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Emily Wood
Player Profile:
Emily Wood 1775738
Position: Guard
Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Salina, Kan.
High School: Salina Central
Major: Management
Honors & Awards
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (Nebraska, All Women's Sports, 2017)
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2017)
  • Husker Award (2017)
  • Nebraska Teammate Award (2016)
  • NCAA Career in Sports Forum (2015)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2016, 2017)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2017)
  • Nebraska Outstanding Scholar Award (2017)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014, 2015, 2016; Spring 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2016)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • First-Team Kansas Class 5A (Sports in Kansas, 2014)
  • Kansas Class 5A All-Tournament (2014)
  • Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star (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)

Junior (2016-17)
Emily Wood brings energy, enthusiasm, toughness and intelligence to the court each day. Originally a walk-on, Wood earned a scholarship and emerged as a leader on and off the court in 2016-17.

Wood was solid as a junior, contributing 2.1 points and 0.9 rebounds per game while playing in all 29 games in 2016-17. She hit 16 threes and is shot 80 percent (4-5) at the free throw line. She also has dished out 18 assists.

Wood produced career highs with nine points and three three-pointers against No. 12 Ohio State (Feb. 16). She also had eight points at Virginia Tech (Dec. 1). She scored all eight during a 23-4 first-half surge that helped the Huskers build a 16-point lead. She had seven points on 2-of-2 shooting to go along with a career-high-tying two steals in a win over San Jose State (Dec. 9). Wood hit a pair of threes and grabbed two rebounds against Minnesota (Feb. 4).

She got two steals to set a career high in the season-opening win over UTRGV on Nov. 12, while also matching her career best with three boards against the Vaqueros.

She scored three points on eight occasions and managed two points in three other games for the Big Red as a junior.

Wood claimed Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for women's basketball and was an academic All-Big Ten selection for the second consecutive season.

Sophomore (2015-16)
Wood was a reliable contributor as a sophomore, competing in 21 games including 11 Big Ten regular-season contests.

She produced her best performance of the season when she scored six points on two three-pointers in a win over North Florida on Nov. 16. She added the first assist and steal of her career while adding two rebounds on the first two offensive boards of her career. She had a strong effort with three points and career highs of three rebounds and five assists against no turnovers in a then-career-high 23 minutes in a win over Evansville on Dec. 8.

Wood finished her sophomore season averaging 1.4 points and 0.8 rebounds, including three points, two rebounds and an assist in 11 minutes against Northern Iowa in the Postseason WNIT March 17. She had three points, two rebounds, three assists and the first two blocked shots of her career in a career-high 25 minutes against Indiana Feb. 24. She added three points and a rebound in one minute at Indiana Feb. 7. Wood had three points at Minnesota Feb. 11, and two points and a rebound in two minutes at No. 14 Northwestern Jan. 3.

During the summer, Wood played a major role for the Huskers as a starter in four games against a collection of Australian professional teams. She averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 26 minutes per game. Wood started at point guard in Australia with Rachel Theriot, Kyndal Clark and Esther Ramacieri unavailable because of injuries.

Off the court, Wood was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar after earning academic All-Big Ten accolades. She claimed Nebraska's Teammate Award and was a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award recipient while also earning a spot on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team for the second straight year. Following the academic year, Wood was part of a Nebraska Athletic Department Service Trip Abroad to the Dominican Republic.

Freshman (2014-15)
Wood played in 10 games as a true freshman for the Huskers. She appeared in five of Nebraska's non-conference games, three Big Ten regular-season contests and both of NU's games in the Big Ten Tournament.

She saw her most meaningful action in NU's win over Bakersfield Dec. 13, when she scored her only points of the season on a reverse layup in transition to end an eight-minute scoreless drought in the first half.

Wood's basket preceded an 18-0 Husker run on their way to victory. She also grabbed a season-high two rebounds in a season-high nine minutes against the Roadrunners, who went on to win 23 games and advance to the postseason.

Wood saw six minutes of action in Nebraska's Big Ten opener at Minnesota Dec. 29. She was one of only seven Huskers in uniform because of injury and illness at Minnesota. She also played one minute in NU's road win at Wisconsin Jan. 22.

Wood earned playing time in wins over Pepperdine, Alcorn State, Utah and High Point.

On the season, Wood finished with two points and five rebounds in 29 total minutes of action. She did not score, but did grab one rebound in eight minutes of Big Ten regular-season action. She did not commit a turnover on the year.

Wood was a standout for the Huskers off the court, claiming spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2014-15. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and participated in the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in 2015.

Before Nebraska
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 points as a senior were a Salina Central record, while her 223 career threes also set a school record. She finished with 1,103 career points. Wood was chosen for the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game after being picked by KansasPreps as the Class 5A Senior of the Year.

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.

Outside of basketball, Wood also competed for the Mustang volleyball team. She was an outstanding student who carried better than a 4.1 GPA. A four-year member of the honor roll, she was 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.

Personal
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.

A management major, Emily earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2017. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2016 and 2017, and earned academic All-Big Ten honors both seasons as well. She is a six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. A three-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017), she claimed a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2016. She was also one of 20 student-athletes across all sports to participate in the Nebraska Athletic Department's Service Trip Abroad to the Dominican Republic in May of 2016. She was Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner for women's basketball and for all women's sports in 2017.

Wood chose Nebraska over Harvard, Dartmouth, West Point, Washburn and Western Illinois.

Five Facts About Emily

  1. Emily has several notebooks full of quotes that she has collected since fifth grade.
  2. A few of Emily's favorite books she's read recently are Fearless by Eric Blehm, The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken, and The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens.
  3. Emily's favorite adventures in Australia included Scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef and eating kangaroo.
  4. As part of the No Filter group, Emily spent a week in one of the poorest communities in the Dominican Republic building a basketball court, painting a mural, and building relationships with the locals. She considers it one of the most life-changing weeks she's ever had.
  5. In her free time, she loves being active and playing other sports with family and friends.

Wood's Career Statistics

Year

G-GS

FG-FGA

Pct.

3P-3PA

Pct.

FT-FTA

Pct.

TRB-Avg.

PF-D

A

TO

Blk

ST

Pts-Avg.

2014-15

10-0

1-6

.167

0-5

.000

0-1

.000

5-0.5

1-0

0

0

0

0

2-0.2

2015-16

21-0

9-20

.450

8-18

.444

4-4

1.000

16-0.8

14-0

12

4

2

3

30-1.4

2016-17

29-0

20-56

.357

16-50

.320

4-5

.800

26-0.9

25-0

18

12

0

6

60-2.1

Career

60-0

30-82

.366

24-73

.329

8-10

.800

47-0.8

40-0

30

16

2

9

92-1.5

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