Nebraska Women Take On Minnesota Tomorrow

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Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-8, 9-7 Big Ten)
at Minnesota Golden Gophers (22-6, 11-5 Big Ten)
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. (Central)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)
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Huskers Take Aim at 20th Win Against Surging Gophers
The Nebraska women’s basketball team shoots for a season split with Minnesota while aiming for its fourth straight 20-win season when the Huskers battle the Golden Gophers Tuesday in Lincoln.

Tip-off between the Big Red (19-8, 9-7 Big Ten) and the Gophers (22-6, 11-5 Big Ten) at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 8 p.m. (CT) with tickets available now at Tickets can also be purchased the night of the game at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box Office beginning at 6 p.m.

Live national television coverage will be provided by the Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler and Stephanie White on the call. Live radio coverage from the Husker Sports Network is also available 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. Free live audio is available on

Nebraska is coming off a 67-64 road win at Indiana on Saturday, as the Huskers closed their regular-season road schedule with a 7-6 mark. NU finished 4-5 in Big Ten road games, including a 72-69 loss at Minnesota to open conference play on Dec. 29. Five of Nebraska’s six road losses have been by single digits, with the only exception a 12-point loss at No. 5 Maryland, and all five of those league road losses have come to current top-50 RPI teams.

The Big Red have been strong at home, carrying a 12-2 record into their final regular-season week at Pinnacle Bank Arena. NU’s only two home losses have come to top-10 RPI teams Maryland and Iowa.

This week’s games between Minnesota and Ohio State (March 1) will mark the final home appearances for the most accomplished senior class in Nebraska history. Seniors Emily Cady, Brandi Jeffery, Tear’a Laudermill and Hailie Sample have joined forces to lead the Huskers to a school-record-tying 94 wins during their four years in Lincoln.

With all four expected to be in the starting five, Tuesday night’s game with Minnesota should mark the 500th combined appearances in Husker uniforms for the seniors. The quartet has combined for 3,691 points, 2,380 rebounds and 798 assists in their college careers.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (19-8, 9-7 Big Ten)
3 – Hailie Sample – 6-1 – Sr. – F – 7.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg
23 – Emily Cady – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 12.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg
1 – Tear’a Laudermill – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 14.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg
5 – Natalie Romeo – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 7.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg
13 – Brandi Jeffery – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 7.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg
Off the Bench
33 – Rachel Theriot (OUT) – 6-0 – Jr. – G – 16.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
22 – Allie Havers – 6-5 – So. – C – 4.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg
31 – Anya Kalenta – 6-3 – Jr. – F – 4.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
30 – Chandler Smith – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 2.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
34 – Jasmine Cincore – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 1.5 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 (260-150); 25th Season Overall (455-290)

Minnesota Golden Gophers (22-6, 11-5 Big Ten)
23 – Shae Kelley – 6-1 – Sr. – F – 16.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg
32 – Amanda Zahui B. – 6-5 – So. – C – 18.6 ppg, 12.7 rpg
3 – Shayne Mullaney – 5-10 – Jr. – G – 7.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg
24 – Mikayla Bailey – 5-9 – Jr. – G – 7.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg
33 – Carlie Wagner – 5-10 – Fr. – G – 12.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Off the Bench
1 – Rachel Banham (OUT) – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 18.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg
20 – Kayla Hirt – 6-2 – Jr. – G/F – 5.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg
52 – Josie Buckingham – 6-5 – Fr. – C – 1.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg
2 – Stabresa McDaniel – 5-10 – So. – G – 1.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg
22 – Joanna Hedstrom – 6-1 – So. – G – 1.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg
5 – Tory Jacobs – 5-10 – Fr. – G/F – 1.1 ppg, 0.5 rpg
Head Coach:
Marlene Stollings (Ohio, 1998)
1st Season at Minnesota (22-6); 4th Season Overall (71-48)

Streaks, Stats & Milestones
• Nebraska takes aim at its 20th win of the season and the school-record 95th victory in the four years with seniors Emily Cady, Brandi Jeffery, Tear’a Laudermill and Hailie Sample on the court on Tuesday night against Minnesota. The 2015 seniors have matched the Nebraska-record 94 wins established by the 2013 class of Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams.
• A win for Nebraska over Minnesota would give the Huskers their fourth straight 20-win campaign and seventh 20-win season in the last nine years. Prior to Coach Connie Yori’s arrival in Lincoln in 2002-03, Nebraska had nine 20-win seasons in the first 28 years of the program.
• Senior forward Emily Cady ranks 12th in Big Ten history with 1,067 career rebounds. Cady is averaging 10.4 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 1,067.
• Cady owns 10 double-doubles this season, including 22 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday’s win at Indiana. She produced a 19-point, 18-rebound effort at Iowa Jan. 26, and 13 points and 14 boards at Rutgers on Feb. 5. Cady, who owns 32 career double-doubles, has 1,379 points, 1,067 rebounds, 297 assists, 137 steals and 108 blocks.
• Cady’s 108 blocks rank fifth in Husker history.
• Tear’a Laudermill leads Nebraska in Big Ten play with 15.2 points per game. Over the last 10 games, Laudermill is averaging 17.9 points per contest. She has produced double figures in 12 straight games.
• Laudermill has established a single-season career high with 40 steals this year, including 30 steals over the last 14 games.

• Laudermill (1,076) is one of three current Huskers with 1,000 career points joining Emily Cady (1,379) and Rachel Theriot (1,023). Laudermill has climbed to 24th on the NU scoring list and needs 13 to catch Nafeesah Brown at No. 23 (1,089, 1992-94). Laudermill is 20 points away from No. 22 Ann Halsne (1,096, 1988-91).
• 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 underwent season-ending ankle surgery on Thursday, Feb. 19. She originally injured the ankle in practice on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
• 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 owns 693 points, 680 rebounds and 214 assists as only 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 162 rebounds, surpassing her combined total of 119 rebounds from 2012-13 and 2013-14. Jeffery ranks third among the Huskers with 6.2 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 five consecutive games in place of the injured Rachel Theriot. Romeo, who had a career-high 21 point performance against Wisconsin, is averaging 11.7 points in seven 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., is averaging 7.0 points on the season.
• Nebraska set a school-record by committing just four personal fouls in the win over Bakersfield Dec. 13. One week later in a win over High Point, the Huskers committed just eight fouls, which tied for the ninth best total in school history. They matched the eight fouls at Illinois Jan. 11. It marked the 11th time in the last 94 contests that NU has committed eight or fewer fouls in a game.

• Nebraska ranks No. 4 nationally with 12.6 personal fouls per game.

• Nebraska leads the Big Ten with just 13.3 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 a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 15.

Scouting the Minnesota Golden Gophers
First-year coach Marlene Stollings has Minnesota in position for its first NCAA Tournament trip since 2009, carrying a 22-6 overall record that includes an 11-5 Big Ten mark.

The Golden Gophers come to Lincoln as one of the Big Ten’s hottest teams riding a five-game winning streak that includes a 91-88 double-overtime win over Michigan on Saturday in Minneapolis. The comeback win over the Wolverines followed a 93-80 victory over No. 13 Iowa on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Reigning National Player of the Week Amanda Zahui B. had one of the biggest individual weeks in NCAA history last week. The 6-5 sophomore from Stockholm, Sweden, averaged 33.0 points and 28.0 rebounds in the two Gopher wins. Zahui erupted for career highs of 39 points and a Big Ten-record 29 rebounds against the Hawkeyes, before adding 27 points, 27 rebounds and five blocked shots against the Wolverines.

For the season, Zahui is averaging 18.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game. She had 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in Minnesota’s 72-69 win over Nebraska to open Big Ten play on Dec. 29 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. She is averaging 20.8 points and 14.3 rebounds in Big Ten play, hitting 53.9 percent of her field goal attempts, including 6-of-12 threes, and nearly 80 percent of her free throws.

Zahui has been the center of the Gopher attack since the season-ending injury to All-America guard and preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Rachel Banham on Dec. 10. Banham was averaging 20.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists heading into the game at North Dakota when she tore the ACL in her right knee. Banham is expected to return to the Gophers for a fifth year in 2015-16.

While Zahui has become the focus, senior forward Shae Kelley has played a major role in Minnesota’s emergence this season. The senior transfer from Old Dominion is averaging 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds in her lone season in Minnesota. She was the Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 16, following a 33-point, 14-rebound effort against Wisconsin. Kelley managed seven points and 10 boards in the win over NU.

Freshman Carlie Wagner has replaced Banham in the starting five to add scoring punch alongside Kelley and Zahui. Wagner, a 5-10 guard from New Richland, Minn., entered the North Dakota game averaging 7.9 points per game, but comes to Lincoln with 12.5 points per contest. In league play, Wagner is averaging 15.1 points and 3.8 rebounds. Wagner has produced double figures in 18 of 19 games since Banham’s injury, including 21 points in the win at Michigan and 10 points in the first meeting with the Huskers.

Zahui, Kelley and Wagner are combining for 53.0 points and 27.5 points per game in Big Ten action.

Junior Shayne Mullaney (7.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg) quarterbacks the Gopher offense with 7.3 assists per game. Mullaney’s numbers have increased to 9.6 points and 8.6 assists in Big Ten play, while fellow junior Mikayla Bailey rounds out a consistent starting five by averaging 7.6 points and 3.7 boards per game on the year.

Kayla Hirt (5.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Stabresa McDaniel (1.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg), Tory Jacobs (1.1 ppg, 0.5 rpg) and Joanna Hedstrom (1.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg) give the Gophers support off the bench.

As a team, Minnesota is averaging 77.2 points, while allowing 70.3 points per game. Although they are 11-5 in the Big Ten, Minnesota’s scoring margin is just 1.9 points per game in conference action, as they have allowed nearly 75 points per league game.

The Gophers are shooting 43.3 percent from the floor, including 33.6 percent from three-point range while making 6.9 threes per game. Surprisingly, Minnesota has hit 7.3 threes on 36.4 percent shooting without Banham, who had accounted for nearly half of the team’s three-pointers before her injury.

The Gophers own a plus-2.5 team rebound margin but are minus-1.5 in team turnover margin, including minus-3.7 in conference play. Minnesota is shooting better than 75 percent from the free throw line in Big Ten play.

Nebraska vs. Minnesota Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Minnesota 10-7, but the Golden Gophers snapped NU’s four-game series win streak with a 72-69 win in Minneapolis on Dec. 29. . NU led by as many as 17 points with 10:14 left, but lost despite 21 points and 14 rebounds from Emily Cady.

The Huskers, who were handcuffed by illness and dressed just six scholarship players for the game, also saw senior Hailie Sample foul out after playing just 22 minutes. Rachel Theriot helped the Huskers with 18 points and 10 assists, but went just 9-for-27 from the floor. Brandi Jeffery managed just two points but had a career-high 16 rebounds.

The Huskers defeated Minnesota twice in 2014, including an 88-85 overtime win over the Gophers on Jan. 16 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. The Huskers added an 80-67 win over Minnesota in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis on March 7, knocking the Gophers out of NCAA Tournament contention. In that game, Theriot dished out a Big Ten Tournament-record 18 assists.

The Huskers also swept Minnesota in the two-game regular-season series in 2013. NU ran to an 84-63 win over the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis on Jan. 20, 2013. It was the Huskers’ first-ever win over Minnesota at Williams Arena. NU added an 80-56 win in Lincoln on Feb. 3, 2013.
NU split the season series with Minnesota in 2011-12, as the Huskers battled their way to a 64-49 victory at the Devaney Center on Jan. 22, 2012. Minnesota defeated NU 64-58 at Williams Arena on Feb. 13, 2012.

The Nebraska-Minnesota series dates back to a 68-67 overtime win by the Huskers at the Devaney Center on Dec. 30, 1977. NU owns an 8-2 edge over Minnesota in Lincoln, but the Gophers are 4-1 against the Huskers in Minneapolis.

While official varsity competition between Nebraska and Minnesota dates to 1977, the history of intercollegiate women’s basketball action between the Huskers and Gophers actually goes back more than 100 years. In 1904, Nebraska’s women’s basketball team suffered its first-ever loss at the hands of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Two weeks later, NU knocked off Minnesota in Lincoln.
Nebraska maintained an all-university women’s basketball team from 1896 to 1908. The sport did not resume at the full varsity level at Nebraska again until 1975-76.

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 nine of the last 13 games, has pushed her career total to 1,067 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 No. 12 on the Big Ten all-time list and needs just 23 more rebounds to catch Whitney Thomas from Indiana (1,090, 2006-09) in No. 11 and 27 boards from Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport (1,094, 2004-07).

Former Husker Jordan Hooper (1,110, 2011-14) 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 four active players nationally from Power Five conferences to produce 1,000 career rebounds.

Husker Hot Shots – Nebraska’s Starting Five
#23, Emily Cady, 6-2, Sr., F, Seward, Neb. (12.0 ppg, 10.4 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 Minnesota game averaging 12.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

• Cady ranks among the top five players in Nebraska history in rebounds (3rd, 1,067), blocks (5th, 108), free throw percentage (5th, .797), double-doubles (4th, 32), minutes played (2nd, 4,065) and games started (T3rd, 127),

• Cady ranks third in Husker history and 12th in Big Ten Conference history with 1,067 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 12th on the Big Ten career rebound chart and needs 23 boards to move to 11th and 27 rebounds to join the Big Ten’s all-time top 10.
• Cady ranks sixth among all active NCAA Division I career rebounders. Cady’s 1,067 rebounds rank third among all active players in Power Five conferences.
• Cady owns 10 double-doubles on the year, including five in Big Ten play. She is coming off a 22-point, 12-rebound effort at Indiana Feb. 21. Cady had 13 points and 14 rebounds at Rutgers Feb. 5. She notched 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 32 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 Minnesota game with 4,065 career minutes played, trailing only All-American Lindsey Moore (4,360, 2010-13) on the Nebraska career list.
• Cady earned her first career Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award Dec. 16, after averaging 15.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in wins over Creighton (Dec. 11) and Bakersfield (Dec. 13).

• She is the Big Ten Conference’s active rebound leader with 1,067 in her career, 190 more than No. 2 Samantha Logic from Iowa (868). NU’s Hailie Sample ranks third with 680.
• 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.
• Cady nearly produced a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists in a win over Pepperdine Nov. 15.
• Cady owns 1,379 points, 1,067 rebounds, 297 assists, 135 steals and 108 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 ranks fifth in NU history with 108 career blocks. She needs 18 blocks to climb to fourth place.
• 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 130 points and three 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 1,379 career points rank No. 14 in Husker history. She needs 54 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. (14.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 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 15.2 points per game, while ranking second on the team overall with 14.0 points per game. She has a team-best 53 three-pointers. She is also NU’s top on-the-ball defender.
• Laudermill has scored in double figures in 12 straight games. She is averaging 17.9 points per game over the last 10 contests.

• Laudermill ranks 24th in Nebraska history with 1,076 career points, and is one of three current Huskers with 1,000 points, including Emily Cady (1,379) and Rachel Theriot (1,023).
• Laudermill has hit 23 threes over the last 10 games.
• Laudermill’s 40 steals on the season are a career high and she owns 30 steals over the last 14 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 3.7 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 152 makes to rank sixth on the Husker career list. She needs three more threes to catch Anna DeForge (155, 1995-98) in fifth.
• Laudermill (121) is one of four Huskers who have played 120 or more career games, joining Emily Cady-127, Hailie Sample-127 and Brandi Jeffery-121.
• Laudermill notched her 11th career 20-point game and sixth of the season with 20 points at Northwestern Feb. 18, after pouring in 20 points against Wisconsin Feb. 15. She also had 24 points against the Badgers on Jan. 22. She had a season-high 25 points at Alabama Dec. 7, before scoring 22 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 33 of her last 44 games, after managing double figures in just 11 of her first 77. She owns 44 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, 6.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg)
• Brandi Jeffery is playing the best basketball of her career, averaging 7.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 26 games with 25 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 12 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 (197), rebounds (162), assists (51) and steals (39) this season.

• Jeffery’s most impressive gains have come on the glass, where she ranks third among the Huskers with 6.2 rebounds per game. With 162 rebounds this season she has surpassed her total of 119 boards from her sophomore (57) and junior (62) seasons combined. She needs 22 rebounds to match her previous career total (184) entering this season.
• She owns 39 steals this season, more than doubling her total of 19 from 2013-14. She has at least one steal in all but five games for the Huskers and 28 steals over her last 16 contests.
• Jeffery (121) is one of four Husker seniors who have played 120 or more career games, joining Emily Cady-127, Hailie Sample-127 and Tear’a Laudermill-121.
• 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 94-33 record and three NCAA tournaments.

#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Sr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (7.4 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 (.626) through 27 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 680, trailing only teammate Emily Cady (1,067) and Iowa’s Samantha Logic (868). 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 one board 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 126 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. She produced another double-digit effort with 12 points in Saturday’s win at Indiana.
• 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 23 career double-digit scoring games, including nine in 2013-14 and eight 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. (7.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.4 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 15 Big Ten games, she is averaging 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists while hitting 24 three-pointers.
• Romeo produced a career-high 21 points in Nebraska’s win over Wisconsin Feb. 15. 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 fifth straight start and sealed Nebraska’s road win at Indiana Saturday with four free throws in one-and-one situations in the final 30 seconds. Romeo finished with seven points against the Hoosiers, after scoring 13 points on three threes in a loss at Northwestern Feb. 18.

• In seven games as a starter, Romeo is averaging 11.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
• 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.

Theriot Lost for Season after Ankle Surgery Feb. 19
Nebraska point guard Rachel Theriot underwent season-ending ankle surgery on Feb. 19. She injured the ankle in practice on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Through 21 games in 2014-15, the 2014 Big Ten Tournament MVP averaged 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

Theriot is expected to return for her senior season in 2015-16 with 1,023 career points and 444 career assists. Before her injury, Theriot was No. 3 among all active juniors in NCAA Division I in career assists. She led the Big Ten and ranked among NCAA leaders with her 92.6 free throw percentage as a junior.

Last season, Theriot earned honorable-mention All-America honors while claiming first-team All-Big Ten accolades. The 2015 preseason All-Big Ten pick was also a candidate for the Wade, Naismith, Wooden and Lieberman awards as a junior.

Sample Earns Spot in WBCA “So You Want To Be A Coach” Program
Nebraska senior forward Hailie Sample will be part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) 13th annual “So You Want To Be A Coach” program in conjunction with the 2015 WBCA Convention and NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Fla., April 3-5.

The program is designed to increase understanding and the application of necessary skills to secure coaching positions in women’s basketball. It is also intended to raise awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching while introducing former female players to coaches and administrators.

Sample joins a recent string of former Huskers to the “So You Want To Be A Coach” Program, including current Nebraska graduate assistant Meghin Williams and former NU GA Dominque Kelley, who is now serving a full-time role at Drake.

Other Big Ten players in this year’s program include Indiana’s Andrea Mize and Penn State’s Tori Waldner.

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 127 games in her career while Sample has made 126 starts, helping the Huskers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and an average of 25 wins per season.

The Husker seniors are 94-33 (.740 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 fell out of The Associated Press Poll for the first time this season on Monday, despite posting a 67-64 road win at Indiana on Saturday. The Huskers are No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25. The Huskers opened 2014-15 at No. 16 in both polls.

The Huskers remain No. 34 in the official NCAA RPI on Feb. 23. NU was as high as No. 5 on Jan. 1. NU’s Strength of Schedule ranks No. 40 nationally by

Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the NCAA RPI’s top 50, including Maryland (6th), Iowa (8th), Nebraska (34th), Northwestern (35th), Ohio State (36th), Minnesota (37th) and Rutgers (41st), while Michigan is just outside the top 50 at No. 55. Illinois (85th) and Michigan State (94th) give the conference 10 teams in the RPI top 100. Purdue (103rd), Wisconsin (138th), Indiana (160th) and Penn State (201st) 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 five road wins at Washington State (63rd), Creighton (78th), Illinois (85th), UCLA (93rd) and Michigan State (94th) along with three top-100 home wins over Duke (14th), Michigan (55th) and Illinois (85th). The Huskers also own a home win over Purdue (103rd).

Bakersfield (123rd), Wisconsin (138th), Alabama (154th), Indiana (160th) rank in the top half of the RPI, while Northern Colorado (182nd), High Point (191st), Penn State (201st) 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.