College Basketball

Podcast Summary: Karen Jennings, Women's Basketball Olympian & Husker

Robert ReesContributor IIFebruary 24, 2010

Used with permission from "The Sports Piece " presented by Global Data Finder.

Karen Jennings played basketball for the University of Nebraska in the early 1990s and was a first-team All American, Big Eight Player of the Year (twice), Big Eight Female Athlete of the Year and recently was voted the captain of Nebraska’s All-Century Team, just to name a few of her many accolades. With the University of Nebraska women’s basketball team highly ranked right now we wanted to get her perspective on the current team and women’s basketball in general.

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Some of the topics we discussed with her were:

  • Her perspective on women’s basketball in the Big 12 compared to UConn & Tennessee.
  • How the current Nebraska team is set up.
  • Whether she thinks they can go undefeated during the regular season.
  • What she thinks the differences are between the Nebraska program compared to the Connecticut and Tennessee programs
  • Nebraska’s recruiting and whether one good year would be enough for them to start getting top recruits.
  • The lack of parody in women’s college basketball and whether there can be enough athletes to gain parody in the league.
  • Her background of when she started playing basketball.
  • How women’s basketball has changed over the past 20 years.
  • About the whether the attitude of women playing sports has changed from being a “Tomboy” to acceptable.
  • Discussed whether women are looking to jump to the pro level or whether they like to focus on finishing college.
  • She shared her experiences of playing pro ball for France and how better communication (with e-mail, cell phones, and Skype) would make it easier for girls today than what it was back then.
  • We talked to her about what she is doing now for a career (she’s a real estate agent in Omaha) and her current involvement with the Nebraska program.
  • She shared her thoughts on the NCAA Tournament and how she feels the Big 12 and Nebraska will fair in it, including her opinion on whether Nebraska can beat Tennessee and Stanford.
  • She shared her experience of playing in the Olympics for the 1992 Women’s team
  • There was also some conversation about when Foss played Karen in basketball and she frequently elbowed him in the ribs!! Nice!

We want to thank Karen for coming on the program and wish her continued success with her real estate career!

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