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Sam Haiby earns second-team all-Big Ten honors; Cain named to all-defensive team

Sam Haiby earns second-team all-Big Ten honors; Cain named to all-defensive team

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Nebraska women’s basketball player Sam Haiby earned second-team All-Big Ten honors when the league’s season awards were announced Monday.

The junior guard from Moorhead, Minnesota, is the only Husker to earn first- or second-team Big Ten honors in the past three seasons.

In a vote of the league coaches, 11 players earned first-team honors and nine were selected for the second-team.

Nebraska’s Kate Cain and Isabelle Bourne earned honorable mention honors. Cain also was named to the five-player all-defensive team for the third time in her career.

Bella Cravens is the sportsmanship award winner for Nebraska.

Haiby is the only player in the Big Ten to rank in the top 12 of the league in scoring (17.0, 11th), rebounds (6.8, 12th) and assists (4.5, 8th).

She’s had eight 20-point games this season, including a career-high 33 against Illinois.

Haiby was at her best during Nebraska’s four wins against ranked teams. She had 11 points and 12 rebounds when Nebraska beat No. 23 Michigan State, and 11 points and 10 assists when the Huskers knocked off previously undefeated Ohio State. And her buzzer-beater shot under the basket allowed the Huskers to beat No. 15 Northwestern.

From last season to this season, when Haiby was also a starter, she improved her scoring average by 7.0 and her rebounding average by 2.6.

Cain leads the league in blocked shots per game (3.05). Her nine blocked shots in Nebraska’s upset win against Ohio State are the most in a league game this season.

Bourne earned league honors in her first year as a starter. She averaged 13.9 points (25th Big Ten) and 7.9 rebounds (sixth Big Ten) while adding 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks.

Michigan junior forward Naz Hillmon is the Big Ten player of the year. In Michigan’s win against Nebraska, Hillmon scored 35 points and had 22 rebounds.

Iowa point guard Caitlin Clark got the freshman of the year award, which wasn’t a surprise after she won the freshman of the week award a record 13 times in 15 weeks. The West Des Moines, Iowa, native leads the nation in scoring (27.4 points per game.) and three-pointers per game (4.0) while ranking fourth in assists (6.9 per game).

Michigan guard Leigha Brown earned second-team honors, one year after being the league’s sixth player of the year while playing for Nebraska.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7435 or On Twitter @LJSSportsWagner.


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Husker volleyball/women's basketball reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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