Emily Wood

Emily WoodWood’s primary role as a starting point guard her freshman year was to take care of the ball. It quickly became apparent she was capable of much, much more.

As a sophomoreshe led the team in scoring and helped Central make its first state tournament appearance in 27 years, when she led the Mustangs in scoring again as a senior, her average of 16.0 points per game was the highest for a Central player in 20 years.

Wood also became one of the top perimeter scoring threats in the state, setting what was then the Central records for single season (90) and career (222) 3-pointers made. As a senior she shot 42.1 percent behind the arc.

The Mustangs loved to have the ball in Wood’s hands at the end of the game, not only for her ball- handling skills, but her precision at the free throw line, Wood shot better than 80 percent from the line in each of her final two seasons, including 86.2 percent as a senior.

At the end of Wood’s senior year, Central advanced to the class 5A state title game for the first time in the program's history. That 2013-14 team also set what was then the school record for victories in a season with 23.

Wood received all league recognition in each of her four seasons at Central, including first- team honors as both a sophomore and senior. She was also selected for all- league recognition in volleyball as a sophomore, junior and senior.

Wood committed to the University of Nebraska as a walk-on before the start of her senior season at Central, and later earned a scholarship with the Huskers. In addition to playing all four years at Nebraska, she also earned academic all-big 10 honors and was selected the big 10 sportsmanship award winner for all Nebraska women’s sports.