Honors & Awards
The 6-0 junior from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, ranked among the nation's leaders in both assists and assist-to-turnover ratio on her way to honorable-mention All-America honors from the Associated Press. She became just the third Husker sophomore in history to claim an All-America Award joining 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings and 2014 first-team WBCA All-American Jordan Hooper.
Along the way, Theriot smashed Nebraska's single-season assist record (234) and the Big Ten Tournament single-game assist mark with 18 in a quarterfinal victory over Minnesota. She also climbed to ninth on Nebraska's career assist list with 335 after just two seasons.
The first-team All-Big Ten selection was also the MVP of the 2014 Big Ten Tournament, leading the Huskers to their first-ever conference tournament title. She was also an academic All-Big Ten pick. She led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7), while ranking among the league's top five in assists, three-point percentage, minutes and free throw percentage. She also ranked in the top 15 in scoring and overall field goal percentage.
Theriot could contend for Big Ten Player-of-the-Year and first-team All-America honors in 2014-15, while challenging for the Lieberman Award as the nation's top point guard.
"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."
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 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.
Theriot closed they year with a Nebraska single-season record 234 assists. She notched her fourth double-double with 10 points and 12 assists in an NCAA Tournament first-round win over Fresno State.
It was her fifth game with 11 or more assists on the year, which were the most by a Husker in a career, surpassing former teammate and All-America point guard Lindsey Moore (2010-13). In the first 1,200-plus games in NU history, Huskers produced only 24 games with 11 or more assists.
Theriot produced four 20-point efforts in Big Ten play, including a career-high 33 points, nine assists and no turnovers in NU's 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). 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.
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.
In Nebraska's last 13 games before the NCAA Tournament, Theriot averaged 15.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists with a 3.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. She led NU 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.
She opened Nebraska's nine-game winning streak (Jan. 29-Feb. 27) 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-double with nine points and a career-high 12 assists in NU's 20-point win over Michigan State on Feb. 8.
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.
Theriot owns 32 career double-figure scoring efforts, including 28 points in NU's road win at Utah Nov. 15. She 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 and 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.
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 with 16 starts.
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 season bests 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.
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 record and a Southwestern Conference title. She averaged 12.7 points, 9.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 1.3 blocks for the Meteors. In addition to earning third-team All-Ohio Division I honors, she was one of five players on 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 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 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).
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