Nebraska women's basketball loses in first round of Big Ten tournament

With a 9 p.m. tip at IL up next followed by a trip to Maryland, Michigan State finds itself in a tie for third place in the Big Ten and if things fall the right way, could still find itself in a tie for first place. Neither team would score again until there was 40 seconds left in the game.

"It was so early that I don't think it means a ton", Bollant said.

"Jessica has demanded that type of attention all season long", Williams said.

Illinois, which is 11-5 at State Farm Center, has won three straight and four of its past five in its own late chase for an NCAA tournament berth.

11-13 Seeds - Nebraska, Indiana, and Penn State - Prior to tomorrow night's Nebraska game at Minnesota these three are in the unenviable position of needing to play on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Iowa shot 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) as a team against the Terps. "Certainly, they're a different team now than they were when we played them a year ago and 12 games ago".

Trailing by five, IL outscored Nebraska 23-9 in the fourth quarter, taking the lead for good on Andrews' final 3-pointer with 5½ minutes left.

Nebraska scored on its first seven possessions of the second half and later pushed out to a 56-50 lead after making three consecutive 3-pointers.

"Our goal was to be playing our best basketball down the stretch", Shepard said. Sure, they would likely have to get to the title game to have a shot, but it is better than nothing. "I just think that those older guys are figuring out that you still have to be able to defend to do well in this league". The Illini's last win was also against the Huskers, but this one in the conference tourney wasn't as easy as the 20-point victory in January. Khadaizha Sanders added 11 points and Victoria Harris 10.

"They were a lot more confident", IL coach Matt Bollant said. "It gives our players some confidence".

Both teams had young lineups with players competing in their first conference tournament. "We're expecting a tough, tough battle".

NU: Shepard 7-17 0-0 16, Havers 4-4 2-3 10, Cincore 4-7 1-2 12, Eliely 5-11 0-2 14, Whitish 6-11 0-0 16, Cascio Jensen 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 1-3 0-0 2, Ramacieri 0-0 0-0 0, Simon 0-1 0-0 0, Wood 0-3 0-0 0, Totals 27-57 3-7 70. Illinois' Brandi Beasley, who finished the afternoon with 20 points, hit a 3-pointer a minute later to extend its lead to 72-68 with four minutes to play. In this case IN would be the 11 based on a 2-1 record against the other two, Nebraska would be the 12 at 1-1, and Penn State would be the 13 at 0-3.

  • Julie Sanders