Sarah had a breakout sophomore season, earning Missouri Valley Conference Honorable-Mention as she scored 409 points and gathered 251 rebounds ... Nelson also was selected to the MVC All-Tournament Team after averaging 10.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.0 blocked shots per game, leading the Jays to the tournament championship and the Jays’ first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2002 ... Nelson earned the MVC Player of the Week twice in the season’s first three weeks ... First Bluejay to win MVC Player of the Week twice in one season since 2008-09 (Megan Neuvirth) and first to win twice in a month since February 2002 (Christy Neneman) ... Nelson led the team with 10 double-doubles in 2011-12, the most by a Bluejay since Creighton Hall of Famer Pam Gradoville had 14 in the 1987-88 season ... Nelson closed her sophomore campaign with the team lead in field goal percentage (.500), rebounding (7.6 rpg), blocks (43), free throw attempts (123) and double-doubles (10) ... Her 251 rebounds this season are fifth in single-season school history, while Sarah’s 43 blocks are the eighth best single season in Creighton history ... Nabbed a career-high 17 rebounds against South Dakota (Nov. 22) ... Scored 22 points, adding 10 rebounds against NC State (Nov. 27) ... Led the team in points (18), rebounds (7), assists (4), steals (4) and blocks (2) at Missouri State (Jan. 5)... Delivered 11 rebounds, 10 points and career-high five assists against Southern Illinois on Jan. 14, becoming just the fourth Bluejay (Megan Neuvirth, Laura Spanheimer, Christy Neneman) in the last decade with at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a game ... Dominated Southern Illinois with a career-high 25 points, added career-best six assists at SIU on Feb. 11 ... Logged a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, along with four blocked shots against Illinois State (Feb. 17) ... Blocked a career-high six shots against Missouri State (March 10) in the MVC semifinals, one shy of the school record ... Off the court, Nelson was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and the 2011-12 National Academic All-Jesuit Women’s Basketball Team.
Named to the MVC All-Freshman Team ... Twice named MVC Newcomer of the Week ... Started nine of the 31 games she played, earning her first career start against North Dakota State (Dec. 18) ... Eight of her nine starts came inside MVC play ... Led the team with 29 blocked shots and ranked second on the team with 137 rebounds ... Scored in double figures 10 times, including seven times off the bench ... Came off the bench in three of her top four scoring games ... Held scoreless twice – the first game and last game of the season ... Made 6-of-8 field goals and poured in 15 points against Illinois State (Feb. 19) ... Named MVC Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 7 after averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, including a 14-point, 3-block performance against Evansville (Feb. 5) ... Went 5-for-5 from the floor, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds against Wichita State (Jan. 29) ... Scored a season-high 17 points in just 14 minutes at Illinois State (Jan. 20), making 7-of-10 field goals and 2-of-3 threes ... Named MVC Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 24 after averaging 14 points and 5.5 rebounds ... Scored 11 points in big win over Marquette (Nov. 28) ... Tied season-high with four assists against Nebraska (Dec. 8) and Wyoming (Nov. 20) ... Logged a double-double with 14 points and season-best 10 rebounds in just her second game at North Carolina State (Nov. 13).
Westside High School
McDonald’s All-America nominee as a senior ... B’nai B’rith Female Athlete of the Year and Omaha Boys & Girls Club Basketball Player of the Year as a senior ... Named First Team All-State Class A and First Team SuperState (all classes) as both a junior and senior by the Omaha World-Herald ... Tabbed the honorary captain of Class A All-State team as a senior ... Earned First Team All-State Class A and Second Team SuperState as a sophomore ... Named first team all-conference her final three seasons, including honorary captain of the team as a senior ... Served as a team captain in her final three seasons ... Played in the Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Game and the Metro Coaches All-Star Game ... Leading scorer in school history with 1,418 points ... Set school record with 467 points as a senior (19.5 per game) ... Also added 9.6 rebounds per game as a senior ... Set school-record with 41 points in a game against Omaha Burke as a senior ... Averaged 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game as a junior and 14.4 points and 9.8 boards as a sophomore ... Pulled in 920 career rebounds ... Averaged 14.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in her career ... Owns school records with 16 two-pointers in a game and 180 two-pointers in a season ... Once pulled down 21 rebounds in a game as a junior ... A standout soccer player, earned First Team All-State Class A and SuperState as both a junior and senior ... Also earned first team all-state honors as a sophomore and three-time first team all-conference on the soccer pitch ... Named the MVP of the Shrine Soccer Classic All-Star Game ... Four-year letterwinner in both basketball and soccer ... Played AAU basketball for the Omaha Crusaders and Pinnacle Bank All-Stars.
Older sister Kellie (23) played basketball at Creighton (2007-11) … Father played basketball at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Flanery on Nelson
“Sarah is maybe the most competitive kid we have, she is a fighter. An undersized post who battles and is the type of teammate that players can look in the eye and know she wants to win. She has worked really hard to become a more skilled player, a ball handler, a passer and that is why she has become one of the best post players in the league.”