Huskers Clash with No. 17 OSU in February Frenzy
Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-6, 6-3)
vs. #17 Oklahoma State (18-3, 6-2)
Devaney Center (13,595) • Lincoln, Neb.
Sunday, Feb. 10 • 1:15 p.m.
Television: ESPN2 "February Frenzy"
Radio: Husker Sports Network
(98.1 FM-KFGE, Lincoln, 1110 AM-KFAB, 880 AM-KRVN)
Live Internet Audio: Huskers.com (free)
Huskers Clash with No. 17 Cowgirls in "February Frenzy"
The Nebraska women’s basketball team will play its first home game in February as part of ESPN’s "February Frenzy" when the Huskers take on No. 17 Oklahoma State on Sunday.
Tip-off at the Devaney Center is set for 1:15 p.m. with live national coverage provided by ESPN2 with Pam Ward and Brenda Van Lengen calling the action as part of the network’s "whip-around" coverage of eight women’s games on Sunday in preparation for March Madness.
Live radio coverage will also be provided by the 24-station Husker Sports Network, including 98.1 FM-KFGE in Lincoln, 1110 AM-KFAB in Omaha and 880 AM-KRVN in Lexington.
The Huskers return home after posting back-to-back road wins against Big 12 North Division opponents Missouri and Colorado. The Huskers improved to 17-6 overall and 6-3 in the Big 12 with their 80-71 Wednesday night win over the Buffs in Boulder. It was NU’s third straight win over CU at the Coors Events Center, and the Huskers’ second straight second-half comeback.
NU trailed by four points with 5:45 left in the game before taking control with a 13-3 surge to claim a 70-64 lead with two minutes left. The Huskers then sealed the win with 10 free throws in the final 1:45.
Reigning Big 12 Player-of-the-Week Kelsey Griffin was a warrior for the Huskers in the second half. The returning All-Big 12 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, scored 17 of her season-high 25 points in the second half to help the Huskers overcome a six-point second-half deficit. NU trailed by as many as 12 in the first half to the Buffs. Over NU’s last three games, Griffin is averaging 22.3 points per game with consecutive season highs of 23 and 25. She leads Nebraska in conference play with 16.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest, including three double-doubles.
Sophomore guard Yvonne Turner also played a major role in NU’s win at Colorado. Turner poured in 14 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Turner hit a pair of first-half threes in a stretch where NU buried five straight triples to erase CU’s 12-point margin. Turner’s final three of the night tied the game at 64 with 3:30 left. Turner, the Big 12 steals leader in league play with 3.0 per game, added four steals and a pair of assists in the win.
Huskers Prepare to Pack the House for February Frenzy
Nebraska tips off its February home schedule with a frenzied Sunday of activities at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Feb. 10, including "Pack the House", "Think Pink" and "Red Cross Day" promotions.
Nebraska’s Sunday showdown with the top-25 Oklahoma State Cowgirls will be part of ESPN’s "February Frenzy" with live national "whip-around" coverage on ESPN2 that includes a special 1:15 p.m. tip time. The whip-around version of the coverage means that the Huskers vs. Cowgirls will be one of eight women’s games televised that day with live "look-in" coverage of all the games.
So the best way to see all the action if you’re a Husker fan is to be live and in person at the Devaney Center, and Nebraska is giving fans plenty of reasons to cheer the Huskers to a home win.
NU’s game with OSU will be part of the Big 12 Conference’s "Pack the House" weekend, a conference-wide initiative to sell out all of its weekend home games. Big time attendance is nothing new to the Big 12, as it has been the national leader in attendance for eight consecutive years. In fact, in each of the last two seasons, more than 1 million fans have attended women’s games around the Big 12.
In addition to the "Pack the House" promotion, the Huskers’ game with the Cowgirls will be part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) "Think Pink" initiative. Around the nation Feb. 8-17, college women’s basketball teams will be focusing their efforts on building cancer awareness and raising funds to fight cancer.
Nebraska plans a visual show of its support by donning white base uniforms with special pink trim to go along with pink adidas shoes. The Huskers will also wear their white and pinks when they play Sunday, Feb. 17, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence against the Kansas Jayhawks.
The Huskers’ game sponsor, Runza, has joined in support of both the "Pack the House" and "Think Pink" promotions by distributing thousands of game tickets across the state. Runza donated 1,500 tickets to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to distribute to its cancer survivor list. $1 of every Runza sold at the game will also be donated to the Komen Foundation. Runza also offers fans a great way to get their tickets to the game at convenient locations throughout the city of Lincoln. A total of 7,500 tickets are available at Runza locations across the city for Husker fans to pick up while purchasing their favorite Runza foods.
Fans who would like to support the American Red Cross will also have their opportunity to contribute on Sunday, during the Red Cross "Pass the Bucket" campaign at the Devaney Center.
To purchase your tickets now for Sunday’s game against Oklahoma State at the Devaney Center, please visit Huskers.com or call 1-800-8BIGRED. General admission tickets start at $5, and children 6 and under are always free. Tickets are also available at the door starting 90 minutes before tip-off.
Nebraska Nuggets: Team Notes
- NU enters the weekend at No. 17 in the CollegeRPI.com power rankings. The Huskers own six wins over top-50 RPI teams and all six of NU’s losses have come against top-40 RPI foes. NU is one of nine Big 12 teams in the top 50, and 11 Big 12 teams are ranked among the RPI’s top 100 with only No. 113 Missouri below the century mark.
- Nebraska’s No. 14 RPI entering the week of Jan. 28 is the highest the Huskers have ever been rated outside of the non-conference season. Early this year, NU spent a few days as the No. 1 RPI team in the country.
- The Huskers’ Strength of Schedule comes in at No. 16 according to CollegeRPI.com. The Huskers are 6-6 so far this year against Top 50 RPI clubs, and have played the best home schedule in school history. NU has hosted traditional NCAA powers Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Mississippi, Florida, Kansas State and Kansas already this year. The Huskers opened the season at home against UTEP, which is 17-2 this season. The Miners’ only other loss this year came by single digits at Kansas State. UTEP enters the weekend at No. 23 in the CollegeRPI.com rankings.
- The Huskers headed into the second half of Big 12 Conference play with a 16-6 overall record and a 5-3 league mark. It marked the fifth straight season that NU hit the turn in league play with a .500 or better record. Nebraska was 6-2 through the first eight games last year before finishing in a tie for fourth with a 10-6 league mark.
- NU’s win at Colorado marked its second straight come-from-behind win. The Huskers trailed by six midway through the second half and by four with 4:30 left before outscoring CU, 23-8, to close the game.
- The Huskers' win at Missouri was their fifth straight over the Tigers in Columbia. It marked Nebraska's largest comeback victory of the season. NU trailed by 14 points with 8:30 left in the contest, before winning 73-67. The Huskers scored on 19-of-20 possessions to end the game and hit 12 of their final 13 shots.
- Nebraska's 82-72 win over Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum ended a 10-year losing streak to the Cyclones in Ames. NU's last win had come on Jan. 30, 1997, in Angela Beck's final year as the Husker head coach.
- NU set a school record with 11 three-pointers in the win at Iowa State. The Huskers have hit 10 or more three-pointers on five occasions against the Cyclones.
- Nebraska is leading the Big 12 in conference games only by hitting 78.4 percent of its free throw attempts. Entering league play, NU ranked 11th in the league at 59.9 percent, ahead of only Oklahoma. The Sooners are ranked second in Big 12 games only at 74.4 percent.
- Nebraska (30-32) and Kansas (7-8) combined to hit 37-of-40 free throws on Jan. 12. The 92.5 percent free throw shooting was the best combined mark by both teams in Husker history, surpassing a 34-of-37 effort (91.9 percent) between Nebraska (18-19) and Oklahoma (16-18) in the Sooners’ 91-69 win at the Lloyd Noble Center on Feb. 5, 2000.
- Nebraska's 45 points allowed in a 56-45 win over No. 15 Texas were the fewest scored by a top-25 opponent in school history against the Huskers.
- Nebraska is the only team in the Big 12 without a player among the top 30 in minutes played.
Husker Hype: Individual Notes
- Kelsey Griffin is enjoying a strong return to the court in Big 12 play after sitting out Nebraska’s final four non-conference games with a rib injury. The first-team All-Big 12 forward and reigning Big 12 Player of the Week is coming off a season-high 25-point effort at Colorado, that included 17 points in the second half. Griffin is leading the Huskers in Big 12 play with 16.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
- Last Sunday at Missouri, Griffin scored 23 points, including 17 in the second half, and pulled down nine rebounds to lead NU back from a 14-point deficit with 8:30 to play. She added her fourth double-double of the year with 19 points and 11 rebounds on Jan. 30 against No. 18 Kansas State.
- Griffin ranks among the top 10 in the Big 12 in league games only in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw percentage.
- Griffin ranks 14th on Nebraska’s career scoring list with 1,169 points. She needs 14 points to catch Jan Crouch at 13th (1,183).
- Danielle Page has blocked a shot in 19 straight games and 22 of 23 games this season. She has 56 on the year and 185 in her career to rank No. 2 all-time at Nebraska. She also ranks in the top 10 in Big 12 history.
- Page’s seven blocks against Kansas marked the second time in six games that the 6-2 forward had produced seven in a game, joining her seven-block effort at Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 13. Page has blocked seven or more shots three times in the last 33 games, including a school-recond nine blocks against Baylor on Feb. 3, 2007.
- A defensive star for the Huskers, Yvonne Turner leads the Big 12 with 3.0 steals per game in league action. She had six steals against No. 15 Texas and No. 21 Texas A&M, and five steals against Kansas. Turner owns at least one steal in 18 straight games, with two or more steals in 13 of those contests. She is tied for fourth on Nebraska’s sophomore single-season steals list (65).
- Turner has 65 steals on the year, which is 29 more than NU’s leader - Kelsey Griffin - had in 2006-07. In fact, Turner needs just four more steals to match the combined steals total of Griffin (36) and first-team All-Big 12 guard Kiera Hardy (33) who combined for 69 steals last season.
- Offensively, Turner has produced double figures in six of the last 13 games, including a career-high 18 points at No. 11 Oklahoma and 14 points at Colorado. She is averaging 10 points per game in Big 12 action. She has hit 14-of-27 three-point attempts over the last seven games, after opening the season 7-for-38 in the first 16 contests. She leads the Big 12 in conference action by shooting 50 percent (15-30) from long range.
- Cory Montgomery, who started NU’s last four non-conference games in place of Kelsey Griffin, came off the bench to score 21 points and grab eight boards at Iowa State. It was Montgomery’s 13th game in double figures this season. Montgomery owns the highest scoring average (10.4 ppg) of any non-starter in the Big 12.
Nebraska Ranks High in CollegeRPI.com
Nebraska, which entered the weekend at No. 17 in the CollegeRPI.com rankings, climbed to its highest ever mid-season ranking in the Ratings Percentage Index, coming in at No. 14 on Saturday, Jan. 26. The Huskers were ranked No. 1 in the RPI during the first two weeks of the season, but had never been a top-20 RPI team during regular-season Big 12 action.
NU has played the 16th-best schedule in the nation so far this season. The Big 12 Conference is the No. 1 league in the nation according to the most recent CollegeRPI.com rankings with 11 teams ranked in the CollegeRPI.com Top 100, including nine in the top 50.
Nebraska’s Sunday showdown against RPI No. 29 Oklahoma State will be NU’s 13th game against a top-50 RPI team. The Huskers are 6-6 against the CollegeRPI.com Top 50, including wins over No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 23 UTEP, No. 31 Kansas, No. 34 Texas, at No. 35 Iowa State and No. 39 Florida. NU has suffered top-50 RPI setbacks at No. 7 Baylor, at No. 8 Oklahoma, vs. No. 18 Kansas State, at No. 26 Ohio State, and on the road against No. 28 Utah and No. 38 Marist.
Scouting The Oklahoma State Cowgirls
The Oklahoma State Cowgirls come to Lincoln after an impressive 77-67 win over No. 5 Baylor in Stillwater on Tuesday night. The Cowgirls, who earlier in the season also posted a double-digit win over a top-10 Oklahoma squad at Gallagher-Iba Arena early the in the conference season, is one of the hottest teams in the Big 12.
The Cowgirls come to the Devaney Center with an 18-3 overall record and a 6-2 conference mark. OSU also brings the most explosive player in the league to Lincoln, as sophomore point guard Andrea Riley is averaging a Big 12-best 22.8 points per game. In Big 12 play, the 5-5 Riley has been even better, pumping in a staggering 26.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Riley has scored 30 or more points four times, including a career-high 45 in the win over Oklahoma.
Senior guard Danielle Green is also a major producer for the Cowgirls, averaging 13.7 points and 7.3 boards per game. Fellow senior Maria Cordero gives OSU three players averaging in double figures with 10.0 points and 6.0 boards per game after her 15-point, 14-rebound effort in the win over Baylor on Tuesday night.
Junior forward Shaunte’ Smith has pitched in 7.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while junior guard Taylor Hardeman rounds out one of the Big 12’s most experienced starting fives with 7.0 points and 2.2 boards.
The Cowgirls also get consistent help off the bench from 5-9 freshman guard Kristin Hernandez (7.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg), and 6-2 sophomore center Megan Byford (3.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg), while 6-3 freshman center Alex Richardson (2.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg) gives OSU more size in the paint. Freshman Shyvon Spears has also supplied some punch off the bench for the Cowgirls by contributing 2.7 points and 4.8 boards per game.
OSU is one of the most explosive offensive squads in the Big 12, averaging 79.4 points per game. The Cowgirls have outscored their opponents by 22.5 points per game on the year, while outrebounding the opposition by a stellar 11.1 boards per contest. Oklahoma State also owns a plus-4.9 team turnover margin.
Nebraska vs. Oklahoma State Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Oklahoma State, 30-24, including a 7-3 mark in the last 10 meetings. Last season, OSU snapped the Huskers’ five-game series winning streak with a 63-60 win in Stillwater. Two seasons earlier at Gallagher-Iba, the game also came down to a last shot, as first-team All-Big 12 guard Kiera Hardy drilled a jumper from the left side to give NU a 73-71 win.
Nebraska has won the last two series meetings in Lincoln, including an 81-56 win on Feb. 21, 2006. The Huskers’ series with the Cowgirls dates back to their first meeting on Feb. 12, 1976, as members of the old Big Eight Conference. NU won that meeting 62-58 in the first round of the Big Eight Tournament in Manhattan, Kan.
Huskers Battle Back to Beat Buffs in Boulder, 80-71
Kelsey Griffin scored a game and season-high 25 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead Nebraska to its second straight comeback on the road with an 80-71 win over Colorado in Boulder on Wednesday.
The Huskers, who trailed by four at 61-57 with 5:45 to play, erupted on a 13-3 run over the next four minutes to claim control of the game with a 70-64 lead after Griffin’s layup with 2:01 left.
Trailing 64-61 with under four minutes left, Yvonne Turner buried her third three-pointer of the game to tie it. Turner finished the night with 14 points on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range.
Senior Danielle Page put Nebraska in the lead with a layup to make it 66-64 with three minutes left. Page suffered through a frustrating night with just eight points on 4-of-13 shooting from the field but hit two of NU’s most crucial baskets in the final five minutes.
Turner then made the biggest defensive play of the game by stripping CU point guard Whitney Houston at halfcourt and racing to the bucket for a layup to put NU up 68-64 with 2:42 remaining. The Huskers hit 10 free throws down the stretch in the final 1:45 to seal the win.
Freshman Dominique Kelley added 10 points, while Cory Montgomery pitched in eight off the bench. Kaitlyn Burke contributed a pair of first-half three-pointers, while Kala Kuhlmann also contributed five first-half points.
Bianca Smith and Brittany Spears led CU with 19 points apiece, while Houston added double figures with 10 points off the bench. Nebraska limited the Buffs’ All-Big 12 forward Jackie McFarland to just one point in 29 minutes. McFarland was averaging nearly 19 points per game entering the contest.
For the game, Nebraska hit 27-of-57 shots from the field, including 7-of-11 three-pointers. NU also outscored CU at the line, 19-12. The Buffs outrebounded NU 34-30, but the Huskers were plus-eight in the turnover department, committing just 11 turnovers on the night. Colorado hit 25-of-54 shots from the field, including 9-of-21 threes, while hitting 12-of-14 free throws. The Buffs committed 19 turnovers.
Nebraska jumped out to a quick 11-4 lead with a 9-0 run capped by a Griffin jumper with 13:32 left in the first half, but the Buffaloes answered in a big way with a 15-0 burst that included a trio of three-pointers by Smith to take a 19-11 edge with 10:34 in the opening period.
Colorado’s lead grew as large as 29-17 after Caley Dow’s layup with 5:31 left in the half, but Nebraska responded by hitting five consecutive three-pointers in a span of 3:05 to trim CU’s lead to 35-30. Turner’s second three actually sparked a 9-0 run by NU to end the half. The Huskers took a 36-35 lead on Griffin’s putback with six seconds left.
In an action-packed first half, NU scored 21 points in the final 5:20. Midway through the half, the Huskers and Buffs combined to knock down eight three-pointers in a stretch of just six minutes. The Huskers hit 14-of-30 shots from the field in the first half, including 6-of-7 three-point attempts, while knocking down just 2-of-3 free throws. The Buffs connected on 13-of-28 field goals, including 7-of-14 threes in the first half.
Huskers Ranking High in Big 12 Statistics
The Huskers are off to a strong start through the first half of the Big 12 Conference season. In conference games only, Nebraska leads the Big 12 in scoring offense by averaging 70.9 points per game in league play. The Huskers also lead the Big 12 in free throw percentage (78.4 percent), while ranking among the top five teams in the league in several categories.
The Huskers rank second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (37.1 percent) and assist-to-turnover ratio (13.11 apg), while ranking third in the conference in field goal percentage (42.6 percent) and assists (13.11 apg).
NU ranks fifth in the league in scoring margin (+4.3 ppg) and turnover margin (+2.1 turnovers per game).
Griffin’s Back and You’re Gonna Be in Trouble
First-team All-Big 12 forward Kelsey Griffin continues to surge in Big 12 play, ranking among the top 10 players in scoring (8th, 16.2 ppg), rebounding (10th, 7.6 rpg), field goal percentage (7th, 50.0 percent) and free throw percentage (8th, 78.3 percent) in league games only.
Griffin is coming off another clutch performance on the road with a season-high 25 points in Wednesday’s win at Colorado. Griffin’s effort included 17 second-half points, the second straight game she had scored 17 in the second half.
The 6-2 junior forward from Eagle River, Alaska, secured Big 12 Player-of-the-Week honors on Feb. 4, by capping her best week of the season with a game-high 23 points, including 17 in the second half, and nine rebounds in a comeback win at Missouri on Feb. 3. She opened the week with her fourth double-double of the year with 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 77-75 loss to No. 18 Kansas State on Jan. 30.
Griffin returned to the starting lineup against No. 15 Texas after missing NU’s last four non-conference games with a cracked rib suffered in NU’s exhibition finale against Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 5. During the non-conference season, she averaged just 11.9 points and 5.6 boards per game while being substantially limited by the injury.
In league play, Griffin owns three double-doubles and has scored in double figures eight times, including each of the last six games. She opened conference action with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a win over No. 15 Texas. She was even better with 16 points and 10 boards in Nebraska’s 73-60 win over No. 21 Texas A&M on Jan. 23. She also had 16 points in NU’s road win at Iowa State on Jan. 19, 15 points and six boards in a home win over Kansas, and 12 points and eight rebounds at No. 6 Baylor.
Griffin has started 19 games this season and has taken a team-leading 15 charges. She did not practice or play from Dec. 14 to Jan. 3 while recovering from her rib injury. She continues to play with a protective vest.
Lone Senior Page Leading Huskers Across the Board
Nebraska senior Danielle Page is averaging 12.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game. She ranks 20th in the Big 12 in scoring and owns four 20-plus scoring efforts this season, including two in the last five games. Her last came with 20 points against No. 18 Kansas State on Jan. 30. She also had nine rebounds, four blocks, three steals and two assists against the Wildcats. She pumped in a game-high 25 points in NU’s win over No. 21 Texas A&M on Jan. 23.
The 6-2 forward from Monument, Colo., has scored in double figures 15 times this year. She produced a career-high 27 points in an 80-59 win over Mississippi on Nov. 11, and averaged 23.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in NU’s opening weekend. She earned the first Big 12 Conference Player-of-the-Week award on Nov. 12. In an 87-69 win over USC on Dec. 8, Page had 21 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
Page has dominated defensively, ranking fourth in the Big 12 with 2.4 blocks per game. She also ranks fifth in league-only action with 2.7 blocks per contest. She had one of her best career defensive efforts with seven blocks, 13 defensive rebounds and one steal in NU’s win at Cal State Bakersfield. She added seven more blocks to go along with eight points, seven boards, four assists and three steals in a win over Kansas on Jan. 12.
Page produced her first double-double of the year and third of her career with 11 points and 10 rebounds in NU’s win over Florida on Nov. 17.
She scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and tied a career high with four assists while blocking three shots in Nebraska’s win over Robert Morris on Dec. 2. She added a 17-point effort in a win over Creighton that included five rebounds and three blocked shots on Nov. 30. She had 16 points and eight rebounds in a loss at No. 18 Ohio State on Dec. 22, before producing 10 points, eight boards and three steals in NU’s run past Denver on Dec. 30.
Last year, Page bounced back quickly from ACL surgery on her right knee on June 29, 2006, to appear in NU’s first game. She enjoyed her best season, averaging 7.0 points and 5.5 rebounds, including a season-high 17 points against Kansas on Jan. 27. It was one of seven double-figure scoring performances for Page as a junior, including her second career double-double with 11 points and 10 boards in NU’s win over No. 25 Kansas State on Jan. 17.
Page showed her defensive dominance throughout the season by setting NU’s junior single-season record with 60 blocked shots, including a record-setting nine blocks, while tying a career high with 11 rebounds in Nebraska’s 76-67 win over No. 13 Baylor on Feb. 3.
Page’s effort against the Lady Bears was one of the best individual defensive performances in school history. She tied the previous school record with seven blocks in just 13 first-half minutes, before adding a pair after halftime. She also grabbed nine defensive rebounds. She added a strong effort in the NCAA Tournament with eight points, a game-high eight rebounds and an NU NCAA Tournament record five blocks in a loss to Temple on March 18.
She added 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in NU’s 79-76 overtime loss to Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals (March 7). Page scored eight straight points at the end of regulation and the start of overtime, including a pair of free throws with 9.7 seconds left in regulation to give NU a 70-67 lead over ISU.
Montgomery May Be Big 12’s Best Off the Bench
Although Cory Montgomery made four consecutive starts to close non-conference action, the 6-2 sophomore forward returned to her role as one of the Big 12 Conference’s best off the bench for the start of league play against No. 15 Texas when first-team All-Big 12 forward Kelsey Griffin returned to the lineup.
Montgomery continued to supply big minutes for the Huskers by scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds in the win over the Longhorns. She added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds at No. 11 Oklahoma, before matching her career high with 21 points to go along with eight rebounds in just 23 minutes off the bench in NU’s win at Iowa State on Jan. 19. It was her 13th double-figure scoring effort of the season.
Through 23 games, Montgomery is averaging 10.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Montgomery gives the Huskers a formidable forward rotation, joining Danielle Page and Kelsey Griffin inside.
She made her first career start in Nebraska’s 75-52 win at Long Beach State on Dec. 15, and scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, including her fourth three-pointer of the season against the 49ers. She added 14 points and six rebounds in a career-high 32 minutes in her second career start at No. 18 Ohio State on Dec. 22. Montgomery also knocked down a career-best two three-pointers against the Buckeyes.
She pumped in 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds in a win over Denver on Dec. 30. Montgomery came up big in Nebraska’s 87-69 victory over USC on Dec. 8, by setting a career high with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field to go along with six rebounds. She scored seven points in the final 3:14 to help NU turn a seven-point lead into an 18-point win, while scoring 14 of her game-high 21 points in the second half.
In NU’s win over Cal State Bakersfield, Montgomery scored nine points in the final eight minutes to help the Huskers surge to victory down the stretch. She hit 5-of-7 shots from the field for the game, missing only a pair of three-point attempts, to finish with 12 points.
Montgomery produced the first double-double of her career with 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in Nebraska’s win over Robert Morris on Dec. 2. She earned a spot on the five-player all-tournament team at the Oahu Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, by averaging 10.3 points off the bench in three tournament games.
Turner Turning it on in Big 12 Action
Sophomore Yvonne Turner has turned up her production in Big 12 play. The 5-8 guard from Omaha is averaging 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3.0 steals per game in league action.
Turner, who is leading the Big 12 in both steals (3.0 spg) and three-point field goal percentage (50 percent, 15-30) in conference games only, is coming off an impressive 14-point effort at Colorado that included 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range. She added four steals, three rebounds and two assists in the come-from-behind win over the Buffs. Her final three-pointer tied the game at 64 with 3:30 left. She then stole the ball from CU’s Whitney Houston at halfcourt and raced for an uncontested layup to put NU up 68-64. Turner also hit three free throws in the final 1:45 to seal the win.
In another clutch effort last week, Turner led NU back for a 14-point second-half deficit by scoring all nine of her points after halftime, including eight in the final 4:09 in NU’s win at Missouri on Feb. 3.
She opened league play with a similar nine-point, six-steal performance in a win over No. 15 Texas on Jan. 9. Turner scored all nine of her points in the second half to help the Huskers pull away from UT.
Turner erupted for a career-high 18 points with a trio of three-pointers in a loss at No. 11 Oklahoma. She closed the best week of her career by posting 10 points, with three more threes, to go along with five assists and two steals in the Huskers’ 10-point win at Iowa State on Jan. 19.
Turner continued her terrific play by posting 11 points, three assists and six steals while going head-to-head with senior All-Big 12 guard A’Quonesia Franklin from No. 21 Texas A&M. Turner’s electric defense forced Franklin into six turnovers, while she held the senior to just four points and one assist in a Husker win.
Turner ranks second in the league overall with 2.8 steals per game, while leading the Big 12 in league games only with 3.0 steals per contest. Turner’s 65 steals this season are tied for fourth by a sophomore in school history and are 29 more than any Husker had all of last season.
She owns at least one steal in 18 consecutive games, with at least two steals in 13 of those contests. She also owns seven double-figure scoring efforts on the year, including six in her last 13 games.
Turner has hit 14-of-27 three-point attempts over the last seven games, after opening the year 7-of-38 from long range in the first 16 games.
She had her most impressive defensive performance with a career-high eight steals in Nebraska’s 90-63 win over Florida on Nov. 17. Turner nabbed five steals in the first 1:31 of the second half, while her eight steals tied for the eighth-highest total in school history, just two shy of Kathy Hawkins’ school record. Amazingly, Turner recorded her eight steals in her first 12 minutes of action on the court in the game’s first 22 minutes. She added eight more steals against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Jan.2), giving her two of the top-10 individual single-game steals efforts in school history. She is one of only three players in NU history to record eight or more steals twice in a career.
Minimizing Minutes, Maximizing Production
Senior forward Danielle Page is leading the Huskers in playing time with 26.8 minutes per game. While she leads the Huskers, Page does not even crack the Big 12’s list of 30 leaders in playing time.
In fact, Nebraska is the only team in the Big 12 that does not have a player who ranks among the top 30 in the league in minutes. The only other team with fewer than two players is Texas Tech (Dominic Seals, 30.0 mpg).
Griffin Climbing Husker Career Scoring Chart
Junior forward Kelsey Griffin has jumped to No. 14 on the Nebraska career scoring chart with 1,169 points. She needs 14 points to catch Jan Crouch in 13th with 1,183. In Nebraska’s win over USC on Dec. 8, Griffin became the 23rd player in NU history to reach the 1,000-point mark in her career. She also became just the 15th player in school history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in her career. She enters the Oklahoma State game with 581 career boards.
To join Nebraska’s top-10 list as a scorer by the end of her junior season, Griffin will need to reach Diane DelVigna at 1,433 points. To become one of NU’s top-10 career rebounders, Griffin (581) needs 60 more boards to catch Tina McClain at 641. Teammate Danielle Page (572) is also within striking distance of NU’s top 10 in that category.
Griffin needs three more blocks to crack NU’s career top 10. She owns 60 blocks in her career and has 17 in her first 19 games this year. Pyra Aarden and Karen Jennings are tied for ninth on NU’s career chart with 63 blocks.
Freshman Kelley Produces Solid Early Numbers
Lincoln native Dominique Kelley has her Husker career off to a strong start. The Lincoln Northeast High School graduate ranks sixth on the team in scoring with 6.8 points per game, while adding 3.1 rebounds per contest. She also ranks fourth on the squad with 2.2 assists per game. Kelley ranks among the top 10 freshmen in the Big 12 in scoring (ninth), rebounding (eighth) and assists (third). Her 15 three-pointers rank seventh.
Kelley had a strong 10-point effort in a win over No. 21 Texas A&M, that included career highs with five assists and two steals. She also pulled down three boards against the Aggies. She is coming off another solid effort with 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in NU’s win at Colorado on Wednesday night. It was Kelley’s sixth double-figure scoring effort of the year.
She scored a game-high 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field in NU’s 67-39 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Jan. 2. That effort followed a 15-point performance that included a career-high nine rebounds in a 73-38 win over Denver on Dec. 30. Kelley also knocked down a career-high three three-pointers against the Pioneers.
Kelley established her career high with 16 points in a 90-63 win over Florida on Nov. 17, before leading the Huskers with 13 points and seven boards in a 75-47 win over Akron on Nov. 25. She added a strong effort with nine points, five rebounds and two assists at No. 18 Ohio State on Dec. 22.
Kelley is shooting a team-best 42.9 percent (15-35) from three-point range. She has been hot from long range in recent weeks, hitting 12-of-23 three-point attempts over the last 14 games.
The 2007 Nebraska High School Player of the Year and a WBCA Honorable-Mention High School All-American, Kelley produced one of the best prep careers in Nebraska history at Lincoln Northeast.
Kelley led the Rockets to a 70-3 record in her final three seasons, scoring 595 points as a senior, just 19 points shy of the Class A single-season scoring record set by former Husker and 1988 Big Eight Player-of-the-Year Maurtice Ivy. Kelley averaged 24.7 points per game last year.
Hester Gives Huskers All-Around Threat On The Wing
Junior guard Tay Hester has given Nebraska an all-around offensive and defensive threat on the wing early in her Husker career. The 5-10 guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., produced her first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in the season opener against her former teammates from UTEP.
Hester’s double-double was the first by a Husker wing player since Keasha Cannon-Johnson had 11 points and 10 rebounds in NU’s Postseason WNIT victory over Drake on March 18, 2004.
Hester closed her strong weekend by adding 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the win over Ole Miss on Nov. 11. Hester added a team-high four assists, to go along with four rebounds and a steal against the Rebels.
The California native has produced double figures seven times, including a career-high 14 points and four assists in a loss at No. 14 Ohio State on Dec. 22. She had 10 points and five rebounds at No. 11 Oklahoma on Jan. 16, before adding 10 points and six boards at No. 6 Baylor on Jan. 26.
She also pitched in 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in Nebraska’s 87-69 win over USC on Dec. 8. Hester scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half to help the Huskers turn a two-point halftime lead into an 18-point victory over the Women of Troy.
Hester had 11 points and six rebounds in a win over Robert Morris on Dec. 2, after producing eight points, eight rebounds and three assists in a win over Creighton on Nov. 30.
Through 23 games, Hester is averaging 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while ranking second on the team with 28 steals and tying for second with 50 assists.
Burke Earns Nomination For Best Supporting Role
No stranger to the spotlight, Kaitlyn Burke has certainly earned a nomination for best supporting role by a Husker non-starter in her young Nebraska career. The former childhood actress played starring roles in Nebraska’s wins in California.
The 5-7 guard from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, erupted for career highs of 15 points, five three-pointers and seven assists in a career-best 34 minutes off the bench in NU’s win at Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 13. She provided an impressive encore by leading the Huskers in scoring, rebounding and assists with 14 points, a career-high seven boards and five assists in a 75-52 run past Long Beach State on Dec. 15.
She added 12 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting, to go along with six assists in NU’s win at Iowa State on Jan. 19.
Nebraska’s leader in both assists (60) and three-pointers made (28), Burke is averaging 6.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. She ranks 10th among Big 12 freshmen in scoring, second in assists and fifth in three-pointers made.
Burke brought her talents to the Devaney Center stage in her career-opening performance against UTEP on Nov. 9. She poured in 13 points, including a trio of three-pointers, to help the Huskers to an 81-74 win over the Miners. She added a solid encore in Nebraska’s win over Ole Miss on Nov. 11, when she scored nine points, grabbed two steals and dished out an assist in 21 minutes to conclude a strong opening weekend.
Burke turned her focus from feature films such as Questar’s Ms. Bear (1997) and Bear with Me (2000), to athletics seven years ago, after appearing with such Hollywood stars as Lindsay Lohan, Tyra Banks and Henry Winkler. Last year, Burke played on the international stage as a member of the Canadian Junior National Team and was one of the first members of the Canadian National Development Academy in 2006-07.
Four Huskers Own Double-Doubles
Nebraska is displaying impressive athleticism across the board early in the 2007-08 season. Through 23 games, four different Huskers have put up double-doubles in points and rebounds, while freshman guard Dominique Kelley just missed her first career double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds against Denver on Dec. 30.
Kelsey Griffin is the most recent Husker to notch a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds against No. 18 Kansas State on Jan. 30. It was Griffin’s fourth double-double of the season and third in eight Big 12 games.
Newcomer Tay Hester was the first Husker to notch a double-double on the year with 13 points and 12 rebounds in NU’s opening-night win over UTEP on Nov. 9. Hester became the first NU wing player since Keasha Cannon-Johnson on March 18, 2004, to claim a double-double. Senior forward Danielle Page joined Hester with a double-double by producing 11 points and 10 boards in Nebraska’s win over Florida on Nov. 17. It was Page’s third career double-double.
Against Robert Morris on Dec. 2, both Griffin and Cory Montgomery produced their first double-doubles of the season, as Griffin rolled to 15 points and 12 rebounds in just 17 minutes, while Montgomery notched her first career double-double with 16 points and 11 boards in 22 minutes.
Last season, Griffin claimed 10 double-doubles on the season, but Page was the only other Husker to manage a double-double on the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas State on Jan. 17.
All-Big 12 Forward Griffin Shows Her Toughness
First-team All-Big 12 forward Kelsey Griffin was listed as questionable for NU’s season-opening win over UTEP, but the only question in her mind may have been when she was going to decide that she would start.
She answered that question at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 9, when she made the decision to start Nebraska’s season opener despite sitting out all week with sore ribs.
Griffin suffered the injury after a pair of collisions early in the second half of a Nov. 5 exhibition win over Nebraska-Omaha. In fact, she was not around to see NU’s win over the Mavs because she was taken by ambulance to Saint Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center in Lincoln for evaluation and testing. She did not spend the night in the hospital, but she did not practice on Nov. 7 or Nov. 8 and shot around for only a few minutes on Nov. 9.
Griffin showed no ill effects of the injury, grabbing the opening tip-off and helping the Huskers roll to a 31-16 lead in the first 14 minutes by scoring six points and grabbing six rebounds. She finished the night with 15 points and eight boards, almost exactly her averages from her first-team All-Big 12 season in 2006-07.
The injury did affect Griffin in NU’s second game against Ole Miss. She played just 19 minutes and attempted just three shots from the field, settling for a career-low two points. Her interior presence continued to be the focus of the Ole Miss defense, and her teammates benefitted in a big way, as Danielle Page scored a career-high 27 points, while sophomore forward Cory Montgomery added 10 points.
Griffin leads the team in scoring with 13.9 points and ranks second with 6.5 rebounds per game. She also leads the Huskers by taking 15 charges this season, including three in a win at Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 13. She scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in NU’s win at Missouri on Feb. 3. She had 20 points and seven boards in a win over Creighton on Nov. 30, but aggravated her rib injury when she fell hard to the floor while being fouled on her final basket of the night with less than three minutes left. She bounced back quickly, despite being slowed by a head cold, to post her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Robert Morris just two days later.
Page Swats Way Up Nebraska Blocked Shot Lists
Senior Danielle Page has established herself as one of the Big 12’s best shot blockers during her career, and is continuing to attack the Husker record book as a senior.
Page, who has produced the three best single-game block marks in school history in her last 33 games, set a season high with seven rejections in Nebraska’s win at Cal State Bakersfield on Dec. 13, and matched the mark with seven more blocks in NU’s win over Kansas on Jan. 12 - a span of just six games.
She has increased her 2007-08 season total to 56 blocks, which is tied for fourth on Nebraska’s single-season block chart. Her seven blocks tied for second on NU’s single-game chart, trailing only her nine blocks in a 76-67 win over No. 13 Baylor on Feb. 3, 2007.
In the 2006-07 season finale against Temple on March 18, Page smashed NU’s NCAA Tournament record with five blocks against the Owls to push her total to 60. Page’s season mark set Nebraska’s junior single-season record and ranked as the second-highest single-season block mark in NU history, trailing only 69 by Janet Smith (1979-80).
Page, who has blocked at least one attempt in 33 of the last 34 games, owns 56 blocks on the year to rank fourth in the Big 12 in that category. Page is on pace to challenge Smith’s single-season block mark. Page is averaging 2.4 blocks per game, which over a 32-game season would give her 80 blocks. Page totaled 34 blocks (3.1 bpg) in NU’s final 11 games of 2006-07, and in Big 12 games only, she ranked second (2.38 bpg).
Page ranks second on NU’s career blocked shot list with 185 in her career. With 60 blocks as a junior, she became just the fourth player in Nebraska history to block 50 shots in a season, joining Janet Smith (four times), Katie Morse (54, 2003-04) and Casey Leonhardt (51, 2000-01).
NU’s career leader with 238 blocks, Smith owned the top three single-season block marks with 56 in 1981-82, 59 in 1980-81 and 69 in 1979-80, before Page’s performance in 2006-07.
In 2005-06, Page’s 38 blocks ranked as the second-most in history by an NU sophomore, trailing only Smith’s 69. Page’s 31 blocks ranked fourth in history among NU freshmen. Page has joined Smith as the only Huskers in history to record 30 or more blocks in four consecutive seasons. In fact, Page and Smith are the only Huskers to produce 30 or more blocks in three straight years.
Huskers Battling Big Names at Devaney Center in 2007-08
Nebraska will face some of the nation’s top teams on the Huskers’ homecourt at the Bob Devaney Sports Center during an impressive 2007-08 schedule. Through 23 games NU’s overall strength of schedule ranks No. 16 nationally according to CollegeRPI.com.
NU’s home schedule featured non-conference home battles against traditional SEC powers Mississippi and Florida, along with Pac 10 power USC in an eight-game non-conference home schedule. Nebraska’s home Big 12 schedule includes contests with defending conference co-champion Texas A&M, 2007 NCAA Tournament qualifiers Iowa State and Oklahoma State and traditionally strong Texas.
NU’s schedule features 15 games against 2007 postseason qualifiers, including 10 against 2007 NCAA Tournament squads. The Huskers could play six games against teams that finished among last year’s top 25 RPI clubs.
The Huskers received their stiffest home test in an 81-74 win over UTEP in the season opener on Nov. 9. The Miners finished with a 22-8 record in 2006-07. After taking on a pair of 20-win teams in UTEP and Ole Miss (Nov. 11), the Huskers rolled to a 90-63 win over SEC foe Florida at the Devaney Center on Nov. 17. The Gators have advanced to the postseason in 13 of the last 15 years, including 11 NCAA tournaments.
After opening the season with a three-game homestand, Nebraska made a long road trip to the Oahu Classic in Honolulu during Thanksgiving break. The tournament field featured Marist, which finished with a 29-6 overall record as the Mid-American Conference champions last year. Marist knocked off Ohio State in the opening round and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 before falling to eventual national champion Tennessee. After losing to Marist, the Huskers fell to 2006 NCAA Elite Eight qualifier Utah, which advanced to the 2007 Postseason WNIT.
After their trip to Hawaii, the Huskers returned home for a three-game stand beginning with a 79-65 win over Creighton (Nov. 30), before defeating Northeast Conference champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier Robert Morris, 73-58. The Colonials finished with a 24-8 record a year ago before losing to NC State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers closed the stand by running to an 87-69 win over USC.
Nebraska enjoyed a solid trip to California with wins over Cal State Bakersfield and Long Beach State, before facing a tough test at Ohio State on Dec. 22 in Columbus, Ohio. The No. 18 Buckeyes captured the Big Ten title in 2007 and finished the year with a 28-4 record as the No. 12 RPI club in the country.
After closing non-conference play with a pair of home wins against Denver (Dec. 30), which won 20 games last year, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Jan. 2), the Huskers opened Big 12 play with a pair of home wins against No. 15 Texas (56-45, Jan. 9) and Kansas (71-51, Jan. 12), with the game against KU coming in an FSN national telecast.
Nebraska dove into conference road action by traveling to defending Big 12 champion and 2007 Sweet 16 qualifier Oklahoma (Jan. 16), before beating Iowa State in Ames for the first time since 1997. The Cyclones tied for fourth in the 2007 league standings with the Huskers and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskers returned home to run past defending Big 12 regular-season co-champion Texas A&M at the Devaney Center (Jan. 23), before traveling to Waco, Texas to take on Baylor (Jan. 26).
NU turned its attention to the Big 12 North Division, playing three straight games against intradivision foes, starting with a home game against Kansas State (Jan. 30) and ending with a nationally televised road contest at Missouri (Feb. 3) and Colorado (Feb. 6).
A Sunday afternoon home battle with 2007 NCAA qualifier Oklahoma State (Feb. 10) precedes the Huskers’ lone bye week of the 2007-08 season, before NU heads down the stretch in conference play at Kansas (Feb. 17). Three of the Huskers’ final five regular-season games will be played at the Devaney Center, including a Thursday night tussle with the Missouri Tigers (Feb. 21), a Sunday afternoon battle with the Colorado Buffaloes (March 2) and a Senior Night struggle against Iowa State to close the season (March 5).
Nebraska heads to Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship March 11-15, and NCAA Tournament play will begin the following weekend. The 2008 NCAA Women’s Final Four will be held at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., April 6-8.
Yori Leading Impressive Growth in Nebraska Program
Entering her sixth season at Nebraska, Coach Connie Yori has the Huskers in the middle of an impressive growth stage after a major rebuilding project in 2002.
Yori arrived in Lincoln on June 24, 2002, and was left with only a handful of healthy scholarship players and three consecutive losing seasons behind the existing players. After a challenging first season, Yori guided the Huskers to one of the nation’s top turnarounds in 2003-04.
Nebraska finished the season with an 18-12 record and the Huskers’ 10-game improvement tied for the ninth-best swing in NCAA Division I women’s basketball in 2003-04. More impressively, NU’s final record came against a powerful schedule that included 19 games against teams that advanced to postseason play.
The Huskers raced to a 10-1 non-conference record that included victories over No. 13 Ohio State and eventual WNIT champion Creighton, before notching one of the biggest wins in school history with an 81-63 victory over No. 9 Kansas State in league play. The Huskers finished with a 7-9 record in the Big 12 to finish in a tie for seventh place. NU may have been a two-point loss to Missouri or three-point loss to No. 13 Colorado away from earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000.
The Huskers made their first postseason appearance since 2000 and played host to a postseason tournament game for the first time since 1993. Nebraska notched just the second home postseason victory in school history with a first-round WNIT win over Drake, before hosting just the third postseason game in school history in the second round against Oregon State.
Nebraska continued the momentum in 2004-05 by replacing four senior starters from 2003-04 and finishing with an 18-14 overall mark and its second straight postseason bid. The Huskers’ 8-8 Big 12 mark was their best finish since 2000, and included the biggest victory in school history, a 103-99 triple overtime win over eventual national champion and then-No. 2 Baylor on Jan. 12, 2005. The Huskers also won their first Big 12 Tournament game since the 2000 campaign and continued their climb in the classroom as well. NU posted a team GPA of better than 3.0 during the spring 2005 semester, as 10 Huskers earned spots on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor.
Nebraska kept building in 2005-06 by winning two postseason games for the first time in school history. NU’s 19-13 record also marked the Huskers’ most victories since the 1998-99 campaign. The Huskers finished with an 8-8 league mark and won a game in the Big 12 Championship for the second consecutive season.
Perhaps most impressively, the Huskers went 5-0 in regular-season rematches with Big 12 North Division opponents and completed the first three-game sweep of Colorado in school history. Overall, Nebraska posted a 7-3 regular-season mark against Big 12 North foes.
The Huskers produced a three-game improvement in the win column in 2006-07 with a 22-10 record and the first 20-win campaign at Nebraska since 1998-99. NU also secured a first-round bye in the Big 12 Tournament for just the second time in school history by finishing with a 10-6 league mark. NU went on to claim the schools’ first NCAA Tournament since 2000.
The 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year, Yori led Creighton to a 24-7 overall mark and a 16-2 MVC record in 2001-02 to capture the league’s regular-season and tournament titles. Yori’s success at CU in 2001-02 capped a 170-115 career mark at Creighton. Her teams made two trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and 2002. Before taking over the top job with the Bluejays, Yori led NCAA Division III Loras College to a 25-25 record in two seasons from 1990 to 1992. She also served as an assistant coach at Creighton from 1986 to 1989.
Yori was one of the top players in Creighton history, and she still owns the school record for career scoring average at 20.3 points per game. She ranks as CU’s No. 3 all-time leading scorer with 2,010 points, and she had her No. 25 jersey retired. She was inducted into the Creighton Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
A native of Ankeny, Iowa, the 43-year-old Yori is married to Kirk Helms, and the couple had their first child, Lukas, in early July of 2004.
Fastbreakers Booster Club
The Nebraska Women’s Basketball Booster Club, the Fastbreakers, and Lil’ Breakers Booster Club provide dynamic support to the Huskers. The Fastbreakers was organized to generate enthusiasm for the game of women’s basketball by increasing attendance and providing support for the program.
All members receive priority access to travel, meals and invitations to membership-only events.
For more information on the Fastbreakers and Lil’ Breakers Booster Club, please visit the Nebraska women’s basketball home page on Huskers.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (402) 430-1343.
2008 Fastbreakers Membership Levels
- Tip-In ($50) (Membership Card, e-mail news flashes, game day program, game notes, year-end banquet invite, backboard banquets, Fastbreakers Appreciation Picnic/Dinner)
- 3-Pointer ($100) (Same as Tip-In, membership pin, media guide and a free Lil’ Breakers membership)
- Slam Dunk ($250) (Same as 3-Pointer, plus season highlights DVD)
- All-Star ($500) (Same as Slam Dunk, turn in pin for ruby accent stone, autographed leather mini-basketball)
- MVP ($1,000+) (Same as All-Star, plus free admission for two at all Backboard Banquets, turn in pin for diamond accent stone, autographed team photo, preferred seating at year-end awards banquet)
The Fastbreakers announced their Backboard Banquet Schedule for the 2007-08 season in October. Each meal will be served by Premier Catering and reservations can be made by calling Rose Sousek in the Nebraska women’s basketball office at (402) 472-6462.
Fastbreakers Backboard Banquet Schedule
- Sunday, Feb. 10 - Oklahoma State - Postgame (Meal) - 1:15 p.m. (Tip)
- Wednesday, March 5 - Iowa State - 5:30 p.m. (Meal) - 7:05 p.m. (Tip)
For more information on the Fastbreakers Backboard Banquets, visit Fastbreakersonline.com or call Kathy Branchaud at 432-8990 or Connie Renken at 476-0306. To make your reservations, call Rose Sousek at the Nebraska women’s basketball office at (402) 472-6462.
Nebraska Women’s Basketball TV Show Schedule
The Nebraska Women’s Basketball Show with Coach Connie Yori will enter its sixth year of featuring all the behind the scenes action with the Huskers. Each week, Coach Yori and host Jeff Griesch bring Husker fans all the highlights of NU’s previous games, along with one-on-one interviews, special features and previews of upcoming games. The show is available seven days a week on various cable stations across Nebraska and Iowa.
The show is scheduled to tip-off on Sunday, Dec. 9, on WOWT (DT-620) at 7 p.m., followed by an airing on WOWT in Omaha (channel 6 in Lincoln) at 11:35 p.m. central time each Sunday. KOLN/KGIN (My TV) will air the show on Monday at 10:30 p.m., while Time Warner Cable in Lincoln will air the show weekly on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. The show will also be availabe in Lincoln on Time Warner Cable’s Nebraska On-Demand Channel 101.
Spencer Municipal Utilities in Spencer, Iowa, will air the Nebraska Women’s Basketball Show on Monday at 10 p.m. and Tuesday at 6 p.m. Great Plains Communications in Bloomfield, Grant, Elgin, North Bend, Broken Bow and Chadron will carry the show each week on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 5:30 p.m., while Lakes TV in Spirit Lake, Iowa, will carry the show on Friday at 10 p.m. KNOP/KIIT in North Platte will air each show on Saturday at noon.
All days and airtimes are subject to change on a weekly basis, so fans are encouraged to check local listings for times in their area. The show is available each week on HuskersNside, the premium site of Nebraska Athletics.
Jump to Froggy 98 in Lincoln to Listen to the Huskers
For the second straight year, all of Nebraska’s women’s basketball regular-season games will be available for the flagship station of the Husker Sports Network in Lincoln - Froggy 98.1 FM KFGE.
In 2007-08, all of NU’s regular-season women’s basketball games will be heard exclusively on KFGE in Lincoln and will continue to be available for free worldwide on Huskers.com.
Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will team up for their seventh full season on the call of the game, with Coatney providing the play-by-play. The pregame show hits the air 25 minutes before each scheduled tip-off.
Additionally, 880 AM KRVN in Lexington will also carry most of NU’s conference games, along with select non-conference matchups. Overall, NU’s radio network for women’s basketball consists of 24 stations across the state.
Along with the radio coverage over the airwaves, all of Nebraska’s games can be heard for free on Huskers.com. Nebraska is one of only three Big 12 schools to offer free live audio coverage of its women’s basketball games on its official athletic website.
Nebraska’s History of Success at Home
Since the Bob Devaney Sports Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 321-113 (.740) in games played in the arena, including 117-73 (.616) in conference games. NU is off to an impressive 11-1 start at home this season, after posting a 10-4 home mark in 2006-07. It is the fifth straight year under Coach Connie Yori that Nebraska has notched 10 or more home wins in a season, the longest stretch in school history.
The last five years, NU is 57-17 (.770) at th Devaney Center, with no more than four losses in any season.
Nebraska is 3-2 all-time in home postseason play, with an 81-58 win over San Diego on March 17, 1993, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Devaney Center. The Huskers added a 73-60 win over Drake in the first round of the WNIT on March 18, 2004, before losing 75-67 in the next round to Oregon State on March 22, 2004. Nebraska closed its 2004-05 season with a 71-67 loss to Iowa on March 25, 2005 in the WNIT second round.
Attendance is a big part of NU’s success. The Huskers drew their largest January crowd in school history with 7,727 fans for NU’s Big 12 home opener against No. 8 Oklahoma on Jan. 6, 2007. That number surpassed the 7,114 fans at the Devaney Center on Jan. 7, 2006, for the Huskers win over Kansas. NU added a season-high crowd of 7,821 against Missouri on Feb. 17.
Nebraska attendance increased nearly 30 percent in 2006-07, with an average home attendance of 4,110 per game. The Huskers averaged more than 5,000 fans per game during Big 12 play.
Nebraska ranked 14th nationally in average home attendance in 1999-2000 with 4,772 fans per game, after ranking 15th nationally with a school-record average of 5,000 fans per game in 1998-99. NU added an average home crowd of 4,204 in 2000-01.
Nebraska’s Attendance on the Rise
Nebraska drew its largest crowd of the 2006-07 season with 7,821 fans watching the Huskers take on Missouri at the Devaney Center on Feb. 17. It was NU’s second crowd of more than 7,500 in 2006-07, including the Huskers’ largest January crowd in history with 7,727 fans for the Big 12 home opener against No. 8 Oklahoma on Jan. 6.
The Huskers added 6,105 fans for "Dollar Days" in a 76-67 win over No. 13 Baylor on Feb. 3, and 5,763 fans for Senior Night in Nebraska’s regular-season home finale on Feb. 27.
Nebraska’s final home attendance average of 4,110 represented an average increase of 909 fans per game from the 2005-06 season for an increase of more than 28 percent.
In eight Big 12 Conference home games, the Huskers averaged 5,256 fans per game.