Nebraska Women’s Basketball Roundup: Grading week of 2/6, this week’s major game

Iowa forward Hannah Stuelke (45) shoots the ball as Nebraska's Alexis Markowski defends
Iowa forward Hannah Stuelke (45) shoots the ball as Nebraska's Alexis Markowski defends /

Looking back at the past week in Nebraska women’s basketball and what big game lies ahead for the Cornhuskers in the coming week.

The Nebraska women’s basketball team might have basically ended their chance at an at-large bid this week. The Huskers needed to win all of their games in order to stay in the hunt for an at-large bid. Things simply didn’t pan out that way.

In fact, things went so badly that this week’s games are now even bigger. Though there’s also an argument to be made that even two wins might not be enough to get them back in the hunt for the NCAA Tournament bubble.

Grading the Nebraska women’s basketball team: Week of 2/6 to 2/12

Against the Illini, the Huskers held a 37-29 lead at the half, but then seemed to let up a bit after halftime. That was especially the case in the fourth quarter when Illinois outscored the Cornhuskers 23-13 in the fourth quarter en route to a 72-64 victory.

They followed that up with a tilt against a very strong Michigan Wolverines squad that could have basically gone a long way towards erasing the damage done by the Illinois loss. The Huskers yet again got off to a fast start against the 12th ranked team in the country.

Unfortunately, the Nebraska women’s basketball team couldn’t hold the momentum and was outscored in each of the second, third, and fourth quarters as they limped their way to a 80-75 loss and an 0-for-2 for the week.

D+. . . Overrall Grade.

Nebraska women’s basketball upcoming major game

The Huskers get to start the week against the lowly Minnesota Golden Gophers. Then the biggest game of the season to this point rolls around on Saturday.

The Cornhuskers almost knocked off fifth-ranked Iowa the last time the two squads played. If the Nebraska women’s basketball team wants to have a chance at becoming a bubble team again, they’re going to need to knock off Iowa.