The No. 16 Nebraska women’s basketball team earned the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye at the 2014 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., March 6-9. The Huskers finished the regular season 22-6 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten.
Nebraska opens tournament play Friday, March 7 at approximately 8 p.m. (CT) against the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 6 seed Minnesota and No. 11 seed Wisconsin. The Huskers defeated Minnesota 88-85 in overtime in Lincoln on Jan. 16. Nebraska defeated Wisconsin 71-70 in overtime in Madison, Wis., Feb. 5.
The Huskers had a shot for the number one seed, but lost at Purdue on Sunday, 82-66. Sophomore point guard Rachel Theriot led NU with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including a career-high 4-of-4 from three-point range. Theriot hit 7-of-8 shots from the field in the second half as a bright spot for the Huskers. She added three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block while playing the full 40 minutes.
Jordan Hooper added 11 points and eight rebounds, while Emily Cady pitched in 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Huskers.
However, the Huskers got off to such a slow start that Purdue was able to open up a 20-point lead in the first half, that the Huskers could never battle back from.