One of the most athletic players in Nebraska history, Maurtice Ivy was the first player in Husker history to surpass the 2,000-point barrier. She was also one of five players chosen to Nebraska's All-Century Team in February of 2000, and one of the Nebraska Athletic Department's 25 Women of Distinction selected in 1999-2000 as part of the school's silver anniversary of women's athletics at NU.
The swing player from Omaha Central High School was the first Husker to earn Big Eight Player-of-the-Year honors after leading Nebraska to the Big Eight title in 1988. Ivy also earned a spot on the Big Eight All-Tournament team in 1986-87 and 1987-88.
A three-time first-team All-Big Eight selection, Ivy's 19.2 points per game rank second on Nebraska's career charts, while her 778 career rebounds rank fifth on the Huskers' all-time list.
Although Ivy was only 5-9, her outstanding leaping ability and excellent court awareness made her a fierce shot blocker, as she finished third on Nebraska's all-time list with 104 blocked shots. Ivy also ranks second in free throws made (431), first in field goals attempted (1,799), second in career field goals made (847), tied for third in free throws attempted (570) and fifth in free throw percentage (.756).
Ivy's 23.6 points per game average in 1986-87 rank as the second-best single-season scoring average in school history, and her 683 points as a junior rank as the third-highest total at Nebraska. Her 153 made free throws and 196 free throws attempted in 1986-87 are also single-season Nebraska records.
Ivy produced one of the greatest performances in Husker history when she erupted for 46 points in Nebraska's 100-87 loss to Illinois at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif., on Dec. 30, 1986. She added the eighth-best rebound total in school history with 19 boards to go along with 23 points in a 104-63 win over Brigham Young at the Illinois Invitational in Champaign, Ill., on Dec. 14, 1985.
Along with leading the Huskers to their first conference tournament title, Ivy guided Nebraska to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988. Ivy led the Huskers in the 100-82 loss at USC with a team-high 22 points to go along with nine rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot and one steal in her final game in a Nebraska uniform. Ivy now lives in Omaha, and she was named an assistant coach at Nebraska-Omaha during the summer of 2004.
Ivy's Career Statistics Year G-GS FG-FGA Pct. 3P-3PA Pct. FT-FTA Pct. TRB-Avg. Pts-Avg. 26-24 145-348 .416 NA NA 73-108 .675 142-5.5 363-14.0 27-27 219-500 .438 NA NA 94-124 .758 233-8.6 532-19.7 29-29 265-517 .512 NA NA 153-196 .780 226-7.8 683-23.6 Career 111-107 847-1, 799 .468 6-10 .600 431-570 .756 778-7.0 2, 131-19.2