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#24 Rachel Theriot
Position: Guard
Height: 6'0"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Middleburg Heights, Ohio
High School: Midpark
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Honors & Awards

  • Associated Press All-American (HM, 2014)
  • First-Team All-Big Ten (2014)
  • Big Ten Tournament MVP (2014)
  • Big Ten All-Tournament Team (1 of 6, 2014)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2014)
  • Big Ten Player of the Week (Jan. 20, Feb. 25, 2014)
  • Nebraska Season Record 234 Assists (2014)
  • No. 9 at Nebraska in Career Assists (335)
  • Nebraska NCAA Tournament Record 12 assists (vs. Fresno State, March 22, 2014)
  • Big Ten Tournament Record 18 assists (vs. Minnesota, March 7, 2014)
  • Big Ten Tournament Record 10.0 Assists Per Game (2014)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2013)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week
  • (Dec. 31, 2012, Jan. 22, 2013, Feb. 5, 2013)
  • No. 1 in Big Ten Assist-to-Turnover Ratio (2.7-to-1, 2014)
  • No. 2 in Big Ten Assists (7.1 apg, 2014)
  • No. 3 in Big Ten 3FG Pct. (.430, 2014)
  • No. 3 in Big Ten Minutes (36.5 mpg)
  • No. 4 in Big Ten FT Pct. (.885, 2014)
  • No. 14 in Big Ten FG Pct. (.484, 2014)
  • No. 14 in Big Ten Scoring (14.1 ppg, 2014)
  • No. 1 in Big Ten Games-Only 3FG (.500, 2014)
  • No. 1 in Big Ten Games-Only Assist-to-Turnover Ratio (2.7-to-1, 2014)
  • No. 8 in Big Ten Games-Only Scoring (15.3 ppg, 2014)
  • Four Career Double-Doubles (4 in 2013-14)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2013; Spring 2013, 2014)
  • No. 70 Player in the Nation (Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, 2011)
  • No. 96 Player in the Nation (All-Star Girls Report, 2011)
  • No. 18 Point Guard in the Nation (ESPN/HoopGurlz, 2011)
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Star (1 of 5, 2011)
  • All-Ohio Division I (First Team, Midpark, 2012)
  • All-Ohio Division I (Third Team, Midpark, 2011)
  • All-Ohio Division II (Third Team, Walsh Jesuit, 2010)
  • Northeast Lakes District Player of the Year (2012)
  • Northeast Lakes All-District (First Team, 2011, 2012)
  • Southwestern Conference Most Valuable Player (2012)
  • All-Southwestern Conference (First Team, 2011, 2012)

Sophomore (2013-14)
Rachel Theriot (pronounced RAY-chel, TERRY-oh) captured honorable-mention All-America honors from the Associated Press after a spectacular sophomore season.

The 6-0 guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio earned first-team All-Big Ten honors before claiming MVP honors in leading Nebraska to its first-ever conference tournament title. She was also an academic All-Big Ten selection.

Theriot averaged 18.7 points and a tournament-record 10.0 assists while leading the Huskers to wins over Minnesota, No. 19 Michigan State and No. 23 Iowa. In the championship game victory over the Hawkeyes, she scored a game-high 24 points, while distributing four assists.

That performance followed an 18-point, eight-assist effort in an 86-58 romp past the No. 19 Spartans in the semifinals. Theriot opened the tournament with a Big Ten Tournament-record 18 assists, smashing the previous tournament mark of 12. Her 18 assists also doubled Nebraska's previous top assist total in a conference tournament game (9). They were the most assists by a Big Ten player against a Big Ten opponent in history. She added 14 points and five rebounds against the Golden Gophers for her third double-double of the season.

Her passing performance against Minnesota also made her the first Husker in history to dish out 200 assists in a season.

Theriot closed her sophomore campaign with a Nebraska single-season record 234 assists, smashing NU's previous mark by 40 assists. Her total included a Nebraska NCAA Tournament game record 12 assists in a first-round win over Fresno State. She added 10 points against the Bulldogs to produce her fourth points-assists double-double of the season.

Theriot closed the year ranked ninth all-time at Nebraska with 335 career assists after just two seasons.

Theriot averaged 14.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game on the season, while leading the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7). She was also one of the league's top shooters, hitting 48.4 percent of her field goal attempts, including 43 percent of her three-pointers, while knocking down 88.5 percent of her free throws. In Big Ten games-only, Theriot led the league in three-point shooting (.500) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7).

Theriot ranked second among the Huskers in scoring in Big Ten play, averaging 15.6 points per game, while leading the Big Red and ranking second in the Big Ten with 7.3 assists per game.

Theriot produced four 20-point efforts in Big Ten play, including a career-high 33 points and nine assists with no turnovers in NU's comeback win over Minnesota Jan. 16. She fueled Nebraska's rally from 14 down with 17 second-half points and four more in overtime, including two free throws with 15 seconds left to seal the 88-85 win.

Theriot captured the first Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award of her career on Jan. 20, after producing 19 points against Purdue on Jan. 19. For the week, she averaged 26 points and 6.5 assists per game. She claimed her second Big Ten weekly honor on Feb. 25, after averaging 21.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in wins over Ohio State (Feb. 20) and No. 8 Penn State (Feb. 24). In the win at Ohio State, Theriot led the Huskers with 26 points and a career-high-tying seven rebounds to bring NU back from a nine-point second-half deficit. Against No. 8 Penn State, Theriot pumped in 17 points and dished out eight assists going head-to-head with Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Dara Taylor.

Theriot closed the regular season with 24 points on a career-best 4-for-4 three-point shooting in a loss at No. 19 Purdue. It was her third 20-point performance in NU's final five regular-season games. She opened the stretch with 23 points, six rebounds, eight assists and no turnovers in a win over Indiana Feb. 16.

Theriot's tremendous play helped the Huskers match the third-longest winning streak in school history, reeling off nine straight wins from Jan. 29 through Feb. 27.

In Nebraska's last 13 games before heading into NCAA Tournament play, Theriot averaged 15.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists, while posting a 3.7-to-1assist-to-turnover ratio. She led Nebraska to a 12-1 record during the stretch, including four wins over top-25 teams.

In NCAA Tournament play, Theriot averaged 10.5 points, 10.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game despite playing with a foot injury in the two tournament games. Her assist-to-turnover ratio in the NCAA Tournament was 5.3-to-1 (21-to-4).

Theriot helped the Huskers to a 26-7 overall record, which marked the second-best win total and the second fewest losses in school history. Her 51 wins in her first two seasons as a starter are the most by a Husker in history in her first two years on the court.

She opened Nebraska's nine-game winning streak with her first career double-double, a 10-point, 11-assist effort in a rout of Michigan Jan. 29. Two games later, she added her second double-double with 11 points and 11 assists at Wisconsin Feb. 5. The next time out, she just missed a third double with nine points and a career-high 12 assists in NU's 20-point win over Michigan State on Feb. 8.

Her five games with 11 or more assists as a sophomore are the most by a Husker in a career, surpassing former teammate and Husker All-America point guard Lindsey Moore from 2010 through 2013. In the first 1,200-plus games in school history, Huskers produced only 24 games with 11 or more assists.

Theriot scored in double figures 25 times in 2013-14, including in 16 of 19 games against Big Ten opponents and both of NU's NCAA Tournament games. She had 19 points, six rebounds and eight assists to open Big Ten play in a win over Northwestern. She scored nine of NU's final 14 points, including a pair of shot-clock buzzer-beaters and the game-winner in NU's 66-65 victory Jan. 2. She added 11 points and six assists in a win at Illinois Jan. 12, and 11 points and eight assists at Michigan State Jan. 9.

Theriot owns 32 double-figure scoring efforts in her career. She had 28 points to lead Nebraska to a road win at Utah Nov. 15. She also matched her career best with seven rebounds, while adding four assists. She hit six free throws in the final 35 seconds to seal the win. Theriot scored 19 second-half points against the Utes.

She had 17 points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in a win over Alabama Nov. 11.

"We love Rachel's versatility. She is an unselfish player who loves to set her teammates up to score. She can also drive to the basket, hit the dribble jumper and knock down the three. She is also a good rebounder and defender."

Freshman (2012-13)
Theriot was a unanimous choice of the coaches on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team after averaging 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists on the year. She produced double figures seven times on the year, all in the last 22 games.

Theriot, who played in all 34 games with 28 straight starts despite battling a foot injury, was even better in Big Ten play, averaging 7.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists while starting all 16 games.

In NU’s first-round NCAA win over Chattanooga, Theriot had 12 points, two assists, a rebound and a steal. She scored seven big points - all in the final three minutes of the first half - to help Nebraska knock off No. 9 Texas A&M in College Station March 25. She added seven points on 3-of-4 shooting, while pitching in four rebounds and two assists against No. 5 Duke March 31.

A three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Theriot had a season-high 19 points in NU’s win over Iowa Feb. 24, before following with 11 points, including eight in the second half, in NU’s win at Wisconsin Feb. 28. She had 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the win over Minnesota Feb. 3, tying her career high with seven rebounds and dishing out five assists with no turnovers. That followed a nine-point, five-rebound, six-assist effort in a win at Ohio State Jan. 31. She added nine points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in NU’s second meeting with the Buckeyes.

Theriot had 13 points and a season-high eight assists at Minnesota Jan. 20. She added career highs with three threes and 39 minutes played at Minnesota. She had 14 points and six assists at Indiana Jan. 10, then nine points, three boards and three assists at No. 8 Penn State. She had a career-high seven boards against No. 25 Michigan State Jan. 24. Theriot had 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and a season-high three steals against Grambling State Dec. 29.

She made her first career start against No. 11 Maryland Nov. 28, scoring six points, grabbing six rebounds and adding four assists. She had six points, four rebounds and four assists in a win over No. 24 Florida State Dec. 8.

High School
Theriot was a three-time All-Ohio performer, earning first-team Division I honors as a senior at Midpark High School in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, in 2011-12. Theriot was named the Northeast Lakes District Player of the Year after averaging 16.6 points, 11.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game for Coach Stephanie Mentz. She led Midpark to its second straight district title. In the district championship game victory over Brecksville, Theriot erupted for 19 points, 16 assists, six rebounds and three steals.

For the season, Theriot hit 50 percent of her field goal attempts, including 45 percent of her threes, while being named the Southwestern Conference Most Valuable Player. In addition to being an All-Ohio Division I first-team selection, Theriot was chosen to participate in the North/South High School All-Star Game.

As a junior in 2010-11, Theriot helped Midpark to a 22-3 overall record and a Southwestern Conference title. Theriot averaged 12.7 points, 9.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game for the Meteors. In addition to earning third-team All-Ohio Division I honors, she was named one of five players to the Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Star team in 2011. She was also a first-team All-SWC selection and a first-team Northeast Lakes All-District pick.

Theriot was ranked as the No. 70 player overall by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 96 by the All-Star Girls Report. She was ranked as the No. 18 point guard in the nation by ESPN/HoopGurlz and was also ranked among ESPN's top 100 high school seniors in the nation.

Theriot played her first two high school seasons for the Walsh Jesuit Warriors for Coach Pete Zaccari. As a sophomore, she led Walsh Jesuit to the Ohio Division II state semifinals after averaging 13.8 points, 5.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. She led the Warriors to a 23-2 record. She hit 38 three-pointers on the year and was an 89 percent free throw shooter.

As a freshman, Theriot averaged 11.8 points, 3.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game to help Walsh Jesuit to a 19-7 record.

Theriot played AAU ball for Sports City U and Coach Tom Jenkins. She earned a spot on the Pool A All-Star Team at the Windy City Classic (U.S. Junior National Championships).

Personal
The daughter of Curtis and Cheryl Theriot, Rachel was born July 7, 1994. Rachel has three older brothers, Josh, Dallas and Bryan. Rachel has not declared a major at Nebraska. She earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13 and 2013-14. She chose Nebraska over Xavier, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, Dayton and Washington among others.

Five Facts About Rachel

  1. Rachel's favorite nickname to be called is Violet (like Violet from the Incredibles).
  2. Her favorite holiday to celebrate is Halloween because she loves to dress up, and her mom makes all of her costumes.
  3. Rachel loves Mexican food, and she likes to bake.
  4. She loves SpongeBob SquarePants.
  5. One talent Rachel wishes she possessed is the ability to sing.
     

Theriot's Career Statistics  

 

Year

G-GS

FG-FGA

Pct.

3P-3PA

Pct.

FT-FTA

Pct.

TRB-Avg.

PF-D

A

TO

Blk

ST

Pts-Avg.

2012-13 34-28 89-210 .424 23-65 .354 10-17 .588 94-2.8 34-0 101 84 6 33 211-6.2
2013-14 33-33 178-368 .484 40-93 .430 69-78 .885 111-3.4 51-2 234 86 8 39 465-14.1

Career

67-61

267-578

.462

63-159

.396

79-95

.832

205-3.1

85-2

335

170

14

72

676-10.1

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