NEB WBB: No. 15 Huskers Close Tough Home Stand with Wolverines

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#15/#19 Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-4, 6-3 Big Ten)
vs. Michigan Wolverines (13-7, 5-4 Big Ten)

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m. (Central)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)
TV:
NET/BTN Plus (Larry Punteney, Meghin Williams)
Live Radio:
Husker Sports Network (Matt Coatney, Jeff Griesch)
107.3 FM, Lincoln; 93.3 FM, Omaha; 880 AM, Lexington
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No. 15 Nebraska Closes Tough Two-Game Stand with Michigan
The No. 15 Nebraska women’s basketball team shoots for a sweep of its two-game Big Ten home stand when the Huskers clash with Michigan Sunday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Tip-off between the Big Red (16-4, 6-3 Big Ten) and the Wolverines (13-7, 5-4 Big Ten) is set for 2 p.m., with tickets available now at Huskers.com. Tickets can be purchased on game day at the Pinnacle Arena Box Office beginning two hours prior to tip-off.

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. The game will be televised live statewide by Nebraska Educational Television (NET) with Larry Punteney and former Husker Meghin Williams calling the action. Live premium video of the NET production will be available to subscribers of BTN Plus.

Nebraska is coming off a thrilling, come-from-behind win over Illinois on Thursday. Natalie Romeo’s three from the right corner with 1:11 left gave the Huskers their only lead of the night. The freshman from Martinez, Calif., hit NU’s first and last field goals to finish with six points and three assists.

Fellow Californian Tear’a Laudermill led the Huskers with 16 points. The 5-9 senior guard has led Nebraska in scoring for three straight games to increase her season averages to 13.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. Rachel Theriot, who finished with 11 points, six rebounds and eight assists against Illinois, became Nebraska’s 30th 1,000-point scorer on Thursday. She leads the Huskers and ranks among Big Ten leaders with 16.7 points and 5.2 assists per game.
Allie Havers, a 6-5 sophomore from Paw Paw, Mich., put three Huskers in double figures against the Illini with 10 points in 11 minutes off the bench. Havers own three double-digit efforts in Big Ten play.

Michigan, which opened the week with a 70-57 win over Illinois on Monday night, closed a two-game home stand with a 91-65 loss to No. 5 Maryland Thursday, falling a game behind Nebraska in the Big Ten standings. The Wolverines are one of the Big Ten’s best shooting teams, hitting 38.3 percent of their three-point attempts while making 6.4 threes per game.

#15 Nebraska Cornhuskers (16-4, 6-3 Big Ten)
3 – Hailie Sample – 6-1 – Sr. – F – 7.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg
23 – Emily Cady – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 12.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg
1 – Tear’a Laudermill – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 13.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
13 – Brandi Jeffery – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 7.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg
33 – Rachel Theriot – 6-0 – Jr. – G – 16.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg
Off the Bench
5 – Natalie Romeo – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 5.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg
31 – Anya Kalenta – 6-3 – Jr. – F – 5.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg
22 – Allie Havers – 6-5 – So. – C – 4.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
34 – Jasmine Cincore – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 2.1 ppg, 0.3 rpg
30 – Chandler Smith – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 1.7 ppg, 0.8 rpg
12 – Emily Wood – 5-5 – Fr. – G – 0.3 ppg, 0.6 rpg
11 – Esther Ramacieri – 5-8 – So. – G – 0.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg
50 – Darrien Washington – 6-2 – Fr. – F – Redshirting
Head Coach:
Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
13th Season at NU (257-146); 25th Season Overall (452-286)

Michigan Wolverines (13-7, 5-4 Big Ten)
14 – Nicole Elmblad – 5-11 – Jr. – F/G – 6.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg
22 – Cyesha Goree – 6-3 – Sr. – F – 15.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg
2 – Siera Thompson – 5-7 – So. – G – 11.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg
5 – Shannon Smith – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 13.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg
20 – Danielle Williams – 5-9 – So. – G – 1.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg
Off the Bench
3 – Katelynn Flaherty – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 14.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg
1 – Madison Ristovski – 5-10 – Jr. – G – 4.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg
11 – Jillian Dunston – 5-11 – Fr. – G/F – 2.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg
32 – Kelsey Mitchell – 6-0 – Fr. – F – 0.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg
23 – Maria Backman – 6-1 – Fr. – G – 0.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg
12 – Terra Stapleton – 6-4 – Fr. – C – 1.2 ppg, 0.1 rpg
15 – Paige Rakers – 5-11 – So. – G – 0.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg
Head Coach:
Kim Barnes Arico (Montclair State, 1993)
Third Season at Michigan (55-32); 19th Season Overall (325-238)

Streaks, Stats & Milestones
• Nebraska opens February with 16 consecutive wins in the month. The Huskers have not lost in February since a 73-53 loss at Michigan State on Feb. 23, 2012. NU has won nine straight February home games dating back to a 63-51 loss to Northwestern on Feb. 16, 2012.
• 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 on Thursday. She reached the 1,000-point mark in her 87th game. She ranks 29th in scoring in NU history with 1,009 points.
• Theriot ranks sixth in Nebraska history with 438 career assists. She needs six assists to catch Amy Stephens (1986-89) in fifth with 444.

• Emily Cady enters the Michigan game needing eight rebounds to become the fifth Husker and 17th player in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 career rebounds. Over the past four games, Cady is averaging 13.8 rebounds per game, including a career-high 18 rebounds at Iowa on Monday night.

• Last season in an 84-51 win over Michigan at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Jan. 29, All-American Jordan Hooper grabbed the 1,000th rebound of her career to become just the fourth player in Nebraska history with 1,000 rebounds. The third Husker in history with 1,000 boards was Kelsey Griffin, who had her No. 23 jersey retired that night against the Wolverines. Griffin and Cady both wear No. 23.

• Cady ranks fifth in Nebraska history with 992 rebounds and needs nine rebounds to pass 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings (1,000, 1990-93) in fourth on the Husker career list.
• An All-Big Ten candidate, Cady owns eight double-doubles this season, including a huge 19-point, 18-rebound effort at Iowa Monday. Cady, who owns 30 career double-doubles, is averaging 12.9 points and a team-best 10.3 rebounds per game.
• Senior Hailie Sample needs one assist to reach 200 in her career. Sample, who has 640 points, 627 rebounds and 199 assists, is on track to become just 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 (1,311, 992, 277).
• Nebraska’s 2014-15 regular starting five has combined for 398 career starts Emily Cady (120), Hailie Sample (119), Rachel Theriot (81), Tear’a Laudermill (50) and Brandi Jeffery (27) have combined to play in 555 games in their NU careers.

• Tear’a Laudermill is 41 points away from joining Nebraska’s 1,000-point club. Laudermill owns five straight double-figure scoring efforts and is averaging 16.2 points per game during the stretch.

• Brandi Jeffery has transformed herself into one of the Big Ten’s best rebounders as a senior. The 5-7 guard has grabbed 125 rebounds, surpassing her combined total of 119 rebounds from 2012-13 and 2013-14. Jeffery ranks 21st in the Big Ten with 6.6 boards per game. She had a career-high 16 rebounds at Minnesota Dec. 29. Jeffery needs five points against Michigan to reach 500 in her career.
• 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 and played a career-high 26 minutes 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.
• 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 87 contests that NU has committed eight or fewer fouls in a game.

• Nebraska ranks No. 4 nationally with 12.4 personal fouls per game. The Huskers are committing just 11.7 fouls per game in Big Ten play. Michigan is averaging 16.3 fouls per game, including 17.6 in the Big Ten. Two years ago in Ann Arbor, Nebraska committed six team fouls in a 57-39 win.
• Nebraska leads the Big Ten with just 12.1 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 25-3 all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena, including 3-2 against top-25 foes. The Huskers are averaging 6,343 fans per game through four Big Ten home games this season.

Scouting the Michigan Wolverines
Coach Kim Barnes Arico and Michigan carry a 13-7 overall record and a 5-4 Big Ten mark into Sunday’s game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Michigan advanced to the 2014 Postseason WNIT and finished with a 20-14 overall record that included an 8-8 Big Ten mark, tying Minnesota for sixth in the conference standings. In Barnes Arico’s first season in Ann Arbor in 2012-13, Michigan finished 22-11 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten on its way to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Senior forward Cyesha Goree leads the Wolverines as one of the Big Ten’s most dominant inside players. The 6-3 forward is averaging 15.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while shooting 58.5 percent from the floor. She has increased those numbers to 18.0 points and 10.7 rebounds in conference play.

While Goree leads Michigan inside, senior guard Shannon Smith has added 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and a team-best 4.7 assists per game. She also leads the Wolverines with 1.9 steals per game. In conference action, Smith has turned up her averages to 15.8 points, 5.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

Sophomore Siera Thompson joins Smith in the starting backcourt with 11.5 points and 3.1 assists per game, while hitting 40.4 percent (46-114) of her threes. The 5-7 guard is also one of the nation’s top free throw shooters, connecting on 94.9 percent (37-39) of her attempts. Senior forward Nicole Elmblad adds 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, including 10.0 boards per game over the last five contests. Danielle Williams, a 5-9 sophomore, rounds out Michigan’s probable starters with 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

Freshman Katelynn Flaherty has played starter’s minutes as one of the Big Ten’s top sixth players. The 5-7 Flaherty is averaging 14.8 points, including 15.9 points per Big Ten game, while ranking among the Big Ten’s best long-range threats. Flaherty has hit 41.3 percent (52-126) of her three-point attempts, including 26-of-63 (.413) in Big Ten play. Flaherty is also hitting 88.9 percent of her free throws (32-36, .889).

The Wolverines also get reliable contributions off the bench from 5-10 junior guard Madison Ristovski, who is averaging 4.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in just over 18.5 minutes per game. Ristovski is also a dangerous threat from three-point range, connecting on 35 percent (21-60) of her attempts.

Michigan is averaging 71.9 points per game, while surrendering 66.4 points per contest. In Big Ten play, those numbers have increased to 73.6 points per game, and 71.8 allowed contest, including 91 to Maryland on Thursday. In all four of their conference losses, the Wolverines have scored 70 or less, and the only game they’ve won this year when scoring less than 70 was a 68-61 win over Bucknell Nov. 16.

The Wolverines are shooting 44.3 percent from the field, including 38.3 percent from three-point range. They have also hit 74.4 percent of their free throws. Michigan owns a plus-1.9 turnover margin and a plus-4.6 rebound margin, but was outrebounded 49-25 in the home loss to Maryland on Thursday.

Nebraska vs. Michigan Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Michigan 9-1, including an 84-51 win at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Jan. 29, 2014. In a game where All-American Kelsey Griffin became the third Husker to be honored with a retired jersey (#23), All-American Jordan Hooper joined Griffin as the third Husker in history with 2,000 points and 1,000 career rebounds. Hooper finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Rachel Theriot added the first double-double of her career with 10 points and 11 assists.

The victory sparked a season series sweep of the Wolverines that included a 76-68 win in Ann Arbor on Feb. 13, 2014. They were the first and fifth wins of a nine-game winning streak by Nebraska last season.

The Huskers have won three straight in the series with Michigan, including a 57-39 victory at Ann Arbor on Feb. 21, 2013. The 39 points were the fewest ever scored by a conference opponent in a road game.

The Huskers are 3-1 against Michigan as Big Ten foes with a 63-52 loss at the Devaney Center on Feb. 9, 2012. That game represents the only win by the Wolverines in the series. The two teams met six times as non-conference opponents between 1980-81 and 2006-07 with the Huskers producing double-digit victories in all six games. In the first meeting, Nebraska ran to a 118-92 win on Nov. 28, 1980 in the highest scoring game in school history.

Theriot Named to Wade, Wooden, Naismith Watch Lists
Nebraska junior Rachel Theriot was 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.

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 16.7 points, 4.3 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 (16.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.2 apg)
• Rachel Theriot became the 30th 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska history when she hit her first field goal of the night against Illinois on Thursday. Theriot finished with 11 points in the game to push her career total to 1,009 and climb to No. 29 on the Nebraska career chart. She needs 26 points to move to No. 28 (Alexa Johnson, 1,035, 2001-04) and 27 points to jump to No. 27 (Stacy Imming, 1,036, 1984-87).
• Theriot’s 438 career assists rank sixth in Husker history. She needs six 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 has produced double figures in 18 of NU’s 20 games this season, averaging 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

• She ranks second in the Big Ten and fifth in NCAA Division I with a .922 free throw percentage (59-64).

• 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 47 career double-figure scoring performances, including 25 last season and 17 this season.

• Theriot has played every minute in 11 of NU’s 20 games this season, including all 45 minutes in the overtime loss at Iowa on Monday and all 40 in the win over Illinois Thursday. She’s gone the distance in 10 of the last 14 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. (12.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.9 apg)
• One of the nation’s most versatile forwards, Emily Cady earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2014. She enters the Michigan game averaging 12.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
• Cady needs eight boards to become the fifth Husker and 17th player in Big Ten Conference history to pull down 1,000 career rebounds. She ranks fifth in NU history with 992 rebounds, trailing only Janet Smith (1,280), Jordan Hooper (1,110), Kelsey Griffin (1,019) and Karen Jennings (1,000).
• Over the last four games, Cady is averaging 13.8 rebounds per game.
• Cady owns eight double-doubles on the year, including three in Big Ten play. She had back-to-back 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 30 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 992 in her career.

• 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.
• 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 1,311 points, 992 rebounds, 277 assists and 126 steals. She is the only player in Nebraska history with 1,300 points, 900 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 career steals.

• Cady ranks ninth in NU history with 98 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 189 points, eight rebounds and 23 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 1,311 career points rank No. 15 in Husker history. She needs 37 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. (13.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 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 13.1 points per game. She has a team-best 36 three-pointers. She is also NU’s top on-the-ball defender.
• Over the last four games, Laudermill is averaging 16.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She has produced double figures in five straight games.
• 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 135 makes to rank seventh on the Husker career list. She needs 10 threes to catch Kate Galligan (145, 1993-96) in sixth.
• Laudermill (114) is one of four Huskers who have played more than 100 career games, joining Emily Cady-120, Hailie Sample-120 and Brandi Jeffery-114.
• 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 DraftSite.com, while College Sports Madness slotted her as the No. 24 overall pick.
• She has produced double digits in 26 of her last 37 games, after managing double figures in just 11 of her first 77. She owns 37 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. (7.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg)
• Brandi Jeffery is playing the best basketball of her career, averaging 7.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and a team-best 1.6 steals in 19 games with 18 starts this season. Jeffery did not start against Penn State Jan. 15. She missed the Wisconsin game Jan. 22 with a minor knee injury.
• Jeffery has scored in double figures seven times, including three double-digit efforts in her last six games. Her 13 points against Purdue Jan. 19 marked the second-highest scoring total of her career. She added six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jeffery owns 16 career double-digit scoring efforts.
• She needs five points against Michigan to reach 500 in her career. She pulled down her 300th career rebound at Iowa on Monday.
• Jeffery (114) is one of four Husker seniors who have played more than 100 career games, joining Emily Cady-120, Hailie Sample-120 and Tear’a Laudermill-114.
• 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 and 21st in the Big Ten with 6.6 rebounds per game. With 125 rebounds this season she has surpassed her total of 119 boards from her sophomore (57) and junior (62) seasons combined.
• Jeffery’s 149 points and 583 minutes played are both career single-season bests.
• She also leads the Huskers with 31 steals this season, surpassing her total of 19 from 2013-14. She has at least one steal in all but three games for the Huskers and 20 steals over her last nine 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 91-29 record and three NCAA tournaments.

#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Sr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (7.4 ppg, 6.7 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 (.629) through 20 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 627, trailing only teammate Emily Cady (992) and Iowa’s Samantha Logic (819). Sample is coming off a season-high 14 rebounds against Illinois Thursday.
• Sample started the first 115 games of her career before not starting against Penn State on Jan. 15. She owns 119 career starts to tie for eighth 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. 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. She had 10 points and eight rebounds in a win at Wisconsin Jan. 22.
• Sample has been perfect from the floor five times this year, including 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 21 career double-digit scoring games, including nine in 2013-14 and six in 2014-15. She also owns seven career double-figure rebound games, including three in 2013-14 and one in 2014-15.
• Sample ranks No. 16 on the Nebraska career rebound list with 627. She needs one more to catch Cory Montgomery (2007-10) in No. 15 and 10 more to match Danielle Page (2005-08) in 14th with 636. Sample is 54 rebounds from 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 has started all 120 games in her career while Sample has made 119 starts, helping the Huskers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and an average of 25 wins per season.

The Husker seniors are 91-29 (.758 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 moved to No. 15 in The Associated Press Poll after running to double-digit wins over Purdue and Wisconsin last week. NU slipped to No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 after a 78-72 overtime loss at Iowa on Monday. The Huskers opened 2014-15 at No. 16 in both polls.

The Huskers were ranked No. 26 in the official NCAA RPI on Jan. 30. NU was as high as No. 5 on Jan. 1. NU’s Strength of Schedule ranks No. 47 nationally by RealTimeRPI.com.

The Big Ten’s conference-wide Strength of Schedule leads the nation, according to RealTimeRPI.com.

Nine Big Ten teams are ranked in the NCAA RPI’s top 55, including Maryland (4th), Iowa (5th), Nebraska (26th), Minnesota (32nd), Ohio State (35th), Michigan (42nd), Rutgers (46th), Purdue (51st) and Northwestern (53rd), while Illinois (83rd) and Michigan State (90th) give the conference 11 teams in the RPI top 100. Wisconsin (146th), Indiana (151st) and Penn State (202nd) round out the conference.

The Huskers own eight top-100 RPI wins, including road wins at Washington State (47th), UCLA (68th), Illinois (83rd) and Michigan State (90th) along with home wins over Duke (16th), Purdue (51st), Illinois (83rd) and Creighton (96th).

High Point (137th), Alabama (141st), Wisconsin (146th) and Bakersfield (150th) 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.