The Nebraska women’s basketball basketball team (15-15, 6-10 Big 12) opens play in the 2009 Women’s National Invitation Tournament by taking on New Mexico (23-10, 9-7 Mountain West) at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., in the second round on Wednesday, March 25.
Tip-off between the Huskers and Lobos is set for 8 p.m. (Central) with free live audio from the Husker Sports Network on Huskers.com with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch calling the action.
Nebraska was one of 16 teams to earn a first-round bye in the field of 48 teams in the 2009 Postseason WNIT. The Huskers, who made three straight WNIT appearances in 2004, 2005 and 2006, before advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2008, claimed their school-record sixth consecutive postseason tournament berth.
The Huskers finished the regular season strong with a 5-3 record in the second half of their 16-game Big 12 Conference campaign. NU joined NCAA Tournament top-four seeds Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas A&M and Iowa State as the only Big 12 teams to post winning records in the second half of the league season.
Six Big 12 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including fifth-seeded Kansas State and sixth-seeded Texas, while Kansas and Oklahoma State join the Huskers in the WNIT. Nebraska finished in a tie for seventh place with KU in the conference standings, while Oklahoma State finished 10th. Kansas claimed the Big 12’s automatic berth and a first-round bye in the WNIT field, while OSU played host to UT Arlington in the first round.
New Mexico advanced to the second round with a win over Southern at "The Pit" in Albuquerque. The Lobos, who defeated Nebraska, 62-51, at the Holiday Inn & Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament at The Pit on Nov. 29, raced to a 16-3 record to open the season, but have posted a 7-7 mark since Jan. 21. Eight of New Mexico’s 10 losses this season have come to NCAA Tournament teams, including three losses by a total of seven points to Mountain West Conference champion Utah. New Mexico is 17-2 at home, but just 6-8 away from The Pit.
The Lobos were unable to host the game at The Pit in the second round because they played host to first- and second-round home games in the NCAA Tournament.
Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations