NEB WBB: No. 15 Big Red Battle Bruins on Black Friday

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#15/#15 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0) at UCLA Bruins (0-3)
Friday, Nov. 28, 3 p.m. (Central)
Pauley Pavilion (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pac-12 Networks (PBP-Jim Watson, Analyst-Tammy Blackburn)
Live Radio:
Husker Sports Network – 107.3 FM, Lincoln; 93.3 FM, Omaha (PBP-Matt Coatney, Analyst-Jeff Griesch)
Free Live Audio:

No. 15 Huskers Complete Pac-12 Trek at UCLA Friday
The No. 15 Nebraska women’s basketball team will complete a three-game non-conference swing against Pac-12 competition when the Huskers head to Los Angeles to take on UCLA Friday afternoon.

Tip-off between the Big Red (4-0) and the Bruins (0-3) is set for 3 p.m. (central) at Pauley Pavilion. The game will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks with Jim Watson and Tammy Blackburn on the call.

Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will call the action on the Husker Sports Radio Network. The game can be heard live in Lincoln on B107.3 FM and 93.3 FM in Omaha, along with free live audio on

Nebraska will take aim at a sweep of its three Pac-12 foes, after running to a 66-43 win over Utah in a return to the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln on Sunday. Senior forward Emily Cady erupted for a career-high 25 points against the Utes, while adding nine rebounds. Junior Rachel Theriot added an outstanding all-around performance with 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals, as the two Husker stars combined for 45 points to outscore the Utes on their own.

Theriot, a 6-0 junior point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, who was named to the preseason watch lists for both the Wooden Award and the Wade Trophy this week, added 14 points and four assists at Washington State last Wednesday. Cady contributed 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the 82-61 win over the Cougars to begin NU’s Pac-12 journey.

Tear’a Laudermill, a 5-9 senior guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., led five Huskers in double figures against the Cougars. Laudermill, who played her high school basketball at Canyon Springs, has traditionally played well in her returns to Los Angeles. As a sophomore in 2012-13, Laudermill hit a go-ahead three-pointer as the shot clock expired with less than two minutes left to propel the Huskers to a win over the Trojans. Last season, in a pair of NCAA Tournament games at Pauley Pavilion, Laudermill averaged 17.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal for the Huskers.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
3 – Hailie Sample – 6-1 – Sr. – F – 7.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg
23 – Emily Cady – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 13.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg
1 – Tear’a Laudermill – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 12.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg
13 – Brandi Jeffery – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg
33 – Rachel Theriot – 6-0 – Jr. – G – 17.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Off the Bench
31 – Anya Kalenta – 6-3 – Jr. – F – 7.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
22 – Allie Havers – 6-5 – So. – C – 5.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg
5 – Natalie Romeo – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 4.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg
34 – Jasmine Cincore – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 2.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg
2 – Kaylee Page – 6-2 – Fr. – F – 0.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg
11 – Esther Ramacieri – 5-8 – So. – G – 0.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg
12 – Emily Wood – 5-5 – Fr. – G – 0.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg
30 – Chandler Smith – 6-0 – Fr. – G – High School
50 – Darrien Washington – 6-2 – Fr. – F – High School
Head Coach:
Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
13th Season at NU (245-142); 25th Season Overall (440-282)

UCLA Bruins (0-3, 0-0 Pac-12)
10 – Kacy Swain – 6-3 – Jr. – F – 4.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
13 – Luiana Livulo – 6-3 – Sr. – C – 4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
2 – Kari Korver – 5-9 – So. – G – 9.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
3 – Jordin Canada – 5-6 – Fr. – G – 10.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg
21 – Nirra Fields – 5-9 – Jr. – G – 22.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg
Off the Bench
11 – Lajahna Drummer – 6-1 – Fr. – F – 9.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg
25 – Monique Billings – 6-4 – Fr. – F – 7.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg
34 – Corinne Costa – 6-4 – Sr. – F/C – 4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
5 – Recee Caldwell – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 1.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg
24 – Paulina Hersler – 6-3 – RFr. – F – 1.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg
23 – Kelli Hayes – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 0.7 ppg, 0.0 rpg
20 – Dominique Williams – 5-8 – So. – G – 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach:
Cori Close (UC Santa Barbara, 1993)
4th Season at UCLA (53-45); 4th Season Overall (53-45)

Theriot Named to Preseason Wooden, Wade Watch Lists
Nebraska junior Rachel Theriot was one of 25 candidates on the initial Wade Watch List and one of 30 preseason candidates for the 2015 John R. Wooden Award presented to the nation’s top women’s college basketball player, as both awards released their lists this week.

Theriot was ranked as the No. 13 player in the nation by ESPN heading into this season and was a preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection. The 6-0 point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, has the Huskers off to a 4-0 start and ranked No. 15 nationally by the Associated Press heading into this Friday’s game at UCLA.

Theriot is averaging 17.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals as a junior for the Huskers. Last season, she proved herself as one of the nation’s top young players, earning honorable-mention All-America accolades from the AP after claiming a first-team All-Big Ten award.

In 2013-14, Theriot averaged 14.1 points and 7.1 assists per game while leading the Big Ten with a 2.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Her 234 assists were a school record.

She guided the Huskers to their first-ever conference tournament title as the Big Ten Tournament MVP, averaging 18.7 points and a tournament-record 10.0 assists per game.

Nebraska has had at least one player on the Wade and Wooden watch lists in five of the last six seasons, including Jordan Hooper, Lindsey Moore and Kelsey Griffin.

Huskers Off to Strong Start with Four Straight 20-Point Wins
Although the season is in just its third week, the 2014-15 Huskers have already accomplished a rare feat in Nebraska women’s basketball history by winning each of their first four games by at least 20 points. In fact, the only other Husker team to accomplish the feat was the 2009-10 squad that opened the season with 30 consecutive wins.

No Nebraska team has ever opened a season with five consecutive 20-point wins. This season the Huskers opened with a 35-point win (100-65) over Pepperdine (Nov. 15), before notching a 34-point win (83-49) over Alcorn State (Nov. 16). NU added a 21-point win at Washington State (Nov. 19), before working its way to a 23-point win (66-43) over Utah (Nov. 23).

Including the 2014-15 season, Nebraska has opened with a 4-0 record six of the past years. In 2009-10, the Huskers tipped off the season with a 24-point win over Davidson, a 22-point win at UNLV, a 47-point win over Idaho State and a 53-point romp of Washington State. In Game 5 of 2009-10, the Huskers settled for a 17-point win over UALR in Moraga, Calif.

Nebraska’s 4-0 start to the season marks the 17th time in history the Huskers have opened with four straight wins, and the third time in the past four years for NU’s current senior class. Last season the Huskers opened with six straight wins, after going 3-1 in their first four games of 2012-13. NU also opened with six straight wins in 2011-12 with three of the first four wins by 20 or more points and an 18-point win (68-50) in Game 3 against USC.

The Huskers are shooting for the 12th 5-0 start in school history on Friday at UCLA, and it would be the sixth time in the last seven years the Huskers have accomplished the feat.

Huskers Have History of Home-Opening Success
Nebraska owns a history of season-opening success on the Huskers’ homecourt. Nebraska improved to 39-2 all-time in home openers, including 2-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, with its 100-65 victory over Pepperdine on Nov. 15, 2014. The Huskers were 35-2 all-time in season openers at the Devaney Center.

From 1981-82 through 2004-05, Nebraska won 24 straight home openers before losing to South Dakota State on Nov. 19, 2005. NU’s only other home-opening loss came to Kansas (88-56) on Nov. 21, 1980.

Nebraska has been strong in its first six home games every season. In fact, NU is 208-34 over the past 41 years in its first six home contests (.860 winning percentage), including 35-6 in the second game of the season. The Huskers stretched their Game No. 2 winning streak to 15 games with an 83-49 win over Alcorn State on Nov. 16, 2014.

Game No. 3 has traditionally provided the toughest test among the first six home contests for the Huskers, but NU has won eight straight in Game No. 3 after a 66-43 run past Utah at the Devaney Center on Nov. 23, 2014. NU improved to 34-6 all-time in game No. 4 with an 87-64 win over Southern on Nov. 24, 2013. The Big Red improved to 35-5 all-time in home Game No. 5 with a 77-42 win over UMass-Lowell on Nov. 27, 2013. The Huskers had their 16-game winning streak in home game No. 6 snapped by Washington State, 76-72, on Nov. 30, 2013.

Scouting the UCLA Bruins
Coach Cori Close brings a young and talented UCLA team into Friday’s game. The Bruins have opened the season 0-3, but have played one of the nation’s toughest schedules. UCLA tipped with a 91-87 overtime loss at James Madison, which is ranked in the USA Today Top 25 for the second straight week.

The Bruins followed with an 84-68 loss at then-No. 13 North Carolina, before dropping a 75-65 decision to then-No. 10 Texas on Nov. 23. The Longhorns had beaten No. 1 Stanford three days earlier, just days after the Cardinal had knocked off defending national champion UConn.

UCLA, which features the nation’s No. 1 freshman class, has shown a potent offense averaging 73.3 points per game. Nirra Fields, a 5-9 sophomore guard, is averaging team bests of 22.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in 36.3 minutes per game. She scored 11 points in last year’s season-opening loss at Nebraska.

True freshman Jordin Canada, a 5-6 point guard from Los Angeles, has added 10.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and team bests with 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals. Canada was one of three Bruin freshmen to play in the 2014 McDonald’s High School All-America game and a consensus top 10 recruit last season.

Canada was joined on the McDonald’s All-America Team and the 2011 U16 National Team by fellow Bruins freshman Recee’ Caldwell, who made her first collegiate start against Texas in place of Fields. Caldwell, a 5-8 guard from San Antonio, was also a consensus top-10 national recruit. Caldwell, who is averaging just 1.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists, has struggled with her shooting stroke early in the season, going just 2-for-16 from the floor, including 1-for-11 from three-point range.

The Bruins’ third first-team high school All-America freshman, Lajahna Drummer, has made a big impact off the bench. The 6-1 forward has averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds while hitting 8-of-12 shots from the field and 13-of-15 free throws as UCLA’s third-leading scorer behind Fields and Canada. However, Drummer has committed 13 fouls in 49 total minutes.

Sophomore Kari Korver, a 5-9 guard, has started all three games and ranks fourth on the team with 9.3 points per game. Korver, who is the cousin of former Creighton star and current NBA player Kyle Korver, has hit 6-of-15 three-pointers, but is just 1-of-4 from inside the arc.

Fourth-year junior Kacy Swain (4.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and senior Luiana Livulo (4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg) provide the Bruins with size inside. Swain, a 6-3 forward, missed all of last season with an ACL tear. She has just one assist against nine turnovers while committing nine fouls in just 45 minutes. Livulo, a 6-3 center from Lisbon, Portugal, started and produced four points and five rebounds in 39 minutes last year at Nebraska.

Monique Billings, a 6-4 freshman forward, has added big production with 7.7 points and 7.0 rebounds in just 19.3 minutes per game. However, Billings has committed 10 fouls in just 55 minutes

As a team, UCLA is shooting 39.5 percent from the field, including 27.6 percent from three-point range. The Bruins are shooting a solid 74.4 percent at the line, but have been outscored 70-58 at the stripe and opponents have attempted 23 more free throws, an average of 7.7 more attempts per game.

UCLA is surrendering 83.3 points and carry a minus-0.7 rebound margin and minus-6.3 team turnover margin. However, the Bruins are holding opponents to just 37.4 percent shooting, including 32.8 percent from three-point range.

Nebraska vs. UCLA History
UCLA leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 4-2, but the Huskers own back-to-back wins heading to Los Angeles Friday. NU rolled to a 77-49 win over the Bruins in the first-ever regular-season basketball game at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Nov. 8, 2013.

In the 2010 NCAA Tournament, the Huskers advanced to the first Sweet 16 in school history with an 83-70 victory over the Bruins at Williams Arena in Minneapolis on March 23. The series dates back to a 68-53 UCLA win on Jan. 11, 1977, in Los Angeles. The Huskers are 0-2 against the Bruins in LA.

Husker Hot Shots – Nebraska’s Starting Five
#33, Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Jr., G, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (17.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.5 spg)
• A Wade Trophy and Wooden Award national player-of-the-year candidate, Rachel Theriot claimed preseason All-Big Ten honors in 2014-15 from both the conference coaches and media. Theriot was chosen the No. 13 player in the nation by ESPN in rankings announced on Nov. 5.

• Theriot has produced double figures in all four games this season, averaging 17.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals. She has hit 59.2 percent (29-49) of her field goals, including both of her three-point attempts. She is also 8-for-8 at the free throw line. She owns an 18-to-7 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• She produced season highs with 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals while posting a 6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in Nebraska’s 66-43 win over Utah on Sunday.
• Theriot earned honorable-mention All-America accolades from the Associated Press as a sophomore. She joined Jordan Hooper (2nd Team) on the AP All-America squad, marking the second straight season the Huskers had produced a pair of All-Americans (Hooper, Lindsey Moore, HM, 2013).
• Theriot earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after ranking second among the Huskers with 15.6 points per game in conference play. She also averaged a team-best 7.3 assists in Big Ten action, which ranked second in the league. Overall, Theriot finished her sophomore season with 14.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game.
• Theriot ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten and fifth nationally with 7.1 assists per game, including 7.3 assists per game in Big Ten play. She led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7-to-1) and ranked 17th nationally.
• Theriot finished with a Nebraska single-season record 234 assists in 2013-14, smashing the previous mark of 195 set by Meggan Yedsena (1991-92) and matched by Lindsey Moore (2012-13).

• Theriot’s 353 career assists rank eighth in Husker history. She needs 39 assists to catch Anna DeForge in seventh (392) on the career chart and 91 assists to join Nebraska’s career top five.
• Theriot produced four points-assists double-doubles in 2013-14, including 10 points and 12 assists in the Big Red’s first-round NCAA Tournament win over Fresno State. Her 12 assists were the most by a Husker in history in an NCAA Tournament game. It was the fifth time in 2013-14 she dished out 11 or more assists in a game. No other Husker has distributed 11 or more assists more than four times in a career.
• In Nebraska’s two 2014 NCAA Tournament games at Pauley Pavilion, Theriot averaged 10.5 points, 10.5 assists and 3.5 steals.
• Theriot led Nebraska to its first conference tournament title as the Big Ten Tournament MVP. She averaged 18.7 points and a tournament-record 10.0 assists per game, with 30 total assists and just seven turnovers. She hit 56.4 percent of her shots, including 5-of-10 threes, and went 7-for-8 at the line.
• Theriot’s 30 assists in the Big Ten Tournament were a Nebraska single-season conference tournament record. She produced arguably the best passing game in Big Ten history in Nebraska’s Big Ten quarterfinal win over Minnesota March 7, dishing out a tournament-record-shattering 18 assists against just one turnover. The previous tournament record was 12 set by Helen Darling of Penn State against Illinois in 2000. The most assists by a Big Ten player against a Big Ten opponent came with 16 from Maggie Acuna of Illinois against Wisconsin in 2006.
• Theriot’s 18 assists were the second-most in a game in Nebraska history, trailing only 19 assists by Kathy Hawkins on Feb. 17, 1976 against Kearney State (now Nebraska-Kearney). Theriot’s assists are the most ever by a Husker against an NCAA Division I opponent, and the most in the last 37 seasons, covering nearly 1,200 games. Theriot’s 18 assists were the most in an NCAA Division I game in 2013-14.
• Over the final 15 games of 2013-14, Theriot produced six double-digit assist games. In the first 1,203 games in Nebraska history, every other Husker had combined to produce just 41 double-digit assist games.
• Theriot shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent (25-50) from three-point range in Big Ten play as a sophomore. Her three-point shooting percentage led the Big Ten.

• Theriot finished with 25 double-figure scoring efforts in 2013-14. She now owns 33 in her career. She had a career-high 33 points in an overtime win over Minnesota (Jan. 16). She had 28 points at Utah (Nov. 15), when she added seven rebounds. She posted all six 20-point scoring games of her career in 2013-14.
• In Big Ten play, Theriot led the league with 39.5 minutes per game and her 1,204 minutes were the most played by a Husker in a season in school history, surpassing Lindsey Moore’s 1,170 in 34 games in 2012-13. Theriot went the distance 13 times in 33 games in 2013-14, including the full 45 minutes in both of NU’s overtime wins over Minnesota (Jan. 16) and Wisconsin (Feb. 5).

#23, Emily Cady, 6-2, Sr., F, Seward, Neb. (13.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg)
• One of the nation’s most versatile forwards, Emily Cady earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2014. She enters the UCLA game averaging 13.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

• She is coming off a career-high 25 points to go along with nine rebounds, two steals and a block in just 23 minutes in the win over Utah on Sunday.
• Cady is the Big Ten Conference’s active rebound leader with 820 in her career. Senior teammate Hailie Sample ranks third in the conference with 525 career boards.
• Cady ranks fifth in Nebraska history with 23 career double-doubles, including 12 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists in NU’s season-opening win over Pepperdine, Nov. 15. She needs one more double-double to match Nafeesah Brown (1992-94) in fourth on the Husker all-time list. Cady need 17 double-doubles to tie the NU record of 40 held by Jordan Hooper (2011-14) and Kelsey Griffin (2006-10).

• In 2013-14, Cady tied Jordan Hooper for second in the Big Ten with 14 double-doubles, while ranking third in the league with 9.2 rebounds per game. Cady ranked 24th in scoring (12.7 ppg), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5-to-1), seventh in free throw percentage (.858), eighth in field goal percentage (.495) and 12th in assists (3.1 apg). In Big Ten games-only, Cady ranked third with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio trailing only Husker point guard Rachel Theriot (2.7) and Iowa point guard Samantha Logic (2.2). Cady ranked eighth in conference play in assists (4.1 apg). She had eight double-doubles in 16 conference games.
• In Nebraska’s two 2014 NCAA Tournament games at Pauley Pavilion, Cady averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
• Cady owns 1,109 points, 820 rebounds, 233 assists and 113 steals. She is just the third player in Nebraska history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 career steals, joining Maurtice Ivy and Anna DeForge.

• Only one player (Janel McCarville, Minnesota, 1,835 points, 1,206 rebounds, 310 assists) in Big Ten history has ever produced 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 assists in a career. Cady could reach those combined milestones this year, needing 391 points, 180 rebounds and 67 assists. Two other players from current Big Ten institutions, Alyssa Thomas and Marissa Coleman, achieved those combined plateaus at Maryland before the Terrapins joined the Big Ten in 2014-15.
• Cady ranks 10th in NU history with 87 career blocks. She needs one more to catch Casey Leonhardt (88, 2000-01) in ninth on the Husker career chart. Only seven Huskers have 100 career blocks.
• No player in Husker history has 1,000 points, 900 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocks.
• Cady’s 1,109 career points rank No. 19 in Husker history. She needs just seven points at UCLA to catch Meggan Yedsena (1,116, 1991-94) in 18th.
• Cady ranks sixth in Nebraska history with 820 rebounds and needs 54 boards to catch Kathy Hagerstrom in fifth (874, 1980-83). Cady needs 180 boards to become the fifth Husker in history with 1,000 rebounds, joining Janet Smith (1,280), Hooper (1,110), Griffin (1,019) and Karen Jennings (1,000).
• The best passing forward in the Big Ten, Cady’s 102 assists led all conference forwards in 2013-14. Her 1.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio also led all players in the conference at the position. In Big Ten play, her 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio was better than every starting guard except first-team All-Big Ten point guards Rachel Theriot (Nebraska) and Samantha Logic (Iowa).

#1, Tear’a Laudermill, 5-9, Sr., G, Moreno Valley, Calif. (12.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg)
• Tear’a Laudermill emerged as a rising star for the Huskers to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior. She finished the season with career-best averages of 11.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game, while her 62 three-pointers ranked as the 10th-best season total in NU history.
• Laudermill is continuing to grow her game as a senior, ranking third among the Huskers in scoring with 12.5 points per game. She has hit 41.9 percent of her shots from the field, including 41.2 percent (7-17) of her three-pointers, while knocking down 87.5 percent of her free throws.
• Laudermill is Nebraska’s No. 1 active career three-point shooter with 106 makes, which ranks 10th on the Husker career list. She needs four threes to catch Kaitlyn Burke (2008-12) in ninth with 110.
• Laudermill notched her sixth career 20-point game with 20 points, including a trio of three-pointers, in NU’s 82-61 win at Washington State on Nov. 19.
• In a pair of preliminary mock drafts for the 2015 WNBA Draft, Laudermill has been ranked among the top 25 players in the nation. She slotted as the No. 10 overall pick by, while College Sports Madness slotted her as the No. 24 overall pick.
• Laudermill averaged 17.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal in Nebraska’s 2014 NCAA Tournament games at Pauley Pavilion. She scored 22 points in the season finale against BYU, including 12 points in the final 2:17.

• She has produced double digits in 16 of her last 21 games, after managing double figures in just 11 of her first 77. She owns 27 career double-figure scoring games.
• Laudermill averaged 15.2 points per game over the last 17 contests of 2013-14, including the first five 20-point games of her career. She closed the season with 22 points against BYU, including 12 points in the final 2:30. She added 20 points in NU’s Big Ten semifinal win over No. 19 Michigan State and a career-high 27 points in the Big Red’s home win over No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 24.
• Laudermill tied a school record with seven threes in Nebraska’s 94-74 win over No. 8 Penn State Feb. 24, 2014. She hit her first six threes in the first half and closed the night 7-of-10 to lead Nebraska to one of the best three-point shooting nights (16-22, .727) in school history.
• Laudermill averaged 13.5 points in 2014 Big Ten play, while shooting a sizzling 44.3 percent from three-point range, which ranked fourth in Big Ten games-only. Her 2.4 three-pointers per game also tied for fifth in league action. She led the Big Red with 21 steals in conference action.

#13, Brandi Jeffery, 5-7, Sr., G, Vacherie, La. (11.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg)
• Brandi Jeffery is playing the best basketball of her career, averaging 11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in four games as a starter to open the season. She produced double figures in each of NU’s first three games.
• Jeffery will play in her 100th career game on Friday at UCLA, while making her 14th career start.
• Jeffery erupted for career highs with 19 points and eight rebounds in the season-opening victory over Pepperdine on Nov. 15. Her previous career scoring high came with 12 points against both Florida State and Mississippi Valley State in November of 2011.
• She added back-to-back 11-point efforts on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. In the win at Washington State on Nov. 19, Jeffery matched her career high for the second time in three games with eight rebounds, while adding a pair of steals.
• For the season, Jeffery is shooting 57.1 percent from the field (16-28), including 42.9 percent (6-14) from three-point range. Jeffery hit a pair of threes in each of NU’s first three games.
• Jeffery’s regular-season start in 2014-15, mirrored her production in a pair of exhibition wins, when she averaged 11.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 4.0 steals in 24.5 minutes per game. She hit 9-of-17 field goals, including 2-of-6 threes in exhibition play.
• She entered her senior season with career averages of 3.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.
• One of four seniors on the roster, including Emily Cady, Hailie Sample and Tear’a Laudermill, Jeffery has helped the Huskers to a 79-25 record and three NCAA Tournaments.
• Jeffery owns 106 career assists, including 11 this season. She owns 207 rebounds and needs nine points to reach 400 in her career. She is 20 steals away from 100 in her career.

#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Sr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (7.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 1.0 spg)
• Hailie Sample earned a spot on the 2014 Big Ten All-Defensive Team. She was Nebraska’s Defensive MVP in 2013-14.
• She is the Big Ten’s No. 3 active career rebounder with 525, trailing only teammate Emily Cady (820) and Iowa’s Samantha Logic.

• Sample has started 104 consecutive games alongside Cady since the first games of their freshman season in 2011-12.
• Sample is averaging career bests of 7.8 points and 7.8 rebounds while adding 1.0 block and 1.0 steal per game through four contests. She produced season highs of 16 points and nine rebounds to go along with a career-high matching three steals at Washington State Nov. 19.
• She is shooting 66.7 percent (12-18) from the field. Entering her senior season, Sample was a 41.6 percent shooter from the floor.
• In Nebraska’s two 2014 NCAA Tournament games at Pauley Pavilion, Sample averaged 8.0 points and 8.5 rebounds.
• She produced her third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the 2014 NCAA second-round game against BYU on March 24. It was her second career double-double in the NCAA Tournament and her second double-double in a three-game span, joining 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in Nebraska’s Big Ten Tournament Championship Game win over No. 23 Iowa on March 9, 2014.
• Sample averaged 7.5 points and a team-leading 10.0 rebounds in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament. Her 30 total rebounds and 16 offensive boards led the tournament.
• Sample’s 15 rebounds in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game were a Nebraska Big Ten Tournament record and tied Nafeesah Brown (vs. Kansas, 1993, Big Eight) for the second-highest rebounding total ever by a Husker in a conference tournament game. Only Shelly Block (16 vs. Oklahoma State, 1987, Big Eight) pulled down more boards in a league tournament game than Sample.

• Sample ranked 15th overall in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.4 rpg), while ranking seventh in the Big Ten on the offensive glass (2.5 rpg) in 2013-14.
• Sample owns 16 career double-digit scoring games, including nine in 2013-14. She also owns six career double-figure rebound games, including three in 2013-14.
• Sample ranks No. 23 on the Nebraska career rebound list with 525. She needs 14 rebounds to catch Chelsea Aubry (539, 2004-07) in 22nd on the NU all-time list. Sample is 17 away from 21st (Diane DelVigna, 542, 1979-80) and 20 away from No. 20 (Ann Halsne, 545, 1988-91).

Husker Starters Running on High Efficiency
Nebraska’s starting five have been playing remarkably efficient basketball through the first three games of the season. The Big Red starters have played just 66.3 percent (530/800) of Nebraska’s minutes through the first four games and have scored 75.2 percent (249/331) of NU’s points.

The Husker starters have combined to shoot 55.3 percent (94-170) from the field, including 44.7 percent (17-38) from three-point range. NU’s starters are also hitting 76.7 percent (46-60) of their free throws, while dishing out 48 assists against just 36 turnovers.

As a comparison, UCLA’s starters are hitting 37.8 percent (48-127) of their shots, including 32.6 percent (14-43) of their three-pointers and 72.4 percent (42-58) of their free throws. The Bruin starters have just 29 assists against 41 turnovers while averaging a combined 50.7 points per game despite already playing an overtime period this season.

Big Red Moves Up to No. 15 in AP, Coaches Polls
Nebraska moved up to No. 15 in both The Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches Poll after two weeks of regular-season play. The Huskers opened the 2014-15 season at No. 16 in both polls.

NU closed the 2013-14 campaign at No. 13 in the AP rankings, which did not include NCAA Tournament results. Nebraska, which went 26-7 last season and 12-4 in the Big Ten before winning its first Big Ten Tournament title, ended the season at No. 17 in the final USA Today Coaches Top 25. Both Nebraska’s final AP and Coaches Top 25 rankings were the second-best year-end rankings in school history. The Huskers have finished the season in the AP Top 25 four times in the past five years.

The Huskers finished No. 19 in the official NCAA RPI, which was its third-best RPI finish in history – all in the last five seasons.

Before Nebraska Coach Connie Yori came to Nebraska for the 2002-03 season, the Huskers had never finished a season ranked in the top 25 in either of the major polls or the RPI.

NU Nuggets: Huskers At a Glance
#31, Anya Kalenta, 6-3, Jr., F, Minsk, Belarus (7.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
• Anya Kalenta has her NCAA Division I basketball career off to an impressive start by averaging 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game to help the Huskers to a 4-0 start.
• She averaged 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in a pair of wins on opening weekend. She established career highs with 14 points and eight rebounds against Pepperdine on Nov. 15. The 6-3 forward went 2-for-2 from three-point range against Alcorn State on Nov. 16.

• Kalenta suffered a broken nose in preseason practice on Oct. 29 and underwent surgery Oct. 30. She was hit by an unintentional elbow from Darrien Washington. Kalenta wore a protective mask in both exhibition games and against Pepperdine.
• She earned third-team NJCAA All-America honors in 2013-14 at Vincennes University in Indiana. She transferred to Vincennes after spending her freshman season at Broward College in Florida in 2012-13.
• Kalenta ranked in the NJCAA’s top 25 in scoring (20.8 ppg, 13th), rebounding (10.7 rpg, 22nd) and blocked shots (2.1 bpg, 20th) in her only season with the Trailblazers at Vincennes in 2013-14.
• She hit 51.1 percent of field goals, including 41 percent of her three-pointers last season. The 6-3 Kalenta hit 32 threes on the season.
• Kalenta was a member of the Belarus U-20 National Team at the 2013 European Championships.

#22, Allie Havers, 6-5, So., C, Paw Paw, Mich. (5.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
• One of the tallest Nebraska women’s basketball players in history, Allie Havers is one of the most improved Huskers on the 2014-15 team. She is averaging 5.5 points and 5.3 rebounds while playing 23 minutes per game off the bench to help the Huskers to a 4-0 start.
• She produced her best game of the young season with eight points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench in Nebraska’s 82-61 win at Washington State on Nov. 19.
• Havers opened her collegiate career with 14 points and three rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench in Nebraska’s 77-49 win over UCLA in Lincoln on Nov. 8, 2013.
• Havers was NU’s top post off the bench as a true freshman in 2013-14, averaging 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds while playing in all 33 games. She averaged just over 10 minutes per contest.
• She played a huge role in Nebraska’s 2014 Big Ten Tournament title. In a Big Ten semifinal win over No. 19 Michigan State on March 8, Havers entered the game early in the first half after All-American Jordan Hooper was whistled for her second foul. Havers took the floor with NU trailing 16-13. She ignited a massive surge, dishing out three assists in her first three minutes to spark a 26-3 eruption that gave the Big Red a 39-19 lead with seven minutes left in the half. She later scored six straight points to send Nebraska to the locker room with a 50-27 lead. Havers finished with career highs of 17 points, three assists and three blocks to go along with one steal in just 19 minutes.

#5, Natalie Romeo, 5-7, Fr., G, Martinez, Calif. (4.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.8 apg)
• Nebraska’s top guard off the bench this season, freshman Natalie Romeo is averaging 4.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists to help the Huskers to a 4-0 start.
• She is coming off a strong six-point effort where she added two rebounds, an assist and a steal in NU’s win over Utah on Nov. 23. Romeo hit a pair of three-pointers to spark the Huskers.
• Romeo saw extensive playing time on opening weekend (Nov. 15-16), averaging 6.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 20.0 minutes per game in wins over Pepperdine and Alcorn State.
• Romeo earned first-team All-California Elite honors from Cal-Hi Sports in 2014.
• She was a two-time first-team All-California Division II pick at Carondelet High School.
• Romeo was rated as the No. 55 Player in the Nation by ESPN (No. 12 Point Guard) and the No. 27 Player in the Nation (No. 6 Point Guard) by Full Court Press.
• She averaged 19.8 points, 7.8 assists and 5.6 steals as a senior at Carondelet High School. Romeo finished her four-year high school career with 2,151 points, 552 rebounds, 735 assists and 613 steals and finished No. 2 on Carondelet’s all-time scoring list behind Stanford All-American Jayne Appel.

#34, Jasmine Cincore, 5-8, Fr., G, Arlington, Tenn. (2.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 spg)
• Jasmine Cincore has seen action in all four contests, averaging 2.5 points in just 5.5 minutes per game to help the Huskers to a 4-0 start.
• Cincore played well on opening weekend (Nov. 15-16), averaging 4.5 points in 8.5 minutes per game in wins over Pepperdine and Alcorn State. She hit 3-of-6 shots from the floor and 3-of-5 free throws.
• She was a two-time Tennessee Class 2-AA Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
• Cincore earned first-team all-class, All-Tennessee honors from USA Today in 2014.
• She averaged 15.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.1 steals as a senior at Briarcrest Christian.

#2, Kaylee Page, 6-2, Fr., F, Alma, Kan. (0.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg)
• Kaylee Page scored her first points with a pair of free throws in NU’s win over Alcorn State on Nov. 16. She added a rebound and an assist against the Lady Braves. She has seen action in all four games.
• Page was the 2014 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year and the two-time Kansas Class 4A Player of the Year (2013, 2014) while playing for her father, Jim, at Wamego High School. She was ranked as the No. 42 Player in the Nation by ESPN (2014), and the No. 18 Shooting Guard in the Nation by ESPN (2014).
• She averaged 18.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 3.2 assists over her four-year career. She hit 35.3 percent of her threes, connecting on 181 threes in her 93-game career. Page finished with 1,755 points, 771 rebounds, 293 assists, 167 steals and 355 blocks.

#11, Esther Ramacieri, 5-8, So., G, Repentigny, Quebec, Canada (0.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg)
• Esther Ramacieri saw action in both games on Nebraska’s opening weekend, grabbing two rebounds in NU’s win over Alcorn State. She also saw playing time in the win over Utah on Nov. 23.
• Ramacieri competed in 17 games for the Huskers as a true freshman, including five regular-season Big Ten contests. She was a reserve in the backcourt and at power forward.
• Ramacieri is the fourth Canadian to play for the Huskers under Coach Yori, including Chelsea Aubry (2004-07), Kaitlyn Burke (2008-12) and Harleen Sidhu (2009-12).

#12, Emily Wood, 5-5, Fr., G, Salina, Kan. (0.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg)
• Emily Wood walked on to the Nebraska program after being recruited by Harvard, Dartmouth, Washburn and Western Illinois. She grabbed one rebound against both Pepperdine and Alcorn State.

• She was a first-team Kansas Class 5A all-state selection as a senior at Salina Central High School in 2014. Wood averaged 16.0 points per game as a senior, while hitting a school-record 91 threes. She hit 42.1 percent of her threes and 86.2 percent of her free throws as a senior.
• Wood played on the MOKAN Eclipse club team coached by Doug Finch, who is the father of Nebraska assistant coach Dayna Finch. Doug Finch is also the head boys coach at Salina Central.

#30, Chandler Smith, 6-0, Fr., G, Brewster, Wash. (Brewster)
• Chandler Smith dressed out in a Nebraska uniform for the first time in the Huskers’ win over Utah on Nov. 23, but she did not play in the contest.

• Smith was impressive in preseason practice but was sidelined for more than a month by a stress fracture in her leg.

• Smith was the two-time Washington Class 1A Player of the Year (2013, 2014)
• She earned a spot on the Washington all-class, all-state team in 2014.
• Smith was rated as the No. 62 Player in the Nation (No. 18 Wing) by ESPN (2014)

#50, Darrien Washington, 6-2, Fr., F, Oakland, Calif. (Skyline)
• Darrien Washington saw playing time in Nebraska’s exhibition games but could be a candidate for a redshirt in 2014-15. Washington has not played in NU’s first four regular-season games.
• Washington was a two-time first-team All-Oakland selection (2013, 2014).
• She averaged 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.1 blocks for Oakland Skyline High School as a senior.
• Washington produced 1,181 points and nearly 1,000 rebounds in her high school career.
• Washington was a club teammate of Natalie Romeo on the Cal Stars Elite.

Cady, Sample Own 104 Consecutive Starts Together
Nebraska seniors Emily Cady and Hailie Sample have joined each other in the Huskers’ starting five for 104 consecutive games, dating back to their first games of their freshman season at NU in 2011-12.

Junior point guard Rachel Theriot has joined them in the starting five for each of the last 65 games, while senior Tear’a Laudermill has made 34 straight starts.

Departed All-America Jordan Hooper graduated from the Husker program and headed to the WNBA after making 131 consecutive starts, while NU used the same starting five in the final 30 games last season.

Consistent starting lineups are nothing new for the Huskers under Coach Connie Yori. In fact, over the past 10 seasons (including 2014-15) Nebraska has used only 23 different starting lineups over 296 games.

The 2011-12, 2006-07 and 2003-04 Huskers all used the same starting lineup for every game.

Free Throws Continue to Pay Off Big For Big Red
Through four games in 2014-15, Nebraska has outscored the opposition 68-31 at the free throw line, an average of plus-9.3 points (17.0-7.8) per game.

Last season, the Huskers outscored the opposition by an average of 15.4-8.2 (+7.2 ppg) at the free throw line. The Huskers made 507 free throws, compared to just 270 by their opponents. The Huskers shot a school-record 79.8 percent at the line as a team, which led the Big Ten and ranked third nationally. It was the second-best free throw percentage in NU history (.755).

Rachel Theriot finished fourth in the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.885, 69-78), which tied for the third-best free throw shooting season in Nebraska history. Emily Cady (.858, 133-155) ranked seventh in the Big Ten and sixth in Husker single season history. Cady’s 133 makes at the line also ranked ninth on Nebraska’s single-season chart.

Tear’a Laudermill also caught fire at the line as a junior, connecting on 59-of-69 (.855) of her free throws. Laudermill did not meet the minimum requirements to qualify for the Big Ten rankings, but her percentage ranked eighth in school history. Laudermill, who was 53-of-84 (.631) from the line in her first two seasons at NU, hit 13 consecutive free throws to end the 2013-14 season, including all nine of her attempts in the NCAA Tournament.

Huskers More Than Fair in Foul Department
Nebraska’s dominance at the free throw line starts with the Huskers winning the fight in the foul department. NU led the Big Ten and ranked second nationally by committing just 13.6 fouls per game.

While the Huskers barely put their opponents in the bonus each game, they consistently forced double-bonus free throw situations. Nebraska’s opponents averaged 18.9 fouls per game against the Big Red.

Through four games in 2014-15, the Huskers have produced similar numbers, committing just 15.0 fouls per game, while forcing 20.3 fouls per game on their opponents for a plus-5.3 differential.

In 2013-14, NU’s plus-5.3 differential in fouls per game and its 79.8 percent free throw shooting allowed the Big Red to outscore its opponents by 237 points at the line in 2013-14 (7.2 ppg).
Nebraska continued a non-fouling trend from from 2012-13. The Huskers were whistled for just 12.8 fouls per game in 2012-13, including 11 fouls per game in Big Ten regular-season games.

Big Red Playing Big on Boards
Nebraska has controlled the glass in each of its first four games this season, producing a plus-9.8 rebound margin (45.5-35.8). Although it is early, the Huskers are on pace with the best rebounding teams in school history.

Led by the Big Ten’s active career leader in rebounds, Emily Cady (820) and No. 3 active career leader on the boards Hailie Sample (525), NU has four players averaging better than 5.0 boards per game.

Last season, Nebraska produced a plus-5.5 rebounding margin (40.2-34.8), which ranked No. 4 in school history.

The 2013-14 Huskers produced their best boardwork of the year by outrebounding No. 23 Iowa, 58-27 (+31) in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Jordan Hooper and Emily Cady led NU’s barrage on the boards throughout the season, as both ranked among the top four players in the Big Ten. Cady finished third with 9.2 rebounds per game while producing 17 double-digit rebound games. Hooper finished fourth in the conference with 9.1 boards per game, while finishing with 16 double-figure rebound games.

Cady led the Huskers with 9.8 rebounds in Big Ten play. Sample added a third big rebounding presence for the Huskers in 2013-14, averaging 6.4 rebounds per game to rank 15th in the Big Ten, including 2.5 offensive boards per game to rank seventh in the conference. Sample had a career-high 15 rebounds to help the Huskers to their plus-31 rebound margin against Iowa in the Big Ten title game.