No. 3 Seed Nebraska Cornhuskers
(23-6 Overall, 12-4 Big Ten, #16 AP/#15 Coaches)
No. 2 Seed Michigan State Spartans
(22-8 Overall, 13-3 Big Ten, #19 AP/#23 Coaches)
Saturday, March 8, approx. 5 p.m. (Central)
25 minutes after conclusion of Game 9 (2:30 tip)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Radio: 25-Station IMG College Husker Sports Network
(PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch)
107.3 FM KBBK-Lincoln; 93.3 FM KFFF-Omaha; 880 AM KRVN, Lexington
Free Live Audio: Huskers.com
National Television: BTN
(PBP-Eric Collins, Analyst-Stephanie White, Sideline-Lisa Byington)
NCAA Lincoln Regional Tickets: Huskers.com / 1-800-8-BIG-RED
No. 16 Huskers Face No. 19 Spartans in Big Ten Semifinals
The No. 16 Nebraska women’s basketball team makes its third consecutive trip to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals when the Huskers take on No. 19 Michigan State Saturday in Indianapolis.
Tip-off between the third-seeded Huskers (23-6, 12-4 Big Ten) and second-seeded Spartans (22-8, 13-3 Big Ten) will come 25 minutes after the conclusion of Saturday’s first semifinal game between fifth-seeded Iowa and eighth-seeded Ohio State, which is set for a 2:30 p.m. (CT) tip. The semifinal games will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins, Stephanie White and Lisa Byington on the call.
Nebraska’s third game of the season with Michigan State will be carried live on radio by the 25-station Husker Sports Network with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch on the call on flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln, 93.3 FM The Wolf in Omaha and 880 AM-KRVN in Lexington.
The Huskers split with the Big Ten regular-season co-champion Spartans, including a 76-56 win over Michigan State at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Feb. 8. MSU rolled to a 70-57 win over the Big Red in East Lansing on Jan. 9.
Nebraska advanced to the semifinals with a history-making 80-67 win over sixth-seeded Minnesota on Friday night. Jordan Hooper poured in 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season and 38th of her career. It was Hooper’s 10th career 30-point game.
Rachel Theriot’s performance was even better. The 6-0 sophomore point guard from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, scored 14 points and dished out a Big Ten Tournament-record 18 assists in her showdown with fellow first-team All-Big Ten guard Rachel Banham from Minnesota. Theriot’s assist total shattered the previous tournament mark of 12 held by Helen Darling (Penn State, 2000). It was also the most by a Big Ten player against a conference team in league history, surpassing the 16 by Maggie Acuna (Illinois, 2006) in a regular-season game. It was also the second-highest assist total in Husker history, trailing only 19 assists from Kathy Hawkins against Kearney State (now Nebraska-Kearney) on Feb. 17, 1976.
Theriot also set the NU single-season assist record, pushing her total to 201 on the year.