#17/#22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (24-9, 10-6 Big Ten)
2011-12 Huskers Close One of Best Seasons in School History
The 2011-12 Nebraska women's basketball team closed one of the best seasons in school history by making the program's 10th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Huskers finished with a 24-9 overall record, marking the second-best win total in school history, trailing only NU's 32-2 season in 2009-10.
The Huskers, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in six seasons, earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but fell in the first round to 11th-seeded Kansas, 57-49. The Jayhawks went on to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 by knocking off third-seeded Delaware two nights later in Little Rock, Ark.
A young Husker team outperformed expectations, while overcoming inexperience and injuries on its way to a 10-6 finish in its first-ever Big Ten Conference regular season. The Huskers also ran to an appearance in their first Big Ten Tournament Championship Game.
Along the way, Huskers Lindsey Moore, Jordan Hooper and Emily Cady stepped into the national spotlight. Moore, a junior from Covington, Wash., was named one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented to the nation's top point guard. She was also named one of 32 midseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy. She captured second-team All-Big Ten honors and a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team while averaging 15.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game on the season.
Hooper, a 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., was a candidate for both the Wade and Naismith trophies as a national player-of-the-year candidate. Hooper produced arguably the best season in school history by a sophomore, averaging 18.9 points and a Big Ten-best 9.3 rebounds per game. She earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team, after leading the Big Ten with 14 double-doubles on the year.
Cady, a 6-2 freshman forward from Seward, Neb., claimed Big Ten All-Freshman honors from the conference coaches and media, and was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick by the league media. Cady averaged 9.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while ranking among the top six freshmen in the conference in every major statistical category.
Hailie Sample, a 6-1 freshman forward from Flower Mound, Texas, joined Moore, Hooper, Cady and senior Kaitlyn Burke in Nebraska's starting five for all 33 games in 2011-12. Sample averaged 3.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game as a defensive specialist for the Huskers.
Nebraska's solid starting five and young, five-player set of reserves produced nine wins over NCAA Tournament teams in 2011-12, including six victories over top-25 opponents at game time.
2011-12 Nebraska Team Highlights
10th NCAA Tournament Appearance in School History (Fourth NCAA bid in past six seasons)
One of a Big Ten-Record Seven NCAA Tournament Qualifiers in 2012
2012 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game Appearance (First Season as Big Ten Conference Member)
24 Victories Rank Second in Nebraska History (32 wins in 2009-10)
Huskers Match School Record with 14 Consecutive Weeks in Associated Press Top 25
Huskers Set School Records for 3FG Made/Attempted (230/759)
9 wins over 2012 NCAA Tournament Teams
6 Wins over Associated Press or USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 Teams at Game Time
No. 19 Nationally in Average Home Attendance (4,597/game)
Huskers Open Hendricks Training Complex in October 2011 (Pinnacle Bank Arena to Open in 2013-14)
Nebraska Individual Highlights
Jordan Hooper (6-2, So., F) - 2012 State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List; 2012 Naismith Trophy Midseason 32; First-Team WBCA All-Region 6 (1 of 5); First-Team All-Big Ten (1 of 5); Big Ten All-Tournament Team (1 of 5); First Sophomore in NU History with 600 Points & 300 Rebounds (Fourth Husker Overall); NU Sophomore Record 624 Points; Tied NU Sophomore Record with 9.3 Rebounds Per Game; First Sophomore in NU History to Reach 1,000 Career Points (1,078); No. 2 Sophomore in NU History with 67 3FG; Three 30-Point Games in 2011-12; Big Ten Double-Doubles Leader (14); No. 4 Scorer in Big Ten (18.9 ppg); Big Ten Rebounding Leader (9.3 rpg); Three-Time Big Ten Player of the Week; No. 22 Scorer in NU History (1,078 Points); Academic All-Big Ten
Lindsey Moore (5-9, Jr., G) - 2012 Naismith Trophy Midseason 32; Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist (1 of 8); Second-Team All-Big Ten (1 of 5); Big Ten All-Tournament Team; Big Ten Player of the Week (Nov. 21, 2011); No. 2 in Big Ten Assists (5.1 apg); No. 7 in Big Ten in Scoring (15.7 ppg); No. 5 in Big Ten Steals (2.2 spg); No. 4 in NU Career Assists (504); No. 16 Scorer in NU History (1,160 Points); Two Career 30-Point Games
Emily Cady (6-2, Fr., F) - 2012 Big Ten All-Freshman Team (1 of 5); Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Media); Top Six Among Big Ten Freshmen in Scoring (3rd, 9.9 ppg), Rebounding (2nd, 6.5 rpg); Blocks (3rd, 0.8 bpg); Assists (6th, 1.7 apg); Steals (6th, 1.4 spg); Second Freshman in NU History with 300 Points, 200 Rebounds, 50 Assists; No. 3 Freshman in NU History with 216 Rebounds; No. 5 Freshman in NU History with 28 Blocks; Three Double-Doubles; One of Nine Freshmen in NU History to Start Every Game (33 in 2011-12)
Kaitlyn Burke (5-7, Sr., G) - Big Ten Sportsmanship Award; Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate (1 of 30); President Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; Academic All-Big Ten; No. 9 in NU Career 3FG Made (110); No. 16 in NU Career Assists; (285); No. 42 in NU Career Scoring (707 Points); Career-high 20 Points in
Big Ten Semifinal Win Over No. 14 Ohio State; Team-High 14 Points (7-9 FG) in NCAA First Round vs. Kansas
Hailie Sample (6-1, Fr., F) - One of Nine Freshmen in NU History to Start Every Game (33 in 2011-12)
Harleen Sidhu (6-1, Sr., F) - Academic All-Big Ten
Adrianna Maurer (6-3, So., C) - Academic All-Big Ten
Katie Simon (6-2, RFr., F) - Academic All-Big Ten
Rebecca Woodberry (5-10, RFr., G) - Academic All-Big Ten
Nebraska's 24 Wins in 2011-12 Rank No. 2 in School History
Nebraska's Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over Ohio State pushed the Huskers' season victory total to 24, which put the 2011-12 Huskers all alone in second place on NU's single-season wins list. Nebraska's win total trailed only the 2009-10 Huskers' 32-2 record.
Nebraska, which has produced 13 20-win seasons in school history, owns four 20-win campaigns over the past six years under Coach Connie Yori, including the best two seasons in school history in the last three years. The Huskers have averaged 23 victories per season over the last three years.
Huskers Earn Fourth NCAA Tournament Trip in Past Six Years
Nebraska claimed its 10th NCAA Tournament bid in school history when the Huskers earned the No. 6 seed in the 2012 NCAA First Round in Little Rock, Ark. The Huskers made their fourth NCAA appearance in the past six years under Coach Connie Yori - the most successful six-year stretch in school history.
Nebraska's most recent NCAA appearance before 2012 came with a No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Huskers advanced to their first-ever NCAA Sweet 16 with wins over Northern Iowa (83-44) and UCLA (83-70) at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. NU was knocked out of the tournament in the third round by Kentucky, 76-67, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
The Huskers earned a 2008 NCAA bid as a No. 8 seed and defeated ninth-seeded Xavier, 61-58, in College Park, Md. NU fell in the second round to No. 1 seed and host Maryland, 76-64.
Nebraska made its first NCAA trip under Coach Yori in 2007, when the ninth-seeded Huskers dropped a 61-58 decision to No. 8 seed Temple in the first round in Raleigh, N.C.
The Huskers made their first NCAA trip as the Big Eight regular-season champions in 1988. NU posted its first NCAA Tournament win in its second trip to the tournament in 1993, defeating San Diego, 81-58, at the Devaney Center in Lincoln. After a third trip in 1996, the Huskers earned a second NCAA win in their fourth tournament appearance in 1998, defeating New Mexico (76-59) in Norfolk, Va. The Huskers added NCAA bids in 1999 and 2000.
For a complete list of Nebraska's NCAA Tournament results, please see the graphic on page 11 of these notes.
Huskers Earn Spot in Final AP Top 25 at No. 17
Nebraska climbed three spots to finish in a tie for 17th in the final 2012 Associated Press Poll. The Huskers closed the 2011-12 regular season by earning a spot in the AP Top 25 for 14 straight weeks - matching the longest streak in school history (also 2009-10). The Huskers also achieved just the second final top-25 ranking in school history, trailing only the No. 4 final ranking in the 2010 AP Poll. The AP does not do a postseason top 25.
Nebraska was one of four Big Ten teams in the final AP Top 25, joining Penn State (11th), Purdue (13th) and Ohio State (16th).
Nebraska also spent nine consecutive weeks in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25, coming in at No. 22 in the March 12 final regular-season rankings. The coaches do a post-tournament final top 25.
Huskers Show Success Against 2012 NCAA Tourney Field
Nebraska finished with a 9-7 record against the other 2012 NCAA Tournament teams. NU went 3-0 against No. 9 seed Iowa and 2-1 against No. 8 seed Ohio State, while going 1-1 against against both No. 4 seed Penn State and No. 4 seed Purdue. The Huskers also won non-conference games against No. 13 seed South Dakota State and No. 14 seed Creighton. NU suffered single losses to No. 4 seed Georgia Tech, No. 10 seed Michigan State and No. 11 seed Michigan in the regular season, before suffering a loss to No. 11 seed Kansas in the NCAA first round.
Nebraska Returns Talented Nucleus for 2012-13
Nebraska will return four of five starters and 10 of its top 11 contributors on the court for the 2012-13 season. In fact the Huskers will return 91.3 percent (2,152 of 2,356) of their points, 93.8 percent (1,310 of 1,396) of their rebounding, 81.7 percent (358 of 438) of their assists, 90.8 percent (257 of 283) of their steals and 99 percent (100 of 101) of their blocked shots next season.
NU's talented group of four returning starters is headlined by 2013 All-America candidates Jordan Hooper (18.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and Lindsey Moore (15.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.2 spg), along with All-Big Ten candidate Emily Cady (9.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg).
The senior-to-be Moore and the junior-to-be Hooper will be joined by soon-to-be-sophomores Cady and Hailie Sample as the returning nucleus to Nebraska's starting five. In addition, 2011-12 redshirt freshmen Rebecca Woodberry and Katie Simon, and true freshmen Brandi Jeffery and Tear'a Laudermill will work during the offseason to expand their games to bolster the Huskers off the bench and compete for starting roles in 2012-13.
Meghin Williams, who played in all 33 games as a junior forward in 2011-12, will join Moore as the only seniors on the Huskers' 2012-13 roster. Adrianna Maurer, the only center on NU's 2011-12 roster, is expected to return after having her sophomore season cut short by a back injury. The 6-3 Maurer played in just 10 games to open the 2011-12 season before undergoing season-ending back surgery.
Nebraska will lose only the services of 2011-12 senior starting guard Kaitlyn Burke (6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg) and senior reserve forward Harleen Sidhu, who appeared in just three games and did not score before having her career cut short by a knee injury.
Ohio All-Stater Theriot to Bolster Husker Backcourt
Nebraska is expected to replace three-year starting guard Kaitlyn Burke on the roster with the addition of All-Ohio guard Rachel Theriot. The 5-11 point guard out of Midpark High School in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, was named the Northeast Lakes District Player of the Year after averaging 16.6 points, 11.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game. She led Midpark to its second straight district title. In the district championship game victory over Brecksville, Theriot erupted for 19 points, 16 assists, six rebounds and three steals.
Theriot hit 50 percent of her field goal attempts, including 45 percent of her threes, while being named the Southwestern Conference Most Valuable Player. In addition to being an All-Ohio Division I first-team selection in 2012, Theriot was chosen to participate in the North/South High School All-Star Game.
Theriot was ranked as the No. 70 player overall by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 96 by the All-Star Girls Report. She was ranked as the No. 18 point guard in the nation by ESPN/HoopGurlz and was ranked No. 97 overall on ESPN's list of top 100 high school seniors in the nation.
Theriot is a three-time All-Ohio performer. As a junior, Theriot averaged 12.7 points, 9.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game for the Midpark Meteors and Coach Stephanie Mentz. Midpark won Southwestern Conference and Northeast Lakes District titles.
In addition to earning third-team All-Ohio Division I honors as a junior, she was named one of five players to the Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Star team in 2011. She was also a first-team All-SWC selection and a first-team Northeast Lakes All-District pick.
Theriot played her first two high school seasons for the Walsh Jesuit Warriors for Coach Pete Zaccari. As a sophomore, she led Walsh Jesuit to the Ohio Division II state semifinals after averaging 13.8 points, 5.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. She led the Warriors to a 23-2 record. She hit 38 three-pointers on the year and was an 89 percent free throw shooter. As a freshman, Theriot averaged 11.8 points, 3.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game to help Walsh Jesuit to a 19-7 record.
Theriot played AAU ball for Sports City U and Coach Tom Jenkins. She earned a spot on the Pool A All-Star Team at the Windy City Classic (U.S. Junior National Championships). She chose Nebraska over Xavier, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, Dayton and Washington among others.
Hooper, Moore Named to Naismith Trophy 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 Feb. 29.
Hooper, a first-team All-Big Ten selection and an All-Big Ten Tournament pick, ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring at 18.9 points per game. The WBCA All-Region 6 selection also led the conference with 9.3 rebounds per contest. Hooper was the first Husker sophomore in history to reach the 1,000-point career scoring mark. She also became the first sophomore to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career, while becoming the first sophomore to produce 600 points and 300 boards in a single season.
Moore, an All-Big Ten Tournament choice and a second-team All-Big Ten selection, ranked seventh in the conference in scoring at 15.7 points per game. She also ranked second in the Big Ten with 5.1 assists and fifth with 2.2 steals per game. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., is just the second player in school history with 1,100 points and 500 assists in a career.
Nebraska's dynamic duo became the first pair of Husker teammates in history to earn spots on the same national player-of-the-year watch list. Nebraska was 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 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 was one of six sophomores on the list of 33 national player-of-the-year candidates, ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (18.9 ppg) and first in rebounding (9.3 rpg).
The first-team All-Big Ten selection has scored at an unprecedented rate in Nebraska history since arriving from Alliance before the 2010-11 season. The 6-2 forward has produced 1,078 career points, while scoring in double figures in 32 of 33 games in 2011-12. Hooper produced a Big Ten-leading 14 double-doubles and became just the fourth player in school history to score 600 points and grab 300 rebounds in a season.
Hooper set the Husker sophomore scoring mark with 624 points in 2011-12, while producing the third-highest rebounding total by a sophomore in school history with 306. Her 9.3 rebounds per game matched Janet Smith for the best rebounding average by a sophomore in Nebraska history.
Moore Named Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist
Nebraska's Lindsey Moore was 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 ranked seventh in the Big Ten with 15.7 points per game, while ranking second in assists (5.1 apg) and fifth in steals (2.2 spg). She also ranked sixth in the Big Ten with her 81.9 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, before earning a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Moore earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades as a sophomore in 2010-11 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 98 consecutive games for the Huskers since earning Parade High School All-America honors at Kentwood High School in Washington, ranks 16th in Nebraska history with 1,160 points. She also ranks fourth in Husker history with 504 assists, and eighth in the NU record book with 121 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 Earns WBCA All-Region 6 Honors
Nebraska sophomore Jordan Hooper earned one of five spots on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Region 6 Team announced on March 15.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., joined fellow first-team All-Big Ten performers Samantha Prahalis (Ohio State), Tayler Hill (Ohio State) and Alex Bentley (Penn State), and Green Bay's Julie Wojta on the all-region squad.
Hooper ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring and led the conference in rebounding, averaging 18.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the 24-9 Huskers. She helped lead Nebraska to a final No. 17 national ranking by the Associated Press and a No. 6 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Hooper, who was the only sophomore on the All-Region 6 team, earned one of 52 spots nationally among the eight WBCA regions. Her first-team all-region status made her eligible for 2012 WBCA All-America honors. Hooper was already one of 33 candidates for the Wade Trophy as the WBCA's National Player of the Year. She was also a Naismith Trophy candidate.
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.
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 marked 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., was the Big Ten's No. 1 rebounder (9.3 rpg) and No. 4 scorer (18.9 ppg). She helped the Huskers to a 24-9 record that included a 10-6 Big Ten mark.
Hooper was 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 was 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 15.7 points, 5.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game on the year.
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, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game to go along with a team-leading 28 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 became 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 ranks No. 2 at Nebraska in career games played and ninth in career three-pointers made.
Hooper, Moore Claim All-Big Ten Tournament Honors
Nebraska junior Lindsey Moore and sophomore Jordan Hooper both earned spots on the five-player All-Big Ten Tournament Team announced following the championship game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 4.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., averaged 19.8 points and 9.0 rebounds to lead the Huskers to a 3-1 mark and an appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game. Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., added 18.8 points and 4.8 assists to help the Huskers. Moore led NU with 27 points while playing all 50 minutes in the double-overtime title game loss to No. 21 Purdue. Hooper added 25 points and 10 boards for her third straight double-double in the tournament.
Nebraska Shows Major Gains from 2010-11
Nebraska was one of the nation's most improved teams in 2011-12. The Huskers, who finished 24-9 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten, won 11 more games overall and seven more conference games than 2010-11 when they finished 13-18 and 3-13 in the Big 12.
Nebraska's 11-game improvement tied for fifth nationally in the win column, trailing only 13-win increases by San Diego State, UTEP and Cal State Northridge, and a 12-victory improvement by Niagara.
The 2011-12 Huskers advanced to their first conference tournament title game since the 1993 Big Eight Conference championship in Salina, Kan.
Husker Starting Five Solid for 33 Straight Games
Nebraska put the same starting five on the floor for 33 consecutive games in 2011-12, a miraculous feat considering the injuries the Huskers battled on their way to a 13-18 record in 2010-11, and during the final month of 2011-12. All five of Nebraska's starters played with leg injuries at some point in 2011-12, including Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample, who did not practice in the week leading up to NU's appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Emily Cady played the final month of the season with a knee injury suffered against Wisconsin on Feb. 19, and Lindsey Moore battled through a bone bruise just under her knee suffered against Northwestern on Feb. 16. Senior Kaitlyn Burke, who was granted a medical redshirt after being knocked out with multiple injuries in 2009-10, dealt with foot and leg injuries throughout the last two seasons.
Despite the injuries, Nebraska's top five battled to start every game, marking the third time in 10 seasons that Coach Connie Yori's Huskers have accomplished the feat.
A consistent lineup throughout a full season is a rarity in college basketball. Nebraska, which was the only Big Ten team to feature the same starting five throughout the year, was one of only three teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament to start the same five for every game. Kansas State and BYU were the other two.
The 2006-07 Huskers featured the same starting five for 32 games on their way to a 22-10 season and the NCAA Tournament. Yori's 2003-04 Huskers also used the same starting five for 30 games on their way to an 18-12 season and a WNIT bid.
Huskers Expect More Experience in 2012-13
Although Nebraska's roster is expected to be composed of primarily underclass players in the 2012-13, the Huskers are expected to showcase one of the Big Ten's most experienced starting lineups next season. The Huskers will still be a young team in the Big Ten, with six sophomores and one freshmen expected to fill NU's 11-player roster that will include just two seniors (Moore, Meghin Williams) and two juniors (Jordan Hooper, Adrianna Maurer).
While NU's 2012-13 starting five will likely feature just one senior starter (Lindsey Moore), the Huskers are expected to match Iowa for the third most returning starts in the conference with 228.
Only Penn State (303) and Northwestern (288) are expected to return more starts than Nebraska. While Nebraska will be more experienced, the Huskers will match Michigan as the only schools in the Big Ten with just four players who have ever started a collegiate game. The other 10 Big Ten schools will all return at least five players with starting experience.
As a whole, the Big Ten is expected to be a more senior-dominated conference in 2012-13. The conference loses only seven seniors who earned all-conference honors in 2011-12, while returning 14 all-conference honorees. A total of 10 2011-12 juniors earned all-conference honors, and all five members of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team were drawn from the junior class.
Big Ten Returning Starts By School for 2012-13
Penn State (303) - Greene (98), Bentley (96), Nickson (59), Lucas (33), Edwards (9), Wolfe (8)
Northwestern (288) - Orban (99), Hackney (83), Diamant (38), Roser (29), M. Jones (28), T. Jones (11)
Iowa (228) - Johnson (94), Printy (88), Logic (30), Taylor (8), Dixon (7), Nesbitt (1)
Nebraska (228) - Moore (98), Hooper (64), Cady (33), Sample (33)
Illinois (215) - Penn (95), Moore (42), Magrum (32), Crawford (23), Burke (12), GodBold (11)
Ohio State (215) - Hill (101), Adams (48), Stokes (33), Beach (30), Moore (2), Ferguson (1)
Michigan (202) - Ryan (96), Sheffer (62), Jordan (29), Elmblad (15)
Indiana (182) - Sinclair (50), Chaplin (40), Newbauer (27), McGhee (23), Jones (18), Deloach (7), Rubene (7), McCurty (5), Deloach (4), Stauere (1)
Purdue (176) - Moses (64), Ostarello (38), Houser (37), Poston (24), Williams (13)
Minnesota (149) - Loberg (53), Banham (34), Kellogg (30), Cotton (18), Noga (9), Riche (5)
Wisconsin (104) - Wurtz (59), Paige (36), Rochel (3), Smith (2), Stephen (2), Gorman (1), Gulczynski (1)
Michigan State (99) - Thomas (34), Johnson (28), Schiffauer (17), Bell (11), Mills (9)
Huskers Make Tourney Run in First Big Ten Season
Nebraska left a lasting impression in its first Big Ten Conference Tournament appearance in 2012. The Huskers entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed and claimed the tournament's first upset by knocking off third-seeded Iowa. They added a second upset by snapping No. 2 seed Ohio State's 10-game tournament winning streak to advance to the championship game against No. 4 seed Purdue.
The Huskers, who became the first-ever No. 6 seed to advance to the Big Ten Championship Game, came up just short in their quest for a first-ever conference tournament title, falling to the Boilermakers, 74-70 in double-overtime.
The 2012 Huskers became the first-ever Nebraska team to win three games in a postseason tournament of any kind. The last time Nebraska advanced to a conference tournament title game was 1993, when Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings led the Huskers to the Big Eight title game in Salina, Kan. NU lost to the Jayhawks, 64-60. Nebraska has never won a conference tournament title. The Huskers have played in conference tournaments in Salina, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., Dallas, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Okla., since their last championship game bid.
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.
Hooper Joins Elite Group with 600 Points, 300 Rebounds
Jordan Hooper became the first sophomore in school history to produce 600 points and 300 rebounds in the same season, finishing the 2011-12 campaign with 624 points and 306 boards. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., became just the fourth Husker ever to accomplish the feat.
Hooper, a first-team All-Big Ten pick, set the Nebraska sophomore single-season scoring record with 624 points. She eclipsed the 609 points scored by Kiera Hardy in 2004-05. Hooper's 306 rebounds marked the third-highest total in school history by a sophomore, trailing only 372 by Janet Smith in 40 games in 1979-80) and 314 by Carol Garey in 36 games in 1978-79. Hooper's 9.3 rebounds per game matched Smith's sophomore record.
To give Hooper's productivity some more perspective, only one other sophomore in school history - Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-81) managed to score 500 points and grab 250 rebounds.
Hooper's sophomore production was on a similar level to the two most productive seasons in school history. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner and a first-team All-American, produced 810 points and 319 rebounds in 32 games as a junior in 1991-92. Kelsey Griffin, a finalist for every national player-of-the-year award in 2010 and a first-team All-American, produced 685 points and 354 rebounds in 34 games as a senior.
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 March 1 to become the first sophomore in Husker history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in a career. She did it in her 60th career game.
Hooper followed with three consecutive double-doubles at the Big Ten Tournament and just missed a fourth straight with 11 points and nine rebounds in the NCAA Tournament first round. She finished her sophomore season with 1,078 career points, climbing to No. 22 on the Husker all-time list.
Hooper will open her junior season needing just 18 points to join Nebraska's top 20 career scorers, and with 30 points will climb all the way to 18th.
Hooper has joined 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. 16 on NU's career list with 1,160 points and needs 23 points to catch former Husker Jan Crouch (1976-79) in 15th on the all-time list at 1,183.
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.
Moore, who owns 504 career assists, is just the third player in Nebraska history with 1,000 points and 500 assists, joining Meggan Yedsena (1991-94, 1,116 points, 696 assists) and Nicole Kubik (1997-00, 1,867 points, 563 assists).
Burke Finishes Second in Games Played at Nebraska
Senior Kaitlyn Burke finished her career in sole possession of second on Nebraska's career games played list by playing 134 games as a Husker.
The NU record for career games played is held by Janet Smith (1979-82) with 136.
Burke, who started 35 consecutive games including all 33 in 2011-12, produced 81 career starts in her five seasons at Nebraska.
Nebraska senior-to-be Lindsey Moore could challenge Burke's place on the games played list in 2012-13. Moore enters her senior season with 98 career games played (all starts) and needs 25 appearances to crack the Huskers' all-time top 10 in games played. Moore needs just eight starts to join NU's top 10 on that list. The school record is 127 career starts held by Kelsey Griffin (2006-10).
All-Big Ten Freshman Cady Stepped Up in Conference Play
Emily Cady turned up her production significantly in Big Ten action, averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in 16 conference contests. The 6-2 freshman forward from Seward, Neb., averaged 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in NU's 12 non-conference contests. In fact, through the first eight games, Cady was averaging just 4.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting just 14-of-43 (.326) of her shots from the field.
Cady ranked among the top three Huskers in every statistical category, including scoring (3rd), rebounding (2nd), assists (3rd), steals (3rd) and blocked shots (1st). She ranked 29th in the Big Ten in scoring and 11th in rebounding. Cady also ranked seventh on the offensive glass with 2.6 offensive rebounds per game.
For her efforts, Cady claimed a spot on the five-player Big Ten All-Freshman Team from both the conference coaches and media. She also earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from the league media, which made her just the second Husker freshman in history to earn all-conference mention. The only other Husker to earn at least an honorable-mention all-conference award as a freshman was Meggan Yedsena (1990-91).
Cady Produces One of Top All-Around Freshman Seasons at NU
Emily Cady became just the second freshman in Nebraska history - joining Kathy Hagerstrom (1979-80) - to get 300 points, 200 rebounds and 50 assists in the same season. Cady finished with 326 points, 216 rebounds and 55 assists, while adding a team-best 28 blocks. Cady also just missed the 50-steal mark on the year, finishing with 46 to rank second among the 2011-12 Huskers.
Cady became just the fourth freshman in Nebraska history with 300 points and 200 rebounds in her first season as a Husker. The 6-2 forward fom Seward, Neb., ranks third all-time among NU freshmen with 216 boards - 11 more than Jordan Hooper (205) produced in 2010-11.
Cady also produced one of the top five shot-blocking seasons by a freshman in school history, finishing with 28 to knock All-American Kelsey Griffin (27, 2005-06) out of the No. 5 spot.
Sample Turns Up Production Late in Freshman Season
Freshman forward Hailie Sample played an increased offensive role down the stretch for the Huskers in 2011-12.
Through the first 25 games, Sample was averaging 3.3 points and 3.9 boards per game. She had hit just 14-of-33 free throws (42.4 percent), 34-of-84 shots from the field (40.4 percent) and was 0-for-12 from long range.
Over the final three regular-season games and four games in the Big Ten Tournament, the 6-1 forward from Flower Mound, Texas, averaged 6.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 42.9 percent from the field, including 1-of-3 threes. She has also hit 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) of her free throws.
In four Big Ten Tournament games, Sample averaged 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists, while hitting 11-of-27 shots from the field. She also hit the first three-pointer of her career in the win over Iowa, and knocked down 7-of-9 free throws (77.8 percent) in the tournament. Sample was slowed by a leg injury in the NCAA Tournament and played just 13 minutes. She did not score against Kansas.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper led the Big Ten and ranked among the top 25 players nationally with 14 double-doubles in 2011-12. Hooper, who produced double figures in 32 of Nebraska's 33 games, produced 14 double-figure rebounding performances on the year.
The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., produced three straight double-doubles in the Big Ten Tournament, including 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game loss to No. 21 Purdue. She added 21 points and 10 rebounds against No. 14 Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals March 3, and 15 points and 10 boards in little more than a half against Iowa on March 2.
Hooper's last regular-season double-double came 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. She notched double-doubles in four straight games from Dec. 18 to Jan. 5.
Hooper is just the fifth player in Nebraska history to post 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 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 17 double-doubles in the first 64 games of her career, Hooper already ranks eighth in school history in career double-doubles. She needs just one 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 time in a seven-game stretch with 15 or more rebounds. 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.
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 then-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 Smith and 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. 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 NU player has ever grabbed 15 rebounds four times in the same season against Division I competition, and no Husker has 15 or more boards in three straight games.
Sample Joins Cady as Freshman Starting Duo
Hailie Sample joined Emily Cady as freshman forwards in Nebraska's starting five for all 33 games in 2011-12. Cady and Sample became the first Husker freshman tandem in history to start every game together in a season. In fact, only seven freshmen in school history prior to 2011-12 had ever started every game in a season for NU, including current Husker junior Lindsey Moore (school-record 34 starts, 2009-10) and sophomore Jordan Hooper (31 starts, 2010-11).
Two other freshmen have started every game under Coach Connie Yori, including forward Kelsey Griffin (32 starts, 2005-06) and guard Dominique Kelley (33 starts, 2007-08). The only other freshmen in NU history to start every game were Meggan Yedsena (28 starts, 1990-91), Angie Miller (28 starts, 1983-84) and Jan Crouch (31 starts, 1975-76).
Cady, a Big Ten All-Freshman Team member and an honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick, averaged 9.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while Sample contributed 3.8 points and 3.8 boards per game. Of the nine full-time freshman starters in school history, only three (Hooper-14.6 ppg, Miller-14.6 ppg, Griffin-13.3 ppg) have averaged double figures in points.
2011-12 Freshmen Make Most Productive Class in Husker History
Nebraska's 2011-12 freshmen made a name for themselves as the most productive group in Husker history. NU's group of six 2011-12 freshmen (Emily Cady, Brandi Jeffery, Tear'a Laudermill, Hailie Sample, Katie Simon, Rebecca Woodberry) amassed 876 points (26.5 ppg), 583 rebounds (17.7 rpg), 158 assists (4.8 apg), 53 blocks (1.6 bpg) and 143 steals (4.3 spg) in 33 games. The six players they replaced on Nebraska's roster from 2010-11 combined to average 25.8 points, 17.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
A total of 45 freshmen played games in the Big Ten in 2011-12, and only 13 freshmen on the other 11 Big Ten teams scored 100 points on the year. Nebraska had five (Cady, Jeffery, Laudermill, Sample, Woodberry).
Only seven freshmen on the other 11 Big Ten teams produced 100 points and 100 rebounds on the year, three Huskers (Cady, Sample, Woodberry) accomplish that feat.
Only nine other Big Ten freshmen played 500 or more minutes, while three Huskers (Cady, Jeffery, Sample) reached that mark. Only 19 freshmen on the other 11 Big Ten teams played 200 or more minutes. All six of Nebraska's freshmen reached that mark.
The 2009-10 Husker seniors made up the most successful class in school history with a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances from their freshman year in 2006-07 of their senior year. The 2009-10 seniors won three career NCAA Tournament games and advanced to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16.
Nebraska's 2006-07 freshmen were led by 2010 All-Big 12 seniors Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner and included fellow freshmen Nicole Neals, Kala Kuhlmann and Nikki Bober. The group of five Huskers combined for 325 points, 158 rebounds, 61 assists, nine blocked shots and 38 steals as freshmen.
A similarly successful freshman class in Husker history was the 1996-97 class of All-Big 12 guards Nicole Kubik and Brooke Schwartz, center Charlie Rogers and forward Naciska Gilmore. That foursome led NU to three straight NCAA tournaments, including a first-round victory in 1998. They combined for 578 points, 286 rebounds, 134 assists, 29 blocks and 155 steals as freshmen.
Huskers Smash School Three-Point Record Again
The 2011-12 Huskers produced another record-setting three-point season, connecting on a record 230 threes on a record 759 attempts. Nebraska led the Big Ten with 7.0 made threes per game, matching the school-record the Huskers set in 2010-11.
Nebraska's 230 threes surpassed the 225 the 2009-10 Huskers hit. NU's 759 attempts shattered the previous school recored of 661 also set in 2009-10.
The Huskers hit seven or more threes in 17 of 33 games in 2011-12 (UAPB-9, MVSU-14, at Florida State-9, UTPA-7, Northern Arizona-10, Vermont-8, South Dakota State-8, at Iowa-10, Penn State-7, at Ohio State-7, Minnesota-8; at Purdue-13; Michigan-9; Minnesota-8; Northwestern (Big Ten)-9; Iowa (Big Ten)-7; Ohio State (Big Ten)-9).
NU hit a season-best 14 three-pointers on 26 attempts against Mississippi Valley State, which marked the second-highest total in school history. It trailed only the 17 threes the Huskers hit against Vermont (17-33) to open the 2010-11 season. They added the third-best mark by draining 13-of-34 threes on the road in an epic 93-89 triple-overtime victory at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2. Nebraska also connected on 10-of-19 threes in a win at Iowa on Jan. 8, after hitting 10-of-22 threes at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. Nebraska attempted a school-record 37 threes in the loss to Michigan Feb. 9, while connecting on 9. NU went 8-for-22 in the second half against the Wolverines.
Prior to 2009-10, the school-record for three-pointers made in a season was 173. Coach Connie Yori's Husker teams own the top nine three-point shooting seasons in school history. Before Yori's arrival, no Husker team had hit more than 132 threes in a season, or attempted more than 437.
Record Seven Huskers Notch Double-Digit Threes in 2011-12
Nebraska led the Big Ten and ranked 19th nationally with 7.0 three-pointers made per game in 2011-12. Unlike some teams that had two or three big guns from long range, nearly all the Huskers could hit from beyond the arc. In fact, the Huskers had a school-record seven players who hit 10 or more threes in 2011-12, and all seven of those players connected on 17 or more triples.
Sophomore Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 67 made threes, while junior Lindsey Moore pumped in 48. Hooper's total tied for sixth in school history, while Moore was just two shy of NU's single-season top 10.
Four of Nebraska's next five highest three-point totals came from freshmen, including Rebecca Woodberry (26), and Emily Cady (25). Senior Kaitlyn Burke contributed 21, while freshmen Brandi Jeffery (18) and Tear'a Laudermill (17) rounded out the list of seven Huskers who hit double-digit threes.
Three other Huskers hit two or more threes on the year, including Meghin Williams (2-6, .333), Katie Simon (3-8, .375) and Adrianna Maurer (2-5, .400).
As another example to Nebraska's team approach to three-point shooting, nine of the 10 active Huskers attempted at least one three-pointer in the win over Iowa Jan. 26. The only Husker who didn't was Simon, who played just one minute off the bench in the first half against the Hawkeyes.
Huskers Made Hay in Big Way at Free Throw Line
Nebraska's 532 made free throws ranked as the third-highest total in school history in 2011-12. The 2009-10 Huskers own the team record with 595 free throws made. The 2009-10 squad also set the school record with 839 attempts in 34 games.
The 2011-12 Huskers attempted 734 free throws, which ranked sixth in school history. Nebraska is outscoring the opposition by an average of 5.1 points per game at the free throw line (16.1-11.0) on the year.
Individually, Lindsey Moore and Jordan Hooper have done the most damage for the Huskers at the line. Moore's 145 makes ranked fifth in NU history, while Hooper finished right behind Moore in sixth with 143. Hooper hit her last 22 free throw attempts to close the 2011-12 season.
Hooper's 143 free throws were 22 more than Kelsey Griffin's previous sophomore class record of 121. Hooper's 183 attempts rank second behind only Deb Powell's 193 in 1981-82.
Huskers Worked Overtime for Wins in 2011-12
Nebraska went 2-1 in overtime in 2011-12, and the three extra-long games went a combined seven overtimes. The seven overtimes were the most the Huskers played in a single season in school history, and marked the first time that NU played multiple multi-overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers' 93-89 3OT win at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2, was the first road triple-overtime game in school history and marked the second overall 3OT game (NU 103, Baylor 99 3OT, Jan. 12, 2005). Nebraska added a 74-70 double-overtime loss against the Boilermakers in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament on March 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Nebraska notched a 97-88 double-overtime win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. The wins at NAU and Purdue marked the first time in school history that Nebraska won two true road overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers have played 35 overtime games in school history, but just six multi-overtime games, with three of those coming in 2011-12. NU is 5-1 all-time in multi-overtime games, and 18-17 overall in OT. The Huskers are 5-3 in OT in Coach Connie Yori's 10 seasons at NU. The last time Nebraska won two overtime games in the same season was 1995-96, when the Huskers went 2-1, including a double-overtime win against Colorado. NU went 3-0 in overtime games in 1975-76, with all three of those games coming against non-Division I teams on neutral courts.
Hooper Joins Another Alliance Legend in Husker History
With 31 points and 12 rebounds in Nebraska's win at No. 16 Penn State on Dec. 30, Jordan Hooper produced her third 30-point performance in a four-game stretch. That feat was only accomplished one other time in Nebraska history, when fellow Alliance, Neb., native Amy Stephens achieved it as a senior in February of 1989.
Stephens, who is the No. 4 scorer in Nebraska history with 1,976 points, is the only Husker in history to score 30 points in three straight games (Feb. 4 at Kansas-37; Feb. 8 vs. Oklahoma-40; Feb. 11 vs. Kansas State-34). She did not reach 30 in a loss at Oklahoma State on Feb. 15, 1989, but pumped in 36 points in a home win over Missouri on Feb. 18 - the second-to-last home game of her Husker career.
Stephens finished second in Nebraska history with nine career 30-point games, trailing only 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings' 12 among all Huskers. Hooper's four career 30-point games already tie her for sixth all-time. at Nebraska. She is one of just seven Huskers in history to score 30 three times in a season.
Hooper, Moore Make History at Northern Arizona
Jordan Hooper (32) and Lindsey Moore (31) became the first teammates in school history to each score 30 points in the same game when Nebraska ran to a 97-88 double-overtime victory at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10, 2011.
Each Husker scored 25 points after halftime, as Hooper produced a career-high 32 points and Moore finished with 31 points - just two points shy of her career high. For both players, it was the second 30-point scoring performances of their careers. Moore produced a career-high 33 at Kansas in 2010-11, while Hooper scored 31 at Missouri (Feb. 2, 2011) before adding her third 30-point effort with 30 points in a win over South Dakota State (Dec. 21, 2011). Hooper pumped in 31 points Dec. 30, 2011, at No. 16 Penn State to give her three 30-point efforts in four games.
Hooper's 32 points at NAU tied for the 27th-best scoring effort in school history, while Moore's 31 tied Hooper's previous best for 37th. Overall, Nebraska has had 68 30-point scoring efforts in history.
Moore and Hooper are just the ninth and 10th Huskers to produce multiple 30-point efforts in their careers. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner, produced 12 30-point games.
Women of Steal
Nebraska's full-court pressure bothered opponents in 2011-12. The Huskers recorded 283 steals, averaging 8.6 steals per game. In 2010-11, Nebraska produced just 167 steals in 31 games, an average of just 5.4 steals per contest. During Nebraska's historic run to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16, the Huskers produced 272 steals in 34 games, an average of eight steals per contest. The school record for steals in a season is 433 in 1979-80.
Moore Making Mark as One of Nation's Best Point Guards
Lindsey Moore displayed her continued improvement at point guard by averaging 15.7 points and team bests of 5.1 assists and 2.2 steals in 32.5 minutes per game. The 2012 Naismith and Lieberman Award candidate from Covington, Wash., shot 42.6 percent from the field and 81.9 percent from the free throw line. She ranked 29th nationally and second in the Big Ten in assists.
Moore, who ranks No. 16 on Nebraska's career scoring list with 1,160 points, produced 10 20-point scoring performances in 2011-12, including six games with 26 or more points. She erupted for 31 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals in a 42 minutes at Northern Arizona. In the double-overtime win over the Lumberjacks, Moore had a hand in 38 of NU's final 43 points. She added 28 points and five assists at Wisconsin on Jan. 12, after producing 27 points and six assists in a win over South Dakota State (Dec. 21). She set career highs by hitting 13-of-14 free throws against the Jacks.
She scored 27 points and dished out five assists in the Big Ten Championship Game against No. 21 Purdue on March 4, just two days after pouring in 26 points, dishing out six assists and grabbing five steals in a win over Iowa on March 2. She had 26 points and seven rebounds in NU's triple-overtime win at No. 15 Purdue. She scored eight points, including a pair of long threes, in the final overtime to lift the Huskers to victory.
Moore added 23 points, four assists and four steals against Michigan, while leading NU with team highs of 22 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in a win at Iowa (Jan. 8). Moore had a hand in NU's final 19 points in a game that was tied at 58 before ending in a 77-72 Husker win. It was her fourth career double-double and second of the year. She added two double-figure assist games in 2011-12 and five in her career, including 18 points and 11 assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State Nov. 15. She pitched in 22 points and six assists in NU's win over No. 23 USC (Nov. 18) and had a 20-point effort at Illinois Jan. 29. She owns 14 career 20-point games.
In 2010-11, Moore averaged 14.1 points and 5.9 assists per game for the season in 37.5 minutes per game, including 17.0 points and 5.9 assists in Big 12 action. Over the final 13 games of her sophomore season, she had a hand in 61 percent (172-282) of NU's made baskets - including 72.5 percent (66-91) in the final four games.
Moore's scoring binge included a career-high 33 points at Kansas on Feb. 26, 27 points and five assists against No. 23 Iowa State on Jan. 26, a 23-point, nine-assist effort against Colorado March 2, a 23-point, eight-assist performance against Missouri on Feb. 22 and seven total games with 17 or more points.
Over the final seven games of 2010-11, Moore took her game to another level by averaging 20.0 points per game, while shooting a blistering 55.1 percent (54-98) from the field, including 42.9 percent (15-35) from three-point range. She also dished out 7.3 assists per game, including five games with eight or more assists. She also increased her rebounding to 4.6 boards per game during the stretch, while hitting 89.5 percent (17-19) of her free throws. As a true freshman, Moore was a pass-first point guard that orchestrated one of the best runs in Big 12 history, as the 2010 Huskers rolled to a 30-0 record to start Moore's career and claim NU's lone Big 12 title.
Moore Flying Up Nebraska Career Assist List
Lindsey Moore has climbed into Nebraska's career top five in assists with 504 (4th) in three seasons at Nebraska. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., tied a career high with 11 assists in the win at Iowa Jan. 8, 2012. It was her second double-figure assist game of the season (Mississippi Valley State-11).
Moore produced 167 assists in 33 games in 2011-12 to rank third on NU's junior single-season assist list. Overall, it was the eighth-best season assist total in Nebraska history.
In 2010-11, Moore finished with 183 assists, which ranked second on NU's sophomore single-season list, trailing only Meggan Yedsena's 195 in 1991-92. It was the fifth-highest single-season total by a Husker in history.
Moore opened her career with the third-best total by a freshman in school history with 154 in 2009-10. Moore needs 192 assists as a senior to match Meggan Yedsena's school record of 696 assists from 1990-91 to 1993-94.
Improved Hooper Hard to Handle for Husker Foes
Jordan Hooper produced an impressive offseason following 2010-11, as the 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., focused on adding more dimensions to her offensive game, while improving at the defensive end. Hooper's inside game at both ends showed impressive gains, and she added the ability to penetrate to the basket.
Hooper finished 2011-12 as Nebraska's leading scorer and rebounder, nearly averaging a double-double with 18.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in 29.7 minutes per game. NU's top returning scorer (14.6 ppg) and rebounder (6.6 rpg) from 2010-11, Hooper's freshman season production came in 29.3 minutes per contest.
As a sophomore, Hooper became one of only two players in school history to score 30 points in back-to-back games and one of only three players in school history to pull down 15 rebounds in back-to-back contests. Hooper, who grabbed 15 rebounds against Iowa Jan. 26 and 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 29, added a career-high 18 rebounds against Wisconsin Feb. 19 to become just the sixth player in Husker history with 15 or more boards three times in the same season.
The first-team All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring and led the league in rebounding, while ranking 26th nationally in scoring and tied for 47th in rebounding. She also ranked among the top 25 players nationally with 14 double-doubles.
Hooper erupted for career highs of 32 points and four steals to go along with eight rebounds at Northern Arizona Dec. 10. She tied her season high with five three-pointers against the Lumberjacks. Just 11 days later, Hooper hit for 30 again with game highs of 30 points and 11 rebounds in Nebraska's 80-71 win over South Dakota State. Nine days later, Hooper struck again with 31 points and 12 rebounds in NU's win at No. 16 Penn State. It was Hooper's fourth career 30-point game (31 at Missouri, Feb. 2, 2011).
In between 30-point efforts, Hooper struck for 21 points and a then-career-high 14 rebounds in a win over Vermont. She owns 21 career 20-point performances, including 15 in 2011-12. She also carries 17 career double-doubles with 14 coming as a sophomore.
Hooper had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game loss to No. 21 Purdue March 4. She added 21 points and 10 boards in a win over No. 14 Ohio State March 3, after getting 15 points and 10 rebounds in little more than a half in an 80-68 win over Iowa March 2.
She added 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds against Wisconin Feb. 19, and had 12 points and a then-career-high 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 29. She also had 22 points and a then-career-high 15 rebounds in a win over Iowa Jan. 26. She managed 19 points and 14 rebounds at No. 10 Ohio State Jan. 19. She produced a 27-point effort at No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2, and she poured in 23 points in a win over Minnesota Jan. 22.
Hooper notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds at Georgia Tech Nov. 30. She registered back-to-back double-doubles against Mississippi Valley State and No. 23 USC. She had 22 points and 13 rebounds against the Trojans. She poured in 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes in a win over MVSU Nov. 15. She also buried five threes and tied a career high with three blocks.
Overall, Hooper has scored in double figures in 57 of 64 career games, including 32 of 33 in 2011-12. She produced one of the best performances by a freshman in school history with 31 points and eight rebounds in just 26 minutes at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011, when she tied the Husker record with seven three-pointers. She had 28 points and six threes in the second half alone. It was just the second 30-point game in school history by a freshman, joining 2010 All-American Kelsey Griffin's 31 points against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 27, 2005.
In her first season with the Huskers in 2010-11, Hooper made an instant impact by starting every game and leading the Huskers and ranking third among Big 12 freshmen in scoring with 14.6 points per game. She also led all Big 12 freshman in rebounding with 6.6 boards per contest to claim one of five spots on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. She led NU with 67 three-pointers, which were the most ever by a Nebraska freshman, and ranked second among Big 12 freshmen. Among all Big 12 players, Hooper ranked 12th in scoring, 15th in rebounding and sixth in three-pointers with 2.2 per game.
Hooper, a two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year (2008, 2010), owns 17 career double-doubles, including 25 points and a season-high 13 rebounds against Houston on Dec. 18, 2010 and 18 points and 10 boards against Louisville on Dec. 20, 2010. She produced her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds at Creighton on Dec. 8, 2010.
Hooper Hitting Threes at Record Rate
In addition to her impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Jordan Hooper has hit three-pointers at a record-breaking rate since her arrival at Nebraska.
The 6-2 forward shattered the NU single-season freshman record with 67 threes (67-184, 36.4 percent) in 2010-11, and drained 67 more threes in 2011-12, which is the second-best total by a sophomore in Nebraska history. Hooper's 2011-12 season total trailed only Kiera Hardy's school-record total of 85 set during her sophomore campaign in 2004-05.
In 64 career games, Hooper has hit 134 three-pointers to rank fifth on the Nebraska career list. She needs 11 more to catch Kate Galligan (1993-96) in fourth on the school career chart. Hooper is more than halfway to Kiera Hardy's NU career mark of 267.
In 2010-11, Hooper tied the Nebraska single-game record with seven three-pointers at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011. She scored 31 points against the Tigers, including 28 on six threes in the second half alone.
Jeffery, Woodberry, Laudermill Spark Backcourt Off Bench
True freshman Brandi Jeffery provided the Huskers with a spark off the bench in her first season. The 5-7 guard from Vacherie, La., produced double figures in three games, including a 10-point, four-rebound, three-steal effort in a career-high 27 minutes against Texas-Pan American Dec. 4.
Jeffery tied a career high with 12 points and added three steals to help the Huskers in a comeback win at Florida State. She produced her first career double-figure effort with 12 points and three boards in her second career game (Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 15). Jeffery averaged 3.8 points to go along with 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 assist per game.
She added a pair of eight-point efforts against a top-15 Ohio State squad in the final week of the 2011-12 regular season. Jeffery also pulled down a career-high six rebounds and tied a career best with three assists againt then-No. 8 Ohio State on Feb. 26. She added eight points and five boards in a rematch with then-No. 14 OSU March 3. She had a career-high six steals against Vermont (Dec. 18).
Redshirt freshman Rebecca Woodberry also provided big production in the backcourt off the bench for the Huskers. Woodberry, a 5-10 guard from Phoenix, Ariz., averaged 4.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, including five double-figure scoring efforts. She produced her most recent double-figure performance with 12 points and six rebounds in a win over Northwestern March 1.
Woodberry erupted for career highs of 14 and four three-pointers on a perfect shooting night from the field at Wisconsin Jan. 12. She also pulled down five boards against the Badgers, but sprained an ankle late in the game and did not play in the loss to Penn State Jan. 15.
Woodberry added a 13-point, seven-rebound effort against Vermont. She had 11 points in her career debut, before adding 12 points and six rebounds in NU's second game of the season. Woodberry scored seven or more points 11 times and grabbed five or more rebounds on 10 occasions.
Arguably Nebraska's most electrifying player off the bench was true freshman Tear'a Laudermill, who managed 4.0 points per game. The 5-9 guard opened her career with 14 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and scored five or more points off the bench in 10 of 28 games.
Most recently, Laudermill pumped in nine points and grabbed three rebounds in Nebraska's Big Ten Tournament first-round win over Northwestern on March 1. She missed five games with illness and injury in December, but opened January with nine points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal in NU's win over Indiana on Jan. 5. She added seven points and two rebounds in a loss to Penn State Jan. 15, before hitting a pair of three-pointers to finish with six points in Nebraska's win at Illinois Jan. 29. She produced her best Big Ten game with 10 points, all after halftime, in NU's win at No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2.
Senior Burke Led Huskers On and Off the Court
Nebraska's Kaitlyn Burke was named one of 30 candidates nationally for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, honoring the nation's top all-around women's basketball student-athlete, on Friday, Nov. 4. Unfortunately, Burke did not advance to be one of the prestigious award's 10 national finalists when that group was announced Jan. 25. However, she did claim a prestigious Big Ten Sportsmanship Award when the conference announced its year-end honors on Feb. 27.
Burke, a 5-7 shooting guard for Coach Connie Yori's Huskers, was the most experienced member of the women's basketball team and one of the top all-around leaders on the Nebraska campus in 2011-12.
The fifth-year senior from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, played in 134 games for the Huskers since starting her career at NU in 2007-08. She made 81 starts, including 29 starts a year ago when she averaged 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. She averaged 6.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists while starting all 33 games in 2011-12. She averaged 9.0 points and 2.3 assists in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament, including a career-high 20 points and three assists against No. 14 Ohio State March 3, to help the Huskers to a Big Ten runner-up finish. She added team highs of 14 points and four assists in Nebraska's first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas on March 18.
She finished with seven double-figure scoring efforts in 2011-12, including 14 points and seven rebounds in Nebraska's win at No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2. She added 13 points at Michigan State Feb. 23, after producing 11 points in NU's win over Wisconsin Feb. 19. She scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists in NU's win over Vermont Dec. 18. Burke produced her first double-figure scoring effort of the year with 10 points and five rebounds to help the Huskers to a 66-55 win over Creighton Dec. 8.
Burke scored all six of her points in the second half, including a pair of clutch one-and-one free throws with 17.3 seconds left in a 75-69 win at Wisconsin Jan. 12. She added eight points on 3-for-3 shooting to go along with four assists against Penn State Jan. 15. She scored her only points of the game with a huge three-pointer as the shot clock was winding down in the final minutes of NU's 60-53 win over Iowa Jan. 26. Burke's three put the Huskers up 57-51 with 1:37 left.
Burke finished ninth on Nebraska's career three-point list (110) and joined the top 20 on the Huskers' career assist list with a season-high five at Northern Arizona. She ranks 16th with 285 career assists. Burke climbed the NU career charts despite battling numerous injuries, including foot and knee injuries, multiple broken fingers on her shooting hand, and even a broken nose last season.
Burke took on an even greater leadership role off the court, serving as the 2011-12 President of Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In addition to her significant duties as SAAC President, Burke also found time to coach a Special Olympics basketball team among numerous outreach activities. An academic All-Big Ten pick in 2011-12, and a two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection, Burke carries a 3.570 grade-point average as an advertising and business administration major.
Huskers Earning Reputation as Comeback Kids in Big Ten
Nebraska's young group of Huskers showned the ability to battle back from adversity home and away during their first Big Ten season. In fact, NU came back from at least three-possession deficits in four of its first seven Big Ten victories, including double-digit comebacks at Penn State and Wisconsin and in the Huskers' lone home Big Ten win over Indiana.
Coach Connie Yori's Huskers have prided themselves on their ability to battle back in her 10 years at Nebraska. In fact, she has led NU back from double-digit deficits to victories 15 times in 10 years, including an amazing five times in 2011-12.
Most recently, Nebraska battled back from an eight-point deficit with four minutes left in the Big Ten Championship Game against Purdue. The Huskers sent the game to overtime and double-overtime before eventually falling to the Boilermakers. Although that comeback came up short, the Huskers' successfully rallied from 13 points down in the first half to roll to a 15-point win over No. 14 Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals March 3.
Nebraska also battled back from an eight-point deficit with just over 15 minutes left in the Big Ten quarterfinals against Iowa on March 2. The Huskers not only came back to win, they flew past the Hawkeyes, 80-68.
In Nebraska's first-ever Big Ten Conference game at Penn State Dec. 30, the Huskers trailed by 11 on two occasions in the first half, before tying the game at halftime. In the second half, NU trailed by nine at 56-47 with 11 minutes left before rallying for the eight-point win at the preseason Big Ten-favorite Lady Lions.
In a 62-48 win over Indiana on Jan. 5, the Huskers trailed 16-6 early before building a 22-point second-half lead on their way to victory. In a 77-72 victory at Iowa Jan. 8, NU trailed by eight points on two occasions in the second half, the last coming at 46-38 with 14 minutes left, before executing down the stretch for a five-point road win.
Jan. 12 at Wisconsin, the Huskers trailed by 11 on two occasions in the first half, the last at 38-27 with just over one minute left. After battling back to take a second-half lead, the Huskers trailed by seven at 61-54 with nine minutes left before making the plays at crunch time to bring home a 75-69 win.
Nebraska Produces Strong Fall Semester in Classroom
The Nebraska women's basketball program produced one of its strongest semesters academically in recent memory during the 2011 fall semester.
Coach Connie Yori's Huskers produced a fall semester grade-point average of 3.096. The cumulative GPA of the Huskers over the course of their academic careers at Nebraska comes in at 3.238 thanks to impressive academic performances by long-time Huskers Kaitlyn Burke and Harleen Sidhu over their years at Nebraska.
Pinnacle Bank Arena to Provide New Home to Huskers in 2013-14
Nebraska fans got a pair of opportunities to see a scale model of Nebraska's future Pinnacle Bank Arena at the Huskers' final home women's basketball games against Wisconsin and Ohio State. The models were on display in the Hendricks Training Complex main lobby, and NU athletic administrators, ticket office representatives and Huskers Athletic Fund personnel were on hand to answer questions about Nebraska's plans to move into the downtown arena in 2013-14.
The $179 million arena project was approved by voters in May 2010. Pinnacle Bank Arena is expected to open in the fall of 2013. Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will be the primary tenants of the 470,400-square-foot facility, which can hold nearly 15,000 fans for Husker hoops.
As the exclusive sponsor of the arena and arena site, the new arena website will be named PinnacleBankArena.com. The agreement also calls for Pinnacle Bank to receive: three exterior signs; the Pinnacle Bank Arena logo on the center-hung scoreboard, public exterior doors and adjacent light pole banners; signs on the main and upper concourses; use of a center court suite and use of the arena for two days per year; and three locations for ATM machines in the arena.
Huskers Opened Hendricks Training Complex Oct. 13, 2011
After 17 months of construction, the Hendricks Training Complex was officially dedicated Oct. 13, with more 200 invited guests and dignitaries attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The 80,000-square foot facility adjacent to the Bob Devaney Sports Center is the new home for the men's and women's basketball programs, as well as the wrestling program. The two-level facility includes separate practice courts for the men's and women's basketball programs, as well as expanded locker rooms, player lounges, team rooms and offices.
While the $18.7 million facility will house the basketball and wrestling programs, many of Nebraska's sports will benefit from the new facility, which includes a 5,000-square foot weight room, a completely renovated athletic training area that tripled the size of the previous area at the Devaney Center and a nutrition station similar to the one in the Osborne Complex.
The building is named for Tom and Mary Hendricks of Pipe Creek, Texas, and their children, Jennifer and Brandon, as they provided the lead gift in this project to benefit Husker student-athletes for years to come.
Throughout the facility, efforts have been made to give student-athletes the best training environment to succeed. Both the men's and women's basketball practice gyms are a court-and-half with six baskets, allowing additional work while the main floor is being used. The courts themselves are made with premium maple flooring with sleeper cushions that absorb shock to minimize injury. Both gyms have advanced acoustics as well as 103-inch plasma screens.
The amenities inside the facility are top-of-the-line, as the main entrance features a two-story abstract net sculpture, as well as a granite fountain imported from China. The facility also features two video walls and 63 TVs.
The women's lounge features three 65-inch televisions and a unique LED bubble wall. The Huskers have a custom locker room with iPads built into the lockers, as well as custom back-lit displays.
The Hendricks Training Complex is the first project completed in the Expand Their Experience Campaign. For more information on the other facility projects, visit www.ExpandTheirExperience.com.
Big Ten Network Provides More Exposure for Huskers
In 2011-12, Nebraska's media exposure reached new levels with coverage provided by the Big Ten Network (BTN), BTN2Go.com and BTN.com. Nebraska had all 33 games in 2011-12 appear live on TV or as live video streams. Every Nebraska home game was available on either BTN or BTN.com, while every Big Ten Conference regular-season contest was also available on BTN or BTN.com.
The Huskers added three Big Ten Tournament games on BTN, before appearing on ESPN2 in the Big Ten Championship Game on March 4. Nebraska added a second straight appearance on ESPN2 with its first-round game against Kansas in the NCAA Tournament. Overall the Huskers played 13 games on live national television in 2011-12, including 11 times on the Big Ten Network.
Nebraska also defeated South Dakota State (Dec. 21) in a game televised by Nebraska Educational Television (NET) that was also available on a subscription-basis on BTN.com.
Before joining the Big Ten in July of 2011, Nebraska had enjoyed its best media exposure in school history with 26 games appearing on either television or live video streams.
For a complete television and live-stream listing, visit Huskers.com. Fans can subscribe to BTN.com by visiting http://video.btn.com/allaccess. A yearly subscription for all Nebraska events on BTN.com is just $79.95. Fans can gain access to every Big Ten event stream for just $119.95 per year. Monthly subscriptions are also available.
Husker Sports Network Featured New Lincoln Flagship
Nebraska women's basketball games were heard on the new flagship station in Lincoln - B107.3 FM-KBBK in 2011-12. The strong FM station is the same station that carries Husker volleyball and provides fans of Nebraska women's sports with a consistent home for the Huskers.
Women's basketball fans continued to listen to the Huskers in the Omaha area on The Wolf 93.3 FM-KFFF. The Husker Sports Network concluded its 17th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of University of Nebraska women's basketball in 2011-12. Women's basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch completed their 11th year together as the Huskers' broadcast team.
In addition to the 25 stations that carry Nebraska women's basketball games during the season, every game can be heard for free worldwide on Huskers.com.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
The Huskers own a 13-3 record at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2011-12. Since the Devaney Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 375-126 (.749) in games played in the arena, including 141-85 (.624) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 111-30 (.787) at the Devaney Center.
NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in nine consecutive seasons, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2009-10. NU was 11-4 at home in 2010-11.
Nebraska Owns Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska has made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori's 10 seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers' win over No. 14 Ohio State (March 3) marked Nebraska's 25th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Coach Yori, including the second over a top-15 Ohio State team in a week.
The Huskers also defeated No. 8 Ohio State (Feb. 26), which marked NU's sixth victory over a top-10 foe under Yori. Prior to Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers owned just one win over a top 10 opponent in school history.
The Huskers own five wins over AP Top 25 teams at game time this season, including a 93-89 triple overtime win at No. 15 Purdue (Feb. 2). The Huskers also knocked off No. 16 Penn State (Dec. 30) on the road in their first-ever Big Ten Conference game, while defeating No. 23 USC on Nov. 18 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.
Nebraska's 83-70 win over No. 22 UCLA in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament marked the Huskers' eighth top-25 win in 2009-10. NU's 21-point win over No. 10 Oklahoma State on Feb. 3, 2010 was the Huskers' fifth against a top-10 opponent. Nebraska's three top-10 wins in 2009-10 matched NU's all-time total in 35 seasons.
NU's win at No. 9 Baylor on Jan. 17, 2010, 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.