The No. 20 Nebraska women’s basketball team looks for just the second double-digit winning streak in school history while trying to secure the No. 2 seed at next week’s Big Ten Tournament when the Huskers take on Wisconsin Thursday night in Madison. Tip-off between the red-hot Huskers (21-6, 11-3 Big Ten) and the Badgers (11-16, 3-11 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m. (central) at the Kohl Center, as Nebraska shoots for a season series sweep of Wisconsin.
Head coach Connie Yori warns this Wisconsin team is no pushover despite the poor conference record. In conference-only games, Badger junior Cassie Rochel leads the Big Ten with a field goal percentage of .560. She also leads the conference in blocks per game with 2.4 in Big Ten games and 2.6 in all games. The 6-4 post player has shot 50 percent or better the last four games. She also has four-or-more blocks the last four games.
The Badgers are better than their record as they have been within five points with less than five minutes to play in nine losses this season.
Nebraska stretched its overall winning streak to nine games with a 66-46 run past Iowa in Lincoln on Sunday. Rachel Theriot poured in a career-high 19 points, including 15 in the second half. All-America candidates Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore both added double figures in the win, which completed a season sweep of the Hawkeyes. Over the last three games, the Huskers are allowing just 41.3 points per contest and the 39 allowed to the Wolverines were the fewest ever in a road conference game by the Huskers.