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Connie Yori joins Creighton staff 2 years after Nebraska allegations

Former Nebraska coach Connie Yori is returning to women’s basketball as a member of the Creighton staff, Bluejays coach Jim Flanery announced Tuesday.

Several players and support staff members complained to the Nebraska administration about Yori two seasons ago, alleging bullying and disregard for players’ well-being. A number of other players said they never experienced or witnessed any mistreatment.

Yori resigned, saying she wanted to spend more time with her young son and her elderly parents. A separation agreement called for her to be paid about $1.2 million.

Yori graduated from Creighton in 1986 as the school’s leading scorer with 2,010 points, a figure that now ranks third all time. She was an assistant at Creighton from 1986-89 and was head coach at Loras College and Creighton before going to Nebraska.

Jamie Cherry made four free throws in the final minute and scored 22 points with a career-high 13 assists for the Tar Heels (14-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Freshman Leah Church had a career-high 19 points off the bench, including back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime that gave North Carolina an 88-80 lead.

On a day UNC celebrated coach Sylvia Hatchell reaching 1,000 career wins on Dec. 19, 2017, with a pregame ceremony and commemorative posters, the Tar Heels fell behind by 19 points in the second quarter. Kea had the last 10 points of a 13-2 run that pulled UNC with 41-33 at the half.

Kea’s 3 in the first minute of the fourth quarter gave the Tar Heels their only lead of regulation. Duke went back up by eight with 1:35 remaining but Kea had eight points in a closing 10-2 run, forcing OT with a catch-and-shot 3 from the leftwing on an inbounds play.

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