#24/#24 (6) Nebraska Cornhuskers (21-7, 10-6 Big Ten)
vs. (11) Northwestern Wildcats (14-15, 4-12 Big Ten)
2012 Big Ten Conference Tournament (March 1-4) •
Bankers Life Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, Ind. •
Game 2: Thursday, March 1 (approx. 1 p.m. CT) - 25 min. following Game 1
Live Television: Big Ten Network (Lisa Byington-PBP; Mary Murphy-Analyst)
Radio: Husker Sports Network (B107.3 FM-Lincoln; 93.3 FM-Omaha)
Free Internet Audio: Huskers.com
Huskers Open First Big Ten Tourney in Rematch with Wildcats
The No. 24 Nebraska women's basketball team opens play in its first Big Ten Tournament by tangling with the Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday, March 1 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
Tip-off between the sixth-seeded Huskers (21-7, 10-6 Big Ten) and the 11th-seeded Wildcats (14-15, 4-12 Big Ten) will follow 25 minutes after the conclusion of the tournament's first game between No. 7-seed Michigan and No. 10-seed Illinois, which tips off at 10:30 a.m. (central) on Thursday. Nebraska's game with Northwestern will likely start close to 1 p.m.
The Big Ten Network will televise the game live nationally with Lisa Byington and Mary Murphy on the call. The first 10 games of the 11-game tournament will be televised by BTN. The championship game will be telecast by ESPN2 on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. (central).
Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will be on the radio call with flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln and The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha for the Huskers throughout the tournament as part of Nebraska's 25-station radio network. Free live audio also will be available worldwide on Huskers.com.
Nebraska heads to Indianapolis riding the momentum of its biggest win of the season - a 71-57 victory over No. 8 Ohio State Sunday at the Devaney Center. The Big Ten's youngest team, featuring six freshmen contributors among its 10 active players, the Huskers were carried by those freshmen in the run past the Buckeyes. Freshman starter Emily Cady poured in a career-high 24 points as the only Husker in double figures, while reserves Rebecca Woodberry and Brandi Jeffery each added eight points and six rebounds off the bench.
NU's freshmen combined for all 18 points in a crucial 18-3 first-half surge and finished with 49 points, 18 rebounds and five assists against the Buckeyes. Cady's performance helped her clinch a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, while Nebraska notched its first win over a top 10 team this season.
The victory marked the third-highest ranked team the Huskers have ever defeated and the sixth win over a top-10 foe in Connie Yori's 10 seasons at Nebraska. Prior to Yori's arrival in Lincoln in 2002-03, the Huskers produced only one win over a top 10 team in school history.
#24 Nebraska Cornhuskers (21-7, 10-6 Big Ten)
3 - Hailie Sample - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 3.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg
23 - Emily Cady - 6-2 - Fr. - F - 10.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg
35 - Jordan Hooper - 6-2 - So. - F - 19.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 15.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg
5 - Kaitlyn Burke - 5-7 - Sr. - G - 5.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Off the Bench
33 - Rebecca Woodberry - 5-10 - RFr. - G - 4.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg
11 - Tear'a Laudermill - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 4.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg
13 - Brandi Jeffery - 5-7 - Fr. - G - 3.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg
14 - Katie Simon - 6-2 - RFr. - F - 2.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 2.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
10th Season at NU (187-124); 22nd Season Overall (382-264)
Northwestern Wildcats (14-15, 4-10 Big Ten)
4 - Kendall Hackney - 6-2 - Jr. - F - 15.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg
31 - Dannielle Diamant - 6-5 - Jr. - C - 13.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg
1 - Morgan Jones - 6-2 - Fr. - G - 14.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg
12 - Allison Mocchi - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 3.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg
42 - Karly Roser - 5-10 - Fr. - G - 7.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg
Off the Bench
34 - Tailor Jones - 5-11 - Jr. - G - 4.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg
23 - Inesha Hale - 5-9 - Jr. - G - 1.9 ppg, 0.5 rpg
5 - Alex Cohen - 6-5 - Fr. - F - 1.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg
40 - Kate Popovec - 6-3 - Jr. - F - 1.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg
14 - Meghan McKeown - 5-9 - So. - G - 1.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg
21 - Anna Cole - 6-7 - So. - C - 0.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg
Head Coach: Joe McKeown (Kent State, 1979)
Fourth Season at Northwestern (58-67); 25th Season Overall (567-241)
Hooper Leads First Huskers on All-Big Ten Teams
Sophomore Jordan Hooper became Nebraska's first first-team All-Big Ten award winner in women's basketball when she was named to the five-player all-conference team by both the coaches and media on Monday.
Hooper was joined on the all-conference teams by Husker teammates Lindsey Moore (2nd), Emily Cady (HM, All-Freshman) and Kaitlyn Burke (Sportsmanship). While all of the honors are Nebraska's first conference honors in the Big Ten, they mark the ninth consecutive season that the Huskers have claimed multiple all-conference awards under Coach Connie Yori.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., closed the regular season as the Big Ten's No. 1 rebounder (9.3 rpg) and No. 4 scorer (19.1 ppg) while helping the Huskers to a 21-7 record that included a 10-6 Big Ten mark.
Hooper is the first Husker to win first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore since Kelsey Griffin in 2006-07. Griffin went on to be a three-time first-team All-Big 12 pick and a 2010 first-team All-American as a 6-2 forward.
Hooper is just the fifth Husker sophomore in history to claim first-team all-conference accolades, joining Griffin, Kiera Hardy (Big 12, 2005), Karen Jennings (Big Eight, 1991) and Maurtice Ivy (Big Eight, 1986). Hooper also claimed a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2011.
Hooper was joined among Nebraska's All-Big Ten honorees by Moore. The 5-9 junior point guard from Covington, Wash., captured second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and media after averaging 15.4 points, 5.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game on the year. She ranked eighth in the conference in scoring, second in assists and sixth in the steals.
It marked the third all-conference award of Moore's career, after earning honorable-mention All-Big 12 recognition a year ago, and a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in 2009-10.
Cady captured Nebraska's first-ever spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by producing 10.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game to go along with a team-leading 24 blocked shots on the season. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., increased her production in Big Ten play by averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds against conference foes.
Cady also earned a spot on the honorable-mention All-Big Ten team from the conference media. She becomes 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.
Burke rounded out the list of Husker award winners on their inaugural All-Big Ten squads by earning a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The 5-7 senior guard from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was one of two Big Ten women's basketball players among 30 national candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Burke is also the President of Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a regular academic all-conference selection. She also ranks among Nebraska's top five in career games played and career three-pointers made.
Huskers Shoot for 22nd Win Against Wildcats
Nebraska's win over No. 8 Ohio State on Sunday pushed the Huskers' season victory total to 21, which put the 2011-12 Huskers in a tie for eighth place on NU's single-season wins list. A win on Thursday over Northwestern would give Nebraska its 22nd win and place the 2011-12 Huskers into a tie for sixth among all-time Husker teams.
Nebraska, which has produced13 20-win seasons in school history, owns four 20-win campaigns over the past six years under Coach Connie Yori. That successful stretch for the Huskers includes NU's record-setting 32-2 campaign in 2009-10.
Although 32 wins is unattainable for this year's group of Huskers, they could still contend for runner-up honors on the all-time single-season wins list. Prior to 2009-10, the school record for victories was 23, which was achieved four times, most recently in 1997-98.
If the Huskers can get a win against the Wildcats, Nebraska could take aim at win No. 23 against Iowa on Friday in Indianapolis.
Huskers Lock Up 10 Wins in First Big Ten Season
Nebraska notched its 10th Big Ten win of the season with its 71-57 victory over No. 8 Ohio State at the Devaney Center Feb. 26. The victory put the 2011-12 Huskers in elite company in Nebraska women's basketball history as just the seventh NU team to produce 10 conference wins in a season. While it has only happened seven times in school history, Coach Connie Yori's Huskers have managed the feat three times in the past six years.
Yori's 2009-10 Huskers rolled to a perfect 16-0 record in Big 12 play to capture the conference title on their way to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16. In 2006-07, Yori's Huskers went 10-6 in the Big 12 on their way to the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska's 10-6 conference record also ties for the fifth-best conference winning percentage by a Husker team in school history, matching the 2006-07 and 1999-00 squads. Like the current 16-game regular-season Big Ten format, Nebraska played a 16-game regular-season schedule for 15 years as Big 12 Conference members. The Huskers achieved 10 or more victories four times during that span.
Scouting The Northwestern Wildcats
Coach Joe McKeown takes his Northwestern Wildcats to the Big Ten Tournament hungry for two wins to make themselves eligible for the postseason WNIT. The Wildcats enter their first-round game against Nebraska at 14-15 overall and 4-12 in the Big Ten as the tournament's No. 11 seed.
Northwestern improved to 14-12 on the year with a 63-51 win at Nebraska on Feb. 16, but dropped three straight games to close the regular season and slip below .500. The Wildcats need a win over the Huskers and a win over No. 3 seed Iowa in the second round to be eligible for the Postseason WNIT.
The Wildcats are coming off a 76-57 loss to Michigan State in Evanston, Ill., on Sunday. Dannielle Diamant, a third-team All-Big Ten selection, led NU with 16 points and eight rebounds. The 6-5 junior center led the Wildcats with 19 points and eight boards in the win over the Huskers. In Big Ten play, Diamant has led the Wildcats with 15.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, while managing 13.9 points and 6.7 boards on the season.
Junior Kendall Hackney added 14 points and five rebounds against MSU. The 6-2 forward pitched in 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the win at Nebraska. She averages a team-best 15.2 points while adding 6.1 boards per game.
Morgan Jones, a Big Ten All-Freshman selection, gave NU three players in double figures with 10 points and five rebounds at MSU. An honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick, the 6-2 guard was held to six points, but contributed eight rebounds and four assists in the win at Nebraska. Jones is Northwestern's No. 2 scorer and No. 3 rebounder on the season with 14.1 points and 6.0 boards per game.
Morgan's older sister Tailor Jones played a major role in the win at Nebraska. Tailor Jones had eight points, four rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes off the bench. She did most of her damage at the free throw line, hitting 6-of-9 shots at the stripe. Tailor Jones averages 4.1 points and 3.8 boards on the season.
Freshman Karly Roser has been a steady presence in the backcourt for the Wildcats. The Canadian averages 7.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and a team-best 4.8 assists. She is also an outstanding perimeter defender and leads NU with 51 steals on the year. Roser and Morgan Jones join Husker freshmen Emily Cady and Hailie Sample as the only full-time starting freshman duos in the Big Ten this season. Jones and Roser will likely go over 1,000 minutes played this season in the game against the Huskers.
Senior guard Allison Mocchi rounds out Northwestern's probable starting five with 3.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Meghin McKeown, the daughter of NU Coach Joe McKeown, has played in all 29 games and averages 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. Inesha Hale and Kate Popovec also saw playing time in the first meeting with the Huskers. Freshman forward Alex Cohen has added 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game as a regular contributor inside off the bench, but did not play in the first meeting with Nebraska.
As a team, Northwestern has managed 64.4 points per game while surrendering 67.1 points per contest. The Wildcats have hit 39.4 percent of their shots from the field, including 29.9 percent from three-point range. They have been a solid 70.2 percent at the line. The Wildcats carry a plus-0.2 team rebounding, but a negative-1.3 team turnover margin.
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Northwestern 4-2, but the Wildcats claimed a 63-51 victory at the Devaney Center on Feb. 16, in this season's first meeting between the Big Ten's two NU's. The two teams have never met on a neutral court. Nebraska notched a 73-58 victory Dec. 16, 2006, at the Devaney Center and posted an 80-50 win on Dec. 12, 2005, in Evanston. The first meeting between Nebraska and Northwestern came with a 65-54 Husker win on Nov. 29, 1980, in Lincoln. Northwestern's first win came with an 89-64 victory in Evanston on Feb. 27, 1982. The Huskers won the only other meeting between the two schools, 83-71, in Evanston on Dec. 5, 1992.
Hooper Earns Spot on Wade Watch List
Sophomore Jordan Hooper was one of eight players added to the State Farm Wade Trophy Watch List announced on Feb. 7. Hooper, who is one of six sophomores on the list of 33 national player-of-the-year candidates, ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.1 ppg) and first in rebounding (9.3 rpg).
The first-team All-Big Ten selection has scored at an unprecedented rate in Nebraska history since arriving from Alliance last season. The 6-2 forward has produced 988 career points, producing double figures in 27 of 28 games this season. With a 19-point, 18-rebound effort against Wisconsin Feb. 19, Hooper pushed past 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings on the list of most productive freshman and sophomore seasons in school history.
Hooper needs just 12 points to become the first sophomore in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark. At her current scoring pace (19.1 ppg), Hooper is on track to reach the mark in her 60th career game, which will come in Nebraska's Big Ten Tournament opener against Northwestern.
Moore Named Nancy Lieberman Award Finalist
Nebraska's Lindsey Moore was recently named one of eight finalists for the 13th Annual Nancy Lieberman Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate point guard. Moore is Nebraska's first-ever Nancy Lieberman Award finalist.
Moore, a 5-9 junior from Covington, Wash., ranks among the nation's top all-around guards. The three-year starter for the Huskers enters the Big Ten Tournament ranked eighth in the conference in scoring (15.4 ppg), second in assists (5.2 apg) and sixth in steals (2.2 spg). She also ranks 10th in the Big Ten with her 80.0 free throw percentage. She earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches and media as one of the top 10 players in the league.
Last season, Moore earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades as a sophomore by averaging 14.1 points, 5.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game. As a true freshman in 2009-10, Moore was the starting point guard on a Nebraska team that rolled to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and claimed the 2010 Big 12 Conference title. She became the first freshman point guard in NCAA Division I history to lead her team to an unbeaten regular season. The Huskers finished with a 32-2 overall record and advanced to Nebraska's first-ever NCAA Sweet 16.
Moore, who has started 93 consecutive games for the Huskers since earning Parade High School All-America honors at Kentwood High School in Washington, ranks 23rd in Nebraska history with 1,073 points. She also ranks fourth in Husker history with 483 assists, and eighth in the NU record book with 113 career three-pointers.
The list of Nancy Lieberman Award finalists was chosen by sportswriters from across the country, and the award will be presented by the Rotary Club of Detroit. The list of finalists will be narrowed to three players and the winner will be announced at the NCAA Women's Final Four weekend in Denver, Colo., April 1-3. The award will be officially presented at a noon luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club on April 18.
Hooper Joins Elite Group with 500-Point, 250-Rebound Season
Jordan Hooper became the second sophomore in school history to score 500 points and grab 250 rebounds in a season on her way to first-team All-Big Ten honors this year. She enters the Big Ten Tournament with 534 points and 261 rebounds in 28 games in 2011-12.
The only other Husker sophomore in history to accomplish the feat was Kathy Hagerstrom with 545 points and 271 rebounds in 31 games in 1980-81.
Hooper is just the seventh player (eighth time) in any Husker class to reach 500 points and 250 rebounds in the same season. Kelsey Griffin reached the milestones most recently with 685 points and 354 rebounds in 34 games as a senior in 2009-10. Griffin was a first-team All-American and the No. 3 pick in the WNBA Draft.
Prior to Griffin's super season, All-American and two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge scored 611 points and pulled down 260 rebounds in 33 games as a senior in 1997-98. Nafeesah Brown also accomplished the feat with 605 points and 303 rebounds in 30 games as a senior in 1993-94.
Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner, produced 810 points and 319 rebounds in 32 games as a junior, while Diane DelVigna is the only Husker to reach the marks twice with 787 points and 285 rebounds in 40 games as a senior in 1979-80, after recording 646 points and 257 rebounds in 35 games as a junior in 1978-79.
Hooper Poised to Join Nebraska's 1,000-Point Club
Jordan Hooper enters the Big Ten Tournament needing just 12 points to become the 28th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark in her career. If she achieves the mark, she would be the first sophomore in school history reach 1,000 points.
Hooper would join junior teammate Lindsey Moore as active members of the 1,000-point club. Hooper would also become the 12th native Nebraskan in the group and the second player from Alliance, Neb., 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).
Moore Climbing Nebraska Career Scoring List
Lindsey Moore has climbed to No. 22 on NU's career list with 1,073 points and with her first points at the Big Ten Tournament will move past Tina McClain (1994-97, 1,074) in 21st on the Husker career chart.
Moore, who achieved the 1,000-point mark in her 87th career game, is moving quickly up NU's career scoring list and needs just 16 points to catch Nafeesah Borwn (1992-94, 1,089) at No. 20 on the Husker list.
Moore, a second-team All-Big Ten pick this season, became the 27th player in Nebraska history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the Huskers' 93-89 3OT win at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2. Moore's 27-footer from the left wing in the third overtime gave NU a two possession lead on its way to victory, and pushed Moore to 1,001 career points. She added a pair of free throws to help seal the win. Moore finished the night with 26 points.
Burke Ready to Move to No. 2 in Games Played at Nebraska
Husker senior Kaitlyn Burke is expected to play in the 130th game of her Nebraska career when the Huskers take the floor against Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday in Indianapolis.
With the appearance, Burke will move into a tie for second place on Nebraska's list of career games played, joining former teammate Cory Montgomery (2007-10) and Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-83). The NU record for career games played is held by Janet Smith (1979-82) with 136.
Burke, who has started 30 consecutive games including 28 straight this year, owns 76 career starts in her five seasons at Nebraska.
Hooper Putting Up Double-Doubles at Record Rate
Jordan Hooper leads the Big Ten and ranks among the top 40 players nationally with 11 double-doubles through 28 games in 2011-12. Hooper, who has produced double figures in 27 of Nebraska's 28 games this season, also owns 11 double-figure rebounding performances this year.
The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., produced her most recent double-double 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. Earlier this season, Hooper notched double-doubles in four straight games from Dec. 18 to Jan. 5.
Hooper is just the fifth player in Nebraska history to notch double-figure double-doubles in a season. National Player-of-the-Year finalist Kelsey Griffin set a school record with 20 double-doubles as a senior in 2009-10 to finish with a school-record 40 career double-doubles. Griffin also produced 10 double-doubles as a sophomore in 2006-07.
Nebraska's 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings produced back-to-back seasons with 13 double-doubles as a sophomore (1990-91) and junior (1991-92) on her way to 36 career double-doubles. Jennings' double-double totals are school class records for both sophomores and juniors at NU.
Nafeesah Brown added 16 double-doubles as a senior 1993-94, the second-highest season total in Nebraska history, while her 24 career double-doubles in just two seasons rank third. Carol Garey is the only other player at Nebraska with 10 double-doubles in a season. She accomplished the feat in 1978-79.
With 14 double-doubles in the first 59 games of her career, Hooper already ranks eighth in school history in career double-doubles. She needs four more to match two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge in seventh on the Husker career chart with 18.
Hooper's Three 15-Board Efforts Rare in Husker History
Jordan Hooper's 18-rebound performance in a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 19 put her in rare company in the Nebraska record books. Hooper's huge effort on the boards tied for the 12th-highest single-game total in school history and the most rebounds by a player in Coach Connie Yori's 10 seasons at Nebraska. It also marked the highest total by a Husker since Charlie Rogers grabbed 20 rebounds against Drake on Dec. 2, 1999.
Hooper's board work against the Badgers represented her third game with 15 or more rebounds in Nebraska's last nine contests. To give those numbers some perspective, Hooper became just the seventh player in Husker history to grab 15 or more rebounds three times in a career. Hooper is just the sixth player in Nebraska history to pull down 15 or more boards three times in the same season, joining Janet Smith, Carol Garey, Nafeesah Brown, Pyra Aarden and most recently, Keasha Cannon-Johnson (2001-02).
Smith, who grabbed at least 15 rebounds 18 times in her career, grabbed 15 or more on 10 occasions in 1980-81. However, only three of those were against NCAA Division I opponents. Smith also grabbed 15 threes times in 1978-79 and 1979-80, with all of those coming against Division I teams. Carol Garey pulled down 15 or more boards five times in 1978-79, but only three of those came against Division I foes.
No Nebraska player has ever grabbed 15 rebounds four times in the same season against Division I competition.
Jordan Hooper produced one of the best weeks on the glass in Nebraska history with her 15-rebound effort against Iowa Jan. 26, followed by a career-high 16-rebound performance at Illinois on Jan. 29.
Hooper became just the third Husker in history to grab 15 or more boards in back-to-back games, joining Janet Smith and Pyra Aarden in accomplishing the feat. Aarden was the last Husker to pull down 15 or more in consecutive games with 20 rebounds against Bowling Green on Dec. 10, 1994, followed by 15 rebounds against Northern Iowa on Dec. 18, 1994.
Janet Smith, Nebraska's all-time rebounding leader, pulled down 15 or more rebounds a school-record 18 times in her career, including 10 times in 1980-81. Smith grabbed 15 or more in back-to-back games on two occasions in 1980-81, first with 18 rebounds in a home win over Northwest Missouri State (Jan. 28) and then 21 boards against South Dakota (Jan. 30) with both games at the Devaney Center. In the return trips to the same schools she pulled down 17 rebounds at USD (Feb. 14) and Northwest Missouri State (Feb. 17) in consecutive games.
No player in Nebraska history has ever recorded 15 or more rebounds in three consecutive games.
Huskers Earn Spot in AP Top 25 for 12th Straight Week
Nebraska remained in the Associated Press Top 25 for the 12th straight week, coming in at No. 24 in poll released on Monday, Feb. 27. Nebraska is one of four Big Ten teams in the AP Top 25, joining Penn State (9th), Ohio State (14th) and Purdue (20th), while Iowa also received votes in the poll this week.
The Huskers, who achieved a No. 4 ranking in the final 2010 AP Poll, spent one week at No. 24 in the AP rankings in 2010-11 (Nov. 29, 2010).
All-Big Ten Freshman Cady Steps Up in Conference Play
Emily Cady turned up her production significantly in Big Ten action, averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in 16 conference contests. The 6-2 freshman forward from Seward, Neb., averaged 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in NU's 12 non-conference contests. In fact, through the first eight games, Cady was averaging just 4.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting just 14-of-43 (.326) of her shots from the field.
Cady ranks among the top three Huskers in every statistical category, including scoring (3rd), rebounding (2nd), assists (3rd), steals (3rd) and blocked shots (1st). She ranks 26th in the Big Ten in scoring and 16th in rebounding. Cady ranks seventh in the conference on the offensive glass with 2.6 offensive rebounds per game.
For her efforts, Cady claimed a spot on the five-player Big Ten All-Freshman Team from both the conference coaches and media. She also earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from the league media, which made her just the second Husker freshman in history to earn all-conference mention. The only other Husker to earn at least an honorable-mention all-conference award as a freshman was Meggan Yedsena (1990-91).
Sample Joins Cady as Freshman Starting Duo
Hailie Sample has joined Emily Cady as freshman forwards in Nebraska's starting five for all 28 games in 2011-12. Cady and Sample could become the first Husker freshman tandem in history to start every game together in a season. In fact, only seven freshmen in school history prior to this season had ever started every game in a season for NU, including current Husker junior Lindsey Moore (school-record 34 starts, 2009-10) and sophomore Jordan Hooper (31 starts, 2010-11).
Two other freshmen have started every game under Coach Connie Yori, including forward Kelsey Griffin (32 starts, 2005-06) and guard Dominique Kelley (33 starts, 2007-08). The only other freshmen in NU history to start every game were Meggan Yedsena (28 starts, 1990-91), Angie Miller (28 starts, 1983-84) and Jan Crouch (31 starts, 1975-76).
Cady, a Big Ten All-Freshman Team member and an honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick, has averaged 10.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, while Sample has contributed 3.4 points and 3.8 boards per game. Of the nine full-time freshman starters in school history, only three (Hooper-14.6 ppg, Miller-14.6 ppg, Griffin-13.3 ppg) have averaged double figures in points.
Comparing Classes: Freshmen Challenge Best in Husker History
Nebraska's freshman class is stacking up well statistically against the best groups in Husker history. NU's group of six 2011-12 freshmen (Emily Cady, Brandi Jeffery, Tear'a Laudermill, Hailie Sample, Katie Simon, Rebecca Woodberry) have already amassed 766 points (27.4 ppg), 484 rebounds (17.3 rpg), 134 assists (4.8 apg), 45 blocks (1.6 bpg) and 122 steals (4.4 spg) through 28 games. The six players they replaced on Nebraska's roster from a year ago combined to average 25.8 points, 17.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
The 2009-10 Husker seniors made up the most successful class in school history with a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances from their freshman year in 2006-07 of their senior year. The 2009-10 seniors won three career NCAA Tournament games and advanced to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16.
Nebraska's 2006-07 freshmen were led by 2010 All-Big 12 seniors Cory Montgomery and Yvonne Turner and included fellow freshmen Nicole Neals, Kala Kuhlmann and Nikki Bober. The group of five Huskers combined for 325 points, 158 rebounds, 61 assists, nine blocked shots and 38 steals as freshmen.
A similarly successful freshman class in Husker history was the 1996-97 class of All-Big 12 guards Nicole Kubik and Brooke Schwartz, center Charlie Rogers and forward Naciska Gilmore. That foursome led NU to three straight NCAA tournaments, including a first-round victory in 1998. They combined for 578 points, 286 rebounds, 134 assists, 29 blocks and 155 steals as freshmen.
Record Seven Huskers Own Double-Digit Threes This Season
Nebraska leads the Big Ten and ranks 19th nationally with 7.1 three-pointers made per game this season. Unlike some teams that have two or three big guns from long range, nearly all the Huskers can knock it down from beyond the arc. In fact, the Huskers have a school-record seven players who have hit 10 or more threes on the year.
Sophomore Jordan Hooper leads the Huskers with 60 made threes, while junior Lindsey Moore has pumped in 40. Four of Nebraska's next five highest three-point totals come from freshmen, including Rebecca Woodberry (24), and Emily Cady (20). Senior Kaitlyn Burke has contributed 18, while freshmen Brandi Jeffery (16) and Tear'a Laudermill (15) round out the list of seven Huskers who have hit double-digit threes.
Three other Huskers have hit two or more threes on the year, including Meghin Williams (2-3, .667), Katie Simon (3-7, .429) and Adrianna Maurer (2-5, .400).
As another example to Nebraska's team approach to three-point shooting, nine of the 10 active Huskers attempted at least one three-pointer in the win over Iowa Jan. 26. The only Husker who didn't was Simon, who played just one minute off the bench in the first half against the Hawkeyes.
Husker Freshmen Fuel Win Over No. 8 Ohio State
Freshman Emily Cady tied her career high with 24 points to power No. 23 Nebraska to a 71-57 victory over No. 8 Ohio State in the Huskers' home finale Sunday at the Devaney Center.
The victory game Nebraska (21-7, 10-6 Big Ten) a win over all four of the top four seeds at the Big Ten Tournament. In fact, the Huskers are 5-2 against Big Ten's top four teams, including 3-1 on the road.
Cady's 24-point performance was just part of a huge day by the Husker freshmen. Playing on Senior Day for teammates Kaitlyn Burke and Harleen Sidhu, the NU freshmen combined for a whopping 49 points, 18 rebounds and five assists. Cady, a 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., hit 9-of-16 shots from the field, including 2-of-5 three-pointers. She also connected on 4-of-5 free throws while pulling down four rebounds.
Brandi Jeffery, a 5-7 freshman guard from Vacherie, La., made huge plays for the Huskers at both ends in both halves off the bench. Jeffery finished with eight points and a career-high six rebounds, while adding three assists and a steal in 15 minutes.
Rebecca Woodberry, a 5-10 redshirt freshman from Phoenix, Ariz., matched Jeffery's numbers with eight points and six rebounds while adding an assist and a steal of her own in 22 minutes off the bench.
Tear'a Laudermill, a 5-9 freshman guard from Riverside, Calif., pitched in four points and an assist in 10 minutes while providing pesky defense on the Buckeyes' talented backcourt.
In a game that featured four of the Big Ten's top eight scorers, Ohio State senior Samantha Prahalis led the Buckeyes with 18 points. She hit just 5-of-19 shots from the field, including 1-of-5 threes just days after scoring a school-record 42 points on 15-of-27 shooting, including 7-of-12 threes, in a win over Minnesota. The Big Ten assist leader also managed just three assists while playing the full 40 minutes against the Huskers.
Tayler Hill, who entered the game as the Big Ten's leading scorer just ahead of Prahalis, added 16 points and seven rebounds but hit just 3-of-15 shots from the field in 39 minutes. Prahalis and Hill combined to hit 15-of-18 free throws to keep Ohio State within striking distance.
Sophomore forward Jordan Hooper, the Big Ten's No. 3 scorer entering the game, was held to a season-low seven points but grabbed nine rebounds for the Huskers. Junior point guard Lindsey Moore, the Big Ten's No. 8 scorer added nine points, two assists and two steals to help the Huskers.
But the game was decided by the alternate weapons on the two teams, and the Huskers dominated. NU's bench outscored Ohio State's, 22-9 thanks to the Husker freshmen. All nine Huskers who played at least a minute in the game found the scoring column, while only six Buckeyes hit a field goal in the game.
Nebraska won the battle in the paint, 40-24, thanks to Cady, while outrebounding Ohio State, 38-36. The Huskers also won the turnover battle, 17-16.
The Huskers hit 43.6 percent (24-55) of their shots from the field, including 4-of-15 from three-point range. NU also hit 19-of-24 free throws. The Buckeyes hit just 18-of-55 shots (32.7 percent), including just 3-of-19 threes (15.8 percent). OSU did connect on 18-of-25 free throws.
Ohio State jumped to a quick 8-4 lead before Nebraska took its first lead of the game on a Jeffery jumper at 9-8 just 4:17 into the game. The Buckeyes regained their last lead at 15-13 on an Amber Stokes layup with 13:56 left in the first half. Stokes finished with eight points. That was the last field goal for OSU for more than nine minutes, when Stokes scored again to cut Nebraska's lead to 31-20 with 4:30 left in the first half.
In between, Nebraska erupted on an 18-3 surge with all the scoring by Husker freshmen. The spurt started with a traditional three-point play by Woodberry, followed by a Jeffery layup before a three-pointer by Woodberry put the Huskers up 21-15 with 11:31 left. Cady added seven straight points while Jeffery added two more and Sample added a free throw.
Ohio State never got closer than six points the rest of the game, as Hill cut NU's lead to 35-29 with 1:05 left in the first half. But Moore provided two big answers for the Huskers, scoring the last four points of the half to send NU to the locker room with a 10-point lead at 39-29.
Nebraska's lead grew as large as 20 points on in the final three minutes of the game, as the Buckeyes never got within two possessions of the Huskers in the second half.
Huskers Working Overtime for Wins in 2011-12
Nebraska is 2-0 in overtime this season and the two extra-long victories have gone a combined five overtimes. The five overtimes are the most the Huskers have played in a single season in school history, and mark the first time that NU has played a pair of multi-overtime games in the same season.
The Huskers' 93-89 3OT win at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2, was the first road triple-overtime game in school history and marked the second overall 3OT game (NU 103, Baylor 99 3OT, Jan. 12, 2005). Nebraska also notched a 97-88 double-overtime win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. It marks the first time in history that Nebraska has won two true road overtime games in the same season. In a strange coincidence, Nebraska had a full week off from competition after both overtime contests this season.
The Huskers have played 34 overtime games in school history, but just five multi-overtime games, with two of those coming this season. NU is a perfect 5-0 all-time in multi-overtime games, and 18-16 overall in OT. The Huskers have won three straight overtime games under Coach Connie Yori and are 5-2 in OT in Yori's 10 seasons at Nebraska. The last time Nebraska won two overtime games in the same season was 1995-96, when the Huskers went 2-1, including a double-overtime win against Colorado. NU went 3-0 in overtime games in 1975-76, with all three of those games coming against non-Division I teams on neutral courts.
Hooper Claims Three Big Ten Weekly Award in Four Weeks
Nebraska sophomore Jordan Hooper captured her third Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award in a four-week span when she claimed the conference's weekly honor for the second straight week on Monday, Jan. 2.
Hooper, a 6-2 forward from Alliance, Neb., produced her third 30-point scoring performance in four games with 31 points in Nebraska's 71-63 win at No. 16 Penn State on Dec. 30. She added her third straight double-double with 12 rebounds. Hooper hit 11-of-21 shots from the field, including 4-of-11 three-pointers against the Lady Lions. She also went 5-of-6 at the free throw line, while adding an assist, and a block in 33 minutes.
Hooper owns 11 20-point efforts after producing six in 31 games a year ago. Her 10 double-doubles are seven more than she produced as a freshman, when she earned a spot on the five-player Big 12 All-Freshman Team.
Hooper also was named the National Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com for the first time on Monday, Jan. 2.
Huskers Showing Major Gains from 2010-11
Nebraska could contend for honors as one of the nation's most improved teams in 2011-12. The Huskers, who enter the Big Ten Tournament at 21-7 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten, have won eight more games overall and seven more conference games than they did a year ago when they finished 13-18 and 3-13 in the Big 12.
Hooper Joins Another Alliance Legend in Husker History
With 31 points and 12 rebounds in Nebraska's win at No. 16 Penn State on Dec. 30, Jordan Hooper produced her third 30-point performance in a four-game stretch. That feat has only been accomplished one other time in Nebraska history, when fellow Alliance, Neb., native Amy Stephens achieved it as a senior in February of 1989.
Stephens, who is the No. 4 scorer in Nebraska history with 1,976 points, is the only Husker in history to score 30 points in three straight games (Feb. 4 at Kansas-37; Feb. 8 vs. Oklahoma-40; Feb. 11 vs. Kansas State-34). She did not reach 30 in a loss at Oklahoma State on Feb. 15, 1989, but pumped in 36 points in a home win over Missouri on Feb. 18 - the second-to-last home game of her Husker career.
Stephens finished second in Nebraska history with nine career 30-point games, trailing only 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings' 12 among all Huskers. Hooper's four career 30-point games already tie her for sixth all-time. at Nebraska. She is one of just seven Huskers in history to score 30 three times in a season.
Hooper, Moore Make History at Northern Arizona
Jordan Hooper (32) and Lindsey Moore (31) became the first teammates in school history to each score 30 points in the same game when Nebraska ran to a 97-88 double-overtime victory at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10.
Each Husker scored 25 points after halftime, as Hooper produced a career-high 32 points and Moore finished with 31 points - just two points shy of her career high. For both players, it was the second 30-point scoring performances of their careers. Moore produced a career-high 33 at Kansas last season, while Hooper scored 31 at Missouri (Feb. 2, 2011) before adding her third 30-point effort with 30 points in a win over South Dakota State (Dec. 21, 2011). Hooper pumped in 31 points Dec. 30 at No. 16 Penn State to give her three 30-point efforts in four games.
Hooper's 32 points at NAU tied for the 27th-best scoring effort in school history, while Moore's 31 tied Hooper's previous best for 37th. Overall, Nebraska has had 68 30-point scoring efforts in history.
Moore and Hooper are just the ninth and 10th Huskers to produce multiple 30-point efforts in their careers. Karen Jennings, the 1993 Wade Trophy winner, produced 12 30-point games.
Women of Steal
Nebraska's full-court pressure has bothered opponents this season. The Huskers have already recorded 247 steals this season, averaging 8.8 steals per game. Last season, Nebraska produced just 167 steals in 31 games, an average of just 5.4 steals per contest.
During Nebraska's historic run to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16, the Huskers produced 272 steals in 34 games, an average of eight steals per contest. The school record for steals in a season is 433 in 1979-80.
Moore Making Mark as One of Nation's Best Point Guards
Through 28 games, Lindsey Moore has displayed her continued improvement at point guard by averaging 15.4 points and team bests of 5.2 assists and 2.2 steals in 32 minutes per game. The 2012 second-team All-Big Ten pick from Covington, Wash., is shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the free throw line. She ranks 29th nationally and second in the Big Ten in assists.
Moore, who ranks No. 22 on Nebraska's career scoring list with 1,073 points, has scored in double figures in 36 of the past 41 games. She erupted for 31 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals in a 42 minutes at Northern Arizona. In the double-overtime win over the Lumberjacks, Moore had a hand in 38 of NU's final 43 points. She added 28 points and five assists at Wisconsin on Jan. 12, after producing 27 points and six assists in a win over South Dakota State (Dec. 21). She set career highs by hitting 13-of-14 free throws against the Jacks.
She produced a 23-point, four-assist, four-steal effort against Michigan, which followed a 26-point, seven-rebound performance in NU's triple-overtime win at No. 15 Purdue. She scored eight points, including a pair of long threes, in the final overtime to lift the Huskers to victory.
Moore owns eight 20-point performances this season, including team highs of 22 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in a win at Iowa (Jan. 8). Moore had a hand in NU's final 19 points in a game that was tied at 58 before ending in a 77-72 Husker win. It was her fourth career double-double and second of the year. She also has two double-figure assist games this year and five in her career, including 18 points and 11 assists in a win over Mississippi Valley State Nov. 15. She added 22 points and six assists in NU's win over No. 23 USC (Nov. 18) and had a 20-point effort at Illinois Jan. 29. She owns 14 career 20-point games.
In a win at No. 16 Penn State, Moore had 16 points, four assists, four rebounds and a steal. She added 18 points in the loss to the Lady Lions in Lincoln Jan. 15. At Georgia Tech, Moore had 16 points, four assists and five steals. She produced 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in Nebraska's comeback win at Florida State Nov. 27. She added 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals in a win over Iowa Jan. 26.
Last season, Moore averaged 14.1 points and 5.9 assists per game for the season in 37.5 minutes per game, including 17.0 points and 5.9 assists in Big 12 action. Over the final 13 games of her sophomore season, she had a hand in 61 percent (172-282) of NU's made baskets - including 72.5 percent (66-91) in the final four games.
Moore's scoring binge included a career-high 33 points at Kansas on Feb. 26, 27 points and five assists against No. 23 Iowa State on Jan. 26, a 23-point, nine-assist effort against Colorado March 2, a 23-point, eight-assist performance against Missouri on Feb. 22 and seven total games with 17 or more points.
Over the final seven games of 2010-11, Moore took her game to another level by averaging 20.0 points per game, while shooting a blistering 55.1 percent (54-98) from the field, including 42.9 percent (15-35) from three-point range. She also dished out 7.3 assists per game, including five games with eight or more assists. She also increased her rebounding to 4.6 boards per game during the stretch, while hitting 89.5 percent (17-19) of her free throws. As a true freshman, Moore was a pass-first point guard that orchestrated one of the best runs in Big 12 history, as the 2010 Huskers rolled to a 30-0 record to start Moore's career and claim NU's lone Big 12 title.
Moore Flying Up Nebraska Career Assist List
Lindsey Moore has climbed into Nebraska's career top five in assists with 483 (4th) in three seasons at Nebraska. The 5-9 point guard from Covington, Wash., tied a career high with 11 assists in the win at Iowa Jan. 8. It was her second double-figure assist game of the season (Mississippi Valley State-11).
Moore owns 146 assists through 28 games this season to rank fourth on NU's junior single-season assist list. Moore needs just one more to reach Amy Stephens (147, 1987-88) in third on that list.
In 2010-11, Moore finished with 183 assists, which ranked second on NU's sophomore single-season list, trailing only Meggan Yedsena's 195 in 1991-92. It was the fifth-highest single-season total by a Husker in history.
Moore opened her career with the third-best total by a freshman in school history with 154 in 2009-10. If Moore can average 180 assists over her final two seasons at Nebraska, she can set the NU career record of 696 set by four-year starting point guard Meggan Yedsena from 1990-91 to 1993-94.
Improved Hooper Proving Hard to Handle for Husker Foes
By all accounts Nebraska's Jordan Hooper produced an impressive offseason for the Huskers. The 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., focused on adding more dimensions to her offensive game, while improving at the defensive end. Hooper's inside game at both ends has shown impressive gains, and she has added the ability to penetrate to the basket.
Through 28 games, Hooper is Nebraska's leading scorer and rebounder, nearly averaging a double-double with 19.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in 29.9 minutes per game. NU's top returning scorer (14.6 ppg) and rebounder (6.6 rpg) from a year ago, Hooper's freshman season production also came in 29.3 minutes per contest.
As a sophomore, Hooper has become one of only two players in school history to score 30 points in back-to-back games and one of only three players in school history to pull down 15 rebounds in back-to-back contests. Hooper, who grabbed 15 rebounds against Iowa Jan. 26 and 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 29, added a career-high rebounds against Wisconsin Feb. 18 to become just the sixth player in Husker history with 15 or more boards three times in the same season.
The first-team All-Big Ten selection ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring and leads the league in rebounding, while ranking 26th nationally in scoring and 43rd in rebounding. She also ranks among the top 40 players nationally with 11 double-doubles.
Hooper erupted for career highs of 32 points and four steals to go along with eight rebounds at Northern Arizona Dec. 10. She tied her season high with five three-pointers against the Lumberjacks. Just 11 days later, Hooper hit for 30 again with game highs of 30 points and 11 rebounds in Nebraska's 80-71 win over South Dakota State. Nine days later, Hooper struck again with 31 points and 12 rebounds in NU's win at No. 16 Penn State. It was Hooper's fourth career 30-point game (31 at Missouri, Feb. 2, 2011).
In between 30-point efforts, Hooper struck for 21 points and a then-career-high 14 rebounds in a win over Vermont. She owns 19 career 20-point performances, including 13 this season. She also carries 14 career double-doubles, with her most recent coming with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds against Wisconin Feb. 19. She added 12 points and a then-career-high 16 rebounds at Illinois Jan. 19. She also had 22 points and a then-career-high 15 rebounds in a win over Iowa Jan. 26. She managed 19 points and 14 rebounds at No. 10 Ohio State Jan. 19. She produced a 27-point effort at No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2, and she poured in 23 points in a win over Minnesota Jan. 22.
Hooper notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds at Georgia Tech Nov. 30. She registered back-to-back double-doubles against Mississippi Valley State and No. 23 USC. She had 22 points and 13 rebounds against the Trojans. She poured in 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes in a win over MVSU Nov. 15. She also buried five threes and tied a career high with three blocks.
Overall, Hooper has scored in double figures in 52 of 59 career games, including 27 of 28 in 2011-12. She produced one of the best performances by a freshman in school history with 31 points and eight rebounds in just 26 minutes at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011, when she tied the Husker record with seven three-pointers. She had 28 points and six threes in the second half alone. It was just the second 30-point game in school history by a freshman, joining 2010 All-American Kelsey Griffin's 31 points against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 27, 2005.
In her first season with the Huskers in 2010-11, Hooper made an instant impact by starting every game and leading the Huskers and ranking third among Big 12 freshmen in scoring with 14.6 points per game. She also led all Big 12 freshman in rebounding with 6.6 boards per contest to claim one of five spots on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. She led NU with 67 three-pointers, which were the most ever by a Nebraska freshman, and ranked second among Big 12 freshmen. Among all Big 12 players, Hooper ranked 12th in scoring, 15th in rebounding and sixth in three-pointers with 2.2 per game.
Hooper, a two-time Nebraska High School Player of the Year (2008, 2010), owns 13 career double-doubles, including 25 points and a season-high 13 rebounds against Houston on Dec. 18, 2010 and 18 points and 10 boards against Louisville on Dec. 20, 2010. She produced her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds at Creighton on Dec. 8, 2010.
Hooper Hitting Threes at Record Rate
In addition to her impressive scoring and rebounding numbers, Jordan Hooper has hit three-pointers at a record-breaking rate since her arrival at Nebraska.
The 6-2 forward shattered the NU single-season freshman record with 67 threes (67-184, 36.4 percent) a year ago, and has already drained 60 more threes in 2011-12, which is the second-best total by a sophomore in Nebraska history. Hooper's 2011-12 season total trails on Kiera Hardy's school-record total of 85 set during her sophomore campaign in 2004-05.
Hooper is tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 2.2 three-pointers made per game this season. In 59 career games, Hooper has hit 127 three-pointers to rank seventh on the Nebraska career list. She needs just two more to catch fellow Alliance native Amy Stephens and Cambridge, Neb., native Nicole Kubik in fifth place on that list.
Last season, Hooper tied the Nebraska single-game record with seven three-pointers at Missouri on Feb. 2, 2011. She scored 31 points against the Tigers, including 28 on six threes in the second half alone.
Jeffery, Woodberry, Laudermill Spark Backcourt Off Bench
True freshman Brandi Jeffery has provided the Huskers with a spark off the bench in her first season. The 5-7 guard from Vacherie, La., has produced double figures in three games, including a 10-point, four-rebound, three-steal effort in a career-high 27 minutes against Texas-Pan American Dec. 4.
Jeffery tied a career high with 12 points and added three steals to help the Huskers in a comeback win at Florida State. She produced her first career double-figure effort with 12 points and three boards in her second career game (Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 15). Jeffery is averaging 3.8 points to go along with 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and nearly one assist per game, following her impressive eight-point effort in the win over No. 8 Ohio State Feb. 26. Jeffery was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field against the Buckeyes and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. She also pulled down a career-high six rebounds and tied a career best with three assists while adding one steal. She had a career-high six steals against Vermont (Dec. 18). She had one of her best Big Ten efforts with six points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 16 minutes at Minnesota Feb. 13.
Redshirt freshman Rebecca Woodberry has also provided big production in the backcourt off the bench for the Huskers. Woodberry, a 5-10 guard from Phoenix, Ariz., has averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, following eight points and six rebounds off the bench in Nebraska's big win over No. 8 Ohio State on Feb. 26.
Woodberry erupted for career highs of 14 and four three-pointers on a perfect shooting night from the field at Wisconsin Jan. 12. She also pulled down five boards against the Badgers, but sprained an ankle late in the game and did not play in the loss to Penn State Jan. 15. She only played five minutes at No. 10 Ohio State Jan. 19.
Woodberry added a 13-point, seven-rebound effort against Vermont. She had 11 points in her career debut, before adding 12 points and six rebounds in NU's second game of the season. Woodberry has scored seven or more points 10 times and grabbed five or more rebounds on nine occasions. She owns four double-figure scoring efforts.
Arguably Nebraska's most electrifying player off the bench has been true freshman Tear'a Laudermill, who has managed 4.4 points per game. The 5-9 guard opened her career with 14 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and has scored five or more points off the bench in nine of her first 21 games. She missed five games with illness and injury in December, but opened January with nine points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal in NU's win over Indiana on Jan. 5. She added seven points and two rebounds in a loss to Penn State Jan. 15, before hitting a pair of three-pointers to finish with six points in Nebraska's win at Illinois Jan. 29. She produced her best Big Ten game with 10 points, all after halftime, in NU's win at No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2.
Senior Burke Leading Huskers On and Off the Court
Nebraska's Kaitlyn Burke was named one of 30 candidates nationally for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, honoring the nation's top all-around women's basketball student-athlete, on Friday, Nov. 4. Unfortunately, Burke did not advance to be one of the prestigious award's 10 national finalists when that group was announced Jan. 25. However, she did claim a prestigious Big Ten Sportsmanship Award when the conference announced its year-end honors on Feb. 27.
Burke, a 5-7 shooting guard for Coach Connie Yori's Huskers, is the most experienced member of the women's basketball team and one of the top all-around leaders on the Nebraska campus.
The fifth-year senior from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has played in 129 games for the Huskers since starting her career at NU in 2007-08. She has made 76 starts, including 29 starts a year ago when she averaged 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. She has averaged 5.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists while starting all 28 games in 2011-12.
She produced season highs of 14 points and seven rebounds in Nebraska's win at No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2. She added 13 points at Michigan State Feb. 23, after producing 11 points in NU's win over Wisconsin Feb. 19. She owns five double-figure scoring efforts on the year with three in Big Ten play. She scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists in NU's win over Vermont Dec. 18. Burke produced her first double-figure scoring effort of the year with 10 points and five rebounds to help the Huskers to a 66-55 win over Creighton Dec. 8.
Burke scored all six of her points in the second half, including a pair of clutch one-and-one free throws with 17.3 seconds left in a 75-69 win at Wisconsin Jan. 12. She added eight points on 3-for-3 shooting to go along with four assists against Penn State Jan. 15. She scored her only points of the game with a huge three-pointer as the shot clock was winding down in the final minutes of NU's 60-53 win over Iowa Jan. 26. Burke's three put the Huskers up 57-51 with 1:37 left.
Burke ranks ninth on Nebraska's career three-point list (107) and joined the top 20 on the Huskers' career assist list with a season-high five at Northern Arizona. She ranks 17th with 272 career assists and is 33 away from the career top 10. She has climbed the NU career charts despite battling numerous injuries, including foot and knee injuries, multiple broken fingers on her shooting hand, and even a broken nose last season.
Burke has taken on an even greater leadership role off the court, serving as the 2011-12 President of Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In addition to her significant duties as SAAC President, Burke also finds time to coach a Special Olympics basketball team among numerous outreach activities. A two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection carries a 3.570 grade-point average as an advertising and business administration major.
Huskers Putting Together Another Big 3FG Season
The 2011-12 Huskers have a chance to threaten their record-setting three-point numbers from the past two seasons. Nebraska has averaged a Big Ten-best 7.1 threes per game, which ranks 19th nationally.
Nebraska's 200 threes are the third-highest season total in school history, and the Huskers need 18 more threes to reach the No. 2 spot on the all-time list (218). NU's 657 three-point attempts also rank third and are within four of the school-record for attempts of 661 set in 2009-10.
The Huskers have hit seven or more threes in 14 of their 28 games in 2011-12 (UAPB-9, MVSU-14, at Florida State-9, UTPA-7, Northern Arizona-10, Vermont-8, South Dakota State-8, at Iowa-10, Penn State-7, at Ohio State-7, Minnesota-8; at Purdue-13; Michigan-9; Minnesota-8).
NU hit a 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. They added the third-best mark by draining 13-of-34 threes on the road in an epic 93-89 triple-overtime victory at No. 15 Purdue on Feb. 2. Nebraska also connected on 10-of-19 threes in a win at Iowa on Jan. 8, after hitting 10-of-22 threes at Northern Arizona on Dec. 10. Nebraska attempted a school-record 37 threes in the loss to Michigan Feb. 9, while connecting on 9. NU went 8-for-22 in the second half against the Wolverines.
Nebraska's outside shooting was a strength for the Huskers in 2010-11. The Huskers hit 218-of-658 three-point attempts (33.1 percent) to average a school-record 7.0 threes per game. NU hit seven or more threes in 17 of 31 games. In 2009-10, Nebraska hit a school-record 225 threes for a then-school-record average of 6.6 threes per game. Prior to 2009-10, the school-record for three-pointers made in a season was 173. Coach Connie Yori's Husker teams own the top nine three-point shooting seasons in school history.
Huskers Earning Reputation as Comeback Kids in Big Ten
Nebraska's young group of Huskers has shown the ability to battle back from adversity home and away during their first Big Ten season. In fact, NU came back from at least three-possession deficits in four of its first seven Big Ten victories, including double-digit comebacks at Penn State and Wisconsin and in the Huskers' lone home Big Ten win over Indiana.
Most recently, Nebraska battled back from a 23-point deficit at 50-27 with 16:30 left at Michigan State Thursday to cut the lead to 52-42 with 11:46 remaining. At Minnesota Feb. 13, NU carried a 16-point deficit with 17 minutes left to tie the game at 58 with 3:17 remaining. Unfortunately, the Huskers were unable to win the game. NU also stormed back from 27 points down with 15 minutes left in the second half against Michigan to cut the lead to eight points with two minutes left before losing 63-52.
Those three comeback attempts followed NU's rally from five points down on the road with less than one minute left in double-overtime at Mackey Arena against No. 15 Purdue Feb. 2. The Huskers, who also trailed by one with four seconds left in regulation, made the plays to win against traditional Big Ten power Purdue in the first-ever meeting between the two schools in women's basketball.
In Nebraska's first-ever Big Ten Conference game at Penn State Dec. 30, the Huskers trailed by 11 on two occasions in the first half, before tying the game at halftime. In the second half, NU trailed by nine at 56-47 with 11 minutes left before rallying for the eight-point win at the preseason Big Ten-favorite Lady Lions.
In a 62-48 win over Indiana on Jan. 5, the Huskers trailed 16-6 early before building a 22-point second-half lead on their way to victory. In a 77-72 victory at Iowa Jan. 8, NU trailed by eight points on two occasions in the second half, the last coming at 46-38 with 14 minutes left, before executing down the stretch for a five-point road win.
Jan. 12 at Wisconsin, the Huskers trailed by 11 on two occasions in the first half, the last at 38-27 with just over one minute left. After battling back to take a second-half lead, the Huskers trailed by seven at 61-54 with nine minutes left before making the plays at crunch time to bring home a 75-69 win.
In Nebraska's first three Big Ten road wins, Nebraska trailed by three possessions between the nine- and 15-minute marks in the second half. In all three road wins, the Huskers made a decisive play between the 13- and 18-second marks. At Penn State, Jordan Hooper's long three sealed the Lady Lions' fate to make it 69-63 NU with 16.5 seconds left. At Iowa, Hooper's baseline jumper with 13 seconds left put the Huskers up 75-70. At Wisconsin, Kaitlyn Burke's two free throws in a one-and-one situation with 17.3 seconds left gave NU a 71-67 lead.
To put Nebraska's recent double-digit comebacks in perspective, the Huskers have won four games this season (also Florida State) when trailing by 10 or more points. In Coach Connie Yori's previous nine seasons at Nebraska, the Huskers had produced a total of 10 double-digit come-from-behind victories.
Nebraska Produces Strong Fall Semester in Classroom
The Nebraska women's basketball program produced one of its strongest semesters academically in recent memory during the 2011 fall semester.
Coach Connie Yori's Huskers produced a fall semester grade-point average of 3.096. The cumulative GPA of the Huskers over the course of their academic careers at Nebraska comes in at 3.238 thanks to impressive academic performances by long-time Huskers Kaitlyn Burke and Harleen Sidhu over their years at Nebraska.
Huskers Sign Ohio High School Star in Early Period
Coach Connie Yori announced the signing of Ohio prep star Rachel Theriot to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period on Nov. 9. Theriot, a 6-0 point guard out of Midpark High School in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, is a two-time All-Ohio performer entering her senior season in 2011-12. Last season, Theriot helped Midpark to a 22-3 overall record and a Southwestern Conference title under Coach Stephanie Mentz. 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 has 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). She chose Nebraska over Xavier, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, Dayton and Washington among others.
Yori Making Progress After Knee Surgery Complications
Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori experienced a painful end to the offseason and start to the 2011-12 campaign. Complications to a seemingly routine arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 19, which included a staph infection and blood clot in her knee, sidelined Yori for several weeks.
The 2010 National Coach of the Year, who is in her 10th season at Nebraska in 2011-12, is gaining overall strength and mobility in her knee and has returned to the Husker program on a full-time basis.
"It is really unbelievable to think that I was in the hospital for the better part of September. It kind of feels like I lost a month of my life with the team," Yori said. "My family, friends and the people in our program have been so supportive."
Four days after the team's return from a successful 11-day summer tour to Scandinavia Aug. 5-15, Yori underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee on Aug. 19. She first injured the knee as a player in the early 1980's, but had not had a surgery on the knee since 1985.
Yori's recovery from her most recent surgery appeared to be going well, and she made a day-long appearance at the Fastbreakers Booster Club Husker Golf Scramble fund-raising event on Monday, Aug. 29. Her rehabilitation appeared to continue on track until mid-day on Wednesday, Aug. 31, when she began having intense knee pain. The pain continued to intensify until Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day) when she had a surgical wash to treat Staph infection in her knee.
Yori spent the following week in St. Elizabeth's Regional Medical Center in Lincoln before being released to her home on Sept. 12. Although she returned home, the pain continued to plague her and became so severe on Sept. 16 that she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance back to St. Elizabeth's. Doctors discovered a blood clot in Yori's left knee and began treatment as soon as possible. Yori remained at St. Elizabeth's until Thursday, Sept. 22, when she moved to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.
She has spent the past 22 weeks on the road to recovery. The pain has gradually subsided in her knee, and she is gaining strength in her leg and the rest of her body from being nearly immobile for approximately three weeks. After a week of intense rehab at Madonna, Yori checked out and returned home in the afternoon on Friday, Sept. 30.
Yori made her way into the Devaney Center for the Huskers' first practice on Oct. 3, just for a few moments. She was in a wheelchair and on heavy pain medication, but she let the Huskers know she was working hard to join them at practice.
"I know a lot of people out there might hear this story and feel sorry for me, but I know there are many more people who are worse off than me," Yori said. "I'm lucky both the infection and the blood clot were focused in my knee area and didn't spread to other parts of my leg or body, or my condition would be a lot more serious."
Because of her nearly complete restriction of movement and heavy pain medications, Yori was unable to work or spend time recruiting for several weeks. Associate Head Coach Sunny Smallwood coordinated Nebraska's workout schedule and led the team in practice in Yori's absence.
"I am fortunate to have an experienced and talented staff," Yori said. "I have been in constant contact with our staff throughout this time, and our program is in good hands with Sunny Smallwood at the helm."
Pinnacle Bank Arena Model on Display at Final Home Games
Nebraska fans got a pair of opportunities to see a scale model of Nebraska's future Pinnacle Bank Arena at the Huskers' final home women's basketball games against Wisconsin and Ohio State. The models were on display in the Hendricks Training Complex main lobby, and NU athletic administrators, ticket office representatives and Huskers Athletic Fund personnel were on hand to answer questions about Nebraska's plans to move into the downtown arena in 2013-14.
The $179 million arena project was approved by voters in May 2010. Pinnacle Bank Arena is expected to open in the fall of 2013. Nebraska men's and women's basketball teams will be the primary tenants of the 470,400-square-foot facility, which can hold nearly 15,000 fans for Husker hoops.
As the exclusive sponsor of the arena and arena site, the new arena website will be named PinnacleBankArena.com. The agreement also calls for Pinnacle Bank to receive: three exterior signs; the Pinnacle Bank Arena logo on the center-hung scoreboard, public exterior doors and adjacent light pole banners; signs on the main and upper concourses; use of a center court suite and use of the arena for two days per year; and three locations for ATM machines in the arena.
Huskers Officially Open Hendricks Training Complex Oct. 13
After 17 months of construction, the Hendricks Training Complex was officially dedicated Oct. 13, with more 200 invited guests and dignitaries attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The 80,000-square foot facility adjacent to the Bob Devaney Sports Center is the new home for the men's and women's basketball programs, as well as the wrestling program. The two-level facility includes separate practice courts for the men's and women's basketball programs, as well as expanded locker rooms, player lounges, team rooms and offices.
"The completion of the Hendricks Training Complex is a compliment to those donors, season-ticket holders and fans who have supported our basketball programs for many years," NU Executive Associate Athletic Director Marc Boehm said. "The facility will help us attract top-tier talent and at the same time provide our student-athletes an experience that will help them reach their full potential. The Hendricks Training Complex, along with the new Haymarket Arena (scheduled to open in the fall of 2013), will give us one of the best combinations of facilities in the country."
While the $18.7 million facility will house the basketball and wrestling programs, many of Nebraska's sports will benefit from the new facility, which includes a 5,000-square foot weight room, a completely renovated athletic training area that tripled the size of the previous area at the Devaney Center and a nutrition station similar to the one in the Osborne Complex.
The building is named for Tom and Mary Hendricks of Pipe Creek, Texas, and their children, Jennifer and Brandon, as they provided the lead gift in this project to benefit Husker student-athletes for years to come.
Throughout the facility, efforts have been made to give student-athletes the best training environment to succeed. Both the men's and women's basketball practice gyms are a court-and-half with six baskets, allowing additional work while the main floor is being used. The courts themselves are made with premium maple flooring with sleeper cushions that absorb shock to minimize injury. Both gyms have advanced acoustics as well as 103-inch plasma screens.
The amenities inside the facility are top-of-the-line, as the main entrance features a two-story abstract net sculpture, as well as a granite fountain imported from China. The facility also features two video walls and 63 TVs.
The men's players lounge, named in honor of Neal and Jamie Hawks, features a 5x8-foot video wall, 400 inches of televisions, custom seating, a pool table and a kitchenette, while the women's lounge features three 65-inch televisions and a unique LED bubble wall. Both the men's and women's basketball programs have custom locker rooms with iPads built into the lockers, as well as custom back-lit displays. The wrestling locker room features 40 custom-built wooden lockers with back-lit displays and a lounge with a pair of 65-inch TVs and a kitchen.
The Hendricks Training Complex is the first project completed in the Expand Their Experience Campaign. For more information on the other facility projects, visit www.ExpandTheirExperience.com.
Big Ten Network Providing More Exposure for Huskers
Over the past two seasons, Nebraska has enjoyed its best media exposure in school history with national and regional television appearances and frequent live video streams of its games on Huskers.com. In fact, last season the Huskers had 26 games appear on either television or live video streams.
In 2011-12, Nebraska's exposure increases to another level with coverage provided by the Big Ten Network (BTN), BTN2Go.com and BTN.com. Nebraska headed into the 2011-12 season with all 28 of its regular-season games scheduled to appear either on TV or live video stream. Every Nebraska home game was available on either BTN or BTN.com, while every Big Ten Conference regular-season contest was also available on BTN or BTN.com.
Nebraska appeared eight times (Creighton, Dec. 8; at Iowa, Jan. 8; Ohio State, Jan. 19 and Feb. 26; Minnesota, Jan. 22 and Feb. 13; Wisconsin, Feb. 19; Ohio State, Feb. 26) on the Big Ten Network, which reaches nearly 80 million homes nationwide. The Huskers also defeated South Dakota State (Dec. 21) in a game televised by Nebraska Educational Television (NET) that was also available on a subscription-basis on BTN.com.
All of Nebraska's games at the Big Ten Tournament will be televised by the Big Ten Network up until the Big Ten Championship Game, which is televised live nationally by ESPN2.
For a complete television and live-stream listing, 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.
Due to changes in the television rights policies brought about by Nebraska's shift to the Big Ten Conference, none of Nebraska's regular-season games will be available on HuskersNside.
Husker Sports Network Features New Lincoln Flagship
Nebraska women's basketball games will be heard on the new flagship station in Lincoln - B107.3 FM-KBBK. The strong FM station is the same station that has carried Husker volleyball for the past several seasons and provides fans of Nebraska women's sports with a consistent home for the Huskers.
Women's basketball fans can continue to listen to the Huskers in the Omaha area on The Wolf 93.3 FM-KFFF. The Husker Sports Network is in its 17th season of producing and marketing the live broadcasts of University of Nebraska women's basketball. Women's basketball play-by-play announcer Matt Coatney and color commentator Jeff Griesch enter their 11th year together as the Huskers' broadcast team.
In addition to the more than 20 stations that carry Nebraska women's basketball games during the season, every game can be heard for free worldwide on Huskers.com.
Women's Basketball Sets Dates for Annual Bus Trips
Nebraska women's basketball fans can follow the Huskers on three road trips in their first year in the Big Ten Conference in 2011-12. The first women's basketball bus trip was Sunday, Jan. 8, when the Huskers headed to Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The final journey will be an extended stay at the Huskers' first Big Ten Conference Tournament, Feb. 29-March 5. The cost of the bus transportation is $165 per person and does not include tournament tickets or hotel accommodations. Reservations for the bus trip closed on Feb. 10. For more information on the women's basketball bus trips, please contact Doug Fry at (402) 617-7039 or visit Huskers.com.
Nebraska's History of Success at Home
The Huskers own 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.
Nebraska Owns Success Against Top 25 Foes
Nebraska has made a habit of knocking off top-25 opponents during Connie Yori's 10 seasons at the helm. In fact, the Huskers' win over No. 8 Ohio State (Feb. 26) marked Nebraska's 24th win over an AP Top 25 foe under Yori, including NU's sixth over a top-10 foe. Prior to Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers owned just one win over a top 10 opponent in school history.
The Huskers own four wins over AP Top 25 teams at game time this season, including a 93-89 triple overtime win at No. 15 Purdue (Feb. 2). The Huskers also knocked off No. 16 Penn State (Dec. 30) on the road in their first-ever Big Ten Conference game, while defeating No. 23 USC on Nov. 18 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.
Nebraska's 83-70 win over No. 22 UCLA in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament marked the Huskers' eighth top-25 win in 2009-10. NU's 21-point win over No. 10 Oklahoma State on Feb. 3, 2010 was the Huskers' fifth against a top-10 opponent. Nebraska's three top-10 wins in 2009-10 matched NU's all-time total in 35 seasons.
NU's win at No. 9 Baylor on Jan. 17, 2010, marked the Huskers' first victory against a top-25 team in a true road game under Yori. It was also the Huskers' first-ever true road win over a top-10 opponent.
The Huskers posted six wins over AP Top 15 teams (No. 5 LSU, No. 9 Baylor, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 13 Iowa State) in 2009-10, including three wins over top-10 foes.
The Huskers added a road win over final AP No. 16 Iowa State on Jan. 9, in Ames, while also claiming road wins over previously ranked clubs at Vermont (AP No. 24, Jan. 18), Miami (AP No. 25, Jan. 11), Kansas (as high as No. 18, first nine weeks AP). The Jayhawks, Catamounts and Hurricanes were unranked when they played the Huskers.
The highest-ranked team Nebraska has ever defeated was the 2004-05 Baylor team that went on to win the national title. NU outlasted No. 2 BU, 103-99 in triple overtime on Jan. 12, 2005. The Huskers' 21-point win over No. 10 OSU on Feb. 3, 2010, marked NU's largest victory margin ever over a top-10 team. Nebraska's 29-point win over No. 14 Iowa State in 2005 was NU's largest victory margin in history over a top-25 foe. Nebraska's 56-45 win over No. 15 Texas at the Devaney Center in 2008 also marked the lowest point total ever allowed by the Huskers against a ranked opponent. Before Yori's arrival at Nebraska in 2002-03, the Huskers had not defeated a top-10 team since a 73-67 win over No. 9 Iowa on Dec. 8, 1996, and had never beaten a top-five opponent.
Big Red Fans Come Out in Droves at Devaney
Nebraska attracted more than 5,000 fans per game for each of its eight Big Ten home games, including a season-high 7,752 fans for the Penn State game Jan. 15. The Huskers averaging 6,392 fans per game in Big Ten play and 4,597 fans through 16 home contests overall. The Huskers ranked 19th nationally in attendance through games Feb. 26.
After setting a school single-season attendance record in 2009-10, Nebraska continued to rank among the nation's top teams in average home attendance with 4,333 fans per game over 16 home contests in 2010-11. NU ranked 22nd nationally in average home attendance at the close of the regular season.
Husker fans flocked to the Bob Devaney Sports Center in record numbers in 2009-10, averaging a school-record 7,390 fans per game to rank seventh nationally. NU's Big 12 attendance was spectacular, averaging a Big 12-best 11,383 fans per game. Nebraska drew seven consecutive crowds of more than 10,000 to the Devaney Center to end the season, beginning with a then-school-record 13,303 fans for Nebraska's win over Kansas State on Jan. 23 - the 16th-largest crowd in the nation in 2009-10 (including NCAA Tournament play). Nebraska smashed that record against Missouri Feb. 27, posting the first sellout in school history with 13,595 fans. The NU-MU game featured the largest regular-season crowd in the nation in 2009-10 that did not involve Connecticut or Tennessee.
Over the last seven home games, the Huskers attracted an average of 11,989 fans per game to the Devaney Center. NU's previous single-season average home attendance record was 5,000 fans per game in 1998-99.
Nebraska entered the 2009-10 season with 1,424 season ticket holders. During a special March Madness season ticket promotion at the end of 2010, the Huskers sold more than 1,100 new season tickets for 2010-11, pushing NU's season ticket base beyond 2,500 for the first time in history.