Huskers Take on Georgia Tech in Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Atlanta
Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-0)
at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-2)
Arena at Gwinnett Center • Gwinnett, Ga. • Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m. (Central)
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The young Nebraska women's basketball team shoots for a three-game sweep of its southeastern road trip as it takes aim at a second straight win over an ACC foe, when the Huskers take on Georgia Tech Wednesday in Atlanta.
Tip-off between the Huskers (6-0) and the Yellow Jackets (4-2) is set for 6 p.m. (central), with free live audio from the Husker Sports Network available on Huskers.com. Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will describe all the action on the Husker Sports Network, including new flagship station B107.3 FM in Lincoln. The game can also be heard on 93.3 FM in Omaha. Live premium video coverage is also available at RamblinWreck All-Access on ramblinwreck.com.
Nebraska, which has received votes the past two weeks in both the AP and Coaches polls, posted its second win of the young season over a USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 foe with a dramatic 66-63 come-from-behind victory at then-No. 24 Florida State at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Sunday. Georgia Tech was ranked right behind the 'Noles in last week's coaches poll at No. 25. The Yellow Jackets advanced to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament after tying for fourth in the final ACC standings. Tech finished with a 24-11 overall mark and a 9-5 ACC record.
Junior Lindsey Moore led the Huskers with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals and continued to make big plays in crunch time. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., hit a clutch three-pointer to tie the game at 52 late in the second half. Then trailing in the final minutes, found freshmen Brandi Jeffery and Emily Cady for back-to-back buckets to tie the game and take the lead. In the final 30 seconds, Moore sank four straight free throws to seal the win.
Moore, who earned Nebraska's first Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award on Nov. 21, is averaging 13.8 points and team bests with 7.0 assists and 2.8 steals per game heading into Wednesday's matchup with the Ramblin' Wreck.
Cady, a true freshman from Seward, Neb., hit the go-ahead layup against the Seminoles with 39 seconds left to cap a career-high 14-point performance. Cady, who added five rebounds, has started NU's first six games and is averaging 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Jeffery, a true freshman from Vacherie, La., hit the game-tying three-pointer with two minutes left to tie her career high with 12 points off the bench. The 5-7 guard is contributing 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in just 15 minutes per game off the bench.
Sophomore Jordan Hooper continues to lead the Huskers in scoring and rebounding. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., ranks among Big Ten leaders with 18.2 points and 9.0 rebounds in just 24 minutes per game.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 2.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 6.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - So. - F - 18.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 13.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg
5 - Kaitlyn Burke - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 4.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Off the Bench
55 - Adrianna Maurer - 6-3 - So. - C - 6.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg
11 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 6.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - RFr. - F - 5.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg
33 - Rebecca Woodberry - 5-10 - RFr. - G - 7.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 6.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 1.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg
21 - Harleen Sidhu - 6-1 - Sr. - F - DNP
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
10th Season at NU (172-117); 22nd Season Overall (367-257)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-2, 0-0 ACC)
14 - LaQuananisha Adams - 6-4 - Sr. - C - 4.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg
-or-32 Chelsea Regins - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 4.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg
45 - Sasha Goodlett - 6-5 - Sr. - C - 10.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg
15 - Tyaunna Marshall - 5-11 - So. - G - 14.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg
1 - Dawnn Maye - 5-8 - So. - G - 8.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg
5 - Metra Walthour - 5-6 - Sr. - G - 9.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg
Off the Bench
23 - Sydney Wallace - 5-10 - Fr. - G - 7.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg
44 - Jasmine Blain - 6-2 - Jr. - G/F - 6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
41 - Tjasa Gortnar - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg
2 - Mo Bennett - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 4.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg
10 - Danielle Hamilton-Carter - 6-4 - Jr. - F - 4.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg
3 - Sharena Taylor - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 2.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg
12 - Frida Fogdemark - 6-2 - So. - G - 2.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg
4 - Sarah Hartwell - 5-10 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: MaChelle Joseph (Purdue, 1992)
Ninth Season at GT (157-99); Ninth Season Overall (157-99)
Huskers Wrap Up Nine-Day, Three-Game Road Trip
Nebraska's matchup with Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge marks the third and final leg of a three-game, nine-day road trip for the Huskers. Nebraska embarked on the nine-day excursion on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and headed from Florida to Georgia on Monday following back-to-back wins over Florida A&M (Nov. 25) and Florida State (Nov. 27) in Tallahassee. The trip will conclude back in Lincoln late in the day on Thursday, Dec. 1, following Wednesday night's battle with Georgia Tech in Gwinnett, Ga.
The Huskers opened their first road trip of 2011-12 with a 72-64 win over Florida A&M at the Lawson Center on the FAMU campus. It was the second meeting between the Huskers and Lady Rattlers of 2011, after NU defeated FAMU, 73-57, in Lincoln on Jan. 2.
After an off-day from competition on Saturday, the Huskers completed their stay in Tallahassee with a 66-63 victory over USA Today/ESPN Coaches No. 24 Florida State on Sunday, Nov. 27.
Scouting The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech returns home from Puerto Rico with a 4-2 record after a pair of losses to top-25 teams - Rutgers (59-40) and Green Bay (67-62 OT). Coach MaChelle Joseph and the Yellow Jackets will try to get back on the winning track against the Huskers at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, where they are 3-0 this season. The Ramblin' Wreck is playing 12 of its 13 home games in Gwinnett, while its traditional home gym at McCarnish Pavilion (Alexander Memorial Coliseum) is being renovated.
While the Yellow Jackets are not especially experienced on their home court, they bring an extremely experienced lineup into the 2011-12 season. Sasha Goodlett, a 6-5 senior center, has averaged 10.3 points and 5.2 rebounds through Tech's first six games. Fellow seniors 6-4 center LaQuananisha Adams (4.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and 6-2 forward Chelsea Regins (4.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg) have split time alongside Goodlett to give the Yellow Jackets a big and experienced front line.
Senior Metra Walthour, a 5-6 senior guard, has contributed 9.3 points and 3.5 assists while hitting a team-best nine three-pointers. Off the bench, senior guard Mo Bennett (4.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg) brings more experience and depth.
Sophomores Tyaunna Marshall (14.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Dawnn Maye (8.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 3.6 spg) bring youth and explosiveness to the Georgia Tech starting five.
Freshman Sydney Wallace (7.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg) has given Tech more production off the bench in the backcourt, despite going just 1-for-19 from three-point range. Fellow freshman Tjasa Gortnar (4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg), a 6-2 forward, gives the Yellow Jackets more size off the bench, along with 6-2 junior forward Jasmine Blain (6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg). Danielle Hamilton-Carter adds even more size at 6-4, while averaging 4.5 points and 3.8 boards per game.
Georgia Tech's four victories have all been by double figures, and its three home wins have come by an average of nearly 45 points per contest. The Yellow Jackets average 75.7 points per game, while allowing just 55.5 points per contest. Tech is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, while holding foes to just 34.8 percent shooting.
Despite their impressive size, the Ramblin' Wreck owns just a plus-1.3 team rebound margin but a plus-10.3 team turnover margin. Tech has struggled from long range, hitting just 21.4 percent (15-70) of its three-point attempts. Regular guards Marshall, Maye, Wallace and Bennett have combined to go just 3-for-33 (.091) from outside, while Walthour is a solid 9-for-25 (.360).
Nebraska will be meeting Georgia Tech for just the second time in women's basketball. The Huskers dropped the first meeting, 73-68, on March 27, 1992, in the second round of the National Women's Invitational Tournament in Amarillo, Texas. Georgia Tech is the second Georgia school the Huskers played in November, joining a win over Savannah State on Nov. 21. Nebraska is 3-4 all-time against Georgia schools, including Georgia (0-2), Georgia Tech (0-1), Georgia State (1-0), Georgia Southern (1-0), Savannah State (1-0) and Valdosta State (0-1)..
Moore, Freshmen Lead Huskers Back for 66-63 Win at FSU
Lindsey Moore, Emily Cady and Brandi Jeffery led the Nebraska women's basketball team back from a 13-point second-half deficit at the Tucker Center on their way to a 66-63 win on Sunday afternoon.
Moore, a 5-9 point guard, scored 11 of her team-high 15 points in the second half, including the game's final four free throws to seal the victory. The junior from Covington, Wash., also hit a three-pointer to tie the game for the first time in the second half at 52.
Moore's three was the first of several huge plays in the closing minutes, including an assist to Jeffery for another game-tying three-pointer with just over two minutes left. Jeffery's three-pointer was her second of the day and tied the game at 60. Jeffery, a true freshman from Vacherie, La., finished with a career-high-matching 12 points, three rebounds and three steals in just 15 minutes off the bench.
Moore's next big play came with assist to Cady as the shot clock was winding down. Cady, a true freshman from Seward, Neb., finished at the rim on the right low block to put the Huskers up 62-60 with 39 seconds left.
Moments later, Moore pulled down a huge defensive rebound - her seventh of the game - to end an FSU possession. She was fouled and connected on four straight free throws in the final 16 seconds to seal the win. Moore added five assists and three steals to go along with her 15 points and seven boards on the day.
Cady, who played the best game of her young career, contributed a career-high 14 points to go along with five rebounds, an assist and a steal while working to slow down FSU preseason All-America center Cierra Bravard.
Bravard finished with 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting, but managed just three points and one field goal in the second half. Her 18 points led all scorers, and she did contribute six rebounds, but she turned the ball over six times.
Husker sophomore Jordan Hooper managed 12 points and a team-leading eight rebounds to give NU four players in double figures for the game. Hooper's production came despite sitting more than 10 minutes in the first half after being whistled for her second foul with 10:31 left.
Fellow sophomore Adrianna Maurer stepped up big in Hooper's absence. The 6-3 center from Shawnee Mission, Kan., hit 4-of-6 shots from the field. Maurer hit back-to-back jumpers midway through the second half to cut FSU's lead from 49-43 to 49-47 with 7:33 left. Maurer's baskets set up a driving layup by Moore and then a three by Moore after a Jeffery steal to tie the game at 52 with 6:33 left.
Nebraska's bench played a major role in the game, outscoring Florida State's reserves 25-10. The bench production allowed NU to overcome just 32.3 percent (21-65) shooting for the game, including a 9-for-31 effort (29 percent) from three-point range. The Huskers did shoot a season-best 93.8 percent (15-16) at the free throw line to help secure the victory.
The Huskers outworked the Seminoles on the glass, 42-41, including a 16-14 edge on the offensive end. Nebraska also won the turnover battle, 21-17, including a decisive 13-6 edge in the second half.
Florida State suffered a loss on its homecourt despite hitting 41.9 percent (26-62) of its shots, including 4-of-11 three-pointers (36.4 percent). FSU did connect on just 7-of-13 free throws, but pulled down four offensive boards on its free throw misses that the 'Noles converted into nine points.
The Seminoles dominated the paint, 38-16, and outscored NU 13-7 in second-chance points. The Huskers outscored FSU, 18-9, in points off turnovers.
Huskers Have History of Home-Opening Success
Nebraska owns a strong history of season-opening success on the Huskers' homecourt at the Devaney Center. Nebraska improved to 36-2 all-time in home openers with its 95-43 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 12, 2011.
From 1981-82 through 2004-05, Nebraska reeled off 24 straight home-opening wins before losing to South Dakota State on Nov. 19, 2005. NU's only other home-opening loss came in an 88-56 setback to Kansas on Nov. 21, 1980.
Nebraska has been strong in its first six home games every season. In fact, NU is 193-33 over the past 38 years in its first six home contests (.854 winning percentage), including 32-6 in the second game of the season. The Huskers stretched their Game No. 2 winning streak to 12 games with a 99-53 win over Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 15. Game No. 3 has traditionally provided the toughest test among the first six home contests for the Huskers, but NU has won five straight in Game No. 3 after an impressive 68-50 run past No. 23 USC in Lincoln on Nov. 18. The Huskers improved to 32-6 all-time in game No. 4 with a 70-50 win over Savannah State.
Huskers Crash Rebounding Mark in win over USC
Coming into the 2011-12 season, one of Nebraska's greatest areas of concern was on the glass. With a starting lineup that features one sophomore (Jordan Hooper) and two true freshman forwards (Emily Cady, Hailie Sample), and a regular rotation off the bench that includes an inexperienced sophomore center (Adrianna Maurer) and a redshirt freshman forward (Katie Simon), the Huskers' youth was cause for concern.
Through the first six games, Nebraska's projected weakness has been a source of strength. In fact, in the Huskers' 68-50 win over No. 23 USC on Nov. 18, the young Huskers pulled down more rebounds against an NCAA Division I opponent than any other team in school history.
Nebraska's 66 boards were the most since a school-record 73 rebounds against Division II Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 19, 1980. The only other game NU has ever grabbed more boards came against then-NAIA Wayne State with 68 on Jan. 28, 1978. The last time Nebraska grabbed more than 60 rebounds in any game came against Oral Roberts on Dec. 31, 1990, when the Huskers pulled down 62.
Nebraska produced a 66-40 rebounding edge against the Women of Troy, while tying the second-highest defensive rebounding mark in school history with 42. The Huskers added 24 offensive boards against USC.
Through six games, Nebraska produced a a plus-10.2 rebound margin and has outrebounded five of its six opponents. The school record for rebound margin in a season is plus-8.6 in 1997-98. Only four teams in school history have managed a team rebound margin of plus-5.0 (1994-95, +5.9; 1990-91, +5.6; 1993-94, +5.0). Last season, NU was minus-0.3 rebounds per game on the glass.
The Huskers have been particularly dominant on the glass at home, posting a plus-16.8 rebound margin through four home games. After opening the season with a plus-seven (45-38) rebound margin in a win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Huskers notched double-figure rebound margins in three straight games (Mississippi Valley State, 49-33, +16; USC, 66-40, +26; Savannah State, 44-26, +18). Despite being outrebounded by Florida A&M (49-42) on Nov. 25, the Huskers bounced back to beat Florida State on the glass (42-41).
Moore Making Mark as One of Nation's Best Point Guards
Through six games, Lindsey Moore has displayed her continued improvement at point guard by averaging 13.8 points and an impressive 7.0 assists in 27.5 minutes per game. The 2011 honorable-mention All-Big 12 performer from Covington, Wash., is shooting 50 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three-point range and 76 percent from the free throw line. She also leads the Huskers with 2.8 steals per game and a 3.2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Moore, who has scored in double figures in 18 of the past 19 games, is coming off a 15-point, seven-rebound, five-assist, three-steal effort in Nebraska's comeback win at Florida State on Sunday, Moore had 11 points, two rebounds, four assists and all three of her steals in the second half against the Seminoles. In the final seven minutes, she hit a game-tying three-pointer, grabbed a steal that led to a go-ahead three-pointer, then had assists on game-tying and game-winning baskets before sealing the victory with four straight free throws to close the game.
She notched a season-high 22 points to go along with six assists in NU's 68-50 victory over No. 23 USC on Nov. 18. She also produced her third career double-double with 18 points and 11 assists in the win over Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 15. That performance marked the fourth double-figure assist game of her career.
Last season, Moore averaged 14.1 points and 5.9 assists per game for the season in 37.5 minutes per game, including 17.0 points and 5.9 assists in Big 12 action. Over the final 13 games of her sophomore season, she had a hand in 61 percent (172-282) of NU's made baskets - including 72.5 percent (66-91) in the final four games.
Moore's scoring binge included a career-high 33 points at Kansas on Feb. 26, 27 points and five assists against No. 23 Iowa State on Jan. 26, a 23-point, nine-assist effort against Colorado March 2, a 23-point, eight-assist performance against Missouri on Feb. 22 and seven total games with 17 or more points.
Over the final seven games of 2010-11, Moore took her game to another level by averaging 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.
As a true freshman, Moore was a pass-first point guard that orchestrated one of the best runs in Big 12 history, as the 2010 Huskers rolled to a 30-0 record to start Moore's career and claim NU's lone Big 12 title.
Moore Flying Up Nebraska Career Assist List
In just two seasons and six games, Lindsey Moore has climbed into Nebraska's career top 10 in assists with 379. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., moved up to No. 7 on the NU career chart after notching eight assists in a season-opening-win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 12. She added 11 more assists in the win over Mississippi Valley State and six in the win over No. 23 USC. She increased her season total to 42 with five at Florida State to pull within 13 assists of Anna DeForge (392) in sixth.
In 2010-11, Moore finished with 183 assists, which ranked second on NU's sophomore single-season list, trailing only Meggan Yedsena's 195 in 1991-92. It was the fifth-highest single-season total by a Husker in history.
Moore opened her career with the third-best total by a freshman in school history with 154 in 2009-10. 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.
Improved Hooper Proving Hard to Handle for Husker Foes
By all accounts Nebraska's Jordan Hooper produced an impressive offseason for the Huskers. The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., focused on adding more dimensions to her offensive game, while improving at the defensive end. Hooper's inside game at both ends has shown impressive gains, and she has added the ability to penetrate to the basket. All of that could cause opposing teams headaches in 2011-12.
Through six games, Hooper is Nebraska's leading scorer and rebounder, nearly averaging a double-double with 18.2 points and 9.0 rebounds in just 24.2 minutes per game. NU's top returning scorer (14.6 ppg) and rebounder (6.6 rpg) from a year ago, Hooper's freshman season production came in 29.3 minutes per contest.
Hooper produced back-to-back double-doubles against Mississippi Valley State and No. 23 USC. She had 22 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds for her fifth career double-double against the Trojans. She poured in 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes in a win over MVSU on Nov. 15. She also buried five three-pointers and tied a career high with three blocked shots. Hooper added her third 20-point scoring performance of the season 21 points and a team-high eight rebounds in a win at Florida A&M Nov. 25.
Overall, Hooper has scored in double figures in 31 of 37 career games, including nine 20-point scoring performances. She 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, 2011, when she tied the Husker record with seven three-pointers. She had 28 points and six threes in the second half alone.
In her first season with the Huskers in 2010-11, Hooper made an instant impact by starting every game and leading the Huskers and ranking third among Big 12 freshmen in scoring with 14.6 points per game. She also led all Big 12 freshman in rebounding with 6.6 boards per contest to claim one of five spots on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. She led NU with 67 three-pointers, which were the most ever by a Nebraska freshman, and ranked second among Big 12 freshmen. Among all Big 12 players, Hooper ranked 12th in scoring, 15th in rebounding and sixth in three-pointers with 2.2 per game.
Hooper, a two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year (2008, 2010), owns five career double-doubles, including 25 points and a career-high 13 rebounds against Houston on Dec. 18, 2010 and 18 points and 10 boards against Louisville on Dec. 20, 2010. She produced her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds at Creighton on Dec. 8, 2010.
Hooper Hitting Threes at Record Rate
In addition to her impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Jordan Hooper has hit three-pointers at a record-breaking rate since her arrival at Nebraska.
The 6-2 forward shattered the NU single-season freshman record with 67 threes (67-184, 36.4 percent) a year ago, and has already drained 12 more threes through six games of 2011-12.
In 37 career games, Hooper has hit 79 career three-pointers and trails fifth-year senior Kaitlyn Burke (92) and junior Lindsey Moore (81) among active Huskers on the career list. Burke ranks eighth in school history on the NU career list. Hooper needs just two more threes to join Moore in the career top 10, ahead of former Husker Cory Montgomery (80).
With Hooper's ability to get hot from long range, a top 10 spot could be in jeopardy sooner rather than later. Last season, Hooper tied the Nebraska single-game record with seven three-pointers at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011. She scored a career-high 31 points against the Tigers, including 28 on six threes in the second half alone.
Freshmen Enjoy Strong Starts Early in Season
Nebraska's six freshmen have all seen substantial playing time in the first six games this season. Overall, the six newcomers have combined for 209 points (34.8 ppg), 139 rebounds (23.2 rpg), 42 assists (7.0 apg) and 27 steals (4.5 spg) in 651 minutes through six games. They have helped the Huskers to wins over two USA Today/ESPN Coaches top 25 teams.
The six players they replaced on Nebraska's roster from a year ago combined to average just 25.8 points, 17.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Last year's team also went without a top-25 victory.
Five of the six freshmen have already scored double figures in a game, including a pair of double-figure scoring efforts from redshirt freshman Rebecca Woodberry and true freshmen Brandi Jeffery. Woodberry, a 5-10 guard from Phoenix, Ariz., ranks third on the team in scoring and tied for second in rebounding with 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds through six games. Woodberry had 11 points in her career debut, before adding 12 points and six rebounds in NU's second game of the season.
Jeffery, a 5-7 guard from Vacherie, La., is coming off a 12-point, three-rebound, three-steal effort to help the Huskers in a comeback win at Florida State. She produced her first career double-figure effort with 12 points and three boards in her second career game (Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 15). Through six games, Jeffery ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 6.7 points to go along with 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals in just 15.2 minutes per game.
Freshman Emily Cady added the best game of her young career with a career-high 14 points, including the go-ahead layup with 39 seconds left, in a 66-63 win at Florida State. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., added five rebounds in a career-high 33 minutes against the Seminoles. Cady has started six straight games to open her career and is averaging 6.3 points and is tied for second on the team with 5.3 boards per game. Cady also ranks second on the team with 12 assists, third with seven steals and tied for third with three blocks.
Cady has also joined fellow freshman starter Hailie Sample (2.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg) in producing double-figure rebounding efforts. Both Cady and Sample grabbed 10 boards in the win over No. 23 USC. Sample just missed her first career double-figure scoring effort with a career-high eight points at Florida A&M.
Tear'a Laudermill (14) and Katie Simon (11) each added double figures against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and both have been extremely productive off the bench. Laudermill has averaged 6.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists, while Simon has pitched 5.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in less than 12 minutes games.
In all, Nebraska's freshmen make up four of the Huskers' top six scorers and three of NU's top four rebounders.
Burke Named Candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Nebraska's Kaitlyn Burke was named one of 30 candidates nationally for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, honoring the nation's top all-around women's basketball student-athlete, on Friday, Nov. 4.
Burke, a 5-7 shooting guard for Coach Connie Yori's Huskers, is the most experienced member of the women's basketball team and one of the top all-around leaders on the Nebraska campus.
The fifth-year senior from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has played in 107 games for the Huskers since starting her career at NU in 2007-08. She has made 54 starts, including 29 starts a year ago when she averaged 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. She has averaged 4.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists through six games in 2011-12.
Burke ranks No. 8 on Nebraska's career three-point list (92) and ranks near the Huskers' career top 20 in assists (216). She has climbed the NU career charts despite battling numerous injuries, including foot and knee injuries, multiple broken fingers on her shooting hand, and even a broken nose last season.
Burke has taken on an even greater leadership role off the court, serving as the 2011-12 President of Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In addition to her significant duties as SAAC President, Burke also finds time to coach a Special Olympics basketball team among numerous outreach activities.
The two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection is also a seven-time selection to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. She carries a 3.541 grade-point average as an advertising and business administration major.
Burke's many talents preceded her to the University of Nebraska. Prior to becoming a Husker, Burke was a multi-sport standout at Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver. Her final year before coming to Nebraska, she was one of the first Canadians to attend the National Elite Development Academy in Ontario. She was a member of the 2005 Canadian Cadet National Team and the Canadian Junior National Team in both 2006 and 2007.
Burke was a childhood actress in several feature films. She starred in Questar's Bear with Me (2000) and Ms. Bear (1997). She also appeared in Disney's Life-Size with Tyra Banks and Lindsay Lohan (2000). She also appeared in A Song from the Heart (1999) and National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off starring Henry Winkler (1997).
From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in late January. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the women's award winner during the 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four, which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver.
Kelsey Griffin, a 2010 women's basketball All-American, is the only Husker student-athlete across all sports to be named a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner. Griffin claimed the honor following her All-America senior season, when she was also named Nebraska's Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
Huskers Setting Early Pace for Another Big 3FG Season
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.
Through six games, it looks like the 2011-12 Huskers have a chance to threaten the record-setting numbers from the past two seasons. Nebraska has averaged 8.2 threes per game in its first six contests of 2011-12, including 14-of-26 from beyond the arc against Mississippi Valley State. The 14 threes against the Devilettes marked the second-highest total in school history, trailing only NU's 17 threes against Vermont (17-33) in the 2010-11 season opener.
Nebraska opened 2011-12 with nine threes in a win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 12) and added nine threes in a win at Florida State (Nov. 27). Last season, the Huskers hit seven or more threes in a game 17 times.
Huskers Sign Ohio High School Star in Early Period
Coach Connie Yori announced the signing of Ohio prep star Rachel Theriot to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Theriot, a 6-0 point guard out of Midpark High School in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, is a two-time All-Ohio performer entering her senior season in 2011-12. Last season, Theriot helped Midpark to a 22-3 overall record and a Southwestern Conference title under Coach Stephanie Mentz. Theriot averaged 12.7 points, 9.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game for the Meteors.
In addition to earning third-team All-Ohio Division I honors, she was named one of five players to the Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Star team in 2011. She was also a first-team All-SWC selection and a first-team Northeast Lakes All-District pick. Theriot was ranked as the No. 70 player overall by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 96 by the All-Star Girls Report. She was ranked as the No. 18 point guard in the nation by ESPN/HoopGurlz and has also ranked among ESPN's top 100 high school seniors in the nation.
Theriot played her first two high school seasons for the Walsh Jesuit Warriors for Coach Pete Zaccari. As a sophomore, she led Walsh Jesuit to the Ohio Division II state semifinals after averaging 13.8 points, 5.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. She led the Warriors to a 23-2 record. She hit 38 three-pointers on the year and was an 89 percent free throw shooter. As a freshman, Theriot averaged 11.8 points, 3.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game to help Walsh Jesuit to a 19-7 record.
Theriot played AAU ball for Sports City U and Coach Tom Jenkins. She earned a spot on the Pool A All-Star Team at the Windy City Classic (U.S. Junior National Championships).
Theriot chose Nebraska over Xavier, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, Dayton and Washington among others.
Yori Making Progress After Knee Surgery Complications
Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori experienced a painful end to the offseason and start to the 2011-12 campaign. Complications to a seemingly routine arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 19, which included a staph infection and blood clot in her knee, sidelined Yori for several weeks.
The 2010 National Coach of the Year, who enters her 10th season at Nebraska in 2011-12, is gaining overall strength and mobility in her knee and has returned to the Husker program on a nearly full-time basis. She has spent the past two weeks in a nearly full-time role on the practice court with the Huskers, splitting time between a scooter and crutches.
"It is really unbelievable to think that I was in the hospital for the better part of September. It kind of feels like I lost a month of my life with the team," Yori said. "My family, friends and the people in our program have been so supportive."
Four days after the team's return from a successful 11-day summer tour to Scandinavia Aug. 5-15, Yori underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee on Aug. 19. She first injured the knee as a player in the early 1980's, but had not had a surgery on the knee since 1985.
Yori's recovery from her most recent surgery appeared to be going well, and she made a day-long appearance at the Fastbreakers Booster Club Husker Golf Scramble fund-raising event on Monday, Aug. 29. Her rehabilitation appeared to continue on track until mid-day on Wednesday, Aug. 31, when she began having intense knee pain. The pain continued to intensify until Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day) when she had a surgical wash to treat Staph infection in her knee.
Yori spent the following week in St. Elizabeth's Regional Medical Center in Lincoln before being released to her home on Sept. 12. Although she returned home, the pain continued to plague her and became so severe on Sept. 16 that she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance back to St. Elizabeth's.
Doctors discovered a blood clot in Yori's left knee and began treatment as soon as possible. Yori remained at St. Elizabeth's until Thursday, Sept. 22, when she moved to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.
She has spent the past eight weeks on the road to recovery. The pain is gradually subsiding in her knee, and she is gaining strength in her leg and the rest of her body from being nearly immobile for approximately three weeks. After a week of intense rehab at Madonna, Yori checked out and returned home in the afternoon on Friday, Sept. 30.
Yori made her way into the Devaney Center for the Huskers' first practice on Oct. 3, just for a few moments. She was in a wheelchair and on heavy pain medication, but she let the Huskers know she was working hard to join them at practice.
"I know a lot of people out there might hear this story and feel sorry for me, but I know there are many more people who are worse off than me," Yori said. "I'm lucky both the infection and the blood clot were focused in my knee area and didn't spread to other parts of my leg or body, or my condition would be a lot more serious."
Because of her nearly complete restriction of movement and heavy pain medications, Yori was unable to work or spend time recruiting for several weeks. Associate Head Coach Sunny Smallwood coordinated Nebraska's workout schedule and led the team in practice in Yori's absence. Graduate assistant manager Bryce Currie was activated to assume an on-court coaching role and the ability to recruit off-campus in place of Yori. Currie is in his second year with the Huskers after spending time at both Washington and Arizona State before coming to Nebraska.
"I am fortunate to have an experienced and talented staff," Yori said. "I have been in constant contact with our staff throughout this time, and our program is in good hands with Sunny Smallwood at the helm."
Huskers Officially Open Hendricks Training Complex Oct. 13
After 17 months of construction, the Hendricks Training Complex was officially dedicated Oct. 13, with more 200 invited guests and dignitaries attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The 80,000-square foot facility adjacent to the Bob Devaney Sports Center is the new home for the men's and women's basketball programs, as well as the wrestling program. The two-level facility includes separate practice courts for the men's and women's basketball programs, as well as expanded locker rooms, player lounges, team rooms and offices.
"The completion of the Hendricks Training Complex is a compliment to those donors, season-ticket holders and fans who have supported our basketball programs for many years," NU Executive Associate Athletic Director Marc Boehm said. "The facility will help us attract top-tier talent and at the same time provide our student-athletes an experience that will help them reach their full potential.
"The Hendricks Training Complex, along with the new Haymarket Arena (scheduled to open in the fall of 2013), will give us one of the best combinations of facilities in the country and show our commitment to our basketball programs."
While the $18.7 million facility will house the basketball and wrestling programs, many of Nebraska's sports will benefit from the new facility, which includes a 5,000-square foot weight room, a completely renovated athletic training area that tripled the size of the previous area at the Devaney Center and a nutrition station similar to the one in the Osborne Complex.
The building is named for Tom and Mary Hendricks of Pipe Creek, Texas, and their children, Jennifer and Brandon, as they provided the lead gift in this project to benefit Husker student-athletes for years to come.
Throughout the facility, efforts have been made to give student-athletes the best training environment to succeed. Both the men's and women's basketball practice gyms are a court-and-half with six baskets, allowing additional work while the main floor is being used. The courts themselves are made with premium maple flooring with sleeper cushions that absorb shock to minimize injury. Both gyms have advanced acoustics as well as 103-inch plasma screens for breaking down film during practices.
The amenities inside the facility are top-of-the-line, as the main entrance features a two-story abstract net sculpture, as well as a granite fountain imported from China. The facility also features two video walls and 63 TVs.
The men's players lounge, named in honor of Neal and Jamie Hawks, features a 5x8-foot video wall, 400 inches of televisions, custom seating, a pool table and a kitchenette, while the women's lounge features three 65-inch televisions and a unique LED bubble wall. Both the men's and women's basketball programs have custom locker rooms with iPads built into the lockers, as well as custom back-lit displays. The wrestling locker room features 40 custom-built wooden lockers with back-lit displays and a lounge with a pair of 65-inch TVs and a kitchen.
The Hendricks Training Complex is the first project completed in the Expand Their Experience Campaign. For more information on the other facility projects, visit www.ExpandTheirExperience.com.
Young Huskers Grow On Scandinavian Summer Tour
The Huskers enjoyed an early start to the 2011-12 campaign by going 3-1 on an 11-day tour of Scandinavia, Aug. 5-15. The tour, which included stops in Stockholm, Sweden, Oslo, Norway and Copenhagen, Denmark, began with a loss to a talented Swedish National Team, before substantial winning margins over one Norwegian and one Danish club team. Nebraska concluded the trip with an impressive win over the Danish National Team on Aug. 14.
"We definitely got better, and that was exciting and encouraging to see," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "Our freshmen are going to help us this year. I've been saying that since our first set of practices in June, but they have continued to get better and learn our system and work hard. All four of our true freshmen could play roles for us throughout the year. We also have a little bit better idea of the things they need to focus on now, so we can start working on them right away. It is definitely going to speed up their development process as players."
Emily Cady, a 6-2 freshman forward from Seward, Neb., drew praise from Yori throughout the team's 10 days of NCAA-allowable practices leading up to the trip. Cady showed that praise was deserved by averaging 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, a block and a steal during the four games in Europe.
Brandi Jeffery, a 5-7 guard from Vacherie, La., provided consistent production for the Huskers throughout the tour, averaging 9.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. The 2011 Louisiana High School Player of the Year and Parade All-American scored between eight and 10 points in all four games and grabbed at least one rebound in every contest.
Tear'a Laudermill, a 5-9 guard from Riverside, Calif., expanded her contributions during the trip. In the first two games on the tour, Laudermill had seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals combined. In the last two games in Denmark, Laudermill averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals.
Hailie Sample, a 6-1 guard from Flower Mound, Texas, added 4.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists while providing a strong defensive presence on the wing for the Huskers.
In addition to the improvements of the true freshmen, Yori was also pleased with the increased production of sophomore Jordan Hooper. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., averaged 22.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block per game. She capped the tour with 33 points and eight rebounds in the win over the Danish National Team.
"Jordan has gotten better, there is no question about it," Yori said. "She has done a really good job of listening to the coaches after her freshman season and working hard on the weaknesses in her game. She is stronger, a better defender, more aggressive on both offense and defense, and she now has a couple more weapons in her offensive game."
In addition to watching her players grow on the court, Yori said she was impressed by the chemistry, unity and leadership that has developed among the Huskers.
"What a great trip for the players and staff for every reason," Yori said. "From a team standpoint, our players definitely grew closer and continued to develop some great team chemistry. The way they interacted with each other throughout the trip was exciting to see. They naturally bonded with everybody. There were no cliques or people moving in the same groups all the time. They just naturally and genuinely wanted to spend time with everybody. As a coach, that is really rewarding to see."
Moore Took on Iron Woman Role 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 first nine years at Nebraska to play 1,000 minutes in a season (also Kiera Hardy in 2004-05).
Big Ten Network to Provide More Exposure for Huskers
Over the past two seasons, Nebraska has enjoyed its best media exposure in school history with national and regional television appearances and frequent live video streams of its games on Huskers.com. In fact, last season the Huskers had 26 games appear on either television or live video streams.
In 2011-12, Nebraska's exposure increases to another level with coverage provided by the Big Ten Network (BTN), BTN2Go.com and BTN.com.
Nebraska heads into the 2011-12 season with the possibility of all 29 of its regular-season games appearing either on TV or live video stream. The only game in question is a road game at Georgia Tech (Nov. 30).
Every Nebraska home game will be available on either BTN or BTN.com, while every Big Ten Conference regular-season contest also will be available on BTN or BTN.com.
Nebraska will appear a minimum of five times (Creighton, Dec. 8; at Iowa, Jan. 8; at Ohio State, Jan. 19; Minnesota, Jan. 22 and Feb. 13) on the Big Ten Network, which reaches nearly 80 million homes nationwide. The Huskers will also battle South Dakota State (Dec. 21) in a game televised by Nebraska Educational Television (NET) that also will be available on a subscription-basis on BTN.com.
For a complete television and live-stream listing, visit Huskers.com. Fans can subscribe to BTN.com by visiting http://video.btn.com/allaccess. A yearly subscription for all Nebraska events on BTN.com is just $79.95. Fans can gain access to every Big Ten event stream for just $119.95 per year. Monthly subscriptions are also available.
Due to changes in the television rights policies brought about by Nebraska's shift to the Big Ten Conference, none of Nebraska's regular-season games will be available on HuskersNside.
Husker Sports Network Features New Lincoln Flagship
Nebraska women's basketball games will be heard on the new flagship station in Lincoln - B107.3 FM-KBBK. The strong FM station is the same station that has carried Husker volleyball for the past several seasons and provides fans of Nebraska women's sports with a consistent home for the Huskers.
Women's basketball fans can continue to listen to the Huskers in the Omaha area on Twister 93.3 FM-KTWI. The Husker Sports Network is in its 17th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of University of Nebraska women's basketball. Women's basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch enter their 11th year together as the Huskers' broadcast team.
In addition to the more than 20 stations that carry Nebraska women's basketball games during the season, every game can be heard for free worldwide on Huskers.com.
Fastbreakers Set Dates for Pregame Backboard Events
The Fastbreakers Nebraska Women's Basketball Booster Club has set the dates for three Backboard Events during the 2011-12 season. Fastbreakers can make their plans now to attend this season's Backboard Events with the Huskers at the Coaches Club in the southeast corner of the upper concourse at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Nebraska's Backboard Events tipped off Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m., prior to the Huskers' 68-50 win over No. 23 USC.
The Fastbreakers and the Huskers Athletic Fund host the second Backboard Event of the year prior to Nebraska's Big Ten Conference clash with Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 15. The Lady Lions were one of the top teams in the Big Ten last season and advanced to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The luncheon is set to begin at 12:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 2:05 p.m.
The Backboard Events conclude in 2011-12 when Nebraska tangles with Wisconsin on Sunday, Feb. 19. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., with tip-off set for 1 p.m. The date with the Badgers is also scheduled to be Nebraska's "Play4Kay" game (previously Think Pink / Pink Zone) as the WBCA's cancer awareness game.
Each luncheon is scheduled to begin 90 minutes prior to tip-off of each game and will feature a speaker from the women's basketball staff. The cost of each luncheon is $15 per person, and spots at each luncheon must be reserved in advance, either on-line at www.Huskers.com/donate, by calling the Huskers Athletic Fund at (402) 472-2367 or by mail to the Huskers Athletic Fund at One Memorial Stadium, P.O. Box 880154, Lincoln, NE 68588-0154. The mail-in form is available on the Huskers.com women's basketball home page by clicking on "Backboard Events" in the right side menu. Full menu details and payment information for each event is included on the form. Please make checks payable to the Huskers Athletic Fund.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
The Huskers opened the 2011-12 season with a perfect 4-0 home stand at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Since the Devaney Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 366-123 (.748) in games played in the arena, including 136-82 (.624) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 102-27 (.791) 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 NU 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.
Nebraska Owns Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska has made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori's 10 seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers' win over No. 23 USC on Nov. 18 marked Nebraska's 21st win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori.
Although the Huskers went without a top-25 win in 2010-11, the win over the Women of Troy marked a second straight win over a top-25 team from Los Angeles.Nebraska's 83-70 win over No. 22 UCLA in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament marked the Huskers' 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, 2010 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.
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 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. 101 overall in the official NCAA RPI at the end of 2010-11.
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.
Young Huskers Producing at Similar Levels of 2009-10
Basketball fans are accustomed to charting individual statistics by game, but the depth and style of play of the 2011-12 Huskers have caused some folks to take a fresh look at the numbers.
For example, no Husker has averaged more than 27.5 minutes per game, but NU's individual numbers are rivaling all-conference levels of production.
Jordan Hooper is making the strongest case for considering production per minute, rather than per game. Hooper is averaging 18.2 points and 9.0 rebounds in just 24.2 minutes of action. She is averaging 30.1 points and 14.9 rebounds per 40 minutes. With 109 points and 54 rebounds in 145 minutes. Hooper has averaged 0.75 points and 0.37 boards per minute.
The following is a listing of Nebraska players and their averages taken over 40 minutes in 2011-12:
- Jordan Hooper - 30.1 points, 14.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks
- Lindsey Moore - 20.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 10.2 assists, 4.1 steals
- Rebecca Woodberry - 18.9 points, 13.8 rebounds
- Katie Simon - 18.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists
- Adrianna Maurer - 18.3 points, 10.6 rebounds
- Brandi Jeffery - 17.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 3.5 steals
- Tear'a Laudermill - 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.7 steals
- Emily Cady - 10.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 steals
- Kaitlyn Burke - 8.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.1 steals
- Meghin Williams - 6.5 points, 15.8 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, 1.9 steals
- Hailie Sample - 4.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.1 blocks
Kelsey Griffin, 2010 first-team All-American and National Player-of-the-Year finalist, averaged 20.1 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game. Those numbers became significantly more impressive considering she played just 27.9 minutes per game.
Taken over 40 minutes, Griffin averaged 28.9 points, 14.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals. In addition to her 60 steals as a senior, Griffin added 26 blocked shots and drew a team-leading 29 charges. She also shot 59.6 percent from the field, which ranked among national leaders.
With 685 points and 354 rebounds in 948 minutes, Griffin averaged 0.72 points and 0.37 rebounds per minute.
The following is a listing of Nebraska players and their averages taken over 40 minutes in 2009-10:
- Kelsey Griffin - 28.9 points, 14.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.5 steals
- Dominique Kelley - 20.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals
- Cory Montgomery - 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals
- Yvonne Turner - 17.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.7 steals
- Harleen Sidhu - 16.8 points, 12.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.6 steals
- Katya Leick - 12.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals
- Meghin Williams - 12.3 points, 9.2 rebounds
- Catheryn Redmon - 10.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.8 blocks
- Lindsey Moore - 8.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.9 steals
- Kala Kuhlmann - 8.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.7 steals
- Layne Reeves - 7.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals
- Nicole Neals - 7.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.6 steals
- Jessica Periago - 5.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steal, 1.7 blocks