Huskers Seek Series Split with Cyclones
Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-7, 1-3 Big 12)
vs. #23 Iowa State Cyclones (13-5, 1-3 Big 12)
Devaney Center (13,595) • Lincoln, Neb. • Wednesday, Jan. 26, 7:05 p.m.
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Huskers Return Home to Complete Season Series with Cyclones
Nebraska returns to the Bob Devaney Sports Center Wednesday night to try and earn a season series split with Big 12 North division rival Iowa State.
Tip-off between the Huskers (11-7, 1-3 Big 12) and the No. 23 Cyclones (13-5, 1-3 Big 12) is set for 7:05 p.m., and general admission tickets are available at Huskers.com or by calling the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIG-RED or (402) 472-3111.
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Iowa State comes to Lincoln hungry for a win after having its 19-game home winning streak snapped by No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday. The Cyclones, who defeated NU 64-43 in Ames on Jan. 11, dropped a 66-60 overtime loss at Colorado after beating the Huskers. Like the Huskers, ISU had the mid-week off a week ago, before dropping a 60-51 decision to the Big 12-unbeaten Aggies. ISU opened Big 12 play with a road loss at No. 1 Baylor.
The Huskers will also be hungry after suffering a 64-37 road defeat at Kansas State on Saturday. Nebraska shot a season-low 23.5 percent from the field at Bramlage Coliseum, including just 2-for-17 from three-point range.
The performance at K-State followed one of Nebraska's best efforts of the season in its last appearance at the Devaney Center. The Huskers improved to 9-1 at home this season with a 75-61 overtime win over Kansas on Jan. 16. Lindsey Moore, Kaitlyn Burke and Catheryn Redmon all produced career days against the Jayhawks, and the Huskers will need similar efforts to beat the Cyclones.
Redmon, a 6-3 senior center from Grand Prairie, Texas, has provided a solid presence inside for the Huskers throughout the season and has stepped up her production in conference play. Redmon, who notched back-to-back double-doubles against Kansas and Kansas State, averaging 13.5 points, 15.5 rebounds, 5.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in the those two contests, is averaging 10.3 points and a Big 12-leading 10.8 rebounds in league play. She also ranks third in Big 12 play with 3.0 blocks per contest.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-7, 1-3 Big 12)
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 14.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg
44 - Catheryn Redmon - 6-3 - Sr. - C - 10.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - So. - G - 11.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg
5 - Kaitlyn Burke - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 6.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg
20 - Katya Leick - 6-1 - So. - F - 5.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg
Off the Bench
24 - Dominique Kelley - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 14.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg
13 - Jessica Periago - 6-4 - Sr. - C - 2.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
1 - Kellie McCann-Smith - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 3.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg
55 - Adrianna Maurer - 6-3 - Fr. - C - 1.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg
21 - Harleen Sidhu - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 1.2 ppg, 0.8 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - So. - F - 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
Ninth Season at NU (164-106); 21st Season Overall (359-246)
#23 Iowa State Cyclones (13-5, 1-3)
5 - Hallie Christofferson - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 9.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg
55 - Anna Prins - 6-7 - So. - C - 9.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg
10 - Lauren Mansfield - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 8.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg
11 - Kelsey Bolte - 6-1 - Sr. - G - 17.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg
23 - Chassidy Cole - 5-8 - Jr. - G - 1.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Off the Bench
3 - Kelsey Harris - 5-10 - Fr. - G - 3.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg
12 - Jessica Schroll - 5-11 - So. - G/F - 3.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg
24 - Elly Arganbright - 5-6 - Fr. - G - 0.8 ppg, 0.2 rpg
33 - Chelsea Poppens - 6-2 - So. - F - 8.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg
42 - Amanda Zimmerman - 6-1 - So. - F - 3.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg
Head Coach: Bill Fennelly (William Penn, 1979)
16th Season at ISU (345-154); 23rd Season Overall (511-207)
Redmon Posts Second Straight Double-Double in Loss at KSU
Nebraska's offense was never able to get untracked against Kansas State's suffocating defense in a 64-37 loss at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
Catheryn Redmon led the Huskers with her eighth career double-double and fifth of the season with 12 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots. Jordan Hooper added 10 points and seven boards as the only two Huskers to manage double figures.
Redmon and Hooper combined for eight of NU's season-low 12 field goals, as the Huskers shot a season-low 23.5 percent (12-51) from the field. NU was also 2-of-17 from three-point range, as the Wildcats outscored the Huskers 30-6 from beyond the arc.
Kansas State was led by Brittany Chambers, who led all scorers with 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including a 5-of-8 effort from three-point range. Chambers added 11 rebounds and four assists to power the Wildcats.
Alina Voronenko was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 11 points off the bench, including a pair of three-pointers. While Chambers hit 10-of-15 shots, the rest of KSU's starters went a combined 7-of-31 in the game and managed just 18 points.
The Wildcats hit 35.8 percent (24-67) of their shots, but shot a sizzling 10-of-22 from three-point range. NU outscored KSU, 11-6, at the line. NU also outrebounded the Cats 44-39, but committed 22 turnovers, compared to just eight for KSU.
In a low-scoring first half of big runs, Nebraska jumped to a 4-0 lead before Kansas State answered with a 17-0 spurt to take its biggest lead at 17-4 after five straight points from Voronenko. NU answered with a 10-0 run of its own over the next four minutes to trim the KSU margin to 17-14 with 6:21 left in the half.
Kansas State then ended a five-minute scoring drought with a three-point play from Chambers, starting a 7-0 run to return KSU's cushion to double digits at 24-14 with 3:46 left. A Chambers' three with 1:48 left pushed KSU's edge back to 13 at 29-16 before Redmon scored with 1:33 left to send NU to the locker room with an 11-point halftime deficit. Redmon, who scored the Huskers' final four points of the half, had six points, five rebounds, three blocks and a steal in the opening 20 minutes.
In their lowest scoring first half of the season, Nebraska hit just 6-of-25 shots from the field, including just 1-of-5 three-pointers. NU did go 5-of-6 at the free throw line and outrebounded KSU, 23-20, but the Huskers were minus-eight in the turnover department (12-4).
K-State hit 5-of-12 three-pointers but shot just 31.4 percent (11-35) overall. Chambers led KSU in the first half with 14 points, five rebounds and two assists. She hit 5-of-7 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 three-pointers.
Nebraska cut the lead to 10 to open the second half, but KSU pushed the margin to 19 at 40-21 with 13:25 left after an 8-0 run and NU was never able to cut the margin to 15 the rest of the way.
Scouting The No. 23 Iowa State Cyclones
Iowa State comes to Lincoln hungry for a win after dropping back-to-back contests since beating Nebraska, 64-43, in Ames on Jan. 11.
Iowa State is coming off a 60-51 loss to No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday in Ames, when the Cyclones had their 19-game home winning streak snapped by the Aggies. That loss followed a 66-60 overtime loss at Colorado on Jan. 15, dropping ISU to 13-5 overall and 1-3 in the Big 12.
The lone senior on ISU's 10-player roster, Kelsey Bolte, has led the Cyclones throughout the season. The 6-1 guard from Ida Grove, Iowa, is averaging a team-best 17.3 points, while adding 4.8 boards per contest. She has been even better in Big 12 play, averaging 23.5 points and 5.8 boards per game in league action. One of the nation's most dangerous shooters, Bolte has buried 13-of-23 threes in the Big 12 (56.5 percent) to increase her season average to 47.0 percent (55-117).
In the first meeting with the Huskers, Bolte scored a game-high 22 points and drained all seven of her second-half field goal attempts, including four three-pointers, to bring Iowa State back from a 26-21 halftime deficit. She had 25 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to Texas A&M.
Junior transfer Lauren Mansfield joins Bolte in the backcourt. The 5-7 point guard from Adelaide, Australia is averaging 8.5 points while ranking among Big 12 leaders with 6.2 assists per contest. Mansfield is also a threat from long range, hitting 19-of-53 of her three-point tries (35.8 percent), but she has hit just one of her last 10 attempts in conference action.
Sophomore Anna Prins has been ISU's leader inside. The 6-7 center is averaging 9.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while hitting 16-of-40 (40 percent) of her three-point attempts. However, Prins did not start in the loss against Texas A&M. She did play 27 minutes off the bench but went just 3-of-10 from the field.
Freshman Hallie Christofferson has been ISU's most consistent starter in the paint, averaging 9.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. However, the 6-3 forward has managed just 5.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in Big 12 action.
Iowa State has abundant depth inside, as part-time starter Chelsea Poppens has averaged 8.2 points and a team-leading 7.1 rebounds per game while making 10 starts. Fellow sophomore Amanda Zimmerman has played in all 18 games with one start and has averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds on the year, but has managed just 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds per game in league action.
A collection of guards has also tried to solidify the Iowa State starting five. Freshman Kelsey Harris (3.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg) started against the Huskers in Ames, while junior Chassidy Cole (1.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg) earned the nod in the loss to Texas A&M.
Sophomore Jessica Schroll (3.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg) has started nine games, but has not played since the first half of the game with Nebraska, when she suffered a concussion in a collision with Harleen Sidhu.
Elly Arganbright (0.8 ppg, 0.2 rpg) is the only Cyclone who has not started at least one game this season.
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 40-34, including a sweep of last year's series. Iowa State swept the series from the Huskers in 2009, while NU completed a sweep in 2008. Over the last 11 games, Nebraska owns a 6-5 edge in the series. NU has won six of the last seven meetings at the Devaney Center.
Hooper Earning Spot Among Big 12's Best Freshmen
Jordan Hooper has made an instant impact on the Nebraska lineup and is an early contender for conference and national freshman honors. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., is NU's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder with 14.8 points and 6.9 boards per game.
Hooper also leads the Huskers with 36 three-pointers, which already ranks second among all freshmen in Nebraska history. In fact, she needs just 10 more threes to match Anna DeForge's school freshman mark of 46 threes set in 1994-95. DeForge went on to be a first-team All-Big 12 selection and a two-time WNBA All-Star, as one of the best three-point shooters in WNBA history.
Hooper's 14.8 points per game rank third among all Big 12 freshmen, while her 6.9 rebounds lead all league rookies. Her 36 threes rank fourth among conference freshmen. Among all Big 12 players, Hooper ranks 12th in scoring and 16th in rebounding. Hooper ranks eighth in the league in three-point percentage (39.6) and ninth with 2.0 three-pointers per game.
Hooper, a two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year (2008, 2010), has produced double figures in 14 of her first 18 career games. She owns four 20-point scoring efforts, including a pair of games with 25 points (Houston, UNO). She produced a 22-point effort against Miami, and added her fourth 20-point performance in Nebraska's non-conference finale against Florida A&M on Jan. 2.
Hooper reached 100 (six games) and 200 points (13 games) faster than any other freshman in NU history.
Redmon Producing at Career-Best Levels
Catheryn Redmon has produced two of the best games of her career in back-to-back contests against Kansas and Kansas State.
Redmon averaged 13.5 points, 15.5 rebounds, 5.0 blocks and 2.0 steals against the Jayhawks and Wildcats to increase her season averages to 10.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
In Big 12 action, Redmon has averaged a double-double with 10.3 points and a Big 12-leading 10.8 rebounds per contest. She also ranks third in the league with 3.0 blocks per game.
In her last appearance at the Devaney Center, Redmon scored 15 points and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds to go along with five blocks and a career-high matching three steals in a career-high 42 minutes in an overtime win over Kansas. At Kansas State on Saturday, Redmon led NU in scoring, rebounds, blocks and steals with 12 points, 14 boards, five blocks and NU's only steal of the game.
Moore Notches First Triple-Double in Husker History
Lindsey Moore notched the first triple-double in Nebraska history with 12 points and career highs of 11 assists and 10 rebounds in NU's win over Florida A&M on Jan. 2.
Moore, a 5-9 sophomore point guard from Covington, Wash., locked up the triple-double with her career-high 10th rebound with 1:07 left in the game. Nebraska Coach Connie Yori subbed in for Moore 10 seconds later, and Moore walked off the court to a standing ovation.
Moore, who also finished with a career-high four steals, got all 10 of her rebounds on the defensive end.
Moore became the first player in Nebraska men's or women's basketball history to achieve the rare triple-double. NU's most recent near miss came with 15 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists from Keasha Cannon against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 8, 2001.
Senior Leader Kelley Struggling with Knee, Foot Injuries
Dominique Kelley has battled knee and foot injuries throughout her senior season and has played just eight minutes (Oklahoma, Jan. 8) in the past seven games. The 5-7 guard out of Lincoln Northeast High School was averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists before the injuries sidelined her for NU's game with Louisville in Las Vegas on Dec. 20. That snapped a string of 109 straight starts to open her career.
Kelley is NU's active scoring leader with 1,107 career points, which ranks 17th on the Huskers all-time chart. An honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick last year, Kelley was honored with the first Big 12 Player-of-the-Week award of her career on Nov. 22 - less than two months after having knee surgery on Sept. 29.
She averaged 23.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in leading NU to wins over Miami (Fla.) and Saint Mary's (Calif.) the previous week. Kelley connected on 24-of-26 of her free throw attempts and hit 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from the field. Kelley erupted for a career-high 25 points while matching her career best of nine rebounds against Miami. She scored 19 of her 25 points in the second period to blow open a close game.
She added 22 points versus Saint Mary's. She hit all 13 of her free throw attempts to help Nebraska overcome a four-point deficit with less than three minutes to play, including six consecutive free throws in the final 25 seconds.
Kelley owns three 20-point scoring efforts this season to push her career total to six. Her most recent 20-point performance came with team highs of 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals at Indiana on Dec. 5.
Hooper Crashing The Boards at Near Record Rate
Jordan Hooper has led the Huskers and all Big 12 freshmen on the glass this season by averaging 6.9 rebounds through her first 18 games.
The 6-2 forward has flown to the top of the rebounding charts by averaging 8.3 boards per contest over her last 11 contests. She has four double-figure rebounding performances during the stretch, with all four of them coming against 2010 postseason qualifiers.
Hooper began her rebounding binge with a challenge from senior guard Dominique Kelley, who challenged Hooper to outboard her in every game this season following NU's loss to Indiana on Dec. 5. Hooper responded with 10 rebounds and 14 points for her first career double-double in a win at Creighton on Dec. 8.
After producing 11 points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes against Northern Colorado on Dec. 11, Hooper notched three straight double-figure rebounding efforts at the Duel in the Desert Classic in Las Vegas. She opened the tournament with a career-high 13 rebounds while matching her career best with 25 points against Houston on Dec. 18. She added 10 boards and nine points against Marist, before capping the tournament with her third double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds against Louisville.
Although Hooper averaged just 4.9 rebounds per game through the first seven games of her collegiate career, her rebounding success should come as no surprise. The two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year (2008, 2010) ranks No. 2 in Nebraska prep history with 1,337 rebounds.
To give Hooper's recent rebounding surge some historical perspective, only two NU freshmen in history - Debra Powell (7.6 rpg, 1981-82) and Angie Miller (7.1 rpg, 1983-84) - have ever averaged seven rebounds per contest. All-American Kelsey Griffin produced the sixth-best freshman season rebounding average, managing three double-doubles and three double-figure rebounding efforts her entire freshman season.
Hooper Challenging Top Freshman Season in NU History
Jordan Hooper is in position to challenge Debra Powell for the best freshman season in Nebraska history. Through 18 games, Hooper leads the Huskers with 14.8 points and ranks second with 6.9 rebounds per game.
As a freshman in 1981-82, Powell averaged 15.4 points and 7.6 boards per contest, both the top marks by a freshman in the Husker record books.
Powell, who ranks No. 8 all-time at Nebraska with 1,843 points and No. 7 with 750 rebounds, appeared in 30 games with 23 starts as an NU freshman.
Hooper, who has started the first 18 games of her Husker career, earned her second Big 12 Player-of-the-Week award on Nov. 29, after averaging 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game in wins over Washington State and UNO. She earned her first Big 12 Player-of-the-Week award on Nov. 15, after scoring 15 points and pulling down a team-high six rebounds against Vermont. Hooper hit three three-pointers to help the Huskers smash the single-game three-point record with 17 in a 95-38 win over the Catamounts on Nov. 13.
Hooper's debut ranks among the best by a freshman in school history. Only Husker greats Powell (19 points, 7 rebounds), Karen Jennings (18 points, 8 rebounds), Angie Miller (18 points, 8 rebounds) and Kelsey Griffin (18 points, 7 rebounds) had more points and rebounds than Hooper in a season opener as a freshman.
The only other players to score more than Hooper in a season opener as a freshman were Maurtice Ivy (17), Amy Stephens (16) and Stacy Imming (16). All seven of the players to score more than Hooper in a debut went on to score at least 1,000 points as Huskers, including each of the top four scorers in school history (Jennings, Ivy, Griffin, Stephens).
Hooper Hitting Threes at Record Rate
In addition to her impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Jordan Hooper has been simply scintilating from three-point range through the first 18 games of her Nebraska career.
The 6-2 forward has hit 36-of-91 three-point attempts (39.6 percent). Only five Huskers have ever shot 40 percent or better in a season while making 30 or more three-pointers.
Hooper has already climbed to second on NU's freshman three-point list, and she needs just 10 more to match Anna DeForge's freshman record of 46 threes in 1994-95.
Hooper's 36 threes rank fourth among current Big 12 freshmen. In an exceptionally strong class of young shooters, Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg has hit 51 threes (44.7 percent) and OU's Morgan Hook has hit 43 threes (39.8 percent). Baylor's Odyssey Sims has 37 threes (48.1 percent) and Texas' Chassidy Fussell has hit 35 (34.7 percent).
NU Near Record-Setting Three-Point Pace
Nebraska's outside shooting has been a strength for the Huskers in the first 18 games of 2010-11. The Huskers have hit 129-of-368 three-point attempts (35.1 percent) to average 7.2 threes per game.
Last season, Nebraska hit a school-record 225 threes for a school-record average of 6.6 threes per game. Through 18 games, NU is on track to hit 245 threes over a 34-game season. To give that number some perspective, prior to last season, the school-record for three-pointers made in a season was 173. Coach Connie Yori's past seven Husker teams own the top seven three-point shooting seasons in school history.
Nebraska has hit seven or more threes in a game nine times this season. The Huskers opened the season by hitting a school-record 17 threes on 33 attempts in a win over Vermont on Nov. 13. NU added its second-highest total of the year with 12 threes in a win over Florida A&M on Jan. 2.
The Huskers hit 10 threes against Houston on Dec. 18, and connected on nine threes in back-to-back games against UNLV and Indiana, while hitting eight threes against Miami and Louisville. NU hit seven threes against Nebraska-Omaha and Marist. The Huskers have hit at least four threes in every game this season, and have shot 40 percent or better from long range on six occasions (Vermont, Miami, UNLV, Indiana, South Florida, Florida A&M).
Last season, Morehead State led NCAA Division I women's basketball with 10.3 made threes per game, while Ohio State led the nation with a 40.2 three-point field goal percentage. Nebraska's 6.6 threes per game ranked 46th nationally, while the Huskers ranked 75th with 34.0 percent success from long range a year ago.
Huskers Smash Three-Point Mark Against Vermont
Sophomore Lindsey Moore set a career high with five three-pointers to spark a school-record 17 threes in Nebraska's 95-38 win over Vermont on Nov. 13. NU's record-setting performance smashed the previous team game record for threes made, which most recently came with 12 three-pointers in a win at Baylor on Jan. 17, 2010.
Moore hit 5-of-8 threes for the game, including four in the first half. Junior guard Kaitlyn Burke added a perfect 4-for-4 shooting effort from long range. Jordan Hooper hit 3-of-7 long-range shots in her collegiate debut.
As a team, Nebraska hit a sizzling 17-of-33 from three-point range (51.5 percent), with seven different Huskers knocking down at least one three (Leick 2-3; Periago, 1-1; Reeves 1-2; McCann-Smith 1-2).
Moore Shows She Can Score in Expanded Offensive Role
Lindsey Moore made history in 2009-10 by becoming the first freshman point guard in NCAA Division I history to lead her team to an unbeaten regular season.
The 5-9 sophomore from Covington, Wash., was surrounded by an all-conference lineup that featured senior first-team All-Big 12 picks Kelsey Griffin, Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner along with honorable-mention All-Big 12 selection Dominique Kelley.
Moore, the 2009 Washington High School Player of the Year, added her own conference honor by being named one of five players on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. She averaged 6.0 points, 4.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game as a freshman, but her production increased throughout the season. In the NCAA Tournament, Moore averaged 9.7 points and 6.0 assists, and is expected to carry more of the scoring load for a young Husker team in 2010-11.
Through NU's first 18 games of 2010-11, Moore is showing that scoring more is just fine with her. After a career-high 23 points in a win over Kansas on Jan. 16, Moore ranks third on the team with 11.1 points per game, while still producing 5.4 assists per contest in 36.3 minutes per game.
Moore also owns one of the top all-around efforts in school history, producing the first triple-double in NU history (men's or women's) with 12 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and career-high-matching 11 assists in a win over Florida A&M on Jan. 2. For her performance, Moore earned the first Big 12 Player-of-the-Week award of her career.
Moore opened 2010-11 with 17 points, including a career-high five three-pointers in a win over Vermont. The next time out, she erupted for the first 20-point performance of her career with 22 points, nine assists and two steals against Miami. She added a 16-point, nine-assist effort in a win over South Florida, when she committed just two turnovers while playing the full 40 minutes. She added 15 points and five assists at Washington State on Nov. 22.
She produced a 14-point, six-assist effort at Creighton on Dec. 8, when she played the full 40 minutes for the first time in her career. She pitched in 14 points and five assists against Houston on Dec. 18, and added 13 points at No. 17 Iowa State on Jan. 11. She owns nine double-figure scoring efforts this season - the same number she produced in 34 games last season.
Comparing Moore's early season production this year to the start of her freshman season presents a striking contrast. Last season, it took Moore all 34 games to reach 200 total points and 24 three-pointers.
Moore began to expand her offensive role gradually throughout the 2009-10 season. She produced double figures just two times in the first 19 games, but had seven double-figure efforts in NU's final 15 contests. Also after hitting just 8-of-48 three-point attempts in the first 19 games, she hit 16-of-35 over the final 15 games.
She produced double figures nine times in 2009-10, including her season-best 18 points against Iowa State (Feb. 17), and 14 points against Kansas (March 3). She had 11 points and a season-high eight rebounds against No. 10 Oklahoma State on Feb. 3. She added 10 points and five rebounds in an NCAA Tournament win over Northern Iowa, before notching nine points and a career-high 11 assists in an NCAA Tournament win over No. 22 UCLA. She also had 10 points against No. 19 Kentucky in the NCAA Sweet 16. In the Big 12 title-clinching win at No. 11 Oklahoma on Feb. 24, Moore had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists going head-to-head with OU All-American point guard Danielle Robinson.
Moore Takes on Role of Iron Woman for Huskers
In addition to nearly doubling her scoring and rebounding numbers from a year ago, Lindsey Moore has also taken on the role of an iron woman in the Husker lineup.
With injuries to two of NU's most experienced guards - Dominique Kelley and Layne Reeves - Moore has hardly come off the floor this season. In fact, she ranks second in the Big 12 with 36.3 minutes per game, trailing only Missouri's RaeShara Brown (36.6 mpg) in that category. Iowa State's Kelsey Bolte ranks third (34.3 mpg).
Last season, Moore led the Huskers in total minutes with 952 (34 games), an average of just 28.0 minutes per game, as Nebraska featured one of the deepest and most balanced lineups in Big 12 Conference history.
In four Big 12 games, Moore has played 159 total minutes, including a career-high 45 in Nebraska's overtime win over Kansas on Jan. 16. She also played the full 40 against Kansas State (Jan. 22), Creighton (Dec. 8), Louisville (Dec. 20) and South Florida (Dec. 30). Over the last 12 games (December and January), Moore has been on the floor for all but 19 minutes for NU - an average of 38.8 minutes per game.
With 12 regular-season games and a minimum of one Big 12 Tournament game left, Moore is on pace to play 1,125 total minutes (36.3 x 31 games). The last Huskers to play 1,000 minutes in a season were point guard Jina Johansen (1,156 minutes, 32 games, 36.1 mpg) and Kiera Hardy (1,038 minutes, 32.4 mpg) in 2004-05. Those totals are the two highest by Huskers in Coach Connie Yori's nine years at Nebraska.
Moore Making Rest of Young Huskers Better
One of the best young point guards in the nation, Lindsey Moore has picked up right where she left off last season in the passing department. Through 18 games, she is averaging 5.4 assists, including a career-high-tying 11 assists in the non-conference finale against Florida A&M on Jan. 2. She also had nine assists in wins over Miami (Nov. 17) and South Florida (Dec. 30). She has dished out five or more assists 12 times this season.
Moore owns 252 career assists and needs just 50 more to reach the top 10 in career assists in Nebraska history.
Last season, Moore distributed 154 assists as a true freshman for the Huskers. Not only did she start all 34 games and lead NU to a Big 12-record-tying 30 consecutive wins, she also produced the third-most assists by a freshman in school history.
Moore ranked fourth in the Big 12 with 4.6 assists per game, while ranking sixth in Big 12 games with a 1.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
In the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Moore distributed a career-high 11 assists to go along with nine points in a win over No. 22 UCLA that sent the Huskers to their first-ever NCAA Sweet 16.
Moore notched eight or more assists five times in 2009-10, including twice in Big 12 play. She registered nine assists in a run past Kansas State on Jan. 23, before dishing out eight assists in NU's first-ever road win at Texas Tech on Jan. 27. Moore also dished out eight assists in NU's win at Miami on Dec. 5.
Big Cat Roaring at Both Ends of the Court This Season
Center Catheryn Redmon continues to fly up Nebraska's career blocked shot chart, climbing into third all-time with 183 blocks. She owns 44 blocks this season, which already ranks fifth on NU's senior single-season block list.
Danielle Page (207) and Janet Smith (238) are the only two Huskers in front of Redmon on the career block chart.
Redmon had a season-high five blocks at Indiana on Dec. 5 and matched that total with five more against Northern Colorado (Dec. 11), Kansas (Jan. 16) and Kansas State (Jan. 22). She ranks third in Big 12 play with 3.0 blocks per contest in four games.
But Redmon's senior season has featured more than just big block totals. The 6-3 center from Grand Prairie, Texas, also owns five double-doubles and is the Big 12's No. 1 rebounder through four league games with 10.8 boards per contest.
Redmon owns back-to-back doubles after registering 15 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and a career-high tying three steals in the win over Kansas and 12 points and 14 boards at Kansas State on Jan. 22. Over the past two games, Redmon is averaging 13.5 points, 15.5 rebounds, 5.0 blocks and 2.0 steals.
Redmon's performance against KSU marked her fifth double-double of the season and eighth of her career. She had a career-high 17 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks at Washington State on Nov. 22. She added a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Florida A&M on Jan. 2, and had 14 points and 13 rebounds in NU's win over Miami on Nov. 17. NU is 4-1 this season when Redmon registers a double-double.
For the season, Redmon is averaging a career-best 10.2 points per game, while leading NU with 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and a 58.0 field goal percentage.
Redmon produced an NU junior season record with 63 rejections in 529 minutes in 2009-10. She blocked two or more shots in 19 of NU's 34 contests and averaged 1.9 blocks in just 15.6 minutes per game.
In 2008-09, Redmon produced one of the best single-season block efforts in school history with 67 rejections as a sophomore. She ranked second on the sophomore single-season list, trailing only Janet Smith's 69 blocks in 1979-80. Redmon is just the third Husker to record 60 or more blocks in a season.
Redmon's 2008-09 single-season mark was even more amazing considering she blocked 64 of her 67 shots on the year in her 24 games as a starter, after blocking just three shots in limited action through NU's first seven games of the season. As a starter, Redmon averaged 2.7 blocks per game, including 2.8 in Big 12 Conference action.
Her 2009 conference blocks trailed only All-Americans Courtney Paris from Oklahoma (3.1 bpg) and Danielle Wilson from Baylor (3.0 bpg).
Redmon continued to increase her defensive dominance inside throughout the 2008-09 season, blocking 30 shots in NU's final nine games (3.3 bpg), including one of the top single-game block performances in NU history with a career-high seven rejections in the win over No. 20 Kansas State on Feb. 25.
Redmon's total tied for the second-best mark in school history, trailing only Page's nine blocks against Baylor on Feb. 3, 2007. Redmon added five blocks in a win over Colorado on March 3 and five more at New Mexico in the second round of the WNIT on March 25.
Burke Breaks Out with 20 Points Against Kansas
Junior guard Kaitlyn Burke erupted for the best performance of her career with 20 points and four assists in Nebraska's win over Kansas Jan. 16. Burke hit 4-of-10 three-pointers to help shoot NU to victory.
Burke hit big baskets against KU. Early in the game, she went on an 8-0 run to break a 4-4 tie and give NU control of the game. The Huskers trailed Kansas just once in the game at 49-48, and Burke answered with a three-pointer to put NU back in front. After Monica Engelman sent the game to overtime, Burke scored the first points of overtime to break the deadlock. She added her fourth three of the game in overtime to fuel NU's 14-point win.
Burke enters the Iowa State game averaging 6.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
She is making the most of her return to the court after being forced to the sideline with a foot injury last season. Burke, who played just six games a year ago before taking a medical redshirt, played just 34 minutes and hit just 2-of-7 shots and just 1-of-5 three-pointers on the season.
In NU's first 18 games this season, Burke has demonstrated the all-around ability that allowed her to play all 64 games for NU in her first two seasons, including 19 starts. Against Miami, Burke made her first start since Feb. 28, 2009 (at Kansas), and hit all three of her shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers against the Hurricanes. It was her second straight perfect shooting night to open the season. In the opener against Vermont, Burke scored a season-high 12 points by going 4-of-4 from the floor, with all four hits coming from long range. Through two games, Burke was shooting 100 percent from the field (7-7 FG, 6-6 3FG) in a total of 51 minutes.
Burke owns five double-figure scoring efforts on the year, and the Huskers are 5-0 when she reaches double digits. In addition to her season-opening 12 against Vermont, she added back-to-back 10-point games against Washington State and Nebraska-Omaha, before scoring 11 points against South Florida on Dec. 30.
For the season, Burke leads the Huskers with a 1.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, while ranking second on the team with 16 steals. She also ranks third with 20 made three-pointers. Burke's 77 career three-pointers lead all active Huskers and are just two shy of NU's career top 10.
Injuries Challenging Huskers in 2010-11
Injuries have made things extra challenging for Nebraska in 2010-11. Here is a brief listing of injuries that have forced Huskers to miss significant playing or practice time this season. The list is not comprehensive and only includes NU's most significant injuries.
Dominique Kelley -Sr. - G - knee (surgery Sept. 29), foot (missed six of last seven games)
Kaitlyn Burke - Jr. - G - knee (surgery Oct. 4) and foot (medical redshirt last year), broken nose (Jan. 10)
Layne Reeves - So. - G - knee (surgery Nov. 24) - chose to end career after fifth knee surgery
Katie Simon - Fr. - F - foot (may redshirt after missing all of practice in October, November and December)
Meghin Williams - So. - F - foot (missed NU's first seven games; missed NU's last two games)
Harleen Sidhu - Jr. - F - knee
Katya Leick - So. - F - leg
Huskers Seek Eighth Straight Postseason Appearance
Nebraska enters the 2010-11 campaign in pursuit of an eighth straight postseason tournament bid.
The Huskers made their school-record seventh consecutive postseason appearance as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. NU also qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2008, advancing to the second round of the Big Dance in 2008 with a win over Xavier in College Park, Md. Before Coach Connie Yori's arrival at Nebraska for the 2002-03 season, Nebraska had never earned four straight postseason berths.
All time, Nebraska has made nine trips to the NCAA Tournament (1988, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010). The Huskers are 5-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers also earned trips to the Postseason WNIT in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009 as part of their seven-season streak, joining WNIT bids in 1976 and 1992.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
Since the Bob Devaney Sports Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 360-119 (.752) in games played in the arena, including 134-78 (.632) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 96-23 (.807) at the Devaney Center.
NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in seven consecutive seasons, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2009-10. The Huskers stretched their home winning streak to 28 games with a win over Florida A&M on Jan. 2. Amazingly, 24 of NU's final 25 wins in the streak were by double digits. No. 19 Oklahoma ended NU's second-longest home streak in school history at 28 games, just one game shy of the Husker record.
Nebraska's 2009-10 Big 12 Championship Season
The Huskers made history by winning the 2010 Big 12 regular-season title and advancing to the program's first NCAA Sweet 16 after earning the school's first NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed. The Huskers went on to achieve the first final top 25 national rankings in school history, as Nebraska closed 2009-10 with a No. 4 ranking in the Associated Press Poll and a No. 7 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25. NU also finished No. 4 in the final official NCAA RPI rankings.
Nebraska tied the Big 12 record with a 30-game winning streak that included the first unbeaten regular season (29-0) by a Big 12 men's or women's basketball program in history. NU also became just the second team in history to go through the Big 12 regular season with a perfect 16-0 record.
The Huskers, who opened the season unranked in the national polls and picked sixth by league coaches in the Big 12 preseason rankings, won the school's first Big 12 women's basketball title after an outstanding offseason.
The 2009-10 Huskers lived by the fruits of their hard work and their devotion to producing each and every day at practice. NU's outstanding team chemistry and unselfish attitudes allowed them to achieve great things.
Although Nebraska's run in the NCAA Tournament ended in the Kansas City Regional semifinal at the Sprint Center, Coach Connie Yori and Kelsey Griffin remained in the national spotlight at the NCAA Women's Final Four.
Yori was named the 2010 National Coach of the Year by the WBCA, the Associated Press, and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, while also winning the Naismith Award and the inaugural Kay Yow Award. Yori also captured Big 12 Coach-of-the-Year accolades.
Griffin claimed the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, becoming Nebraska's first winner of the award across all sports. She was also named a first-team All-American by the WBCA, AP, USBWA and the Wooden Award. She was a finalist for the Naismith and Wade trophies and the Wooden Award, while also being named a finalist for the Honda Sports Award. She was also a finalist for the V Foundation Comeback Award and the NCSA Giant Steps Courageous Student-Athlete Award, before being named Nebraska's 2010 Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
Griffin's collegiate career culminated with her No. 3 overall selection by Minnesota in the 2010 WNBA Draft. She was quickly traded to the Connecticut Sun. In her first season with Connecticut in 2010, Griffin earned a spot on the WNBA All-Rookie Team.
Senior Cory Montgomery was also chosen as the No. 1 pick in the third round of the WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty. Montgomery marked the fourth Husker WNBA Draft pick in school history, joining Griffin, Nicole Kubik and Kiera Hardy. It also marked the first time that two Huskers had been taken in the same draft.
Yori Swept 2010 National Coaching Awards
Coach Connie Yori completed a clean sweep of every major national coach-of-the-year honor in 2009-10. Yori earned WBCA National Coach-of-the-Year honors after being named the WBCA Region 5 Coach of the Year by her peers. She was later tabbed the U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year, becoming the first Big 12 coach in history to win the award.
A few days later, Yori was named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year, before winning the inaugural Kay Yow Award. She won her fifth major national award the following day when she was named the Big 12's first Naismith National Coach of the Year.
After leading the Huskers to the first Big 12 regular-season title in school history, Yori was named the 2010 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year by her league peers. Yori, who enters her ninth season at Nebraska, has led the Huskers to a school-record seven consecutive postseason tournament appearances. NU was also one of just 19 teams in the NCAA Tournament to post a perfect 100 percent Graduation Success Rate.
The 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year, Yori completed her 20th season as a collegiate head coach in 2009-10.
Huskers Finished Fourth in Official 2010 NCAA RPI
Nebraska finished near the top of the chart with a No. 4 final RPI ranking in 2009-10. Only Connecticut, Stanford and Tennessee ranked ahead of the Huskers.
Big 12 foes Oklahoma (6th), Texas A&M (7th) and Baylor (10th) joined Nebraska in the top 10, while Oklahoma State was 14th, Texas 16th and Iowa State was 21st giving the Big 12 seven teams in the RPI top 25. All seven teams earned top-six seeds in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field.
All 12 of the Big 12 teams were among the top 125, including No. 46 Kansas, No. 60 Texas Tech, No. 88 Kansas State, No. 108 Missouri and No. 123 Colorado.
Nebraska notched 20 wins over top-100 RPI teams, including 12 over top-50 RPI clubs and eight over top-25 RPI teams, including four top-25 wins away from the Devaney Center. Overall, 12 of NU's top-100 RPI wins came outside of Lincoln in 2009-10.
NU defeated No. 6 Oklahoma (road), No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 10 Baylor (road), No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Texas, No. 18 UCLA (neutral), No. 21 Iowa State (road, home), No. 26 LSU, No. 38 Vermont (road), No. 46 Kansas (road-home), No. 56 UALR (neutral), No. 58 Miami (road), No. 60 Texas Tech (road), No. 67 Creighton, No. 79 Saint Mary's (road), and No. 88 Kansas State (road-neutral-home). NU also produced two wins over RPI No. 108, a win over RPI No. 111 Northern Iowa and two more over RPI No. 123 Colorado.
Big Red Fans Came Out in Droves at Devaney
Nebraska has regularly ranked among the top 30 teams nationally in average home attendance over the past 15 years, but Husker fans flocked to the Bob Devaney Sports Center in record numbers in 2009-10.
Big Red faithful came along for the ride during Nebraska's record-setting season, averaging a school-record 7,390 fans per game - ranking seventh nationally. NU's Big 12 attendance was spectacular, averaging a Big 12-best 11,383 fans per game. Nebraska drew seven consecutive crowds of more than 10,000 to the Devaney Center to end the season, beginning with a then-school-record 13,303 fans for Nebraska's win over Kansas State on Jan. 23 - the 16th-largest crowd in the nation in 2009-10 (including NCAA Tournament play).
Nebraska smashed that record against Missouri Feb. 27, posting the first sellout in school history with 13,595 fans. The NU-MU game featured the largest regular-season crowd in the nation in 2009-10 that did not involve Connecticut or Tennessee.
Over the last seven home games, the Huskers attracted an average of 11,989 fans per game to the Devaney Center. NU's previous single-season average home attendance record was 5,000 fans per game in 1998-99.
Nebraska opened the 2010-11 season with 3,201 fans on hand at the Devaney Center despite an 11:35 a.m. tip-off on a football Saturday in Lincoln. It was the third-largest season-opening crowd in school history.
The Huskers continue to draw well, attracting 3,758 fans per game through 10 contests.
Season Ticket Holders for 2010-11 Increase 80%
NU's success at the turnstiles last year has carried over to the 2010-11 season.
Last year, Nebraska entered the season with 1,424 season ticket holders. During a special March Madness season ticket promotion at the end of last season, the Huskers sold more than 1,100 new season tickets for 2010-11, pushing NU's season ticket base beyond 2,500 for the first time in history.
New season tickets can still be purchased at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED or (402) 472-3111. Single-game tickets for all Nebraska women's basketball games are also available.
Hendricks Training Complex Rising at Devaney
The southwest corner of the Devaney Center is receiving an extensive renovation with the addition of the Hendricks Training Complex in 2010-11. The addition will become the new home for NU men's and women's basketball, including new locker room, team areas, coaches offices and practice courts, for both men's and women's basketball.
The Hendricks Training Complex will allow the strength and conditioning areas to triple in size at the Devaney Center, while also allowing for an extensive expansion of the Athletic Medicine Training Room.
The Hendricks Training Complex will be ready to open for Husker student-athletes in 2011-12, just in time for Nebraska's entrance into the Big Ten Conference.
The Hendricks Training Complex was made possible by a generous gift provided by Tom and Mary Hendricks, who were honored with the 2010 Dr. Barbara Hibner Trailblazer Award on Oct. 16. The Trailblazer Award was first given in 2000 to honor outstanding support and generous contributions to women's athletics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2007, it was renamed the Dr. Barbara Hibner Trailblazer Award in honor of Dr. Barbara Hibner, a longtime member of the NU Athletic Department and inaugural recipient of the award, who passed away on March 7, 2007.
Tom Hendricks serves as the executive vice president and co-founder of Tenaska Inc., one of the largest independent power producers in the United States. He is also a University of Nebraska graduate. Tom and his wife, Mary, reside in Pipe Creek, Texas. The family made a generous $10 million donation to jump-start the fundraising effort for the new basketball practice facility. The complex will also providing extensive training benefits to wrestling, men's and women's track and field, swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's golf.
Fastbreakers Set Social Schedule for 2010-11
The Fastbreakers Booster Club has set the Backboard Banquet and Bus Trip schedules for the 2010-11 season. Fastbreaker members can attend three Backboard Banquet pregame meals (Nov. 30, 5:30 p.m. - UNLV; Jan. 8, Noon - Oklahoma; Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m. - Kansas State). The cost of each meal is $13 and reservations can be made in advance through Rose Sousek in the women's basketball office at (402) 472-6462.
The Fastbreakers will also be offering four bus trips this season, with journeys set for Kansas State (Jan. 22, $40), Colorado (Feb. 5-6, $80), Oklahoma State (Feb. 12-13, $70) and Kansas (Feb. 26, $50). Fastbreakers can sign up at the Fastbreaker tables at the Devaney Center before each game. For more information, please contact Doug Fry at (402) 617-7039.
TV Appearances Aplenty for Huskers in 2010-11
Nebraska will be a regular again on national, regional and local television in 2010-11. The Huskers are scheduled to play three nationally televised games on FSN during the regular season, beginning with Nebraska's overtime win over Kansas on Sunday, Jan. 16.
Nebraska traveled to Kansas State to play the Wildcats in another nationally televised game on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. The Huskers will play their third FSN nationally televised game on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6, against Colorado at 3 p.m. (central) in Boulder.
Nebraska will also play a pair of games on Fox Sports Midwest, beginning with a Saturday, Feb. 19 home game against Kansas State. Tip-off against KSU is set for 7:05 p.m. The Huskers will also appear on Fox Sports Midwest in their home regular-season finale against Colorado on Wednesday, March 2, at 7:05 p.m.
Nebraska's first television appearance of the season came on the Big Ten Network at Indiana on Sunday, Dec. 5.
The Huskers will also appear on Fox Sports Southwest (Longhorn Sports Network) at Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 15. In addition to those games in the Fox family, Nebraska's game against Oklahoma in Lincoln was carried by the Sooner Sports Network on Saturday, Jan. 8. NU's game at Iowa State on Jan. 11 was carried in Iowa by Mediacom, and the Huskers' game at Oklahoma State on Feb. 12 will be televised by the Cowboy Sports Network.
Last season, Nebraska appeared 14 times on television, including five postseason tournament games. Five games were on FSN and three on ESPN2. The Huskers also played three games on FSN regional TV, one on NET and two as part of opponent local TV packages. NU had 14 games streamed live to HuskersNside and Huskers.com.
Live Video, TV Set for at Least 25 Games in 2010-11
In addition to the extensive television coverage of Nebraska women's basketball, NU's premium subscription video service - HuskersNside on Huskers.com - will provide home and road coverage all season long.
Beginning with NU's exhibition finale against Nebraska-Kearney Sunday, Nov. 7, HuskersNside/Huskers.com are set to provide live video streams of at least 19 NU women's basketball games this year. For just $9.95 per month or $99.95 per year, fans can subscribe to HuskersNside for live women's basketball video, home and away.
Nebraska's first three regular-season games (Vermont, Miami-delayed to 9:30 p.m., Saint Mary's) all had video available, including a free live video stream of the Vermont game on Huskers.com. NU's home game with UNLV (Nov. 30) was available on HuskersNside. NU's Dec. 8 road game at Creighton is also being streamed live to HuskersNside.
After another Huskers.com free video stream on Dec. 11 against Northern Colorado, HuskersNside will provide a live video stream of the South Florida game on Dec. 30, before another free video stream on Huskers.com of the Florida A&M contest on Jan. 2.
Games against Oklahoma (Jan. 8) and at Iowa State (Jan. 11) will be available on HuskersNside, as will matchups with Iowa State (Jan. 26), Texas Tech (Jan. 29), at Missouri (Feb. 2), Baylor (Feb. 9), Missouri (Feb. 22) and Kansas (Feb. 26). NU's Fox Sports Midwest television games with Kansas State (Feb. 19) and Colorado (March 2) will also be provided for free on Huskers.com.
Huskers Shatter Records with 30-Game Winning Streak
Nebraska had its school-record and Big 12-record-tying 30-game winning streak snapped with an 80-70 loss to NCAA Tournament No. 2 seed Texas A&M in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament on Saturday, March 13.
The loss ended an amazing run through the 2009-10 season for the Huskers, surpassing the previous school-record streak of nine straight wins set in 1996-97. Nebraska also stretched its Big 12 Conference regular-season winning streak to 18 games, which carries into 2011 league play.
Prior to the 2009-10 season, NU's most wins in a season in school history came with 23 (four times, most recently 1997-98). Nebraska's 29-0 regular-season record also marked the first-ever unbeaten regular season by a league team since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996-97.
The Huskers' 16-0 Big 12 season more than tripled the previous best league start in school history, which came with the 1987-88 Huskers' 5-0 start on their way to the Big Eight regular-season title. The 2010 Big 12 regular-season champion Huskers also amassed their most conference wins in history.
Nebraska's streak was just the seventh of eight or more victories in school history. Three of Nebraska's eight-game winning streaks have come in Yori's nine seasons, including 2003-04 and 2005-06.
2009-10 Huskers Were Nation's Most Improved Team
Nebraska was the nation's most improved team from the 2008-09 campaign to the 2009-10 season. A year after advancing to the WNIT and finishing with a 15-16 overall record, the Huskers went 32-2 overall and 16-0 in the Big 12. NU not only went 16-0 in the nation's No. 1 RPI conference, the Huskers won 12 games by double digits and led 15 of their 16 league opponents by double figures at some point in the game. The Huskers were only outscored by regular-season league foes in three of 32 halves on the year.
The Huskers were plus-17 in the win column and plus-14 in the loss column, giving them a plus-15.5 mark by official NCAA standards.
The most improved team from one season to the next in NCAA Division I history was Valparaiso, which produced a 17-game improvement from 2001 to 2002.
Nebraska's improvement is even more amazing by historical standards, considering the Huskers won 15 games and qualified for the postseason in 2009. NU's 15 wins were the most ever by a nation's most improved team, while the Huskers were the first-ever postseason team from the previous year, to be the nation's most improved team the next season.
Griffin, Montgomery Chosen in 2010 WNBA Draft
The Huskers continued to make history after the completion of the 2009-10 season, when senior forwards Kelsey Griffin and Cory Montgomery were chosen in the 2010 WNBA Draft.
Griffin, a first-team All-American and national player-of-the-year finalist, was invited to attend the draft at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, N.J., on April 8. She didn't have to wait long to hear her name announced on draft day, as the Minnesota Lynx chose Griffin with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, making her the top Husker pick in WNBA Draft history. Nicole Kubik was NU's first first-round pick going No. 15 in the 2000 WNBA Draft.
Moments after being selected by the Lynx, Griffin was traded to the Connecticut Sun, as the Lynx received 2011 first- and second-round picks for Griffin. Griffin went on to earn WNBA All-Rookie honors in her first season with the sun in 2010, before continuing her professional career this fall by playing professionally in Hungary.
Montgomery joined Griffin little more than an hour later as a WNBA Draft choice, when she was taken with the No. 25 pick overall by the New York Liberty with the first pick of the third round. Montgomery did not earn a roster spot with the Liberty in 2010, but is playing professionally in Spain.
Montgomery, who joined Griffin on the 2010 first-team All-Big 12 squad, closed her Nebraska career with 1,378 points and 627 rebounds. She and Griffin are among a group of just eight players in Husker history with more than 1,300 points and 600 rebounds. Griffin closed her Husker career with 2,033 points and 1,019 boards.
Yvonne Turner has also continued her basketball career in 2010 by playing professionally, first in Australia and then in Germany. Turner joined Griffin and Montgomery on the first-team All-Big 12 squad. She is also among Nebraska's 1,000-point career scorers.
NU Shows North Division Dominance over Last Six Years
During the past six seasons, Nebraska leads the North Division with a 37-16 regular-season record against the other five Big 12 North foes. Iowa State is 33-19, while Kansas State is 32-20 in that span.
The Huskers completed season sweeps of Iowa State, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State to finish 10-0 in 2009-10 against the North. NU completed its fifth sweep at Kansas State on March 6 (82-72), after beating the Wildcats (71-56) in Lincoln on Jan. 23. Iowa State was 7-3 against the North in 2009-10, while Kansas State and Kansas were 5-5. Colorado was 3-7 and Missouri 0-10.
Huskers First North Team to Go 6-0 vs. South Since 2000
Nebraska capped a 6-0 sweep of the Big 12 South with an 80-64 victory over No. 11 Oklahoma to clinch the 2010 Big 12 regular-season title on Feb. 24. Among their 18 consecutive Big 12 Conference victories entering the 2010-11 season, the Huskers owned eight straight regular-season wins against the South before losing to Oklahoma on Jan. 8, 2011.
NU's 2010 win over the Sooners followed a 71-60 victory over No. 12 Texas A&M Feb. 6 and an 88-67 run past No. 10 Oklahoma State in Lincoln Feb. 3. Nebraska produced its largest victory margin in history against a Big 12 opponent with an 89-47 win at Texas Tech Jan. 27, after posting a 65-56 win at No. 9 Baylor on Jan. 17. The Lady Bears were the only South foe to play the Huskers within single digits in 2009-10. NU opened home Big 12 action with a 91-79 win over No. 19 Texas on Jan. 12.
In its six regular-season meetings with Big 12 South foes, Nebraska averaged 80.7 points per game, while surrendering 62.2 points per contest, for an average winning margin of 18.5 points per game.
Nebraska was the first North team in a decade to sweep the South. Iowa State was the last team to accomplish the feat in 1999-2000, while Kansas (1998-99) is the only other North school to notch a sweep. A North school has won five or more games against the South only eight previous times, most recently Kansas State's back-to-back 5-1 marks in 2002-03 and 2003-04.
Nebraska Owns Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska has made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori's nine seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers' win over No. 22 UCLA marked their 20th win over an AP Top 25 foe during Yori's tenure, including their eighth in 2009-10. NU's 21-point win over No. 10 Oklahoma State on Feb. 3 was the Huskers' fifth against a top-10 opponent. Before Yori's arrival, Nebraska had beaten just one top-10 opponent in school history.
Nebraska's three top-10 wins in 2009-10 matched NU's all-time total in 35 seasons of women's basketball.
NU's win at No. 9 Baylor on Jan. 17, marked the Huskers' first victory against a top-25 team in a true road game under Yori. It was also the Huskers' first-ever true road win over a top-10 opponent.
The Huskers posted six wins over AP Top 15 teams (No. 5 LSU, No. 9 Baylor, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 Iowa State) in 2009-10, including three wins over top-10 foes.
The Huskers added a road win over final AP No. 16 Iowa State on Jan. 9, in Ames, while also claiming road wins over previously ranked clubs at Vermont (AP No. 24, Jan. 18), Miami (AP No. 25, Jan. 11), Kansas (as high as No. 18, first nine weeks AP). The Jayhawks, Catamounts and Hurricanes were unranked when they played the Huskers.
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 Get It Done on Court, In Classroom, In Community
Nebraska not only enjoyed a record-setting run on the court in 2009-10, the Huskers achieved at high levels in the classroom.
Nebraska led the Big 12 with six first-team academic all-conference selections in 2009-10. Five Husker seniors claimed first-team honors, led by Kelsey Griffin. It was the third first-team award of Griffin's career. She was joined as a three-time first-team selection by senior Kala Kuhlmann, while Cory Montgomery added her third academic award, including her second first-team honor. Nicole Neals and Nikki Bober also claimed first-team honors, along with junior center Jessica Periago. The 6-4 center from France earned her second first-team award.
During the 2009 fall semester, the women's basketball team posted a cumulative 3.138 GPA. In addition to the high grade-point averages, Montgomery (business administration) and Neals (management) earned their bachelor's degrees from Nebraska in just 3 1/2 years. The two graduate students received their diplomas at the Devaney Center during commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 19. The next day, Montgomery and Neals helped the Huskers roll to a 77-63 win over No. 5 LSU at the Devaney Center.
Nebraska owns a perfect 100 percent score in the Graduate Success Rate published by the NCAA, and every senior that Connie Yori has coached over the past 20 seasons has gone on to earn her degree.
The Huskers have also earned two Nebraska Life Skills Team Awards during Coach Connie Yori's eight seasons in Lincoln, including the inaugural award in 2003-04. Griffin was a leader in Nebraska's community service efforts throughout her career and captured the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Nebraska Establishes Kathy Branchaud Memorial Scholarship
Nebraska has established the Kathy Branchaud Memorial Women's Basketball Scholarship Fund to honor the life of the former player and Fastbreaker Booster Club board member, who passed away Feb. 11, 2010 at age 58, following a two-year battle with cancer.
The Kathy Branchaud Memorial Scholarship will be presented to sophomores, juniors or seniors on the Nebraska women's basketball team. Senior recipients must demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a post-graduate education at the University of Nebraska. Candidates must maintain a 3.2 or above cumulative grade-point average and a preference will be given to the player with most improved rebounding percentage from the previous season.
To contribute to the Kathy Branchaud Memorial Women's Basketball Scholarship Fund, please contact the Nebraska Athletic Development Office at (402) 472-2367.