Nebraska Women Open Practice in LA

Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics

Los Angeles – Nebraska met the media and held its first official practice of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus.

Nebraska Coach Connie Yori held a press conference along with Huskers Jordan Hooper, Hailie Sample and Riverside, Calif., native Tear'a Laudermill to open Friday's festivities.

“It's good to be in LA. We recruit California and have two Californians coming into our program next year,” Yori said. “Tee [Tear'a Laudermill] has been with us now for three years and Meghin Williams was a senior for us last year from this area as well. So this is an area that we have recruited and it is exciting to be playing here.”

Laudermill, a 5-9 junior guard out of Canyon Springs High School, agreed.

“It means a lot. I'm really blessed to play back home in front of family especially,” Laudermill said. “So it means a lot to me.”

While the Huskers feel fortunate to be a No. 4 seed playing in Los Angeles, Yori said Nebraska knows the strength in the four-team bracket.

“I think this is a tough regional. Fresno [State] is a very very good team. They remind me a lot of our team,” Yori said. “They do a lot of the same things that we do, they play really hard, play with very good intelligence. They are a team that plays together, they share the ball. It will be a very tough matchup for us in the first round. I have great respect for what [Fresno State Head Coach] Raegan [Pebley] has done with the program.”

The Huskers face off with the Mountain West Conference champion Bulldogs at 3:15 p.m. (CT) Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. The game will be televised by ESPN2 with a primary telecast across the state of Nebraska. ESPN2 will provide whiparound coverage of Saturday's first-round games across the nation.