Rachel Theriot is a speedster on the basketball court, yet, she’s still recovering from a foot injury and we ain’t seen nothin’ yet, according to Husker women’s basketball coach Connie Yori.
Theriot will see plenty of playing time as the 15th-ranked and 2-0 Huskers play four games in the next eight days.
The first game of the string is Friday at 7:05 p.m. against Northern Arizona at the Devaney Sports Center. Sunday, NU travels to Brookings, S.D., to face defending Summit League champion South Dakota State. The Huskers are back home Tuesday for Sam Houston State and then travel to Los Angeles for a game at USC on Nov. 23 at 4 p.m.
Theriot (pronounced TERRY-Oh), a 6-foot freshman from Middleburg, Ohio, was pegged as a starter to replace Kaitlyn Burke, the only senior with significant playing time on last year’s team. But injuries limited her practices as the season opener neared and her time on the court, so far, has been restricted. Sophomore Brandi Jeffery has started the first two games along with returning starters Jordan Hooper, Emily Cady, Hailie Sample and Lindsey Moore.
A three-time all-Ohio guard, Theriot has dazzled fans and her teammates with her passing and defense. She has played just over 18 minutes but has five assists, five rebounds and a couple of baskets. Theriot also had eight turnovers, but Yori said most of those were not Theriot’s fault. She said a large part of the blame should go to those teammates not ready for her passes.
“I was always a passer first because I was always the littlest kid playing with older kids,” said Theriot, who sports the same long black pigtails she's had since fourth grade. “I love to pass more than I like to shoot. And yes, I’ve hit a few people in the face, but that happens to everybody.”
The passing connections will get better and Theriot will show more of her talents each game, Yori said.
“Four games in a week is a lot, but I know everybody here would love to play every day,” said Theriot, who averaged 17 points, six rebounds and 11 assists per game as a senior at Midpark High. “We’ve already improved in just two games, I guess we’ll be that much better at the end of this run.”
Lincoln is already home for Theriot. “The people here are so nice and I feel safe,” she said. “This team is like a family, and they give you everything you need as a student here. I just want to make sure I can be a part of this team whether I’m on the court or on the bench.”
* Yori said her team is healthier than at any other time this fall. “We’ll be playing a lot of kids because even with four games packed together, we’re going to play our style, full-court defense all the time,” she said.
* Northern Arizona (0-2) took Nebraska to double overtime last season in Flagstaff. The Lumberjacks are led by senior Amy Patton, who is averaging 31 points a game in the first two contests this year.
Northern Arizona (0-2)
|F Aubrey Davis||6-2||Sr.||4.08|
F Raven Anderson
G Jasmine Sneed
|G Amy Patton||5-10||Sr.||31.0|
|G Paige Haynes||5-7||Sr.||9.5|
NO. 15 Nebraska (2-0)
|G Hailie Sample||6-1||So.||9.0|
|F Emily Cady||6-2||So.||6.0|
|F Jordan Hooper||6-2||Jr.||11.5|
|G Lindsey Moore||5-9||Sr.||12.0|
|G Brandi Jeffery||5-7||So.||10.0|
THE TIP:The Huskers face four games in next eight days.
Husker senior Lindsey Moore and junior Jordan Hooper were named to the prestigious watch list for the Naismith Award. The Husker duo were already named to the Wade Watch list and the Wooden Award preseason list.