NEB WBB: Huskers Return Home to Take on No. 14 Hawkeyes Thursday

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#22/#20 Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-6, 7-5 Big Ten)
vs. #14/#13 Iowa Hawkeyes (19-4, 10-2 Big Ten)
Thursday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m. (Central)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)
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BTN (Kevin Kugler, Stephanie White)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (Jeff Griesch, Ben McLaughlin)
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Huskers Return Home to Take on No. 14 Hawkeyes Thursday
The No. 22 Nebraska women’s basketball team returns home after an extended East Coast road trip to take on No. 14 Iowa on Thursday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Tip-off between the Big Red (17-6, 7-5 Big Ten) and the Hawkeyes (19-4, 10-2 Big Ten) is set for 8 p.m. (CT), with single-game tickets available in advance at or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED. Tickets are also available the night of the game at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box Office, beginning at 6 p.m.

The game will be televised live nationally by the Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler and Stephanie White on the call.

Live radio coverage will be provided by the Husker Sports Network, with Jeff Griesch and Ben McLaughlin calling the action on stations across the network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln, 93.3 FM in Omaha and 880 AM in Lexington.

Nebraska looks to get back on the winning track after suffering back-to-back losses at No. 21 Rutgers and No. 5 Maryland last week. Those two road losses and a 78-72 overtime loss at then-No. 20 Iowa on Jan. 26 marked the first time since joining the Big Ten in 2011-12 that the Huskers have lost three straight road games. It also marked the only time since joining the conference that the Big Red have played three straight top-25 teams on the road.

Last week’s losses came without starting All-Big Ten point guard Rachel Theriot, who missed both games with an ankle injury. The 6-0 junior from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, ranks sixth in the Big Ten in scoring (16.5 ppg), third in assists (5.2 apg) and leads the conference with 37.5 minutes per game. She could be a game-time decision on Thursday.

Tear’a Laudermill has led the Huskers in scoring in six straight games, averaging 18.3 points per contest over the stretch. On Sunday at Maryland, she became the third active Husker to reach the 1,000-point mark in her career, joining Theriot (1,023) and senior forward Emily Cady (1,335). Cady produced 19 points and 18 rebounds in the first meeting with the Hawkeyes this season.

#22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-6, 7-5 Big Ten)
3 – Hailie Sample – 6-1 – Sr. – F – 7.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg
23 – Emily Cady – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 12.2 ppg, 10.0 rpg
1 – Tear’a Laudermill – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 13.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg
13 – Brandi Jeffery – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 7.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg
33 – Rachel Theriot – 6-0 – Jr. – G – 16.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
or 30 – Chandler Smith – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 2.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg
or 5 – Natalie Romeo – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 5.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg
or 22 – Allie Havers – 6-5 – So. – C – 4.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Off the Bench
31 – Anya Kalenta – 6-3 – Jr. – F – 4.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
34 – Jasmine Cincore – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 1.8 ppg, 0.3 rpg
12 – Emily Wood – 5-5 – Fr. – G – 0.3 ppg, 0.6 rpg
11 – Esther Ramacieri – 5-8 – So. – G – 0.1 ppg, 0.5 rpg
50 – Darrien Washington – 6-2 – Fr. – F – Redshirting
Head Coach:
Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
13th Season at NU (258-148); 25th Season Overall (453-288)

#14 Iowa Hawkeyes (19-4, 10-2 Big Ten)
2 – Ally Disterhoft – 6-0 – So. – G/F – 16.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg
51 – Bethany Doolittle – 6-4 – Sr. – C – 13.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg
21 – Melissa Dixon – 5-8 – Sr. – G – 15.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg
22 – Samantha Logic – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 12.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg
15 – Whitney Jennings – 5-5 – Fr. – G – 9.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Off the Bench
25 – Kali Peschel – 6-1 – Jr. – G – 4.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg
1 – Alexa Kastanek – 5-10 – So. – G – 3.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
23 – Christina Buttenham – 6-0 – Fr. – F – 2.7 ppg, 0.8 rpg
4 – Chase Coley – 6-3 – Fr. – F – 2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
3 – Claire Till – 6-0 – Jr. – G – 0.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg
34 – Carly Mohns – 6-1 – Fr. – F – 0.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg
Head Coach:
Lisa Bluder (Northern Iowa, 1983)
15th Season at Iowa (297-170); 31st Season Overall (653-312)

Streaks, Stats & Milestones
• Nebraska takes aim at its 12th home win of the season on Thursday. The Huskers are 11-1 this year at Pinnacle Bank Arena with their only loss coming to current No. 5 Maryland. The Huskers have won 10 straight February home games dating back to a 63-51 loss to Northwestern on Feb. 16, 2012.
• Senior forward Emily Cady ranks fourth in Husker history and 15th in Big Ten history with 1,017 career reboundss. Cady, who is averaging 12.2 points and 10.0 rebounds on the season, had 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds at Iowa Jan. 26.
• Cady needs just three rebounds to pass 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (1,019, 2006-10) for third on Nebraska’s career rebound list. Cady ranks sixth among active NCAA Division I rebounders.
• An All-Big Ten candidate, Cady owns nine double-doubles this season, including a huge 19-point, 18-rebound effort at Iowa Jan. 26, and 13 points and 14 boards at Rutgers on Feb. 5. Cady, who owns 31 career double-doubles, has 1,335 points, 1,017 rebounds, 288 assists, 129 steals and 100 blocks.
• Tear’a Laudermill became the third active Husker to join Nebraska’s 1,000-point club with her 16-point effort at No. 5 Maryland on Sunday. Laudermill has been Nebraska’s leading scorer in six straight games and is averaging 18.3 points per game during the stretch.

• Junior All-America guard Rachel Theriot became the 30th 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska women’s basketball history when she scored her first field goal of the night against Illinois Jan. 29. She has increased her career total to 1,023 points and needs 12 points to catch Alexa Johnson (1,035, 2001-04) in 28th and 13 points to match Stacy Imming (1,036, 1984-87) in 27th on the NU scoring list.
• Theriot is tied for fifth in Husker history with 444 career assists, matching current NU assistant coach Amy Stephens (1986-89) on that chart. Theriot ranks 19th among active NCAA Division I players in assists, including third among NCAA Division I juniors.

• Senior Hailie Sample recorded the 200th assist of her career in the win over Michigan Feb. 1. Sample, who has 661 points, 650 rebounds and 205 assists, became the fifth Husker in history to reach combined career milestones of 600 points, 600 rebounds and 200 assists. The other members of that distinguished group are 1988 Big Eight Player of the Year Maurtice Ivy (2,131 points, 778 rebounds, 297 assists), two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge (1,859, 804, 392), Kathy Hagerstrom (1,778, 874, 269), and senior teammate Emily Cady (1,333, 1,014, 283).
• Nebraska’s 2014-15 regular starters have combined for 411 career starts. Emily Cady (123), Hailie Sample (122), Rachel Theriot (82), Tear’a Laudermill (53) and Brandi Jeffery (30) also have combined to play in 568 games in their NU careers.

• Brandi Jeffery has transformed herself into one of the Big Ten’s best rebounders as a senior. The 5-7 guard has grabbed 140 rebounds, surpassing her combined total of 119 rebounds from 2012-13 and 2013-14. Jeffery ranks third among the Huskers with 6.4 boards per game. She had a career-high 16 rebounds at Minnesota Dec. 29. Jeffery scored her 500th career point at Rutgers on Feb. 5.
• Freshman Natalie Romeo erupted for career highs of 18 points and six three-pointers in Nebraska’s win over Penn State Jan. 15. The 5-7 guard from Martinez, Calif., made her first career start against the Lady Lions. She added nine points in 26 minutes in her second start in a win at Wisconsin Jan. 22. She hit the game-winning three-pointer against Illinois Jan. 29, before making her third career start with eight points and a career-high five rebounds in a career-high 33 minutes at No. 5 Maryland on Sunday.
• Nebraska set a school-record by committing just four personal fouls in the win over Bakersfield Dec. 13. One week later in a win over High Point, the Huskers committed just eight fouls, which tied for the ninth best total in school history. They matched the eight fouls at Illinois Jan. 11. It marked the 11th time in the last 90 contests that NU has committed eight or fewer fouls in a game.

• Nebraska ranks No. 4 nationally with 12.3 personal fouls per game. The Huskers are committing just 11.7 fouls per game in Big Ten play. Iowa is averaging 17.7 fouls per game, including 16.5 in the Big Ten.

• Nebraska leads the Big Ten with just 12.3 turnovers per game in conference play. The Huskers are the only team averaging fewer than 14 turnovers per game in Big Ten action.
• Nebraska is 26-3 all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena, including 3-2 against top-25 foes. The Huskers are averaging 6,151 fans per game through five Big Ten home games this season.

Scouting the Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa enters the Nebraska game Thursday night having won eight of its last nine games, including a 78-72 overtime win over the Huskers on Jan. 26 in Iowa City. Iowa’s lone loss during that stretch came with a 93-88 setback at Maryland on Feb. 1.

The Hawkeyes, who are ranked No. 14 in this week’s Associated Press Poll, have vaulted to No. 6 in the official NCAA RPI entering the week.

Iowa, which is 13-0 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season, improved to 6-4 away from home with an 87-75 win at Wisconsin on Sunday.

Senior point guard Samantha Logic led the Hawkeyes in her home state with 30 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Logic, who is the NCAA’s active career assist leader, is one of four Hawkeyes averaging in double figures with 12.0 points while adding team bests of 6.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Logic had a game-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds and eight assists in the meeting with the Big Red two weeks ago.

Sophomore Ally Disterhoft has come on strong in recent games to lead the Hawkeyes in scoring on the season. Disterhoft is producing 16.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, including 16.5 points in Big Ten play. She had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the first meeting with the Huskers this season.

Senior center Bethany Doolittle is also playing well. The 6-4 Doolittle ranks third on the team with 13.1 points per game while adding team-best 6.8 rebounds per contest. She also leads the Hawkeyes with 57 blocks on the year, which is two more than the total for Nebraska’s entire roster. In Big Ten action, Doolittle is averaging 15.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks. She had 12 points, six rebounds, two blocks and three steals after halftime in the first meeting with the Big Red. She scored six of Iowa’s 17 points in the overtime period.

Iowa’s fourth returning starter from a team that advanced to the Big Ten Championship Game and the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, Melissa Dixon is averaging 15.5 points while shooting 47 percent (86-183) from three-point range this season. She is averaging 16.3 points in Big Ten play while connecting on 44-of-95 threes (.463) in league action as one of the nation’s best shooters. Nebraska held Dixon in check with seven points and two three-point attempts in the first meeting this season.

Freshman Whitney Jennings has replaced departed senior Theairra Taylor in Iowa’s starting five from a year ago. The 5-5 Jennings is averaging 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists. She had five points and four assists in Iowa’s OT win, including the game-tying free throw with just over one second left.

The Hawkeyes get help off the bench from 6-1 junior Kali Peschel, who is averaging 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Alexa Kastanek, a 5-10 sophomore guard out of Lincoln Southeast High School, has added 3.0 points per game. Freshmen Christina Buttenham (2.7 ppg) and Chase Coley (2.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg) have also seen significant playing time, along with junior Claire Till (0.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg).

In her 15th season at Iowa, Lisa Bluder leads a Hawkeye team averaging 79.7 points per game to rank among the top 10 scoring teams in NCAA Division I. Iowa is also allowing 70.7 points per game. Iowa is shooting 46.3 percent from the field, including 39.9 percent with 8.0 made threes per game. Iowa is shooting 70.4 percent at the line, including 72.7 percent in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes have been outrebounded by an average of 4.3 boards per game but carry a plus-3.5 team turnover margin.

Nebraska vs. Iowa Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Iowa, 12-8, including an 8-1 record as Big Ten Conference foes. The Huskers are 5-1 in regular-season meetings, but the Hawkeyes earned the last victory with a 78-72 overtime win in Iowa City on Jan. 26.

Thursday night’s game will mark Iowa’s first trip to Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers are 2-0 against Iowa in Lincoln since joining the Big Ten, including a 66-46 win at the Devaney Center on Feb. 24, 2013. The Huskers also earned a 60-53 win at the Devaney Center on Jan. 26, 2012.

The Huskers are 3-0 against the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Tournament, including a 72-65 win in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 9, 2014.
Cady Bar the Boards: Husker Among Elite Big Ten Rebounders

Nebraska senior Emily Cady joined an elite list of Big Ten rebounders when she pulled down her 1,000th career board in NU’s win over Michigan on Feb. 1. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., became just the fifth Husker and the 17th player in Big Ten history to reach the 1,000-rebound plateau.

Cady added 14 rebounds at Rutgers on Feb. 5 and has pushed her career total to 1,017 to move her within two boards of tying 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (1,019, 2006-10) in third on the NU career rebound list. Cady’s next rebound will put her in a tie with Lykendra Johnson (1,018, Michigan State, 2009-12) at No. 14 on the Big Ten’s all-time list. Cady needs 78 rebounds to join former Husker Jordan Hooper (1,110, 2011-14) in the Big Ten’s all-time top 10 in career boards.

Prior to Cady, Hooper was the most recent addition to the Big Ten’s 1,000-rebound club. Hooper, who spent three seasons on the floor with Cady, was a 2014 first-team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year. Janet Smith (1979-82) holds the Nebraska record with 1,280 rebounds.
On the national level, Cady ranks sixth among NCAA Division I active rebounders. Cady is one of just three active players nationally from Power Five conferences to produce 1,000 career rebounds.

Theriot Named to Lieberman Award Watch List
Nebraska junior Rachel Theriot was named to the Lieberman Award Watch List on Friday, Feb. 6. Already one of 25 candidates on the Wade Watch List, one of 30 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award and one of 50 contenders for the 2015 Naismith Trophy, Theriot was ranked as the No. 13 player in the nation by ESPN and was a preseason first-team All-Big Ten choice. She is averaging 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists this season.

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 NU to its first conference tournament title as the Big Ten Tournament MVP, averaging 18.7 points and 10.0 assists per game.

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

Husker Hot Shots – Nebraska’s Starting Five

#33, Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Jr., G, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (16.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.2 apg)
• Rachel Theriot missed the first game of her career at Rutgers Feb. 5, after suffering an ankle injury in practice on Tuesday, Feb. 3. She did not play at No. 5 Maryland Sunday and is day-to-day with the injury.
• Theriot became the 30th 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska history when she hit her first field goal of the night against Illinois Jan. 29. Theriot has pushed her career total to 1,023 and needs 12 points to move to No. 28 (Alexa Johnson, 1,035, 2001-04) and 13 points to jump to No. 27 (Stacy Imming, 1,036, 1984-87).
• Theriot’s 444 career assists are tied for fifth in Husker history. She needs one more to pass former Husker and current Nebraska assistant coach Amy Stephens (444, 1986-89) into sole possession of No. 5 on the NU career chart.
• Although she is still in her junior season, Theriot’s 444 career assists rank 19th among all active NCAA Division I players, including third among all juniors.
• Theriot has produced double figures in 19 of her 21 games this season, averaging 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

• She leads the Big Ten and second in NCAA Division I with a .926 free throw percentage (63-68).

• Theriot owns five points-assists double-doubles, including 18 points and 10 assists at Minnesota in the Big Ten opener on Dec. 29. Last season, she had four double-doubles 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 done it more than four times in a career.
• She owns seven career double-digit assist games. Every other Husker in history has combined to produce just 41 double-digit assist games.
• Theriot closed non-conference play with a season-high 31 points in a win over High Point Dec. 20. It was her second career 30-point performance, joining a 33-point effort in an 88-85 OT win over Minnesota on Jan. 16, 2014.
• Her 27-point effort at Illinois Jan. 11 marked her fifth 20-point performance of the year. In addition to her 31 against High Point, she had 25 points, six rebounds and four assists against Northern Colorado. Theriot had 24 points, a career-high eight rebounds and seven assists in a win at UCLA Nov. 28. She had 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals in a win over Utah Nov. 23.

• Theriot owns 11 career 20-point efforts and 51 career double-figure scoring performances, including 25 last season and 19 this season.

• Theriot played every minute in 12 of NU’s first 21 games this season, including all 45 minutes in the overtime loss at Iowa Jan. 26, and all 40 in wins over Illinois Jan. 29 and Michigan Feb. 1. She went the distance in 11 of her last 15 games.
• She 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 averaged 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.
• She 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).

• She 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. Theriot 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 foe came with Maggie Acuna’s 16 for 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 more than 1,200 games. Theriot’s 18 assists were the most in an NCAA Division I game in 2013-14.
• 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.

• 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. (12.2 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 3.0 apg)
• One of the nation’s most versatile forwards, Emily Cady earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2014. She enters the Iowa game averaging 12.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
• Cady ranks fourth in Husker history and 15th in Big Ten Conference history with 1,017 career rebounds. She needs two rebounds to match first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (1,019, 2006-10) on the NU chart. Only Janet Smith (1,280), first-team All-American Jordan Hooper (1,110, 2011-14), and first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (1,019, 2006-10) have more career rebounds in Husker history.
• Cady ranks sixth with among all active NCAA Division I career rebounders. Cady’s 1,017 rebounds rank third among all active players in Power Five conferences.
• Cady owns nine double-doubles on the year, including four in Big Ten play. She had 13 points, and 14 rebounds at Rutgers Feb. 5. Cady had back-to-back double-doubles with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds at Iowa Jan. 26, and 19 points and 12 boards at Wisconsin Jan. 22. She opened Big Ten play with 21 points and 14 rebounds at Minnesota, Dec. 29.
• With 31 career double-doubles, Cady ranks fourth in school history behind only first-team All-Americans Jordan Hooper (40, 2011-14), Kelsey Griffin (40, 2006-10) and Karen Jennings (36, 1990-93).
• She earned her first career Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award Dec. 16, after averaging 15.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in wins over Creighton (Dec. 11) and Bakersfield (Dec. 13).

• She is the Big Ten Conference’s active rebound leader with 1,017 in her career, 176 more than No. 2 Samantha Logic from Iowa (841). NU’s Hailie Sample ranks third with 650.
• Cady produced a career-high 25 points to go along with nine rebounds, two steals and a block in just 23 minutes in a win over Utah Nov. 23, before adding 18 points and five boards at UCLA Nov. 28.
• Cady nearly produced a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists in a win over Pepperdine Nov. 15. She added 16 points and 10 boards against Northern Colorado Nov. 30.
• Cady owns 1,335 points, 1,017 rebounds, 288 assists, 127 steals and 100 blocks. She is the only player in Nebraska history with 1,300 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 steals and 100 career blocks.

• Cady ranks eighth in NU history with 100 career blocks, and needs one to tie Katie Morse (2001-04), and two blocks to match Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-83) in sixth on the NU career block chart. Cady is four blocks from Maurtice Ivy (1985-88) in a tie for fifth on the block list.
• 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 165 points and 12 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’s 1,335 career points rank No. 15 in Husker history. She needs 13 points to catch Cory Montgomery (1,348, 2007-10) in 14th.
• 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.
• 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. (13.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.6 spg)
• 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 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 second among the Huskers in scoring with 13.5 points per game. She has a team-best 45 three-pointers. She is also NU’s top on-the-ball defender.
• Over the last eight games, Laudermill is averaging 16.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game. She has produced double figures in eight straight games and has led Nebraska in scoring in each of the last six contests.
• She became the 31st 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska history in NU’s loss at No. 5 Maryland on Sunday. Laudermill (1,007 points) joined current teammates Emily Cady (1,335) and Rachel Theriot (1,023) in NU’s 1,000-point club.
• Laudermill has hit 15 threes over the last six games.
• Laudermill’s 26 steals through 12 Big Ten games are already five more than the 21 steals she recorded last season in 16 conference contests.
• Laudermill has significantly increased her rebounding production this season, and her role on the glass continues to grow. She is averaging a career-best 3.5 rebounds per game, including 3.8 in Big Ten play. She entered the season averaging just 2.0 rebounds per game in her career.
• She tied a Nebraska single-game record for the second time in her career by connecting on seven threes (7-15), including six in the second half, at Alabama on Dec. 7. Laudermill finished with 25 points. She also hit seven threes, including six in the first half, in Nebraska’s win over No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 24, 2014. She finished with a career-high 27 points against PSU.
• Laudermill is Nebraska’s No. 1 active career three-point shooter with 144 makes to rank seventh on the Husker career list. She needs one more three to catch Kate Galligan (145, 1993-96) in sixth.
• Laudermill (117) is one of four Huskers who have played more than 115 career games, joining Emily Cady-123, Hailie Sample-123 and Brandi Jeffery-117.
• Laudermill notched her ninth career 20-point game and fourth of the season with 24 points in NU’s win at Wisconsin Jan. 22. She had a season-high 25 points at Alabama on Dec. 7, before scoring 22 points against High Point Dec. 20. She added 20 points 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.
• She has produced double digits in 29 of her last 40 games, after managing double figures in just 11 of her first 77. She owns 40 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. (7.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg)
• Brandi Jeffery is playing the best basketball of her career, averaging 7.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 22 games with 21 starts this season.

• Jeffery was slowed by a bone bruise from Jan. 22 through Feb. 1, which was suffered in the closing minutes of NU’s win over Purdue Jan. 19. She played one of the best games of her career against the Boilermakers, scoring 13 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
• Jeffery did not start against Penn State Jan. 15 because of an administrative error. She missed the Wisconsin game Jan. 22 with the bruised knee.

• Jeffery has scored in double figures seven times, including three double-digit efforts in her last eight games. Her 13 points against Purdue Jan. 19 marked the second-highest scoring total of her career. Jeffery owns 16 career double-digit scoring efforts.
• She scored her 500th career point in a loss at No. 21 Rutgers Feb. 5. She pulled down her 300th career rebound at Iowa Jan. 26.
• Jeffery (117) is one of four Husker seniors who have played more than 115 career games, joining Emily Cady-123, Hailie Sample-123 and Tear’a Laudermill-117.
• Jeffery erupted for a career-high 19 points 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 owns three 11-point efforts this season, including road wins at Washington State (Nov. 19) and UCLA (Nov. 28). She had 10 points at Michigan State (Jan. 8) and against Penn State (Jan. 15).
• Jeffery’s most impressive gains have come on the glass, where she ranks third among the Huskers with 6.4 rebounds per game. With 140 rebounds this season she has surpassed her total of 119 boards from her sophomore (57) and junior (62) seasons combined. She needs 44 rebounds to match her previous career total (184) enter this season.
• Jeffery’s 163 points and 658 minutes played are both career single-season bests.
• She also owns 34 steals this season, surpassing her total of 19 from 2013-14. She has at least one steal in all but four games for the Huskers and 23 steals over her last 12 contests.
• She entered 2014-15 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 92-31 record and three NCAA tournaments.

#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Sr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (7.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.7 apg)
• Hailie Sample earned a spot on the 2014 Big Ten All-Defensive Team. She was Nebraska’s Defensive MVP in 2013-14.
• Sample leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.640) through 23 games. Through her first three seasons, Sample shot just 41.6 percent from the field.
• She is the Big Ten’s No. 3 active career rebounder with 650, trailing only teammate Emily Cady (1,017) and Iowa’s Samantha Logic (841). Sample had a season-high 14 rebounds against Illinois Jan. 29 and added her second double-digit rebound game of the season with 11 boards at Rutgers Feb. 5.
• Sample started the first 115 games of her career before not starting against Penn State on Jan. 15. She owns 122 career starts to tie for fifth in Husker history.
• Sample produced a season high 16 points to go with nine rebounds and a career-high matching three steals at Washington State Nov. 19. She added 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting to help lead the Huskers to a 60-54 win over No. 9 Duke Dec. 3. She had a 15-point performance against Purdue Jan. 19. She added 14 points on 7-of-7 shooting in a win over Michigan Feb. 1. Sample added another outstanding game with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the win at Michigan State Jan. 8. She hit a pair of free throws with 5.4 seconds left to seal the 71-67 win. She pitched in 13 points and nine rebounds in a win over Bakersfield Dec. 13.

• Sample has been perfect from the floor six times this year, including Michigan (7-7), Duke (6-6), Alcorn State (4-4), at Illinois (3-3), Pepperdine (3-3) and Northern Colorado (1-1).
• 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 22 career double-digit scoring games, including nine in 2013-14 and seven in 2014-15. She also owns eight career double-figure rebound games, including three in 2013-14 and two in 2014-15.
• Sample ranks No. 13 on the Nebraska career rebound list with 650. She needs 31 rebounds to join Nebraska’s career top 10.

Husker Seniors Pursue Fourth Straight NCAA Bid, 20-Win Season
Nebraska’s four-player senior class of Emily Cady, Hailie Sample, Tear’a Laudermill and Brandi Jeffery form the heart of the Husker lineup in 2014-15, after helping the Big Red to the most successful three-year stretch in school history.

Cady has started all 123 games in her career while Sample has made 122 starts, helping the Huskers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and an average of 25 wins per season.

The Husker seniors are 92-31 (.748 winning percentage) during their four seasons in Lincoln, the best winning percentage of any class in school history.

In 2014-15, the seniors will try to become the first class in school history to compete in four consecutive NCAA tournaments and the first group of Huskers to produce four straight 20-win seasons. They also have a chance to become the first collection of Husker seniors to reach 100 career wins.

Big Red Rankings
Nebraska slipped to No. 22 in The Associated Press Poll after road losses at No. 21 Rutgers and No. 5 Maryland last week. NU dipped two spots to No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 after last week’s road losses. The Huskers opened 2014-15 at No. 16 in both polls.

The Huskers remained at No. 30 in the official NCAA RPI on Feb. 9. NU was as high as No. 5 on Jan. 1. NU’s Strength of Schedule ranks No. 38 nationally by

Eight Big Ten teams are ranked in the NCAA RPI’s top 50, including Maryland (5th), Iowa (7th), Nebraska (30th), Ohio State (35th), Rutgers (36th), Minnesota (38th), Northwestern (45th) and Michigan (46th). Purdue (88th) and Illinois (90th) give the conference 10 teams in the RPI top 100. Michigan State (107th), Wisconsin (131st), Indiana (149th) and Penn State (172nd) round out the conference with all 14 teams ranked among the top half of the 349 teams in the nation.

The Huskers own eight top-100 RPI wins, including road wins (4) at Washington State (59th), Creighton (60th), UCLA (85th) and Illinois (90th) along with home wins (4) over Duke (13th), Michigan (46th), Purdue (88th) and Illinois (90th), while adding a road win at No. 105 Michigan State.

Wisconsin (131st), Bakersfield (147th), Alabama (156th) and Penn State (172nd) all rank among the top half of the 349 NCAA Division I teams in the official RPI.

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.

Nebraska’s History of Success at Home
Nebraska is 11-1 at home this season, including 10-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers are 26-3 all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena since the building opened for the 2013-14 campaign. The Big Red went 16-2 at home in 2013-14, suffering its only Big Ten loss to Purdue, 77-75, on Jan. 19, 2014.

Nebraska’s 16 home wins last season tied the school record for single-season home victories.
The Huskers played the first regular-season basketball game in the history of the arena against USA Today No. 25 UCLA (Nov. 8) and rolled to a 77-49 win over the Bruins. NU’s first win over an AP Top 25 team came with a 76-56 win over No. 24 Michigan State on Feb. 8. The Huskers added their first-ever win over an AP Top 10 team at the arena with a 94-74 victory over No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 24.

NU won its first-ever Big Ten home game with a 66-65 thriller over Northwestern Jan. 2, before an 88-85 win over Minnesota on Jan. 16, 2014, marked the first overtime game in Pinnacle Bank Arena history.

NU suffered its first loss at the arena to Washington State (76-72) on Nov. 30, 2013.

The Huskers are 413-133 (.756) all-time at home. The Huskers have gone 149-37 (.801) over the last 12 seasons, posting double-figure home victory totals in each of the last 11 years, including 11-1 in 2014-15 and 16-2 in 2013-14. NU went a perfect 16-0 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2009-10.

Nebraska played in the Devaney Center from 1976-77 through 2012-13, and added one appearance at Devaney against Utah on Nov. 23, 2014. The Huskers own a 389-130 record at the Devaney Center, including 146-88 (.624) mark in conference play. NU went 13-4 at home in 2012-13.