NEB WBB: Huskers Shoot for Big Ten Road Win at Illinois Sunday

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#19/#18 Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-3, 1-2 Big Ten)
at Illinois Fighting Illini (11-4, 2-1 Big Ten)
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2 p.m. (Central)
State Farm Center (Champaign, Ill.)
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Huskers Head to Illinois Searching for Second Big Ten Road Win
The No. 19 Nebraska women’s basketball team completes a two-game Big Ten road swing on Sunday, when the Huskers travel to Champaign to battle Illinois.

Tip-off between the Huskers (11-3, 1-2 Big Ten) and the Fighting Illini (11-4, 2-1 Big Ten) is set for 2 p.m. (central) at the State Farm Center with live premium video from BTN Plus.

Live radio coverage will be provided by the Husker Sports Network, with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch on the call on stations across the network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln, 93.3 FM in Omaha and 880 AM in Lexington. Free live audio also will be available on Huskers.com.

The Huskers are coming off a thrilling come-from-behind road win at Michigan State late Thursday night. Nebraska trailed 66-60 with three minutes left, before outscoring the Spartans 11-1 down the stretch. Senior forward Emily Cady led the Big Red with 16 points, including seven of NU’s final 11 points. Cady’s three-point play with 30 seconds left gave Nebraska the lead for good at 69-67. Fellow senior forward Hailie Sample added 13 points, including two free throws with 5.4 seconds left to seal Nebraska’s first Big Ten win of the season.

Cady and Sample, who will be starting their 115th consecutive games together on Sunday, will lead the Huskers against a much-improved Illinois team. The Fighting Illini are coming off an impressive 73-61 victory over No. 17 Iowa at the State Farm Center on Thursday. Illinois trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half. They won going away despite losing senior guard Ivory Crawford for the game to a first-half knee injury. Crawford entered the Iowa contest as the Illini’s leading scorer at 17.0 points. She added 5.7 rebounds and a team-best 2.5 steals per game.

Freshman Chatrice White led the Illini against the Hawkeyes, pumping in 13 of her team-high 22 points in the second half. She added six rebounds, five steals and four blocks against Iowa. The 6-3 center from Shelby, Neb., is averaging 15.6 points and team bests of 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

Iowa led Illinois 53-47 with 10 minutes left, before the Illini outscored the Hawkeyes 26-8, thanks to a defense that forced 11 Iowa turnovers in an eight-minute stretch.

#19 Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-3, 1-2 Big Ten)
3 – Hailie Sample – 6-1 – Sr. – F – 7.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg
23 – Emily Cady – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 13.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg
1 – Tear’a Laudermill – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 12.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg
13 – Brandi Jeffery – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 8.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg
33 – Rachel Theriot – 6-0 – Jr. – G – 17.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg
Off the Bench
31 – Anya Kalenta – 6-3 – Jr. – F – 6.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg
5 – Natalie Romeo – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 5.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg
22 – Allie Havers – 6-5 – So. – C – 4.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg
34 – Jasmine Cincore – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 1.6 ppg, 0.4 rpg
30 – Chandler Smith – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
12 – Emily Wood – 5-5 – Fr. – G – 0.3 ppg, 0.7 rpg
11 – Esther Ramacieri – 5-8 – So. – G – 0.1 ppg, 0.7 rpg
50 – Darrien Washington – 6-2 – Fr. – F – High School
Head Coach:
Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
13th Season at NU (252-145); 25th Season Overall (447-285)

Illinois Fighting Illini (11-4, 2-1 Big Ten)
22 – Ivory Crawford – 5-10 – Sr. – F – 15.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg
32 – Chatrice White – 6-3 – Fr. – C – 15.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg
34 – Jacqui Grant – 6-3 – So. – F – 9.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg
15 – Kyley Simmons – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 9.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg
20 – Brittany Carter – 6-0 – Sr. – G – 8.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg
Off the Bench
10 – Amarah Coleman – 5-11 – Fr. – G – 6.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg
3 – Taylor Tuck – 6-0 – Sr. – G/F – 3.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg
21 – Brooke Kissinger – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 2.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg
25 – Kennedy Cattenhead – 5-10 – RFr. – G – 1.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg
12 – Ashley McConnell – 5-9 – So. – G – 0.8 ppg, 0.4 rpg
2 – Taylor Gleason – 5-8 – So. – G – 0.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg
00 – Sarah Hartwell – 5-10 – Jr. – G – 0.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg
5 – Nia Oden – 5-10 – Sr. – F – 0.6 ppg, 0.9 rpg
Head Coach:
Matt Bollant (Winona State, 1994)
3rd Season at Illinois (39-39); 13th Season Overall (321-94)

Streaks, Stats & Milestones
• Nebraska’s starting five has combined for 370 career starts and started all 14 games together in 2014-15. Emily Cady (114), Hailie Sample (114), Rachel Theriot (75), Tear’a Laudermill (44) and Brandi Jeffery (23) make up one of the nation’s most experienced starting units. The five also have combined to play in 526 games in their NU careers.
• Seniors Emily Cady and Hailie Sample are expected to make their 115th career starts against Michigan State, passing Nebraska All-American and two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge at No. 8 on the Husker career starts list. Lindsey Moore (2010-13) holds the Nebraska record with 132 career starts.

• National Player-of-the-Year candidate Rachel Theriot became just the seventh Husker in history to reach the 400-assist plateau in her career, when she dished out seven assists against Maryland on Jan. 3. The junior from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, has increased her career total to 411 assists to rank sixth in Nebraska history. Lindsey Moore (2010-13) holds the Nebraska record with 699 assists.
• Rachel Theriot produced her first double-double of the season and fifth of her career with 18 points and 10 assists at Minnesota Dec. 29. Theriot leads the Huskers with 17.4 points and 5.4 assists per game.
• Rachel Theriot ranks No. 2 in NCAA Division I statistics with her .957 free throw percentage.
• All-Big Ten candidate Emily Cady has produced six double-doubles this year, including 21 points and 14 rebounds to open Big Ten play at Minnesota. Cady, who owns 28 double-doubles in her career, is averaging 13.8 points and a team-leading 9.3 rebounds per game.
• Brandi Jeffery has transformed herself into one of the Big Ten’s best rebounders as a senior. The 5-7 guard has grabbed 97 rebounds on the year, smashing her previous season best of 65 (2011-12). Jeffery ranks 14th in the Big Ten with 6.9 rebounds per game, including 8.0 rebounds through three Big Ten games. She grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds at Minnesota on Dec. 29. She averaged 1.9 rebounds per game for her career entering the season.

• 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. It marked the 10th time in the last 81 games that NU has committed eight or fewer fouls in a game. Nebraska ranks No. 3 nationally with 12.8 personal fouls per game.
• Nebraska is 22-3 all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena, including 3-2 against top-25 foes. Before NU’s 75-47 loss to No. 14 Maryland on Jan. 3, the Huskers’ only losses at Pinnacle Bank Arena came with a 77-75 setback to No. 22 Purdue on Jan. 19, 2014, and a 76-72 loss to Washington State on Nov. 30, 2013.
• Nebraska signee Jessica Shepard was named one of 20 contenders for the Naismith Girls National High School Player-of-the-Year award by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Dec. 16. Shepard, a 6-4 senior at Fremont (Neb.) High School, is ranked as the top post player in the nation by ESPN. Shepard suffered a season-ending ACL tear at a game at Lincoln North Star High School on Monday, Dec. 29.

Theriot Named to Wade, Wooden, Naismith Watch Lists
Nebraska junior Rachel Theriot is one of 25 candidates on the Wade Watch List, one of 30 preseason candidates for the 2015 John R. Wooden Award and one of 50 contenders for the 2015 Naismith Trophy.

The 6-0 point guard 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 17.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.4 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.

Scouting the Illinois Fighting Illini
Nebraska heads to Illinois to face a Fighting Illini squad that carries an 11-4 overall record and a 2-1 Big Ten mark in Matt Bollant’s third season in Champaign. Illinois finished just 9-21 overall and 2-14 in the Big Ten last season. The Illini, who will be playing their third Big Ten home contest in their first four conference games, are coming off a 73-51 win over No. 17 Iowa at the State Farm Center on Thursday.

Illinois opened Big Ten play with a 62-55 home loss to Purdue on Jan. 28, before picking up a 91-76 win at struggling Penn State on Jan. 4.

Senior forward Ivory Crawford has led the Illini in scoring through the first 15 games with 15.9 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds. However, the honorable-mention All-Big Ten performer suffered a first-half knee injury on Thursday against Iowa, leaving the game for good with just over eight minutes left in the half. Crawford is shooting 50.3 percent from the floor, including 38.2 percent (13-34) from three-point range. Illinois trailed by 14 points when Crawford left the game, but rallied for a 12-point win.

Freshman Chatrice White, a 6-3 center from Shelby, Neb., ranks second among the Fighting Illini with 15.6 points per game, while leading the squad with 7.1 rebounds. White also leads Illinois with 2.1 blocks, while adding 1.7 steals. She had 22 points, six rebounds, five steals and four blocks against Iowa.

Jacqui Grant, a 6-3 sophomore forward, has pitched in 9.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. Grant is shooting 46.5 percent from the field, including 24.4 percent (10-41) from three-point range, but has hit just 50 percent (17-34) of her free throws. She has been at her best to open Big Ten play, averaging 15.0 points and a team-best 9.0 rebounds, including 15 boards in the win over Iowa. She is shooting 58.6 percent from the floor, including 38.5 percent (5-13) from long range.

Kyley Simmons adds 9.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and a team-best 3.8 assists per game from her point guard spot. The 5-7 transfer who spent her first two seasons at Missouri before sitting out last year at Illinois, is the Illini’s top three-point threat, hitting 33-of-84 shots (.393).

Brittany Carter, a 6-0 senior guard who transferred after graduating from Ball State, has pitched in 8.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Carter leads the Illini with 2.7 steals per game, while ranking second on the team with 3.1 assists per contest. Carter is tied with Crawford for second on the team with 13 threes, but is shooting just 23.2 percent from beyond the arc. Carter went just 2-of-18 from the floor and 1-for-11 from three-point range in the Illini’s first two Big Ten games but bounced back with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go along with five assists and five steals in the win over Iowa.

Taylor Tuck, a 6-0 senior wing, could get a start in place of Crawford on Sunday if Crawford is unable to go. Tuck stepped in for Crawford to produce six points and five rebounds against Iowa. The Illini’s most experienced reserve, Tuck is averaging 3.8 points and 1.8 rebounds, while hitting 5-of-15 threes (.333).

Freshman guard Amarah Coleman has been the Illini’s top player off the bench, averaging 6.4 points and 1.9 boards. She has a start, but saw limited playing time against Iowa after committing five turnovers.

Nebraska native Brooke Kissinger, a 5-7 freshman from Minden, has managed 2.3 points and 0.8 rebounds. She has played seven total minutes in the Big Ten.

As a team, Illinois is averaging 71.9 points per game and shooting 41.9 percent from the floor, including 31.5 percent from three-point range and 64.9 percent at the free throw line. The Illini are surrendering 61 points per game, while holding foes to just 37 percent shooting, including 26.4 percent from long range and 64.6 percent at the line. Despite a pair of 6-3 posts and an athletic wing in Crawford, the Illini carry a negative-3.4 rebound margin. However, they make up for it with Bollant’s “Buzz” defense, which has forced an average of 22.6 turnovers per game to give the Illini a plus-6.0 turnover margin.

Nebraska vs. Illinois Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Illinois 6-3, including a sweep of the Illini last season. The Huskers opened with a 75-56 win in Champaign on Jan. 12, before completing the sweep with a 72-65 victory on Jordan Hooper’s Senior Night at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Feb. 27. NU is 3-1 against the Illini as Big Ten foes, including a 67-47 win at Illinois Jan. 29, 2012. Nebraska is 3-1 all-time against Illinois in Champaign, including an 84-67 win on Dec. 9, 1992. NU’s lone loss at Illinois came on Dec. 13, 1985 (89-53).

Last season, Hooper led the Huskers with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Emily Cady added 19 points and 10 boards. The Huskers went 7-of-19 from three-point range, while the Illini were a dismal 2-for-27. In two games against NU at home as Big Ten foes, Illinois is 3-for-36 from three-point range.

Husker Hot Shots – Nebraska’s Starting Five

#33, Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Jr., G, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (17.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.4 apg)
• A Wade, Wooden and Naismith 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 started 75 consecutive games for the Huskers.
• Theriot has produced double figures in 13 of NU’s first 14 games this season, averaging 17.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

• She ranks No. 2 in the nation and the Big Ten with her .957 free throw percentage (45-47). Theriot has made 19 consecutive free throws dating back to the first half of the win over Northern Colorado on Nov. 30. She opened the season with 11 straight makes before a second-half miss at UCLA Nov. 28. In between her second-half miss at UCLA and first-half miss in the next game against Northern Colorado, she made 15 straight.
• Theriot’s 411 career assists rank sixth in Husker history. She needs 33 more to catch former Husker and current Nebraska assistant coach Amy Stephens (444, 1986-89) at No. 5 on the NU career assist chart.
• 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 31-point effort against High Point marked her fourth 20-point performance of the year. 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 10 career 20-point efforts and 42 career double-figure scoring performances, including 25 last season and 13 this season.
• Theriot has played the full 40 minutes seven times in 14 games this season, including six times in the past eight games. Over the last 12 games, she has been on the floor for all but 19 minutes. She has played every minute of Big Ten Conference play.
• 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 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.
• 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 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 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. (13.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.7 apg)
• One of the nation’s most versatile forwards, Emily Cady earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2014. She enters the Illinois game averaging 13.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

• Cady 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).

• Cady opened Big Ten play with her sixth double-double of the year and 28th of her career with 21 points and 14 rebounds at Minnesota Dec. 29. It was her second 20-point performance of the season.
• With 28 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).
• Cady owns double-doubles against Minnesota, Bakersfield, Creighton, Duke, Northern Colorado and Pepperdine this season.
• She played a major role in NU’s comeback at Michigan State on Thursday, scoring seven of Nebraska’s last 11 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 30 seconds left to give the Huskers a 69-67 lead. She finished with a team-high 16 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.
• She 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.
• She 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 is the Big Ten Conference’s active rebound leader with 917 in her career. Senior teammate Hailie Sample ranks third in the conference with 584 career boards.
• 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.
• Cady owns 1,247 points, 917 rebounds, 257 assists and 121 steals. She is the only player in Nebraska history with 1,200 points, 900 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 career steals.

• Cady ranks ninth in NU history with 92 career blocks. Only seven Huskers have 100 career blocks.
• 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 253 points, 83 rebounds and 43 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 1,247 career points rank No. 16 in Husker history. She needs 37 points to catch Janet Smith (1,284, 1979-82) in 15th.
• Cady ranks fifth in Nebraska history with 917 rebounds and needs 83 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. (12.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg)
• 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 12.1 points per game. She has a team-best 29 three-pointers. She is also NU’s top on-the-ball defender.
• Laudermill has significantly increased her rebounding production this season, and her role on the glass continues to grow. She is averaging a career-best 3.6 rebounds per game, including 5.1 rebounds over the past eight games. 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 128 makes, which ranks ninth on the Husker career list. She needs one more to catch Nicole Kubik (1997-00) and Amy Stephens (1986-89) in seventh with 129.
• Laudermill (108) is one of four Huskers who have played more than 100 career games, joining Emily Cady-114, Hailie Sample-114 and Brandi Jeffery-109.
• Laudermill notched her eighth career 20-point game and third of the season with 22 points in the win over High Point Dec. 20. She had a season-high 25 points at Alabama on Dec. 7. 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 DraftSite.com, while College Sports Madness slotted her as the No. 24 overall pick.
• She has produced double digits in 21 of her last 31 games, after managing double figures in just 11 of her first 77. She owns 32 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. (8.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.6 spg)
• Brandi Jeffery is playing the best basketball of her career, averaging 8.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 14 games as a starter to open the season. She has scored in double figures five times this season and 14 times in her career.
• Jeffery (109) is one of four Husker seniors who have played more than 100 career games, joining Emily Cady-114, Hailie Sample-114 and Tear’a Laudermill-108.
• 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 added her fifth double-figure scoring performance of the year with 10 points at Michigan State (Jan. 8).
• Jeffery’s most impressive gains have come on the glass, where she ranks second among the Huskers and 14th in the Big Ten with 6.9 rebounds per game. With 97 rebounds this season she has smashed her previous single-season best (65, 2011-12). She had 62 rebounds last year.
• Jeffery also leads the Huskers with 22 steals this season, surpassing her total from 2013-14. She has at least one steal in all but two games for the Huskers and owns 11 steals over the last four contests.
• Over the last six games, Jeffery is averaging 8.8 rebounds per game, including a career-high 16 rebounds at Minnesota Dec. 29. She is averaging 8.0 rebounds in Big Ten play.
• 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 an 86-28 record and three NCAA Tournaments.
• Jeffery owns 459 points, 281 rebounds and 126 career assists. She is three steals away from 100 in her career.

#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Sr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (7.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
• 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 Huskers in field goal percentage (.621) through 14 games and ranks 18th in Big Ten rebounding (6.4 rpg).
• She is the Big Ten’s No. 3 active career rebounder with 584, trailing only teammate Emily Cady (917) and Iowa’s Samantha Logic.

• Sample has started 114 consecutive games alongside Cady since the first games of their freshman season in 2011-12.
• Sample 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 added 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field to help lead the Huskers to a 60-54 win over No. 9 Duke Dec. 3. She 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 four times this year, including Duke (6-6), Alcorn State (4-4), Pepperdine (3-3) and Northern Colorado (1-1). Entering the season, Sample was a 41.6 percent shooter.
• 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 19 career double-digit scoring games, including nine in 2013-14 and four in 2014-15. She also owns six career double-figure rebound games, including three in 2013-14.
• Sample ranks No. 18 on the Nebraska career rebound list with 584. She needs 97 rebounds to join the Nebraska 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 and Sample have started all 114 games in their careers, helping the Huskers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and an average of 25 wins per season.
The Husker seniors are 86-28 (.754 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. 19 in The Associated Press Poll after a pair of losses to open Big Ten play last week. The Huskers had been ranked No. 12 for five consecutive weeks. NU fell to No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25. The Huskers opened 2014-15 No. 16 in both polls.

The Huskers climbed to No. 25 in the official NCAA RPI after a road win at Michigan State on Jan. 8. NU was as high as No. 5 on Jan. 1. Nebraska’s Strength of Schedule ranks No. 22 nationally by RealTimeRPI.com.

The Big Ten ranks as the No. 1 RPI conference in the country, according to RealTimeRPI.com, with the SEC (2nd), Big 12 (3rd), Pac-12 (4th) and ACC (5th). Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the NCAA RPI’s top 50, including five in the RPI top 25 – Maryland (10th), Ohio State (15th), Minnesota (18th), Iowa (21st) and Nebraska (25th). Purdue (37th) and Northwestern (42nd) round out the top 50, while Rutgers (51st), Michigan (54th) and Illinois (55th) give the conference 10 teams in the RPI top 55. Michigan State (100th), Indiana (118th), Wisconsin (137th) and Penn State (249th) round out the conference.

The Huskers own five top-100 RPI wins, including road wins at Washington State (47th), UCLA (72nd), Creighton (76th) and Michigan State (100th) along with a home win over Duke (13th).
Bakersfield (119th). Pepperdine (140th), Alabama (150th), High Point (156th) also rank in 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.