LOS ANGELES — A minute after her last press conference of the season, Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori padded back to the UCLA locker room underneath Pauley Pavilion, made a beeline for the blue, low-back coaches couch, sat down and exhaled loudly. She's rarely sentimental, a pragmatist's pragmatist, and that was about all the emotion Yori was going to show over what must have been a profound disappointment.
The Huskers' 80-76 loss to BYU cut short an NCAA tournament run that was supposed to last five more days and one more round. NU wanted to make it back to Lincoln and Pinnacle Bank Arena for its own region. Not only to play good hosts, but to pull out its slingshot and at least take a whack at No. 1 Connecticut.