(AP) Jordan Hooper had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Nebraska defeated Fresno State 74-55 in the first round of the NCAA women’s tournament Saturday. Emily Cady added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (26-6), the Big Ten tournament champions who have won 13 of 14 games.
Five Big Ten teams are seeded sixth or higher in their respective regionals in the NCAA women’s tourney, it was announced Monday night. Iowa (No. 6), Michigan State (No. 5), Nebraska (No. 4), Penn State (No. 3) and Purdue (No. 4) all earned bids to the field, marking the 15th time in the last 21 years the conference has sent five or more teams to the tourney.
Hours after winning its first conference tournament of any kind, the Nebraska women’s basketball team was recognized for its Big Ten tourney title during a timeout of the men’s game vs. No. 9 Wisconsin. Watch Jordan Hooper and company enter the gym and receive a warm ovation for their run in the Big Ten tourney in this post.
(AP) Rachel Theriot scored 19 of her 24 points in the second half Sunday, leading No. 16 Nebraska past No. 23 Iowa 72-65 for the Big Ten tournament title. It’s the first time the Cornhuskers (25-6) have won a conference tourney crown, clinching the league’s automatic NCAA bid.
(AP) Tear’a Laudermill scored 20 points and Rachel Theriot added 18 as third-seeded and No. 16 ranked Nebraska, exploded for a 50-point first half in beating No. 19 Michigan State, the No. 2 seed, 86-58 on Saturday in the Big Ten semifinals.