WCBK

Chattanooga-Nebraska Preview

Share This Story

   
 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)

Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori was surprised.

She also sounded disappointed.

Yori had expected her Cornhuskers to receive a No. 4 or 5 seed for the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Instead, they got a No. 6 seed in the Norfolk Regional and will open Saturday against Chattanooga in College Station, Texas.

"You never know what's going to happen in the bracket," she said after selections were announced Monday night.

Nebraska is among six Big Ten teams in the tournament. Regular-season champion Penn State was a No. 3 seed and conference tournament winner Purdue a No. 4. But Michigan State, a team Nebraska beat and finished ahead of in the standings, got a No. 5 seed in the Bridgeport Regional.

"It was probably a little bit interesting in that we finished second in the Big Ten and we get a 6 seed," Yori said. "You get two teams that finished below us - obviously Purdue is deserving of the seed they got - but I thought Penn State would probably be a 2 seed and (it) didn't get quite the respect considering it's the second-best league in the country RPI-wise. We probably didn't get the respect across the board as maybe we deserved."

The Cornhuskers (23-8) are in the tournament for the third time in four years and 11th time overall since their first appearance in 1988.

The Lady Mocs (29-3) are the Southern Conference tournament champions and winners of 19 straight games. In their only game against a ranked opponent, they beat then-No. 20 Tennessee in November.

Nebraska goes into the tournament 11-2 since Jan. 20. The Huskers lost to Purdue in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.

Senior point guard Lindsey Moore said she won't spend any time lamenting the Huskers' seed.

"You can't control that," she said, "so you just have to be able to deal with what you're given."

Moore said she and her teammates hope to atone for last year's poor showing in the tournament. The Huskers played four games in four days to reach the Big Ten tournament title game, where they lost to Purdue. Starters Jordan Hooper and Hailie Sample came out of it with injuries that carried over to the offseason, and the Huskers were worn down.

They were upset 57-49 by 12th-seeded Kansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Nebraska shot 33 percent against the Jayhawks and was 1 for 19 on 3-pointers. Moore and Hooper combined to go 9 for 39 overall and 0 for 14 on 3s.

"We just want to take that and remember how we felt last year when it happened and kind of use that as our motivation," Moore said. "We don't want this to happen again, at least too soon."

Chattanooga, making its first tournament appearance since 2010, is led by all-conference selection and tournament MVP Ashlen Dewart. She made her return to the court this season after a transfer from fellow Southern Conference school Appalachian State forced her to the sidelines in 2011-12.

Dewart is averaging 15.5 points and 7.2 rebounds.

"This group has been unbelievable. It's been such a fun group to coach," coach Wes Moore said. "... I'm excited. I think we have a team that can compete in the NCAA tournament and I'm excited about the opportunity."

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


FOX SPORTS Videos

Why is LeSean McCoy practicing blindfolded? Posted: Aug 12, 2014
Donovan McNabb and Mike Garafolo talk Eagles RB 'Shady' McCoy.

Could Richie Incognito get another NFL job? Posted: Aug 12, 2014
Donovan McNabb and Mike Garafolo talk Richie Incognito.

Byron Scott: No Laker Can Beat Me In Horse - @TheBuzzeronFOX Posted: Aug 12, 2014
The Lakers new coach is still pretty confident in his shot. Kobe Bryant might ha...

WCBK Headlines

  • Power Ranking

  • Power Ranking

  • Power Ranking

  • Power Ranking

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Zephyr Florida Gators White DH Fitted Hat http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/21914/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_21000/DS_21914_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Zephyr Florida Gators White DH Fitted Hat
    Zephyr Florida Gators Royal Blue DH Fitted Hat http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/50646/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_50000/DS_50646_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Zephyr Florida Gators Royal Blue DH Fitted Hat
    Ohio State Buckeyes Scrub Top - Gray http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Ohio_State_Buckeyes/browse/featuredproduct/60808/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_60000/FF_60808_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Ohio State Buckeyes Scrub Top - Gray
    Nike Texas Longhorns #7 Burnt Orange Replica Football Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Texas_Longhorns/browse/featuredproduct/62039/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_62000/FF_62039_xl.jpg&w=100 59.95 Nike Texas Longhorns #7 Burnt Orange Replica Football Jersey
    Ohio State Buckeyes Scarlet Scrub Top --- http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Ohio_State_Buckeyes/browse/featuredproduct/67086/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_67000/FF_67086_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Ohio State Buckeyes Scarlet Scrub Top ---
    Michigan Wolverines Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Michigan_Wolverines/browse/featuredproduct/70367/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_70000/DS_70367_xl.jpg&w=100 12.95 Michigan Wolverines Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt
    Florida State Seminoles Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_State_Seminoles/browse/featuredproduct/70625/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_70000/DS_70625_xl.jpg&w=100 12.95 Florida State Seminoles Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt
    Texas Longhorns Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Texas_Longhorns/browse/featuredproduct/70626/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_70000/DS_70626_xl.jpg&w=100 12.95 Texas Longhorns Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt
    Kentucky Wildcats Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Kentucky_Wildcats/browse/featuredproduct/70627/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_70000/DS_70627_xl.jpg&w=100 12.95 Kentucky Wildcats Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt
    Ohio State Buckeyes Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Ohio_State_Buckeyes/browse/featuredproduct/70628/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_70000/DS_70628_xl.jpg&w=100 12.95 Ohio State Buckeyes Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt