Huskers Set for Tangle with Tigers
Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-8, 2-4 Big 12)
at Missouri Tigers (10-11, 2-5 Big 12)
Mizzou Arena (15,061) • Columbia, Mo. • Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
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Nebraska opens a two-game Big 12 North road swing this week by traveling to Missouri on Wednesday. Tip-off between the Huskers (12-8, 2-4 Big 12) and Tigers (10-11, 2-5 Big 12) at Mizzou Arena is set for 7 p.m.
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Nebraska is coming off a hard-fought 56-53 victory over ESPN/USA Today Coaches No. 25 Texas Tech on Saturday at the Devaney Center. The Huskers notched their second league win thanks to big nights from Catheryn Redmon, Jordan Hooper, Lindsey Moore and Katya Leick.
Redmon, a 6-3 senior center from Grand Prairie, Texas, led NU with 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Hooper, a 6-2 freshman forward from Alliance, Nebraska, added 16 points and eight boards, while knocking down a trio of three-pointers. Moore, a 5-9 sophomore point guard from Covington, Wash., pitched in 10 points, including NU's final three points at the free throw line to seal the win, while dishing out seven assists.
Leick, a 6-1 sophomore forward from Grey Cloud Township, Minn., contributed one of the best efforts of her career with 10 points and nine rebounds, while playing a career-high 37 minutes.
The Huskers head to Columbia in search of their first win away from the Devaney Center since a 63-55 victory at Creighton on Dec. 8. NU has won only one game outside Nebraska this season, an 87-79 victory at Washington State on Nov. 22. However, the Huskers notched an 82-78 win in their last trip to Mizzou Arena on Feb. 13, 2010.
Although Missouri owns a losing record, first-year head coach Robin Pingeton has the Tigers playing scrappy basketball. MU owns the No. 7 Strength of Schedule nationally according to collegerpi.com, including losses to RPI top 10 teams Texas A&M (2), Tennessee (3) and Xavier (8). Mizzou also has a loss to RPI No. 16 Florida State, and a win over RPI No. 12 Georgetown, along with a league win over Texas this season.
The Tigers enter the game at No. 55 in the RPI, while Nebraska is No. 52, according to collegerpi.com.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-8, 2-4 Big 12)
20 - Katya Leick - 6-1 - So. - F - 5.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 14.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg
44 - Catheryn Redmon - 6-3 - Sr. - C - 10.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - So. - G - 11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg
5 - Kaitlyn Burke - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 6.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Off the Bench
24 - Dominique Kelley - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 14.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg
13 - Jessica Periago - 6-4 - Sr. - C - 2.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
1 - Kellie McCann-Smith - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 3.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg
55 - Adrianna Maurer - 6-3 - Fr. - C - 1.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg
21 - Harleen Sidhu - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 1.1 ppg, 0.7 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - So. - F - 2.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
Ninth Season at NU (164-107); 21st Season Overall (359-247)
Missouri Tigers (10-11, 2-5 Big 12)
44 - Shakara Jones - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 10.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg
50 - Christine Flores - 6-3 - Jr. - F - 13.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg
10 - Jasmyn Otote - 5-9 - Sr. - G - 5.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
23 - RaeShara Brown - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 16.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg
25 - Trenee Thornton - 5-7 - So. - G - 1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg
Off the Bench
21 - Sydney Crafton - 5-10 - So. - G - 6.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg
22 - BreAnna Brock - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 3.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg
2 - Bailey Gee - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 1.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg
5 - Paige Spietz - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 0.6 ppg, 0.9 rpg
12 - Tori Niemann - 5-11 - Fr. - G - 0.6 ppg, 0.6 rpg
Head Coach: Robin Pingeton (Illinois, 1984)
First Season at MU (10-11); 16th Season Overall (348-168)
Huskers Topple Texas Tech, 56-53
Texan Catheryn Redmon produced 16 points and nine rebounds, while freshman Jordan Hooper added 16 points and eight boards to lead Nebraska to a 56-53 win over Texas Tech at the Devaney Center on Jan. 29.
Sophomores Lindsey Moore and Katya Leick each contributed 10 points for the Huskers, who improved to 10-2 at the Devaney Center this season. Moore, who added seven assists and three rebounds, saved her biggest points for the final minute, when she knocked down 3-of-4 free throws to seal the three-point win.
Leick added nine rebounds and a steal, as Redmon, Hooper and Leick all just missed double-doubles on the night. Redmon added three blocks and two steals for NU, while forcing multiple turnovers by Tech post players.
While Redmon was forcing turnovers, Nebraska was taking care of the ball better than any other night this season, as the Huskers committed a season-low seven turnovers.
Teena Wickett and Casey Morris led Texas Tech with 14 points apiece, but no other Lady Raider managed more than six points. The Huskers held Tech to 36.7 percent (22-60) shooting, including just 6-of-24 from three-point range. The Lady Raiders also hit just 3-of-5 free throws.
Nebraska managed just 37 percent (20-54) shooting, and 4-of-15 threes, but knocked down 12-of-18 free throws to seal the win. Texas Tech won the rebounding battle, 39-36, but the Huskers won the turnover battle, 10-7.
The Huskers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first five minutes before building the lead to 13 points twice in the first seven minutes. NU led 21-9 before Tech's Morris hit a three-pointer to spark a 10-0 Lady Raider run capped by Wickett's three-pointer with 6:38 left to cut NU's lead to 21-19.
Texas Tech took its first lead on a pair of Wickett free throws to make it 27-26 with 2:33 left, but Leick answered with three straight points. Morris hit another three to give the lead back to Tech with 50 seconds left in the half, but NU executed with a pair of baskets down the stretch to take a 33-30 lead into the locker room.
NU went 13-of-32 from the field, including 3-of-9 from three-point range, while hitting 4-of-7 free throws. The Huskers also outrebounded Tech, 19-17, and won the turnover battle, 6-3. The Lady Raiders hit 12-of-27 shots from the floor, including 4-of-12 threes, while going 2-of-3 at the line in the first half.
In the second half, Nebraska continued to execute, scoring on its first three possessions of the half to maintain a 40-35 lead, but Texas Tech responded with a 12-0 run to take its biggest lead of the night at 47-40 with 10:59 left. At that point, the Huskers had gone more than seven minutes without scoring.
Nebraska responded with a pair of free throws, before Kellie McCann-Smith added her only points of the night to trim the Tech margin to 47-44 with 9:43 to play. After a Tech bucket, Redmon and Leick combined for six straight points to give NU the lead 51-49 with 6:41 left. The score was stuck for 2:37 before a Wickett free throw trimmed the margin to 51-50. Hooper then hit a huge 15-footer with 2:09 left to make it 53-50, before a Moore free throw gave NU a two-possession lead at 54-50 with 1:00 left.
Morris then buried a three to make it a one-point game - Tech's lone field goal in the final 9:25. Moore answered with two free throws, and Texas Tech had a pair of Morris three-pointers fall well off the mark in the final seconds.
Scouting The Missouri Tigers
Missouri heads into Wednesday night's game with a 10-11 overall record, including a 2-5 Big 12 mark. The Tigers have dropped four of their past five games, including a 71-56 loss at Iowa State on Saturday. However, in their last home game, the Tigers ran to a 66-52 win over Kansas last Wednesday.
The win over the Jayhawks allowed MU to match its Big 12 season victory total from a year ago, when the Tigers finished 2-14 in last place in the league. Missouri finished 12-18 overall in Coach Cindy Stein's final season.
Although first-year coach Robin Pingeton owns a sub-.500 mark entering the game with Nebraska, her Tigers have played one of the nation's top 10 schedules, with top-15 battles against Texas A&M, Tennessee, Xavier, Florida State and Georgetown. The Tigers knocked off the No. 12 Hoyas, 54-45, on Nov. 26.
Following back-to-back losses against Xavier and Florida State, MU opened Big 12 play with an 85-80 overtime win over Texas on Jan. 8. The Tigers sandwiched road losses at Texas Tech (63-56) and Kansas State (66-63) around a lopsided home loss against No. 5 Texas A&M. They rebounded from a 10-point road loss at Colorado with the 14-point win over the Jayhawks last week to snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 7-2 at Mizzou Arena.
Senior RaeShara Brown, who earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades as a junior, has developed into one of the league's top guards. The 5-8 guard from Little Rock, Ark., leads MU in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, three-pointers made and free throws made. She is averaging 16.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.4 steals per game while hitting 31 three-pointers and 70 free throws. Brown has increased her scoring average to 18.4 points in Big 12 play, including a career-high 33 points at Kansas State on Jan. 19.
Fellow senior Shakara Jones has joined Brown in the MU starting five for all 21 games. The 6-2 forward has contributed 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game on the year, and has stepped up those numbers to 11.4 points and 6.0 boards in Big 12 play. A third senior, 5-9 guard Jasmyn Otote, has also started all 21 games and averaged 5.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Christine Flores, a 6-3 junior forward, is Missouri's second-leading scorer (13.9 ppg) and rebounder (6.2 rpg) while leading the Tigers in the paint with 45 total blocks. Arguably MU's top shooter, Flores was shooting 50 percent (85-170) from the field and 45.7 percent (16-35) from three-point range before breaking a finger on her shooting hand in the loss to Texas Tech. She was averaging nearly 17 points per game before the injury, and has averaged just 8.5 points per contest in her past five games, while sitting out the loss to Texas A&M. She has hit just 10-of-43 field goal attempts, including just 3-of-11 threes over her last five games.
Sophomore Sydney Crafton (6.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 14 starts), junior BreAnna Brock (3.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4 starts) and sophomore Trenee Thornton (1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 3 starts) have split time in the MU starting five since junior guard Bekah Mills suffered an ACL tear to end her season after the third game. Bailey Gee has been another consistent contributor off the bench, averaging 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds while playing in all 21 games.
As a team, Missouri is averaging 60.1 points, while allowing the opposition 62.8 points per game. MU is shooting 40.7 percent from the field, but just 28.2 percent from three-point range. The Tigers have also hit just 62.8 percent of their free throws. MU owns a plus-0.3 rebound margin, but a minus-3.0 turnover mark.
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Missouri, 39-30, including three consecutive victories. NU, which has won seven of the last nine meetings, escaped Columbia with an 82-78 win on Feb. 13, 2010 - NU's narrowest winning margin en route to a 30-0 start last year. No other Big 12 foe played NU within two possessions. Nebraska won the last meeting, 67-51, on Feb. 27, 2010, at the Devaney Center, before being presented the Big 12 title. The game marked the first sellout in NU women's basketball history (13,595) at the Devaney Center.
Missouri's last win came with a 67-66 victory at Mizzou Arena on Jan. 17, 2009.
Hooper Earning Spot Among Big 12's Best Freshmen
Jordan Hooper has made an instant impact on the Nebraska lineup and is a contender for conference and national freshman honors. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., is NU's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder with 14.5 points and 6.8 boards per game.
Hooper also leads the Huskers with 40 three-pointers, which already ranks second among all freshmen in Nebraska history. In fact, she needs just six 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 14.5 points per game rank third among all Big 12 freshmen, while her 6.8 rebounds lead all league rookies. Her 40 threes rank third among conference freshmen. Among all Big 12 players, Hooper ranks 13th in scoring and 15th in rebounding. Hooper ranks eighth in the league in three-point percentage (38.1) and 10th 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 15 of her first 20 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.
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 nine 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.
Redmon Producing at Career-Best Levels
Catheryn Redmon produced two of the best games of her career in back-to-back contests against Kansas (Jan. 16) and Kansas State (Jan. 22).
Redmon averaged 13.5 points, 15.5 rebounds, 5.0 blocks and 2.0 steals against the Jayhawks and Wildcats. She added 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in NU's win over Texas Tech Saturday to increase her career-best season averages to 10.4 points and 7.8 rebounds while adding 2.4 blocks per game.
In Big 12 action, Redmon has nearly averaged a double-double with 10.8 points and a Big 12-leading 9.7 rebounds per contest.
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.
Hooper Crashing The Boards at Near Record Rate
Jordan Hooper leads Big 12 freshmen on the glass this season by averaging 6.8 rebounds through her first 20 games.
The 6-2 forward has flown to the top of the rebounding charts by averaging 8.0 boards per contest over her last 13 games. 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 20 games, Hooper leads the Huskers with 14.5 points and ranks second with 6.8 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 20 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.
As she approaches the halfway point of her first Big 12 season, Hooper is averaging 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in conference action.
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 impressive from three-point range through the first 20 games of her Nebraska career.
The 6-2 forward has hit 40-of-105 three-point attempts (38.1 percent) and has climbed to second on NU's freshman three-point list. Hooper needs just six more to match Anna DeForge's freshman record of 46 threes in 1994-95.
Hooper's 40 threes are tied for fourth among current Big 12 freshmen. In an exceptionally strong class of young shooters, Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg has hit 57 threes (43.8 percent) and OU's Morgan Hook has hit 45 threes (39.8 percent). Texas' Chassidy Fussell has hit 39 (37.1 percent) and Baylor's Odyssey Sims has 37 threes (48.1 percent).
NU Near Record-Setting Three-Point Pace
Nebraska's outside shooting has been a strength for the Huskers in the first 20 games of 2010-11. The Huskers have hit 140-of-405 three-point attempts (34.6 percent) to average 7.0 threes per game.
Last season, Nebraska hit a school-record 225 threes for a school-record average of 6.6 threes per game. Through 20 games, NU is on track to hit 238 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 10 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.
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 Keeps Giving Huskers More
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 20 games of 2010-11, Moore is showing that scoring more is just fine with her. After a career-high 27 points against Iowa State Jan. 26, and 23 points in a win over Kansas on Jan. 16, Moore has increased her scoring average to 11.9 points while producing 5.5 assists in 36.7 minutes per game.
Moore owns three 20-point scoring efforts this season, including 22 points, nine assists and two steals in NU's win over Miami on Nov. 17. She has produced 11 double-figure scoring efforts through 20 games, including 17 points in a season-opening win over Vermont when she hit a career-high five three-pointers. She has notched double figures in six of the past eight games, averaging 14.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists during that stretch.
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 has already surpassed her scoring and three-point totals from a year ago in nearly 220 fewer minutes. She has also matched last season's rebound total.
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. In fact, she is tied with Missouri's RaeShara Brown with a league-leading 36.7 minutes per game. In conference play, Moore is averaging 39.8 minutes per contest, while Brown has played 37.9 to rank second.
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 six Big 12 games, Moore has played 239 total minutes, including a career-high 45 in Nebraska's overtime win over Kansas on Jan. 16. She also played the full 40 against Texas Tech (Jan. 29), Iowa State (Jan. 26), Kansas State (Jan. 22), South Florida (Dec. 30), Louisville (Dec. 20) and Creighton (Dec. 8). Over the last 14 games (December and January), Moore has been on the floor for all but 19 minutes for NU - an average of 39.0 minutes per game.
With 10 regular-season games and a minimum of one Big 12 Tournament game left, Moore is on pace to play 1,138 total minutes (36.7 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 20 games, she is averaging 5.5 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 14 times this season.
Moore owns 264 career assists and needs just 38 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 188 blocks. She owns 49 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).
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 six league games with 9.7 boards per contest.
Redmon produced 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 (Jan. 16) and 12 points and 14 boards at Kansas State (Jan. 22).
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 10.4 points per game, while leading NU with 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and a 56.7 field goal percentage. In Big 12 play she is averaging 10.8 points and 9.7 boards per game, after a 16-point, nine-rebound performance in Saturday's win over Texas Tech.
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 Joins NU's Career Three-Point Top 10
Junior guard Kaitlyn Burke connected on a trio of three-pointers against No. 23 Iowa State on Jan. 26 to push her career total to 80, moving ahead of former Husker Margaret Richards on NU's top 10 in three-pointers made.
Burke enters the Missouri game tied for ninth with Cory Montgomery on the Husker all-time list, and will match Brooke Schwartz in eighth place with one more three-pointer.
For the season, Burke ranks third on the team with 23 threes, trailing Jordan Hooper's 40 and Lindsey Moore's 26. Burke, who is averaging 6.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, produced her sixth double-figure scoring effort of the season with 11 points against the Cyclones. Five of those performances have come at the Devaney Center this season, including a pair in Big 12 play.
She 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 opened the season with 12 points off the bench against Vermont, before adding back-to-back 10-point games against Washington State and Nebraska-Omaha. She added 11 points against South Florida on Dec. 30.
For the season, Burke leads the Huskers with a 1.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, while ranking second on the team with 16 steals.
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 eight of last nine 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 10 total 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 361-120 (.751) in games played in the arena, including 135-79 (.631) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 97-24 (.802) 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 3,844 fans per game through 12 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 37-17 regular-season record against the other five Big 12 North foes. Iowa State is 34-19, while Kansas State is 33-20 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.