After a three game losing streak threatened to derail a good season, the Nebraska Women's basketball team bounced back to win 2 of the final 3 regular season games, ending with a convincing win over #14 Ohio State in the season finale.
They finished the season ranked #24, and finished 6th in the Big 10 with a 10-6 conference record. They did it all as the youngest in the Big 10- with 6 freshman either starting or receiving significant playing time during the season. The Big 10 is clearly stacked with talented teams, but despite their youth is Nebraska really the 6th best?
Nebraska has the third best overall record in the league (21-7), and has at least one regular season victory over 4 of the 5 teams ahead of them in the conference standings. The Big 10 tournament offers an opportunity for this young team to show that they can be the best team in the conference.
First up- Northwestern. Crap. I'm sure you don't need any more reminders, but Northwestern has simply owned Nebraska in just about everything so far.
This is a Northwestern team that appears to be mediocre on paper (just like every other sport). Two weeks ago they found a way to hand Nebraska an embarrassing home loss. Here's a chance for redemption. The biggest problem that night was missed shots. The Huskers only hit 28%, compared to 44% in the big win against Ohio State last Sunday. Connie Yori said after the game that this team is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. She's absolutely right, but it's obvious that the talent is there to win the Big 10 tournament if they play their best.
It all starts today with yet another chance to beat the pesky school that insists on being the only "NU" in the Big 10. Here's to hoping that Connie Yori and the Huskers get it done. GO BIG RED!!!