Lincoln - The Nebraska women's basketball team earned its first top-25 ranking of the 2011-12 season when the Huskers entered the Associated Press Poll at No. 25 on Monday, Dec. 12.
Nebraska improved to 9-1 on Saturday with a 97-88 double-overtime victory at Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.
Sophomore Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 32 points, eight rebounds and four steals, while junior point guard Lindsey Moore added 31 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals against the Lumberjacks. Earlier in the week, Hooper and Moore powered the Huskers past Creighton, 66-55, at the Devaney Center.
The Huskers earned their first AP national ranking since the Nov. 29, 2010 poll, when they were ranked No. 24 for one week. It is the third consecutive season Nebraska has been ranked in at least one weekly AP poll during the year. NU finished the 2009-10 season ranked No. 4 nationally by the Associated Press.
Nebraska's 9-1 start is tied for the second-best 10-game start in school history. The 2009-10 Huskers opened the season 10-0 on their way to a school-record 30 consecutive wins. Coach Connie Yori's 2003-04 Huskers also opened the season 9-1 in her second year at Nebraska. Yori is the first coach in school history to lead three teams to 9-1 starts.
Yori's 2009-10 Huskers featured six seniors on the roster, including three first-team All-Big 12 players (Kelsey Griffin, Cory Montgomery, Yvonne Turner) in the starting five, along with then-junior Dominique Kelley and then-true freshman Lindsey Moore.
This year's Husker team carries just one active senior (Kaitlyn Burke), and one junior (Moore) in the starting five. Hooper and true freshmen Emily Cady and Hailie Sample round out NU's starters. Four other freshmen (Brandi Jeffery, Tear'a Laudermill, Rebecca Woodberry, Katie Simon) have been major contributors to Nebraska's success, along with sophomore Adrianna Maurer and junior Meghin Williams.
The only other Husker teams to open the season 9-1 were Coach Angela Beck's 1995-96 and 1996-97 squads. Coach Paul Sanderford's 1998-99 NU team also opened the year with a 9-1 mark.
Nebraska returns to home action on Sunday, Dec. 18, when the Huskers play host to the Vermont Catamounts (6-3). Tip-off is set for 2:05 p.m., and tickets are available now at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED.