Exhibition Game #2
(24-9, 10-6 Big Ten)
vs. Nebraska-Kearney Lopers
(8-19, 8-14 RMAC)
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2:05 p.m.
Bob Devaney Sports Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
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Huskers Clash with Lopers to Close Exhibition Action
The Nebraska women's basketball team wraps up its exhibition season when the Huskers take on the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Sunday, Nov. 4.
The Huskers' annual exhibition with UNK tips at 2:05 p.m., with live radio coverage provided by the Husker Sports Network, including Omaha flagship 93.3 FM The Wolf. NU's exhibition games will not be carried over the air on Lincoln flagship B107.3 FM, but the exhibition games are available to the stations on the Husker Sports Network across Nebraska. The game also can be heard for free on Huskers.com.
Live premium video is also available to HuskersNside subscribers on Huskers.com.
Nebraska enters 2012-13 after a young Husker team ran to a 24-9 overall record, including a 10-6 Big Ten mark in 2011-12. The Huskers advanced to their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past six years and battled their way to the Big Ten Tournament championship game in their first season in the conference. The 2012-13 Huskers return four starters and nine letterwinners from last season's squad.
The Huskers, who enter the season ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Preseason Poll and No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25, opened exhibition action on Monday, Oct. 29, with an impressive 78-34 run past Pittsburg State. The Gorillas returned three starters and 11 letterwinners from a team that ran to a 27-6 overall record and a trip to the 2012 NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Preseason National Player-of-the-Year candidate Jordan Hooper led four Huskers in double figures with 17 points and nine rebounds in just 20 minutes against Pittsburg State. Sophomore guard Tear'a Laudermill contributed 12 points off the bench, while fellow sophomore Brandi Jeffery added 11 points while making her first collegiate start alongside Husker returning starters Hooper, Lindsey Moore, Emily Cady and Hailie Sample.
UNK comes to Lincoln hoping to rebound from an 8-19 season in 2011-12. The Lopers, under third-year coach Kevin Chaney, look to replace five seniors including their top two scorers from a year ago.
Nebraska Celebrates Final Basketball Season at Devaney Center
The Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will celebrate their final season at the Bob Devaney Sports Center throughout the 2012-13 campaign. The Huskers will move into the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln in October of 2013. The arena, which is set for completion next fall, will become the new home of Husker men's and women's basketball in 2013-14.
As part of the festivities at the Devaney Center during 2012-13, the Huskers plan to highlight the greatest moments and greatest players in the 37-year history of the Devaney Center At each men's and women's basketball home game during the season, HuskerVision will produce a big screen feature showcasing one of the most memorable moments in men's and women's basketball history.
On the women's side, long-time Husker Sports Network basketball broadcasters Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch compiled the list along with Mike Babcock, who researched and wrote a detailed history of Husker women's basketball in 2000. The women's basketball moments range from Jan Crouch's 27-point performance on opening night on Nov. 12, 1976 to Lindsey Moore's triple-double on Jan. 2, 2011. They include championship celebrations in 1988 and 2010 and historic victories throughout the decades, while recognizing Husker legends such as Karen Jennings, Maurtice Ivy, Kelsey Griffin, Anna DeForge, Amy Stephens and more.
During the season, fans also will be able to join the discussion through social media, offering their most memorable moments at the Devaney Center.
The Nebraska Athletic Department has created a special "Devaney Center Final Season" logo that will be displayed on giant banners draped outside above the north and south entrances of the Devaney Center.
Scouting the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers
Nebraska-Kearney comes to Lincoln looking to rebound from an 8-19 campaign in 2011-12. The Lopers battled their way to an 8-14 record and a 12th-place finish in their final season in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) a year ago.
Third-year coach Kevin Chaney leads UNK into its first season in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) in 2012-13. The Lopers will be Nebraska's second MIAA opponent of the exhibition season, following a 78-34 win over the preseason No. 2 team in the MIAA Pittsburg State on Oct. 29.
UNK brings a relatively inexperienced squad to the Devaney Center, as the Lopers return a trio of starters but just six letterwinners from last year's club. Nebraska-Kearney looks to replace five seniors off last year's roster, including their top two scorers, Debi Johnson (1,432 career points) and Vanessa Leeper Jones (1,284 career points). Johnson led UNK with 14.6 points per game while also leading the Lopers in assists and steals last season. Leeper Jones added 14.0 points per contest while leading UNK with 7.1 rebounds and ranking second on the team in assists.
Shelby Zimmerman, a 5-10 junior forward from Beatrice (Tri-County High School), is UNK's top returner. She averaged 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game a year ago. Zimmerman played 25 of UNK's 27 games with 21 starts in 2011-12.
Junior Nicole Arp also returns to the UNK starting five. The 5-6 point guard from Kearney High School managed 4.1 points and 2.1 boards in 20.3 minutes per game last season, while starting 20 of her 26 games. Melissa Norman, a 6-2 sophomore forward from Elk Grove, Calif., adds size to the UNK lineup. She averaged 4.4 points and 3.8 boards in 17.2 minutes per contest last season. Norman, who made 12 starts, joins fellow sophomore forward Danielle Kersten as the only returning Lopers to play in all 27 games a year ago. Kersten made three starts, but produced just 1.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game.
Senior Ivy Jones returns to bolster the UNK backcourt. The 5-5 point guard from Vallejo, Calif., started four games last season and managed 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest. Junior point guard Sarah Hix adds more experience at the point guard spot, after contributing 1.4 points per game in 2011-12.
Nadia Williams, a 6-0 senior forward from San Jose, Calif., rounds out the UNK returners after putting up 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in her first season as a Loper. Williams played just 14 of UNK's 27 games because of injury last year.
Junior college transfer Reed Levings is expected to make her debut as a starter in the Loper lineup. The left-handed Levings averaged nine points per game while leading Lane (Ore.) Community College in three-pointers, rebounds, blocked shots and steals last season.
Lincoln native Queen Ohamara also could make an impact for the Lopers this season. The 6-0 sophomore forward from Lincoln North Star averaged 4.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game as a freshman at Nebraska Wesleyan in 2011-12.
UNK also expects to be bolstered by Laramey Lewis and Sydney Seberger. Lewis scored 1,910 points in her prep career at Hitchcock County High School, which ranks 12th on Nebraska's all-time prep scoring list. Seberger was a first-team Class B all-state pick at Lexington High School.
Nebraska vs. UNK Series History
Nebraska will face Nebraska-Kearney for the 12th consecutive season in exhibition action when the two teams meet Sunday at the Devaney Center. The Huskers have won all 11 exhibition meetings, dating back to the first contest on Nov. 4, 2001.
Last season, Nebraska rolled to an 85-55 win over the Lopers on Nov. 6, 2011, led by 28 points and six rebounds from Jordan Hooper. Lindsey Moore added 14 points and seven assists, as 10 Huskers scored at least three points in the game. Debi Johnson led UNK with 20 points, while Ivy Jones added 12 points and three steals.
In addition to an 11-0 exhibition record against UNK, the Huskers own a 6-0 mark against the Lopers in regular-season action. The two schools have not squared off in a regular-season game since Dec. 8, 1982.
Hooper, Moore Earn Spots on Wade Watch List
Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore were among 25 college players named to the 2012-13 preseason Wade Watch List, announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Sept. 18.
Hooper and Moore are the first Husker teammates in history named to the Wade Watch List at the same time. They make Nebraska one of only five schools in the nation with two or more players on the 2012-13 Wade Watch List, joining Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Penn State and Kansas. Baylor center Brittney Griner won the 2012 Wade Trophy.
In 2011-12, Hooper was named to the midseason Wade Watch List and the Naismith Trophy Midseason 32. The 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., was an Associated Press Honorable-Mention All-American, while earning WBCA All-Region 6 honors. She was also one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, and a member of the Big Ten All-Tournament team after averaging 18.9 points and a Big Ten-best 9.3 rebounds per game.
Moore, a 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., earned her first appearance on the Wade Watch List this fall. Moore joined Hooper on last year's Naismith Midseason 32 and was one of eight finalists for the 2012 Nancy Lieberman Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top point guard. Moore, a 2012 second-team All-Big Ten choice, ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in assists (5.1 apg), No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) and No. 7 in scoring (15.7 ppg), while leading the Huskers to the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship game in their inaugural season in the conference.
The preseason Wade Watch List is composed of top NCAA Division I women's basketball players from 18 institutions and eight conferences. A committee of coaches, administrators and media from across the United States compiled the list using the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
The State Farm Wade Trophy, which is in its 36th year, is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year by the WBCA and the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
Former Nebraska All-American Karen Jennings won the Wade Trophy in 1993, while All-American Kelsey Griffin was a finalist for the award in 2010. The award is named for Lily Margaret Wade, who led Delta State to three national titles as a head coach.
Hooper, Moore Earn Preseason All-Big Ten Honors
Nebraska's Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore captured All-Big Ten honors while the Huskers were picked to finish second in the conference, when preseason polls were announced by the Big Ten Oct. 25.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team by both the conference coaches and media. In 2011-12, Hooper was one of five first-team All-Big Ten selections, while also earning Big Ten All-Tournament honors. She ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.3 ppg), while leading the Big Ten in both rebounding (9.3 rpg) and double-doubles (14) last season.
Moore, a 5-9 senior point guard from Covington, Wash., was one of five preseason All-Big Ten picks by the conference media. Moore ranked No. 7 in the Big Ten in scoring (15.7 ppg), No. 2 in assists (5.1 apg) and No. 5 in steals (2.2 spg) in 2011-12. Moore earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior, while joining Hooper on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Defending regular-season champion Penn State was the choice of the coaches and the media to win the 2013 Big Ten title. The Huskers were picked second in both polls, while Purdue was the coaches' selection to finish third. Ohio State was the media's choice to finish third.
Huskers' Opener with Gorillas Earliest in School History
Nebraska's Oct. 29 season opener with Pittsburg State marked the earliest exhibition date on the calendar the Huskers have ever played. Last season, NU played the first game in the Big Ten with an Oct. 30 tip-off against Pittsburg State. That game marked the earliest tip date in school history. The previous season, the Huskers also opened the season with the Gorillas, running to a win on Halloween day. In 2009-10, Nebraska opened exhibition play against Pittsburg State on Nov. 3, 2009.
Yori Two Wins Away from Top of Husker Coaching Chart
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori will enter the 2012-13 campaign with 190 victories in 10 seasons at NU. With the Huskers' first regular-season victory this season, Yori will tie former Husker Coach Angela Beck (1986-97) atop Nebraska's all-time win list. Beck posted a 191-128 record (.599) in 11 seasons at the helm of the Huskers.
Yori will become Nebraska's all-time winningest women's basketball coach with the Huskers' second regular-season victory this year. The 2010 National Coach of the Year, Yori needs 10 more wins to become the first women's coach in Nebraska history to reach the 200-victory mark.
On the men's side, only Danny Nee and Joe Cipriano have produced 200 basketball victories at Nebraska. Nee won 254 games in 14 seasons coaching the Huskers from 1987 to 2000. Cipriano earned 253 wins in 17 seasons from 1964 to 1980.
Huskers Return Ton of Production in 2012-13
Nebraska returns 85.4 percent of its points (2,013 of 2,356), 86.6 percent of its rebounding (1,209 of 1,396), 79.5 percent of its assists (348 or 438), 87.6 percent of its steals (248 of 283) and 94.1 percent of its blocked shots (95 of 101) from its 2011-12 team.
The 2011-12 Huskers ran to the school's 10th NCAA Tournament berth in school history while finishing with a 24-9 overall record.
Huskers Load Up 2012-13 Schedule
Nebraska's 31-game regular-season schedule features 18 games against 2012 postseason squads. NU's schedule is highlighted by 12 games against 2012 NCAA Tourament teams, including a matchup with Elite Eight qualifier Maryland and two games with NCAA Sweet 16 Penn State. The Huskers played three games against 2012 WNIT teams and three contests against WBI participants.
The Huskers also play seven games against six teams that won conference titles in 2012. Maryland headlines the list of conference champs after claiming the 2012 ACC Tournament title. The Terps finished with a 31-5 record at No. 6 in the AP poll. NU also faces Big Ten regular-season champ Penn State twice and Big Ten Tournament champ Purdue once. In non-conference play, the Huskers tangle with Big Sky Conference champ Idaho State, Missouri Valley Conference champ Creighton and Summit League Conference champ South Dakota State.
Husker Non-Conference Schedule Offers Quality, Depth
Nebraska expects to face one of the toughest regular-season schedules in school history in 2012-13. NU's Strength of Schedule has ranked among the top 30 nationally in four of the past five seasons, and the Huskers could face a top-20 schedule in 2012-13. Six of Nebraska's non-conference opponents won 20 or more games last season, led by Maryland's 31.
Perhaps an even stronger indicator of the depth of Nebraska's schedule is that the Huskers will play 20 games against teams that won 18 or more games, while 12 of the Huskers' 13 non-conference opponents won at least 14 games a year ago.
Huskers Return Talented Nucleus in 2012-13
Nebraska returns four of five starters and nine of its top 11 contributors on the court for the 2012-13 season. NU's talented group of four returning starters is headlined by 2013 All-America candidates Jordan Hooper (18.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and Lindsey Moore (15.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.2 spg), along with All-Big Ten candidate Emily Cady (9.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg).
Moore and Hooper will be joined by sophomores Cady and Hailie Sample as the returning nucleus to Nebraska's starting five. Meghin Williams, who played in all 33 games as a junior forward in 2011-12, will join Moore as the only seniors on the Huskers' 2012-13 roster.
Adrianna Maurer, the only center on NU's 2011-12 and 2012-13 rosters, also returns after having her sophomore season cut short by a back injury. The 6-3 Maurer played in just 10 games to open the 2011-12 season before undergoing season-ending back surgery.
In addition, sophomores Tear'a Laudermill, Brandi Jeffery and Katie Simon all played in at least 27 games as freshmen in 2011-12.
Nebraska only loses the services of 2011-12 senior starting guard Kaitlyn Burke (6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg) and senior reserve forward Harleen Sidhu, who appeared in just three games and did not score last season before having her career cut short by a knee injury. Sophomore guard Rebecca Woodberry, who averaged 4.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 31 games last season, was also removed from the Nebraska roster for violating team policies on Oct. 31.
Injuries Slowing Down Huskers in Offseason
Nebraska's offseason has featured a laundry list of injuries up and down the roster. Nebraska's entire starting five played injured in the Huskers' NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas to end the 2011-12 season.
Emily Cady underwent offseason knee surgery, while Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample each took extended rest to recover from stress reactions in their legs following NU's four games in four days at the Big Ten Tournament.
Cady enters the season as one of the healthiest Huskers, while Hooper and Sample have continued to be limited by injuries. Lindsey Moore has also been slowed by a reoccurring injury, while NU's lone center Adrianna Maurer continues to recover from major back surgery in January of 2012. Senior forward Meghin Williams has been limited in practice throughout her four-year career by foot injuries.
Freshman guard Rachel Theriot has missed nearly three weeks of practice with a stress reaction in her foot, bringing the list of Huskers severely limited in practice to seven on a daily basis.
Nebraska's other freshmen, Courtney Aitken and Sadie Murren, and sophomores Brandi Jeffery, Tear'a Laudermill and Katie Simon have been healthy throughout fall practice.
Cady Leads Husker Sophomore Class
Emily Cady captured Nebraska's first-ever spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by producing 9.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game to go along with a team-leading 28 blocked shots in 2011-12. 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 became 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.
Husker Starting Five Solid for 33 Straight Games in 2011-12
Nebraska put the same starting five on the floor for 33 consecutive games in 2011-12, a miraculous feat considering the injuries the Huskers battled on their way to a 13-18 record in 2010-11, and during the final month of 2011-12. All five of Nebraska's starters played with leg injuries at some point in 2011-12, including Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample, who did not practice in the week leading up to NU's appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Emily Cady played the final month of the season with a knee injury suffered against Wisconsin on Feb. 19, and Lindsey Moore battled through a bone bruise just under her knee suffered against Northwestern on Feb. 16. Senior Kaitlyn Burke, who was granted a medical redshirt after being knocked out with multiple injuries in 2009-10, dealt with foot and leg injuries throughout the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
Despite the injuries, Nebraska's top five battled to start every game, marking the third time in 10 seasons that Coach Connie Yori's Huskers have accomplished the feat. A consistent lineup throughout a full season is a rarity in college basketball. Nebraska, which was the only Big Ten team to feature the same starting five throughout 2011-12, was one of only three teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament to start the same five for every game. Kansas State and BYU were the other two.
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 Expect More Experience in 2012-13
Despite a 12-player roster that features five sophomores and three freshmen, Nebraska is still expected to showcase one of the Big Ten's most experienced starting lineups in 2012-13.
While featuring just one returning senior starter (Lindsey Moore) and one returning junior starter (Jordan Hooper), the Huskers expect to match Iowa for the third most returning starts with 228.
Only Penn State (303) and Northwestern (249) are expected to return more starts than Nebraska. While Nebraska will be more experienced, the Huskers match Northwestern and Michigan as the only schools in the Big Ten with just four players who have ever started a collegiate game. The other nine Big Ten schools all return at least five players with starting experience.
As a whole, the Big Ten is expected to be a more senior-dominated conference in 2012-13. The conference lost only seven seniors who earned all-conference honors in 2011-12, while returning 13 all-conference honorees. A total of 10 2011-12 juniors earned all-conference honors, and all five members of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team were drawn from the junior class.
Big Ten Returning Starts By School for 2012-13
1. Penn State (303) - Greene (98), Bentley (96), Nickson (59), Lucas (33), Edwards (9), Wolfe (8)
2. Northwestern (249) - Orban (99), Hackney (83), Diamant (38), Roser (29)
T3. Iowa (228) - Johnson (94), Printy (88), Logic (30), Taylor (8), Dixon (7), Nesbitt (1)
T3. Nebraska (228) - Moore (98), Hooper (64), Cady (33), Sample (33)
5. Illinois (203) - Penn (95), Moore (42), Magrum (32), Crawford (23), GodBold (11)
6. Michigan (202) - Ryan (96), Sheffer (62), Jordan (29), Elmblad (15)
7. Purdue (200) - Moses (64), Ostarello (38), Houser (37), Poston (24), Mingo (24), Williams (13)
8. Ohio State (185) - Hill (101), Adams (48), Stokes (33), Moore (2), Ferguson (1)
9. Indiana (162) - Sinclair (50), Chaplin (40), Newbauer (27), McGhee (23), Deloach (7), Rubene (7), McCurty (5)
10. Minnesota (149) - Loberg (53), Banham (34), Kellogg (30), Cotton (18), Noga (9), Riche (5)
11. Wisconsin (103) - Wurtz (59), Paige (36), Rochel (3), Smith (2), Stephen (2), Gulczynski (1)
12. Michigan State (99) - Thomas (34), Johnson (28), Schiffauer (17), Bell (11), Mills (9)
Moore, Hooper Climbing Nebraska Career Scoring List
Lindsey Moore and Jordan Hooper have flown up the Nebraska career scoring chart during their time as Huskers. Moore, a 5-9 senior guard from Covington, Wash., ranks No. 16 at Nebraska with 1,160 points. She needs just 23 points to catch NU's first-ever 1,000-point scorer, Jan Crouch (1976-79), in 15th place.
Hooper, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., already ranks 22nd all-time on the Husker scoring list with 1,078 points in just two seasons. Hooper needs just 18 points to join the top 20 scorers in school history and just 39 points to jump all the way to 17th past Nafeesah Brown (1,089), Ann Halsne (1,096), Yvonne Turner (1,101), Dominique Kelley (1,107) and Meggan Yedsena (1,116). Last season, Hooper became NU's first sophomore to reach 1,000 career points, achieving the mark in her 60th career game.
Moore Becomes Third Husker with 1,000 Points, 500 Assists
Lindsey Moore is one of just three 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).
Moore ranks No. 16 at Nebraska with 1,160 points and No. 4 in career assists with 504.
Hooper 12th Nebraska Native with 1,000 Points as Husker
Jordan Hooper is the most recent of 12 native Nebraskans among the the Huskers' 28 1,000-point scorers in school history. Hooper is also the second player from the town of Alliance, Neb., in NU's 1,000-point club, 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).
The other 1,000-point scorers from the state of Nebraska are: Nicole Kubik (Cambridge, 1,867, 1997-2000); Angie Miller (Clatonia, 1,541, 1984-87), Brooke Schwartz (Gering, 1,243, 1997-2000), Stacy Imming (Kearney, 1,036, 1984-87) and Charlie Rogers (South Sioux City, 1,001, 1997-2000).
Hooper Hopes to Build Off Super Sophomore Campaign
Jordan Hooper became the first sophomore in school history to produce 600 points and 300 rebounds in the same season, finishing the 2011-12 campaign with 624 points and 306 boards. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., became just the fourth Husker ever to accomplish the feat.
Hooper, an honorable-mention AP All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten pick, set the Nebraska sophomore single-season scoring record with 624 points. She eclipsed the 609 points scored by Kiera Hardy in 2004-05. Hooper's 306 rebounds marked the third-highest total 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. Hooper's 9.3 rebounds per game matched Smith's sophomore record.
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 was 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.
Moore Threatening Top of Nebraska Career Assist List
Lindsey Moore has climbed into Nebraska's career top five in assists with 504 (4th) in her first three seasons at Nebraska. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., needs 59 assists to catch former Husker All-American Nicole Kubik (1997-2000) in third on the career list with 563. Moore is just 63 assists from joining Jina Johansen (2002-05) at No. 2 on the Husker all-time chart with 567.
The Nancy Lieberman Award candidate needs 192 assists as a senior to match Meggan Yedsena's school record of 696 assists from 1990-91 to 1993-94.
Last season, Moore dished out 167 assists in 33 games, while distributing 183 assists as a sophomore in 2010-11. She opened her career with 154 assists as a freshman in 2009-10.
Moore has produced a career-high 11 assists on four occasions (at Iowa, Jan. 8, 2012; Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 15, 2011; Florida A&M, Jan. 2, 2011; vs. UCLA, March 23, 2010).
Fastbreakers Announce Backboard Event Schedule
The Fastbreakers Booster Club has set the dates for three Backboard Events during the 2012-13 season. The events, which will be held in the northwest corner of the upper concourse at the Devaney Center, tip off on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m., 90 minutes before Nebraska's game against Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The second Backboard Event will be held prior to Nebraska's Big Ten clash with Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tip time is set for 1 p.m., while the banquet begins at 11:30 a.m. This season's Backboard Events conclude with a luncheon prior to Nebraska's Big Ten regular-season finale with Penn State on March 3. The start times of the luncheon and game will be announced at a later date, after the Big Ten Network makes its television picks for the final two games of the season across the conference.
Each event is scheduled to begin 90 minutes prior to tip-off of each game and will feature a speaker from the women's basketball staff. The cost of each event is $15 per person, and spots must be reserved no later than one week in advance of the event, either on-line at www.Huskers.com/donate (online registration available for current Fastbreakers Club members only), by calling the Huskers Athletic Fund at (402) 472-2367.
Fastbreakers Announce Plans for Three Bus Trips
Fastbreakers can follow the Huskers to their first road game of the season, when Nebraska takes on South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D., on Sunday, Nov. 18. The chartered bus will leave Lincoln at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 18 and arrive in Brookings for Nebraska's 2 p.m. tip-off with the Jackrabbits. Cost of the trip is $60 and includes a sack lunch and beverages. Game tickets are not included in the price.
The Fastbreakers will also take a bus to Omaha for Nebraska's annual clash with Creighton on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The bus leaves Lincoln at 5 p.m. for the Huskers' 7:05 p.m. tip-off at Sokol Arena with the Jays. The cost of the trip is $20 per person, and the price does not include a game ticket.
The final road trip of the season is set for Nebraska's appearance at the Big Ten Tournament March 7-10 in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The Fastbreakers will leave Lincoln for the Chicago area on Wednesday, March 6 and will return following the Huskers' appearance at the tournament. The cost of bus ride is $170, and does not include game tickets. Beverages on the bus are included in the price, but no meals are included.
For more details on the 2012-13 Fastbreaker Bus Trips, contact Doug Fry at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (402) 617-7039. All trips must be booked and paid for two weeks prior to departure.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper led the Big Ten and ranked among the top 25 players nationally with 14 double-doubles in 2011-12. Hooper, who produced double figures in 32 of Nebraska's 33 games, produced 14 double-figure rebounding performances as a sophomore.
Hooper's 14 double-doubles ranked as the third-highest single-season total in school history, trailing only first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin's 20 in 2009-10, and Nafeesah Brown's 16 in 1993-94. Griffin and Brown were both seniors when they produced their impressive double-figure totals.
Hooper became just the fifth player in Nebraska history to post double-figure double-doubles in a season, joining Griffin (10, 2006-07, 20, 2009-10), Brown (16, 1993-94), Karen Jennings (13, 1990-91, 13, 1991-92), Maurtice Ivy (10, 1985-86) and Carol Garey (10, 1978-79).
With 17 double-doubles in the first 64 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, a 6-2 junior forward from Alliance, Neb., has produced double-doubles in three of her last four games. She had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten Championship Game loss to No. 21 Purdue on March 4. 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.
Her 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. She notched double-doubles in a personal-best four straight games from Dec. 18, 2011 to Jan. 5, 2012.
Huskers Earn Spots in Preseason Top 25 Polls
Nebraska earned mention in both major preseason top-25 polls released the final week of October. The Huskers open the 2012-13 campaign ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25.
NU's appearance in the preseason AP poll marked the Huskers' 15th consecutive week in the AP rankings - the longest streak in school history - after closing 2011-12 at No. 17 in the final regular-season rankings. NU's previous longest stretch in the AP rankings came with 14 weeks in 2009-10. The Huskers returned to the coaches poll after just missing out in a final top-25 ranking in 2011-12. The Huskers earned the 26th-highest vote total in the final poll after being ranked for nine consecutive weeks to close the regular season.
Nebraska's 2012-13 schedule is littered with top competition receiving votes in the preseason AP poll. Maryland, which comes to the Devaney Center on Nov. 28 for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, enters the 2012-13 campaign ranked No. 5 in both polls.
Preseason Big Ten favorite Penn State, which the Huskers play twice (Jan. 13, March 3) is ranked eighth in both preseason polls. Purdue, which played a total of five overtimes in two games against the Huskers last season, enters the season No. 21 in the AP and No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN rankings. Ohio State, which the Huskers play two times (Jan. 31, Feb. 14) this season, is ranked No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 21 by the coaches.
In addition to those six games against preseason top-25 foes, the Huskers will play seven more games against teams that earned at least one preseason top-25 vote. Florida State, which journeys to the Devaney Center on Dec. 8, earned 12 votes, while non-conference foes Creighton (Dec. 5) and USC (Nov. 23) each earned one vote. Big Ten foes Michigan, Iowa and Michigan State all earned at least two preseason votes from the national media. Michigan and Iowa added votes in the coaches poll.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
The Huskers produced 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.
Big Ten Network Providing Major Exposure for Huskers
For the second consecutive season, Nebraska expects to have every regular-season and postseason game available in video form for Husker fans to follow all the action.
For the first time in school history in 2011-12, all 33 games played by the Huskers were delivered by national television or live video streams to Husker fans. In 2012-13, Nebraska expects its highest level of national TV exposure in school history, while adding two outstanding alternative video streaming sources.
Overall, the Huskers expect to have a minimum of 10 regular-season games televised nationally, including seven by the Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.com. Nebraska's battle with Purdue will be televised nationally by CBS on Jan. 5, while the Huskers' clash with Penn State on Jan. 13 will be carried live on ESPN2. NU's non-conference road game at USC (Nov. 23) will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. Nebraska's final two games of the year at Wisconsin and at home against Penn State could also be picked up by the Big Ten Network.
The Big Ten Network also distribute at least nine other Nebraska women's basketball games through live video streams on BTN.com. For complete television and live-stream listings, 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.
HuskersNside also plans to provide Husker fans more video streaming opportunities on the Internet. Nebraska's premium site on Huskers.com will stream NU's exhibition finale against Nebraska-Kearney (Nov. 4), before streaming the season opener against North Carolina A&T (Nov. 9). Non-conference home games against Northern Arizona (Nov. 16), Idaho State (Dec. 1), Florida State (Dec. 8) and Grambling State (Dec. 29) also will be streamed through HuskersNside.
Nebraska's road games at South Dakota State (Nov. 18), Creighton (Dec. 5) and South Florida (Dec. 16) will be streamed by the opposing schools to their premium websites. All three schools share the same Internet partner - NeuLion - as the Huskers, which could allow those streams to become part of the HuskersNside women's basketball package for the season.
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