Lindsey Moore leads the Huskers out of Norfolk, Va., Regional locker room.
By Randy York
Anyone who read accounts of Nebraska’s 53-45 loss to Duke in Sunday’s NCAA Tournament Round of 16 could track the tears of teammates who look up to Lindsey Moore, the true catalyst for the Golden Age of Nebraska women’s basketball. She’s a competitor who willed herself to becoming a more efficient player and a more effective leader. She made character the mindset of every player around her in every way that a coach or a teammate can measure the human heart.
The only player in Nebraska history to play on both Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, Moore leaves the Huskers as the school’s leader in career starts and career assists. She finished No. 9 in career steals and No. 11 in career points. “She’s one of the best players ever to put on a Nebraska uniform. I wouldn’t trade her for anyone,” Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said.
For four consecutive years, Moore was Nebraska’s leader on the court and off. She was the Huskers’ best communicator and greatest competitor – in season and out. She’s creative on offense and crafty on defense. She’s cool, calm and comfortable leading the Huskers to places they’d never been. She is caring, compassionate and charismatic as well as classy, confident and cheerful. Her coaches love her, but no more than her teammates. Husker fans, of course, support Moore completely, whether her shots are going in like usual or they miss the mark because some devious basketball god put an Easter Sunday lid on a couple of rims in the Norfolk, Va., women’s regional.
The legacy Moore leaves behind in Lincoln is truly an age painted in gold, but she will reflect Nebraska Red in the 2013 Women’s NBA draft, set for April 15 in Bristol, Conn. Draftsite.com, the original full-round mock draft site, has college basketball’s top three women players – Baylor’s 6-8 Brittney Griner, Notre Dame’s 5-9 Skylar Diggins and Delaware’s 6-5 Elena Elle Donne going 1-2-3 in the draft. The same site has Moore becoming first-round selection No. 11 by Connecticut, which already has one Husker legend on its roster – Kelsey Griffin. If something like that would happen, Nebraska could become the Connecticut Suns’ second most active contributor, behind five University of Connecticut graduates.
Wouldn’t it be special to see a one-time inexperienced freshman point guard that elevated Griffin’s pro prospects rise to the same level as her former teammate? Does everyone remember how Griffin became a first-team All-American, first-round WNBA draft choice, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Winner and the 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year when a first-year teammate was directing traffic? Somehow, two-fifths of the All-Time All-Devaney Team could end up on the same WNBA roster. If something like that indeed would materialize, you can only imagine the NU Fast Breakers Club planning a trip to Uncasville, Conn., to show their support. If they billed such a game as a Big Red Reunion, the most loyal Husker fans on the East Coast would find some red to salute one recruit from Alaska and another from the state of Washington – two players who built the foundation of Nebraska’s golden era with West Coast blood, sweat and, yes, after Sunday, tears.
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