Kianna Ibis

Omaha Benson grad Kianna Ibis will close out her collegiate career with a fourth NCAA tournament appearance with Arizona State

No women's basketball teams from the state earned an NCAA tournament berth this season, but Nebraska is still represented. Eight former prep standouts from Nebraska are in the tourney.

Fremont graduate Jessica Shepard will finish her senior season with her second NCAA appearance with defending national champion Notre Dame. Shepard leads the Fighting Irish in total rebounds with 317 this season, and she is the second leading scorer, averaging 16.5 points a game.

The Fighting Irish are a No. 1 seed and play No. 16 seed Bethune-Cookman Saturday at 10 a.m.

Kianna Ibis, an Omaha Benson grad, will close out her collegiate career with a fourth tourney appearance with Arizona State. Ibis posted 428 points this season to lead the Sun Devils. Arizona State is a No. 5 seed in the tournament and plays No. 12 seed UCF Friday at 6 p.m.

Dariauna Lewis will help 11th seed Missouri State against No. 6 seed DePaul in the Bears’ first tournament appearance since 2016. The Omaha North grad has scored 90 points and grabbed 82 rebounds so far in her freshman season.

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South Dakota becomes the first Summit League team to earn an at-large berth with three Nebraskans on its roster: Allison Arens, Monica Arens and Regan Sankey.

Crofton graduate Allison is the Coyotes' lone senior. She is 99 for 109 from the free-throw line for a .908 shooting percentage. She averages 12 points a game and has 95 assists for the year.

Her younger sister Monica is also a Crofton grad and as a sophomore has come off the bench in every game. Against Bellevue, she scored a season-high 14 points.

Lincoln East’s Sankey has played 95 minutes so far in her first season and may see playing time as the eighth seeded Coyotes take on ninth seeded Clemson on Friday at 6 p.m.

South Dakota State is seeded at No. 6 in its second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Two former Nebraskans are on the Jackrabbits’ roster: Rylie Cascio Jensen and Lauren Rongisch.

Cascio Jensen is a Fremont graduate and a transfer from Nebraska. She ranks second for the Jackrabbits in assists with 98 and has 23 steals for the season.

Rongisch, a Millard West graduate, has not seen playing time this season and may be redshirting.

The No. 6 seed Jackrabbits take on No. 11 seed Quinnipiac on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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