NU WBB Hopes to Send Seniors Off Winning
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RV/23 Nebraska Cornhuskers (20-8, 10-7 Big Ten)
vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (20-9, 12-5 Big Ten)
Sunday, March 1, 4 p.m. (Central)
Pinnacle Bank Arena (Lincoln, Neb.)
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Huskers Hope to Send Seniors Off With Win Against Buckeyes
The Nebraska women’s basketball team closes its 2014-15 home schedule by sending off the most successful senior class in school history when the Huskers take on Ohio State Sunday afternoon in Lincoln.
Tip-off between the Big Red (20-8, 10-7 Big Ten) and the Buckeyes (20-9, 12-5 Big Ten) at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 4 p.m. (CT) with tickets available now at Huskers.com. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the game at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box Office beginning at 2 p.m.
Live national TV coverage will be provided by BTN with Kevin Kugler and Brenda VanLengen on the call. Live radio coverage from the Husker Sports Network is available with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch calling the action on stations across the network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln, 1110 AM KFAB in Omaha and 880 AM KRVN in Lexington. Free live audio is available on Huskers.com.
Nebraska, which is coming off its most complete game of the season in a 74-50 pounding of Minnesota on Tuesday in Lincoln, will celebrate the careers of Emily Cady, Brandi Jeffery, Tear’a Laudermill and Hailie Sample with Senior Day ceremonies following the game with Ohio State.
The win over Minnesota secured NU’s seniors their fourth consecutive 20-win campaign, becoming the first senior class in school history to accomplish that feat. It was also the 95th win of their impressive careers in Lincoln, establishing a record for the most victories by any class in Husker history.
The senior class has combined for 3,734 points, 2,411 rebounds and 815 assists in their careers. Cady 6-2, F, Seward, Neb.) leads the group with 1,396 points, 1,076 rebounds and 301 assists while starting all 128 games over the past four years. Laudermill (5-9, G, Moreno Valley, Calif.) has joined Cady in NU’s 1,000-point club with 1,086 while adding 291 rebounds and 146 assists. Laudermill has started 58 straight games alongside Cady.
Sample (6-1, F, Flower Mound, Texas) has made 127 starts and owns 700 points, 687 rebounds and 218 assists. Jeffery (5-7, G, Vacherie, La.) owns 35 starts, 552 points, 357 rebounds and 150 assists. Together, the seniors have combined for 500 appearances and are 55-10 at home.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (20-8, 10-7 Big Ten)
3 – Hailie Sample – 6-1 – Sr. – F – 7.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg
23 – Emily Cady – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 12.2 ppg, 10.3 rpg
1 – Tear’a Laudermill – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 13.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg
5 – Natalie Romeo – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 7.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg
13 – Brandi Jeffery – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 7.6 ppg, 6.4 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 – 4.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg
31 – Anya Kalenta – 6-3 – Jr. – F – 3.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg
30 – Chandler Smith – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 1.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg
34 – Jasmine Cincore – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 1.4 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 (261-150); 25th Season Overall (456-290)
Ohio State Buckeyes (20-9, 12-5 Big Ten)
22 – Alexa Hart – 6-3 – Fr. – F – 11.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg
3 – Kelsey Mitchell – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 24.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg
13 – Cait Craft – 5-8 – Jr. – G – 7.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg
14 – Ameryst Alston – 5-9 – Jr. – G -20.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg
20 – Asia Doss – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 5.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg
Off the Bench
32 – Shayla Cooper – 6-2 – So. – F – 10.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg
1 – Kalpana Beach – 6-1 – So. – F – 4.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg
21 – Lisa Blair – 6-6 – So. – C – 2.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg
25 – Amy Scullion – 6-0 – Sr. – G – 1.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg
Head Coach: Kevin McGuff (St. Joseph’s College, Ind., 1992)
2nd Season at OSU (37-27); 13th Season Overall (292-126)
Streaks, Stats & Milestones
• Nebraska secured its fourth straight 20-win season and the school-record 95th victory in the careers of seniors Emily Cady, Brandi Jeffery, Tear’a Laudermill and Hailie Sample with a 74-50 win over Minnesota Tuesday night. No Nebraska class had ever won 20 or more games in all four years of their careers.
• The Huskers have produced seven 20-win seasons 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.
• With 10 conference wins this season, Nebraska is the only team in the Big Ten to record 10 or more league wins in each of the last four years.
• The Huskers, who joined the Big Ten in 2011-12 for the start of the careers of its 2015 seniors, are a Big Ten-best 44-21 in Big Ten regular-season play the last four years. The Big Red have added a conference-best seven Big Ten Tournament wins for 51 total victories over Big Ten foes. No other school has more than 47 wins against Big Ten foes during that same span.
• Nebraska is the only school to post four straight winning Big Ten regular seasons (2012-15).
• Senior forward Emily Cady ranks 12th in Big Ten history with 1,076 career rebounds. Cady is averaging 10.3 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 and third in NU history with 1,076.
• Cady owns 10 double-doubles this season, including 22 points and 12 rebounds at Indiana Feb. 18. 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 1,396 points, 1,076 rebounds, 301 assists, 138 steals and 110 blocks. Her block total ranks No. 5 in Nebraska history.
• Tear’a Laudermill leads Nebraska in Big Ten play with 14.9 points per game. Over the last 11 games, Laudermill is averaging 17.2 points per contest. She has produced double figures in 13 straight games.
• Laudermill owns a career-high 42 steals this year, including 32 steals over the last 15 games.
• Laudermill (1,086) is one of three current Huskers with 1,000 points joining Emily Cady (1,396) and Rachel Theriot (1,023). Laudermill ranks 24th on the NU scoring list and needs three to catch Nafeesah Brown at No. 23 (1,089, 1992-94). Laudermill is 10 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 1,023 career points and is tied for fifth in Husker history with 444 career assists. Theriot underwent season-ending ankle surgery on Thursday, Feb. 19. She originally injured the ankle in practice on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
• Senior Hailie Sample owns 700 points, 687 rebounds and 218 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 (1,396, 1,076, 301).
• Brandi Jeffery has transformed herself into one of the Big Ten’s best rebounders as a senior. The 5-7 guard has grabbed 173 rebounds, surpassing her combined total of 119 rebounds from 2012-13 and 2013-14. Jeffery ranks third among the Huskers with 6.4 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 six consecutive games in place of the injured Rachel Theriot, and has averaged 17.5 points over the last four contests. Romeo, who owns a pair of 21-point efforts as a starter (Wisconsin, Minnesota), is averaging 12.9 points in eight games as a starter, including 18 points and six threes in her first career start against Penn State on Jan. 15.
• 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 95 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 13.3 turnovers per game in conference play.
• Nebraska is 28-4 all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena, including 3-3 against top-25 foes. The Huskers are averaging 6,241 fans per game through eight Big Ten home games this season, including a season-high 8,622 fans for a win over Wisconsin on Feb. 15.
Scouting the Ohio State Buckeyes
A young Ohio State squad is coming off its 20th win of the season with an 88-70 victory on Thursday night at Penn State to improve to 12-5 in the Big Ten. National freshman-of-the-year candidate Kelsey Mitchell leads an explosive Buckeye lineup with 24.4 points, 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. The 5-8 Mitchell is the nation’s leading scorer and leads the nation in three-pointers per game (3.7). She has hit 107 of Ohio State’s 228 three-pointers on the season. She has already scored more than 700 points.
The Buckeyes, who are averaging 80.6 points per game, add more explosiveness from Ameryst Alston. The 5-9 junior guard is averaging 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest. While Mitchell and Alston give the Buckeyes the highest scoring backcourt duo in the nation, freshman forward Alexa Hart adds 11.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Hart, who has been shooting better than 70 percent from the field over the last nine games, also ranks second in the Big Ten with 106 blocked shots.
Mitchell and Hart make up the highest scoring freshman tandem in the country.
OSU gets more help inside from sophomore transfer Shayla Cooper. The 6-2 forward is contributing 10.6 points and 7.5 rebounds in her first season with the Buckeyes.
Junior guard Cait Craft (7.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and freshman guard Asia Doss (5.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg) round out OSU’s probable starting five. The Buckeyes also get help off the bench from 6-6 sophomore center Lisa Blair (2.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg), 6-0 senior guard Amy Scullion (1.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg) and fourth-year sophomore Kalpana Beach. A 6-1 forward who was in the same high school class as Nebraska’s four seniors, Beach has managed 4.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in seven games this season while continuing to battle knee injuries. She underwent knee surgery on Feb. 4.
Overall, Ohio State ranks No. 7 in the nation in scoring (80.6 ppg) and rank seventh nationally with 6.4 blocked shots per game.
Ohio State’s undersized lineup has managed to hold its own on the boards, settling for a minus-3.7 rebounding margin that has improved to minus-2.4 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes have offset their rebounding disadvantage with a plus-3.6 turnover margin.
The young Buckeyes have overcome their inexperience and a rash of preseason injuries to reach the 20-win mark for the first time since 2011-12. Chelsea Mitchell, the sister of OSU star Kelsey Mitchell, and daughter of Buckeye assistant coach Mark Mitchell, suffered a torn ACL in her knee on Oct. 24. Kianna Holland, a redshirt freshman guard who transferred from Duke, tore an ACL on Halloween. A third freshman, 6-2 forward Makayla Waterman, suffered a knee injury on Oct. 6 that knocked her out for the season.
With recurring injuries to Beach, who had missed the last two seasons with knee injuries, the Buckeyes were faced with the possibility of having just six active players in November until Scullion rejoined the team. Scullion had ended her basketball career to attend medical school.
With Scullion and Beach available, and the emergence of Cooper who became eligibile for the last game of the non-conference season after transferring from Georgetown, Ohio State has nine active players.
Nebraska vs. Ohio State Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 7-4, including five consecutive wins. Last year, the Huskers claimed the only meeting with a 67-59 win at Ohio State on Feb. 20, 2014. In 2012-13, NU swept the season series with a 58-39 win on Feb. 14 at the Devaney Center, after working its way to a 62-53 victory in Columbus on Jan. 31.
In 2011-12, the Huskers dropped an 82-68 decision in their first meeting with the Buckeyes as Big Ten foes in Columbus on Jan. 19, 2012, before bouncing back with a 71-57 win over OSU at the Devaney Center on Feb. 26, 2012. Nebraska added a 77-62 run past Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis on March 3, 2012, to snap a dominant Buckeye run at the conference tournament.
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 14 games, has pushed her career total to 1,076 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 14 more rebounds to catch Whitney Thomas from Indiana (1,090, 2006-09) in No. 11 and 18 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. (12.2 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.9 apg)
• One of the nation’s most versatile forwards, Emily Cady earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2014. She enters the Ohio State game averaging 12.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
• Cady ranks among the top five players in Nebraska history in rebounds (3rd, 1,076), blocks (5th, 110), free throw percentage (5th, .799), double-doubles (4th, 32), minutes played (2nd, 4,094) and games started (3rd, 128),
• Cady ranks third in Husker history and 12th in Big Ten Conference history with 1,076 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 14 boards to move to 11th and 18 rebounds to join the Big Ten’s all-time top 10.
• Cady ranks sixth among all active NCAA Division I career rebounders. Cady’s 1,076 rebounds rank third among all active players in Power Five conferences.
• Cady owns 10 double-doubles this year, including five in Big Ten play. She had 22 points and 12 rebounds 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 Ohio State game with 4,094 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 1,076 in her career, 199 more than No. 2 Samantha Logic from Iowa (868). NU’s Hailie Sample ranks third with 687.
• 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 1,396 points, 1,076 rebounds, 301 assists, 138 steals and 110 blocks. She is the only player in Nebraska history with 1,300 points, 1,000 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 steals and 100 career blocks.
• Cady ranks fifth in NU history with 110 career blocks. She needs 16 blocks to climb to fourth place.
• With 301 assists, Cady ranks 13th in Nebraska history and will catch four-year starting guard Cathy Owen (302, 1982-85) in 12th with her next assist. Cady is just four assists shy of former starting point guard Lis Brenden in 11th (305, 1993-96). Cady needs 25 assists to join the Husker career top 10.
• 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 104 points. 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 1,396 career points rank No. 14 in Husker history. She needs 37 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, 3.7 rpg, 2.1 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 14.9 points per game, while ranking second on the team overall with 13.9 points per game. She has a team-best 55 three-pointers. She is also NU’s top on-the-ball defender.
• Laudermill has scored in double figures in 13 straight games. She is averaging 17.2 points per game over the last 11 contests.
• Laudermill ranks 24th in Nebraska history with 1,086 career points, and is one of three current Huskers with 1,000 points, including Emily Cady (1,396) and Rachel Theriot (1,023).
• Laudermill has hit 25 threes over the last 11 games.
• Laudermill’s 42 steals on the season are a career high and she owns 32 steals over the last 15 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 154 makes to rank sixth on the Husker career list. She needs one more three to catch Anna DeForge (155, 1995-98) in fifth.
• Laudermill (122) is one of four Huskers who have played 120 or more career games, joining Emily Cady-128, Hailie Sample-128 and Brandi Jeffery-122.
• 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 DraftSite.com, while College Sports Madness slotted her as the No. 24 overall pick.
• She has produced double digits in 34 of her last 45 games, after managing double figures in just 11 of her first 77. She owns 45 career double-figure scoring games.
• Laudermill averaged 15.2 points per game over the last 17 contests of 2013-14, including the first five 20-point games of her career. She closed the season with 22 points against BYU, including 12 points in the final 2:30. She added 20 points in NU’s Big Ten semifinal win over No. 19 Michigan State and a career-high 27 points in the Big Red’s home win over No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 24.
• Laudermill tied a school record with seven threes in Nebraska’s 94-74 win over No. 8 Penn State Feb. 24, 2014. She hit her first six threes in the first half and closed the night 7-of-10 to lead Nebraska to one of the best three-point shooting nights (16-22, .727) in school history.
• Laudermill averaged 13.5 points in 2014 Big Ten play, while shooting a sizzling 44.3 percent from three-point range, which ranked fourth in Big Ten games-only. Her 2.4 three-pointers per game also tied for fifth in league action. She led the Big Red with 21 steals in conference action.
#13, Brandi Jeffery, 5-7, Sr., G, Vacherie, La. (7.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg)
• Brandi Jeffery is playing the best basketball of her career, averaging 7.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 27 games with 26 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.
• She just missed her first career double-double on Tuesday with nine points and 11 rebounds in the win over Minnesota. She added four assists and a steal.
• Jeffery owns career single-season highs in points (206), rebounds (173), assists (55) and steals (40) this season.
• Jeffery’s most impressive gains have come on the glass, where she ranks third among the Huskers with 6.4 rebounds per game. With 173 rebounds this season she has surpassed her total of 119 boards from her sophomore (57) and junior (62) seasons combined. She needs 11 rebounds to match her previous career total (184) entering this season.
• She owns 40 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 29 steals over her last 17 contests.
• Jeffery (122) is one of four Husker seniors who have played 120 or more career games, joining Emily Cady-128, Hailie Sample-128 and Tear’a Laudermill-122.
• 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 95-33 record and three NCAA tournaments.
#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Sr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (7.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.9 apg)
• Hailie Sample earned a spot on the 2014 Big Ten All-Defensive Team. She was Nebraska’s Defensive MVP in 2013-14.
• Sample ranks second in the Big Ten with her 60.9 field goal percentage, trailing only Ohio State’s Alexa Hart (.611). 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 687, trailing only teammate Emily Cady (1,076) and Iowa’s Samantha Logic (878). 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 10th on the Nebraska career rebound list with 687.
• Sample started the first 115 games of her career before not starting against Penn State on Jan. 15. She owns 127 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. (7.7 ppg, 2.4 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. She has played in 16 straight games, including six consecutive starts heading into the Ohio State game.
• In eight games as a starter, Romeo is averaging 12.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists. She has hit 22-of-62 threes (.355) in her eight starts.
• In 16 Big Ten games, she is averaging 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists while hitting 30 three-pointers.
• Romeo tied career highs with 21 points and six three-pointers in Tuesday’s win over Minnesota. She hit four threes in the second half.
• Romeo set her career high with 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.
• She sealed Nebraska’s road win at Indiana Feb. 18 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.
• 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.
• Romeo made her third career start at No. 5 Maryland Feb. 8, when she scored eight points and grabbed a career-high five rebounds. 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.
Husker Seniors Secure Fourth Straight 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 128 games in her career while Sample has made 127 starts, helping the Huskers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and an average of 23.8 wins per season.
The Husker seniors are 95-33 (.742 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 after becoming 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.
Nebraska’s History of Success at Home
Nebraska is 13-2 at home this season, including 12-2 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers are 28-4 all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena since the building opened for the 2013-14 campaign. The Big Red went 16-2 at home in 2013-14, suffering its only Big Ten loss to Purdue, 77-75, on Jan. 19, 2014.
Nebraska’s 16 home wins last season tied the school record for single-season home victories.
The Huskers played the first regular-season basketball game in the history of the arena against USA Today No. 25 UCLA (Nov. 8) and rolled to a 77-49 win over the Bruins. NU’s first win over an AP Top 25 team came with a 76-56 win over No. 24 Michigan State on Feb. 8. The Huskers added their first-ever win over an AP Top 10 team at the arena with a 94-74 victory over No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 24.
NU won its first-ever Big Ten home game with a 66-65 thriller over Northwestern Jan. 2, before an 88-85 win over Minnesota on Jan. 16, 2014, marked the first overtime game in Pinnacle Bank Arena history.
NU suffered its first loss at the arena to Washington State (76-72) on Nov. 30, 2013.
The Huskers are 415-134 (.756) all-time at home. The Huskers have gone 151-38 (.799) over the last 12 seasons, posting double-figure home victory totals in each of the last 11 years, including 13-2 in 2014-15 and 16-2 in 2013-14. NU went a perfect 16-0 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2009-10.
Nebraska played in the Devaney Center from 1976-77 through 2012-13, and added one appearance at Devaney against Utah on Nov. 23, 2014. The Huskers own a 389-130 record at the Devaney Center, including 146-88 (.624) mark in conference play. NU went 13-4 at home in 2012-13.
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.
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 remained in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 at No. 23, before a 74-50 run past Minnesota Tuesday. The Huskers opened 2014-15 at No. 16 in both polls.
The win propelled the Huskers to No. 30 in the official NCAA RPI on Feb. 26. NU was as high as No. 5 on Jan. 1. NU’s Strength of Schedule ranks No. 34 nationally by RealTimeRPI.com.
Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the NCAA RPI’s top 50, including Maryland (7th), Iowa (8th), Nebraska (30th), Northwestern (35th), Ohio State (36th), Minnesota (37th) and Rutgers (41st), while Michigan is just outside the top 50 at No. 55. Michigan State (86th) and Illinois (95th) give the conference 10 teams in the RPI top 100. Purdue (114th), Wisconsin (141st), Indiana (160th) and Penn State (195th) 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 nine top-100 RPI wins, including five road wins at Washington State (62nd), Creighton (80th), Michigan State (86th), UCLA (90th) and Illinois (95th) along with four top-100 home wins over Duke (12th), Minnesota (37th), Michigan (55th) and Illinois (95th).
Purdue (114th), Bakersfield (120th), Wisconsin (141st), Alabama (154th), Indiana (162nd) rank in the top half of the RPI, while High Point (182nd), Northern Colorado (184th) and Penn State (195th) 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.
Huskers Rank Among National Attendance Leaders
In 18 home games, the Huskers attracted 110,892 fans including 10 of the top-16 largest home non-conference crowds in school history in 2013-14.
Nebraska’s total home attendance of 110,892 ranked No. 8 nationally, while NU’s average home attendance of 6,161 ranked 11th in 2013-14.
Overall, Nebraska ranks 11th nationally in 2014-15 with 5,686 fans per home game, including one game at Bob Devaney Sports Center (3,321 vs. Utah, Nov. 23).
In 32 all-time home games at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the Huskers own an impressive 28-4 record (.875 winning percentage) while averaging 6,027 fans per game (192,860 total fans/32 games).
Nebraska attracted a non-conference school-record crowd of 9,750 to open its stay in the building with a win over UCLA on Nov. 8, 2013. The Huskers have averaged more than 5,000 fans per non-conference game each of the first two seasons at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Before moving to the new arena, NU had never averaged more than 4,049 fans per game in non-conference home play.
14-Team Big Ten Tournament Offers New Format in 2015
The 2015 Big Ten Tournament at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., March 4-8, will offer two more teams and one more round of competition than the last three seasons.
A new opening-day on Wednesday, March 4 with features games between the 11 through 14 seeds to cut the tournament field down to 12 teams for the final three days of action.
The new format means the top four seeds will get two days worth of byes in the Big Ten Tournament, but those four teams will still need to string together three straight wins to earn a championship.
First-round games at the tournament will be streamed live on BTN Plus, while second-, third-round and semifinal games will be on BTN. The championship game will air on ESPN on Sunday, March 8 at 6 p.m.
Huskers Seek Seventh NCAA Bid in Last Nine Years
Nebraska made its 12th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its sixth in the last eight seasons in 2014. The 2014 Huskers also became the first Nebraska team in history to advance to the NCAA second round in back-to-back seasons, after a 2014 first-round win over Fresno State.
Over the past six years, the Huskers have produced six NCAA Tournament wins under Coach Connie Yori, after the program notched just two NCAA wins in the first 25 years of the NCAA Tournament.
Nebraska’s No. 4 seed was its second-highest in school history, trailing only the No. 1 seed the Huskers earned on their way to their first NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010. NU earned its second NCAA Sweet 16 spot as a No. 6 seed in 2013, following wins over No. 11 seed Chattanooga and third-seeded Texas A&M in College Station in 2013.
The Huskers notched their first NCAA Tournament win under Coach Yori with a 61-58 victory over Xavier at College Park, Md., in 2008.