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Nebraska WBB All-Conference Honors and Big Ten Tournament Preview

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Three Huskers received Big Ten postseason awards as they get ready for the Big Ten Tournament

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 25 Women’s Nebraska at Wisconsin Photo by Lawrence Iles/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Three Huskers were honored by the Big Ten conference today.

  • Leigha Brown - Sixth Player of the Year; honorable mention All-B1G team
  • Kate Cain - All Defense team; honorable mention All-B1G team
  • Grace Mitchell - sportsmanship award (every team selects one player for this)

It would have been a surprise if anyone but Leigha Brown was named the Sixth Player of the Year in the Big Ten. Today, the coaches and media made it official as she was the selection by both voting groups. The sophomore has led the Huskers most of the season in the scoring category and averaged 14.2 ppg. She finished the regular season ranked 12th in the league in scoring and was the only non-starter to rank among the Big Ten’s top 25 in scoring. Brown added 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest on the year.

In addition to being named the Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, Brown was also an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection by both the conference coaches and media. She was joined by teammate Kate Cain in earning honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades.

Cain, a 6-5 junior center also was named as one of five players to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team by both the conference coaches and media. Cain, who led the Big Ten in both blocks (3.6 bpg) and defensive rebounds (6.7 drpg) during the 18-game conference regular season, made a repeat appearance for this honor. She was also named to the all-defensive unit as a freshman in 2018 when she set the Nebraska season record with 100 blocked shots (she sits at 98 blocks for this season with at least one game left).

Senior Grace Mitchell looked to be a player that could significantly expand her role this year. Unfortunately, she has battled a shoulder injury that has hampered her senior season.

Big Ten Tournament Preview

The Huskers hold the #10 seed in the tournament, which was just enough to earn them a first round bye. Maryland, Northwestern, Iowa and Indiana earned the top four seeds (and the double bye).

The Huskers will play the #7 seed Michigan on Thursday at 5:30 pm (central). In their only meeting this season, the Huskers defeated the Wolverines 74-71. This was after the Huskers racked up a 13 point deficit in the second half. Nebraska rallied to take as much as a seven point lead late in the game.

The win over Michigan was part of the early conference season run where the Huskers were playing with fire and hitting well on offense. The current iteration of the Huskers is one I trust less, but I am hoping they regain some of their early-season form.