Huskers to Retire Ivy's No. 30 Sunday
Lincoln - Nebraska legend Maurtice Ivy will become just the second women's basketball player in school history to have her jersey retired, when the Huskers honor her before this Sunday's game with Kansas at the Devaney Center.
Tip-off in the key Big 12 North Division battle between Nebraska and the Jayhawks will be at 2:05 p.m., with live national television coverage on Fox Sports Net. However, fans are encouraged to arrive at the Devaney Center early on Sunday with the pregame ceremony recognizing Ivy's contributions to Nebraska women's basketball beginning at approximately 1:40 p.m. Doors to the Devaney Center open at 12:30 p.m.
The game with Kansas will also be Nebraska's popular Pepsi Pack the House promotion, featuring $1 general admission tickets and $1 Pepsi small fountain drinks. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIGRED (402-472-3111) to avoid ticket lines and parking delays at the Devaney Center.
Ivy, the No. 2 all-time leading scorer in Nebraska history with 2,131 points from 1984-85 through 1987-88, will have her No. 30 jersey retired, joining Karen Jennings (No. 51) as the only Huskers to claim the honor.
Ivy, the first player in school history to reach the 2,000-point plateau, led the 1988 Huskers to the Big Eight Conference crown and their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
"Maurtice is obviously one of the best players in the history of the Nebraska women's basketball program, and she is certainly deserving of this great honor," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "I have known Maurtice for a long time and it will be an honor for me to present her with this award."
One of the greatest players in the history of Nebraska high school girls basketball, graduating from Omaha Central in 1984. She came to Nebraska as a Parade All-American after scoring nearly 2,000 points for the Eagles.
The 5-9 forward/guard was an instant star for the Huskers, averaging 14 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a freshman, before pouring in 19.7 points and grabbing 8.6 rebounds per contest as a sophomore. She produced her best statistical season as a junior, when she averaged 23.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Her junior season included a career-high 46 points in a single game, one of eight 30-point scoring efforts in her career.
Ivy was a preseason All-American entering her senior year in 1987-88, before running to the Big Eight Player-of-the-Year award in 1988. She averaged 19.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for one of the best Husker teams in school history.
A three-time first-team All-Big Eight selection and a two-time Big Eight All-Tournament pick, Ivy ranks in the top eight in Nebraska history in points (2nd, 2,131), points per game (2nd, 19.1), field goals made (2nd, 847), field goals attempted (1st, 1,799), free throws made (3rd, 431), free throws attempted (T4th, 570), double-doubles (T5th, 21), blocked shots (5th, 104), rebounds (6th, 778), steals (8th, 215) and games started (8th, 107).
Ivy has previously been honored by Nebraska Athletics as one of its 25 Women of Distinction during the department's Silver Anniversary Celebration of women's athletics in 1999-2000. She was also one of five players chosen to the Huskers' All-Century Team in February of 2000.
Ivy is in her fourth season as the head coach at Peru State College, after serving as an assistant coach at Nebraska-Omaha for three seasons from 2004-05 through 2006-07.