Lincoln - Five former Nebraska women's basketball players were among a huge class of 82 Husker student-athlete graduates earning their bachelor degrees from the University of Nebraska on Saturday, May 5.
Former Husker starters Kaitlyn Burke, Dominique Kelley and Catheryn Redmon, along with Jessica Periago and Harleen Sidhu made the strong class of women's basketball graduates.
Burke, a 5-7 senior guard from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, averaged 6.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Huskers in 2011-12. She started all 33 games for a Husker team that produced the second-highest win total in school history (24) while advancing to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Huskers also finished as the runner-up in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Burke started 81 career games and her 134 career games played marked the second-highest total in school history.
Burke, who finished with 707 points, 285 assists and 255 rebounds in her career, was also a standout off the court. She was the President of the 2011-12 Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was an academic All-Big Ten selection. Overall, she was a three-time academic all-conference pick as a marketing and public relations/business administration major. She was also a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Fellow British Columbian Harleen Sidhu joined Burke in the graduating class. Sidhu's 2012 senior season was cut short by injuries. An academic All-Big Ten selection as a nutrition science major, Sidhu played in 69 games with three starts in her Husker career.
Kelley, a Lincoln, native, earned her degree in broadcasting after one of the best careers in Nebraska history was cut short midway through her senior season in 2010-11. The Lincoln Northeast graduate finished with 1,107 career points, while her 110 career starts rank eighth in school history. The 5-7 guard was an honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick as a junior in 2009-10, after helping the Huskers to the 2010 Big Ten title and NCAA Sweet 16.
Redmon, a 6-3 center, earned her degree in animal science a year removed from closing her basketball career as one of the best shot-blockers in school history. The Grand Prairie, Texas, native blocked 77 shots as a senior to finish with 216 in her career - the second-best total in school history. She added 656 points and 580 rebounds as a four-year contributor for the Huskers. Redmon started all 31 games for NU as a senior in 2010-11, after starting 24 games for the Huskers as a sophomore in 2008-09.
Periago rounded out the graduating class of Huskers. The 6-4 center from Toulon, France, made nine starts as a senior in 2010-11, averaging 2.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. She played in 94 career games and was a three-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection as a biochemistry and international studies major.
Overall, Nebraska's May 2012 graduating class included 82 Husker student-athletes. Featured among the group were 11 All-Americans and four CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
Each of Nebraska's 23 sports were represented by at least one student-athlete, in a class that came to Lincoln from 16 states, including 38 native Nebraskans from 19 communities around the Cornhusker State. Members of the graduating class also came from four foreign countries, including Australia, Canada, France and Germany.
Nebraska continues to feature one of the highest graduation rates in the country, while leading the nation in the number of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (294) and NCAA Top Eight Award winners (16) across all sports.
May 2012 Nebraska Women's Basketball Graduates
Burke, Kaitlyn - North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Advertising/Business Administration)
Kelley, Dominique - Lincoln, Neb. (Broadcasting)
Periago, Jessica - Toulon, France (Biochemistry/International Studies)
Redmon, Catheryn - Grand Prairie, Texas (Animal Science)
Sidhu, Harleen - Surrey, British Columbia, Canada (Nutrition Science)