The Nebraska women’s basketball team will play a 29-game regular-season schedule that includes 18 games against teams that qualified for postseason play in 2018; 12 of those being NCAA Tournament teams. The Huskers went 21-11 overall and tied for third in the final Big Ten regular-season standings at 11-5. Nebraska was selected for the 2018 NCAA Tournament where they lost in the first round to Arizona State.
Nebraska will be challenged early and often in 2018-19. The Huskers will tip off the regular season at home against 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier and Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake (Wednesday, Nov. 7). Nebraska won a dramatic double-overtime thriller over the Bulldogs in Des Moines last December, before Drake reeled off 21 consecutive victories to earn an NCAA Tournament bid.
The Huskers then take a road trip to NCAA Women’s Final Four participant Louisville on Thursday, Nov. 29, as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. After that, they face Miami. The Hurricanes were an NCAA Tournament team in 2018. The next opponent is Radford who advanced to the second round of the WNIT after knocking off Penn State in the first round. The Huskers then play their fourth consecutive game against a 2018 postseason qualifier when they clash with Creighton on Sunday, Dec. 2.
The Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena for their longest home stand of the season to face Kansas (Dec. 5), San Jose State (Dec. 8) and Denver (Dec. 15) before closing non-conference competition at Arkansas (Dec. 18).
Big Ten regular-season play tips off against Michigan (Dec. 28). Nebraska’s first four games are brutal and feature some of the top teams from the 2018 Big Ten standings, including defending conference regular-season and tournament champion Ohio State in Columbus on Monday, Dec. 31. The Huskers will stay on the road to battle Iowa who tied Nebraska for third in last year’s final standings and joined the Huskers, Michigan and Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeye team received a big boost to their conference championship hopes when superstar Megan Gustafson chose to return for her senior season.
Nebraska returns home to face 2018 Big Ten runner-up Maryland. The Terps, handed the Huskers three of their 11 losses last season. That game is followed by Rutgers. The Huskers go on the road at Illinois and then back home to play 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Minnesota (Jan. 20) and Northwestern (Jan. 24). Nebraska reaches the halfway point of conference play at Wisconsin (Jan. 27), before playing the first of two games against Purdue (Jan. 31). The Boilermakers will complete the season series at Nebraska 11 days later (Feb. 10). The Huskers will host 2018 WNIT champion Indiana at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, Feb. 3, before completing their season series at Michigan (Feb. 7). Nebraska completes its season series with Maryland one week later in College Park, Md., on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14).
Nebraska begins the final stretch of conference play against Michigan State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, Feb. 17. after meeting Northwestern in Evanston. (Feb. 21), the Huskers will close regular-season home action against Iowa on Monday, Feb. 25.
The Huskers won’t sneak up on anyone this season. They finished 3rd in the Big Ten last season and return most of their firepower as well as the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Ohio State and Maryland lost a lot to graduation, but they always seem to reload and are perpetually the top teams in the conference. Iowa and Minnesota both have talented squads and Rutgers has a hall of fame coach who always seems to have her team ready to play. The Huskers will have a target on their backs but if the confidence we saw in a very young squad a season ago continues to grow, they will be ready for the challenge.
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