Huskers meet the press and workout at Sweet 16

Norfolk, Va. - Coach Connie Yori and the No. 6 seed Nebraska women's basketball team met the media before running through a 90-minute practice at the Ted Constant Convocation Center Saturday afternoon.

The Huskers (25-8) face Duke (32-2), the No. 2 seed in the Norfolk Regional, Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (CT) in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinal game on the campus of Old Dominion.

Yori said Duke compares to Penn State. "Penn State has a very good inside game. They have really good guard play," she said. "We obviously didn't fair well against them. We will be challenged with Duke because of their inside and outside game.

"Those are hard team to guard," Yori continued. "When you have a weakness or chink in your armor somewhere, usually a team is a little bit easier to guard. However, Duke doesn't have those."

Duke will be a bigger team than Nebraska, but Alliance junior Jordan Hooper says that is nothing new. "Well, we've done it all year long. We're not the biggest team in the Big Ten by any means, and we haven't been the biggest team in the tournament thus far," she said. "So I feel like it's just another challenge for us to try to work around what we have and just use our quickness and stuff, and box out like we have all year."

Duke practiced prior to Nebraska's press conference, and Blue Devil coach Joanne P. McCallie a visited with the media before their practice as well. She gave some insight on what it will take for the second seeded Blue Devils to beat Nebraska.

"They can really shoot the three ball from all five spots," she said. "They can create shots and they know how to pass. We have to be disciplined on defense.

"They like to back door cut," she added. "So we have to be alive if we're in 'denial', not to lose contact with the player and also be alive in help side."

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