Huskers Meet Michigan State for First Time
#23/23 Nebraska Cornhuskers (20-6, 9-5 Big Ten)
at Michigan State Spartans (17-10, 9-5 Big Ten)
Breslin Center • East Lansing, Mich. • Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m. (central)
Radio: Husker Sports Network (B107.3 FM-Lincoln; 93.3 FM-Omaha; 880 AM-Lexington)
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Huskers Meet Michigan State For First Time In Big Ten Road Finale
The No. 23 Nebraska women's basketball team closes Big Ten regular-season road action when the Huskers meet Michigan State for the first time in school history on Thursday in East Lansing, Mich.
Tip-off between the Huskers (20-6, 9-5 Big Ten) and the Spartans (17-10, 9-5 Big Ten) is set for 6 p.m. (central) from the Breslin Center. Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will be on the radio call with flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln, The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha and 880 AM KRVN in Lexington as part of Nebraska's 25-station radio network. Free live audio is also available worldwide on Huskers.com, and live premium video will be streamed to BTN.com for all-access subscribers.
The showdown between the Huskers and Spartans could have major implications on the seeding at next week's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Nebraska and Michigan State enter the game as two parts of a four-way tie for third with 9-5 conference records. Purdue and Iowa also own 9-5 marks, and the Huskers are 3-0 against those two Big Ten schools. Michigan State is 1-2 against the Boilermakers and Hawkeyes, but is coming off a 67-52 overtime win over Purdue in East Lansing on Sunday.
Michigan State, which won the 2011 Big Ten regular-season title, is one of the hottest teams in the conference. The Spartans have won five of their last six games, with the only setback coming in a 74-57 loss at Iowa. The Hawkeyes enter the final week of the regular season with six straight wins since a 60-53 loss at Nebraska Jan. 26.
The Huskers are coming off a 68-59 win over Wisconsin at the Devaney Center on Sunday. Big Ten Player-of-the-Year candidate Jordan Hooper led NU to its 20th win of the season by posting her 11th double-double of the year with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Hooper, who leads the Big Ten in double-doubles and rebounding while ranking second in scoring, is one of 33 candidates for the Wade Trophy. Hooper is averaging 19.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, including 19.1 points and 10.0 boards in Big Ten play.
Junior Lindsey Moore has added 16.1 points, 5.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game to rank among the top seven players in the Big Ten in all three categories. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., was recently named one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award presented to the nation's top point guard. The winner is named at the 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four with an official presentation at the Detroit Athletic Club on April 18.
#23 Nebraska Cornhuskers (20-6, 9-5 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 3.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 9.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - So. - F - 19.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 16.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg
5 - Kaitlyn Burke - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 5.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Off the Bench
11 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 4.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg
33 - Rebecca Woodberry - 5-10 - RFr. - G - 4.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 3.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - RFr. - F - 2.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 2.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
10th Season at NU (186-123); 22nd Season Overall (381-263)
Michigan State (17-10, 9-5 Big Ten)
30 - Lykendra Johnson - 6-1 - Sr. - F - 10.7 ppg, 8.9 rpg
33 - Taylor Alton - 5-11 - Sr. - F - 7.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg
3 - Porsche Poole - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 13.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
0 - Kiana Johnson - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 7.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg
21 - Klarissa Bell - 5-11 - So. - G - 3.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Off the Bench
52 - Becca Mills - 6-4 - Fr. - F - 7.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg
1 - Jasmine Thomas - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 5.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg
4 - Jasmine Hines - 6-3 - Fr. - C - 4.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg
24 - Courtney Schiffauer - 6-1 - Jr. - G - 4.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg
11 - Annalise Pickrel - 6-3 - So. - F - 2.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg
Head Coach: Suzy Merchant (Central Michigan, 1991)
Fifth Season at Michigan State (112-51); 17th Season Overall (313-171)
Huskers Claim 13th 20-Win Season in School History
Nebraska captured its 13th 20-win season in school-history when the Huskers defeated Wisconsin Sunday at the Devaney Center. It was NU's fourth 20-win campaign in the past six years, including a record-setting 32-2 campaign in 2009-10.
Nebraska also notched 20-win seasons in 2007-08 (21-12) and 2006-07 (22-10) under Coach Connie Yori in her 10 seasons in Lincoln.
If the Huskers can get a win against the Spartans, Nebraska's 21st win would tie for the eighth-highest victory total in school history. Every Nebraska team that has reached the 20-win plateau has achieved at least 21 wins on the year.
Huskers Lock Up First Winning Big Ten Season
Nebraska's win over Wisconsin on Sunday assured the Huskers a winning record in conference play in their first Big Ten season. NU's nine-win conference campaign marks the fourth time in the past 12 seasons that the Huskers have produced nine or more league victories.
If Nebraska can get a win against the Spartans Thursday, it would mark just the seventh time in school history that the Huskers have reached 10 conference wins in a season and just the fifth time in a 16-game conference format.
Like the current 16-game regular-season Big Ten format, Nebraska played a 16-game regular-season schedule for 15 years as Big 12 Conference members. The Huskers achieved nine or more victories five times during that span.
Nebraska has produced four nine-win conference seasons since 2006-07 under Coach Connie Yori. The Huskers were a perfect 16-0 in Big 12 play to win the conference title in 2009-10 on their way to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16. In 2007-08, the Huskers managed a 9-7 mark on their way to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2006-07, Yori's Huskers went 10-6 in the Big 12 on their way to the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska also reached the nine-win mark in 1999-00 (10-6) and 1997-98 (11-5). In the old 14-game format in the Big Eight from 1982-83 to 1995-96, the Huskers reached nine wins on three more occasions (1987-88, 11-3; 1991-92, 9-5; 1992-93, 10-4).
Huskers in the Middle of Big Ten Log Jam
Entering the final week of the regular season, Nebraska is in the hunt for a top-four seed at the Big Ten Tournament. The Huskers are one of seven teams contending for a top-four spot with two games left in league action.
Penn State claimed the No. 1 seed at next week's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis with its win over Ohio State on Monday night. The Lady Lions improved to 12-3 with a home game remaining against Minnesota on Sunday. PSU claimed at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season crown.
Ohio State slipped to 10-4, just one game ahead of Nebraska, Purdue, Iowa and Michigan State, which all own 9-5 records. Nebraska is 3-0 against the other 9-5 teams heading into its lone meeting at Michigan State. The Spartans are 1-2, while Iowa and Purdue are both 2-3.
If Nebraska goes 2-0 this week with wins at Michigan State and an upset win over No. 8 Ohio State, the Huskers would claim the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, based on the conference's tiebreaking procedures. If NU defeats Michigan State, but loses to Ohio State, the Huskers would be the highest seed of any 10-6 teams, based on tiebreaking procedures, unless Michigan is the only other 10-6 team. If the Huskers lose to Michigan State, but defeat Ohio State, Nebraska would own the tiebreakers over the other possible 10-6 teams, unless Michigan is the only other 10-6 team. If NU goes 0-2 on the week, the Huskers could slip as low as a No. 7 seed.
Ohio State faces Minnesota in Columbus on Thursday before coming to the Devaney Center on Sunday afternoon. Purdue travels to 8-6 Michigan Thursday, before closing the season at winless Indiana Sunday. Iowa travels to Northwestern Thursday, before facing Michigan in Iowa City on Sunday, while the Wolverines host Purdue Thursday, before traveling to Iowa Sunday. Michigan State closes the season at Northwestern on Sunday.
Hooper Earns Spot on Wade Watch List
Sophomore Jordan Hooper was one of eight players added to the State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List announced on Feb. 7. Hooper, who is one of six sophomores on the list of 33 national player-of-the-year candidates, ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring (19.7 ppg) and first in rebounding (9.5 rpg).
Hooper has scored at an unprecedented rate in Nebraska history since arriving from Alliance last season. The 6-2 forward has produced 966 career points following her 19-point, 18-rebound effort against Wisconsin Feb. 19. Hooper's performance against the Badgers pushed her past 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings and Debra Powell on the list of most productive freshman and sophomore seasons in school history.
Hooper needs just 34 points to become the first sophomore in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark. At her current scoring pace (19.7 ppg), Hooper is on track to reach the mark in her 59th career game, which would be Nebraska's final regular-season game against Ohio State.
Moore Named Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist
Nebraska's Lindsey Moore was recently named one of eight finalists for the 13th Annual Nancy Lieberman Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate point guard. Moore is Nebraska's first-ever Nancy Lieberman Award finalist.
Moore, a 5-9 junior from Covington, Wash., ranks among the nation's top all-around guards. The three-year starter for the Huskers enters the final week of Big Ten regular-season play ranked seventh in the conference in scoring (16.1 ppg), second in assists (5.4 apg) and sixth in steals (2.3 spg). She also ranks 10th in the Big Ten with her 80.1 free throw percentage, and 14th in three-pointers made with 1.5 threes per game.
Last season, Moore earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades as a sophomore by averaging 14.1 points, 5.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game. As a true freshman in 2009-10, Moore was the starting point guard on a Nebraska team that rolled to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and claimed the 2010 Big 12 Conference title. She became the first freshman point guard in NCAA Division I history to lead her team to an unbeaten regular season. The Huskers finished with a 32-2 overall record and advanced to Nebraska's first-ever NCAA Sweet 16.
Moore, who has started 91 consecutive games for the Huskers since earning Parade High School All-America honors at Kentwood High School in Washington, ranks 23rd in Nebraska history with 1,059 points. She also ranks fourth in Husker history with 477 assists, and eighth in the NU record book with 112 career three-pointers.
The list of Nancy Lieberman Award finalists was chosen by sportswriters from across the country, and the award will be presented by the Rotary Club of Detroit. The list of finalists will be narrowed to three players and the winner will be announced at the NCAA Women's Final Four weekend in Denver, Colo., April 1-3. The award will be officially presented at a noon luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club on April 18.
Moore Quickly Climbing Nebraska Career Scoring List
Junior Lindsey Moore became the 27th player in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the Huskers' 93-89 3OT win at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2. Moore's 27-footer from the left wing in the third overtime gave NU a two possession lead on its way to victory, and pushed Moore to 1,001 career points. She added a pair of free throws to help seal the win. Moore finished the night with 26 points.
Moore, who achieved the 1,000-point mark in her 87th career game, is moving quickly up NU's career scoring list and could join the top 20 by the end of the regular season. Moore has already climbed into No. 23 on NU's career list with 1,059 points. She needs just 10 more points to catch Kate Galligan (1993-96) in 22nd at 1,069 and 15 points to reach Tina McClain (1994-97) in 21st with 1,074.
Scouting The Michigan State Spartans
Defending Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan State heads into Thursday's game on a roll after notching its fifth win in the past six games by beating Purdue 67-52 in overtime on Sunday in East Lansing. Michigan State's recent surge includes wins over Penn State and Michigan, along with victories over Northwestern and Wisconsin. The Spartans' only loss came in a 74-57 setback at Iowa. The Hawkeyes have won six straight since losing 60-53 at Nebraska on Jan. 26.
Senior guard Porsche Poole has been the spark plug for Michigan State's surge, averaging nearly 21 points over the past eight games. Poole's eruption included four straight games with 20 or more points, including a 32-point, six-rebound, six-assist effort in an 83-77 victory over Penn State. Poole added 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists at Michigan, before scoring 20 points and dishing out seven assists in a win over Northwestern.
Poole, who is averaging 13.3 points and 3.3 boards per game on the season, did not start MSU's first eight Big Ten games, but joined the starting five for the win over Penn State. As a Big Ten starter, she is averaging more than 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals per contest.
Poole is one of three senior starters in the Spartan lineup, joining forward Lykendra Johnson. The 6-1 forward is averaging 10.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, as the second-leading rebounder in the conference behind only Nebraska's Jordan Hooper. Fellow senior forward Taylor Alton has added 7.4 points and 3.0 boards per contest.
Freshman guard Kiana Johnson has added 7.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while 5-11 sophomore guard Klarissa Bell has contributed 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game to round out the MSU starting five.
Michigan State has one of the Big Ten's biggest and most productive benches. Becca Mills, a 6-4 freshman forward has contributed 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while 6-3 freshman center Jasmine Hines has pitched in 4.9 points and 2.4 boards per contest. Junior guard Jasmine Thomas has helped the Spartan backcourt with 5.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, while 6-1 junior forward Courtney Schiffauer has added 4.4 points and 3.3 boards per contest. Annalise Pickrel, a 6-3 sophomore forward, rounds out the list of regular Spartan contributors with 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest.
As a team, Michigan State is averaging 65.9 points per game, while surrendering 59.2 points per contest. The Spartans are shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from three-point range. They have struggled at the free throw line, hitting just 65.3 percent of their attempts. MSU has been one of the Big Ten's most dominant rebounding teams, sporting a plus-7.0 margin on the boards. The Spartans also carry a plus-0.5 team turnover margin on the year.
Nebraska and Michigan State have never met in women's basketball.
Burke Climbing Top 10 in Games Played at Nebraska
Husker senior Kaitlyn Burke made her 26th straight start and 74th of her career in Sunday's win over Wisconsin, while playing in her 127th career game. The 5-7 guard from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has moved into a tie for fifth on the Husker career games played list.
Against Michigan State, Burke is set to move ahead of 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (2006-10) on Nebraska's career games played list. Griffin and Burke are tied in fifth with 127 games. Danielle Page (2005-08) sits in fourth place with 129.
With two regular-season games remaining and at least one game in the Big Ten Tournament remaining, Burke could climb into a tie for second on Nebraska's games played chart with 130. The NU record for career games played is held by Janet Smith (1979-82) with 136.
Pinnacle Bank Arena Model on Display at Ohio State Game
Fans have an opportunity to see a scale model of Nebraska's future Pinnacle Bank Arena at the Huskers' final home women's basketball game this season. The arena model showing will begin at 1:30 p.m., 90 minutes prior to tip-off for Nebraska's game with Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 26. The model will be on display in the Hendricks Training Complex main lobby, and NU athletic administrators, ticket office representatives and Huskers Athletic Fund personnel will be on hand to answer questions about Nebraska's plans to move into the downtown arena in 2013-14.
The $179 million arena project was approved by voters in May 2010. Pinnacle Bank Arena is expected to open in the fall of 2013. Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will be the primary tenants of the 470,400-square-foot facility, which can hold nearly 15,000 fans for Husker hoops.
As the exclusive sponsor of the arena and arena site, the new arena website will be named PinnacleBankArena.com. The agreement also calls for Pinnacle Bank to receive: three exterior signs; the Pinnacle Bank Arena logo on the center-hung scoreboard, public exterior doors and adjacent light pole banners; signs on the main and upper concourses; use of a center court suite and use of the arena for two days per year; and three locations for ATM machines in the arena.
Huskers Announce Times, TV for Final Regular-Season Games
The Nebraska women's basketball team announced game times and television information for its final three 2011-12 regular-season contests on Monday, Jan. 30. The Huskers were able to announce the times after the Big Ten Network announced its wildcard selections for the closing week of the 2012 Big Ten Conference campaign.
Nebraska will face Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. (central) at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. The game will be televised nationally on the Big Ten Network as the final game of a women's basketball triple-header. The No. 23 Huskers (20-6, 9-5 Big Ten) and No. 8 Buckeyes (23-4, 10-4 Big Ten) are among the top teams in the Big Ten.
Nebraska's clash with Ohio State will play a major role in seeding at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament, which is scheduled for March 1-4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Huskers' game with the Buckeyes will be Senior Day at the Devaney Center, marking the final home game for fifth-year senior starting guard Kaitlyn Burke and senior forward Harleen Sidhu.
Nebraska's game at Michigan State on Thursday, Feb. 23, was not chosen for national television by the Big Ten Network. The Huskers' first-ever meeting with the Spartans will tip at 6 p.m. (central) and is available on BTN.com.
Hooper Putting Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper leads the Big Ten and ranks among the top 30 players nationally with 11 double-doubles through 26 games in 2011-12. Hooper, who has scored in double figures in all 26 games this season, also owns 11 double-figure rebounding performances this season.
The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., produced her most recent double-double with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in Nebraska's win over Wisconsin Feb. 19. Hooper's 18 boards tied for the 12th-highest total in school history and were the most by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper added back-to-back double-doubles with 22 points and 15 rebounds against Iowa Jan. 26, and 12 points and 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 29. Earlier this season, Hooper notched double-doubles in four straight games from Dec. 18 to Jan. 5.
Hooper is just the fifth player in Nebraska history to notch double-figure double-doubles in a season. National Player-of-the-Year finalist Kelsey Griffin set a school record with 20 double-doubles as a senior in 2009-10 to finish with a school-record 40 career double-doubles. Griffin also produced 10 double-doubles as a sophomore in 2006-07.
Nebraska's 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings produced back-to-back seasons with 13 double-doubles as a sophomore (1990-91) and junior (1991-92) on her way to 36 career double-doubles. Jennings' double-double totals are school class records for both sophomores and juniors at NU.
Nafeesah Brown added 16 double-doubles as a senior 1993-94, the second-highest season total in Nebraska history, while her 24 career double-doubles in just two seasons rank third. Carol Garey is the only other player at Nebraska with 10 double-doubles in a season. She accomplished the feat in 1978-79.
With 14 double-doubles in the first 57 games of her career, Hooper already ranks eighth in school history in career double-doubles. She needs four more to match two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge in seventh on the Husker career chart with 18.
Hooper's Three 15-Board Efforts Rare in Husker History
Jordan Hooper's 18-rebound performance in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19 put her in rare company in the Nebraska record books. Hooper's huge effort on the boards tied for the 12th-highest single-game total in school history and the most rebounds by a player in Coach Connie Yori's 10 seasons at Nebraska. It also marked the highest total by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 rebounds against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper's board work against the Badgers represented her third game with 15 or more rebounds in Nebraska's last seven contests. To give those numbers some perspective, Hooper became just the seventh player in Husker history to grab 15 or more rebounds three times in a career. Hooper is just the sixth player in Nebraska history to pull down 15 or more boards three times in the same season, joining Janet Smith, Carol Garey, Nafeesah Brown, Pyra Aarden and most recently, Keasha Cannon-Johnson (2001-02).
Smith, who grabbed at least 15 rebounds 18 times in her career, grabbed 15 or more on 10 occasions in 1980-81. However, only three of those were against NCAA Division I opponents. Smith also grabbed 15 threes times in 1978-79 and 1979-80, with all of those coming against Division I teams. Carol Garey pulled down 15 or more boards five times in 1978-79, but only three of those came against Division I foes.
No Nebraska player has ever grabbed 15 rebounds four times in the same season against Division I competition.
Jordan Hooper produced one of the best weeks on the glass in Nebraska history with her 15-rebound effort against Iowa Jan. 26, followed by a career-high 16-rebound performance at Illinois on Jan. 29.
Hooper became just the third Husker in history to grab 15 or more boards in back-to-back games, joining Janet Smith and Pyra Aarden in accomplishing the feat. Aarden was the last Husker to pull down 15 or more in consecutive games with 20 rebounds against Bowling Green on Dec. 10, 1994, followed by 15 rebounds against Northern Iowa on Dec. 18, 1994.
Janet Smith, Nebraska's all-time rebounding leader, pulled down 15 or more rebounds a school-record 18 times in her career, including 10 times in 1980-81. Smith grabbed 15 or more in back-to-back games on two occasions in 1980-81, first with 18 rebounds in a home win over Northwest Missouri State (Jan. 28) and then 21 boards against South Dakota (Jan. 30) with both games at the Devaney Center. In the return trips to the same schools she pulled down 17 rebounds at USD (Feb. 14) and Northwest Missouri State (Feb. 17) in consecutive games.
No player in Nebraska history has ever recorded 15 or more rebounds in three consecutive games.
Huskers Earn Spot in AP Top 25 for 11th Straight Week
Nebraska remained in the Associated Press Top 25 for the 11th straight week, coming in at No. 23 in poll released on Monday, Feb. 20.
Nebraska is one of four Big Ten teams in the AP Top 25, joining Ohio State (8th), Penn State (11th), and Purdue (22nd). The Huskers, who achieved a No. 4 ranking in the final 2010 AP Poll, spent one week at No. 24 in the AP rankings in 2010-11 (Nov. 29, 2010).
Nebraska was also ranked No. 23 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Three Big Ten teams are ranked in the coaches poll, including No. 14 Ohio State, No. 15 Penn State and No. 23 Nebraska. Purdue fell out of the coaches poll after losing at Michigan State on Sunday.
Moore, Hooper Ranking High in Big Ten, NCAA Stats
Lindsey Moore and Jordan Hooper are quickly making names for themselves as two of the top players in the Big Ten Conference. Hooper, a 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., leads the Big Ten in rebounding (9.5 rpg) while ranking second in the conference in scoring (19.7 ppg). She also ranks among Big Ten leaders in three-pointers made (4th, 2.3 pg) while ranking 14th in three-point field goal percentage. Hooper leads the conference in defensive rebounding (6.4 drbpg) and ranks second on the offensive glass (3.1 orbpg). Hooper is tied for 18th nationally in scoring, while her 11 double-doubles lead the Big Ten and are tied for 27th nationally.
Moore, a 5-9 junior point guard from Covington, Wash., is listed among the Big Ten's best in even more categories than Hooper. Moore ranks seventh in the conference in scoring (16.1 ppg) and second in assists (5.4 apg). She ranks fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5-to-1) and sixth in steals (2.3 spg). She also ranks 10th in free throw percentage (.801). Moore ranks 26th nationally in assists and 98th in scoring.
Cady Captures First Big Ten Freshman Honor
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, before adding 13 points, seven rebounds and a career-high three three-pointers in Nebraska's win over Minnesota.
Freshman Cady Heating Up for Huskers
Emily Cady has turned up her production over the last 18 games for the Huskers. The 6-2 freshman forward from Seward, Neb., has averaged 12.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per game over the last 18 contests.
Through the first eight games, Cady was averaging just 4.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting just 14-of-43 (.326) of her shots from the field.
Cady has increased her season averages to 9.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game by hitting 70-of-148 shots from the field (.473) including 16-of-38 three-point attempts (.421) over the past 18 games. She also has hit 61-of-84 (.726) of her free throws, after opening the year 8-of-16 at the line through the first eight games.
Cady ranks among the top three Huskers in every statistical category, including scoring (3rd), rebounding (2nd), assists (3rd), steals (3rd) and blocked shots (1st). She ranks 28th in the Big Ten in scoring and is 15th in rebounding. Cady ranks seventh in the conference on the offensive glass with 2.6 offensive rebounds per game.
She has been at her best in Big Ten play, averaging 12.0 points and 6.5 rebounds through 14 league contests, while hitting 13-of-35 three-pointers (.371). 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.
Record Seven Huskers Own Double-Digit Threes This Season
Nebraska leads the Big Ten and ranks 16th nationally with 7.3 three-pointers made per game this season. Unlike some teams that have two or three big guns from long range, nearly all the Huskers can knock it down from beyond the arc. In fact, the Huskers have a school-record seven players who have hit 10 or more threes on the year.
Sophomore Jordan Hooper leads the Huskers with 59 made threes, while junior Lindsey Moore has pumped in 39. Four of Nebraska's next five highest three-point totals come from freshmen, including Rebecca Woodberry (21), and Emily Cady (18). Senior Kaitlyn Burke has contributed 18, while freshmen Brandi Jeffery (16) and Tear'a Laudermill (14) round out the list of seven Huskers who have hit double-digit threes.
Three other Huskers have hit two or more threes on the year, including Meghin Williams (2-3, .667), Katie Simon (3-7, .429) and Adrianna Maurer (2-5, .400).
As another example to Nebraska's team approach to three-point shooting, nine of the 10 active Huskers attempted at least one three-pointer in the win over Iowa Jan. 26. The only Husker who didn't was Simon, who played just one minute off the bench in the first half against the Hawkeyes.
Comparing Classes: Freshmen Challenge Best in Husker History
Nebraska's freshman class is stacking up well statistically against the best groups in Husker history. NU's group of six 2011-12 freshmen (Emily Cady, Brandi Jeffery, Tear'a Laudermill, Hailie Sample, Katie Simon, Rebecca Woodberry) have already amassed 700 points, 452 rebounds, 125 assists, 44 blocks and 118 steals through 26 games.
The 2009-10 Husker seniors made up the most successful class in school history with a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances from their freshman year in 2006-07 of their senior year. The 2009-10 seniors won three career NCAA Tournament games and advanced to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16.
Nebraska's 2006-07 freshmen were led by 2010 All-Big 12 seniors Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner and included fellow freshmen Nicole Neals, Kala Kuhlmann and Nikki Bober. The group of five Huskers combined for 325 points, 158 rebounds, 61 assists, nine blocked shots and 38 steals as freshmen.
A similarly successful freshman class in Husker history was the 1996-97 class of All-Big 12 guards Nicole Kubik and Brooke Schwartz, center Charlie Rogers and forward Naciska Gilmore. That foursome led NU to three straight NCAA tournaments, including a first-round victory in 1998. They combined for 578 points, 286 rebounds, 134 assists, 29 blocks and 155 steals as freshmen.
Hooper's 18 Rebounds Power Huskers Past Badgers
Jordan Hooper notched her 11th double-double of the year with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to power No. 16 Nebraska to a 68-59 victory over Wisconsin Sunday at the Devaney Center.
Hooper's huge rebounding performance was her third 15-rebound effort in Nebraska's last seven games, and her 18 boards were the highest total by a Husker since December of 1999.
Hooper, a 6-2 sophomore from Alliance, Neb., added two assists, two steals and a blocked shot in a tremendous all-around effort. Freshman forward Emily Cady scored all 13 of her points in the first half to help the Huskers build an 18-point halftime lead. With Cady and Hooper dominating the inside, Nebraska's lead grew to 26 points at 60-34 with 13:30 left in the game. Nebraska's momentum stalled when Wisconsin's Taylor Wurtz hit a three-pointer with 12:12 left and Cady was injured on the play. Cady left the court and did not return.
Nebraska's offense stalled for the next eight minutes and Wisconsin closed the gap to 60-47 on Anya Covington's layup with 6:38 left. But NU senior Kaitlyn Burke answered the bell for the Huskers by draining her second three of the game with 5:20 left to put Nebraska back up by 16 points. Burke finished with 11 points.
Junior guard Lindsey Moore hit four straight free throws down the stretch to seal the win and finish with 11 points and six assists, despite playing with a bruised knee.
Morgan Paige led Wisconsin with 15 points, while Wurtz finished with 14 points. Covington ended with 12 points, while Lacia Gorman gave the Badgers four players in double figures with a career-high 10 points off the bench.
As a team, Nebraska hit 43.4 percent (23-53) of its shots from the field, including 5-of-17 three-pointers. NU also sank 17-of-21 free throws, while outrebounding UW, 34-31. The Huskers also won the turnover battle, 15-14.
Wisconsin hit 38 percent (19-50) of its shots, including 7-of-19 threes, while connecting on 14-of-17 free throws. Nebraska outscored Wisconsin 36-20 on points in the paint, including 16-6 on second-chance points.
Nebraska bolted to a 42-24 halftime lead thanks to solid first-half shooting and domination on the glass. The Huskers hit 15-of-29 shots from the field, including 4-of-11 three-pointers. The Huskers also hit 8-of-11 free throws, Nebraska outrebounded the Badgers, 20-10 in the first half, including an 8-2 margin on the offensive glass. The Huskers turned their eight offensive boards into 12 points, outscoring UW, 12-2 on second-chance points. NU also won the first-half turnover battle, 9-6.
Cady led the Huskers with 13 points and four rebounds in the first half, including 7-of-8 free throw shooting in the first half. Cady also hit 3-of-4 shots from the field. Hooper added seven points and 11 first-half rebounds, including five offensive boards. Burke led the Husker backcourt with eight first-half points.
Wisconsin hit just 7-of-20 shots from the field in the first half and went just 4-of-14 in the last 14 minutes. The Badgers hit just two field goals in the final 10:30 of the half. Gorman led UW off the bench with 10 points, while Covington contributed eight points. Wisconsin hit 2-of-6 threes and 8-of-9 free throws in the first half.
Huskers Working Overtime for Wins in 2011-12
Nebraska is 2-0 in overtime this season and the two extra-long victories have gone a combined five overtimes. The five overtimes are the most the Huskers have played in a single season in school history, and mark the first time that NU has played a pair of multi-overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers' 93-89 3OT win at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2, was the first road triple-overtime game in school history and marked the second overall 3OT game (NU 103, Baylor 99 3OT, Jan. 12, 2005). Nebraska also notched a 97-88 double-overtime win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. It marks the first time in history that Nebraska has won two true road overtime games in the same season. In a strange coincidence, Nebraska had a full week off from competition after both overtime contests this season.
The Huskers have played 34 overtime games in school history, but just five multi-overtime games, with two of those coming this season. NU is a perfect 5-0 all-time in multi-overtime games, and 18-16 overall in OT. The Huskers have won three straight overtime games under Coach Connie Yori and are 5-2 in OT in Yori's 10 seasons at Nebraska. The last time Nebraska won two overtime games in the same season was 1995-96, when the Huskers went 2-1, including a double-overtime win against Colorado. NU went 3-0 in overtime games in 1975-76, with all three of those games coming against non-Division I teams on neutral courts.
Hooper Claims Three Big Ten Weekly Award in Four Weeks
Nebraska sophomore Jordan Hooper captured her third Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award in a four-week span when she claimed the conference's weekly honor for the second straight week on Monday, Jan. 2.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., produced her third 30-point scoring performance in four games with 31 points in Nebraska's 71-63 win at No. 16 Penn State on Dec. 30. She added her third straight double-double with 12 rebounds. Hooper hit 11-of-21 shots from the field, including 4-of-11 three-pointers against the Lady Lions. She also went 5-of-6 at the free throw line, while adding an assist, and a block in 33 minutes.
Hooper owns 11 20-point efforts after producing six in 31 games a year ago. Her 10 double-doubles are seven more than she produced as a freshman, when she earned a spot on the five-player Big 12 All-Freshman Team.
Hooper also was named the National Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com for the first time on Monday, Jan. 2.
Huskers Showing Major Gains from 2010-11
Nebraska could contend for honors as one of the nation's most improved teams in 2011-12. The Huskers, who enter the week at 20-6 overall and 9-5 in the Big Ten, have won seven more games overall and six more conference games than they did a year ago when they finished 13-18 and 3-13 in the Big 12.
Hooper Joins Another Alliance Legend in Husker History
With 31 points and 12 rebounds in Nebraska's win at No. 16 Penn State on Dec. 30, Jordan Hooper produced her third 30-point performance in a four-game stretch. That feat has only been accomplished one other time in Nebraska history, when fellow Alliance, Neb., native Amy Stephens achieved it as a senior in February of 1989.
Stephens, who is the No. 4 scorer in Nebraska history with 1,976 points, is the only Husker in history to score 30 points in three straight games (Feb. 4 at Kansas-37; Feb. 8 vs. Oklahoma-40; Feb. 11 vs. Kansas State-34). She did not reach 30 in a loss at Oklahoma State on Feb. 15, 1989, but pumped in 36 points in a home win over Missouri on Feb. 18 - the second-to-last home game of her Husker career.
Stephens finished second in Nebraska history with nine career 30-point games, trailing only 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings' 12 among all Huskers. Hooper's four career 30-point games already tie her for sixth all-time. at Nebraska. She is one of just seven Huskers in history to score 30 three times in a season.
Hooper, Moore Make History at Northern Arizona
Jordan Hooper (32) and Lindsey Moore (31) became the first teammates in school history to each score 30 points in the same game when Nebraska ran to a 97-88 double-overtime victory at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10.
Each Husker scored 25 points after halftime, as Hooper produced a career-high 32 points and Moore finished with 31 points - just two points shy of her career high. For both players, it was the second 30-point scoring performances of their careers. Moore produced a career-high 33 at Kansas last season, while Hooper scored 31 at Missouri (Feb. 2, 2011) before adding her third 30-point effort with 30 points in a win over South Dakota State (Dec. 21, 2011). Hooper pumped in 31 points Dec. 30 at No. 16 Penn State to give her three 30-point efforts in four games.
Hooper's 32 points at NAU tied for the 27th-best scoring effort in school history, while Moore's 31 tied Hooper's previous best for 37th. Overall, Nebraska has had 68 30-point scoring efforts in history.
Moore and Hooper are just the ninth and 10th Huskers to produce multiple 30-point efforts in their careers. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner, produced 12 30-point games.
Women of Steal
Nebraska's full-court pressure has bothered opponents this season. The Huskers have already recorded 237 steals this season, averaging 9.1 steals per game. Last season, Nebraska produced just 167 steals in 31 games, an average of just 5.4 steals per contest.
During Nebraska's historic run to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16, the Huskers produced 272 steals in 34 games, an average of eight steals per contest. The school record for steals in a season is 433 in 1979-80.
Moore Making Mark as One of Nation's Best Point Guards
Through 26 games, Lindsey Moore has displayed her continued improvement at point guard by averaging 16.1 points and team bests of 5.4 assists and 2.3 steals in 32 minutes per game. The 2011 honorable-mention All-Big 12 performer from Covington, Wash., is shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. She ranks 26th nationally and second in the Big Ten in assists.
Moore, who has scored in double figures in 36 of the past 39 games, erupted for 31 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals in a 42 minutes at Northern Arizona. In the double-overtime win over the Lumberjacks, Moore had a hand in 38 of NU's final 43 points. She added 28 points and five assists at Wisconsin on Jan. 12, after producing 27 points and six assists in a win over South Dakota State (Dec. 21). She set career highs by hitting 13-of-14 free throws against the Jacks.
She produced a 23-point, four-assist, four-steal effort against Michigan, which followed a 26-point, seven-rebound performance in NU's triple-overtime win at No. 15 Purdue. She scored eight points, including a pair of long threes, in the final overtime to lift the Huskers to victory.
Moore owns eight 20-point performances this season, including team highs of 22 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in a win at Iowa (Jan. 8). Moore had a hand in NU's final 19 points in a game that was tied at 58 before ending in a 77-72 Husker win. It was her fourth career double-double and second of the year. She also has two double-figure assist games this year and five in her career, including 18 points and 11 assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State Nov. 15. She added 22 points and six assists in NU's win over No. 23 USC (Nov. 18) and had a 20-point effort at Illinois Jan. 29. She owns 14 career 20-point games.
In a win at No. 16 Penn State, Moore had 16 points, four assists, four rebounds and a steal. She added 18 points in the loss to the Lady Lions in Lincoln Jan. 15. At Georgia Tech, Moore had 16 points, four assists and five steals. She produced 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in Nebraska's comeback win at Florida State Nov. 27. She added 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals in a win over Iowa Jan. 26.
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 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
Lindsey Moore has climbed into Nebraska's career top five in assists with 477 (4th) in less than three seasons at Nebraska. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., tied a career high with 11 assists in the win at Iowa Jan. 8. It was her second double-figure assist game of the season (Mississippi Valley State-11).
Moore owns 140 assists through 26 games this season to climb into fifth on NU's junior single-season assist list. She needs just four more to catch Jina Johansen (144, 2003-04) and seven more to reach Amy Stephens (147, 1987-88) in third on that list.
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.
Through 26 games, Hooper is Nebraska's leading scorer and rebounder, nearly averaging a double-double with 19.7 points and 9.5 rebounds in 29.8 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 also came in 29.3 minutes per contest.
As a sophomore, Hooper has become one of only two players in school history to score 30 points in back-to-back games and one of only three players in school history to pull down 15 rebounds in back-to-back contests. Hooper, who grabbed 15 rebounds against Iowa Jan. 26 and 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 29, added a career-high rebounds against Wisconsin Feb. 18 to become just the sixth player in Husker history with 15 or more boards three times in the same season.
Hooper ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring and leads the league in rebounding, while also tying for 18th nationally in scoring and ranking 35th in rebounding. She is tied for 27th in the NCAA statistics with a Big Ten-leading 11 double-doubles.
Hooper erupted for career highs of 32 points and four steals to go along with eight rebounds at Northern Arizona Dec. 10. She tied her season high with five three-pointers against the Lumberjacks. Just 11 days later, Hooper hit for 30 again with game highs of 30 points and 11 rebounds in Nebraska's 80-71 win over South Dakota State. Nine days later, Hooper struck again with 31 points and 12 rebounds in NU's win at No. 16 Penn State. It was Hooper's fourth career 30-point game (31 at Missouri, Feb. 2, 2011).
In between 30-point efforts, Hooper struck for 21 points and a then-career-high 14 rebounds in a win over Vermont. She owns 19 career 20-point performances, including 13 this season. She also carries 14 career double-doubles, with her most recent coming with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds against Wisconin Feb. 19. She added 12 points and a then-career-high 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 19. She also had 22 points and a then-career-high 15 rebounds in a win over Iowa Jan. 26. She managed 19 points and 14 rebounds at No. 10 Ohio State Jan. 19. She produced a 27-point effort at No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2, and she poured in 23 points in a win over Minnesota Jan. 22.
Hooper notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds at Georgia Tech Nov. 30. She registered back-to-back double-doubles against Mississippi Valley State and No. 23 USC. She had 22 points and 13 rebounds against the Trojans. She poured in 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes in a win over MVSU Nov. 15. She also buried five threes and tied a career high with three blocks.
Overall, Hooper has scored in double figures in 51 of 57 career games, including all 26 in 2011-12. She produced one of the best performances by a freshman in school history with 31 points and eight rebounds 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. It was just the second 30-point game in school history by a freshman, joining 2010 All-American Kelsey Griffin's 31 points against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 27, 2005.
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 13 career double-doubles, including 25 points and a season-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 59 more threes in 2011-12, which is the second-best total by a sophomore in Nebraska history. Hooper's 2011-12 season total trails on Kiera Hardy's school-record total of 85 set during her sophomore campaign in 2004-05.
Hooper ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 2.3 three-pointers made per game this season. In 57 career games, Hooper has hit 126 three-pointers to rank seventh on the Nebraska career list. She needs just three more to catch fellow Alliance native Amy Stephens and Cambridge, Neb., native Nicole Kubik in fifth place on that list.
Last season, Hooper tied the Nebraska single-game record with seven three-pointers at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011. She scored 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 26 games this season. Overall, the six newcomers have combined for 700 points (26.9 ppg), 452 rebounds (17.4 rpg), 125 assists (4.8 apg) and 118 steals (4.5 spg) in 2,591 minutes. They have helped the Huskers to a 20-6 record and four wins over ranked teams at game time (USC, at Florida State, at Penn State, at Purdue).
The six players they replaced on Nebraska's roster from a year ago combined to average 25.8 points, 17.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
Jeffery, Woodberry, Laudermill Spark Backcourt Off Bench
True freshman Brandi Jeffery has provided the Huskers with a spark off the bench in her first season. The 5-7 guard from Vacherie, La., has produced double figures in three games, including a 10-point, four-rebound, three-steal effort in a career-high 27 minutes against Texas-Pan American Dec. 4.
Jeffery tied a career high with 12 points and added three steals 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). Jeffery is averaging 3.8 points to go along with 1.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and nearly one assist per game. She had a career-high six steals against Vermont (Dec. 18). She had one of her best Big Ten efforts with six points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 16 minutes at Minnesota Feb. 13.
Redshirt freshman Rebecca Woodberry has also provided big production in the backcourt off the bench for the Huskers. Woodberry, a 5-10 guard from Phoenix, Ariz., has averaged 4.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. She erupted for career highs of 14 and four three-pointers on a perfect shooting night from the field at Wisconsin Jan. 12. She also pulled down five boards against the Badgers, but sprained an ankle late in the game and did not play in the loss to Penn State Jan. 15. She only played five minutes at No. 10 Ohio State Jan. 19.
Woodberry added a 13-point, seven-rebound effort against Vermont. She had 11 points in her career debut, before adding 12 points and six rebounds in NU's second game of the season. Woodberry has scored seven or more points eight times and grabbed five or more rebounds on eight occasions. She owns four double-figure scoring efforts.
Arguably Nebraska's most electrifying player off the bench has been true freshman Tear'a Laudermill, who has managed 4.5 points per game. The 5-9 guard opened her career with 14 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and has scored five or more points off the bench in nine of her first 21 games. She missed five games with illness and injury in December, but opened January with nine points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal in NU's win over Indiana on Jan. 5. She added seven points and two rebounds in a loss to Penn State Jan. 15, before hitting a pair of three-pointers to finish with six points in Nebraska's win at Illinois Jan. 29. She produced her best Big Ten game with 10 points, all after halftime, in NU's win at No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2.
Freshmen Cady, Sample, Simon Bolstering Huskers Inside
True freshmen forwards Emily Cady and Hailie Sample and redshirt freshman Katie Simon have added punch to Nebraska's inside game in their first seasons on the court for the Huskers.
Cady and Sample have joined each other in the NU starting five for all 26 games, while Simon has been a steady contributor off the bench. Cady and Sample make up one of only two starting freshman combos in the Big Ten, joining Northwestern's Morgan Jones and Karly Roser. Only six other Big Ten freshmen (Samantha Logic-Iowa, Kalpana Beach-Ohio State, Rachel Banham-Minnesota, Ivory Crawford-Illinois, Nicole Elmblad-Michigan, Kiana Johnson-Michigan State) have been regular starters this season
Cady, a 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., produced the first double-double of her career with 11 points and career highs of 12 rebounds and seven assists in NU's win at No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2. She had the best game of her career with 24 points and seven boards in just 26 minutes at No. 10 Ohio State. Cady added 18 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five steals in NU's win over Indiana Jan. 5. She had 18 points and six rebounds in a win over Vermont Dec. 18. She had 17 points and five boards in a win at Illinois Jan. 19.
Cady added 14 points and four rebounds in a win at Iowa on Jan. 8, and pitched in 13 points, seven rebounds and a career-high three three-pointers in a win over Minnesota Jan. 22. She also had 13 points and blocked two shots against Penn State Jan. 15. IN NU's most recent win over Wisconsin Feb. 19, Cady had 13 points and four rebounds in just 22 minutes, after producing 11 points and four boards in a victory at Wisconsin Jan. 12. She had nine points and seven rebounds in a win over Iowa Jan. 26.
Cady has scored double figures 12 times in the past 18 games and 13 times overall on the season.
Cady ranks third on the team in scoring (9.8 ppg), second in rebounding (6.2 rpg), second in steals (1.3 spg) and third in assists (1.9 apg). She also leads the Huskers with 23 blocks on the year. She ranks 15th in the Big Ten in rebounding and is seventh among all conference players on the offensive glass (2.6 orbpg).
She produced a breakout performance with 14 points, including the go-ahead layup with 39 seconds left, in a 66-63 win at Florida State. She added five rebounds against the Seminoles. She produced a double-figure scoring effort with 13 points, a game-high seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal in Nebraska's 66-55 win over Creighton Dec. 8. Cady had nine points and 10 rebounds at Northern Arizona. She added two assists and two steals in a career-high 37 minutes in the double-overtime victory against the Lumberjacks.
In addition to 13 double-figure scoring efforts, Cady owns four double-digit rebounding marks, including 10 rebounds in wins at No. 16 Penn State, over No. 23 USC and at Northern Arizona.
Sample, a 6-1 forward from Flower Mound, Texas, produced a career-best 10 points to go along with seven rebounds in the win over Minnesota Jan. 22. She added a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with six points against Northwestern Feb. 16. She also had 10 rebounds in NU's win over USC. She contributed nine points at Georgia Tech Nov. 30, and she pitched in eight big points in a 72-64 win at Florida A&M Nov. 25. She also scored eight points at Minnesota on Feb. 13. Sample is averaging 3.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Her 28 total assists rank fourth on the squad.
Simon scored a career-high 11 points in an opening night win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and added nine points in a win over Texas-Pan American Dec. 4. She has scored five or more points off the bench on five occasions, and is shooting a solid 50 percent from the field, including 42.9 percent (3-7) from three-point range. The 6-2 forward from Roseville, Calif., is averaging 2.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per contest.
Senior Burke Leading Huskers On and Off the Court
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. Unfortunately, Burke did not advance to be one of the prestigious award's 10 national finalists when that group was announced Jan. 25.
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 127 games for the Huskers since starting her career at NU in 2007-08. She has made 74 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 5.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists while starting all 26 games in 2011-12.
She produced season highs of 14 points and seven rebounds in Nebraska's win at No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2. She added 11 points in NU's win over Wisconsin Feb. 19. It was her fourth double-figure scoring effort of the year and second in Big Ten play. She scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists in NU's win over Vermont Dec. 18. Burke produced her first double-figure scoring effort of the year with 10 points and five rebounds to help the Huskers to a 66-55 win over Creighton Dec. 8.
Burke scored all six of her points in the second half, including a pair of clutch one-and-one free throws with 17.3 seconds left in a 75-69 win at Wisconsin Jan. 12. She added eight points on 3-for-3 shooting to go along with four assists against Penn State Jan. 15. She scored her only points of the game with a huge three-pointer as the shot clock was winding down in the final minutes of NU's 60-53 win over Iowa Jan. 26. Burke's three put the Huskers up 57-51 with 1:37 left.
Burke ranks ninth on Nebraska's career three-point list (106) and joined the top 20 on the Huskers' career assist list with a season-high five at Northern Arizona. She ranks 18th with 268 career assists. She needs one more to catch Kathy Hagerstrom in 17th (269). With 63 assists this season, Burke needs 37 more to join the career top 10. 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. A two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection carries a 3.570 grade-point average as an advertising and business administration major.
Huskers On Target for Another Big 3FG Season
Through 26 games, it looks like the 2011-12 Huskers have a chance to threaten their record-setting three-point numbers from the past two seasons. Nebraska has averaged a Big Ten-best 7.3 threes per game, which ranks 16th nationally.
Nebraska's 191 are the third-highest season total in school history, and the Huskers need 27 more threes to reach the No. 2 spot on the all-time list (218). NU's 624 three-point attempts also rank third and are within 37 of the school-record for attempts of 661 set in 2009-10.
The Huskers have hit seven or more threes in 14 of their 26 games in 2011-12 (UAPB-9, MVSU-14, at Florida State-9, UTPA-7, Northern Arizona-10, Vermont-8, South Dakota State-8, at Iowa-10, Penn State-7, at Ohio State-7, Minnesota-8; at Purdue-13; Michigan-9; Minnesota-8).
NU hit a season-best 14 three-pointers on 26 attempts against Mississippi Valley State, which marked the second-highest total in school history. It trailed only the 17 threes the Huskers hit against Vermont (17-33) to open the 2010-11 season. They added the third-best mark by draining 13-of-34 threes on the road in an epic 93-89 triple-overtime victory at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2. Nebraska also connected on 10-of-19 threes in a win at Iowa on Jan. 8, after hitting 10-of-22 threes at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. Nebraska attempted a school-record 37 threes in the loss to Michigan Feb. 9, while connecting on 9. NU went 8-for-22 in the second half against the Wolverines.
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. NU hit seven or more threes in 17 of 31 games. 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 nine three-point shooting seasons in school history.
Huskers Earning Reputation as Comeback Kids in Big Ten
Nebraska's young group of Huskers has shown the ability to battle back from adversity home and away during their first Big Ten season. In fact, NU came back from at least three-possession deficits in four of its first seven Big Ten victories, including double-digit comebacks at Penn State and Wisconsin and in the Huskers' lone home Big Ten win over Indiana.
Most recently, Nebraska battled back from a 16-point deficit with 17 minutes left to tie the game at 58 with 3:17 left at Minnesota on Feb. 13. Unfortunately, the Huskers were unable to win the game. NU also stormed back from 27 points down with 15 minutes left in the second half against Michigan to cut the lead to eight points with two minutes left before losing 63-52.
Those two comeback attempts followed NU's rally from five points down on the road with less than one minute left in double-overtime at Mackey Arena against No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2. The Huskers, who also trailed by one with four seconds left in regulation, made the plays to win against traditional Big Ten power Purdue in the first-ever meeting between the two schools in women's basketball.
In Nebraska's first-ever Big Ten Conference game at Penn State Dec. 30, the Huskers trailed by 11 on two occasions in the first half, before tying the game at halftime. In the second half, NU trailed by nine at 56-47 with 11 minutes left before rallying for the eight-point win at the preseason Big Ten-favorite Lady Lions.
In a 62-48 win over Indiana on Jan. 5, the Huskers trailed 16-6 early before building a 22-point second-half lead on their way to victory. In a 77-72 victory at Iowa Jan. 8, NU trailed by eight points on two occasions in the second half, the last coming at 46-38 with 14 minutes left, before executing down the stretch for a five-point road win.
Jan. 12 at Wisconsin, the Huskers trailed by 11 on two occasions in the first half, the last at 38-27 with just over one minute left. After battling back to take a second-half lead, the Huskers trailed by seven at 61-54 with nine minutes left before making the plays at crunch time to bring home a 75-69 win.
In Nebraska's first three Big Ten road wins, Nebraska trailed by three possessions between the nine- and 15-minute marks in the second half. In all three road wins, the Huskers made a decisive play between the 13- and 18-second marks. At Penn State, Jordan Hooper's long three sealed the Lady Lions' fate to make it 69-63 NU with 16.5 seconds left. At Iowa, Hooper's baseline jumper with 13 seconds left put the Huskers up 75-70. At Wisconsin, Kaitlyn Burke's two free throws in a one-and-one situation with 17.3 seconds left gave NU a 71-67 lead.
To put Nebraska's recent double-digit comebacks in perspective, the Huskers have won four games this season (also Florida State) when trailing by 10 or more points. In Coach Connie Yori's previous nine seasons at Nebraska, the Huskers had produced a total of 10 double-digit come-from-behind victories.
Nebraska Produces Strong Fall Semester in Classroom
The Nebraska women's basketball program produced one of its strongest semesters academically in recent memory during the 2011 fall semester.
Coach Connie Yori's Huskers produced a fall semester grade-point average of 3.096. The cumulative GPA of the Huskers over the course of their academic careers at Nebraska comes in at 3.238 thanks to impressive academic performances by long-time Huskers Kaitlyn Burke and Harleen Sidhu over their years at Nebraska.
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 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). She 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 is in 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 full-time basis.
"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 21 weeks on the road to recovery. The pain has gradually subsided 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.
"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."
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.
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.
Big Ten Network Providing 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 all 29 of its regular-season games scheduled to appear either on TV or live video stream. 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 seven times (Creighton, Dec. 8; at Iowa, Jan. 8; Ohio State, Jan. 19 and Feb. 26; Minnesota, Jan. 22 and Feb. 13; Wisconsin, Feb. 19) on the Big Ten Network, which reaches nearly 80 million homes nationwide. The Huskers also defeated South Dakota State (Dec. 21) in a game televised by Nebraska Educational Television (NET) that was also 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 The Wolf 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.
Women's Basketball Sets Dates for Annual Bus Trips
Nebraska women's basketball fans can follow the Huskers on three road trips in their first year in the Big Ten Conference in 2011-12. The first women's basketball bus trip was Sunday, Jan. 8, when the Huskers headed to Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The final journey will be an extended stay at the Huskers' first Big Ten Conference Tournament, Feb. 29-March 5. The cost of the bus transportation is $165 per person and does not include tournament tickets or hotel accommodations. Reservations for the bus trip closed on Feb. 10. For more information on the women's basketball bus trips, please contact Doug Fry at (402) 617-7039 or visit Huskers.com.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
The Huskers own a 12-3 record at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2011-12. Since the Devaney Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 374-126 (.748) in games played in the arena, including 140-85 (.622) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 110-30 (.786) at the Devaney Center.
NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in nine consecutive seasons, including a perfect 16-0 mark in 2009-10. NU was 11-4 at home in 2010-11.
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 at No. 15 Purdue (Feb. 2) marked Nebraska's 23rd win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori, including Nebraska's third this season. NU also knocked off No. 16 Penn State (Dec. 30) on the road in its first-ever Big Ten Conference game, while defeating No. 23 USC on Nov. 18.
Nebraska's 83-70 win over No. 22 UCLA in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament marked the Huskers' eighth top-25 win 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.
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.
NU has attracted more than 5,000 fans per game for each of its first seven Big Ten home games, including a season-high 7,752 fans for the Penn State game Jan. 15. The Huskers are averaging 6,336 fans per game in Big Ten play and 4,451 fans through 15 home contests overall. The Huskers rank among the top 25 teams nationally in attendance.
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.