Huskers Wrap Up Regular Season at No. 5 Texas A&M
Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-16, 3-12 Big 12)
at #5 Texas A&M Aggies (24-4, 12-3 Big 12)
Reed Arena (12,292) • College Station, Texas • Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m.
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Radio: Husker Sports Network
(105.3 FM-Lincoln; 93.3 FM-Omaha; Huskers.com-Free)
The Nebraska women's basketball team closes its 2010-11 regular season by traveling to College Station to take on No. 5 Texas A&M on Saturday. Tip-off between the Huskers (13-16 overall, 3-12 Big 12) and Aggies (24-4 overall, 12-3 Big 12) at Reed Arena is set for 7 p.m.
Jeff Griesch will call the action on the Husker Sports Network, including WOW 105.3 FM-KLNC in Lincoln and 93.3 FM-KTWI in Omaha with free live audio on Huskers.com.
Nebraska is coming off a 64-61 loss to Colorado on Senior Night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Wednesday. Lindsey Moore continued her spectacular play by producing game highs of 23 points and nine assists, while committing just two turnovers. Moore had a hand in each of NU's final 12 points, including a pair of go-ahead layups in the final minute, before Colorado prevailed in the closing seconds.
The 5-9 sophomore point guard from Covington, Wash., has performed at an all-conference level throughout league play, leading the Huskers with 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists in Big 12 action. Moore has scored 20 or more points in each of the last three games, including a career-high 33 at Kansas on Feb. 26. Moore, who has produced double figures in 11 straight games, has averaged 26.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists over the past three games for a Nebraska team that has averaged 66 points per game during that stretch.
Over the past three contests, Moore has had a hand in 53 (31 FG, 22 A) of Nebraska's 76 field goals. In other words, Moore has either finished, or led directly to the finish of 70 percent of NU's made baskets during that stretch.
Senior Catheryn Redmon also had a big game against Colorado. The 6-3 center from Grand Prairie, Texas, will be making her final appearance in her homestate as a player after producing her sixth double-double of the season with a career-high 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots against the Buffaloes. Redmon, who is averaging 9.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game on the season, also moved to No. 2 on Nebraska's career blocked shot list with 208, while also climbing to No. 2 on NU's single-season block chart with 69.
Freshman Jordan Hooper is putting the finishing touches on one of the best rookie seasons in Husker history. The 2010 Nebraska High School Player of the Year from Alliance has averaged a team-leading 14.6 points per game while adding 6.6 rebounds per contest. The 6-2 forward's numbers are eerily similar to another 6-2 forward's freshman statistics at Nebraska. Kelsey Griffin, a first-team All-American and 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year for the Huskers, closed her freshman season at Nebraska in 2005-06 with 424 points and 192 rebounds in 32 games.
Hooper enters her 30th game with 422 points and 192 boards as the top freshman rebounder in the Big 12. She also owns the Nebraska freshman three-point record with 62 this season. Griffin hit nine in her career.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-16, 3-12 Big 12)
13 - Jessica Periago - 6-4 - Sr. - C - 2.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 14.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg
44 - Catheryn Redmon - 6-3 - Sr. - C - 9.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - So. - G - 14.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg
5 - Kaitlyn Burke - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 6.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Off the Bench
24 - Dominique Kelley - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 13.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg
20 - Katya Leick - 6-1 - So. - F - 5.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg
1 - Kellie McCann-Smith - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 3.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg
55 - Adrianna Maurer - 6-3 - Fr. - C - 2.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg
21 - Harleen Sidhu - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 1.5 ppg, 0.7 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - So. - F - 1.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
Ninth Season at NU (166-115); 21st Season Overall (361-255)
#5 Texas A&M Aggies (24-4, 12-3 Big 12)
23 - Danielle Adams - 6-1 - Sr. - F/C - 23.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg
20 - Tyra White - 6-0 - Jr. - G - 14.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg
4 - Sydney Carter - 5-6 - Jr. - G - 10.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg
21 - Adaora Elonu - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 8.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg
51 - Sydney Colson - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 7.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg
Off the Bench
15 - Maryann Baker - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 4.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg
34 - Karla Gilbert - 6-5 - Fr. - C - 4.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg
40 - Kelsey Assarian - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 2.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
25 - Skylar Collins - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 2.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg
32 - Adrienne Pratcher - 5-7 - So. - G - 2.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg
5 - Kristi Bellock - 6-1 - So. - F - 1.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg
14 - Kristen Grant - 5-9 - Fr. - F - 1.2 ppg, 0.5 rpg
12 - Cierra Windham - 6-0 - So. - F/G - 0.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg
1 - Catherine Snow - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.1 rpg
Head Coach: Gary Blair (Texas Tech, 1972)
Eighth Season at A&M (179-78); 26th Season Overall (587-241)
Moore's 23 Not Enough in 64-61 Loss to Buffs
Lindsey Moore continued her spectacular play with 23 points and nine assists, but Colorado made the plays in the final minute to escape with a 64-61 win over Nebraska on Wednesday at the Devaney Center.
Moore scored Nebraska's final bucket with 54 seconds left to give NU a 61-60 lead, but a basket by Julie Seabrook with 22.3 seconds left and a pair of Brittany Spears' free throws with 3.7 seconds left sealed NU's fate. Spears finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for Colorado, including a three-pointer with 44 seconds left to end a 10-0 NU run and give CU a 60-59 edge.
Nebraska trailed by 12 points at 37-25 early in the second half, before Moore led the Huskers back with her third straight 20-point effort. She scored 17 in the second half and added four second-half assists to fuel an NU rally.
NU pulled even for the first time in the second half on a pair of Harleen Sidhu free throws with 9:24 left to tie the game at 45. CU responded with six straight points from Chucky Jeffery to push the lead back to 57-49 with 5:12 to play. Jeffery finished with 13 points points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench for the Buffaloes.
Moore then scored five straight for NU, including a traditional three-point play and a pair of free throws, before finding Jordan Hooper in the corner for the game-tying three-pointer with 1:41 to play to make it 57-all.
Moore then hit a layup with 54 seconds left to give NU a 59-57 lead, before a Spears go-ahead three. Moore answered with another layup with 34 seconds left for NU's final lead of the game.
Moore, who had a hand in each of Nebraska's last nine made field goals in the game, had a hand in 18 of NU's 22 field goal attempts on the night. Her nine assists came against just two turnovers while playing the full 40 minutes for the 14th time this season. She went 9-for-20 from the field, including 1-for-5 from three-point range, and made all four of her free throws.
Catheryn Redmon added her sixth double-double of the year and ninth of her career on Senior Night in Lincoln. The 6-3 center from Grand Prairie, Texas, powered in a career-high 19 points while adding 10 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Her two blocks moved her career total to 208, which moved her into second on NU's career list.
Hooper, a 6-2 freshman forward from Alliance, Neb., added 10 points, six rebounds and a career-high three blocked shots on the night. Sophomore Katya Leick added five points and five rebounds off the bench, but sophomore forward Meghin Williams was the only other Husker to hit a field goal in the game.
Dominique Kelley, who missed NU's previous 13 games with a knee injury, drew a ceremonial start on Senior Night and was subbed out to a standing ovation just eight seconds into the game. Kelley averaged 15.0, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in NU's first 11 games as a starter this season. An honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick a year ago, Kelley started the first 109 games of her NU career.
She was also on the floor for the final 3.7 seconds, inbounding the ball to Moore to initiate the last shot. Moore got a clean look from about 30 feet on the right side, but her attempt missed wide left.
In a back and forth first half, the score changed hands seven times and was tied four additional times - the last coming at 25 with 5:12 left.
But Nebraska went cold in the final five minutes of the half, missing its last seven shots from the field and a pair of free throws, as Colorado closed the half on a 10-0 run. The last points for the Buffaloes came on a 55-footer from beyond the "N" logo at halfcourt that banked in for a three-pointer as time expired. CU led 35-25 at the half.
Scouting No. 5 Texas A&M
Texas A&M carries one of the nation's most dominant and experienced teams into the regular-season finale against the Huskers on Senior Night in College Station on Saturday.
The Aggies have been ranked among the top five teams in the nation for much of the season, and own a plus-20.7 team scoring average, a plus-6.9 team rebounding margin, and a staggering plus-8.6 team turnover margin.
Those numbers speak for themselves, along with a 24-4 overall record that includes losses to top-10 foes Baylor (63-60; 67-58), when the Lady Bears were ranked No. 1 nationally, and a non-conference loss at then-No. 5 Duke (61-58) on Dec. 6. However, the Aggies are coming off their first loss of the season to an unranked opponent with a 71-67 setback at Kansas State on Wednesday. The Wildcats got 35 points from Brittany Chambers, including seven three-pointers, as KSU went 10-of-19 from long range to solidify an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament.
Despite the loss, Texas A&M attempted 21 more field goals than K-State (65-44), outrebounded KSU (40-26) and won the turnover battle (18-16). A&M also shot 40 percent (26-65) from the field and hit 5-of-13 threes.
Four seniors will be playing their final home games for the Aggies on Saturday, including Big 12 and national player-of-the-year candidate Danielle Adams. The 6-1 forward/center from Kansas City, Mo., is averaging 23.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Adams is shooting 51.5 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent (30-90) from three-point range, and 79 percent (132-167) from the free throw line. Adams also leads A&M with 39 blocks.
Fellow senior Sydney Colson, a 5-8 guard from Houston, Texas, has added 7.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and a team-leading 6.0 assists per game. Colson, who also leads A&M with 59 steals, had 21 points, seven assists and three steals against Kansas State on Wednesday.
Maryann Baker (4.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg) has been the top Aggie off the bench this season, while Catherine Snow rounds out the A&M seniors.
While the senior class will be honored on Saturday, the junior class has done plenty of damage for the Aggies throughout the season. Tyra White, a 6-0 wing player out of Kansas City, Mo., ranks second on the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field and a team-best 40.9 percent (27-66) from three-point range. White has added 4.9 rebounds per game and is one of six Aggies with 30 or more steals.
Junior guard Sydney Carter ranks third on the team in scoring (10.0 ppg), second on the team in assists (3.1 apg) and third in steals (37) while joining White and Colson as one of the league's most solid guard trios. The threesome has combined for 296 assists and just 157 turnovers on the season.
Junior forward Adaora Elonu rounds out the A&M starting five with 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while ranking second on the club with 41 steals. Two more juniors, Kelsey Assarian (2.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg) and Skylar Collins (2.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg) give the Aggies 10 upperclassmen who have contributed significantly throughout the season.
Karla Gilbert, a 6-5 freshman center from College Station, has given A&M even more depth with 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while making three starts on the year. Sophomore Adrienne Pratcher (2.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg) has also seen significant action.
As a team, Texas A&M is shooting 45.4 percent from the field, including 34.0 percent from three-point range, and a solid 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Aggies' stifling defense is holding foes to just 58.4 points per game and just 38.7 percent shooting from the field, including 33.2 percent from long range.
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Texas A&M 14-8, including a 71-60 win over the Aggies at the Devaney Center on Feb. 6, 2010. Texas A&M won the last meeting between the two teams, 80-70, on March 13, 2010 at the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. That A&M win snapped NU's school-record 30-game winning streak. The Aggies have won five of the past seven meetings, including back-to-back wins at Reed Arena.
Moore Pouring in Points in Big 12 Play
As a true freshman, Lindsey 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.
As a sophomore, Moore's arsenal not only lost three first-team All-Big 12 picks (Kelsey Griffin, Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner) to graduation, she also lost honorable-mention All-Big 12 guard Dominique Kelley to a knee injury less than halfway through the 2011 season. In addition, the Huskers have been riddled by injuries from top to bottom in their lineup, leaving Moore with much more of the scoring load.
Score she has. Moore has produced double figures in 11 straight games, beginning with a then-career-high 27 points against Iowa State on Jan. 26, and continuing with 23 points and nine assists against Colorado on March 2. Included in the streak was a career-high 33 points at Kansas on Feb. 26, a 23-point, eight-assist effort against Missouri on Feb. 22 and seven total games with 17 or more points. (211 points)
During the last 11 games, Moore has averaged 19.2 points while adding 3.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.
Over the past five games, she has been even better, upping her average to 22.8 points per game, while shooting a blistering 57.9 percent (44-76) from the field, including 51.7 percent (15-29) from three-point range.
Moore is averaging a team-best 17.3 points per game in Big 12 play, which is tied for 10th with KSU's Brittany Chambers among all conference players. Moore also ranks third in league games with 5.6 assists per Big 12 game. Moore is the only guard in the Big 12 averaging more than 15.0 points and 4.0 assists in the league - including returning first-team All-America point guard Danielle Robinson (19.2 ppg, 3.8 apg) at Oklahoma.
Moore, Moore, Moore
Sophomore point guard Lindsey Moore has scored 211 total points while scoring double figures in 11 straight games and playing 430 total minutes. Last season, Moore scored 204 points while starting all 34 games and playing 952 total minutes.
Over the past 11 games, Moore has hit 77 field goals including 25 three-pointers. Last season, she hit 59 field goals, including 24 three-pointers.
Last season, Moore had a hand in 23.5 percent of Nebraska's made field goals. Over the last 11 games, she has had a hand in 66.1 percent of NU's made baskets.
Hooper, Moore Shooting for Rare 50-50 from Three-Point
Freshman forward Jordan Hooper and sophomore point guard Lindsey Moore have combined for 111 three-pointers in 2010-11 for the Huskers. Hooper's 60 threes already have shattered the Nebraska freshman record and rank sixth all-time on the NU single-season. Only Kiera Hardy (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07), Amy Stephens (1988-89) and Yvonne Turner (2009-10) have ever hit more threes in a season as a Husker than Hooper.
While Hooper's prolific shooting has made headlines throughout the season, Moore has been pouring on the threes during Big 12 play. Moore has hit at least one three in 14 straight games, including a career-high matching five threes against Missouri and four more at Kansas to push her season total to 49. She has hit 10-of-17 threes the last three games and 15-of-29 over the past five contests. Moore's season total ranks third on the NU sophomore single-season list, and she ranks 11th on the NU all-time single-season list with 49. She needs just one more to match Anna DeForge and Kate Galligan in a tie for ninth on that list.
If Moore can hit one more three pointer this season she would join Hooper as the first Husker duo in history to each hit 50 threes in the same season. To add some perspective to that accomplishment, prior to this season only five Huskers in history had ever hit 50 threes in any season (Kiera Hardy-3, Yvonne Turner-2, Kate Galligan-2, Amy Stephens, Anna DeForge).
Moore Climbing NU's Season, Career Assist Top 10
In less than two full seasons, sophomore point guard Lindsey Moore has climbed into Nebraska's career top 10 in assists with 318. The 5-9 native of Covington, Wash., owns 164 assists this season, which ranks second on NU's sophomore single-season list, trailing only Meggan Yedsena's 195 in 1991-92. Moore opened her career with the third-best total by a freshman in school history with 154 a year ago.
Moore ranks ninth on the NU career top 10 and needs eight more to join the top eight. With nine assists against Colorado, Moore jumped to seventh on NU's overall single-season assist list. She moved past Yedsena's freshman season total (163) and needs just six more assists to pass Yedsena's totals from her junior and senior seasons (169) to climb into NU's top five.
Hooper Earning Spot Among Big 12's Best Freshmen
Jordan Hooper has made an instant impact on the Nebraska lineup and is a contender for conference and national freshman honors. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., is NU's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder with 14.6 points and 6.6 boards per game. Hooper produced one of the best performances by a freshman in school history with her 31-point, eight-rebound effort in just 26 minutes at Missouri on Feb. 2, when she tied the Husker record with seven three-pointers. She leads NU with 62 three-pointers, which is the most ever by a Nebraska freshman.
Hooper's 14.6 points per game rank third among all Big 12 freshmen, while her 6.6 rebounds lead league freshmen. Her 62 threes rank second among conference freshmen. Among all Big 12 players, Hooper ranks 12th in scoring, 14th in rebounding, 10th in three-point percentage (38.0) and fifth with 2.1 three-pointers per game. She is a four-time Big 12 Freshman of the Week (Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Feb. 7, Feb. 21).
Hooper, a two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year (2008, 2010), has produced double figures in 23 of 29 career games. She owns six 20-point scoring efforts, including 31 at Missouri (Feb. 2) and a pair of games with 25 points (Houston, UNO). She produced a 22-point effort against Miami. She added 20 points and nine rebounds against Kansas State on Feb. 19, and another 20-point performance in NU's non-conference finale against Florida A&M on Jan. 2. Hooper earned her fourth Big 12 Freshman-of-the-Week award on Monday, Feb. 21.
Huskers Again Playing One of Nation's Top Schedules
Nebraska has consistently played one of the nation's top 30 schedules over the past five years, and this season has been no different. Through games March 2, Nebraska's strength of schedule ranked No. 29 nationally according to CollegeRPI.com, while the Huskers ranked No. 90 in the RPI, despite their 13-16 overall record.
The Huskers own a pair of wins over top 30 RPI teams, including victories over 2011 ACC regular-season champion and No. 10 RPI Miami and RPI No. 27 Texas Tech. NU owns four other top-100 RPI wins, including victories over Creighton (64), Kansas (67), Missouri (78) and Saint Mary's (100).
In addition to games against the Big 12 champion and ACC champion, the Huskers also dropped narrow decisions on neutral courts to Conference USA champion Houston and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Marist. Houston is in the midst of the best season in school history and joined the AP Top 25 on Monday, while Marist has won a school-record 23 straight games and has been ranked in the top 25 for several weeks.
Nebraska has already played 19 games against RPI top 100 teams, while Colorado (2) is ranked No. 102 in this week's RPI. NU's Saturday opponent Texas A&M is also ranked in the RPI top five. The Huskers have played seven games against teams ranked in the Feb. 28 AP Top 25.
Senior Leader Kelley Struggling with Knee, Foot Injuries
Dominique Kelley has battled knee and foot injuries throughout her senior season and has played less than nine minutes (Oklahoma, Jan. 8) in the past 18 games. The 5-7 guard out of Lincoln Northeast High School was averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists before the injuries sidelined her for NU's game with Louisville in Las Vegas on Dec. 20. That snapped a string of 109 straight starts to open her career. Kelley has not practiced since Jan. 8, but she did make a ceremonial start on Senior Night against Colorado on March 2. She was subbed out after eight seconds against the Buffs, but she throw an inbounds pass with 3.7 seconds left in the game.
Kelley is NU's active scoring leader with 1,107 career points, which ranks 17th on the Huskers all-time chart. An honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick last year, Kelley was honored with the first Big 12 Player-of-the-Week award of her career on Nov. 22 - less than two months after having knee surgery on Sept. 29.
She averaged 23.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in leading NU to wins over Miami (Fla.) and Saint Mary's (Calif.) the previous week. Kelley connected on 24-of-26 of her free throw attempts and hit 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from the field. Kelley erupted for a career-high 25 points while matching her career best of nine rebounds against Miami. She scored 19 of her 25 points in the second period to blow open a close game.
She added 22 points versus Saint Mary's. She hit all 13 of her free throw attempts to help Nebraska overcome a four-point deficit with less than three minutes to play, including six consecutive free throws in the final 25 seconds.
Kelley owns three 20-point scoring efforts this season to push her career total to six. Her final 20-point performance came with team highs of 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals at Indiana on Dec. 5.
McCann-Smith Latest Husker Lost for Season
Nebraska announced on Tuesday, Feb. 15, that freshman Kellie McCann-Smith will miss the rest of the 2010-11 season with a back injury. The 5-9 guard from Asotin, Wash., played in NU's first 22 games this season before missing the Baylor game on Feb. 9. She has not been in uniform since the Colorado game on Feb. 6. McCann-Smith joins sophomore guard Layne Reeves (knee) in announcing the end of their competitive seasons. Reeves announced the end of her basketball career on Jan. 13.
In addition, senior guard Dominique Kelley has essentially missed the entire Big 12 season. Freshman forward Katie Simon will redshirt after missing the entire non-conference season with a foot injury. Freshman guard Rebecca Woodberry is also redshirting, which leaves NU with just nine players in uniform.
Hooper Challenging Top Freshman Season in NU History
Jordan Hooper is in position to challenge Debra Powell for the best freshman season in Nebraska history. Through 29 games, Hooper leads the Huskers with 14.6 points and ranks second with 6.6 rebounds per game.
As a freshman in 1981-82, Powell averaged 15.4 points and 7.6 boards per contest, both the top marks by a freshman in the Husker record books.
Powell, who ranks No. 8 all-time at Nebraska with 1,843 points and No. 7 with 750 rebounds, appeared in 30 games with 23 starts as an NU freshman.
Hooper, who has started the first 29 games of her Husker career, earned her third Big 12 Player-of-the-Week award on Feb. 7, after erupting for a career-high 31 points while tying the school record with seven three-pointers at Missouri on Feb. 2. She added eight rebounds, while pouring in 28 points after halftime. It was the best effort by an NU freshman in history in a conference game. She added her fourth Big 12 honor on Feb. 21.
She earned her second Big 12 weekly award on Nov. 29, after averaging 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game in wins over Washington State and UNO. She earned her first Big 12 Player-of-the-Week award on Nov. 15, after scoring 15 points and pulling down a team-high six rebounds against Vermont. Hooper hit three three-pointers to help the Huskers smash the single-game three-point record with 17 in a 95-38 win over the Catamounts on Nov. 13.
Hooper Hitting Threes at Record Rate
In addition to her impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Jordan Hooper has been impressive from three-point range early in her Nebraska career.
The 6-2 forward tied the Nebraska school record with seven threes at Missouri, while also setting an NU single-season freshman record. Hooper has hit 62-of-163 (38 percent) threes to surpass Anna DeForge's freshman record of 46 threes made in 1994-95. Hooper's 62 threes rank second among Big 12 freshmen, trailing only Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg 81 threes. Texas' Chassidy Fussell (58), Baylor's Odyssey Sims (55) and OU's Morgan Hook (52) have also had exceptionally strong shooting seasons for Big 12 rookies.
Hooper Crashing The Boards at Near Record Rate
Jordan Hooper leads Big 12 freshmen on the glass this season by averaging 6.6 rebounds through 29 games. She also owns four double-figure rebounding performances, with all four coming against 2010 postseason qualifiers.
Hooper began her rebounding binge with a challenge from senior guard Dominique Kelley following NU's loss to Indiana on Dec. 5. Hooper responded with 10 rebounds and 14 points for her first career double-double in a win at Creighton on Dec. 8. Through NU's first seven games, she was averaging just 4.9 boards per contest.
After producing 11 points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes against Northern Colorado on Dec. 11, Hooper notched three straight double-figure rebounding efforts at the Duel in the Desert Classic in Las Vegas. She opened the tournament with a career-high 13 rebounds while adding 25 points against Houston on Dec. 18. She added 10 boards and nine points against Marist, before capping the tournament with her third double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds against Louisville.
Hooper's rebounding success should come as no surprise. The two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year (2008, 2010) ranks No. 2 in Nebraska prep history with 1,337 rebounds.
To give Hooper's rebounding numbers some historical perspective, only two NU freshmen in history - Debra Powell (7.6 rpg, 1981-82) and Angie Miller (7.1 rpg, 1983-84) - have ever averaged seven rebounds per contest. All-American Kelsey Griffin produced the sixth-best freshman season rebounding average, managing three double-doubles and three double-figure rebounding efforts her entire freshman season.
Moore Leading Huskers in Big 12 Play
Sophomore point guard Lindsey Moore has continued to expand her leadership role for the Huskers in her second season in the starting lineup, especially with the absence of senior guard Dominique Kelley.
After averaging just 6.0 points per game as a freshman, Moore has more than doubled her scoring average to 14.2 points per game on the year. She has taken that up another notch during Big 12 play, averaging a team-leading 17.3 points per game, while continuing to dish out 5.6 assists. She has added 3.8 rebounds per contest.
Moore's 29 three-pointers trail only Jordan Hooper's 31 among the Huskers in conference play, while her 44 free throws made and 54 attempts (.815) lead NU in league action. She has also played a Big 12-best 39.3 minutes per game through the first 15 league contests.
Moore Notches First Triple-Double in Husker History
Lindsey Moore notched the first triple-double in Nebraska history with 12 points and career highs of 11 assists and 10 rebounds in NU's win over Florida A&M on Jan. 2.
Moore, a 5-9 sophomore point guard from Covington, Wash., locked up the triple-double with her career-high 10th rebound with 1:07 left in the game. Nebraska Coach Connie Yori subbed in for Moore 10 seconds later, and Moore walked off the court to a standing ovation.
Moore, who also finished with a career-high four steals, got all 10 of her rebounds on the defensive end.
Moore became the first player in Nebraska men's or women's basketball history to achieve the rare triple-double. NU's most recent near miss came with 15 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists from Keasha Cannon against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 8, 2001.
NU Near Record-Setting Three-Point Pace
Despite shooting just 29.2 percent (94-322) in Big 12 play, Nebraska's outside shooting has been a strength for the Huskers in 2010-11. The Huskers have hit 205-of-611 three-point attempts (33.6 percent) to average 7.1 threes per game. NU is averaging 6.3 threes per game in Big 12 play.
Last season, Nebraska hit a school-record 225 threes for a school-record average of 6.6 threes per game. To give that number some perspective, prior to last season, the school-record for three-pointers made in a season was 173. Coach Connie Yori's Husker teams own the top eight three-point shooting seasons in school history.
Nebraska has hit seven or more threes in a game 16 times this season. The Huskers opened the season by hitting a school-record 17 threes on 33 attempts in a win over Vermont on Nov. 13. NU added its second-highest total of the year with 12 threes in a win over Florida A&M on Jan. 2, before hitting 11 at Missouri on Feb. 2.
The Huskers hit 10 threes in the second game against Missouri on Feb. 22, to go along with 10 threes against Houston on Dec. 18. NU connected on nine threes in back-to-back games against UNLV and Indiana. NU also hit nine threes against Kansas State on Feb. 19, while hitting eight threes against Miami, Louisville and at Kansas.
Huskers Smash Three-Point Mark Against Vermont
Sophomore Lindsey Moore set a career high with five three-pointers to spark a school-record 17 threes in Nebraska's 95-38 win over Vermont on Nov. 13. NU's record-setting performance smashed the previous team game record for threes made, which most recently came with 12 three-pointers in a win at Baylor on Jan. 17, 2010.
Moore hit 5-of-8 threes for the game, including four in the first half. Junior guard Kaitlyn Burke added a perfect 4-for-4 shooting effort from long range. Jordan Hooper hit 3-of-7 long-range shots in her collegiate debut.
As a team, Nebraska hit a sizzling 17-of-33 from three-point range (51.5 percent), with seven different Huskers knocking down at least one three (Leick 2-3; Periago, 1-1; Reeves 1-2; McCann-Smith 1-2).
Moore Keeps Giving Huskers More
Lindsey Moore made history in 2009-10 by becoming the first freshman point guard in NCAA Division I history to lead her team to an unbeaten regular season.
The 5-9 sophomore from Covington, Wash., was surrounded by an all-conference lineup that featured senior first-team All-Big 12 picks Kelsey Griffin, Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner along with honorable-mention All-Big 12 selection Dominique Kelley.
Moore, the 2009 Washington High School Player of the Year, added her own conference honor by being named one of five players on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. She averaged 6.0 points, 4.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game as a freshman, but her production increased throughout the season. In the NCAA Tournament, Moore averaged 9.7 points and 6.0 assists, and has carried much more of the scoring load for a young Husker team in 2010-11.
Moore has more than doubled her season scoring average from a year ago, averaging 14.2 points while increasing her assists per game to 5.7. Moore erupted for a a career-high 33 points on 14-of-21 shooting from the field at Kansas on Feb. 26. That came exactly one month after setting her previous career-best with 27 points against Iowa State Jan. 26. She is coming off a 23-point, nine-assist performance against Colorado on March 2. She added 23 points in a win over Kansas on Jan. 16, and 23 more to go along with eight assists, six rebounds and a career-high matching five three-pointers in a win over Missouri Feb. 22. Moore has produced double figures in 11 straight games, averaging 19.2 points and 6.0 assists per game during that stretch.
In Big 12 play, she is averaging a team-leading 17.3 points and 5.6 assists per game. Over the last three games, Moore has averaged 26.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game.
Moore's hand in the offense is even more amazing considering the Huskers have averaged just 57.3 points during Big 12 play. In 15 Big 12 contests, Moore has had a hand in 56.5 percent of NU's made field goals (93 FG + 84 assists/313 team FG). To give that number some perspective, OSU's Andrea Riley had a hand in 56.6 percent of the Cowgirls' made baskets overall last season, and no Nebraska player under Connie Yori has ever had a hand in 38 percent of a team's field goals during the season.
Moore owns six 20-point scoring efforts this season, including three straight. She also had 22 points, nine assists and two steals in NU's win over Miami on Nov. 17. She has produced 20 double-figure scoring efforts, including 15 in the past 17 games. She had 18 points and four three-pointers against No. 1 Baylor on Feb. 9. She added five assists and four rebounds against the Lady Bears. She added 18 points, three rebounds and three assists at Texas on Feb. 15. She had 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds against Kansas State on Feb. 19. She also had 17 points in a season-opening win over Vermont when she hit a career-high five three-pointers.
Moore also owns one of the top all-around efforts in school history, producing the first triple-double in NU history (men's or women's) with 12 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and career-high-matching 11 assists in a win over Florida A&M on Jan. 2. For her performance, Moore earned the first Big 12 Player-of-the-Week award of her career.
She produced double figures nine times in 2009-10, including her season-best 18 points against Iowa State (Feb. 17), and 14 points against Kansas (March 3). She had 11 points and a season-high eight rebounds against No. 10 Oklahoma State on Feb. 3. She added 10 points and five rebounds in an NCAA Tournament win over Northern Iowa, before notching nine points and a career-high 11 assists in an NCAA Tournament win over No. 22 UCLA. She also had 10 points against No. 19 Kentucky in the NCAA Sweet 16. In the Big 12 title-clinching win at No. 11 Oklahoma on Feb. 24, Moore had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists going head-to-head with OU All-American point guard Danielle Robinson.
Moore Takes on Role of Iron Woman for Huskers
In addition to more than doubling her scoring numbers and increasing her rebounding, assists and three-point totals from a year ago, Lindsey Moore has also taken on the role of an iron woman in the Husker lineup.
With injuries to nearly all of NU's guards, Moore has hardly come off the floor. In fact, she has played a league-leading 37.4 minutes per game. In conference play, Moore is averaging a Big 12-high 39.3 minutes per contest. She has gone the distance in 14 games this season, including 11 Big 12 games. Included in that list is a career-high 45 minutes in an overtime win over Kansas on Jan. 16. Over the last 23 games, Moore has been on the floor for all but 29 minutes.
Last season, Moore led the Huskers in total minutes with 952 (34 games), an average of just 28.0 minutes per game, as Nebraska featured one of the deepest and most balanced lineups in Big 12 Conference history.
With one regular-season game and a minimum of one Big 12 Tournament game left, Moore is nearing the 1,100-minute mark and is on pace to play 1,159 total minutes (37.4 x 31 games), which would be the most by a Husker in a season in school history. The last Huskers to play 1,000 minutes in a season were point guard Jina Johansen (1,156 minutes, 32 games, 36.1 mpg-school record) and Kiera Hardy (1,038 minutes, 32.4 mpg) in 2004-05. Those totals are the two highest in Connie Yori's nine years at Nebraska.
Moore Quickly Climbing on Career Assist List
One of the best young point guards in the nation, Lindsey Moore has increased her production across the board as a sophomore, including the passing department. Through 29 games, Moore is averaging 5.7 assists, including a career-high-tying 11 assists in the non-conference finale against Florida A&M on Jan. 2. She also had nine assists in wins over Miami (Nov. 17) and South Florida (Dec. 30) and nine more against Colorado (March 2). She distributed eight assists against Missouri (Feb. 22) and has dished out five or more assists 21 times this season.
Moore owns 318 career assists, which has already placed her among the top 10 in Nebraska history. She is just the second Husker in history to record 150 or more assists in each of her first two seasons running the point, joining NU career assist leader Meggan Yedsena (163; 1990-91, 195, 1991-92).
With 164 assists this season, Moore ranks seventh on the NU single-season list and needs just five more to climb into the top five in that category.
Last season, Moore distributed 154 assists as a true freshman for the Huskers. Not only did she start all 34 games and lead NU to a Big 12-record-tying 30 consecutive wins, she also produced the third-most assists by a freshman in school history.
Moore ranked fourth in the Big 12 with 4.5 assists per game, while ranking sixth in Big 12 games with a 1.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
In the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Moore distributed a career-high 11 assists to go along with nine points in a win over No. 22 UCLA that sent the Huskers to their first-ever NCAA Sweet 16.
Moore notched eight or more assists five times in 2009-10, including twice in Big 12 play. She registered nine assists in a run past Kansas State on Jan. 23, before dishing out eight assists in NU's first-ever road win at Texas Tech on Jan. 27. Moore also dished out eight assists in NU's win at Miami on Dec. 5.
Injuries Challenging Huskers in 2010-11
Injuries have made things extra challenging for Nebraska in 2010-11. Here is a brief listing of injuries that have forced Huskers to miss significant playing or practice time this season. The list is not comprehensive and only includes NU's most significant injuries.
Dominique Kelley -Sr. - G - knee (surgery Sept. 29), foot (missed 15 of last 17 games)
Kaitlyn Burke - Jr. - G - knee (surgery Oct. 4) and foot (medical redshirt last year), broken nose (Jan. 10)
Layne Reeves - So. - G - knee (surgery Nov. 24) - chose to end career after fifth knee surgery
Kellie McCann-Smith - Fr. - G - back (missed last seven games - out for season)
Katie Simon - Fr. - F - foot (will redshirt after missing all of practice in October, November and December)
Meghin Williams - So. - F - foot (missed NU's first seven games; missed 12 total games)
Harleen Sidhu - Jr. - F - knee (has missed two games this season)
Katya Leick - So. - F - leg (has missed one game this season)
Burke Joins NU's Career Three-Point Top 10
Junior guard Kaitlyn Burke ranks eighth on the NU career three-point list with 85. NU's active three-point leader, Burke ranks third on the team with 28 threes in 2010-11, trailing Jordan Hooper's 62 and Lindsey Moore's 49.
Burke, who is averaging 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists, owns eight double-figure scoring effort this season, including four double-digit efforts in conference play. She erupted for the best performance of her career with 20 points and four assists in Nebraska's win over Kansas Jan. 16. Burke hit 4-of-10 three-pointers to help shoot NU to victory. Burke hit big baskets against KU. Early in the game, she went on an 8-0 run to break a 4-4 tie and give NU control. The Huskers trailed Kansas just once at 49-48, and Burke answered with a three-pointer to put NU back in front. After Monica Engelman sent the game to overtime, Burke scored the first points of overtime to break the deadlock. She added her fourth three of the game in overtime to fuel NU's 14-point win.
Burke added 12 points and tied her career high with seven rebounds at Oklahoma State on Feb. 12. She added 12 at Colorado on Feb. 6, and 11 against Iowa State on Jan. 26. Burke opened the season with 12 points off the bench against Vermont, before adding back-to-back 10-point games against Washington State and Nebraska-Omaha. She added 11 points against South Florida on Dec. 30.
Burke leads the Huskers with a 1.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. She is also tied for second on the team with 23 steals.
Big Cat Roaring at Both Ends of the Court This Season
Center Catheryn Redmon is producing her best season as a Husker in all facets of the game and continues to fly up Nebraska's career blocked shot chart. The 6-3 native of Grand Prairie, Texas has climbed into second all-time with 208 blocks. Janet Smith (1979-82) owns the NU all-time record with 238.
Redmon owns 69 blocks this season, which is tied for the second-best total in NU history, trailing only Page's 78 as a senior in 2007-08.
Redmon, who is the only Husker in history with 60 or more blocks in three seasons, matched Smith (1979-80) in second with 69 with two blocks against Colorado.
Redmon has blocked five or more shots 12 times in her career. She has blocked a season-high five shots six times this year, including Missouri (Feb. 22), Kansas State (Feb. 19, Jan. 22), Kansas (Jan. 16), Northern Colorado (Dec. 11) and Indiana (Dec. 5).
Redmon's senior season has featured more than just big block totals. She also owns six double-doubles, including a career-high 19 points and 10 boards against Colorado on March 2.
Redmon produced back-to-back doubles after registering 15 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and a career-high tying three steals in the win over Kansas (Jan. 16) and 12 points and 14 boards at Kansas State (Jan. 22).
Redmon owns six double-doubles on the season and nine in her career, including 17 points and 10 rebounds at Washington State on Nov. 22.
She added a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Florida A&M on Jan. 2, and had 14 points and 13 rebounds in NU's win over Miami on Nov. 17.
For the season, Redmon is averaging a career-best 9.7 points per game, while leading NU with 7.3 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and a 54.4 field goal percentage.
Huskers Seek Eighth Straight Postseason Appearance
Nebraska enters the 2010-11 campaign in pursuit of an eighth straight postseason tournament bid.
The Huskers made their school-record seventh consecutive postseason appearance as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. NU also qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2008, advancing to the second round of the Big Dance in 2008 with a win over Xavier in College Park, Md. Before Coach Connie Yori's arrival at Nebraska for the 2002-03 season, Nebraska had never earned four straight postseason berths.
All time, Nebraska has made nine trips to the NCAA Tournament (1988, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010). The Huskers are 5-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers also earned trips to the Postseason WNIT in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009 as part of their seven-season streak, joining WNIT bids in 1976 and 1992.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
Since the Bob Devaney Sports Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 362-123 (.746) in games played in the arena, including 136-82 (.624) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 98-27 (.784) at the Devaney Center.
NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in seven consecutive seasons, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2009-10. The Huskers stretched their home winning streak to 28 games with a win over Florida A&M on Jan. 2. Amazingly, 24 of NU's final 25 wins in the streak were by double digits. No. 19 Oklahoma ended NU's second-longest home streak in school history at 28 games, just one game shy of the Husker record. NU is 11-4 at home this season.
Nebraska's 2009-10 Big 12 Championship Season
The Huskers made history by winning the 2010 Big 12 regular-season title and advancing to the program's first NCAA Sweet 16 after earning the school's first NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed. The Huskers went on to achieve the first final top 25 national rankings in school history, as Nebraska closed 2009-10 with a No. 4 ranking in the Associated Press Poll and a No. 7 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25. NU also finished No. 4 in the final official NCAA RPI rankings.
Nebraska tied the Big 12 record with a 30-game winning streak that included the first unbeaten regular season (29-0) by a Big 12 men's or women's basketball program in history. NU also became just the second team in history to go through the Big 12 regular season with a perfect 16-0 record.
The Huskers, who opened the season unranked in the national polls and picked sixth by league coaches in the Big 12 preseason rankings, won the school's first Big 12 women's basketball title after an outstanding offseason.
The 2009-10 Huskers lived by the fruits of their hard work and their devotion to producing each and every day at practice. NU's outstanding team chemistry and unselfish attitudes allowed them to achieve great things.
Although Nebraska's run in the NCAA Tournament ended in the Kansas City Regional semifinal at the Sprint Center, Coach Connie Yori and Kelsey Griffin remained in the national spotlight at the NCAA Women's Final Four.
Yori was named the 2010 National Coach of the Year by the WBCA, the Associated Press, and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, while also winning the Naismith Award and the inaugural Kay Yow Award. Yori also captured Big 12 Coach-of-the-Year accolades.
Griffin claimed the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, becoming Nebraska's first winner of the award across all sports. She was also named a first-team All-American by the WBCA, AP, USBWA and the Wooden Award. She was a finalist for the Naismith and Wade trophies and the Wooden Award, while also being named a finalist for the Honda Sports Award. She was also a finalist for the V Foundation Comeback Award and the NCSA Giant Steps Courageous Student-Athlete Award, before being named Nebraska's 2010 Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
Griffin's collegiate career culminated with her No. 3 overall selection by Minnesota in the 2010 WNBA Draft. She was quickly traded to the Connecticut Sun. In her first season with Connecticut in 2010, Griffin earned a spot on the WNBA All-Rookie Team.
Senior Cory Montgomery was also chosen as the No. 1 pick in the third round of the WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty. Montgomery marked the fourth Husker WNBA Draft pick in school history, joining Griffin, Nicole Kubik and Kiera Hardy. It also marked the first time that two Huskers had been taken in the same draft.
Yori Swept 2010 National Coaching Awards
Coach Connie Yori completed a clean sweep of every major national coach-of-the-year honor in 2009-10. Yori earned WBCA National Coach-of-the-Year honors after being named the WBCA Region 5 Coach of the Year by her peers. She was later tabbed the U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Coach of the Year, becoming the first Big 12 coach in history to win the award.
A few days later, Yori was named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year, before winning the inaugural Kay Yow Award. She won her fifth major national award the following day when she was named the Big 12's first Naismith National Coach of the Year.
After leading the Huskers to the first Big 12 regular-season title in school history, Yori was named the 2010 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year by her league peers. Yori, who enters her ninth season at Nebraska, has led the Huskers to a school-record seven consecutive postseason tournament appearances. NU was also one of just 19 teams in the NCAA Tournament to post a perfect 100 percent Graduation Success Rate.
The 2002 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year, Yori completed her 20th season as a collegiate head coach in 2009-10.
Huskers Finished Fourth in Official 2010 NCAA RPI
Nebraska finished near the top of the chart with a No. 4 final RPI ranking in 2009-10. Only Connecticut, Stanford and Tennessee ranked ahead of the Huskers.
Big 12 foes Oklahoma (6th), Texas A&M (7th) and Baylor (10th) joined Nebraska in the top 10, while Oklahoma State was 14th, Texas 16th and Iowa State was 21st giving the Big 12 seven teams in the RPI top 25. All seven teams earned top-six seeds in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field.
All 12 of the Big 12 teams were among the top 125, including No. 46 Kansas, No. 60 Texas Tech, No. 88 Kansas State, No. 108 Missouri and No. 123 Colorado.
Nebraska notched 20 wins over top-100 RPI teams, including 12 over top-50 RPI clubs and eight over top-25 RPI teams, including four top-25 wins away from the Devaney Center. Overall, 12 of NU's top-100 RPI wins came outside of Lincoln in 2009-10.
NU defeated No. 6 Oklahoma (road), No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 10 Baylor (road), No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 16 Texas, No. 18 UCLA (neutral), No. 21 Iowa State (road, home), No. 26 LSU, No. 38 Vermont (road), No. 46 Kansas (road-home), No. 56 UALR (neutral), No. 58 Miami (road), No. 60 Texas Tech (road), No. 67 Creighton, No. 79 Saint Mary's (road), and No. 88 Kansas State (road-neutral-home). NU also produced two wins over RPI No. 108, a win over RPI No. 111 Northern Iowa and two more over RPI No. 123 Colorado.
Big Red Fans Come Out in Droves at Devaney
Nebraska has regularly ranked among the top 30 teams nationally in average home attendance over the past 15 years, but Husker fans flocked to the Bob Devaney Sports Center in record numbers in 2009-10.
Big Red faithful came along for the ride during Nebraska's record-setting season, averaging a school-record 7,390 fans per game - ranking seventh nationally. NU's Big 12 attendance was spectacular, averaging a Big 12-best 11,383 fans per game. Nebraska drew seven consecutive crowds of more than 10,000 to the Devaney Center to end the season, beginning with a then-school-record 13,303 fans for Nebraska's win over Kansas State on Jan. 23 - the 16th-largest crowd in the nation in 2009-10 (including NCAA Tournament play).
Nebraska smashed that record against Missouri Feb. 27, posting the first sellout in school history with 13,595 fans. The NU-MU game featured the largest regular-season crowd in the nation in 2009-10 that did not involve Connecticut or Tennessee.
Over the last seven home games, the Huskers attracted an average of 11,989 fans per game to the Devaney Center. NU's previous single-season average home attendance record was 5,000 fans per game in 1998-99.
Nebraska opened the 2010-11 season with 3,201 fans on hand at the Devaney Center despite an 11:35 a.m. tip-off on a football Saturday in Lincoln. It was the third-largest season-opening crowd in school history.
The Huskers continued to draw well, attracting 4,333 fans per game in 16 home contests in 2010-11.
Season Ticket Holders for 2010-11 Increase 80%
NU's success at the turnstiles last year has carried over to the 2010-11 season.
Last year, Nebraska entered the season with 1,424 season ticket holders. During a special March Madness season ticket promotion at the end of last season, the Huskers sold more than 1,100 new season tickets for 2010-11, pushing NU's season ticket base beyond 2,500 for the first time in history.
New season tickets can still be purchased at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED or (402) 472-3111. Single-game tickets for all Nebraska women's basketball games are also available.
Hendricks Training Complex Rising at Devaney
The southwest corner of the Devaney Center is receiving an extensive renovation with the addition of the Hendricks Training Complex in 2010-11. The addition will become the new home for NU men's and women's basketball, including new locker room, team areas, coaches offices and practice courts, for both men's and women's basketball.
The Hendricks Training Complex will allow the strength and conditioning areas to triple in size at the Devaney Center, while also allowing for an extensive expansion of the Athletic Medicine Training Room.
The Hendricks Training Complex will be ready to open for Husker student-athletes in 2011-12, just in time for Nebraska's entrance into the Big Ten Conference.
The Hendricks Training Complex was made possible by a generous gift provided by Tom and Mary Hendricks, who were honored with the 2010 Dr. Barbara Hibner Trailblazer Award on Oct. 16. The Trailblazer Award was first given in 2000 to honor outstanding support and generous contributions to women's athletics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2007, it was renamed the Dr. Barbara Hibner Trailblazer Award in honor of Dr. Barbara Hibner, a longtime member of the NU Athletic Department and inaugural recipient of the award, who passed away on March 7, 2007.
Tom Hendricks serves as the executive vice president and co-founder of Tenaska Inc., one of the largest independent power producers in the United States. He is also a University of Nebraska graduate. Tom and his wife, Mary, reside in Pipe Creek, Texas. The family made a generous $10 million donation to jump-start the fundraising effort for the new basketball practice facility. The complex will also providing extensive training benefits to wrestling, men's and women's track and field, swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's golf.
TV Appearances Aplenty for Huskers in 2010-11
Nebraska will be a regular again on national, regional and local television in 2010-11. The Huskers played three nationally televised games on FSN during the regular season, beginning with an overtime win over Kansas on Sunday, Jan. 16. NU traveled to Kansas State to play the Wildcats in another nationally televised game on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. The Huskers played their third FSN nationally televised game on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6, at Colorado.
Nebraska also played a pair of games on Fox Sports Midwest, beginning with a Saturday, Feb. 19 home game against Kansas State. The Huskers also appeared on FS Midwest in their home regular-season finale against Colorado March 2. Nebraska's first TV appearance of the season came on the Big Ten Network at Indiana on Sunday, Dec. 5.
The Huskers appeared on Fox Sports Southwest (Longhorn Sports Network) at Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 15. In addition to those games in the Fox family, Nebraska's game against Oklahoma in Lincoln was carried by the Sooner Sports Network on Saturday, Jan. 8. NU's game at Iowa State on Jan. 11 was carried in Iowa by Mediacom, and the Huskers' game at Oklahoma State on Feb. 12 was televised by the Cowboy Sports Network.
Last season, Nebraska appeared 14 times on television, including five postseason tournament games. Five games were on FSN and three on ESPN2. The Huskers also played three games on FSN regional TV, one on NET and two as part of opponent local TV packages. NU had 14 games streamed live to HuskersNside and Huskers.com.
Live Video, TV Set for at Least 25 Games in 2010-11
In addition to the extensive television coverage of Nebraska women's basketball, NU's premium subscription video service - HuskersNside on Huskers.com - will provide home and road coverage all season long.
Beginning with NU's exhibition finale against Nebraska-Kearney Sunday, Nov. 7, HuskersNside/Huskers.com are set to provide live video streams of at least 19 NU women's basketball games this year. For just $9.95 per month or $99.95 per year, fans can subscribe to HuskersNside for live women's basketball video, home and away.
Nebraska's first three regular-season games (Vermont, Miami-delayed to 9:30 p.m., Saint Mary's) all had video available, including a free live video stream of the Vermont game on Huskers.com. NU's home game with UNLV (Nov. 30) was available on HuskersNside. NU's Dec. 8 road game at Creighton is also being streamed live to HuskersNside.
After another Huskers.com free video stream on Dec. 11 against Northern Colorado, HuskersNside provided a live video stream of the South Florida game on Dec. 30, before another free video stream on Huskers.com of the Florida A&M contest on Jan. 2.
Games against Oklahoma (Jan. 8) and at Iowa State (Jan. 11) were available on HuskersNside, along with matchups against Iowa State (Jan. 26), Texas Tech (Jan. 29), Baylor (Feb. 9), Missouri (Feb. 22) and Kansas (Feb. 26). Nebraska's game at Missouri (Feb. 2) was streamed for free on mutigers.com. NU's Fox Sports Midwest TV games with Kansas State (Feb. 19) and Colorado (March 2) were also free on Huskers.com.
2010 Huskers Shattered Record with 30-Game Winning Streak
Nebraska had its school-record and Big 12-record-tying 30-game winning streak snapped with an 80-70 loss to NCAA Tournament No. 2 seed Texas A&M in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament on Saturday, March 13.
The loss ended an amazing run through the 2009-10 season for the Huskers, surpassing the previous school-record streak of nine straight wins set in 1996-97. Nebraska also stretched its Big 12 Conference regular-season winning streak to 18 games, which carries into 2011 league play.
Prior to the 2009-10 season, NU's most wins in a season in school history came with 23 (four times, most recently 1997-98). Nebraska's 29-0 regular-season record also marked the first-ever unbeaten regular season by a league team since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996-97.
The Huskers' 16-0 Big 12 season more than tripled the previous best league start in school history, which came with the 1987-88 Huskers' 5-0 start on their way to the Big Eight regular-season title. The 2010 Big 12 regular-season champion Huskers also amassed their most conference wins in history.
Nebraska's streak was just the seventh of eight or more victories in school history. Three of Nebraska's eight-game winning streaks have come in Yori's nine seasons, including 2003-04 and 2005-06.
Griffin, Montgomery Chosen in 2010 WNBA Draft
The Huskers continued to make history after the completion of the 2009-10 season, when senior forwards Kelsey Griffin and Cory Montgomery were chosen in the 2010 WNBA Draft.
Griffin, a first-team All-American and national player-of-the-year finalist, was invited to attend the draft at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, N.J., on April 8. She didn't have to wait long to hear her name announced on draft day, as the Minnesota Lynx chose Griffin with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, making her the top Husker pick in WNBA Draft history. Nicole Kubik was NU's first first-round pick going No. 15 in the 2000 WNBA Draft.
Moments after being selected by the Lynx, Griffin was traded to the Connecticut Sun, as the Lynx received 2011 first- and second-round picks for Griffin. Griffin went on to earn WNBA All-Rookie honors in her first season with the sun in 2010, before continuing her professional career this fall by playing professionally in Hungary.
Montgomery joined Griffin little more than an hour later as a WNBA Draft choice, when she was taken with the No. 25 pick overall by the New York Liberty with the first pick of the third round. Montgomery did not earn a roster spot with the Liberty in 2010, but is playing professionally in Spain.
Montgomery, who joined Griffin on the 2010 first-team All-Big 12 squad, closed her Nebraska career with 1,378 points and 627 rebounds. She and Griffin are among a group of just eight players in Husker history with more than 1,300 points and 600 rebounds. Griffin closed her Husker career with 2,033 points and 1,019 boards.
Yvonne Turner has also continued her basketball career in 2010 by playing professionally, first in Australia and then in Germany. Turner joined Griffin and Montgomery on the first-team All-Big 12 squad. She is also among Nebraska's 1,000-point career scorers.
Nebraska Owns Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska has made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori's nine seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers' win over No. 22 UCLA marked their 20th win over an AP Top 25 foe during Yori's tenure, including their eighth in 2009-10. NU's 21-point win over No. 10 Oklahoma State on Feb. 3 was the Huskers' fifth against a top-10 opponent. Before Yori's arrival, Nebraska had beaten just one top-10 opponent in school history.
Nebraska's three top-10 wins in 2009-10 matched NU's all-time total in 35 seasons of women's basketball.
NU's win at No. 9 Baylor on Jan. 17, 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.
Huskers Get It Done on Court, In Classroom, In Community
The Huskers continue to achieve at high levels in the classroom, earning first-team academic All-Big 12 honors earlier this week. Senior Jessica Periago claimed her third academic all-conference honor, while junior Kaitlyn Burke claimed her third award. Fellow junior Harleen Sidhu added the first academic All-Big 12 award of her career.
Nebraska led the Big 12 with six first-team academic all-conference selections in 2009-10. Five Husker seniors claimed first-team honors, led by Kelsey Griffin. It was the third first-team award of Griffin's career. She was joined as a three-time first-team selection by senior Kala Kuhlmann, while Cory Montgomery added her third academic award, including her second first-team honor. Nicole Neals and Nikki Bober also claimed first-team honors, along with junior center Jessica Periago. The 6-4 center from France earned her second first-team award.
Nebraska owns a perfect 100 percent score in the Graduate Success Rate published by the NCAA, and every senior that Connie Yori has coached over the past 20 seasons has gone on to earn her degree.
The Huskers have also earned two Nebraska Life Skills Team Awards during Coach Connie Yori's eight seasons in Lincoln, including the inaugural award in 2003-04. Griffin was a leader in Nebraska's community service efforts throughout her career and captured the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Nebraska Establishes Kathy Branchaud Memorial Scholarship
Nebraska has established the Kathy Branchaud Memorial Women's Basketball Scholarship Fund to honor the life of the former player and Fastbreaker Booster Club board member, who passed away Feb. 11, 2010 at age 58, following a two-year battle with cancer.
The Kathy Branchaud Memorial Scholarship will be presented to sophomores, juniors or seniors on the Nebraska women's basketball team. Senior recipients must demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a post-graduate education at the University of Nebraska. Candidates must maintain a 3.2 or above cumulative grade-point average and a preference will be given to the player with most improved rebounding percentage from the previous season.
To contribute to the Kathy Branchaud Memorial Women's Basketball Scholarship Fund, please contact the Nebraska Athletic Development Office at (402) 472-2367.