Nebraska was selected as an NCAA regional host after earning the No. 14 national seed when the field was announced Sunday night.
The Huskers will host Stanford, Tulsa and Northern Iowa for the three-day Lincoln Regional at Bowlin Stadium. Stanford was an at-large selection from the Pac-12, while Tulsa was an at-large selection from Conference USA. Northern Iowa earned the Missouri Valley Conference’s automatic berth by winning the league tournament.Tulsa and Stanford will open the regional at 4 p.m. Friday, with the Huskers and Panthers meeting at 7 p.m.
Nebraska is making its 21st NCAA tournament appearance, and the Huskers are hosting an NCAA regional for the fifth time since Bowlin Stadium opened in 2002. The Huskers earned a No. 1 seed for regional play for the first time since the NCAA adopted the regional-super regional format beginning in 2005. The last time NU earned a No. 1 regional seed, the Huskers won the eight-team Iowa City Regional and advanced to the Women’s College World Series in 2002.
The Huskers were one of four Big Ten teams to make the tournament, joining No. 8 national seed Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Nebraska owns an 8-7 record against teams in the NCAA Tournament field, including a 3-4 record against the top eight national seeds.
“It’s an exciting time for our program that we’ve earned a national seed for the first time since 2002,” coach Rhonda Revelle said. “I feel like our body of work over the course of the whole season has really prepared us for this.”
More information on the NCAA Lincoln Regional, including ticket information, will be available on Huskers.com this week.