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Lady Huskers chase perfection
Craig Hall
Antelope Staff

Perfection: the highest degree of proficiency, skill or excellence. The UNL women’s basketball team is chasing history as they are off to their best start in school history, 21-0.


The Lady Huskers have done it all this year defeating their opponents by an average of 24 points per game. Even in a conference as good as the Big 12, Nebraska has not let up, only letting the margin of defeat slip to 18 points per game. “We have won in a lot of different ways… that’s attributed to our players’ versatility and the different things we can do.  I think one reason we have had so much success is because we are so versatile,” women’s head basketball coach, Connie Yori said.


Nebraska has garnered national attention-grabbing headlines all around the World Wide Web, even on acclaimed sports site, espn.com. They have defeated three Top 25 teams already this season, but their schedule doesn’t get any easier. The Lady Huskers will face a ranked Iowa State squad in Lincoln on February 17 and also have to make a trip to Norman to face the Lady Sooners a week later. Even against lesser opponents in the Big 12, you can’t let up. “Our players are a good group, they have good character and they’re not going to get all caught up in this. They are smart enough and mature enough to know that we got to keep practicing and preparing well to have a chance at winning games,” Yori said.


Leading the Nebraska women’s team this year is forward Kelsey Griffin. The 6-foot-2 senior from Eagle River, Alaska, is a huge reason for the success of the team. Griffin averages nearly a double-double every game with averages 19.3 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game. Griffin has also been selected to many post-season award watch lists such as the 2010 Naismith Trophy given out to the best player in women’s college basketball.


Griffin also has had a strong supporting cast throughout the season. As with any great team, everyone has to play well. That has been the case with fellow starters Cory Montgomery, Yvonne Turner, Dominique Kelly and Lindsay Moore who have all contributed in their special ways. The ability of these players to play almost an entire game has given them the advantage over other teams. The Lady Huskers are also able to go to their bench and find players who can score, rebound and play defense.


With their recent success, it is no doubt the Lady Huskers are among the best in the country. With their recent blowout win over highly ranked Oklahoma State, the Huskers have drawn comparisons to the No. 1 team in the land, the University of Connecticut. Analysts all over the country have Nebraska as a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.


For once in the state of Nebraska, basketball has taken precedence in a normal day conversation over Nebraska football. Perhaps, come March the people in Nebraska will be talking about the Lady Husker's first ever trip to the Final Four in the NCAA tournament and a possible NCAA Championship.

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