Nebraska women’s basketball game against Michigan State canceled – Omaha World-Herald

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LINCOLN — Saturday’s Nebraska women’s basketball game against Michigan State was canceled based on the advice of the school’s medical staff.

The official announcement was made about 15 minutes before the 1 p.m. tipoff of the Huskers’ final home game of the season, which was part of Senior Day festivities at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Kate Cain and Taylor Kissinger were still honored in a ceremony, as were student-managers Christian Eisenhauer and Trevor Bogle and graduate manager Kristina Bayton.

The Huskers and Spartans tested negative Saturday, but the players were informed around 12 p.m. that the game would not be played, according to Nebraska women’s basketball sports information director Jeff Griesch.

“Obviously, we are disappointed that we were not able to play our final home game of the season at Pinnacle Bank Arena today,” NU coach Amy Williams said in a statement. “All of our players and coaches were excited to play and hopefully send Kate Cain off with one more home win on Senior Day. While we are extremely disappointed that we were not able to compete today, our post-game ceremony honoring Kate and Taylor Kissinger was still a fitting tribute to their careers and their time here as Huskers. We were glad we were able to recognize their contributions to our program.

“We will move forward and hopefully have a chance to reschedule our game with Michigan State, but if not, we will get ready for our final regular-season game at Iowa on Saturday.”

Williams gave a heartfelt thank you to each senior for all they have contributed to her program.

“Out of every player I have ever coached, I have never seen such growth and resiliency,” Williams said of Kate Cain .

Tim Cain said he appreciated William’s message to his daughter.

“It was very, very nice. We’ve been through a lot from Kate’s recruiting visits, seems like it was yesterday. It’s been four years and a roller coaster, a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “Certainly a lot of great memories.”

Cain, Nebraska’s all-time leading blocker, had 13 family members travel from New York for her Senior Day ceremony, including her parents, older brother, friend, uncles, aunts and cousins, according to Kate’s mother, Alison Cain.

Kissinger, who was forced to retire before her senior season because of medical reasons, was in her basketball uniform and received a round of applause from her team when she jogged onto the court.

“Everything you have brought to our program, outside of those threes, is so special to us,” Williams said about Kissinger, who is Nebraska’s all-time leader in 3-point percentage in a season (.456 in 2018-19) and a career (.407).

Because of COVID-19, family wasn’t able to join the seniors on court but were recognized during the festivities.

And there was still some basketball activities Saturday.

Players, coaches and scout players played horse from behind the 3-point and half-court lines while waiting for the ceremony to begin. Annika Stewart was top three in horse with two scout players. A scout player started a “Go Big Red” chat that the team joined in on.

“We’re disappointed in the outcome of not playing a game,” Alison Cain said. “Thrilled about Kate’s career here, thrilled about the coaches, thrilled about the fans, thrilled about the rest of that but very disappointed in what the catalyst was for them not playing today.”

The Huskers’ regular-season finale will be next Saturday at Iowa. The Big Ten tournament is March 9 through 13 in Indianapolis.

At 9-9 in the conference, and 11-10 overall, NU is eighth in the Big Ten heading into this weekend’s games.

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