#5 Natalie Romeo
Position: Guard
Height: 5'7"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Martinez, Calif.
High School: Carondelet

Honors & Awards

  • First-Team All-California Elite (Cal-Hi Sports, 2014)
  • First-Team All-California Division II (Cal-Hi Sports, 2013, 2014)
  • Third-Team All-California Division II (Cal-Hi Sports, 2012)
  • East Bay Athletic League MVP (2013)
  • Four-Time First-Team All-EBAL (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • No. 27 Player in Nation (Full Court Press, 2014)
  • No. 55 Player in Nation (ESPN HoopGurlz, 2014)
  • No. 6 Point Guard in Nation (Full Court Press, 2014)
  • No. 12 Point Guard in Nation (ESPN HoopGurlz, 2014)

Outlook (2014-15)
Natalie Romeo brings a floor general’s mentality and tremendous ball-handling skills to the Nebraska program. The 5-7 point guard from Carondelet High School in California is ranked as high as No. 27 and among the top 50 nationally by several major recruiting services. She is listed No. 55 overall as the No. 12 point guard in the ESPN HoopGurlz Top 100.

Romeo played for one of the nation's top club programs, the Cal Stars Elite, for the past five years. Starting at point guard and leading the team to a 2013 national runner-up finish.

As a senior at Carondelet High School in the Bay Area of California, Romeo averaged 19.8 points, 7.8 assists and 5.6 steals per game. She was just as spectacular in 2013, notching 21.3 points, 6.5 assists and 6.2 steals per game as a junior.

“We absolutely love her toughness and passing ability. Natalie is a floor leader who scores, sets others up to score, and brings energy and intensity every time she steps on the court," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "She likes to push the tempo and she is an aggressive defender. She is a really good fit for our offense and our style of play.”

Before Nebraska
One of the nation's top point guards coming out of Carondelet High School in California, Romeo averaged 19.8 points, 7.8 assists and 5.6 steals per game to lead Carondelet to an appearance in the 2014 CIF state semifinals. She also led the Cougars to the North Coast Section Division II title for the fourth consecutive season.

Romeo closed her prep career by competing in the NorCal "PassThaBall" Senior All-Star Game.

In her final two seasons at Carondelet, she totaled 1,294 points, 348 rebounds, 450 assists and 369 steals over 63 games. As a senior, Romeo carried nearly a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (250-87).

Romeo finished her four-year career as a varsity starter with 2,151 points to rank No. 2 in school history. She added 552 rebounds and school records of 735 assists and 613 steals. She became only the second player from Carondelet to score 2,000 points, joining former Stanford All-American Jayne Appel to reach the milestone.

In addition to her aggressiveness at both ends of the court, Romeo was also a dangerous three-point shooter, burying 193 threes and hitting better than 35 percent from long range during her career. She was also nearly a 75 percent free throw shooter.

As a junior, Romeo averaged 21.3 points, 6.5 assists and 6.2 steals per game to help the Cougars to a third straight North Coast Section Division II title. Along the way, she earned East Bay Athletic League MVP honors in 2012-13, helping Carondelet to a top 20 national ranking as a team for Coach Margaret Gartner.

During her sophomore season in 2011-12, Romeo averaged 16.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 4.6 steals per game, guiding Carondelet to EBAL and North Coast titles. The Cougars also advanced to the California state semifinals. Carondelet was ranked among the top 20 teams nationally in 2011-12, after producing a 27-4 overall record. She was named to the MVP of the Holiday Classic and was an all-tournament selection at the Trojan Shootout. She was also a first-team All-EBAL selection.

As a freshman in 2010-11, Romeo led Carondelet to EBAL and North Coast championships, while finishing as runner-up in the California state championships. Carondelet also finished No. 43 nationally. Romeo averaged 11.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.2 steals per game. She also was the only freshman named first-team All-EBAL, while guiding the Cougars to a 28-5 overall record.

Romeo has been a starter for one of the premier club programs in the nation, the Cal Stars Elite, since she was an eighth grader. She was coached by Kelly Sopak with the Cal Stars Elite.

Natalie is the daughter of Vince and Maria Romeo, was born in Walnut Creek, Calif. She has an older sister, Camille, and a younger brother, Vinnie. Natalie plans to major in graphic design at Nebraska. She chose Nebraska over Boston College, Oregon State, Utah and Arizona.

"I chose Nebraska because I loved the coaches and the team," Romeo said. "Everyone was so nice. I loved the campus, and it is a great fit for me."

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