NEB WBB: No. 21 Huskers Take Aim at Talented Wildcats
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#21/#20 Nebraska Cornhuskers (18-7, 8-6 Big Ten)
at Northwestern Wildcats (19-6, 9-5 Big Ten)
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. (Central)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Ill.)
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No. 21 Huskers Aim for Road Win Against Talented Wildcats
The No. 21 Nebraska women’s basketball team returns to Big Ten road action this week beginning with a Wednesday night clash at surging Northwestern.
Tip-off between the Big Red (18-7, 8-6 Big Ten) and the Wildcats (19-6, 9-5 Big Ten) at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill., is set for 7 p.m. (CT).
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. Live premium video will be provided by BTN Plus.
The Huskers are coming off a 70-63 win over Wisconsin in front of a season-high crowd of 8,622 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Sunday afternoon. Freshman guard Natalie Romeo led Nebraska with a career-high 21 points while matching a career high with four assists. Senior guard Tear’a Laudermill added 20 points and a career-high seven assists. Senior forwards Emily Cady and Hailie Sample combined for 17 points and 17 rebounds to help the Huskers.
While Nebraska got back on the winning track after dropping three straight games to top-25 teams, the Wildcats extended their winning streak to five straight games with a 63-62 win at Michigan on Saturday afternoon. Each of the last four games for Northwestern have been possession games, including a 73-65 overtime win at Purdue, a 64-58 home win over Illinois and a 75-69 victory at Indiana. In fact, eight of the Wildcats’ last nine games have been decided by single digits, including a one-point win at Illinois, a three-point loss against Iowa and a one-point loss at Penn State.
Like Northwestern, Nebraska is no stranger to close games. In fact, only three of Nebraska’s 11 road games this season have been decided by more than six points, including a 21-point win at Washington State (Nov. 19), a 17-point win at Wisconsin (Jan. 22) and a 12-point loss at No. 5 Maryland (Feb. 8).
The last three meetings between Nebraska and Northwestern have been decided by five points or less, including a 63-59 Husker loss at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Jan. 26, 2014, and a 66-65 Nebraska win in Lincoln on Jan. 2, 2014. The Big Red also beat Northwestern, 55-50, in Evanston on Feb. 7, 2013.
#21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (18-7, 8-6 Big Ten)
3 – Hailie Sample – 6-1 – Sr. – F – 7.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg
23 – Emily Cady – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 12.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg
1 – Tear’a Laudermill – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 13.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg
13 – Brandi Jeffery – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 7.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg
33 – Rachel Theriot – 6-0 – Jr. – G – 16.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
or 5 – Natalie Romeo – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 6.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg
or 22 – Allie Havers – 6-5 – So. – C – 4.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg
or 30 – Chandler Smith – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 2.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg
Off the Bench
31 – Anya Kalenta – 6-3 – Jr. – F – 4.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
34 – Jasmine Cincore – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 1.8 ppg, 0.2 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 (259-149); 25th Season Overall (454-289)
Northwestern Wildcats (19-6, 9-5 Big Ten)
10 – Nia Coffey – 6-1 – So. – F – 15.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg
5 – Alex Cohen – 6-5 – Sr. – C – 9.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg
3 – Ashley Deary – 5-4 – So. – G – 9.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
25 – Maggie Lyon – 6-1 – Jr. – G – 14.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg
42 – Karly Roser – 5-10 – Sr. – G – 4.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Off the Bench
22 – Christen Inman – 5-10 – So. – G – 11.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg
11 – Lauren Douglas – 6-2 – Jr. – F – 10.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg
12 – Lydia Rohde – 5-10 – Fr. – G – 0.9 ppg, 0.2 rpg
30 – Allie Tuttle – 6-4 – So. – F/C – 1.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg
13 – Nof Kedem – 5-6 – Jr. – G – 0.8 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Head Coach: Joe McKeown (Kent State, 1979)
7th Season at NU (107-107); 29th Season Overall (616-281)
Streaks, Stats & Milestones
• Nebraska takes aim at its 19th win of the season and its 94th victory in the four years with seniors Emily Cady, Brandi Jeffery, Tear’a Laudermill and Hailie Sample on the court. The most career wins by a senior class in Nebraska history is 94 – established by the 2012-13 class of Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams.
• Senior forward Emily Cady is tied for 12th in Big Ten history with 1,043 career rebounds, matching the total of Karisma Penn (Illinois, 2010-13). Cady is averaging 10.2 rebounds per game, including 19 rebounds against Iowa on Feb. 12, and 18 boards against the Hawkeyes on Jan. 26. Cady’s 19 boards tied for the ninth-best total in school history and were the most by a Husker since the turn of the century.
• Cady ranks sixth among active NCAA Division I rebounders with 1,043.
• Cady owns nine double-doubles this season, including a huge 19-point, 18-rebound effort at Iowa Jan. 26, and 13 points and 14 boards at Rutgers on Feb. 5. Cady, who owns 31 career double-doubles, has 1,353 points, 1,043 rebounds, 292 assists, 133 steals and 102 blocks.
• Cady’s 102 blocks are tied for sixth in Husker history with Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-83). Cady needs two more blocks to match Maurtice Ivy (1985-88) in fifth with 104.
• Tear’a Laudermill leads Nebraska in Big Ten play with 15.1 points per game. Over the last eight games, Laudermill is averaging 18.5 points per contest. She has produced double figures in 10 straight games.
• Laudermill has established a single-season career high with 39 steals this year, including 29 steals over the last 12 games. She had at least one steal in 11 straight games before going without a steal in the win over Wisconsin on Sunday.
• Laudermill (1,045) is one of three current Huskers with 1,000 career points joining Emily Cady (1,353) and Rachel Theriot (1,023). Laudermill has climbed to 27th on the NU scoring list and needs three points to catch Cathy Owen (1,048, 1982-85) in 26th and 24 points to match Kate Galligan (1,069, 1993-96) in 25th.
• Junior All-America guard Rachel Theriot became the 30th 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska women’s basketball history when she scored her first field goal of the night against Illinois Jan. 29. She has increased her career total to 1,023 points.
• Theriot is tied for fifth in Husker history with 444 career assists, matching current NU assistant coach Amy Stephens (1986-89) on that chart.
• Senior Hailie Sample recorded the 200th assist of her career in the win over Michigan Feb. 1. Sample, who has 677 points, 669 rebounds and 211 assists, became the fifth Husker in history to reach combined career milestones of 600 points, 600 rebounds and 200 assists. The other members of that distinguished group are 1988 Big Eight Player of the Year Maurtice Ivy (2,131 points, 778 rebounds, 297 assists), two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge (1,859, 804, 392), Kathy Hagerstrom (1,778, 874, 269), and senior teammate Emily Cady (1,353, 1,043, 292).
• Brandi Jeffery has transformed herself into one of the Big Ten’s best rebounders as a senior. The 5-7 guard has grabbed 147 rebounds, surpassing her combined total of 119 rebounds from 2012-13 and 2013-14. Jeffery ranks third among the Huskers with 6.1 boards per game. She had a career-high 16 rebounds at Minnesota Dec. 29. Jeffery scored her 500th career point at Rutgers on Feb. 5.
• Freshman Natalie Romeo has started three consecutive games in place of the injured Rachel Theriot. Romeo, who is coming off a career-high 21 point performance against Wisconsin, is averaging 12.4 points per game in five games this season as a starter, including 18 points and six threes in her first career start against Penn State on Jan. 15. The 5-7 guard from Martinez, Calif., who is averaging 6.6 points on the season, is averaging 11.7 points and 3.7 rebounds over the past three games.
• 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 92 contests that NU has committed eight or fewer fouls in a game.
• Nebraska ranks No. 4 nationally with 12.4 personal fouls per game.
• Nebraska leads the Big Ten with just 13.2 turnovers per game in conference play.
• Nebraska is 27-4 all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena, including 3-3 against top-25 foes. The Huskers are averaging 6,377 fans per game through seven Big Ten home games this season, including a season-high 8,622 fans for Sunday’s win over Wisconsin.
Scouting the Northwestern Wildcats
Northwestern enters Wednesday night’s clash with Nebraska in Evanston riding a five-game winning streak after a 63-62 win over Michigan on Saturday. At 19-6 overall, the Wildcats have matched their highest overall win total in seven seasons under Coach Joe McKeown (19-14, 2010-11). With a 9-5 Big Ten record, the 2015 Cats have also smashed their season-best conference win total under McKeown (7-11, 2009-10). In fact, if the Wildcats beat Nebraska Wednesday, they will match their Big Ten win totals from the 2013 and 2014 seasons combined.
A win against Nebraska would also give Northwestern its first 20-win season since 1995-96 and would all but officially secure the Wildcats’ first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996-97. That season also marked the last time a Northwestern team finished with a winning Big Ten record (9-7), which the Wildcats would secure with a 10th conference victory.
All of those historical numbers come in the wake of a combined 52-226 (.187 winning percentage) Big Ten regular-season record over the previous 17 seasons.
Northwestern’s success starts with returning first-team All-Big Ten forward Nia Coffey. The 6-1 sophomore leads the Wildcats with 15.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while also tying for the team lead with 44 blocks and ranking second on the squad with 46 steals. In last season’s 63-59 Wildcat win over the Huskers in Evanston on Jan. 26, Coffey notched a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Junior Maggie Lyon has added 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while ranking as one of the Big Ten’s top three-point shooters. The 6-1 Lyon has been on fire throughout the season, hitting 42.5 percent of her attempts while knocking down a whopping 71 threes through 25 games.
Sophomore Alex Cohen provides a true center in the paint for the Wildcats, while also owning the ability to stretch the defense by knocking down threes. The 6-5 senior is averaging 9.0 points and 4.8 rebounds while tying Coffey for the team lead with 44 blocks. Cohen also ranks second on the squad with 21 three-pointers and a 38.9 percent success rate from long range.
Sophomore Ashley Deary provides a pesky presence on the perimeter for the Cats. The 5-4 guard ranks among Big Ten leaders with 5.0 assists and 3.1 steals to go along with her 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Deary is a dangerous dribble penetrator but has improved her shot selection from outside to hit 19-of-57 threes (.333) this season, including 13-of-42 (.406) in Big Ten action.
A late-season ankle injury to sophomore Christen Inman has caused the reinsertion of senior point guard Karly Roser into Northwestern’s starting five. A starter and workhorse for the Cats as a freshman and sophomore, Roser battled an injury through her junior season. She has averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds while ranking second on the team with 2.7 assists per game. Roser has hit just 2-of-15 threes this season.
Inman, who scored 19 points on 8-of-8 shooting in Northwestern’s 66-65 loss in Lincoln on Jan. 2, 2014, was averaging 11.4 points and 2.8 rebounds while starting the Wildcats’ first 22 games this season.
Northwestern also has had to overcome the complications of a midseason foot injury to junior forward Lauren Douglas. An explosive scorer off the bench, Douglas missed three games but is still averaging 10.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in just 20.7 minutes per contest. In conference play her numbers have dipped to 8.7 points and 3.5 boards per game. Douglas was a high school teammate of Nebraska freshman Jasmine Cincore at Briarcrest Christian in Arlington, Tenn.
As a team, Northwestern is averaging 73.8 points while allowing 62.2 points per game on the season. The Wildcats shoot 43.9 percent from the field, including a strong 35.5 percent from three-point range. They have also hit 70.8 percent of their free throws. Northwestern owns an impressive plus-4.9 team turnover margin, but a minus-2.6 team rebounding margin.
Nebraska vs. Northwestern Series History
Nebraska owns a 7-3 series lead with Northwestern, including a 3-2 mark since joining the Big Ten. However, Northwestern won the last battle, 63-59, at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Jan. 26, 2014. The Big Red beat Northwestern 66-65 in Lincoln Jan. 2, 2014.
Northwestern won the first meeting between the two schools as Big Ten foes, 63-51 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln on Feb. 16, 2012. The Huskers avenged that loss with an 88-56 run past the Wildcats in the first round of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. In the only meeting in 2013, the Huskers posted a 55-50 victory in Evanston on Feb. 7, 2013.
Cady Bar the Boards: Husker Among Elite Big Ten Rebounders
Nebraska senior Emily Cady joined an elite list of Big Ten rebounders when she pulled down her 1,000th career board in NU’s win over Michigan on Feb. 1. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., became just the fifth Husker and the 17th player in Big Ten history to reach the 1,000-rebound plateau.
Cady, who has double-digit rebound totals in seven of the last 11 games, has pushed her career total to 1,043 rebounds to surge past 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (1,019, 2006-10) into the No. 3 position on the NU career rebound list.
Cady also has moved into a tie for No. 12 on the Big Ten all-time list with Karisma Penn (1,043, Illinois, 2010-13). Cady needs 51 rebounds to join former Husker Jordan Hooper (1,110, 2011-14) in the Big Ten’s all-time top 10 in career boards.
Prior to Cady, Hooper was the most recent addition to the Big Ten’s 1,000-rebound club. Hooper, who spent three seasons on the floor with Cady, was a 2014 first-team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year. Janet Smith (1979-82) holds the Nebraska record with 1,280 rebounds.
On the national level, Cady ranks sixth among NCAA Division I active rebounders. Cady is one of just three active players nationally from Power Five conferences to produce 1,000 career rebounds.
Husker Hot Shots – Nebraska’s Starting Five
#33, Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Jr., G, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (16.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.2 apg)
• Rachel Theriot missed the first game of her career at Rutgers Feb. 5, after suffering an ankle injury in practice on Tuesday, Feb. 3. She did not play at No. 5 Maryland Feb. 8 or against No. 14 Iowa Feb. 12. She also sat out the win over Wisconsin Feb. 15. Her status is day-to-day with the injury.
• Theriot became the 30th 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska history when she hit her first field goal of the night against Illinois Jan. 29. Theriot has pushed her career total to 1,023.
• 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 22nd among all active NCAA Division I players, including fourth among all juniors.
• Theriot has produced double figures in 19 of her 21 games this season, averaging 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.
• She leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth in NCAA Division I with a .926 free throw percentage (63-68).
• Theriot owns five points-assists double-doubles, including 18 points and 10 assists at Minnesota in the Big Ten opener on Dec. 29. Last season, she had four double-doubles including 10 points and 12 assists in the Big Red’s first-round NCAA Tournament win over Fresno State. Her 12 assists were the most by a Husker in history in an NCAA Tournament game. It was the fifth time in 2013-14 she dished out 11 or more assists in a game. No other Husker has done it more than four times in a career.
• She owns seven career double-digit assist games. Every other Husker in history has combined to produce just 41 double-digit assist games.
• Theriot closed non-conference play with a season-high 31 points in a win over High Point Dec. 20. It was her second career 30-point performance, joining a 33-point effort in an 88-85 OT win over Minnesota on Jan. 16, 2014.
• Her 27-point effort at Illinois Jan. 11 marked her fifth 20-point performance of the year. In addition to her 31 against High Point, she had 25 points, six rebounds and four assists against Northern Colorado. Theriot had 24 points, a career-high eight rebounds and seven assists in a win at UCLA Nov. 28. She had 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals in a win over Utah Nov. 23.
• Theriot owns 11 career 20-point efforts and 51 career double-figure scoring performances, including 25 last season and 19 this season.
• Theriot played every minute in 12 of NU’s first 21 games this season, including all 45 minutes in the overtime loss at Iowa Jan. 26, and all 40 in wins over Illinois Jan. 29 and Michigan Feb. 1. She went the distance in 11 of her last 15 games.
• She earned honorable-mention All-America accolades from the Associated Press as a sophomore. She joined Jordan Hooper (2nd Team) on the AP All-America squad, marking the second straight season the Huskers had produced a pair of All-Americans (Hooper, Lindsey Moore, HM, 2013).
• Theriot earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after ranking second among the Huskers with 15.6 points per game in conference play. She averaged 7.3 assists in Big Ten action, which ranked second in the league. Overall, Theriot finished her sophomore season with 14.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game.
• She ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten and fifth nationally with 7.1 assists per game, including 7.3 assists per game in Big Ten play. She led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7-to-1) and ranked 17th nationally.
• Theriot finished with a Nebraska single-season record 234 assists in 2013-14, smashing the previous mark of 195 set by Meggan Yedsena (1991-92) and matched by Lindsey Moore (2012-13).
• She led Nebraska to its first conference tournament title as the Big Ten Tournament MVP. She averaged 18.7 points and a tournament-record 10.0 assists per game, with 30 total assists and just seven turnovers. Theriot hit 56.4 percent of her shots, including 5-of-10 threes, and went 7-for-8 at the line.
• Theriot’s 30 assists in the Big Ten Tournament were a Nebraska single-season conference tournament record. She produced arguably the best passing game in Big Ten history in Nebraska’s Big Ten quarterfinal win over Minnesota March 7, dishing out a tournament-record-shattering 18 assists against just one turnover. The previous tournament record was 12 set by Helen Darling of Penn State against Illinois in 2000. The most assists by a Big Ten player against a Big Ten foe came with Maggie Acuna’s 16 for Illinois against Wisconsin in 2006.
• Theriot’s 18 assists were the second-most in a game in Nebraska history, trailing only 19 assists by Kathy Hawkins on Feb. 17, 1976 against Kearney State (now Nebraska-Kearney). Theriot’s assists are the most ever by a Husker against an NCAA Division I opponent, and the most in the last 37 seasons, covering more than 1,200 games. Theriot’s 18 assists were the most in an NCAA Division I game in 2013-14.
• Theriot shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent (25-50) from three-point range in Big Ten play as a sophomore. Her three-point shooting percentage led the Big Ten.
• In Big Ten play, Theriot led the league with 39.5 minutes per game and her 1,204 minutes were the most played by a Husker in a season in school history, surpassing Lindsey Moore’s 1,170 in 34 games in 2012-13. Theriot went the distance 13 times in 33 games in 2013-14, including the full 45 minutes in both of NU’s overtime wins over Minnesota (Jan. 16) and Wisconsin (Feb. 5).
#23, Emily Cady, 6-2, Sr., F, Seward, Neb. (12.0 ppg, 10.2 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 Northwestern game averaging 12.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
• Cady ranks third in Husker history and tied for 12th in Big Ten Conference history with 1,043 career rebounds. She powered past first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (1,019, 2006-10) on the NU chart by pulling down a career-high 19 rebounds against No. 14 Iowa Feb. 12.
• Only Janet Smith (1,280, 1979-82) and first-team All-American Jordan Hooper (1,110, 2011-14) own more career rebounds in Husker history than Cady.
• Cady’s 19 rebounds against Iowa Feb. 12 tied for the ninth-best total in Nebraska history and marked the most boards by a Husker since the turn of the century. Cady grabbed 18 rebounds in the first meeting with the Hawkeyes this season.
Cady has climbed into a tie for 12th on the Big Ten career rebound chart, matching Karisma Penn (1,043, Illinois, 2010-13). Cady needs 51 boards to join the Big Ten’s all-time top 10.
• Cady ranks sixth among all active NCAA Division I career rebounders. Cady’s 1,043 rebounds rank third among all active players in Power Five conferences.
• Cady owns nine double-doubles on the year, including four in Big Ten play. She had 13 points, and 14 rebounds at Rutgers Feb. 5. Cady had back-to-back double-doubles with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds at Iowa Jan. 26, and 19 points and 12 boards at Wisconsin Jan. 22. She opened Big Ten play with 21 points and 14 rebounds at Minnesota, Dec. 29.
• With 31 career double-doubles, Cady ranks fourth in school history behind only first-team All-Americans Jordan Hooper (40, 2011-14), Kelsey Griffin (40, 2006-10) and Karen Jennings (36, 1990-93).
• Cady enters the Northwestern game with 3,996 career minutes played and needs just four minutes of action to join former teammates Lindsey Moore (2010-13) and Jordan Hooper (2011-14) as the only Huskers in history with 4,000 career minutes. Cady needs 34 minutes to catch Hooper in second with 4,030 minutes played.
• 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 1,043 in her career, 190 more than No. 2 Samantha Logic from Iowa (853). NU’s Hailie Sample ranks third with 669.
• 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 1,353 points, 1,043 rebounds, 292 assists, 131 steals and 102 blocks. She is the only player in Nebraska history with 1,300 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 steals and 100 career blocks.
• Cady is tied for sixth in NU history with 102 career blocks, and needs two more to match Maurtice Ivy (104, 1985-88) in a tie for fifth on the list.
• Only one player (Janel McCarville, Minnesota, 1,835 points, 1,206 rebounds, 310 assists) in Big Ten history has ever produced 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 assists in a career. Cady could reach those combined milestones this year, needing 156 points and nine 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 1,353 career points rank No. 14 in Husker history. She needs 80 points to catch Diane DelVigna (1,433, 1979-80) in 13th.
• 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. (13.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg)
• Tear’a Laudermill emerged as a rising star for the Huskers to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior. She finished the season with averages of 11.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game, while her 62 three-pointers ranked as the 10th-best season total in NU history.
• Laudermill is continuing to grow her game as a senior, leading Nebraska in Big Ten play with 15.1 points per game, while ranking second on the team overall with 13.9 points per game. She has a team-best 50 three-pointers. She is also NU’s top on-the-ball defender.
• Laudermill has scored in double figures in 10 straight games. She is averaging 18.5 points per game over the last eight contests. She has hit at least two threes in seven of the last eight games.
• Laudermill ranks 27th in Nebraska history with 1,045 career points, and is one of three current Huskers with 1,000 points, including Emily Cady (1,353) and Rachel Theriot (1,023).
• Laudermill has hit 20 threes over the last eight games.
• Laudermill’s 39 steals on the season are a career high and she owns 29 steals over the last 12 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 3.6 rebounds per game, including 4.0 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 149 makes to rank sixth on the Husker career list. She needs six more threes to catch Anna DeForge (155, 1995-98) in fifth.
• Laudermill (119) is one of four Huskers who have played more than 115 career games, joining Emily Cady-125, Hailie Sample-125 and Brandi Jeffery-119.
• Laudermill notched her 10th career 20-point game and fifth of the season with 20 points against Wisconsin on Sunday. She also had 24 points against the Badgers on 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 31 of her last 42 games, after managing double figures in just 11 of her first 77. She owns 42 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, 6.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg)
• Brandi Jeffery is playing the best basketball of her career, averaging 7.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals in 24 games with 23 starts this season.
• Jeffery was slowed by a bone bruise from Jan. 22 through Feb. 1, which was suffered in the closing minutes of NU’s win over Purdue Jan. 19. She played one of the best games of her career against the Boilermakers, scoring 13 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
• Jeffery did not start against Penn State Jan. 15 because of an administrative error. She missed the Wisconsin game Jan. 22 with the bruised knee.
• She produced one of the best performances of her career with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals against Iowa on Feb. 12. It marked the second-best scoring total of her career.
• Jeffery has scored in double figures eight times, including four double-digit efforts in her last 10 games. Her 13 points against Purdue Jan. 19 marked the third-highest scoring total of her career. Jeffery owns 17 career double-digit scoring efforts.
• Jeffery owns career single-season highs in points (183), rebounds (147), assists (45) and steals (38) this season.
• Jeffery’s most impressive gains have come on the glass, where she ranks third among the Huskers with 6.1 rebounds per game. With 147 rebounds this season she has surpassed her total of 119 boards from her sophomore (57) and junior (62) seasons combined. She needs 37 rebounds to match her previous career total (184) entering this season.
• She owns 38 steals this season, doubling her total of 19 from 2013-14. She has at least one steal in all but four games for the Huskers and 27 steals over her last 14 contests.
• Jeffery (119) is one of four Husker seniors who have played more than 115 career games, joining Emily Cady-125, Hailie Sample-125 and Tear’a Laudermill-119.
• 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).
• 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 93-32 record and three NCAA tournaments.
#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Sr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (7.4 ppg, 7.0 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 (.639) through 25 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 669, trailing only teammate Emily Cady (1,043) and Iowa’s Samantha Logic (853). Sample had a season-high 14 rebounds against Illinois Jan. 29 and added her second double-digit rebound game of the season with 11 boards at Rutgers Feb. 5, before notching 10 boards against Wisconsin Feb. 15.
• Sample ranks 11th on the Nebraska career rebound list and needs 12 boards to tie Jan Crouch (1976-79) in 10th with 681.
• Sample started the first 115 games of her career before not starting against Penn State on Jan. 15. She owns 124 career starts to rank fifth in Husker history.
• Sample produced a season-high 16 points to go with nine rebounds and a career-high matching three steals at Washington State Nov. 19. She added 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting to help lead the Huskers to a 60-54 win over No. 9 Duke Dec. 3. She had a 15-point performance against Purdue Jan. 19. She added 14 points on 7-of-7 shooting in a win over Michigan Feb. 1. Sample added another outstanding game with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the win at Michigan State Jan. 8. She hit a pair of free throws with 5.4 seconds left to seal the 71-67 win. She had 13 points and nine rebounds against 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 nine career double-figure rebound games, including three in 2013-14 and three in 2014-15.
#5, Natalie Romeo, 5-7, Fr., G, Martinez, Calif. (6.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.5 apg)
• NU’s top guard off the bench through the first four games, freshman Natalie Romeo missed eight straight games (UCLA, Nov. 28 through Minnesota, Dec. 29). She returned to action for Nebraska’s Big Ten home opener with Maryland Jan. 3. In 13 Big Ten games, she is averaging 7.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while hitting 20 three-pointers.
• Romeo is coming off a career-high 21 points in Nebraska’s win over Wisconsin on Sunday. She hit 7-of-11 shots from the floor, including 3-of-6 threes. She also matched her career high with four assists while playing a career-high 35 minutes. She made her third straight start in place of Rachel Theriot and her fifth overall start of the season against the Badgers.
• Romeo hit the game-winning shot on a three from the right corner with 1:11 left to give Nebraska its only lead of the night in a 59-57 victory over Illinois Jan. 29. She hit NU’s first and last field goals of the game to finish with six points and three assists.
• She erupted for 18 points and six three-pointers in 26 minutes in a win over Penn State Jan. 15. Romeo added three rebounds and three assists while making her first career start. She made her second career start in a win at Wisconsin Jan. 22, when she scored nine points in 26 minutes.
• Romeo made her third career start at No. 5 Maryland Feb. 8, when she scored eight points and grabbed a career-high five rebounds in a career-high 33 minutes. She added six points and three steals against No. 14 Iowa Feb. 12.
• Romeo added nine points and one rebound in 21 minutes in a win over Michigan Feb. 1.
• Romeo hit a three-pointer in her Big Ten debut against Maryland. She made bigger contributions at Michigan State Jan. 8, with eight points and four rebounds.
• Romeo saw extensive playing time on opening weekend (Nov. 15-16), averaging 6.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 20.0 minutes per game in wins over Pepperdine and Alcorn State.
• Romeo earned first-team All-California Elite honors from Cal-Hi Sports in 2014.
• She was a two-time first-team All-California Division II pick at Carondelet High School.
• Romeo was rated as the No. 55 Player in the Nation by ESPN (No. 12 Point Guard) and the No. 27 Player in the Nation (No. 6 Point Guard) by Full Court Press.
• She averaged 19.8 points, 7.8 assists and 5.6 steals as a senior at Carondelet High School. Romeo finished her four-year high school career with 2,151 points, 552 rebounds, 735 assists and 613 steals and finished No. 2 on Carondelet’s all-time scoring list behind Stanford All-American Jayne Appel.
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 125 games in her career while Sample has made 124 starts, helping the Huskers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and an average of 25 wins per season.
The Husker seniors are 93-32 (.744 winning percentage) during their four seasons in Lincoln, the best winning percentage of any class in school history.
The 2015 seniors are trying 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 up one spot to No. 21 in The Associated Press Poll after Sunday’s win over Wisconsin. NU remained at No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 after Sunday’s win over Wisconsin. The Huskers opened 2014-15 at No. 16 in both polls.
The Huskers remain No. 33 in the official NCAA RPI on Feb. 16. NU was as high as No. 5 on Jan. 1. NU’s Strength of Schedule ranks No. 39 nationally by RealTimeRPI.com.
Eight Big Ten teams are ranked in the NCAA RPI’s top 50, including Maryland (5th), Iowa (7th), Nebraska (33rd), Rutgers (35th), Ohio State (36th), Northwestern (37th), Minnesota (40th) and Michigan (54th). Illinois (88th) and Purdue (94th) give the conference 10 teams in the RPI top 100. Michigan State (105th), Wisconsin (135th), Indiana (145th) and Penn State (193rd) round out the conference, as 13 of the 14 Big Ten teams ranked among the top half of the 349 teams in the nation.
The Huskers own eight top-100 RPI wins, including road wins (4) at Washington State (68th), Creighton (69th), Illinois (88th), UCLA (89th) along with home wins (4) over Duke (12th), Michigan (54th), Illinois (88th) and Purdue (94th), while adding a road win at No. 105 Michigan State.
Bakersfield (128th), Wisconsin (135th) and Alabama (161st) rank in the top half of the RPI, while Northern Colorado (183rd), High Point (190th), Penn State (193rd) and Pepperdine (198th) are all near 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.