Huskers take on Kansas in First Round Big 12

The Nebraska women's basketball team opens play at the 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship in Kansas City, Mo., by taking on Kansas.

Tip-off between the sixth-seeded Huskers and 11th-seeded Jayhawks at Municipal Auditorium is set for 8:30 p.m., with live television coverage provided in Lincoln by MyTV digital cable channel 110 (local DirecTV channel 25). It will also be available in central Nebraska on Charter cable channel 17.

Live radio coverage will be provided by the 24-state Husker Sports Network, including a free audio broadcast on with Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch on the call.

Nebraska heads into the Big 12 Tournament with momentum after closing the season with a pair of wins to complete season sweeps of North Division rivals Colorado and Iowa State. The Huskers closed the regular season with a solid 55-45 win over the Cyclones to notch their first regular-season sweep of ISU since 1995.

Senior forward Danielle Page played her final game at the Devaney Center and led the Huskers with 11 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Her third block increased her season total to 69, tying the Nebraska single-season record set by Janet Smith in 1979-80. Page enters the Big 12 Tournament with 198 career blocks.

First-team All-Big 12 forward Kelsey Griffin added 10 points and seven boards for the Huskers. Over the last 10 games, Griffin averaged 19 points and 8.7 rebounds per game to finish the conference season with averages of 16.8 points and 8.2 boards per game. During league action she ranked among the top 10 players in the Big 12 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw percentage.

In addition to NU's dynamic inside duo of Griffin and Page, guard Yvonne Turner leads a young and deep Husker backcourt. Turner, who scored 11 points in the win over Iowa State, averaged 9.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and a Big 12-leading 2.6 steals per game in conference action. She also hit 24-of-61 threes (39.3 percent).

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