Huskers Announce Big 12 Women's BB Schedule

The Big 12 announced its tentative 2009-10 women's basketball schedule on Tuesday, July 21, and Nebraska will again face one of the nation's best conference schedules this season.

The Big 12, which has been the nation's No. 1 RPI conference each of the past two seasons, will challenge Coach Connie Yori's Cornhuskers with a 16-game league schedule that will feature 11 matchups with 2009 postseason teams.

The Huskers, who have earned six consecutive postseason tournament berths, will face a steady dose of Big 12 South Division opponents during the first half of conference play, before closing the league season with seven of their last eight games against Big 12 North foes.

Nebraska's first four games in the Big 12 may provide the toughest challenge in the league, as all four contests will come against 2009 NCAA Tournament teams.

The Huskers open Big 12 play on the road at 2009 NCAA Elite Eight qualifier Iowa State on Saturday, Jan. 9, before tipping off Big 12 home action against 2009 NCAA qualifier Texas on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Nebraska then travels to defending Big 12 Tournament champion and NCAA Sweet 16 participant Baylor on Saturday, Jan. 16, before getting a bye week to prepare for 2009 NCAA qualifier Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Following the rugged first quarter of conference play, the Huskers will play back-to-back road games at Texas Tech (Jan. 27) and Colorado (Jan. 30), before returning home for back-to-back home games against 2009 postseason squads. Oklahoma State, which advanced to the second round of the 2009 Postseason WNIT, comes to Lincoln on Wednesday, Feb. 3, before the Huskers welcome 2009 NCAA Sweet 16 participant Texas A&M to the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The game against the Aggies will conclude the first half of the conference season with the Huskers playing six of eight games against 2009 postseason teams and five of their six scheduled contests against Big 12 South competition.

Nebraska tips off the second half of the league season with one of the Big 12's most experienced teams at Kansas on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Jayhawks return six seniors from a 2008-09 squad that advanced to the Postseason WNIT championship game.

The Huskers conclude a two-game road swing at Missouri on Feb. 13, before clashing with Iowa State in their first Big 12 North rematch of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Nebraska continues Big 12 North home action by facing Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 20, before wrapping up Big 12 South action at Oklahoma on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The Sooners advanced to the 2009 NCAA Women's Final Four after claiming the Big 12 regular-season crown.

NU returns home to play its second game in two weeks against Missouri on Saturday, Feb. 27, before concluding home Big 12 regular-season action in a showdown with Kansas on Wednesday, March 3. The game with the Jayhawks will mark Senior Day in Lincoln for a projected senior class of six Huskers, including two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection Kelsey Griffin, two-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team member Yvonne Turner from Omaha and 2009 honorable-mention All-Big 12 forward Cory Montgomery, along with three-year letterwinners Nikki Bober, Kala Kuhlmann and Nicole Neals.

Nebraska concludes the Big 12 regular-season schedule on the road at 2009 NCAA qualifier Kansas State on Saturday, March 6.

The 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship (March 11-14) will be held in Kansas City, Mo. First- and second-round NCAA Tournament games will be held at 16 predetermined sites around the country March 20-23, before NCAA Regionals are contested March 27-30, in Memphis, Tenn., Sacramento, Calif., Dayton, Ohio and Kansas City, Mo. The 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, April 4-6.

All times and dates for the Big 12 women's schedule are subject to change. No television coverage has been determined for any Nebraska women's basketball games at this time. The Big 12 is expected to announce its national television package with its partners in mid- to late-August. For updated schedule information throughout the season, visit Huskers.com.

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