Basketball

The Nebraska women’s basketball team will continue its season in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

The Huskers earned one of the 32 at-large spots in the WNIT, and will host Northern Iowa in the first round Thursday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Tip-off is expected to be 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Northern Iowa (22-10) earned the automatic bid from the Missouri Valley Conference. Last week, Northern Iowa advanced the conference tournament final before losing 71-58 to Missouri State. The Panthers won the league regular-season title.

Northern Iowa is No. 91 in the RPI, four spots ahead of the Huskers. Nebraska (18-12) has lost four of its last five games.

The Huskers have never lost in six games against Northern Iowa, and last played the Panthers in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

In the WNIT second round, the Nebraska-Northern Iowa winner will play the Drake-Sacred Heart winner. All games in the tournament are hosted by participating schools.

Creighton is also in the WNIT field, and will play at South Dakota on Wednesday.

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The WNIT field includes 36 teams with 20 or more victories, while 18 teams either won or tied for their conference titles. A team must have an overall record of .500 or better to be considered.

The Big Ten led all conferences with six teams in the WNIT: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Rutgers.

NU had its streak of four straight NCAA Tournament appearances come to an end, and will be playing in the WNIT for the first time since 2009.

Also Monday, it was announced that five Big Ten teams made the NCAA Tournament. They are Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue.

Purdue was one of the last four teams chosen for the NCAA Tournament. Iowa, which was No. 58 in the RPI, was one of the first four teams kept out of the NCAA Tournament.

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