Huskers Open Regular Season with Aggies
(24-9, 10-6 Big Ten)
vs. North Carolina A&T Aggies
(15-16, 9-7 MEAC)
Friday, Nov. 9, 7:05 p.m.
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
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Huskers Open Regular Season with North Carolina A&T
The Nebraska women's basketball team tips off its 2012-13 regular season by taking on an experienced North Carolina A&T team on Friday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Tip-off between the Huskers and Aggies is set for 7:05 p.m., with free live audio coverage provided by the Husker Sports Network on Huskers.com. Friday's radio broadcast will be internet-only because of head-to-head station conflicts with Nebraska volleyball, which competes against Indiana at the NU Coliseum at 7 p.m. NU's flagship stations, B107.3 FM in Lincoln and The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha, are contractually obligated to carry volleyball on Friday night.
A live video stream of Friday night's action will be provided for subscribers of HuskersNside. Fans can subscribe to NU's premium site on either a monthly ($12.95) or year-long basis ($54.95), or they can purchase an exclusive women's basketball package for just $29.95.
Nebraska enters 2012-13 after a young Husker team ran to a 24-9 overall record, including a 10-6 Big Ten mark in 2011-12. The Huskers advanced to their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past six years and battled their way to the Big Ten Tournament championship game in their first season in the conference. The 2012-13 Huskers return four starters and nine letterwinners from last season's squad.
The Huskers, who enter the season ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Preseason Poll and No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25, went 2-0 in exhibition action, including a 68-38 victory over Nebraska-Kearney on Nov. 4 at the Devaney Center. All-America candidate Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 32 points and nine rebounds, while All-America candidate Lindsey Moore added 19 points and six assists. NU also ran to a 78-34 win over Pittsburg State on Oct. 29. The Gorillas returned three starters and 11 letterwinners from a team that went 27-6 and earned a trip to the 2012 NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
While Moore and Hooper lead four returning starters for the Huskers, North Carolina A&T brings back five starters from a team that went 15-16 overall and 9-7 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference last season. Three of the Aggies' returning starters averaged double figures a year ago.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (24-9, 10-6 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - So. - F - 3.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - So. - F - 9.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 18.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 15.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery 5-7 - So. - G - 3.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Off the Bench
1 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - So. - G - 4.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 2.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - So. - F - 2.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - Fr. - G - High School
22 - Courtney Aitken - 5-9 - Fr. - G - High School
24 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - Fr. - G - High School
55 - Adrianna Maurer - 6-3 - Jr. - C - 4.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
11th Season at NU (190-126); 23rd Season Overall (385-266)
North Carolina A&T Aggies (15-16, 9-7 MEAC)
23 - Tiffanie Adair - 5-11 - So. - F - 8.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg
44 - Nikia Gorham - 6-2 - Sr. - C - 7.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg
12 - Tracy King - 5-10 - Jr. - G - 13.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg
13 - JaQuayla Berry - 5-11 - Sr. - G - 14.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg
14 - Amber Calvin - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 13.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg
Off the Bench
24 - Ariel Bursey - 5-10 - So. - G/F - 4.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
30 - DeAndra Davis - 5-10 - Jr. - G/F - 3.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg
11 - Adriana Nazario - 5-8 - So. - G - 3.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg
5 - Jessica Lyons - 5-3 - So. - G - 2.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg
21 - Jaylan Bodiford - 6-3 - So. - F/C - 2.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg
4 - ChyAnna Cunningham - 5-10 - So. - G/F - 1.2 ppg, 0.3 rpg
43 - Jasmine Parker - 6-3 - So. - C - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
55 - Eboni Ross - 6-2 - RFr. - C/F - DNP
Head Coach: Tarrell Robinson (North Carolina A&T, 2001)
First Season at N.C. A&T; First Season Overall
Nebraska Celebrates Final Basketball Season at Devaney Center
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will celebrate their final season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center throughout the 2012-13 campaign. The Huskers will move into the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln in October of 2013. The arena, which is set for completion next fall, will become the new home of Husker men's and women's basketball in 2013-14.
As part of the festivities at the Devaney Center during 2012-13, the Huskers plan to highlight the greatest moments and greatest players in the 37-year history of the Devaney Center At each men's and women's basketball home game during the season, HuskerVision will produce a big screen feature showcasing one of the most memorable moments in men's and women's basketball history.
On the women's side, long-time Husker Sports Network basketball broadcasters Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch compiled the list along with Mike Babcock, who researched and wrote a detailed history of Husker women's basketball in 2000. The women's basketball moments range from Jan Crouch's 27-point performance on opening night on Nov. 12, 1976 to Lindsey Moore's triple-double on Jan. 2, 2011. They include championship celebrations in 1988 and 2010 and historic victories throughout the decades, while recognizing Husker legends such as Karen Jennings, Maurtice Ivy, Kelsey Griffin, Anna DeForge, Amy Stephens and more.
During the season, fans also will be able to join the discussion through social media, offering their most memorable moments at the Devaney Center.
The Nebraska Athletic Department has created a special "Devaney Center Final Season" logo that will be displayed on giant banners draped outside above the north and south entrances of the Devaney Center.
Huskers Have History of Home-Opening Success
Nebraska owns a history of season-opening success on the Huskers' homecourt at the Devaney Center. Nebraska improved to 36-2 all-time in home openers, including 34-2 at the Devaney Center, with its 95-43 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 12, 2011.
From 1981-82 through 2004-05, Nebraska reeled off 24 straight home-opening wins before losing to South Dakota State on Nov. 19, 2005. NU's only other home-opening loss came to Kansas (88-56) on Nov. 21, 1980.
Nebraska has been strong in its first six home games every season. In fact, NU is 195-33 over the past 38 years in its first six home contests (.855 winning percentage), including 32-6 in the second game of the season. The Huskers stretched their Game No. 2 winning streak to 12 games with a 99-53 win over Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 15.
Game No. 3 has traditionally provided the toughest test among the first six home contests for the Huskers, but NU has won five straight in Game No. 3 after an impressive 68-50 run past No. 23 USC in Lincoln on Nov. 18. NU improved to 32-6 all-time in game No. 4 with a 70-50 win over Savannah State, and 34-4 all-time in Game No. 5 with a 65-27 over Texas-Pan American Dec. 4. The Huskers produced their 15th straight victory in Game No. 6 with a 66-55 win over Creighton on Dec. 8.
Scouting the North Carolina A&T Aggies
North Carolina A&T brings a talented and experienced team to the Devaney Center for Friday night's opener. The Aggies return five regular starters from last year's team that went 15-16 overall and 9-7 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. In addition to those five starters from a team that finished fifth in the MEAC in 2011-12, the Aggies return six other players who started at least one game last season.
Senior swing player JaQuayla Berry headlines a group of three players who averaged in double figures for A&T last season. The 5-11 guard from Douglas, Ga., is a two-time All-MEAC selection and owns more than 1,000 career points. As a junior, she averaged team highs with 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. She also led the Aggies with 65 steals and ranked second on the team in both assists (66) and blocked shots (15). The athletic guard shot 38.6 percent from the field, but just 22.8 percent (13-57) from three-point range. She hit just 65.3 percent of her free throws, but got to the line 173 times in 29 games.
Junior Amber Calvin adds explosive and long-range shooting to the Aggie backcourt. The 5-8 guard from Fayetteville, N.C., averaged 13.6 and 3.9 rebounds while leading A&T with 4.0 assists per game. She also ranked second on the team with 57 steals. Calvin, who earned a spot on the All-MEAC Rookie Team as a freshman in 2009-10, started a team-leading 28 games last season, while averaging a team-high 33 minutes per contest. The fourth-year player shot a sizzling 36.2 percent from three-point range, while hitting a team-best 63 threes on the year. She was also impressive at the free throw line, knocking down 83.4 percent (126-151) of her attempts.
Junior Tracy King adds more experience and explosiveness for North Carolina A&T. The 5-10 guard averaged 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds while starting the Aggies' first 17 games last year. Her sophomore season came to an abrupt end after suffering a meniscus tear in her knee in January. King hit 40.8 percent of her field goal attempts, but just 21.4 percent (6-28) of her threes. She hit a team-best 87.5 percent (77-88) of her free throws.
Sophomore Tiffanie Adair stepped into a starting role late last season after the injuries to departed starter Mikala Scott and King. In 30 games, Adair averaged 8.3 points, while matching Nikia Gorham for second with 6.1 rebounds per game. Adair upped her average to 12.9 points per game in MEAC play. The 5-11 forward from Duncan, S.C., hit a team-best 58 percent (101-174) of her shots from the field, but just 49.5 percent (48-97) of her free throws. She did not attempt a three-pointer.
Gorham, a 6-2 senior center from Bowie, Md., joins Adair inside to round out the Aggies' probable starting five. Gorham, who joins Berry as the only seniors on the Aggie roster, averaged 7.6 points and 6.1 boards while making 23 starts as a junior. She also led A&T with 25 blocks. She hit 50 percent (96-192) of her shots from the field, but just 52.9 percent (37-70) of her free throws. She did not attempt a three.
North Carolina A&T's experience doesn't stop with their starters. Sophomores Ariel Bursey and Jessica Lyons were the only two Aggies to play in all 31 games a year ago. Bursey, a 5-10 swing player, averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds while adding 10 starts. Lyons, a 5-3 guard, added six more. Fellow sophomore Adriana Nazario started eight times and averaged 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds. Jaylan Bodiford, a 6-3 sophomore, pitched in two starts, while sophomore ChyAnna Cunningham added a start of her own.
As a team, North Carolina A&T averaged 69 points per game last season, while allowing 68.3. The Aggies hit 39.2 percent of their field goal attempts, while opponents hit 40.3 percent against them. A&T hit just 27.4 percent (120-438) of their threes, but held foes to just 25.9 percent shooting from long range. The Aggies hit 67.8 percent from the line, while attempting 156 more free throws (782) than the opposition. A&T was plus-1.3 in rebounding, but minus-1.8 in turnovers, committing 21.5 turnovers per game.
Nebraska vs. North Carolina A&T Series History
Nebraska has never faced North Carolina A&T in women's basketball, but the Huskers and Aggies shared several common foes in 2011-12. N.C. A&T faced Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Florida A&M and Savannah State a year ago. The Aggies lost to Michigan State and Georgia Tech, while dropping a pair of narrow decisions to Florida A&M. A&T swept a pair of double-digit wins against Savannah State.
Nebraska also lost to Michigan State and Georgia Tech, while winning a narrow decision at Florida A&M and posting a 20-point win over Savannah State.
Perhaps the best comparison for last season between the Huskers and Aggies comes from Georgia Tech. Both NU and A&T played the Ramblin' Wreck in Atlanta. Nebraska lost 73-57 to Tech on Nov. 30, while A&T lost 74-57 to the Yellow Jackets on Dec. 29.
Huskers to Honor Veterans at Temple Game Sunday
The Nebraska women's basketball program will say thanks to the many current and former military members of have served our country with a special Military Appreciation Day at the Devaney Center on Sunday, Nov. 11. All current and former military members with valid military identification will receive free general admission seating to both the women's basketball game against Temple at 2:05 p.m., and the men's basketball game against Southern at 6 p.m.
Military members will be recognized during on-court promotions and tributes to military members will be featured during the game.
Hooper Hits for 32 in Exhibition Finale with UNK
Jordan Hooper scored 26 of her game-high 32 points after halftime to lead No. 18 Nebraska to a 68-38 exhibition win over Nebraska-Kearney on Sunday at the Devaney Center. Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., finished with 32 points, nine rebounds, three steals, two blocks and an assist to give the Huskers their second exhibition win of the week, following a 78-34 win over Pittsburg State on Oct. 29. Senior point guard Lindsey Moore added 19 points, six assists, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the win.
The Huskers, who only had six players compete in the game, got seven points and seven rebounds from freshman Sadie Murren, and three points, eight rebounds and three assists from freshman Courtney Aitken. Both of NU's active freshmen played the full 40 minutes.
Junior center Adrianna Maurer added six points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in a solid effort, while sophomore forward Katie Simon rounded out the NU contributors with one point, six rebounds and two assists. Senior forward Meghin Williams did not play while nursing a foot injury.
Freshman Laramey Lewis led the Lopers with nine points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 free throw shooting, while Ivy Jones added eight points, four boards and three assists.
For the game, Nebraska hit just 33.9 percent (20-59), including just 22.2 percent (6-27) from three-point range, but connected on 22-of-28 free throw attempts (.786). But NU held UNK to just 22 percent (13-59) shooting from the floor, including just 2-of-13 from long range. The Lopers did hit 10-of-12 free throws. UNK also outrebounded the Huskers, 47-44, but NU forced 22 turnovers while committing just 13 of their own.
Hooper, Moore Earn Spots on Wade Watch List
Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore were among 25 college players named to the 2012-13 preseason Wade Watch List, announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Sept. 18.
Hooper and Moore are the first Husker teammates in history named to the Wade Watch List at the same time. They make Nebraska one of only five schools in the nation with two or more players on the 2012-13 Wade Watch List, joining Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Penn State and Kansas. Baylor center Brittney Griner won the 2012 Wade Trophy.
In 2011-12, Hooper was named to the midseason Wade Watch List and the Naismith Trophy Midseason 32. The 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., was an Associated Press Honorable-Mention All-American, while earning WBCA All-Region 6 honors. She was also one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, and a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament team after averaging 18.9 points and a Big Ten-best 9.3 rebounds per game.
Moore, a 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., earned her first appearance on the Wade Watch List this fall. Moore joined Hooper on last year's Naismith Midseason 32 and was one of eight finalists for the 2012 Nancy Lieberman Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top point guard. Moore, a 2012 second-team All-Big Ten choice, ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in assists (5.1 apg), No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) and No. 7 in scoring (15.7 ppg), while leading the Huskers to the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship game in their inaugural season in the conference.
The preseason Wade Watch List is composed of top NCAA Division I women's basketball players from 18 institutions and eight conferences. A committee of coaches, administrators and media from across the United States compiled the list using the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
The State Farm Wade Trophy, which is in its 36th year, is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year by the WBCA and the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
Former Nebraska All-American Karen Jennings won the Wade Trophy in 1993, while All-American Kelsey Griffin was a finalist for the award in 2010. The award is named for Lily Margaret Wade, who led Delta State to three national titles as a head coach.
Hooper, Moore Earn Preseason All-Big Ten Honors
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore captured All-Big Ten honors while the Huskers were picked to finish second in the conference, when preseason polls were announced by the Big Ten Oct. 25.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team by both the conference coaches and media. In 2011-12, Hooper was one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, while also earning Big Ten All-Tournament honors. She ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.3 ppg), while leading the Big Ten in both rebounding (9.3 rpg) and double-doubles (14) last season.
Moore, a 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of five preseason All-Big Ten picks by the conference media. Moore ranked No. 7 in the Big Ten in scoring (15.7 ppg), No. 2 in assists (5.1 apg) and No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) in 2011-12. Moore earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior, while joining Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Defending regular-season champion Penn State was the choice of the coaches and the media to win the 2013 Big Ten title. The Huskers were picked second in both polls, while Purdue was the coaches' selection to finish third. Ohio State was the media's choice to finish third.
Huskers' Opener with Gorillas Earliest in School History
Nebraska's Oct. 29 season opener with Pittsburg State marked the earliest exhibition date on the calendar the Huskers have ever played. Last season, NU played the first game in the Big Ten with an Oct. 30 tip-off against Pittsburg State. That game marked the earliest tip date in school history. The previous season, the Huskers also opened the season with the Gorillas, running to a win on Halloween day. In 2009-10, Nebraska opened exhibition play against Pittsburg State on Nov. 3, 2009.
Yori Two Wins Away from Top of Husker Coaching Chart
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori will enter the 2012-13 campaign with 190 victories in 10 seasons at NU. With the Huskers' first regular-season victory this season, Yori will tie former Husker Coach Angela Beck (1986-97) atop Nebraska's all-time win list. Beck posted a 191-128 record (.599) in 11 seasons at the helm of the Huskers.
Yori will become Nebraska's all-time winningest women's basketball coach with the Huskers' second regular-season victory this year. The 2010 National Coach of the Year, Yori needs 10 more wins to become the first women's coach in Nebraska history to reach the 200-victory mark.
On the men's side, only Danny Nee and Joe Cipriano have produced 200 basketball victories at Nebraska. Nee won 254 games in 14 seasons coaching the Huskers from 1987 to 2000. Cipriano earned 253 wins in 17 seasons from 1964 to 1980.
Huskers Return Ton of Production in 2012-13
Nebraska returns 85.4 percent of its points (2,013 of 2,356), 86.6 percent of its rebounding (1,209 of 1,396), 79.5 percent of its assists (348 or 438), 87.6 percent of its steals (248 of 283) and 94.1 percent of its blocked shots (95 of 101) from its 2011-12 team.
The 2011-12 Huskers ran to the school's 10th NCAA Tournament berth in school history while finishing with a 24-9 overall record.
Huskers Load Up 2012-13 Schedule
Nebraska's 31-game regular-season schedule features 18 games against 2012 postseason squads. NU's schedule is highlighted by 12 games against 2012 NCAA Tourament teams, including a matchup with Elite Eight qualifier Maryland and two games with NCAA Sweet 16 Penn State. The Huskers played three games against 2012 WNIT teams and three contests against WBI participants.
The Huskers also play seven games against six teams that won conference titles in 2012. Maryland headlines the list of conference champs after claiming the 2012 ACC Tournament title. The Terps finished with a 31-5 record at No. 6 in the AP poll. NU also faces Big Ten regular-season champ Penn State twice and Big Ten Tournament champ Purdue once. In non-conference play, the Huskers tangle with Big Sky Conference champ Idaho State, Missouri Valley Conference champ Creighton and Summit League Conference champ South Dakota State.
Husker Non-Conference Schedule Offers Quality, Depth
Nebraska expects to face one of the toughest regular-season schedules in school history in 2012-13. NU's Strength of Schedule has ranked among the top 30 nationally in four of the past five seasons, and the Huskers could face a top-20 schedule in 2012-13. Six of Nebraska's non-conference opponents won 20 or more games last season, led by Maryland's 31.
Perhaps an even stronger indicator of the depth of Nebraska's schedule is that the Huskers will play 20 games against teams that won 18 or more games, while 12 of the Huskers' 13 non-conference opponents won at least 14 games a year ago.
Huskers Return Talented Nucleus in 2012-13
Nebraska returns four of five starters and nine of its top 11 contributors on the court for the 2012-13 season. NU's talented group of four returning starters is headlined by 2013 All-America candidates Jordan Hooper (18.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and Lindsey Moore (15.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.2 spg), along with All-Big Ten candidate Emily Cady (9.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg).
Moore and Hooper will be joined by sophomores Cady and Hailie Sample as the returning nucleus to Nebraska's starting five. Meghin Williams, who played in all 33 games as a junior forward in 2011-12, will join Moore as the only seniors on the Huskers' 2012-13 roster.
Adrianna Maurer, the only center on NU's 2011-12 and 2012-13 rosters, also returns after having her sophomore season cut short by a back injury. The 6-3 Maurer played in just 10 games to open the 2011-12 season before undergoing season-ending back surgery.
In addition, sophomores Tear'a Laudermill, Brandi Jeffery and Katie Simon all played in at least 27 games as freshmen in 2011-12.
Nebraska only loses the services of 2011-12 senior starting guard Kaitlyn Burke (6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg) and senior reserve forward Harleen Sidhu, who appeared in just three games and did not score last season before having her career cut short by a knee injury. Sophomore guard Rebecca Woodberry, who averaged 4.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 31 games last season, was also removed from the Nebraska roster for violating team policies on Oct. 31.
Injuries Slow Down Huskers in Offseason
Nebraska's offseason has featured a laundry list of injuries up and down the roster. Nebraska's entire starting five played injured in the Huskers' NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas to end the 2011-12 season.
Emily Cady underwent offseason knee surgery, while Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample each took extended rest to recover from stress reactions in their legs following NU's four games in four days at the Big Ten Tournament.
Cady enters the season as one of the healthiest Huskers, while Hooper and Sample have continued to be limited by injuries. Lindsey Moore has also been slowed by a reoccurring injury, while NU's lone center Adrianna Maurer continues to recover from major back surgery in January of 2012. Senior forward Meghin Williams has been limited in practice throughout her four-year career by foot injuries.
Freshman guard Rachel Theriot has missed nearly three weeks of practice with a stress reaction in her foot, bringing the list of Huskers severely limited in practice to seven on a daily basis.
Nebraska's other freshmen, Courtney Aitken and Sadie Murren, and sophomores Brandi Jeffery, Tear'a Laudermill and Katie Simon have been healthy throughout fall practice.
Cady Leads Husker Sophomore Class
Emily Cady captured Nebraska's first-ever spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by producing 9.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game to go along with a team-leading 28 blocked shots in 2011-12. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., increased her production in Big Ten play by averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in regular-season conference play.
Cady also earned a spot on the honorable-mention All-Big Ten team from the conference media. She became the first Husker freshman since Meggan Yedsena in 1991 to earn a spot on an overall all-conference team. Yedsena is the only Husker in history to earn four spots on all-conference teams. Yedsena claimed honorable-mention All-Big Eight accolades in 1991, before capturing three second-team awards in 1992, 1993 and 1994.
Husker Starting Five Solid for 33 Straight Games in 2011-12
Nebraska put the same starting five on the floor for 33 consecutive games in 2011-12, a miraculous feat considering the injuries the Huskers battled on their way to a 13-18 record in 2010-11, and during the final month of 2011-12. All five of Nebraska's starters played with leg injuries at some point in 2011-12, including Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample, who did not practice in the week leading up to NU's appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Emily Cady played the final month of the season with a knee injury suffered against Wisconsin on Feb. 19, and Lindsey Moore battled through a bone bruise just under her knee suffered against Northwestern on Feb. 16. Senior Kaitlyn Burke, who was granted a medical redshirt after being knocked out with multiple injuries in 2009-10, dealt with foot and leg injuries throughout the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
Despite the injuries, Nebraska's top five battled to start every game, marking the third time in 10 seasons that Coach Connie Yori's Huskers have accomplished the feat. A consistent lineup throughout a full season is a rarity in college basketball. Nebraska, which was the only Big Ten team to feature the same starting five throughout 2011-12, was one of only three teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament to start the same five for every game. Kansas State and BYU were the other two.
The 2006-07 Huskers featured the same starting five for 32 games on their way to a 22-10 season and the NCAA Tournament. Yori's 2003-04 Huskers also used the same starting five for 30 games on their way to an 18-12 season and a WNIT bid.
Moore, Hooper Climbing Nebraska Career Scoring List
Lindsey Moore and Jordan Hooper have flown up the Nebraska career scoring chart during their time as Huskers. Moore, a 5-9 senior guard from Covington, Wash., ranks No. 16 at Nebraska with 1,160 points. She needs just 23 points to catch NU's first-ever 1,000-point scorer, Jan Crouch (1976-79), in 15th place.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., already ranks 22nd all-time on the Husker scoring list with 1,078 points in just two seasons. Hooper needs just 18 points to join the top 20 scorers in school history and just 39 points to jump all the way to 17th past Nafeesah Brown (1,089), Ann Halsne (1,096), Yvonne Turner (1,101), Dominique Kelley (1,107) and Meggan Yedsena (1,116). Last season, Hooper became NU's first sophomore to reach 1,000 career points, achieving the mark in her 60th career game.
Moore Becomes Third Husker with 1,000 Points, 500 Assists
Lindsey Moore is one of just three player in Nebraska history with 1,000 points and 500 assists, joining Meggan Yedsena (1991-94, 1,116 points, 696 assists) and Nicole Kubik (1997-00, 1,867 points, 563 assists).
Moore ranks No. 16 at Nebraska with 1,160 points and No. 4 in career assists with 504.
Hooper 12th Nebraska Native with 1,000 Points as Husker
Jordan Hooper is the most recent of 12 native Nebraskans among the the Huskers' 28 1,000-point scorers in school history. Hooper is also the second player from the town of Alliance, Neb., in NU's 1,000-point club, joining Amy Stephens (1,976, 1986-89).
Only two other towns in Nebraska have produced multiple 1,000-point scorers with Omaha supplying Maurtice Ivy (2,131, 1985-88), Janet Smith (1,284, 1979-82) and Yvonne Turner (1,101, 2007-10) and Lincoln providing Jan Crouch (1,183, 1976-79) and Dominique Kelley (1,107, 2008-11).
The other 1,000-point scorers from the state of Nebraska are: Nicole Kubik (Cambridge, 1,867, 1997-2000); Angie Miller (Clatonia, 1,541, 1984-87), Brooke Schwartz (Gering, 1,243, 1997-2000), Stacy Imming (Kearney, 1,036, 1984-87) and Charlie Rogers (South Sioux City, 1,001, 1997-2000).
Huskers Expect More Experience in 2012-13
Despite a 12-player roster that features five sophomores and three freshmen, Nebraska is still expected to showcase one of the Big Ten's most experienced starting lineups in 2012-13.
While featuring just one returning senior starter (Lindsey Moore) and one returning junior starter (Jordan Hooper), the Huskers expect to match Iowa for the third most returning starts with 228.
Only Penn State (303) and Northwestern (249) are expected to return more starts than Nebraska. While Nebraska will be more experienced, the Huskers match Northwestern and Michigan as the only schools in the Big Ten with just four players who have ever started a collegiate game. The other nine Big Ten schools all return at least five players with starting experience.
As a whole, the Big Ten is expected to be a more senior-dominated conference in 2012-13. The conference lost only seven seniors who earned all-conference honors in 2011-12, while returning 13 all-conference honorees. A total of 10 2011-12 juniors earned all-conference honors, and all five members of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team were drawn from the junior class.
Big Ten Returning Starts By School for 2012-13
1. Penn State (303) - Greene (98), Bentley (96), Nickson (59), Lucas (33), Edwards (9), Wolfe (8)
2. Northwestern (249) - Orban (99), Hackney (83), Diamant (38), Roser (29)
T3. Iowa (228) - Johnson (94), Printy (88), Logic (30), Taylor (8), Dixon (7), Nesbitt (1)
T3. Nebraska (228) - Moore (98), Hooper (64), Cady (33), Sample (33)
5. Illinois (203) - Penn (95), Moore (42), Magrum (32), Crawford (23), GodBold (11)
6. Michigan (202) - Ryan (96), Sheffer (62), Jordan (29), Elmblad (15)
7. Purdue (200) - Moses (64), Ostarello (38), Houser (37), Poston (24), Mingo (24), Williams (13)
8. Ohio State (185) - Hill (101), Adams (48), Stokes (33), Moore (2), Ferguson (1)
9. Indiana (162) - Sinclair (50), Chaplin (40), Newbauer (27), McGhee (23), Deloach (7), Rubene (7), McCurty (5)
10. Minnesota (149) - Loberg (53), Banham (34), Kellogg (30), Cotton (18), Noga (9), Riche (5)
11. Wisconsin (103) - Wurtz (59), Paige (36), Rochel (3), Smith (2), Stephen (2), Gulczynski (1)
12. Michigan State (99) - Thomas (34), Johnson (28), Schiffauer (17), Bell (11), Mills (9)
Hooper Hopes to Build Off Super Sophomore Campaign
Jordan Hooper became the first sophomore in school history to produce 600 points and 300 rebounds in the same season, finishing the 2011-12 campaign with 624 points and 306 boards. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., became just the fourth Husker ever to accomplish the feat.
Hooper, an honorable-mention AP All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten pick, set the Nebraska sophomore single-season scoring record with 624 points. She eclipsed the 609 points scored by Kiera Hardy in 2004-05. Hooper's 306 rebounds marked the third-highest total in school history by a sophomore, trailing only 372 by Janet Smith in 40 games in 1979-80) and 314 by Carol Garey in 36 games in 1978-79. Hooper's 9.3 rebounds per game matched Smith's sophomore record.
To give Hooper's productivity some more perspective, only one other sophomore in school history - Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-81) managed to score 500 points and grab 250 rebounds.
Hooper's sophomore production was on a similar level to the two most productive seasons in school history. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner and a first-team All-American, produced 810 points and 319 rebounds in 32 games as a junior in 1991-92. Kelsey Griffin, a finalist for every national player-of-the-year award in 2010 and a first-team All-American, produced 685 points and 354 rebounds in 34 games as a senior.
Moore Threatening Top of Nebraska Career Assist List
Lindsey Moore has climbed into Nebraska's career top five in assists with 504 (4th) in her first three seasons at Nebraska. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., needs 59 assists to catch former Husker All-American Nicole Kubik (1997-2000) in third on the career list with 563. Moore is just 63 assists from joining Jina Johansen (2002-05) at No. 2 on the Husker all-time chart with 567.
The Nancy Lieberman Award candidate needs 192 assists as a senior to match Meggan Yedsena's school record of 696 assists from 1990-91 to 1993-94.
Last season, Moore dished out 167 assists in 33 games, while distributing 183 assists as a sophomore in 2010-11. She opened her career with 154 assists as a freshman in 2009-10.
Moore has produced a career-high 11 assists on four occasions (at Iowa, Jan. 8, 2012; Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 15, 2011; Florida A&M, Jan. 2, 2011; vs. UCLA, March 23, 2010).
Fastbreakers Announce Backboard Event Schedule
The Fastbreakers Booster Club has set the dates for three Backboard Events during the 2012-13 season. The events, which will be held in the northwest corner of the upper concourse at the Devaney Center, tip off on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m., 90 minutes before Nebraska's game against Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The second Backboard Event will be held prior to Nebraska's Big Ten clash with Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tip time is set for 1 p.m., while the banquet begins at 11:30 a.m. This season's Backboard Events conclude with a luncheon prior to Nebraska's Big Ten regular-season finale with Penn State on March 3. The start times of the luncheon and game will be announced at a later date, after the Big Ten Network makes its television picks for the final two games of the season across the conference.
Each event is scheduled to begin 90 minutes prior to tip-off of each game and will feature a speaker from the women's basketball staff. The cost of each event is $15 per person, and spots must be reserved no later than one week in advance of the event, either on-line at www.Huskers.com/donate (online registration available for current Fastbreakers Club members only), by calling the Huskers Athletic Fund at (402) 472-2367.
Fastbreakers Announce Plans for Three Bus Trips
Fastbreakers can follow the Huskers to their first road game of the season, when Nebraska takes on South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D., on Sunday, Nov. 18. The chartered bus will leave Lincoln at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 18 and arrive in Brookings for Nebraska's 2 p.m. tip-off with the Jackrabbits. Cost of the trip is $60 and includes a sack lunch and beverages. Game tickets are not included in the price.
The Fastbreakers will also take a bus to Omaha for Nebraska's annual clash with Creighton on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The bus leaves Lincoln at 5 p.m. for the Huskers' 7:05 p.m. tip-off at Sokol Arena with the Jays. The cost of the trip is $20 per person, and the price does not include a game ticket.
The final road trip of the season is set for Nebraska's appearance at the Big Ten Tournament March 7-10 in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Fastbreakers will leave Lincoln for the Chicago area on Wednesday, March 6 and will return following the Huskers' appearance at the tournament. The cost of bus ride is $170, and does not include game tickets. Beverages on the bus are included in the price, but no meals are included.
For more details on the 2012-13 Fastbreaker Bus Trips, contact Doug Fry at email@example.com or call (402) 617-7039. All trips must be booked and paid for two weeks prior to departure.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper led the Big Ten and ranked among the top 25 players nationally with 14 double-doubles in 2011-12. Hooper, who produced double figures in 32 of Nebraska's 33 games, produced 14 double-figure rebounding performances as a sophomore.
Hooper's 14 double-doubles ranked as the third-highest single-season total in school history, trailing only first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin's 20 in 2009-10, and Nafeesah Brown's 16 in 1993-94. Griffin and Brown were both seniors when they produced their impressive double-figure totals.
Hooper became just the fifth player in Nebraska history to post double-figure double-doubles in a season, joining Griffin (10, 2006-07, 20, 2009-10), Brown (16, 1993-94), Karen Jennings (13, 1990-91, 13, 1991-92), Maurtice Ivy (10, 1985-86) and Carol Garey (10, 1978-79).
With 17 double-doubles in the first 64 games of her career, Hooper already ranks eighth in school history in career double-doubles. She needs just one more to match two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge in seventh on the Husker career chart with 18.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., has produced double-doubles in three of her last four games. She had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game loss to No. 21 Purdue on March 4. She added 21 points and 10 rebounds against No. 14 Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals March 3, and 15 points and 10 boards in little more than a half against Iowa on March 2.
Her last regular-season double-double came with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in Nebraska's win over Wisconsin Feb. 19. Hooper's 18 boards tied for the 12th-highest total in school history and were the most by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper added back-to-back double-doubles with 22 points and 15 rebounds against Iowa Jan. 26, and 12 points and 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 29. She notched double-doubles in a personal-best four straight games from Dec. 18, 2011 to Jan. 5, 2012.
Huskers Earn Spots in Preseason Top 25 Polls
Nebraska earned mention in both major preseason top-25 polls released the final week of October. The Huskers open the 2012-13 campaign ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25.
NU's appearance in the preseason AP poll marked the Huskers' 15th consecutive week in the AP rankings - the longest streak in school history - after closing 2011-12 at No. 17 in the final regular-season rankings. NU's previous longest stretch in the AP rankings came with 14 weeks in 2009-10. The Huskers returned to the coaches poll after just missing out in a final top-25 ranking in 2011-12. The Huskers earned the 26th-highest vote total in the final poll after being ranked for nine consecutive weeks to close the regular season.
Nebraska's 2012-13 schedule is littered with top competition receiving votes in the preseason AP poll. Maryland, which comes to the Devaney Center on Nov. 28 for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, enters the 2012-13 campaign ranked No. 5 in both polls.
Preseason Big Ten favorite Penn State, which the Huskers play twice (Jan. 13, March 3) is ranked eighth in both preseason polls. Purdue, which played a total of five overtimes in two games against the Huskers last season, enters the season No. 21 in the AP and No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN rankings. Ohio State, which the Huskers play two times (Jan. 31, Feb. 14) this season, is ranked No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 21 by the coaches.
In addition to those six games against preseason top-25 foes, the Huskers will play seven more games against teams that earned at least one preseason top-25 vote. Florida State, which journeys to the Devaney Center on Dec. 8, earned 12 votes, while non-conference foes Creighton (Dec. 5) and USC (Nov. 23) each earned one vote. Big Ten foes Michigan, Iowa and Michigan State all earned at least two preseason votes from the national media. Michigan and Iowa added votes in the coaches poll.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
The Huskers produced a 13-3 record at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2011-12. Since the Devaney Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 375-126 (.749) in games played in the arena, including 141-85 (.624) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 111-30 (.787) at the Devaney Center.
NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in nine consecutive seasons, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2009-10. NU was 11-4 at home in 2010-11.
Big Ten Network Providing Major Exposure for Huskers
For the second consecutive season, Nebraska expects to have every regular-season and postseason game available in video form for Husker fans to follow all the action.
For the first time in school history in 2011-12, all 33 games played by the Huskers were delivered by national television or live video streams to Husker fans. In 2012-13, Nebraska expects its highest level of national TV exposure in school history, while adding two outstanding alternative video streaming sources.
Overall, the Huskers expect to have a minimum of 10 regular-season games televised nationally, including seven by the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com. Nebraska's battle with Purdue will be televised nationally by CBS on Jan. 5, while the Huskers' clash with Penn State on Jan. 13 will be carried live on ESPN2. NU's non-conference road game at USC (Nov. 23) will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. Nebraska's final two games of the year at Wisconsin and at home against Penn State could also be picked up by the Big Ten Network.
The Big Ten Network also distribute at least nine other Nebraska women's basketball games through live video streams on BTN.com. For complete television and live-stream listings, visit Huskers.com. Fans can subscribe to BTN.com by visiting http://video.btn.com/allaccess. A yearly subscription for all Nebraska events on BTN.com is just $79.95. Fans can gain access to every Big Ten event stream for just $119.95 per year. Monthly subscriptions are also available.
HuskersNside also plans to provide Husker fans more video streaming opportunities on the Internet. Nebraska's premium site on Huskers.com will stream NU's exhibition finale against Nebraska-Kearney (Nov. 4), before streaming the season opener against North Carolina A&T (Nov. 9). Non-conference home games against Northern Arizona (Nov. 16), Idaho State (Dec. 1), Florida State (Dec. 8) and Grambling State (Dec. 29) also will be streamed through HuskersNside.
Nebraska's road games at South Dakota State (Nov. 18), Creighton (Dec. 5) and South Florida (Dec. 16) will be streamed by the opposing schools to their premium websites. All three schools share the same Internet partner - NeuLion - as the Huskers, which could allow those streams to become part of the HuskersNside women's basketball package for the season.
Visit the following link - https://www.nmnathletics.com/PremiumVideo.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=100 - to subscribe to HuskersNside.
Monthly packages are available on HuskersNside for $12.95, while a special women's basketball package is available now for $29.95. Four-month passes are on sale for $39.95, while year-long passes are just $54.95.
Huskers Smashed School Three-Point Record Again in 2011-12
The 2011-12 Huskers produced another record-setting three-point season, connecting on 230 threes on a record 759 attempts. Nebraska led the Big Ten with 7.0 made threes per game, matching the school-record the Huskers set in 2010-11.
Nebraska's 230 threes surpassed the 225 the 2009-10 Huskers hit. NU's 759 attempts shattered the previous school recored of 661 also set in 2009-10.
The Huskers hit seven or more threes in 17 of 33 games in 2011-12 (UAPB-9, MVSU-14, at Florida State-9, UTPA-7, Northern Arizona-10, Vermont-8, South Dakota State-8, at Iowa-10, Penn State-7, at Ohio State-7, Minnesota-8; at Purdue-13; Michigan-9; Minnesota-8; Northwestern (Big Ten)-9; Iowa (Big Ten)-7; Ohio State (Big Ten)-9).
NU hit a season-best 14 three-pointers on 26 attempts against Mississippi Valley State, which marked the second-highest total in school history. It trailed only the 17 threes the Huskers hit against Vermont (17-33) to open the 2010-11 season. They added the third-best mark by draining 13-of-34 threes on the road in an epic 93-89 triple-overtime victory at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2. Nebraska also connected on 10-of-19 threes in a win at Iowa on Jan. 8, after hitting 10-of-22 threes at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. Nebraska attempted a school-record 37 threes in the loss to Michigan Feb. 9, while connecting on 9. NU went 8-for-22 in the second half against the Wolverines.
Prior to 2009-10, the school-record for three-pointers made in a season was 173. Coach Connie Yori's Husker teams own the top nine three-point shooting seasons in school history. Before Yori's arrival, no Husker team had hit more than 132 threes in a season, or attempted more than 437.
Hooper Leads Assault on Husker Three-Point Records
In addition to her impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Jordan Hooper has hit three-pointers at a record-breaking rate since her arrival at Nebraska.
The 6-2 forward shattered the NU single-season freshman record with 67 threes (67-184, 36.4 percent) in 2010-11, and drained 67 more threes in 2011-12, which is the second-best total by a sophomore in Nebraska history. Hooper's 2011-12 season total trailed only Kiera Hardy's school-record total of 85 set during her sophomore campaign in 2004-05.
In 64 career games, Hooper has hit 134 three-pointers to rank fifth on the Nebraska career list. She needs 11 more to catch Kate Galligan (1993-96) in fourth on the school career chart. Hooper is more than halfway to Kiera Hardy's NU career mark of 267.
In 2010-11, Hooper tied the Nebraska single-game record with seven three-pointers at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011. She scored 31 points against the Tigers, including 28 on six threes in the second half alone.
Hooper Plays Beast on Boards
Jordan Hooper led the Big Ten and ranked among the nation's top rebounders with 9.3 boards per game as a sophomore in 2011-12.
Her 18-rebound effort in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19 put her in rare company in the Nebraska record books, tying for the 12th-highest single-game total in school history. It also marked the best rebound total by a player in Coach Connie Yori's first 10 seasons at Nebraska. It was also the highest total by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 rebounds against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper's 18-board performance represented her third time in seven games with 15 or more rebounds. She became just the seventh player in Husker history to grab 15 or more rebounds three times in a career. and just the sixth Husker to pull down 15 or more boards three times in a season, joining Janet Smith, Carol Garey, Nafeesah Brown, Pyra Aarden and most recently, Keasha Cannon-Johnson (2001-02).
In back-to-back games last season, Hooper grabbed 15 rebounds in a win over Iowa (Jan. 26), before ripping down 16 boards in a victory at Illinois (Jan. 29). She joined Smith and Aarden as the only Huskers to pull down 15 or more boards in back-to-back games.
Sample Joined Cady as Freshmen in 2011-12 Starting Five
Hailie Sample joined Emily Cady as freshman forwards in Nebraska's starting five for all 33 games in 2011-12. Cady and Sample became the first Husker freshman tandem in history to start every game together in a season. In fact, only seven freshmen in school history prior to 2011-12 had ever started every game in a season for NU, including current Husker senior Lindsey Moore (school-record 34 starts, 2009-10) and junior Jordan Hooper (31 starts, 2010-11).
Two other freshmen have started every game under Coach Connie Yori, including forward Kelsey Griffin (32 starts, 2005-06) and guard Dominique Kelley (33 starts, 2007-08). The only other freshmen in NU history to start every game were Meggan Yedsena (28 starts, 1990-91), Angie Miller (28 starts, 1983-84) and Jan Crouch (31 starts, 1975-76).
Pinnacle Bank Arena to Provide New Home to Huskers in 2013-14
Nebraska continues preparations to move into its new home for men's and women's basketball - Pinnacle Bank Arena - next season. Construction on the $179 million arena has marched ahead of schedule with favorable building conditions for more than a year.
The Huskers will continue to call the new Hendricks Training Complex home for practice, while the Nebraska volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics team will call the Devaney Center home for competition.
The arena project was approved by voters in May 2010. Pinnacle Bank Arena is expected to open in the fall of 2013. Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will be the primary tenants of the 470,400-square-foot facility, which can hold nearly 15,000 fans for Husker hoops.
As the exclusive sponsor of the arena and arena site, the new arena website will be PinnacleBankArena.com. The agreement also calls for Pinnacle Bank to receive: three exterior signs; the Pinnacle Bank Arena logo on the center-hung scoreboard, public exterior doors and adjacent light pole banners; signs on the main and upper concourses; use of a center court suite and use of the arena for two days per year; and three locations for ATM machines in the arena.
Huskers Made New Home at Hendricks Complex in 2011-12
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball and wrestling programs moved into their new homes at the Hendricks Training Complex in October of 2011.
The 80,000-square foot facility adjacent to the Bob Devaney Sports Center includes separate practice courts for the men's and women's basketball programs, as well as expanded locker rooms, player lounges, team rooms and offices.
The $18.7 million facility includes a 5,000-square foot weight room, a completely renovated athletic training area that tripled the size of the previous area at the Devaney Center, and a nutrition station similar to the one in the Osborne Complex.
The building is named for Tom and Mary Hendricks of Pipe Creek, Texas, and their children, Jennifer and Brandon, as they provided the lead gift in this project to benefit Husker student-athletes for years to come.
Throughout the facility, efforts have been made to give student-athletes the best training environment to succeed. Both the men's and women's basketball practice gyms are a court-and-a-half with six baskets, allowing additional work while the main floor is being used. The courts themselves are made with premium maple flooring with sleeper cushions that absorb shock to minimize injury. Both gyms have advanced acoustics as well as 103-inch plasma screens.
The amenities inside the facility are top-of-the-line, as the main entrance features a two-story abstract net sculpture, as well as a granite fountain imported from China. The facility also features two video walls and 63 TVs. The women's lounge features three 65-inch televisions and a unique LED bubble wall. The Huskers have a custom locker room with iPads built into the lockers, as well as custom back-lit displays.
The Hendricks Training Complex is the first project completed in the Expand Their Experience Campaign. For more information on the other facility projects, visit www.ExpandTheirExperience.com.
Yori's Huskers Own Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska has made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori's 10 seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers' final win last season over No. 14 Ohio State (March 3, 2012) marked Nebraska's 25th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori
The Huskers also defeated No. 8 Ohio State (Feb. 26), which marked NU's sixth victory over a top-10 foe under Yori. Prior to Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers owned just one win over a top 10 opponent in school history.
NU produced five wins over AP Top 25 teams (at game time) last season, including a 93-89 triple overtime win at No. 15 Purdue (Feb. 2). The Huskers also knocked off No. 16 Penn State (Dec. 30) on the road in their first-ever Big Ten Conference game, while defeating No. 23 USC (Nov. 18) at the Devaney Center.
In 2009-10, the Huskers set the school single-season mark with eight wins over top-25 teams. NU's top-25 wins that season came against No. 5 LSU, No. 9 Baylor, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 Iowa State, No. 16 Iowa State, No. 22 UCLA. The win over No. 9 Baylor and freshman Brittney Griner, was Nebraska's first-ever road win over a top-10 team. The Huskers' three wins over top-10 foes in 2009-10, matched Nebraska's previous total from the previous 35 seasons.
The highest-ranked team Nebraska has ever defeated was the 2004-05 Baylor team that went on to win the national title. NU outlasted No. 2 BU, 103-99 in triple overtime on Jan. 12, 2005. The Huskers' 21-point win over No. 10 OSU on Feb. 3, 2010, marked NU's largest victory margin ever over a top-10 team. Nebraska's 29-point win over No. 14 Iowa State in 2005 was NU's largest victory margin in history over a top-25 foe. Nebraska's 56-45 win over No. 15 Texas at the Devaney Center in 2008 also marked the lowest point total ever allowed by the Huskers against a ranked opponent.
Before Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers had not defeated a top-10 team since a 73-67 win over No. 9 Iowa on Dec. 8, 1996, and had never beaten a top-five opponent.
Huskers Worked Overtime for Wins in 2011-12
Nebraska went 2-1 in overtime in 2011-12, and the three extra-long games went a combined seven overtimes. The seven overtimes were the most the Huskers played in a single season in school history, and marked the first time that NU played multiple multi-overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers' 93-89 3OT win at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2, was the first road triple-overtime game in school history and marked the second overall 3OT game (NU 103, Baylor 99 3OT, Jan. 12, 2005). Nebraska added a 74-70 double-overtime loss against the Boilermakers in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament on March 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Nebraska notched a 97-88 double-overtime win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. The wins at NAU and Purdue marked the first time in school history that Nebraska won two true road overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers have played 35 overtime games in school history, but just six multi-overtime games, with three of those coming in 2011-12. NU is 5-1 all-time in multi-overtime games, and 18-17 overall in OT. The Huskers are 5-3 in OT in Coach Connie Yori's 10 seasons at NU. The last time Nebraska won two overtime games in the same season was 1995-96, when the Huskers went 2-1, including a double-overtime win against Colorado. NU went 3-0 in overtime games in 1975-76, with all three of those games coming against non-Division I teams on neutral courts.
Hooper, Moore Make History at Northern Arizona
Jordan Hooper (32) and Lindsey Moore (31) became the first teammates in school history to each score 30 points in the same game when Nebraska ran to a 97-88 double-overtime victory at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10, 2011.
Each Husker scored 25 points after halftime, as Hooper produced a career-high 32 points and Moore finished with 31 points - just two points shy of her career high. For both players, it was the second 30-point scoring performances of their careers. Moore produced a career-high 33 at Kansas in 2010-11, while Hooper scored 31 at Missouri (Feb. 2, 2011) before adding her third 30-point effort with 30 points in a win over South Dakota State (Dec. 21, 2011). Hooper pumped in 31 points Dec. 30, 2011, at No. 16 Penn State to give her three 30-point efforts in four games.
Hooper's 32 points at NAU tied for the 27th-best scoring effort in school history, while Moore's 31 tied Hooper's previous best for 37th. Overall, Nebraska has had 68 30-point scoring efforts in history.
Moore and Hooper are just the ninth and 10th Huskers to produce multiple 30-point efforts in their careers. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner, produced 12 30-point games.
Husker Sports Network, Huskers.com Carries NU World-Wide
The Husker Sports Network and Nebraska women's basketball have teamed up for well over a decade to take every game, home and away, around the world for free on Huskers.com.
In addition to carrying every women's basketball free on Huskers.com, the Husker Sports Network flagship stations B107.3 FM-KBBK (Lincoln) and The Wolf 93.3 FM-KFFF (Omaha) provide strong FM signals for Husker women's basketball and volleyball. 880-AM-KRVN (Lexington) also provides a huge AM signal statewide in central Nebraska, while more than 20 stations have joined the Husker Sports Network's women's basketball coverage across the state.
The Husker Sports Network is in its 18th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of Nebraska women's basketball in 2011-12. Women's basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch are in their 12th year together as the Huskers' broadcast team.
Catch Coach Yori's Radio Show on the Husker Sports Network
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori will appear on the Husker Sports Network regularly throughout the season with host Matt Coatney for the Connie Yori Radio Show. The show will begin with one appearance in November, before becoming a regular, one-hour segment on the popular Sports Nightly Radio Show in December. The first show is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. (CST). The show will air regularly on either Monday or Tuesday nights at either 7 or 8 p.m., depending on conflicts with other live events on the network. A tentative schedule for the show can be found below.
Date - Upcoming Opponents - Time
November - One Show - TBA
Monday, Dec. 10 - at South Florida (Dec. 16) - 8 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 17 - Oral Roberts (Dec. 20) - 8 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 24 - Grambling State (Dec. 29) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8 - at Indiana (Jan. 10) / at Penn State (Jan. 13) - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Illinois (Jan. 17) / at Minnesota (Jan. 20) - 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 21 - Michigan State (Jan. 24) - 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 28 - at Ohio State (Jan. 31) / Minnesota (Feb. 3) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 5 - at Northwestern (Feb. 7) / at Iowa (Feb. 11) - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12 - Ohio State (Feb. 14) - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19 - at Michigan (Feb. 21) / Iowa (Feb. 24) - 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25 - at Wisconsin (Feb. 28) / Penn State (March 3) - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 - at Big Ten Tournament (March 7-10) - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12 - Season Review/Postseason Preview - 7 p.m.
Monday, March 18 - Postseason Preview (NCAA Selection 6 p.m.) - 7 p.m.
Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show
The Bank of the West Coach Connie Yori Show is back for its 11th season in 2012-13, providing in-depth analysis and outstanding features in the year-long coverage of Nebraska women's basketball. Coach Yori and host Jeff Griesch will discuss the highlights, which begins in November and continues throughout the season. The show will be available on Time Warner Cable On-Demand this season, and also will be available free world-wide on Huskers.com.
My TV (10.2/11.2) will distribute the show in Lincoln and Grand Island, while Huskers.com will have new shows available on Tuesdays during the season.
Spencer Municipal Utilities in Spencer, Iowa, will also carry the show on SMU-3, each Thursday at 10 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 10 p.m. each week.
The first Connie Yori Show will be available on Huskers.com on Thursday, Nov. 8. Shows throughout the season will be available on Huskers.com on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 25, Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 and either March 12 or March 19.
There will be no show on Dec. 18, Jan. 1 or Feb. 12.