Nicea

Eliely

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Guard
Height: 6'1"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
High School: Rampart
Major: Biological Systems Engineering

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Nebraska Defensive MVP (2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
  • No. 143 Player in the Nation (Blue Star, 2015)
  • No. 25 Guard in the Nation (ESPN, 2015)
  • Colorado Class 5A (Second Team, 2016)
  • Colorado Class 5A (Third Team, 2015)
  • Colorado Class 5A/4A All-Area (First Team, 2016; Second Team, 2014, 2015)
  • All-Colorado Springs Metro League (First Team, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Sophomore (2017-18)
Nicea Eliely (pronounced ny-SEE-ah EE-ly-lee) has returned to full speed and is showing her growth as a sophomore for the Huskers in 2017-18.

The 6-1 wing from Colorado Springs, Colo., started 18 straight games for Nebraska after missing the Huskers' first three contests this season while recovering from an ankle injury that kept her off the court and out of practice for the month of October.

In 21 games this season, Eliely is averaging 8.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals. She has been extremely efficient in Big Ten play, shooting 55.2 percent from the field, including 43.8 percent (7-16) from three-point range, through the first 11 conference contests.

Eliely, who joins fellow sophomore Hannah Whitish as two of Nebraska's most experienced players from 2016-17, has been a key part of Nebraska's 10-game improvement in the win column from last season. She has helped the Huskers to five more conference wins than a year ago and has Nebraska in the hunt for a top-four seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

She scored a season-high 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting in a road win at Minnesota (Dec. 31). She added 13 points in a 24-point win over Purdue (Jan. 24), while also producing 13-point games at San Jose State (Dec. 17) and against Arkansas Pine Bluff (Dec. 2). Eliely played an outstanding game with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with six rebounds in a win over Illinois (Feb. 1).  She had 10-point efforts against No. 23 Michigan (Jan. 13), at Northwestern (Jan. 7) and against Florida Atlantic (Jan. 19), when she just missed a double-double by adding a career-high-tying nine rebounds.

Eliely has produced eight double-figure scoring efforts on the season.

One of Nebraska's best defenders, she has also played a key role in helping Nebraska lead the Big Ten in both field goal percentage defense and three-point field goal percentage defense. She ranks second among the Huskers with 16 blocked shots from her wing position, while adding 31 total steals.

Freshman (2016-17)
Eliely demonstrated her all-around skills by starting all 29 games for Nebraska as a true freshman. The 6-1 guard averaged 7.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a team-leading 1.6 steals per game.

Eliely's 46 steals were the most by a Husker since All-American point guard Lindsey Moore had 60 as a senior in 2012-13. Eliely also became the first Husker freshman to lead the team in steals since 2000-01 (Shannon Howell, 36).

In addition to her steals, Eliely led the Huskers with 21 blocks on the season, becoming just the third freshman to lead NU in blocks since 2002-03, joining four-time All-Big Ten selection Emily Cady (28, 2011-12) and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Danielle Page (31, 2004-05).

While Eliely proved herself as Nebraska's top defender, she also provided a spark on offense, leading the team with her 43.5 field goal percentage (81-186), including a solid 36.4 percent (24-66) from three-point range. She ranked third on the team in scoring (7.7 ppg) and second in assists (2.6 apg). She also tied for second on the squad with 1.7 offensive rebounds per game, while ranking third overall on the glass (3.7 rpg).

Eliely finished the season with eight double-digit scoring performances, including a career-high 19-point effort against California (Dec. 4), when she hit 8-of-13 shots from the field including 2-of-3 three-pointers.

She capped her freshman campaign with 14 points, five rebounds, a career-high-matching six assists, two steals and a block against Illinois (March 1) at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Eliely hit 5-of-11 shots from the field, including a career-high four three-pointers (4-8) against the Fighting Illini. It was her fourth double-figure scoring effort in Nebraska's final six games of the season, after producing just four double-digit efforts through NU's first 23 games.

Eliely played arguably her best game of the season in Nebraska's 67-64 win over Indiana (Feb. 19). She pumped in 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-4 threes, while adding a career-high-tying six assists with no turnovers. She also snagged three steals and blocked a shot in the win over the Hoosiers.

Her performance against Indiana followed another 13-point effort on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor against No. 12 Ohio State (Feb. 16). She also had 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting at Wisconsin (Feb. 9).

She produced the first of five double-figure scoring efforts in Big Ten regular-season play with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals at Iowa (Dec. 31). Eliely added 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, while tying her career high with four steals against Michigan (Jan. 22). She set a career high with nine rebounds while tying her career best with six assists at Illinois (Jan. 15). She added three steals against the Illini, but managed just four points on 2-of-10 shooting.

Eliely played a major role in Nebraska's win over San Jose State (Dec. 9) when she scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out four assists. She also had a block and a steal against the Spartans. It was one of two double-figure scoring efforts for Eliely in non-conference play, joining her 19-point performance against California (Dec. 4).

In the first game of her career, Eliely scored nine points and led the Huskers with four assists and two steals while helping to slow down 2016 Western Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year Shawnte’ Goff in Nebraska’s win over UTRGV (Nov. 12). Eliely added nine points and a career-high four steals in the win over Omaha. Her third-quarter steal and layup gave Nebraska the lead for good. She had nine points in a loss at then-unbeaten Virginia Tech (Dec. 1). She had eight points and eight rebounds against No. 25 Missouri (Nov. 14).

In a win over 2016 Mountain West Conference champion Colorado State (Nov. 17), Eliely had six points, six rebounds and team highs of six assists and three steals while slowing down 2016 Mountain West Player of the Year Ellen Nystrom.

Against No. 1 UConn, Eliely had seven points on 3-of-4 shooting while adding team highs with five rebounds and four assists. She also pitched in a block. In her Big Ten debut against Northwestern (Dec. 28), Eliely had seven points, seven rebounds and team highs with five assists, two blocks and two steals.

Eliely joined Hannah Whitish (9.0 ppg) as the first Husker freshman duo to each average better than 7.0 points per game since Angie Miller (14.6 ppg) and Stacy Imming (9.9 ppg) accomplished the feat in 1983-84.

Before Nebraska
Eliely was ranked as the No. 143 overall player in the nation by Blue Star while being ranked as the No. 25 guard in the country by ESPN. A second-team Colorado Class 5A selection as a senior in 2015-16, Eliely averaged 21.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.4 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. She ranked eighth in the state of Colorado across all classes in scoring in 2015-16. She also ranked 11th in the state in free throws made (115) while shooting 84.6 percent from the line. 

Eliely closed her career with 1,366 points, 466 rebounds, 188 assists, 247 steals and 118 blocks for Coach Ashley Miller. A third-team Colorado Class 5A all-state selection at Rampart High School as a junior, Eliely averaged 16.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.2 blocks per game on her way to first-team All-Colorado Springs Metro League honors in 2015. She was also a second-team Gazette Class 5A/4A all-area selection as a junior.

Eliely helped Rampart advance to the Sweet 16 at the Colorado High School Athletic Association Class 5A state tournament and finish with a 20-5 record on the season under Coach Ashley Miller. As a sophomore for the Lady Rams, Eliely contributed 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.2 blocked shots to help Rampart advance to the Elite Eight of the CHSAA Class 5A state tournament and finish with a 20-6 record. She earned first-team All-Colorado Springs Metro League honors, while adding a second-team selection to the Gazette Class 5A/4A all-area team as a sophomore.

She was also a varsity contributor as a freshman in 2013, averaging 4.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

Eliely played for the Boulder Rockies club team that won the U.S. Junior National Nike Tournament in 2015 and the Blue Star Nationals title in 2014 for Coach Johnnie Bratton. Eliely was also a member of the all-star teams at both the USJN Battle of the Border and the USJN Windy City Classic.

An outstanding athlete, Eliely also competed in volleyball at Rampart in 2012.

Personal
Queen Nicea Tyana Eliely was born July 12, 1998, in Colorado Springs. She is the daughter of Actual Allah and Yee Fong. Her father, Actual Allah, played basketball collegiately at Colorado State-Pueblo. Nicea is majoring in biological systems engineering at Nebraska. She earned a spot on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2017.

Eliely chose Nebraska over Colorado, Wichita State, Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Denver. Off the court, she was a first-team academic all-state selection and a member of the National Honor Society as a junior in 2015. 

Five Facts About Nicea
1. According to Nicea, she is half black and half Chinese.
2. She loves scary movies.
3. Nicea is truly a gamer (video games).
4. She considers herself a dog person (100%).
5. Nicea sleeps only with soft blankets.

Eliely Career Statistics

Year

G-GS

FG-FGA

Pct.

3P-3PA

Pct.

FT-FTA

Pct.

TRB-Avg.

PF-D

A

TO

Blk

ST

Pts-Avg.

2016-17

29-29

81-186

.435

24-66 

.364

37-59 

.627

107-3.7 

70-3

74

70 

21 

46

223-7.7

2017-18

21-18

68-144

.472

14-37

.378

29-49

.592

83-4.0

43-1

38

49

16

31

179-8.5

Career

50-47

149-330

.452

38-103

.369

66-108

.611

190-3.8

113-4

112

119

37 

77

402-8.0

 

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