The Huskers' win over Marquette on Thursday in Milwaukee came on the strength of first-team All-Big 12 guard Kiera Hardy's 21-point performance. Hardy hit four three-pointers on her way to becoming Nebraska's sophomore single-season record holder with 583 points, surpassing two-time All-American Karen Jennings' 574 points in 1990-91. Hardy, who is just seven three-pointers shy of NU's single-season record in that category, needs just 17 points to become the first Husker since Nicole Kubik in 1998-99 to score 600 points in a season.
The Huskers enter their second-round WNIT matchup with an 18-13 overall record, after finishing in a tie for sixth in the Big 12 Conference regular-season standings with an 8-8 overall record. NU earned the No. 6 seed at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., March 8-12, where the Huskers defeated Oklahoma State 60-45, in the opening round before falling to No. 17 Kansas State 71-45 in the quarterfinals.
Nebraska was one of eight Big 12 Conference teams to earn a postseason berth, joining Texas A&M in the WNIT, while Baylor, Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Oklahoma all earned bids into the 64-team NCAA Tournament field. NU handed Baylor one of its two Big 12 losses in a 103-99 triple overtime win on Jan. 12, before adding an 88-59 win over Iowa State on Feb. 22. The Huskers also earned the No. 6 spot in the conference tournament ahead of NCAA-bound Oklahoma by running past the Sooners 70-51 in Lincoln on Feb. 6.
Iowa, which enters the game with a 21-9 overall record, advanced to the second round of the WNIT with a 67-52 win over Creighton in the tournament's opening round on Friday night in Iowa City. Jamie Cavey led the Hawkeyes with 23 points, while Crystal Smith contributed 13 points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds.
The winner of Monday's game between Nebraska and Iowa will take on either Arkansas or Arkansas State in the third round of the 32-team SportsView.TV Postseason WNIT at a date and location to be determined.