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2010 Nov 11

WOMEN'S HOOPS: Yori Bags a Big Class


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More than a decade ago, then-Nebraska women's basketball coach Paul Sanderford put together several splashy recruiting classes. Because of off-the-court issues and injuries, many of those highly-touted players never panned out.

So here's current NU head coach Connie Yori Thursday, announcing a top 25 class – according to Collegiate Girls' Basketball Report – of her own, the first big splash in the pond since the Sanderford era, with two players ranked inside the top 100 of most women's college basketball rankings.

The biggest name is a familiar one to in-state folks: Seward's 6-foot-2 forward Emily Cady, who has led the Bluejays to back-to-back Class B state titles. Cady's stats – 9.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, three assists – aren't necessarily eye-popping. But her versatility is.

“She is an extremely athletic and versatile player who could make an immediate impact for us next year.,” Yori said. “She is the best player in the state of Nebraska in the class of 2011.  At 6-2, Emily is not only a great three-point shooter, she also has all-around guard skills.”

Cady was ranked as the No. 49 prospect in the nation by Blue Star Basketball, and No. 84 overall on the ESPNU/HoopGurlz Top 100. Cady was also No. 96 on the All-Star Girls Report Top 100, right behind future Husker teammate Tear’a Laudermill, who came in at No. 95.

Laudermill, a 5-foot-9 from Riverside, Calif., averaged 16.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game and chose NU over Kansas, Vanderbilt and Arizona State. She'll likely slide into the lock-down defensive stopper role once inhabited by former Husker guard Vonnie Turner. NU lacks such a player for this season.

“Tear’a could be one of the quickest players to ever wear a Nebraska jersey,” Yori said.

Nebraska also signed 6-foot-1 forward Hailie Sample from Flower Mound, Texas and 5-7 guard Brandi Jeffery from Vacherie, La.

Tags: womens hoops, connie yori, emily cady, tear, a laudermill

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