Minneapolis - The Nebraska women's basketball team went through its first practice and met the media at Williams Arena on Saturday in preparation for its opening-round game in the 2010 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.
The Huskers, who earned the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, practiced for one hour on the raised court at The Barn, following a brief session with media members. Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said the Huskers have practiced well in the days leading up to their first-round tournament matchup with No. 16 seed Northern Iowa.
"We have had three pretty good practices. I thought yesterday's practice was outstanding," Yori said. "All through the year, we focused on being a good practice team and being and a very focused team. I think our players are taking that to heart. That is why we are where we are."
Big 12 Player-of-the-Year Kelsey Griffin said the Huskers (30-1 overall, 16-0 Big 12) have focused their energy on practicing to start an NCAA Tournament run after suffering their first loss to Texas A&M - a No. 2 national seed - in last week's Big 12 semifinals.
"Getting back in the gym and practicing after that loss...the hunger and desire was still there. We know that it is "one-and-done" from here on out. For us six seniors, knowing this is the last time we will be able to wear that Nebraska uniform only intensifies that hunger that we have been playing with all year," Griffin said. "We are ready to start playing some games again, to have fun with each other, and play some Husker basketball."
Fellow first-team All-Big 12 senior forward Cory Montgomery, a native of Cannon Falls, Minn., said the Husker seniors have advanced the program's national standing, but they are focused on accomplishing more.
"Looking back, we will be pleased with all of the hard work that has been done to get where we are, with the season we have had. For future teams, knowing that the hard work that you put in during the offseason pays off during the season," Montgomery said. "We have accomplished great things this season, but it is far from over in our minds and hopefully, we will finish this season strong."
Nebraska takes on Northern Iowa on Sunday at 6 p.m., with live national television coverage on ESPN2. Live video will also be available on ESPN360.com.
ESPN2's NCAA Tournament telecasts include whip-around coverage from across the nation. However, Nebraska's game with Northern Iowa will be televised in its entirety in the home markets of both the Huskers and Panthers. But ESPN2HD will show the featured national game and other whip-around coverage rather than the primary home market game, so Husker fans should watch ESPN2 in standard definition.
DirecTV subscribers will be able to view the Nebraska game in its entirety on a protected game channel located in the 210's. DISH Network subscribers can find the Nebraska game in its entirety on the ESPN2 alternate channel. Subscribers to ESPN Full Court will also have all games available in their entirety.