NORFOLK, Va. — Emily Cady didn’t have a long answer. But what the sophomore forward said — and how she said it — summed up what the Nebraska women’s basketball team thought of senior point guard Lindsey Moore.
It also told how much the Huskers would miss the 5-foot-9 Moore after NU’s 53-45 loss to Duke in the NCAA tournament.
“It’s going to be sad to see her go,” Cady said. “We’re just really going to miss her.”
Cady paused, apologized and started again, a tear streaming down her cheek.
“She just brings a lot of emotion. You can tell I’m going to miss her. She just brings that fire to the team.”
Said junior forward Jordan Hooper, also tearing up: “Lindsey’s going to be missed by everybody. Em just kind of broke down with the media — but that’s the kind of person Lindsey is.”
Fire. Consistency. And winning. Moore didn’t miss a game — or a start — in four seasons. Sunday, she became NU’s leader in career assists (699) and co-leader in single-season assists (195). She’s the only Husker to play a big role on both of Nebraska’s Sweet 16 squads.
Moore finished 11th in career points and ninth in career steals. She started 132 games and won 94. Both are school records. She could flip a pretty mean no-look pass, too.
“She’s one of the best players who ever put a Nebraska uniform on,” coach Connie Yori said. “That’s pretty clear. I wouldn’t trade her for anyone. She’s just such a competitor. I know there’s some pretty good ones out there. I still wouldn’t trade her.”
Said Moore: “It was definitely, by far, the best four years that I’ve had. It was so exciting to be a part of this.”
Moore was a key reason, Yori said, that it was so exciting. Especially the past two seasons, as she led young teams to the NCAA tournament and won two games this year. Had some of Moore’s 3-pointers found their target Sunday, NU could still be alive.
Moore will now prepare for a quick turnaround. The WNBA draft — positioned to immediately capitalize on the end of the college season — is April 15. Though it could be the WNBA’s strongest draft in years, Moore is still a good candidate to be a first-round pick. Draftsite.com has Moore heading to the Connecticut Sun with the 11th pick.
“A consummate point guard — who can score as well,” said Yori, whom Moore said has kept a packet of information she’ll need to know for the WNBA. “Lindsey’s going to benefit from playing with really good players, because she knows who to get the ball to at the right time. The coaches in the WNBA realize that. I think she’s going to be a really good point guard in the league.”
Moore said she wants to work on her ball-handling and quickening her shot release as she prepares for the league. Yori said she expects that to happen and that Moore has consistently improved her game in four years.
“She’s gotten better every year in different facets,” Yori said. “This year, she was more of a coach than she’s ever been.”
Nebraska will try now to instill that in freshman Rachel Theriot, who played alongside Moore during the Big Ten campaign despite a stress reaction in her foot. Theriot averaged 6.2 points and three assists per game this year, and averaged 8.6 points and 2.3 assists in three NCAA tournament games.
“We need to bring Rachel up,” Hooper said. “And I feel like Rachel can do that. We have kids who can fill those shoes. But you’re not going to replace (Moore). You can at least try, I guess. But from a statistical perspective, it’s going to be pretty hard.”
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