NU WBB Next Up: No. 5 Maryland
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#19/#18 Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten)
at #5/#5 Maryland Terrapins (20-2, 11-0 Big Ten)
Sunday, Feb. 8, 3 p.m. (Central)
Xfinity Center (College Park, Md.)
TV: ESPN2 (Brenda VanLengen, Stephanie White)
Live Radio: Husker Sports Network (Matt Coatney, Jeff Griesch)
107.3 FM, Lincoln; 93.3 FM, Omaha; 880 AM, Lexington
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No. 19 Nebraska Shoots for Upset at No. 5 Maryland Sunday
The No. 19 Nebraska women’s basketball team shoots for an upset of No. 5 Maryland on Sunday, when the Huskers travel to College Park, Md.
Tip-off between the Big Red (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten) and the Terrapins (20-2, 11-0 Big Ten) is set for 3 p.m. (CT), with live national television coverage by ESPN2. Brenda VanLengen and Stephanie White will be on the call for ESPN2. Live radio coverage will be provided by the Husker Sports Network, with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch calling the action on stations across the network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln, 93.3 FM in Omaha and 880 AM in Lexington.
The Huskers opened a five-day East Coast road trip with a 46-43 loss at No. 21 Rutgers on Thursday night. Nebraska struggled offensively against the Scarlet Knights while playing without first-team All-Big Ten and honorable-mention All-America point guard Rachel Theriot. The 6-0 junior missed the first regular-season game of her career after suffering an ankle injury on Tuesday in practice. Theriot’s status is day-to-day.
Playing against one of the Big Ten’s best defenses at Rutgers, the Huskers hit just 22.1 percent of their shots from the field, including 5-for-30 threes (.167) in producing a season-low point total. Despite the offensive struggles, the Huskers fought to the finish to suffer their fourth one-possession or overtime loss on the road this season. Three of those four narrow losses have come to top-25 foes.
Maryland is the only team in the nation to produce a definitive win over the Big Red. The No. 5 Terps ran to a 75-47 win over the Huskers in Lincoln on Jan. 3, in a game that was tied at 27 at halftime.
Senior guard Tear’a Laudermill has led the Huskers in scoring in five straight games, increasing her season averages to 13.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Laudermill needs nine points to become Nebraska’s third active 1,000-point career scorer, joining senior Emily Cady and Theriot.
Cady enters Sunday’s game with 1,333 career points and 1,014 career rebounds. Cady, who notched her ninth double-double of the year with 13 points and 14 rebounds at Rutgers, needs just six rebounds to move to No. 3 on NU’s all-time rebounding list ahead of 2010 All-American Kelsey Griffin.
#19 Nebraska Cornhuskers (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten)
3 – Hailie Sample – 6-1 – Sr. – F – 7.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg
23 – Emily Cady – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 12.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg
1 – Tear’a Laudermill – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 13.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg
13 – Brandi Jeffery – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 7.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg
33 – Rachel Theriot – 6-0 – Jr. – G – 16.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
or – 30 – Chandler Smith – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 1.5 ppg, 0.9 rpg
or – 5 – Natalie Romeo – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 5.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg
or – 22 – Allie Havers – 6-5 – So. – C – 4.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Off the Bench
31 – Anya Kalenta – 6-3 – Jr. – F – 4.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg
34 – Jasmine Cincore – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 1.9 ppg, 0.3 rpg
12 – Emily Wood – 5-5 – Fr. – G – 0.3 ppg, 0.6 rpg
11 – Esther Ramacieri – 5-8 – So. – G – 0.1 ppg, 0.5 rpg
50 – Darrien Washington – 6-2 – Fr. – F – Redshirting
Head Coach: Connie Yori (Creighton, 1986)
13th Season at NU (258-147); 25th Season Overall (453-287)
#5 Maryland Terrapins (20-2, 11-0 Big Ten)
5 – Malina Howard – 6-4 – Jr. – C – 5.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg
42 – Brionna Jones – 6-3 – So. – C – 12.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg
1 – Laurin Mincy – 6-0 – RSr. – G – 14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg
4 – Lexie Brown – 5-9 – So. – G – 12.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg
32 – Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – 5-11 – So. – G – 14.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Off the Bench
3 – Brene Moseley – 5-7 – Jr. – G – 5.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg
22 – Tierney Pfirman – 6-2 – Jr. – F – 5.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg
2 – Kiara Leslie – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 4.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg
12 – Kristen Confroy – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 4.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg
33 – A’Lexus Harrison – 6-0 – RFr. – F – 2.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
15 – Chloe Pavlech – 5-9 – Jr. – G – 2.3 ppg, 0.3 rpg
0 – Aja Ellison – 6-3 – Fr. – F – 1.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg
Head Coach: Brenda Frese (Arizona, 1993)
13th Season at Maryland (327-103); 16th Season Overall (384-133)
Streaks, Stats & Milestones
• Nebraska had its 17-game February winning streak snapped with a 46-43 loss at No. 21 Rutgers Thursday. The Huskers have won 10 straight February home games dating back to a 63-51 loss to Northwestern on Feb. 16, 2012.
• Senior forward Emily Cady ranks fourth in Husker history and is tied for 16th in Big Ten history with 1,014 career rebounds after pulling down 14 boards at Rutgers. Over the last six games, Cady is averaging 12.8 rebounds per game, including a career-high 18 rebounds at Iowa Jan. 26.
• Cady needs just six rebounds to pass 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (1,019, 2006-10) for third on Nebraska’s career rebound list. She ranks sixth among active NCAA Division I rebounders.
• An All-Big Ten candidate, Cady owns nine double-doubles this season, including a huge 19-point, 18-rebound effort at Iowa Jan. 26, and 13 points and 14 boards at Rutgers Thursday. Cady, who owns 31 career double-doubles, has 1,333 points, 1,014 rebounds, 283 assists, 128 steals and 100 blocks.
• Tear’a Laudermill is 25 points away from joining Nebraska’s 1,000-point club. Laudermill owns six straight double-figure scoring efforts and is averaging 16.7 points per game during the stretch.
• 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 and needs 12 points to catch Alexa Johnson (1,035, 2001-04) in 28th and 13 points to match Stacy Imming (1,036, 1984-87) in 27th on the NU scoring list.
• Theriot is tied for fifth in Husker history with 444 career assists, matching current NU assistant coach Amy Stephens (1986-89) on that chart. Theriot ranks 19th among active NCAA Division I players in assists, including third among NCAA Division I juniors.
• Senior Hailie Sample recorded the 200th assist of her career in the win over Michigan Feb. 1. Sample, who has 654 points, 645 rebounds and 204 assists, became the fifth Husker in history to reach combined career milestones of 600 points, 600 rebounds and 200 assists. The other members of that distinguished group are 1988 Big Eight Player of the Year Maurtice Ivy (2,131 points, 778 rebounds, 297 assists), two-time WNBA All-Star Anna DeForge (1,859, 804, 392), Kathy Hagerstrom (1,778, 874, 269), and senior teammate Emily Cady (1,333, 1,014, 283).
• Nebraska’s 2014-15 regular starters have combined for 407 career starts. Emily Cady (122), Hailie Sample (121), Rachel Theriot (82), Tear’a Laudermill (52) and Brandi Jeffery (29) also have combined to play in 564 games in their NU careers.
• Brandi Jeffery has transformed herself into one of the Big Ten’s best rebounders as a senior. The 5-7 guard has grabbed 136 rebounds, surpassing her combined total of 119 rebounds from 2012-13 and 2013-14. Jeffery ranks third among the Huskers with 6.5 boards per game. She had a career-high 16 rebounds at Minnesota Dec. 29. Jeffery scored her 500th career point at Rutgers Thursday.
• Freshman Natalie Romeo erupted for career highs of 18 points and six three-pointers in Nebraska’s win over Penn State Jan. 15. The 5-7 guard from Martinez, Calif., made her first career start and played a career-high 26 minutes against the Lady Lions. She added nine points in 26 minutes in her second start in a win at Wisconsin Jan. 22. She hit the game-winning three-pointer against Illinois Jan. 29.
• 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 89 contests that NU has committed eight or fewer fouls in a game.
• Nebraska ranks No. 4 nationally with 12.3 personal fouls per game. The Huskers are committing just 11.6 fouls per game in Big Ten play. Rutgers is averaging 18.7 fouls per game, including 18.8 in the Big Ten.
• Nebraska leads the Big Ten with just 11.9 turnovers per game in conference play. The Huskers are the only team averaging fewer than 14 turnovers per game in Big Ten action.
• Nebraska is 26-3 all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena, including 3-2 against top-25 foes. The Huskers are averaging 6,151 fans per game through five Big Ten home games this season.
Scouting the Maryland Terrapins
Coach Brenda Frese brings her Maryland Terrapins team into Sunday’s game riding a 14-game winning streak that includes a perfect 11-0 Big Ten start after a 77-62 victory at Penn State on Thursday night.
Frese, who started her tenure at Maryland the same season that Coach Connie Yori came to Nebraska (2002-03), has led her young Terps to a 20-2 overall record despite starting three sophomores, one junior and just one senior.
Since an 87-78 win over Ohio State in Maryland’s Big Ten debut on Dec. 29, only Minnesota (77-73, Jan. 11) and Iowa (93-88, Feb. 1) have kept the Terrapins within single digits in Big Ten play. Five of Maryland’s 11 conference wins have come by 20 or more points, including a 75-47 win at Nebraska on Jan. 3.
Maryland was ranked No. 14 nationally for the first meeting with the then-No. 16 Huskers, but the Terps have climbed to No. 5 in the national rankings and No. 6 in the NCAA RPI.
The Terrapins’ starting five features four players averaging in double figures. Fifth-year senior Laurin Mincy leads the balanced attack with 14.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. The 6-0 guard scored 22 points, including three three-pointers, in the first meeting with the Huskers this season.
Sophomore Shatori Walker-Kimbrough has added 14.3 points and 5.5 rebounds, while shooting 34.6 percent (9-26) from three-point range. Walker-Kimbrough, who scored a game-high 24 points and added nine rebounds in the first meeting with the Big Red, is leading Maryland with 16.4 points per game in Big Ten action. The 5-11 guard had 18 first-half points for the Terps in Lincoln.
Point guard Lexie Brown adds 12.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and team bests of 4.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game. The 5-9 sophomore is coming on strong in conference play, averaing 14.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.7 steals. Brown also leads the Terps with 38 threes on the season. She had nine points, five rebounds and six assists in the first meeting at Nebraska.
Sophomore Brionna Jones continues to add a dominant inside presence for the Terps. The 6-3 center is averaging 12.4 points and 8.9 rebounds on the season, including a double-double with 13.7 points and 11.5 rebounds in Big Ten play. She is also averaging 1.9 blocks per game in league action. Jones scored just six points in the first meeting with Nebraska while sitting out for most of the first half with foul trouble. Without Jones on the floor in the first half, the Huskers were able to battle the Terps to a 27-27 tie at halftime. Jones scored six in the second half to help Maryland outscore NU 48-20 after halftime.
Junior Malina Howard rounds out Maryland’s starting five with 5.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. The 6-4 center is a strong defender, screener and leader, helping the Terps play at a high level on both ends of the court.
Tierney Pfirman, a 6-2 junior forward, provides similar strengths to Howard, averaging 5.6 points and 4.1 rebounds off the bench. Pfirman is averaging 5.4 rebounds in just 15.8 minutes per game in the league.
Maryland also brings three high-level athletes off the bench in 6-0 freshman Brene Moseley (5.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg), Kiara Leslie (4.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg) and A’Lexus Harrison (2.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg). Leslie and Harrison have seen their minutes slip in conference play, as the Terp starters have spent more time on the floor.
Maryland continues to get contributions off the bench from Kristen Confroy (4.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg), Chloe Pavlech (2.3 ppg, 0.3 rpg) and Aja Ellison (1.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg). Confroy ranks second among the Terps with 18 threes on the season, while Pavlech is shooting 36.4 percent (8-22) from long range.
Maryland is averaging a Big Ten-best 83.4 points while allowing 61.0 points per game. The Terps are shooting conference-bests of 48.7 percent from the field and 75.9 percent at the free throw line.
Maryland is also shooting 32.7 percent from long range. The Terps own a league-best plus-12.1 team rebound margin and a plus-2.3 team turnover margin. In Big Ten play, Maryland carries a plus-13.3 edge on the boards.
Nebraska vs. Maryland Series History
Maryland has won the three previous meetings with Nebraska, including a 75-47 win over the Huskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Jan. 3. That game was tied at 27 at halftime before the Terrapins pulled away in the second half. In their last meeting as non-conference foes, Maryland ran to a 90-71 victory over the Huskers at the Devaney Center on Nov. 28, 2012.
In the only previous meeting between the two schools in College Park, Maryland defeated Nebraska, 76-64, in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament on March 25, 2008.
Cady Bar the Boards: Husker Among Elite Big Ten Rebounders
Nebraska senior Emily Cady joined an elite list of Big Ten rebounders when she pulled down her 1,000th career board in NU’s win over Michigan on Feb. 1. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., became just the fifth Husker and the 17th player in Big Ten history to reach the 1,000-rebound plateau.
Cady added 14 rebounds to push her career total to 1,014 to move her within five boards of matching 2010 first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (1,019, 2006-10) in third on the NU career rebound list. Cady’s 14 boards also moved her into a tie with Cindy Dallas (1,014, 1999-04) from Illinois in a tie for 16th on the Big Ten career rebounding chart. Cady needs two rebounds to match Andrea Garner (1,016, Penn State, 1997-00) and four boards to reach Lykendra Johnson (1,018, Michigan State, 2009-12) on the Big Ten’s all-time list. Cady needs 81 rebounds to join former Husker Jordan Hooper (1,110, 2011-14) in the Big Ten’s all-time top 10 in career boards.
Prior to Cady, Hooper was the most recent addition to the Big Ten’s 1,000-rebound club. Hooper, who spent three seasons on the floor with Cady, was a 2014 first-team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year. Janet Smith (1979-82) holds the Nebraska record with 1,280 rebounds.
On the national level, Cady ranks sixth among NCAA Division I active rebounders. Cady is one of just three active players nationally from Power Five conferences to produce 1,000 career rebounds.
Theriot Named to Lieberman Award Watch List
Nebraska junior Rachel Theriot was named to the Lieberman Award Watch List on Friday, Feb. 6. Already one of 25 candidates on the Wade Watch List, one of 30 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award and one of 50 contenders for the 2015 Naismith Trophy, Theriot was ranked as the No. 13 player in the nation by ESPN and was a preseason first-team All-Big Ten choice. She is averaging 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists this season.
Last season, she proved herself as one of the nation’s top young players, earning honorable-mention All-America accolades from the AP after claiming a first-team All-Big Ten award. In 2013-14, Theriot averaged 14.1 points and 7.1 assists per game while leading the Big Ten with a 2.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Her 234 assists were a school record. She guided NU to its first conference tournament title as the Big Ten Tournament MVP, averaging 18.7 points and 10.0 assists per game.
Nebraska has had at least one player on the Wade, Wooden and Naismith watch lists in five of the last six seasons, including Jordan Hooper, Lindsey Moore and Kelsey Griffin.
Husker Hot Shots – Nebraska’s Starting Five
#33, Rachel Theriot, 6-0, Jr., G, Middleburg Heights, Ohio (16.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.2 apg)
• Rachel Theriot missed the first game of her career at Rutgers Feb. 5, after suffering an ankle injury in practice on Tuesday, Feb. 3. She is day-to-day with the injury.
• Theriot became the 30th 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska history when she hit her first field goal of the night against Illinois Jan. 29. Theriot has pushed her career total to 1,023 and needs 12 points to move to No. 28 (Alexa Johnson, 1,035, 2001-04) and 13 points to jump to No. 27 (Stacy Imming, 1,036, 1984-87).
• Theriot’s 444 career assists are tied for fifth in Husker history. She needs one more to pass former Husker and current Nebraska assistant coach Amy Stephens (444, 1986-89) into sole possession of No. 5 on the NU career chart.
• Although she is still in her junior season, Theriot’s 444 career assists rank 19th among all active NCAA Division I players, including third among all juniors.
• Theriot has produced double figures in 19 of her 21 games this season, averaging 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.
• She ranks second in the Big Ten and third in NCAA Division I with a .926 free throw percentage (63-68).
• Theriot owns five points-assists double-doubles, including 18 points and 10 assists at Minnesota in the Big Ten opener on Dec. 29. Last season, she had four double-doubles including 10 points and 12 assists in the Big Red’s first-round NCAA Tournament win over Fresno State. Her 12 assists were the most by a Husker in history in an NCAA Tournament game. It was the fifth time in 2013-14 she dished out 11 or more assists in a game. No other Husker has done it more than four times in a career.
• She owns seven career double-digit assist games. Every other Husker in history has combined to produce just 41 double-digit assist games.
• Theriot closed non-conference play with a season-high 31 points in a win over High Point Dec. 20. It was her second career 30-point performance, joining a 33-point effort in an 88-85 OT win over Minnesota on Jan. 16, 2014.
• Her 27-point effort at Illinois Jan. 11 marked her fifth 20-point performance of the year. In addition to her 31 against High Point, she had 25 points, six rebounds and four assists against Northern Colorado. Theriot had 24 points, a career-high eight rebounds and seven assists in a win at UCLA Nov. 28. She had 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals in a win over Utah Nov. 23.
• Theriot owns 11 career 20-point efforts and 51 career double-figure scoring performances, including 25 last season and 19 this season.
• Theriot played every minute in 12 of NU’s first 21 games this season, including all 45 minutes in the overtime loss at Iowa Jan. 26, and all 40 in wins over Illinois Jan. 29 and Michigan Feb. 1. She went the distance in 11 of her last 15 games.
• She earned honorable-mention All-America accolades from the Associated Press as a sophomore. She joined Jordan Hooper (2nd Team) on the AP All-America squad, marking the second straight season the Huskers had produced a pair of All-Americans (Hooper, Lindsey Moore, HM, 2013).
• Theriot earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after ranking second among the Huskers with 15.6 points per game in conference play. She averaged 7.3 assists in Big Ten action, which ranked second in the league. Overall, Theriot finished her sophomore season with 14.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game.
• She ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten and fifth nationally with 7.1 assists per game, including 7.3 assists per game in Big Ten play. She led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7-to-1) and ranked 17th nationally.
• Theriot finished with a Nebraska single-season record 234 assists in 2013-14, smashing the previous mark of 195 set by Meggan Yedsena (1991-92) and matched by Lindsey Moore (2012-13).
• She led Nebraska to its first conference tournament title as the Big Ten Tournament MVP. She averaged 18.7 points and a tournament-record 10.0 assists per game, with 30 total assists and just seven turnovers. Theriot hit 56.4 percent of her shots, including 5-of-10 threes, and went 7-for-8 at the line.
• Theriot’s 30 assists in the Big Ten Tournament were a Nebraska single-season conference tournament record. She produced arguably the best passing game in Big Ten history in Nebraska’s Big Ten quarterfinal win over Minnesota March 7, dishing out a tournament-record-shattering 18 assists against just one turnover. The previous tournament record was 12 set by Helen Darling of Penn State against Illinois in 2000. The most assists by a Big Ten player against a Big Ten foe came with Maggie Acuna’s 16 for Illinois against Wisconsin in 2006.
• Theriot’s 18 assists were the second-most in a game in Nebraska history, trailing only 19 assists by Kathy Hawkins on Feb. 17, 1976 against Kearney State (now Nebraska-Kearney). Theriot’s assists are the most ever by a Husker against an NCAA Division I opponent, and the most in the last 37 seasons, covering more than 1,200 games. Theriot’s 18 assists were the most in an NCAA Division I game in 2013-14.
• Theriot shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent (25-50) from three-point range in Big Ten play as a sophomore. Her three-point shooting percentage led the Big Ten.
• In Big Ten play, Theriot led the league with 39.5 minutes per game and her 1,204 minutes were the most played by a Husker in a season in school history, surpassing Lindsey Moore’s 1,170 in 34 games in 2012-13. Theriot went the distance 13 times in 33 games in 2013-14, including the full 45 minutes in both of NU’s overtime wins over Minnesota (Jan. 16) and Wisconsin (Feb. 5).
#23, Emily Cady, 6-2, Sr., F, Seward, Neb. (12.7 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 Maryland game averaging 12.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
• Cady ranks fourth in Husker history and tied for 16th in Big Ten Conference history with 1,014 career rebounds. She needs fifth rebounds to match first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (1,019, 2006-10) chart. Only Janet Smith (1,280), first-team All-American Jordan Hooper (1,110, 2011-14), and first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin (1,019, 2006-10) have more career rebounds in Husker history.
• Cady ranks sixth with among all active NCAA Division I career rebounders. Cady’s 1,014 rebounds rank third among all active players in Power Five conferences.
• Cady owns nine double-doubles on the year, including four in Big Ten play. She is coming off a 13-point, 14-rebound effort at Rutgers on Thursday. Cady had back-to-back double-doubles with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds at Iowa Jan. 26, and 19 points and 12 boards at Wisconsin Jan. 22. She opened Big Ten play with 21 points and 14 rebounds at Minnesota, Dec. 29.
• With 31 career double-doubles, Cady ranks fourth in school history behind only first-team All-Americans Jordan Hooper (40, 2011-14), Kelsey Griffin (40, 2006-10) and Karen Jennings (36, 1990-93).
• She earned her first career Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award Dec. 16, after averaging 15.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in wins over Creighton (Dec. 11) and Bakersfield (Dec. 13).
• She is the Big Ten Conference’s active rebound leader with 1,014 in her career, 180 more than No. 2 Samantha Logic from Iowa (834). NU’s Hailie Sample ranks third with 645.
• Cady produced a career-high 25 points to go along with nine rebounds, two steals and a block in just 23 minutes in a win over Utah Nov. 23, before adding 18 points and five boards at UCLA Nov. 28.
• Cady nearly produced a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists in a win over Pepperdine Nov. 15. She added 16 points and 10 boards against Northern Colorado Nov. 30.
• Cady owns 1,333 points, 1,014 rebounds, 283 assists, 126 steals and 100 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 eighth in NU history with 100 career blocks, and needs one to tie Katie Morse (2001-04), and two blocks to match Kathy Hagerstrom (1980-83) in sixth on the NU career block chart. Cady is four blocks from Maurtice Ivy (1985-88) in a tie for fifth on the block list.
• Only one player (Janel McCarville, Minnesota, 1,835 points, 1,206 rebounds, 310 assists) in Big Ten history has ever produced 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 assists in a career. Cady could reach those combined milestones this year, needing 167 points and 17 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 1,333 career points rank No. 15 in Husker history. She needs 15 points to catch Cory Montgomery (1,348, 2007-10) in 14th.
• In 2013-14, Cady tied Jordan Hooper for second in the Big Ten with 14 double-doubles, while ranking third in the league with 9.2 rebounds per game. Cady ranked 24th in scoring (12.7 ppg), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5-to-1), seventh in free throw percentage (.858), eighth in field goal percentage (.495) and 12th in assists (3.1 apg). In Big Ten games-only, Cady ranked third with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio trailing only Husker point guard Rachel Theriot (2.7) and Iowa point guard Samantha Logic (2.2). Cady ranked eighth in conference play in assists (4.1 apg). She had eight double-doubles in 16 conference games.
• The best passing forward in the Big Ten, Cady’s 102 assists led all conference forwards in 2013-14. Her 1.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio also led all players in the conference at the position. In Big Ten play, her 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio was better than every starting guard except first-team All-Big Ten point guards Rachel Theriot (Nebraska) and Samantha Logic (Iowa).
#1, Tear’a Laudermill, 5-9, Sr., G, Moreno Valley, Calif. (13.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 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, ranking second among the Huskers in scoring with 13.4 points per game. She has a team-best 43 three-pointers. She is also NU’s top on-the-ball defender.
• Over the last seven games, Laudermill is averaging 16.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game. She has produced double figures in seven straight games and has led Nebraska in scoring in each of the last five contests.
• She enters the Maryland game needing nine points to become the 31st 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska history. Laudermill would join current teammates Emily Cady (1,333) and Rachel Theriot (1,023) in NU’s 1,000-point club.
• Laudermill has hit 13-of-44 three-point attempts (.318) over the last five 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 3.5 rebounds per game, including 3.9 in Big Ten play. She entered the season averaging just 2.0 rebounds per game in her career.
• She tied a Nebraska single-game record for the second time in her career by connecting on seven threes (7-15), including six in the second half, at Alabama on Dec. 7. Laudermill finished with 25 points. She also hit seven threes, including six in the first half, in Nebraska’s win over No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 24, 2014. She finished with a career-high 27 points against PSU.
• Laudermill is Nebraska’s No. 1 active career three-point shooter with 142 makes to rank seventh on the Husker career list. She needs three threes to catch Kate Galligan (145, 1993-96) in sixth.
• Laudermill (116) is one of four Huskers who have played more than 100 career games, joining Emily Cady-122, Hailie Sample-122 and Brandi Jeffery-116.
• Laudermill notched her ninth career 20-point game and fourth of the season with 24 points in NU’s win at Wisconsin Jan. 22. She had a season-high 25 points at Alabama on Dec. 7, before scoring 22 points against High Point Dec. 20. She added 20 points in NU’s 82-61 win at Washington State on Nov. 19.
• In a pair of preliminary mock drafts for the 2015 WNBA Draft, Laudermill has been ranked among the top 25 players in the nation. She slotted as the No. 10 overall pick by DraftSite.com, while College Sports Madness slotted her as the No. 24 overall pick.
• She has produced double digits in 28 of her last 39 games, after managing double figures in just 11 of her first 77. She owns 39 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. (7.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 spg)
• Brandi Jeffery is playing the best basketball of her career, averaging 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and a team-best 1.6 steals in 21 games with 20 starts this season.
• Jeffery has been slowed by a bone bruise on her knee over Nebraska’s last four games, after suffering the injury 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 has split time with Natalie Romeo the past two games, while continuing to battle the effects of the knee injury.
• Jeffery has scored in double figures seven times, including three double-digit efforts in her last seven games. Her 13 points against Purdue Jan. 19 marked the second-highest scoring total of her career. Jeffery owns 16 career double-digit scoring efforts.
• She scored her 500th career point in Thursday night’s loss at No. 21 Rutgers. She pulled down her 300th career rebound at Iowa Jan. 26.
• Jeffery (116) is one of four Husker seniors who have played more than 100 career games, joining Emily Cady-122, Hailie Sample-122 and Tear’a Laudermill-116.
• Jeffery erupted for a career-high 19 points in the season-opening victory over Pepperdine on Nov. 15. Her previous career scoring high came with 12 points against both Florida State and Mississippi Valley State in November of 2011.
• She owns three 11-point efforts this season, including road wins at Washington State (Nov. 19) and UCLA (Nov. 28). She had 10 points at Michigan State (Jan. 8) and against Penn State (Jan. 15).
• Jeffery’s most impressive gains have come on the glass, where she ranks third among the Huskers with 6.5 rebounds per game. With 136 rebounds this season she has surpassed her total of 119 boards from her sophomore (57) and junior (62) seasons combined.
• Jeffery’s 158 points and 633 minutes played are both career single-season bests.
• She also owns 33 steals this season, surpassing her total of 19 from 2013-14. She has at least one steal in all but four games for the Huskers and 22 steals over her last 11 contests.
• She entered 2014-15 with career averages of 3.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.
• One of four seniors on the roster, including Emily Cady, Hailie Sample and Tear’a Laudermill, Jeffery has helped the Huskers to a 92-30 record and three NCAA tournaments.
#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Sr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (7.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 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 (.636) through 22 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 645, trailing only teammate Emily Cady (1,014) and Iowa’s Samantha Logic (834). Sample had a season-high 14 rebounds against Illinois Jan. 29 and added her second double-digit rebound game of the season with 11 boards at Rutgers Feb. 5.
• Sample started the first 115 games of her career before not starting against Penn State on Jan. 15. She owns 121 career starts to tie for sixth 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 pitched in 13 points and nine rebounds in a win over Bakersfield Dec. 13.
• Sample has been perfect from the floor six times this year, including Michigan (7-7), Duke (6-6), Alcorn State (4-4), at Illinois (3-3), Pepperdine (3-3) and Northern Colorado (1-1).
• She produced her third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the 2014 NCAA second-round game against BYU on March 24. It was her second career double-double in the NCAA Tournament and her second double-double in a three-game span, joining 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in Nebraska’s Big Ten Tournament Championship Game win over No. 23 Iowa on March 9, 2014.
• Sample averaged 7.5 points and a team-leading 10.0 rebounds in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament. Her 30 total rebounds and 16 offensive boards led the tournament.
• Sample’s 15 rebounds in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game were a Nebraska Big Ten Tournament record and tied Nafeesah Brown (vs. Kansas, 1993, Big Eight) for the second-highest rebounding total ever by a Husker in a conference tournament game. Only Shelly Block (16 vs. Oklahoma State, 1987, Big Eight) pulled down more boards in a league tournament game than Sample.
• Sample ranked 15th overall in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.4 rpg), while ranking seventh in the Big Ten on the offensive glass (2.5 rpg) in 2013-14.
• Sample owns 22 career double-digit scoring games, including nine in 2013-14 and seven in 2014-15. She also owns eight career double-figure rebound games, including three in 2013-14 and two in 2014-15.
• Sample ranks No. 15 on the Nebraska career rebound list with 645. She needs 36 rebounds to join Nebraska’s career top 10.
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 122 games in her career while Sample has made 121 starts, helping the Huskers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and an average of 25 wins per season.
The Husker seniors are 92-30 (.754 winning percentage) during their four seasons in Lincoln, the best winning percentage of any class in school history.
In 2014-15, the seniors will try to become the first class in school history to compete in four consecutive NCAA tournaments and the first group of Huskers to produce four straight 20-win seasons. They also have a chance to become the first collection of Husker seniors to reach 100 career wins.
Big Red Rankings
Nebraska slipped to No. 19 in The Associated Press Poll despite back-to-back wins over Illinois (Jan. 29) and Michigan (Feb. 1) after suffering an overtime road loss at No. 20 Iowa on Jan. 26. NU moved up one spot to No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 after last week’s wins over Illinois and Michigan. The Huskers opened 2014-15 at No. 16 in both polls.
The Huskers were ranked No. 30 in the official NCAA RPI on Feb. 6. NU was as high as No. 5 on Jan. 1. NU’s Strength of Schedule ranks No. 47 nationally by RealTimeRPI.com.
Eight Big Ten teams are ranked in the NCAA RPI’s top 50, including Iowa (5th), Maryland (6th), Nebraska (30th), Ohio State (36th), Minnesota (38th), Michigan (39th), Rutgers (43rd) and Northwestern (49th). Purdue (66th), Illinois (88th), while Michigan State (95th) and Illinois (99th) give the conference 11 teams in the RPI top 100. Wisconsin (132nd), Indiana (147th) and Penn State (195th) round out the conference.
The Huskers own nine top-100 RPI wins, including road wins (5) at Washington State (42nd), UCLA (82nd), Illinois (88th) and Creighton (90th) along with home wins (4) over Duke (11th), Michigan (39th), Purdue (66th) and Illinois (88th), while adding a road win at No. 103 Michigan State.
Wisconsin (132nd), Alabama (149th), Bakersfield (157th), High Point (167th) rank among the top half of the 349 NCAA Division I teams in the official RPI.
NU closed the 2013-14 campaign at No. 13 in the AP rankings, which did not include NCAA Tournament results. Nebraska, which went 26-7 last season and 12-4 in the Big Ten before winning its first Big Ten Tournament title, ended the season at No. 17 in the final USA Today Coaches Top 25. Both Nebraska’s final AP and Coaches Top 25 rankings were the second-best year-end rankings in school history. The Huskers have finished the season in the AP Top 25 four times in the past five years.
The Huskers finished No. 19 in the official NCAA RPI, which was its third-best RPI finish in history – all in the last five seasons.
Before Nebraska Coach Connie Yori came to Nebraska for the 2002-03 season, the Huskers had never finished a season ranked in the top 25 in either of the major polls or the RPI.
Double Trouble: Cady Climbing Husker Career Chart
Emily Cady ranks fourth in Nebraska history with 31 career double-doubles, including nine double-doubles through 22 games in 2014-15. Cady trails only Nebraska’s first-team All-Americans Jordan Hooper (40, 2011-14), Kelsey Griffin (40, 2006-10) and Karen Jennings (36, 1990-93) on the Husker career double-doubles list. The 6-2 forward from Seward, Neb., tied Hooper for second in the Big Ten with 14 double-doubles in 2013-14. They became the first Husker teammates to both produce double-figure double-doubles in the same season.
As a senior, Cady is trying to join Hooper, Kelsey Griffin and Karen Jennings as the only players in Husker history with two double-digit double-double campaigns. Cady is one of just six Huskers in history with 10 or more double-doubles in a season, including Griffin (10, 2006-07; 20, 2009-10), Jennings (13, 1990-91; 13, 1991-92), Nafeesah Brown (16, 1993-94), Maurtice Ivy (10, 1985-86) and Carol Garey (10, 1978-79). Nebraska players have produced 10 double-digit double-double seasons.
Cady Set for 123rd Consecutive Start
Nebraska senior Emily Cady has made 122 consecutive starts while fellow senior forward Hailie Sample has started 121 of 122 career games alongside Cady, dating back to the first games of their freshman season at NU in 2011-12.
Junior point guard Rachel Theriot had joined Cady in the starting five for 82 straight games until Theriot missed the first game of her career at Rutgers Feb. 5 with an ankle injury. Senior Tear’a Laudermill has made 52 straight starts.
Departed All-American Jordan Hooper graduated from the Husker program and headed to the WNBA after making 131 consecutive starts, while NU used the same starting five in the final 30 games last season.
Consistent starting lineups are nothing new for the Huskers under Coach Connie Yori. In fact, over the past 10 seasons (including 2014-15) Nebraska has used only 26 different starting lineups over 314 games, including the same starting five in 19 of 22 games in 2014-15.
The 2011-12, 2006-07 and 2003-04 Huskers all used the same starting lineup for every game.
Huskers More Than Fair in Foul Department
Through 22 games in 2014-15, the Huskers have continued a trend from recent seasons in avoiding personal fouls. The Huskers rank No. 4 nationally, committing just 12.3 fouls per game, including a school-record four fouls in the win over Bakersfield Dec. 13. NU has forced 17.2 fouls per game on its opponents. In Big Ten play, the Huskers average just 11.6 fouls, while opponents commit 15.9 fouls per contest.
In 2013-14, NU led the Big Ten and ranked second nationally by committing just 13.6 fouls per game. Nebraska’s opponents averaged 18.9 fouls per game last season.
Nebraska continued a non-fouling trend from 2012-13. The Huskers were whistled for just 12.8 fouls per game in 2012-13, including 11 fouls per game in Big Ten regular-season games.
Nebraska has outscored opponents 264-172 (+4.2 ppg) at the free throw line this season.