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Emily Wood
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Emily Wood 1775738
Position: Guard
Height: 5'5"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Salina, Kan.
High School: Salina Central
Major: Management
Honors & Awards
  • NCAA Career in Sports Forum (2015)
  • Nebraska Teammate Award (2016)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014, 2015; Spring 2015, 2016)
  • Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2016)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2016)
  • 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)

Outlook (2016-17)
Emily Wood may play an expanded role in the backcourt for the Huskers as a junior in 2016-17. The 5-5 guard out of Salina Central High School in Kansas began to emerge as a leader throughout her sophomore season. Her energy, enthusiasm, toughness and intelligence could help Nebraska on and off the court in 2016-17.

An extremely hard worker with consistent habits, Wood has proven herself as a reliable long-range threat. She also owns a 3-to-1 career assist-to-turnover ratio.

Originally a walk-on to the Husker program, Wood earned a scholarship for her sophomore season and appeared in 21 games for the Big Red, including 11 Big Ten Conference contests.

Off the court, Wood is one of Nebraska's top student-athletes, earning a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award along with academic All-Big Ten accolades in 2016. She also earned a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award as a sophomore, which is given to NU's most committed student-athletes to community service across all sports.

"Emily is an outstanding young woman who brings great effort and determination to everything she does," Nebraska Coach Amy Williams said. "She has proven that she can be a leader in practice and off the court for us, and she is a tremendous representative for our program."

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

She produced the best performance of her young career, when she scored a career-high 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 tying her career high with 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.

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.

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.

Emily is a management major at Nebraska. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and earned academic All-Big Ten accolades in 2016. She is also a four-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. A two-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team, 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.

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.

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