No. 16 Huskers Start Key Stretch vs. Northwestern

By: Courtesy; NU Media Relations
By: Courtesy; NU Media Relations

The No. 16 Nebraska women's basketball team returns to Lincoln to open an important two-game Big Ten home stand by playing host to Northwestern on Thursday night.

Tip-off between the Huskers (19-5, 8-4 Big Ten) and the Wildcats (13-12, 3-9 Big Ten) is set for 7:05 p.m. (central) at the Devaney Center. Thursday night's game will feature Nebraska's special Pepsi "Pack the House" promotion, which includes general admission tickets for just $1. Once inside the Devaney Center, all Husker fans can also enjoy 24-ounce Pepsi fountain products for just $1, or souvenir-size drinks for just $2.

Tickets are on sale now at Huskers.com, or fans can call the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIG-RED during regular business hours. Tickets are also available at the Devaney Center the night of the game, beginning 90 minutes before tip.

Live radio coverage will be provided by the Husker Sports Network. Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will be on the call with flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln, The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha and 880 AM KRVN in Lexington as part of Nebraska's 25-station radio network. Free live audio is also available worldwide on Huskers.com. Live video also is available to premium subscribers of BTN.com All-Access.

Nebraska will try to rebound from back-to-back losses for the second time during Big Ten play, following a 64-58 setback at Minnesota on Monday night. The Huskers trailed by 16 in the second half but tied the game at 58 with 3:17 left. The Huskers had four shots to take the lead but were unable to cash in and the Gophers made enough plays to secure a season split of the series with Nebraska.

Despite the loss at Minnesota, and a 63-52 home loss to Michigan last Thursday, the Huskers can secure their 20th victory of the year with a win over the Wildcats. It would be Nebraska's 13th 20-win season in school history and fourth in the past six years. A victory over Northwestern would also give the Huskers their ninth conference win of the year, marking just the fourth time in the past 12 years that Nebraska has won nine or more league games.

Northwestern, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Joe McKeown, will try to snap a three-game losing streak against the Huskers. The Wildcats are coming off a 77-63 loss to Penn State Sunday, which followed back-to-back losses at Michigan (79-68) and Michigan State (72-58).

Courtesy: NU Media Relations


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