Big Red Ready for Kansas in Big Dance
#17/#22 (6) Nebraska Cornhuskers (24-8, 10-6 Big Ten)
vs. (11) Kansas Jayhawks (19-12, 8-10 Big 12)
2012 NCAA Tournament • Jack Stephens Center (5,600) • Little Rock, Ark.
Game 2: Sunday, March 18, (approx. 6:30 p.m.)
Live Television: ESPN2 (Holly Rowe-PBP; Fran Fraschilla-Analyst)
Radio: Husker Sports Network (25 stations, including flagships B107.3 FM-Lincoln; 93.3 FM-Omaha; 880 AM-KRVN Lexington)
Free Internet Audio: Huskers.com
Huskers Head to Little Rock to Face Kansas in NCAA First Round
The No. 17 Nebraska women's basketball team earned a trip to its fourth NCAA Tournament in the past six seasons when the Huskers claimed a No. 6 seed in the 64-team field of the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship announced on Monday, March 12.
Nebraska will be heading south to Little Rock, Ark., to face the most familiar foe in school history - the Kansas Jayhawks - on Sunday, March 18, at approximately 6:30 p.m. (central). The Huskers (24-8 overall, 10-6 Big Ten) will face the 11th-seeded Jayhawks (19-12 overall, 8-10 Big 12) at the Jack Stephens Center.
Nebraska's game with Kansas will be televised live by ESPN2 with Holly Rowe and Fran Fraschilla on the call. The tip time will follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game of the sub-regional between No. 3 seed and seventh-ranked Delaware (30-1, 18-0 Colonial) and homestanding UALR (20-12, 12-4 Sun Belt), which is scheduled for a 4:20 p.m. (central) tip.
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 also will be available worldwide on Huskers.com.
Nebraska has played 80 games in the all-time series with Kansas and has faced the Jayhawks every year as Big Eight and Big 12 conference rivals since NU's first season of varsity women's basketball in 1974-75. KU owns the series lead, 49-31, but the Huskers are 21-9 since 1997-98. Last season, Nebraska's final year in the Big 12, the Huskers and Jayhawks split a pair of meetings. NU won the first, 75-61 in overtime in Lincoln on Jan. 16, 2011, while the Jayhawks avenged the loss with a 77-61 victory in Lawrence on Feb. 26, 2011.
The 2012 Huskers earned the 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Kansas claimed its 12th, but its first since 2000. The Huskers were one of a conference-record seven Big Ten teams to earn NCAA bids. Kansas was one of seven Big 12 teams to earn bids. The Huskers will have 14 days off between games after storming to a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Tournament, March 1-4. NU came up just short in its bid for a first-ever conference tournament title in a 74-70 double-overtime loss to No. 21 Purdue.
#17 Nebraska Cornhuskers (24-8, 10-6 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 3.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 9.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - So. - F - 19.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 15.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg
5 - Kaitlyn Burke - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 5.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Off the Bench
33 - Rebecca Woodberry - 5-10 - RFr. - G - 4.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg
11 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 4.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 3.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - RFr. - F - 2.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 2.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
10th Season at NU (190-125); 22nd Season Overall (385-265)
Kansas Jayhawks (19-12, 8-10 Big 12)
11 - Aishah Sutherland - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 13.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg
15 - Chelsea Gardner - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 3.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg
3 - Angel Goodrich - 5-4 - Jr. - G - 13.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg
24 - CeCe Harper - 5-8 - So. - G - 3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
42 - Natalie Knight - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 5.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Off the Bench
13 - Monica Engelman - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 8.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg
33 - Tania Jackson - 6-2 - So. - F - 3.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg
0 - Asia Boyd - 6-1 - Fr. - G - 2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg
5 - Bunny Williams - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 1.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg
21 - Carolyn Davis (Inj.-Out) - 6-3 - Jr. - F - 16.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg
Head Coach: Bonnie Henrickson (St. Cloud State, 1986)
Eighth Season at Kansas (136-120); 15th Season Overall (304-182)
Nebraska Earns 10th NCAA Tournament Appearance
Nebraska claimed its 10th NCAA Tournament bid in school history when the Huskers earned the No. 6 seed in the 2012 NCAA First Round in Little Rock, Ark. The Huskers will be making their fourth NCAA appearance in the past six years under Coach Connie Yori - the most successful six-year stretch in school history.
Nebraska's last NCAA appearance came with a No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Huskers advanced to their first-ever NCAA Sweet 16 with wins over Northern Iowa (83-44) and UCLA (83-70) at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. NU was knocked out of the tournament in the third round by Kentucky, 76-67, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
The Huskers earned a 2008 NCAA bid as a No. 8 seed and defeated ninth-seeded Xavier, 61-58, in College Park, Md. NU fell in the second round to No. 1 seed and host Maryland, 76-64.
Nebraska made its first NCAA trip under Coach Yori in 2007, when the ninth-seeded Huskers dropped a 61-58 decision to No. 8 seed Temple in the first round in Raleigh, N.C.
The Huskers made their first NCAA trip as the Big Eight regular-season champions in 1988. NU posted its first NCAA Tournament win in its second trip to the tournament in 1993, defeating San Diego, 81-58, at the Devaney Center in Lincoln. After a third trip in 1996, the Huskers earned a second NCAA win in their fourth tournament appearance in 1998, defeating New Mexico (76-59) in Norfolk, Va. The Huskers added NCAA bids in 1999 and 2000.
For a complete list of Nebraska's NCAA Tournament results, please see the graphic on page 11 of these notes.
Huskers Own Success Against 2012 NCAA Tourney Field
Nebraska carries a 9-6 record against other 2012 NCAA Tournament teams into this year's 64-team field. NU went 3-0 against No. 9 seed Iowa and 2-1 against No. 8 seed Ohio State, while going 1-1 against against both No. 4 seed Penn State and No. 4 seed Purdue. The Huskers also won non-conference games against No. 13 seed South Dakota State and No. 14 seed Creighton. NU suffered single losses to No. 4 seed Georgia Tech, No. 10 seed Michigan State and No. 11 seed Michigan.
Nebraska's first-round opponent Kansas went 5-9 against the 2012 tournament field, including 1-0 in non-conference play, a 73-59 home win over Creighton. No. 3 seed Delaware went 3-1 against the field, defeating Penn State, St. Bonaventure and Princeton in the first three weeks of the season. The Blue Hens lost to Maryland on Dec. 29. UALR went 1-4 against the field, losing to Texas A&M and twice to South Dakota State, before falling to Middle Tennessee in regular-season Sun Belt Conference play. The Trojans avenged their first loss to Middle Tennessee with a 71-70 overtime win in the conference title game on March 6.
Huskers Own Long Basketball History with Kansas
Nebraska's NCAA first-round game with Kansas on Sunday will mark a renewal of the longest running series in school history. Nebraska has played Kansas every season the Huskers have had a varsity women's basketball program, dating back to 1974-75. The Huskers and Jayhawks have squared off 80 times on the court, with Kansas owning a 49-31 all-time advantage. However, Nebraska carries a 21-9 edge in the last 30 meetings dating back to the 1997-98 season.
Last season, as Big 12 Conference counterparts, Nebraska split with the Jayhawks, with the Huskers defeating Kansas, 75-61 in overtime on Jan. 16, 2011, at the Devaney Center. KU avenged the loss with a 77-61 win over NU in Lawrence, Kan., on Feb. 26, 2011, in the last meeting in the series.
Nebraska has won at least one game every season against Kansas since 2002-03, Coach Connie Yori's first season with the Huskers. Yori owns a 12-8 record against the Jayhawks as Nebraska's head coach.
Current Kansas assistant coach Tory Verdi was an assistant coach for the Huskers for five seasons from 2005-06 through 2009-10. He is in his second season on Coach Bonnie Henrickson's staff at Kansas.
Huskers to Play Second Game Ever in Arkansas Sunday
Nebraska will be playing just the second game in school history in the state of Arkansas, when the Huskers face Kansas on Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. NU's only previous trip to Arkansas came with a 63-59 loss at Arkansas State on Nov. 30, 1993, in Jonesboro.
The Huskers are 4-2 all-time against Arkansas schools, including a 62-45 win over UALR at the St. Mary's Thanksgiving Classic in Moraga, Calif., on Nov. 27, 2009. Nebraska opened this season with a 95-43 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff to improve to 2-0 against UAPB. The Huskers are 1-2 all-time against Arkansas State.
Huskers Could Make History with Game Against Blue Hens
Nebraska has never faced Delaware or a team from the state of Delaware in women's basketball. The Huskers have not played a Colonial Athletic Association team since losing to Old Dominion in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Norfolk, Va., on March 15, 1998. The Monarchs were a No. 1 seed in that tournament and featured Ticha Penecheiro.
The only other Colonial team the Huskers have ever faced is James Madison. NU is 2-0 against JMU, with the last win coming at the La Salle Invitational in Philadelphia on Dec. 28, 1992.
Hooper, Moore Claim All-Big Ten Tournament Honors
Nebraska junior Lindsey Moore and sophomore Jordan Hooper both earned spots on the five-player All-Big Ten Tournament Team announced following the championship game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 4.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., averaged 19.8 points and 9.0 rebounds to lead the Huskers to a 3-1 mark and an appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game. Moore, a 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., added 18.8 points and 4.8 assists to help the Huskers. Moore led NU with 27 points while playing all 50 minutes in the title game double-overtime loss to No. 21 Purdue. Hooper added 25 points and 10 boards for her third straight double-double in the tournament.
Huskers Shoot for 25th Win of Season in NCAA Tournament
Nebraska's Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over Ohio State pushed the Huskers' season victory total to 24, which put the 2011-12 Huskers all alone in second place on NU's single-season wins list.
A win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament would give Nebraska its 25th win, trailing only the 2009-10 Huskers' 32-2 record. Nebraska, which has produced 13 20-win seasons in school history, owns four 20-win campaigns over the past six years under Coach Connie Yori, including the best two seasons in school history in the last three seasons.
An NCAA Tournament win would give Nebraska 70 wins over the last three years, as the Huskers enter the tournament averaging 23 wins over the past three years.
An NCAA Tournament first-round victory would also give Coach Yori four NCAA Tournament wins in the last five seasons at Nebraska. Before Yori's arrival, the Huskers owned two NCAA Tournament wins in school history.
Husker Starting Five Solid for 32 Straight Games
Nebraska has put the same starting five on the floor for 32 consecutive games in 2011-12, a miraculous feat considering the injuries the Huskers battled last season on their way to a 13-18 season.
Senior Kaitlyn Burke, junior Lindsey Moore, sophomore Jordan Hooper and freshmen Emily Cady and Hailie Sample have composed NU's starting five each game this season. While the Husker starters have not missed games this season, they have fought through injuries to stay on the floor.
Moore, who is averaging 15.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists on the season, has dealt with a bone bruise near her knee since the Northwestern game Feb. 16. Cady, who is averaging 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds, twisted her knee in the second half of NU's win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19. She was questionable for the Michigan State Feb. 23, but has played through pain the last six games. Burke, who was granted a medical redshirt after being knocked out with multiple injuries in 2009-10, has dealt with foot and leg injuries throughout the last two seasons.
A consistent lineup throughout a full season is a rarity in college basketball, as five or 10 teams per season among the nearly 350 NCAA Division I teams are usually fortunate enough to keep the same five on the floor. It is the third time in 10 seasons that Coacch Connie Yori's Huskers have accomplished the feat.
The 2006-07 Huskers featured the same starting five for 32 games on their way to a 22-10 season and the NCAA Tournament. Yori's 2003-04 Huskers also used the same starting five for 30 games on their way to an 18-12 season and a WNIT bid.
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 NCAA Tournament at 24-8 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten, have won 11 more games overall and seven more conference games than last year when they finished 13-18 and 3-13 in the Big 12.
Nebraska's 11-game improvement ranks in a tie for fifth nationally in the win column, trailing only 13-win increases by San Diego State, UTEP and Cal State Northridge, and a 12-victory improvement by Niagara.
The 2011-12 Huskers advanced to their first conference tournament title game since the 1993 Big Eight Conference championship in Salina, Kan. No Nebraska team has ever won a conference tournament title.
Scouting the Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas earned the 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and its first bid since 2000, when the field was announced on Monday. The Jayhawks closed the regular season with a 19-12 overall record, including an 8-10 Big 12 mark. KU appeared headed to one of its best seasons in recent history after an 85-61 win over Texas on Feb. 8. The victory over the Longhorns improved KU to 17-6 and 6-5 in the powerful Big 12, while completing a season sweep of Texas.
The Jayhawks headed to rival Kansas State with momentum on Feb. 12, but KU's season changed with a season-ending injury to star post player Carolyn Davis. The 6-3 junior was averaging 17.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in KU's first 22 games, before suffering the injury just four minutes into the game at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan.
Kansas lost to K-State, then dropped games at Iowa State and then-winless Missouri in Lawrence to slip to 6-8 on the season. KU bounced back with a win at Texas Tech, before dropping back-to-back home games to No. 1 Baylor and Oklahoma State to move to 7-10. The Jayhawks rebounded again with one of their best efforts of the season with an 83-77 win at Oklahoma to close the regular season before falling to defending national champion Texas A&M in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament.
With the loss of Davis, senior forward Aishah Sutherland has stepped up her production, averaging 16.4 points and 8.4 rebounds in 35 minutes per game. For the season, Sutherland is averaging 13.9 points and 9.0 boards.
Junior Angel Goodrich, the nation's assist leader, has also increased her scoring with the departure of Davis. The 5-4 point guard is averaging 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 39 minutes per game over the last eight games. For the season, Goodrich has averaged 13.1 points, 4.0 boards and 7.5 assists per contest.
Natalie Knight has increased her production even more significantly. The 5-7 freshman guard has averaged 9.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (23-48) and three-point range (13-28) over the last eight games. She has increased her season averages to 5.9 points and 3.0 boards per game.
Chelsea Gardner, a 6-3 freshman forward, has also stepped into the spotlight in the last four games. Gardner has averaged just 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game on the year, but over the final four games she has averaged 9.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 28 minutes in Davis' lineup spot.
Sophomore CeCe Harper has also stepped into a starting role late in the season and has averaged 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds on the year.
Harper has replaced junior guard Monica Engelman in KU's starting five. Engelman, who has been one of the Jayhawks' top players the last three seasons, has managed just 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in just 7.2 minutes per game the last five contests. For the year, her averages have slipped to 8.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Freshmen Asia Boyd (2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg) and Bunny Williams (1.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg), along with sophomore forward Tania Jackson (3.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg) have also tried to pick up the slack for the lost production from Davis and Engelman.
As a team, Coach Bonnie Henrickson's Jayhawks are averaging 68.8 points, while allowing 63.2 points per game on the year. KU is shooting a stellar 45.6 percent from the field, including a strong 34.3 percent from long range. They have hit just 3.6 threes per game, but over the last five games the Jayhawks have hit 6.0 threes per contest, including back-to-back games with eight threes to end the year.
KU owns a plus-0.8 rebound margin and a plus-0.4 team turnover margin, and despite the loss of Davis the Jayhawks have only been outrebounded in four of their past eight contests.
Husker Offense Re-Emerges at Big Ten Tournament
Nebraska averaged 78.8 points in four Big Ten Tournament games and posted a trio of double-digit wins. NU hit 41.5 percent of its shots, including 34.9 percent from three-point range and 80 percent at the line in the tournament. During a five-game stretch following the Huskers' win over Purdue Feb. 2, NU struggled to score, averaging just 56.4 points and shooting 33.1 percent from the field, 26 percent from long range, and 66.7 percent at the line.
Through the first 22 games this season, Nebraska was averaging 74.5 points per game and shooting 39.8 percent from the field, including 31.6 percent from three-point range. The Huskers were also hitting 71.3 percent of their free throws while running to a 19-3 overall record and an 8-2 Big Ten mark.
Huskers Make Tourney Run in First Big Ten Season
Nebraska left a lasting impression in its first Big Ten Conference Tournament appearance in 2012. The Huskers entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed and claimed the tournament's first upset by knocking off third-seeded Iowa. They added a second upset by snapping No. 2 seed Ohio State's 10-game tournament winning streak to advance to the championship game against No. 4 seed Purdue.
The Huskers, who became the first-ever No. 6 seed to advance to the Big Ten Championship Game, came up just short in their quest for a first-ever conference tournament title, falling to the Boilermakers, 74-70 in double-overtime.
The 2012 Huskers became the first-ever Nebraska team to win three games in a postseason tournament of any kind. The last time Nebraska advanced to a conference tournament title game was 1993, when Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings led the Huskers to the Big Eight title game in Salina, Kan. NU lost to the Jayhawks, 64-60. Nebraska has never won a conference tournament title. The Huskers have played in conference tournaments in Salina, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., Dallas, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Okla., since their last championship game bid.
Hooper, Moore Named to Naismith Trophy Midseason 32
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore earned spots on the 2012 Naismith Trophy Midseason 32 when the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced its women's basketball national player-of-the-year candidates on Feb. 29.
Hooper, a first-team All-Big Ten selection and an All-Big Ten Tournament pick, ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring at 19.2 points per game. She also leads the conference with 9.3 rebounds per game. Hooper is the first Husker sophomore in history to reach the 1,000-point career scoring mark, and she recently surpassed 1,000 and 500 rebounds in her career. She needs just three more rebounds to become just the fourth player in school history to produce 600 points and 300 boards in a single season.
Moore, an All-Big Ten Tournament choice and a second-team All-Big Ten selection, ranks eighth in the conference in scoring at 15.8 points per game. She also ranks second in the Big Ten with 5.2 assists and fifth with 2.3 steals per game. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., recently became just the second player in school history with 1,100 points and 500 assists in a career.
Nebraska's dynamic duo becomes the first pair of Husker teammates in history to earn spots on the same national player-of-the-year watch list. Nebraska is one of just 10 teams nationally with two or more players on the Naismith Midseason Top 32, joining fellow Big Ten schools Penn State and Ohio State, along with Notre Dame (3), Baylor, Connecticut, Tennessee, Stanford, Duke and Miami.
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 third in the Big Ten in scoring (19.2 ppg) and first in rebounding (9.3 rpg).
The first-team All-Big Ten selection has scored at an unprecedented rate in Nebraska history since arriving from Alliance last season. The 6-2 forward has produced 1,067 career points, producing double figures in 31 of 32 games this season. Hooper owns a Big Ten-leading 14 double-doubles and has a chance to become just the fourth player in school history to score 600 points and grab 300 rebounds in the same season. She needs just three rebounds in the NCAA Tournament to accomplish the feat, after already setting the Husker sophomore scoring mark with 613 points this season.
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 ranks eighth in the Big Ten 15.8 points per game, while ranking second in assists (5.2 apg) and fifth in steals (2.2 spg). She also ranks among the top 10 in the Big Ten with her 81.7 free throw percentage. She earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches and media as one of the top 10 players in the league.
Last season, Moore was honorable-mention All-Big 12 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 97 consecutive games for the Huskers since earning Parade High School All-America honors at Kentwood High School in Washington, ranks 16th in Nebraska history with 1,148 points. She also ranks fourth in Husker history with 502 assists, and eighth in the NU record book with 121 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.
Hooper Leads First Huskers on All-Big Ten Teams
Sophomore Jordan Hooper became Nebraska's first first-team All-Big Ten award winner in women's basketball when she was named to the five-player all-conference team by both the coaches and media on Monday.
Hooper was joined on the all-conference teams by Husker teammates Lindsey Moore (2nd), Emily Cady (HM, All-Freshman) and Kaitlyn Burke (Sportsmanship). While all of the honors are Nebraska's first conference honors in the Big Ten, they mark the ninth consecutive season that the Huskers have claimed multiple all-conference awards under Coach Connie Yori.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., is the Big Ten's No. 1 rebounder (9.3 rpg) and No. 3 scorer (19.2 ppg). She has helped the Huskers to a 24-8 record that included a 10-6 Big Ten mark.
Hooper is the first Husker to win first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore since Kelsey Griffin in 2006-07. Griffin went on to be a three-time first-team All-Big 12 pick and a 2010 first-team All-American as a 6-2 forward.
Hooper is just the fifth Husker sophomore in history to claim first-team all-conference accolades, joining Griffin, Kiera Hardy (Big 12, 2005), Karen Jennings (Big Eight, 1991) and Maurtice Ivy (Big Eight, 1986). Hooper also claimed a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2011.
Hooper was joined among Nebraska's All-Big Ten honorees by Moore. The 5-9 junior point guard from Covington, Wash., captured second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and media while averaging 15.8 points, 5.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game on the year. She ranks eighth in the conference in scoring, second in assists and sixth in the steals.
It marked the third all-conference award of Moore's career, after earning honorable-mention All-Big 12 recognition a year ago, and a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2009-10.
Cady captured Nebraska's first-ever spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by producing 9.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game to go along with a team-leading 25 blocked shots on the season. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., increased her production in Big Ten play by averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in regular-season conference play.
Cady also earned a spot on the honorable-mention All-Big Ten team from the conference media. She becomes the first Husker freshman since Meggan Yedsena in 1991 to earn a spot on an overall all-conference team. Yedsena is the only Husker in history to earn four spots on all-conference teams. Yedsena claimed honorable-mention All-Big Eight accolades in 1991, before capturing three second-team awards in 1992, 1993 and 1994.
Burke rounded out the list of Husker award winners on their inaugural All-Big Ten squads by earning a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The 5-7 senior guard from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was one of two Big Ten women's basketball players among 30 national candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Burke is also the President of Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a regular academic all-conference selection. She ranks No. 2 at Nebraska in career games played and ranks ninth in career three-pointers made.
Huskers Earn Spot in Final AP Top 25 at No. 17
Nebraska climbed three spots to finish in a tie for 17th in the final 2012 Associated Press Poll. The Huskers closed the 2011-12 regular season by earning a spot in the AP Top 25 for 14 straight weeks - matching the longest streak in school history (also 2009-10). The Huskers also achieved just the second final top-25 ranking in school history, trailing only the No. 4 final ranking in the 2010 AP Poll. The AP does not do a postseason top 25.
Nebraska was one of four Big Ten teams in the final AP Top 25, joining Penn State (11th), Purdue (13th) and Ohio State (16th).
Nebraska has also spent nine consecutive weeks in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25, coming in at No. 22 in the March 12 final regular-season rankings. The coaches do a post-tournament final top 25.
Huskers Lock Up 10 Wins in First Big Ten Season
Nebraska notched its 10th Big Ten win of the season with its 71-57 victory over No. 8 Ohio State at the Devaney Center Feb. 26. The victory put the 2011-12 Huskers in elite company in Nebraska women's basketball history as just the seventh NU team to produce 10 conference wins in a season. While it has only happened seven times in school history, Coach Connie Yori's Huskers have managed the feat three times in the past six years.
Yori's 2009-10 Huskers rolled to a perfect 16-0 record in Big 12 play to capture the conference title on their way to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16. In 2006-07, Yori's Huskers went 10-6 in the Big 12 on their way to the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska's 10-6 conference record also ties for the fifth-best conference winning percentage by a Husker team in school history, matching the 2006-07 and 1999-00 squads. 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 10 or more victories four times during that span.
Hooper To Join Elite Group with 600 Points, 300 Rebounds
Jordan Hooper will make history if she pulls down three rebounds in Nebraska's first-round NCAA Tournament game. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., will become the first Husker sophomore to produce 600 points and 300 rebounds in a season, and just the fourth player overall in school history to accomplish the feat.
Hooper, a first-team All-Big Ten pick, already has set the Nebraska sophomore single-season scoring record with 613 points. She eclipsed the 609 points scored by Kiera Hardy in 2004-05. Hooper enters the NCAA Tournament with 613 points and 297 rebounds. Her rebound total is the third-highest in school history by a sophomore, trailing only 372 by Janet Smith in 40 games in 1979-80) and 314 by Carol Garey in 36 games in 1978-79.
To give Hooper's productivity some more perspective, only one other sophomore in school history - Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-81) managed to score 500 points and grab 250 rebounds.
Hooper's sophomore production has been on a similar level to the two most productive seasons in school history. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner and a first-team All-American, produced 810 points and 319 rebounds in 32 games as a junior in 1991-92. Kelsey Griffin, a finalist for every national player-of-the-year award in 2010 and a first-team All-American, produced 685 points and 354 rebounds in 34 games as a senior.
Hooper Becomes First Nebraska Sophomore To Score 1,000
Jordan Hooper pumped in 18 points in a career-low 16 minutes in Nebraska's 88-56 first-round Big Ten Tournament win over Northwestern on March 1 to become the first sophomore in Husker history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in a career. She did it in her 60th career game.
Hooper followed with three consecutive double-doubles at the Big Ten Tournament and has increased her career scoring total to 1,067 points. With two more points she will catch Kate Galligan (1993-96) in 23rd place on the NU all-time scoring list. Hooper needs just seven points to reach Tina McClain (1994-97) in 22nd with 1,074 points and just 22 points to catch Nafeesah Brown (1992-94) in 21st at 1,089 points. A 29-point performance will push Hooper into Nebraska's top 20, matching Ann Halsne (1988-91) with 1,096 and 34 points will move Hooper into a tie for 19th with Yvonne Turner (2006-10) with 1,101.
Hooper has joined junior teammate Lindsey Moore as active members of the 1,000-point club. Hooper is the 12th native Nebraskan in the group and the second player from Alliance, Neb., joining Amy Stephens (1,976, 1986-89).
Only two other towns in Nebraska have produced multiple 1,000-point scorers with Omaha supplying Maurtice Ivy (2,131, 1985-88), Janet Smith (1,284, 1979-82) and Yvonne Turner (1,101, 2007-10) and Lincoln providing Jan Crouch (1,183, 1976-79) and Dominique Kelley (1,107, 2008-11).
Moore Climbing Nebraska Career Scoring List
Lindsey Moore has climbed to No. 16 on NU's career list with 1,148 points and needs 35 points to catch former Husker Jan Crouch (1976-79) in 15th on the all-time list at 1,183.
Moore, who achieved the 1,000-point mark in her 87th career game, 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 owns 502 career assists, is just the third player in Nebraska history with 1,000 points and 500 assists, joining Meggan Yedsena (1991-94, 1,116 points, 696 assists) and Nicole Kubik (1997-00, 1,867 points, 563 assists).
Burke Moves to No. 2 in Games Played at Nebraska
Senior Kaitlyn Burke has moved into sole possession of second on Nebraska's career games played list by playing 133 games as a Husker.
The NU record for career games played is held by Janet Smith (1979-82) with 136. For Burke to match Smith's school record, the Huskers will need to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Burke, who has started 34 consecutive games including all 32 this year, owns 80 career starts in her five seasons at Nebraska.
All-Big Ten Freshman Cady Stepped Up in Conference Play
Emily Cady turned up her production significantly in Big Ten action, averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in 16 conference contests. The 6-2 freshman forward from Seward, Neb., averaged 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in NU's 12 non-conference contests. In fact, 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 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 29th in the Big Ten in scoring and 13th in rebounding. Cady ranks eighth in the conference on the offensive glass with 2.6 offensive rebounds per game.
For her efforts, Cady claimed a spot on the five-player Big Ten All-Freshman Team from both the conference coaches and media. She also earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from the league media, which made her just the second Husker freshman in history to earn all-conference mention. The only other Husker to earn at least an honorable-mention all-conference award as a freshman was Meggan Yedsena (1990-91).
Cady Produces One of Top All-Around Freshman Seasons at NU
Emily Cady is just the fourth freshman in Nebraska history with 300 points (316) and 200 rebounds (206) in her first season as a Husker, and the 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., has filled the stat sheet in many more record-setting ways in 2011-12.
Cady's 206 rebounds rank third all-time among Nebraska freshmen, one more than Jordan Hooper (205) produced last season. Cady is just the second freshman in history, joining Kathy Hagerstrom (1979-80) to get 300 points, 200 rebounds and 50 assists in the same season.
If Cady can record four more steals, she would become the first Husker freshman in history to produce 300 points, 200 rebounds, 50 assists and 50 steals. Cady also needs just one more block to rank among the top five freshmen in school history in blocked shots. All-American Kelsey Griffin owns the No. 5 spot with 27 blocks in 2005-06.
Sample Turns Up Production Late in Freshman Season
Freshman forward Hailie Sample has played an increased offensive role down the stretch for the Huskers.
Through the first 25 games, Sample was averaging 3.3 points and 3.9 boards per game. She had hit just 14-of-33 free throws (42.4 percent), 34-of-84 shots from the field (40.4 percent) and was 0-for-12 from long range.
Over the last seven games, The 6-1 forward from Flower Mound, Texas, is averaging 6.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 42.9 percent from the field, including 1-of-3 threes. She has also hit 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) of her free throws.
In four Big Ten Tournament games, Sample averaged 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists, while hitting 11-of-27 shots from the field. She also hit the first three-pointer of her career in the win over Iowa, and knocked down 7-of-9 free throws (77.8 percent) in the tournament.
Hooper Putting Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper leads the Big Ten and ranks among the top 20 players nationally with 14 double-doubles through 32 games in 2011-12. Hooper, who has produced double figures in 31 of Nebraska's 32 games this season, also owns 14 double-figure rebounding performances this year.
The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., has produced three straight double-doubles, including 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game loss to No. 21 Purdue. She added 21 points and 10 rebounds against No. 14 Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals March 3, and 15 points and 10 boards in little more than a half against Iowa on March 2.
Hooper's last regular-season double-double came 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 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 17 double-doubles in the first 63 games of her career, Hooper already ranks eighth in school history in career double-doubles. She needs just one 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 time in a seven-game stretch with 15 or more rebounds. 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 times against Division I foes.
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 then-career-high 16-rebound performance at Illinois on Jan. 29. Hooper is just the third Husker to grab 15 or more boards in back-to-back games, joining Smith and Aarden. 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. 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 NU player has ever grabbed 15 rebounds four times in the same season against Division I competition, and no Husker has 15 or more boards in three straight games.
Sample Joins Cady as Freshman Starting Duo
Hailie Sample has joined Emily Cady as freshman forwards in Nebraska's starting five for all 32 games in 2011-12. Cady and Sample could become the first Husker freshman tandem in history to start every game together in a season. In fact, only seven freshmen in school history prior to this season had ever started every game in a season for NU, including current Husker junior Lindsey Moore (school-record 34 starts, 2009-10) and sophomore Jordan Hooper (31 starts, 2010-11).
Two other freshmen have started every game under Coach Connie Yori, including forward Kelsey Griffin (32 starts, 2005-06) and guard Dominique Kelley (33 starts, 2007-08). The only other freshmen in NU history to start every game were Meggan Yedsena (28 starts, 1990-91), Angie Miller (28 starts, 1983-84) and Jan Crouch (31 starts, 1975-76).
Cady, a Big Ten All-Freshman Team member and an honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick, has averaged 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while Sample has contributed 3.9 points and 3.8 boards per game. Of the nine full-time freshman starters in school history, only three (Hooper-14.6 ppg, Miller-14.6 ppg, Griffin-13.3 ppg) have averaged double figures in points.
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 866 points (27.7 ppg), 566 rebounds (17.7 rpg), 157 assists (4.9 apg), 51 blocks (1.6 bpg) and 141 steals (4.4 spg) through 32 games. 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.
A total of 45 freshmen played games in the Big Ten this season, and only 13 freshmen on the other 11 Big Ten teams scored 100 points on the year. Nebraska had five (Cady, Jeffery, Laudermill, Sample, Woodberry).
Only seven freshmen on the other 11 Big Ten teams produced 100 points and 100 rebounds on the year, three Huskers (Cady, Sample, Woodberry) accomplish that feat.
Only nine other Big Ten freshmen played 500 or more minutes, while three Huskers (Cady, Jeffery, Sample) reached that mark. Only 19 freshmen on the other 11 Big Ten teams played 200 or more minutes. If Simon plays one minute in the NCAA Tournament, all six of Nebraska's freshmen will reach that mark.
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.
Huskers Smash School Three-Point Record Again
The 2011-12 Huskers produced another record-setting three-point season, connecting on a record 229 threes on a record 740 attempts in the regular season. Nebraska also leads the Big Ten with 7.2 made threes per game, which ranks 19th nationally. The 2010-11 Huskers set the school record with 7.0 threes per game last year.
Nebraska's 229 threes surpassed the 225 the 2009-10 Huskers hit. NU's 740 attempts shattered thre previous school recored of 661 also set in 2009-10.
The Huskers have hit seven or more threes in 17 of their 32 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; Northwestern (Big Ten)-9; Iowa (Big Ten)-7; Ohio State (Big Ten)-9).
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.
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. Before Yori's arrival, no Husker team had hit more than 132 threes in a season, or attempted more than 437.
Record Seven Huskers Own Double-Digit Threes This Season
Nebraska leads the Big Ten and ranks 19th nationally with 7.2 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, and all seven of those players have connected on 17 or more triples.
Sophomore Jordan Hooper leads the Huskers with 67 made threes, while junior Lindsey Moore has pumped in 48. Hooper's total is tied for sixth in school history, while Moore needs just two more to join NU's single-season top 10 with 50.
Four of Nebraska's next five highest three-point totals come from freshmen, including Rebecca Woodberry (26), and Emily Cady (24). Senior Kaitlyn Burke has contributed 21, while freshmen Brandi Jeffery (18) and Tear'a Laudermill (17) 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 (2-6, .333), Katie Simon (3-8, .375) 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.
Huskers Make Hay in Big Way at Free Throw Line
Nebraska's 524 made free throws this season rank as the third-highest total in school history. Nebraska needs 44 makes to tie the 1997-98 team for the second-best single-season total in the NU record book. The 2009-10 own the team record with 595 free throws made.
The 2009-10 squad also set the school record with 839 attempts in 34 games. The 2011-12 Huskers have attempted 725 free throws this year, which ranks sixth in school history. The Huskers can climb to fourth with 20 attempts in the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska is outscoring the opposition by an average of 5.2 points per game at the free throw line (16.4-11.2) on the year.
Individually, Lindsey Moore and Jordan Hooper have done the most damage for the Huskers at the line. Moore's 143 makes rank fifth in NU history, and she needs eight more to catch Nicole Kubik (1998-99) in fourth. With 10 more, Moore can join Maurtice Ivy (1984-85) in third.
Hooper, who enters the NCAA Tournament with a string of 19 consecutive free throws made over the past three games, ranks seventh in NU single-season history with 140 makes on the year. She will tie Nafeesah Brown (1993-94) in sixth with her next made free throw.
Hooper's 140 free throws are 19 more than Kelsey Griffin's previous sophomore class record of 121. Hooper's 180 attempts rank second behind only Deb Powell's 193 in 1981-82.
Huskers Working Overtime for Wins in 2011-12
Nebraska is 2-1 in overtime this season and the three extra-long games have gone a combined seven overtimes. The seven overtimes are the most the Huskers have played in a single season in school history, and mark the first time that NU has played multiple 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 added a 74-70 double-overtime loss against the Boilermakers in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament on March 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Nebraska notched a 97-88 double-overtime win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. The wins at NAU and Purdue mark the first time in school history that Nebraska has won two true road overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers have played 35 overtime games in school history, but just six multi-overtime games, with three of those coming this season. NU is 5-1 all-time in multi-overtime games, and 18-17 overall in OT. The Huskers 5-3 in OT in Coach Connie 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 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 recorded 279 steals this season, averaging 8.7 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 32 games, Lindsey Moore has displayed her continued improvement at point guard by averaging 15.8 points and team bests of 5.2 assists and 2.2 steals in 32 minutes per game. The 2012 Naismith and Lieberman Award candidate from Covington, Wash., is shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 81.7 percent from the free throw line. She ranks 29th nationally and second in the Big Ten in assists.
Moore, who ranks No. 16 on Nebraska's career scoring list with 1,148 points, owns 10 20-point scoring performances this season, including six games with 26 or more points. She 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 scored 27 points and dished out five assists in the Big Ten Championship Game against No. 21 Purdue on March 4, just two days after pouring in 26 points, dishing out six assists and grabbing five steals in a win over Iowa on March 2. She had 26 points and seven rebounds 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 added 23 points, four assists and four steals against Michigan, while leading NU with 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.
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 502 (4th) in 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 165 assists through 32 games this season to rank third on NU's junior single-season assist list. Moore needs four more to reach Meggan Yedsena (169, 1992-93) in second on that list, which would also tie Moore for Nebraska's sixth-best passing season overall.
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 32 games, Hooper is Nebraska's leading scorer and rebounder, nearly averaging a double-double with 19.2 points and 9.3 rebounds in 29.6 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.
The first-team All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring and leads the league in rebounding, while ranking 23rd nationally in scoring and tied for 46th in rebounding. She also ranks among the top 25 players nationally with 14 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 21 career 20-point performances, including 15 this season. She also carries 17 career double-doubles, including three straight heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Hooper had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game loss to No. 21 Purdue March 4. She added 21 points and 10 boards in a win over No. 14 Ohio State March 3, after getting 15 points and 10 rebounds in little more than a half in an 80-68 win over Iowa March 2.
She added 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds against Wisconin Feb. 19, and had 12 points and a then-career-high 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 29. 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 56 of 63 career games, including 31 of 32 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 drained 67 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's freshman and sophomore totals are tied for sixth-best in school history.
In 63 career games, Hooper has hit 134 three-pointers to rank fifth on the Nebraska career list. She needs 11 more to catch Kate Galligan (1993-96) in fourth on the school career chart. Hooper is more than halfway to Kiera Hardy's NU career mark of 267.
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.
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 3.9 points to go along with 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists per game. Over the last five games, she is averaging 5.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game, including a pair of eight-point efforts against a top-15 Ohio State squad.
Jeffery also pulled down a career-high six rebounds and tied a career best with three assists againt then-No. 8 Ohio State on Feb. 26. She added eight points and five boards in a rematch with then-No. 14 OSU March 3. She had a career-high six steals against Vermont (Dec. 18).
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 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, including five double-figure scoring efforts. She produced her most recent double-figure performance with 12 points and six rebounds in a win over Northwestern March 1.
Woodberry 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.
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 11 times and grabbed five or more rebounds on 10 occasions.
Arguably Nebraska's most electrifying player off the bench has been true freshman Tear'a Laudermill, who has managed 4.2 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 10 of 27 games.
Most recently, Laudermill pumped in nine points and grabbed three rebounds in Nebraska's Big Ten Tournament first-round win over Northwestern on March 1. 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.
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. However, she did claim a prestigious Big Ten Sportsmanship Award when the conference announced its year-end honors on Feb. 27.
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 133 games for the Huskers since starting her career at NU in 2007-08. She has made 80 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 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists while starting all 32 games in 2011-12. She averaged 9.0 points and 2.3 assists, including a career-high 20 points and three assists against No. 14 Ohio State March 3, to help the Huskers to a Big Ten runner-up finish.
She owns six double-figure scoring efforts on the year, including 14 points and seven rebounds in Nebraska's win at No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2. She added 13 points at Michigan State Feb. 23, after producing 11 points in NU's win over Wisconsin Feb. 19. 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 (110) and joined the top 20 on the Huskers' career assist list with a season-high five at Northern Arizona. She ranks 17th with 281 career assists and with her next assists will tie Kelli Benson (1981-84) in 16th with 282. Burke needs 13 assists to catch Kiera Hardy in 15th place, and is 24 away from NU's career top 10. Burke 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 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.
Coach Connie Yori's Huskers have prided themselves on their ability to battle back in her 10 years at Nebraska. In fact, she has led NU back from double-digit deficits to victories 15 times in 10 years, including an amazing five times this season.
Most recently, Nebraska battled back from an eight-point deficit with four minutes left in the Big Ten Championship Game against Purdue. The Huskers sent the game to overtime and double-overtime before eventually falling to the Boilermakers. Although that comeback came up short, the Huskers' successfully rallied from 13 points down in the first half to roll to a 15-point win over No. 14 Ohio State in the Big Ten semifinals March 3.
Nebraska also battled back from an eight-point deficit with just over 15 minutes left in the Big Ten quarterfinals against Iowa on March 2. The Huskers not only came back to win, they flew past the Hawkeyes, 80-68.
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.
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 24 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."
Pinnacle Bank Arena to Provide New Home to Huskers in 2013-14
Nebraska fans got a pair of opportunities to see a scale model of Nebraska's future Pinnacle Bank Arena at the Huskers' final home women's basketball games against Wisconsin and Ohio State. The models were on display in the Hendricks Training Complex main lobby, and NU athletic administrators, ticket office representatives and Huskers Athletic Fund personnel were 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 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.
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 women's lounge features three 65-inch televisions and a unique LED bubble wall. The Huskers have a custom locker room with iPads built into the lockers, as well as custom back-lit displays.
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 has had all 32 games in 2011-12 appear live on TV or as live video streams. Every Nebraska home game was available on either BTN or BTN.com, while every Big Ten Conference regular-season contest was also available on BTN or BTN.com.
The Huskers added three Big Ten Tournament games on BTN, before appearing on ESPN2 in the Big Ten Championship Game on March 4. Overall the Huskers have played 12 games on live national television this season, including 11 times on the Big Ten Network.
Nebraska 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.
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-KFFF. 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.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
The Huskers own a 13-3 record at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2011-12. Since the Devaney Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 375-126 (.749) in games played in the arena, including 141-85 (.624) in conference games. Since 2003-04, NU is 111-30 (.787) 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 over No. 14 Ohio State (March 3) marked Nebraska's 25th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Coach Yori, including the second over a top-15 Ohio State team in a week.
The Huskers also defeated No. 8 Ohio State (Feb. 26), which marked NU's sixth victory over a top-10 foe under Yori. Prior to Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers owned just one win over a top 10 opponent in school history.
The Huskers own five wins over AP Top 25 teams at game time this season, including a 93-89 triple overtime win at No. 15 Purdue (Feb. 2). The Huskers also knocked off No. 16 Penn State (Dec. 30) on the road in their first-ever Big Ten Conference game, while defeating No. 23 USC on Nov. 18 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.
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. 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.
Des Moines Native Yori Hoping to Lead the Huskers Home
Coach Connie Yori led Nebraska to a No. 6 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. In her 10th season as Nebraska's head coach, Yori has guided the Huskers to four NCAA tournaments, nearly matching the previous total of six in school history prior to her arrival.
While Nebraska opens the tournament in Little Rock, the Huskers have a chance to play their way to the Des Moines Regional at Wells Fargo Arena by getting a pair of wins in Arkansas. If the Huskers can advance to their second NCAA Sweet Sixteen in the past three years, Yori will coach for the time since her Missouri Valley Conference days in her native Des Moines.
Yori, who was born in Des Moines in October of 1963, grew up in nearby Ankeny, Iowa, and was an Iowa high school legend in both 6-on-6 basketball and softball in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
A 1982 graduate of Ankeny High School, Yori is a two-time inductee into the Iowa Girl's High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame. In addition to scoring 3,068 career points as a 6-on-6 player at Ankeny High School, Yori was a four-time first-team all-state shortstop for the Hawkettes, leading her softball team to state titles in 1979, 1980 and 1981.
A Brief Look at the Home Half of the Little Rock Bracket
The hosts from UALR will face No. 3 seed Delaware on Sunday, March 18 at 4:20 p.m. at The Jack Stephens Center. The Trojans, who received the automatic bid as the Sun Belt Conference Champions, were selected as a No. 14 seed.
Coach Joe Foley and the Trojans enter the game 20-12 overall after winning the Trojans' second-straight Sun Belt Conference Tournament title. UALR is making its third straight NCAA Tournament trip.
Sun Belt Freshman of the Year and Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player Taylor Gault averages a team-high 16.3 points, while second team All-Sun Belt and All-Tournament team honoree Marian Kursh averages a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game.
Delaware enters the tournament 30-1 after clinching the automatic berth with the Blue Hens' first-ever Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title. The Blue Hens will be making their third-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, after facing NC State in 2001 and Michigan State in 2007. Delaware enters the NCAA Tournament riding a school-record 20-game winning streak.
The Blue Hens are led in scoring by All-American Elena Delle Donne who averages a nation's best 27.5 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounds averaging 10.3 per game. Delle Donne was the CAA Player of the Year and the CAA Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Junior Lauren Carra, a third-team All-CAA selection, ranks second on the team with 10.3 points per game, while classmate Danielle Parker chips in 8.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest.
The NCAA first-round game will mark the first-ever meeting between Delaware and UALR. The Blue Hens and Trojans did not face any common opponents this season.