NU WBB looks toward North Florida
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Huskers Shoot for Sweep Against Ospreys
The Nebraska women’s basketball team takes aim at a sweep of its extended season-opening weekend when the Huskers take on North Florida at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Monday.
Tip-off between the Huskers and the Ospreys is set for 7 p.m., with tickets available at Huskers.com. Live radio coverage on select stations will be provided by the Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and CD105.9 FM in Omaha, with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch on the call. BTN Plus also will provide a premium video stream.
Nebraska produced a record-setting performance in an opening-day win over Arkansas Pine Bluff on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Sophomore Natalie Romeo erupted for a Husker season-opening record 30 points by draining 6-of-9 three-pointers. The 5-7 shooting guard from Martinez, Calif., also dished out four assists and set the defensive tone for the Big Red off the bench, despite battling illness this week which kept her out of the starting lineup.
Jessica Shepard produced multiple records of her own in the 96-46 win over the Lady Lions. The 6-4 forward from Fremont, Neb., set school freshman records in an opening game with 24 points and 13 rebounds, becoming the first freshman to ever put up a double-double in a debut. Shepard added three assists and three steals in a strong all-around effort.
Monday’s game will be the first-ever meeting with North Florida, which opened the season with a 62-55 victory on Friday afternoon at UMKC. Although Nebraska has never faced the Ospreys, the Huskers own an 11-0 record against teams from the state of Florida under Coach Connie Yori.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
43 – Rachel Blackburn – 6-3 – Fr. – F – 2.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
32 – Jessica Shepard – 6-4 – Fr. – F – 24.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg
4 – Kyndal Clark – 5-7 – RSr. – G – 0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
5 – Natalie Romeo – 5-7 – So. – G – 30.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
33 – Rachel Theriot – 6-0 – Sr. – G – 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Off the Bench
11 – Esther Ramacieri – 5-8 – Jr. – G – 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
12 – Emily Wood – 5-5 – So. – G – 2.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
22 – Allie Havers – 6-5 – Jr. – C – 5.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg
24 – Maddie Simon – 6-2 – Fr. – G – 6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
31 – Anya Kalenta – 6-3 – Sr. – F – 5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
34 – Jasmine Cincore – 5-10 – So. – G – 6.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
50 – Darrien Washington – 6-2 – RFr. – F – 6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
52 – Alicia Ostrander – 6-3 – Sr. – F – 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
14th Season at Nebraska (263-153); 26th Season Overall (458-293)
North Florida Ospreys (1-0, 0-0 Atlantic Sun)
5 – Hadley Kiefer – 5-11 – Fr. – G/F – 8.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
11 – Taru Madekivi – 6-0 – Jr. – G/F – 0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
24 – Maiya Rumph – 6-0 – So. – G/F – 1.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
2 – Sierra Shepherd – 5-6 – So. – G – 12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg
23 – Kadesia Johnson – 5-10 – Sr. – G – 5.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Off the Bench
1 – Claire Ioannidis – 5-7 – Jr. – G – 29.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
15 – Karrah Johnson – 6-2 – Jr. – F/C – 3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
22 – Katie Meckus – 6-2 – Fr. – F/C – 4.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
Head Coach: Darrick Gibbs (Wofford, 2000)
First Season at North Florida (1-0); First Season Overall (1-0)
• Nebraska will meet North Florida for the first time on Monday. The Huskers own a perfect 11-0 record against teams from the state of Florida under Coach Connie Yori.
• Natalie Romeo’s 30-point performance in the season opener against Arkansas Pine Bluff marked the highest point total by a Husker in an opener in school history. It was also a career high for Romeo.
• Kyndal Clark could make her 100th career collegiate start against North Florida. Clark started the first 98 games of her career at Drake, before starting in the opener against UAPB.
• Jessica Shepard produced 24 points and 13 rebounds in the opener to become the first Husker freshman in history to record a double-double in the first game of her career.
• Shepard’s 24 points were the most points ever scored by a freshman in a season opener (previous high 19 points).
• Shepard’s 13 rebounds ere the most by a freshman in a season opener in Nebraska history (previous high 8 rebounds).
• Jessica Shepard’s 42 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes against Winona State on Nov. 8, 2015, marked the most productive exhibition game in school history.
• Rachel Theriot will reach the 300 career rebound mark with her next board. She enters the North Florida game with 299 career rebounds.
• Theriot is two assists away from 450 in her career. She ranks fifth in school history in career assists and needs 251 to match the school record of 699 held by Lindsey Moore (2010-13).
Fast Five: Husker Quick Hitters
#33, Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Sr., G, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.0 apg)
• Theriot is a national player-of-the-year, All-America, Lieberman Award, Senior CLASS Award, Academic All-America and WBCA Allstate Good Works Team candidate as a senior.
• A two-time preseason first-team All-Big Ten choice (2014, 2015), Theriot was an honorable-mention AP All-American as a sophomore in 2014, after leading the Big Red to their first Big Ten Tournament title as the MVP. She was a first-team All-Big Ten pick in 2014, and a Big Ten All-Freshman pick as a starter on Nebraska’s 2013 NCAA Sweet 16 team.
• Theriot set the Nebraska single-season record with 234 assists as a sophomore in 2013-14. She needs 251 assists to match All-American Lindsey Moore’s school career record (699, 2010-13).
• Theriot averaged 16.5 ppg as a junior, and is ranked No. 30 in career points at Nebraska with 1,033. She needs two points to tie Alexa Johnson (1,035, 2001-04) at No. 29, three to match Stacy Imming (1,036, 1984-87) at No. 28 and 15 to catch Cathy Owen (1,048, 1982-85) at No. 27 on NU’s all-time list.
• Nebraska’s most experienced player, Theriot will be making her 84th start in a Husker uniform.
#4, Kyndal Clark, 5-7, Sr., G, Webb City, Mo. (0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg)
• The 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year as a junior, Clark was a two-time all-conference player at Drake (2013, 2014). She was also an MVC All-Defensive choice as a sophomore in 2013, after earning a spot on the Valley All-Freshman Team in 2012.
• Clark was a member of the 2015 WBCA Allstate Good Works Team.
• Clark suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of her senior season at Drake (vs. South Dakota, Nov. 14, 2014). She graduated from Drake in May of 2015, after majoring in information systems.
• Clark is expected to make her 100th collegiate start on Monday. She scored 1,418 points and hit 222 three-pointers in her three seasons plus one game at Drake. She averaged 19.3 points per game and set the Missouri Valley Conference single-season record with 116 threes in 2013-14.
• Clark started in the Huskers’ season-opening win, producing three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 18 minutes. She had four steals in each of NU’s exhibition wins.
#5, Natalie Romeo, 5-7, So., G, Martinez, Calif. (30.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg)
• Romeo produced the best season-opening performance in school history with 30 points while going 6-of-9 from three-point range in the win over Arkansas Pine Bluff. Romeo’s career high came despite missing multiple practices during the week due to illness, which also kept her out of the starting five in the opener.
• Romeo started Nebraska’s final 10 games of 2014-15 in place of the injured Rachel Theriot. Over the final eight games, she led the Big Red with 15.4 points per game. She is expected to make her 13th career start on Monday against North Florida.
• Romeo finished with 51 three-pointers in 2014-15 to produce the second-highest total by a freshman in Nebraska history, trailing only school-record holder Jordan Hooper (67, 2010-11). Romeo achieved her total despite going 3-for-9 in non-conference play while missing eight games with an injury (stress fracture, foot, Nov. 28-Dec. 29, 2014).
• Romeo led Nebraska by averaging 20.0 points in a pair of Big Ten Tournament games, including a career-high 26 points in a win over Illinois March 5. She tied a school record with seven threes against the Illini to set Nebraska’s all-time conference tournament record.
• Romeo tied the Nebraska NCAA Tournament record with five three-pointers in a 72-69 loss to Syracuse on March 20, 2015. She finished with 15 points against the Orange.
#32, Jessica Shepard, 6-4, Fr., F, Fremont, Neb. (24.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 3.0 spg)
• Shepard produced the best career-opening performance by a freshman in school history, powering her way to 24 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals in 23 minutes against Arkansas Pine Bluff. Nebraska’s previous season-opening bests by a freshman were 19 points (Debra Powell, 1981) and eight rebounds (Angie Miller, 1983; Terri Parriott, 1981). Shepard’s double-double was the first in history by a Husker freshman in an opener.
• The top recruit in Nebraska history, Shepard was the No. 1 ranked post and No. 3 overall recruit in the nation by ESPN last season. A first-team Parade All-American as a senior despite missing nearly all of her final year (ACL tear, Dec. 29, 2014), Shepard was the 2013 and 2014 Nebraska High School Player of the Year.
• Shepard averaged 12.8 points and 3.8 rebounds while helping the USA Basketball U18 Team to a 5-0 record and a gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas Championship.
• Shepard totaled 71 points and 24 rebounds in 42 minutes in a pair of exhibition wins to open her career. Her 42 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes against NCAA Division II No. 16 Winona State on Nov. 8, came against former Iowa post Kayla Timmerman, a 6-3 center. Shepard hit 16-of-19 shots and all 10 of her free throws against the Warriors, scoring 34 points in the first and fourth quarters combined. It was the top exhibition effort in school history.
• Shepard participated in her first full-court 5-on-5 practice on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
#43, Rachel Blackburn, 6-3, Fr., F, Leavenworth, Kan. (2.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg)
• The No. 63 player in the nation by Blue Star and No. 69 player by Prospects Nation, Blackburn was ranked as the No. 17 post player in the country by ESPN coming out of high school last year.
• Blackburn earned a start alongside fellow freshmen Jessica Shepard and Maddie Simon in the season-opening win over Arkansas Pine Bluff on Saturday. Blackburn produced two points, six rebounds and an assist in 19 minutes.
• As a group, the Husker freshmen (including redshirt freshman Darrien Washington) combined for 38 points and 26 rebounds,which was the third-best production by a freshman class in an opener in school history, trailing only the 1981-82 NU freshmen (7 players, 63 points) and the 1999-2000 Husker freshmen (7 players, 45 points)
• Blackburn averaged 5.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while starting both of NU’s exhibition wins. She averaged 7.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game in Nebraska’s four-game tour of Australia in August of 2015. She led the Huskers by shooting 65 percent from the field.
• Blackburn led Leavenworth High School to back-to-back Kansas Class 5A state titles in 2014 and 2015.
• She set the Leavenworth High School record with a career 67.5 field goal percentage.
A Look at the Ospreys: Scouting North Florida
Coach Darrick Gibbs brings his first North Florida team to Lincoln after opening his head coaching career with a 62-55 win at UMKC on Friday afternoon.
Gibbs inherited a North Florida squad that lost five players who started 10 or more games a year ago, including the Ospreys’ top three scorers Destinee Smith (12.6 ppg), Paulina Zaveckaite (10.4 ppg, 11.7 rpg) and Bailey Florin (8.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg).
North Florida struggled to an 11-19 overall record that included a 2-12 mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference in Coach Mary Tappmeyer’s 23rd and final season leading the Ospreys.
Despite the personnel losses, the Ospreys may have found a leader in junior point Claire Ioannidas. The Australian who spent the past two seasons at Trinidad State junior college in Colorado, erupted for 29 points in her Division I debut against the Roos. Ioannidis regularly had the ball in her hands late in the shot clock, hitting buzzer-beating shots to end the half and the third quarter, before sealing the win at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Last season, Ioannidis averaged 16 points and 4.3 assists per game in junior college.
Fellow junior college transfer Karrah Johnson might also need to make an instant impact for UNF. The 6-2 Johnson is the tallest player on the Osprey roster. She averaged 6.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in her lone season at Santa Fe College last year, after playing in 13 games at Florida International as a freshman.
Kadesia Johnson, a 5-10 senior guard, added 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds last season while making seven starts on the year. She drew a start against UMKC, managing five points and four rebounds.
Sierra Shepherd, a 5-6 sophomore guard, started at UMKC and shot the Ospreys to an 18-8 lead in the first quarter by producing double figures in the first 10 minutes. She finished with 12 points and a team-high three assists. She averaged 3.0 points and 1.6 boards while making six starts as a freshman.
The only other returning players on the North Florida roster are 6-0 sophomore wing Maiya Rumph (2.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg) and 6-0 junior wing Taru Madekivi (0.8 ppg, 0.3 rpg) from Finland. Both started against UMKC, combining for one point and three rebounds in 36 minutes.
North Florida features a 12-player roster but juniors Simone Brown and Tesh Hanson transferred in from Liberty prior to the start of this season and must sit out in 2015-16 due to NCAA transfer rules.
Junior wing Amber Robinson is UNF’s top returning scorer after averaging 4.6 points and 4.0 rebounds while starting 20 games a year ago for the Jacksonville, Fla., school. She did not play at UMKC, and neither did redshirt freshman Jordan Berenbaum, a 6-1 forward.
Nebraska and North Florida have never met in women’s basketball, but the Huskers have had huge success against Florida teams with an 11-0 record under Coach Yori, including back-to-back victories over Florida State and South Florida in December of 2012.
Huskers Have History of Home-Opening Success
Nebraska owns a history of season-opening success on the Huskers’ homecourt. NU notched its 40th season-opening win with a 96-46 victory over Arkansas Pine Bluff on Saturday. NU is 3-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in season openers, including a 100-65 victory over Pepperdine on Nov. 15, 2014, and a 77-49 win over UCLA in the first regular-season basketball game in the history of the building on Nov. 8, 2013.
Nebraska’s last loss in a home opener came to South Dakota State on Nov. 19, 2005. NU’s only other home-opening loss was to Kansas (88-56) on Nov. 21, 1980.
Nebraska has been strong in its first six home games every season. In fact, NU is 212-34 in the past 42 years in its first six home contests (.862), including 35-6 in Game No. 2. The Huskers have won 15 straight in their second home games of the year. Nebraska is 33-8 in Game No. 3, 35-6 in Game No. 4, 36-5 in Game No. 5 and 33-7 in Game 6. The Huskers only played five total home games in their first season in 1974-75.
Setting the Stage for Shepard
Nebraska’s record book could be under assault this season from freshman Jessica Shepard. Here’s a few of the most vulnerable records:
Freshman Game Records
Points, Game: 34, Debra Powell at Notre Dame, Feb. 25, 1982 (98-88, 2OT)
Points, Game (Regulation): 31, Jordan Hooper, at Missouri, Feb. 2, 2011
Kelsey Griffin, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Nov. 27, 2005 (Miami)
Rebounds, Game: 22, Angie Miller, UMKC, Dec. 7, 1983
Points, Season Opener: 24, Jessica Shepard, vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff, Nov. 14, 2015
Rebounds, Season Opener: 13, Jessica Shepard, vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff, Nov. 14, 2015
Double-Double, Season Opener: 24 points, 13 rebounds vs. UAPB, Nov. 14, 2015 (first in NU history)
Freshman Season Records
Total Points: 461, Debra Powell (1981-82)
Points Per Game: 15.4, Debra Powell (1981-82)
Total Rebounds: 277, Kathy Hagerstrom (1979-80)
Rebounds Per Game: 7.6, Debra Powell (1981-82)
Double-Doubles: 9, Debra Powell (1981-82)
Field Goals Made: 201, Darcy Williamson (1975-76)
Field Goal Percentage: .582 (78-134), Charlie Rogers (1996-97)
Free Throws Made: 121, Kelsey Griffin (2005-06)
Romeo Returns: Soph Shoots for Super Season
Sophomore Natalie Romeo produced the best scoring effort by a Husker in a season opener in school history on Saturday with 30 points in 26 minutes off the bench in Nebraska’s win over Arkansas Pine Bluff. She hit 11-of-18 shots from the floor, including 6-of-9 threes, to produce her first career 30-point game and the first 30-point performance in an opener in 42 seasons.
Big production is nothing new to Romeo, even though she has only started 12 career games. Over Nebraska’s final eight games of 2014-15, Romeo led the Huskers in scoring with 15.4 points per game. The 5-7 guard from Martinez, Calif., added 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in a team-best 35.8 minutes per contest down the stretch in her freshman campaign. She also hit 39.7 percent (31-78) of her threes while averaging 3.9 threes per game.
During the summer of 2015, Romeo averaged a team-best 19.8 points per game, while adding 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists during Nebraska’s four-game tour of Australia (Aug. 1-12).
In her first season as a Husker, Romeo averaged 9.0 points and 2.5 rebounds over 24 games. She missed eight games in mid-season with a stress reaction in her foot (Nov. 28-Dec. 29).
Romeo started Nebraska’s final 10 games in place of the injured Rachel Theriot. In 12 games as a starter in 2014-15, Romeo averaged 13.7 points per game, while adding 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists. She produced double figures in seven of her starts, including each of Nebraska’s final three games.
She erupted for a career-high 26 points with a school-record-tying seven three-pointers in a Big Ten Tournament win over Illinois March 5. She added 21-point efforts in wins over Wisconsin (Feb. 15) and Minnesota (Feb. 24). She hit six threes against Penn State (Jan. 15) and Minnesota (Feb. 24).
Romeo tied a school record and smashed the Nebraska conference tournament record with seven threes against the Fighting Illini. She hit seven of her first nine attempts in the first 24 minutes of the game against the Illini. The previous NU conference tournament record was four, which had been accomplished four times (Jordan Hooper, Lindsey Moore, Amanda Went, Amy Stephens).
Romeo added four threes against Iowa at the Big Ten Tournament on March 6. Her 11 threes match Nebraska’s career Big Ten Tournament record. She is 11-for-22 in two career games.
Romeo tied Nebraska’s single-game NCAA Tournament record with five threes against Syracuse on March 20.
Triple Threats: Three Things to Talk About
#11, Esther Ramacieri, 5-8, Jr., G, Repentigny, Quebec, Canada (0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 1.0)
• Esther Ramacieri tied her career high with one assist in Nebraska’s season-opening win over Arkansas Pine Bluff. Ramacieri appeared in 17 games in each of her first two seasons, with one career start (vs. Penn State, Jan. 15, 2015). She owns five points, 17 rebounds and three assists in 121 minutes in her career.
• Ramacieri missed much of the summer and preseason with a knee injury, but was cleared to play for the start of the 2015-16 regular season.
• Ramacieri is the fourth Canadian to play for the Huskers under Coach Yori, including Chelsea Aubry (2004-07), Kaitlyn Burke (2008-12) and Harleen Sidhu (2009-12).
#12, Emily Wood, 5-5, So., G, Salina, Kan. (2.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg)
• Emily Wood opened her sophomore season by matching her career high with two points in the win over Arkansas Pine Bluff. Wood played in 10 games as a freshman after walking on to the Nebraska program. She claimed Nebraska’s Teammate Award for her commitment to the Husker program in 2014-15.
• Wood had two points and five rebounds in 29 minutes as a freshman. During the summer of 2015, Wood started for the Huskers on their four-game Australian Tour, averaging 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 26 minutes per game.
• Wood was a first-team Kansas Class 5A all-state selection as a senior at Salina Central High School in 2014. Wood averaged 16.0 points per game as a senior, while hitting a school-record 91 threes. She hit 42.1 percent of her threes and 86.2 percent of her free throws as a senior.
#22, Allie Havers, 6-5, Jr., C, Mattawan, Mich. (5.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg)
• One of the tallest Nebraska women’s basketball players in history, Allie Havers averaged 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds while playing 14.8 minutes per game as NU’s top post off the bench in 2014-15.
• Havers owns seven double-figure scoring games in her career, including five as a sophomore in 2014-15. Two double-figure efforts have come in the Big Ten Tournament, including a career-high 17 points in a semifinal win over No. 19 Michigan State on March 8, 2014.
• Havers was NU’s top post off the bench as a true freshman in 2013-14, averaging 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds while playing in all 33 games. She averaged just over 10 minutes per contest.
#24, Maddie Simon, 6-2, Fr., G, Lincoln, Neb. (6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 bpg)
• Maddie Simon started alongside fellow freshmen Jessica Shepard and Rachel Blackburn in Nebraska’s season opener. Simon produced six points, two rebounds, an assist and a block in her debut. She also started Nebraska’s exhibition opener and ranked third among the Huskers in scoring with 7.5 points per game in exhibition play. She added 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 20.5 minutes per game. Simon averaged 6.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist during Nebraska’s four-game summer tour of Australia in August of 2015.
• The 2015 Nebraska High School Player of the Year, Maddie Simon was a two-time first-team Super-State selection while leading Lincoln Pius X to the 2015 Class B state championship. Simon was the No. 149 player in the nation according to Blue Star and the No. 22 guard nationally by ESPN in 2015.
• A tremendous all-around athlete, Simon won the Class A 100- and 300-meter hurdles championships at the 2015 Nebraska State Track & Field Championships. Her mother, Nicole Ali Simon, was the first female CoSIDA Academic All-American in the history of Nebraska athletics, competing for Coach Gary Pepin’s national champion Huskers in 1983 and 1984.
#31, Anya Kalenta, 6-3, Sr., F, Minsk, Belarus (5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
• Anya Kalenta appeared in 12 games in her first season at Nebraska as a junior in 2014-15. She played in five of Nebraska’s first six games before missing NU’s next nine games with a stress fracture in her foot. She also suffered a broken nose in preseason practice (Oct. 29, 2014), and battled anemia throughout the year.
• Kalenta opened her senior season with five points and two rebounds in the win over Arkansas Pine Bluff. She averaged 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds on opening weekend last year. She established career highs with 14 points and eight rebounds against Pepperdine on Nov. 15. She went 2-for-2 from three-point range against Alcorn State on Nov. 16.
• Kalenta earned third-team NJCAA All-America honors in 2013-14 at Vincennes University in Indiana. She transferred to Vincennes after spending her freshman season at Broward College in Florida in 2012-13. She ranked in the NJCAA’s top 25 in scoring (20.8 ppg, 13th), rebounding (10.7 rpg, 22nd) and blocked shots (2.1 bpg, 20th) in her only season with the Trailblazers at Vincennes in 2013-14.
#34, Jasmine Cincore, 5-10, So., G, Arlington, Tenn. (6.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg)
• AtTwo-time Tennessee Class 2-AA Player of the Year (2013, 2014), Jasmine Cincore battled ankle and foot injuries to play in 20 games for the Huskers as a true freshman. She totaled 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 97 minutes on the season.
• Cincore opened her sophomore season by tying career highs with six points and three assists while adding career bests in rebounds (4), blocks (1) and minutes (17) against Arkansas Pine Bluff on Saturday.
• During Nebraska’s 2015 summer tour of Australia, Cincore was NU’s second-leading scorer with 10.0 points per game, while adding 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in four games against Australian pro teams.
#50, Darrien Washington, 6-2, RFr., F, Oakland, Calif. (6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
• Darrien Washington produced six points, five rebounds and an assist in eight minutes off the bench in her career debut against Arkansas Pine Bluff after enjoying a strong redshirt season in 2014-15.
• Washington played on the Cal Stars Elite with current Husker sophomore guard Natalie Romeo.
• A first-team All-Oakland performer at Skyline High School, Washington averaged 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game as a senior. She scored 1,181 career points and came up just short of 1,000 career rebounds in high school.