Lincoln – The Nebraska girls’s basketball group earned its third consecutive postseason berth on Sunday night time, when the Huskers had been chosen to play within the Women’s National Invitational Tournament.
The Huskers (16-14) claimed the Big Ten Conference’s automated bid into the 64-team discipline after ending with an 8-10 league mark. Nebraska, which closed the season at No. 43 within the NCAA NET rankings, is hopeful to host a first-round sport within the 64-team discipline, which begins with first-round play March 15-17. The full bracket for the sphere shall be introduced on Monday.
Second-round video games at host websites shall be performed March 18-21, earlier than the Super 16 contests are held at host websites March 22-24. The WNIT Great Eight shall be performed at host establishments March 25-27, earlier than the semifinals March 28-29. The WNIT Championship Game shall be performed at a bunch establishment on Saturday, April 1 at 4:30 p.m. (CT) in a sport televised by CBS Sports Network.
“We are grateful for the chance to proceed to compete collectively and characterize Nebraska and the Big Ten Conference within the WNIT,” Nebraska Coach Amy Williams stated. “Playing right now of 12 months is a privilege, and we intend to benefit from it.”
The Huskers confronted the hardest schedule in class historical past in 2022-23, enjoying a school-record 12 video games in opposition to Associated Press Top 25 groups at sport time, together with six video games in opposition to groups presently ranked within the prime six of the AP Poll (No. 2 Iowa-2; No. 3 Indiana-1; No. 4 Virginia Tech-1; No. 6 Maryland-2) – which all earned top-two seeds within the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
The Big Red cut up with Maryland, notching a 90-67 win at College Park (Dec. 4), which on the time marked the biggest margin of victory over an AP Top 25 group on the street in class historical past. The Huskers additionally took Indiana to additional time in Bloomington (Jan. 1), earlier than falling to Iowa by simply 4 factors at Carver-Hawkeye Arena (Jan. 28).
Most lately, the Huskers ran to a 90-57 victory at then-No. 25 Illinois in Champaign (Feb. 22), which turned the biggest margin of victory over an AP Top 25 group on the street in NU historical past. Earlier this season, the Big Red added a triple-overtime win over then-No. 20 and unbeaten Kansas (Dec. 21).
Overall, Nebraska performed 15 of its 30 video games this season in opposition to NCAA Tournament qualifiers (Iowa-2, Maryland-2, Michigan-2, Illinois-2, Indiana, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Creighton, Mississippi State, Purdue and Drake), whereas including wins in opposition to WNIT automated qualifiers Kansas, Wyoming and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The 64-team discipline contains 32 automated berths – one from every of the nation’s Division I conferences – and 32 at-large choices. Automatic berths had been supplied to the highest-finishing group not chosen for the NCAA Tournament in every convention’s closing regular-season standings.
The Huskers made their final journey to the Postseason WNIT in 2021, operating to a 72-46 win over UT Martin in Colliersville, Tenn. (March 19), earlier than falling to Colorado (75-71, March 20). The 2021 WNIT was modified as a result of COVID restrictions and performed at impartial websites. The event returned to its conventional house campus websites in 2022.
Nebraska made its fifteenth all-time NCAA Tournament look in 2022, dropping a first-round sport to Gonzaga (68-55, March 18) in Louisville, Ky. The Big Red shall be making its seventh Postseason WNIT look for the reason that event started in 1998. The Huskers additionally appeared within the NWIT in 1992. The Huskers shall be making their nineteenth postseason event look within the final 25 years.
A whole event bracket and ticket data shall be introduced when accessible, doubtless on Monday.