MCGRAW ON SHEPARD
“Jessica has a unique skill set and will fit in perfectly with the Princeton offense. She’s a great offensive threat who can face up, stretch the defense with her perimeter game and can dominate on the block. Jess brings a wealth of experience to our program and we’re excited to have her here in South Bend.”
• Ann Meyers Drysdale USBWA Midseason National Player of the Year Midseason Watch List
• Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30
• Second-Team All-Big Ten
• Preseason All-Big Ten
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
• First-Team All-Big Ten (2016)
• Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2016)
• Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2016)
• USBWA National Freshman of the Week (Dec. 22, 2015; Jan. 26)
• NCAA.com Starting Five (Dec. 23, 2015; Jan. 27, 2016)
• espnW National Player of the Week (Jan. 25)
• College Sports Madness National Player of the Week (Jan. 25)
• Big Ten Player of the Week (Dec. 21, 2015; Jan. 25, 2016)
• 10-Time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (conference record)
• Nebraska Athletics Female Newcomer of the Year (All Sports)
• Nebraska Offensive Player of the Year
Points: 35, 2x (last vs Michigan, 1/24/16)
Rebounds: 20 (vs Michigan, 1/24/16)
Field Goals: 13, 2x (last vs Michigan, 1/24/16)
Field Goals Attempted: 27 (vs Ohio St, 2/16/17)
Three-Point Field Goals: 2, 8x (last vs Illinois, 3/1/17)
Three-Pointers Attempted: 6 (vs Illinois, 1/15/17)
Free-Throws: 11 (vs Northern Arizona, 12/19/15)
Free-Throws Attempted: 20, 2x (last vs MSU, 2/26/17)
Assists: 6 (vs Wisconsin, 1/27/16)
Steals: 4 (vs Northern Arizona, 12/19/15)
Blocks: 3 (vs NC State, 12/3/15)
Minutes: 42 (vs Michigan State, 2/26/17)
Double-figure scoring games: 51
20-point games: 30
30-point games: 3
Double-figure rebound games: 25
NEBRASKA - SOPHOMORE SEASON (2016-17)
• Started all 29 games as a sophomore
• Finished with 58 starts in 60 career games.
• Hit 40.8 percent (206-505) of her field goal attempts in 2016-17, and knocked down 28-of-89 three-pointers (.315)
• Averaged 18.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game
• Ranked 10th in the Big Ten in scoring and fourth in the conference in rebounding. Her 7.4 defensive boards per game ranked second in the Big Ten, while her 15 double-doubles on the year ranked third in the conference
• Completed her two-year Nebraska career with 1,112 points and 550 rebounds. Her two-year scoring total was the highest by a Husker in history in her freshman and sophomore seasons combined
• Finished her two seasons with 25 double-doubles, which tied for the fifth-highest career total in school history
• Recorded a season-high 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds in Nebraska’s regular-season home finale against Michigan State (Feb. 26). Shepard’s effort helped the Huskers to a 76-74 win over the Spartans when she played a career-high 42 minutes. She also tied her own school record with 20 free throw attempts against MSU, making 10 of the attempts
• Closed her Husker career with 16 points and 10 rebounds for her 15th double-double of the year in an opening-round loss to Illinois at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis
NEBRASKA - FRESHMAN SEASON (2015-16)
• Led the Huskers with freshman school-record averages of 18.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game
• Was the first Husker in history to earn first-team all-conference honors as a freshman
• Shattered the Nebraska freshman scoring record with 574 points, and finished second in school history among freshman with 266 rebounds. She also set an NU freshman record with 10 double-doubles.
• Claimed a conference record 10 Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week awards.
• Produced one of the best efforts in school history with a freshman-record-tying 35 points and a career-high 20 rebounds at Michigan on Jan. 24. It was the first 30-point, 20-rebound game in Nebraska history.
• Scored 20 or more points 16 times and achieved 25 double-figure scoring games. Also tallied 10 double-digit rebound games
• Scored a Nebraska freshman record 35 points and set a school record with 20 free throw attempts against Northern Arizona Dec. 19.
• Reached 100 points faster than any player in Husker history, achieving the mark with 10 points in her fifth game at UConn on Nov. 28, 2015
• Eclipsed the 200-point mark faster than any other Husker as well, reaching the mark in her 11th game when she scored 19 points in a win over Arkansas State on Dec. 21.
• Off the court, Shepard earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and was named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
• Played just nine games as a senior at Fremont High School before suffering a torn ACL at Lincoln North Star on Dec. 29, 2014.
• Averaged 33.0 points and 14.3 rebounds per game, including 132 points in four games at the Nike Tournament of Champions in December.
• Erupted for 36 points against national power Long Beach Poly.
• Shot 71 percent from the field, including 41 percent from long range.
• Despite missing most of her senior season, Shepard finished fourth in Nebraska high school history with 2,227 career points, which was the Class A (largest) all-time record. She also finished No. 15 in state history with 1,031 rebounds, just 16 shy of the Nebraska Class A career record.
• Shepard’s 780 points in 2014 and 664 points in 2013 are the two highest single-season totals by a Class A player in state history.
• As a junior in 2013-14, Shepard averaged a Class A state record 30.4 points per game to go along with 15.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in leading Fremont to a 22-4 record and a state tournament berth for Coach Tony Weinandt. Her performances included four 40-point games, including a career-high 46.
• Averaged 24.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.8 steals per game as a sophomore to power Lincoln Southeast to the 2013 Class A state title.
• Averaged 17.8 points and 9.1 rebounds in leading Southeast to a state runner-up finish.
• Earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2015 and 2016. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2016 and 2017.
• Naismith Trophy High School National Player-of-the-Year candidate
• 2015 Naismith High School All-American Honorable Mention
• 2015 First Team Parade High School All-American
• Four-time First Team All-Nebraska
• Four-time First Team Super State
• Four-time First Team Class A
• Two-time Nebraska Gatorade Gatorade High School Player of the Year (2013, 2014)
• No. 1 High School Post Player in Nation (ESPN, 2014-15)
• No. 3 High School Player in Nation (ESPN, 2014-15)
• As a member of the USA Basketball U18 Team at the FIBA Americas Championship, Shepard averaged 12.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while helping the team to a 5-0 record and a gold medal in the summer of 2014. She hit 66.7 percent of her shots from the field in the tournament.
• Daughter of Mark and Kim Shepard
• Born in Fremont, Neb.
• Has one older brother and four sisters