The Nebraska women’s basketball team earned its fifth consecutive postseason tournament bid when the Huskers were among six Big Ten Conference teams chosen in the 64-team 2016 Postseason WNIT field on Monday night.
The Huskers, 18-12 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten, will host Northern Iowa in the first round at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday with an expected tip-off time of 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at Huskers.com at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Reserved tickets will be $10, while adult general admission tickets will be $5. UNL Students will be admitted free with their N-Card.
Coach Tanya Warren will bring Northern Iowa to Lincoln with a 22-10 record that included a 15-3 Missouri Valley Conference mark. Warren, who was a college teammate of Nebraska Coach Connie Yori at Creighton, is in her ninth season as UNI’s head coach. Yori and Warren are the only two Creighton women’s basketball players to have their jerseys retired.
Nebraska and Northern Iowa have not met since going head-to-head in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Minneapolis. The Huskers won that game 83-44.
The Big Ten, which had five teams chosen to compete in the 64-team NCAA Tournament field, will have 11 teams competing in postseason play beginning this week.
The Huskers will be making their first appearance in the WNIT since 2009. It will be the Big Red’s 12th postseason tournament appearance in the last 13 years under Coach Connie Yori, including their fifth trip to the Postseason WNIT.
The WNIT Selection Committee announced the field for its 19th postseason tournament on Monday at 8:30 p.m. (CT). A full bracket with first-round opponents and 32 host sites was released at 10 p.m. (CT).
The 2016 WNIT field includes 36 teams with 20 or more victories, while 18 teams either won or tied for their respective conference titles.
The Big Ten led all conferences with six teams, while the Mid-American Conference added four teams. The ACC, Conference USA and West Coast Conference will be represented by four teams. All games in the entire tournament are hosted by participating schools.