Montgomery Earns Husker Offensive MVP Award
Lincoln - Junior Cory Montgomery was named Nebraska's Offensive Player of the Year at the Huskers' recent season-ending award banquet. The 6-2 forward from Cannon Falls, Minn., provided the Huskers with an explosive offensive presence by averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
An honorable-mention All-Big 12 Conference selection in her first full season as a starter, Montgomery ranked among the top-eight scorers and rebounders in the league in 2008-09. She was even better in league action, averaging 16.2 points and 7.8 boards per game in 16 Big 12 regular-season games. In the final seven games of the year, Montgomery averaged 19.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game to help the Huskers earn their sixth consecutive postseason tournament appearance.
Montgomery was joined in Nebraska's team awards by fellow junior Yvonne Turner, who was named the squad's Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Turner, a 5-8 guard from Omaha, led the Huskers with 67 steals on the season, which ranked among the top five players in the Big 12. She was also named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team for the second straight season. Offensively, Turner ranked second on the team in scoring with 11.7 points per game, while ranking among Big 12 leaders in three-pointers made per game.
Junior Kala Kuhlmann captured Nebraska's Teammate Award, while sophomore Kaitlyn Burke earned NU's Husker Award.
All four of Nebraska's major team award winners will return to the Huskers next season. They will be joined by 2007-08 Husker Offensive Player of the Year Kelsey Griffin, who averaged 15.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a junior in 2007-08, before sitting out the entire 2008-09 season as a redshirt with an ankle injury.
Griffin, a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection, will be one of six seniors-to-be on Nebraska's roster next season, including returning starters Montgomery and Turner. Dominque Kelley, a two-year starter, Catheryn Redmon, who started NU's final 24 games of 2008-09, and Burke, who made 19 starts for the Huskers last year, will headline a five-player junior class that will help make Nebraska one of the most experienced teams in the Big 12 next season.
In addition to returning a pair of sophomores-to-be in Harleen Sidhu and Layne Reeves, the Huskers will welcome three incoming freshmen to the program. The rookies will be led by 2009 Washington High School Player-of-the-Year Lindsey Moore. The 5-9 point guard from Kentwood High School in Covington, Wash., recently earned third-team All-America honors from Parade Magazine after leading the Conquerors to the Class 4A (Washington's largest) state title and a final No. 2 national ranking in the USA Today Super 25 poll. Moore will be joined by California forward Meghin Williams and Minnesota forward Katya Leick as newcomers to the NU program next year.