Honors & Awards
- First-Team Kansas Class 5A (Sports in Kansas, 2014)
- Kansas Class 5A All-Tournament (2014)
- Second-Team Kansas Class 5A (Wichita Eagle, 2012, 2014)
- Second-Team Kansas Class 5A (Topeka Capital-Journal, 2014)
- Third-Team Kansas Class 5A (Topeka Capital-Journal, 2012)
- Honorable-Mention Kansas Class 5A (2013)
- First-Team Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I (2014)
- North Central Kansas All-Star Team (2014)
Emily Wood joins the Nebraska women's basketball program as a freshman walk-on for the 2014-15 season. The 5-5 guard from Salina Central High School was a Class 5A all-state selection each of the past three seasons, including a first-team choice by Sports in Kansas magazine in 2014. She was also a Class 5A All-Tournament Team member as a senior. in Kansas is a skilled ball-handler, passer and shooter, who should help solidify the Husker backcourt.
"Emily turned down scholarship offers from other schools in order to walk on at Nebraska," Coach Connie Yori said. "That in itself shows her maturity and the value she will bring to our program. She sees the big picture and how Nebraska can be a great fit for her overall development.
"On the court, she will help us because she is a good passer and a great shooter. She is also a smart, tough player. Every morning before school, she's in the gym working on her game. That is the type of kids you want in your program. She is competitive and will make our team better every day in practice."
Wood played for Coach Geoff Andrews at Salina Central High School, leading the team to a school-record 23-2 mark and a runner-up finish at the Kansas Class 5A state tournament. Wood earned a spot on the 5A All-Tournament team for her performance in the postseason.
She was a first-team Class 5A all-state pick by Sports in Kansas magazine, and a second-team choice by both the Wichita Eagle and the Topeka Capital-Journal. Wood was also a first-team Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League (AVCTL) Division I pick.
As a senior, Wood averaged 16.0 points per game while connecting on a school-record 91 three-pointers. She hit 42.1 percent from beyond the arc while draining 86.2 percent of her free throws on the season.
Her 401 total points as a senior were a Salina Central record, while her 223 career threes also set a school record. She finished her career with 1,103 points.
As a junior, Wood averaged 11.2 points and 2.3 assists per game while connecting on 35.6 percent of her three-pointers. She also knocked down 81.8 percent of her free throws. Her play on the court garnered her honorable-mention Class 5A all-state and second-team All-AVCTL honors in 2012-13.
As a sophomore, Wood averaged 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game while shooting 35 percent from three-point range. She earned second-team all-state honors from the Wichita Eagle and added third-team all-state accolades from the Topeka Capital-Journal.
As a a freshman starter in 2010-11, Wood averaged 8.7 points and 2.3 assists per game to earn second-team All-AVCTL honors. She also was voted Salina Central MVP in a vote of her teammates.
Wood played club basketball for Coach Doug Finch for the MOKAN Eclipse, which finished in the top eight at Blue Star Nationals in Augusta, Ga., in 2013. In the summer of 2011, she was named to the all-tournament teams at Miss Basketball Kearney, the USJN Gateway Challenge and USJN Mountain Madness. Finch, who is the father of Nebraska assistant coach Dayna Finch, is also the boys head coach at Salina Central.
Outside of basketball, Wood also competed for the Mustang volleyball team. She is an outstanding student who carries better than a 4.1 GPA. A four-year member of the honor roll, she is a two-year member of the National Honor Society, serving as the President as a senior in 2013-14. Wood was also the editor-in-chief of the Salina Central school newspaper as a junior and senior. She earned a state championship for newspage design in 2013, and finished third in headline writing from the Kansas Press Association in 5A/6A in 2012.
Emily is the daughter of Brian and Julie Wood. She was born in Salina, Kan., Oct. 17, 1995, and has two younger sisters, Lindsey and Lauren. She plans to major in business management or nutrition and exercise science at Nebraska. Emily chose Nebraska over Harvard, Dartmouth, West Point, Washburn and Western Illinois.
"I chose Nebraska because of the people. I do not think there is a better coaching staff, better teammates, or better university environment in the country than Nebraska," Wood said. "I chose Nebraska because I believe it is exactly where God is calling me to be, and will allow me to grow and prepare me for my future - both on and off the basketball court."