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#51 Karen Jennings
Position: Forward
Height: 6'2"
Year: Senior
City/State: Persia, Iowa
High School: Tri-Center

Jennings Honors and Awards

  • CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame Inductee (2008)
  • Margaret Wade Trophy, Nation's Outstanding Player (1993)
  • Kodak First-Team All-American (1993)
  • CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year (1992, 1993)
  • CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • Big Eight Female Athlete of the Year (1993)
  • Big Eight Player of the Year (1992, 1993)
  • Big Eight Newcomer of the Year (1990)
  • First-Team All-Big Eight (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • Big Eight All-Tournament Team (1993)
  • First-Team Academic All-Big Eight (1991, 1992, 1993)

The captain of Nebraska's All-Century Team announced in February of 2000, Karen Jennings closed the greatest career in the history of Nebraska women's basketball as the only player to score more than 2,000 points and record 1,000 career rebounds.

Jennings was also chosen as one of 25 Women of Distinction honored during the Nebraska Athletic Department's Silver Anniversary celebration of 25 years of women's athletics at the University of Nebraska in 1999-2000.

The 6-2 forward from Persia, Iowa, was a four-year starter for the Huskers and led Nebraska to the second round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. She won the Margaret Wade Trophy, awarded to the nation's outstanding player, and earned Kodak First-Team All-America honors.

Along with her honors on the court, Jennings was one of the top student-athletes in school history. She captured CoSIDA Academic All-American-of-the-Year accolades in both 1991-92 and 1992-93, along with claiming CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-America honors on three occasions by earning the honor in 1990-91, 1991-92 and 1992-93.

A two-time Big Eight Conference Player of the Year (1991-92, 1992-93) and a three-time first-team all-conference selection, Jennings was also the Big Eight Newcomer of the Year in 1989-90.

Jennings averaged 20.2 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per contest for her career. Along with ranking first in career points (2,405), she also ranks second in career rebounds (1,000), first in field goals made (981), second in field goals attempted (1,726), second in field-goal percentage (.568), third in free throws made (426), tied for third in free throws attempted (570), tied for seventh in free throw percentage (.747) and tied for seventh in blocked shots (63).

Jennings' 810 points and 25.3 points per game average in 1991-92 rank as the highest single-season totals in school history, while her 319 rebounds and 10.0 rebounds per game allowed her to average a double-double during her junior season.

Along with holding the Nebraska career and single-season scoring records, Jennings also owns the Huskers' single-game scoring mark with a 48-point outburst in an 87-82 win over Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., on Jan. 21, 1992.

In her freshman season, the Huskers struggled to a 10-18 overall record, but with Jennings as a nucleus to build around, Nebraska improved to 17-11 during her sophomore season, while setting the Husker sophomore scoring mark with 574 points (20.5 ppg).

Nebraska continued to improve during Jennings' record-setting junior campaign, posting a 21-11 mark and advancing to the National Women's Invitational Tournament.

In her final season, Jennings helped the Huskers to the first NCAA Tournament win in school history with 14 points and eight rebounds in an 81-58 win over San Diego at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on March 17, 1993.

Jennings added 16 points and 13 rebounds in a 78-60 loss at Southern California in the tournament's second round. Nebraska finished with a 23-8 record and a second-place finish with a 10-4 mark in Big Eight Conference play.

Jennings also claimed a spot on the Big Eight All-Tournament team after leading the Huskers to the tournament championship game.

Still actively involved in supporting Nebraska women's basketball, Jennings now lives in Omaha.

Jenning's Career Statistics

Year

G-GS

FG-FGA

Pct.

3P-3PA

Pct.

FT-FTA

Pct.

TRB-Avg.

Pts-Avg.

1989-90

28-15

157-298

.526

0-0

.000

60-101

.594

184-6.6

374-13.4

1990-91

28-28

236-413

.571

0-1

.000

102-137

.744

248-8.9

574-20.5

1991-92

32-32

337-559

.602

7-20

.350

129-165

.781

319-10.0

810-25.3

1992-93 31-31 251-456 .550 10-32 .312 135-167 .808 249-8.0 647-20.9

Career

119-106

981-1, 726

.568

17-53

.320

426-570

.747

1, 000-8.4

2, 405-20.2

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