Lincoln - Nebraska's Emily Cady captured the first Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award in Husker women's basketball history when she earned the conference honor on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., produced the best week of her Husker career by averaging 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game against Ohio State and Minnesota. Cady erupted for a career-high 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field at No. 10 Ohio State on Thursday, before adding 13 points, seven rebounds and a career-high three three-pointers in Nebraska's win over Minnesota on Sunday.
For the season, Cady has increased her season averages to 9.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while starting all 19 games for the 16-3 Huskers. Cady also leads No. 19 Nebraska in blocked shots (15), is tied for second on the team in steals (25) and ranks third on the team in assists (29). She has been at her best in Big Ten Conference play, averaging 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds through seven league contests, while hitting 9-of-21 three-pointers (.429). To put Cady's conference numbers in perspective, 2011 Big 12 All-Freshman selection Jordan Hooper averaged 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in 16 conference games a year ago.
Cady becomes the third Husker to win a Big Ten weekly award this season, joining Big Ten Players of the Week Lindsey Moore (Nov. 21) and Hooper (Dec. 12, Dec. 26, Jan. 2). Nebraska's five Big Ten weekly honors lead the conference this season, and the Huskers are the only team to have three players win a Big Ten award.
Cady and the Huskers return to home Big Ten action on Thursday, when they play host to Iowa. Tip-off between the Huskers (16-3, 5-2 Big Ten) and Hawkeyes (11-9, 3-4 Big Ten) is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Devaney Center. Tickets are available now at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED.
Nebraska's 2011-12 Big Ten Players of the Week
- Lindsey Moore (Nov. 21) - Player
- Jordan Hooper (Dec. 12) - Player
- Jordan Hooper (Dec. 26) - Player
- Jordan Hooper (Jan. 2) - Player
- Emily Cady (Jan. 23) - Freshman