The Nebraska women's basketball team tips off its 2012-13 regular season by taking on an experienced North Carolina A&T team on Friday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Tip-off between the Huskers and Aggies is set for 7:05 p.m., with free live audio coverage provided by the Husker Sports Network on Huskers.com. Friday's radio broadcast will be internet-only because of head-to-head station conflicts with Nebraska volleyball, which competes against Indiana at the NU Coliseum at 7 p.m. NU's flagship stations, B107.3 FM in Lincoln and The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha, are contractually obligated to carry volleyball on Friday night.
A live video stream of Friday night's action will be provided for subscribers of HuskersNside. Fans can subscribe to NU's premium site on either a monthly ($12.95) or year-long basis ($54.95), or they can purchase an exclusive women's basketball package for just $29.95.
Nebraska enters 2012-13 after a young Husker team ran to a 24-9 overall record, including a 10-6 Big Ten mark in 2011-12. The Huskers advanced to their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past six years and battled their way to the Big Ten Tournament championship game in their first season in the conference. The 2012-13 Huskers return four starters and nine letterwinners from last season's squad.
The Huskers, who enter the season ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Preseason Poll and No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25, went 2-0 in exhibition action, including a 68-38 victory over Nebraska-Kearney on Nov. 4 at the Devaney Center. All-America candidate Jordan Hooper led the Huskers with 32 points and nine rebounds, while All-America candidate Lindsey Moore added 19 points and six assists. NU also ran to a 78-34 win over Pittsburg State on Oct. 29. The Gorillas returned three starters and 11 letterwinners from a team that went 27-6 and earned a trip to the 2012 NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
While Moore and Hooper lead four returning starters for the Huskers, North Carolina A&T brings back five starters from a team that went 15-16 overall and 9-7 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference last season. Three of the Aggies' returning starters averaged double figures a year ago.