Some players just knew how to win on the road.
Opposing women’s basketball teams have had little success at Hearnes Center, winning 102 of 382 games in Columbia. Although their teams might not have always won, five players have always found a way to hurt Missouri at Hearnes Center.
Nebraska forward Karen Jennings, 1990-93
Jennings, is the Cornhuskers’ leading scorer with 2,405, and was named captain of Nebraska’s All-Century team announced in February 2000.
A two-time Big Eight Conference Player of the Year, Jennings averaged 20.2 points and 8.4 rebounds at Nebraska.
The 1989-90 Big Eight Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, Jennings scored four points in her first game at Missouri on Jan, 13, 1989, but returned the next year and scored 29.
Jennings got married two years ago and sells real estate and works part time as a physical therapist in Omaha, Neb.
In four trips to Hearnes, Jennings shot 28-of-52 for 79 points and had 36 rebounds.
“I had my best games on the road,” Jennings said. “I think I scored more points on the road than I did at home. I don’t know why that was, but I always liked playing away. It was more of a challenge for me.”
She is the only Cornhusker to score more than 2,000 points and have 1,000 rebounds.
Although it has been 11 years, Jennings said she remembers Missouri’s fans.
“It was always a very tough place to play,” Jennings said. “I remember the crowds were tough, but they were very loyal to the Tigers; they always had a pretty good following.”
Kansas forward Lynette Woodard, 1978-81
Woodard, a four-time Kodak All-American from 1978-81. Woodard went to work for her alma mater five years ago and took over as interim coach Jan. 26 for longtime Kansas coach Marian Washington, for whom Woodard played.
Woodard is one of the most prolific scorers in college women’s basketball with 3,649 points.
She holds eight school career records and was picked to the 1980 Olympic team. She did not get a chance to play because of the U.S. boycott.
Woodard’s best game at Hearnes was Feb. 15, 1980, when she made 15-of-28 shots and 9-of-11 free throws for 39 points. She had 13 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and four steals in 40 minutes.
Woodard played in Italy for two years before returning to the United States to become captain of the 1984 Olympic team that won the gold in Los Angeles. Woodard was the first female Harlem Globetrotter, and in 1997, the WNBA Cleveland Rockers drafted her in the league’s first draft.
Kansas State center Nicole Ohlde, 2000-04
Ohlde is the youngest of the five on the list, but her performances at Missouri ensure Tiger fans will remember her.
A senior for the Wildcats, Ohlde is versitle enough to play forward and center. An All-American her junior year, Ohlde is likely to earn the honor again this season, averaging 17 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Ohlde started the season second on the Kansas State career points list, but soon moved into the top spot with 2,161. She is also the Wildcats’ career rebounds leader.
Kansas State retired Ohlde’s No. 3 before her final home game Wednesday night.
The 2003 Big 12 Player of the Year, Ohlde’s performances at Hearnes have been impressive. In four games she scored 79 points and grabbed 29 rebounds. She shot 35-of-61 on Norm Stewart Court in 150 minutes and was 3-1 at Missouri.
In her final game at Missouri, Ohlde was second on the team in scoring, with 23, in Kansas State’s 93-90 double-overtime win Feb. 22.
Oklahoma guard Stacey Dales, 1999-2002
Dales, a two-time Associated Press All-American, is fourth on the Sooners’ career point list with 1,920 and was a five-time team captain. She tore her anterior cruciate ligament after 1:40 of her first college game as a freshman in the 1997-98 season.
Dales was the first back-to-back Big 12 Conference Player of the Year for Oklahoma and in 2002 led the Sooners to their first Big 12 Tournament title, earning tournament MVP honors.
Dales helped Oklahoma win three Big 12 regular season titles, go to three consecutive NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances and earn its first Final Four appearance.
Dales’ best performance at Hearnes was Feb. 23, 2002, when she made 13-of-18 shots and 3-of-3 free throws for 30 points in a 90-70 win. Dales scored 42 in her two games at Hearnes Center.
Nebraska guard Nicole Kubik, 1997-2000
Kubik knew how to score at Missouri. She scored 34 twice at Hearnes Center and scored 99 overall there.
A tough defensive player, Kubik led the nation in steals her junior year with 136 and is 10th in the NCAA with 418 steals.
Also named to Nebraska’s All-Century team, Kubik was the first Cornhusker drafted into the WNBA. Kubik led the Cornhuskers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and earned All-Big 12 honors as a senior.