Kate

Cain

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Center
Height: 6'5"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Middletown, N.Y.
High School: Pine Bush
Major: Management

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2018)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2018)
  • Four-Time Big Ten Freshman of the Week
    (Nov. 13, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 26, 2017)
  • Nebraska Season Block Record (100, 2018)
  • Nebraska Single Game Block Record (11 vs. Florida Atlantic, Dec. 19, 2017)
  • First Points-Rebounds-Blocks Triple-Double in School History
    (vs. Florida Atlantic, Dec. 19, 2017; 22 points, 14 rebounds, 11 blocks)
  • Nebraska Conference Tournament Record for Blocks (7 vs. Michigan, March 2, 2018)
  • Nebraska Conference Tournament Record for Blocks (9, 2 games, 2018)
  • No. 9 at Nebraska in Career Blocks (100)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017; Spring 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018)
  • First-Team All-New York (USA Today, 2017)
  • No. 82 Player in the Nation (ESPN, 2016)
  • No. 10 Post in the Nation (ESPN, 2016)

Outlook (2018-19)
Kate Cain hopes to show some more offensive punch while continuing to supply dominant defense inside for the Huskers as a sophomore in 2018-19. The 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., anchored Nebraska's team turnaround as a true freshman, when she shattered the school record with 100 blocked shots, while leading the Big Red with 7.0 rebounds per game. She also pitched in 9.9 points per contest to earn spots on the Big Ten All-Defensive and Big Ten All-Freshman teams.

"Kate has made visible strides this offseason and is playing with much more confidence," Nebraska Coach Amy Williams said. "We are so excited to watch as Kate continues to tap into her abilities. We believe she can be a real weapon at both ends of the court in our program."

Freshman (2017-18)
Cain made an instant impact by averaging 9.9 points and team bests of 7.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in 2017-18. She led the Big Ten and ranked among the top eight players nationally with a school-record 100 blocks on the season to help the Huskers lead the Big Ten in both field goal percentage defense and three-point field goal percentage defense.

Cain started each of the last 31 games while playing in all 32 contests in 2017-18. Her performance earned her spots on the Big Ten All-Defensive Team and the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. She was the only freshman or sophomore to make the five-player conference all-defensive unit.

The four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week produced a school-record performance against Florida Atlantic (Dec. 19) with 22 points, 14 rebounds and a school-record 11 blocks for the first points-rebounds-blocks triple-double in Nebraska history.

Cain's 100 blocked shots smashed the school single-season mark and moved her to No. 9 on Nebraska's career block list.  In the Big Ten Tournament, she notched a school conference-tournament record seven rejections to help the Huskers power past No. 24 Michigan in the quarterfinals. She added two more blocks against No. 17 Maryland in the semifinals to give her another Nebraska conference tournament record with nine blocks in a single tournament.

Cain, who blocked at least one shot in each of her first 31 games, produced six games with five or more blocks, including the top three single-game totals by a freshman in Husker history. Prior to 2017-18, only two freshmen (Janet Smith, 6 vs. Oklahoma State, Jan. 12, 1979) and Jeanne Boller (6 vs. Wichita State, Feb. 5, 1977) had ever recorded five blocks in a game in Nebraska history.

Cain produced her fifth double-double with 14 points and 20 rebounds to go along with three blocks in a win over Penn State (Feb. 22). Her 20 rebounds tied for the sixth-best total in Husker history. She helped Nebraska post a plus-29 team rebound margin against Penn State - the biggest margin against a conference opponent in Husker history.

She added a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds in a road win at Drake (Dec. 9), when she also pitched in four blocks. Cain also notched a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks against Arkansas Pine Bluff (Dec. 2). She recorded her first double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in a win over Arkansas (Nov. 16).

Cain finished with 15 double-figure scoring efforts, six double-digit rebound games and one double-figure block contest on the year.

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 and fellow freshman Taylor Kissinger (10.0 ppg) became the first Husker freshman duo to each average 9.9 or more points per game in the same season since Debra Powell and Crystal Coleman in 1981-82.

Before Nebraska
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. 

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.  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.

Personal
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 is a management major and earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2017-18. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2018.

Kate Cain's Career Bests
Points - 22 vs. Florida Atlantic, Dec. 19, 2017 
Rebounds - 20 vs. Penn State, Feb. 22, 2018 
Assists - 3 Four times, most recent, at Indiana, Feb. 17, 2018 
Steals - 2 Three times, most recent, vs. Wisconsin, Feb. 11, 2018
Blocks - 11 vs. Florida Atlantic, Dec. 19, 2017 (school record)
FGM - 10 vs. Florida Atlantic, Dec. 19, 2017
FGA - 16 vs. Florida Atlantic, Dec. 19, 2017
3FGM - None
3FGA - None
FTM - 4 vs. Arkansas, Nov. 16, 2017
FTA - 7 vs. Arkansas, Nov. 16, 2017

Cain'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.

2017-18

32-31

146-258

.566

0-0

.000

24-56

.429

223-7.0

95-3

33

40

100

19

316-9.9

Career

32-31

146-258

.566

0-0

.000

24-56

.429

223-7.0

95-3

33

40

100 

19

316-9.9

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Amy Williams Press Conference - 11/11
Kissinger & Cain Press Conference - 11/11
Amy Williams Press Conference 11/11