Nebraska’s Connie Yori was chosen the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division I Coach of the Year on Monday. Yori is in her eighth season as the head coach of the Huskers and was recently named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year after leading Nebraska to a 31-1 record (16-0 in the Big 12) for the best season in school history.
She’ll lead her number one seeded Huskers into the second round of the NCAA tournament tonight against the 8th seeded UCLA Bruins. In a statement, Yori said, “This is obviously a great honor for me, and I would like to thank all of the people who have supported and encouraged me throughout my career. This award is less about me and more about our team. I think we have the hardest working coaching staff in the country, and the commitment by my assistants has been unbelievable. Most importantly, this award really recognizes the amazing commitment and hard work of our players not only this year, but the players who came before them and helped build the foundation for our program.”
Those players help tie the Big 12 record with a 30-game winning streak this season and set the school record for most wins in a season. Nebraska became the first Big 12 Conference team to finish a regular season with an unbeaten record (29-0), and just the second Big 12 team to go 16-0 throughout league play.