch Hardy’s career mark in 2013-14.
Hooper 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.
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 added another top-five rebounding effort in the Big Ten in 2012-13, averaging 8.8 boards per game. She also climbed to No. 5 on NU’s all-time rebounding chart with 811.
Her 18-rebound effort in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19, 2012, 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 in 2011-12, 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 completed its 19th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of Nebraska women’s basketball in 2012-13. Women’s basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch completed their 12th year together as the Huskers’ broadcast team.
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."