No. 3 Seed Nebraska Cornhuskers (#16/#15)
(24-6 Overall, 12-4 Big Ten)
No. 5 Seed Iowa Hawkeyes (#23/RV)
(26-7 Overall, 11-5 Big Ten)
Sunday, March 9, Noon (Central)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Radio: 25-Station IMG College Husker Sports Network
(PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch)
107.3 FM KBBK-Lincoln; 1110 AM KFAB-Omaha; 880 AM KRVN, Lexington
Free Live Audio: Huskers.com
National Television: ESPN
(PBP-Joe Davis, Analyst-Stephanie White)
NCAA Lincoln Regional Tickets: Huskers.com / 1-800-8-BIG-RED
No. 16 Huskers Face No. 23 Hawkeyes for Big Ten Championship
The No. 16 Nebraska women’s basketball team makes its second trip to the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game when the Huskers battle No. 23 Iowa on Sunday in Indianapolis.
Tip-off between the third-seeded Huskers (24-6, 12-4 Big Ten) and fifth-seeded Hawkeyes (26-7, 13-3 Big Ten) is set for Noon (CT) with live television coverage by ESPN. Joe Davis will have the call along with analyst Stephanie White, who will go 11-for-11 on the TV call this weekend.
The game will be carried live on radio by the Husker Sports Network with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch on the call on flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln, 1110 AM KFAB in Omaha and 880 AM-KRVN in Lexington.
The Huskers won the only regular-season meeting with the Hawkeyes, 80-67, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Feb. 1. Tear’a Laudermill produced the first 20-point performance of her career with a then-career-best 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Big Ten Player of the Year Jordan Hooper added 25 points and 13 rebounds against the Hawkeyes. First-team All-Big Ten pick Samantha Logic led four Hawkeyes in double figures with 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
Nebraska advanced to the championship game with a spectacular 86-58 win over Big Ten regular-season co-champion and No. 19 Michigan State. Laudermill poured in 20 points, while first-team All-Big Ten point guard Rachel Theriot added 18 points and eight assists. True freshman Allie Havers, a Michigan native, contributed career highs of 17 points, three assists and three blocks in place of the All-American Hooper, who finished with 15 points in a Big Ten-season low 23 minutes.
Nebraska has been firing on all cylinders in the tournament with five Huskers averaging double figures led by Hooper’s 24.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Theriot has added 16.0 points and 13.0 assists, while the second-team All-Big Ten pick Laudermill has pitched in 14.0 points, 4.0 boards and 2.5 steals. Second-team All-Big Ten forward Emily Cady has contributed 10.5 points and 6.5 boards, while Havers has added 10.5 points, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in just 11 minutes per game. Big Ten All-Defensive Team forward Hailie Sample has put up 6.0 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds, including 5.0 offensive boards.
Huskers Shoot for Second Straight 25-Win Season
Nebraska has produced its third consecutive 24-win campaign for the first time in program history, a win in the Big Ten Championship Game would allow the 2013-14 Huskers to tie last season’s NCAA Sweet 16 squad for the second-highest win total in school history (25-9). Prior to Nebraska’s record-breaking 32-2 campaign, no Husker team had ever won more than 23 games in a season.
Nebraska’s 86-58 win over No. 19 Michigan State in Saturday’s Big Ten Tournament semifinals gave the Huskers’ their fourth 24-win season in the past five years.
The 2013-14 Huskers are 24-6 overall after going 12-4 in Big Ten regular-season play. It marks the third straight season that NU has won 10 or more Big Ten Conference games, including back-to-back 12-win seasons in 2013 and 2014. Those conference wins tie for the second-highest conference win total in school history, trailing only the 2010 Huskers’ perfect 16-0 mark in the Big 12.
Yori’s 2009-10 Huskers raced to a school-record 30 straight wins to open the season before finishing 32-2 with NU’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. The 2012-13 Nebraska squad earned NU’s second NCAA Sweet 16 selection in the past four years, while rolling to 25 wins - the second-highest victory total in school history. The 2011-12 Huskers worked their way to 24 victories, which ties this year’s NU team for the third-highest win total in school history.
Nebraska, which has secured its sixth 20-win season in the past eight years, had managed only five 20-win seasons in the previous 26 years before Yori led the Huskers to 22 wins in 2006-07. It is NU’s 15th 20-win season in the 39th full year of women’s basketball as a varsity sport.
Nebraska owns four 20-win seasons in the last five years, which has included the three top victory totals in school history, including an NU-record 32 wins in 2009-10. Prior to Yori’s arrival in 2002-03, NU’s record for single-season wins was 23 (1978-79, 1979-80, 1992-93, 1997-98).