Husker career blocked shot record holder Kate Cain claimed her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Nebraska on Saturday, Aug. 15. Cain, a 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., earned her degree from Nebraska’s College of Business in just three years and will begin pursuit of a master’s degree as she enters her fourth season on the court for the Big Red in 2020-21.
Cain’s collection of a bachelor’s degree in just three years should come as no surprise to Husker fans. After all, she ascended to the top of Nebraska’s career blocked shot chart in just over two-and-half seasons.
She enters her senior year with 280 blocks after breaking her own single-season record with 101 blocks in 2019-20. As a freshman in 2017-18, Cain smashed Nebraska’s then-season mark with 100 blocks while leading the Huskers to the NCAA Tournament. She added a Husker sophomore record with 79 blocked shots in 2018-19. Prior to Cain’s arrival from Pine Bush High School in the summer of 2017, Nebraska’s career block record stood at 238 (Janet Smith, 1979-82) and the Husker single-season record sat at 78 (Danielle Page, 2007-08).
Cain also owns Nebraska’s single-game record with 11 blocks against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 19, 2017. She added 22 points and 14 rebounds against the Owls in the first points-rebounds-blocks triple-double in school history.
A two-time member of the Lisa Leslie Award Preseason Watch List for national center-of-the-year honors, Cain is a two-time Big Ten All-Defensive Team selection (2018, 2020) and was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten choice in 2020. She was also a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2018.
Cain also has proven herself as a star in the classroom. A two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection, Cain is a six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She also has earned a place on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in each of her three seasons at Nebraska.
Cain was a leader among a group of 18 Husker student-athletes who received degrees from the University during August graduation.
Overall, the 18 Husker graduates in August came to Nebraska from 10 states and two foreign countries. Over the last three graduations (December 2019, May 2020, August 2020), a total of 133 Husker student-athletes from 28 states and eight foreign countries have earned their degrees from the University of Nebraska.
Nebraska continues to feature one of the highest graduation rates in the nation, while leading the nation in the number of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (340) and NCAA Today’s Top Ten Award winners (18) across all sports.
August 2020 Nebraska Student-Athlete Graduates (18)
Dachon Burke Jr. (Men’s Basketball) – Orange, N.J. (Child, Youth & Family Studies)
Kate Cain (Women’s Basketball) – Middletown, N.Y. (Management)
Faith Carter (Soccer) – Papillion, Neb. (Global Studies)
Marquel Dismuke (Football) – Compton, Calif. (Criminal & Criminal Justice)
Abigail Greeneway (Swimming & Diving) – Appleton, Wis. (International Business)
Jamesha Hardig (Women’s Track & Field) – Lawrenceville, Ill. (Criminology & Criminal Justice)
Lamar Jackson (Football) – Elk Grove, Calif. (Criminology & Criminal Justice)
Cameron Jones (Men’s Golf) – Perth, Australia (Business Administration)
Matej Kavas (Men’s Basketball) – Ljubljana, Slovenia (Applied Science – Master’s)
Tanner Lee (Football) – Destrehan, La. (Management)
Josh Martin (Men’s Gymnastics) – Buffalo Grove, Ill. (Software Engineering)
Quashira McIntosh (Women’s Track & Field) – Providence, R.I. (Criminology & Criminal Justice)
Leah Meyer (Women’s Track & Field) – Superior, Neb. (Nutrition & Health Sciences)
Jonathan Rose (Football) – Leeds, Ala. (Ethnic Studies)
Alec Sery (Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country) – Woolwich Township, N.J. (Civil Engineering)
Kami Shows (Women’s Gymnastics) – Winchester, Calif. (Child, Youth & Family Studies)
Sarah Sutton (Rifle) – Oak Harbor, Ohio (Advertising & Public Relations)
Cale Wagner (Men’s Track & Field) – Seward, Neb. (Finance)