Huskers Set for Battle with UALR in California
Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0) vs. UALR Trojans (3-1)
Saint Mary’s Hilton Tournament (Nov. 27-28)
McKeon Pavilion (3,500) • Moraga, Calif.
Friday, Nov. 27 • 7 p.m. Central/5 p.m. Pacific
Radio: Husker Sports Network (105.3 FM-KLNC-Lincoln, 93.3 FM-KTWI-Omaha)
Live Internet Audio: Huskers.com (Free)
HuskersNside Video: None for NU vs. UALR (Available for NU vs. Saint Mary’s)
Tip-off between the Huskers and Trojans at McKeon Pavilion is set for 7 p.m. (Central), with live radio coverage provided by the Husker Sports Network on 105.3 FM-KLNC in Lincoln and 93.3 FM-KTWI in Omaha. Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will also provide the call free world-wide on Huskers.com.
Nebraska is coming off an impressive 107-54 run past Washington State in Lincoln on Nov. 22. The Huskers tied a school record by putting up 59 first-half points on their way to a 59-20 halftime lead. NU’s 107 points and 53-point victory margin both tied for the 11th-best totals in school history.
The win over Washington State, which trailed Kansas State by just three points with the ball in the final minute two nights earlier in Manhattan, followed on the heels of an 88-41 win over Idaho State on Nov. 19. The last time Nebraska won back-to-back games by 45 or more points came in 1992-93, when the Huskers defeated Iowa State, 89-40 in the regular-season finale in Lincoln on Feb. 28, before rolling past the Cyclones again, 87-39, on March 6 at the Big Eight Tournament in Salina, Kan. That Nebraska team featured 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings and is one of the best teams in school history, advancing to the second round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament.
The last time the Huskers had a combined 100-point margin of victory in back-to-back games came earlier in the 1992-93 campaign, when NU crushed Howard, 123-62, before rolling past Eastern Washington 94-50, on Dec. 11-12 at the CableVision Classic.
Nebraska will be expecting much tougher tests this weekend in California. UALR returns four starters from a team that produced a 26-7 overall record and won the Sun Belt Conference regular-season title in 2008-09. The Trojans head to California with a 3-1 record after competing in the Preseason WNIT. Their lone loss came to Oklahoma State in the season opener, a team the Trojans defeated last season. UALR defeated Northern Colorado and UTEP to complete WNIT play, before knocking off Rice, 73-54, in Houston on Tuesday night.
Friday’s Probable Starters
Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0)
23 - Kelsey Griffin - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 12.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg
40 - Cory Montgomery - 6-2 - Sr. - F - 11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg
00 - Lindsey Moore - 5-9 - Fr. - G - 4.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg
22 - Yvonne Turner - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
24 - Dominique Kelley - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 12.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg
The Next Wave
11 - Nicole Neals - 5-6 - Sr. - G - 7.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg
44 - Catheryn Redmon - 6-3 - Jr. - C - 6.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg
21 - Harleen Sidhu - 6-1 - So. - F - 5.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg
13 - Kala Kuhlmann - 5-8 - Sr. - G - 4.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg
35 - Jessica Periago - 6-4 - Jr. - C - 3.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg
20 - Katya Leick - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 2.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg
5 - Kaitlyn Burke - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 2.3 ppg, 0.7 rpg
12 - Layne Reeves - 5-11 - RFr. - G - 2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
10 - Meghin Williams - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 1.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg
42 - Nikki Bober - 6-4 - Sr. - C - Injured
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
Eighth Season at NU (125-97); 20th Season Overall (320-237)
UALR Trojans (3-1)
20 - Chastity Reed - 6-1 - Jr. - F - 24.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg
54 - Marian Kursh - 6-0 - So. - C - 5.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
3 - Asriel Rolfe - 5-6 - Jr. - G - 6.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg
10 - Shanika Butler - 5-7 - Jr. - G - 7.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg
35 - Kim Sitzmann - 5-10 - Sr. - G - 11.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Off the bench
31 - Britteni Williams - 6-2 - So. - F - 3.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg
33 - Janette Merriex - 5-10 - Fr. - G/F - 1.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg
30 - Channon Haywood - 5-11 - So. - F - 0.5 ppg, 0.3 rpg
22 - Megan Williams - 5-10 - So. - F - 1.5 ppg, 0.0 rpg
21 - Tre-Anna Smith - 6-1 - Fr. - F - 1.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
15 - Shelby Ashcraft - 6-0 - Fr. - G/F - 0.7 ppg, 0.3 rpg
Head Coach: Joe Foley (Central Arkansas, 1979)
Eighth Season at UALR (106-78); 23rd Season Overall (562-159)
Huskers Part of Talented Field at Saint Mary’s Tournament
Nebraska will face UALR and the hosts from Saint Mary’s in this weekend’s Saint Mary’s Hilton Tournament in Moraga, Calif. The Huskers and Trojans are both experienced teams who have enjoyed success in recent years. Last season, both Nebraska and UALR participated in the 2009 Postseason WNIT. UALR advanced to the postseason for the second straight season under Coach Joe Foley and notched its third straight 20-win season.
The Trojans finished with a 26-7 record and the Sun Belt West Division title. They also advanced to the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, where they fell 67-65 to Murray State to just miss the Trojans’ first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskers, who advanced to their sixth straight postseason bid in 2008-09, return six starters in 2008-09, while the Trojans return four starters from last year’s club.
After battling the Trojans, the Huskers will take on the hosts from Saint Mary’s. The Gaels own a 2-2 record with a win over Idaho State and a narrow loss to then-No. 18 California on Nov. 15. The Gaels, who are coached by Wayne State College graduate Paul Thomas, led the Bears by three with seven seconds left but fell 68-65. Saint Mary’s managed an 11-19 record last season, including a 7-7 West Coast Conference mark despite being hit hard by injuries. The Gaels return four starters this season, including 6-4 junior forward Louella Tomlinson, who averaged 15.2 points and 9.2 rebounds a year ago while ranking second nationally with 5.4 blocked shots per game.
Drake, which plays Saint Mary’s in its first game in Moraga, before facing UALR on Saturday, rounds out the tournament field. The Bulldogs, under the direction of former Husker great Amy Stephens, are coming off a big win over Iowa State on Sunday. Stephens, who was an assistant coach at Nebraska in Connie Yori’s first season at the helm of the Huskers in 2002-03, is in her seventh season as the Bulldogs’ head coach.
Drake also features Alexis Montgomery, the younger sister of Nebraska senior forward Cory Montgomery. Nebraska and Drake will not play each other in the tournament.
Busy Weekend for Husker Sports Creates Radio Changes
With Nebraska football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball all in full swing this weekend, the Husker Sports Network has made some station adjustments this weekend to help Husker fans follow their favorite teams.
The Big 12 North Division champion Nebraska football team will play at Colorado on Friday with a 2:30 p.m. Central kickoff. Husker football is carried on Nebraska women’s basketball flagship 98.1 KFGE in Lincoln, and the Husker football postgame show will run well into the women’s basketball game’s scheduled tip-off against UALR.
Because of the conflict, the NU/UALR game will be carried live on 105.3 KLNC in Lincoln and 93.3 KTWI in Omaha, along with free live audio on Huskers.com.
On Saturday, the Nebraska volleyball team will be playing Colorado on Senior Night at the NU Coliseum, beginning at 7 p.m. Central. Both the volleyball and women’s basketball teams are regularly carried on 93.3 KTWI in Omaha, so if the volleyball match runs long, the women’s basketball game against Saint Mary’s (9 p.m. scheduled tip) will be joined in progress.
Saturday’s basketball game will also be back on 98.1 KFGE in Lincoln and free world-wide on Huskers.com.
Huskers Producing Massive Margins to Open Season
Nebraska’s average victory margin of 36.5 points per game through the first four contests is the largest in school history. The Huskers are averaging 88.5 points per game on the offensive end, which ranks as the best average through the first games since 1987-88. NU is surrendering just 52 points per contest, which ranks as the top scoring defense average through four games since 1978-79.
The 2009-10 Huskers are averaging 45.8 points in the first half while giving up just 22 points per first half, an average halftime margin of 23.8 points.
Huskers Scoring Often Early
Nebraska’s high-powered offense will get its stiffest test this weekend against a UALR team that has ranked among the top defensive teams in the country the past few seasons. The Huskers are averaging 88.5 points per game through the first four contests, including 45.8 points per game in the first half.
Last season, UALR ranked third nationally in scoring defense by surrendering just 52.8 points per game. This year, the Trojans have been even better, allowing just 50 points per contest through three games.
Montgomery Nearing 1,000-Point Plateau
Senior Cory Montgomery is within striking distance of becoming the 24th player in Nebraska women’s basketball history to join the school’s 1,000-point club. The 6-2 forward from Cannon Falls, Minn., enters Friday’s game with 993 points and needs just seven points to reach the 1,000 mark.
Montgomery has also pulled down 479 rebounds in her career and is just 21 boards away from becoming the 16th player in NU history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
Griffin Ready to Put Name Among Nebraska’s All-Time Best
Senior Kelsey Griffin needs just one point and three rebounds to put her name among an elite group in Nebraska women’s basketball history.
The 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, heads to the Saint Mary’s Hilton Tournament with 1,399 points and 697 rebounds. She needs just one point and three boards to become the sixth player in Nebraska history to produce 1,400 points and 700 rebounds in a career, joining Karen Jennings, Maurtice Ivy, Anna DeForge, Deb Powell and Kathy Hagerstrom.
Teammate Cory Montgomery also has a chance to join that prestigious list by the end of the season. Last year, Montgomery produced 470 points and 241 rebounds, and she needs 407 points and 221 rebounds this season to join the 1,400-700 club.
Griffin Earns Spot on Naismith Trophy Watch List
Nebraska senior Kelsey Griffin was one of 50 players around the country named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List on Nov. 18.
Griffin, a 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, is a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection and ranks No. 1 among active career rebounders and No. 3 among active career scorers in the Big 12 Conference.
She earned her third straight selection to the Preseason All-Big 12 team chosen by the league coaches this season, becoming just the third player in history to earn that honor, joining former All-Americans Courtney Paris (Oklahoma) and Tiffany Jackson (Texas).
Griffin, who has been projected as a high WNBA draft pick, will also contend for national honors off the court this season. The biological sciences major owns a 3.4 GPA and is expected to be a candidate for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. She was also included among the 30 preseason candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, recognizing student-athlete achievement on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
Turner, Huskers Draining Threes at Record Rate
Senior Yvonne Turner has hit 14-of-26 three-point attempts to lead an impressive Husker three-point barrage through the first four games. Turner’s 3.5 threes made per game lead the Big 12 and are well ahead of the school-record pace set by Amy Stephens with 2.9 threes per game in 1988-89. Stephens hit 85 threes in 29 games in 1988-89, while Kiera Hardy hit a record-tying 85 threes in 32 games in 2004-05. If Turner plays in 32 games this season and maintains her current pace, she would hit 112 three-pointers for the year.
Turner’s record rate has come in just 19.8 minutes per game. Turner has knocked down 14 three-pointers in just 79 total minutes played this season for an average of one three every 5.6 minutes.
As a team, NU is averaging 9.5 threes per game, and has hit one more three each game through the first four contests. The Huskers knocked down eight triples in the opener against Davidson, before hitting nine on the road at UNLV and 10 against Idaho State. Nebraska hit 11-of-23 three-pointers against Washington State, which was just one shy of the school record of 12 set in last year’s season opener against Weber State. Nebraska is averaging 9.5 threes per game so far in 2009-10. NU set the school record with 5.5 threes per contest in 2008-09.
Huskers Cleaning Up the Glass
Coming into the 2009-10 season, Nebraska focused much of its attention on improving its performance on the glass. Last season, playing without two-time first-team All-Big 12 forward Kelsey Griffin for the entire year, and without center Nikki Bober for the entire Big 12 season because of injuries, the Huskers owned a negative-1.5 team rebounding margin. In Big 12 play, that number dipped even lower to negative-4.4.
Through four games this season, Nebraska’s focus is paying dividends, as the Huskers carry a plus-15.8 team rebounding margin. NU was plus-23 on the glass against Idaho State and plus-21 against Washington State last week, after opening the season plus-12 against Davidson and plus-seven at UNLV. Last year, Nebraska managed only three double-digit rebound margins the entire season (vs. Butler, at UTEP, at Kansas) with all three coming away from the Devaney Center.
Nebraska’s best rebounding season in school history came with a plus-8.6 margin in 1997-98, which is the only season that NU has posted a plus-6.0 margin or better.
Griffin Comes Back Strong As Senior
Senior forward Kelsey Griffin has put together an impressive start to the season in her return to the court after missing the 2008-09 campaign with a foot injury.
The 6-2 All-America candidate from Eagle River, Alaska, has averaged 12.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in just 18.8 minutes per game in a trio of Husker victories. She is coming off a 15-point, nine-rebound effort against Washington State, when she played just 14 minutes. She opened the season with 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in just 18 minutes in an 86-62 win over Davidson on Nov. 13.
Griffin followed that performance with nine points, 13 rebounds, two assists, a block and two steals in a road win at UNLV. Her 13 rebounds marked the second-highest total of her career. She added 14 points, three rebounds and a career-high matching four assists in Nebraska’s run past Idaho State.
Offensively, Griffin ranks third in the Big 12 with a 71.4 field goal percentage (20-28), including 2-of-2 shooting from three-point range. Entering the season, Griffin was just 3-of-20 in her career from long range.
Taken over 40 minutes, Griffin would be averaging 27.2 points, 17.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.2 steals per game. She has averaged 0.68 points and 0.43 rebounds per minute.
In addition to her six steals this season, Griffin has added two blocked shots and drawn four charges in four games to lead the Huskers.
Turner Leading Husker Offense Through Four Games
A two-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team pick, Yvonne Turner has become an explosive offensive weapon for the Huskers early in the season. The 5-8 guard from Omaha, Neb., is averaging a team-best 14.0 points per game in just 19.8 minutes per contest. She has added 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
Taken over 40 minutes, Turner would be averaging 28.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
Turner, who leads the Big 12 with 3.5 made three-pointers per game, has produced double figures in each of the last three contests, including 16 points and a season-high seven rebounds in just 15 minutes against Washington State. She scored a season-high 17 points and dished out four assists at UNLV.
Montgomery Gets First Double Of Season vs. Idaho State
Senior forward Cory Montgomery notched her ninth career double-double and first of the season with game highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds in Nebraska’s 88-41 win over Idaho State on Nov. 19. She hit 7-of-12 shots from the field, while adding an assist and a steal in a strong all-around effort.
Through four games, the 2009 honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick from Cannon Falls, Minn., is shooting 55.9 percent (19-34) from the field, including 33.3 percent (2-6) from three-point range. She is also 6-of-8 (75 percent) at the free throw line.
Montgomery is averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game, which over 40 minutes would come to 22.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per contest.
Kelley Cranks Up Production to Start Junior Season
Junior guard Dominique Kelley has put up big numbers in Nebraska’s first four games by averaging 12.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in just 19.0 minutes per game. The 5-7 hometown favorite out of Lincoln Northeast High School matched backcourt mate Yvonne Turner for game-high scoring honors with 17 points in NU’s win at UNLV.
Kelley scored 12 of her 17 points in the first half, including a pair of three-pointers, to help shoot Nebraska to a 36-23 halftime lead. She added 12 of her 13 points in the first half against Washington State, when she helped NU race to a 59-20 halftime lead. She added another strong effort with 12 points and a season-best seven rebounds to help her celebrate her 21st birthday a day early with a win over Idaho State.
Kelley, who has produced double figures in three straight games, is shooting 55.2 percent (16-29) from the field and 66.7 percent (4-6) from three-point range, while connecting on 86.7 percent (13-15) of her free throws.
Taken over 40 minutes, Kelley is averaging 25.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Kelley averaged 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game as a sophomore starter in 2009-10.
Big Four Bury Big Shots for Big Red
Nebraska’s big four scorers of Kelsey Griffin, Cory Montgomery, Yvonne Turner and Dominique Kelley have all put up solid numbers for the Huskers through the first four games.
Each of NU’s most experienced players have averaged double figures in points and have combined to hit 55.7 percent (73-131) of their shots from the field, including 22-of-40 (55 percent) of their three-point attempts.
Nebraska’s depth this season has given the Huskers the luxury of resting all of their players through the first four games. Montgomery (20.3 mpg) is the only one of the NU’s double-digit scorers averaging 20 or more minutes played per game. Overall, NU has 11 active players averaging nine or more minutes per game.
Cat Smash Fever
Junior Catheryn Redmon has picked up where she left off last season in the blocked shot department. Although Redmon has moved to a reserve role with the return of two-time first-team All-Big 12 forward Kelsey Griffin from injury, Redmon still leads the Huskers with 12 blocks through four games.
The top returning shot-blocker in the Big 12 this year, Redmon produced 67 blocks in 31 games last season to average 2.2 blocks in 23.2 minutes per contest. Through four games in 2009-10, Redmon is averaging 3.0 blocks in just 20.5 minutes per game and continues to climb Nebraska’s career block chart. She moved into a tie for seventh with Casey Leonhardt with 88 after notching four blocks for the second straight game against Washington State. She needs just 16 more blocks to join the top four shot-blockers in Husker history.
In addition to her shot-blocking success, Redmon is averaging 6.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and has nearly put up a pair of double-double. She is coming off an eight-point, 10-rebound effort against Washington, after finishing with eight points and nine boards at UNLV on Nov. 15. Redmon owns a team-best 11 offensive rebounds through NU’s first four games. She is tied for the overall team lead with Kelsey Griffin with 8.0 boards per game.
Freshman Moore Helps Huskers to 4-0 Mark as Starter
Lindsey Moore has helped the Huskers to a 4-0 record as Nebraska’s starting point guard in her first four collegiate games. The 5-9 freshman from Covington, Wash., made an immediate impression in the Huskers’ season-opening win over Davidson on Nov. 13 by scoring Nebraska’s first two points of the year on a 15-foot jumper off the opening tip. She finished with five points and a game-high eight assists. She also committed just one turnover against the Wildcats.
Last season, Kaitlyn Burke was the only Husker to produce eight assists in a game, which came at Long Beach State on Dec. 12, 2008. Over the three previous seasons, (2006-07, 2007-09, 2008-09), a Husker had produced eight or more assists on only three occasions, including nine from Yvonne Turner at Kansas State on Feb. 27, 2008, and eight from Kiera Hardy at Minnesota on Dec. 5, 2006.
A 2009 Parade All-American and the Washington High School Player of the Year last season, Moore leads the Huskers with 4.5 assists per game, while adding 4.3 points and 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game. She also leads Nebraska in minutes played.
Moore is coming off the first double-figure scoring effort of her career with 10 points, four assists, three rebounds, a steal and her first career block in NU’s win over Washington State on Nov. 22.
Scouting The UALR Trojans
UALR is expected to provide Nebraska with its toughest test when the two teams meet Friday night in California. The Trojans head into the tournament with a 3-1 record after dropping Rice, 73-54, in Houston on Tuesday evening. Last season, UALR rolled to the best season in school history with a 26-7 record that included a 16-2 Sun Belt Conference record. The Trojans won the Sun Belt regular-season title but fell in the conference championship game, 67-65 to Murray State, which kept UALR out of the NCAA Tournament. UALR did earn its second straight Postseason WNIT bid and finished No. 70 nationally in the RPI.
Coach Joe Foley has guided UALR to three straight 20-win seasons, including a 23-9 mark in 2007-08 and a 21-10 mark in 2006-07. Not only are they the only 20-win campaigns in school history, they are the only winning seasons for a school that dropped its varsity program from 1988 through 1999.
Foley, who is in his seventh year at the helm in Little Rock, has designed a program built on defense, ball control and execution. UALR returns four starters from last year’s club that ranked third nationally in team scoring defense (52.8 ppg). The Trojans also ranked 11th nationally in turnovers and 21st nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Junior Chastity Reed leads the Trojans in scoring and rebounding with 24.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game coming into the weekend. The 6-1 forward also has 10 steals and seven assists through four games while averaging 35.5 minutes per contest. Reed produced double-doubles in each of UALR’s first three games, then erupted for a season-high 29 points in the win over Rice. Reed had a season-best 14 boards at Oklahoma State.
Senior Kim Sitzmann, a 5-10 guard, has added double figures with 11.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game to go along with a team-best 3.8 assists per game. Sitzmann also leads UALR with 7-of-20 three-point shooting.
Junior guard Asriel Rolfe (6.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and 6-0 sophomore center Marian Kursh (5.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg) return to the starting lineup this season after joining Sitzmann in the starting five for all 33 games a year ago.
Shanika Butler rounds out UALR’s probable starting five by averaging 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds to rank third on the club in both categories. Last season, Butler was the top Trojan off the bench, averaging 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game. Butler leads UALR with 37.2 minutes per game through the first four contests this season.
Britteni Williams has been UALR’s top contributor off the bench this season, averaging 3.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game. Janette Merriex, a 5-10 swing player from Wichita Falls, Texas, has added 1.3 points and 0.8 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game. Channon Haywood, one of UALR’s top reserves a year ago, who also made eight starts, is the only other Trojan to compete in each of UALR’s first four contests. She has just two points in 10 minutes of action on the year.
UALR opened 2009-10 with a 67-58 loss at Oklahoma State in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. Last year, the Trojans knocked off the then-No. 19 Cowgirls, 65-51, to notch the program’s first-ever win over a ranked foe. This season, UALR has bounced back with a 55-43 win over Northern Colorado and a 64-40 victory over UTEP.
Nebraska has never met UALR in women’s basketball, but the two schools do have one close connection. UALR’s athletic director is former Husker Associate Athletic Director for External Operations Chris Peterson. Born in Omaha, Peterson served as Nebraska’s Director of Athletic Development from 1992 to 1996. He then served as the vice president of the Pinnacle Sports Network before joining the Creighton athletic administration while NU Coach Connie Yori was with the Jays in 1997. That same year, he served as a pallbearer at Bob Devaney’s funeral service in Lincoln. Peterson left Creighton to become UALR’s athletic director in 2000.
Huskers Crush Cougars, 107-54
Nebraska tied a school record with 59 first-half points and rolled to a 107-54 victory over Washington State on Sunday at the Devaney Center.
Nebraska cruised to one of the most lopsided wins in school history by producing the 25th 100-point scoring game in school history. Nebraska’s 107-point total tied for the 11th-highest scoring game in school history, while the 53-point margin was also the 11th-most lopsided win in the NU record book.
Senior guard Yvonne Turner, who scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 15 minutes led an NU three-point barrage with four three-pointers for the second straight game, as NU just missed a school record by hitting 11-of-23 threes.
Six Huskers produced double figures, including senior forward Kelsey Griffin who put up 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals in just 14 minutes, while sophomore Harleen Sidhu exploded off the bench for a career-high 10 points in her first three minutes on the floor. Sidhu added three rebounds in just seven minutes of game action.
Junior guard Dominique Kelley finished with 13 points, including 12 to lead the Huskers in the first half. Washington native Lindsey Moore added 10 points, four assists, three rebounds, a steal and her first career block. Senior point guard Nicole Neals added 10 points, tied a career best with five assists, while notching a steal and her second career block.
All 13 Huskers who saw action scored, including eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for junior center Catheryn Redmon, and seven points and four rebounds for senior guard Kala Kuhlmann.
As a team, the Huskers hit 52.7 percent (39-74) of their shots from the field, including 47.8 percent of their three-point tries. The Huskers also connected on 18-of-28 field goals and outrebounded Washington State, 59-38. NU committed just 12 turnovers in the game, while forcing 17 miscues by the Cougars.
Nebraska held Washington State to just 25.6 percent (20-78) shooting for the game, including just 17.9 percent (7-39) in the first half. WSU connected on 6-of-21 three-pointers and 8-of-12 free throws. Freshman KiKi Moore led the Cougars with 13 points, while redshirt freshman Katie Grad pitched in 12 points.
Nebraska’s 59-point first-half eruption matched a 16-year-old school record set against InterAmerican on Dec. 21, 1993. The Huskers hit 21-of-35 shots from the field (60 percent), including 5-of-11 three-pointers (45.5 percent) in the first half. Nebraska’s first-half margin could have been significantly greater, but the Huskers hit just 12-of-21 first-half free throws. The Huskers outrebounded WSU, 31-19, in the first half and produced a 9-5 turnover edge in the first 20 minutes.
Huskers Seek Seventh Straight Postseason Appearance
Nebraska claimed its sixth consecutive postseason tournament bid with a trip to the 2009 Postseason WNIT. The Huskers claimed three straight bids in the WNIT in 2004, 2005 and 2006, winning at least one game in all three trips. Nebraska qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2008, advancing to the second round of the Big Dance in 2008 with a win over Xavier in College Park, Md.
Before Coach Connie Yori’s arrival at Nebraska for the 2002-03 season, Nebraska had never earned more than three consecutive postseason berths.
Nebraska made its sixth trip to the postseason WNIT in 2009, joining bids in 1992 and 1976. The Huskers have also advanced to seven NCAA Tournaments in school history (2008, 2007, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1988), dating back to the first full season of varsity women’s basketball at Nebraska in 1975-76.
Griffin Ranked Among Nation’s Top Five Power Forwards
Nebraska senior Kelsey Griffin was recognized by ESPN.com as one of the country’s top five power forwards in an article published on-line on Nov. 11. Griffin, a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection and 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate, joined Xavier’s Amber Harris, Gonzaga’s Heather Bowman, Arizona’s Ify Ibekwe and Florida State’s Jacinta Moore on the listing of the top power forwards in the country. Harris and Ibekwe are juniors, while Bowman, Monroe and Griffin are all seniors.
Against Davidson, the 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, made her first regular-season appearance since the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament at College Park, Md. Interestingly, Griffin went head-to-head with a two of the nation’s top 10 big players in College Park.
In the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Griffin took on Xavier’s Harris, who was ranked as the No. 1 power forward, and center Ta’Shia Phillips, who made the list as one of ESPN.com’s top five centers.
Griffin dominated the game with the Musketeers, erupting for 26 points, while adding four rebounds and three steals. She also took three charges against Xavier despite playing with a protective vest around her mid-section to protect a broken rib. Griffin alone outscored Harris (14) and Phillips (9) who combined for 23 points, as Nebraska posted a 61-58 victory. Like Griffin, Harris missed the 2008-09 season with an injury.
Griffin, who became just the third player in Big 12 history joining Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and Texas’ Tiffany Jackson to earn three preseason first-team all-conference honors, is one of four current players from the league to earn spots on the ESPN.com power rankings.
Oklahoma’s Danielle Robinson was chosen as the nation’s top point guard, while Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley also made the list at the point. Kansas’ Danielle McCray, the 2009-10 Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year, was selected as one of the country’s top five small forwards.
ESPN.com’s selection panel of Mechelle Voepel, Charlie Creme, Melanie Jackson and Graham Hays picked Stanford’s Jayne Appel as the nation’s top center, while Connecticut’s Maya Moore was the country’s top small forward. Virginia’s Monica Wright was tabbed the best shooting guard in the nation entering the 2009-10 season.
Griffin To Contend for National Honors in 2009-10
Two-time first-team All-Big 12 forward Kelsey Griffin will contend for All-America honors on the court, in the classroom and in the community in 2009-10.
After redshirting in 2008-09 while recovering from a left foot injury, Griffin returns as the No. 1 active rebounder (697) and No. 3 active scorer (1,399 points) in the Big 12 Conference. After becoming only the third player in Big 12 history to be named a three-time preseason first-team all-league selection, Griffin will contend for All-America honors on the court.
The two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 honoree will also contend for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in the classroom while carrying better than a 3.4 GPA as a biological sciences major. In the community, she is a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate after being named to the 2007 Big 12 Winter Good Works Team.
A projected 2010 WNBA first-round draft pick, Griffin was dominant down the stretch for the Huskers as a junior, averaging 19 points and nine rebounds per game over the Huskers’ last 12 contests in 2007-08.
Griffin finished 2007-08 as the No. 7 scorer (15.3 ppg) and No. 12 rebounder (7.2 rpg) in the Big 12 Conference, despite playing with a cracked rib the entire season, which limited her playing time to just 25.9 minutes per game. Despite being limited by the injury, Griffin ranked among the top three players in the Big 12 in points per minute and rebounds per minute, joining 2006 National Player of the Year Courtney Paris. Griffin trailed only Andrea Riley in points per minutes, while trailing only Paris in rebounds per minute across the league.
In NU’s last 12 games of 2007-08, Griffin scored 20 or more points on six occasions, including a 26-point effort against Xavier’s inside duo of Amber Harris and Ta’Shia Phillips to lead the Huskers to their first NCAA Tournament win in 10 seasons. Griffin notched four double-doubles in those 12 games, including a season-high 14 rebounds at Texas Tech.
Griffin was at her best in Big 12 play, ranking fifth with 16.8 points per game and sixth with 8.2 rebounds per contest, despite being the focus of every opposing defense. She also ranked among the top 10 players in the league in both field goal and free throw percentage. She had season highs of 26 points against Xavier, at home against Colorado and at home against Missouri, carrying NU to victories in all three games.
She opened February as the Big 12 Player-of-the-Week on Feb. 4. She produced 23 points and nine rebounds in a win at Missouri on Feb. 3, after going for 19 points and 11 rebounds against No. 18 Kansas State on Jan. 30. She added 25 points in a comeback win at Colorado on Feb. 6, producing 17 second-half points.
Defensively, Griffin led the Huskers with 20 charges drawn in 2007-08, while adding a career-best 40 steals. She also blocked 25 shots on the year.
Griffin ranks 11th on Nebraska’s all-time scoring list with 1,399 points, seventh on NU’s career rebounding list with 697 and ninth on the Husker career block chart with 70.
Montgomery Aims for Memorable Senior Season
Nebraska Coach Connie Yori likes to call senior Cory Montgomery the forgotten player in the Big 12. Yori also believes the 6-2 forward from Cannon Falls, Minn., is the most underrated player in the league.
Last season, Montgomery was overlooked by league coaches for first- or second-team All-Big 12 honors despite ranking among the top 10 players in the league in both scoring and rebounding with 15.2 points (7th) and 7.8 rebounds per game (8th).
Entering the 2009-10 campaign, Montgomery was again passed over by the Big 12 coaches for preseason All-Big 12 honors, not earning a vote for either first-team or honorable-mention honors despite ranking sixth among active Big 12 players in career rebounding and ninth in career scoring.
Montgomery is out to prove that she belongs among the league’s elite players in 2009-10, while making it a memorable campaign for the Huskers.
Last year, in her first season as a starter, Montgomery was a force inside for the Huskers, averaging 16.2 points and 7.8 boards in Big 12 action. She was at her best over the last seven games of the season, as the honorable-mention All-Big 12 selection increased her production to 19.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Her efforts earned her Nebraska’s Offensive Player-of-the-Year Award at the conclusion of the season.
Montgomery capped the regular season with a career-high 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds in a win at Oklahoma State on March 7 for her seventh double-double of the year. She added 20 points and nine boards against Kansas on March 12, before pitching in 17 points and seven rebounds while tying her career high with a trio of three-pointers in a second-round WNIT loss at New Mexico on March 25.
Montgomery produced double figures in 15 of NU’s last 17 games, including seven 20-point efforts. She had a 20-point, nine-rebound night at Kansas on Feb. 28, which followed a 21-point, eight-rebound effort in a win over No. 20 Kansas State on Feb. 25. She also scored 21 points in the first meeting with KSU on Jan. 27. She notched a then-career high with 24 points, while adding nine boards at Colorado on Jan. 31. She added 22 points and a career-best 14 rebounds against No. 8 Baylor (Feb. 4), while playing a career-high 38 minutes. She notched 24 double-figure scoring efforts on the season.
Overall, Montgomery owns 13 career 20-point efforts, including 11 in 2008-09. She also owns nine career double-doubles, including seven in 2008-09, and one this season.
One of the best free throw shooters in the Big 12 and the nation, Montgomery finished second in the league with her 85.6 percent accuracy at the stripe, which ranked 20th in the final NCAA Division I statistical rankings. She also finished fifth on NU’s single-season free throw percentage list.
Although 2008-09 marked her first year as a full-time starter, Montgomery is one of the most experienced Huskers. In 2007-08, she averaged 9.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as one of the most productive reserves in the Big 12, while also starting four games in place of an injured Kelsey Griffin at the end of the non-conference season.
Montgomery scored in double figures 15 times in 2007-08. She set a season high with 21 points in a win over USC (Dec. 8, 2007), before matching that effort with 21 points and eight boards in 23 minutes off the bench in a victory at Iowa State (Jan. 19, 2008). She also produced her first career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Robert Morris (Dec. 2, 2007).
Turner Trying to Turn Up Nebraska’s Pressure
Yvonne Turner solidified her spot as one of the Big 12’s best defenders in 2008-09 by earning her second straight appearance on the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and NU’s Defensive Player-of-the-Year Award. She ranked fourth in the Big 12 with 2.2 steals per game, after leading the Big 12 with 2.6 steals per league game in 2007-08.
Her 81 steals in 2007-08 ranked as the second-best total by a Husker sophomore in history, while ranking eighth overall on NU’s single-season steals list. She registered just 67 steals last season, while playing much of the year with an injured shoulder. She also spent more minutes on the floor, and without Kelsey Griffin and Nikki Bober in Nebraska’s inside rotation, the Huskers were forced to back off their defensive pressure because of a lack of depth.
This season, the Huskers have their deepest and most experienced lineup in at least a decade, and Turner and the Huskers are hoping that means more steals and easy transition baskets.
Last season, Nebraska totaled just 208 steals on the year, including just 93 in Big 12 action, after producing 266 steals overall and 121 thefts in Big 12 play in 2007-08.
With 171 career steals, including five in four games this season, Turner is approaching Nebraska’s all-time top 10 on that list, needing 17 steals to catch three-time first-team All-Big 12 guard Kiera Hardy (2004-07) in 10th at 188. Turner owns career highs of eight steals against Florida (Nov. 17, 2007) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Jan. 2, 2008). Those totals rank among the top-10 single-game marks in NU history. She is one of only three Huskers to notch eight or more steals twice in a career.
VT for Three
Yvonne Turner (nickname VT) is off to a hot start from long range for the Huskers this season. Through four games, Turner has drained 14-of-26 three-point attempts (53.8 percent), while hitting a Big-12 best 3.5 three-pointers per game. She has increased her career total to 115 made threes, while improving her career numbers to 33.2 percent (115-346).
Turner ranks sixth in Nebraska history in career three-pointers and needs just 14 more to catch Husker greats Nicole Kubik (1997-2000) and Amy Stephens (1986-89) on the Husker career chart.
Last season, Turner led the Huskers with 57 three-pointers in 2008-09. She hit 44-of-116 three-point attempts (37.9 percent) over the last 22 games, despite missing 19 consecutive long-range attempts following a shoulder injury in the second half against Iowa State. The recurring injury required surgery at the end of the season.
Before the three-game slump, Turner had connected on 47.7 percent (21-44) of her attempts dating back to the Long Beach State game on Dec. 12. After missing her first three attempts against No. 8 Baylor, she knocked down three straight three-pointers in the second half against the Lady Bears.
In Big 12 Conference action, Turner finished in a tie for second with KU’s Danielle McCray with 2.1 made three-pointers per game, trailing only Iowa State senior Heather Ezell’s 2.4 per contest.
Turner finished second on the Husker junior single-season three-point made list, trailing only three-time All-Big 12 selection Kiera Hardy’s 81 in 2005-06. As a junior, Turner averaged 11.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. She is ranked among the top 10 active Big 12 players in both career three-pointers (115) and career steals (171).
Huskers Geared Up for Another Strong Schedule
The past two seasons, Nebraska has faced the two strongest regular-season schedules in school history with both ranking among the top 25 nationally.
Last season, the Huskers faced the No. 23 Strength of Schedule in the country according to CollegeRPI.com, while finishing No. 71 nationally in overall RPI. The 2008-09 Huskers played 19 of their 31 games against 2009 postseason qualifiers, including 11 against NCAA Tournament teams
This season, Nebraska will face another challenging schedule that will feature 15 regular-season games against 2009 postseason qualifiers, including 10 games against 2009 NCAA Tournament teams.
The highlight of Nebraska’s non-conference schedule will come with a Dec. 20 showdown against No. 7 LSU at the Devaney Center. The Huskers battled the Tigers on New Year’s Day in Baton Rouge, and will be looking to even the two-game home-and-home series when the preseason SEC favorites come to Lincoln. LSU advanced to five consecutive NCAA Final Fours before settling for a trip to the second round with a young squad a year ago.
Nebraska will face preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite Creighton on Dec. 9 at the Devaney Center, and will also square off with preseason America East favorite Vermont at Burlington, Vt., on Jan. 4. The Catamounts lost to 2009 national champion Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament first round a year ago. The Huskers face their first tough test against defending Sun Belt champion UALR in the first game of the Saint Mary’s Hilton Tournament in Moraga, Calif., on Nov. 27. UALR returns four starters from a team that finished with a 26-7 record a year ago.
Once Big 12 play begins, Nebraska will be faced with an NCAA Tournament-caliber atmosphere every night. The Big 12 sent six teams to the NCAA Tournament as top-six seeds in 2009, and all six teams (No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Baylor, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 4 Iowa State, No. 5 Kansas State, No. 6 Texas) closed the regular season in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25.
In addition, Kansas returns five starters from a team that advanced to the WNIT championship game, while Oklahoma State also advanced to the WNIT and Texas Tech was postseason eligible.
Powerful Big 12 Produced Postseason Success in 2009
The Big 12 was rated as the No. 1 RPI league in the nation for the third consecutive season in 2008-09 by CollegeRPI.com. When the field of 64 teams for the NCAA Tournament was announced, six league teams (Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas) earned top-six seeds into the tournament. Three more teams, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma State, claimed spots in the 48-team WNIT field.
The Big 12 matched the Big East Conference by sending four teams to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2009, while Oklahoma and Iowa State both advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. OU went on to the Final Four. In addition to the league’s success in the NCAA Tournament, Nebraska earned a bye to the second round of the WNIT, while Oklahoma State went 1-1 in the tournament. Kansas advanced all the way to the WNIT championship game.
All 12 conference teams closed the 2008-09 regular season among the top 126 teams in the CollegeRPI.com rankings of the 341 teams in NCAA Division I. Only Missouri and Colorado ranked outside the top 100.
Nebraska Hopes to Benefit From Big 12 Changes in 2009-10
Last season a Nebraska team that was hit hard by injuries battled to a seventh-place tie in the Big 12 Conference standings, finishing with a 6-10 league record against the nation’s strongest conference.
Entering the 2008-09 campaign, the Big 12 returned 48 starters from the 2007-08 season. Overall, only 35 letterwinners were lost from the Big 12 schools from the 2007-08 season, while 98 letterwinners returned for 2008-09.
This season, just 38 starters return for the 2009-10 season across the 12 league schools, including a league-leading six Huskers. A total of just 53 letterwinners are gone from the conference, including just two Huskers, while 96 letterwinners return, including 11 Huskers.
Last season, the top five Big 12 teams (Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Iowa State) all featured lineups with more than 375 career starts, while Nebraska ended the year with far and away the most inexperienced starting five, which had just 202 combined career starts.
Baylor loses more than 350 career starts from its lineup last year, while Kansas State and Texas A&M must compensate for the loss of more than 300 combined career starts. Iowa State must replace nearly 300 starts, while Oklahoma needs to make up for the more than 200 career starts and the amazing scoring and rebounding production of Courtney and Ashley Paris.
While those five Big 12 teams will have drastically new looks in their lineups in 2009-10, the Huskers will be bolstered by the return of Kelsey Griffin to its starting five. Griffin has started 97 games in her NU career. Nebraska also features junior guard Dominique Kelley, who has started 68 straight games to open her career, while senior forward Cory Montgomery made her 35th straight start against Washington State and her 39th career start.
Yvonne Turner started her 65th career game against Washington State after coming off the bench the first three games this season. Freshman point guard Lindsey Moore has started the first four games of her NU career, and give the Huskers a starting five with 273 career starts.
Nebraska’s experience doesn’t end at the starting lineup. Junior Catheryn Redmon gives the Huskers a dominant defensive presence inside. The 6-3 center from Texas started NU’s final 24 games last year, while fellow junior guard Kaitlyn Burke started 19 contests a year ago. Senior guard Kala Kuhlmann earned starts in each of NU’s first three games this season to give the Huskers 46 additional games of starting experience.
Take Cover When the Big Cat Roars
Center Catheryn Redmon produced one of the best single-season block efforts in school history with 67 rejections as a sophomore in 2008-09. She ranked second on the sophomore single-season list, trailing only Janet Smith’s 69 blocks in 1979-80. Nebraska’s overall single-season mark was set by Danielle Page with 78 in 2007-08. Redmon is just the third player in history to record 60 or more blocks in a season.
Redmon is off to a great start in the blocked shot category this season, with 12 rejections in 82 minutes through the first four games. Last season, Redmon only had two blocks through the first four games and did not record her 12th block until the 12th game of the season, when she had three in an upset of No. 24 Arizona State to push her season total to 13 on Dec. 28.
Redmon’s 2008-09 single-season mark was even more amazing considering she blocked 64 of her 67 shots on the year in her 24 games as a starter, after blocking just three shots in limited action through NU’s first seven games of the season. As a starter, Redmon averaged 2.7 blocks per game, including 2.8 in Big 12 Conference action.
Her conference blocks trailed only All-Americans Courtney Paris from Oklahoma (3.1 bpg) and Danielle Wilson from Baylor (3.0 bpg). In fact, Redmon is the only top-five shot-blocker returning to the Big 12 in 2009-10, as Kansas State’s Marlies Gipson and Texas’ Ashley Lindsey both departed the league as seniors. Paris was also a senior in 2008-09, while Wilson left the Baylor team following her junior season.
Redmon continued to increase her defensive dominance inside throughout the 2008-09 season, blocking 30 shots in NU’s final nine games (3.3 bpg), including one of the top single-game block performances in NU history with a career-high seven rejections in the win over No. 20 Kansas State on Feb. 25. Redmon’s total tied for the second-best mark in school history, trailing only Page’s nine blocks against Baylor on Feb. 3, 2007. Redmon added five blocks in a win over Colorado on March 3 and five more rejections at New Mexico in the second round of the WNIT on March 25.
Redmon is tied for seventh on Nebraska’s career block list with 88, and needs 13 more to catch Katie Morse in sixth on the all-time list.
A Look Ahead at Saint Mary’s
Saint Mary’s heads into the week with a 2-2 record after a 94-81 loss at Fresno State on Nov. 22. The Gaels’ other loss came with a narrow 68-65 setback at then-No. 18 California. Saint Mary’s actually led the Golden Bears 65-62 in the final 10 seconds, but Cal found a way to win.
The Gaels opened the season with a 76-69 victory over Idaho State, the same team the Huskers defeated by 47 points just six days later in Lincoln. However, comparative scores mean little early in the season. Just days before Cal came back to beat Saint Mary’s, the Bears beat the Bengals by 57 points (100-43).
Saint Mary’s other win came at McKeon Pavilion with a 65-52 victory over Nevada. The Gaels are 2-0 at home to start the season heading into their Friday battle with the Drake Bulldogs.
Louella Tomlinson, a 6-4 junior center from Melbourne, Australia, provides a dominant presence for the Gaels. Not only is Tomlinson averaging a double-double with 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, she is also one of the nation’s premier shot-blockers. Last season, Tomlinson terminated 161 opposing shots to help Saint Mary’s to an 11-19 record. Tomlinson ranked second nationally with 5.4 blocks per game. Through four games this year, Tomlinson is averaging a staggering 7.0 blocks per game, including a triple-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks in the win over Idaho State.
Ashlee Smith (11.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and Jontelle Smith (10.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg) join Tomlinson in double figures, while Katie Batlin (6.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and Kate Gaze (6.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg) round out SMC’s probable starting five. The Gaels feature a deep bench, with 10 players competing in all four games, led by Jasmine Smith’s 8.5 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Jasmine and Jontelle Smith are sisters who both sat out the the 2008-09 season for the Gaels. Tifa Puletasi has also been a significant contributor with 6.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Nebraska has never faced Saint Mary’s, but the Gaels do have a close connection to Nebraska. Head Coach Paul Thomas, who is 42-52 in his fourth season at SMC, is a 1986 graduate of Wayne State College. Thomas spent 12 seasons as head coach at NCAA Division II Cal Poly Pomona before taking the top job at Saint Mary’s. He led Cal Poly Pomona to back-to-back Division II titles (2001, 2002) and was the 2002 national coach of the year.
Thomas began his coaching career at Wayne State, spending three seasons as an assistant women’s basketball coach while earning his master’s degree from WSC in 1988. He was also an assistant girls basketball coach at Pender High School during that time. A native of Creighton, Neb., Thomas was an all-state forward at Creighton High School and spent two seasons as a player at Midland Lutheran in Fremont, before transferring to Wayne State.
Huskers a Fixture on FSN in 2009-10
Once Big 12 play heats up in January, Nebraska will become a regular on the Fox Sports family of networks.
The Huskers will play three nationally televised games on FSN during the first half of the 16-game Big 12 Conference schedule. Nebraska makes its national TV debut at Baylor on Saturday, Jan. 17, when the Huskers take on 6-foot-8 dunking machine Brittney Griner and the Lady Bears.
Six days later, Nebraska will be back on FSN at the Bob Devaney Sports Center when the Huskers play host to the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m.
On Saturday, Jan. 30, Nebraska travels to Boulder to take on Colorado in a game that will be televised by Fox Sports Rocky Mountain, with a 4:30 p.m. central time tip-off. NU’s next contest with Oklahoma State on Feb. 3 at 7:05 p.m. will be televised on Fox Sports Midwest as part of the Huskers’ third-tier television agreement.
Nebraska plays its third national TV contest in its first eight Big 12 games when the Huskers square off with Texas A&M at the Devaney Center on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Noon.
The Huskers return to Fox Sports Midwest for road action at Kansas on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.
Both of Nebraska’s contests on Fox Sports Midwest will also feature a free live video stream on Huskers.com. As many as five of NU’s games will appear for free on Huskers.com throughout the season, while all of Nebraska’s non-nationally televised home games will be available to premium subscribers of HuskersNside.
Many of Nebraska’s road games will also be available through the premium service on HuskersNside.
All of Nebraska’s games will be available with free live audio on Huskers.com.
Nebraska’s History of Success at Home
Since the Bob Devaney Sports Center opened in 1976-77, the Huskers are 338-118 (.741) in games played in the arena, including 125-77 (.619) in conference games. NU has posted double-figure home victory totals in six consecutive seasons, including an 11-4 mark last season and a 14-2 record in 2007-08.
Nebraska’s success at home is even more remarkable considering the strength of the Huskers’ home schedule the past two years. Nebraska’s only losses at the Devaney Center in 2008-09 came to top-25 foes Oklahoma, Ohio State, Iowa State and Baylor. NU also put up top-25 wins over No. 20 Kansas State and No. 24 Arizona State.
In 2007-08, 11 of NU’s 16 home games came against teams that advanced to the postseason in 2008, with the Huskers rolling to an impressive 9-2 record. Not only did Husker foes advance to postseason play, 10 of the 11 opponents won at least one game in the postseason, including 2008 NCAA Elite Eight qualifier Texas A&M.
Since 2003-04, NU is 74-22 (.771) at the Devaney Center. The Huskers own seven straight home wins dating back to a loss to then-No. 8 Baylor last season.
2009-10 Fastbreaker Backboard Banquet Schedule
The Fastbreakers have announced their Backboard Banquet schedule for the 2009-10 season. Each Backboard Banquet will be held before the game, beginning at 11 a.m. (LSU, Dec. 20; Colorado, Feb. 20). Each meal will be served by Premier Catering and reservations can be made by calling Rose Sousek in the Nebraska women’s basketball office at (402) 472-6462.
Backboard Banquet Schedule - Dinner
- Sunday, Dec. 20 (LSU) - 11 a.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 20 (Colorado) - 11 a.m.
For more information on the Fastbreakers Backboard Banquets, please visit the new booster club website at NUFastbreakers.com. or call Connie Renken at 450-1785.
Join Fastbreaker Bus Trips to Colorado, Missouri, Kansas
The Fastbreakers are planning three bus trips to Nebraska women’s basketball road games during Big 12 Conference play in 2010. Make plans now to join the Fastbreakers’ trips to Colorado (Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 30-31), Missouri (Saturday, Feb. 13) and Kansas (Saturday, March 6).
The two-day trip to Colorado tips off the booster club’s road trip schedule. The cost of the trip to Boulder is $95 per person, plus the cost of the hotel room. The Huskers and Buffaloes tip off at 4:30 p.m. Central time on Jan. 30.
Two weeks later, the Fastbreakers will head to Missouri for a 1 p.m. tip-off in Columbia against the Tigers. The cost of that trip is $65. The road schedule wraps up with Nebraska’s regular-season finale at Kansas State on Saturday, March 6, at noon. The cost for the trip to Manhattan, Kan., is just $50 per person.
To sign up for the bus trips, Fastbreakers can visit the booster club tables in the Northeast corner of the upper concourse before home games or at halftime. All costs must be paid in advance of the trip, and the club’s cancellation policy will be carefully explained at that time.
For more information on the Fastbreaker Booster Club bus trips this season, please contact Connie Renken (450-1785), Donna Boone (429-9563) or Doug Fry (476-5183).Huskers Set For Thanksgiving in California, Battle with UALR
The Nebraska women’s basketball team will spend Thanksgiving in the San Francisco Bay area before battling a strong UALR club on Friday, Nov. 27 in the first game of the Saint Mary’s Hilton Tournament in Moraga, Calif.