#24/#24 (6) Nebraska Cornhuskers (22-7, 10-6 Big Ten)
vs. (3) Iowa Hawkeyes (19-10, 11-5 Big Ten)
2012 Big Ten Conference Tournament (March 1-4) • Bankers Life Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, Ind. •
Game 6: Friday, March 2, (approx. 1 p.m. CT) - 25 min. following Game 5
Live Television: Big Ten Network (Eric Collins-PBP; Mary Murphy-Analyst)
Radio: Husker Sports Network (B107.3 FM-Lincoln; 93.3 FM-Omaha)
Free Internet Audio: Huskers.com
Huskers Hope to Continue Momentum in Rematch with Hawkeyes
The No. 24 Nebraska women's basketball team continues play in its first Big Ten Tournament by taking aim at a third straight win against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday, March 2 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
Tip-off between the sixth-seeded Huskers (22-7, 10-6 Big Ten) and the third-seeded Hawkeyes (19-10, 11-5 Big Ten) will follow 25 minutes after the conclusion of the day's first game between No. 7-seed Michigan and No. 2-seed Ohio State, which tips off at 10:30 a.m. (central) on Friday. Nebraska's game with Iowa will start near 1 p.m.
The Big Ten Network will televise the game live nationally with Eric Collins and Mary Murphy on the call, while Lisa Byington will provide sideline reports. The first 10 games of the 11-game tournament will be televised by BTN. The championship game will be telecast by ESPN2 on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. (central).
Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will be on the radio call with flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln and The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha for the Huskers throughout the tournament as part of Nebraska's 25-station radio network. Free live audio also will be available worldwide on Huskers.com.
Nebraska opened the tournament with one of its most complete games of the season in an 88-56 run past Northwestern in Thursday's first round. The Huskers used a 33-3 surge capped by a 24-0 run early in the first half to take a commanding 41-10 lead with 6:57 left in the half. First-team All-Big Ten forward Jordan Hooper and second-team All-Big Ten point guard Lindsey Moore did the most damage early for the Huskers. Nebraska's dynamic duo, who were both named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason 32 on Wednesday, combined for 28 first-half points to power the Huskers to a 54-25 halftime lead. Hooper, who finished with 18 points in a career-low 16 minutes, sat most of the second half, but still had time to become the first sophomore in school history to reach the 1,000-career point mark. She finished the game with 1,006 points and ranks No. 27 in school history.
Moore, who finished with 14 points in just 20 minutes, increased her career total to 1,087 points to move to No. 21 on the NU career list. Hooper, Moore, All-Big Ten Freshman Emily Cady and senior starting guard Kaitlyn Burke played very little in the second half, as Nebraska played a five-freshman lineup for the game's final 10 minutes against the Wildcats. NU's six freshmen combined for 49 points, 25 rebounds, 11 assists and eight steals.
#24 Nebraska Cornhuskers (22-7, 10-6 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 3.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 9.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - So. - F - 19.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 15.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg
5 - Kaitlyn Burke - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 5.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Off the Bench
33 - Rebecca Woodberry - 5-10 - RFr. - G - 5.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg
11 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 4.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 3.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - RFr. - F - 2.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 2.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
10th Season at NU (188-124); 22nd Season Overall (383-264)
Iowa Hawkeyes (19-10, 11-5 Big Ten)
2 - Kamille Wahlin - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 12.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg
21 - Melissa Dixon - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 7.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
22 - Samantha Logic - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 9.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg
20 - Kelly Krei - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 6.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg
12 - Morgan Johnson - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 15.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg
Off the Bench
51 - Bethany Doolittle - 6-4 - Fr. - C - 3.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg
23 - Theirra Taylor - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 2.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg
3 - Kalli Hansen - 5-11 - Sr. - F - 2.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
34 - Virginia Johnson - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 1.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg
33 - Kathryn Reynolds - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 0.7 ppg, 0.5 rpg
11 - Trisha Nesbitt - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 0.2 ppg, 0.2 rpg
24 - Jaime Printy (OUT) - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 16.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Head Coach: Lisa Bluder (Northern Iowa, 1983)
12th Season at Iowa (230-142); 28th Season Overall (586-284)
Hooper Leads First Huskers on All-Big Ten Teams
Sophomore Jordan Hooper became Nebraska's first first-team All-Big Ten award winner in women's basketball when she was named to the five-player all-conference team by both the coaches and media on Monday.
Hooper was joined on the all-conference teams by Husker teammates Lindsey Moore (2nd), Emily Cady (HM, All-Freshman) and Kaitlyn Burke (Sportsmanship). While all of the honors are Nebraska's first conference honors in the Big Ten, they mark the ninth consecutive season that the Huskers have claimed multiple all-conference awards under Coach Connie Yori.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., is the Big Ten's No. 1 rebounder (9.2 rpg) and No. 4 scorer (19.0 ppg). She has helped the Huskers to a 22-7 record that included a 10-6 Big Ten mark.
Hooper is the first Husker to win first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore since Kelsey Griffin in 2006-07. Griffin went on to be a three-time first-team All-Big 12 pick and a 2010 first-team All-American as a 6-2 forward.
Hooper is just the fifth Husker sophomore in history to claim first-team all-conference accolades, joining Griffin, Kiera Hardy (Big 12, 2005), Karen Jennings (Big Eight, 1991) and Maurtice Ivy (Big Eight, 1986). Hooper also claimed a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2011.
Hooper was joined among Nebraska's All-Big Ten honorees by Moore. The 5-9 junior point guard from Covington, Wash., captured second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and media while averaging 15.4 points, 5.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game on the year. She ranks eighth in the conference in scoring, second in assists and sixth in the steals.
It marked the third all-conference award of Moore's career, after earning honorable-mention All-Big 12 recognition a year ago, and a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2009-10.
Cady captured Nebraska's first-ever spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by producing 9.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game to go along with a team-leading 25 blocked shots on the season. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., increased her production in Big Ten play by averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in regular-season conference play.
Cady also earned a spot on the honorable-mention All-Big Ten team from the conference media. She becomes the first Husker freshman since Meggan Yedsena in 1991 to earn a spot on an overall all-conference team. Yedsena is the only Husker in history to earn four spots on all-conference teams. Yedsena claimed honorable-mention All-Big Eight accolades in 1991, before capturing three second-team awards in 1992, 1993 and 1994.
Burke rounded out the list of Husker award winners on their inaugural All-Big Ten squads by earning a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The 5-7 senior guard from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was one of two Big Ten women's basketball players among 30 national candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Burke is also the President of Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a regular academic all-conference selection. She is tied for No. 2 at Nebraska in career games played and ranks ninth in career three-pointers made.
Huskers Shoot for 23rd Win Against Hawkeyes
Nebraska's first-round Big Ten Tournament win over Northwestern pushed the Huskers' season victory total to 22, which put the 2011-12 Huskers in a tie for sixth place on NU's single-season wins list. A win on Friday over Iowa would give Nebraska its 23rd win and place the 2011-12 Huskers into a tie for second among all-time Husker teams.
Nebraska, which has produced13 20-win seasons in school history, owns four 20-win campaigns over the past six years under Coach Connie Yori. That successful stretch for the Huskers includes NU's record-setting 32-2 campaign in 2009-10.
Although 32 wins is unattainable for this year's group of Huskers, they could still contend for runner-up honors on the all-time single-season wins list. Prior to 2009-10, the school record for victories was 23, which was achieved four times, most recently in 1997-98.
If the Huskers can get a win against the Hawkeyes, Nebraska could take aim at win No. 24 in the Big Ten semifinals on Saturday in Indianapolis.
Huskers Lock Up 10 Wins in First Big Ten Season
Nebraska notched its 10th Big Ten win of the season with its 71-57 victory over No. 8 Ohio State at the Devaney Center Feb. 26. The victory put the 2011-12 Huskers in elite company in Nebraska women's basketball history as just the seventh NU team to produce 10 conference wins in a season. While it has only happened seven times in school history, Coach Connie Yori's Huskers have managed the feat three times in the past six years.
Yori's 2009-10 Huskers rolled to a perfect 16-0 record in Big 12 play to capture the conference title on their way to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16. In 2006-07, Yori's Huskers went 10-6 in the Big 12 on their way to the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska's 10-6 conference record also ties for the fifth-best conference winning percentage by a Husker team in school history, matching the 2006-07 and 1999-00 squads. Like the current 16-game regular-season Big Ten format, Nebraska played a 16-game regular-season schedule for 15 years as Big 12 Conference members. The Huskers achieved 10 or more victories four times during that span.
Scouting The Iowa Hawkeyes
Coach Lisa Bluder and the Iowa Hawkeyes head into Friday's second-round Big Ten Tournament game as the hottest team in the conference. The Hawkeyes have won eight straight games since the Huskers defeated Iowa, 60-53, Jan. 26 at the Devaney Center. The Huskers completed a regular-season sweep of the Hawkeyes, following a 77-72 victory over Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye on Jan. 8.
Despite the losses to the Huskers, Iowa rebounded to finish the regular season with a 19-10 overall record that included an 11-5 Big Ten mark to earn the No. 3 seed at the Big Ten Tournament. The Hawkeyes officially finished in a four-way tie for second with No. 14 Ohio State, No. 21 Purdue and Michigan State in the final league standings.
All five of Iowa's Big Ten losses came at the hands of current AP Top-20 teams, including a 68-52 loss at current No. 9 Penn State, an 84-71 loss at No. 14 Ohio State and a 57-55 loss at No. 21 Purdue. The Hawkeyes gained a measure of revenge with a 59-42 home win over the Boilermakers on Jan. 28 to kickstart their eight-game winning streak. Iowa added a 74-57 home win over Michigan State on Feb. 12 to improve the Hawkeyes' record to 2-5 against the top half of the Big Ten. Nebraska went 5-3 against the top half of the conference this season.
Jaime Printy, a third-team All-Big Ten pick this season after earning second-team All-Big Ten honors a year ago, led Iowa with 16.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game on the year but missed Iowa's last six games after suffering a season-ending knee injury. The Hawkeyes are 6-0 without Printy, who averaged 22 points in the losses to Nebraska, including 27 points and five assists in the first meeting at Iowa City.
Morgan Johnson, a 6-5 junior center, earned second-team All-Big Ten honors by averaging 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game on the year. Johnson averaged a double-double in the two meetings with NU, producing 14.5 points and 10.5 boards per game, including 21 points and 12 rebounds at Carver-Hawkeye.
Guard Kamille Wahlin, added third-team All-Big Ten honors after averaging 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists on the year. Wahlin stepped up her production in Printy's absence by averaging 17.2 points per contest over Iowa's last six games. In Big Ten action, the 5-8 senior produced 15.3 points, 3.8 boards and 3.9 assists in Big Ten action. Wahlin is one of four Hawkeyes who hit 30 or more threes this season, joining Printy, Samantha Logic and Melissa Dixon.
Logic, a 5-8 guard who earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, also stepped up her production significantly in Printy's absence. Logic averaged 14 points, 11.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists over the last six games. Through the first 23 games, Logic was averaging approximately eight points and six boards per contests. Since the last meeting with Nebraska, Logic has five double-doubles, including a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the regular-season finale with Michigan. She has a pair of 20-point scoring efforts during the stretch to go along with an 18-rebound rebound performance in the first meeting with Michigan.
Kelly Krei,a 6-2 senior, has added 6.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest while joining Logic, Wahlin and Johnson in Iowa's starting five for all 29 games this season. Krei has 42 threes while shooting nearly 33 percent from long range on the year. She was 1-for-10 from long range against Nebraska.
Melissa Dixon has stepped into the starting five in place of Printy and played solid basketball. The 5-8 freshman has averaged 7.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 22 games with six starts this year, but did not play in the first two meetings against the Huskers because of injury. She has averaged 10 points per game and hit 14-of-43 threes as a starter in Printy's absence. For the season, Dixon is shooting 36.7 percent (33-90) from long range.
Freshman Bethany Doolittle (3.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg) and sophomore Theairra Taylor (2.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg) have also appeared in all 29 games for the Hawkeyes this season. Senior Kalli Hansen (2.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg) and freshmen and Kathryn Reynolds (0.7 ppg, 0.5 rpg) have also provided regular contributions off the bench.
As a team, the Hawkeyes love the three-point shot, hitting 32.4 percent while attempting 22 threes per game. Iowa has hit 6.9 threes per game to rank second in the Big Ten behind NU in that category.
Iowa is almost automatic at the free throw line, shooting 79.7 percent for the season. The Hawkeyes average about 15 points per game at the line. Iowa has maintained a 2.4 rebounding edge, but is minus-0.2 in turnover margin on the season.
Hooper, Moore Earn Spots on Naismith Midseason 32
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore earned spots on the 2012 Naismith Trophy Midseason 32 when the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced its women's basketball national player-of-the-year candidates on Wednesday.
The two most dangerous weapons on Nebraska's top-25 team, Hooper and Moore rank among the top eight players in the Big Ten Conference in scoring. Hooper, who ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring at 19.0 points per game, also leads the conference in rebounding with 9.2 boards per game. She is also tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 2.2 made threes per game. Moore ranks eighth in scoring (15.4 ppg), while ranking second in the Big Ten with 5.1 assists per contest. She also ranks sixth in the conference with 2.2 steals per game.
Nebraska's dynamic duo becomes the first pair of Husker teammates in history to earn spots on the same national player-of-the-year watch list. Nebraska is one of just 10 teams nationally with two or more players on the Naismith Midseason Top 32, joining fellow Big Ten schools Penn State and Ohio State, along with Notre Dame (3), Baylor, Connecticut, Tennessee, Stanford, Duke and Miami.
Hooper, a 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., earned one of five spots on the first-team All-Big Ten squad earlier this week. She leads the Big Ten with 11 double-doubles on the season, while ranking 26th nationally in scoring and 43rd in NCAA Division I statistics in rebounding. Hooper, who earlier this year was named to the State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List, is one of just seven sophomores nationally on the Naismith Trophy Midseason 32.
The two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year has helped her homestate Huskers to a 22-7 overall record this season, including a 10-6 Big Ten mark. She has produced a trio of 30-point performances - all in a four-game stretch, including a 31-point, 11-rebound effort in a win at Big Ten champion Penn State Dec. 30. She owns 13 20-point games this year, including 27 points in NU's triple-overtime victory at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2.
In addition to becoming just the second player in Nebraska history to score 30 points three times in a four-game stretch, she became just the seventh player in Husker history to grab 15 or more rebounds three times in a career. Hooper accomplished the feat three times in a seven-game stretch, including a 19-point, 18-rebound effort in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19. Hooper's 18 rebounds marked the highest total by a Husker since 1999. All three of her 15-rebound efforts came in Big Ten play.
Hooper became the first sophomore in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000-point plateau when she had 18 points in just 16 minutes in NU's first-round Big Ten Tournament win over Northwestern Thursday. She enters the Iowa game with 1,006 points. She is one of just seven players in NU history with 500 points and 250 rebounds in a season.
Moore, a 5-9 junior point guard from Covington, Wash., earned one of five spots on the second-team All-Big Ten team on Monday. The 2011 honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick was also a 2010 Big 12 All-Freshman selection for the Huskers. In 2009-10, Moore became the first freshman point guard in NCAA Division I history to start every game for a team that went undefeated in the regular season. Moore helped the Huskers to a 29-0 regular-season record and the 2010 Big 12 title while playing alongside with 2010 Naismith National Player-of-the-Year finalist and first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin.
Moore, who has started 94 consecutive games as Nebraska's point guard since arriving in Lincoln as a Parade All-American and 2009 Washington High School Player of the Year, ranks No. 21 all-time at Nebraska with 1,087 points. She also ranks No. 4 in career assists with 484 and No. 8 with 115 career three-pointers made.
Hooper Earns Spot on Wade Watch List
Sophomore Jordan Hooper was one of eight players added to the State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List announced on Feb. 7. Hooper, who is one of six sophomores on the list of 33 national player-of-the-year candidates, ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.0 ppg) and first in rebounding (9.2 rpg).
The first-team All-Big Ten selection has scored at an unprecedented rate in Nebraska history since arriving from Alliance last season. The 6-2 forward has produced 988 career points, producing double figures in 28 of 29 games this season. With a 19-point, 18-rebound effort against Wisconsin Feb. 19, Hooper pushed past 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings on the list of most productive freshman and sophomore seasons in school history.
Hooper needs just 12 points to become the first sophomore in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark. At her current scoring pace (19.1 ppg), Hooper is on track to reach the mark in her 60th career game, which will come in Nebraska's Big Ten Tournament opener against Northwestern.
Moore Named Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist
Nebraska's Lindsey Moore was recently named one of eight finalists for the 13th Annual Nancy Lieberman Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate point guard. Moore is Nebraska's first-ever Nancy Lieberman Award finalist.
Moore, a 5-9 junior from Covington, Wash., ranks among the nation's top all-around guards. The three-year starter for the Huskers enters the Big Ten Tournament ranked eighth in the conference in scoring (15.4 ppg), second in assists (5.1 apg) and sixth in steals (2.2 spg). She also ranks 10th in the Big Ten with her 80.8 free throw percentage. She earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches and media as one of the top 10 players in the league.
Last season, Moore was honorable-mention All-Big 12 as a sophomore by averaging 14.1 points, 5.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game. As a true freshman in 2009-10, Moore was the starting point guard on a Nebraska team that rolled to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and claimed the 2010 Big 12 Conference title. She became the first freshman point guard in NCAA Division I history to lead her team to an unbeaten regular season. The Huskers finished with a 32-2 overall record and advanced to Nebraska's first-ever NCAA Sweet 16.
Moore, who has started 94 consecutive games for the Huskers since earning Parade High School All-America honors at Kentwood High School in Washington, ranks 22nd in Nebraska history with 1,087 points. She also ranks fourth in Husker history with 484 assists, and eighth in the NU record book with 115 career three-pointers.
The list of Nancy Lieberman Award finalists was chosen by sportswriters from across the country, and the award will be presented by the Rotary Club of Detroit. The list of finalists will be narrowed to three players and the winner will be announced at the NCAA Women's Final Four weekend in Denver, Colo., April 1-3. The award will be officially presented at a noon luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club on April 18.
Hooper Joins Elite Group with 500-Point, 250-Rebound Season
Jordan Hooper became the second sophomore in school history to score 500 points and grab 250 rebounds in a season on her way to first-team All-Big Ten honors this year. She enters the Iowa game with 552 points and 267 rebounds in 29 games in 2011-12.
The only other Husker sophomore in history to accomplish the feat was Kathy Hagerstrom with 545 points and 271 rebounds in 31 games in 1980-81.
Hooper is just the seventh player (eighth time) in any Husker class to reach 500 points and 250 rebounds in the same season. Kelsey Griffin reached the milestones most recently with 685 points and 354 rebounds in 34 games as a senior in 2009-10. Griffin was a first-team All-American and the No. 3 pick in the WNBA Draft.
Prior to Griffin's super season, All-American and two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge scored 611 points and pulled down 260 rebounds in 33 games as a senior in 1997-98. Nafeesah Brown also accomplished the feat with 605 points and 303 rebounds in 30 games as a senior in 1993-94.
Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner, produced 810 points and 319 rebounds in 32 games as a junior, while Diane DelVigna is the only Husker to reach the marks twice with 787 points and 285 rebounds in 40 games as a senior in 1979-80, after recording 646 points and 257 rebounds in 35 games as a junior in 1978-79.
Hooper Becomes First Nebraska Sophomore To Score 1,000
Jordan Hooper pumped in 18 points in a career-low 16 minutes in Nebraska's 88-56 first-round Big Ten Tournament win over Northwestern on Thursday to become the first sophomore in Husker history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in a career. Hooper, who finished the 60th game of her NU career with 1,006 points enters the Iowa game in 27th place on the Husker career scoring list.
Hooper joined junior teammate Lindsey Moore as active members of the 1,000-point club. Hooper is the 12th native Nebraskan in the group and the second player from Alliance, Neb., joining Amy Stephens (1,976, 1986-89). Only two other towns in Nebraska have produced multiple 1,000-point scorers with Omaha supplying Maurtice Ivy (2,131, 1985-88), Janet Smith (1,284, 1979-82) and Yvonne Turner (1,101, 2007-10) and Lincoln providing Jan Crouch (1,183, 1976-79) and Dominique Kelley (1,107, 2008-11).
Moore Climbing Nebraska Career Scoring List
Lindsey Moore has climbed to No. 21 on NU's career list with 1,087 points and needs just three points against Iowa to move ahead Nafeesah Brown (1992-94, 1,089) into No. 20 on the Husker list. With 10 points against the Hawkeyes, Moore can also pass Ann Halsne (1988-91, 1096). In fact, a 20-point game for Moore would also move her past former teammate Yvonne Turner (2007-10, 1,101) while tying her with former teammate Dominique Kelley (2008-11, 1,107) in 17th on the NU career list.
Moore, who achieved the 1,000-point mark in her 87th career game, became the 27th player in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the Huskers' 93-89 3OT win at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2. Moore's 27-footer from the left wing in the third overtime gave NU a two possession lead on its way to victory, and pushed Moore to 1,001 career points. She added a pair of free throws to help seal the win. Moore finished the night with 26 points.
Burke Ready to Move to No. 2 in Games Played at Nebraska
Senior Kaitlyn Burke is expected to move into sole possession of second on Nebraska's career games played list by playing in her 131st game as a Husker on Friday against Iowa.
With the appearance, Burke will move ahead of former teammate Cory Montgomery (2007-10) and Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-83). The NU record for career games played is held by Janet Smith (1979-82) with 136.
Burke, who has started 31 consecutive games including 29 straight this year, owns 77 career starts in her five seasons at Nebraska.
Hooper Putting Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper leads the Big Ten and ranks among the top 40 players nationally with 11 double-doubles through 29 games in 2011-12. Hooper, who has produced double figures in 28 of Nebraska's 29 games this season, also owns 11 double-figure rebounding performances this year.
The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., produced her most recent double-double with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in Nebraska's win over Wisconsin Feb. 19. Hooper's 18 boards tied for the 12th-highest total in school history and were the most by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper added back-to-back double-doubles with 22 points and 15 rebounds against Iowa Jan. 26, and 12 points and 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 29. Earlier this season, Hooper notched double-doubles in four straight games from Dec. 18 to Jan. 5.
Hooper is just the fifth player in Nebraska history to notch double-figure double-doubles in a season. National Player-of-the-Year finalist Kelsey Griffin set a school record with 20 double-doubles as a senior in 2009-10 to finish with a school-record 40 career double-doubles. Griffin also produced 10 double-doubles as a sophomore in 2006-07.
Nebraska's 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings produced back-to-back seasons with 13 double-doubles as a sophomore (1990-91) and junior (1991-92) on her way to 36 career double-doubles. Jennings' double-double totals are school class records for both sophomores and juniors at NU.
Nafeesah Brown added 16 double-doubles as a senior 1993-94, the second-highest season total in Nebraska history, while her 24 career double-doubles in just two seasons rank third. Carol Garey is the only other player at Nebraska with 10 double-doubles in a season. She accomplished the feat in 1978-79.
With 14 double-doubles in the first 59 games of her career, Hooper already ranks eighth in school history in career double-doubles. She needs four more to match two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge in seventh on the Husker career chart with 18.
Hooper's Three 15-Board Efforts Rare in Husker History
Jordan Hooper's 18-rebound performance in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19 put her in rare company in the Nebraska record books. Hooper's huge effort on the boards tied for the 12th-highest single-game total in school history and the most rebounds by a player in Coach Connie Yori's 10 seasons at Nebraska. It also marked the highest total by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 rebounds against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper's board work against the Badgers represented her third game with 15 or more rebounds in Nebraska's last nine contests. To give those numbers some perspective, Hooper became just the seventh player in Husker history to grab 15 or more rebounds three times in a career. Hooper is just the sixth player in Nebraska history to pull down 15 or more boards three times in the same season, joining Janet Smith, Carol Garey, Nafeesah Brown, Pyra Aarden and most recently, Keasha Cannon-Johnson (2001-02).
Smith, who grabbed at least 15 rebounds 18 times in her career, grabbed 15 or more on 10 occasions in 1980-81. However, only three of those were against NCAA Division I opponents. Smith also grabbed 15 threes times in 1978-79 and 1979-80, with all of those coming against Division I teams. Carol Garey pulled down 15 or more boards five times in 1978-79, but only three times against Division I foes.
No Nebraska player has ever grabbed 15 rebounds four times in the same season against Division I competition.
Jordan Hooper produced one of the best weeks on the glass in Nebraska history with her 15-rebound effort against Iowa Jan. 26, followed by a career-high 16-rebound performance at Illinois on Jan. 29. Hooper is just the third Husker to grab 15 or more boards in back-to-back games, joining Janet Smith and Pyra Aarden. Aarden was the last Husker to pull down 15 or more in consecutive games with 20 rebounds against Bowling Green on Dec. 10, 1994, followed by 15 rebounds against Northern Iowa on Dec. 18, 1994. Janet Smith, Nebraska's all-time rebounding leader, pulled down 15 or more rebounds a school-record 18 times in her career, including 10 times in 1980-81. Smith grabbed 15 or more in back-to-back games on two occasions in 1980-81, first with 18 rebounds in a home win over Northwest Missouri State (Jan. 28) and then 21 boards against South Dakota (Jan. 30) with both games at the Devaney Center. In the return trips to the same schools she pulled down 17 rebounds at USD (Feb. 14) and Northwest Missouri State (Feb. 17) in consecutive games.
No player in Nebraska history has ever recorded 15 or more rebounds in three consecutive games.