NEB WBB: No. 22 Huskers Shoot for Sweep of Wisconsin Sunday

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#22/#20 Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-7, 7-6 Big Ten)
vs. Wisconsin Badgers (8-15, 4-9 Big Ten)
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m. (Central)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)
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No. 22 Huskers Shoot for Season Sweep of Badgers in Pink Out
The No. 22 Nebraska women’s basketball team takes aim at a season series sweep of Wisconsin on Sunday, when the Huskers take on the Badgers at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Tip-off between the Big Red (17-7, 7-6 Big Ten) and the Badgers (8-15, 4-9 Big Ten) is set for 2 p.m. (CT), with single-game tickets available in advance at Tickets are also available the day of the game at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box Office, beginning at Noon.

Sunday’s game will be Nebraska’s annual “Pink Game” supporting cancer awareness. All fans are encouraged to wear pink for a “Pink Out”.

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.

Nebraska will try to snap its three-game losing streak after falling to No. 14 Iowa, 69-61, Thursday. All five of NU’s most recent Big Ten setbacks have come at the hands of top-25 foes.
The Huskers have dropped three straight close games to top-25 foes without first-team All-Big Ten point guard Rachel Theriot. The 6-0 junior from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, who was a Wade, Naismith, Wooden and Lieberman Award candidate after earning honorable-mention All-America honors last season, suffered an ankle injury in practice on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Senior Tear’a Laudermill has been Nebraska’s top scorer in each of the last seven games, dating back to her 24-point performance in an 89-72 win at Wisconsin on Jan. 22. The 5-9 guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., is averaging 18.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.7 steals during the stretch, including 18 points, five rebounds and three steals Thursday against Iowa. In Big Ten play, Laudermill is leading the Huskers with 14.8 points and 2.2 steals per game.

Senior forward Emily Cady is averaging a double-double with 10.8 points and 11.5 rebounds in Big Ten action. Against Iowa, Cady had nine points and a career-high 19 rebounds – the most rebounds in a game by a Husker since the turn of the century.

#22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-7, 7-6 Big Ten)
3 – Hailie Sample – 6-1 – Sr. – F – 7.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg
23 – Emily Cady – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 12.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg
1 – Tear’a Laudermill – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 13.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg
13 – Brandi Jeffery – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 7.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg
33 – Rachel Theriot – 6-0 – Jr. – G – 16.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
or 30 – Chandler Smith – 6-0 – Fr.- G – 2.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg
or 5 – Natalie Romeo – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 5.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg
or 22 – Allie Havers – 6-5 – So. – C – 4.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Off the Bench
31 – Anya Kalenta – 6-3 – Jr. – F – 4.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
34 – Jasmine Cincore – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 1.8 ppg, 0.3 rpg
12 – Emily Wood – 5-5 – Fr. – G – 0.3 ppg, 0.6 rpg
11 – Esther Ramacieri – 5-8 – So. – G – 0.1 ppg, 0.5 rpg
50 – Darrien Washington – 6-2 – Fr. – F – Redshirting
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)

13th Season at NU (258-149); 25th Season Overall (453-289)

Wisconsin Badgers (8-15, 4-9 Big Ten)
35 – Jacki Gulczynski – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 8.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg
43 – Cassie Rochel – 6-4 – RSr. – F – 6.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg
1 – Dakota Whyte – 5-8 – Jr. – G – 10.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
4 – Nicole Bauman – 5-10 – Jr. – G – 14.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg
22 – Tessa Cichy – 5-10 – Jr. – G – 8.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Off the Bench
3 – AnnMarie Brown – 6-0 – Sr. – G/F – 2.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
23 – Cayla McMorris – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 5.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg
24 – Malayna Johnson – 6-4 – So. – F – 4.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
30 – Carly Truesdale – 5-9 – So. – G – 0.2 ppg, 0.2 rpg
25 – (Out) Michala Johnson – 6-3 – RSr. – F – 12.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Head Coach:
Bobbie Kelsey (Stanford, 1996)
4th Season at UW (39-73); 4th Season Overall (39-73)

Streaks, Stats & Milestones
• Nebraska shoots for its 12th home win of the season on Sunday. The Huskers are 11-2 this year at Pinnacle Bank Arena with their only losses coming to RPI No. 4 Maryland and RPI No. 7 Iowa. The Huskers had won 10 straight February home games before Thursday night’s loss to Iowa.
• Senior forward Emily Cady ranks third in Husker history and 13th in Big Ten history with 1,036 career rebounds. Cady grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds Thursday against Iowa, after pulling down 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 1,036.
• 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 1,344 points, 1,036 rebounds, 291 assists, 129 steals and 101 blocks.
• Tear’a Laudermill scored a game-high 18 points against Iowa Thursday to lead Nebraska in scoring for the seventh straight game. Beginning with 24 points at Wisconsin Jan. 22, Laudermill is averaging 18.3 points per game over the last seven contests.
• Laudermill has established a single-season career high with 39 steals this year, including 29 steals over the last 11 games. She had four steals in the first meeting at Wisconsin Jan. 22.
• Laudermill leads Nebraska with 14.8 points per game in Big Ten play.
• Laudermill (1,025) is one of three current Huskers with 1,000 career points joining Emily Cady (1,344) and Rachel Theriot (1,023). Laudermill needs 10 points to catch Alexa Johnson (1,035, 2001-04) in 28th and 11 points to equal Stacy Imming (1,036, 1984-87) in 27th on the NU scoring list.
• 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 669 points, 659 rebounds and 209 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 (1,344, 1,036, 291).
• Brandi Jeffery has transformed herself into one of the Big Ten’s best rebounders as a senior. The 5-7 guard has grabbed 145 rebounds, surpassing her combined total of 119 rebounds from 2012-13 and 2013-14. Jeffery ranks third among the Huskers with 6.3 boards per game. She had a career-high 16 rebounds at Minnesota Dec. 29. Jeffery scored her 500th career point at Rutgers on Feb. 5.
• Freshman Natalie Romeo erupted for career highs of 18 points and six three-pointers in Nebraska’s win over Penn State Jan. 15. The 5-7 guard from Martinez, Calif., made her first career start against the Lady Lions. She added nine points in 26 minutes in her second start in a win at Wisconsin Jan. 22. She hit the game-winning three-pointer against Illinois Jan. 29, before making her third career start with eight points and a career-high five rebounds in a career-high 33 minutes at No. 5 Maryland Feb. 8.
• 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 91 contests that NU has committed eight or fewer fouls in a game.

• Nebraska ranks No. 3 nationally with 12.3 personal fouls per game.

• Nebraska leads the Big Ten with just 13.1 turnovers per game in conference play.
• Nebraska is 26-4 all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena, including 3-3 against top-25 foes. The Huskers are averaging 6,003 fans per game through six Big Ten home games this season.

Scouting the Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin enters its second game with Nebraska this season with an 8-15 overall record that includes a 4-9 Big Ten mark. If the Badgers can get one more Big Ten win it would match their highest conference win total in Coach Bobbie Kelsey’s four seasons in Madison (5-11, 2011-12).

The Badgers have hung tough despite suffering a season-ending injury to first-team All-Big Ten forward Michala Johnson in game six this season. Last year, Johnson averaged 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds for UW, which finished 10-19 overall.

Johnson was injured early in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge loss at Miami on Dec. 4, closing this season with averages of 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. After the loss at Miami, the Badgers were 1-5 on the year with all five losses by eight or more points. Wisconsin responded by winning four of its next five games, including double-digit wins over Marquette, Oral Roberts and Michigan.

The Badgers went 3-3 through the first six Big Ten games, but are 1-6 in the conference over the last seven games, including an 89-72 loss to the Huskers Jan. 22 in Madison. UW’s lone win during the stretch came with a 73-62 victory at Illinois Feb. 1. Five of UW’s six recent losses have been by double digits.

Junior Nicole Bauman has led the Badgers in Big Ten play, averaging a team-best 15.8 points per game, including a team-best 44 threes on 50.6 percent shooting from long range in league play. Over the last five games, the 5-10 guard is averaging 23.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

Bauman, who hit 3-of-8 threes in the first meeting with the Huskers to finish with 15 points, buried 6-of-8 threes to finish with 22 points and five assists in a loss at Minnesota on Wednesday.
Bauman has hit five or more threes in four of the last five games, going 26-of-42 (.619) from beyond the arc. She hit a school-record 8-of-13 from long range to finish with a career-high 31 points in a loss to Ohio State Jan. 29. She has added 3.5 rebounds and a team-best 3.8 assists in Big Ten play.

Junior Dakota Whyte has added 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals in Big Ten games. White is 7-of-23 (.304) from long rang in league play, but 5-of-11 over the last five games. The 5-8 guard is the most aggressive Badger off the dribble, leading UW with 45 free throw attempts in Big Ten play.

A third junior, 5-10 guard Tessa Cichy, has pitched in 10.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in conference action. Cichy has hit just 5-of-31 three-point attempts in Big Ten play, but she regularly inverts to the block and uses her quickness and strength to score down low.

Senior Jacki Gulczynski has added 9.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in Big Ten play, but has seen her numbers slip over the last five games. Although she has hit 37.5 percent (9-24) of her threes, she is shooting 33.3 percent (11-33) from the floor overall, averaging 6.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game during the stretch. Gulczynski had three points and one rebound in Wednesday’s loss at Minnesota.

Senior center Cassie Rochel rounds out a lineup that has started all 13 Big Ten games together. Rochel has managed 7.8 points and team bests of 9.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per conference game. Rochel nearly produced a triple-double Wednesday at Minnesota, posting 11 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots. She also had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in the first meeting with the Huskers, and over the last five games she is averaging 9.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocks.

Malayna Johnson (5.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg), Cayla McMorris (3.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg) and AnnMarie Brown (2.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg) provide Wisconsin with production off the bench. Johnson, who had seven points and six rebounds against Nebraska, is averaging 6.6 points and 3.2 rebounds the last five games, including 14 points and three boards at Minnesota. She has hit 61.9 percent (13-21) of her shots from the floor during that stretch.

As a team, Wisconsin is averaging 66.2 points per game in the Big Ten, including 74.3 points per contest over the last six games. Prior to the 72 points they put up against Nebraska, the Badgers had not scored more than 65 points in their first seven Big Ten contests. They have scored more than 70 in each of the last six games. However, during the same stretch, they are surrendering 82.2 points per game.

Coach Bobbie Kelsey owns a 39-73 overall record in her fourth season at the helm of Wisconsin, including a 15-46 record in regular-season conference play.

Nebraska vs. Wisconsin Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Wisconsin 6-5, including all six meetings as Big Ten foes. Nebraska won the first meeting this season, 89-72, but that lopsided final score has been the exception to the rule. The two previous games were barn-burners, including Nebraska’s 71-70 overtime win at Madison on Feb. 5, 2014. In another nail-biter, the Big Red battled to a 55-53 win at the Kohl Center on Feb. 28, 2013. Four of NU’s six wins over the Badgers as Big Ten foes have been by single digits, including a 75-69 win in Madison on Jan. 12, 2012.

Sunday’s game will mark Wisconsin’s first trip to Pinnacle Bank Arena and will end a streak of three straight road games for the Huskers against the Badgers. Wisconsin’s last trip to Lincoln came Jan. 2, 2013, with a 70-52 loss to the Big Red at the Devaney Center.

Wisconsin won the first five meetings in series history with all five games decided by 10 points or less, including a pair of overtime victories over the Huskers.

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

Cady added 14 rebounds at Rutgers on Feb. 5, then pushed her career total to 1,036 with a monster 19-rebound effort against No. 14 Iowa Feb. 12.

Her performance against Iowa allowed her 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 vaulted to No. 13 on the Big Ten all-time list. She enters the Wisconsin game needing seven rebounds to match No. 12 Karisma Penn (1,043, Illinois, 2010-13). Cady needs 58 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. 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 19th among all active NCAA Division I players, including third among all juniors.
• Theriot has produced double figures in 19 of her 21 games this season, averaging 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

• She leads the Big Ten and ranks 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 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. (12.1 ppg, 10.4 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 Wisconsin game averaging 12.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
• Cady ranks third in Husker history and 13th in Big Ten Conference history with 1,036 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 Thursday.

• 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 needs seven rebounds to climb to 12th on the Big Ten career rebound chart, matching Karisma Penn (1,043, Illinois, 2010-13). Cady needs 58 boards to join the Big Ten’s all-time top 10.
• Cady ranks sixth among all active NCAA Division I career rebounders. Cady’s 1,036 rebounds rank third among all active players in Power Five conferences.
• Cady owns nine double-doubles on the year, including four in Big Ten play. She had 13 points, and 14 rebounds at Rutgers Feb. 5. Cady had back-to-back double-doubles with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds at Iowa Jan. 26, and 19 points and 12 boards at Wisconsin Jan. 22. She opened Big Ten play with 21 points and 14 rebounds at Minnesota, Dec. 29.
• With 31 career double-doubles, Cady ranks fourth in school history behind only first-team All-Americans Jordan Hooper (40, 2011-14), Kelsey Griffin (40, 2006-10) and Karen Jennings (36, 1990-93).
• She earned her first career Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award Dec. 16, after averaging 15.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in wins over Creighton (Dec. 11) and Bakersfield (Dec. 13).

• She is the Big Ten Conference’s active rebound leader with 1,036 in her career, 189 more than No. 2 Samantha Logic from Iowa (847). NU’s Hailie Sample ranks third with 659.
• 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 1,344 points, 1,036 rebounds, 291 assists, 127 steals and 101 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 seventh in NU history with 101 career blocks, and needs one more to match Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-83) in sixth on the NU career block chart. Cady is three blocks from Maurtice Ivy (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 1,344 career points rank No. 15 in Husker history. She needs four 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. (13.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.6 spg)
• Tear’a Laudermill emerged as a rising star for the Huskers to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior. She finished the season with averages of 11.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game, while her 62 three-pointers ranked as the 10th-best season total in NU history.
• Laudermill is continuing to grow her game as a senior, ranking second among the Huskers in scoring with 13.7 points per game. She has a team-best 48 three-pointers. She is also NU’s top on-the-ball defender.
• Laudermill has scored in double figures in nine straight games and has led the Huskers in scoring in seven consecutive contests to take over NU’s scoring lead in Big Ten play at 14.8 points per contest.
• Over the last seven games dating back to Nebraska’s 89-72 win at Wisconsin on Jan. 22, Laudermill is averaging 18.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game. She has hit at least two threes in six of the seven games, including 4-of-10 shooting at Wisconsin when she finished with 24 points.
• Laudermill ranks 29th in Nebraska history with 1,025 career points. She passed Rachel Theriot (1,023) with 18 points on Thursday night against No. 14 Iowa. Laudermill was the third active Husker to join NU’s 1,000-point club (at Maryland, Feb. 12), joining Emily Cady (1,344) and Theriot (1,023).
• Laudermill has hit 18 threes over the last seven games.
• Laudermill’s 39 steals on the season are a career high and she owns 29 steals over the last 11 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 3.9 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 147 makes to rank sixth on the Husker career list. She needs eight more threes to catch Anna DeForge (155, 1995-98) in fifth.
• Laudermill (118) is one of four Huskers who have played more than 115 career games, joining Emily Cady-124, Hailie Sample-124 and Brandi Jeffery-118.
• Laudermill notched her ninth career 20-point game and fourth of the season with 24 points in NU’s win at Wisconsin Jan. 22. She had a season-high 25 points at Alabama on Dec. 7, before scoring 22 points against High Point Dec. 20. She added 20 points in NU’s 82-61 win at Washington State on Nov. 19.
• In a pair of preliminary mock drafts for the 2015 WNBA Draft, Laudermill has been ranked among the top 25 players in the nation. She slotted as the No. 10 overall pick by, while College Sports Madness slotted her as the No. 24 overall pick.
• She has produced double digits in 30 of her last 41 games, after managing double figures in just 11 of her first 77. She owns 41 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, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 spg)
• Brandi Jeffery is playing the best basketball of her career, averaging 7.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 23 games with 22 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 is coming off one of the best performances of her career with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals against Iowa on Thursday. 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 nine 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.
• She scored her 500th career point in a loss at No. 21 Rutgers Feb. 5. She pulled down her 300th career rebound at Iowa Jan. 26.
• Jeffery (118) is one of four Husker seniors who have played more than 115 career games, joining Emily Cady-124, Hailie Sample-124 and Tear’a Laudermill-118.
• 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 6.3 rebounds per game. With 145 rebounds this season she has surpassed her total of 119 boards from her sophomore (57) and junior (62) seasons combined. She needs 39 rebounds to match her previous career total (184) entering this season.
• Jeffery’s 179 points and 692 minutes played are both career single-season bests. She needs one more assist and one more steal to match single-season career highs in those categories.
• She owns 37 steals this season, nearly doubling her total of 19 from 2013-14. She has at least one steal in all but four games for the Huskers and 26 steals over her last 13 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 92-32 record and three NCAA tournaments.

#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Sr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (7.3 ppg, 6.9 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 (.641) through 24 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 659, trailing only teammate Emily Cady (1,036) and Iowa’s Samantha Logic (847). Sample had a season-high 14 rebounds against Illinois Jan. 29 and added her second double-digit rebound game of the season with 11 boards at Rutgers Feb. 5.
• Sample is tied for 12th on the Nebraska career rebound list with 659. She needs two rebounds to join Angie Miller (661, 1984-87) at No. 11 and just 22 rebounds to join Nebraska’s career top 10.
• Sample started the first 115 games of her career before not starting against Penn State on Jan. 15. She owns 123 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 eight career double-figure rebound games, including three in 2013-14 and two in 2014-15.

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

The Husker seniors are 92-32 (.742 winning percentage) during their four seasons in Lincoln, the best winning percentage of any class in school history.

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

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

The Huskers slipped to No. 33 in the official NCAA RPI on Feb. 13. NU was as high as No. 5 on Jan. 1. NU’s Strength of Schedule ranks No. 38 nationally by

Eight Big Ten teams are ranked in the NCAA RPI’s top 50, including Maryland (4th), Iowa (7th), Nebraska (33rd), Ohio State (34th), Rutgers (35th), Minnesota (38th), Northwestern (39th) and Michigan (47th). Purdue (92nd) and Illinois (95th) give the conference 10 teams in the RPI top 100. Michigan State (104th), Wisconsin (130th), Indiana (143rd) and Penn State (186th) 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 (61st), Creighton (63rd), UCLA (86th) and Illinois (95th) along with home wins (4) over Duke (12th), Michigan (47th), Purdue (92nd) and Illinois (95th), while adding a road win at No. 104 Michigan State.

Wisconsin (130th), Bakersfield (145th) and Alabama (161st) rank in the top half of the RPI, while High Point (183rd) and Penn State (186th) are both 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.

Double Trouble: Cady Climbing Husker Career Chart
Emily Cady ranks fourth in Nebraska history with 31 career double-doubles, including nine double-doubles through 24 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 125th Consecutive Start
Nebraska senior Emily Cady has made 124 consecutive starts while fellow senior forward Hailie Sample has started 123 of 124 career games alongside Cady, dating back to the first games of their freshman season at NU in 2011-12.

Junior point guard Rachel Theriot had joined Cady in the starting five for 82 straight games until Theriot missed the first game of her career at Rutgers Feb. 5 with an ankle injury. Theriot also sat out NU’s losses at No. 5 Maryland Feb. 8 and against No. 14 Iowa Feb. 12. Senior Tear’a Laudermill has made 54 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 27 different starting lineups over 316 games, including the same starting five in 19 of 24 games in 2014-15.

The 2011-12, 2006-07 and 2003-04 Huskers all used the same starting lineup for every game.