Sports Nightly Focuses on Women's Hoops (Listen to Archive)
Lincoln - Matt Coatney, the voice of Nebraska women's basketball, hosted three full hours dedicated to women's basketball on Sports Nightly on Wednesday, July 31 on the Husker Sports Network.
Coatney, who is entering his 13th full season as the play-by-play voice of the Husker women's basketball program, put together a jam-packed lineup of nationally prominent guests. The show aired on Husker Sports Network stations across Nebraska and free world-wide on Huskers.com from 6 to 9 p.m. (CT). Fans joined the discussion by calling 866-487-5371 (866-HUSKER1).
Not only did two-time All-American Jordan Hooper join Coatney live in studio, former Husker All-Americans and current WNBA players Kelsey Griffin (Connecticut Sun) and Lindsey Moore (Minnesota Lynx) joined Coatney by phone as they prepared for upcoming WNBA games.
Hooper is coming off a gold-medal winning trip to Russia as a member of the USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team. Hooper was a star for the Huskers in the gold-medal game, starting the contest and producing nine points and nine rebounds going head-to-head against several of Russia's 2012 Olympic Team members.
The two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection enters her senior season at Nebraska needing 315 points and 189 rebounds to become just the third player in Husker history to produce 2,000 points and 1,000 boards in her career. Hooper, who has amassed at least 600 points and 300 rebounds in each of the last two seasons, would join former Husker first-team All-Americans Karen Jennings and Kelsey Griffin in accomplishing that feat.
Griffin, a first-team All-American in 2010 and a three-time first-team All-Big 12 selection, is a starter for the Sun and currently in her fourth season with the WNBA team. Nebraska's first Senior CLASS Award winner in any sport, Griffin also will be playing her second season in Australia's WNBL for Bendigo during the fall and winter.
Moore, one of the nation's top collegiate point guards the last two seasons, is in her first season with the Western Division-leading Minnesota Lynx. Nebraska's all-time assist leader, Moore led the Huskers to a pair of NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in her career before being drafted in the first round by the Lynx in 2013.
Moore and Griffin were teammates on the 2010 Nebraska team that rolled to an undefeated regular season on the way to a Big 12 title and the school's first Sweet 16 bid. Moore was also a three-year teammate of Hooper's, helping the Huskers back to the Sweet 16 in 2013. Moore won more games than any other player in Nebraska history.
While current and former Husker players took center stage, Coatney also welcomed two of the nation's premier women's basketball analysts in Debbie Antonelli and Brenda VanLengen. In addition to their extensive college basketball schedules during the season, both Antonelli and VanLengen are deeply involved in the WNBA season.
VanLengen, a Nebraska native and former Husker women's basketball assistant coach, was also on the call during Hooper's successful trip to Russia with USA Basketball. VanLengen even paid a little tribute to Coatney during the telecast of the gold-medal game, dropping his widely recognized "You Betcha" call on Hooper's first-quarter three-pointer.