(#10 AP/#10 USA Today)
(6-0 Overall, 0-0 Big Ten)
vs. Washington State Cougars
(3-4 Overall, 0-0 Pac-12)
Saturday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m. (Central)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)
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Huskers Face Third Pac-12 Foe with Washington State Saturday
The Nebraska women’s basketball team wraps up its four-game home stand by taking on its third Pac-12 Conference foe of the year, when the Huskers face Washington State Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Tip-off between the No. 10 Huskers (6-0) and the Cougars (3-4) is set for 5 p.m. (CT), with tickets available now at Huskers.com.
The game can be heard live on the Husker Sports Network, including 94.5 FM/1400 AM KLIN in Lincoln and The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha, along with affiliates across the 25-station network. Free live audio is also available on Huskers.com. Saturday’s game also will be provided to fans with a free live video stream on Huskers.com.
Nebraska improved to 6-0 on the season with a 77-42 win over UMass-Lowell on Wednesday night in Lincoln. Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 25 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, producing her third double-double of the season and 29th of her career. With her third straight 20-point performance, Hooper also reached the 1,800-point mark for her career.
Hooper, who enters the Washington State game averaging a double-double with 19.8 points and 10.0 boards per game, needs three rebounds to match Kathy Hagerstrom at No. 4 on Nebraska’s career rebound list (874). Hooper is 39 points away from catching Debra Powell (1,843, 1982-85) at No. 8 on the NU career scoring chart, and needs six blocks to join NU’s career top 10 in that category.
Washington State comes to Lincoln with a 3-4 record after an 80-73 loss to a BYU team receiving top-25 consideration. Four Cougar starters produced double figures in the loss to BYU in Provo on Tuesday, including junior Tia Presley. The 5-9 guard leads WSU with 21.0 points per game, including a monster 37-point performance on Friday, Nov. 22 in a home win over Fresno State.
A win for the Huskers would give them their fourth 7-0 start in school history and first since 2009-10.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 5.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 14.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 19.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg
33 - Rachel Theriot - 6-0 - So. - G - 12.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
1 - Tear’a Laudermill - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 6.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg
Off the Bench
22 - Allie Havers - 6-5 - Fr. - C - 5.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg
21 - Sadie Murren - 5-8 - So. - G - 4.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 3.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
10 - Hannah Tvrdy - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 2.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg
11 - Esther Ramacieri - 5-8 - Fr. - G - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
12th Season at NU (221-135); 24th Season Overall (416-275)
Washington State Cougars (3-4, 0-0 Pac-12)
22 - Sage Romberg - 6-1 - Sr. - G/F - 9.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg
23 - Shalie Dheensaw - 6-4 - Jr. - F/C - 6.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg
3 - Lia Galdeira - 5-11 - So. - G - 17.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg
5 - Tia Presley - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 21.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg
11 - Dawnyelle Awa - 5-9 - So. - G - 5.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Off the Bench
34 - Mariah Cooks - 6-0 - So. - F - 5.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg
12 - Taylor Edmondson - 5-11 - So. - G - 3.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg
42 - Hana Potter - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 2.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg
24 - Brandi Thomas - 6-1 - Sr. - G/F - 2.1 ppg, 0.7 rpg
15 - Iva Kmetovska - 6-3 - Fr. - F - 2.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
10 - Alexas Williamson - 5-8 - So. - G - 1.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg
Head Coach: June Daugherty (Ohio State, 1978)
Seventh Season (59-133); 25th Season Overall (373-347)
Husker Hot Shots - Nebraska’s Starting Five
#35, Jordan Hooper, 6-2, Sr., F, Alliance, Neb. (19.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg)
• Senior All-American Jordan Hooper reached the 1,800-point plateau in her career with 25 points against UMass-Lowell on Wednesday. She enters the Washington State game with 1,804 points, needing 39 to catch Debra Powell (1,843 points, 1982-85) at No. 8. Hooper needs just three rebounds to match Kathy Hagerstrom (874, 1980-83) at No. 4 on the Nebraska career rebound list.
• Through games Nov. 27, Hooper ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring (19.8 ppg), tied for second in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and third with 2.3 three-pointers per game. She ranks second in the Big Ten with 7.7 defensive rebounds per game.
• Hooper, who owns 29 career double-doubles including three this season, is averaging a double-double with 19.8 points and 10.0 rebounds through six games.
• Hooper has scored in double figures in 91 of her 104 career games, including 37 20-point performances. She owns six career 30-point efforts.
• Hooper has grabbed double-digit rebounds on 34 occasions, including four times this year.
#23, Emily Cady, 6-2, Jr., F, Seward, Neb. (14.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg)
• Emily Cady is nearly averaging a double-double of her own with 14.5 points and 9.0 rebounds. She owns two double-doubles this season (Alabama, Southern) and 10 in her career.
• With 10 career double-doubles, Cady needs just three more to crack Nebraska’s top-10 list in that category. Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-83) and Carol Garey (1979-80) are tied for ninth with 13.
• Cady ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.634) and No. 3 in defensive rebounds (7.0 pg), while ranking fifth in overall rebounding (9.0 rpg) and 13th in scoring (14.5 ppg).
• Cady is the only Husker to score in double figures in all six games. She has scored 87 points in six games. Last season, she didn’t score her 73rd point of the year until the 10th game of the season.
• Cady needs five rebounds to climb into the top 20 on Nebraska’s all-time rebounding list. She enters the Washington State game with 537 rebounds (22nd) and needs two to catch Chelsea Aubry (21st, 539, 2004-07) and five to match Diane DelVigna (20th, 542, 1979-80).
#33, Rachel Theriot, 6-0, So., G, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (12.8 ppg, 5.7 apg)
• Rachel Theriot ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten in free throw percentage (1.000, 14-14), No. 3 in assists (5.7 apg) and No. 3 in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.4-to-1) through games Nov. 27. She is also tied for 22nd in the Big Ten in scoring at 12.8 points per game.
• Theriot has scored in double figures on three occasions this season, including a career-high 28 points at Utah (Nov. 15), when she added a career-best seven rebounds. Theriot owns 10 career double-figure scoring efforts and one career 20-point game.
• Theriot has produced 77 points through six games. Last season, she did not score her 77th point until game 17, when she had nine points at No. 8 Penn State to reach 80 on Jan. 13. That was the 11th start of her career.
• Theriot is 14-of-14 at the free throw line this season. Last year, she went 10-for-17 in 34 games with 28 starts on the season.
#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Jr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (5.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.3 apg)
• Hailie Sample is expected to join Jordan Hooper and Emily Cady in Nebraska’s starting front line for the 74th consecutive game on Saturday.
• Sample is averaging 5.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and has had at least four points, three rebounds and one assist in each of Nebraska’s first six games. Through games Nov. 27, Sample ranked 21st in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.2 rpg).
• Sample ranks second among the Huskers with 14 total assists (2.3 apg).
#1, Tear’a Laudermill, 5-9, Jr., G, Riverside, Calif. (6.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
• Tear’a Laudermill has averaged 7.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in making the first three starts of her career over Nebraska’s last three games.
• Laudermill scored a season-high 12 points in a win over Southern (Nov. 24). She produced career bests with six rebounds and two blocks in NU’s win over UMass-Lowell (Nov. 27). She added nine points in just 16 minutes against the River Hawks despite battling illness.
• Laudermill’s 12-point performance against Southern marked the fifth double-figure scoring effort of her career.
• Sophomore guard Sadie Murren is tied for second in the Big Ten with her .600 three-point field goal percentage through six games. Murren has hit 6-of-10 threes on the season and is 8-of-14 overall from the field. The 5-7 guard from Colon, Neb., is averaging 4.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. She has scored 24 points on the season after producing 27 points in 18 games a year ago. Her next three will match her season total from 2012-13.
• Nebraska’s front line players Jordan Hooper, Emily Cady and Hailie Sample are expected to make their 74th consecutive starts together against Washington State. The group is averaging 39.7 points and 25.2 rebounds per game so far this season.
• Emily Cady, Hailie Sample and Rachel Theriot have combined to step up their production from a year ago. The trio combined for just 113 points in NU’s first six games last season. This year, the group has produced 196 points in six contests - nearly doubling their combined total from 2012-13.
• Freshman center Allie Havers is averaging 5.3 points and 6.2 rebounds off the bench for the Big Red. The 6-5 Havers has grabbed at least two rebounds in every game and has an assist in each of Nebraska’s last four contests.
• Junior guard Brandi Jeffery started NU’s first three games. Jeffery missed the Southern game with an injury but returned to play against UMass-Lowell.
• Nebraska is 5-0 on its new home court at Pinnacle Bank Arena. NU ranks among the top 10 nationally with an average home attendance of 5,949 per game. The Huskers have drawn five of the top 11 largest non-conference home crowds in school history this season, including a record 9,750 vs. UCLA (Nov. 8).
• Nebraska announced its Saturday, Dec. 14 tip time with Creighton as 11 a.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The game had previously been listed as “TBA” on published schedules. The Husker men’s basketball team plays Arkansas State at Pinnacle Bank Arena at 3 p.m., while the Nebraska volleyball program will host the NCAA Lincoln Regional Final that evening at 8 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Big Red, Big Picture
• Nebraska 2013-14 recruiting class is ranked No. 9 nationally by ESPN.
• Nebraska has sold more than 3,200 all-session tickets for the NCAA Lincoln Regional (March 29 & 31) in the first week of sales to the general public.
• Nebraska will recognize 2013 All-American Lindsey Moore during the Oral Roberts game (Dec. 29) for her part in helping the Minnesota Lynx to the 2013 WNBA title. The first-round pick in the WNBA Draft will return to Lincoln from her professional team in Italy.
• Nebraska will retire 2010 All-American Kelsey Griffin’s jersey at the Michigan game (Jan. 29). The 2010 Senior CLASS Award winner and Nebraska Female Student-Athlete of the Year will have her number raised at Pinnacle Bank Arena, but not permanently retired. Current Husker Emily Cady shares Griffin’s No. 23. Griffin, a four-year WNBA veteran, will make a return trip to Lincoln from her club team in Australia.
• The Huskers have advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 twice in the last four seasons (2010, 2013).
• NU has earned NCAA Tournament trips in five of the past seven seasons (2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013).
• Coach Connie Yori is the winningest coach in Husker history (220 victories) and has won conference coach-of-the-year honors in the Big Ten (2013), Big 12 (2012) and Missouri Valley (2002). She was the national coach-of-the-year in 2010.
Scouting the Washington State Cougars
Coach June Daugherty brings the Washington State Cougars to Lincoln with a 3-4 record following an 80-73 loss at BYU on Tuesday night. Tia Presley and Lia Galdeira each scored 15 points to lead four WSU starters in double figures at BYU.
Presley, a 5-9 guard, has shown her explosive offensive abilities early this season by averaging 21.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Her early season exploits have included a career-high 37-point outburst in a 92-79 win over Fresno State on Nov. 22. The junior from Spokane, Wash., went 15-of-24 from the field, including 5-of-7 from three-point range. Presley is an aggressive penetrator who can also hit the three. She has attempted 50 free throws already this season.
Galdeira, a 5-11 guard from Hawaii, has added 17.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She also leads WSU with 13 three-pointers through seven contests and has attempted 34 free throws.
WSU has featured a consistent starting five that includes 6-1 senior swing player Sage Romberg, who has contributed 9.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best 40 percent (8-20) from long range.
Shalie Dheensaw, a 6-4 junior post player, has contributed 6.7 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game. Dawnyelle Awa, a 5-9 sophomore guard and a prep teammate of Galdeira in at Konawaena High School in Hawaii, rounds out the starting five with 5.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and a team-leading 2.9 assists per contest.
The Cougars, who will be Nebraska’s third Pac-12 Conference foe in NU’s first seven games this season, also get contributions off the bench from Mariah Cooks (5.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Taylor Edmondson (3.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg), Hana Potter (2.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg), Brandi Thomas (2.1 ppg, 0.7 rpg) and Alexas Williamson (1.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg), who have each played in all seven games early in the season.
As a team, Washington State is averaging 74.6 points per game, while surrendering 75.7 points per contest. The Cougars are also being outrebounded, 43.3-42.1, but own a solid plus-2.1 team turnover margin.
Nebraska vs. Washington State Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Washington State, 4-0, including an 87-79 win in Pullman on Nov. 22, 2010. NU’s Jordan Hooper had 16 points and six rebounds for the Huskers as a true freshman to help NU to the road win.
Nebraska won the last meeting in Lincoln, 107-54, on Nov. 22, 2009 at the Devaney Center. That 53-point win was part of Nebraska’s unbeaten 2009-10 regular season on its way to its first NCAA Sweet 16 bid. Yvonne Turner led six Huskers in double figures with 16 points in that game.
Washington State is coached by June Daugherty, who is in her seventh season back at the helm of the Cougars. Current Husker assistant coaches Sunny Smallwood and Shimmy Gray-Miller were assistants on Daugherty’s staff at Washington from 2000 to 2003. Smallwood served on Daugherty’s staff at UW from 1993 to 2004, after coaching at Washington State with Daugherty from 1990 to 1993.
No. 10 Huskers Roll on River Hawks, 77-42
Jordan Hooper scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 10 Nebraska to a 77-42 win over UMass-Lowell in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 5,019 on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Hooper notched her third double-double of the season and 29th of her career to lead the Huskers. She also posted her third straight game with 20 or more points, crossing the 1,800-point mark for her career.
Emily Cady added 14 points and seven boards in just 17 minutes of action, as Nebraska bolted to a 34-2 lead against the River Hawks. Tear’a Laudermill added nine points while matching her career high with six rebounds in just 16 despite battling illness. She also set a career high with two blocks.
Katie Simon added nine points and a career-high six rebounds of her own in 15 minutes off the bench, while freshman Allie Havers contributed a strong effort with six points and six boards.
Nebraska led by as many as 42 points despite going just 3-for-20 from three-point range on the night. The Huskers held UMass-Lowell to 24.3 percent shooting overall and outrebounded the River Hawks, 52-41. NU also won the turnover battle, 17-14.
Huskers Have History of Home-Opening Success
Nebraska owns a history of season-opening success on the Huskers’ homecourt. Nebraska improved to 38-2 all-time in home openers, including 1-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, with its 77-49 victory over UCLA on Nov. 8, 2013. The Huskers were 35-2 all-time in season openers at the Devaney Center.
From 1981-82 through 2004-05, Nebraska reeled off 24 straight home-opening wins before losing to South Dakota State on Nov. 19, 2005. NU’s only other home-opening loss came to Kansas (88-56) on Nov. 21, 1980.
Nebraska has been strong in its first six home games every season. In fact, NU is 205-33 over the past 40 years in its first six home contests (.861 winning percentage), including 34-6 in the second game of the season. The Huskers stretched their Game No. 2 winning streak to 14 games with a 62-48 win over Alabama on Nov. 11, 2013.
Game No. 3 has traditionally provided the toughest test among the first six home contests for the Huskers, but NU has won seven straight in Game No. 3 after a 78-55 run past Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Lincoln on Nov. 21, 2013. NU improved to 34-6 all-time in game No. 4 with an 87-64 win over Southern on Nov. 24, 2013. The Big Red improved to 35-5 all-time in home Game No. 5 with a 77-42 win over UMass-Lowell on Nov. 27, 2013. NU will shoot for its 17th straight victory in home Game No. 6, when the Huskers face Washington State on Saturday.
Nebraska Celebrates Season One at New Arena
Nebraska celebrates its first season in Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2013-14. The arena, located in the historic Haymarket in downtown Lincoln just steps away from the Nebraska campus, will serve as the new home for Husker men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The $179 million project was completed in the summer of 2013 after being approved by voters in May of 2010. A ribbon cutting ceremony that included Governor Dave Heineman, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman, Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst and Husker coaches Connie Yori and Tim Miles, tipped off the opening of the new arena in late August.
The 470,400-square foot arena project has sparked a revitalization of the Haymarket District, including the addition of several new hotels and upscale housing options. It also has added the Railyard, an outdoor entertainment area adjacent to the arena. The Railyard includes “The Cube” a massive outdoor screen that will serve as a hub for other entertainment options.
In “Season One” at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Husker women’s basketball program has experienced more than a 50 percent increase in season ticket sales, surpassing the 3,200 mark. The number shattered NU’s previous season ticket record.
The women’s program was also selected as one of four NCAA Regional hosts for the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Huskers will play host to the NCAA Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds at Pinnacle Bank Arena, March 29-31. Nebraska has advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in two of the past four seasons, but Lincoln has not played host to an NCAA Tournament game in men’s or women’s basketball since 1993.
On the men’s side, the Huskers have sold out for the season, guaranteeing a school-record average of more than 15,000 per game in their first year at the arena.
Nebraska Joins Top 10 in AP Poll
Nebraska moved up one spot to No. 10 in the third regular-season Associated Press Poll released on Monday, Nov. 25. The Huskers opened the season at No. 17 in the preseason AP Poll on Nov. 4, before climbing two spots to No. 15 in the first regular-season ranking on Nov. 11. NU jumped four spots to No. 11 in the Nov. 18 rankings, before joining the top 10 thanks to UCLA’s win over previous No. 10 Oklahoma on Nov. 24. The Bruins, who opened the season with a 77-49 loss to the Huskers in Lincoln, knocked off the Sooners, 82-76, in Los Angeles.
NU’s No. 10 ranking is its first AP top-10 ranking since the final regular-season poll of the 2009-10 campaign.
In the USA Today/Coaches Top 25, the Huskers have been ranked No. 10 in the first three regular-season polls after opening at No. 12 in the preseason USA Today rankings.
Hooper Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper has been selected as one of 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS Award for women’s basketball.
The Senior CLASS Award announced its list of candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 30. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must display notable achievements in community, classroom, character and competition. The acronym for “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School,” the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., is a two-time honorable-mention All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection. She has also been a nominee for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. In the community, she has volunteered her time at Belmont Elementary School, Saint Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center and participated on Nebraska’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, among her many activities.
On the court, Hooper has led the Huskers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16. She has started 103 consecutive games and serves as a team captain. She could challenge Nebraska career records for points, rebounds and three-pointers made.
Hooper is one of only two women’s basketball student-athletes in the Big Ten Conference to earn a spot on the elite list of 30 Senior CLASS Award candidates, joining Penn State’s Maggie Lucas.
The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 by a national media committee for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in November. The 10 finalists will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
Hooper Named to Wade, Wooden, Naismith Lists Again
Two-time All-American Jordan Hooper has been named a preseason national player-of-the-year candidate for the Wade and Naismith trophies and the Wooden Award again in 2013-14.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., is a two-time WBCA and Associated Press honorable-mention All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection. She is poised to become just the third player in Nebraska history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in her career, joining 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings and 2010 first-team WBCA All-American Kelsey Griffin.
Hooper, who has scored 1,804 points and pulled down 871 rebounds in starting the first 104 games of her Husker career, is also in position to shatter the school’s three-point record. She enters the Washington State game with 229 made three-pointers, just 38 shy of the school record held by three-time first-team All-Big 12 guard Kiera Hardy (2004-07). Hooper has averaged nearly 72 three-pointers per season at Nebraska, including 81 a year ago when she helped shoot the Huskers to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16.
Over the summer, Hooper helped the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team to a gold medal in Kazan, Russia. In the championship, Hooper earned a start and scored nine points while grabbing nine rebounds while going head-to-head against several members of Russia’s 2012 Olympic Team.
Hooper was one of three players from the Big Ten to earn mention on the preseason lists for both the Wade Trophy and Wooden Award, joining Penn State’s Maggie Lucas and Minnesota’s Rachel Banham.
Husker Front Line Solid for 73 Straight Games
Nebraska’s starting forwards of Jordan Hooper (104), Emily Cady (73) and Hailie Sample (73) have joined each other in the Huskers’ starting five for 73 consecutive games.
The inside trio has been joined in the Husker starting lineup for each of the last 34 games by Rachel Theriot. Brandi Jeffery started the first three games of 2013-14 with the quartet, after starting the first six games of 2012-13 with Hooper, Cady and Sample before being replaced in the starting five by Theriot. Tear’a Laudermill has stepped in the lineup for Jeffery the past three games.
Consistent starting lineups are nothing new for the Huskers under Coach Connie Yori. In 2011-12, fifth-year senior guard Kaitlyn Burke joined Moore, Hooper, Cady and Sample in NU’s starting lineup for every game. Three times in Yori’s first 11 seasons at Nebraska, the Huskers have used the same starting five for every game in a season, including all 33 games in 2011-12. 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.
A full year with the same starting five is rare in women’s college basketball. In fact, Nebraska was the only Big Ten team to feature the same starting five throughout 2011-12, and was one of only three teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament to start the same five every game. Kansas State and BYU were the others.
Over the past nine seasons, Nebraska has used only 22 different starting lineups in 265 games.
Big Red Playing Big on Boards
Nebraska produced a plus-12.0 rebounding margin over its first six games of 2013-14, outrebounding the opposition by an average of 44.5-32.5 on its way to a 6-0 start. Jordan Hooper has led the barrage on the boards by averaging 10.0 rebounds, including a 13-rebound effort against Alabama, 12 boards at Utah, 11 rebounds against UCLA and 10 against UMass-Lowell. Emily Cady (9.0 rpg) has added a pair of double-digit rebound games of her own with 14 boards against Southern and 11 rebounds against Alabama.
Nebraska’s returning front line of Hooper, Cady and Hailie Sample have combined to average 25.2 rebounds per game, while sophomore point guard Rachel Theriot has added 3.3 boards per contest. The combined total of the four Husker starters (28.5 rpg) nearly matches the output of the NU opponents (32.5 rpg).
Free Throws Pay Off Big For Big Red
Nebraska has outscored its first six opponents by an average of 18.3-6.3 (+12.0 ppg) at the free throw line. The Huskers have attempted 147 free throws compared to 64 attempts by their opponents. The Huskers are shooting 74.8 percent at the line as a team.
Rachel Theriot leads the Big Ten with her perfect 14-for-14 accuracy at the stripe, while Tear’a Laudermill (.875, 7-8), Emily Cady (.842, 32-38), Jordan Hooper (.793, 23-29), Allie Havers (.778, 14-18) and Brandi Jeffery (.750, 3-4) are all making 75 percent or better of their free throws.
Nebraska’s primary front line players of Hooper (23), Cady (32), Hailie Sample (8) and Havers (14) have outscored NU’s opponents, 77-38 at the line.
@RachTheRiot Wreaking Havoc on Opposing Defenses
Rachel Theriot has produced a great start to her first season as Nebraska’s starting point guard. The 6-0 sophomore is averaging 12.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game while hitting 52.7 percent of her shots from the field, 35.7 percent of her three-pointers and 100 percent of her free throws. Last season, All-American Lindsey Moore averaged 15.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.2 steals per game.
Theriot erupted for a career-high 28 points, while matching her career best with seven rebounds in NU’s 75-69 win at Utah on Nov. 15. She added four assists while going a career-best 8-for-8 at the free throw line. She scored 19 points and had five rebounds in the second half alone, while going 6-for-6 at the line in the game’s final 35 seconds to seal the victory.
Theriot pumped in 17 points and dished out five assists in a win over Alabama, after distributing a career-high nine assists in the season-opening victory over UCLA. She produced her third double-digit scoring effort with 13 points and eight assists in a win over Southern Nov. 24.
As a starter at shooting guard as a freshman, the Middleburg Heights, Ohio, native averaged 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game and earned Big Ten All-Freshman honors.
Huskers Shoot for Rare 7-0 Start
While 6-0 starts have become somewhat commonplace at Nebraska, a 7-0 start is a rarity in 40 years of Husker history. With Wednesday’s win over UMass-Lowell, the Big Red produced their fourth 6-0 start in the last five seasons under Coach Connie Yori.
A win against Washington State on Saturday would give Nebraska just its fourth 7-0 start in school history and the first since 2009-10. The only other seasons Nebraska has started 7-0 came in 1992-93 (8-0) and 1996-97 (9-0).
Prior to 2009-10, Nebraska had not started a season 6-0 since 1996-97. The only other times the Huskers had accomplished the feat was in 1992-93, 1987-88 and 1982-83.
Huskers Traditionally Tough on Road
Nebraska has become one of the toughest visiting teams in the country over the past two years, producing a 19-7 record in true road games. All seven of those losses have come against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in their respective seasons.
In fact, over the last two years, NU is 24-11 away from home with all 11 setbacks coming against NCAA Tournament-qualifying foes.
Huskers Sign Top Recruiting Class in School History
A five-player signing class and a talented walk-on who received other NCAA Division I scholarship offers have given Nebraska the best recruiting class in school history - coming in at No. 9 in ESPN’s class rankings on Nov. 21.
Each of Nebraska’s scholarship recruits ranked among the top 25 nationally by ESPN at their position. Tennessee Class 2-AA Player of the Year Jasmine Cincore, Kansas Class 4A Player of the Year Kaylee Page, California prep stars Natalie Romeo and Darrien Washington, and Washington High School standout Chandler Smith will join Coach Connie Yori’s Huskers. Emily Wood, a walk-on from Salina, Kan., completed the six-player NU freshman class for 2014-15.
Smith, a 6-0 guard from Washington, signed her letter of intent Monday, Nov. 18, after being ranked as the No. 62 player in the nation by ESPN. Her addition propelled the Huskers up seven spots in ESPN’s class rankings for 2014. Page and Romeo headline the Husker class. The 6-2 Page was ranked No. 42 nationally by ESPN, while Romeo was No. 55. Romeo, a 5-7 point guard from the Bay Area, has been ranked as high as the No. 27 player overall nationally by Full Court Press.
Romeo’s club teammate, the 6-2 Washington, was ranked as the No. 16 post player in the nation by ESPN, while Cincore was ranked as ESPN’s No. 24 point guard in the 2014 class, despite being projected as a combo guard for the Huskers.
“We are excited about the potential of this recruiting class, and we hope all six players have outstanding senior seasons in high school this year,” Yori said. “We have built quite a bit of momentum in recruiting the past few years and this class is part of it.”
Nebraska’s previous top recruiting class, which came with current Husker juniors Emily Cady, Hailie Sample, Tear’a Laudermill and Brandi Jeffery, was ranked No. 24 nationally in November of 2010.
Nebraska’s six newcomers will be expected to replace the loss of Jordan Hooper, a two-time All-American who is the only senior on the Huskers’ 11-player roster in 2013-14.
Page, a 6-2 senior at Wamego High School in Kansas, was ranked as the No. 13 wing/shooting guard nationally by ESPN. She averaged 20.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.3 blocked shots, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a junior. A gifted shooter, Page knocked down 57 three-pointers for the Red Raiders in 2012-13. She helped Wamego to the Kansas Class 4A state championship while playing for her father, Jim Page, who was the Kansas Coach of the Year.
Romeo, ESPN’s No. 12 point guard nationally as a four-year starter at Carondelet High School in California, averaged 21.4 points, 6.7 assists and 6.3 steals per game as a junior to help the Cougars to the North Coast Section Division II title for the third consecutive season. Along the way, she earned East Bay Athletic League MVP and Nor Cal Prep Player-of-the-Year honors in 2012-13, helping Carondelet to a top 20 national ranking as a team. Romeo has been a starter for one of the premier club programs in the nation, the Cal Stars Elite, since she was an eighth grader. As a member of the Cal Stars program, Romeo has earned all-tournament or MVP honors at 16 national tournaments.
Smith’s signing brought even more talent to the Husker 2014 class. Smith plays point guard for her high school and club teams, but was ranked as the No. 18 wing in the country by ESPN. The 6-0 guard from Brewster High School in Washington, averaged 21.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 4.2 steals as a junior to lead the Bears to a Class 1A state championship. She had 26 points and 10 rebounds in the 2013 state title game, after producing 35 points and 12 boards in the 2012 Class 2B championship game.
Cincore brings more athleticism and strength to the perimeter for the Huskers. The 5-8 guard will add a gritty defensive presence along with an expanding offensive game to the NU backcourt. As a junior at Briarcrest Christian in 2012-13, Cincore averaged 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals per game while leading her team to the state semifinals.
Washington adds size and potential to the Nebraska inside game. The 6-2 Washington plays at Skyline High School in the Bay Area and on the Cal Stars Elite. She is relatively new to basketball, but brings excellent athleticism to the court.
Wood, a 5-5 guard from Salina Central High School, turned down scholarship offers from Harvard and Dartmouth and Western Illinois to walk-on at Nebraska. She is a two-time Kansas Class 5A all-state selection and averaged 11.2 points and 2.3 assists per game as a junior. She has hit 132 career three-pointers as a three-year starter at Salina Central.
Huskers Preseason Pick to Win Big Ten
Nebraska was voted the preseason pick to win the Big Ten regular-season title by both conference coaches and media in 2014. The picks were announced as part of Big Ten Media Day in Chicago, Oct. 31.
The Big Ten coaches and select media panel chose the Huskers to finish on top of the final conference standings, while defending champion Penn State was picked No. 2. Michigan State was No. 3 in a selection process where voters only chose their top three teams. The Big Ten does not do a full preseason ranking of all 12 teams in women’s basketball.
Husker senior Jordan Hooper was a unanimous choice of Big Ten coaches to the preseason All-Big Ten team. The 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., also earned a spot on the five-player media team. Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Maggie Lucas from Penn State was a unanimous choice to both all-conference teams, while Minnesota’s Rachel Banham added a unanimous selection from the league media.
Huskers Claim Highest Preseason Rank in School History
Nebraska opened its 2013-14 campaign with its highest preseason ranking in school history, as the Huskers started the year No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25, announced Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Nebraska’s preseason ranking by the coaches surpassed its No. 19 ranking by USA Today before the start of the 2012-13 season. The Huskers finished 2012-13 at No. 18 in the coaches poll after advancing to their second NCAA Sweet 16 in the past four years. Nebraska went 25-9 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten.
Huskers to Honor All-American Griffin with Jersey Retirement
The Nebraska women’s basketball program is adding another name and number to its wall of honor inside the new Pinnacle Bank Arena - and this one is a legend.
Kelsey Griffin, one of the most accomplished Huskers both on and off the court in program history, will be honored by Nebraska with the retirement of her No. 23 jersey on Wednesday, Jan. 29, when the Huskers take on Michigan. She will join 1993 Wade Trophy Winner and CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Famer Karen Jennings (No. 51) and 1988 Big Eight Player-of-the-Year Maurtice Ivy (No. 30) among Nebraska’s retired jersey honorees.
Griffin, a first-team All-American on the court and a national player-of-the-year finalist in 2010, became the face of Nebraska women’s basketball for five seasons (2006-10). The lightly recruited 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, powered Nebraska’s rise to national prominence by earning three first-team All-Big 12 Conference awards.
Griffin also led Nebraska to a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Her final season as a Husker, she etched a permanent place in Husker history as part of a six-player senior class that led Nebraska to an unbeaten regular season (29-0), 30 consecutive victories, a Big 12 Conference regular-season title and Nebraska’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. She captured Big 12 Player-of-the-Year honors while leading NU to a 32-2 final record that included a 16-0 Big 12 mark.
She ranks No. 3 on Nebraska’s all-time scoring list with 2,033 points, while ranking No. 2 in the Husker record book with 1,019 career rebounds. She joins 1993 Wade Trophy winner and fellow first-team All-American Karen Jennings as the only players in Nebraska history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Griffin also set Nebraska’s career record with 40 double-doubles in her four years on the court in Lincoln. Her 127 career starts rank No. 2 in school history.
As a senior, Griffin averaged 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, including 20 double-doubles. She also earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Defensive Team by notching 60 steals, 26 blocked shots and took a remarkable 29 charges on the year.
Griffin was NU’s first-ever winner of the Senior CLASS Award, recognizing her achievements in the community and the classroom, while honoring her character and success in competition. She was honored as Nebraska’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2009-10, before earning the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft.
Griffin earned a spot on the WNBA All-Rookie Team with the Connecticut Sun in 2010. She completed her fourth professional season with the Sun in 2013, starting all 34 games and averaging career bests of 8.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. In her four-year WNBA career, she has played in 133 games with 61 starts for Connecticut. Griffin also has played professionally in Hungary, Israel and most recently for the Bendigo Spirit in Australia’s WNBL. In 2012-13, Griffin led the Spirit to the WNBL title and was named the MVP of the championship series. She has returned to Australia for the 2013-14 campaign, where she plays alongside former Husker teammate and 2012 Olympian Chelsea Aubry.
NCAA Lincoln Regional All-Session Tickets Selling Strong
The University of Nebraska was awarded one of four regional host sites for the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, announced by the NCAA on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The Huskers will host the four-team regional at Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln, March 29 and 31.
All-session tickets went on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 8 a.m., and sales have been strong, reaching nearly 3,200 less than one week since public sale began.
All-session reserved seats are $40, while all-session general admission seating is available for just $25 over three games. The GA seats include lower level seats behind each basket (sections 101 and 112), along with 200 and 300 Level seats. Student tickets are available for just $15 ($5 per game if purchased in advance, all-session).
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Nebraska women’s basketball program, and the NCAA Regional announcement just keeps that building,” Coach Connie Yori said. “We’ve got a long way to go as a team before we can even think about the possibility of getting back to the Sweet 16 this year, but it is certainly a great opportunity for men’s and women’s basketball fans to have a chance to watch college basketball being played at a really high level at the end of March in Lincoln.”
The last time the University of Nebraska served as a host for the an NCAA men’s or women’s basketball tournament came on March 17, 1993, when the Husker women defeated San Diego, 81-58, in the first round at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It is the only game the Nebraska women’s basketball team has ever played on its home court in the NCAA Tournament.
The other three NCAA Regional sites are Louisville, Ky., Notre Dame, Ind., and Stanford, Calif. The 16 NCAA first- and second-round locations are Baylor, Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Toledo, UConn, UCLA and Washington.
The NCAA Women’s Final Four will be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., April 6-8.
Moore Helps Minnesota Lynx to WNBA Title as Rookie
Lindsey Moore celebrated a WNBA title to cap her first season with the Minnesota Lynx in Atlanta on Oct. 10. The former Husker point guard who was a first-round pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, jumped for joy on the court at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., with her Lynx teammates as time expired. Moore spent the last three seconds of the game on the court after Minnesota battled its way to an 86-77 win to complete a three-game WNBA Finals sweep of the Atlanta Dream.
The Lynx cruised to a pair of 25-point wins in the first two games of the series in Minneapolis, crushing the Dream 84-59 in the opener before adding an 88-63 win in Game 2.
Minnesota capped a perfect 7-0 playoff record in 2013. Lindsey Moore played in six of Minnesota’s seven playoff games in support of the league’s most dominant and balanced starting five. As a rookie, Moore appeared in 23 regular-season games, averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 assist playing behind U.S. Olympian and WNBA All-Star Lindsay Whalen.
Hooper Powers Team USA to Gold at World University Games
Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds while making her first international start, powering the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team to a 90-71 victory in the gold medal game on July 15.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., erupted in her first USA start, pouring in five points, including the game’s first three-pointer, to go along with three early rebounds to fuel the U.S. team’s 13-3 lead to open the game. She also played a major role defensively in helping the United States to its third straight World University Games gold medal.
Hooper scored seven first-quarter points to help the USA take a 22-13 lead at the end of the quarter. She played the entire first period and finished with 31 minutes in the game. In the tournament, Hooper finished with 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game, giving her per 40-minute averages of 16.6 points and 14.9 boards.
Hooper started the second quarter on the bench, and while she was out, the Russian team quickly trimmed the USA margin to 25-21 with 7:46 left in the first half.
Hooper immediately returned to the court and helped shut out the Russians for the next three minutes to ignite a 7-0 USA run. Hooper’s offensive rebound and assist to Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan) in the corner for a three-pointer, gave the USA a 38-25 lead with 2:43 left in the half. It was the first of back-to-back threes by Bradford in a 45-second stretch to send the U.S. squad to halftime with a 41-27 lead. With Hooper keying the defense, the USA allowed six points in the final seven-plus minutes of the half.
Nebraska’s two-time All-American played every minute of the third quarter. She again keyed a U.S. defense that helped the team build a 68-47 lead at the end of three quarters.
Hooper’s final bucket came with 7:30 left in the game, giving the USA a 75-55 lead.
Looking Back at Nebraska’s 2013 Sweet 16 Season
No. 24/18 Nebraska women’s basketball team capped one of the best seasons in school history by making its second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in the past four years in 2013.
Although the sixth-seeded Huskers fell to the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils, 53-45, in the Norfolk (Va.) Regional semifinal game, Nebraska celebrated the second-most victories in school history. NU finished the season with a 25-9 overall record that included a 12-4 Big Ten regular-season mark. Nebraska’s Big Ten runner-up finish also marked the second-most conference wins in school history.
All nine of Nebraska’s regular-season losses came at the hands of 2013 postseason teams, including seven setbacks to teams that advanced to at least the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Along with advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16, the Huskers closed the 2013 campaign at No. 24 in the final Associated Press Poll (regular season) and No. 18 in the final USA Today/Coaches Top (post-NCAA Tournament). It marked the third time in the past four years the Huskers have finished in the top 25 in both polls. NU climbed seven spots in the final USA Today poll, the second-largest jump from the end of the regular season, trailing only NCAA runner-up Louisville’s leap from No. 17 to No. 3.
Senior point guard Lindsey Moore joined junior forward Jordan Hooper as the first teammates in school history to be named to the AP All-America team in the same season. Moore, a Big Ten All-Tournament selection and second-team All-Big Ten choice for the second straight year, earned the first All-America accolades of her career by claiming honorable mention from the AP. Moore was also a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, presented to the nation’s top point guard, for the second straight year.
Hooper, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten choice, captured honorable-mention All-America accolades from both the AP and the WBCA for the second straight season. Moore and Hooper were both preseason candidates for the Wade, Naismith and Wooden national player-of-the-year awards, becoming the first teammates in history to earn mention on those distinguished lists as well.
2012-13 Nebraska Team Season Highlights
• 2013 NCAA Sweet 16 (second appearance in last four years)
• 25 wins (second-highest victory total in school history) - 25-9 overall record
• 12 Big Ten wins (second-most conference wins in school history) - 12-4 Big Ten record
• Big Ten regular-season runner-up finish / Big Ten Tournament semifinalist
• No. 16 in final NCAA RPI. Nebraska played the No. 12 Strength of Schedule in the nation.
• No. 18 in final USA Today/Coaches Top 25; No. 24 in final AP Poll (regular season)
• No. 16 nationally in average home attendance (5,243)
• 10 victories over 2013 NCAA Tournament teams (10-8)
• Nebraska’s 74-63 win at No. 9 Texas A&M on March 25 marked the Huskers’ first true road NCAA Tournament victory in history and the highest seed (No. 3) NU has ever defeated in the tournament.
• 10-game winning streak (Jan. 20-Feb. 28), second-longest winning streak in school history
• Nebraska closed season with seven-game winning streak in true road games (active streak)
• Big Ten No. 2 RPI Conference in the nation
• Big Ten 6-0 in first-round NCAA Tournament games
• Coach Connie Yori was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year
• Nebraska was one of 25 teams in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field with a perfect 100 percent graduation rate. NU has had a 100 percent grad rate in each of NU’s five tournament appearances under Coach Connie Yori.
Yori Captured Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year Honors
Nebraska’s Connie Yori was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in voting by conference coaches for 2013. Yori captured her second conference coach-of-the-year award in the last four seasons and her first in the Big Ten.
In 2012-13, Yori guided Nebraska to 10 straight conference wins, including a perfect February, as the Huskers finished with a 12-4 Big Ten mark as the regular-season runner-up.
Yori’s young squad overcame a plethora of injuries and a 2-3 Big Ten start to play for a share of the Big Ten title in the regular-season finale against No. 7 Penn State at the Devaney Center.
Although Nebraska came up short against the Lady Lions, Yori’s team finished the regular season with a 22-7 overall record that included a Big Ten-best 7-1 road mark in conference play.
Yori captured Big 12 Coach-of-the-Year honors in 2010 on her way to WBCA, AP, USBWA, Naismith and Kay Yow National Coach-of-the-Year awards. She led the Huskers to the 2010 NCAA Sweet Sixteen after capturing the Big 12 regular-season title with a perfect 16-0 record. The 2009-10 Huskers, which featured first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin and first-team All-Big 12 picks Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner, finished with a 32-2 overall record.
Before becoming Nebraska’s head coach in 2002-03, Yori claimed Missouri Valley Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors in her final season at Creighton in 2002. In Yori’s first 11 seasons as NU’s coach, her Huskers have earned a total of 32 all-conference awards (10 first team, 2 second team, 11 honorable mention, 5 freshmen, 4 defensive).
Yori’s 2012-13 Huskers Notched Another 20-Win Campaign
Coach Connie Yori is in the midst of leading the Huskers to the most successful era in school history. The 2012-13 Huskers earned their second NCAA Sweet 16 selection in the past four years, while rolling to 25 wins - the second-highest victory total in school history. It was Nebraska’s fifth 20-win season in the past seven years.
Prior to Yori leading her 2006-07 Huskers to 22 wins, Nebraska had only managed five 20-win seasons in the previous 26 years. NU has managed 14 20-win seasons in 38 full seasons of women’s basketball as a varsity sport.
Over the past seven seasons, Nebraska has averaged 21.7 wins, including the three highest victory totals in school history - 32 wins in 2009-10, 25 in 2012-13 and 24 wins in 2011-12. Over the past four years, NU has averaged 23.5 wins per year.
Prior to Yori’s arrival in 2002-03, Nebraska’s record for most wins in a season was 23 (1978-79, 1979-80, 1992-93, 1997-98).
Hooper Produces Another 600-Point, 300-Rebound Season
Jordan Hooper became the first Husker in history to produce a pair of 600-point, 300-rebound seasons when she ended her junior campaign with 607 points and 300 rebounds. In 2011-12, the 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., amassed 624 points and 306 boards to become the first sophomore in NU history to every accomplish the feat. She is one of only four Huskers to ever produce those milestones in a season.
Hooper, an honorable-mention 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. Only one other sophomore in NU history - Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-81) scored 500 points and grabbed 250 boards.
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.
Hooper Closing in on Elite 1,800-Point, 900-Rebound Club
Jordan Hooper is quickly closing in on a truly elite combination in Nebraska women’s basketball. The 6-2 senior from Alliance, Neb., needs reached the 1,800 career point mark in Wednesday night’s win over UMass-Lowell and needs just 29 rebounds to become the third player in Husker history to reach the 1,800-point and 900-rebound levels.
Only first-team All-Americans Karen Jennings (1990-93) and Kelsey Griffin (2006-10) have achieved both of those marks, and by the end of this season both will have their Husker jerseys retired.
Hooper enters Saturday’s game with Washington State with 1,804 points and 871 rebounds. Last season, she became the first junior in school history to reach the 1,600-point, 800-rebound milestones.
Hooper is poised to become just the fourth player in Nebraska history to reach 900 career rebounds.
Hooper Closing in on Husker Career Three-Point Record
Senior Jordan Hooper owns 229 career three-pointers, just 38 shy of the Husker career record set by Kiera Hardy (267, 2004-07). Hooper became the first Husker junior to reach 200 career threes in 2012-13. Hardy ended her junior campaign in 2005-06 with 196.
Hooper, who hit 67 three-pointers in each of her first two seasons as a Husker, knocked down 81 in 2012-13, to match Hardy’s 2005-06 total for the most by a junior in school history.
Hooper ranked fifth in the Big Ten with 2.4 threes per game in 2012-13.
Hooper Puts Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper ranks third all-time at Nebraska with 29 career double-doubles, following her 25-point, 10-rebound performance against UMass-Lowell on Nov. 27. It was her third double-double this season, joining a 27-point, 11-rebound effort in a win over UCLA on Nov. 8, and a 13-point, 12-board performance in a win at Utah on Nov. 15.
Hooper, who also posted an NCAA Tournament first-round double-double against Chattanooga, has notched double-doubles in four of her last nine games. In five career non-conference games against Pac-12 teams, Hooper owns three double-doubles and has averaged 19.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
Hooper, who produced three double-doubles in Big Ten play in 2013, has produced some monstrous doubles in her career. Last season in a win at 2013 NCAA second-round participant South Florida, Hooper poured in 24 points and had 14 rebounds. The previous game against 2013 NCAA second-round participant Florida State, Hooper erupted for 36 points and 12 boards in a win on Dec. 8, 2012.
She recorded her 20th career double-doubles with 29 points and 10 boards against Idaho State on Dec. 1, 2012.
In the 2012 Big Ten Tournament, Hooper produced three double-doubles in four games, including 25 points and 10 boards against No. 21 Purdue and 21 points and 10 rebounds against No. 14 Ohio State. Earlier in the 2011-12 season, Hooper had 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in a win at Wisconsin on Feb. 19, 2012. She added 22 points and 15 rebounds against Iowa on Jan. 26, 2012.
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, recorded 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.
As a sophomore, 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).
Hooper recorded double-doubles in a personal-best four straight games from Dec. 18, 2011, to Jan. 5, 2012.
Nebraska’s History of Success at Home
Nebraska has opened the Pinnacle Bank Arena era with a 5-0 home record in 2013-14, including a 77-49 win over UCLA (Nov. 8). NU added a 62-48 victory over Alabama (Nov. 11), a 78-55 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 21), an 87-64 win over Southern (Nov. 24) and a 77-42 victory over UMass-Lowell (Nov. 27).
The Huskers have improved to 393-130 (.751) all-time at home. The Huskers have gone 129-34 (.791) over the last 11 seasons at home, posting double-figure home victory totals in each of the last 10 seasons. NU went a perfect 16-0 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2009-10.
Nebraska played in the Devaney Center from 1976-77 through 2012-13, posting a 388-130 record, including 146-88 (.624) mark in conference play. NU went 13-4 at home in 2012-13.
Big Ten Network Provides Major Exposure for Huskers
For the third consecutive season, Nebraska expects to have every regular-season and postseason game available in national television/video form for Husker fans to follow all the action.
In 2013-14, at least seven regular-season Nebraska women’s basketball games will be televised live nationally by the Big Ten Network, including each of NU’s first five Big Ten Conference contests. An eighth regular-season game (Illinois, Feb. 27) could be picked up by BTN, and Nebraska’s early round games in the Big Ten Conference Tournament also will be televised by BTN.
If the Huskers can advance to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis, that game will be televised by ESPN. It would give Nebraska three appearances on the ESPN family of networks in just over two weeks, following a Feb. 24 clash with Penn State and NU’s regular-season finale at Purdue on March 2. Both those games will be televised live nationally by ESPN2. Nebraska’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at North Carolina on Dec. 4 will be streamed live world-wide by ESPN3.
Nebraska’s first nationally televised game of the season will come at Utah on Nov. 15, when the Huskers appear on the Pac-12 Network. NU also will make two appearances on Nebraska Educational Television (NET) in 2013-14. The first game in the history of Pinnacle Bank Arena will appear on NET when the Huskers battle the UCLA Bruins on Nov. 8. Nebraska will be back on NET again against Michigan on Jan. 29.
Both of Nebraska’s NET games will be streamed live to the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN aka BTN.com All-Access). Throughout the season, BTDN will provide video streams to at least 16 games for BTN.com All-Access subscribers.
Nebraska’s inaugural exhibition game at Pinnacle Bank Arena against Pittsburg State on Oct. 29 was streamed live for free on Huskers.com. NU’s Nov. 30 game with Washington State also is expected to be streamed live on Huskers.com.
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 enjoyed its highest level of national TV exposure in school history, while adding two outstanding alternative video streaming sources. NU’s game with Duke was the 34th game of 2012-13 available world-wide to fans and the 16th nationally televised game. It was NU’s fourth game on ESPN2. The Huskers had 10 nationally televised games on the Big Ten Network, one on CBS and one on the Pac-12 Network.
The Big Ten Network distributed 10 other Nebraska women’s basketball games through live video streams on BTN.com, including two that were televised live in the state of Nebraska by NET. HuskersNside, the live video area on Huskers.com, took care of the rest of NU’s games in 2012-13.
Huskers Put Up Top 10 3FG Numbers Again in 2012-13
Nebraska hit 214 three-pointers in 34 games to rank as the fourth-most threes in school history in 2012-13. The Huskers finished just 16 shy of the school-record 230 three-pointers they hit in 2011-12.
It was the 10th consecutive year that Connie Yori’s Nebraska teams produced a top-10 total in three-pointers made. The Huskers’ 6.3 threes per game led the Big Ten and ranked 58th nationally.
The Huskers hit seven or more threes in a game 17 times in 34 contests in 2012-13, after hitting seven or more threes 17 times in 33 games in 2011-12. Nebraska hit double-digit threes five times in 2012-13, including a season-high 12 in the Big Ten-opening win over Wisconsin on Jan. 2, and 11 threes against Oral Roberts and Northern Arizona. NU added 10 threes at Iowa Feb. 11 and at Michigan Feb. 21.
The 2011-12 Huskers produced a record-setting three-point season, connecting on 230 threes on a record 759 attempts. Nebraska led the Big Ten with 7.0 made threes per game, matching the school-record the Huskers set in 2010-11. Nebraska’s 230 threes surpassed the 225 the 2009-10 Huskers hit. NU’s 759 attempts shattered the previous school recored of 661 also set in 2009-10.
NU hit a 2011-12 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.
Prior to 2009-10, the school-record for three-pointers made in a season was 173. Before Yori’s arrival, no Husker team had hit more than 132 threes in a season, or attempted more than 437.
Husker Sports Network, Huskers.com Carries NU World-Wide
The Husker Sports Network enters its 20th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of Nebraska women’s basketball in 2013-14. Women’s basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch are in their 13th season together as the Huskers’ broadcast team.
The Husker Sports Network and Nebraska women’s basketball have teamed up for well over a decade to take every game, home and away, around the world for free on Huskers.com.
In addition to carrying every women’s basketball game free on Huskers.com, the Husker Sports Network flagship stations B107.3 FM-KBBK (Lincoln) and The Wolf 93.3 FM-KFFF (Omaha) provide strong FM signals for Husker women’s basketball and volleyball. 880-AM-KRVN (Lexington) also provides a huge AM signal statewide in central Nebraska, while more than 20 stations have joined the Husker Sports Network’s women’s basketball coverage across the state.
Fastbreakers Offer Travel Opportunities to Follow Huskers
The Fastbreakers Nebraska Women’s Basketball Booster Club is offering a pair of opportunities to follow the Huskers on the road this season.
The first trip being organized is for Nebraska’s Feb. 1 showdown with Iowa in Iowa City. The second trip will join the Huskers at the 2014 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, March 6-9.
For complete information on the travel opportunities, visit the Nebraska women’s basketball home page on Huskers.com and click on “Fastbreakers Travel” in the right side menu options. Fans can also e-mail Gary Schuster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fastbreakers Prepare for More Fun with Pregame Parties
The Fastbreakers Women’s Basketball Booster Club has set the dates for four Pregame Parties in Lincoln for the 2013-14 season.
With the new development in the Haymarket District, the Fastbreakers invite fans to take a tour of some of the new restaurants in the area at these fun new events. Each Pregame Party will begin two hours prior to the tip-off for select games, and wrap up 30 minutes before the game begins to allow fans to get to their seats in time for the game.
Pregame Parties will feature great food and drink specials at each location, lots of door prizes, and a different Husker spirit item provided for each fan in attendance. There is no cost to attend (food and drink will be available for purchase), and no RSVP is required. At the season’s end, fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite location, where next year’s events will be held.
The first Pregame Party was held on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Courtyard Marriott Bistro, just two blocks from Pinnacle Bank Arena. The party began at 5 p.m., prior to the game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which tipped off at 7 p.m.
Future Pregame Parties will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 (game vs. Utah State); Thursday, Jan. 16 (game vs. Minnesota) and Saturday, Feb. 8 (game vs. Michigan State).
Locations will be announced on Huskers.com, Twitter, Facebook and at Husker Women’s
Basketball games. Questions can be directed to the Huskers Athletic Fund at (402) 472-2367 or 800-8-BIG RED, or at email@example.com.
Home Attendance to Cross 30,000 This Weekend
Through five home games, the Huskers have attracted 29,746 fans including four of the top 10 largest home non-conference crowds in school history. NU has drawn 5,000 or more fans for three of its first five home games at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Big Red drew only five home non-conference crowds of 5,000 or more in 37 seasons at the Devaney Center.
Nebraska attracted almost 15,000 fans to Pinnacle Bank Arena in its season-opening weekend, including a non-conference school-record crowd of 9,750 for a season-opening win over UCLA on Nov. 8. The Huskers added a crowd of 4,924 for a Veterans Day win over Alabama on Nov. 11.
The 14,674 fans over two games nearly matched the 15,221 fans who attended Nebraska’s eight home non-conference games in Coach Connie Yori’s first season in 2002-03.
Growing interest in Nebraska women’s basketball is not new. In fact, 10 of the 18 largest non-conference home crowds in school history have come over the last 18 home games for the Big Red.
Game One Features Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally
Game One presented by Ameritas at Pinnacle Bank Arena featured more than just a top-25 showdown between the Nebraska and UCLA women’s basketball teams on Nov. 8.
The special day-long celebration of the regular-season openers for both the Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball teams at their new downtown arena tipped off with an energy-filled pep rally featuring an all-star cast of speakers and entertainers.
The Nebraska Life Skills Sportsmanship Pep Rally on the morning of Nov. 8 on the new homecourt of the Huskers reached more than 4,500 middle-school youth from nearly 50 schools across Nebraska.
Students from Centennial to Crete, Norris to North Bend Central, Seward to Sandy Creek and Wahoo to Wilber-Clatonia joined students from several private schools in Lincoln for a morningof motivational messages and exciting basketball action.
The sportsmanship pep rally, which was organized with assistance from the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, included messages from nationally recognized speakers.
Nebraska’s men’s basketball coach Tim Miles, baseball coach Darin Erstad, two-time NCAA and Olympic wrestling champion Jordan Burroughs, along with NCAA discus champion Chad Wright all delivered inspirational messages. Amanda Burau from Nebraska’s national champion women’s bowling team, Mattie Fowler from the Huskers’ Women’s College World Series softball team and Shavon Shields from the men’s basketball team added impressive messages, along with former women’s basketball player Meghin Williams. Acrodunk, a nationally acclaimed high-flying dunk team, added a spectacular performance.
The Huskers’ tip time was moved to noon to accommodate the students’ attendance at the pep rally and their return to their home schools.