Huskers Invite Alumni to Honor Ivy
Lincoln - Coach Connie Yori and the Nebraska women's basketball team invite all alumni graduates to honor Maurtice Ivy during the program's Alumni Weekend Sept. 25-26 in Lincoln.
Ivy, the No. 2 all-time leading scorer in Nebraska women's basketball history with 2,131 points in her four-year career from 1984-85 through the 1987-88 season, has been selected to have her No. 30 jersey retired by NU. Ivy, who led the 1988 Huskers to the Big Eight Conference crown and their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, will join Karen Jennings (No. 51) as the only Nebraska women's basketball players to earn the honor.
"Maurtice is obviously one of the best players in the history of the Nebraska women's basketball program, and she is certainly deserving of this great honor," Yori said. "I have known Maurtice for a long time and it will be an honor for me to present her with this award. We want to reach out to all of our alumni graduates, especially all of her Husker teammates, so they can join us in celebrating with Maurtice."
Ivy will be the guest of honor at an Alumni Welcome reception at the Holiday Inn Downtown on Saturday, Sept. 25, before the Nebraska football team's Homecoming game with South Dakota State. Alumni graduates who want to attend the event should contact Rose Sousek in the Nebraska women's basketball office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ivy will also be the honored guest at the Fastbreakers Women's Basketball Booster Club's Sneak Peek Luncheon at the Holiday Inn Downtown on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 11:30 a.m. The booster club luncheon is open to active members of the Fastbreakers Booster Club. For more information about the Fastbreakers, please visit NUFastbreakers.com.
The 1988 Big Eight Conference Player of the Year, Ivy is also one of the greatest players in the history of Nebraska high school girls basketball, graduating from Omaha Central in 1984. The 5-9 forward/guard was an instant star for the Huskers, averaging 14 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a freshman, before pouring in 19.7 points and grabbing 8.6 rebounds per contest as a sophomore. She produced her best statistical season as a junior, when she averaged 23.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, before adding 19.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a senior for one of the best Husker teams in school history.
A three-time first-team All-Big Eight selection and a two-time Big Eight All-Tournament pick, Ivy ranks in the top eight in Nebraska history in points (2nd, 2,131), points per game (2nd, 19.1), field goals made (2nd, 847), field goals attempted (1st, 1,799), free throws made (3rd, 431), free throws attempted (T4th, 570), double-doubles (T5th, 21), blocked shots (5th, 104), rebounds (6th, 778), steals (8th, 215) and games started (8th, 107).
Ivy has previously been honored by Nebraska Athletics as one of its 25 Women of Distinction during the department's Silver Anniversary Celebration of women's athletics in 1999-2000. She was also one of five players chosen to the Huskers' All-Century Team in February of 2000.
Ivy is entering her fourth season as the head coach at Peru State College in 2009-10, after serving as an assistant coach at Nebraska-Omaha for three seasons from 2004-05 through 2006-07.
The Nebraska women's basketball program plans to have an official public recognition of Ivy's jersey retirement at one of the Huskers' home games during the 2010-11 season.