The No. 24 Nebraska women's basketball team opens play in its first Big Ten Tournament by tangling with the Northwestern Wildcats on Thursday, March 1 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
Tip-off between the sixth-seeded Huskers (21-7, 10-6 Big Ten) and the 11th-seeded Wildcats (14-15, 4-12 Big Ten) will follow 25 minutes after the conclusion of the tournament's first game between No. 7-seed Michigan and No. 10-seed Illinois, which tips off at 10:30 a.m. (central) on Thursday. Nebraska's game with Northwestern will likely start close to 1 p.m.
The Big Ten Network will televise the game live nationally with Lisa Byington and Mary Murphy on the call. The first 10 games of the 11-game tournament will be televised by BTN. The championship game will be telecast by ESPN2 on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. (central).
Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will be on the radio call with flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln and The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha for the Huskers throughout the tournament as part of Nebraska's 25-station radio network. Free live audio also will be available worldwide on Huskers.com.
Nebraska heads to Indianapolis riding the momentum of its biggest win of the season - a 71-57 victory over No. 8 Ohio State Sunday at the Devaney Center. The Big Ten's youngest team, featuring six freshmen contributors among its 10 active players, the Huskers were carried by those freshmen in the run past the Buckeyes. Freshman starter Emily Cady poured in a career-high 24 points as the only Husker in double figures, while reserves Rebecca Woodberry and Brandi Jeffery each added eight points and six rebounds off the bench.
NU's freshmen combined for all 18 points in a crucial 18-3 first-half surge and finished with 49 points, 18 rebounds and five assists against the Buckeyes. Cady's performance helped her clinch a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, while Nebraska notched its first win over a top 10 team this season.
The victory marked the third-highest ranked team the Huskers have ever defeated and the sixth win over a top-10 foe in Connie Yori's 10 seasons at Nebraska. Prior to Yori's arrival in Lincoln in 2002-03, the Huskers produced only one win over a top 10 team in school history.
Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations