NU Ready for Move to Big Ten with Young Nucleus
Nebraska Team Highlights
22 Games vs. 2011 Postseason Teams (14 NCAA, 7 WNIT, 1 WBI)
6 Wins over 2011 Postseason Teams (2 NCAA, 3 WNIT, 1 WBI)
School-record 17 3FG vs. Vermont (Nov. 13)
School-record 7.0 3FG made per game
Big 12 No. 1 RPI Conference in the Nation in 2011
No. 22 nationally in average home attendance (4,333/game)
Extended home winning streak to 28 games (second longest in school history)
Nebraska Plays Final Season in Big 12 / Moving to Big Ten in 2011-12
Huskers to Move into Hendricks Training Complex Practice Facility in 2011-12
Huskers to Move into New Downtown Arena in 2013-14
Nebraska Individual Highlights
Lindsey Moore (5-9, So., G) - Honorable-Mention All-Big 12
No. 10 in Big 12 games-only 17.0 ppg
No. 3 in Big 12 with 5.9 apg; School-Record 1,164 minutes played
Led Big 12 in minutes per game
First Triple-Double in School History (vs. Florida A&M, Jan. 2)
No. 5 in NU single-season assists (183);
No. 8 in NU career assists (337)
Big 12 Player of the Week (Jan. 3)
Career-high 33 points at Kansas (Feb. 26)
No. 10 in NU single-season 3FG made (49); Last 5 Games - 21.0 ppg, 8.2 apg
Jordan Hooper (6-2, Fr., F) - Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Four-Time Big 12 Freshman of the Week;
No. 3 Freshman Scorer in Big 12 (14.6 ppg)
No. 1 Freshman Rebounder in Big 12 (6.6 rpg)
No. 2 Freshman Scorer in NU history (454 points)
No. 3 Freshman Rebounder in NU history (205 rebounds)
NU Freshman Record 67 3FG
Tied School Record with 7 3FG at Missouri (Feb. 2)
Career-high 31 points at Missouri (Feb. 2)
Catheryn Redmon (6-3, Sr., C)
No. 2 shot-blocker in NU history (216)
No. 2 in NU single-season blocks (77)
NU Big 12 Tournament Record 6 Blocks (vs. Iowa State, March 8)
First Player in NU history with three straight 60-plus block seasons
Nine career double-doubles, including six in 2010-11
Dominique Kelley (5-7, Sr., G)
No. 17 at NU in career scoring (1,107 points)
No. 8 at NU in career starts (110)
109 consecutive starts to open career
Averaged 15.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.5 apg in NU's first 11 games before being sidelined by knee injury
No. 2 at NU in single-season FT pct. (.907, 2010-11)
No. 6 at NU in career FT made (383) and attempted (490)
No. 7 at NU in career FT pct. (.782); Career-high 25 points vs. Miami (Nov. 17)
Jessica Periago (6-4, Sr., C) - Three-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12
School-record 5-5 3FG at Indiana (Dec. 5)
Kaitlyn Burke (5-7, Jr., G) - Two-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12
No. 8 at NU in career 3FG made (89); Career-high 20 points vs. Kansas (Jan. 16)
Harleen Sidhu (6-1, Jr., F) - First-Team Academic All-Big 12
Huskers Ready for Move to Big Ten with Young Nucleus
The Nebraska women's basketball team closed its final season in the Big 12 Conference with a 69-61 loss Iowa State in the opening round of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., March 8.
With the loss, Nebraska ended its season with a 13-18 overall record that included a 3-13 Big 12 mark. The setback ended NU's 15th season in the Big 12, and opened the door for Nebraska's shift to Big Ten basketball in 2011-12.
The Huskers' 2010-11 season was filled with challenges that included significant injuries. NU played all but nine minutes of its final 20 games without 2010 honorable-mention All-Big 12 guard Dominique Kelley. The 5-7 senior from Lincoln started NU's first 11 games and was averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest from her shooting guard spot before a knee injury sidelined her for the rest of the year.
Kelley finished her career as NU's No. 17 all-time leading scorer with 1,107 points, while ranking sixth in school history in both free throws made (383) and attempted (490). She also ranked eighth with 110 career starts, despite missing starts in 19 of NU's final 20 games.
Kelley's injury sent NU's most experienced player and vocal leader to the sideline, leaving true freshman Jordan Hooper and sophomore Lindsey Moore as the Huskers' go-to offensive options.
Both Moore and Hooper improved throughout the season and closed with award-winning campaigns. Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades after leading the Huskers with 17.0 points and 5.9 assists in Big 12 Conference games. Moore produced double figures in 13 straight games to end the season, including a career-high 33 points at Kansas on Feb. 26. Earlier in the season, Moore produced NU's first career triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists against Florida A&M (Jan. 2), and closed the regular season with a double-double (13 points, 10 assists) at No. 5 Texas A&M.
Moore, who averaged 14.1 points and 5.9 assists on the year, ranked 10th in Big 12 games-only in scoring while ranking third overall in the Big 12 in assists. Moore's game continued to expand throughout the season, and over the last five games she averaged 21.0 points and a staggering 8.2 assists. She also developed into an iron woman for NU, setting a school record with 1,164 minutes played.
A Big 12 All-Freshman selection in 2010 (6.0 ppg, 4.5 apg), Moore has started 65 straight games for the Huskers to open her career, and has already climbed into NU's all-time top 10 with 337 assists. After producing 183 assists as a sophomore, Moore needs to average 180 assists in each of her final two seasons to set the NU career record in that category.
While Moore was developing her game in her second season, Hooper produced one of the best freshman campaigns in Nebraska history. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., averaged a team-best 14.6 points per game, while ranking second on the squad with 6.6 rebounds per contest. She also shattered the NU freshman record with a team-leading 67 three-pointers, which ranked second among Big 12 freshmen during the regular season.
Hooper's rebounding average led all Big 12 freshmen, while her scoring ranked third in the league among freshmen. Her 454 points ranked as the second-highest total by a freshman in Nebraska history, while her 205 rebounds ranked third on the NU freshman chart.
Burke to Anchor 2012 Senior Class
Kaitlyn Burke will return for her fifth season at Nebraska in 2011-12 to provide experience and leadership to a young collection of Cornhuskers.
The 5-7 guard from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, started 29 games as a junior despite undergoing knee surgery on Oct. 4, 2010, breaking her nose on Jan. 10, and playing with a foot injury that forced her to take a medical redshirt in her third season at NU in 2009-10.
Burke, who also started 19 games as a true sophomore in 2008-09, averaged 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists as NU's shooting guard in 2010-11. She ranked third on the team with 32 three-pointers and second on the squad with 79 assists.
Burke enters her senior season as Nebraska's No. 8 career three-point shooter with 89 made threes. Her 48 career starts trail only Moore's 65 among active Huskers. Burke has played in 101 career games at NU.
Burke will be joined in a two-player 2012 senior class by fellow Canadian Harleen Sidhu. The 6-1 forward from Surrey, British Columbia, appeared in 29 games with three starts in 2010-11, and has played in 66 career games. Sidhu averaged 1.5 points and 0.7 rebounds despite playing most of the season with a torn PCL in her knee.
2011 Seniors Kelley, Redmon, Periago Will Be Missed
Nebraska was forced to move to the future early with the mid-season loss of senior leader Dominique Kelley in 2010-11. Kelley started NU's first 11 games to stretch her streak to 109 consecutive starts before being forced to the sideline with a knee injury. Kelley helped the Huskers to an 8-1 start to open the season, and an 8-3 start after back-to-back losses to Conference USA champion Houston and MAAC champion Marist in Las Vegas.
Kelley was leading the Huskers with 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game before being forced to the sideline. Kelley finished her career as NU's No. 17 all-time leading scorer with 1,107 points, while ranking sixth in school history in both free throws made (383) and attempted (490). She also ranked eighth with 110 career starts, despite missing starts in 19 of NU's final 20 games.
Catheryn Redmon, one of the top shot-blockers in school history, produced the best season of her collegiate career as a senior. The 6-3 center from Grand Prairie, Texas, averaged 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds while ranking third in the Big 12 with 2.5 blocked shots per contest. Redmon finished No. 2 on NU's career block list with 216, after setting the Huskers' Big 12 Tournament single-game record with six blocks against Iowa State on March 8. Her 77 blocks as a senior were also the second-best total in school history, trailing only Danielle Page's 78 as a senior in 2007-08. Redmon became the only Husker in history to record 60 or more blocks in three consecutive seasons (67-2009, 63-2010).
Redmon started every game in 2010-11 and finished her career with 112 games played with 55 starts. She produced 656 points and 580 rebounds in her career, adding nine career double-doubles, including six as a senior.
Fellow senior center Jessica Periago also produced her best season as a Husker. The 6-4 native of Toulon, France, started NU's final nine games in 2010-11, moving to the wing because of the extensive injuries to NU's backcourt players. Periago, who set a Nebraska record by going a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range at Indiana on Dec. 5, finished with 2.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. She also ranked among NU's top five in assists and blocked shots. She played 94 games in her NU career with nine starts, while finishing with 172 points and 184 career rebounds.
Periago was also a three-time first-team academic All-Big 12 pick and a seven-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's honor roll.
Huskers to Move Forward Without Pair of 2011 Sophomores
In addition to the departure of a trio of 2011 seniors, Nebraska will also move to the Big Ten without a pair of sophomores from the 2011 season.
Layne Reeves, a third-year shooting guard from Lubbock, Texas, chose to end her career on Jan. 13 because of recurring knee injuries. Reeves, who has undergone five knee surgeries since 2004, had her most recent surgery on her right knee on Nov. 24, 2010. She had her first surgery on her right knee in March of 2004, after tearing her ACL in 2003. She tore her left ACL as a high school senior, which required two surgeries in Texas before coming to Nebraska. She had a third surgery as an NU freshman in January of 2009, which forced her to redshirt as a rookie.
As a redshirt freshman in 2009-10, Reeves appeared in 24 games and produced 30 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three blocks in 154 total minutes. In 2010-11, Reeves played 11 minutes in just one game before being sidelined again.
Following the 2010-11 season, Coach Connie Yori announced that sophomore Katya Leick was no longer a member of the Nebraska team. Leick, a 6-1 forward from Grey Cloud Township, Minn., averaged 5.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore. She played in 30 games with nine starts in place of the injured Dominique Kelley in midseason.
Husker Numbers Heading to 2011-12
Nebraska will return a majority of its scoring, assists and steals as it heads into its first season in the Big Ten Conference in 2011-12. NU returns 1,280 of 1,982 (64.6 percent) of its total points and 509 of 1,186 (42.9 percent) of its total rebounds from the 2010-11 campaign.
The Huskers also return 298 of 411 (72.5 percent) of their total assists and 101 of 167 (60.5 percent) of their total steals heading into 2011-12.
Nebraska's biggest losses will come inside in rebounds and blocked shots, especially with the departures of Catheryn Redmon, Jessica Periago and Katya Leick. That trio combined for 454 of NU's 1,186 rebounds (38.3 percent) and 92 of NU's 118 blocks (78 percent).
NU's 2010-11 Freshmen Hope for Greater Impact in Big Ten
While Nebraska's 2010-11 freshman class featured the emergence of 2011 Big 12 All-Freshman Team selection Jordan Hooper, the rest of the five-player class will hope for a much greater impact as the Huskers move forward into the Big Ten in 2011-12.
Hooper produced one of the best freshman seasons in school history with 454 points and 205 rebounds to average 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. With the Huskers' loss of senior star Dominique Kelley to injury in midseason, Hooper became the focus of nearly every opposing defense. She continued to make adjustments to her game as she carried much of the scoring and rebounding load for NU as a rookie.
Kellie McCann-Smith also made an early impact for the Huskers as one of NU's top guards off the bench through the first 22 games of the season. McCann-Smith averaged 3.0 points and 1.1 rebounds, while knocking down 14 three-pointers early in the season, but a back injury sidelined McCann-Smith for the final nine games of the year. The Huskers are hopeful that she can return to health during the offseason and continue her improvement.
Adrianna Maurer ranked second among NU's freshmen with 24 games played in 2010-11, averaging 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in just under eight minutes per game. Maurer made 12 appearances in Big 12 action, averaging 2.5 points and 1.3 boards against league competition. The 6-3 center from Shawnee Mission, Kan., enters the 2011-12 season as NU's lone center.
Rebecca Woodberry, the 2010 Arizona High School Player of the Year, and Katie Simon both redshirted as true freshmen in 2010-11. The Huskers will be hoping for major offseason gains from those two rookies to help compensate for the five players lost from the 2010-11 roster enter 2011-12.
NU's New Class: Four Freshmen to Open Careers in Big Ten
Nebraska will look for a four-player 2011-12 freshman class to make an immediate impact for the Huskers. The class, which was ranked among the top 30 in the nation by several recruiting services, including a No. 24 ranking by the Collegiate Girls Basketball reports, is headlined by a pair of top-50 national recruits.
Two-time Nebraska Super-Stater Emily Cady was ranked as the No. 49 player in the nation by Blue Star Basketball, No. 84 by ESPNU/HoopGurlz and No. 96 by All-Star Girls Report. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., helped lead the Bluejays to their third straight Class B state title in 2011 under Coach Tom Tvrdy. The Huskers will look to Cady to help fill the void inside left by departing seniors Catheryn Redmon and Jessica Periago, while adding another scoring presence from the perimeter. Cady scored 19 points including a trio of three-pointers in Seward's state championship game win to close her career with a 75-game winning streak. Cady averaged 13 points and nearly seven rebounds per game as a senior. She led a Seward team that featured four players averaging in double figures.
Tear'a Laudermill earned first-team All-California Interscholastic Federation 1A honors for the second straight season at Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. The 5-9 guard from Riverside, Calif., was ranked No. 26 nationally by Blue Star and No. 95 by the All-Star Girls Report in 2010. Laudermill brings an explosive presence at both ends and could help the Huskers return to their preferred full-court style in 2011-12.
Laudermill led Canyon Springs to a top-25 national ranking and a berth in CIF southern regional final by knocking off top-five nationally ranked Brea Olinda in the semifinals, 65-53. Canyon Springs faced national No. 1 Mater Dei in the final, including WBCA National High School Player-of-the-Year Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and fellow WBCA All-American Alexyz Vaioletama. Laudermill averaged 16.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.5 steals per game as a senior, including 14 points in the loss to Mater Dei. She also hit 45 three-pointers for 30-4 Canyon Springs.
The Huskers added another guard who could help at both ends of the floor with the signing of 2011 Louisiana Gatorade High School Player-of-the-Year Brandi Jeffery. Jeffery led St. James High School in metro New Orleans to a Class 3A state title by averaging 23.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 4.3 steals per game as a senior. Jeffery was named the Outstanding Player of the state championship game after producing 16 points and 18 rebounds in a win over Avoyelles. In a semifinal game win, Jeffery poured in 28 points with six three-pointers and notched nine steals.
Jeffery, who was ranked as the No. 45 guard in the nation by ESPNU/HoopGurlz was a two-time first-team Class 3A all-state player. She was also a Class 2A all-state selection in 2009. Jeffery led the New Orleans metro area in scoring each of her final three seasons of high school.
Texas wing player Hailie Sample rounds out a talented incoming freshman class. Sample, a 6-1 guard/forward from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, was ranked as the No. 41 wing player in the nation by ESPNU/HoopGurlz. She averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists per game as a junior in 2009-10, and was named the District 6-5A Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last three seasons.
Moore Earns Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 Award
Lindsey Moore capped an outstanding individual 2010-11 season by claiming honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades for the Huskers. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., averaged 14.1 points and 5.9 assists per game for the season, including 17.0 points and 5.9 assists in Big 12 action.
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.
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 were riddled by injuries from top to bottom in their lineup, leaving Moore with much more of the scoring load.
Score she did. Moore produced double figures in 13 straight games to end the season, beginning with a then-career-high 27 points against Iowa State on Jan. 26. She closed the regular season with a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists and No. 5 Texas A&M on March 5, before adding 13 points and nine assists in the season finale against Iowa State on March 8.
Moore's scoring binge included a career-high 33 points at Kansas on Feb. 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 to 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.
Moore, Moore, Moore
Sophomore point guard Lindsey Moore scored 237 total points while scoring double figures 13 straight times in 510 total minutes to close the 2010-11 season.
As a freshman in 2009-10, Moore scored 204 points while starting all 34 games and playing 952 total minutes.
Over the final 13 games, Moore hit 87 field goals including 25 three-pointers. As a rookie, she hit 59 field goals, including 24 three-pointers in 34 games.
Last season, Moore had a hand in 23.5 percent of Nebraska's made field goals. Over the last 13 games, she had a hand in 61.0 percent (172-282) of NU's made baskets. Over the final four games, Moore had a hand in 66 of NU's 91 made field goals (72.5 percent).
Moore Joins Nebraska Career Assist Top 10
In two seasons, Lindsey Moore has already climbed into Nebraska's career top 10 in assists with 337. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., finished with 183 assists in 2010-11, 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.
If Moore can average 180 assists over her final two seasons at Nebraska, she can set the NU career record of 696 set by four-year starting point guard Meggan Yedsena from 1990-91 to 1993-94.
Hooper Earns Big 12 All-Freshmen Honors
Jordan Hooper made an instant impact on the Nebraska lineup before claiming a spot on the five-player Big 12 All-Freshman Team. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., closed the year as 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 led NU with 67 three-pointers, which were the most ever by a Nebraska freshman.
Hooper's 14.6 points per game ranked third among all Big 12 freshmen, while her 6.6 rebounds led league freshmen. Her 67 threes ranked second among conference freshmen. Among all Big 12 players, Hooper ranked 12th in scoring and 15th in rebounding. She also ranked sixth with 2.2 three-pointers per game.
Hooper's 454 points ranked second on NU's freshman single-season list, trailing only Debra Powell's NU's freshman record total of 461 in 1981-82.
Hooper, a two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year (2008, 2010), produced double figures in 25 of 31 career games. She produced 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, who started the first 31 games of her Husker career, earned four Big 12 Player-of-the-Week awards as a rookie, with her final one coming on Feb. 21. It was her second honor in February, after capturing the award for the third time on Feb. 7, following a career-high 31 points at Missouri on Feb. 2. Against the Tigers, Hooper produced the biggest half of the season by any Big 12 player with 28 points in the second half. She also tied the Nebraska school record by burying seven three-pointers in the game.
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 Leads Big 12 Freshmen on the Boards
Jordan Hooper led all Big 12 freshmen by averaging 6.6 rebounds per game in 2010-11, while also ranking second among the Huskers overall. Hooper's 205 total rebounds ranked third in school history among all freshmen, trailing only Kathy Hagerstrom's 277 in 1979-80 and Debra Powell's 229 in 1981-82.
Hooper produced 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 success some perspective, NU's 2010 All-American forward Kelsey Griffin produced the sixth-best freshman season rebounding average, managing three double-doubles and three double-figure rebounding efforts her entire freshman season in 2005-06.
Hooper Hit Threes at Record Rate
In addition to her impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Jordan Hooper was 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 hit 67-of-184 threes (36.4 percent) to surpass Anna DeForge's freshman record of 46 threes made in 1994-95. Hooper's 67 threes ranked second among Big 12 freshmen heading into 2011 postseason tournaments.
Hooper's solid three-point percentage came despite being the focus of nearly every opponent defense during Big 12 play. In league play, she shot just 32.7 percent (33-101) from long range, after hitting 31-of-70 three-point attempts (44.3 percent) through 14 regular-season non-conference games.
In the last half of the Big 12 regular season and NU's Big 12 Tournament game, Hooper hit 18-of-63 three-point attempts (28.6 percent). In NU's first 22 games, Hooper hit 40.4 percent (49-121) of her threes. Hooper, who hit at least one three in each of her first 16 games, also managed to hit at least one three in each of NU's final 13 games to close her freshman season.
Senior Leader Kelley's Season Cut Short by Injuries
Dominique Kelley battled knee and foot injuries throughout her senior season and played less than nine minutes (Oklahoma, Jan. 8) in NU's past 20 games. The 5-7 guard out of Lincoln Northeast High School averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists before 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 did not practice after 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 did throw an inbounds pass with 3.7 seconds left in the game.
Kelley was NU's active scoring leader with 1,107 career points, which finished 17th on the Husker all-time chart. An honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick in 2009-10, 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 produced three 20-point scoring efforts in 2010-11, pushing 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.
Huskers Played One of Nation's Top Schedules in 2010-11
Nebraska has consistently played one of the nation's top 30 schedules over the past five years, and the 2010-11 season was no different. Nebraska's strength of schedule ranked No. 29 nationally according to CollegeRPI.com. The Huskers finished No. 100 overall in the official NCAA RPI at the end of the regular season.
The Huskers produced a pair of wins over top 25 RPI teams, including victories over 2011 ACC regular-season champion and No. 12 RPI Miami and RPI No. 24 Texas Tech. NU notched four other top-100 RPI wins, including victories over Kansas (71), Creighton (75), Missouri (80) and Saint Mary's (94).
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 ran to its best season in school history and joined the AP Top 25 at the end of the regular season, while Marist had its school-record winning streak snapped in the NCAA Tournament second round by Stanford. The Red Foxes also closed the regular season in the top 25.
Nebraska played 21 games against top 100 RPI teams. NU played 14 games against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams, with Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Miami, Marist and Louisville all advancing to at least the NCAA second round. The Huskers also played seven games against Postseason WNIT teams and one game against a WBI postseason tournament (Northern Colorado). Overall, 22 of Nebraska's 31 games came against postseason qualifiers.
Moore Led Huskers in League Play
Sophomore point guard Lindsey Moore 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 more than doubled her scoring average to 14.1 points per game as a sophomore. She took that production up another notch during Big 12 play, averaging a team-leading 17.0 points per game, while dishing out 5.9 assists. She has added 3.8 rebounds per contest.
Moore's 29 three-pointers trailed only Jordan Hooper's 33 among the Huskers in conference play, while her 45 free throws made and 55 attempts (.818) led NU in league action. She also played a Big 12-best 39.3 minutes per game through 16 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.
Moore added her second career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in Nebraska's Big 12 regular-season finale at No. 5 Texas A&M on March 5.
NU Connect on School-Record 7.0 Threes Per Game
Nebraska's outside shooting was a strength for the Huskers in 2010-11. The Huskers hit 218-of-658 three-point attempts (33.1 percent) to average a school-record 7.0 threes per game.
In 2009-10, Nebraska hit a school-record 225 threes for a then-school-record average of 6.6 threes per game. 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 eight three-point shooting seasons in school history.
Nebraska hit seven or more threes in a game 17 times in 2010-11. 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, and closed the season with nine more threes against Iowa State in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament on March 8 in Kansas City, Mo. The Huskers hit eight threes apieced against Miami, Louisville and at Kansas.
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 more than doubled her season scoring average from her freshman campaign by averaging 14.1 points while increasing her assists per game to 5.9. Moore erupted for 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 closed the regular season with her second career double-double with 13 points and 10 assists at No. 5 Texas A&M on March 5, before adding 13 points and nine assists in the season finale against Iowa State on March 8. That followed 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 closed her sophomore campaign by producing double figures in 13 consecutive games, averaging 18.2 points and 6.5 assists per game during that stretch.
In Big 12 play, she averaged team bests of 17.0 points and 5.9 assists per game. Over the final four Big 12 regular-season games, Moore averaged 23.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game.
Moore's hand in the offense is even more amazing considering the Huskers averaged just 56.8 points during Big 12 play. In 16 Big 12 contests, Moore had a hand in 58 percent of NU's made field goals (99 FG + 94 assists/333 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 in 2009-10, and no Nebraska player under Connie Yori has ever had a hand in 38 percent of a team's field goals during the season. For the season, Moore had a hand in 47.1 percent of NU's field goals, including 68.9 percent over the final five games of 2010-11, when she averaged 21.0 points and 8.2 assists per game for the Huskers.
Moore produced six 20-point scoring efforts as a sophomore, among her 22 double-figure scoring efforts. She notched double figures in 17 of her final 19 games of 2010-11. She had 22 points, nine assists and two steals in NU's win over Miami on Nov. 17. 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 2009-10, Lindsey Moore also took on the role of an iron woman in the Husker lineup.
With injuries to nearly all of NU's guards, Moore hardly came off the floor as a sophomore. In fact, she played a Big 12-leading 37.5 minutes per game. In conference play, Moore averaged a Big 12-high 39.3 minutes per contest on her way to a school-record 1,164 total minutes. She went the distance in 16 games in 2010-11, including 12 regular-season Big 12 games and NU's lone contest in the Big 12 Tournament. Included in that list is a career-high 45 minutes in an overtime win over Kansas on Jan. 16. Over the last 25 games, Moore was on the floor for all but 29 minutes.
As a freshman, 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.
Moore's 1,164 total minutes eclipsed Jina Johansen's previous school record of 1,156 minutes played in 32 games (36.1 mpg) in 2004-05. Moore is just the third Husker in Coach Yori's nine years at Nebraska to play 1,000 minutes in a season (also Kiera Hardy in 2004-05).
Moore Quickly Climbing on Career Assist List
One of the best young point guards in the nation, Lindsey Moore increased her production across the board as a sophomore, including the passing department. Moore averaging 5.9 assists per game to finish with 183 total assists - the fifth-best single-season total in school history. Her performance included a career-high-tying 11 assists in the non-conference finale against Florida A&M on Jan. 2. She added 10 assists at No. 5 Texas A&M (March 5). She had nine assists against Miami (Nov. 17), South Florida (Dec. 30), Colorado (March 2) and against Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament (March 8). Moore dished out five or more assists 23 times as a sophomore, including each of the final six games and 14 times in NU's last 15 contests of 2010-11.
Moore owns 337 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 183 assists in 2010-11, Moore produced the second-best assist total by a sophomore in school history, trailing only Yedsena's 195 in 1991-92.
In 2009-10, Moore distributed 154 assists as a true freshman. 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 as a rookie, 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 Challenged Huskers in 2010-11
Injuries made things extra challenging for Nebraska in 2010-11. Here is a brief listing of injuries that forced Huskers to miss significant playing or practice time.
Dominique Kelley -Sr. - G - knee (surgery Sept. 29), foot (missed 18 of last 20 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 nine games - out for season)
Katie Simon - Fr. - F - foot (redshirted after missing all of practice in October, November and December)
Meghin Williams - So. - F - foot (missed NU's first seven games; missed 13 total games)
Harleen Sidhu - Jr. - F - knee (missed two games this season; PCL surgery following season)
Katya Leick - So. - F - leg (missed one game; surgery following season)
Burke Joins NU's Career Three-Point Top 10
Junior guard Kaitlyn Burke ranks eighth on the NU career three-point list with 89. NU's active three-point leader, Burke ranked third on the team with 32 threes in 2010-11, trailing Jordan Hooper's 67 and Lindsey Moore's 49.
Burke, who averaged 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists, produced eight double-figure scoring efforts in 2010-11, 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 led NU with a 1.6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. She also tied for second on the team with 24 steals.
Big Cat Roared at Both Ends of the Court as Senior
Center Catheryn Redmon produced the best season of her career in all areas as a senior in 2010-11. She finished her career ranked second on the Nebraska blocked shot chart with 216, after closing the second-best shot-blocking season in school history with 77. She capped her career by setting the NU Big 12 Tournament record with six blocks against Iowa State in Kansas City, Mo., on March 8..
The 6-3 native of Grand Prairie, Texas, just missed Danielle Page's single-season record of 78 blocks set in 2007-08, which is also the Husker senior season record. Redmon is the only Husker in history with 60 or more blocks in three seasons.
Redmon blocked five or more shots 13 times in her career, including her season-high six against the Cyclones in the Big 12 Tournament. She blocked five shots on six other occasions in 2010-11, 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 featured more than just big block totals. She also notched 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 closed her four-year stay at Nebraska with nine double-doubles, 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 averaged career-bests of 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while adding 2.5 blocks and a 54.6 field goal percentage.
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 was 11-4 at home in 2010-11.
Big Red Fans Come Out in Droves at Devaney
After setting a school single-season attendance record in 2009-10, Nebraska continued to rank among the nation's top teams in average home attendance with 4,333 fans per game over 16 home contests in 2010-11. NU ranked 22nd nationally in average home attendance at the close of the regular season.
Nebraska has regularly ranked among the top 30 teams nationally in average home attendance over the past 15 years. Husker fans flocked to the Bob Devaney Sports Center in record numbers in 2009-10, averaging a school-record 7,390 fans per game to rank 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 entered the 2009-10 season with 1,424 season ticket holders. During a special March Madness season ticket promotion at the end of 2010, 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.
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 was a regular on national, regional and local television in 2010-11. The Huskers played three nationally televised games on FSN during the regular season, including Kansas (Jan. 16), at Kansas State (Jan. 22) and at Colorado (Feb. 6), while adding their first Big Ten Network national appearance at Indiana (Dec. 5).
The Huskers also played a pair of games on Fox Sports Midwest (Kansas State, Feb. 19; Colorado, March 2), while facing Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament on Metro Sports in regional telecast. NU added appearances on the Longhorn Sports Network (Feb. 15), the Sooner Sports Network (Jan. 8) and the Cowboy Sports Network (Feb. 12), along with a televised game by Mediacom on Iowa State's third tier package.
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.
26 Husker Games Appear on TV, Live Video 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 - provideed home and road coverage all season long. Overall, 26 of Nebraska's games appeared on television and/or live video streams during the season.
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 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament 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.