Hannah

Whitish

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Guard
Height: 5'9"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Barneveld, Wis.
High School: Barneveld
Major: Marketing

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Second-Team All-Big Ten (2018)
  • Big Ten Player of the Week (Dec. 11, 2017)
  • Nebraska Offensive MVP (2018)
  • Nebraska Most Improved Player (2017)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb. 20, 2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)
  • Wisconsin Miss Basketball (2016)
  • Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year (2016)
  • All-Wisconsin (First Team, WBCA, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Area Player of the Year (Wisconsin State Journal, 2015, 2016)
  • Six Rivers Conference Player of the Year (2015, 2016)
  • All-Six Rivers Conference (First Team, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Sophomore (2017-18)
Hannah Whitish (pronounced WHITE-ish) earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and was named Nebraska's offensive MVP after leading the Huskers in scoring (12.6 ppg), assists (4.7 apg), steals (1.3 spg) and three-point shooting (2.3 pg) as a sophomore in 2017-18. The 5-9 point guard from Barneveld, Wis., was the only Husker to start all 32 games on the year.

Whitish was a major catalyst in Nebraska's huge team turnaround from a 7-22 season in 2016-17 to a 21-11 campaign in 2017-18. Nebraska's 14-game improvement tied for the largest increase in victories in NCAA Division I women's basketball in 2017-18. The Huskers were also eight wins better in Big Ten play, as Nebraska finished in a tie for third in the conference standings at 11-5, before earning the No. 3 seed and advancing to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in Indianapolis.

Her 73 made three-pointers were the third-highest total by a sophomore in school history, and her 130 career threes already rank her ninth on Nebraska's career list. She hit a solid 38 percent (73-192) from long range to rank among the top shooters in the Big Ten.

Whitish dished out 150 assists as a sophomore, which tied for the fifth-best total by a sophomore in school history. She ranked among Big Ten leaders with 4.7 assists per game, and she carried nearly a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio (150-77).

Whitish erupted for a career-high 29 points, including 25 in the second half, to lead Nebraska to a road win at Kansas (Dec. 6). She went 6-for-6 from the field in the second half and knocked down eight consecutive free throws in the final 1:29 to seal the win for the Big Red. For the game she was a career-best 11-for-14 at the free throw line. She also tied a career high for the third straight game with three steals.

She wrapped up the best week of her career by scoring 29 points while adding six rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block to lead NU to an 89-84 double-overtime win at Drake (Dec. 9). Whitish again hit eight straight free throws to seal the win. She earned the first Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award of her career on Dec. 11.

For the season, Whitish produced a team-leading 18 double-figure scoring efforts to push her career total to 31, including a team-high 20 points with a career-high six three-pointers in a road win at Illinois (Jan. 10). It was her fourth career 20-point game and third of the season.

She added 18 points and five assists in a win over No. 20 Iowa (Jan. 16), before pitching in 16 points and six assists to complete a season sweep of the Hawkeyes in Iowa City (Jan. 28). She also had 18 points and six assists against Washington State (Dec. 22), after going for 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds in a win over Florida Atlantic (Dec. 19).

Whitish scored 17 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds to lead Nebraska to a victory over Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals (March 2). She also pumped in 17 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting in a road win at Michigan State (Feb. 14). She had 16 points and a game-high seven assists in a road win at Northwestern (Jan. 17), before putting up 16 points and five assists against No. 23 Michigan (Jan. 13). 

She contributed 14 points and five assists in a huge road win at Minnesota (Dec. 31), before managing 14 points at No. 13 Maryland (Feb. 25). Whitish closed the season with 12 points and a pair of three-pointers against Arizona State (March 17) in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas.

Freshman (2016-17)
Whitish closed her freshman campaign by playing her best basketball down the stretch. She produced double figures in each of the last four games, averaging 17.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals while hitting 61 percent (25-41) of her shots, including 57.1 percent (16-28) from three-point range.

Her performances over the final four games of the season helped Nebraska to wins over Indiana and Michigan State to close the regular season. In NU's regular-season finale against Michigan State (Feb. 26), Whitish erupted for a career-high 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-8 three-pointers. She led the Huskers to a 76-74 upset of the NCAA Tournament-bound Spartans with her career-high five threes, while adding five rebounds, five assists and a steal in a career-high 44 minutes of action.

Her effort against the Spartans followed an 18-point performance in a 67-64 win over Indiana (Feb. 9), when she hit 7-of-10 shots from the field, including 4-of-6 threes. She added six rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals against the Hoosiers. Whitish was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb. 20) following her effort against Indiana.

Whitish closed the season by just missing her first career double-double, when she scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-7 threes, in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament against Illinois in Indianapolis (March 1). Whitish added a career-high nine assists against the Fighting Illini, while pitching in five rebounds and a steal.

Whitish's surge down the stretch allowed her to push her freshman season averages to 9.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, a team-leading 2.9 assists and 1.0 steal per game. She led the Huskers with 57 three-pointers on the year, which ranked as the second-highest total by a freshman in Nebraska history, trailing only Jordan Hooper's 67 in 2010-11. Her 40.7 three-point percentage was a freshman school record and tied for seventh overall in Husker history.

Whitish did not earn a non-conference start but joined the starting five for all 16 Big Ten regular-season games and NU's appearance in the Big Ten Tournament. Overall, she played in all 29 games for the Huskers with 17 starts. She scored in double figures 13 times, including 10 double-digit efforts in 16 regular-season conference games.

In Big Ten regular-season play, Whitish ranked second among the Huskers with 11.1 points per game, while leading Nebraska with 3.7 assists per contest. She ranked second on the team with 1.3 steals per conference game, while adding 3.2 rebounds per contest. She also shot a sizzling 41.8 percent (38-91) from three-point range, while knocking down 42.8 percent (59-138) of her shots overall from the field and 75.0 percent (21-28) of her free throws.

Whitish had 16 points on 4-of-9 three-point shooting at Illinois (Jan. 15). She added four rebounds, two assists and two steals. She had 14 points at Michigan State (Jan. 7) when she also set a season high with three steals. She had 14 points at Iowa (Dec. 31), after scoring 12 points in her first career start against Northwestern (Dec. 28). She had 13 points at Wisconsin (Feb. 9), when she also hit four threes. She had 12 points, six assists and five boards at No. 15 Ohio State. She added 11 points in a win over Rutgers (Jan. 10). She had eight points and a career-high eight rebounds to go along with a then-career-high seven assists against Minnesota (Feb. 4).

Whitish played key roles in NU’s first three wins of the season. She opened with seven points in a victory over UTRGV (Nov. 12), before producing her first career double-digit scoring effort with 10 points in a win over defending Mountain West Conference Champion Colorado State in the Preseason WNIT (Nov. 17). She added 10 more points and five assists in a win over Omaha (Nov. 22). She led NU with nine points, while adding two rebounds and two assists against No. 1 UConn (Dec. 21).

Whitish joined Nicea Eliely (7.7 ppg) as the first freshman duo at Nebraska to each average better than 7.0 points per game since Angie Miller (14.6 ppg) and Stacy Imming (9.9 ppg) combined for the feat in 1983-84.

Before Nebraska
Miss Basketball in the state of Wisconsin in 2016, Whitish was a four-time first-team WBCA all-state selection at Barneveld High School. As a senior, she averaged 24.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.5 steals to lead Barneveld to its fourth consecutive state championship game appearance and earn Wisconsin Gatorade Player-of-the-Year honors.

Barneveld fell to Wisconsin Rapids Assumption in the 2016 title game, but finished with a 28-1 record to cap a 110-4 career record for Whitish. Barneveld won state titles in 2014 and 2015 and was the state runner-up to Assumption in 2013 and 2016.

Whitish hit 59 percent of her field goals including 48 percent of her threes for the Golden Eagles as a senior in 2015-16, finishing among the top 10 in Wisconsin state history in career scoring with well over 2,000 points.

As a junior, Whitish averaged 21 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 4.6 steals to lead the Eagles to their second straight WIAA Division 5 state title. She hit 46 percent of her three-pointers while knocking down nearly 80 percent of her free throws as a junior for Coach Jim Myers in 2014-15.

As a sophomore in 2013-14, Whitish pumped in 17.1 points per game while powering Barneveld to the state championship. She added 15.0 points per game as a freshman, while leading the Eagles to a state runner-up finish in 2012-13.

A four-time Wisconsin Basketball Association Division 5 All-State honoree, Whitish was also a four-time first-team All-Six Rivers Conference selection. She was the 2015 and 2016 Six Rivers Conference Player of the Year.

Whitish played her club basketball for Wisconsin Academy, earning a spot on the All-Star Team at the U.S. Junior Nationals Midwest Qualifier in the summer of 2015.

Whitish is the first Husker from the state of Wisconsin since 1994 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Player of the Year Anna DeForge from Niagara. A four-year starter at Nebraska, DeForge went on to earn honorable-mention All-America honors for the Huskers as a senior in 1998, before being a two-time WNBA All-Star.

An outstanding all-around athlete, Whitish competed in track and field for Barneveld as a freshman and played softball as a sophomore in high school.

Personal
The daughter of Bob and Sherry Whitish, Hannah was born March 20, 1998, in Little Rock, Ark. She has a younger sister Jordyn, 14. Hannah is majoring in marketing at Nebraska. She earned spots on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2017 and 2018.

Whitish chose Nebraska over Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Arkansas and Florida Gulf Coast.

Five Facts About Hannah
1. Hannah was born in Arkansas.
2. Her favorite animals are turtles.
3. Hannah came from a town of about 1,200 people, and there were just 29 people in her high school senior class.
4. She loves to travel.
5. Hannah wore braces on her teeth for four years.

Whitish's 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

29-17

88-215

.409

57-140 

.407

27-37 

.730

72-2.5 

26-0

85

46 

28

260-9.0

2017-18

32-32

133-333

.399

73-192

.380

64-82

.780

129-4.0

47-1

150

77

5

41

403-12.6

Career

61-49

221-548

.403

130-332

.392

91-119

.765

201-3.3

73-1

235

123

69

663-10.9

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