Husker Women to Face Fresno State

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The Husker women’s basketball team is headed to Los Angeles for a match-up with Fresno State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will be Saturday at 3 p.m.

About 500 fans gathered with players and coaches at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Monday night to find out their destination.

The Cornhuskers must beat No. 13 Fresno State and then the winner between No. 5 North Carolina State and No. 12 BYU to make it back to their home arena for the Lincoln Regional.

The Big Ten tournament champion Huskers (25-6) are in the NCAAs for the third straight year and fifth time since 2007. They lost to Duke in last year's Sweet 16.

Mountain West Conference tournament champion Fresno State (22-10) is in the NCAA tournament for the seventh straight year.

UConn is the top seed in the tournament.

The Huskies (34-0) will be trying for a record ninth NCAA title breaking a tie with Tennessee for most all-time. Standing in the way of Connecticut's run could be Notre Dame. The Irish were also unbeaten this season and are expected to earn a top seed.

Despite not playing this season, the former Big East rivals know plenty about each other having met 12 times over the previous three seasons.

The defending national champions have won games by an average of 36 points. They open up at home against Prairie View A&M on Sunday night. The Lady Panthers became the ninth team to reach the NCAA tournament with a losing record when they won the Southwestern Conference championship.

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