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#21/#20 Nebraska Cornhuskers (18-8, 8-7 Big Ten)
at Indiana Hoosiers (14-12, 4-11 Big Ten)
Saturday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. (Central)
Assembly Hall (Bloomington, Ind.)
TV:
BTN (Eric Collins, Christy Winters Scott)
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. 21 Huskers Shoot for Road Win at Indiana Saturday
The No. 21 Nebraska women’s basketball team completes its Big Ten regular-season road schedule Saturday when the Huskers take on Indiana in Bloomington.

Tip-off between the Big Red (18-8, 8-7 Big Ten) and the Hoosiers (14-12, 4-11 Big Ten) at Assembly Hall is set for 11 a.m. (CT) with live national television coverage provided by the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins and Christy Winters Scott on the call.

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.

Nebraska will try to end the regular season with a winning road record, entering the game with a 6-6 mark away from Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers have dropped four straight on the road, but all four of those losses have come to teams currently in the top 35 in the official NCAA RPI.

The Huskers will take on Indiana on Senior Day for Hoosier Andrea Mize in Bloomington, but Indiana has fought its way to 14 wins behind freshmen and sophomores this season. In fact, Indiana’s freshmen and sophomores have combined for more than 99 percent of IU’s points on the year.

Nebraska will be hoping that the experience of its four senior starters can offset the loss of junior Rachel Theriot. The first-team All-Big Ten point guard underwent season-ending ankle surgery Thursday in Lincoln after missing her fifth straight game with an injury suffered in practice on Feb. 3. An honorable-mention AP All-American and the 2014 Big Ten Tournament MVP as a sophomore, Theriot was averaging 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists before the injury. She joins Minnesota’s Rachel Banham and Wisconsin’s Michala Johnson as returning first-team All-Big Ten players lost to injury for the season.

Nebraska’s California guards Tear’a Laudermill and Natalie Romeo have stepped up in Theriot’s absence. Laudermill, a second-team All-Big Ten pick a year ago, is averaging 18.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists the last five games, while Romeo has assumed a starting role and is averaging 12.0 points and 3.5 rebounds over the last five contests.

#21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (18-8, 8-7 Big Ten)
3 – Hailie Sample – 6-1- Sr. – F – 7.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg
23 – Emily Cady – 6-2 – Sr. – F – 11.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg
1 – Tear’a Laudermill – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 14.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg
5 – Natalie Romeo – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 7.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg
13 – Brandi Jeffery – 5-7 – Sr. – G – 7.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg
Off the Bench
33 – Rachel Theriot (OUT) – 6-0 – Jr. – G – 16.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
22 – Allie Havers – 6-5 – So. – C – 4.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg
31 – Anya Kalenta – 6-3 – Jr. – F – 4.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
30 – Chandler Smith – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 1.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg
34 – Jasmine Cincore – 5-8 – Fr. – G – 1.6 ppg, 0.2 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 (259-150); 25th Season Overall (454-290)

Indiana Hoosiers (14-12, 4-11 Big Ten)
33 – Amanda Cahill – 6-2 – Fr. – F – 10.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg
43 – Jenn Anderson – 6-3 – So. – C – 8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
3 – Tyra Buss – 5-7 – Fr. – G – 11.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg
5 – Larryn Brooks – 5-5 – So. – G – 11.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg
23 – Alexis Gassion – 5-10 – So. – G – 8.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg
Off the Bench
21 – Karlie McBride – 5-10 – So. – G – 8.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg
2 – Jess Walter – 5-11 – Fr. – G – 7.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
10 – Taylor Agler – 5-9 – So. – G – 3.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg
40 – Lyndsay Leikem – 6-1 – So. – F – 2.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg
30 – Maura Muensterman – 6-0 – Fr. – G – 0.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg
13 – Andrea Mize – 5-9 – Sr. – G – 0.6 ppg, 0.6 ppg,
Head Coach:
Teri Moren (Purdue, 1992)
First Season at IU (14-12); 12th Season Overall (213-142)

Streaks, Stats & Milestones
• Nebraska takes aim at its 19th win of the season and its 94th victory in the four years with seniors Emily Cady, Brandi Jeffery, Tear’a Laudermill and Hailie Sample on the court. The most career wins by a senior class in Nebraska history is 94 – established by the 2012-13 class of Lindsey Moore and Meghin Williams.
• Senior forward Emily Cady ranks 12th in Big Ten history with 1,055 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 with 1,055.
• Cady owns nine double-doubles this season, including a huge 19-point, 18-rebound effort at Iowa Jan. 26, and 13 points and 14 boards at Rutgers on Feb. 5. Cady, who owns 31 career double-doubles, has 1,357 points, 1,055 rebounds, 293 assists, 135 steals and 104 blocks.
• Cady’s 104 blocks are tied for fifth in Husker history with Maurtice Ivy (1985-88).
• Tear’a Laudermill leads Nebraska in Big Ten play with 15.5 points per game. Over the last nine games, Laudermill is averaging 18.7 points per contest. She has produced double figures in 11 straight games.
• Laudermill has established a single-season career high with 40 steals this year, including 30 steals over the last 13 games.

• Laudermill (1,065) is one of three current Huskers with 1,000 career points joining Emily Cady (1,357) and Rachel Theriot (1,023). Laudermill has climbed to 26th on the NU scoring list and needs four points to catch Kate Galligan (1,069, 1993-96) in 25th and nine points to reach Tina McClain in 24th (1,074, 1994-97). Laudermill is 24 points shy of Nafeesah Brown at No. 23 (1,089, 1992-94) and 31 points away from No. 22 Ann Halsne (1,096, 1988-91).
• Junior All-America guard Rachel Theriot became the 30th 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska women’s basketball history when she scored her first field goal of the night against Illinois Jan. 29. She has increased her career total to 1,023 points.
• Theriot is tied for fifth in Husker history with 444 career assists, matching current NU assistant coach Amy Stephens (1986-89) on that chart.

• Senior Hailie Sample recorded the 200th assist of her career in the win over Michigan Feb. 1. Sample, who has 681 points, 674 rebounds and 213 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 (1,353, 1,043, 292).
• Brandi Jeffery has transformed herself into one of the Big Ten’s best rebounders as a senior. The 5-7 guard has grabbed 154 rebounds, surpassing her combined total of 119 rebounds from 2012-13 and 2013-14. Jeffery ranks third among the Huskers with 6.2 boards per game. She had a career-high 16 rebounds at Minnesota Dec. 29. Jeffery scored her 500th career point at Rutgers on Feb. 5.
• Freshman Natalie Romeo has started four consecutive games in place of the injured Rachel Theriot. Romeo, who had a career-high 21 point performance against Wisconsin, is averaging 12.5 points per game in six games this season as a starter, including 18 points and six threes in her first career start against Penn State on Jan. 15. The 5-7 guard from Martinez, Calif., who is averaging 7.0 points on the season, is averaging 12.0 points and 3.5 rebounds over the past four games.
• 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 93 contests that NU has committed eight or fewer fouls in a game.

• Nebraska ranks No. 4 nationally with 12.7 personal fouls per game.

• Nebraska leads the Big Ten with just 13.3 turnovers per game in conference play.
• Nebraska is 27-4 all-time at Pinnacle Bank Arena, including 3-3 against top-25 foes. The Huskers are averaging 6,377 fans per game through seven Big Ten home games this season, including a season-high 8,622 fans for Sunday’s win over Wisconsin.

Scouting the Indiana Hoosiers
Indiana enters Saturday’s game with Nebraska after dropping a 68-52 decision at Michigan. The Hoosiers, who are the Big Ten’s youngest team, slipped to 14-12 overall and 4-11 in the conference. Under first-year coach Teri Moren, Indiana’s freshmen and sophomores have accounted for all but five of its points on the season.

Sophomore Larryn Brooks, who was a second-team All-Big Ten pick as a true freshman, leads Indiana with 11.8 points per game, including a team-best 10.6 points per conference game. The 5-5 Brooks, who averaged 16.3 points while earning Big Ten All-Freshman honors a year ago, hit 37.9 percent of her threes last season, but is shooting just 29.1 percent (23-79) from long range in Big Ten play this year. Brooks hit nearly 43 percent of her threes during non-conference action this season to help the Hoosiers open the season 10-1. Brooks has hit 13-of-27 threes (.481) over the last six games to help IU go 2-4 during that stretch. Through the first nine conference games, Brooks hit just 10-for-52 (.192) of her three-point attempts.

Alex Gassion, a 5-10 sophomore guard, has produced similar numbers to her freshman season. Gassion is averaging 8.5 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game. Gassion has continued to grow in Big Ten play, averaging 9.5 points and 7.3 boards per contest. Gassion is shooting an impressive 40.7 percent (11-27) from three-point range and 84.6 percent from the line in league action.

Freshman Tyra Buss, a 5-7 guard, ranks second on the team in scoring for the season, averaging 11.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Buss, whose production has slipped to 9.4 points per conference contest, has hit 26.5 percent (13-49) from long range in league play and has connected on 65.3 percent of her free throws.

Indiana’s three starting guards lead a crowded backcourt that includes 5-10 sophomore Karlie McBride, who is averaging 8.5 points per game, including 8.5 points in just 15.8 minutes per Big Ten contest. Taylor Agler, who is Indiana’s No. 3 returning scorer from a year ago, has seen her playing time dip to just 13.9 minutes per game with the emergence of Buss. Agler is averaging just 1.9 points per conference game while hitting just 23.5 percent (8-34) of her Big Ten threes.

Freshman guard Jess Walter arguably has been Indiana’s most consistent guard throughout the season, averaging 7.0 points including 7.1 points per Big Ten game. Walter has hit 42.3 percent (22-52) of her threes in conference play.

Inside, the Hoosiers feature freshman Amanda Cahill. The 6-2 forward is averaging 10.6 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game, including 9.6 points and 6.8 boards in Big Ten action.

Sophomore Jenn Anderson, a 6-3 center, has contributed 8.8 points and 3.7 rebounds, including 7.6 points and 3.3 boards in Big Ten play.

Lyndsay Leikem, a 6-1 sophomore forward, has pitched in 2.9 points and 3.6 boards as Indiana’s lone reserve inside. Leikem has managed just 1.4 points in league play.

As a team, Indiana is averaging 73.6 points per game on the season, but just 65.5 in Big Ten action. Opponents are averaging 65.1 points, including 71.5 points per conference contest. Indiana has hit just 38.8 percent from the field in Big Ten play, including 31.2 percent from three-point range. The Hoosiers have a minus-6.5 team rebound margin and are even in turnover margin in Big Ten action.

Nebraska vs. Indiana Series History
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Indiana, 3-2, including a 76-61 victory over the Hoosiers at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Feb. 16, 2014. In the third straight win in the series for the Big Red, All-American Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 31 points and a season-high six threes. Rachel Theriot added 23 points, six rebounds and eight assists.

Last year’s win joined a 67-38 run past Indiana at Assembly Hall on Jan. 10, 2013. In their first meeting as Big Ten foes, NU battled to a 62-48 victory on Jan. 5, 2012. The season before Nebraska joined the Big Ten, Indiana notched a 67-61 win over the Huskers in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge in Bloomington on Dec. 5, 2010.

In the first meeting in history between the two schools, Indiana escaped from Lincoln with an 83-80 overtime win on Nov. 26, 1994.

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 eight of the last 12 games, has pushed her career total to 1,055 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 35 more rebounds to catch Whitney Thomas from Indiana (1,090, 2006-09) in No. 11 and 39 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 three 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. (11.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.8 apg)
• One of the nation’s most versatile forwards, Emily Cady earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2014. She enters the Indiana game averaging 11.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

• Cady ranks among the top five players in Nebraska history in rebounds (3rd, 1,055), blocks (T5th, 104), free throw percentage (5th, .798), double-doubles (4th, 31), minutes played (T2nd, 4,030) and games started (4th, 126),

• Cady ranks third in Husker history and 12th in Big Ten Conference history with 1,055 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 35 boards to move to 11th and 39 rebounds to join the Big Ten’s all-time top 10.
• Cady ranks sixth among all active NCAA Division I career rebounders. Cady’s 1,055 rebounds rank third among all active players in Power Five conferences.
• Cady owns nine double-doubles on the year, including four in Big Ten play. She had 13 points, and 14 rebounds at Rutgers Feb. 5. Cady had back-to-back double-doubles with 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds at Iowa Jan. 26, and 19 points and 12 boards at Wisconsin Jan. 22. She opened Big Ten play with 21 points and 14 rebounds at Minnesota, Dec. 29.
• With 31 career double-doubles, Cady ranks fourth in school history behind only first-team All-Americans Jordan Hooper (40, 2011-14), Kelsey Griffin (40, 2006-10) and Karen Jennings (36, 1990-93).
• Cady enters the Indiana game with 4,030 career minutes played to tie Jordan Hooper (2011-04) for second in Husker history. Only All-American Lindsey Moore (4,360, 2010-13) has played more minutes in a Nebraska uniform than Emily Cady.
• 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 1,055 in her career, 190 more than No. 2 Samantha Logic from Iowa (861). NU’s Hailie Sample ranks third with 674.
• 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 1,357 points, 1,055 rebounds, 293 assists, 133 steals and 104 blocks. She is the only player in Nebraska history with 1,300 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 steals and 100 career blocks.

• Cady is tied with Maurtice Ivy (1985-88) for fifth in NU history with 104 career blocks.
• 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 152 points and eight 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 1,357 career points rank No. 14 in Husker history. She needs 76 points to catch Diane DelVigna (1,433, 1979-80) in 13th.
• In 2013-14, Cady tied Jordan Hooper for second in the Big Ten with 14 double-doubles, while ranking third in the league with 9.2 rebounds per game. Cady ranked 24th in scoring (12.7 ppg), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5-to-1), seventh in free throw percentage (.858), eighth in field goal percentage (.495) and 12th in assists (3.1 apg). In Big Ten games-only, Cady ranked third with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio trailing only Husker point guard Rachel Theriot (2.7) and Iowa point guard Samantha Logic (2.2). Cady ranked eighth in conference play in assists (4.1 apg). She had eight double-doubles in 16 conference games.
• The best passing forward in the Big Ten, Cady’s 102 assists led all conference forwards in 2013-14. Her 1.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio also led all players in the conference at the position. In Big Ten play, her 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio was better than every starting guard except first-team All-Big Ten point guards Rachel Theriot (Nebraska) and Samantha Logic (Iowa).

#1, Tear’a Laudermill, 5-9, Sr., G, Moreno Valley, Calif. (14.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg)
• Tear’a Laudermill emerged as a rising star for the Huskers to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior. She finished the season with averages of 11.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game, while her 62 three-pointers ranked as the 10th-best season total in NU history.
• Laudermill is continuing to grow her game as a senior, leading Nebraska in Big Ten play with 15.5 points per game, while ranking second on the team overall with 14.2 points per game. She has a team-best 52 three-pointers. She is also NU’s top on-the-ball defender.
• Laudermill has scored in double figures in 11 straight games. She is averaging 18.5 points per game over the last nine contests. She has hit at least two threes in eight of the last nine games.
• Laudermill ranks 26th in Nebraska history with 1,065 career points, and is one of three current Huskers with 1,000 points, including Emily Cady (1,357) and Rachel Theriot (1,023).
• Laudermill has hit 22 threes over the last nine games.
• Laudermill’s 40 steals on the season are a career high and she owns 30 steals over the last 13 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 3.8 rebounds per game, including 4.2 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 151 makes to rank sixth on the Husker career list. She needs four more threes to catch Anna DeForge (155, 1995-98) in fifth.
• Laudermill (120) is one of four Huskers who have played 120 or more career games, joining Emily Cady-126, Hailie Sample-126 and Brandi Jeffery-120.
• Laudermill notched her 11th career 20-point game and sixth of the season with 20 points at Northwestern on Wednesday, 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 32 of her last 43 games, after managing double figures in just 11 of her first 77. She owns 43 career double-figure scoring games.
• Laudermill averaged 15.2 points per game over the last 17 contests of 2013-14, including the first five 20-point games of her career. She closed the season with 22 points against BYU, including 12 points in the final 2:30. She added 20 points in NU’s Big Ten semifinal win over No. 19 Michigan State and a career-high 27 points in the Big Red’s home win over No. 8 Penn State on Feb. 24.
• Laudermill tied a school record with seven threes in Nebraska’s 94-74 win over No. 8 Penn State Feb. 24, 2014. She hit her first six threes in the first half and closed the night 7-of-10 to lead Nebraska to one of the best three-point shooting nights (16-22, .727) in school history.
• Laudermill averaged 13.5 points in 2014 Big Ten play, while shooting a sizzling 44.3 percent from three-point range, which ranked fourth in Big Ten games-only. Her 2.4 three-pointers per game also tied for fifth in league action. She led the Big Red with 21 steals in conference action.

#13, Brandi Jeffery, 5-7, Sr., G, Vacherie, La. (7.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg)
• Brandi Jeffery is playing the best basketball of her career, averaging 7.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals in 25 games with 24 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 11 games. Her 13 points against Purdue Jan. 19 marked the third-highest scoring total of her career. Jeffery owns 17 career double-digit scoring efforts.
• Jeffery owns career single-season highs in points (189), rebounds (154), assists (48) and steals (39) this season.

• Jeffery’s most impressive gains have come on the glass, where she ranks third among the Huskers with 6.2 rebounds per game. With 154 rebounds this season she has surpassed her total of 119 boards from her sophomore (57) and junior (62) seasons combined. She needs 30 rebounds to match her previous career total (184) entering this season.
• She owns 39 steals this season, more than doubling her total of 19 from 2013-14. She has at least one steal in all but four games for the Huskers and 28 steals over her last 15 contests.
• Jeffery (120) is one of four Husker seniors who have played 120 or more career games, joining Emily Cady-126, Hailie Sample-126 and Tear’a Laudermill-120.
• 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 93-33 record and three NCAA tournaments.

#3, Hailie Sample, 6-0, Sr., F, Flower Mound, Texas (7.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apg)
• Hailie Sample earned a spot on the 2014 Big Ten All-Defensive Team. She was Nebraska’s Defensive MVP in 2013-14.
• Sample leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.632) through 26 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 674, trailing only teammate Emily Cady (1,055) and Iowa’s Samantha Logic (861). Sample had a season-high 14 rebounds against Illinois Jan. 29 and added her second double-digit rebound game of the season with 11 boards at Rutgers Feb. 5, before notching 10 boards against Wisconsin Feb. 15.
• Sample ranks 11th on the Nebraska career rebound list and needs seven boards to tie Jan Crouch (1976-79) in 10th with 681.
• Sample started the first 115 games of her career before not starting against Penn State on Jan. 15. She owns 125 career starts to rank fifth in Husker history.
• Sample produced a season-high 16 points to go with nine rebounds and a career-high matching three steals at Washington State Nov. 19. She added 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting to help lead the Huskers to a 60-54 win over No. 9 Duke Dec. 3. She had a 15-point performance against Purdue Jan. 19. She added 14 points on 7-of-7 shooting in a win over Michigan Feb. 1. Sample added another outstanding game with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the win at Michigan State Jan. 8. She hit a pair of free throws with 5.4 seconds left to seal the 71-67 win. She had 13 points and nine rebounds against Bakersfield Dec. 13.

• Sample has been perfect from the floor six times this year, including Michigan (7-7), Duke (6-6), Alcorn State (4-4), at Illinois (3-3), Pepperdine (3-3) and Northern Colorado (1-1).
• She produced her third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the 2014 NCAA second-round game against BYU on March 24. It was her second career double-double in the NCAA Tournament and her second double-double in a three-game span, joining 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in Nebraska’s Big Ten Tournament Championship Game win over No. 23 Iowa on March 9, 2014.
• Sample averaged 7.5 points and a team-leading 10.0 rebounds in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament. Her 30 total rebounds and 16 offensive boards led the tournament.
• Sample’s 15 rebounds in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game were a Nebraska Big Ten Tournament record and tied Nafeesah Brown (vs. Kansas, 1993, Big Eight) for the second-highest rebounding total ever by a Husker in a conference tournament game. Only Shelly Block (16 vs. Oklahoma State, 1987, Big Eight) pulled down more boards in a league tournament game than Sample.

• Sample ranked 15th overall in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.4 rpg), while ranking seventh in the Big Ten on the offensive glass (2.5 rpg) in 2013-14.
• Sample owns 22 career double-digit scoring games, including nine in 2013-14 and seven in 2014-15. She also owns nine career double-figure rebound games, including three in 2013-14 and three in 2014-15.

#5, Natalie Romeo, 5-7, Fr., G, Martinez, Calif. (7.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.4 apg)
• NU’s top guard off the bench through the first four games, freshman Natalie Romeo missed eight straight games (UCLA, Nov. 28 through Minnesota, Dec. 29). She returned to action for Nebraska’s Big Ten home opener with Maryland Jan. 3. In 14 Big Ten games, she is averaging 7.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists while hitting 23 three-pointers.
• Romeo produced a career-high 21 points in Nebraska’s win over Wisconsin on Sunday. She hit 7-of-11 shots from the floor, including 3-of-6 threes. She also matched her career high with four assists while playing a career-high 35 minutes.

• She made her fourth straight start and scored 13 points, while hitting three threes in the Huskers’ setback at Northwestern Wednesday.

• Over the last four games as a starter, Romeo is averaging 12.0 points and 3.5 rebounds.
• Romeo hit the game-winning shot on a three from the right corner with 1:11 left to give Nebraska its only lead of the night in a 59-57 victory over Illinois Jan. 29. She hit NU’s first and last field goals of the game to finish with six points and three assists.
• She erupted for 18 points and six three-pointers in 26 minutes in a win over Penn State Jan. 15. Romeo added three rebounds and three assists while making her first career start. She made her second career start in a win at Wisconsin Jan. 22, when she scored nine points in 26 minutes.
• Romeo made her third career start at No. 5 Maryland Feb. 8, when she scored eight points and grabbed a career-high five rebounds in a career-high 33 minutes. She added six points and three steals against No. 14 Iowa Feb. 12.
• Romeo added nine points and one rebound in 21 minutes in a win over Michigan Feb. 1.
• Romeo hit a three-pointer in her Big Ten debut against Maryland. She made bigger contributions at Michigan State Jan. 8, with eight points and four rebounds.

• Romeo saw extensive playing time on opening weekend (Nov. 15-16), averaging 6.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 20.0 minutes per game in wins over Pepperdine and Alcorn State.
• Romeo earned first-team All-California Elite honors from Cal-Hi Sports in 2014.
• She was a two-time first-team All-California Division II pick at Carondelet High School.
• Romeo was rated as the No. 55 Player in the Nation by ESPN (No. 12 Point Guard) and the No. 27 Player in the Nation (No. 6 Point Guard) by Full Court Press.
• She averaged 19.8 points, 7.8 assists and 5.6 steals as a senior at Carondelet High School. Romeo finished her four-year high school career with 2,151 points, 552 rebounds, 735 assists and 613 steals and finished No. 2 on Carondelet’s all-time scoring list behind Stanford All-American Jayne Appel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Husker Seniors Pursue Fourth Straight NCAA Bid, 20-Win Season
Nebraska’s four-player senior class of Emily Cady, Hailie Sample, Tear’a Laudermill and Brandi Jeffery form the heart of the Husker lineup in 2014-15, after helping the Big Red to the most successful three-year stretch in school history.

Cady has started all 126 games in her career while Sample has made 125 starts, helping the Huskers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and an average of 25 wins per season.

The Husker seniors are 93-33 (.738 winning percentage) during their four seasons in Lincoln, the best winning percentage of any class in school history.

The 2015 seniors are trying to become the first class in school history to compete in four consecutive NCAA tournaments and the first group of Huskers to produce four straight 20-win seasons. They also have a chance to become the first collection of Husker seniors to reach 100 career wins.

Big Red Rankings
Nebraska moved up one spot to No. 21 in The Associated Press Poll after Sunday’s win over Wisconsin, while remaining No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches Top 25. The Huskers opened 2014-15 at No. 16 in both polls.

The Huskers remain No. 34 in the official NCAA RPI on Feb. 19. NU was as high as No. 5 on Jan. 1. NU’s Strength of Schedule ranks No. 39 nationally by RealTimeRPI.com.

Eight Big Ten teams are ranked in the NCAA RPI’s top 50, including Maryland (4th), Iowa (8th), Nebraska (34th), Northwestern (35th), Rutgers (36th), Minnesota (37th), Ohio State (38th) and Michigan (52nd). Illinois (89th) and Purdue (98th) give the conference 10 teams in the RPI top 100. Michigan State (103rd), Wisconsin (138th), Indiana (146th) and Penn State (197th) round out the conference, as 13 of the 14 Big Ten teams ranked among the top half of the 349 teams in the nation.

The Huskers own eight top-100 RPI wins, including road wins (4) at Washington State (67th), Creighton (71st), Illinois (89th), UCLA (90th) along with home wins (4) over Duke (11th), Michigan (52nd), Illinois (89th) and Purdue (98th), while adding a road win at No. 103 Michigan State.

Bakersfield (126th), Wisconsin (138th) and Alabama (159th) rank in the top half of the RPI, while Northern Colorado (185th), High Point (189th), Penn State (197th) 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 Learn 2016 Big Ten Opponents
The Big Ten announced the matchups for the 2016 season on Thursday, Feb. 19. Nebraska will play home-and-home series with Indiana, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers in 2016, while adding single home games against Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin. The Big Red will also play conference road games at Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State.

The 2015-16 campaign will mark Nebraska’s fifth season in the Big Ten and the second straight season with an 18-game conference schedule.