The Nebraska women’s basketball team is back at Pinnacle Bank Arena to battle Big Ten unbeaten Rutgers on Sunday afternoon.
Tip off between the Huskers (7-8, 2-2 Big Ten) and the Scarlet Knights (12-3, 4-0 Big Ten) is set for 2 p.m. (CT) in Lincoln and tickets are on sale now at Huskers.com. Live radio coverage (beginning at 1:45 p.m.) can be heard in Lincoln on B107.3 FM, in Omaha, ESPN 590 AM, and in Lexington on 880 AM KRVN, and across the state on Husker Sports Network stations. Free live audio can also be found at Huskers.com, the Huskers App and TuneIn.
Live television coverage will be provided by BTN with Mike Monaco and Vera Jones on the call.
The Huskers enter Sunday’s game trying to rebound from back-to-back losses to top 25 Big Ten teams at No. 19 Iowa (Jan. 3) and to No. 9 Maryland on Tuesday night in Lincoln.
Rutgers comes to Nebraska riding a seven-game winning streak that includes a 73-65 win at then-No. 4 Maryland (Dec. 31), along with home wins over Penn State and Northwestern. The Scarlet Knights, who are receiving votes in both national polls, won 71-60 at Illinois on Wednesday.
Nebraska and Rutgers tied for the national lead with 14-game turnarounds in the win column a year ago. The Huskers finished 21-11 (11-5 Big Ten) and earned an NCAA Tournament bid, while the Scarlet Knights finished 20-12 (7-9 Big Ten) and declined a WNIT bid.
This season, Nebraska and Rutgers feature two of the Big Ten’s deepest and most balanced teams. The Huskers regularly use a 10-player rotation with nine averaging double-figure minutes in conference games. Rutgers also has nine players averaging double-digit minutes in league play and have at least 12 players contending for time in Big Ten action.
Neither Nebraska nor Rutgers feature an individual averaging 11 points per game on the year.
Nebraska’s Leigha Brown, who was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Jan. 7), owns the highest scoring average for either team in Big Ten games-only. The 6-1 wing from Auburn, Indiana is averaging 13.5 points through four conference contests.
Husker freshman Sam Haiby enters the Rutgers game with the best season scoring average by a Nebraska player. The 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., is averaging a team-best 10.5 points per game overall on the season.
Early this season, Naismith Hall of Fame Head Coach C. Vivian Stringer recorded her 1,000th career victory with a win over Central Connecticut (Nov. 13). Stringer is in her 24th season at Rutgers and her 48th overall as a head coach.