NEB WBB: No. 19 Huskers Open East Coast Swing at No. 21 Rutgers
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#19/#18 Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-4, 7-3 Big Ten)
at #21/#22 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (16-5, 7-3 Big Ten)
Thursday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m. (Central)
The RAC (Piscataway, N.J.)
TV: BTN (Ed Cohen, Vera Jones)
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. 19 Nebraska Opens East Coast Swing at No. 21 Rutgers
The No. 19 Nebraska women’s basketball team makes its first-ever trip to Piscataway, N.J., to take on No. 21 Rutgers in a Big Ten Conference top-25 showdown on Thursday night.
Tip-off between the Big Red (17-4, 7-3 Big Ten) and the Scarlet Knights (16-5, 7-3 Big Ten) is set for 6 p.m. (CT), with live national television coverage by the Big Ten Network. Ed Cohen and Vera Jones will be on the call for BTN. Live radio coverage will be provided by the Husker Sports Network, with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch calling the action on stations across the network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln, 93.3 FM in Omaha and 880 AM in Lexington.
The Huskers, who have won seven of their last eight games, take a 17-game February winning streak with them to New Jersey. Nebraska has not lost a game in the month of February since a 73-53 loss at Michigan State on Feb. 23, 2012. Three of Nebraska’s 17 wins in their February streak have come to top-25 foes, including a pair of top-10 wins over No. 8 Ohio State in 2012 and No. 8 Penn State in 2014. The Huskers have not beaten a top-25 team on the road during the 17-game February winning streak.
Nebraska rebounded from an overtime loss at No. 20 Iowa on Jan. 26, to sweep a pair of home wins against Illinois (Jan. 29) and Michigan (Feb. 1).
Senior Tear’a Laudermill led the Big Red in scoring in all three games. The 5-9 guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., has produced double figures in six straight games, including 24 points in a road win at Wisconsin on Jan. 22. Laudermill, who was a second-team All-Big Ten pick last year, has pushed her season averages to 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
The Huskers continue to be led in scoring by junior point guard Rachel Theriot. The All-America candidate is averaging 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. A first-team All-Big Ten pick a year ago, Theriot has produced double figures in 19 of 21 games this season.
Senior Emily Cady, a second-team All-Big Ten pick, adds a potent inside presence. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., averages 12.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists. In Sunday’s win over Michigan, she became the fifth Husker and 17th player in Big Ten history to record 1,000 career rebounds.
#19 Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-4, 7-3 Big Ten)
3 – Hailie Sample – 6-1 – Sr. – F – 7.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg
23 – Emily Cady – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 12.7 ppg, 10.1 rpg
1 – Tear’a Laudermill – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 13.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg
13 – Brandi Jeffery – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 7.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg
33 – Rachel Theriot – 6-0 – Jr. – G – 16.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
Off the Bench
5 – Natalie Romeo – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 6.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg
22 – Allie Havers – 6-5 – So. – C – 4.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg
31 – Anya Kalenta – 6-3 – Jr. – F – 4.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg
34 – Jasmine Cincore – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 1.9 ppg, 0.3 rpg
30 – Chandler Smith – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 1.7 ppg, 1.0 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 (258-146); 25th Season Overall (453-286)
#21 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (16-5, 7-3 Big Ten)
2 – Kahleah Copper – 6-1 – Jr. – F/G – 15.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg
20 – Christa Evans – 6-3 – Sr. – F/C – 0.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg
3 – Tyler Scaife – 5-9 – So. – G – 16.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg
15 – Syessence Davis – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 4.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg
44 – Betnijah Laney – 6-0 – Sr. – G/F – 15.8 ppg, 11.7 rpg
Off the Bench
4 – Briyona Canty – 5-9 – Jr. – G – 7.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg
1 – Rachel Hollivay – 6-4 – Jr. – C – 7.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg
13 – Cynthia Hernandez – 5-7 – Jr. – G – 4.8 ppg, 0.8 rpg
10 – Shrita Parker – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 2.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg
43 – Ariel Butts – 6-3 – Jr. – F/C – 1.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg
5 – Natalie Parsons – 5-9 – Jr. – G – 0.4 ppg, 0.0 rpg
33 – Alexis Alfano – 5-8 – So. – G – 0.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg
Head Coach: C. Vivian Stringer (Slippery Rock, 1971)
20th Season at Rutgers (425-211); 44th Season Overall (945-346)
Scouting the Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Hall of Fame Coach C. Vivian Stringer leads Rutgers into Thursday night’s clash with Nebraska carrying 945 career victories, including 425 in her 20th season with the Scarlet Knights.
Stringer’s 2015 Scarlet Knights carry a 16-5 overall record that includes a 7-3 Big Ten mark, tied with Nebraska for third in the Big Ten standings. Rutgers is ranked No. 21 in this week’s Associated Press Poll.
Senior Betnijah Laney leads a talented and experienced group of Scarlet Knights. The 6-0 guard/forward is averaging a double-double with 15.8 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. Laney has upped her scoring to 16.3 points per game in conference play.
Junior Kahleah Copper, a 6-1 forward/guard has pitched in 15.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game overall, including a team-best 16.6 points per game in conference play.
Sophomore guard Tyler Scaife gives Rutgers three players averaging better than 16 points through 10 Big Ten games. Scaife, who is the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer overall at 16.2 points per game, is averaging 16.1 points in league play.
A power team that rarely relies on the three-point shot, Rutgers is hitting just 2.2 threes per game in conference play. Copper (0), Laney (1) and Scaife (5) have combined for just six of Rutgers’ 22 threes in Big Ten action, while their fourth-leading scorer in league play, Rachel Hollivay (6.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg), has not attempted a three. The 6-4 junior Hollivay has rotated in the starting lineup at center in Big Ten play, alongside 6-3 senior Christa Evans (0.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg) and 6-3 junior Ariel Butts (1.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg). None of three posts has attempted a three this season.
Syessence Davis, a 5-7 senior point guard, has averaged 4.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.4 steals per game on the season. Davis, who is 2-for-18 from three-point range in Big Ten play, has seen her scoring dip to 2.4 points per game, but she is still averaging 4.6 assists and 4.1 steals in league action.
Briyona Canty, a 5-9 junior guard, contributes 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals as a part-time starter. Canty, who is 1-for-4 from long range in conference play, has also seen her numbers slip to just 4.8 points per game in Big Ten action.
Junior Cynthia Hernandez, a 5-7 guard, provides the Scarlet Knights with a legitimate home run threat, connecting on 20-of-46 threes (.435) on the year, including 12-of-22 (.545) in Big Ten play. Hernandez is averaging 5.5 points in just 6.8 minutes per game in Big Ten play. She has only one two-point field goal in league action.
Freshman Shrita Parker, another 5-7 guard, has also been a regular contributor in Big Ten play with 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in nearly 10 minutes per game in conference action.
As a team, Rutgers is averaging 71.5 points per game despite getting just 6.9 points per game from three-point range on the season. The Scarlet Knights have been efficient from long range though, hitting 33.1 percent (48-145) from outside, including 31.4 percent (22-70) in the Big Ten.
Overall, Rutgers is shooting 44.2 percent from the field, including 41.7 percent in the league. The Scarlet Knights have hit 71 percent of their free throws on the season, including 73.9 percent in Big Ten play.
Rutgers has matched the opposition on the boards but carries a plus-4.6 team turnover margin in Big Ten action.
Nebraska vs. Rutgers Series History
Nebraska will be facing Rutgers for the first time in school history when the two teams meet as Big Ten foes on Thursday night in Piscataway, N.J. The last time Nebraska played in New Jersey came at the St. Peter’s Holiday Classic in Jersey City, Dec. 29-30, 1999. The Huskers won their final game in the tournament against Yale, 75-45. NU’s last game against a team from New Jersey came the following season with an 83-70 win over St. Peter’s in Lincoln on Dec. 10, 2000.
Nebraska has never played a team from New Jersey under Coach Connie Yori.
Cady Bar the Boards: Husker Senior Joints 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.
Prior to Cady, the newest player on the Big Ten 1,000-rebound list was Husker Jordan Hooper (1,110, 2011-14), who spent three seasons on the floor with Cady. Hooper, a 2014 first-team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year, also notched her 1,000th career rebound against Michigan (Jan. 29, 2014).
Cady’s 1,000 rebounds match 1993 Wade Trophy winner, first-team All-American and Big Eight Player of the Year Karen Jennings for No. 4 on the Nebraska career charts. Kelsey Griffin, a 2010 first-team All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year, ranks No. 3 on the NU charts with 1,019 career boards. Janet Smith (1979-82) holds the Nebraska record with 1,280 rebounds.
Cady, who grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds against Iowa Jan. 26, is within striking distance of Cindy Dallas (1,014, Illinois, 1999-04), Andrea Garner (1,016, Penn State, 1997-00) and Lykendra Johnson (1,018, Michigan State, 2009-12) on the Big Ten’s all-time list. Cady needs 95 rebounds to join Hooper in the Big Ten’s all-time top 10 in career boards.
On the national level, Cady is tied for sixth with Western Kentucky’s Chastity Gooch among NCAA Division I active rebound leaders. Cady is one of just three active players nationally from Power Five conferences to produce 1,000 career rebounds.
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 16.5 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 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 45 more than Minnesota senior All-American Rachel Banham.
• Theriot has produced double figures in 19 of NU’s 21 games this season, averaging 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.
• She ranks second in the Big Ten and third 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 has played every minute in 12 of NU’s 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’s gone the distance in 11 of the 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. (12.7 ppg, 10.1 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 Rutgers game averaging 12.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
• Cady became the fifth Husker and 17th player in Big Ten Conference history to reach 1,000 career rebounds, when she grabbed eight boards against Michigan Feb. 1. She is tied for fourth in NU history with 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings on the school rebound 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 is tied for sixth with Western Kentucky’s Chastity Gooch among all active NCAA Division I career rebounders. Cady’s 1,000 rebounds rank third among all active players in Power Five conferences.
• 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 1,000 in her career, 175 more than No. 2 Samantha Logic from Iowa (825). NU’s Hailie Sample ranks third with 634.
• 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 1,320 points, 1,000 rebounds, 282 assists and 126 steals. She is the only player in Nebraska history with 1,300 points, 1,000 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 180 points and 18 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 1,320 career points rank No. 15 in Husker history. She needs 28 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. (13.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 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 13.2 points per game. She has a team-best 39 three-pointers. She is also NU’s top on-the-ball defender.
• Over the last six games, Laudermill is averaging 16.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game. She has produced double figures in six straight games and has led Nebraska in scoring in each of the last four contests.
• She enters the Rutgers game needing 25 points to become the 31st 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska history. Laudermill would join current teammates Emily Cady (1,320) and Rachel Theriot (1,023) in NU’s 1,000-point club.
• Laudermill has hit 9-of-27 three-point attempts (.333) over the last four 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 3.4 rebounds per game, including 3.6 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 138 makes to rank seventh on the Husker career list. She needs seven threes to catch Kate Galligan (145, 1993-96) in sixth.
• Laudermill (115) is one of four Huskers who have played more than 100 career games, joining Emily Cady-121, Hailie Sample-121 and Brandi Jeffery-115.
• 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 27 of her last 38 games, after managing double figures in just 11 of her first 77. She owns 38 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. (7.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg)
• Brandi Jeffery is playing the best basketball of her career, averaging 7.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and a team-best 1.6 steals in 20 games with 19 starts this season.
• Jeffery has been slowed by a bone bruise on her knee over Nebraska’s last four games, after suffering the injury 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. She has split time with Natalie Romeo the past two games, while continuing to battle the effects of the 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. Jeffery owns 16 career double-digit scoring efforts.
• She needs three points against Rutgers to reach 500 in her career. She pulled down her 300th career rebound at Iowa Jan. 26.
• Jeffery (115) is one of four Husker seniors who have played more than 100 career games, joining Emily Cady-121, Hailie Sample-121 and Tear’a Laudermill-115.
• 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 127 rebounds this season she has surpassed her total of 119 boards from her sophomore (57) and junior (62) seasons combined.
• Jeffery’s 151 points and 599 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 four games for the Huskers and 20 steals over her last 10 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 92-29 record and three NCAA tournaments.
#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Sr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (7.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.8 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 (.654) through 21 games, including 66.0 percent in Big Ten play. 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 634, trailing only teammate Emily Cady (1,000) and Iowa’s Samantha Logic (825). Sample had a season-high 14 rebounds against Illinois Jan. 29.
• Sample started the first 115 games of her career before not starting against Penn State on Jan. 15. She owns 120 career starts to tie for sixth 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 seven career double-figure rebound games, including three in 2013-14 and one in 2014-15.
• Sample ranks No. 15 on the Nebraska career rebound list with 634. She needs two more to match Danielle Page (2005-08) in 14th with 636. Sample is 47 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 121 games in her career while Sample has made 120 starts, helping the Huskers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and an average of 25 wins per season.
The Husker seniors are 92-29 (.760 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 despite back-to-back wins over Illinois (Jan. 29) and Michigan (Feb. 1) after suffering an overtime road loss at No. 20 Iowa on Jan. 26. NU moved up one spot to No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 after last week’s wins over Illinois and Michigan. The Huskers opened 2014-15 at No. 16 in both polls.
The Huskers were ranked No. 29 in the official NCAA RPI on Feb. 3. NU was as high as No. 5 on Jan. 1. NU’s Strength of Schedule ranks No. 52 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 60, including Maryland (4th), Iowa (5th), Nebraska (29th), Minnesota (35th), Ohio State (37th), Michigan (42nd), Rutgers (48th), Northwestern (52nd) and Purdue (58th), while Michigan State (95th) and Illinois (99th) give the conference 11 teams in the RPI top 100. Wisconsin (130th), Indiana (139th) and Penn State (203rd) round out the conference.
The Huskers own nine top-100 RPI wins, including road wins (5) at Washington State (43rd), UCLA (82nd), Creighton (89th), Michigan State (95th) and Illinois (99th) along with home wins (4) over Duke (12th), Michigan (42nd), Purdue (58th) and Illinois (99th).
Wisconsin (130th), Bakersfield (140th), Alabama (151st), High Point (154th) 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.
Double Trouble: Cady Climbing Husker Career Chart
Emily Cady ranks fourth in Nebraska history with 30 career double-doubles, including eight double-doubles through 20 games in 2014-15. Cady trails only Nebraska’s first-team All-Americans Jordan Hooper (40, 2011-14), Kelsey Griffin (40, 2006-10) and Karen Jennings (36, 1990-93) on the Husker career double-doubles list. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., tied Hooper for second in the Big Ten with 14 double-doubles in 2013-14. They became the first Husker teammates to both produce double-figure double-doubles in the same season.
As a senior, Cady is trying to join Hooper, Kelsey Griffin and Karen Jennings as the only players in Husker history with two double-digit double-double campaigns. Cady is one of just six Huskers in history with 10 or more double-doubles in a season, including Griffin (10, 2006-07; 20, 2009-10), Jennings (13, 1990-91; 13, 1991-92), Nafeesah Brown (16, 1993-94), Maurtice Ivy (10, 1985-86) and Carol Garey (10, 1978-79). Nebraska players have produced 10 double-digit double-double seasons.
Cady Set for 122nd Consecutive Start
Nebraska senior Emily Cady has made 121 consecutive starts while fellow senior forward Hailie Sample has started 120 of 121 career games alongside Cady, dating back to the first games of their freshman season at NU in 2011-12.
Junior point guard Rachel Theriot has joined Cady in the starting five for each of the last 82 games, while senior Tear’a Laudermill has made 51 straight starts.
Departed All-American Jordan Hooper graduated from the Husker program and headed to the WNBA after making 131 consecutive starts, while NU used the same starting five in the final 30 games last season.
Consistent starting lineups are nothing new for the Huskers under Coach Connie Yori. In fact, over the past 10 seasons (including 2014-15) Nebraska has used only 25 different starting lineups over 313 games, including the same starting five in 19 of 21 games in 2014-15.
The 2011-12, 2006-07 and 2003-04 Huskers all used the same starting lineup for every game.
Huskers More Than Fair in Foul Department
Through 21 games in 2014-15, the Huskers have continued a trend from recent seasons in avoiding personal fouls. The Huskers rank No. 4 nationally, committing just 12.2 fouls per game, including a school-record four fouls in the win over Bakersfield Dec. 13. NU has forced 17.4 fouls per game on its opponents. In Big Ten play, the Huskers average just 11.4 fouls, while opponents commit 16.2 fouls per contest.
In 2013-14, NU led the Big Ten and ranked second nationally by committing just 13.6 fouls per game. Nebraska’s opponents averaged 18.9 fouls per game last season.
Nebraska continued a non-fouling trend from 2012-13. The Huskers were whistled for just 12.8 fouls per game in 2012-13, including 11 fouls per game in Big Ten regular-season games.
Nebraska has outscored opponents 256-164 (+4.4 ppg) at the free throw line this season.
Huskers Own Four Double-Digit Comebacks in 2014-15
Nebraska rallied from double-digit deficits in back-to-back wins last week. The Huskers produced their fourth double-digit comeback of the year by overcoming a 14-point (25-11) first-half deficit with 8:21 left to produce a 29-point turnaround for a 75-60 victory over Michigan Feb. 1. It marked NU’s 20th double-digit comeback to victory in Coach Connie Yori’s 13th season leading the Huskers.
In 2011-12, the Huskers overcame double-digit deficits five times to earn wins, and the current class of Nebraska seniors (Emily Cady, Brandi Jeffery, Tear’a Laudermill, Hailie Sample) have produced 10 wins after trailing by double figures in their four-year careers.
The huge rally against the Wolverines followed on the heels of a comeback from 11 points down (22-11) with 8:48 left in the first half. NU also trailed by nine points (51-42) with 9:40 remaining in the second half to notch a 59-57 win over Illinois Jan. 29.
The Huskers produced their first double-figure comeback of the year by rebounding from a 16-point first-half deficit for a 71-66 victory at UCLA Nov. 28. The Big Red trailed 33-17 in the first half and 52-39 with 11:16 left in the game, before notching the five-point win.
Nebraska’s 88-85 comeback win over Minnesota in OT at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Jan. 16, 2014 came after trailing by 14 points with 13:40 left to tie for the second-largest second-half deficit overcome by a Yori-coached Husker team.
In Yori’s first season, the Huskers trailed by five at half, then 19 in the second half but came back to win 62-61 at San Diego on Dec. 28, 2002. In 2007-08, Nebraska trailed by eight at half and 14 in the second half before Kelsey Griffin rallied the Huskers for a 73-67 win at Missouri on Feb. 3, 2008.
Huskers Rank Among National Attendance Leaders
In 18 home games, the Huskers attracted 110,892 fans including 10 of the top-16 largest home non-conference crowds in school history in 2013-14.
Nebraska’s total home attendance of 110,892 ranked No. 8 nationally, while NU’s average home attendance of 6,161 ranked 11th in 2013-14.
Overall, Nebraska ranks 11th nationally in 2014-15 with 5,510 fans per home game, including one game at Bob Devaney Sports Center (3,321 vs. Utah, Nov. 23).
In 29 all-time home games at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Huskers own an impressive 26-3 record (.897 winning percentage) while averaging 5,990 fans per game (173,688 total fans/29 games).
Nebraska attracted a non-conference school-record crowd of 9,750 to open its stay in the building with a win over UCLA on Nov. 8, 2013. The Huskers have averaged more than 5,000 fans per non-conference game each of the first two seasons at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Before moving to the new arena, NU had never averaged more than 4,049 fans per game in non-conference home play.