Huskers Claim No. 4 Seed in Los Angeles
Lincoln - The Nebraska women's basketball team earned the second-highest seed in school history, claiming the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Lincoln Regional when the 64-team NCAA Tournament field was announced on Monday night.
The Huskers and more than 600 fans joined together at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Monday night to watch ESPN's NCAA Selection Show on the big screens in the main arena.
Nebraska's No. 4 seed ranked second only to NU's No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region in 2010. That Husker team advanced to the school's first NCAA Sweet 16.
The Huskers, who earned the Big Ten's automatic bid as the conference tournament champion, will travel to Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles for the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds.
The Big Red will begin their NCAA Tournament run by battling No. 13 seed Fresno State (22-10, 13-5 Mountain West) on Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. The Bulldogs earned their second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament as the Mountain West champion. The other side of the bracket in Los Angeles will feature fifth-seeded NC State and No. 12 seed BYU. The Wolfpack and Cougars will square off on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Connecticut claimed the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Lincoln Regional and the unbeaten and defending national champion Huskies will play the first and second rounds on their home court at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., beginning with a matchup against Prairie View A&M (14-17). The Huskies' likely second-round matchup will come against either No. 8 seed Georgia or No. 9 St. John's in the second round. The Huskies are taking aim at their ninth NCAA title and their seventh straight NCAA Women's Final Four.
Duke captured the No. 2 seed in the regional. The Blue Devils eliminated the Huskers from the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 last season in Norfolk, Va.
Texas A&M claimed the No. 3 seed in the Lincoln Regional. The Huskers knocked the Aggies out of last season's tournament in the second round at College Station, Texas.
Nebraska will be making its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and its sixth in the last eight seasons under Coach Connie Yori. Yori's Huskers have won five NCAA Tournament games since 2008 and made a pair of NCAA Sweet 16 appearances (2010, 2013).