Honors & Awards
- First-Team All-New York (USA Today, 2017)
- No. 82 Player in the Nation (ESPN, 2016)
- No. 10 Post in the Nation (ESPN, 2016)
Kate Cain is making an instant impact for the Huskers. The 6-5 freshman from Middletown, N.Y., is averaging 10.3 points and team bests of 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks, including a school-record-setting performance in a win over Florida Atlantic (Dec. 19).
The four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week not only notched her fourth double-double with career highs of 22 points and 14 rebounds against the Owls, she added a school-record 11 blocked shots for the first points-rebounds-blocks triple-double in school history.
Cain has added a school single-season record with 79 blocks to go along with her single-game record. She ranks among national leaders and is the top shot-blocker in the Big Ten through 24 games. She is also shooting a team-best 57 percent from the field.
Cain had 19 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double in a road win at Drake (Dec. 9). She added four blocks in a career-high 34 minutes. She added a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks against Arkansas Pine Bluff (Dec. 2). Cain notched her first double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in a win over Arkansas (Nov. 16).
Overall, Cain owns 12 double-figure scoring efforts, four double-digit rebound games and one double-figure block contest. She played a big role in a road win at No. 25 Rutgers with 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in front of dozens of friends and family in Piscataway, N.J.
In her collegiate debut, Cain erupted for 18 points and team highs of nine rebounds and three blocks off the bench in a win over SIU Edwardsville (Nov. 11).
Cain, who has made 23 consecutive starts, has blocked at least one shot in each of the first 24 games of her career, including 20 games with multiple blocks. She's got five games with five or more blocked shots.
Cain and fellow freshman Taylor Kissinger (10.7 ppg) are in position to become the first Husker freshman duo to each average 10 or more points per game in the same season since Debra Powell and Crystal Coleman in 1982-83.
One of the top 100 players nationally in the 2017 high school senior class, Cain made her decision to join the Nebraska women's basketball program on June 23, 2017.
Cain, who graduated from Pine Bush High School in New York, originally signed her National Letter of Intent with Delaware in November of 2016. Cain was released from her NLI after a coaching change at Delaware during the offseason. She chose Nebraska over Virginia, Minnesota and Dayton. She will have four years of eligibility at Nebraska beginning immediately in the 2017-18 season. As a senior, she was ranked as the No. 82 overall player in the nation by ESPN, which had her ranked as the No. 10 prep post player in the country. She originally chose Delaware over Syracuse, West Virginia and Seton Hall.
Cain was a finalist for Miss New York Basketball honors as a senior, when she averaged 25.2 points, 12.3 rebounds and 7.9 blocks per game for Coach Bill Lacouara at Pine Bush High School. She was a first-team USA Today All-New York selection in 2016-17. She averaged 24.3 points, 15.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks per game as a junior. Cain, who hails from Middletown, N.Y., played her club basketball for Coach John Reilly and the Hudson Valley Elite AAU program. She also helped Pine Bush to the New York state volleyball finals.
The daughter of Tim and Alison Cain, Katherine (Kate) was born May 18, 1999. She has a strong family background in basketball.
Kate's father graduated as the all-time leading scorer (1,872 points) in Manhattan College history. He was a two-time honorable-mention All-American by The Sporting News, averaging 17.3 points per game during his career for the Jaspers.
Kate's mother, Alison (Martinsky) Cain, was also a 1,000-point career scorer as a collegian at Fairfield, finishing with 1,071 points. She also ranked 10th in Fairfield history with 734 career rebounds, while ranking second in Stags history with 268 blocks. Alison played professionally in Ireland.
Kate's older brother, John, is a 6-10 starting left-handed pitcher for the Lafayette baseball team. She also has a younger brother, Chris.
Kate has not declared a major at Nebraska.
Five Facts About Kate
1. Kate's favorite color is blue.
2. She has worn the same number (31) since eighth grade.
3. Kate was born and raised in New York.
4. Her favorite candy is Reeses.
5. Kate is the second-shortest person in her immediate family.