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Haiby leading Nebraska for one more trip into March

The former Moorhead Spud has helped the Huskers to a 22-7 record

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Sam Haiby is embracing her expanded leadership role with Nebraska. Haiby, a Moorhead High School graduate, has put up 18 points and nine rebounds on average in three games this season. Nebraska Athletic Communications / Special to The Forum
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LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - Sam Haiby is doing to the Big Ten what she used to do to teams when she played for Moorhead.

Haiby is in her senior season at Nebraska and is leading the Husker women's basketball up the Big 10 standings. It's been a journey for Haiby, who was selected as a second team all-conference player.

"It was a goal of mine. It was pretty cool to receive that recognition, but we have team goals we want to accomplish too." Haiby said.

Haiby was named the Huskers MVP last year. She's followed that up by averaging 10 points and 4 rebounds a game this season.

Former North Dakota State assistant Tom Goehle saw Haiby play at Moorhead High School and when he joined Amy Williams staff at Nebraska, Haiby was a top priority for him to recruit..

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"We were familiar with Sam. She was a multi-sport kid, and in order to play this level you have to be an athlete. We knew we needed a player like her to steer us in the right direction, she is the biggest reason why." Goehle said.

As far as the adjustment from high school to the Big Ten, Haiby answers that with one word.

"The physicality is incredible. It's not for everyone, you get banged up out there, that's what I love about it. Like to get to the basket and play thru contact, it's what I live for."

Goehle added: "I don't know people realize how strong she is, when she sits down and guards, she's a handful on the defense as well."

Haiby is preparing for another March run with the Huskers. She has another year of eligibility remaining but hasn't made up her mind if she will use it. But she knows she has a legion of fans still back home.

"Once a Spud always a Spud. The support is second to none. I have old coaches and teachers call or text, I'm super grateful to have those guys behind me."

Haiby's Huskers beat Northwestern 73-59 on Sunday on Senior Day in Lincoln, where she was honored before the game with her mom and dad. Nebraska will open the Big Ten Tournament Thursday against the winner of Indiana-Wisconsin at 9pm in Indianapolis.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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