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Huskers Open WNIT with UT Martin in Memphis

Sam Haiby
Sam Haiby(NU Athletic Communications)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 3:34 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Nebraska women’s basketball team begins 2021 postseason play by taking on Ohio Valley Conference regular-season champion UT Martin on Friday morning in the WNIT’s Memphis Regional.

Tip-off between the Huskers (12-12, 9-10 Big Ten) and the Skyhawks (20-5, 17-2 Big Ten) is set for 11 a.m. (CT) at My Town Movers Fieldhouse in Collierville, Tenn.

A live stream of the game - and all WNIT games - will be provided to subscribers of FloHoops. As always, Husker fans can follow Nebraska with the Husker Sports Network call of Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch across the radio network stations, the Huskers App and Huskers.com.

Nebraska made a strong argument for inclusion into the 64-team NCAA Tournament by producing a 5-5 record against AP Top 25 teams during the regular season. The only Big Ten team with more wins against the top 25 was conference regular-season and tournament champion Maryland. The No. 7 Terrapins went 8-2 against the top 25. The only other Big Ten team with five wins against the top 25 was Big Ten Tournament runner-up Iowa.

The Big Ten’s lone representative in the WNIT, Nebraska is one of eight conference teams that advanced to the postseason, joining No. 7 Maryland, No. 12 Indiana, No. 16 Michigan, No. 19 Rutgers, Iowa, Northwestern and Michigan State.

Second-team All-Big Ten guard Sam Haiby leads the Huskers to the postseason. The 5-9 junior from Moorhead, Minn., is the only Big Ten player to rank among the top 12 in the conference in scoring (17.3 ppg, 9th), rebounding (6.9 rpg, 12th) and assists (4.5 apg, 8th). Haiby averaged 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the Big Ten Tournament and owns nine 20-point efforts on the year, including 24 points, nine boards and six assists in an 83-73 conference tournament loss to No. 7 Maryland (March 11).

Haiby, who tied a career high with four three-pointers against Maryland, became the 35th Husker in history to reach 1,000 career points with her three-pointer early in the third quarter vs. the Terps.

Three-time Big Ten All-Defensive selection Kate Cain leads the Big Ten as one of the best shot-blockers in conference history. The 6-5 Cain ranks No. 6 in Big Ten history and holds the Nebraska record with 350 career blocks. The No. 2 active NCAA Division I player in blocks, Cain earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades in 2021 and is the 10th Husker in history to achieve the combined milestones of 1,000 points and 750 rebounds. Cain averaged 12.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in the Big Ten Tournament. Cain (1,071) joins Haiby as 1,000-point career scorers at Nebraska.

Sophomore Isabelle Bourne joined Cain as an honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick in 2021. Bourne ranks 10th in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and 23rd in scoring (13.9 ppg) while adding 2.3 assists and 1.0 block. Bourne averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in the Big Ten Tournament.

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