Coatney's Call: Pittsburg State Game Preview
Nebraska (24-9, 10-6 Big Ten)
vs. Pittsburg State (27-6, 17-1 MIAA)
Monday, Oct. 29, 7:05 p.m. (central)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
Radio: 25-Station Husker Sports Network (Matt Coatney-PBP; Jeff Griesch-Analyst)
The Wolf 93.3 FM-KFFF (Omaha); KHAS 1230 (Hastings), KNEB 94.1 FM (Scottsbluff)
Internet: Free live audio on Huskers.com
Internet Video: HuskersNside (with Huskers.com audio)
Another Husker women's basketball season is upon us! It is such a great time to be a fan of the Big Red. Nebraska is coming off a tremendous season which saw the second-most wins in school history, a final top-25 ranking, an NCAA Tournament berth and an appearance in the Big Ten Tournament title game. Optimism continues to be high for a Husker team that returns four starters off last year's team.
Junior Jordan Hooper, a 6-2 forward, and 5-9 senior point guard Lindsey Moore are the first two Nebraska teammates to be named to a preseason National Player of the Year watch list. Hooper and Moore are listed on the pre-season Wade Watch List for good reason. Moore starts her senior season ranked fourth on the Nebraska career assist list with 504, within reach of Meggan Yedsena's school-record 696. She's 16th on the Nebraska all-time scoring list with 1,160 points. A finalist for last season's Lieberman Award for best point-guard in the nation, 'Zeroes' was second in the Big Ten in assists, fifth in steals and seventh in scoring.
Hooper was an Associated Press honorable-mention All-American last year after leading the Big Ten in rebounds and double-doubles. She ranked fourth in the conference in scoring (18.9 ppg) and was first-team All-Big Ten. Hooper became the first sophomore in school history to reach 1,000 points in her career and enters her junior campaign 22nd on the Nebraska career scoring list.
Look for big things out of 6-2 sophomore forward Emily Cady. The Seward native gained Big Ten All-Freshman honors last year and became just the fourth Husker to produce 300 points and 200 rebounds in her freshman season. She also had one of the most memorable shots in the history of Nebraska women's basketball when her off-balanced, deep three-ball forced a third overtime at Purdue in a game eventually won by the Huskers. Cady, Hooper and Moore will help lead a relatively young NU squad onto the floor this Monday night for the season opener in an exhibition game against Pittsburg State in Lincoln. It will be the first game of NU's final season at the Devaney Center as the Huskers will move into the Pinnacle Bank Arena next season.
This is the fourth consecutive season in which the Gorillas have faced the Huskers in exhibition play and PSU is coming off a historical season. They advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the first time in program history, finishing 2011-12 with a 27-6 overall mark. Along the way, Pittsburg State set records for most wins in a season, fewest losses, longest win streak (14 games), most rebounds and most blocked shots. PSU finished second in the MIAA conference, won the program's first NCAA Tournament game and earned the South Central Regional title.
Sixth-year head coach Lane Lord was named both MIAA Coach of the Year and WBCA/NCAA Division II Region Six Coach of the Year honors last year. His Pitt State teams have posted winning records in each of the past four seasons. Lord turned around a team that previously had won only 32 of 82 regular-season games in a three-year period.
Despite losing five seniors off the best team in school history, Pittsburg State still returns three starters and a talented roster that will be keyed by 5-11 sophomore forward and Honorable Mention-All American Lizzy Jeronimus. Last season, she led the Gorillas in points (15.8 ppg), minutes played, steals, and assists. Jeronimus was named the MIAA Freshman of the Year and first team all-MIAA. She also was named the Most Outstanding Player of the South Central Region after averaging 27.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in the three games, including a career-high 35 points in the regional final against Emporia State. In last season's exhibition loss at Nebraska, Jeronimus led all PSU scorers with 11 points.
Drew Roberts, a 5-6 guard, returns for her senior season at PSU. Two seasons ago, she tied Jordan Hooper for game-high scoring honors with 21 points in Nebraska's 78-60 win. Roberts averaged 10.2 ppg last season and led the team with 59 three-pointers, but was held to just one point and 0-of-5 in three point attempts against Nebraska. Alexa Bordewick, a 5-6 junior guard, is the third returning starters for PSU. She was second on the team in three-pointers (48) last season and averaged 7.8 ppg. She had six points in the loss in Lincoln last year.
I cordially invite you to join Jeff Griesch and me as we begin our 12th season together as the play-by-play team for Nebraska women's basketball on the Husker Sports Network. Our radio broadcast Monday evening beings with the Husker Courtside pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. (central) with the tip-off scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on the Husker Sports Network. There will not be any local radio coverage in Lincoln, but it can be heard on other select stations in Nebraska, including KFFF 93.3FM (The Wolf) in Omaha, KHAS 1230 in Hastings, KNEB 94.1 FM in Scottsbluff. All Husker women's basketball broadcasts are also available for free worldwide on the internet at www.huskers.com. I hope you can join us.
There are a number of ways to get enhanced information about our broadcast and Husker women's basketball via social media. You can learn more about the team on the Nebraska Women's Basketball Facebook page or follow the team on their official Twitter page @huskerswbb. I also invite you to friend me on Facebook (Matt Coatney) or follow me on Twitter @coatman1.